Weekend getaways from Kanchipuram
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Kanchipuram is considered one of the seven holiest town of its kind in the country. It is believed that a visit to this town bestows salvation. "City of 1000 temples", "Golden City of Temples", "The Temple Town" or Kanchi. Kanchipuram has many names to its credit and is one of the oldest city in South India. The Main land lies on the northern bank of the Holy River Vegavathi a tributary of River Palar. It is a sacred destination for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus too. It will be a festival sight throughout the year where temples celebrate one or other routine festivals.
Cosmopolitan Bengaluru is the number one city in the Indian deep south, blessed with a benevolent climate and a burgeoning drinking, dining and shopping scene. It’s not necessarily a place you come to be wowed by world-class sights but instead to experience the new modern face of India. In 2012, Bengaluru was declared 'The most livable city in India'. Lined with long stretches of trees and parks, famous heritage buildings, busy markets and newly constructed buildings, Bengaluru seems to have a bit of everything for everyone.
The statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali at Shravanabelagola is one of the most important tirthas (pilgrimage destinations) in Jainism, one that reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Western Ganga dynasty of Talakad. The name of this holy center is derived from the pond called ‘bili-gola’ (white pond) between two hills. A great festival is held in every 12 years, called as 'Maha Mastakabhishek'. That time the place is filled with devotees and you would experience the zeal.
Puducherry, commonly known as Pondicherry, is one of the union territories of India, offering magnificent French flavors. The city boasts of tremendous scenic beauty, portrayed by mesmerizing and impressive beaches. The territory was a French colony in early times and was renamed from Pondicherry to Puducherry in 2006, which is a Tamil word meaning "New Village". It constitutes of four tiny unconnected districts.
Mysore is soaked in rich colonial as well as royal history. The beautiful historical buildings and tree-lined boulevards lend the former capital of the state of Mysore a stunning appeal. For nature lovers, the hotspots would be the Brindavan Gardens, where you must witness the beautiful musical fountain show and the Karanji Lake where you can enjoy a round of boating. If you love shopping, you are sure to find many options in Mysore to please you. For starters, Mysore offers beautiful handicrafts made from sandalwood and rosewood. Sweet lovers are in for a real treat with the sinful Mysore Pak dripping with ghee waiting to be devoured.
Udhagamandalam, sometimes abbreviated Udhagai and better known as Ooty, is a town, a municipality, and the district capital of the Nilgiris district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located 80 km north of Coimbatore.
Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the Tamil Nadu state. It's home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church.
Tirupati is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites because of Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, besides other historical temples, and is referred to as the "Spiritual Capital of Andhra Pradesh". Tirupati is also home to many educational institutions and universities. For the year 2012-13, India's Ministry of Tourism named Tirupati as the "Best Heritage City". The holy city of Tirupati is one amongst the 8 most scared places of Lord Mahavishnu and is highly revered, glorified and worshiped.
Rameswaram is a town and a second grade municipality in the Ramanathapuram district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.
Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu, but Madurai claims its soul. Madurai is Tamil-born and Tamil-rooted, one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamt of. It is also called as Thoonga Nagaram that means a City that never Sleeps. The Meenakshi Amman temple is the city’s most important landmark. It is one of the five sabhas (divine dance stages) called as Velli Ambalam (silver Hall). Madurai, perhaps appropriately given her age, captures many of India’s glaring dichotomies, with a centre dominated by a medieval temple and an economy increasingly driven by IT, all overlaid with the energy and excitement of a big Indian city and slotted into a much more manageable package than Chennai’s sprawl. Historically it is also called as the Athens of the East.
Kurnool is city and the headquarters of Kurnool district in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is also known as the Gateway to Rayalaseema. Kurnool served as the state capital of Andhra from 1 October 1953 to 31 October 1956. Kurnool is the longest cave system and is one of the Kurnool attractions which are visited by most of the people. It is an underground cave and has three well like cavities. The main attraction of the cave is the exquisite stalactite and stalagmite formations. Huge marble Buddha statue on these caves is the sign of worship of Buddhist monks. Natural waterfall is also seen in this cave which is very beautiful and attractive. Oravakallu Rock Garden, which has natural rock formations. This place is located between water bodies.The Kethavaram rock paintings, from the Paleolithic era, are located along a stretch of the Orvakal rock formations. It is also a perfect place for picnics.
Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, it has a cooler climate than the plains below and is a popular holiday destination. The town centers around star-shaped, man-made Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest.
It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture where in Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas (chariots), sculpted reliefs and structural temples. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art. They are located in the side of the cliffs near India's Bay of Bengal.
Part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Bandipur National Park is one of South India’s most famous wildernesses areas. Covering 880 sq km, it was once the Mysore maharajas’ private wildlife reserve, and is now a protected zone for over 100 species of mammals, including tiger, elephant, leopard, gaur (Indian bison), chital (spotted deer), sambar, sloth bear, dhole (wild dog), mongoose and langur. It’s also home to an impressive 350 species of bird.
Located on the foothills of Annamalai hills, Tiruvannamalai has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, Tipu Sultan, and the British. It served as the capital city of the Hoysalas. The town is built around the Annamalaiyar Temple like other Nayak capitals. Tiruvannamalai is named after the central deity of the Annamalaiyar Temple, Annamalaiyar. The Karthigai Deepam festival is celebrated during the day of the full moon between November and December, and a huge beacon is lit atop the Annamalai hill. The event is witnessed by three million pilgrims. On the day preceding each full moon, pilgrims circumnavigate the temple base and the Annamalai hills in a worship called Girivalam, a practice carried out by one million pilgrims yearly.
Coonoor is a Taluk in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. It is also famous for its tea plantations and golf courses
Shivanasamudram is a small town in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka, India. It is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, and is the location of one of the first Hydroelectric Power stations in Asia. The Shivanasamudra falls are formed on the Kaveri. A little distance before the falls, the river splits into two, forming an island. The two streams falls down to the same point and flows downstream. The two falls are called Gagana Chukki (90 metres) Bhara Chukki (69 metres). The two falls are really majestic in the monsoon season.
Yercaud is a hill station situated on the Shevaroys Hills of the Eastern Ghats, located in Salem District of Northern Tamil Nadu. The abundance of trees that happened to be near the lake made the locals to name this area as Yeri – Kaadu meaning Lake Forest. Later on, the name turned out to be Yercaud. It is popularly known as 'Jewel of the South'. Yercaud region, includes the predominantly short and rocky hills that welcomes all travellers with its cool climate & pleasant surroundings. Scenically, it is an enchanting hill station with trekking as the most enjoyable way to spend time along friends and family. The popular points of interest here are Yercaud Lake, Killiyur Falls, Pagoda Point, Bear's Cave etc.
The unique sight of the tall trees mounting upon the small island-like mounds clustered with giant rocks on the way and the fiercely flowing river pounding upon it makes even the dull hearts go awe-stricken. The river water is said to have some special powers as it travels through the forests filled with herbal plants and shrubs. The courageous young children dive from tall attitudes which seem to be much more surprising for the spectators watching along the way.
#19Nandi Hills -
Nandi Hills offers a surprise of breathtaking scenic beauty and excellent climatic condition. It has been a favourite picnic place for young enthusiasts on a weekend. The pleasant climate appeals to the old and the young alike. Lovers and honeymooners, in search of a quiet, beautiful place, and families on economised budget prefer Nandi Hills. Historians can find a wealth of information and the spiritual minded, peace and tranquility. Nandi Hills is a mere 60 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Nandi is also commonly called Nandidurga (Fort) because of the fort built here by the ruler Tipu Sultan. It is also perhaps called Nandi Hills because the hill resembles a sleeping bull (Nandi).
Yelagiri Hill is one of the popular hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Situated amidst four mountains well known for its salubrious climate prevail throughout the year. Tribal people live in villages in these hills. If you travel the winding Ghat road that has 14 hairpin bends you can reach the Yelagiri hilltop. The hairpin bends offer panoramic, breathtaking views of the hills and its surroundings. The seventh bend is significant, since it offer the view of the slopes of the mountain and the green forests that carpet the hill. Yelagiri comprises 14 small villages. The tribal people who live here are engaged in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, etc. Their customs, habits, and the structure if their houses are very unique and attract tourists.