Sightseeing places of South India which i have visited and Enjoyed!!!
In this hub I am going to share one of my trip which i travelled and had a very good experience of this travel.
Initially I would like to say you the places which I visited - Kodaikanal (A beautiful hill station in South India), Theni (A greenish south Indian district) and Thekkady (A place in Kerala where we can enjoy flora and fauna).
Thekkady is one of India's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern of Thekkady.
Thekkady - The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill and spice scented plantations. In the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience the most enchanting holiday. With the animals of the wild and the simple mountain people. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. The Thekkady sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching and photographing wild life. Thekkady is on the border with state of Tamil Nadu, in fact just 5 kilometers from the border town of Kumily which is very well connected by bus to both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Notable among the denizens of Periyar are the tigers, the majestic Asiatic wild elephants and the distinctive Nilgiri langur. Other animals include the wild boar, wild dog, bison, bear and leopards. Amongst the avifauna, the most profuse are herons, egrets, darters, kingfishers and the great Malabar grey hornbill. A cruise through the waters of Periyar lake around which the wild -life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul - stirring pleasant experience.
I am working in Chennai (Metropolitan city in South India). We 7 friends traveled from Chennai and boarded a Bus to Batlagundu on Friday night. From there we travelled to Kodaikanal in car which 1.5 Hrs journey. There we stayed in one of our friend's house and got refreshed. We had our Breakfast in his house and went to see some places near his house. His house was surrounded by beautiful places. His house is in the mountain, so we had some beautiful sights to look. Then we packed our Lunch and started to travel towards Thekkady. Thekkady is 147 Kms (91 Miles) from Kodaikanal.
We traveled in a car of my friend so we were able to stop at the beautiful spots and took the snaps which i have posted in this Hub. On the way to Thekkady we have to cross Theni - a beautiful district of south India. We can see many paddy field on both sides of the road on which takes us to Thekkady. We saw a Beautiful dam (Which is small) in this place. So we had a halt over here. We enjoyed there by playing in water. Some local boys were swimming in the water. With the help of them we were able to go to the top of dam. We took some snaps over there. Then spending some two hours there we started our journey towards Thekkady. By 3 Pm we reached Thekkady. Then we had our Lunch at Thekkady. There Periyar lake around which the wild -life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul - stirring pleasant experience.
We had Boating on the lake which was a pleasant experience. We spent around 1.5 hrs in Boating. The boating was around 5 Pm this is the time most of the animals reach the bank of the Periyar Lake to have water. So we had a chance to look at the Deer’s and Bison's in groups.
We can have even Night safari's into the forest beyond 10 Pm at night guided by some specialist. We can have Elephant ride into the forest. There were many shops where we can do shopping.
By around 6 Pm in the night we started to return Kodaikanal. We had our dinner in my friend’s home and had a very good time. We played some indoor games till 3 Am.
Then in the next day morning we went to Dolphin nose - the top hill of Kodaikanal. There is a water fall were we spent for 3 hours. We were at an altitude of 2,133 meters high above the sea level. We can see many small villages from the top.
Then by around 4 Pm we started from Kodaikanal and reached Madurai railway station and boarded a train to Chennai on Monday morning and back to our usual life.
Guys, I would suggest you to visit the places which i have mentioned above and get relaxed from your usual life. There is some information about the places which would help you to reach and enjoy.
Kodaikanal, a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu.
Altitude: 2,133 metres
Summer: Max 19.3, Min 11.3
Winter: Max 17.3, Min 8.3
Best Season: April to June and September to October, but can visited throughout the year Cloth: Light woollens in the evening during summer and heavy woollen during winter.
How to reach Kodaikanal:
By Air : Nearest airport Madurai (120 kms from Kodaikanal) is directly connected by Indian Airlines flights with Chennai, which in turn, is connected with all of the important places in India.
By Rail : The nearest railway station Kodaikanal Road (80 kms) is directly connected by rail with Chennai, which in turn, is connected with all of the important places in India.
By Road : Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai- 520 kms, Ooty- 264 kms, Trichy- 197 kms, Coimbatore- 175 kms, Kumili- 160 kms, Madurai- 120 kms, Kodai Road- 80 kms, Palani- 64 kms, Munnar- 90 kms, Periyar- 160 kms.
Places of Interest :
- Kodaikanal Lake (5 kms)
- Coaker's Walk (1 km)
- Astrophysical Observatory (3.2 kms)
- Fairy Falls (4.8 kms)
- Kurinji Andavar Temple (3.2 kms)
- Shenbaganur Museum (5.6 kms)
- Pilar Rocks (7.2 kms)
- Green Valley View (6.4 kms)
- Silver Cascade (8 kms)
- Dophin's Nose (8 kms)
- Perumal Peak (11 kms)
- Beryam Lake (21 kms)
- Kukkal Caves (40 kms)
Police Emergency + 91- 4542 - 241800 Police Station + 91- 4542 - 240262 Government Hospitals + 91- 4542 - 241292 Veterinary Hospital + 91- 4542 - 240683 Distirct Forest Officer + 91- 4542 - 240287 Sub Collector Office + 91- 4542 - 240296 Panchayat Union Office + 91 - 4542 - 240204 Fire Service Station + 91 - 4542 - 240785
- Kodaikanal Lions Club
- Kodaikanal Boat Club
- Kodaikanal Golf Club
- The Indians Club
Thekkady in Kerala State , India 's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India . The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.
The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.
Thekkady is famous for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places for viewing wild animals. The best time to visit animals is during the months of March, April and May. Thekkady offers facilities for Trekking, elephant riding and boating. Boating through the Placid Lake provides a rare opportunity to watch wild animals at close quarters.
Altitude: 700 - 1900 mts above sea level
Temperature (°C): 11 - 27 degree Celsius
Best Season: September to March
Climate : Tropical
Cloth: woollen and cotton
Languages Spoken : Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and English
Things to do at Thekkady:
Plantation Tours Plantation Eco-Tours are arranged from the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady jn. in Kumily. Tours cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions Tel. : 91-486-322620.
Elephant rides The forest Department, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle. Time : 1000 to 1700 hrs. Duration of a trip : 30 minutes Fare : Rs. 30 per person. Tickets are available from the wildlife information Counter Tel. : 91-486-322028
Trekking Main trekking areas in Thekkady : Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalamedu : 5 km from Kumily, Grampi near Vandiperiyar. The Forest Department conducts daily treks from the boat landing station at Thekkady to the Nellikkampetty area and Manakkavala. Starting : 0700 hrs. Fare Rs. 10 + entrance fee. Booking can be made with the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady Ph : 322027 322028.
Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake 0700, 0930, 1130, 1600 hrs. Fare : Lower deck : Rs 25 + 10 ( entrance fee) Upper deck : 50 + 10 (entrance fee). The forest Department (Contact Ph : 322023) conducts boating trips from Thekkady. Entrance fee at check post. Foreigners : Rs. 50 (valid for 3 days) Domestic tourists Rs. 2
Places of Interest :
The sanctuary watch towers There are three watch towers for observing wild life - at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudi. Reservations can be made at the Forest information Counter, Thekkady. Tel. : +91-486-322028.
Kumily (4 km from Thekkady) This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region is in Kumily.
Murikkady (5 km from Thekkady) Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
Pandikuzhi ( 5 km from Kumily) This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.
Mangala Devi Temple ( 15 km from Thekkady) This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 M above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival day. The peak commands a panoramic view of the other side of the ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the Wildlife Warden at Thekkady. Tel. : 91-486-322027.
- Kochi 130 km
- Madurai 142 km
- Coimbatore 156 km
- Kozhikode 287 km
- Thiruvananthapuram 302 km
- Kochi 130 km
- Kottayam 142 km
- Madurai 162 km
- Thiruvananthapuram 302 km
- Devikulam 130 km
- Mattupetty 13 km
- Idukki 60 km
- Thekkady 110 km
- Kochi 130 km
- Kottayam 147 km
- Kumarakom 160 km
- Alappuzha 200 km
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