The Golden Tusk Resort a complete vacation package.

The Golden Tusk Resort a complete vacation package.

THE GOLDEN TUSK RESORT

All you need for a vacation

With the backdrop of Jim Corbett and the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, only thing you would be looking for is a nice home-like comfortable place to spend a few days far away from the hustle ‘n’ bustle of the city. The Golden Tusk Resort is a blessing in disguise for families, naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts. The resort not only offers some beautifully crafted rooms it also has a rich blend of flora and fauna. With more than 100 species of plants and trees, the resort has abundant birds throughout the year for the visitors to enrich. The resort, situated on the bank of a seasonal river is an eye candid during monsoon and give a soothing view during rest of the years. If you are nearby Ramnagar or planning to spend a long weekend then this is a not to miss, place.

We planned for an outing and a jungle safari a couple of months back and that’s when I stumbled across The Golden Tusk resort. I was a bit skeptical about the place initially but it was worth a try since this is considered to be a good season for the safari as the chances of wildlife sighting increases manifolds. We started our journey from Delhi to Ramnagar with a super excited kid, who was going to have some great experiences. Starting from his first train travel to exploring a lot of new things about the nature and wildlife. The temperature in Delhi was soaring 44 degrees when we started and expected an equivalent hot evening in Ramnagar based on the weather forecasts. However, by the time we crossed Kashipur the weather had changed and a thunderstorm had lashed the small town with sporadic rains and cool breeze. It was almost 9 pm  when we reached Ramnagar. We were picked up by the resort representatives at the station and we started our journey to the resort, located approximately 20 kms from the station. The resort representative were very enthusiastic and we had a lot of chit chat about our journey, Ramnagar, Jim Corbett during this 25 minutes drive including some chat with our kid who was excited to spot a tiger.

Upon reaching the resort we were given a very warm welcome by the General Manager Mr. Sujit and the reception staff. Welcome drink offered was the juice of Burans a famous flower in the Kausani region of the Himalayas. Later we were shifted to our country view room and we could see the village with limited movement of people. The room was very spacious, well laid out and had all facilities that would make you feel home starting from a comfortable bed, a TV, Refrigerator and an AC. Outside the room there was a neatly maintained sitting spot with a set of table and chairs for the guests to sit, relax and enjoy together with the village in their sighting.

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The resort also offers other rooms such as forest view, villas, grand villas, tiger suites, and luxury tents. For more details about the rooms and tariff please refer to the resort website.

After settling down, we walked down towards the restaurant which is built on an elevated platform and  away from the rooms. Standing on the front stairs of the restaurant one can have a clear view of the village where as the stairs at the rear side of the restaurant give a magnificient view of a well maintained ground followed by a perrinnial river bed with the mountains in the backdrop. The place can captivate any person and force them to sit there for hours cherishing the nature’s beauty.

We had a sumptuous dinner which was tasty and quality as compared to any famous restaurant in the cities. The restaurant offers a lavish buffet with Veg and Non-Veg options alongwith Ala-carte and live grill options. The staff at the restaurant was equally generous and courteous as the staff at the reception. After the dinner we took a walk around the resort listening to some of the insect and birds that we once used to hear in our native cities and are now lost in the harrowing sounds of mordenization in the cities.

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The next day was at leisure for us and we utilized the time properly by starting with a delicious breakfast followed by a walk around the resort. The resort offers a conference hall for official meetings, gymmnasium, swimming pool, indoor games, spa, cycling, bar for those who want to just relax and enjoy the ambience, nature’s beauty and spend some leisure time with family and friends. As the temperature increased we thought to cool down in the swimming pool and spend around a couple of hours there. Below are some random clicks around the resort.

Post lunch, as the temperature soared above 40 degrees we went back to our room to rest and then in the evening we moved out for some more fun, after a quick high tea which is served in the back lawn on the banks of the river and some games with the kid, we moved for some sports activities. The resort offers a few adventure sports such as military hurdle for children and wall climbing and flying fox for adults and other games like basketball, badminton, volley ball etc. It was a real fun in trying the wall climbing and flying fox.

With the dusk falling and the full moon on the horizon, it was time for the birds to return to their bases and we experienced a mesmerizing noise of the birds chirping all around the resort as if they were discussing their activities and experiences during the day, reminding me of the days we used to sit with our parents and grandparents telling them our daily experiences and question nuts and bolts of anything and everything. As my kid sat in my lap listening to the birds, It was a mixed feeling for me which filled me with joy on one hand and reminded me the pain long forgotten of being far away from our near and dear ones knowing that in times to come there will be nothing left other than memories to cherish. I gradually composed myself back to the present and starting explaining my kid about the sudden movement and chirping of the birds.

Next day we had the Safari planned and till evening we were masquerading in the resort as if we were the residents there. By evening 4 pm we were all set for the Safari, please note that the Safari is subject to prior booking and the availability depends on the permit from the government departments. Please check with the resort before planning the trip or safari. It was a real fun and a great experience, the presence of the qualified guide from the forest department and the knowledgeable representative from the resort made it more interesting, wherein a lot of information was shared by both the people. It is because of them that we were able to understand lot of things and also clear out the myths we have been growing up with about the jungle and the animals. It was a time well spent and we would  be taking up that experience in our next post.

We also got a chance to have a chat with the owner of the resort Mr. Anirudh who completed his MBA from Amity university and also had worked in some private sector organizations, it was a pretty informative meeting and he shared his vision and aspirations about the resort. He also told us about how the resort was built in that place and that the rooms were furnished differently based on specific concept in sync with various flowers. He also gave us a glimpse on the additions they would be bringing to the resort thus making it more family friendly and it becomes a one stop shop for all age groups. The resort also fulfills its responsibility towards the society and have taken up numerous CSR initiatives including a village and forest clean up drives in association with TCHRI. The idealogy being followed is to create memories for the people visiting the resort and I would admit that in a stay of 2 days i never felt away from home making some very good memories for years to come.

Mysuru sandalwood city of India

Mysuru sandalwood city of India

Travel Guide

From a quiet and less known city, the city is now among the important cities of Karnataka. The city is third largest in the state and hosts the nada habba also famous as the Mysuru Dasara attracting millions of  tourists every year. The city is also famous for the sandalwood incense sticks. Thus giving the name Sandalwood city of India.

The city now has a young and dynamic workforce with many IT and BPO firms. There are lots of complexes, supermarkets, improved roads, many of proposed malls etc. Mysore people are too health conscious and most of them opt yoga for their good health. Ashtanga yoga has its origin in Mysuru and the city is well known for yoga centers that are also an attraction for foreigners.

 

Mysuru Palace:

The palace is beautifully designed and carved by rosewood doors and ceilings with the work done by ivory, painting of members of the royal family and marble figurines. The palace is illuminated by around 1,00,000 bulbs on Sundays and national holidays between 7:00 P.M.-7:45 P.M. Inside the palace the photography is prohibited and outside palace photography is allowed with a charge of ₹50 for indian and ₹200 for foreigners. Cameras should be left at cloak room for free of cost.

Mysore Zoo

Shri Chamarajendra zoological gardens or the Mysuru zoo is one of the oldest zoo in India. It is more than 100 years old and spread across over 250 acres. The zoo is around 3 Km from city bus stand and 2 Km from the palace. One can go through auto rickshaw (Indian version of tuk tuk) or a horse cart if interested. The zoo hosts rare species of trees and plants along with various species of animals from India as well as numerous countries as part of the species exchange program. The Mysuru zoo is one and only zoo in India that breeds the Africa elephants. The zoo also holds the tag of being the first zoo to obtain gorillas and penguins in India.

The zoo also hosts a vet hospital. The in house museum exhibiting the extinct species of animals is very popular among the visitors. For the fish lovers the zoo also has a very good display of fishes from various kinds. One can also adopt an animal under adoption program that means you can feed and take care of animal for a certain period of time by paying to the authority of zoo. In return you will be provided with certificate of adoption of animal, a complimentary pass and also a publicity in leading and renowned newspapers.

Brindavan Gardens

Built adjoining to the dam of Krishna Raja Sagar the brindavan garden is full of fountains. Spread across over 60 acres the garden is maintained by Cauvery Niravari Nigam. The garden can be visited by one and all with a certain entry fee. The lake present in the garden provides boating facility for visitors. The musical fountains with synchronization of the music and the water is the main attraction and good a huge viewership by the enthusiastic visitors.

St. Philomena Church

This catholic church was built in honor of St. Philomena by a french architect names Daly in 1936 and the architecture is inspired by the cologne cathedral of Germany. The main hall of the church has a capacity of seating for prayers is 800 people. This is also considered to be the second largest church in Asia and that has the architecture of stained glass which shows the birth of Christ, the last supper, the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension of the Christ.

Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Headed by spiritual leader Sri Ganpati Sachidananda Ashrama and the religious deity Lord Dattatreya this Peetham is a renowned ashram in Mysuru. This spiritual guru is believed to be the lineage of Lord Dattatreya and promotion of vedic tradition is done by his teachings. The calm and untroubled ambiance of the place with enormous and beautifully sculptured gates makes it mesmerizing. The ashram is full of greenery and the gardens inside are like icing on the cake. The compound also consist a large pond, lord venkateswara temple, herbal garden, SGS hospital and a book shop.

The 365 stone pillars or the diva stupa are spread throughout the ashram making the place more unique. The pillars signify the teaching that how everyday is important in our life, same as the every pillars for the ashram. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated in the Ashram.

Chamundi Hill or Chamundeshwari Devi Temple

Chamundi hill is located 13 km from Mysuru city, the Chamundeshwari temple is situated on the top of the hill. The sacred place that is surrounded by eight hills and is called Trimuta Kshetra according to Skanda Purana lies on the western side of the hill. Millions of devotees visit here every year from different corners of the world. Covering half way towards the hill there is a small Shiva temple, the Nandi located here is 15 feet high with bell necklace which is captivating. The Chamundeshwari temple is constructed in Dravidian style and the doorway is totally silver plated with many goddess decorated on it. The main area has an idol of enormous devi Chamundi seated. The hill overlooks the Mysuru palace, St. Philomena church, Kukkarahalli lake and many more places can be see.

Karanji Lake Nature Park

The Karanji Lake Nature Park is situated at the heart of the city and is famous as a bird paradise. The place is visited by many ornithologists and nature lovers. There are lots of species that can be seen here like egrets, rose ringed parakeets, cormorants, green bee eaters, grey and purple herons, painted storks and also around 50 species of butterflies. One can witness the charismatic view of the Chamundi hills from the park. Once you are about to visit the park keep in mind that the place is plastic free zone. The island also have beautiful butterfly park where you can find various species of beautiful butterflies.

The waterfall, trees and pond provides a homely atmosphere for birds. There is a medical plant garden at the entrance that has more than 100 medical plants. The boating point at the lake will make you fall in love with this wonderful places you can hire a boatman to take you through. You can also visit the children park and coffee shop situated near boating point.

Railway Museum

Established in 1979 under the supervision of Indian Railways and located at distance of 3 km from the city center in Mysore the Railway Museum is the second such kind of museum after National Railway Museum of New Delhi. Sri Ranga Pavillion, the two royal coaches that once belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore are also the part of the museum. The museum also exhibits the Maharani Saloon the carriage that has a kitchen, dining car unit and royal toilet. Another feather in the cap is the 1925 model Austin railway car that was bought by an employee from junkyard and was renovated to make it run on road. This was used for the inspection of tracks and had a capacity of six people the locomotive is still in a working condition.

There is a mini train in the museum for children that is operated by battery and offer a short ride around the grounds of museum. Some interesting exhibits are a 1885 hand operated crane, a 1934 steam water pump, a wooden door and pillar from the vintage old Srirangapatna railways. The museum also has a collection of priceless black and white photographs, lights, signaling signs, paintings, ticketing machine, tickets, clocks and several other antiques that were used at the inception during growth and development of railways in India. Museum can be visited entire week except Mondays from 10AM-1PM and 3PM-5PM.

Wax Museum – Melody World

This museum is based on music and musical instruments. This one-of-its kind museum exhibits over 100 life-size wax statues and over 300 musical instruments categorized in various bands and stage settings. Representing Stone Age to Modern instruments, some of the bands and genres displayed are Indian Classical North & South, Punjabi Bhangra, South Indian, Jazz, Rock, Middle East etc. It was established in October 2010.

 

  • Air  Mysuru airport is 12 km away from city with just one flight of spice jet to and from Mysuru. The nearest international airport is the Bangaluru airport which is 170 km from Mysuru.
  • Rail Mysuru is well connected by rail route with many trains connecting Mysuru with Bengaluru and Chennai. Shatabdi express is the most suitable train between Chennai and Mysuru. It takes two hours from Mysuru to Bangaluru and vice versa and seven hours from Mysuru to Chennai and vice versa. Also many trains are available from Mysuru to Bengaluru and vice versa like Tippu express, Chamundi express, Yeshvantpur – mysore express and many more.
  • Road The well laid roads all around Mysuru gives it a good connectivity. Where by lots of Government and private buses are avialable for the tourists to pick from. Cab services are also readily available in and around Mysuru.
  • State: Karnataka
  • District: Mysuru
  • Famous for: Pilgrim and Leisure travelling
  • Languages: Kannada and English
  • Best time to visit: Oct-Feb
  • Weather: Summer 20°C – 35°C & Winter 10°C – 30°C
  • Pincode: 570001
  • Std Code: 0821

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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – You Miss Big if You Miss It!

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – You Miss Big if You Miss It!

Being in Dubai, I have been visiting Dubai Mall many times and so come across to a large view of aquarium by walking every time. It has always been a spectacular view from outside but never got time to plan to see this beauty inside. Finally my wait got over and I made my plan to visit this place. I have always been attracted to sea species and this place come with all sort of rare species, you would not have expected even in your dream. Located in Dubai Mall, it is easily accessible by Dubai Metro. Since Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall are adjacent to each other, you have no reason to miss it. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo can also be considered a man made marvel.

Whether you are travelling first time to Dubai or staying here; visiting with family, friends or alone; I am sure, you will love it.

How to Reach

Located in ‘The Dubai Mall’, next to Burj Khalifa, you can reach here easily by Dubai Metro, Taxi or Bus.

Entry Ticket

There are variety of tickets based on your choices. Ticket range starts from AED 100 to AED 250. I booked the ticket of AED 100 which covered behind the Scene Tour, Underwater Zoo and Aquarium Tunnel. You can buy tickets over the counter and can also book online through https://tickets.thedubaiaquarium.com/index.php?lang=en to avoid queue. You can also go for group booking to avail attractive discounts. The full details of ticket and program are given on the mentioned website of Dubai aquarium.

Attractions

Cage snorkeling If you don’t want to undertake full-fledged diving, you can still feel the same thrills in a safe cage setting. All you have to do is put on snorkeling gear, dive into the secure cage in the aquarium, and watch over 70 different marine species including some 300 sharks and rays at close quarters.

Shark Drive Dive into the depths of our 10-million litre tank and experience the thrill of a lifetime by coming face-to-face with the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world.
Shark Walker Experience close encounters with sharks, rays and a multitude of fish species at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo by simply signing up for Shark Walker, a new dive experience.
Discover Scuba Dive With flexible Scuba Dive, you can now dive into 10 million litre tank under the supervision of PADI professional Divers.
Underwater Zoo Along with thousands of sea species, aquarium comes with a unique guest of King Crocodile. Weighing in at a whopping 750 kgs and measuring over 5m in length, this massive wonder is a treat to watch.
In addition of it, we have other not-to-miss treat like Fruit Bat, Barn Owl, Desert Hedgehog, False Cobra, Veiled Chameleon, Penguins and never ending list.
With never ending list, we have one more special guest in the list; The Giant Pacific Octopus.
Having so much to see inside, ensure that you have at least of 3 hours for this trip.

Nearby Attractions

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and Dubai’s icon is just outside the ‘The Dubai Mall’. World famous Musical Fountain is another attraction which you would not like to miss. Last but not the least, Shopping. Being into one of the world’s largest mall, you will definitely going to be shopaholic.

 

Timings

Sunday to Wednesday, opening hours are 10 AM to 11 PM. Thursday to Saturday, opening hours are 10 AM to 12 PM and last admission is allowed at 11:30 PM. Timings are subject to change so keep a check on official website of Dubai Aquarium.

Experience & Ratings

If you want to explore underwater world, King Crocodile and lot more, go and be a witness. A definite place to your travel cart. I give 4 out of 5 to this thrilling place.

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Dubai Butterfly Park – A Definite Refreshing Spot to Visit

Dubai Butterfly Park – A Definite Refreshing Spot to Visit

World’s largest indoor butterfly park as it is claimed by the authorities, Dubai Butterfly Park is one of the new additions in Dubai attractions list. It is a home of thousands of bright, fluttering butterflies which is getting great response from Dubai tourists. Garden has nine domes covering 1,800 square meters and has capacity of hosting 300 (approximately) people at one point of time. Each dome is beautifully decorated with flowers, plants and various colourful species of butterflies. Every dome is climate controlled and provides a relaxed environment to these special species which brought here from all across the world.

Three domes are home of 15,000 butterflies from 26 different species which is expected to increase to 40 over the coming months. At the entrance, you will be impressed with an enormous flower garden that is crafted like a butterfly.

How to Reach

Dubai government has recently inaugurated direct bus service to Miracle garden from Mall of the Emirates metro station. It is a non-stop bus service and takes around 20 minutes to reach to the destination. It costs you AED 5 from one side and to pay, you must carry RTA NOL card to access Dubai Bus Services. To be noted, Miracle Garden and Butterfly Park are adjacent to each other and same bus service is used to reach to Butterfly Park.

Entry Ticket

Dubai Butterfly Park is just next opposite to Miracle garden. For Butterfly Park, entrance fee is AED 50 and for Miracle Garden, it is AED 30. You can buy tickets easily over the counter. It is to be noted that entry is free for Disabled and children below 3 years of age.

Timings

Park is opened from 9AM to 7PM throughout the year, though you may need to have a check before visit since timings may change by the authorities.

Nearby Attractions

Miracle garden is another attraction and is just next to the Butterfly Park. If you are planning to visit Butterfly Park, we recommend you cover Miracle Garden also on the same day but do ensure you start your journey early in daytime to enjoy your visit at its fullest.

Ratings

If you are planning you trip first time for Dubai and trip length is 3-4 days, we do not recommend this place since there are lot to explore in Dubai in 3-4 days. Though if you are here for a longer period or stay in Dubai then it’s a definite attraction to visit. Overall I felt ticket price is little expensive which could be around AED 25-30 but otherwise experience is good. I give 4 out of 5 star to this refreshing spot.

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Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

Srisailam, Bhramarambha Mallikharjuna Swami Devasthanam

Travel Guide

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 District of Andhra Pradesh. This celebrated mountain is also named as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatha and Srinagam. It has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries.

The presiding Deities of this kshetram Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and both are self-manifested. The unique feature of this kshetram is the combination of Jyothirlingam and Mahasakthi in one campus, which is very rare and only one of its kind.

There is a common belief in vogue that this Holy Kshetram exists from times immemorial. The antiquity and origin of God Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi is not known.

The Mallikarjuna Linga is accessible to each and every devotee and anybody can go into the sanctum sanctorum of Mallikarjuna, touch him and perform Abhishekam and Archana himself to recitation of Mantras by Archakas without caste or creed or religion. This clearly reveals that socialistic pattern of society started from this place and it is still in existence.

 

 

Panchamatams

These are popular as the Panchamathas namely Ghantha Matham, Bheemasankara Matham, Vibhoothi Matham, Rudraksha Matham and Sarangadhara Matham. The Mathas played an important role in the History and Cult of Srisailam. They are well associated with the religious and social activities of the temple in the medieval times.

These Mathas acted as educational institutions dedicated to higher learing in various branches and catered to the intellectual and spiritual needs of the society. Srisailam became a powerful saivate centre because of the existence and activities both spiritual and profane of these Mathas. The origin of the Mathas seems to be as early as 7th Century A.D. The historical inscriptions related to Srisailam speak about eleven Mathas in Srisailam however, only 5 Mathas are still in existence but are in dilapidated condition.

Sikharam

This most sacred spot is located at about 8 Km from the main temple at a height of 2830 feet above the mean sea level. It is the highest peak of Srisailam Hills. The Skanda Purana proclaims that a mere glance of this Sikharam frees the human soul from the fitters of rebirth. In ancient days people used to come to Srisailam on foot and those who unable to reach the shrine returned back by seeing this peak. The Sikhareswaram temple is an ancient stone structure consisting of Garbhagriha, Antaralaya and 16 pillered Mukhamanda. The deity here is named as Veera Sankara Swamy and locally popularized as Sikhareswara Swamy. This place give a panoramic view of the entire temple complex of Srisailam including the meandering river Krishna.

Hatakeswaram

This picturesque spot is on the way to Srisailam of about 5 Km away in a serine atmosphere. Tradition hopes that at this place God Siva appeared to a potter devotee in Atika (Piece of Pot) and hence named as Atikeswaram and later it became as Hatakeswaram. Another tradition gives the name to this place from a particular yogic school known as Hatayoga, one of the form of Astangayogas (the eight yogas). Some historians located a laboratory of Akhemy (Rasayoga) at this place during medieval times.

Phaladhara Panchadhara

This most beautiful scene spot in surroundings of Srisailam is located about 4 Km from the main temple. Tradition records that Bhagavan Adisankara performed penance at this place and composed the famous Sivanandalahari here. Marble statues of Sarada Devi and Sankaracharya are installed there and daily regular Poojas are offered.

This spot is located in a narrow valley approachable by a flight of steps where subterranean streams of pure water with musical sound reverberating the surroundings. According to local folk these streams are known as Phaladhara Panchadhara and these two signify their origin from the fore head of God Siva the Phaladhara.

Sakshi Ganapathi

This small shrine located about 3 Kms from Srisailam and is one of the sacred spots frequented by pilgrims since times immemorial. The traditional belief is that the Ganapathi in this temple keeps regular account of all the pilgrims to tender Sakshyam (evidence) of their visit to this Kshetram and so named as Sakshi Ganapathi. The sculpture of this deity is exquisitely made holding a book in the left hand and a pen in the right hand in such a way as noting down the names of devotees. It is in practice that devotees during their return had the darshan of this Ganapathi and informed their name and gotra to him. Srinatha the renowed poet of 14th Century A.D. in his Kasikhandam states that this Sakshi Ganapathi is visualized by sage Agasthya during his pilgrimage to Srisailam.

Temple of Istakameswari

The ancient temple of Istakameswari is located in a dense and picturesque forest environment about 21 Km to the east of Srisailam. The sculpture of the Goddess has a serene and beautiful smiling face which at once captures the attention of one and all.

Akkamahadevi Caves

The Nallamalai Hill ranges are studded with innumerable natural caves and caverns which were known to human beings since the prehistoric times. One such among them is the Akkamahadevi Caves. This naturally formed cave, just above the flow of the river Krishna at a distance of 10 Km from Srisailam. This cave is endowed with a geological marvel of natural Rock Arch measuring nearly 200 x 16 x 4 feet which stands majestically without any support.

The wind weathered rock in and around the cave keeps the visitor spellbound. The surrounding of the cave and its journey through the river Krishna from Srisailam provides a wonderful experience to one and all. Exploring the meandering cave to 150 meters deep is also very adventurous.

Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve

The largest Tiger reserve in India . The reserve spreads over five districts,Nalgonda District, Mahbubnagar district, Kurnool District, Prakasam District and Guntur District. State highway passes through this tiger reserve and gives a very good view of forest. If traveled with ample time and patience, people can see lot of wildlife wandering in the forest. If planning to visit, please verify the timings as the highway is close at night.

Patala Ganga

As the River Krishna turns down hill, it is surrounded by a certain spirituality in the air. Enjoy the sceneries around you and take a dip into these sacred waters, believed to have medicinal properties for healing skin diseases. One can also try the enjoyable ropeway car ride and look down at the majestic river and lush green beauty all around.

Tribal Museum

Find yourself fascinated as you witness instances of the livelihoods and cultures of the tribes of Andhra Pradesh at the Chenchu Lakshmi Museum. Also, honey collected by the tribes and packaged by the state government is also available at the museum for sale and is a true specialty to take back home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Air: The closest airport to Srisailam is located at Hyderabad, at distance of about 232 kms from the city. Hyderabad has its own airport, which is connected to Vishakapatnam, Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and various other cities of India.
  • Train: Nearest railhead to Srisailam is the Markapur Road, in the Guntur-Hubli metre gauge rail route. The major broad-gauge railway station nearby is at Hyderabad at a distance of 232 kms.
  • Road: Srisailam is well connected with near by cities such as Hyderabad, Mahaboobnagar, Hyderabad, Devorkonda, Mahanandi, Anantapur, Chitradurg, Guntur, Mantralayam, Tirupati and Vijayawada by road.

 

 

Hyderabad city of pearls

Hyderabad city of pearls is the capital of newly formed state of Telangana and is the fifth largest city in India, being the former seat of one of the world’s richest monarch dynasty known as the Nizams. It is a major center of Islamic culture and is a harmonious amalgam of the South and the North India.

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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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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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  • State: Andhra Pradesh
  • District: Kurnool
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrim, Jyotirlinga
  • Languages: Telugu, Hindi
  • Best Season: Nov – Mar
  • Weather: Summer 22-41°C, Winter 15-30°C
  • Altitude: 409 m
  • Pincode: 518002
  • STD code: 08512

 

 

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Jim Corbett National Park – A True Jungle Feel

Jim Corbett National Park – A True Jungle Feel

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and was named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. The park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

The park has sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination, it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna. The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park’s ecological balance.

Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increased dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park.

Corbett National Park comprises 520.8 km2 (201.1 sq mi) area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grasslands and a large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 to 4,000 ft (400 to 1,220 m). Winter nights are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.

Info source: wikipedia

Dhikala is a well-known destination in the park and situated at the fringes of Patli Dun valley. There is a rest house, which was built hundred of years ago. Kanda ridge forms the backdrop, and from Dhikala, one can enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the valley.

Jeep Safari is the most convenient way to travel within the national park; jeeps can be rented for park trips from Ramnagar.[21]

Treks: tourists are not allowed to walk inside the park, but only to go trekking around the park in the company of a guide. The winter season is cold, so tourists should make proper arrangements for their clothing, if they are traveling in the winter season.

Walking Safaris are possible in the buffer zone areas – and very rewarding with Corbett having a very healthy and lush, rich buffer zone around; look for lodges around with trained staff for the same.[22]

Kalagarh Dam is dam located in the south-west of the wildlife sanctuary. This is one of the best places for a bird watching tour. Lots of migratory waterfowl comes here in the winters.

Corbett Falls is a 20 m (66 ft) water fall situated 25 km (16 mi) from Ramnagar, and 4 km (2.5 mi) from Kaladhungi, on the Kaladhungi–Ramnagar highway. The water falls is surrounded by dense forests and pin drop silence.[23]

Garjiya Devi Temple is sacred to Garjiya Devi and is mostly visited by the traveller during the Kartik Poornima (November – December). It is a prominent temple located on the bank of river Kosi, amidst the hilly terrains of Uttarakhand, nearby Garjiya village, at a distance of 14 km. from Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India. [24]

Info source: wikipedia

  • Air: The nearest airport is Phoolbagh in Rudrapur -Pantnagar, roughly 65 km from Jim Corbett. Flight connects New Delhi to Rudrapur -Pantnagar, from where you can take a taxi to Jim Corbett National Park.
  • Train:
    • Ranikhet Express – The train leaves Delhi at 2200 hrs and reaches Ramnagar at 0500 hrs. As the train reaches the station quite early.
      Corbett Link Express – Leaves Old Delhi at 2245 hrs and reaches Ramnagar at 0530 hrs
      Kathgodam Express – leaves Old Delhi at 2245 hrs and reaches Kathgodam at 0715 hrs
  • Road:  Ramnagar is the town closest to Corbett National Park, which is famous as a sanctuary for Indian Wildlife. Ramnagar is well connected via road to Lucknow, Nainital, Ranikhet, Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi..

Aahana the Corbett Wilderness fascinating blend of nature and luxury

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Travel Guide One of the most popular tourist place of North India, Nainital is located in the Kumaon region and popularly known

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  • State: Uttarakhand
  • District: Nainital
  • Famous for/as: Wildlife, Mountains, Tiger Reserve Park
  • Languages: Hindi, English
  • Park Area: 520.82 sq km (1318 sq km Corbett National Park including Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • Preferred length of stay: 4 Days
  • Main animal attraction: Elephants, Tigers, Chital, Mugger, Crocodile, Migratory birds etc.
  • Best time to visit: 15th November to 15th June
  • Weather – Winter (September – March): Days are clear and pleasant, Nights get cold. Great time for bird-watching and Tiger sighting.
    Summer (April to June): Hot days with pleasant nights. Ideal time for sighting animals, especially elephants and Tigers.
    Monsoon (July – August): Humid days and nights. Great time for walks and trekking. Bcos of less crowd and rush probability of sighting animals. Good for observing flora.
  • Pincode: 263139
  • STD code: 05945
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://corbettonline.uk.gov.in/

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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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary,Thekkady-Kerala

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary,Thekkady-Kerala

Travel Guide

Thekkady is a town located in the Idukki district of Kerala. By the very name of this place one is able to visualize roaring tigers amidst the savanna grasslands. Thekkady houses the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a home to 24 Bengal tigers, sambhars, elephants, deers, bisons, wild boars and a wide variety of other wild animals and birds. There are 35 species of mammals recorded in the park out of which many are threatened species.

Periyar forest of Thekkady is known to have one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Surrounding this small town are picturesque plantations and hill towns that make this place truly beautiful.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger reserve in 1978. It is a thick evergreen forest with savanna grasslands. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park.

 

Boating in the Periyar Tiger Reserve

Boating in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is as thrilling as it could get. There are boats at regular intervals that take the tourists into the dense forests of Periyar. You are made to sit on the deck of the boat with your life-jacket circled around your chest and then begins the most memorable boat ride of your life. As the boat moves slowly into the forest one can see herds of elephants, sambhars, bisons, and wild boars assembled at the banks of the river to quench their thirst.

A wide variety of birds including the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Kingfisher, Blue-winged Parakeet, Great Hornbill, Sri Lanka Frogmouth and others can be spotted flying around or sitting on the logs of wood in the middle of the Periyar river.

It is advisable to carry a pair of binoculars and a high quality camera so that you can get a clear view of the wild animals and birds. Also, if you are lucky you just might spot a Tiger ;).

Elephant Safari in Periyar : Elephant safari in the dense evergreen forests of Periyar can be an exciting experience. On your way say hello to deers, sambhars, bisons and various other animals that you spot. The ride is truly enjoyable given the sorroundings.

Kumily : Kumily is a plantation town situated on the outskirts of Thekkady. This town is known for its spice gardens and Ayurveda preparations. A visit to the spice gardens is a must since Kerala is known for its spices. High quality spices can be purchased from the Government shop in Kumily. There may not be a a lot of variation in prices but the quality shall surely make you spot the difference.

  • Air: Thekkady does not have an airport of its own but the Madurai airport located at a distance of 136 km. is the nearest airport.
  • Train: The nearest railway station to Thekkady is in Kottayam 114 km. away. Kottayam is well connected with the major cities in India. Though it is advisable to drive to Thekkady so that you do not miss out on the panoramic views.
  • Road: Thekkady is a 4 hrs. drive from Munnar. After seeing the flower gardens and tea plantations as you descend down to reach the Periyar forest you get drenched in the beauty of the breathtaking views along the road. However, Thekkady is well connected by road to all the other cities in Kerala.

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Idukki
  • Famous for/as: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: October to February
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 37°C, Winter 15 to 20°C
  • Pincode: 685509
  • STD code: 04869
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://idukki.nic.in/thekkady.htm

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