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Exploring Kerala with adventurous holidays

Kerala is known as God’s own country for a reason. The majestic mountains in the Western Ghats along with the emerald green waters of the Arabian Sea together combine in exact harmony in Kerala thereby portraying a magnetic beauty that you just cannot resist. Kerala boasts of natural forests with stunning flora and fauna and that is why it is such a popular tourist destination for people all over the world.

Backwaters in Kerala

Backwaters in Kerala

Here are some of the adventurous activities that you can do while on a visit to Kerala. If you have that madness streak in you, you would certainly fall in love with your visit to this place and would want to come back again and again over the years.

Bamboo rafting in the rivers: if you love nature, you would certainly want to try the bamboo rafting at the Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady. It is a 9 hour journey on the raft made from bamboo in the river and is an eco tourism program that is already a hit with the tourists all over the world. While on the raft, you can enjoy the sceneries of the forests all around you and also watch the animals and the birds chirping away melodiously on the trees.

Houseboats in Kerala

Houseboats in Kerala

If you are fond of some more adventure, you can also try the Canoeing and Kayaking: Staying at the Kerala Backwaters and enjoying the majestic beauty of the surroundings on different types of kayak is unparallel to any other experiences in the world. Backwaters being one of the best places in Kerala that is frequented by the honeymooners and also the tourists looking for some tranquility also offers the amazing view of the culture and the life style of the Keralians on the Kayak tour.

If you like trekking, you can also choose the mountain climbing. The Chembra Peak at Wayanad is a popular place for the mountain climbing. Or you can also choose to trek along the tiger line in the forests of Thekkady. There are guides who can help you in the trek and also help you spot the animals while you walk through the forests in camouflaged wear.

Living on the tree to get closer to the lap of the nature is also a must when you are in Kerala. While there are several Kerala resorts and hotels, staying on a tree top can indeed be an enchanting experience. It is a special facility that is offered by several resorts in Kerala and if you opt for one such, it will certainly be a memorable experience for you.

 

 

A trip down south to Goa and Kerala

It is always more fun to go for the unplanned trip. It is full of surprises and can surprise you with such bold activities that you never have given a thought to before. Such is the beauty of the unplanned and sudden trips. Goa is a tourist friendly place and it is also a popular tourist spots. It receives tourists from all over the world almost all throughout the year. Of course the peak season to visit Goa would be from October till June.

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There are different ways of reaching Goa by road, rail and air as well. However, it is always a wise idea to make prior booking for the accommodations in Goa. There are several great places to stay and if you have the budget for it, you can also opt for the stay at 5 star hotel in Goa. There are a lot of sightseeing points and also other tourist destinations in Goa and you can also indulge in the various beach and water sports too like snorkeling, diving etc. The best thing about Goa is that it is a really small state and has an area of only 40 sq km. If you are able to hire a two wheeler or a car, you can crisscross the state in 3 days flat with all the sightseeing points covered well.

If you are on an unplanned trip, of course three days of holidaying is certainly not enough to fulfill your senses. Instead you can always take the trip to more down towards south, to the God’s own country of Kerala. Kerala is only 7 hours away from Goa and can be reached by road overnight. There is no dearth of accommodations in Kerala too and there are several tourist attractions that you can visit.

When it Kerala, if your budget allows, you can avail the luxury of the 5 star hotels in Kerala or even the tea resorts that are so abundantly available. The view of the tea plantations in Kerala like in Munnar is magnificent and there is no reason why you should miss being in this place at least once in your life time.

Kerala is covered with lots of greenery and it can be awesome to spend some quiet time at the Kerala Backwaters that is oh so famous in the state. Also do not forget to check out the Periyar National Park that is located at Thekkady while you are camping in Kerala.

A journey to Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam is also popularly known as Vizag. It is an industrial city located on the coast of Andhra Pradesh and overlooks the Bay of Bengal. It is well known for its steel plant and also for its huge naval base of the country. Since the last few decades or so, vizag is also being counted as a major tourist destination.  It is a city full of surprises and if you ever happen to visit it once, you would like to go back their yet again.

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There are several hotels at Visakhapatnam and thus accommodation is never much of a concern.  When you are at the city, some of the nearest attractions that you can visit include the Rushikonda beach and also the Ramakrishna Beach. The Ramakrishna Beach is yet a virgin and thus is less frequented by people. So if you are looking for some serenity in your trip, you can always drop in here for a stroll in front of the vast expanse of the sea. Near the beach there is also the Kursura Submarine museum where you can walk in for a look. It is one of its kinds in the Asian continent.

The Rushikonda Beach instead is a crowded one and yet one of the most visited places in Vizag. Apart from the beaches, you can also visit Kailasha giri which is a 45 minutes bus ride from Vizag city. It is a mountain top that offers excellent view of the city with mountains stretching in between. You can also have a panoramic view of the city of Vizag from the mountain top. There are also huge statues of Lord Shiva and Parvati perched on the rock amidst the garden.

Next you can visit the Araku Valley and the Borra caves which are famed tourist destinations. You can visit the tribal museum where you can check out the lifestyle of the tribal people with life size models. Borra Caves on the other hand are dark and huge but they were illuminated with the help of fluorescent lamps so that you can see the stalactites and the stalacmites formation within the cave. They are formed as a result of deposition of the calcium bicarbonate.

You can visit Vizag from Hyderabad too. There are many cheap hotels in Hyderabad and the place is also great with several visits worthy locations like the Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Salarjung Museum etc.

Go Goa: Its carnival time!

If you are an adventure freak, you can plan an awesome road trip from Hyderabad to Goa. Goa is approximately 540 km away from Hyderabad. The shortest route on road is of course when you start from Hyderabad and take on the NH7 towards Raichur. From Raichur, you have to take the SH 20 which is in the state of Karnataka and take up the Lingasur, Hungund, Bagalkot, Yergatti, Belgaum, Londa and finally to Panaji.

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The road condition is great and there is less traffic too. Once you are in Goa, there are several marvelous things to do. Goa is an exotic state and is the smallest in the country. The tourism sector in Goa is busy all throughout the year and now they have decided to focus more on the promotion of the festival tourism in the state. Goa is known not only for its sun kissed beaches and the silvery white sand, but also for the carnivals and the other festivities that are spread all throughout the year.

For instance, the Goa carnival this year is happening on and from March 1st till 4th and there are some grand plans for the same. The carnival will be celebrated across seven cities and the main parade would be held at Panaji on 1st March. It is imperative to say that the carnival is a memorable experience not only for the locals but also for the tourists and visitors from different parts of the world.

It can be difficult to find accommodation at such times in Goa since tourists from different countries of the world flock to Goa in hordes to be an active participant in the carnival. But if you are planning to visit Goa during the carnival, you can book your tickets and the accommodations early in order to grab a decent staying place. There are several luxury resorts in Goa which you can avail if you make your bookings early.

Hyderabad on the other hand is a fast growing technological hub of India, holding the second place to Bangalore. Unlike Goa, Hyderabad has a lot of ancient history associated with the city. It was named in honor of Hyder Mahal, the wife of Quli Qutub Shah who was once the ruler of Hyderabad. You can visit Hyderabad on a weekend trip and explore the city. You can select some of the best hotels in Hyderabad for staying purpose. Some of the posh areas in the city are Banjara Hills, Ameerpet and Punjagutta.

 

Incredible India- the incredible Ooty!

The real name of Ooty is Ootacamund which is colloquially known as Ooty. It is the capital of the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu and is also known as the Udhagai or the Udagamandalam. Ooty is best known for its numerous tea plantations and estates and is also known lovingly as the Queen of hill stations in India.

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It is needless to say that Ooty is also one of the most popular hill stations in India and is a land of beautiful sceneries and picturesque landscapes. This is a small town that is located at an altitude of around 2240 meters above the sea levels. There are dense forests, lofty mountains, miles of greenery, tea gardens and estates and also wide grassland with scenic beauties all over the town. All these sceneries attract tourists in hordes from different parts of the world.

Did you know that this hill station was also a popular getaway for the British during the weekends and the summer? This town was also the summer capital for the Madras Presidency during the rule of the East India Company. Even the soldiers who were wounded in the war were sent here to recuperate; such is the miracle in the climate of this small scenic town.

When you are in Ooty, you must take a trip on the Nilgiri Toy Train as the trip without the train ride would be judged as an incomplete one. The slow toy train connects the town of Ooty with Mettupalayam which is located at the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains. Ooty can also be a fun place to shop around. Would you believe that you can get the winter clothes like the hats, gloves and also the jackets at a price of Rs 100 at this present day? Well, in Ooty, you would get such winter clothes at such amazing prices.

The main areas for shopping include the commercial road where you can visit the government outlets and shops. Since the main production in this town is tea, you can get a variety of tea for purchase and also tasting. You can also purchase the various organic products and honey that are bought to the market by the local farmers.

If you are in Ooty, places to stay are ample in number and accommodation is not a problem since the area is an attractive tourist spot. Places to stay in Ooty is several ranging from the luxurious ones and also the budget hotels. There are even the dormitories available for the students.

Places to explore in Bangalore

Bangalore was earlier known as the Pensioner’s Paradise. But now, it is a fresh and a dynamic city. There is a lot of things to do in Bangalore and lots of places to explore. There are great eateries to try out the special south Indian cuisine, luxurious accommodations, quaint boutiques, wellness retreats, and lots of gardens and parks to explore.

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The climate of Bangalore is essentially mild all throughout the year and the environment is fresh with lots of greeneries. Bangalore is also a major starting point for visiting the other Karnataka tourism places like the tea plantation of Coorg, the ornate areas of Srirangapatnam and Mysore, the silk factories located in Ramanagaram and also the ancient temples of Somanthpur for their excellent architecture.

There are lots of places worth visiting in Bangalore. Some of them are mentioned below:

The Tipu Sultan Palace and Fort

Tipu Sultan was also known as the Tiger of Mysore and he was a prominent ruler of Mysore. The fort of Tipu Sultan was originally built in 1537 and was established by Kempe Gowda and much later expanded by Tipu Sultan. It is also known as the Abode of Peace and is famous for the gorgeous looking architecture along with excellent carvings from teakwood. The fort also has a lot of hidden chambers worth exploring. There is also a museum within the fort compound and there are excellent collections of historical photos.

The Bangalore palace is yet another place worth visiting. This palace is built as a replica of the Windsor Castle in London and is now used for hosting public events and private parties as well. You can also explore the gothic windows along with the huge turrets and the ivories and enjoy the serenity of the palace in the midst of the busy streets of Bangalore.

The vidhana soudha is the home for the state legislature and is conceived by the chief minister of the then Mysore state, Kengal Hanumanthaiah. The public entry is restricted otherwise and if you intend to explore this excellent splendor, you must arrange for necessary permissions earlier than your trip.

Places to stay in Bangalore

Bangalore boasts of several accommodations. There are many 5 star resorts in Bangalore that are worth staying in. Apart from those, there are also of course many other budget hotels and home stays available in the city. Thus accommodation is not must of a cause for concern when you are busy in planning for a city ride.

 

Tourist places worth visiting in India

India has unique varieties of places worth exploring along with varied places, monuments and even the landscapes. There are several almost endless combinations of tourist attractions in India which will never cease to amaze you. India is considered as the seventh largest country in the world and is the only such sub continent with mountains stretching in the North and the vastness of the ocean in the south. Not to forget the tropical greenery of the west to the beautiful folk culture of the north east. There are more than one billion people in India and they are divided into approximately two thousand ethnic groups of people. In India alone, at least around 200 different languages are spoken.

 Beautiful Radha Krishna idols at ISKCON temple bangalore

The Taj Mahal that is located in Agra is well known all over the world and tourists flock from different parts of the world all throughout the year to visit the place. It is an exotic mausoleum carved out of white marble. It was built between 1632 and 1653 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is also known as “a teardrop on the cheek of eternity” and is one of the best masterpieces of Mughal architecture, apart from being the most popular tourist destinations in India. The Harmandir Sahib, which is better known as the Golden Temple is worth making a visit too. It is located in Amritsar and is considered as the most important religious place to the Sikhs.

The Kerala backwaters in the southern most part of India are a chain of lakes and lagoons lying parallel to coast of the Arabian Sea. It is home to many unique and varieties of species of aquatic life like the frogs, crabs, and the mudskippers, otters, turtles and other animals and water species, birds etc. The Virupaksha Temple located in the city of Hampi grew larger during the reigns of Vijayanagara. The Kanha National Park is a great watch for the variety of wildlife species in Asia. You can also catch a glimpse of the tiger here apart from the sanctuary at Sunderbans. Jaisalmer is the desert town and is located in Rajasthan’s remote westernmost corner close to Pakistan.

Varanasi situated at the banks of the River Ganges is sacred to the jains, hindus and also the Buddhists. Palolem is one of the most developed beaches in Goa. The Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the 2th century BC. Also worth visiting are the Ajanta and the Ellora caves located in the state of Maharashtra.

Explore South India: get enchanted

South India has some excellent places worth visiting at least once in a life time. For instance, one such place to visit in Kerala is the Peechi Dam. Kerala is already known as God’s own country while Tamil Nadu is enchanting. No matter which place you wish to travel, this blog would give you a couple of great ideas on some of the exclusive destinations in south India and which are not flocked by tourists much.

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One such place would be the Peechi Dam which is in Thrissur. The exact location of the Peechi Dam is outside the city of Thrissur in Kerala around 22 kilometers away. Although it is irrigation dam and supplies water to the nearby villages of Thrissur, it is also worth a place of visit. The dam is built on the Manali River and has a catchment area of nearly 3200 acres with cascading fountains and also extensive botanical gardens. In other words, the area is an interesting place for any tourist looking for solitude in serenity.
You can also check out the tuskers on the banks of the Manali River, at the Peechi- Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is built on an area of 125 square kilometer and has been entertaining people since 1958.
You can also take some time out to visit the Palakkad Fort that is also well known as the Tipu’s Fort. It is located at the center of the Palakkad town of Kerala. You can make an idea from the name of the fort that it was built by Haider Ali in 1766 AD. It is also a great place to visit and also relax inside the fort. There is a huge ground between the Palakkad Town Hall and the fort. The town hall is also known as the Kota Maidanam or the Fort Grounds. These grounds have once served as the stable for the horses and the elephants of Tipu Sultan’s army men. It is now used for holding exhibitions, cricket matches and other kinds of public meetings. There is also an open air auditorium nearby by the name of Rappadi. It is being preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. They are all located near each other and you can certainly visit all these places on a day out in Kerala trip with your family members. It is imperative to say that you will certainly enjoy such a lovely outing on a sunny holiday.