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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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.

Kumararam is one of the Pancharamas in Andhra Pradesh

Kumararam is one of the Pancharamas in Andhra Pradesh | Road (Route) map to Kumararam (Kotipalli) from Draksharamam

Kumararamam or Kotipalli near Rajahmundry is one of the Pancharamas in Andhra Pradesh.  River Godavari meets the sea at this place. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Triambakeshwar at Nasik, the birth place of River Godavari in Maharashtra.  River Godavari is considered as the gift of nature.  So it is worshipped along with the sea.  Much importance is thus given to taking bath in the River Godavari. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Someshwara and Goddess Parvathi as Rajarajeshwari at Kotipalli.

According to Puranas, Moon has lost his brilliance due to the curse of Daksha.  He prayed to Lord Shiva to get relieved of his curse in Kotipalli.  Sthalapuranam of this place explains that taking bath in River Godavari here is considered a new beginning in life.  God excuses all sins of devotees if they take bath here, it is believed.  Another story is that sage Gautham brought River Godavari from Trimbakeshwar to this place.

Road (Route) map to Kumararam (Kotipalli) from Draksharamam:

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

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

5 trains between Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and Secunderabad Junction/SC  improve the transport.
7203 number corresponds to the Bhavnagar Kakinada Express train. Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  is the starting point for this train and Secunderabad Junction/SC  is the destination point. It leaves at 10:05 and reaches at 10:20 +1 night. 1231 kms of distance is travelled in 24 h 15 min.It is scheduled only on Saturdays.It costs Rs.200 for general class, Rs.375 for SL class, Rs.1024 for 3A class, Rs.1410 for 2A class.It is the fastest train from Ahmedabad Junction to Secunderabad Junction.

7017 train number makes up for the Secunderabad Express. It makes it departure at 10:05 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and makes it to reach the destination at 10:30 +1 night in Secunderabad Junction/SC . It takes 24 h 25 min to pass the distance of 1231 kms. The departure days of 7017 is on  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,. They charge Rs.200 for general class, Rs. 375 for SL class, Rs.1024 for 3A class, Rs.1410 for 2A class.

Secunderabad Express train has number of number of 7038. It starts at 06:50 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and reaches Secunderabad Junction/SC at 08:50 +1 night. Within 26 h 0 min it travels a distance of 1376  kms.This train is scheduled only on Saturdays.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.398 for SL class, Rs.1090 for 3A class, Rs.1502 for 2A class, Rs.1502 for 2A class.

Bikaner Secunderabad Summer Special has the train number of 0720. It arrives the destination point of Secunderabad Junction/SC  at 08:50 +1 night by leaving the departure point of Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  at 06:50. It travels a distance of 1376 kms within 26 h 0 min.It is scheduled only on Mondays.Fare for travelling in this train is Rs.215 for general class, Rs.398 for SL class, Rs.1090 for 3A class, Rs.1502 for 2A class.

Name of 6734 train number is Okha Rameswaram Express. It starts at 15:40 in Ahmedabad Junction/ADI  and reaches the destination of Hyderabad Kacheguda/KCG  at 17:45 +1 night. It covers a distance of 1325 kms within 26 h 5 min.The train is exclusively available only on Tuesday.Fare of this train is Rs.208 for general class, Rs. 386 for SL class, Rs.1057 for 3A class, Rs. 1456 for 2A class.
Information regarding advance reservations, train ticket bookings, berths / seats availability, PNR status can be got in the official website of the Indian railways www. indianrail.gov.in

October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti

October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti

Nelapattu bird sanctuaryNelapattu bird sanctuary: Pulicat is a picnic spot for the migratory birds and Nelapattu is the abode for them.  This is at a distance of 20kms from Pulicat and 4 kms from Doravarisatram Mandal.  Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the biggest bird preservation centers in Asian countries.  Pelicans can be seen here.  Attigunta, Neredugunta lakes are very big.  They are spread at a distance of 202 acres.  Innumerable trees are there on the banks of the lakes.  Pelicans have large pouched bills.  They catch the fishes and store them in the pouch to eat them leisurely.  Nearly 1500 birds come here to lay eggs.  When the little birds grow wings, they go back to their places.  There is also a dense forest here.  Various deers, tortoises, foxes and snakes can be seen here.  Environmental Education center is also situated here.  There is a library, museum, auditorium, audio visual equipment etc.  October to March is the perfect time to watch migratory birds.  This is also a good place to spend summer holidays.

Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti:


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