About Indian Tourist Places – PART V


About Indian Tourist Places – PART V

Front view of the Santhome Basilica in Chennai

Front view of the Santhome Basilica in Chennai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post ‘About Indian Tourist Places – PART V’ is about places of tourist interest in India which is not covered in other pages.

San Thome Basilica is in Mypalore, Chennai, is where St. Thomas is laid to rest on the Bay of Bengal coast along the Marina Beach near to the Chennai Light house.  Vailankanni in Tamilnadu has the world famous church ‘Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health’.

Mahe Pondicherry Karaikal Yanam are all parts of the Union Territory Pondichery,  spread across Kerala, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh states.

Agasthiyar Falls is a beautiful falls near Thirnelveli in Tamilnadu.  This water fall is part of Agathiar Reserve forests which are part of Western Ghats, a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is near to Kottayam in Kerala. Kumarakom is India’s leading tourist destination which is famous for its backwater tourism. You can stay at Allapuzha homestay which is very near by where you can go by vehicle or by boat.

Amba Vilas Palace and Forts are in Jaipur, which are old Palace and Fort, attracts thousands of tourists every day and palace of mysore is a beautiful palace at Mysore which is famous for its Dassera celebrations. Golconda Fort in Andhra is a heritage fort.

Kerala homestay at DJHolidays


In the last week of December 2012, I have visited Kerala for a week.

Djholidays has picked me and took me to their homestay facility at Allapuzha and took for a backwater ride the next day. I visited a few other places nearby like Kumarakam and Kottayam and stayed with them.

I went to the Aranmula Metal Mirror shops at Aranmula near Chenganoor. Aranmula is famous for Aramula Snake Boat Race or ‘Aranmula Vallem Vali’. There is the 800 year old famous Parthasarathy temple at Aranmula, which is a well known tourist center. Then I stayed at Joy Mathew Aranmula homestay facility.

Next day, I went to Thiruvananthapuram and visited a software skills development company Altoopa Consulting.  I met the management team as part of my official work. In the evening, I visited the showroom of  a leading Indian retailer of handbags. They have stocked a large collection of imported handbags, affordable to the Indian public.