Marine Drive may be a picturesque promenade in Kochi, Kerala, India. It engineered facing the backwaters, and may be a widespread resort for the native people. Ironic to its name, no vehicles area unit allowed on the walk. Marine Drive is additionally associate economically thriving a part of town of Kochi. With many searching malls it's as a crucial centre of searching activity in Kochi. Major alimentation joints, as well as Marrybrown, DiMark, coffee house area unit gift on the walk. The read of the setting and rising sun over the ocean mouth, and therefore the gentle wind from the Vembanad Lake has created Marine Drive a crucial holidaymaker destination in Kochi. Hundreds of individuals both natives and tourists throng the walk throughout the evenings. The walk starts from the tribunal Junction and continues till the Rajendra Maidan. There are many boat jetties on the walk. The walk has two contemporarily created bridges, the Rainbow bridge and the Chinese net Bridge.
This is a group of 18 Buddhist Chaityas which are some of the best examples of early Buddhist architecture. These are located about 12 kilometeres from Lonavala and were supposedly built in the 2nd Century BC during the reign of the Mauryan Empire. These caves are a representation of the Theravadin phase of Buddhism and Lord Buddha has been shown in various forms and images in these caves. The 12th cave is the largest and has a fine stilted ceiling. The pillars of the whole cave complex are unique and are all sloped downwards. The last cave towards the south has beautiful examples of ancient Indian art and architecture inside. This cave has a painting of a dancing couple, a king on an elephant and other beautiful images. Cave no. 1 is a dwelling house. The 10 caves are based on religion and architecture and the 7 remaining have inscriptions inside about the donors.
3. Vasota FortA bus journey from Mumbai to Satara and further to the village called Barnoli will take you to the spot where the hike begins. Vasota Jungle trek near Mumbai starts with a delightful hour long ferry ride. The Fort was a Maratha base during the Swarajya Mission and this hike could give you a chance to get a sneak peek into the incredible local history of Maharashtra.Base Village: Barnoli (40 kms from Satara)Distance between Mumbai to Satara: 256kmHiking time: 3 hours
If swimming is your passion, Lonavala lake is the place for you. It is also known as the Monsoon Lake. The distincting feature of this lake is that it is filled with water during the monsoon season and dries during the winter season. You will enjoy sight-seeing here as different species of birds and animals are found here. The panipuri of this site is very delicious. You can even take hookahs here. It is a cool place and the experience is quite unique too. This was the place where we had celebrated the party.
Pavna Lake Camping - We were searching for some good restaurant and we came across this amazing camping site managed by Ranvara. They charge close to Rs. 1300 for 1 night camping - Snacks, Dinner and Breakfast included. I can image how it would feel like to have amazing food sitting next to bonfire and gazing at the starry sky. (Contact - Mr. Vijay Ghardale - +91 8806227171)
Ryewood Park: Spread over an area of 25 acres, Ryewood Park accommodates bountiful ornamental plants and old trees. Located very close to Lonavala market, the place was once a botanical garden. With vast open spaces and tranquil environment, you can sit and breathe in and breathe out.
Also known as Kondivite caves, these are 19 rock cut caves carved out of volcanic Basalt rock over a large period of time ranging from 1st century BC to 6th century AD. These caves are Buddhist in nature and are well preserved compared to the Jogeshwari caves which are infested by encroachments. Look out for Buddha figures and chaitya halls here in the Mahakali caves which can be easily reached from Jogeshwari or Andheri stations (East side) or from the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road.Kanheri caves:
This is also a cave complex around Aurangabad unlike the Ellora Caves which are inside Aurangabad. These date back to 100 BC and are around 600 years older than the Ellora Caves. There is a huge horseshoe shaped rock which encompasses all thirthy Buddhist Chaityas and Viharas which have incredible sculptures and paintings on them which look much ahead of the time. The sculptures here apart from Buddhism represent exotic facts about the relationship between a man and his woman. The paintings and sculptures of men and women in various poses look extremely graceful and the popularity of Buddhism is evident here too. The standing statue of Sahyadri style Buddha is a remarkable attraction here. These caves were almost accidentally discovered in the 19th century by a group of British officers out for some survey here. The caves are now under the supervision of the archeological Survey of India.
Another hidden gem inside the bustling city. You will see many people walking on the concrete paved roads and think that even this place has been taken over by them. Little do people know the vast jungle they are offered to explore when one intends to venture a little deeper and explore extensively.
These 6th century caves are located in a quiet peaceful corner of Borivali- an otherwise chaotic northern suburb of Mumbai. This rock-cut pair of caves consist of a big impressive cave shrine with front court and a smaller cave to the left. Originally meant to be a Shiva shrine, was converted into a Christian chapel during Portuguese rule of Mumbai. In 18th century, Marathas defeated the Portuguese in battle of Vasai and reconvered it back to Shiva shrine. With British rule that followed, the shrine was reused as a chapel until the chapel was destroyed post independece and was finally notified as a 'protected monument'.How to reach: 1.1 km (15 minutes walk) from Dahisar West station on Mumbai's western suburban railway line.Jogeshwari caves:
Belonging to Goddess Yogeshwari, these caves are one of the earliest & biggest examples of Hindu rockcut architecture. Their approx time period is same as Mandapeshwar caves but are much bigger in size.Although encroachments & everything else that came up with it has taken a toll on the sculptures & the caves overall, the damage was tried to be reversed by removing the encroachments and clearing off the area upto 100 meters from caves. Most notable here are various sculptures of Hindu Gods and the Buddist pillars in the mandapas.How to reach: 1 km (13 minutes walk) from Jogeshwari station East side on Mumbai's western suburban railway line.Mahakali caves:
This is a beach town and the best along the Konkan Coastline. This is the cleanest beach out of all and the high waves of this beach make it perfect for surfers and adventure seekers. The beach is marked with white sand and blue waters. The sea is between two hillocks which have a number of Casuarina trees on top of them. The natural beauty around makes this place a peaceful retreat for people who want to escape from their daily routine and spend some quite time to refresh and rejuvenate themselves. The Murud Janjira Fortress, Birla Temple and others are other attractions around. Surfing here during the months of June- September when monsoon is at full swing can prove to be fatal.
This beach is one of the most popular as well one of the most post beaches of the country. You can find many celebrity houses and bungalows on the beachfront. This is also a favored location for movie shootings. This is not an ideal beach to swim as the place is very crowded. You can rather enjoy other activities here such as beach games, cricket matches, small picnics, horse and donkey rides, etc. The largest Koli community of Maharshtra stays in a place known as Versove which is at the northern end of the Juhu Beach.
One of the most spectacular beaches on the Konkan coastline, it is also a favorite pilgrimage spot for tourists. Apart from the clean and beautiful beach. The golden sandly beach is a place where people come to escape from the hustle- bustle of the cities, apart from the golden sands the rich flora including coconut palms and mangroves make a pretty picture as well. You can also enjoy one of the many nature trails which start from the beach.
Next we went to a road side food stall near local hospital to stuff ourselves. They served delicious puri bhaji, misal pav and tea. While walking back to hotel, we spotted a secondary school and I had to capture it because of the fact that we are so used to seeing modern schools in cities. The care taker welcomed us inside when he saw us clicking outside the gate. These few things make you fall in love and connect with villages in India.
In and around Bombay, a destination that surely should not be missed for a weekend getaway is the infamous Alibaug. A perfect amalgamation of lazing around but also checking out historic corners, Alibaug is a treat. A glorious array of beaches lay scattered throughout this seaside getaway. Close to the Alibaug Beach lies the Kolaba Fort, a destination which can be reached by horse cart. The Kihim Beach, on the other hand, showcases its pearly white sand.Having driven past coconut plantations and overlapping hills, the temple circuit begins. The Kankeshwar Temple is marked by a sign: ‘Nagobacha Tappa’ warning about wild snakes. It leads up to 750 flights to a den of gods. As you keep climbing up, you hit the second point ‘Devachi Payari’ where supposedly Shankar’s feet landed in three leaps to the very top. Finally, you reach the destination, an eye-catching attraction, decorated with colorful miniature idols of the gods.Nearby, you can cross into the dense Kanakeshwar Forests at your own risk of encountering boars, snakes, and even panthers.A car, bus, or even the ferry from the Gateway of Mumbai will bring you to Alibaug within 1 and a half to 3 hours of a journey. If you’ve traveled by ferry, you would have cross Mandwa, the Mumbaiker’s ultimate choice to witness the pretty sunset.Interesting facts about Alibaug: The man who discovered Alibaug belonged to the Angre family, and was appointed commanders of the Maratha Navy at the time of Shivaji himself. At that time, Angre's order was placed upon the entire Alibaug principality, but over time his achievements and respect were long forgotten. Now, he lies buried just 5 minutes from today's bus station at Kekar Naka.
This is a garden park on the beautiful hill station of Panchghani, Maharashtra very close to Mahabaleshwar. It is a popular tourist destination mainly because of the Annual Strawberry Festival that is organized here. During this time tables are lined up with varieties of juicy strawberries which people can have for free as much as they want. A cultural programme is also arranged each day such as the traditional dance and music. These shows are performed by people who are invited from other places.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary
A very popular plae especially with bird- watchers and trekkers, this bird sanctuary is in the lap of the Sahyadri ranges and is a part of the Bombay- Goa Expressway. Earlier, this place was known to be just a rok climbing area but has now become even more important. The Karnala Fort and the trail known as the Funnel Path leading to ot also very popular. The Thumbs Up Point is famous as tourists can enoy some of the most beautiful views of the region from here. Also, this sanctuary is home to over 150 species of birds and animals. This includes both resident and migratory species. Three rare species which have been spotted here are the three- toed kingfisher, Ashy Minivet and the Malabar Trogon. Animals found here include langurs, rhesus monkeys and others. The best saesons to enjoy bird watching here are monsoons and the winters.
It was an awesome day back in 2013, when we had been to a Kokan bike expedition. Harnai was one of the destinations. It was time when the water level was less & we could walk on the 'bandstand' of the Kanakdurga fort. Water on the the rocky stage was giving a mirror look to the place & the waves hitting the rocks in front were looking really awesome & we took this picture.
This beach will attract all the water lovers as many water sports activities can be done here. The beach is surrounded by coconut trees and flowers. The colorful butterflies creates an imagery of many colorful kites flying in the sky. You will be amazed by the variety of birds found here. Various kind of water sports activities including Banana boat ride which is connected to a Jetski and has the capacity of accommodating 8 people. The boat is similar in shape of a banana. Other activities like Paracilling and Bumper ride can also be done. It is really fun for people who enjoy speed.
The beach is as serene as it can be and you can rarely spot few people around. However, there are very few eating options at the beach which is a good bet to keep the beach super clean. As it got dark, we headed back to our hotel for a much needed shower. One downside of visiting a beach would always be coming back sticky and sultry due to humid salty air around. But I guess every good thing has a dark side. We ended the day after gulping authentic konkani fish thali made by a local villager followed by watching the India-Bangladesh cricket match in our room, which was a thriller. Indeed, a day very well spent!
" tujhe aksa beach ghuma du aa chalti kya ;) ".So , its was obvious that we should to this place as one can write song then that beach must be special so we went to this place on one fine day with my college friends , couples are mostly seen here , breaking all the margins and loving the truth here i am talking about sunset views here that amazing check out here...
This is the highest point that the twin hill stations of Lonavala- Khandala has to offer to the tourists. This place is from where you get some spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and bewitching natural beauty. It is just a few hours drive from the main City of Mumbai and is a travellers' retreat. Trekking is an enjoyable activity here but having a vehicle at some point is necessary. This is because some attractions are quite a walk from each other. The other attractions here are the Bhushi Dam, Duke's Nose, Valvan Dam, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital, Ryewood Park and Tiger's Leap.
Guhagar is a small town on the western ghats, It is highlighted on the getaway list for its amazing tranquil beach. Guhagar Beach is of of the finest beaches on the western ghats. the softness of the sand and low profile of the swash zone gives it a magical view. Clean beach and clear water is just what one wants to see. The sunset is so beautiful, one can see the sun disappearing slowly in the horizon, Best time to be there is when the high tide is during the evening, the waves hit the dock ramp, a scene that can't be put into words
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
This park is also known as the Borivali National Park as it is located in the Borivali Suburbs of Mumbai. The main attractions of this part are the tiger and lion safaris which attracts visitors since the park was opened. Buses take you through the dense jungle where there are about 12 lions, 8 tigers including 2 white tigers also. The trees here are mainly khair, banyans, teaks and other such tall ones. This is one of the most interesting places to visit.