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Travel Marvel of South India

When any South Indian hears the word “Vellore”, he can think of two things immediately – one is Vellore Jail and another is Vellore Fort. Vellore Fort is very popular in South India, as it is very rare to find forts and palaces in South India. Vellore Fort is one of the largest forts among those very few forts of South India. It is located near Chennai city on the Chennai-Bangalore route.

Inside the gigantic Vellore Fort, there are a lot of government buildings, museums, Churches, and mosques. However, the most important structure inside the Vellore Fort is the magnificent Jalagandeswarar temple. The fort was in fact built due to this temple. Before I write about the architecture, structure, sculptures, and idols of Jalagandeswarar temple, I would talk about its history.

As per the legend the current site where the temple is located was an island surrounded by lake. In the island, there was an snake hole. Near the snake hole, there was a Shiv Linga idol which was protected by a five headed snake. A cow used to feed milk to the snake. After hearing all these stories, the king named Bommi Reddy who ruled this region started building the temple in the site. The temple construction
was started in the year of 1274 AD. A sculptor from North India lead the construction of the temple. However, it was later found out that the day selected to start the construction was not auspicious. Hence, in order to protect the temple, the king had to build a fort around the temple so that he could protect this beautiful temple.

After Bommi Reddy, there were ten kings in his dynasty who ruled Vellore. It was in the 17th century AD that the fort city was captured by Bijapur Sultan. His son KanKhan and his grand son Abdullah ruled the city after him. As Abdullah was made to believe that there were costly stones lying below the Shiv idol, he removed the Shiv idol and threw the same into the moat surrounding the fort. After that, the Vellore city was captured by Marathas. Marathas brought the idol back to the city. However, within two years, the city went to Muslims again.

The poojas were stopped for around 21 years. When the city was recaptured by Marathas, the temple poojas were restarted. When it was recaptured by Muslims, the poojas and rituals didn’t stop. However, it is said, even though there is no historical proof, a Muslim prince who tried to misbehave with a female was killed by her within the temple complex. Since then (during 18th century AD), the Shiv Linga idol was shifted to a nearby village and the temple was without the main idol. It was only during the recent time towards the end of 20th century AD, the temple got back its idol as well as the original glory.

A big legend with some historical facts….tried to write briefly as far as possible. I will talk about the temple structure and idols in my next post about India Tourism.

Guide of 5 National Parks in India

Tourists can travel to various parks and enjoy the rich animal, plant and avian population. There are plenty of wildlife tours that are geared for showing the tourists the best that the country has to offer.

India has a rich biodiversity and has hundreds of national parks that are spread across the country. Tourists can travel to various parks and enjoy the rich animal, plant and avian population. There are plenty of wildlife tours that are geared for showing the tourists the best that the country has to offer. Many of the parks also have their own hotels and lodges that offer excellent opportunities to lovers of wildlife. During the winter seasons, migratory birds from Northern Europe and Russia also visit many national parks such as Sariska in Rajasthan state.

India is famous for its tigers, unfortunately only about a 1433 tigers remain, since they are being increasingly poached. The Government has launched a major promotional campaign to make people aware of the dangers of poaching and to protect the tigers that are fast disappearing.

The top five national parks that should be visited by tourists in India are

Sunderbans National Park

This is one of the largest mangrove jungles in Asia and the world and has a healthy population of tigers also. Spread over 54 islands, part of the mangrove forests also host to a number of marine species. Take a leisurely tour of the forests at Sunderbans jungle camp with a boat and enjoy the view and the occasional sight of the tigers as they are extremely shy.

Bandhavgarh National Park

The national Park located in Madhya Pradesh also has the highest concentration of tigers and the park is open from dawn till sunset. The park can be accessed on jeep and on Elephant back. Accommodation in hotels around the Park is many and range from cheap to very luxurious. It also has sloth bears, jackals and many species of deers and birds.

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Enjoy the Picturesque Waterfalls in Jog India

Friends, you may have seen many waterfalls in India. But falls in Jog is different. It is unique. It is magnificent. It’s totally fantastic. It is a perfect place for tourists to enjoy their weekend getaways. It is untried, i.e. it drops directly and does not stream on to rocks. One should visit Jog falls in his/her lifetime. It is the highest waterfalls in India and is one of the major attractions in Karnataka Tours.

Last year, in the month of September along with my family members I have visited Jog and enjoyed the nature. We reach at around 8 am and strolled around for some time. It was raining on and off and many times the view of the fall would get completely blocked by fog. It was fun watching the fall in the rains.

Falls in Jog is a creation of gushing down of water from Sharavathi River from the height of 253 meters. It separates into four distinct waterfalls and is popularly named as Raja, Rani, Rocket, and Roarer.

Jog is 379 kms away from Bangalore, capital city of Karnataka, and is situated in a pristine and scenic location. During monsoons, the falls are hidden behind a thin veil of mist, surrounded by lush green vegetation, giving the place a mystical atmosphere. August-December is the season of best flow and the best time to visit. It comes down to trickle in the summers, primarily owing to the dams built for the power generation that redirect all the water.

If you prefer air route Hubli and Mangalore City are nearest, and from there you can take bus route to reach Jog. In Hubli some private tourist companies offered every day trip to Jog from Hubli. If you want to travel by train, you can take up train up to Shimoga, or Hubli, and from there you can get into buses to jog.

By road you can reach Jog directly by availing of buses to jog from Bangalore, Hubli, or Shimoga. It’s nearly 10 hours journey from Bangalore to Jog by road and could reach Jog by morning, if you catch up bus at night. From Shimoga it’s nearly 3 hours, and from Hubli it is 4-5 hours journey.

Take light cool dresses for summer. During the monsoon season the nights are cool. Warm clothes will be required for the winter season i.e. December to February. Kannada is the principal language of this region. Few people also understand English and Hindi. Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a India tour to jog at the hotels, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. The government owned Sharavathi Tourist Home is comfortable, clean and reasonable priced. It offers good view of the falls. SomeTourist Home is also cheap and comfortable place to stay. Inspection Bungalow is often heavily booked and its booking can be done at the District Commissioners at Shimoga.

Along with these some small hotels are also ready to serve you in and around Jog. You can spend an entire day around the waterfall. If you are fit, climb down to the base of the fall. It takes around 20-25 minutes to walk down, and may take an hour or two to come back depending on your fitness. You can take a dip in the water when you are in the gorge. Drive to the other side of the waterfall and you can get close to the falling water. It is a great experience. If you want to swim in the Sharavathi River, that also you can. But at the same time take utmost care for your safety.

Once again I come back to tell my experiences. Later we moved on to Sharavathi valley, a few kilometers down where river flows between the hills and offers amazing view from the top. I took a few photographs. Really it is a beautiful place and I don’t have word to express my feelings.

Further down, we encountered a stream by the road that tempted us to stop. We walked along the stream for a while and soon encountered a series of waterfalls. We took a dip there and it’s a great feeling to dip into a running stream and lie down against the running water. Even more fun is when you sit under a waterfall and feel the gush of the water.

We spent the entire day while walking, running, jumping, and driving around this road. There was less traffic on the road. Late in the evening, we saw some fishermen catching fishes along the bank of Sharavathi River. We stopped, had a chat with them and took some photographs around the place. We have enjoyed the nature a lot amid river, hills, and greenery.

One of my friend, who is working for Karnataka Power Corporation made an arrangement to get permission for us to visit the powerhouse. It is very nice. Our next destination was Dandeli, another hilly station in North Kanara district. It is nearly 30 kms distance from Jog. There is another small reservoir near Dandeli, called Supa. The road crawls right along the banks of Kali River and the river is surrounded by thick evergreen rain forests, typical of the sahyadri ranges. Sometimes people see leopards, black panthers and even tigers in the area. It was drizzling all along, which gave a poetic romance to the entire atmosphere. Really I liked that place, and even thought of spending rest of my life there. But unfortunately we had to return back, and on the next day we drove back to our native place.

Jog is really very nice place to visit and enjoy on weekends. If you have time you can visit nearby places like Honnemaradu, which is situated on the backwaters holidays of river Sharavathi, and is famous for water sports. It is an island formed with the backwater of Linganmakki dam. Lion-Tiger Reserve/Safari is located from Jog at a distance of about 90 kms towards Bangalore on the National Highway 206, and is a nice place for animal lovers.

Besides, you can visit Ikkeri and nearby Keladi, which is home to several ancient temples. Once it was a kingdom of Keladi empire. The other towns like Sagar, Sirsi, Siddapur lies in the Western Ghats, providing captivating views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges. These are all like hill-stations set amidst emerald green forests and several waterfalls.

Vacation Attractions in India

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh National Park consists of a core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km of topography varies between steep ridges, undulating, forest and open meadows. Bandhavgarh National Park is known for the Royal Bengal Tigers. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India.Bandhavgarh National Park was the former hunting preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa and at present is a famous natural hub for White Tigers. White Tigers, now a major attraction around the world’s zoos, were first discovered in Rewa, not far from here.The terrain is broken, with rocky hill ranges, running roughly east west, interspersed with grassy swamps and forested valleys.

Bangalore Bengaluru
Bangalore is the capital of the state of Karnataka, India. With an estimated population of six million Bangalore is India’s third largest city. It is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India for the large number of information technology companies located here. Bangalore is also India’s fourth largest business market.Bangalore has a pleasant climate with three seasons, namely summers, winters and monsoons. October to February is cool and also the best time to visit. Summers are mild but the mercury rises high regularly.After India gained independence, Bangalore evolved economically as well culturally. The economy comprises industries like telecommunications, machine tools, space and defence. Also, Bangalore experienced the software boom owing to which the economy considerably grew.

Cubbon Park. A 121 ha (300 acre) green lung vacations in the center of the city. Sitting in the shade of one its many magnificent trees and watching towering bamboo sway in the breeze, it is hard to imagine that you in the heart of a metropolis of over 6.0 million people and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing cities. There is also a toy train offering children’s rides.

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