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8 of the Most Popular Coastal Cities in India

India has a long coastline – one of the longest in the world and it is natural that this ancient country has some terrific coastal towns that remain popular with tourists coming in from all parts of the world. Most of these coastal towns and cities are located along the south-west coast of India and all these below mentioned towns, with perhaps the exception of mega Mumbai, promise a peaceful, calm journey through the country’s unrivalled natural riches.

Mumbai

Mumbai, the financial powerhouse of India, is the most cosmopolitan city in the country. Located on the coast of Arabian Sea, this fascinating city is famed for its architectural wonders, busy beaches, and being home to India’s Hindi film industry.

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Gateway of India, Kanheri Caves, Siddhivinayak Temple, Global Vipassana Pagoda, Nehru Science Centre and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya are the top attractions in the city. Aksa, Juhu, Girgaum Chowpatty, Versova and Marve are some of the popular beaches in the city where you can enjoy great street food.

Kochi

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‘The Gateway to Kerala’, Kochi is one of the most stunning coastal cities in South India. A famous port city, this lovely seaside paradise is home to ancient forts and buildings, synagogues, basilicas and palaces and is an ideal place to indulge in numerous interesting water sports such as snorkelling and kitesurfing. Fort Kochi, Kerala Folklore Museum, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Paradesi Synagogue, St Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica, Hill Palace and Museum of Kerala History are among the must visit attractions here.

Pondicherry

Famed for its old world charm as well as its modern-day elegance, Pondicherry is another beautiful coastal city in South India. It is locally known as ‘Pondy’ and as a former French colony, this wonderful city is famous for its rich culture and colonial architectural wonders and pristine beaches, forts, basilicas and palaces dating back to the pre-colonial era.

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Auroville Beach, Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach, Mahe Beach and Karaikal Beach are some of the best spots to enjoy waterside frolics and to take part in water sports. Puducherry Museum, Old Light House, Notre Dame Des Anges, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Sri Aurobindo Centre and Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple are the top tourist spots here.

Kanyakumari

Located on the southern end of India, Kanyakumari is one of the most culturally rich coastal cities in the Indian subcontinent. Famous for its ancient temples, religious sites, memorials, forts, and museums, the city surely has a lot to offer to the guests visiting it. Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Thanumalayan Temple, Vattakottai Fort, Government Museum and the Wandering Monk Museum are some of the top attractions in the city, visited by millions of travellers each year. Muttom, Sanguthurai and Sothavilai are terrific seaside spots where people can have a great time.

Gokarna

Famous for its beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna remains a well-known holiday spot in the southern part of India. Located on the coast of Karwar in the state of Karnataka, this amazing city is an ideal place to enjoy the best of sun and sand as well as having tantalizing dishes and refreshing drinks. Om Beach, Mahabaleshwara Temple, Kudle Beach, Gokarna Beach, Paradise Beach and Koti Tirtha are the places where tourist inflow is the highest.

Kovalam

Kerala is teeming with dreamy coastal towns and Kovalam is one more of them. Famed for its calm beaches, stunning landscapes and architectural wonders, Kovalam impresses with its fine amalgamation of sun, sand and sea. The city’s most popular beaches, such as Hawa, Lighthouse, Samudra and Grove, attract a lot of tourists all throughout the year, considering the fact that the weather in this part of the country is pleasant for most parts of the year. Don’t miss to visit the Halcyon Castle and Aazhimala Siva Temple as well. The famous Malabari cuisine is a must try in Kovalam. The Great Elephant Festival, held in the month of January, is another major draw to the city.

Udupi

Surrounded by the Western Ghats on one side and Arabian Sea on the other, Udupi, in the state of Karnataka, stuns everyone with its ethereal beauty. Well-known for its tradition, culture and cuisine, the city is home to numerous ancient temples, architectural marvels, pristine beaches, unexplored forests and several other interesting sites. Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, St Mary’s Island, Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village, Museum of Anatomy & Pathology, Kaup Beach, Malpe Beach, Ottinane Beach and Murdeshwar Beach are Udupi’s top tourist traps. Bisi bele bath (a spicy preparation of rice) and Pelakai Halwa (Jackfruit pudding) are the two must try dishes here.

Diu

Infused with Portuguese heritage and flaunting a vibrant culture, Diu is a former fishing town nestled on the eastern end of the Diu Island. This tiny district is famed for its fortresses and peaceful beaches. Nagao and Jallandhar are the most popular beaches here, ideal to enjoy water sports and other adventure activities. Diu fort, St. Thomas Church, Diu Museum and Naida Caves are among the must visit attractions in the town.

The Unexplored India, You Need to Visit ASAP!

There are stereotypes with everything and Indian tourism is no exception. When you plan a trip to India, there are certain places that you will visit because they are common and ‘touristy’ and everyone goes there.

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However, if you wish to really explore the country, you should pick the road less treaded and find hidden gems along the way! We have lined up some interesting places you may want to add to your itinerary when discovering India!

Sundarbans

Famed to be one of the biggest mangroves in the world, the Sundarbans in West Bengal are the face of the rich Indian wildlife. The population of Royal Bengal tigers is said to be highest here. However you need to proceed with caution as these creatures are infamous for being man-eaters. There are several guided tours available where you will not only be able to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat, but will also be able to admire the flora and other fauna of this magnificent jungle.

Butterfly Beach, Goa

Goa is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. However, if you wish to leave behind all things chaos and commercial, you should visit this beautiful secluded beach which is nothing sort of sheer bliss. Located a little further from Palolem beach, you will have to take a ferry ride to reach there.

Majuli, Assam

This is the world’s largest river island and is surprisingly one of the least visited places in the country. It isn’t famous or crowded but is truly one of nature’s blessings to humanity. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site, and when you visit here, you will know why! The simple life, the tribal people and the aesthetically blessed vicinity, this place is called the cultural capital of Assam for a reason.

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

There is nothing more beautiful than this magnanimous expanse of dessert! The colourful clothes worn by local people here, the camel rides, the art, the culture, the folklore, everything here is rich and unadulterated. The Rann of Kutcch is one of the most underrated places in terms of tourism and you should definitely explore it when in India.

Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Northeast India, in general, is not one of the top regions that people visit when in the country. It is the lesser known heaven that this country has and to unravel the astonishing experiences in these places you must venture to explore them. You can see snow-capped mountains from around this unbelievably beautiful lake in Sikkim. The view of the majestic Himalayas and with most intense hiking trails around, you can have the best times here with your friends and family.

Tips for a Safe and Sound Train Journey in India

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A train journey is usually associated with long distances, romantic stories, idyllic villages, lush fields and beautiful memories. But if you’ve travelled in a train in India or know someone who has, you would agree with us that though train journey through diverse country can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your India trip

 

, it is often unnerving to take a journey in Indian trains for issues that range from safety to hygiene. But should that stop you from taking one of the most memorable train rides you are ever going to take? Absolutely not!

Here are five easy tips to follow to stay safe on a train in India, and make the most of your time aboard:

Keep Your Luggage Locked at All Times

This may sound like conventional wisdom, but you wouldn’t believe the statistics that say that every passenger who has travelled in Indian trains for more than five times has lost a belonging at least once in their lifetime. While this could be a measure of carelessness, it also says a lot about general safety in these trains. To avoid being a victim, keep your luggage chained to your seat at all times and your keys in a hand bag that you should carry with yourself at all times. Don’t make an exception to this safety rule even if you are travelling the first class.

Take Your Own Food or Pre-Order

Though a majority of trains travelling long distances in India serve meals, the food served is not always of the best quality or offer many choices. To avoid getting sick while you are still travelling toward your destination, take your own meals to the trains or rely on one of the many catering services that deliver freshly cooked food to you at your seat on the station of your preference.

Do Not Forget Your Ear Plugs

Be prepared for the fact that you will have a hard time sleeping, reading or concentrating on beautiful views outside because of the consistent noise, especially if you are travelling to India for the first time. Consistent movement from washrooms to seats, and from one berth to another as well as noisy hawkers selling food, pens and other products are common on Indian trains. If you don’t want to disturb your Zen, keep your earplugs handy at all times.

Befriend a Family on the Train

One of the most common tips followed by frequent travellers, especially women is that they strike a conversation and befriend a local family on the train. It is brilliant move as local families will always be in a better position to protect you against the unwanted elements in a foreign country. Indian families are known to go out of their way by offering food, travel advice and a safety net once they realise you mean well.

Always Dress Modestly While Travelling

Though this tip applies to all places you travel in India, it is especially useful when you are in close contact with locals at places such as trains. Because there’s always a chance to find a leering eye, and curious gaze directed in your direction, try and wear clothes that are deemed appropriate by locals. Adapt to your surroundings and dress in a way that doesn’t offend local sensibilities. Though largely valid for women, men are also advised to tone down elements in their dressing that might attract them unwanted attention, and consequently danger to their safety.

Revisiting History: Best Known Museums in India

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Preserving a major chunk of India’s ancient and colourful history are some of the oldest and popular museums scattered across the country. An insightful trip to India is incomplete without a visit to at least a few of these museums. Take a look!

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Founded in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Indian Museum is the oldest museum in the country. Comprising of over 35 galleries spread across six sections, it features a wide collection of antiques, artefacts, fossils, paintings and other valuables. The National Emblem, an elephant skeleton, Ashok Stambha, rare Egyptian mummies and human skulls from the Indus Valley Civilization are among the major exhibits at the museum. Exhibitions, workshops, training programs, special lectures, seminars and other multi-cultural activities are organised regularly for the visitors here.

The Prince of Whales Museum, Mumbai

Now known as ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya’, The Prince of Whales Museum is a popular tourist attraction in Mumbai. Built in 1922 using Indo-Saracenic architectural style, the museum is home to approximately 50,000 artefacts along with several collectables including minerals, rocks and fossils. The Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala collection, manuscripts dating back to the early 11th and 12th centuries, sculptures, coins, plaster replica of Astamurti (a form of Shiva), statues of Buddha, Akbar’s armour and Japanese sculptures are among the famous items on display here.

National Museum, Delhi

Located in the capital city, New Delhi, the National Museum is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949 by the Government of India, it houses a wide collection of artefacts, manuscripts, miniatures, paintings, textiles, antiques, sculptures (stone, bronze and terracotta), jewellery items and other valuables. Items from the Indus Valley Civilization displayed at the Harappan Gallery are quite impressive. The dancing girl bronze figurine, toy cat, statue of Mother Goddess, seals, pottery items and bronze toys are other popular items displayed at the museum.

Government Museum, Chennai

Established in 1851, Government Museum is the second oldest museum in India. Located in the city of Chennai in the southern Indian province of Tamil Nadu, this historic museum features the largest collection of Roman antiques along with numerous artefacts, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and other valuables. Amravati figures, Thanjavur armoury, South Indian bronze statues, copper plates and artefacts from the Megaliths are the key exhibits at the museum.

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

Located in the city of Hyderabad, India’s well known technological hub, Salar Jung Museum houses a large collection of antiques, sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, paintings and other interesting artefacts from India and other parts of the world. Aurangzeb’s sword, the wardrobe of Tipu Sultan and the paintings of legendary Raja Ravi Varma are all big hits with the visitors. The British Bracket Clock is among the most important artefacts in the museum.

The Finest Clubs for Partying the Night Away in New Delhi

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The vibrant capital of India -New Delhi – has a pulsating night life scene. Thronged by the youth, there are many clubs in Delhi that meet international standards in terms of music, food, service, ambience and safety. To make sure that you party at only the best places, we have put together a list of top five clubs in Delhi that you can consider if you are looking to paint the town red during your New Delhi visit:

Kitty Su, Vasant Kunj

Kitty Su is located in Vasant Kunj in South Delhi and is one of the most happening clubs in the city. Frequented by the plush South Delhi crowd, the club remains open till 3am in the night. Fans of EDM are sure to have a great time as the club is known for playing some intense EDM numbers. Kitty Su is divided into a Champagne lounge, an ‘A’ list section, a mini club, a tattoo parlour and a salon. The club remains open three days a week – Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  A night of partying for two people will cost approximately INR 3500 here.

Keya, Vasant Kunj

Located in the plush DLF Promenade Mall of Vasant Kunj, Keya impresses its visitors with its romantic outdoor seating area, a huge open lounge area and a classic indoor nightclub ambiance. Costing approximately INR 4000 for a night of dining and wining, Keya is one of the more expensive clubs in Delhi. Their signature cocktails remain quite popular and its hospitality plays a huge role in drawing visitors to the club.

The Electric Room, Lodhi Road

Newly opened, The Electric Room has everyone swooning over its live music performances. The club-goers are particularly excited about the Gin Fizz, Kimchi Bloody Mary and the Pomegranate Caprioska cocktails served here. And in then food department, the Crispy Soft Shell Crab Tempura Roll, the Philadelphia Rolls and Mac n Cheese has many takers. Perfect for an after-party, the club remains open till 4am. Depending upon the day of the week, the talented line-up of artists will make you groove to the Indie and Experimental music, the Club Tunes and the Underground music as well as the Pop Rock and Hard Rock music.

Lithiyum, Ashoka Hotel, Chanakyapuri

Launched in July 2017, Lithiyum is already making news, and getting rave reviews for being the first international and premium club, lounge and fine dine property in New Delhi. Divided into the Club Room, the Drawing Room & Arena, Lithiyum is being promoted as one of the best fine dining places, gastropub nightclubs and cocktailerias in the capital city. The club is also being appreciated for its brilliant lighting and sound system.

Privee’, Connaught Place

Located in the Shangri-la’s Eros Hotel, Privee’ enjoys a huge popularity amidst all the party people in the town. The club boasts a huge dance floor, and is all the rave for the hip hop music that specially plays here on Sundays. Their delectable cocktails are one of the best things about this place. It is important to note that the club hosts expat nights as well as ladies nights every Thursday.

Holidays in India: Visit These Vintage Car Museums!

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India is home to several well-maintained vintage car museums which are full of rare Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Lincolns, Cadillacs, Pontiacs and other classics. These cars were used by the royal families, the Maharajas, Nizams, British officers and Bollywood superstars.

Here is a list of five vintage car museums you should definitely visit when you are next holidaying in India.

Classic and Vintage Car Collection – Udaipur, Rajasthan

There can’t be a better place for a museum of vintage cars driven by the Indian Maharajas than a royal palace, and the Classic and Vintage Car Collection in Udaipur is just that! Opened for visitors in the year 2000, this museum is home to cars used by the kings of Mewar. The exotic car collection here includes cars dating back to the 1920’s. The popular ones include a rare 1946 Buick, a 1938 Cadillac, a 1925 Rolls Royce and a 1959 Morris Minor.

Ashvek Vintage World – Goa

A rare two-engine Vandall Tempo,  a 1931 Peugeot, a 1939 Mercedes 170,  a 1948 Chevrolet Fleet Master along with a couple of other brilliantly maintained vintage beauties await classic car enthusiasts at the Ashvek Vintage World in Goa. Many of these vintage cars have been used in a number of Bollywood movies. Situated in Salcete, Goa, the museum also organizes vintage car rallies in the country. The Vidal Tempo of 1936 showcased here has actually been sourced from the royal family of Sawantwadi.

Heritage Transport Museum – Gurugram, Haryana

Located at a distance of approximately 53 miles from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, the Heritage Transport Museum in Gurgaon has a splendid collection of 75 vintage cars, a restored 1930s BBCI Railway Station, vintage motorcycles and rare trucks. The impressively recreated Indian street scene and vintage petrol pump scene will take you back to the yesteryears. You can also watch films based on the evolution of transportation in India at the museum’s auditorium.

Chowmahalla Palace – Hyderabad

The Chowmahalla Palace Vintage Cars Gallery consists of the classy automobile driven by the Nizam family of Hyderabad. The list of vintage cars on display at the Chowmalla Palace includes a 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, a Fiat limousine, a Napier, a Packard touring sedan, a Wolseley and more.  Don’t miss the Hyderabad’s Nizam family’s Insignia engraved on all the vintage cars.

Manjusha Museum – Karnataka

Located at a distance of 47 miles from Mangalore, the Manjusha Museum in Karnataka is a treat for the classic car enthusiasts.  The list of vintage cars on display here include a 1936 Adler, a 1926 Mercedes Benz, a 1931 Fiat, a 1947 Frazer, a 1947 Ford Jeep, a 1930 Morris-Oxford, a 1924 Rolls Royce,  a 1929 Vauxhall and more. Photography inside the museum is not allowed, however you can buy a booklet that explains most all about the classics on display.

5 of the Oldest Churches in India

Churches and cathedrals in India are spread across the length and breadth of the country. Drawing inspirations from different colonised rulers, these places of worship are among the must visit attractions in the region. For those of you planning a holiday to India, here is a list of some of the most ancient churches in the country.

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Santa Cruz Basilica, Kochi

One of the eight Basilicas in the south Indian province of Kerala, Santa Cruz Basilica is a must visit attraction in Kochi. Build originally by the Portuguese in 1558, the basilica is known for its gothic style architecture. The painting of the renowned Italian painter Fr Antonio Moscheni and the seven large canvas paintings including a beautiful reproduction of the ‘Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci are top highlights here. The stained glass windows and paintings on the ceiling, depicting scenes from the life of the Jesus, are the other highlights.

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa

A classic example of baroque architecture, Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most beautiful churches in Goa, India. Constructed in 1605 by a group of travellers, this ancient basilica features the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier along with several paintings and sculptures. Many visit to see the 17th century Florentine sculpture and the ornamented entrance gate.

The Christ Church, Shimla

Located on the famous Mall Road, The Christ Church is the second oldest church in this part of the country. Originally constructed in 1857, this beautiful neo-gothic structure today is one of the most important tourist attractions in Shimla. The five stained glass windows representing the Christian virtues of faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility are loved by the visitors. The church holds a valuable collection of books, ancient sculptures and paintings.

All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad

Popularly known as ‘Patthar Girja’, All Saints Cathedral is a classic example of traditional architecture and efficient workmanship. Preserving some of the ancient works of glass and marble for over 125 years, the beautiful gothic styled church is home to different plaques mentioning the deaths of different British officials during the colonial period. Every year on All Saints Day (1st November) the church celebrates its anniversary by offering prayers and feast.

Moravian Mission Church, Leh

Moravian Church is one of the most famous churches in India. Constructed using Bohemian design and architecture in 1457, the cathedral is home to ancient pictures and sculptures dating back to the time when Christianity set its grounds in India. The emblem ‘Lamb of God’ surrounded by the flag of victory is a big highlight here.

Top attractions in the Royal City of Mysore, India

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Also known as the ‘City of Palaces’, Mysore is one of most exciting cities in South India. A former capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore, the city today is noted for its ancient monuments and royal palaces.

Mysuru Palace

A historical palace built by Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, Mysore Palace is one must visit tourist attraction in the city. Located in Chamrajpura district, this ancient structure is a classic example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Within the palace there are numerous unique rooms and over 12 Hindu temples dating back to the early 14th century. The Someshvara Temple, Lakshmiramana Temple, Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple and Kodi Someshwaraswami Temple are among the popular temples here. Sound and light shows are organized on a daily basis between 7 pm and 7:45 pm.

Keshava Temple, Somanathapura

One of the finest examples of Hoyasala architecture, Keshava Temple is a famous temple in Mysore. Housed inside a high walled enclosure, this popular 12th century construction is known for featuring amazing stone sculptures and paintings depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. Relief carvings, decorative wall mouldings, pierced windows and other stone inscriptions add to the beauty of the temple. Within the temple there are three beautiful shrines of Lord Vishnu.

St. Philomena’s Cathedral

St. Philomena’s Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in India and tallest in Asia. Built in Gothic style with inspirations from Germany’s Cologne Cathedral, the popular church is known for its beautiful stained glass windows and paintings depicting important scenes from the life of the Christ. Wall images and sculptures showcasing the birth of the Christ, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ are all impressive. A holy mass and prayer meetings are held daily at the sanctum sanctorum of the complex.

Namdroling Monastery

Located in Bylakuppe district, Namdroling Monastery is a beautiful site in Mysore. Founded in 1963 by a group of pilgrims, the monastery today is home to over 5000 lamas including both monks and nuns. Constructed using ancient Buddhist architecture style, Namdroling Monastery is home to several Tibetan mythology paintings and numerous gold plated statues of Buddha. The three idols of Buddha in a seated position are major attractions here. Around the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year), the monastery is packed with visitors and devotees. Don’t miss the Lama dance and other celebrations held here!

Jaganmohan Palace

Built in traditional Hindu style, Jaganmohan Palace is a must visit site in the city. A former residence of the Wodeyars (Kings of Mysore), this beautiful palace today is a famous art gallery featuring works of prominent artists and painters from across the world. The gallery is home to the largest collection of artefacts in South India. Japanese engravings and paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are a major attraction here. The painting of a lady holding a white lamp is a big hit with the visitors.

Famous Hill Resorts in South India

Hill stations are among the top tourist attractions in India. While most of them are clustered in North India, there are few lovely ones in the Southern part of the country as well. Majorly spread across the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, these hill stations offer much needed relief from the notoriously hot Indian summers.

Munnar

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Located in the state of Kerala, Munnar is a toy-town hill station. Fondly called the ‘Swiss of South India’, the tiny hill town is home to beautiful tea gardens, lakes, valleys and waterfalls. It has a subtropical climate and offers an exciting range of wildlife, including grizzled giant squirrels, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, elephants, the Nilgiri langurs, and the sambars. Some of the major attractions here include the Tea Museum, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Anamudi Peak and Attukal Waterfalls.

Ooty

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Also known as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty is located in the state of Karnataka and is famous for its thick forests, extensive grasslands and miles of tea gardens. The toy train, known as Nilgiri Mountain Railways running from Mettupalayam to Ooty is loved by families. The Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest and Pykara Dam are among the popular attractions here.

Chikmagalur

Located in the foothills of Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is another well-known hill station in the state of Karnataka. It is known for its vast coffee gardens, green forests and soaring mountains. For coffee in India was first cultivated here, it is also known as the coffee land of Karnataka. Hirekolale Lake, Amruthapura, Baba Budangiri, Mulliyangiri, Ayyanakere Lake, Kemmangundi and Manikyadhara Falls are among the noteworthy attractions here.

Coonoor

Located 6000 ft above sea level, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri Hills after Ooty. Featuring some of the best ravines and valleys, the hill town is famous for its landscapes. Providing a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills, Coonoor is visited in large number by tourists from all over the world. Sim’s Park is a must visit attraction here. Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose, Law’s fall and St. Catherine Falls are the other important sites to visit in Coonoor.

Kodaikanal

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Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill town in South India. Established in 1845, the city today is a hub for youngsters and the newlyweds. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Pillar Rocks and Coaker’s Walk are some of the popular attractions here. Most tourists visit the city in the summer months of April and June.

Wayanad

Located in the north-eastern end of Kerala, Wayanad is one of the most affordable hill stations in South India. Founded in 1980, the town is home to several waterfalls, dams, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Kanthampara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam and Karappuzha Dam are among the must visit attractions here. The Brahmagiri and Chembra Peak are the perfect spots for hiking and trekking.

Famous Hindu Temples in ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala, India

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A land full of ancient legends and exciting myths, Kerala, India’s southern state, is home to magnificent Hindu temples. Here is a list of some of the most famous temples in the ‘God’s Own Country’!

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Located in the city of Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum), Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a beautiful temple. Constructed in the early 8th century, it is known for its Dravidian style architecture. The beautifully crafted idol of Lord Vishnu (one of the principle deities in Hinduism) sheltered by serpents is the most popular attraction at the temple. The Alpashy festival and Panguni festival are the best times to visit the temple. Cultural events and activities are organised regularly here.

Chottanikkara Temple

Located in the tiny Chottanikkara town, Chottanikkara Temple is one of the famous temples in Kerala. Constructed by a group of tribal merchants, the temple is dedicated to Chottanikkara Devi (one of the most worshipped forms of Goddess Laxmi). The temple has some of the ancient idols of the deity along with statues of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The traditional ‘Guruthi Pooja’, held every evening, is a great spiritual experience for all.

Guruvayur Temple

Also referred to as ‘Bhuloka Vaikunta’, Guruvayur Temple is a well-known Krishna temple in Kerala. Situated in the tiny town of Guruvayur, it is particularly acclaimed for its beautiful architecture. The four-armed standing statue of Lord Krishna carrying the conch and the sudarshan chakra is the biggest attraction at the temple. During the celebrations of the Ulsavam and the Malyali New Year, the place comes alive with wonderful decorations and crowd of devotees.

Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple

Situated in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple is an ancient temple in the southern Indian province. Built by a group of merchants travelling to Kerala, the temple has a total of 32 different sculptures of Lord Ganesh. The main idol of Sri Mahaganapathy, in a seated posture, holds the attention of all visitors.

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

Located in the Pathanamthitta district, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is one of the ‘Divya Desams’ in the state. Built in traditional Kerala-style architecture, the temple features beautiful idols and sculptures of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Most paintings in the temple depict important events and incidents from the Mahabharata (one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India). The annual Snake Boat Race held annually at the nearby Pamba River is a popular attraction among tourists visiting the shrine.

Nilakkal Mahadeva Temple

Situated in the tiny district of Pathanamthitta, Nilakkal Mahadeva Temple is yet another famous temple and a halting place for the Sabarimala pilgrims. The tall idol of Shiva at the entrance gate is a popular attraction. Every year, hundreds of pilgrims visit the holy shrine during the Sabarimala pilgrimage and at the time of the Thiruvutsavam festival. The traditional rituals and daily prayers performed by the priests at the temple are enjoyed by both locals and tourists.