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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.

 

Explore the charms of south India

The tourist places in South India are breathtaking and they enchant the senses beyond imagination. If you want to get on to a stunning adventure of spectacular beauty along with huge architectural splendor and also captivating culture, South India is the best place to be. The places are the ideal combination of stunning beaches, serene hill stations, ancient temples and also several great services like the ever rejuvenating Ayurveda and the spa therapy.

Onam celebrations among girls

South India is a coveted destination for the tourists from all over the world, some of the marvelous d and best tourist places in south of India are the states of Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Even Andaman and the Nicobar Islands also fall under the south Indian region. The charm and the beauty of the south of India can be truly enchanting.

Kerala

Kerala is defined as God’s own country. It is a treasure trove waiting to be explored by the tourists from across the globe. Kerala is also the ideal tourist destination with sun kissed beaches, lush hill stations, exotic backwaters, and even ancient temples, great cuisine along with refreshing Ayurveda therapy. One of the best attractions of Kerala is staying at the houseboats. It is one of the best destinations for the honeymooners and newly married. It is a romantic getaway in India. When you are in Kerala, you must visit the places like Munnar, Periyar, Alleppey, Cochin, Kovalam, Kumarakom, Thekaddy and also the Trivandrum.

Also you should never miss the Kerala Backwaters while in the state. While you are visiting Kerala backwaters, you can avail the accommodation at the houseboats. Some of the back water areas on which you can stay include the places like Alleppey, Cochin, Trivandrum, Kumarakom and Kovalam.

Bangalore is also a must visit place in south India. It is the IT hub of the country and is also known as the Garden City. When you are in Bangalore, places to stay in the city are several and you can avail the luxury hotels or the budget hotels as per your requirement and also the budget. Bangalore is the major stop for visiting all the different exotic tourist destinations in south India. You can get to Bangalore and plan your itinerary and visit the different tourist destinations accordingly. While in Bangalore, do not forget to check out the different monuments and gardens in the city. You can stay over in the city for a day or two and explore the place.

 

Places worth exploring in Kerala

Kerala is a beautiful state and there is reason why it is so popularly known as God’s own country. If you ever plan to go on an extended trip to this world class state, make sure to check out the several unexplored or less popular tourist attractions in the state. They are not crowded yet are exotic in their own way. Kerala is often termed as the crown jewel of India or rather south of India.

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Some of the best Kerala places to visit that are also yet to be noticed by the tourists from all over the world include the Vattavada hill station. There are also several 5 star hotels in India and in Kerala where you can stay overnight while you are on a trip.

Imagine walking along the zigzag lines while soaking in the beauty of the nature. Well, if you have not yet had the opportunity to visit such a magnificent place, Vattavada is the place to be. Apart from the tranquility and serenity of Kerala, you can also view the lush greenery of the hills while you are in Vattavada.

Vattavada is located just around 50km from Munnar and offers splendid views of the surrounding areas. It is already known that Munnar is a popular hill station, but Vattavada is no less. You can visit the vast vegetation that is situated almost 6500 feet above the sea level.  The climate of the hill station is also mild and thus the vegetation is also in abundance. You can also take a look at the amazing flora that grows in the hills of Vattavada like Strawberry, Blackberry, Apple, Orange, Plums, Egg Fruits, Gooseberry, Passion Fruits and even Peach.

Vattavada is also blessed with the beauty of many rare species of fauna that grows in and around the valley. It is in fact a delight to watch the beauty and along with it the different types of birds and butterflies. It is still a virgin place and you can always plan a trip into this beautiful world and soak in the scenic wonders that you have never seen before.

Also if you are fond of adventures, Vattavada can be ideal for trekking and backpacking. Apart from Vattavada, there are also many such places that are also ideal for trekking like Mattupetty, Kodaikanal, Kanthaloor, Meesapulimala etc. Apart from trekking, you can also opt for a jeep safari or jungle camping, even mountain biking to make your trip to adventure a wonderful one that will remain in your memories for the rest of your life.

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.

Important information about South India Trip

If you want to opt for such a holiday destination that will also provide you with an ample dose of spirituality, you should ideally plan a trip to the Southern parts of India. Whether it is the temples in your itinerary or if you just want to visit the exotic sceneries of Coorg or Munnar, there is no dearth of South India tourist places. South India is rich with exotic holiday destinations and you would be lost for choices if your time is short and you want to cover most of the south India tourist places.
For instance, the hill stations at the south India are nestled along the Western Ghats and they offer a rare and excellent chance to explore the wilderness of the forests in the Western Ghats. You can also take a stroll down the vast areas of the various tea plantations and also the mountains that are mostly clad with mists and fog all throughout the year. This is the reason why, all the hill stations in the south India are frequently visited by tourists from different parts of the world.

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Some of the most popular tourist destinations in India include the Munnar in Kerala which is known for its beautiful sceneries and also for the vast trails of plantations and also adventure tourisms. Munnar is a heaven for the people who are adventure freak and look for a streak of adventure in each of their holiday trips. Munnar is also home to the Anamudi Peak which is the highest in South India. You can enjoy the soft and the hard trekking, the thrills of the rock climbing and para gliding. There is the Eravikulam National Park that is home for such adventure sports and it is also well known for spotting the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.
If you are in Kerala, you must not miss on the opportunity to visit the backwaters and stay on the houseboats. Check out the ancient temples with excellent architectural values and participate in several rituals associated with these ancient temples. You can also get going with a soothing and effective and relaxing ayurveda treatment or a spa treatment while you are in Kerala or any other parts of South India.
South India can be mystic and at the same time magical as a place of holiday trip and thus it is worth a visit at least once in your life time.

Feel the bliss: visit south India temples

Summer times are knocking the doors and it is time to start making plans about the next holiday trip. Planning a trip to the southern parts of India can be a great experience with spiritual destinations like Pondicherry, Tirupathi, Kanchipuram,Tanjore, Chidambaram, Trichy, Trivandrum, Madurai, and Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu is the best place to visit if you are looking for that spiritual bliss in the form of travel. The temples in the state are the true specimens of magnificence and elegance.
There are several temples in different parts of south India but some places are more popular and significant than the others like the Nataraja Temple and the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. The city of Tanjore, also known as Tanjavur boasts of some famous temples like the Meenakshi temple which dates back to more than 4000 years and has excellent architectural brilliance. and the Brihadeswara temple. The Brihadeswara temple is in fact also recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is more than 1000 years old and represents the might of the Chola dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

There are also many other places to check out in Tanjore like the Gandhi Museum, Great Tank and the King Tirumala’s Palace.
Trichy on the other hand is one of the most visited locations in south India tourist places. The major reason behind the popularity of this place is the strategic location of the city next to the Cauvery River. The rock fort temple is one of the major attractions of Madurai. On its way, you can also stop at the Vinayaka temple and the Thayumanaswamy temple. When you are in Madurai, do not miss a visit to the Ramanatha Swamy temple.
Rameswaram is a small island in the coast of Tamil Nadu and is connected to the mainland of India by the longest bridge. Tirupati has the masterpiece of Dravidian Architectural style in the temple of Lord Venkateswara. It attracts tourists from all parts of the world and it is also one of the wealthiest temples in India.
If you are the spiritual kind as a person, you can always go for the exotic locales of the south India trip. Some of the must visit temples in the southern parts of India include the kala Kshetra in Mylapore and the Lord Venkateshwara temple in Tirupathi. When you are at Kanchipuram, you should drop by the Sri Kamakshi Temple.

Mysore Police will Get Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad

Kids performing in Mysore Dasara

Mysore, the tourist hub is all set to equip its police force with a bomb detection and disposal squad. The state home minister, K J George told that the Mysore police is working on the details for creating this squad. The home ministry department of the city has especially stationed this bomb detection and disposal squad at the Mysore Dasara festival.

Kids performing in Mysore Dasara

After giving an eye to the security measures taken by the police for Mysore Dasara, the state home minister stated, “We’ve taken adequate security measures to ensure that the festival passes of peacefully. These are precautionary measures and not because of terrorist threats. There will be general alarm and the cops will take care of that.”

Night Lightning at Mysore Palace

He also had a meeting with police commissioner Mohammed A Saleem and SP Abhinav Khare and DC C Shikha. DGP Lalrokhuma Pachu was also a part of the meeting and he briefed about the security measures that are put in place to ensure smooth festive ambiance in the city. Saleem informed that they are outfitted with 50 per cent of the metal detectors, door frame as well as hand held, available with the state police for ensuring there is no lack in security. These are summoned from 12 different districts for the festival while adding that they are also installing 20 CCTV cameras at the Banni Mantap Grounds as well as opening a control room for monitoring footage.

No Special Trains for Mysore on this Dasara

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People planning to travel Mysore, the City of Palaces on this Dasara would be quite disappointed to know that there will be no extra trains to the city except on the concluding day of Vijayadashami. Therefore, people will have to depend on the road transport in this festive season. Owing to the track-doubling work, South Western Railway’s Mysore Division has come up with the decision of not running any special trains on the first nine days of Dasara.

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However, the special trains on Vijayadashami will be running up to Chamarajanagar and their schedule is yet to be decided. Vinayak R Nayak, the SWR senior divisional operations manager stated, “the extra trains on Vijayadashami will run up to Chamarajanagar, and their schedule is yet to be fixed. We don’t want to disappoint passengers, at least on the big day.”

However, for the convenience of passengers, there will be additional reservation counters at the 2nd entry of Mysore station, Chamarajapuram, Chamarajanagar, Nanjangud and Kuvempunagar. A cloak-room will also be provided along with a pay-and-use washroom on Platform No.1. Also, a food plaza will be opening at same platform on October 8. The railway division is also providing emergency medical care centre, an additional prepaid autorickshaw counter at Mysore’s 2nd entry. Along with this, the IRCTC kiosk will be assisting tourists on packaged tours.

Railway Station at Mysore

As per SWR senior divisional commercial manager, K Anil Kumar, “Twenty-four trains are running between Bangalore and Mysore in a packed schedule. Adding one more train will make a huge difference in the schedule of other trains.”  Despite so many hurdles, the railways has offered the Dasara gift of running a special train on Vijayadashami.