Edakkal Caves : Discovered in 1896 by Superintendent of Police, Malabar, Edakkal caves are remnants of the grandeur and magnificence of our history and cultural heritage. Fascinating drawings adorn the walls of these caves and the area around these has large boulders crushing the large inflated human ego within a minute as they make people look miniscule in comparison to them.
The caves.. yeah! Stony and slippery.. A small adventurous uphill walk(or rather climb) which will make you almost believe that you cant make it to the top of the cave! The incessant rainfall was discouraging, also a bit foggy which was obfuscating our view. Nevertheless, we marched to the caves highest point. Moving up was tedious while moving down was also enjoyable in a way that we thought we could just roll down the cliff, over the edge and down, down, down.. Shouldn't be a miss!
Located in the main hill station of the Nilgiris which is Ooty, this is a lean and large lake. People come here for site- seeing, photography or boating usually. Other than this, picnics are a common site here because spending fun time with the family amidst such natural beauty is sheer happiness. There is also a boat house here from where you can hire boats. You get an option when it comes to the type of boats. You can anything from speedboats to the normal ferry boats. The latter can usually carry about 8 persons which means the whole family can enjoy a boat trip together.
This is the prime attraction of Ooty and is an artificial lake which was constructed by John Sullivan in the year 1824. This was made by making dams run by the waters from the river which flowed down to the valley region. The main motive was to help fishermen by making fishing ferries out here. T^he lake is beautiful and is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and one one side runs a railway line too. The boathouse from where you can hire boats of all kind. This was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Department and boating is the main activity near this place. During the summer season, anumber of boat races and paegentries are held here.
Guna Caves: Next we moved on to Guna caves. The caves were open until few years back. But now they have been shut off due to safety concerns. The view from the caves is similar to that of Moir Point. Guna caves are is filled with huge trees that have roots coming out of the ground. Quite a sight to watch! One can do mini-trekking by climbing on these roots.
This is a place where the Cauvery River meets the Arkavati River forming a narrow ravine and also a deep gorge. This place is mainly known for its extreme natural beauty and also for the thrilling experience you can enjoy out here. You can park your vehicle and cross the river on foot only but you should be careful of the rough rocks here. The rocks b2ecome really slippery at times especially the monsoons. The river water has high current and taking the help of locales would be a veru wise decesion.
Berijam Lake: Around 20 kms from Kodaikanal, Berijam lake is indeed a hidden jewel. Surrounded by pine forests, the lake lies in close proximity to Mathikettan Shola National Park.The lake is the land of "Magic Mushrooms". They are very rare mushrooms and is nature's reply to LSD. They are high hallucinating agents and are natural.
A very beautiful hill station just a couple of kilometres away from Kodaikanal, this is a place you can visit throughout the year. The temperature is low throughout the year and thus do not forget to carry warm clothes whenever you go there. The rocks and watchpoints here are places from where you will get the best views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The main points here are the Dolphin's nose and the Suicide Point.
-If you want to taste some good fish then it is recommended to visit auroville beach situated at a distance of 10km from matrimandir. on the way to auroville beach there are couple of good restaurants. -After playing with the tides in Auroville beach for an hour we had quality fish,which will give you an unforgettable Taste. With sun set we came back to our hotel and did some shopping in one of the market named casablanca.-
This Serenity Beach is a ten minutes drive toward the town's north. This virgin shoreline, with its peaceful surroundings is a perfect spot to laze away your day. Beautiful and outstanding, the name "Serenity" is exceptionally selected for this shoreline. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that this shoreline is a heaven for honeymooners. You will feel casual and quiet, as well as feel a feeling of having a place. This shoreline will give you an extraordinary perspective of the Indian Ocean and you can invest your energy in a voyage. Since the shoreline is not extremely well known yet, it is detached and peaceful. So keep all of your considerations about extravagant excursions to Paris and Italy away, and make the most of your special night on Indian waters where you will get a desire for time to achieve a standstill. Comparatively this shoreline is cleaner calmer and has a popular surf school toward one side of this shoreline.
Home to more than 650 species of plants and herbs, this is a prime attraction in the Queen of Hill Stations which is Ooty. There are a number of rare species of plants and herbs here along with a number of varieties of flowers. The main attraction here is the monkey's puzzle tree which has a strange shape and the name is given because even monkeys fail to climb this tree. There is also a paper bark tree and also a fossilized tree. The other sections of this garden are the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Fountain Terrace, conservatories and fountains. The Government also organizes a check everyday via the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu. The Summer Festival is a sight to behold out here.
Known as the second longest beach in the world, the Marina is a beautiful beach in Tamil Nadu. The golden sands and the cleanliness around serves as the main attractions. The slope is gentle too and this makes it ideal for swimmers. Picnics are a common sight here and you also walk along the shore as this is very long. There are a number of eateries surrounding the beach as well.
A main beach of Chennai, this is better than most of the other beaches around. The main reason that the place is very clean and also not overcrowded. You can swim here, enjoy picnics or just come here for a friendly visit. The scenic beauty os extraordinary around and thus serves as a perfect place for some awesome photography too.
Since I was a little short on time, after a small break at Pagoda point I rushed towards Kiliyur Waterfalls. Kiliyur is about 15 km from Pagoda point but because of the ghat sections it'll take about 25 min to reach there from Pagoda point. Once there you'll have to park your vehicles near the side shops at the entrance of the falls. From here you have to descend a distance of about 1 km after which there is a flurry of stairs (about 200 of them) and then you'll be able to see Kiliyur falls. When I visited it was off-season so the falls were almost dry and not quite worth the visit. The views are still good and will make you feel like you are in the middle of a forest reserve.
Bear Shola Falls
Bear Shola Falls: About 3km away from the Kodai Lake is Bear Shola Falls. Active mostly during the Monsoon, it was almost dry when we arrived here. But the fun part is one can actually trek to the top of the waterfall and reach it's source! The path to the waterfalls is extremely scenic with bushes and forest on both the sides.
Pondicherry Botanical Gardens
Nature lovers, this one is definitely for you. The Ooty Botanical Gadrens was established in the year of 1847 along the slopes of the famous Doddabetta Peak. These gardens cover almost 22 acres of land and are the work of William Graham McIvor, a famous architectt of that day and age. The garden has around one thousand-plus species of flora that comprises of shrubs, ferns, and bonsai plants. The garden is divided into six areas namely Fountain terrace, nurseries, Conservatory, Italian garden, new garden and the lower garden. The place is green and the atmosphere is truly refreshing. April, May and September are the best months to visit this place.
This is one place from where you can reach Sri Lanka just by a ferry. The Ram Setu or the Adam's Bridge is the same we have read about in the Ramayana. This was the same bridge which the Hanumana clan made by laying bricks with the name of Lord Rama on each of them so they could cross the sea to bring back Mother Sita. The beach here is awesome and the waters on the confluence of two water bodies look beautiful. The sea here is so deep that there seems no end to it. The shores are good for relaxing or a picnic. The nearby Shiva Temple is extremely revered and this will also be a part of your jeep ride if you are exploring Dhanushkodi Town.
VGP Golden Beach
This is a beach off the East Coast Road of Chennai which is known as the Injambakkum Region. The place ios popular for film shootings and the name is derived after the colour of the sands here. It is always crowded and you will not find it less throughout the year. This is like a contradiction from those peaceful beaches but people- watching at times can be a happy thing to do as well. People do swim here but watching and enjoying the sceneries is a better thing to do here.
Kumbakarai was six kms from Periyakulam, so we decided to go by walk. We crossed nearly one and half kms, and the food we ate made us stop. Stopped a crossing share auto and asked him to drop in Kumbakarai falls. Meanwhile we have decided to reach Kodaikanal via Vellagavi (One can reach this village from Dolphin Nose point Kodaikanal. You have to trek down few Kms to reach here), climbing from kumbakarai falls. We reached the Falls entrance and everything was closed. One Akka came and told, just now a forest officer left from this pace, you have to take permission form forest ranger and for that we have to travel back 20 kms to Devanathapatti to get the permission. We were in a dilemma whether we need permission to climb the hill.The half an hour confusion
We were ready for the days trip by 9 and after breakfast we went to fill up the tank and the headed towards Nirar dam. It was 15 kms away from Valparai. The roads were good for about 5-6 kms after which it was very bad. We could barely see the tarmac which costed us a tough ride. But the dam was very located at a place in the middle of the forest which was green silent and had an amazing view.
c. Vaigai DamCloser to Theni and 57 kilometers from Cumbum, Vaigai dam is a famous getaway location in southwestern Tamil Nadu. 111 feet tall dam surrounded by lush green vegetation is an attraction accessible by road.d. Megamalai in Theni DistrictAnother beautiful hillstation that can be accessed from Cumbum is Meghamalai. Famous for its beautiful tea plantations and sky high mountains, the hillstation is under 70 kilometers from Cumbum.How to Reach Cumbum?By AirThe nearest airport to Cumbum is Madurai International Airport at a distance of 127 kilometers. You can also travel to Cumbum via Cochin international Airport which is 141 kilometers away.By RailRajapalayam(RJPM) is the nearest railway station to Cumbum at a distance of 44 kilometers. Rajapalayam has trains connecting to Chennai and Madurai.By RoadCumbum is well connected by road to the major cities around. Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is 550 kilometers away from cumbum. Madurai, the nearest city to Cumbum has a distance of 115 kilometers.Where to Stay in Cumbum?
Pambadum Shola National Park
Pampadum Shola National Park, with an area of 1.3 sq km, is the smallest national park in Kerala. The national park falls within the Allinagaram Reserved Forest and is also part of the Anamalai Sub-Cluster, a region under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The literal translation of the name "pampadum shola" is "the forest where the snake dances", implying the rich density of flora and snakes in the region.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
A charming expansive area full of birds, both common and endangered, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is one of a kind in every sense of the word. Migratory birds such as the pintail, garganey, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper and many others can be seen frolicking their ways around till the end of time. It's actually very nice to see the birds having a place they call home, even amidst the hustle and bustle of a metro.
This is the highest peak in the Nilgiri region and is about 10 kilometres from the city of Udhagamandalam or Ooty. The main attraction here is the center for tourists on the peak of this hill. There is an observatory on the top floor of this tourist center and there are twin telescopes hre. From the glass paned observatory, with the help of telescopes, you get awesome views of the whole district till far away places.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
The first zoo in India was created in the year 1855 in the city of chennai which was then known as Madras. This was later shifted to become a part of the Vandalur Wildlife Reserve. This is a park which conserves animals in a way that they feel safe and feel at home. They are not trapped or used for any kind of entertainment purpose at all. They are just free to roam around anywhere and the tourists are taken out on jeep safarais by expert guides around the reserve. The Arignar Anna Zoological Park is just a small part of the whole wildlife reserve and the chimpanzees here are fun to watch when they do funny activities.
The Temple Adventures is situated at 16 Ramaraja Street, Opposite to Pondicherry Railway Station. They give proper training and certificates in all PADI scuba diving courses, for example, Open Water, Advanced, Deep, Nitrox and Divemaster, in addition to this they also guide qualified jumpers through astonishing portion of jump destinations in the area. One can also get photos of jumping in the amazing water as a unique and lifetime memory. They now offer a range of DAN scuba gear, protection, instruction and preparing projects, for both novices and experienced jumpers. If you are interested in more than simply snorkeling then it is recommended that you take an AIDA Free Diving course. Apnea is the craft of holding your breath while submerged, and this is at present the only Apnea School in India and can qualify understudies to 1, 2 and 3 star AIDA level. If you love for diving then you must visit this place.