Monday, 30 March 2015
Renowned for its scenic beauty and strong history, Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala is one of the most interesting cities in the entire globe thronged in large number by tourists owing to its vast places of tourist interest which holds great significance in terms of history as well as in terms of natural beauty.
Tourist Places of Interest:
Natural History Museum: Constructed in a conventional Kerala Nair wooden house style of architecture (Nalukettu), Natural History Museum houses several galleries that showcases the items related to natural sciences, stuffed faunas and avian faunas, animal skeletons, along with natural history and anthropology. The museum remains open from 10: 00 am to 5:00 pm.
Zoological Garden: Spread over an area of 55 acres of land, Zoological Garden was set up in 1857 by the then Maharaja of Travancore is considered among the oldest zoos of India. It houses about 75 species including Asiatic lion, Indian rhino, Nilgiri Tahr, Royal Bengal Tiger, Cape buffalo, hippo, giraffe along with varieties of snakes. It is located at a close proximity from the Napier Museum. It remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is closed on Mondays.
East Fort: East Fort is another prime attraction of Trivandrum which houses several jewelries and handicraft shops. Don’t go by its name as you won’t find there any fort as the fort is fully crashed with little ruins remaining. Visitors can also visit the large number of parks which are placed in this area. It is a perfect place for you to purchase some gift items and souvenirs to take back home as a memory.
Kovalam: Placed at a distance of 16 km from the city of Trivandrum, Kovalam houses three fascinating beaches namely Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach and Hawah Beach. Lighthouse Beach to the south of Kovalam is visited by tourists in huge number owing to its soft sands, crystal clear waters, swaying coconut groves and beach activities. Beside swimming and sunbathing in the beach, the Vizhinjam lighthouse after which the beach is named provides a stunning view of the surrounding vicinity. Samudra Beach and Hawah Beach are isolated as it is less visited by tourists. These two beaches are perfect place to spend some peaceful time amidst nature.
Napier Museum: Designed by Robert Chisholm, this architectural masterpiece was set up in the year 1855 in an Indo-Gothic style of architecture. This 158 year old museum houses ancient ornaments, life size figures of Kathakali performers, temple chariot, bronze idols and many other aged old antiques. The museum is named after Lord Napier (Governor of Chennai) from 1866-1872. It is the ground of this museum in which the Zoological garden is housed.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Devoted to Lord Vishnu, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the most famed temples placed in the heart of the Trivandrum inside the east Fort. It was constructed by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1733 AD in Dravidian style of architecture with murals and stone carvings adoring the temple. The manifestation of this seven storied gopuram in the clean water of the nearby holy tank grabs attention of every passerby. In the works of Tamil saints this temple is described among the 108 sacred places of Lord Vishnu in earth.
Veli Tourist Village: This tourist village placed 8 km away from the city houses floating bridge, children’s park, garden and restaurant along with amusing water sports games. It is surrounded by the Veli Lagoon and the endless Arabian Sea which gives it a stunning look. Apart from these must see places there are lots and lots of tourist places of interest in this city including the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Observatory, the Kanakakunnu Palace and Shanghumukham Beach.
Friday, 27 March 2015
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Popularly referred as the ‘queen of the hill stations’, Ooty is a renowned hill station of India nestled at an elevation of 2,286 meters above sea level in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. The picturesque landscape, scenic beauty, beautiful surroundings along number of tourist places of interest have been the major boosters for tourism in the area. This hill beauty is visited by more than 2 million of domestic tourists and above 20, 000 of foreign tourists annually.
Doddabetta Peak: Highest point in the Nilgiri district and tenth highest peak of India, Doddabetta peak placed at a height of 2,623 is the best view point to relish astounding views of the beautiful vicinity of Ooty and its bordering areas like Mysore and Coimbatore. Visitors can get worldly views with the help of a telescope which is placed in the peak by the Tamil Nadu Development Corporation to facilitate tourists. One has to indulge in a moderate level of trekking to reach the top of the peak so that you can feast your eyes with astonishing sights of nature.
Ooty Lake: Ooty Lake, spread over an area of 65 acres is a manmade lake built by John Sullivan (Founder of Ooty) in 1824. Surrounded by Eucalyptus trees on all sides, visitors can relish boating over the exciting waters of this lake for further fun and excitement. This ‘L’ Shaped lake organizes pageants and other boating competitions annually.
Deer Park: Considered as one of the high altitude zoos of India, the Deer Park placed on the edge of the Ooty Lake is an added attraction of this hill beauty which houses number of deer species including sambar deer, barking deer along with other animals.
Botanical Garden: Nestled at a height of 2400 meters above sea level and flourished over a thriving area of 22 hectares, the Botanical Garden houses 20 million year old fossil tree, rare species of trees, an Italian style garden bordering, rare coloured lilies and many other flowering plants. Every year, the garden organizes a ‘Summer Festival’ on the month of May which witnesses large number of nature and flower lovers from across the globe. It is currently maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Government Museum: Storehouses of tribal objects and artifacts, sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu, the Government Museum founded in 1989 is positioned on the Mysore Road, Udhagamandalam (nearby Ooty). It was established with a view to provide information and knowledge to the residing inhabitants about the rich bygone era of the Nilgiri district. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The entry is free.
Ooty is place enriched with composite culture mainly dominated by South Indian population and a strong Christian society. Currently, it is inhabited by the tribal community, some British families and settlements from other parts of India. The annual ‘Tea and Tourism festival’ and ‘Summer Festival’ are the major festivals celebrated by all the residents irrespective of their caste and creed.
The traditional art paintings which are known as Tanjore are very popular among the tourists who purchase it as a memento. The cuisine includes both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian includes dosa, uttapam, pongal, idly etc. while non vegetarian dishes include mutton, chicken, fish and many other culinary delights. The restaurants in Ooty serves Indian, Western, Italian as well as Chinese dishes to its guests.
Things to Do:
Pykara placed at an expanse of 19 km from the main town of Ooty is an ideal place to venture for tourists. On the way, the Pine Forest where the thick density and the population of the pine trees prevent the sun even to reach the ground is a perfect place for a long natural walk with your loving partner or with your friends. After a short and sweet scenic venture through the beautiful forested area of high and low ranges, you will reach the land of Pykara where the enchanting waterfall, river and the stunning lake awaits you with all its glory. Relish boating, enjoy natural sightseeing, capture moments in your camera and most especially make sure to relish a glittering sunset while sitting on the banks of the astounding Pykara Lake which is sure to steal away the moment.
Another activity that you can relish here in Ooty beside trekking to the Doddabetta peak and venturing to the beautiful Pykara is discovering various species of rose in the Rose Garden of Ooty which is one of the important garden of South Asia owing to its high number of rose species which is recorded to be 2800 in numbers.