About Indian Tourist Places – PART II


About Indian Tourist Places – PART II

Allapuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race

English: Taken a week before the Nehru boat ra...

English: Taken a week before the Nehru boat race itself. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will write About Indian Tourist Places not covered in my previous articles.

The National Orchidarium in Yercaud near Salem in Tamilnadu, a worth visiting for those who love orchids.  Trekking inside Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, Abt rack and pinion system of UNESCO Heritage Site Nilagiri Mountain Railway Ooty, Anna Samadhi and MGR Samadhi at Marina Beach Chennai,  Polur Narasimha Temple in Tamilnadu are some other tourist palaces in Tamilnadu.

Horsley Hills near Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh which is a beautiful non-crowded non-polluted hill station where many movie songs are shot. There is a residential public school and a government rest resume. There are not much of houses or shops except a very few which can be counted by fingers in one hand. Puthur falls or Kone Falls  in Andhra Pradesh  is  a small but beautiful fall, at around 3 hours drive from Chennai City.

HAL Aerospace Museum Bengaluru opposite old Airport which is a good museum which details the Indian Aeronautical history and is very useful to inculcate  scientific temper among students.

World famous Shirdi Sai Baba in Shirdi Maharastra is a famous pilgrimage center near Pune.

World famous Allapuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race where the champion is given trophy in the name of Late Jewaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Mister of India,  who watched the race once and got excited and jumped into a  racing boat is conducted on second Sunday of Every August and is a must see for any tourist visiting Kerala that time. You can stay at homestays like stay at Pathanamthitta homestay.

Very ancient Rock paintings at Marayoor Attala in Idukki district in Kerala is another palace to visit, especially for those interested in studying ancient civilization. Marayoor is famous for the Sandalwood.

Ayyappan temple in Sabarimala Kerala is another pilgrimage  place where pilgrims from all around the world comes during the season.  Saint Thomas Catholic Church Malayattoor Kerala and  Asia’s largest arch dam Idukki dam in Kerala are some other tourist places in Kerala.

Mysore Palace and Brindavan Gardens are two famous tourist centres in Mysore, Karnataka. Other major tourist center is  the Chamundi hiils near Mysore.

About Indian Tourist Places – PART I


About Indian Tourist Places – PART I


English: Charminar at Hyderabad, India فارسی: چهار منار Français : Le Charminar à Hyderabad, en Inde. हिन्दी: चार मीनार മലയാളം: ചാര്‍മിനാര്‍ मराठी: चारमिनार తెలుగు: చార్ మినార్ اردو: چار مینار Русский: Чарминар (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post is about Indian Tourist places which are not covered in previous pages. One needs to travel and see these places to know about India and its rich culture and heritage.

Charminar Hyderabad is one of the well known iconic buildings in India. Tada Falls is a small beautiful fall in Andhra Pradesh near to Tamilnadu border side.

‘Southern Splendor’ is a luxury tourist  train operated by Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation, which is run in two routes; one covering Karnataka and Goa and a second train covering Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala.

Kumarakam Wildlife Sanctuary is near to Kottayam and Allepy on Vembanad backwater side in Kerala.  Aathirappilly Waterfalls is near to Chalakudy in Kerala. You can goto Kovalam near to Thiruvananthapuram and stay at Kovalam homestay.

Mysore Palace is a famous palace at Mysore in Karnataka. Kodachadri is a famous temple in Shimog district of Karnataka.

Thengumarada trekking tour in Satyamangalam forests near Salem in Tamilnadu, Coffee plantations of Coorg in Karnataka, River Pambar in Eravikulam National Park in Idukki district of Kerala, Vishnu temples of Tamilnadu,Mankayam Falls or Idinjar Falls or Kalakkayam Falls near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Kovalam beaches,  Kumarakam Wildlife Sanctuary, Aathirappilly Waterfalls, Mysore Palace, Kodachadri Shimoga, Kerala waterfalls, Shenkottai Tenkasi, Sampath Giri, Banglore gardens etc are some among the famous tourists spots in the southern states.

Each of these places has its own charm. Let me explain those which are not self-explanatory in the above paragraph.

Thengumarada is an excellent trucking location which offers two days of trekking inside deep forests.  Coorg is the place famous for its warriors from times immortal. river Pampar river is a river which originates in Anamudi region of Western Ghats in Kerala. Kovalam beaches are in Kerala state near Thiruvananthapuram city.

Kerala Tourist Places


Kerala Tourist Places

Kerala Tourist Places

English: Nilgiri Tahr, spotted in Eravikulam National Park, Kerala, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kerala Tourist Places are famous among tourists to India.

Kerala is the southern most state of India lying on the Arabian Sea coast. Kerala is one of the smallest Indian states. It is also one of the most beautiful states in India. It is known as the ‘God’s Own Country’ in tourism parlance. Kerala has been listed as one of the ‘must see places in one’s lifetime’ by National Geographic. There are 44 rivers and a few backwaters which makes it an ideal tourist location.

Kovalam beach, Allapuza backwaters,  Aathirapally falls, Vazhachal falls,etc are some of the well known Kerala tourist places.

Kovalam is a famous tourist destination for decades. It is very near to the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam beach is a shallow, beautiful beach set against th backdrop of green coconut trees. Kovalam beach is ideal for swimming.

Allapuzha which was previously known as Allepy is called ‘The Venice of the East’ for its backwaters. Backwater tourism is a major industry there.

Aathirapally fall and Vazhachal fall two waterfalls at around 5 kilometers away near to Chalakkudy in Thrissur district. Aathirapally is called the Niagara fall of India.

Munnar hill station, Thekkedy Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park , Wayanad etc are beautiful places in Idukki district, a district on the Kerala – Tamilnadu states border, which are part of Western Ghats in India. Western ghats are declared as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Himachal Pradesh – Shimla, Manali Group tour


Himachal Pradesh – Shimla, Manali Group tour

Shimla Indian Tourism Hub

A summer afternoon at Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HIMACHAL PRADESH, Popularly known as Devbhumi “Land of the Gods”, is a beautiful hill state in India, nestled in north-west region of western Himalayas.

The fixed tour packages costs Rs. 21850. Details of the itenary is  NEW DELHI (3 Nights), SHIMLA ( 2Nights), MANALI (3 Nights), CHANDIGARH (1Night).

It is a truly adventures tour package.

For details please contact the below mentioned address.

Drishya Holidays,

302, RG City Centre, Motia Khan,

Opp. Paharganj Police Station,

New Delhi, INDIA – 110 055,

Telephone. +91 11 4356 1058, 4153 1159

Mobile. +91 98995 36250, +91 98107 14150

E-Mail: info@drishyaholidays.com

Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR


Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMRNilgiri Mountain Railway NMR – Photo taken from Wikipedia/wikimedia.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR, is a heritage railway line which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR is the narrow gauge railway line which connects Mattupalayam Town to Ooty Hill station. It is near to Coimbatore City in Tamilnadu state of India.   Steam locomotives are used int his heritage section of Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Diesel locomotives has taken over the steam locomotives position from Coonoor to Udhagamandalam (Ooty) section of this railway network. To maintain the heritage status, manual tickets are issued in the station in this section of NMR (even though computer reservation facility  is also available for  this route).

You may book your tickets in advance if you are going there as a tourist so that you need not go and stand early in the morning queue. There is  First class tickets and second class tickets in this section. Station Code for Mettupalam station is MTP and that of  Udhagamandalam  (or Ooty as it is popularly known) is UAM.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway along with Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and Shimla Mountain railway line is part of the “Mountain Railways of India” under the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The tracks at Nilgiri Mountain Railway  is 1000 mm wide and is isolated from other similar narrow gauge network.  46 kilo meter long Nilgiri Mountain Railway,  uses rack and pinion track.  Mettupalayam to Ooty distance of 26 km  is having the steepest track in Asia, with the highest gradient of 8.33%, at one point.  Going up takes 190 minutes while coming down takes only 215 minutes.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR network has a single train currently in operation which leaves Mettupalam at 7.10 am every day and the return journey from Udhagamandalam starts at 2.00 pm which reaches Mettupalam  at 05.35 pm. During the peak summer months of Aprul and May, there may be an extra train on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR network.

Coonoor and Udagamandalam section of Nilgiri Mountain Railway NMR has four trains daily. 

Take Me Home, Country Roads


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