Karnataka Travel Trip Planner
sandal, silk and scenery merge to present a state enmeshed in a glorious blend
of the old and new- Karnataka , formerly known as Mysore. Home to 48.6 million
people, it has been able to preserve its past heritage and embrace the vision
of the future with equal elan. Set against the Arabian Sea with the Deccan plateau
in the background, the state consists of a narrow coastal strip backed by the
monsoon drenched Western Ghats and a drier, cooler interior plateau that turns
arid in the far north.
Bangalore, the capital
city is a thriving metropolis dotted with lush gardens, beautiful flowered lined
avenues and stately buildings. The atmosphere is more Western than traditional
Indian. Pubs, beer bars, discos are the major happening places in the town. Dubbed
the 'Silicon Valley of India' it is a major industrial and commercial center well
known for its scientific and research institutions. Karnataka has some of the
most magnificent monuments, temples, palaces, beaches in India. The Bull Temple
at Bangalore, the Hoyselaswera temple at Halebid and the famous Krishna temple
at Udupi are some the major tourist attractions. Tipu's Summer Palace is a beautiful
cool retreat of wood and soaring arches.A visit to the Chamundi Temple atop a
hill overlooking Mysore and the monolithic,black, Nandi Bull halfway up is a must.
The people are fun-loving, the pace of life is brisk and it is one of
India's most progressive and liberal states as far as attitudes go.
major festivals include Dussehra when palaces are illuminated and processions
of bedecked elephants accompany the image of the goddess Chamundeshwari through
the streets.The Vijaynagar festival held in June is the celebration of the glory
of the Vijaynagar Empire. The Karga festival at Bangalore is held in April where
eminent dancers and musicians perform at festivals held at Pattadakal and Bijapur.
The state witnesses a hot, tropical climate during the summers and the winters
are generally cold.
The best time to plan a visit to Karnataka is between
September and February when the weather is mild, pleasant and cheerful.
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Bustling with life, the cities of Karnataka represent a strange mix of modernism
and antiquity. While on one hand Bangalore, better known as the Silicon Valley
of India is the hub of world famous software giants, on the other hand is Coorg,
which is inhabited by tribals. But underneath the regional diversity, lies the
true beauty of the state. Temples in Karnataka
the religious fervour of the people of Karnataka are strewn all over the place.
Living examples of the Hoysala architecture, the temples speak of the glory of
the ruling dynasty. Wildlife in Karnataka
Bustling with life,
the cities of Karnataka represent a strange mix of modernism and antiquity. While
on one hand Bangalore, better known as the Silicon Valley of India is the hub
of world famous software giants, on the other hand is Coorg, which is inhabited
by tribals. But underneath the regional diversity, lies the true beauty of the
state. Beaches in Karnataka Malpe Beach
About 6 kms
from Udupi is Malpe, an ideal picnic spot with its virgin beach. The endless stretch
of golden sand, graciously swaying palm trees, the clear blue sky and the gurgle
of the sea all set the perfect mood for an unforgettable holiday here...Maravanthe
A drive up north along the coastal road to Maravanthe, 50 kms from
Udupi, is the sandy Maravanthe beach. The endless stretch of golden sand, swaying
palm trees, clear blue sky and the gush of the sea attracts a large number of
tourists to this spot...Murudeshwar Beach
Situated between Honnavar
and Bhatkal, 1 km off the National Highway is the scenic holy place of Murudeshwar.
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Tamilnadu Travel Trip Planner
the heart of the Dravidian culture and tradition, has for time immemorial, been
a pioneer of peace and knowledge, and the visual legacy of the culture of the
state, is among the most satisfying spectacles in India. Sharing boundaries
with the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala, Tamilnadu has an unbroken
coast line, edging the Bay of Bengal. Densely forested uplands which abound
in wildlife, intensively cultivated farmlands interspersed with rocky wastes,
mountain chains of the Western Ghats, which give way to fertile coastal plains
and plateaus form the geographical features of Tamilnadu.
is a tourist paradise. A glorious culture. A rich tapestry of history . A nature's
paradise of blue beaches and clear skies..... a modern state. To get a full view
of this enchanting state, you are most welcome to Tamilnadu any time. You can
revel on the Marina beach or go cruising in the theme parks or let your mind rest
in peace in the midst of magnificent-temples.
You may walk through the
living traditions and relive the timeless past. Holidaying in Tamilnadu will cool
your feelings and carry home happy memories. Come to this land to enjoy the splendour.
Gift of Mother Nature
Although Tamilnadu is one of the most
urbanized states of India, it is still a rural land; agriculture is the mainstay
of life for about three-quarters of the rural population. The major food crops
include rice, maize, Jowar, Bajra, Ragi, and pulses. The cash crops include cotton,
sugarcane, oilseeds, coffee, tea rubber, and chillies. Mechanical endeavour
The principal industries are; cotton textiles, chemicals, fertilizers,
paper and paper products, printing and allied industries, diesel engines, automobiles
and parts, cement, sugar, iron and steel, and railway wagon and coaches. The state
is the biggest textiles producer in India and an important exporter of leather
and leather products, cotton piece goods, tea, coffee, spices, tobacco, etc. Cultural
Tamilians are inculcated with the virtue to appreciate culture,
from a very young age, and have a deep interest in music, dance and literature.
Classical dancing in the form of Bharatanatyam, has its origin in the temples
of the South East, and continues to be followed with a lot of fervour and dedication
in Tamilnadu. Carnatic music is another art form, that has evolved over the ages,
producing artists of great repute. Festivals are a daily feature in this region.
Navaratri or Dussehra (September/October), Diwali (October/ November), Karthika
(November/December) and Pongal (January) are the major occasions, celebrated with
great enthusiasm. A unique festival of Carnatic music, the Thyagaraja festival,
is celebrated annually in January at Thiruvariyar, the birth place of famous singer
poet Thyagaraja, where one can witness the amazing spectacle of mass performance,
in total harmony and rhythm.
Temples in Tamilnadu were the fulcrum of
society and even today art forms that have their origin in religious worship continue
to colour daily life. Notable among these are splendid bronzes of deities, painting
on glass and Bharatanatyam, an evocative dance form.
Tamilnadu offers the
traveller excellent value, particularly in accommodation. Hotel prices are generally
lower than they are further north and standards are often higher.
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Tamilnadu has perhaps the largest number of religious celebrations
in the year. Most of the temple-festivals take place in September-October and
in the post-harvest months of March-June. Tamilnadu Dance
is an Indian classical dance form from the state of Tamilnadu, which represents
the language of rhythm and melody in different patterns of curves, angles and
lateral movements. Tamilnadu History
The history of Tamilnadu
is very old and it is believed that human endeavour s to inhabit this area began
as early as 300, 000 years ago. It is also suggested that the first Dravidians
of Tamil country were part of the early Indus Valley . Tamilnadu Recipe
Tamilnadu, true home of Indian vegetarianism, is the land of the delicious Pongal,
Idli, Dosa, Sambar and Rasam. Tamilnadu Transport
of road network in Tamilnadu is nearly 1.70 lakh kms. Private bus operators link
the important cities and government buses ply the entire south. Tamilnadu
Kunthakulam bird sanctuary is situated 33-km south of Tirunelveli
in Nanguneri taluk. Kunthakulam is a small and natural scenic village, which is
covered with natural forests and ponds. Tamilnadu Weather
climate in southern India shows only slight seasonal variations. Temperatures
and humidity remain relatively high all year round. Rainfall is common at any
time of the year and the Monsoon Season has only marginally more precipitation
than at any other time.
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is a tourist's paradise. A rich culture. A regal tapestry of history . A nature's
bliss of blue beaches and clear skies..... a modern state. Tamilnadu
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Close on the heels was the art and craft of Chettinad
that began to flood the antique shop. There were beautifully proportioned pillars
in rare tropical woods, ornately craved doorways and doors.
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Hyderabad Travel Trip Planner
the capital of Andhra Pradesh, is a city which combines both the ancient and
the modern. It has the most sophisticated five star hotels, shopping malls,
eating places (especially those serving the world famous Hyderabadi biryani,
a dish of rice and meat) and entertainment facilities. And it is a maze of markets
and tiny houses - a busy, noisy place where narrow ancient lanes meet large
vehicle-choked roads. Different in the layout of buildings, the way of life
of the people and the very atmosphere, these two cities exist side by side,
presenting two very different images.
The buildings of present
day Hyderabad are a rich mix of Medieval Indian, Saracenic, Mughal and Colonial
architecture, a combination of the Hindu and Islamic influences with a hint of
the erstwhile British Raj.Hyderabad is highly cosmopolitan, a cauldron of a variety
of cultures, not only because of its past but also because of the influx of people
from all over the country to its institutions, research and educational, and to
its various industries, including many high-profile technological firms.
especially draws tourists to its minarets and its pearl bazaar. The gypsy tribes
called the 'Lambadas' and 'Banjaras' native to the region are known for their
colourful traditions, costumes and handicrafts.
There are several places
to see and visit in and around the city of Hyderabad. The Charminar
Charminar, the hub of the city, has four wide roads radiating in the four
cardinal directions. The four minarets command the landscape for miles. The structure
is square, each side measuring 100 feet, with a central pointed high arch at the
center. The whole edifice contains numerous small decorative arches arranged both
vertically and horizontally. The prominently projected cornice on the first floor
upholds a series of six arches and capitals on each façade, rising to the
double-story gallery of the minarets. The projected canopy, ornamental brackets
and decoration in stucco plaster add graceful elegance to the structure. On the
upper courtyard, a screen of arches topped by a row of square jall or water screens
lends a fragile charm to the sturdy appearance of Charminar. This courtyard was
used as a school and for prayers at the mosque. The minarets, their domed finials
rising from their lotus-leaves cushion, rise to 180 feet from the ground. An interesting
17th-century description of the monument comes from Thevenot: "That which
is called the four towers, is a square building, of which each face is ten fathom
broad and about seven high. It is opened on the four sides by four arches
The Mecca Masjid -
Near the Charminar stands the Mecca Masjid,
begun by Muhammad Qutb Shah in 1617 and completed by Quranzeb in 1693. It is a
grand edifice with a huge courtyard, which can accommodate nearly ten thousand
men at prayer. Tavernier has provided a graphic description of the mammoth boulders
cut to size and carted for use in the building of the mosque. The minarets look
rather stunted in comparison with the grandeur of the whole massive structure.
But it looks more Mughal then Qutb Shahi in its perfect granite finish and vast
courtyard. A particular stone brick in the mihrab is believed to have been brought
from Mecca. Other Mosques -
The other two mosques--the Jami Masjid
and the Toli Masjid-are small and modest structures. Muhammad Quli Shah built
the Jami Masjid in 1592, after founding Hyderabad. Musa Khan, a supervisor of
works at the Mecca Masjid, levied a damri for every rupee spent on the building
of the Mecca Masjid. With these collections he built the Toli Masjid, near the
Purana Pul. Two buildings, the Badshahi Ashur Khana and Darul Shifa-built in 1594-are
much dilapidated and in need of large scale repair.
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Sites Of Interest in Hyderabad
The Nizams did not build any great mosques or palaces.
The last Nizam built the Falakuma palace, which housed the most expensive art
objects, tapestries and carpets, in addition to the largest single-man collection
of diamonds. Here the Nizam had received their Majesties, the late King George
V and King Edward VIII of England. The Chowmukha palace, built after the Shah
palace of Teheran, is closed to visitors. The Regency Mansion, built in 1803 by
James Kirkpatrick, married a Hyderabadi girl and built for her Rang Mahal, a suite
of rooms in the native style.
Of much interest to visitors is the Husain
Sagar Lake, a large artificial lake lying between Hyderabad and Secunderaad. It
was built by Ibrahim Qutb Shah around 1550, in gratitude to Husain Shah Wali,
who had cured him of a disease. A tourist spot affording lovely views of the city
is the Naubat Pahad, a hilltop crowned by the Birla temple. In old days royal
firmans (announcements) were read to the people to the beat of drums. The Bagh-I-Aam
stretches below this hillock where stands the State Legislative Assembly building.
Among the newer additions to Hyderabad's grand buildings are the Osmani University,
the high court and the Osmania General Hospital.
The city straddles the
Musi River, which, in 1908, had caused much destruction by flooding the city.
Under the supervision of India's greatest engineer Sir M.Vishweshvarayya, two
large reservoirs, Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar were constructed to save the city
from devastation by floods in the future. If there is some time left, a visit
to the Nehru Zoological Park is recommended for a short lion safari and observing
the wild beasts moving about freely in their expansive compounds. The crocodile
hatchery is very informative for the young and the curious. One of the most visited
places in the city is the Salar Jung museum. Weekend Trips/Excursions
Golconda has been known as famous center for diamonds, and the diamond
mines boast of some of the most renowned diamonds in the world. The Kohinoor originally
belonged to Golconda as did the Darya-I-Noor, the Orloff, the Pitt, and the great
table of the Nizam.
Warangal is situated 157 km north-east of Hyderabad.
It is famous for its thousand pillar temple-a specimen of the Chalukya architecture.
The fort was built by the Kakatiyas, who ruled between 12th and 14th centuries.
Ruins of the mud-brick fort survive in certain portions. Kakatiyas held Golconda
prior to the advent of the Qutb Shahi's and their original mud fort atop the Golconda
hill was replaced with stone fortifications. The great temple at Harnamkonda was
built on the slopes of the hill in 1163 by Rudra Deva. It carries some exquisitely
carved pillars. The monolithic Nandi sits on guard at the entrance which also
has rock cut statues of elephants on either side. The Warangal fort was conquered
by Muhammad Tughlaq in the 14th century suffering much destruction. The freestanding
gateway in the Buddhist tornan style is the most magnificent structure of its
110 km northwest of Hyderabad lies Bidar, former capital of the
Bahamani, and later on Barid Shahi dynasty. Ultimately it was annexed by Aurangzeb
and subsequently the Nizams took over Bidar. It has a vast range of palaces mosques
baths, schools and tombs within a strong fortified area. The tombs at Ashtur and
Gawan's Madarsa have strong architectural splendor. If one has some time to spare
he/she shouldn't miss nearby Gulbarga, the Bhamani capital, famous for its beautiful
mosques and fort.
Nagarjunakonda, lying southeast of Hyderabad, has had
been under strong Buddhist influence. The Satvahanas built a grand stupa at Amravati,
embellished with most sumptuous sculptures. Later on, the Ikshvakus dominated
the region around ad 235 their capital was Vijaipuri, a university town. With
the decline of lkshvakus, Vijaipuri fell into neglect. The Reddy kings in the
14th century fortified the commanding hill of Nagarjunakonda, perpetuating the
memory and teachings of Buddhist teacher Nagarjuna. Before work on the Nagarjunasagar
Dam project began, archaeologists performed the miraculous task of transporting
stone the excavated ruins of Vijaipuri to the top of Nagajunakonda hill and setting
them up in their exact position. Remains of sculpture, monasteries, amphitheatre,
and streets found a new safer home permanently relieved of the fear of inundation.
A huge statue of Buddha dominates the crest of Nagarjunakonda. It is the old forgotten
Vijaipuri of the lkshvakus, which has been resurrected on the hill.
Ganesh Chaturthi (late August-early September), is an important
festival of Hyderabad.
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