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Visakhapatnam and Puri

Visakhapatnam and Puri
Standard : INR 15,400
06 NIGHT / 07 DAYS Deluxe : INR 19,900
2N  Vishakhapatanam – 1N Araku – 1N Train – 2N Puri 
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Day 01           Reach Hyderabad
Pickup from airport & transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Day 02           In Hyderabad
Morning after breakfast leave for Ramoji Film city full day excusion at Film City. Eveing at your leisure & overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03           Hyderabad– Srisailam
Morning after breakfast leave for Srisailam by road surface approx 220 kms/ 5 hrs. Evening reach Srisailam & Darshan at Temple of Mallika Arjun Jyotirlinga . Evening at your leisure & overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04           Srisailam- Hyderabad
Moring after breakfast leave for Darshan at Temple of Mallika Arjun Jyotirlinga. Later leave for Hyderabad by road surface approx 220kms/ 5 hrs. Evening reach Hyderabad. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05           In Hyderabad– Indore
Morning depart for sightseeing of Hyderabad Visiting World Famous Museum The Salar Jung Museum, Char Minar, Birla Mandir, Nehru Zoological Park, Qutub Shahi Tomb. Evening transfer to Kacheguda railway station 10:00pm

Package Rates are per person in INR and details as below

Rates Per Person Standard Deluxe
Per Adult on twin sharing basis upto 2 pax 19,500/- 22,500/-
3 to 5 pax 17,900/- 19,900/-
6 Pax and above 15,500/- 17,500
Extra Adult 6,900/- 8,900/-
Extra Child (5 to 11 years) 4,900/- 6,900/-
Food Included Breakfast Breakfast
Taxi – Indica upto 3 pax.

Tavera for 4 Pax & above

A/c A/c
Additional Night at Any Place 1,499/- 1,999/-
60 Days early Booking advantage 333/- 555/-
Hotels in Vishakapatnam Hotel Megha City Encore Inn
Hotel in Araku Valley Hotel Balaji Hotel Holiday Inn
Hotels in Puri Reba Beach Resort Holiday Resort Puri
Inclusions

  • Accommodation in above mentioned or similar hotels
  • Meals as per above Table
  • Private Transfers and Sightseeing as per the itinerary by AC Vehicle
  • Taxi cost includes Toll, Entry & Parking
Excludes

  • Air/Rail fare
  • Any meals other than specified in above table
  • Any sightseeing other than specified above
  • Entrance fees for any sightseeing and Guide charges
  • Any items of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • 5 % GST on total land cost
Please Note :-

  • Vehicle is not at disposal. Kindly note that the driver is not a guide
  • If the above hotels are not available similar category hotels will be used
  • Itinerary & price is subject to change. Additional charges will be applicable for extra sightseeing
  • The quotation is based on Standard room. You can upgrade to a higher room category by paying an extra cost depending on availability
  • Hotel rooms are subject to availability & given prices are subject to change without prior notice
  • Hotel check in & checkout time@ 1200 hrs. Early check-in & late check-out subject to availability

Chennai and Pondicherry

Chennai and Pondicherry
Standard : INR 12,100
07 NIGHT / 08 DAYS Deluxe : INR 14,300
02N Pondichery – Mahabalipuram – 02N Chennai Premium : INR 19,800
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Day 01            Reach Chennai (115km/2.5hrs)
Reach Chennai, Pick up from airport / railway station and transfer to hotel. On arrival check inn at hotel. Evening enjoy the Marina Beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02            Chennai-Kanchipuram – Pondicherry (Approx. 4 hrs drive)
Morning proceed to Pondicherry surface approx. 200 kms. Enroute halt at Kanchipuram and  visit Shiv Kanchi temple and Vishnu Kanchi temple. Later proceed to Pondicherry. On arrival check in hotel and evening enjoy the Pondicherry beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03            In Pondicherry
Morning after breakfast visit Shri  Aurobindo Ashram which is famous land mark of Puducherry. This Ashram is very famous for Yoga Meditation teachings.  Also visit Auroville, Botanical gardens, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pondicherry Museum, French Institute of Indology and Bharti Dasan Memorial Museum. In the evening relax at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04            Pondicherry – Mahablipuram – Chennai (Approx. 3 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast depart for Chennai surface approx. 155 kms. En route visit Visit Shore temple – classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arjuna Penance and Five Rathas at Mahabalipuram. Afternoon reach Chnnai, Check inn at hotel. Later visit half day sightseeing of Chennai including temples and museum. Evening free for beach. Overnight at hotel.
 Day 05           Leave Chennai
Morning after breakfast drop to airport or railway station for your onward journey.

  Package Rates are per person in INR and details as below 

Rates Per Person Standard Deluxe Premium
Per Adult up to 2 Pax 12,100/- 14,300/- 19,800/-
3 to 5 Pax. 9,400/- 11,700/- 17,200/-
6 pax. & above 7,800/- 10,100/- 15,700/-
Extra Adult 4,600/- 6,000/- 9,200/-
Child (5-11 Yrs.), with bed 3,200/- 4,100/- 6,300/-
Child (5-11 Yrs.) 2,600/- 3,100/- 5,400/-
Food Included Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast & Dinner
Taxi – Car upto 3 pax.
SUV for 4 Pax & above
Ac. Indica
Ac. Tavera
Ac. Indigo
Ac. Innova
Ac. Indigo
Ac. Innova
Hotel in Pondicherry Ganesh Beach Resort/ Executive Inn Hotel Du ParcDevis Grand  Hotel Accord Punducherry / Le Royal Park 
Hotel in Trichy Hotel Comfirt / Maruthi Residency  La Woods Hotel / Pearl International Lemon Tree / Pride Hotel
Taxi – Car upto 3 pax. SUV for 4 Pax & above Ac. Indica/ Tavera Ac. Indigo/ Innova Ac. Indigo/ Innova
Additional Night at any Place 1,999/- 2,999/- 3,999/-
60 Days early Booking advantage 333/- 444/- 777/-
 High season supplement

From 20 Dec to 5 Jan

 10% 15% 22%
 lean season discount

From 10 Jul to 20 Sep

 8% 12% 15%
  Inclusions

  • Accommodation in above mentioned or similar hotels
  • Meals as per above Table
  • Private Transfers and Sightseeing as per the itinerary by AC Vehicle
  • Taxi cost includes Toll, Entry & Parking
  Excludes

  • Air/Rail fare
  • Any meals other than specified in above table
  • Any sightseeing other than specified above
  • Entrance fees for any sightseeing and Guide charges
  • Darshan at Srisailam, Entry tickets for Ramoji film city
  • Any items of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • 5 % GST on total land cost
 Please Note :-

  • Vehicle is not at disposal. Kindly note that the drive is not a guide
  • If the above hotels are not available similar category hotels will be used
  • Itinerary and price is subject to change. Additional charges will be applicable for extra sightseeing
  • The quotation is based on Standard room. You can upgrade to a higher room category by paying an extra cost depending on availability
  • The hotel rooms are subject to availability. The above given prices are subject to change without prior notice
  • Hotel check in is 1400hrs. and checkout would be 1000hrs. Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability
  • Vehicle will be provided for transfers and sightseeing as per above table. Ask us for other vehicle options
  • Cost for 5* hotels will be quoted on request
  •  Approx airfares for Indore –  Hyderabad – Indore is 6,000/- per person extra

Diu Sightseeing

Diu : Daman and Diu are the two tiny union territories which were the Portuguese enclaves. Geographically, Daman and Diu are the part of the state of Gujarat and connected to the mainland of Gujarat by a causeway. Diu is a tiny island in the Arabian Sea, about 11 kms. long and 3 kms. wide, separated from the coast by a narrow channel running through the swamp and two tiny mainland enclaves.  The island’s main industries are fishing, tourism, booze and salt. This beautiful island has excellent golden beaches, whitewashed churches, bazaar, colourful Lisboa streets, gorgeous climate, huge Portuguese fort, lush seafood and Gujarati weekenders who flock for the cheap booze and sunshine.
 DiuFort

#Diu Fort
Diu Fort is a very large and imposing structure, situated on the coast of the island.
This fort was constructed between 1535 and 1541 AD after the treaty signed between the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. The fort is surrounded by the sea on the three sides and a canal on the fourth side. The fort offers a magnificent view of sea. On the fort stands a giant structure which now houses a Light House and the Diu jail. The beam from the lighthouse reaches to about  32 kms. Several canons are still located on the top of the fort and peep out of the holes on the walls of this gigantic structure.

#Fortress of Panikota
Fortress of Panikota is a magnificent stone structure in the sea, built right at the mouth of the creek. This fortress can be reached only by a canoe or a motor launch. This fortress has a light house and small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Sea. The fortress offers a very beautiful view whether seen from the jetty, from the Fort, from the village of Ghoghla or from Diu proper.
Fortress of Panikota
St. Paul's Church #St. Paul’s Church
St. Paul’s Church is dedicated to the Lady of Immaculate Conception.
This church was built during the 17th century and the most elaborate of all Portuguese churches in India. St. Paul’s Church was founded by Jesuits in 1600 and then rebuilt in 1807. Inside it is a great barn, filled with heavy dark wood, with a small cloister, next door. The main entrance of the church is adorned with volutes and shell-like motifs.
#St. Thomas Church
St. Thomas Church is a lovely simple building housing the Diu Museum.
There is a spooky, evocative collection of worn Catholic statues. Once a year, on 1 November, this is used for a packed out mass. There are also some remains of the Jain temple. There is a guest house upstairs and you can also climb the roof for amazing views.
St. Thomas Church
2_GangeshwarTemple9 #Gangeshwar Temple
Gangeshwar Temple is situated 3 kms away from the Diu town in Fudam village. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are five lingas which are located in the middle of the rocks on the seashore, and are washed by the waves of the sea. It is believed that these lingas were established here by the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata during their exile.

Diu Sightseeing

Neil Island Sightseeing

Neil Island : Neil is a tiny but beautiful island located 37 Kms. to the south of the Andaman Islands. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans. Neil Island is known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andamans. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana (Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Ramnagar etc.) The island, with its very relaxed vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the “bustle” of Havelock. The widest part of the island is about 5 km in length. You can walk the whole island in about two hours.

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#Neil Island Jetty
As you disembark from the boat at Neil Island Jetty and walk towards the market village of Neil Kendra, the beach appears before you is in the form of a long arc. Neil Kendra, a gently curving bay of white sand, straddles the jetty, scattered with picturesque wooden fishing boats. Neil Kendra is the heart of the island. On the left side of the jetty is Bharatpur Beach and on the right Laxmanpur Beach.

#Lakshmanpur Beach
The secluded beach of Lakshmanpur lies 2 km north of the Neil jetty. The beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water and offers a good snorkeling option. Sunbathing and swimming are other activities. One can view spectacular sun-set from this beach. This rocky beach lies about two kilometers from the jetty with lots of coral formation , ornamental fish, sea urchins,sea cucumbers, star fish etc. which are best suited for people of scientific temperament. The rocky surface can get slippery and one needs to be on ones guard. The main attraction here is the natural rock formations.
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 Bharatpur-beach #Bharatpur Beach
Bharatpur is one of the best beaches known for swimming and coral-watching with a vast sandy stretch.
This beach is ideally recommended for youngsters because of activity options. One can hire glass-bottom boats for coral viewing. The Sea around the Jetty area is full of corals with schools of fish swimming around. The colour and form of vegetation along the beach soothes the senses.
#Sitapur Beach
This beach is exposed to the open sea and thus prone to higher tides. It is 5 kilometers to the south and at the tip of the island. This beach is best suited to watch the sunrise with an impressive backdrop of natural vegetation and limestone formations. The journey from the Jetty to Sitapur beach itself is refreshing with green fields and a variety of crops and forest trees.
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 sir-huge-rose-island-2 #Sir Hugh Rose Island
This tiny island is located at the southern tip of Neil Island and is locally known as ‘Chhota’ Neil (‘Small’ Neil). This island has been declared a wild life sanctuary and is a turtle-nesting ground. Individuals have to obtain permission from the Deputy Range Officer, Forest Department at Neil Island to visit this island. Only day visits are permitted.
#Natural Rock Formation
A natural rock formation in Laxmanpur beach is locally known as the Howrah Bridge. Visit the place during low tide as the retreating sea leaves behind many a secret from its treasure trove.
 Howrah Bridge

Neil Island Sightseeing

Havelock Island Sightseeing

Havelock Island : Havelock is one of the most important tourism destinations of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar. It is one of the few islands that is inhabited, although most of it is a natural paradise, replete with white sand beaches, coral reefs with a colourful array of aquatic life, palm trees, as well as dense forests in the interiors. Inhabited mainly by Bengali settlers, the island houses a number of small villages. Covering an area of 100 sq. km, it lies on the northeast of Port Blair, 54 km by road and 33.5 km by sea. The pristine island is a great base from which to hike, fish, kayak and sail to other islands. It also offers some brilliant snorkelling and diving opportunities. Radha Nagar beach on Havelock has been voted Best Beach of Asia.

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#Radhanagar Beach
Radhanagar Beach, also known as beach #7, is the most beautiful beach of Havelock Island.
The beach is located at a distance of 7 km from Dolphin Yatri Niwas. Radhanagar beach is rated as Asia’s best beach and has also positioned itself in world’s top ten beaches.
It is known to be one of the best places for nature lovers as it offers a wide range of flora and fauna. In addition, tourists travelling to the beach can enjoy activities like snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving and swimming. Elephant rides along with beautiful views of sunsets can also be enjoyed at this beach.

#Elephant Beach
Elephant Beach, located at a distance of around 10 km from the market, is one of the most popular beaches in Havelock Island for day trips. Reaching this beach is a hassle free affair as it is accessible either by 30 minutes hike on a jungle path or by opting for one hour boat ride. Known for its beautiful corals and exotic marine life, this beach is ideal for snorkelling. The shoreline of the Elephant Beach was largely swept by the Tsunami that occurred in 2004. At present, the existing beach is a fraction of what it used to be.
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ocean-tribe-scuba-diving #Ocean Tribe Scuba Diving
Ocean Tribe Scuba diving is a diving facility recognized by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) located in Havelock Island.
With temperature of the water around 28 degrees, beginners as well as professional divers can enjoy scuba diving in the waters. Even those who cannot swim can also enjoy scuba diving by enrolling at the Ocean Tribe Scuba diving center. This dive center provides a guide and equipment needed for the diving trip.
Divers can enjoy the sight of amazing varieties of marine life such as fishes, turtles, dolphins and corals. Apart from scuba diving tourists can enjoy other activities such as snorkeling and ocean walking.
#Vijaynagar Beach
Vijaynagar Beach, also known as beach #5, is popularly known for relaxing and refreshing environment.
In addition, tourists visiting this beach can float in the natural sea salts and can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings as well. However, this beach is believed to be an undeveloped paradise, where tourists can enjoy long and peaceful walk along the beach.
vijay nagar beach
kalapathar-beach-in-havelock #Kalapathar Beach
Kalapathar beach is quiet a questionable beach for some because of it being pretty far from the main town, but the reason it was chosen for its mention was because of it being an amazing picnic spot to visit either alone or with friends.
Cook your own food, and enjoy your afternoon with drinks and music. As the beach’s name suggests, black colored rocks line the coastline here, there’s a forest on one side of the road, and once you cross it, you reach the heavenly and silvery beach where you might get engulfed by the sheer solitude of the calm and relaxing environment. A brilliant place to sit by and start writing some great travel stories.

Havelock Island Sightseeing

Andaman & Nicobar Packages

Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing

Nuwara Eliya : Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights) is a resort city in the Central Mountain Range of Sri Lanka. Blessed a with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create the resort into a typical English Village.

Hakagla garden

#Hakgala Botanical Garden (Ashok Vatika)

Hakgala Botanical Garden  is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve.The garden has a cool temperate climate because of altitude is 5,400 feet above the sea level.There are over 10,000 species of flora planted here and during the Spring season in Nuwara Eliya thousands of visitors come to see the blooms here. The garden is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses are planted there.

#Seetha Amman Temple

Seetha Amman Temple  is located in the village of Seetha Eliya (also known as Sita Eliya). This place is believed to be the site where Sita was held captive demon king Ravana, and where she prayed daily for Rama to come and rescue her in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Ravana’s elephant.

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Ajneyar temple #Anjaneyar Temple

This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. Its the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Anjanyear. The chariot festival is held annually end Dec/ beginning of January.

#Play Golf at Nuwara Eliya

The venue for many tournaments, this course is challenging and exciting, with many characteristics and distinctive natural elements that golfers should watch out for. The weather and scenic surroundings will make your entire sojourn peaceful and happy, more so since the Club offer accommodation and all modern amenities along with great service always accompanied by a smile.

 

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Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing

Kandy Sightseeing

Kandy : Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city’s heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), popular for strolling. It’s famed for its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, and for its Esala Perahera annual procession.

Botanical-Gardens

#Peradeniya Botanic Gardens

At one time these beautiful botanical gardens were reserved exclusively for Kandyan royalty. Today even commoners are allowed into what are, at 60 hectares, the largest and most impressive botanic gardens in Sri Lanka. The many highlights include a fine collection of orchids and a stately avenue of royal palms. Another big hit is the giant Javan fig tree on the great lawn. Covering 2500 sq metres, it’s like a giant, living geodesic dome. On weekends and holidays the gardens are packed with romantically inclined local tourists, and it can be hard to move without tripping over yet another canoodling young couple.

#Kandy Lake

Kandy Lake also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk,is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing banned. There are many legends and folklore regarding the lake. One such is that the small island at its center was used by the king’s helm for bathing and was connected to the palace by secret tunnel.

kandy lake
temple of tooth relic #Temple of the Tooth Relic

Elephants play an important part at the temple of the tooth relic in Kandy. Every 5 years they bring out Budha’s tooth in a shrine on the back of an elephant. The elephants are taught to bow before entering and are part of very large and important Budhist rituals. The tusks you see at this shrine are real elephants tusks of the dead elephants which used to be involved in the ceremonies surrounding the temple of the tooth in Kandy.

#Art & Craft Centre

Popular handicrafts include gold and silver jewellery set with gems, wooden masks, intricate lace-work, lacquerwork and ceramics. The full-range of handicrafts is available in the many stores in and around the capital, but you can also see the work that goes into creating them as you travel around the country – watch deft hands weaving intricate lace patterns in towns around the south-western coast or see the pottery wheels in action at the small village of Molagoda in the central provinces.

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Sigiriya-Sri-Lanka #Sigiriya Fort Fortess

The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

 

Kandy Sightseeing

Calicut Sightseeing

Calicut : Kozhikode, known as Calicut during British rule, was the capital of the highly powerful and well cultured Zamorins. Later it became the capital of the Malabar region during the period of British rule. With its long serene coastline, picturesque mountains, gorgeous waterfalls and lively forests, wild life sanctuaries and historical sites, Kozhikode unveils a visual treat to any visitor.

Kozhikode-_Beach #Kozhikode Beach

The Kozhikode Beach is situated near the town of Kozhikode and is known for its old world charm and natural beauty. The beach has two crumbling piers that stand toward the middle of the sea and each of them are them are more than hundred years old. The beach also houses a lighthouse, Marine Water Aquarium and Lions Park. The beach is a perfect setting for tourists wanting to enjoy the sunrise or sunset.

#Kappad Beach

The popularity of the Kappad Beach is owing to the fact that it was the place where Vasco da Gama, the famous world explorer first set his foot. A stone monument is erected on the beach to commemorate the significant historical event. This rock studded beach is called by the locals as Kappakkadavu. It is considered to be the gateway to the Malabar Coast. Tourists can reach Kappad by availing the backwaters that offers an enjoyable experience. They can reach the beach by taking a ride down the backwaters through the River Korappuzha.

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Pazhassi-Raja museum #Pazhassi raja Museum

The Pazhassi raja Museum is situated in East Hill, at a distance of 5 km from the Kozhikhode town. It houses several historical and archaeological art facts that are significant to the region such as the antique bronzes, gold coins, old paintings, ancient umbrella stones and monuments that are megalithic in nature such as the dolmonoid cysts. The art gallery and museum was named after Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the royal family of Kottayam. Pazhassiraja was known for leading the renowned ‘Pazhassi Revolt’ and introducing guerrilla warfare against the British colonialism.

#Peruvannamuzhi Dam

Peruvannamuzhi is situated about 60 km northeast of the district headquarters. The Peruvannamuzhi Dam is located amidst the hills and serves as an ideal picnic spot. The reservoir offers facilities for rowboat and speedboat cruises that include a visit to the ‘Smaraka Thottam,’ a garden built in the memory of the region’s freedom fighters. A bird sanctuary, uninhabited islands and crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.

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kadalundi bird sanctuary #Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 19 km from Kozhikode and has a river running across it. It is spread over a cluster of islands and is surrounded by hillocks, where the River Kadalundi flows into the Arabian Sea. The hillocks provide a good view of the sea and the river mouth. The place is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram. The sanctuary houses some 100 different species of native birds and more than 60 species of migratory birds such as terns, seagulls, sandplovers, sandpipers and many more. A variety of flora and fauna and several kinds of fishes, crabs and mussels can also be found in this sanctuary.

Calicut Sightseeing

Puri Sightseeing

 Puri : Puri is a city and a municipality in the state of Odisha in eastern India.
It is the district headquarters of Puri district and is situated on the Bay of Bengal,
60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar.
It is also known as Jagannath Puri after the 12th century Jagannath Temple located in the city.
It is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage sites for Hindus.
 Konark_temple #Konark Sun Temple

Konark sun temple is a 13th-century Sun Temple at Konark in Odisha, India. It is believed that the temple was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty around 1250 CE. The temple is in the shape of a gigantic chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. A major part of the structure is now in ruins. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also featured on various list of Seven Wonders of India.

#Chilika Lake

Chilika Lake is another great destination to visit. This lake is Asia’s largest salt water lagoon. Situated near the Bay of Bengal, this lake is separated from the sea by only a small neck like piece of land. This is a favorite migratory spot for a numerous birds during winter.

chilika-lake-puri
 Ramachandi_Temple #Ramachandi Temple

is on a beautiful spot on the banks of the Kusabhadra River where it flows into the Bay of Bengal. It is only 5 km away from Konark in the Puri District of Orissa. Goddess Ramachandi, the deity of Konark is thought by some to be the presiding deity of this temple, while others thought it to be the temple of Mayadevi, wife of Surya (Sun God).

#Chandrabhaga Beach

Set in the village of Chandrabhaga in Puri District of Orissa, Chandrabhaga Beach is considered one of the finest beaches along the eastern coast of India. The beach is located at a distance of 3 km from the World Heritage Site – Konark Temple. The beach holds great importance in the cultural and traditional identity of Orissa. Chandrabhaga Beach is believed to have witnessed the rise and fall of the Konark Temple. Because of the cultural importance it holds, many cultural activities are held at the beach. Chandrabhaga Mela, which is a seven day fair, is organized at the beach to honor Lord Surya.

 chandrabhaga beach
 puri beach market #Puri Beach Market

Puri beach is not just good to enjoy the sands and witness the beautiful sunset but also a best spot for engaging in some fun-filled shopping. The innumerable shopping stalls found in and around the beach are stocked with some enchanting artifacts made out of shells and oysters. Besides this, vendors can also be seen selling wall hangings of gods, clothes, wood articles and other souvenirs.

 

Puri Sightseeing

Ganpatipule Sightseeing

Ganapatipule : Ganapatipule is a small village, serene, sedate and unspoilt. The beach here is still natural and pristine as ever. And travelling by road is an experience by itself. The vast ‘Konkan stretch abounds with scenic greenery There are narrow mud-roads, the earth is red and the roofed houses with clean courtyards add a quaint touch to the panorama. The local vegetation includes fruit-bearing trees like mango, betel nut, banana, jackfruit, coconut etc.
swayambhu-ganpati-temple #Ganapati Swayambhu Temple
The Swayambhu Ganapati Temple is believed to be 400 years old. According to legend, a farmer while walking through the Kerda jungles discovered the idol of Ganapati and later on he built a temple around the idol.The Ganapati idol in the temple is built of pure white sand. The other idol of Lord Ganapati is made of copper and placed in the sanctum sanctorum. This idol is different from the previous one as it depicts the god riding on a lion.This temple is located 20 km from the town of Ratnagiri and early in the morning nagaras can be heard as a part of religious ceremonies conducted here
#Ganpatipule Beach 

It is one of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan Coast and is rated as the best beach in Maharashtra. It is a 3 km long stretch of Golden sands and clear waters. There are many activities on the beach making it one of the most happening beaches along the Western Maharashtra belt and a popular tourist attraction. The activities on the beach include Water Sports conducted by Ocean Adventures, Speed Boats, Camel Ride, Horse Ride, Instant Snaps, Coconut Bhel Puri & Lime Juice stalls. Ocean Adventures has also started surfing and snorkeling and also provide training for the same.

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Prachin Kokan #Prachin Konkan

One of the other attractions in Ganpatipule is the Prachin Konkan Museum. Prachin Konkan is a life size museum set in a sprawling three acre campus in Ganpatipule depicting life in yester years in Konkan. A guided tour in the museum takes you through various aspects of life in Konkan in the past. The museum elucidates the social, economic, cultural and religious background of Konkan. The museum puts on display the grandeur of the history of Konkan region. With sculptures of the Maratha hero ‘Shivaji Maharaj’ depicting historical monuments and models of the amazing sea forts in the Konkan region the museum brings the ingenuity of the Konkan people to the fore.

Ganaptipule Sightseeing

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