Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Scenic Beauty Of Coorg

Coorg
Coorg is a famous hill station in Karnataka which is situated on the Western Ghats in the south. Another name for Coorg is Kodagu, which means steep hills. It is surrounded by dense forest and beautiful mountains and teak wood forest. This place is filled with natural beauty having waterfalls, green valleys and misty woods. It is 1525 m above sea level. There are three regions where Madikeri is one of the main town. And the other two regions are Virajpet and Somwarpet. Madikeri is the headquarters of Coorg.

The Main language of the people living here is Kannada,Malayalam and English. The people living here are mostly of the tribal communities like the Kodava, Tulu, Gowda, Kudiyas and Buntas. But majority of the people belong to the tribe of Kodavas or they are called Coorgies. They are very down to earth people and straightforward people. They are mainly from the warrior class. This is the only state where the locals are allowed to carry guns without license.Their customs are very different from the other religions in regards to their wedding or a birth of a child. For any ceremony gun shot in the air is a must.

COORG is located in the rural area so the main occupation is forestry, agriculture and plantation.Spices are grown on a large scale especially Cardamom,Pepper etc.which increases the economy of this country.This place is famous for coffee plantation because of its tropical climate. Don’t miss out on tasting the popular brand of coffee that is ROBUSTA and ARABICA.

The climate here is very pleasant during rainy seasons where beautiful WATERFALLS are seen. The season here is so good that even in summer you don’t feel the summer heat. The best time to visit this place is during monsoon because you can experience the waterfalls.

It is a famous TOURIST destination. Some famous tourist spots are TALACAUVERY, ABBI FALLS, IRUPPU FALLS where it is believed that if one bathes there then all their sins are washed away, NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK which means a snake river that flows through the park and where it takes the visitors close to the wild life in a safari van,the OMKARESHWAR TEMPLE which is dedicated to Lord Shiva,the RAJA’S SEAT which is a beautiful hill top, the BHAGAMANDALA TEMPLE which is built at the junction of the three rivers meeting at one point. Then the MADIKERI FORTwhich contains a museum,a prison,achapel and a temple.There is a small hamlet called VALANOOR close to the DUBARE FOREST. Tourists who are fond of fishing or fish lovers should pay a visit to this place. Those who love birds it is a haven because of the different types of species.

It is not just a place of scenic beauty but there is a lot more such as adventure, sports, games, relishing food especially pork cooked in vinegar and shopping too. Adventures like trekking,river rafting,quad biking, rock-climbing and fishing are very enjoyable. There are three major peaks where trekking is done that is TADIANDAMOL, PUSHPAGIRI and BRAHMAGIRI.There are certain clubs who arrange for treks including for the other adventure games.

KUSHAL NAGAR is the main shopping centre where most of the items right from spices to outfits are available here. Corgis’ silk saris are very famous because of the unique style in them. Jewellery is also very unique.

Travel routes to this place is as follows

Mysore is the closest station.

THE nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.

Coorg is connected by road via Mangalore, Bangalore, Kannur and Mysore.

SO COME AND EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTIFUL EMERALD FOREST OF COORG.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Top 4 Hill Stations in India


Nainital
YELAGIRI A MINI HILL STATION 

A hill station Yelagiri which is famous in Tamil Naidu and is surrounded by orchards andGreenery,it is a perfect place for people who enjoy the weather at a hill station and ready to explore the surrounding nature.The best place preferred by all families and couples is Yelagiri hills for the excellent climate and scenery’s.Thishill station is preferred for its nature parks,trekking and rowing activities,which also makes it a perfect picnic spot for the young and the old.

NAINITAL A TOURIST GET-AWAY 

The hill station is situated in Uttarkhand.If anyone requires a good holiday should think of going to Nanital because of the scenic beauty and a very pleasant climate because it is surrounded by mountains on all sides,and is located at a very high level above sea level.It is also known as a lake district as there are many lakes which are situated in the surroundings.Nani Lake is the famous land mark in Nainital; you can enjoy boat rides and yachting facilities.Horse riding is also one of the activities for the tourists. Tourists mainly flock to Nanital during the summer heat as it is a place for spending your honeymoon holidays as the climate is very pleasant.Naina Devi temple is a famous religious place for worship.If anyone would like to witness the ice cold and snowy weather are definitely not going to be disappointed with what they experience.Whoever visits this hill station will definitely not want to miss the flavours of Nanital cuisine.

DALHOUSIE A MINI SWITZERLAND

It is a hill station situated in Himachal Pradesh and it is situated at a very good heightabove sea level.It has beautiful churches, temples.The most amazing fact is that this place is a less populated area. There are many Oak trees and Pine trees planted in this area. Dalhousie is surrounded by five different hills. This place is exactly like a Mini-Switzerland. It is situated at the foot hills of Himalaya’s. The local people in this area are very Kind hearted and Soft-Spoken. Dalhousie is also known for its Great Valleys and Mountain Ranges. Dalhousie is surrounded by Snow-capped-peaks. Tourists can treck to Daikund Peak as it is the highest mountain in Dalhousie, even visit Chamera Lake where a major hydro-electricity project is situated and something very amazing is that there is a ‘Bald Hill’ also known as ‘Ganji Pahari’ which as no vegetation and no trees.

Mount Abu
MOUNT ABU A BEAUTIFUL PARADISE OF RAJASTHAN

Mount Abu is situated in Rajasthan. It is built around a lake and surrounded by hills. Guru Shikhar is a highest peak situated on this mountain. The Jain and the Hindu temples at Mount Abu attract tourists on a large scale as it is a pilgrimage centre. The Dilwara Temple is one of the famous Temple in /mount Abu. There is also a Wild Life Sanctuary which as a variety of Flora and Fauna. Honeymoon couples are also seen a lot at Andra point in Mount Abu. The sunset in this place is very romantic. The best time to visit Mount Abu is in summer. Rajasthan enjoys the summer festival which is on a large scale.

A boarding school for children which is very expensive is also situated here.





Saturday, March 28, 2015

Alaska, A Land Of Midnight Sun


Alaska_Bear
On March 30 1867, the US agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars

The name Alaska was taken from Aleut word “alaxsxaq” that refers to the object to which sea is directed. This is translated as “GREAT LAND”. With beautiful scenic beauty, enormous ice-age glacier and abundant wildlife, there is nothing like this beautiful place Alaska on this earth.

The capital of Alaska is Juneau. In Alaska there is a famous reservoir named as ‘THE PRUDHOE BAY’ where a large oil and gas reservoir was found on the Arctic coast. From the commercial point of view there are many industries like Fisheries, Wood products and also Fur. The ‘‘Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes’’ which is an area of an active volcanoes is situated at ‘The Katmai National Park’. In Alaska there are different types of community’s such as Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts. Majority of the Eskimos community belongs to Alaska.

Alaska is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun. The sun never dips below the horizon. The sun is visible at midnight. Most of the parts of Alaska has day light for 24 hrs that is something which is incredible.

There are lot of activities like adventure whether you prefer to hike ice age glacier, skim the wilderness in the bush plain or take sled ride which you have always dreamt of. Alaska is the prime year round destination for visitors seeking connection with nature.

Alaska cruises are very popular. They have various pre and post cruise tour packages. Mostly Ocean day Cruises go to the famous destination like Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords. While on cruise tourists’ get to see many Scenery, Glaciers, Different types of fishes and also Wild Life. Whenever people go on cruise, they have a special dress code like the men wear tuxedo’s and women wear cocktail dresses

Some of the famous cruise liners in Alaska are Norwegian Pearl Cruise, Holland America Cruise.

If you wish to go sight-seeing once you are in Alaska you can travel to your destination by car, train, bus, or boat.

Alaska is famous for Woven birch baskets, hand-made dolls, and many more items, even soaps are made from herbs, spices etc. the silky soil is also used in skincare products such as mask and mineral soap which makes the skin very soft and smooth.

If ever any one goes to visit Alaska don’t forget to purchase an Ulu knife which has a traditional design. There is also a cheap and affordable souvenir that is the metal coin.

The common diets of the Alaskan people, especially the Eskimos Community mostly eat fish and birds. In this place of Alaska there is not much of plant food available. Something very rare known as Eskimos ice cream which is also known as “Akutaq” is made by whipping the fat from the hunted Reindeers, Seals or Bears and also by adding the snow and wild berries which is really amazing.

Alaska is a snow bound region, since it is in the Arctic Ocean. Here the Polar Bears, wolves, snowy owls are famous artic wildlife. There is something amazing about the birds. The Fur and Feather of the birds turns white during the snow period. If you want to experience the wild life nature there are lots of National park for instance The Denali National Park, Kenai fjords National Park where mountains, ice and oceans meet, and Glacier Bay National Park.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Forts in Maharashtra: Murud Janjira


Murud _Janjira
There are many forts in Maharashtra. These Forts were mainly ruled by Shivaji Maharaj. There are Forts located around the sea also on the hill tops. Here is one of the fort described below.

MURUD JANJIRA: 

It is one of the marine forts situated in the middle of the Arabian Sea. In Arabic the word Janjira means Jazira for island. It is situated on the oval rock near the port town of Murud. Murud is a small village in Raigad District and Janjira is some few kilometre away from Murud. To go to visit Janjira we have to take a sailboat from Rajapuri jetty. Janjira fort was ruled by the Abyssinian Sidis in the city of Bombay. This fort was mainly built by the Koli community to protect them from the pirates.The sidis were permanent settlements in Murud Janjira where they controlled the full fort by being an excellent seaman and warrior. Many people like the British, thePortuguese,not forgetting Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer the fort, but all in vain. It remained unconquered.

This entrance of this fort faces the Rajapuri jetty,but can be visible only we go close to it. There is a stone carving on at the main entrance which shows how the sidis were brave by depicts six elephants who was trapped by a single tiger. Once we go inside the fort compound there are 19 rounded bastions. There are many canons rusting on this bastion,like the kalal bangdi,landakasam and bhavani which were made from five metals. Those days inside the fort they had officer’s quarters,fresh water tank but now it is all ruined. The walls of the forts are made up of several layers so that it can withstand rough seas.

Apart from the introduction of Murud Janjira,there are other attractions where we can spend our time by visiting Datta mandir.It is a place for pilgrims. It is built on the top of the hill. The idol of Shri Dutta is a three headed idol resembling Maheshwar,Brahmaand Vishu. The temple has a red domed shape.There is another attractive place that is the Nawab Palace which was built in the year 1885. This palace was built in Gothic and Mughal architectural style.

In Murud there is also a beach where you can spend your full day enjoying in the water. It is also a perfect spot for relaxation. It is also an adventure trip. The fort is right inside the sea. You can really experience the feeling of the waves. There are private beach resorts for accommodation to make you comfortable. There are hotels suitable for both the rich and the middleclass people.

There are also cottages built on the beach where you feel you are in a village where it is edged with swaying betel palms,coconut fronds. Fishing also takes place on a large scale, since the Kolis were the inhabitants of this place.

Janjira can be easily accessible by different forms of transport. Like AIR, RAIL and ROAD. The nearest airport is Mumbai, Roha on the Konkan railway and by road it takes four to five hours to reach from Bombay. There is also a route from gateway Mumbai to Murud by ferry boat.

To visit Murud Janjira one must make sure to plan his trip during the month of October to March because it is very pleasant during this time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Blue Hills of Assam


Palace
Assam is a state located in the northeast part of India.Another name ofAssam is also asama which means peerless. It also falls on the Eastern Himalayas.It is known as a home of lordBrahma. If seen on the map Assam state is in the shape of a Y laid on its side or we can say it is a land consisting of valleys, plains and rivers. Something very interesting is that Brahmaputra River is the only male river in India.Assam is an epicentre for earthquake and terror affected state. Earthquakes and floods are very common in Assam. This state is divided into 27 districts. The main capital of Assam is Dispur. The main capital of Assam is Dispur.

Assam is one of the most enriched stateespecially in tea plantation and flourishing industry of wood, muga silk and petroleum resources.Known as the “Agricultural State” it is one of the most fertile areas in India. This place is rich in flora and fauna and with beautiful blue hills situated in this state.The main revenue income of this state is from tea estates where most of the people working in this estate are from Assam. It also stands third largest producer of petroleum and natural gas in the country.

Assam is said to be having beautiful scenery. That is why it is said to be a tourist attraction. It is a famous place for wildlife tourism. It consists of five national parks and fifteen wildlife sanctuaries, here rhino with one horned is very famous which is found in Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park is famous for tigers and a world heritage site.A part from wild life there are different types of adventure,few of them are like boat racing adventure,mountain biking and cycling adventure,trekking adventure and many more.

Tourist also get attracted towards Arts and crafts of Assam like things made of cane and bamboo, headgear known as “Japi”, terracottapottery and metal works of brass. There is a famous market like a roadside market known as Bhutiya where you can shop for good clothes at a lower price. The tourist goes to these markets for shopping. There are also malls where you get branded clothes.

Assamese is the main language spoken in this state apart from Bengali, Bodo,Karbi English and Hindi.

Assamese have great belief in faith and religious activities. It is known as a land of fairs and festivals. They all come together and celebrate all the festivals especially the Bohag Bihu, Kati Bihu, Magh Bihu and the third Bihu festival. They also celebrate festivals like Durga puja,Janmastami, Eid’s and Fakuwa. Talking about Assamese food it is not at all spicy. Assamese are mostly non vegetarian. Rice is the staple food along with dal, fish curry or meat curry or vegetables. Don’t miss out the sweet dish PITHA made from sweet coconut paste.Also don’t miss out on tasting the flavoured tea when visiting Assam.

The costume of the Assamese is mainly made fromMuga which is the wild silk or the golden silk fibre. Here silk is grown on a large scale.

The best part to travel is by road, railor by air.

Air is the fastest means oftransport. Guwahati is themain airport.

By Road it takes a longer time to travel especially from Mumbai, Chennai and other far off places.

By Rail it is little faster than road. Rajdhani Express is the best train between Delhi and Guwahati.

So come and experience the BLUE HILLS and the flavoured TEA in Assam.