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Vengurla - The beautiful beach country

Vengurla is a town in Maharashtra, situated is in the district of Sindhudurg. It is a beautiful place surrounded by hill ranges full of greenery. It has mainly cashew, mangoes, coconut, and many types of berry trees. Dabholi, Tulas, and Mochemad are places located near. The place has a rich cultural heritage. There are many temples here of which Shri Sateri, Shri Rameshwar, Shri Navadurga, Shri Mauli, Shri Vetoba and Shri ravalnath are prominent. It is situated north to Goa. Malwani is the spoken language here.

The place has a golden history. It was a busy port, with a bursting trade centre. Even now there are huge warehouses, go downs, markets and trade centers as the remnants of business.

The town is also known for its beauty and mesmerizing beaches. Mochemad beaches are most beautiful one with pure and clean water and Suru tree plantations. Vayangani beach has all the plantations surrounding. Jack fruits, tender coconuts, mangoes are found abundantly.

Other beaches in Vengurla are Sagareshwar, Sagartheerth, Shirodof way, Velagar and Redi. Apart from all these Vengurla lighthouse and Vengurla jetty is very famous. The best time to visit Vengurla Jetty is during evenings, when the boats return after the days catch. About 3 km from here one can reach the Vengurla lighthouse. There is a spectacular view of the sea, jetty and its boat, palm fringed coastline, and the creek. To the northwest of this there are also the Vengurla rocks called as burnt islands. It has long stretch of white sands on all beaches.

Burnt island is also a beautiful sight. It is a traditional roosting and nestling sight. There are different species of Avians. Hence it will be a paradise for bird watchers. Nivti beach 20 km away from Vengurla is a serene beach with soft silver sand. It is enclosed by rock structures. Nivti fort is also worth seeing.

Vengurla is actually a stopover between Goa, Pune and Mumbai.

Vengulra lies at a distance of 400 km from Pune, 500 km from Mumbai and 650 km from Bangalore. The best route from Mumbai is by passing through cities like Panvel, Mangaon, Poladpur, Khed, Chiplun, Kankavli, Kudal and Vengurla. The best route from Pune is by passing through cities like Satara, Kolhapur, Gaganbawda, Kankavli, Kasal, Kudal and Vengurla. NH 17 connects Vengurla with various cities. Regular bus services are available. State owned buses and private buses are there abundantly. Luxury buses are also available from Mumbai to Vengurla. The closest railway station is Kudal on the Konkan railway. Kolhapur is also nearby. Ratnagiri airport is the nearest airport. It is only at a distance of 200 km from Vengurla. Ratnagiri airport is connected by air to Mumbai and Pune.

Most of the Hotels in Vengurla also offers facilities for sightseeing expedition and jungle safaris, apart from pick-up and drop facilities from the various transit points.

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Thursday, 4-Apr-2013 04:18 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Uttarkashi – the Land of Gods

Uttarkashi is a sacred place nestled among the terrains of Himalayas in the Uttarakhand region of the country. It is a valley located on the banks of River Bhagirathi and is the headquarters of Uttarkashi district. This place lies at an average height of 1165 metres above sea level. Uttarkashi is the perfect destination for nature lovers, mountaineering students, hard core trekkers and typical pilgrims.

As the name clearly suggests, Uttarkashi means northern Kashi. Kashi is the other name for the holy town of Varanasi. Like Varanasi, Uttarkashi is also situated on the banks of Ganges and has a temple dedicated to Lord Vishwanath. These similarities might have given the city its name of northern Kashi. Temples and ashrams are scattered all over the Uttarkashi district.

Apart from the main temple of Lord Vishwanath, the temples of Parshuram, Ekadashrudra, Annapurna, Dattatrya and Bhairav are also visited by the devotees. Some other prominent temples are the Bhairav Temple, Kuteti Devi Temple, Gangotri Temple, Yamunotri Temple, Shani Temple, Pokhu Devta Temple, Karna Devta Temple, Gopeshwar Mahadev temple, Gyanwapishwar Mahadev temple, Gopal temple, Ma Mahishasur Mardini temple and Laksheshwar temple.

Apart from temples, Dayara Bugyal, Dodi Tal, natural hot springs at Gangnani, Sat Tal, Maneri and Nachiketa Tal are apt sightseeing places. The clear lakes, gushing rivers and green landscape surrounded by several snow covered peaks and lofty mountains all around are sure to delight any tourist arriving here. Gangotri and Yamunotri are other major pilgrim centres near Uttarkashi. Gaumukh, Kedar Tal, Divya Shila and Surya Kund are few exciting places near Gangotri; whereas Sapta Rishi Kund, Hanumanchatti, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and Harki Doon Valley are attractive places near Yamunotri. The sanctuary is home to a variety of rare and endangered animal species. Also there is a museum at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering which is worth a visit. Trekking, skiing and river rafting are the main sports seen here.

Pilgrims from far off places used to come here on foot in the olden times. The advancement of transportation nowadays has made it much easier for the pilgrims to come to such hilly areas. Uttarkashi is easily accessible by road, rail and air. There are many state run buses to Uttarkashi from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other important towns. Rishikesh railway station at a distance of 145 kilometres from Uttarkashi is an important station receiving numerous trains. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the closest airport to Uttarkashi. Private taxis and vehicles are available in plenty from the railway station and airport to Uttarkashi. There are abundant inexpensive budget hotels, dharamsalas as well as high end hotels in Uttarkashi. It experiences extreme winters and mild summers. It is advisable to visit this place during the summers or monsoon.

Most of the Hotels in Uttarkashi also offers facilities for sightseeing expedition and jungle safaris, apart from pick-up and drop facilities from the various transit points.

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Thursday, 4-Apr-2013 03:59 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Ujjain – A city with mythological past

Located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain is a historic city. The city is situated on the shores of Kshipra River. The city has a deep mythological attraction to it and is considered as one of the holiest places in India for the Hindus. Placed in the Malwa region in central India, Ujjain is also referred as Ujjayini. Avantika, and Bhagavati among others. One among the 12 jyotirlingas is situated here in this city. As a divine city, the major attractions in Ujjain are always the great temples. The vibrant temples offer an attractive view for the visitors especially at the time of festival seasons. During festivals, a variety of rituals are performed. The religious gurus bless people who visit this divine land.

Thousands of people visit Ujjain every year to seek blessings and be a part of the rituals. Each and every temple in this area has its own significance. Mahakal temple is the most well known and most established temple in the Ujjain city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tourists as well as devotees flow to this temple at the time of festival season to see a glance of the deity and also to take part in the rituals conducted specially for these celebrations.

According to Hindu mythology, Ujjain is said to be the most sanctified city on earth. The region is also believed to be the birthplace of the planet Mars. At the time of Mahashivaratri, a huge fair is conducted close to the temple while the worship and rituals are performed inside the temple all over the night. The holy town welcomes visitors all around the year. Historians and archaeologists are also interested to visit the place because of its rich past. Even if there is a pleasant climate all over the year, it is better to visit this place at some point in the months from November to February.

No matter if you are heading to Ujjain for business, holiday or devotional needs, the city has a variety of options for accommodations to meet up your requirements. There are a huge range of hotels for you to pick starting from budget to luxury according to your budget. The hotels are well equipped with high class facilities and a team of well mannered staffs. You can reach Ujjain by road, rail and air. The nearest airport is Indore, which is placed at about 55 km from the city center. Ujjain Junction Railway Station is linked with the major cities of the country. Buses are operated up and down the city on a regular basis. Various cab services are also available for a flexible journey and is best suited if travelling with elders.

Most of the Ujjain hotels also offers facilities for sightseeing expedition and jungle safaris, apart from pick-up and drop facilities from the various transit points.

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Thursday, 4-Apr-2013 03:30 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Thiruvannamalai – A Healing Hill

Thiruvannamalai is a famous holy town and a district rested on a hill in Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu, India and is the most sacred pilgrimage of Hindus. The region was known as ‘Thondai Mandalam’ in the ancient period. This holy town is the home of esteemed ashram of the spiritual saint Sri Ramana Maharishi and the famous Arunachala temple. The city and the temple have a long history dating from 750 AD. This temple has imposing Gopurams and attractive architectural beauty.

Thiruvannamalai has an average elevation of 200 metres and experiences a hot and humid climate. Arunachaleswara temple is the main attraction here. The ashrams of Ramana Maharishi, Yogi Ram Surathkumar and Sri Seshadri Swamigal are few attractive religious spots. Forts, dams and caves near this place also attract many tourists.

Arunachaleswara temple, located on Arunachala hills is one of the most sacred Shiva temples in India. The temple is dedicated to the form of Lord Shiva known as Arunachaleswarar. This temple is for fire one of the Panchabootha Stalams. The other four temples are for wind, water, Earth and Space.

The Ramana Ashram in Thiruvannamalai is a calm and attractive ashram offering serenity and soft meditation opportunities. This ashram displays the life, philosophies and teachings of shri Ramana Maharishi, the spiritual saint who attained Samadhi at this place.

Skandashramam is located towards the north of Arunachal hill. This ashram is near to the famous Ramana Ashram. This is one of the caves where the saint Ramana spent his time while staying in Thiruvannamalai.

Seshadri Swamigal Ashram is in Thiruvannamalai and is very sacred. Mahan Sri Seshadri Swamigal, a 20th century saint who had displayed majestic powers. The devotees believe that he had carried out many miracles and has the power to bless his devotees.

Gingee Fort, also known as Chenji Fort, is an ancient fort. This fort is located in the district of Villupuram. The fort was called as the "Troy of the East" by the British. Chatrapathi Shivaji was impressed by the strength of this region and he ranked it as "the most secure fort in India".

The Sathurnur Dam is a major tourist attraction in this place. It is built across the River Pennar. The dam site houses beautiful gardens, landscaped regions, striking fountains and many other entertaining options.

Virupaksha Cave is a cave ashram in the shape of ‘OM’ located on the eastern slope of the famous Arunachal hill.

Mamara Guhai literally means mango tree cave, a religious cave temple in this town. This ancient temple and Saint Sri Ramana Maharishi carried out meditation for six years.

Thiruvannamalai is well connected by roads to many cities and towns in Tamil Nadu. The best season to visit here is from October- March.

Most of the Hotels in Thiruvannamalai also offers facilities for sightseeing expedition and jungle safaris, apart from pick-up and drop facilities from the various transit points.

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Thiruchendur- Abode of Lord Murugan

Thiruchendur is a village in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. It is a panchayath town. The town is a holy place for Hindus due to the presence of the Murugan Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is one of the Arupadai vedu, the six holy abodes of Lord Murugan. This place is referred in many religious poems as Thirucheeralaivai, Thiruchenthil, and Thiruchenthiyoor. Thiruchendur got its name from the Tamil word ‘chandan’ meaning sandalwood given to site due to the abundant use of sandalwood paste on the idol in the temple.

The temple has a natural location with the beach as its backdrop. There are shrines of Senthil Andavar (Lord Murugan) with his wives Valli and Daivayanai. This is fourth Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu, which has got ISO certification. This temple is famous for Panneer ilai Vibhathi, which is praised by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. This leaf cures many diseases. This deity is worshipped by many names like Senthilandavan and Senthilkumar.

This temple has introduced Saivagamas and Saivism. This temple escaped from the Tsunami in 2004 by the blessings of Lord Murugan as believed. The holy towns still preserve the traditional culture and life.

Thiruchendur has fertile red soil which is suitable for plantation and crop cultivations. It is between dry and Theri forest and it is known for cashew plantation, palm trees plants and woody trees. It is believed that red soil here is the bloodshed by killing a thief.

As a part of modernization, a number of developments have occurred in the shape of malls, restaurants, hotels and high sky architectural structures. There are a number of schools and colleges here.

Number of places of interest are found here, Kulasekaranpatinam is a village very near to Thiruchendur, it is famous for the celebration in Dasara festival and has a temple of Lord Mutharaman. Ayyanar temple has rich rituals. Melupathakudi is also a beautiful Thalamboo grove and attracts thousands of people who visit this picnis spot. There is also a temple located near natural spring called “sunai” known as the Arunchunai kattha Ayyanar swami temple.

Brahmothsavam, Vasanthothsavam, Visaka Visakam, Skanda Sashti, are celebrated outstandingly here. There are also two festivals, Aavaniperunthirunaal and Maasiperunthirunaal. Naazhi kinaru is a famous well located here. The devotees are allowed to bath from scooping water from the well, and the water never dries up. Even though situated near the sea, the water in the well is not salty.

The place is well connected by road, rail and air. It is located 55 km south east of Thirunelveli, 40 km from Tutikorin and 75 km north east from Kanyakumari. Government and private buses are available. Daily trains are also available from Chennai. The nearest airport is in Tutikorin.

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