Here’s to hoping and wishing that everybody has had a brilliant weekend!
Well, enough of the small talk!
Let’s get on with it…
Ten more places, most definitely mention worthy! Here they are…
Famously known as the ‘Himalayas of Southern India,’ Anamudi actually means elephant forehead.The Anamudi Peak, which stands tall in the Eravikulam National Park, is the pride of Kerala. Loaded with rich flora and fauna, it’s the highest mountain peak in India outside the great Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Home to the largest surviving populations of Asian Elephants, endangered Gaurs, exotic Nilgiri Langurs, and lion tailed macaque, the Anamudi Peak is a paradise in the wild, which is covered with evergreen forests with some very beautiful rivers flowing inside the jungle. A lot of wildlife photographers, adventure enthusiasts, and nature lovers visit this place to undertake activities like trekking and photography.Travellers can take a trek to the top of the mountain and enjoy the sight of beautiful rivers flowing into the east like Vaigai and Thamirabarani, and the Periyar River.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Anamudi:
- Eravikulam National Park.
- Attukad Waterfalls.
- Mattupetty Dam.
- Tata Tea Museum.
- Pothamedu View Point.
- Kundala Lake.
- Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Known as place of golden sand, Honnemardu is a small village perched on the hills which overlook the Linganamakki dam. It is located at a distance of 15 km from Sagar on the way to Jog Falls. Honnemardu offers a wide range of sports and adventure activities for the people of all age group. Also referred to as ‘Bird Watchers Heaven’, it attracts bird-lovers from all over to spot the huge number of birds in addition to butterflies. Honnemaradu can be described as the utopia for die-hard outdoors enthusiasts and also people who wish for absolute escape from city life.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Honnemardu:
- Dabbe Falls, Jog Falls, Burude Falls
- Kayaking, Rafting, Trekking
- Ikkeri, Keladi
Neil Island (Andaman & Nicobar)
Neil Island is a tiny but beautiful island located 37 Kms. to the south of the Andaman Islands. Although its beaches are not as luxurious as those of its more famous island neighbour, Havelock (Swaraj Dweep), tranquil and wonderfully unhurried Neil (recently renamed Shaheed Dweep) has its own rustic charm, with a lusciously green landscape of rice paddies, fruit plantations and coconut palms.With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andamans. The island, with its very relaxed vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the “bustle” of Havelock. The widest part of the island is about 5 km in length. You can walk the whole island in about two hours.
Here are a few nearby places and activities one must check out if visiting Neil Island:
- Laxmanpur beach
- Bharatpur beach
- Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Game fishing, trekking. Cycling, Sun bathing, swimming, bird watching
Valaparai (Tamil Nadu)
Valparai is located in the Anamalai hills of Western ghats, at an elevation of 3500 feet above sea level. Most of the mountainous expanses that come under this hill station are still off limits, almost 170 years after the first human settlement in Valparai. One of the most beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu, it is a hill station where the man-made tea and coffee plantations co-exists with the dense forests, wild waterfalls and whispering streams; the only hill station in the world which has 12 dams and hydro-electric power stations. Valparai is different from other tourist spots unlike Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikanal etc because of some if its unique nature. Ecotourism is given more importance than regular form of tourism. Entering the forest and tea gardens of valparai you can enjoy the presence of many streams, dams, valleys, waterfalls, high mountains, grasslands, flora and fauna.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Valparai:
- Anaimalai Hills
- Solaiyar Dam
- Thottapua view-point
- Tata Coffee Estate
Wilingdon Island (Kerala)
Willingdon Island is one of the largest artificial man-made islands in India which is located in the city of Kochi, Kerala. Known after Lord Willingdon who was a British Viceroy of India. This beautiful island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters of Kerala; those who wants to experience and witness a feel of serene atmosphere & natural beauty may visit here and enjoy holiday with pleasure.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Wilingdon Island:
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Jew Town
- Mattancherry Palace
Kalpetta is a quaint town situated about 72 km from Kozhikode, it is considered the headquarters of Wayanad district. The town is surrounded by coffee plantations and mountains; travellers can see temples and institutions run by Jains lending their unique flavour to this town. It is a picturesque plateau nested among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. The culture of Wayanad is mainly tribal oriented. Best time to visit Wayanad is from September to May while the peak season is from October to March. It usually takes 1-2 full days to explore this area.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Kalpetta:
- Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Kanthampara Falls
- Pookote Lake, Banasura sagar dam, Karappuzha Dam
- Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary
- Brahmagiri / Pakshipathalam, Chembra Peak
- Thirunelly Temple
Maravanthe is the town that houses a beautiful beach, near Kundapura (Karnataka), about 55 kilometers from Udupi. The town has the Arabian Sea to its right and the Sauparnika river on its left, towards the south of this beach is a place called Trasi and on the other side of the Sauparnika river is the Padukone village. With miles and miles of unspoilt white sand This beach is often referred to as the Virgin Beach. The endless sand on the beach, the soothing sea by the side, and the palm trees around the region can calm you down and make your visit to this beach an amazing experience. Other than the tranquil environment, Maravanthe is famous for the Maraswamy temple with its three garbha griha.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Maravanthe:
- Kodachadri Hills
- Maravanthe Beach
Kuruva Islands (Kerala)
Kuruva Island, located in the middle of Kabini river, is a natural paradise that is set with diverse flora & fauna in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. Trekkers visit Kuruva Island to explore the pristine environment and witness the most exotic species of plants, animals and birds here. Blessed with evergreen forests all around that makes it a mesmerising picnic spot away from all pollution and noise of the city. The mesmerizing beauty of this island attracts people who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and surround themselves in the serenity of nature.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Kuruva Islands:
- Pookode lake
- Wayanad Wildlife Sactuary
- Chembra Peak
Hampi is an ancient village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the south Indian state of Karnataka. Hampi, also known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra, is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River. It’s dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. Other places of interest in Hampi are the Jain temples on Hemakuta hill, the two Devi shrines and some other structures in the Virupaksha temple complex. Right from the locally enriching culture to the temples that have stood the test of times, Hampi has established itself to be one of the most promising destinations. Visit for the temples, or for the hikes, or simply indulge yourself in the delectable local cuisine. No matter what you choose Hampi for, it will always do justice to your plans and never let you down!
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Hampi:
- Vijayanagara ruins
- Virupaksha temple
- Hemakuta hill
- Matanga hill
Lambasingi (Andhra Pradesh)
100 kilometers away from the city of Visakhapatnam in the Chintapalli Mandal, perched at an height of 1000 meters above sea level, lies the quaint little village of Lambasingi. One of the best kept secrets of Andhra Pradesh, the hamlet is also known as the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’ or South India, the only place in south India that sometimes receives snowfall during winters. Surrounded by towering hills and tall green trees and dense forests, this is a guarded place in India that not many people are aware of. The cool wind which blows from the forests and valleys of Chintapalli area makes the Lambasingi Hillock cool and foggy.
Here are a few nearby places one must check out if visiting Lambasingi:
- Erravaram Falls
- Lambasingi Dam
- Thajangi Reservoir
- Kothapalli Falls
- Susan Garden
Well, that’s all for this segment!
Just one more segment remaining of ‘19 For 2019 India’, next weekend we’ll be back with…
‘19 For 2019 India: Western Frontier’.