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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Do You Know 8 Pleasant Winter Hill Stations In South India?

Hill Railways to Exotic South Hills
An exotic train journey to south hill stations

Can't stand harsh winter to visit hill stations of North India but I have holidays, NOW.

Go to the hill stations in South India 

Never heard!

Yes. There are 7 hidden and pleasant enjoyable ones in winter.
Book now. Pack and go!

1.  Horsley Hills

Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills or Horsleykonda is a series of hills in Andhra Pradesh in Madanapalle taluk of Chittoor district and is about 9 miles from Madanapalle town.
The quaint hill station of Horsley Hills in Chittoor district is the perfect refuge for weekend holidayers. Pristine air, panoramic views of the surrounding hillocks and dense forests, perfect weather, and tranquillity — can one ask for more?

Standing at a dizzying height of 4,312 feet (1,314 meters) above sea-level, the unspoiled and tranquil environs of Horsley Hills in Chittoor district command breath-taking, panoramic views of the lush expanse of the broken hill ranges of the Southern portion of the Eastern Ghats. Located near the South Western border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, this "Andhra Ooty", with its rich foliage, wildlife, and pleasant climate is undoubtedly one of the underrated hill stations in the country.

APTDC Haritha Resort
Bans the Hotel
Hotel Bhaskara

2. Araku Valley

Which is the best hill station in Andhra Pradesh?
Araku Valley is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India.[1] It is a valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different tribes
It is the most magnificent location in Andhra Pradesh. The mesmerizing serene valley comprises of many hills, undulating meadows, pompous orchards, which adds to the pleasant weather that prevails all year round. It is truly a very special place to visit with that someone special. It is compulsory to carry a picnic box, as it enhances the pleasure while unfolding the countryside. The famous limestone Borra caves provide a new side of nature. Buying old silver from tribal surely promises a reminiscent memory.

USHASREE Residency
Haritha Valley Resort
Mayuri Hill Resort

3. Idukki

Idukki is a township in Idukki district near to the district headquarter Painavu in the state of Kerala, India. The district of Idukki amazingly has the following hill stations and other places of interest
Idukki is one of the most mesmerizing hill stations in South India. It’s laden with many sanctuaries, tea gardens, and national park. With its spice plantations and many aboriginal tribes, it provides a  unique essence in life. It is known for its panoramic viewpoints and the Idukki dam, which is world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam. The vista offered by the place is truly majestic. The best affair is the elephant safari that takes the visitors through the tea plantations and provides a unique stillness to let the magic of love begin.

Hill stations in the district

  • Vagamon
  • Ramakkalmedu
  • Munnar
  • Devikulam
Other places
Thekkady- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Marayur- stone-age civilization,  the only place in Kerala having natural growths of sandalwood trees. Marayur has more than 1000 species of flowering plants and is a well-known repository of medicinal plants,  Chinnar - the wildlife sanctuary

4. Coonoor

Coonoor  is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 1,850 m above sea level and is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty.
Coonoor is known for its picnic spots that go hand in hand with the tea gardens. The lush flora doesn’t help in keeping track of time while strolling through the hill station. It is famous for its multitude of gardens that adore many species of flowers evergreen plants and trees. The green slopes are the most captivating part of the hill stations as you could see many couples sitting, relaxing and engulfing the beauty of this hill station.

Sunvalley Homestay
The Gateway Hotel Church Road
Hotel Vivek

5. Kotagiri

One of the three popular hill stations in the Nilgiris besides Ooty (29 km), Coonoor (18 km), Kotagiri is your quintessential plantation. Situated at an elevation of 5,882 ft, the hill station is located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu.

The ultimate destination for the wanderlust struck duet, Kotagiri is the oldest hill station of the Nilgiri trio Ooty, Coonoor and Kotagiri. Its weather is incomparable and the environment is salubrious.  The evergreen Longwood Forest is one of a kind refuge for anyone who wants a little seizure of stillness and natural splendor. It has amazing trekking trails.

Nahar's Retreat & Wellness Spa
Celestial Resorts
Orange Pekoe Hotel

6. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills or Nandi betta is an ancient hill fortress in southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is 10 km from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bengaluru.
This range of Nandi on the craggy hills (the highest peak being 2004 m) holds the shimmering Amrita Sarovar Lake and offers walks of sylvan beauty.
 Nandi Hills has been a favorite picnic place for young enthusiasts on a weekend. The pleasant climate appeals to the old and the young alike. Lovers and honeymooners, in search of a quiet, beautiful place, and families on economized budget prefer Nandi Hills.

7. Ponmudi

Ponmudi is a hill station in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala in India.
 Located within a short driving distance of Thiruvananthapuram, Ponmudi is an enchanting hill resort with narrow winding pathways and cool, green environs. Along with a beautiful array of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, and small rivulets, Ponmudi offers excellent opportunities for trekking.

Bio Veda Hill Resort
Hotel Rohini
KTDC Golden Peak Resort
River County Resort

8. Kodagu (Coorg)

The thickly wooded grandeur on the Western Ghats, Coorg is the most beautiful hill station of Karnataka. .It is a hilly district, the lowest elevation of which is 900 meters (3,000 ft) above sea-level. The highest peak, Tadiandamol, rises to 1,750 meters (5,740 ft), with Pushpagiri, the second highest, at 1,715 meters (5,627 ft). Tadiandamol trek is one of the most beautiful,easy though less known, treks in Karnataka.

Monday, December 5, 2016

India's Hidden Wonder | Visit Grand Canyon In Andhra Pradesh

Why to India's Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon India: Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh

Interested For A Thrilling Journey And An Exotic Glory Of A Canyon?
Then Plan And Visit Now!

To Staggering And Breathtaking Grand Canyon India

Visiting the Grand Canyon USA is something that occupies every travelers' wish list, but unfortunately, not everyone is that lucky. For some it's out of reach because of financial constraints, visa and for others- lack of time.

But, what if we told you that it's possible for you to bask in the glory of a canyon right here in your own country?

Yes, It’s Gandikota In Andhra Pradesh

The scale here may be smaller, or rather minuscule, as compared to  Grand Canyon USA, but the setting is no less breathtaking. And it goes one notch up if you were to imagine the backdrop holding a sprawling ancient fort, a mosque, a couple of exquisitely carved temples and the history of the area which played a significant role in some of the well-known dynasties that once ruled southern India. Well, it might not be the Grand Canyon itself, but it is certainly the second best thing.

The picturesque Gandikota fort ruins- popularly known as the desi Grand Canyon, lies on the banks of the Penna river in Andhra Pradesh . The features of the fort include a gorge that stands at about 300 feet above the river and comprises 101 bastions, all over 40 feet high.

The  fort was built in red granite stone, guarded by 20 feet high entry gate and enclosed by a fort wall which runs around the 5-mile perimeter, beautiful palaces with carvings so exquisite, perennial springs, old temples co-existing with a mosque.

Places To Visit In Gandikota

Gandikota Tourist Information
Gandikota Tourist Information

  1. Gandikota Jama Masjid
  2. Madhavaraya Temple[8]
  3. Jama Masjid
  4. Granary
  5. Ranganatha Swamy Temple
  6. Gandikota Fort View Point
  7. Fort Entrance
  8. Gandikota Gorge View Point
  9. Jail
  10. Rayala Cheruvu

Other NearbyThrilling Places

Rock Garden and Belum Caves
Rock Garden and Belum Caves

Days Required: 2 to 3 days

  • Besides all its historic sites, Gandikota and its surrounding areas also consist of a scenic site and viewpoints that will blow your mind away. 
  • You could either spend the whole day trekking across the fort ruins and go down the gorge towards the river or you could drive around the nearby villages to embrace the local culture. 
  • Even though, the fort is just a mere kilometres away from Muddanuru, the nearest railway station in Andhra Pradesh, if you're the adventurous kind- you might as well make it a roadtrip and drive from Hydrabad or through the scenic route from Bangalore.  
  • Don't miss the breathtaking view of the sunset from Gandikota! 

Travel Plan And Route

From Hyderabad, the best touring circuit would be stopping in between at Kurnool to visit stunning “The rock garden” with beautiful natural igneous rock formations, “Belum Caves” and finally Gandikota

How To Reach

By car

Route by car: Hyderabad ---> Kurnool ---> Orvakal ---> Belum Caves ---> Gandikota

By Bus and Trains

Nearest Railway station is 26 km away at Muddanuru(Railway code: MOO) in Kadapa Dist. There are number of trains from Gooty Jn. Nearest Town is Jammalamadugu. There are buses available from Jammalamadugu Old Bus Stand (Gandhi Statue Junction) to Gandikota. Inside the fort there is no means of transportation except to walk by foot. Ideal to engage a guide as the fort area is huge. There is a good downhill trek through the canyon that leads to the riverbed. There is a dam upstream (Gandikota Dam) and a dam downstream (Mylavaram Dam).

From Mumbai (Trains):

After an overnight rail journey from Mumbai, you reach Tadipatri by noon the next day.

Where To Stay

APTDC Haritha Resorts
Kurnool:  DVR Mansion

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

12 Amazing Spiritual Abodes In India To Fulfill Your Wish

The most important temple of Lord Vishnu

Amazing and a must visit Lord Vishnu's Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu 

Do you want freedom from miseries of troublesome life?
A peace and relief from Anxiety and tension?
Do you desire to be happy?

Then you MUST visit these unexploited 12 spiritually powerful temples which constitute to the cultural heritage of India and offer your prayers to fulfill your wish.


  1. Powerful. Known for fulfilling wish
  2. World’s finest Architectural style, sculptures, and art
  3. Most built in stone, without any mortar
  4. Excellent Spiritual and tourist destination
  5. Peaceful and not overcrowded
  6. No commercial exploitation
  7. Easily approachable

Here they are

1. The Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple

Location:  Puri District of Odisha
Konark Sun Temple is the Top 20 Most Beautiful Temples in India. It is one of the famous temple located in a small town of Konark is dedicated to Lord Sun. Narasimhadeva king constructed this beautiful temple. Its unique shape which is built in the shape of a Chariot having twelve wheels dragged by seven horses make it beautiful and charming.

2. Brihadeeswara Temple

Brihadeeswara Temple

Location: Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu
Brihadeeswara Temple, built by Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an example of Tamil Architecture during Chola period. It is made entirely of granite stones. The main myth about this temple is that Shadow of the main structure does not fall on the ground… The statue of the Nandi at the entrance of this beautiful temple is carved out of a single stone.

3. Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple

Location: Gir Somnath district, Gujarat
Somnath Temple, one of the oldest Pilgrimage center in India, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Somnath literally means “Protector of the Moon God”. Somnath Museum, Junagadh Gate are also there to amuse the Pilgrims. It has been revered as the first Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva.
Location: Gir Somnath district, Gujarat

4.  Ramanathaswamy (Rameshwaram) Temple

Ramanathaswamy (Rameshwaram) Temple

Location: Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu
Rameshwaram temple is the Top 20 Most Beautiful Temples in India. It is one of the fourth holiest pilgrimage places in India which is popularly known as Char Dhams. There are two lingas inside the temple, one was built by Goddess Sita and the other was brought by Lord Hanuman. Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi are the best places to visit in Rameshwaram
Location: Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu

5. Siddhivinayak Temple

Siddhivinayak Temple

Location; Prabha Devi, Mumbai
Siddhivinayak Temple,the  most famous temple of Mumbai is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. On Tuesday, most of the devotees worship Ganesha for their progress of good luck. The inner roof of the temple is plated with Gold and the wooden doors are carved with the images of Ashtavinayaka.

6.  Gangotri Temple

 Gangotri Temple

Location: Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand
Gangotri temple, located in Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand is built by Gorkha Commander Amar Singh Thapa. It is the most prominent Tourist Attraction which is built from White Granite. Don’t forget to visit Harsil and Gaumukh Village and the origin of River Ganga…

7. Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri Temple

Location: Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand
Yamunotri Temple, Located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand is dedicated to the holistic Yamuna River. Frozen lake of ice and beautiful Glaciers attracts people. It is the most crucial part of “Char Dham Yatra”. It is the heritage of ancient Sage Asit Muni.

8.  Kashi Vishwanath Temple

 Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Location: Varanasi(Uttar Pradesh)
Vishwanath Temple is  located in the holy city of Varanasi. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed you can attain  final salvation by visiting Lord Shiva Temple and taking bath in the Holy River Ganga

9.  Lord Jagannath Temple

Lord Jagannath Temple

Location: Puri (Orissa)
The temple is popularly known as Jagannath Puri is dedicated to Lord Krishna. You may see beautiful Idols of Lord Balabhadra, Goddess Subhadra and Lord Krishna inside this most beautiful temple.  People remove their sins by taking part in Jagannath Rath Yatra.
Location: Puri (Orissa)

10. Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple

Location: Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
One of the unique architectural histories in the world of temples is Meenakshi Temple. It is located in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her husband Lord Shiva. Its design, beauty of pillars attracts many tourists every year. On Friday, on Special poojas, 25,000 devotees are seen who come to receive Deity’s Blessings.
Location: Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

11.  Lingaraja Temple

Lingaraja Temple

Location: Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Lingaraja Temple, located in the Orissa which is popularly known as “Temple City of India”. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. It attracts many historians due to its architectural style and beauty. Shivratri is celebrated here with joy and happiness. Remember Non-Hindus are restricted to enter the premises.
Location: Khurda district, Orissa

12. Kanchipuram Temple

Kanchipuram Temple

Location: Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Kanchipuram temple, located in Tamil Nadu is one of the fascinating pieces of architecture is the best-sacred place in India. Famous temples of Kanchi are Kamakshi Amman temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, and Varandaraja Perumal Temple.

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