Hogenakkal Falls - The Smoking Rock Falls


Hogenakkal Waterfalls, known as the 'Niagara' falls of India, are not a single waterfall but a series of falls and they offer a promising holiday destination for nature lovers from within and outside the country.
Hogenakkal is a hamlet situated in Tamil Nadu bordering Karnataka.

Hogenakkal is considered as one of the most beautiful places in the state. The broad stream of the River Kaveri gets forked at this point, forming an island from where one stream continues on while the other plunges into a deep chasm to create one of the loveliest waterfalls, giving these rocks the name Hogenakkal which means "smoking rock".

You can experience a virtual tour of Hogenakkal falls here....

Route Map from Bangalore
Hosur-Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Hogenakkal

From Coimbatore
Bhavani-Mettur-Salem-Dharmapuri-pennagaram-Hogenakkal

From Chennai
Vellore(140km) -Tirupathur(84)-Dharmapuri-(61km)-Hogenakkal(46km)


From Kerala
You can catch Yeshwanthpur express {Yesvantpur Exp (16528)} From Kannur on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and alight at Dharmapuri. From Dharmapuri you can hire cabs or take buses flowing towards Hogenakkal.

Nearby Airports
Kozhikode Airport (CCJ)
Bajpe Airport, Mangalore (IXE)
Bengaluru International Airport (BLR)
Chennai International Airport (MAA)

Leh - The Roof of the World

Leh is the Capital city of Ladakh . It is located at 3505 meters and falls on east of Jammu and Kashmir. It is important not just as a city but also it holds importance as the administrative, cultural and commercial capital. Leh is situated on the Indus shores, and is also one of the most visited Ladakh town. The important monasteries are within 40 kms of distance from Leh. Tourist and travellers, trekkers and adventurers all camp in Leh before setting out for their real adventure. Trekking in Ladakh is a dream of every Adventurer around the Globe. 

It is at a distance of 434 Kms from Srinagar and 474 Kms from Manali. Leh district comprises of Leh town and 112 inhabited villages and one un-inhabited village. The total population of Leh district is 1.17 lacs.


Mantralayam - Must Visit Tourist Place of Sri Guru Raghavendra

Mantralaya is a must visit Tourist place and one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India as it houses the original samadhi of the great Vaishnava saint Sri Raghavendra. Sri Ragahavendra selected Mantralaya for his Jeeva Samadhi. Devotees visit Mantralaya to have the darshan of the Brindavan of Sri Raghavendra. The mutt is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra in the state of Andhra Pradesh bordering Karnataka.

Places to see near Mantralayam

Manchalamma Temple

Manchalamma Temple of Mantralayam is located near the Samadhi Temple, inside the Mantralayam Mutt complex. Goddess Manchlamma is the presiding deity of Mantralayam Village. It is believed that Sri Raghavendra Teertha requested land for the ‘Bridavana’ from Manchalamma and she granted it to him. Hence, it is a custom at Mantralayam that the devotees offer prayers at the Manchalamma Temple before visiting the Samadhi Temple.


Lakshmi-Venkateshvara Temple

Lakshmi-Venkateshvara Temple or Sri Venkateshvara Temple, located at the heart of the Mantralayam Mutt complex, is another popular pilgrim destination in Mantralayam. Lakshmi-Venkateshvara Temple houses the Sri Lakshmi-Venkateshvara idol, which was consecrated by Sri Raghavendra Teertha. The saint, who is believed to be the incarnation of Bhakta Prahalada, is believed to have worshipped Lord Venkateshwara here, during his life time. The Tulsi Garden of Lakshmi-Venkateshvara Temple is the main source of tulsi for the temples situated inside the Mantralayam Mutt complex.

Timing: 6.00 am – 12 pm
              4:30 pm – 8 pm

Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple 


Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy Temple is located about 23 km away from Mantralayam, atop rocky terrain near Bichchali. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman) who has five heads, representing Varaha, Garuda, Hanuman, Narasimha and Hayagreeva.

It is believed that the swayambhu(self createdmanifested) inscription of Sri Panchamukhi Anjaneya Swamy was worshipped by Sri Raghavendra Teertha. As per legends, Sri Raghavendra Teertha was an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateswara and Lord Hanuman. He performed penance for twelve years and Lord Hanuman appeared before him in the form of Panchamukhi Anjaneya.



Vedic Pathashala

The Vedic Pathashala is yet another attraction of the Mantralayam Mutt complex. The pathashala is a prominent center of religious and cultural learning, which imparts knowledge in the Vedas, Puranas, Dwaita philosophy and Indian traditions to Vedic scholars from India as well as abroad, who come here for advanced studies.

Bichchali

Bichchali, also known as Bikshalaya, is a pilgrim destination near Mantralayam. Situated on the banks of River Tungabhadra, it is about 20 km away from Mantralayam.This place is famous as the meditating site of Sri Appannachar, who was the prime disciple of Sri Raghavendra Teertha. The house of Sri Appannachar in Bichhali, in which Sri Raghavendra Teertha lived with him for 13 years, is a popular pilgrim spot for the devotees of Sri Raghavendra Swamy.



How to reach Mantralayam


By Air
Hyderabad is the airport closest to Mantralaya. It is about 240 K.M from Mantralaya. From there one can reach Mantralaya by rail or road. Another alternative airport is Puttaparthi. From here too, one can reach Mantralaya by rail or road.

By Train
The train station, called Mantralayam Road, is located about 15 K.M away from Mantralaya. Locally, it is also known as Tungabhadra. This station is located on the Madras (Chennai) – Bombay (Mumbai) train route, as well as the Bangalore – Bombay route. Most major trains running on this route stop at this station. From the station devotees can reach the Matha through public buses, which run fairly frequently. The fare is Rs. 6.50. In addition, there are plenty of other private vehicles available for the convenience of devotees. The closest train junction is Guntakal.

By Road
Mantralaya is the last town in the Yemminganooru taluk of Kurnool distict in Andhra Pradesh. Once you cross the Tungabhadra river you are in Karnataka. There are direct buses connecting Mantralaya to most major towns and cities in Andhra and Karnataka.

Accommodation 

Many lodges are here for accommodation. But we always prefer to stay in the guest houses provided by the Mutt.These guest houses are maintained well and they are very cheap compared to hotel lodges.There is the mutt administration building near to temple where you can book the guest houses.

Some useful links about Mantralaya

http://www.srsmutt.org
http://www.mantralayam.com
http://www.gururaghavendra.org

Alaska -The Land of Adventure and Must Visit Tourist Place for Cruise in USA

Alaska is a best tourist attraction and travel destination in US. Alaska is a land of superlatives and adventure. The Great Land consists of five distinct regions: Inside Passage, Southcentral, Interior, Far North and Southwest.   An Alaskan Cruise Makes For An Unparalleled Travel Experience Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, the nature of the trip usually determines how long the trip will last. For those planning a vacation, a great choice for something new and different is an Alaskan cruise.You can fly up to Alaska and make side trips from the major airports, but you will find a cruise vacation to Alaska to be must more relaxing and enjoyable. 

Alaska has a broad range of cities, towns and communities that all have unique activities, cultures and attractions. Alaska's landscape has an astounding number of parks and public lands that offer outdoor adventures at every turn.

How To Reach
You can start from San Francisco or Los Angeles and make port calls in such places as Juneau, Sitka, Skagway, Haines, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park and Ketchikan.The cruise ships have plenty of on-board activities so you can work out in the gym, cool off in the spa, dance, play the casino games, watch movies or live shows, drinking and eating are also favorite activities. You can also spend your time watching for such wildlife as humpback whales, dolphins, and sea lions.You can select from a wonderful array of international dishes including vegetarian, diabetic and low calorie foods.Once you’re reached Alaska, you can choose to stay at some of the luxury hotels while touring other locations where you can try dog sledding, hiking or climbing.

The large Alaskan cruise ships will have a passenger list of more than 2000 passengers. Room rates cost from $750 to over $3000 for the shortest trip of about 7 days. You may be able to get discounts for special events such as a wedding, birthday party or other celebration.If you don’t want to travel with so many people, try traveling on one of the smaller vessels which typically carry 120 passengers each trip.It is recommended that you make your reservations well ahead of time especially if you want to travel during the peak season from May to September. Your cruise will depart from either San Francisco or Los Angeles. Contact your travel agent to arrange not only for transfers from an airline to the ship, but for side trips and an interesting itinerary once you arrive in Alaska.The time spent on the ship and the time spent on side trips can be structured in such a way as to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone in the party. 
Just be sure you allow for extra time in your schedule so that you can try other experiences on your vacation. You won’t regret taking a few extra hours here and there to fully explore your Alaskan vacation.An Alaskan cruise will provide you with the opportunity to view scenery of breathtaking beauty, and to see wildlife, and glaciers that you won’t see elsewhere. There are many activities which will please all members of your family both on the cruise ship itself and on the many side trips you can schedule.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are curtains of colored light in the upper atmosphere, caused by magnetic disturbances from the sun collide with atoms there.

The Northern Lights can be seen to some extent anywhere above 60 degrees north latitude. At 65 degrees, Fairbanks is within the so-called "aurora oval," the area where Northern Lights occur most often and are brightest. In fact, the Fairbanks Visitors Bureau says you have an 80 percent chance of seeing them if you stay there for three nights. 

Denali, at 63 degrees north, is also a good spot to view the Northern Lights. Other Alaska places are far enough north for good for viewing, but are hard to get to and offer fewer accommodations. The next-best options are Nome (64 degrees) and Anchorage (61 degrees). However, the Northern Lights can sometimes be seen as far south as Juneau or Sitka.


When the Northern Lights visible
By the time you get far enough north to see the Northern Lights more reliably, you've entered the area of perpetual twilight from late April through September. Seasonal cloudiness is also worst in August.

What's the best time to see the Northern Lights? September 22 or March 22, on a new moon night, very late at night or early in the morning, a "perfect storm" that may not occur very often nor match your travel plans. These characteristics may help you decide when to make your trip to see the Northern Lights. They are:

  • Most frequent around the spring and fall equinoxes (September 22 and March 22).
  • Most active late at night or early in the morning.
  • Most intense from December to March when nights are longer, the sky clearer and darker. This is also the coldest part of the year, reaching as low as -40 F. 
  • Brighter during the new moon.

Talacauvery - The Birth Place of River Kaveri


Talacauvery is the birth place of river Kaveri, and it is a must visit tourist place in kodagu.River Kaveri known as ‘Jeevanadi’ of Karnataka. Talacauvery is situated in the Brahmagiri hill which lies in the Kodagu district. It is about a distance of 48 kilometres from Madikeri. Talakaveri lies about 1276 metres above the sea level. The entire panorama is scenic and very beautiful and it’s a famous tourist place in Coorg district.

Bhagamandala
Bhagamandala is 8 kms. before reaching Talacauvery and situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi is said to join from underground. It is considered sacred as a river confluence (kudala or sangama, in Kannada and Sanskrit). 


It is a common practice for pilgrims to take a dip in the sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talakaveri, the birthplace of Kaveri.

The Bhagandeshara temple is a famous temple known of Lord Shiva, where Bhagandeshwara (Ishwara), Subramanya, Mahavishnu and Ganapati are installed. Thus this is also known as Bhagundeshwara Kshetra, from which the name Bhagamandala is derived.



How to Reach : 

Through Air

The nearest airport is Mangalore airport, which is 194 kilometres from here. Bangalore airport is about 310 kilometres from here.

Through Train
There is no train route in Coorg district, hence it is a hilly terrain. Mysore railway station is the most convenient which is about 160 kilometres away.

Through Road
From Mysore, the route would be Mysore - Hunsur- Periyapatna- Kushal Nagara-Suntikoppa - Madikeri- Bhagamandala-Talacauvery.

There are State Road Transport Corporation buses that operate between Karnataka and Kerala. Also private buses operates from Madikeri with other cities. The best time to visit this temple would be during Tula Sankrama in the month of October. The rainy season is best avoided but it is very thrilling in rainy season.

Must Visit tourist Places and Travel Destinations in North East India

India is a holy country, it has very religious and traditional places in its all parts. Apart from the popular tourist destinations of India, there are lots of hidden tourist destinations which are equally appealing and boast of their rich, traditional and environmental resources. Here we have some of the must visit tourist places of North East India.
Parasuram Kund: The holy kund
Famous for its traditional and mythological histories, Parasuram Kund is the destination of pilgrimage.

Popular stories connect the kund with Parasuram, one of the most influential sages of ancient India. The kund speaks its own history through the means of a popular story in which Parasuram washed away his sin of slaying his mother by washing his hands in this kund. And since then, this kund has been popularly named as Parasuram kund.

Pilgrims visit the holy place in the month of January during makar sankranti. Other than this kund, the place is also rich in flora and fauna and is the house to the temple of Rukmini, temple of Malinithan, glow lake and the remains of King Bhisma’s palace.

Location: Lohit district, Arunachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: November to February

Walong: The medicinal hot spring

Located 20 km away from the Chinese border, Walong is situated on the western bank of river Lohit in Anjaw district. The mesmerizing place is famous for its hot water spring and the Namti valley. The hot spring is located amazingly at the confluence of river Dichu and Lohit. It is a major attraction of Walong and tourists fly to the place to take a soothing bath in the medicinal water of the hot spring.

Location: Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: Throughout the year




Haflong: The blue hills and emarald green rivers
Enveloped in breathtaking scenic beauty, Haflong is a hill station in Assam. The place has an untouched and pure beauty which has been the main reason behind its budding popularity.

Haflong is a traditional term in Dimashi language which literarily means white ants hillock. The blue toned hills of Haflong are simply out of this world and offer an unmatched view to the travellers. The secret tourist place of Assam is filled with an aroma of freshness and divinity.

Various attractions like the colorful orchards of pineapple and orange, green rivers, rare species of birds and orchids, draw tourists from far flung areas. Some of the prominent attractions of Haflong are the Vandas orchids in Jatinga, hot water spring at Umrangshu and the remains of Dimasa Kachari kingdom at Maibong. Apart from that, tourists can also engage themselves in outdoor adventure sports like paragliding, gliding and trekking.

Location: Karbi Anglong district, Assam

Best time to visit: October to April


Tawang: The Mystic Beauty
Tawang, a hill station in Arunachal Pradesh is a colorful land that smells of the vibrant Monpa tribe and the enchanting natural beauty. The snow-topped black hills stay covered with floating clouds that sore up to the roads and cut through the hills.
The mystic place shares its border partly with India and partly with Tibet and Bhutan. It is believed that place got its name from the Tawang monastery, which was set up by a horse owner Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso. The word “tawang” means “horse chosen” (“ta” means “horse” and “wang” means “chosen”).
The major attraction of Tawang, the tawang monastery is the largest monastery in India and definitely worth a visit. Other than this, the place is also famous for cheap shawls and woolen carpets, which are handcrafted in small handicraft shops.
Location: Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh
Best time to visit: April to October

Shillong: Scotland of East India
The capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong is regarded as the “Scotland of the east India”. The place is surrounded by an array of magnificent waterfalls like the Elephant falls, Sweet Falls, Beadon Falls, the Bishop’s Falls and many others. Apart from that, the mystic place also boasts of a golf club, which is among the first 18 golf clubs in India.
Other than these, some other major tourist attractions of Shillong are the Lady Hayadari Park and Zoo, Wards Lake, Butterfly Museum and the Umiam Lake.
Location: East khasi Hills, Meghalaya
Best time to visit: April to October.

Bekal Fort - Must Visit Best Beach and Favorite Shooting Spot in Kerala

Bekal is must visit small town on the eastern shore of Kerala state of South India and It is a must visit tourist place and favorite shooting spot in Kerala. Giant keyhole shaped fort, the golden expanse of a beautiful beach surrounding the fort, backwaters and hill destinations and water sport facilities nearby. Kasaragod is a beautiful town poised at the Northern extreme of Kerala State.16 km south of the town on the National Highway, bordered by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers

History sleeps here among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort, by the sea shore. The Bekal fort is the largest and the best preserved of its kind in Kerala. This 300 plus years old fort is located on a vast 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.The tall observation towers of this hill-top fort built in 1502 AD by Ekkary Sivappu Nayak of Bednone, provide a panoramic view of the Lakshadweep sea. 



It was very popularised by Tamil's famous Film Director Maniaratnam shooted his movie 'Bombay' and the song 'uyire uyire'.... here. and it is a famous shooting spot for all Indian movie makers.

Some of the movies/songs shooted here..
Uyire Uyire  from Bombay
Hey..Indha kadhal from Satham Podaathey
Anbe Sugamaa from Paarthaale Paravasam
Adi Kaadhal Enbadhu from Ennavale
Devudu Karunistadani from Prema Katha

Sum Sumne Nagtale from
and
Minchagi Neenu Baralu from Galipata and lots of film makers coming here....



Bekal Fort is in Kasargod District of Kerala. Kasargod is an hour drive from Mangalore . Bekal Fort is about 30mins in a local bus from Kasargod town.


Must visit Waterfalls and Tourist Spots in Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu (Coorg ) has lots of tourist places, tourist spots and water falls in its deep forest area. It is a best tourist place near Bangalore and known as 'Scotland of India'. It is a favorite travel destination for summer for its all time cool weather. Abbey falls in Madikeri, Mallalli falls in Somwarpet, Irpu falls in South Kodagu are the well known waterfalls and it has lots of beautiful water falls hidden in its deep forest areas, that which were unrecognized so far. We are here exploring some of that nature's beauty spots.
Abbey Falls 
Most Popular Falls in Coorg. Near Madikeri. Originates from Kootuhole River.
Mallalli Abbi Falls
This falls is the highest water falls in Coorg District and 62 Km away from Madikeri. It is 20 km from Somwarpet towards Kundalli, Kumaralli. Click on the image for detailed trip experience.

Irpu Falls 
50 Km from Madikeri – Near Nagarhole – Lakshmana Theertha River joining Cauvery River.
Hidden Water Falls in Coorg.....
Touristors are known about only the above shown falls in Kodagu. But more waterfalls are hidden in the deep forest of Kodagu. We are exploring some of the them here.

Kabbe Waterfalls
One of the villagers gave us the direction to the falls. To reach the  Balliyatra(Kabbe) falls, one has to trek for over an hour in slippery path. Since the trip was not meant for trek, people were not ready for it. There is place one could see the falls from a distance. We went to that point and enjoyed the beauty of the falls. The falls looked very similar to Bandaje Arbi falls.









Baganamane Waterfalls




Chelavara Waterfalls
Chelavara is known for its huge waterfall. It viewed from the road itself. There is also a way to get down and to the top of the falls. The water level of falls was quite high and we could not really get too close to the falls. My attempts to take a photo of falls in full view went in vain. One wrong step would end ones life. Certainly, there was no necessity to take that risk. 





Devarakolli Waterfalls
Fifteen km from Madikeri on Madikeri – Mangalore road is Devarakolli falls. This falls is on the road side and can be found easily.






























Garwale Waterfalls
Garwale is a Village about about 15 km from Madapur, and 35 km from Madikeri. You Can see a Very beautiful Waterfalls on the way of Garwale from Madapur.






















Kalyala Waterfalls
'Kalyala Waterfalls' is located off the Madkeri - Mangalore Highway. It is visible from the highway and looks beautiful. Since the driving directions to the falls were known to us from our first visit, we quickly reached the last motorable stretch from where we had to trek down to view the falls. The drive itself is a mesmerizing one, with the greenery around and the narrow and curvy roads. It feels through the drive at every stretch, as though there's something more beautiful in store for us to see! It was a complete feast to our eyes.





Kuppehole Waterfalls
The Kuppehole Falls near Haleri, off the Madikeri-Sunticoppa-Kushalnagar road is in full flow. The roar of the water piercing the eerie silence of the surroundings is bewitching. Muddy water coming down in huge sheets along the woods is a great sight. It joins the Hattihole near Madapur, ultimately flowing into the Harangi resrvoir.































Karike – Treasure of Water Falls In raining season, about 25 water falls welcomes you near karike village near to Bhagamandala, which is Kodagu-Kerala border area. No residents are found nearby as this area is covered with thick forest. The different falls seems to compete in attracting the viewers.

Tourist Places and Travel Attractions in Egypt

Egypt has most interesting places to visit. There are lots of Tourist Places and Tourist Destinations in Egypt. The stunning, colossal monuments of Ancient Egypt never fail to astonish. The heat, sight and the light of the desert invigorate. The cool, turquoise waters rejuvenate. A romantic cruise along the world's longest river dazzles the senses. A first class getaway resort in the Red Sea Riviera is pure escapism. No place has the magic, mystery and pleasures of Egypt. Travel to Egypt to discover a world of wonder.

Paces to Visit in Egypt
Cairo
Ancient Memphis 

Pyramids of Giza 
Pyramids of Sakkara 
Pyramids of Dahshour 
Pyramids of Abu sir 
Pyamids of Mydoum 
Pyramids of eleisht
Pyramids of Hawara
Pyamrids of Abu Rawash 
Pyramids of EL Lahaoun 
Pyramids of Hawara 
pyramid of Mazghuna 


The Egyptian Museum 
The Coptic Museum
The Castle of Saladin 
The Old Market "Khan El-Khalili"
The Hanging Church 
Santa Barbara 



Old Islamic Cairo:
Sultan Hassan Mosque 
Refai Mosque

Luxor
Luxor Temple 
Karnak Temple
The Colossi Of Memnon 
Valley Of The Kings 
Temple of queen Hatshepsut 
Temple Of Medinat Hapu of Ramses III 
Valley Of The Queens 
Valley Of The Nobles 
Temple Of Dendera 
temple of Esna 
Temple Of Abydos


Alexandria
The Castle of Qaitbay 
The Pompeii Pillar 
The Catacombs of Kom El-Shouqafa 
The Amphitheatre of Kom El-Dikka 
The Montazah Palace Gardens 


Sinai
The city of Sharm El-sheik
The city of Dahab 
The City of Nuweiba
The City of Taba






Red Sea Coast
Red sea coast 
Monastery of St. paul 
Mostry of St Anthony 
Hurghada 
Safaga
Marsa Alam






Egypt Tourist Attractions

Tourist Places in Mauritius - The White Sandy Beaches

The Republic of Mauritius is a small tropical island situated in the Indian Ocean as is very famous for its white sandy beaches and its calm lagoons. However, tourists visiting Mauritius have a list of tourist destinations which are worth visiting such as Nature Parks and Museums. One of the best places to visit in Mauritius is Port Louis which is the capital city of Mauritius. Port Louis has several historical buildings and even quite a few museums which reflect the lifestyle and traditions of the locals during the British and French occupation. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Casela Bird & Nature Park, La Vanille Crocodile Park, La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park, Domaine Les Pailles, Natural History Museum and Blue Penny Museum are few of the main places of interest in the city of Port Louis.
Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colours and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again. May your stay with us remain engraved in your memory forever.

How to Reach Mauritius

How to reach by air:
For foreign tourists, this is the best and the most viable option for reaching Mauritius. Many international airlines, including well known carriers like Aeroflot, Air Mauritius, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, and South African Airways, provide air access to Mauritius from major international airports. Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal is the international airport in Mauritius. It is situated approximately 3 kms from Mahebourg, and 48kms from Port Louis. The airport has all the necessary features of an international terminal, including duty free shops, restaurant, bars, bank, and a post office.


How to reach by sea:
Being an island situated in the vast Indian Ocean, Mauritius can also be reached by the sea route. Many cruise companies offer luxury cruises to Mauritius from nearby ports like Durban in South Africa. For those who enjoy the sea, there are provisions for catamaran cruises from the island to the nearby island destinations.

Other transportation:
Rail and roadways transport are the other means of conveyance in Mauritius. The well maintained roads are a pleasure to travel on. The local transport includes buses, taxis, and tourist rental vehicles to name a few. Railway links are provided by the Mauritian Railways which links the major cities and towns of the country. Touristplacesinindia.com offers all inclusive online information about how to reach Mauritius and other tourist information about Mauritius.

Kanyakumari - Must Visit Tourist Place in South India

Kanyakumari is a best tourist place and travel attraction of South India, Apart from being a famous tourist destination, it is also considered as an important Hindu pilgrim destination for the presence of some of the most sacred temples in south India like Kanyakumari temple.  It is the point of meeting of three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset over the horizons, Kanyakumari tours has been enticing tourists for ages because of its breathtaking location. The multicolored sand is a unique feature of the beaches here.

Situated by the shore, Kanyakumari enjoys a pleasant climate and can be visited throughout the year. During summers, the temperature can rise to mid thirties, while it can dip to a low twenty during winters. A tourist can indulge in a lot of adventure activities here like trekking, biking, swimming and surfing. So when you decide to spend your vacation in Kanyakumari, don't forget to pack your full traveling gear right from the swimming suit to trekking equipment all of which are sure to come in handy.



Best Tourist Places in Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari Beach

The Kanyakumari beach with multi-colored sand and rocky shoreline is definitely one of the most popular attraction of the Kanyakumari travel packages. The waves that hit the shore are quite strong and frequent, that means that one does not get to enjoy a step into the shallow water or a sea bath. The shore being rocky makes it more dangerous to venture out to the sea, so people are asked to stay within the prescribed zone. You can shop for shells that are on sale on the Kanyakumari beach. There is a lighthouse on the beach from where one can get a ravishing view of the sea.

Vivekananda Memorial Rock

Situated some 500m away from the mainland Vivekananda Memorial Rock attracts a large number of tourists and was built in the year 1970 in memory the great Swami Vivekananda. It is built on the same spot where Swami Vivekananda spent some of his time meditating. Keeping this in mind, the temple also has a meditation hall. So if you want to get rid of all the worldly tensions, take some time out and sit in the hall meditating all your problems away. From ancient times, even before the temple was built, the rock was considered a sacred place and was known as 'Sripada Parai' meaning that the rock is blessed by the touch of feet of 'Devi Kumari'. Feel the spirituality of the place by sighting the divine footprints of the Goddess, which is visible on the rock.


Fountain at Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari district, which lies in the southern most tip of Peninsular India, is famous for its majestic hills, virgin beaches, pristine rivers and meandering rivulets. The district has a fragrance of architecture culture and customs of neighbouring Kerala mixed with the rich deep traditions, culture and architecture of Tamil Nadu. However, for want of promotional campaign and lack of basic amenities most of the tourists coming to this district return back after seeing just Kanyakumari and Padmanabhapuram Palace. It was at this juncture that the district administration decided to take up tourism promotion initiatives in a major way. Attempt has been made to put up basic amenities at the virgin beautiful spots so as to facilitate the inflow of the tourists.

Gandhi Mandapam 
This is the place where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept before a portion of which was immersed in the three seas. The exemplary temple is located near to the Kumari Amman Temple and is one of the most picturesque spots in Kanyakumari. The temple is build in such a way that on October 2nd, the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi, the rays of sun fall exactly on the spot where the urn containing the ashes is kept. So if possible choose this day to visit this splendid monument and witness the magical moment right in front of your eyes.

Accommodation
Kanyakumari tourism packages made choosing the accommodation in Kanyakumari an easy thing. The number of hotel and lodges in the city is really astonishing. There are hotels that fit everybody choices and everybody's pocket. Pick any budget, luxury, beach resort, or a star category hotel and rest assured you would leave Kanyakumari satiated to your deepest. Hotels like Fishermen's cove, Temple Bay Ashok Beach resort and MGM Beach Resort are few that stand out in all areas of hospitality.

How to Reach Kanyakumari
By Air
The nearest airport is Trivandrum, which is some 80-km away from here. The airport is frequented by flights from all the major cities of India.

By Rail
Tirunelvelli is the nearest rail head around 80 km away. Trains from stations of Delhi, Mumbai and Trivandrum come to Kanyakumari through a broad gauge railway network.

By Road
Kanyakumari is very well connected to all the major cities in the Southern India. Tourist buses, both luxury coaches and state transport buses ply in and out of Kanyakumari with good frequency.

Must Visit Tourist Places in Mysore - The City of Palaces

There are lots of must visit places in Mysore -The Heritage City. Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka, located approximately 140 kms far from Bangalore and one of the best tourist place near Bangalore. Mysore is also known as City of Palaces. Mysore is famous for the Dussehra celebrations during which a large number of tourists visit the city. 

In Hindu mythology, stated that Mysore was ruled by Mahishasura a demon and the demon was later on killed by Goddess Chamundeshwari. Till the 15th century the area where Mysore stands today, was known as Puragere. The beautiful fort was constructed in the year 1524 by Chamaraja Wodeyar III. 



Mysore is also known for its rich sandalwood and silk along with the various fairs and festivals which leave a lasting impression on the tourists visiting this city. Brindavan GardensMysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, St. Philomena’s Church, The Art Gallery, Zoo and the Karanji Lake Nature Park are the important sight seeing places in Mysore.



Must Visit Tourist Attractions in Australia

There are many beautiful must see tourist places in Australia, they are attracts lakhs of travellers every year. The must see places in Australia are Sydney, Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef and many more.Places to visit in different cities of Australia is a great experience in itself. Vacation at one of the top ten Australia tourist attractions literally means experiencing great shopping, great food and exciting entertainment. Here we are explored some of the top travel destination in Austraila.

Opera House in Sydney

Constructed by the famous Danish architect John Utzon, this Opera House is a world famous tourist attraction drawing a number of tourists from across the world. A tourist can take a tour of the backstage and the front of the house.








Harbor Bridge in Sydney
Sydney Harbor Bridge has been one of the major tourist attractions in Australia through ages. It is a very rare phenomenon that a tourist visiting Australia has not visited the famous bridge. A brave tourist can also take a walk up to the top of the bridge with an escort.


Great Barrier Reef
One of the most visited tourist spots in Australia is the Great Barrier. The Reef stretches along 86 million acres along the Australian Coast. A tourist can enjoy the superb natural beauty offered by this marine site. The place bears a mark of historical significance because of the 30 shipwrecks that have been found here.


Fraser Island
The tourists would be enthralled to see the lush rain forests, fresh water lakes, eye catching sand cliffs and many more at the Fraser Island. The vast stretch of white sandy beaches adds to the beauty of the place and increases its credibility as a major tourist attraction in Australia.



Jamison Valley
In Jamison Valley one can enjoy a memorable ride in a glass floored cable car through the picturesque valley and enjoy the beauty of the Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters Rock formation etc.




Kakadu National Park 
Kakadu National Park is also a World Heritage site and a most visited tourist attraction in Australia. It is the home of about 300 Aboriginals. One can find the Aboriginals residing among the Savannah Woodlands and Tidal Wetlands.




Port Arthur Prison
This prison is a major tourist attraction where visitors can take a guided tour. The doors of the prison are passable through both ways and this unique feature adds to the attraction of this prison.




Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a famous tourist attraction in Australia noted for being the largest rock monolith in the world. It is said that this rock was created at the time of the creation of the Universe. Uluru was previously known as the Ayres Rock.




Amp Tower Centrepoint 
Amp Tower Centre point is situated at the height of 1000 feet and is the tallest building in the city which gives awesome views from the observation deck and from the revolving restaurant situated at the top of the building.







National Gallery of Australia 

National Gallery of Australia is the house of some of Australia’s finest art collections which are more than 10000. Here one can see glimpses of the international works and exhibitions of photography.