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.

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 Beaches and Tourist Places in Philippines

Philippines Islands is a must visit  travel destination and one of the best tourist places around the world. Philippine islands are Blessed with an extensive coastline and the Philippines is ringed with unspoiled beaches and first-class resort facilities. Its deep-blue, crystal-clear waters offer about 40,000 square kilometers of coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of marine life.

Endowed with a temperate climate, the Philippines offers a perfect treat to enjoy the sunlight. Lying in southeast Asia and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines boasts of unsullied beaches, spectacular sunsets, luxuriant pastoral lands, cool mountain weather, brilliant man-made resorts and dazzling islands.

Feel the breeze of summer at white-sand beaches deemed as among the world's finest; be fascinated at the spectacular view of Baguio and Tagaytay; and take a dip in the refreshing waters of modern resort facilities.

White Sandy Beaches 
Boracay Island
Widely known as one of the finest swimming destinations in the world, Boracay is blessed with unsullied fine talcum powder-sand beaches. Its tranquil crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, sailing, fishing and sunbathing. Boracay also boasts of sapphire seas and spectacular sunsets. Countless hidden coves dot the island and tall coconut trees line up along the beaches. 

Boracay lies at the northwest tip of Panay, in the west Visayas region, off the Sibuyan Sea. The island is made up of little communities: Yapak in the north, Balabag in the middle, and Manocmanoc in the south. Hilly elevations up to 100 meters above sea level characterize Yapak and Manocmanoc. Intertwining trails link the small villages together but many sometimes lead to lush tropical jungles. 

To get to Boracay, one has to book a flight to Kalibo, the capital of Aklan province. Air-conditioned coasters or public buses offer one-hour-and-a-half drive to Caticlan where one can board a motorized banca for a 30-minute trip to Boracay.

Siargao Island 
This newly discovered island boasts of white-sand beaches and surfing waves compared to that of Hawaii. Lying 800 kilometers southeast of Manila, the tear-shaped Siargao Island is a perfect haven for the sun, sea, and surf buffs. It lies on the eastern portion of Surigao del Norte and on the southeastern tip of Mindanao. The island is a mass of tropical land with scores of reefs, points and white beaches.

Its promise as a surfing mecca in the making was discovered in 1993 by American surf photographer John Callahan who went to investigate the rumors of spectacular waves in a little known Mindanao town. He came back from his trip armed with stories about the lovely sun-drenched island and documented his find with beautiful photographs.

Siargao opened itself to the international surfing community by playing host to the Siargao Surfing Cup in the municipality of General Luna. Siargao's Cloud Nine break is said to be among the best in the world and foreign sportsmen view "the unparalleled surf of Siargao as a magnet for deep sea fishing, sailing, wind-surfing, kayaking, and sunbathing on miles of white sandy beaches that the reef-ringed island and its rich waters afford the visitor.

Samal Island 
Samal Island offers unending fascination with its white-sand beaches, thick mangroves, coral reefs, rolling hills and rock formations.It is an archipelago of nine islands located in the Davao Gulf about 700 meters south of Davao City. An ideal model for resort and development, Samal Island provides a fabulous site for sunrise and sunset. 

Samal Island, like the rest of Mindanao, is outside of the typhoon belt, and enjoys relatively calm weather. Its coastline is characterized by tall, swaying coconut trees, white sand beaches, rock formations, mangroves, coral reefs, and small fishing villages, all suggestive of a tropical island paradise.

Almost all of the beach areas have white sand, with widths varying from only a few meters to more than 10 meters. It provides ample space for picnic huts, reclining chairs for sun bathing, or for simply relaxing and enjoying the tropical scenery.

The water is crystal clear throughout the coastline, which varies in terrain from gently sloping sand beaches to steep cliffs and rock formations. The colors of the coastline at the beach areas transforms itself from the green lush vegetation of coconut trees, to the white sandy beaches, to the dark blue color of the sea, with its deep waters and coral reefs.

Among its popular attractions are the Aguinaldo Pearl Farm, the caves of Talikud Island, the White Stone Mountain, and the San Jose Muslim Fishing Village. 


Bohol's Springs and Beaches

Bohol is one of the loveliest islands in southern Philippines. It is situated at the heart of Visayas and with coastline skimmed by gentle coves and white-sand beaches. Many highways snake along sparkling beaches or leafy rivers where one can stop at any point and jump in.

With its rolling hills and plateaus, crystal springs and beaches, the province of Bohol is a picturesque province replete with ancestral homes and centuries-old churches. Bohol is composed of numerous isles -Panglao, Pamilacan, Cabilao, Jao, Mahanay and Lapinin, which are excellent dive spots.

The Chocolate Hills is but one of the many natural wonders to be found in Bohol. The province is the home of the world's smallest monkey, the tarsier. The size of a fist, the tarsier lives on the hills of Corella, some ten kilometers from Tagbilaran. Other exotic flora and fauna may also be found amongst the forest of Bohol.

Bohol's various mountainous and water formations also serve as a natural playground for the adventurous tourist. One can cruise its rivers, hike up the hills, swim the deep waters, or just stroll down the avenues. Bohol is just waiting to surprise you.

Tagbilaran, Bohol's capital town can be reached by plane or boat from Cebu and Manila. Numerous tourist inns and excellent resorts are found in Tagbilaran and Panglao island.



Top 10 Best and Must Visit Tourist Places in USA

United States of America is a huge country and there is lot of travel destinations attracting the most of the travelers. Here are some of the favourite tourist places that should be on your traveling list of 2012: 
US Virgin Islands 
In a year when travelers are apt to still be watching their wallets, this is our #1 choice for an American tropical getaway. It’s eternally 80 degrees, rimmed with white-sand beaches on turquoise water, and, yes, it’s a US territory. Each of the US Virgin Islands has their own identity: if you want a break from resorts, St John is nearly two-thirds a lush national park with tent cabins amid trees and hikes to secluded beaches – this sadly may be the last year for the Maho Bay Camps, a long-standing eco-resort which is the place to stay if you’re watching your budget; or try the St John Inn which offers great-value rooms with kitchenettes. For more action, the previously inaccessible Hassel Island, now part of Virgin Islands National Park (St Thomas), can be explored by snorkel or kayak. And word is that the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery on St. Croix will open its new visitor center in spring 2012.
Hudson River Valley, New York 
It should be a given that any visitor to New York City breaks for a day or two ‘upstate’ in the Hudson River Valley, a slice of rural Americana just north. It’s a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options that draw even spoiled-for-choice Manhattanites away from the city. A favorite spot to stay is straight out of a B-52s video. No surprise. It’s former ‘52 singer Kate Pierson’s Lazy Meadow, a renovated ‘50s cabin complex near Woodstock designed by the same pals who did up the ‘Love Shack’ for the video.


Cincinnati, Ohio
Seen Cincy lately? The pretty city on the Ohio River – off the main cross-country interstates – gets bypassed by many road trippers, but it’s quietly transformed itself in the last decade into a worthy weekend getaway. Life centers around the river – much which can be seen by foot: river walkways are best on the Kentucky side, reached via a couple bridges including John Roebling’s Suspension Bridge (a prequel to his famous Brooklyn Bridge). Narrow, twisting (and steep) brick roads of the Mt Adams district lead past 19th-century Victorian townhouses and the free Cincinnati Art Museum, while the once-dangerous, emerging Over-the-Rhine, just north of downtown, is home to the Findlay Market and a sprawling collection of historic Italianate architecture. Best, though, is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, open since 2004, on the banks of the river where many slaves escaped to freedom in the 19th century. 


Four Corners Region, Southwest USA
The most popular attractions of the four states sharing a border in the southwest – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah – typically cluster away from the four corners, but this underappreciated region is a geologic, archeological wonderland. Even with a 100-mile radius, you can see the sandstone towers of Arizona’s Monument Valley, Hollywood stars in their own right, seen on a 17-mile loop or by Navajo-led walks – pop into one of Utah’s national parks, see Colorado’s Mesa Verde’s abandoned cliff dwellings on self-guided walks, then straddle all four states at once.


Culebra, Puerto Rico
Looking for a beach? Don’t forget Puerto Rico, just a short hop from the US mainland. The island is rimmed with great beaches, but the best – and still a secret to most visitors – is the world-class Playa Flamenco, on wee, offbeat, laid-back island of Culebra, 17 miles off Puerto Rico’s mainland. Reached by ferry or flight, Culebra is great for beach-hopping, snorkeling or hikes in a wildlife refuge. You can find beachside apartments for $150/night, including Villa Flamenco Beach, while the personable, cheaper Palmetto Guesthouse offers free water-sports gear.


Ghati Subramanya -Must Visit Subrahmanya Temple Near Bangalore

Ghati Subramanya is one of the must visit tourist place and Lord Subramanya's temple near Bangalore located near Dodadaballapur of Bangalore Rural District. Ghati Subramanya is around 60kms from Bangalore. The temple is belongs to Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha and in history of the temple says that the idol of Shri Subrahmanya is self originated. The unique of this temple is Sri Subrahmanya is facing east and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is facing west, in a single view image, once can have Darshan of Lord Narasimha through a mirror placed rear side. It is a Sri Subramanya’s temple and very much similar with the Kukke Subramanya temple near Mangalore. In this temple, you find him in the "Naga" avathar and all the ‘Sarpa (snake) dosha’ related poojas are performed here.


This temple is attracting thousand together visitors, devotees and many people for its uniqueness. Brahmarathotsava also will take place on the day of Pushya shudda shasti narasimha jayanti. This is main festival celebration of the temple. Marriage functions are also held in this temple. Free Lunch aslo be provided for devotees who visit the temple. Local transportation is available from Doddaballapur to Ghati Subramanya. Makali Durga on the Bangalore - Guntakal lane is the nearest railway station Nearest Airport to the temple is Bangalore International Airport.

Sri KarinjeshwaraTemple - A Weekend Destination from Mangalore

The Sri Karinjeshwara temple is one of the most honoured tourist place near Mangalore  This temple is situated in the Bantwal taluk and is atop a hill in the Karinja village.
Sri Karinjeshwara Temple – Overview 

The Surya Sadashiva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. A devotee will have to climb as many as 555 steps in order to reach the Sri Karinjeshwara temple. On the way to the Shiva temple is the temple of Parvati. At the same level of the Parvati temple, is another temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.



Some of my Friends visited the temple and wrote there experiences here.

The first twenty kilometers of the drive was along the Mangalore -Bangalore highway. But once we left the highway and took the road towards Dharmasthala, the scene soon turned green. We drove past villages and settlements scattered between patches of woods. About eight kilometers down this road, we had to turn right to take a narrow winding road towards Kavalamudur village. This stretch passes through a densely wooded forest and is a visual treat. A clean level ground at the base of a rocky hill suddenly jumps into view as you turn a bend in the road. A couple of shops selling coconuts and bananas for offering at the temples stand on the bank of a fairly large rectangular tank of water. Having parked the car in front of one of the shops, we made our way up the flight of steps cut into the side of the hill. The steps were small and paved with rough hewn granite and were interrupted every now and then by wide landings which made the climb relatively easy. Though it was a Sunday during a month when most schools in the region were having vacations, there were not many visitors. A winding climb of a few hundred steps brought us to the first of the two shrines. Situated halfway up the hill, this Parvathi temple is surrounded by a clean courtyard, at one end of which is a new, almost completed anna chathra - a dining hall. Another steeper flight of steps leads up to the peak of he hill on which is situated the Karinjeshwara temple. The peak of the hill provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the forested foothills of the western ghats. A troop of friendly monkeys have made their home here. Each morning, after the daily pooja, the naivedyam is ritually offered to the monkeys.


The top of the hill on which these temples are situated is accessible only by foot. Each stone and each beam of wood that was used in building the temple must have been carried manually up the hill. The amount of physical labour that was involved in the task must have been astounding.


Distance:
35 kms from Mangalore

How to get there:
Frequent buses available from Mangalore.
If you are driving from Mangalore, take the Mangalore-Bangalore Highway. Immediately after the BC Road (Bantwal Cross Road) bus stop, turn left into the Dharmasthala / Moodigere road. About 8 kms down the road, turn right at the Karinje junction and drive another two kms.

Driving conditions:

Most of the roads are in good condition. The stretch after BC Road, has a few tight and steep curves. Look out for private buses driven by maverick drivers.

What we liked about the place:
The beautiful view from the top of the hill
The antics of the resident monkeys
Not crowded (unless you are visiting during Shivarathri when there is a Jathre at the place), relatively clean.



Tips:

  • Reach early unless you enjoy climbing a steep hill under a blazing sun.
  • Dont forget your caps and sunglasses.
  • Take a few bottles of water frozen solid in the freezer overnight. By the time you reach the hill, they would have thawed into refreshingly cool water.
  • And finally, dont forget to take a camera.

Munnar - Must Visit Hill Station in Kerala

Munnar is located in South India is located in the east of Kerala bordering with the state of Tamilnadu  at 1600 Mts above sea levelSprawling tea plantations,  winding lanes,  picturisque towns, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar has  covered by tea estates. The mots speaking languages in Munnar are  Malayalam, Tamil, English.
The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mts and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.

During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favourite tourist place of both; Indians as well as foreigners. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range expose its beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants, which make the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. 



The alluring bends and curves of Munnar roads will lead you to a wonderful hillstation perched on natural greens.

A hill-top town that received its name from being the converging point of three mountain streams namely Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, the history of Munnar vibrates back to the 19th century. During the colonial era, Munnar was the favorite summer resort of British rulers. Infinite expanse of tea estates, nature- fresh valleys and mountains, flora and fauna of exotic nature, scintillating sanctuaries and flourishing forests.. Munnar is famous for its spectacular estate home stays, beautiful resorts, beautiful waterfalls and  breathtaking valleys.
Kuthumkal Waterfalls
An important tourist attraction at Munnar is the Kuthumkal Waterfalls. The scenic waterfalls, falling from spectacular heights and creating a foggy atmosphere is something worth watching out for.



Munnar- Honeymooners Paradise

Must Visit Best Hill Stations in North India

North India has several tourist places to visit. Lots of cool hill station are the best tourist attractions for this hot summer. Most of the travelers around the world visiting these beautiful hill stations throughout the year.

Shimla

Discovered by the British in 1819, Shimla is the queen of hill stations in India. The green valleys, scenic beauty, colonial architecture and adventure sports and several other tourist attractions are the striking features of this arresting hill station. Shimla is located in Himachal Pradesh, North India.




Kullu is ideally located on the banks of River Beas, which is very picturesque. In ancient times Kullu used to be known as 'Kulantapitha' and this name also finds mention in the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are several tourist attractions in Kullu.





Manali 

Snow-capped mountain peaks and the sheer natural beauty of Manali attracts many a tourist every year. The historical temples of Manali have their own unique beauty. Adventurous tourists can indulge in adventure sports such as trekking in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.




Nainital 

Enjoy the beautiful locations and stunning lakes at the mesmerizing hill station of Nainital, Uttaranchal. The colourful markets of Nanital offer goods at reasonable price. 




Surrounded by the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, Ladakh is a fantastic hill station of North India. Its unsurpassed beauty can be best seen in its snow-capped mountains. Ladakh is one of the best hill stations ideal for trekking.


Pahalgam

Plan a visit to Pahalgam, high on aesthetic beauty quotient. In fact it is the most famed hill station in Kashmir valley. Apart from enjoying the scenic beauty of this destination, tourists can pamper themselves with wildlife safaris and fishing expeditions.



Srinagar 
Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, is a heavenly destination whose beauty is simply unparalleled. Its canals, houseboats and Mughal gardens are very popular with tourists. A shikara ride on Dal lake in Srinagar is something which should be a part of your itinerary. The lakes of Srinagar are filled with houseboats, villages, narrow water canals, lotus, vegetable gardens, houses and shops. 




Mount Abu

Overlooking a beautiful lake and encircled by rolling hills, Mount Abu is the only hill station in the majestic Rajasthan. The Dilwara Jain temples in Mount Abu are renowned the world over for their architectural beauty. There are several other tourist attractions in Mount Abu, which leave the visitors enchanted.


Kodagu (Coorg) - The Coolest Famous Hill Station in South India

Coorg is praised as the ‘Scotland of India’ and also renowned as ‘Kashmir of South’ due to the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station at an altitude in range of 3500ft. above sea level. It is one of the best tourist place near Bangalore. Dense teak wooded forests, lush green valleys, breathtaking coffee plantations and undulated challenging mountain ranges make Coorg an exquisite location for the tourist seeking natural scenic spots and challenging treks. 
Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of coffee and tea plantations, orange groves, undulating streets, beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking views are what Coorg is a unforgettable tourist destination.
Famous Festivals in Coorg

Huttari ( Harvest festival of Kodagu)
Huttari, which means "new rice" in Kodava tak .Observed on Karthika Poornima(full moon day) (November~December).This marks the biggining of the rice harvest.The kodavas traditionally offer pooja to deities before beginning the harvest .The family along with friends and workers led by one of the women carrying the traditional lamp, go to the fields and cut a few sheaves of paddy. These sheaves signifying fertility, are then woven into garlands and adorn all imprortant plcaes like the main door, prayer room, well.etc..


The week that follows Huttari witnesses rich cultural activities of singing and group dancing like rhythmic and brisk Kolata for the men and graceful swaying of ummatata for the women. Cane reeds are used as swords in the traditional game called periyakali which is played to the tune of beating drums at the village pastures.


Madikeri Dasara
Mercara Dasara, second only to the Mysore Dasara, is celebrated in a unique way with decorated tabloos (Dasha Mantapas or The Ten Tabloos). Traditonal dancers, singers, fun games, archestra, cultural programs are held round the clock. Mainly celebrated at night Mercara Dasara is the right time to rejoice. Music of all kind blend through hill station inducing everyone to dance it out.


Kail Poldu (Kail Muhurtha)
It falls in the month of September, men show of their fine armsand workmanship and invoke the blessings of gods upon their weapons. This marks the end of transplanting in the rice fields and worship use of arms and rededication to the cause of the land


Cauvery Sankramana / Thula sankramana
Celebrated on an auspicious day of Tula Sankramana in the month of October, this festival marks the emerging (taking birth / Theerthodbhava) of Goddess Cauvery (The River) at a place called Tala Cauvery in Bhagamandala. Devoties throng to the holy place from various parts of India.


Coorgie Food

Coorg cuisine is considered one of the most delicious among all the south Indian dishes and a hot favorite of one ,varieties of food are prepared by a typical Coorg family.Rice is the staple food. In a kodava family pork is considered the main dish and it is served on special occasions such as festivals or any other grand events in the family.Traditional dishes include pandi curry (pork),koli curry(Chicken curry),Baimbale curry (tender bamboo shoot curry),Kadambutu (rice dumplings),nool puttu(rice noodles),rice roti etc....



Most Visited Tourist Places in Coorg