Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shirdi Temple Opening Closing Hours

Shirdi Temple Opening Closing Hours

Events/ Poojas
4:00 am – 4:15 am
Temple opening Hours
5:40 am – 11:15 pm
Darshan available
11:15 am – 1:00 pm
No Darshan during this time
11:30 am onward
Dwarakamai Dhuni Pooja
12:00 pm -12:30 pm
Harathi Timings
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Baba Darshan available
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
No Darshan during this time
6:00 pm – 6:20 pm
Dhoop Harathi
6:20 pm – 10:00 pm
Darshan available
10:00 pm – 11:15 pm
Darshan will be stopped for temple activities.
11:15 pm
Temple closing Time
Shirdi Temple Opening Closing Hours

Sunday, January 29, 2017

talupulamma talli temple

talupulamma talli temple

Temple is dedicated to Goddess Sakthi. In earlier days, this place was called by Loya which later transformed to Lova. This temple is surrounded by thick forest. This temple is of 300 yea old. Devotees used to offer prayers for Ganapati at Kailasagiri. 
As per the Legend, During Kruta Yuga, Mount Meru started growing bigger which affected Sun God Chariot path. Worried Sage approached Sage Agastya for the rescue. Agastya informed Meru that he was on Pilgrimage to South and asked him not grow till he returns. Sage Agastya created Pathala Ganga and offered prayers for Sun God. While Sage resting under the tree, Goddess Lalitha Ambika appeared in the Loya and told him that she was roaming in this forest to eradicate evils. Sage Agastya offered prayers and requested Goddess to stay at this place for human welfare. On his request Goddess self-manifested here Talpulamma. 

talupulamma talli temple

Monday, January 23, 2017

Vemulawada Rajanna Temple History

Vemulawada Rajanna Temple History

This temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and the main deity is called by the name Raja Rajeshwara who resides here with his consort Raja Rajeshwari. Lord Raja Rajeshwara and Goddess Raja Rajaeswari appeared in the dreams of Raja Narendra and instructed on the temple location who later built the temple. This temple was built during the reign of Raja Narendra and installed Lord Siva in this temple. King Raja Narendra, the Great Grandson of Arjuna, got relieved from the curse of killing Sage's son by taking a holy dip in the temple tank, Dharmagundam. 
From the inscriptions, it is known that Vemulawada Chalukyas ruled this region by making this place as the capital during 750 AD and 973 AD. This temple received huge contributions from Chalukyas. 
Vemulawada Rajanna Temple History

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wayanad Tourist Places

Wayanad Tourist Places

Chembra Peak

Good for trekking. It is the highest peak point in this region and is 2100 mt above the sea level. Special permission required from DTPC Wayanad. It takes one complete day to reach top and bottom. This peak falls on the south of Wayanad and is close to Meppadi. The lake on the top is of Heart Shape.


Another trekking point located in Southeast of Wayanad. This place is reachable from Kalpetta and Sultan Bathery. Meenmutty falls is visible from this peak. It's the Right place for photography and sightseeing with greenery all around and valley in the foreground.

Meenmutty waterfalls

Meenmutty Falls is approachable from Kalpetta which is 29 km away. It is of three-layered and falls from a height of 290 mt. It is 2 km walk to reach the falls. The falls can be reached from Wayanad-Ooty road. It is advisable to visit falls during Winter or Summer season.

Banasura Sagar Dam

ThisHydro Electricity dam is located close to Karalad Lake and in the Southern part of Wayanad. Another interesting place for trekkers. Trekking is allowed to the peak of Banasura Sagar Dam. One can see islands in between which were formed due to the water levels in the reservoir. Boating is available at this place.

Wayanad Tourist Places

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nandi Hills Chikkaballapur

Nandi Hills Chikkaballapura

Interesting places at Nandi Hill

Visiting Hours: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. Temple is located in the foothills.   The "Bhoga Nandeeshwara" shrine located in the North was built during the reign of Banas in 9th Century AD, later renovated by Cholas in 11th century AD, Hoyasalas and Vijayanagara Emperors.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple

It is believed that Yoga Nandeeshwara performed penance on this hill. This temple was built during the reign of Cholas. There will not be any Poojas at this temple.

Temple Tank called by Amrita Sarovar. Where Amrita means Nectar, Sarovar means Pond. Water never dries in this tank. Tourists can spend their time in the Park surrounding the tank. Nandi Hills Chikkaballapura

Tippu Sultan fort

Haidar Ali started the fort construction later completed the work by Tippu Sultan. The fort called by Nandi Durga. The fort was built on 90 acres of land and is 4851 feet above the sea level.

Tippu Drop

Tippu used to implement death punishment by dropping Priosers from this point.

Birth of Palar River

River Palar takes its birth on the eastern of the Nandi Hills.

Birth of River Arkavati

Origin of River Arkavati lies on the South-West of the Nandi Hills.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Magadi Ranganathaswamy Temple History

Magadi Ranganathaswamy Temple History

As per the Legend, It is Sage Mandavya who installed Lord Paschima Venkatachalapathy and performed strict penance at this Kshetra. Hence the name, Mandavya Kshetra. The main deity in this temple is facing West, Hence the name Paschima Venkatchalapathy. Magadi is also called as Dakshina Tirupathi which means South Tirupathi.
It is said that Lord Ranganatha Swamy statue size is growing year by year, so the deity called by Beleyo RanganathaSwamy. Abhishekam performed to the Self-manifested Salagrama Sila will not be seen after Abhishekam. 
This temple was built during the reign of the King Rajendra Chola in the 12th century. Later, renovated during the reign of Vijayanagara dynasty. The present form of the temple was built by the King Kempe Gowda. Later Kempe Gowda I and II contributed towards the temple. Temple Gopuram was built in Dravidian style while the deity inside the temple reflects Vijayanagara Empire style.

Magadi Ranganathaswamy Temple History

Tirumala Tourist Places

Tirumala Tourist Places

Japali Theertham

Distance from Tirumala Temple: 4.6 km away
Timings: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Temple is dedicated to Anjaneya Swamy. A holy bath in this Theertham will be relieved from fear and black magic.

How to reach Japali Theertham?

The direct bus/ Private Jeep/ Taxis are available from bus station to Japali Theertham entrance. From Entrance, it is a walk on the steps which takes another 35 mins.

Akasa Ganga Theertham

Perennial falls flow through the rocks. The water from this Theertham is used for Lord Venkateswara Abhishekam.
Distance from Tirumala Temple: 4.3 km
Visiting Hours: 4:00 am - 8:00 pm

How to reach Akasa Ganga Theertham?

The direct bus/ Private Jeep/ Taxis are available from Bus station to the entrance. From the entrance, it is a walk down the steps to reach the falls. It takes 5 mins to reach down.


Distance from Tirumala Temple: 6.4 km away
A holy bath in this will free us from all sins.
Visiting Hours: 4:00 am - 8:00 pm

How to reach Papavinasanam?

The direct bus/ Private Jeep/ Taxis are available from the bus station to Papavinasanam. From the entrance, it is a little walk to the Theertham.

Chakra Theertham

Distance from Tirumala Temple: 2 km away.
Lord Vishnu created this Theertham with his disc.
Visiting Hours: 4:00 am - 8:30 pm

How to reach Chakra Theertham?

The direct bus/ Private Jeep/ Taxis are available from Bus station to the Theertham.
Tirumala Tourist Places

Tirupati Tourist Places

Tirupati Tourist Places

S.V.Zoological Park, Tirupati

Distance from Bus station: 10.1 km away

Zoo Park Timings

MonthOpening HoursOpening DaysClosing days
Mar - Aug8:30 am – 5:30 pmMon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and SunTue
Sep -  Feb9:00 am – 5:00 pmMon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and SunTue

Entry Ticket cost

Entry forTicket cost
4 WheelerRs.250
Video CameraRs.100
Still CamerRs.20

Lion Safari Ticket cost

Entry forTicket cost

Zoo park by battery Car

Entry forTicket cost
Time to cover the Zoo Park: 2 hours 30 mins - 3 hours by walk. It is advisable to walk in the Zoo park.

Interesting places

  1. Lion Safari
  2. Bengal Tiger
  3. White Tiger and it's cubs

How to reach this place?

By Bus

  1. Board bus from Tirupati bus station to Chandragiri and get down at Pudipatla Junction.

By Own Vehicle

  1. It takes 25 mins by Own Vehicle.

Regional Science Center

Distance from Bus station: 5.7 km away
Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Planetarium, Equipment explaining Physics and Chemistry.
3D Show Timings:  11:30 am - 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Daily Show
Entry Fee for 3D show: Rs.20 

How to reach this place?

By Bus

  1. Please get down at Alipiri from where it is walkable.

By Own Vehicle

  1. It takes 20 mins from Bus station.
Tirupati Tourist Places

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mallalli Falls Coorg

Mallalli Falls Coorg

Mallalli Falls located at the foot of the Pushpagiri hills. This fall was fed by the River Kumaradhara river and falls from a height of 200 ft. The fall from the height creates a scenic view. Water falls into a gorge surrounded by lush green mountains. It is the right place for trekkers with mesmerising beauty around. Best time to visit falls is during monsoon season during this time water flow will be high. Pushpagiri also called by Kumara Parvata on which the famous Kukke Subramanya temple is located.

Visiting Hours: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mallalli Falls Coorg

Iruppu Falls Coorg

Iruppu Falls Coorg

Legend date back to Ramayana times, Rama and Lakshman in search of Sita arrived here and Lakshman created this fall on shooting an arrow to fill Rama's thirsty. It is believed that taking a holy bath in this fall clear the Sins. Thousands of devotees take bath during Sivaratri day. The falls here drop from a height of 60 ft. 

Places nearby Iruppu Falls

  1. Nagarahole Tiger park which opens from 6:30 - 6:30 pm is 45 km away.
  2. Madikeri is 80 km from this place. 
  3. Talakaveri , origin of the river Cauvery
Iruppu Falls Coorg

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Coorg tourism Madikeri

Coorg tourism Madikeri


Grasslands on top of the hill. This place is adjacent to Dubare Elephant camp.

Raja's Seat

Raja used to stay here during their visit. Park is developed at this place.


Tombs of Kings, Royal Priest, Commanders are located here.

Abbey Falls

Falls located 7 km from Madikeri. This falls is located in the mid of private coffee plantation. This is perennial falls and flows high during Rainy Season.

Coorg Tourism at Tala Kaveri

River Kaveri Originate from this place. Temple is located to mark the birth of the River. Brahmagiri hill trekking is another important aspect at this point. Forest department planted the trees on this hills. This place is 44 km from Madikeri.

Mallalli Falls

A Little walk is required to reach this falls. One has to get down vertically to reach this falls. It is not advisable for the children. A separate vehicle is required.

Thadiyandamol Trekking Bette 

Interesting tourist spot for Trekkers. Good view during the winter season.

Coorg Tourism at Nagarahole

Nagarahole Tiger park

Coorg tourism Madikeri

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Shivanasamudra falls Mandya

Shivanasamudra falls Mandya

Distance from Bengaluru: 128 km
Distance from Mysore: 118 km
Best Time to visit: During Monsoon Jul - Sep, when the river rises high. Oct, Nov and Dec is a good time for boating

Route map to Shivanasamudra falls

  1. From Bangalore to Nice road
  2. Nice Road to Kanakpura
  3. Kanakapura to Malavalli
  4. Malavalli to Shivanasamudra
Island at Shivasamudra splits the River Cauvery into two streams. River Cauvery falls from a height of 75 mt into a deep gorge and creates two streams Gaganachukki and the Bharachukki, which are 1 km apart. These two streams pass through the rocky hills and create a scenic beauty for the visitors.
View at Gaganachukki resembles a large horsetail which drops from a height of 90 mt. Hydroelectricity plant was established down the falls in the year 1906. Visitors are not allowed to go near the falls.
Barachukki which is 1 km apart falls from a height of 70 mt forming several streams through the wide rocky formations establishing superb natural beauty. Visitors will have the close view of the falls by Theppa (Boat). This falls surrounded by hill forests of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. 
Shivanasamudra falls Mandya

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sangama Falls Kanakapura

Sangama Falls Kanakapura

Distance from Bengaluru: 93 km
Journey Time: 3 hours
Visiting Hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Route map Sangama Falls

  1. Bengaluru to Kanakapura
  2. Head Straight on Kanakapura - Sangama Road
  3. Kanakapura - Sangama Road to the Sangama Falls.
Sangama is the amalgamation of 2 holy rivers Arkavati and Kaveri. From here on, the strength of the flow increases. To view the maximum flow, it is good to visit during Oct / Nov / Dec months. During Summer, Visitors can get into the water and can spend time here. Information boards at the falls display the presence of crocodiles. Not advisable to go deep during summer as well. 
Sangama Falls Kanakapura

Chunchi Falls Kanakapura

Chunchi Falls Kanakapura

Distance from Bengaluru: 83 km
Journey Time to the falls: 2 hours 30 mins.

Route map to Chunchi Falls

  1. Bengaluru to Kanakapura.
  2. Continue on Kanakapura - Sangam Road for another 15 km, where arch can be seen on the left side.
  3. From the arch, it is 5 km drive inside.
  4. 1 km easy trekking to the falls.
It falls on the way to Sangama and Mekedatu. It is the rivulet of River Arakavati which joins Cauvery at Sangama. Water flow through the rocky hills with mesmerising beauty.

Accommodation and Food

There is no decent accommodation near to the falls. Small Village is 3 km from the falls. It is advised to carry own food as there are no stalls near the falls.

Best Time to Visit:

Flow will be high during Rainy season ie. Oct, Nov and Dec month. Almost dry during Summer Seasons. Minimal flow during Summer days. Not advisable to go near the falls.
Chunchi Falls Kanakapura

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bull Temple Basavanagudi

Bull Temple Basavanagudi

Bull Temple is popular by the name Dodda Basavana Gudi, where Dodda means Big in Kannada.This temple was built by the King Kempe Gowda in 1537 AD. Temple architecture reflects Dravidian style. Nandi vehicle for Lord Siva is of 4.5 mt in height and 6.5 mt in length.
As per the Legend, Bull used to graze on the groundnut fields daily. One day farmer saw the bull grazing on the fields and hit the bull. The bull then turned into the statue. The bull statue started growing large, to stop growing a trident was placed on the head. Farmer used to offer their first ground nuts crop every year and this festival called by the name Kadalekai Parishe. Kadalekai Parishe festival will be celebrated on first Monday and Tuesday in Karthika Masam,
Bull Temple Basavanagudi

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Nava Kailasam Temples History

Nava Kailasam Temples History

As per the Legend, During the Lord Siva and Paravati Devi Wedding, sages started gathering at Mount Kailash. Due to the mass gathering, North region went down and South region moved up. To balance the Earth, Lord Siva asked Sage Agasthya to stay at South so that it can be balanced. Sage Romasa disciple of Sage Agasthya expressed his wish to install Siva Lingas at this place. Sage Agasthya asked him to leave 9 Lotus flowers in the river Thamirabarani and install Siva Linga at the place where the Lotus touches the bank. Hence, Nine Siva Lingas were installed at Nine different Places by Sage Romasa as instructed by his master.

Papanasam Temple

Due to the heavy crowd of sages at Mount Kailash attending the wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathy, Earth lost its balance. Lord Shiva called Sage Agasthya to go to Pothigai Hills in the South and to balance the Earth level as his single weight was enough for the purpose equaling the weight of the millions of Rishis at Mount Kailash then.

Nava Kailasam Temples History

maredumilli forest trip

maredumilli forest trip

  1. Coffee Plantations and Pepper Plantation - 3  km from Maredumilli Entrance
  2. Amruthadhara and Swarnadhara Waterfalls - 7 km from Maredumilli. Amruthadhara Falls is of 30 mt high and Swarnadhara for 15 mt high.
  3. Pine Trees - 15 km from Maredumilli entrance.
  4. Jungle Star Night Camp - 7 km from Maredumilli
Visiting Hours: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Entry Fees for each place: Rs.10 per adult and Rs.10 per Chid above 5 years. Free entry for the child under 5 years.

It takes 8 hours to cover all the places in the forest. Two wheelers and Four Wheelers are allowed inside. No separate fees to be paid for the vehicles. No parking fees for the vehicles. Restaurant available inside for the tourists. After Pine Trees, the route continues to Bhadrachalam. Special permission is required from this point. 
maredumilli forest trip

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

bhadrachalam temple history

bhadrachalam temple history

As per the Legend, Lord Rama stayed with His consort and brother Lakshman at this place during their Vanavasam. Sage Bhadra performed strict penance for Lord Rama on the banks of River Godavari and requested Lord reside on top of his head. Impressed Rama promised the Sage that his wish will be fulfilled while on his way back with His consort Sita and left the place. Sage continued his penance as his wish was not fulfilled in Rama Avatar. Lord Vishnu appeared before the Sage in Rama Avatar with His consort Sita and Brother Lakshman. Hence the Utsava deity having Shanku (Conch) on his right hand. holding Chakra (Disc) on his left hand and Bow and arrow with the remaining two hands. Lord Rama self-manifested here with His consort Sita on his lap and Brother Lakshmana on top of Bhadra Hill. Hence, the place popular by the name Bhadrachalam.
bhadrachalam temple history

Monday, January 2, 2017

Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple

Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple

Temple is one of the 18 Sakthi Peetas in India. As per legend, Prajapati Daksha daughter Sati Devi married Lord Siva. Prajapati had rivalry with Lord Siva and started acting against Siva. Daksha decided to perform Yajna and invited all Gods and Goddess, leaving Lord Siva. Sati visited her maternal house, though she was not invited. Daksha insulted Sati with his acts and words. Angered Sati immolated herself in the Yogagni. Angered Siva ordered Veerabadhra who took birth from his anger to kill Daksha. Veerabadhra along with Kali and other Siva Ganas destroyed Yagna and slayed Prapati Daksha. Lord Siva on collecting Sati's body performed Pralaya Thandavam. Lord Vishnu to stop the destruction destroyed Sati's body with his Disc. The disc broke the corpse into 18 pieces which fell across the Indian subcontinent. It is believed that Sati's eyes fallen here.
Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mandapalli Temple History Timings

Mandapalli Temple History Timings

As per the Legend, Lord Indra Killed the demon Kartaba with the weapon (Vajrayudha) made out of Sage Dadichi's spinal cord. In revenge for his father's death, demons Pippala and Aswatha conducted a war. Sage Agasthya and others approached Saneswara for the defence. Sages offered their divine power to Shani Bhagawan. The battle between the demons and Shani went for a year and killed them at the end. Saneswara Bhagavan installed and worshipped Lord Siva to get rid of Brahma Hatya dosha.
It was mentioned in the Markandeya Purana that whoever performs Thailabhishekam for Siva at this temple will be relieved from Shani Dosha. Devotees used to perform Poojas for Nageswara Lingam to get rid of Naga Dosha. This Linga was installed and worshipped by the Serpent Karkotaka. Brahmeswara Lingam was installed by Lord Brahma. Sage Gouthama installed Venugopala Swamy as the Kshetra Palaka.
Shani Trayodasi, Masa Sivaratri and Maha Sivaratri will be celebrated in a grand. Devotees used to perform Abhishekam for Lord Siva with gingelly oil. Shani Trayodasi occurs twice in four months.
Mandapalli Temple History Timings