Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sikkim – The land of untouched beauty!

Small but beautiful. Spread below the Mount Khanchendzonga (8534 mts), the third highest mountain in the world, and revered by the Sikkimese as their protective deity. With lofty mountains dominating the skyline, this is an exotic place with varieties of rhododendrons and sparkling orchids. Hilltop monasteries add to the tranquil atmosphere in the rugged terrains.

    Gangtok, the capital city, is the seat of governance and the primary hub of commercial activity. Situated a short distance from it is the ancient Rumtek Monastery. The town is a convenient base for trips to the ethereal environs of the mystical Tsomgo Lake and Nathu La.

Some of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim are located in its south district, which is the starting point for treks to Maenam and Tendong Hill. This is mountain biking country and a heaven for naturalists! Sikkim has myriad tourist attractions to visit and explore and you are sure to have an unforgettable experience in this scenic state better known as a trekker’s paradise.                                 

Destinations in and around Kollam

Kollam is the most picturesque city of Kerala, lying on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake on the Arabian sea coast. The city holds pristine beaches with golden sands, exquisite monuments and temples, breathtaking eco-spots, houseboats and the tempting taste of cashew nuts.Is considered to be the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is a prominent tourist destination. Some of the destinations in and around Kollam are as-

Ashtamudi Lake: Is the second largest and deepest wetland ecosystem, a palm-shaped large water body. The natural beauty of Ashtamudi and the houseboats cruising along it attracts large number of tourists worldwide.

Thangassery:  An erstwhile Portuguese Colony where the remnants of the old Portuguese Fort and a British built lighthouse and Buckingham Canal can be visited.

Kollam Beach: Also known as Mahatma Gandhi Beach, has a park of international standard. People visit the beach for realaxation and entertainment.

Thirumulklavaram Beach: Ideal for swimming and bathing in the sea.

Munroe Island: The island where one can watch coir retting process, coir weaving, fishing, prawns, feeding, migratory bird watch, narrow canals, coconut farms on the lake shore, lagoons and the beautiful tiny islands of Pathupara. The famous Chittumala Theerthatanam starts from here.

Palaruvi Waterfalls: The 40th highest waterfall in India located amidst thick tropical forests. Crystal clean water rushing down over the rocks forming thick white forth is a wonderful sight.

Jadayupara:  A large rock formation. It is believed that the epic bird Jadayu  had fallen here when its one wing was severed by demon Ravana.

Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple: Located deep inside tropical forest is one among the most popular temples of south India. Pilgrims from different parts of the country visit Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple during festival season.

Konni:  The elephant camp at Konni offers excellent opportunity for thrilling elephant rides.

Oachira:  A popular pilgrim centre with an ancient Para Brahmna Temple, one of the rarest of its kind in the whole of South India.

Kanha National Park

Located in the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, India, Kanha National Park is a wild life sanctuary and virtually a tiger land, with several tigresses occupying traditionally famous natal areas.  Kanha National Park was created on 1 June, 1955 and today it stretches over an area of 940 square kilometres.

The most precious animal of Kanha is the Central Indian Barasingha. This Swamp deer is the last world population of the hard ground subspecies, which has virtually been saved from extinction owing to concerned efforts under Project Tiger. Other common animals found in the reserve are leopard, spotted deer, sambar, wild pigs, grey langur and more than 300 species of birds. Shravan Tal, Shravan Chita, Macha Dongar, Bamni Dadar, grasslands of Mukki and Sonf are some of the major places of attractions out here.