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Kappad Beach Kerala- the historic beach where Vasco-da-Gama landed!

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Locally known as Kappadavu, Kappad beach is one of the main attractions of Kozhikode. A lush, serene beach shaded by inland palm trees, it has golden sands.

Locally known as Kappadavu, Kappad beach is one of the main attractions of Kozhikode. A lush, serene beach shaded by inland palm trees, it has golden sands. Kappad is that beach on which the Portuguese navigator, Vasco-Da-Gama kept his foot when he arrived in Kerala, way back in the year 1498. This also led to the beginning of Portuguese influence in Kerala and Goa. Tourists can even spot colorful birds like sunbirds, drongos, egrets, and parakeets.

 

Enjoy Backwater Tours in Kerala with Chithari Backwaters

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Popular for its backwaters, this place is a visited by hordes of tourists. Chithari Beach is immensely beautiful with wide sandy shores lined by lush trees.

Chithari is a picturesque place located 5 km from Kasargod, the land of Mosques, Churches, and temples. It is placed in the north of Kerala. The place is among the most beautiful in the state with beaches, hills, backwaters, and forts. Chithari is famous for a tiny tropical island, a wide sandy beach, and the emerald lagoon.

Popular for its backwaters, this place is a visited by hordes of tourists. Chithari Beach is immensely beautiful with wide sandy shores lined by lush trees. It is unbelievably immaculate, making you feel as if you have entered an enchanted land. If you are in for some peaceful time away from urbanization and crowds swarming beaches, this place will satisfy you. It is yet to be fully explored so there won’t be too many tourists.

The beach is known for the historical fort placed at its borders, called Bekal fort. Although it is now ruined, it is still the perfect place for some calm moments in nature’s arms. You can reach the island via boats and you might even find boatmen sitting there ready to escort you towards the island. The area is being endorsed as part of the Bekal Tourism Project. It will soon become one of the hottest tourist spots.

Cruises from Chithari

Valiyaparamba and Chandragiri are the major cruise alternatives in the state and both can be reached from this place, thus making it a frequently visited backwater area.
The Chandragiri backwater cruises begin near Chandragiri Bridge.

Prime Attractions

 

Kappil Beach

It is at a distance of 2kms from the Bekal Fort. Kodi Cliff close by offers panoramic glimpses of the picturesque Arabian Sea, 2 km from Pulikunnam Temple.

Tejaswini-Valiyaparamba Backwaters

These are only 20 km away from the Bekal fort. They are among the most picture-perfect backwaters in the state. This backwater stretch is contributed by 4 rivers and spotted with many small islands. The popular location offers magical boat cruises.

Kanwatheratha Beach

Three kilometers away from Manjeeswaram, what makes this beach so appealing is the formation of the sea that resembles a giant swimming pool.

Possadi Gumpe

It is at a distance of 15kms from Bekal. It is ideal for picnics, with its location being on a little hill 1060 feet above the sea level.

Kanhangad/Hosdurg: Popular for its forts constructed by Somashekkara Nayak, this is a must-see location. Another famous landmark here, the Nithyananda ashram, is an internationally acclaimed spiritual center. It is only 15kms from Bekal’s south.

Cheruvathur

Remains of a Dutch Fort which was constructed in the 1700s can be viewed on the Veeramal Hills.

Kottancherry

It is 30kms from Chithari. Placed near the Cauvery this tranquil area is a favorite among nature lovers and environmentalists. The nearby region of Konnakkad is the ideal place for trekking, with the rainforest and leafy surroundings found there.

Tulur Vanam

This is also called Kekulom, or the eastern place. It is located 4 km in Panathur’s east. The temple found here sanctifies Bhagavathi and Kshetrapalan. The annual festival that lasts 8 days starting from Sivarathri, welcomes huge crowds from across the district and from Coorg.

Pandiyan Kallu

It’s a rock rising out of the sea around 2 km away from Trikkannad Temple. It is the perfect spot for swimmers. If we go by the legends, the ship of a Pandiya King who assaulted the temple was transformed into a rock.

Nileswaram

It is the artistic center of Kasaragod. It was Nileswar Rajas’ seat. The place is also popular for its plenty of temple, shrines, festivals and most of all the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Center that offers renewal therapy along with naturopathy treatments such as herbal baths and mud baths.

Bekal Fort

The fort is 14kms away from Kasargod’s south. This place is 3 centuries old and is among the biggest and most preserved forts of the state. This prominent circular formation rises 130 feet above sea level. It is placed on a 35-acre cape which runs into the Arabian Sea. A beach called Bekal Beach is a km away. It offers fascinating glimpses of this fort and also has lots of facilities for relaxation and recreation.

kerala Backwater Destinations: Alappuzha – Kochi cruise

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Cruise leisurely through the canals in Kuttanad, popularly known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala, which is fringed by palm groves and paddy fields.

Are you a tired of exploring God’s Own Country on foot? How about enjoying the comforts of a luxurious backwater cruise? You can hire a houseboat in Alappuzha, also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Cruise leisurely through the canals in Kuttanad, popularly known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala, which is fringed by palm groves and paddy fields.

From Kumarakom, one of the prime tourist attractions of Kerala to Vaikom, you witness a veritable world of wonders. Here this cluster of islands, has a life of its own, with its own slow, serene rhythm. The sights, sounds, and fragrances will simply surround and captivate you.

En route to Vaikom, the Vembanad Lake offers you sights of the rustic backwater village life. Your eyes will never tire of feasting on the green shores on both sides, throbbing with vigor and pure natural beauty. The soft sunlit water enchants you as the palm trees on both shores beckon you with gentle whispers in the wind. You know in your soul that this magnificent sight will remain with you for the rest of your life.

Then comes, Pathiramanal, seemingly afloat in the middle of the backwaters has many interesting myths surrounding this region. Next is Thanneermukkom, a village known for its Salt Water Barrier, popularly known as Thanneermukkom Bund. It is the largest mud regulator in India. Travelling through this region and savoring some delicious Kerala snacks is a marvelous experience.

Then to Kumbalangi via Thykkattussery, a small village surrounded by coconut groves and paddy fields, enchanting components of the backwater life. The first sight that welcomes you to Kumbalangi is that of the majestic Chinese fishing nets lining the sides of the backwaters. Pokkali cultivation, a traditional indigenous method of cultivation in which the practice of harvesting paddy is followed by prawn filtration, is a unique farming practice followed in Kumbalangi.

Having journeyed through the breezy backwaters of Kumbalangi, the cruise proceeds to Fort Kochi, known for its share of Chinese fishing nets and numerous historic sites. The place is worth exploring on foot if one is up for it. However, the sights from on board the houseboat are also fascinating. Bidding adieu to Fort Kochi, let us steer towards the Bolghatty Island.

The panoramic view of the mainland of Ernakulam city, its skyline and the shipyard on the eastern side makes you unwind. Lose yourself to the soothing breeze and the reassuring touch of sunlight.

The memory of this cruise will definitely be etched in your mind and will surely tug at your heartstrings and stir your soul for all the years to come.
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Kerala Destinations, not to be missed scenic locations & natural beauty!

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Kerala, famous for hills, backwaters, beaches, waterfalls, wildlife, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine.

Kerala has an endless list of tourist destinations that will interest any traveler. Renowned for its scenic locations and natural beauty, Kerala is sure to enchant any nature lover with its hills, backwaters, beaches, waterfalls, and wildlife. The state also has a rich heritage and thriving culture one can explore by visiting the various forts, palaces, museums, monuments and pilgrim centers. Both natural and manmade brilliance await you at every turn.

Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds, and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. It’s hard to deny Kerala’s liberal use of the slogan ‘God’s Own Country’.

Such a small terrain can hold diverse geographical features and cultures is a wonder in itself. You can enjoy Kerala Sightseeing Tour with its-

  1. Backwaters
  2. Beaches
  3. Forts and Palaces
  4. Monuments
  5. Museums
  6. Hills
  7. Wildlife
  8. Waterfalls
  9. Pilgrim Centers
  10. Picnic Spots

Wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land known as Kerala is truly a destination of a lifetime.

Amer Fort- the best tourist attraction of Jaipur with unexpected beauty and charm.

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The Amer fort stands on the rocky hill of Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) that overlooks the Jaipur and situated next to the Maota Lake.

India is a land of rich cultural heritage. The nation has been ruled by many rulers who have left their mark in the history of our nation. You can find big forts and other monuments that are an emblem of ancient architecture and also showcase the strength of the rulers of that era. When we are talking about forts then Amer Fort holds its own significance. This fort was built in 16th century by Maan Singh, who was the trusted general of Akbar. Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amber Fort and is an important tourist destination. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard.

The fort has been carved out of white and red sandstone and is exemplary when it comes to construction. The Fort exemplifies the amalgamation of Rajput and Hindu style of architecture and the embellishments implicate the amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim style.

The key source of attraction in this fort is the carving on the roof. You can easily find paintings of ancient hunting styles, large and small portraits of the Rajput rulers. Apart from having picturesque architecture, the fort also has many other buildings that perfectly complement the fort construction, some of the popular parts of the Amer Fort include Diwan-e-Aam, SukhMandir, Sheesh Mahal and many others.

Location-

The fort is based 11 kilometers from the city of Jaipur. The gate of the fort opens at 8 AM and remain open until 6 PM.

You can also enjoy elephant ride from 7:30 to 12:30 in the afternoon. The fort is also a hub for light show which is again a key source of attraction of Amber Fort. The light show in Hindi begins from 8 PM whereas the English light show starts at 7:30 PM.

What you should not miss at Amer Fort-

  • Elephant ride is a must if you are visiting this place.
  • Light show in English and Hindi
  • Char garden- you can see the entire city from here
  • Classical dance program organized at the Sukh Mahal in the evening.
  • Food at Surabhi restaurant located within the fort
  • Puppet Show

Nearby Tourist Attractions

  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Aravalli Hills
  • Vijay Garh
The Amber Fort/Palace is a beautiful structure that was built by Raja Man Sing in the 16th century. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Sheesh Mahal’, ‘Diwan-i-Aam’ and ‘Sukh Mahal’ also. The fort is a ten-minute walk uphill and your little trek will be worth the wonders that it offers.

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Darjeeling, fondly called “Queen of the Hills”!

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Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called “Queen of the Hills” provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature.

Darjeeling, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once-by even a glimpse would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the world combined.

-Mark Twain.

Most of us know this place for tea but, wait let me tell you that Darjeeling is more than just tea estates. It is also popularly known as the Queen of Hills. Based in the Shivalik hills of the Himalayas, this place is bestowed with nature’s most beautiful colors. Similar to the other hill stations in India, Darjeeling was developed by Britishers as a respite from the scorching summers of India. Darjeeling is a complete holiday package deal offering a panoramic view, excellent weather, scented pines and golden brew or the very famous Darjeeling tea.

Darjeeling is a heaven for tea lovers. Another popular thing which makes this place gain a global recognition is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, it connects the town with the plains, and it was in 1999 when Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was declared the declared a World Heritage Site. It is one of the few places to have an active steam engine. The city still has a strong impact of the British-style of living, from the public schools to hotels and houses, many constructions in the city still have a strong British influence.

If you have planned a trip to this city you must not miss on places like Kanchenjunga snow peaks, churches, temples, tea estates, Buddhist monasteries, temples, museums,park and garden, cable car ride which will give you perfect view of the city and many such awe-striking things which this place has to offer. It is certainly that Darjeeling in the postmodern era comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ paradise.

Flowers are everywhere. The days are cold and the sun almost seems to play hide and seek with us.

– Rabindranath Tagore.

The city of Darjeeling is more than just picturesque views, it’s more than snow-capped mountains; you can explore the local market and buy handmade crafts & jewelry, woolen clothes, jackets etc. You can keep on filling your shopping bag with the great stuff which this market has to offer but, one thing which should not be missed at all is the golden brew- TEA. You cannot afford to miss the tea from the tea’s paradise. But, make sure that you start your shopping spree a bit early as most of the shops here get closed by 8 PM.

Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called “Queen of the Hills” provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature.

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Wagah Border, a witness to the true military showmanship!

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For all Indians & Pakistanis, Beating Retreat Ceremony at Wagah border is an endorsement of the pride for their country and a great attraction for tourists.

Few places don’t need an introduction, Wagah Border is one such place. Lying between India and Pakistan, this place holds its own importance when it comes to nationalism. Wagah border runs along the Grand Trunk Road between Amritsar India, and Lahore, Pakistan. Apart from being the border between India and Pakistan, Wagah Border has also become an important tourist point for people. The very famous Beating Retreat Ceremony involving military showmanship takes place at the Wagha border. This ceremony is held every day before sunset.

What does the Beating Retreat Ceremony include?

As mentioned above, you can witness this ceremony every day before sunset at the Wagah Border. It begins with the closing of international gates and lowering the flags of both India and Pakistan. This ceremony is conducted under the vigilance and guidance of Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers since 1959.The ceremony was started in the year 1969 and still continues. The rage and passion of the armed forces here is a must watch and is a key point of attraction. Once the ceremony starts the entire ambiance is filed with the raucous sound of patriotism. Patriotic songs rent the air as you wait for the confrontation to begin when tall sentries from each country raise their leg high enough for their boots to touch their headgear and stamp the ground hard enough for the impact to be heard over the cheers of spectators.

As the flags are lowered and folded with respect, the audiences watch in an awed hush. The sound of the pounding boots, the murderous looks exchanged by the soldiers, the brisk handshakes and the loud clang as the gates shut for the day is typical sub-continent showmanship. For all Indians and Pakistanis there, it is an endorsement of the pride they feel for their country.

No one seems to be sure when exactly the flag-lowering ceremony began attracting tourists, but today, galleries constructed on either side can hold up to 20,000 people — the border crossing turns into a full-fledged stadium at sunset.

The border is 22 kilometers away from Lahore 29 kilometers from Amritsar. The military showmanship of the armed forces of both the nations continues for 30 minutes, during which the soldiers of both the nation meet at the border post. The objective behind this ceremony is to officially close the border for the night. But, it has become a great point of attraction for the tourists.

Both sides of the border have a gargantuan gate which is emblazoned with “Swarn Jayanti Dwar”. The national anthem, military showmanship and applauds of the nation completely fill with you immense pride and feeling of patriotism. There is a complete seating arrangement for the visitors so that they can come and enjoy the entire show.

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Cost: No entry fee, but, it will be good if you reach before time to grab your seat.

Open Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. During winters, the ceremony starts at 4:15 PM and 5:15 PM in summers.

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THINGS YOU SHOULD DO EVERY TIME YOU TRAVEL

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Just put your explorer’s cap on and get curious because here is list of ‘what to do’ every time you travel to transform your trips from ordinary to extraordinary.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert wanderer, a seasoned solo adventurer, a novice traveler, or a group tour enthusiast; it takes a lot of courage and determination to travel. The secret to traveling well is the curiosity to experience the cultures and countries in full. Traveling is so much more than just visiting the touristy highlights. You’ve booked your transportation, you’ve arranged a place to stay, you’ve packed your stuff, and you’ve finally arrived at your destination. Now what…?

Just put your explorer’s cap on and get curious because here is list of ‘what to do’ every time you travel to transform your trips from ordinary to extraordinary-

1. Venture the unexplored

Apart from the itinerary, there must be plenty of adventures to be experienced by venturing off the beaten path.  If you’re navigating a new city with a group, ask the guide for off the beaten path recommendations for your down time. And if alone, then find a neighborhood and explore it on foot and don’t forget to make sure you tell someone where you’re going ahead of time, for safety’s sake.

2. Say YES to Public transport

The fastest way to live like a local is to take public transport. Buses especially help you grasp neighborhoods. Here you will engage with everyday people going about their everyday lives. This is a great one for travelers who love to “people watch.” Be sure to pick a window seat!

3. Avoid the tacky souvenirs

Take the time to go into local shops and have a browse. If something catches your eye and stirs your soul: buy it! Trust me, a homemade hand woven rug in a market from an old lady who had been making them all her life would be cherished more than those shoes from a gift shop.

4. Don’t miss a moment

Don’t get caught up in taking photos – yes, they are wonderful keepsakes to remind you of your travels when you get home, but often travelers get so busy taking a photo that they miss the magic moments.

5. Document your journey

Keep a diary/journal. Not only is it a great way to document your trip, it’s a great way to preserve your trip memories for the ones you love back home. It is really helpful to look back on the trip and remember the most wondrous of details, big and small.

6. Eat somewhere local

While you’re chatting up the locals, ask them what their favorite neighborhood restaurant is. If you’re adventurous, follow their recommendation without a Google search.While you’re at it, ask them for their favorite menu item as well.

7. Be local, learn local

This is my favourite thing you should do every time you travel. At least one day in each destination, live like a local – get up early and grab a cup of coffee from the local coffee shop, catch public transport, go to the supermarket and buy ingredients to make lunch, enjoy the afternoon walking around a local park, and relax in the evening by treating yourself to dinner at a locals-only restaurant. Learn a few key phrases and strike up a conversation.

8. Challenge yourself

After all, you didn’t travel miles to do the “same same ” that you do back home, did you? So just challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone, each and every day you’re on your trip. Do something you haven’t/couldn’t do back home like trying a food item you’ve never had before or Go on a tough hike and Face your fears.

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Amritsar- a city for peaceful and tranquil visit!

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If you are looking to head to a calm and serene place which can induce tranquillity and peace in your mind and soul then Amristar is the right place.

If you are looking to head to a calm and serene place which can induce tranquillity and peace in your mind and soul then Amristar is the right place. It is one of the largest city of Punjab and is known to be a religious hub for the Sikh’s who come and worship at the Golden Temple located here. Amritsar is known for its introverted planning system which has unique areas called as Katras.

Although the city has many relics but is best known for Golden Temple. The Golden temple is renowned for its golden dome and is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of the Sikhs. This temple has been carved on 67-ft square marble and is built with 400 kg gold leaf.

If you are visiting Amritsar, then be geared up to visit other places in its vanity. The Golden Temple is surrounded by various famous temples like Durgiana Temple. Here are a few places that you must visit if you visit this holy city-

1. Jallianwala Bagh – If you visit Amritsar, you should never miss a chance to visit this historical place where so many people died in the British era. Although it’s a tragic monument, yet it holds a lot of historical significance. This is the place where Amritsar Massacre of 1919 took place. You can still see the marks of bullets on the walls of Jallianwala Bagh.

2. Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum – One of the most renowned and popular kings of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh has a museum in his name. The palace of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has been converted into a museum and is a must visit if you wish to see how glorified and brave this king of Punjab was. The museums display articles, paintings, coins, manuscripts related to the Maharaja.

3. Wagah Border – If you are in Amritsar, save the date and day for a visit to the Wagah Border which is around 29 km from the city. From shouts of patriotism to the powerful show put up by the BSF and Pakistan Rangers, Wagah border will surely add to the enthusiasm of your trip.

Apart from these places, you can also visit, Gurdwara Bibeksar Sahib, Chand Baori, Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, ISKCON Amritsar Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda.

So, what are you waiting for? Come be a witness to the city of serenity. Book with us.

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What solo women travellers seek??

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With safety as the prime concern of solo women travellers in India, women are not seeking preferential treatment over men, just a different type of service.

Gone are the days when women used to tag along with their family for a much-awaited annual vacation. Today, women are comfortable venturing out on their own and planning a holiday around their needs. When sharing opinions on what solo women travellers seek, our travel experts concur on some points and differ on others. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting debate!

But we came to the following conclusions for what a woman solo traveller wants-

Safety

Women, these days, are confident travelling alone than with a company. It is estimated that women make more than 80 per cent of the decisions when it comes to travel. As the women solo trips slowly gain momentum, 72 per cent of solo women travellers branded safety as a prime concern. For safety and security as their prime requisite, women are opting for alternate accommodations options like home stays, experiential resorts, camps, serviced-apartments, and jungle lodges are also gaining popularity. With technology gaining ground, women feel more comfortable being able to do their homework before signing up for a stay.

Better access to remote destinations

As women travellers plan a vacation in hope to seek rare experiences, and 61 percent of solo women travellers feel the necessity for better accessibility to remote destinations. As heading out on multiple weekend getaways throughout the year is no longer a novelty, more interest is seen in exploring off-beat destinations.

Hygiene

Those who have travelled the country will understand the fuss about toilets in India. It was noted that women travellers are increasingly turning away from train journeys and opting for private tours due to the hygiene aspects.

More women tourist guides

Again keeping in mind the safety and security while travelling alone, solo women travellers are preferring private tours with women tourist guides/escorts and taxi drivers Around 45 per cent of women travellers feel safer and comfortable with female guides/taxi drivers.

Mix travel experiences

While planning the itinerary, solo women travellers do look for a good mix of experiences – beaches, adventure activities, cultural activities, local food and cuisine, among other things. Although wellness and shopping have been traditional motivators for women to travel, women travellers have matured and are willing to go beyond the traditional touristy itinerary.

To conclude, we can say that Safety and security remain a prime concern of women tourists in India but women are not seeking preferential treatment over men, just a different type of service. Women do look at safety, budget-friendly options, ease of access to the hotel, proximity to office and cultural hubs, sightseeing and shopping facilities.

A woman dislikes having things labelled for her, she definitely likes to feel special but not different.

Book with us to experience that special experience with all the requisites in place.

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