Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram | Road map to Melukote from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram | Road map to Melukote from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Thirunarayanapuram

Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram.  ‘Mel’ means above and ‘Kotai’ means a small hill having a fort.  As per tradition Melkote is called Gnana mandapam, Kanchi is the Tyaga mandapam, Srirangam is the Bhoga mandapam and Tirumala is called the Pushpa mandapam.  Melkote is situated near Mandya town in Karnataka state.  Devotees can reach this place from Bangalore or Mysore.  As per sthalapuraanam, in the krutha yugam, a sage Sanatkumar brought the Utsavamurthy of Lord Vishnu from Satya lokam.  Thus this place was called Narayanadri.  In Threta yugam, Dattatreya worshipped this idol with Vedadhyayanam and so it was then called Vedadri.   In Dwapara yugam Lord Srikrishna worshipped the idol here and so it was called Yadavadri.

The temple at Melkote belongs to 11th or 12th centuries.  Bhagawadramanujam stayed here for 12 years when the Chola king Krimitantudu was torturing the people.  He restored the Melkote temple with the help of King Vishuvardhana.  Ramanujam re-installed the utsavamurthulu which were with Delhi Nawab.  The idol in this temple appears as a 14, 15 years handsome boy.  Goddess Lakshmi is called Yadugiri nachiyar.  Lord Narsimha swamy temple is situated on a temple here.  Brahmotasavam and Vairmudi festival are the important festivals here.

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Where is spice village located? | Why is spice village famous and why are tourists attracted towards this village?

Where is spice village located? | Why is spice village famous and why are tourists attracted towards this village?

Spice Village Spice Village

The spice village is a beautiful one and it is above 2000 feet above the Periyar forest. It is located at 110 kilometers from Kottayam and Munnar. There is continuous snowfall in this area and the houses in this area are very creative. They are constructed in a traditional way and they can enjoy the whole day with the smell of the coffee plants. As soon as we land in this village, we will be very happy and we can enjoy the life on the earth. This is the best place for holiday and the tourists can enjoy their holidays and it is like a heaven for them.

Periyar protection center:

There is another small village on the other side of this forest and it is called as Kumili. The Periyar protection center is only 4 kilometers away from the village. There are more numbers of flowers which will attract the people. There are many other animals which move around easily and they attract the tourists easily. There is a boating place also and the tourists can go around the place in the boat. They can also visit the old temple in this area which is in 777 acres of land. They can see 143 varieties of birds here.

Places which attract:

We should first remember the CGH aurvedic center and the doctors here treat for many diseases. Many tourists bring their family members and get the treatment done. Everyone should visit this spice village as it is very attractive and beautiful.

Kerala, God’s own country has many beautiful places to offer to the tourists | Cochin, Guruvayur, Tekkadi, Munnar… endless list of interesting places in Kerala

Kerala, God’s own country has many beautiful places to offer to the tourists | Cochin, Guruvayur, Tekkadi, Munnar… endless list of interesting places in Kerala

Kerala is called the God’s own country.  Tourists from Andhra Pradesh can start their tour of Kerala from Ernakulam. Many packages are available that take care of the tourist’s accommodation and food needs. Coconut trees and beautiful nature welcome the guests with pleasant atmosphere.

The first place to visit is Kovalam.  All through the journey coconut trees accompany the tourists.  Small canals travel along with them.  Red tiled houses look like toy houses in the midst of so much greenery.  Tourists reach Kovalam by 01.00pm.  Kovalam looks most beautiful with hills, sea, coconut trees, and restaurants on the hills.  Hemakk or net cradles are the main attractions here.

Trivandrum in Kerala has the famous Padmanabha Swamy temple.  The idol of Padmavabha swamy is in reclining position.  Devotees have to have the darshan of the Idol through three doors.  Idol in this temple is the largest idol.  There is also another idol of Vishnu in the form of Mohini.  Nagalakshmi, Naga chamundi, Vishnu Murthy temples can be visited while going to Aleppo from Kovalam.

Aleppo is called the ‘Venice of the East’ as it is full of canals.  House boats are the special tourists attraction in Aleppo.  House boats have 3 bed rooms, kitchen and a hall.  Experience of staying in moving hotels is unforgettable. The boat moves slowly in the backwaters.

View from the boat house around looks like a perfect picture post card with water around, coconut and banana gardens and houses in the middle of them.  Many massage centers are found here in Aleppo.

Tourists will be spell bounded by the beauty around and will not want to blink their eyelids.  Boating is available in the Vembanad Lake also.

Tekkadi is the next destination for the tourists.  Rubber plantations are seen in this journey.  Iron containers are tied to the trees and covered with plastic sheets.  Rubber milk gathers in the container.  Waterfalls and Tea plantations create scenic beauty and serenity.  Mother looks like wearing a green sari.

In Tekkadi many cottages are built in the forests. There is also a lake in the middle of the river.  Main attraction of Tekkadi is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.  Visitors can get into the three storey boats in the lake and take a look around.  Nilgiri deers, monkeys etc are found here.  Tigers also can be seen sometimes.

Munnar is the place where three rivers Nallathanni, Kundala, Mudrapuzha meet.  ‘Munu’ in Malayalam means three ‘Aru’ means River.  Munnar in Kerala is the most famous tourist destination with Tata Tea estates and Mahindra resorts.

Visitors have to travels on a ghat road to reach Munnar.  ‘Lock Heart Gap’ is written on a board leading to Munnar.  The nature really locks the hearts of the visitors with high water falls, tea plantations and shiny white clouds.

Munnar is situated at a height of 1600 to 1800 mtrs above the sea level and is called the ‘Himalayas of South India’.  The height of ‘Anamudi’  peak is 2695mtrs.  ‘Mattupetty’ dam is also located here. The beauty of tea plantations from this dam cannot be described in words.  There are hundred thousands of tea plantations on these mountains in Western Ghats. Eucalyptus trees also give a treat to the eyes.  These trees seem like touching the skies.

Munnar has many beautiful lakes.  Echo point is one of them.  Tourists forget even to blink their eyes in the fear of missing the beauty around.  Top station is a small village located in the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border.  This village is famous for Neelakurinji flowers which bloom for every 12 years.

Eravikulam Park is situated at a distance of 17kms from Munnar.  It houses Nilagiri deers, Sambars, and Langur monkeys.  This park is also famous for rare flower species.

Kaladi, the birth place of Sankaracharya is in Cochin.  The building has the idols of Lord Subrahmanya, Vighneswara and Parvathi.

Dutch palace in Cochin houses many paintings are rare articles of King Kerala Verma and Ram verma.  Catching fishes by Chinese fishing nets is very interesting.

Tourists who visit Kerala compulsorily come to Guruvayur to have a darshan of Lord Krishna.  Anybody will have to stand in the queue to have a darshan of God.  Idol in this temple is very small but exhibits lifelike appearance.

Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Location Map of Man mandir Palace

Man mandir Palace

‘Man mandir Palace’ is another building built by Raja Mansingh Tomer.  This palace has a big vicinity, rooms and windows which enable the queens to watch the cultural programs conducted in the palace.  There are pipes to supply water to some of the rooms.  These are the then air coolers.  Narrow pipes are arranged to talk to people in different storey.  These are telephones.  There are 8 hooks to the roof of a hall. Golden cradles were arranged to these hooks for the queens.  There is also a swimming pool.  Queens who heard the news of death of their husband used to do ‘Sahagamanam’ (Throwing oneself in to the fire) in this pool after removing all the water.

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Details of Badrinath pilgrim | Route Map to Badrinath Temple

Details of Badrinath pilgrim

Badhrinath Temple

The temple at Badrinath is on the banks of river Alakananda. From a distance of 150 yards from the temple, a big black stone raised platform of 156 feet length, 76 feet height and 5 feet thickness can be seen. This is called the Brahmakapaalam.

Haridwar is at a distance of 322 km from Badarinath. River Alakananda continues to flow from Badarinath. Other rivers Dhawalaganga, Nandaakini, Vindaraganga, Mandakini and Bhagirathi join Alakananda in that order. After joining Bhagirathi, the river enters the plain stretch open land at Rishikesh as River Ganga.
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Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Gwalior offers many places of historical importance to the tourists (From temples to palaces and Museums) | Road map and driving directions from Agra to Gwalior

Man mandir Palace

People who want to visit some different places other than temples, pilgrim centres should visit Gwalior once.  Some of the palaces in Gwalior are the evidences for history of Gwalior. The wealth of queens, love story of Mrignayani, Brutality of Aurangazeb, sweet notes of Tansen and the grandeur of Rajputs are some of the notable features of Gwalior.  The most interesting places of in and around Gwalior are

  1. Gwalior Fort
  2. Gujari Mahal
  3. Man Mandir Palace
  4. Jai Vilas Palace
  5. Surajkund lake

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