Monday, January 18, 2021

Coorg - Scotland of India

 Wake up to the smell of tranquilizing coffee, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this misty land of hills and streams. Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg lives up to its name with luring amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure, mouth-watering cuisine. Located along the western ghats, this famous coffee-producing hill station is well-known for its jaw-dropping ravishing scenery and opulence.

Not just the scintillating beauty, this misty landscape has a rich culture and a unique local clan - Kodavas specialised in martial arts, widely known for their hospitality. Ranging from admiring the beauty of this heavenly destination to a challenging trek or deep insight into the culture at the Madikeri Fort to the enthralling adventure at Abbey falls or the spicy curries to the sweet heart-melting handmade truffles, Coorg will make you oscillate to the extremes in everything.

                         

With so many activities in the house, this is indeed an ideal destination for everyone, whether you are a foodie, an explorer, an adventurer, or a tranquility seeker. Not to forget the popular festivals -  Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest).

Stunning mountains, the cascade of falling waters, and eye-feasting view of the flora and fauna, this place is indeed a perfect holiday destination for people who need an escape from their monotonous 9-5 hectic life. Much-acclaimed to be the preferred destination for trekking sports and white water rafting, Coorg qualifies to be the perfect location for the thrill-seekers.

Quench your thirst for adventure as you drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoons around the hills. Though the tinge of excitement is unnerving enough to boost your enthusiasm, do take care of the safety measures while you enjoy your exhilarating journey to Coorg.

Make sure you do not miss out the mesmerising towns including Gonikoppal, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Pollibetta, and Virajpet to add rewarding experiences to your itinerary. 

                    Which is the best month to visit Coorg?

The best time to visit Coorg is during the summer months between March and June. The best months are March and April, when the day time temperatures are comfortably hot. The valleys are shrouded in a mist, and you can go trekking, cycling or simply walking all about.

                         

                                    Why is coorg famous in India?

Coorg is a tranquil, little town in Southern Karnataka, cradled in the Western Ghats. It is famous mainly for its austere sights, varied wildlife, world-class coffee and the Kodavas, the ethnic warrior people of Coorg.



Why is coorg called Scotland of India?

Scotland is well known throughout the world for its vast stretches of lush greenery, beautiful rolling hills, and numerous fresh water bodies. ... It comes as no surprise then that Coorg, with its misty climate and hill station environment, is known as the "Scotland of India".

     21 Best Places to Visit in Coorg | Madikeri (Coorg) Tourist Places

    01. Abbey Falls, Coorg

    02. Chiklihole Reservoir, Coorg

    03. Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg

    04. Harangi Dam, Coorg

    05. Honnamana Kere Lake, Coorg

    06. Omkareswara Temple, Coorg

    07. Kotebetta Trek / Peak, Coorg

    08. Madikeri Fort, Coorg

    09. Mallalli Falls, Coorg

    10. Mandalpatti Trek, Coorg

    11. Nalknad Aramane Palace, Coorg

    12. Nehru Mantap, Coorg

    13. Padi Iggutappa Temple, Coorg

    14. Raja's Seat, Coorg

    15. Somwarpet, Coorg

    16. Suntikoppa, Coorg

    17. Tadiandamol Trek, Coorg

    18. Talakaveri Temple & Waterfalls, Coorg

    19. Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu, Coorg

    20. Karada Village near Coorg

    21. Gaddige or Raja’s Tomb, Coorg


Saturday, January 9, 2021

Andaman and Nicobar Island Indian Union territory

The Andaman Islands are an archipelago in northeastern Indian Ocean about 130 km (81 mi) southwest off the coasts of Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Region. Together with the Nicobar Islands to their south, the Andamans serve as a maritime boundary between the Bay of Bengal to the west and the Andaman Sea to the east. Most of the islands are part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India, while the Coco Islands and Preparis Island in the archipelago's north belong to Myanmar.

Blue seas, virgin islands and colonial past"

Andaman & Nicobar Islands Tourism

Replete with picturesque shimmering beaches, lagoons of turquoise blue waters and a bit of history, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a little slice of paradise tucked around 1,400 km away from the east coast of India. The union territory comprises a total of 572 islands, only 37 of which are inhabited and a few are open to the tourists.

Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, is the gateway to the archipelago and is connected with various islands via multiple daily ferries. Havelock and Neil Island are some of the most famous islands among tourists and is known for pearly white sands, palm-lined shores and offer some of the best snorkelling and diving options in India.

Once known for its Cellular Jail- ‘Kaala Paani’ in Port Blair which primarily imprisoned the freedom fighters who were exiled from the mainland of India during the British Era, the graph of the Andaman and Nicobar islands have lately changed drastically and it is now known for its flourishing tourism industry which especially attracts honeymooners, families and adventure enthusiasts.


Havelock Island is one of the largest and the most popular attraction of all of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Blessed with pristine beaches and coconut groves, this one offers myriad adventure sports opportunities to its guests. From snorkelling to parasailing, scuba diving and kayaking etc., there is no dearth of thrilling activities here, for that much-needed adrenaline rush, on an otherwise tranquil leisure vacay.

In addition to this, you can visit the bustling city of Port Blair to get a glimpse of the local lifestyle. Steeped in colonial history and boasting of striking architectural monuments, you can also browse the local markets and savour the traditional cuisine.



 The best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between October and May as the weather stays bright and quite pleasant. Monsoons (July to September) are not always recommended as the waves could be unpredictable and specific regions also receive heavy downpours.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Kashmir... Heaven in India

Kashmir is the northernmost geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. Until the mid-19th century, the term "Kashmir" denoted only the Kashmir Valley between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range. Today, the term encompasses a larger area that includes the Indian-administered territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and Chinese-administered territories of Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract.

The Kashmir region is predominantly mountainous, with deep, narrow valleys and high, barren plateaus. The relatively low-lying Jammu and Punch (Poonch) plains in the southwest are separated by the thickly forested Himalayan foothills and the Pir Panjal Range of the Lesser Himalayas from the larger, more fertile, and more heavily populated Vale of Kashmir to the north. The vale, situated at an elevation of about 5,300 feet (1,600 metres), constitutes the basin of the upper Jhelum River and contains the city of Srinagar. Jammu and the vale lie in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, while the Punch lowlands are largely in Azad Kashmir.



The climate of the region ranges from subtropical in the southwestern lowlands to alpine throughout the high mountain areas. Precipitation is variable; it is heavier in areas that can be reached by the monsoonal winds west and south of the great ranges and sparse to the north and east where continental conditions prevail.

The people in the Jammu area are Muslim in the west and Hindu in the east and speak Hindi, Punjabi, and Dogri. The inhabitants of the Vale of Kashmir and the Pakistani areas are mostly Muslim and speak Urdu and Kashmiri. The sparsely inhabited Ladakh region and beyond is home to Tibetan peoples who practice Buddhism and speak Balti and Ladakhi.



Tourist Attractions in Kashmir

Dolled up with pristine nature, Kashmir has many popular tourist attractions that are perfect for those planning a family vacation, holiday with friends, pilgrimage tour, adventure, and a honeymoon. In the most popular attractions of Kashmir Tourism, Dal and Nigeen Lake in Srinagar, one can enjoy a unique stay at the houseboat or enjoy a Shikara ride. The beautiful alpine lakes like Tarsar Marsar, Gadsar, Vishnasar lakes, offer adventure lovers the best trekking experience.

Then there are other points of interest including Dachigam National Park near Srinagar; apple orchards and Lidder river in Pahalgam; skiing slopes and cable car in Gulmarg; and Thajiwas Glacier in Sonmarg.

The religious sites in Kashmir like Amarnath Cave, Shankaracharya Temple, Charar-e-Sharief, Hazratbal Shrine, and Baba Reshi Shrine, set amidst a picturesque setting, offer pilgrimage opportunities to devotees from near and far.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh "snow-laden province") is a  state  in the northern part of  India . Situated in the  Western Himalayas , it is o...