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254 Kms from Nagalapuram
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion melodies, a signature breakfast of masala dosa and filter coffee, and notorious traffic. Bangalore serves as a comfortable cohabitation of tradition and modernisation that can be seen throughout the places to visit in the city, with throngs of vibrant Kannada temples coexisting with budding start-ups. Travel to Bangalore city for the lively cafes, quirky shops and a fascinating contemporary culture. Visit classic attractions such as the Bangalore castle known for its Tudor-style architecture and Tipu Sultan’s summer palace that dates back to the 17th century. To get your art fix in Bengaluru, you could head to the fascinating Venkatappa Art Gallery. One of the more popular things to do in Bangalore city is to take a walk through the green spaces of the 19th century old Cubbon Park, that were once the reason why Bangalore was known as the Garden City. Bengaluru’s Vidhana Soudha, the Neo-Dravidian granite palace is also must visit places for the architecture aficionados. Tourists can head to Bengaluru’s much revered Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), for authentic south Indian food and Toit’s, the brick-walled microbrewery for a cold beer. Read More
And then we realized that we have to get back to our normal routine. We checked out post breakfast and headed back to Bangalore. And luckily we saw few wild elephants when we were crossing the forest.All together it was like a real good cup of tea with a little masala of adventure, sweetness of leisure and a slight ginger flavour of the musical nights.Bangalore to Vythri Village Resort : 300 Km via Mysore
The science of nightlife was earlier explained in case of Hyderabad, but Bengaluru is the ultimate boss of nighclubs in the entire South India. With 5-star nightclubs everywhere to huge international bands performing there day in and out, this city is one of the very best if you're a sucker for endless parties. When it comes to the list of India nightlife, Bengaluru is no. 4 on the list.Tripoto's top 3 of the city: No Limmits Lounge and Club, i-Bar, and High Ultra Lounge.Average expenditure for two: Rs. 3,000Read more about the city.
Day5:It was the last day of our sojourn and we were up around 6 a.m. to bid adieu to the other riders. With that out of the way, we resumed our ride towards Bangalore. Everyone wanted to reach Bangalore early, so we stopped only for tea and light snacks in between. We reached Bangalore at around 4 p.m. with everyone dispersing towards their respective homes
Our ride started from Skanda Motors in Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru. The seven of us started the journey at 8 in the morning. To shrug off the sleepiness we all had a cup of coffee in the morning. Needless to say, we were all excited and geared up for the ride. Two of the riders started from Mumbai towards Goa and 4 other riders, on their Mahindra Mojo, joined us in Goa.
Nothing like a good trip over the weekend after a long boring energy sucking week!! Not until 6:00 PM did I have the faintest idea that I will be off to Kodaikanal for the weekend. It was just a usual hot summer evening in Bangalore. I get back to my room and jump into my bed to catch my sleep. But I toss and twirl trying to find that comfort position and then I fail. I lay awake staring at the ceiling letting my mind wander at will. All I remember next was browsing Redbus for tickets. And there it was: two tickets to Kodaikanal, like it was saved for me and someone I was sure will accompany me. I called up a friend who was no less crazy than me, and booked us both a trip to kodai. Kodaikanal is a hill station in Tamil Nadu, its name translated as "Gift of the Forest" and it is indeed. I have covered hill stations in South, but Kodaikanal has a raw charm that beats all the others with its less anglicized landscapes and mist covered forests. It is less commercialised and well preserved and oddly enough with no plastic leftovers in sight.Locally known as the Princess of Hill Stations, The city is accessible by road, train or by air. The cheapest being train(Of course depending upon where you are travelling from). The nearest airports are in Madurai, Coimbatore and Tiruchirapally. Nearest railway stations are Palani (the ride uphill from Palani is beyond gorgeous), Kodaikanal Road Station and Madurai Junction. Buses run uphill at intervals taking you to Kodaikanal.We decided to take the bus from Bangalore to avoid crossovers and bought our tickets for 850 Rs (you will get it for around 600 Rs if you book three weeks ahead). We also had our room booked on Tripadvisor to avoid the hassle of looking around for rooms.It was 7:30 PM when we were done booking our rooms and with all the uncertainity of catching our bus, waddling through Bangalore's infamous traffic,we packed our bags and left.We did make it to the bus, almost missing it. And as we settled in, we realised we were in seats with no leg space. Either the bus catered only to zero sized figurines or we had missed how much our thighs had grown horizontally over the lazy week days at work. Nevertheless, we were two happy souls on our way to Kodaikanal - the land of magic mushrooms.
Catched bus the same night towards bangalore for i had to attend a 3 day conference. Tried Oyo Rooms during my stay at bangalore for 800 per night and found it to be value for money! from amenities like laundry, water, food to cleanliness, from toiletries standards to AC rooms to cozy beds to furniture used and interiors, everything was beyond my expectations!
This is exactly what I went through when I finally began the most awaited trip of my life, yet. After years of dreaming, months of planning and days of shopping, we were finally off to the Land of High Passes by road from Bengaluru on our bikes! A journey spanning 10 states over a period of 21 days… Dreams do come true!My other half once said “Let’s wake up in a new city every day!” And I said “Let’s do it!” ;)Although, this article or the pictures are going to do absolutely no justice to what we experienced, I hope it inspires you to take up such journeys to experience the varied landscapes that India has to offer, to taste a different cuisine every day, to learn a new language every day!DAY 1:Bangalore – Satara (730 kms): I couldn’t sleep all night, heart brimming with excitement. Before I knew it, my alarm was ringing and it was time to wake up. We all got dressed, loaded the saddle bags and rucksacks on to our bikes (Thank you bungee cords), geared up, bid goodbyes and we were off.! :)
64 Kms from Nagalapuram
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Located off the coast of Bay of Bengal is Tamil Nadu’s capital and India’s fourth largest city. Formerly known as Madras, the metropolis is the main transportation hub for southern India. Travel to Chennai for the unique exhibit of architecture from the British Raj, peaceful pilgrimage sites and a delectable South Indian cuisine. Tourists can start their day with a walk by Chennai’s beautiful Marina Beach, teeming with fishermen and their boats, and makeshift bazaars fringing the shore. Among the other places to visit in Chennai city, start with the characterful neighborhood of Mylapore that houses the vibrant Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Then head to Rajaji Salai’s Fort in St George that once was home to the British East India Company. The Government Museum inside the imposing Pantheon complex of the colonial era is a popular attraction. The state museum is decked with bronze antiques dating back to the 7th century Pallava era. Surfing along the Covelong beach and walking through the bustling bazaars of George Town are a few of the most common things to do in Chennai city. Also, don’t leave here without getting yourself an authentic South Indian thali from the illustrious Saravana Bhavan. Read More
It's only a little more than an hour's journey by flight to Chennai. The moment we landed, I navigated to our hotel which was a few blocks away from ECR, the highway connecting Chennai to Pondicherry. We stayed in Treebo.Normally, for non-Tamilians, even if you can speak Tamil, it is extremely hard to get around in an auto in Chennai simply because of how they blatantly decide to charge astronomical amounts for short distances. However, I found out that Ola was reasonable and we stuck to (mostly) using Ola.We checked in, had a quick breakfast, shower, and since we weren't tired after a short flight, we decided to instantly head out. I desperately wanted to head to Dakshin Chitra and buy some accessories. For those of you who don't know what DC is, it's a museum of sorts that houses antiques and artefacts from different cultures. They literally have life-size models of houses from various parts of South India. Hence, the name Dakshin Chitra.
How to reach there?Tada falls got quite good connectivity options from Chennai.* By Bus – Reach Koyambedu Bus stand/CMBT, from there board on SETC bus number 114. You can board on any bus going towards Nellore or Tirupathi or Srikalahasti (We went by APSTRC bus – Andhra state bus). Bus fare would be around 65-80 rupees per head. As Varadaiahpalem village (we struggled with the pronunciation of this word) is the last human settlement before Tada falls, so you have to get down there. It will take 2.5 hours to reach there.
Chennai to Kodaikanal The Friday, mere this is a day name, but a bliss for the people with a mundane corporate life. As the office hours were proceeding, the excitement for travel was increasing. After dinner, I started from my office and caught the bus from the pickup location. I became weary off by that time, so as soon as I got my seat, I went into deep sleep. A great day was waiting ahead in the queue.
Day 17Started in morning by 7 am for Flight to Chennai and Kolkata flight.--------------------------------------------------------------ItineraryDay 1: Flight to Delhi, Bus to HaldwaniDay 2: Car to LohajungDay 3: Trek to Didna VillageDay 4: Trek to Auli Bugyal & Bedini BugyalDay 5: Trek to Pathar NachauniDay 6: Trek to Kalu Vinayak & BhagwabasaDay 7: Trek to Roopkund & Joonargali Pass. Return to Pathar NachauniDay 8: Return to Bedini Bugyal, Wan Village, LohajungDay 9: AlmoraDay 10: RanikhetDay 11-12: NainitalDay 13-14: Agra, Fatehpur SikriDay 15-16: DelhiDay 17: Flight from Delhi--------------------------------------------------------------Videos
Chennai....An old metro city...Fully developed place of south india there are so many places for roaming like....
The first view of coast was from the air. A white fin stuck into our view of the dancing azure ocean as it enclosed land protectively. Deeper into our sight was an ocean of dense humanity clustered in buildings and houses that were coloured in pinks, yellows, blues and greens. Shortly after, we’d landed at the Chennai airport.
From Mahabalipuram we go to the Chennai... took a flight and Fly away with lots of memories of beautiful places and found some peace in south region...South is the best place to visit with family friends or solo(Very Safe Region) Here one thing is common if you go anywhere you will find something beautiful...
Waiting for the boarding announcement we pondered about the course of action for the day. We planned to get to Udagamandalam (or should I say Ooty) from Coimbatore, and were brainstorming about how to get there. I was an advocate of renting a car - it would give us a good deal of flexibility while travelling, and would feel like the road trips we used to take when my sister and I were kids. My parents were more interested in hiring the services of a driver, as it would give my dad an opportunity to sit back and relax. After a brief discussion, we agreed on renting a Hyundai i20 from Zoomcars for the next 3 days and made the payment en route to the aero-bridge.
DAY-10 ChennaiThe challenge which was accepted and successfully accomplished.The goal was to cover 5000kms but I have covered 6410kms in 10days with total amount of Rs4500.This was by far my greatest ever accomplishment. Changed my perspective of lot of things. Made me a more tougher person. Taught be how to be without a mobile for a couple of days. Talk to real people and hear their perspectives. Made me so grounded. I'm so glad that I did this. Thanks to everyone
162 Kms from Nagalapuram
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,October,November,December
For a dose of south Indian culture with a side of French flavours, travel to the city of Pondicherry (also known as Puducherry), perched on India’s east coast in Tamil Nadu. Peppered with Gallic landscapes of bougainvillea draped colonial townhouses, pastel villas and leafy boulevards, Pondicherry is a haven for both – the traveller in the quest for spiritual awakening, and the leisure-seeking tourist. One of the Puducherry’s most sacred attractions, is the internationally acclaimed Sri Aurobindo Ashram located off Goubert Ave. Drawing lakhs of devotees from across the world every year, the grounds are home to the shrines of Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa (The Mother), and a meditation hall, which is one of the most peaceful places to visit in Pondicherry. Another must visit destination is the township of Auroville that was founded in 1968, located 8kms away from Pondicherry. The community, houses people of 45 nationalities. One of the lesser known things to do in Puducherry is bird watching at the Ousteri Wetlands, 10kms from the heart of the town. You could spend your mornings at city’s major beaches - Auroville, Serenity, Promenade and Paradise, and end your trip with a walk along the seafront promenade, as you chase the setting sun. Read More
With chic hotels, lively bars, cheap beer and revamped colonial buildings, there's nothing in Pondicherry you won't like. It's a city made for relaxed venturings!
After that we go to the pondicherry we enjoyed there a lot(This place is so beautiful and unique which force me to write a separate blog for this.... can't help I have to )
On day three you wake up in Puducherry and post breakfast, depart for Auroville, an experimental society, in Pondicherry. This coastal town is famous for its French quarters, local and international cuisine and the beautiful beaches. It's a place where you can enjoy the cultural diversity of France and South India, discover pristine beaches to just chill at and relax, and rejuvenate with some yoga and meditation.Sights covered: Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram in the French town, Ganesha temple, shopping and stroll on the pristine Promenade beach.Meals: Breakfast and dinner on board. Lunch at a luxury resort in Pondicherry.Timings: Auroville at 10am, Aurbindo ashram and other sightseeing at 3.45pm.
I took the last bus to Pondicherry as it takes only 3 hours and there are buses every half hour. I thought I will reach and find a hotel as I have done this a lot of times in Himachal. But this time things were not going to go my way. I reached at around 1 am in the night, there were no autos ,no nothing. All the sign boards were in Tamil, I didn't even know where I was exactly. I couldn't even use maps or book a hotel as I don't have a smartphone. I use the oldest model of Nokia which probably your grandfather uses. I was panicking a little bit. I knew about this hostel called Vedanta Wake Up but didn't know the way. I called up a friend and for the next hour he gave me directions to Vedanta.Thank you Aakash. I reached but there was nobody at the reception. I entered the hostel and tried opening all rooms in hope of finding the dorm, very wrong right ? I finally did after half hour of struggle and just climbed up on a random bunk without checking in.On the next day I finally met Satish, the manager. He was so sweet he didn't even charge for the last night. He said you have had much of an ordeal already. I took an auto and set on to the main promenade area of Pondicherry. You should rent a scooty if you have a license, its cheaper.In Pondicherry I spent most of the time roaming the little town, feeling the sea breeze and clicking pictures. There is nothing much exclusively to see there, just roam around to get the vibe. You can visit the Aurobindo Ashram and the two famous churches Basilica of Sacred Heart Jesus and Immaculate Conception Jesus church, the architecture is enchanting. The pictures are a proof . I found few very beautiful gardens along my walk.
301 Kms from Nagalapuram
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Thanjavur is more of a pilgrim centre than a tourist destination. It is also popularly known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. The city is dotted with temples and palaces that are reminiscent of the Dravidian civilisation, making it not only a temple town but also a cultural headquarter. The ancient Brihadishwara Temple with its ochre foundational blocks is a magnificent piece of South Indian temple architecture with the intricate detailing on its walls, ceilings and pillars. The Thanjavur Royal Palace is another marvel that speaks largely of the royalty of the past empires. There is an art gallery that not only houses art pieces and sculptures from the Chola period but also offers a beautiful view of the entire town. It is a delight to watch festivities such as Pongal, Ekadasi or Saraswati Puja over here when the entire city puts up a show and comes to life. There is a worldwide demand for Tanjore paintings, which have almost become souvenirs for festive occasions of the Thanjavur culture. The artistic brass plates and handloom silk sarees too are beautiful collectibles that are only available in Thanjavur. You can stay at Svatma or Ideal River View Resort to make the trip a rejuvenating one.Read More
On day four you stop at Thanjavur. Locally known as Thanjavur, this city is a prominent centre of South Indian religion, art and architecture. This is the centre of the most remarkable civilisation of Dravidian history, the Chola empire. After sightseeing in Thanjavur, we leave for Trichy. Trichy or locally known as Tiruchirappalli, is a city with a strong character and long history. It is pretty much the geographical centre of the state of Tamil Nadu. It's a huge city that mixes up culture, religion and business and one can only experience it by actually being there.Sights covered: Brihadeshwara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Maratha Palace, Sri Rangam Temple in Trichy (India's largest temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu).Meals: Breakfast and dinner on board. Lunch at a riverside luxury resort enroute Trichy from Thanjavur.Timings: Brihadeshwara Temple at 10am, Maratha Palace at 11.30am, Sri Rangam Temple at 4pm.
Points to look out for: the grand structure, Gopuram, spatial organization, South Indian Dravida style of architecture, sculptures, intricate detailing, construction techniques.3. KhajurahoKhajuraho group of temples are a famous cluster of Hindu and Jain temples located in Indian district of Madhya Pradesh about 175 km south east from Jhansi. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its grand temples, North Indian Nagada style architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures. Most of the temples are dated back to 950 -1050 A.D and were made by the Chandella dynasty.Important temples in the clusters are Kandariya Mahadeva temple, Lakshmana Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple among the Hinduism and Parshwanatha Temple, Adinath jain temple among Jainism. Vaishnav and Shaiva sect of Hinduism was predominant.
I had no prior travel arrangements, planned to use local transport for entire trip. My first destination was Tanjore. I started late night Wednesday night around 11 pm. Boarded bus to Salem, from there I might get bus to Tanjor. I reached Salem and found some SETC bus to Tanjore. But I was not interested so I boarded ordinary bus to Trichy, frequency is every min. From Trichy there are buses frequently to Tajore. I boarded a private bus and it cost 23rs. Just found BHEL and Sastra Univ are on the highways. I have reached Tanjore around 6 AM. It just stopped raining and climate was pleasantly cool.I haven't booked any accommodation in Tanjore. Found a stay for 300rs just behind the old bus stand. Just relaxed a bit and went to Tanjore Temple. One of the ancient temple of Chola's period. Spent almost three hours inside the temple exploring architecture and praying. It was quit interesting to see people from all over world visit the temple. After a small walk around the streets and vacated the room. I left for Trichy where I had booked my accommodation for the day.
The erstwhile capital of the great Chola dynasty, Thanjavur aka Tanjore is truly the embodiment of South Indian art, architecutre, culture and heritage. Located in the Cauvery basin of Tamil Nadu the town is also known as the "rice bowl" of the state. Synonomous with the world renowned Tanjore paintings, splendid temples with stunning Chola architecture and the Tanjore or Saraswati veena, Tanjore is a city where the rich legacy of the past is evident even today.
Brihadeeshwar temple of this place is very famous temple in south India also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The one who is fond of history and admire the stone structures, for sure will love this temple.
Thanjavur is just short of 350 km from Chennai and is a very historically significant spot. It was the capital of the Chola Empire, if you don’t remember your history lessons and need a refresher. Since most old kings believed in keeping their gods appeased in case somebody took offence and decided to lend support to a usurper, capitals of ancient kingdoms often have some of the most beautiful and opulent temples. Thanjavur is no exception to this rule; Brihadeshwara temple with hundreds of Shiva Lingams is an awe-inspiring sight. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and the frescoes in the temple will make you believe in the artistic soul of man if not in a higher power. Ragavendra Temple is not as majestic, but far from disappointing. There are also many other smaller temples with rich histories around Thanjavur if you feel like exploring a bit more. Kumbakonam is just about 40 km away and has many more impressive temples.
96 Kms from Nagalapuram
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, dreamy sunsets and spiritually-uplifting energy, Mahabalipuram is perhaps one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu. Locally known as Mamallapuram, this was once the capital of the Pallava Empire. From exciting water sports to classic statuettes, the place is a delight for voyagers. Feel the shore underneath your feet at the Mahabalipuram beach and indulge in some super fun beach activities such as wind surfing and sea diving. The temples here have a special feature in common, they are built in the form of chariots with open air sanctoriums. The Shore Temple, standing strong like a marvellous rock-cut stone and overlooking the sea is known as the last creation of the Pallava kings. Another wonder in Mahabalipuram is the Panch Rathas, the five monuments that were etched out of a single rock in the 7th century. Pack your travel bags to explore the incredible Indian history by discovering the ageless stories of temples and their incredible architecture. You can get a bus from Koyembedu in Chennai or Pondicherry. Read More
It was the first weekend of my internship at Chennai. Out of all the weekend getaways from Chennai, I decided to start with the temple city of Mahabalipuram ( aka Mamallapuram among locals ).Mahabalipuram is a town in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, about 58 km south of Chennai. It is a historic town, famous for its group of monuments dating back to the 7th century. These monuments have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.I boarded the bus to Mahabalipuram from Koyambedu bus stand in Chennai at 10:30 am. The journey took a total of 90 minutes with splendid views of the Bay of Bengal along the East Coast Road. This road is popular among travelers looking for a road trip as well. After getting down at the bus stand, I made way for Arjuna's penance. Also known as Descent of the Ganges, this is a Bas relief that stretches along a length of 100 feet and is 45 feet high with intricate carvings of humans and animals.
After pondicherry we visited Mahabalipuram... A place which remind Mythology Mahabharat... There are beaches where you can stay and feel the fresh breeze, Sand and nice view...Apart from the beach there are so many place but all places are nearby so that you can cover all places in one day or you can say in 3 4 hours max..#Shore Temple#Five Rathas#Tiger's Cave#Arjuna's Penance#Krishna's Butter BallThere are so many more monuments like these more caves and sculpture...
Mahabalipuram is another such place that can't be missed. It’s known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. Shore temple, Krishna's butter ball, Panch Rathas are some of the many places that you should pay visit to.
DAY 1: Landed at chennai airport around 10:30 am. Took a local train to Tambram station(Rs 5 ticket). The station is at walking distance from airport) and from Tambram, took a local bus for Mahabalipuram. It took around 2 hours to reach to Mahablipuram bus stand. I had already booked my stay at Green wood beach resort(Rs 400/day for NON AC room). This is a simple and clean homestay run by a local family. Weather is always hot, so AC rooms are advisable. Mahabalipuram is a small town and everything is at walking distance and can be covered in a single day. Places to see are Arjuna's penance, butterball(a rock), Panch Rathas, Sea shore temple and light house(amazing view of beach line from here). There are 2 beaches, one on left side of sea shore temple which does not have much crowd but the other side is v touristic with lot of crowds and food stalls.Total expense for the day- 5000 including flight, bus, stay, food and tickets for monuments
This is one of the most famous tourist attraction and is situated mid-way between Chennai and Pondicherry. The ancient temple is build right on to the shore facing Bay of Bengal. Build in 7th century it’s known for the stone cravings, cave temple, panch Rathas and statues. Also it has some local shops which are must to explore.After 6 hours of road trip we reached Pondicherry in evening around 7.
I was on a official trip to Chennai and was looking for a nearby place to shoot then my friend suggested me to visit Mahabalipuram, a small town, just 56 KM from the city along the shore of Bay of Bengal. If you love to shoot architecture and historical places then this is one of the places to be in. Since we wanted to shoot under blue hour & golden hour, we started towards journey at 4:00 AM and reached there around 5:00 AM. The famous spots to be captured are Shore Temple, Panch Rath, Cave Temple & Krishna's Butter Ball ((also known as Vaan Irai Kal and Krishna's Gigantic Butterball) is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical town of Mahabalipuram in India. The boulder is approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide and weighs around 250 tons. It stands on an approximately 1.2-meter (4 ft) base on a slope, and is said to have been at the same place for 1200 years.) All these sites are UNESCO World Heritage site. These architectures were as old as from Pallav Period in 7th century. It was fun shooting of 4 hours and we drove back around 10:00 AM. If you want to enjoy the sea beach and rest for the entire day, a lot of budget resorts are available.
On day two you arrive in Chennai and then leave for Mahabalipuram by coach. Mahabalipuram is known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. Krishna's butter ball is a huge boulder balanced on a small hill and a truly spectacular sight. After sightseeing and lunch in Mahabalipuram, you depart for Puducherry. The evening is spent on board the train.Sights covered: Mahabalipuram sightseeing – Krishna’s butter ball, Monolithic Ganesha temple, Arjuna’s penance area, Five Rathas Temple and the caves, Shore Shiva TempleMeals: Breakfast and dinner on board. Lunch at luxury resort in MahabalipuramTimings: Mahabalipuram sightseeing at 10am, Shiva shore temple at 3pm.
Places to visit in Mahabalipuram:The Shore Temple: It is one of the oldest stone temples in India and is made entirely of granite stones. There are three temples, one large and two small. If viewed from a Nothern end, the temple appears like Dharmaraja Ratha. This pyramidal structure is placed on a 50 feet platform and is approximately 60 feet high.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram is where tourists find themselves at a sheer loss of words to explain the beauty of the place. The display of local art forms on each and every piece of importance looks awesome. The beach temple of Mahabalipuram, the Pancha Rathas, Arjuna’s Penace are some of the most important monuments here. The Mamallapuram Dance Festival is another attraction in this town. The best time to visit is December to March. Having been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Mahabalipuram is only 55 kilometres away from Chennai and just one and a half hours drive away. The place provides one a glimpse into the Dravidian era and is famous for its typical architecture. It has a beach that offers one a host of water sports and is filled with mysterious structures like a rock on the side of a hill referred to by locals as ‘Krishna’s Butterball,’ and the famous Shore temple with the five rathas. Make way for Mahabalipuram, a place that is situated in Tamil Nadu and just 55 kilometres or one hour and fourteen minutes away from Chennai. Take a page out of the Dravidian history at this place that has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. With a beautiful beach to offer, it doesn’t get any better here. Visiting a giant rock on the side of a hill called Krishna’s Butterball is a must visit. It is popular with the tourists for its defiance of all the laws of gravity that physics purports. You should also go to the Shore Temple, the oldest structure here or get a glimpse of the Five Rathas which can be found near the beach. A trip to the ancient historical town of Mahabalipuram will see you enchanted with its archaic yet breathtakingly beautiful temples and monuments, some of which have made it to the list of Unesco’s World Heritage Site. Another place worth visiting is the Sculpture Museum which houses the best of the city’s sculptures and paintings. Flocked by one and all for its archeological heritage, Mahabalipuram has a lot to offer from its plate and the windy Shore Temple is a local favorite. Its rock carvings put up a show that will leave you amazed at the intricate details. The white sand beaches and ‘The Five Rathas’ will wash down all your troubles with no effort at all. While here, you can also visit Vedanthangal bird sanctuary, lying in close proximity from the place. Traveling from Chennai won’t be a problem, as the bus routes are the most flexible it gets. Aside those, a drive with the breeze as your friend is an experience all in all as well. Another important feature worth a mention is the ‘Mallalapuram( another name given to the place by commoners) Dance Festival’. Spa treatments and frequently available water sports are equally widespread. The apt time to come here would be from December to March, when the heat is on the downside, thus letting you enjoy the place even more.Distance from Chennai: 59
252 Kms from Nagalapuram
Best time to visit - May,June,July,August,September,October
Fondly known as the jewel of the South, Yercaud is a hill station in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Known for its stunning beauty, trekking trails and abundant forests, Yercaud is a wonderful vacation spot. There are various touristy spots in and around Yercaud and your holiday schedule will be packed. Do visit the 32-km Loop Road on which a drive is beautiful and perfect for a relaxed afternoon. There is also an option to go boating here but if you have other things to occupy you, you can give boating a miss. A small walk through a village will take you to Karadiyur View Point. The watchtower here gives you a chance to admire the valley below and the surrounding mountains. It's best to head here on a clear day and do remember to wear proper shoes since there is a lot of walking! Lady's seat, Pagoda Point and Big Lake are some other tourists spots where you can spend your time. Read More
Once there, you can visit a variety of view points. The big lake of Yercaud welcomes you as you reach here. Just before this Lake, on the left there are a some hotels and restaurants where you can have a nice brunch/lunch depending on when you reach here.
22. Yeracud (Salem)It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, at 5,326 feet (1,623 m). It is so named owing to the abundance of trees near a lake, the name signifying Lake Forest. As a popular tourist destination, Yercaud is also called as Jewel of South.
People from all over the country love visiting Yercaud simply because it offers one that much needed time to pause and relax, rejuvenate and while away one’s time without being preoccupied by thoughts about work and presentations. The green mountain terrain is splendid for those who wish to go sight seeing and trekking. Just around 355 kilometeres away (six hours!), Yercaud is untouched and thus immensely beautiful when one pays a visit to this place. The sweet smelling aroma in the air is just too good and we ought to include this place as a great weekend getaways from Chennai. Yercaud lies six hours away from the city of Chennai and is a land covered with greenery that is a welcome sight to eyes that have been plagues with concrete structures. The place offers one may beautiful spots to relax and go sightseeing. With the presence of lake, boating here with your beloved is what you have dreamed of. The waterfalls, great food and unplugged options for relaxing make Yercaud a must visit and a top hot spot on our list of weekend getaways from Chennai. A little further away is the most favoured hill station of Yercaud. The place is just perfect for those who eyes need the sight of fresh green and an environment of peace and relaxation. Filled with lakes, beautiful spots for sightseeing and great terrain for mountain trekking, Yercaud , that lies 356 kilometres or just close to six hours away from Chennai are a great place to take off to during the weekend. Waterfalls, fresh produce and untouched beauty is what beckons one here. It is no surprise that we choose this place to be on our list of tourist places near Chennai within 400 kms. The hill station of Yercaud in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district is another one of those places near Chennai that’s a perfect retreat for a long extended weekend. Give yourself up to nature when you visit this magical town that’s surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, gardens, forest trails and hills made for trekking.Distance from Chennai: 368
Last weekend, we planned a trip to Yercaud, a hill station in Tamil Nadu, India. There were close to 40 of us on this trip, so we booked an entire bus for ourselves. The journey from Bangalore to Yercaud was close to 6 hours, including a lunch break. After checking into our hotel, The Great Indian Holidays, we set out to explore the town. The hotel itself is wonderful and affordable, with individual 'villas', each having four rooms. The hotel also has a swimming pool and a restaurant. Breakfast was included in the booking. The hotel also has a few outdoor activities like zip lining that they arrange at an extra charge. For lunch, we stepped out into town, exploring what was near the hotel. We ate a tiny cafe called Eggetarian (limited vegetarian and vegan options). After this, we set out to a sunrise point, locally known as ________. Though we got there late afternoon and didn't get to see the sunrise, the view is still stunning and the place is usually quite deserted.
LET ME TELL U HOW IT ALL STARTED ???WELL! Kerala ,this place has always picked my mind since the time people talked about it. This place has always a tendency to grab attention of onlookers. I have no clue about how to start the trip ..then came finally my 3 of my friends helping me find a way and that's how the journey began????.Being an andhrite.. we started off from Vijayawada late night to reach Chennai by early morning to catch shatabdhi express.But all my plan took a U turn the very minute we missed the train..Sorry, we were on to Yercaud before going to Kerala. Now we began the road journey to "Salem" .this is one of the worst part of the journey with a pitiful roads and potholes all over the way.. well we finally reached salem at 4 pm .This is last plain town on the way to mountainous hill station.Now began the real journey to Yercaud around 30 km away..the highlight of the journey is the "20 hairpin bend road".. this is an amazingly maintained road withgreenery on both sides..Breath taking landscapes..Fresh breeze..High altitude road..Trekking trails..Deep valleys at places..Blue gigantic mountains..Spice plantations..Coffee and tea plantations..Evergreen rain forest..Mesmerising views...Coming to animals u can see a lot of monkeys asking u to feed them..it is such a Beatiful sight,they are absolutely harmless(atleast for me)..U can spot a few Bisons along the way..and finally there is always a music from chirping birds when u r traveling through a forest during dusk.. it makes me feel like" just sit back, relax, rejuvenate yourself "in the middle of the forest.We did get down at lot of places enjoying the mother nature ..clicking selfies..picturing the sunset..feeding monkeys..taking some fresh air inside...ahh what a nice way to relax.What not ..this is such beautiful place u just cannot describe ..u always need out of the box thinking to justify it...(Recap)Chennai to Salem presented a lot of challenges... But the journey to hill station itself made us forget all the hardship we were through..Nonetheless we had a lot of fun.. wasn't that the agenda on a holiday???Finally we arrived in Yercaud at 7 .15pm with a signboards showing" WELCOME TO CROWN OF SHEVAROY HILLS" and at other place SHEVAROY HILLS-THE KING OF EASTERN GHATS" .. just in close proximity to the Yercaud lake..That's all I had for the night to say...we were so tired ...we didn't take much time to sleep after dinner..That was the best sleep I ever had in the midst of calm and peacefulness.. we should have got up early to view the sunrise..but strictly I am not a morning person.. I just couldn't get out off my bed.We headed out to search for some bikes to tour the place on our own but no luck...there are no places for bike hiring.. disappointed we booked an open top Jeep with Chauffeur to go around.. that's how we explored the little town till late afternoon..yercaud lake is too jam-packed with tourists, so we didn't find confortable for any activity there ,hence skipped and finally we headed to pagoda point for viewing sunset.. sunset here is amazing .. u just should not miss that.. the view here is just gorgeous, just on the tip of mountain and deep valley below.Strangely I found many abandoned houses very well built on the way to pagoda point..I don't know what caused the people to abadon so many houses like 50 odd similar looking villas..and PERFUMERY ..this shop has got a variety of perfumes .. organic soaps, ayurvedic oils, forest honey,chocolates,etc,. u can visit this place on the way to pagoda point.The scenery of colonial coffee plantations on either side of road are a great sight to watch..The kind of coffee prepared from fresh coffee beans u get here is absolute loving.places for adventure activities like quadbiking with ATV, zipline,highrope,low rope @grange resorts.A lot of operators in the town offer personalised trekking options,night campings,etc. They are worth every penny.To sum up, this is a great place to go on a weekend and u ll absolutely love it.. take my word and u ll fall in love with this place.See u again .. with my part 2 (Kerala awaiting) (Yercaud is just a pitstop).
In search of a beautiful sunset, we headed on the top of the mountains of Yercaud, TamilNadu. Little did we know, we would actually witness something no less than a heaven. Inside a forest area, we discovered a little known camping place named 'Heavens Ledge', it had the perfect view of mountain ranges and sunset. The surprise drizzles and rainbow made it extra special for us. We had the most memorable moments at this beautiful place. A must visit for nature lovers!
Next day we got up and headed to cave temple. Really got scared to enter the temple and it was such a nice place around and definitely driving bike along the hill road is the best experience anyone can get. Road was so good that made drive nicer not worry about bumpy raid. Driving throw coffee planting and Teak wood trees was just great. After the cave temple we went to Pagoda point which is highest peak of Yercaud. We spend some time there and we headed to room to check out. We checked out and had lunch and started driving back home. This time we decide to drive in different route. More than all the above places other than sun set, driving in that road down the hill was the best thing that I have experienced. Its a single road and hardly no vehicle and almost entire travel took in between teak wood forest that I have never seen before. Finally we reached home after 5 hrs little extra travel than via highways but worth it.It might be a small trip but my first trip in Bike to a hill station and on new year eve. These memories will last for life time.
Must Visit Places: Gents and Ladies seat, Rose Garden, Orchidarium, Deer Park, Mont. Fort School ,Botanical Garden , Kiliyur Falls, Servarayan Temple, Shri Chakra Maha Meru Temple, Pagoda point
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