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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mysore, city of simple yet unique experiences

Mysore is a culturally rich and vibrant city of in Karnataka. From palaces that exude a royal charm to markets that are bustling with the fragrance of jasmine, sandalwood and Mysore Paks; there is a lot one can witness and experience when in this city. We bring to you some very distinct sights and activities you must surely do when on a Mysore tour.  

Visit the Mysore Palace: The Mysore palace is a reminder of the royal era, its architecture, stained glasses and chandeliers boast grandeur in every sense. Artistic brilliance lives in this structure which is spread across a vast area and transports its visitors into a majestic world. If you happen to visit this building on a Sunday or a public holiday, your eyes will witness a magical view of the illuminated Mysore palace.  

Shop at the Devaraja Market: Wish to know the local flavor of Mysore? There is no better place than Devaraja market. Watch the hawkers sell vibrant locally grown spices or fruit sellers selling different varieties of bananas or taste the freshly made Mysore Pak at a sweet store; you will take back great memories from here.  

Mysore Zoo: The Mysore zoo is a must-visit for animal lovers, especially the ones who wish to do their bit to preserve the wildlife. Rhinos, bears, elephants and even exotic birds, at this zoo you can watch them and also sponsor a meal of your favorite for a specific time period. You can thus make a difference in saving the endangered species and contributing towards their welfare here.

 Located closely to Mysore, there are two more destinations you must visit are: Bangalore and Ooty. The garden city, Bangalore is a refreshing reminder of rich cultural and well-preserved natural surroundings and technologically ahead city. A visit to the Lalbaugh gardens, Bangalore palace and Cubbon parkPark is must for every visitor here. Your visit to the state of Karnataka will be incomplete without an Ooty trip. Be wooed by the cascading St. Catherine's falls, enjoy the sight of the rose garden or treat your eyes to the view of Nilgiri hills that surround this hill station; escaping the charm of this place is impossible.

Explore Madurai, the divine city of Temples

Madurai can be best introduced as the city of temples. Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, this city has a host of spiritually enriching experiences, be it its magnificent temples or and architectural wonders. We have listed below,; some of the must-visit places in one must to include in while opting for a tour to Madurai a Madurai tour.  

Shree Meenakshi Temple: Spread across forty five acres of area, Shree Meenakshi temple is a unique creation of art. one of a kind temple in India. The skillfully crafted beauty of this holy shrine dedicated to goddess Parvati is prominent in its 14 tall gateway towers. With more than thirty thousand sculptures, thousands of daily visitors, fifty priests performing the daily pujas; this temple is a legend in itself. To spend time watching such a sight and converse with god is surely something only Madurai can fulfill.  

Thirumalai Nayak Palace: The Thirumalai Nayak palace was once home to the rulers of Madurai. The white pillars, lavishly designed interiors, brilliantly carved ceilings are a strong reminder of the richness this city has witnessed in the past. A unique light and sound show during the evenings brightens up the palace and creates an enchanting view; a sight that will be stuck in your memory forever.

 Gandhi Museum: The Rani Mangammal palace of Madurai is home to the Gandhi Museum that has preserved stories of India’s freedom struggle. A visit here will take you through an illustration of 265 images, Gandhiji’s biography through his quotes and sculptures and even the artifacts he used. Across India there are five museums dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi which exhibit his ideologies and guard his possessions for us to witness. If you wish to know the essence of simple yet life changing ideas then this is the place to be.

 Madurai, no doubt is one of the finest destinations to visit in Tamil Nadu, in case you are planning a long trip you can easily make time to visit the state’s capital city, Chennai. This city is blessed with beaches, temples and places of historic significance. Whether it’s an evening walk across the Marina beach, the longest beach in India and second in the world or a visit to the Dravidian architectural spectacle Kapaleeshwar temple, the more you explore this city, the more surprises you will come across.

Thiruvananthapuram, where nature, culture & history collide

The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram can be easily called a union of culture, nature and architecture. From the wide stretched beaches to the best of ayurvedic spas to the tranquil filled historic spots, this city is complete in itself and can give you an unforgettable holiday experience.

 Kovalam beach: The Kovalam beach is regarded as one of the must-visit destinations in Thiruvananthapuram. The surrounding rocks, swaying coconut trees and the cool sea breeze, makes it a perfect setting for the romantics. The ayurvedic spas and resorts ensures that you pamper yourself in the best possible manner and indulge in pure bliss.

 Kowdiar Palace: Built in the early nineteenth century, the Kowidar palace is an architectural wonder. The entry to this palace is however restricted, but admiring the beauty, royalty and the rich history of its existence from a distance will be a memorable experience. You will surely relive the past glancing through the depths of this stunning man-made wonder.

 Shree Chitra Art Gallery: If there is any place where you can collectively view the best of Indian, mughal and the pre-historic art then it has to be the Shree Chitra art gallery. If you are fond of art and are immensely inspired by it, this place should be on your Kerala visit-list.  

Padmanabha Swamy Temple: The Padmanabha Swamy temple is a holy shrine of lord Vishnu visited by numerous devotees around the year. The statue of Padmanabha Swamy situated in the temple is made up of twelve thousand and eight stones. The exterior of this temple is a seven storeyed Gopuram which is a fine depiction of the cultural heritage of Kerala. Magnificence, grandeur and faith, all these come alive at this historical temple.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Perfect Tour to South India

South India is captivating in its own way, from the refreshing backwaters to the soothing hill stations or the holy shrines; the states here are filled with unique experiences that are sure to lure the visitors. We present some of the most splendid and sought after destinations & attractions that south India has to offer:

Kerala tourism: God’s own country, doesn’t need any further introduction, this lush green state of Kerala is widely popular among tourists for its backwaters and hill stations. If you are a newly married couple or planning to relive your romantic moments then there can be nothing better than a honeymoon trip to Kerala. The hill station of Munnar, located in Kerala is also known as the queen of hill stations. If your idea of romance is a beautiful lakeside or a dam surrounded by dense forests, then Mattupetti Dam and the Kundala lake are must-see places here. A Munnar tour is incomplete unless you have a glimpse of the wide stretched tea gardens buzzing with aroma that will linger in your mind for long. Another place that will give you a blissful experience is the Kumarakom village. This tiny village is home to the breathtaking backwaters and houseboats that are equipped with every amenity. Watch the tall coconut trees, try your hand at fishing or just simply laze around, the mesmerizing beauty of backwaters will keep you wooed throughout your stay.

If you plan to have a short romantic vacation, opt from our wide range of Kerala tourism packages which covers the above mentioned destinations.

 Tamil Nadu tourism: The state of Tamil Nadu promises tranquility. The reminder of French era is the town of Pondicherry. From the churches to the Pondicherry museum building, you will find a French connect in the architecture and surroundings here. The beaches here are serene and calm and the ideal sunset watching sights. Pondicherry tourist attractions can be said to be a perfect blend of man made and natural marvels. Tirupati meaning ‘lord of Laxmi’ is a renowned holy town of Tamil Nadu. This town is home to the famous Tirupati Balaji temple and many more significant shrines. A tour to Tirupati will make you witness divinity and tranquility together. The hill stations of Ooty will woo you with its blue hills, rose garden, deer park and the Ooty lake. Ooty is well known for its hospitality and the enthralling natural wonders.

 Karnataka tourism: The state of Karnataka is a fine example of culturally rich and technologically advanced territory. Be ready to astonish yourselves with the historic structures like, the Madikeri fort, Omkarashewara temple and Raja’s seat in your Coorg tour. Coorg, a hill station has abundance of naturally inviting sights of coffee plantations and the Abbey falls. The city of Mysore is where history is alive along with modernism. The Mysore palace, St. Philomena’s Church and the Brindavan gardens can be easily said to be the jewels of Mysore tourism.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Photos - South India Tourism Pictures

Ooty
Beautiful Ooty

Cochin
Traditional Cochin

Varkala
Varkala beach
Wildlife sanctuary
Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala
Kerala beaches
Beaches of Kerala
kerala boat house
Houseboats in Kerala

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