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Tiger Hill:

Tiger Hill is one the most popular tourist attraction of Darjeeling. Located 11 kms from the town at a height of 2555 meters, the view of Kanchenjunga from here is enchanting. Mount Everest can also be seen from here. Tourists go up the Tiger Hills during early morning hours to catch the wonderful views around as well as the beautiful sun rise.

 

Observatory Hill:

The Observatory Hill with the Mahakal temple and Bhutia Busty Gompa resting on it is of great importance to both Buddhists and Hindus. This scenic hilltop is more important for its harmony between Hinduism and Buddhism. Tourists have been pouring to this spot since several years. The calm and peaceful atmosphere of the place is also very appealing.

 

Sandakphu:

This peak which is located 58 kms from Darjeeling is a trekker’s paradise. One can have a stunning view of the four tallest peaks of the country- Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhoste from here. Sandakphu is also home to many varieties of orchids and other colourful flowers that fully bloom during spring season to give visual treat to the visitors here.

 

Passenger Ropeway:

Thisis one of the prime attractions inDarjeeling.Starting at the North Point, it covers 3kms of breathtaking scenery.  It is an enchanting experience to view the lush greenery, slopes and multi-hued flowers of Darjeeling from here.

 

Buddhist Monasteries:

Darjeeling is home to many serene and beautiful monasteries of great historic importance. TheSakya Monastery in Ghoom is located 8 km from Darjeeling. Bhutia Busty Gompa is in just one kilometer out of Darjeeling. Kanchenjunga provides a spectacular backdrop to this monastery. Aloobari Gomba is located three kilometers away from Darjeeling. The architecture and location of these grand monasteries are very appealing. A mystic aura pervades here providing a perfect backdrop for relaxation or indulging in spiritual activities like meditation.
Rock Garden:

The rock garden is a wonderful picnic spot in Darjeeling. This multi-levelled garden is attractively landscaped and surrounded by many dramatic rock formations. The waterfalls cascading through them and the multi-hued flower gardens make it more attractive.  The small lake surrounding the garden offers boating facilities. You can also dress up here in the local attires to pose for a few clicks. The nearby Ganga Maya Park is also a great spot with boating facilities and the local Gorkha folk dances performances to entertain tourists.

 

Batashiya Loop:

This wonderful loop in the middle of a spacious garden offers a 360 degree exploration of Darjeeling on a toy train.  Located 5kms from Darjeeling, below Ghoom station, the Batashiya Loop and the garden is the house of many beautiful plants and shrubs. It is an enjoyable ride in the toy train round the town. There is also a war memorial in its centre. The surrounding markets are always crowded with tourists who come to buy handicrafts and souvenirs.

Timing: 05:00 hrs to 20:00hrs.

 

The Himalayan Zoo:

This is an ideal place for animal lovers. The Himalayan Zoo boasts of several rare species of animals and birds.

 

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:

Founded by Tenzing Norgay, this spot draws many visitors who come here for the purpose of paying tribute to the man who was the first to conquer Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary. The institute houses two museums. The mountaineering museum has a large collection of mountaineering equipments and is an ideal place to study about the rare Himalayan flora and fauna. The Everest museum narrates the chronicle of several mountaineers who attempted to to climb the Everest.
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Qutab Minar:

Qutab Minar has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, it is the tallest minaret in India. Particularly in the evening, Qutab Minar, is a treat to the eyes as the building gives a magnificent look in the lights.

 

Humayun’s Tomb:

Located in the East Nizammudin area of Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb is a gem in the monumental wealth of India. Built in 16th century, this is the first official tomb in India. It has also been inducted into a world heritage site by UNESCO. A visit to this place is simply enchanting as it takes one into a trans of the majestic Mughal period.

 

India Gate:

India Gate has a great historical and national significance. This monument is a tribute to all those soldiers who have lost their lives fighting for their motherland. India Gate is surrounded by lush green lawns that witness a huge rush of people especially during evenings.

 

Rashtrapati Bhavan:

This monumental building located on the Raisina Hill is the official residence of the President of India. The Mughal Gardens located behind the Bhavan are a must watch. Excellent landscape with beautiful flowers adds to the charm of this place.

 

Red Fort:

This is another splendid Indian monument and is made of red-stone. This fort has also been declared as a World Heritage site. On the eve of Independence-day the Prime Minister of India delivers his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

 

Purana Qila:

Purana Qila is the oldest structure in Delhi. Located near Indraprastha, this structure is built 5000 years ago and is believed to have enclosed a village within its walls. The fort and its acres of sprawling green gardens on lake side offer great views. Many tourists come here to enjoy boating.

 

Raj Ghat:

Situated near the Darya Ganj area of Old Delhi, Raj Ghat is the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of modern India. The flame here that keeps burning at the centre of a marbled platform is the mark of homage to this great man. This Ghat is located at the banks of the Yamuna River. A visit to the Raj Ghat is highly refreshing as the calmness and serenity of this place will have a soothing effect to your mind.

 

Lodi Gardens:

A hotspot in Delhi, the Lodi Gardens is a sprawling 90 acres of land, on the Lodi road near Khan Market. It epitomizes the splendid skill of the architects of Lodi dynasty. Many Delhiites relish their morning walks in the spectacular and lush green Lodi Gardens.

 

ISKCON Temple:

ISKCON Temple is located in the East of Kailash area, New Delhi. It is one of the biggest temples in the country and the devout place of Lord Krishna. Round the year this temple witness huge influx of domestic and international tourists.

 

Akshardham Mandir:

Being the largest temple complex in the world, Akshardham Mandir invites thousands of tourists. Round the year, the Mandir complex witnesses several grand cultural and religious festivals. The sprawling green lawns of the Mandir and its location on the banks of Yamuna River are a feast to eyes as well as a relaxation to the mind.

 

Jama Masjid:

Jamaq Masjid is the biggest mosque in India with a capacity to accommodate almost twenty five thousand devotees. It is located in Old Delhi along the bustling Chawri Bazar road. Every Fridays there will be a huge gathering of Muslims in the premises of this Masjid.

 

Hauz Khas village:

Located in south Delhi, Hauz Khas Village a great commercial hub that dates back to the medieval period. The place balances an old world charm perfectly with the changing needs of modern world. Hauz Khas bustles with lot of shops, eateries and cultural activities at nights.

 

Janpath:

Situated near Connaught Place in central Delhi, Janpath is the most preferred destination of shopaholics. From trendy to ethnic clothing, handicrafts to modern accessories, Janpath is the buzz word with economical pricing.
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Rumtek Monastery:

This three storeyed16th century monastery standing at a height of 5,800 ft, is a fine example of Tibetan architecture.  It is 24 kms from Gangtok and houses many great paintings. The marvellous four storied golden sculpture called ‘Ghanzira’ on its peak is its main attraction.

 

Phodong Gompa: 

This is one of the most beautiful monasteries in India. It is located at Phodong village, North of Gangtok.  It was built in 18th century and houses more than 260 Buddhist monks.

 

Nathula Pass:

This is the border between India and China in the Tibetan plateau. It is located 54 kms east of Gangtok. The place is very appealing for its tranquility and beauty. The view of Chinese soldiers and tourists on the other side marking the separation is exciting. A drive to this beautiful place at 14,400 ft is a life-time experience.

 

Tsongmo Lake: 

This is a popular tourist spot 35 kms from Gangtok and at an altitude of 12310 ft. The road to the spot itself is very beautiful with snow covered hills around. Tsongmo is a calm lake with lush greenness and many romantic corners. You can also enjoy boating in this placid water enjoying the beautiful landscape.

 

Namgayal Institute of Tibetology:

For those who feel that a journey to the mysterious past is romantic, this is a unique institute that tell tales of Buddhism and the Tibetian traditions. It houses a rare and curious collection of sacred Buddhist objects like kapali (sacred bowl made from a human skull) and human thighbone trumpets, Buddhist coins, icons, manuscripts, tapestry, paintings etc.

 

Enchey Monastery:

This two centuries old monastery is an architectural marvel and is famous for the annual mask dance called 'Cham' happening in the month of January.

 

Flower Exhibition Centre:

The flower Exhibition Centre houses an amazing variety of seasonal flowers, orchids and bonsais. It is open only from April to June and September to November. April is the best month to visit the place as orchids will be in full bloom here.

 

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden: 

This is atemperate oak forest 24kms from Gangtok and at an altitude of 2200 mtrs. The place is blessed with many rare tree species and romantic spots. The adjoining Fambongla Wildlife Sanctuary is also worth visiting.

Visiting time: 10:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs.

 

Ganesh Tok:

Ths is a small temple of lord Ganesh on a hillock 7km away from Gangtok. Ganesh Tok offers perfect picture scenery around and a great view of Gangtok town. This place is festooned in colourful prayer flags. Mornings are ideal to enjoy the un spoilt beauty here and to click some great snaps. For spiritual travellers this peaceful temple ambience is perfect for meditation.

 

Tashi View Point:

Tashi View Point is located at 6 kms from Gangtok. It offers a great view of Mt. Siniolchu and Mt. Kanchenjunga. The best time to go up to the view point is early morning. Travellers on the way to Ganesh tok can stop here for a break and spend few unforgettable moments.

 

Hanuman Tok: 

This is another peacefultemple surrounded by hills and mountains, 8 kms from Gangtok. The view of Khangchendzonga from the temple compound is amazing .

 

Himalayan Zoological Park: 

This is the only place in India where you could spot red pandas, Himalayan bears, barking deers and snow leopards in extensive wooded enclosures.

 

Khangchendzonga National Park: 

This is Sikkim’s largest wildlife and biosphere reserve, sprawling across 850 sq km. It includes the beautiful Zemu Glacier.

 

M G Marg and Lal Bazaar: 

These two commercial hubs of Gangtok are full of shops, hotels and restaurants.  Shop here for souvenirs, curios, wall hangings, carpets, leather goods, dresses, paintings, prayer wheels. The place is also famous for its shops selling Tibetan bronze, silver and coral jewellery, semi precious stones etc.

 

Saramsa Garden: 

This is a local picnic spot in Gangtokwith many leisure activities. The garden is famous for its orchids and rare tropical plants.

 

Ban Jhakri Falls: 

Enjoy the splashing waters here that falls with great force. Click some great snaps in its background.

 

The Ridge Garden:

This beautiful small park is an ideal place to spend some relaxing moments sway from the crowd.
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Anjuna Beach: 

Located just 18 kms from Panaji, this beach is known for its vibrant nature and rocky cliffs. It is equally famous for its weekly Flea Market, which draws hundreds of visitors every Wednesday to buy things on bargain and for merry making.
Baga Beach:

Sandwiched between Candolim beach and Calangut beach, Baga is comparatively small, but a more relaxed and less crowded one.

 

Besides the usual beach side activities, this beach is famous for its wind surfing especially from January to March. Don’t worry if you are not experienced in wind surfing, because the trainers here will assist you.  The beach is also venue of the annual National Wind Surfing Championship which is held in between September and November.

 

Calangute Beach:

This Goan beach is famous for its hippie culture since the 60's. It is also called the the 'Queen of Beaches'. It is very crowded, but its long stretches ensure that you get a quiet place.
The rave parties and parasailing at calangute beach draws huge crowds here.

 

Candolim Beach:

Candolim is a long and serene beach with few commercial activities. There are many resorts lining the beach. Candolim is an ideal spot if you prefer to stay away from the crowd and enjoy some peaceful beach moments. The palm groves here would give you natural shades as you enjoy nature. Training forparasailing and water skiing are offered here.
Sinquerim:

This beach houses a huge17th century fort- Fort Aguada. It offers world class  facilities for water-skiing, parasailing, fishing, scuba-diving and wind-surfing.

 

Chapora beach:

One of the top visited beaches in Goa, the Chapora is just 8 kms from Mapusa. Lined by Vagator, Anjuna, Siolim and the Old Portuguese Fort, the Chapora beach has got a charming appeal especially due to its cleanliness.

 

Dona Paula Beach:

This vibrant beach offers a gala time for its endless visitors. The beach has many interesting chronicles and tales attached to it.

 

Majorda beach: 

This is another renowned beach of Goa. There are ample opportunities for water sports here. The beach is also lined up with many shops, restaurants and cafes. Nite life is also another attraction of this beach.

 

Miramar Beach:

The River Mandovi meets the Arabian Sea at Miramar beach. This union makes this beach more beautiful.  As any other Goan beach, Miramar has a thriving commercialism and is vibrant with beach side cafes offering mouth watering sea food dishes.

 

Vagator beach:

Vagator stands apart from the other Goan beaches with its overlooking huge red cliffs and black lava rocks. As they splash the waves near the shores, the beauty of this beach is enhanced further.

 

Aquada Fort:

This is one of the best and finely preserved landmarks of Goa. This 17th century fort is located on the Sinequerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea. The first light house of Asia is here.  The fort was built as a defense during the Portuguese rule in Goa and was fully equipped with equipped with ammunition rooms and barracks. The fort tells the tales of many interesting battles fought in this early Portuguese area.

Presently serving as the Central Jail, Fort Aguada has witnessed many historical battles and moments some of which have had a direct impact on the fort itself.

 

Caves of Lamgau:

This is an ideal place for trekkers.  A trip around the pristine Lamgau village will be also a wonderful experience which adds a rustic flavor to your Goan trip.

 

Old Goa:

This previous administrative capital of the Portuguese empire is situated near Panjaji. This place is famous for its charm and grace. There are many famous churches and monuments here that date back to the colonial days. Old Goa is called  ‘Golden Goa’ or ‘Rome of the East’ because of its architectural splendor and legacy.

 

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary:

Goa is not just beaches! The Molem village close to Goa city (about 60 kms from Panaji) houses an attractive wild life sanctuary which is spread over 240 sq kms.  The verdant forests here are dotted with many tribal settlements which offers a totally new world for city dwellers.

 

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary:

Spread over 1.8 sq km, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is situated on the beautiful Chorao islands. The sanctuary and its suburbs are very picturesque with mangrove forests and small streams. Chorao islands still maintains its colonial charm with its white colonial villas and churches. A wide variety of birds such as kites, eagles, king fishers, kites, egrets, parrots, coots, pintails, cormorants, herons etc van be spoted here apart from crocodiles and jackals.

 

Basilica De-Bom Jesus:

This 16th century Portuguese architecture is an important attraction of Goa. It is famous round the world as it houses housing the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier kept in a silver casket. The body of the St. Francis which is more than 400 years old is preserved here and is kept on public display. The church is one among the World Heritage Monuments.

Timings: Sunday : 10.30 to 18.30 hrs. Weekdays: 9.00 to 18.30 hrs

 

Church of St. Francis of Assissi:

Built in 1517 by eight Franciscan friars, this Chappel and the adjoining convent built in Manueline style hold an important place in Goa. The Convent museum boasts of its collection of paintings with scene from the Holy Bible, artifacts and sculptures.

 

Church and monastery of St Augustine:

Built by a group of Augustinian friar in the 16th century stands top in the cultural wealth of Goa. The Monastery and its surroundings is a blend of Indo- Portuguese architecture.

 

Church of Our Lady of Immaculate:

This is another famous Indo-Portuguese structure in Goa. The tall twin towers of the church are built in a typical Portuguese baroque style and the main altar is a perfect example of Renaissance design.

 

Nunnery of Santa Monica:  

Structured like a fortress, the Nunnery of Santa Monica is an aesthetically appealing mansion with massive walls and buttresses. The three storied structure has many cells and halls.

 

St Cathedral (Se Catherdral):

St Cathedral church, dedicated to St.Catherine of Alexandria is the largest church in India and is a perfect example of classic architecture with a blend of Portuguese, Gothic Doric and Tuscan elements. Built to commemorate St. Catherine, the church interiors are in Corinthian style. It is said that it took more than 62 years to complete the construction of this imposing structure. The Church bell is one of the biggest in the world.

Mass Timings: Sundays 7.15 a.m, 10.00 a.m and 4.00 pm.  Weekdays: 7.30 am and 6.00 pm.

 

State Museum:

If you are interested in knowing the history and culture of Goa, you may visit the state museum of Goa. Open from Monday to Friday, this museum is situated near the bus stand of KTC.

 

Lake Maya:

Maya a popular lake in Northern Goa. It is one of the best picnic spots as is famous especially with honeymoon couple who would like to be a little far from the crowd.

 

Fort of Chapora:

The Chapora Fort is close to Vagator and is a famous spot in many Indian movies. This was a Portuguese watch post during the 17th century.
The fort offers a wonderful bird’s eye view of the Goan beaches and its surroundings.

 

Calangute Road:

The Calangute Road is a shopper’s paradise in Goa. There are numerous shops, pubs, resorts, travel agencies, cafeterias mushroomed the road   with heavy crowds through out the day and night.
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Kudle Beach:

This 2 km long crescent-shaped beach that hugs a wide cove is just 6 kms from Gokarna town. Kudle Beach is the one closest to the town. Taking a lazy walk from the town to Kudle Beach will be enthralling as it soothes you with many sights and sounds around.  At Kudle beach you can see people indulging in yoga and martial arts if it is morning. If your visit is scheduled to evening you can simply enjoy a variety of entertainments including music and dance. There is a western flavour to the entertainments here.

 

Om Beach:

Om Beach is not just another, but one of the most popular one in Gokarna and is named after its shape. It is located about 5 kms from the town centre. Om beach offers many enjoyment opportunities like parasailing, water skiing, banana boat cruise, kayaking and surfing. A boat ride up in the nearby river to the far off small church is also interesting. There are numerous cafes lined up on Om beach ensuring that great food and chilled beer are just an arm’s length away.

 

Paradise Beach:

This is a secluded beach in Gokarna lined with huge, rugged cliffs. Paradise beach is actually hidden among the cliffs. If you would like to spent some quiet moments with your loved one or just love to enjoy solitude, this is the best place. But the only access to the beach is by a 5 km trekking or by boating.

 

Half Moon beach:

This is also a less crowded beach lined with rugged cliffs, secluded coves and islets. Half Moon beach is separated from Om Beach by a huge cliff. So adventure lovers can access the beach by trekking. There are many hotels around the place. The beach hut accommodation here is very interesting. You can rent a small thatched hut on this beach to enjoy candle light dinner and sea food while getting soaked in a panoramic view. This will get engraved in your memory for a lifetime.Water sports are absent here but anyone can indulge in volleyball, canoe trips, camping etc

 

Mahabaleshwara Temple: 

This famous Siva temple in Gokarna is located on the main street, at the western end. At the first sight, the temple may not be very impressive, but the grand gopuram, aesthetic halls and pillars are remarkable. The sanctuary here houses a stone linga (symbolizing Lord Siva), encased in brass and placed over a coiled stone serpent.

 

Tamra Gauri Temple: 

This is another must visit temple in Gokarna. There is a six feet tall idol of Lord Siva here, which is open to public only once in four decades.

 

Yana: 

Yana is a picturesque village in Western Ghats located 54 kms from Gokarna amidst ever green forest. It is also a renowned pilgrim center with many temples.  The imposing hills and mountains here with ample waterfalls are a treat to your eyes.

Yana is a must visit for adventure lovers, especially if you love hiking and trekking. Treks to Yana require immense courage, especially due to the unique rock patterns the place has.

 

Kumta: 

Kumta is a small sea coast town 20 kms from Gokarna. It was a major commercial hub during the colonial days. The place is famous for its temples, pristine beach and a fort.
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Hawa Mahal:

One of the most famous structures in Jaipur, the Hawa mahal is an architectural marvel made up of red and pink sandstone. Built in the 18th century, the uniqueness of this palace is that it resembles the crown of Lord Krishna, the Hindu deity. It is a pyramid shaped five storey building having 953 small windows called ‘jharokhas’ and numerous arches. Located in the palace complex, there is an archeological museum. This palace gives a majestic look in the early hours of the morning and evenings with its elaborate illumination.
Timing: 10:00 hrs to 17:30 hrs except on Fridays. Admission is free on Mondays.

 

Amber Fort:

Amber Fort, also known as the Amer Fort, is located about 11 km from Jaipur in a town named Amer. This fort and its palaces have tremendous aesthetic appeal and is a wonderful amalgamation of Hindu-Rajput culture. Amber Fort, made of red sandstone and marble, encompasses large ramparts and multiple gates. The Sheesh Mahal (mirror Palace), a grand mirror walled hall inside the Jaimandir palace is the major attraction here. The walls and ceilings of this hall are beautifully decorated with thousands of small mirrors, which reflect lights and hues. The museum housed here houses many rare royal artifacts.

 

Jaigarh Fort:

This is a hilltop fort spread across a sprawling 3 km compound, overlooking the city of Jaipur. It resembles the Amber Fort in its structure. It is also known as the Victory Fort and is yet another attraction in Jaipur. The complex of the fort includes several grand structures like the Divya Burj, Vijay Garh, Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Vilas Mandir and Aram Mandir along with an exquisite palace and museum. The view of the structures from its grant entrances- Dungar Darwza and Awani darwaza are absolutely stunning.

 

Nahargarh Fort:

It is a spectacular fort located on the edge of the Aravalli Hills in Jaipur. Adventure lovers can reach the fort with a two kilometer long trek. Nahargarh literally means ‘abode of tigers’. The Fort and the palace were used by members of the royal Rajput family as their entertainment house. The marvelously sculptured interiors have numerous rooms connected by wonderfully painted corridors. The architecture is a blend of Indo-European style.

Visiting time: 10:00 hrs to 16:30 hrs.

 

City Palace:

The City Palace is located in the north east direction of Jaipur. It includes two palaces named Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal. The complex of the palace shelters several prodigious buildings, lush green gardens and courtyards, surrounded by huge walls. The palace cover 1/7th space of the city and is a blend of Indo-Mughal architecture.

 

Jantar Mantar:

Bulit in the 18th century, Jantar Mantar is a basically a storehouse of architectural and astronomical instruments. It is featured in the National monument list. A visit to this observatory is exhilarating. It is also famous as world’s largest stone observatory in the world. Historians are of the opinion that, Maharaja Jai Singh took long seven years to complete the construction of this observatory.

 

Jal Mahal:

Jal Mahal, the water palace, is located in the Man Sagar Lake. The Taj Group of Hotels have taken it up and converted it to a grand hotel. The four floors of the palace is under the lake. It is famous picnic spot in Jaipur and the main attraction here is boating in the typical Rajput style boats. On the first floor of the Mahal is the Chameli Bagh with many aromatic flowers. Jal Mahal palace also offers an exciting view of the great Aravalli hills.

 

Rambagh Palace:

Located about five kms from Jaipur on Bhawani Singh Road, Rambagh Palace is grand place.  It is now taken over by Taj Group and converted it as a heritage hotel with celebrities and renowned personalities as guests.

 

Albert Hall Museum:

It is the oldest museum in Jaipur. It is situated in the Ram Niwas Garden. This museum has a vast collection of paintings, carpets, metal sculptures etc. It presents a lovely look amidst pools, fountains and booming gardens.

Visiting time:  9.30 hrs to 16.30 hrs on all days except Fridays..

 

Gaitore:

This Rajput style architecture is the royal cremation ground. Located in a thin valley on the Jaipur Amber road, it is a major tourist major attraction.

 

Moti Doongri Temple:

Moti doongri means Pearl Hill. There is a grand hilltop palace and Ganesha temple located in the middle of Jaipur city. It is a castle like structure which is abuzz during religious festivals. Public are not permitted inside the palace.

 

Birla Temple:

Also known as the Birla Laxmi Narayan temple, Birla Temple is located near the Moti Doongri. It is a marvelous white marbled temple that forms a part of the seven Birla temples in India. Surrounded by huge lawns, this temple features sculptures of famous saints.

 

Jawahar Circle:

It is the biggest circular garden in Asia with a diameter of 452 m. There are several concentric pathways in the park. It is enclosed by Rose Gardens.

 

Kanak Vrindavan:

Kanak Vrindavan is a thrilling garden having a stone temple inside it. It is located in the foothills of Nahargarh hills. It is a famous picnic spot.

 

Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh:

This garden is located about 8 km from Jaipur. The garden has been built in the Mughal style. It looks magnificent with its multi layered gardens, fountains and big pavilions. It has numerous galleries representing life scenes of Lord Krishna.

 

Vidhyaghar Gardens:

Located near the Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, Vidhyaghar Gardens were laid out in the memory of Vidyadhar Bhatacharjee, the architect of Jaipur.

 

Ram Niwas Garden:

Spread over 33 acres of land, Ram Niwas Garden consists of an art gallery, a zoo, bird park, theatre and various cafes.

 

Choki Dhani:

It is a resort located on the outskirts of Jaipur. This place represents the typical Rajasthani culture and ethos. It has several multicuisine restaurants, banquet halls, spa, barbecue etc.
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Hill Palace, Tripunithura:

The Palace which was built during 19th century by the Raja of Kochi is now converted to a museum that houses a vast collection of royal possessions of the Cochin royal family. Spread across 49 buildings housed in 54 acres, Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in the state. The lush green palace ground is filled with several rare species of medicinal plants. Hill Palace is located in Thripunithara, 16km east of Kochi.
Visiting Time:9:00 am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm.  Closed on Mondays and national holidays.
Fort Kochi:

Fort Kochi Beach- A stroll along Fort Kochi beach watching the sailing ships, yachts and Chinese fishing nets crouched like giant spiders is something that should not be missed. Many colonial bungalows too can be viewed along the shoreline. Fort Kochi beach will be brimming with activities and people especially during the sunset hours. The coastal stretch has many eateries with fresh caught sea food which will be cooked upon your preference. The massive Chinese fishing nets (the name sounds funny as it is not known to the Chinese) dotting the beach is a wonderful background for a few clicks.


St. Francis Church:

Fort Kochi is home to India’s oldest churches that attract tourists round the year. St. Francis Church dates back to 15th century and Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India was buried here.
Santa Cruz Basilica:

Santa Cruz Basilica is one of the oldest churches in India. Its history dates back to 1505 as a Portuguese church, but was destroyed by the British colonists in the 16th century. The present structure was built in 1905. Santa Cruz Basilica holds an important place in the history of Kochi and has tourists round the year.
Mattancherry:

Mattancherry is a tourist hotspot in Kochi and is famous for its heritage buildings, spice street and curio shops. Surrounded by back waters, Mattancherry can be accessed through boat trips also. Being the first trade hub of Kochi, Mattancherry is still vibrant with a pan-Indian population and a Jew-Town in its centre.
The spice street (bazaar) lined up with spice shops on both sides wafts aroma of Kerala spices and is an ideal place to shop out for Kerala handicrafts.
Mattancherry houses many famous heritage buildings like the Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace. The Jewish synagogue, built in 1568, is India’s oldest functioning synagogue and is an elegantly decorated structure with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace) was a gift to the Raja of Kochi by the Dutch colonists and the palace today owns a great collection of mural paintings and royal weapons.
Bolghatty Island:

This small strip of land off the mainland is a great picnic spot. A short boat ride or travel through a bridge from the heart of the city will take you here. An old Dutch palace situated here is now converted to a resort with separate water sports and a golf course by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). The panoramic view of the port, harbor and international marina makes it more attractive to spend some relaxed moments.


Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary:

Mangalavanam is a pleasant surprise in the middle of the city.  No one would expect such a patch of greenery and mangrove forest in the middle of city’s bustles. Mangalavanam being the home of many rare migratory and resident birds is a favourite spot of tourists visiting Kochi as well as bird lovers in the city.

Best time to visit- Mid January to March.


Museum of Kerala History:

The Museum of Kerala History, located at Kalamasserry is a must visit place for those who are keen to know more about the history of Kerala. The museum has on display many audio-visual exhibits, paintings and life size statues depicting the history and culture of Kerala.
Kerala Folklore Museum:

The only privately owned museum in the state, Kerala Folklore Museum houses many unique architectural objects, traditional musical instruments, lamps, sculptures, masks, murals, old photographs, excavated objects, jewellery and jewellery boxes, folklore collection, traditional art costumes and Christian art collection. The building is a typical example of traditional Kerala architecture with intricately carved wooden walls and door panels. The folklore theatre has daily cultural shows like bharathanatyam, mohiniyattom, kathakali, koothu, kalaripayattu etc.
Beaches- Cherai, Munambam, Vypeen:

Kerala takes pride in its long stretches of palm fringed pristine beaches. If till the last decade, Fort Kochi beach was the only answer for beaches in Kochi, now less crowded beaches like Cherai, Vypeen and Munambam is gaining huge popularity. They are perfect places for a sun bath far from the buzzing crowd. Few private resorts and clubs are operating several water sports here.
Wonder La:

Wonder La, South India's largest amusement park is 14kms from Cochin. Nestled in 30 acres of green surrounding, there is a wide range of activities and rides for both adults and kids.
Wonder La houses more than 50 world class amusement rides.
Kodanad:

Kodanad is a picturesque riverside village 30 kms north-east of Kochi. Located on the banks of river Periyar, Kodanad is an eco-tourism spot in Kerala gratifying the visitors in the most natural way. The state’s largest elephant training centre- Punnathur Kotta is here and elephants for the various temple festivals are groomed here. The place is close to St. Thomas church in Malayatoor.
Milkyway Aqua-Tourism Centre:

This less crowded picnic spot initiated by the Fisheries Department at Malippuram Village at Vypeen is a latest addition to Kochi’s beauty. A shrimp farm attached to a private beach is converted to an aqua-tourist village, where public can indulge in fishing, water sports and exploring in the nearby mangrove forests. Authentic Kerala sea food delicacies can be relished in the restaurant here.

Visiting Time:10:00 AM to 5:00 PM everyday. Onam is the only holiday.
Marine Drive:

Marine Drive is a pleasant promenade facing the Vembanad Lake. It is the most popular hangout place of Kochi and for the same reason is buzzing with activities. Shops, eateries and water sports are the main attractions here. The Rainbow Bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge here are cool evening hang out spots to enjoy sunset along with the gentle breezes from the lake.
Things to do in Kochi:

Kochi being the shopper’s hub of Kerala, is an ideal destination for shopaholics.  Shop out for Indian attires like kurtas, sareers, salwars, Keela sarees, jewellery as well as multinational brands at M G Road, Marine Drive and Convent Junction. For Kerala handicrafts, antiques and spices, Fort Kochi and Mattancherry are ideal places.
Beach walks, back water rides, water sports, yachting, house boat trips, etc are the other major attractions in Kochi. Culture lovers can get soaked in the numerous cultural activities and shows happening here.
Kochi is the only place in Kerala where night life is active, but only during weekends
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The Victoria Memorial:

The Victoria Memorial is a great monument in Kolkata constructed in honour of the former British empress of India, Queen Victoria. It is one of the most popular tourist spot of the city because of its beautiful architecture and wonderful stretch of greenery. Authorities have transformed the interiors of the palace into a museum, which offers a brief glimpse into the colonial days. It has been designated as a heritage building.

 

Princep Ghat:

Princep Ghat is a popular heritage site in Kolkata, built in memory of James Princep, an Anglo-Indian scholar. This Ghat which is rich in Greek and Gothic style of architecture is an old recreational spot in the city. Built on the banks of Hoogly River during the British Raj times, this is a perfect place for a relaxed evening stroll away from the bustles of the city. The location offers a panoptical view of the Kolkata from riverside with factories, palaces, mansions and skyscrapers as backdrops. You can enjoy boating here or just drop in to the numerous food stalls.

Timing: 24 hours.

 

Fort William:

Princep Ghat lies close to Fort William. This is a huge British citadel erected in 1773. It is centered upon a lush, green heartland of Kolkata known as the Maidan where there are ample opportunities for outdoor sports like polo, horseracing, rugby etc. Theplace is of great historical importance and definitely worth a visit.

 

Dalhousie Square:

Visitors to Kolkata should not miss the Dalhousie Square to get a grasp of the rich heritage of the city. Dalhousie Square also bears an important place in Indian history as it was the administrative hub of the former British-India. This section of Kolkata houses the General Post Office, which boasts of an Edwardian architecture and the Writer’s Building, a fascinating Gothic architecture. The Writer’s Building is the Secretariat Building of West Bengal.

 

Kalighat:

No trip to Kolkata is complete without seeking the blessings of the Goddess Kali from the famous Kalighat temple. The place is of great religious significance and considered as one among the nine “shaktipeeths" of India.

 

Eden Gardens:

Eden Gardens is the largest stadium in India and the second largest in the world by its seating capacity. Need we say more to put Eden Gardens high up on your list of must-see places?

 

College Street:

A veritable haven forbibliophiles, this is the part of Kolkata from where you can buy original as well as second-hand books at unbelievably low prices. You might even stumble upon many rare books while you’re at it.

 

Birla Planetarium:

This single-storeyed dome-shaped structure located at the heart of the city is one of its most distinguished landmarks. Its structural design is inspired by the Buddhist stupa at Sarnath. There is an astronomical observatory here along with an electronics laboratory. The gallery is home to many valuable paintings and celestial models of famous astronomers.

 

Howrah Bridge:

The Howrah Bridge is symbolic of Kolkata city. It spans the Hooghly River, and links the city through Howrah. The bridge was renamed as ‘Rabindra Setu’ after the world renowned Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore.

 

Nicco Park:

Known as the “Disneyland of West Bengal”, Nicco Park is one of the earliest amusement parks in India. You can enjoy a variety of recreational and edutainment activities here.

 

Shaheed Minar:

Shaheed Minar was built in 1825 by the British East India Company. ”Shahid Minar” is also known as “martyr’s monument” as it is built in memory of the martyrs of Indian freedom struggle.

 

Zoological Garden, Alipore:

The Alipore Zoo is the oldest zoological park in India. The most popular animal here is the Royal Bengal Tiger.

 

St. Paul's Cathedral:

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kolkata is one of the oldest shrines in India. This stunning architecture attracts many domestic and international tourists round the year.

 

Park Street:

An important street in the city, famous for its old world elegance, communal culture, numerous food joints and a thriving nightlife. The best time to visit Park Street is during Christmas when the whole stretch is lit up with thousands of lights.

 

Marble palace:

Marble Palace is a sprawling mansion in neo-classical style and dates back to the 19th century. It is one of the most elegant and well preserved houses in Kolkata built by a passionate wealthy Bengali merchant.
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Karla Caves:

The largest Chaitya or cave temple in India, the Karla Caves, is located in Lonavala.These caves carved out of rock were supposedly built byBuddhist nuns around 1000 AD. This is a popular destination for tourists who want to get a closer look at the architecture and culture of Buddhism. The Chaitya hall is an architectural marvel with 37 octagonal pillars erected around a base structure of a water jar. A special feature of the Chaitya is the façade screen composed of teak wood. The point of entry of the Chaitya hall is decorated with an arch in the form of a horse shoe. Karla Caves also include Buddhist Viharas where the monks used to reside during their period of meditation in the caves. The Cave encloses figures of elephants adorned with ivory tusks and metal jewelry. A famous temple dedicated to Goddess Ekvira Devi is also located here.

 

Nagphani:

Nagphani, later named as Duke’s Nose after Duke Wellington, is a cliff close to Lonavala which is shaped like the pointed portion of a snake’s hood. Duke’s Nose can only be reached through adventurous trekking and the view of the downhill plains is simply astounding.

 

Wax Museum:

Located at a distance of just 3 km away from the railway station, at Varsoli, the Wax Museum near the Toll Plaza is a new attraction which is drawing the attention of many tourists.

 

Lonavala Lake:

Lonavala Lake is popularly known as the Monsoon Lake due to its pattern of drying up during the winters and being filled with gushing waters during the monsoon. It is a charming picnic spot in the region. This gorgeous location boasts of scenic surroundings, being nestled in the heart of nature. The source of the Lonavala Lake is the famous river Indrayani. This lake happens to be a natural habitat of a number of water bodies. Many birds can also be spotted on the lake.

 

Sausage Hills:

One of the best picnic sites in the region, Sausage Hills offer magnificent views of Tunga Fort and Pawna Lake. This pristine hill includes a dense forest covering and is also the natural habitat of various bird species. Sausage Hill is a must-visit if you are interested in bird watching, trekking or hill climbing. Several trekking trails originate from this spot and lead to other hilly terrains, lakes and forts.

 

Bushy Dam:

One of the most picturesque picnic spots in Lonavala, Bushy Dam looks stunning during the monsoon season with the water gushing out from it, creating magnificent waterfalls. The dam is located against the background of scenic hilly landscapes and lush green surroundings. Bushy Dam is a much sought-after vacation destination and weekend getaway in Lonavala. No swimming is permitted here. The beauty of the region is heightened by the cool environment and peaceful ambience.

 

Ryewood Park:

Located close to the Lonavala market, Ryewood Park is a beautiful hangout spot in the Lonavala hill station. The Park possess ample ground with bright green lawns and playing areas meant for children. The Park contains different kinds of trees, some of which are many decades old. Initially, the place was a botanical garden but was later transformed into a park. The garden boasts of a number of facilities for merry-making and its flower gardens. It can be a great family weekend getaway. Children can enjoy the many interesting amenities and rides located in Ryewood Park. You can also visit this Park if you simply want to get some fresh air.

 

Tiger’s Leap:

Adventure enthusiasts will enjoy this site which acts as a fascinating tourist point offering captivating sights. Tiger’s Leap is located at a height of 650 metres with an echo point and monsoon-fed waterfall acting as major attractions.

 

Bhaja Caves:

This second century Buddhist caves situated in Lonavala are a popular tourist destination. Bhaja Caves comprise of 18 rock-cut caves built by Buddhist nuns. Many beautiful sculptures are housed inside the caves such as a prince on a chariot, three armed warriors, dancing couples and a prince seated on the back of an elephant. All these figures are specimens for showcasing the great architectural skills of ancient sculpures. waterfall is present in the last of the caves.

 

Amrutanjan Point:

Amrutanjan Point is a renowned attractive site situated right at the start of the Khandala Ghat. It offers the visitors a bird’s eye view of the entire valley as well as the Duke’s nose. The spot is enclosed by the greenery and serves as a perfect picnic location.

 

Tungarli Lake:

An artificial reservoir situated in Lonavala, Tungarli Lake is the major source of water supply to the entire hill station. The lake is filled to the brim during the monsoons but mostly suffers from scarcity of water during the summer season.

 

Koregad Fort:

This is a secluded fort on a hillock in Lonavala. The fort can be reached with about an hour’s trekking. This fort which is almost in a ruined state is amidst a picturesque landscape and streams.

 

Tikona Fort:

Also known as Vitandgad fort, this is a major attraction in Maval region near Lonavala. There is a small and picturesque hamlet called Tikona peth which is soaked in rustic beauty. There is also a lake and a cave enclosed within the fort. Tikona Fort is also an attractive trekking spot.

 

Tung Fort:

This is an ideal place for the most adventurous. Tund Fort is also called Kathingad and is 3500 feet tall and constructed over a 1200 feet hilly terrain.
The trek to Tung fort is very tough and challenging.

 

Visapur Fort:

Located at a height of 4,000 ft above sea level, this is another adventurous trekking spot which leads to a picturesque fort and surroundings.

 

Valavan Lake:

This artificial lake is one of the most beautiful picnic spots in Lonavala. The near by beautiful gardens and landscaped plains together makes it an ideal location for  spending some soothing moments.

 

Tungarli Dam: 

Built across the Tungarli Lake, this is a renowned weekend getaway spot close to Rajmachi. This dam is lined with a picturesque green backdrop with Tungarli village, Sahyadri hills and Rajmachi.

 

Pawna Lake (Pavna Lake):

This is yet another picturesque picnic spot in Lonavala. View from here to the Tungi, Logagarh and Tikona forts is admirable.

 

Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary:

This is a great location for jungle walks, trekking and bird watching.
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Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary:

This wildlife sanctuary is situated in Sukna, right at the foothills of the majestic Himalaya Mountains between two rivers- Mahananda and Teesta. You can hire a jeep to explore this vast forest land which is the abode of many rare wild animals. This thick foliage of dense bushes is famous for its barking bears, sambar tiger, Indian bison, wild peacocks and elephants. The sanctuary will be closed during the rainy season. It is also a favourite trekking spot offering mild to medium treks.

 

ISKCON Temple:

The ISKCON temple located in Siliguriis constructed in contemporary style and has many stunning idols depicting Lord Narasimha, Advaita Acharya, Lord Chaitanya among many others. The temple draws thousands of devotees each year.

 

Science City, Matigara:

This is a popular tourist spot situated in Matigara. The campus comprises of a museum, an Interpretation centre and a planetarium. Many scientific equipments and experiments are on display in the complex. The Nature Interpretation Centre here showcases a variety of flowers and plants. You are also able to observe the customs, traditions and dialect of North Bengal. This is an ideal place for an education tour.

 

Salugara Monastery:

The entire monastery is an architectural marvel, constructed in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 100 feet high stupa, located within the compound which has been blessed by the late Kalu Rinpoche. Away from the humdrums of modern life, the Salugara monastery is a perfect home for an ideal spiritual retreat and meditation.

 

North Bengal University:

Established in the year 1962, this is the major educational institution for the whole of North Bengal as well as the state of Sikkim. Covering an area of 330 acres, the University enrolls around 37,000 students in separate courses each year.

 

Dagapur Tea Gardens:

Acres of lush green plantations here offers refreshing morning and evening walks enjoying the landscape. It is interesting to gather first-hand knowledge of tea production from the locals here.

 

The Coronation Bridge at Sevoke:

Built over river Teesta, the Coronation Bridge has a great English design. The serene atmosphere, lush green surroundings and sparkling waters of Teesta makes it an ideal picnic spots. Many tourists love to enjoy evening walks over the bridge enjoying the scenic landscape.

 

Surya Sen Park:

This eco-friendly park is one of the most preferred picnic spots among the local people of Siliguri. It is an eco-friendly park displaying several alternate sources of energy.

 

Sevoke Kali Mandir:

This temple located 20 kilometers from Siliguri is close to the Coronation Bridge. It is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction. The temple and its picture perfect surrounding is very popular among tourists.

 

Savin Kingdom:

Savin Kingdom is a great picnic spot in Siliguri. The scenic beauty of the place is simply enchanting. Surrounded by unending tea farms, the place attracts many tourists who come to enjoy the landscape. There is an amusement park located here providing exciting enjoyment for the visitors.

 

Salugara Monastery:

This is another important monastery in Siliguri established by the followers of Dalai Lama. A 100 feet stupa here is the major attraction. The monastery is located in a serene atmosphere among lush greenery, thereby offering a peaceful and rejuvenating experience for the visitors here.

 

Umrao Singh Boat Club:

Located at Sukna in Siligur, this is another great picnic spot maintained by Indian Army. The club offers boating and water sports amidst a scenic landscape.

 

Madhuban Park:

This is a bird watcher’s paradise located 11 kms from Siliguri town in Sukna Forest. The Park is the worthy trail of the renowned Sukna forest
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Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple:

This three century-old temple is one of the richest shrines in the world. There is an estimated royal treasure of 90000 crores in its secret cellars. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple is located in the heart of the city and spills over 2400 sq metres in an ancient enclosure. Its main entrance is a seven-tier gopuram (gateway tower) and the vast temple complex is full of awe inspiring structures depicting episodes from the life of Lord Vishnu. In the inner sanctum, there is a huge idol of Lord Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu) reclining on a sacred serpent ‘Anantha’ which is said to have made with over 10,000 salagramam (sacred stones) transported from Nepal on elephants. The musical pillars (pillars made of stone that produces an echo effect), golden mandap and the 500 pillared corridor embedded with numerous sculptures and mural paintings gives an unmistakable stamp of royal authority.

Visiting Time: 3:30am to 12:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:20pm

 

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum:

Kuthiramalika Palace (Horse Mansion) is a unique palace designed by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal (the famous singer-king of Travancore) and is located on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy Temple.  The name is derived from its horse shaped windows and exquisite series of sculptured prancing horses that line in the first floor gallery. The structure, decor and the priceless artefacts displayed here gives a glimpse of the royal splendour. The palace is the venue for the famous annual Swathi Thirunal music festival honoring this composer-king.

Visiting Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. (Monday holiday)

 

Napier Museum and Chitra Art Gallery:

Nestled within the city limits, the North Park Ground is an oasis of hilly woodland that houses The Napier Museum, Chitra Art Gallery, Botanical Garden, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Reptile House and Museum of Natural History within its compound.

 

The famous Napier Museum date back to 1880 and is a blend of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architecture.  The gothic styled roof and minarets, tall slender towers and the stained glass windows together gives it an impression of huge gossamer light. The museum houses a rare collection of historic artefacts, bronze idols, wooden and ivory carvings dating back to 8th century. Many rare coins from the Chera, Chola and Pandya dynasties and life- size Kathakali figures are here.

 

Chitra Art Gallery showcases a vast collection of ancient and modern paintings from India and South-East Asia, especially from Mughal, Rajasthani, Tanjore, Roerich, China, Japan, Tibet, and Bali schools. The main attraction here is the famous oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma.

 

Down the Royal Road, there is Kowdiar Palace which is the official residence of the royal family members. Public is allowed tohave a look at this architectural wonder from outside only.

Visiting Hours:10:00am – 4:45pm.  Closed on Mondays

 

Trivandrum Golf Club:

Situated adjacent to Kowdiar Palace, the Thiruvananthapuram Golf Club is spread over a sprawling 25 acres with more than 3400 trees of over 1000 species. Guests and non-members can play here.

 

Kanaka Kunnu Palace (Golden Hill Palace):

Kanaka kunnu Palace is the focal point of the city’s cultural activities. The spacious building was once the banquet palace for royal guests and its sprawling gardens ablaze with flowers is a visual treat. The grand lit up lawns are now open air auditoriums where many cultural events houses.

 

Shanghumugham Beach:

Shanmugham Beach is just 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. It is a less crowded beach and noted for its clean and pristine atmosphere. Away from the bustles of the city, it is a perfect spot for some relaxation after the day’s sight-seeing excursions. The eateries lining up the beach offers authentic Kerala cuisine, especially sea food.

 

Veli Tourism Village:

Kochu Veli, located 8 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city is a small strip of land where the placid back waters merges with the boundless blue of Arabian Sea. It is a must visit picnic spot in Thiruvananthapuram and is developed as a tourist village.  The water front park here with wading pool, boating facilities, floating restaurant, promenades, floating bridge, aqua sports facilities and a beautiful garden entertains endless visitors.  Just sit back by the cool lake side or take a stroll through the floating bridge, you will have an incredible experience.

Visiting time: 06:00am to 06:00pm

 

Places around Thiruvananthapuram

Kovalam:

Located nearly 10 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, the sunny beaches and famous blue waters of Kovalam needs no introduction. It is one of the most sought beach destination in the country. Click here to read more about Kovalam

 

Vizhinjam:

Vizhinjam is an unspoilt beach at a distance of 3 kms from Kovalam. It is less crowded than Kovalam, it has got a slice of local life and an air of serenity. Click here to know more

 

Varkala:

Varkala, 51 kms North to Thiruvananthapuram city is popular due to it’s beach and waterways. The Jananrdana Swami Temple here is also a renowned Hindu pilgrim centre.  Papanasam beach  Varkala, surrounded by cliffs is pristine and known for its beauty. Boating through Ashtamudi Kayal to the nearest city-Kollam is a great experience, especially as the boat passes through two tunnels in the hills.

 

Neyyar Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary:

Neyyar Dam is located about 30 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram city. Tucked in the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, it is an eco tourism spot with a beautiful lake, a wild life sanctuary, crocodile-park and a 60 year old dam encompassed in a large park ideal for family picnic.  Click here to know more.

 

Agasthyagoodam:

Agasthyavanam is an eco tourism centre 12kms from Neyyar. From the Lion Safari Park, there are trekking possibilities to Agasthyagoodam. Click here to view more.

 

Poovar:

This coastal village in Thiruvananthapuram is yet another pristine beach destination.  Stay here at one of the beach facing resorts and enjoy the cool breeze that the swaying coconut palms bring. Enjoy boating and water sports in the blue ocean and stroll through the tranquil beaches. Indulge yourself in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage at a beach side resort. Click here to know more about Ayurvedic Packages.

 

Akkulam:

Akkulam is about 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram city and is well as a picnic and backwater destination. Akkulam Lake which is an extension of Veli offers boating and water sport facilities.

Visiting time: 10:00am to 07.00pm

 

Things to do in Thiruvananthapuram:

 Thiruvananthapuram is an ideal choice if you love a great holiday at beaches and backwaters. There are ample opportunities inside the city to get soaked in Kerala culture and history. Experience a perfect relaxation and rejuvenation with Ayurvedic treatments. The adventurous tourists can extend their holidays to Ponmudi and Agasthyagoodam.

 

The road that stretching M G Road- Chalai Bazaar- Paalayam offers everything of interest in terms of shopping-jewellery shops, handicrafts, kerala sarees, silks, spices, antique furniture. The main market is the frenzied Chalai Bazaar worth visiting for the buzz as much as the bargains.
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