Thursday, 18 February 2016

Tourist Spots in Mysore

Mysore is the most popular tourist spot in Karnataka, was the capital of Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 - 1947. The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, except for a brief period in the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power.  Mysore is noted for its palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists.

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace was the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars — the Maharajas of Mysore, the royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state from 1399 to 1947. One of the most visited monuments in India, the Mysore Palace, is the center of the Dasara festival.

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gardens lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri. The main attraction of the park is the musical fountain in which bursts of water are synchronised to the music of songs. There is also a lake within the garden with boating facilities available for visitors.

Garden Timings:  All Week Days: 6.00am to 8.00pm

Music Fountain Show: 

All Week Days: 6.30pm to 7.30pm 

Saturdays and Sundays: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Admission Fee: Adult Rs. 15, Children (5 to 10 yrs.) Rs.5

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo is a 157-acre zoo located near the Mysore Palace. Mysore Zoo was created in 1892 on 10 acres of the summer palace of Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar, and was originally called the Palace Zoo. Mysore Zoo is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

Chamundi Hills

Chamundi Hills is located 13 km east of Mysore. The hill is 3,489 ft above the sea level. The largest and the best know is the large Dravidian Temple, dedicates to Sri Chamundeshwari Devi, the tutelary deity of Mysuru and royal house, generally regarded as an incarnation of Parvati or Durga.

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple Darshan Timings:

7:30am to 2:00pm, 3:30pm to 6:00pm, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Chamundeshwari Temple

Lalitha Mahal Palace

The Lalitha Mahal is the second largest palace in Mysore. It is located near the Chamundi Hills, east of the city of Mysore. The palace was built in 1921 by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore for the exclusive stay of the Viceroy of India. The palace was converted into a heritage hotel in 1974.

Krishna Raja Sagara

Krishna Raja Sagara dam was constructed across Kaveri river in 1924. The reservoir is the main source of drinking water for all of Mysore city and almost the whole of Bengaluru city, the capital of the state of Karnataka

Karanji Lake

Karanji Lake is located at the foot of Chamundi hills and adjascent to the Mysuru Zoo. The Karanji lake is a beautiful bird sanctuary which provides a wonderful habitat for more than 70 different species of avifauna.

Kukkarahalli Lake

Kukkarahalli Lake is located in the heart of the Mysore city. This lake is created by Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar in the year 1864, to provide water for irrigation to about 4000 ha (10,000 acres) of land outside the city.

Railway Museum Mysore

The Railway Museum Mysore was established by Indian Railway in 1979.  It has locomotives and a gallery of photographs and paintings depicting the growth of railways in India. The museum has a battery-operated mini-train giving a short ride for children on the grounds.

Visiting Timings 10 AM to 5 PM

Folklore Museum

Folklore Museum is located in the University of Mysore in the Manasagangothri campus in the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. The Museum exhibits folk art and crafts from all over the state of Karnataka. 

Visiting Timings 8.30 AM to 6 PM

St, Philomena's Church

St. Philomena's church is a Catholic church built in honour of St. Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore  in 1936. The church was designed by a Frenchman named Daly. It was designed to be built in the Neo Gothic style with inspiration drawn from the Cologne Cathedral.

Jaganmohan Palace

Jaganmohan Palace was constructed in 1861. The Palace initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home when the present majestic Mysore Palace was under construction. Now the palace converted into an art gallery and a function hall.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Top 10 Tourist Spots in Kerala

Kerala, is a state in South India on the Malabar coast. Kerala , known as Gods Own Country has some of the best tourist destinations in India, Kerala is famous especially for its ecotourism initiatives and beautiful backwaters.Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, have made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.


Munnar is a town and hill station located in Idukki district, Kerala. Munnar is situated around 5,00 ft above sea level. The name Munnar is derived from Malayalam word 'moonu aaru' meaning 'three rivers' referring to its location at the confluence of Mudirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. The nearest railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is 105 kilometres away.

Major tourist attractions in Munnar are Tea Garden, Tea Museum, Mattupetty Dam, Mattupatty Dairy Farm, Rajamalai, (Eravikulam National Park), Anamudi, Devikulam, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Echo PointAttukad Waterfalls.
Tea Garden, Munnar
Rajamalai, Eravikulam National Park


Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey. Alappuzha is a city on the Laccadive Sea in the Southern India state of Kerala. Backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises. Tourist attractions in Alappuzha are Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna temple,Alappuzha Beach, Vembanad, Nehru Trophy  Boat Race, Pathiramanal, St. Mary's Syro-Malabar catholic Forane Church, Chettikulangara Devi Temple.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Athirapally Falls

Athirapally falls is situated in Athirapally in Thrissur district, Kerala. Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges. Athirapally Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala. The railway station nearest Athirappilly Falls is 30 kilometres (19 mi) to the west in Chalakudi Railway Station, and the nearest airport is Cochi International Airport, about 55 kilometres (34 mi) southwest of the waterfall and 58 kilometres (36 mi) south of City of Thrissur. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taxi or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal.
Athirapally Waterfalls

Kovalam is a beach town in Thiruvandapuram city, Kerala, located around 16 km from the city center.  Komvala is best known for its beaches. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.
Kovalam Beach

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is located in the Nilgiri Hills, within Palakkad District, Kerala. It is a national park with a core zone of 236.74 square kilometres, largest national park in kerala. The British botanist Robert Wight gave the name Silent Valley because of perceived absence of noisy cicadas.

Lion - Tailed Macaque

Vagamon is a hill station located in Idukki District, Kerala. Attractions of Vagamon are beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls. Vagamon has a cool climate with the temperature between 10 and 23 °C during a summer midday.
Green Meadows
Gavi - Eco Tourism

Gavi is a village in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. It is located 28 km southwest of Vandiperiyar, a town in Idukki on N.H 220, the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai. Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, and the route can be covered by car from Vandiperiyar.

The attractions of Gavi are trekking. wildlife watching, bird watching, boating, safaris through jungle roads, massages.

Periyar National Park

Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is one of the 27 tiger reserve in india. Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the districts of Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. Periyar National Park is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad district, Kerala. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1973 and was brought under the Project Elephant in 1991–92. This sanctuary occupies an area of 345 km2 with four ranges namely Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga, Kurichiat and Tholpetty. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary.


Kumarakom is destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala, famous for its backwaters. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Kumarakom has a wide variety of houseboats and is well known throughout the world for houseboat experience.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Tourist Spots in Delhi

Main attractions of ancient Delhi are mosques and monuments that represent India's history. The important places in Old Delhi includes Qutub Minar, Red Port and Humayun's Temb. New Delhi is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker.

Red Port

The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums. Constructed in 1648 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad,[2] the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546.

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar, at 120 meters, is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Mohali. The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India.

In 1200 CE, Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate started construction of the Qutub Minar. In 1220, Aibak's successor and son-in-law Iltutmish added three storeys to the tower. In 1369, lightning struck the top storey, destroying it completely and Firoz Shah Tughlaq carried out restoration work replacing the damaged storey with two new storeys every year, made of red sandstone and white marble.

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila (Old Fort), that Humayun founded in 1533. 

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Baha'i House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city.

Swaminarayan Akshardham

Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi. The temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi, was officially opened on 6 November 2005 by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. It sits near the banks of the Yamuna.

India Gate

The India Gate, is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, New Delhi. India gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. In 1971, following the Bangladesh Liberation war, a small simple structure, consisting of a black marble plinth, with reversed rifle, capped by war helmet, bounded by four eternal flames, was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway. This structure, called Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier, since 1971 has served as India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Lodi Gardens

Lodhi Gardens is a city park situated in New Delhi, India. Spread over 90 acres it contains, Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis, an Afghan dynasty, that ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was first built as a small temple by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II. 

It is situated near Connaught Place, New Delhi on Baba Kharak Singh Marg.

Gandhi Smriti

Gandhi Smriti formerly known as Birla House or Birla Bhavan, is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, situated on Tees January Road, formerly Albuquerque Road, in New Delhi. It is the location where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and was assassinated on January 30, 1948. It was originally the house of the Indian business tycoons, the Birla family. It is now also home to the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, which was established in 2005.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India. It may refer to only the mansion that has the President's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; it may also refer to the entire 130 hectare  President Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. The main palace building was formerly known as Viceroy's House. In terms of area, was the largest residence of a Head of State in the world until the Presidential Complex of Turkey opened 29 October 2014.

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk is located close to Old Delhi Railway Station and the monument Red Fort is located within the Chandni Chowk. Built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor of India Shah Jahan, and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara, the market was once divided by canals (now closed) to reflect moonlight, and it remains one of India's largest wholesale markets

Jantar Mantar

The Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial, consisting a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth's axis. On either side of the gnomon is a quadrant of a circle, parallel to the plane of the equator. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second and declination of the Sun and the other heavenly bodies.

Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi on the banks of Yamuna river. Close to it, and east of Daryaganj was “Raj Ghat Gate” of the walled city, opening at Raj Ghat on Yamuna River. Later the memorial area was also called Raj ghat. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyesti (Antim Sanskar) on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.

National Museum

The National Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it holds variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art. It functions under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The museum is situated on the corner of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. The blue–print of the National Museum had been prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946. The Museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years. 

Parliament House

Parliament House was designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912-1913 and construction began in 1921. The opening ceremony of the Parliament House, then called the Central Legislative Assembly, was performed on 18 January 1927 by Lord Irwin, the then Viceroy of India. The third session of Central Legislative Assembly was held in this house on 19 January 1927.

National Zoological Park

The National Zoological Park is a 176-acre  zoo near the Old Fort in Delhi, India. A 16th-century citadel, a sprawling green island and a motley collection of animals and birds, all in the middle of a burgeoning urban Delhi. The zoo is home to about 1350 animals representing almost 130 species of animals and birds from around the world. Currently, the director of the zoo is Shri Amitabh Agnihotri, IFS. The zoo can be seen on foot or using a battery-operated vehicle which can be rented at the zoo. Visitors are not permitted to bring any food other than drinking water, but there is a canteen in the zoo. In 2014 a visitor was killed as he had fallen into the white tigers enclosure, leading to questions about visitor and animal safety at the zoo

The National Rail Museum

The National Rail Museum is a museum in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi which focuses on the rail heritage of India it opened on the 1 February 1977. It is located in over 10 acres of land with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. A toy train offers rides around that site on regular days.Museum remains open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Tuesday to Sunday. Museum remains close on every Monday and National Holidays. The Indoor Gallery of the museum is closed for renovation.