ORCHHA - BEST PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO

Orchha is a beautiful town in Tikamgarh district of  Madhya Pradesh state of central India, which has amazing places to visit. It is a town full of historical monuments such as forts, palaces, temples and other buildings that showcase the royal lifestyle and will have you travel back in time. The monuments made in different eras will give you an insight into how the art of construction of buildings evolved over a period of time. The different architectural styles of different eras have their own uniqueness. Each historical building has its own tale to tell. So you will come across a different story for each building.

Also known as Urcha, the town was established by Rudra Pratap Singh as the seat of an erstwhile princely state in Bundelkhand region of central India. Though not exactly known it is believed that Orchha was established somewhere around 1501. Situated on the bank of Betwa river it is at a distance of 80 km(50 mi) from Tikamgarh and 15 km(9.3 mi) from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. Rudra Pratap Singh, who was the king from 1501 to 1531, also built the Orchha Fort.


PLACES TO SEE IN ORCHHA


1. Orchha Fort - The biggest attraction and one of the best places to visit in Orchha is its largest monument, Orchha Fort which houses many palaces and forts. Situated on a seasonal island on Betwa river in a very scenic location, it is a huge palace-fort which consists of several interconnected buildings. The interesting part is that these buildings, including forts and palaces, were built at different times and under the reign of different kings. The three most prominent and attractive among these are Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, and Rai Parveen Mahal.




Orchha fort, Madhya Pradesh
ORCHHA FORT
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Orchha fort , Madhya Pradesh picture
INSIDE ORCHHA FORT
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Raja Mahal, built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, depicts his deep religious beliefs in its design. It is the oldest monument in the fort. It's bold and colorful murals revolving around religion are quite stunning.




Raja Mahal at Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
RAJA MAHAL
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Jahangir Mahal was built by Madhukar Shah's successor Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in honor of his friend, the Mughal emperor Jahangir. It is considered to be a great example of Mughal architecture and its grandeur.



Jahangir Mahal, Orchha
JAHANGIR MAHAL
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Rai Parveen Mahal - Rai Parveen was a dancer and a poetess in the court of king Indramani, who was deeply in love with her and built this beautiful palace for her. The palace was at it's beautiful best with lush green gardens and magnificent balconies, but now it is in ruins but still worth a visit.




Rai Parveen Mahal, Orchha
RAI PARVEEN MAHAL
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2. Ram Raja Temple - This is the center of attraction in Orchha. The presiding deity in the temple is Lord Rama. It is believed that the idol of Lord Rama was supposed to be shifted to Chaturbhuj Temple but idol refused to move from here, so a temple was built around the idol. The temple has a plain exterior with projecting windows and delicate domes. It is built on a square base. Ram Raja Temple is a highly respected and revered place for the locals.






Ram Raja Temple, Orchha
RAM RAJA TEMPLE
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Picture of Ram Raja Temple, Orchha
BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF RAM RAJA TEMPLE
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3. Chaturbhuj Temple - This is another beautiful temple with marvelous architecture and is counted among the top places to visit in Orchaa. Again, it was built in the 17th century by the Bundela king and he is said to have chosen the site of the temple himself to enable him to have a view of Lord Krishna, directly from his palace. The sheer beauty of the architecture is so mesmerizing that it may inspire many architectural minds. You can get a stunning view of the city surroundings from the top of the temple.




Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha
CHATURBHUJ TEMPLE
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View of Chaturbhuj Tenple, Orchha
ANOTHER VIEW OF CHATURBHUJ TEMPLE
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4. Laxminarayan Temple - Constructed in a design which is the blend of temple and fort, this temple has it's own uniqueness. It was built in 1662 and shows innovative minds even at that time. Beautiful and exquisite wall paintings of that time adorn the walls of the temple and their color and grandeur are still intact.




Laxminarayan Temple, Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
LAXMINARAYAN TEMPLE
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5. Dinman Hardaul's Palace - This palace was named after prince Hardaul and built in his honor. The story goes that prince Hardaul's elder brother Jhujhar suspected him to be involved with his companion. Prince Hardaul took the decision to end his life to prove his innocence and uphold his value. Dinman Hardaul palace was built to honor his sacrifice. The palace was built in the 17th century but its architecture stands proof of the skill of the artisans of that time.




Dinman Hardaul Palace, Madhya Pradesh
DINMAN HARDAUL PALACE
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6. Jhansi Fort - Another gem of a place to visit in Orchaa is the Jhansi Fort. The fort is located right in the center of the city in an area of 49 acres and is said to be one of the best-fortified areas in India. It was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo on a hill in the 17th century and is also known as 'Rani Jhansi ka Quila'. There is a museum inside the form that has stored sculptures of that time and depicts the history of that area.


7. Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary - Spread over an area of 46 sq. km, it is a prime attraction of Orchha. It was established in the year 1994 and its beauty is enhanced by the river Betwa, which flows through the area. It houses a wide variety of wild animals including tigers, leopards, langurs, jackals and sloth bear. It is a paradise for bird watchers as it has over 200 species of birds and many migratory birds like a woodpecker, jungle bush quail, black swan, and geese visit this sanctuary.




Wildlife sanctuary at Orchha
WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
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8. Chattris - Chattris meaning cenotaphs are an integral part of Orchha and glorify the cultural heritage of the era goneby. There are 14 chattris built on the sides of Betwa river apart from many other dottings the Orchha landscape. These chattris reflect the mighty Bundelkhand dynasty and are a testament of their contribution in the region. Their amazing architecture has to be seen to be believed.




Chattris of Orchha
CHATTRIS
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9. Uth Khana - Or the house/shelter of camels. This is where camels used to rest. It is located next to Orchha Fort. You can go to the roof of uth khana and have a splendid view of the entire Orchha town.

Besides this, if you want to explore further, go behind the Orchha fort and you will find ruins of houses of various ministers and officials of that time apart from a gunpowder factory. Walking through these ruins gives a strong feeling of walking back in time and is quite exhilarating. Orchha has a beautiful landscape.


Apart from monuments, there are so many other things to do in Orchha.

10. RAFTING AND BOATING IN BETWA RIVER

River rafting is one of the adventurous things to do in Orchha. Rafting and boating are allowed in the river Betwa. Rafting starts from the Boat club. It is quite an enjoyable experience. A single raft usually carries up to 6 people and charges around INR1000 for the same. Tickets for rafting can be purchased from MP Tourism offices at hotel Sheesh Mahal or Betwa retreat.

11. AYURVEDIC MASSAGE

If you want to relax your body and mind, go for an ayurvedic massage. It is relaxing as well as soothing. This ayurvedic massage is available in Orchha Resort as well as Amar Mahal. The charges could vary from INR500-2000.

12. NATURE TRAIL

Just 5 km from the city, in Orchha Natural Reserve, is a beautiful river island called nature trail. This is a 12 km long island, surrounded by river Betwa and river Jamni. There is a very nominally priced entry ticket available here itself, which you need to buy. Just walk around and enjoy the peaceful natural beauty. You can also do cycling here as the trail is well marked with signposts and there is no risk of getting lost.

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REACHING ORCHHA 


Air - The nearest airport is Gwalior at about 120 km(75 mi) distance. Gwalior is well connected to other major cities by regular flights. From here you can take a taxi and reach Orchha.


Rail - The nearest railway station is Jhansi, which is about 16 km(10 mi) away. From Jhansi, you have the option of hiring a taxi or getting on to a bus or even an autorickshaw.


Road - Orchha is well connected by road and is easily accessible from major cities like Gwalior and Jhansi. You can hire a taxi from these places to reach Orchha. Many private and government buses are also available from Jhansi. And you can even hire an auto rickshaw from Jhansi to reach there.


WHERE TO STAY IN ORCHHA - There are hotels in Orchha suiting all budgets. You can get budget hotels to luxury hotels as per your requirement and budget.


SO HAPPY TRAVELING!!



7 LESSER KNOWN WORLD HERITAGE SITES SHOWING HERITAGE OF INDIA

Hi friends! Do you know how many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are there in India? Well, as per the latest UNESCO records, there are as many as 37 world heritage sites in India, which is among the highest number of world heritage sites in a single country anywhere. These world heritage sites in India are the flagbearers of the heritage of India and its historical and natural treasure. UNESCO recognizes only those sites which it feels belong to the whole mankind irrespective of their locations. So India's world heritage sites hold tremendous cultural, historical as well as natural value for everyone. But not everyone knows about every UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

There are a few which are very well known like, Taj Mahal, Khajuraho, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Sun Temple in Konark and Red Fort complex in Delhi which is quite well known. But there are some which do not get as much attention as they should as world heritage sites. So here I bring to you, 7 of these lesser known world heritage sites in India, which, I am sure, you will find beautiful and amazing but will also make you proud of the richness of culture and nature that India possesses.

1. MANAS NATIONAL PARK

Located in the northeastern state of Assam, Manas National Park derives its name from the river Manasa, which flows nearby. Situated on the foothills of the mighty Himalayas near Bhutan, the park was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in December'1985. Even before that Manas national park was declared a tiger reserve since 1973. That is the reason the chief attraction here is the royal Bengal tiger. This park has as many as 55 species of mammals and 380 species of birds, so bird watching becomes a very natural activity here. Apart from this, there are 50 species of reptiles also. Apart from tiger, the other species of animals found here are elephants, rhinoceros, Barasinga, leopards, Asian golden cat, capped langur, barking deer, black panther, etc.


MANAS NATIONAL PARK, Assam
MANAS NATIONAL PARK
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How to Reach Manas National Park?

By Air - The nearest airport is Bagdogra in Guwahati, which is about 176 km away. It will take 4-5 hours to reach Manas National Park from Guwahati airport.

BY Train - Guwahati again is the nearest major rail link to all the major cities of India. However, there are quite a few trains which halt at Barpeta Road railway station, which is around 25 km from Manas National park.

By Road - As I said earlier, you have to reach Guwahati first and from there you can travel to Manas National Park by road through national highway no. 31.

2. RANI - KI - VAV

Situated in Patan, Gujarat, Rani Ki Vav is a stepwell which is intricately carved. Rani Ki Vav means Queen's stepwell and is believed to have been built between 1063 and 1068 AD. It was built by queen Undayamati in the memory of her husband Bhima. It was declared a world heritage site in India by UNESCO on 22nd June' 2014. In 2016, it won the title "cleanest iconic place" in India during the Indian Sanitation Conference. Rani Ki Vav is 64 m long, 20 m wide and 27 m deep. There are as many as seven galleries which include more than 800 beautiful sculptures. These sculptures are carved on pillars and the theme is majorly based on Lord Vishnu. The whole stepwell depicts the architecture of a bygone era. There is an entry ticket of INR 5 for Indian nationals and for foreign nationals, this fee is USD 2.



RANI KI VAV, Gujarat
RANI KI VAV
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How to reach Rani Ki Vav?


By Air - The nearest airport is Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat. From here, it takes around 3.5 hrs to reach Patan.


By Rail - The nearest railway station is Mehsana. From here you have to travel by road and it will take around 1.5 hours to reach Patan from here.


By Road - Patan is well connected by road. You can get a bus or hire a cab to reach there from Ahmedabad or Mahsana. Another alternative is a shared jeep, which is cheaper but less comfortable.


3. KHANGCHENDZONGA NATIONAL PARK


Another national park in northeast India, Khangchendzonga National Park is located in Sikkim. It was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India in July'2016. It is basically a Biosphere reserve. This park was declared a mixed heritage site because of its rich wildlife as well as natural treasures. It got its name from Mt. Kanchenjunga, which is also called Khangchendzonga and is the third highest peak in the world. This park has rich wildlife and you can spot animals like red panda, snow leopard, great Tibetan sheep, wild dog, Himalayan black bear, and bharal, etc. Apart from this, there are bird species like grey peacock pheasant, black neck crane, blood pheasant, Tibetan snow cock, etc. Besides this park has 18 big glaciers which include Zemu glacier known for its huge size. There are 17 beautiful lakes also in Khangchedzonga National park, which has an area of around 850 sq. km.


You need to take permission from the state wildlife department to visit the park, which grants the permission for a fee of INR 350 for seven days to Indian nationals and INR 560 to foreign nationals. For every additional day, the fee is INR 40 for Indians and INR 80 for foreign nationals.



KHANGCHENDZONGA NATIONAL PARK, Sikkim
KHANGCHENDZONGA NATIONAL PARK
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How to reach Khangchendzonga National Park?


By Air - The nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is around 170 km away.


By Rail - The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is again around 170 km away.


By Road - It is 46 km away from the capital city of Gangtok and is well connected by road to Gangtok.


4. VICTORIAN GOTHIC AND ART DECO ENSEMBLES OF MUMBAI

This is the latest addition to the list of World Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO. Situated in Fort area of Mumbai, this is a collection of buildings in which some buildings are of Victorian Gothic style and others are of Art Deco style. Located across the Oval Maidan (earlier known as Esplanade). There are a total of 94 buildings in this collection. These are all 19th and 20th-century buildings, which will be protected as heritage sites. The Victorian Gothic buildings include 19th-century landmarks like Bombay High court and the University of Mumbai as well as iconic Rajabai clock tower. The Art Deco buildings primarily include 20th-century residential buildings. This ensemble of buildings was given world heritage tag as recently as July'2018. The reason they have got this tag is that these buildings symbolize the phases of modernization that Mumbai has undergone during the last two centuries.



VICTORIAN GOTHIC and ART DECO ENSEMBLES, Mumbai
VICTORIAN GOTHIC ENSEMBLE
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How to Reach Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai


It is very easy to reach these ensembles as these are located in the heart of the city in South Mumbai.

5. WESTERN GHATS


Running for a stretch of 1600 km along the Western coast of India, Western Ghats is a mountain range which has been termed as one of the top hot spots of biodiversity in the world. This mountain range has an area of 160000 sq. km and stretches to six states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat. The Western Ghats are not as high as the Himalayas but they are as beautiful and more diversified in flora and fauna. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in India, Western Ghats are also known as Sahyadri range. 


You can imagine the variety of flora and fauna available in this mountain range by the simple fact that it has over 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 species of mammals and over 500 bird species. Then there are about 39 other sites including reserved forests and national parks that come under this World Heritage Site. The greenery of Western Ghats is eye-catching and will leave you mesmerized. Overall, Western Ghats is home to some of the most beautiful places, animals, birds, flowers, forests and water bodies. And you can't forget the magnificent mountains. There is ample incentive for you to visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.



Western Ghats, India
WESTERN GHATS
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How to Reach Western Ghats

You travel to any of the above-mentioned states and you will find some part of the Western Ghats.


6. BHIMBETKA ROCK SHELTERS


Located in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh in central India, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters give you an insight into the earliest life in India, right from the stone age. This site is scattered over an area of more than 10 sq. km and has in it more than 750 rock shelters and seven hills. The word Bhimbetka is based on Bhim from Mahabharata and is often interpreted as "Bhim baithka" or the sitting place of Bhim. This amazing site was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO in the year 2003. Some of the rock shelters were used as long as 100000 years back. The caves here have paintings are more than 30000 years old and will give you a glimpse of the art and thought process of that era. 


These rock shelters and caves are archaeological treasures and are sure to bring a child-like excitement in you. The paintings on the walls of caves are considered to be the oldest Indian art. The most wonderful thing about Bhimbetka Rock Shelters is that the colors of paintings have not worn out even after all these years. Which is miraculous. This place is not about history but about the evolution of mankind in India. The rich flora and fauna around this place are added incentive to visit this place. So if you are interested in seeing the signs of earliest human habitation, head straight to Bhimbetka Rock Shelters.



BHIMBETKA ROCK SHELTERS, Madhya Pradesh
BHIMBETKA ROCK SHELTERS
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How to Reach Bhimbetka Rock Shelters?


Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are situated 45 km away from the state capital Bhopal and it is the nearest airport as well as the railway station to reach this place. From Bhopal, you have to travel by road to reach Bhimbetka Rock Shelters.


7. GROUP OF MONUMENTS AT PATTADAKAL


It is a group of Hindu and Jain temples and monuments located in a complex situated in Pattadakal in Karnataka state in South India. The 7th and 8th-century temples were built by Chalukya dynasty and underscore their love for art and architecture. There are about 10 Hindu temples in Pattadakal and all are dedicated to Lord Shiva. So the whole town reverberates with Shiva vibes. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of the architecture of the temples. Some temples have a Dravidian style of architecture while some others have northern Aryan style architecture and two of the temples have a confluence of southern and northern architectural style.


Pattadakal is situated on the banks of the river Malprabha. The existence of temples and the river will give you a feeling of being at some holy place. Even locals consider it as a sacred place. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1987, these temples fall under the category of the protected monument and are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). You will be amazed to see the friezes in the temples as they depict stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as concepts from Vedas and Puranas. The whole complex is a testament to the fact that how architecturally advanced Chalukya dynasty was. So whether you are religiously inclined or not, you must visit Pattaadakal group of monuments for its sheer architectural splendor.



PATTADAKAL TEMPLE
PATTADAKAL TEMPLE
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How to Reach Pattadakal?


By Air - The nearest airport is Belgaum, which is 180 km away. The nearest international airport is Bangaluru which is 510 km away.


By Train - The nearest railway station is Badami which is about 22 km away.


By Road - Pattadakal is well connected by road to all the major cities of Karnataka and state-run buses are available from all the major cities to reach Pattadakal.


Looking at the above list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, you can easily see how culturally, historically, naturally, architecturally rich India is. So, its time you pack your bags and go out and explore this richness.


HAPPY TRAVELLING!!

BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN KERALA WITH FRIENDS


Hi friends! Kerala is not called God's Own Country for nothing. It is one place which gives you everything as far as travel is concerned.


To enjoy and explore every moment of your travel, the best way is to travel with friends. Any destination would be full of fun and excitement with your friends around. Even an ordinary trip can turn to be a colorful, vibrant and joyful one with friends. In Kerala, there are lots of places that can be visited with your friends. The exciting part of traveling with friends is that there would be no limit to explore and experience. The opportunity to get lost in offbeat locations and also to explore the less explored locations come handy while traveling with friends.
 
IndusGo Self drive car rental comes as a perfect companion for a trip with your friends. It is the best way to share the expense and travel with your buddies without any worries. IndusGo has a strong network in Kerala. So you can book the car from anywhere and can avail IndusGo self-drive car rental service.  If you are planning a trip with your buddies to explore beautiful places in Kerala then check this list out.
 
 
Kochi
 
Kochi is the fastest growing city in Kerala. There is a lot to explore in Kochi especially when you are out with your friends. Kochi has unending options for food, shopping, exploring and roaming around. To get a perfect break and for maximum entertainment, Kochi is the destination. Cochin Airport is the Largest and busiest Airport in Kerala and offering International connectivity to the world. You can rent a car near Cochin Airport and enjoy the experience offered by Kochi. Important attractions are Lulu Mall with multiplex movie theatres, Fort Kochi, Subhash Park, and Jew Street, Kochi is an entertaining location.
 
Poovar
 
Poovar is a small tourist village in Neyyattinkara, Trivandrum. It is a serene and pristine place away from the hustles of the city. If you are looking to have a fun-filled and relaxed place to spend time with your buddies, then you should travel to Poovar.  There are many accommodations available that provide an exotic ambiance in this coastal village. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport. The key attraction of Poovar is Poovar beach which is accessible only by boat. Swimming is not much entertained in this beach due to strong undercurrent.
 
Kovalam
 
Kovalam is a small coastal town in the city of Trivandrum. It attracts a good number of tourists every year. It has three beaches namely Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. There is a large number of resorts and homestays in and around Kovalam Beach. There are lots of small and big hotels lining the beach. You can have tasty cuisine and a wide variety of drinks from these hotels facing the sea.
 
Thiruvananthapuram
 
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala. It is a perfect capital with the glory of the past and the infrastructure of modern times. Unlike other capital cities of India, Trivandrum has no rush and everything seems to be in peace. The heart of the city itself has a list of tourist spots: Padmanabha Temple, Kuthiramalika, Napier Museum, Planetarium, Zoo. Moreover, Ponmudi, a small hill station, lots of beaches, churches, mosques, and temples are there.  All the places are easily accessible by car. If you and your buddies are a history buzz, then Thiruvananthapuram can entertain you a lot. The roads are less crowded as compared to other capital cities.
 
Varkala
 
Varkala beach is unique in all sense. It is the only beach in south India, that has a cliff near to the sea. The Varkala cliff has an ambiance similar to Goa.  It is an ideal location for friends traveling together. It is listed as one among the top ten seasonal beaches in the world by the discovery channel. Varkala is also called as Papanasam beach. This beach is ideal for bathing, swimming, and fun activities. It is easily accessible by road, both from Kollam and Trivandrum. The nearest railway station is Varkala Railway station. Check here.
 
 
 
Kollam
 
Kollam is an old port town. It was an active port and was a hub of Chinese trade. Kollam has a variety of things to offer from the beautiful palace to backwaters. There are lots to see in this beautiful town which is near to the state capital. Main tourist attraction of Kollam is Thevally Palace, Munroe Islands, Thenmala eco-tourism, mangrove forest at Ayiramthengu, Palaruvi waterfalls, Azheekal beach, and Paravur backwaters.
 
Alleppey
 
Alleppey is known as the 'Venice of the East', it is renowned for its water bodies that flow criss-cross through the district. Alleppey is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala. The key attraction is the backwater and the houseboat. Beaches, boats, and backwaters that is what all Alleppey is mainly about. It is an ideal destination to have fun with your friends enjoying the marine food and beautiful scenic.
 
Vagamon
 
Vagamon has a lot to offer for those who are trying to seek challenge and adventure. From paragliding to trekking, Vagamon comes with a variety of option. The misty hills, tea plantations, Pine forest, and meadows are a major attraction. Vagamon has the best off-road drive options and for more thrill try ziplining, Rock Climbing, and mountaineering.
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Thekkady
 
Thekkady in Idukki district is home to the country’s largest Tiger Reserve and through boating facility, it offers the opportunity to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Anakkara, Murikkady, Mangala Devi Temple, Chellarkovil are the major attractions near Thekkady.
 
Munnar
 
Munnar is the most famous and popular tourist destination in Kerala. It is all about the beauty of nature in abundance. If you are a nature lover, a self-drive trip from Kochi to Munnar will give you an everlasting memory in life. Munnar is the best option to unleash your heart and mind with nature. There are beautiful homestays and resorts in Munnar that provides a good experience of living in harmony with nature. Most of the resorts allow campfire at night along with music and food.
 
 
Kumarakom
 
Kumarakom is actually a cluster of islands. Kumarakom is located near Kottayam, this place is known for its enchanting backwater. To experience the backwater of Kerala and to enjoy the seafood one must visit Kumarakom. Moreover, it is an ideal location for a trip with your best buddies.
 
Thrissur
 
Thrissur is known as the cultural capital of Kerala. The famous festival ’ Thrissur Pooram’ that attracts lakhs of people happens in this city. The main attractions of Thrissur are the temples and churches. Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnatha temple and Paramekkavu temple, and the two churches the Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Our Lady of Dolor’s "New Church" Basilica are the biggest in South Asia.
 
Nelliyampathy
 
Nelliyampathy Hills is located in the Palakkad district of Kerala. It is a mesmerizing destination and the most popular attraction of Palakkad. One needs to drive from Nemmara town to reach the  Nelliyampathy Hills. The drive itself is worth enjoying. The attractive landscape and hills of varying size are worth enjoying. 
 
Kozhikode
 
The beaches, cuisine and the famous shopping streets are the major attractions of Kozhikode. Kozhikode has The city is also unofficially called the food capital of Kerala for its rich variety of food items. There are many famous food joints in the city that serve authentic Malabar food. If you are a foodie and enjoy exploring different taste then you should never skip Kozhikodan Halwa, Kozhikodan stuffed mussels, milk sharbat
 
Wayanad
 
Wayanad is the least populous district in Kerala and also it has lots of tourist attractions. This place is loaded with alluring destinations: waterfalls, caves, tea and coffee estates. The most distinctive feature of Wayanad is the Edakkal caves, which belongs to prehistoric culture. The nearest airport is Karipur Airport or Kozhikode airport. The road to Wayanad is known for its hairpin bends and tunnels.
 
 
 HAPPY TRAVELING!!

IMPORTANT TIPS ON HOW TO PLAN FOR A PERFECT LONG WEEKEND TRIP

This is a guest post by Krati Agarwal.

Hello friends! Here are a few Tips On How to Plan For a Perfect Long Weekend Trip.

Have you got a long weekend off? Are you planning to go out and unwind? There are tons of things you can do on a long weekend. You can go camping, trekking, star gazing, visiting old friends or family, going to a nearby hill station or just discovering new places in your city.

But it is always advisable as well as desirable to plan well before embarking on any journey. And when it is a short trip like a weekend, the need to plan becomes all the more important so that you can get maximum pleasure from your trip. So here are a few suggestions, that you can keep in mind before going for your next weekend trip.

The process of planning a long weekend can be confusing. So, let us break it down step by step.

1. How Much To Spend?

Splurging for a long weekend is all fun and games. That is until you realize that your bank account is in jeopardy because you splurged too much! Be mindful of how much you can afford to spend before removing that wad of cash.
Before you decide the place, decide the cost. How much can you afford to spend?
You have to keep in mind the cost of traveling, the cost of accommodations, the cost of food and the cost of souvenirs (if you buy any).
Choose your place keeping in mind the budget you have.


Spend your money wisely
SPEND WISELY


2. Where to Go?

After deciding on a budget, you proceed to choose a place that fits your requirements. It is a long weekend, not a long vacation. Keep in mind the time available to you to travel.
Although it is a long weekend, it won’t be long before Monday comes chasing you (or Tuesday). You don’t want to be tired on the first day of the work from the week because of having too much fun.
Travel closer to home. Not only will you save time traveling, but you will also be able to come back quickly if there is an emergency at work or in personal life. Traveling closer to home does not necessarily mean that there are no interesting places nearby. Every place hides its own treasures. It is all about finding it. Once you find it, the place will leave you in awe.



Decide according to budget
CHOOSE THE PLACE AS PER BUDGET


3. How to Pack?

Pack light. You do not need a heavy backpack for a long weekend trip. Take one set of clothes for each day and an extra pair of clothes to be on a safer side. Carry only one pair of shoes and other essentials along with it.
You are going to enjoy a long weekend trip. You will be traveling for only a couple of days. There is no need to carry extra items along with you. Take only what is necessary.
A heavy backpack is not only unnecessary; it will also hinder you when you are traveling.
You also have to keep in mind the dangers of having your bag stolen. If you are packed too heavily, it makes you a more likely target.
Packing lightly is not only convenient; it will not hinder your movements.

4. How to Go?

Are you going by train? Are you taking a bus? Or are you taking your own car? Decide your means of transportation.
If you are using public transportation, book your tickets in advance.
If you are driving personally or you have hired a car, check the route beforehand. You don’t want to be caught in traffic. Plan your route and make the appropriate pit stops when needed. Download an offline version of Google Maps to be on a safer side.
You could lose a lot of time by not knowing where to go. Waste less time by planning ahead.


Choose how to go
DECIDE THE MODE OF TRANSPORT


5. Where Do I Stay?

Book your accommodations in advance if you do not have a place to stay.
Do not wait to reach your destination before booking a place to stay. You may face unwanted obstacles if you do so.
If you are lucky, you will find a place to stay. Or else you may be met with a rejection by the staff due to the place already being fully booked.
You may even have to end up compromising and staying in an unknown place. It is better to book your accommodation in advance.
This will not only ensure that you have a place to stay, but it also ensures your safety. You do not want to stay in an unknown place with dubious surroundings.


Get a place to stay
BOOK ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE


6. Places to Visit

Once you have decided on where to go and how to go, the next step is which places you will be visiting once you reach your destination.
Research the places near your destination. Narrow down the possibilities and choose the places of interest.
This will save you a lot of time. You will avoid being confused once you reach your destination.
Do not forget to check the route between the places, you will visit and your area of residence during the stay. Download an offline Map. Plan your route and waste less time.


Know local places
KNOW WHICH PLACES TO VISIT


7. Where Do I Go Today?

Regardless of how short the trip is; have a rough plan on what you want to do for the day. Plan your day.
Decide on which places you want to visit today. Do not leave it for the end moment and think that you will go with the flow. Choose the places you will visit for the day.
Planning this will make sure that you will not run around unnecessarily and you will not miss out on any of the places.


Plan for the day
PLAN YOUR DAY


8. What is Special?

What is your planned destination most famous for? Are there any local festivals going to take place? What is the specialty of this place?
Keep these questions in mind when you are researching on your destination. This will help you in enjoying your trip to the maximum.
For example, if you are hoping to spend a quiet weekend in some mountains but the locals have a festival going on, well, you can say goodbye to your quiet time.

Although you will witness the lively local culture, the aim of your trip will not be met.

Or the purpose of your trip is to witness this liveliness. You are visiting a place to explore the locality. But you have not researched this place. You go and travel superficially. Meanwhile, a local festival or fair is happening just a few miles away from you, but you do not know of this. You will miss out on the liveliness that you wish to enjoy.


CHECK FOR LOCAL FESTIVALS OR FAIRS
CHECK FOR FESTIVALS OR FAIRS


Even if you know it, due to lack of accommodations and planning, you will miss out on this festival or event.

If you know that there is a festival or event taking place, you can prepare yourself accordingly. You can move closer or farther away from it depending on what you seek.

These are the things you need to keep in mind when you travel for a long weekend. Do not forget to return back on time. Although the trip is meant for you to unwind from the mundane and tiresome routine of your daily life, traveling can also drain you. Leave yourself with enough time to return home and rest before you once again fall back into the busy schedule of your life.
So plan your journey, pack smartly, travel wisely and enjoy your long weekend.

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Krati Agarwal
KRATI

Krati Agarwal is a Fashion, Motivation and a Lifestyle writer. She has a keen interest in creating new content. She loves experimenting with things. She is an engineer by profession but a writer by passion. 

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