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SOUTHERN INDIA - ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLAND

Capital:
  • Port Blair
Location:
  • Andaman Nicobar Islands are located in the Bay of Bengal - Southern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to May
Major Places:
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an ideal place for the nature admirers. The contiguous areas of the seashores are marvelous. The Nicobar Islands are profuse in marine life. Moreover, many exemplifications of architectural brilliance are also found here. Some of the places to see in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Anthropological Museum, Indira Point, Car Nicobar, Katchal, etc.
What to See in Andaman & Nicobar Islands:
  • Giant Evergreen Forest, Andaman's Tropical Evergreen Forest, Cane Brakes, Wet Bamboo Brakes, Andaman's Semi-Evergreen Forest, Andaman's Moist Deciduous Forest, Andaman's Secondary Moist Deciduous Forest, Littoral Forest, Mangrove Forest, Brackish Water Mixed Forest, Sub-Montane Hill Valley Swamp Forest
Accessibility
  • A tourist can reach Andaman and Nicobar through air or ship. There are direct day flights to Port Blair from Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. On certain days, there are few flights from Bhubneshwar as well.The ships sail from Vizag, Chennai and Kolkata. Ship journey takes 50-60 hours to reach these islands.
Temperature:
  • 31° C (maximum) and 23° C (minimum)

ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLAND TOURIST PLACES

Jolly Buoy

Jolly Buoy is an island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, it offers a breath taking underwater view of coral and marine life. It is an ideal place for snorkeling, sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach. The place offers amazing views to enjoy and be at ease.

Havelock Island

Largest island of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Havelock Island is known for its pristine beaches, coral reefs and great scuba diving experience. Havelock is about 30 km from Port Blair and has the distinction of being the most visited island in Andamans. Havelock Island is named after Maj Gen Sir Henry Havelock, a prominent British Army official during colonial times. Most of the Island is populated by friendly people who hailed from mainland India. Bengalis form the bulk of the settlers.

Baratang Island

Baratang Island is one of the islands in Andaman located in the middle and south Andaman which lies at the distance of about 100 kms from Port Blair. This island is famous for its variety of natural wonders and its beauty. In Baratang island, you can explore the rare mud volcano, tropical and mangrove forests, Parrot island, limestone caves. You can reach Baratang by taking a bus from the STS Bus Terminal, Aberbeen Bazar. The journey to Baratang Island need to be commute in two phases i.e.

Barren Island Tourism

Barren Island is the part of Andaman Islands located 135 km away from Port Blair in the Andaman Sea. It is famous for having only active volcano in South Asia. The island has big craters of volcano situated about half kilometre from the shore and has total diameter of about 3kms. This calm and peaceful island recorded its first eruption in 1787, since then has erupted more than six times with the last one reportedly in 2005. It can be visited after seeking permission from the Forest Department using chartered boats and sea planes.

Cinque Island

Cinque Island consists of a pair of islands named as North Cinque Island and South Cinque Island connected with a sandbar and is a part of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a famous destination for Eco-tourism because of having large a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, which is also known as Wandoor Marine National Park, along with 15 other islands.

Little Andaman

Nestled at the south end of Andaman & Nicobar Islands opposite the Great Andaman Island, Little Andaman island is the fourth largest island of the Andaman archipelago. It features an evergreen rain forest that represent the rich fauna and flora of the country. The island is known for Red Oil Palm Plantation and covers a vast area under such plantation regime. Tourists visiting the island can explore the two stunning waterfalls located in the island i.e.

Viper Island

Positioned near the Port Blair, Viper Island was the location of old jail used by the British to keep political prisoners and harbours convicts. This island is exceptionally exquisite and tranquil. Moreover, it is easily accessible from the Port Blair. The name of this island is kept in the name of the vessel in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar in the year 1789. This exquisite island is horded by visitors every year.

Ross Island

The erstwhile base for British Administrator of the penal colony in Port Blair, Ross Island is a spectacular island in Andaman. The tourists visiting this marvellous region, grab the unforgettable tour memories and always quest for travelling here again. The island reflects the era of the British Rule and thus draws the attentions of tourists with bit interest towards history as well. Moreover, the nature admirers also find this serene and gorgeous land purely irresistible.

Neil Island

A long and immaculate island of Andaman, Neil Island is endowed with calm and exquisite settings. For tourists in quest of chilling out after the humdrum schedule, this island is no less than an empyrean. The azure sea and verdant foliage makes the island bliss to the eyes. There are in total six sand beaches on the island. The amazing element of this beach is the breathtaking view of sunset offered by it.

Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock

The exceptionally beautiful and mystifying Vijaynagar Beach is perched on the well-known Havelock Island. This pristine beach is at just 38 kilometers of distance from Port Blair. Vijaynagar Beach is also popular as Beach Number 5 and is in the Havelock Island. Famed for its shallow perfect for swimming and witnessing aquatic life, Vijanagar Beach is a large and intact area attracting tourists from all around the blue planet. Vijaynagar Beach is a matchless spot for all the travelers in quest of solace and nature's exquisiteness.

Radhanagar Beach Andaman

Counted among the most beautiful beaches of Asia, Radhanagar beach is incredibly astounding beach located on the gorgeous Andaman Island. The spectacular vistas of the beach make the tourists amazed on visiting. The turquoise blue sea and golden sand make this beach a perfect spot to bask in the midst of nature's bounty. Radhanagar Beach is positioned just 7 kilometres away from Vijaynagar Beach and Dolphin Yatri Niwas, which is a marvelous government resort.

Elephant Beach, Havelock

Situated at a distance of about 10 km away from the market, Elephant Beach is one of the famous beaches nestled in Havelock Island and is usually considered an ideal for a day trip. It is easily reachable either by taking one hour boat ride or 30 minutes hike on a jungle path. The beach is famous for its exotic marine life and stunning coral reefs making it an ideal snorkelling destination. It is also known for its tranquil surroundings and pristine beauty.

Wandoor Beach Andaman

Wandoor beach is one of the popular beaches of Andaman that lies at a distance of about 25 kms in the east of Port Blair. It is a pictorial beach and a major tourist attraction that grab visitor's attention and interest. This beautiful beach is ideal for witnessing the colourful corals and enjoying swimming. With calm and clean blue water, the beach offer soothing ambience to chill and spend quality time. There are smartly constructed changing rooms and benches built for the convenience of the visitors.

SOUTHERN INDIA - ANDHRA PRADESH

Capital:
  • Hyderabad
Location:
  • Southern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to April
Major Places:
  • Charminar, Ramakrishna Beach and Lawson's Bay, Salar Jung Museum, Golconda Fort, Rishikonda Beach, Bheemunipatnam Beach, Manginapudi Beach, Vodarevu Beach, Mypad Beach
What to See in Andhra Pradesh:
  • Rocks, forests, green fields, lakes and golden beaches washed by the sea make Andhra Pradesh a fascinating state and one that is ideally suited for wildlife. There are about 20 notified sanctuaries in the state and each of them is home to a variety of rare animal species such as the Great Indian Bustard, Nilgai, etc.

ANDHRA PRADESH TOURIST PLACES

Tirupati

Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, according to legend, is the place Lord Vishnu chose as an alternative to Vaikuntha, his celestial home. It is synonymous with the Tirumala Venkateswara temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which is situated in the nearby Tirumala hills.Tirumala hills have seven peaks and the temple is situated on the seventh peak, Venkatachala. Tirupati is situated on the foothills of Tirumala.The seven peaks of Tirumala are symbolic of the seven hoods of Adisesha, the serpent under whose hoods Vishnu is said to reside.

Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam, also known as Vizag, is the second biggest city in Andhra Pradesh. The city derived its name from God Visakha, the God of valor. Located 625 km from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam is a major port on the South Eastern coast of the country and serves as the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command. Mainly a thriving industrial town, Visakhapatnam is also a busy port. Visakhapatnam attracts people from all over the country who visit the city looking for jobs and is rightly called the ‘city of destiny’.

Kakinada

Known as the rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada is the Headquarters of the East Godavari District. It is a place of rich tradition, breathtaking natural beauty, historical significance and holy pilgrimage! From beautiful beaches and hillocks to stunning landscapes and soothing rivers, Kakinada also has the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. There are several accommodation options in Kakinada from mid-range to budget hotels and resorts.

Araku Valley

Araku Valley, popularly known as Araku, is a scenic hill station in the Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Relatively lesser known, the hill station has retained its pristine charm. At an elevation of about 3200 ft, Araku is famous for its coffee plantations surrounded by beautiful gardens, streams, waterfalls and valleys that are covered with lush green forests.

Bheemunipatnam

Considered to be one of the safest, Bheemunipatnam beach is located at the mouth of Gosthani river in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The name of the beach is derived from a Hindu mythological tale. Bheema killed the devil Bakasura and it is believed the demon was killed where the beach is situated. Hence, the name ‘Bheemunipatnam’. The beach is also called by the name ‘Bheemli beach’.

Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary

The famous Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary on the Kakinada city outskirts is a great blend of entertainment and education. Known as the second largest mangrove in the country after Sundarbans in West Bengal, the Coringa mangrove is famous for its flora and fauna. The Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary is named after a tiny village called Coringa.

Tirumala Venkateswara Temple

The ancient and sacred temple of Sri Venkateswara is located on the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the sacred Seshachalam ranges and lies on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini. The Temple houses the awe-inspiring seven-feet idol of Lord Venkateswara which has been attracting millions of devotees and tourists.

SOUTHERN INDIA - KARNATAKA

Capital:
  • Bengaluru
Language:
  • Kannada, English, Hindi
Location:
  • South Western Region of India
Religion:
  • Hinduism, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam
Best Time to Visit:
  • November to April
Major Places:
  • Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hampi, Coorg, Bijapur, Hubli-Dharwad, Badami, Gulbarga, Gokarna
What to See in Karnataka:
  • Badami, Bandipur National Park, Chikmagalur, Gokarna, White Water Rafting, Bangalore, Shravanabelagola,
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 20°C - 32°C
  • Winter (October to February): 10°C - 22°C

KARNATAKA TOURIST PLACES

Badami

The capital of the mighty Badami Chalukyas might have shrunk into a few scenic square kilometres in terms of touristy value. But Badami still retains its majesty. The locale of its famous cave temples, made up of two giant sandstone hills that flank the placid water of the Agastya Lake paint a stark picture of earthy reds, muddy greens and stone browns set against a sky of acrylic blue - burning an impression into the canvas of your mind. One that you aren't likely to forget in a hurry.

Bandipur National Park

Go wild and see just how therapeutic it can be. Trade those concrete jungles for a fresh breath of green. Put a pause on the rat race and ride an elephant instead. Take a break from bearding the lion in his corner office and go looking for tigers. The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary puts life back into perspective. Or rather it puts the perspective back into life.

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur has played host to an event, thanks to which, countless Indians wake up to brighter mornings. Centuries ago, when the Sufi mystic Baba Budan smuggled seven coffee beans from Yemen into India, he probably didn't bargain for millions of coffee junkies unwittingly blessing his soul everyday, with every sip of their coffee. Chikmagalur, whose hills nurtured the coffee culture at its bosom, is a green slice of heaven on a permanent coffee high.

Gokarna

A sleepy Brahmin town, lodged somewhere between a conservative society and a faithful hippy fan following, Gokarna is a dream destination for so many different reasons. Its refusal to fall into a certain type casted slot is just one of them. Open beaches, undiscovered coves, epiphanic sunsets, jagged cliffs, quaint temples and an evasive culture make Gokarna whatever you want it to be. Sun, sand and surf is what you go to Gokarna for, and the solitude it offers is like a bonus track on a great music album.

White Water Rafting

If whitewaters are your kind of rush, Karnataka has some rather good spots set in picturesque locales. Not that you'd be focusing on the scenery. Get in touch with Ozone, Wildcraft or Jungle Lodges & Resorts to drift down the wild side.

Bangalore

South India's most alive city is Bangalore. A melting point of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the hoi polloi is charmingly mixed here. Nearly every one speaks English, even if it’s only a smattering, and everyone is aware of the privilege they're bestowed with. Yes, every resident of Bangalore, regardless of where they're from, takes immense pride in their address.

Shravanabelagola

Atop the Vindhyagiri hill stands Asia's tallest monolithic statue, and yet, you need to toil up 600-odd steps for a glimpse of it. Shravanabelagola as a Jain bastion is home to many basadis and is a vital stop to the pilgrim. The 52-foot statue of Bahubali from its high perch has a gaze that takes in the lay of a rather scenic land - a treat you can partake, provided you make the arduous climb up.

Coorg

Coorg (also known as Kodagu) is a hill station located in Karnataka famous for its coffee and tea plantations. Coorg is called the ‘Scotland of India’ and also ‘Kashmir of the South’ thanks to its majestic beauty and cool climate. It is situated at 3500 ft above sea level. Nestled among lush greenery of the Western Ghats, Coorg offers an unmatched beautiful vacation to tourists. Several South Indian dynasties like the Kadambas, Gangas, Cholas, Chalukyas, Rastrakutas, Hoysalas and the Vijaynagar Rayas ruled over Kodagu.

Belur

Famous for the Chennakesava temple complex, Belur is a small town set on the banks of Yagachi river in Hassan district of Karnataka. Temples in the ancient city speak of the brilliance and exquisite craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture style. Belur was earlier called Velapuri and was the second capital of the Hoysala Empire. After the invasion of Delhi Sultanate, Belur became the capital.

Agumbe

Often called the Cherrapunji of South India, Agumbe is known for its scenic beauty and bio-diversity. Nestled on a plateau on top of Someshwara Ghat, it is 380 km from Bangalore. Situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka, Agumbe gets its sobriquet because it receives 7,640 mm of mean annual rainfall, the second highest annual rainfall in India. Agumbe is surrounded by rich biodiversity and the hill station borders one of the last surviving lowland rain forests.

Pattadakal

Declared a world heritage site in 1987, Pattadakal, situated on the banks of the Malaprabha river in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, represents the high point of temple architecture under the Chalukya dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. Earlier called Kisuvolal or Pattada Kisuvolal, that literally translates to City of Crown Rubies, Pattadakal along with Aihole and Badami provide an incredible concentration of religious monuments that reveal a beautiful fusion of north (Nagara, Indo-Aryan) and south (Dravidian) Indian architectural forms.

SOUTHERN INDIA - KERALA

Capital:
  • Trivandrum
Location:
  • Southern India-The state is an integral part of India's south west coast land.
Best Time to Visit:
  • June to September
Language:
  • Malayalam and English
Religion:
  • Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism
Major Cities in Madhya Pradesh:
  • Cochin, Munnar, Wayanad, Periyar, Kumarkom, Alleppey, Kovalam, Trivandrum, Alappazu, Kozhikode, Kollam, Thrissur, Varkala, Poovar, Ernakulum
What to See in Madhya Pradesh:
  • Fort, Palace, National Park, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Tiger Reserves, Temples, Lakes, and Waterfalls
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 32°C -36° C
  • Winter (October to February): 18°C -28° C

KERALA TOURIST PLACES

Munnar

Get ready to be lost in the chanceless beauty of the place where three rivers meet, namely Kundalay, Mudrapuzha and Nallathanni. Situated at 1524-metre altitude on the Western Ghats, the tourist places in Munnar makes you wonder if it is the birthplace of beauty. The lush green landscape, waterfalls, lakes, forests and tea plantations make this place a heaven on earth. The place offers spectacular view of misty valleys and lakes.

Calicut

Situated in southern India between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kozhikode has been attracting travelers from antiquity. The city is also known by its Anglicized name, Calicut.Lured by the spice trade, Phoenicians, Arabs and Chinese headed for its shores. When Vasco da Gama landed on its shores in 1498, he paved the way for the Dutch, the French and later the English.

Wayanad

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Wayanad is the least populous district in Kerala and is known for its mist-laden mountains, lush forests and green paddy fields stretching up to the horizon. With an altitude ranging from 700 to 2100 m, the climate of Wayanad is pleasant throughout the year. With a large part of the city covered by forests, Wayanad is home to some endangered species of animals and nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts can visit the numerous sanctuaries here.

Kochi

Spread over a series of islands and crisscrossed by the sea and backwaters, Kochi (long known as Cochin) speaks of the old world charm and leisure. The culturally and historically rich port city is the gateway for several visitors to start their tour of Kerala in south India. Located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Kochi has been one of the most sought-after destinations in India. The best time to visit Kochi is between October and April.

Kerala Backwaters

Your trip to Kerala cannot have any meaning if you miss a cruise on the Kerala backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala form a network with interconnected canals, lakes, rivers and inlets. Various cities and towns are the starting points and destinations of Kerala backwater cruises. Cruising on Kerala houseboats in the backwaters is one of the most favored attractions here. Dining, sleeping and toilet facilities are available in houseboats.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is located near Kottayam. It is one of the famous attractions of Kerala. It is bird watchers’ paradise owing to the 14-acre bird sanctuary, a favorite ground for migratory birds. Kumarakom is also a spectacular backwater destination and hence you can go on a boating ride here. As Ayurvedic massage is done here, the place is a favorite for everyone who seeks to relax body and mind. The Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is a favorite tourist spot.

Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak, near Meppadi town, is located at an altitude of 6900 feet above MSL. Trekking here could be very adventurous as the path is steep. The view from top of the peak is spectacular. Forests on either side of the peak, you will find the view amazing. The whole Wayanad falls within your vision range from here and you also get to view Kozhikkode, Nilgiris and Malappuram.

Thekkady

Thekkady offers a great chance to view wildlife while on a cruise. You can find various wild life species here including elephants, tigers, deer, bisons and many more. Elephant rides are available here to take you inside the forest. Plantations and hill stations offer a picturesque setting to the place. You can go on a trek here. Some of the most important tourist attractions in Thekkady are Periyar River, Murikkady and Chellarkovil.

Varkala Beach

One of the most important features about Kerala is the Ayurvedic massage given at Varkala Beach. Varkala is famous for Ayurvedic massage and the place itself is in a wonderful setting. The beach and the mountain make the place attractive. You would not want to miss the sight of sunset here. The beach is clean and offers a great relaxation. You could stretch and let your eyes feast on the tranquil atmosphere or go for swimming and enjoy a great physical exercise.

Kovalam

Kovalam is yet another stunning location in Kerala. Situated 16 kms away from the city of Trivandrum, Kovalam has three enchanting beaches. The largest of all the three beaches is the Lighthouse Beach. Hawah Beach is the second largest one here and the third beach is Samudra. Kovalam is one of the most sought after destinations in Kerala.

Poovar Island

A ‘not to be missed’ destination. Poovar Island offers you the best in terms of visionary delights. This is the most sought after estuary in the state as it connects with lake, river and the sea. Take a boat cruise to enjoy the beauty of nature abound in the place. The golden sands and the stunning backwaters create a perfect setting for sunset. It seems that nature has played magic in this place.

Thrissur

Originally known as Thirusivapperoor and previously by its anglicized form Trichur, Thrissur is the cultural capital of Kerala due to its rich history, cultural heritage and archaeological wealth. The Kerala Kalamandalam, the Kerala Sahitya Academy and the Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy are located here. Built around a 65-acre hillock called the Thekkinkadu maidan, Thrissur is also the capital of the eponymous Thrissur district. Since ancient times, Thrissur has played a significant role in the political and cultural history of south India. The district was a part of the Chera and Sangam empires.

Alappuzha

Situated on the south-western coast of India, Alappuzha is also known by its anglicized name Alleppey. Gifted with immense natural beauty, Alappuzha’s backwaters have been the mainstay of Kerala’s tourism. Alappuzha port used to be one of the busiest trade centers and traded with the Persian Gulf regions and even Europe. Close to Alappuzha lies Kuttanad, the ‘Granary of Kerala’, where farming is done below sea level. In early 20th Century, the then British Viceroy Lord Curzon, while visiting Alappuzha, was fascinated by its scenic beauty and declared it as the Venice of the East.

SOUTHERN INDIA - PONDICHERRY

Capital:
  • Pondicherry
Languages:
  • Tamil , Malayalam and Telgu.
Location:
  • The major cities of Punjab, which include Amritsar, Chandigarh, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, and Patiala have been developed as the prime tourist circuits. Royal palaces, temples, historic battle sites are some of the prime attractions of Punjab.
Best Time to Visit:
  • March to October
Major Places in Pondicherry:
  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Botanical Garden, Promenade, Auroville, Chunnambar Boat House, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pongal,
Temperature:
  • Max(31.90 Degree Centigrade) Min ( 24.50 Degree Centigrade)

PONDICHERRY TOURIST PLACES

Promenade Beach

About 1.5 long, the Promenade beach is one of the main beaches in Puducherry. The walk is characterized by various landmarks and statues including the statue of Joan of Arc, the Heritage town hall, Dupleix statue, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the old light house etc. if you need a calm and quaint place perfect for an evening stroll, this is a place you want to be at. The sea breeze and the sights and sounds work as a relaxing potion on your min.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

It was set up in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo Ghose. The main ashram building also houses the mortal remains of Aurobindo and his chief disciple, the Mother. The ashram is open daily between 8 AM-12 PM and 2 PM-6 PM. Children below 3 years are not allowed. Photography is allowed only with permission.

Arikamedu

Arikamedu, about six km south of Puducherry, was flourishing port town during ancient Roman times. Remains of the port which was a major maritime centre between the 1st century BC and the 2nd century AD have been unearthed during excavations. Situated at the mouth of the Ariyankuppam River, Arikamedu is derived from the Tamil word Arikanmedu. Archeologists called the site Arikamedu, which literally means “Eroding Mount”. The port town was inhabited by Romans, Cholas and French and evidence of their stay have been unearthed in the port town.

Auroville

With its name meaning ‘The City of Dawn’ is a township located 8 kilometers from Pondicherry. It was founded in 1968 by Sri Aurobindo and Mira Alfassa and was designed by the French architect Roger Anger. The idea was to create a universal town where people from all over the world would live in harmony and peace irrespective of caste, color, nationalities etc. During the inauguration soil from around 124 was placed in a lotus shaped urn to symbolize the idea behind the establishment of the township.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Consecrated in 1791, the 300 year old church is the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral as we see today was built on the place where three other churches were built before the French occupation of Pondicherry. The construction started in 1791 and further improvements were made to the building till 1987. The feast of the church is celebrated on the 8th of December every year.

Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

Located at the south boulevard, the Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus was consecrated on December 17th, 1907. The building is a fine specimen of gothic style architecture and has become a famous pilgrimage spot for the Christians in India. The structure of this church is 50 meters long, 48 meters wide and 18 meters high and is held by 24 columns. The windows are adorned with stained glass paintings of 28 saints who were devoted to the sacred heart of Jesus.

Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Located on M.G. road, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple is considered to be the oldest Hindu temple in Pondicherry and dates back to 600 ad. The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture evident by its sculpted pillars and a brightly colored gopuram adrorned with the sculptures of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The temple is dedicated to Sri Varadaraja Perumal an incarnation of lord Vishnu. According to local legend the temple was originally supposed to house the idols of Lord Rama, Lakshamana, Sita and Lord Hanuman which were brought from the sea by the local fishermen.

Botanical Garden

Located south of the new bus stand in Pondicherry, the botanical garden was founded in 1826 and is another example of French influence in Pondicherry. The structure of the gate makes the whole place stand out in its otherwise Tamil town location. It was originally laid out in a typical French style garden, with gravel lined paths, pruned trees and fountains. The place features many different species of exotic plants and shrubs from all around the world.

French War Memorial

Located on the Goubert Avenue, the French war memorial was built in 1971 to commemorate the loss of the brave French soldiers during the First World War. Every year on Bastille Day (July 14th) the memorial is illuminated and pays homage to the soldiers. It is a must visit place for the tourists, especially when visited on Bastille Day as the commemoration ceremony is a marvelous sight to gander at and offers an amazingly pleasant experience.

SOUTHERN INDIA - TAMILNADU

Capital:
  • Chennai
Location:
  • Southern India
Languages:
  • Tamil, English
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Cities in Tamilnadu:
  • Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, Vellore, Jaisalmer, Rameshwaram, Ooty, Tiruvannamalai, Kanyakumari, Pondicherry, Thanjavur (Tanjore), Madurai, Kodaikanal, Tirunelveli, Hogenakkal Falls, Coonoor, Tiruchirapalli (Trichy), Yelagiri Hills, Velankanni, Mudumalai (Masinagudi), Kumbakonam, Thiruchendur, Palani, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanyakumari
What to See in Tamilnadu
  • Tamil Nadu is well renowned for its temple towns and heritage sites, hill stations, waterfalls, national parks, local cuisine and the fabulous wildlife and scenic beauty. Tamil Nadu has some of the most remarkable temple architecture in the country, and a living tradition of music, dance, folk arts and fine arts.
Temperature:
  • Maximum 45.2°C , Minimum 1.0°C

TAMILNADU TOURIST PLACES

Chennai

Formerly known by the name Madras, Chennai is the Capital City of Tamil Nadu. The city has been surrounded by the South Indian Kingdoms since ages, thus it has always been the forefront of all cultural, economical, social, commercial and industrial development in the south of India. Chennai is the short form of the actual name Chennapatnam. It’s often nicknamed as the Detroit of India, due to Chennai housing the majority of India’s Automobile industries.

Mahabalipuram

Also known as Mamallapuram, the city of Mahabalipuram is famous for its ancient and cultural heritage. The city of Mahabalipuram was a prominent sea port dating back to 7th century AD and was ruled by the Pallava Dynasty. The place is famous for its monuments and is classified among the UNESCO world heritage sites. Almost all of the monuments are carved out of Granite and display the brilliance of Dravidian style architecture.

Kanyakumari

The southernmost tip of mainland India, Kanyakumari was formerly known by the name Cape Comorin. The ancient town of Kanyakumari was an important site during the Reign of the Chola, Chera and Pandya dynasty. The town is famous for its beautiful beaches, temples, monuments and cultural centers. The town is also famous for its distinctive culture and hospitable people.

Madurai

The 3rd largest city in Tamil Nadu, Madurai is also one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The place has been mentioned by many such as Kautilya and Megasthenes. The city has been ruled by both the Pandya and the Chola dynasties. The city houses a number of important and magnificent temples that it is built around. Geographically the city of Madurai lies on the fertile plains near the river Vaigai which divides the city in two parts. The land is thus mainly used for agriculture and the major supplier for paddy crops such as rice in India.

Kodaikanal

The town is also referred to as the ‘Princess of the Hill stations’ with its name meaning ‘the Gift of the Forest’. It is a small hill station with an average elevation of 2,331 meters above sea level. The place is surrounded by thick forests and is located at the top of the Palani Hills. The establishment of the hill station dates back to 1845 which was founded as a refuge from the heat and the diseases of the tropical plains. The town is a major tourist attraction and tourism industry is the source of the majority of the town’s economy.

Vellore

Also known as, the Fort city, Vellore is located at the banks of Palar River at the North-eastern part of Tamil Nadu. The city came under the reign of various kingdoms and monarchies such as the Pallava, the Chola, the Carnatic Kingdom and the British. The place’s name comes from the Monolithic fort of Vellore which was built in the 16th century by the Vijaynagar Kings and is constructed out of granite. The fort complex has a Christian church courtesy the British, a Mosque and an old Hindu Temple which has some of the most magnificent carvings.

Ooty

The Capital of the Nilgiris District, Ooty or Ootacamund is one of the top visited hill stations in India. The place lies in the heart of the Nilgiris Mountains with an average elevation of 2,240 meters above sea level. The place is characterized by the blue smoky mist from the thick eucalyptus forests and is also known to house the rare kurunji flower. The town’s major source of economy, like most hill stations is tourism. Many officials of the British government described the likeliness of this place to resemble Switzerland.

Kanchipuram

The city of Kanchipuram is located on the shores of the Vegavathy River. The city has seen a number of ruling dynasties and monarchies such as the Pandya, Cholas, the Vijaynagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom and the British monarchy. Kanchipuram since medieval times has been significant as the educational center and was known as the place for learning. The city is also famous for its various temples that are built in the Dravidian style of architecture and display amazing stone carvings.

Coimbatore

The highly industrialized town of Coimbatore is often termed as the ‘Manchester of India’. It is the second largest city in terms of area in the State of Tamil Nadu. The place is famous for its various temples, shopping hubs and typical Tamil food items. The town of Coimbatore is also surrounded by various picnic spots like waterfalls and rivers which are sure to refresh your senses and are great places to visit with family or friends. The city is located on the banks of the Noyyal River and is surrounded by the Western Ghats.

Tirunelveli

Another ancient city in Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli is famous for its temples. The city is located at the southernmost tip of the Deccan plateau with the river Tamirabarani running through the city. The city is a religious and agricultural hub and thrives on tourism. The place is abundant in natural resources and has a diverse range of physical features like mountain ranges, rivers, sea coasts and forests.

Hogenakkal Falls

It is located in the Dharmapuri District on the Kaveri River. It is yet another major tourist attraction in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the “Niagara Falls of India” because it has around 14 channels and it drops till 15 to 65 feet.