When you find yourself surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, in the lap of lush green valleys with the sparkling blue waters of the Beas River burbling away and cool clouds bowing down to create a mesmerizing landscape – you know that you have arrived in Manali. From adventure activities to romantic getaways, Manali is akin to a perennial carnival that offers a plethora of experiences – any time of the year. Here is a list of the best places to visit in Manali: Continue Reading →
If Mount Abu needed an introduction, in simplest words, it could be termed as the summer retreat of Rajasthan. At an altitude of 1220 meters above sea level, Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan and hence a cool respite from the searing desert heat. Nestled in the Aravalli mountain range with the Gujarat border in close vicinity, Mount Abu attracts a steady stream of tourists from both the states as well as from outside the country. In addition, with numerous temples sprinkled across Mount Abu, it is also a place of spiritual significance. Here are the list of 15 best places to visit in Mount Abu. Continue Reading →
Dubbed as the Queen of Hill Stations in India, Shimla is the erstwhile summer capital of the British India. Shimla boasts of captivating scenic surroundings, snow clad mountains, endearing greenery, alluring lakes, and a lovely climate; these were perhaps the reasons why the British were attracted to this place. Now the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is quite a popular destination for holidaymakers in India. Here is the list of best places to visit in Shimla. Continue Reading →
Nainital, a picturesque city, situated right in the lap of the Uttarkhand valley is sure to be on every traveller’s bucket list. The enchanting view of the majestic Himalayas, the valleys, the green hills, old cottages home to the locals and ofcorse, the mesmerising Naini lake right in the heart of the city, make it a popular destination for summer breaks and for honeymooners.For those travelling to this beautiful city for the first time, these are the best places to visit in Nainital to experience its beauty and serenity . Continue Reading →
Coorg is known for its scenic beauty, green mountain ranges, coffee plantations and mesmerizing waterfalls. The aroma of coffee in the morning and the misty mountains are an antidote to your tired mind. And for all those wildlife lovers, it is the perfect place to get a close look at your favorite wild ones.To experience the best of Coorg, these are the best places to visit in coorg .
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the south and the sight of cascading water down the hills of the Western Ghats is sure to leave you spellbound. Monsoon is the best time to visit Coorg and to know and appreciate the beauty it is. The waterfalls are surrounded by black pepper trees and you can always take a stroll or trek upto the waterfalls to take a feel of how beautiful these trees and the waterfalls look. The sight of the water plunging down at unbelievably high speeds and the thunderous roar it makes when it hits the rocks is a breathtaking experience.
Located between Coorg in Karnataka and Wayanad in Kerala in South India, Brahmagiri is a mountain range at a height of 1608 mt.in the Western Ghats. It’s a popular tourist spot, especially the top of the hill which is a favorite among trekkers. The trekking range can be reached through Coorg, which is about 60kms long. Brahmagiri is one the most popular trekking trails in the country and along the way, one can see rivers and take a dip in the shallow river waters. The famous Iruppu Falls are in the Brahmagiri region. There is no dearth of photography-worthy places in this region and on top of the hill, lies a dense forest home to wild animals and some exotic species of birds.
Dubare Elephant Camp
As the name suggests, the Dubare Elephant camp is a place where elephants are bred and trained. The elephant camp is a project initiated and looked into by the forest department. At this camp, one can know more about the psychology and lifestyle of these creatures. The Elephant Camp is home to almost 150 elephants. It is also home to many wild animals such as deer, sambhars and Asiatic elephants, that are smaller in size compared to African elephants. The sight of partridges, kingfishers, woodpeckers and the ever-beautiful peacocks with the spread of their colorful feathers is a sight to behold.
Not only is it among the beautiful waterfalls of Coorg, Iruppu Falls also has a mythological connect to it. It is believed that Lord Ram and his brother Laxman passed this region in the Brahmagiri Hills , in the quest to search Lady Sita. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Ram was thirsty and Laxman shot an arrow in the ground and that spot started oozing water. That is how this river came into existence. Iruppu Falls stem out of this river, at a height of 60 meters up in the hills. This place is also known as the Laxmana Teerth and is visited by scores of devotees during Shivaratri. It is believed that taking a dip in this sacred waterfall cleanses one of all his sins.
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park is a famous wildlife sanctuary in Coorg. The wildlife sanctuary is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park and is a dense tropical forest, essentially a tiger reserve. Apart from being a tiger reserve, the Nagarhole National Park is home to deer, gaur and wild dogs and wild elephants. If you want to take a close look at these wild animals, the best time to visit the wildlife sanctuary is summer. During summer, these animals are seen lying around the water-bodies. The experience of living in lodges amidst the forest is a thrilling experience.
The reason its called Raja’s seat is because once upon a time it was a favourite spot of the Kaodagu kings to relax and unwind. A house of greenery with sprawling seasonal garden in the lush-green Coorg, Raja’s Seat is a great place to enjoy the view of sunsets. This place is a favorite among the locals as the
The tomb of the Raja of Gaddige is a major attraction for history buffs and explorers. This historical structure is built in the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture and is reflective of the Mohammedan style of architecture. Gaddige is a place where the tombs of royal family members exist. King Virarajendra and King Lingarajensdra were kings in the erstwhile Wadeyar dynasty of Mysore and ruled Madikeri, the headquarters of Coorg, about 107 kms away from Mysore. Tomb of the warrior of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the kingdom of Mysore, is also housed in Gaddige.
The Madikeri Fort was built on a hill top, the fort was first built by Mudduraja in the second half of the17th century and restructured by Tipu Sultan and is a major historical place in Coorg. The north-east corner of the fort gate is flanked by two life size elephants and on the south east corner of the gate is the St. Mark’s Church which was built in 1859. The Madikeri Fort is now a famous museum which is managed by the Karnataka State Archeological Department and many history lovers take a tour of this fort and museum to satiate their love for knowledge of places and people.
Golden Temple, Bylakuppe
Probably the only place in South India that practices Buddhism and is home to many Buddhist monasteries, the region of Bylakuppe known for its Golden Temple where Buddhism is taught. This place gives you the feel of being in Sikkim or Mcleodganj! Tibetans moving in and out of the temple and around the region and the numerous Tibetan flags make this place different from any other in South India. The Golden Temple is known for its unique architecture, which is unlike any other temple in the country. The colorful extravagance of this place is sure to leave you mesmerized.
A beautiful island formed by river Cauvery, the Cauvery Nisargadhama is a famous picnic among locals and tourists, alike. The island of Cauvery Nisargdhama is located near Kushalnagar, covering an area of 64kms and what makes this island even more scenic are the vast stretches of sandalwood and teak trees found everywhere on the island. This place is not only famous for its scenic beauty, but also a paradise for bird-watchers. Otherwise restricted, there are a few patches of shallow waters where you allowed to get into the river waters. Popular activities here are boating and elephant rides. The experience of just sitting and enjoying the tantalizing beauty of this island is sure to rejuvenate your senses.