Wayanad travel

Wayanad,  is one of the loveliest hill stations of Kerala located in the heart of the Western Ghats mountain ranges at an altitude of 700-2100m above sea level. Wayanad is a beautiful scenic place with panorama of fascinating nature, sprawling plantations of various spices and tea. Situated amidst lush green vegetation and mist capped hills and smiling breeze blowing round the year, the place offers a lifetime experience to its visitors. The name Waynad is derived from the expression ‘Wayanadu’ which means land of paddy fields.

Wayanad is a beautiful hill resort with fascinating waterfalls, lakes, ancient caves, and varieties of wildlife. Wayanad shelters endangered species as it has an amazing range of flora and fauna. Wildlife aficionados and nature lovers will find Wayanad wildlife sanctuaries as the right place of visit. The place enjoys a pleasant climate the whole year. Having an influential history, numerous evidences depicting new Stone Age civilization is seen on the Wayanad hills. Around Wayanand, Edakal cave is awaiting you with the experience of trekking, feel the serenity of the nature in Kuruva Island, have boating in Pookot lake, refresh your mind by visiting many more places in Wayanad and make this a memorable journey.

Wayanad, Kerala, India

Wayanad, Kerala, India

View of Wayanand

View of Wayanand

Tea garden in Wayanand

Tea garden in Wayanand

Tourist attractions in Wayanad

Sulthan bathery – Edakkal caves:

Eddakkal cave is located 3 kilometres from Ambalavayal which is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. The depth of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. The new Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves are evidence of the civilization that existed in these regions in prehistoric times,  which drawn attention of worldwide historians and archaeologists. Archeologists suggest that these cave etchings date back to at least 5000 years. One of the legends about this cave states that the caves were formed by arrows shot by sons of Sri Rama, the Hindu god from the epic Ramayana. Another local legend relates the little devil of Malabar, the Kuttichattan with the Edakkal caves. The Edakkal cave site is considered as a habitat of Neolithic people based on the Neolithic carving on the inner side of caves.

The caves can be approached by 1km trekking trail starting from Edakkal. The best visiting hours are morning and it is open till 5 pm. Tourists need to indulge in a one and half hour long trek to reach the entrance of the caves. The roads are in good condition. In order to reach the actual cave, tourists will have to trek uphill for another 45 minutes.

Stone carving inside edakkal cave

Stone carving inside edakkal cave

Muthanga /Wayanad wildlife sanctuary:

The Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is rich in bio-diversity. The sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. It is located on 345 square kilometers of densely forested land. This sanctuary have abundance of peacocks, babblers, egrets, snipes, bulbuls, peafowl, and cormorants  . The Wildlife Species that could be spotted during Wayanad Wildlife Safari include Asian elephants, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, gaurs, spotted deer, sloth bears, and sambars etc are reside here. There are also tiny and brightly colored butterflies flitting on sweet flowers and shrubs. You can arrange for an elephant ride into the dense forest to explore the sanctuary by contacting the Forest Department.

During the months of June through October, you will be able to see a flourishing atmosphere in Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster including all of the sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.

Wayanand wild life centuary

Wayanand wild life centuary

Chembra Peak:

Chembra Peak, the uppermost spot in Wayanad is situated at 6,900 feet above the sea level  is a beautiful spot located in the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats. Chembra peak is neighboring to the Nilgiri Hills and Vellarimala. From Meppady, Chembra peak can be accessed by walk. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides and trekking equipment’s with a little charge from the tourists. Permission from the forest office in Meppady is required for trekking up to Chembra Peak. From the top of Chembra peak you can view almost the whole of Wayanad.  Climbing Chembra peak is a really exiting trekking experience. For nature lovers it may take a whole day to enjoy the beauty of this peak and reach the top. The picturesque locations and viewpoints from the Chembra peak are really fascinating.

Chembra peak, Wayanand

Chembra peak, Wayanand

Banasura Sagar Dam:

Banasura Sagar Dam is approximately 21 km towards the north west of Kalpetta. It is considered to be the largest dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The dam extends to a wide area with crystal clear waters. Undisturbed and engulfed amidst the hills, it is an ideal place for picnic as it is surrounded by the bounty of nature and the low sound of the clear water gives a feeling of freshness.

In the dam’s reservoir there is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view for nature lovers and photographers. The Dam has become a major tourist attraction in Wayanad and undoubtedly it is a must view spot a in Wayanad. Boating facilities in the dam and it is an ideal starting point for hikes into the surrounding scenic mountains .

Kuruva Island:

Kuruva Island is situated on the tributaries of the river Kabani and is a picturesque picnic spot. With a total area of 950 acres Kuruva Island is plentifully rich with green woods.K uruva Island is a gift of nature to Wayanad tourists Its serene silence and wide expanse of the evergreen forest leaves you astonishing. This island is the home of uncommon species of birds, herbs and orchids.  It is far from the busy city life making it an exotic place for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature. It is closed during monsoon (June to September).

You can also take a guided tour of this island, with the help of local guide arranged by the authorities. The island surrounded by streams and river can be accessed using rafts or fiber boats run by Kerala Tourism Department. Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by Vana Samrakshana Samiti, a Dept of forest of Kerala.

Soochipara Falls:

The Soochippara Waterfalls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is  a thundering water  steam amidst dense greenery in the Western Ghats.  Soochipara Falls, is located about 13 kms from the town of Meppady in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India. The waterfall cascading from a height of 100 to 300 feet is a treat to the eyes.  To reach Soochipara Falls, one has to drive through lash green forest of tea, coffee and spice plantations which is an enjoyable destination itself.

Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Wayanad, Kerala

Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Wayanad, Kerala

Kanthanpara waterfalls:

Surrounded by bamboo forests, the Kanthanparra Waterfall is more noted for the breathtaking beauty of the path leading to the fall itself. The waterfall at Kanthanpara is about 30 meters in height. Even though Kanthanpara waterfalls are relatively smaller than Sentinel Rock Falls, it is also a beautiful cascading water body for exploring and trekking. The major advantage with Kanthanpara waterfalls is that it is an easy hike away from main road, and even children can reach the waterfalls with minimum effort.

Water Fall in Wayanad

Water Fall in Wayanad

The Pookot Lake:

The Pookot Lake is  surrounded by an stunning location. The water is clear and the foliage that surrounds it is a beautiful forest. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride against a serene backdrop.  The area surrounding the lake has an aquarium, children’s park and a small emporium selling handicrafts and spices

Thirunelly temple :

Close to the Papanashini stream in Wayanad district of Kerala stands the 3000 years old Thirunelly temple. The temple is devoted to lord Vishnu and is constructed with 30 granite columns to protect it. There is a bridge from the Papanashini stream coming to the temple. This is of great help to the Thirunelly temple as the Papanashini water is used for the temple directly for its precincts. Thirunelly temple is a marvel of temple architecture.

Towards the south of the Thirunelly temple is the holy pond called Panchatheertha. The pond is named Panchatheertha as it is believed that five rivers met at this point.

The Glass Temple of Kottamunda :

This temple is located on the slope of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect images of the icons in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.

Best time to visit Wayanad

Wayanad experiences tropical monsoons and rather hot summer. Thus the best time to visit Wayanad is between the months of August and May.

How to reach Wayanad:

By Air : Nearest airport is Kozhikode.

By Rail : Nearest railway station is Kozhikode

By Road : Wayanad is well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta).

Coorg Travel

Coorg the most abundant hill station in South India which is situated 252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level, in the state of Karnataka. Dense teak wood forests, lush green valleys of coffee plantations and mountain ranges make Coorg an exquisite location for the tourist. The coffee estates here produce some of the world’s best coffee. The location is enriched with rare species of flora and fauna, Steep hills, valleys and countless streams that flowing through them stuck trekkers and rock climbers. Tadiandamol, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri peaks in Coorg are very challenging for the trekkers and the natural scenic surroundings of these peaks are really eye charming. Coorg is a spot for invaluable bird watch. The sheer beauty of the landscapes, the unpolluted fresh environments attract tourist in large number all-round the year. Coorg is considered as a mind blowing summer retreat for escaping from the hot summer days in downtown cities. Monsoon is also one of the best time to visit Coorg, many tourists arrive in Coorg in monsoon to enjoy the wild beauty during the monsoon. Coorg offers many exciting outdoor activities like angling, trekking and golfing for the adventures. It also furnish plenty of admiring facilities to the golf lovers with its three golf courses namely, ‘Mercara Downs’ in Mercara, ‘Coorg Golf Links’ in Bittangala, and golf course in Pollibetta.  

Coorg Hills

Coorg Hills

Morning view, Coorg, Karnataka

Morning view, Coorg, Karnataka

Misty Coorg Morning

Misty Coorg Morning, Photo courtesy Gopu P.( flickr.com)

Tourist attractions in Coorg

Madikeri:

Mandikeri, the capital of Kodagu (also called Coorg) district is located in a beautiful hilly setting surrounded by the forested slopes of the Western Ghats.  Madikeri is the picturesque town of Kodagu (also called Coorg), located in a beautiful hilly setting surrounded by the forest slopes of the Western Ghats. Covered with a chunk of red-roofed house and a bustling bazaar, the town, situated at an elevation of 1,525 m, has a charming old look. There are plenty of sight-seeing opportunities near Madikeri like the Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Seat, Raja’s Tomb, Omkareshwara temple and the Nisargadhama Forest in the town. A good place to visit the local eating joints for some typical Coorgi food.

Sunset at Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka

Sunset at Madikeri, Coorg, Photo courtesy Vishal R.

Madikeri Fort:

Situated in the middle of Madikeri, this historic fort which was built in the 19th century, contains a museum, a prison, a chapel and a temple. The 19th century Madikeri Fort with its stone ramparts now houses the prison, a temple, a chapel, a small museum, and assorted government offices.

Nagarhole National Park:

The place derives its name from the twisting river – Nagarhole , meaning “snake river” – which flows through the park. Nagarahole has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, With over 250 varieties of birds, panthers, tigers, Asiatic elephant and flying squirrels, this park is made up of teak, rosewood, sandalwood, silver oak etc. The backdrop of the lofty Brahmagiri Mountains, the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of streams and rivers, and the twittering of the birds make Nagarahole a memorable experience.  Jeeps and elephants are available to tourists for transport in this Park. A summer is the best time to visit, when animals roam more freely in search of water.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park, Photo by Orange County Resorts

Abbi Falls :

Abbey Falls is an astonishing waterfall where the Kaveri River cascades down a rockface from a height of 70 feet. A hanging bridge has now been built across the gorge for best view of the falls. The falls can be reached by a narrow road from Madikeri. Cars can reach the entrance of these falls from where a downhill walk of 500 metres on slightly paved steps takes one to the waterfalls. One has to makes the way past stocky coffee bushes and tall trees entwined with pepper vines, the falls make a dramatic appearance as they cascade their way down steps into crystalline pools to join the river Kaveri River. These falls are most impressive during the monsoons.

Abbi falls near madikeri, coorg

Abbi falls near madikeri, coorg

Iruppu Falls:

Located around 50 kms away from Madikeri town and 20 kms beside the Nagarhole National Park, the Iruppu falls presents a majestic sight with waters cascading down from a height of 170 feet. Originating in the lofty Brahmagiri peaks; the falls become a part of the Lakshman Teerth River in the plains. The never -ending music of the falls and the hush of the surrounding densely wooded forest make this a great picnic spot. . The people of Coorg believe that bathing in the Iruppu Falls will wash ones sins away. The Rameshwara Temple, located nearby the falls, attracts a large congregation of devout pilgrims during the festival of ‘Sivaratri’.

The Omkareshwar temple:

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was built in1820 and featuring a blend of red-tile roofed and Islamic -style domes. It has a mix of Islamic and Kerala architecture style. This template is located near Madikeri Fort.

Omkareshwara Temple, Coorg

Omkareshwara Temple, Coorg

The Raja’s Seat:

This is a beautiful viewpoint in Coorg. This hilltop offers stunning views of the surrounding forests and the view of the sunset. It is said that the kings of Kodagu came to this viewpoint to see the panoramic view of their kingdom and spent their evenings.

View of Coorg from Raja's Seat, Madikeri

View of Coorg from Raja’s Seat, Madikeri, Photo courtesy Avinash Bhat

Bhagamandala :

It is situated at the confluence of 3 rivers (the Cauvery, the Kanika and the Sujyothi). Among many small shrines dedicated to various gods, the main temple, known as the Sri Bhagandeshwara temple, is constructed in a large, stone courtyard. It possesses pagodas and multi-layered roofs that have a reddish hue. Each pagoda ends in the form of a silver hood of a snake. The temple also hosts idols of other Lords, like Subramanya, Mahavishnu and Ganesh.  Bhagamandala is also famous for its bee farming.

Talacauvery :

Talakaveri is considered to be the source of the river Kaveri. It is situated at the Brahmagiri hill. Talakaveri is situated approximately at a distance of 48 km from Madikeri. At the spot that is said to be the origin of the Cauvery, a tank or ‘kundike’ has been erected on a hillside. There is also a small temple at the spot, and the area is frequented by pilgrims. The river originates as a spring that feeds this tank that is considered to be a holy place to bathe on special days. The waters are then said to flow underground to emerge as the Kaveri River some distance away.  On Tulasankramana day (October 17th) thousands of pilgrims flock to this place to witness the miraculous rise of the fountainhead, when water rise up from the spring at a predetermined moment.

Cauvery Nisargadhama:

It is a beautiful river island, the biggest of a cluster of five islets created by the river Cauvery. It can be accessed by traveling over a hanging bridge from the mainland. Nisargadhama covers with green floras, thick bamboo groves, teak, and rosewood. Located 25 kms from Madikeri town, this popular nature resort boasts of a deer park, orchidarium and elephant rides amid bamboo groves.

Cauvery Nisargadhama, Coorg

Cauvery Nisargadhama, Coorg

Bylakuppe:

One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India, Bylakuppe is spread over four regions just before Coorg. It is known for its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and an incense factory. This place is filled with several monasteries; the main ones amongst these are the Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey. The Mahayana Buddhist University is located at Sera. It also has an enormous prayer hall. The other important monastery in the neighboring settlement of Bylakuppe is Tashi Lhumpo monastery.

Tibetan settlements, Coorg

Tibetan settlements, Coorg , photo by Joydeep Mitra

Buddhist Monastery, Coorg

Buddhist Monastery, Coorg, Photo courtesy Anupam Chatterjee

Dubare Elephant Camp:

The place is a good place for rafting amateurs.  Dubare Elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists .The reserve forest is famed for its amazing variety of fauna, an elephant training camp and angling possibilities on the Cauvery. Elephant interaction in the morning time is the popular activity attracts hundreds of tourist daily.

Harangi Dam:

Around 8 Km from the Madikeri Kushalnagar Road is the Harangi Dam. The Harangi River forms a huge reservoir that looks beautiful. It is a nice place for a picnic lunches and leisurely stroll.

Tadiyendamol :

Tadiyendamol, the tallest peak in Kodagu . The hill top offers views of the surrounding and also serves as a landmark to sea travellers. During clear days, visitors can view the coastline too. Rock climbing in Thadiyendamol Hill attracts a lot of sport lovers every year. Rock climbing is usually arranged between the months of September to May. The Nalnad Palace is located at the base of the mountain and is ideal for a stay.  

Tadiyendamol Peak

Tadiyendamol Peak

Valnur Fishing Camp:

Valnoor fishing camp,  is celebrated as one of the most exotic angling sites in the state of Karnataka. The destination is located near Kushalanagar, on the backwaters of the river Cauvery, nestling in the south-western part of the state of Karnataka. The place is a home to a few rare species of fishes. Some of the more common varieties of fishes that can be spotted include mapps, marals, eels and mahseer. Valnur is also a heaven for birdwatchers, with innumerable avian species to be spotted and identified.

Best time to visit Coorg

The climate of Coorg is very pleasant and can be visited during any time of the year. But the most ideal time to visit Coorg is between September and March..

How to reach Coorg:

By Air: The nearest airports are Mangalore 136 km and Bangalore 260 km.

By Rail: The nearest Railway Station to Coorg, located in Mysore is at 114 km.

By Road: Coorg is well connected with major cities like Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore.

Ananthagiri hills

Anantagiri is a charming hill station located at the top of the Elysian Tirumala Hills approximately 17 km from Araku valley. Among the ranges of the Eastern Ghats Anantagiri is located at a distance of 40 km from Visakhapatnam. Anantagiri Hills are well known for its scenic beauty and charming weather. It is a perfect gateway to spend some days amidst the lap of nature.

One can Walk across meadows of wild flowers and apple orchards in full bloom, see flowing streams cascade down the mountainside, and enjoy beautiful views of sunrise and sunset at Anantagiri Hills. Anantgiri is filled with many mango graves and orchids. The coffee plantations are a wonderful sight. Tourists can also embark on excursions to the Borra Caves.

Accommodation is easily available in Anantagiri Hills. There are various types of hotels and lodges in the area which offer pleasant lodging facilities and services. One can also visit the popular dining and shopping hubs.

Ananthagiri Hills

Ananthagiri Hills view

Ananthagiri AP Tourism Resorts

Ananthagiri AP Tourism Resorts

Anthagiri

Coffee plantation in Anthagiri

 

Ananthagiri hills is the best place inexperienced trekkers. Most of the people come here for trekking will follow any of the two trails. First trail starts from the anantha padmanabha swamy temple and the other starts from 0.5 km away from the temple towards kerelli.

One can park vehicle at the temple and then follow the steps that lead to the tracking path. That path will directly goes inside the forest, you have do some walk to reach the top of the forest.  This trekking root offers picturesque views of the forest and the valleys. There are many small hills in the ananthagiri region and if you are really interested then cover as many as you can. Instead of just trekking  through the roads , you can go inside the forest and can enjoy exploring the forest too.

Ananthapadmanabha swamy temple :

Ananthapadmanabha swamy temple is one of the prime attractions in ananthagiri hills. It was built by nizam nawabs, 400 years ago and has big historic importance.

Nagasamudram lake or kotipally reservoir is situated at a distance of about 20km from ananthagiri hills. Which is a huge lake with, clear water. It offers picturesque views in Monsoon with full water.

 Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Anathagiri

Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Anathagiri

Araku Valley:

Araku Valley is a hill station in Visakhapatnam. It is a beautiful valley in the Eastern Ghats inhabited by different types of tribes and is one of the less commercialized tourist destinations in South India. Valley is located 114 km from Vishakhapatnam, close to the Orissa state border. Anantagiri and Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest are part of Araku Valley.

Borra Caves :

The Borra Caves are situated 29kms from the Araku Valley, near Vishakhapatnam and are acknowledged for their highly beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations that nature has created with her own hands. In 1807, William King George discovered the Borra Caves and assumed them to be a million years old. It provides its visitor an exotic experience.

Borra Caves, Ananthagiri Hill

Inside of Borra Caves, Ananthagiri Hill

Ramakrishna Beach :

The Ramakrishna beach, one of the loveliest beaches in east cost is a favorite resort for tourists. Ramakrishna beach is a favorite and wonderful spot to spend the time relaxing on the soft and lofty sand. The twin beaches – Ramakrishna Beach and Lawson’s Bay present the tourists with mind-blowing scenic view of the nature, especially the reddish setting sun.
‘Victory at Sea’, the war memorial is located at the beach shore which was dedicated to the memory of 1971 Indo-Pak war soldiers is worth visiting.

Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose, a mammoth rocky headland of about 174 meter high, is situated in the southern part of Visakhapatnam city. The rock resembles a dolphin’s nose is nicely placed at an altitude of 358 meter with its projection to the Bay of Bengal in Visakhapatnam. This is a fresh attraction for many visitors as it is nature’s gift in its truest form.

A renowned powerful light house highly useful for the shippers and has a light beam that can be seen as far as 64 km out at sea is also placed nearby. One can have a panoramic view of the city from this place

Sri Venkateswara Konda

It is the third hillock, has a temple dedicated to the Lord. It is believed to have been built by an Englishman, Captain Blackmoor, in the 19th century. From this hillock one can see the port channel, which was the entrance of the inner harbour for ships and liners.

How to reach Anantagiri:

By Road:  From Hyderabad, there are two ways for reaching ananthagiri hills through vikarabad. One route is Hyderabad – APPA Junction (outer ring road) – Vikarabad (approx 60km from APPA junction). And the other route is JNTU(KPHB) – BHEL –  Vikarabad (approx 90km). After reaching vikarabad, proceed towards Ananthagiri road.

Vikarabad is situated on the Hyderabad – Mumbai railway line, so all the trains from Hyderabad to Mumbai will have a stop at vikarabad. Reaching ananthagiri by road will be best option rather than opting for train. And it is better to travel in your own vehicle from Hyderabad, instead of using public transport for reaching ananthagiri from vikarabad, as there are limited options available in vikarabad.

By Rail : Anantagiri Hills has Srikakulam railway station at a distance of 3 km.

By Air : The nearest airport is located at Vishakhapatnam. One can easily come to Anantagiri Hills from Vishakhapatnam by roadways and railways.

Best time to visit

Anantagiri hills experiences a similar moderate weather throughout the year. The summer months are pleasant and mild while the winter months are cold. The season for tourist is all  year round. The beauty of the hills is doubled because of the cool weather and calm surrounding.

The ideal time for making trips to Anantagiri Hills is between the months of March and October when the weather is pleasant and mild.

Where to stay in Anantagiri

There are Hotels, Inspection Bungalows, and Private Cottages available to suit all types of budgets at Anantagiri.

APTDC:

Andhra Pradesh tourism is organizing APTDC resort in Ananthagiri hills. There are 36 AC rooms available in the resort, and tariff is 1500 per day. You can book the rooms through online from APTDC (APTDC website) or by visiting the nearest AP tourism booking office. During weekends, the resort will be completely filled.  Location, restaurant and cleanliness are the plus points for APTDC resort.

Deccan Trails:

Deccan trails is the best place for  night camp near hyderabad. Deccan Trails is located just 50 kms from the city. The Campsite is nestled in the serene Anantagiri Hills, adjacent to a Reserve Forest providing plenty of Wildlife Spotting Opportunities. They have over a many activities including Rock Climbing, Flying Fox, Commando Nets, Burma Bridge, Balancing Boards, Spider’s Web, Tarzan Swing and many more.

Queen of hills Ooty

Ooty, the colloquial of Ootacamund, is a popular hill station of South India in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu.  Ooty stands at 7,347 feet (2239 m) above sea level in the Nilgiris mountain range. Ooty covers an area of 36 sq km and contains the highest point of Southern India, the Doddabetta Peak. The name of the place was derived from the Toda word ‘othakal-mund’ that means ‘the house of single stone.’ The weather is quite pleasant at an average of 15 to 20 °C in summer and dropping to 0 °C during winter.

Ooty is not the destination in itself, as much as it is the focal point of attraction.  The hilly region also houses smaller towns like Coonoor and Kotagiri. This hill station is popular for its tea farming as well as oil extraction industry, wherein the oil is obtained from its eucalyptus trees, lemon grass, geranium, clove and camphor.   The significant festivals include the Summer Flower Festival held at the Botanical Garden that remains the main highlight of the place, during the season. In addition, the Tea and Tourism festival held in January every year also attracts thousands of tourists.

Major attraction of ooty is the mountain train journey to Ooty on a ratchet and pinion track. The journey covers 46 km and the train starts from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and passes through steep curves and long tunnels along deep ravines full of green vegetation, streams and tea gardens.

What to see

Botanical Gardens

OOty Botanical Gardens was established in 1848, by the Marquis of Tweeddale. The gardens lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak.  It is enriched with a beautiful lily pond and hundreds of clipped bushes in the form of elephants, with raised trunks. Major attraction of the park are different variety of Italian and Japanese plants, different types of roses, imported shrubs, rare flowering plants, eucalyptus trees and several old trees which are about 20 million years old. During the month of May every year, a Summer Festival is held here.

Botanical Gardens, Ooty

Botanical Gardens, Ooty

Charing Cross

Charing Cross in Ooty is a road junction surrounded by markets. A short walk from Charing Cross is the Spencers departmental store, where Planter’s Special cigars, made of Indian tobacco are sold.

Ootacmund Club

It is  the most exclusive, and best preserved of all the former British clubs. The Ooty hunt, which still rides to hounds, in pursuit of jackals, is one of the main offerings of the club.

Ketti Valley

Ketti valley is a beautiful valley stays to be 7000 feet deep inside the mountains near coonoor.  The Ketti Valley is mentioned as the ‘’Switzerland of Nilgiris’’ due to the beautiful weather conditions which do not fall into any ends, during the season of summer and winter. It is very attractive and scenic spot and looks like a green dessert with different tea plantations around .Tea plantation was first introduced in this region in southern India.

Kalhatty Waterfalls Ooty
Kalhatty waterfalls is situated at a distance of 13 km from Ooty town on the way of the Kalhatty Ghats.
Kalhatty is located 2,000m above the sea level with many waterfalls and streams.

We can also see the group of monkeys and 200 varieties of beautiful birds in Kalhatty.  Best time to visit these Kalhatty waterfalls in the season of September and November

Ooty lake

Ooty Lake stays in the heart of Ooty with its L shape construction. Several boat races are conducted here one can have a wonderful time enjoying the sport . The function is well planned and organized and there is a huge crowd gathered around the lake at the time of the race.

There are a few children parks where the tourists can halt and have a wonderful time with kids. A race course is also located near the lake. A mini-train takes the visitors around the lake.

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake

Dodabetta peak

Dodabetta Peak is the highest point in  Ooty  situated at a height of 2,623 metres, 10 km away from the Ooty town. The top of the peak remains covered by mist most of the time but on a clear day, one can caught a glimpse of the landscape as far as the plains of Coimbatore and the Mysore plateau.

Lamb’s rock

This place offers stunning views of the Coimbatore plains and the coffee and tea estates on the slopes.

Lamb's Rock, Ooty

Lamb's Rock, Ooty

Kodanadu view point

It is situated on the eastern edges of the Nilgiris, at about 16 km from Kotagiri,. A panoramic view of the tea estates and the Moyar River from either side of the road is worth a glance back.

Cairn Hill Ooty

Ooty Cairn Hill is placed about 3 km on the road to Avalanche Cairn hill. Ooty Cairn hill is one of the little existing unique walks. The right of entry road to the bill is flanked by thick cypress trees. Cairn hill is a perfect place for a picnic. Calamites withstand many natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones and heavy rains of this small, but good-looking location which still survives calls us from time to time to visit. There are many hill resorts here. You can hang about and take pleasure in the scenery, greenery and fresh air. Also a great place for camera work.

Thread Garden

Thread garden is an inventive and artistic creation of an artificial garden of plants and flowers are made by colorful threads. Its entirely woven by hand only. Unexpectedly, no needles are used in these progress. The Thread garden is situated on the similar road as the Boat House. Ooty tour would be shortened without a visit to this exclusive Thread garden that has such gorgeous handicrafts.

Doddabetta

It is situated at a distance of 10 km from the Ooty town and offers an splendid view of the natural beauty. This beautiful green carpeted valleysidis a pure a delight to the eye.
There is an observatory at the crest of Doddabetta with two telescopes offered for the people to benefit from the wonderful panoramic sight of the entire region. It opened on June 18, 1983 and is run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC).

Doddabetta, ooty, Tamilnadu

Doddabetta, ooty, Tamilnadu

Pykara

Pykara river situated 19 km from Ooty. The  The river was very blessed by the Todas. The Pykara River originates fromt Mukurthi peak. It flows throughout the mountain region, usually maintenance to North and twisting to West after the arrival at the edge of the Plateau. The Pykara river has a dam and power house.The Pykara river flow to run downward throughout the hills; and the two waterfalls of 55 meters and 61 meters are famous Pykara falls. The waterfalls are around 6 km from the bridge on the highway.  A boat house by the Pykara falls and Dam is added to the attractiveness to the tourists. Pykara boats of well protected fenced Sholas, The Pykara lake is most excellent visiting place in during the months of April,May and in December.

Pykara Falls, Ooty

Pykara Falls, Ooty

Major Tourist Attraction around Ooty

Avalanche

Avalanche is about 30 km from Ooty and about 130 km from Coimbatore on the Manjur Geddai road. It is a part of the Kundah Reserve forest area. There are 2 lakes, Avalanche and Emerald, along with a power house and EB colony. Avalanche  is full of lakes meadows, shola jungles and plantation forest, streams and clean fresh air. This is a must visit place for nature lovers who enjoy peace, quiet and solitude in a pristine environment.

Avalanche, Ooty, Tamilnadu

Avalanche, Ooty, Tamilnadu

Coonoor

Coonooris 17 km from Udhagamandalam, Coonoor is a fabulous hill station in the Nilgiri hills about 19 km from Ooty. Coonoor, located at an altitude of 1,856 meters, is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills. . It is a popular tourist stop because of its impressive views of the lush green Nilgiri hills. It is also known for its tea plantations as the environment there is very conducive to growing exceptionally aromatic tea. In fact, touring the plantations and taking walks through the tea gardens is on of the draws of the area. It is noted for the different varieties of birds. Various species of vultures, eagles and owls, song birds like bulbuls, thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins and several others act as melodious music gives new adventure effect for the visitors who are accustomed to the city sound pollution
The impressive views of wildflowers are another favorite thing experience in Coonoor, as is bird watching. It is common to be able to see such birds as cormorants, pipits, skylarks, Nilgiri verditer, thrushes, and parakeets. The species in the area are not limited to only these, though.

The area surrounding Coonoor offers the perfect landscape for such activities as trekking and hiking. The area offers impressive views that is best experienced while truly out in nature.

It is possible to experience the area around Coonoor while taking a ride on the local toy train. This train connects Coonoor with other hill stations that are located in the Nilgiri Hills. This train ride provides some breathtaking views of the Nilgiri hills.

Coonoor

Coonoor

Kalhatty waterfalls

About 100 feet in height, Kalhatty falls located around 13 km from Ooty. The wild habitants include panthers, bison, wild buffaloes, wild dogs, spotted deer, sambhar, and different types of hill birds.

Kalhatty waterfalls, OotyKotagiri

About 28 km east of Ooty lays the quiet village of Kotagiri, the oldest of the three Nilgiri hill stations. Kotagiri is about 30 km. east of Udhagamandalam, 23 km. from Coonoor and 33 km. from Mettupalayam. It is situated at a height of 6511′ above the sea level.

It is protected by the Doddabetta range from the violent southwest monsoon and is not affected by mists which are so common at Coonoor. The lower elevation of the place makes it warmer than Udhagamandalam.

Early morning at Kotagiri, Tamilnadu

Early morning at Kotagiri, Tamilnadu

Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary  is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in South India, the is situated at about 67 km from Ooty. An elephant camp called Theppakkadu is located within the sanctuary is also available for accommodation. Accommodation can also be available at Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation’s Youth Hostel and rest houses in Masinagudi, Abhayaranayam and Kargudi and the Bamboo Banks Farm.

View of Rangaswamy peak from Kodanadu view point, Kotagiri, Tamilnadu

View of Rangaswamy peak from Kodanadu view point, Kotagiri, Tamilnadu

Mukurthi

A trip from Ooty to Mukurthi Peak and National Park is one of the most beautiful excursions from Ooty. The peak is just 40 km from Ooty and the park spreads on the South Eastern side of the Nilgiri mountain range. It continues to blend in the verdant greens of the silent valley. The surrounding Mukurthi National Park is home to a significant population of Nilgiri Thar (Hamitragus hilocrius). The park also features a wide variety of  flora and fauna.

The magnificent Mukurthi peak has granite cliffs that stretch from an elevation of 200 meter and slope down to around 1500 meter from the highland to the plains. The national park is spread on this highland covering a geographical area of 78.46 km2. Eucalyptus plantations cover much of this area. Those out for a holiday to Mukkurthi Peak and National Park cannot afford to miss the Mukurthi Dam situated right at the foothills.

Mukurthi, Tamilnadu<br /><br />

Mukurthi, Tamilnadu

When to visit
Best time to travel Ooty is April to September.

How to reach
By Air

The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, which has daily flights to and from Madras, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum.

By Rail

For a magnificent view of the hillside covered with forests, a train journey is recommended. The Nilgiri Express leaves Madras at night, reaching Coimbatore in the morning, and continues to the small town of Mettupalyam, at the foots of the mountains. From Mettupalyam, it connects to the Nilgiri Passenger which takes you to Ooty.

By Road

There is a regular bus service from Bangalore (300 km), Mysore (170 km), Coimbatore (105 km), Calicut (187 km) and Cochin (281 km).

Coorg Travel

Coorg in Karnataka in South India is a beautiful hill resort. Coorg is famous for dense forests , coffee plantations and the brave Kodava or Coorgi people who are a martial community.Coorg was earlier known as Kodaimalenadu, which in the local language Kannada, means ‘dense forest on a steep hill. Coorg is also known as the Scotland of India because of its hills, picturesque towns and mist-covered slopes.

The district headquartes of Coorg is Maderi, a scenic town and very popular as a holiday destination with urban residents of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, who want to spend a pleasant weekend in a scenic hill resort. Madikeri is 252 kms from Bangalore and is situated at a height of 1525 m.




Tourist Attractions in Coorg:

Madikeri Fort:
Situated in the middle of Madikeri, this historic fort which was built in the 19th century, contains a museum, a prison,a chapel and a temple.

Raja’s Seat:
A beautiful viewpoint in Coorg, this hilltop offers stunning views of the surrounding forests and the view of the sunset is not to be missed. It is said that the kings of Coorg came to this viewpoint to see the panoramic view of their kingdom.

Talakaveri:
Talakaveri in the Brahmagiri Hills, is the source of the river Kaveri. A perennial spring situated at a height of 4,500 ft is the beginning of this mighty river.

 Madikeri:
The capital of Coorg formerly called Mercara, Madikeri is often known as the Scotland of India. It has enchanted millions of travellers with its misty hills, lush forests, coffee plantations and breath taking views. Also known for its lovely climate, Madikeri is a world record holder for the cardamom crop.

 Kakkabe :
Famous for being the largest producer of honey in south east Asia, though most come here for the Padi Igutappa temple. This is Coorg’s most important temple and the presiding deity of the Puthari Festival. Built as a hunting lodge, the Nalnad Palace is used as a kiddies’ camp, though no one will really mind you pottering around. You could also visit the honey farms.

Omkareshwara Temple :
It is a old temple with a dome in the middle of a square lake and minarets at each corner, this is a catholic mix of Keralite, Gothic and Islamic architectural styles. Which was built in 1820 by King Lingarajendra.

Cauvery Nisargadhama :
A great place to cuddle up for the night. This 2.5 sq. km. large island in the middle of the River Cauvery, which is a beautiful place to romance.

Bhagamandala & Telecauvery :
At the convergence of the rivers Cauvery, the underground Sujyothi and the Kanike, the Bhangandeshwara temple here has a distinct Kerala touch. Because of the three rivers, it is also called Triveni Sangama. The serene temple has intricate carvings and a copper roof. A dip at the Triveni Sangam nearby is supposed to revive sagging spirits, but take prior permission at the temple.

Every October 17, on Tulasankranama, thousands come here to swim and pray. The source of this long river, is on the top of the hill called Brahmagiri. It is 1535 metres above sea level. Steps lead up to the Brahmagiri peak, from where a panoramic view of Kodagu meets the visitor.

Getting There
Bus & Taxi: Buses leave Madikeri every hour, and take about 90 minutes to reach. The ride is very scenic.

Nagarhole National Park :
Though the name literally means Snake River in Kannada, there aren’t too many snakes around. Created from a former raja’s hunting grounds, Nagarahole is one of the best game sanctuaries in South India, providing a natural living conditions to several wild animals like elephants, tigers, panthers, rhinos and wild elephants, but one is more likely to see smaller game like gaur, deer, wild dogs and langur. Pleasantly cool round the year, it is a little difficult to reach, which makes it quieter than other parks. This in turn makes it a great place to relax. Jungle safaris are available as elephant rides.

Getting There
Bus & Taxi: Direct dailies from Mysore and Madikeri. You could also take a bus to Gonikoppal from either of these places, take another to Kutta, and finally hire a jeep.

Irpu Falls :
These scenic waterfalls are situated on the Lakshmanatirtha River. The people of Coorg believe that bathing in the Iruppu Falls will wash ones sins away. On the Holy day of Shivarati, devotees come in large numbers to bathe in these falls.

Getting There
Bus & Taxi: Direct buses leave Madikeri every couple of hours. You could also catch a bus from Gonikoppal. There are more of those from there.

Abbey Falls:
Situated 8 Km from Madikeri, the beautiful Abbey Falls are a popular tourist attraction in the hill resort of Coorg. The surrounding cardamom and coffee plantations make the Abbey Falls locale a scenic locale, which has been featured in many movies made in Karnataka. The narrow road to Abbi Falls is a combination of steep ups and downs, twists and turns, wriggling through the green and dense foliage of surrounding coffee plantations. This white wall of water creates a misty cloud with its moisture-like spray and descends into a flowing stream to perhaps join with the River Cauvery somewhere in the vicinity.

Somwarpet :
If you can get off to an early start and if the sky is beautiful with the clouds, take the road to Somwarpet. This 42-kilometer, one-and-half hour drive will surely perk you up. This is the coffee heartland of Coorg. You will pass through some of the finest coffee estates you will ever see. Magnificent trees reaching up to the skies, casting much wanted masses of shade to the coffee plants. It’s one great spread of continuous foliage very gloriously prepared in an extraordinary operation by Nature. Mingled with cardamom and pepper as well. Big, medium or small, they add to the already beautiful and fabulous landscape all around.

Besides being the hub of coffee activity, Somwarpet’s other claim to fame is the Basappa Club. Like the cold stone-walls of taverns where sailors and ship mates would gather to make merry, drink, talk and pick up some gossip, the Basappa Club is frequented by the medium and small gentlemen coffee planters, who meet here to unwind. Except that out here, there are no cold, stonewalls. Instead, one can have a game of Table Tennis or Snooker in this small, but compact club. And there’s plenty of gossip to be picked up, as well.

Apart from the popular sight seeing places, Kodagu district has a whole lot of Trekking Tracks for those who seek adventure in the wild.

How To Reach Coorg

By Air
The nearest airport to Coorg is Mysore, which is 120 km. The second nearest is in Mangalore, which is located at a distance of 135 km from it, followed by the Bangalore Airport, located about a distance of 250 km. You can easily fly from any place in India or abroad, to one of these airports, and then board a private taxi, bus, or car for reaching Coorg.

By Road
If you plan your tour by road, Coorg has a well-connected network of roads that connects it to most of the important cities in Karnataka. The roadways connect cities like Mysore (120 km), Hassan (115 km), Mangalore (135 km), Bangalore (250 km) to Coorg by a well-maintained system of roadways. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the place to the fullest, while traveling by road, either in a public carrier or in your own vehicle.

By Train
The railhead situated nearest to Coorg is in Mysore, at a distance of 55 kms, and is a drive of two and a half hours from the place. Mysore has an extensive network of railways that easily connects it to the rest of India. One can even avail trains, in the nearby cities of Mangalore or Hassan for getting to Coorg.

Andaman and Nicobar Tourism

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a veritable Garden of Eden and a naturalist’s heaven. The clean environment, roads, greenery as well as unpolluted fresh air attract all nature lovers. The topography of the islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests, animal and marine life. Topographically the islands are hilly in places fringed with coconut palm, covered with tropical jungle and interspersed with flat stretches of crescent shaped beaches. You can enjoy adventure tourism like trekking, Island camping, snorkeling, SCUBA diving etc.

A marvelous mix of nature’s most precious delights, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a once in a lifetime holiday experience.

The rare flora and fauna, underwater marine life and corals, with crystal clear water and mangrove-lined creeks, offer a dream-view of the rare gifts of nature. The clean and wide roads, free of filth as well as unpolluted fresh air attract any nature-lover, who seek absolute peace and tranquility in the lap of mother nature.

Lets Check some splendid images of Andaman and Nicobar

Aerial View of Paradise. Andaman Islands, India

Arial view of Andaman Islands, India

Ross Island, Andaman Nicobar

Ross Island, Andaman and Nicobar Island

Coral Life, Andaman nicobar

Coral Life, Andaman Nicobar Island

Lonely beach, andaman nicobar islands

Lonely beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Elephant Beach, andaman nicobar islands

Elephant Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Island

Sunset, Andaman Nicobar islands

Sunset, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Bhandardhara, beautiful Hillstation in Maharastra, India

Bhandardhara is a beautiful and quiet picnic spot where you would love to go to spend some quiet days away from the din and bustle of city life. Here you will find a lake called Arhur Lake and the beauty of the lake is set off by the extremely beautiful forest. Simply sit by the side of the lake and you will see how quickly time flows by.

Among other attractions there is also a 45 m high Randha Falls. At a height of 150 m, you will find a dam called the Wilson Dam. Mt Kalsubai is the highest peak of the region and you can see the snow capped peak from Bhandardhara.

Bhandardhara is only 185 km from Mumbai. The nearest railway station is at Igatpuri, 45 km away. You can easily come here by car. Hotels are available in Bhandardhara. Your tour of the place will surely become memorable.

Famous Points to see in Bhandardara

If you are looking for a holiday destination which gives you peace and solace and take you a bit closer to nature, Bhandardara is the right place for you. It combines a cool climate, charming mountains, everlasting waterfalls and extraordinary natural beauty. This hill stations also provides a natural picnic spot where you can spend your day with your loved ones.

It is actually a village in Maharastra, about 185 kms from Mumbai. The most attractive among all the Famous Points to visit in Bhandardara is the Wilson Dam. It was constructed way back in 1910 on the Pravara River. Standing about 150 meter high, it still holds the record of being the largest earthen dam in India. Several gardens are also constructed along the sides of the dam. Pravara River feeds the Arthur Lake-famous for its blue colour.Bhandardara is also a paradise for trekkers and adventure lovers because Mt Kalsubai, the highest peak of Maharashtra is located here.

The trek is physically very exhausting, but the greenery surrounding you is breathtaking. Also you will feel nature’s mystery in your every step which will make you smile all along. There is also a temple at the top of the mountain. Legend says that Sri Agasti Rishi mediated in Bhandardara for one year and fed himself only water and air.Later,Agasti Rishi dwelled here. Agasti Rishi’s ashram is hence one of the popular points to go in Bhandardara.

Ratangad Fort, one of Shivaji’s favorite forts is also located here. It will surely get you back in Shivaji’s times and make you relive the moments. So if you think you need to escape from the daily pressures of work and commitments, Bhandardara is the ideal place where you should run to! It will give you the sense of bliss, make you breathe the pure air around.

Bhandardhara Hill Station

Bhandardara Dam