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An awesome place for mind relief. We went there on our first evening but loved it so much that went there again the next day and spent the whole evening. If you are at Rock Beach, you have to visit the cafe there (Le Cafe). The sound of the waves and the wind blowing through your hair, just so peaceful.
An awesome place for mind relief. We went there on our first evening but loved it so much that went there again the next day and spent the whole evening. If you are at Rock Beach, you have to visit the cafe there (Le Cafe). The sound of the waves and the wind blowing through your hair, just so peaceful.
The next destination was the Rock beach right in Pudducherry. The beach is, as the name suggests, rocky. There is a long pavement along the beach shore here. As you walk on the beach you see the official(read: Government) buildings of Pudducherry. We walked along the shores until we found a place for breakfast. We ate at this place called Le Cafe that gives you Coffe for Rs. 20. Overall the breakfast was Delicious and we went ahead on our trip.
After spending that some quality time there, started towards Pondycherry late in the evening and reached there by 9pm. Had some food from an eatery and went to the Gandhi beach to sit for sometime. The Gandhi rock beach was full of tourists from around the world. Sitting silently near the seashore was a wonderful experience. The crowd was becoming thin with time and we went to our hotel to have a sleep after a day full of travelling.
Not that i didnt feel secure on other beaches i have been to, but being at this beach is like experiencing a different feel!Security checks can be seen at every corner around the beach here, and &quot;no vehicles allowed&quot; barriers to make 3-4 km way for pedestrians, separate multiple parking areas around the beach, people of every age group taking a walk/doing activities, 24hour cafe serving different mouthwatering cuisines, shopping stores, all lightings everywhere for several kilometers, all this and so much more has made this spot my personal favourite in pondy ::)Oh yes and this town is super clean, absolutely litter free which left me amazed!My heart was longing to stay for all night long here!!i got back into my room by 10:30 p.m. and I liked my room so much that I extended my stay there for Sunday night as well for the two reasons : it was close to my scuba point and also it was such a happening place that remains awake till late in nights!
Relax at Promenade BeachThis place has a lot of interesting options to eat from French to local Indian Cuisine.. I went to Le café and took one of their sea facing tables. Rest of the day can be spent just gazing into the water at the Promenade Beach. It is situated in the heart of the city and is most popular among the tourist.
The city promises a variety of beaches, ensuring that every new sight is not the same as before. Rock Beach, for one, is picturesque in its own way. With innumerable rocks piled up to create a sturdy platform, you can either sit on the sandy pavement, or book yourself a table with a view of Arabian Sea in front. There is a massive Gandhi statue right in the middle of the beach, and is considered to be a landmark spot in the French town.Suggested cafe: Le CafeTime required: 2 hours
8:00 am - Headed to Rock beach and saw the place was crowded with joggers and early birds.Ordered a "chai" and settled a bit(Nothing much to do here,actually).9:00 am - Went to "paradise beach" again and had our fun in the waves and goofed around until the sands filled our shorts and our eyes were sore.All in all,it was good fun.
We had dinner and go to the Rock Beach for a walk (because of new year there was so much different colour lights).... You can see Statue of Dupleix at rock Beach and also Statue of Gandhi ji..... Near Rock Beach there Are a lane in which you can enjoy Street food (M big Gol Gappe Lover so I tried wherever I go)
We reached Pondicherry around 1:00 clock and the temperature was very high at that time.Since we were tired and exhausted after the long drive, so we decided to take a small nap in our hotel. After some rest we started to discover and visit the places there.We started with Rock Beach. We walked towards rock beach. it is a beautiful beach where nature welcomes you and you would love to lost in yourself enjoying it. Carrying eatable things are not allowed here.
The first spot was kind of chosen spontaneously. It was Auroville beach. This is a little know cliff beach very close to the entrance. We didn't know if we'd get parking near the shore so we parked near the main road and walked to the shore. During the early morning mist the walk was refreshing and quite pleasant, especially after a 2 hour drive. The beach itself was splendid and sparsely populated. We caught the Sun orange and the winds salty to refresh ourselves and get ready for the day.
Where the ocean meets the shore.
The beach, fortunately, is en route Puducherry, and is the first to greet your eyes – with the promise of more, equally beautiful ones to come thereafter. Situated on your left side, this beach is the perfect spot to take a breath of fresh, salty air, and enjoy a quick break from a long and tiring vehicular journey.Time required: 1 hour or more (given that you still have not reached your hotel, or mainland Puducherry, it is advisable to not spend too much time here on the beach. Rest, however, is up to you.)
Next stop was auroville beach. Google maps gives a way that is a dead end. The beach is really dirty so I would not recommend going there. The beaches in pondicherry are far more clean. If at all you wish to visit the auroville beach ask a local person rather than google maps.
10:00 am - After breakfast we went to auroville beach,we clicked some snaps and just relaxing looking at the soothing waves for a bit.The weather was so humid and i was literally dripping sweat from my head throughout the day.We went back to the room and freshened up and left for the city.2:00 pm - Lunch at a random hotel and we landed in some unknown beach(thanks to google maps).Maybe it was a boatyard or something,nothing much to do,hence we moved on to the famed "Paradise Beach".
The next day, the climate was cool and it felt like the perfect moment to catch the sunrise on the beach. We hurriedly got out of bed, git on the scooter, and headed to the nearest road that led to the beach. We then walked along a compound wall lined with bougainvillea. It was one of the most beautiful unexpected paths leading to a beach.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram
This is the prime attraction of Pondicherry and is also known as Auroville. This is like a meditation center where everyone is not allowed to enter. You need strict permission to visit the place and then meditate here. The whole structure of the Ashram is of a ball which is wrapped with golden discs. you need to take off your shoes and enter this ashram with white socks. As you enter this ashram you have to cross a number of stairs and then enter the innermost chamber. Here you will see a huge flower with 12 petals and also 12 huge columns or pillars. The number 12 is a representation of the 12 common aspects of the Universal Mother. This is also the reason why this place is also known as the Mother House. The Pillars inside this chamber do not reach the ceiling. This is to depict that meditation and knowledge does not have any end to it. You find immense peace over here and also get a lot of answers for the inner questions which bother you.
Founded in 1926, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at the heart of French Quarter holds collective meditation sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 7:25pm and 7:50pm around the Samadhi and on Thursdays and Sundays in the Ashram playground between 7:45pm and 8:15pm. You can also visit the Samadhi outside of these times.
After some time we went to Aurobindo ashram, one of the must visit place in Pondy. The place was off complete silence... The place was used for meditation and relaxing. We were there for an hour. We mediated for some time and we inside for seeing the books kept there. The books were of different languages like Russian , German , Spanish.. for different people to buy...Then we went to Basilica of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus. The biggest of church present in pondy.. We prayed there for 15 minutes.. We saw a number of foreigners coming to that place.
The next visiting place was the Aurobindo Ashram. Established by Shri Aurobindo whilst in exile during the British rule, this place could be the address of peace and tranquility. Phones are compulsorily powered off, and silence is enforced. This really makes you peaceful because even in a group of 6, you feel alone. There is certain beauty to silence and you find it there.P.S. They don't allow Cameras so no photos.Auroville was the destination we hadn't yet crossed of our list, So we went that. It is about 10-11 km from Pudducherry town. It is a township created by the Mother, the spiritual successor of Sri Aurobindo. At the center of this township is the matrimandir, and one has to do a bit of trekking to get there. However the path is covered by forest on both sides and hence we did not feel the noon heat. There is 100+ year old banyan tree on the way it's huge. The placard suggests that it is maintained at 50 m.
3. If inner peace is what you seek, head to Aurobindo Ashram.
Visit Aurobindo AshramOne of the main attractions in Pondicherry is of course the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is located within the French quarters.Walk along French ColonyThe streets in the French section are laid out in a well designed grid pattern. The buildings are easily recognizable by their fancy gateways arches, garden courtyards with beautiful bougainvilleas and the buildings themselves painted in pleasant hues of lime.
Founded in 1926, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram has grown, under the Mother's guidance, from a small group of two dozen disciples into a large diversified community with almost 1200 members.In the sadhana or spiritual discipline at the Ashram, there are no obligatory practices, no rituals, no compulsory meditations or systematic instructions in Yoga. (Source: http://www.sriaurobindoashram.org/ashram/saa/index.php)
Located in the heart of French town, the Ashram was founded in 1926. Puducherry boasts of being home to the only Ashram that is dedicated to Sri Aurobindo in the country. Spiritual minded or not, you are bound to feel the positive, peaceful and soothing vibes inside – especially at the meditation hall. Open to all from 11am, the Ashram attracts a long queue of visitors. With separate sections for books and photographs of influential people who were in close connection with Sri Aurobindo, this place engulfs you in a happy bubble.Time required: minimum 1 hour (if you are late, and have to stand in a queue)
We went to the dining hall of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and had an organic breakfast that comprised bananas, milk, sprout, brown bread and Broken wheat kheer. There is no adulteration of food in the Ashram and it's completely worth it. For those who are unaware, Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi and poet. A part of the Indian movement for independence and a spiritual reformer, Sri Aurobindo was nominated for the prestigious Nobel prize twice.
Wet and drenched with sand we returned back to our hotel. We got ready and then proceeded to the famous "Aurobindo Ashram". Pondicherry is a small place where you can reach from one place to another in just 5 minutes. Aurobindo ashram was 700 meters from our hotel and equidistant from white town. The ashram is present in I suppose what was the French colony by looking at the houses there. The ashram closes at 6 o clock. One is supposed to turn off the phone before entering the ashram as utter silence is maintained there. The ashram is for peace lovers. You can go and sit there quietly along with others. We came out immediately as we dint have enough time.The last place was the church Immaculate Conception Cathedral.This church is one of the oldest one in pondicherry.That was our trip to pondicherry. For return we again took the train "Chalukya Express". This train doesnt have seats till yashwantpur so we booked the seats till dadar which cost us 600 bucks which was still cheap as compared to bus.This post was originally published on Weekend Travel Diaries.
Aurobindo AshramSometimes I feel like I am an old soul trapped in an adult costume because I am legit old school who would rather sit down quietly and listen to the birds chirp, see the leaves move swiftly, smell flowers than do anything else. Aurobindo Ashram located on Rue De La Maine is a Spiritual community formed by Sri Aurobindo and grown under the guidance of Sri Maa. The Ashram now has the samadhi of both its founder and guide. Visitors are allowed to see the Samadhi and meditate from 5AM to 6PM. For an anxious person like me, sitting quietly and not thinking about anything takes a lot of effort, but this place makes me do it magically without any effort.
This was our first place to visit in Pondicherry, we took our scooties and drove some 10 km countryside on beautiful roads to reach this peaceful place. The place was well maintained and some short films were shown to understand the Ashram. There is a place to meditate and beautiful quotes written on your way to this place, a huge circular place to meditate. We had a really good experience visiting this place.
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.
This is where you see the other side of the beauty that is Pondicherry. If the French architecture and city take you to France and So do the Serene beaches. They are not crowded unlike Juhu or Chowpatty. According to me the right way to enjoy these beaches are to visit them around 5 in the evening with a couple of beers (They are cheaper in Pondicherry) and enjoy the sunset as the tides hit your feet and wash down all the stress of buzzing city life.
This beach offers a wide range of cafes to choose from. However, interestingly, if you wish to change into different set of clothes, either after a visit to the beach or before, then washrooms are available only after ordering something from the cafes nearby. So enjoy a cool drink as you create memories at Serenity beach!Time required: 3 hours
On second day (Sunday)we went to Serenity Beach . Beach was having less crowd than Paradise beach . Our next destination was Auroville, a place for meditation . We can view Auroville from outside only. Entry was not allowed there. It was beautiful piece of architecture. After Auroville we came to La Cafe at Promenande Beach . We selected this restaurant by seeing its rating online. Restaurant is much hyped online. It is basically a government restaurant having pathetic food. At night we had some shopping at Promenade and then had dinner at Dilliwala 6 .Third day we started for Bangalore at 10:40 am and reached at 5 pm.
With the ride ready, we could no longer wait to check out the other beach (Serenity beach) which was 14 km from the main city. Driving Activa was pure bliss! Serenity beach was one of the isolated beaches of Pondicherry. There were many boats there, but less number of people. By less I mean two to three men at an Omlette stall. We had our breakfast there (the omelette was horrible). We watched the fishermen, enjoyed the cool waves, saw dolphins (yes, really!) and some French women swimming in bikinis.After spending around one hour at Serenity beach, we headed to The Indian Kaffe Express for lunch, but didn’t like the menu. Surguru Restaurant seemed the only possible option. But the waiting queue and the rude behaviour of the waitor/waitress drove us up the wall. We ate Dosa and had Lassi (both were not up to par).Following this, we checked into The Green Palace (our hotel for stay which was booked via OYO). Yet again, OYO didn’t fail to impress us. With its exemplary service and superb quality of food, room and staff, OYO did not leave any stone unturned in helping us make our trip comfortable. Post check-in, we decided to rest for some time and by the time we were ready for another stroll, it was evening. We decided to hunt for a good eating joint, for even in the morning, the breakfast and the lunch did not satisfy our hunger.
Pondicherry in march is too hot to go. Diving into the water and enjoying for a long time will give immense happiness along with that level of tan which will not go for almost 1 week. So put lots and lots of sunscreen. Serenity beach as the name suggests is a very peaceful beach with less crowd. The beach is clean and the waves are crazy. Go deep at you own risk. The waves come at a height of 5ft or so even when you are just a meter into the sea.
When we return from here we go to the Serenity Beach to see the Sunset... Finally this is my last evening in pondicherry i search a north indian food corner and had dinner... Go back to homestay pack my bag because I have to wake up early morning.... I booked a Cab from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram..... (Road is awesome) and I headed to new destination.......
Next day began with a flop plan i.e. waking up early for sunrise, but as I said it was a flop one. Never mind the flop stuff, our next plan was to explore Pondicherry, but planned things never go in the planned manner and the same happened with us. Before going to Pondicherry we went to the Serenity Beach it is located somewhere in the middle of Auroville and Pondicherry and surely it was the most colorful beach I have ever seen. There were so many boats and then small piles of big black rocks where one can go and enjoy the beautiful view of Bay of Bengal.
-On 2nd day we woke early in the morning and headed toward serenity beach to see the beautiful sun rise. Here you will find some water activities like speed boat, surfing etc. After spending some phenomenal time there between the rocks we came back to our room and had breakfast.
The Dumas Street is an important location of Pondicherry and is mainly known for the more famous Dumas Guest House. This place has been in existence for a very long time now and is one of the best in town. People from all parts of the world come and stay over here and also recommend the place to others. They have kept up with their popularity of being one of the oldest resorts and they surely live up to all expectations. Also the Dumas street is very close to the beach and also the shopping arenas and other tourist attractions.
Sea Side Guest House
If you are looking for budget hotels with very good facilities, then this is the wisest option in the city of Pondicherry. This is a lovely place with spacious rooms have awesome sea views. The staff are friendly and of course the food here is very good too. The room service is prompt and the people here are really gentle. You will however not get any WiFi or pool facilities but its location close to the beach grabs all attraction.
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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.! :)
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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
"Travelling- It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller" and I guess that’s what has happened to me after coming back from Tamil Nadu. A state that can leave you in awe with its mesmerizing beauty and captivating architecture. So my trip to Tamil Nadu began with a journey of one day to Chennai by train, where we reached at night, around 9:00 P.M. The first thing we did was to order a filtered coffee. Then according to our plan we were supposed to catch a bus to Auroville and for that we need to reach the bus stand and for that we needed a cab, Cab!!! Well if you ask me I sometime really want to thank the owner of UBER who saved our 200 Rs., and if you are thinking how, well for that you don’t have to think too much, we asked the local cab drivers and the auto valas about the charges from Chennai Central Railway station to Chennai Bus Stand and the reply was 600 Rs, then I booked an UBER and in just 200 Rs. we were there all confused as all the buses were looking the same just like a heard of zebras. So we decided to leave everything and have dosa and after a wonderful meal we asked someone who guided us to a bus which will take us to Auroville.
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.
151 Kms from Pondicherry
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.
197 Kms from Pondicherry
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Known all over the country for the sacred Sri Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati is located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. The temple is actually located in Tirumala along with a number of other temples, though Sri Venkateshwara Temple or Tirupati Balaji is the main attraction for visitors. Tirumala is always bustling with energy owing to the many tourists as well as the number of festivals celebrated here. Legend has it that one should visit Sri Varahaswami temple before visiting Sri Venkateswaraswami. Varahaswami owned the seven hills and agreed to give them to Sri Venkateswaraswami with the demand that he too should be worshipped. And for this, Sri Venkateswaraswami asked his pilgrims to visit the Sri Varahaswami temple before visiting him. For first timers there are a few things you should keep in mind including appropriate clothing, no alcohol and carrying extra locks for your rooms as well as vehicles. Before visiting the temple, you'll need darshan tickets, which are available at various TTD counters across the country. A beautiful place with immense spiritual energy, Tirupati is a must visit. Read More
This is one of the best places to visit around Chennai and it is known for its beautiful sceneries as well the magical peace you obtain here. The Tirupati Temple is known to be the richest temple in the country and is a very important religious place as well. The Tirupathi Tirumala Devasthanam is a must visit along with the Venkateshwar Temple. This is one of the best tourist places near Chennai within 200 kms and the best time to visit this place is between the months of September and March.Distance from Chennai: 134
We reached next day early morning to Tirupathi and booked a hotel on spot. After took some rest for some hours and then started for darshan. It took us ~7hrs to complete our darshan and recommended book darshan ticket online. In evening, we started for Chennai and reached there in ~4hrs.
Thiruthani to ballari (431km) :The last day was a sore and boring one. Not many places to see. Just a long ride back home. The roads were some of the worst we've encountered. We reached tirupati temple town by 12pm and headed towards kadiri. After about 9hrs of riding. We finally reached ballari by 10.30pm! The odometer read 3050kms! This was the longest trip i have taken on bike!
The Amazing breath talking walk from Alipiri to Tirumala is best experience of both Tradition and Trekking
It’s a must visit place. It will take at least 5-6 hrs to come out, once you are inside the Temple. People from all over India come for the Darshan of Tirupati balaji. Now it’s time for our destination and my home town –“Visakhapatnam”. Till then we didn’t know how we would reach Vizag. No bookings, nothing. It was 8pm. Then we decide we will hop in Vijayawada and from there we will go to Vizag. We got a Volvo bus from Tirupati to Vijayawada around 9pm. We were really tired. It was damn hot. 12th night went in traveling to Vijayawada.
295 Kms from Pondicherry
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
With an intriguing history, the oldest inhabited city in the world is a delight to discover. Visited by people from all over the country, no tour of the south is complete without a visit to Madurai. Shree Meenakshi Sudareshwara Temple is a 2000-year-old temple and is a must visit when in Madurai. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. There are four towers in the temple and each tower is embellished with a thousand sculptures symbolising an assortment of mythological themes. There are huge lines at multiple points in the temple so do keep patience. There are also a few rules that one must remember, especially women. Other points of interest in Madurai are Gandhi Museum, Pazhamudhir Solai and Koodal Azhagar Temple. The food in Madurai is a delight for food lovers! There are small stalls selling mutton rolls, which will have your taste buds thanking you.Read More
But never mind that the beaches were pretty clean even if the water was not also there were small huts on the beach where one can sit and enjoy the view of great Indian ocean. The plan after Rameswaram was to visit the ghost town Dhanushkodi which was cancelled due to lack of time, so just after we were done with our town exploration and lunch we straight away headed towards the railway station from where we boarded a train towards Madurai. After reaching to Madurai we packed our stuff, had our dinner and boarded a bus to Auroville.
After getting into our room we got ready and went to explore Madurai at around 8 P.M., and everything around was so beautiful that one can easily fall in love with the city and the first thing you want to see is Meenakshi Temple. After which we had our dinner at A2B restaurant where one can taste different cuisines but I’ll say it is an average place to eat, there are better places in Madurai that one can find only if you are going to have your dinner before 10 P.M. because after that even the city likes to sleep a bit.
and then at around 1 P.M. we boarded our bus to Madurai. I was shivering when we left Kodaikanal but just after an hour or so I was sweating which was expected after leaving a hill station. After a journey of three hours we reached Madurai, an ancient city filled with wonderful ancient architecture that will make you think “Just how can they make something this huge with so much detailing and with a plethora of colours”, but after reaching there we first searched for a hotel and our search came to an end after almost looking in the hotels of that area for one hour and finally finding a hotel with good facilities and reasonable price “Hotel Padmam” from where one can have a direct view of Meenakshi Temple’s east gate and if you can get up early you can have a perfect view of sunrise as well from its roof top.
The highlight of the trip was the ancient and vibrant city of Madurai. Often referred to as the Temple city or the Athens of East, Madurai claims the soul of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamed of. People from all over India and abroad come here for the absolutely amazing Meenakshi Amman Temple, a dazzling maze-like structure ranking among India's greatest temples.
Day five you arrive at Madurai. Lovingly called the 'Athens of the east', Madurai is a city, the skyline of which is defined by the 14 colourful gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple, making it a true centre of religion and spirituality.Sights covered: Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace for sound & light show.Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board.Timings: Meenakshi Amman Temple at 10am, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace for sound & light show at 6pm.During the afternoon you can either stay and relax on the train or go out to shop.
DAY 15: Rameswaram to Madurai
Kodaikanal to rameshwaram (282km) :After a quick visit to the tourist places in and around kodaikanal, we packed our bags and headed to madurai. We had a darshan at the madurai meenakshi temple. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The temple itself is very vast and complex with many small temples inside.Rameshwaram is almost 170km from madurai and it is also a temple town in every sense. Pamban bridge is 2.3km long connecting rameshwaram to the mainland and offers great scenic views of the coastline and fishing boats.Tip: theres no speedbreaker on the road to rameshwaram!
After vacating my room, I started to main bus stand and boarded bus to Madurai. I had booked accommodation in Madurai. After a long journey I reached Madurai Central Bus Stand and boarded local bus to railway junction where my room is located.Madurai is so much nicer than Trichy. After checking in to hotel, time to visit Meenakshi Amma Temple. Spend the whole evening there and got back to room. Had Jigarthanda twice its so delicious. I had booked early morning Train to Nagercoil. So could not able to explore other places much.
179 Kms from Pondicherry
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
This city in Tamil Nadu does not provide much to see unless your sightseeing interests include religious dwellings. In that case Trichy can keep you busy throughout the day with a plethora of temples to visit, such as Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Brahmapureeswarar Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple and the Rock Fort Temple. There is also a majestic Gallo-Catholic church, St. Lourdes, which interestingly lies at the conjunction of a temple and a mosque, an attribute to secularism and diversity. The city is also home to a planetarium, located at the Anna Science Centre, which is worth a visit. Sangeetha, Hotel Kannappa Mannarpuram and Saba are good restaurants for vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Flights to Trichy operate from all around the country, and there are also bus and train services to this city. Read More
After an hour long journey reached Trichy. I have booked accommodation near Chatram Bus Stand which is second and local bus station. It is also located near Cauvery river and city outer. There are very frequent buses from Central Bus stand and Railway jn. About Trichy it been too crowded and mostly commercial places. Lot of shoppes all around the city. Each place is named around the type of shops in that area. After a small nap I started to explore the streets of Trichy and went to uchi pillayar temple one of the famous destination in Trichy. Just found Trichy is not just commercial city but also temple city. Lots of temple around the streets at every corner of the city. View of city from the top of the temple is just amazing. One could see the entire city from the temple.
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