Kanyakumari – The Tip Of India

Kanyakumari – The Tip Of India

Travel Guide

Kanyakumari, officially spelled as Kanniyakumari, in Tamil Nadu is the southern most tip of India. It is surrounded by majestic hills and the plains are bordered by colourful sea-shores. The land is fringed with coconut trees and paddy fields, here and there are few elevated patches of red cliffs with undulating valleys and plains between the mountainous terrain and the sea – coast, so closely interwoven with Temples and Churches and other edifices, that it makes it the most captivating view.

The main attraction of Kanyakumari  is of course due to the fact that it is the very tip of the Indian peninsula, also it is the point of confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. One can see three different colored sand beds here. The sand samples are also sold in sachets for a memorabilia. Nature is so spectacular at Kanyakumari that several other Indian beaches pale by comparison. Cape Comorin is at its best during Chitra Pournami (the full moon day in April) when the sun and moon are face to face on the same horizon but other full moon days are also special and you can see the sun set and the moon rise almost simultaneously.

The legend has it that Kanya Devi, an avatar of Parvati, was to marry Siva, but as he failed to show up on his wedding day, the rice and other grains meant for the wedding feast remained uncooked and remain unused thereafter. As the legend goes, the uncooked grains turned into stones as time went by. Some believe that the small stones on the shore today, which look like rice, are indeed grains from the wedding that was never solemnised. Kanya Devi is now considered a virgin goddess who blesses pilgrims and tourists who flock the town.

Kanyakumari is the place where sage Agasthya lived for a long time and the place where Swami Vivekananda came seeking peace.

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Kanyakumari district, which lies in the southernmost tip of Peninsular India, is famous for its majestic hills, virgin beaches, pristine rivers and meandering rivulets. The district has a fragrance of architecture culture and customs of neighboring Kerala mixed with the rich deep traditions, culture and architecture of Tamil Nadu.
Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
The beautiful Gandhi Memorial completed in 1956, is situated as a memorial to the Father of the Nation. An urn of Mahatma Gandhi was kept here for public to pay homage before immersion. Mahatma Gandhi visited Kanyakumari twice in 1925 and 1937. In 1948 his ashes were immersed in the sea waters in Kanyakumari. In commemoration of this event a beautiful monument has been constructed here.
Thiruvalluvar Statue
Thiruvalluvar is the immortal poet of Tamil Nadu and has given to the world Thirukkural. The memorial statue of Thiruvalluvar is in Kanyakumari. The 3 tier pedestal known as Atharapeedam is surrounded by an artistic Mandapa known as Alankara Mandapam with 38 feet height. Surrounding the Alankara Mandapa stand 10 elephant statues signifying 8 directions with earth and space down.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is another place in Kanyakumari which attracts large number of tourists. As its name implies, it is essentially a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” during 24th, 25th and 26th December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. From very ancient times, the rock has been regarded as sacred place. In Puranic tradition, it has been known as “Sripada Parai: meaning the rock that has been blessed by the touch of Shripada feet of the Goddess.
Sunrises & Sunsets
Sunrise can be seen in Kanniyakumari throughout the year at Bay of Bengal. Sunset can be seen from View Tower throughout the year except the months of June, July and August.
View Tower & Telescope House
Panoramic view of landscape, seashore, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue etc., can be seen at View Tower and through Telescope.
Government Museum
The Government Museum, situated on the Beach Road offers a good collection of sculptured artefacts and crafts of South Indian Temples and is one of the “Must See” places in Kanyakumari.
Guganathaswamy Temple
This is a 1000 year old temple and is said to have been built by the King Raja Raja Chola. The architectural style of the Cholas is quiet apparent in this temple. It is located near Railway Station. There are 16 inscriptions found in this temple that date back to the years 1038 A.D., 1044 A.D., 1045 .A.D.
Hall of History - Kumari
It is located south side of Kanyakumari Railway Station exhibits the pictures of historical wonders and also comprised rare photographs Kamarajar, Gandhiji and other freedom fighters.
Suchindrum
Suchindrum is a small village about 12 km. from Kanyakumari and about seven kilometres from Nagercoil. This holy place is located on the bank of the river Pazhayar, adjoining fertile fields and coconut groves and the temple is dedicated to Sri Sthanumalayan.
Kanyakumari Bagavathiamman Temple
Kanyakumari derives its name from from Goddess Kanyakumari Amman, the presiding deity of the area. The most prominent temple, the Kumari Amman, is dedicated to the goddess Parvathi as a virgin. The temple situated at the edge of the ocean for Goddess Kanyakumari has the legendary account that once Banusura, the demon king got supremacy over Devas and meted out cruel punishment to them.
Udayagiri Fort
The fort was rebuilt in the reign of Marthandavarma, the Venad King, during 1741-44. Under the supervision of De Lannoy, the Belgian General, who served as the Chief of the Travancore army; East India Company’s troops were stationed there till the middle of the 19th century. In the early days, the fort was of strategic importance. Prisoners captured in the campaign against Tippu were confined in this fort for some time. It is further said that a brass gun 16 ft. long bored as a 22 ponder, found in the fort could not be removed even for a few yards by a large number of people, even with the help of 16 elephants.
Mathoor Hanging Bridge
The Mathoor Hanging Trough is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, having a height of 115 feet and a length of one kilometre. Constructed in 1966, this bridge has become a place of tourist importance and hundreds of tourists visit this place. This is situated in Mathoor, hamlet of Aruvikkarai revenue village in Thiruvattar Panchayat Union.
St. Xavier Church
St.Xavier an outstanding and dedicated priest visited the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu from Goa, he never missed the opportunity of visiting Kottar in Kanniyakumari district which was a celebrated commercial centre at that time.
Padmanabhapuram Palace
The ancient historical town Padmanabhapuram is 55 Km. south of Trivandrum, about 2 km. east of Thuckalay and 35 km. from Kanyakumari on the Trivandrum-Cape Comerin road. This town is surrounded by a fort with an area of 187 acres. The ancient capital of Travancore might be constructed before AD 1601. The palace with an area of seven acres, is situated in the very centre on the Padmanabhapuram Fort, amidst hills, dales and rivers. The fort which was built with mud originally was dismantled and reconstructed with granite by Maharaja Marthanda Varma. The height of the walls varies from 15’ to 24’ according to the inclination of the ground.
Pechiparai Dam
About 43 km. from Nagercoil this dam has been constructed. This dam in Kalkulam Taluk, was built during the days of the Maharaja Sri Moolam Thirunal across the river Kodayar. The construction of the dam was designed on the pattern of the Periyar dam in the Madurai district. There is a camp shed provided at the dam side for the visitors. The weather is very pleasant and hence attracts a large number of tourists. The reservoir is surrounded by dense forests which are famous for their valuable trees and rich would life such as tiger, elephants, deer etc. A hill tribe, small in number known as ‘Kanikars’ dwell in the dense forests around the lake.
Peer Mohammed Durha
There is a durha named ‘Peer Mohamed Oliyullah Durha’ at Thuckalay named after the great philosopher Mohamed Appa, who was born in Tenkasi of Tirunelveli District. After spending sometime in spiritual pursuits in Peermedu of Kerala State he came and stayed at Thuckalay. Being a Tamil poet of great eminence, he wrote many books on philosophy. He had intimate relationship with the Kings of Chera dynasty. It is said that he laid foundation stone for the Padmanabhapuram Granite Fort.
Tirparappu Water Falls
The Kodayar makes its descend at Tirparappu and the water fall at this place is about 13km. from Pechiparai dam. The river bed is rocky and about 300 feet in length. The water falls from a height of nearly 50 feet and the water flows for about seven months in a year.
Maruthuva Malai
The Maruthuva Malai also known as the Marunthu Vazhum Malai the abode of medicinal herbs, forms from part of the Western Ghats. According to tradition, the Maruthuva Malai is a fragment of the Sanjeevi Mountain, a piece of which fell down here, and it was carried by Hanuman from Mahendragiri to Srilanka for healing the fatal wounds of Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, the epic hero. It stretches for more than a km, reaching a height of 800 feet at the highest point. It is about 11km. from Nagercoil.
Chitharal
Chitharal is a small village situated at a distance of 7 Kms., from Marthandam and 45 Kms, from Kanyakumari. It is famous for the Rock-cut temple. Hillock at Chitharal has a cave containing Rock-cut sculptures of Thirthankaras and attendant deities carved inside and outside dating back to 9th Century A.D. It was converted into Bagavathy Temple in the 13th Century A.D. Cars and Vans can go up to the foot of the hill. One has to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the temple. The Jain images have been preserved by Central Archaeological Survey of India.
Muttom Beach
The famous beach at Muttom is located about 16 kms from Nagercoil and 32 kms from Kanyakumari. Muttom is famous for its beautiful landscaping and high rocks dipping into the sea at the beach-side. The sun set view point at Muttom is one of the most Panoramic view points in the district. Another attraction of Muttom is the century old light-house built by the British.
Vattakottai (Circular Fort)
VATTAKOTTAI (Agasteeswaram Taluk): Vattakottai, a granite fort six kilometres north-east of Kanyakumari cape, forms the terminal of a line of ramparts known as the South Tranvancore lines built by Marthanda Varma to serve as defence for Nanjil Nadu. It is rectangular in shape and covers an area of about three and a half acres.
Chothavilai Beach
This beach is about 10 Kms from Kanyakumari, is one of the best natural beaches of the district. The beach has shallow water and High sand dunes on the back ground. The tourists can reach the beach through the newly laid coastal road which is a very beautiful drive along the sea-coast.
Bay watch (Water Theme Amusement Park)
The water theme amusement park at sunset point offers a unique way to experience the exotic grandeur of Kanyakumari in its integrals. Baywatch comes up with a wholesome family entertainment saga of rapturous experience, which leaves you at a point of nonstop excitement in a thrilling and bewitching water world. It also hosts India’s first wax museum.
  • Rail: The Kanyakumari Junction is just 1 km away from the central bus stand. The major railway station near Kanyakumari is Trivandrum Central, which is connected to all parts of India by rail. There are many starting trains from Kanyakumari, including trains to Delhi (Rajdhani Exp), Kolkata (Shalimar Exp), Mumbai (Cape Mumbai Exp), Chennai (Kanyakumari Exp) and Bangalore (Bangalore Exp).
  • Road: Lots of public and private bus services are available from Kanyakumari. Kerala and Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses connect Kanyakumari with many cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Deluxe and super deluxe bus services are available from Kanyakumari to Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum.
  • Air: Nearest Airport is Trivandrum International Airport which is at a distance of 87 km from Kanyakumari. Trivandrum airport is well connected with many major cities in India and abroad. Direct flights from many gulf countries are available from Trivandrum. Tourist taxi charges about Rs 1,500 from Trivandrum to Kanyakumari.

Travel guide to Trivandrum

Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum the land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy, is the capital city of Kerala. The city is surrounded by Tamil Nadu in the east whereas by Arabian Sea in the west.

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  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • District: Kanyakumari
  • Famous for/as: Beaches, Historical
  • Languages: Tamil
  • Best Season: Oct – Mar
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 17 to 21°C
  • Pincode: 629xxx
  • STD code: 04652

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Matheran

Matheran

Travel Guide

Ever heard of a hill station where no vehicles are allowed? Yes, Matheran is a hill station near Mumbai which is a no- vehicle zone. Wondering how would you roam around? Well, you would have to walk and when you get tired you can ride a horse :). Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. This very fact makes this place more clean and beautiful.

Matheran is a perfect weekend getaway after a busy sprint at the office. If you are in Maharashtra then this weekend break is a must for you. Just about 90 km’s from Mumbai, this smallest hill station of India offers a lot to woo you. Nature at its explicable best, the air so fresh and the surroundings so green that you will fall in love with the place.

Just when you reach the boundaries of Matheran which is the last limit for your vehicle, you will see plenty of horses around ( You can also take the toy train which runs from Neral but it has its fixed timings, mentioned under Fast Facts tab). I would suggest you to take a horse till you find a hotel as per your taste and then walk around.

Though rainy season is considered to be the off- season but if you are looking for some adventure that is the time when you should go. I happened to be there during the rains and my experience was truly memorable.

Horse Riding : Once you reach the Matheran premises you would be required to walk or take a horse. I would suggest you to take a horse till the hotel as it would be more convenient and would give the much required thrill 🙂 Horse riding in the forests of Matheran is an adventure activity as some of the horses there have run the derby at Mahalakshmi. With the little drizzling it makes up for a very romantic ride with your loved one 😉

Walk till the Charlotte Lake: In the evening pull on your raincoat, hold your camera safe and set out on a walk till the Charlotte lake. As you advance on the silent and meandering paths in the Matheran forest, remember to keep track of the way. I had the most thrilling experience at this place. Me and my friend reached the lake to see it covered with fog and once the fog lifted we saw a beautiful lake and waterfall from a dam. We got so lost in clicking pictures to capture the mesmerizing view that we did not notice people leaving. We were now standing at the dam with fog all around and no human existence. It was getting darker and we had to find our way back in the forest which appeared denser and scarier at night. This was by far the most thrilling experience I have had. Every path seemed identical and the sounds of the insects and animals in the forest made it all the more confusing. Icing on the cake was the rain. Somehow we managed to find our way to the resort, entered from the backside but we were there finally.

Louisa Point: The next morning we pulled over our raincoats and set out on a walk till the Louisa Point. Its more or less a straight path with plenty of horses on the way. Horse riding is extremely enjoyable in Matheran. Walking in the rains, jumping in the puddles and singing songs all the way to reach that little ‘chai ki dukaan’ on the way to Louisa Point was an overwhelming experience. That is a time when you set yourself free, forget all the stress and just enjoy nature. Louisa point offers a breathtaking view of the valleys from both sides and a waterfall. The clouds cover the mountains and slowly lift up revealing the beautiful sight which makes it enchanting. You must sit there and ‘chillax’ for sometime. There is a small maggi corner at Louisa Point where you can enjoy a quick tea and maggi and also play with their dogs. Climb down the stairs from the hill to see a more panoramic view of the valley.

There are many other small points on the way but this more or less sums up your stay in Matheran and makes it worthwhile.

  • Air: The Mumbai Airport located at a distance of 100km. from Matheran is the nearest Airport having connectivity to all the major cities in India.
  • Train: Neral railway station is the nearest railway station from Matheran. Trains at regular frequency from CSTM are available to reach Neral. From Neral toy train can be boarded that takes you uphill to Matheran.
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  • Road: The best way is to travel by road from Mumbai/ Pune to Matheran. From Mumbai via Karjat and Panvel it takes 2 hours to reach Matheran which is 108 km. Cab service is easily available to drop you at Matheran.
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  • State: Maharashtra
  • District: Raigad
  • Famous for/as: Hillstation/ weekend getaway
  • Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
  • Best time to visit: September to February
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 30°C, Winter 12 to 15°C
  • Pincode: 410102

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6 Must Visit National Parks In India

6 Must Visit National Parks In India

To witness the sound of flowing rivers, the sight of grazing deer, the melody spread around by the chirping of birds and the sound of roaring tigers you will have to take a trip of your lifetime. A trip to the national parks in India where wild animals and birds can be spotted in their natural habitats. These national parks were established as an effort to conserve wildlife and the other endangered species. This experience of being in the nature’s lap and seeing all these animals from a close range is bound to be an unforgettable one.

In this series we bring you six national parks in India which would make your jungle experience totally worth it.

Jim Corbett National Park

Named after Edward James Corbett, yes our very famous Mr. Jim Corbett, this National Park is the first and the oldest national park in the country. It was established for the protection of the Bengal Tiger. It is located in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand. Corbett has been a hub for tourists and conservationists for a long time. Corbett seems to be one of those places where nature has spread its arms wide open to caress its inhabitants, the wild species of the park. The diversity here is worth watching. Bear and elephant are the two species found here in abundance. Go here for a thrilling jeep safari in the forest, a pleasant stay in the resort by the river where animals come to drink water, a visit to the Corbett Falls and if your lucky enough, a rendezvous with the Bengal Tiger himself. Best time to visit : 15th November to 15th June

Dudhwa National Park

Dudhwa National park is a tiger reserve in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh on the Indo- Nepal border in the Lakhimpur Kheri district covering an area of 490 sq. km. Apart from barasingha and rhinoceros, Dudhwa was also the home of the great Billy Arjan Singh. Interestingly, half of the world’s barasingha population is present in Dudhwa. Also, it became the first national park for the rehabilitation of rhinos from Assam and Nepal to save them from becoming extinct. Go to Dudhwa to see the majestic barasingha, swamp deer, sloth bear, jackals, rhinos and leopards along with a great variety of birds and reptiles. Dudhwa makes a perfect Jungle camping destination for adventure lovers. Best time to visit : 15th November to 15th April

Kanha National Park

Kanha National Park is the largest national park of the Tiger State – Madhya Pradesh covering an area of 940 sq. km. You must have read the famous novel “Jungle Book”, it were these lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines that inspired Rudyard Kipling for this eternal creation. The beauty of the forests of Kanha will inspire you too. Having saved the swamp deer from extinction, this national park boasts of a rich lineage of the rare Gaurs (belonging to the Ox genus), the rare black buck, sambhar, swamp deer, wild elephants and of course the tiger. It is said to be the most easy tiger spotting destination. While you prepare yourself for an eye to eye with the tiger do not forget to watch the sunset at Bamni Dadar, the most beautiful area in the forest. Best time to visit : October to June

Bandhavgarh National Park

This is the place where the famous white tigers of Rewa were discovered. It is located in the Umariya district of Madhya Pradesh. As history has it, this national park has a hillock which was given to Lakshmana by Lord Rama to keep an eye over Lanka, hence its name. This national park has a large biodiversity. It hosts the largest population of tigers in India and has a large breeding population of leopards. The first white tiger, named Mohan, captured here by Maharaja Martand Singh, is now stuffed and on display in the palace of Rewa. Visit Bandhavgarh to see where Charger, Sita, Mohini and B2 lived, yes these are the bengal tigers that became famous worldwide for being the strongest and most photogenic. Their cubs still rule the territory. The tiger density being 1 tiger for every 4.77 sq. km, so watch out! Best time to visit : February to June (The park is closed from 1st July to 15th October)

Kaziranga National Park

We often hear of Kaziranga when we hear of Rhino poachings in India. A world heritage site, Kaziranga national park hosts two- thirds of the world’s great one- horned rhinoceroses. Located in Assam, this park boasts of high species diversity and visibility owing to its location on the edge of Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot. The other major wild attractions include a large population of Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons, Monitor Lizards, etc. Kaziranga National Park is also birding paradise. The grasslands are a raptor country that can be seen on safari makes a remarkable experience. These include the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pallas’s Fishing Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, etc.

Best time to visit : Mid November to early April

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve is located in the Idukki district of Kerala in the town of Thekkady. You must cover this on your trip to Kerala to make it complete. Periyar is known for the enchanting boat ride in the Periyar river through the middle of the forest. As the boat moves slowly in the water you get to see various wild animals that come out to quench their thirst at the banks of the river. Mostly Sambhars and Indian bisons can be seen at almost all times in the day. However, to spot a tiger you must be extremely lucky. A large variety of birds can be seen in Periyar for which do not forget your binoculars and camera. For more details read the blog. Best time to visit : October to June

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Papikondalu, Nature at its best

Papikondalu, Nature at its best

Travel Guide

Papi Kondalu is a hill range in Andhra Pradesh. Papi hills are distributed between Khammam, East Godavari and West Godavari districts. The entrance of Papikondalu can be seen from Koruturu (West Godavari District).

This place makes for a perfect weekend getaway with friends or colleagues. Pack your bags and set out for an outing to the Papi hills. Boats from Rajahmundary will take you to Papikondalu making you a witness to the most beautiful scenery of river Godavari flowing between the hills on both sides.

On the way you can pay a visit to the GandiPochamma Temple which is on the bank of river Godavari. Once you reach Papikondalu, you see vast expanse of sand and huts at the base and on top of a hill. Spend a night in the Kolluru huts and capture the sunset and sunrise which make your photography experience an altogether different one.

Papikondalu is an ideal camping location with your team. Playing games on the sand, trekking along the Godavari, singing songs around the bon-fire and capturing all these moments shall add to sweet memories.

Boat Ride to Papikondalu : Boat ride to papikondalu is an extremely over whelming experience as the boat swishes into the waters of the river with picturesque hills on both sides. If the weather is cool you will fall in love with this place. Papikondalu is a photographer’s paradise.

Stay in the Kolluru Huts : These are huts built on sand in Papikondalu and on top of a hill. These huts have no fans so it is advised to go here after the rainy season when the weather is cool. Stay in these huts gives the ultimate feel of camping alongside the river. The only drawback is the common washrooms which becomes troublesome in the peak season.

Playing games on the sand bed : The evenings in Papikondalu are full of rejoicings. Play games on the sand on the river bank with beautiful hills around you. My team played a neck to neck Kabaddi match which set a momentum for bonding with each other. It is advisable to carry your own sports equipments.

Morning Trek along the river Godavari : Next morning get up early and trek along the river Godavari from the backside of the huts to reach your own Ghat where you can jump into the river and enjoy. This can be one of the most fun filled mornings. Be careful, the water flows at a good enough speed to wash you away. The rocks are slippery but alligned in such a way that you get the most awesome body massage with the water flowing between the rocks.

All meals are provided in the huts itself which comprise rice mostly. So if you are not a rice fan like me, carry Maggi with you 😉 Also you must carry refreshments along with you as there are no shops here.

After playing around in the river rush to the huts and have lunch. The boats reach Papikondalu post lunch to take you back.

Boat : The most popular route to reach Papi kondalu is through Bhadrachalam of Khammam district or Rajahmundry of East Godavari District by boat. There is also a twisted Ghat road of 35 km to reach Papi kondalu though Polavaram of West Godavari district, via Shinganna Palli and Vadapalli.

Train : Nearest Railway station is Rajahmundry at a distance of 61 km. From Rajahmundry various boat packages are available to reach Papikondalu. Since its in the middle of Papi Hills gorge in the Godavari, it can be reached only by boat.

Chirala, An Unexplored Beach

If you are planning a weekend getaway to a peaceful beach, then Chirala is the place to be. It is a relatively unexplored beach in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh (Telangana).

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Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras (area) in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool Andhra Pradesh.

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Chirala, An Unexplored Beach

Chirala, An Unexplored Beach

Travel Guide

Looking for a weekend getaway in Andhra Pradesh? Pack your bags and head to Chirala. This is a small town in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, 58 km south of Guntur. Resorts near the beach and an absolutely secluded beach gives you a perfect setting for a peaceful vacation with family or a thunderous vacation with friends.

The beach is very clean and non- crowded. You cant resist taking a dip in the clear waters of the Bay of Bengal, a long walk along the beach while watching the sun set and a post dinner walk along the beach watching the stars twinkling above :D.

If in a group, this place offers you a setup for beach volleyball, loud music in the resort and a pool side party with your friends with a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal. Playing with sand and water at the beach shall add to blissful memories.

Ramapuram Beach : This beach is one of the most serene beaches in the country. This is a perfect weekend getaway when you are tired with your routine and need a change. Take a dip in the water, watch the sun set and relax. The resorts are very close to the beach so you can go back and take a shower.

Boat ride in the Bay of Bengal : Take a boat ride in the Bay of Bengal. You can negotiate with the boat men who are the local inhabitants of the place. They take you far from the shore in the restive waters of the Bay of Bengal and stop the engine for a while before returning. All you can feel at that point of time is your boat swaying with the waves and water all around, a thrilling experience for sure.

Beach volleyball : Playing volleyball on the sand is a rejuvenating experience. Post the match beat the heat by jumping in the cool water.

Star gaze: After dinner take a walk along the beach watching the stars above, hear the sound of waves hitting the shore and play with the turtles that come on the shore. Watch out for scorpions which come out in the night 😉 This place is an abode of peace and tranquility.

 

  • Air: There is no airport in Chirala. Vijaywada Airport would be the nearest airport at a distance of 85 km from Chirala.
  • Train: Chirala Railway Station (CLX) has a good connectivity by trains to other parts of the country. There are 16 direct trains to Chirala from Hyderabad.
  • Road: Driving to Chirala makes up for a perfect travel option as the distance from Vijaywada is just 85 km and from Hyderabad is 307 km.

Papikondalu, Nature at its best

Looking for a weekend getaway in Andhra Pradesh? Papikondalu offers you the ideal camping location with a view of Papi hills, a scenic gorge on the Godavari.

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Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras (area) in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool Andhra Pradesh.

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  • State: Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana)
  • District: Prakasam
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Languages: Telugu, Hindi
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Weather: Temperatures remain between 25- 30°C throughout the year except for the hot summer months
  • Pincode: 523155
  • STD code: 08594
  • State Govt. tourism website: Unexplored

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