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In the Arabian Sea, west off the coast of Kerala, lie the islands of Lakshadweep, the best Coral Islands. Out of the total 36 islands comprising the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and covering a land area of 32 Sq. Km., only 10 are inhabited. These are Andrott, Amini, Agatti, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. Five of the islands - Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Cheriyam and Thinnakara are open to Indian tourists only. Bangaram and Kadmat islands are open to both Indian and foreign tourists.
Area : 32.4 Sq. Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer: Max: 35 Deg.C. Min: 22 Deg.C.
Winter: Max: 32 Deg.C. Min: 20 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 1,600 Mm. ( Mid May to mid September. During the monsoons, the islands are closed to tourists.)
Prohibition : In force on all the islands except Bangaram.
Air : Alliance Air connects Agatti in Lakshadweep with Kochi. From Agatti airport, passengers are transported by speed boat to Bangaram island. Other islands are connected to Agatti by helicopter service.
Rail : Kochi is the nearest railhead to Lakshadweep. The journey time taken to reach the Lakshadweep Islands by ship from Kochi is between 12-16 hrs.
Sea : Regular package tours by ship are organised for Indian tourists from Kochi, by SPORTS. These packages are organised only during season, i.e. from October to May.
Entry to Lakshadweep is restricted except as under :-
1) Bonafide Indian tourists who avail themselves of the package tours being conducted by the Society for Promotion of Recreational Tourism and Sports in Lakshadweep (SPORTS) from Kochi, are exempted from this restriction. In view of the limited capacity of these islands, only a restricted number of tourists are taken in each tour.
2) Bonafide foreign tourists are permitted to visit Bangaram and Kadmat islands only. Bangaram island resort is being run by a private hotel group, tourists (both Foreign/Indian) desirous of visiting Bangaram Island may obtain necessary permits/booking/transport, etc through Casino Hotel, Wellington Island, Kochi - 682009.
The warm, clear deep water with its myriad marine flora and fauna in this uninhabited island, are an irresistible invitation to scuba divers. The exquisite coral formations, including black coral, large variety of coral fish, the angel, clown, butterfly, surgeon sweetlip, snappers, groupers etc. and the other fauna such as the harmless sharks, manta rays, sting rays, moray eels, turtles, make diving here an addictive experience. The best mode of transport to visit the Bangaram island is by air from Kochi to Agatti and thereafter by speed boat or helicopter to the island. The island resort is run by the Casino Group of Hotels who make arrangements for transfer of touristsfrom Agatti to the resort. Accom: *Bangaram Island Resort, c/o Casino Hotel, Kochi.
A fine lagoon of even depth and an endless shorelilne perfect for swimming, makes Kadmat a haven of solitude. It covers an area of 3.1 Sq.Km. The island is 8 km. long and 550 metres wide. Water sport facilities are available and a Water Sports Institute as well as a Scuba Diving Centre have been set up here. Accom: SPORTS Beach Resort-Kadmat (Heritage)
Kalpeni has three uninhabited, satellite islands, Cheriyam, Tilakam and Pitti, all surrounded by an immense lagoon of spectacular beauty. Koomel, the gently curving bay where all the tourist facilities are located, directly overlooks Tilakam and Pitti. This lagoon is particularly rich in coral life and a trip by glass-bottomed boat reveals the splendour of the underwater world of flower-like coral and irridescent fish. Water Sport crafts such as kayaks, sailing boats, pedal boats, sailing yachts are also available.
Accom: Tourist Cottages.
The administrative capital, Kavaratti is the most developed of the islands, with the highest percentage of non-islanders as residents. Kavaratti has a beautiful lagoon, ideal for water sports and swimming. Water sport crafts such as sails, yachts, kayaks, etc. are available on hire. Kavaratti also has an aquarium with several colourful species of fish. Glass bottom boats available for cruises, a floating restaurant built as a traditional country craft and an array of remarkable coral formations providing a background to the lagoons, are some of the attractions on this island. Fifty two mosques are spread out over the island, the most beautiful being the Ujra mosque. Accom: SPORTS Beach Resort-Kavaratti (Heritage)
Minicoy is the southernmost island in Lakshadweep. It covers an area of 4.4 Sq. Km. This cresent shaped island with one of the largest lagoons in Lakshadweep and has a cluster of nine systematically arranged villages known as 'Athiris'. This island is one of the important centres for tuna fishing, boat building and for local handicrafts. There is a Light House built by the British approximately 100 yrs. ago. Water sport crafts such as pedal boats, kayaks, sailing yachts, etc. are also available on hire. Accom : Tourist Cottages.
1) Coral Reef (Covers Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni Islands)
A five day cruise by the ship M.V. Tipu Sultan, with the days being spent on the islands of Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni and night-stay on board the ship. Facilities for Swimming, Snorkelling and water sports available during the day tour.
2) Taratashi (Covers Kavaratti Island ).
The total duration of the tour is 6 days, with 2 days and 3 nights stay on the Kavaratti Island. Facilities for swimming, Snorkelling, Water Sports, Lagoon Cruise in a glass-bottomed boat and other water sports are available.
3) Kadmat Island Resort Package (Covers Kadmat Island )
The total duration of the tour is 6 days with 3 nights stay on the island, in tourist cottages. Sailing from Kochi on 1st day and reaching Kadmat on 2nd day. On return, sailing from Kadmat on 5th day and reaching Kochi on 6th day morning. Facilities for Scuba Diving, Wind Surfing and Para Sailing are available at extra cost. A fullfledged water sports institute is functional at Kadmat.
4) Coconut Grove (Kalpeni Island)
The total duration of the tour is 6 days, with 4 days stay on Kalpeni Island in tourist cottages. Facilities for swimming, Snorkeling and Water Sports available.
5) Swaying Palm (Minicoy Island)
The total duration of the tour is 6 days, with 3 nights stay in exclusive A/c cottages and other individual cottages built on the beach front.

For Reservation Ph. (0240) 2371527, Cell : 9823883366 / 9422291527
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Pondicherry is where French dreams of an Indian Empire began and ended and in the scattered territories of Pondicherry, there remains the best of what little there is of the French influence in India.The Union Territory of Pondicherry comprises four widely spread enclaves namely Pondicherry and Karaikal in Tamil Nadu, Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe in Kerala.
Area : 62 Sq. Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 41 Deg.C. Min: 30 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 31.1 Deg.C. Min: 24 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 143 cms.
Season : Throughout the year
STD Code : 0413
Air : The nearest airport is Chennai (160 Km.), connected with major cities & towns.
Rail : Pondicherry is connected by rail with Chennai and other important cities and
towns of South India. Villupuram (32 km) is also a convenient railhead.
Road : Pondicherry is connected by motorable roads with Bangalore 303 Km., Chennai
162 Km., Chidambaram 68 Km.,Kanchipuram 136 Km., Kanyakumari 580 Km.,
Karaikal 125 Km., Madurai 330 Km., Mamallapuram 108 Km., Mumbai 1315
Km., Nagore 143 Km., Rameshwaram 465 Km.,Thanjavur 170 Km., Tirupati
222 Km., Tiruvannamalai 102 Km., Trichy 198 Km., Velankanni 158 Km.,
Villupuram 32 Km.
Places covered                                                Timings
Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville,                              0900 hrs. ,
Water Sports Complex (Chunnambar)                 to
Botanical Garden, Museum and                           1730 hrs.
Sea Cruising                                                         (Daily)
Water Sports Complex (Chunnambar)                 1400 hrs.
Auroville, Museum, Shruti Textile Show-              to
Room & Aurobindo Ashram 1730 hrs.                 (Daily)
(*Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India)
• *Hotel Pondicherry Ashok*** Kalapet Beach,
• *Anandha Inn (P) Ltd*** S.V. Patel Road, Annamalai
• International Hotel Kamaraj Salai,
• Hotel James Court
• Hotel Jayaram Kamaraj Salai,
• Hotel Mass, Maraimalai Adigal Salai,
• Hotel Surguru, S.V. Patel Road,
• Hotel Surya International, Rangapillai Street,

Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 200 - 550/- for a single room and from
Rs. 300 - 650/- for a double room.
• Hotel Adithya, Kamaraj Street,
• Hotel Ajanta, Beach Road ;
• Aristo Guest House, Mission Street,
• Hotel Blue Star, Kamaraj Salai,
• International Guest House, Gingee Salai ,
• Natesh Guest House, M.G. Road ;
• Hotel New Palace, Rangapillai Street,
• Hotel Ram International, Anna Salai,
• Hotel Saibaba Guest House, Nehru Street,
• Hotel Sakthi Guru, Brindavanam,
• Shanthi Guest House, Suffren Street,

Other Accommodation
Society Guest Houses
Good Guest House, 12, Dumas Street ; Samarpan Guest House, Rue Suffren, Seaside Guest House, 14, Goubert Avenue, Shelter Guest House, 26, Dumas Street.
Ashram Guest Houses
Cottage Guest House, Rangapillai Street, Oriya Nilayam, Victor Asiamonel Street, Park Guest House, Goubert Avenue,
Government Tourist Home, Upplam Road,
Yatri Niwas, Kennedy Nagar

Shri Aurobindo Ashram : Aurobindo, a revolutionary -turned-saint from Bengal elaborated a system of 'Integral Yoga', synthesising yoga and modern science. He founded an Ashram in Pondicherry, which gave shape to his ideals. It was under the guidance of The Mother, a Paris born painter-cum-musician, that the Ashram developed as it is today.In the main building, are the marble samadhi of Aurobindo and The Mother and the houses they lived in. Across the road is the Aurobindo International Centre, a school for children and in the town, are shops and cottage industries run by the Ashram.
Timings : 0800-1200 hrs. & 1400-1800 hrs. (Mon - Sat), 0800-1800 hrs.(Sun)
Conducted Tours of some of the Departments of the Ashram are organised daily at 0815 hrs. from the Reception Office. The tour takes about 3 hours by bus. There are no tours on Darshan Days and Holidays.
Further details may be obtained from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Information Centre, 3, Rangapillai Centre, Pondicherry - 605001.
The Promenade : The 1500 metres long promenade on the coast has the Gandhi Memorial, the French War Memorial and a 29 metre high Light House.
French Institute : A research centre for Indian languages and culture. The scientific and technical section prepares vegetation maps, maps of soil types and lithology of India.
Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus :This church on the South Boulevard is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is noted for its Gothic architecture & stained glass panels.
Pondicherry Museum : Located opposite the Government Park, it provides a glimpse into Pondicherry's rich past and present. The sections of the museum are Archaeology, Geology, Bronze images, Handicrafts and Art, Sculpture and the French Gallery.
Timings : 1000 to 1700 hrs. (closed on mondays and public holidays).
Other places of interest in Pondicherry are
• the Government Park,
• Botanical Gardens and Aquarium,
• Manakkula Vinayakar Temple,
• Bharathi Museum,
• Bharathidasan Museum Varadaraja Temple,
• Vedapureeswarar Temple,
• Ananda
• Rangapillai Museum.
Chunnambar Boat House (8 Km.): A picnic spot with facilities of pedal boats, rowing boats, wind surfers, water scooters, kayaks and hydroplanes available for visitors.
Auroville (10 Km.): The township of Auroville or the 'City of Dawn' was conceived as a tribute to Sri Aurobindo and was launched in 1968 with the co-operation of many nations, at the behest of The Mother. Auroville is a new concept symbolising an experiment in international living.The city is engaged in various activities including afforestation, farming, education and handicrafts.
Information Centre for casual visitors (1 day to 1 week visitors): Information, exhibition, videos, restaurant and shopping facilities. Timings: 0930-1730 hrs.
Auroville Guest Service for long term guests ( 1 month to 6 months or more) : For those guests who want to experience life in Auroville, follow a training or contribute their time and expertise in any of the various existing fields.
Accommodation is available in various settlements, charges varying from Rs.200/- to Rs.500/- per person. Advance reservation is desirable.
Daily Tours to Matri Mandir, Auroville are organised from Pondicherry. For details contact Sri Aurobindo Autocare Services, 18, Ambur Salai, Pondicherry – 605 001.
Villianur (10 Km.): The temple, here, built in the 12th century, is dedicated to Lord Thirukameswarar. The church, Eglise de Notre Dame De Lourdes in Villianur was constructed in 1876 on the model of the Basilica at Lourdes in Southern France.
Tiruvakkarai (18 Km.) : It has the country's first National Fossil Wood Park . Close to the fossil wood area is a temple of the Chola period with beautiful sculptures.
Arikamedu (20 Km.) : Recent excavations at some sites in Arikamedu have unearthed Roman coins, wine jars, etc. establishing it to be the earliest Indo-Roman trading centre.
Mandagapattu (50 Km.) : This is the location of the first Pallava Cave temple dedicated to the Hindu Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Chidambaram (74 Km.): Chidambaram is famous for the magnificient Natraj temple, one of the most venerated among the ancient temples of South India.
Gingee Fort (75 Km.) : Nestled on three hills and enclosed by a huge rampart sixty feet thick, stands the majestic Gingee Fort. The massive fortification walls of Gingee interconnect the three inaccessible hills - Krishnagiri, Chakkilidurg and Rajagiri. Kalyana Mahal, built in the Indo Islamic style is one of the most attractive ruins in the fort. Other places of interest nearby are the Venkataramana Temple and the Citadel on Rajagiri Hill. Accom:
• Hotel Riverview,
• Hotel Ganga,
• Hotel Gokul,;
• Hotel Vasntha Vihar;
• Welcome Lodge,

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary (100 Km): One of the largest bird sanctuaries in India, spread over 30 hectares of marshy land, with a lake in which over 100000 migratory birds make their home every year. The majority of birds can be seen between November and February. The birds can be viewed from an observation tower on the tank bund and the best time to watch them is in the early morning or in the evenings. Accom: Vedanthangal Rest House, Resvns. : Wildlife Warden, DMS Compound, Anna Salai, Chennai,
Some important distasnces : Chennai 58 Km., Chengalpattu (Nearest Rly Stn) 30 Km.

Tiruvannamalai ( 102 Km.) : 56 Km from Villupuram, it is one of the sacred places of Tamil Nadu. Among its many temples, the Arunachaleshwarar temple is a remarkable landmark. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Lingodhbhava, it is situated in the foot-hills of Tiruvannamalai and occupies an area of 44 acres. The Karthigai Deepam Festival held on the full moon day in Nov / Dec is very famous and attracts people from far and near. The Ashram of the mystic saint Ramana Maharishi is also worth visiting. Thiruvannamalai today, has become an international centre of study in Indian spiritualism. The Seshadri - Maharishi ashram and Yogi Ramsurat Kumar ashram (Visiriswamy) are located nearby.

TTDC conducts Thiruvannamalai - Girivalam tours from Chennai every Full Moon day at 0930 & 1400 hrs, returning the next day at 0600 hrs Accom:
• Hotel Trishul,
• Hotel Lodge, Tel: 23291;
• Udipi Brindavan Lodge
• Thoumagal Lodge
Karaikal (160 Km.) : Lying on the eastern coast, Karaikal was a pilgrim centre right from ancient times, famous for the Karaikal Ammayar Temple.
Thirunallar (168 Km.) Saniswara Temple : Situated 5 Km. from Karaikal and 15 km from Nagapattinam, it is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Saniswara, (Saturn) probably the only one of its kind in India.
For Reservation Ph. (0240) 2371527, Cell : 9823883366 / 9422291527
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Hyderabad the capital city of Andhra Pradesh was founded in the late 16th Century by the Qutub Shahi Dynasty. Hyderabad is a city of oriental glory, reminiscent of the great days of the Indo – Muslim culture. It was till recently the seat of the fabled Nizams. Today, together with adjoining Secundrabad, it is one of largest cities. Medieval Indian, Sarcenic, Mughal and Colonial architecture create an exuberance and richness here, rarely found in other parts of the country.
Area : 259 Sq. Kms.
Altitude : 536 Mts.
Temperature : Summer Max : 40 °C Min : 22 °C
Winter Max : 22 °C Min : 13.8 °C
Rainfall : 89 Cms. (June – September)
STD Code : 040
Tour                                                                        Timings
1.City Tour                                                               0800 – 1745 Hrs.
Covers Qutub Shahi Tombs, Golconda Fort,           (Daily)
Salarjung Museum, Zoological Park, (Fare includes entry tickets of
Osmansagar, Char Minar, Mecca Masjid & Salarjung Museum & Zoo Park, Birla Mandir. (Entry Tickets for Foreign Tourists at Salarjung Museum & Golconda Fort).

2. Golconda Fort                                                     1600 – 2100 Hrs.
Hi – Tech City (Drive around), Shilparaqman          (Daily)
Sound and Light Show at Golconda Fort.

3. Ramoji Film CityTour                                            0745 – 1800 Hrs.
Covers Sanghi Temple, Ramoji Film City,                (Daily)
Pochampally (Includes entry fee for Film City)

4. 2 Days Mantralayam Tour Dep.                            0900
(Every Sat. & Wed.) Arr.2000Hrs.                          (2nd Day)

5. Srisailam Tour (Daily) Dep.                                   0900
(Includes Accomodations) Arr.                                2030 Hrs (2nd Day)

6. Tirupati Tour (Daily) Dep.                                    0600 Hrs.
(Includes Accomodation, Special Darshan, Arr.      1900 Hrs. (4th Day)

7. Nagarjun Tour                                                      0700 – 2130 Hrs
Covers Nagarjun Sagar Dam, Right Canal,              (Daily)
Ethipothala Water Falls.

(* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• The Taj Krishna***** Dlx.Road No.1, Banjara Hills,
• Welcome Group Grand Kakatiya***** Dlx.
• Hotel & Towers, Begumpet,
• Ramada Hotel Manohar***** Begumpet,
• Taj Banjara*****Banjara Hills,
• Taj Residency***** Banjara Hills,
• Hotel Viceroy*****Tank Bund Road,
• Hotel Amrutha Castle Best Western****Opp. Secretariat,
• Hotel Bhaskar Palace****Banjara Hills,
• Green Park****Begumpet,
• Hotel Golconda**** Masab Tank,
• Ritz Hotel****Hill Fort Palace,
• Ashoka Hotel***
• Lakdi-ka-pul,
• Hotel Asrani International***179, M.G.Gandhi, Secundrabad,
• Hotel Basera***Sarojini Devi Road,
• Blue Moon Hotel***,Rajbhavan Road,
• The Central Court*** ,Lakdi ka Pul,
• Hotel Deccan Continental***Sir Ronald Ross Rd., Secundrabad,
• Minerva Hotel***, Himayatnagar,
• Quality Inn Residency***,
• Hotel Jaya International***, Abids Road,
• Hotel Nagarjuna** Basheerbagh Bazar
Hotel Ambassador, S.D. Rd,
Hotel Ayodhya, Lakdi ka Pul,
Hotel Heritage, Parklane Rd.,
Hotel Karan, S.D. Rd.,
Hotel Krystal, Lake Hills Rd.,
Hotel Parklane (Pvt) Ltd., Parklane Road,
Hotel Rajmata, Opp. Nampally Rly. Stn.,
The Royal Hotel, Nampally,
The Mahal Hotel, Abid Road,

The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.300/- to Rs.550/- for a single room and from Rs.500/- to Rs.700/- for a double room.
• Hote Apsara, Stn. Rly.,
• Hotel Dwarka, Rajbhawan Rd,;
• Hotel Emrald, Abids, ;
• Hotel Harsha, Nampally,
• Hotel Krishna, Lakdi-ka-Pul,;
• Hotel Lavina, K.J. Market,
• Hotel Manzil, Somajguda,
• Hotel Sabharwal, Abids,
• Hotel Samrat, Bala Nagar,
• Hotel Siddharth, Troop Bazaar,
• Yatriniwas (APTTDC), Sardar Patel Rd.

• Birla Mandir;
• Charminar;
• Hussain Sagar – Boating, Yatching, and Canoeing facilities are available;
• Indira Park;
• Jawahar Bal Bhavan;
• Mahakali Temple;
• Mecca Masjid;
• Mir Alam Tank;
• Naubat Pahad & Kala Pahad;
• Nehru Zoological Park – One of the largest Zoo’s in Asia. Timings: 0700 – 1700 Hrs. (Closed on Mondays). Entry Fee Rs.2;
• Osmania University;
• Public Gardens;
• Purani Haveli – Prior permission required for a visit;
• Ramoji Film City,
State Archaeological Museum: Timings: 1030 Hrs. to 1700 Hrs. (Closed on Mondays and Govt. Holidays). Entry Fee: Rs.5 (Adult), Rs.2 (Child);
Salar Jung Museum: Timings: 1000 – 1700 Hrs. (Closed on Fri. and Govt. Holidays); Entry Fee: Rs.5/- (Adult), Rs.2/-(Child);
Birla Planetorium: The most modern planetorium and the first of its kind in the country. Timings: 1130 Hrs., 1600 Hrs., and 1800 Hrs. (English), 1930 Hrs. (Hindi), 1215 Hrs., 1500 Hrs., and 2015 Hrs. (Telugu). Charges per Show: Rs.10/-
Falakunama Palace (12 Kms.): One of the major palaces of the old city, Falakunama is a private palace of the Nizam and is not normally open to visitors. Prior permission is required foe a visit to the palace;
Raymond’s Tomb (14 Kms.): A simple tomb of a French soldier; Golconda Fort (13 Kms.): This legendary fort, once famous for its diamond market, was the capital of the Qutub Shahi Kings who ruled the surrounding territories. Now partly in ruins, it was a massive structure with a walled enclosure with eight gates. The most remarkable feature of the fort is its acoustics, whereby a clapping of hands at the entry gate can be heard at the top of the fort every evening. Timings: English (Daily) Nov – Feb 1830 to 1930 Hrs. & March – Oct 2015 to 2115 Hrs. Entry Ticket: Rs.25/-(Adult), Rs.15/-(Child);
Shilparaman Crafts Village(14 Kms.): A ctaft village set amidst lovely rocks, rippling waterfalls and gorgeous lawns, village plays host to the myrid traditionsof arts and crafts of India. The annual All India Festival of Arts & Crafts is held every year in March.
Qutub Shahi Tombs (14 Kms.): About a Kilometer from the Golconda Fort is the tombs of the Qutub Shahi rulers, surrounded by the gardens and the orchards. Timings: 0930 Hrs. to 1630 Hrs. (Closed on Fridays);
Vanasthalipuram Deer Park (17 Kms.): A 300 Acre Deer Park, it shelters wildlife such as the Spotted Deer, Black Buck, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Python and a large variety of Birds;
Osmansagar (22.5 Kms.): A beautiful lake formed by damming the river Musi. Popularly known as GandhiPet. It is an excellent picnic spot. Accom: Sagar Mahal Guest House (APTDC). Dbl. Room. Rs.200/- to Rs.250/-;
Himayatsagar (23.5 Kms.): Named after the eldest son of the Nizam., this is a large lake covering an area of 85 Sq. Kms. And is now a lovely picnic spot;
Sharmipet (24 Kms.): Sharmipet is an enchanting holiday resort. A serene manmade lake and the Jowahar Deer Park, housing Black Bucks and Chital is must for those who appreciate the wild life;
Pochampally (45 Kms.): A small town situated on the Hyderabad – Vijaywada road, famous for its “Ikat” fabrics and handwoven printed sarees in silk and cotton;
Kolanupak (60 Kms.): A jain shrine with the statues of ten Jain Tirthankaras, all seated in Yogic postures. The statue of Mahavira inj Blue Green Jade, is especially beautiful;
Ananthagiri Hills (64 Kms.): A tiny hill resort with a sanotoriom for Tuberculosis patients;
Yadagirigutta (69 Kms.): It is the state’s second most famous Vaishnavaite Shrine. Here three of the nine forms of lord Narasimha (Vishnu) are manifested;
Medak (77 Kms.): Medak is wellknown for its Church, one of the largest in the country. It is built in Gothic Style with gloriously coloured stained glass windows;
Bidar (130 Kms.): An ancient fort town in Karnataka with excellent tombs of the Bahmani and Barid Shahi Kings;
Nagarjunakonda (146 Kms): Nagarjunakonda or Nagarjuna Hills are situated in the midst of the Nagarjun Sagar Reservoir. Excavations carried out in this valley have unearthed the Maha Chaitya, viharas and monasteries on one side and Hindu temples and an Ashwamedh Sacrificial Altar on the other side. Paleolithic and the Neolithic implements of prehistoric man in this part of the country, have also been found. Entrance Fee: Rs.5/- (Indians), US $ 2 or Rs.100/-(Foreigners);
NagarjunaSagar (149 Kms.): The multipurpose NagarjunaSagar project is named after the famous Buddhist Scholar NagarjunaCharya who lived in this area in the 2nd Century A.D.;
Warangal (157 Kms.): Known for its beautiful lakes, temples and rich flora and fauna.
For Reservation Ph. (0240) 2371527, Cell : 9823883366 / 9422291527
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Reputed to be one of the oldest and most venerated holy shrines of the Hindus, Tirupati is the abode of Lord Venkateshwara (Balaji). The main temple is ensconced in the seven hills - Tirumala (13 Km.) and the town at the foothill is known as Tirupati.
Tirupati       Tirumala Hills
Area : 7 Sq.Km. 4 Sq.Km.
Altitude : 150 Metres 860 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 43.0 Deg.C. Max: 40.0 Deg.C.
Min: 22.3 Deg.C. Min: 22.0 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 32.0 Deg.C. Max: 30.0 Deg.C.
Min: 14.9 Deg.C. Min: 13.0 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 7 Cm (average) 9.9 Cm.(average);
STD Code : 08574
Air : The nearest airport is Tirupati (28 Km) connected by Indian Airlines with
Rail : Tirupati is directly connected by rail with Bangalore, Chennai,
Hyderabad, Madurai, etc. and via Renigunta with Mumbai, Pune,
Road : Tirupati is well connected by road with Bangalore 228 Km., Chennai 162 Km., Chittoor 50 Km., Horsley Hills 144 Km., Hyderabad 538 Km., Kalahasti 37 Km., Lepakshi 379 Km., Renigunta 11 Km., Sri Sailam 420 Km.Tiruthani 66 Km. and Vijayawada 380 Km.
Local Transport: APSRTC operates regular bus services from Tirupati to Tirumala almost every five minutes from 0330 hrs. to 2300 hrs. Tourist taxis, auto-rickshaws cycle-rickshaws and city bus services are available.
• APSTDC conducts tour of the local temples in and around Tirupati. Timings: 1000 to 1730 hrs. (Daily).
(* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *Hotel Bliss*** , Renigunta Road,
• *Guestline Hotel & Resorts*** Karakambadi Rd,
• *Hotel Mayura*** T.P. Area,
• *Bhimas Deluxe Hotel** Car Street,
• *Hotel Bhimas Paradise** Renigunta Road,
• *Hotel Sindhuri Park**119, T.P. Area,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.150/- to Rs.350/- for single and from Rs. 250/- to Rs. 600/- for double rooms.
• Hotel Amaravathy, T.P. Area ;
• Hotel Apsara, Opp. APSRTC Bus Stand,
• Hotel Bhima's Annexe, Car Street, ;
• Hotel Balaji Bhavan, Railway Station Road,
• Sri Jayasyom Lodge, G. Car street,
• Shri Krishna Lodge, Nehru St., ;
• Hotel Mamata, T.P. Area ,
• Hotel Oorvasi International, Renigunta Road,
• Hotel Prasanth, 128, T.P. Area,
• Hotel Seven Hills, T.P. Area,
• Hotel Vikram, 207, T.P. Area,
• Hotel Vishnupriya,
Other Accommodation
1. Sri Padmavati Guest House, Chittoor Road, Tirupati,
2. Sri Venkateswara Guest House, Near Rly Stn., Tirupati,
3. Sri Venkateswara Dharamsala, Opp. Rly Stn., Tirupati,
4.TTD Guest House, Alipiri, Tirupati,
5.TTD Cottages, Tirumala,
6. Hill View Half Cottages, H.V.D.C. Suite, Varahaswamy Guest House, Rambagicha Guest House, Tirumala
7. Sri Venkateswara Guest House, Tirumala,
8. Sri Padmavathi Guest House, Tirumala,
9. Hotel Mayura Sapthagiri, (K.S.T.D.C.)Tirumala10. Hill View Guest House (APTDC), Tirupati
At Tirupati :
• Govindarajaswamy Temple,
• Kapila Theertham (2 Km.),
• Kodandaramaswamy Temple,
• Padmavati Temple at Tiruchanur (5 km.).

At Tirumala :
• Akasanganga(3 km.),
• Lord Venkateswara Temple,
• Papanasanam(8 km.),
• Perumallapalli (8 km.),
• Sila Thoranam- One of the rare geographical arch in the world;
• Swami Pushkarni (Temple Tank).

Chandragiri (11 Km.): A fort said to have been built in 1000 AD. APTDC organises a Sound & Light Show at the Fort. English Show Timings: 2000-2045 hrs. ((Mar-Oct.) & 1930-2015 hrs (Nov.-Feb.)) Entry Fee: Rs.20/- (Adult), Rs.10/- (Child);
Kalyani Dam (18 Km.): A beautiful reservoir from where water is supplied to Tirupati and Tirumala. There is a Travellers Bungalow under the control of P.W.D.;
Narayanavanam (36 Km.): The importance of this village is due to its big temple dedicated to Lord Kalyana Venkateswaraswamy. It is believed that the marriage of Lord Venkateswara with goddess Padmavathi took place here;
Kalahasti(37 Km.): This picturesque religious centre is famous for its temple dedicated to Vayu (The Wind God). Accom: Devasthanam Guest House. Resvn: Executive Officer, Sri Kalahastiswara - Swamy Devasthanam;
Kailasanathakona (43 Km.): These waterfalls are situated in the Nagari Hills. The water here is said to be rich in minerals and possesses curative properties;
Nagalapuram (65 km.): Nagalapuram is known for the Vedanarayanaswamy Temple. An annual festival (Surya Puja) is held in March when the sun's rays fall on the feet, naval and forehead of the deity at different times of the day.
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Nestling at the foothills of the Nilgiris, the Bandipur National Park was formed by extending the Venugopal Wildlife Park which was set up in 1931 by the Mysore Maharajas. The Moyer River forms a natural boundary between the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka. The Bandipur National Park is one of the fifteen Tiger Reserves in the country, launched under the Project Tiger Scheme during 1973.
Area : 874
Altitude : 780 to 1454.5 metres.
Temperature : Max: 29 Deg.C. Min: 17 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 1000 mm.
Season : September to April.
STD : 0821
(The park remains closed during the monsoon months.)
Air : The convenient airports to visit Bandipur are Coimbatore 168 Km. and Bangalore 220 Km., which are connected with important cities/towns.
Rail : The nearest railheads are Ooty(79 km.) on the Mettupalayam-Ooty narrow Gauge section and Mysore (80 km.) on Southern Railways.
Road : Bandipur is connected by motorable roads with Bangalore 220 km., Coimbatore 168 km, Mudumalai. Wildlife Sanctuary 19 km, Mysore 80 km and Ooty 79 km.
The Forest Department in the park arranges for wildlife viewing by jeeps or vans. Forest guides accompany visitors on the trip. Timings of Trips : 0600 to 0700 hrs., 0700 to 0800 hrs., 0800 to 0900 hrs., 1600 to 1700 hrs. & 1700 to 1800 hrs. Elephants can also be hired for rides around the Park.
Other Accoomodation
• Hotel Mayura Prakruti (KSTDC), Melkamanahalli, Gundlupet Taluk, Near Bandipur,
• Bush Betta Resort, Bandipur,
Forest Types : (1) Southern Tropical Moist-mixed deciduous Forests. (2) Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests. (3) Scrub Forests.
Flora: Forests consist predominantly of Teak (Tectona Grandis), Rosewood (Dalbergia Latifolia), Honne (Pterocarpus Marsupium), Nandi (Lagerstroemia Lanceolata), Mathi (Terminalia Tomentosa), Hunal (Terminalia Paniculata), Dindiga (Anogeissus Latifolia), Bamboo (Bambusa Arundianasia and Dendrocalamus Strictus), Bende (Kydia Calycina), Sandal (Santalum Album) Mavu (Mangifera Indica) and Muthuga (Butea / Frondosa)
Fauna : Animals: Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Chital, Sambar, Sloth Bear, Barking- Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Jackal, Mouse-Deer, Four-Horned Antelope, Langur, Porcupine, Otter, Pangolin, Malabar Squirrel, Civer Cat, Jungle Cat and Macaque.
Birds: Pea Fowl, Gray Jungle Fowl, Partridge, Quail, Paradise Fly Catcher, Hornbill, Wood Pecker, Ibis, Stork, Sun Bird, Flower Pecket, Thrush, Crested Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Drango, Cuckoo, Oriole, Minivet, Wagtail, Myna, Blue Jay & King Fisher.
Reptiles: Crocodile, Tortoise, Python, Cobra, Krait, Viper, Rat, Land Monitor, Lizard, etc.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (19 Km.): Adjoining the Bandipur National Park, the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary has a variety of fauna, and different species of birds.
Gopalaswamy Hills (20 Km.): Located at an altitude of 1456.5 metres, it is one of the most beautiful spots in the Bandipur National Park.
Ootacamund or Ooty (79 Km.): Ooty, popularly known as 'Queen of Hill Stations', is situated at an altitude of 7509 feet amidst the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu.
Mysore (80 Km.): The erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar Kings, Mysore reflects the lavish ways of the Maharajas in its numerous palaces, parks and boulevards in the city.
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Capital of Karnataka state, Bangalore, also known as the 'City of Gardens', is one of the most attractive cities in India with its beautiful parks, avenues and impressive buildings.
Area : 272.12 Sq.Km.
Altitude : 920 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 35 Deg.C. Min: 20 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 28 Deg.C. Min: 14 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 86 Cm. (June-Oct).
Season : Throughout the year. (Sept. to Mar. is the best time to visit).
STD Code: 080.
Air : Indian Airlines and private airlines connect Bangalore with important cities.
Rail : Bangalore is well connected by rail with major cities in India.
Road : Bangalore is connected by road with Aihole 483 Km., Badami 516 Km., Bandipur 220 Km., Belur 322 Km., Bijapur 581 Km., Chennai 334 Km., Halebid 214 Km., Hampi 353 Km., Hogenakkal 179 Km., Hyderabad 555 Km., Jog Falls 377 Km., Kochi 526 Km., Kodaikanal 430 Km., Madikere 264 Km., Madurai 420 Km., Mangalore 357 Km., Mudumalai 239 Km., Mumbai 998 Km., Mysore 140 Km., Nagarhole 236 Km., Ooty 290 Km., Panaji 595 Km., Pattadakal 509 Km., Puttaparthi 171 Km., Sravanbelagola 60 Km., Tirupati 250 Km. and Yercaud 228 Km.
Tours conducted by KSTDC (operates from KSTDC Office, Badami House, N.R. Square, Bangalore,
Bangalore City Tour: Covers Vidhana Soudha, Lal Bagh, Bull Temple, Tipu's Palace, Museum, Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium and Ulsoor Lake. Timings: 0730 -1330 hrs. & 1400-1930 hrs. (Daily).
Mysore Tour: Covers Srirangapatna, Mysore Palace & Zoo, Art Gallery, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, St. Philomena's Church, Daria Daulat, Gumbaz, Ranganathaswamy Temple and Cauvery Handicraft Emporium. Timings: 0715 -2300 hrs. (Daily).
Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola: Timings: 0715 -2200 hrs. (Daily).
Tirupati Tour, Timings: 2200 2100 hrs.(next day).Fare:Rs. 450/-(Inclusive of Darshan).
Bangalore City Tour: Timings: 0900-1700 hrs-(Excludes Entry Fee).
Mysore Tour: Timings: 0715 –2315 hrs. Daily.


(*Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India)
• *ITC Hotel Windsor Sheraton & Tower*****Dlx ,
• *Shangri-La Hotel *****19,Ashok Road,New Delhi-110001
• *The Oberoi-Bangalore*****Dlx M.G. Road,
• *The Taj West End *****Dlx. Race Course Road,
• *Hotel Ashok (ITDC)*****, High Grounds,
• *Le Meridien*****, 28, Sankey Road,
• *Taj Residency*****, M.G. Road,
• *Gateway Hotel On Residency Road****,Residency Road,
• *Hotel Luciya International****,O.T.C. Road,
• *The Park Kensington Terrace****, M.G. Road,
• *St. Mark’s Hotel**** ,St. Mark's Road,
• Three Star Hotels
• The Central Park, Dickenson Road,
• Museum Inn Hotel,, Museum Road,
• Nahar’s Heritage Hotel, St. Mark’s Road,
• Hotel Samrat Residency, Seshadripuram,
Two Star Hotels
• Hotel Abhishek, Kumara Krupa Road,
• Hotel Broadway Complex, K.G. Road,
• Harsha Park Inn International, Park Road,
• Hotel Geo, Near Corporation Circle,
• Hotel Indraprastha, Gandhinagar,
• Hotel Ramanashree, R.R. Mohan Roy Road,
• Kamat Yatrinivas, Gandhinagar
• Nalapad's Hotel Broadway Annexe, K.G. Road,
• Nilgiris Nest, Brigade Road,
Other Hotels
• Ashraya, Infantry Road,
• The Atria Hotel, Palace Road,
• Ballal Residency, Residency Road,
• Berrys Hotel, Church Street,
• The Basil, Malleswaram,
• Bombay Ananda Bhavan Hotel, Vittal Mallya Road,
• The Capitol, Rajbhavan Road,
• Comfort Inn Infantry Court, Infantry Road,
• Comfort Inn Vijay Residency, Gandhinagar,
• Curzon Court, Brigade Road,
• Hotel High Gates, Church Street,
• Hotel Ivory Tower, Barton Centre, M.G. Road,
• Hotel Mahaveer, Near City Railway Stn.,
• Hotel Mayura, Gandhi Nagar,
• New Victoria Hotel, Residency Road,
• Hotel Rajatha, O.T.C. Road,
• Hotel Rajputana, Hospital Road,
• Hotel Rama, Lavelle Road,
• The Richmond Hotel, Richmond Road,
• Royal Orchid Park Plaza, Golf Avenue, Airport Road,
• Hotel Shalimar, B.V.K. Iyengar Road
• Hotel Swagat, Hospital Road,
II. Tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.400/- to Rs.1000/- for a single room and from Rs.800/- to Rs.1500/- for a double room.
• Airlines Hotel, Madras Bank Road,
• Hotel Ajanta, M.G. Road,
• Hotel Bangalore Intern'l, High Grounds, :
• Hotel Cauvery Continental, Cunningham Road ,
• Hotel Chalukya, Race Course Road,
• Hotel Hoysala, Sheshadripuram,
• Hotel Kanishka, II Main Road, Gandhinagar,
• Hotel Mayura, Race Course Road, Shalimar,
• Hotel Swagath,
• Woodlands Hotel Pvt. Ltd., R.R. Mohan Roy Road,
Other Accommodation
• YMCA, Nrupathunga Road,
• YWCA, Infantry Road,
• YWCA, Mission Road,

• Aquarium (Timings: 1000 to 1930 hrs., closed on Mon. and second Tues. of the month Entry Fee: Rs.2/- Adult & Re.1/-child) ;
• Bull Temple;
• Cubbon Park ;
• Fort & Tipu Sultan's Palace ;
• The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium ;
• Lalbagh / Botanical Gardens ;
• Sankey Tank (9 Km.) ;
• Ulsoor Lake (0900 to 1800 hrs., closed on Wed.) ;
• Vidhana Soudha ;
• Govt. Museum & Venkatappa Art Gallery ;
• Visveswaraya Industrial & Technological Museum.

Whitefield (16 Km.): Brindavan, the ashram of saint-philosopher Satya Sai Baba, is located here;
Bannerghata National Park (21 Km.): In addition to the enclosures for different animals and birds, the park also has a Lion Safari Park and a crocodile and snake farm. Timings : 0900 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Tuesdays; Entrance Fee to the Park : Rs. 5/-(Adult) & Rs. 2/-(Child); Entrance Fee to the crocodile & snake farm: Rs. 5/-(Adult) & Rs. 2/-(Child), Entrance Fee to the Lion Safari Park : Rs.15/-(Adult) & Rs. 10/-(Child);
Hessaraghatta (29 Km.): A popular picnic spot with a man-made lake spreading over an area of 1000 acres;
Muthyala Maduvu or Pearl Valley (44 Km.): A picturesque location with a 91 metre high waterfall and a small Shiva Temple;
Ghati Subramanya (52 Km.): A popular pilgrim center with a temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya;
Nandi Hills (60 Km.) : A popular summer resort, perched at 1479 mts. with an enchanting scenery and a bracing climate.
Accom: Hotel Mayura Pine Top
Shivaganga (60 Km.): is famous for the temples of Gangadhara and Honna Devi and also a fresh-water spring called Patala Ganga;
Kanva Reservoir (69 Km.): A popular picnic spot.
Devarayanadurga (79 Km. ): Devarayanadurga situated amidst extensive forests, is a hill station at a height of 1188 metres;
Kaivara (79 Km.) : Kaivara is a religious centre, known for it's temples dedicated to the Pandavas, heroes of the epic 'Mahabharata'.
Viduraswatha (88 Km.): The place has both religious and historical associations. The large peepal tree here was said to have been planted by Vidura of the epic Mahabharata;
Kolar Gold Fields (98 Km.): The deepest working Gold mine in the world is located here. Prior permission is necessary for visiting the mines.
Mekedatu (98 Km.): On the Kanakapura Road, it is a quiet place to go for a day's outing. At Sangama, where the rivers Cauvery and Arkavati meet, there is a Sangameswara Temple.
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Mysore has been an important centre of religion, education and culture for centuries. The lavish ways of the Maharajas find reflection in the numerous palaces and parks.
Area : 37.4 Sq.Km.
Altitude : 770 Metres.
Temperature : Summer: Max: 35 Deg.C. Min: 20 Deg.C.
Winter: Max: 28 Deg.C. Min: 14 Deg.C.
Season : Throughout the year.
STD Code : 08236.
Air : The nearest airport Bangalore(140 Km.) is connected with major cities.
Rail : Mysore is connected by rail with major cities and towns in South India.
Road : Mysore is connected by motorable roads with Bandipur 80 Km., Bangalore 140 Km., Belur 155 Km., Halebid 149 Km., Hassan 118 Km., Jog Falls 348 Km., Madikere (Mercara) 124 Km., Mangalore 259 Km., Mudumalai 99 Km., Ootacamund 159 Km., etc.
(*Hotels approved by Dept.of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel*****Narsipur Road,
• *Best Western Ramanashree ***,Hardinge Circle,
• *Kaynes Resort*** BEML Road, Off Hunsur Road
• *Quality Inn Southern Star**
• **Hotel Kadur Inn**, Hinkal,
• Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre Leeladaripura,
• King's Kourt HotelJhansi Laxmibai Road,
• The Paradise Vivekananda Road,
• The Viceroy Sri Harsha Road,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.300/- to Rs.600/- for a single room and from Rs.500/- to Rs.1000/- for a double room.
• Hotel Brindavan,
• Hotel Calinga, K.R. Circle, ;
• Hotel Highways, New Bannimantap ;
• Hotel Indra Bhavan, Dhanvantri Road,
• Hotel Mayura Palace, Sri Harsha Road,
• Hotel Dasaprakash, Gandhi Square,
• Mysore Hotel Complex, Nilgiri Road,
• Hotel Roopa, Bangalore-Nilgiri Road
• Hotel S.C.V.D.S.,
• Hotel Siddartha, Nazarbad,
Other Accommodation
• Hotel Mayura Hoysala (KSTDC), J.L.B. Road,
• Mayura Yatri Niwas (KSTDC), 2, J. L.B. Road,
• Youth Hostel,Saraswathipuram,
• YMCA , Adipampa Road.
• Central Food & Technological Research Institute;
• Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (Timings: 0830 to 1730 hrs. Entrance Fee : Rs. 8/- Adult & Rs. 5/-Child );
• Govt Silk Factory (Timings : 0800 to 1200 & 1500 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Mon., Entrance Fee: Rs. 2/- Adult & Re.1/- Child) ;
• Govt. Sandalwood Oil Factory (Timings :0900 to 1100 & 1400 to 1600 hrs.Closed on Sun) ; Lalitha Mahal Palace ;
• Maharaja's Palace (The palace is illuminated every sunday and daily during Dasara from 1900 to 2000 hrs.; Timings:1030 to 1730 hrs. . Entrance Fee : Rs. 10/-);
• Saint Philomena's Church.
• Museum & Art Galleries : Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery (Timings: 0800 to 1700 hrs. Entrance Fee : Rs. 5/-);
• Rail Museum (Timings: 1000 to 1300 & 1500 to 1700 hrs.Closed on Mon, Entrance : Rs. 2/- Adult & Re.1/- Child).
Chamundi Hills (13 Km.) : Famous for the Chamundeswari Temple.
Brindavan Gardens & Krishnarajasagar Dam (19 Km.) : A beautifully terraced garden laid out on the side of the dam. The illuminated gardens and musical fountains are special features. Illumination timings :1900 to 1955 hrs.(weekdays),1900 to 2055 hrs. (weekends and holidays), Musical Fountain Timings :1900 to 1910 hrs.& 1930 to 1940 hrs. (daily). Entrance Fee : Rs. 2/-. Accom.:(1) Hotel Krishnarajasagar, (Rs.750 - 1200/-.) (2) Hotel Mayura Cauvery, (Rs.135 -260/-).
Ranganathittoo Bird Sanctuary (16 Km.): An heaven for migrant birds.
Srirangapatna (16 Km.): Places worth seeing are the Ranganatha Temple, Fort, Dariya Daulat -Tipu Sultan's summer palace and the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan and Haider Ali. Accom : Hotel Mayura River View (KSTDC), Fort View Resort (Rs.850 -950/-);
Somanthpur (45 Km.): Famous for the Keshava Temple, a perfect example of medieval Hoysala architecture. Other excursions are to
Talakad (45 Km.); Melkote (48 Km.); Bandipur National Park (80 Km);Shivasamudram Falls (80 Km);Bylakuppe (83 Km);Biligiriranga Hills (86 Km);Nagarhole National Park (96 Km);Sravanabelagola (112 Km.).
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Situated on the banks of river Yagachi, Belur was the capital of the Hoysala Empire 800 years ago, before it was shifted to Dwarasamudram (Halebid). Today, Belur is a small town basking in the glory of one of the greatest monuments of medieval art in India-the Chennakesava Temple.
Area : 8.4
Altitude : 968 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 34°C. Min: 20°C.
Winter Max: 28°C. Min: 14°C.
Rainfall : 86 Cms.(June to Oct).
Season :Throughtout the year.
STD Code : 08177.
Air : The nearest airport Mangalore (154 Km.), is connected by Indian Airlines with
major cities in India.
Rail : Hassan (37 Km.), the nearest railhead is connected by rail with Arsikere,
Mangalore and Mysore.
Road : Belur is connected by road with Bangalore 222 Km., Halebid 16 Km., Hassan
37 Km., Mangalore 154 Km., Mysore 155 Km. and Shravanabelagola 86 Km.
KSTDC organises conducted tours of Belur-Halebid-Shravanabelagola from Bangalore every day, departure 0715hrs return 2200hrs
• Hotel Mayura Velapuri (KSTDC) Temple Road, New Wing
• Travellers Bungalow, PWD, Belur,
Other Hotels
• Sri Annapoorna Lodge, Temple Road,
• Gayatri Bhavan, Main Road,
• Sri Raghavendra Tourist Home, near Chennakeshava Temple,
• Sri Vishnu Lodge, Main Road,
Hotels At Hassan (STD Code: 08172)(*Hotels approved by Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India)
• *Hotel Hassan Ashhok***B.M. Road,
• *Hotel Southern Star**Gee Dee Comforts, B,M. Road,
• Hotel Suvarna Regency B M Road,
• Hoysala Village Resorts, Belur Road, Hassan,
• Hotel Sri Krishna
Other Hotels at Hassan
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.100/- to Rs.300/- for a single room and from Rs.200/- to Rs.400/- for a double room.
• Hotel Abhiruchi, B.M. Road,
• Hotel Amblee Palika, Race Course Road,
• Hotel Apoorva, Park Road,
• Hotel Ashraya, near Bus Stand,
• Hotel D.R. Kari Gowda Residency,
• Hotel Harsha Mahal, Harsha Mahal Road,
• Hotel Lakshmi Prasanna, Municipal Office Road,
• Hotel Sanman, Municipal Office Road,
• Vaishnavi Lodge,
Chennakesava Temple :The main structure of the temple is star shaped and is a homogeneous architectural unit on a raised platform. The outer walls of the temple have a profusion of carvings which rise one above the other horizontally.
Kappe Chennigaraya Temple : The inner structures of the temple have some of the most beautiful sculptured images of Ganesha, Durga and Saraswati.
• Bucheshvara Temple at Koramangala (6 Km.);
• Yoga Narasimha Temple at Gorur (10 Km.);
• Mosale (13 Km.) – famous for the twin temples of Channakeshava and Nageshvara;
• Sattihalli (15 Km.) - well known center of a Christian agricultural community;
• Channakesava Statue at Kondajji (18 Km.);
• Lakshmi Devi Temple at Doddagaddavalli (18 Km.);
• Lakshmi Narasimha and Someshvara Temples at Nuggihalli (36 Km.) ;
• Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Holenarsipur (32 Km.) ;
• Kattmeswara Temple at Arsikere (40 Km.) ;
• Ramanathapura (40 Km.) – considered by the Hindus as Dakshina Kashi, it has a number of beautiful temples, built on the banks of the river Cauvery;
• Bisle-ghat (100 Km.) – with its beautiful stretch of thick, evergreen forest and scenery.
(From Belur)
Halebid (16 Km.) : Once the capital of the Hoysala Empire, Halebid is famous for the Hoysaleswara Temple built in the delicate style of the Hoysalas.
Chikmaglur (23 km.) : Nestled in the Baba Budan Hills, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town with hills, valleys, streams and coffee estates. Places of interest in Chikmagalur are, Kodandarama Temple, Jamia Mosque, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, etc. Places around Chikamagalur include,
Marle (12 Km.): It is a place of antiquity and known for its ancient temples. Renowned amongst them is Chennakeshava Temple dating back to 1150 A.D.;
Ayyanakere (18 Km.): An ancient tank situated at the eastern base of the Baba-Budan range, provides irrigation facility to more than 1500 hectares of land;
Mulliangiri (28 km.)- It is the highest peak in the Baba Budan Range of Karnataka. A trekkers paradise, with a panoramic view of coffee estates and waterfalls;
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthodi (32 Km.);
Kandya (43 Km.): One of the five Panch-kshetras (five sacred places) situated on the banks of the river Bhadra;
Balehonnur (45 Km.): Situated on the river Bhadra, famous for the Veershaiva Mutt and the temple of Veerabhadra.
Kemmanagundi / K. R. Hills (55 Km.): is a scenic hill station, situated on the Baba Budan Hills at an altitude of 1434 mt. surrounded by thick green forests. Nearby are the Hebbe Falls and Kalhatti Falls, the water here cascades down from a height of 554 ft. & 403 ft. respectively;
Amrithapura (67 Km.): Famous for the Amriteshwara temple built in 1196 A.D.;
Sringeri (90 km.) One of the four seats of learning established by Sankaracharya.
Kalasa (92 Km.)- Situated on the banks of the river Bhadra, Kalasa is considered one of the Pancha-kshetras. Accom: Silent Valley Resorts, Kalasa-Kudremukh Road, Tel: 08263-4801/2, Tariff: Rs. 600-800/-, Thotadur Yatri Nivas, K.M. Road,;
Kudremukh (95 Km.): It is a secluded hill station at an altitude of 1894 mt. with deep valleys and steep precipices replete with fascinating natural beauty. Kudremukh is also famous for its iron ore mining industry;
Horanadu (100 Km.): Set amidst enchanting natural beauty, it is famous for the ancient temple of Annapoorneshwari. The temple devasom provides free lodging and boarding facilities for pilgrims visiting the temple;
Gangamoola (110 Km.): A hill station lies amidst thick forest. Tunga, Bhadra and Netravati rivers have their origin here.
Accommodation in Chikmagalur – STD Code: 08262.
• Hotel Malanad Paradise, I.G. Road,
• The Planters Court, K. M Road Quality Inn, I.G. Road,
• Hotel Rajmahal, I.G. Road, Taj Garden Retreat, K.M. Road,
Sravanabelagola (86 Km.) : A popular Jain Pilgrim centre.
  HALEBID (15 Km from Belur)
Known earlier as Dwarasamudra, Halebid the ancient capital of the Hoysalas was founded in the early eleventh century AD. Deserted afterwards, Dwarasamudra came to be called Halebid or "the old capital". Of the many buildings of this ancient city, only a few have survived the Muslim invasions.
Halebid can be approached by road from Mangalore (170Km.), the nearest airport and from Hassan (32Km.), the convenient railhead. Halebid is also connected by road with Arsikere 45 Km, Bangalore 216 Km, Belur 16 Km, Mysore 149 Km, and Shravanabelagola 86 Km. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. (KSRTC) operates regular bus services from Halebid to Belur and Hassan.
• Hotel Mayura Shantala (KSTDC), Halebid,
• Travellers Bungalow, PWD, Halebid,
Hoysaleswara Temple: The temple has two shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva as Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara. The most magnificent parts of the temple are its outer walls, every inch of which has been covered with friezes of amazing variety. No facets of the temple are alike.
Kedareswara Temple :This temple built by Ballala II and his consort Abhinava Ketala Devi in 1219, has three super structures over the shrines and finely executed sculptures. There are a few Jains shrines dated to the twelfth century AD to be found in Halebid.
Chatachattahalli (3 Km.): Famous for the Chatteshvara Temple built in 1200 A.D.
Museum & Art Galleries
The Archaeological Survey of India maintains a sculpture gallery within the Hoysaleswara Temple premises. The museum has a collection of stone sculptures. Timings : 1000 to 1700 hrs. Closed on fridays.
Belavadi (13 Km.): This ancient village is dotted with temples and shrines, the most outstanding of them being Veeranarayana Temple, a fine specimen of Hoysala architecture, where the idols of Veeranarayana, Venugopala and Yoga Narisimha are installed in one temple complex.
A popular Jain pilgrim centre, Sravanabelagola is wedged between two rocky hills, Indragiri and Chandragiri. The 1000 year old colossal 17 metre high Monolithic statue of the Jain Saint Gomateswara stands majestically atop the Indragiri Hill. Sravanabelagola can be approached by road from Bangalore (160Km.), the nearest airport and Hassan (49Km.), the nearest railhead. It is also connected by road with Bangalore 149 km, Hassan 52 km., Mysore 80 Km. and Mangalore 221 Km.
Places of interest include the Bandari Basti & Jain Math, a fine specimen of Hoysala architecture, the Jain Bastis on the Chandragiri Hill built in the Dravidran style and the statue of Gomateswara.The Mahamastakabhishekha festival is held here every 12 yrs.

Accommodation :( STD Code : 08176)
• Hotel Raghu, Sravanabelagola,
• SDJMI Committee Cottages, Sravanabelagola,
• Yatri Nivas, Main Road,

Other Accommodation : (Tariff Rs. 60-200/-)
• Sri Bhakti Guest House ;
• Sri Gangawal Guest House ;
• Sri Hegde House ;
• Karnataka Bhavan ;
• Hotel Kunda Kunda Bhavan ;
• Sri Mahaveer Bhavan ;
• Sri P S Jain Guest House ;
• S.P. Jain Guest House,
• Sri Ratnatraya Guest House.
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The foundations of this historic city were laid during the reign of the Chalukyan Dynasty. They called it 'Vijayapura' or the 'City of Victory' from where comes its present name Bijapur. Bijapur experienced a great burst of architectural activity under the Adil Shahi dynasty, who encouraged building activities. Bijapur itself has over 50 mosques, more than 20 tombs and a number of palaces. It is well known for the monument of Gol Gumbaz, the second largest dome in the world.
Area : 17069
Altitude : 593 metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 41 Deg.C. Min: 28 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 30 Deg.C. Min: 16 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 51.3 cm.
Season : October to March.
STD Code : 08352.
Air : Kolhapur (175 Km.) & Belgaum (203 Km.) are the nearest airports. However, due to Suspension of flights to Kolhapur & Belgaum, Hyderabad (375 Km.) is the convenient airport which is connected with major cities in India.
Rail : Bijapur is connected by rail with major cities / towns in south India.
Road: Bijapur is connected by road with Aihole 129 Km., Badami 132 Km., Bangalore 581 Km.,
Belgaum 203 Km., Bidar 273 Km., Gulbarga 159 Km., Hampi 254 Km., Hospet 241 Km.,
Hyderabad 375 Km., Kolhapur 175 Km., Mumbai 486 Km., Pattadakal 148 Km., Solapur
99 Km. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses connect Bijapur with
Badami, Bagalkot, Bangalore, Belgaum, Hubli and Solapur.
• Hotel Mayura Adil Shahi (KSTDC), Anand Mahal Road,
• Hotel Mayura Adil Shahi-Annexe (KSTDC), Anand Mahal Road,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.200/- to Rs.350/- for a single room and from Rs.350/- to Rs.750/- for a double room.
Hotel Godavari, near Sainik School,
Hotel Himalaya, M.G. Rd,
Hotel Lalitha Mahal, Opp: Bus Stand,
Hotel Madhuvan International, Station Rd,
Hotel Meghraj, Station Road
Hotel Midland, Basaveshwar Chowk,
Mysore Lodge, Gandhi Chowk,
Hotel Prasanth, Station Road,
Hotel Rajdhani, M.G. Road,
Hotel Samrat, Station Road, ( Hotel Sanman, Station Road, Hotel Sapna, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Tel: 50758; Hotel Santosh, Near Bus Stand, Hotel Tourist, Station Road, )
• Asar Mahal;
• Bara Kaman;
• Gagan Mahal;
• Gol Gumbaz (Timings: 0600-1800 hrs. Entrance: Rs.5/- for Indians, USD 2 or Rs.100/- for Foreigners. Friday Free);
• Ibrahim Rauza (Timings: 0600-1800 hrs. Entrance: Rs.5/- for Indians , USD 2 or Rs.100/- for Foreigners) ; Jami Masjid;
• Jod Gumbaz;
• Malik-i-Maidan;
• Mehtar Mahal;
• Taj Bawdi;
• Torvi.
Museum & Art Galleries: There is a museum maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India in front of the Gol Gumbaz. Timings: 1000 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Fridays
Kumtagi (16 Km.): The lake and water pavilion built here by the Adil Shahis here are striking constructions. There are some fading paintings on the pavilion walls.
Basavana Bagewadi (43 Km.): Bagewadi was the birthplace of Basaveswara, the great social and religious reformer of Karnataka. The presiding deity of the main temple here is Shiva as Sangananatha, popularly called Basavana or Basaveswara.
Jamkhandi (62 Km.): It was the capital of the former Maratha principality of the Patavardhans and derives its name from the old Chalukyan temple dedicated to Jambukeswara. The festival of Basaveswara and cattle fair attract a lot of people.
Aihole (129 Km.): There is a remarkable group of temples here built during the reign of the Chalukyan rulers between the sixth and eighth centuries. Entrance: Rs.5/- (Indians) USD 2 or Rs.100/- (Foreigners).
Badami (132 Km.): Once the capital of the Chalukyas, Badami is noted for its rock-cut cave temples and structural temples dating back to the sixth and seventh centuries;
Pattadakal (148 Km.): A number of temples built between the 7th and 9th centuries during the Chalukyan reign, can be seen here. Entrance: Rs.10/- (Indians) USD 5 or Rs.250/- (Foreigners);
Gulbarga (159 Km.): Gulbarga was a part of the Bahmani Kingdom which was subjugated by Aurangzeb in the 17th century. A Hindu city before the Muslim invasions, Gulbarga is a beautiful synthesis of the two cultures. It has a formidable fort with 15 towers and a large mosque - the Jumma Masjid.
Accom :
• Hotel Mayura Bahamani (KSTDC), Public Garden, (Rs.85/-).
Other Hotels: Tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.150-550/- for a double room:
• Aditya Lodge, Main Rd,
• Mohan Lodge, Station Rd,
• Hotel Nagarjun, Station Rd,
• New Vaibhav Lodge, Super Market,
• Hotel Panchami International, Super Market,
• Hotel Pariwar, Main Rd ;
• Hotel Raja Rajeshwari, M.S.K. Mill Rd,
• Hotel Santosh, College Rd,
• Hotel Southern Star, S.B. Temple Rd,
• Hotel Udaya, Main Rd,
• Vadiraja Lodge, Super Market,
• Hotel Vardhaman,
Bidar (273 Km.): Capital of the Bahmani Kings in the early 15th cent., it is remarkable for the ruins of it's fort within which there are three palaces, the Rangeen Mahal, Chini Mahal and Turkish Mahal. There is a Gurudwara in Bidar, the Nanak Jeera Gurudwara. Accom :
• Hotel Mayura Barid Shahi (KSTDC),
Other Hotels : Tariff ranging from Rs.150-400/-for a double room :
• Hotel Ashoka,;
• Hotel Kailash,
• Hotel Kaveri,
• Hotel New Venkateshwar
• Hotel Ratna,
• Hotel Raghavendra,
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Hampi, one of the World Heritage Monuments of India, was once the capital of the mighty Vijayanagar empire (1336-1565) which extended from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal and from the Deccan Plateau to the tip of the Indian Peninsula. The Vijayanagar kings were great patrons of art and architecture as is evident in the vast ruins of Hampi.
Area : 26
Altitude : 467 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 41 Deg.C. Min: 37 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 27 Deg.C. Min: 24 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 57.2 Cm.
Season : October to March.
STD Code : 08394.
Air : The nearest airport is Hubli (151 Km.). Convenient airport is Bangalore (325 Km.) connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities. There are Helicopter services available from Bangalore.
Rail : The nearest railhead Hospet (12 Km.) is connected by rail with Bangalore, Hubli and Guntakal.
Road : Hampi is connected by road with Aihole 156 Km., Badami 180 Km., Bangalore 325 Km., Bellary 74 Km., Belgaum 259 Km., Bidar 379 Km., Bijapur 248 Km., Gadag 98 Km., Gulbarga 264 Km., Guntakal 133 Km., Hassan 353 Km., Hospet 13 Km., Hubli 151 Km., Mangalore 404 Km., Mysore 491 Km., Panaji 325 Km., Pattadakal 173 Km. Hampi is connected by frequent bus services with Hospet and Kamalpur. Hospet in turn is connected with important cities / towns in Karnataka.
At Hampi
• Santhi Guest House,
• Dharamshalas and rooms at nominal rates are maintained by the Virupaksha Temple authorities. Reservations: The Executive Officer, Virupaksha Temple, Hampi-583201.
At Hospet (13 Km.) STD Code: 08394
• Hotel Karthik, S.P. Road,
• Malligi Tourist Home, 6 /143, Jambunatha Road,
• Hotel Nagarjuna Residency, Patel Nagar,
• Hotel Priyadarshni, V/45-A, Station Road,
• Sri Krishna Tourist Home, Near Markandeya Temple Cross,
• Shivananda Hotel, College Road,
• Shanbhag Towers International (P) Ltd.,
Other Accommodation (At Hospet)
• Inspection Bungalow, Amaravati Extension,
Accommodation at Kamalpura (3 Km.)
• Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari (KSTDC)
• Achyuta Raya Temple;
• Chakrathirtha;
• Elephant Stables;
• Hazara Rama Temple;
• Kodandarama Temple;
• Krishna Temple;
• The Lotus Mahal;
• Monolithic Ganesha;
• Monolithic Narasimha;
• Queen's Bath;
• Royal Performance Zone;
• Virupaksha Temple;
• Vittala Temple.
Hampi Monuments Entrance: Rs.10/- (Indians) USD 5 or Rs.250/- (Foreigners). Closed on Mon. Museum & Art Galleries. There is an Archaeological Survey of India Museum in Kamalapura (3 Km.).
Timings : 1030 to 1800 hrs. Closed on Friday.
Hampi Festival is held from 3rd to 5th of Nov. every year.
Tungabhadra Dam (17 Km.) : The high masonary dam is about 590 metres long and 49 metres high. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 1,32,559 million cubic feet of water spread over an area of 379
Accom : Hotel Mayura Vijayanagar (KSTDC), T.B. Dam,
Huligi (50 Km.) : Religious Centre on the banks of Tungabhadra River.
Chitradurga (150 Km.) : This hill fort has 14 temples, remains of a palace and mosque built by Tipu Sultan and an Archaeological Museum.
• Hotel Amogha International,
• Maruthi Inn Deluxe Lodge, M.H. Road,
• Mayura Deluxe Lodge, Santhe Bagilu, Pravasi Nilaya,
• Hotel Roopavani Paradise, Veda Comforts,
• Hotel Vijay-Vashishta
• Deluxe lodge,
• Chitradurga Inspection Bunglow,
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Mudduraja Keri was the capital of the Kodagu King Mudduraja in 1681. Later it came to be known as Madikere. It is the headquarters of Kodagu District standing at a height of 1170 metres above sea level. Madikere is famous for its coffee and oranges.
Area : 6.5 Sq. Km.
Altitude : 1170 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 33.0 Deg.C. Min: 27.0 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 24.1 Deg.C. Min: 19.1 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 279.4 Cms. (June to Oct)
Season:Oct to June.
STD Code : 08272.
Air : The nearest airport Mangalore (135 Km.), is connected by Indian Airlines and Private Airlines with major cities in India.
Rail : The nearest railheads Mysore 120 Km. and Mangalore 135 Km.are well connected by rail with major cities and towns in India. Mumbai-Mangalore : IInd A/c : Rs.1467/-; IInd class: Rs.344/-
Road : Madikere is connected by road with Bangalore 264 Km., Dharmasthala 180
Km., Hassan 146 Km., Mangalore 135 Km., Mysore 120 Km., Nagarhole 93
Km., Subramanya 90 Km., Talachery 120 Km., Talakaveri 47 Km. and
Virajpet 32 Km.
• KSTDC conducts two days Nagarhole, Mercara, Nisargadhama Tour from Bangalore ,
• Daily in season (Nov ot Jan & April to June).
• Every Friday & Saturday (during off-season).
• Dep: 0715 Arr: 2200 hrs.
• Capital Holiday Resort ,
• Hotel Cauvery, School Road,
• Coorg International,Convent Road,
• Orange County Resort
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.200/- to Rs.500/- for a double room.
• Anchorage Guest House,
• Hotel Coorg,
• Hotel East End, Gen. Thimaya Road ,
• Mount Lord Tourist Home,
• Madikere,
• Sunanda Lodge,
• Hotel Vinayak,
Other Accommodation
• Mayura Valley View (KSTDC) Near Raja's seat,
• Travellers Bungalow,Mangalore Rd
Abbi Falls: 'Abbi' in Kodagu dialect means falls. It was formerly called the Jessey Falls.
The Fort : The Fort situated on an elevated ground, has a palace inside. Two life-size elephants built in mortar catch the eye as one enters the fort.
Sri Omkareswara Temple: Towards the end of November, a colourful temple festival is held here when the deity is taken in a boat round the tank.
Raja's Seat : It commands a beautiful view of the Coorg Valley studded with paddy fields and forests, with the blue mountain ranges of the Western Ghats.
Raja's Tombs (Cuddige) : The last two Rajas of Coorg are buried here.
Stuart's Hill or Stone Hill: One can have a magnificent view of the surrounding valley.
Chettali Orange & Coffee Research Station(24 Km.) : Run by the Government, many interesting experiments and research on the production of coffee are conducted here. Best time for visit is between November and March.
Bhagamandala (35 Km.) : It is here that the river Cauvery merges with the Kannike. There are three important temples above the confluence of the rivers dedicated to Bhagamandaleswara, Subramanya and Vishnu. During an annual festival which falls in October/November the temple is illuminated by thousands of oil lamps. A Central Apiary located here, is a unique centre for demonstration and research-cum-training in modern methods of bee keeping.
Harangi (38 Km.) : A reservoir and dam located here, make it a popular picnic spot.
Kudige(40 Km.) : A model agricultural farm with a basic Training College for teachers.
Talakaveri (44 Km.) : It is the source of the River Cauvery situated on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hill, 4187 ft. above sea level.
Nagarhole (80 Km.) : This Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 284 with tropical and deciduous forests and belts of swampy ground at the head of small streams. It derives its name from it's snake like winding streams. It derives its name from it’s snake like winding streams. The place gives an excellent opportunity to the visitors to see wild animals.
Irupu (91 Km.) : A well known pilgrim centre, associated with Rama, hero of the great epic Ramayana. There is a Shiva Temple here on the banks of the river Ramathirtha, said to have been built by Rama. On Mahashivarathri, thousands of pilgrims gather here to take a holy bath.
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The port city of Mangalore is situated at the source and confluence of two rivers Netravati and Gurpur. It derives its name from Queen Mangaladevi who according to tradition, is said to have lived here in the tenth century AD.
Area : 121 Sq. Km.
Altitude : 213 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 31.0 Deg.C. Min: 26.0 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 28.9 Deg.C. Min: 18.3 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 3048 Mm. (June to September)
Best Season : October to February.
STD Code : 0824.
Air : Mangalore is well connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major Cities in India.
Rail : Mangalore is connected by rail with major cities and towns.
Road : Mangalore is well connected by road with Bangalore 365 Km., Belur 265 Km., Cannanore 132 Km., Hassan 180 Km., Karwar 212 Km., Kollur 119 Km., Madikere 135 Km., Manipal 61 Km., Mumbai 988 Km., Mysore 265 Km., Sringeri 130 Km. and Udupi 60 Km.
(*Hotels approved by the Department of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *Hotel Moti Mahal*** Falnir Road,
• Hotel Srinivas Ganapathy High School Road,
• Hotel Manjarun, Old Port Rd ,
• Hotel Pentagaon ,
• Hotel Poonja International K.S. Rao Road,
• Hotel Vimlesh International, G.T.Road, Hampankatta,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.250/- to Rs.550/- per room per day.
• Hotel Adarsh, Market Rd.,
• Akbar Hotel, Market Rd,
• Hotel Dhanyavad,
• Hotel Ganesh Prasad,
• Hill Top Hotel, Court Hill,
• Hotel Indraprastha, L
• ighthouse Hill Road,
• Hotel Manorama, K.S. Road,
• Hotel Navratna, K.S.R. Road,
• Hotel Pancha Mahal,
• Hotel President, Old Nehru Maidan,
• Priya Hotel,
• Hotel Rajdhani, Nilgiris Road,
• Hotel Roopa, Hampankatta,
• Hotel Sapthagiri International,
• Hotel Shaan Plaza,
• Hotel Sujatha,
• Hotel Taj Mahal, Hampankatta, ;
• Hotel Usha,
• Hotel Vasantha Mahal,
• Hotel Venkatesh,
• Hotel Woodlands,
• Bunt's Hostel Road,
• Woodside Hotel
Other Accommodation
• Hotel Mayura Netravathi (KSTDC) Kadri Hills,
• PWD Circuit House, Kadri Hills
St. Aloysius Chapel: It has marvellous murals covering its walls and ceilings.
Kadri Manjunatha Temple : The temple on Kadri hills is dedicated to Lord Manjunatha. There is also a 'Matha' here of the Jogis of the Natha Pantha.
Mangaladevi Temple : A Sakti temple which gives Mangalore its name.
Sultan's Battery : This is a watch tower built by Tipu Sultan.
Srimanthini Bai Memorial Government Museum : Located in the Srimanthini Bhavan, it has a collection of art, archaeological and ethnological exhibits and natural history specimens. Timings: 0900 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays & Wednesdays.
Ullal(13 Km.):A lovely beach just outside Mangalore,Ullal is famous for its silvery sands.
Accom: Summer Sands Beach Resorts, Ullal, Tel: 467690(Rs.810-1170/-).
Surathkal (20 Km.) : Famous for the Sadashiva temple on top of a rocky hill on the sea shore, and also has a fine beach. An annual car festival is held in December.
Bajpe (25 Km.) : The Mangalore airport is located at Bajpe,which also has a waterfall.
Kompadavu (25 Km.): This small village is famous for the Nelli Theertha Somanatha Temple.
Mulki (29 Km.) : Famous for the Narasimha Temple.The deity of the Janardhana Temple in Sinantur, 5 Km. from Mulki, was the family deity of the Savantas.
Katil (30 Km.) : Katil has a temple dedicated to Durga Parameswari.
Karinthe (35 Km.) : This rock temple situated on top of a small hillock is dedicated to Shiva as Karintheswara.
Mudabidri (36 Km.) : It is known as the Jaina Kashi of the south. There are 18 Jaina bastis here. The Jaina Matha here has rare manuscripts of 'Dhavala' and 'Jayadhavala' two great Jain texts. Accom: Tourist Cottages of the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka and a PWD Inspection Bungalow.
Karanje (37 Km.) :The holy place of Karanje, well known for its Shiva temple, is situated on a hill 1,500 feet high and commands a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Venur (55 Km.) : Famous for the 9 metre high statue of Gomateswara.
  Udupi (58 Km.) : STD Code: 08252
Considered as one of the seven sacred spots of the region, Udupi is famous for the Krishna Temple. The Krishna idol was installed by Madhwacharya, the propunder of the Dwaitha philosophy and all the eight 'mathas' founded by him, have their headquarters within the temple square. The Parayaya festival which is the most important festival of the temple is held once in two years usually in January when there is a ceremonial change of title of the head priest of the Madhwa matha.
Accommodation :
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 200-300/- for a single room and Rs.300 - 500/- for a double room.
• Hotel Janardhan,
• Kalpana Residency,
• Upendra Baug,
• Udupi-576101.
• Hotel Karavali,
• Hotel Kediyoor,
• Hotel Mallika,
• Surekha Bldg., K.M. Marg,
• Hotel Shah,
• Hotel See Ramakrishna Lodge,
• Hotel Sindhu Palace,
• Hotel Tourist,
• Hotel Usha,
• Hotel Woodlands,

Other Accom:
• Choultries and rooms maintained by the Sri Krishna Mutt, Udupi.
• Municipal Travellers Bungalow, Udupi.
Belthangady (60 Km.) : There is an old Somanatha temple made of granite, a Venkatarama temple, a Jain Basadi and a ruined fort in Belthangady.
Manipal (61 Km.) : Manipal is a progressive educational and industrial centre with well known medical and engineering colleges. There is a modern Venugopalakrishna temple built in 1973 and a museum in memory of Dr. T.M.A. Pai, the architect of the township.
Accom :
• Hotel Green Park Main Road,
• Valley View International Manipal
Karkala (62 Km.): A Jain pilgrim centre, it has a huge 42 feet tall monolithic Gomateswara statue. The beautiful granite Chaturmukha Basti, the temples of Anantasayana and Venkataramana, the old palace of the Bhairarasa Wodeyars are the other notable monuments here. Accom: Tourist Cottages, Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka, Karkala, PWD Inspection Bungalow, Karkala.
Malpe (63 Km.): Malpe has a lovely beach ideal for sun and sea bathing and boating.
Saint Mary's Island (68 Km.): A group of small islands lying north of Malpe port are noted for their basalt rocks which have crystalised into columns and split into hexagonal mosaic. Boats are available from Malpe to St. Mary's Island.
Dharmasthala (75 Km.) : This popular pilgrim centre is an outstanding example of religious and cultural tolerance. Dharmasthala derives its sanctity from its temple dedicated to Manjunatha. The striking feature of this Shiva temple is that the priests are Madhwa Vaishnavites and the family of the Heggade who is the Dharmadikari of the place, are followers of Jainism. There is also a huge monolithic statue of Lord Gommateswara, a Jain saint here, which was installed in 1973. The Manjunatha Temple authority has boarding and lodging facilities for visitors and thousands of devotees thronging the temple are fed free of charge, irrespective of caste and creed.
Kudremukh (102 Km.) : Known for India's largest iron ore project, Kudremukh is also famous for its splendid scenic beauty.
Maravanthe (103 Km.) : 16 Km. north of Kundapur, it has a lovely beach.
Kundapur (104 Km.) : The name of the town can be traced to the Kundeswara temple built by Kundavarma, close to the Panchagangavali river. There is another temple dedicated to Mahalingeswara. The Portuguese built a fort here in the 16th century and called it Barcelore. Accommodation is available at a PWD Inspection Bungalow.
Subramanya (104 Km.) : One of the seven sacred places in the region, Subramanya is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya worshipped in the form of Naga (serpent). Other shrines of this temple are those of Lakshminarasimha and Umamaheswara. An annual temple festival is held in November-December.
Kollur (146 Km.) : 88 Km. from Udupi and 42 Km. from Kundapur, Kollur is famous for the temple dedicated to Goddess Mookambigai. The image of the goddess was
consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya. Accom:
• Souparmika Guest House,
• Old Guest House, Ordinary Rooms.
The tariff of the following hotels range from Rs. 75/- to 250/- for a double room:
• Ambika Guest house,
• Annapurna Guest House,
• Bhavani Rest House.,
• Bhagirath Tourist Home,
• Devi Krupa,
• Sri Ramakrishna Yogashram Ashram,
• Yamuna Vihar Tourist Home,
Sringeri (152 Km.) : Sringeri is famous as the 'matha' of Jagadguru Shankaracharya, the founder of the Advaita philosophy. The Sharadamba Temple here was founded by the Shankaracharya himself. The other places of interest in Sringeri are a Jain basadi dedicated to Parsvanatha and the beautiful Vidyashankara temple. Kigga, 8 Km. from Sringeri has a temple dedicated to Rishyashringa and an old ruined fort.
KSRTC and private bus services connect Sringeri with Agumbe (26 Km.), Bangalore (326 Km.), Belur (104 Km.), Hassan (141 Km.), Kollur (132 Km.), Mangalore (152 Km.), Mysore (259 Km.) and Shimoga (140 Km.). Accom: Sankara Krupa, Sankara Niketan, Jai Shankar Niketan, T.T.D. Choultry, Sharada Niketan. Six halls (each hall can accommodate 50 to 60 persons).
Jog Falls (225 Km.) :The famous Jog Falls are about 16 km. from Talguppa, the railway terminus on the Birur line. Jog is 104 km. from Shimoga, 256 km. from Belgaum, 348 Km. from Mysore and 378 km. from Bangalore. Bus services connect the Jog Falls with Bangalore, Mangalore, Bhatkal, Karwar, Hubli and Shimoga. The Gersoppa Falls, commonly referred to as the Jog Falls are one of the highest and most beautiful in India. The falls are formed by the descent of the river Sharavathi down a chasm 256 metres deep. The water falls in four cascades namely the Raja or Monarch, Roarer, Rocket and Rani, presenting a scene of grandeur and sublimity. The Mysore Power Corporation releases water to the Jog Falls on every second sunday of the month. Accom: Hotel Mayura Gerusoppa, KSTDC Tel: (08186) 4732 Tariff : Rs 150 - 300/-.Accommodation also available at Inspection Bungalows, Guest House, Youth Hostel and a few private hotels.Gokarna (227 Km.): Gokarna, a pilgrim centre 56 km. from Karwar is famous for the temple of Mahaballeshwara which for devotees is next in sanctity only to the Varanasi Vishwanath temple.
Accom: Hotel Mayura Samundra KSTDC, Gokarna also has an Inspection Bungalow which can be reserved through the Assistant Engineer, PWD, Kumta.
Karwar (261 Km.): Karwar, the district headquarters and port town, situated in Uttara Kannada, traces its history to the time of Arab traders. With a chain of five islands protecting it from storms, Karwar is famous for its beautiful stretch of sandy beaches. Places of interest in Karwar are the Sadashivgad Hill Fort with a Durga temple, the Dargah of Peer Shah Shamsuddin Kharobat - a Baghdadi saint and the Octagonal Church at Sunkeri. A visit by launch to the Kurmagad Island which has an old fort and a Narasimha shrine is an added attraction.
• Karwar is available at an Inspection Bungalow,
• Tourist Bungalow
• Circuit House.
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The name Nagarhole is derived from the Kannada words 'Naga' meaning 'snake' and 'Hole' meaning 'streams'. A number of streams snake through the rich tropical forests of Nagarhole which is situated at Karapur in the picturesque districts of Kodagu and Mysore in Southern Karnataka. The Nagarhole National Park was first constituted in 1955 and later enlarged in 1975 to include more expanses of reserve forests. Once an exclusive hunting preserve of the erstwhile rulers of Mysore, it is an ideal habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
Area : 572.90 Sq.Km.
Altitude : 800 to 850 metres.
Temperature : Max: 33 Deg.C. Min: 14 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 1300 to 1800 mm. (June to Sept)
Season : Sept. to May.
STD Code : 08228
Air : The convenient airport, Bangalore (236 Km.), is connected by Indian Airlines
and Private Airlines with major cities in India.
Rail : The nearest railway station is Mysore (96 Km.) connected with Arsikere,
Bangalore and Hassan.
Road: Motorable roads connect Nagarhole with Bangalore 236 Km. via Mysore,
Madikere 93 Km. via Virajpet & Kutta and Mysore 96 Km. via Hunsur.
There are bus services to Nagarhole from Hunsur, Madikere and Mysore.
The Forest Department arranges for wildlife viewing around the park by mini bus, vans and jeeps. All tours are accompanied by trained forest guides.
Timings : 0600 hrs. to 0900 hrs. and 1600 hrs. to 1800 hrs. Visitors vehicles are permitted to the park only when accompanied by trained guides on payment of prescribed fees.
• Kabini Riverview Lodge & Tented Camp, Karapur. River Side Cottages & Tents : River Side Cottages & Tents..
Accommodation of the Forest Department
• Cauvery Lodge, Gangotri, Dormitory (12 bedded),
Forest Types : Southern tropical semi-evergreen forests, Southern tropical dry deciduous forests, Southern tropical moist mixed deciduous forests, Scrub forests and Lush, green, grassy swamps.
Fauna : Four horned antelope, sloth bear, civet cat, barking deer, mouse deer, spotted deer, wild dog, elephant, jackal, common langur, slender loris, bonnet macaque, common mongoose, small Indian mongoose, striped necked mongoose, otter, pangolin, panther, wild pig, porcupine, sambhar, giant squirrel, flying squirrel, malabar squirrel, three striped palm squirrel and tiger.
Birds : Pea fowl, common babbler, scinaitar babbler, bea eater, red whiskered bulbul, red vented bubul, little brown dove, ring dove, spotted dove, crested hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, tawny eagle, Malabar pied hornbill, malabar grey hornbill, loriekeet, minivet, blyth's myna, Alexandrine parakeet, blue winged parakeet, blossom-headed and rose ringed parakeets, southern treepie, green imperial pigeon, adjutant stork, great Indian Warbler, reed warbler, wood peckers, etc.
Reptiles : Common cobra, marsh crocodile (in Kabini river) Krait, Monitor Lizard, rock python, Indian python, bamboo viper, pet viper, Russell's viper, several species of gecko, skink and agamid lizards, etc.
Madikeri (93 Km.): Perched at an altitude of 1170 metres, Madikeri is the headquarters of the Kodagu District, which is famous for its coffee and orange plantations and its enchanting natural beauty.
Mysore (96 Km.): Mysore reflects the lavish ways of the Maharajas in the numerous palaces, parks and boulevards of the city.
Accomodation in Mysore: Rajendra Villas Palace (Opening Shortly)
Bandipur National Park (100 Km.): Located on the border of Karnataka with Tamilnadu, this park has a wide variety of wildlife to enthral the visitor.
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Alappuzha is the centre for backwater cruises and coir products in Kerala. It has a large network of canals which pass through the town and provide its lifeline. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race - the most colourful snake-boat race in Kerala is held here on the second Saturday of August every year.
Area : 46.78 Sq.Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 35.0 Deg.C. Min: 22.5 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 32.0 Deg.C. Min: 22.0 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 254 Cm.
Season : October to May.
STD Code : 0477.
Air : Nedumbasserry Airport in Kochi (64 km.) is the nearest airport which is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities in India.
Rail : Alappuzha is connected by rail with various cities/towns in India.
Road : Alappuzha is connected by road with Changannassery 26 Km., Guruvayur 173 Km., Kaladi 112 Km., Kanniyakumari 247 Km., Kappad 303 Km., Kochi 64 Km., Kollam 87 Km., Kottayam 50 Km., Kozhikode 287 Km., Munnar 192 Km., Palakkad 224 Km., Sultan Battery 386 Km., Thekkady 164 Km.,Thrissur 144 Km and Thiruvananthapuram 159 Km.
Ferry Services:
Alappuzha is well connected by ferry services with
• Changanassery (3 hrs.),
• Kollam (8 hrs.),
• Kottayam (3 hrs.),
• Kumarakom (2 hrs.).
• Surface Water Transport Dept. of Kerala operates Publlic Ferry Services from Alappuzha to Kottayam at 0730, 1000, 1130, 1300, 1430 & 1730 hrs.; to Changanassery at 1000, 1300 & 1730 hrs.Conducted Tours The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), conducts Backwater trips from DTPC Boat Jetty to
• Kollam (8 hrs. Dep: 1030 hrs. Daily, Fare: Rs. 150);
• Alumkadavu (Fare: Rs. 100/-);
• Kumarakom (Dep: 1030 hrs. Daily, Fare: Rs. 75/-.)
(*Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *Kayaloram Lake Resort-Heritage,Punchiri Bldg.,
• *The Marari Beach*** Mararikulam North (16 Km.),
• Alleppey Prince Hotel** A.S.Road,
• Coir Village Lake Resorts Thrikkunnapuzha,
• Keraleeyam Heritage Home
• A/c.Ayurvedic Resort, Thathampally,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels range from Rs. 200-500/- for a single room and Rs.600-900/- for a double room.
• Hotel Arcadia, Near KSRTC Bus Stn.,
• Brothers Tourist Home,Near M.C. Hospital Jn.,
• Cherukara Nest, Near KSRTC Bus Stand,
• Green Palace Health Resort, Chempumpuram,
• Enkey's Tourist Home, Pathirapally,
• Hotel Komala, Thathampally,
• Hotel Muttael Holiday Inn, Nehru Trophy Road,
• Narasimhapuram Lodge, Mullakkal,
• Padipura Residence, Near District Court,
• Palmgrove Lake Resort, Punnamada,
Other Accommodation
• Yatri Niwas (KTDC), Motel Araam Compound
• Motel Araam (KTDC), A. S Road
• Alappuzha Beach; Champakulam Church;
• Chavara Bhavan (6 Km.) - Ancestral home of the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara ;
• Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple;
• Pathiramanal - This little island is a favourite haunt for rare migratory birds;
• Sea View Park ;
• Vijaya Beach Park - A picnic spot with Children's Park and boating facilities.a
Ambalapuzha (14 Km.): The Sri Krishna temple at Ambalapuzha is one of the most important temples of the state;
Arthunkal (22 Km.): It is known for the St. Andrews Church also known as St. Sebastian Church established by the Portuguese Missionaries;
Edathua Church (24 Km.): Established in 1810, the church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments.
Haripad (33 Km.): is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya. Payipad near Haripad (5 Km.) is the venue for a Snake Boat Race during Onam festival;
Mannarsala (36 Km.): known for its temple dedicated to Nagaraja (King of Serpents);
Krishnapuram Palace (47 Km.): This 18th century Palace is a double storeyed structure which houses one of the largest mural paintings called the "Gajendra Moksham"
A prosperous commercial town, Kollam lies on the Ashtamudi Lake heavily fringed with coconut groves. In ancient times, Phoenician, Persian, Arab, Greek, Roman and Chinese ships touched the port here. Kollam figured prominently in the early history of Christianity in India. The present day Kollam is famous for it’s varied modern industries, cashew nut processing and research, fisheries, etc.
Area : 16 Sq.Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 35.0 Deg.C. Min: 25 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 33.5 Deg.C. Min: 24 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 279 Cm.
Season : October to March.
STD Code : 0474.
Air : The nearest airport Thiruvananthapuram (71 Km.) is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities in India.
Rail : Kollam is connected by rail with major cities and towns in the country.
Road : Motorable roads connect Kollam with Alappuzha 87 Km., Guruvayur 258 Km. Idukki 239 Km., Kaladi 187 Km., Kanniyakumari 160 Km., Kochi 150 Km., Kottayam 106 Km., Kottayam 106 Km., Kozhikode 372 Km., Munnar 282 Km., Palghat 310 Km., Sabarimala 177 Km., Thekkady 220 Km., Thrissur 229 Km and Thiruvananthapuram 72 Km.
Conducted Backwater Cruises
• Alleppey Tourism Development Council (ATDC)
• District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) operate backwater cruises from Boat Jetty,
• Kollam to Alappuzha (Dep: 1030 hrs. Daily,);
• Alumkadavu (Dep: 1030 hrs. Daily,);
• DTPC Backwater Village Cruise (Timings: 0900-1330 hrs. & 1400-1830 hrs
• Canal Cruise to Monroe Island (Timings: 0900-1300 hrs.,).
• DTPC also operates exclusive house boat holiday packages.
(* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India)
• *Aquaserene *** South Paravoor,
• *Hotel Sudarshan**Parameswar Nagar,
• Ashtamudi Resort, Chavara South P.O.,
• Hotel Central Park Kadappakada,
• Lake Sagar Resort Paravoor,
• Hotel Sea Bee Jetty Road,
Other Hotels
Tariff of the following hotels range from Rs.100-300/- for a Single room and Rs.200-500/- for a Double room.

• Aiswarya Lodge, Main Road,
• Hotel Ambadi, Beach Road,
• Hotel Karthika, Chinnakada,
• Prashanti Hotels, Beach Road,
• Safire Tourist Home, Paikada Road,
• Shine Tourist Centre, Iron Bridge Road,
• Shree Uma Maheshwara Tourist Home, Main Road
• Sika Lodge, Chinnakada,
Other Accommodation
• Yatri Niwas (KTDC), Ashramom,
• Govt. Guest House,
• PWD Rest House, Kollam
• Backwaters;
• Picnic Village - housing an Adventure Park,
• a Tourist Boat Club and Children's Traffic Park;
• Thangassery (5 Km.) – A seaside village known for the ruins of the Portuguese/Dutch Fort and a 18th century church and a light house;
• Thirumullavaram Beach (6 Km.)
Kundara (13 Km.): Kundara is famous for its ceramic and aluminium factories;
Chavara (16 Km.): Chavara is the site of an Indo-Norwegian fishery project;
Valikavu-Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram (20 Km.): The residence and Headquarters of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, one of the India's gurus is situated at Amritapuri near Valikavu. The Ashram is accessible both by road and boat.
Sasthamkotta (29 Km.): An important pilgrim center and it has the largest fresh water lake in Kerala;
Ochira (34 Km.): The Parabrahma Temple here is dedicated to the Universal Consciousness;
Varkala (39 Km.): A seaside town and a pilgrim center. Taj Garden Retreat, *Preeth Beach Resort**, Hilltop Ayurvedic Beach Resort, Sea Pearl Chalet, Hotel Sky LarkThiruvambadi Beach Retreat, Govt. Guest House Sivagiri Guest House, Sivagiri Mutt, Sivagiri, Varkala;
Thenmala (66 Km.): It is a damsite covered by dense forest, rubber and tea plantations. An Eco Tourism Development Project is under implemetation here;
Ariankavu (70 Km.): Ariankavu is a pilgrim centre with a temple dedicated to Lord Sastha (Ayyappa);
Palaruvi Waterfalls (75 Km.): A picnic spot, located 5 Km. from Ariankavu. Accom: Hotel Aaram (KTDC), ;
Alappuzha (87 Km.): Alappuzha is the center for backwater cruises in Kerala;
Courtallam (104 Km.): A charming health resort, Courtallam is located in Tirunelveli Dist of Tamil Nadu. There are 9 important waterfalls in Courtallam. The best season is from July to Sept. Accom : Hotel Tamil Nadu
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Kottayam, a premier commercial town, with palm fringed backwaters of Vembanad Lake and vast paddy fields of Kuttanad to the west and to its east the scenic part of Western Ghats with rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantation. Kottayam is an important centre of education, having led the country in achieving total literacy.
Area : 15.54 Sq.Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 35 Deg.C. Min: 22.5 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 32 Deg.C. Min: 22.0 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 176 Cm.
Season : October to March.
STD Code : 0481.
Air : Nearest airport is at Nedumbassery near Kochi (76 Km.) which is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities in India.
Rail : Kottayam is connected by rail with major cities and towns in the country.
Road : Kottayam is well connected by good motorable roads with Alappuzha 50 Km., Aluwa (Alwaye) 91 Km., Changannassery 18 Km., Guruvayur 169 Km., Idukki 130 Km., Kaladi 85 Km., Kanniyakumari 248 Km., Kochi 76 Km., Kollam 106 Km., Kozhikode 265 Km., Munnar 142 Km., Palakkad 214 km., Periyar (Thekkady) 114 Km., Sabarimala 135 Km., Thrissur 138 Km. and Thiruvananthapuram 160 Km.
(* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India)
• *Anjali Hotel ***, K.K. Road,
• *The Windsor Castle***Dlx. Kodimatha,
• *Hotel Aida ** M.C. Road,
• *Vembanadu Lake Resort** Kodimatha,
• The Lake Village Heritage Resort CottageKodimatha,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 200-500/- for a single room and Rs. 350-800/- for a double room.
• *Hotel Sakthi*, Baker Junction
• Hotel Floral Park, Gandhinagar,
• Hotel Green Park, Kurian Uthup Road,
• Homestead Hotel, Kaycee Residency, YMCA Road
• Nellimoottil Guest House ;
• Hotel Nisha Continental, Sastri Road,
• Hotel Nithya, Gandhinagar
• Hotel Prince, Muttambalam,P.O.,
• The Ambassador Hotel, K.K. Road,
• Yamuna Tourist Home, Baker Junction,
Other Accommodation
• Govt. Guest House,
• PWD Rest House, VIP Room, Kottayam,
Bharananganam: An important Christian Pilgrim Centre associated with Sister Alphonsa; Jamma Masjid at Thazhathangadi;
Mannanam (8 Km.): This is an important centre for Syrian Christians;
St. Mary’s Church at Cheriapalli; St. Mary’s Church at Valiapalli: Built in 1550 AD, this church belongs to the Knanaya Orthodox Syrian Community. The Persian Cross brought by St. Thomas and the Pahlavi inscriptions of this church are famous and Thirunakkara Shiva Temple.
Aruvithira Church (11Km.): Believed to be the one of the seven churches established by the apostle St. Thomas;
Kumarakom (12 Km.): Kumarakom, one of the lovliest villages in Kerala is on the eastern side of the vast lagoon, Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is an ideal place for backwater cruises. A bird sanctuary here, attracts local birds and migratory birds such as Siberian Storks. Accom: Water Scapes (KTDC), House Boat Holidays (KTDC), *Taj Garden Retreat****, *Coconut Lagoon (Heritage), Golden Waters,
Ettumanoor (13 Km.): Ettumanoor is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Mahadevar Temple);
Pala (30 Km.) & Kanjirapalli (39 Km.): are the important centers of Rubber Plantation in Kerala;
Vaikom (40 Km.): A shaivites' pilgrim center.
Peermade (85 Km.): It is a small hill station on the way to t
he Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Accom (STD Code: 0486) : Yatri Nivas (KTDCMisty Mountain Plantation Resort,
Thekkady (114 Km.): Thekkady is known for the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary;
Idukki (130 Km.): Idukki is known for its hydro electric power project and a diverse tourist attractions;
Accomodations in Idukki: Chinnar Plantation Bungalow Rs.7999/-(Deluxe), Rs.11999/-(Suite)
Sabarimala (135 Km.): The temple here is, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa which attracts a large number of pilgrims every year during Mandala Pooja (November/December) and for Makara Vilaku (January). The temple is opened for darshan for 41 days during Nov.& Dec. and for 18 days in January every year. The temple is also open for the first five days of every month of the Malayalam calender. The road route for the temple is Kottayam-Erumeli (35Km.)-Chalakkayam (100 Km.)Pamba (5 Km.). From Pamba travel on foot for 4 hours through the jungle to reach the temple.
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Guruvayur is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. Its chief attraction is a temple dedicated to Lord Kirshna, locally known as Guruvayurappan.
Area : 7.45 Sq.Km.
Altitude : Sea level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 35.0 Deg.C. Min: 22.5 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 32.3 Deg.C. Min: 20.0 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 254 Cm.
Season : October to March
STD Code : 0487.
Air : Nedumbassery Airport near Kochi (87 Km.) is the nearest airport to Guruvayur and is well connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities.
Rail : The railhead at Guruvayur is connected with Thrissur (Trichur) which in turn is connected with major cities and towns in India.
Road : Guruvayur is well connected by good motorable roads with Alappuzha 173 Km., Kanniyakumari 419 Km., Kochi 108 Km., Kollam 258 Km., Kottayam 169 Km., Kozhikode 129 Km., Munnar 175 Km., Ootacamund 230 Km., Palakkad 95 Km., Palani 247 Km., Thekkady (Periyar) 242 Km., Thrissur 29 Km. and Thiruvananthapuram 331 Km.
(* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India)
*Hotel Sopanam Heritage *** East Nada,
*Hotel Krishna Inn***East Nada
*Hotel Vanamala Kusumam**South Nada,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 300-600/- for a Non A/c. room and Rs. 500-900/- for a A/c room.

• Hotel Ayodhya, West Nada,
• Hotel Elite, East Nada,
• Hotel Govindam Residency, West Nada,
• Hrishikesham Tourist Home, East Nada
• Poornima Tourist Home, East Nada,
• R.V.K Residency, East Nada,;
• Yadava Tourist Home, East Nada,
Other Hotels
Tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 150- 500/- for double room.
• Aradhana Tourist Home, West Nada,
• Brahmaputra Tourist Home, East Nada,
• Guruvayur Township Rest House, West Nada,
• Murali Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd., West Nada,
• Nandini Tourist Home Pvt. Ltd., East Nada,
• Sri Kripa Tourist Home, East Nada,
• Thulaseedalam Tourist Home, West Nada,
Other Accommodation
• *Hotel Mangalya*(KTDC), East Nada,
• *Hotel Nandanam*(KTDC), East Nada,
• Hotel Anjanam (KTDC), West Nada,

Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple : The temple of Lord Krishna is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres in Kerala. The deity in the temple is locally called ‘Gurvayurappan’. The installation and consecration of the idol is believed to have been done by the Celestial Guru, the preceptor of Devas alongwith Vayu, the God of Wind, hence the name Guruvayur. It is at this temple that Melpathoor Naryana Bhattithiri (in the 16th century) composed his renowned Sanskrit devotional poem ‘Narayaneeyam’ as an offering while he was seriously ill. The temple is renowned for its healing powers. Several modes of offering are made to the deity, one such is known as ‘Thulabharam’, where a devotee is weighed against offering of bananas, sugar, jaggery, coconut, etc.
Ladies are required to wear traditonal Kerala dress or sari and Gents are required to wear traditional dhoti. The main festivals Ulsavom (Feb/Mar) and Vishukani (Apr/May) are celebrated in the temple. Temple Timings: 0300-1230 hrs. & 1700- 2100 hrs.
Punnathur Kotta : This is the place where the Guruvayur temple elephants (numbering over 40) are housed and fed. Visitors are allowed to watch these elephants in the premises.

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Kochi, the commercial hub of Kerala, is a town of historical importance. It is one of the most picturesque places in Kerala with an all weather harbor and a grand seascape.
Area : 83.52 Sq. Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 35 Deg.C. Min: 22 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 32 Deg.C. Min: 20 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 254 m. (June to October).
Season: October to March.
STD Code : 0484.
Air : Kochi is connected by Indian Airlines and private airlines with major cities.
Fare : Mumbai - Kochi : Rs. 11451/-(J) Rs. 7861/-(Y)
Rail : Kochi / Ernakulam is connected by rail with all major cities in India.
Fare : Mumbai - Kochi : IInd A/c: Rs. 2051/- ; IInd class : Rs. 473/-.
Road : Kochi is connected by road with Alappuzha 64 Km., Bangalore 565 Km.,
Chennai 694 Km., Coimbatore 223 Km., Kodaikanal 305 Km., Kollam 150 Km., Kottayam 76 Km., Kozhikode 224 Km., Madurai 324 Km., Mangalore 484 Km., Munnar 130 Km., Mysore 484 Km., Ooty 312 Km., Thekkady 190 Km., Thiruvananthapuram 223 Km.,Thrissur 80 Km.
Sea : The Kerala Inland Water Transport Corporation operates regular backwater boat services to Kollam (8 hrs.). 'SPORTS’ operates tours from Kochi to the Lakshadweep Islands from Mid-September to Mid-May.
The following tours are operated by the Kerala Tourism Devt. Corpn. from the Tourist Reception Centre, Shanmugam Road, Ernakulam,

1) Boat Cruise cum Sightseeing Tour : (Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets and Bolghatty Island.) Timings : 0900-1230 hrs. & 1400-1730 hrs. (Daily).
2) Sunset Tour (Boat cruise) : Timings : 1730-1900 hrs. (Daily).
3) Backwater Village Tour (Coir Village, Chinese Fishing Nets, Toddy tapping, Prawn farming, Crab rearing & village market) Timings : 0900-1330 hrs. & 1400- 1830 hrs. (Daily).
Tours are also conducted to Thekkady (Periyar) every Saturday (Rs.315/-) and to Athirapally & Vazhachal Waterfalls and Kalady every Sunday

(*Hotels approved by Dept of Tourism, Govt of India.)
• *Taj Malabar Hotel*****Dlx Willingdon Island,
• *Casino Hotel***** Willingdon Island,
• *Taj Residency*****Marine Drive,
• *The Avenue Regent****, M.G. Road,
• *Quality Inn Presidency****Parmara Rd., Ernakulam,
• *The Renaissance****
• *Hotel Fort Heritage(Heritage), Napier Street
• *The Malabar House(Heritage),
3-Star Hotels:
• Hotel Abad, Chullickal,
• Hotel Abad Plaza, M.G. Road,
• Hilltop Resorts,Joymat Nagar,
• Hotel Cochin Tower, Lisie Junction,
• Sealord Hotel, Shanmugham Road,
• The Brunton Boat Yard, Fort Cochin,
• The International Hotel, M.G.Road,
• The Metropolitan, Near South Railway Stn.,
• The Surya, Railway Stn. Jn., Angamaly,
• The Trident, Willingdon Island,
• The Woods Manor,
• Yuvarani Residency, M.G. Road,
2-Star Hotels:
Hotel Airlines, M.G. Road, Tel:366633, (Rs.200-600/-); Hotel Aiswarya, Jos Junction, Tel:364454, (Rs. 400-750/-); ATS Willingdon Hotel, Willingdon Island, BTH- Sarovaram, Gaanam Hotels Ltd, Chittoor Road, Grand Hotel, M.G.Road, Hotel Excellency, Paulson Park Hotel,
1-Star Hotels:
Hotel Chandini Park,
Hotel Highway Garden, Edappally,
Hotel Luciya, Stadium Road,
Royal Village,
Hotel Sangeetha, Chittoor Road,
Other Hotels
(i) Hotel Abad Metro, Rajaji Road,
(ii) Gokulam Park Inn International, Kaloor
(iii) Hotel Meridian Days Inn, Vyttila,
(iv) Hotel White Fort,
(ii) Tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.150-300/- for a Single room and Rs. 200-850/- for a Double room.
• Hotel A.J. Residency, Kaloor,
• Apex Lodge, M. G. Road, Bell's
• Tourist Den,
• Bharat Hotel, Gandhi Square;
• Hotel Blue Diamond, Market Road,
• Cochin Tourist Home, Opp. Ernakulam South Rly. Stn.,
• Hotel Chakky's, Edappally,;
• Chiramel Residency, Fort Cochin,
• Hotel Crescent Park, Paramara Rd.,
• Elite Tourist Home, Paramara Road,
• Hotel Hakoba, Shanmugham
• Hotel Kavitha International, Chittoor Rd.,
• Hotel Mayura Park, Kacherippady Jn.,
• Hotel Megha, Banerji Rd,
• Hotel Mercy, M.G. Road,
• N.M. Hotel,
• Hotel Orchid, Girinagar Link Rd.,
• Piazza Lodge,
• Sahara Lodge, Near Public Library,
• Hotel Sea King, M.G. Road,
• Star Tourist Hotel,
• Hotel Udupi Anand Bhavan, M.G. Road,
• Woodlands Hotel, M.G. Road,
Other Accommodation
• *Bolgatty Palace (KTDC)-Heritage, Bolgatty Island,
• Railway Retiring Room, South Rly Junction, Ernakulam,
• YMCA, Chittoor Road, Ernakulam,
• Tourist Bungalow, Fort Cocin, ;
• Youth Hostel, NGO Quarters Junction, Thrikkakara,
• Bolgatty Island;
• Chinese Fishing Nets;
• Fort Cochin,
• St. Francis Church & Santacruz Church;
• Gundu Island;
• Jewish Synagogue-Timings : 1000 to1200 hrs & 1500 to 1700 hrs (closed on Sat. and Jewish holidays);
• Mangrove Forest;
• Mattancherry Palace-Timings: 1000 hrs. to 1700 hrs. (Closed on Fridays and national holidays); Vallarpadam;
• Willingdon Island.
Hill Palace Museum :Timings: 0900 hrs. to 1230 & 1430 to1630 hrs.(Closed on mon);
Museum of Kerala History:Timings:1000 hrs.-1700 hrs.Closed on mon. Entry Fee:Rs.5/-;
Parikshith Thampuran Museum or Kochi Museum: Timings:0930 to 1200 hrs.& 1300 to 1700 hrs.(Closed on mondays and national holidays)

Aluva (Alwaye) (21 Km.): Alwaye, on the banks of the river Periyar, is a famous Shaivaite pilgrim centre and a summer resort.
Vaikom (31 Km.): Vaikom is famous for it's temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Accom: Motel Aaram(KTDC), Tel:0482-625789.
Cranganore or Kodungallore (32 Km.): Cranganore (Muziris) was in the olden times, the premier sea port on India’s west coast. It was Kerala’s first international harbour and it was here that St. Thomas is believed to have landed in 52 AD. Accom: Garden Restaurant, Marar Lodge, Telefax:0488-806383;
Kalady (45 Km.): Kalady is the birth place of Adi Shankaracharya, the great Indian philosopher of the 8th century AD. There are two shrines here, one dedicated to him as Dakshinamurthy and the other to the Goddess Sharda, both maintained by the Sringeri Mutt. In addition to this, there is an ancient Shri Krishna temple and a recently constructed International Temple dedicated to Ramakrishna Deva. Accom: Sri Sringeri Mutt, Sri Sankara Guest House. |
Malayattur (53 Km.): It is famous for the Catholic Church situated on the 609 metre high Malayattur hill dedicated to St. Thomas.
Ettumanoor (63 Km.): Famous for an ancient Shiva temple.
Alappuzha or Alleppey (64 Km.): The centre for back water cruises in Kerala, it has a large network of canals passing through the town. Nehru Trophy boat race, is held here on the second Saturday of August every year.
Ambalapuzha (76 Km.): Famous for the temple of Lord Krishna.
Kottayam (76 Km.): Kottayam is a busy commercial city with the backwaters to its west and rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations on its east.
Athirappally & Vazhachal (77 Km.): These waterfalls, situated near the entrance of the Sholayar ranges are of great scenic beauty.
Thrissur (80 Km.): Former capital of Cochin state, Thrissur is famous for the Vadakkumnatha Temple which is the venue for the annual Pooram Festival held in April/May.
Kumarakom (86 Km.): A lovely village surrounded by paddy fields and the Vembanad lake. Tourists can enjoy a backwater trip here.
Haripad (94 Km.): Famous for the Lord Subramanya Temple and the major snake-boat race held at Payipad (3 Km. from Haripad) during Onam in August/ September.
Peechi (96 Km.): A lovely modern irrigation project site and an ideal holiday spot with facilities for boating and swimming.
Cheruthuruthi (100 Km.): Kerala Kalamandam, the training centre for Kerala’s art forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniattam, etc., was established here in 1930.
Mannarsala (100 Km.): It is famous for the snake (Nagaraja) Temple situated in the forests. Festivals are held here in August, November and December.
Guruvayur (108 Km.): It is famous for the ancient shrine of Lord Krishna, which attracts a large number of devotees every day. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.
Munnar (130 Km.): It is the highest town in the state at an altitude of 1524 metres with a cool bracing climate and extensive tea and cardamom plantations. Idukki (138 Km.): The Idukki hydro-electric project is the biggest of its kind in Kerala. The dam is surrounded by wilderness and the Idukki wildlife sanctuary. Malampuzha (154 Km.): With it's lake created by a high dam and terrace gardens, Malampuzha provides a tranquil holiday. Boating facilities are also available.
Vandanmedu (157 Km.) : Situated at an height of 4000 ft., it is the largest producer of cardamom in the country. Accom : Carmelia Havens Resort,.
Palghat (163 Km.): A big agricultural town it is a gateway to the Malampuzha dam and its garden. Haider Ali built a fort here in 1766.
Kottakal (168 Km.): Famous for the Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala, a pioneering centre for Ayurveda, Kerala’s traditional system of health and medicine.
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The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady situated in the high ranges of the Western Ghats, spreads over an area 777 The Periyar Lake covering an area 26 is the centre of activity of almost all wildlife here. The Periyar Sanctuary has been declared a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.
Area : 777 Sq. Km.
Altitude : 900 to 2000 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 29 Deg.C. Min: 18.0 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 21 Deg.C. Min: 15.5 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 203 Cm.(June to October)
STD Code : 0486
Season : Best season to visit the park is from August to May, though the park remains open throughout the year.
Air : Madurai (140 Km.) and Kochi (190 Km.) are the convenient airports.
Rail : The nearest railhead is Bodinayakanur(67 Km.). However, Kottayam (114 Km.) is the most convenient railhead.
Road : Periyar is connected by motorable roads with Idukki 66 Km., Kodaikanal 160
Km., Kochi 190 Km., Kottayam 114 Km., Madurai 140 Km., Munnar 113 Km.
and Thiruvananthapuram 272 Km.
1. The Forest Dept. & KTDC operates boat cruises on the lake to see wildlife in the sanctuary.
Timings: 0700 hrs., 0930 hrs., 1130 hrs., 1400 hrs. & 1600 hrs.
Fare: Rs.60/-for Upper Deck, Rs.35/-Lower Deck. Resvn: Forest Dept, Thekkady, Tel:322028 & KTDC, Hotel Aranya Niwas, Thekkady.
2. Special boats for cruise on the lake can be hired from KTDC, Hotel Aranya Niwas.
ACCOMMODATION (in the sanctuary)
• *Hotel Aranya Niwas***(KTDC) Thekkady,
• *Periyar House*(KTDC) Thekkady,
• Hotel Lake Palace (KTDC) Thekkady,
ACCOMMODATION (Outside the park and at Kumily)
• *Spice Village****Thekkady,
• *Taj Garden Retreat****Thekkady,
Other Hotels (at Kumily)
(i) *Hotel Kumily Gate**, *Michaell's Inn**, Hotel Lissiya International, Mukkumkal Hotel Regent Tower, Central Junction, Shalimar Spice Garden Resort,
(ii)The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.200/- to Rs.500/- for a single room and from Rs.300/- to Rs.900/- for a double room:-
• Holiday Home,
• Lake Queen Tourist Home,
• Hotel Leela Pankaj ,
• Mukkumkal Tourist Home,
• Wild Side Villa, Amalambika Road,
The wildlife that can be seen in the sanctuary include the elephant, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, porcupine, wild pig, nilgiri langur, common langur, wild dog or dhole, monitor lizard, flying lizard, flying frog, flying snake, king cobra, python, flying squirrel, malabar squirrel, birds such as darter, kingfishers and gray hornbill. Entrance Fee: Rs. 10/- for Indians. Rs. 50/- for foreigners. Timings: 0600-1800 hrs. Note: Permission for video, TV and cinema shooting can be obtained from the Chief
Conservator of Forests & Wildlife, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram - 695014.
The following picnic spots are approachable by motor launch or bridle path in the forest:-
Manakkavala 10 Km.,
Periyar Dam 12 Km.,
Crusoe Island 19 Km.,
Pavarasu 19 Km.,
Mullakudy 29 Km.,
Thannikudy (core area of the park, permission and guide to be taken from the Forest Department) 39 Km.
Vandanmedu (25 Km.) : Situated at an height of 4000 ft., it is the largest producer of cardamom in the country and has several tea and spice plantations as well.
Accom : Rixon Resorts Carmelia Havens Hotels & Resorts,

Peermade (40 Km.) : Peermade at an altitude of 914 mts., is a small hill station on the way to Thekkady.The place is full of rubber, coffee, pepper and cardamom Plantations. Accom : *Thrisangu Haven**, Hotel Himrani
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Munnar is a small hill station at an altitude ranging from 5000 to over 7000 feet above sea level. Some of the largest tea estates can be seen around Munnar. Beyond the estates are rich tropical forests. Anaimudi, the highest peak of South India is at a short distance from here.
Area : 261 Sq. km.
Altitude : 5000 to 7000 feet.
Temperature : Summer Max: 25 Deg.C. Min: 15.2 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 11 Deg.C. Min: 0.2 Deg..
Rainfall : 275 Cm.
Season : October to May.
STD Code : 0486.
Air : The nearest airport is Kochi (135 Km.) connected with major cities.
Rail : The nearest railhead is Bodinayakanur (connected via Chennai and
Madurai). However the most convenient railhead is Kochi(135 km.)
Road : Munnar is well connected by road with Coimbatore 163 Km., Idukki
56 km., Kochi 135 Km., Kodaikanal 180 Km., Kottayam 148 Km., Madurai
167 Km., Palani 126 km. Periyar 113 km.,Thiruvananthapuram 310 Km.
( * Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism , Govt. of India.)
• *Club Mahendra Lake View, *****, Mumbai Contact Tel : 2350800/01 (Club Mahendra office number)
• *Best Western Fort Munnar*** ,
• *Hotel Edassery East End***Temple Rd,
• *Hotel Hill View**,
• *Hotel Residency**Top Station Rd,
Other Hotels
• *Abad Copper Castle Resorts,
• B-Six Holiday Resorts, near Lechmi Estate,
• Chancellor Resorts, Elysium Gardens,
• Misha Tourist Home,
• Poopada Tourist Home,
• Royal Retreat,
• Siena Village,
• Spring Dale Resort,
• Star Homes Igloo Status Resorts,
• Sterling Resorts,
• Windermere Estate Ambat Lodge, Market View,
• Hill Top Lodge,
• Marthoma Rest House,
Other Accommodation
• Tea County Hill Resort (KTDC),
• Govt. Guest House, Munnar
• Tea Estates: Tea Factory, Regional Office
Indo-Swiss Project(13 Km.) : A highly specialised dairy farm. Timings: 0900 hrs. to 1100 hrs. 1400 hrs to 1530 hrs. Entry Fee: Rs.5/- per head.
Mattupetty (13 Km.) :This Lake and Dam is a very scenic picnic spot. The Kerala State Electricity Board provides rowing boats for cruises.Timings: 0900 hrs. to 1700 hrs. Entrance: Rs.10/- ;
Devikulam (16 Km.) : A nature lovers' retreat. Here, in picturesque surroundings, the Sita Devi Lake with its mineral water, is an ideal picnic spot. The District Tourism Promotion Council has also started a nursery of spices at Devikulam;
Lockhart Gap (19 Km.) : It provides a panoramic view of the valley and plantations;
Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project (19 Km.): One of the most important electric projects in Kerala. Visitors are allowed on working days only. Permission for a visit can be obtained from the Exec. Engineer, Kerala State Electricity Board, Chittirapuram, Munnar;
Rajamalai Estate (20 Km.):The estate is situated almost 6000 ft. above sea level. It is one of the most scenic tea estates in the High Ranges. It is also the base to visit the Eravikulam National Park. Permission to visit should be obtained from the Estate Manager, Rajamalai Estate.;
Eravikulam National Park (33 Km.):This National Park lies at the crest of the Anamalai ranges near Munnar spreading over 97 of evergreen tropical forest. The Nilgiri Tahr, a rare breed of mountain goat can be seen at Eravikulam. Eravikulam is accessible by foot from Rajamalai (13 Km.) which is approximately 20 Km. from Munnar town. Timings: 0700hrs. to 1800hrs. Permitting Authority: Wildife DFO, Tel:530487. Visitors are not allowed during the monsoons. Entrance Fee: Rs. 10/-(Adult) & Rs. 5/-(Child)- for Indians, Rs. 50/- for foreigners.
Vehicle Fee: Rs.100/- Heavy Vehicles. & Rs. 10/- Light Vehicle.
Camera Fee: Rs.100/- for video camera.
Top Station (34 Km.) : Situated on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, it commands a breath taking view of the surrounding areas;
Anaimudi (40 Km.): The highest peak in South India (2695 Mts.), ideal for trekking;
Marayoor (40 Km.): The nearest town to the Chinnar wildlife Sanctuary, it has a natural growth and garden of sandalwood trees & a sandalwood factory run by the Forest Dept;
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (60 Km.): The sanctuary bordering Tamil Nadu, is inhabited by wild animals like elephants, tigers, etc. Visiting hours :0700-1800 hrs. Entry passes : Asst. Conservator of Forest (ACF) or Check Post Inf. Counter,
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Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala, is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. The city gets its name from the word, Thiruvananthapuram meaning the abode of the sacred serpent Ananth, on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines.
Area : 75 Sq.Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 36.2 Deg.C. Min: 20.6 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 35.0 Deg.C. Min: 18.0 Deg. C.
Rainfall : 170 Cm. (May to November).
Season : October to March.
STD Code : 0471.
Air : Thiruvananthapuram is connected by Air India, Indian Airlines and private airlines with important cities in India.
Rail : Thiruvananthapuram is connected by rail with all major cities and towns in India.
Road : Thiruvananthapuram is connected by good motorable roads with Alappuzha 159 Km., Aluva 243 Km., Bangalore 712 Km., Changanassery 142 Km, Chennai 784 Km., Guruvayur 331 Km., Kanniyakumari 88 Km., Kochi 222 Km., Kodaikanal 379 Km., Kollam 72 Km., Kottayam 160 Km., Kozhikode 446 Km., Madurai 417 Km., Mangalore 633 Km., Mumbai 1613 Km., Munnar 302 Km., Mysore 643 Km., Palakkad 383 Km., Periyar (Thekkady) 253 Km., Thrissur 303 Km. and Varkala 55 Km.
KeralaTourism Development Corpn. Ltd. (KTDC) organizes the following tours from Tourist Reception Centre, Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram
City Tour - Full day: Timings: 0800-1900 hrs. (Daily).
Covers Sri Padmanabaswamy Temple, Neyyar Dam (Only on Monday), Veli Lagoon, Kovalam Beach, Marine Aquarium, Napier Museum, Art Gallery (except on Mondays) and Planetarium, Puthenmalika Palace Museum and Zoo.
City Tour-Half Day: Timings: 1300-1900 hrs. (Daily except Wednesday) & 1400-1900 (on Wednesday).
Kanniyakumari Tour: Timings: 0730-2100 hrs. (Daily)
Covers Kovalam Beach, Padmanabhapuram Palace (closed on Mondays), Suchindram Temple and Kanniyakumari.
Ponmudi Tour: Timings: 0745-1900 hrs. (Daily) Covers Golden Valley, Neyyar Dam and Ponmudi
KTDC also organizes tours to Thekkady (Dep: 0630 hrs. every Saturday except last Saturday of the month and returns next at 2100 hrs.
Munnar & Kumarakom (Dep: 2130 hrs. on Wednesday and returns at 1900hrs. on Saturday,
Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala (Dep: 2130 hrs. and returns at 2130 hrs. the next day. The tour is operated on last day of every Malayalam month and every day during Mandala Pooja and Makaravilakku season i.e from Nov. to Mid-Jan.) And to Kodaikanal, Rameshwaram, Courtallam, Bangalore, etc. The fares do not include boarding and lodging charges.
ACCOMMODATION (*Hotels approved by Department of Tourism, Government of India.)
• *The Muthoot Plaza*****,Punnen Road,
• *Fortune Hotel The South Park**** A/c. M.G. Road,
• *Hotel Saj Lucia****East Fort,
• *Hotel Pankaj***M.G. Road,
• *Ariya Nivas Hotel** Aristo Jn.,
• *Hotel Silver Sand* Thampanoor,
Other Hotels
• Hotel Amritha, Thycaud,
• Beach & Lake Resorts, Pozhikara
• Hotel Highland, Thampanoor,
• Hotel HorizonAristo Road,
• Jas Hotel, Aristo Junction,
• Hotel Jazeera, Pazhaya Road,
• Hotel Keerthi, Thampanoor,
• Hotel Lagoona Davina; Pachalloor,
• Hotel Oasis; Palayam ;
• Hotel Regency, Thampanoor,
• Hotel Residency Tower, Press Road,
• Hotel Safari, Overbridge,
• Hotel Thamburu International, Aristo Jn.,
Other Hotels
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 200/- to Rs. 500/- for a single and Rs.300/- to Rs. 700/- for a double room.
• Alankar Lodge, Medical College,
• Hotel Arulakom, Overbridge,
• Ashish Tourist Home, Medical College,
• Ayswarya Tourist Home, Thampanoor
• Bright Tourist Home, Near Ayurveda College, M.G. Road,
• Hotel Chola International, Aristo Junction,
• Divya Tourist Inn, Airport
• Hotel Ganesh, Near GPO,
• Gemini Tourist Home, Medical College,
• Green Land Lodging, Thampanoor,
• International Tourist Home, Press Road, Statue,
• Jaibharath Tourist Home, Statue,
• Kitson Tourist Home, Airport,
• Hotel Libra, Medical College,
• M.G.M. Tourist Home, Pattom,
• Hotel Navaratna, Statue,
• Philips International Tourist Home, Ulloor, Medical College,
• Hotel President, S.S. Koil Road, Thampanoor,
• Samrat Hotel, Thakaraparambu Road,
• Sangam Tourist Home, Thampanoor,
• Sangeetha Tourist Home, Thampanoor,
• Sreevas Tourist Home, Thampanoor,
• Hotel Sukhvas, Manjalikulam Road,
• Thampanoor Tourist Home, Thampanoor,
• Vijai Tourist Home, Manjalikulam Road,
Other Accommodation
• *Mascot Hotel (KTDC)***, Mascot Square,
• Hotel Chaithram (KTDC), Thampanoor,
• Govt. Guest House,
• PWD Rest House, Thycaud,
• Yatri Nivas, Thiruvananthapuram,
• Railway Retiring Rooms, Trivandrum Central;
• Youth Hostel, Near Boat Club, Veli;
• YWCA Guest House, M.G. Road,
• YMCA Guest House, Palayam,
Akkulam Boat Club (Timings: 1000-1700 hrs.);
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: The temple is open only to Hindus and dress regaulations are strictly enforced, men in Dhoti and women in Saree and blouse (Timings: 0415-0515hrs., 0645-0730 hrs., 0830-1030hrs., 1130-1145hrs., 1715-1930 hrs.);
Kandiyar Palace; Observatory; Secretariat; Shankhumugham Beach; Veli Tourist Village (for water sport facilities)-Timings: 0800 to 1800 hrs.;
The Kanakakunnu Palace; the Zoological Gardens/Zoo (Timings: 1000-1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum (Timings: 1000-1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays);
Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum (Timings: 0830 –1230 hrs. & 1530-1730 hrs. Closed on Mondays. Entry Fee: Adult Rs. 5/-, Child Rs. 3/- & Foreigners Rs. 20/-);
Sri Chitra Art Gallery (Timings: 1000 hrs. to 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays & forenoon of Wednesdays. Entry Fee: Adult Rs. 5/- & Child Rs. 2/-);
The Government Art Museum/Napier Museum (Timings: 1000 hrs. to 1700 hrs. Closed
on Mondays and forenoon of Wednesdays.);
Science and Technology Museum (Timings: 1000 -1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays);
Priyadarshini Planetarium (Show Timings: 1030, 1200, 1500 and 1700 hrs. Entry Fee: Adult Rs. 10/- & Child Rs. 5/).
Thiruvallam (10 Km.): A serene backwater stretch en-route to Kovalam;
Aruvikkara (16 Km.): It is a picnic spot and a pilgrim center.

  KOVALAM (16 Km.)
A sheltered bay endowed with unusual beauty. This natural bay is a safe-pool free from high waves and surges. The beach resort here, is of international standard. Facilities available at the beach include Ayurvedic massage, yoga and water sports.
(STD Code: 0471) (*Approved by the Department of Tourism, Government of India)
• *Ashok Beach Resort(ITDC)***** Vizhinjam,
• *Somatheeram Ayurvedic – Beach Resort (Heritage) Chowara,
• *Surya Samudra Resort (Heritage) Pullinkudi,
Other Hotels
• *Udaya Samudra Beach Hotel***, G.V. Raja Road,
• *Bright Resorts
• *Kadaloram Beach Resort**, G.V. Raja Road,
• *Nikki's Nest**, Pulinkudi,
• *Coconut Bay Beach Resort*, Vizhinjam,
• *Hotel Manaltheeram*, Chowara Beach,
• *Sea Face*, NUP Road,
• Abad Palmshore Beach Resort, Light House Road,
• Best Western Swagath Resort,
• Ideal Ayurvedic Resort, Chowara,
• Hotel Marine Palace, NUP Road,
• Rock Holm Santhatheeram, Beach Road,
1.The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 600/- to Rs.1500/- for a room.
• Hotel Aparna,
• Light House Beach,
• Green Park,
• Samudra Beach,
• Hilton Beach Resort, Vizhinjam,;
• Hotel Mery Land,
• Hawah Beach ,
• Hotel Mini House, Kovalam, Vizhinjam,
• Moonlight Tourist Home, Nup Road,
• Pappukutty Beach Resort, Light House Beach,
• Hotel Peacock, Light House Beach,
• Raja Hotel, Kovalam, ,
• Hotel Samudra Tara, Light House Beach,
• Sandy Beach Resort, Light House Beach,
• Sea Flower Home, Light House Beach,
• Hotel Sea Weed, Light House Beach,
• Varma’s Beach Resort, Light House Beach,
• White House, Light House Beach, Vizhinjam,
Other Accommodation
• *Hotel Samudra(KTDC)***, G.V. Road,
• Govt. Guest House, Kovalam,
Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave (17 Km.): There is rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple at Vizhinjam near Kovalam Beach;
Koyikkal Palace at Nedumangad (18 Km.): This ancient palace dates back to the 15th century;
Neyyar Dam (29 Km.): It is a picnic spot with a dam and a lake with landscaped gardens. Facilities for boating and mountaineering are available. Places of interest nearby are Lion Safari Park, Snake Park, Crocodile Farm, Fish, Pond, etc. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram is situated here. Accom: Agasthya House (KTDC),
Agasthyakoodam (30 Km.): Part of the Sahyadri range of mountains, Agasthyakoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala at a height of 1890 metres above the sea level. Teeming with wildlife, the forests of Agasthyakoodam abound in rare medicinal herbs and plants and brilliantly hued orchids. A bird watcher's paradise, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from Kotoor, near Neyyar Dam, as also from Bonacaud. Prior permission is required for trekking in this area from the Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram. Trekking season is from December to April;
Poovar (35 Km.): A serene backwater resort with an unspoilt beach.
Accom: *Poovar Island Resort*** (A Sarovar Park Plaza Hotel
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary (50 Km.): This sanctuary spread over 53 on the Western Ghats, is accessible from Vithurai, which is on the way to Ponmudi.
Padhmanabhapuram Palace (54 Km.): A palace with elaborate woodwork, it was the ancient seat of the Tranvancore rulers. It contains relics of historical and artistic value. Timings: 0900 hrs. To 1700 hrs. (Closed on Mondays).
Varkala (55 Km.) : Varkala, a sea side town and a pilgrim centre is famous for a temple dedicated to Janardana (Lord Vishnu), which is believed to be more than 2000 years old. Accom (STD Code: 0472):
• Taj Garden Retreat,
• *Preeth Beach Resort**,
• Hilltop Ayurvedic Beach Resort,
• Sea Pearl Chalet,
• Hotel Sky Lark,
• Thiruvambadi Beach Retreat,
• Govt. Guest House,
• Sivagiri Guest House,
• Sivagiri Mutt, Sivagiri, Varkala.
Ponmudi (61 Km.): A hill station at an altitude of 915 metres above sea level. It is also a popular health resort and picnic spot. Accom: Govt. Guest House, Tel: 0472-890230 (Tariff: Rs. 300-600/-);
Nagercoil (68 Km.): Situated 19 Km. from Kannyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Nagercoil is famous for the temple of Nagaraja (Serpent God);
Kollam (72 Km.): This sea-side commercial centre is famous for backwater cruises;
Suchindram (74 Km.): The Thanumalayan temple at Suchindram in Tamil Nadu is a repository of art treasures. This unique temple is dedicated to the Trimurthi - Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.
KANNIYAKUMARI (86 Km.) : At the southernmost tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, lies Kanniyakumari, an important pilgrim centre in Tamil Nadu. Kanniyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrise, sunset and moonrise especially on full moon days. The beach itself is a beautiful sight with multi-coloured sands. The places of interest in Kannyakumari are the Kannyakumari Amman temple, the Gandhi Memorial and Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
Accom: Hotel Tamil Nadu (TTDC) Near to Sea Shore Kanniyakumari
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Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu is also its principal harbor and has one of the finest beaches in Asia. It was founded at Fort St. George in 1640 AD by Francis Day of the East Indian Company.
Area : 172 Sq.Km.
Altitude : Sea Level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 37.0 Deg.C. Min: 22.1 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 32.0 Deg.C. Min: 19.8 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 127 Cm. (Oct. - Dec.)
Best Season : October to March.
STD Code : 044.
Air : The Anna International Terminal and the Kamaraj Domestic Terminal of
Chennai Airport is well connected with major cities in India and abroad.
Rail : Chennai is well connected by rail with major cities in India.
Road : Chennai city is well connected by road with Bangalore 334 Km. Chidambaram 228 Km. Hyderabad 669 Km. Kanchipuram 71 Km. Kanniyakumari 693 Km. Kodaikanal 498 Km. Madurai 480 Km. Mamallapuram 61 Km. Mumbai 1329 Km. Mysore 469 Km. Ootacamund 535 Km. Pondicherry162 Km. Ramesh- waram 619 Km. Thanjavur 334 Km. Tiruchirappalli 319 Km. Tirupati 143 Km. Thiruvananthapuram 709 Km, Vellore 139 Km.
The following tours are conducted by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Dev. Corpn. Ltd. (TTDC), from their Sales Office at the Tamil Nadu Tourism Complex, Wallajah Road, Near Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai-2.
City Tour: Covers Fort St. George, Govt. Museum (closed on Fridays and in place of museum, Birla Planetarium is covered on that day) Valluvarkottam, Snake Park (Closed on Tuesday) & Kapaleeswar Temple.
Timings: 0800-1300 hrs. & 1330-1830 hrs. (Daily)
1. Mamallapuram & Kanchipuram Tour: Covers Kancheepuram, Mamallapuram, Muttukadu Boat House and VGP Golden Beach.
2. Timings: 0630-1900 hrs. (Daily).
3. Tirupati Tour: Dep: Chennai at 0610 hrs. and returns to Chennai late evening after darshan.
ACCOMMODATION (* Hotels approved by Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *ITC Hotel Park Sheraton & Towers*****Dlx. 132 T.T.K. Road,
• *Le Royal Meridian*****Dlx St. Thomas Mount,
• *Taj Coromandel Hotel*****DlxNo. 17, M.G.Road,
• *Radisson GRT Hotels***** 355, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount,
• *Hotel Taj Connemara***** Binny Road.
• *The Trident*****1/24, G.S.T. Road,
• *Welcomgroup Chola Sheraton*****Cathedral Road,
• *Ambassador Pallava****53, Montieth Road,
• Comfort Inn Grant Orient****693, Mount Road,
• *GRT Grand Days****120, Sir Thyagraja Road,
• *Hotel President****16, Dr. Radhakrishnan Road,
• *Hotel Savera****Dr. Radhakrishnan Road,
• The Tulip Aruna****144, Sterling Road
Three Star Hotels
• Hotel Abu Palace, Poonamallee High Rd,
• Hotel Aadithya, No.155/1, Arcot Road,
• Ambica Empire Best Western, 57, Jawaharlal Nehru Salai,
• Breeze Hotel, 850, Poonamalle High Road,
• The Dakshin, Nandanam, Days Inn Shan, Poonamallee High Road
• Hotel Dee Cee Manor Hotel, 90,G.N.Chetty Road,
• Hotel Ganga International, No.47, Bazullah Road,
• The Grand Orient, 693, Anna Salai,
• Hotel Kanchi, 28, Commander-in-Chief Road, Egmore,
• Hotel Mars, 768, Pammal Main Road,
• Hotel Mowbrays Inn, TTK Road, Alwarpet
• New Victoria Hotel, 3, Kennet Lane, Egmore,
• New Woodlands Hotel, Dr. Radhakrishnan Road,
• Hotel Palmgrove, Kodambakkam High Road,
• Radha Park Inn International, 14, J.N.Salai,
• The Residency, 49, G.N. Chetty Road,
• Hotel Shelter, Mylapore
• The Sindoori Hotel, Poonamallee High Road,
• Hotel Windsor Park, 349, Poonamallee High Road, Aminjikarai
Two Star Hotels
• Hotel Dasaprakash, Poonamalle High Road ,
• Hotel Maris, Cathedral Road,
• Hotel Pandian, Kennet Lane,Egmore,
• Hotel Peninsula, 51, G.N. Chetty Street,
• Hotel Ranjith, 15, M.G. Road Hotel Raj Residency #2,(old # 22) Kennet Lane,(Opp.Egmore Railway Station) Egmore , Chennai-600 008
Other Hotels
• Beverly Hotel, Kilpauk,
• Hotel Ganpat, 103, Nungambakkam High Road,
• Hotel Goutam Manor, 72, M.G. Road
• Hotel Guru Regency, Kilpauk,
• Hotel MGM Grand, Santhome High Road
• Hotel Nest International, Egmore,
• Hotel Nilgiri’s Nest Chennai, Mylapore,
• Hotel Nitash, Egmore,
• Hotel Oriental Inn, Cathedral Road,
• The Park Chennai, 601, Anna Salai,
• Hotel Parthan, T. Nagar,
• Hotel Ramada Raj Park-Chennai, Alwarpet,
• Shan Royal, Koyambedu,
The tariff of the following hotels range from Rs. 400-700/- (Sgl.) & Rs. 500-900/- (Dbl).
• Hotel Bhima’s Inn, Near Central Station,
• Hotel Blue Diamond, 934, EVR Salai,
• Hotel City Tower, Near Central Rly. Stn,
• Hotel Deluxe Inn, Pondy Bazar, ;
• Hotel Green Park, Teynampet,
• Guruprakash Hotel, T. Nagar,
• Hotel Karpagam Int’l, Mylapore,
• Hotel Nandini Palace, T. Nagar,
• Hotel New Park Plaza, Egmore,
• Hotel Raj Palace, T. Nagar, ;
• Hotel Ram Prasad, Egmore,
• Hotel Raj Residency, Egmore,
• Hotel Rohini International, T. Nagar,
• Tourist Home, Gandhi Irwin Road (Egmore),
• Udipi Home, Egmore,
Children's Park, Guindy: Adjacent to the Deer Sanctuary, it has a small collection of birds and animals.
Timings: 0830-1730 hrs. (Closed on Tuesdays).
Deer Sanctuary, Guindy: Noted for spotted deer and black buck.
Timings: 0830-1730 hrs. (Closed on Tuesdays), Entry Fee: Rs. 3/-.
Fort St. George & St. Mary's Church: Built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD, the buildings in the Fort are now used as offices of the Secretariat. The church within the Fort is believed to be the oldest Anglican Church in the east.
Entrance Fee: Rs. 5/- (Indians) US $ 2 (Foreigners).
Gandhi Mandapam: A memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, where prayer meetings are held.
High Court: Built in the Indo-Saracenic style, the buildings comprise, besides the High Court, the Small Causes Court, the City Civil Court and the Law Colleges.
Kalakshetra: This center, founded by Rukmani Devi Arundale imparts training in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of the state.
Kapaleeswarar Temple: An ancient Shiva temple at Mylapore, with a beautiful gopuram, typical of Dravidian architecture. Closed between 1200 and 1600 hrs.
Light House : A new modern light house situated at the southern end of Marina beach near Santhome.
Timings : 1400 to 1600 hrs. (Weekdays), 1000 to 1200 hrs. & 1400 to 1600 hrs. (Sundays and holidays).
Marina Beach and Aquarium: One of the longest beaches in the world. Aquarium
Timings:1400-2000 hrs.(Weekdays), 0800-2000 hrs.(Sundays & holidays).
MGR Film City: At Tharamani, Timings: 0830-1830 hrs.
Entry Fee: Rs. 15/- (Adult) & Rs. 8/- (Child).
Parthasarthy Temple: Dedicated to Lord Krishna as Parthasarathy.
Ripon Building: This massive building of Indo-Saracenic style is the seat of Chennai Municipal Corporation.
San Thome Cathedral Basilica: St. Thomas, the Apostle, is said to be buried here.
Snake Park, Guindy: A good collected of snakes and other reptiles can be seen here.
Timings: 0830-1730 hrs. (Closed on Tuesday),
Theosophical Society: The headquarters of the Theosophical movement, with a library and research centre.
Timings: 0830-1000 hrs. & 1400-1600 hrs. (Closed on Sundays and holidays) Library & Research Centre : 0800 to 1700 hrs. (Closed on Mondays).

Valluvar Kottam: A memorial to Saint Tiruvallur, the author of the Tamil classic “Thirukural”. Timings : 0800 to 1800 hrs.
Entry Fee: Rs. 3/-.
Musuems and Art Galleries
Fort Museum: At Fort St. George.
Timings: 1000-1700 hrs. (Closed on Fridays and National holidays.),.
Govt. Museum& National Art Gallery:
Timings: 0930-1730 hrs. (Closed on Fridays), Entry Fee: Rs. 3/-,
Amusement Parks
• Kishkinta, Tambaram,
• MGM Dizee World, Muttukadu,
• Little Folks & Dolphin City, Kingslee Circle, East Coast Road, near Mamallapuram .
• Mayajaal, Kanathur Reddy Kuppam Village,
• VGP Universal World, East Coast Road, Injambakkam,
• Ahaa Water Park, Uthandi,
Elliots Beach (11 Km.): This beach is comparatively quieter and an ideal place to go sea bathing.
Ennore Beach (18 Km.): The backwater here is ideal for boating.
Cholamandal Artists' Village (20 Km.): An artists' village enroute to Mamallapuram. A group of talented painters and sculptors live and work here. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, batik and graphics are exhibited here and are also on sale.
Timings : 0600 to 2000 hrs.
Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur (30 Km.):
Timings : 0830 to 1730 hrs. Closed on Tuesday.
Muttukadu (30 Km.): Located on the way to Mamallapuram, it is a fine picnic spot. TTDC runs a Boat house, with facilities for boating and wind surfing. Dakshinachitra, a unique heritage center run by the Madras Craft Foundation is located at Muttukadu. The centre displays replicas of 17 traditional homes, crafts, folk performing arts, etc. Timings: 1000-1800 hrs. (Daily except Tuesday).
Covelong (38 Km.): A fishing village with a fine beach, Covelong, on the way to Mamallapuram is historically important, as a Dutch trading settlement was founded here in the 18th century. Accom: *Fisherman's Cove*****Dlx, Covelong Beach,
Crocodile Bank (42 Km.):
Timings: 0830-1730 hrs.
Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram (61 Km.): is well known for its marvellous monuments created by the Pallava Kings. It was once their main seaport. The Shore Temple, monolithic rathas (chariots), caves, Mandapams and Arjuna's Penance, a sculptural panel, are worth seeing.
Accommodation at Mamallapuram(STD Code: 04114):
• *GRT Temple Bay****,;
• *Golden Sun Beach Resort***,
• Beach Resort Complex (TTDC),
• Camping Site (TTDC),
• Ideal Beach Resort,
• Hotel Sea Breeze,
Pulicat (61 Km.): The site of an old Dutch settlement built in 1609. There is an ancient cemetry and a light house here.
Kanchipuram (71 Km.): Kanchipuram, the golden city of a thousand temples, was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. Adi Sankaracharya established his episcopal seat (Kamakotipeetam) here. It is one of the seven sacred cities of India. The Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Ekambareshwara Temple and Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple are worth visiting. ` Accom (STD Code-04112) : Hotel Tamil Nadu (TTDC), Near Railway Stn.,
Tirukkalikundram (80 Km.): Tirukkalikundram, is also known as Pakshiteertham after the legend which speaks of two rishis, who halt at the Vedagireeswara (Shiva) Temple, situated on top of the hill every day while on their way from Varanasi to Rameswaram. One can still see these kites being fed by the temple priests every afternoon. At the foot of the hill is another Shiva temple dedicated to Lord Bhaktawatsaleeswara.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary (85 Km.): This water bird sanctuary attracts nearly 30,000 migratory and local birds. Best season : Nov. to Feb.
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Ooty, the queen of all hill stations, is situated in the Nilgiris or Blue mountains. One can see many profiles of nature here,each with a distinctive grandeur. GENERAL INFORMATION
Ooty Coonoor Kotagiri
Area : 36 Sq.Km. 13.2 Sq. Km. 26.39 Sq. Km.
Altitude 2240 M. 1858 M. 1984 M.
Climate : Summer Max: 25 Deg.C. Min: 10 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 21 Deg.C. Min: 0 Deg.C.
Season : April to June and Sept to Oct.
STD Code : 0423.
Air : The nearest airport is Coimbatore (89 Km. from Ooty), connected
with major cities.
Rail : Ooty is connected by narrow guage train services with Mettupalayam which in
turn is connected via Coimbatore to major cities in India.
IInd class : Rs.481/-
Road : Motorable roads connect Ooty with Bangalore 290 Km., Chennai 535 Km., Coimbatore 89 Km., Coonoor 19 Km., Kodaikanal 264 Km., Kotagiri 29 Km., Mettupalayam 51., KmMudumalai 64 Km., Mumbai 1320 Km., Mysore 160 Km., Salem 205 km, Thiruvanathapuram 498 Km. & Tiruchy 302 Km.
Daily sightseeing tour of places in and around Ooty are conducted by TTDC Ltd.
Timings: 0800 hrs - 1700 hrs
ACCOMMODATION (* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *Hotel Savoy (Heritage Grand), 77, Sylks Road,
• *Hotel Dasaprakash***, Ettines Road,
• *Holiday Inn Gem Park*** , Sheddon Road
• ,*Howard Johnson The Monarch*** Off Havlock Road,
• *Nahar Hotel (Nilgiris)***
• Charing Cross, *Hotel Sinclairs Ooty***,
• *Welcomgroup Sullivan Court***123, Selbourne Rd,
• *Hotel Willow Hill **, Havelock Rd, Comfort Inn Aruna, Gorishola Road, F
• ern Hill Palace Hotel,
• Merit Inn Southern Star
• 22, Havelock Rd, Sterling Holiday (India) Ltd., Fernhill, Regency Villas
Other Hotels (Tariff range: Rs.350-800/- (single) & Rs.550-1200/- (double)
• Hotel Aishwariya,
• Hotel Blue Hill Int'l,
• Hotel Brindavan, Central Park Guest House,
• Hotel Hotel Charing Cross,Garden Road, Delight,
• Hotel Elkhill,;
• Hotel Gaylord,
• Hotel Green Valley View,
• Hotel Highlands,
• Hotel Hill Breeze,
• Hotel Khems,
• Hotel Lake View,
• Hotel Mount View,
• Hotel New Natraj,
• Ooty Gate Hotel,
• Hotel Ooty Int'l, Woodcock Road,
• Hotel Panorama, Regency Villa, Fernhill, Hotel Sapphire Paradise, Snowdown Inn, Tel: The Nilgiri Wood Lands, Ettines Road,
Other Accommodation
• Hotel Tamilnadu (TTDC) Charing Cross Road,
• Youth Hostel (TTDC) Charring Cross Road,
• Hotel Mayura Sudarshan(KSTDC) ,Y.W.C.A,
Botanical Garden: Laid out in 1847 and now maintained by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Department. A variety of exotic and ornamental plants adorn the garden which is the venue for the Flower Show held in mid May every year.
Timings: 0800 -1800 hrs;
Elk Hills: A wide and uninterrupted view of Ooty and the Lovedale Valley can be had from here;
Government Museum: Set up in 1989, the Museum has Tribal objects, the district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.
Timings :1000 to 1300 hrs. & 1400 to 1700 hrs.(Closed on -Fridays, 2nd Saturdays and National holidays);
Ketty Valley View: An idyllic spot on the road to Coonoor;
Marlimund Lake: The main source of water supply for Ooty and a good picnic spot;
Ooty Lake: This artificial lake was set up in 1824 by Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. Boating is possible from 0800 hrs. to 1800 hrs. Daily;
Snowden Peak: Situated on the Kotagiri Road, it offers a picturesque view of Mysore;
Tiger Hill: It is a picnic spot on the way to Coonoor;
Wenlock Downs: It is a vast expanse of undulating landscape offering long strolls. The Gymkhana Club, The Government Sheep Farm and Hindustan Photo Films Company are located here;
Wilson Fish Farm: Located at 'Fish Dale' near the railway station, exotic fish species are reared and sold here.
Doddabetta (10 Km.): It is the highest peak (2623 metres) in the Nilgiris and offers beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri Hill ranges;
Kalhatty Falls(13 Km.): These falls are located on the Kalhatty slopes on the Ooty-Mysore- Kalhatty Ghat road. The height of the waterfalls is about 100 feet;
Glenmorgan(17 Km.): An ecologically rich forest area. There are about ten Toda (tribal) settlements here.
Ooty :( Queen of southern hill resorts )
Ootacamund or Ooty is a hill resort standing at 7,347 feet above sea level. Udhagamanalam (other name for Ooty) spreads over 36 sq. miles and the temperature ranges from 25 degree Celsius in summers tonear freezing in winters.
This famous hill station is at the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karanataka, three southern states of India. British founded this hill resort which seemed them as their summer headquarters. Before that time, the area was inhabited by Todas.These tribal people still inhabited the area, but only around 3000 remain.
Ooty Tourist attraction
Ooty lake:Ooty lake is favourite tourist spots of the visitors. The lake covers an area of one and a half squire miles, with a railway running along one bank. The larg graveyard of St. Thomas’s church, built in 1870, overlooks the lake. It has the tallest memorial of Ooty, a huge pillar surmounted by a cross , over the grave of William Patrick Adam, the governor of Madras Presidency, who died in Ooty in 1881. Paddle boats or rowing boats are available for boating enthusiasts.
Botanical Garden:
COONOOR (19 Km.) : Coonoor is the largest of the 3 hill stations of the nilgiris. It stands on a lower ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of 1858 metres (6100 feet). It has a pleasant and relatively milder climate throughout the year than that of Ooty. Coonoor is a railway station on the Mettupalayam - Ooty narrow gauge section and is 69 km. from Coimbatore, 21 km. from Kotagiri and 32 km. from Mettupalayam.
Accommodation: (* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *Taj Garden Retreat*****Church Road,
• The Monarch Ritz Hotel, Ritz Road,
• Blue Hills Hotel, Mount Road,
• Hotel Wellington, Appelby Road,
• Hampton Manor Hotel ,
• Sri Lakshmi Tourist Home,
• Vivek Tourist Home,
• Venkateshwara Lodge,
Other Accommodation
• Hotel Tamil Nadu(TTDC) Mount Pleasant Road,
• Y.M.C.A.,
• P.W.D. Inspection Bungalow,
• Tourist Bungalow,
• Rest House.
Places of Interest in and around Coonoor
Pasteur Institute: Famous for the research done on rabies, it also manufactures Polio vaccine. Visitors allowed only on Saturdays.
Pomological Gardens: One of the three experimental fruit gardens in the Nilgiris.
Sim's Park: Many species of trees and shrubs not found in Ooty are grown here. The park is at an elevation of between 1768 mt. to 1880 mt.
The annual fruit and vegetable show is held here in May;
Lamb's Rock (8 Km.): It is a sheer precipice of several hundred metres and commands a good view of the Coimbatore plains;
Dolphin's Nose (10 Km.): A promontory overlooking the plains. The Catherine Falls can be seen from here;
Rallia Dam (11 Km.): The dam is the source of water supply to Coonoor town.
The Droog (13 Km.): The peak is about 1,917 metres (6294 feet) high. The ruins of an old fort, built and used as a look out post of Tipu Sultan, are situated here;
Law's Falls (15 Km.): The falls are near the junction of Kateri and Coonoor rivers. Buses are available from Coonoor upto Wenlock Bridge from where it is about 1 km. on foot.
Tea and Coffee Plantations: For a visit to these plantations around Coonoor, contact United Planters' Association of Southern India (UPASI), "Glen View", Coonoor. Other scenic spots around Coonoor are Lady Canning's Seat, Tiger Hill, Walker's Hill, Brookland's Road, etc.
Pykara (21 Km.): Boasts of well protected fenced Sholas, Toda settlements, undisturbed grassy meadows, wildlife habitat and a dam and reservoir.
There is a forest Rest House at Pykara;
Avalanche (28 Km.): A beautiful lake surrounded by thick shola. It has some interesting treks and the streams and rivulets here are rich in trout and carp fishes.
Kotagiri (29 Km.): Kotagiri at an altitude 1,982 metres, is another popular hill station in the Nilgiris. It is 19 km. from Coonoor and is reputed to be the first spot developed in the Nilgiris as a summer resort. Kotagiri has a climatic advantage over Ooty as it is shielded by the Doddabetta ranges from the onslaught of the monsoons. Places of interest include the Kodanad View Point (20 km.), Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar (19 km.) and St. Catherine's Falls (8 km.).

The Mukurthi Peak and Mukurthi National Park (40 Km.): The Mukurthi National Park is located on the South Eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau. The area contains a viable population of Nilgiri Thar (Hamitragus hilocrius). The Kallaribetta and the Nilgiris Peak are other major peaks around. The area is chained by innumerable beautiful and perennial little streams, which falls into Bhavani Puzha. The silent Valley in the Western Ghat is located on the western side of these ranges. A facinating feature of the Mukurthi Sancutary is its endemism and relationship with Himalayan flora and fauna. The Park can be visited only with prior permission from the Forest Department.
Mettupalayam (51 Km.): Toy train services to Ooty starts and terminates here. The Black Thunder Resort, located 3Km. from Mettupalayam has a Water Park spread over an area of 63 acres.
Accom: The Black Thunder Resort, Mettupalayam,
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (64 Km.) : Lying in the Nilgiris District abutting Kerala and Karnataka State, it extends over an area of 321 sq. kms. The Wildlife includes elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse, wild bear, porcupine etc. The avifauna is varied with minivets, Hornbills, fairy blue birds, jungle fowls etc. The reptillions are represented by python, monitor lizard, flying lizard.
Accom: Hotel Tamil Nadu (TTDC),
For Trekking in and around Ooty, prior permission is required from
1) Wildlife Warden, Mahalingam Building, Coonoor Road, Ooty,
2) District Forest Officer, North & South Division, Ooty
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Kodaikanal, a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near in Tamil Nadu.
Area : 21.45 Sq.Km.
Altitude : 2,133 Metres.
Temperature : Summer Max: 19.3 Deg.C. Min: 11.3 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 17.3 Deg.C. Min: 8.3 Deg.C.
Season : April to June and Oct.
STD Code : 04542.
Air : The nearest airport is Madurai (120 Km.) connected with major cities.
Rail : The nearest railhead is Kodaikanal Road (80 Km.).
Road : Kodaikanal is connected by road with Bangalore 430 Km, Chennai 520 Km, Coimbatore 175 Km, Kodai Road 80 Km, Madurai 120 Km, Mumbai 1428 Km,Munnar 180 Km, Ooty 264 Km, Palani 64 Km, Periyar 160 Km, Trichy 197 Km.
Daily sightseeing tours are conducted by TTDC at 0830 and 1300 hrs.
ACCOMMODATION (* Hotels approved by the Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of India.)
• *The Carlton ***** Lake Road,
• *Paradise Inn***,
Other Hotels
• Hotel Green Mist,
• Chettiar Park,
• Hill Country Holiday Resort,
• Hotel J's Heritage,
• Kodai International, Laws Ghat Road
(ii) The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 500/- to Rs.1000/- for a room :-
• Hotel Astoria,
• Hotel ClifftonHotel Garden Manor,
• Holiday Home,
• Hilltop Towers,
• Jaidevi Apts, ;
• Hotel Jaya,;
• Hotel Jewel,
• Kodai Resort Hotel,
• Hotel The Nest,
• Hotel Palace, Raku Int'l,
• Hotel Queens,
• Hotel Siva Priya,
• Convent Road,
• Sterling Resorts,
• Sornam Apartments,
• Fernhill Road
Other Accommodation
• Hotel Tamil Nadu (TTDC) Kurinji Cottage Fern Hill Road, Family Room(5 beds)
• Hotel Anjay ,Anna Salai , Kodaikanal Tamilnadu , India,
• Youth Hostel Fern Hill Road
• Astrophysical Observatory (Visiting hours:1000 -1230 hrs. & 1900 - 2100 hrs. during season and 1000 to 1200 hrs. on Fridays only during other months) ,
• Bear Shola Falls,
• Byrant Park,
• Chettiar Park,
• Coaker's Walk ,
• Dolphin's Nose ,
• Fairy Falls (5 Km.) ,
• Green Valley View (5.5 Km.) ,
• Kodiakanal Lake ,
• Kurinji Andavar Temple (3 Km.) ,
• Pillar Rocks (7 Km.) ,
• Shenbaganur Museum (It has a collection of archaeological remains and flora and fauna of the hills. It houses a orchidarium with more than 300 species of orchids) and Silver Cascade (8 Km.).
Doctor's Delight (10.4 Km.): On the way to Berijam lake and commanding a fine view;
Kumbakkari (12 Km.): A picturesque waterfall and an ideal picnic spot;
Perumal Peak (20 Km.): On a clear day it commands one of the finest views;
Dolmen's Circle (22 Km.): Contains remains of the pre-historic period;
Berijam Lake (21 Km.): This lake is an angler's delight as it abounds in trout;
Kukkal Caves (40 Km.): A camping site and ideal for trekking;
Palani (64 Km.): Palani is famous for the temple of Sri Dandayudhapani or Lord Subramanya, on top of a 140 mt. high hill.
Accom:Hotel Tamil Nadu (TTDC), West Giri Street,
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The sacred island town of Rameswaram, at the extreme south-eastern limit of the Indian Peninsula, has one of India's most venerated temples. A fine example of South Indian architecture, the temple is renowned for its many pillared corridors, about 1220 metres in length. According to the Hindu epic "Ramayana", Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Lord Shiva here, after the war against Ravana and it is therefore held sacred by both Shaivites and Vaishnavities.
Area : 51.8 Sq.Km.
Altitude: Sea level.
Temperature : Summer Max: 37.0 Deg.C. Min: 30.0 Deg.C.
Winter Max: 30.0 Deg.C. Min: 25.0 Deg.C.
Rainfall : 50 Cm. (Average) Season: Throughout the year.
STD Code : 04573.
Air : The nearest airport is Madurai (173 Km.), connected with major cities.
Rail : Rameswaram on metre gauge section of the Southern Railway is
connected by rail with Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tirchy.
Fare : Mumbai – Rameshwaram (via Madurai) : IInd A/c : Rs.2438/- IInd class: Rs.578/-
Road : Rameswaram is connected by road with Chennai 666 Km, Kanyakumari
302 Km, Karaikudi 118 Km, Madurai 173 Km, Mandapam 19 Km,
Pudukottai 188 Km, Ramanathapuram 37 Km, Sivaganga 136 Km,
Thanjavur 258 Km, Tiruchendur 205 Km, Tiruchirapalli 258 Km. and
Tuticorin 180 Km.
The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs. 200/- to Rs. 300/- for a single room and from Rs.250/- to Rs. 500/- for a double room.
• Hotel Chola,
• Hotel Maharaja,
• Santhanam Lodge,
• Swami Ramanatha Lodge,
• Hotel Venkatesh, .
Other Accommodation
• Hotel Tamilnadu, Near Beach,
Agnitheertham (2.5 Km.) : A calm bay, sacred to Hindus who believe that a bath in these holy waters washes away one's sins;
Gandamadana Parvatham (4 Km.) : It is the highest point on the island and gives an excellent view of the surrounding area. There is a two storeyed Mandapam with Rama's padham (footprints) placed on a Chakra for worship, that attract pilgrims;
Kothandaramaswamy Temple (8 Km.) : It is believed that Vibishana, brother of Ravana, surrendered before Rama at this spot. There are idols of Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman and Vibishana here;
Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple (3 Km.) : Built during the 17th century, this temple has a gopuram (tower) which is 38.4 metres high. The most impressive feature is the many pillared corridor covering a length of 1220 metres.
Mandapam (19 Km.): It is the rail and road centre in the mainland connecting to Rameswaram. A boat to Kurusadai island can be taken from here. Medium ranged private accommodation is available here;
Kurusadai Islands (20 Km.): These islands lie west of the Pambam bridge between the mainland and the island and can be reached via Mandapam. A paradise for biologists, the islands are surrounded by a chain of coral reefs. The shallow waters of the region sustain a remarkable variety of marine life;
Ramanathapuram (54 Km.): An ancient town from where the Sethupathis ruled their territory. The Ramalinga Vilasam palace with good paintings is worth visiting. The tomb of Thayumana Swamigal, a Philosopher saint is located here;
Tirupullani (68 Km.): Also known as Dharbasayanam, it is 14 kms. from Ramanathapuram. There is a Vishnu temple here dedicated to Lord Adi Jaganathaperumal;
Devipattinam (69 Km.): Also known as Navabashanam, it is a coastal village 15 kms. from Ramanathapuram where pilgrims perform penance;
Uthirakosamangai (72 Km.): There is an ancient Siva temple here dedicated to Lord Nataraja, with the deity carved in Emerald;
Erwadi (78 Km.): The tomb of Ibrahim Syed Aulia here is visited by Muslim pilgrims from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. The annual festival in honour of this muslim saint takes place in Dec;
Uppoor (84 Km.): This place is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha;

Kanchirankulam (89 Km.): A water bird sanctuary is located here;
Valinokkam (90 Km.): A sea side village with a verdent beach and natural scenery.
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