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Incredible India- Amazing Hyderabad

Want to taste the flavors of India? Visit Hyderabad. It is a fast developing IT city and the capital of Andhra Pradesh and also the recently established state of Telengana. It is a city of fixed flavors as you can find the modern and the ancient life style all encoded with a rich ancient history that is so well evident in the different monuments of the city like the temples, mosques, and other heritage buildings and architectures.

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid

Hyderabad is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and thus it is flocked by hordes of tourists from different parts of the world all throughout the year. It is thus not very surprising that several tourist agencies and the agents offer attractive tour packages to the city of Hyderabad along with different travel deals too. The city is also known for its cuisine and other products like the pearls and the leather. Thus if you are fond of retail therapy, Hyderabad can be a great booster for you in terms of shopping and indulging in some retail therapy.

When you think of Hyderabad, you also think of the Charminar. In fact, it is the face of Hyderabad to the world. Within 100 meters of the Charminar is located the Mecca Masjid which is one of the biggest mosques in Asia. Apart from these two quick views in Hyderabad, you can also spend a relaxing evening next to the Hussain Sagar Lake which is right next to the Eat Street which is also known as the Necklace Street in Hyderabad. The Necklace Street is very similar to the Marine Drive in Mumbai in terms of the look and décor. Apart from these, you can also stroll down to the Birla Temple and the NTR Gardens. You would need at least an entire day if you want to check out the collections at the Salar Jung Museum. It boasts of some awesome collections of the Nizams of Hyderabad and is worth a visit when you are in the city.

Hyderabad in the evening

Hyderabad in the evening

While in Hyderabad, you would want to look for preferably a good accommodation, cheap in terms of budget and clean for living. Well, that is not much of a problem either since there are several accommodations available in the city and they range from the 5 star Hotels Hyderabad to the budget hotels. You can make prior bookings or you can also walk down into a chosen hotel after reaching the city. However it is recommended that you make prior bookings to ensure confirmed living space.

Select a good hotel while on a holiday

If you are planning a tour of Kerala this spring, it is indeed the best choice that you can make for a relaxing trip that will rejuvenate you in a short time span. Planning a trip is never easy and you need to go through a lot of hassles in terms of the itinerary, accommodations, traveling within the area etc. While you can hire the services of a travel operator, he can certainly help you with the vacation plan to the core, but he can never make the hotel bookings for you. Thus it is imperative to say that you have to take care of the accommodation part all by yourself.

Kerala at Sunset

Kerala at Sunset

It is needless to say that while planning a proper tour itinerary requires certain knowledge and expertise, choosing to stay in an accommodation is rather subjective and hence it is up to the customer to make this selection according to the preference and of course the budget.

Selecting the hotel for accommodation is very personal as a choice and there is no one else in the world who can do it for you since it largely depends on certain personal factors like the budget that you have in mind and the standard of living that you are used to, the basic requirements that you have and also your expectations out of a place etc matters significantly while choosing the best hotel for staying purpose.

Thus when you are looking for the best hotels in south India for your vacation purpose, you must get involved in the tour planning and also spend some time researching on the internet to look for the best hotel that suits your preferences and also budget. The travel operators also recommend hotels some of the time when they have good feedback about any such hotels from the previous clients. However, you can always conduct your research and at the same time take a look at the recommendation from the tour operators so as to get the best deal in this regard.

River rafting in Kerala

River rafting in Kerala

Besides while you are on travel to Kerala, you must check the following factors while choosing a good hotel:

  1. The budget for staying is within your comfort limits.
  2. The location of the hotel is an important factor to be considered too.
  3. The category of the hotel is also worth your considerable factors as depending on it you would have an idea about the kind of living standards it offers.
  4. The quality of the food and the room should also fit your preferences and expectations.

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 to Chennai from Bangalore

Chennai is located in the southern most part of India and is a major commercial and cultural center in India. It is also one of the four metropolises in India and is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Chennai has deep rooted culture and tradition that is based on the Dravidian civilization. For instance, for most residents of the city and the state of Tamil Nadu, the day begins with the wishes and prayers to Sri Venkatesha Supravatam and also by doing up the kolams or rangolis in their home premises.

Chennai

At present, Chennai is a thriving center for the health care, technology and the manufacturing industries for the country. It also boasts of a huge film industry that churns out several movies throughout the year. When you talk about the art and culture, you would have to speak about the Hindustani classical Carnatic music and the dance form known as Bharatnatyam both of which originates in Chennai. AR Rahman the aced musician who won the Oscar hails from Chennai and is also known as the Mozart of Madras.

Chennai is also the main getaway for other tourist attractions like Mahabalipuram, Tirupati, and Pondicherry etc. Check out the various temples in Chennai and the Madras Museum which is the most visited places in the city. There are many other museums in Chennai that are worth visiting especially if you have keen interest in art and history. Pongal is the main festival of Chennai and is celebrated in January for a period of 5 days.

Bangalore

Accommodation in Chennai is not much of a hassle as you can always find endless number of hotels in Chennai for staying over and touring the city. Bangalore which is the capital of Karnataka is just 350 km away from Chennai. It is also known by several other names like Bengaluru, Pensioner’s Paradise and The Garden City of India.

Some of the best visiting places in Bangalore include the Lal Bagh which is a botanical garden established by Hyder Ali. It is well known for the annual flower show every year. The rock of Lal Bagh that dates back to 3000 million years is also an attraction that you must visit. Cubbon Park is another attraction designed by Richard Sankey. Apart from these gardens and parks, some other places to see near Bangalore include the historical monuments like the Bangalore Fort and the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, the Bangalore Palace and the Mayo Hall.

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.

Kumarakom- the backwaters Paradise

Are you planning a trip to south of India? In that case, the state of Kerala is the ideal place to start. There are several small unexplored or nearly virgin spots that are worth making a visit, for instance, Kumarakom.

Kumarakom is located around 16km away from the Kottayam City in Kerala. It is one of the most popular destinations that thrive on backwater tourism in Kerala. Kumarakom is a small cluster of islands located on the Vembanad Lake. On the other hand, the Vembanad Lake is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala that also is a popular back water tourist spot in the state.

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Apart from the back water tourism, there is also a huge bird sanctuary in Kumarakom that is spread across an area of around 14 acres. It is a preferred place for the migratory birds and also the ornithologists alike. If you are fond of bird watching or would like to try it as a hobby, you can visit this sanctuary since here you can spot several species of birds like the Darters, Egrets, Water Fowls, Herons, Teals, Wild zDuck, Siberian Stork, Cuckoo etc. Kumarakom also is the home to a huge range of stunning fauna and flora.

Among several activities in Kumarakom, you can also opt for some of the luxurious options like the fishing and boating etc. Since the town is surrounded by salt and the fresh water, fishing is a thriving business here. If you are fond of eating fish, this is the place to be as you can gorge on different marine and other fresh water fishes like the Shrimp, Karimeen, prawns etc. In fact, Kumarakom is one of the most popular Kerala tourism places to visit.

The best time to visit this small fishing town is during the months of September to March. The climate remains ideal for all kind of sightseeing, and other tourist activities. It is an ideal tourist destination and has a lot of animals, plants, reptiles, and different species of fishes, crabs, shrimps, squids, birds etc which makes this place worth a visit.

In the back water zone, you can hire the houseboat for staying purpose and experience the lagoons, lakes, aquatic life and also the canals that all spell scenic beauty at its best. After a wonderful stay at the houseboats, you can also visit Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. You can stay at the budget hotels in Trivandrum.

Top Hotels in Bangalore

The Hotel industry is booming on a speedy rate in India today. States like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka etc are offering luxurious as well as affordable hotels which are in a way creating competition among the hotel groups and owners and proving beneficial to the customers.

Here is a list of ace hotels providing hospitality and service at its best. The first one on my countdown list is ‘E-inn’ renamed as ‘Sai Vishram Hotel’, a 5 star business hotel, located in the bustling Electronics City, which is known as a technology hub. There are 252 rooms and suites in the hotel, which are equipped with luxurious amenities. Mini fridge, Wi-Fi internet and tea/coffee maker are provided in these rooms and suites making the experience bigger and better. If happen you visit it do not miss to savour English Tea with mouth-watering pastries at the lobby lounge.

Moving on to the next hotel, ‘The Paul Bangalore Hotel’, 40 kilometres away from the Bangalore International Airport and just around the corner from Embassy Golf Links Business Park, the home to several of the main IT hubs of the city. It provides facilities like swimming pool with steam, sauna and Jacuzzi, kids’ swimming pool, sun beds, amenities for the physically challenged. It also provides Gymnasium and health club, travel desk, and taxi services. If you visit it, don’t go without having food in 24-hour Sidewalk Cafe and bar.

Another 5 star hotel, ‘Bengaluru Marriott Hotel Whitefield’, provides services like Travel Desk, Babysitting Service, Valet Parking etc. It also delivers a round the clock room service and efficient house-keeping ensuring relaxed and comfort stay. Room delights include mini bar, tea/coffee maker, television with satellite connection and direct dial telephone. An executive writing desk and high speed wireless internet access is available in all rooms. Visit the pastry shop which serves some luscious confectionaries baked by connoisseurs.

Bangalore is blessed with development especially in the Hotel & restaurant sector. In order to rejuvenate yourself you need to visit ‘Palm Meadows Club’ which renders services like massage centre, yoga meditation centre and yoga classes as well. The guests also find games room, 24 hour room service and parking facility also. At hotel the guests can request for taxi service, babysitting service and guide service. Hotel offers chargeable facilities like conference hall, business centre, internet facility, and railway station transfer and snack/fruit basket. Washrooms of the hotel have shower area, hot/cold running water and bathroom toiletries. It is a 5 star hotel giving excellent facilities in terms of luxury and hospitality.