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Well, every good thing comes to an end. If your flight is slightly late in the day, you could let some of the activities...
Well, every good thing comes to an end. If your flight is slightly late in the day, you could let some of the activities from previous night spill into today. Because let’s be honest here. I DID make last night pretty tight for you, didn’t I?If you have an early flight on the contrary, just reflect on all the memories you created. And I am sure you will be left wishing the trip did not have to end so soon. But hey, never too soon to plan your next trip already!
Land in Colombo. Checkout some key tips and tricks here for some must do things before leaving the Colombo airport. Once you are ready, take your cab and drive to Sigiriya. It is a 3-4 hour drive. There is a good chance that you have landed at the airport early in the morning, so you would probably reach Sigiriya in the afternoon just in time for a late lunch. Oh, and if you feel hungry before, grab some snacks and bottled water on the way. What snacks to buy you ask? Sri Lanka has these amazing not-to-miss ginger biscuits! Oh and catch some sleep in the cab!
Day 1: Bandaranaike International Airport is the only International airport of Srilanka, about 20 miles north of Colombo city. The fastest and easiest way of getting to Colombo from airport is via express way and there are regular buses operating between airport and the city during day time. Since you arrive at Colombo, you can spend the day (or half) exploring the city.You can possibly visit Seema Malakaya temple, Gangaramaya Temple and Viharamahadevi Park in central Colombo during the daylight hours.In the evening you can go gaze at the sunset over Galle Face Green which becomes vibrant with the local crowd after sundown. Also can try some of the local delicacies in one of the many street food stalls lined up there. Later to chill out with some beer and music, there is this nice cozy bar, Taproom by RnR located in old dutch hospital complex.
On our last day in Srilanka, we went to the famous Gangaramaya Buddhist temple and Seema malaka temple. Some more shopping we did and then it was time to say bye bye to Srilanka. In evening we took the flight back to Chennai.
We reached Colombo at 12:30 in afternoon and started looking for currency exchange but had hard luck getting it. At last we met a guy who arranged currency and a local sim for us. We took a bus to go to Colombo City. It took almost 1 hour to reach as the airport is 30 kms from the city.Situated on the shores, Colombo is a vibrant and lively city and a walk at Galle Face Green was a great experience, here you can also get good sea-food.
Colombo is so much more than just a passage to the other destinations in Sri Lanka. The city's colonial past reflects in the current architectural build of the city, giving it a vibe distinctly different from the rest of the country. It may feel over-populated, but it is rapidly developing into Sri Lanka's most swanky cosmopolitan. Multiple cafes, art galleries and high-rise modern buildings now adorn Colombo, making it a destination one needs to put on their itinerary. November is actually one of the better months to visit this city as the days are pleasant and the weather is a perfect combination of sunny and windy.Top things to see and do: Visit the National Museum and be greeted by a 9th-century stone Buddha; have a leisurely time at the Viharamahadevi Park; sample great food at the Dutch Hospital, a colonial-era building in the middle of a fort; shop at the Federation of Self Employees Market; spend the evening at the Galle Face Green, a beach-side promenade.Flight cost: Round-trip airfare from New Delhi to Colombo in November starts from ₹13,961.Daily budget: Expect to spend an approximate of ₹3,000 per day, which will include your intracity travel, entertainment and food. Accommodations start as low as ₹1,000 and can go up to ₹15,000 per night.Where to stay: Ramada Colombo; Cinnamon Red Colombo. You can check out more stay options here.
Head back to Colombo, for your flight back home.What to packSri Lanka is unpredictable when it comes to its rainfall. So be sure to pack an umbrella – a sturdy one at that, and some light rain gear. Also, pack sunscreen and insect repellents. Carry good, durable helmets before embarking on the trip.VisaYou can apply for a 30-day visa online, which is valid for a month from the date of arrival, but an extension can be obtained for up to six months. The processing takes up to two days and costs ₹986. You can also get a visa on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, but this will be a relatively long and tedious process. This costs a fee of ₹1,315.
Colombo is so much more than just a passage to the other destinations in Sri Lanka. The city's colonial past reflects in it's current architectural build of the city, giving it a vibe distinctly different from the rest of the country. It may feel over-populated, but it is rapidly developing into Sri Lanka's most swanky cosmopolitan. Multiple cafes, art galleries and high-rise modern buildings now adorn Colombo, making it a destination one needs to put on their itinerary.
269 Kms from Pamban
The morning sun brought a completely new sight, however. Our room had big windows and a balcony. The moment I opened my eyes, I could see the entire earth covered with tall coconut trees. I had only ever pictured a few coconut trees at the beaches, like in the paintings. This was so much different than what I had witnessed in Mumbai as well. It took me a minute to realize that the blue beyond green, was not just sky, but it was the ocean which was not visible in the dark sky last night.
During my flight, I read in the magazine that Kerala is basically a honeymoon destination, however, before I build an opinion, it was proven wrong as Kerala isn't for the newly wedded couples only. Kerala has been the most sought-after destination for the families, the backpackers, solo travelers as well as couples. My craving to crush the land of Kerala was surmounting as soon as I reached the Trivandrum International Airport.The Thiruvananthapuram airport reflects the mood and the nature of the city. Despite managing heavy traffic from the middle-east countries, the airport is compact and yet functional. From the window of my cab, even the city looked the same; knit and well-organized. However, the traffic situation is no different than any other part of India.Usually, Trivandrum is used as a launchpad by the most of travelers towards Kovalam and other cities for their pristine beaches, luxury or medial resorts, and abundance of nature. I had no different plans but I'm to stay at least for four hours in the city before I start my journey towards Kollam. I decided to spend a few more bucks on my cab driver and asked him to go round to the places that should be visited next time at leisure. In strict two hour ride, I covered many architectures that belong to British era and also touched the doorsteps of a few art galleries. I made a promise to myself to visit the Puthenmalika and Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in detail next time (Not really sure when).
After 45 hours of gruelling train journey, we, four wanderlusts came to the capital city of God's Own Country. Our hotel was clearly visible by it's large glowing billboard from the platform. Hotel Highland could make a headline for it's brilliant Restaurant. Their overall service was also decent.
Sightseeing- Zoo, Planetarium, Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Shopping City- Sarees, ChipsChecked in a hotel in eveningHotel Name- Jumayira Residency, Trivandrum. ( Rs.4000/- for 2 a.c. rooms.)Day 7 Kovalam
From Varkala, we took a bus to Trivandrum, our next destination. The capital of Kerala, its one the crowded cities in Kerala, situated on the west coast of India, and is bounded by Laccadive Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Like any other city, Trivandrum also has innumerable restaurants, which didn't fail to excite a foodie like me. Hotel Rehmaniya serves delicious beef, mutton and appam. Sneak into Hotel ZamZam for Malabari-style biriyani, and Hotel South Park for Onasadya, a typical Kerala recipe that will make your taste-buds go crazy!
Next morning we went to the main beech for breakfast and after strolling a bit on the beech we packed our bags for the next destination, Kolvalam. We reached Trivandrum by afternoon and checked in a hotel there. Then we headed to Kovalam which just 15 kms from there. Again quiet a descent beech by Indian standards but it was heavy crowded and we could not find any patch where we could just be alone. So we destined ourselves to enjoy the crowd. The sunset was quiet beautiful the best of all was yet to come.Day 7:- Trivandrum to Kanyakumari
On the D-day , we reached Trivandrum in the evening. The weather gods were happy and it was drizzling that time. We took a taxi from the airport itself and set course to Varkala. It took us almost 2 hrs to reach the place. Our guest house was located 5 minute off the main road. The location was perfect for a peaceful stay.It was a traditionally kerala house with a wide backyard, coconut trees, garden in front and so colorfully painted. I was just in love with the location of guest house and the ambience.The settings of the rooms were equally bright. One room with yellow ambience and other with blue.Equipped with mosquito nets and WiFi. Attached bathroom with hot water facility was also available.Pretty decent rooms. Ayurvedic consultation and treatment is also available.
Eravikulam National Park
261 Kms from Pamban
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....
222 Kms from Pamban
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 ...
When something good happens travel to celebrate.. when something bad happens travel to forget and when nothing happens travel so that something happens .. This s a kickstarter for our first trip together after marriage . The first couple trip to the queen of hills Kodaikanal and fortunately being my native place too .. The trip was planned basically like a road trip just for a night stay to enjoy the nature and a hill drive to initiate the number of travels which forever lies ahead of our life together . We started from Madurai at 9 in our car towards Kodaikanal. We reached around 12 with pit stops in between . We had booked for a room at The Carlton . After checking in and refreshing we went for a walk around the lake .. Then a drive around the lake and pillar rocks . The Maggi stalls and Bhajji stalls around the lake are sure to satisfy your food cravings .. And not to forget the hot chai is the absolute best thing you can have in that climate . We restricted ourselves from indulging in any other activities other than walking and ice hockey . For all those who love purchasing in tourist destinations this place gives you everything you can ask for . But the highlights are the home made chocolates , handmade accessories,winter wear , herbal balms and different fruits . And to mention my husband gifted me a handmade necklace and earrings piece inspired from peacock feather .We called the day off at Kodaikanal with a walk in the coakers walk . We reached around the closing time so the park was almost empty giving us the ‘ our ‘ time in the serene hills . Returning to our room and with a dinner in the balcony with the lakeside view crashing in to each other’s arms is nothing more we could have asked for a better sign off for the day .We travelled back to Madurai the next day from Kodaikanal with the amazing memories we had made . Traveling is not a part of life ,it’s a life by itself .. Follow to know more about the Wanderlust partners hooked forever !!!!!!!
Entrance fee: There is no entrance feeTimings: The lake is open throughout the day. Although early mornings and evenings are the best time to visitTip: The lake is untouched by human actions and we can keep it that way. Don't throw plastic in and around the lake and refrain from harming the natural surroundings in any way.
Once you reach The Misty Mountain Hop, expect to be mesmerized by the jaw dropping valley views. The mountains that belong within the property are cut into steps, where at each step you can choose a spot to pitch your tent. Just surrender yourselves to Mother Nature and let her take care of you!
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. Read about the other one Here. 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.
258 Kms from Pamban
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...
One of the perks of living in Bangalore is the proximity to beautiful hill stations - far enough to take a break yet close enough to return in two days and continue with BAU. Here's an account of our much awaited trip to Munnar - the beautiful hill station in Kerala, a state that justifies every bit of the name "God's own country".
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.
Calm and serene town of Munnar has lots of spots for sightseeing. Some of the must see tourist spots are listed here.Mattupetty Dam And Lake: 13 Kms from Munnar, this is one of the famous tourist attraction. This picturesque place is a good picnic spot with lot of water activities for water sports lover.Time : Anytime.Cost: FreeMattupetty Indo-Swiss Farms - known for more than 100 varieties of high yielding cattle.Visit Time : 9:00 Am.- 11:00 Am. and 2:00 Pm.- 3:30 Pm.Cost: Rs. 5 per personPallivasal- First Hydro Electric Project in Kerala.Eravikulam National Park - It covers an area of 97 sq kms of breathtakingly beautiful evergreen forests and is a home to Nilgiri Tahr . The tourism area of the park is known as Rajamalai and the tourists are allowed to explore the wilderness of the forest.Visit Time : 8:00 Am.- 4:30 Am.Cost: Rs. 65 per personForest is closed between Mid Jan to 31st March due calving season of Nilgiri Tahr.Top Station - Located 35 km. away from the city this is the highest point in Munnar. Known for its panoramic views, this place is paradise for photographers.Kolukkumalai - Highest tea plantations.Kundala Dam and Lake: Famous for its Kashmiri-Shikara boat rides and pedal boat rides, this picturesque spot is feast for eyes.Cost :Rs. 10 per person for the lakeBoating Charges: Rs. 350 for 15-20 mins.Echo Point - Situated at a serene lake bank Echo Point is located 15 kms. away from Munnar, on the way to Top Station.Cost : FreeRose Garden - Very well maintained beautiful flower garden.Cost : Rs. 30 per personPhoto Point -Located 2 kms from Munnar, this place has dense tea plantation and ideal for photography.Cost : FreeWaterfalls - Munnar is known for its gushing waterfalls. Attukad, Chinnakanal, Cheeyappara,Valara are worth visiting.Tata Tea or KDHP Museum -Located in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea around 2 km from Munnar, the KDHP Museum is the great delight for tea lovers.Visit Time : 9 am to 4 pm. Closed on every Monday.Cost: Rs. 75 for adults and Rs. 35 for kids.Ponmudi Jeep Safari - Covers the places like the spice plantations, Nadukani para view point, picnic point, Water lily pool, Ponmudi dam, the hanging bridge, etc.Duration : 3 hours.Cost : Rs. 3000 to 3500 per jeep.Visit to Spice Gardens - Just like Thekkady, Munnar is also known for spice and coffee plantations. There are many spice gardens here to visited. I had visited Kerala Farms and had a wonderful experience.Visit to the local Market - Munnar town has a busy market with large number of shops selling varieties of spices, oils, teas and handicrafts. The street food here is famous and lip smacking.Try local Food- Relish the Malabar cuisine in hotels like Saravana Bhavan and Gurubhavan.Ayurvedic Massage - Ayurvedic massage centers offer various relaxing massages and perfect way to end the day. I visited Swatic Ayur Care Centre, for one of the best message I ever had.Cost : Rs.1300 onward for 60 mins.The active day ended with peaceful sleep.
We woke up with some white monkeys knowing on our balcony doors in our Thekkady hotel. Post our breakfast we got back into the car for another long journey to Munnar, a hill station in Kerala.Roads from Thekkady to Munnar were covered under thick layers of forests and sprawling tea & spice plantations. the cool breeze and the soothing silence was adding utmost peace and tranquility to our souls.
167 Kms from Pamban
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...
From Chinnasalem after refreshing, we started at 11:00 hrs and as planned we traveled to Madurai via Thanjavur. We reached Thanjavur at 14:10 hrs. As I have already visited, Rajesh alone went to the Thanjai Periyakovil and continued our trip to Madurai.
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.
143 Kms from Pamban
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 ...
All the we traveled to Madurai, we reached a toll gate and it started to Drizzle as our luggage's are left uncovered, we stayed in the toll till it stopped. We enjoyed the Drizzle - the day was so hot of 37.5'c and we had a rough day. We had a friend in Madurai and we decided to head towards his home for night stay and sleep.
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.
231 Kms from Pamban
Best time to visit - November- May
Also known as Cape Comorin, Kumari Munai and Kumari, this city is on the southernmost tip of the subcontinent and is rig...
We took the train back to Kanyakumari the same night, slept through in train and spent the next day at Kanyakumari to relax. Kanyakumari was the link between Kerala and Rameshwaram for us. Its beach is peaceful, and has a lot of shells if you like to collect.A 2-3 hours ride, and we reached Alleppy. This was a beautiful place. We took an auto and reached the backwaters. There were big patches of land in between backwaters, where people farmed and lived. There were house boats and resorts. The scene was mesmerizing and the weather was cool. The auto dropped us at the reception, behind it was the backwaters. To reach the resort, one needs a boat.
Day 2 was going to be both exciting and tiring. Visit to the southern most tip of the country was exciting but the long journey was tiring. Kanyakumari is approximately 80 kms. away from Kovalam in the state of Tamilnadu. We started at around 10 Am. from our hotel and reach the destination by 2 Pm.The main attractions of Kankyakumari is Swami Vivekanand Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue both standing in middle of the sea. KanyaKumari is also known as the meeting point of three water bodies- Indian ocean, Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal. This sangam can be clearly seen from the rock Memorial and can be differentiated with its water colours - white, green and aqua blue.Other places to visit in Kanyakumari:Mahatma Gandhi Mandappam- Gandhiji's ashes were kept here.Kumari Amman Temple - Goddess Parvati is worshiped here.Our Lady of Ransom ChurchKanyakumari BeachPamanabham PalaceDo visit the small market near the boat ride ticket counter - they sell good products made from coconut. Also the small restaurants there serve some authentic and cheap food.We returned back to our hotel in Kovalam at around 8:00 Pm completely exhausted by the long journey.
Next day we bid bye to Kerala and entered Tamil Nadu and went to Kanyakumari. My room had sea view and we could see the Vivekananda rock which I visited on a steamer boat. The boat was swaying a lot due to the rough waves in the region. We waited to watch the sunset. This ended my tour for Kerala and I made myreturn on the next day.
Kanyakumari is located at the tip of Peninsular India where Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean meet.The route to Kanyakumari is filled with windmills to magnify the beauty of the magnificent road.Kanyakumari is known to have one of the most beautiful statues in India -Thiruvalluvar statue along with Vivekananda Rock Memorial adds beauty to the place not to forget the three seas meeting.
A lot of people from us might have come across this sight in our childhood near tea stalls, village offices: The educated reads the newspaper and the rest of the people around him listen to the news. I was searching for something unconventional to shoot in this place and found this. Happiness. Made me cherish a lot of memories from childhood. Even I used to read the headlines for the people around my home.So, done with a life time experience and heading back 1500kms.Will drive 700kms and sleep and complete the trip next day.Here's Kanyakumari.
From the time I bought bike, it was a dream to drive it till the southern tip of India. Although I have been to Kanyakumari before, I still longed to visit that place for it's rich history and the amazing views of Laccadive Sea.
Let me start by giving a little background of how I ended up seeing this marvel of nature by accident. Me and a friend were on our way to complete our south chain trip starting from Bangalore to Madurai, Kanyakumari, Dhanushkodi, Trichy, Pondicherry and back. Whole trip was planned out, but when we took a break while going from Kanyakumari to Rameswaram, our mood changed when we talked to the shopkeeper and he told us about Agasthiyar waterfalls. The special thing about this falls is that there is a temple near the falls and if you continue the road you take for Agasthiyar after leaving NH 44, it’ll lead you in Mundanthurai Tiger reserve. The place is eerily beautiful.
Catch a sunset at India's southernmost tip, Kanyakumari that's a two-hour drive from Kovalam.