Pulicat is one of the oldest lakes and this is a place to watch the migratory birds | Shar center and Pelican Parade can also be visited

Pulicat is one of the oldest lakes and this is a place to watch the migratory birds | Shar center and Pelican Parade can also be visited

Pulicat Lake

A natural salt water lake with naturally formed islands, a waterfall which has not lost its natural charm, an abode for migrated birds, temples of Chengalamma and Kesava.  Visit all these at Pralaya Kaveri.

Shar Center:  The permission of PRO has to be taken to visit Shar Center.  Visitors are not allowed in to some special zones.  The zones in which the tourists are allowed are also very important.  This tour is beneficial for the college education age group but is not much helpful to kids.

Pulicat Lake: Boating facilities are available at this Lake.  Chilka Lake in Orissa is the biggest lake in India and Pulicat occupies the second place.  The water in Pulicat lake are salty as water from Bay of Bengal enters this lake.  But they are not exactly like sea water.  This is a brackish water lake.  In normal days the area of the lake is 250 sqm, while in rainy season it expands to 460sqkm.  Earlier this was called Pralaya Kaveri Lake.  Local people still call this as Pralaya Kaveri.  Part of this lake is in Tamilnadu.

Pelican Parade: Migratory birds which come here every year are the main cause for the popularity of this lake.  Pelican birds come here from Australia to lay eggs.  Flamingoes, spotted ducks, bill birds, white cranes etc roam in this lake.  The legs and nose of these Flamingoes are pink in colour.  May be legs and beaks of these birds are created like this so that they do not drown in water when they go deep in to water to catch fishes with their beaks.  Celebrations are held in the months of February and March which is the peak season in which the birds come here.  Collectors and higher authorities attend this festival.

Even when birds are not there, the beauty of the lake, the skillful fishermen, historic constructions of Portugese etc can be enjoyed all through the year.

Observing the life style of the fishermen closely will be a sweet memory.  Fishermen put all the fishes they catch in a basket and they go singing songs.  Wives of fishermen wait for them with a basket, a bag, oil bottle and a bowl carrying food for their husbands. Bag and oil bottle are for purchasing groceries from the money they get by selling fishes.  They bring  Ragi Ambali for their husbands.

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Chowmahalla palace in belonging to Nizam is renovated | Clothes, article, artifacts, swords etc of Nizam are exhibited in Chowmahalla palace

Chowmahalla palace in belonging to Nizam is renovated | Clothes, article, artifacts, swords etc of Nizam are exhibited in Chowmahalla palace

Chowmahalla palace, the palace belonging to Nizam is renovated to match the grandeur of Nizam. The palace exhibits artistry in every inch, the charm of this palace has not diminished a bit even after so many generations.  Historical items and pleasant atmosphere are the things that Chowmahalla palace offers to the visitors.  Clothes, swords, articles, artifacts used belonging to Nizam is exhibited in this palace.  Meeting hall, and the construction of the palace are a challenge to to days engineering technology. People who love history should visit this place to their hearts content.

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

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

12 trains run between Krishnarajapuram/KJM and Kalyan Junction/KYN.
Rajkot Express has the train number of 6614. It arrives the destination point of Kalyan Junction/KYN at 04:49 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Krishnarajapuram/KJM at 07:20. It travels a distance of 1076 kms within 21 h 29 min.It travels only on Fridays.Fare for the travel is Rs.186 for general class, Rs.351 for SL class, Rs.958 for 3A class, Rs.1318 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Bangalore to Mumbai.

Name of 1014 train number is Coimbatore Mumbai LTT Express. It starts at Bangalore City Junction/SBC  at 15:25 and reaches Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT at 14:30 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1137 km in 23 h 5 min. It runs seven days a week. It costs Rs.191 for general class, Rs.359 for SL class, Rs. 980 for 3A class, Rs.1348 for 2A class, Rs.2272 for 1A class.

1018 number corresponds to the Chalukya Express train. Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR  is the starting point for this train and Mumbai Dadar Central/DR is the destination point. It leaves at 06:30 and reaches at 05:50 +1 night. 1205 kms of distance is travelled in 23 h 20 min. It has daily trip except on Thursday. Rs.199 for general class, Rs.371 for SL class, Rs.1013 for 3A class, Rs.1394 for 2A class is charged.

6530 is the number for Udyan Express. It starts at 20:10 in the departure point of Bangalore City Junction/SBC  and reaches the destination point of Mumbai CST/CSTM  at 19:50 +1 night. It takes 23 h 40 min to travel 1153 kms of distance. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.194 for general class, Rs.363 for SL class, Rs.991 for 3A class, Rs.1364 for 2A class, Rs.2298 for 1A class.

Mumbai Express has the train number of 6340. It arrives the destination point of Mumbai CST/CSTM  at 20:50 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Krishnarajapuram/KJM at 21:30. It travels a distance of 1130 kms within 23 h 20 min. It has departures on  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.191 for general class, Rs.359 for SL class, Rs.980 for 3A class, Rs.1348 for 2A class.

Name of 6332 train number is Mumbai Express. It starts at 20:45 in Krishnarajapuram/KJM and reaches the destination of Mumbai CST/CSTM at 20:50 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1130 kms within 24 h 5 min.This train is scheduled only on Saturdays.Fare of this train is Rs.191 for general class, Rs.359 for SL class, Rs.980 for 3A class, Rs.1348 for 2A class.

6506 train number is Gandhidham Express. It starts at Bangalore City Junction/SBC  is the departure point and Kalyan Junction/KYN  is the destination point for this train. 22:20 is the time it leaves at the departure point and reaches the destination at 21:44 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1166 kms in 23 h 24 min.Only on Saturdays, this train is available.Cost of the tickets is Rs.194 for general class, Rs.363 for SL class, Rs.991 for 3A class, Rs.1364 for 2A class.

Mysore Ajmer Express is indicated by 6210 train number. It consumes 23 h 24 min of time for covering a distance of 1165 kms.  The departure timing at Bangalore City Junction/SBC is 22:20 and arrival at Kalyan Junction/KYN  is 21:44 +1 night. This train leaves on  Tuesday, Thursday.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.194 for general class, Rs.363 for SL class, Rs.991 for 3A class, Rs.1364 for 2A class.

6508 is the number for JODHPUR EXPRESS. It starts at 22:20 in the departure point of Bangalore City Junction/SBC  and reaches the destination point of Kalyan Junction/KYN  at 21:44 +1 night. It takes 23 h 24 min to travel 1166 kms of distance. The departure days of 6508 is on  Monday, Wednesday. They charge Rs.194 for general class, Rs.363 for SL class, Rs.991 for 3A class, Rs.1364 for 2A class.

0926 train number is Yeswantpur Ahmedabad Summer Special. It starts at Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR is the departure point and Kalyan Junction/KYN is the destination point for this train. 06:20 is the time it leaves at the departure point and reaches the destination at 06:48 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1086 kms in 24 h 28 min.This train is scheduled only on Thursdays.Prices are Rs.186 for general class, Rs.351 for SL class, Rs.958 for 3A class, Rs.1318 for 2A class.

6532 is the number for Garib Nawaz Express. It starts at 17:45 in the departure point of Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR and reaches the destination point of Kalyan Junction/KYN  at 21:44 +1 night. It takes 27 h 59 min to travel 1249 kms of distance.It travels only on Fridays. Rs.200 for general class, Rs.375 for SL class, Rs.1024 for 3A class, Rs.1410 for 2A class is charged.

6534 train number also indicates Yesvantpur Jodhpur Express. It leaves Bangalore Yesvantpur Junction/YPR  at 17:45 and reaches Kalyan Junction/KYN at 21:44 +1 night within duration of 27 h 59 min travelling a distance of 1249  kms.Only on Sundays, this train is available.Cost of the tickets is Rs.200 for general class, Rs.375 for SL class, Rs.1024 for 3A class, Rs.1410 for 2A 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.

Where is Anjuna Beach in Goa? | How to reach Anjuna Beach? | Interesting places in and around Anjuna village

Where is Anjuna Beach in Goa? | How to reach Anjuna Beach? | Interesting places in and around Anjuna village

Anjuna Beach Goa

Many people plan to spend their holidays in Ooty or Kodaikanal to get relief from souring summer heat.  Visit Goa this time.  Get over fatigue on the beautiful Anjuna beach.  Preserve those beautiful moments for a life time.

Anjuna beach is situated at 18 kilometers from the capital city of Goa.  This is praised as heaven by the tourists.  The waves of Arabian ocean entrance the tourists.  Anjuna beach is care of address for full moon day parties.  These parties are the main attraction here.  There is a fair on every Wednesday.  Nature lovers should visit Anjuna beach at least once in a life time, which gives mental peace as well as experiences which can be preserved for a life time.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Goa is the best place to get mental peace and to spend time in the nature, forgetting the outside world.  Anjuna village lies between Arabian sea and high mountain range, in an area of five square miles. A cave which is formed naturally with big mountain rocks is very beautiful.  The beauty of this cave, which is formed with the combination of white sand and black rocks, cannot be described.  Tourists who visit Anjuna beach, will  desire  to come back again and again.

Trader’s heaven

Wednesday’s in Anjuna, bustle with activity.  This place is crowded with tourist’s vehicle from 11 am itself.  The Wednesday fair is called ‘Wednesday Day flea market’.  Everything is available here.  This is described as the heaven of traders.  Beautifully designed Tibet, Kashmiri and Gujarati clothes are available cheaply here.  Traditional handicrafts are also available here.  Along with these European snacks, music cassettes under the name ‘Goa trans’ are sold like hot cakes.  Artificial jewellery and T-shirts are also available for lesser prices.

Anjuna beach is famous for full moon parties.  Young tourists are attracted to these parties.  There is a worldwide craze for these full moon parties.  These parties continue till the early mornings.  And beach fires go through all the night.  The parties with the full moon light and back ground music of the waves of Arabian Sea stay in the memories of tourists for a long time.  The traditional dances for western music by hippies are the high light of these parties.

Weather

Goa has a pleasant atmosphere throughout the year. Coats made with thin wool are needed in December and January months.  April and May months are warmer.  June and October months witness heavy rains. In summer the temperatures are between 240 centigrade and 32.70 centigrade. In winter the temperatures vary between 21.30 and 32.20.

Air Services: Tourists can reach Anjuna beach in many ways.  Air services are available till Dabolim Airport which is 29 kms from Panaji.  Anjuna beach is at the distance of 47 kms from ‘Dabolim’.

Train Journey: Tourists can get down at Karmali Railway Station which is 11 kms from Panaji and reach Anjuna beach which is 29 kms from there.

Road ways: Buses to Anjuna beach (8 kms from Mapusa) are available for every one hour from Mapusa which is at a distance of 18 kms from Panaji. Local bus services are also plenty. Tourists also can hire a motor cycle or a taxi from ‘Mapusa’.

How the Kollur Mookambika got that name? | The temple architecture and Mookambika idol details

How the Kollur Mookambika got that name? | The temple architecture and Mookambika idol details

Kollue MookambikaThis temple has a history for its origin.  In Kritayugam there was a demon Kamasura in this place.  He did penance to please Lord Shiva.  Goddess Parvathi  made him dumb to prevent him from asking boons.  Later she killed him on Jesta sukla ashtami on the Kodachadri hill.  So the Goddess is called Mookambika.

Kollur Mookambika temple is built in the Kerala architecture style.  There is a 20 feet Deepa sthambam at the entrance.  Gaja sthambam which has golden plating is a little shorter.  Devotees have the darshan of these stambhas and then enter the sanctum sanctorium.  Male devotees have to take off their vests and shirts before entering the temple.  Mookambika Devi appears in a cross-legged position.  Mookambika has four hands, with the chakram and sankham in the upper hands.

The idol of Goddess Mookambika was installed along with the Srichakram by Adisankaracharya.  Adisankaracharya peetham is at the west side of the sanctum sanctorum.  Earlier Devi appeared ferocious.  Adisankaracharya did penance and make her tranquil.  Adisankaracharya went to north India with the permission of the Goddess, it is said.  All the kings who ruled this place worshipped and developed this religious place.

A Jyothirlingam is present in front of the idol of Mookambika.  This lingam is divided unequally by the line.  Devotees believe that the small portion of the lingam is the place of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the big portion is the place for Saraswati, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali.  Decorations and Pujas are held for the idol and Abhishekam to the Lingam.

Vishnu Temple with navagrahas built by Krishnadevaraya as per his mother wish at Nagalapuram | Ganesh or Ganapati in Standing posture

Vishnu Temple with navagrahas built  by Krishnadevaraya as per his mother wish at Nagalapuram | Ganesh or Ganapati in Standing posture

Vishnu Temple

During the Pallava rule, only Sanctum Sanctorum was built for Lord Vedanarayana.  Later in 1517, Srikrishnadevaraya visited this temple on his way to Tamilnadu.  And the temple was built as per the desire of his mother.  The construction was completed in an area of 12 acres.  There are 7 dwaraalu and 4 gopuraalu.  Earlier Nagalapuram was called Harikantapuram.  After the completion of the temple construction Krishnadevaraya has given the name Nagalambapuram after his mother.  It has become Nagalapuram gradually.

Lord Dakshinamurty, Lord Ganesha are on the south side of the temple, Brahma and Durga on the north, Lakshinarasimha Swamy is on the west side of the temple.  Sanctum sanctorum is designed in such a way that sun rays touch the idol for 3 days during Chaitramasam.

Niluvunamaala Ganapathi

The main idol of Nagalapuram is facing west.

  • The statue of Ganapathi is seen in every other temple in sitting position.  But in this temple he can seen standing and with Niluvunamaalu (generally Vaishnavas wear a vertical mark on the forehead).
  • Vedanarayana Swamy is also called Prayogachakradhari.
  • Generally no Vaishnava temple has Navagrahalu.  But here Navagrahalu can be seen on the upper part of Mahadwara.