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Best Places to Visit in India in 2018

  • 01 Chittorgarh Fort

    Chittorgarh Fort
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    Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most important places to visit in Chittorgarh. This historical fort is the pride of the Rajasthani town as it stands imposingly upon the top of a hill, looking down protectively over the city. Nearly all of Chittorgarh’s attractions are housed inside the fort. 

    The Chittorgarh Fort is a massive structure which was first built in the 7th century and covers an area of approximately 700 acres. There are several grand sights to be seen inside the fort itself apart from the commanding views that can be seen of the environs of Chittorgarh.

    The fort, which is also known as Water Fort, contained 84 water bodies inside its grounds, of which 22 exist today. The Vijay Stambh, Kirti Stambh, Rana Kumbha Palace, Meera mandir and other consequential structures are also housed inside the formidable fort. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 100 for foreigners 
    Location: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 02 Bala Quila Fort

    Bala Quila Fort
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    Also known as the Alwar Fort, the BalaQuila Fort is one of the most historic destinations in Alwar, and is one of the tourist attractions in Alwar that should not be missed when you are in the Rajasthani city. Extending over an area of 5 kilometres, the fort stands stern and forbidding at a height of 1000 feet with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry.

    It was first built by Hasan Khan Mewati in 1550, but has since seen various dynasties rule over it as Alwar passed into the hands of Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and Jats. The fort still stands as imposing as ever, and is a great place to visit during an evening in the city. 

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm 
    Location: Bala Quila   Rd, Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 03 Bhangarh fort

    Bhangarh fort
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    If you are looking for some thrills in Alwar, visiting its “most haunted place” is the best way to fulfil the desire. Bhangarh Fort, on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, has long held its spooky reputation. Though it is a well-preserved fort, the ‘supernatural’ occurrences that seem to occur within its premises tend to ward off many people.

    If you are eager to explore Alwar in all its facets, haunted and otherwise, a visit to this fort is a must. Do it while the light lasts, since ghosts are said to hang out here at night. Though spooky, Bhangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Alwar for some unique memories.  

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Location: Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410


  • 04 Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)

    Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh)
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    The Kirti Stambha is a one of the lovely tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Housed inside the massive Chittorgarh Fort, this 12th century tower stands as a monument to Adinathji, the 1st Jain Teerthankar.

    It is decorated with the naked figures of the Digambars, and reflects the cultural beliefs of the Digambars comprehensively. There are seven storeys in the tower, and a narrow and steep staircase leads to the top from where views of the Chittorgarh environs can be taken in. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 05 The Palace Museum

    The Palace Museum
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    The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place to visit when in the city. There is a wonderful range of artefacts that are displayed in the museum that speak of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular.

    The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal families reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate yourself into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition. 

    Timings:10 am to 5 pm
    Location: City Palace, Alwar, India


  • 06 Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)

    Vijay Stambha (Victory tower)
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    The Vijay Stambha stands tall and mighty in the premises of the Chittorgarh Fort. Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mohamed Khilji, this 9-storyed tower is adorned by sculptures of Hindu deities around and reflects the historical traditions of its age quite successfully.

    The view from the top of the structure is breathtaking- there are steep steps that lead to the top of the tower, from where the whole town is revealed in all its glory. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 07 Siliserh Lake Palace

    Siliserh Lake Palace
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    Siliserh Lake Palace is an erstwhile royal palace and hunting lodge located on the banks of the Siliserh Lake that has now been converted into a heritage hotel which is run by RTDC. The hotel makes for a perfect dropback to a romantic holiday because of the beauty of its exteriors and the simple elegance of its interiors.

    The lake is perfect for fishing, sailing and boating. It is also a wonderful budget option for those who wish to enjoy luxury but do not wish to burn a hole in their pocket for the experience. The in-house restaurant offers a great range of Indian and Continental cuisines that are soul-satisfying and filling. 

    Price: 2000- 3000 INR/ 50- 80 USD per night approx.
    Location:Siliserh Circle, Alwar 301001, India


  • 08 Padmini's Palace

    Padmini's Palace
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    Loacted inside the Chittorgarh Fort, the Padmani Palace has a unique history attached to it making it one of the must-visit attractions in Chittorgarh fort. This palace was the reason for the battle betweenAla-ud-din Khilji and Rana Ratan Singh. Padmini Palace was the very legendary palace from where Ala-ud-din Khilji was permitted to obtain a glimpse of Padmini in a mirror placed in the main hall.

    Allured by her beauty, Ala-ud-din Khilji fought a fierce battle with Rana Ratan Singh, husband of Rani Padmini. A visit to this palace gives one an insight not only into the history of Chittorgarh but also into human passions. The palace overlooks a lovely pool, and the views from inside are delightful.
     
    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 09 Rana Kumbha Palace

    Rana Kumbha Palace
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    Rana Kumbha Palace is one of the most interesting places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The massive proportions of the ruined edifice of the palace reveal what an imposing structure it was in the height of its glory. Rana Kumbha Palace is the largest monument in the Chittorgarh Fort and has a grand history attached to it. It has been the residence to people like Bappa Rawal, Maharana Kumbha, rani Padmani, Princess Meera Bai among others.

    Legend of Panna Dhai, who saved infant Udai Singh with the heart-breaking sacrifice of her infant son, is also associated with this palace. The dungeons of this palace are also supposed to be the place where Rani Padmani and the other women of the palace committed Johar. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 10 Hill Fort Kesroli

    Hill Fort Kesroli
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    Ancient fort turned heritage hotel, Hill Fort Kesroli is a magnificent place to indulge yourself in when on vacation in Alwar. It is a beautiful structure to look upon, and just as gorgeous to inhabit. The décor is in keeping with the traditional image of the fort, and history still has a presence in the long glossy halls of the hotel.

    A stay in this fort allows you to escape the everyday bustle of Alwar while letting you immerse yourself in its culture and tradition as you rest your body in relaxation. 

    Price: 5000- 8000 INR/ 70- 100 USD per night approx. 
    Location: Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Kesroli


  • 11 Sariska Palace

    Sariska Palace
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    This luxurious resort near the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the indulgence of a luxury hotel at the rate of a budget accommodation. Staying in this Palace during your stay in Alwar will allow you to experience the best of Alwar’s wild scenery, decadent luxury, and gracious courtesy.

    The palace is located close to the sanctuary and the haunted fort, thereby offering its guests some of the best sights and sounds to be had in Alwar. 

    Price: 1500- 2000 INR/ 30- 50 USD per night approx. 
    Location: Near Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Alwar, Sariska, Rajasthan 301022


  • 12 Kalika Mata Temple

    Kalika Mata Temple
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    Built originally in the 8th century, this serene temple was dedicated to the worship of the sun god before it was converted into a shrine for Kalika, an incarnation of Goddess Durga, in the 14th century. This temple is one of the most important pilgrimage attractions in Chittorgarh, and should not be missed when touring the grounds of the Chittorgarh fort.

    The architecture of the temple reflects the devotion of its builders- a lot of hard work has been put into the intricate carvings and embellishments that adorn the ancient walls of the temple. Even though it is partially in ruins now, the beauty of the temple still shines through. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 13 City Palace Alwar

    City Palace Alwar
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    The City Palace of Alwar is actually a fort that is located right below the Alwar Fort in the foothills of the Aravalli ranges.  Built in the 18th century, this fort reflects its rich cultural heritage in its blend of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

    Though it mainly houses government offices today; the City palace is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. The Palace houses an artificial lake inside its premises as well as a museum that is one of the best in the state. A visit to the City palace will allow you to experience the best of Alwar in a comprehensive way. 

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
    Location: City Palace, Alwar


  • 14 Sanwariaji Temple

    Sanwariaji Temple
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    Sanwariaji Temple is one of the most renowned places to visit in Chittorgarh. The massive temple complex is considered second in religious importance only to the Krishna Temple in Nathdwara, and is a popular pilgrimage shrine in Rajasthan. Located approximately 40 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, this temple is a lovely place to spend a couple of pious hours in.

    Serenity and positivity enrich the ambience of the temple, and the sacrosanct halls make for a peaceful place to mediate and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visiting the temple as soon as dawn breaks is a pleasant way to experience the solitude and quiet that the temple offers.
     
    Timings: 5 am to 12 pm; 2.30 pm to 11 pm
    Price: Free entry 
    Location: Bhadsoda and Mandphiya village, Dist. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, Bhadsora, Rajasthan 312024


  • 15 Sathis Deori Temple

    Sathis Deori Temple
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    Located inside the Chittorgarh fort, close to Fateh Prakash Palace, this temple is one of the best sacred places to visit in Chittorgarh fort. The temple forms a part of the Jain temple complex, and is the largest amongst them. This massive Shwetamber Jain Temple was built in the 11th century and celebrates the life and virtues of Bhagawan Adinatha. 


    The name of the temple signifies that at some point in history, there were twenty-seven temples inside this temple alone. Though no trace of these monuments remains, the SathisDeori Temple is a grand sight to behold in and of itself. The architecture is to be marvelled at for its intricate detailing and awe-inspiring domes. Sitting quietly in the temple allows you to immerse yourself in its ancient solitude.

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort

    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 16 Vijay Mandir Palce

    Vijay Mandir Palce
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    One of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar, the Vijay Mandir Palace is one destination you simply cannot miss while touring the city. It is located 10 kilometres away from the main city and is spread over a vast area of land.

    The imposing structure attracts the eye from far off, and reflects its grandeur in the best possible way. The picturesque image is magnified in beauty by the reflection which sparkles in the lake below. An hour spent roaming the halls and grounds of this Palace will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated, and you will return to Alwar armed with many Instagram-worthy images too. 

    Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Alwar District, Near Vijay Sagar Lake, Alwar, India


  • 17 Government Museum Bharatpur

    Government Museum Bharatpur
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    The Government Museum of Bharatpur is located in the theLohargarh fort. It is a strong reflection of the culture of the area, and contains a lot of interesting artefacts relating to the art, history, and traditions of Bharatpur. The main attractions of the museum consist of the stone sculptures, inscriptions, terracotta items, metallic objects, coins, weapons, miniature paintings and local artthat are housed there.

    The art gallery, which contain miniature paintings on leaves of peepal tree, mica and old litho papers, inside the museum is also open to public viewing. Spending a couple of hours here, admiring the artefacts and the grand views, is a good way to spend time in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs 20 per person
    Location: Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur, India


  • 18 Ratan Singh Palace

    Ratan Singh Palace
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    The “Winter Palace” of the royal family, Ratan Singh Palace is a scenic palace in the massive grounds of the Chittorgarh fort. Though the palace wears a rundown look today, it has played a significant part in the history of Chittorgarh in its heyday.

    It was used for great ceremonies and functions by the royal family, and has a beautiful architectural style made up of towering domes, sculpted pillars, embellished walls and more. The palace is located along the Ratneshwar Talab, and thereby offers pleasant views of the fort grounds. The beautifully carved Ratneshwar Mahadeva Temple is also located in the palace grounds. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: Rs. 15 for Indians and Rs. 200 for Foreigners
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 19 Neelkant Mahdev temple

    Neelkant Mahdev temple
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    Located deep inside the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the Neelkant Mahadev Temple in Alwar is one of the best places to visit in Alwar. A rocky and tenuous path leads up to the ancient temple that was built in the 10th century as a shrine for the worship of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

    Time stands still within the temple- the bulky ancient stones cast still shadow over the interiors and the thick forest looms silently over the temple. Only the Shiva shrine is open; both the Brahma and Vishnu shrines have been locked up. An expedition to this temple can be carried out either on foot or by vehicle though the roads for vehicles are very rocky.
     
    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free
    Location:SariskaTIger Reserve, Alwar, Rajasthan


  • 20 Bharatpur Palace and Museum

    Bharatpur Palace and Museum
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    An elegant and imposing structure, the Bharatpur Palace is one of the best places to visit in Bharatpur. It is a reflection of the culture and heritage of this old Rajasthani city, and offers an interesting insight into Bharatpur’s lifestyle.

    The structure fuses the Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture, creating a unique style of monument. Richly patterned flooring and decorated walls add glamour to the palatial apartments. The palace also contains the Kamra Khas, a museum that contains a vast number of antiques, over 581 stone sculptures, 861 local art and craft wares and ancient scriptures that depict the art and culture typical of Bharatpur.

    Timings: 9 am to 5.30 pm
    Location: Bharatpur Palace, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 


  • 21 Samadhisvara Temple

    Samadhisvara Temple
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    Samadhisvara Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva originally built BhojaParmara in early 11th century AD but later on renovated by Mokalin 1428. Apart from the grandiose image of lord Shivaenshrined in the heart of the temple, it also consists of garbhagriha, an antarala and a gudha-mandapa with mukhmandapa (entrance porch) on all the three faces, i.e., northern, western and southern sides. The temple too lies inside the Chittorgarh Fort and is among the most popular attraction with tourists in Chittorgarh. 
     
    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 22 Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri

    Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri
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    Cenotaphs are a hallmark of royal Rajasthani architecture, and Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri is one of the best cenotaphs in Alwar district. Situated outside the main palace of Alwar, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri was built by Vinay Singh in the memory of Alwar’s ruler, Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh and his queen, Rani Moosi who committed ‘sati’ on her husband’s pyre.

    The tombs of the king and queen are sheltered in the cenotaph. Mythological carvings that adorn the walls of the structure are interesting to behold while the marble-covered floor on the top of the cenotaph stuns the beholder with its austere magnificence. 
     
    Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
    Location: City Palace Rd, Mohalla Ladiya, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 23 Fateh Jung Gumbad

    Fateh Jung Gumbad
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    This five-storeyed tomb is a lasting legacy from the 18th century when it was commissioned by Shahajahan in the memory of Fateh Jung, a worker in the court of that Mughal ruler. The tomb is a classic structure which features a unique blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles.

    Intricate carvings, immense domes, high minarets, and the warm colours of rich sandstone suffuse the tomb with the brilliance that was characteristic of the monuments Shahajahan built. Fateh Jung Gumbad is one of the best tourist attractions in Alwar, and should definitely be visited when you are in this heritage city. 

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Bharatpur Road, Near Railway Line, Alwar, Rajasthan 


  • 24 Meera Temple

    Meera Temple
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    The Meera Temple is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Chittorgarh, reflecting as it does the beautiful history of devotion played out in the story of the Rajputani princess, Meera and her Lord Krishna.

    The temple, with its Indo-Aryan architecture, is located inside Chittorgarh Fort, has several intricately carved idols that adorn its sanctum sanctorum. A small temple dedicated to lord Krishna can also be found inside. The history and culture of the age can be understood comprehensively when you pay a visit to this temple. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 25 Bankey Bihari Temple

    Bankey Bihari Temple
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    Built during the Mughal rule in Bharatpur, the Bankey Bihari temple in Bharatpur is a delightful temple inside the Lohagarh Fort. The spot is pleasant to look upon and perfect to revive yourself in.

    The peace and silence that hang around the temple, as well as the soothing gongs that reverberate the still air inside the temple, make for an auspicious and serene atmosphere.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and houses several idols celebrating his power and virtue. This temple is one of the best places to visit in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs. 20 per person
    Location: Lohagarh Fort, Gopalgarh, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001


  • 26 Keoladeo Ghana National Partk

    Keoladeo Ghana National Partk
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    This place is the reason Bharatpur is so well-known all over India. Keoladeo Ghana National Park, more commonly known as Bharatpur Bird sanctuary, is one of the must-vist tourist attractions in Bharatpur, and for good reason. The intensity of wildlife that one can experience in Bharatpur is startling.  Though most well-known for the hordes of birds that its hosts ear-round, the sanctuary also has a rich variety of flora and fauna, all of which makes the sanctuary a wildly active place throughout the year.

    The best season to visit this sanctuary is around October- November. Most migratory birds have arrived by then and the chirp and bustle of the place is magnificent. The summer months, when the cranes have begun their beautiful courtship dances, are also interesting months to visit the sanctuary in. There are accommodations inside the sanctuary if you wish to explore the place at all hours. This is definitely one of the necessary places to visit in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs. 50 per person for Indians; Rs. 400 per person for foreign tourists; Rs. 100 for rickshaw ride
    Location: Agra-Jaipur Highway, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 302001


  • 27 Purjan Vihar

    Purjan Vihar
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    Alwar is a wonderful, historic city, but like all other cities of Rajasthan, it is rather prone to be faced with the scorching sun. What better way to avoid the heat and the sunburns than to visit Alwar’s own private “Shimla”. PurjanVihar, also known as the Company Garden or Shimla, is one of the best places to visit in Alwar.

    The cool winds that rustle through the ancient trees in this garden bring about a feeling of peace and relaxation to those who visit it, and the long avenues are perfect for long and leisurely walks.

    Timings: 4 am to 10 pm
    Price: Free
    Location: Sector 7, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 28 Gaumukh Reservoir

    Gaumukh Reservoir
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    One of the most important water tanks in the Chittorgarh Fort, the Gaumukh Reservoir is a sacred site in the Hindu religion, so much so that a tour of sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites is considered incomplete without a visit to this reservoir.

    Water from a natural spring constantly flows from the “cow mouth” into the reservoir. A shiva-linga and an icon of Goddess Lakshmi adorn the base of the Gaumukh where the water falls. A popular activity indulged in by visittors to the reservoir is the feeding of the fishes that dwell there. The Samadheswar Temple is located close at hand and provides a lovely complement to the holy reservoir. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 29 Lohagarh Fort

    Lohagarh Fort
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    Lohagarh Fort, or Iron Fort, is one of the strongest structures in Rajasthan, and a must-visit attraction in Bharatpur. It is its unassailable defence quality that gave it its powerful name when it was built in the early 18th century by Jat ruler Maharaja Suraj Mal. The fort is austere and imposing, and its air of unperturbed strength is what attracts hundreds of tourists to its grounds yearly.

    The fort also houses a museum in its arena- the Government Museum. The museum is a good place to learn about the arts of war employed by the rulers of Bharatpur and take a look at the various war related artefacts that were used for defence in the past. The fort also commands grand views of the region, so visiting it is also a visual treat. 

    Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
    Price: Rs. 20 per person
    Location: Lohagarh Fort, Gopalgarh, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001



  • 30 Pandu Pol

    Pandu Pol
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    Pandu Pol is a scenic tourist spot in the Sariska Tiger Reserve which is very popular with tourists. The spot is also sacred to the Hindu religion because of the mythical connotations regarding the Pandava brothers attached to it.

    A hanuman temple has also been constructed over here. Situated in the middle of dense forest groves, this spot offers tourists a chance to immerse themselves in the natural harmony that flows all around. The beauty of the setting along with the sanctity attached to the spot make it a good tourist spot to visit in Alwar. You can simply visit it when on a tour of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. 

    Timings: All day long
    Price: Free
    Location: Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar District, Rajasthan


  • 31 Shyam Temple

    Shyam Temple
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    Names after one of its feistiest rulers, Rana Kumbha, this temple is a magnificent place to visit in Chittorgarh. The temple was built by Rana Kumbha in an Indo-Aryan architectural style, and is dedicated to Varaha, an incarnation of Vishnu. Apart from being a holy shrine, the temple is also a great place to understand the artistic taste of rana Kumbha.

    The temple is decorated with holy artworks chosen by the king, and its domes, pillars and idols are mesmerising. The dominating pyramidical roof of the temple captures the eye long before the temple is reached, and once inside, the carvings on the walls keep one in a constant state of fascination. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 32 Neemrana Fort

    Neemrana Fort
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    Constructed in the 15th century, the Neemrana Fort Palace has recently been turned into a luxurious heritage hotel. It features glorious views of the neighbouring wilderness and offers a scenic getaway from the hectic life of the cities. Staying in this palatial retreat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that no one who has experienced it can forget.

    The structure comprises of seven palace wings built over 14 layers tiered into a hill across 6 acres of garden-palace. Hanging gardens, two outdoor pools, an Ayurvedic spa, and India’s first zip-line are other unique offerings that make a visit to this destination a memorable way to spend a quiet and indulgent vacation. 

    Price: 5000- 7000 INR/ 75- 120 USD per night approx. 
    Location: 122nd Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Alwar, Neemrana, Rajasthan 301705


  • 33 Chawad Devi Temple

    Chawad Devi Temple
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    Chawad Devi Temple is a lovely tourist attraction in Bharatpur because it stands as a token to the history, culture and traditions of the region. A visit to the peaceful temple allows visitors to relax and rejuvenate in the peace and serenity that pervades the air.

    The temple is seldom populated, which allows you to immerse yourself in solitude while you revive your drained energy. Visiting the temple early in the morning is a magical experience. 

    Timings:  Open 24 hours
    Price: Free Entry


  • 34 Mahanal Temple

    Mahanal Temple
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    Approximately 80 kilometres from Chittorgarh lies one of the best places to visit in Chittorgarh- Mahanal Temples and Math. The temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also houses some other deities. Though partially in ruins, it is nonetheless a scenic place to visit.

    Not only is the complex architecture of the complex still awe-inspiring, there is also a lovely waterfall nearby that adds grace and charm to the location. Spending a couple of hours leisurely exploring the temple complex and the waterfall is a beautiful and serene way to pass some time. A day-trip from Chittorgarh to the temple is a good idea- the drive is delightful and the destination exclusive.

    Timings: Open 24 hours 
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Mahanal Temples and Math, Menal, Chittorgarh, India


  • 35 Sariska Wildlife Santuary

    Sariska Wildlife Santuary
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    Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Alwar. Spread over an area of more than 800 square kilometres, this sanctuary offers a safe haven to the majestic Royal Bengal tigers of Alwar. The sanctuary is made up of grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky terrains. A host of birds and animals inhabit the sanctuary including Wild Dog, Jungle Cat, Chitel, Nilgai, Chausingha, Sambar, Chinkara, Four-Horned Antelope, Hanuman Langur, and Rhesus Monkeys.

    The sanctuary also houses the rare Indian Eagle-Owl. But the sanctuary is not just famous for its flora and fauna. A number of historical temples can be found inside the sanctuary, that add further mystery and majesty to the place. Trekking through the wildlife sanctuary is a great experience. 

    Timings:6:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Price: 
    Indians: INR 60, 
    Foreign Nationals: INR 450,
    Vehicles: INR 250
    Location: Subhash Chowk Station road malakhera, Alwar, Rajasthan 301406


  • 36 Bhartrihari Temple

    Bhartrihari Temple
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    30 kilometres from the city of Alwar, near the Sariska National Park, stands the majestic Bhatrihari Temple. This temple is one of the most important tourist attractions in Alwar, as well as one of its most sacred spots. Named after the ruler of Ujjain, Bhartrihari Baba, this temple offers devotees a chance to experience some quiet time away from the chaotic attractions of the city.

    It is built in classic Rajasthani style, with floral designed columns of shikharas and mandaps decorating its wide galleries. A visit to this temple is said to be a powerful experience and you might even find your deepest wishes granted by saint Bhartrihari. However, regardless of your faith, a visit to this spot should definitely be included in your itinerary, if only for the views and the architectural beauty of the temple.

    Timings: 6 am to 7 pm
    Price: Free
    Location: Alwar - Jaipur Road, Alwar District, Indok, Rajasthan 30100


  • 37 Laxman Mandir

    Laxman Mandir
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    Intricately carved doors, embellished walls, grandiose arches, and imposing idols- all these make Laxman Mandir one of the best tourist attractions in Bharatpur. There is a wealth of history and culture inscribed within the halls of this temple. Built in order to pay tribute to the brotherly virtues of Laxman, brother of Lord Ram, the temple contains statues of Lord Laxman and his wife Urmila, as well as smaller statues of Hanuman, Shtrughan, Bharat and Ram.

    These staues are particularly renowned for the unique combination of 8 metals, “Ashtdhaatu”, that they are made of. A visit to this beautiful Rajasthani style temple will allow you to experience the beauty of Rajasthan’s culture in a different way.

    Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
    Price: Free Entry
    Location: Tara Mahendra Colony, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001


  • 38 Pangong Lake

    Pangong Lake
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    Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

    The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

    The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

    Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

    Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

    Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.



  • 39 Nubra Valley

    Nubra Valley
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    Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

    Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

    Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

    Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

    Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley



  • 40 Khardung La

    Khardung La
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    Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

    The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

    Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

    Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

    Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.



  • 41 Tso Moriri Lake

    Tso Moriri Lake
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    It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

    The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

    The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

    Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

    Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

    Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.



  • 42 Shanti Stupa

    Shanti Stupa
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    The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

    History

    The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

    Structure of the stupa

    Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

    Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

    Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

    Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful




  • 43 Magnetic Hill

    Magnetic Hill
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    Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

     If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

    Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

    Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

    Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.



  • 44 Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the loveliest places to visit in Chittorgarh. This wildlife sanctuary is a place where nature works its wonders in the form of teak, bamboo, tendu, amla and salar forests, the Jakham and Karmoi rivers, and the countless birds and animals that inhabit it.

    The forest takes its name from the legend of Sita attached to it. Sita, the wife of Lord Ram of Ayodhya, is said to have inhabited the ashram of Saint Valmiki in this forest dring her separation from Lord Ram. Animals like the flying squirrel, spotted deer, wild bear, four horned antelope, nilgai, jungle cat, jackal, hyena, caracal wild boar, leopards, wild pangolin can be spotted here. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Rs 10 for Indians adults; Rs 2 for Indian students; Rs 80 for foreigners
    Location: Pratapgarh, Rajasthan 


  • 45 Seetharam Temple

    Seetharam Temple
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    A small but scenic place, the Seetharam Temple, is a beautiful place to catch up on some healing solitude and serenity. Located deep within the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, this temple is a lovely place close to the natural bounty of nature.

    The call of birds and the play of monkeys are the only things that disturb your mediations in the shrine. Another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located close by. Legend has it that the lingum in the temple originated from the earth some 300 years ago, which makes the temple a truly holy spot. 

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
    Price: Free Entry into temple
    Location: Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur, India


  • 46 Fateh Prakash Palace

    Fateh Prakash Palace
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    The Fateh Singh Palace inside the Chittorgarh Fort is a striking structure. Its chief attraction, and one that distinguishes it from the other buildings of the fort, is that it is built is a markedly modern fashion as opposed to the other structures. The palace was built by Maharana Pratap Singh, and is named after him.

    A big Ganesh idol, a fountain, manifold crystal objects, and different frescoes decorate the grounds of this palace and make it a sight worth seeing. Today, the palace houses a museum which is a good place to comprehensively understand the history of the palace, fort, and Chittorgarh city. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
    Price: You only need to pay the entry price for the fort 
    Location: Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001



  • 47 Garbhaji Water Fall

    Garbhaji Water Fall
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    On the route to Siliserh lake, you will come across one of the most beautiful spots in Alwar. The Garbhaji Water Falls are one of the few waterfalls in the desert state of Rajasthan, and make for one of the prettiest places to visit in Alwar. Surrounded by grooves of trees filled with chattering birds, these waterfalls are a sight to behold in the monsoon season.

    The water comes gushing down the rocks, spraying the trees and shrubs with moisture. Climbing up a steep set of stairs will take you up to the spot from where the water falls, and you will be presented with a grand view of the surrounding hills and valleys from the top. The panoramic views and rich colours that are to be found here are a photographer’s delight. While the rains do intensify all the beauty, they also make navigating the terrain more difficult, so a steady step is crucial. 
     
    Timings: All day long
    Price: Free 
    Location: Garbhaji Falls, Alwar, India


  • 48 Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

    Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
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    Lal Bagh Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 240 acres exhibiting more than 1,854 species of medicinal and scientific plants and trees. Among the places to visit in Bangalore, Lal Bagh Botanical garden certainly tops the list for its vast green stretch and the presence of exotic birds.  

    The park was commissioned and concluded by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, respectively, in the year 1760 and this vast expanse of greenery houses a 3000 million years rock which is fondly famous as “the Lal Bagh rock” which is a unique site that interests hordes of tourists. 

    There is also a glass house with a lake and an aquarium and this glass house hosts a vibrant annual flower show. The colorful and vivid presence of birds such as Parakeets, Myna, Brahminy Kite, Pond Heron, Purple Moorhen and Common Egret etc hook a lot of birdwatchers and photographers.  

    Location: Mavalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

    Best Time to Visit:  you can visit the garden any time of the year but if you particularly interested in the flower show then visit in January and August.

    Price: entry is free for children and an adult needs to pay INR 10.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 5 KM.



  • 49 Lamayuru Monastery

    Lamayuru Monastery
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    The high elevation where Lamayuru Monastery is located at amuses every traveler comes here. Existing on Leh-Srinagar Highway, around 15 kms east of the Fotu La, the monastery is perched on a height of 3510 meters. The murals, frescoes and the images of Buddha have created an interesting setting inside this famous Buddhist temple.

    History

    Lamayuru Monastery was originally the monastery belonged to Bon and the name means Swastika which symbolized eternity. The history says that an Indian scholar named Naropa caused a lake to dry up and there founded Lamayuru Monastery. Seng ge Sgang is the oldest building surviving which is dedicated to the builder-monk, Rinchen Zangpo.

    The structure of the monastery

    There were actually five buildings in the beginning and still one can find the remaining of the four buildings located in the corner. In the past there, were up to 400 monks and currently there are 100 monks residing in the monastery. There is a small temple can be seen which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara.

    Location: The monastery is located at a distance of 127 km from Leh in the Lamayuru region. You can reach the monastery via road by bus or jeep.

    Timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

    Entry fee: INR 30 per person

    Highlights: There will be two annual Mask Dance festivals happen which is the most suitable time to visit the monastery.



  • 50 Cubbon Park

    Cubbon Park
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    This green belt region is spread over 300 acres land housing 6000 trees of different families contributing to the rich flora of the region.

    Within the campus of the park, there are some interesting points like Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo grove nook, lotus pond, Dancing Fountain and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park etc.

    It is like a second home to nature lovers and morning joggers. If you wish to cover the entire park but not foot then hop on a toy train and tour around in the most fun away.

    Cubbon Park is one of the Banglore tourist places where you can just sit idly beneath the green foliage and unwind watching the magical hours in the sky.  

    Location: Kasturba Road, Behind High Court of Karnataka, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning.

    Price: Free entry.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours or half a day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM



  • 51 Havelock Island

    Havelock Island
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    Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.

     The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.

    Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.  

    Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.

    Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.

    Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.

     



  • 52 Alchi Monastery

    Alchi Monastery
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    After the endless mountain peaks, green valleys, high passes, monasteries in Ladakh are the prime factors behind the huge number of visitors to the paradise every year. Alchi Monastery, a group of Buddhist shrines is now a remarkable landmark and a must visit tourist attraction in Leh. The rugged valleys, uneven mountain terrains etc are creating a flamboyant view from the monastery and make the travelers feel elevated. Alchi is a part of the three villages that together constitute to the Alchi Group of Monuments.

    History

    Alchi Monastery and its current guardians are grateful the great translator Rinchen Zangpo who was the reason behind the construction of the monastery. He built it in the AD 1000 and there were 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir to help him. But when the Gelug sect decided to shift the activities to Likir Monastery permanently, it turned to be the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa, officially.

    Structure of the monastery

    Alchi Monastic Complex has three principal shrines named the Dukhang or Assembly Hall, the Sumtseng and the temple of Manjushri. Chortens have a special space inside the complex. The wall paintings seen inside are dating back to the spiritual and artistic nuances found in Buddhism and Hindu Kingdoms. Like we seen in other monasteries, here also, you will find the huge statues of Buddha and several wood carvings and art works appearing in Baroque style.

    Location: The monastery is located in Alchi Village in the Leh District, 70 km from Leh.

    Timing: May to September on all days: from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

    Entry Fee: For Indians: INR 25, For Foreigners: INR 50

    Highlights: The views from the monastery have attracted a lot of film production sets. Good photographic location as well.



  • 53 Nandi Hills

    Nandi Hills
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    This is a set of breathtaking hillocks which is a complete nature retreat. From cycling and paragliding into the stunning mount to the Yoganandeeshwara Temple that sits atop the hill with a huge Nandi statue, these small mounds have a lot to offer, even the name of the hills was coined after the temple statue. 

    Nandi hills are set small hillocks which serves as a great trekking or weekend getaway from Bangalore. It bestows the visitors with the sight of some endemic flora and fauna and magnificent vistas of the surrounding. 

    Trek through the paved roads, rocky terrain, small streams and grasslands to reach the top of the hills but one must be careful of the steep descent and sharp turns while returning. Hordes of monkeys will accompany you throughout the trek hence do not keep eatables in your hands.

    Location: Chikkaballapur Taluk, Chikkaballapur 562101, India

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: It is open 24 hours and the standard trekking hours can be between 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 62 KM.




  • 54 Chidiya Tapu

    Chidiya Tapu
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    As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side. 

    As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.

    Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.

    Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them. Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.

    Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.




  • 55 Bannerghatta National Park

    Bannerghatta National Park
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    Bannerghatta National Park is one of the interesting places to visit in Bangalore for the assorted wildlife and natural establishments and the rich vegetation. One can hire jeeps and cars or board a bus for touring around this massive national park sprawled across an area of  104.27 sq. km. 

    The park encompasses a number of establishments such as a pretty butterfly park swarmed with colorful species of butterflies, an aquarium, Children's park, a zoo, a Crocodile farm, Snake Park, a museum and a Prehistoric Animals' Park which is highly praised by the visitors. 

    The flora and fauna of the park include eucalyptus, sandalwood, tamarind, neem, bamboo etc in plants and jackal,  spotted deer, fox, wild boar, sloth bear, elephants, leopards, porcupine, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, monitor lizard etc in animals. 

    Bannerghatta park is not only nature’s retreat but also has ample locations for short trekking expedition, some of the points are Hajjamana Kallu, Mirza Hill, and Uddigebande; all of these are located under a distance of 4 KM. It is a quick getaway for all the shutterbugs and adventure enthusiasts dwelling in Bangalore.

    Location: Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season.

    Price: INR 80 for adults and INR 40 for children (Indian Nationals), INR 400 and 300 for adult and children (any foreign national).

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 23 KM.



  • 56 Royal Leh Palace

    Royal Leh Palace
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    A nine storey high building displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace that stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace is a must visit during anyone’s tour of Ladakh region as it has been standing there as a symbol of the old glorious days of the royal family lived here. The top floors accommodated the members of the regal community and the low floors were occupied by stables and stores.

    History

    In the 17th century, King Sengge Namgyal led the construction of Leh Palace and it gained fame in a short span of time. Later, it was termed as an architectural icon and the symbol of pride and glory of Leh. The history says that during the time when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh, Leh Palace was abandoned and the members of the family were asked to move to Stok Palace. The Archeological Survey of India has restored the valuable ruins of the palace and opened to the public as a remarkable tourist attraction.

    Structure of the palace

    There is a monastery behind the palace which is a part of the palace and there you will find the statue of a seating Buddha in there in the monastery behind the palace. On the walls of the palace, you will see the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka.

    Timings: The palace is open to public on all days from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm

    Entry fee: For Indians: INR 20 and for Foreigners: INR 100

    Location: Leh Palace is closely located to the town. Visitors can reach the palace by walking from Leh town as it is about 5 kms away from there.



  • 57 Neil Island

    Neil Island
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    A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.

    In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.

    Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.

    Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.



  • 58 Bangalore Palace

    Bangalore Palace
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    Bangalore Palace is a true example of sheer architectural beauty which was built in 1873. This old opulent structure sits on a land of 25000 square feet displaying the regal mix of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architectural designs. 

    Besides being a preserved site, it is also a grand venue that hosts marriage parties, events, and rock concerts. The palace houses paintings of the famous painter of bygone era Raja Ravi Varma along with ancient carvings and granite and ceramic tiles seating on the floor which are still unblemished. 

    There is magnanimous ground in front of the palace which has hosted a number of international artists in the past like, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Lamb of God, Don Moen, David Guetta,  The Black Eyed Peas, Deep Purple, Metallica, Roger Waters etc. 

    On the auspicious day of Dussehra every year, a grand fair is organized in the ground against the royal backdrop of the beautifully lit palace.

    Location: Palace Road, Near Mount Carmel Institute Of Management, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

    Best Time to Visit: During Dussehra when it is well lit with a grandiose celebration.

    Price: INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM




  • 59 Zanskar valley

    Zanskar valley
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    The Zanskar Range is the mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir that acts as the separating line between Ladakh and Zanskar. The Zanskar Range is a part of the Tethys Himalayas, formed with weakly transformed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is 6000 meters. It is an inevitable spot for adventure lovers during their adrenaline rushing trekking trips to the Trans Himalayas every year.

    On the way to Zanskar Valley, one will come across the incredible Suru Valley which puts forth a decent trekking experience to adventure lovers. Zanskar is alluring always with its brightly shining mountain peaks and the presumably attracting villages, sometimes, it looks overshadowing the relishing Changthang Region as well. Tourism has caused a great enhancements on the economic side of the region like education flourished and the lifestyle of the people has changed but it took its toll on the fragile mountain environment.

    Nevertheless, Zanskar is the favorite tourist destination still because of the vast area that is made beautiful by multiple hues, the distinct flora and fauna and the extremely variant climatic conditions. There are two main branches of the Zanskar River; one is Doda which has source near Pensi-La and flows south eastwards to reach Padum and the second one is formed by two tributaries called Kargyag River and it has source near Shingo La.

    Height: The valley is situated at an average height of 6000 meters above the sea level.

    Location: It is located at a distance of about 464 kms from Leh and would take around 10 to 11 hours to reach. Buses are available from Leh to reach the valley.

    Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August and September are suitable to visit the Zanskar Range as the other months will cause heavy snowfall and the roads will be blocked.



  • 60 Radhanagar Beach

    Radhanagar Beach
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    Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.

     Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.

    Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony. 

    The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.



  • 61 Hemis National Park

    Hemis National Park
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    Around 4400 sq.km is the area the prime attraction of Ladakh spreads into. We are talking about the renowned Hemis National Park named after the popular monastery in the region that is Hemis Monastery. The very rare species of wildlife is the reason behind its global recognition. Bharal and snow leopards are examples for the unseen animal collection found in Hemis National Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Indus River. 

    The animals, the flora, the birds and the nature in the park and its vicinity are coming under the highly protected areas and this is the only place in India where the protected snow leopards are seen in abundance. The Rumbak and Markha catchments were found to be protected with the discovery of the park in 1981 and it grew into 4400 sq.km in 1990 and becomes the largest national park in South Asia. Argali or the Great Tibetan Sheep, Shapu etc are the supporters of the prey base for the predators in Hemis. Asiatic Ibex, the Tibetan Wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and red fox are some of the endangered species found before and some are still present in the park. The crucial problem faced by the park is the regular animal-human conflicts because over 1600 people are living inside the park boundaries, mainly pastoralists living with poultry farming, goats and sheep.

    Height: The elevation at which the park exists is 3000-6000 meters above the sea level.

    Location: The park is located about 5 kms from Leh and Leh Airport is the closest airport to the park.

    Best time to visit: To reach the park there are a number of trekking routes opened from Mid-June to Mid-October. But the best season to spot snow leopards is of course, in late winter.




  • 62 Vidhana Soudha

    Vidhana Soudha
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    Vidhana Soudha is situated in the center of the city, painted in white and spread over an area of 60 acres. Vidhan Soudha is the most renowned landmark in Bangalore which houses the state secretariat and state legislature under one roof. 

    This dome-like structure has two chambers where the first floor (central wing) can accommodate 268 members at a time and the southern wing can accommodate 88 members. 

    The building is a marvelous amalgamation of Dravidian, British and Indo-Islamic style architecture. One must not miss the lighting up of the building on Sunday evenings and the inscription that reads “Government work is God’s work.” 

    Please note that it is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore that needs prior permission or a pass nowadays. The grandeur of Vidhana. Soudha is visible after sunset when the entire building is well lit and it resembles a grand palace

    Location: Doctor Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: September to February

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Sunday.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM




  • 63 Baratang Island

    Baratang Island
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    One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.

    Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.

    Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.

    Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.

    Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.




  • 64 Spituk Monastery

    Spituk Monastery
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    Spituk Monastery in Ladakh has another name that is Pethup Gompa, very famous among the locals. It is located at a distance of 8 km from Leh and there are 100 monks inside the gompa. The major attraction at the monastery is the giant statue of Goddess Kali. The Buddhist monastery is at a site which was blessed earlier by Arhat Nyimagung.

    History     

    Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. When he came to Maryul, he built the monastery and introduced the monastic community. But Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo on his arrival said that an exemplary religious sect should be there and thus the name of the monastery was changed to Spituk which meant exemplary.

    Structure of the monastery

    There are three chapels in the gompa with numerous statues of Buddha and several thankas as well. The Dukhang Hall is the highlight and the two rows of seats running to a throne at the end are also something unique found here. Visitors will come across the beautiful sculptors and chortens.

    Location: The monastery is perched on a thrilling hill top near Indus and about 8 kms away from Leh on Srinagar road. It is at an elevation of 3307 meters.

    Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 01:00 pm.

    Entry fee: INR 20 per person

    Highlights: Gustor Festival held from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan Calendar and it is for two days with mask dance and prayers. Usually, the festival falls on winter time which guarantees the presence of natives in large but the number of tourists would be comparatively lesser.




  • 65 Venkatappa Art Gallery

    Venkatappa Art Gallery
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    This enormous art gallery is segmented into two halls where it exhibits more than 600 paintings. 

    One of the two halls displays stone sculptures associated with Khajarao School of Art and Mathura whereas the other hall exhibits pottery and clay articles dating back to the Indus Valley civilization. 

    This art gallery houses the artwork and paintings of world famous and renowned artists such as K. Venkatappa, M. F. Hussain, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Yusuf Arakkal, Rekha Rao, N. S. Bendre, and Vasudev in galore on the first level of the building. 

    There are paintings christened as Prithvi, Vayu, Jala, Agni, Death, Sea Shore, Nagamandala, In Space,  and Last Glimpse by K.K Hebbar on the second level of the gallery. 

    Venkatappa Art gallery is the Mecca for art loves, magnanimous, loaded and authentic and is one of the aesthetically pleasing places to visit in Bangalore.

    Location: Kasturba Road, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.

    Price: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 (children)

    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all the days of the week except Monday.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5 KM.



  • 66 Elephant Beach

    Elephant Beach
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    Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year. For a perfect honeymooning in Andaman, you should must visit this beach.

    Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day. 

    During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.

    Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.

    Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.




  • 67 Wonderla

    Wonderla
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    Take a day out and get charged at this craziest amusement park in Bangalore. Wonderla is one of the largest amusement parks in the entire country with more than 60 exhilarating rides such as Hurricane, Equinox, Insanity Twister, Recoil, Dropzone, Flash Tower, Mixer, Y-scream, Maverick etc. 

    These high-tech rides will swirl, twist and turn you in around 360 degrees and will pump adrenaline rush to a next level. The water rides like splurgy and frolic with speedy drops and to and fro motion. 

    Wonderla not only tops Bangalore tourist places list but it is loved by the local population as well. From rain disco to fun pools and wave pools, from roller coasters to boomerang rides; even an entire day at Wonderla is not enough to satiate the thrill junkies in you.

    Location: 28th Km, Mysore Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562109

    Best Time to Visit: November to February.

    Price: Ranging from 850 to 2000

    Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday and 11 AM to 7 PM on every Saturday and Sunday.

    Average time required to visit the place: An entire day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 KM




  • 68 Visit to the Hall of Fame

    Visit to the Hall of Fame
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    Hall of Fame is a proud displayer of Indian Army simultaneously acts as the symbol of those dark days of India’s war against Pakistan. The museum that showcases seized arms and weapons of Pakistan army is located in Ladakh, the paradise of adventure lovers lying in the beautiful Himalayas. Moreover, the museum is considered to be a tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the war. To make it more appealing, the Indian Army has kept the photos and the things of those soldiers inside the museum. Also, the arranged items related to the history and culture of Ladakh, wildlife and vegetation have importance and amuses the visitors definitely. 

    There are things which enhance every Indian’s patriotic feelings as well as they let us appreciate the bravery shown by every Indian soldier during the wars, from the heart. Different quotes, letters written by the soldiers, the tools, aircrafts, weapons, tents and what all the soldiers have used during the period are preserved which give every visitor a minute to think and pay tribute to those brave hearts who lost their lives to help every one of us sleep in peace. Located next to Leh Airfield, the museum is opened on all days. Every day, visitors will be able to watch a detailed documentary on Operation Vijai or Kargil War screened.

    Entry fee:  For Indians: INR 10, for Foreigners: INR 50

    Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

    Highlight: Evening parade or march is a major event happening here

    Location: 4 kms from the main town, on the way to Magnetic hill via Leh Srinagar Highway.

    Tips: Camera and video are allowed inside but at an additional cost.




  • 69 Barren Island

    Barren Island
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    The one and only confirmed active volcano in South East Asia is on Barren Island and recently in 2017, it was appeared in news all over the world as the eruption happened in the volcano once again. The name is completely suitable for the island as it does not promote any type of human inhabitants and it is completely barren. The first identified eruption on this island was happened in the year of 1787 and then on, there were around ten eruptions happened here.

    The volcanic island is placed in the middle of a volcanic belt and that too on the edge of the Indian and Burmese tectonic plates. The highest peak of the volcano stands up to 354 meters. But it is confirmed that most of the volcanoes on the island are found underwater.

    Highlights: Since the island is inhabited by humans, there are a lot of animal species are found among which, some of them are really unique. The total diameter of the island is 3 kms and there you can find a big crater, about half km from the shore.

    Activities: The sea plane ride above the island to enjoy the aerial view of the whole place is a recognized activity. For sightseeing and nature walk, this island is the best as you will come across the huge volcanoes and the nearby rock structures.

    Distance from Port Blair: It lies around 138 kilometers north east of Port Blair. There is a strict rule that the visitors will be allowed to go to the island only by the chartered boats with the permission of Forest Department.




  • 70 Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace

    Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
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    This summer residence of Tipu Sultan was built in the year 1791. The ceilings and walls of the palace have a floral touch with Islamic carvings and decorations. 

    The uniqueness of this two storey building is that it is entirely made of teak wood with wooden pillars supporting the foundation of the palace. It is said that Sultan used the eastern and western balconies to conduct the mass and state affairs. 

    The intricately carved wooden balcony and the majestic staircases are great examples of architectural marveling and the size of the palace is not magnanimous yet it gives a rustic touch to the state of Karnataka. It is one of the Bangalore tourist places which is included in almost all the itineraries.

    Location: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Near Bengaluru Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018

    Best Time to Visit: November to February.

    Price: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

    Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4 KM.




  • 71 Lachulung La

    Lachulung La
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    Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example. The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc. 

    A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers. Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.

    Height: 5059 meters

    Best time to visit: May to October

    How to reach: Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 KM



  • 72 Cellular Jail

    Cellular Jail
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    There is no need of any kind of introduction for Cellular Jail, once the dark colour symbol of colonialism and Indian freedom struggle. A replica of mishaps was this jail and it still echoes the cries of those who had fought with the British people to gain complete freedom and live in a free India. Cellular Jail was known as Kala Pani and since the location of the jail was in Andaman, there were less chances to escape the jail and come back to the shore. 

    But now, this is a representation of the turmoil Indian freedom fighters have experienced. Tourists from all over the world come to visit Cellular Jail during their tour of Andaman. The huge buildings with multiple cells and towering walls are really strong. There are seven wings inside and all the wings are connected to a central tower where the British army men used to keep watching the prisoners from. 

    Currently the national memorial monument was constructed during the beginning of 20th century, from 1986 to 1906. One prime peculiarity of the architecture is the use of unique puce coloured bricks brought from Burma.

    Timing:It will be open to public from 09:00 to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm.

    Entry fee: For adult and children above 5 years of age: INR 10 per person

    For still camera: INR 25 and for video camera: INR 100

    Highlight: The Light and Sound Show arranged to transfer the history behind the existence of Cellular Jail is a major highlight.

    Location: It is located at Atlanta Point which will take around 18 minutes to reach from Port Blair.



  • 73 Anthargange

    Anthargange
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    The Kolar district of Karnataka promises a jaw-dropping sight of the Shathashrunga range and Anthargange is another rocky hill range that basks at a height of 1712 meters from sea level. 

    The place is mostly an illusionistic stretch of stacked rocky boulders and the natural cave exploration is a one of kind experience among these piled up volcanic rocks. 

    The Anthargange Temple is another popular site that is well-celebrated among the devotees and religious trekkers. Literally, Anthargange stands for 'The Ganges from the deep' or  'Inner Stream' in Kannada, that is also because of the bestrew of seven villages in the vicinity which are favored with a natural supply of fresh groundwater. 

    There are no lodging options at Anthargange so one can either pitch a tent while night trekking or can stay at Bangalore and embark on a day trekking tour at Anthargange.

    Location: Kolar District, Bengaluru, India

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 70 KM.




  • 74 Diglipur

    Diglipur
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    A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

    Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

    Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

    Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.



  • 75 Tanglang La

    Tanglang La
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    Tanglang La is a high mountain pass, the glorious pride of Ladakh, the favourite tourist spot for bikers and trekkers. 5328 meters above the sea level is the dream like height of this pass which happily poses some threatening adventure to those who try to climb up the top. The road leading to the pass on Leh-Manali highway, from Upshi to Tanglang La is completely paved. A 500 meter long section of the road is the only part which is unpaved. Tanglang La is also beautifully paved to the make the climb easier. 

    There are a lot of confusions existing regarding the position of Tanglang La in the list of world’s highest motorable passes and the world believes it to be the second highest which is proven to be wrong. The local sign on the top of the pass shows the altitude of the pass is 17582 feet or 5359 meters. But now, it is said that the sign board gives a wrong impression but the original height of the pass is 5328 meters. The pass is made beautiful by the innumerous Buddhist prayer flags despite the fact the road is tough to conquer and any type of traveler will fall for the scenery at the pass and adventure lovers would love to try their energy level by climbing up to the top. But remember, the oxygen level will be decreased as you cover the altitude and reaches to the half of what you feel at sea level.

    Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

    Best time to visit: May to October

    How to reach: The pass is close to Leh-Manali highway and can be reached via 21 Gata loops



  • 76 Ganga Mandir

    Ganga Mandir
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    Constructed in 1845, the Ganga Mandir is a popular tourist attraction in Bharatpur because of its unique history. The construction of the temple took almost 90 years, and the result is a beautiful and immaculate structure in the heart of the busy city.

    Several striking idols adorn the halls of the temple, the most awe-inspiring being the statue of Ganga Maharaj. It is made entirely in marble and stands imposingly in the temple. The 4 feet statue of King Bhagiratha is another marvellous sight that the temple boats of. The Ganga Mandir, with its deep connotations of purity and divinity, should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Bharatpur. 

    Timings: 5 am to 9 pm 
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Pai Bagh, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 321001



  • 77 Devanahalli Fort

    Devanahalli Fort
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    This 15th-century fort has witnessed multiple seizures and attacks in the bygone era by Tipu Sultan, Hyder Ali and even the Britishers. Malla Baire Gowda constructed in the year 1501 making it one of the Bangalore tourist places which you can not afford to miss if you want to learn more about the Mythology, history, and culture of the state. 

    There is small village settlement within the fort premise with several old-style temples which gives insight into the history of the place. 

    This 20 acres long fort is made of stone and mud and the house where Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali lived still exists in the lap of this fortress.

    Location: Devanahalli Near Bangalore -Hyderabad Highway, District, Devanahalli, Karnataka 562110

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: Open 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 35 KM.




  • 78 Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary
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    This beautiful and diverse sanctuary 25 kilometres away from Chittorgarh city, is home to trees like Dhok, Salar, Churel, Butea; and also shelters animals like Panthers, Chitals, Wild Boars, Hyenas, Jackals, Four Horned Antelopesamong others. The footfall in the sanctuary is usually on the lower side, so a visit to this location ensures solitude and peace, perforated only by the soothing sounds of nature.

    There are two viewpoints inside the sanctuary from where one can get a birds-eye view of the entire forest. The Bassi Dam close by is another attraction. The sanctuary is open to tourists all-round the year, though it flourishes into extradordinary beauty in the autumnal months of October and November. 

    Timings:8 am to 6 pm
    Price:Rs 10 for Indians adults; Rs 2 for Indian students; Rs 80 for foreigners 
    Vehicle Fee: Rs. 100 (bus); Rs. 65 (car); Rs. 10 (two-wheeler)
    Location:Bassi, Chittorgarh district, Rajasthan, India


  • 79 Naraini Mata

    Naraini Mata
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    The only temple of SainSamaj in India, Naraini Mata is a place rift with history, culture, traditions, and old-fashioned beauty. This is believed to be the place where Narayani Mata is the place where the incident of first sati (immolation by fire) took place prior to Rani Sati first took place.

    The destination close to the Sarsika Wildlife Sanctuary is scenic, so a trip to the temple offers a blend of peace and relaxation. A small spring near the temple adds further charm to the beauty of the spot.

    Timings: All Day Long   
    Price: Free
    Location: Near Sariska National Park., Alwar, Rajasthan 


  • 80 Vijaynagar Beach

    Vijaynagar Beach
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    Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families. 

    The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.

    Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.

    Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.

    Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.

    Rejuvenate your soul and be a water baby: Explore best of Andaman here!



  • 81 Chadar Trek

    Chadar Trek
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    For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

    The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

    A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

    Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

    Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

    Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.



  • 82 Kunti Betta

    Kunti Betta
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    As the name suggests, Kunti Betta is a hill in the ancient town of Pandavapura and is a famous destination among the trekkers. It is ideally a 3 hours trek to reach an elevation of 2882 meters. 

    The mythological significance of the place recites stories of Kunti and Pandavas who are said to have taken abode at these hillocks during their period of exile. It is suggested to indulge in a night trekking expedition as the place boasts of a decent population of fireflies which are on the verge of extinction today. 

    From trekking and rock climbing on the rocky terrain of the hills to swimming and kayaking in the refreshing water of Thonnur lake, Kunti Betta is one of the mind-refreshing getaways from Bangalore that is hard to miss by the adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.

    Location: Pandavapura, Karnataka, India.

    Best Time to Visit: October to March.

    Price: There is no entry charge, one will only spend on activities, commuting and food.

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place:  a day or two.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 125 KM.




  • 83 Hemis Monastery

    Hemis Monastery
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    The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.

    History

    Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

    Structure of the monastery

    The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

    Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

    Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

    Entry fee: INR 100

    Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.




  • 84 Snow City

    Snow City
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    This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities. Snow city is the first indoor theme park in the city which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

    Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

    Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

    Price: INR 600 per head.

    Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.



  • 85 Samudrika Marine Museum

    Samudrika Marine Museum
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    The Indian Navy is guarding the famous Samudrika Marine Museum which exhibits the richest collection of Andaman’s animal and floral lives. The rare species of fish, other animals, plants, corals etc are preserved well over here and there is a small aquarium also. Rather, the different attraction on the island is this museum if you are completed visiting the beaches and the relishing islands. A lot of tourists have recognized this museum as a perfect representation of what the island can offer to surprise the visitors but in a miniature form. 

    The museum located just opposite to Andaman Teal House is occupied with five sections displaying the history of the islands, the geographical features, about the people and their lifestyles, the less explored archeological information and of course the marine life. The museum is established with the idea of creating awareness among people on various aspects regarding oceanic life and the importance of preserving this sensitive eco system well for a balanced future of human beings.

    Highlight: Outside the museum, there is a skeleton of a blue whale preserved and it is a marvelous sight to look at. The first room shows the facts like volcanoes, tribes, different types of woods, insects etc. The second room is displaying the reverberating under water beauties through an aquarium. Coral Reefs have an entire room that is the third room. Seashells in abundance are persevered in the fourth room and you will be surprised to the tremendous collection. Last but not the least is the fifth room that is dedicated to the tribes of Andaman, the butterflies’ and the insects’ specimens as well.

    Timing: The museum is open on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm t0 05:00 pm.

    Entry fee: For adult: INR 50 and for child: INR 25.  If you wish to take camera or video to the inside, you will have to pay INR 20 and INR 50 respectively.

    Distance from Port Blair: The museum is situated in Port Blair itself, walkable distance only.




  • 86 Kargil War Memorial

    Kargil War Memorial
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    In the history of India, 1999 is a significant one in terms of politics in India and in its foreign relations. The Kargil War to be true has shocked the pulse of India but due to the timely attack of Indian Army against Pakistan made India proud though the war led many of our soldiers to lose their lives.

     To commemorate the victory India achieved and also to pay tribute to our brave soldiers, the Indian Army has built a War Memorial in Drass, the most important location which became famous during the war and now the memorial is known in different names such as Kargil War Memorial and Drass War Memorial. The Indian name of the memorial is Vijaypath. Lulled by the foothills of Tololing Hills, Drass Memorial keeps the soldier still alive through the epitaph which has the names of all the soldiers embalmed on it. On 26th July every year, Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated at the memorial. Indian Prime Minister pays tribute to the brave soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyothi at the India Gate, New Delhi on the same day.

     A Sandstone Wall is the prime attraction in the memorial which shows the names of the Indian Army personnel who fought and lost their lives in the war and near to the memorial you can see a souvenir shop as well. On the 13th anniversary of the victory in Kargil War, the soldiers have hoisted an Indian flag that weighs up to 15 kg as a tribute. There is a gallery, Manoj Pandey Gallery that displays the photographs taken during the war, the weapons used and artilleries discovered.

    Location: Drass Valley in the foothills of Tololing is the location of Kargil War Memorial. You can visit the memorial during the visit to Kargil from Leh. It is located 5 kms from the city center across the famous Tiger Hill.

    Timings: It is open on all days except Sunday, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

    Best time to visit: During the months of May, June, July, August and September would be the perfect time to visit the memorial.

     




  • 87 National Gallery of Modern Art

    National Gallery of Modern Art
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    This sprawling mansion of 3.5 acres and was recently opened to the public in the year 2009. The Manikyavelu Mansion is one of the three National Art Museum in India where the other two are located in Mumbai and Delhi. 

    The welcoming sight of years old trees, a mirror pool and a fountain in the vicinity provides ample of green and shaded space to devour in the quietude of this art gallery. 

    The marvelous photographs of earlier times, paintings, sculptures and graphic prints are some of the commendable articles which are kept on display. This is a notable culture center at Bengaluru that hosts seminars,  film screenings, workshops and exhibitions to cultivate an understanding of modern art and culture in the city.

    Location: #49, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

    Best Time to Visit: anytime between the given hours.

    Price: INR 10 for Indian nationals and INR 150 for foreigner nationals.

    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Monday.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM.




  • 88 Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

    Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
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    A great park that has been accepted well by the international tourists and a distinct idea and execution in India to preserve the sensitive and endangered species of marine species is Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Andaman. It consists of 15 islands of mangrove creeks, rainforests, splendid coral reefs which have around 50 types and a huge collection of rare but colourful fish etc. 

    This park came into existence in the year of 1983 under the solid Wildlife Protection Act of 1973 to keep the lives of marine animals safe and preserved as the underwater ecosystem was on the verge of destruction. The best time to visit the park is during the months from November to February and during monsoon, it remains closed.

    Highlights: The park is comprised of two major island groups known as the Labyrinth Islands and Twin Islands which are situated about 16 km away from Port Blair to the south of it. This park boasts of the unimaginable size it spreads that is about 281.5 sq.km which have 17 small islands and the open sea creeks. The fringing reefs are abundantly found in the park and that is one of the special reef species found on the island. Each island holds different type of vegetation. Tarmugli is the highest island in the park that displays the vast area of mangrove vegetation, sand covered beaches, sheet rocks etc.

    Distance from Port Blair: The park is located in Wandoor which is lying about 29 kms away from Port Blair. There are ferry services every 30 minutes from Port Blair boat jetty. The park is easily accessible via road as well.

    Location: Wandoor, Andaman and Nicobar

    Entry fee: Indian: INR 50, foreigner: INR 500

    For camera: INR 25 and for video: INR 500

    Timings: The park will be open all days from Tuesday to Sunday.



  • 89 Ramanagara

    Ramanagara
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    If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

    From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

    The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

    These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

    Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to March)

    Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

    Timings: The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM



  • 90 Mulbekh Monastery

    Mulbekh Monastery
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    The two major sects of Buddhism, Drukpa and Gelugpa had two gompas in Mulbekh Monastery. The location is 45 kms away from Kargil and 260 km from Leh town. The nine meter statue of Maitreya Buddha placed in the premise catches the eyes of every visitor. Also, the two gompas are closely connected to the palace of Rajah Kalon of Mulbekh located nearby. To reach the gompa, there is a steep footpath arranged behind the building.

    History

    There are different opinions about the establishment of the gompa but the idol of Buddha placed here dates back to the 8th century and some others believe that it was built in the period of Kushan. The sculptor is the contribution of the missionaries but there is a saying that the artwork present in the sculptor shows that the missionaries were not Tibetans but mostly Ladakhis. Kharoshti scripts were also found in the main sculptor.

    Structure of the monastery

    Apart from the limestone idol of Buddha carved in the rock face, there are other relics of statues and frescoes. The entire monastery is made charming with the very valuable paintings and some relics of the prized items of the ancient period. As Maitreya is famous as Chamba among the Buddhist sets, the monastery has gained the name Mulbekh Chamba later.

    Location: Mulbekh gompa is located in Kashmir, 45 Km from the town and 260 km from Leh in Ladakh region. You can reach the gompa by bus or jeep.

    Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm

    Entry fee: Entry to the gompa is free

    Highlight: The gompa is 3504 meters above the foothills which gives a mesmerizing view of the valleys down.



  • 91 Limestone caves

    Limestone caves
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    Baratang Island and the limestone caves are awesomely famous for different reasons. The thick mangrove forests, the enlarged tropical forest canopy, the friendly rivers to take a boat ride and the carvings of nature in the form of mud volcanoes and limestone caves are the principal factors that overshadowing everything else on the island. Tourists love to visit Baratang during their tour of Andaman especially for the glowing structures found in the caves made of limestone which are years old. 

    The journey to the caves is splendid as one has to cross the mangrove forests and the tribal reserves from Baratang boat jetty. These caves give away a feeling that you are at some place which is not a part of Andaman Islands. These are the rare caves which contain the stalagmites and stalactites rock structures proving against the common myth that both of them cannot be found together in one place. If you are really exhausted by repeatedly visiting the islands and beaches in Andaman then you must visit Baratang Island and these caves especially. Make the best out of your honeymoon in Andaman by visiting this cave.

    Highlights: The mangrove forests encircling the caves are the real attraction at this place and people are eagerly waiting to take an adventurous boat ride through the mangroves and find the sleeping crocodiles in water. Another highlight which leaves the beauty of the caves heightened is its originality kept preserved from time immemorial. Humans have not exploited the real charm of the caves and thus these caves are stealing hundreds of hearts.

    Distance from Port Blair: To reach Baratang Island, one has to travel via road for almost 100 kms. You can take a bus or drive yourself and then you have to cross the Middle Strait and a half an hour long boat ride will take you to the limestone caves and formations.  

    Location: Baratang Island is the region where limestone caves are found.




  • 92 Mud Volcanoes

    Mud Volcanoes
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    Pure science have clearly defined how mud volcanoes are formed and Andaman archipelago is quite popular for its multiple mud volcanoes. They are formed due to the large scale emissions of de-pressurized pore water and some natural gases such as hydrocarbon gases that included Methane. These gases are emitted by the decaying organic matter found underground.

    Although there are 25 active mud volcanoes have discovered at different parts of the island, the mud volcanoes found on Baratang Island and Diglipur Island are the important ones and tourists visit these islands will take a look at this unique phenomenon of nature happening often.

    Highlights: Reaching the mud volcanoes in Diglipur and Baratang would need a flexible stretch of walk through the relishing wilderness and that exciting trek will give an energy in an unlimited way.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Diglipur is located about 350 km north and one can use the ferry service of seaplane service from Port Blair. Baratang Island is closer to Port Blair, about 100 kms distance.

     




  • 93 Shri Aurobindo Ashram

    Shri Aurobindo Ashram
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    About the Place:

    This ashram was founded by renowned freedom fighter Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa in the year 1926. It is a holy destination for many travelers who are seeking spirituality. Not only this, the ashram which is one of the most spiritual places to visit in Pondicherry, teaches different ways to make your mind calm and peaceful. Yoga and meditation is usual practice in Aurobindo ashram. If you need to do photography inside the ashram, you have to take the permission of authorities. Ashram also consists of a library which can only be entered after taking a gate pass.

    Location:

    The ashram is situated near the junction of Manakula Vinayagar, Kovil Street and Marine Street, White town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The ashram is open on all the days of the week. You can easily spend 1 to 2 hours in this peaceful place.

    Timings:

    The ashram remains open from 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm every day.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    Sri Aurobindo Ashram is situated at a distance of 2.6 km from the bus station which is a journey of 9 minutes.




  • 94 Moonland

    Moonland
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    Since the land resembles that of moon, Moon land near Lamayuru in Ladakh region is fondly called like that. A unique geographical feature appearing here attracts thousands of visitors every year. A traveler comes to Lamayuru will not miss the surprising land. There is also a saying that during full moon, the land becomes exotic and it would be an enchanting sight to behold and rare too. Lamayuru’s fame was dashingly enhanced because of this landscape carved in to the Greater Himalayan ranges. Interested travelers will come to Lamayuru which is located at a distance of 100 kms from Leh on the famous Leh-Srinagar Higway. 

    To watch the glimpses of the moon land so clear and closer, you can climb up to the Meditation Hill in Lamayuru. The monks from Lamayuru gompa are living in this hill, at a greater height. The rough, uneven landscape of Moon land will be an amusing sight from the top of the Meditation Hill. The entire Lamayuru becomes visible from the top. One will come to know why Lamayuru and Moonland are heard as synonyms for each other and the natives here find Moon land as an inevitable part of their lives also.

    Location: The NH 1-D or the popular Leh-Srinagar Highway is where the Moon land in Lamayuru located. Around 100 kms from Leh is the site. You can reach the destination by bus or jeep. Bikers would get some exciting sightseeing option throughout the journey.

    Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the best time to reach Moon land.




  • 95 HAL Aerospace Museum

    HAL Aerospace Museum
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    HAL is one of the most renowned aeronautical companies in entire Asia and the HAL Aerospace Museum. 

    This Aviation center was established in 2001 in Bangalore and since then it has been a hub to attain technical, scientific and historical knowledge about aviation and aerospace and other such related science streams in the country. 

    It has many branches across India and Asia and this 4 acres land imparts information on simulators, air traffic control, history of aeronautical science and sustainable development practices. 

    The museum houses various missiles and aircrafts models such jets, MIGs, helicopters and fighter planes. This is one of a kind museum that is initiating public awareness about aerospace in India.

    Location: Near HAL Police Station, HAL Old Airport Rd, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037

    Best Time to Visit: anytime between the given hours.

    Price: INR 50 for adults, free entry for kids.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 15 KM.




  • 96 Nakee La

    Nakee La
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    As important as the other major passes in Jammu and Kashmir, Nakee La situated at an elevation of 4769 meters above the sea level is a potent competition to Khardung La and similar ones in terms of adventure. On the Leh-Manali Highway, from Manali to Taglang La is Nakee La and it is the third pass among the five passes that to be crossed during the travel from Manali to Leh. The previous travelers shared the experience of driving down the pass was quite dramatic; the expert drivers also find it challenging to steer past the uneven, rugged and off-road paths. But the traversing time would be filled with excitement and thrill if you really love adventure at its level best.

     The frequent sections of ice are another impediment during the journey as well as avalanche, heavy snowfalls etc can be expected anytime making the process of crossing the pass difficult. The climate is very dry over here and the harsh cold conditions make the pass a challenge to overcome for many. 21 Gata loops is a repeatedly heard word during the tour of Leh and the ascent to Nakee La is known in the special name. One have to overcome the 23 km ascent that starts from 4250 meters to 4980 meters conquering the 21 tricky hairpin bends. There is also a rumor you can hear about the pass is that the pass is haunted by a ghost of a tourist who was buried here.

    Height: Nakee La is located at an elevation of 4769 meters above the sea level.

    Location: Nakee La is located on the famous Leh-Manali National Highway. While you travel from Manali to Leh, you would come across Nakee La.

    Best time to go: The summer is the best time to visit Nakee La since during winter there would be heavy snowfall and landslide.




  • 97 Rock Beach

    Rock Beach
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    About the Place

    Rock beach is regarded as one of the most attractive sight-seeing places in Pondicherry. This beach is situated on the busy streets of Pondicherry. In the evening, a lot of activities take place on the beach which makes the place even more happening. It is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and the famous French war memorial is just 0.4 km away from the beach. In order to get a sunrise view, many people book a hotel near the rock beach. You will also find many food outlets located nearby. So you can spend your evening enjoying your favorite food and a scenic view.

    Location

    A beauty spot at the heart of the city, Rock beach is located in White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit

    It is a memorable moment when you see sunrise or sunset at the beach. Most people tend to visit the beach in evening or the early morning. You can give a refreshing start to your morning in midst of this serene spot.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand

    The Rock beach is situated at the distance of 2.7 km from Pondicherry bus stop. It might take just 10 minutes to cover this distance.




  • 98 Innovative Film City

    Innovative Film City
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    This opulent marvel is situated off Bangalore -Mysore highway at Bidadi and is loaded with activities such as net cricket, kids boating, Go-karting, bull ride etc. 

    There are around three refreshing water pools one of which is a wave pool. It is thronged with interesting activities and attractions such as  Dino Park, Mirror Maze, Haunted Mansion, Tribal Museum, Kabali Walkthrough, Fossil Museum coupled with Catapult, bow, and arrow etc. 

    Innovative Film city is one of the attractions in Bangalore which is recommended at least once in your visit to this Silicon village.

    Location: 24 & 26, Bidadi Industrial Estate, Bengaluru 562 109, India

    Best Time to Visit: During the daytime.

    Price: INR 600 per person before 3:00 PM and INR 400 per person after 3:00 PM

    Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 4 to 5 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 40 KM




  • 99 North Bay Island

    North Bay Island
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    Famous for the underwater corals, North Bay Island located near the Pheonix Jetty of Port Blair is yet another favourite tourist destination. Multiple clubs providing exhilarating scuba diving, snorkeling and sea walking at the island give it a special space in the hearts of adventure lovers. And because of this factor, North Bay Island is crowded all the time. 

    If you wish to do a tour of North Bay Island, then you have to come at the Andaman Water Sports Complex where it starts from and the boats can accommodate up to 60 people and every boat will have a guide as well. The glass bottom boat ride to the island will give you a lot of chances to see the world of fish, typical sea flora and reefs inhabited underwater in harmony.

    Highlights: Scuba diving and snorkeling are the most important activities available at the island and along with those, glass bottom ride is also has significant importance. The coral reefs and the marine animals make the underwater world enthralling. Also, sea walk is considered to be a mind blowing activity and it opens up the doors to mingle with the colourful, rare species of sea. To do sea walking, you will be taken to the spot from the stationed sea walk paltoon and the experience of walking along the soft sea bed is memorable for a lifetime.

    Activities: Sea walking and scuba diving are considered to be the best adventure activities that can be done in Andaman as there are umpteen number of travelers do these activities regularly.

    Distance from Port Blair: The island lies at a distance of about 42.4 kms from Port Blair and it would take around 1 hours and 30 minutes to reach there.



  • 100 Cinque Island

    Cinque Island
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    South Cinque Island and North Cinque Island are the two major portions that make the huge Cinque Island a vibrant and captivating beauty in Andaman. This famous underwater diving spot is located on the north side of the popular Duncan Passage and in the middle of Rutland and Passage Islands. The inhabited island is a surprising beauty to all the tourists arrive here. But the two divisions of the island are beautifully separated by a sandbar. 

    Another important factor to know about Cinque Island is that it is a part of the very famous Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor. And thus, the abundant presence of colourful marine lives is not a surprising feature. Tourists mainly arrive at Cinque to enjoy adventure activities, especially diving and snorkeling. The beautiful corals and fish species give away the admiring time underwater to every nature lover.

    Highlights: Mostly, day visits are allowed on the island that too with the permission in advance from Chief Wildlife Warden. The astonishingly beautiful corals are the main feature of Cinque Island. The island itself is a sanctuary as it houses a large collection of variety coral reefs, sea weeds, multi coloured fish species, starfish, sea anemones, turtles and water snakes. There is an authentic declaration on the name of the island which says that Cinque Island is the mostly visited island in Andaman archipelago.

    Activities: As everyone is quite clear about the fact that Cinque Island is an incomparable destination for the best scuba diving spots, tourists arrive here in large numbers every year. Those who would not want to be so adventurous also will not be disappointed since the island gives opportunities to do snorkeling and swimming at their best.

    Distance from Port Blair: It is at a distance of 38.9 kms from Port Blair.



  • 101 Bangalore Fort

    Bangalore Fort
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    Initially, it was constructed as a mud fort in the year 1537 by Kempe Gowda and then was rebuilt by Hyder Ali into a fascinating stone structure standing that still does not fail to mesmerize the spectators. 

    The rampant and the remnants of the fort can be witnessed in the K. R market area. As a large portion of the fort vanishes today, the Tipu Sultan’s summer palace was a part of the fort which now looks as a separate entity. 

    Kempe Gowda also made a temple dedicated to his daughter in Koramangala for her act of self-sacrifice to benefit the construction of the fort. As the southern gate of the fort would fall every time it was built so someone suggested a human sacrifice, Gowda did not agree to this act but his daughter self-sacrificed herself. 

    Tipu Sultan’s summer palace is a major attraction of the fort which purely based on teak wood framework and decorations.

    Location: New Tharagupet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002

    Best Time to Visit: Post monsoon as the entire regions turn in hues and tints of Green.

    Price: INR 5 for Indian nationals and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

    Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 3.5 KM.




  • 102 Raj Niwas

    Raj Niwas
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    The Raj Niwas building is constructed on the foundation of a hotel named Hotel De La Compagnie. This is the government house of the Pondicherry and is a blend of both Indian and French architecture. The previous name of this Raj Niwas is Palais du Government. The Raj Niwas isn’t open to public but it is one of the attractions in Pondicherry. Most of the people who went on a trip to Pondicherry will surely pay a visit to this Raj Niwas to enjoy the Indo-French architecture. The monolithic pillars, fountain are the biggest asset of this Raj Niwas. They enhance the look of the construction as well as add royalty too. The public can go into the Raj Niwas on some special days and occasions only.

    Location:

    White Town

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: Raj Niwas will be between 12 pm and 1:30 pm as you will be allowed into the house. The point to remember here is the passes are limited to 40 per day.

    Timings

    The Raj Niwas will be open between 12pm and 1:30 pm

    Distance Between Pondicherry Bus stand and Raj Nivas

    The distance from Pondicherry bus station to Raj Nivas is 2.6 kms which can be travelled in 4-5 mins.

    Image Credits: thehindu.com


  • 103 Likir Monastery

    Likir Monastery
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    The white colour buildings modified by the presence of red roof are a scintillating view from a distance and Likir Monastery is the subject of discussion here. One of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir, Likir Monastery is in Likir village which had been in existence from the 11th century onward. What makes Likir so special is the serenity is shows from the height and a 75 feet tall statue of Buddha.

    History

    Likir Monastery was known as or its original name is Klu-kkhyil gompa. The word Likir means Naga encircled. There is a belief that two serpents, Nanda and Taksako have guarded the monastery. Being the oldest and most visited monasteries, Likir gompa has numerous stories of its origin and existence. The Yellow Hat Sect or the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism is the guardians of Likir gompa and it is scripted that Tsongkhapa was the founder of this monastery in 15th century.

    Structure of the monastery

    Flanked by the wall paintings, stone relics, murals and art crafts, Likir monastery is a perfect display of Buddhist heritage, the principles and culture. Inside the monastery, there is a school as well. It is run by the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies and also a library open to the public where visitors can read old manuscripts and details of Buddhism. The gompa has two assembly halls, a central courtyard with six rows of seats for the lamas and a throne for the head Lama. There is a Gonkhang room that is dedicated to the divinities guarded the monastery.

    Location: The monastery is located 6 km north of Leh-Srinagar highway before the village of Saspol. From Leh, the distance is 62 km to the west of the town.

    Timings: It is open on all days from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

    Entry fee: INR 5-10 per person

    Highlights: The annual event Dosmochey is held in the monastery from the 27th to 29th day of 12th month of Tibetan Calendar.




  • 104 Chembra Peak

    Chembra Peak
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    A trekking paradise, Chembra is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range that will take your breath away. Encompassed by verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Chembra Peak is one of those attractions in Wayanad that one just cannot ignore for its mesmerising views. 

    It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.

    It is known for offering an enchanting vista of the heart-shaped lake also known as the Cupid Lake. It also offers an unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam surrounded by the majestic tea plantations located along the foothills of Chembra Peak.

    Height: It is 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) above sea level

    Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between the months of September and March.

    Entry fee: The entry charge for the peak is INR 50/USD 0.77

    Timings: Chembra Peak is open to tourists during the day time.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 105 Ross and Smith Island

    Ross and Smith Island
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    Connected by a white sand bar are Ross and Smith Islands belonging to North Island and both of them together known as the Twin Islands. The beautiful villages, turquoise water, the virgin beaches and the extremely gorgeous tropical rainforest and what not; these islands are indescribably fascinating. 

    As the island is close to Diglipur, one can take the Aerial Bay as the destination via road and get entry permits and travel to the island by a ferry. Around 20 minutes of boat ride will take you to the island. From Smith Island, you are invited to indulge in the nature trails extended till Ross Island through the green tropical forests swaying their heads always.

    Highlights: A Marine Sanctuary on the island is the biggest highlight and it is considered to be the ideal place for watching the rare collection of invigorating coral reefs and colourful fish species. As both the islands are home to Olive Ridley turtles, tourists come at the right time to watch turtle nesting and it is a rare scene to be watched. At times, the wild elephants inhabited in the forests may come to the outer world.

    Activities: Snorkeling and swimming are the most suitable and well acknowledged activities on both the islands. Adventure lovers find the space marvelous to do scuba diving as well.

    Distance from Port Blair: By road, about 191 kms are there from Port Blair to Ross and Smith Islands, Aerial Jetty is the right spot to take a private boat from and travel to the island.



  • 106 Savandurga

    Savandurga
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    The largest monolith in Asia is just half an hour drive away from Bangalore. The monolith is considerably gradient at some points and that is why it is recommended that you must be careful on this trek and do not take children. 

    The trek is a combination of moderate and difficult levels and the view from the top is breath-taking especially of Manchinbele Dam and the overlooking valley. It is considered to be one of the largest rock formations in entire Asia and it has two main hill points Billigudda which are said to be the white hill and Karigudda which is a Black hill. 

    The meandering curves of Akravati river and the perennial lotus ponds are two major water attractions which are seen from atop the hill. Situated at a height of 4022 feet above sea level, Savandurga has ample of opportunities for conducting an easy trekking and rock climbing expeditions.

    Location: 60 km west of Bangalore, off Magadi Road, Dabguli, India

    Best Time to Visit: November to May.

    Price: There is no charge except for the commuting fare from Bangalore.

    Timings: It is open 24 hours and the standard trekking hours can be between 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 60 KM.




  • 107 Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry

    Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry
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    Immaculate Conception Cathedral is also known as Samba Kovil. It is the mother cathedral church for all the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in Pondicherry is pretty much similar to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in France. The church was built in 1791 and still looks at its best. The lady holding the Jesus statue is present in the front of the church. Many people love the old charm that this church exerts and adore it. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. This beautiful piece of architecture will leave you spellbound.

    Location:

    Mission St.

    MG Road Area

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    Visit this church in between April to June.

    Timings

    Similar to other churches you can visit the church at any time and peace of mind is guaranteed.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral is 2.2 kms which takes 2-3 minutes to travel.




  • 108 Tso Kar Lake

    Tso Kar Lake
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    In the southern part of Ladakh, there is a marvelous lake called Tso Kar which is known to be the most beautiful yet fluctuating saline lake. The lake is situated in the Rupshu Valley or Plateau and has attracted hundreds of people with its unique features especially the size and depth it possesses. The lake is located at an elevation of more than 14700 feet. The surroundings or more clearly, the banks of the lake are marshlands which play an important role in the lives of a variety of migratory birds. 

    They come to lay eggs and breed over here and thus make the environment cherish-able. During the time of the arrival of these birds, the lake and its nearby places will be filled by innumerous bird watchers and nature lovers. Some distance away from the lake is the space where certain nomadic groups are staying. They collect salt from the lake and sell to the needy and thus make a living. If we take about the geographical features of the lake, the importance of Startsapuk Tso comes to the scene. Tso Kar is connected to Startsapuk by an inlet stream at the south-west end. With this small lake, Tso Kar creates the 9 sq.km wide More plains pool. The towering Thugje and Gursan are the guardian angels of this pool.

    Height: The surface elevation of Tso Kar is 4530 meters.

    Location: From Leh, one has to drive about 160 kms to reach Tso Kar. The Leh Manali Highway passes about 30 kms west to the lake. About 540 kms of distance is there between the lake and Srinagar.

    Best time to visit: The months of May, June, July and August are considered to be the ideal time to visit the lake.




  • 109 Auroville Beach

    Auroville Beach
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    About the Place:

    This beach is situated at a distance of 12kms from the Pondicherry town. This destination is most popular among youngster and people who love swimming. You can find a plethora of people at the beach on weekends. You can find many hotels and restaurants along the beach. The morning scenes at the beach are too crowded as many people would love to walk around this calm and serene Location:, looking at the sunrise. The beach closes at 6:30 pm in evening. This is the most crowded street in Pondicherry.

    Location:

    The beach is situated at a distance of 12 km from the region of Pondicherry. It exactly lies in  Periyamudaliar, Chavadi, Tamilnadu.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: this place is early morning as the environment at that time is calm and tranquil.

    Timings :

    The closing time for the beach is 6:30 pm.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    This beach lies at a distance of 10.5 km from the union territory of Pondicherry. It would roughly take around 20 minutes to travel to the bus stand from this beach.




  • 110 Brigade Road

    Brigade Road
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    At the intersection of MG road and Residency road lies Brigade road which is considered a shopping paradise for the city dwellers. 

    There is a long stretch of standalone shops, individual retailers, and outlet selling almost everything you need. 

    This commercial hubs houses myriads of global brand outlets as well and it has been a hub for celebrating New Year in the almost every year. The place has ample parking space and uncountable branded and non-branded outlets.

    Location: Brigade Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

    Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

    Price: Free. Cost depends on what you spend upon.

    Timings: The market runs throughout the day, closes at midnight.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 KM




  • 111 Phuktal Monastery

    Phuktal Monastery
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    Phugtal or Phuktal gompa or monastery, a significant Buddhist monastery located in the Lungnak Valley that too very remotely from the main town and this one is reachable only by walking. The essential things for the monastery will be carried by animals during summer days and during winter they will be transported through the frozen Zanskar River.

    History

    The etymology of the name Phutkal is interesting and the name means the cave of liberation or leisure as per the information given by scholars. The birth of Phutkal Monastery was 2500 years ago and it was built around a cave with the aim of inviting any number of sages or saints to come and meditate. But the current status of Phutkal Gompa is because of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. It was established in the early 15th century by Jangsem Sherap Zangpo.

    Structure of the monastery

    The honeycomb structure of the monastery surprises every one. Given the increased number of tourists, the monastery is popular now as a favorite trekking point. The cliff side structure houses a temple, prayer rooms, apartments, quarters, library with sacred manuscripts, teaching facilities and the original cave and a spring. Around 70 monks who are residing in the monastery are always seen chanting or meditating.

    Location: The location of the monastery is Lungnak Valley in south-eastern Zanskar.

    Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 06:00 pm to 04:00 pm.

    Entry fee: To enter the monastery no entry fee is required. But cameras and food from outside are not allowed.

    Highlights: There are a number of festivals happen everywhere at the monastery which are celebrated for different reasons. Every year the dates of the festivals change depending on the lunisolar calendar. Smonlam Chenmo is the most important one as it signifies the entry of the New Year.




  • 112 Long Island

    Long Island
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    A small, attractive island in Andaman is Long Island with an area of 18 sq.km. It is a modern village with a population of 2000 and the surroundings are superbly maintained. One who visits this island would be able to witness a power-house, a perfect boat building yard, a Senior Secondary School, a bank, hospital, a range forest office, a police outpost etc and these are the reasons behind the wide acceptance of this village among the tourists and natives. 

    Long island is brimming with the vast and exclusive marine wealth and the beaches are the flamboyant attraction along with the ages-old caves, swaying greenery and stubborn mangrove forests. Long Island is recognized as a perfect spot for adventure tourism as well as the eco space here makes anyone’s attempt to tread along the ways a bit challenging. The dense tropical forests which have a wide range of tall trees that too evergreen trees are extending all their supports to turn the exuberant island a slumberous beauty.

    Highlights: The beautiful silvery beaches at Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay along the coasts of Long Island are the featured attraction tourists find exhilarating. Also, a cruise along the creek at Yerrata and the stunning spread of colours during sunset on the waters give Long Island a space in the hearts of photographers and nature lovers explicitly love indulging in extended birding on the island.

    Activity: Snorkeling and swimming are the most celebrated activities on the island along with sunbathing and small activities.

    Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 82 kms from Port Blair. You can use the boat service available from Port Blair to Long Island thrice a week.



  • 113 Banasura Sagar Dam

    Banasura Sagar Dam
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    One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Wayanad, Banasura Sagar Dam is a picturesque tourist hotspot. Known for being India’s largest earthen dam, it boasts of extensive natural beauty with beautiful flora and fauna, majestic hills and mesmerising waterfalls. The Banasura Sagar is a photographer’s delight and offers the most beautiful views from the top of the hill.

    It is also famous among adventure enthusiasts who look forward to thrilling activities like boating, trekking, horse racing and camel rides. For the avid trekkers, Banasura hill peak is hailed as one of the most challenging treks. Along with that Banasura Hill Resort adds to the charm of this place that is known as the only ‘earthen’ resort in the country.

    Location: Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: November to May offers the most ideal time to visit Banasura Sagar Dam

    Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person

    Timings: The opening timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is just 2.3 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 114 Deeg

    Deeg
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    Deeg is a small but interesting town located in the Bharapur district. If you wish to explore the region around Bharatpur thoroughly, make sure you visit this town. Two of the best attractions of Deeg are its Palace complex and the three-day Deeg festival held in the month of September. The Deeg palace is an imposing structure wrought in traditional Rajasthani style.

    It is made up in a unique manner consisting of countless water gardens and palaces, interwoven within a series of charbaghs. Roaming the grounds of the palace is a magnificent way to spend a couple of hours in Deeg. The Deeg Fort, also known as Jal Mahal, is another site that adds character to the region with its intricate and pleasant architecture. 

    Location: Approx. 32 kilometres north of Bharatpur 



  • 115 Stakna Monastery

    Stakna Monastery
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    Secluded and perched on a hill top is Stakna Monastery, on the banks of the Indus River and gives the visitors an adorable view of Hemis, panoramic and exemplary. The structure of the monastery is not equal to the other monasteries in Ladakh but the scenery around would make up the blank appearance of the building. This is yet another Buddhist monastery which belongs to Drugpa sect, located at a distance of around 25 kms from Leh. There are around 30 Buddhist monks are staying in the monastery currently.

    History

    A Bhutanese scholar in the 16th century came to Leh for establishing the monastery. His name is Chosje Jamyang Palkar who was a saint as well. The name Stakna means tiger’s nose because the hill resembled exactly a tiger’s nose as the natives say.

    Structure of the monastery

    As you come to the courtyard, you will be able to witness a huge assembly hall like in other monasteries. The walls of the assembly hall are beautified with the paintings of Sakyamuni, Tsephakmad and Amchi. A seven feet tall chorten in silver colour has portrayed a figure of Lord Buddha with some notes. The paintings of Bodhisattva, Padma Sambhava and Tshong-san-Gompa arrayed parallel to the hall give a mesmerizing charm to the monastery.

    Location: It is located across the bridge starting from Km 448.7 on the Leh-Karu road. You can walk around 800 meters to reach the monastery.

    Timings: It will be open on all days from 07:00 am to 06:00 pm

    Entry fee: INR 30 per person is the entry fee at the gompa

    Highlights: The gompa is highly attractive with the big statue of Arya Avalokitesvara from Kamrup in Assam.




  • 116 Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

    Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
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    Commonly known as Andaman Water Sports Complex, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is a must visit attraction in Andaman. Located in the center of Port Blair, this complex is easily accessible and everyone would be eager to visit the large space dedicated to water sports and activities. The historically significant complex stands as a memorial for the Battle of Aberdeen, which was fought between the aborigines of Andaman and the British in 1859. The activity list includes parasailing, paddle boats, banana boats, row boats and much more.

    Activities:

    It offers numerous water based adventure as well as fun activities, rather suiting adults as well as kids. Water skiing, speed boat rides, windsurfing, water scooter etc. Proper equipment and guiding will help the adventurists or anyone who wishes to do the activities thoroughly. The water sports equipment include water cycles, banana boats, paddle boats etc. The safety guaranteed here is the major reason why adventure lovers and water sports freaks frequently visit the complex. It has a huge water body inside which have multiple activities done simultaneously.

    Timing:

    The water sports complex is open on all days for 24 hours. So anyone can reach there and enjoy partaking in the enticing activities for a long time.

    Location:

    Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is located at a distance of 9.8 km from central Port Blair. By car, it would take around 20 to 30 minutes to reach there.



  • 117 Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

    One of the prettiest places to visit near Chittorgarh, the Bhainsrodgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction nestled in the lap of the Aravalli ranges. The sanctuary is situated near the impenetrableBhainsrodgarh fort, and makes for a unique outing rich in both natural beauty and history.

    The Chambal and Brahmani rivers flow nearby and the entire area has a stillness and calm that few places can match. A visit to this sanctuary is an excellent way of viewing wild boars, four horned antelopes, deer, jackals, panthers, foxes, chinkaras and hyenas. Many migratory birds are also to be found here. Several small waterfalls add further relish to the pretty spectacle. 

    Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
    Location: Bhainsrorgarh, Via Kota, Bhainsrorgarh, Rajasthan 323304


  • 118 Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

    Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
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    Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was established in 1989 and is situated opposite to Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park on the Sir. T. Chowdiah Road in Bangalore. Shows such as Dawn of the Space Age, Mars-The Red Planet and Our Solar System etc run daily in Kannada and English language. 

    The outdoor science park lays out many interesting science models such as a giant Kaleidoscope, Whispering Dishes, Resonant Swings, D.N.A and Sun Dial etc along with various science exhibitions, lectures,  workshops, and science theatre shows to accentuate the interest of students in research and studies and encourage quality education. 

    If you are traveling to Bangalore with your kids then Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the five planetariums in India which imparts a quality celestial knowledge and highlights.

    Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Building, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: September to February.

    Price: INR 35 for adults and INR 20 for children below 16 years of age.

    Timings:  10 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Monday. It also remains closed on every second Tuesdays of the month.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4.7 KM.




  • 119 Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry

    Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry
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    About the Place:

    This church, one among the 21 basilicas in India, is a famous pilgrimage for roman catholic Christians and considered one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry.It was built in 1908 by French missionaries. The sacred heart Basilica, a 100- years- old structure represents gothic architecture. It is 50 meters long, 48 meters wide and 18 meters high. Inside the church, there are 28 glass paintings which are a depiction of the life of Christ and saints of the church. The church has a huge area on the exterior too.

    Location:

    The church is located on the south boulevard of Pondicherry. Its address is 132, Subbaiah salai, Pondicherry, 605001.

    Best Time To Visit:

    This sacred abode of Jesus remains open throughout the year. People visit the church in masses during the Christmas festival. Though there is no specific time of the month to visit, a large number of outsiders can be seen here during winters considering the climatic condition of Pondicherry.

    Timings:

    Monday-Saturday: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

    Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

    Distance From Pondicherry Bust-Stand

    The church is situated 2.5 Km away from Pondicherry bus stand towards south boulevard.




  • 120 Kuruva Island

    Kuruva Island
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    Located in the middle of Kabini river, Kuruva Island is a natural paradise that is replete with diverse flora and fauna in the most beautiful surroundings. It is blessed with evergreen forests all around that makes it a mesmerising picnic spot away from all pollution and noise of the city.

    One of the most exciting things about Kuruva Island for tourists is their famous boat rides on bamboo rafts. Trekkers also visit Kuruva Island to explore the pristine environment and witness the most exotic species of plants, animals and birds here.  

    The enthralling beauty of this island attracts many people who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and surround themselves in the serenity of nature.

    Location: Kuruvadweep, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: Kuruva Island could be visited from October to May

    Entry fee: INR 80/ USD 1.23 for Indians and INR 150/USD 2.3 for foreigners

    Timings: The visiting hours are from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Mondays are holiday

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located 36 kilometres away



  • 121 The Bamboo Factory

    The Bamboo Factory
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    If you wish to know how bamboo constitutes an important factor in both the lifestyle and livelihood for the people in Wayanad, then a visit to The Bamboo Factory comes highly recommended. 

    This educating and inspiring experience gives a sneak peek into the lives of the locals in Uravu. This place is a great stop to witness the wonder of sustainable tourism and explore the ancient traditions that are still preserved in Wayanad.

    The Bamboo Factory stands for uplifting the lives of many rural craftsmen along with offering tourists a unique experience by getting to know how bamboo is converted into your favourite items. Tourists at Bamboo Factory also get a chance to talk to these talented craftsmen and know more from their experiences.

    Location: 100 Acres Road Thrikkaipatta, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit here.

    Entry fee: The cost to visit here is approximately INR 500/ USD 7.7 per person

    Timings: One can visit here between 10 am and 4 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.



  • 122 Chang La Pass

    Chang La Pass
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    Among the repeated names of the high altitude passes in Jammu and Kashmir, Chang La stands out because of its beauty and the remarkable thrill hiding in the trails. The pass is closely connected to Leh via Kharu and Sekti village by a tricky asphalt road. Travelers have shared their experience of climbing the pass as it is very steep and one must be very careful while drive up. The small streams appeared on the road during summer give more challenge to the adventure seekers coming here. Since the altitude difference, trekkers or climbers are advised not to stay at the top for more than 20 minutes otherwise the altitude sickness will be unpredictably severe.

    The name Chang La means pass to the south and there are numerous stories have been told regarding the etymology of Chang La. The main story is related to Chang La Baba on whose name there is a temple at the pass. Tangste, a small town existing near the pass is the only inhabited region in the vicinity.

    Chang La can be seen on your tour to Pangong Tso from Leh and the pass is recognized as the major gateway to the famous Changthang Plateau in the Himalayas.

    Maximum altitude: 17586 feet is the measured height of Chang La Pass which seems to be a great height for trek lovers and bikers.

    Best time to visit: The months from May to October is believed to be the suitable time to cross the pass since during winter the paths would be covered by thick snow.

    How to reach: Chang La lies on the national highway 21 or the famous Leh-Manali highway. It is located on the road to Pangong Tso from Leh. You can reach the pass by bike, jeep or bus. It is thrilling to reach the pass by trekking.




  • 123 Mangrove creek

    Mangrove creek
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    Almost 13% of India’s mangrove cover is in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and among that, majority is appearing in Baratang Island, an ecologically important and a famous tourist destination. In terms of density and growth, Andaman’s mangroves seem to be the best. 

    Mangroves are found in abundance where there is brackish water and that is the reason behind Baratang Island’s consecutive support in the growth of thick mangrove creeks there. The island offers a relaxing boat ride through these mangroves which would lead you to reach the prestigious attraction of Baratang that is the Lime Stone Caves. Apart from Baratang mangrove creek safari, the tourists are directed to enjoy other safaris like Yerrata Creek, Dhaninalla Mangrove Creek and Sabari Village in Rangat etc.

    Highlights: There are tremendous scopes for bird watching as the thick wilderness is a haven for rare species of colorful birds. Also, there are sleeping crocodiles in the water. Hence, people are not supposed to insert their hands inside because the crocodiles will pull you toward the water.

    Distance from Port Blair: Baratang Island is located 100 km's away from Port Blair. There are plenty of boats will be available to take you through the dense forests but one thing to remember is that you should sit firmly on the boat since even a single movement will cause you fall into the mangrove roots filled water.




  • 124 Botanical Garden

    Botanical Garden
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    This is one of the most beautiful as well as interesting places in Pondicherry. The botanical garden was built by the colonists of French and gives perfect knowledge and information that is required. The park is the representation of French architecture. It is the best place to get educated as well as have some recreation. The garden was built in 1826 in a complete French style and is spread out in 22 acres of land. People can witness nearly 1500 different species of plants here. All the plants have placards that give the complete information of the plants. The garden is comprised of six attractive fountains, one dancing fountain, Japanese rock, kids train, ornamental fishes in an aquarium and many more.

    Location::

    Marimalai Adigal Salai

    Near Anna Statue

    Orleanpet

    Pondicherry-605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    There is no Best Time To Visit: botanical gardens. You can visit anytime during the visiting hours.

    Timings:

    The botanical garden is open from 10 AM in the morning to 7 PM in the evening daily.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Botanical Gardens

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand and botanical gardens is 1km and it takes nearly 2-3 minutes to travel.




  • 125 Abbey Falls

    Abbey Falls
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    This refreshing waterfall gushes and pounds on the rock with full force especially during the rains and the roars echoes in the valley. The entire set up is gorgeous and looks right out of a storybook.

    Abbey falls is a part of river Cauvery or Kaveri in Karnataka that falls from an elevation of 70 feet making an astounding natural scene fro the shutterbugs to capture in the lenses.

    The falls is under a private supervision and is amid stretches of
    long coffee plantation. The green backdrop and the white foamy fall combine together to attract hordes of tourists every year from all across the country. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Coorg.

    Height: Falls from a height of 70 feet

    Location: Abbey falls Madikeri, 571252, Hoskeri, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to February.

    Entry fee: INR 15 per head

    Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 10 KM.




  • 126 Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

    Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
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    Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is one of the interesting Bangalore tourist attractions which have a lucid way of making you understand various concepts of engineering. 

    Displaying various scientific experiments and models under one roof, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is one resourceful building that sprawls over an area of 43,000 sq ft amid the lush greenery of Cubbon Park. 

    The place is utterly engaging for both children and adults who once enter the building get engrossed various age-old fossils, mechanical gadgets, and gears, information on space with space models, satellite, electrical, biotech and chemistry models etc. 

    The building is well maintained, clean and is organized into 5 floors each catering to a different section of science and technology. A day spent at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum will definitely help in increasing your knowledge graph in various sectors of science.

    Location: 5216 Kasthurba Road | Cubbon Park, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru 560001, India

    Best Time to Visit: Anytime between the running hours.

    Price: INR 40 per adult.

    Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 4.5 KM.




  • 127 French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)

    French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)
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    The French soldiers memorial is constructed in order to honor the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in World War I. The war memorial was constructed in 1970 and is one of the best attractions in Pondicherry. The memorial is decorated beautifully on 14th July of every year and is celebrated as Bastille Day. The people from complete Pondicherry and remaining other places visit this war memorial and respect the soldiers in the form of homage. The war memorial is smaller in size and doesn’t take much time to take a trip around it. The memorial itself has a good and positive vibe which make many people from in and around Pondicherry to visit it.

    Location:

    White Town

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: this war memorial is in the morning. You can enjoy the nature as well as spend some pleasant time in this place.

    Timings

    The French Soldiers memorial is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to French Memorial

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to French memorial is 3.5 km which take 2-3 minutes to travel.




  • 128 Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery

    Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery
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    One of the most beautiful heritage sightseeing places in Wayanad, Jain Temple is known for its interesting history. It was built in 13th century A.D. and largely came to prominence when this ancient temple was used by Tipu Sultan to store ammunition. 

    The ruins of Jain Temple in Sulthan Battery resonate the vital presence and influence of Jain community in the state of Kerala.

    Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the Jain Temple boasts of Vijayanagara style of architecture and has preserved beautiful and intricate carvings on its granite pillars. It is revered as one of the holiest places for the Jains and a festival is celebrated during Mahavir Jayanthi. 

    This historically important temple in Kerala is a great visit to appreciate the art and culture of this place.

    Location: Jain Temple Rd, Sultan Bathery, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: September to March is the best time to visit the temple.

    Entry fee: None

    Timings: The temple is open for visitors during the day.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is around 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 129 Mount Harriet National Park

    Mount Harriet National Park
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    A national park established in 1969 in Andaman and Nicobar now has great recognition and admirers from all over the world. 4.62 sq.km large park houses Mount Harriet which is at a height of 383 meters above sea level and this is the third highest peak in Andaman after Saddle Peak. 

    The park came into establishment as a commemoration of Harriet Tytler, the wife of Robert Tytler, a British officer who was appointed as a Superintendent of Convict Settlement in Port Blair. He was an ardent naturalist and photographer. Although the park is a butterfly hotspot, the abundant species inside the park are Andaman wild pigs, turtles, saltwater crocodiles etc.

    Highlight: There are a lot of mountains in the park ranging from an elevation of zero to 481 meters. The steep slopes in the eastern part of the park and the beaches formed of rocks immersed into the small sandy areas are the adjoining beauties. Numerous small streams starting from the hills and flowing into the sea are the chilling factors living inside the park. There are tribes living inside the park which are Negrito groups who do hunting jobs for a living.

    Activities: Since the park has a lot of adventurous spots, it is considered as the best trekking trail on the island and the pathways going through the beach give cherishing memories to the visitors. Nature walk, birding, hiking etc are some of the inevitable activities done by people coming to visit the park.

    Timings: The park is open from 07:00 am to 05:00 pm on all days.

    Entry fee: Indians: INR 25 per person, children: INR 10 per child

    Foreigners: INR 250 per person

    Camera fee: INR 25

    Profession photographers can take their gadgets with them by paying INR 200 and if you want to shoot video, then you have to pay INR 3000.

    Distance from Port Blair: Mount Harriet National Park, once a forest reserve is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital city of the union territory.

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  • 130 Pondicherry Museum

    Pondicherry Museum
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    About the Place:

    If you are interested in historical monuments and museums, this is the place for you. This museum which is located in Bharathi Park tops the list of Pondicherry tourist places. You can find a collection of old sculptures, handicrafts and archaeological findings from Arikamedu settlement in this museum. The museum also consists of items from the French colonial times such as coins. Art from Chola and Pallava temples is also seen in the sculpture gallery. You can purchase food from the available shops there. The visitors can avail washroom facility too. If you want to capture the beauty of the monument, you can easily do it, as the cameras are allowed here.

    Location:

    It is situated at St. Louis Street, near White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The museum remains open for all the days except Mondays and Public holidays. It is advisable to visit the place during daytime. So, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Pondicherry museum, one of the favorite tourist attractions in Pondicherry.

    Entry Fee:

    Entry fee for this historical museum is just Rupee 15.

    Timings:

    The museum remains open on all the days except Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    Pondicherry museum is located at a distance of just 3 KM from bus stand. Isn’t it convenient?




  • 131 Shey Monastery

    Shey Monastery
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    On a hillock in Shey village, 15 Km south of Leh is the most prominent Buddhist gompa of Jammu and Kashmir that is Shey Monastery. Shey Palace and the monastery are the highlighted attractions on any tour of Ladakh. Earlier, Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh. The huge statue of seated Shakyamuni Buddha made of copper with gilded gold is the favourite sight any visitor gaze at for long time when they come to Shey Monastery.

    History

    The monastery was built in 1655 as per the instructions given by Deldon Namgyal in the memory of Singay Namgyal, his father, within the palace complex. Now, mainly the ruins of the palace and the monastery are found here but it acts as the major symbol of tourism of Ladakh.

    Structure of the monastery

    At an average elevation of 3415 meters is the monastery is located. The statue of Shakyamuni Buddha is 12 meter long covering the three floors of the monastery. The walls on the sides of Buddha display the Arhats, 16 in total. Arhats are the saints who reached the status of Nirvana. The upper floor is magnified by the beautiful wall paintings and the lower floor gives space for a library where the preserved manuscripts can be read.

    Location: It is located at a place south of Leh, around 15 km journey from the town.

    Timings: It will be open from 06:00 am to 01:00 pm and 01:30 pm to 06:00 pm

    Entry fee: INR 30 per person

    Highlight: At the monastery, two annual festivals are held. One, to mark the beginning of sowing season and it is called Shey Doo Lhoo. The second one is Shey Rupla to indicate the harvesting season.



  • 132 Big Bull Temple

    Big Bull Temple
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    Local call it ‘Dodda Basavana Gudi’ which is the oldest and biggest temple devoted to Nandi Bull and that is why it is fondly known as ‘Nandi Temple.’ The abode of Lord Shiva which is known as Kailashagiri was guarded by the famous Nandi bull who also served as a mount to Lord Shiva. 

    This Dravidian style temple was built by Kempe Gowda with a magnanimous granite sculpture of Bull that is carved out on a single rock welcomes people at the entrance. 

    The statue is 21 feet long and 15 feet high which was originally grey colored but the application of Coconut oil, benne and pure butter on the statue by the devotees has turned it black. 

    The temple also hosts a small temple of Lord Ganesh and where the artistic statue of Lord Ganesh is made of 110 kilos of pure butter which makes up for an intriguing sight to the visitors. 

    Big Bull Temple is one of the famous temples in Bangalore that witnesses hordes of devotees almost every day.

    Location: No.28, 3rd Cross, Bull Temple Road, NR Colony, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004.

    Best Time to Visit: During the evening aarti.In order to witness the auspicious celebration of Kadalekai Parsihe, visit on the last Monday and Tuesday of 'Kaarthik Maas.'

    Price: No entrance fee is charged.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: around an hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4.5 KM.




  • 133 Tadiandamol Peak

    Tadiandamol Peak
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    This is the highest peak in Kadakke and this moderate trekking route can be taken by even amateur hikers as the path is a decent climb except after Rock Point, from where the trail becomes a little narrower. 

    The view from the top can take your breath away, incredibly surreal especially if you encounter clouds, see them engulfing the apex portion of the hills. 

    This small square like design built of mortar and bricks where The king used to come with her queen to sit and enjoy the sunsets and sunrises in the distant horizon of high and low-rise mountains engulfed by white creamy mist. 

    Tadiandamol Peak counts as one of isolated places to visit in Coorg which is a pretty getaway in the lap of mountains and greenery.

    Height: 1748 m

    Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, 571212, India

    Best Time to visit: December to May

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 37 KM




  • 134 Pookode Lake

    Pookode Lake
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    If you’re browsing for the most serene Wayanad tourist places, Pookode Lake should incite your curiosity. Surrounded by the evergreen beauty of Western Ghats and verdant forests, Pookode Lake is a gorgeous freshwater lake. 

    One of the most interesting features of this lake is that it virtually appears to be in the shape of India’s physical map. Boasting of picturesque excellence and a mesmerising ambience, this freshwater lake is the initiating point of Panamaram stream in Kerala.

    Pookode Lake offers many activities like boating and boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a shopping centre where tourists can empty their pockets on excellent spices and handicrafts. 

    Another big attraction of Pookode Lake is the widespread presence of wild animals and birds who can be spotted around the lake.

    Location: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: August to May are the best months to visit here

    Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for one person

    Timings: The opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad



  • 135 Corbyn's Cove Beach

    Corbyn's Cove Beach
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    Close to Port Blair, a superb, silent beach is Corbyn’s Cove Beach. The fringes of coconut leaves make the beach look adorable. The clear white sandy beach hearing lullabies from the azure water is a remarkable bed for complete relaxation. The shallow water does not support a lot of adventure activities. Still, Corbyn’s Cove Beach is a favourite beach for many due to the calmness and cherish-able time it can provide. 

    The crescent shape of the beach with complete greenery on its sides has an inevitable role in showcasing the simple beach look stunning. Families are found in large numbers here as the waves are not trickier and the long extension of sand bed to the sea and suitable places to do swimming and bathing.

    Highlights: Hundreds of tall coconut trees arrayed in a particular symmetry give an admiring beauty to the beach and the swaying fringes of these coconut trees are promising a relaxed, laid-back time for those who love to get out of the bustles of the town. The blue coloured chairs arranged on the beach give enough space to relax and read a book or watch the sea presenting all its beauty before you. 

    A road connecting the main road to the entry of beach is a favourite route as the most beautiful turquoise water supported well be the shore is seen throughout the road journey and a few of Japanese bunkers used for WW 2 can be seen on this coastal road journey.

    Activities: Since the beach is a silent one, not much adventure activities are done here but it is considered to be one of the best beaches in Andaman for relaxed swimming and bathing.

    Distance from Port Blair: 7 kms are the distance from Port Blair to this beach and autos will take around INR 100-150 to drop you at the location. But you can take a taxi as well.

     




  • 136 Diskit Monastery

    Diskit Monastery
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    Belonging to Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Deskit or Diskit Monastery is the largest and oldest in Nubra Valley. Hence a visit to the monastery is an inevitable part of any kind of Ladakh tour. The significant fact related to the monastery is that it runs a school with the help of a Non-Governmental Organization to teach science subjects in English to the Tibetan children of the region. The fourteenth century monastery is a favourite tourist destination as well.

    History

    The history of the gompa dates back to the fourteenth century. It came into existence with the help of Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khopa. He was the founder of Gelukpa sect in the region.

    Structure of the monastery

    The hilltop where the monastery is perched on will offer the visitors mind blowing pictures of the surrounding valleys, the villages and the mountain terrains. The rocky steps leading to the monastery would let you see first the prayer hall beautified by the statue of Maitreya Buddha. The huge drums and several images of the guardian deities are some other factors that enhance the outlook of the monastery. It features an elevated cupola with a fresco that displays the Tashilhunpo Monastery famous in Tibet. In the storehouse of the monastery, the texts of Mongolian and Tibetan texts are kept.

    Location: At a height of 3144 meters above the flood plains of Shyok River, in Diskit Village in Nubra Valley is the monastery. You can reach the village from Leh via Khardung La Pass.

    Timings: The gompa is open on all days from 07:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 07:00 pm

    Entry fee: INR 30 per person

    Highlights: The major highlight is the festival named Desmochhey or Dosmoche which is popular as the festival of the scapegoat. It is a prayer festival.




  • 137 Promenade Beach

    Promenade Beach
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    A stretch starting from War memorial and ending at Duplex park, Promenade Beach is a 1.2 -kilometer long stretch. It has some other best Pondicherry tourist places near it including Old lighthouse, The War Memorial,  Heritage Town Hall etc. 

    The beach is a crowded spot of Pondicherry where travelers enjoy sports and hang out with their loved ones. You can also enjoy the mouth-watering street food of the food stalls present at the corners of the beach. Not only this, if you love handicraft materials, then the beachside shops offer beautifully knitted handicrafts too. 

    This is the most preferred Location: by nature lovers and wanderers for sightseeing in Pondicherry.

    Location: It is located at Beach Road, Pondicherry starting from War memorial and ending at Dupleix Park.

    Best Time To Visit: With its busy street and breathtaking sunset view, the beach is most likely to be visited most in the evening time.

    Timings: The beach can be visited any day of the week from 5 am to 8 pm.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand: The Promenade beach is at the distance of 2.5 km via South Boulevard from the bus stand. This will take approximately  9 minutes to reach the bus stand from the beach.




  • 138 Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

    Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
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    It is an amazing sight of Indian-rock-cut architecture which is also famous as Gavipuram Cave Temple. It is one of the ancient temples in Bangalore which was built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. 

    In the forecourt of the temple lies mysterious stone discs that allow the sun rays on the shrine in a certain time of a year. The temple is basically carved on a rock where the major sections of the outside appearance include monolithic pillars and two fans on the patio where the pillars represent Trishul and Damaru. 

    The two granite pillars holding the gigantic disks of the Sun and the Moon and the other two showcasing several Nandi bulls are some of the outer features of the temple with few other monolithic structures. 

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where on the day of Makar Sankranti the arc over the horns of Nandi allows the sunbeams to pass through the cave and illuminate the Shiva lingam. This unique phenomenon and the technical excellence of this cave temple attracts devotees from all over the world to witness the surreal sight.

    Location: 3 km from the City Market | Gavipuram, Bengaluru 560018, India

    Best Time to Visit: During Maha Shivratri ad during sunrise.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: below 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM




  • 139 Bheemeshwari

    Bheemeshwari
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    Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

    It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

    Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

    Location: 100 KM on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore.

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season.

    Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.




  • 140 Kumara Parvatha Hill

    Kumara Parvatha Hill
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    During the monsoon, pools of clouds hover over the hill of Kumara Parvatha, during winter, the entire hill takes the shades of orange and summers are hot.  There are two trekking routes to reach the camping ground of Kumara Parvatha Hill- one being Somwarpet and other Kukke Subramanya. 

    Both the routes have plenty of waterfalls and abundance of greenery. Watching sunrise from atop has been the favourite activity among people who hike up the hill. Camping is not allowed at the peak so while you visit the forest department to pay and enter the trek route, you have to leave your gears behind. 

    You can camp near  or next to the forest department or at Mantape. The hiking trail on the Somwarpet route goes around a 6 to 7 KM (one side) deep forest patch with multiple waterfalls. The 16 KM trail from Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha peak is filled with meadows and views of the western ghats making the long route exceptionally beautiful.

    Height: 1712 Mts

    Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236

    Best Time to visit: October to February.

    Entry fee: INR 75 is paid at the forest office as a trekking fee and another 100 for Camera.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: It takes 8 to 10 Hours to trek the hill.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 63 to 64 KM.




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  • 141 Thiksey Monastery

    Thiksey Monastery
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    Gelug sect in Tibetan Buddhism is a famous part and Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh is a significant symbol of the pride and glory of Gelug Sect. In Thiksey Village, on a hill top, this monastery is located, around 19 kms east of Leh.  The Potala Palace in Lhasa has a wide resemblance with Thiksey Monastery and that is one of the reasons for the fame the monastery is carrying with it for centuries now. The 3600 meters of elevation where Thiksey gompa is perched on gives a chance to the visitor to enjoy the panoramic view of the splendors of Indus Valley down. A twelve story complex is this monastery which incorporates many things display Buddhist art such as stupas, thangkas, wall paintings and swords.

    History

    In the mid-15th century, Palden Zangpo, the disciple of Sherab Zangpo who established a monastery for the Gelug sect as per the advice of the then king in 1433 and named it as Lhakhang Serpo has built the larger Thiksey Monastery.

    Structure of the monastery

    Since it is perched on a hill top, the buildings have a special arrangements such as they have kept in ascending order of importance and the architecture is mind blowing. Since it looks similar to Potala Palace in Lhasa, it has the name Mini Potala as well. The courtyard in the foot opens a flight of steps that leads to the main monastery. The temple which has a height of a 12 storied building is one of the main attractions here. The red, white and ochre painted walls of the monastery add brightness to the entire location. It houses 60 lamas also inside. The attached nunnery is also important to have a look at. There is another attraction in the monastery which is the splendid Maitreya Buddha Temple built to commemorate the arrival of 14th Dalai Lama in the year of 1970.

    Location: It is located in Thiksey Village, which is at a distance of around 19 km east of Leh.

    Timings: The monastery is open on all days from 07:00 am to 07:00 pm.

    Entry fee: For Indians and foreigners: INR 20 per person

    Highlight: Cham dance or Mask dance held in relation with the annual festival during the month of October or November is one of the reasons for tourists to visit this monastery.



  • 142 Chunnambar Boathouse

    Chunnambar Boathouse
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    About the Place:

    This place is located along the Cuddalore Main Road. If you are a person who loves boat riding, then this is heaven for you. Chunnambar Boathouse which is 8 km from Pondicherry offers you a chance to sail downstream and create a night camping experience for yourself. This boathouse is also called as Paradise Beach. You can spend your day enjoying beach sports and getting sun-kissed. Chunnamabr Resort offers rental boats for visitors as well as organizes beach sports. There is a multi-cuisine restaurant called as Seagulls, which serves delicious Chinese and Tandoori food.

    Location:

    It is located at Pondy-Cuddalore Road, Nonankuppam. This is 8 km away from Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is advisable to visit this place for the rides and water sports during afternoon time and come back to the shore by evening.

    Entry Fee

    Entry fee is Rs. 10 per head, with extra charges for different water sports.

    Timings

    The boathouse remains open from 9:30 in morning till 4 pm in evening.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    The two places are 6.4 k away. If you travel via Cuddalore Road, it will take around 15 minutes to reach the destination.

    So this is Pondicherry, a place that has a variety to offer. If it is known for its sacred churches and historical monuments, one cannot forget the adventurous time it gives you with its beachside views and water sports. Indeed this small territory is a unique combination of fun and tranquility. So now are you convinced to book a ticket to this land of beaches, this winter?




  • 143 Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

    Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must-visit places to visit in Wayanad. 

    It is famous for harbouring a diverse number of flora and fauna. Taking a wildlife safari is the most thrilling activity that one should undertake at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary to make their Wayanad vacation memorable.

    This natural habitat is a great sightseeing place to spot elephant herds, deer, langurs, panthers, tigers, Indian bison and the rare Slender Loris. Moreover, this wildlife sanctuary offers a wonderful experience for tourists with their tree huts which are open for stay. 

    This beautiful attraction allows the tourists to seek some natural solace and take delight in the company of the wonderful wildlife roaming freely in their natural surroundings.

    Location: It is located 20 km east of Mananthavady on the Kodagu Road.

    Best Time to visit: Winters are the best time to visit Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

    Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 115/ USD 1.77 for Indians. For foreigners, the entry fees is INR 300/ USD 4.62

    Timings: The timings are 7:00 am to 10:00 am in the mornings. For the evenings, the timings are from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 45 kilometres.



  • 144 Kargil

    Kargil
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    Kargil, the second largest town after Leh in Kashmir has multiple images in the mindsets of Indians. The spot where India’s patriotism won, the spot where India’s soldiers lost their lives, the spot where a dramatic tug of war between two countries happened and the spot which makes India proud always; hundreds of reasons are there to recognize Kargil as one of the primary locations of India. Politically, Kargil has gained so much importance because of the renowned Kargil War but now it is termed as one of the most visited tourist destinations as well in Kashmir. Visitors are curious to visit the sensitive zone in India where history was turned topsy-turvy.

    There are a lot to see in Kargil in the form of monasteries, lush greenery, river basins, trekking points and so on. Mulbekh Monastery, located 36 Kms from Kargil is the most famous gompa in Kargil district which is featured because of the 9 meter tall idol of Maitreya Buddha. Near to Kargil is yet another attraction that is Suru Basin. When the Panzella glacier starts to melt, Suru Basin becomes the richest fertile land in the dry Ladakh region. The fields of wheat, barley and grapes are rich in greenery and thus give a splendid sight to the tourists. If you keep patriotism inside you on a dramatic level, then never miss to visit the Drass War Memorial where the photos, things used during the Kargil war and the hardships during the war are displayed along with the 100 feet high flagpoles. For trekking, the surroundings hill tops are perfect and a visit to Lamayuru Monastery located on Leh-Srinagar Highway will be concluding your tour of Kargil in presumably perfect way.

    Height: 2676 meters above sea level

    Location: Kargil is located 60 km from Drass and 204 km from Srinagar to the west and 234 km from Leh to the east. One can reach Kargil from Padum by covering a distance of 240 km and a drive from Delhi will take around 1047 kms to be covered.

    Best time to visit: June to September is the ideal time to visit Kargil as per the information given by the experts and experienced travelers.




  • 145 Edakkal Caves

    Edakkal Caves
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    Travel back in time to the Stone Age with a visit to Edakkal Caves that are located on the Ambukuthi Hills. Edakkal literally translates to ‘a stone in between’ and this cave and showcases a natural masterpiece. 

    It is associated with many myths and considered as one of the most sacred places to visit in Wayanad. Edakkal caves are not actually considered to be caves in a scientific sense yet remain a great piece of archaeological curiosity for tourists. 

    These caves are identified as a Neolithic settlement and present the evidence of a pre-historic society of highly civilised people. These caves draw in a number of history buffs and students of archaeology who wish to explore these mysterious caves.

    Height: It is located at a height of 1200 metres above sea level on the Ambukuthi Hills.

    Location: Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala

    Entry Fee: INR 15/USD 0.23 per person

    Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Edakkal Caves is during the months of December to May.

    Timings: The visiting time to Edakkal caves is from morning 9:30 to evening 4:30.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located 48 kilometres from here.



  • 146 Mahatma Gandhi Statue

    Mahatma Gandhi Statue
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    About the Place:

    The statue located on the Promenade Beach is an important landmark among all the Pondicherry tourist places. It also offers a view of Old Lighthouse and the famous Nehru Statue. This is a 4 meters high statue which is surrounded by granite pillars brought from Gingee, a fort situated at a distance of 70 km from Pondicherry. Mahatma Gandhi Statue is formed by Roy Choudhary, a renowned sculptor from Madras school of arts. There is a square space in front of the statue. This space is called as Gandhi Thidal, which is used for musical activities.

    Location:

    It is again situated at Beach road, White Town, Pondicherry. Now you can not only enjoy the scenic view of the beach but also explore this historical statue.

    Best Time To Visit:

    Since it is situated near the beach, it is best to visit this place either during sunrise or sunset.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    It is located at beach road, which is 2.5 Km from the bus station. So your all the sites are in close proximity to each other as well as the bus station. Isn’t this the best thing for outsiders?




  • 147 Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Bangalore

    Halasuru Someshwara Temple, Bangalore
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    This ancient temple is located at Bazaar Street nearby Ulsoor Police Station in Ulsoor and it belongs to the Chola dynasty.  

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Someshwara and is said to have gone multiple additions and modifications during the rule of Hiriya Kempe Gowda II and late Vijayanagar dynasty according to art historians. 

    The temple features many carvings and pillars and the formation of the temple is shrouded with interesting stories one of which recites that once Kempe Gowda travelled far away from his town while hunting and he took rest napping under a tree where he dreamt that Lord Someshwara asks him to make a temple using the buried treasure at that place. 

    Such stories make this temple an intriguing place to visit in Bangalore.

    Location: Ulsoor Road, Someshwarpura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning or evening.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged

    Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM and 5.30 PM to 9 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: An hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 8.5 KM.



  • 148 Red Skin Island

    Red Skin Island
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    Red Skin Island is situated inside the Marine National Park and it is a great place to rather chill out as well as indulge in refreshing activities. On the coastal area of the island, the abundance of red coral reefs is seen and that is the reason why the island got its name. A worthwhile travel to the island on a boat would enable you to see the auspicious marine life and the wide extension of red coral reefs, the island boasts of. The uninhabited island has a great range of flora but the number of tourists will make you surprised. Visitors come to Red Skin Island would know about Jolly Buoy Island. Both the island are opened alternatively in six months difference.

    Highlights: Wandoor village is located really close to Red Skin Island, about 2 kms distance only. It is the gateway to Mahathma Gandhi National Park and the small village is a tremendous relaxing ground as well. The glass bottom rides along the sea would extend a revamping sight of the precious marine life floating freely through the hindrance free underwater world.

     The island will be opened during the months of June, July, August, September and October and that time, monsoon would be visiting the island. This is the time when the number of tourists will be lesser and you would be able to enjoy the island with all its beauty.

    Activities: Snorkeling, diving, swimming, island hopping, boating etc have a lot of admirers on this island as the marine world is indescribably stunning.

    Distance from Port Blair: It is located at a distance which needs about 40 minute journey from Port Blair.



  • 149 Nisargadhama

    Nisargadhama
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    Indulging in an island escape is always exciting and when the island is located in the middle of a river, it feels like ‘ a cherry on a cake.’ Nisargadhma is an unspoilt and naturally blessed island on the river Kaveri in Karnataka. 

    To reach this ultimate picnic spot you have to walk through a patch of bamboo grooves, sandalwood trees and teak trees  etc. One can even walk through the shallow beds of the river and enjoy the chilled rush of the water. 

    Nisargadhama island is very close to Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement which is another incredible place to hit while in Coorg. Spend some hour of solitude at this island or enjoy boat ride and elephant safaris. This is one of the offbeat places to visit in Coorg for a unique island escape.

    Location: Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka 571234, India

    Best Time to visit: From October to April.

    Entry fee: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 per child.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: half a day or a day.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 28 KM.




  • 150 Sankey Tank

    Sankey Tank is one of the refreshing hangout places in Bangalore which is a big man-made lake near to Sadashivanagar, Vyalikaval, and the area of Malleshwaram. 

    It was named after the maker of the lake who was Col. Richard Hieram Sankey in 1882 to provide a better water supply throughout Bangalore. Sankey Tank is an ideal place to celebrate some moments of serenity and solitude. 

    A wide variety of boat rides such as pedal boats, motor boats, rowboats etc is offered by the Mayura Sankey Boat Club that sets on the bank of the lake. 

    It is situated on the western side of Bangalore over an area of 37.5 acres. It is best-visited post monsoon to witness the lush vegetation in the backdrop while you boat around this gigantic lake.

    Location: 11th Cross Road, Kodandarampura, Gayathri Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560021, India

    Best Time to Visit: Evening.

    Price: INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children. One can also opt boating which is INR 10 per person.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week except Fridays.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 6 KM.




  • 151 Ripchar Valley Trek

    Ripchar Valley Trek
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    Given the climatic conditions and the exceptional scenic surrounding, Ripchar Valley Trek is one of the most wonderful adventure activities done in Ladakh region. The trails throughout the trek keep the trekker intrigued about the sights coming their way. The onset point of the trek comes near the famous monastery in the region that is Lamayuru Monastery. Nestled amidst an assemblage of the lofty mountain ranges such as Zanskar, Karakoram and the Great Himalayas, Ripchar maintains the level of excitement high always. If you take part in the trek, you will come across numerous small villages, green meadows and pasture lands. 

    The regions turns unrecognizable in the months of July and August as the whole area would be blanketed by rare Himalayan flowers and birds. Nature lovers flood to Ripchar during this period to capture the exotic moments in their camera. Moreover, the irrigated vegetation in the ranges are another important section to be visited on your trek; the well maintained crop fields offer a breathtaking view. Usually, the trek would last any number of days but to enjoy every nook and corner of Ripchar you would be ready to spend minimum 5 to 6 days. Chilling, a renowned spot for the production of copper is the last point of Ripchar Trek. The everlasting, untamed beauty of Ripchar is a must visit. Eventually you will reach the point of rejuvenation and bliss.

    Maximum altitude: With Ripchar Trek, the maximum altitude you would cover is 4300 meters.

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate is the range of challenge a trekker would experience at Ripchar.

    Best time to go: Ripchar Valley Trek happens mostly during the month of June, July, August and September since the climate would be highly favorable during this period.



  • 152 Ross Island

    Ross Island
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    Located in South Andaman district, Ross Island is a major part of Andaman and tourists have visited the island often because of the flabbergasting beauty of it. Earlier, it was headquarters of Andaman and after 1941 Port Blair became the administrative headquarters. What one can watch on this island is the remnants of an old church existed there, a swimming pool, the chief commissioner’s residence with gardens and ballrooms. 

    There is a cemetery and a museum maintained by the Indian Navy. These historically significant sights in Ross Island gives a serious appeal to it rather than of a relaxed laid-back island. But everyone who visits Andaman would not love to miss Ross Island that is closely connected to the capital city that is Port Blair.

    Highlights: The diminished beauty of Ross Island was preserved as a historical piece of representation of the glory the island once possessed but for many reasons, people love this island. All the buildings and the ruins found here on the island are covered by the thick roots of banyan trees and that itself is a vivacious aspect the structures on the island have to showcase. At the northern end of the island, there is a new concreted light house that is 10 meters high and it is in circular shape which was constructed during the year of 1977. 

    The lighthouse is located on an offshoot rock that measures to be located at 50 meters away from the shore line. The thick, regularly swaying forest ranges and the impression it gives as a secluded and deserted space without no humans are another highlights the island displays. A wide collection of rare fauna and flora has its own authentic space on the island.

    Activities: Boating, beachwalk, swimming, snorkeling etc are some of the easily available and refreshing water based activities done on Ross Island.

    Distance from Port Blair: The island lies 3 km east from Port Blair.




  • 153 Serenity Beach

    Serenity Beach
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    This is the perfect spot to relax and get all the tensions out of your head. The name serenity was picked exclusively for this place as it is the most beautiful and outstanding shoreline.  This shoreline is considered as a heaven for the newly wedded couples which is why most of the couples pick Pondicherry as their honeymoon spot to enjoy the beauty of Serenity beach. It is one of the most peaceful places and you will enjoy the shore from the bottom of your heart. You can do surfing here to pump up the adrenaline rush in you. The lovely palm trees and beautiful surroundings will give you the most peaceful experience.

    Location:

    Kottakupam

    Pondicherry 605101

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is a beautiful beach and you can visit at any time of the day but it is better to visit the beach at morning and evening to have a pleasant experience.

    Timings

    The beach will be open from morning 5 AM to evening 7 PM.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Beach

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to the beach is 7.9 km and it takes 7 mins to reach the beach from bus stand.




  • 154 Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

    Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
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    It is incredibly amazing to know that Karnataka boasts of 21 wildlife sanctuaries and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is one of them that adds more greenery to the state’s sizeable vegetation. 

    Sprawled across an area of 102 KM, this wildlife sanctuary is world famous for its sustainable approach to endangered bird species. It is almost  290 KM from Bangalore and is situated in the Somwarpet taluk district in Coorg. 

    Many small streams chisel down the steep terrain of the sanctuary which is caved by Bisle Reserve Forest on one side and Kukke Subramanya Forest range on the other. Around 70 % of the jungle is densely covered and many exotic bird species are found such as Malaria Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Blue Pigeon, Blue-winged Parakeet and white-bellied blue flycatcher etc.

    Height: 1712 meters above the sea level ( Pushpagiri- the highest peak in the Sanctuary).

    Location: Somwarpet, Kodagu, Coorg-571251

    Best Time to visit: Winter season (November to February)

    Entry fee: INR 10 per head.

    Timings: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM n all seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit this place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand:




  • 155 Lakkidi View Point

    Lakkidi View Point
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    Famous for its mesmerising scenery, Lakkidi View Point is known for its nine hairpin caves and offers a resplendent view of the mountains in Wayanad. The whole trip of Lakkidi View Point promises an unforgettable charm of natural beauty that should add to their bucket list of attractions in Wayanad. 

    Offering a bird’s eye view of the magnificent surroundings, this place leaves you in search of words to describe the panoramic vista that your eyes behold. It is also a famous picnic spot and often known as the ‘Gateway of Wayanad’. 

    Lakkidi is also known for receiving the second highest rainfall in the world and its misty environment makes it an unforgettable tourist place in Wayanad.

    Height: It is located at an elevation of 700 metres above sea level.

    Location:  Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway, Lakkidi, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: One should visit Lakkidi View Point at the time of early morning or early evening to get the best views.

    Timings: The visiting hours are from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance to reach here is approximately 32 kilometres.



  • 156 Meenmutty Waterfalls

    Meenmutty Waterfalls
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    One of the delightful of Wayanad tourist places, Meenmutty Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall that will take your breath away. A scenic trek through the lush green forest from the Wayanad-Ooty Road leads up to this picturesque natural wonder. 

    There are separate decks which can be accessed in different ways to view the different tiers of this spectacular waterfall. The roaring waters of Meenmutty Falls are situated in the lush forests that makes it a delight for photographers. 

    Tourists can exalt in a magnificent view of Banasura Sagar Dam from the peak of the third tier of this waterfall. With thundering visuals of the scenery, Meenmutty Waterfalls is hailed as one of the most thrilling places for adventure lovers in Wayanad.

    Location: Kallar Meenmutty Falls Road, Kallar, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is from October to May.

    Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 30/ USD 0.46 per person

    Timings: It is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The waterfall is located just 2 kilometres from the bus station.



  • 157 Rubber plantations Visit

    Rubber plantations Visit
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    The most unique feature of Andaman is the distinct vegetation the island supports. Rubber is one of the most significant cultivation the natives on Andaman Islands are so happy about. A place near Wandoor has the largest areas of rubber trees planted and those who would like to do something different and unique on the island can choose a visit to this large plantation.

     The entry to the plantation will itself give you a clear picture of the interiors. Thousands of golden colour rubber sheets and the collecting jars fitted on each tree are together exhibiting a mesmerizing view of the large areas. A total of 931 hectares of rubber plantations are found on the islands as a whole.

    Highlights: You will be able to watch the processes of taking the rubber milk and placing the coconut shells on each tree and other important procedures before producing the final rubber sheet. Manglutan is the largest producer of rubber in the region, located very close to Port Blair. This was established in the year of 1960 and now the plantation is a 60 acre wide production centre of quality rubber. Manglutan village is the prominent rubber plantation space in Andaman and this village has a school, a hospital, a police station and other major centres as well.

    Distance from Port Blair: Manglutan Rubber Plantation is located about 21 kms away from Port Blair, the south east part of the island. To reach the village, you can hire a cab or auto or bus from Port Blair.

    Location: Wandoor, Port Blair, South Andaman Island




  • 158 Irupu Falls

    Irupu Falls
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    This stunning waterfall does not only captivates the beholder’s eyes but makes one fall in love with its unparalleled beauty. Falling along the Brahmagiri Mountain range of  a tributary originating from river Cauvery. 

    Irupu falls is also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls and this is the hidden splendour of Coorg, a very famous and picturesque spot. While on your route to Brahmagiri peak, Iruppu fall is one of the major attraction en route along with the trekking routes to Narimale forest camp.

    Height: 170 Feet.

    Location: Kurchi, Karnataka 571250

    Best Time to visit: Monsoon season and winter season.

    Entry fee: INR 50 per head.

    Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 75 KM.




  • 159 Pattharsahib Gurudwara

    Pattharsahib Gurudwara
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    To commemorate the very important person in the history of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, the disciples built a temple in Ladakh region and that is the famous Pattharsahib Gurudwara. The temple is located at a distance of 25 miles from Leh at a place believed to be where Guru had vanquished one demon centuries ago.

    The stories behind the establishment and Guru’s visit to Ladakh are really famous. One story goes like this, a demon who lived in Ladakh region was killing the natives and to help the grieved Guru reached Ladakh and people were happy to be with him. But the demon became furious to see this and he deployed a plan to kill Guru. He came into Guru’s place and saw he was praying and the demon threw a huge stone onto his body but a miracle happened and the stone was turned to be a wax like substance when it touched Guru’s body.

    Then demon realized his fault and sought apologies from Guru. The stone is also placed in the temple. Though it is a Sikh temple, Buddhists in large numbers come here to worship Guru Nanak. Currently, the temple is taken care of by the Indian Army. Everyone who goes to Kargil stops here and pays tribute to Guru Nanak in the temple.

    Height: The temple is located at an altitude of 12000 feet above the sea level.

    Timings: The temple is open on all days from 06:00 am to 07:00 pm.

    Entry fee: The entry to the temple is totally free.

    Location: On the Leh-Kargil Highway, about 25 miles away from Leh is where the temple is located.

    Best time to visit: The months between June and October are the suitable time to visit the temple.




  • 160 Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple

    Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple
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    Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple is also a famous name among the other urban temples which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is spread across an area of 5 acres at Jayanagar 9th block. 

    The temple is situated on a hillock and is believed to be originated out of a Ragi mound. Every year, a grand celebration and a fair are conducted during Hanuman Jayanti when the temple brims with flowers and colors and is lit ablaze. 

    The temple has a huge idol of Lord Hanuman in the center accompanied with idols of Lord Rama, Sita, and Lakshman on the right to the sanctum and a Shiva lingam on the left.  

    For old age and physically challenged people, the temple is facilitated with a lift service that charges 10 per person to take to the main temple.

    Location: 9th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560069

    Best Time to Visit: Evening aarti ritual.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged

    Timings: 8 AM to 12 PM, 5 PM to 8.30 PM on weekdays; 8 AM to 1 PM, 5 PM to 8.30 AM on weekends.

    Average time required to visit the temple: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 10 KM.




  • 161 Namgyal Tsemo Monastery

    Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
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    A peaceful monastery that assures your tour of Ladakh would go to a different level is Namgyal Tsemo Monastery. Among the monasteries of Leh, Namgyal Tsemo has a significant charm that is enhanced by the multiple layers of Himalayan peaks lying in the surrounding. The spiritual blend appears on the walls of the monastery has attracted hundreds of travelers to the monastery for so many years.

    History

    The monastery situated high on a hill top behind the Leh Palace is founded in 15th century by King Tashi Namgyal, an ardent follower of Buddhism. The breathtaking views from the top of the monastery’s location is one of the reasons why travelers just flow toward it and it is considered to be the most beautiful piece for photography as well.

    The Structure of the Monastery

    The architecture the monastery displays is renowned and that is why it has a special place among the history of Ladakh. It has an assembly hall and a temple with large frescoes, painting and the attractive statues of Buddha in different positions. A gold idol of Maitreya Buddha or the future Buddha which measures to be tall as a three storey structure is the quaint feature of the gompa. Avalokiteshwara and Manjushri are two other charming statues of one-storey height placed in the monastery. Visitors are allowed only during morning and evening. It will take around 2 to 3 hours to enjoy each spectacle at the pagoda to be elaborately explored.

    Location: The Namgyal Hill is the seat of the monastery just behind the Leh Palace and it offers a panoramic view of the Leh town and nearby valleys, the Indus River and the towering snow-clad peaks of the Zanskar range.

    Timings: The pagoda is open on all days of the week from 07:00 am to 09:00 am and then from 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

    Entry fee: INR 20 per person

    Highlights: On a daily basis, the monks from Shankar Gompa come to Namgyal Tsemo to worship the idol and light the butter lamps at the gompa and it is considered to be a precious sight to witness.




  • 162 Jolly Buoy Island

    Jolly Buoy Island
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    Just 15 miles away from Wandoor Jetty, Jolly Buoy Island is one of the most visited islands in Andaman because it appreciates the creation of nature well and the surrounding will definitely backs its point. Every year, for six months period the island will be open to public. A very close associate of Mahatma Gandhi National Park in Wandoor, Jolly Buoy Island will be closed on Mondays. One can reach the island by boat but an entry permit is essential to enter the island.

     The island will show you its richness of flora and corals and these are the main ingredients of its undying beauty. An amazing spot to have the best leisure time is Jolly Buoy Island but the adventure activities supported by the underwater world here would leave you awe-struck.

    Highlights: The colourful marine life is the quintessential attraction of Jolly Buoy Island and the long stretch of coral reefs is an additional favour. But the unavoidable charm of the island lies on its long beaches that display a soothing combination of green, white, turquoise and many more colours.

    Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the regular activities found on the island happily experienced by thousands of tourists. Apart from snorkeling and diving, glass bottom ride is also a famous activity done here. Thus people will get a chance to be on sea for some time and experience the transitions of the waves and the distant scenery of the beach, alluring and dashing without any comparison.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Jolly Buoy Island is located at a distance of 30 KM. You can arrive at Wandoor Jetty by a ferry from Port Blair. Wandoor Jetty will have boat services to Jolly Buoy Island at regular intervals so that access to the beautiful island is not a matter of concern.




  • 163 Statue of Dupleix

    Statue of Dupleix
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    This 2.88 meters high statue was commissioned as a symbol of French rule in Pondicherry. This granite statue was erected in the memory of the French governor named Joseph Francois Duplex. He ruled Pondicherry between the years 1742 to 1754. He tried to prevent the British domination in Pondicherry and is one of the famous French governors. Because of the defeat in a Second Carnatic war, he resigned for his governor post and went back to France. The statue of Dupleix has been built in 1870. The statue is situated on beautiful granite columns and gives a peaceful and ambient look to the city. This statue is considered as a major landmark and the historic representation of the city.

    Location:: Statue of Dupleix is located at children’s park present at

    Goubert Avenue

    Beach Road

    Pondicherry-605101

    Best Time To Visit::

    Tourists can visit the statue of Dupleix at morning, afternoon and evening. It is not good to visit the place at night.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Statue of Dupleix

    The distance from the statue of Dupleix to Pondicherry bus stand is 3kms. The time taken to travel from bus stand to statue is 30mins. There are cab and auto services between the statue and bus stand.




  • 164 Sri Omkareshwara Temple

    Sri Omkareshwara Temple
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    This architectural piece is a mix of Islamic and Gothic styles which is one of the major attractions in Coorg. There are four minarets occupying four corners of the temple and encompassing a large central dome. 

    Sri Omkareshwar temple is a shrine which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Shivalingam can be seen at the entrance itself. The existence of a tank inside the temple is a very intriguing sight and a  mandapa in the centre with a well-connected walkway is. 

    Fair deal for the once who want to enjoy standing in the middle of the water, watching various colourful fishes. The quaint temple is on the list of every devotee who visits Madikeri and the significance of the temple keeps it flooded with worshipers.

    Location: Omkareshwar Mandir Road, Mandhata, Madhya Pradesh 451115

    Best Time to visit: November to March.

    Entry fee: There is no entry fee.

    Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and again from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: Minimum 1 hour.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 1 KM.




  • 165 Iskcon Temple Bangalore

    Iskcon Temple Bangalore
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    Iskcon temple is one chain of temples which are religiously famous and very prestigious chain of temples. It is situated in Rajajinagar in North Bangalore dedicated to Radha and Krishna catering to devotees from all over the world. 

    The Iskcon temple in Bangalore is one of the largest Iskcon temples in the world which was established in 1997.  The temple is situated on a hillock named Hare Krishna hill and has a very enticing view of the surrounding. The temple is a part of a charitable society that aims at spreading the consciousness of Radha Krishna among its devotees. It also organizes engaging events like religious concerts and gatherings to talk about the life and preachings of Lord Krishna. For a peaceful escape and meditation sessions, one must head to Iskcon in Bangalore.

    Location: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010

    Best Time to Visit: Anytime between the Darshan hours.

    Price: No entrance fee is charged.

    Timings: 4:15AM  to 5:00 AM, 7:15AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.  

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 KM.



  • 166 Neelimala View Point

    Neelimala View Point
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    Promising one of the most enthralling trekking experiences in Wayanad tourist places, Neelimala View Point is a must visit for adventure aficionados. 

    It presents some amazing trails that cross the most picturesque landscape of Western Ghats. Tourists are in for a charming surprise as Neelimala View Point offers gushing streams and verdant valleys on the way up to the hill.

    This place is a splendid tourist spot where you can appreciate the company of nature with the misty clouds and its pristine ambience. 

    This beauty of this popular trekking and camping site is accentuated by the Meenmutti waterfall that brings out the most wonderful view of the place.

    Location: Neelimala Viewpoint, Vaduvanchal, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: January to May and September to December is the most preferred time to visit here.

    Entry fee: The entry fees here is INR 500/ USD 7.7 for a jeep that could carry 6-7 people

    Timings: Tourists could visit Neelimala Viewpoint any time between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 167 Pondicherry Light House

    Pondicherry Light House
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    How can one miss visiting one of the best sight seeing places in Pondicherry, the Pondicherry light house? This nineteenth century light house is one of the amazing tourist attractions present in it. It was constructed by the French rulers and is one of the main city attractions in Pondicherry. The French rulers planned to build this light house in order to make the people who travel by understanding that they are in Pondicherry now. The design of this light house is a little bit different from the design of the usual light houses. The tower was built on the rectangle base.

    Location: of Pondicherry light house

    This Pondicherry light house is located at Dubrayapet

    Pondicherry, 605004

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: Pondicherry Light house is at the time of sunset.

    Timings

    The light house of Pondicherry will be opened at 3 pm every day and will be closed by 7 pm.

    Distance from Pondicherry Light house to Pondicherry Bus stand

    The distance from Pondicherry light house to Pondicherry bus stand is 4 kms and can be travelled in 12 mins.

    Image Credits: dreamtrails.in


  • 168 Wandoor Beach

    Wandoor Beach
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    One of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Andaman, Wandoor Beach is located to the east of Port Blair. Because of the presence of colourful corals on the beach, tourists find it attractive and catchy. Besides, the large thickets in the surrounding give the beach an amalgamated charm. Tourists select Wandoor Beach to simply relax by looking at the crystal clear water and the blushing white sandy stretch on the shore. 

    There would be hundreds of fisher men boats arranged on the shore giving a colourful ambience to the beach. The large marine collection adheres to the positive features of the beach. A part of the famous Mahatma Gandhi National Park, Wandoor has achieved fame through the rare species found in the park and in the nearby villages.

    Activities: Very close to Wandoor Beach, there is a large cave formed after the enormous depositions over the years and adventure lovers take a trekking trip through the wilderness to reach the caves and enjoy spending time over there. Comparatively, Wandoor 

    Beach is perfect for relaxing and basking in the calm rays of the sun. But it would be auspiciously awesome to watch the sunset and sunrise from the shore. Since the large amount of corals always glitter from the water, people love to do swimming as well to enjoy being friends with these rare species of sea.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, you have to cover about 25 kms only to reach Wandoor Beach. Boat services are available from Port Blair to Wandoor Village and from there, you can reach the beach by foot or by road.



  • 169 Mudumalai National Park

    Mudumalai National Park
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    Gear up to be captivated by the charm of the wild at Mudumalai National Park on your vacation in Wayanad. Located on the beautiful Nilgiri mountain ranges, Mudumalai National Park is known for its natural beauty. 

    It is a declared tiger reserve and houses some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the country. The major attractions at Mudumalai National Park are Moyar River, Kallatty Falls, Pykara Lake etc.

    For those who seek thrilling experiences in Wayanad, Mudumalai National Park offers memorable wildlife safari through jeep and open van. 

    Tourists can also indulge in other activities here like camping, bird watching, village tours or enjoy a unique stay at a tree house in Mudumalai National Park.

    Location: NH 67, Gudalur NH 67, Gudalur, Devarshola, Tamil Nadu

    Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this park is from February to June.

    Entry fee: INR 15/ USD 0.23 per person

    Timings: The opening hours for visitors is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evenings.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.



  • 170 Leh Post Office

    Leh Post Office
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    One of the high altitude post offices in India is Leh Post Office situated at an altitude of 3500 meters above the sea level. Perhaps, this is the only post office which works even the climatic conditions are unpredictably fluctuating and the roads are not in the proper conditions depending upon the seasons. Leh Post Office belong to Jammu and Kashmir circle and also under Srinagar headquarters region and Leh division.

    However, the tourists of Leh, come to the post office to buy picture postcards. The post office in Leh comes under the category of head post office as there are three major categories such as Head Post Office, Sub Post Office and Brach Post Office. Despite the rigid climatic conditions, all the postal services are available at Leh Post Office as well such as delivery of mails and parcels, money transfer, banking etc. There are many other post offices in Ladakh like Alchi, Keylong etc but Leh head post office is the most easily accessible post office in the region and easy to found also.

    Height: The post office is located about 3500 meters above the sea level in Leh town.

    Timings: It is open from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm.

    Location: The post office is very close to the town, hardly 500 meters from the main city.

    Pin Code: 194101




  • 171 Madikeri Fort

    Madikeri Fort
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    The fort is situated in the centre of Madikeri and is one of the famous places to visit in Coorg. The monument dates back to the 17th century when king Muddu Raja had constructed a mud structure as Madikeri fort. 

    Since then, the fort has seen many changes and was captured by many rulers like Tipu Sultan, Dodda Virarajendra etc. In its proud walls, the fort hosts a temple, a prison, a museum and also an Anglican Church. 

    The fort is an architectural symbol of the bygone era where right at the enetrance, there are two stone replicas of elephants standing huge at the corners, the grand clock tower, a tortoise sculpture, a small sone made a square mantapa etc are few of the prominent designs which draw visitors eyes.

    Height: 110 feet tall building.

    Location: Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: Any time of the day is a good time for visiting Madikeri Fort.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 Pm on all days of the week except Monday.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 700 to 800 M.




  • 172 Freedom Park

    Freedom Park in Bangalore resembles Hyde Park and the Kensington park of London and covers an area of 21 acres previous Central Jail. The park has an amphitheater for speakers which also serves an ideal platform for conducting public meetings, protests as it can accommodate a large mass of people.  

    In the center of the park lies a tower that served the purpose of observing prisoners, massive barracks to separate high profile prisoners from common ones. 

    With ample of parking space and a quirky cafeteria, this park encompasses many other points of interests such as Water Fountain, Sculpture court, Jail Museum, Book Museum, People Courtyard and enough space for children to run around and play. 

    There are two entries to the park one is Seshadri Road and the other is Ramachandra Rao Road which enables convenience in reaching from different sides of the city.  Freedom Park is one of the offbeat locations to wander in the garden city.

    Location: Seshadri Road, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560009

    Best Time to Visit: early morning or evening.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 5 to 8:30 AM and 4 to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 33 KM.




  • 173 Anthropological Museum

    Anthropological Museum
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    Andaman Island’s tribes and their life stories are thoroughly displayed in the vast anthropological museum in Andaman. The museum exhibits the knowledge of four different and major tribes of Andaman named Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and Onges. This museum was established with the aim of showcasing the cultural importance of the major tribes lived and continued to live here in Andaman.

    Highlights: Jarawa chest guards that have geometrical figures embalmed on them are one of the most attractive items in the museum. It depicts the lifestyle of the simple Jarawa tribes. The gothic lifestyle followed by the Sentenelese tribes is portrayed by keeping a skull recovered from the place they lived. Another important item is the different types of boats with different sizes that explain the life of coastal people and natives. 

    Handicraft items made of coconut or palm leaves showcase the artistic culture prevailed among the tribal groups in the forests. Some clothing materials and apparels preserved in the museum tell us that there was no gender bias among the tribal people as both men and women were using the same type of dresses. The huge library inside the museum throws light upon the unknown facts and knowledge of tribes, the old natives and their life styles, the cultural transitions and livelihood followed by almost all the people on the island. A collection of weapons and armors used in the ancient time depicts how important and fearful the maritime attacks and insurgence happened during the time and the way the tribes prepared to face them.

    Timing: The museum is opened on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm.

    Entry fee: Entry fee is INR 10 and for camera the fee is INR 20.

    Location: It is located at Pheonix Bay, which would need a drive of 7 kms or for 8 minutes from Port Blair.



  • 174 Om Beach

    Om Beach
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    Brace yourself for a scenic getaway with a trip to Om Beach when you are in Gokarna. One of the most picturesque attractions in Gokarna, Om Beach is known for its serene landscape. Om Beach is a wonderful respite for adventure junkies who love to exult in the thrill of various water activities.

    One of the most splendid features of this beach is that it is shaped like the symbol ‘Om’ and attracts scores of crowds who wish to relax and unwind. Although the beach is unparalleled in natural beauty among sightseeing places in Gokarna, it is relatively less crowded and charms the visitors with its rejuvenating ambience. 

    For those who are fond of photography and loves to indulge in laid-back strolls, Om Beach is one place that will go down the memory lanes forever.

    Location: Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the most preferred time to visit Om Beach.

    Timings:

    Activities: The most popular activities at Om Beach are banana boat rides, dolphin spotting, fishing, bumper boat ride, jet skiing and beachside trekking.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 6 kilometres from the bus station.



  • 175 Nagarhole National Park

    Nagarhole National Park
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    Nagarhole brims with streams and waterfalls along with dense forests and valleys as a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. 

    Along with several swamps, the park also has he park has four lakes and perennial streams where water remains throughout the year, 41 artificial tanks, 47 streams a Dam and a reservoir. 

    It is outlined by Kabini river in the North, the western part of the park has Bamboo and sandalwood forests where tree dwellers are easily spotted and is dotted with pretty waterfalls, small streams and mountains. 

    From Rosewood and teakwood to Eugenia tree, from sandalwood, teak, crocodile bark to Indian gooseberry, cotton tree, ficus, beechwood etc; the park has abundance of fauna and flora which are best spotted in the winter season. 

    The park is also famous for  sloth bear, Bengal tiger, leopard, jungle cat, gray langur, leopard cat etc. If you plan to visit the park during summers, birdwatching can be a better sport as over 250 species of birds can be seen here.

    Height: The altitude ranges from 680m to 1,454m.

    Location: Madikeri Road, Hunsur, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: From October to May, it is always better to avoid the monsoon season as the park is full of leech and surface becomes slippery and mushy during rains.

    Entry fee: INR 150 to 500

    Timings: Jeep safari : 5:30 AM to10:00 AM, and  from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

                                    Bus safari: 6 AM to 9 AM, and from 3 PM to 5 PM

                                     Coracle: 9 AM to 11 AM, and from 5 PM to 6 PM

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 90 KM.




  • 176 Mandalgarh Fort

    Mandalgarh Fort
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    The Mandalgarh Fort is an ancient fort located 54 kilometres away from Chittorgarh, and is one of the grandest tourist attractions of Chittorgarh. Considered to be the oldest fort in Rajasthan, Mandalgarh has been the site for many historical battles.

    The fort was built by Rana Kumbha and has features typical of the architectural style of that ruler. A Shiva Temple is also housed inside the fort. 

    Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm
    Location: Mandalgarh Fort, Rajasthan 311604



  • 177 Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary

    Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary
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    For fans of wildlife tourism, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful getaway to enjoy some time in the company of lush green forests and wild animals. Located on the Western Ghats, this sanctuary is acclaimed for having a range of diverse flora and fauna. It is amongst the few places to visit in Dandeli that boasts of an incredible landscape which is filled with river valleys, verdant hills and scenic beauty.

    It offers a refreshing escape from the mundane activities and tourists here can indulge in a number of activities like wildlife safari, white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. Other than, tourists here can look forward to catch a glimpse of animals like black panthers, elephants, crocodiles etc and birds like Malabar pied hornbill, golden backed woodpecker, white breasted kingfisher etc.

    Location: Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary, Dandeli, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka

    Entry fee: Indians: INR 40/ USD 0.62 , Foreign Nationals: INR 80/ USD 1.23

    Timings: One can visit here from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located at an approximate distance of 13 Km from Dandeli Bus Stand.



  • 178 Lumbini Gardens

    Lumbini Gardens
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    Unwind in the quiet environs of this public park that accumulates flocks of visitors every day. It takes its name from Lumbini in Nepal and is situated on the banks of Nagawara lake. 

    People often walk in with families and friends to just spend time on the bank of the lake and watch the sunset. The park hosts a kid’s park and a boating club to add to your enthusiasm. 

    A 1.5 KM long walk through amid the foliage and a jewel-clear lake looks very celestial. The garden is dotted with many fountains and statues with beautiful flowers and plants which adds to the beauty of the place. 

    It is also one of the favorite evening hangout destinations in the city among the crowds for its nearby eateries and food stalls which serve unlimited mouthful varieties of street snacks and food items.

    Location: Ring Rd, Near Nagawara Lake, Hebbal, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560045

    Best Time to Visit: Evenings.

    Price: INR 50 for adults and free entry for kids.

    Timings: 11 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 30 KM.




  • 179 Donkey sanctuary

    Donkey sanctuary
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    The hard lives of donkeys are read by the public with complete negligence and the reason behind that attitude is unknown. Once, donkeys were a usual member in households in the villages but now they are abandoned and thus they face some critical problems to live. Donkey Sanctuary in Leh is a unique idea executed by Stany and Joanne. After seeing the pitiable situation of the stray donkeys, they decided to find a shelter for them and hence the proper guardians for those stray donkeys have come to India. A native of Ladakh, Sonam Angchuk is now taking care of the donkeys now as his own, feeding them and makes sure that they are getting proper medication and care always. 

    They get wheat and grass to eat on time and one doctor from the Government Veterinary Hospital will visit and check the donkeys monthly. Now they are looking forward to make the sanctuary bigger to have 40 donkeys at a time and for that they are expecting funds from well-wishers and animal lovers. To rescue the animals wandering on the road and meet with accidents often, this shelter is a real blessing and the people behind the shelter are really focused to make their services widened. The name of the sanctuary is Home for Helpless Donkeys. They accommodate the injured donkeys and after they get healed, they will be freed to look after on their own.

    Location: The sanctuary is situated on Korean Temple Road in Khakshal Village, Leh Ladakh. It is only 3 kms from the main city to reach the sanctuary.

    Best time to visit: Any time round the year is suitable to visit the sanctuary.

    Entry fee: No entry fee is required to visit the sanctuary




  • 180 Dholpur Palace

    Dholpur Palace
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    One of the best places to visit in Bharatpur, the glamorous Dholpur Palace, also known as Raj Niwas Palace, is a sight to behold. Built in the early 19th century with red sandstone, the attractive palace catches the eye from afar. The intricate architecture adds depth and meaning to the structure, and makes it interesting to gaze upon.

    Walking through the red sandstone halls is a unique experience. Spending an hour here is a good way to enjoy your time in Bharatpur. Evening is a particularly fantastic time to view the Dholpur Palace because the mellowing sun adds a magical quality to the structure. 

    Timings: 6 am to 7 pm
    Price: Free Entry
    Location: Nihal Ganj, Dholpur, Rajasthan 328001



  • 181 Irupu Falls

    Irupu Falls
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    Escape into the allure of nature and its magnificence with a visit to Irupu Falls. One of the most enchanting places to visit in Wayanad, Irupu Falls is one of the most legendary sightseeing places in Wayanad. 

    This spectacular waterfall derives its roots from the legends of Ramayana and also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. This place is known for its serene ambience that showcases the captivating beauty of this glorious cascade from a height of 60 feet. 

    Irupu Falls draws in a number of devotees who believe that a dip in its waters cleanses one’s sins and pay respect to the Shiva temple located along the banks of the river.

    Location: Irupu Falls, Irupu Falls Rd, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The months of monsoons are the best time to witness the Irupu Falls at its maximum beauty.

    Entry fee: INR 50/ USD 0.77 per person

    Timings: The timings at Irupu Falls is from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 56 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 182 Zingzing Bar

    Zingzing Bar
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    A quintessential location and a high altitude roadside bar is Zingzing situated on the road from Manali to Leh. Travelers come here to refresh with a sip of coffee or to have food to energize the body and soul to resume their journey to Leh. The multi-purpose shacks can be availed to stay overnight as well.

    A space where you will love to roll a joint and smoke it up to escape from the extreme cold. Located at an altitude of 4270 meters above the sea level, the place is recognized to be the most suitable one to take rest. Peaceful ambience and the silence prevailing would leave everyone addicted to it.

    The fame of ZIngzing Bar was enhanced because of Baralacha La pass also; the starting point of Baralacha La, one of the most loved passes in Ladakh is Zingzing Bar. Thus it cannot be missed during one’s journey to Leh. The temperature level at the bar will be crazily as low as -2* Celsius and as you ascend from a different temperature from the base, chances to feel altitude sickness and fluctuations in the body are quite higher.

    Height: The highest roadside bar in the world is located at an elevation of 4270 meters above the sea level before the steep Baralacha La roads starts.

    Location: From Manali, Zingzing Bar is situated at a distance of 193 kms and a drive of about 3 hours will take you to the bar and from Leh it is about 337 kms away.

    Best time to visit: Zingzing Bar is found the most scenic during the months of December, January and February when the winter hits at its peak. For those who are searching for peace over a joint, Zingzing bar during winter would be the best option.



  • 183 Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

    Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges
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    Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges or Our Lady of Angels is one of the most beautiful and amazing Pondicherry tourist places. The church is present at the corner of Surcoof street and Dumus street. The architecture found in this church is Greco-Roman which gives you a nice feel. One can experience an angelic feel in the church which is divine. The white chapel of this church is very famous too. The limestone and egg white brought a new and different color to the chapel. Inside the church you can find various beautiful paintings and sculptures which will leave you spell bound. Point to remember is it is the oldest church present in Pondicherry.

    Location:

    The Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges is located at

    Rue Dumas

    White Town

    Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit: Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges

    You can visit and enjoy the beauty of this church at any time but the best months to explore this church are from September-February. The church looks amazing at this time

    Timings

    Similar to various other churches there are no specific Timings :to visit Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, you can visit at any time you want.




  • 184 Kali River

    Kali River
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    Celebrate a trip in the midst of scenic wilderness at River Kali when you are touring attractions in Dandeli. The river has its origins in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and offers a memorable escape for the adventure lovers. 

    It is a glorious spectacle to see River Kali meandering through the luxuriant vegetation and forming a picturesque landscape with its gushing stream of water. Spending some time by the River Kali is a total serene experience where people can relax and appreciate the beautiful scenery all around.

    Tourists can enjoy the best time with River Kali at Kali adventure camp in Dandeli. The camp is a great spot if you seek an adrenaline rush and looking forward to be mesmerised with a number of adventure activities. Some popular thrilling activities that can be enjoyed here are white water rafting, nature walk, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching etc.  

    Location: It can be visited at Kali Adventure Camp that is situated by the river in Dandeli

    Entry fee: It is free to visit Kali River

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is just 2.9 kilometres or 10 minutes to travel by road.



  • 185 Mahabaleshwara Temple

    Mahabaleshwara Temple
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    Showcasing the brilliance of the classic Dravidian architecture, Mahabaleshwara Temple is one of the must visit Gokarna tourist places. The 4th century temple in Gokarna is most famous for its Shiva Linga known as Atma Linga that is worshipped here and also known as Dakshin Kashi, often being paralleled to the Shiva Temple at Varanasi. 

    This major temple in Gokarna has a 1500-year-old deity that is carved stone of Lord Shiva. If you’re seeking a spiritual retreat, Mahabaleshwara Temple in Gokarna will refresh your soul and offer a peaceful retreat with the Almighty. 

    According to one popular legend, it is believed that the deity of the temple will bestow immense blessings to devotees to those who just get a glimpse of it. For fans of art and culture too, Mahabaleshwara Temple is a beautiful masterpiece for the tourists to appreciate.

    Location: Koti Teertha Road, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka 

    Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited anytime throughout the year.

    Timings: It is open from 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and then from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is just 600 metres away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 186 Bharatpur Beach

    Bharatpur Beach
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    The best beach in Neil Island is Bharathpur which looks exactly as a painting exhibiting beauty at the higher level. Among all the favourite beaches in Neil Island, Bharathpur has a separate space. The extensive Bay of Bengal is beautifully lulled by the vast greenery and long stretches of white sand on the shore and tourists from all over the world love Bharathpur because of its backdrop unimaginably designed by the creator. The lagoon with shallow and clear water is an ideal space for family to have fun and enjoy the level best. The 500 km long beach has a lot of options for the kids to play and simply laugh.

    Highlights: Early morning visit to the beach will make you revel in the magnificent sunrise views when the beach gets showered in multi hues from the sun and the sight is amazingly vibrant. There is no other better option to start your day with unlimited positivity.

    Activity: This is one of the best spots to do snorkeling and scuba diving with the proper guides available throughout the island. You are getting the perfect opportunity to delve into the sacred world of marine animals and plants which are colourful in their own terms. Also, glass bottom ride is yet another favourite activity done by the visitors of Bharathpur beach. As the clear water always unwinds the extended coral reefs in different colours, people love to do swimming as well to have a face to face conversation with these rare species in underwater.

    Distance from Port Blair: Bharathpur beach is located in Neil Island about 40 kms from Port Blair. From the boat jetty at Neil Island, it is really easy to reach the beach by boat.



  • 187 Thirunelli Temple

    Thirunelli Temple
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    One of the most religious places to visit in Wayanad, Thirunelli Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Known as the Kashi of the South, Thirunelli Temple has an interesting legend associated which says that Lord Brahma himself installed the idol of Lord Vishnu here and made this temple. 

    Encompassed by the breathtaking beauty of Brahmagiri Hills, this temple is known for its tranquil ambience. Devotees at Thirunelli Temple pay their respects at the holy mountain stream known as Papanasini believed to have medicinal powers where rituals are performed and the sacred rock Pinnappara. 

    It is also a popular belief that rituals performed for the dead at this temple attains eternal peace and salvation for the deceased souls.

    Location: Thirunelly Temple post, Mananthavady, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: One should visit Thirunelli Temple from the month of September to March.

    Timings: The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 188 Brahmagiri Hill

    Brahmagiri Hill
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    Between Wayanad and Kannur districts in Kerala in the north and the east and Coorg in Karnataka in the south, lies the trekker’s paradise- Brahmagiri hills, the highest peak in the sanctuary that covers an area of 181 KM and derives its name from the Brahmagiri hill. 

    The celestial presence of Thirunelli temple and the adorable Iruppu falls amid the green groves en route makes the trekking experience a lifetime event that states with you for long. 

    It is suggested that you take a guide which will charge around INR 200 but will make your journey informative and more fun.

    Height: 1,608 m

    Location: Border of Mananthavady Taluk, Wayanad district, Kerala and Virajpet Taluk, Kodak district, Karnataka India.

    Best Time to visit: December to March

    Entry fee: A single charge of around INR 200 for the guide which is mandatory to take on the hike.

    Timings: Daytime, an evening trek can be tricky.

    Average time required to visit the place: The trek can be of 6 to 8 hours depending on the route opted.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 60 KM




  • 189 Kanakpura

    Sets amid the lush green terrain 55 kilometers off  Bangalore on the southern side of the city along the bank of Akravati river. It is the largest producer of granite and silk and is also gaining popularity as a major hotspot for tourists. 

    During the rainy season, the terrain is blanketed in green and is dotted with a galore of waterfalls. 

    There are few temples as well as historical sites and attracts wildlife enthusiasts and water sports lovers from Bangalore and nearby states because of its proximity to Akravati river. It is one of the offbeat places to visit in Bangalore that is away from the city rush and is an hour drive away.

    Location: Ramanagara district, Karnataka.

    Best Time to Visit: August to February

    Price: There are state buses plying from the main bus stand to Kanakpura which will cost you around INR 50 to 100. One can also hire cabs or venture on your own vehicle.

    Average time required to visit the place: Half a day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 55 KM.




  • 190 Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple

    Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple
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    Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple is the most different temple present in the world. The temple is constructed in the shape of a pyramid and is located at Pudhukuppam beach. When the temple is seen for the first time you will wonder whether it is a pyramid. The Sri Karaneswara Nataraja Temple is dedicated to the deity Lord Shiva and is one of the best Pondicherry tourist places. The temple is designed with best in class architecture and attracted many people around the world. Founded by Karan Singh, the Auroville foundation chairman, the temple made a statement back in 2000 only. This is the most different yet amazing temple present in the world.

    Location:

    Gangiamman Koi Street

    Pondicherry 604303

    Best Time To Visit:

    You can explore the temple at any time of the year but visiting the temple in the months of February and march will give you a different experience.

    Timings

    The temple will be opened from

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm



  • 191 Kavala Caves

    Kavala Caves
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    One of the most popular places to visit in Dandeli, Kavala Caves makes for an interesting visit. Believed to be as old as prehistoric times and made of volcanic origins, these caves can be found in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. 

    The caves can be reached only after climbing down 375 steps and enter the stalagmite formations that abound in Kavala Caves. These are limestone caves and known for making the visit a thrilling getaway with narrow climbs and trekking through the picturesque setting.

    Kavala Caves offer a wonderful adventure as it is totally dark inside with the presence of snakes and bats. There is also a temple at the entrance of the caves and the most intriguing facet of Kavala Caves is the naturally formed Shivalinga which attracts a number of devotees. 

    The structure of the Shivalinga which is in the form of raw nuts that are named Kavala in the local language gives the name of this popular tourist spot in Dandeli.

    Location: Kavala Caves, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttara Kanadda, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The best months to visit Kavala Caves is from October to March

    Entry fee: No cost

    Timings: The timings to visit Kavala caves if from 6:00 am 6:00 pm

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It takes approximately 24 kilometres to reach Kavala caves from Dandeli Bus stand.



  • 192 Kudle Beach

    Kudle Beach
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    Shaped like a perfect ‘C’, Kudle Beach is one of the most beautiful Gokarna tourist places that you’l ever come across. Flanked by coconut trees, Kudle Beach is a wonderful retreat for the lovers of peace and quiet. 

    The sheer beauty and simplicity of the beach is a breathtaking surprise and people visit this beach to enjoy the serene surroundings. Kudle Beach is most famous for offering a spectacular sunset and sunrise in Gokarna.

    Attracting scores of tourists, mostly foreigners and backpackers, Kudle Beach is a beach haven to enjoy a leisurely stroll or indulge in some enterprising ventures like swimming, surfing and beach trekking in Gokarna. 

    There are also many beach shacks and makeshift bamboo huts where people can spend the night on the beach and appreciate the wonder of glistening waters in the light of the moon.

    Location: Kudle Beach, Gokarna

    Best Time to visit: November to February is the best time to visit Kudle Beach.

    Timings: It is advisable to visit the beach from 4 am to 6:30 pm.

    Activities: Trekking, yoga, surfing etc.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is about 6 kilometres away from the bus station.





  • 193 Manjarabad Fort

    Manjarabad Fort
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    One of the unique forts in the country, Manjarabad Fort was built by Tipu Sultan and showcases the brilliance of Islamic architecture in India. It boasts of its interesting octagonal design with eight walls and attracts a number of visitors. 

    Another unique feature of this fort is that has the only level in contrast to the general forts which are based on multiple levels. The aerial view of this fort offers a wonderful star-shaped appearance. Built as a frontier to store ammunition, Manjarabad Fort was used as a protection for Tipu Sultan’s army against the British.

    It is one of the few sightseeing places in Sakleshpur that offers an unforgettable view of the Western Ghats. One can also be overwhelmed at the sight of Arabian Sea from this fort which is located at an elevation of about 3200 feet above sea level. 

    Some of the other exciting things which tourists can spot here the numerous chambers built within the fort and the tunnel that leads to Srirangapatna Fort.

    Location: Bengaluru - Mangaluru Highway, Donigal, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: June to February are the best months to visit here

    Timings: It is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 6 kilometres from the bus stand



  • 194 Mandalpatti

    Mandalpatti
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    The shorter route being the Abbi Falls Junctions and the longest being the Makkanduru, visitors often sped up from Abbi Falls Junction and return from Makanda. 

    One can even take an early morning Jeep ride to the hill-top viewpoint, a popular spot in Mandalpatti. Mandalpatti is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and trekkers. 

    You can park your vehicles near Mandalpatti forest checkpoint and then start trekking or take a jeep ride to the top. One of the nearest Coorg tourist places that has better points and spots to explore on a trekking excursion.

    Height: 4050 feet

    Location: Madikeri, India

    Best Time to visit: November to June. It is better to avoid monsoon as while climbing as to avoid slip-ups.

    Entry fee: Entry is free.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 25 to 30 KM



  • 195 Baralacha La

    Baralacha La
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    A story says like this; there were two lovers in mythology, Chandra and Bhaga, one is the daughter of the Moon and the other one is the son of Sun God, respectively. To do their marriage, both of them climbed to the Baralacha La and from there, they started running in opposite directions. Both of them found Tandi as their meeting point and thus their marriage became eternal. The factor made their love shine is Baralacha La pass, a high mountain pass in Zanskar Range that connects Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

    In the ancient times, Baralacha La was considered to be a main trade route. Near the pass, there is this emerald like lake, the Suraj Tal which is the source of Bhaga River. The pass is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet and on this plateau, the famous mountain ranges such as Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas come together to meet. One who wishes to go to Leh through Leh-Manali highway has to cross this pass which hides plenty of adventure and thrill in it.

    Height: Baralacha La is the most important pass as Khardung La and it is situated at an altitude of 16040 feet above the sea level.

    Location: Baralacha La is located 73 kms away from Keylong on Manali-Leh road.

    Best time to visit: The months of April to October are the best months to visit Baralacha La pass as the roads will be open because the snow melts. If you are going from Manali to Leh, then it is advisable that cross the pass before noon due to the melting of snow and creation of streams on the road



  • 196 Kala Pathar Beach

    Kala Pathar Beach
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    Kalapathar Beach located near Kalapathar Village which is famous for the abundant black stones is an adorning beauty on the famous Havelock Island. The whole beach is dramatically lined by thick greenery and one important fact about the beach is that it is comparatively silent and most of the time, less number of people will be roaming around and that may be the reason why it sticks close to the visitor’s heart. As the number of people is lesser, Kalapathar Beach is very special for couples and families who would like to spend time in peace and utmost calmness. 

    Along with that the indescribable sunset and sunrise views from the beach give unimaginable energy to the tourists. The emerald water, the silvery grains on the shore, the typical green colour of the tropical trees arrayed in a catching way and the pleasant views from the shore are the prime reasons why Kalapathar become a heroic figure many times. Since there are n number of accommodation facilities near the beach, tourists are eager to take up a long vacation on Havelock Island and visit this beach.

    Activity: Sunbathing is the best activity that can be done on Kalapathar beach. Snorkeling, bathing, swimming or just walk around are the possible activities that can be done on the beach. Watching the exciting sunset and sunrise is also considered to be refreshing activity here. Scuba diving also is an important activity which would open the gates of wide coral reefs underwater.

    Distance from Port Blair: It is located at a distance of 61 kms from Port Blair.



  • 197 Soochipara Waterfalls

    Soochipara Waterfalls
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    Deriving its name from the needle-shaped rock that is placed here, Soochipara Waterfalls is one of the most photogenic spots for tourists in Wayanad. 

    This beautiful waterfall is also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls and surrounded by lush greenery that is just a treat for the eyes. 

    The waterfalls can be reached after a thrilling downwards trek or enjoy the spectacular views from the tree-top hut. Soochipara Waterfalls is a refreshing retreat to indulge in activities like swimming, water rafting and rock climbing for adventure enthusiasts in Wayanad. 

    This three-tiered waterfall is one of the most exciting places to visit in Wayanad.

    Height: Soochipara Waterfalls are at a height of 200 metres.

    Location: Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: Best time to visit Soochipara waterfall is during monsoon season as you can see the waterfall at its fullest.

    Entry fee: The entrance fee is INR 50/ USD 0.77

    Timings: The timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is a distance of about 45 kilometres between the two places by road.




  • 198 Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park

    Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park
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    Unfurls over an area of 17 acres, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park is one of a kind which claims to be the first conceptualized musical fountain park in India. It is located on the famous Raj Bhavan road in the old LRDE Complex that runs two shows of a musical fountain in evening. 

    The 27 combination of fountains is arranged with the help of 1000 nozzles which offers a magnificent sight and sound treat. The water dancing on the rhythm synchronized sound is based on the latest multimedia technology. 

    The sound is basically instrumental Bollywood songs which are played for a total of 30 minutes to provide a visual treat to the visitors. The fascinating sight of the fountains dancing on music attracts hosts of tourist who are visiting Bangalore and is loved by children.

    Location: Opp to Jawahar Lal Nehru Planetarium, Raj Bhawan Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052

    Best Time to Visit: Evening.

    Price: INR 30

    Timings: 7 PM to 7:30 PM and 8 PM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week except on Mondays. Every second Tuesday of the month is off.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 33 KM.




  • 199 Pushpagiri Hill

    Pushpagiri Hill
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    One needs to register their names at the check point before starting the trek, however, there is no entry fee, it is highly suggested to hire a guide at Bidahalli or Heggadamane villages for a smooth trekking experience. 

    Pushpagiri is the second highest Peak in Coorg, first in the Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary and sixth in the entire Karnataka state. It is one of the best Coorg tourist places to wander around. 

    The trekking route gradually changes into difficult from moderate as you near the peak, the 7 KM route from the check post is usually covered in 3 to 4 hours one way.

    Height: 5626 feet

    Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236

    Best Time to visit: November to March.

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 70 KM.




    Top Things To Do in Pushpagiri Hill

  • 200 Veerampattinam Beach

    Veerampattinam Beach
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    Each and every beach present in Pondicherry is amazing. Veeramapattinam beach is one of the best sightseeing places in Pondicherry. If you are planning a trip to Pondicherry then don’t forget to visit this outstanding beach. 

    This is the lengthiest beach present in Pondicherry and is the best attraction of Pondicherry. Veermapattinam is the coastal village present in Pondicherry. The village is 7 kms away from the Pondicherry center but the buses are always available so there is no need to worry about it. The veeramipattinam hosts one of the biggest festival called temple car festival. 

    The visitors of this beach are provided an option  to see the real fisherman working at some dedicated spots. The clean and long beach is the perfect pick to enjoy your vacation. The beach isn’t so crowded so if you are from one of those who loves to stay peaceful then this is the right place.

    Location:

    The beach is located along the village Veerampattinam which is located between Pondicherry and Cuddalore.

    Best Times To Visit

    Beaches can be visited at any time so there are no boundaries to visit this wonderful beach. But vacationing in monsoon is advisable.

    Timings

    The beach is opened at 8:00 am and is closed at 9:00 pm in the night.

    The distance between Pondicherry Bus stand and Veerampattinam Beach

    The Distance between Pondicherry Bus stand and Veerampattinam Beach is 9.6 km and it takes nearly 16-20 mins to travel.




  • 201 Bugle Rock Park

    Bugle Rock Park
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    Stating to be 3000 years old, this magnanimous rock formation is situated right next to the Bull temple in Basavanagudi. It is sprawled over an area of 16 acres on the southern side of Bangalore and is also known as peninsular gneiss. 

    The park has temples, a gym, a jogging track, fountains and water tanks. These ancient rocks were used by the watchkeepers to light and bugle the other watchkeepers assuring the safety of the place at every sunset. 

    There is a watchtower on the abruptly originated rock that was used to signal the other three watchtowers in the city. It is a very interesting geological sight and a point of interest among geologists.

    Location: Bull Temple Rd, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560019

    Best Time to Visit: During daytime.

    Price: No entry fees.

    Timings: 5 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: 7 KM.




  • 202 Sarchu

    Sarchu
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    On a tour of Leh, either starting from Manali or while returning to Manali, Sarchu is a major halt where properly arranged camping settlement can be seen. To relax, to just roam around or to sleep peacefully under the stars, Sarchu is a significant point in Ladakh region. It is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir on the Leh-Manali Highway. The travelers from Manali to Leh will have to face some off-road conditions and two days will be required to reach Leh on the journey, hence people will choose Sarchu as a halt station. Near the Tsarap Chu River, one can see the camps arranged by the Indian Army as well. But during winter season, the highway and Sarchu camps would be remaining closed as the altitude passes will not be accessible due to the presence of heavy snow.

    Mainly, the trekking of Ladakh starts from Sarchu because the continuing journey from Manali to Leh would be tiring and the trekkers cannot start the expedience all of a sudden. So an overnight stay in Sarchu will give energy and more enthusiasm to start the walk early morning. The tents are proper and safe with all the facilities an overnight resident would require. There are 25 Swiss tent cottages and 15 luxury tent cottages which are made of canvas so that it would prevent the tents from wind and rain. Inside the tent, you can see twin beds, a center table with lamp and a pair of chair. You will be provided with thick mattress, pillow, bed sheet, quilt and a blanket. There are attached toilets and a dining tent which is well furnished. It can accommodate sixty pax at a time.

    Height: 4290 meters above the sea level

    Location: Sarchu is between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north and 220 kms away from Manali. You can reach Sarchu if you take a drive along Leh- Manali Highway.

    Best time to visit: The months from June to October are considered the best time to reach Sarchu.



  • 203 Syntheri Rocks

    Syntheri Rocks
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    Syntheric Rocks is one of the most scenic tourist attractions in Delhi and offers a wonderful time for the visitors with its beautiful landscape. Located in the centre of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Syntheri Rocks boasts of spectacular natural beauty that is made up of volcanic rocks with the River Kaneri passing by its side. 

    Named after the English lady Ms Cinthera who discovered these caves, Syntheri Rocks are today known for its marvellous topography. It is an idyllic spot for those who like to capture the best scenes in their cameras and those who are looking to retreat in places abound by nature. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Dandeli for getting a taste of adventure in the most splendid nature.

    Location: Syntheri Rocks, Dandeli Wildife Sanctuary, Uttara Kannada,Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the most pleasant time for the tourists to go to Syntheri Rocks

    Entry fee: After getting a permission from the Forest Department to reach here, tourists need to pay an entry fee of INR 20/ USD 0.30 per person

    Timings: It is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 for the tourists

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Syntheri Roacks at about 32 km from DandelI Bus Stand.



  • 204 Sakleshwara Temple

    Sakleshwara Temple
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    Sakleshwara Temple is famous as one of the most prominent attractions in Sakleshpur and is a must visit for everyone. It is a beautiful temple that is stands as a testimony to the excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture. 

    Although it is smaller than the most temples of South India, Saklashwara Temple boasts of many things that include its architecture. Constructed between the 11th and 14th century, Sakalashwara Temple is a great remnant of the time when the Hoysala empire was at its peak in South India.

    The temple offers a wonderful view as it is situated along the banks of River Hemavathi and has a gigantic statue of Lord Shiva that captures the eye of everyone. 

    The temple is located at just the entrance of the city and offers a spiritual escape to everyone who visit. Interestingly, the temple is the place from where the city of Sakleshpur derives its name and a very renowned place for pilgrims in the region.

    Location: BM Road, Near Hemavathi Bridge, Sakleshpur, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited anytime throughout the year

    Timings: It is open 24 hours

    Distance from Bus Stand: Sakleshwara Temple is just 500 metres away from the bus stand.



  • 205 Viper Island

    Viper Island
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    A major island in Andaman, Viper Island got its name from the vessel H.M.S. Viper which was met with an accident and the ruins of the vessel were found near the island. Before the Cellular Jail was built, the jail at Viper Island was the place where the British inflicted the dark form of torture to those freedom fighters of India.

    The tranquilizing island is a favourite tourist destination in Andaman and Nicobar now. The aching beauty of nature along with the historically significant attractions has made the island a throbbing tourist attraction. There is also another saying that the island got its name from the presence of numerous Viper and similar snakes on the island.

    Highlights: Anyone who loves to visit the island would make it mandatory to take a tour of the old jail. A boat journey to the island will enable one to see the ports and Navy ships of Port Blair. Also, the exotic sights of seven points from the harbor are overwhelming.

    Activities: Boating is the favourite activity done by the tourists coming to Viper Island and strolling along the long beaches would satiate your passion for spending time at a relaxed pace.

    Distance from Port Blair: Viper Island lies 4 kms west of Port Blair and ferries are always available from Port Blair to reach the island.




  • 206 Half Moon Beach

    Half Moon Beach
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    Listed as one of the most attractive sightseeing places in Gokarna, Half Moon Beach boasts of beautiful surroundings. The beach derives its name based on its shape like a half moon. 

    Half Moon Beach is known for its clean sparkling sands against the transparent blue waters. Mostly famous for foreign travellers and backpackers, Half Moon Beach is a great place to relax and unwind.

    Half Moon Beach can be visited by a hike from Om Beach which is a thrilling enterprise. Away from all the crowds, this beach is a wonderful destination to indulge in some fun activities as well as indulge in enjoying some mouth-watering food available at the beach shacks nearby. 

    This beach is an idyllic escape from the noise of the city or enjoys some classic beach activities like sunbathing or swimming.

    Location: Half Moon Beach, Gokarna

    Best Time to visit: The ideal time to pay a visit to the Half Moon Beach is between October and March

    Timings: Tourists can visit here any time from 6 am to 6 pm.

    Activities: Swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, paintball, camping, and cabins

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): Half Moon Beach is located approximately 5 kilometres away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 207 Phantom Rock

    Phantom Rock
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    One of the most interesting sightseeing places in Wayanad, Phantom Rock is an archaeological structure that you should not miss out on your vacation. 

    It is famous for the rock that is shaped in the form of a phantom skull and thus derives the name of this tourist attraction. This place is an exciting spot for trekkers and hikers offering some amazing opportunities for photography.

    Locally known as Cheengeri Mala, this place offers a surreal respite from the crowds and noise. The landscape here is picturesque and surrounded by beautiful greenery that accentuates the brilliance of this archaeological wonder. 

    For the lovers of history, Phantom Rock is a wonderful getaway in Wayanad and attracts many tourists who are looking for offbeat things to do in Wayanad.

    Height: This rock is at height of 2600 feet above sea level.

    Location: Phantom Rock Path, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: It can be visited throughout the year.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the bus station and Phantom Rock is approximately 40 kilometres.



  • 208 Shiroli Peak

    Shiroli Peak
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    Visit Shiroli Peak to enjoy the most enchanting views of the mountains of the Sahyadri Range and the breathtaking landscape that surrounds the hill. One of the most preferred sightseeing places in Dandeli for tourists, Shiroli Peak is a great place to capture one of the most amazing views of the sunset of your life. 

    It is located inside the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and serves as a great spot to enjoy the calm vibes of the scenery and appreciate some time by yourself in a mesmerising setting.

    The place is famous as the highest point of Uttara Kannada region and its height makes it a great destination for trekkers who can challenge themselves and nature lovers who want to escape the turmoil of city life.

    Location: Shiroli Peak, Dandeli Wildlife Sacncuary,

    Best Time to visit: Shiroli Peak can be visited by tourists throughout the year

    Entry fee: There is no entry fees to visit Shiroli Peak. However, tourists can go there only after the permission granted by the Forest Department.

    Timings: It can be visited throughout the day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Shiroli Peak is at a distance of 25 km from Dandeli Bus Stand.



  • 209 Nalknad Palace

    Nalknad Palace
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    Kakkabe is a hamlet in Coorg that is famous for many timeless splendors and some of which are Igguthappa Temple, Thadiyandamol Peak, and Nalnad Palalce. Kodava king Dodda Veerarajendra constructed this palace after escaping from the attack of Tipu Sultan and invading Coorg. 

    There is a stunning mantapa in the centre of the palace which was built for the wedding ceremony of Dodda Veerarajendra with Mahadevammaji in the year 1796. This palace is believed to be the last abode of the King of Kodagu and is now a conserved monument under the supervision of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums of Karnataka. 

    This palace has an underground tunnel that ends at Madikeri and it was built to dart enemies.

    Location: Tadiyandamol Hills, Kodagu District, Kakkabe, India

    Best Time to visit: Any time during the day.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all the days of the week

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 35 KM.




  • 210 Campbell Bay

    Campbell Bay
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    Campbell Bay is an important village in Nicobar of Andaman and Nicobar Island and the village is famous for Indira Point the southern point of India. Another feature of the bay is the popular Campbell Bay National Park which is a part of Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. The northern part of Great Nicobar, about 426 sq.km is the wide national park which is a haven for thick tropical evergreen forest, orchids, ferns, crab eating macaque, megapode, Nicobar pigeon etc. 

    The park is lulled by the basin side of Glatiya River. Recently, the village has witnessed the opening of INS Baaz, India’s southernmost naval air station and with this India has acquired ability to have hawk-like attention on the crucial maritime channel, the famous Strait of Malacca.

    Highlights: The highlight of the village is the wide national park which is reserved for the betterment of wildlife and rich type of flowering plants and orchids. The extensive mangrove forests found in the park add extra beauty to the exciting appeal of the park and its surroundings and the park was established in 1992.

    Activities: Visit the national park to spot the rarest of rare animals and plants along with enjoying the nature walk through the thick tropical forests and ferns.

    Distance from Port Blair: 529 kms is the distance between Port Blair and Campbell Bay and one can use the helicopter service from Port Blair to reach the island located in the Nicobar region. The Inter Island boat service from Port Blair is also available that goes through Little Andaman, Car Nicobar and Nancowry to reach Campbell Bay. MV Campbell Bay, a ship vessel of the Government transports once in a week from Port Blair and will take the travelers to the bay in 24 hours.



  • 211 Paradise Beach

    Paradise Beach
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    Also renowned as the Full Moon Beach, Paradise Beach is a great spot to relax away from all the civilization in the realm of nature. It a splendid place for those interested in camping and relaxing seeing the blue waves of the ocean crash against the rocks on the white sands. Swimming is one of the most surreal activities which you can indulge in after taking due precautions of safety from the strong currents of the ocean.

    One can reach this beach after a small hiking adventure from the Half Moon Beach in Gokarna. It can also be reached via a motor boat. This beach was once a popular hotspot for trading weed and many foreigners flocked here. However, now all the commercial activities are prohibited here. There are also not much of water sports, but tourists can bask in the serene surroundings and relax and unwind at Paradise Beach.

    Location: Paradise Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Paradise Beach is best to visit from the month of October to March for tourists.

    Timings:  The beach can be visited from the time of sunrise to sunset every day.

    Activities: Camping, swimming,

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is around 8 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 212 Bisle View Point

    Bisle View Point
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    Get ready to be mesmerised by some enchanting views of the Western Ghats from Bisle View Point when you are touring Sakleshpur. It is among the most mesmerising places to visit in Sakleshpur for sightseeing and escape the humdrum affairs of life. 

    Located near Bisle Ghat, this place offers a breathtaking view of three mountain ranges which are Yenikallu Betta, Doddabetta and Pushpagiri and Kumaraparvatha.

    Bisle View Point offers an adventurous getaway as one can enjoy trekking up to the vantage point and explore the heavenly scenery that surrounds you. 

    Tourists here can also enjoy spotting some diverse wild animals like peacocks, monkeys, spotted deer, elephants when passing through the reserve forest. With a blanket of greenery all around dotted with waterfalls and streams, Bisle View Point takes the term postcard-perfect landscape to its highest honour and offers an unforgettable time for nature lovers in Sakleshpur.

    Location: Bisle Ghat View Point, Bisle Ghat Road, Bisle State Forest, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The months from September to December is the ideal time to visit here

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 55 kilometres.



  • 213 Gata Loops

    Gata Loops
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    A very mysterious attraction existing on the Leh-Manali Highway is Gata Loops as the stories related to it are creepy and at times scary. Gata Loops is a series of 21 hairpin bends that leads to the top of one of the highest motorable passes in Ladakh region that is Nakee La. Gata Loops is located at an altitude of 17000 feet above the sea level and thus gifts so many wonderful sights of the snow-laid peaks in the back ground and excitement filled journey till the top most portion. 

    The myth related to Gata Loops says that a ghost is present in the road and it will disturb the passengers so that everyone is supposed to pay tribute to the ghost dwelling in a small hut atop the pass by giving mineral water and cigarettes. In spite the fact that the ghost is present or not, people have showered offerings to the mysterious ghost. Nonetheless, Gata Loops is a treacherous route to overcome and during winter, the roads will be blocked as the incessant ice sheets are all over the place. The hairpin bends are sharp and it is unimaginably challenging to enter the next loop from the other but descending the loops is more thrilling.

    Height: The pass is located at an altitude of 17000 feet at the maximum above the sea level.

    Location: The loops are located 25 kms away from Sarchu on Leh-Manali Highway.

    Best time to visit: The roads will be suitable to have ride during the months of June, July, August and September.



  • 214 Butterfly Park

    Butterfly Park
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    This is dome-shaped greenhouse situated in the Bannerghatta National Park with fluttering colorful butterflies which are really hard to find today in our vicinity. 

    This is India’s first butterfly enclosure and an ideal place for the shutterbugs who are interested in nature photography.  While you enter the pathway a big butterfly shaped gate welcomes you in the green dome where over twenty species of Butterflies live under a poly-carbonate roof. 

    They are brought in the park when they grow wings after their cultivation period in a separate premise. Butterflies have become such rare species to find that one must visit this fascinating world of butterflies. 

    You can also watch educational videos or educate yourself by reading about Butterflies. One of the best places to visit in Bangalore for adoring nature’s wonders.

    Location: Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bannerghatta, Bangaluru, Karnataka 560083

    Best Time to Visit: Spring season. Avoid going on Thursdays, Saturdays, and  Wednesdays as these are the busiest days at this Park.

    Price: INR 30  per head.

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesdays.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 35 KM.




  • 215 Cafe Xtasi

    Cafe Xtasi
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    Enjoy the tasty dishes from different kinds of cuisines at this wonderful place. This is the best pick if you are interested to taste various kinds of dishes. Whether it may be hot coffee or yummy pizza this place provides you with all kinds of food items. The beverages and pizzas offered at this café are mouth watering and have a lot of craze among the people. It is the best hangout place for friends.

    Location:

    245, Mission Street

    Opposite VOC School

    Pondicherry

    Best Time To Visit:

    There is no Best Time To Visit: this place, whenever you have a craving to have some tasty food then crash at this café.

    Timings

    The place will be opened at 11:00 am in the morning and is closed at 11:00 pm at night.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Café Xtasi

    The distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Café Xtasi is 2.3 kms which takes approximately 8 mins to travel.

    Image Credits: cafechennai.in




  • 216 Bamboo Forest

    Bamboo Forest
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    If you wish to give a boost to your Wayanad vacation with a bit of eco tourism, then Bamboo Forest is one of the most surreal places that you should not miss out upon. 

    These unique forests are known for preserving the most endangered flora and fauna and also constitute an integral part in the daily life of tribals who depend on the forests.

    These forests extend up to the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and a natural habitat for many animals like bison, cheetah, wild bears etc. 

    Bamboo Forest in Wayanad are protected by government authorities and known for collecting a grain called ‘bamboo rice’ that is used in many traditional food recipes in Wayanad.

    Location: Muthanga, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.

    Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 217 Bijli Mahadev Temple

    Bijli Mahadev Temple
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    Kullu has a huge history in its sack. It also homes one of the most beautiful temples in India. Bijli Mahadev Temple stands out from all the other temples due to its serenity and scenic beauty.  It is located at a height of 2460 m above the sea level. This temple is a “Kash” style temple in which Lord Shiva is in the form of Shiva Lingam. The temple can be reached easily after crossing the Beas River. It is located 22 km away from Kullu. The higher ground surrounding the temple offers a panoramic view of the Paravati and Kullu valley. 

    The glistening 60 feet staff of Bijli Mahadev is visible from a very long distance. Legend says that this temple gets struck by lightning every year. This is why the temple is named after lightning.  The lightning distorts the position of the Shiva Linga. The priest of the temple attaches it again using sattoo and butter as an adhesive. To reach this temple, you will have to perform a 3 km moderately difficult trek uphill. It is an easy trek for the younger persons. 

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Bijli Mahadev Temple is 5.6 km.

    Location: Kashawri, Himachal Pradesh, 175138.

    Opening Timings: The temple follows the opening and closing timings of other temples usually.

    Click here to check out a variety of things to do in Kullu! It has a plethora of options to satiate the adventure rush of tourists.



    Top Things To Do in Bijli Mahadev Temple

  • 218 Dubare Elephant Camp

    Dubare Elephant Camp
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    This river camp have trained Elephants and their mahout who bathe them and feed them. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a project which is run together by the forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. 

    There are naturalists who elucidate the biology, ecology and the history of Elephants to the visitors and you can not only see them but even participate in the river bath, and feeding. There are about 150 Elephants in every such camp of the Karnataka Forest Department and is a great way of promoting eco-tourism in the state. 

    The project mainly started for the cause of conserving and understanding Elephants in India which is now becoming one of the major attractions in Coorg. 

    One can hear the gurgling sound of the river Cauvery as it is situated on the banks of the river and also indulge in various activities which enable a close encounter with these beautiful mammals. 

    Dubare Elephant camp is one of the amazing places to visit in Coorg for a wild adventure.

    Location: Dubare Reserve Forest, India

    Best Time to visit: Take an evening jeep safari along with a trained naturalist.

    Entry fee: If you want to feed the Elephants, the kit will cost INR 20, if you want to bathe the Elephants then the fee is INR 100 per head.

    Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: More than 3 Hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: approximately 30 KM




    Top Things To Do in Dubare Elephant Camp

  • 219 Anshi National Park

    Anshi National Park
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    If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, brace yourself for a thrilling adventure at Anshi National Park to make your vacation to Dandeli worthwhile. It is a part of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and boasts of an interesting topography to explore the wonderful outdoors in the Western Ghats. 

    One of the most peculiar things about Anshi National Park is that it is the only place in whole of Asia where you can spot the black panther. However, the national park is rich in being a habitat to many diverse flora and fauna which include spotted deer, langur, jackal, Malabar giant squirrel and birds like Ashy swallow shirkes, drongos, yellow footed pigeon, crested serpent eagle and many more. 

    Some of the activities which you can try your hands on here are trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, jeep safari, camping etc.

    Location: Anshi National Park, Kodthalli, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to plan a trip here is from the months of November to June.

    Entry fee: N/A

    Timings: Anshi National Park remains open for 24 hours every day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Anshi National Park is located at a distance of about 55 km from Dandeli Bus Stand




  • 220 Raja's Seat

    Raja's Seat
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    The place has a history of having the king of Coorg to spend his time witnessing the scenic and panoramic vistas of the place. Raja’s Seat is one of the best attractions in Coorg to watch the majestic sunrise or the fiery sunset. 

    Raja’s seat sets in a glorious garden of seasonal colourful flowers and musical fountain shows. There is also a toy train that runs through the garden entertaining both adults and children. Raja’s Seat has such an unerring location that it overlooks a valley bathing in green and a horizon doused in all shades of blue and orange.

    Height: Approximately 160 ft above sea level.

    Location: Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: November to March (winter season)

    Entry fee: INR 5 per person. INR 20 per head for Toy train ride and INR 40 for parking.

    Timings: 6 PM to 8 PM on Monday to Friday and 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.The musical fountain show starts at 7:00 PM on weekdays and 6:45 AM to 7:20 PM on weekends.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 1 KM from Madikeri bus stand.




  • 221 ISKCON Pondicherry

     ISKCON Pondicherry
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    ISKCON (International society for Krishna Consciousness) temples are very famous all over India. They are present in almost all metropolitan cities and are founded by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If you are from those people who like to have a peace of mind and like to meditate then this is the right place for you. 

    The temple gives you the most ambient environment which helps you in finding inner self. The serenity, divine feeling that one gets after visiting this temple is beyond words.  Most of the people adore the beauty of the temple as well as the charisma of the deity Krishna. 

    The idols in these ISKCON Temples are different from idols used in other temples and look like the best idols present in the world.

    Location:

    No. 2-B

    7th cross corner, Krishna Nagar main road

    Krishna Nagar

    Pondicherry 605008

    Best Time To Visit:

    The temple can be visited at any time of the year and it is sure that you are going get the most peaceful experience in your life.

    Timings

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry bus stand to the ISKCON temple

    The distance from the bus stand to ISKCON temple is 6 kms.




  • 222 UB City Mall

    UB City Mall
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    UB city mall is the biggest commercial and luxury mall in the city that offers exemplary ambiance, throngs of chilled and excellent restaurants serving all kinds of cuisines, top coveted international brands, extravagant architecture and central location. 

    This mind-blowing high-end mall is spread across an area of 13 acres which is hard to be toured in one visit. From relaxing spa boutiques to opulent nightclubs and diners; it houses brands like Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Estee Lauder, Burberry etc. 

    There are beautiful art galleries and private party booths along with karaoke machines and an open-air lounge. UB city mall is one stop for fun, shopping and unwinding with myriads of things to do and engage in. 

    This mall is a joint venture by the UB group and the Prestige group and can be identified in four towers which are  UB Tower of 19 floors, Comet of 11 Floors, Canberra of 17 Floors and Concorde of 19 Floors.

    Location: 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: Weekdays if you want to avoid rush and crowd.

    Price: Entry is free.

    Timings: 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: A whole day.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda bus stand: 5.5 KM




  • 223 Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple

    Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple
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    Built with similar architectural nuances of Kanda Kottam, Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple at Port Blair attracts plenty of visitors, mainly Tamil people. Though there are other temples in the region, this big temple dedicated to Lord Murugan has more devotees and there are main festivals celebrated at the temple like Kanda Shashti and Panguni Uthram. This temple is an evidence that Andaman is not just about beaches and islands but it distributes fun and satisfaction for versatile groups of visitors. 

    The temple was built in the year of 1926 by the British in order to have the Tamil people on the side and loyal to the British. Firstly the temple came into the establishment at Ross Island and then it was shifted to Port Blair after India got independence from the British rule. Ponnuranga Mudaliar, a famous and prominent businessman was the guardian of the temple during its first years.

    Highlights: The main festivals like Kanda Shashti, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthram etc are celebrated at this temple and during this period, numerous devotees come to the temple to participate in these festivals. Another highlight of the temple is its charity works. It gives food for poor people on the island. 

    The temple management makes it sure that they feed about 40000 people who come to visit the temple during the festival season and make them satisfied. The Dravidian architectural style has influenced the structure of this temple also and that is the primary reason for its undiminished shining after these many years of existence. The main gopuram of the temple portrays intricate paintings and thus a heritage value has been added to it.

    Location: Shadipur, Port Blair, Andaman, and Nicobar. The temple is located at a place very close to Cellular Jail also, about 6 km's distance only and well connected to the main city center of Port Blair.




  • 224 Chain Tree

    Chain Tree
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    Known amongst the most exciting Wayanad tourist places, Chain Tree is famous for its many myths and legends. One of the legend states that the road leading up here was built by a foreign engineer on the route given by a tribal youth who was shot dead by the engineer and his ghost is stuck there. 

    Another legend goes by that the British killed the Mahout as they didn’t want the route to be discovered by the Portuguese. After that it was believed that a priest chained the spirit to this ficus tree and thus giving its name. 

    It is reported that the chain is growing along with the tree through the years. With such an intriguing history, Chain Tree surely deserves your touristy curiosity the next time you visit Wayanad.

    Location: National Highway 766, Lakkidi, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala 

    Best Time to visit: One can visit here any time throughout the year.

    Entry fee: Free

    Timings: It is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 on all the days of the week.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 225 Agni Gudda Hill

    Agni Gudda Hill
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    Embrace the sheer force of nature by visiting Agni Gudda Hill on a vacation to Sakleshpur. One of the most awe-inspiring places to visit in Sakleshpur, Agni Gudda Hill is often called a trekker’s delight. 

    The name ‘Agni Gudda’ means ‘Fiery Mountain’ and is called so due to the extreme volcanic nature of this hill in the region. However, if you are looking to find the most exhilarating spot to unleash your adventurous spirit, Agni Gudda Hill is sure to get you all fired up. 

    Surrounded by lush green rice terraces, this tourist spot offers a calming respite from the monotony. This place is a favourite among the youth and offers many thrilling activities. 

    Apart from trekking which is the most exciting thing to do here, tourists can look forward to indulging in camping, picnicking etc. when visiting Agni Gudda Hill.

    Location: Agni Gudda Hill, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Tourists are advised to visit here from October to March

    Distance from Bus Stand: It is about 10 kilometres away from Sakleshpur bus stand.



  • 226 Keylong

    Keylong
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    Kyelong or Kyelang are the other names of a renowned tourist destination in Lahaul Spiti District that is Keylon. Tourists going to Ladakh region will come across Keylong, the administrative centre of Lahaul and Spiti District. From Manali, Keylong is 126 kms away. Along the Manali-Leh Highway around 7 kms north-east of the intersection of Chandra Valley, the Chenab Valley and the Bhaga Valley, this beautiful place is situated. Keylong is sprawling calmly on the banks of relishing Bhaga River.

    Kardang Monastery, the famous monastery in the region is the main attraction of Keylong. The monastery is run by the Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Shasur and Tayul Monasteries are the other major places to visit within one kilometer distance from Keylong. On prior arrangements, tourists are taken to a small temple in the house of Sri Nawang Dojre dedicated to the local deity named Kelang Wazir.

    Height: Keylong is located at a height of 3080 meters above the sea level.

    Location: Keylong is at a place 126 kms north of Manali. From Manali, you can board a bus and a drive of 4 to 10 hours will take you to Keylong, depending upon the condition of the road. Post crossing Rohtang Pass en route, you have to descend the same distance you ascend from Manali and the first village seen is Gramphu and from there, continue to reach Sissu. Proceed to Tandi and finally you will reach Keylong. Experienced travelers advise that it is better to cross Rohtang Pass before 08:00 am.

    Best time to visit: The ideal time to reach Keylong is between May and June. From October end to mid-May the access to Keylong and Rohtang Pass would be blocked due to heavy snowfall.



  • 227 Gokarna Beach

    Gokarna Beach
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    Gokarna beach is amongst the popular places to visit in Gokarna for many reasons. It is the main beach that is located close to Mahabaleshwar Temple and frequented by the tourists who visit here. 

    It is considered holy to take a dip in the waters by the Gokarna Beach before visiting the temple complex and worship Lord Shiva. This beautiful beach is a must visit for nature lovers and offers a scenic retreat for all the tourists in Gokarna. It also boasts of stunning beach stays where people can spend some quality time with nature in Gokarna.

    The most amazing time to visit the beach is during the festival of Shivratri when it is the most resplendent. Though there aren’t many shacks or cafes here but this beach is one of the most crowded places in Gokarna at times. 

    However, tourists can always visit Gokarna Beach during the time of sunrise to enjoy a laid-back stroll with a beautiful scenery in front of the eyes.

    Location: Gokarna Beach Road, Dandebagh, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Gokarna Beach.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately one kilometre away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 228 Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an esteemed natural habitat of many rare and endangered flora and fauna and a wonderful getaway for wildlife lovers. 

    It is one of those rejuvenating retreats where people can appreciate sustainable tourism with a bit of adventure and recreation. The two most important areas in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthanga and Tholpetty.

    Offering an excellent opportunity to see the elephant herds, deer, langurs and tigers roam freely in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolute delight. 

    Tourists here can also indulge in bird watching or undertake trekking in the forest with advance booking. Being a vital part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot that one must add to their places to see in Wayanad.

    Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 

    Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.

    Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for Indians and INR 100/ USD 1.54 for foreigners

    Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 229 Kote Betta Hill

    Kote Betta Hill
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    Kote Better Hill is one of the sightseeing places in Coorg which is also the third highest peak in Coorg. It is definitely a place for the sore eyes, a slice of heaven and a maze of greenery. 

    Take a bumpy jeep ride crossing the twisty and muddy narrow lanes until you reach the foothills of Kote Betta. Start you climb to reach the peak, you will find temples and lakes such as Ardhanarishwara temple and a couple of lakes nearby the temple en route. 

    Once reached the top you will find an extraordinary view of the valley that falls beneath, a distant view of the Harangi dam and the silhouettes in the sky followed by a beautiful sunset. A day at Kota Betta hill is always a day well spent.

    Height: 1748 Metres

    Location: Somvarpet, Coorg, Madikeri, India

    Best Time to visit: November to February.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM




    Top Things To Do in Kote Betta Hill

  • 230 Supa Dam

    Supa Dam
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    Built across the river Kali in Karnataka, Supa Dam makes for an incredible visit for the tourists in Dandeli. The dam has been known for hydroelectric power generation and offers a picturesque landscape for everyone to relax and unwind. 

    Along with electricity generation, Supa Dam is known for providing the important irrigation waters to the farmers and has also become one of the popular sightseeing places in Dandeli. The dam has been named after the God of Forests called Suparulu and encompasses mind-blowing surroundings that constitute thick jungles and splendid gushing of river waters. 

    Supa Dam is a popular picnic spot in Dandeli and offers people a great time to enjoy with their friends and family. The visitors at Supa Dam can also engage in a number of enthralling water sports like boating and water scooting when they are in Dandeli.

    Location: Supa dam is located in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka.

    Best Time to visit: The months from June to December are the best to visit Supa Dam

    Entry fee: N/A

    Timings: The day time is most preferable for going to Supa Dam

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The dam is at a distance of 25 kilometres from Dandeli bus stand



  • 231 Mirjan Fort

    Mirjan Fort
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    Mirjan Fort is a majestic masterpiece of architecture that one can find standing gloriously on the banks of Aghanashini river. The fort has many historical events associated with it which makes it a delight for history buffs in Gokarna. 

    It is believed to be built under the patronage of Queen Chennabharadevi, famously known as pepper queen of India in the 16th century. This fort which was once an important centre the spice trade was later captured by the British who used it for their armoury.

    It is encompassed by a mesmerising landscape and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. This magnificent fort in Mirjan speaks of the great history of the region and housed some intriguing artefacts like Chinese Porcelain, clay tablets with Islamic inscriptions and gold coins attributed to Portuguese Viceroy Conde De Sarzedas that were excavated by ASI in 2001.

    Location: Mirjan Fort, talluk, Mirjan Fort Road, Mirjan, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The fort can be visited throughout the year by tourists. However, the monsoon months are preferred to witness the breathtaking greenery around the fort.

    Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm are the visiting hours at Mirjan Fort

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is 22 kilometres away from Gokarna bus station.



  • 232 Manjehalli Waterfalls

    Bask in the serenity of nature at Manjehalli Waterfalls with your family and friends on an unforgettable retreat. Also known as Abbi Falls, Manjehalli Waterfalls is one of the most gorgeous Sakleshpur tourist places. 

    A cool bathe beneath the gurgling stream is a refreshing activity and one can look forward to see the beauty of monsoons in India at Manjehalli Waterfalls. 

    Enjoying standing beneath the waterfall is an activity of sheer joy and excitement for everyone. However, one needs to be careful of the slippery rocks and heed with caution when going under the waterfalls. 

    It offers a wonderful landscape for the shutterbugs and also serves as a rejuvenating picnic spot for the tourists in Sakleshpur.

    Location: Manjehalli Waterfalls, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The monsoon months are the best season to visit this waterfall as the water dries up during the summers and winters.

    Entry fee: There is no entry fee but the visitors have to register their names in the registry before entering Manjehalli Waterfalls

    Timings: The waterfall can be visited from the morning up to 5:30 pm in the evening.

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres.



  • 233 Jispa

    Jispa
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    As a part of the adventure itineraries travelers follow on their tour of Ladakh, they will choose to halt in Jispa, a mesmerizing village 20 km north of Keylong and 7 km south of Darcha along the most explored Leh-Manali Highway and on the banks of Bhaga River. At a height of 3200 meters, Jipsa is located and it is the major village in Lahaul district. In the backdrop, the lofty Himalayan Mountains create alluring images.

    There are 78 households in the village and the population is calculated as 332 including 235 males and 97 females. Travelers take a stop over here to stay one night during their travel to Leh. There are camping grounds and many other stay options. The village is occupied with a helipad, post office and a monastery. The small houses shimmering in the multiple colours of nature would leave everyone stunned. Jispa is simply adorned by the rugged mountain terrains in the background and the village seems so small when you see it from a distance as the towering Himalayas play the dominant role.

    Height: Jispa is located at an altitude of 3200 meters above the sea level.

    Location: Jispa Village is a main stop for Leh travelers and it is located 120 kms away from Manali. Keylong is in the north of Jispa about 20 km away and Darch is in the south about 7 km away. You can come to Jispa if you take the Manali-Leh Highway. The nearest airport to Jispa is Kullu that is situated at a distance of 180 kms.

    Best time to visit: The peak tourist season is starting in May and continues till October. After that the roads will be covered by heavy snowflakes.



  • 234 Kanniga Parameswari Temple

    Kanniga Parameswari Temple
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    Explore the uniqueness of Kanniga Parameswari temple’s architecture which is a perfect blend of Indian and French architecture. Goddess Shakthi is the deity who is prayed in this temple. She is one of the most powerful goddess according to the Hindu mythology. You can see the mixture of Tamil and French architecture in the designing of this temple. The ceiling of the sanctum present inside the temple is designed in the Tamil traditional style. The temple is one of the famous attractions in Pondicherry and people from all over the country visit the temple.

    Location:

    MG Road

    Pondicherry 605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The temple is always wonderful and you can pay your visit at any time of the year without any hesitation.

    Timings

    The Timings :to visit this amazing temple are

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus stand to Kanniga Parameswari Temple

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand and Kanniga Parameswari temple is 3kms which can be travelled in 5 mins at most.




  • 235 Madhuban

    Madhuban
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    The captivating woodlands of Madhuban have a tremendous influence on the adventure lovers who are coming to trip to Andaman. They have recognized it as a superb spot to do thrilling trekking and similar adventure activities. There is a rocky stretch from Mount Harriet to Madhuban which extends from the magniloquent hammock and the name of the stretch is Mount Harriet to Madhuban. This particular area is highly blessed with exotic flora and fauna, wild creatures and rare species. 

    Trekking through the jungle have left many of them breathless and an approximate distance of 16 km should be covered through the dense wilderness but there is no other such terrific trekking as this one which definitely shows you the immense collection of birds, butterflies, and similar creatures. For nature lovers, birders and adventure seekers, Madhuban is a lottery. 

    The Kala Pathar or back stones on the road will make the journey quite tough but still, if you have enormous energy and strong legs, then this trekking would be a perfect fit for you. Since it belongs to Mount Harriet National Park, one has to come to the park from Port Blair first and from there only further routes to Madhuban will be opened.

    Highlights: There is a beach in Madhuban, a beautiful, long stretch of white sand. The beach offers a rare sight of training given to logging elephants.

    Activities: Trekking, bird watching, sightseeing, beach walk, hiking and similar adventure activities are quite abundantly available in Madhuban. The beach also serves better options to the tourists who loves to spend time there.

    Distance from Port Blair: Mount Harriet is lying about 40 km's away from Port Blair and there are better routes to reach the park by road and by sea. From Mount Harriet, you can reach Madhuban by trekking or walk.




  • 236 St. Mary's Basilica

    St. Mary's Basilica
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    It is the oldest church in Bangalore that holds a strong significance among the devotees. It can be recognized by a large statue of Mother Mary in the center with ornate glass windows and the towering frontage. T

    he exterior is built in the shape of a cross arranged in gothic style architecture by a French artist.  Apart from the magnificent appearance of the church, it is also famous for the ‘St. Mary's feast’ which is celebrated in the month of September every year for almost 10 days. 

    The 10th day which 8th of September is celebrated as the birthday of Mother Mary where the entire church brims with colors and joys followed by conducting social services that include feeding the needy and underprivileged.  

    The church is 160 feet tall housing a 6 feet tall statue of Mother Mary holding child Jesus Christ.

    Location: Msgr. F. Noronha Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560051

    Best Time to Visit: September, during the St. Mary's feast.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place:

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 5.5 KM




  • 237 Maha Ganpati Temple

    Maha Ganpati Temple
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    One of the most popular places to visit in Gokarna, Maha Ganpati Temple draws in a number of pilgrims every day. It is located near the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple and dedicated to Lord Ganesha. 

    This temple boasts of a picturesque setting and the spiritual ambience accentuates the beauty of this temple. According to a popular legend, it is said that Ganesha tricked Ravana who was carrying a Shiva Lingam to drop it here and thus the temple was built on this place.

    This serene place is visited by people to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha and wonder at the wonderful architecture of this place. For the history buffs, this temple is a great visit to appreciate the beauty of Dravidian architecture. 

    If you are seeking some refreshing time in the company of religion, then Maha Ganpati Temple is one of the must-visits in Gokarna.

    Location: Ganapati Temple, Gangavali Road, Nadumaskeri, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit the temple is from the month of August to December.

    Timings: The temple can be visited any day of the week. The timings are 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 5 kilometres away from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 238 Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

    Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
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    Get your binoculars ready for an enterprising day at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary. Surrounded by thick evergreen forest, this place is a haven for avian species where people can spend all day spotting these beautiful birds. 

    There is a popular legend that says Garuda, ‘the king of birds’ looks after his subjects here and the place is famously known for the 'Edible Nest Swiftlet.' To make the most of the experience, tourists can undertake an exciting trek through the sanctuary and witness the flight of exotic birds. 

    It is one of the most wonderful attractions in Wayanad for ornithologists and nature lovers who wish to escape the clamour of city life with a refreshing vacation.

    Height: It is at an altitude of 1740m above the sea level.

    Location: Thirunelli Pakshipathalam Trek, Pothumoola, Panavally, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: October to January is the most preferred time to visit here.

    Entry fee: INR 50/ USD 0.77 per person

    Timings: The opening hours are from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 239 Kukke Subramanya Temple

    Kukke Subramanya Temple
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    Among the spiritual places to visit in Sakleshpur, Kukke Subramanya Temple is one of the notable Hindu temples in Karnataka. This serene temple is surrounded by astounding natural beauty and boasts of a landscape that will get etched in your memories forever. 

    The main deity of this temple is Lord Subrahmanya and the place is considered to the abode of nagas. According to one myth, it is said that here Lord Subramanya offered refuge to the divine serpent Vasuki and others when Garuda threatened them. 

    Kukke Subramanya Temple is renowned among the pilgrims for offering the two important Sarpa Dosha Poojas known as Ashlesha Bali Pooja & Sarpa Samskara. 

    The temple makes for a delightful attraction among places to visit in Sakleshpur whether you are intrigued by Indian mythology or wish to explore the wonderful natural landscape that surrounds this place.

    Location: Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District, Subrahamanya, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: September to March are the best months to visit Kukke Subramanya Temple

    Timings: It remains open from 5 am to 8 pm every day of the week.

    Distance from Bus Stand: Kukke Subramanya Temple is situated at a distance of about 75 kilometres from Sakleshpur bus stand.



  • 240 Darcha

    Darcha
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    Darcha is a recurring name when you pack your bags for Padum trek as it is the base camp for the moderate yet adventurous trek in the Lahaul region. Darcha is a small village on the bank of Bhaga River in Lahaul in Spiti Lahaul District in Himachal Pradesh situated at an elevation of 3360 meters. In the northern most part of Himachal Pradesh along the Leh-Manali Highway is Darcha, a secluded permanent settlement. Many have described the village as a “lonely cluster of dry stone huts and dingy tent camps”. The total population of the village is 298 among which 152 are men and 146 are women. Travelers going to Leh from Manali take an overnight stay at Darchu. The river nearby causes the nature to be soft and calm especially at night so that the travelers would find better sleep during their tiresome journey.

    The popular Padum trek ends at Darcha and there are many stalls and shops on the street to just relax and have food. The village is surrounded by Naggar Tehsil, Spiti Tehsil, Bharmour Teshil. The nearby cities to the village are Keylong, Dharamshala, Mandi and Chamba. There is a check-point set up by the police to check the passport of all passing people and vehicles.

    Height: Sarchu is located at an elevation of 3360 meters above the sea level.

    Location: Darch is on the border of Himchal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The nearest railway station is Shimla Railway station only that is 174 km away. Buses and jeeps would be available in plenty to reach Darcha.

    Best time to go: Anytime is suitable to visit Darcha but during winter the cold climatic conditions may pose difficulty to stay there.



  • 241 Little Andaman Island

    Little Andaman Island
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    Plenty of adventure and leisurely activities have taken the name of Little Andaman to the sky. When the size of the island is considered, Little Andaman is in the fourth position on the list of islands in Andaman. This island belongs to the south Andaman district, a little far away from Port Blair about 88 kms. 

    A part of Little Andaman group, Little Andaman Island is kept separated by the famous Duncan Passage and the low-lying island possesses a large scale of rainforests and several unique species of marine turtles. Along with them, the long white sandy beaches and the captivating waterfalls provide the island a fairy tale like beauty.

    Highlights: The popular Little Andaman Lighthouse which is already known as Richardson’s Lighthouse is the one thing that makes the island renowned and it is located about 14 km south from Hut Bay port. Onge aboriginal tribes are the native people here and they call their island as Egu Belong.

    Activities: The island has gained popularity through surfing and there are hundreds of spots to do authentic surfing as the water is so friendly yet tricky at times. Along with surfing, there are some other important activities have achieved special spaces in the hearts of tourists. They are boating through the creeks, elephant safari, elephant calves training etc. Also, there is an astonishing beach located 14 km from Hut Bay Jetty which is truly blessed with long shores and amiable water. There you can do sun basking, surfing, snorkeling and coral viewing. 

    Flanked by the long array of coconut plantation, the beach houses a lot of tourist huts. From Hut Bay Jetty, you have to travel around 6.5 kms to reach yet another activity centre that is White Surf waterfall lying calmly in the middle of thick evergreen forests. In addition to that, a visit to Whisper Wave Waterfall should be considered as important as you will be trekking for 4 kms approximately through the dense forest to reach this enigmatic waterfall.

    Distance from Port Blair: Little Island is lying 88 km south of Port Blair and daily boat services are available to reach Hut Bay wharf which is the central point to connect to the Little Andaman Island.



  • 242 Chelavara Falls

    Chelavara Falls
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    It is considered as one of the most beautiful waterfall in the entire region and one of the best sightseeing places in Coorg. It is situated  13 KM from Cheyyandane village on Virajpet, the nearest settlement to falls. 

    The falls is locate din the interior of a forested patch and is incredibly breathtaking and equally dangerous as people are not allowed to go near the falls because of the depth of the water-pool that lies beneath the fall which is said to be 50 feet deep. 

    People often do a combine visit of Kakabbe, Nalknad Palace and Chelavara falls. One can also visit Chomakund Hill which is around 2 KM away from the falls and is undoubtedly one of the Coorg tourist places which is equally mesmerising.

    Height: 150 feet

    Location: 2 Km From Choma Kund Hill, Madikeri, India

    Best Time to visit: Monsoon is the best time but is equally risky. Winter season is the safest one.

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: More than 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 43 KM




  • 243 VV Puram Food Street

    VV Puram Food Street
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    This stretch of a lane is a foodie’s paradise which is located close to the famous Lal Bagh at Sajjan Rao circle in Bangalore which is famous as Thindi Beedi, Chaat Road/Street, VV Puram. 

    From North Indian chaat items to South Indian healthy delicacies, this food streets caters from each corner of India and serve only vegetarian food items. 

    VV Puran Food street hosts around 15 eateries serving various types of items such as Ragi Roti, Akki Roti, Kodu Bele, Paniyaram or paddus, Idli, Vadas, Pav Bhaji, Dabeli, Uttapams and Dosas (topped with pure ghee), Curd Rice, Lemon Rice, Vermicelli Upma, Rose milk, Parathas, Lassis, fried rice and noodles, the  chaat, bread pakora, cutlets, pani puri etc.

    If you are a gastronaut and love sampling out the food street then this is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy the steamy, succulent and relishing taste of Indian street food.

    Location: OLD MARKET ROAD, SAJJAN RAO CIRCLE, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004

    Best Time to Visit: Evening

    Price: Starts from INR 30 and upwards

    Timings: 12:30 PM to 1 AM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 4 KM.




  • 244 Kulgi Nature Camp

    Kulgi Nature Camp
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    Relax and unwind in the most pristine surroundings of nature at Kulgi Nature for a memorable vacation in Dandeli. Run by the Karnataka Forest Department, Kulgi Nature camp is a must visit among Dandeli Tourist Places for the nature lovers and fans of adventure. The camp is a wonderful opportunity to take your friends and family and have a great time enjoying the brilliant sights of nature.

    Kulgi Nature Camp happens to be a frontrunner for adventure activities in Dandeli by offering activities like water rafting, rock climbing, nature walk, jacuzzi bath, jungle trekking and jungle safari. 

    The place offers a number of normal tents, dormitories and cottages to the tourists looking to stay a night in the realm of nature. One can explore the landscape of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and stay at Kulgi Nature Camp for the best experience on a trip here.

    Location: It is located inside Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Best Time to visit: The months from October to March are the ideal time to plan a trip here

    Entry fee: It costs approximately INR 5000-9600/ USD 77-147 for staying a night at Kulgi Nature Camp

    Timings: Kulgi Nature Camp is open from 6 am to 6 pm for the tourists.

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It is just 12 kilometres away from Dandeli

    Image credits: milesofjoy.in



  • 245 Bharathi Park

    Bharathi Park
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    About the Place:

    This is the green blanket of Pondicherry. It is surrounded by lush green trees. There is a reason for why it is listed among the best places to visit in Pondicherry. Its panoramic view makes it the frequent spot for picnics.  

    At the center of the park, there is this famous monument called Aayi Mandapam. It was named after the famous lady courtesan, Ayi. There are many buildings around this park including Villa Aroume, French Army Band, Chamber of commerce and The general hospital.

    Location:

    This park is located at Rue Saint Gilles Street, White Town. If you want to calm yourself, this is a perfect place for you.

    Best Time To Visit:

    This beautiful park takes you to the lap of nature. If you visit here at sunrise and sunset, you would be able to witness the most charismatic view.

    Timings:

    The park remains open from 6 am in the morning to 8 pm in the evening. So you have an entire day to spend in midst of nature’s blanket.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    It is just 2.5 km from the Pondicherry bus stand. So you would not take more than 10 minutes to travel in between the two places.




  • 246 Sykes View Point

    Sykes View Point
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    One of the most spectacular sightseeing places to visit in Dandeli, Sykes ViewPoint is a great place to be mesmerised by the vistas of verdant valleys and evergreen forests. It gets its name after the British engineer who discovered the place and boasts of the most magnificent views in Dandeli. 

    Tourists here can enjoy a wonderful view of Nagzari River & River Kali confluence from Sykes View Point and also look forward to spend an evening filled with radiant colours of the sunset. Sykes ViewPoint is an interesting to visit as one can catch a glimpse of many giant hornbills who frequent the place. 

    For those who wish to challenge their spirits can also indulge in a great trekking experience up to the point after getting the required permission from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd and enjoy some sweeping views of the region from Sykes View Point

    Location: Ambikanagar – Bommanalli Rd, Lalguli, Karnataka 

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Sykes View Point is from October to

    Entry fee: None

    Timings: One should visit here from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm to have a splendid time

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Sykes View Point is at a distance of 23 kilometres from the bus stand in Dandeli




  • 247 Koti Tirtha

    Koti Tirtha
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    One of the most sacred places to visit in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is a popular man-made tank that holds great reverence among the locals and tourists. 

    This tank is encompassed by beautiful temples all around and used for ritual bathing and immersing idols. As per one popular legend in Gokarna, Koti Tirtha is believed to be the origin of a thousand springs.

    Koti Tirtha is situated close to the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple and attracts pilgrims who visit the temple to perform rituals and pay respect to the ancestors. 

    This sacred pond is used by devotees to take a bath and offers a quaint spiritual ambience for all those who seek a religious rendezvous.

    Location: Koti Teertha, Kotiteertha, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: It can be visited throughout the year.

    Timings: The timings to visit here are from 12:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is just 700 metres from the bus station in Gokarna.



  • 248 Lalaji Bay Beach

    Lalaji Bay Beach
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    A peaceful beach that attracts quite a lot of number of tourists is Lalaji Bay Beach located in the west coast of Long Island. The beach is closely connected to Rangat and Middle Andaman so that people won’t get confused about the route to reach Lalaji Bay Beach. Walking through the mangrove creek would be adventurous enough before you reach the charming beach. Facilities are limited on the beach so that tourists are always advised to bring drinking water with them. 

    The crystal clear sea and the copious green trees on the shore are making the beach looks amazing and splendid. This pristine beach is highly suitable for beach hopping or sole walking for a refreshing and rejuvenating mind. For a relaxed, peaceful time, Lalaji beach is the best. To surprise you, at times, the dolphins will come out of the habitat and meet the sun.

    Activities: The beach is undoubtedly the best for swimming and snorkeling. But to relax for a while watching the crashing waves will be a remarkable experience for those who love to spend time in peace. To reach the beach, if you are ready, take a 2 hour long walk through the wilderness and the greatest pleasure on arriving at Lalaji Beach is the trekking trip.

    Distance from Port Blair: Lalaji Beach is properly connected to Rangat via continuous ferry but it is lying at a distance of 89 kms from Port Blair. To avoid the long and tiring sea trips, people usually take the bus route to reach Rangat and from there they take the ferry service to reach the beach.




  • 249 Paradise Beach

    Paradise Beach
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    Beaches are always the best place to relax and refresh from the everyday hassle. Paradise beach also known as Plago Paradiso is not an exemption for that. As the name states the beach is very beautiful and gives you a great refreshing feeling. Most people prefer this amazing beach to spend their holidays because of its beauty and positive vibes. 

    This Paradise beach is ranked as number one in the list of best Pondicherry tourist places. The golden sand, cold waters will surely make your vacation the best. The ferry rides, boat houses, mangrove forests, beautiful birds everything about this place sounds fun as well as interesting. Taking the walk along this beach will surely refresh your brain and gives you a beautiful and fresh feel. Don’t expect to have fancy restaurants here but you can get snacks like coconut water.

    Location:

    40, Goubert Avenue

    Pondicherry, 605001

    Best Times to visit

    The Best Time To Visit: Paradise beach is monsoon, the back waters in the sea will be in green color this season.

    Timings

    The beach stays open from 8am to 8pm.

    Ticket Price

    The ticket price to enter into this beach is 150 INR per person and extra 75 per hour for chairs.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Paradise beach

    The distance is 2.7 kms which takes 3-4 mins to travel.




  • 250 Thusharagiri Waterfalls

    Thusharagiri Waterfalls
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    Take a dip in the cool waters of Thusharagiri Waterfalls for a wonderful retreat to rejuvenate your mind and body. Literally meaning ‘snowcapped mountains’, Thusharagiri Waterfalls is one of the most majestic cascades of Western Ghats. 

    It is comprised of Erattumukku, MazhavilChattom, and Thumbithullum Para and certainly a scenic wonder for all the adventure enthusiasts. The picturesque backdrop of the misty mountains and verdant plantations makes it an unforgettable sight.

    It is largely known for offering an exciting trek from Thusharagiri to Vythiri and rock climbing opportunities for those who seek an adrenaline rush. It is also known as one of the most romantic places in Wayanad along with being a famous picnic spot for tourists.

    Height: It is at a height of 75 metres.

    Location: Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thusaragiri, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Thusharagiri waterfall is from September to December

    Entry fee: INR 30/ USD 0.46 per person

    Timings: It is open for visitors from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 52 kilometres.



  • 251 Pang

    Pang
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    The nature on a large scale is the description suitable for Pang, an inducing beauty. On a Leh tour, Pang has an inevitable space because it takes every visitor to a point of bliss in seconds and that’s the reason why it seated on a high place in every traveler’s heart. Pang is the right place to take a break from your journey and refresh your mind with utmost beauty prevailing in the region. 

    The principal factor that makes Pang a significant place is the highest army transit camp existing at an altitude of 15640 meters above the sea level. It is arranged as a camping option for the army personnel who will travel through this route between the regions bordering Pakistan and China. Numerous tented accommodation options and food from the tea stalls on the road are really helpful to those adventure travelers and trekkers. The rough, uneven plains on the both sides of the village make the sights awesomely jaw-dropping.

    Since the village is very remotely located, the beauty of the natural spectacle is not exploited and faded. Since it is an option to stay overnight or to just take a break from the long journey to Leh, Pang’s beauty is kept folded till date.

    Height: Pang is located at a height of 15280 feet above the sea level.

    Location: Pang is at a distance of about 180 kms from Leh and the journey to Pang will be along the Moray plains watching the rugged brown peaks on either side.

    Best time to visit: The months from June to October are considered to be the most suitable time to visit Pang.



  • 252 Betta Byraveshwara Temple

    Betta Byraveshwara Temple
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    Surrounded by serenity, Betta Byraveshwara Temple is one of the top places to visit in Sakleshpur. It is nestled in the beautiful Western Ghats and offers a panoramic view of the landscape for everyone. 

    It is known for having a 600-year-old ancient temple that is encompassed by breathtaking hills all around. One of the popular stories associated with this place says that the Pandavas in Mahabharata stayed here for a short while when they were exiled.

    Betta Byraveshwaya Temple is an excellent tourist spot for those who like the calm and beauty of nature. There are also many popular hills of Sakleshpur which are located nearby and offer some amazing opportunities for trekking and sightseeing. Some of these hills which you can see here are Pandavar Gudda / Pandavar Betta and Jenkal Gudda.

    Location: Bettada Byraveshwara temple, Near Mekangadde Homestay, Sakleshpur, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Anytime around the year is good to visit here. However, tourists consider the months from October to March to be the best for visiting Betta Byraveshwaya Temple

    Timings: The temple can be visited between 6:00 am to 5:00 pm every day.  

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 37 kilometres.



  • 253 Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple

    Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple
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    This Kerala style temple is situated at the confluence of three holy rivers - Cauvery, Sujyothi, and Kannike. The confluence is famous as Triveni Sangama and is a very significant pilgrimage sight. 

    The temple is dedicate to Lord Subramanya, Lord Narayana,  and Lord Bhagandeshwara and is said to be more than a thousand year old. Over the rule of various dynasties in the past, the temple has been renovated from time to time and presently, it is still a well-maintained temple proving the test of time and attracting flocks of devotees everyday. 

    If you attend the Pooja, the priests would explain brief meaning behind every action and the historical story of idol installation. Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple is one of the ‘must-go’ places to visit in Coorg. 

    The temple remain closed from 1:30 to 2:30 PM and food is available to devotees and worshipers as well. As a visitor, it is our duty to maintain the peace and tranquility of the place and let the positive aura reach to everyone who comes to worship.

    Location: Bhagamandala, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: October to April

    Entry fee: Entry is free.

    Timings: 6 Am to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: Not more than 30 minutes.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 36 KM.




  • 254 Kempegowda Museum

    Kempegowda Museum
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    The name of the museum is after the founder of Bangalore city Yelahanka Chieftain Kempegowda and is situated on the first floor of Mayo Hall. 

    The enticing glass floor with an 18th-century map that runs throughout is one of the enticing features of the museum and second being the fiberglass statue of Kempe Gowda in the center of the museum. 

    It is an interesting place to visit for the archeology and history buffs as it exhibits paintings and statue of the time when Kempe Gowda actually initiated the foundation or the blueprint of the town, the four towers which marked the boundary of the city with various old names for the places which are recognized differently today.

    Location: Field Marshal Cariappa Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: Anytime during the day, avoid visiting on a weekend.

    Price: INR 50 for adults and INR 30 for students.

    Timings: Opens from 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Saturdays and Sundays.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 7 KM.



  • 255 Nishani Motte

    Nishani Motte
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    When you explore the lesser known destination, it fills you with euphoria and Nishani Motte peak is one of those places to visit in Coorg. It is a trek of 15 kilometers that brings the uber joy of departing into an unknown land. 

    The trail goes through forest research, long paddy stretches, aromatic coffee states and small rivulets and streams. The unadulterated sight of river Cauvery or Kaveri is so soul-altering that you can sit by the bank of the river and spend some lone time.

    Height: 4167 ft.

    Location: Nishanimotte, Bhagamandala Village, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Winter and Autumn

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 days (trek)

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 12 to 15 KM



  • 256 Bangalore Aquarium

    Bangalore aquarium is one of the sightseeing places in Bangalore which is located in Cubbon Park and is the largest aquarium in Bangalore with an assorted collection of exotic fishes such as Siamese, Goldfish, Fighters, Freshwater Prawns, Red Tail Shark, Catla, Moon Tail, Angelfish, Pearl Gourami, Hockey Stick Tetra etc. 

    This diamond shaped building is loaded with a number of aquatic flora and fauna, divided into three floors where the first floor has around 14 tanks in total and the second has 69. 

    People with love for aquatic life must visit this huge aquarium which can be easily spotted in Cubbon Park.

    Location: Kasturba Road, Shanthala Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Average time required to visit the place: around 2 to 34 hours.

    Price: Free entry for children below 12 years of age and INR 15 for adults.

    Timings: 10:30 AM  to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except the second Tuesday of every month and Mondays.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 6 KM.



  • 257 Seetha Lava Kusha Temple

    Seetha Lava Kusha Temple
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    Dedicated to Goddess Sita and his sons, this temple is one of the most spiritual places to visit in Wayanad. It is believed that Sita stayed here during her exile and her sons Lava and Kusha grew up here. 

    This temple is revered by devotees as one of the most important locations in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Seetha Lava Kusha Temple has the largest pond in all the temples of Kerala and famous for the temple festival that is celebrated annually in the month of January. 

    The famous temple was built by Shri Pazhassiraja who also managed the temple. Another outstanding feature of this temple is the presence of a large number of termite mounds that are present here as it is believed that Goddess Sita cursed the leeches that bit Lava and Kusha.

    Location: Pulpally, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Seetha Lava Kusha Temple.

    Entry fee: Entrance is free

    Timings:  The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 11:30 am and from 4:30 PM to 8:30 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 40 kilometres.



  • 258 Cafe 1987

    Out of so many cool cafes in Gokarna, Café 1987 boasts of a wonderful ambience and great food. It is one of those places where you can appreciate a good breakfast with your friends and family over a breakfast. 

    Located on Kudle Hilltop, it serves Asian, European and Indian cuisines. Tourists here also commend the quick service and their courteous staff. So if you are seeking a place with an awesome décor and pleasing vibes, Café 1987 is a great place to host birthday parties, family dinners or any other group parties for children.

    Location: Cafe 1987 Veg, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The café can be visited anytime throughout the year.

    Timings: It is open from 8 am to 11 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres.



  • 259 Pandavar Gudda

    Pandavar Gudda
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    Gear up for an exciting adventure by adding Pandavar Gudda to your itinerary for Sakleshpur vacation. Pandavar Gudda is popular in Indian mythology as a place which was once the abode of Pandavas during their vanavas in Mahabharata. 

    This tourist spot also incites historical interest among visitors with the presence of one temple that is about a 1000 year old as estimated by Archaeological Survey of India.

    This place is one of the most enthralling sightseeing places in Sakleshpur and attracts a number of tourists. One can indulge in enjoying the visual delights at Pandavar Gudda by taking their loved ones on a picnic or challenge their spirits with an exciting trek to the top of the hill. 

    It is also known to be a favourite spot for avid photographers and offers a majestic vista of the Jenkal Hills. For the best views of the landscape, tourists are recommended to visit Pandavar Gudda at the time of sunrise or sunset when they are in Sakleshpur for a vacation.

    Location: Pandavar Gudda, Mekanagadde, Mekanagadde Post, Mudigere, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Tourists are recommended to visit here during the rainy season as the landscape is most spectacular at that time.

    Distance from Bus Stand: It is located about 35 kilometres away from the bus stand in Sakleshpur



  • 260 Upshi

    Upshi
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    Upshi in Ladakh lies along the Indus River Valley at an altitude of 40000 feet and it is the highest civilized settlements in India. Cycling from Upshi to Mahe Bridge and then from there to Tso Kar is a favorite activity for a lot of people. It lies 47 kms to the southeast of Leh and Tangalag La along the Leh-Manali highway and Gya is lying to the south of Upshi. Once it was a part of an important trade route. According to the latest census, Upshi has 26 households in it and a population of 128.

    The residents of Upshi are the main feature of this town or village. They welcome the guests with a warm smile always and take care of the days the guests spend their; they provide food, stay and they are ready to help them whenever necessary. Goat farming is the major profession the local people do. Also, the literacy rate of the people here is quite attractive and they are really happy to indulge in conversations with the passersby. There is a helipad as well in the village, if you wish to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the village, then think of this opportunity.

    Height: Upshi is situated at a height of under 40000 feet.

    Location: Upshi is located less than 47 kms away from Leh and lies along the Leh-Manali Highway.

    Best time to visit: Any time during the year is suitable to visit Upshi but winter will have rough climatic conditions.



  • 261 Aamkunj Beach

    Aamkunj Beach
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    Rangat is the parent location of Aamkunj beach, yet another eco-friendly tourist destination in Andaman. As it is the nesting ground for the sea turtles, you will be interested to spend ample  time at this beach to observe the sea turtles. The beach was turned to an eco-park to protect the marine species and the environment here and a natural fresh water source is available which is behind the reason for the concept of park’s establishment. 

    This park is made up of wood completely and those wood logs were taken from the beach itself. Thus, this a famous tourist destination now. Hundreds of visitors arrive here to see the structures in the park and spend ample time on the beach. The grey sands on the beach and the exact replica of the beach is seen on the water as well but both these sights make the atmosphere so scenic and pleasant.

    Highlights: The park itself is the highlight of Aamkunj and the easy access from Rangat makes the beach favourite to many locals and tourists equally. But the submerged boulders in the water would appear as a hindrance to snorkeling and scuba diving here.

    Activities: Aamkunj is declared as the ideal location for swimming, relax walks, sun bathing etc. People from nearby villages as well come to Aamkunj to have fun throughout the day. People spend time at the green park and watch the sea turtles’ nesting processes.

    Distance from Port Blair: Though it is located about 8 kms away from Rangat, it is lying at a distance of 163 kms from Port Blair.



  • 262 Auro Beach

    Auro Beach
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    Auroville beach or in short Auro beach is one of the most beautiful Pondicherry tourist places. Auro beach is located a kilometer away from the Serenity beach and is the best place to enjoy the cool waters. This is less crowded beach compared to the Serenity beach and is the best place for the people who are hoping to get some privacy and enjoy their lonely time without much noise. This is the first place picked by many youngsters to hang out and takes a walk. If you want to enjoy pleasantness and spend your time peacefully then think no more and crash in Auro beach. The hard rock present in the beach adds extra beauty to it and enhances the look of the beach.

    Location:

    Bommayapalayam

    Pondicherry 605101

    Best Time To Visit:

    As it is a beach it depends on the individual preferences, if you like to be kissed by morning sun shine then go in the morning or want to relax and enjoy the sunset then go in the evening.

    Timings

    No one is allowed past midnight into the beach

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Auro Beach

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Auro beach is 10.1 km which take nearly 20 mins to travel.




  • 263 Ulavi Temple

    Ulavi Temple
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    One of the most holy places for the pilgrims in Karnataka, Ulavi Temple is an important tourist attraction in Dandeli. It is considered a very sacred place for the Lingayat community with the samadhi of Channabasavanna, a revered 12th century Lingayat saint. 

    The temple is surrounded by a blanket of evergreen forests and the Western Ghats adorn the landscape. These forests also happen to a natural habitat for many rare wild animals like cheetah, cobras, tigers, elephants etc.

    Ulavi Temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over Karnataka during the Ulavi Jathre or congregations. The natural beauty surrounding the temple is totally breathtaking and offers a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

    Another distinct feature of the temple is that it is built in the Chalukyan style and also has a number of caves and stalactites for the tourists to explore.

    Location: Ulavi Temple is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Ulavi Temple can be visited by the tourists throughout the year

    Entry fee None

    Timings: The timings at Ulavi Temple are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is 35 kilometres when you travel by road



  • 264 Mullayanagiri

    Mullayanagiri
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    One of the most spectacular attractions in Chikmagalur is Mullayanagiri that is known for its jaw dropping natural beauty. With its calming ambience formed by lush greenery, misty weather and rugged rocks, Mullayanagiri is a heavenly place to relish your vacation. Mullayanagiri Peak is a heaven for adventure junkies who wish to partake in a number of thrilling activities like road biking, trekking and mountain biking. 

    This place is also renowned for a small temple dedicated to Tapasvi Mullappa swamy and a trek to the peak takes one through many landmarks like some caves, a stream and a Nandi statue. Mullayanagari is one of the few places to visit in Chikmagalur where you will find yourself at loss of words as you behold the most majestic views of the landscape. 

    Height: Mullayanagiri is at an altitude of 1950 metres above sea level

    Location: Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur, Karnataka 

    Best Time to visit: One can visit here for the best experience from late September till early March.

    Entry fee: Free

    Timings:  It is open throughout the day. However, it is advised to avoid visiting during the dark hours of the day. 

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located approximately 20 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand 


  • 265 Moulangi Eco Park

    Surrounded by the blissful landscape comprising thick evergreen forests, Moulangi Eco Park is a place that you ought to be when you are in Dandeli. An ideal spot for those who are fond of camping, Moulangi Eco Park is a breathtaking place where you can enjoy the serenity of nature at its best. It is replete with beautiful bamboo trees and makes for a perfect picnic place for the tourists.

    This place is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts as one can enjoy an exhilarating trek in the jungles on the steep cliffs, indulge in rock climbing and appreciate the plummeting silence of the wilderness. 

    It is also known to be a great place to spot various species of plants and animals and add it to your list of adventures in Dandeli. Moulangi Eco Park is one of the most surreal attractions in Dandeli if you wish to have a wonderful time with your friends and family.

    Location: Moulangi, Dandeli, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit Moulangi Eco Park is from October to March

    Entry fee: None

    Timings: It remains open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 6.8 kilometres and takes approximately 16 minutes to go there via Moulangi Road.




  • 266 Gandhi Bhavan

    Gandhi Bhavan
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    Gandhi Bhavan is situated on the Kumara Krupa road which was initially started as Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi (GSN) by the then president of India, Rajendra Prasad. The building displays a collection of  Mahatma Gandhi letters and black and white pictures of the Gandhi’s era. 

    The place was initiated to spread the philosophies and insights among the people of Bangalore. It is an incredibly serene venue where special programs are organized every year on 2nd October and is also used as a ground for meetings, seminars and sessions inspired by and focusing on the life of Gandhi. 

    The life of Gandhi is displayed with pictures from different walks of his life and the synonymous Mahatma Gandhi is idolized by many in the city for his contribution to the state of Karnataka and the country.

    Location: Kumara Park East, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

    Best Time to Visit: During the day.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Price: INR 30 to 50.

    Timings: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week except Sundays and Public holidays.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 10 KM




  • 267 Tirthan Valley

    Tirthan Valley
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    Tirthan Valley is one of the most sought places to visit in Kullu. This valley is ranked 18th among the 35 best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. You will find spectacular views of meandering hilly rivers. Crossing the river is an outstanding experience for the tourists. The safety harness will keep you safe while sliding over the Tirthan River. 

    The Great Himalayan National Park is where the wildlife enthusiasts will find their heaven. It is also one of the leading places where anglers from all over the world visit to fish. Enjoy a blissful trek via the snowy trails of the mountain ranges. You will also find twin waterfalls located in one of the walking trails in this valley. 

    Jalori Pass in this area is a green heaven you must witness. Serloskar Lake is a small yet distinct natural reservoir surrounded by lush green forest. It is a perfect angling spot for the anglers. Tirthan Valley is a must-add destination to your visit list in Kullu.

    Location: Kullu, 175123, India

    Distance From Kullu Bus Stand: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Tirthan Valley is 523.3 km. A lot of inter-state buses are available from Delhi. The distance is 550 km from our Delhi. it is just 50 km away from Kullu bus stand.

    Timings: 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM



  • 268 Karu

    Karu
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    A place nobody will miss during the journey to Leh from Manali is Karu, a town, a junction where the natives are found in huge numbers and it is the starting point of Chang La. Throughout the route, one can find many chortens and the splash of multiple hues make Karu a different setting altogether. From Karu the road to Hemis Monstery also starts. Once you ride past the junction, you will be welcomed to the land of bliss where the nature is flanked by the lofty mountains around, the whispering streams and the flabbergasting valleys. 

    The towering rugged mountain peaks are creating big walls around the town to protect it from the external humdrum. Karu is famous for the Army Goodwill Public School started with the support of Tangtse Brigade in 1998. The school was started with the aim of increasing the literacy rate of the village and the management provides education in a subsidized fee structure as well.  Also there are plenty of guesthouses in Karu making the travel to Leh more easy and free of tiredness. The friendly people in this village would be happy to welcome their guests anytime.


    Height: Karu is located at an altitude of 3500 meters above the sea level.

    Location: On the Leh-Manali Highway, you can ride to Leh touching Karu. The distance between Karu and Leh is about 38 kms.

    Best time to visit: The route to Leh would be motorable only in the months from June to October as in all other months, the roads will be blocked by huge snow-flakes.




  • 269 Attukal Waterfalls

    Attukal Waterfalls
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    It is one of the four main waterfalls of Munnar and is very popular among adventure seekers, as the dirt mountain path through the forest gives chills on every step towards Attukal Waterfalls.  Take your swimwear as the pool at the bottom of the fall has enough water to dip and bath.

    It is highly recommended that you visit Munnar during Monsoon season if waterfalls top the list of ‘places to visit in Munnar.’ Attukal waterfall is located between Munnar and Pallivasal and can be reached by crossing a wooden bridge.

    The waterfalls in Munnar witness hordes of tourist every year and Attukal is one of those famous waterfalls which is mystically beautiful.

    Location: 2nd Floor, Mermaid Complex, Nadaiyar road, Munnar 685612, India

    Best Time to Visit: During monsoon season.

    Price: One can pay INR 100 per person to a guide who can lead the trek through the narrow mountain path.

    Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Activities: Swimming in the pool, trekking, dirt biking, photography etc.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 KM.

  • 270 Arippara Waterfalls

    Arippara Waterfalls
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    If you are looking for the best picnic spots in Kerala, then Arippara Waterfalls is a great destination to visit on your Wayanad vacation. This place boasts of exceptional natural beauty where you can see the water flowing in the midst of thick green forests. 

    A great place to enjoy a cool plunge in the swimming pool that forms below the waterfalls, Arippara Waterfalls is a great retreat to spend some time with your loved ones. 

    Offering a fun and frolic getaway with the added charm of breathtaking scenery, Arippara Waterfalls is a wonderful place that you must add to your itinerary the next time you’re vacationing in Wayanad.

    Location: Arippara Water Falls, Anakkampoyil Rd, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: November to May is the best time to visit Arippara Water Falls

    Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person

    Timings: Visitors can come at Arippara Waterfalls from 9 am to 5 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 57 kilometres.



  • 271 Laxmanpur Beach

    Laxmanpur Beach
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    Comparatively a silent beach on Neil Island is Laxmanpur Beach that is outshining every other beach on the island in terms of beauty and ravishing charm. Among the beaches in Andaman, it is ranked no.3 and the major reason for that is the greatest combination of azure water, the long stretch of secluded beach, the tropical trees in the backdrop and the heaven-like peace prevailing around. It is very close to Neil Island boat jetty, about 2 kms away and that makes the beach more special to the tourists who would love to simply walk around and relax in utmost peace.

    The accessibility to the beach is perhaps easier by walking and it will let you marvel at the beauty of the surrounding in a deep manner and the natural spectacle would enable you to revel in and linger the vacation you have planned to have over here.

    Activities: As every other beach on Neil Island, Laxmanpur Beach also welcomes its visitors by offering the umpteen number of activities that can be done alone, with your family and friends. The shallow water which is the crystal clear would offer you the best time of snorkeling and swimming.

     The glittering coral reefs under water would open your eyes wide while you interact with them by doing scuba diving. A relaxing evening walk along the cold, sandy beach is another activity tourists have their hearts at. Also, the sunset views from the beach have been glamorized by the astounding nature in the background.

    Distance from Port Blair: Though the beach is very close to Neil Island, the distance from Port Blair might force you to take a boat ride and it is located about 40 kms from Port Blair. From Neil Island ferry tier, the beach is lying 2 kms away and anyone can reach their by walking.

     



  • 272 Nirvana Beach

    Nirvana Beach
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    If you’re looking for offbeat places to visit in Gokarna, then you should add Nirvana Beach to your itinerary for the trip. This beach is secluded from the throngs of crowds and offers recluse to those who wish to have some beach time to enjoy the peace and quiet. 

    People here can dive into the cool blue waters and enjoy a refreshing getaway.

    One of the gorgeous features of this beach is the beautiful stretch that makes it an absolute delight for watching the sunset and sunrise. It is quite isolated and one can look forward to have a great time with friends and family whether it’s for a picnic or other fun activities on the beach. 

    With beautiful surroundings and its tranquil setting, Nirvana Beach is one of the most serene places you will see in Gokarna.

    Location: Nirvana Beach, Kumta, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit this beach in Gokarna is from November to February.

    Activities: Swimming, picnicking etc.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is approximately 10 kilometres via a ferry.



  • 273 Hadlu Waterfall

    Hadlu Waterfall
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    Plan your summer retreat to Hadlu Waterfalls when you are thinking of visiting the town of Sakleshpur on your next vacation. 

    This place is a postcard-perfect landscape that offers the most wonderful sight of nature at its best. Hadlu Waterfalls is a famous trekking destination and offers a great opportunity for those who are looking to get their pulse racing at this exciting location.

    The icy waterfalls is reached after a memorable trek through the verdant coffee plantations and forests that decorate the trail. Hadlu waterfalls cascades through six stages and for the tourists the most fun activity is taking a bath in the chilly waters. 

    A trip to Hadlu waterfalls is a total rejuvenating experience where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Visiting Hadlu Waterfall is a great recreational experience for everyone who comes along with their friends and families among places to visit in Sakleshpur.

    Location: Hadlu Waterfall, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Hadlu waterfall is during the season of rains when you can see the landscape at its best.

    Timings: It is advisable to visit Hadlu Waterfall in Sakleshpur during the day time

    Distance from Bus Stand: N/A



  • 274 Kabbe Hills

    Kabbe Hills
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    In the Southern part of India, Coorg is wedged at the conjunction of two majestically interesting states- Karnataka and Kerala. From top of the Kabbe hills, you can peep into the forested region of the bordered state of Kerala on one side and vast patch of coffee estates and chola forests of Karnataka on the other. 

    The trek is easy and very relaxing, the view from the top of the peak is mind-blowing and it actually takes your breath away.  The beckoning hilly stretches and the muddy path towards the peak of the hill is an adventure worthy to be explored.

    Height: 3800 ft.

    Location: Chelavara Village | Cheyandane Post, 571212, India

    Best Time to visit: Winter season (October to March)

    Entry fee: INR 3000 for safaris.

    Timings: Safari starts from 3 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 5 hours

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand:




  • 275 Band Baretha

    Band Baretha
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    Band Baretha is a large town located in the district of Bharatpur. The place is one of the best places to visit in the Bharatpur district because of the various attractions to be seen in its environs.

    The town has a long history of Mughal rule, and the heritage and influence of this past can be seen in its manifold monuments. The Old Fort and the BarahKhambonki Chhatri are some of the most popular historic attractions in Band Baretha. The dam on the Kakund River is a great spot to visit for some picnicking and frolicking. 

    Location: Approx. 45 kilometres from Bharatpur 



  • 276 Tulja Bhawani Temple

    Tulja Bhawani Temple
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    An ancient temple with roots going deep down into the culture and traditions of Chittorgarh, the Tulja Bhawani Temple, located west of the fort of Chittorgarh, is a shrine dedicated to the worship of local goddess Tulja Bhavani.

    The temple is adorned with various idols celebrating the greatness of the goodness, and the architecture with its delicate carvings and embellishments, is typical of the 16th century Rajasthani architecture. A visit to this temple should definitely be included within the tour of the Chittorgarh fort complex. 

    Timings: Open 24 hours
    Price: Free entry
    Location: Near Ram Pol, Chittorgarh Fort Village, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan 312001


  • 277 Markha Valley Trek

    Markha Valley Trek
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    Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

     Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

    Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

    Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

    Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.



  • 278 Kudremukh National Park

    Kudremukh National Park
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    Get ready to feast your eyes with the charm of wild and natural beauty at Kudremukh National Park. This place is notable as one of the most visited Chikmagalur tourist places and offers a refreshing getaway. It is appreciated for its scenic splendor and houses some of the most gorgeous flora and fauna in the state of Karnataka. The word Kudremukh means a horse face and gives the name to the peak located in this park which is often hailed as a thrilling trekking place.
     
    Kudremukh National Park is a delight for wildlife enthusiasts and adventure lovers who wish to escape the worries of life in the most wonderful surroundings. This place is nestled between beautiful tea and coffee plantations and offers a rejuvenating trip in the midst of mesmerising wilderness. 

    • Location: South Kanada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: December to February are the best months to visit Kudremukh National Park 

    • Entry fee: INR 200/ USD 3 for Indians and INR 1000/ USD 15 for foreigners

    • Timings: The advisable time to visit here is from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is approximately 130 kilometres away from Chikmagalur Bus Stand


    Top Things To Do in Kudremukh National Park

  • 279 Pothamedu View Point

    Pothamedu View Point
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     Drenched in the mist and greenery, Pothamedu viewpoint is a spot worth trekking to. This viewpoint enables a panoramic vista of the valley and if the day is clear, you can also see Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam from quite a height. The view is made of series of emerald hill slopes where tea, coffee, cardamom, and pepper make a blanket of green all over the hills.

    While you are enjoying the mesmerizing view of the valley, take a sip of ginger tea from the only tea shop nearby and you would love spending your evening at Pothamedu.  Watching the sun slide down the horizon in the vast expanse of the Sahyadri ranges is one perfect way of spending your vacation in this quaint town.

    Pothamedu is one of the many places to visit in Munnar which have a refreshing environ.

    Location: Kerala 685565

    Best Time to Visit: Early in the morning or evening.

    Price: No entry charge.

    Timings: opens 24 Hours.

    Activities: Hiking, trekking, and long mountain nature walk.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 3 KM

  • 280 Bhadrakali Temple

    If you’re looking for the religious places to visit in Gokarna, then Bhadrakali Temple should definitely be on your list. Dedicated to Goddess Uma who is the main deity, this temple is a popular pilgrimage centre. 

    It is a popular legend which says that when a demon known as Vetrasur seized control of the three lokas, the trinity of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva created a female warrior called Durge. She was given various powers by the gods to defeat the demon and after that Lord Shiva re-christened her as Bhadrakali. 

    She was sent to Gokarna and now believed to be known as the protector of the town. Another legend associated with the temple says that Lord Cishnuto requested the goddess to stay in Gokarna after Ravana abandoned her.

    Location: Sri Bhadrakali Temple, Main Rd, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited any time throughout the year in Gokarna

    Timings: Bhadrakali Temple is open from 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is just 650 metres (approximately 8 minutes) away from the bus station in Gokarna.




  • 281 Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil

    Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil
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    Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil is also known as Sri Gokilambal Thirukameshwara Temple or Villanur temple is one of the famous Lord Shiva Temples. Lord Shiva can be viewed in the form of Shiva Linga in this temple. The temple was constructed by Cholas centuries ago and is in Dravidian architecture. Another specialty of this temple is the sunrays that touch the deity on 9, 11 and 19th of a month named Panguni which can be considered as a month in between March-April. The importance of this temple is related to the Chola King Dharmabala Chozhan.

    Location:

    The Arulmigu Kokilambigai Vudanurai Thirukameswarar Thirukovil is located at

    E-Car St, Villanur

    Pondicherry-605110.

    Best Time To Visit: Temple

    The Best Time To Visit: this amazing temple is during the celebration of a festival named Bramhotsavam. The festival is for ten days and the temple will look at its best.

    Timings

    The temple is opened from

    • 6:00 am to 12:00 pm and

    • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Temple

    The distance between Pondicherry bus stand to this temple is 7.8 km and it takes 22 mins to travel.




  • 282 Wayanad Heritage Museum

    Wayanad Heritage Museum
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    Gear up to be astonished by history and ancient relics when you pay a visit to Wayanad Heritage Museum. It is known to be one of the most eminent museums in Kerala and is a storehouse of fascinating artefacts that go back as long as second century A.D. 

    Some of the famous items which you can spot here are ancient terra cottas, tribal artefacts, 14-16th-century sculptures etc. 

    There are also many relics that were unearthed from the neighbouring places and have great archaeological importance. Wayanad Heritage Museum is a great place to know more about Wayanad’s Adivasi population and explore the historical items that narrate their own stories. 

    This museum is a great tourist attraction for those who are looking for an educational and recreational experience in Wayanad.

    Location: Heritage Museum, Government Hospital Road, Ambalavayal, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: September to March is the best to visit Wayanad Heritage Museum.

    Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.31 per person

    Timings: It opens from 9 am to 5:30 pm every day

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 42 kilometres.



  • 283 Ulsoor Lake

    Ulsoor Lake
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    The centrally situated Ulsoor village is also known by another name called Halasuru which houses the magnanimous Ulsoor lake. 

    The magnificent lake is one of the biggest in the city which is closely located to MG road and is spread over an area of 50 hectares. 

    \he lake was built by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring and beautifies the surrounding vicinity with multiple small islands and the presence of exotic birds and floras. 

    The picnickers who visit the lake for a short trip love to indulge in the boating expedition as it stops at different small lake islands. This tranquil lake when soaked in the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in Bangalore, the place is lit and looks heavenly. It is one of the places to visit in Bangalore during Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Location: Ulsoor Lake, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru, Karnataka 56004

    Best Time to Visit: August and September to witness the grand celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi and post-monsoon, October to February.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 5 AM to 7:30 PM every day.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 7 KM.




  • 284 Lamiya Bay Beach

    Lamiya Bay Beach
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    Truly blessed by the enormous natural spectacle, Lamiya Bay Beach is Diglipur is a killer attraction in Andaman. A pristine beach is located on the foothills of Saddle Peak, the highest point on the island and ahead of Kalipur Beach. The quintessential sea enhanced by the polished stones on the shore attracts a huge number of tourists always. The pebble beach which is long and wide is a favourite destination for honeymoon couples as well as families. 

    The rock structures of the shoreline are giving the entire atmosphere a charming look. This clean beach assures that the tourists are extremely happy to spend time here. The forest department has set up some eco-friendly huts and a watch room on the beach in order to extend all the necessary comforts and essential facilities to the tourists. 

    But sadly, the lack of proper caring leads this beach to be secluded and devastated and the Government seems to be not that serious about the maintenance of more huts and tourist friendly features, as visitors say. There ae a lot of scopes to build this beach into one of the most prominent beaches in Andaman because of the countless factors that make it look dashing.

    Highlights: The pebbled beach and the rock structures lying on the shore are itself the key factors which make Lamiya Bay an astounding beauty. The sunrise and sunset views from the beach have a lot of admirers.

    Activities: Swimming and beach walk are the most favourite activities. There is ample space on the beach to relax as well.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, it would take around 12-hour journey by road to reach Diglipur and from there, one can reach Lamiya Bay easily.



  • 285 Matrimandir

    Matrimandir
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    About the Place:

    Matrimandir is situated at the center of the Auroville in a huge space called, Peace. Auroville itself is situated at a distance of 14.1 km. Matrimandir has been started by The mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is a large sphere which is surrounded by twelve petals. There is one meditation hall inside the central dome. The structure consists of four pillars. These four pillars signify four aspects of the mother. The south pillar, called Maheshwari denotes her calmness and compassion. The north pillar called Mahakali stands for her strength, her will,  and her passion. The east pillar, called Mahalakshmi is a symbol of her attraction and beauty. The west pillar, Mahasaraswati tells about her perfection in everything she does.

    Location:

    It is situated in Auroville town in Bommayapalayam.

    Best Time To Visit:

    The duration of  November to March is favorable to visit this place. Since the climate of the place is tropical, you need to choose a comparatively cooler season.

    Timings:

    Matrimandir remains open from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and again 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

    Matrimandir is located at a distance of 14.4 km from the Pondicherry bus stand. It takes almost 36 minutes to travel this distance




  • 286 Bisle View Point

    Bisle View Point
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    This picturesque stretch between Kukke Subrahmanya and Sakleshpura is a heavenly beauty displaying a panoramic view of the western ghats in the company of wild Elephants and other animals in the middle of a forest. 

    It is one of the best places to visit in Coorg that enables a view of four peaks which are Doddabetta, Pushpagiri, Yenikallu Betta, and Kumaraparvatha. 

    The trek route passes through the dense forest reserve and is considered as one of the toughest trekking route in Karnataka. The ghat links Pusphagiri Sanctuary and KudreMukh National park contributing to the rich green hills and the forest. 

    The advice which often comes from locals and other forest authorities is that you must not wander after sunset or in the dark because of the presence of rich wildlife, you can be attacked.

    Location: Nr. Bisle Reserve Forest | Sakaleshpura Taluk, Hassan, India

    Best Time to visit: September to December. Watch the sunrise.

    Entry fee: Paid.

    Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place:  More than 3 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 93 KM.




  • 287 Dandelappa Temple

    Dandelappa Temple
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    Drawing in scores of pilgrims, Dandellapa Temple is known to be as the one of the most auspicious places to visit in Dandeli. Located across the belt of Maland, Dandelappa Temple is replete with mesmerising natural beauty making the landscape a visual treat for the eyes. 

    It is also one of the oldest temples in Dandeli where the people come to seek the blessings of Lord Dandelappa to whom this temple is dedicated. The local deity Dandelappa is considered to be a beloved figure among the locals in Dandeli and it is interesting to note that the name Dandeli comes after Dandellapa. 

    It is said that those who worship at Dandelappa temple get their wishes fulfilled. The temple is a great tourist spot for its spiritual ambience and also offers an insight into the history and society of Dandeli.

    Location: Ganesh Gudi, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Tourists here can visit the temple anytime throughout the year. However, the most preferred time is from October to February

    Timings: Dandelappa Temple is open for tourists during the day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is just 2.3 kilometres which takes approximately 7 minutes to travel via Jawaharlal Nehru Rd in Dandeli




  • 288 Temple of Halebid and Belur

    Temple of Halebid and Belur
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    Showcasing the finest designs of Hindu temples built under the Hoysala empire, Temple of Halebid and Belur is known among the best Sakleshpur tourist places. These ornate temples offer a peaceful respite away from the hassles of modern life and also narrate some interesting historical stories. 

    The temple of Halebid and Belur were designed by the famous architect Jakkanna Acharya and carved with many exquisite designs. Tourists here can find a number of carvings at this temple that relates to the Puranas, the Upanishads and many popular characters from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. 

    Belur and Halebid are often considered as twin cities and attracts a number of tourists in South India who wish to take a step down the lanes of history to explore the wonderful sculptures and architecture.

    Location: While Belur is located approximately 37 kilometres from Sakleshpur, the distance between Halebid and Sakleshpur is about 50 kilometres.

    Best Time to visit: The ideal time for visiting the temple of Halebid and Belur are the months from October to March

    Timings: It is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day. Fridays are closed for tourists.

    Distance from Bus Stand: The approximate distance you need to travel to reach here from Sakleshpur is 35 kilometres



  • 289 Stok Kongri Trek

    Stok Kongri Trek
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    Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

    It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

    The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

    The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendor of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

    During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

    Best Season: June - October

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    Max. Elevation: 5000 m

    Number of Days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here



  • 290 Golconda

    Golconda
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    Golconda is the first modern building present in Pondicherry and it is surely present in the list of places to visit in Pondicherry. It is considered as the introduction of modernism to India. It is a home to accommodate philosopher named Sri Aurobindo and was later converted as a dormitory. Golconda was designed by the famous architects George Nakashima and Antonin Raymond. The building is sensitive to the environment and is one of the best constructions of the modern era. It was build during the period of 1937-45. Golconda is a three storey building with two wings which are connected by a stair case in between. It was a kind of do it yourself project for the devotees present in the ashram and was build with both skilled and nonskilled people.

    Location:

    Dupuy St.

    White Town

    Pondicherry 605002

    Best Time To Visit:

    Golconda can be visited at any time of the day.

    Timings

    There are no particular Timings :to visit the place, you can go there at any time.

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Golconda Ashram

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Golconda Ashram is 3 km which take 3-4 mins to travel.




  • 291 Male Mahadeshwara Hills

    Male Mahadeshwara Hills
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    This pilgrim town is situated on the southern edge of Bangalore at Hanur Taluk district of Chamarajanagara district. 

    The temple does not only draws lakhs of pilgrims from Karnataka and Tamil Naduand devotees each year but the incredible location of the Shiva Temple amid lush green forest belt attracts hordes of nature enthusiasts as well. 

    The temple is dedicated to the saint Mahadeshwara who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Apparently, the temple became famous because of Veerappan, whenever he would hold any hostage, the family would walk up to this shrine and pray. 

    Earlier, the road leading to this hill temple was unpaved and treacherous but now it is paved and well-maintained route.

    Location: Male Mahadeshwara Betta, Bandipur 571490, India

    Best Time to Visit: During Mahashivaratri when you can witness the the 'Kamsale Nritya' where devotees dance with cymbals.

    Price: Small entry fee is charged. Under INR100.

    Timings: 6.00 AM to 8.00 AM, 10.30 AM to 12 PM and 6.45 PM  to 8.30 PM on regular days. The timing may change on special days or festivals.

    Average time required to visit the temple: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 220 KM




  • 292 TATA Tea Museum

    TATA Tea Museum
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    If you are lucky enough to make it during the show timings, you will learn a lot that day. From the early history of Tea Plantation to how British brought Tea culture and cultivation in the region, the toil and hard work of the people who endured during those days, the machineries and tools, the entire process of cultivating, plucking, drying and final packaging of Tea; almost everything you learn in just a half an hour documentary that is played here.

    You will also get to see the typewriters, magneto phone, the hand tea roller and manual calculators and iron oven which have been very useful tools during the earlier days.

    Location: Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Average time required for visiting: Around 1.5 to 2 hours.

    Price: The entry fee for adults is INR 75 per head and for children of a particular age group is INR 35.

    Timings: It remains closed on Monday and opens from 9 AM till 5 PM on all the remaining days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of 4 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 293 Baada Beach

    Hailed as one of the cleanest beaches in Gokarna, Baada Beach is a nice place to visit for the tourists in Gokarna. Baada Beach can be reached after an exciting beach trek from Kirki to Gokarna. With hills on both sides, Baada Beach is a refreshing break from all the sightseeing places in Gokarna. It is flanked by rocks on all sides and its captivating beauty is just breath-taking.

    Location: Baad Beach, Gudeangadi, Kumta, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit Baada Beach is from November to February.

    Activities: Trekking is one of the most preferred activities at Baada Beach.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is 16 kilometres away from the bus station that involves a ferry route.



  • 294 Papanasini

    Beginning in the Brahmagiri Hills, Papanisini river is one of the most important pilgrim tourist places in Wayanad. Literally, it translates to ‘washes away all sins’ and the river is considered to have divine powers. 

    Tourists flock here during Amavasya to take a dip in its waters and offer their prayers. The enchanting setting of the lush green hills and the gushing waters of the stream makes this river an idyllic spot.

    This holy mountain stream also has a sacred rock Pinnappara where the last rites of the dead are performed. 

    It is a popular belief that Lord Rama and Lakshmana performed the ‘pithrukarma’ of their father King Dasaratha, standing on this rock. Surrounded by such majestic surroundings and having attached so many popular legends, this place is one of the most interesting Wayanad tourist places.

    Location: Thirunelly Temple post, Mananthavady, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: One should visit here from the month of September to March.

    Timings: The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 295 Gauri Shankar Temple

    Gauri Shankar Temple
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    If you enjoy exploring old temples then you are in the right place. Gauri Shankar Temple is one of the oldest temples present in India. It is situated immediately below the castle of Naggar in Naggar Village. The records say that this temple was dated back to 12th century AD and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mythology says that this temple is the last monument of the Gurjara Pratihara traditions and is a protected monument. The architecture involved in this temple is famous Shikhara architecture.

    The specific style resembles a mountain. It means that the temple will look like the peaks of mountains. The temple has a dome shape at the top while the bottom part of the temple is in a square shape. The shikhara of this temple is simple and have nine stories which are decorated with ornamentations and 
    ardharatna motifs. The temple is famous for its stone carvings. The idols of Shankar and Gauri are placed on a pedestal and are seated over Nandi. Both the parent god and goddess hold their son Kartik and Ganesh while being seated under a silver canopy clad with gold jewelry.

    The 
    garbagriha of the temple is decorated with the amazing carvings of Lord Ganesh, people playing musical instruments and some dancing statues. The temple is surrounded by beautiful greenery. It was renovated by Seth Jaipura in the year 1959.

    Location: Naggar Village, Kullu, India

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Gauri Shankar Temple: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Gauri Shankar Temple is 22 km.

    Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM.

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  • 296 Baba Budangiri

    Baba Budangiri
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    Baba Budangiri is a sacred pilgrimage spot in Chikmagalur for both the Hindu and Muslim communities. It is famous for its shrine of Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander who was a 17th century Sufi saint. The place is also notable for the caves which are believed to be once the residence of Sri Dattatreya Swamy. Baba Budangiri is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Chikmagalur and also famous among the thrill seekers for its trekking and hiking opportunities.

    These peaks naturally form in the shape of a crescent moon and makes an idyllic landscape for the photographers and nature lovers in Chikmagalur.  The trekking trail between Mullayanagari and Baba Budangiri is an ecstatic experience for many tourists. Another prominent attraction of Baba Budangiri is the famous Manikyadhara Falls and the wild Kurinji flower blooms which happens every 12 years at this mountain. This last spectacle happened in the year 2006 and the next one is expected to happen in 2018. 

    • Height: It is at a height of 1895 metres.

    • Location: Baba Budangiri, Nagenahalli, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: It is best to visit here from September to March.

    • Entry fee: Free

    • Timings:  It can be visited any time during the day.

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 35 kilometres.


  • 297 Molangi Falls

    Molangi Falls
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    Gear up for a scenic retreat at Molangi Falls for a rejuvenating visit with your friends and family in Dandeli. Surrounded by the panoramic landscape of dense green forests, Molangi Falls is one of the most popular picnic spots in Dandeli. 

    The place is a visual delight for all the nature lovers and also offers an adventurous escape for the tourists. This popular waterfall in Dandeli is nestled in the midst of thick bamboo trees and steep rocks making the setting unforgettable if you revel in the company of nature. 

    You can enjoy a cool plunge in the revitalising waters of Molangi Falls and also savour an adrenaline rush with white water rafting here. Molangi Falls makes for an idyllic romantic spot at the time of sunset as the cool breeze brushes against your face and the landscape becomes nothing but spectacular.

    Location: It is located near Molangi in Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Molangi Falls is best visited during the monsoon months of the year.

    Timings: N/A

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Molangi Falls is at a distance of about 8 kilometres from the bus stand in Dandeli  




  • 298 Barapole River

    Barapole River
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    Barpole is turbulent river full of class 2 and class 4 rapids originating from Kithu Kakathu River further extending to Brahmagiri hills to the Arabian Sea. White water rafting is one recreational activity that Barpole river is famous for. 

    One of the most challenging rafting experience on different level of rapids. The adrenaline rushing activity is best done in Monsoon. Launch you rafts high in the rapids and click the most adventurous pictures on your trip to Coorg or Kodagu. 

    Barpole is one of the adventurous Coorg tourist places in Karnataka and the best place to try rafting. Venture into an off the beaten adventure and indulge into this heart-pumping activity.

    Location: Barapole River, Coorg, Karnataka 571201, India

    Best Time to visit: Monsoon (July to September)

    Entry fee: An average cost of rafting may range from INR 1200 to 1500.

    Timings: Best done before 2 to 3 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: Rafting is a 1.5 to 2 hours activity.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 80 KM.




  • 299 Parrot Island

    Parrot Island
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    An uninhabited island located in the southern part of Andaman, Parrot Island is a paradise on Earth exhibiting the wonderful attractions of nature elaborately. There are a lot of beaches on the island welcome the plenty of tourists every year. It is a part of Baratang Island and can be accessed from Baratang Jetty. There is a chance for a spooky ride in a dinghy boat from the jetty as the route goes through several creeks. 

    Before you reach Parrot Island, you will see a bunch of mangrove forests, appear as an evenly cut and well- arranged extending a pleasant view of nature at its best. And a fact is obvious from the name of the island. Yes, Parrot Island got its name from the hundreds of parrot flocks come to visit the beaches and mangrove forests and stay overnight here. They sharpen the mangrove roots with their red beak and thus the mangrove garden got equal shape and symmetry.

    Highlights: Apart from the green parrots, visitors have spotted the large multi-colored parakeets on the island and both these species made the structure of island totally camouflaging and mind blowing. The sunset views, not to be explained, are dramatically stunning as it combines the sea and the sky together and indicates that the groups of parrots and parakeets are coming to the island soon.

    Activity: Sightseeing in the major activity that can be done on Parrot Island as it showcases a number of forests, mangrove gardens and rare sights of colorful birds. But the boating through the creeks and the mangrove gardens is considered to be a thrilling adventure activity.

    Distance from Port Blair: The nearest city to Baratang Island is Port Blair and from the city one can take a cab or bus to Diglipur and Parrot Island is located at a distance of 30 km from Baratang Jetty. It would take around 30 minutes to reach the island by Dunghi boat available at Baratang Jetty.

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  • 300 Jenukal Gudda

    Jenukal Gudda
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    To capture the most enchanting views of the Western Ghats on a trip to Sakleshpur, Jenukal Gudda is one of the most notable places to add to your bucket list. It is flocked by tourists who are interested in trekking and challenge their spirits for an adventure. 

    It is surrounded by thick evergreen forests and many coffee and tea plantations that makes it just a haven for nature lovers to retreat in a serene landscape.

    Along with a panoramic view of the various hill blanketed with verdant greenery, Jenukal Gudda is a great place where you can bask in the vistas of Arabian Sea in Mangalore on a clear sunny day. 

    The breath-taking view from Jenukal Gudda is the best when you wait there till the time of sunset and take back a memory of the trip that you’ll probably remember for life.

    Location: Jenukal Gudda, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Jenukal Gudda is from October to March.

    Entry fee: It is free to visit Jenukal Gudda

    Timings: Jenukal Gudda Hill can be visited throughout the year.

    Distance from Bus Stand: Jenukal Gudda is at a distance of about 90 kilometres from Sakleshpur Bus stand.



  • 301 Dodda Alada Mara

    Dodda Alada Mara
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    The sprawling branches of a Banyan tree has captured a land of over 3 acres in Kethohalli village, making it one of the unique sightseeing places in Bangalore. This 400-year-old Banyan tree is stated to be the second largest tree in the country and the first largest in Karnataka. 

    A thousand aerial roots hanging out from this tree covers a circumference of over 250 meters. Dodda Alada Mara is a well-maintained and well-kept secret of Karnataka which is properly fenced and protected with cemented seats placed beside it for the visitors to enjoy the magic of nature. 

    The interesting fact about Dodda Alada Mara is that it stands erect on the thousand aerial root without having the main root as it died out of some natural diseases in the past.

    Location: Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

    Best Time to Visit: Evenings are ideal to spend at Dodda Alada Mara to enjoy cool breezes and a blazing sunset.

    Price:

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 26 KM.




  • 302 Sri Mallikarjuna Temple

    Sri Mallikarjuna Temple
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    Believed to be older than the Shivaji Fort in Dandeli, Sri Mallikarjuna Temple is amongst the few famous temples in Karnataka that tourists should not miss out on visiting. There is a stone located inside the temple which says that the land over which this temple is built was donated by the Kadamba King Jayakeshi in the year 1144.

    One of the most astounding things about Sri Mallikarjuna Temple for the tourists is its mind-blowing architecture among other temples in Karnataka. The temple draws in a number of pilgrims throughout the year. 

    The temple is notable not only for its spiritual significance but also for its architectural brilliance. Some of the most notable features of Sri Mallikarjuna Temple is the ‘Navarang mantap’ places inside the sanctum sanctorum and the dome which is shaped in popular Kadamba style.

    Location: Ganesh Gudi, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The winter season from October to February is great to visit Sri Mallikarjuna Temple

    Entry fee: None

    Timings: One can visit here from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm every day of the week

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Sri Mallikarjuna Temple is located approximately 20 kilometres from Dandeli Bus Stand

    Image Credits: nativeplanet.com



  • 303 Chethalayam Waterfalls

    Chethalayam Waterfalls
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    This beautiful waterfall in Wayanad is all you need to escape the worries of life and dive into the scenic beauty of nature. It is a seasonal waterfall and located close to the famous Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. 

    It is an ideal trekking retreat with some panoramic spots that will take your breath away. With some exotic flora encompassing the trail of this waterfall, it is considered to be one of the most serene Wayanad tourist places. 

    Along with admiring the breathtaking beauty of nature, Chethalayam Waterfalls is popular for being a favourite picnic spot for the tourists in Wayanad. For the thrill seekers, a trekking experience at Chethalayam Waterfalls promises an enterprising opportunity.

    Location: Chethalayam Waterfalls, Chethalayam, Kidanganad, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The post monsoon season is the best time to visit Chethalayam Waterfalls.

    Timings: It is open from 6 am to 5 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 45 kilometres from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 304 Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is among the must visit sightseeing places in Chikmagalur. Nestled in the Western Ghats, it is known for being a habitat for diverse flora and fauna. It boasts of a landscape that is filled with lush green forests with the river Bhadra flowing in between. Some of the animals which you can spot here include tigers, leopards, Malabar giant squirrel etc along with a number of rare and exotic butterflies.

    Tourists can indulge in a number of exciting activities when they are visiting Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Some of the activities offered here are jeep safari, water sports in River Bhadra, trekking, island camping, rock climbing and bird watching. 

    • Location: Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tarikere, Lakkavalli, (attn Rivertern Lodge), Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

    • Entry fee: Entry is free

    • Timings:  It is open from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and the from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is at an approximate distance of 80 kilometres from Chikmagalur Bus Stand


  • 305 Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Puducherry

    Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Puducherry
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    This temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a Vaishnavite temple. The temple was build in the 12th century and follows Dravidian architecture. The principal deity of the temple is Venkatachalapathy and the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Narasimha Swamy is placed right behind the Venkatachalapathy idol. The architecture of this temple is similar to the architecture of Vedhapureshwarar temple. The five feet idol present in the temple has been buried in the earth and was found by some archeologists. The idol of Lord Vishnu is just marvelous and the smile surely gives the devotees positive vibes. Actually, the history tells that the temple was built for Lord Sree Rama, his wife Seetha and Hanuman but before bringing the idols to the place the idol of Narasimha Swamy was found.

    Location:

    Mahatma Gandhi Road

    Heritage Town

    Puducherry-605001

    Best Time To Visit:

    The Best Time To Visit: this amazing temple is at morning time.

    Timings

    The temple is opened from

    • 6.00 am to 12.00 pm

    • 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm

    Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Varadharaja Perumal Temple

    The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Varadharaja Perumal Temple is 2.6 km and it takes 13 minutes to travel.




  • 306 Drass Valley

    Drass Valley
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    Drass Valley in Kargil District in Jammu and Kashmir is popularly called as the gateway of Ladakh. In the infamous Kargil War, Drass has played a significant role. The Pakistani Army in 1999 started dropping shells in Drass and in the surrounding villages and thus the war broke out between India and Pakistan. In the end, India recaptured Drass and other parts in the premises and then on Drass has been recognized as the memorial of the Kargil War

    Drass is nestled amidst the snow-clad peaks on the Leh- Kargil National Highway at a height of 3230 meters above the sea level. Zojila Pass is the beginning of Drass Valley. Even when the harshest climatic conditions of winter hit the inhabitants here, the people kept guarding the valley intact and thus they are called the guardians of Ladakh’s gateway. The residents of the valley is known to be the saviours of stranded travelers who try to cross the pass along the snow covered trails and also they have stayed back in the valley to transport trading merchandise in the extreme cold. Drass is recognized as the base for the three day long Suru valley trek.

     The coldest region of India is Drass where -12 degree Celsius is the average temperature during winter and it falls onto as low as -17 degree Celsius during the peak time of winter. The tours of Drass compulsorily include a visit to the famous Drass War Memorial which is built to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the India-Pakistan War in 1999. There is a Brigade War Valley that also turned to be the space to commemorate the lives and dedication of Indian soldiers during Kargil War.

    Height: Drass Valley is located at an average height of 3820 meters.

    Location: It is located 60 kms away from Ladakh and starts from the foot of the famous Zojila Pass.

    Best time to visit: The season between the months of May and September are the suitable time to visit Drass.




  • 307 Ombattu Gudda

    Literally translating to Nine Hill, Ombattu Gudda is one of the most treacherous trails that you’ll come across when you are touring the Western Ghats in India. 

    For all those who are wishing an adrenaline rush to savour, Ombattu Gudda makes for a compelling visit for your much-needed adventure in Sakleshpur.

    The trail of Ombattu Gudda trek is replete with many mesmerising landscapes and one can spot many beautiful gurgling streams cutting across the green valleys. 

    The trek can be started in the forest range of Kabinhole Reserve Forest and trekkers can also see many animals and birds who reside in the thick jungles. The trek can be completed in about 2 days and offers the best views to the tourists at the time of sunrise and sunset.

    Location: Ombattu Gudda, Kabinhole Reserve Forest, Sakleshpur, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Ombattu Gudda is from October to March.

    Entry fee: Entry is free for visiting Ombattu Gudda

    Timings: Ombattu Gudda Hill can be visited throughout the year.

    Distance from Bus Stand: Ombattu Gudda is at a distance of about 90 kilometres from Sakleshpur Bus stand.



  • 308 Butler Bay Beach

    Butler Bay Beach
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    There is a pristine beach in Little Andaman which has a lot of things to showcase and share with its visitors. The brilliant nature and the surrounding are probably the definite factors of attractions. 

    The rich culture of wildlife, marine life and the typical island flora and fauna is acting as the predominant items of economic and tourist development of the island as well as the beach. The steady, calm water aids hundreds of surfers from all over the world to experience the best ever surfing on the island and the exotic, vast beach is a close friend to those who love it back. For swimming and snorkeling along with beach walk and simply relaxing, Butler Bay Beach is a fine fit.

    Highlight: An important factor to be disclosed about the beach is its close association with the beautiful waterfall, White Surf location near to it. People who visit Butler Bay Beach will be definitely choosing a trip to the waterfall to have a refreshing dip in it or take a completely blissful swim. Also, the beach has extended its hands to help the people who wish to stay overnight on the beach by providing a number of tourist huts arrayed symmetrically on the shore. 

    From the huts, the views of the sea are superlative. Before the Tsunami waves hit Butler Bay Beach, its emerald kind of water, glittering always was quite famous internationally. But now, there are a lot of unpleasant sights have appeared here and there on the beach due to the lack of attention and maintenance, as the tourists have pointed out. 

    The tropical rainforests on the shore are really dense and showing how nature has blessed the location and also the whole place is flanked by the array of the beautiful fringes of coconut trees as well. The shape of the beach is very peculiar as it helps anyone to see the whole bay from any point.

    Activities: Though the beach is famous for surfing, snorkeling and swimming are found to have attracted many tourists in a positive way and thus there are plenty of visitors appear on the beach every day. Apart from those activities, jungle trekking, elephant rides, nature walk, hiking, boating etc are some of the important adventure cum fun activities offered by the salubrious nature and atmosphere prevailing here.

    Distance from Port Blair: The conducive atmosphere on the beach will be yours as well if you take the road from Hut Bay that will take you to the beach located at a distance of 10 km. But from Port Blair, it would take around 5-6 hour ling journey to reach the beach.




  • 309 Chokramudi Peak

    Chokramudi Peak
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    This isolated elevated piece of a hill is a site that hooks you for hours. Chokramudi is situated at 7,200 ft above sea level in the Eravikulam National Park. It is short and easy trek which can be done in a day and since it comes under the national forest it is masked by lush green Shola forest.

    Pthamedu is the trek base which is situated an hour drive from Munnar and the trek can be of 4 to 5 hours covering a distance of 10 KM upwards. Soak in the fresh air when you reach the top of the peak, if you do an early morning trek, you can also witness the fiery sunrise and herds of Nilgiri Tahr departing for livestock.

    Chokramudi is indeed a great experience and one of the incredible places to visit in Munnar.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala 685565

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (December to February)

    Price: Prices may vary depending on the trek group you chose.

    Average time required to visit the place: If you are planning to trek Chokramudi Peak then the sport will take the entire day.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately;y 16 KM towards Madurai SH gap road.

  • 310 Shiva Cave

    Shiva Cave
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    Shiva Cave is a fascinating place to visit on your visit to Gokarna that is not much popular among tourists yet. Consisting of a Shiva Lingam, Shiva Cave is an interesting place that people should visit. 

    With its dark interiors, tourists are advised to carry a torch inside when they are visiting here. It is also home to many bats and has an interesting legend associated with it. 

    With its beautiful surroundings, Shiva Cave is an amazing place to visit for everyone. There is a Shiva Temple where devotees come to seek fulfilment of their wishes.

    Location: Gokarna Kudle Road, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: November to February is the best time to visit Shiva Cave in Gokarna

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is approximately 5.5 kilometres away from the Gokarna Bus Stand.



  • 311 Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe

    Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe
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    Most of the people do not think of Southern India when monastery hits their brains, but this information is incredibly intriguing that the Tibetan-Budhism influence had reached the southern part of India ages ago. 

    Mandroling Monastery in Bylakuppe is also known as the Golden temple. Around 5000 nuns and monks live together in Harmony at Namdroling and It is the second largest Buddhism settlement in India. 

    You can even spend some time in the bookstore and the cafe that is inside the Monastery premises. Namdroling is also called Golden temple because of the golden paintings etched on the monastery and the three golden statutes named Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus.

    Photography is allowed inside the monastery and one can even light some incense sticks and sit for sometime to soak in the piousness of the place.

    Location: Arlikumari, P.O. Bylakuppe, Mysore, Karnataka 571104

    Best Time to visit: Any time of the year.

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 35 KM.




  • 312 Bhrigu Lake

    Bhrigu Lake
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    A blasting blue Brighu Lake sits cozily between two high-elevation edges towards the east of Rohtang Pass. One of the numerous cold lakes in Kullu Valley, this lake makes for an immaculate weekend trek and is appropriate for families. 

    The noteworthy thing about this trek is that one can achieve an amazing elevation of 14,000 feet and experience snow over the second day of trekking! To add to that, the outdoors grounds at Rola Kholi and Pandu Ropa offer dream-like perspectives to wake up to. 

    Bhrigu Lake is only 14 km far from the street head of Gulaba. On a splendid sunny day, the lake is a soaked shade of overlook me-not blue. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali. Amid winter, the lake, secured in the snow, will leave exceptional pictures in your psyche. 

    Trekking to the lake is as pacifying as being at the lake itself. On Day 1, backwoods trails from Gulaba to Rola Kholi outdoors grounds take you through valuable old towns, welcoming apple plantations, clear rivulets, and greenfield lands. The trail ensures stunning perspectives of Kullu Valley, which gets to be prettier and prettier as you rise.

    Sea Preferred Season son: May-Sep

    Maximum Elevation: 14000

    Duration: 4 day

    Difficulty Level: High

    Find best places to visit in Manali, it is visited by tourists during all the seasons.



  • 313 Mallalli Falls

    Mallalli Falls
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    Mallali falls take abode at the base of the Pushpagiri hills at a distance of 26 KM from Somvarpet village. Originating from River Kumaradhara, the falls takes a dive from more than 1000 meters and gradually drains in Arabian Sea. 

    It is always better to visit this waterfall during rainy season as it is a seasonal waterfall and is boasted along the Abbey falls.  

    After a 10 KM drive from Somwarpet to Kalahali Road, the trekking routes for Mallali falls starts which is around 2 to 3 KM and there are wide steps for visitors to climb up to the falls. 

    The best way to enjoy the drizzle and cool breeze at the fall is to trek through the gorgeous trails of the western ghats.

    Height: 200 ft.

    Location: Somvarpet 573123, India

    Best Time to visit: October to February.

    Entry fee: Entry is free.

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 57 to 58 KM.




  • 314 Namaste Café

    Namaste Café
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    Namaste Café is one of the most eminent attractions in Gokarna located on Om Beach. This beach front restaurant offers an ideal space for tourists who want to dwell on the splendid views of the sea with a spectacular plate of food on their tables. 

    Whether you fancy a quiet stroll to feel the sands on the beach or wish to relax in picturesque vistas, Namaste Café is the place to be.

    This serene property offers a lot of stay options where you can just relax and unwind in Gokarna. It offers unrestricted access to the beach and is an ideal pick for backpackers and budget travellers.

    The café also offers exotic dishes to get you in the beach bumming mood along with offering compact rooms to make your stay pleasant in Gokarna.

    Location: Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Tourists can visit Namaste Café anytime throughout the year.

    Entry fee: A room at Namaste Café costs INR 1080/ USD

    Timings: The check in time is 1 pm while the check out time is 11 am.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is 6.3 kilometres.



  • 315 Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple

    Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
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    About the Place:

    It is one of the most popular tourist destination situated in Pondicherry. This is a Ganesha temple and has a religious importance attached to it. It was constructed three centuries ago. inside the temple, stone walls have carvings of forty incarnations of Lord Ganesa. 

    Also, there is one shrine which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The architecture style of this temple has a striking resemblance to south India. There is one elephant Lakshmi in the temple, who gathers coins from the tourist and showers her blessings. This sacred importance of the temple makes it one of the most common names in the list of places to visit in Pondicherry.

    Location:

    This temple is situated at Koli Street, opposite the Governor Office in Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It takes only half an hour to one hour to complete the prayers and get a view of the temple. It is not much crowded on the usual days. However during the mega-festival during months of August and September, people from all around the world visit this temple.

    Timings:

    The timing for offering prayers extend from 5:45 am morning to 12:30 am in evening and 4:00 pm to 09:30 pm.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    The temple stands at a distance of 2.7 km from the bus stand. It is hardly a 10 minutes journey. If you are Lord Ganesa devotee, this is a good news for you.




  • 316 Hulimavu cave Temple

    This temple is shrouded with the stories of a saint who is believed to have conducted his tapas in the cave for years. Hulimavu cave Temple is located in the Bannerghatta National Park and is centuries old. 

    The central area of the temple is decorated with idols of Ganesh, a Goddess and a Shiva Lingam, a mantap that was used by the saint who meditated here is now used by the devotees, there are ancient murals and carvings on the cave wall depicting a lifespan that is centuries old, are some of the main features of this cave temple. 

    Every year, The cave is illuminated by the passing of sunrays and falling directly on the Shiva Lingam on Makar Sankranti and on this auspicious occasion, people wait in ques to witness the marvellous site. 

    It is famous among devotees as they believe that worshipping this idol of Agni in this temple can cure any type of eye disease.

    Location: Hulimavu, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560076

    Best Time to Visit: During the aarti ceremony at the time of closing the temple.

    Price: No entry charge.

    Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 15 KM.




  • 317 Karmatang Beach

    Karmatang Beach
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    Karmatang Beach is very close to Mayabunder, about 12 km's distance and it is a prominent attraction in Andaman. The small huts and places to take rest on the beach are really an advantage for welcoming more number of tourists. To relax, to read books or to arrange a party, these huts are suitable. 

    Karmatang Beach is highly recommended for the tourists since it is kept cleaned and the surrounding greenery is an unavoidable attraction. The green trees on the beach provide space for hammocks as tourists will love to use these hammocks and see the sea coming towards the shore every time.

    Highlights: Karmatang Beach is known as the turtle’s paradise as it supports turtle nesting on a large scale and there you can find a turtle nesting farm as well. The vast shoreline and the cooperation of the natives are really helping the beach achieve a premier position in the tourism sector of Andaman. Natives are frequently found on the beach with their families to spend vacation and Karmatang is an authentic hangout spot for tourists as well as locals.

    Activities: The beach is best suited for relaxation and beach walk. The water is a little bit choppy but the vast beach will offer you enough chances to spend time lying on the white sandy bed and relax.

    Distance from Port Blair: Karmatang Beach is located at a distance of 240 km away from Port Blair. One can reach by the road connecting to Mayabunder. There are ships and boats as well as buses from Port Blair at regular intervals to reach Mayabunder. From Mayabunder, you will get cabs to reach Karmatang Beach which would take around 20-30 minutes to reach. Another access to the beach lies on the Grand Andaman Trunk Road from Port Blair that too directly.



  • 318 Eravikulam National Park

    Eravikulam National Park
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    This national park is home to the endangered Nilgiris Tahr, which is located in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district and covers a total area of 97 square kilometres. After the Nilgiri Tahr, Neelakurinji flowers are the second major attraction of this park as because this flower blooms once after every 12 years. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak of south India also takes abode in Eravikulam National Park.

    It is under the care of the Kerala Department of Forest and Wildlife, Munnar and is situated along the crest of Western Ghats. The subtropical moist broadleaf forest and evergreen tropical forest are commonly known as “Shoals” in the region which is layered on the high hill slopes. The tributaries of Periyar and Chalakudy rivers chisel down these slopes in the form of small rivulets and you can also see Lakhom waterfall within the Park.

    Location: The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit this National Park.

    Price: An entry fee of INR 65 for Indian citizens and 245 for foreign nationals.

    Timings: 7:30 AM to 4 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Take down the Munnar - Udumalpet Rd for around 12 to 13 KM and you will find your destination.

  • 319 Shivaji Fort

    Shivaji Fort
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    Shivaji Fort in Dandeli is one of the most prominent Dandeli tourist places where you can appreciate the art and heritage of this beautiful region. The ancient fort is an intriguing place where you can learn about the shrewd warring techniques used in the olden times and explore how the strategies were executed when the enemy was ready to storm the gates.

    This magnificent tourist attraction in Dandeli is believed to be constructed by the Maratha Chief, Shivaji and offers a memorable visit for the history buffs. Shivaji Fort is also known to be a favourite spot for the adventure lovers. A visit to Shivaji Fort takes the tourists back into the ancient times and offers a nice getaway to enjoy with friends and family over a scenic attraction in Dandeli.

    Location: Haliyal Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The most ideal time for visiting Shivaji Fort is from the month of October to March

    Entry fee: N/A

    Timings: Tourists can visit the Shivaji Fort during the day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Shivaji Fort can be reached after travelling a distance of 20 kilometres from Dandeli Bus Stand



  • 320 Rizong Monastery

    Rizong Monastery
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    Yuma Changchubling is the more fascinating name of one of the famous monasteries in Ladakh region that is Rizong Monastery. To the west of Alchi on the road to Lamayuru is the location of Rizong gompa. Lined by the beautiful mountainous terrains, Rizong Monastery is perched on a rocky hill top north of Indus River.

    History

    The history says that before the establishment of the monastery in the year of 1831, there was a hermitage for teaching the Buddhist religion to the monks. Lama Tsultim Nima was the person behind the construction of the hermitage and in the later stage as the number of monks was increased, he started the construction of the current monastery, much bigger and expansive. Now, the monastery belongs to the powerful sect of Buddhism, Gelugpa or Yellow Hat sect.

    Structure of the monastery

    At the centre of the monastery there is a relic shrine which has another name as Sku- Gdung that preserves the relics of the founder of the monastery. The frescoes of Dharmaraja and other deities are all around the shrine. Shakyamuni Buddha’s statue is the main attraction of the assembly hall as well as the idols of other deities give the hall a complete sacred atmosphere. The sacred chamber, Thin-Chen shrine etc have many other idols and all together create the harmonic serenity inside the monastery.

    Location: It is located at a distance of 73 Km from Leh. You can reach by bus or jeep.

    Timings:The gompa is open on all days from the month of June to September

    Entry fee: The entry to the monastery is free

    Highlight: A name that should be read in association with Rizong Monastery is Chulichan Nunnery under the administration of Rizong gompa. 20 nuns are residing there. People visit this nunnery also during the tour.




  • 321 Karappuzha Dam

    Karappuzha Dam
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    One of the biggest earth dams in India, Karappuzha Dam is known for its panoramic landscape. It offers a picturesque vista of the Karappuzha river and a man-made wonder with beautiful surroundings. 

    Some of the popular activities for tourists here are boating and nature walks. This perfect picnic spot for tourists allows one to behold beautiful aquatic birds and relax in the most refreshing ambiance. 

    A dam is also a wonderful place for the shutterbugs who want to unwind with their cameras and click some unforgettable pictures. Definitely worth a visit among sightseeing places in Wayanad, you must take out some time in your itinerary to appreciate this amazing place.

    Location: Karapuzha Dam, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The monsoons are the best time to visit Karappuzha Dam when the water reaches up to the brim.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: The timings are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The entry closes at 4:30 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It takes a distance of 38 kilometres by road to reach here from the bus station.



  • 322 Green Route Trek (Railway Trek)

    Green Route Trek (Railway Trek)
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    Brace yourself for one of the most interesting and exhilarating treks in India with the Green Route Trek in Sakleshpur. 

    It is known for offering the most mesmerising view of the Western Ghats and tourists can feel enchanted with a number of waterfalls, verdant valleys, archaic tunnels and old railway bridges that come along the route.

    This trek is often called ‘trekkers paradise’ and known for surprising the trekkers every step of the way with the picturesque landscape and so many interesting natural attractions. 

    The Green Route Trek is replete with many diverse flora and fauna that have their natural habitat in the charming evergreen forests of Western Ghats. 

    Some of the popular things which you can enjoy in the Green Route Trek are a visit to Mallali Falls, a trip with nature at Bisle Forest Reserve, a visit to the famous Jain learning centre at Moodabidri and a rendezvous with history at Manjarabad Fort.

    Location: The trek starts from Donigal Railway Station and ends at Yedakumeri Station.

    Best Time to visit: Any time between the months of September to March is a good time to plan your trip for Green Route Trek

    Timings: Tourists are advised to start trekking here at day time for the most pleasant trip

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the bus stand and the starting point of the trek is approximately 8 kilometres.



  • 323 Hebbe Falls

    Hebbe Falls
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    Known as one of the most exotic places to visit in Chikmagalur, Hebbe Falls offers a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With an enthralling view, Hebbe Falls is believed to have sacred herbs in its waters that can cure diseases. A dip in the waters at Hebbe Falls is always considered the most refreshing activity here. It is surrounded by the beauty of verdant forests and coffee plantations and makes for a serene trip.

    The waterfall can be reached after a scenic ride through the picturesque road from Chikmagalur. Along with its postcard perfect views, Hebbe Falls is one of the favoritie places for trekkers who are always looking for the perfect trails replete with breathtaking natural beauty. Otherwise, if you are not so adventurous, a road trip to Hebbe Falls serves as a perfect recipe for fun and excitement. 

    • Location: Chikkamagaluru District, Kesavinamane, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: The winter months from October to January is the best time to visit Hebbe Falls. 

    • Entry fee: Free 

    • Timings:  It is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 70 kilometres.



  • 324 Kemmangundi

    Kemmangundi
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    Escape into the serene surroundings at Kemmangundi in Chikmagalur which is known for its panoramic views. This beautiful hill station is popularly known as KR Hills and was known as the summer retreat for the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. One of the best places to visit in Chikamagalur, this place is known for its beautiful gardens and spectacular views.

    For the most enchanting visit, Raj Bhawan in Kemmangundi offers a gorgeous view at the time of sunset making it a pure photographer’s delight. It is also a hotspot for nature lovers with beautiful waterfalls, gurgling streams and verdant valleys. Some of the famous attractions that one must not visit in Kemmangundi are Z Point, Rose Garden, Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri etc.  

    • Height: It is at a height of 1434 metres above sea level

    • Location: Kemmangundi, Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru

    • Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the most pleasant time to visit here

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Kemmangundi is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur



  • 325 Chanderkhani Pass

    Chanderkhani Pass
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    Chandarkhani Pass is located at a height of 3,660 meters above the sea level. This pass is known for its scenic beauty and excellent trekking trails in the Himalayan range. It is treated as one of the best tourist places in Kullu because of the marvelous views, breathtaking landscapes and exclusive trails to follow and make your trip memorable. You can get the fabulous views of Pir Panjal ranges, Deo Tibba Peak, Parbati mountain range from this pass.

    The pass takes you to the famous village of Malana through a way between Pulag and Rumsa. The trekkers are introduced to hilly and remote cultures of Himachal Pradesh in this trek. The horizon in this place is a treat for the nature lovers. The region is also named as the “Valley of Gods”. A legend says that the deity named Jamlu had a basket full of gods. Once he opened his basket in the area. A sudden gust of wind dropped all the gods from the basket. Each fell to the ground and became peaks named after them as Indrasan, Pir Panjal, Deo Tibba, and Parbati.

    The top of Chanderkhani pass is a 360-degree meadow from where you will get the panoramic view of these mountain tops.

    Location: East of Katrain, Kullu, 175101.

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chanderkhani Pass: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Chandarkhani Pass is 49 km and it takes 57 minutes to commute. There are interstate buses which will help you with the travel so there is no need to worry about it.




  • 326 Hemis Festival

    Hemis Festival
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    There is a time when the cold deserts of Ladakh wake up to complete entertainment and vibrant moments of the year that is during the renowned Hemis Festival. It is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava or popularly known as Guru Rinpoche. The Dance Festival is world famous representing the reincarnation of Buddha.

    On the birth day of Rinpoche that is on the 10th day of the fifth month in the Monkey year, the festival happens and that day is the most prestigious and precious one for the people in Hemis Monastery. With an early morning ritual, the festival begins, the echoed sound of the drums, the cymbals and the pipes make the declaration. The monks in the monastery believe that following the festival yearly would help them given more spiritual strength and health.

    The wide rectangular courtyard in front of the main door of the monastery is the witness of the complete festival. There are two raised square platforms which are of three feet height along with a sacred pole at the exact centre. An elevated dais where a cushioned seat will be placed with a small table that has the ceremonial items like holy water, uncooked rice, tormas made of dough and butter and some incense sticks. As the rituals progress, a number of musicians will play the traditional music with cymbals, large pan drums, trumpets and wind instruments. Next to them, you can see the space provided for the current lamas to be seated.

    The Cham Dance, the major event is a slow paced dance and has grotesque expressions aplenty. The dancers wear multihued masks which presents the unusual image of the myth existing.

    Location: It happens at Hemis Monastery, 40 kms away from Leh town.

    When to go: After the tough winter the festivities start and the dates would be fluctuating every year. But usually it falls somewhere in the month between June and August.



  • 327 Sathodi Falls

    Sathodi Falls
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    A splendid vacation for nature lovers in Dandeli cannot be complete unless you pay a visit to the beautiful Sathodi Falls. It is a rectangularly shaped waterfall that comprises a breathtaking landscape with the rocky hills and the water pool underneath it. 

    It joins the backwaters of Kodasalli Dam and its serene ambience is truly captivating for everyone who visits here. Sathodi Falls cascades down from an elevation of about 50 feet and often called Mini Niagara in Dandeli. These falls are located near the town of Yellapur and renowned as one of the most picturesque places to visit in Dandeli.

    A short trek leads the tourists to the Sathodi Falls that makes the visit a spectacular adventure if you seek an adrenaline rush. The roaring waters of Sathodi Falls surrounded by verdant greenery offer an unforgettable moment that you’ll not be able to forget anytime soon.

    Location: It is located in Balagar, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The months from November to April make the best time to visit Sathodi Falls

    Entry fee: The entry fee at Sathodi Falls is INR 5/USD 0.07

    Timings: The opening time here is from 8 am to 5 pm every day

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Sathodi Falls is situated at a distance of 34 kilometres from Dandeli



  • 328 Thottikallu

    The main attraction at Thottikallu is the Thottikallu falls which are situated off Kanakapura main road near a village known as Byalemaradadoddi. 

    The road that leads to the fall from Byalemaradadoddi is a muddy stretch and is a treacherous terrain. Inspired by the enchanting beauty of the falls, it is also known as Swarna Mukhi which takes a plunge from 50 ft tall convex shaped rock. 

    The water is jewel white and the volume swells during the rainy season which makes it a sight to behold. The splashing beauty is very refreshing for the sore eyes who live in the city and is a perfect spot for a day hiking expedition. 

    Thottikallu falls is also close to Bannerghatta national park which is just 7 KM a distance. There is a quaint temple at the entrance of the falls named Muneswar Temple which is a landmark and a resting spot for the trekkers and the bikers. Bikes are the best vehicle to take to this pretty waterfalls as the road leading to it is narrow and muddy.

    Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

    Best Time to Visit: During monsoon season.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: There are no particular time hours but it is suggested to during the light, it becomes risky and dangerous at night or in the dark. Between 6 AM to 6 PM is the perfect time to be there.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 32 KM.




  • 329 Raxidi Estate

    If you’re looking for places where you can feel a serene connection with nature and enjoy some quiet time, Raxidi Estate in Sakleshpur is the place to go. Raxidi Estate is a small hamlet located near Sakleshpur and gives an interesting glimpse of village life. 

    It is one of the most beautiful coffee plantations and boasts of some beautiful surroundings. Along with the coffee estate, there are spice and cardamom plantations that are just a soothing delight for the eyes. 

    With the panoramic views of the aroma of coffee, Raxidi Estate makes the trip worthwhile for all the nature lovers. The beautiful ambience of this place is accentuated by the lush green landscape that adorns this place in Sakleshpur. 

    Add the pleasant climate that is replete with cool and gentle breezes with occasional rainfalls, Raxidi Estate makes a great case for planning a tour when you are exploring Sakleshpur tourist places.

    Location: Raxidi Estate, Sakleshpur, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Raxidi Estate from Sakleshpur is from the months of October to March.

    Distance from Bus Stand: The distance between the two place is 10 kilometres and takes about 15 minutes to travel by road.



  • 330 Burude Falls

    Burude Falls
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    Taking a plunge down over  a height of 90 ft., Burude falls are hidden in the green thickets on Siddapur-Kumta road in Sirsi district of Karnataka. 

    Once reached at the bottom of the waterfall, you will find a marvelous sight of milky white water pounding the rocks and making it impossible for you to fall in love with the view. Burude falls is also known as Illimane Fall that follows a course of five concrete steep steps. 

    This spectacular waterfall is one of the places to visit in Coorg which you can not afford to miss. During the monsoon, one has to pass through a small gurgling stream through the forest and

    Height: approximately 90 feet.

    Location: SH-489, Siddapura - Kumta Road, Sirsi 581355, India

    Best Time to visit: October to February, however, Monsoon is the time when the volume of water increases but the trail will be covered with swarms of leeches.

    Entry fee: Free

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 1.5 Hours (Gradually through easy and moderate trekking route)

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 20 KM




  • 331 Pazhassi Tomb

    Pazhassi Tomb
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    Paying tribute to one of Kerala’s great king Pazhassi Raja, this tomb is one of the must-visits for history buffs among places to visit in Wayanad. Known as the ‘Lion of Kerala’, Pazhassi Raja was known for his bravery and guerrilla warfare against the British. 

    This tomb is built over the land where he was cremated after the British shot him. One of the main attractions of this place is the museum and the sword of Pazhassi Raja that is kept here. 

    It is maintained by the Kerala State Archaeology Department and has on showcase many mural paintings, antique coins and other historical artefacts. Pazhazzi Tomb is also a great place to appreciate the beautiful landscape of Wayanad with an interesting trip.

    Location: Pazhassi Raja Museum, Mananthavady, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: Pazhassi Tomb can be visited throughout the year.

    Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.31

    Timings: The timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Monday.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 20 kilometres.



  • 332 Merk Bay Beach

    Merk Bay Beach
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    The famous, prominent and beautiful Merk Bay Beach is located on the North Passage Island in Andaman which is the immaculate yet uninhabited island. It is close to the popular Straight Island and Long Island. The combination of the turquoise water with the highly glittering white sandy beach executes the definition of unseen beauty very well. From Long Island jetty, one will get a lot of boat services to reach the beach and why tourists are eagerly coming to Merk Bay Beach is to simply relax or for a remarkable day out.

    Highlights: The boat safari from the Long Island Jetty is quite exciting as the journey will be going through the vast creeks and it will take around one hour to reach the beach. There is one point to remember is that during the rainy season or rough weather conditions, there would high waves which will make your journey a bit tricky and difficult. Tourists have pointed out that Merk Bay Beach is an ideal location for bird watching and there are plenty of opportunities to spot the playful dolphins coming out of the water to meet you.

    Activities: Birding, beach walk, dolphin spotting etc are the main activities Merk Bay Beach loves to host and there are water-based activities like boating, swimming etc can be done.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Long Island lies about 47 nautical miles away and after you reach Long Island, you can take the option of a boat ride from Long Island jetty to the beach.




  • 333 Kundala Lake

    Kundala Lake
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    Embark on a journey to Top Station and find this beautiful mirror-like lake after around 20 KM of a drive. The breath-taking backdrops of green hill slopes, the majestic sunrises, the unparalleled beauty of cherry blossoms and a blue blanket of the famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom only once every twelve year makes this place a dreamy location and is one of the main attractions in Munnar. 

    This artificial lake has Asia’s first Arch dam and the water engages the tourists in different kinds of boating experience such as rowboats, Kashmiri shikara boats, and pedal boats. A vast golf course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd and a nearby waterfall known as Aruvikkad Waterfall is also situated in proximity to the lake which can be visited in a single trip.

    Location: Kundale Lake, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685615

    Best Time to Visit: Morning is the best time to visit this place to witness the cotton balls of clouds bid goodbye to the lake in slow motion.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Average time required for visiting: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of around 26 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 334 Mahalasa Temple

    One of the most sacred places to visit in Gokarna, Mahalasa Temple is a renowned place that one must not miss on their Gokarna trip. It is also known as Shri Mahalasa Siddhivinayaka Temple and is easily accessible from the bus station in Gokarna.

    The temple was built 150 years ago when an idol of Shri Siddhivinayak was installed here. The temple is best to visit during the occasion of certain festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Ashwin Shashti, Shravana Sankashti when the celebration is done with all the grandeur.

    Location: Gokarna Road, Madangeri, Karnataka 

    Best Time to visit: Any time throughout the year is good for visiting Mahalasa Temple in Gokarna.

    Timings: It is open from 6 am to 9 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): It is around 10 kilometres away from the Gokarna Bus Stand.



  • 335 Mattupetty Dam

    Mattupetty Dam
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    Almost 13 KM off the Munnar town, Mattupetty Dam is a famous holiday spot for tourists. This beautiful hill station is hemmed in by Anamudi Peak covered with undulating slopes of tea gardens with an emerald lake in the middle of the place where people often indulge in speed boating.

    Carefully watch the stillness in water; you would notice the rippling reflection of the lush tea gardens on the sides. The height at which Mattupetty is located is around 1,700 m which makes the Dam to be one of the highest Dams in Munnar.

    This is one of the attractions in Munnar that goes on everyone’s to-do list because Mattupetty is dream destination Munnar and the Dam falls en route.  Just a few kilometres away from the Dam lies the lake which is settled amid the tea gardens and Shola forest; one of the places to visit in Munnar that goes without saying.

    Location: Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala 685616.

    Best Time to Visit: August to May

    Attractions: Mattupetty Dam and Mattupetty lake.

    Things to Do: Speed launch, pedal boat, row boat, motorboats, slow speedboat, and horse riding.

    Average time required for visiting: It is an ideal one-day destination.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is around 12 to 13 Km from KSRTC depot.



  • 336 Kanthanpara Waterfalls

    Kanthanpara Waterfalls
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    One of the most picturesque waterfalls of Western Ghats, Kanthanpara waterfalls is one of the most idyllic places. With its soothing ambience and the glistening waters, tourists can find the purest form of nature’s therapy with a visit to Kanthanpara waterfalls. 

    Kanthanpara waterfalls is easily accessible for tourists and one of the most refreshing places to visit in Wayanad. It is encompassed by the brilliant greenery and makes it a compelling case for all the tourists to enjoy some time in the realm of nature. 

    Although its one of the underrated tourist destinations in Kerala, Kanthanpara waterfalls is a postcard-perfect landscape that offers a serene place for camping activities.

    Height: It is at an altitude of 30 metres

    Location: Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Meppadi, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: October to May is the best time to visit Kanthanpara waterfalls

    Timings: It is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 337 Losar Festival

    Losar Festival
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    The Tibetan New Year is the famous Losar; Lo stands for year and Sar stands for New. Since the influence of Tibetan Buddhism was spreading in the north of India, Jammu and Kashmir also celebrates Losar Festival annually. In Ladakh, currently it is Ladakhi New Year too. Falling on the end of January or in February depending on the Tibetan calendar, Losar is celebrated for 15 days but the first three days have the supreme significance. A five day long process of Vajrakilaya is the important part of the festival. For Ladakhis, Losar is a very special time as it mustards all the people in the area and take it to the level of a prominent socio religious festival of the region. 

    The dance of the Ibex deer, numerous religious rituals, staged dance dramas and music together churn the festival to be one of the top-notched tourist attractions as well. One principal ceremony during the festival is Metho ceremony that represents the fight between good and evil. There will be a huge procession in which hundreds of people gather with flaming torches in their hands and chanting the special prayers. 

    The torches will be thrown away after the parade in order to let the evils go away from the society and people and welcome the fresh year to their lives. The festival is celebrated by Tibetans, Bhutanese, Yolmo, Sherpas, Acharyas, Gurungs, Bhutias and several other Himalayan natives and their Diasporas.

    Location: There is no fixed location for Losar as different locations will be arranged every year. Anywhere in Ladakh you can be to watch and partake in Losar.

    Best time to go: The festival will take place any time between the December and February.



  • 338 Guitar Island Beach

    Guitar Island Beach
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    One of the significant yet less explored islands in Andaman is Guitar Island and there is a fascinating reason behind the unusual name of it. The shape of a guitar is clearly drawn by the island and yet another feature is that this island gets connected to the neighboring island during low tides. For sightseeing and spending a fresh morning, this island is quite good. This inhabited island is a wonder for many as it is tucked away by the green nature and astounding azure water that would be supported always by the relaxed long beach.

    Apart from some fishing boats, the island is devoid of the crowd and you will feel the most private space on the island without any hindrance. Since there are no settlements on the island, night stay will be difficult. Hence tourists arrive here in the morning, spend some time relaxing and then go back by afternoon.

    Highlights: The long sandy beaches are the major attraction on the island and the relishing nature supports it throughout. The pristine nature would eclipse everything else on the island.

    Activities: Sightseeing and beach walk along the long, narrow yet beautiful sand bed are the most appreciated and welcomed activities but you will get enough chances to spot the sea animals like crabs, hermit crabs etc roaming around and a huge collection of shells will be seen here and there throughout the beach.

    Distance from Port Blair: Since Guitar Island is a part of Long Island, it can be approached by dunghi or traditional boat to the island. It will take around 15 minutes only. From Port Blair, Long Island is around 90 km and one can reach by road or by sea taking a boat service.



  • 339 Photo Point

    Photo Point
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    This is a picturesque curve on the Nilgiri slopes which is located at a distance of around 3 KM from Munnar on the way to Top station and Mattupetti. Photo point truly justifies its name and if you do not think the location has nothing as such to offer while driving through the undulating plains, take a pause, come out of your car and get clicked here, you would notice how photogenic the place is.

    The flickering leaves of the tea garden and the twittering brooks, the scenic hills and the floating clouds; everything in one picture, it is really an amazing location to take out your camera.

    Location: SH18, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon and winter season.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    Average time to visit the place: As long as you want to click and to be clicked. Good for a quick halt.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately around 3 to 4 KM.



  • 340 Top Station

    Top Station
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    The Top station is situated 32 KM off Munnar and it is the topmost point of Munnar. It is suggested that you hire a cab and take this journey through the forest to reach the highest point in Munnar. Top station (1700m) falls on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road and is the highest point in Munnar.

    As it is located on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border, you get to witness the majestic vistas of the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu. It was coined as “Top Station” after the highest railway station located in Kundala Valley.

    2018 marks another flowering season of Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years and it drowns the valley in a beautiful shade of light blue colour. Kurinjimala sanctuary is very near to Top station and is best visited from April to May.

    Location: Munnar-Kodaikkanal Road, Theni District, Kerala.

    Best Time to Visit: Morning or evening.

    Price: No entry fee required.

    Average time required for visiting: 1 to 2 hours as per your desire.

    Timings: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is at a distance of 32 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 341 Meesapulimala

    Meesapulimala
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    Around 15 KM from Munnar lies Rhodovalley which is famous for the blooming Rhodendron trees and there sits the peak of Meesapulimala at an elevation of 8000 ft above sea level. This is the first highest peak in the Munnar region that can be trekked as Anamudi has restrictions.

    The peak shares the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu and is a moderate trek of one day that goes through passing eight hills to reach the top. The place is idyllic and is enough to attain peace.

    Location: Meesapulimalai, Idukki, India

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to February)

    Timings: 24 Hours

    Average time required to visit the place: If you plan to trek, this is a day-long trek.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 15 KM.

  • 342 Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Skirted by Eravikulam National Park in the south and by the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in the north, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is home to the famous endangered India grizzled giant squirrel, and also a soothing habitat for Elephants, Hanuman Monkeys, tufted grey langur, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Crocodile, Tiger, slender Loris, Leopard along with a plethora of plant and bird species. The Forest Department and the Eco-development Committees of the local tribal communities encourage eco-tourism in the sanctuary enabling a wild encounter in a friendlier manner.

    Location: Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit the sanctuary.

    Price: INR 10 for Indian adults, INR 5 for children and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

    Activities: Treehouse stay, river trek, jungle trek, camping and hiking to the cultural site and the watchtower

    Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: A minimum of 5 to 6 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is a 50 KM drive away from KSRTC depot in Munnar.

  • 343 Lockhart Gap

    Lockhart Gap
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    Refreshing, picturesque and serene; Lock hart Gap is the landscape where floating mist is found on the blue layers of hills which can be seen from this spot in Munnar. Lockhart Gap is located at around 12 to 13 KM from Munnar on the way to Mattupetti.

    The expansive panorama of green tea slopes, the streaks of white cotton mist and the ultra blue skyline made of mist-clad hills and the sharp winding mountain roads; the place is remarkably special if you want to spend an hour of solitude in this cave quiet valley.

    The name is referred to a gap between two mountains which looks like the shape of a heart which can be witnessed from this vantage point. Breathe the fresh tea scent and watch the clouds settling on the hilltop while the Sun is ready to leave, you will realize that you are at one of the best tourist places in Munnar.

    Location: Munnar-Madurai National highway, Mattupetti, Kerala.

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning or evening.

    Activities: Trekking and Nature walks.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 13 KM

  • 344 Lakkom Water Falls

    Lakkom Water Falls
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    This waterfall is part of the Eravikulam National Park and falls on the route to Udumalaipettai from Munnar. It originates from the Eravikulam stream at around 30 KM off Munnar. Travel through the thick tea plantation on a narrow winding trail and witness this silky white magic of nature. In the clear water of the pool below, you can even see your toe twiddling on the rocks.

    The water takes a plunge out of a thick green forest from afar and the sight of this small yet charming waterfall is spellbinding. There is a small shop situated a little away from the fall that serves mouth-watering Kerala food, like fish, rice, sambhar etc. It is one of the sightseeing places in Munnar which commands your attention.

    Location: Munnar - Udumalpet Rd, Marayur, India

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon.

    Price:  INR 20 per person (adult)

    Timings:  from morning until 5 PM on all the days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of approximately 30 KM from Munnar.

  • 345 Ousteri Lake

    Ousteri Lake
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    About the Place:

    Ousteri lake is one of the famous wetlands of Asia. This is the most freshwater lake in the union territory of Pondicherry. If you are looking for a place for a nice evening stroll, this lake is the best option. You can also see a lot of birds here, during the months of March and October. There is a chance to get a boat ride costing rs. 100 per person from the boating point near the lake. It is also called as Osudu Lake. It is located at a distance of 10 km from Pondicherry. This freshwater lake is a home for a variety of Flora and Fauna. The lake has a complex structure which comprises of wetland, mudflats, and water. If you are a person who enjoys being surrounded by miracles of nature, Ousteri Lake is a place for you. This is one of the most peaceful site among all the Pondicherry tourist places.

    Location:

    It is located on the Vazhudavoor road in Pondicherry. It is 10 km away from the main township of Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    Winter season is the recommended time to visit this lake. You can enjoy the soft breeze as well as watch different species of birds during this time.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    Ousteri Lake is situated at a distance of 10 km from the Pondicherry bus stand. In order to travel between both the points, you will take 30 minutes.

    Image Credits: Flickr


  • 346 Magod Falls

    Magod Falls
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    Dive into a fascinating plunge of water at Magod Falls for a refreshing adventure. Magod Falls is famous for offering an idyllic landscape to enjoy a quiet day in the company of nature away from the worries of life. It is a popular picnic spot and often called a trekkers paradise for those who seek to savour an adrenaline rush. 

    The captivating ambience at Magod Falls is created by a group of waterfalls that cascade down beautifully from an elevation of nearly 200 metres with River Bedti.

    Located in the midst of lush green hills, the landscape at Magod Falls is truly incredible and makes a lasting impression on your mind. With a panoramic view of the rocky hills and cascading waters, Magod Falls is highly recommended for nature lovers looking for Dandeli tourist places. 

    The other notable places which you can club for a trip here are Jenukallugudda and Kavadikere in the town of Yellapur.

    Location: It is located in Magod Village in Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October, November, December and January are the best months to pay a visit to Magod Falls

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Magod Falls can be visited after travelling a distance of approximately 80 kilometres from Dandeli



  • 347 Honnamana Kere Lake

    Honnamana Kere Lake
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    The biggest natural lake in Coorg is located in the Daddamalthe village which is around 7 to 8 KM from Somwarpet village. Emanating stillness and serenity in the air, nestled amid coffee plantation, verdant hills, and man-made caves the lake looks emerald clear. 

    Gowri festival is celebrated with grandiose and the temple near the lake which is dedicate to Goddess Honnamana is decorated and people gather to conduct a full-fledged pooja. 

    The lake is also named after goddess Honnamana who has said have sacrificed her life for a cause that saved the village. Through pure serendipity, if you ever to visit Honnamana Here lake as one of the places to visit in Coorg, you would definitely call for a treat to your heart, soul and mind.

    Location: Honnamana Kere, Somwarpet, Coorg, Karnataka, 571201, India

    Best Time to visit: Winter season

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 2.5 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 45 KM




  • 348 Rose Garden

    Rose Garden
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    The aromatic floating fumes of a plethora of plant species, fruits, flowers and crops in a 2acre stretch, brimming with varied colours on a 360-degree pan is a place that only lies in Munnar. One of the perfect sightseeing places in Munnar which you just cannot afford to miss while you are in Munnar.

    This is actually a maze of a number of pretty flowers like Dahlias, Rose, Chrysanthemums, and plants like pepper, cardamom, vanilla etc at a height of 3500 feet above the sea level. The name sounds a little misleading in that way because there are a variety of flowers which are following the contours and slopes and beautifying the place and not just Roses.

    However, this is one of the attractions in Munnar that leaves a mark on the visitors. The spices and other fruits which are planted in this garden along with other flowers release unique fragrances in the air which makes you feel very refreshing while you are enjoying the sheer bliss of watching the beauty around.

    Location: Karadippara, Kerala 685561
    Best Time to Visit: The winter season
    Price: INR 20 per person
    Camera charges INR 30.
    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.
    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 KM.
    Average time required for visiting: 1-2 hours.

  • 349 Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park

    Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park
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    This amusement park in Munnar is one of the few places to visit in Munnar to enjoy myriads of fun activities such as Dashing Cars, 12D Rider, Zip Line, Charlie Chaplin Walk, and Natural Waterfall under one roof. This one and only amusement park is situated at Anachal in Munnar.

    From rain dancing to Lazy river and Wave pool; the water activities are as thrilling as the adventure activities like rock climbing, rainforest trek trails. From Bungee Jump to Play port to nature walks and Treehouses; this place is painstakingly made for the sheer pleasure of enjoying the adventures.

    This is one of the tourist places in Munnar that is packed with oodles of fun and joy and has something for everyone.

    Location: No. 89, Chithirapuram P.O, Anachal, Idukki District, Munnar, Kerala 685565

    Best Time to Visit: Avoid going during Monsoon season.

    Price: INR 800 per person

    Average time to visit the place: One and half hours.

    Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of 13 Km from Munnar.

  • 350 Carmelagiri Elephant Park

    Carmelagiri Elephant Park
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    As the name suggests, at Carmelagiri Elephant Park, one gets to indulge in some exhilarating excursions which take around the park while you settle atop the back of an Elephant. Take a half- day or an hour-long tour of the rolling verdant slopes, sprawling tea plantation, and a vibrant park full of sky touching trees, you would love the wilderness of the place.

    Keep your camera ready as you traverse around this scenic destination to click or to get yourself clicked. Hitching on the back of a Huge Elephant and traversing the park is a fun activity and can only be enjoyed at Camelahiri Elephant Park in Munnar.

    Location:  Mattuppetty Road, Munnar, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Any time of the day.

    Price: INR 400 per head for a 15-minute ride.

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 7 KM

  • 351 Hirekolale Lake

    Hirekolale Lake
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    Surrounded by the beauty of mountains in the Western Ghats, Hirekolale Lake is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Chikmagalur. This beautiful man-made lake is awe-striking for every spectator in Chikmagalur and must not be missed while visiting Chikmagalur tourist places. It was built as a source to supply water for drinking and irrigation purposes to the town of Chikmagalur. The lake is encompassed by gorgeous surroundings and offers a serene retreat for people coming along with friends and family wishing to have a great time.

    Hirekolale Lake offers the most mesmerising views of the landscape at the time of twilight when the most number of travelers flock here. It is a delight for photography lovers who are looking to add an idyllic sunset shot to their travel albums. One can also appreciate the exceptional views of Mullayanagiri Hills from Hirekolale Lake.

    • Location: Hirekolale lake, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: Hirekolale lake can be visited throughout the year. However, tourists are advised to visit this lake during twilight for the best experience.

    • Entry fee: Free

    • Timings:  It is open 24 hours

    Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is located at an approximate distance of 10 kilometres from Chikmaglur Bus Stand.


  • 352 Uppin Ganpati Temple

    Uppin Ganpati Temple
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    This beautiful temple, also known as Vinayakar Temple is a wonderful place to visit on your vacation to Gokarna. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha who is the presiding deity of this temple. 

    However, it is said that during the Vijayanagar Emprire, Uppin Ganpati Temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and the statue of Ganesha was brought from a neighbouring village of Kumta. 

    This renowned temple has a main hall and an arch that tourists can witness on their trip to Uppin Ganpati Temple.

    Location: Uppin Ganapati, Kumta

    Best Time to visit: Tourists can visit the temple throughout the year.

    Timings:

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is approximately 35 kilometres.




  • 353 Ayyappa Swami Temple

    When you are visiting Sakleshpur for a vacation, Ayyappa Swami Temple makes for an amazing visit. With its peaceful vibes and a mind-blowing setting, it is visited by many tourists in Sakleshpur for a refreshing getaway. 

    Located in Sakleshpur Lake Park, it is also one of the most prominent temples that people can visit here for a spiritual retreat. It is surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape where people can get a glimpse of many animals, forests and river valleys. 

    If you’re looking for one of the most serene attractions in Sakleshpur where you can enjoy a quiet morning or evening stroll with the beautiful sunrays greeting your face, Ayyappa Swami Temple is one of the best places in Sakleshpur to plan your visit with your friends and family.

    Location: Ayyappa Swamy Temple, Sakleshpur Lake Park, Sakleshpur, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Ayyappa Swamy Temple temple can be visited throughout the year, however, winter season is the ideal time to visit.

    Entry fee: There is no cost to enter the temple premises

    Timings: It is open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Stand: Ayappa Swami Temple is about 2 km away from Sakleshpur Bus Stand.



  • 354 Hesaraghatta Lake

    Hesaraghatta Lake
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    This man-made freshwater lake sits across the Arkavathy River in the northwest of Bangalore city. Sprawled over an area of over 1000 acres, Hesaraghatta lake is one of the major suppliers of fresh water to the city. 

    The vast expanse of the lake is  thronged with flocks of birds, some of the commonly found bird species are Flowerpecker, Brahminy Kite, Mayna, Paddy Field pipit, Pond Heron, Kingfisher, Magpie Robin, Bushlarks, Cormorants, Black Drongo, Brahminy Kite Juvenile, Black Kites, Egret, Black Crow, Pale Billed etc. 

    The 35 KM long stretch of cycling trail is loved by the cyclists in the city who often take an interval at Nrityagram and then move further to reach Hesaraghatta lake. 

    People planning to tour the lake can avail paddling and motor boats from the coast. Along with boating, birders can also watch a plethora of birds and can capture them in their camera lenses.

    Location: Bangalore District, Karnataka

    Best Time to Visit: Post monsoon.

    Price: Entry is free.

    Timings: open 24 hours.  Sunset and sunrise are the best hours to be around the lake.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: around 30 KM.




  • 355 Hot Springs at Manikaran

    Hot Springs at Manikaran
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    Hot springs at Manikaran is one of the sacred and best places to visit in Kullu. It is located in the bank of Parvati River. It is just 35 km away from Kullu and 4 km away from Kasol. The hot springs are situated at a height of 1760 m above the sea level. A geothermal experimental plant has been constructed here for the research of renewable source of natural energy.

     It is considered as one of the holiest places in India for the Hindu and Sikh pilgrims. The three temples of Rama, Vishnu and Krishna are elegantly built by the side of the river. The water of the hot springs can be overwhelmingly hot in some places.

     It is better to maintain proper safety and stay under the guidance of the locals. Legend says that Guru Nanak told one of his disciples to lift a stone. It is then the hot springs appeared. The community kitchen offers sumptuous meals here to all devotees. The mesmerizing view surrounding the beautiful temples will give you the ambient environment you always wanted to visit. The peaceful environment around this temple is the greatest boon given by nature. This place offers a perfect spiritual getaway for the city dwellers to find peace of their mind back again.

    Location: Bank of Parbati River, Kullu, India

    Distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Hot Springs at Manikaran: The distance from Kullu Bus Stand to Hot Springs at Manikaran is 40.9 km and it takes nearly an hour and 20 mins to travel.




  • 356 Monastery Festival

    Monastery Festival
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    Monastery Festivals

    Annually, there are some events happening in Ladakh related to the hundreds of monasteries in the region. The natives will eagerly wait for this time of the year when all the monasteries will be decorated and long days of festivities take place. Almost all the festivals are celebrated to commemorate the establishment of the monastery or the birth anniversary of the saint or patron of the monastery. Major events of the monastery are fixed according to the Tibetan Calendar. The locals believe these festivals are a moment of gathering, a moment of equality and happiness unlimited.

    Though there will be a number of events, the dance-dramas known as Chhams are the attraction of any festival for that matter. The choreography of the dance is awesomely done by Chham Spon. The coloured masks using in the dance enhances the overall beauty of it.

    The rites and rituals which are specially designed for the festivals will be conducted by the Rimpoche or the head lama. In the courtyard, the throne for the lama will be arranged and he sits on that high throne and leads the rituals. The other lamas in the monastery and the monk musicians will attend the festival wearing the ceremonial attire. The accompaniment of traditional music by using trumpets, large drums, wind instruments and cymbals will add on more beauty to the colourful festival.

    Spituk Gustor, Dosmochey, Yargon Tungshak, Stok Guru Tsechu, Hemis Tsechu, Korzok Gustor, Karsha Gustor etc are some of the famous monastery festivals. All of them have unique reason and the dates of each festival fall on different months depending upon the Tibetan Calendar. The bright colours, the special items used for the rituals, the dance and music and the themes of each festival are together playing an important role in the lives of Ladakhis.

    Location: Any monastery in Ladakh will have their own festival annually.

    When to go: The time and date of each festival are depending on the Tibetan Calendar.



  • 357 Katchal Island

    Katchal Island
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    Though the islands in Andaman are pretty famous, the talks about Nicobar Island are rarely heard and thus the real beauty of many of the pristine islands in Nicobar archipelago is a mystery for the outer world. One of the less explored islands in Nicobar archipelago is Katchal Island which used to be known as Tihanyu. To stop these islands getting exploited by the outsiders, the Government has declared the islands in Nicobar as an Aboriginal Tribal Reserve Area. 

    Hence, now, Indians also need special tribal pass to visit these islands. Except from the Government employees, none is permitted to stay on the island of Katchal. During the Tsunami happened in 2004, Katchal Island was affected hugely and a lot of inhabitants were missing. It devastated the island and diminished its socio-economic achievements. The area of Katchal is 146.5 sq.km and it is located around 305 kms south to the capital city of Port Blair.

    Highlights: The major peak on the island is the one with a height of 835 feet above sea level. The abundance of calcareous sandstone and marble slates make the hills of Katchal so shining and important. There is a superb, dense tropical forest where you can find an enormous collection of pythons, black monkeys etc and Katchal is simply overshadowing every other island in Nicobar. 

    The vast beaches where the astonishing sunrise and sunset can be viewed from, the prosperous jungles, the auspicious natural spectacle and much more are there to give away Katchal a special place. There are a lot of schools, primary and secondary health centres, police station, power station, jetty etc which make the island second to none.

    Activities: Since there are plenty of jungles and tropical rainforests, trekking would offer you an adventurous moment. The hills may give you plenty of opportunities to do hiking and the beaches will send to you the best space to relax.

    Distance from Port Blair: The Katchal Island is lying south to Port Blair, about 305 kms away.



  • 358 Kavadi Kere

    Retreat into the realm of nature with a visit to Kavadi Kere when you making a trip to Dandeli. While exploring Kavadi Kere, tourists should not miss paying a visit to a nearby temple dedicated to Goddess Durgadevi. 

    One of the popular legends associated with the lake says that when the Pandavas were passing through this region during their exile, once Draupadi felt very thirsty and asked Bheema to search for water. After failing to find any water, Bheema prayed to Goddess Durga who blessed him to get water from the Ganga. 

    Thus, Bheema brought a number of pots to make this lake and established an idol of the goddess where she is revered at the temple. It is a gorgeous lake that is renowned for its unforgettable landscape reflecting the sky and the hills in its clear waters. The scenic beauty of this lake is unparalleled and offers a delightful landscape for photographers and nature lovers.

    Location: Kavadi Kere is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to visit here is from the months of September to March.

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Kavadi Kere is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Dandeli when you are going via Mirjan-Ramnagar Road



  • 359 Lalguli Falls

    Lalguli Falls
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    One of the most Gokarna tourist places for nature lovers, Lalgulli Falls is a mind-blowing natural creation. It is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and draws in scores of tourists every year to witness its picturesque ambience and peaceful setting. The waterfall is surrounded by verdant greenery that adds to the beauty of this place.

    Lalgulli Falls is a popular place for people coming along with their families or friends to picnic at the waterfall. Tourists at Lalgulli Falls can also partake in a number of thrilling activities like trekking, river rafting and other water sports at River Kali. 

    The natural beauty of Lalgulli Falls is also blessed with a number of birds making it a delight for bird-watchers. When visiting this place, tourists can also pay a visit to a Hanuman Temple that is located near the hill.

    Location: Lalguli Falls, Lalguli, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to December is the best time to visit Lalgulli Falls.

    Timings: The waterfall can be visited any day of the week from 8 am to 7 pm.  

    Activities:

    Distance from Bus Station (Gokarna Bus Main Stand, Banglegudda, Gokarna): The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.




  • 360 Eshwara Temple

    Built in the eleventh century, Eshwara Temple is a beautiful temple in Karnataka that can be found in Anekonda that is a quaint suburb of the city of Davanagare. The temple shows interesting glimpses of Hoysala architecture; however, one can’t help but wonder the peculiar similarities its design showcase with Chalukyan temple architecture. 

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built with the help of mud and plaster originally. The temple now has been completely renovated and converted into a trikuta temple. 

    In the garbha griha of Eshwara Temple, there is also an idol of Gajalakshmi while there also idols of other deities in smaller shrines like those of Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha, Lord Brahma and Lord Subramanya. The temple is a must visit for those who wish to explore more about the unique art and culture of this place.

    Location: Eshwara Temple, Nittuvalli, Davanagere, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The temple can be visited throughout the year. However, it is the months from October to March that are considered the best for visiting Eshwara Temple

    Entry fee: The cost for entering the temple is free  

    Distance from Bus Stand: Eshwara Temple is located about 235 kilometres from Sakleshpur bus stand and the journey takes about 5 hours by bus.



  • 361 Bhadra Dam

    Bhadra Dam
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    Bhadra dam is a magnificent place that one must visit on their vacation to Chikmagalur for a thrilling experience. Surrounded by beautiful hills, Bhadra Dam is known for the Bhadra reservoir and the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It supports the lifeline of the region and offers many benefits from irrigation, drinking water, industrial use and hydro electricity generation. Bhadra Dam is one of the most attractive Chikmagalur tourist places where you can appreciate the beauty of ecology. 

    It is a hot spot for many of the rare and diverse flora and fauna. It offers some of the best views of the landscape and one can’t help but wonder the beauty of nature at its small islands where many migratory birds are spotted. Tourists here can partake in a number of exciting activities like sailing, kayaking, boating, water cycling, water trampoline and sport fishing. 

    • Location: Bhadra Dam, Karnataka

    • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is during the monsoon months of the year 

    • Timings: It is advised to visit here from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 70 kilometres from Bhadra Dam 


  • 362 Aayi Mandapam

    Aayi Mandapam
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    About the Place:

    Aayi Mandapam, a monument which is named after a lady courtesan, Aayi is situated at the center of Bharathi Park. It is also called as Park Monument. The monument was built during the reign of Napolean for the supply of water to the French city. There is a story behind the construction of this park monument. It is said that Vijayanagar king, Krishnadevraya was once traveling to meet Uyyakonda. On his way, he saw a mansion, which was well maintained. He thought of it as a temple and prostrate before it and offered his prayers. Actually, it was not a temple but house of a local devadasi. She decided to dismantle her house and construct a pond for the village.

    Location:

    It is situated at the center of the famous Bharathi park in White Town, Pondicherry.

    Best Time To Visit:

    It is advisable to visit here after the rains as it will be a major relief form the hot climate of the place.

    Timings

    It opens at 6 am in the morning and get closed by 9 pm in the night.

    Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

    It takes just 11 minutes to cover the distance of 2.5 km between bus stand and Aayi Mandapam.




  • 363 Hebbal Lake

    Hebbal Lake
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    Hebbal lake is an ideal place for the photography fanatics and bird watchers as there are over 70 waterbird species and other rare ones. Hebbal lake is located along the Bellary road in the northern part of Bangalore and is an oasis to many migratory and exotic birds. 

    This 150 acres long lake was created by the founder of Bangalore Kempe Gowda along with two other lakes in the city in 1537. Later, two artificial islands were created during the restoration and maintenance of the lake and the two islands attract flocks of bird species which is the most attractive feature of the place as the islands have now become a ground for breeding and nesting.

     There is a garden adjacent to the park where people often celebrate some leisurely hours. Hebbal lake is glorified post monsoon but dries up during the summer season hence spring is the best time to take a tour around this lake.

    Location: National Highway 7, Bellary Road, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560024, India

    Best Time to Visit: Spring and post-monsoon time when some of the rarest birds can be spotted.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Things to do: Boating, early morning jogging or evening walk, bird watching, and photography.

    Timings: from sunrise to sunset hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 13 KM.



  • 364 Kolagappara

    If you wish to experience some solitary happiness in the most beautiful surroundings, Kolagappara is a wonderful retreat for you. This remote village in Wayanad is the perfect place to relax and unwind away from the crowds. 

    One of the most eminent attractions of this place is the elephant shaped rock that stands out in the whole landscape. This rock makes it a climb worthwhile for those interested in rock climbing and other adventure activities.  

    Offering a mesmerising view of the hill and the river, this place is often known to attract the most enthusiastic trekkers to savour an adrenaline rush. With a pleasant climate and widespread greenery, it is not easy to ignore the breath-taking beauty of this place in Wayanad.

    Height: It is at an altitude of 3000 feet above the sea.

    Location: Kolagappara, Kolagapaara, Kerala

    Best Time to visit:October to February is the most preferred time to visit here.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around 40 kilometres.



  • 365 Chettalli

    Chettalli
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    The place hangs in a sap sweet aroma of the coffee estates which are widespread in the endless stretches of this village makes it a favourite among the Coorg tourist places. 

    The Chettalli waterfall must be in your bucket list as you have to cross two stream and walk a couple of kilometres through the rich shola forests and thick coffee plantation to reach the falls. 

    The interesting fact about Chettali is that  it is home to the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research and is one of a kind the entire country. The temple at Todikana is the landmark from where one starts hiking and walking towards the falls.

    Location: Cherala Srimangala, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Evening, morning, and day.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 Hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 17 KM




  • 366 Great Himalayan National Park

    Great Himalayan National Park
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    Established in the year 1984, this is one of the biggest national parks located very close to Kullu. It is considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers a total area of 1171 square kilometers. You can go for all kinds of trekking experience here. The mountain trails offer all types of difficulties for amateur, average and experienced trekkers. The trekking experience will leave you awestruck. This park is considered as one of the most idyllic tourism places in Kullu to visit and enjoy a trek. There are a lot of things that can be enjoyed in this Great Himalayan Park. You can even enjoy here the perks of ultimate camping experience in Kullu

    Food is prepared using firewood in the campsite by the authorities and provided to the campers. You just can carry some snacks to have on your way. The special guidance is provided by the Himalayan National Park guides and trek planners so that your trip runs smoothly.

    The authority of Great Himalayan National park takes various measures to make the trip wonderful for the visitors. Visiting the park is a great experience for tourists of all ages. The calm atmosphere at night with a crystal clear sky showcasing the stars of Milky Way will take your breath away.  

    Location: Kullu District, Shamshi, Himachal Pradesh, 175126. 

    Distance Between Kullu Bus Stand and Great Himalayan National Park: The distance Between Kullu Bus Stand and Great Himalayan National Park is 51.9 km. 

    Opening and Closing Times: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.



  • 367 Chandratal Lake

    Chandratal Lake
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    Chandra Tal is also known as "Moon Lake" is the source of the Chandra River. It is one of the finest treks for trekking in Manali. It was at one time a provisional spot for brokers from Tibet and Ladakh who went to Spiti and the Kullu valley, however today it draws in countless devotees from over the world. 

    Situated at a height of 4300 m, Chandra Tal Lake is only 6 km far from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul locale of Himachal Pradesh condition of India. Strolling on Chandra Tal trek will offer an extreme ordeal like the experience of setting off to the moon. 

    You will go through two high mountain ranges named Moulkila and Chandrabhaga, which are entirely trying for mountain dwellers. Further, you will see the delightful snow-shrouded mountain tops and slants. There is an unbelievable story connected with this lake.

    Sea Preferred Season son: June - mid-Oct

    Maximum Elevation: 4250 mts/14000 ft

    Duration: 10 day

    Difficulty Level: High



  • 368 Chatham Saw Mill

    Chatham Saw Mill
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    The largest wood processors in Andaman is the Chatham Saw Mill in Port Blair. It was established by the British in 1883 and it can be reached by a wooden bridge as it is located on Chatham Island. The saw mill is still working and it has an important role in the betterment of the economy and development. 

    But now the mill is under the control of state government. It was set up for meeting the requirements of timber and wood based constructions. One of the largest saw mills in Asia, Chatham Saw Mill has gained international acclaim through these years for the high-quality timber products. The mill is able to saw about 20000 cum logs annually and almost around 750 employees are working at the mill.

    Highlights: There is a modern museum in the compound of the Chatham Saw Mill complex exhibits the beautiful photographs and the working of Department of Environment and Forest and different handicrafts made of carvings, polishing, and paintings. The museum is a helping hand to know the history, culture, and development of the island through these years. 

    There is another highlight in the premises of the mill that is called Pillar of the Planet which was built in the year of 2009 to commemorate the 125 years of Forestry on the islands. You will be able to watch the different processes like bringing the woods into the mill, sorting, cutting and storing. You will be able to spot the bomb crater left by Japanese Ordnance in World War 2.

    Timing: Except on Mondays and Public Holidays, the mill will be working on all the other days from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm.

    Entry fee: Adults are requested to pay Rs.10 to enter the sawmill.

    Location: Chatham Island, Port Blair. One can reach the mill via Foreshore Road in 24 minutes.



  • 369 Gaddige

    Gaddige
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    Raja's tomb aka Gaddige is an archaeological site in Coorg and is a protected monument, but however, the place needs a little more attention. 

    The Indo- Sarcenic Muhammadan style monument has three tombs. On top of the corners, carvings of Nandi can be seen and Lord Shiva is worshipped inside the tomb. 

    The intriguing factor of this monument is the confluence of Mohammadan style architecture and Hinduism based carvings and that labels it as one of the Coorg tourist places which are offbeat and something different to offer. 

    Gaddige is situated in Mahadevpet which around one and a half kilometres away from Madikeri.  This is an ideal hilltop escape that is shrouded with stories from the past.

    Location: Madikeri 571201, India

    Best Time to visit: The winter season, between November and February.

    Entry fee: INR 2 per head.

    Timings: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: It is situated at a distance of around 1.5 to 2 KM from Madikeri.




  • 370 Turahalli Forest

    Turahalli Forest
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    This dry deciduous forest is loaded with wild shrubs and climbers with many Eucalyptus trees, making it an ideal getaway for one-day picnic plans from Bangalore. Activities such as biking, cycling, trekking can be enjoyed best on the undulated terrains of Turahalli forest. 

    It is one of the nearest places to visit in Bangalore that is considered a quick hideaway from the city rush. This forest is just an hour drive away from Bangalore and situated at Hosahalli, Vajarahalli road off Bangalore- Kanakpura road. 

    The place is quiet, scenic and surrounded by nature with a wide range of bird species which can particularly excite a bird watcher. The best way to enjoy Turahalli forest is to drive your own vehicle up to the entrance and park it there. 

    Head out for a walk into the forest and indulge in the rejuvenating environs of the forest.

    Location: Thurahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560062, India

    Best Time to Visit: During the day after the offset of the monsoon season, it is green and beautiful.

    Price: entry is free.

    Timings: Opens 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 4 hours, if you wish to you can spend a day in the quietude of the forest.

    Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 20 KM.




  • 371 Arikamedu

    Arikamedu
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    About the Place:

    Arikamedu which means eroding-mount has been a trade center for Romans for years. It is the most popular excavation that was carried out in the year 1940 by Mortimer Wheeler. It used to be a home for people from Rome, Cholas and French people. It also used to be a fishing town earlier which was later altered into a harbor town. Excavations carried out these years have revealed many artifacts like Amphorae- the pink wine jars, having two handles and Arretine ware- burnt clay utensils. There is no evidence of Arikamedu settlement which is existing other than this. Arikamedu got damaged in the cyclone of 2011. However, The French Mission House still remains intact. Interestingly, this site also had some artifacts from Chinese origin.

    Location:

    This place is about 4 km away from the Pondicherry. It lies in Southern India, in Kakkayanthope.

    Best Time To Visit:

    October to March is the appropriate time to visit this hot humid place.

    Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand

    This famous archaeological site lies at a distance of 8.5 km from the bus station. This might take around  25 minutes to cover this distance.




  • 372 Mini Tibet

    Mini Tibet
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    Often compared to the beautiful hill station of Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh, Mini Tibet is one of the few places to visit in Dandeli that surely deserves your attention.

    This place is referred to the town of Mundgod where the beautiful Tibetan culture comes alive and you can escape in the peaceful ambience. Also known as Doeguling Tibetan Settlement, Mini Tibet near Dandeli is a must for all the culture buffs and history lovers to make a trip to Dandeli an unforgettable retreat. 

    This place is replete with picturesque monasteries, stupas, monks and incessant vibes of serenity. Therefore, if you can’t plant a visit to Tibet for a lack of passport, Mini Tibet near Dandeli is the place where you need to go for having the feel of Tibetan life. Mini Tibet is a wonderful trip from Dandeli to explore the Tibetan refugee settlements and see their vibrant society and ways of life. 

    Location: It is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. 
    Best Time to visit: October to March are the best months of the year to plan a trip here from Dandeli 
    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Mini Tibet is located at a distance of 70 kilometres from Dandeli 




  • 373 Ladakh Festival

    Ladakh Festival
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    As every Ladakh lover will know, Hemis festival celebrated at Hemis Monastery has a large number of admirers. It falls onto the month of July usually but the dates would be changing according to the calendar followed by the Buddhist monks. Yuru Kabgyat Festival is a two day festival at Lamayuru Monastery in the month of July. In this one as well, there is a mask dance and similar rituals followed in other major monasteries in the region. Ladakh festival is celebrated in the month of September every year in Leh and its villages. Filled with music, dance, traditional art forms, cultural representations, this festival will last for six beautiful days. Deskit Gustor festival at Deskit Monastery, Thiskey Gustor Festival at Thiskey Monastery, Losar Festival, Saka Dawa Festival and Karsha Gustor Festival at Karsha Monastery are some of the major festivals that give the visitors colourful memories of Ladakh and its life.

    One major similarity in these festivals is the presence of dance and music. Each festival includes dance and music for different but unique reasons. The mask dance is seen in almost all the festivals. Also, the music played by using the wide drums, small trumpets, cymbals, large wind instruments and large pipes is believed to be one of the inevitable part of every festival of Ladakhis.

    Location: There are plenty of monasteries in Ladakh, some are really close to Leh town and some are quite far. You can reach the monasteries via bus, bike or jeep.

    When to go: Mostly, the festivals happen after the winter season. According to the lunisolar calendar followed by the monasteries only, the dates of festival will be declared. But on a usual note, the dates of almost all the festivals fall in between the months of June and October.



  • 374 Coffee Museum

    Coffee Museum
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    Hop on to witness the journey of your favourite beverage right from the plantations to the delicious cuppa that you enjoy every day at Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur. One of the most intriguing places to visit in Chikmagalur, Coffee Museum and offers an interesting depiction of the history, processes and varieties of coffee. The museum uses exciting ways to narrate the story of coffee like movies, songs and interesting visuals and the friendly staff gives the tourists all the information about the displays here.

    It is surrounded by an exquisite scenery of coffee plantations. This thematic museum offers an interesting insight shown by an inhouse expert through various demonstrations and presentations. A visit to this museum in Chikmagalur is both an educational and recreational for all the coffee lovers. It is for sure that you will return from Coffee Museum knowing more than ever. 

    • Location: Coffee Museum, Dasarahalli, Karnataka 

    • Best Time to visit: It can be visited anytime throughout the year. 

    • Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.30

    • Timings:  The timings are between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday 

    • Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is approximately 6 kilometres. 


  • 375 Banasura Hills

    Banasura Hills
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    Offering some visual treat to the eyes, Banasura Hills is a serene getaway and one of the tallest mountains of the Western Ghats. 

    With rolling green meadows, thundering Meenmutty Waterfalls and the panoramic view of Banasura Sagar Dam, this place is a rejuvenating retreat to behold one of the most unforgettable vistas of your life.

    Banasura Hills is one of the most famous places to visit in Wayanad among avid trekkers who want to challenge themselves with an ideal winter trek. 

    The trek passes through the scenic valleys and makes the adventure worthwhile. Boating is another activity that tourists can look forward to indulge in at Banasura Hills for a mesmerising trip in Wayanad.

    Height: Banasura Hills are at an elevation of 2073 metres above sea level.

    Location: Banasura Hill, Wayanad, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: September to January is the best time to visit Banasura Hills for activities like trekking.

    Timings: It is open 24 hours.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located 4 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 376 Beas Kund

    Beas Kund
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    It is one of the best manali treks known for enterprise and energy. Beas Kund is a standout amongst the most mainstream trek that one can do in a more drawn out weekend in Manali. The trek removes you from the buzzing about of Manali.

    Taking after the banks of Beas River expect extraordinary perspectives of Pir Pinjal ranges. The glades of Dhundi and Bakarthach are tremendous in its magnificence. As you move higher you achieve the starting point of River Beas. A little cold lake is fed by the softening snow of the higher tops of the district. This trek is appropriate for all age bunches and no trekking experience is required to do it.

    Some individuals incline toward mountains and some sea. Bhrigu Lake Trek is especially popular for trekking in Manali. And after that, there are some who have a weakness in their heart for streams, glades, vegetation or fauna, and would head out unlimited hours just to witness such disconnected wonders of nature once in a while saw in the nearness of any human settlements.

    Sea Preferred Season's on: June - Sep

    Maximum Elevation: 3620

    Duration: 6 day

    Difficulty Level: Average



  • 377 Jagannath Ji Temple

    Jagannath Ji Temple
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    One of the most popular places to visit in Alwar, the Jagannath Ji Temple is a pilgrimage spot dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Apart from the sacrosanct value the temple holds in religious mythology, the temple is also renowned for its grandiose and awe-inspiring architecture.

    Beautiful statues of Lord Jagannath of Puri, Laxmi, and SitaramJi, the Shaligram maharaja reside in the sanctum, and rare floral motifs adorn its walls and pillars. A visit to this auspicious temple is a wonderful way to commemorate your visit to Alwar. 

    Timings: 7 am - 8:30 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Jagnnath Mandir, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 378 Dandakaranya Park

    Dandakaranya Park
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    Renowned for its famous statues of Hollywood characters and Indian cartoons, Dandakaranya Park is one of the best tourist spots in Dandeli that makes for an interesting visit. 

    With an intriguing story leading up to its establishment, Dandakaranya Eco Park is often cited as a great place to enjoy some time with your loved ones. It was built to stop land grabbing and illegal encroachment of the forest areas and today serves as a modern example of sustainable tourism in Dandeli.

    It is now a theme park that attracts a number of children and boasts of having their favourite characters come alive be it the Avengers, Transformers, The Simpsons, Charlie Chaplin and Indian characters like Chhota Bheem and Motu Patlu.

    Location: It is located on the main road near the bus stand in Dandeli.

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Dandakaranya Park in Dandeli is during the months of November, December, January, February and March

    Entry fee: N/A

    Timings: Tourists could visit here from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm every day.

    Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It is located just behind the Dandeli Bus stand and people can easily reach with a 2-minute walk.  



  • 379 Rutland Island

    Rutland Island
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    Close to Port Blair is the beautiful island of Rutland, which used to be the home for Jangil, an indigenous Andaman tribe. The Jangil groups were found in the major interiors of the island. The lighthouse situated on the slopes of the hill on the north of the island is about 2 km. 

    A part of Rutland Archipelago and is located across the Macpherson Strait. Duncan Passage separates Little Andaman from Rutland Island and from North Clinique Island by the presence of Manner Strait. There are two major peaks, Mount Ford which is 433 meters high and mount Mayo, 227 meters high, located in the North and South parts of the island respectively.

    Highlights: The major villages on the island are Rutland Villages, R M Point Village, Bamboo Nallaha, Kichad Nallaha, Bada Khari and Dani Nallah or east jetty. This island houses 119 households which have 347 inhabitants who speak Hindi, Bengali and Tamil. Cultivation is an identified livelihood activity on the island. Around 53 hectares of land is cultivated and 237 cattle heads and 157 goats are found on the island. 

    The rich marine life appear on the island is yet another attraction. Both the smaller fish species and coral reefs are the prime attractions. Though there are a number of hills, the island offers the beautiful section of open jungle and bushes. The government has decided to open an underwater pipeline across Mac Pherson Strait to bring water from Rutland to Port Blair and from R. M Point to Phongibalu is South Andaman.

    Activities: Tourists are really fond of Rutland because it is an ideal base for divers to get training in open water diving. The major tourist spots here are Jahaji Beach, Bada Balu, Photo Nallah and Dani Nallah which are offering the best space to just relax and have fun. The vast beaches are giving the tourists a lot of opportunities to do swimming and snorkeling along the stretched coral reefs.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Rutland Island is located at a distance of 20 km and you can take a boat from Port Blair to reach the island.



  • 380 Naldeshwar Shrine

    Naldeshwar Shrine
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    Naldeshwar Shrine is a small cave shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It features a small shiva-linga that has been there for several centuries. In the 18th century, a temple was built in order to protect the shiva-linga, and the place was named as the Naldeshwar Shrine.

    It is one of the most renowned spots in Alwar, and should definitely feature in your list of places to visit in Alwar. Two naturally formed ponds with water running from the hills add grace to the setting. Spending some time in this solitary location brings peace and energy to your being. 

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
    Price: Free 
    Location: Pratapgarh-BurjaTiraha Rd, Mayur Vihar, Malviya Nagar, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001


  • 381 Jhari Falls

    Jhari Falls
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    Also famous as Buttermilk Falls, this beautiful waterfall is one of the most mesmerising tourist attractions in Chikmagalur. Encompassed by serene coffee and tea plantations, Jhari Falls is a delight for everyone who wish to bask in the luxury of nature. This waterfall is formed naturally by the springs in the mountains.

    The monsoons accentuate the beauty of this place and makes it a place worth visiting in Chikmagalur. Tourists here can indulge in a cool dip in the pool formed by the waters of the fall. For the people visiting here, it should be remembered that the private vehicles are not allowed and one has to take a jeep ride due to the bad condition of roads there. 

    Location: Datha Peetha Road, Athigundi Village, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit:  The best most ideal time to visit Jhari Falls is from August to January, however, Jhari Falls has its peak season from September to December. 

    Entry fee: The entry fee for a jeep is INR 600/ USD 9.21


  • 382 Nyayamakad Waterfal

    Nyayamakad Waterfal
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    Nestled amid Munnar and Rajamala, this is one spectacular waterfall in the valley which is loved and adored by the tourists.  Embark on a journey to the largest waterfall in Munnar and witness the rustic local lifestyle of women picking tea leaves in the long stretches of the estates, the 10 KM long winding route from Munnar and small rivulets chiselling down the green hilly slopes; Nature has its own way of giving brief ecstatic moments.

    You may also come across tea pickers and encounter Nilgiri Tahr from a distance. The place is masked under mist as the water falls from a great and it proves as a paradise to every visitor who hails here seeking adventure or peace.

    Location: Near Rajmalai, Idukki district, Kerala.

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit this waterfall as in Monsoon, heavy rainfall can cause problems.

    Price: The transportation charges are the only money you pay to witness this cascading beauty.

    Timings: It is always recommended to visit during the daylight.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar:  Approximately 10 KM.

  • 383 Harangi Dam

    Harangi Dam
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    The dam is built against a small tributary of river Cauvery known as Harangue in the Hadgur village of Coorg and is mostly a combined visit with Cauvery Nishargadhama which is hardly 8 to 10 KM from the Dam. 

    Harangi river originates from the Pushpagiri hills and runs through 50 kilometres of a distance before meeting the main river Kaveri or Cauvery. The water depends on the south-west monsoon and heavy rainfall as it is a seasonal falls. 

    The dam is located at distance of 9 KM Kushalnagar town in Coorg and is a marvelous example of civil engineering. The place is now becoming one of the main attractions in Coorg and gaining popularity with time.

    Height: 47 meters.

    Location:  Harangi Dam, Hunger, Somwarpet, Kodagu, Karnataka, 571234, India

    Best Time to visit: During the monsoon season.

    Entry fee: INR 10 per person (adult), INR 5 for children below 12 Years of age and INR 10 for parking.

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: It is situated at a distance of around 34 to 35 KM from Madikeri Bus stand.




  • 384 Dhanaulti Adventure Park

    Dhanaulti Adventure Park
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    Dhanaulti is the perfect destination for a mix of leisure and adventure. Blessed with towering hills, snowcapped mountains and stunning  views it’s an abode for an abundance of adventure sports and activities. Dhanaulti Adventure Park uses this destination’s varied and rugged landscape to it’s fullest with a variety of thrilling and adrenaline pumping activities like Zip lining through thickets of forests, mountain biking through winding mountain trails, rappelling and trekking across majestic mountains, camping in the stunning outdoors and much more.

    Also featuring the Snow Adventure Zone a sprawling meadow covered with white snow making it the perfect location for a plethora of exciting activities like the Sky Walk.

    The best part about the Dhanaulti Adventure camp is that it’s got something for everyone making it the perfect place to visit for families and large groups of friends.

    Activities: Sky Bridge, Sky Walk, Zip Lining, Zip Swing, Rock Climing, Rappeling, Trekking, Mountain Biking, ATV Ride, Paragliding and Camping.

    Approximate Price: 300 INR to 10,000 INR



  • 385 Naggar Village