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176 Kms from Muthupet
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 Pudu...
The next day, we woke up with great excitement and a kick-ass Coffee by Guru Bhaiya, to explore the city. We hired bikes, my bad I don't know how to ride a bike, a pillion anyways, haha i know how to ride a cycle though.The morning was pretty awesome, we rode our bikes on the roads of Pondi, drove through the coastline again, it is a must have experience for everyone i suggest, who does not want to witness such a nature's beauty, but yeah it is a traveler kinda thing not so likely for tourists.Anyway, man!!! the blue color was everywhere, as far as I could see. Renting bikes is the best way to explore Pondi and nearby places, it isn't that costly either. You can have them in 150 INR only, the rate changes as per the vehicle.Though there is no scope of bargaining, yaaas because the locals are way too friiiiiendly there :D and yep verrrrry helping :D :D - Rage from last night i guess :D :D :D :D So we had a breakfast stoppage on our way, we ate delicious chicken curry, traditional ~ local South Indian chicken curry and no concept of Roti yes, so be aware all the chapati fans outta here!! you can get a Parotha only, anyways it was yumm.As usual die-hard non-vegetarians we are who cares for what day meal is it, murga kabhi bhi faad sakte hain ji, subeh ho ya sham!!Well, the City ~ Crowded, Chaos, Noisy and a lot of hustle, perfect small town. It was very hot though, almost burning temperature, I got a real tan dude!! unbreakable tan layer you must say :D or the darkest tint of Tan :D, anyways,So after few circles of the streets and some lost ways, we get our way straight out towards the main attraction of Pondicherry - The Rock Beach, French Colony & Serenity Beach.
Here are some of the must do things when here:1. Walk around the White town2. Have food at a cafe here - Visit Cafe DesArts for the decor and Cafe Xtasi for the pizza3. Walk along the Promenade early morning, may be catch the sunrise from here4. Spend time surfing or just chilling and swimming at one of the beaches5. Visit the Matrimandir in Auroville and on your way back, grab food at the famous Auroville bakery!
8) Puducherry: A 22 K.M drive From Cuddalore station takes you to the union territory of Puducherry or Pondy as fondly nicknamed by the visitors. Life moves at its own pace in Pondicherry. With beautiful little cafes scattered around white town, Pondy is the place where you can afford to go off-routine and let go a little. Tree lined streets, quiet beaches, backwaters, and a French connection that is visible in the architecture are some of the things that add charm to Pondicherry. Pondy is also known for its Doll-making, textiles and silk. Shopping here is easy on the pockets as there is low to no tax. Pondy is home to many boutique and designer brands. Travel and leisure wise, Pondicherry is a complete experience in itself. Do plan your journey in a way that you don’t end up here on a weekend. There are a LOT of people and if you do visit on a weekend, get your stay booked well in advance.What to see: Promenade beach, Aurovile, Lighthouse, Serenity beach, Paradise beach, Pichavaram mangroves.Where to stay: Sarvamangalam inn, Ramana Residency, Executive Inn, Bay View Hotel, Pondicherry guest house, Velvett Villa, Coramandal Residence, Raj residency, Auroville.Where to eat: Seagulls, Tantos, Rendezvous café, Surguru Restaurant (Classic lip-smacking local food) Sarvana Bhavan, La Villa, Umami Kitchen.Recommended number of days: 3n/4dPondicherry to Chennai train – 140/- (4 hours)Chennai to Hospet bus – 1200/- (12 hours)Stay: Rooms start at 1000/- per night.Food: 1200/- per day or less, depends where you choose to eat. (Breakfast-lunch-dinner; without alcohol)Total Cost: 7940/-
India is literally like a box full of treasures waiting to be explored. Pondicherry is a beautiful place and it’s considered as French capital of the nation. Be it historical sites, ancient monuments, location with natural beauty, right from Snow capped mountains to pristine beaches. India has it all! But Pondicherry is like no other City in India. This city is Unique in more than one ways and will take you back in time with its beautiful French colonies and establishments, which are preserved till date.You will have enormous fun in your small holiday trips to Pondicherry and make a fun filled excursion. When you are visiting Pondicherry then you need to see the best weather to visit this place. But before we begin, here’s what you need to know before you plan a trip to Pondicherry.
9) ENJOY THE NIGHTLIFE IN FRENCH STYLE!Housed in a beautiful French colonial building, Café de Flore organises lovely evening concerts. The grassy courtyard, delicious French food with the music in the background make for one magical evening.
Known for its French architecture and beautiful beaches, Pondicherry is also home to progressive people who mind their own business.
After taking a weather check, I started towards Pondicherry. It was a fresh and a nippy morning with spine freezing breeze blowing my senses away.
The next morning, I got up pretty early, boarded a bus from the main road, a few metres away from my stay for 10 bucks that took me to the Pondicherry town. I had a humble breakfast of Idli and Filter Coffee, and walked around the place clicking Instagrammable pictures of Pondicherry. I went to the Pondicherry museum which was fine and seemed to be promoting Arikamedu, an archaeological site in the Pondicherry territory. However, I had no desire to visit the ruins at the time, and went around the town itself. I had some cake at the Bakers’ Street and got myself some beer and wine from the wineshop across. I went to Aurobindo Ashram, but it was already 12, and I had to wait until 1.30 to get inside. I spent the time on the Street itself. Aurobindo Ashram happened to be a quiet place, with something funny happening around. All the people who entered were asked to keep mum and sit around meditating or praying, and it was visible from the faces of the people that everyone was confused at the begin, but then they were acting sure after a few minutes, having realized that they have to behave like everybody else. The ashram had a book store that sold books on Sri Aurobindo in over 25 languages. Walking back I had lunch at a aesthetic restaurant which failed to give me a decent Thai Curry, and it was the worst food that I had in a long time. Once again, I got a bus that drove me to Auroville beach for 6 bucks this time.
Eravikulam National Park
268 Kms from Muthupet
Best time to visit - April,May,June,September,October,November
This national park is the breathtaking home of a plethora of precious flora and fauna, and lies along the Western Ghats....
292 Kms from Muthupet
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
A major city and commercial hub in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore offers not much in terms of touristic attractions unless you'r...
Day 4: Coimbatore (on the return back to Mysuru)Last day we planned to start early and cover Coimbatore on the way back home. I believe our PM's visit that brought lot of popularity for the large Shiva statue set up in Isha Foundation, Coimbatore.We had a mouth watering local food that includes - Ven pongal, Onion Uttappam, Ambode, Medu vada and onion dosa just before we take left in Coimbatore city to reach Isha foundation. Breakfast costed less than 200/- for 4 people
Love birds are you planning for a vacation ?? Do you want to get detached from the daily life schedule and get lost loving, caressing each other ❤, then Vattakanal is the best place to be.
We started from Coimbatore, it is just 53 Kilometres from Coimbatore and nice offbeat place to spend a weekendDhoni waterfalls is a small waterfalls near Palakkad in Kerala. We had a weekend exploration to the Dhoni and enjoyed the 4 kilometres long trek through dense forests in Wester ghats.
Known for its salubrious climate and proximity to the Nilgiris, Coimbatore is a bustling city in Kongunadu in western Tamil Nadu. Teeming with education institutions, engineering companies and textile mills, the city is also considered among the safest and fastest growing ones in the country. About 25 km from the city is the pristine region of Siruvani, through which the river by the same name flows gently. Located close to the foothills of the Western Ghats, this green belt is rife with waterfalls, rolling hills, fields and rivers; a few resorts have sprung up in the Siruvani region, offering visitors an opportunity to unwind, slow down and explore the forests in the vicinity. The newest, and perhaps the plushest, among them is VM Hospitality’s Dvara.
From everything we gathered on the internet and Couchsurfing, we figured that to reach Ooty, we'd have to take a flight to Coimbatore and then take a bus to Ooty. We found out that there are 2 terminals near the Airport. The internet suggested that there are direct buses from Gandhipuram, however we learnt that the bus services are limited and we should take a bus from Mettupalayam Road Terminus. So we took the 4:00 AM flight from Delhi to Coimbatore and took an Ola from the airport to Mettupalayam Road Terminus. We took the bus from Mettupalayam at around 10:30 and reached our hotel in Ooty by about 4. We had booked Fun City Resort through Goibibo. We had actually reached the place well before 4 but Google maps just refused to help us reach our hotel, and we ended up walking uphill in the wrong direction! Anyway, we somehow reached our hotel, and were famished! We planned on ordering something, only to find out that our hotel didn't provide room service. So, now after freshening up, we made a move to the mall road, which was about 5 km from our hotel. The bus stop was at a walk-able distance, so we took the bus going towards mall road. I remember asking people at the bus stop about the exact name of the place we should get down at, "Charring cross" is the name of the place if I remember it correctly. We took the bus and on a fellow Couchsurfer's suggestion checked out some good food joints. He also specially suggested us to go to Moddy's which is at the far end of the mall road. Ooty is famous for homemade chocolates, and we were told that this place is not only famous but has been there for some considerable number of years now. We got some homemade chocolates for home and also got some for my cousin and our host in Coorg. While heading back we saw a board which had details of cab rates for local sight seeing. As we stood there trying to figure out who to get in touch with, a cab stopped by us and asked if we were looking for some help. On getting a nod in affirmative from us, he gave us a visiting card of a travel agent. I gave him a call while getting some food packed for dinner. And in moments I had booked a cab for local sight seeing.
"Let's do that again!", the five of us vowed as we returned home to Coimbatore. Twenty-four hours earlier, we were upset that we had only one day of our semester holidays in common. Wanting to make the best use of that one day, I decided to give my friends a taste of Vattakanal. It is a small town a few kilometers form Kodaikanal. I had fallen in love with this place during my last visit, the previous year.So we left Coimbatore at 5 in the morning (one hour later than planned) in my Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi. Construction work on Pollachi Road made making up for lost time impossible and gave us quite an off-roading experience. We had to tolerate bad roads till we reached Palani.(Tip 1: Consider the condition of the roads while planning your trip. This rule applies to any road trip.)
From Coimbatore, my place of interest to visit was ISHA yoga center and Adiyogi statue. I just enquired about buses & took a bus to Gandhipuram busstop, from where I got a bus to ISHA yoga center ie; Bus no. 14D which in turn passed through station from where I took bus to Gandhipuram...this is what happens when u r new to a place and don't know the local knowledge;)
Having finished the remainder of my assignment during the connecting Indigo flight, I was relieved. It was heartening to see the coconut plantations from the airplane window as we began our descent at Coimbatore. A little while later we were greeted by the tropical South-Indian weather as we made our way to the baggage claim. Since the Zoomcars request processing time is approximately three hours (we had booked the vehicle at 9am), we found ourselves with a little less than two hours to kill. My sister joined us in the meantime, and we had a short breakfast comprising of ready-to-eat noodles and ice-creams from the general store outside the airport. Little did we know about the adventures that lay ahead of us!After getting picked up by the Zoomcars representative, we headed to their nearest depot. Having completed all the formalities, we found ourselves driving to the Adiyogi Statue twenty minutes later. We had been looking forward to visiting since we saw the unveiling ceremony on TV, and our trip to Ooty was the best opportunity we could possibly think of. Google Maps had become our best friend, as the hour-long journey to the statue was really eventful - we found ourselves passing by fields of coconut trees, and small patches of land blooming with yellow and orange marigolds. A couple of bridges and a few narrow roads later, we found ourselves at the entrance of the parking lot.
Here it goes.. our road trip in the state of Tamil Nadu . This was my first core south trip so i was really excited to see the city ,people around and the culture . For few km we crossed various small towns and then ghat section started from Mettulapalam which was around 40kms from Ooty . I was enjoying the zig zag roads, lovely greenery and super fresh atmosphere .
224 Kms from Muthupet
Best time to visit - April,May,June,August,September
Translating to 'the gift of the forest' in the native language of Tamil Nadu and originally home to the Palaiyar tribal ...
Over the long weekend in May 2018, we booked two of the campsites in Kodaikanal through CampMonk. This one is about The Spice Valley Campground. This 200 acre land comprising of 4 hills adjoining the Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary is right in the lap of wilderness.We packed our saddles and gear and set off on a long bike ride to the mountains. Even though we have been to Kodaikanal few times, this trip was an adrenaline fueled journey.
Kodaikanal is a weekend gateway from Bangalore. The beautiful hill station is just 465 kms away from the city and situated in the lap of Palani hills in the state of Tamil Nadu. I started my journey on Friday night to reach there by 10 AM. Day 1:The first stop was Pine Forest which is quite popular among the tourists. The mystic place will certainly make you spell bound.
5) Kodaikanal – A 160 K.M bus ride from Munnar takes us to our next destination - the hill-station of Kodaikanal. Pleasant climate, scenic natural vistas and numerous waterfalls are what draw travellers to this quaint hill station. One of the reasons to include Kodai in the circuit is because it is relatively less crowded as compared to its counterparts, Ooty and Conoor. Another place worth visiting, rather worth spending a night at is Vattakanal. It is 30 KMs from Kodai and is known as the hip part of Kodaikanal. Evergreen meadows, dense pine forest, lofty hills and the mist in the air makes Vattakanal a traveller’s delight. There is no dearth of accommodation here. You can find lovely places to stay at just 400 INR per head. Incaase you run out of luck, and all rooms are booked, do visit the IPC church in Vattakanal. They charge around 200 bucks per head and allow you to spend the night in their dorm.The golden hours at Vattakanal are something, you CANNOT miss.What to see: Berijam lake, Kodaikanal Lake, Guna Caves, Pillar Rocks, Silver Cascade Falls, Palani Falls, Vattakanal Viewpoint, Kodailkanal Solar Observatory, Thalaiyar Falls, Dolphin’s nose, Upper Lake view, Pine forest, Perumal Peak.Where to stay: Altaf’s café, Edwin’s, RC guest house, Jennova’s cottage. Out of 3 nights make sure to spend atleast 2 nights in VattakanalRecommended Number of Days: 3n/4dKodai to Madurai by train: 140/- SL (45 mins)Madurai to Rameshwaram train: 40/- Gn (3 hours, 40)Stay Cost: Rooms start at 700/- per night. *Tariff may vary from time to time*Food: 800/- per day or less, depends where you choose to eat. (Breakfast-lunch-dinner; without alcohol)Total Cost: 4680 /-
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Day 2 - Kodaikanal, What a love place, very beautiful, I stared riding at 7, got up late again. anyway reached kodaikanal around 3 pm, Got a decent hotel, took my camera and went for exploring kodaikanal. Climate is always chill at kodai (No Fan in rooms). Many places to see in kodaikanal. Pillar rock Pine forest Devil's kitchen Dolphin nose (Trek)All places are open for limited time. Till 4.30-5Pm so make sure you start early to cover all the places. In evening you can spend a very beautiful time near the lake. You can hire cycle and many fun games are available around the lake.
Day one : We reached there early morning from Chennai and my friends from Bengaluru. We have already booked our homestay "Cherry Hills Kodaikanal" and they have arranged a pick up vehicle for us as well as for sight seeing. It was a lovely place with all the arrangements. We decided to visit the major tourist places on day one and keep our two days in hand for further exploration. We visited- Kodaikanal lake - Little crowded place but must visit for cycling around the lake.- Coaker's walk - In the city its the most peaceful and scenic place where you can sit and relax for long.- Guna cave or The Devil's Kitchen - Pine forest- Lake view pointP.S. Your cab driver will guide you across all these places.Day Two : Vattakanal :Stoner's paradise- Vattakanal is a place of serene beauty just situated a few kilometers away from kodaikanal. You can see clouds forming from the cottages which are made on hills and trip on it. You can find lot of hippies chilling there. You can find peace across the valley.- Altaf's Cafe -They specialize in middle-eastern cuisine and we decided to have breakfast there. The food was good and so the view from cafe.- Dolphin's Nose - You need to trek few kilometers to reach this point, its a normal trek with least difficulties. The view is amazing from there.- Vattakanal falls- Its a small fall to chill around.Later as advised by our cab driver we went for the forest tour and our ultimate destination was Berijam Lake. The place was quiet and is perfect if you are planning for some snacks beside lake. The way was beautiful with few view points in between.*Pro tip- Never carry alcohol or any other thing while going to vattakanal from kodaikanal. There is a checkpost where police may take your liquor or magic mushrooms if you have them.*Pro hack- if you are carrying any such stuff please do tell you cab driver(only if you trust him) he might help in smuggling.Day Three : ManavannurWe started early in the morning to visit the beautiful Manavannur. We were greeted by first showers of the season which made our trip awesome. This place is bit far from Kodaikanal so best is to start early. If you are lucky enough you can find wild Bison and other animals on the way.- Poombarai Village - this place comes on the way to Manavannur. It is known for it's colorful houses which gives a mesmerising view from the top.- Manavannur - This is a small village which has lush green sceneries and grasslands around. We had a coracle ride in small lake surrounded by hills. Though the ride is small but it's worth. You will be spell bound by the greenery and the beauty of the place. It's a perfect location to relax and chill with friends.
As part of the Winter Ride I'd been on last December, we rode to several (cold) locations everyday. Our first ride had been from Bangalore to Kodaikanal. From Kodaikanal, we had set our sights on getting to Kolukkumalai.Kolukkumalai, near Idukki, is famous for being the world's highest tea plantation. The tea plantation is about 7100 ft above sea level, and the view from the top of those mountains was something I didn't want to miss. It was less than 150 km from Kodaikanal and the guys who were serious about testing their bike riding skills were looking forward to a challenge that waited for them at Kolukkumalai.
When we reached our stay in Kodai, it was nearly 7 PM. And it was freezing cold. My fingers had become numb even through the riding gloves and I felt the cold hugging my legs and body. We stayed in a homestay arranged by my friends for all of us. They had dormitory style beds and because it was winter, the floor was as cold as the black night sky.I rushed inside after unpacking my bags and jumped straight into bed. Not only did I wrap my blanket around me, but my friend's shawl, a neighbouring bed's rug, and my bed's rug. Only then did I fall asleep.
274 Kms from Muthupet
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,August,September,October,December
Kerala’s Idukki district is home to the beautiful hill-station of Munnar. An erstwhile summer resort to the British, t...
Early morning we started for Munnar from Cochin. We booked the cab from Savaari. Their cabs are well maintained and the drivers are well mannered and punctual. We started at around 7:30 in the morning. The condition of the road from Cochin to Munnar is pretty decent and there are no potholes. We enjoyed the drive. One should buy water bottles on the way to Munnar because in Munnar drinking water is a bit expensive than Cochin. Our driver told us to buy water beforehand. At around 11:30 AM we reached Munnar town and I don't have words to explain the view outside, those fresh green leaves of the tea garden. I have been to many hill stations but this view was totally different. We decided to do sightseeing first and then leave for our resort. We had booked Sterling resort in Chinnakanal ( road to Chinnakanal is closed till 6 pm). First, we visited the top station and got an amazing view from the top. Then we went to Matupetty dam. Matupetty dam is surrounded by beautiful hills from all the side and also has water activities . After this we went to Kundala dam and did boating. They have paddle boats and Shikara rides. At last, we went to the flower garden and saw a variety of colorful flowers. After a hectic day, we went to relax at our resort. Sterling has a spectacular view and also they have adventure activities inside like dirt biking, zip line, tree climbing etc. Next day we had to leave for Thekkady.
Day 3 - MunnarMunnar city as it is do not offer any attractions for the tourists except for the Kannan Devan tea factory which is withing city limits i.e. within 5 km rangeSo, here is the map that lists some major attractions of Munnar and its locality
The saddest thing is that you can't see anything once it's dark. We reached Munnar after dark and we had no idea what stood around us. But when dawn broke, it was so beautiful!We went via Cochin to Munnar, and Kochi is totally different and not at all what I came to see. It's a metro city- beautiful and offers a lot of things to eat and places to visit, there is a port as well. But I met with the usual metro city traffic, malls, lights and the only city i saw traffic lights in :D
Marayoor->Munnar->Chithirapuram->DevikulamEarly morning next day, we explored the aromatic Karayur Sandalwood Reserve. Reaching the Sandalwood forests was a 4 kilometer ride from the Marayoor Holidays.
4) Munnar - At 6000 ft ASL, set in the Idukki distrtict, Munnar greets you with a pleasant climate, winding roads and sprawling tea estates. It has emerged as one of the most famous hill stations in the whole of South India. Blessed with wildlife sanctuaries, tea plantations, lush green valleys shrouded in mist, numerous waterfalls and picnic spots; Munnar is guaranteed to leave you spellbound. Munnar is a 4 hour’s drive away from Kochi. The sight of vast expanse of tea plantations makes you realise that you have arrived at Munnar. Be it enjoying the rejuvenating views with a hot cup of tea and some soulful music, or hiking and camping out in the leech infested forests, Munnar offers a variety of travel experiences.What to see: Mattupety lake, Rose garden, Christ church, Echo Point, Eravikulam National park.Where to stay: Staying at the Lokkom Log house within the Eravikulam National Park might be a nice option considering the seclusion and solitude of the the wilderness. If you wish to spend more time near the main city, Highland orchids and Munnar queen are good options to choose from. There is no dearth of accommodation in Munnar. You can find hotels for all kinds of budgets in this quaint hill station.Where to eat: If you’re a fan of street foods, the food stalls on the roadsides would make you drool with their piping hot idlis, Dosas, Appams, and beef fry with paratha. Munnar takes care of your mid night hunger pangs too. Thattu Kada, a restaurant kown for its amazing décor and of-course the lipsmacking delicacies opens at 6 P.M and remains open till 1 A.M. Other restaurants that must be on your list are the Sarvana Bhavana, Rapsy restaurant and the treetop restaurant.Recommended Number of Days: 2n/3dMunnar to Kodaikanal by bus - Cost of travel by bus : 850/- ( 4 hours, 30)Stay Cost: Rooms start at 1500/- per night. *Tariff may vary from time to time*Food: 1200/- per day (Breakfast-lunch-dinner; without alcohol)Total Cost: 6250/-
Munnar is one of the best hill stations I have visited so far. Munnar is a town situated in the Idukki district of Kerala (God’s Own Country). It is often referred as “Kashmir of South India” located in the Western Ghats mountain range. There are two options to reach this beauty.1. Buses plying from different cities such as Bangalore, and Cochin2. Options are available for self-drive in cars and cab services from different cities of Kerala P.S.- The roads are well-maintained for bikers to venture this hill station, driving at crazy miles per hour. My first visit to Munnar described in a word: Mesmerizing. I was in Kerala for a wedding and planned to cover few places in the vicinity, Munnar was one of them. We (add-on bestie) landed at Kochi Airport in the evening resting for the night in one of the luxurious hotels nearby the airport. The next morning, we took a bus from Kochi to Munnar. It is a four-hour journey from Kochi to Munnar and you will find just one Private Travel operating in the region. The journey through the Ghats section drives you insane, for most of them it would be the beauty and others it could be motion sickness. We started our journey in the around 10 AM in the morning and reached to the drizzling tea gardens by the afternoon. Our hotel was located 2 Km from the Munnar market. We checked in and walked to the market feeling the chills after the rain even in the month of May. We were lucky to witness the ‘Annual Flower Show’ of the region. We walked to the Hydel Park as the weather was pleasant. There are orchids of different varieties enhancing the beauty of the park. We crashed early at night as we had one day to cover most of the places in the town. Top station is one of the greatest tourist attraction of the town located on the border of two states- Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Spice gardens and tea gardens are numerous in the town to experience the aroma of India. The only thing we missed on this trip was a visit to a tea factory, due to lack of time.
57 Kms from Muthupet
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 N...
Thanjavur is considered by many as the centre of art, architecture and religion of South India. It was the capital of the mighty Chola Empire for four centuries. It later fell under the Marathas and Nayaks. They too left a mark on its architecture that is regarded as the finest in South India.
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.
163 Kms from Muthupet
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 ...
It was 12:30 in the middle of the day and I had just caught the bus to Rameswaram from Madurai. It was quite a hot day, and a big burly police officer took his seat next to me, almost squishing me to a pulp . I was hoping they’d start the bus soon.In the spirit of travel, I started talking to him. He introduced himself as Mr. Ganesan. He was the sub-inspector of Paramakudi, a small town near Rameswaram. Two minutes into the conversation, we were already talking about Dhanushkodi, and the remains of a place that once had a huge economical impact to make on our state.
I woke up in Madurai; got down the bus; thought for a while over waiting until the morning to visit the Meenakshi Temple, but then dropped the idea thinking that in those 3 hrs, I would reach Trichy. I walked across the State Bus Terminal to easily find a bus till Trichy.
Madurai's air, rail and bus connectivity makes it an ideal place to start Tamil Nadu backpacking trip. It is often referred to as 'the Athens of the East', it boasts some of the best Dravidian temples, an Indo-Saracenic palace and a Romanesque cathedral. And, it is the right place to explore the flavours of Chettinad cuisine.
Travelling in a toy train/Nilgiri mountain train has been on my list for a long time. I was in Madurai for some work along with two of my friends and we had a big weekend off. As I always wanted to go and explore Ooty also known as Udagamandalam sounds crazy isnt it ;), it took me a long time to say this name properly. This was the best time and opportunity to do it with my friends. Ooty was on my list because of its famous tea estates, sprawling grasslands and incredible weather in the south of India.
Madurai is known as the "Athens of the east" purely because of the major attraction of the city, the Meenakshi Temple, the entirety of the city can see its magnificence, just like the pantheon of Athens, hence the name. There is a ruling that no building above the height of nine metres be built around the area.
I am not exactly a big fan of temples but this one definitely took my breath away. The architecture that you can see here is pure bliss and the carvings will leave you spell bound. At the very entrance you will be able to see the tower welcoming you to Meenakshi Temple with a variety of idols carved in stone on the tower. It just makes you wonder, how much time, effort and money was spent to build this marvel. This marvel was built keeping in mind all architectural details. Initially it was designed in the form of a square and owing to this square shape, it has entry gates from all the four directions. There are 14 Gopurams inside the temple, the tallest one being 52 m in length.
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.
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