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Visit God’s own country Kerala

The entire south India, as we know it, consists of four states and three union territories with each state as well as union territory offering many myriad places of interest for tourists to visit. Hence it is impossible to tour entire south of India all at once, unless you have around three months time in your hands. Since for most people it is not possible to manage that much time for a trip, it would be a good idea to visit one place at a time. You can choose your destination based on your liking since south India has it all, from exquisite beaches to stunning hill stations to temples.

Kerala - truly God's own country

Kerala – truly God’s own country

You can start your south India tour with Kerala trip. This beautiful state is not only rich in natural wonders but also cultural heritage. The culture of Kerala is completely different from the rest of India and you would be able to see that in the attire of the local people as well as the cuisine. White is extensively worn in Kerala as part of the traditional dressing. And like white symbolizes calmness, peace as well as tranquility, you would feel it in every part of this state. The culture of Kerala is distinctive in its various art forms as well. The dance, music and movies of Kerala have helped in creating a mark for Kerala in the world stage.

elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture

elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture

Another magnificent part of the rich culture of Kerala is elephants. With the largest population of domesticated elephants, this majestic animal is the state animal of Kerala. When it comes to visiting Kerala on a trip the first thing that comes to mind of any tourist is also the symbol of Kerala and that is Kerala backwaters. But it is not the only place to visit in Kerala since this state is a plethora of natural beauty. There are also beautiful sandy beaches like Kovalam and Cherai as well as picturesque hill stations like Munnar and Wayanad. Once you set foot in this charming state of south India, you would be able to understand for yourself why it is known as God’s own country and how true it indeed is.

Kerala is well connected to the rest of India by railway as well as flights. You can also avail buses from the neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Kerala. There are numerous hotels too since tourism is well promoted in this quaint state.

Coonoor-A Holiday Spot

Coonoor is one of the holiday spots in Tamil Nadu near Udhagamandalam aka Ooty in Tamil Nadu which is a serene Tea plantation area. Its a hill station located at an altitude of 2000m and only 17kms from Ooty, serves ideally for a holiday spot. Its a part of the Nilgiri Mountain range, and is famous as trekking and hiking base. Bird Watching is famous as many species like cormorants, skylarks, parakeets are seen here.

Coonoor

Coonoor

 

The view-point from Dolphin’s point of view offers a breathtaking sight and the attractions near or around Coonoor include Sim’s Park, which is a botanical garden laid out in late 1870s in the Nilgiri forest. There is  an annual fruit exhibition in Summer in the garden.

Dolphin’s Nose is located 11kms away from Coonoor, near Tiger Hill and the view from Dolphin’s nose shows Catherine Falls, Coonoor .

Holiday Spot

Catherine Falls from Dolphin’s Nose

Lamb’s Rock is another view point is within the Nilgiris and is about 8km from the Coonoor Bus stand. From this point you can see the vast and lush green plains extending all the way from Coimbatore. During Spring view from this point looks even beautiful for the colors of trees are at its awesomest.

There’s Droog Fort in the proximity of this place which used to be Tipu Sultan’s outpost. You can reach this spot by uphill trekking from Coonoor. You can take the assistance of the trek guides for the route.

In the surroundings of Coonoor, you can also visit the Law’s Falls, which is known for its rocky nature, Katery Falls, which is one of the highest in the Nilgiris.

There are many hotels in Coonoor with all ranges, from budget hotels to luxury resorts and guest houses. The most popular hotel is The Gateway Hotel,Church Road which is a 4-star hotel located near the city centre and also near to the railway station. It provides all 5-star hotel facilities and you can enjoy the luxury of full-service spa, business center

Coonoor

The Gateway Hotel

Another 3-star hotel in Coonoor is Sunvalley Homestay. This is close to Sim’s Park and additional attractions around the place include Doddabetta Peak. They have rooms with Mountain view, Park view and provide complimentary breakfast and wi-fi.

And for the experiential travelers, who love to stay close to nature and tea plantations, Adderley Guest House is a good choice, with 5 rooms and a suite, an in-house cook and basic amenities, for it overlooks the scenic hills and green lawns.

For those looking for budget hotels or guest houses, Acres Wild, a family-run farm house with 3 guest house cottages, of 5-room each, is a good choice.

Cottage-Coonoor

Acres Wild Farms

Experience the Charm of Chennai this Vacation

Famed as the gateway of the South, Chennai is one of the leading cities of India. Capital to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is one of the leading destinations for holidaymakers. Despite of its prominence in the fields of health care, IT and for manufacturing, the city has very well managed to retain the spaciousness that is found lacking in the other cities of South. Though the city of Chennai is busy and vast, it’s still conservative and deeply attached to its roots and traditions.

Charm of Chennai this Vacation

The good old charm of Chennai can be found in its arts, culture and traditions. The dance, architecture, music, sculptures, arts and crafts of the city are a living testimonials to the age old glorious past of India. It is believed that the city of Chennai came into existence as a result of the strategic necessity and the historical accident. It was build by British and then it acted as the naval base and trading center for them. However, at the end of the 20th century, the city emerged as the major administrative center.

chennai beaches

Besides being an educational and cultural hub of South India, the city of Chennai is a witness of various historic movements. However, the city today is known as the major center of trade and commerce in the South. Technology, cars, hardware, manufacturing and health account for the major share of the economy of the city. Apart from this, Chennai has made a mark in the South India’s tourism sector in the last few years. Bestowed with sublime natural beauty and myriad of hot spots, it is just the stop by destination for holidaymakers. The Kapaleswar Temple, Fort Saint George, Government Museum, Old Portuguese style churches and Sri Parthasarathy Temple are some of the must-visits in Chennai.

Chennai-beach

Either for business or leisure, Chennai welcomes numerous visitors throughout the year. Catering to their needs and preferences of different travelers, there are myriad of hotels in Chennai available to choose from. Ranging from luxurious hotels, four stars and three stars to budget hotels, there are plenty of hotels in Chennai meeting the needs and preferences of travelers. Next time, when you plan a vacation to South, Chennai must be in your must-visit places’ list.