Most interesting tourist places of Maldives – the world most low lying country | Travel tips for Indian tourists to visit Maldives

Most interesting tourist places of Maldives – the world most low lying country | Travel tips for Indian tourists to visit Maldives

Capital city of Maldives is Male.  It is spread over an area of nearly 3kms length and 2 ½ kms width.  Total population of Maldives is 3 lakhs.  Maldives are a best example of living near the sea.  All these island look like a chain in Indian Ocean.  So these are called Maldives.  Though there are nearly 1190 islands, people live in only 201 islands.  These are called Coral islands.  Only passport is needed to visit Male.  There is no necessity to have a visa.

As there was no place available to construct an airport in Male, it was constructed in another island which is nearby.  Maldives has five more airports but the air port near Male is the international airport.  Time of Maldives is half an hour behind Indian Standard time. Motor boats are available from Airport Island to Male.

Maldives are at a height of 1 ½ kms from the sea level.  If there are any natural calamities like Tsunami these would be the first to disappear.  People of Maldives should be praised for the way they made this place such a comfortable place to live.  Watching Shopping malls, small streets, foot paths, citizens who strictly follow the traffic rules is pleasurable.  Male Island that has one lakh population has thousand of motor cycles and cars.  Language of people of Male is Dhivehi.  Dhivehi sounds like a combination of Tamil, Malayalam and Sinhala languages.  Tourism is the main means of lively hood for Maldivians.  All the people here can swim.  Currency of Maldives is Rufiyaa.

South Indian food is available here.  All the ingredients needed for south Indian cooking are available at some Malayali shops here.  But the prices are a bit high.  Fishes are available in abundance here.  No item is made without using fish.  Drum stick trees, Mango trees and song of cuckoos remind the visitors of Andhra Pradesh.

Special feature of these coral islands are the coral debris around the islands.  These act as a natural barrier against sea.  They protect the island from erosion due to waves.  Maldives has been divided into group of 26 islands.  These are called Atolls.  Each atoll consist 30 – 40 islands.

One of the Atolls in Maldives is ‘Baa’.  An island by name Kuda funafaru has island hotels that offer packages to tourists.  Model of transport in Male is boats.  Ocean looks as a mixture of green and blue colours up to a distance of 1 km into the sea.  After that distance, sea appears in dark blue colour.

Maldivian air taxis are available to travel from one island to another.  These are very small.  Only 20 persons can travel in these air taxis.  Air taxis takeoff and land on water only.  There are many resorts in these islands.  Ferries are used to reach the resorts.  The resort at Kuda funafaru is called ‘Zithali’.  Employees of these resorts receive the guests very well.  These resorts look like a wonderful world with sweet coconut water, green trees, white sands and blue and green sea water.  Tourists are taken to the water bungalows from the reception in Buggies, small motor vehicles.  Water bungalows are constructed on the sea water.  Tourists can enjoy to their hearts content in these islands.  But the food available here is sea food and European cuisine.  Vegetarians will have to satisfy their hunger pangs with fruit juices, bread and cornflakes.

As Maldives are situated at the equator, sun rays fall straight and bright on these islands.  During day time, we cannot directly look at the sand.  Foreign tourists enjoy the sun tanning here.  Many small islands around Male like Hulhumale, Villingili are also can be visited.

Another important island in Maldives is Sun Island.  Foreign tourists visit this island in large numbers.  This is a good picnic spot.  Scuba diving, water skiing facilities are available here.  Thousand of varieties of fish can be seen here.

Sting ray fishes

Stingray point in Sun Island bustles with activity at 9.00pm every day.  Stingray fishes look like lotus leaves.  They have poison at their tail part.  All these fishes reach stingray point in large numbers every day at 9.00pm.  Resort staff feed these fishes with small fishes and meat pieces.  Many other species of fishes also come here.

Another view point on Sun Island is Whale sharks point. Whale sharks appear in groups near Thai restaurant.  Each whale shark is 4 – 6 feet long.  Mouth of these fishes look like shark and the body resembles whale.  Many tourists gather at these view points to watch the fishes.  Whale sharks look  ferocious.

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Bangalore to Trivandrum Kochuveli

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Bangalore to Trivandrum Kochuveli | Fastest train from Bangalore to Trivandrum Kochuveli

Passengers have 6 trains from Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR to Trivandrum Kochuveli/KCVL.2777 represents Yesvantpur Kochuveli Express. This train departs at Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR at 15:15 and reports an arrival at 06:30 +1 night at Trivandrum Kochuveli/KCVL. 15 h 15 min are required for it to travel 847 kms of distance.Except Wednesday the train won’t schedules. Rs.159 for general class, Rs.325 for SL class, Rs.857 for 3A class, Rs.1167 for 2A class is charged.
It is the fastest train from Bangalore to Trivandrum Kochuveli.

Kochuveli Garib Rath has the train number of 2257. It arrives the destination point of Trivandrum Kochuveli/KCVL at 12:40 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR  at 21:00. It travels a distance of 808 kms within 15 h 40 min. This train leaves on  Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday Rs.531 for 3A class is charged.

6315 is the number for Kochuveli Express. It starts at 17:15 in the departure point of Bangalore City Junction/SBC and reaches the destination point of Trivandrum Kochuveli/KCVL  at 09:25 +1 night. It takes 16 h 10 min to travel 837 kms of distance. The operation of 6315 starts on  Sunday, Wednesday, Friday. Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.157 for general class, Rs.303 for SL class, Rs.822 for 3A class, Rs.1129 for 2A class.

Name of 6321 train number is Trivandrum Express. It starts at Bangalore City Junction/SBC  at 18:50 and reaches Trivandrum Central/TVC at 12:00 +1 night. It covers a distance of 843 km in 17 h 10 min.The train is exclusively available only on Thursday.They charge Rs.159 for general class, Rs.305 for SL class, Rs.827 for 3A class, Rs.1137 for 2A class.

Island Express train has number of number of 6526. It starts at 21:40 in Bangalore City Junction/SBC  and reaches Trivandrum Central/TVC  at 15:05 +1 night. Within 17 h 25 min it travels a distance of 858 kms. It has daily trips.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.160 for general class, Rs.307 for SL class, Rs.833 for 3A class, Rs.1144 for 2A class.

6331 specifies Trivandrum Express. It starts at 10:30 at Krishnarajapuram/KJM and reaches Trivandrum Central/TVC  at 04:00 +1 night. It consumes 17 h 30 min of time for travelling a distance of 816 kms.It is scheduled only on Tuesdays.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.155 for general class, Rs.298 for SL class, Rs.811 for 3A class, Rs.1112 for 2A class, .
Indian railways have given a chance to its customers to know advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status sitting at home by visiting their official website www. indianrail.gov.in.

Handi valley near Pachmarhi | Road map with driving direction from Bhopal to Pachmarhi

Handi valley near Pachmarhi | Road map with diving direction from Bhopal to Pachmarhi

Handi valley near Pachmarhi

Handi valley is another must visit tourist spot. The valley is a hundreds of feet depth with the hills on either sides.  A fencing is laid with iron bars.    30 -40 view points provide beautiful view of the nature in the surrounding of Pachmarhi.  Chess fall, big fall, little fall water falls are famous.  This water falls fall from a height of 100 – 125 meters.

The best time to visit Pachmarhi is between October and June when the weather is convenient. To visit all the places of Pachmarhi a stay of at least one week is required.

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Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Kolkata to Ahmedabad

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Kolkata to Ahmedabad| Fastest train from Kolkata to Ahmedabad

4 trains between Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  and Ahmedabad Junction/ADI improve the transport.
2906 number corresponds to the Porbandar Express train. Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  is the starting point for this train and Ahmedabad Junction/ADI is the destination point. It leaves at 22:55 and reaches at 08:55 +2 nights. 2087 kms of distance is travelled in 34 h 0 min. This train leaves on  Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.276 for general class, Rs.520 for SL class, Rs.1407 for 3A class, Rs.1929 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Kolkata to Ahmedabad.

2906A train number corresponds to Howrah Okha Link Express. It departs at 22:55 at the Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH  and arrives the destination at Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 08:55 +2 nights. Distance travelled by this train is 2087 kms and it reaches its destination in 34 h 0 min. The departure days of 2906A is on  Tuesday. They charge Rs.276 for general class, Rs.520 for SL class, Rs.1407 for 3A class.

2938 is the number for Howrah Gandhidham SF Express. It starts at 23:00 in the departure point of Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH and reaches the destination point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI      at 11:00 +2 nights. It takes 36 h 0 min to travel 2209 kms of distance.Except Monday the train won’t schedules.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.282 for general class, Rs.530 for SL class, Rs.1435 for 3A class, Rs.1968 for 2A class.

2834 is the number for Howrah Ahmedabad Express. It starts at 23:55 in the departure point of Kolkata Howrah Junction/HWH and reaches the destination point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 13:25 +2 nights. It takes 37 h 30 min to travel 2087 kms of distance. It runs seven days a week. Prices are Rs.276 for general class, Rs. 520 for SL class, Rs.1407 for 3A class, Rs.1929 for 2A class.
Just logging in to the official website of the Indian railways www. indianrail.gov.in  provides the data like advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance, Fastest train from Trivandrum to Delhi

Train Timings and schedules, Train Ticket Fare, Distance from Trivandrum to Delhi | Fastest train from Trivandrum to Delhi.

Passengers have 7 trains from Trivandrum Central/TVC  to Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM .
2431 number corresponds to the Trivandrum Rajdhani Express train. Trivandrum Central/TVC  is the starting point for this train and Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the destination point. It leaves at 19:15 and reaches at 12:40 +2 nights. 3149 kms of distance is travelled in 41 h 25 min. 2431 starts at Trivandrum Central/TVC  on  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Rs.2425 for 3A class, Rs.3140 for 2A class, Rs.5240 for 1A class,  is charged.It is the fastest train from Trivandrum to Delhi.

2483 is a train number also for Kochuveli Amritsar Express. It travels a distance of 3150 kms in the duration of 49 h 55 min. It goes off the Trivandrum Kochuveli/KCVL  at 09:10 and reaches the destination of New Delhi/NDLS by 11:05 +2 nights.It is scheduled only on Wednesdays.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.327 for general class, Rs.602 for SL class, Rs.1638 for 3A class, Rs.2251 for 2A class.

Kerala Sampark Kranti Express has the train number of 2217,2653. It arrives the destination point of New Delhi/NDLS  at 11:05 +2 nights by leaving the departure point of Trivandrum Kochuveli/KCVL at 09:10. It travels a distance of 3150 kms within 49 h 55 min.Only on Saturdays, this train is available. Rs.327 for general class, Rs.602 for SL class, Rs.1638 for 3A class, Rs.2251 for 2A class, Rs.3822 for 1A class,  is charged.

Dehradun Express is indicated by 2287 train number. It consumes 49 h 50 min of time for covering a distance of 3157 kms.  The departure timing at Trivandrum Kochuveli/KCVL  is 08:50 and arrival at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM is 10:40 +2 nights.Except Friday the train won’t schedules.Prices are Rs.329 for general class, Rs.606 for SL class, Rs.1649 for 3A class.

Name of 2625 train number is Kerala Express. It starts at Trivandrum Central/TVC  at 11:15 and reaches New Delhi/NDLS  at 13:40 +2 nights. It covers a distance of 3036 km in 50 h 25 min. It has daily trips.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.322 for general class, Rs.595 for SL class, Rs.1616 for 3A class, Rs.2220 for 2A class.

Nizamuddin Express has the train number of 2643. It arrives the destination point of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM at 17:00 +2 nights by leaving the departure point of Trivandrum Central/TVC  at 14:15. It travels a distance of 3014  kms within 50 h 45 min.This train is scheduled only on Tuesdays.Prices are Rs.322 for general class, Rs.595 for SL class, Rs.1616 for 3A class.

6317 is a train number also for Himsagar Express. It travels a distance of 3036 kms in the duration of 55 h 5 min. It goes off the Trivandrum Central/TVC  at 16:05 and reaches the destination of New Delhi/NDLS by 23:10 +2 nights.Only on Fridays, this train is available.Prices as below are applicable:  Rs.322 for general class, Rs.575 for SL class, Rs.1586 for 3A class, .
Official Indian railway website www. indianrail.gov.in is available for the details of advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths/seats availability, PNR status.

Churches in Goa built in the Roman-gothic architectural style | Road map and driving directions from Mumbai to Goa

Churches in Goa built in the Roman-gothic architectural style | Road map and driving directions from Mumbai to Goa


UNESCO team travels in the world to selects place and buildings that should be visited by the future generations as World Heritage sites.  UNESCO has selected Goa, Pattadakal and Hampi in India along with other places.

Ancient Goa is on the banks of river Mandavi.  In 16th century Bijapur Nawab Adil shah wanted to change his capital to ancient Goa and built a wonderful palace their.  At the same time Portuguese Army commander occupied this place.  For the next 340 years, Goa was the capital for the Portuguese rule in India.  Not only in trade, culture but also in culture and religion it was similar to the cities of Europe.  The churches in the main square brought back the memories of Portuguese grandeur and Roman Catholic world.

Bam Jesus’ Basilica church

‘Bam Jesus’ Basilica church which was selected as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986 has the main deity Child Jesus.  The idol is very small.  The idol of St Ignatius Loyola idol which is at the back of Jesus idol is about 3 meter height.  At the top of the head, shining sun and the symbol of I.H.S. Jesuit can be seen.  Saint Loyola is the founder of Jesus Society.  The whole inside of the church has the gold plated covering.  This is the first church in South Asia which got the ‘Basilica’ status.  Roman Catholic Christians visit this church at least once in their life time.

The mortal remaining of St Xavier is preserved in this church.  This saint’s mortal remaining is preserved in a silver box since 400 years.  This box is kept on the right side of the main deity in a three storey marble tomb.  Saint’s body is taken on 3 rd December once for each decade for the devotees to visit. The body is going to taken out in 2014 for this decade.

Se Cathedral

‘Se-cathedral’ church is another famous church which is the biggest church in Asia.  This was built by a Portuguese Emperor.  This was built as a symbol of wealth, authority of Portugal.  This church is dedicated to St. Catherine.  This was built in the Portuguese-Gothic architectural style. Four small temples built for St. Anthony and St. Bernard and others can be seen on the right side of the temple.  The golden bell in the church is the biggest in Asia.  Pope Pious presented a Golden rose to the church in 1953.

St. Francis church

St. Francis church is located at the back of ‘Se-Cathedral’ church.  St. Antony Chapel and Lady of Rosary are the other main churches.  Viceroy Arch is situated on the banks of River Mandavi which has a historical prominence.  Great grand son of Vasco Da Gama, Francisco Da Gama who was a governor built this arch to welcome Portuguese Viceroys who come to Goa.

Road map and driving directions from Mumbai to Goa

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