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Places to visit in Pondicherry

Places to visit in Pondicherry

Pondicherry (or Puducherry) was a French colonial settlement in India until 1954. The history of Pondicherry has started after the arrival of Dutch, Portuguese, British and French colonialists. The nearby places Ariyankuppam, Arikamedu, Villianur, Bahur and Kakayanthoppe, were colonised by the French East India Company over a period of time and which later became the union territory of Pondicherry. The French legacy is still there with Pondicherry in the form of mustard colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. Pondicherry is now one of the popular tourist destination in South India. The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues which, combined with the systematic town planning and planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance. Here are some of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. Paradise Beach Paradise Beach is placed 7 km from the city center of Pondicherry. Out of all beaches in Pondicherry, probably Paradise Beach is going to be your favorite. A clam and clean beach to visit which will be definitely a good option for the …

Tiger Caves of Mahabalipuram

The hidden Tiger Caves of Mahabalipuram

Tiger cave is a rock-cut temple believed to have been constructed in 7-8 century by Pallavas like all other similar monuments in Mahabalipuram/Mamallapuram. Tiger caves are not real caves like structure and you will never find a tiger there. A single large rock carved with tiger heads around the cave temple. With elephant and a horse carved to the left. One can see the carvings on the rocks which looks like a tiger (few research helped me to identify that the animal on the rocks were a mythological creature called ‘Yeli’). Tiger Caves Mahabalipuram The place were assumed to be a gathering spot for the Pallava king to address his people. The Tiger caves are now part of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) protected monuments and the venue is maintained neatly with proper parking space and lush green lawn/trees for visitors. It’s a calm and quite place to enjoy with your friends and family. There is a nice lawn maintained by ASI and the large trees provide some shade and cooling. This place has a …

Chakrata - An offbeat vacation spot in the Himalayas

Chakrata : An Offbeat Vacation Spot in the Himalayas

The secluded hilly cantonment town cradled in Dehradun district of Uttrakhand, Chakrata offers a picturesque view of hills. The town was known earlier as Jaunsar bawar, a small hamlet of Jaunsari tribe. Explored by few tourists, this was once famous among the British officials for a perfect weekend getaway. Well undoubtedly it is perfect for the loners who are in search of some peace and want to experience the serenity of nature. Away from the all the hustle bustle of city life, Chakrata is located at an elevation of 7000-7250 feet from sea level and it can be reached from Dehradun via Mussoorie or Vikasnagar. Presently Chakrata encloses military cantonment and the access is restricted here for civilian travellers. A Typical Sunset of Chakrata Flora of Chakrata Surrounded by coniferous trees, the place is generally reported with snowfalls. During snowfall and rainy season it becomes a herculean task for travelling via roads as frequent landslides are reported.  The roads are usually wretched and are under construction to cover up the attacks of monsoon. Budher Caves …

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Top 5 new hill stations in kerala that you shouldn’t miss

Hill stations are always captivating to travelers with it’s climate and scenic beauty. Mountains will always call us into that misty valleys and curvy roads which is undoubtedly a temptation for nomads. The best part of hill stations are , we won’t feel the repetition of visiting the same destination again and again. Every time it will be a different experience all together, different people, different time, different situations etc. How it will be,  If I can suggest you some least exposed hill stations in Kerala ? Here are some of the recently explored hill stations in Kerala, which are not commercialized that much. Phantom Kettu, Munnar Phantom head peak is one among the new hill stations in Kerala, situated almost 7000 feet from sea level. From the Anaerangal Camp one has to travel almost 6kms through the off road route to reach the peak point. The road is narrow enough where hardly a jeep can manage in one direction The left turn from the Pappathi Chola (A water stream’s name) route will lead us to the …

Phantom head peak Munnar

The phantom’s head which nobody have seen in munnar

The best quality I have seen with travelers are their interest in exploring the new meadows for them. Traveling will never make you disappointed if you are visiting strange and unknown places. This time I am introducing yet another hill station in south India which most of you might not have added in your travel bucket. Phantom’s head peak, the name itself is rare for a hill station that too in south India. Anyway, Phantom’s head is a very good place for the nomads who loves nature & photography. Phantom’s head is also as beautiful as Meesipulimala and Kolukkumalai having more than 7000 feet altitude from sea level. View from Phantom’s head peak The off-road journey and trekking will make you in love with the Western Ghats. Phantom’s head is also known as “Phantom Kettu” in that locality. Keep this in mind which will be highly useful if you have plans to visit. Usually travelers will prefer staying in Anaerangal Camp for visiting the peak of phantom’s head. This is yet another amazing experience which …

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Cowboy Park Mattupetty, a funzone at Munnar

I know that the charming beauty of Munnar is not a new thing to write upon. When the British visited Munnar, they found one more thing other than the soothing climate. It was none other than the magic of Munnar for Tea plants. Rest is history. Now travelers have one more reason to celebrate. A new park is opened at Mattupetty, Munnar for the fun and adventure activities. Mattupetty is a hill station in Munnar at an altitude of 1700 meters. Madupetty (Mattupetty) also known as Switzerland of Kerala, a small village nearby Munnar famous for storage concrete gravity dam, Kundala Lake and highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss livestock project. Cowboy Park Mattupetty Cowboy Park of Mattupetty is all set to receive tourists across the globe. The new park is a joint venture of Kerala Hydel Tourism Centre (KHTC), a subsidiary of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Fun Factory group. The Cowboy Park is situated near to the boating center of Sun Moon Valley Park of Mattupetty which sprawls across 15 acres. …

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Kakkathuruthu, The best place for sunset in the world by NatGeo

Kerala is known for its rustic beauty and an incredibly picturesque landscape, verdant hills and quiet backwaters, which attract tourists from across the world. The small island of Kakkathuruthu in Kerala’s backwaters has made it to a select list of stunning destinations across the world compiled by the National Geographic magazine. To be at Kakkathuruthu at sunset is considered as one of the best destination in the world by the National Geographic’s travel magazine ‘Around the World in 24 Hours’, a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots across the world. Now you might be wondering how this tiny island which is almost 75km from Kochi airport has become world famous. It’s a small island surrounded by backwaters waters near Eramallur. There are no bridges from this Island to the mainland and thus it’s an isolated island. Kakkathuruthu is accessible only by boat. The main feature is that there are no tarred roads. All roads within the island is lean and are not constructed properly. Kayal, The real Island retreat In this tiny island we have Kayal, …

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6 Important Places to Visit in Vagamon

We all know that, no need to introduce the beautiful land of green meadows,Vagamon to most of the travelers.However your experience in Vagamon can be different, travel mates can be different, places you visited itself can be different. I am writing this article for the travelers who were not lucky enough to visit the green lush meadows of Vagamon at least once. The green velvet meadows are really beautiful and going to be the feast for your eyes. All trips will have some important places in the bucket that needs to be covered, not all but most of them. Here are some of the famous places to visit in Vagamon which you should not miss there in your trip. Kurisumala Vagamon Kurisumala is one of the popular christian pilgrimage center in Vagamon and usually flocked at the time of Good Friday week. Kurisumala means the mountain of cross. If you are fit enough to climb the top along the way of the cross stations you will truly appreciate the nature, scenic beauty and spiritual satisfaction. …