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meghamalai.

Meghamalai is a cool and misty mountain range situated in the Western Ghats in Theni district, Tamil Nadu. It is a place of natural beauty dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. The place is situated at an elevation of 1,500 m above sea level and it is rich in flora and fauna. This area, now mostly planted with tea, includes Cloudlands, Highwavys, Venniar and Manalar estates, the access to which is now largely restricted. It still includes large untouched remnants of evergreen forest. Meghamalai forest area hosts a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and butterflies. Resident and migratory elephants are common. Other animals sighted are tiger, leopard, Nilgiri tahr, gaur, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar deer, wild boar, porcupine, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, bonnet macaque, sloth bear, grey junglefowl, smooth-coated otter and flying squirrel. Bird like red-whiskered bulbul, common iora, white-browed wagtail, grey wagtail, pied bush chat, Blyth’s reed warbler, barn swallow, spotted dove, Asian paradise flycatcher, brahminy kite, long-tailed shrike and over 100 species of birds have been identified. Highwavys is a view point that will afford a wonderful view of the entire mountains range of Varusanadu Hills. There few large private tea, spices and coffee plantations all around, notable include The Highwavys Estates owned by The Woodbriar Group, Ananda Plantations, Ponsiva Plantations and Feildmede Estate have the largest holdings of plantations in Meghamalai, an artificial lake and plenty of scope for making leisurely walks. Entire Meghamalai has very limited rooms to rent and therefore early reservation is a must.

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Ponmudi: Wonderful Hilly Retreat of Western Ghats.

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Ponmudi, is also called Golden peak and is a part of western ghats. It is a small hill station, only 3 hours drive and is the perfect choice. It is situated at an altitude of 3,000 feet, the drive to the hilly retreat is the most scenic. Natives in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram will always say that weekend drive to ponmudi is the best way to spend time. Families and Friends groups are known to go on long drive through winding road and through the thriving hills and sweepings valleys of the Western Ghats, leading up to Ponmudi from Trivandrum.

Most Flora and Fauna can be seen here including mountain flowers, wild orchids and exotic butterflies. The climate of the place is very pleasant and most part of the year this place is covered with thick mist. A large number of cottages and resorts have come up in the area, tourists can enjoy all essence of nature and its beauty while staying. The tree house view tower is another great place to visit here in Ponmudi.

A special attraction of the ponmudi is meenmuty-Kallar waterfall, One can always stopover at the breath-taking Kallar river on the way. This River flows parallel to the road in the opposite direction, and Meenmutty Waterfalls only a little distance ahead. A good part of this space is covered with dense forest and can be reached only after covering these forest. And the wildflowers growing on the banks of brooks just adds to the overall beauty. The waterfall cascade down and series of boulders to form a large pool. Then cold water flowing through rocks is a beautiful sight. Kallar is also a popular and favorite destination for bird watchers.

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Golden Valley doesn’t involve any trek to reach the place. The highlight here is the gushing water of Kallar River, which is perfect for a dip. Also, the place is strewn with golden-hued stones and pebbles which can be the reason behind the name of this place. Wildlife enthusiasts rejoice, because Ponmudi is home to Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, rich in flora, fauna. The terrain of this sanctuary is hilly, with the beautiful Karamana river meandering through it. The most commonly spotted animals here are the elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, Nilgiri langur, and macaques.

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A special attraction of the ponmudi is meenmuty-Kallar waterfall, One can always stopover at the breath-taking Kallar river on the way. This River flows parallel to the road in the opposite direction, and Meenmutty Waterfalls only a little distance ahead. A good part of this space is covered with dense forest and can be reached only after covering these forest. And the wildflowers growing on the banks of brooks just adds to the overall beauty. The waterfall cascade down and series of boulders to form a large pool. Then cold water flowing through rocks is a beautiful sight. Kallar is also a popular and favorite destination for bird watchers.

PONMUDI OFFERS BEAUTIFUL TREKKING TRAILS

Varayadumotta

Ponmudi offer great trails to many wonders in nature. Varayamuttom is the most popular treking trails in ponmudi offers the panorasmic view of the hills along with Nilgiri Thar. Nilgiri Thar is known as Varayadu. It is a full day long treking program and climbing the mountain 1100m high. The base of the trek is the evergreen shola forest.

Seethatheertham

Trekking to the stream of Seethatheertham in Ponmudi is a 4 km trekking programme ponmudi. We can find the r uins of temples and can also see the footprints of Goddess Seetha, and once the goddess satiated her thirst in this river as it is believed by the locals. The herds of elephants and gaurs can be spotted here.

Manachala

Manachala is a 6 km trekking programme to the base camp of Varayadumotta Peak organized by Ponmudi Ecotourism. A guide will accompany You during trekking.

Maruthwamala

It is an offseason trekking programme which will be conducted by Ponmudi Eco-tourism to the interior of forests of the Western Ghats region of Ponmudi.

Ponmudi is the ultimate destination for all those who wish to experience nature at its best. There are 22 hairpin bends to route the hill station. The authorities of the forest department had placed a board welcoming tourists to the hill station. They had also issued special instructions in the interest of those who love the the forests as well and requested the visitors to be responsible.

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Zero mile stone.

A stone pillar stands in the city of Nagpur, known quite simply as the Zero Mile Stone. Set up during the days of the British Raj, some say it marked the then geographical centre of India. Various distances have been marked on the pillar. There are other such pillars in the country which are living relics of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India โ€” a cartographic or mapping exercise that mapped the contours of India. A survey pillar stands in North Parganas, Bengal. Started in 1802 by the East India Company, it was completed nearly seventy years later in 1871! In the process, four surveyors, including George Everest started and completed their terms!

In 1802, William Lambton began surveying India under the auspices of the East India Company. He was a young British officer, serving in the British Army against Tipu Sultan. Already having shown his acumen at surveying land in the United States, his proposal to survey the Indian Peninsula was accepted by Arthur Wellesley. Using rudimentary instruments, in April 1802, the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India began near Chennai, then Madras.

Using a flat plain as a baseline and topographic features such as hills, the land was surveyed. The process consisted of carefully constructing accurately measured triangles, hence the name โ€˜Triangulationโ€™. At the end of 1806, it was found that the width of the peninsula was forty miles lesser than the previously presumed measurements! In places such as Tanjore, the pinnacles of temples were used for triangulation.

In 1818, he was joined by a young assistant named George Everest. By this time, most of India had fallen to the British and the Peshwa had been pensioned off to Bithur (Kanpur). The Great Trigonometric Survey could now proceed north. A few years later, Lambton, rather fittingly, died at Hinganghat while travelling from Hyderabad to Nagpur to continue the survey. In twenty years of non-stop work, he had surveyed two lakh square miles of the subcontinent!

The work then passed on to George Everest, who surveyed up to Sironj in todayโ€™s Madhya Pradesh, till ill health required him to be recalled to England. Another officer โ€” Joseph Olliver โ€” in his absence surveyed the country from Sironj to Calcutta. Everest returned after spending five years in England, with improved instruments. He resumed work north of the river Chambal. While peninsular India had offered hills, mountains as also flag staffs and coastal features for the survey work, no such help was forthcoming in the flat plains of Terai. Frequent sandstorms added to the trouble. George Everest surmounted this difficulty by erecting observation towers of stone, each thirty feet high. Over the next few years, the survey progressed by the usual painstaking methods and star observations towards the Shivalik hills. Dehradun was also covered by 1841. Two years later, owing to ill health, George Everest retired, but not before he had completely changed the face of carrying out the survey. He brought new instruments and devised methods of calculation superior to his predecessors. He improved on Lambtonโ€™s slow method of triangulation and thus, covered a huge swathe of the country.

Just like Col Lambtonโ€™s assistant had succeeded him, Col Everestโ€™s assistant, Col Waugh took over the operations. The next five years were spent in calculating the positions and heights of the humongous Himalayan peaks.

Seventy-nine Himalayan peaks were thus covered. Thirty of these peaks were renamed, including Peak No XV, which was renamed to Mt Everest. The survey progressed simultaneously under other officers โ€” from Mumbai towards Mahabaleshwar and south towards Goa . While all this was happening, the East India Company had managed to annex Sindh and Punjab, and Col Waugh readily took up the new survey as a brilliant opportunity. Starting from the already surveyed portion of Dehradun, he proposed to do a continuous survey all across Punjab to Attock, and from Sironj to Karachi. Together, it came to over fifty thousand square miles. From 1856 onwards, under a surveyor named Montgomery, the survey moved north from Sialkot once again into the Himalayas, in what is now PoK. A number of peaks were surveyed, including a certain high peak called Godwin โ€” Austen, named after another British surveyor who surveyed lakes and glaciers in Tibet. Its โ€˜temporaryโ€™ survey number has also endured โ€” Mount K2! In five years, ninety thousand square miles were surveyed with observation stations being set up in the snow and at heights over six kilometres! While the Trigonometric Survey was mapping the broader contours of the country, a Topographical Survey was making more detailed drawings of the interiors. A parallel Revenue survey, even larger in scale was carried out to delineate village and land holding boundaries. Col Blacker succeeded Col Waugh, and in his tenure, the coastline from Calcutta to Madras was surveyed. It had taken over sixty years since Col Lambton began his survey from the same point!

In the centre of all these lines of triangulation mapping the four corners of the country, stands a stone pillar โ€“ the Zero Mile Stone!

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Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram is a small town situated in the southeastern part of Tamil Nadu, stretching between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake. It is a renowned representative city of our rich Indian culture and heritage. It is mainly a seaport, which lies 58 km away from the capital city Chennai.Mahabalipuram is a place that is famous for its temples and monuments, especially the very famous Shore Temple. It consists of three temples built in one single complex, that was constructed way back in the 8th century. Another famous temple is the Pancha Rathas.As the name suggests- they are a group of five temples sculpted in the form of chariots. The Descent of the Ganga is a giant rock with an open mouth in the form of sculpture. Some other popular tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram are Arjunaโ€™s Penance, the Crocodile Farm, the Cave temples, the Indian Seashell Museum, Krishnaโ€™s Butterball. Along with these, there are innumerable monoliths, temples and stone carvings that are a testimony to the rich cultural heritage of India.Even though Mahabalipuram is a small town situated in the suburbs, it is well connected by buses and cars because of its immense popularity amongst Indian and even foreigners. These buses ply from different parts of Chennai, Chengal Pattu and Kanchipuram.The weather here remains cool and moderately humid throughout the year, which makes it possible to visit any time of the year, even though the best time to visit is between October and March. The town is well equipped with multiple accommodations according to the touristsโ€™ choice and budget. Local restaurants, as well as multi-cuisine restaurants, are available for a culinarily rewarding trip as well. The local language spoken here is Tamil, although the locals are fluent in other languages like English and Hindi as well.
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ย Hampi โ€“ The Land of Culture and Religion.

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ampi is located in the Karnataka state of India. It is situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River, and is around 74 km away from Bellary, another tourist attraction around Hampi. It is recognized as the World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Hampi used to be an important part of Vijayanagara city (1343 โ€“ 1565), which was later ruined but this beautiful place commonly referred as the temple town still exists. It always remained a priority for different rulers because of its geographical location. It is covered by impregnable hills on three sides and Tungabhadra River flows on the fourth side making this place secure and also magnificent from the scenic point of view.

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Hampi is a house to many temples which makes it an important religious center. This place is worth visiting since it holds great significance archeologically and also architecturally. Moreover, it is wonderfully enclosed with lofty mountains and smoothly flowing River which adds up even more to its already present attractiveness. According to statistics, this is the most searched place on Google in Karnataka.

Tourist attraction in and around Hampi

There are many more sightseeing options in and around Hampi and those who pay a visit here quite surely visit the surrounding places also.

Virupaksha Temple

This temple was built in the 7th century and it was a small shrine back then but was developed later into a beautiful one by the Vijayanagra rulers who dedicated this to their Lord Virupaksha. For people living nearby, it serves as a center for their religious believes.

Vittala Temple

This temple is a dedication to Lord Vittala who was believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It came into existence in the 15th century and serves as a major attraction to tourists. There is a large stone chariot that reflects the architectural skills back then.

Archaeological Museum

This Museum was established by the Archaeological Survey of India. When we talk about Hampi being a historical attraction, this Museum plays a vital role as it is a home to antiques and great sculptures. Most of the findings were carried on by British people and later in 1972, the antiques were shifted here.

Underground Temple

This is one of the oldest temples in Hampi dedicated to Lord Shiva. Most of the parts of this temple remain submerged in water because it was built several meters below the ground level.

Bellary

This city is known for the largest single rock mountain in the world. It is 60 km away from Hampi and the second fastest growing city in Karnataka. Bellary fort is also a tourist attraction.

Anegodi

Before Hampi, Anegodi was the capital of the region. It is situated on the opposite bank of the river and is a farming village. The places to visit here are Anegodi fort, Chandramouliswara Temple Pampa Sarovar, and Bukkaโ€˜s aqueduct.

Anjaneya Hill

It is located 4km away from the heritage site and is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. There is a temple dedicated to him commonly called as the Monkey or the Hanuman temple.

Kamalpura

It is situated at the southern part of the ruins. It is also a small village and famous for Ganigitti temple, Bhimaโ€™s Gateway and museum. This village also holds importance in history.

How to reach Hampi

Hampi can be easily reached by all the modes of transport thus, providing fine connectivity for the tourists.

By air

There are two airports, nearest is in Hubli which is around 143 km away from Hampi and another one is in Belgaum which is around 720 km away. Tourist can easily fly on any of the airports. Cabs and taxies are available outside the airport that drops you to your destination.

By rail

This is the recommended mode to travel since Hospet Junction which is the nearest railway station is only 13 km away. There are many overnight trains available. Some of them are direct to Hospet Junction and there are other overnight trains available that will drop you to Hubli. Trains are cheaper and comfortable too. There are buses and rickshawโ€™s available outside the station to take you to Hampi.

By road

There are daily buses available from Bangalore, Mysore and Gokarna to Hospet. From Hospet you can easily get a bus or cab to reach to Hampi. There are many private buses available that drops you to the village overnight. For those who wish to travel by car, pathway till Chitradurga is in excellent condition but the path from Chitradurga to Hospet is in hostile condition and must be avoided. For those who are traveling via Bangalore, the main highway from Bellary to Hiriyur is recommended.

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Story of a Ghost Town Called Dhanushkodi.

The Haunting Real-life Story of a Ghost Town Called Dhanushkodi.

It was the 21st of December, 1964, when disaster hit the little port town of Dhanushkodi and swallowed the town and took many lives. Connectivity back then was not as advanced as it is today. There was no Internet connection and the Pamban bridge was the only way to reach Dhanushkodi other than waterways. As a result, the little town which was once a tourist spot with several pilgrims and fishermen, was reduced to ruins.

Before the cyclone hit Dhanushkodi, it had a railway station and jetty service to transport travelers to Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. It was a busy port town with a working post office, a temple visited regularly by devotees and a church attended by locals and visitors alike. The cyclone devastated Dhanushkodi causing irreparable loss to life and property.

Still, Dhanushkodi has come quite a long way since the cyclone. Today, it is visited by travel enthusiasts who like offbeat destinations and are intrigued by its history. According to mythology, Dhanushkodi is the place where, on Lord Ramaโ€™s instructions, Hanuman and Lord Ramaโ€™s army built a bridge across the sea to reach Sri Lanka. It is located around 20 km from Rameswaram and around 31 km from Sri Lanka.

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Coorg.

Top Tourist Attractions in Coorg

Knowing India would ensure one piece of knowledge for sure- go anywhere and there in no chance of missing the sound of temple bells and a sense of belongingness that follows. Add to it the elements of Nature like versicolor fauna amidst equally vivid flora in the ecology of altitude and the picture of Coorg becomes clearer as well as more enchanting. And there is always history of the place to settle down with the missing links. Tour Coorg and see best of this place in its attractions.

Omkareshwar Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is among the oldest in the region built in 1820. While visiting the temple in November during a festival celebrated here, the combination of Gothic and Islamic structure is hard to miss.

Padi Igguthappa Temple

Built just ten years before Omkaresahwar Temple, its deity is Lord Igguthappa. The holi festival has a different color altogether when celebrated in this premises.

Bhangandeshwara Temple

Architecture which is prominently found in Kerala could be seen in this temple nestled at convergence of three prime southern rivers, namely, Sujyoti, Cauvery and Kanike at the Brahmagiri Peak.

Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu

Bodies of two great souls, Hazrath Sufi Shaeed and Sayyed Hassan Sakaf Halramir rest here making the place worthy of the respect and homage that it receives from people of all faiths.

Honnamana Kere

Sacrifice often results in lasting memories, just as this place represents. Doddamatlthe, home to this lake, receives many tourists and visitors, especially during Gowri Festival.

Namdroling Monastery

Located in Bylakuppe, the place is a great attraction for the believers of Buddhism as well as those who seek to know Kodagu as much as they can on their trip.

St. Anne’s Church

With gothic styled architectural construction dating back to 1792, one gets easily hooked by the antiquity of the existence of this church as well as enamored by the beauty of the art.

Iruppu Falls

Also read as Irpu and Irupu, the fall has its origin in Brahamagiri as a stream of Lakshmana-Theertha River, coming down through the hill, later joining with River Cauvery. Area around has a famous temple as well as a Protected Area.

Abbi Falls

Other variations of this name are Abbey and Abby. The sight of the water taking plunge for a glorious fall is indeed worth.

Mallalli Falls

River Kumaradhara takes a mighty jump from around 200 ft.

Chelavara Falls

Some leg-ups on rocky structures, and these falls would be in sight. The greenery around and hilly area makes it an excellent place to adieu sun in companionship of beloved ones.

Nagarhole National Park

Named after the river which flows through the park, it is a feat enjoyed by wildlife lovers and enthusiasts. Situated between Kodagu and Mysore, it combines with other two National Parks- Bandipur and Mudumalai to make largest Protected Area of south.

Cauvery Nisargadhama

Walk on hanging bridge to reach this wonder Nature land and settle in treetop cottage for full vista of the place.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the 21 wildlife sanctuaries, it is great for bird watching along with locating other fauna. If one wishes to see highest peak in the sanctuary- Kumara Parvat with 1,712 m, this is the place to be in.

Brahamagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Named after highest point of the park- Brahamagiri Peak, it was established in the year 1974. River Borapole serves as its lifeline, where different animals and birds come for respite. Here, temple and the scenery around is sufficient for comfort.

Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary

Origin of River Kaveri (Cauvery) has given name to this sanctuary which took this status in 1987. People with strong legs get a lot to test their perseverance.

Dubare Reserve Forest

Known for moist deciduous forest, it is home to many animals and birds that give excellent reason to leave hotel for the warmth of Nature. Dubare Elephant Camp is a nice place in here to see the way elephants are reared and trained. Safaris are also enjoyed.

Chomamale Hill

If trekking is a loved activity, this place is heaven, to which journey starts from Honey Valley.

Bhagamandala

The holy site of confluence of rivers Cauvery and Kanika, is revered by taking holy dip in the waters where it is believed that River Sujyothi also joins underground.

Mandalpatti

It is a viewing point meant to take vistas of Nature as they are in Coorg.

Chiklihole Reservoir

A water body on the Cauvery River, the meadows on one side and setting sun on the other, it provides an excellent site for picnic.

Nehru Mantap

This place is a favorite of the family holidayers, a picnic spot to revel in.

Gaddige

It is the tombs of the kings of the place (names- Virarajendra and Linga Rajendra) and priest of the court. Built in 18th century, the site is reminiscent of the kingdom ruled the place.

Madikeri Fort

The fort is last few leftovers in the sands of time of Coorg, constructed by Muddu Raja in 17th century. Tipu Sultan later strengthened the fort and named it Jaffarabad, which was again reconstructed by Linga Rajendra Wodeyar II. The Palace inside is another feature of the fort.

Harangi Dam

Visiting this dam which is located in Hadgur Village in the season of monsoon is the utmost delight. It attracts tourists from everywhere due to its height of 47 m.

Nalknad Palace

Tadiyandamol Hills is the location of the palace built by Dodda Virarajendra in 1792.

Raja’s Seat

Made completely scenic with the seasonal flowering plants and artificial (and musical) fountains surrounded by the hills of Western Ghats, the place also has entertainment in toy train’s ride.

Clock Tower

The town of Virajpet witnessed the construction of this landmark by Mukkatira Aiyyappa in the honor of King George V.