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.

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.

Chintakunta caves in Kadapa believed to have paintings done by ancient man | Road map and driving directions of Chintakunta Caves from Kadapa

Chintakunta caves in Kadapa believed to have paintings done by ancient man | Road map and driving directions of Chintakunta Caves from Kadapa

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Chintakunta caves in Muddanur mandal of YSR district are the historical witness to the existence of ancient man.  Rock paining and rock shelters belonging to Stone Age came to light in Chintakunta village in the caves near Survey number 425.  These are believed to be the proofs of existence of ancient man who lived before 25,000 years.  Chintakuna village also has caves like Belum caves and Borra caves.  Line drawing of Stone Age can be seen in these caves.  Rock painting in Chintakunta caves has the pictures of deer, snakes, birds, human beings, line forms, line drawings of human beings catching bow, elephants, foxes, rabbits, hyenas etc.  Total number of pictures in these caves is nearly 200.  Local people call this as Eddula Aavula Gundu.  These are believed to   belong to middle Stone Age.

Collector orders survey

A committee with Archeology, revenue and other government officials as members will conduct a survey of these pictures.  Government has ordered stopping of mining works near survey number 425.

An archeologist from Australia has mentioned in his book ‘Line on Stone, the Prehistoric Rock Art of India’ about Chintakunta caves. INTAC members and authorities of Archeological Survey of India visited this place on 17th August.  Professors of History and Archeology department, Yogi Vemana University also visited this place.  In this context, line drawings of Chintalakunta caves became famous.  Local people did not know the importance of these caves and line drawings.

There is a need to give world wide publicity to these caves in Chintakunta village.  Many evidences proved that pre historic humans resided in Spain and France 25,000 years back.  Now Chintakunta has come to light as a place where ancient human beings believed to roam here.  There are many beautiful line drawings in Eddulagundu caves.  Basing on these it is evident that ancient man moved about in these caves.

Largest rock painting in south India

An ancient rock painting is present in the state of Maharashtra, India.  But the rock paining at Chintakunta village is the biggest in South India.  These painting are believed to be as old as 22 to 30 thousand years.  Depending on the report of survey, future action plan will be suggested to the government.

Road map and driving directions of Chintakunta Caves from Kadapa :

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

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

Passengers can choose from 8 trains to travel from Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  to Secunderabad Junction/SC .
2750 train number corresponds to LTT Vishakhapatnam SF Express. It departs at 12:25 at the Mumbai Lokmanya Tilak Terminus/LTT  and arrives the destination at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 02:00 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 773 kms and it reaches its destination in 13 h 35 min. The departure days of 2750 is on  Sunday, Thursday,. They charge Rs.150 for general class, Rs.310 for SL class, Rs.817 for 3A class, Rs.1112 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Mumbai to Secunderabad.

2701 train number corresponds to Hussain Sagar Express. It departs at 21:50 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 12:10 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 14 h 20 min. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Fare for the travel is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.312 for SL class, Rs.823 for 3A class, Rs. 1119 for 2A class, Rs.1876 for 1A class.

Bhavnagar Kakinada Express has the train number of 7203. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 10:20 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Kalyan Junction/KYN  at 19:45. It travels a distance of 735 kms within 14 h 35 min.Except Saturday the train won’t schedules.Cost of the tickets is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

7017 train number makes up for the Secunderabad Express. It makes it departure at 19:45 in Kalyan Junction/KYN  and makes it to reach the destination at 10:30 +1 night in Secunderabad Junction/SC. It takes 14 h 45 min to pass the distance of 735 kms. The departure days of 7017 is on  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,. Fare for the travel is Rs.144 for general class, Rs.282 for SL class, Rs.764 for 3A class, Rs.1047 for 2A class.

1019 represents Konark Express. This train departs at Mumbai CST/CSTM at 15:10 and reports an arrival at 07:50 +1 night at Secunderabad Junction/SC . 16 h 40 min are required for it to travel 789 kms of distance. This is available for daily departure and daily arrival.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

7057 is the number for Devagiri Express. It starts at 21:05 in the departure point of Mumbai CST/CSTM  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC      at 14:15 +1 night. It takes 17 h 10 min to travel 881 kms of distance. It has daily departures and daily arrivals.Rs.163 for general class, Rs.313 for SL class, Rs.851 for 3A class, Rs.1169 for 2A class, Rs. 1963 for 1A class,  are charged.

7031 train number corresponds to Hyderabad Express. It departs at 12:45 at the Mumbai CST/CSTM  and arrives the destination at Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB at 05:55 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 790 kms and it reaches its destination in 17 h 10 min. It runs seven days a week. It costs Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.

0731 train number also indicates Dadar Hyderabad Summer Special. It leaves Mumbai Dadar Central/DR  at 16:50 and reaches Hyderabad Deccan Nampally/HYB  at 10:00 +1 night within duration of 17 h 10 min travelling a distance of 781 kms.This train is scheduled only on Sundays.Tickets costs as follows: Rs.151 for general class, Rs.292 for SL class, Rs.793 for 3A class, Rs.1089 for 2A class.
Official website of the Indian railways www. indianrail.gov.in   provides information about advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.

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

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

9 trains run between Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and Secunderabad Junction/SC .
2430 is a train number also for Bangalore Rajdhani. It travels a distance of 1660 kms in the duration of 21 h 45 min. It goes off the Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 20:50 and reaches the destination of Secunderabad Junction/SC  by 18:35 +1 night. It starts from boarding point on  Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday.  Rs.1725 for 3A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class,  is charged.It is the fastest train from Delhi to Secunderabad.

2494 is the number for Bangalore Rajdhani. It starts at 20:50 in the departure point of Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and reaches the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC at 18:35 +1 night. It takes 21 h 45 min to travel 1660 kms of distance. The departure days of 2494 is on  Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, It costs Rs.1725 for 3A class, Rs.2260 for 2A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class.

2438 train number corresponds to Secunderabad Rajdhani Express. It departs at 16:00 at the Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  and arrives the destination at Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 14:00 +1 night. Distance travelled by this train is 1660 kms and it reaches its destination in 22 h 0 min.Except Sunday the train won’t schedules. Rs. 1725 for 3A class, Rs.2260 for 2A class, Rs.3775 for 1A class,  is charged.

2286 train number also indicates Nizamuddin Secunderabad Duronto. It leaves Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 15:50 and reaches Secunderabad Junction/SC at 14:00 +1 night within duration of 22 h 10 min travelling a distance of 1660 kms. 2286 starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  on  Monday, Friday,.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.655 for SL class, Rs.1695 for 3A class, Rs.2215 for 2A class, Rs.3565 for 1A class.

2650 train number is Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express. It starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM is the departure point and Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG  is the destination point for this train. 06:45 is the time it leaves at the departure point and reaches the destination at 07:05 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1666 kms in 24 h 20 min. This train leaves on  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.

Andhra Pradesh Express is indicated by 2724 train number. It consumes 25 h 40 min of time for covering a distance of 1667  kms.  The departure timing at New Delhi/NDLS  is 17:35 and arrival at Secunderabad Junction/SC  is 19:15 +1 night. It runs seven days a week. Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class, Rs.2875 for 1A class.

2708 number corresponds to the Andhra Pradesh Sampark Kranti Express train. Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC is the destination point. It leaves at 07:25 and reaches at 09:15 +1 night. 1660 kms of distance is travelled in 25 h 50 min. 2708 starts at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  on  Sunday, Wednesday, Friday,.Ticket expenses for this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

2648 represents Kongu Express. This train departs at Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  at 08:40 and reports an arrival at 12:20 +1 night at Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG . 27 h 40 min are required for it to travel 1666 kms of distance.This train is scheduled only on Wednesdays.Fare of this train is Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class.

2722 number corresponds to the Dakshin Express train. Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC  is the destination point. It leaves at 22:50 and reaches at 04:05 +2 nights. 1660 kms of distance is travelled in 29 h 15 min. It runs seven days a week.  Rs.241 for general class, Rs.461 for SL class, Rs.1242 for 3A class, Rs.1700 for 2A class,  is charged.
The Indian railways have launched an official website www. indianrail.gov.in for facilitating the passengers to know about the details of advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status.