Thursday, December 25, 2008


Sai Baba also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian guru, yogi and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim followers as a saint. Some of his Hindu devotees believe that he was an incarnation of Dattatreya, and he was regarded as a satguru and an incarnation of Kabir.
How to reach :
Road :Shirdi is on the Ahmednagar-Manmad Highway, 250 km from Mumbai and 75 km from Nashik.
Rail : A New railway satation has been opened in Shiridi(Sai Nagar Shirdi).
Kopergaon on Daund-Manmad Line is an important railway station about 16kms from Shirdi.Manmad is another important station about 58kms from Shirdi and Nagarlsol is around 55km from Shirdi.
Air : The nearest airport to Shirdi is at Nashik, 75kms away, Aurangabad is at 150kms, Mumbai air port is 296kms and Pune air port is about 231kms from Shirdi.


Trimbakeshwar or Tryambakeshwar or Trambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of MaharashtraIt ,is one of the twelve Jyotirlingaas.
TrimbakeshwarIt is located at the source of the Godavari River.The Godavari River originates from Bramhagiri mountains.Kusavarta, a kund is considered the symbolic origin of the river Godavari, and revered by Hindus as a sacred bathing place. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra.
Yaksha at Trimbak templeThe work of constructing the present temple of Trimbakeshwar was begun by Shrimant Balaji Bajirao alias Nanasahib Peshawe in 1755 in the first half of the Margashirsha month (around December) and was completed in 1786. It took 31 years to construct the temple and the cost of 16 lacs then. There are three ?Linga? of the size of a thumb and they are called as Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh - the creator, the organizer and the destroyer. These lingas are natural ( emerged naturally )Water of Ganges flows over the Linga of Shiva.The deity is worshipped here thrice a day and an additional worship with flowers at pradosha time.

How to Reach :
Road : 28 km from the city of Nashik. From Mumbai it is around 180Km.
Rail : Nearest railhead is Nashik Road 38 kms on Central Railway.
Air : Nearest airport is Nashik 39 kms.

Kolhapur Mahalakshmi

How To reach :
Road : Kolhapur is located at a distance of around 395 km from Mumbai and 225 km from Pune.
Rail : Kolhapur has its own railway station .The station is connected with Mumbai, Pune, Tirupati, Bangalore and Ahmedabad through direct as well as daily trains.
Air : Kolhapur has an airport near Ujlaiwadi, situated at a distance of almost 13 km from the heart of the city.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dwaraka Tirumala

Dwaraka Tirumala or Dwarakatirumala is a village and a mandal in West Godavari district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It is famous for temple of Lord Venkateswara. This is also called as 'Chinna Tirupathi'.
How to Reach :
Road : Dwaraka Tirumala is located about 40 kilometres from Eluru.15km from Bimadolu and 100 Km from Vijayawada.
Rail : Nearest Railway station is Eluru
Air : Nearest air port is Gannavam [Vijayawada].

Srisailem Dam

Srisailam Dam is a dam constructed across the Krishna River at Srisailam in the Kurnool district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India and is one of the 12 largest hydroelectric projects in the country.
How To reach :
Road : The dam is located about 245 km from Hyderabad and 132 km from Nandyal.By Road:Only 85 KM From Markapur[Prakasham Dt,AP],180 km from Ongole.;190 km from Kurnool & 232 km from Hyderabad .
Rail:The nearest railway stations is only Markapur(85KM) on the Guntur-Hubli Section and Kurnool (190KM)
Air:Nearest airport is located at Hyderabad (232 km).


Shri Narasimha Saraswati (Nrusimha Saraswati) is considered the second avatar of Shri Dattatreya. Most influential book in Marathi literature, Shri GuruCharitra written by Shri Saraswati Gangadhar, one of the most talented poet and philosopher ever known in Marathi literature in Maharashtra. Shri Narasimha Saraswati spent 12 years in Narsobawadi before moving to Ghangapur[Gulbarga district of Karnataka].This is one of the most famous Dattatreya Mandir on Krishna River and is considered very holy place of worship indeed. This temple has his Padukas and is worshipped everyday here regularly by millions of devotees. The river Krishna flows right infront of the mandir and during floods/rainy season the water rises above the temple and the temple is shut for few months. This place is confluence of the five holy rivers, Siva, Bhadra, Kumbhi, Bhagwati and Saraswati, where they all meet and merge in the Krishna river.
How to Reach :
Road : JaiSinghpur is located on Sangli - Kholhapur high way.JaiSinghpur to Narsobachiwadi Distance 14 kms.From Sangli it is around 22km.MSRTC run buses from Kholhapur and JaiSinghpur to Narsobawadi.
Rail : Nearest Train Station is JaiSinghpur which is 5 kms from Sangli Railway Station.
Air : Nearest air port is Kholhapur which is around 60km.

Kuravpur [Kurugaddi or Kuravapur or Kuravapuram]

Shripada ShriVallabha Devasthan situated at Krishna River island. Shripad ShriVallabha,the first avatar of Shri Dattatreya in kaliyuga stayed here on this island about 700 years ago. This land is possibly known as Kuravpur (Kuravapur) and is mentioned in "Gurucharitra" written by Saraswati Gangadhar about 400 to 500 years ago.
Shri Shripada ShriVallabha except that he came from Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh (Son of Ghandikota Aaphalraj sarma and Sumati) and stayed here rest of his life (which was about 30 years before he took Samadhi in Krishna River).
How to Reach :
Road : Atkur is 40 kim from Raichur.One need to cross the Krishna at Atkur to reach Kuruvaour.(Via Makthal): Makthal (Mahaboobnagar district, Andhra Pradesh) is 68 KM from Mahaboobnagar bus station and 168 KM from Hyderabad .APSRTC run Hyderabad - Raichur buses for evry one hour.One need to get down at Makthal.Buses are available from Makthal to Panchdev Pahad .River bank is 17 KM from Makthal. Putti or small boats used to cross theriver.
Rail : Nearest Railway head is Raichur and Mahaboob nagar which is at 68Km.
Air:Shamshabad Internation air port ,Hyderabad is nearest air port

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Eravikulam National Park - Munnar

The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 m) is located in the Southern region of the park. Originally established to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. It covers an area of 97 sq kms of rolling grasslands and high level sholas (evergreen forests). The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. Sanctuary Visit : The park is devided into 3 regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here. Trekking facilities are available here. Tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. This is also a place for adventure tourism.

mattupetty dam - munnar

Mattupetty Lake and Dam, which lie 13 km from Munnar, enroute Top Station, at an altitude of 1700 mt, are popular picnic spot with visitors. The lake and dam surrounded by wooden hills and tea plantations, makes a great view.
How to Reach:
Air: The nearest airports from Munnar are at Kochi
Rail: Well connected nearest railway stations from Munnar are at Kochi (Cochin) and Kottayam.
Road: 13Km from Munnar.


Munnar is a well known hill station in Kerala known for its scenic beauty.
Munnar is situated at the confluence of the mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. And hence the name ‘Munnar’ - means ‘three rivers’. Lying at over 6000 ft height above sea level, Munnar is covered with tea & coffee plantations, crisscrossed with gushing streams and cascading waterfalls. In the rainy season, Munnar becomes a playfield for the streams and waterfalls and you find one at practically every bend of the mountain road.

How to Reach Munnar :
Air: The nearest airports from Munnar are at Kochi (130 km) and Madurai (142 km).
Rail: Nearest railway stations from Munnar are Kochi
(Cochin) and Kottayam.
Road: From Kochi Munnar is about 136 km . Regular buses are available to Munnar from different cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Cheeyappara waterfalls[Kerala]

The Cheeyappara waterfalls are located between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi - Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara Falls cascades down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.
How to reach :
Air : Nearest air port is Cohin international air port.
Rail:Ernakulam railway station at 10km.
Road : From Cochin you can come here by taking a bus, taxi or auto-rickshaws .

Dutch Palace [Cochin]

Dutch Palace [Cochin]Dutch Palace, Kochi is more popularly known as Mattancherry Palace. It is located at Palace Road, 10 km from Ernakulam city, Kochi. The palace was constructed by the Portuguese and presented to the then Rajah of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma. The Rajahs of Keralas made subsequent renovations of the palace, giving it a Hindu texture. In fact, it has become one of the best testimony of the Hindu Temple Art.
How to reach :
Air : Nearest air port is Cohin international air port.
Rail:Ernakulam railway station at 10km.
Road : 10 Km from Cochin

Guruvayur [Thrissur,Kerala]

Guruvayur is the most revered and sacred pilgrimage centre of Hindus in
Kerala. On any given day, the place witnesses thousands of visitors from
India and abroad. The main temple in the town is dedicated to Lord Krishna known as 'Guruvayurappan'.
History :According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than
5000 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. In the
14th century Tamil literature 'Kokasandesam', references about a place
called Kuruvayur is made. As early as 16th century (50 years after the
Narayaneeyam was composed) many references are seen about Kuruvayur. In ancient Dravidic, Kuruvai means sea, hence the village on the coast may be called Kuruvayur.But according to Prof. K V Krishna Iyer (eminent
historian), the Brahmins had begun to come and settle at Kodungalloor during the period of Chandra Gupta Maurya ( 321-297 BC). Trikkunavay in the Guruvayur documents is the same as Thrikkanamathilakam or Mathilakam mentioned in the Dutch and British records. And this place was in between Guruvayur and Kodungalloor. Guruvayur was Trikkunavay's subordinate shrine since they were destroyed by the Dutch in 1755. That way Guruvayur must have come into existence before 52 AD. The story of Pandyan King building a shrine here may be a reference to the Azhavars , but they are all silent in their writing about Guruvayur.
How to reach :
Air : Cochin international airport (Nedumbassery) is 80 kms from Guruvayur and the Calicut airport is 100 kms away.
Rail : Guruvayur has got a railway station towards the east of the temple which is connected to the Madras-Mangalore main line at Thrissur.
Road : From Thrissur it is just 35km.
Climate : It has tropical and humid climate. It experiences heavy monsoon
rains from June to August therefore it is advisable not to visit Guruvayur
during the monsoon season.Best time to visit : March to September

Vazhachal Waterfalls[Kerala]

Vazhachal WaterfallsThe Vazhachal waterfall is a scenic and popular waterfall on the edge of the Sholayar forest range in Kerala. The Vazhachal is part of the Chalakkudy River. Its cool, misty waters cascading down with the backdrop of thick green forest and rocky terrain are a scintillating experience for visitors.
How to reach :
Road :There are frequent buses to Athirappally from Chalakudy or you can
catch a cab (Taxi) from Chalakudy Railway Station .From Thrissur it is at a
distance of 63km.
Rail : Nearest railway station is Thrissur at 63 Km and Chalakudy at 33 Km distance.
Air :Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is at 55 Km.

Athirappally water Falls[Kerala]

Athirappally if about 80 feet hight ,located at entrance to Sholayar ranges.
How to reach :
Road :There are frequent buses to Athirappally from Chalakudy or you can
catch a cab (Taxi) from Chalakudy Railway Station .From Thrissur it is at a
distance of 63km.
Rail : Nearest railway station is Thrissur at 63 Km and Chalakudy at 33 Km distance.
Air :Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is at 55 Km.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Sri Penusila Narasimaha Swami Temple Located At Penchala Kona[lies at the foothills of Veligondalu] Nearer in Rapaur Mandal,Nellore Dt,AP.It is the birth place of Kandaleru River.People belive that because the sage Kanva resided in this area in the past, the river flowing here acquired the name Kanva Nadi and that with efflux of time it became Kandaleru.

How to reach Penchalakona/Penchalakonda :
Air :Nearest air port is Chennai around 220km.
Road :
Distance between Nellore and Penchalakona is 75 Km.
Distance between Chennai and Penchalakona is 220Km
Distance between Penchalakona and Hyderabad is 700Km approx.
Rail :Nellore railway station is nearest one.

Vadakkumnathan temple

The Vadakkumnathan temple is one of the oldest temples in Thrissur[Trichur] ,Kerala state. It is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and contains many decorative murals and pieces of art. It stands on a beautiful hillock at the center of Trichur overlooking the town. The vast ground around the temple is called Tekkinkadu or forest of teak woods. The massive stonewall enclosing an area of nearly 9 acres forms a strong fortification. The our lofty gopuras around the main shrine indicate the four cardinal directions-North,South, East and West. A complex having three principal shrines dedicated to Siva or Vadakkumnathan, Sankaranarayana and Rama are in the center of this vast enclosure.
How to reach :
Air :Kochin international air port is 55km from Trhissur.
Road :Thrissur lies on National Highways NH-47 and NH-17. It is
well-connected to nearby cities and towns like Kochi, Kozhikode, Coimbatore and Palakkad.
Rail :It is an important railhead in southern India. Several important trains connect Thrissur with other places in Kerala and neighboring south Indian cities.

Alleppy Beach

Alappuzha beach also known as Alleppey beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old.
How to reach :
Road :NH-47 passes through Allepy.From Kochi it is 55km and 37Km from Kottayam.
Rail :Alleppey has recently been linked to Cochin by rail. The Alleppey Railway Station is 5 km from the beach.
Air :Kochin international air port is 85km from Alleppy and Trivandrum International Airport is 159 km .

Alleppey - Back Waters

Alleppey,is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India.
A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was
described as the List of places known as Venice of the East
How to reach :
Road :NH-47 passes through Allepy.From Kochi it is 55km and 37Km from
Rail :Alleppey has recently been linked to Cochin by rail. The Alleppey
Railway Station is 5 km from the central bus stand and the boat jetty.
Houseboat Boat / Motorboat: Alleppey is linked by boat services through the backwaters to Quilon and Changanassery, Kottayam, Cochin, Kumarakom, Kavalam and Chengannur, Kuttanad places.
Air :Kochin international air port is 85km from Alleppy and Trivandrum International Airport is 159 km .

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Western Ghats - Near Kholhapur

The Western Ghats also known as the Sahyadri mountains, is a mountain range in the west of peninsular India. It runs north to south along the western edge of the Deccan Plateau, and separates the plateau from a narrow coastal plain along the Arabian Sea. The range starts near the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra, south of the Tapti River, and runs approximately 1600 km through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of the Indian peninsula. About sixty percent of the Western Ghats are located in the state of Karnataka.
These hills cover 60,000 km² and form the catchment area for a complex of river systems that drain almost 40% of India.The average elevation is around 1,200 meters.The area is one of the world’s ten "Hottest biodiversity hotspots" and has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species and 179 amphibian species. At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats.

Jyotiba Temple

About :Jyotiba Temple is located 14 km north-west of Kolhapur in the Panhala Range,in Maharashtra. It is situated at an altitude of 3124 ft above the sea level.The temple is dedicated to Jyotiba (also Dattatreya), which was formed by the amalgamation of the jyotis (souls) of three gods - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Legend has it that the three gods took the form of Jyotiba to destroy the evil Ratnasur.A large fair held in the temple on the full moon night of the Hindu months of Chaitra and Vaishakh is a major draw.
State buses connect Jyotiba Temple with Kolhapur.
How to Reach :
Air:Nearest airport is Kolhapur at 14-km.
Rail:Nearest Railway station is Kolhapur at 14-km on South Central Railway.
Road :Located 14 km north-west of Kolhapur.

Tarkarli Beach

Tarkarli situated 6 Kms. south of Malvan and 546 kms. away from Mumbai on the west coast of India, is Tarkarli. The major attraction here is the long and narrow stretch of beach, with its pristine waters. On a clear day, you can see the sea-bed through a depth of 20ft. Then, of course, there are the forts, Sindhudurg one of Maharashtra's more popular and important sea forts, built in the 17th century and the famous Padmagarh Fort. While in Tarkarli, make sure to visit the konkan's favorite food restaurant for the delectable cuisine and experience something unusual-staying in MTDC's inviting tents.
How to reach :
Road : Mumbai-Tarkarli, 546 kms.Kolhapur-Tarkarli, 160 kms.Malvan-Tarkarli,7 kms. State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune to Malvan and from Malvan to Tarkarli. Rickshaws are also available from Malvan.
Rail : Nearest railhead is Kudal, 45 kms, on Konkan Railway.
Air : Nearest airport is Mumbai.

Panhala Fort

Panhala situated at an altitude of 977.2m is a fascinating hill station with a rich historical heritage.It was built by King Bhoja between 1178-1209 and is the largest of all Deccan forts. The innermost citadel is enclosed by a strong wall over 7 Km in length fortified by bastions. Panhala's historic fort throws up memories of Chhatrapati Shivaji, It was from here that Shivaji beleaguered for over four months, escaped one rainy night to Vishalgad, while his faithful general Baji Prabhu Deshpande laid down his life holding down the forces of Siddi Johar at a narrow pass, since christened Pavankhind.

How to reach :

Air:Nearest airport is Kolhapur at 20-km.

Rail:Nearest Railway station is Kolhapur at 18-km on South Central Railway.

Road :Bombay-Panhala 428-km via Kolhapur and Kolhapur-Panhala is just 20-km. There are regular buses and luxury coaches that run between Kolhapur and the Panhala Fort. Panhala is located at a distance of 20-km off the Kolhapur-Ratnagiri highway. A direct drive from Mumbai can get one to Panhala in 8 hours.


Sindhudurg is a fortress, which occupies an islet in the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Maharashtra in western India. The fortress lies on the shore of Malvan town of Sindhudurg District in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, south of Mumbai.
The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people & one appreciates imaginative power of Shivaji. In 1664 shivaji erected this fort on 44 acres of land. It took 500 stone splitters & stonebreakers, 200 blacksmiths, 3000 labourers & hundreds of skilled artists who toiled very hard to complete this fort in three years. This is evident from stone inscriptions. Initially 3 K.M. long outer wall (Tat) was built. Average height of wall 10 meter and 2 to 4 meter broad in which liquid lead was used in the foundation.
How to reach :
Air : The airports nearer to Sindhudurg are located at Ratnagiri, Belgaum (Karnataka) and Dabolim (Goa).
Rail : It has good road and rail links with Goa and Bombay. With 7 railway stations, a 103 Km stretch of Konkan Railway line passes through this district.
Road : National Highway 17 also passes through the district.From Malvarn 4Km.There are state government( ST )buses running from Kholhapur,Mumbai,Ratnagiri and Panaji.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Vodarevu Beach


About :A charging and scenic beach,it is a popular weekend getway for those needing a respite from city-life , to escape to the golden sands and sparkling waters.
State : Andhra Pradesh
District : Prakasam District.
How to reach Vodarevu:
Road:Vodarevu Beach is located in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh and is 6 km from Chirala.Number of city busus are available.It is 35 km from Guntur ,70 km from Vijayawada and 70km from Ongole.
Air: The nearest airport is at Gannavaram[Vijayawada].
Rail: Nearest railway station is Chirala on Vijayawada -Chennai main line.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Vijaydurg Fort

Vijaydurg Fort, also known as Victory Fort,is one of the great forts of
Konkan. It was once the stronghold of the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji.
In the 17th century, Shivaji strengthened the fort by adding impressive
features including the triple line of huge walls, numerous towers and the
spacious interior buildings.It was naval-base during the reign of Great
Chattrapati ShivajiState : MaharastraDistrict : Sindhudurg
How to reach: The nearest railhead is Kankavli. Sindhudurg by road is around 100 kms, and Vijaydurg is 425 kms from Mumbai via the Goa highway.From
Kohlhapur 150 Km.Vijaydurg, situated 48kms south of Ratnagiri,
Note : View of Arabian Sea from Vijayadurg fort.

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