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Kovalam calling

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Travel & tourism

Kovalam… and do you need further explanation-      This     bewitching destination in God’s Own Country has been beckoning travellers from far and wide for decades. A splendid beach location, Kovalam caters to all kinds of travellers. Kovalam is one destination that can satisfy your instinct for adventure and your need to unwind. This palm-fringed beach is unique in that it is composed of three adjacent crescent shaped beaches – the Eve’s Beach, the Samudra beach and the Lighthouse beach. The image that we bring you this month is that of an aerial view of the Lighthouse beach, in all its splendour. The Lighthouse Beach gets its name from the Vizhinjam lighthouse located nearby.

Kovalam, meaning “a groove of coconut trees,” is just 10 km from the state capital of Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is actually a combination of three small beaches. Among these, the southernmost beach, named Lighthouse Beach, is the most frequented beach in Kovalam. Earlier this beach of Kovalam was an anglers’ paradise. It still has some small villages, just a few kilometres away, which belong to the fishing community. Gradually, this beach of Kovalam has been transformed to a tourist spot of great interest. Kovalam is an ideal place for a sunbath during the winter.

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kaudiar Palace, Anchuthengu Fort, Koyikkal Palace, Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum are few attractions apart from natural treat you get at Kovalam.

Languages: English, Malayalam and Tamil
Best time to go:  November to February


Madhya Pradesh calling

Posted: August 2, 2011 in Travel & tourism

Madhya Pradesh is a state steeped in history. As you visit the tourist places in Madhya Pradesh, you may feel like leafing through the pages of Indian history. Age-old past unfolds before you offering you enchanting glimpses to the chapters of glory and richness.

In fact tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh offers an enchanting mix of historical palaces and forts, exquisite architecture on temples and rare wild lives, which you can’t chose but love and return only to come back.

Bhopal: The capital city of the state boasts of an archaeological wealth. Old palaces and mosques and the teeming bazaars promises sheer romance. It would also remind you of one of the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Khajuraho: The place is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Madhya Pradesh, where religion is married to eroticism. Erotic fantasies are sculpted in stone in the temples facades. The sculptures keep changing their hues with the pace of sun in a day.
Gwalior: A glorious chapter of Indian history comes alive in the rugged forts and palaces of Gwalior. The city is witness to many decisive battles, blood and death.

Orchha: Once the capital of the Bundellas, the city houses the famed Orchha Fort, which is an architectural wonder.

Bandhavgarh: Perched in the heart of the Vindhya Mountain Range in Central India, Bandhavgarh National Park boasts of the highest population of tigers in India. One can do elephant safari here.

Kanha: Kanha Tiger Reserve was made famous by Rudyard Kipling. Being one of the finest and best-administered National Parks in Asia, it is an irresistible attraction to the true wild life enthusiasts.

glorious Goa

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Travel & tourism

Tourist Places in Goa

You have the beaches, monuments, pilgrimage places, shopping centers, and off course the nightclubs and bars. Goa in the evening will remind you of the downtown in Chicago and the Las Vegas with its sparking lights and overcrowding streets. The other parts of the state are studded with temples, churches, monuments, and the forts.

Panaji is the capital of Goa and an old city by the banks of Mandovi River. For many visitors to the place, Panaji is the first stop and a major gateway to other parts of Goa. Churches, old homes, and buildings make a major part of the tourist attractions in Panaji. Built in the Gothi style during the Portuguese era, Panaji is home to the Goa State Museum, Statue of Abbe Faria, Chapel of St Sebastian, and the Secretariat Building.

Goa beaches
This is perhaps the most important destination for those who want to plunge into the waves, play the water sports, or enjoying the sun. If the water fails to impress you, you have the shacks for the massages, restaurants to dine, and the resorts for accommodation. Popular beaches to plan your visit are Calangute, Anjuna, Vagator, Palolem, and Colva. The beaches are also the shopping hideouts. You bargain for the hats, t-shirts, accessories, and shoes. You also have the option of water sports and paragliding. The adventure tourists find Goa a heaven.

Churches in Goa
The old architecture of the state is best reflected through its churches, chapels, and the basilicas. An important center for Christian pilgrimage, the churches carry the Portuguese legacy and are of great historical value. Today, many chapels are listed as World Heritage Sites and are protected by the state. If you are planning to check out few of them to know about the ancient glory, below gives are few names for reference

  • St. Cajetan Church
  • Church of St. Francis of Assissi
  • Church of St Paul
  • Church of Mary Immaculate Conception
  • Se Cathedral Church
  • Reis Magos Church
  • Ruins of Church of St. Augustine
  • The Church of St. Anne at Talaulim Ilhas
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus

A trip to Allahabad

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Travel & tourism

Allahabad lies 135 km west of Varanasi in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and is at the confluence of the Ganga (also Ganges), Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati River, the point of their mingling known as Sangam. Also known by its old name of Prayag, the city is an educational hub and a great pilgrimage center, especially the world-famous Kumbh Mela.

The meeting point of the Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers, Sangam is around 7 km from Civil Lines. Near the Sangam is situated the Allahabad Fort built by Akbar in the AD 1583. Unrivalled for its design and craftsmanship in its heydays, the fort is now used by the army and only a part of it is open to the visitors.

Swaraj Bhawan, the historical building built by Motilal Nehru, was donated to the nation in 1930 to be used as the headquarters of the Congress Committee. The former prime minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi was born here.

A fine museum today, Anand Bhawan was once home to one of the most powerful families of Indian politics, the Nehrus. Khusro Bagh is a large garden where tombs of Khusro, son of emperor Jahangir, and Shah Begum are located. Hanuman Mandir is a unique temple famous for the supine image of Hanuman. This is the only temple to have Hanuman in a reclining posture.

Other place to visit are Shankar Viman Mandapam, Mankameshwar Temple, All Saints Cathedral (Patthar Girjaghar), Allahabad University, Mayo Memorial Hall, Allahabad museum, Minto park, Muir College, Jawahar Planetarium, Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, and public library.

The weather is one of the finest in the month of January and February. Monsoon touches Allahabad by 15th of June.

BY AIR – Allahabad does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airports are at Varanasi (147 km) and Lucknow (210 km).

BY ROAD & RAIL – Allahabad is situated on the Delhi-Calcutta route and can be reached from any part of India by rail or bus.

A dinosaur park in India! Incredible, isn’t it? Not many of us have the information about such a park in our own country. The park was set up by the Geological Survey of India and is the only dinosaur museum in the country.

The Park is run by the Gujarat Ecological and Research Foundation (GEER) and is regarded as India’s Jurassic Park. Several fossilized dinosaur eggs and skeletal parts have been found here. The fossils which were found in Upper Cretaceous formations in the region date back 65 million years ago. The eggs are of different sizes, some the size of cannon balls.

You could feast your eyes with Dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus rex, Megalosaurus, Titanosaurus, Barapasaurus, Brachiosaurus, Antarctosaurus, Stegosaurus and Iguanodon. The park displays life-size models of the dinosaurs along with details of each period in which they existed and characteristics of the animals. The park is a vast archive of historical information for the students of Paleontology.

Rahioli near Balasinore, which is around 90 km from Ahmedabad, is being developed into a dinosaur fossil park and is believed to have been one of the biggest hatcheries of dinosaurs in the world during the Jurassic era. Paleontologists believe that at least seven species of dinosaur lived here and researchers have uncovered fossils of about 10,000 dinosaur eggs, making Raiyoli the third largest hatchery in the world.

Balasinor is about one and a half hours drive from Ahmedabad. While visiting, tourists can stay in the Garden Palace, a heritage hotel property run by the former rulers of Balasinor, the Babi family. In fact this was their royal family home. The palace has eight rooms, each one done up in a different color scheme, furniture and decor. If you feel like roughing it out, you can even stay in Camp Dinosaur tents on site.

Garden Palace, Palace Road, Balasinor, district Kheda, Gujarat; +91 (0) 26 9020 0111/ 9026 7786; Garden Palace website or email; Rs 6,000-8,000 per room, per night

Camp Dinosaur tents, Palace road, Garden Palace compound, Balasinor, district Kheda, Gujarat; +91 (0) 26 9020 0111/ 9026 7786; Rs 7,000-8,000 per night; Camp Dinosaur website or email

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Posted: February 20, 2011 in Travel & tourism

The Mumbai that is seen and mostly visited by the people is a commercial capital of India with posh and tall flats, luxury cars and of courses the slums and its millionaires. But this romantic city is famous for many other reasons too. one such reason is Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), previously Borivali National Park. it is a large protected area in the northern part of suburban Mumbai city in Maharashtra State in India.

It encompasses an area of 104 km2 (40 sq mi) and is surrounded on three sides by India’s most populous city. It is notable as one of the few national parks existing within a metropolis limit in Asia and is one of the most visited parks in the world. It also enjoys the distinction of being the largest urban park in the world.

The rich flora and fauna of Sanjay Gandhi National Park attracts more than 2 million visitors every year. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali is the lung of Mumbai city, a patch of green in a sea of infrastructure. It is home to lions, tigers, leopards, deer, monkeys, snakes and many exotic birds. Both the Vihar and Powai lakes also lie within its borders.You can visit the park and avail of a safari-type excursion through it in a minibus all through the week except on Mondays. Entry charges to the park are as reasonable as it gets — Rs 30 per adult, Rs 15 per child.The ride-through takes place between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm every day; there is a bus every 20 minutes and it gives you a 20-minute ride.

All things considered, a trip to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a win-win deal — the chance to see wildcats without straying from city limits and at such reasonable prices is well worth your while. And if you don’t want to go on a ride, you can just visit the park — it’s open all seven days of the week.