- Cuddled by the diverse terrain, Munnar is the perfect retreat for experiencing rejuvenation and tranquility amidst the thrill. With its picture-perfect pristine valleys and peaks, tamed sanctuaries, varied flora and fauna, and spice-scented ambiance; Munnar never fails to surprise and revive its visitors. While planning your trip to this beautiful hill, do include the following attractions for some lifetime memories.
Mattupetty, a small town at 13 km from Munnar, deserves a visit by those who love to see a specialized dairy farm with more than 100 cattle varieties, a picturesque dam, and a thrilling lake. The place has become a picnic spot where the best way to enjoy is to take a boat cruise or a speedboat ride. Nearby, you can also explore the Kundala lake and tea plantations.
Another attraction to explore is the Lock Heart Gap at 13 km from Munnar. From here, you can enjoy some breathtaking vistas of the misty, infinite blue hills draped with rich greens and silver brooks. If
- Nestled in the Western Ghats at 6000 ft, Munnar is one of the most naturally consecrated hill stations in South India. Although the picturesque hill station attracts the nature buffs, its extensive tea plantations and scenic points make anyone fall in love with it. While you are here, it is advisable not to miss the two most scenic points that are truly unforgettable for lifetime.
At 15 km from Munnar, the Echo Point is worth your visit with a small lake amidst undulating hills. As the name suggests, it is the point where you can hear an echo of what you say. Every loud call you make on the lake bank reverberates from the surrounding hills.
At another 15 to 20 km from the above point, the Top Station point at 1,880 meters is truly top for its panoramic view. Your eyes will simply not move for several minutes from the extending vistas of the Western Ghats and the Theni valley, from above the clouds. It is also where the Neelakurunji plant flowers every 12 years to turn the area c
- In Kerala, the hill station of Munnar is quite famous for its enchanting waterfalls apart from tea plantations and wildlife sanctuaries. One of the most famous waterfalls is Lakkom, nestled at 25 kms from Munnar, while you move towards Udumalaipettai. It is a part of the Eravikulam National Park wherein the gushing flow amidst the scenic environs make up for a perfect place of escape in this hill station.
Another famous waterfall is Atukkad that is situated between Munnar and Pallivasal. Plunging from a height of 5,578 feet, the waterfall is makes up from a good view of the surrounding picturesque forests as well as charming tea plantations. In order to make this journey memorable, take up the activity of trekking via the shola forests nearby or right through the waterfall here.
The Nyayamakad falls is as scenic as Atukkad. Nestled between Munnar and Rajamalai, the falls plunge from 5,249 on a picturesque landscape. You can even consider trekking as well as sightseeing here to c
- Coorg is ideal for a tranquil green escape in Karnataka, especially for those who are tired of the crowd and hustles in other major tourist destinations such as Mysore and Mangalore. For those who do not know, Coorg is dubbed as the ‘Kashmir of South India’ and 'Scotland of India' because of its grandiose charm and rejuvenating ambience at 3500 ft from the sea level.
Coorg is regarded as an ideal summer retreat to escape he hot summer days in the tourist cities as well as other regions of India. However, tourists will be surprised to see that the hill station has one of the biggest Buddhist settlements in India with their Namdroling Monastery or the Golden Temple, located just 30 km away from the capital Madikeri.
There are many thrilling outdoor activities to enjoy in this hill station, such as trekking, golfing, and river rafting for the travelers. For best trekking and rafting experience, hit the Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri, and Tadiandamol peaks in Coorg. Apart from that, you can
- Yachting has now become a recreational activity among corporates. Those expecting an ultra luxury sailing experience in the Indian waters can go for a yacht rental holiday. According to 2010 reports about 287 leisure boats have been registered with the Mumbai authorities. Cruising in India is increasing every year. According to the surveys done in this category, reports states that this can be improved further with better infrastructure. People are now more interested in power-yachts & speed boats. Travelers seeking an informal and casual holiday experience as well as groups and those expecting full cruise rentals for meetings, and individual private family gatherings can opt a yacht rental.
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Yacht rentals will offer you a chill out as well as entertainment at sea. Yacht rentals also offer you other excitements such as fishing and diving. Some in Mumbai even use the yachts as taxi service. Some ar
- Coorg is not only the destination of historic and religious attractions but also of several natural gems that tend to rejuvenate you. One of the natural attractions that no travel should miss is the scenic view to enjoy from different sights. If you stay in one of the homestays in Coorg, you will be guided well for some of the picturesque sights discussed below.
From the Coorg’s tallest peak named Tadiyendamol, the panoramic vista of the complete hill station is breathtaking, including the far away view of the Arabian Sea. This is best vista to enjoy if you are ready to travel a bit far. While in the capital city Madikeri, you can enjoy the view of this city from the Madikeri fort. Apart from that, do explore Raja’s Seat, the sight from where the spectacular sunset and rejuvenating sunrise views are just unforgettable. The best time for enjoying the sunrise view is 7:00 am, while for the sunset is between 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Just 35 km away from the capital, the Mandalpatti viewpoi
- Goa is reputable for being the memorable winter destination for those who are seeking natural rejuvenation. If you are planning to explore North Goa, there is much for you to explore besides beaches, as the interior is filled with historical heritage and proliferated ecological diversity.
One of the unique attractions here is the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary on the island of Chorao, accessible via a ferry ride leaving every half an hour from Ribander near Panaji. The main attractions here are mangroves, herons, drongos, mudskippers, flying foxes, and migratory birds from Siberia in winters. Do not forget to apply a mosquito repellent to keep insects away.
Another exciting attraction here is organic Sahakari Spice Farm where you can explore the pungent spices that make up spicy and aromatic Indian recipes. You start by tasting lemongrass tea followed by a tour of cultivated rows of tropical fruits and spices such as cloves, curry leaves, cardamom, and nutmeg. However, walks can be lo
- Coorg has several attractions ranging right from coffee plantations to religious sites. However, adventurous activities such as trekking are not ideal to be taken up during winter, as the trails can be very misty. However, there are many other attractions to explore.
Obviously, the capital town of Madikere is always worthy of your visit. The main attractions here are the Madikere Fort and Raja’s Seat. The fort is a historic edifice that was repaired by Tipu Sultan but is now the home of government offices, a palace, prison, museum, temple, and chapel. Raja’s Seat, literally meaning the seat of the king, is an arched mandapa in an enchanting garden. From this seat, you can enjoy a great vista of the surrounding landscape along with the sunrise or sunset.
Your visit to Coorg is incomplete if you do not explore one or more coffee estates. This is best done by staying in one of the homestays in Coorg, which are situated in and around the coffee and spice plantations. This accommodat
- If shopping is your forte, then you will surely not like to miss two special attractions in Delhi from where you will take some cultural souvenirs at home. The first option is Dilli Haat, an open-air arcade full of crafts, arts, and cuisines belonging to different parts of India. It is where you explore the multiethnic aroma of India through the permanent vendors who keep changing their stalls fortnightly. Here, you can buy brassware, mirror works, wood carvings, breaded jewelry, silk and cotton attires, organic jams and pickles, momo’s from Nagaland, vada pao of Mumbai, and dosas of Tamil Nadu. Opened from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm on all seven days, the attraction charges a minimal entry fee.
Another special place to visit is Central Cottage Industries Emporium that is a treasured hub of traditional Indian handicrafts, pottery, brassware, fabrics, silverware, and carved woodwork. Come here in case you wish to buy authentic handicrafts and handloom items. Apart from handicrafts, this ce
- Nalanda was an ancient center of higher studies in Bihar. The place was established by the Gupta kings in the 5th Century BC. Nalanda was a great seat of learning in ancient India. The University was destroyed by a Turkish Muslim ruler Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193. The great library of the University was so vast that it is reported to have burned for three months after the invaders set fire to it. The university accommodated more than ten thousand students and scholars at one time. Now the place is spread with fascinating red sandstone ruins. These ruins are a great example of Kushana architectural traditions. Nalanda ruins is spread around 14 acres of land. The entrance of many of the viharas in the University ruins can be seen with a bow marked floor; the bow was the royal sign of the Guptas. [caption id="attachment_529" align="alignnone" width="259"]nalanda Nalanda[/caption] Nalanda University is recorded as the world’s earliest university. The records found here also states that Lord