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Badami

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Badami was the regal capital of the Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It has many pre-historic ruins surrounding the rugged town which is famous for its caves and cave-temples. ... Read More...



Bandipur

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Bandipur National Park is one of India’s best known sanctuaries, and is an important Project Tiger reserve. It is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka in south India, and is contiguous with the Mudumalai National Park in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, the Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, and the Nagarhole National Park to the northwest. It is home to around seventy tigers and over three thousand Asian elephants (as per the 1997 census), along with leopards, dholes, gaur and sloth bears. Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster, including all of Bandipur National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. ... Read More...



Bangalore

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Bangalore often referred as the Silicon Valley of India and is the capital city of Karnataka, it is also known as the “Garden city” because of its beautiful gardens. This city with an eclectic spirit, has always attracted talents from all over India and across the world. It is a city with cosmopolitan culture, vibrant with its jazz festivals, fashion trends and the old age craft. ... Read More...



Bijapur

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Establisehd in 10-11th century, it was ruled by the Chalukyas and then the Yadavs till it came under the Sultanate in Delhi in the late 13th century. Under the patronage of Yusuf Adil Shah the city flourished with historical monuments of significant architectural importance. ... Read More...



Chennai

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Chennai ( formerly Madras) : The name Chennai is a shortened form of Chennaipattanam, the name of the town that grew around Fort St. George, which was built by the English in 1639. The area around Chennai had been part of successive South Indian kingdoms through centuries. The recorded history of the city began in the colonial times, specifically with the arrival of British East India Company and the establishment of Fort St. George in 1644. The British defended several attacks from the French colonial forces, and from the kingdom of Mysore, on Chennai`s way to becoming a major naval port and presidency city by the late eighteenth century. Following the independence of India, Chennai became the capital of Tamil Nadu and an important centre of regional politics that tended to bank on the Dravidian identity of the populace. ... Read More...



Chettinad

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About couple of hours drive from the temple town of Madurai, Chettinadu is the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a prosperous banking and business community, many of whose members migrated to South and Southeast Asia, particularly Ceylon and Burma, in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today the wealthy Chettinad families have dispersed to live in the USA, Singapore and Malaysia, among other places. ... Read More...



Chikmagalur

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Also known as the “Coffee land of Karnataka”, this is where the first coffee plant was planted by the sufi-saint Baba Budan. The rolling hills of the Western ghats give rise to many waterfalls and rivers making it a popular destination for trekking and biking. The Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary, a project Tiger, Tiger Reserve is a short drive from here and so are the Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid. ... Read More...



Coimbatore

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This bustling town with big textile houses and Educational institutes is generally used as a stop-over to connect to the Nilgiris (Ooty & Coonoor). Being a thriving business destination it offers modern accommodation in luxury hotels. ... Read More...



Coonoor

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Coonoor is just 17kms from Ooty, this hillstation is equally charming and scenic as Ooty– the second largest in the Nilgiri hills. Known for pleasant weather, rolling tea plantations, mist-covered mountains and scenic landscape; Coonoor is often referred to as Ooty’s twin. Smaller and quieter than Ooty. The valley that surrounds Coonoor is known as the Hidden Valley. Long treks is the only way to get to the valley. The Sim’s Park an unusual park-cum-botanical garden was developed around the natural contours of the land more than a hundred years ago and this is developed by Mr. J.D. Sims and Major Murray in the year of 1874. ... Read More...



Coorg

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Coorg or Kodagu means `dense forest on steep hill`. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination. The hill resort also has a lot of ancient history attached to it with the Great Madikeri Fort. ... Read More...



Dandeli

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The inimitable rush of untamed terrain - gorges, valleys, forests and swirling, swollen and frothing white water: that`s what Dandeli is all about.Because of good forest cover and moderate elevation,it has a tropical highland climate. The backdrop of Western Ghats makes this a haven for wildlife, bird watching, river fishing and adventure sports like white-water rafting, rappeling etc. Being located in North Karnataka, this can be easily clubbed with Goa. ... Read More...



Devalla

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This is a picturesque hamlet at the foothills of the Nilgiris, surrounded by acres and acres of lush-green tea gardens and forests. The heritage British bungalows here offer character accommodation, one can stay here & explore the lovely surrounds and the neighboring Mudumalai wildlife park. Devala is a nice stop between Ooty and Wayanad. ... Read More...



Dindigul

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Located between the Palani and Sirumalai Hills, Dindigul has a reserved forest area of 85 hectares. The beautiful lake and hills make this place a haven for bird-watching and gentle walking. Locks manufactured in Dindigul are sold in national and international markets. Silk, muslin and blanket manufacturing is common in Dindigul and after Coimbatore, the city has the second largest textile spindling capacity in the State. Dindigul was an important centre of trade in tobacco and manufacture of cigars during the British times. A favorite cigar of Winston Churchill called Churut, the `Light of Asia`, was produced in Dindigul. It has some very good home stays around the lake that make Dindigul an attractive stop for travelers interested in rural laid-back life . ... Read More...



Gokarna

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Located about 2-3 hours south of Goa, this is a temple town with a good stretch of beach in Western Karnataka. Apart from being a Hindu pilgrim centre, the un-spoilt Beach and palm-fringed Estuary also makes this a haven for travelers who do not want to get lost in the crowds of Goa. It’s an ideal place to practice Yoga and Ayurveda. ... Read More...



Gulbarga

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The city of Gulbarga was founded by the Bahmani Sultans in the 14th century as their capital. The northern Deccan, including the district of Gulbarga, passed under control of the Sultanate of Delhi. The revolt of the officers appointed from Delhi resulted in founding of the Bahmani Sultanate in 1347 by Hassan Gangu, who chose Gulbarga (Ahsenabad during this period) to be his capital. Gulbarg`s old moated fort is in a much deteriorated state, but it has a number of interesting buildings inside including the Jama Masjid, reputed to have been built by a Moorish architect during the late 14th or early 15th century who imitated the great mosque in Cordoba, Spain. ... Read More...



Hampi (Hospet)

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Hampi is a World Heritage Site and Hospet is the main town providing the gateway for Hampi. Hampi, the seat of the famed Vijayanagar Empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul The Empire reigned supreme under Krishnadevaraya, the Emperor. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Mogul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute. They reduced the city to ruins amid scenes of savage massacre and horrors beggaring description. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation. Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth. ... Read More...



Hassan

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Founded by the Nayak chieftan in the 11th century Hassan was the flourishing capital of the Hoysala kingdom known for their love for architecture. ... Read More...



Hyderabad

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Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana (the former state of Andhra Pradesh is now split into Telangana and Seemandhra). It is also nicknamed City of Pearls. The original city of Hyderabad was founded on the banks of river Musi. Now known as the historic Old City, home to the Charminar and Mecca Masjid, it lies on the southern bank of the river. The heart of the city saw a shift to the north of the river, with the construction of many government buildings and landmarks there, especially south of the Hussain Sagar lake. ... Read More...



Kanchipuram

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Kanchipuram is one of the oldest cities in South India, and was a city of learning for Tamil, Sanskrit, and Pali. It was during the reign of Pallava dynasty, from the 4th to the 9th centuries that Kanchipuram attained its limelight. The city served as the Pallava capital, and many of the known temples were built during their reign. Robert Clive, of the British East India Company, who played a major role in the establishment of British rule in India, is said to have presented an emerald necklace to the deity, still used to decorate the Lord on ceremonial occasions. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil, Sanskrit, and Telugu learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Once the seat of learning and religious fervor started its climb down from the Mughal invasions followed by three centuries of colonial rule under the British. Kanchipuram does have numerous temples but you could select and see maybe just a couple of temples. There is also a museum in a restored local house called Kanchi Kudil that may be of interest. Today, apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. Kanchipuram town is also known ... Read More...



Kanyakumari

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Kanyakumari (about 1hour 30 mins from Kovalam) has been a great centre for art and religion for centuries. It was also an area of great trade and commerce. It was ruled by the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks. In 1741, Maharaja Marthanda Varma defeated the Dutch East India Company at the famous Battle of Colachel. Though there are several places of tourist-interest in the town and district, Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial in the middle of the Ocean, with its meditation hall and mandapas are a major attraction for visitors. ... Read More...



Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill stations in India. It is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high in the Palani Hills, an off-shoot of the Western Ghat Mountain range, which runs north-south down the spine of southern India The Palani Hills cover an area of approximately 2068 sq.kms, while Kodaikanal township occupies 21.45 sq.km ... Read More...



Kumbakonam

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Kumbakonam is one of the oldest towns in Tamilnadu. In the 7th Century it was the Capital of Chola Kings. Kumbakonam, is picturesquely located amidst the two rivers, Cauvery & Arasalar. The town has also been well - known for its prestigious educational institutions which have turned out eminent stalwarts in diverse spheres. The town is famous for brass vessels. Dozens of temples are scattered around the town and this is a good base to visit the superb Chola temples nearby. The town reached the zenith of its prosperity during the British Raj when it was a prominent centre of European education and Hindu culture; and it acquired the cultural name, the "Cambridge of South India". ... Read More...



Madurai

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One of South India`s great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai,. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. Madurai was the capital city of ancient Southern civilization. Madurai`s cultural heritage goes back 2,500 years, and the city has been an important commercial center and has conducted trade as far as Rome and Greece since as early as 550 B.C.E. ... Read More...



Mahabalipuram

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The Pallava monuments at Mahabalipuram are known the world over for its style of temple architecture.The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas (chariots), sculpted reliefs and structural temples. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art. It is believed by some that this area served as a school for young sculptors. The different sculptures, some half finished, may have been examples of different styles of architecture, probably demonstrated by instructors and practiced on by young students. This can be seen in the Pancha Rathas where each Ratha is sculpted in a different style. These five Rathas were all carved out of a single piece of granite. ... Read More...



Meghamalai

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Meghamalai literally means mountain of clouds and the place indeed does justice to its name. Sharing a common boundary with Periyar Tiger Reserve, the land for long teemed with elephants, tigers and other wildlife. The weather and climate makes this ideal for Tea plantations that carpet the rolling hills. Little hamlets of tea plantation workers are the only habitation, the pace therefore is relaxed and time seems to move slower. ... Read More...



Mysore

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Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. The name Mysore is an anglicized version of Mahishasura, which means the abode of Mahisha, a demon from Hindu mythology. Mysore is famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. ... Read More...



Nagerhole (Kabini)

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Nagarhole National Park being an important part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (which comprises the Nagarhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad Reserves), the park stretches over 643-square kilometers and is separated from Bandipur by the Kabini Reservoir. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls and a healthy tiger-predator ratio; and tiger, Indian bison, and elephant are much more populous here than in Bandipur. ... Read More...



Ooty

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Ooty or Ootacamund was originally a tribal land occupied by the Todas and other tribes. The Todas then handed over that part of the town to John Sullivan, the then Governor of Coimbatore. He later developed the town, and encouraged the establishment of tea, chinchona, and teak trees. Ooty served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and other small kingdoms, much visited by British during the colonial days, and as today, a popular summer and weekend resort. Soldiers were also sent here and to nearby Wellington (The home of the Madras regiment to this day) to recuperate. Some of the main sights in Ooty are the heritage buildings, churches, the botanical garden, the lake and the heritage Nilgiri Mountain railway. ... Read More...



Pondicherry

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The French first set foot here in 1670 and left a part of them when their undisturbed rule finished in 1954. Not much has changed since. The air filled with nostalgia and the present is living up to a heritage that speaks so much. A trip to puducherry is like a journey in time with a vibrant present celebrating its interesting past. “Puducherry” is the French interpretation of the original name “Puducheri” meaning “new settlement”. ... Read More...



Rameshwaram

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Rameshwaram is a bustling pilgrim centre as it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India. Rameshwaram is located on the Pamban Island, or Rameshwaram Island, which lies at the very tip of the Indian peninsula, in the Gulf of Mannar. Pamban Island, which is separated from the mainland of India by the Pamban Channel, is connected to the mainland by the Pamban Bridge or Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge. Pamban Island is at a distance of about 40 km from Mannar Island of Sri Lanka.Rameshwaram is a popular pilgrimage destination of both Shaivites and Vaishnavaites. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. ... Read More...



Tanjore (Thanjavur)

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Tanjore is one of the oldest cities in India and has a long and varied history dating back to Sangam period. The city rose into prominence during the rule of the Later Cholas when it served as the capital of the Chola Empire. After the fall of the Cholas, the city was ruled by the Pandyas, Vijayanagar Empire, the Madurai Nayaks, the Thanjavur Nayaks, the Thanjavur Marathas and the British. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian art and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, an UNESCO World Heritage Monument are located in an around Thanjavur. ... Read More...



Thiruvannamalai

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Thiruvannamalai (called Trinomali during British times), is a major pilgrim center in India and has the sacred shrine of Lord Arunachaleswara and Ashrams. Five different temples were dedicated to lord Siva for worship in the form of five elements of nature, namely, earth, water, wind, fire and ether. The Arunachaleshwara Temple in Thiruvannamalai is one of them and Siva is worshipped in the form of fire; the others being in the form of Land at Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram; as Fire at Arunachaleshwara Temple, Thiruvannamalai; as Water at Jambukeswarar Temple, Trichy; as Sky/Ether at Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram; and as Air/Wind at Sri Kalahasteeswara Temple, Kalahasti in Andra Pradesh. ... Read More...



Tranquebar

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This is a relatively unknown part of Tamilnadu and not on the usual tourist circuit but a great place to explore for the intrepid traveler and an ideal place to unwind away from the crowds!Tranquebar was controlled by the British in 1801 due to the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, and restored to Denmark following the Kiel Peace in 1814. It was sold, along with the other Danish settlements in India, Serampore and the Nicobars, to Great Britain in 1845. Tranquebar was a busy port, but it lost its importance when the railway was opened to Nagapattinam. ... Read More...



Valparai

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Valparai is located 3800 feet above sea level on the Anamalai Hills, a mountain range on the Western Ghats, 100 kilometers from the nearest airport, Coimbatore. A small plantation town, the people of Valparai are mainly plantation workers who live within the tea, coffee and cinchona plantations that make the area. Valparai is mostly carpeted with tea plantations and is renowned across Southern India as among the most productive tea growing regions in South India. Apart from a salubrious climate year round, Valparai is bordered by the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, making it a haven to sight wildlife of all kinds. The Sanctuary is home to the Indian Elephant, Wild Gaur (Bison), Leopards, the endangered Lion – Tailed Macaque and rare birds including the Great Indian Hornbill. Sightings of herds of Wild Gaur (Bison) , Elephants are common on the periphery of the sanctuary at Valparai. The endangered Lion Tailed Macaque is a common sight within the private forest at Puthuthottam Estate and so is the Great Indian Hornbill. ... Read More...


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