Wednesday, November 1, 2017

pattadakal virupaksha temple

pattadakal virupaksha temple

pattadakal virupaksha temple, History, Temples List

Virupaksha Temple

From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built during 7th and 8th Century AD. This temple was built by the Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate the success of her husband, Vikramaditya II over the Kanchi rulers, Pallavas.

Mallikarjuna Temple

This temple was built by the Queen Trilokya Mahadevi, Second wife of  Vikramaditya II during 7th and 8th Century AD. This temple was built to mark Chalukyas victory over Pallavas.

Papanatha Temple

This temple was built during 7th and 8th  century AD. Temple was built in Nagara style which later modified to Dravidian style. Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabarath were carved on the walls of the temple.

Jambulinga Temple

This temple was built in Nagara style. Temple design reflects Hucchimalli Guddi Temple at Aihole

Kashi Visweshwara Temple


Galaganath Temple

From the inscription, it is known that this temple was built at the beginning of 8th Century AD. This temple was built in the lines of Viswa Brahma Temple at Alampur. Temple architecture reflects Nagara Style.

pattadakal virupaksha temple

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Timings, Opening Dates

Area: 87.5 Sq. Km
Altitude: 3658 mt above the Sea level.

History

YearDetails
1931Discovered by 3 British Mountaineers who lost their path.
1939Joan Margaret Legge, A Botanist did research on the flowers.
  
Opening Dates: 1st Jun - 4th Oct.
Best Time to Visit: Jul to Sep.
Opening Timings: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Distance from Govindghat to Valley of Flowers: 11 Km (Approx)

Valley of Flowers Route Planning

From Transportation ModesDistanceTime
JoshimathGovindghatBy Bus20 Km 
GovindghatPulnaBy Sumo3.5 Km 
PulnaGhanghariaBy Walk or By Mule12 Km 
GovindghatGhanghariaBy Helicopter  
Ghangharia
(Accommodation available)
Valley Of flowersBy Walk6 Km for Uphill and 6 km for DownHill3 hours for Uphill
2 hours 30 mins for downhill
Govindghat Altitude: 5500 feet above the sea level
Ghangaria Altitude: 10200 feet above the sea level
The ticket has to be purchased from Ghangharia Ticket Counter by 6:30 am.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grishneshwar Temple

Grishneshwar Temple History

Grishneshwar Temple Timings, Darshan, Pooja details

As per the Legend, Sudharma second wife Dhushma was an ardent devotee of Lord Siva. She used to prepare 101 Siva Lingas daily with the sand nearby the Lake and discharge Lingas after her Pooja. Lord Siva pleased with her devotion and blessed Dhushma with a baby boy. Sudeha, Sudharma's first wife, and Dhushma's Elder Sister got jealous and killed Dhushma's Son and threw him in the lake. Dhushma's despite her sorrow continued with her worship. Impressed Lord Siva revived her son's life and appeared before her. Dhushma pleaded Lord Siva to excuse her Sister's mistakes and requested Lord to remain here. On her request, Lord Siva self-manifested as one of the Jyotirlinga.
This temple was renovated during the reign of Goutamibal followed by Ahilya Devi Holkar during the 18th Century.
Grishneshwar Temple

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati Timings, History, Route information

As per the folklore, Sati Devi daughter of Daksha Prajapati married Lord Siva against her father's wish. Daksha Prajapati decided to perform Yagna in a grand inviting all Devas ignoring Lord Siva. Daksha invited all his family members excluding his dearest daughter Sati Devi. Sati who got the news about this Yagna reached her paternal home. She advised her father not to go against his Son-in-law. Daksha insulted Sati Devi before the invited guests. Angered Sati Devi immolated herself in the Yogagni. Lord Siva who came to know about Sati Devi's death, raised high and ordered Kala Bhairav to destroy the Yagna and Kill Daksha. Kala Bhairav along with Kali and other Deva Ganas destroyed Yagna Place and Killed Daksha. Lord Siva performed Pralaya Thandav (Dane of Destruction) after collecting Sati Devi's corpse. In order to protect the universe, Lord Vishnu sent his Discus and destroyed Sati Devi's corpse into pieces. The broken pieces fell across Indian Subcontinent which later became holy places for worship. These places are called by Sakthi Peetas. The Yoni part of Sati Devi fallen here.

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ranthambore Safari

Ranthambore Safari

Ranthambore Safari Timings, Cost, Online Booking

Ranthambore Safari Booking
MonthMorning SafariEvening Safari
1 Oct – 31 Oct7:00 am to 10:30 am2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
1 Nov to 31 Jan7:00 am to 10:30 am2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
1 Feb to 31 Mar6:30 am to 10:00 am2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
1 Apr to 15 May6:00 am to 9:30 am3:00 pm to 6:30 pm
15 May to 30 Jun6:00 am to 9:30 am3:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Peak Season: Oct - Mar
Best Time to Visit: 1st October to 30th June. Most of the Zones remains closed on other days.

Safari Vehicles

  1. Canter - 20 seater
  2. Gypsy - 6 seater

Ranthambore Safari Tariff

Total 10 Zones are listed in this national park. Tourists mostly prefer Gypsys over Canter. Gypsy is 6 seater and is good for a family.
ZonesVehicles Allowed
Zone 1 – 6Gypsy and Canter
Zone 7 – 10Gypsy
 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve Timings, Ticket cost, Safari details

Best Time to Visit: Oct - Feb. After winter monsoons.
Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. This Nilgiri biosphere spread across Karnataka, TamilNadu and Kerala states. It has recorded highest tiger population in the world. It is estimated that 100 - 105 tigers estimated to live in this national park. Bandipur stretches over an area of 874 Sq. Km. It is estimated that 40,000 Spotted Deers live in this park. This national park is inhabited with Tigers, Leopards, Elephants, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Gaur, Mangoes, Jackals, Wild dogs, Sloth bear, Peacocks etc
It is estimated that 2 Lakh visitors visit Bandipur each year. This area used to be the private hunting area for Mysore Maharajas in 1930's. In 1941, this area was declared as Venugopala wildlife sanctuary. In 1973, this area was declared as the Tiger Reserve forest.
Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Timings, Ticket Cost

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Best Time: Oct to Mar months.
During these months, birds from Siberia, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka reach this place for nesting and breeding. This sanctuary spreads over an area of 30 ha and is located in Kancheepuram district. This sanctuary is inhabited with Cormorants, Egrets, Grey Heron, Open-billed stork, Darter, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Night Herons, Grebes, Grey Pelican, Garganey Teals, Shovellers, Pintails, Stilts, Sandpipers, are Coots and Moorhen.
Viewpoint is available in the sanctuary for the bird watchers.
TicketTicket Cost
Child ( 3- 12 years)Rs.2
AdultRs.5
Video CameraRs.150
Still CameraRs.25

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary

Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary

Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary Timings, Entry fees
Best time to visit: Oct - Jan months. Good time for bird watchers.
This sanctuary open for visitors on all days.
This sanctuary spreads over an area of 17.26 Sq Km. In the year 1967, this area was declared as the wildlife sanctuary to protect Black Bucks. During winter, thousands of flamingos feed on this water. As this area is home to many migratory birds, this is declared as the Ramsar site. Birds begin to arrive in Oct month after the winter monsoon. Olive Ridley sea turtles lay eggs on the beaches here.
This sanctuary is inhabited with Bonnet macaque, Black Buck, Flamingoes, Teals, Sea Gulls, Terns, Plovers, Spotted Deer, Grey Heron, Ducks, White headed Eagles and Stilts. The migrating birds come from far-off lands like Siberia, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for nesting and breeding. Point Calimere has the largest population of Blackbuck in South India.
Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kalakadu Tiger Reserve

Kalakadu Tiger Reserve

Kalakadu Tiger Reserve Timings, Route info
Best Time to Visit: Oct to Jan. This sanctuary remains open for visitors from Oct to Summer months.
Entry Timings: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

This Sanctuary stretches over an area of 251 Sq Km. This Sanctuary is inhabited with Lion tailed Macaque, Langur Monkey, Nilgiri tahr, Sambar, Sloth bear, Gaur, Elephant, Tiger, Flying Squirrel, Panther, wild dog, Pangoline, Wild boar, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar and many other carnivorous, herbivorous and reptiles.Kalakad was declared as the wildlife sanctuary in 1976 to safe guard endangered lion-tailed macaque.
The Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve was established in the year 1988 after combining Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary which is 251 Sq.km and Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary which is 567 Sq.km.
49 fishes, 45 amphibians, 88 reptiles, 337 bird species, 79 mammals were recorded in this sanctuary.
Kalakadu Tiger Reserve

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Safari Timings, Entry fees

Best Time to visit: Sep to May.

Entry fees

Entry forTicket cost
AdultRs.15
Child ( 5 -10 years)Rs.10
Video CameraRs.150
Still CameraRs.25
Jeep SafariRs.135

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Safari Timings

Swaraj Mazda Safari Visiting Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 am and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Park remains open on all days. Private Vehicles are not allowed inside the park. Only forest department vehicles are allowed inside. Jeep safari is not available. All private vehicles have to be parked at the entrance only. Safari Vehicles moves only on the main road.

This sanctuary stretches over an area of 321 Sq.km within which the national Park spreads over an area o 103 Sq. Km. This sanctuary is inhabited by Elephants, Indian Bison, Langur Monkeys, tigers and leopards, Sloth Bear, Python, barking deer, Four- Horned Antelope, Otter, Crocodiles, Giant flying squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Dog.
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Friday, July 28, 2017

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary Timings, Cost, Route info

Best Time to Visit: Apr - Sep months.
Visiting Hours: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is located at an altitude of 2400 mt above the sea level. This wildlife sanctuary stretches over an area of 108 Sq Km. Topslip is located at an altitude of 240 mt above the sea level and is located in the Annamalai hill ranges. Elephant ride is available for the tourists. Two wheelers are not allowed inside the Sanctuary for safety purpose. Four wheelers are allowed inside Sanctuary. Forest Vehicles are also available for the ride inside the Sanctuary. This area was declared as the national park in the year 1989.

Commonly seen animals

Indian Bison, Elephants, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Langur Monkeys, Sambar, Pangolin, Peacocks, Nilgiris Tahr, are commonly sighted in the sanctuary. Lion-tailed macaque, Bonnet macaque, Nilgiris langur, Malabar giant squirrel and Grizzled giant squirrel can be seen here as well.
Advisable to visit Sanctuary in the morning hours so that there is a possibility of animals deer, bisons, hornbills, elephants sightseeing. Tigers are spotted rarely in this sanctuary.

Trekking Inside Forest

Trekking is allowed only for 4 hours with a Tour guide. It cost Rs.70 per person for trekking.


Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Coringa wildlife sanctuary

Coringa wildlife sanctuary

Coringa wildlife sanctuary, Timings, Entry fees

Timings: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Best Time to Visit: Oct - May months.
Location: Kakinada - Yanam Highway. 20 Km from Kakinada.

Birds in the Sanctuary

Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Pied Kingfisher, Small Blue KingFisher, Black Capped KingFisher, Pond Heron, Reef Heron, Grey Heron, Night Heron, Little Stint, Sand Piper, Red Shrank, Red Wattle-Lapwing, Crow Pheasant, Flamingos, Sea Gulls, Purple Heron, Brahmini Kite, Open Bill Stork, Little Cormorant
Many other migrating birds from Europe and Australia reach this sanctuary for reproduction. It is estimated that 78,000 - 88,000 migrating birds build nests for reproduction. As per the recent census, 67 different water birds and 30 other birds are spotted here.
Water living animals Olive Ridley turtles lays eggs, Otter can be seen here. Monkeys, Mongoose, Jackals, wild cats, reptiles are commonly seen here.
Coringa wildlife sanctuary

Friday, July 21, 2017

Haridwar Temples List

Haridwar Temples List

Haridwar Temples List, Timings, Route Information

Haridwar is also called by Gangadwar. Temple will be crowded during Shravan Month. It is said that Kavidi an ardent of Lord Siva performed Abhishek for all Siva Lingas across the country with the Ganga and attained Salvation. Haridwar is the place where River Ganga leaves Himalayan Mountains and enter Plains.
Kumbha Mela will be celebrated once in 12 years. A holy dip in  Ganga during Kumbha Mela will relieve the devotee from rebirth cycle.

Har Ki Pauri

One can find the foot impressions of Lord  Vishnu on the rock here. It is called by Braham Kund as Brahma himself named this Kund. Ganga Aarti will be performed daily in the evening hours.

Mansa Devi Temple

This temple is located on top of Bilwa Parvat.  This is one the Sakthi Peeta where Heart of Sati had fallen here. This temple can be reached by Cable Car.

Haridwar Temples List

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vaishno Devi Temple History, Timings
The three Goddess Maha Lakshmi, Parvathi and Saraswathi collectively created a Sakthi and directed her to protect Dharma on this Earth. The Sakthi took birth as a girl child for Ratnakar and his wife, who were ardent devotees of the Goddesses and named the girl as Vaishnavi. As instructed by Rama, Vaishnavi built an Ashram and started meditating until she joins with Lord Vishnu in Kaliyug. MahaYogi Guru Goraksh Nath who came to know about Goddess Vaishnavi existence on the Earth visited the Ashram with his disciples and Bhairon Nath seeking blessings.
Bhairon Nath attracted to the beauty of Vaishnavi, who is carrying bow and arrows and surrounded by apes and lion. Bhairon Nath chased Vaishnavi to marry her. Vaishnavi escaped from him and reached Banganga, Charan Paduka, Adhkwari and finally reached the holy cave. Angered Goddess beheaded Bhairon, whose head fell distant apart. Bhairon realised the reason for his birth and pleaded for the guilty. Pleased Goddess blessed him with a boon that Yatra will be fulfilled after having Darshan of Bhairon. Goddess transformed herself as a rock with 3 hands.

Vaishno Devi Temple

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple History

As per the Legend,  At Pukar, the capital of the Chola empire, there are two merchants. Kannaki daughter of one of the Merchant got married to Kovalan son of another merchant. Kovalan attracted to a dancer by name Madhavi. Kovalan rejoined his wife after becoming penniless. Kannaki happily accepted her husband and offered him one of her golden anklets for sale. They moved to Madura, the Pandya to start a new life.
Kovalan entered Goldsmith Street attached to the Royal household. King ordered Staff to executed Kovalan on the false theft case. Kovalan was executed and his body laid in a Madura Street. Angered Kannaki reached the King's court and showed them the second anklet. She accused The King him of Killing her innocent husband.
She broke open her other anklet and lot of precious stones spilled out sparkling. Kannaki went out to the streets, tore off her left breast in fury and cursed the city of Madura which started burning immediately.
Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple


Monday, July 3, 2017

Papikondalu Tour Packages

Papikondalu Tour Packages

Papikondalu Tour Packages Cost, Online booking

Day
Places that can be covered
Package Cost
Pickup details
1 Day
Papikondalu Tour
1.      Polavaram Project Site
2.      Gandipochamma Temple
3.      Papikondalu
4.      Perantapalli Temple

Rs.900 for Adult (10+ years)
Rs.650 for Child ( 5 – 10 years)
No fees for Under 5 years.

Include Breakfast, Vegetarian Lunch
Pickup from Rajahmundry
Pickup Time: 7:00 am
Destination: Pochavaram.

Pochavaram to Bhadrachalam by Road.

Departure Time: 7:30 am
Arrival Time: 7:00 pm
1 Day
Bhadrachalam Tour
1.      Gandipochamma Temple
2.      Papikondalu
3.      Perantapalli Ashramam
4.      Perantapalli Temple.
Rs.650 for Adult (10+ years)
Rs.450 for Child ( 5 – 10 years)
No fees for Under 5 years.

Include Breakfast, Vegetarian Lunch
Pickup from Rajahmundry
Pickup Time: 7:30 am
Destination: Rajahmundry

Departure Time: 7:30 am
Arrival Time: 8:30 pm
2 Days

Kolluru Bamboo Huts
1.      Posamma Gandi
2.      Papikondalu
3.      Perantapalli,
4.      Koruturu
5.      Kolluru Camp Site.
Rs.2200 for Adult (10+ years)
Rs.1600 ( 5 – 10 years)
No fees

Include Breakfast, Vegetarian Lunch, Evening Snacks with Tea and Non-Veg dinner. Night stay at Kolluru Bamboo huts with camp fire.
Pickup from Rajahmundry
Pickup Time: 7:30 am
Destination: Pattiseema revu / Polavaram revu / Purushothapatnam revu

From here, it is by Road to Rajahmundry

Departure Time: 7:30 am
Arrival Time: 8:00 pm

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Papikondalu Tour Packages

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Kolleru Lake Eluru

Kolleru Lake Eluru

Kolleru Lake Eluru Andhrapradesh, Tourism

Best Time to Visit: Nov - Mar months
Birds reach Kolleru during Oct month and Leave nests in the Apr month. Around 200 bird species make Kolleru as their Home during this time. Majorly Birds from Australia, Siberia, Egypt and Philippines reaches Kolleru for reproduction.
Kolleru Lake Birds: Spot-billed pelicans, Grey Pelicans, Open Bill Storks, Painted Storks, Glossary Ibises, White Ibises, Teals, Pintails, Shovellers, Red-Crested Pochards, Black-winged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Winged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Pigeons, Gadwalls and Cormorants can be seen here.

Lake Spreads over an area of 673 Sq. kilometers. During the rainy season, the heavy flow from Budameru and Tammileru enters Kolleru Lake. This area was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in Nov 1999.
This is the second largest freshwater lakes in India. Lake is located between the deltas of River Godavari and Krishna.
Kolleru Lake Eluru

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jajpur Biraja temple Orissa

Jajpur Biraja temple Orissa

Jajpur Biraja temple Orissa History, Timings
As per the Legend, Sati daughter of Daksha Prajapati married Lord Siva against his wish. Daksha Prajapati thought of taking revenge for which he decided to perform Yajna. He had invited all Devas excluding Lord Siva. Sati who came to know about Yajna reached her paternal home to advise his father. Daksha insulted her daughter Sati before the guests. Angered Sati Self immolated her in Yogagni. Angered Lord Siva ordered Veerbhadra and Kali to destroy Yajna. Siva Ganas along with Veerbhadra and Kali destroyed the Yajna and Killed Daksha. Lord danced the dance of destruction after collecting Sati's corpse. To stop the universal destruction, Lord Vishnu sent his Chakra and destroyed Sati's body. The body parts spread across Indian Subcontinent. And these places are called Sakthi Peeta's. It is believed that Sati's Limb had fallen here.
Jajpur Biraja temple Orissa

Monday, June 26, 2017

Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple History
The temple was built during the reign of Raja Narasimhadeva in 13th Century AD. Temple architecture reflects Kalinga construction style.
As per the Legend, Sambudu Manasaputra of Lord Krishna got relieved from Leprosy on taking bath at Chandrabhaga. He also recovered the Sun God Idol from the Chandrabhaga Sarovar. Who installed the Idol of Konark and built the temple. Temple was built during 1257 - 1260 AD.
It is stated in Purushottama Mahatya that Lord Vishnu after killing the Demon Gayasura, left his Conch in Puri, Disc in Bhubaneswar, Mace in Jajpur and Lotus in Konark.

The main temple was built 229 ft above the ground. The Portuguese Navy staff using their authorities removed the Vimana Sikara as they believed that magnetic force from the Vimana Sikara was disrupting the Ships movement. As soon as the Vimana Sikara was removed the Gopuras, pillars balanced on the collapsed to the ground.
Konark Sun Temple

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar

Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar

Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar History

From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built during the reign of Yayati Kesari in 7th century AD. This temple was later renovated by Kalinga Bhupati during 13th Century AD.
As per the Legend, Siva once said that Bhubaneshwar (Ekamra Tirtha) stands next to Varanasi. Goddess Parvati in the form of a cowherd started grazing the cattle near this Tirtha. Two demons Kriti and  Vasa wanted to marry Parvati. She asked them to carry on their shoulders. She then crushed them to the ground with her power. Lord Siva created Bindu Sagar Saras to fulfil the thirst of Goddess Parvati. He then self-manifested here as Lingaraja. Bindu Sagar Saras Pushkarini was built in the 9th Century. It is believed that taking a holy dip in this Pushkarini will get the similar benefits of Ganga in Varanasi. Water from this Pushkarini will be used for Abhishek.
This is Padal Peeda Kshetra, where offerings will be made for the ancestors. The temple Gopura is of 180 ft height.
Lingaraja Temple Bhubaneshwar

Friday, June 16, 2017

Kashi Temple Varanasi

Kashi Temple Varanasi

Kashi Temple Varanasi Uttarpradesh History
This temple is one among the 12 Jyotirlingas across the Indian subcontinent and is 9th among them. As per the legend, the holy city was built at the merging point of Rivers Varuni and Asi with the River Ganga, hence the name Varanasi. It is believed that Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati stayed here for some time.
This temple is of 3000 years old. The present form of the temple was built by the ardent devotee Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1777. In the year 1839, Maharaja Ranjeet Singh donated gold to cover the two Gopuras of the temple. Ghats were built during the 18th century.
Ganga Aarti will be performed daily similar to Haridwar. It is said that Adi Sankaracharya, Tulasidas, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swamy Vivekananda, Guru Nanak visited this holy shrine.
Kashi Temple Varanasi

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Baidyanath temple Jharkhand

Baidyanath temple Jharkhand

Baidyanath temple Jharkhand Deoghar
As per the Legend, Ravana thought of bringing Lor Siva to Lanka for permanent for which he performed strict penance. Impressed Lord Siva, handed Atma Linga as he himself can't come and stay at Lanka. Lord Siva instructed Ravana, not to keep Atma Linga on the Earth. Devas prayed Lord Vishnu to stop Ravana reaching Lanka with the Linga. As the Sun was setting, Ravana found a Brahman Cowherd (Lord Vishnu disguised himself) and hand over the Linga and asked him not to keep on the Earth. After three repeat calls, Vishnu kept the Linga on the Earth. Ravana tried hard to remove the Earth. All his efforts went vain and returned to Lanka with empty hands. This is one the 12 Jyotirlingas across India. It is believed that Lord Rama worshipped Lord Siva during Tretayuga.
Baidyanath temple Jharkhand

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Periyar wildlife sanctuary Thekkady

Periyar wildlife sanctuary Thekkady

This area was declared as the National Park in the year 1978. This park stretches over 777 Sq. Km. This Park is one of the major Tiger Reserves in India. It is estimated that there are 40 tigers currently living in this park.
Best Time to visit: Feb - May months. During Summer, wild animals gather near the lake in the morning and evening hours.
During Rainy Season and Winter Season animals are rarely
Elephants, Bisons, Deer, Sambar, Wild Boars, Wild Dogs are commonly noticed around the lake. Great Pied Hornbill, Osprey, Parakeets, Ospreys, Racket-tailed Drongos can be seen here.
This lake which got formed due to Dam construction serves wild animals. Boating is available in this Lake right from 7:30 am. It is 1 hour 30 mins trip across the lake.

Periyar wildlife sanctuary Thekkady

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple Mantralayam

Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple Mantralayam

It is believed that Guru Raghavendra did penance here for Panchamukhi Anjaneya for 12 years. Impressed Lord Anjaneya appeared before Raghavendra Swamy with Panchamukha namely Varaha, Garuda, Narasimha, Hayagreeva and Anjaneya. It is after Lord Anjaneya Darshan that Sri Raghavendra entered Jeeva Samadhi.
It is said that Kolhapur Mahalakshmi, Lord Venkateswara, Lord Vishnu in Kurmavathar offered darshan to Sri Guru Raghavendra.
As per the Legend, during Tretayuga, Anjaneya visited this place while rescuing Rama and Lakshmana from Mahiravana. It is believed that Anjaneya entered the cave near Erukalamba temple to reach Mahiravana. There is a foot impression of Lord Hanuman outside the temple.
Temple will be crowded on special days such as Hanuman Jayanthi, Tuesdays, Sundays, No moon day and Pournami day. The huge rock structures near to the temple were used by Lord Anjaneya as the Bed and Pillow during his stay.
Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple Mantralayam

Thursday, June 8, 2017

omkareshwar temple

Omkareshwar temple

Omkareshwar Temple History
Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas across India. Temple is located on the Banks of the River Narmada. It is believed that the devotee will be relieved from rebirth cycle on taking a holy dip in Koti Tirtha and having Lord Omkareshwar Darshan. The sanctity of this Kshetra was mentioned in Siva Purana and Skanda Purana. It is believed that Lord Siva blessed Goddess Narmada to stay at his feet always. It is said that Sage Narada praised the holiness of the hill Meru before the Devas. On hearing this the Hill Vindhyachal did penance of Lord Siva and requested the Lord to self-manifest here as Jyotirlinga.
From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple is of 2000 years old and was renovated by the ardent devotee King Mandhata. It is believed that Lord Siva blessed Raja Mandhata at this place.
Gomukh Ghat is located between Vishnu Puri and Brahma Puri and the rivulet joins River Narmada, it is called by Kapila Sangamam.

omkareshwar temple

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Munnar hill station

Munnar hill station

Munnar hill station Weather, Route map

Mattupetty

Mattupetty Dam is 13 km from Munnar and is at an altitude of 1700 m above the sea level. Mattupetty Dam is a storage concrete gravity Dam built in the mountains, to conserve water for hydroelectricity. Speed boating is available in Kundala lake at Mattupetty Dam. The reservoir is known to be one of the visiting grounds of elephants in the region.

Pothamedu

Pothamedu View Point is 6 km from Munnar town. Tea, coffee and cardamom plantations view is available from here. Pothamedu View Point provides a panoramic view of Munnar town, adjoining valleys and Muthirapuzha River.

Devikulam

The Devikulam Lake is located at an altitude of 1000 mt above the sea level and was called by Sita Devi Lake. This place is 13 km from Munnar town.  As per the Legend, Goddess Sita took bath in this lake during their stay.

Pallivasal

Sethuparvati Arch Dam created the Kundala Lake as part of the Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project in 1946.

Attukal

This place is 9 km from Munnar Town and falls on the way to Pallivasal. Water falls from mountain cliffs attracts the tourists. Best time to visit: Jun - Sep ie. right after the monsoon.

Nyayamakad Waterfalls

Nyayamakad Waterfalls is another interesting tourist spot which is 10 km from Munnar Town. It falls on the way to Rajamala Nyayamakad from Munnar town. Water flow the hill from a height of 1600 mt.


Munnar hill station

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kodaikanal Tourism Top Places

Kodaikanal Tourism

Kodaikanal Tourism, Tour packages and Top places

Kodaikanal Lake

This artificial lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge.
Timings: 9:00 am - 6: 00 pm.
Motor Boats, Rowboats and Pedal boats are available for boating. Horse riding is also available at the entrance.

Coakers Walk

It is a walking path on the edges of the valley. Admission Rs 2, Camera Rs. 5.
Entry fees: Admission Rs 2, Camera Rs. 5Time: 7 Am To
Opening Timings: 7 am - 7 pm)
Early hours is preferable as passing through mist will be memorable. There is an astrophysics Observatory with entry fees Rs. 3. A telescope is available for the spectacular valley view in the midway. Entry is allowed for either end ie. Near Greenlands Youth Hostel Or Villa Retreat, and it is 5 mins walk along the path.

Berijam Lake

Nature Lovers must not miss the lake visit during the trip. This lake is 23 km from Kodai Bus station. Boat riding is available in this Lake. Permission is required for the entry. This lake got created by a dam.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Ooty Hill station Tamilnadu

Ooty Hill station Tamilnadu

Mountain Train (Toy Train) from Coonoor to Ooty

Toy train departs from Mettupalayam at 7:10 am and reaches Ooty by 12:00 pm. From Coonoor, Trains are available at regular intervals 7:45 am, 10:40 am, 12:35 pm and 4:30 pm.
First Class Ticket cost Rs.325 and Second class it is Rs.30. It is 3 hours 35 mins ( approx) from Mettupalayam to Ooty) and vice versa.

Coonoor attractions

Places to visit in Coonoor are Sim's Park, Lamb's Rock, Dolphin's Nose, Wellington, Ketti Valley NearOoty, Law's Falls, Droog Fort, Kotagiri near Ooty and Catherine Falls (falls from 300 ft high). Coonoor is 18 km from Ooty and 71 km from Coimbatore.

Doddabetta Peak

The highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills which is at an altitude of 2660 m above the sea level. The major part of Ooty can be visible from this point. It has 36 hairpin bends while going up.

Ooty Hill station Tamilnadu

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Badrinath temple history

Badrinath temple history

As per the legend, While Lord Vishnu performing Seva to the Goddess Lakshmi, Sage Narada compared His doings with the humans. Disturbed Lord Vishnu sent his wife Lakshmi to Pathala Loka. Lord Vishnu came down to the Earth. Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati found the boy crying at their doorstep. Lord Siva and Parvati took the boy inside the home. While going out, Goddess Parvati asked the boy to stay inside the home. The boy then locked the doors from inside and made the stay as his abode. On seeing this, Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati moved to Kedarnath for the stay. Goddess Lakshmi took the form of a Badari tree to protect Lord Vishnu, who was in penance. Hence the name Badarinath, later called by Badrinath as time passes by.
The temple located at an altitude of 3133 mt above the sea level and was built in 8th century AD.
It is believed that Lord Krishna and Arjuna stayed here for some time during Vanavasa period. This is the place where the Hanuman tested Bhima's strength and crushed the ego. It is one of the temples of Chardham.
Badrinath temple history