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Hill Forts of Rajasthan: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Besides the curlicue mustaches, brightly hued turbans and heavy silver ornaments, Rajasthan is majorly about the massive forts and palaces. What makes Rajasthan stand out is its architecture that depicts royalty and sheer simplicity, all at once. These ruins have delicate carving which are boastful of the intellect and labor it took for its creation. Adding a bit more charisma to the whole setup of the state are its hill-forts. 

Though Rajasthan is a really hot state during summers, but the hillocks of Aravali ranges caress the state with pleasing breeze. The forts standing tall and wide in the ridges steals the spotlight. These forts were mainly made in the hill-tops for safety concerns, but this was not all it is confined to; they offered a lot more than mere defense. Listed below are the magnificent ruins of Rajasthan atop the hills, many of which are recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort - Historical & Largest fort in India
Chittorgarh Fort in Udaipur, Rajasthan
Not just a UNESCO World heritage side but rather a dreamy architecture sprawled on the area of 691.9 acres, perched atop at the height of 590.6 meters. What else you need to explain GRAND; we have all of that too! The Chittorgarh Fort is indeed the largest fort in India, it is so big that villages with more than 4000 people inhabit this fort and still covers a small part of it. 

The Chittorgarh fort has temples, palaces, awe-inspiringly grand gates and two iconic pillars. Some of the eminent rulers like Guhilat, Suryavanshi, Khiljis, Bahadur shah, Akbar and many others have cherished the beauty of this palace over the years; which being said makes it obvious that this fort has witnessed many battles and not just love from these rulers. Today, it only receives love, myriad of love from travelers around the world and off course its inhabitants!

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort - the second most important fort of the Mewar Rulers of Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh Fort - the second most important fort of the Mewar Rulers of Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort was built in 15th century by Raja Kumbha and is situated amid thick forests and across seven grand gateways. This fort was the second-most important fort for the Mewars, the famous erstwhile rulers. Today, the wall encompassing the fort is known to be the second -longest wall after The Great Wall of China.

The Shiva temple out of 359 other temples in the fort and Badal Mahal are the most visited and adored spots of the fort. Badal Mahal is believed to be the birth place of the famous ruler Maharana Pratap and as the name says, this palace will make you feel like you are strolling in the clouds (Perhaps because of its blue-tinged color scheme).

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambhore fort in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
Ranthambhore fort in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
Ranthambore fort reflects the entity of Chauhans in the history and is famed around the world for its National park and Tiger reserve, which alone is spread in an area of 400 sq Km. This national park was a hunting paradise for the Maharajas back then. 

The fort is perched at the height of 400 meters and the inscriptions in the fort also reflect signature style of Nagil Jat clan, a small clan which existed during the Ashokan era. The Jogi Mahal in the fort is a guest house for eminent personalities and was also visited by the former president Rajiv Gandhi and his family.

Gagron Fort

Gagron Fort in Jhalawar, Rajasthan
Gagron Fort in Jhalawar, Rajasthan
Situated in the summit; surrounded by the meeting point of two rivers (Kali Sindh and Ahu) and forest on its back side, it is pretty obvious that Gagron was designed to be unassailable. Inside the fort there is a temple dedicated to Shiva, Durga and Ganesha and outside is a Dargah of Sufi Saint Mitteshah which is bustled specially during Moharram. 

Also, the monastery of Saint Pipa nearby is a major attraction for the tourist other than this enchantingly rugged panorama. The fort was built between 7th to 14th century and during different periods it settled to be in control under Sultas, Rajputs, Khaljis, Mughal and many others legendary rulers.

Amber Fort

Amer Fort - The most precious pearl in the necklace of Jaipur
Amer Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Amber fort is located just 11km away from Jaipur. It is situated on the hill-top of Aravali ranges, adjacent to Jaigarh fort and receives more than 5000 visitors per day. These two forts (Amber and Jaigarh) are rather considered to be a part of a single complex. 

Talking about Amber fort; the fort has a lake on its front side and then the staircases takes you above, to the fort. This brilliantly designed fortress is believed to be built during 1592 by Raja Man Singh and later Sawai Jai Singh renovated it. The fort is made of red-stone and marbles and has series of gates complementing its massive size. Just near Ganesh’s gate is a temple of Sila Devi, a goddess worshipped by the Chaintanyas.

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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort - one of the largest fortifications in the world
Jaisalmer Fort - one of the largest fortifications in the world
Built in the 1156 AD by Rawal Jaiswal, Jaisalmer Fort had also been under Alau-din-Khilji and Humayun after winning legendary battles. Jaisalmer fort is located in Jaisalmer amid sprawling Thar Desert. The Golden color of the fort makes it to be also known as “Sonar Quila” (Golden Fort). The fort, during the sunset camouflages with the sand due to their color.

Jaisalmer fort has a Raj Mahal, havelis and a temple dedicated to Laxminath; and these happen to be the most visited sights of the Jaisalmer Fort. The World Monument Fund collaborated with India National Trust for Art and Culture (INTAC) to re-build and fix many areas of the fort, which collapsed or got ruptured due to seepage and other problems. The Queen’s palace now stands with pride and King’s Palace serves as the museum. The fort has undergone many such renovations and is conserved in order to make sure that it stays intact and lives even a longer life without its charm being faded.

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Located 400 feet above the city; Mehrangarh fort stands proudly like a confident artist does in the stage. The fort belonged to Maharaja Gaj Singh and is protected by imposing wall which well snakes around palace. The walls were obviously built to protect the fort and its inhabitants, but add a different spark in its overall appearance. There are imprints of cannonballs in the walls which speak about the intensity of the battles fought during that time. 

The fort has some really beautiful palaces adorned with finely-detailed carvings; chiseled with intensive dedication which is evident in its first glimpse. There are seven gates in the fort, of which Jayapol and Fatehpol are the most known. Mehrangarh is even buzzier during the Rajasthan International Folk Festival held in October or November.

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh fort - the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts in Rajasthan
Jaigarh fort - the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts in Rajasthan
Just adjacent to the Amber Fort, Jaigarh was designed in order to protect Amber Fort; both are indeed recognized to be a similar complex. Both the forts are joined by subterranean passage and there is enough greenery to create a perfect panorama. The fort is situated atop “Cheel ka Teela”, a hill in the Aravali hill ranges. There are well preserved gardens, some temples dedicated to different gods, a museum and palaces, inside the fort; and these well interprets the royal life of the kings and queens of that era.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Ooty

As you chug along the ridgeline on the "toy train" amidst pine dotted Nilgiri Hills; clumps of fog wreathe the ridgeline, and the mountainsides are washed in muted greens and grays. Welcome to Ooty, the most loved hill station in South India. Nilgiri Mountain Railways is definitely the most fascinating way to arrive in Ooty but not the only one.

One of the most popular hill stations in India, Ooty is an all season travel destinations but ideal to escape from the scorching summer season of India. No wonder it also happens to be one of the top places to visit in India from the month of April till June. 

This popularity has also the bane of Ooty as the center of town is congested and chaotic. However, walk away from the heart outside, and you might mistakenly think that you are walking the English country lane. The English Men put special efforts in dotting this place with their signature charm and architecture. That is one reason why tourist from around the globe head to this charming hill station in India.

It is in this charming periphery that some of the best and most luxurious hotels in Ooty are located amidst sprawling green. If it's Ooty you are traveling to this holiday season and if you are that descerning traveler who settles down for nothing but the best, we bring to you the list of top luxury hotels in Ooty. Read through to take your pick.

Fernhills Palace

Fernhills Palace - Best Luxury Heritage Hotels in Ooty
Fernhill Palace - Heritage Hotel in Ooty, India
Fernhills Royal Palace, the residence of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, looks like a Swiss Chalet. A huge red bungalow, outlined with white pillars and bargeboards, and sparklingly green lawns. Fernhills Palace offers all the royal facilities that would make you believe that you are nothing less than a king. Let alone the exteriors, the grandeur inside the palace is hundred times more intensified.

This hotel is an all-suite hotel; with lounge, bar and restaurant, fitness center, conference room, banquet hall, in-house shops and in-house salon. This is where, not just doctors or laundry service, but even your personal stylist/beautician is a phone call away.

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Taj Savoy Hotel

Front View of Taj Savoy Heritage Hotel in Ooty
Front View of Taj Savoy Hotel, Ooty
Taj group of hotels are known to leave a spotless mark on their guests, and Taj Savoy too does that effortlessly. Taj Savoy Hotel is spread over six acres of land, embellished with beautiful flowers. The cottages date back to 1835 and sprinkle British charm.

You have a great choice of variety under standard rooms, superior garden facing rooms and suites.  The hotel has a dining room, bar, lounge, conference hall, ayurvedic centre, fitness centre and numerous other things.

It also organizes exclusive activities like Bhangra Dance, Bharatnayam/Mohiniyattam, painting class for ladies, DJ, ghazal, party games, magician, live band, yoga session, jungle safari, trekking, golfing and fishing. Also, you can opt for copier/fax, secretariat services, safe deposit locker (free), car, doctor on call, laundry etc.

Fortune Hotel Sullivan Court


Fortune Hotel Sullivan Court, Ooty

Fortune hotel Sullivan Court is designed in such a way that it reflects warmth and soothe. Surrounded with lush green and peaceful ambience, this hotel is a retreat for you, if the blaring horns of the highway have choked your minds. Sit back and behold the enormous Nilgiri hills and feel its magic healing.

This hotel is equipped with all the modern day facilities. The hotel has a bar, gymnasium, restaurant and three conference halls. There are 67 rooms with a choice in standard (49), fortune club rooms (14) and suites (4). All the rooms are tastefully designed and offer breathtaking view of the valley.

Mount N Mist Hotel

Mount N Mist  Luxury Hotels in Ooty
Mount 'n' Mist Hotel, Ooty
And as you sip in the morning tea, you realize that the sunset view is hail worthy. Mount and Mist hotel is affluent in terms of greenery, heart-warming services and up-to-date facilities. There are five kinds of rooms in the hotel, namely; deluxe room, deluxe executive suite, twin deluxe suites, queen suite and king suite.

There are some special facilities provided like Trekking, Jungle Safari, Bonfire, Barbecue, friendly pets for entertainment (and you can take along your own pet as well). The restaurant inside the hotel is named Forest Feast Restaurant and offers a wide choice in Continental/ Chinese and Indian Cuisine. The décor is elegant and soothing.

Highland Hotel (Accord Hotels and Resort)

Highland Luxury Hotel & Resort  in Ooty
Highland Hotel & Resort in Ooty, India
Long stretch of lazy hills of Doddabetta Range, green and undisturbed, makes your stay in Highland Hotel worth your while. Off course, what add on to the relaxing experience are the services, facilities and décor of this hotel.

Some exclusive facilities of this hotel are; airport transfer, barbecue grills, babysitting, banquet facilities, currency exchange, golf camps, boating, gift shop, news stand, health spa, safe deposit box, campfire area, internet, wake up calls, mini bar in every room and a lot others.

The hotel is designed keeping in view the modern day elegance and simplicity. The three Banquet halls of the hotel give you a chance to celebrate your special day with your loved ones. These halls can accommodate 200 people with ease.

Gem Park Hotel

Gem Park Luxury Hotels in Ooty
Gem Park Hotel in Ooty
It’s about time to spend your precious vacations in the lap of sheer perfection. Gem Park has inscribed its name in the list of “Best Luxury Hotels in Ooty”, with its unrivaled services and tasteful décor.  There are three kinds of accommodation, deluxe, luxury and presidential suite. All the rooms have business centre, TV, valet services, turndown service, work desk with lamp, direct dial phone, pc, internet connection, hairdryer, coffee bar, mini bar, crib; and with higher price you get better and wider range of facilities.

The restaurant has two restaurants, two bars, conference halls, banquet hall, spa, parlor, gymnasium, Kashmiri boutique, pastry shop, sports court, news stand etc.

Hill Country Lovedale

Hill Country Lovedale - Luxury Hotels in Ooty
Hill Country Lovedale in Ooty
An epitome of grace and flawlessness, Hill Country Lovedale overlooks the beautiful Ketti Village. Accommodation comes with a choice in premium suite, deluxe suite and deluxe cottage; all the rooms are designed to provide comfort and pleasure. You can pamper yourself in the Ayurvedic Wellness centre and enjoy recreational activities in the Game Centre.

This hotels highlight apart from comforting services and amazing décor is Sowkhya. Sokhya is the Ayurvedic centre and you get a good number of choice in the treatments; Therapeutic Rejuvenation Massage, Punarnavam (Herbal Facial), Therapeutic Skin Renewal Massage, Therapeutic Herbal Power Massage, Therapeutic Special Back Pain Massage and Sowkhya Mind n body energizing Therapy.

Making your experience better, is the in house restaurant that offers authentic local cuisine and a lot more.


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Deccan Odyssey: India by Luxury Train

Board the Deccan Odyssey and explore some of the most awe-inspiring tourist destinations across India. This Indian luxury train has 21 coaches, all of which are designed to match the regal erstwhile kingdoms of Maharashtra and other parts of India.

The thematic coaches of the train go hand in hand with peerless facilities and gracious services aboard. On board the train, you will cover miles without even realizing you are far away from home.

Deccan Odyssey: Luxury train journeys in India
Deccan Odyssey: Luxury train journeys in India
Your vacation needs to be free from unnecessary bugs and to ensure this, hostesses and stewards of Deccan Odyssey are always available with their courteous services. Deccan Odyssey covers ten different journeys, planned keeping in view different interests of the vacationers.
After the grand success of Palace on Wheels (Luxury train), love for luxury trains emerged in India. This made Maharashtra tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) initiate a grand step in introducing a legendary train for Maharashtra as well. In 2001, MTDC and Indian Railway Ministry signed an MOU and this turned the idea into innovation.

After rejecting thousands of layouts in a span of five months, they finalized the one which couldn’t get even better. Hence in 2002, the main construction work of the train started. Finally by 2003, the train was all set and ready.

The Royal Blue Exterior of the Deccan Odyssey Train
The Royal Blue Exterior of the Deccan Odyssey Train
 Taj Group of Hotels was very impressed with the décor and layout of the train. They joined hands with the authorities of Deccan Odyssey, in order to provide five-star hospitality. Deccan Odyssey got inaugurated in 16th January 2004 in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

There were intense hardships that all the engineers, craftsmen and managers went through during all this time; but it was all worth it at the end.

1.Carriages

Deccan Odyssey train has 21 coaches; all of them are air-conditioned. They are designed with dedication and prioritizing comfort. Each coach is inspired by the grandeur of different dynasties of Maharashtra. Out of 21 coaches 11 are for accommodation of guests and the rest are reserved for lounge, dining, spa and conference.

•Guest Cabins

Deccan Odyssey has 11 coaches especially for the accommodation of the guests.  All the cabins are spacious with state-of-art amenities and round the clock services. The décor is enchanting and soothing, making the guest feel calm and relaxed. The cabins have attached spacious bathrooms, personal safe, telephone, CD/DVD player, Tv and everything else that you might need for a comfortable and cherishing journey. You can also opt for twin bed or cabin for differently-abled people.

Deluxe Twin Bed Cabin on board Deccan Odyssey
Deluxe Twin Bed Cabin on board Deccan Odyssey

•Dining and Bar

Deccan Odyssey has a cart dedicated to those who love to treat their taste buds with tempting dishes and drinks. There are two multi-cuisine restaurants in the train- Peshwa I and Peshwa II. The dishes and décor of these restaurants are incomparable. Gracious stewards wear traditional Maharashtrian attires, which complements the theme and makes you feel like a Maharaja.


Deccan Odyssey Restaurant
Deccan Odyssey Restaurant
There is a bar in the train called Mumbai Hi, serving exotic drinks from around the world. There are well stacked drinks which are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The bar will lift your spirit high, and then nothing in the world can then make you feel exhausted. 

•Spa

Rejuvenate yourself while you are aboard Deccan Odyssey, in its spa cabin. These massages and body therapies are performed by skilled and knowledgeable staff. The techniques and tonics of Ayurveda will make your labyrinthine nerves get a peaceful sensation.

Deccan Odyssey Spa
Spa

•Conference Car

We understand that not all voyagers can move forth with only leisure. Hence, we have a conference car for those who want to update and get updated about their corporate business. The conference car has comfortable seating with error free and high speed Wi-Fi connectivity. The car has updated equipments that are required for an efficient conference.

Conference Car on boards Deccan Odyssey
Conference Car

•Sitting and Lounge

Deccan Odyssey is very spacious. But if you still need a corner of your own to read, deep-think or perhaps chat with your best friend on board, you can enjoy in the sitting and lounge area of the train. There are plenty of books here. The library is indeed a treasure for bibliophiles.

Deccan Odyssey - Sitting and Lounge Area
Sitting and Lounge Area

2.Other Facilities

  • Indoor games: Cardboard and puzzle games are available on board.
  • Assistance for differently-abled people: special assistance for differently-abled guests like wheelchair, crèches, attendants, special dietary requirements are given. It is advised to inform the authorities about your requirements at the time of booking.
  • Attendant or Khidmatgar: an attendant will be always available to cater the guests on board.
  • Internet: There is availability of laptops with high speed internet connectivity during your journey.
  • Events: Deccan odyssey can arrange royal weddings, business conferences and meeting on board on request.
  • New paper/magazines: You will be given newspapers/magazine every morning with your morning tea.
  • Arrival kit: Guests will be welcomed with a glass of wine and an arrival kit.
  • Medical assistance:  Medical assistance will be available during the journey. Also, doctors can be arranged, if required.
  • Souvenir: There is a souvenir shop in the train with dresses, handicrafts and other artifacts.
All the journeys start from either New Delhi or Mumbai; both of which are metropolitan cities with great connectivity with domestic and international cities.

Besides connectivity, there are numerous accommodation and transportation options available in these cities. So when you will reach Mumbai or New Delhi and wait for the journey to start, there will not be any inconvenience.

Maharashtra Splendor
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Aurangabad - Tadopa - Ajanta Caves - Nashik - Kolhapur  - Goa - Mumbai
Duration: 7 nights/8 days
Starting From: Mumbai
Price Starting From: USD 5,075 per cabin per journey

Indian Odyssey
Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Sawai Madhopur(Ranthambore) - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Vadodara - Mumbai
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Starting From: New Delhi
Price Starting From: USD $5,075 per cabin per journey

Golden Treasure
Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Agra - Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore) - Jaipur - New Delhi
Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days
Starting from: New Delhi
Price Starting From: USD 1,530 per cabin per journey

Soul Quest
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Shirdi – Mumbai
Duration: 2 Nights / 3 Days
Starting from: Mumbai
Price Starting From: USD $1070 per cabin per journey

Spiritual Sahyadri
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Nashik - Shirdi – Mumbai
Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Starting from: Mumbai
Price Starting From: USD 1,800 per cabin per journey

Jewels of the Deccan
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hampi - Bijapur - Hyderabad – Mumbai
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Starting from: Mumbai
Price Starting From: USD 5,075 per cabin per journey

Maharashtra Wild Trail
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Ajanta Caves - Nagzira - Tadoba - Aurangabad – Mumbai
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Starting from: Mumbai
Price Starting From: USD 5,075 per cabin per journey

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat
Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Vadodara - Bhavnagar - Sasan Gir - Little Rann of Kutch - Modhera - Ahmedabad – Delhi
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Starting from: Mumbai
Price Starting From: USD 5,075 per cabin per journey

Indian Soiree
Destinations Covered: Mumbai- Ajanta Caves - Sanchi - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Agra - New Delhi
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Starting from: Mumbai
Price Starting From: USD 5,075 per cabin per journey

Indian Sojourn
Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Sawai Madhopur - Jaipur - Agra - Sanchi - Aurangabad – Mumbai
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Starting from: New Delhi
Price Starting From: USD 5,075 per cabin per journey

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Deccan Odyssey Jaipur Detinations
A View of Jaipur

1.Jaipur

Buildings and forts built from red sandstone, made this city to be referred as “The Pink City”. It has now become a legal norm to have a shade of red/pink in the walls of residential houses as well. Jaipur is one of the major cities lying in the famous golden triangle circuit which is recommended and aspired by foreign tourists when they visit India.

Jaipur is house to Rajput architecture and charm.Some of the most loved sites of Jaipur are City Palace, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahagarh Fort, Lakhsmi Narayan Temple and Hawamahal.

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2.Udaipur

Another major part of the Golden Triangle Tour, Udaipur is also known as ‘City Of Lakes’. The city has four clean and extensive lakes with sprawling wildlife, abundant greenery and numerous species of fishes. There are islands on the lakes which are adorned with forts, palaces, temples, gardens and everything else that makes it look like a fantasy. Lake Pichola, Jah Mandir, City Palace and Fateh Sagar lakes are some spots of tourists’ attraction which must be explored.

[Plan a royal holiday at Taj Lake Palace , Udaipur]

3.Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is surrounded by rugged hillocks and is called “The Golden City of India”. Houses and ruins in Jaisalmer are either made of yellow sandstone or are painted mustard; all this amid immense Thar Desert gives a yellow tinge to the panorama of the city.

Jaisalmer fort in Jaisalmer tops the list of tourists’ attractions and stands on a ridge above the rest of the city. One can visit Sam Sand dunes for camel safari and other unbeatable entertainment options. If not that, this deserted city also have lakes, so hop in a house boat and soak yourself into the calmness around it.

4.Delhi

The capital of India, Delhi, is unstoppable and heading towards newer heights of development and technology. If you are looking for shopping with wide range of options in budget and everything then Delhi is a blessing for you. As the city has been under the rule of Mughals, Khilji, Chauhans and other prominent rulers; it has some beautiful heritage sites. All the remnants of its erstwhile rulers, merging with the modern infrastructure, form a brilliant cityscape.

Delhi became the capital of the country in 1911, and was further planned by the British Rulers. The peerless perfection of British Architecture can be seen in central Delhi.  According to UNESCO, Red Fort (Laal Quila), Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar Complex are World Heritage Sites and are worth a visit. Apart from these, there are other popular sites too that you can explore until forever.

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5.Mumbai

Mumbai is the largest city of India in population. Every day there are thousands of immigrants shifting to this city of dreams. Their dreams are made up of bollywood, IT, corporate businesses, sales and what not. Mumbai has beautiful beaches, bustling shopping complexes, and amazing restaurants; in short if you live like a king or choose to save your money, you will get the best of what you want.
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Marine drive, Band stand, Gateway of India, Churchgate area, Worli are amongst the top tourist destinations of Mumbai; they make the city even more lovable.

[You may also want to check out the Complete Mumbai Travel Guide]

6.Goa

Goa has two faces: vigorous and tranquil. Hop into Baga beach if you want to dance the night away and surround yourself with sheer spark of youth and life. Or visit Candolim Beach for some peace. Goa has everything that a die-hard shopper would wish for. There are tempting sea-foods for which Goa is famous. Let alone night clubs, shops and restaurants of Goa also are open till late.

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The state had been under the rule of Portuguese and their remnants today attract large number of tourists. There are casinos on the cruises in South Goa where you can splurge and try your luck. And your trip would be half a waste if you don’t get yourself into amazing water sports in the beaches.

7.Agra

Fixed its name in the list of Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal attracts a huge wave of tourists every day. This immense white-marbled palace is a shrine for romantics. The Taj Mahal holds story of true love, of Emperor Shah Jahan and her wife.

But, there is more to Agra than just Taj Mahal. Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Agra Red Fort, Mankameshwar Temple, Jams Masjid, Chini ka Rauza, Ram Bagh, Mariam's Tomb, Akbar's Tomb (Sikandra), Mehtab Bagh, Gurudwara Guru ka Taal and Keetham Lake are a few examples of Agra’s pride. Almost all the forts and palaces reflect the entity of Mughals, Rajputs and Persians in its architectural style.

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8.Badami

Badami has red-stoned and beige ruggedness in the landscape, which is most conspicuous than all its other facets. Badami has indeed gotten its name because of this aspect of this town; Badami literally means the color of badam (almond) and that’s what we see in its panorama. The rock-cut art is just another of its most attractive attributes.

Most visited site of Badami is its Four Cave Temple. The caves are ancient and were built by drilling the reddish hillocks. These caves have great reverence by the Hindus and Jainis. Three of the caves are dedicated to Hindu gods, i.e. Shiva, Ganpati, Brahma, Vishnu, Narsimha and others; while the fourth cave has the image of Lord Mahavira. There is Agasthya Lake just beside the caves, adding a little more charm to the landscape.

9.Ahmedabad

Sixth largest city of India, pride of Gujarat and expanding dramatically since 11th century, Ahmedabad is now an official commercial hub of the Gujarat. This is one of the rarest cities which were not colonized by the British Empire. The city is sparkled during Navratri festivals, when people gather and play dandiya to celebrate those nine days.

[You may also want to check out the best luxury hotels in Ahmedabad

Gujratis are well known for their hospitality and friendliness. Hence, to restore your faith humanity, Ahmedabad does wonders.  Also, its proximity to Sabarmati Ashram, the vicinity is under strong influence of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings.

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Hathisingh Jain Temple, Teen Darwaza, Akshardham Temple, Sabarmati Ashram, Shaking Minarets, Sidi Sayed Mosque are some of the most popular destinations in Gujarat from tourism point of view.

10.Kutch

This largest district of India, Kutch is a very famous part of Gujarat. Kutch is mostly famous for its Rann of Kutch, lying in the Thar Desert and reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world. Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh which gets submerged during monsoons and stays dry otherwise.

The water leaves a great amount of salt in the desert making a flawlessly white landscape, looking like snow.  During the month of December or January, Rann of Kutch receives millions of visitors when the festival Rann Utsav is organized. This festival is full of life and vibrant folk of Gujarat.

This deserted area is also rich in wildlife, giving a wider canvas for the travelers. Some of the most popular sanctuaries of the area are, Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary, Banni Grasslands Reserve, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, and Chari Chandi Wetland Conservation.

11.Sindhudurg

Sindhudurg is a former part of erstwhile Ratnagiri district and had been captivating its visitors ever since 1664. Sindhudurg Fort which was built by Shivaji is the most-talked-about spot of the region. Sidhudurg means a fort in the sea. And the fort of Sindhudurg lying on the sea has made the district get this name.

Also this is the only fort with a temple dedicated to King Shivaji and was built to protect its inhabitants from the enemies. The tidal waves of Arabian Sea had been a strong guard against the enemies. Besides its architectural marvel, Sindhudurg offers tempting sea foods for the foodies.

12.Kolhapur

This famous Maharashtrian district is known for its Kolhapuri Chappal (slippers), Mahalaxmi temple and its lakes. It is said that the town got its name from a devil called Kolhasura, who was assassinated by Goddess Mahalaxmi.

 The Mahalaxmi temple of Kolhapuri has been mentioned in the list of 108 sites of Shakti. The temple is of high importance in Hinduism and it is said that Goddess Mahalaxmi and Lord Vishnu used to stay in its Karveer area.

Besides this holy temple you can also get the most out of Kolhapur through its Rankala Lake and New Palace.

13.Shirdi

Famous for an eminent saint Sai Baba, Shirdi is where Baba took Samadhi (highest point of meditation). And the very spot where Sai Baba took Samadhi now has a huge temple which is famous all over the world. Baba spent a good amount of time in Shirdi teaching lessons which awoken many souls.

He is known for numerous miracles that he performed during his life span and people believe that he does it even today. The faith of people, irrespective of their religion in Sai Baba is adamant; this makes million worshippers visit Shirdi Temple. Because of the endless queue for the darshan, many people (rich or poor) sleep in the pavements for the magnificent early morning arti.

 [You may also want to check out the Top Most Richest Temples in India

14.Daulatbad

Daulatbad is formerly known as Deogiri and had been a capital during the rule of Muhammad Bin Tughluq. The whole panorama of the city is enchanting with rocks and brown hills with green tinge. What Daulatbad is largely known for, is its hill fort which is perched at the top of a conical hill.

The fort was constructed under Raja Bhillamraj of the Yadav Dynastry. Some of the notable areas of the forts are scarp, sub-terranean passage and the moat. The fort houses many palaces too, some of which are Chini Mahal, Chand Minar and Baradari.

15.Ajanta Caves

This world famous monument dates back to the first century BC with additions in the third and fourth century during the Gupta period. Ajanta caves comprises of 29 rock cut caves inscribed with sculptures, paintings and texts. Ajanta Caves has great reverence in Budhhism.

These caves have images and sculptures of Lord Budhha. Out of the 29 caves, five of them served as temples and the others served as monasteries accommodating about 200 artisans and monks. The area was covered with thick forest, until it was accidentally discovered by a British officer in 1819. The Ajanta Caves are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts hundreds of admirers every day.

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16.Nasik

Through the ages, Nasik never failed to inscribe its name amongst the famous spots of Maharashtra. The city is one of the holiest cities of India. It is believed that Shri Ram along with his wife and brother spent the time of his exile in a Tapovan near Nasik.

And this is one of the four cities which host Kumbh Ka Mela. The festival takes place once in every twelve year. Nasik had been under rule of Mughals, Maratha Empire and British and during the British time too it became popular because of famous freedom fights it faced.

17.Vadodra

Vadodra was known as Baroda. It had been recognized as a princely state during the time of British Rule in India. The city is the cultural capital of Gujarat and has brilliant ancient monuments rubbing its shoulder with the hi-tech infrastructure of this ever growing era.

Some of the well known palaces of Vadodra are Pratap Vilas Palace, Makarpura Palace, Nazarbaug Palace and Laxmi Vilas Palace. Apart from the palaces, other highlights of Vadodra are Aurobindo Ashram, Hazira Maqbara, Nyay Mandir, kala Goda, Sardar Bag, Baroda museum and Lal Bag. The city has a lot many amazing spots which a traveler look out for, in search of sheer rejuvenation.

18.Tadoba 

Get set for an extraordinary experience of wildlife safari. Todaba National Park is listed as the India’s Tiger Reserve which serves this ferocious yet fragile specie with intensive care. The National Park is stretched over an area of 625.40 sq and is a part of Chandipur district of Maharashtra.

Besides beholding tigers in their natural environs, you may also spot Indian Mouse deer, Spotted deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Rusty spotted cat, Leopard, Gaur, Wild dog, Flying squirrel and many others. Needless to say that Tadoba Natural Park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird-watchers.

19.Sawai Madhopur

Sawai Madhopur is mainly famous for Ranthambore National Park. This National Park is enriched with greenery and a large number of wildlife species. Ranthambore National Park was earlier a Tiger Reserve and later got declared as a national park in 1980. The fort in the national park, called Ranthambore fort is amongst its several highlights.

You can spot Sloth, Hyena Chital, Wild Boar, Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Chinkara, Jackal, Blue Bull and many others. You can explore it all riding on a jeep or even an elephant.

Sawai Madhopur is a town well planned by Raja Sawai Madho Singh I. There are many temples in the area which are the power of faith for the pilgrims. The city already receives good amount of visitors. During the festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Dussera, the city breaks a new record of visitors.

20.Aihole

Aihole has a magnificent panorama; the Chalukyan architecture being the most salient feature of the village. The Chalukyans dedicated great time and efforts to create the 125 stone temples in the 5th century. These temples stand with their charm unstirred even today. Having this said, it becomes pretty obvious how important Aihole is for the pilgrims of India.

There are temple of Durga, Ramlingeswara, Budhha, Gauri and many others.  These temples have fine rock-cut shrines and sculptures. Aihole is a must visit, not just for the pilgrims but also for the heritage lovers because of its awesome cragginess scattered unevenly but with grace.

21.Bijapur

Bijapur is often referred as ‘Agra of South India’; and this speaks enough about the heritage architecture of the city. Rulers like Adil Shahi, Chalukyas, Yadavas, Khilji, Bahamani and others enlivened Bijapur with enchanting forts, palaces, temples and gardens.

The most iconic structure of Bijapur is Gol Gumbaz. The tomb was built by Adil Shah and is the largest tomb in India. Talking about its architectural brilliance, there is a beautiful dichotomy exhibited here. One is the centre of the tomb, where a sound echoes for about seven times.

And the other is Whispering gallery, which is sensitive to the minutest decibel. So, in Whispering Gallery even murmurs are easily audible. Other than the Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim Rauza, the Archeological Museum, Malik-e-Maidan, Upli Buruj, Asar Mahal, Chand Biwdi, Seat Kabar; there are many tourist spots here to keep you entertained and amazed.

22.Pattadakal

Pattadakal houses beautiful monuments built during the Chalukyan rule. This village is located in Karnataka, with Aihole and Badami in its proximity. UNESCO honored Pattadakal by listing its monuments as World Heritage site(s) as ‘Pattadakal Group of Monuments’. There are four temples styled with Nagara architecture, four by Dravidian architecture and the rest two are fancied with a dexterous mash-up of both the styles.

Pattakal is the land of enchanting ruins, mesmerizing the onlookers since its creation.

[ Looking for more? Check out the best Places to Visit in Karnataka ]

23.Nagzira

Nagzira got its name derived from two words; Nag meaning cobra and zira means a source of water. Nagzira National Wildlife sanctuary is referred as ‘Green Oasis’ in most of the parts of Maharashtra and holds great significance because of its biodiversity.

The sanctuary is spread across an area of 116.54 sq km and is home to vast variety of flora and fauna species, and sprawling wildlife. There are approximately 166 species of birds, 34 species of mammals and 4 species of amphibians in the sanctuary. Here, you can spot tigers, panthers, sambar, bison, chital, wild boar, sloth bear, barking deer, mouse deer, wild dogs and nilgai.

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24.Sasan Gir

Gir National Park is the most popular National park of India and is situated in Gujarat. This is the only place where you can spot pure-bred Asiatic Lions; the fragility and significance of this national park hence become obvious. The tigers were on the verge of extinction, until the Nawab of Junagad thought to preserve the forest. After much ado; he declared the national park as ‘Protected’. Gir National Park is under intensive care and is managed by the Forest Department, NGOs and wildlife activists.

Gir National park has an area of 1412 km sq. and was established in 1965. You can spot lions, leopards, chikaras, antelopes, sloth bears, hyenas, jungle cats and many more. There are about 400 species of flora and 2375 species of fauna here.

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25.Hyderabad

This 500 years old city had been under the rule of Qutb Shahi, Mughals, Asaf Jahi and British. Its rulers embedded the city with marvelous monuments and their age old royalty still glints in every detail of the city. Hyderabad is rightly called the “City of Pearls”, because it is as charming and regal as a pearl.  It is India’s fourth most populous city and has all the facilities that a metropolitan city should have. The city has now become an IT and pharmaceutical hub and is growing with a faster pace every day.

Possessing some brilliant architectural marvels dating back to different eras, Hyderabad gracefully flaunts the blend of Hi-tech infrastructure and old-world charms. Mecca Masjid, Charminar and Lake Hussain Sagar are the most popular landmarks amongst many other iconic spots of Hyderabad.

26.Bhavnagar

Bhavnagar is the fifth largest city of Gujarat and is named after its founder Bhavsinhji Gohil. Bhavnagar is mainly admired for the group of 863 Jain temples located in Palitana.  The temples are located atop Shatrunjaya hills and are acclaimed by thousands of visitors. Other than this Takhteshwar temple and Aksharwadi temple are preferred by the pilgrims.

For the leisure travelers Velavadar National Park proves to be a delight. Velavadar National Park is the only tropical grassland of the country recognized as a national park.  The park covers an area of 34 km sq and is home to blackbucks, antelopes, wolves, nilgai, wild boars, jungle cats, hyenas, jackals, and foxes. You can also spot some endangered local and migratory birds in the vicinity.

27.Modhera

Modhera is known widely for its Sun temple. In Hindus Sun is worshipped and addressed as “Surya Devta”. There are many rituals of worshipping, like pouring water to the lord. Surya Devta is amongst the most powerful gods of Hindus.

Though there are many Sun temples in India, but the one in Modhera holds great significance for the pilgrims. The temple is inspired by the Sun Temple of Konark, which is the most famous Sun temple in India. King Bhimdev in 1026 AD commissioned this temple. And with his orders all the corners and pillars were designed with terrific details and dedication.

There are three main areas in the temple, namely; Sabha Mandap and Surya Kund. Sabha Madap was used during religious gathering and is surrounded by 54 pillars, denoting 54 weeks of a year. Surya Kund is a large rectangular water tank with strategically placed staircases.

28.Sanchi

Located 46 Km away from Bhopal, Sanchi was the birth place of Great Ashoka’s wife and the venue of their marriage as well. The town is honored for its Sanchi Shanti Stupa, which was commissioned by Ashoka, the great emperor.

The aftermath of Kalinga massacre left the emperor remorseful; ocean of blood and loud cries left him stunned. This made him walk in the path of Lord Buddha and he became a staunch follower of Buddhism. Shanti Stupa was the first Buddhist monument of the region and did get a lot of popularity in a short time.

  [You may also want to check out the Top 10 Spiritual Sights in India

Shanti Stupa is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre of Stupa is a domed structure, encircled with beautiful rugged walls. The façade has a gate, prettified with impeccably detailed sculptures engraved in the stone. Shanti Stupa is Madhya Pradesh’s most recommended site for travelers and Buddhists. You can find statues of Lord Budhha, model of Shanti Stupa and many more things around Shanti Stupa.

29.  Hampi

The former capital of legendary Vijaynagara dynasty, Hampi houses their remnants with pride. These ruins are revered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are scattered all over the village and beyond. The village has several monuments, reflecting history and sanctity. 

Matanga Hill is the perfect spot to be in, for a panoramic view of the village, gracefully ripped off by the tremors over the years. This Karnatak glory has magnificent tourist spots like Virupaksha Temple, Yanthrodhara Sri Prana Devaru, sunset Matanga Hill, Hampi Bazaar, Lakshmi Narsimha Temple, Royal Enclosure and many others. 

[Also check out The world famous Hampi festival in Karnataka]


How to book Deccan Odyssey train journey

Tickets for Deccan Odyssey journey can be booked in www.IndianLuxuryTrains.Com, a venture by Indian Holiday Private Limited.

Medical

There is easy medical assistance available during the journey. Doctor can also be arranged on call.

Wildlife

There are some journeys of Deccan Odyssey with Jungle Safari in its schedule. It is advised that people booking for journeys of this sort pack some earth-toned clothes for the safari.

On the train

Deccan odyssey gives the best facilities at unbeatable price. There are Facilities like dining, local alcohols, soft drinks, butler, accommodation and many more.

Off the train

The fees of the train also include excursions. When you will leave the train for excursions you will be having guides accompanying you and entrance fees of mentioned destinations, transport, complementary tea, porter charges at the stations, are all included in the cost. Fees for video and professional cameras are not included in the cost that you will pay in Deccan Odyssey.

Other concerns

It is advisable to inform the authorities about special dietary requirement or special facilities for differently-abled people, at the time of booking itself.

There aren’t specific vaccinations needed to travel in India. But it would be better if you have a Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate confirming this to International Health Regulations.

Laundry facilities are available aboard Deccan Odyssey, but only in selected destinations. So it would be better if you pack accordingly.

Pre and post tour accommodation

Deccan Odyssey is responsible for the accommodation during the journeys. There are no pre and post tour accommodation. All the journeys start from metropolitan cities, either Mumbai or Delhi. Both the cities have great connectivity with all major national and international cities and easy accommodation options.

International and Domestic flights

Deccan Odyssey does not pay for flights. But you can find sufficient information about schedules, fares. You can get assistance for the bookings in the sites mentioned above.

Personal travel insurance

It is advised that you get yourself a travel insurance cover form your country; for injury, death, illness, loss of luggage etc.

Child policy

Deccan Odyssey does not allow kids to commence the journey alone. Children under 5 years old will not be charged, subject to sharing a double bed with parents.

This is subject to availability of double bed cabins at the time of booking: Single child (5 years to 12 years) will be charged 50 percent less than the adult fee, subject to sharing double bed with parents.
This is subject to availability of double bed cabins at the time of booking: two children travelling together with parents can get a separate cabin. The charges will be- 50 percent less than the adult fare and another will be full fare of adult accommodation. In this clause, inter-connected cabins are not available except the Presidential Suite Car.

Visa requirements

Your visa needs to have a valid Visa with minimum validity of six months to enter Indian Territory.

 Getting out

Depending upon the journey you choose, the journey will either terminate in New Delhi or Mumbai (both of which are metropolitan cities with easy accommodation options and connectivity with major national/international cities).

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Best Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

Boasting of a distinctive ancient Dravidian culture, Tamil Nadu is one of the most captivating and absorbing states of the southern region of India. Leisure travelers from all around the world as well as pilgrims from all parts of the country flock this pristine state to visit its imposing centuries-old temples. Its hill towns, forested mountains, abundant flora-fauna and beaches are equally popular, amidst tourists. Abundant natural resources also help the state in making itself even better.

One of the oldest civilizations, Tamil Nadu has been ruled by several dynasties including Pandya, Chola and Chera. Its varied natural surroundings, culture and tourists attractions make Tamil Nadu an ideal tourist paradise. The blog enlists some top tourists places in Tamil Nadu:

Kanyakumari - The Beach City of Tamil Nadu

Night View of Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari
Night View of Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari
Lying on the confluence of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, Kanyakumari is placed on the furthermost tip of the Indian Mainland. Earlier known as Cape Comorin, it was quiet popular during the reign of the Pandya, Chera and Chola dynasties. Kanyakumari is very popular for its varied cultural centers, temples, monuments, friendly locals and mesmerizing beaches.

Swami Vivekananda Memorial, Gandhi Memorial and imposing status of popular Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar are some of the most popular attractions. It is one of the most ideal places during the month of May when southwest monsoon arrives in India. Kanyakumari also holds immense religious importance and is home to a number of Dravidian-style temples.
  •  Popular Attractions- Swami Vivekananda Memorial

Madurai - The Cultural Center

Madurai - The Temple City
Madurai - The third largest city in Tamil Nadu
One of the world’s oldest occupied cities, Madurai in the ancient times had been under the rule of Chola, Nayak and Pandya dynasties. It even finds its mention in the writings of Kautilya and Megasthenes. Madurai is home to a number of magnificent ancient temples. The city is placed on the fertile banks of Vaigai River and gets divided into two parts, by the same river.

The city is known for being a prime center for Tamil culture and learning from around 4000 years ago. Amongst the several impressive temples, The Meenakshi Amman Temple is the most popular one, extremely beautiful. The 12-day Chithirai Festival held during the month of April is the major attraction.
  •  Popular Attractions- Meenakshi Amman Temple  

Ooty - The Queen of Hills

avalanche lake ooty
Ooty - One of the beautiful hill station in South India
Also known as Udhagamandalam, the popular hill town of Ooty was founded in the first half of 19th century by the British rulers as a summer retreat for the Chennai viceroys. Lying at the foothills of the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains, Ooty is at its best during the months of April and May. This soothing hill town is perfect for both, family vacationers and newly-wedded couples.

The cool breeze, amazing weather, rolling hills, lush mountains, several tourists attractions in Ooty, every year attract a crazy number of tourists from all across the world. Some of the prime attracts include Ooty Lake, Government Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Toy Train, Kodanadu View Point, Rose Garden and more.
  • Popular Attractions- Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Lakes
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Mahabalipuram - The Heritage City

Pancha Rathas - A monument complex at Mahabalipuram
Also known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is located at a distance of around 1 hour southwards of Chennai and is known as one of the best beaches on the eastern coast. Cherishing rich ancient cultural heritage, Mahabalipuram finds itself in the list the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While under the reign of the Pallavas, the city enjoyed an important position of a major sea post during the 7th century.

Mahabalipuram is well known for their fine stone sculptures and carvings, Pancha Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, Shore Temple are some of the most popular attractions, which are a must-visit. They are a proof of the brilliant Dravidian style of architecture. The beaches of Mahabalipuram surely offer a relaxed atmosphere, away from chaotic hustle-bustle.
  • Popular Attractions- Pancha Rathas, Shore Temple

Chennai

Marina Beach
Marina Beach, One of the longest beach in India
The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is also famed as the ‘Gateway to South India’ and boasts of a history that is around 350 years old. An ideal mix of the old and new worlds, this metropolitan city houses amusement parks, beaches, temples, galleries, museums, old Portuguese churches and more. Formerly called Madras, Chennai has over 20 heritage structures, which also include Cinema halls, railway stations and museums.

When in the city, do explore attractions like Fort St George, Connemara Library, National Art Gallery, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Marina Beach, Ashtalakshmi Temple, MGR Film City, VGP Golden Beach, Santhome Cathedral Basilica and so on. The surrounding villages like Triplicane, Purasawalkam, Egmore and Chetput also offer travelers some interesting options to explore.
  • Popular Attractions- Kapaleeswarar Temple, Marina Beach , Fort St George

Kodaikanal - The Hill Destination

Kodaikanal Lake
Beautiful lake of Kodaikanal
Fondly known as the ‘Princess of the Hill stations’, Kodaikanal is a mesmerizing hill town, standing at an elevation of 2331 meters above the sea level. Placed on the top of Palani Mountains, this enchanting hill town is encircled by thick forests. Its rich flora-fauna, picturesque locations, lush parks, perennial waterfalls, lakes and tourists attractions attract tourists every year in crazy numbers.

It is equally popular amidst family vacations and honeymooners. Bear Shola Falls, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Bryant Park, Berijam Lake, Kurinji Andavar Temple, La Saleth Church are some of the prime attractions. It is also the home Kurinji Flower that blooms only once in 12 year’s time and makes the entire hill town blue in color.
  • Popular Attractions- Kodaikanal Lake, Bear Shola Falls 

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Kanchipuram - The land of eternal reverence!

Ekambareswarar Temple - One of the famous Hindu temples
Ekambareswarar Temple - One of the famous Hindu temples
Lying on the shores of River Vegavathy, Kanchipuram is many times referred to as the ‘City of a Thousand Temples’. Famous for its rich heritage, ancient temples and special silk saris, Kanchipuram is located at a distance of around 80 km from Chennai. During the course of its history, Kanchipuram has been under the reign of several dynasties including Cholas, Pandays, Carnatic rulers, Vijayanagar Empire and the British. Do not forget to get your hands on special Kanchipuram silk sari, wherein over 5000 residing families weave extremely beautiful piece of cloth.

The city has a number of must-visit attractive temples including Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Karchapeswarar Temple, Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple and Varadharaja Temple. These temples have been built by different rulers, during their reign and are known as pure architectural marvels. City’s backwaters, bird sanctuary and backwaters are also worth exploring.
  • Popular Attractions- Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple

Coonoor - Stay At Hill Resort

Toy Train in Coonoor
Toy Train - A Journey to discover the beautiful hills of Coonoor
Surrounded by the Nilgiri Mountains, Coonoor is a small yet extremely enchanting hill town of Tamil Nadu, still carrying untouched scenic beauty. Its scenic locations, cool scented air coming from verdant tea plantations, pollution free environment and lush hill are prime crowd pullers. Take a long slow walk and enjoy the nice weather. Coonoor also attracts hiking and trekking enthusiasts.

This beautiful hill town offers a list of tourist attractions such as Dolphin’s Nose, Catherine Falls, Lamb’s Rock, Sim’s Park and the Hidden Valley. Bird watching is a very popular activity in Coonoor wherein one can spot beautiful avifauna species like parakeets, skylarks, cormorants, thrushes, Nilgiri verditer, pipits and more. Do not miss the local toy train ride.
  • Popular Attractions- Dolphin’s Nose, Toy Train, Lamb’s Rock

Rameshwaram - The Holy City

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple
Ramanathaswamy Temple - One of the greatest temples in India
Lying on the tip of the Indian peninsula, the peaceful holy town of Rameshwaram is located on the Pamban Island, separated from the Indian mainland. This town holds a strong mythological connection with Lord Rama of Ramayana, the great Hindu epic. The historical city of Ramheswaram has been under the rule of a number of South Indian dynasties, during the course of its history.

It is not only the part of most revered Char Dham Yatra but also hold religious significance for the Vaishnavites and the Shaivaite. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham are three of the popular temples here, along with several other, which must be visited. Pilgrims visit Rameshwaram to take a dip in the holy waters and perform Pujas for better Karma.
  • Popular Attractions- Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

    Tirunelveli - Nellai and Historical

    Nellaiappar Temple - One of the famous Lord Shiva Temples
    Nellaiappar Temple - One of the famous Lord Shiva Temples
    Tirunelveli is another ancient city of Tamil Nadu state, which boasts of mesmerizing temples that rightly can be called architectural wonders. Tamirabarani River runs through this city that is place on the southernmost tip of the Deccan Plateau. It has been blessed by diversity in its geographical features and has forests, mountains, sea, coasts and rivers. Temples, which are the prime attraction of Tirunelveli, were constructed during the medieval times by the reigning dynasties.

    These temples are famed for their special intricate stone carvings. Though it is one of the popular monumental hubs of the state but it still a number of untouched spots, which make it an interesting destination for a traveler. Between the months of October and February, the weather becomes very pleasant.
    • Popular Attractions- Nellaiappar Temple

    Tanjore (Thanjavur) - Maratha Marvels

    Brihadeeswara temple,Tanjore
    Brihadeeswara temple - one of the most ancient temple in Thanjavur, Tamilnadu
    Tanjore, also known as Thanjavur, rose to prominence during the reign of Chola dynasty between 9th to 14th centuries A.D, when the rulers erected some most exceptional temples, around 70 in number. Today, these temples are the major attraction of this ancient city, Brihadeeswarar Temple (Big Temple) being the most popular one. Also known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu’,

    Tanjore has been the treasure trove of art from centuries. The things not to be missed here include Rajah Serfoji's Saraswathi Mahal Library, Thanjavur paintings with gold inlays, pithwork, slightly ruined yet classic Royal palace, classical South Indian musical instruments, the Art Plate and bronze objects at the Art Gallery.
    • Popular Attractions- Brihadeeswarar Temple, Royal palace, Thanjavur paintings
    If statistics are to be believed then Tamil Nadu probably is the second-most visited tourist spot in the country. Around 4000-year old culture, abundant natural resources, man-made marvels, mesmerizing natural sites, along with a number of other tourists places in Tamil Nadu, make it a haven for tourists and a must-visit destination.

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