5 Most Popular Places to Visit in Pondicherry

Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, is the capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry and also one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India.  Located along the Coromandel Coast, Pondicherry is a former French colony and has been touted as the French Riviera of the East. Popularly called as Pondi, this pretty little town is known for its astounding beauty, large boulevards, brightly painted houses with high compound walls, colonial buildings, gothic churches, classic heritage monuments, serene beaches and authentic French cuisine. For eager travelers, backpackers and families alike, Pondicherry is the perfect holiday destination to experience the best of French culture and history.There are so many places to visit and experience Pondicherry Tourism. Here is the list of 5 best Places to visit in Pondicherry.

Pondicherry Beach 

Pondicherry Beach or Promenade Beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Pondicherry along the coast of Bay of Bengal. This beach is also known by multiple names like Rock Beach due to rocks along the beach, Gandhi Beach because of statue of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a 1.5 km long stretch of rocky beach with benches and wide pavement for morning and evening walks. This is one of the wonderful locations to observe some of the most amazing sunrises in India. The beach has statues of Jeanne d’Arc Dupleix, Mahatma Gandhi, and War Memorial. There is also a 27 m tall old Lighthouse near this place.

Botanical Garden 

Spread over an area of 22 acres, Botanical Gardens is one of the most visited Pondicherry Tourist Places and is also a famous retreat for locals as well as tourists. The main gate of the garden is reminiscent of French architecture and is in contrast with the Old Tamil Town around. The garden was laid out in 1826 in an ornate French style with pruned trees, beautiful flower beds, gravel lined paths and fountains.

Though the garden was started by the French colonists, Perrottet was instrumental in transforming the place into a botanical garden in 1831. Visitors can see his memorial in the center of Botanical Gardens. The musical fountain show in the evenings of weekends makes Botanical Garden look even more enchanting. It also boasts of a Japanese rock structure and an aquarium.

Paradise Beach 

Paradise Beach is an isolated beach located at Chunnambar near Pondicherry. This is one of the most popular beaches of Pondicherry and also one of the best Pondicherry tourist places. The beach attracts large number of tourists due to its smooth sand and crystal clear waters. Also known as Plage Paradiso, this beach offers spectacular boating facilities in Chunnambar River, with the lush green plantations and backwaters in the backdrop. This beach is famed for its lovely sunbathing options and resting under the cool breeze of palm trees. Beach volleyball, water sports equipment, beach umbrellas, nets and fishing rods are also available at Paradise Beach.

Matrimandir- Auroville 

Auroville is an experimental township and a universal town of humanity, where people can live peacefully, irrespective of nationality, colour, caste and creed. It was founded by Mirra Alfassa in 1968 and was designed by the French architect Roger Anger. The purpose of Auroville was to emphasize human unity and was endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India. Auroville houses the Matrimandir at the center. It is a 100 foot high spherical structure with the lotus bud shaped foundation. Its outer walls are decorated by gold-encased discs. The structure has an exquisite meditation chamber of white marble floor and walls. It is described as a place of perfect peace immersed in light refracted through a prism inserted in the topmost part of the dome. It has around twelve gardens, lakes and an amphitheater. Paradise beach is must include tourist place in all Pondicherry Tour Packages.

Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is an ashram and a spiritual center located in Pondicherry. Founded by Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, The Mother, in 1926, it is one of the major highlights of Pondicherry and is visited by thousands of people from all over the world. The ashram is also the place of Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Pondicherry for those who wish to attain eternal peace and harmony. It comprises several buildings and there are around 1,200 members along with 400 students living in this center. Thousands of tourists, followers and visitors come here during festivals.

Advertisements

6 Stunning Places to Visit in Goa

With its stunning beaches, azure waters, world heritage sites, spectacular landscapes and happening nightlife, Goa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.

Goa is India’s smallest state located in the Konkan region and also India’s richest state with highest GDP per capita. Situated between the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea on the West Coast of India, Goa is without doubt India’s West Coast paradise and it attracts large number of both domestic and International tourists every year.

There are many popular places to visit in Goa along with its famed beaches. Aguada Fort, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Chapora Fort are some popular places to experience Goa Tourism at its best.

Trawell.in brings you the list of 6 best Goa Tourist Places here.

Aguada Fort

Aguada Fort is a well-preserved 17 century Portuguese fort located in North Goa. Built by the Portuguese colonial rulers, Aguada Fort is one of the prominent Goa tourist places. This grand fort was built to prevent the entry of ships into the River Mandovi thus protecting old Goa from the attacks of Dutch and Marathas. The fort was surrounded by thick battlements and a deep dry moat. A 13 m high lighthouse and a vaulted cistern capable of storing ten million liters of fresh water are worth visiting inside the fort complex. From here fresh water was supplied to the ships that used to stop by. The fort boasts of the first ever light house in Asia. Some buildings of the fort are still in good shape having been converted into a jail and it happens to be the largest jail in Goa.

Baga Beach

Baga Beach is one of the stunning Goa beaches situated between Anjuna Beach and Calangute Beach. Named after the ‘Baga creek’ which flows into the Arabian Sea, this is one of the most famous beaches in Goa and among the must visit places in Goa. Known for its beach parties, nightlife and amazing seafood served at the beach shacks and restaurants, Baga Beach is one of the most happening beaches in India. Though the sea here is not safe for swimming but it is famous for water sports like parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking and much more. Known for its spectacular sunsets and fishing, the beach is also great for long leisure walks. Baga is must include beach in all Goa tour packages.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Famous throughout the Roman Catholic world, the imposing Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa contains the mortal remains of Goa’s patron saint Francis Xavier, who died on a sea voyage to China in 1552 CE.  Considered as the first minor Basilica in India, it is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top places to experience Goa Tourism. Also known as St. Francis Xavier’s Tomb, the imposing facade of the church, built out of black granite in an exquisite combination of the Doric, Corinthian and composite styles, is remarkable for its simplicity.  There are paintings of events from the life of St. Francis Xavier. Once every 10 years, the body is allowed to be viewed by the people who visit this holy place.The place attracts huge crowd during the feast of St. Francis Xavier, a nine day devotional novena held on 3rd December every year.

Calangute Beach

One of the most popular Goa Beaches and also the largest beach in North Goa, Calangute Beach is among the most recommended places to visit in Goa. Known as ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, it is one of the stunning beaches and is popular with both domestic and international tourists. Located between Baga and Candolim beaches, it offers a 4 mile long coastline with an amazing view of the sea and the beach front is dotted shacks, restaurants, clubs and shopping outlets. One can experience some of the popular water sport activities like Parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-ski at Calangute Beach.  It is also the busiest and commercialized beaches in Goa and during peak seasons, this beach is swamped with people from all over the world.

Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral, considered to be one of the largest churches in Asia, is situated in Old Goa and is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site under Churches & Convents of Goa. This is the oldest and the most celebrated religious buildings in Goa and has the prestige of being the seat of Archdiocese of Goa. Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria on whose feast day in 1510 Alfonso Albuquerque defeated the Muslim army and took possession of the city of Goa.

It has an arched interior and beautiful courtyard that impress the visitors with its absolute grandeur. The main attractions of the Cathedral are the 15 altars, which are dedicated to Our Lady of Three Needs, Our Lady of Anguish or Our Lady of Hope. The grand alter is highly ornate and is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. It is said that a vision of Christ had emerged on the Miraculous cross in 1919 and that the cross is growing in size. The bell in the existing tower is often referred to as the Golden Bell. The tower on the Southern side collapsed in 1776 and it was never rebuilt. The cathedral has five bells of which there is an eminent Golden bell.

Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort is one of the beautiful forts in Goa. Situated close to Vagator Beach, it is one of the popular Goa tourist places. Popular as the place where the Bollywood film “Dil Chahta Hai” was picturised, the Chapora fort stands at the mouth of the Chapora River as an old guard. Built with red laterite stones, the fort has steep slopes on all the sides and stands on an area which has irregular outer plan. This massive fort was constructed by the king of Bijapur, Adil Shah in order to keep a watch on Hindu raiders who wanted to set up their territory in Goa. Known for its spectacular views and sunset vistas, the fort is a popular spot for tourists to visit especially in the evenings. The path to the Fort from parking area is filling with red laterite stones and is slippery.  One can have a spectacular view of Vagator and Anjuna Beaches from Chapora Fort.

5 Best Reasons to Visit Chikmagalur

Chikkamagaluru, also known as Chikmagalur, is situated at an altitude of 3,400 feet at the foothills of Mullayangiri range in Karnataka. The Western Ghats start from this area and also the Yagachi River is originated from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its tranquil environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Popularly called as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is one of the popular summer destinations in Karnataka and also one of the best places to visit near Bangalore, there are plenty of Chikmagalur tour packages from Bangalore

From the misty mornings and the downpour during monsoons to the tourist attractions in the place, there are several reasons to visit Chikmagalur.Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Mullayangiri, Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kemmangundi and Manikyadhara Falls are the important places to visit in Chikmagalur.

Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Chikmagalur.

1. ExtensiveCoffee Plantations

Renowned as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is well known for its extensive coffee and tea plantations. Coffee Plantations are one of the top Chikmagalur Tourist Places and the plantation walks are considered to be one of the most popular things to do in Chikmagalur. There are so many private coffee estates that allow visitors to take guided tours through the plantations and you can witness the many stages of the production of coffee. There are various home-stays available within the coffee estates, where guests can stay and breathe coffee.

2. Popular Trekking Points 

Chikmagalur has established itself as a trekker’s paradise and has many popular trekking trails which include Kemmanagundi, Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka and also one of the best places to experience Chikmagalur Tourism. Situated at an altitude of 1950 m, Mullayanagiri is regarded as the highest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris and among top sites for trekking places to visit in Chikmagalur. Being the highest peak in Karnataka, it offers some very interesting trails. The trek route to the peak begins from Sarpadaari, which is connected with Chikmagalur by road. Other trekking trails from Mullayangiri are Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls and Deviramma Temple.

3. Placid Lakes

 Chikmagalur is famous for its serene lakes amidst the misty hills. Hirekolale Lake and Ayyanakere Lake are the two popular manmade lakes in Chikmagalur. Ayyanakere Lake is an ancient lake situated at the eastern base of Baba Budan hills. This is the biggest lake in the Chikmagalur district and the second largest lake in Karnataka. Also called as Dodda Magoda Kere,it is one of the prime places to visit in Chikmagalur. The sprawling lake was built to supply water for was agriculture. It supplies water for irrigating 21,560 hectares of land in the region.

4. Enchanting Waterfalls

Nestled in the Baba Budan hills, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises like misty hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Besides these, Chikmagalur is also popular for its breathtaking waterfalls. Manikyadhara Falls, Hebbe Falls, Jhari Falls and Honnamana Falls are some well-known waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Manikyadhara Falls is situated in the dense forest of Baba Budangiri hills in Western Ghats of India. With a height of about 30 feet, the waterfall is one of the top Chikmagalur Tourist Places. Hebbe Falls is a wonderful waterfall situated inside Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur.

5. Pleasant Weather 

Situated at an altitude of 1,090 m, Chikmagalur is situated in the Malnad region of Karnataka in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Being a hill station, Chikmagalur has pleasant climate throughout the year but the best time to visit the place is from the months of September till March. The summer season in Chikmagalur begins in the month of March and lasts till May. Though during summers the town temperature goes up but still the maximum temperature remains under 35°C. Monsoon brings heavy rainfall at Chikmagalur which lasts from June to September. Heavy rains in monsoon make this hill station more inviting with lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. Winter, spans from December to February, is the suitable time for tourists with pleasant climate.

6 Breathtaking Waterfalls in Wayanad

Often called as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is one of the charming hill stations located in Kerala. Settled in the Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the top destinations in Kerala and also one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.  Wayanad is famous for its lakes, hills, ancient caves and extensive flora and fauna. Besides these, Wayanad is also blessed with several waterfalls. These waterfalls always add an extra charm to this beautiful destination and these are the best Wayanad tourist places.

Here is the list of some breathtaking waterfalls in Wayanad.

Meenmutty Waterfalls 

Meenmutty Waterfall is a fascinating waterfall located near Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad district of Kerala. Cascades down from a height of about 800 feet over three stages, it is a spectacular fall situated inside thick forest flowing through rocky platform. This is one of the best waterfalls in Kerala and also one of the popular places to visit in Wayanad. Each of its three tiers requires a separate hike through a moist, deciduous forest. One can get a breathtaking view of Banasura Sagar Dam and surrounding valleys from the peak on top of third tier of the falls.

Soochipara Waterfalls 

Soochipara Waterfalls, also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is a beautiful waterfall situated in Vellarimala mountain range of Wayanad district in Kerala. Dropping down from a height of 200 meters, Soochipara is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Kerala and also one of the must visit Wayanad Tourist Places. This three tiered fall cascades down into a large pool, which is a good place for swimming and bathing. The waterfall is surrounded by dense green forests. One has to trek down for about 2 km to reach the falls from the road point through well laid path and is of easy level, which takes about 30 minutes one way.

Kanthanpara Waterfalls 

Kanthanpara Falls is a magnificent waterfalls situated near Meppadi in Wayanad district of Kerala.Gushes down from a height of 30 meters in two steps, it is known for its scenic beauty, and abundance of flora and fauna.The path leading to the waterfalls is full of breathtaking scenery and thus, is a popular trekking trail. Kanthanpara Waterfalls is one of the most charming waterfalls in Kerala and an ideal place to visit in Wayanad.

Thushargiri Waterfalls 

Thushargiri Falls is one of the enthralling waterfalls located in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Literally means ‘Snowcapped Mountains’, Thusharagiri Waterfalls is generated by Chalippuzha River, formed by merging two streams originating from the Western Ghats. The river diverges into three waterfalls here and creating a snowy spray, which gives the name – Thusharagiri. The highest of the three falls is the Thenpara Fall cascading down from a height of 75 m. Widely known as the ‘trekker’s paradise’, Thusharagiri offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing opportunities to its visitors.

Arippara Waterfalls 

Arippara Falls is a stunning waterfalls located near Nellipoyil in Kozhikode district of Kerala. The waterfall is formed by one of the tributaries of Iruvanji River commonly known as Iruvanjipuzha.  The fall is surrounded by thick green forest with water flowing through huge flat rocks and dropping at different places. A pool is formed at bottom of this long cascading falls which is a good place for swimming.  It is one of the most pretty river picnic spot and also one of the best tourist places in Wayanad.

Chetalayam Waterfalls

Chetalayam Falls is a seasonal waterfalls located near Kidangand, Kerala. Chethalayam is a smaller and lesser known waterfall compared to other waterfalls in Wayanad. With its picturesque beauty, scenic slopes and blue water bodies make this falls an ideal trekking place in Wayanad. Its surroundings offer a number of vantage points for bird watching. Visitors need to trek for about 4 km from Kidangand to reach the falls. This waterfall is situated close to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which is inhabited by the spotted deer, sambar, gaur, elephants and sloth bear, amongst others.

Two of these waterfalls are must include places in Wayanad Tour Packages.

5 Most Beautiful Waterfalls near Pune

Thoseghar_Waterfalls

Pune is a beautiful tourist destination in Maharashtra.It is also one of the most beautiful cities in India. Situated at an altitude of 560 m, Pune is among most renowned Tourist places in Maharashtra. Sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Sahyadri range of mountains, Pune is a place gifted with many historical monuments, bio diversity spots, gushing waterfalls and amazing hill stations. Of these, waterfalls near Pune are the most popular attractions for travelers who visit Pune in monsoon season. Here are some top waterfalls near Pune.

Lingmala Falls

Lingmala Waterfalls is one of the gorgeous waterfalls located in Satara district of Maharashtra. Lingmala is one of the famous Waterfalls near Pune and also one of the popular places to visit in Maharashtra during monsoon. There are two waterfalls, one small waterfall and the main waterfall which falls from a height of 500 feet.These waterfalls offer charming picturesque image of cascading waters. The mini waterfall is safe & suitable for swimming and playing in the water. There is no way to get into the water at main falls but visitor can get magnificent views of waterfall from the view point.

Thoseghar Falls

Thoseghar Waterfalls is a picturesque waterfall situated in Satara district of Maharashtra. One of the most beautiful Waterfalls near Pune and Mumbai. This seasonal waterfall drops through a series of cascades with a total height of about 500 m. Famous for its serenity, clam and quiet natural surroundings, the falls is a wonderful place where one can enjoy the beauty of the nature. Situated at the edge of Konkan region, Thoseghar is one of the top waterfalls in Maharashtra and also one of the highest waterfalls in India.

Someshwar/Dudhsagar Water Falls

Someshwar Waterfalls is also known as Dudhsagar Waterfalls, situated near Gangapur on the suburbs of Nashik. It is one of the most favorite hangout places of Nasik and also one of the best monsoon getaways near Pune. The interesting fact about this lovely falls is its creamy white water that gained it with the pretty name Dudhsagar. It is a much loved picnic spot by families of Nashik and preferred stop by youngsters, to spend a relaxed evening.

Kune Falls

Kune Falls is a scenic waterfall situated in Lonavala, Maharashtra. Kune Falls lies at an altitude of 622 m set against the lovely backdrop of the well-known Sahyadri Mountains. It is one of the high-quality waterfalls in Maharashtra and additionally one of the famous places to go to in Lonavala. This is a three tier waterfall and the best drop at q4 is of about 100 meters. Cascades down from a top of about 2 hundred m, it attracts travelers in huge numbers at some stage in the rainy season when the waterfall is in its peak shape and flows down with a huge gush.

 

Randha Falls, Bhandardara

Randha Falls is an amazing waterfall situated near Bhandardara in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Situated in Igatpuri region, it is the chief source of hydro power in the Bhandardara region. Considered as one of the prominent waterfalls near Pune. It is the chief source of hydro power in the Bhandardara region. There is a temple on the banks of the river and a viewpoint just above the falls provides a great view of the waterfalls. It is also one of the top places to visit in Maharashtra Tourism.

8 Must Visit Tourist Places in Murudeshwar

67101518Murudeshwar_Main

Murudeshwar is a well known pilgrimage and beach destination located in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. Murudeshwara is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world’s second tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwar Shiva Temple. Murudeshwara has a railway station on the Mangalore-Mumbai Konkan railway route. It is also one of the top places to visit in Karnataka tourism.

Murudeshwar Temple

Murudeshwar Temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is dedicated to Shiva, and a 20-storied gopura is constructed at the temple. The temple authorities have installed a lift that provides a breath-taking view of the 123-feet Shiva idol from the top of the Raja gopura. There is also a Rameshwara linga at the bottom of the hill, where devotees can do seva themselves. A Shaneswara temple has been built next to the idol of Shiva. It is among the main places to visit in Murudeshwar.

Lord Shiva Statue

The statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. It is the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The tallest Shiva statue is in Nepal known as the(Kailashnath Mahadev Statue). The statue is 123 feet in height and took about two years to build. The statue was built by Shivamogga’s Kashinath and several other sculptors, financed by businessman and philanthropist Dr. R.N. Shetty, at a cost of approximately Rs 50 million. The idol is designed such that it gets the sunlight directly and thus appears sparkling.

Murudeshwar Beach

Murudeshwar Beach is a beautiful beach situated near Murudeshwar Temple. This beautiful beach is situated just beside the Kanduka Giri on which Lord Shiva Temple is located. It is among the prime places to visit in Murudeshwar. It is one of the best beaches in Karnataka. Murudeshwar offers magnificent natural views with serene and calm surroundings. One can come down to Murudeshwar beach for a great view of the sunset. It is one of the Top Tourist Places in Murudeshwar.

Idagunji Ganapati Temple

Ganapati Temple at Idagunji is one of the famous temples in this region and among the popular places to visit near Murudeshwar. The temple’s popularity as a religious place is recorded by about 1 million devotees visiting it annually. It is one of the six famous Ganesha temples on the west Coast of India, which is also popularly called the “Ganesha Coast”. Lord Vinayaka can be seen in standing posture at this temple, which is a rare sight. Vinayaka Chathurthi is the major festival celebrated here. Idagunji can be reached by bus from Honavar or Manki.

Apsara Konda Falls

Apsara Konda Falls is a small waterfall located in the Uttara Kannada (North Canara) district of Karnataka. It is one of the scenic tourist places near Murudeshwar. The specialty of this pond is that it faces the sea and appears like a lagoon. People say that Angels used to come from heaven and take bath in that pond, hence the name Apsara Konda. Reaching the base of the waterfall is an easy as steps have been built to make the trail easier for the public. A unique fact about the waterfall is that the water flows down through the roots of a peepal tree while descending to the pond below. The pond is very safe for swimming and playing.

Netrani Island

Netrani Island is a tiny island in the Arabian Sea which is famous for diving/snorkeling. It is approximately 10 nautical miles from the temple town of Murudeshwara in Bhatkal Taluk. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Besides pigeons, the other inhabitants of the island are wild goats. This island has scuba diving facilities and the place is easily accessible from Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai or Bangalore. There are dive shops at Murdeshwara and Goa, that regularly organize diving tripes to the island. It is one of the very few places for snorkeling in Karnataka. It is also one of the top things to do in Murudeshwar.

Kodachadri

Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests in the Western Ghats in South India. Kodachadri forms a background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. The name comes from native word “Kodacha” or “Kodashi” which means hill of Kutaja flowers and “Adri” a Sanskrit word, both combined together coined the word Kodachadri. It is located at a distance of 21 km from Kollur and 15 km from Nagodi village, in Hosanagara taluk. There are different routes to reach the Peak of Kodachadri and the difficulty varies highly with respect to the route chosen. However it is challenging to reach the peak in monsoon due to heavy rains that make the routes slippery.

Kollur Mookambika Temple

Sri Mookambika Devi Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kollur in Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is located in the valley of Kodachadri Mountain Peak on the banks of Souparnika River. Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Mukti Stalas created by Parashurama and the other places are Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna. It is a famous site of pilgrimage in Karnataka and one of the top places to visit near Murudeshwar.