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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.

Watch tea leaves picking while holidaying in Coorg

Coorg is also known as Kodagu and is a hill station in Karnataka. It is also a great summer retreat and tourists from all over the world and the country visits this hill station during the summer times. Coorg is famous for its tea and the coffee plantations. It is also known as the “Scotland of India” and the “Kashmir of the south”. Coorg is a famous retreat in south and is well known for its cool climate and the majestic charm of the nature. It is located at a height of 3500 feet above the sea level and on the majestic greeneries of the Western Ghats.

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As far as the history of the city of Coorg is known, the famous seven south Indian dynasties, namely the Cholas, Gangas, Rastrakutas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas and also the Vijaynagar Rayas all had their reigns over this city at different times.  At present, although the major ethnic group in Coorg is that of the Kodavas, there are also many other ethnic communities of diverse cultures residing in Coorg.

There are several places to stay in Coorg and several activities that you can participate in while you are stationed at Coorg, like trekking, angling, fishing and even golfing. In fact, some of the most challenging trekking areas in Coorg are the peaks of Puspagiri, Brahmagiri, and Tandianamol. If you are not a trekker, you can still soak in the lush greeneries all around with acres of tea and the coffee plantations in and around the hill station of Coorg. There are also many wellness spas and other ayurvedic retreats that you can visit for 30 minutes sessions that are rather cheaper.

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It is always advisable that you make the accommodation bookings done much in advance for your trip. The hill station is very popular and thus there are always hordes of tourists visiting the place. In fact, most of those who visit south India make sure to drop by the hill station of Coorg. Thus it is always a good idea to make the bookings for the accommodations first and only then make the journey. There are budget hotels and also the luxury hotels and their prices differ according to the amenities offered by the hotels. Usually, most of the hotels also organize the sightseeing and the trekking trips and also the day long visits to the tea and also the coffee plantation in the area directly from the hotel. You can also avail such packages along with the accommodation and complete the tour within your budget.

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.

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.