Bangalore - The Silicon Valley of India TOP
Bangalore, the capital city of Southern state of Karnataka is by far the fastest developing cities in India. Bangalore has been recently rechristened as 'Bengaluru' Â¬ its histrionic name. This city is famous for its gardens and parks thus earning it the name of 'Garden City of India'. Located at a convenient distance from Mumbai (998 kms) and Hyderabad (562 kms), Bangalore is 3,113 feet (949 m) above sea level, on top of a ridge in the Karnataka plateau.
The main highlight of the city resides in the various heritage monuments that attract tourist to enjoy a vacation in Bangalore. Bangalore which means 'town of baked beans' was founded by Kempe Gowda, a chieftain of the Vijayanagar Empire, around the 16th century. He built four
towers in four directions to specify its boundaries. However, Bangalore has far exceeded these limits since. Karnataka tourism promotes its capital city Bangalore as the most popular holiday destination in the state.
Tourist Attractions in Bangalore TOP
Bangalore in Karnataka is the heritage destination where tourists can see the cultural monuments. This intriguing city showcases, gardens, parks museums and castles. The astronomical hub, Jawahar Lal Nehru Plaenatarium is a must place to visit in Bangalore. Colonial heritage of Bangalore highlights the Vidhan Sabha which is an example of modern architecture displaying fine blending of traditional Dravidian and modern style. Bangalore Palace, which is the replica of the Windsor castle should not be missed either.
Important religious places in Bangalore includes the 16th century Dravidian style temple dedicated to Nandi. The bull of Lord Shiva. The Cubbon park with various floral attractions is an ideal picnic spot. expansive lush lawns, cornucopia of flowerbeds, lotus pools and reverberant fountains can be enjoyed in the popular Lal Bagh.
Shopping is another travel attraction in Bangalore. On the commercial street one should buy decorative items along with garments, accessories and jewellery. Mahatama Gandhi chowk is the place where silk sarees and electronic equipments should be purchased. Other markets in Bangalore are Brigade road, Residence road and Chickpet.
Ooty (Udhagamandalam) TOP
Ooty is known as the “Queen of Hill Stations.” Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations' among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.
The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest,
sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers. Visit Ooty during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to be missed!
Tea and Tourism Festival TOP
Akin to the nectar of the Gods is the Camellia Sinensia, which is a bush that gives fragrant amber ambrosia-a refresher and stimulizer. In other words, TEA.
Significance - Udhagamandalam
Just about anything available in the cities can be had at Ooty with the added attraction of leisurely shopping. Exclusive Nilgiri products including Nilgiri tea, fruits, natural oils like Eucalyptas, Toda embroideries, plant nurseries are easily available in the town. Co-operative Super Market and Municipal Market are some of the best places for shopping fruits and general groceries. Kairali of Kerala Handicrafts and Poompuhar of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts have their showrooms near to Super Market Buildings on Charring Cross.
Hills and Views TOP
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations" among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 kilometres from Coimbatore
Ooty Lake TOP
The beautiful Ooty Lake is a favourite haunt of tourists. It was constructed in the year 1825, through the initiatives of Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. This lake was built in order to provide an irrigation tank to the people.
Fairs & Festivals - Udhagamandalam Summer Festivals TOP
A summer festival is held each year during the month of May in the Botanical Gardens, which is anadded
attraction for tourists. The Flower Show is the pride of the festival. Cultural programmes are organised for those interested in traditional classical arts. Adventure spots like trekking also form part of the festival.
Miniature Train Ride
One of the most interesting things about coming to Ooty is the trip up on the miniature train. There are outstanding views of the Nilgiri Hills. The best views are on the left going up and the right coming down. A unique thing about this train is the locomotive is in the back, which pushes the train up the hill instead of pulling it up. It passes through 16 tunnels and goes over 250 bridges.
The train runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty going via Coonoor.
Mini Garden and Rose Garden TOP
The Rose Garden is situated about 3 to 4-km away from Charring Cross. Mini garden is also situated on the way to the boathouse where the children amusement park is housed.
The Nilgiris are a trekker's paradise. Landscaped by nature, the hills abound in trek for lovers of nature. There are treks and treks in whichever direction you turn and from whichever point you start. A trek can be full of thrill, excitement and adventure and a way of seeing and enjoying nature in all its
beauty and splendour.
Botanical Garden TOP
Botanical gardens are a major tourist attraction for those who visit Ooty, one of the most popular hill stations of India. They sprawl over 50-acres and lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty.
Government Museum - Ooty TOP
The Government Museum At Ooty The government museum, Mysore Road, Ooty has items of tribal
objects, district's ecological details & representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with a view to provide education benefits to the residing and visiting population of Nilgiris district. Tourist Information Admission: Free Timings: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Closed On: Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays Ooty The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100-km). Ooty on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam, which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on the broad gauge. There are regular bus services connecting Ooty to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Calicut, Tirupati etc.
located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station.
Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste.
Prime Attractions of Kodaikanal
Berijam Lake TOP
Berijam Lake located at a distance of 21-km from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is one among the beautiful lakes of South India. Spread over an area of 24 hectares, the lake is star shaped and is known for its pure water.
Head for Kodaikanal in the Palani Hills for small-time trekking. You can take