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Day trip to Lepakshi is must if you are in or around Bangalore (Bengaluru). We are big road trip fans and one weekend we impromptu decided to go to this architectural marvel. We researched about this place and was fascinated by its beauty and history both.
Lepakshi, a charming village situated in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, is part of the Anantpur District. It is about 120 km from Bangalore in Karnataka and 15 km from the town of Hindpur. Although small, the hamlet has a lot of ancient and devout significance for the locals.
The marvelous Lepakshi temple
It is a perfect day outing place if you are into history ruins and love to explore to architectural beauty of Indian temples. We started our trip around 8 am on Saturday morning . A road trip gives some awe-inspiring views on the way to Lepakshi. If you do not wish to drive, you can rent a cab or try for the bus service.
There are many private as well as government buses which run on this route. There are Volvo’s, AC buses and sleeper bus which run by government and private bus dealers. You must book the bus in advance to get a seat of your choice.
** History of Lepakshi **
As per the legends, it is said ,that this temple has an implication in the Ramayana. Per which, it is supposed that at this place the bird Jatayu fell. The bird was wounded because of the battle and he was carrying Sita, wife of Lord Rama. When the Lord saw the bleeding and wounded bird, “Le Pakshi” were the words which came out of his mouth. These words mean “Rise Bird” in the local language.
** Weather in Lepakshi **
The weather in Lepakshi remains pleasant for the most part of the year, except for in summers when it can become exceedingly hot.
** Recommended Road Journey **
We drove to Lepakshi. You can hire a cab or take your own car for this journey. It will not take more than two hours in a car and you will enjoy driving down the beautiful and amazing villages on your way. There are 2 routes to reach Lepakshi from Bangalore and we highly recommend taking the below route for the journey as the road as very scenic and more beautiful.
On the way, you can enjoy the beautiful and one of the biggest Iskcon Temples. you can stop there and spend some time.
Beautiful road scenes on the way to Lepakshi
Add some fun to your travel and take a stop at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum which is an amazing thing you must visit. Later you will come across the Jayaprakash Narayan Biodiversity Park which is another place where you will love to stop and spend some time. For nature lovers, there is Lumbini Gardens on the way and you can relax there and have some tea and snacks on your way.
** What not to miss in Lepakshi **
The place is famous in south India for three temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Veerabhadra.
A Monolithic Nandi:
Monolith Nandi at Lepakshi
The first structure you will encounter, just 200 meters before the main temple complex is this India’s biggest monolithic Nandi. This Nandi is made up of granite. The size of the Nandi bull is 4.5 m tall and 8.23 m wide, and it is positioned such that it faces the huge Nagalinga of the veerbhadra temple. It is a perfect example of brilliant artistry and beauty.
Built during Vijayanagara King period, the priceless Veerabhadra Swamy Temple in Lepakshi is perched on a tortoise shaped hill called the Kurma Saila. The architecture dates to 16th century and is a feast to art and history lovers.
This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Veerabhadra and has beautifully carved inscriptions on each pillar. Every pillar has a unique carving on it that makes any art lover rejoice with pleasure.
Temple entrance at Lepakshi
The temple defines magnificence with majestic sculptors and intricately carved mandapams. One mandapam at the temple particularly stands out with life-size dancers and musicians sculpted on the pillar.
As soon as you enter the temple you can see a lot of pillars called as Natya Mantap or the dancing hall. There are 70 carved pillars and each one has a unique carving on it and going through each of them itself can reveal a lot of stories embedded within them.
Walking through the Pillars
As you look up you can notice the paintings on the ceiling depicting several stories like wedding of Siva and Parvathi, wars, folks praying
The marvelous wonder to this temple is the Hanging Pillar. The temple is supported by 80 pillars, out of which one hanging pillar balances the weight of rest of the 79 pillars.
Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi
It is said that, in the past some British person tried to move this hanging pillar but resulted in cracks and crevices into rest of the structure.
Within the temple boundaries, to the eastern side , There is the beautiful sculpture of seven headed serpent shading above the Shiva-linga which finds its way into almost every article or blog post about Lepakshi.
Naglinga in Lepakshi temple
This is the most interesting part for all the photographers and visitors.
An Incomplete Kalyan Mantap
Backside of the Nagling, is an incomplete kalyan mantap which has unique story attributes to its incompleteness.
The false accusation against Virupanna Nayak, the architecture of the temple, of not having taken permission from the king for building the kalyan mantap and spending the money unnecessarily led to the incompleteness of the Kalyan Mantap. per legends, the wedding of Shiva with Parvati took place.
Incomplete mandapam at Lepakshi temple
This pier has several pillars full of sculptures. All the sculptures are of Gods who –came to bless the couple. Few of the pillars are broken and lay on the platform.
Sita Mata Foot print
Foot print of Sita Mata
According to the stories of the place, there is a footprint of Sita in the place and many devotees come to see this magnificent thing from the past.
Some resorts are not just resorts, they are destination. Waking ourselves to the view of swaying coconut trees each day, hearing the birds chirping in the morning, pampering ourselves in the lap of mother nature, that was our dreamy stay with Club Mahindra resorts at Poovar, where you’ll lose yourself in a marvelous world of perfect stay-cation.
Unspoiled and unexplored, enveloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the Arabian sea and a dream golden sand beach, Club Mahindra Poovar Resort is truly a window into paradise.
If you are following us on social media, you must have seen our journey to Poovar virtually with us. This tiny piece of heaven –Poovar – is in Kerala in the district of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and is embraced in the arms of nature.
The best time to visit Poovar for a family holiday is from October to February.
— Location –
Closest airport to reach CM Poovar resort is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (35 km). It takes about one and half hour to reach to resort and the drive is quite scenic.
Closest town with a railway station is Neyanythakara at 10 kms.
— Our welcome —
As we entered in the Club Mahindra resort, we were awed by the beauty of its surroundings. We reached earlier than the check in time & was welcomed with an amazing Kerala special hot tea which was not only refreshing after our early morning journey but was delicious enough for us to ask for it more.
Back side of the CM Poovar resort
Lying on either bank of the Neyyar river, CM resort is where the coconut trees play the vital role of sunblock for you. Little palm-fringed islands greet you as you go on a backwater cruise. And white sandy beaches lay out the perfect promenade for a balmy evening stroll.
This is where this place stole our heart and we let fade away all our daily work chaos and fleet into the tranquil zone of nature.
— Rooms —
The conventional architecture of the rooms in the club Mahindra resort is completed with modern amenities to ensure a hassle-free stay for you. Club Mahindra Poovar island resort offers 71 beautiful rooms, which are further segregated into
Pool villas – This is the most luxurious stay in the resort comes with a single bedroom air conditioned cottages designed artistically in traditional Kerala style of architecture with a private pool and it can accommodate 6 people.
Studio cottages – These cottages are perfect for the small family and they open into a world of greenery.
Studio Cottages – CM Poovar Resort
Hotel units. – Perfect for a couple and opens to the wonderful views of back waters of Poovar.
We had booked the hotel unit but after we reached there, we got upgraded to the pool villas. Since then, we enjoyed every bit of our day in the luxurious room which not only had private pool but also was beautifully surrounded by plantations.
Private Pool in the villa
All the rooms in CM Poovar, Kerala are equipped with air conditioners, sofas, television sets and tea/coffee makers.
— Amenities –
Swimming Pool: If you can’t book the private pool Villa’s , worry not ! CM Poovar has a common swimming pool where you can beat the blues with the dip in it .
Swimming pool at the resort
Spa : Rejuvenate & pamper yourself with the spa available at the resort where the experienced therapists work on your tired muscles and treat you to signature Keralite treatments.
Entertainment: For fun filled evenings and to keep you entertained always, the resort’s Activity Manager organizes fun games and activities such as Karaoke, DJ nights, one minute games.
snakes and ladders at the happy hub
Fun activities for kids like painting, crafts is available to make sure you have the best of your time in the resort.
— Food –
The property houses a restaurant (SQUARE LAGOON) which serves mouthwatering Indian cuisine for guests to enjoy. Meals can also be served in private with room service. Since day 1, the restaurant manager asked us about our preferences and even on request, made the dishes for us to enjoy the local food. They arrange theme nights with specialty cuisine which was quite interesting.
Food in the Square Lagoon
Every day, they made sure to add the Kerala special dish to give the pinch of local experience to the guests.
Road trips – Group of friends, An open road, an unforgettable adventure or a Total nightmare, everything depends on the people you go with, the places you go and how you get there.
Road with lush green scenes
We absolutely love road trips and have done dozens of them. There’s no question about it; road trips are awesome. Regardless of what country you’re driving in, you need some preparations and planning before you hit the road for an amazing travel experience.
We love to travel and have been on some epic road trips in our time, so we thought that we’re share some tips and hacks that we do while planning our road trip, So that , you can be sure to have the experience of lifetime.
** Define your purpose **
The very first we need to do is define the vision of the road trip, goal or the purpose of this road trip. What you want see and do on the road trip that you are planning makes a lot of difference and plan changes accordingly.
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We suggest you must choose what is more important for you – Distance? Destination? or Budget?
Distance: being to cover a lot of spots in short period frame?
Destination: All the awesome things that you want to see in this trip.
Budget: Which is kind of best on both but in case if you have constraints on budget
Once, you are clear on what you want to achieve in the road trip, then you are good to go ahead and plan the next steps for your great road trip.
** Choosing the Route **
Now that you know what you want to achieve from this road trip, there are again two things to think about: Scenic Route V/s Efficient route?
On route beauty of Nandi Hills
Some routes could be way beautiful and scenic but requires longer journey or some would be quite efficient without beautiful scenes around. So, think before hand how you want plan out your journey on basis of..
What are your must visiting destinations on the route? – Write them down and kind of plan around how long you wanna spend there. Sometimes, you might need to do more efficient route to get to that destination quicker, so that you can spend more time there.
Budget: if you are looking for budget trip, then you might want to think about how out of the way the stop that you are going to go or activity is that you are planning to do. Because, that takes time and that takes money as well. Gas stops, Extra miles, you may need to spend an extra night in the hotel etc.
If you’ve got a time limit (as most road trippers do), it’s smart to plot out which city you’ll sleep in each night before setting off.
** Choose the right vehicle (Car) **
Now, that you have destination, distance and budget sorted out, make sure to choose the right vehicle to reach to your destination. As an avid travelers, we love exploring different landscapes on a road trip. Whether it is a smooth highway or rugged terrains or muddy patches, it is the vehicle that needs to withstand the different conditions besides your own enthusiasm.
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Hill Stations: You should always go for small cars; they are 30-40% quicker, safer and easier while turning and climbing mountain ranges.
Forests / Safari’s: Trucks and vans are highly preferable for driving through a forest. Open space jeeps can be preferable too if you want to explore greenwood.
Deserts: The vehicles which are suitable for travelling in deserts are tractors, pickup trucks, jeeps and land rovers.
If you are planning to take a road trip, then why not select a perfect road trip vehicle that will make the travelling experience more fun and exciting!
** Check your Vehicle **
After choosing the right car for you, make sure to check your vehicle before heading out on the road. Have your mechanic check your car’s fluid levels, brakes, tires and anything else that could cause problems. Be sure your spare tire is fully inflated and that you have jumper cables and extra wiper fluid on hand.
** Drive by sunrise, Rest by sunset **
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We always prefer leaving early for the road trips, as there’s something really special about watching the world wake up while you’re out on the road. This is practical advice, too. By getting on the road earlier (and settling down earlier) you beat the traffic & congestion. If you want to cover some spots on the way, it’s a great idea to hit those spots before they get crowded.
** Keep your documents always ready **
If you are traveling without current documentation of license, registration or insurance, you could be in for a world of hurt if you are pulled over for any reason.
** Understand the Rules of the road **
Make sure you make yourselves aware with the rules of the road for the country you’re visiting. If you’re traveling to a country in Asia, be sure to check for driving advice for tourists on that country’s government or official tourism site.
If you are driving in US, Europe or in USA, please go through the driving rules on their official tourism site.
** Use Google Maps **
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A great place to start your road trip. By plugging travel locations into Google Maps, you can get a good sense of how your itinerary should flow and you can also see some of the off beaten spots which probably you wouldn’t know before hitting the road. You can put multiple locations between point A and point B to understand the distance and whether the spot you want to visit is on route or off route.
** Set destinations, not rigid ones **
Plan your route for non-negotiable sights, And, then dedicate the rest of the day to explore. Expectation doesn’t always align with the reality and if you plan too much, you open yourself up to being let down.
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But if you kill the expectation and approach your trip with an open mind (and an open schedule), you’ll be met with surprise and delight at every turn.
** Keep Yourself Entertained **
For us, during the long road trips, music is MUST. Open roads, loud music, perfect companions what else do you need for a perfect journey.
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We fill up our phones with the songs that are perfect for the road trips or choose the vehicle which has a radio system.
Keep some board games handy if you are planning drive with friends or family.
Carry some light snacks to munch or chocolates and cupcakes to satisfy your taste buds on the road.
** Carry Essential Equipment’s **
We always prefer to carry some basic but essential equipment’s during our road trips and we recommend you to carry them as well.
First Aid Kit: In addition to the standard one in your car, pick specific medicines that you or your companions may require
Flashlight: Though we all have flashlights in our mobile phones, we suggest to carry high power flashlight fitted with a new set of batteries.
Road Helpline Numbers/Service Centre Numbers: These handy booklets are available online and at all car service centers. Don’t forget to grab your copy.
Puncture Repair Kit: Keep this kit always with the spare tire in your car.
Pen and paper: May be note some of details of your trip.
** Stay Safe **
Go down those small roads, get out of your comfort zone and explore – but be sensible. Listen to advice, always let someone know where you are and where you’re going – and don’t be a hero.
A road trip is that perfect opportunity to forget all your worries and make memories along the way. Here’s wishing that..
There’s something about Indian festivals that make for both beautiful photographs and experiences alike. So hopping down to India during the festive season is a great idea for travel and photography enthusiasts. You could create postcards or even your own personalized collages with any online photo collage maker for a more charming effect. What could be a better souvenir than a collection of festive memories to take back with you?
With that in mind, we’ve shortlisted five picture-perfect festivals you can check out if you’re planning a visit India.
** 1. DIWALI: Lighting up the streets and the skies **
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Diwali usually takes place sometime at the end of October or the beginning of November. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and in turn, light over darkness. Streets and homes are lit up with festive lamps, lanterns, and decorative lights, while thresholds will play host to intricate designs and patterns made from powdered color and chalk. In the southern states, you can spot “Narkasurs” or devilish figurines destined to meet their fiery fate on the day of celebration!
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You can check out Mumbai, Varanasi, Jaisalmer for an authentic Diwali experience. However, watch out for traffic and keep a safe distance from fireworks and crackers to avoid injury.
** 2. HOLI : Bringing a splash of color **
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The festival of colors is celebrated in honor of the God Vishnu and usually takes place in March. The celebrations involve crowds gathering to throw bright shades of colored powder or sometimes even liquids at each other. While most places in India observe Holi with vigor and enthusiasm, the north Indian celebrations in Vrindavan are particularly spectacular.
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For avid photographers who will be hunting photos during the festival, it is advisable to maintain a safe distance and ensure sufficient protection for your cameras to avoid any damage caused by color.
** 3. DURGA PUJA: Where religion meets art **
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Durga Puja is all about celebrating the feminine power of the goddess, Durga. The celebrations take place somewhere around the months of September and October.
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This is an especially popular festival in Bengal, where carefully set up stages (pandals) displaying her idols will be dotted across cities. These feature intricate artwork and live music as well. In Gujarat, on the other hand, celebrations take a different shape featuring more traditional forms of dance by the locals.
** 4. SHIGMOTSAV: Festive marches and mythology **
Unlike the above festivals, Shigmotsav is a festival exclusively celebrated in the beautiful little state of Goa. Closely following another popular celebration, “the Goan carnival”, this festival occurs in March. It features people paying tribute to various deities and personas from Hindu mythology as they dance to folk music, alongside displays of artistic floats on the streets of Goa.
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Head over to the lanes of Panaji or Ponda as early as you can to get yourself a good spot for capturing these colorful displays of tradition.
** 5. GANESHA CHATURTHI – Celebrations with the God of good luck **
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Ganesha Chaturthi is guaranteed to intrigue anyone who hasn’t witnessed this style of celebration before. Each community has varying days of worship dedicated to the Hindu God Ganesha. During this time the idol will be decorated with a charming array of fruit, leaves and regular Pujas will be performed. After this period, however, processions are held where people carry out their idols to be immersed in the local bodies of water.
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Some of the best places to witness these celebrations include Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai.
Some of these festivals might get a bit out of hand, but as long as you gauge the crowd you’re with and are relatively alert, there should be nothing stopping you from having a good time!
Have a look through Photojaanic.com to see how you can compile memories from your travels into photo books and other prints!
Taking the plunge and finally going traveling for the first time is an exciting time for anyone. There is so much possibility, and the promise of new horizons is something that can change lives and inspire people. If you want to make the most of your travel adventure you are going to need to understand what is involved in the process of taking a trip and making the most out of it.
Going traveling is the best way of enhancing your knowledge of different cultures and seeing the world from a different perspective. You have to ensure that you are focused on doing what you can to get the best out of your trip. These are some of the essentials you need to keep in mind before you head out on your first travel adventure.
Consider what interests you when it comes to travel, and the sorts of experiences you’d like to have. This could be a beach holiday, a safari adventure, a backpacking journey, or a city break. Choose wisely to get the best outcome and have an unforgettable travel experience.
2. Try to Be Safe
You must make sure you are as safe and sensible as possible when you go travelling. If this is something you’ve not done before there might be a bit of naivete involved, and you need to make sure you prepare. This means avoiding solo travel if you’re inexperienced, always keeping in touch daily with someone, and only booking through reputable sources.
The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of cultural differences you’re going to encounter when you head abroad, and you’ve got to try to be Au fait with these. Understanding these differences gives you better knowledge of the way people are, and why certain customs are the way they are.
Some people love going to the airport and view it as the start of the trip, while others just want to get on the plane as quickly as possible. Now, if you are tackling an airport for the first time, you need to make sure you do what you can to ease the stress and chaos that can sometimes come with it.
Heading abroad on your first travel adventure is something you need to make sure you remember for all the right reasons. This means you have to take steps that are going to help you make the most of your adventure, and have the best experience imaginable.
Use the ideas on here to help you, and if there are any other queries or questions you have about first-time travel experiences don’t hesitate to put them in the comments section.
Undoubtedly, a trip to India is a life-changing journey full of various experiences and a myriad of attractions. The exhilarating sojourn to the land of diversity beguiles with its cultures, food, hospitality, places, festivals, people and what not! From traveling on the luxury trains in India to sneak peek into the glorious past of the country through its various heritages, everything will urge you to come here time and again.
Read on to know some other reasons that will make you fall in love with India on your visit to this wonderland.
India – where guests are considered as God
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India is famed worldwide for its amazing hospitality. Plan your holidays in India to understand how a country and its people treat the guests as God. The ‘Tilak ceremony’, which includes putting vermilion on your forehead will leave you overwhelmed. Warm welcome received in the country will touch your heart and you will be truly moved by the gesture. Lovely smiles of the amicable people will instill a new life in you.
Explore architectural wonders that adorn India
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Spectacular monuments of India not only showcase the remarkable craftsmanship of the bygone era but also tell numerous tales of the valor and chivalry of the country. Monuments like the Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the Group of Monuments at Hampi – a UNESCO World Heritage Site are the beautiful gems, the country boasts of. Embark on the Golden Triangle tour of India to marvel at some of the masterpieces.
Savor the best of the culinary delights in India
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If you are a foodie, then India is a heaven for you. The taste of the street food to the multi-national cuisines served at the best restaurants will linger in your mouth for long. Aroma of spices and various dishes tempts you to taste almost everything. There will be no end to your cravings as you go on savoring the biryani of Hyderabad, litti chokha of Bihar, lassi of Punjab and so on.
Soak-in the spirituality that prevails in every nook and cranny
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Wake up to the sound of the bells that start ringing in the temples of India early in the morning. The fragrance of the incense sticks, flowers and other holy products purify your soul. Gaze at the wonderful Ganga Aarti at Varanasi or Haridwar or partake in the Yoga sessions at Rishikesh. Go for nature walks or spend some time meditating, anything you do will help you discover a new you. The spiritual journeys of India offer you all these and help you to complete the quest for self-discovery.
India is the only country where train journeys are as intriguing as the destinations
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Luxury Trains in India have redefined the way of traveling. The country boasts of five luxury trains including Maharajas’ Express and Palace on Wheels that take people from one destination to another, surrounded by all the luxuries and comforts. Then there is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage site which traverses through zig-zag trails and exciting loops. Delight-in the toy train ride which will help you marvel at the scenic landscapes like never before.
The enthusiasm of celebrating festivals in India is beyond description
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Don’t be surprised to see a matchless surge of fervor and enthusiasm in the Indians during any of the festivals in India. The country stands united while cherishing all the fiestas of any religion. This is the only land where Muslims love to celebrate Diwali and Hindus rejoice Eid. Holi celebrations in Mathura, Durga Pooja in Bengal and Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai lure a number of tourists from all over the world.
From Islands to the Himalayas to plains, there are plethora of places to visit in India
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Even upon traveling the length and breadth of the country, one never falls short of places to visit in India. The nation is a home to mighty mountains to be scaled, flat plains to be explored and scenic islands to completely lose yourself at. A trip to Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Majuli and Andaman and Nicobar Islands etc., present the best sights and sounds of the country. Delhi and Mumbai spellbind you with the juxtaposition of the old and new.
India offers a memorable stay at its heritage and luxury hotels
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Have you ever wished to live the life of the royals of the historic times? If yes, then the time is right to actualize your dream. Umpteen heritage hotels in India provide you opportunities to feel like the royalty by spending a few days here. Many forts and palaces which have now turned into heritage properties, offer excellent accommodation opportunities. The iconic and five-star hotels in the country leave you spoilt for your choice. A rejuvenating experience at the Spa of these hotels will pamper you to the core.
Even Nature resides at its best in India
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India is bestowed with bountiful of nature. Scenic lakes in Leh, exciting beaches in Goa and soothing backwaters in Kerala render the visitors in a state of awe. Treat your eyes to the lush greenery of Munnar, Assam and Darjeeling. Gushing waterfalls and feverous rivers enhance the beauty of the country. The living root bridges in Mawlynnong are known to wow the spectators. The colossal lap of Mother Nature can easily accommodate its lovers. The natural wonders are enough to compel you to plan a honeymoon in India.
Numerous activities in India keep you engaged for as long as you want
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Fun and frolic never seem to end in India. Be it the wildlife safari at the popular wildlife sanctuaries in India or skiing in Auli, every activity has its own charm. Satiate your adrenaline rush or go on conquering mighty peaks with your trekking passion, India will keep on challenging you with something new. Enjoy mountain biking at highest passes of the world or face the challenging rapids of the gushing rivers. The choice is yours!
The list of reasons that will bring you to India within no time can go on and on. Pick your favorite one and plan a trip to India soon.
This is a guest post by Akanksha Negi . She frequently writes at India Travel Blog by Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. She shares her passion of travel and love for various Indian destinations. If you are planning your vacations in India, browse through her write-ups.
Everyone is wandering through the exotic beaches of Thailand, Maldives & Seychelles. We thought to give you some places which are off beaten beach destinations yet serene & wonderful.
We all love beaches! Sun Tan & Sand in toes with a perfect sunrise & sunset views makes a beach holiday so more memorable. How wonderful it would feel to sit on the shores of a serene beach & relax in the luminous sunlight. Shimmering waves touching your feet and cool breeze in your hairs along with a glass of refreshing drink and end your day with a wonderful evening beach walk with your loved ones.
Sunset by the beach – Maldives
If you are dreaming of a tropical getaway, then escape to some of the most enthralling beach destinations in the world without feeling broke on your pocket.
Here are the top picks from our fellow bloggers to get you some of the wonderful yet budgeted beach destinations.
** Sao Vicente, Madeira **
Whenever I end up on a beautiful beach in the world, it tends to be expensive and overpriced and filled with touristy and kitschy things to do. Sao Vicente, Madeira defies all those perceptions and then some. I went to Madeira, an island in the Atlantic owned by Portugal, on a bit of a whim. I was flying from the Azores and found a cheap ticket to Madeira ($35 each way) from the Azores and back to Lisbon. I knew that Madeira was pretty and affordable for travelers, so I decided to give it a go. It was one of the best travel decisions I have ever had.
Arriving in Sao Vicente was a bit of a task, but once there, food and accommodation were extremely affordable and accessible. There were restaurants that didn’t have a super steep cost and many hotels that were luxurious for their low rates. But the best thing about Sao Vicente was that there were so many spectacular views, hikes, and things to do that it was the ultimate budget destination as many of these things were free! Sao Vicente was formed from a volcanic eruption and the history of the place can be viewed and acknowledged at the volcano center in the city. Ticket prices are low, and everyone can learn more about the volcanic caves if this picturesque area.
Visiting the Greek islands can be expensive, particularly islands like Santorini and Mykonos, but one Greek island that offers great value for money is Naxos.
Despite being just an hour from Mykonos and Athens, the island attracts comparatively few overseas visitors. This is surprising as Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades archipelago, has some of the most historical attractions of any island, and is home to some incredibly beautiful and rugged natural beaches.
Cocktail by the Naxos beach
The best beaches can be found a little down the coast from Naxos bown. Plaka is worth staying near or driving to if you have a car. There’s also a beach in Naxos town, which you can walk to from the town center.
Accommodation prices in Naxos start from around €20 per night for a twin room, which is a fraction of what you would expect to pay on many of the other islands. I stayed at Ktima Bianco, a small boutique guesthouse, and paid just under €20 per night for a room and breakfast. This was outside of the main season admittedly, but otherwise very good value for money.
Naxos Church & the beach
Eating out isn’t quite as affordable: a main meal will cost somewhere between €6 and €11 on average. If you want to keep costs down, consider booking into self-catering accommodation, or stick to the souvlaki places. Here, a Greek kebab costs around €2.50 and will keep you filled up for a few hours.
Nha Trang is a short 40 min flight from Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam is a very budget friendly location in general and Nha Trang is no different. On our first visit to Vietnam Nha Trang didn’t get a very good wrap, I am glad to report that on our second visit in 2015 all that had changed. There are hotels that will suit every budget, although budget hotels are generally a couple of blocks back from the beachfront.
Nha Trang beach
You can expect to pay $20-$30 AUD for a 3-star hotel in Nha Trang which is very affordable and only a couple of blocks back from the beachfront. Street food in Vietnam is lovely, fresh and cheap and if you choose somewhere that is busy, you are very unlikely to get sick from the food. The beautiful white beach is clean and as there is only one beachfront hotel in Nha Trang there is plenty of space to park your towel and enjoy the beach.
Nha Trang can definitely appeal to all travelers, you can easily visit here on a very small budget, but you can also visit Nha Trang in style in some top luxury hotels. There really is something for everyone.
Costa Rei, in the south-eastern coast of Sardinia, is an incredible beach destination. An incredible long, wide, golden sand beach among the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, Costa Rei proves to be an excellent budget beach destination that can be visited for as little as €30 per person, per day. Costa Rei can be reached by public transportation: there’s regular buses leaving from Cagliari main bus station.
The area has several good campsites where it is possible to pitch tents, and they are all within walking distance from the beach. One of them, Tiliguerta, also allows pets so it is a good option for people traveling with their dogs. Beaches are public in Sardinia, so it costs literally nothing to go to the beach in Costa Rei. The best places to go shopping are the local farms that sell great fresh fruits and vegetables. Otherwise, there’s a few grocery stores. The best budget restaurant is Chaplin, right by the beach (an average of €25 for a full meal from appetizers to desserts and drinks).
Perhentian Kecil island in Malaysia was quite a pleasant surprise for us, budget travelers. Usually imagining a small tropical island with nice sandy beaches and crystal-clear water you think it’s an expensive place but not always. Beach holiday on Perhentian Kecil worked out very cheap for us, even including diving. There are two Perhentian islands; Kecil and Besar. The first one is a great destination for budget travelers, the second is more of a fancy place with expensive resorts and restaurants for that is why we chose Kecil.
You can stay on the island for US$15-20 per person per day. The most budget accommodation option on the island is camping, we paid US$5 for camping at Maya cabins. If you don’t have a tent you can rent one for the same price. To rent a basic cabin costs US$20 (double room). Our campsite was at Coral Bay beach, just 30m from the sea and right next to a dive shop which was very convenient when we had a morning dive. Diving was good and quite cheap – US$20 per dive including gear rental.
Dinie’s cafe – a local budget food place is located at the same beach, we could get cheap lunch and dinner there; rotis or fried vegetable rice for US$1,5, curry for US$2 etc. Something we loved is that there is no road on the island, you can rent a kayak for US$5 and paddle around stopping at different beaches or go for a hike around the island. Perhentian Kecil is a great place for a budget holiday on a tropical island.