Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Regarded as one of the most captivating holiday destinations of South India, Mysore depicts a legacy and mythical history which dates back to thousands of years ago. It is nestled at a distance of about 145 km from the capital city of Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. Mysore stands symbolic of panoramic palaces, enchanting gardens, extremely attractive craftsmanship and a glorious festivity mood which mesmerizes every traveler coming to this striking place. Flanked by millions of tourists both from within the country as well as overseas, Mysore can be righteously defined as depicting the true colors of India in every sphere of art, beauty, culture and historical significance. Also summoned as the “City of Palaces,” “The Ivory City,” “The Yoga City” and “The City of Gardens,” Mysore makes for an excellent holiday retreat for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience to be cherished for a lifetime.

Places to visit

Known for its palatial structures, Mysore’s prime tourist attraction is the Mysore Palace which showcases glitz and glamour par excellence. Its intricate carvings and life-size marble figurines are a treat to the eyes. The Jayalakshmivilas mansion, which is now a museum, and the Lalit Mahal Palace, which has been transformed into a five star hotel, reminds you of the opulence and grandeur of yesteryears. Among religious sites, the most renowned and deeply worshipped is the Chamundeshwari temple located at the top of the Chamundi Hills. Even the St. Philomenas Church, which happens to be one of the largest in the country, is worth a visit. Its stained glass windows and lofty towers amaze the onlookers, leaving them dumb-struck. For a perfect, serene and tranquil experience, one can visit the Datta Peetham which is an ashram surrounded by natural beauty and a peaceful atmosphere, just the right place to purify and cleanse your soul. Mysore is highly popular for its fleet of gardens and playgrounds which account for around 180 in number. For an exciting day spend with full family, one can opt to go to the Mysore zoo which happens to be one of the oldest in the world. Its major attractions include a wide variety of flora and fauna and even encompasses the famous Karanji lake which is flocked my millions of migratory birds during the winters. The Happy Man Park located close to the railway station is also a striking hangout destination especially for children which host a mini zoo, a small stream and a wooden bridge as well.

How to reach

Mysore has a domestic air base with regular flights only to the city of Bangalore, while international travelers have to board their flights from Bangalore airport near Devanahalli. Mysore even has regular trains plying to and from Bangalore. Ardent travelers have to find connecting transport systems beyond the city of Bangalore either via a connecting flight or inter-linking train. There are even two local bus stands in Mysore, with well regulated roads, which connect it to the city of Bangalore and beyond.

Shopping attractions

Mysore is particularly world-famous for its beautiful and eye-catching silk-woven sarees, large variety of perfumed incense sticks and majestically engraved sandalwood carvings. Buy these specialties as souvenirs if you ever happen to visit this beautiful Indian city.
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Friday, 14 June 2013

Ernakulam, the commercial capital to the Indian state of Kerala, refers to the eastern region of the twin cities Ernakulam-Kochi, which has now developed into an urban agglomeration, making it the third most popular city of the state. The city is believed to have gotten its name from a very famous temple named the Ernakulathappan temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Such is the essence and glory of the place that it is thronged by the maximum number of both Indian as well as international tourists stepping into the state of Kerala. 

Places to visit 

To kick start your excursion trip in Ernakulam on a happy and pious note, the best is to begin with a humble visit to some of its eminent religious destinations like the very popular Ernakulam Shiva temple and the Cheppanam Shiva temple. Ernakulam has some of the most extravagantly built European churches like St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica Church which are well known for its interesting paintings. The Jewish Synagogue which is adorned and decorated with exquisitely hand-painted Chinese tiles is also a major tourist attraction here. There are many museums which depict and showcase ancient sculptures, manuscripts, coins and other artifacts from the royal Cochin family and which can be witnessed at the Hill Palace Museum, Museum of Kerala History and M.N.F Gallery of paintings and sculptures. Apart from these historical and religious sites, Ernakulam is primarily known for its stunning backwaters and widespread beaches which are just the right paces to relax and rejuvenate on a leisure holiday trip. The famous Fort Kochi is one such hamlet of the city which possesses striking beaches with golden sands on it, thereby attracting the maximum footage of domestic and international tourists coming to Kerala. The city is also fringed by a fleet of tiny natural islands among which the Willington Island and the Bolgatty Island add to its uniqueness and charm. One can even enjoy a ferry ride to nearby islands and scenic places like Fort Kochi, Varapuzha, Matancherry, Vypeen and others.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Ernakulam is the Cochin International Airport which is located at a distance of 30 km from the city. It links the place to almost all major cities of India and overseas. The city of Ernakulam is located on NH 47 which links it to various Indian cities with well connected roads and regular buses plying in and around the state of Kerala. Ernakulam also has two rail heads which connect it to all major towns of the state and other corners of the country as well.

Shopping at Ernakulam

If you happen to visit Ernakulam anytime, do not miss out to have your hands on its gorgeous and exclusive silk sarees which are well-known worldwide. You can even shop for gold and silver jewelry with intricate designs on them and ornate temple jewelry which are quite unique here.
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