Friday, 12 July 2013

"Munnar"




Experience: It is a lovable hill station.There are many falls,dams,parks. Munnar is filled with thick and dense forest.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is 'hotel saravanabavan' for very hygienic and tasty food. it was very cheap too. There are a lot of tea gardens. Avery splendorous view of tea plantations and it was very exciting too. its view was like shells of tortoises from the top angle.

Activities & things to do: Boating at madupetty dam is very exciting and interesting one. Having a speedboat ride in madupetty dam was very much thrilling. We had nice time also by having a ride on elephants. In kundala dam horse ride also available. We spend our time usefully by knowing more about the tea production in tata tea museum. We saw a LCD project beside the whole history of tata tea museum.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Take shawls, sweaters. If you have a problem of vomiting during hill travels you are advised to take tablets and Lemons with you.

"Greenary, fresh Air, peaceful envirnoment, neat."

Experience: If you like to stay peacefully without any noise and tension. Munar is the best place to visit with ful of mountains covered with tea plants. Where ever you see you will find greenery. sep to april is the best time to go. we went in oct 2008, that time climate was so good, it was drizzling lightly and entire tea estate was covered with fog in the morning and the evening. Best part is enjoying the nature while travelling the ghat section.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hotel: we stayed in westWoodRiverside restaurant, it was nice but expensive. Rooms are neat food is ok not so good. Lake was there next to hotel you can enjoy eating by sitting next to the lake and enjoying the nature. you can also try saravana bhavan hotel that is cheap and best. Food: We had nice Fish curry and fry in Silverspoon hotel which is there in middle of city. parata was nice in hotel Spice .... u can try Saravana bhavan, south Indian meals and dosa was nice. Try Strawberry juice which is really Osum!! made of real fresh strawberry fruit, Raw mango with salt and chilly powder, frash carrot, Gua fruits, Jola etc .. all tasted nice and fresh. Shopping: we can get nice Tea for cheaper rate. In Tea museum only they sell tea for cheaper rates. All varieties of tea are availble. I like Cardamon and masala tea flavor. All flavors they add is the natural one so u try all varieties of tea. Good quality Spices also u will get for cheaper rate in KDH shop which is owned by Tata.

Activities & things to do: Places to see: Lukham falls was very nice. Water was pure and chilly. u can play in water, there are rooms are available to change the cloth after playing in water. Anaimudi hill also nice place. it is the highest hill in the south India which has 8832 ft height. Boating in speed boat is nice. Heard body massaging is nice in Kelara but I didnt get time to do. nxt time need to try.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We went trough KPN travels, every day 1 bus goes Bangalore to Munnar I think. but it took 14 hrs to reach there because of ghat section span around 70 km so journey was tired. you can try train I heard it nice.


"A must visit place"


MILI
Lives in Bangalore
2 Reviews
"A must visit place"

Posted Jul 14, 2008
Experience: If u want to rest in peace away from the city life than munnar is the right choice...

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is not so good..but in market there are two restaurants were you get very good chicken items.. You get good chocolates and tea..there is particular govt tea shop just before the market...you can ask the auto driver..they will show u the way...there u will get genuine products with reasonable rating...chocolates and the spices you can get from the shops in the market.. but do visit 2-3 shops before purchasing as there is lot of bargaining to be done :) ..

Activities & things to do: There is nothing much to do except site seeing in the day time....which will includes some boating and you can go for an elephant ride..in the evening you can go for shopping...the market closes down around 9...after that it difficult to get any means of communication...if u dont have your own car...its better to go sight seeing with individual vehicle which u get it for 1200 for a day...

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: KPN only has good service from Bangalore if you opt for a bus..but the bus journey is very tiring ...Never ever try to go through any tour operator ..they are real cheat..specially manish travels.. they showed us the hotel pictures that were very good and also charges a lot...but the reality was totally different...the hotel room was very dirty and we think we have paid a lot for that..after quarelling for 2 hrs giving warning of consumer court ...he agreed to shift us along with another couple to a good hotel..and those who didn't shout at them stayed in the hotel itself. So its better to book hotels previously and go for a self conduct tour...

"Awesome green and clean bathed with crystal clear waterfalls"

Experience: Non-commercialized, this small town of Munnar is a velvet green getaway for any nature starved tourist. Surrounded by tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, clear blue water bodies and foaming white waterfalls this place is the top refuge for any and everyone

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Dont go for north indian food at this south indian heaven. Rather, try Sarvana Bhavan right in the heart of the city offering really tasty food at cheap prices. Beware of the rush that is always there but the jet fast service gives some respite. Any direction you go out of Munnnar is abundant with green hills and water bodies. Worth checking out is Mattupetty dam for a boat ride, Marayoor for sandalwood trees (they smell awesome!!!), Lakham waterfall, Eravikulam national park among others Dont miss to shop for cardamom and tea... On your way around, you will find many tea tasting shops on road near tea plantations that offer you to taste and buy at real cheap prices...

Activities & things to do: Dont miss bathing in one of the waterfalls... trekking thru tea plantations (its more fun wandering thru a private plantation :D) and a speed boat ride in the lake... try going out to one of the trekking destinations...


"Wandering in God's own ......."

Experience: MUNNAR! It was everything we had heard and read about! The greenery just overwhelms you and it is nowhere as commercialized as Ooty or Kodai. Unfortunately it was summer and the waterfalls had all dried up. The views are incredible and we could only imagine how beautiful it would look after the monsoons.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The home made chocolates are great and so are the freshly fried banana chips.

Activities & things to do: Munnar is a great place for hiking or bicycling. Although we didn't do too much of either there were other tourists who we saw. There is some great speed boating in a lake for 60 bucks a head. I am sure it will be a paradise for bird watchers given the profusion of flora in this place.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Munnar is about a 3-4 hr drive from Kochi airport. Enroute make sure to drop into the Adi Shankara Kirthistambh Mantapam at Kaladi which is just outside Kochi. This is a multi-storey building which houses a museum that describes Adi Shankara's life and his spiritual journey.

How wonderful would it be to row down this stream?


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

"This is a great place to visit with its beautiful untouched beaches and white sand"



Lakshadweep by Libra
Overview of the destination
I went on a honeymoon cruise aboard the Libra. The route was Mumbai-Lakshadweep-Goa-Mumbai. We went in the first week of march. The weather in Lakshadweep was starting to get hot and humid but it was still bearable. This is a great place to visit with its beautiful untouched beaches and white sand. We enjoyed every moment in Lakhadweep
Food, sight-seeing and shopping
We were present in Lakshadweep only for one day. We spent the entire day on kadmat island. This island has a resort run by the government. There is not much to shop. There is only one activity for sight-seeing. The beautiful beach and the shallow coral lagoon !

Activities & things to do
We took the full activity package provided by Superstar Libra. It cost around 3500 per head. The package included scuba diving, banana boat ride and glass bottom boat ride. I feel it was a good deal. We enjoyed all of these activites.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc.
We went there by Libra, so every thing was arranged for by these folks.

A Beautiful Night in Salem.



About Salem Tourism

Salem, one of the major commercial centres of South India, is located in the north-central part of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at a distance of 340 km from the state capital, Chennai. The district is enveloped in Nagaramalai, Jeragamalai, Kanjanamalai and Godumalai hills.

The word Salem is believed to have originated from Cheram (Keralam or Seram), indicating the region as a Cheram land. During the days of yore, the region was a chief weaving centre with inhabitants engaged in producing Saeylai, a garment worn by women.

Human civilisation in Salem can be dated back to the Stone Age. The stone implements and dung ash heaps found in and around Salem are testimonies of the Paleolithic and Neolithic age. Salem also witnessed the rise of various dynasties such as Pandiyan, Pallava, Chozha, Hoysala and Chalukya.

Earlier a part of Kongu Nadu, the first habitation in the region is believed to be of the Ganga Dynasty. The inscriptions dating back to the era of Ganga Dynasty refer the region as ‘country around hills’. The region was ruled by Gangakulam rulers of the Ganga Dynasty for a long period.


After the arrival of Vijayanagar kings, the region came under the governance of Madurai Nayaks. In the early 18th century before the colonial rule, Hyder Ali took over Salem after the Mysore-Madurai war. Salem was annexed by a well known British Governor, Lord Clive, in 1799 and remained a military base for the British till 1861.

The location is the base for reaching popular tourist destinations such as Yercaud Hills and Kiliyur Falls. Yercaud, a famous hill station of South India, lies in proximity to Salem. Lying on the Servarayan range of the Eastern Ghats at an altitude of 1,515 metres above sea level, the region is famous for coffee plantations, orchidarium and orange groves. Some other notable tourist attractions of the destination are Tharamangalam and Mettur Dam.

Salem is well connected by air, rail and road. The airport nearest to the destination is Salem Airport, which is served by domestic airlines. Tourists travelling from international destinations can board flights to Chennai International Airport. Salem Junction is the nearest railhead, which is connected with various parts of the country. Travelling by roadways is also convenient with the availability of buses from nearby places including Chennai.    

The destination experiences tropical climatic conditions round the year. The period between the months of November and March is the best time to visit Salem.

One of the more lesser talked about places in Kerala-The Nelliyampathy Hills in Palakkad.




About Palakkad Tourism

Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a city located in the state of Kerala, around 350 kilometres north of Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. The town is located in Palghat Gap, which is a depression in the Western Ghats and is adjoined to the state of Tamil Nadu. Palakkad is an important city of Kerala and every year a number of tourists come here to see landscapes and temples.
History of Palakkad
The name is believed to have originated from the word Palai nilam, which means dry land. However, the commonly held belief is that, it originated from the fusion of Malayalam and Tamil words. The name Palghat was derived from the name Pal Ghat, which is one of the Ghats in Western Ghats. Palakkad is famous for its Travancore saris, handicraft and jewellery.
Things to do in Palakkad
In Palakkad, there are a number of temples that are visited by devotees throughout the year. People come here to see temples like Kanjirapuzha, Pattambi Nercha, Kalpathy Temple, Jain Temple, Pariyanempatta Bagavathi Temple, due to their religious and historical significance. There are many local festivities that are celebrated every year in these temples. Padur Vela, Tharakad Sivan Koil Siva Rathry and Pudduseri Vedi are few of these temples. Palakkad holiday packages cover many sightseeing items across the destination.

Chinakkathoor Pooram is one such festival held annually at the Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple at Palappuram in Palakkad district. It is a bright and vibrant elephant pageant, so to speak, where 33 decorated tuskers come together in a grand procession. The festival also displays traditional Keralite art forms like Panchavadyam (traditional temple orchestra) and Tholppavakoothu (a ritualistic shadow puppetry) apart from Vellattu, Theyyam, and Kaalavela etc.
There are other places like Silent Valley National Park, Pothundy Dam, Malampuzha Dam, Dhoni Waterfalls, Parambikulam, Walayar Dam and many more.  These temples and attractions are located in and around Palakkad town.
Palakkad Fort, constructed in 1766 by Hyder Ali who was the father of Tipu Sultan, is a religious as well as historical site. Thread Garden is another important site of this place. This garden is famous for artificial thread flowers and plants.
Travelling to Palakkad
The nearest airport to this place is Coimbatore International Airport, which is about 52 km away. Taxis are available outside the airport. Tourists can reach Palakkad by train too. The main station of this town is Palakkad Junction and it is connected to many important cities of Kerala as well as India.
Palakkad experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, except in summers, which falls between the months of April and July. Monsoon strikes this place in the mid of July and the temperature of the place stays pleasant until March.
Accommodation options in Palakkad
Palakkad has a range of hotels to choose from. Hotel options in Palakkad range from resorts, homestays, budget hotels and lodges as well as a few bed & breakfast places. 

Monday, 8 July 2013

Nature


Nice Pics




Palampur Himachal Pradesh


Himachal Pradesh


"Maadayipara is a place with numerous species of rare flora and fauna. It has a healthy butterfly population, including rare plants and orchids"



"Maadayipara valley of flowers"

Kannur Experience: Maadayipara 25 kms from Kannur town is a place with numerous species of rare flora and fauna. It has a healthy butterfly population, including rare plants and orchids. an open land is famous for numerous species of reptiles and amphibians. Now facing threat from Money powered politics.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Madaayipara is an open land a few acres in area. Shopping can be had from Pazhayangadi a kilometer away.
Activities & things to do: Nature watching and appreciation is the best here
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Warnings. Use high healed boots. Some times snakes maybe there. 25Km from Kannur, hire local bus to pazhayangadi town and is a kilometer away from the bustand. a walkable distance.

Nature has its very own Water Park!



About Courtallam Tourism

Courtallam is a small township located in the district of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of 167 metres on the Western Ghats, Courtallam is the anglicised version of Kuttralam.

Known as 'Spa of the South', the township is famous for its cascading waterfalls and ancient temples. The location features as many as seven waterfalls, which originate from the Chittar River. The town is also referred to as Mukthiveli, Nannagaram, Pithur Kanda, Theerthapuram, Thirunagaram and Vasanthaperur.


Like many other Indian towns and cities, the township of Courtallam is also linked with mythological stories. According to legend, Lord Shiva commissioned saint Agastya to avoid imbalance due to the growing huddle in the Great Kailash on his celestial wedding.

The inscriptions in the temples of Courtallam depict the feature of Chola and Pandya kings. According to local beliefs, the Sabha is one of the five Sabhas where Lord Nataraja had performed his trademark cosmic dance.

Since the town is known for its waterfalls, tourists can head to the nearest fall to enjoy themselves. There is not much to shop in Courtallam other than local produce and souvenirs sold at local roadside shops. Tenkasi is a small town located nearby and it has a number of small restaurants that serve traditional South Indian fare.

Tourists can also arrive at Tenkasi Railway Station to enter the town, 6 km away from the destination. The nearest airport to Courtallam is the Tuticorin Airport (TCR), which is located at a distance of 86 km. Travellers can also drive down to the town from Tirunelveli.

The best time to visit Courtallam is between June and September. Courtallam enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year.

A mesmerizing photo



About Kolhapur Tourism

State: Maharashtra District: Kolhapur
Famous for/as: Heritage Languages: Marathi,Hindi
Best Season: Jan - Apr, Jun - Dec Weather: Summer 22 to 40°C,
Altitude: 569 m Winter 12 to 30°C
Pin Code: 416001 STD Code: 0231
Kolhapur is a city located in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It lies to the south of Pune, about 228 km away. Traditionally, the place is famous for its footwear and jewellery. Kolhapuri sandals are a trademark and have originated from this city of India.

Kolhapur is said to have derived its name from a mythological account. Kolhasur was a demon and he was killed by Goddess Mahalakshmi in order to bring relief to people of the region. However, the demon’s dying wish was that the city should be named after him and his wish was granted.

The city also finds a mention in Srimad Bhagwadgita, where it is referred to as an important religious centre. Legend has it that Amoghavarsha, who was a Rasthrakuta king and ruled the city in the 9th century, offered his finger’s sacrifice to Goddess Lakshmi to bring relief to the people from a local calamity. Historically speaking, it was Shilahara dynasty’s capital during the 10th century.

Kolhapur lies at an altitude of 569 metres above sea level. This altitude gives it a cooler climate as compared to other cities in Maharashtra. However, the temperature remains the same throughout the year with no major fluctuations. The average day temperature here is between 25-30° Celsius while the average night temperature ranges from 18-20° Celsius.

The city is home to a number of temples, forts and historical places of significance. Some of the major places of tourist interest in Kolhapur are the Mahalakshmi Temple, Katyani Temple, Vishalgad Fort, the Wax Museum and the New Palace among others.

Kolhapur is also known for its Kolhapuri cuisine, which is characterised by the use of many spices. The red meat preparations of the cuisine are especially well known. Tourists visiting Kolhapur should try local delicacies like misal pav, batata vada and of course its mutton curries. Although majority population of Kolhapur comprises of the Marathas, there are other communities present as well in sizeable proportion. Some of these are the Gujaratis, the Brahmins, the Marwadis and Muslims, which has influenced its cuisine to a large extent.

Getting around Kolhapur should not be a concern for travellers. Taxis and rickshaws can be used to explore the city. For shopping, tourists ought to buy the famous Kolhapuri chappals, antique jewellery and of course, sarees that are distinct to this region.

The economy of Kolhapur largely depends on the farming sector while textiles and mining industries come in next. Kolhapur is reputed to be one of the Indian cities with the highest per capita income. It even made it to a list of ‘most number of Mercedes cars’ in a Maharashtrian city, and was placed just below Mumbai. Kolhapur also has a thriving film industry, with a majority of Marathi films being made here each year.

Kolhapur is well connected to other cities in Maharashtra and neighbouring states by road, rail and air. The city has an airport which has regular flights from cities like Mumbai and Pune. But the best way to reach Kolhapur is by boarding a train or bus from Mumbai or Pune, which takes close to 10 hours and three hours respectively.

The best time to visit Kolhapur is anytime during the year except during summers and therefore, tourists should avoid visiting the city in April and May. 

Saturday, 6 July 2013

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About Mahabaleshwar Tourism

State: Maharashtra District: Satara
Famous for/as: Hill Languages: Marathi,Hindi
Best Season: Jan - Dec Weather: Summer 15 to 35°C,
Altitude: 1438 m Winter 10 to 32°C
Pin Code: 412806 STD Code: 02168
Mahabaleshwar is both a city and a municipal council in the Satara district in the state of Maharashtra. It is located in the Western Ghats range of India, which spreads from north to south along the Deccan Plateau. The hill station is at an elevation of 1,353 metres above sea level.

Mahabaleshwar lies 285 km south-west of Mumbai and is bound by valleys on all sides. It is a plateau measuring an area of 150 square kilometres.

Mahabaleshwar constitutes three villages – Malcolm Peth, Old ‘Kshetra’ Mahabaleshwar and some part of the Shindola village. The river Krishna originates from the mouth of the legendary statue of a cow in the temple of Mahadev situated in Old Mahabaleshwar and flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Four other rivers also flow from the mouth of the cow, before they merge into the Krishna; these are Koyana, Venna (Veni), Savitri and Gayatri.

The destination was ruled by various dynasties including the Mauryas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Adil Shahi, Shilahar, Marathas, Peshwas and Satavahanas. The history of Mahabaleshwar dates back to 1215, when king Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. A temple and a water tank were constructed by him at the source of the Krishna. This area was invaded by a Brahmin dynasty in 1350.

In the 16th century, the Maratha family of Chandarao ruled over the city. Later, in the 17th century, Jaoli and Mahabaleshwar were taken over by Shivaji Maharaj, who constructed the Pratapgad Fort in 1656. The city also witnessed the imprints of the British, who included the destination in the territory of the Raja of Satara in 1819.

Getting around Mahabaleshwar is not a problem for tourists. Travellers can hire a taxi or board a bus to explore the city and its attractions. Mahabaleshwar is famous for strawberries and mulberries. Tourists can enjoy 'strawberries with cream' from January to February and 'mulberries with cream' from April to May. Also, strawberry milkshake and vada pav made here is a must-try for tourists. The city also produces fresh jams and marmalades, which can be bought. Tourists can also buy fresh honey from the various bee farms in the city.

The moderate climate of Mahabaleshwar makes it destination tourists can visit any time of the year.

Would you like to spend a day on this lovely house boat?



About Alappuzha (Alleppey) Tourism

State: Kerala District: Alappuzha
Famous for/as: Waterfront Languages: Malayalam
Best Season: Jan - Mar, Aug - Dec Weather: Summer 24 to 32°C,
Altitude: 1 m Winter 23 to 31°C
Pin Code: 688001 STD Code: 0477
Connoted as the ‘Venice of the East’ by Lord Curzon, Alappuzha is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Kerala. Located in Alappuzha district of Kerala, this town is also known as Alleppey. Situated at a distance of 155 km from Thiruvananthapuram and around 62 km to the south of Kochi, the destination is famous for its backwaters.

History of Alleppey
The history of the place dates back to the 16th century. In 1762, Alleppey was founded by the Dewan of Travancore, Raja Kesavadas. During this time, there was only one canal through the strip of sand between the Arabian Sea and Vembanad Lake. However, soon, the town grew into a bustling waterway. Both banks of the canal were dotted with several commercial establishments, shops and factories. This attracted merchants from other parts of India to the region. The town was amongst the busiest trade centres, which had a port along the Malabar Coast. Traders travelling to the destination from across the world came in search for souvenirs and black gold.

By the mid 19th century, more land was available along the sand strip due to the receding sea. This further provided more opportunities for trading vessels to travel to Alleppey. The first coir factory in this town was established in 1859. The factory was engaged in the production of coir yarn on a loom, which was developed by an English captain. The opening of this factory was followed by the establishment of several British-owned weaving factories.

By 1816, Alleppey was chosen by the Church Missionary Society to set up its local headquarters. Three years later, in 1819, the first Anglican Church was constructed in Alleppey. Later, in 1851, the town also received the honour of housing the first post office.

People & Culture of Alleppey
Today, this town is known for its coir carpet industries as well as a centre for prawn fishing. The networks of canals and bridges along the silver beach make Alleppey one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Kerala. The historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race, which is an annual event, also attracts a lot of tourists to Alleppey. Alleppey is also known for its Ayurvedic massage centres. Many centres are run by a team of Ayurvedic doctors where they conduct wellness programs for tourists.

Things to do in Alleppey
Alleppey is famous for its backwaters and also has other attractions such as temples, churches and lakes. Travellers can either opt for Alleppey packages or just explore the town as a backpacker.  Apart from the backwaters, another highlight of the region is Karumadi, which is located at a distance of 3 km from Alleppey. This village is visited by large number of tourists as it is home to a large, black granite statue of Lord Buddha known as Karumadi Kuttan. Other tourist places in Alleppey include the Pandavan Rock, Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, St. Andrew's Church, St Sebastian's Church and Champakulam Church.

Food & Shopping in Alleppey
Though there are not many options for shopping in Alleppey, its local coir industry is famous and coir products can be bought from local manufacturers or shops. Houseboats in Alleppey offer cruises along the backwaters. Some offer the facility of cooking on board, which provides a chance for tourists to taste authentic local cuisine. Fish constitutes a major part of the staple diet of the locals and restaurants too offer some local favourites such as fish curries and biryani. Bakeries on Mullakkal Road offer an array of baked goods like puff pastries, cookies and sweet treats like homemade ice cream.

Travelling to Alleppey
Alleppey can be reached by rail, air and road. The nearest airport is in Cochin. From Cochin, tourists can take a train to reach Alleppey. The station in this town is also connected to bigger cities like Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai. Almost all major bus operators have buses plying between Alleppey and Cochin. It takes a two-hour bus ride to reach Alleppey from Cochin. Taking an overnight bus from Bangalore or Coimbatore is also an option.

Accommodation options in Alleppey
Tourists have many attractive options when it comes to hotels in Alleppey. Right from heritage hotels, sea-facing resorts to Kerala houseboats; the list is endless. And for those looking for affordable options to stay, there are a few hotels that are located in the main city of the destination too.

The best time to visit Alappuzha extends from the month of August to February. However, to enjoy different activities, the best time also varies. For instance, for sightseeing, the ideal time to visit the destination is from December to February. For tourists, who want to be a part of festivals in Alleppey, the ideal season to visit is from August to November.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Like if you wish to go an amazing drive in the monsoons on the incredibly beautiful Mumbai-Pune Expressway!

Check out what they have got to say about this beauty



"Excellant location"

Munnar Experience: A very nice place to see especially in December. Places around it are also beautiful. nature is at its best and location is not for honeymoon couple but can also be enjoyed by the nature lovers
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: local sight seeing
Activities & things to do: elephant ride, boat ride
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Bangalore to ernakulam by train. from there take a taxi to munnar which can also be used for your local sight seeing. there are 2 falls on the way. ideal is winter season for non keralites, because it is not that cool as ooty. avoid travelling in raining season.

What happens when the Clouds kiss the Mountains during when it rains?




About Malshejghat Tourism

Malshejghat is a hill station and also a popular tourist spot located in the Pune District of Maharashtra. Malshejghat is surrounded by covers of dense green forests and the Western Ghats, which is why there are many varieties of flora and fauna available here.

One of the rare attractions of this place is the Flamingos that can be seen near the areas of the Monsoon lakes. Malshejghat offers opportunities for adventure sports like trekking, hiking and boating, as the region is located at a height of 700 metres above sea level.

The Shivneri Fort located here is one of the most popular ancient attractions of the place. The Shivneri Fort is located about 40 kilometres from the central region, and is the birthplace of the Maratha ruler Shivaji. The region of Malshejghat also includes many Buddhist caves that belong to the 3rd century and Shri Vigneshwar Temple, which is situated near Junnar town at Ozar.

Monsoons are considered to be the best time to visit Malshejghat because the hills are covered in green during this time. The weather of the region is mild from the months of August and September. The region becomes misty during the winters especially the forest regions. It is during the same time most of the bird watchers come here to conduct researches on rare varieties of birds such as Quails, Rails, Crakes, Flamingos, Cuckoos, etc.  

The hill station of Malshejghat is managed by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation also known as MTDC, which also manages several resorts. Not much transport facilities are available that directly connect this hill station and it is because of this reason that the region receives very less visitors compared to other hill stations of India.

There is no domestic or international airport in Malshejghat and the nearest one is located in Pune, which is located at a distance of 98 kilometres from the town of Malshejghat. The Pune airport connects nine other major cities of India to the region.

Malshejghat does not have a train station either, and the nearest train station is in Mumbai, located at a distance of 115 kilometres from Malshejghat. There are three train stations in the Mumbai region and that are Mumbai, Mumbai CST and Mumbai Bandra terminus.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

A Must Share for all women! Men,it's time to share and then hide Amazing Agra: All that you need to know and all that you can do here



About Agra Tourism

State: Uttar Pradesh District: Agra
Famous for/as: Heritage Languages: Hindi
Best Season: Feb - Apr, Sep - Dec Weather: Summer 25 to 46°C,
Altitude: 171 m Winter 1 to 23°C
Pin Code: 282001 STD Code: 0562
Agra, the land of the Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is situated on the banks of River Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is bounded by Mathura district in the north, Dhaulpur district in the south, Firozabad in the east and Bharatpur in the west.

History of Agra
Agra is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Even before that, the city was referred to as Arya Griha or ‘home of the Aryans’. Sikandar Lodhi of the Delhi Sultanate is believed to have founded modern day Agra in 1504. After his death, his son Ibrahim Lodhi continued to rule, until his defeat in the first battle of Panipat at the hands of the Mughal Emperor Babur in 1526.

People & Culture of Agra
Agra owes a large part of its heritage and culture to Mughal rulers like Babur, Akbar, Jahangir and Shahjahan among others. Each of these emperors added not only to the architectural brilliance of the city but also to its history and culture. While Babur introduced the Persian-styled gardens, Akbar built the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal, the eternal monument of love built in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, marks the pinnacle of Mughal architecture.

The Department of Tourism organises the Taj Mahotsav in February every year, which attracts national and international tourists to the Agra. The festival celebrates Mughal art and culture and is a profusion of musical and dance performances, a food festival and crafts mela.

Things to do in Agra
Agra’s rich historical background is reflected through its numerous monuments. Apart from the Taj Mahal, the city is home to other UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort, and has carved a place for itself on the world tourism map. Other attractions of this historical city include Sikandra, Itmadud Daula, Soor Sarovar, Jama Masjid, Diwan-i-Am, Buland Darwaza, etc.

Travelling to Agra
Agra is well connected by air, rail and road. The nearest airport to reach Agra is Kheria Airport, located at a distance of 8 km from the city centre and is connected to various cities in the country including Delhi and Varanasi.

The city has four major railway stations – Agra Cantt, Raja ki Mandi, Agra Fort and Idgah Agra Junction. Agra can also be reached by road from Lucknow (over 300 km), Kanpur (over 70 km) and Delhi (200 km).

Tourist buses run by private operators as well as state run buses are available to reach Agra.

Travelling within Agra
Tourists can travel around the city of Agra using electric buses, Tongas, tempos, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws. All major areas are covered through Electric buses in Agra, but these are usually crowded. Tourists can also use Tongas; horse drawn carriages, to explore the city.  Tonga charges are around Rs 5 to 15 per person.

The city has a sub-tropical climate. The summer season, from April to September, can be hot with temperatures rising to 45° Celsius at times. The best time to visit Agra is from October to March.

Accommodation Options in Agra
Ranging from budget hotels to luxury hotels the accommodation options in Agra are plenty. Agra hotels offer accommodation options to suite all budgets.

Lovely snap of the morning sun kissing the sands of the Arjuna Beach in Goa---



About Anjuna Beach Tourism

Anjuna is a small village in Goa which is famous for its picturesque locale and the party culture. Located in the Bardez taluka of North Goa, it is one of the 12 Brahmin communities here. The white sands of the beach and the red laterite rocks create a unique arrangement. The red laterite rocks are sometimes called as the jewels of Anjuna.

History of Anjuna
The church of St. Michaels here dates back to 1595 and is a commemoration to S.Miguel. The church has three large chapels, one each dedicated to S. Antonio, Nossa Senhora De Saude and Nossa Senhora de Piedade.

The village is also the birthplace of a well known Goan band, Above and Beyond. Over the years, they have released songs and albums dedicated to Anjuna Beach and even host a radio show by the name of “Anjunabeats Worldwide Radio Show.”

Things to do in Anjuna
The waters here are safe for swimming and the beach is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing which attracts a lot of foreign tourists to Anjuna Beach. The trance parties are another attraction. They are well known all over Goa and the world, and attract foreign travellers as well as domestic tourists, especially during the time of New Year and Christmas.

Food and Shopping in Anjuna
Apart from the sun, sand, beach and partying, Anjuna is also known for its flea market. The flea market has shops selling everything from local and Kashmiri handicraft to jewellery, bags and clothes. The flea market is held every Wednesday and during the peak season on Saturdays too. Bargaining can be done when shopping from the flea market at Anjuna Beach.

Given the beach’s popularity among tourists, a whole range of bars, cafes and nightspots have come up here. These food joints are known for serving fresh sea food as well as the locally made Feni, which is a Goan alcoholic drink. And alongside the market and the cafes, lies the Go Karting circuit on the outskirts of the village.

The place, like the rest of Goa, has a humid climate throughout the year.

Travelling to Anjuna
Dabolim Airport serves as the closest airport to reach Anjuna, which is 29 km away from Panaji. There are regular flights from all major cities of India. Tourists can hire a taxi to reach Anjuna. Karmali is the nearest railway station at a distance of 11 km away from Panaji.

Travelling within Anjuna
Tourists can hire motor bikes to travel around the town which costs about Rs 400 per day. Taxi services are also available for tourists who not comfortable with two wheelers. Taxis cost about Rs 6 to Rs 11 per km.

Accommodation options in Anjuna
Accommodation options in Anjuna range from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. They can also opt for accommodations close to the Anjuna Beach.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

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About Kohima Tourism

The capital city of the north-eastern state of Nagaland, Kohima is a scenic town with breath taking natural beauty. It is located in the Kohima district and is at the southern part of the state at an elevation of 1500 meters above sea level. Connect by the National Highway 39, Kohima is at a distance of 74 km from Dimapur which is another important town in Nagaland. Kohima is at a distance of 145 km from the Imphal and around 339 km from Guwahati which is the gateway city to the north-east.

Known earlier as Thigoma, Kohima got its name from the wild flowering plant called Kew Hi which is found in the mountains of Nagaland. The original inhabitants of the place were the Angami Nagas and the Rengma tribes, but in recent times people from other parts of the region and country have come and settled here.

Kohima is known for its virgin beauty and the amazing views of the Naga Hills. The place holds historical importance as the site of the battle between the British and Japanese troops during the World War II. There is a War Cemetery which has a memorial in honour of all the brave soldiers who have laid down their lives during World War II. The cemetery is beautifully maintained, and is adorned by two crucifix and stone markers with the names of the brave soldiers.

The Catholic Cathedral at Aradura Hill is a beautiful and important cathedral in the town. It is one of the most well known and the largest cathedrals in the north eastern part of the country. The Nagaland State Museum houses a range of artefacts, sculptures, statues, jewellery, etc which present the culture and lifestyle of the Naga tribes. The Zoological Park located in a picturesque hill slope is another site worth visiting in Kohima.

There are also quite a few scenic places that tourists can visit in and around Kohima. The Kohima Village, locally known as the Barra Basti epitomises the Naga tribal way of life and has a beautiful ceremonial gate which is peculiar to all Naga villages. About 15 km from Kohima is the Japhu Peak which is the second highest peak in Nagaland. The Dzukou Valley and the Dzulekie stream near Kohima are known for their natural beauty.

Kohima has a moderate subtropical climate and remains fairly comfortable throughout the year. However during the peak of winter, it does get quite chilly. The best time to visit Kohima is during the spring and autumn seasons when the weather is comfortable and the place looks beautiful all around.

Ever imagined taking a special walk alone or a walk with your special one in a special place?




About Lakshadweep
Lakshadweep is an archipelago located 200-400 km west of the coast of Kerala in the Arabian Sea. The archipelago consists of 36 main islands, many smaller islands, coral atolls and coral reefs. It is the smallest union territory in India. Lakshadweep means a hundred thousand islands in the local language, Malayalam. Earlier the name Lakshadweepa referred to the three archipelagos in the Indian Ocean the present Lakshadweep, Maldives and Suvadives.



Only ten of the Lakshadweep islands are inhabited and more than 90 percent of the indigenous population is Muslim. The main economic activities are fishing, coconut cultivation and coir twisting. Tourism is an emerging industry. Tourists require an entry permit to visit Lakshadweep; the permit is issued at Kochi (in Kerala). Foreign nationals are allowed only in Kadmat, Bangaram and Agatti islands. Agatti is connected to Kochi by air and sea; in fact Agatti is the gateway to Lakshadweep Islands with the only airport of the archipelago.



Kavaratti, the administrative headquarter is the most developed island. Its attractions include the Ujra mosque, marine aquarium, beaches and water sports. Kalpeni is known for the largest lagoon among Lakshadweep islands; the lagoon is good for kayaking and boating. Minicoy is located in southern Lakshadwep and its culture has affinity to that of Maldives. The language here is Mahl, which is a form of Divehi, the language of Maldives. Kadmat has lagoons both on its western and eastern peripheries. The island boasts of a water sports institute and a diving school. Bangaram is the only uninhabited island open to tourists. A short distance from Agatti Island, it can be reached by speedboat. Scuba diving, coral formations and a variety of fishes are the main attractions of Bangaram.

Absolutely Captivating picture of the Magnificent Himalayas taken at Himachal Pradesh.


Sunday, 30 June 2013

This breathtaking place begins with the letter 'Z'! Can you guess where?


Mumbaikars love going to this place and have 57 other places to go for a weekend getaway!---


Imagine taking a break in this breathtaking place in Kalimpong



"Neora Valley and Neora Valley Jungle Camp"

Kalimpong Experience: As the sun went down over the mountains, electric lights of Lava and Rishyap were shining like twinkling stars on mountains far away. The Jungle Camp of Kolakham in the Neora Valley at the fringe of the National Park plunged into darkness without having electricity. We were happy that the beauty of the splendid, still unexplored and densely forested wore a virgin look in kerosene lamps and campfire light. We had sought out the place exactly for this reason to be away from crowd, noise, smog and pollution. We were in North Bengal, close to Darjeeling and Kalimpong, two hill stations of renown yet as if thousands of miles from both. Our Mahindra Scorpio ran along a road that is no road but stones and ditches. Jayanta is driving in these areas long enough to negotiate bends, small rivulets and highs and lows easily. There were dense forests of oaks and rhododendrons, bamboos and sal. There were shrubs with wild flowers and tall grass and wild orchids and lichens hanging from trees. Fern and moss added to the mystery of the yet to be explored jungle. We had parked the Scorpio near a hair-pin bend to take in the magnificent panoramic views when we could see some movements above us in jungle. Jayanta signaled us to be silent and whispered that a Himalayan black bear was around. We waited it to show itself but almost 20 but it did not show up. From a distance we could see the Neora Valley Jungle Camp where we would be staying for a week. The Neora Valley seemed to us a perfect place for meditation, introspection and recharging of our bodies� batteries. We took a sharp curve and were at the gate of the Jungle Camp. I woke up and it was still dark. The kerosene lamp was switched off before I slept. I drew the curtains. The sun was somewhere in the horizon yet a silhouette of the third highest mountain could be seen, orange and distant. I picked up my binocular and Mt. Kanchenjunga came into my focus. I went outside. It was cold and lonely. Down below oak forest looked ghostly. We ate mixed vegetable, dal, chicken with roti and rice. Guests from abroad are also served same food and they relish it. I asked Kaushik and Bhaskar who were looking after the Camp that if Rais were vegetarians how they cooked chicken. They explained that Rais were convinced that for the survival of the camp depended upon tourists coming to Neora Vally and if they were not given food of their choice they might not stay long at the Jungle Camp making it unviable.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Inhabitants of Nepal had come here and settled down and they are Rais, worshippers of Krishna. So they are vegetarians, very hard working and treats nature as their mother. The Help Tourism is committed to look after their jungles, educate them about their valley and provide some employment and create employment opportunities in travel and tourism industries. Making local friendly gives solid security in jungle for guests. We gathered that evening for a camp fire where Rai boys sang with guitars in Nepali, English and Hindi songs. Ever smiling and innocent Rais of Neora Valley impressed me the most. Dinner was on metal plate like Rais eat at home. Food was simple but sumptuous. We ate mixed vegetable, dal, chicken with roti and rice. Guests from abroad are also served same food and they relish it. I asked Kaushik and Bhaskar who were looking after the Camp that if Rais were vegetarians how they cooked chicken. They explained that Rais were convinced that for the survival of the camp depended upon tourists coming to Neora Vally and if they were not given food of their choice they might not stay long at the Jungle Camp making it unviable. Tsering was at my door after breakfast to take us to core area of the National park. We drove back to Kolakham village and took the track to National Park. Dense forest of bamboos, oaks, rhododendrons and wild shrubs engulfed us. Scenic beauty was terrific. We aimed for Jaributi, a beautiful location and strong point for viewing wildlife. Road was precarious one but a tar road would have been mismatched with the terrain. Jayanta stopped our vehicle after an hour�s drive. There was a clearing and we could hear gurgling of flowing water below. While driving we had seen two Oriols and a Minivets. When our vehicle stopped, besides singing of birds and gurgling of a stream somewhere, we could hear silence of jungle only. As we sat down with lunch, a Himalayan bear made its appearance and its black coat shining in sunray, it stood scared seeing us. We clicked on our camera. Puran picked up a bamboo stick whirling over his head. The bear moved into the bush. I was angry with Puran but Jayanta and Puran explained that it was mating season of the bears and a male could be foul tempered. We sighted two bul buls sitting and singing on a small tree and also sighted a Pygmy-flycatcher. After lunch we began our descent following the gurgling stream towards a narrow gorge. There were huge spider webs from tree branches to tree branches. A deer herd was grazing at a distance. We could not identify properly, once deer seemed to be burking ones but then felt these were hog deer. Best sighting was Klija Pheasant and a lone yellow warbler we reached the end of the gorge at a village where we had planned to spend the night. Suhas Rai, who lets out stragglers like us, made two rooms available for four of us. Our backpacks were thrown on Spartan beds where we were to spread our sleeping bags for the night. It was late afternoon, around 3 pm so we walked on. We saw a great-pied Hornbill, many doves and pigeons. Bearded vulture was circling above us. Lots of singing birds were in the jungle but most were invisible. We saw a singing yellow billed cuckoo. Our binocular picked up couple of red legged falcon on a tree. Near the water of the stream, we saw a few civets. Sunlight was fading fast and we began trekking back. Bushes had wild flowers. That night we sat around fire and talked about the Neora Valley, Suhas Rai told us that finding tiger spoor; forest officials were surprised as till then they did not know the existence of tiger though there were leopards. Tigers were searched and found ultimately. Large tracks of the valley are still unexplored. The Neora Valley rises from 600ft to 10,600ft. Therefore, ecosystem and flora and fauna undergoes changes frequently.As we climbed higher bamboos gave way to oaks and rhododendrons with some flowering shrubs and bushes. Early in the morning, we began our trek back to the jungle camp. On the way we saw Golden Headed Black Finch, Himalayan griffon; great pied Hornbill, Red Headed Blue Finch, and the Rusty-bellied Shortwing. Binocular picked up a bear and two wild bores. We crossed Rishi Valley tribal villages, cardamom plantations, couple of streams and a lovely waterfall. We also saw an early blooming orchid to our surprise. We were back to the Neora Vally Jungle Camp at Kolakham village. We had finished a probing trip to still unexplored Neora Valley. We had seen prolific flora and fauna. Birding was fantastic. And the last thing must be talked is the Jungle Camp where star facilities exist even in the jungle. Each staff is ever smiling. So is Bhaskar, the manager, mountaineer and a perfect host.
Activities & things to do: Neora Valley is wildlife lovers dream destination. You might meet a black bear at any turn or a group of spotted deer go across your path. Bird watchers can see luarge number of migrartory and local birds. Trekking is the major activity besides camping in the thick of jungle's core area. Panther might visit you and recently tiger has been sighted. Precautions to be taken while camping.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Neora Valley: The Neora Valley is located in Northern part of the State of West Bengal in the tri-junction of West Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan. The valley is cradled in the Eastern Himalayas. Going there: The nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is well connected with Calcutta. Calcutta is connected by air with every part of the world. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri and is connected with both Calcutta and Delhi well. Both from airport and railway station, one has to travel by USV to the Neora Valley. Where to stay: Neora Valley The Jungle Camp run by the Help Tourism is the only place to stay in this virgin wilderness. Help Tourism provides birding facilities, trekking and wildlife sighting jeep safari.

A beautiful,splendid night at Udaipur.




About Udaipur Tourism
State: Rajasthan District: Udaipur
Famous for/as: Heritage Languages: Hindi
Best Season: Jan - Feb, Oct - Dec Weather: Summer 20 to 39°C,
Altitude: 600 m Winter 7 to 24°C
Pin Code: 313001 STD Code: 0294
Known as the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur is a beautiful city in the state of Rajasthan in the western part of India. It was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559 as the capital of the Mewar kingdom. 

Located in the Aravalli Ranges, Udaipur is one of the most well-known tourist destinations of the country and beautifully exemplifies the Rajasthani culture. It is a city rich in history and culture and is visited by tourists from all over who come here to get a glimpse of the Rajput way of life.

Things to do in Udaipur
Udaipur is known all around for its numerous lakes. Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajasmand Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Jaismand Lake and Pichola Lake are just few of the many beautiful likes in the city which add to the charm of the place and beautify the landscape. These lakes provide people with a wonderful way to spend a pleasant evening either sitting by the lake or boating. 

The city of Udaipur is also known for its palaces and forts, and every palace here is a tribute to the unique Mewar dynasty which has ruled the place for ages. The architectural style is extremely artistic and intricate. 

The City Palace, which is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan and an exquisite mix of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture, the Lake Palace situated in the middle of the Pichola Lake, the three storied Jag Mandir Palace are some of the many beautiful palaces in Udaipur. Many of the palaces, including the exquisite Lake Palace, have now been converted to luxury hotels and provide guests the opportunity to enjoy a truly royal vacation. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour the heritage city of Udaipur.

The Chittorgarh Fort which is the largest fort in the country and the Kumbhalgarh Fort are the famous forts in Udaipur, and are standing relics of the city’s history. There are also quite a few famous temples in Udaipur visited by devotees from around the country. 

The Jagdish Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Jain pilgrimage site - Ranakpur Temple - known for its intricate architecture, Rishabhdeo Temple which is another important Jain temple are few of the numerous temples in the city. 

The best time to visit Udaipur is during the winter months of September to March. During this time the weather is pleasant and the temperature is comfortable. The famous Mewar Festival held here at the onset of spring sees many tourists. It will be held from 25th-27th March, 2012 and coincides with the festival of Gangaur. Women get together and decorate the idols of Gangaur and Isar and take them in a procession to the famous Lake Pichola where they are put on decorated boats with a lot of fanfare. The festival also includes a vibrant display of Rajasthani folk culture and winds up with a display of fireworks.

Being such a popular tourist site, Udaipur is known for its many exquisite luxury and deluxe hotels most of which have successfully tried in keeping alive the rich culture and tradition of the place. 

Travelling to Udaipur
To reach Udaipur by air, easily accessible is the Maharana Pratap Airport located at Dabok at 22 km away from Udaipur. The airport connects to major cities in India that include Kolkata, Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai. Also, there is regular flights plying from Udaipur to Delhi and Mumbai. 

Udaipur has the main broad gauge railway line and connects to all major other railway stations in India. Express train services are also available from Udaipur to neighbouring and nearby cities like Jaipur and Jaisalmer.

Rajasthan Roadways has public bus services plying between Udaipur and the major cities in Rajasthan. Volvo super deluxe buses are also easily available from Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad to Udaipur. 

Accommodation options in Udaipur
Hotels in Udaipur range from heritage properties and budget hotels to culture hotels.  Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.

“Nature didn't need an operation to be beautiful. It just was.” ― Scott Westerfeld



About Munnar Tourism

State: Kerala District: Idukki
Famous for/as: Hill Languages: Malayalam,Tamil
Best Season: Jan - May, Aug - Dec Weather: Summer 19 to 35°C,
Altitude: 1700 m Winter 11 to 32°C
Pin Code: 685612 STD Code: 04865
The hill station of Munnar is situated in the Idukki District in the eastern part of Kerala, bordering the state of Tamil Nadu. Popularly known as Kashmir of the South, Munnar is well connected to all the cities in Kerala.

Munnar is located amidst mist-covered mountain ranges and evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, at a varying altitude of 1,600 m (5,249 ft) to 1,800 m (5,906 ft) above mean sea level, at the foot hills of Anamudi, the highest peak of the Western Ghats (2,695 m).

History of Munnar
The name Munnar was aptly given to this place since it is located at the convergence of three rivers, which are Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala. The vast tea estates and coffee plantations are the primary base for the flourishing economy of Munnar, besides tourism.

The recorded history of Munnar can be dated back to the 10th century, though many pre-historic relics linking Munnar to the Stone Age has been discovered. During the 17th century, a group of people of Tamil origin, known by the name ‘Muthuvans’ migrated to Munnar and they settled at Munnar and nearby areas.

By the 19th century, Munnar had become a part of Anchunadu, a small tribal kingdom believed to be one among the earliest tribal settlements of South India. The fertile soil of Munnar was used for the cultivation of cardamom, ginger, etc. in those days.

It was the Spanish planters who brought Munnar to the limelight and the first notable personality to visit this place was the Duke of Wellington. John Daniel Munro from the British East India Company visited Munnar around the middle of the 19th century and he gathered permission to acquire 588 sq. km. of land from the Maharaja of Poonjar.

With the assistance from Kannan Thevar, the tribal chief of Anchunadu, Mr. Manro and his companions took over some of the mountains and hills of Munnar. In 1895 Messrs Finlay Muir & Company procured Munro’s land and in 1976 Tata-Finlay Ltd. procured it.

Things to do in Munnar
Munnar is an idyllic tourist destination with rolling hills, grasslands, dense forests, brooks and rivulets, diverse flora and fauna, numerous waterfalls, lakes, tea plantations and walking trails. Some of the major attractions of the region are CSI Church - the landmark of Munnar, Eravikulam National Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Elephant Lake etc. Because of its scenic beauty and pleasant climate Munnar has become a popular destination for honeymoons as well as weekend getaways.

Food & Shopping in Munnar
Munnar offers all types of cuisines for the tourist. There are many restaurants and small eateries that offer good food.

Shopping at Munnar should include tea and spices. Tourists can buy tea sold by the KDHP (Kannan Deven Hill Plantations)

Travelling to Munnar
The nearest airport to reach Munnar is at Kochi, about 125 km away. The Kochi International Airport is not only well connected to the rest of the country but also to different parts of the world. From the airport taxi services are available which might cost around INR3000.

The nearest railway station is at Angamaly, which is at a distance of 120 km. Angamaly lies on the Ernakulam – Thrissur route and is well connected to other major cities in India. Taxis can be availed from the rail station to Munnar.

Munnar is also well connected by road. Bus services are available from different parts within the state as well as neighbouring states. These are operated by the state governments but private operators abound. Most of these buses stop at the Town bus stand in the main bazaar area near the confluence of the river and the Tata headquarters.

The best time to visit Munnar is from the months of August to March. The summer months of April and May are also pleasant with temperatures ranging from 15⁰ - 25⁰ Celsius. During the winter season the temperatures are lower with crisp mornings and bright blue skies and the nights being chilly. Heavy woollens and adequate protection should be taken against the cold. For those who love the rains, Munnar would be an ideal place in the monsoons with lush greenery and rolling mists everywhere.

Accommodation Options in Munnar
Hotels in Munnar range from 5 star to Budget hotels with all the facilities. Situated on the highest peak in South India, Munnar is ideal for trekkers, honeymooners and even family travelers. 

Friday, 28 June 2013

What a serene place to relax,reflect upon life and rejuvenate yourself!




About Bekal Tourism

Situated on the shore of the Pallikara village, Bekal is small town on the eastern seashore of Kerala. Located 16 km away from the Kasargod Town, Bekal is an important town of Kasargod district. During the Perumal age, the town was a part of Mahodayapuram. After the decline of Mahodayapuram Perumals by the 12th century, North Kerala including Bekal came under the administrative control of Kolathunadu. During the reign of Kolathiries, Bekal flourished as an important port town of Thulunadu.

In 1565, the Battle of Thalikkottai resulted in the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire. Several feudatory chieftains including the Keladi Nayakas became politically strong after the end of Vijayanagara Empire. Soon, the Nayakas realised the political and economic importance of the region and conquered it. During this time, Bekal served as a centre in establishing the domination of Nayakas in Malabar.

According to a local Kannada writer, Bekal Rama Nayak, Bekal is derived from the word Baliakulam, which means Big Palace.  In ancient time, every palace was protected by a fort and hence Bekal fort was also constructed. In 1763, this fort was captured by Hyder Ali, who passed it to Tipu Sultan. Later in 1799, Bekal came under the administrative control of English East India Company. During this time, Bekal became the headquarters of the Bekal Taluk of South Canara District, which was administered by Bombay Presidency.

In 1862, South Canara became a part of the Madras Presidency and Bekal Taluk was replaced by Kasargod Taluk. The oldest ritualistic temple art form of India, Theyyam, is predominant in the region. Every year from October through May, grand display of this ritual art is held at several places in the region. Kalaripayattu, the martial art form and Yakshagana, a musical theatre, are also an integral part of the culture of Bekal.

Major attraction in the town is Bekal Fort, which is one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. Underneath the Bekal Fort is the Bekal Beach, which is characterised by golden sand and palm trees. Furthermore, Valiyaparamba, which is around 19 km away from the destination, is famous as the beautiful stretch of backwater in Kerala.

The airport nearest to Bekal is Mangalore International Airport, which is located around 50 km away from the town. Kasargod and Kanhangad are the nearest railheads that can be used for reaching the destination by train. The town is also connected to Kasargod and Kanhangad by regular bus service operated by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. Best time to visit Bekal is from October through March, when weather is favourable for outing and sightseeing.    

Camels and a hot air balloon!?



About Pushkar Tourism

Pushkar in the Ajmer District of Rajasthan is a small town with ample religious beliefs attached to its existence. It is located at 510 meters above sea level and lies 14 km to the North West of Ajmer. Pushkar derives its literal meaning from the Sanskrit word”Pushkar”, which means blue lotus flower.

One of the most ancient cities in India, Pushkar is located on the banks of Pushkar Lake. The date when this place came to existence may remain unknown; But Lord Brahma is known to be the creator. The mythology associated with this place narrates a legend that Lord Brahma performed sacrament here for 60000 years to have a sight of Lord Vishnu.

Pushkar is one of the five sacred Dhams that are revered pilgrimage centres and it's importance is often referred as “tirth- raj”, which means the king of pilgrimages. Gradually gaining popularity, Pushkar has now emerged as the popular destinations among tourists not just from the country, but even from abroad.

Pushkar with its ample and glorified religious significance is the centre for many famous temples. Many of these temples, which were destroyed by Muslim conquest in this area, were rebuilt. The most famous temple amongst all is the Brahma Temple that seems to have been constructed in the 14th century AD.

The distinct feature of Pushkar is presence of Brahma Temple here, which is a very rare finding and is very few in India. The Pushkar Lake here has 52 ghats and attracts many pilgrims who descend here to bathe in the sacred water. The Pushkar Camel fair is another popular event that attracts many visitors in increasing count every year.

The name of this place links to a mythological tale. It is believed that the gods in Hindu religion released a swan with a lotus in its beak and let it free. Lord Brahma performed a Yagna and the place where lotus fell from beak of the swan was called Pushkar and has been called the same, since then.

The other places that can be visited include Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple and Savitri Temple. The two events that have greatly added to popularity of Pushkar are the Pushkar Bazaar and Pushkar Fair

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

About Hogenakkal Tourism





Hogenakkal is a small town in Tamil Nadu on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, which is known for its waterfall. The Hogenakkal Waterfall is a famous picnic spot. It is located at a height of 750 feet in the Melagiri Hills. Its water is said to have healing powers.

Hogenakkal Waterfalls, called as the Niagara of India are a sequence of falls. The wide flow of the Kaveri River gets split at this point, forms an island and plunges into a deep gulf to create one of the most beautiful waterfalls. The rocks thus get there name as Hogenakkal, which means ‘smoking rock’.

This seashore bath is well-known for coracle rides and masseurs. The noise of the Kaveri River, noisy between pebbly banks, is a regular attendance at most places in Hogenakkal. An additional attraction is the diving skill of the local kids, who show somersaults for a charge. They jump from a height of approximately 30 feet into the stream and go up straight back on the rocks within seconds.

Tourists can take a coracle trip from one corner of the river to the other. The coracles or spherical basket boats are enclosed with black synthetic sheets and take tourists across the waterway to the base of the falls. The best time to visit Hogenakkal is during the rainy season when the river overflows.

Hogenakkal is a popular daytrip destination from Bangalore and nearby cities. It is just over 130 km from Bangalore and bus services are available from Bangalore in Karnataka and Salem in Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is Bangalore International Airport and the nearest rail station is at Dharmapuri and Salem.

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About Digha Tourism

Digha is located in the East Midnapore District and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Lying 187 km away from Kolkata and at an average elevation of 6 m above sea level, Digha is the most popular sea resort of West Bengal.

Originally known as Beerkul, it was discovered by the British in the late 18th century. Warren Hastings, the first Governor-General of India, described Digha as ‘Brighton of the east’ in one of his letters to his wife.

The Digha Beach is popular for its views of the Bay of Bengal amidst the many casurina plantations along the seaside. The sea at Digha is mostly calm and shallow upto a mile off the beach, which makes its makes it safe for various marine activities like swimming, scuba diving, jet ski-ing and surfing.

Lately, due to erosion of the beach leading to a receded landspace, as well as for cleanliness reasons, a new Digha Beach has been developed as an extension to the old Digha beach, at a distance of 2 km from it. Visitors can also head to two other nearby spots: the Udaipur Beach and the Shankarpur Beach, which are relatively untouched.

The latest attraction of Digha is the recently built Science Centre. Digha also boasts of the largest aquarium in India, the Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India. Some of the other tourist places in the region include Subarnareskha River, Talsari, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; the Subarnareskha Delta and the Mandarmani Beach.

Digha has its own railway station and is well connected to Howrah and Kharagpur. Direct buses ply from Esplanade (Kolkata) to Digha on a frequent basis. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata is the nearest airport.

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About Chittorgarh Tourism

State: Rajasthan District: Chittorgarh
Famous for/as: Heritage Languages: Hindi
Best Season: Jan - Mar, Sep - Dec Weather: Summer 32 to 45°C,
Altitude: 394 m Winter 5 to 28°C
Pin Code: 312001 STD Code: 01472
Chittorgarh in Rajasthan is situated 115 km to the east of Udaipur and spread over an area of 700 acres. It is located beside a high hill near the Gambheri River. Chittorgarh is full of historical forts, palaces, temples and towers.

The history of Chittorgarh holds an important place in Indian history and is brimming with heroic tales of the great Rajput warriors. The origin of Chittorgarh can be found in history from the 7th century. Chittorgarh was earlier known as Chitrakut, after a local Rajput named Chitrang.

The kingdom of Chittorgarh was given as dowry to Bappa Rawal, who established the Sisodia dynasty at the time of his marriage to princess Solanki in the mid-8th century. Bappa Rawal’s descendants were the rulers of the place from the 8th to the 16th century.

The most important site of Chittorgarh is the Chittorgarh Fort. It is a patriotic emblem built in remembrance of the victory of the kingdom over Mohammed Khilji. The Tower of Victory or Vijay Stambha, as it is called, has nine floors which have carvings of Hindu gods and goddesses and stories from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The tower is 37 metres high.

Maha Sati, a sacred place, is located at Ahar in Chittorgarh. Maha Sati is famous for its natural reservoir, Gangodbhawa Kund. According to mythology, it had been found that that a tributary of the Ganges flows underground and emerges here as Ahar River in which this Kund is originated. Hence, it is believed that this reservoir contains sacred water. Maha Sati is also known for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The best way to get around Chittorgarh is by cycle or auto rickshaw. Rickshawallahs here, sometimes, also double up as guides.

Rajasthan is known to be a haven for shoppers and so is Chittorgarh. Tourists can buy a variety of tie and dye fabrics, silver jewellery, metal work and shoes from markets such as Rana Sanga Market, Fort Road and Sardar Bazaar.

Ganger is the prime festival celebrated in Chittorgarh, followed by other festivals like Diwali and Holi. Chittorgarh has an arid climate. The weather is quite hot in the summer season but the winters are cool and pleasant. The best time to visit Chittorgarh is from September to March.

The nearest airport to Chittorgarh is in Udaipur, 90 km away. The town is well connected to other major cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Ahmedabad and Indore by road and rail. 

About Zanskar Tourism





Zanskar is a sub district of Kargil district, which is visited for its famous mountain ranges and adventure activities. Zanskar, also known as Zangskar, is a popular destination in the Ladakh region. Tourists visit this place to view its scenery and Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries. It borders Ladakh and is almost identical to Ladakh in terms of population and infrastructure.

Zanskar is spread over an area of about 2,700 square miles at an altitude of 11,500–23,000 feet. It is a high altitude semi-desert lying on the northern wing of the Himalayan Range. Zanskar is situated in the interior of Leh-Ladakh and during the months of November to May, it is cut off due to heavy snowfall.

According to historical records, the first activity in Zanskar seems to be recorded in the Bronze Age. It is believed that an Indo-European population identified as the Mon might have inhibited this place. Buddhists coming from Kashmir spread their influence over this city in nearly 200 BC.

The oldest monuments in Zanskar date back to the Kushan period. Zanskar and other regions of the western Himalayas were invaded in the 7th century by Tibetans, who spread their Bon religion here. Buddhism retrieved its influence over Zanskar in the 8th century.

The border conflicts among India, Pakistan and China kept this place secluded for visitors and foreigners.  During the wars over borders, Ladakh had to sacrifice two thirds of its territory. The first road of this place, connecting to Padum with the road between Srinagar to Ladakh, was built in 1979. Zanskar, once a restricted area, was opened in 1974 only to foreigners.

Zanskar is renowned for trekking, mountaineering and rafting. Apart from that, it is also popular for its snow-capped peaks. The Zanskar River, which flows in the valley, gives opportunity for rafting. On the way to Zanskar from Leh, tourists can visit Mulbek, which is popular for a huge sculpture of the Buddha on a rock.



The way between Ringdum from Mulbek offers the view of snow covered mountains and two highest peaks of Nun and Kun. Zangla, once ruled by a titular king, is 35 kilometres away from Zanskar and offers views of the austere life style of a small community of nuns. Another popular place is Remala, a village that comes on the way to Zanskar. Zongkhul, which is located in the trekking trail of Padum to Kishtwar, is popular for its cave monasteries.

Zanskar does not have any airport of its own. The nearest airport to the place is Leh. It takes an hour to reach Leh from Delhi. Jammu is the nearest railway station. Tourists can take the Srinagar route to Leh to reach this place. Manali route is another option available for travellers to reach Zanskar. 

'Niagra falls of India'.



"Athirapilly : Calling Nature lovers !"

Athirappilly Experience: Travel approx 70 + kms from Cochin and then you reach Athirappilly, known for its beautiful waterfalls.It is a perfect one day trip to escape into the lush greenery from the busy city life. Beyond Athirappilly and the nearby waterfalls Vazhachal,lies the Sholyar ranges. This place maintains a rich flora and fauna and is the nest to many rare species of birds.The waterfalls are a part of the beautiful Chalakudy river.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Main attraction here is obviously the waterfalls and the road that leads you to them. Ezhattumugham prakrithi gramam would also be a good pitstop on the way to the falls. It is a park on the side of a check-dam at Ezhattumugham. If well kept this park can attract more tourists. Silverstorm amusement park Athirappilly would also be a good place to check out. On the way to Athirappilly and Vazhachal waterfalls there are many number of pitstops, rather view points for tourists to get down and take a walk. The lush greenery and water on either sides at few places adds to the scenic beauty. The beauty of this place has been brought into celluloid with much perfection by famous director Mani Ratnam in his film Raavan. I had stayed at rainforest resort, Athirampilly and since it is a luxury resort, their rates are on the higher side. But the amenities they offer are worth the rates. They have a well maintained pool, super spacious rooms, the walking area inside the resort is huge and its kept natural.The best part is if you could get to stay in the tree house (just 1 there ) and the direct view of the waterfalls that you get to see right from your window.They also have a private path that takes you to the waterfalls. If you are ready to spend a good sum on your stay then Rainforests (Abad property ) is the right choice for you.



Activities & things to do: As far as i know, there are no water games,boating or adventure sports being offered here. Travelers can walk up till the waterfalls over the rocks (at certain places they are slippery )There are guides/forest officers to ensure the safety of visitors and to make sure they do now get into areas marked as dangerous for swimming.If you go to silverstorm, that can easily take up a half day of yours.
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Easily accessible from Angamaly or Chalakudy side. If your are taking the route from Angamaly, you pass Ezhattumugham too. But being a hard core traveler, the route i loved and would suggest would be coming from Pollachi side and then crossing Valparai and then cutting the dense Malakkiparai forests and then reaching Vazhachal Athirapalli. If you are lucky enough you can get to see wild elephants, bison or may be even a tiger :) Have seen news articles of tiger been spotted in Malakkaparai area.