AP, South India, Beach, History, Temple
Machilipatnam is located in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Other name of this place is Bandar. History of this place dates back to 3rd century during the Satavahana Period. Earlier there was a gate way of fish eye at this place. East India Company built its first company at this place. Port at this place was used by Dutch, British and French people for trading purpose. This place is famous for Bandar Laddoo. This place is famous for Rold Gold Business in the name Chilapakapudi Bangaram.
What to see at Machilipatnam:
Panduranga Swamy Temple: Lord Panduranga Vithal is worshipped here. Idol of the god is seems like childhood appearance of Lord Krishna. Diamond studded crown can be seen here. In front of the Idol, Anjaneyaswamy statue is located. All the castes and community people are allowed to enter into the temple. During karthika masam period tourists rush is more. Around this temple 108 small temples are located with different shrines.
Sai Baba Temple: It is located at district court centre. Statue in front of the temple is the biggest statue in India. This is entered into Indian Book of Records as Tallest Saibaba Statue.
Anjaneya Swami Temple: It is located at Parasupet which was built by Samarth Ramadas, Guru of Chatrapathi Sivaji.
Jodugudulu Temple: It is located in Edepalli which is 150 years old temple. Velama Doralu built this temple during 17th century.
Machilipatnam Church: This is another attraction of this place. An English man constructed this church in 19th century.
Sivaganga Temple: It is maintaining by Challapallli Jameendars. It is located in Avanigadda road. It is believed that this temple was constructed by Gods during one night. When they were constructing one mandapa unable to complete as they left that place when sun is about to rise. Till today this mandapa is unable to construct.
Other temples in Machilipatnam: Other temples in Machilipatnam are Sri Viratwakarma Temple, Sri Ventakeswara Swamy Temple Bachhupeta, and Bhadradri Ramulavari Temple Main road.
What to see around Machilipatnam:
Kuchipudi: Kuchipudi is famous for Indian classical Dance. This is the birth place of Kuchipudi Nuchyam. It is located 25kms away from Machilipatnam.
Pedana: It is located 3kms away from Machilipatnam. This place is famous for Kalankari fabrics.
Manginapudi Beach: Unlike other beaches this beach is made up of black soil. Earlier this place was acted as a port. It is located 11kms away from the town. Krishna Utsav celebrates grandly at this place during February or March. Pilgrims take a dip at this sea.
Dattashram: Earlier it was old Lord Shiva temple. Now it was renovated. Due to sanctification of 9 wells just like Rameswaram, this place is known as Datta Rameswaram. It is located near beach.
Light House: it is located near Beach. Height is 50m. Construction started in 1982 and completed in 1984.
Gantasala: It is located 21kms away from Bandar. Old Buddhist Stupas can be seen here.
Agastheeswara Temple: It is located 36kms away from Bandar. Major attraction of this place is Lord Shiva temple. Lord Shiva worshipped here in the name of Ekaratri Mallikarjunaswamy.
Gudivada: It is located 36kms away from Machiliapatnam. Several old ruins Buddhist stupas can be seen here.
Getting to Machilipatnam: This place is well connected with road and railways. Nearest airport is located at Vijayawada. From Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Gudivada, Shirdi, Rajahmundry, etc buses come to this place. From Yeshwantpur, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam etc trains come to this place.
Getting around Machilipatnam: Both government run and private buses, Autos, taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Machilipatnam.
Best time to visit Machilipatnam: Machilipatnam welcomes the tourists throughout the year. Summer is too hot. Though summer is hot several tourists come to this place to enjoy the beach environment.
Where to stay in Machilipatnam: Only budget and midrange hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Eswar Residency, Apsara Lodge, Vijaya Raghava Residency.
Where to eat in Machilipatnam: Restaurants at this place are limited. This place is famous for Bandar Laddoo and Bandar Halwa. Best restaurant are RK Family Restaurant, Heavens A/C family restaurant, Vani Hotel.
AP, South India, Beach, Temple
Kakinada is a city in Andhra Pradesh, India. Other name of this city is Fertiliser city and second Madras. This place is also known as Pensioners Paradise as pleasant environment at this attracting several retired people and old aged people. This place is famous for several industries such as Bio fuel Plants, Edible oil refineries, Power Generation, Natural Gas and Petroleum, Fertilizer.
In the history this place was ruled by Nandi Kings. After that Britishers ruled the place. Before Britishers, Dutch people settled at this place. At the time of Britishers this place was known as Cocanada. After independence name was changed into Kakinada.
What to see at Kakinada:
Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple: Lord Bhavanarayana Swamy is worshipped here. He is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is located at Sarpavanam Junction. It is believed that sages such as Agastya and Vyasa came to this place.
Kakinada Port: It is the home to two ports deep water port and anchorage Port. It is second largest in the state. Kakinada exports include oil meals, corn, rice, bauxite powder etc.
Other attractions of Kakinada: Other attractions of Kakinada are Jain Temple, Lord Shiva Temple, Kakinada Uppada Beach, Sree Veerabrahmendra Swamy Temple.
What to see around Kakinada:
Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary: It is located 5kms away from Kakinada. This is situated near backwaters of the sea. Sanctuary is home to endangered animals such as crocodiles, fishing cats, sea turtles. 35 varieties of mangrove plants can be seen here. Large variety of birds can also be seen here.
Bhimeswara Swamy Temple: It is located 10kms away from Kakinada in Samarlakota. Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Temple is in rectangular shape. On the west side of the temple monolithic pillar can be seen. Architecture looks like the architecture of Drakshraramam.
Pithapuram: It is located 20kms away from Kakinada. This is one of the oldest pilgrim place. Major attractions of this place are ancient Padagya Kshthram, Sri Venu Gopala Swamy temple, Kunthimadhava Swamy Temple, Sri Pada Vallabha Anaagha Datha Kshethram, Sri Kukkuteshwara Swamy Temples. This town is popularly known as one of the twelve pilgrim centers of India, one of the Asta Data Sakthi Petas and one of the 5 Madava Keshatras.
Draksharamam: This place is well known as Dakshina Kashi. 4 entrance gates to the temple. Lord Shiva is worshiped here. On the walls and Pillars of the temple several mythological figures are carved. Chola and Chalukya architecture styles can be seen on the temple.
Adurru: Several excavated monuments found at this place. Archaeology department started excavations at this place in 1953. They found ruins of Chaityas, Viharas and Buddhist Stupas. Major attraction is Mahastupa which is 17feet in diameter. Artefacts such as bowls of Kaolin, troughs, Jars , dishes also found at this place. It is located 72kms away from Kakinada.
Other attractiosn near Kakinada: Other attractions near Kakinada are Konaseema, Rajiv Gandhi Beach, Hope Island, Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple (40kms), Tholi Thirupathi Sri Srungara Vallaba Swamy Temple at Divili village (40kms).
Getting to Kakinada: Kakinada is well connected with road and railways. From all the major cities buses and trains come to this place. Nearest domestic airport is located at Rajhamundry which is well connected with Hyderabad. Nearest international airport is located at Visakhapatnam.
Getting around Kakinada: Autos and Buses are available to see the places of Kakinada. Taxis, Private vehicles and Buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kakinada.
Best time to visit Kakinada: Best time to visit this place is in summer, though tourists visit this place throughout the year. To have beach enjoyment summer is the best time.
Where to stay at Kakinada: Plenty of accommodations starting from Budget to luxury hotels are available to stay at this place. Best hotels are Best Western SVN Grand, Paradigm Sarovar Portico, Royal Park Hotel, Decent Residency etc.
What to eat at Kakinada: This place is famous for traditional Andhra Cuisines including pickles made from fish, mutton, chicken, vegetables, Mangoes etc. Dried Fish and Shrimps are also famous at this place. Kakinada Kaaja is well known at this place. Udupi restaurants are also famous at this place.
Odisha, East India, Beach, Musuem, Nature, Rath Yatra, Temple
Puri is a city in Puri district of Odisha, India. This place is well known for Lord Jagannath Temple. It is a holy city for Hindus. This place is also famous for architecture and arts of India. Earlier known as Purusotham Kshetra as, famous Purusotham temple is located here. Today this temple is known as Jagannath Temple. Puri Jagannath Yatra is most famous festival celebrates during June to July.
What to see in Puri:
Jagannath Temple: This is the major attraction of Puri. Height of this temple is 65meters. This was built in 12th century. 20foot high wall is surrounded this temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is believed that Lord Jagannath asked King Indradyumna to construct a temple. On the walls of the temple various scenes and stages of Lord Krishna’s life can be seen. Rath Yatra is the major attraction of this temple. Idols of Goddess Subhadra, Lord Balabhadra and Lord Jagannath will take to Gundicha temple during Ratha Yatra and again they will bring them back to the mandir.
Golden Beach: Several temples of this place located near this beach. Wall hangings, lamp shades, Jute shades, Souvenirs made up of shells are worth buying in this place.
Swargadwar: This is located near the beach. People believe that persons who pass away from this place will directly go to heaven after their death.
Gundicha Temple: This temple is shaped like a dome with Lord Vishnu’s Wheel on the top. This temple is considered as the aunt’s house of Lord Jagannatha. During the Ratha yatra period Lord Jagannatha shifted to this temple for 7 days.
Markandesvara Temple: Major attraction of this temple is a statue of Nataraja with ten arms.
Loknath Temple: Shiva Lingam in this temple was established by Lord Rama.
Sudarshan Craft Museum: Major attractions of this museum are a workshop, a library and a Buddhist temple of Japanese style.
Lakshmi Temple: It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi invited Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva to this place after their marriage.
What to see around Puri:
Chilika Lake: This is the Asia’s largest salt lake. This lake is separated from the Bay of Bengal by only a small neck like piece of land. During the winter season plenty of birds come to this place on migratory basis. It is located 15kms away from the city.
Sakthi Gopal Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. Idols are brought to this place by King Pratapruda Deva. It is located 17kms away from Puri.
Daya River: It is located 34kms away from the city. On the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, this river joins with Malaguni River and flows into Chilika Lake. Kalinga war fought on the banks of this river.
Getting to Puri: Puri is well connected with road and railways. From the cities such as Kolkata, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi etc buses and trains are available to reach this place. Puri is the major railway junction. Biju Patnaik airport is the nearest airport which is located at Bhubaneswar.
Getting around Puri: Buses, autos, rented motor bikes, cycle rickshaws are available to visit the surrounding places of Puri.
Best time to visit Puri: Best time to visit this place is between June to March. Tourists rush will be more during June to November.
Where to stay in Puri: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Puri. Huge number of attractive packages is also offering to the tourists. Best price for double bed room of the budget hotel is between Rs.1000 to Rs.1500.
Where to eat in Puri: Huge number of restaurants in Puri. Most of the restaurants serve only vegetarian food. Most famous food in Puri is Bhaang Sharbat.
Odisha, East India, Beach, Buddhist temples, History, Konark Sun Temple, Musuem, Nature, Temple
Konark is a small town in Puri district of Odisha, India. Konark is derived from two words Kona and Arka. Kona means Corner and Arka means Sun. Major attraction of this place is Sun Temple. Konark is also famous for pristine beaches, rich culture and heritage. Other name of Konark is Konaditya. Along with Sun Temple several other temples were also built during the rule of Narshimhadeva I of Ganga dynasty. It is believed that this Sun Temple was built by Samba Son of Lord Krishna. Konark dance festival is a five day long annual festival of dance and Music which is most famous in Konark. As a part of this festival, Craft and Handicraft Exhibition is also held.
What to see in Konark:
Konark Sun Temple: This is the major attraction of Konark which belongs to 13th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Sun. It is most beautiful with ancient Oriyan Architecture. It is in the shape of chariot driven by seven horses. People believed that wheels represent hours of the day and shadow of the wheels says the exact time. This temple was constructed with black granite.
Konark Beach: This is one of the major attractions of this place. Devotees take bath in this beach and went to see Sun God. It is most beautiful with golden sand. Magha Saptami Mela conducts every year grandly in this beach.
ASI Museum: This museum consists of 4 galleries. It is situated just outside the Sun Temple. This museum consists of 260 antiquities. Those are found in and around the sun temple. This was established in 1968.
Ramachandi Temple: It is located on the mouth of Kushabhadra River which is 9kms away from the temple. Some people say that this temple is dedicated to Lord Sun and some people believe that this temple belongs to Lord Ramachandi.
Konark Math: Nirakar Brahma is worshipped here. Sunya Sadhana is the concept of this math. This is situated very close to Konark Sun Temple.
Vishnu Temple: Currently only ruins of this temple can be seen here. It is located just behind the Ramachandi Temple. On the Half broken walls of this temple visitors can see figures of Goddess Saraswati and Goddess Laxmi.
What to see around Konark:
Kuruma: Major attractions of this village are antique images of Buddha and Heruka. This village is located 8kms away from Konark which is built between 9th century and 10th century.
Puri: This place is famous for Puri Jagannath Yatra. It is one of the four Peethams established by Shankracharya. Puri is also known as Purushottama Puri. It is situated 35kms away from Konark.
Bhubaneswar: This place is famous for ancient temples and architectural temples. It is the capital of Odhisha.
Getting to Konark: Only way to reach this place is though road. From the major cities of Odhisha and other states, buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Puri which is 35kms away from Konark. Puri railway station is well connected with all the major cities in India. Nearest domestic airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 64kms away from the Konark. From Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai flights are available to reach this place.
Getting around Konark: Taxis and autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Konark.
Best time to visit Konark: Best time to visit Konark is between October to March.
Where to stay in Konark: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Konark but only budget and midrange hotels. But luxurious resorts and cottages are available to stay. These resorts and cottages cost is ranging between Rs.4500 to Rs.10, 000.
Where to eat in Konark: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat. Most famous food in Konark is fish fry in Bengali Style.
Andaman, East India, Beach, Boating, Caves, Mud Valcanoes, Nature, Wildlife Sanctuary
Baratang is an Island in Andaman Islands, India. It is located 20kms east of Port Blair. This Island is famous for mud volcanoes and coastal line is rich in marine life. Apart from mud volcanoes this beach is also known for its beaches and other activities such as Bird Watching, island camping, Snorkelling, Scuba diving and beach tours. During the trip to this Island, lime stone Caves at Nayadera and Parrot Island worthy places to visit. Interacting with tribal’s, taking photographs and offering food is prohibited. This prohibition started when Jarawas died after having food offered by the tourists.
What to see in Baratang Island:
Mud Volcanoes: The Mud Volcanoes squirt fountains of mud at irregular intervals. These volcanoes are the major attraction of this Island. Locals called these volcanoes in the name of Jalki. From the Baratang Jetty is 4kms away.
Roglachang beach: This is the best place for long walks. Sunset seems to be most beautiful from this beach.
Baludera Beach: This is the best place for swimming. It is free from pollution.
Parrot Island: It is very near to Baratang Island. This is the best place for bird watchers. The mesmerizing site of this place is when thousand of parrots are returning their home during the sunset with the backdrop of sunset.
What to see around Baratang Island:
Lime stone Caves: This is the most popular tourist spot in Baratang Island. It takes an hour to reach this place form Baratang Island through Boating. Boat goes though mangrove forest. It is the different and unique experience. It is essential to carry touch while visiting to these caves as these caves are so dark.
Great Nichobar: This place is famous for Giant Leather Back Turtles. Great Nichobar Island has biosphere reserve area.
Karchal: In the Nicobar Group this is the small Island. It was this Island which heralded new Millennium with first sunrise on 1st January 2000. Attraction of this Island is West Bay, Jhula and East bay beaches.
Car Nicobar: All around this place roaring sea and enhancing beaches can be seen. Unique to this Island are having entrance through the floor and Nicobari huts built on stilts. From Port Blair it takes 16hours to reach this place.
Nicobar: This place is famous for Nicobarese Pigeons and Long tail monkeys. Megapode is the rare bird; this can be seen in this place.
Getting to Baratang Island: To reach this place visitor has to reach to Port Blair. Port Blair is well connected with Kolkata and Chennai though air. Buses, cars, Taxis are available to reach this Island. From Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Chennai ships are available to reach Port Blair.
Getting around Baratang Island: Ferries are available to reach the surrounding places of Baratang Island.
Best time to visit Baratang Island: It is essential to known the best time before visiting to any place. Best time to reach Baratang Island is between October to May and from June to August.
Where to stay in Baratang Island: Prior permission to reach to Baratang Island is essential. Permission has to be taken from Superintendent of Police. Very limited accommodations are available to stay in Baratang Island. It is advisable to look for other options in Port Blair. Best hotels in Baratang Island are Andaman Residency, Sea Shell Beach Resort, Munjoh Ocean Resort, Symphony Palms beach resort.
Where to eat in Baratang Island: Very limited restaurants are available to eat in Baratang Island. Most famous dish in Baratang Island is fish fry.
Andaman, East India, Beach, Boating, Coral Reefs, History, Nature, Snorkelling, Trekking, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary
Havelock Island is the largest Island of Great Andaman in Andaman Islands. This Island is named after British General Army official Maj Gen Sir Henry Havelock in India. Havelock is famous for Great Scuba diving experience, coral reefs and Pristine Beaches. It comprises of several small Islands known as Ritchie’s Archipelago. Government encourages tourism at this place. Havelock is also famous for its beaches, trekking activities, Snorkelling. Coconut shell lamp shades, Nicobari Mats, Walking sticks, Trays, Bowls are worth buying in this place.
What to see in Havelock Island:
Radhanagar Beach: This is most attractive beach. In 2004, it was rated as Best Beach in Asia. Highlights of this beach are sky blue water and beautiful silky white sand. Most amazing thing to see from here is sunset. Autos and Jeep are available to reach this place. In some areas of the sea activities like Snorkelling and swimming are conducting.
Vijayanagar Beach: This beach is the best place to relax as it is so clam. Vijayanagar Beach is the best spot for swimming.
Elephant Beach: This is well known to the Indian tourists. Corals near the beaches make good spot for Snorkelling. From Radhanagar Beach, visitors can reach to this place through boat or on foot.
Kalapathar Beach: This beach is named after a village which is located near this beach. Village is famous for Black rocks. Beach attracts the tourists in two different forms. On one side visitors can find silky white sand and on the other side beach looks green like an emerald.
Dive India: This is offering several adventurous activities. Training on these activities will be given in this place. This is offering several instructor training courses.
Ocean Tribe Scuba Diving: This is the best place for beginners of professional divers. They can enjoy diving in the water. Other attractions of this beach are ocean walking and Snorkelling. Visitors can enjoy different variety of water sports from December to April.
What to see around Havelock Island:
Cellular Jail: It is located in Port Blair which is 60kms away from the Island. Only individual cells can be seen in this jail. This was constructed by Britishers in 1906.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: It is located 30kms away from south west of Port Blair. Area covered by this park is 280sq.kms. It is famous for rich collection of coral reefs. This park is also known for the different variety of birds, animals and Marine life. Deep water Scuba diving activity conducts in this park.
Neil Island: It is located 40kms away from Port Blair. Major attractions of this beach are Snorkelling, angling, Fishing.
Inglis Island: It is located 57kms away from Port Blair. Major attractions of this place are Wild life and Coral Reefs.
Getting to Havelock Island: Best way to reach this place is through Ferries from Port Blair. For every four hours one ferry is available from Port Blair. Nearest airport is at Port Blair i.e. Veer Savarkar International Airport. From Kolkata and Chennai regular flights are available to reach this place.
Getting around Havelock Island: Buses, Motorcycles, Jeeps, Gearless Scooters, Autos are available to reach the surrounding place of Havelock Island.
Best time to visit Havelock Island: As Diving and other activities are most famous in this Island, best weather conditions are essential to enjoy the activities. Best weather conditions in this Island are between January to May.
Where to stay in Havelock Island: Plenty of hotels are available starting from beach huts to luxury hotels to stay in Havelock Island. Luxury hotels provide pick up and drop facilities. Decent budget hotels are available near Vijaynagar Beach.
Where to eat in Havelock Island: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in this Island. Best restaurants are at Beach Number 3. Both Vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available.
Kerala, South India, Backwaters of Kerala, Beach, Boat race, Boating, Fort, Temple, Tipu Sultan, Wildlife Sanctuary
Alappuzha is a city in Alappuzha district of Kerala. It was the oldest planned town. Most popular attraction of this place is Backwaters. House boat in these backwaters is most memorable experience. Earlier Alappuzha acted as trade centre with Europe and Persian Gulf regions. Christianity culture is most dominated in this place. This was bought by St.Thomas, the Apostle. In June and September Boat races conducts in this place. Plenty of coir factories are located in this city. So coir and Coir Products are worth buying in this place. Virgin Coconut Oil is also worth buying in this place. This oil is used in the preparation of food and Massages. Best Ayurvedic treatment is available here.
What to see in Alappuzha:
Alappuzha Beach: This is the best picnic spot to enjoy during the week ends. Pier which is situated here is 137 years old. Another attraction of this place is old Light house.
St.Andrew’s Church: It is one of the popular churches in Kerala. Construction of this church started in 1864 but ended in 1866. Construction started by Scottish Officers.
Mullakkal Rajeswari Temple: It is located in the middle of the city. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Rajeshwari. Major attraction of this temple is open top Sreekovil festival celebrates for Vana Durga.
Kayakulam Lake: This Lake is used for inland water transport passengers. It is most beautiful backwater of Kerala.
What to see around Alappuzha:
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple: It is located 14kms away from the city. This temple is famous for Palpayasam. When Tipu Sultan invaded Kerala he shifted Lord Krishna Idol from Guruvayur to Ambalappuzha.
Karumadi: It is located 16kms away from the city. This place is famous for statue of Lord Buddha which is made up of Black granite. This belongs to 9th and 10th centuries.
Champakulam Church: It is most ancient Churches in Kerala which is located in Champakulam. This church belongs to Syro Malabar Catholics. It is located 15kms away from the city.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: This place is heaven to the birds. Plenty of birds stay in this place. Area covered in 14acres. Major attraction of this sanctuary are egrets, fly Catchers, kingfishers, night herons, golden backed wood peckers.
Krishnapuram palace: It is located 47kms away from the city. During the reign of Marthanda Varma who was the king of Travancore this was built. This was the best example for Kerala Architecture. It was constructed in 18th century.
Other attraction nearby Alappuzha: Other attractions nearby Alappuzha are Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, Edathua Church, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple, karumadi Kuttan, Pandavan Rock, Pathiramannal.
Getting to Alappuzha: Alappuzha is well connected with Road and Railways. From major cities such as Coimbatore, Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai etc… Buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai etc trains are available. Nearest airport is Cochin International airport.
Getting around Alappuzha: Ferries and boats are used to visit some of the places in Alappuzha. Buses, taxis, cars, private vehicles are used to visit surrounding places of Alappuzha.
Best time to visit Alappuzha: August to March is the best time to visit Alappuzha.
Where to stay in Alappuzha: Plenty of options to stay in Alappuzha. Houseboats are also available to stay in Alappuzha. Per day cost of house boats is ranging between Rs.7000 to Rs.15000. Home stays and Budget hotels are also available.
Where to eat in Alappuzha: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Alappuzha. This is the best place to eat non vegetarian. Famous cuisines are Lobsters, Clams, Oysters, Crabs, Prawns cuisines. Along with non vegetarian, vegetarian food is also available.
Kerala, South India, Beach, Boat race, Boating, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Water falls, Water Sports, Wildlife Sanctuary
Kochi is located in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Other name of Kochi is Cochin. This is also known as God’s Own Country. After Muziris Port was destroyed Kochi was developed as best trade centre. Dominated cultures in this town are Jewish settlers, Arab and Christians. Oldest group of Jews are located here. Curios, arts, handicrafts, mobile phones, electronic items, Coir products, Ayurvedic Fabric are most famous and worth buying in Kochi. Cochin Carnival and Indira Gandhi Boat race are most famous festivals in Kochi.
What to see in Kochi:
Jewish Synagogue: This Synagogue is the oldest one among 53 member countries of Common wealth Nations. Cochin Jewish Community instructed this synagogue.
St.Francis Church: It is the oldest European church in India which was constructed in 1503. Explorer Vasco Da Gama was buried at this place.
Jew Town: This place is famous for trade and Commerce during 700BC.
Mattancherry Palace: This palace was gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Vara .It was built in 1557 by Portuguese. Temple’s are also placed inside this palace.
Pareekshit Thampuran Museum: 19th century paintings are most attractive in this museum. Other attractions of this museum are Plaster of Paris sculptures, ancient coins, monuments.
Other place to see in Kochi: Other attractive places to see in Kochi are kashi Art Caf, Santhagopala krishnaswamy Temple, Indian naval Maritime Museum, Pierce Leslie Bungalow.
What to see around Kochi:
Wellingdon Island: It was artificial manmade Island. This was named after British Governor Lord Willingdon. Central institute of Fisheries, Kochi Naval base of Indian Navy are located here. It is situated 6kms away from Kochi.
Cherai Beach: It is located 39kms away from the city. Sunbathing, water sports and Swimming are most important activities of this place. In this beach tiny Island is located which can be reached by boat.
Fort Kochi: It is located 7kms away from Kochi. Old Victorian Era stayed bungalows are most attractive in this place.
Princess Street: It is located in Fort Kochi which is located 7kms away from the city. Major attractions of this place are French, British, Dutch and Portuguese Bungalows.
Mangalavanam: This is the Bird sanctuary. Huge variety of migratory birds can be seen here. Major attractions of this sanctuary are Eurasian Otter, Bandicota, House rat, Palm Squirrel etc… It is located 10kms away from the city.
Other places to visit near Kochi: Other places to visit near Kochi are Santa Cruz Cathedral, Bolghatty Palace, Shiva temple, Museums of Kerala History, Kochi beach, Vamanamoorthy Temple, Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Subhash Park, Chottanikkara Temple.
Getting to Kochi: Best way which connects the city to other place is by road. From the cities such as Goa, Bangalore, Mangalore, Kozhikode etc buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is at Ernakulam. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport of Kochi.
Getting around Kochi: Taxis, Autos and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Kochi.
Best time to visit Kochi: Best time to visit this place is between October to April.
Where to stay in Kochi: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Kochi. Tourist rush will be more between November to February so advance booking of hotels is essential. Boutique hotels are available in Fort Kochi. Price of luxury hotels are ranging between Rs.9000 to Rs.20,000. Home stays are also available whose cost is ranging between Rs.350 to Rs.800.
Where to eat in Kochi: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Kochi. Starting from Rs.50 meals are available. Banana Leafs are preferred to serve the food in all the restaurants.
Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Boating, Caves, History, Musuem, Nature, Rock Cut Temples, Rock Formations, Temple, Water Sports
Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic town located in Kancheepuram district of Tamilnadu. Other names of this town are Mallapuram and Mamallapattana. Mahabalipuram means city of Great Bali. This place is famous for Stone temples and Stone Carvings. Almost all are built between 7th century and 9th century. Narashimhavarman, Pallava King played a major role in the development of this town during 17th century. Britishers established Modern Mahabalipuram in 1827. Vibrant fence festival is most famous in this town. Stone Sculptures are worth buying at this place.
What to see in Mahabalipuram:
Five Rathas: It is a rock cut temple. This is named after Pandavas in Mahabharata which was built in 7th century. Pallavas built this temple. Five Rathas consists of status of 5 brothers on Pandavas including their wife Draupadi.
Shore Temple: 3 temples are located here, two temples belong to Lord Shiva and one temple belongs to Lord Vishnu. These temples belong to 8th century. Pallavas had constructed these temples in Dravidian style. Granite was used to build the temples.
Mahabalipuram Beach: It is one of the major attractions of the city. Most popular activities in the beach are motor Boating, Surfing, Diving and Sunbathing. Near this beach rock cut temples and Monolithic Rathas can also be seen.
Mahishamardini Cave: It is located in Chingleput district of Mahabalipuram. These caves belong to 8th century and it was dedicated to Mother Goddess. In the centre of the cave major attraction are Carvings of Murugan, Parvati and Shiva.
Descent of the Ganges: It is the rock cut monument belongs to 7th century. This place is famous for open air rock sculptures and Carvings.
Arjuna Penance: This place is famous for the carvings belong to 7th and 8th centuries. Height of this penance is 9meters and 30 meters long. Carvings of this penance belong to animals, birds and Gods.
Trimurti Cave Temple: It is located near Ganesha Ratha. Idols of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu are placed here. This is most ancient rock cut temple which was built in 7th century.
Krishna’s Butterball: It is a large rock balanced on the hill side. Diameter of this rock is around 5m.
Other places to visit in Mahabalipuram: Other places to visit in Mahabalipuram are Dakshinachitra, Mamallapuram Light House, Mumu Surf Shop, Sculpture museum, Ganesh Ratha Temple, Dharmaraja Cave, and Little Art Gallery.
What to see around Mahabalipuram:
Varaha Cave Temple: This place is famous for the sculptures of Earth Goddess, Holding Bhudevi, and Lord Vishnu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Varaha who is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It was built in 7th century which is 27kms away from the temple.
Tigers Cave: It is located 5kms away from Mahabalipuram. This is rock cut temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.
The Crocodile Bank: It is located 14kms away from Mahabalipuram. Snake Farm, African Alligators, Indian Alligators are major attractions of this place.
Thirukalukundram: This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located 15kms away from Mahabalipuram. Inscriptions in ancient Indian, English and Dutch Languages can be seen here.
Getting to Mahabalipuram: Only way to reach this place is by road. From cities such as Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Delhi buses are available to reach this place. Nearest railway station is located at Chengalpattu which is 29kms away from Mahabalipuram. Nearest airport is Chennai International Airport.
Getting around Mahabalipuram: Mahabalipuram is a small town. All the places in the town are very near to each other. So, best way to see the places in Mahabalipuram is on foot. Taxis and buses are available to visit the places near Mahabalipuram.
Best time to visit Mahabalipuram: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Mahabalipuram: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Mahabalipuram. As beach is located in this town resorts are also available to stay near the beach.
Where to eat in Mahabalipuram: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Mahabalipuram. Almost all the restaurants offer non vegetarian. Vegetarian food is available on demand.
Kerala, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, hiddent Beaches of Kerala, Masjid, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Water Sports
Varkala is located in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. One of the major attractions of Varkala is Janardhan Swamy Temple which is 2000 years old. According to one myth, it is believed that this was built by Pandyan King when Lord Brahma instructed him to construct a temple to wipe off his sins. Worth buying in Varkala is Artifacts made up of Coconut shell. Most famous festival is Arattu festival. This festival celebrates for 10days during March – April.
What to see in Varkala:
Varkala Beach: This beach is the best place for swimming and sunbathing. Other name of this beach is Papanasam Beach. This beach consists of golden sand and it is surrounded with lush green areas.
Janardanaswami Temple: This is 2000 years old Temple. At the temple large bell is situated. It is believed that Lord Brahma came into the dream of Pandya King and asked to construct the temple to wipe off the sins. Idol of the temple submerged in the sea. With the help of fisherman it was taken out and temple was constructed.
Sivagiri Mutt: This was constructed in 1904 by Sree Narayana Guru who was the Social Reformer and famous Philosopher. This was the residence place of Guru till 1928. Tomb of Narayana Guru can also be seen here.
Vakarla Tunnel: It is one of the historic sites built by Britishers to established inland waterways. Construction of this way started in 1860; it has taken 14years to complete this project.
Vakarla Lighthouse: British rulers constructed this in 18th century. This is the best example for colonial style of architecture.
What to see around Varkala:
Sarkara Devi Temple: It is located at Chirayinkeezhu village which is 14kms away from Varkala. Most famous festival celebrates in this temple is Kaliyoot. As per the Malayalam Month this celebrates during the month of March.
Ponnumthuruthu Island: Water Boat rides are most famous at this place. It is located 10kms away from Vakarla. This island was constructed before 100 years by Lord Shiva and Parvati. Jetty rides and boats are used to reach to this place.
Kappil Lake: It is located 8kms away from Vakarla. It is one of the nearby attractions of Vakarla. In this place backwaters of kerala merges into Arabian Sea. Bridge was constructed over the lake. With the help of this bridge one can see this lake and nearby places very clearly. Coconut groves are another attraction in this place.
Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah: This is dedicated to kaduvayil Thangal Saint. It is located between kallambalam and Attingal which is 14kms away from Varkala.
Anjengo Fort: It is located 11kms away from Vakarla. This fort was built between 17th to 18th centuries.
Kaduvayil Juma Masjid: This is dedicated to Kaduvayil Thangal who was the Muslim Saint. Other name is Kaduvayi Palli.
Getting to Varkala: This place is well connected with road ways. From Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi plenty of buses reach to this place. Varkala is having the railway station which is located between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. However all the trains do not stop at this place. So it is better to reach Thirvananthapuram Junction. Plenty of taxis are available to reach this place from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.
Getting around Varkala: Taxis, Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Varkala. Scooters and bikes will be given on rent to visit nearby places of Varkala.
Best time to visit Varkala: Best time to visit Varkala is between October to March.
Where to stay in Varkala: Plenty of accommodations are available starting from Budget hotels to luxury hotels to stay in Varkala. Home stays are also available at reasonable costs. Cost of home stays and budget hotels are below Rs.1000.
Where to eat in Varkala: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Varkala. For the non vegetarian lovers this is the best place. Tibetan, Italian, Mexican, Continental cuisines are also available.
Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, History, Masjid, Musuem, Nature,Temple, Tomb, Wildlife Sanctuary
Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu. In India it is the major educational, Cultural and Commercial centre. In Chennai second biggest film industry is located. Famous singers like Sivamani and AR Rahman belongs to Chennai. Since the first century several dynasties ruled this place. Few major dynasties are Pandya, Pallavas, Cheras, and Cholas. This city was majorly developed as commercial centre by Britishers. Major festivals of the city are Pongal, Indian International Leather Fair, and Music Festival.
What to see in Chennai:
Beaches: Plenty of beaches can be seen in this place. Marina Beach is the second longest beach. Other beaches are Cove long, Golden, VGP and Breezy.
MGR Film City: It is one of the major attractions of the city. This was established in 1994 in the memory of MG Ramachandra, actor and Politician.
Thousands Lights Mosque: For the Shia Community of India this place is most sacred place. This place is famous for its architecture. To illuminate the hall 1000 oil lamps are needed to lit.
Madras High Court: It is one of the 3 high courts of pre-independent India. Other high courts are located in Kolkata and Mumbai.
Marundeeswarar Temple: This temple is dedicated to Marundeeswarar Temple who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is considered as God of Medicines. It is located in Thiruvanmiyar.
Government Museum: It is the oldest museum in India. In the college of St.George this was established in 1851. Major attractions of the museum are Decorative art gallery, Tanjore Painting gallery, Archaeology and Anthropology galleries etc.
Forts: Major forts of Chennai are Dutch fort (400 years old), St.Mary’s Church and Fort Museum, Anglican Church, Fort St.George.
Temples: Plenty of temples are located in Chennai. Major temples are Ashthalakshmi Temple, Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal, Kalingambal Temple, Kapaleeshwara Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple etc…
Other attractions of Chennai: Chennai has plenty of museums, parks, Libraries. Weavers Centre, Vivekananda House, Birla planetarium, Prakasam Salai are other major attractions.
What to see around Chennai:
Aignar Anna Zoological Park: It is located 35kms away from Chennai and located at Vandalur. Till 1855 this is inside the city but due to expansion this was shifted to outside of the city in 1877. Zoo consists of 170 species of reptiles, birds and mammals. Major attractions are Nilgiri Langur, Nilgai, Black buck, etc…
Kalakshetra: This is the dance institution situated 10kms away from the city. Training will be given in Music and Bharatnatyam. This was established by Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936.
Sriperumbudur: Major attraction of this place is Rajiv Gandhi Memorial. Several temples are located in this place. It is located 40kms away from Chennai.
Getting to Chennai: Chennai is well connected with road, rail and airways. In Chennai there are 3 major railway stations. They are Tambaram, Egmore and Chennai Central. Chennai is having both domestic and international airports. From all the cities such as Cochin, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai etc buses, trains and air buses are available to reach this place.
Getting around Chennai: Local trains, buses, taxis, autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Chennai.
Best time to visit Chennai: During summer season temperature is high. Visitors can notice heavy rainfall during monsoon season. Monson is from June to September and Mid October to Mid December. Generally tourists do not prefer to visit this place in summer and during monsoon seasons.
Where to stay in Chennai: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Chennai. Budget and midrange hotels are available at Egmore, T Nagar, and Mylapore. Anna Salai is the place where luxury hotels are located.
Where to eat in Chennai: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in China. Famous dishes are Puliogare and Tairchadam. Both domestic and international food is available.
Island, South India, Beach, Boating, Lagoon, Masjid, Nature, Trekking, Water Sports
Lakshadweep is an Island situated in the southern coast of India. Lakshadweep is derived from the word Lakshadweep which means One hundred thousand Islands. During the period of Cheraman Perumal, people were first settled in this place. Lakshadweep is the combination of several islands. Major Islands in the group are Agatti, Kavaratti, Kalpeni Andrott, and Amini. Islamic religion is followed by the people in this Island. Mahl, Jeseri and Malayalam languages are in usage by the people in Lakshadweep. Since 1974 tourism rush started to this Island. This place is most famous for water activities such as Water Sikking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Surfing, Snorkelling, Wind Surfing, Scuba diving.
What to see in Lakshadweep:
Museum: This is located 2kms away from the beach. It is located in Agatti Island. Motor Cycle and Auto rickshaw can be hired to reach this place. Sculptures and Relicas of Marine life is the major attraction of this Island.
Lagoon: This is also located in Agatti Island. Glass bottomed boats are used to reach this place. Logoon can be seen with aquatic animals such as floating reefs, Crabs, Fishes etc… Boat goes 10ft deep inside the water.
Agatti Island: This is the gateway to Lakshadweep Island. In this Island best resorts can be seen. These resorts are offering world’s best swimming beaches.
Kadmat Island: Lime stone exists in this place. For the visitors this is the best place to explore to underwater life.
Lighthouse: This is the oldest lighthouse constructed in 1885 by the Britishers. Height is 300feet.
Bangaram Island: Boating, Scuba, Diving, Snorkelling are most famous activities in this island.
Amini Beach: It is covered with Coral Sandstone. Famous activities are Scuba diving, basking, reef walking, Swimming etc.
Kadmat Islands: This place is famous for water sports such as Scuba diving, Skiing, Yachting, and Kayaking. Visitors can also witness Coconut palms and Lagoons.
Jumaat Mosque: It is most attractive to visitors for its architectural style.
Urja Mosque: In Kavaratti, most important pilgrim spot is Urja Mosque. This was built by Qasim Muhammad Shiekh in 17th century. Highlights of this Mosque are Ceiling and Wood carved Pillars.
Juma Masjid: This place is famous for rare artefacts. It was constructed during Medieval Period. Rai Hilai is believed to an ancient stone anchor.
Bangaram Island: It is one of the attractions in Lakshadweep. This is surrounded by Lagoon Covered with Coral reef.
Minicoy Island: In Lakshadweep region this is the second largest Island. It is in Semi Lunar Shape. This place is famous for fishing. Tuna Canning is manufactured in the factories of this Island.
Pitti Island: Pitti Island is the part of Pitti Bank. This place is well known for huge variety of birds. This is the best place to enjoy for the natural lovers.
What to see around Lakshadweep: As it is an Island there are no places which are most nearest to this Island. Only places to see nearby are, places in India. Few Places in India which are nearby this Island are Kerala, Tamilnadu, and Goa.
Getting to Lakshadweep: This Island is restricted area so it is essential to take prior permission before visiting. Visitors can reach to this place through airways or by Sea. Agatti Island is having Airport. Ships that are used to reach this place are MV Minicoy, MV Aminidvi, MV TipuSultan, and MV Bharatseema.
Getting around Lakshadweep: Boats, Ferries, Helicopters are used to reach other place of Lakshadweep.
Best to visit Lakshadweep: Best time to reach this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Lakshadweep: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in all the islands of Lakshadweep. Midrange and Luxury Hotels are available. Almost all the people prefer to stay in Resorts of the Islands.
Where to eat in Lakshadweep: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Lakshadweep.
Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, History, Mountian Biking, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls
Puducherry is a Tamil Name which means New Town. It is popularly known as Pondicherry. Earlier this place is acted as French Colony. It is believed that Sage Agastya established his Ashram here. This place is known for best food products, Pottery, leather, Furniture, textiles. Puducherry is also famous for handmade products, glassware, Indian art, Modern decor items, Jewellery, Marmalades and Pickles, Jellies, Sachets, Perfumed oils etc.. Most famous festivals in Puducherry are Bastille Day, Fete De Puducherry, Veerapattinam Car Festival, Villinur Temple car festival.
What to see in Puducherry:
Promenade: This place is famous for old Light house, Dupleix Statue, Statue of Joan of Arc, War Memorial. Promenade is 1.5kms long which is running along the beach.
Temples: In Puducherry, Varadaraja Perumal Temple is the oldest temple dates back to 600 AD. Kanniga Parameswari Temple is best example for French architectural style. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple is another famous temple is Puducherry. This was built in 12th century.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: This was built by Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. Children who were below 3 years are not allowed to enter into the Ashram.
Botanical Gardens: In this garden more than 1500 species of plants are placed here. This was built in 1826 in French Style. Major attraction of this gardens are fountains, gravel lined paths, beautiful flower beds, pruned trees.
Ananda Ranga Pillai Museum: This was built in the name of Ananda Ranga Pillai who was the governor of Puducherry. Things belongs to 18th century of French India can be seen here.
Churches: Plenty of churches were built during the French Rule. Most famous Churches are Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Church of Sacred heart of Jesus. These are built in 1700’s.
Jawahar Toy Museum: More than 120 dolls are placed in this museum. Visitors can visit this place except on Monday. All dolls are dressed in different styles each represent each state.
Bharati Memorial Museum: This is dedicated to Subramanya Bharathi who was the Poet and Freedom fights. Romantic compositions, finest patriotic writings of Subramanya Bharati are placed here.
Puducherry Museum: Rare collection of stone and bronze sculptures which belongs to Chola and Pallava dynasties can be seen here.
What to see around Puducherry:
Arikamedu: It is located 4kms away from the city. French, Cholas and Romans style of trade can be seen here. In ancient days this place was acted as Roman Trade centre.
Auroville Beach: This is the best place for swimming. Most of the people spend their weekends in this place. It is located 12kms away from the city.
Serenity Beach: It is located 6kms away from the city. It is the best picnic spot.
Chunnambar: This place is famous for the beach. It is located 8kms away from the city. Chunnambar is the best place for Sunbathing and Water sports.
Getting to Puducherry: Puducherry is well connected through road way. From the cities such as Bangalore, Madurai, Chennai buses are available to reach puducherry. Nearest railway station is at Villupuram which is 35kms away from the city. Chennai International airport is the nearest airport.
Getting around Puducherry: Autos, Cycles, 3 wheelers are available to visit the places in Puducherry. Buses, Autos, private vehicles are available to reach the places which are surrounding to Puducherry.
Best time to visit Puducherry: Best time to visit Puducherry is between October to March.
Where to stay in Puducherry: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Puducherry. Resorts are also available to stay near beach town.
Where to eat in Puducherry: Huge number of restaurants is available to eat in Puducherry. Most famous cuisines in Puducherry are Portuguese, Tamil, French and Dutch cuisines. Almost all the restaurants provide only non vegetarian. Vegetarian food will be available only on demand.
Karnataka, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, Hill station, History, Nature, River crossing, Temple, Trekking
Malpe is a fishing harbour on the Karnataka Coast. This is famous for its Pristine Beach and Vadabhandeshwara Temple. Four rocky Islands are surrounded to Malpe. Those Islands are Daria Gadara Kalluthe, Kari Illada Kallu, St.Mary’s Island and Daria Bahadurgad. In 4 rocky Islands only 2 became popular among Tourists. They are Daria Bahadurgad and St.Mary’s Islands. Fishing, Coconut industry and tile manufacturing are the prime attractions of the Malpe. Spring Zouk Festival is the famous festival celebrates in Malpe.
What to see in Malpe:
Malpe Beach: Malpe is famous for Malpe Beach. This is most beautiful place with clear blue water, Palm trees. Sand in this beach is in Golden Colour. As Malpe is the fishing harbour this beach is used for fishing. Water sports also conduct here. Activities such as Wave riding, Angling, Boating are most famous in this beach.
Vadabhadeshwara Temple: It is located near by Malpe Port. Idol God of this temple is Lord Balrama. He is the brother of Lord Sri Krishna. Idol in this temple is installed by Sri Madhavacharya, Philosopher. Pilgrims rush will be more on full moon day. Other name of this temple is Anantheshwara.
What to see around Malpe:
Daria Bahadurgad Island: This Island is famous for its Fort. This fort was built by Bidanur Basavappa Naik. Area covered by this Island is 250 yards. Only way to reach this Island is by Ferry. Near the fort Oldest tile factory and few temples are located. It is located 2kms away from Malpe.
Udupi: In Karnataka this is the most important Pilgrim place. This is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Udupi is also famous for software Industry. It industry has developed very quickly in this place. It is located 7kms away from the Malpe.
St.Mary’s Island: This is one of the 4 surrounding Islands near Malpe. In 1498 this was discovered by Vasco Da Gama. He named this Island as EI Pardon De Santa Maria. Ferry is used to reach to this Island. It is located 2kms away from Malpe.
Getting to Malpe: Malpe is well connected with road ways. Udupi is located in National Highway 17. From Udupi several buses are available to reach this place. From the cities such as Goa, Mumbai, Srigeri, karkalla, Mangalore buses are available to reach Udupi. Nearest railway station is located at Udupi. Trains from Delhi, Kochi, Margao, Mangalore, and Mumbai halt at this station. Mangalore is the nearest airport.
Getting around Malpe: Autos and Taxis are available to reach this place. Ferry’s are used to reach the nearest Islands.
Best time to visit Malpe: It is essential to know the best time before visiting any place to avoid inconvenience. Best time to visit this place is between August to March.
Where to stay in Malpe: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in Malpe. Budget range, Midrange and luxury hotels are available in this fishing harbour. Some resorts are also available to stay in Malpe.
Where to eat in Malpe: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Malpe. Along with Indian, International cuisines are also available in this place. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available. Sea food is most popular in this place.
Karnataka, South India, Beach, Boating, History, Nature, River crossing, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls
Gokarna is a town in Uttara Kannada district of State Karnataka. Gokarna is derived from 2 words Go and Karna. Gokarna means Cow’s ear. Agashini and Gangavali rivers confluence in this place. That place looks like cow’s ear. So this town is named as Gokarna. This place is known as Hindu Temple town. Gokarna is also famous for its beaches. Mahashivaratri is most famous festival celebrates here. During this festival season, devotees rush will be more. In this place Atmalinga is placed by Lord Ganesha after he taken Atmalinga from Ravan.
What to see in Gokarna:
Maha Ganpati Temple: Before visiting Mahabaleshwar Temple each and every devotee visits this temple. Idol of Lord Ganesha inside the temple is so tall. On the head of this idol a hole can be seen. It is believed that it was caused when Ravan hit Ganesha in anger when Ganesha kept Atmalinga on the earth.
Mahabaleshwar Temple: This temple is the main attraction of this town. Idol inside the temple is known as Atmalinga. This was given by Lord Shiva to Ravan. In this place people pray for their ancestors and perform obsequies. Granite stone was used to construct this temple. This was built in Dravidian Architectural style.
Half Moon Beach: This is another attraction in the town. This place is ideal for swimming.
Gokarna Beach: Water sports activities are most popular in this area. Apart from sports activities Sun Bathe can also enjoy by the tourists.
Om Beach: Seashore of this beach is in the shape of Om. So it was named as Om. It is the main attractions to the visitors. Activities such as Surfing, Banana Boat, and Jet Skiing are most famous in this beach.
Full Moon Beach / Paradise Beach: This is the best place for the natural lovers. Visitors can reach to this place either by boating or by trekking though forests.
What to see around Gokarna:
Bhadrakali Temple: It is located just 1km away from the town. Goddess Uma worshipped here. She is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
Mirjan Fort: It was built by Queen Chennabhairadevi. This fort is famous for its architectural styles. It is located 11kms away from Gokarna.
Kudle Beach: It is located 6kms away from Gokarna. It is one of the 4 beaches in Karnataka.
Yaana: This place is famous for rock formation and waterfalls. Of all the rock formations most famous rock formations are Mohini Shikhara and Bhairaveshwara Shikhara. It is located 49kms away from the town.
Kumta Town: It is located 32kms away from Gokarna. This place is famous for Dhareshwar Beach, Kumta Beach and Baada Beach.
Getting to Gokarna: This place is well connected by the roadways. From the cities such as Hubli, Mangalore, Bangalore buses come to this place on regular basis. Nearest railway station is located at Ankola. This is 20kms away from Gokarna. Trains from Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, and Mangalore come to Ankole. From the railway station, Taxis are available to reach to Gokarna. Nearest airport is Dabolim Airport which is 140kms away from Gokarna.
Getting around Gokarna: Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Gokarna. Several people would like to visit the places in Gokarna on foot by enjoying the nature.
Best time to visit Gokarna: Best time to visit this place is between October to February.
Where to stay in Gokarna: As this is the most popular pilgrim place all the facilities are available. Budget and Midrange Hotels are available to stay in Gokarna. Most of the visitors want to stay in beach resorts to enjoy the nature.
Where to eat in Gokarna: Best vegetarian food is available. But luxury restaurants are not available. Best restaurants in Gokarna are Namaste Cafe, Mahalaxmi Restaurant, Pai Restaurant, and Pai Hotel.
Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb
Tharangambadi is a town in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu. Tharangambadi means Place of the singing waves. From 1620 to 1845 this town was acted as Danish Colony. Before it was treated as Danish colony, Pandyas and Cholas ruled this place. From Germany two Protestants came to this place and started printing press. This was the first printing press in India. First book they have printed is Holy Bible. This book was printed in Tamil language. In Tamil they have printed 300 books till the end of 1712.
What to see in Tharangambadi:
Fort Dansborg: This was built in 1620 in Danish architectural style. It was used as residence of Danish Governor. Northern and Western side rooms of the fort are ruined but Southern side rooms of the fort are in good condition.
Town Gate: This was built in 1660. In 1761, Original Gate was destroyed but new one was constructed in its place. It is situated in King’s street.
Danish Museum: This museum says the history of Danish colonies. It was established in 1970. It is located inside the Fort Dansborg. Lamps, Chinese tea Jars, Danish Manuscripts, decorated terracotta objects, Steatite Lamps, Porcelain ware, Glass Objects are most attractive to see in this museum. Wooden Objectives, Spears, Daggers, Swords, Sculptures, different collection of stone are also placed here. All these objectives are used during the Danish rule.
Ziegenbalg Museum Complex: This complex consists of first printing press. It is located in Admiral Street. First book printed in this press was Bible.
The Zion Church: This was the oldest Protestants church in India. The Zion Church was constructed with the combination of Indian and Colonial architectural style. It was constructed in 1701.
The New Jerusalem Church: It was constructed by Rev.Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg in 1718. It is located in Kings Street.
Old Danish Cemetery: It is located in Kavalamettu Street. Various colonial officials and Danish Tradesmen’s graves can be seen here.
Bungalow on the Beach: It is only dining option in this town. Several regional and Continental dishes can be seen here.
What to see around Tharangambadi:
Thirukkadaiyur: It is located 8kms away from the town. Amritaghateswarar and Abirami Temple is most famous in this town. This was the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Kakaikal: It is located 15kms away from the town. Plenty of rivers and beaches can be seen here. Mangani Festival is famous in this place. Main attractions of this place are Church of Our Lady of Angles, Karaikal Port, Aayiram Kaliamman Temple, Lord Saturn Temple, Karaikal Ammayar temple.
Getting to Tharangambadi: Only way to reach this place is through road. From Thiravarur, Puducherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, Chennai, Vellore cities buses are available. Mayiladuthrai is the nearest railway station which is 24kms away from Tharangambadi. Chennai is the nearest airport of the town.
Getting around Tharangambadi: Autos, Taxis and buses are available to reach the places around Tharangambadi.
Best time to visit Tharangambadi: To avoid inconvenience Visitors has to know best time to visit this place. Best time to visit this place is Between February and August. In the month of December rainfall will be more in the town.
Where to stay in Tharangambadi: Only budget and mid range hotels are available. Few guest houses and dormitories are the other option in Tarangambadi. Best hotels in Tharangambadi are The Bungalow on Beach and Nayak House.
Where to eat in Thamrangambadi: Restaurants are very limited in Thamrangambadi. Only south Indian Cuisines are available.
Kerala, South India, Beach, Boating, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls, Wildlife Sanctuary
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. Other names of this city are Trivandrum and Evergreen city of India. This place is famous for historical structures, windy backwaters, palm fringed shorelines who are stretched so long and Beaches. Apart from the beaches, this place is also known for its ancient temples. Maharaja Marthanda Varma named this city as Thrivananthapuram. He was the deity of Lord Padmanabhaswamy so he dedicated this city to Lord Padmanabhaswamy. Word Thiruvananthapuram derived from the word Thiru Anantha Puram which means City of Lord Aantha. Britishers had changed this name as Trivandrum. Best places for the shopping lovers are MG Road and Connemara Market. Handloom, Coir, Metal, Horn, Wood are worth buying here.
What to see in Thiruvananthapuram:
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: It is one of the oldest temples in India. This is the best example for Dravidian style of architecture. Temple is dedicated to Lord Padmanabhaswamy who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Recently treasury was discovered in the temple. It is estimating that worth of the treasury would be around Rs.1.2 trillion. This treasury makes the temple richest temple in India.
Zoological Park: This is the first Zoo in India which was opened in 1843. 75 different species of animals can be seen here. Major attraction of this zoo is Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Indian Rhino, Hippo, snakes etc…
Napier Museum: This was built by Robert Chisholm in Gothic style of architecture. Different collection of Buddhist Status, Carved Wooden Carts, Ceramics, Bronze idols etc attracts the tourists to this place.
Kanakakunnu Palace: This is the summer recreation to Travancore Kings. Today several fairs, exhibitions, cultural events are conducting here.
Other Attractions of Thiruvananthapuram: Other Attractions of Thiruvananthapuram are Natural History Museum, East Fort, Mahadeva Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum.
What to see around Thiruvananthapuram:
Padmanabhapuram Palace: It is one of the most attractive Palaces in the world. This palace is famous for Granite dance halls, Clock Tower, Carved Mahogany Ceilings. It is situated 11kms away from the city.
Veli: It is located 8kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. In this place Veli Lake is separated from Arabian Sea by a sand bar. Water Sports is most famous in Veli.
Shankhumugham Beach: This is the best place to relax in the evening time and during that period one can enjoy sunset. Water is safe for swimming. It is located 8kms away from the city.
Kovalam: It is located 10kms away from the city. This place is famous for Beach. It is one of the best beaches in the world.
Other Attractions nearby Thiruvananthapuram: Other Attractions nearby Thiruvananthapuram are Marine Aquarium, Samudra Beach, Kovalam beach, Poovar Island, Kalari, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Getting in Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvananthapuram is well connected with Road, Rail and Airways. From several cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai etc buses, trains and airbuses are available to reach this place.
Getting around Thiruvananthapuram: Autos, Taxis, Buses are available to visit the places around Thiruvananthapuram.
Best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram: Best time to visit Thiruvananthapuram is between August to March.
Where to stay in Thiruvananthapuram: Plenty of accommodations are available to stay in the city. Budget, Midrange and luxury hotels are available. Best hotels in Thiruvananthapuram are Travancore Palace Beach, Turtle on the Beach, Maurya Rajadhani and KTDC Chaithram Trivandrum.
Where to eat in Thiruvananthapuram: Plenty of restaurants are available. All the restaurants serve North Indian, Chinese, Tamilian and Local cuisines. Most famous dishes in the city are Fish Molee and Fish Pollichathu. Every visitor of this city has to try these dishes.
Tamil Nadu, South India, Beach, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Valley, Water falls
Kanyakumari is a town in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu. This place was named after Goddess KanyaKumari who is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Earlier this was called as Cape Comorin. This place is famous for Pilgrimage. It is the confluence point of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Sunrise and Sunset from the beaches are most attractive. Swami Vivekananda spent his meditation time in this place. Several rulers ruled this place such as Pandayas, Nayaks, Cheras, and Cholas. Sarees and other textiles are worth buying.
What to see in Kanyakumari:
Kanyakumari Temple: This temple is dedicated to Kumari Amman who kept waiting for her groom on her wedding day but he did not come. Nose ring of the statue is so bright. One can identify this from long distance also.
Tiruvalluvar Statue: Height of this statue is 133ft. This is the statue of Saint, Poet Tiruvalluvar. He was the writer of Tirukkural.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial: This was built by Ramakrishna mission in 1970. It was built on a small island off the shore of Kanyakumari. This is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda.
Gandhi Memorial: This is designed like a temple which is dedicated to Gandhi. In this place urn can be seen. In that Urn, Gandhi’s ashes were kept before immersion. Position of the urn is kept in such a position that on 2nd Oct (which is the birth day of Gandhi) first ray of light fall on the urn.
Government Museum: It is having great historical importance. Tribal Objects, woodcarving, Bronze sculpture, Old Coins are placed here.
Kanyakumari Beach: This one of the most attractive place for the tourists. Sunrise and sunset during full moon days in the month of April is most popular.
What to see around Kanyakumari:
Padmanabhapuram Palace: This Palace is the best example for rich cultural heritage. It is located in Padmanabhapuram village in Kanyakumari district which is 33kms away from the city.
Mathur Aqueduct: This was built on Pahrali River. It is the highest and longest aqueduct in South Asia. It is located 46kms away from the city.
Udayagiri Fort: This is one of the ancient forts which were constructed in 1600 AD. It is located 32kms away from the city.
Vattakottai Fort: It is one of the major attractions near Kanyakumari. This was built in 18th century. It is located 9kms away from the city.
Chitharal: It is located 50kms away from Kanyakumari. This place is most famous for Jain Monuments.
Pechiparai Reservoir: During the reign of Maharaja Sri Moolam Thirunal this was built. Tourist come to this place thought-out the year. It is located 56kms away from the city.
Muttom Beach: 100 years old Light house and sunset from this beach are the attractions of this place. It is located 36kms away from kanayakumari.
Sothavilai Beach: It is one of the longest beaches of South India. This beach is situated 10kms away from the city.
Olakaruvi Falls: It is located 21kms from the city. This place is most attractive place for the visitors due to waterfalls
Getting to Kanyakumari: This place is well connected though road and railways. From the cities like Jammu Tawi, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore etc buses and trains are available. Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
Getting around Kanyakumari: Buses, autos, taxis are available to visit the place around the city.
Best time to visit Kanyakumari: Between October to March tourists rush will be more in this place. So this is time is considered as best time to visit.
Where to stay In Kanyakumari: Plenty of hotels are available in Kanyakumari. Huge number of Budget hotels and midrange hotels are located in Kovalam Road and in East Car Street. At Kottakari Road and Sunset Point luxury hotels are available.
Where to eat In Kanyakumari: Plenty of restaurants are available all over the city. Continental, North Indian, South Indian, Italian, Punjabi, Chinese cuisines are available in all the restaurants.
Kerala, South India, Beach, History
Poovar is a small village in Trivandrum district of Kerala. Golden Sandy Beach is the main attraction of this village. Highlight of the village is serene backwaters. It is located on the mouth of the Neyyar River. Major occupation of the people who resides here is fishing. Due to fishing, water sports and other beach activities are not available. Though it is an excellent golden sandy beach tourists are very limited due to not available of water sports. So this place is so silent. But huge number of birds visits this place. Banana groves, coconut and spice plantation are famous in this place.
What to see in Poovar:
Poovar Beach: Major attraction of this village is Golden sandy Beach. This beach separates Neyyar River from Arabian Sea. It is the place where sea, River and lake meet.
St.Bartholomew Church: This is the oldest church in Poovar. It was built in 1053. This church is also known as Poovar Church.
What to see around Poovar:
Kovalam Beach: It is located 18kms away from Poovar Beach. In this coastal line 3 major beaches are located. They are Samudra Beach, Hawah Beach and Ashoka Beach. All these beaches are used by the fisherman for fishing. Due to Monazite and Ilmenite in the water, colour of these beaches is black.
Thiruvananthapuram: This place is famous for beautiful beaches, ancient temples and structures. This place is also known as Evergreen city of India. It is located 27kms away from Poovar.
Padmanabhapuram Palace: This Palace is located in Kovalam town which is 16kms away from Poovar. It is one of the finest palaces of the world. Major attractions of this palace are granite dance halls, clock tower, carved Mahogany ceilings.
Udaygiri Fort: Huge blocks of granite are used to construct this fort. Fort was an important military barrack. It is located 36kms away from Poovar.
Gandhi Memorial: This is designed like a temple which is dedicated to Gandhi. In this place urn can be seen. In that Urn, Gandhi’s ashes were kept before immersion. Position of the urn is kept in such a position that on 2nd Oct (which is the birth day of Gandhi) first ray of light fall on the urn. It is located 47kms away from Poovar.
Getting to Poovar: Only way to reach this place is through roadways. Regular buses are available to Poovar from Thirvananthapuram. From the cities such as Chennai, Nagarcoil, Madurai, Bangalore etc… buses are available to Thirvananthapuram. Autos and taxis are available to reach Poovar. Nearest railway station is located at Thriuvananthapuram Central. Thrivananthapuram airport is the nearest airport.
Getting around Poovar: Private Vehicles, Motorcycles and Autos are available to visit the places around Poovar.
Best time to visit Poovar: Throughout the year this place welcomes the tourists. But best time to visit this place is between August to March.
Where to stay in Poovar: Budget and midrange hotels are available. In Thirvananthapuram budget, midrange and luxury hotels are available. If people want to stay in Luxury hotels they can stay in Thiruvananthapuram. Best hotels in Poovar are Estuary Island, Over the Hill Hotel, and Estuary Island Hotel.
Where to eat in Poovar: Plenty of restaurants are available. All the restaurants serve North Indian, Chinese, Tamil and Local Cuisines. Delicious food in this place is fish dishes.
Gujarat, Beach, History, Musuem, Nature, Valley, Water falls, West India, Wildlife Sanctuary
Porbandar is located in Gujarat. This is a birth place of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is believed that this is the birth place of Sudama who is the best friend of Lord Sri Krishna. So this place is also named as Sudamapuri. During the regime of British, Marathas, Mughals this city acted as best trade centre. In those days trade activities are regularly done with East African, Aab and Persian countries. From 16th century BC to 14th century BC Harappa Civilisation dominated this place. This place is considered as home to Harappa Civilisation.
During 16th century it was an independent state which was ruled by Jethwa Rajputs. After independence it was merged into Kathiawar. Later it became part of Gujarat. This is the best place for shopping lovers also. Bandhani Work textiles are most famous in this place. Several Silver jewellery, Mirror works, terracotta figures, iron items, brass items, clay items are available. Best markets in Porbandar are located at kedareswar Road and Sudama Road.
What to see in Porbandar:
Huzoor Palace: A Water fountain in this palace attracts the visitors. European style of work can be noticed here. This was built during 20th century by Rana Natwarsinhji.
Porbandar Bird Sanctuary: This is best place for natural lovers. Several species of birds such as Herons, ibis, Spoon Bills, Geese, Ducks, Pelicans are most attractive to the visitors. In 1988 this was declared as bird Sanctuary.
Porbandar Beach: Other name of this beach is Chowpatti. It is the venue of annual Janmastami fair.
Krishna Sudama Temple: It is believed that persons who enter into this temple will be wiped off their sins. This is the only temple dedicated to Sudama who is the best friend of Lord Krishna. Some people say that this temple is dedicated to the friendship between Sudama and Lord Krishna.
Kirti Temple: This mandir is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation and Kasturiba Gandhi. Old paintings of Kasturiba and Mahatma Gandhi are most attractive to the visitors.
What to see around Porbandar:
Harshad Mata Temple: This is most ancient temple located on koyla Hill. It is believed that every day morning Harshad Mata make the king of Minalpur alive and roast him and eat. This temple looks like Navlakha Temple which was constructed by Chalukya Dynasty. It is situated 45 kms away from Porbandar.
Barda Hills Wild Life Sanctuary: This is the home place to several birds and animals. Spotted deer crocodile, Chinkaras, Lions are major animal species placed here. Most attractive bird species here are Hawk Eagle, Spotted eagle. Area covered by this sanctuary is 192 sq.kms. It is located 45 kms away from Porbandar.
Getting to Porbandar: This place is well connected though Road, Railways and Air ways. From several cities like Vadodara, Ahmadabad, Rajkot, Mumbai both bus and train facility are available. Airport of Porbandar is connected to Diu and Mumbai.
Getting around Porbandar: For sightseeing private vehicles, autos, taxis, cars are available to tourists.
Best time to visit Porbandar: Few visitors see the weather conditions to visit the places. For those people best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Porbandar: Best midrange hotels are available at Cross Road and MG Road. Near airport and Hospital Road luxury hotels are located. Plenty of affordable hotels are available all over the city.
Where to eat in Porbandar: Most of restaurants serve vegetarian and Gujarati Cuisine. Whereas some restaurant provide best varieties of sea food along with other varieties of non vegetarian food.
Gujarat, Beach, Fort, History, Musuem, Nature, Temple, Tomb
Surat is the admistrative capital of Surat District. Earlier it was known as Suryapur. It is cleanest and second largest city in Gujarat. Surat it situated on the banks of Tapi River. More than 90% of the diamond cut and polished here. Other names of Surat are Embroidery capital of India, Manchester of India, Textile capital of India, Diamond capital of India. It is an international market for diamonds. Best diamonds are available on Dumas Road shops.
What to see in Surat:
Sardar Patel Museum: Before independence it was named as Winchester Museum. It was established in 1889. Timings to visit this museum are 9 AM to 11.30 AM and 2.30 PM to 5 PM.
Chintanmani Jain Temple: Major attraction of this temple is Vegetable dye paintings of King Kumarpala and Acharya Hemchandra who is the Jain Preacher. This is very ancient temple dates back to 400 years ago.
Surat Castle: From the top of the castle visitors can view Surat and Tapi River. This was built by Sultan Mahmud III in 1540.
Swaminarayan Temple: Visitors can see 3 wooden shrines of Ghanshyam Maharaj, Lord Swaminarayan, and HariKirshna Maharaj. This temple is dedicated to Swaminarayan. He belongs to Vaishnavism.
Amba Niketan Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja Ambika. She is having 8 hands. This is located on the Shore of Tapi River. Most famous festival celebrated in this temple is Navratri. Statues of Lord Shiva, Laxminarayana, Sita, and Ram are also can be seen here.
Dutch Gardens: This is a cemetery belongs to Islam and Hindu religions. Several famous tombs can be seen here. Photography is restricted.
Rangupvan: It is biggest open air theatre in India. At one time this theatre can provide accommodation to more than 4000 people. This is used to conduct musical and cultural programs.
What to see around Surat:
Suvali Beach: Visitors prefer to come to this place for relaxation. Sand in this beach is black. It is located 24 kms away from Surat.
Dandi: This place has prominent importance during independence struggle. This march was undertaken against the Britishers for levying heavy taxes on salt. As a part of Civil Obedience Movement this March was undertaken. From Sabarmati Ashram this march was started and ended at Dandi. It is located 26 Kms away from Surat.
Hazira: It is a famous picnic spot and seaside resort. This is situated 23 kms away from Surat. This is the best place to relax at Beach. Near Beach visitors can visit Bird Sanctuary.
Bharuch: This city is having 8000 years old history. It is famous for Swaminaryan temple. Bharuch is situated 73 kms away from Surat.
Getting to Surat: This place is well connected with Road, Rail and Air ways. From all the major cities such as Indore, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Nagpur, Kanpur, Jaipur, Luck now, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Delhi, Mumbai buses and trains are available. Surat airport is having regular flights to Mangalore, Calicut, Amritsar, Bhavnagar, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Mumbai and Delhi.
Getting around Surat: Buses, Auto Rickshaws, Taxis are available to visit the places around Surat.
Best time to visit Surat: Weather is most favourable to the visitors between October to March.
Where to stay in Surat: All affordable, mid range and Luxury hotels are available in Surat. Luxury hotels are located in Ring road and near airport. Midrange Hotels are located at Sumal Dairy Road and City centre. At Umarwada affordable hotels are located.
Where to eat in Surat: Most of the restaurants serve Gujarati Cuisine and Vegetarian cuisine. Few hotels at Varachha Road and Ring Road non vegetarian food are available.
Gujarat, Beach, Fort, History, Nature, Temple, West India
Dwarka is a city in Gujarat. It is one of the seven most ancient cities in India. This place is associated with Lord Krishna. Dwarka is derived from the words Dwara and Ka. Dwara means Door and ka means Brahma. Dwarka means gateway to Brahma. Other name of Dwarka is Dwaravati. On the request of Lord Krishna this city was built by Vishwakarma. It is located on the banks of Gomti River. It is believed that after the death of Lord Krishna this city was merged into the sea. This was rebuild 6 times but it ruins. Current city is 7th rebuilt city.
During the regime of Lord Krishna, 7 lakh gold and silver palaces are placed around the city. For the shopping lovers best items available here are local souvenirs, embellished footwear, embroidered handicraft items, Bandhni fabrics, Patola silk sarees.
What to see in Dwarka:
Dwarkadhish Temple: This was built by king Vajranabha who is the great grandson of Lord Krishna. Other name of the temple is Jagat Temple. This was built in Chalukya style before 2000 years. There are two main entrances to this temple. One is facing north it is known as Moksha Dwar and other is facing south. It is known as Swarga Dwar. Here visitors can see four armed statue of Lord Vishnu.
Rukshamanee Mandir: This place is famous for the temple of Goddess Devi Rukmani who is the wife of Lord Krishna.
Rukmini Hrid: People believe that a dip in Rukmini Hrid will lead to moksha.
Gomti Sangam Ghat: In this place Gomti River merges with ocean. It is believed that if people take bath in this place sins will wash off.
Gita Mandir: On the walls of the temple various chapters of Bhagvad Gita can be seen. This was built by Birla’s (industrialist) in 1970.
What to see around Dwarka:
Byet Dwarka: It is believed that this is the place from where Lord Krishna ruled the people. His family resides in this place. 500 years ago Sri Vallabhacharya built Lord Krishna temple in this place. Water sports, beach is most famous here. It is located 34 Kms away from Dwarka.
Nageshwar Jyothirlinga Temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here. Other name of this temple is Nagnath Temple. This place is situated between Beyt Dwarka and Gomti Dwarka. Statue of lord Shiva is very huge. It is located 17 Kms away from Dwarka.
Kirti Mandir: This mandir is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of Nation and Kasturiba Gandhi. It is located 98 Kms away from Dwarka.
Getting to Dwarka: Dwarka is well connected with Road and Railways. From all the major cities like Amerli, Vadodara, Porbanbar, Ahmadabad etc several buses are available. From the places like Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi railway facility is available. Nearest airport is at Jamnagar.
Getting around Dwarka: Cycle Rickshaw’s, Taxi’s, Auto’s are available to see the places around Dwarka.
Best time to visit Dwarka: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Dwarka: Several hotels are available to stay in Dwarka. Luxurious hotels cannot find in this place. Only lower and middle range hotels are available. Best hotels in Dwarka are Hotel Shree Darshan, Hotel Damli, Meera Hotel, and Hotel Ganga.
Where to eat in Dwarka: In this place only vegetarian food is available. Popular food of this place is Sweet buttermilk, Khamman Dhokla and Gujarati Thali. Most of the restaurants serve North Indian, south Indian and Gurjarthi dishes.
Diu and Daman, Beach, Fort, History, Nature, Temple, West India
Daman is a city in the Union territory Daman & Diu. Daman Ganga River divided Daman into two parts one is Andaman and other part is Motidaman. Meaning of Nani is small and meaning of Moti is Big. Both are connected by two bridges. One is used to travel only small vehicles like two wheelers and other will be used to travel heavy vehicles such as trucks, cars etc… This place is famous for the manufacturing of several products such as plastics, windmills, printing ink, dyes, electronics, toys, fertilisers, chemicals, pesticides, etc…
For more than 400 years this place was ruled by Portuguese. They have arranged colonies in this place. In 16th century large fort was built in Motidaman to protect the Daman from Moghuls. Even today this fort is using for working purpose of different government offices. After the battle between Indians and Portuguese, Daman was formed as Republic of India in 1961.
What to see in Daman:
Bom Jesus Church: Portuguese artisans worked hard to build this church. Every year thousands of visitors came to this place. Bom Jesus is worshipped here.
Church of our Lady of the Rosary: Tombstones of Portuguese can be found in this place.
Old Fort: one of the major attractions of Daman is Old Fort. Here two churches, a hospital and Governors palace were situated. Drawbridge is located on the eastern side of the fort.
Fort of Moti Daman: Area covered by this fort is 30 sq.kms. This was built in 1559.
Jain Temple: This temple was built during 18th century. On the walls of the temple paintings of Mahavir’s life can be seen.
Devka Beach: This is the relaxation place for several visitors. It is located 3 Kms from Nanidaman.
Mirasol Resort and water park: This is the man made resort. Artificial lake is used for boating. Other interesting things in this park are water slides, machan like setting on the tree tops, video games, mini train ride etc.
Other places to see in Daman: st.Jerome Fort, Church of Our Lady of Augustias, Church of Lady of Remedies.
What to see around Daman:
Mumbai: This is modern city with several cultural. This is the financial capital and also state capital Maharashtra. Several places to visit in Mumbai are Bombay high court, Essel World, Haji Ali Dargah, Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves etc… it is located 174 Kms away from Daman.
Getting to Daman: This place is well connected with Roadways and local Air ways. Local airport is located at Nani Daman. Nearest international airport is located at Mumbai. Nearest railway station is located at Vapi. Tangas, Local buses and Taxis are available to reach Daman.
Getting around Daman: Best options to see the places surrounding Daman are taxis, auto rickshaw and Buses. Visitors can take scooters, mopeds, cycles, motor cycles for rent to visit the places around Daman.
Best time to visit Daman: Best time to visit this place is between November to March.
Where to stay in Daman: Several hotels are available to stay. As per the requirements of the people hotel will available. Best hotels in Daman are Hotel Prince Park, Dariya Darshan Hotel, Cidade De Daman, Hotel Miramar, Sandy resorts.
Where to eat in Daman: Several restaurants are available to eat in Daman. Both Vegetarian and Non vegetarian food will be available. Best restaurants are Hotel Holiday, Hotel Sanman, Hotel Diamond, and Hotel sai Amar international.
Diu and Daman, Beach, Nature, West India
Diu is a town in Diu district of Daman and Diu, India. This is having its own place in the history. According to Hindu Mythology, Diu was once ruled by King Jallandhar. He was killed by Lord Vishnu with his Sudharshan Chakra. After killing him, Lord Vishnu left his chakra on the Island known Chakra Tirtha. There is another mythology to this place i.e. during 14 years of exile of Pandavas they have visited this place. Name of this place during that period is Mani Nagar. At that time it was under the control of Yadava Dynasty.
Several rulers ruled this place but Portuguese Influence is more. They have ruled for more than 400 years. Hoka trees are major attractions to the tourists. These are bought by Portuguese from Africa. Three beaches are another major attraction to the tourists. Several cultures such as Christianity, Islam, Hindu, and Portuguese Saurashtra can be seen here.
What to see in Diu:
Diu Fort: Diu is the major attraction to the tourists. This was built by Nuno De Cunta, Governor of Portuguese. On 3 sides of the fort sea was surrounded. Stone gallery is the major attraction of the fort. Canons and Light house can be seen here.
St.Thomas Church Museum: Earlier this was church built in 1598. In this museum idol, wooden carvings, stone inscriptions, antique statues are major attractions.
Nagoa Beach: Water sports are most famous here. Shape of this beach is horse shape.
INS Khukri Memorial: During 1971 war PNS Hangor hit INS Khukri. In the memory of sailors and officers of INS Khukri this was built in 1999.
St.Paul’s Church: It look like Goa Bom Jesu Basilica. Between 1601 to 1610 this church was built.
Ghogala Beach: Surfing, Parasailing, Water sports are the major activities in this place. In Diu this is the largest Beach.
What to see around in Diu:
Somnath Temple: Lord Somanth is worshipped here. It is one of the 12 Jyothirligas. This is 47 Kms from Diu Museum.
Junagadh: This place is now part of Mumbai but earlier it was the part in Saurashtra state. Meaning of Junagadh is Old Fort. In Gujarat it is the 7th largest city. It is located 150 Kms away from Diu Museum.
Gir National Park: Other name of this park is Sasan Gir National Park. Refugee of Asiatic Lions is placed in this park. Area covered by this park is 1412 Sq Kms. It is located 68 Kms away from Diu Museum.
Getting to Diu: This place is well connected with Road ways. Buses from all the major cities such as Gujarat, Talaja, and Veraval Bhavnagar regularly come to this place. Major railhead is at Veraval. Nearest Airport is located at Nagoa.
Getting around Diu: Auto’s, Taxi’s are available to go the place surrounding Diu. Some people prefer to go on foot.
Best time to visit Diu: Tourists prefer to visit this place between November to February.
Where to stay in Diu: At Ghoghla tourism department is maintaining few hotels and resorts at reasonable costs. For the budget people several hotels are available. Luxurious hotels are also available here. Beach resorts are most famous here.
Where to eat in Diu: All type of cuisines such as Chinese, Portuguese, Punjabi, South Indian, Gujarati Cuisines are available to eat. Plenty of restaurants are available here. Best restaurants in Diu are Shri Ram Vijay, O’Coquerio Music Garden restaurant, Apana Foodland, Night Heron Restaurant.
AP, Beach, History, South India, Temple
Visakhapatnam is a port city located in Visakhapatnam district. It is the second biggest city in Andhra Pradesh. This city is commonly known as Vizag. Visakhapatnam is known for seafood. Several industries are located in this city. So this city is also known as City of Destiny. One of the most beautiful places in Visakhapatnam is beach. Main language is Telugu. Apart from Telugu people several other people are also residing namely Punjabis, Malayalis, Tamilians, Oriyas, Bengalis, Marwari’s. They came to this place for job purpose and for livelihood at the seaport.
As several traditions people are staying here all the traditional festivals celebrates in Visakhapatnam. Apart from traditional festivals other festivals celebrate in this city is Lumbini festival, Music festival, Visakha Utsav. One of the important annual events is Naval Day. This city is also serving as Eastern Naval Command Headquarters. During 260 BC Ashok ruled this place. Due to this influence of Buddhism is more in this place. In 15th century Visakhapatnam became a part of Vijayanagaram. At the time of independence this is the biggest district in India. Later it was divided into 3 different parts. They are Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam.
Visakhapatnam is best place for the shopping lovers. Several varieties of sarees are most famous namely Nadyupet, Venkatgiri, Dharamavaram, Ikat, Pochampalli. Best shopping centres in Vizag are Waltair Uplands and Jagdamba Junction. Kalamkari paintings, Handicrafts and Woven carpets are also most famous in this city.
What to see in Visakhapatnam:
Dolphin’s Nose: It is a gigantic rock structure. Height of this structure is 174 meters. This looks like Dolphin’s Nose. From this place tourists can see entire Visakhapatnam.
Beaches: Beaches are most favourite spot for all the tourists. Beaches which are located here are Kondakarla Ava Beach, Yarada Beach, Gangavaram Beach, Rushikonda Beach, Lawson’s Lay Beach, and Ramakrishna Beach.
Buddhist Excavations: one of the attractions in the city is Buddhist excavations. Some of the excavations found in 1906 are Thotla Konda, Bojjana Konda, and Bhatvi Konda.
Naval Museum: This museum was incorporated in 1989. Another name of this museum is Swarna Jyoti Museum. This museum remembers the heritage of Indian navy. Equipment used by the Indian navy in the olden day is depicted here. Artifacts from Indus Valley sites can also be seen here. Museum is divided into 5 sections. They are Eastern Seaboard establishments and Ports, Ocean Resources, Aquaria, Naval Archives, Maritime History.
Submarine Museum: This is the only submarine museum in Asia. It is located at Ramakrishna Beach. The submarine INS Kusura converted into museum.
War Memorial: It is an open museum which is situated on the beach road. In this museum visitors can see missiles, a tank and fighter plane. War Memorial place is 21 KMs far away from Bheemunipatnam.
What to see around Visakhapatnam:
Kailasagiri: Kailasagiri is famous for idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. From this hill rock Rushikonda and Ramakrishna Beach can be seen. It is 27 Kms away from Visakhapatnam.
Borra Caves: Borra Caves are one of the largest caves in the country. Other name of Borra Caves is Borra Guhalu. Borra Caves are located in the Ananthagiri hills of Araku Valley. In India these are deepest caves. Depth of these caves is 80 meters. This place is 90 Kms away from Visakhapatnam. Rock formation in these caves is so excellent.
Sankaram: This is famous Buddhist site. Several caves and Buddhist monasteries and stupas can be seen here. This is 41Kms away from Visakhapatnam.
Pavuralakonda: This is a small place but several tourists are very much attracted to this place. Several species of birds especially pigeons can be seen here. This place is also known as Hill of Pigeons. It is 49 Kms away from Vizag.
Bavikonda: This place is 37 Kms away from Visakhapatnam. Number of Buddhist Viharas, Chaityagrihas, and Stupas can be seen here. Bavikonda is the one of the famous Buddhist Sites. In this place visitors can found a piece of bone in urn. People this bone as bone of Buddha.
Simhachalam: This place is famous for Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. During Chandanotsavam thousands of pilgrims visit this place. In this place visitors can see 1st century architecture on the wall of the temple. It is 21 Kms away from Vizag.
Best Time to Visit Visakhapatnam: Humidity is more in the atmosphere of Visakhapatnam. Due to this sweating will be more. Whenever visitors visit this place they have to face sweating. Best time to visit this place is between November to March.
Getting to Visakhapatnam: Vizag is well connected with all the means of transportation. From all the major cities such as Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai etc… Bus facilities and railway facilities are available. Airport is also available which 12 Kms away from the city is. Flights from Dubai also come to this place.
Getting around Visakhapatnam: Buses, Auto Rickshaws, Taxis are always available to go round the city. One of the major drawbacks with Auto Rickshaws is drivers will not run on meters. Most of the people prefer to go by bus so buses are always rush.
Where to stay in Visakhapatnam: There is no scarcity fro the hotels. For all the class of people hotels are available. In Aslimetta Junction normal or medium level budget hotels can be seen. There are few 5 star hotels are also available along with beach resorts. Beach resorts and 5 star hotels are luxurious accommodations. At Dabagardens high level budget hotel are available.
Where to Eat in Visakhapatnam: On hearing about Visakhapatnam everyone remembers about seafood. All the local restaurants serve best seafood. They will cook with coconut milk and sesame oil. We cannot imagine the taste of sea food dishes. Andhra spicy dishes are also most famous in this place. Best place for the food lovers is Sripuram. Along with seafood all varieties of food such as Chinese cuisine, Continental, Mexican, Italian, North Indian cuisines are also available here. Best non veg restaurants in Visakhapatnam are Bamboo Bay, Fusion Foods, Lovely Scenes etc…
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Bheemunipatnam is a located Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. As per the historical records Bheemunipatnam was originated at the time of Mahabharata and it was name after Bheema. Beach is located in Bheemunipatnam at the mouth of Gosthani River. Hindu mythological tale states that Bheema killed the monster Bakasura where the beach is situated. Other name of the beach is Bheemili beach.
Sand in the Bheemuniapatnam is so soft. Water is in blue colour. Beach is famous for sunbathing. It was an important Buddhist centre. During the excavations several evidences of Buddhist monks are found in this place. As per the evidences they belong to 2nd century. During the colonial era factories are built by Britishers and Dutch in Bheemunipatnam.
What to see in Bheemunipatnam:
Bheemili Bhimeswara Swamy temple: Major attraction in Bheemunipatnam is Bheemili Bhimeswara Swamy temple. This temple was built by Erramattidibbalu and Salivahana Saka in 1226. This place is used for film shootings. This temple is located at the entrance of the Bheemunipatnam town.
Hollanders Green: Hollanders Green is another interesting place for the tourists. This cemetery was built by Dutch rulers. In India this is one of the oldest cemeteries. This place is also known as Dutch Grave yard.
Fort: Tourists can visit the fort built by Dutch rulers. This place is almost ruined.
Churches: Two old historic churches can be visited by the tourists. One is ‘Red Church’ which was built in 1850. Another church is ‘The Andhra Baptist’ which was dates back to 130 years ago.
What to see around Bheemunipatnam:
Naval Museum: This museum was incorporated in 1989. Another name of this museum is Swarna Jyoti Museum. This museum remembers the heritage of Indian navy. Equipment used by the Indian navy in the olden day is depicted here. Artifacts from Indus Valley sites can also be seen here. Museum is divided into 5 sections. They are Eastern Seaboard establishments and Ports, Ocean Resources, Aquaria, Naval Archives, Maritime History. This place is 19 KMs far away from the Bheemili Beach.
Light House: One of the attractions in Bheemuniapatnam beach is lighthouse.
Submarine Museum: This is the only submarine museum in Asia. It is located at Ramakrishna Beach. The submarine INS Kusura converted into museum. From Bheemunipatnam this place is 18 KMs far away.
War Memorial: It is an open museum which is situated on the beach road. In this museum visitors can see missiles, a tank and fighter plane. War Memorial place is 21 KMs far away from Bheemunipatnam.
Kailasagiri: Kailasagiri is famous for idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. From this hill rock Rushikonda and Ramakrishna Beach can be seen. This place is 24 KMs far away from Bheemunipatnam.
Getting to Bheemuniapatnam: There is no direct railways or airways service. All the visitors have to reach to this place by jeeps, private cars and Buses. From the major cities like Nellore, Warangal, Vijayawada and Hyderabad buses will come daily. Nearest railway station is Visakhapatnam Railway station. Nearest Airport is also at Visakhapatnam.
Getting around Bheemunipatnam: Only way to reach to beach is on foot. If tourists want to visit other places private buses, jeeps and call taxies are available
Where to stay in Bheemunipatnam:
From Middle class hotels to high level hotel are available in Bheemunipatnam. VUDA (Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority) is running a resort in this place. Name of this resort is Keertana Vanam Beach Resort. Best resorts in Bheemunipatnam are Sai Priya Beach Resort, Bay Leaf, The Park, Falcons, and White Valley.
Where to eat in Bheemunipatnam:
Several multi cuisine restaurants are available. In the restaurants international, Chinese and Indian cuisine are available. Saraswathi Orchid, Hotel Grand Bay, Anant Hotel are the best places to eat.
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