Top 3 Must See Places to Visit in Coorg

Many decades have gone, since the ‘Scotland of East’ has been recognized as one of the most favorable destinations to beat the summer heat. Coorg tourism has a lot of attractions and excursions to offer its guests, who have come a long or short way to enjoy their holidays. There are many places to visit in Coorg, but these below mentioned three spots must not be missed under any circumstances.

Padi Igguthappa Temple

1. Padi Igguthappa Temple: This is one of the many religious places to visit in Coorg. It is situated in the town of Virajpet in the Kodagu region, where it is supposedly filled with the divinity and covered by serenity on all its sides. It is indeed very famous in its vicinity while it is respected and revered by all the natives of the particular area. This temple was built for the Lord Igguthappa, which is the synonym of Lord Subramanya. It was built by King Lingarajendra in 1810. Then 25 years later in 1835, the then Dewan Apparanada Bopu renovated the temple after taking over the construction works. He replaced the thatched roof with tiles, which gave the temple a modern look. Now one may see silver works right at the entrance, which is a recent work of the year 2008. The deity of this temple is the ‘grain-giver’ as Igguthappa means grain and river; so a river of grain that flows endlessly. In the month of March each year, a festival is carried out in the complex of the temple, where the famous ritual of Tulabhara is being conducted. The devotees get themselves weigh against sugar, rice, grains etc and offer the same to the temple deity as a profound mark of their devotion.

Bhagamandala

2.Bhagamandala: This is a holy and divine confluence of four temples and three rivers. This is also known as the ‘Triveni Sangam’, since Kannike and Cauvery rivers meet the Sujyothi stream here. Consequently this place is sacred to the Hindus, who visit this place throughout the year. The four temple that are close to this particular confluence; they are dedicated to Subramanya, Vishnu and Ishwarya Ganapathy. Among many devotees, this pilgrimage centre is popular as Bhagandeswhara Kshetra. The place has historical importance to it as well, since this is the very site where the battle between Dodda Virarajendra of Coorg Kingdom and Tipu Sultan was fought. Coorg tourism promotes this spot as an important tourist destination and keeps it in the top places to visit in Coorg.

Madikeri palace within the fort

3.Madikeri Fort: This was initially made by mud, but later Tipu Sultan replaced the entire structure with more strong and solid concrete stones. This massive monument has a temple, an Anglican Church, a museum and a prison. The entrance has two fascinating elephants made of mortar while the fort offers its visitor a complete panoramic view of the city. There is a British era clock tower, which is one of the few remnants of the vintage times when the foreigners ruled the lands of the nation. This fort must be kept in the list of prime places to visit in Coorg.

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What to do during summer holidays in Ooty

Indisputably, Ooty is one of the most endearing destinations that can be and must be visited during summer holidays. Escape from the scorching summer heat and visit this hill station to enjoy a truly wonderful holiday. There are so many things to do in Ooty during summer holidays that one will be bereft of options.

summer holidays in Ooty

Nature Walk during Summer Mornings

Ooty is an exciting and a preferable destination where nature walk can be taken and enjoyed in its full spirit.  The walk will be one of the enjoyable things to do in Ooty especially when family and friends will accompany you thus adding to the frolic element. Be it friends, spouses or newly-wed couples, taking a walk amidst pristine natural surrounds takes on to an altogether heavenly dimension where a feeling of pure bliss engulfs one and all. Ooty is surrounded by Nilgiri hills, and number of small or big mountain peaks where Ooty tourism department has provided the facility of telescopes for enjoying the beauty of the vicinity.

Boating during Summer Evenings

Visiting Ooty can never be complete without boating in its lovely lakes, amidst many other things to do in Ooty. Pykara and Ooty lakes are ideal boating destinations with some amazing and breathtaking views and scenic sights. Surrounded by lush green forests, both Pykara and Ooty lakes offer some of the most magnificent views that can be admired while enjoying a leisurely boat ride. Pykara Lake has a boathouse in its vicinity along with several good rest houses and restaurants. Tourists can stay overnight in these rest houses and make most of their stay amidst tranquil and isolated surroundings.  

Bird Watching during Daytime

Emerald lake is some 28kms away from main Ooty town and is known for its tranquil and serene surroundings. Many varieties of birds throng this place and are watched by avid bird lovers. Near the vicinity is Avalanche Valley that presents a beautiful sight. With many birds seen here in abundance, the bird lovers have a wonderful time amidst the tranquil nature.  

Ooty Tamil Nadu

Mountain Biking During Evening

Mountain biking is one of the latest things to do in Ooty that is being encouraged even by Ooty tourism. In fact, a new Mountain Bike Park has been recently opened in Ooty. This mountain bike park has been built in such a way that it provides very natural curves and bumps for authentic feel such as – teeter-totter, sponge pits, switchbacks, jump ramps, and suspension bridge, thus making the biking really eventful and interesting. There are many bikes available in the bike park for the ease and convenience of adventurous tourists.

And More Activities to Follow…

  • Travel in the toy train and enjoy the weather.
  • Go for long walks and hikes during mornings and evenings.
  • Plan a visit to a tea plantation and revere in the greenery
  • Play a nice round of golf at the Gymkhana Golf course in the evening
  • Plan a visit to terraced cabbage fields situated around Ooty
  • Visit forest sanctuary in Mudumalai for 1 or 2 days
  • Spend evenings at 9th mile and 6th mile where many movies have been shot

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Chandralekha is a Travel enthusiast, currently working with ixigo.com, an online India Travel Guide helps you to plan your trip to India. This time she has written on things to do in Ooty. Hope this information will help you to plan your trip to Ooty.

Travel Shimla – For Memorable Holidays

Shimla is one of the most sought after hill stations of northern India where tourists flock in large number throughout the year. This beautiful hill retreat is situated in the lap of lower Himalaya’s mountain ranges in Himachal Pradesh state. The mesmerising charm of this place lies in its verdant hill slopes, green pasture land, snow capped mountain peaks and number of Victorian style architectural buildings. It is the place where each season has its own charm and glory that enthral tourists who come here from across the globe.

Travel Shimla For Memorable Holidays

This place is also renowned for its number of adventure sports activities which heighten the joy of visitors who come here for pleasurable holidays. The popular tourist attractions which are visited by tourists during their Shimla Tour are:

Ridge Road

This is an awe-inspiring attraction of Shimla from where tourists get breathtaking views of the mountains with snow laden peaks. Tourists come here to get panoramic views of nature’s speckled beauty. Apart from the scenic vistas this place is also famous for its Neo-Gothic Christ Church and Tudar Library.

Mall

It is the heart of Shimla bustling with social life. This is a must visit attraction of Shimla because of its scattered charm of natural and artificial wonders. The beauty of this place lies in its magnificent colonial style buildings, shops, restaurants and heritage theatre. It is the best place for tourists to enjoy their leisure. The popular tourist attractions of this place are General post office, Scandal point, Kali Bari temple and Christ Church.

Jakhu Temple

This is the highest point of Shimla situated at an altitude of 8000 feet above sea level. It is a breathtaking place from where tourists get mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the entire city and surrounding valley. The Hanuman temple is the popular attraction of this place which is visited by large number of tourists as well as devotees throughout the year.

Chadwick Falls

It is a beautiful fall which is located 7 km from the city centre. Large number of tourists comes here to see the cascading beauty of water falling from a height of 67 meter above sea level. The panoramic charm of this place is heightened by the presence of thick deodar forests. Trekking is the best way to reach this place which gives tourists an enthralling experience because of the scattered natural beauty.

Shimla is also famous for its number of adventure sports activities which heighten the joy and excitement of tourists who come here during their holidays. The geographical location amidst mountain ranges makes it a perfect place for trekking, hiking and camping. During winter the thick layer of snow make it a perfect place for skiing and several winter sport activities.

Ghanerao Royal Castle – Udaipur

Ghanerao Royal Castle was founded in 1606 by Thakur Gopal Das Rathod a gallant Rajput soldier of Mewar. The Ghanerao Royal Castle is built of red sandstone and marble citadels , with miniature paintings on walls. It is on tops of the list of the heritage hotels in Rajasthan.

Ghanerao Royal Castle

Accommodation

Ghanerao Royal Castle has 2 Suite, 12 Double rooms and 2 single rooms with attached bathrooms.
Characteristics of the Rajput tradition is experienced in the rooms.In room facilities at the hotel are attached bathrooms with a bathtub, direct dial telephone, fax, and the efficient room service.

Alacarte Restaurant is a in-house restaurant that servers cuisines like Chinese, Indian, Continental and local dishes.

One Night Package Ghanerao Royal Castle

1. Package with Dinner and Breakfast Includes :

  • Accommodation
  • Gala dinner and Breakfast
  • All taxes
  • Cost of the package:
  • Occupancy
  • Resort
  • On Double Occupancy Rs 2900/-
  • On triple occupancy Rs 3600/-
  • Children between 8yrs to 12 yrs Rs 750/-
  • Children below 8 yrs complimentary

2. All Inclusive Package Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals with Gala dinner
  • All taxes
  • Jeep safari in the neighboring villages
  • Cost of the package:
  • Occupancy
  • Resort
  • On Double Occupancy Rs 6500/-
  • On triple occupancy Rs 7250/-
  • Children between 8yrs to 12 yrs Rs 1500/-
  • Children below 8 yrs complimentary
  • Two Night Package at Ghanerao Royal Castle

3. All inclusive Package

  • Includes:
  • Accommodation for two nights with options of accommodation
  • All meals with Gala dinner (fixed meals)
  • All taxes
  • village walk with guide
  • tribal village tour with guide

Getting There :

Ghanerao Royal Castle is located 175 kms from Jodhpur , between Jodhpur and Udaipur. Udaipur is the nearest airport, approx distance is 125km , A car can be hired from Udaipur which will take around 3 hours to reach the Castle. And the nearest railway station is Falna with the approx distance of 30km.

GHANERAO ROYAL CASTLE
Village Post Ghanerao – 306704
District – Pali Rajasthan
Tel – Fax :91 – 02934 – 284035

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