Wednesday, June 30, 2010

London's Tower Bridge

Burj Al Arab Hotel

The name of this seven-star hotel, called the Burj Al Arab Hotel, is located in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. This magnificent, high-rise hotel overlooks the Dubai coastline – standing at a height of about 321 meters.

The hotel is designed to be shaped like a sail with the wind blowing on it and provides you with a stunning view of Dubai’s coastline (pretty cool, huh?) For the basic indoor amenities of this highly ranked hotel, it has 202 suites and a restaurant that offers its patrons some of the finest tasting foods to be found anywhere. It also offers private dining options for those who want to host private meals, a luxurious ballroom that can hold events like weddings and galas and a state-of-the art gala and more!
Beach At Burj Al Arab
For the amenities of this hotel’s suites, they include air conditioning, private bathrooms, private telephones, TV’s, room service and an in-room safe to keep your precious valuables from being lost or stolen.
Restaurant and Bar in Burj Al Arab
If you think this is all that the hotel will offer you; you are far from right because the seven-star hotel also has a elegant cocktail bar, gym, spas, a squash court, baby sitting services, facilities to hold meeting and a luxurious swimming pool to cool off from theArabian sun.
Sunset view from Burj Al Arab 

You must be thinking how much does it cost to stay in a seven-star hotel such as this? The answer will shock you because the rate for a basic room, at the Burj Al Arab Hotel is $2,106 per night!
Inside of Burj Al Arab

Yes, you head right: $2,106 per night to stay in a room with single, double or twin beds. For a triple bedroom, the rate is $2,467 per night. In addition, the rates for the suites are much higher – starting out from $2,446 to $2,802 per night for a single, double, twin or a triple bed suite.
Billiard Room in Burj Al Arab

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What can we possibly say about Disney that hasn't been said before? There's a reason why when most people think of "theme park" they think of Disney. Nobody does it better. All four locations (Anaheim, Calif., Orlando, Fla., Tokyo and Paris) are staggeringly huge and have everything from rides, games, restaurants, animals and water parks to learning centers and spas, all with the backdrop of the ubiquitous mouse and kids clamoring for Disney-related merchandise. 

Walt Disney World in Orlando consists of four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios. Disneyland in Anaheim recently added a California Adventure Park that taps into the Golden State's obsession with outdoor thrills, such as hang gliding and white-water rafting (what next? Wheat-grass shots in mouse-shaped cups?). Despite a bumpy beginning, when mouseaphobic protesters nearly shut down the rail system, Euro Disney eventually became a moneymaker. It's now renamed Disneyland Paris, and in early March a new park, Walt Disney Studios, opened right next door. (Vive le Mickey, n'est-ce pas?) 


Disney is even bigger in Japan. Today Tokyo Disneyland is the most visited amusement park in the world, with over 17 million visitors in 2001 (according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions). The company also has plans to build a park in Hong Kong, which just goes to show that mouse ears have become an international currency. 

Prices for one-day admission are $45 for adults and $35 for ages 3-9 at Disneyland. Walt Disney World is $48 for adults and $38 for ages 3-9. Disneyland Resort Paris is 27 euros ($23) for adults and 23 euros ($20) for children. Tokyo Disneyland is 5,500 yen ($41) for ages 18 and up, 4,800 yen ($36) for ages 12-17 and 3,700 yen ($28) for ages 4-11. 

Anaheim, Calif. 
Phone: (714) 781-4565 
Disney World 
Orlando, Fla. 
Phone: (407) WDW-MAGIC 
Disneyland Resort Paris 
Marne la Vallee, France 
Phone: (33) 1 60 30 60 81 
Tokyo Disneyland 
Wangan Expressway, Japan 
Phone: 045 683 3777

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Beautiful Berach of Siargao Island is the Premier Surfing Destination in the Philippines

Philippines has many surfing sites but Siargao island offers that best surfing sites of all. Siargao island is the premier surfing destination paradise in the Philippines. The magnificent waves of Siargao island has attracted many surfers around the world as well as tourists who wants to have a surfing adventure and to ride the great waves in the Philippines. Siargao island is blessed by mighty waves which comes from the Pacific Ocean.

The beautiful teardrop shaped island of Siargao is located in the eastern side of the province of Surigao del Norte. This province is situated in the northeastern tip of Mindanao. This province has preserved its natural marvel and attraction and one of them is the Siargao island which is unspoiled and the beauty is unharmed. The beautiful tropical island of Siargao is also a home of one of the best beaches in Asia. Siargao island is also the home of one of the most magnificent waves in the world. The waves of Siargao island has brought the wave surfing sport in this island which attracted many tourist by storm.

Siargao island is also known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. One of the place in Siargao island that has attracted many experienced and professional surfers is Cloud 9. Cloud 9 is known around the world as one of the best surfing destinations in Siargao. Cloud Nine is best known surfing break with a world reputation of being in the top Surfing Waves in the world. The waves is thick, perfect, hollow tubes that international surfers call it a special wave. Best surfers around the world as well as tourist gather in Siargao in its annual Sargao Cup held in Cloud 9 and experience the perfection of this great wave.

Siargao island is also at its best when it comes to natural beauty and attraction. This tropical island paradise offers the best of the Philippines such as world class white sand beaches, best dive sites, pristine crystal clear blue waters, coral reefs islets, palm trees, mangrooves, rainforests, caves, waterfalls, and emerald lagoons. This is the place for tourists and vacationers who are dreaming to spend their holidays with total relaxation, fun and adventure. There are lots of fun and adventure when you stay in Siargao. Tourists and visitors can go diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, wave surfing, swimming, caving, kayaking, jungle trekking, mountain biking and many more. There are lots of tourist attraction to see when you roam around Siargao island.

Siargao island is very rich in underwater life. That is why there are many tourist and visitors who wants to explore the waters of Siargao island through diving and snorkeling. There are many coral reefs in Siargao island which is the home of many rare tropical fish, sea snakes, corals and etc. Divers can also explore the huge underwater cave which has four to five separate entrances which can be found under the first rock islands in front of Tuason, and also the Blue Cathedral just off Caridad, north of Pilar. The waters of Siargao island also have excellent visibility for photography.

Accommodation in Siargao island is not a problem. There are lots of place to stay in this tropical island paradise. Because tourism has boom in this island, there are lots of economy and first class resorts and hotels that are built with modern facilities and amenities. Most of the hotels and resorts are located in General Luna. Some of the best resorts and hotel are Pansukian Tropical Resort, Bayud Beach Resort and Cherinicole Beach Resort.


Traveler known Bali in Indonesia like Hawaii in US Pacific, natural, beautiful panorama, beach for surfing and some others natural environment.


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There is a beautiful island in the north east Indonesian Papua called as Biak Numfor. There is a very potential area for tourism in the eastern area of Indonesia archipelagoes. Nowadays, a local government has effort to promoting the island as a tourist destination. The development for tourist destination has been start since the era of 1980s to 1990s.

Biak location at Lat 1° 0' 0S Long 136° 0' 0E. Cendrawasih bay, near northern coast of Papua province of Indonesia. Many parts of the island are off limits to visitors. The infrastructure of the island are fine, there is a suitable airport – Frans Kaisiepo Airport - that now has been developing for a large size of aircraft due to the planning to open a space satellite launcher facility (cooperation Indonesia and Russia). There is also a large Indonesian naval base. Biak is the largest island in its small archipelago, and has many atolls, reefs, and corals.

Other interest.

The water area of Biak is one of the choice destinations for visiting. There is a pristine white sandy beach and crystal water, a beautiful varied fish and corals. The tourist will diving and snorkeling to enjoy the underwater view.


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In the eastern part of Biak there is the Padaido archipelago which comprise of approx. 30 islands both big and small. A recommended place within the archipelago is the small island of Ureb and Mansurbabo, both having a white sandy beaches and clear water, there is also a fantastic place called as Sarirea rocks. Sarirea rock also suitable for diving and snorkeling.

If you have a hobby of skydiving, there is a best place to do. The place is Bosnik island, located in the eastern coast of Biak. The other interest place is Korem, which the tourist can watch young men dive for pearls.

To reach the island at the archipelagoes it can use a small outrigger motorized boat that is an exciting sea-journey through beautiful island with shallow clear water.

Famous during Wartime
During the Second World War (Pacific theatre), the island is very famous, that is an important place for the US troop under General Douglas MacArthur for his strategy to beat a Japanese troop in pacific area, especially in Philippine (the strategy well known as a frog jump). Biak used by General MacArthur troop as a staging base.

Fierce fighting occurred on this island. After the turn of events in the rest of New Guinea, the Japanese began fortifying the island unbeknownst to the Americans. On May 27, 1944, the US Army 41st Infantry Division landed on Biak and fierce fighting followed as most of the Japanese were entrenched in natural limestone caves and fortifications. These entrenched troops fought an excellent defense, delaying the reopening of Mokmer Drome.

A tank versus tank battle occurred on Biak, when Japanese Type 95 Ha Go tanks attempted to attack the beachhead. They were destroyed by US Army M4 Sherman tanks. Casualties on Biak were 435 Americans KIA and 2,360 WIA. The Japanese lost an estimated 6,125 KIA, with 460 POWs, and 360 Formosan POWs. After finally securing the island, American developed southern Biak into a large airbase and staging area.

Site of the American amphibious landing, there are some bits of landing craft and docks still visible. Today, the beach is popular for swimming and diving.

Japanese Cave (Goa Jepang)
There are so many interest place for visiting by a tourist, beside the beach area and the ocean for diving with a beautiful under water view. The other interested place is Goa Jepang (Japanese Cave) is the local name for a cave which used to be used as a defense fortress by Japanese soldiers. The Japanese discovered the three-kilometer-long cave in 1943. Its gate is located in Paray beach in Paray village, Biak city. Japanese soldiers entered the cave from Paray beach.

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The soldiers occupied three large rooms built inside the cave. The Japanese soldiers managed to shoot down a U.S. plane from their hiding place. However, eventually the US army came to know where the Japanese soldiers were hiding. So in the early morning of July 7, 1944, the US Army attacked the cave. The cave was bombarded. The Americans also dropped drums of gasoline into the hideout and blasted them from the air, setting the cave into fire. The cave burned for several months. Some 3,000 Japanese soldiers were trapped and killed in the attack.

Flore and fauna.

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Biak has a large area of tropical rain forest with a numerous type of flora. The forest also has a variety trees and other commercially important species plus the lush vegetation of mangrove swamps. The forest orchid is very specific species and has a unique color, The carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes insignis grows on Biak.

The fauna is very similar to Australian fauna such as the group of fowl like pigeon, cockatoo, "Nuri" bird and the reptile group such as snake, turtle and medium sized lizard. One endemic species to Biak island is the Blue-eyed Spotted Cuscus.

Horsley Hills Tourism

Consistently a firm favorite with many tourists, Horsley Hills is a scintillating hill resort in Andhra Pradesh. Named after W.D. Horsley, once the Collector of Cuddapah district, the hill station serves as his summer retreat. A popular escape from the sweltering heat of the plains, this hill resort is of immense beauty, which will inspire your imagination.


Located at an altitude of 1,265 meters above sea level, the hill resort of Horsley Hills lies on the southwest border of Andhra Pradesh.

Sight Seeing
Horsley Hills - Hill Resorts in India

Once been there, you cannot resist the temptation of visiting the Horsley Hills again. The fragrance of the Sampangi flower, the breathtaking vistas of the hills the towering Eucalyptus all these beckon the tourist to visit the hill resort.

The flora of the Horsley Hills includes a wide variety of flowers ranging from Reeta, Sandalwood, Shikakai, Beedi leaves, Amla, Bay leaves, Blue gum, Red sanders, Mahogany to Bamboo. There is every possibility of spotting animals like bears, wild dogs, jungle fowl, sambars and panthers. A 150-year-old Eucalyptus tree Kalyani is a major tourist highlight of the Horsley Hills. Among other trees found in the hill resosrt are Jacaranda, Allamanda and Gulmohar.

Pay a visit to the famous Rishi Valley School run by the Jiddu Krishnamurthy Foundation. The school is in close proximity to the Horsley Hills.

Another major tourist attraction is the Mallamma temple well worth a visit.

The Horsley Hills is largely inhabited by the Chenchu tribes who keep the renowned Pungannur cows, known for their high milk yielding capacity.


Within a short journey from the Horsley Hills there are some superb places well worth a visit. Prominent among the is the Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary where you can track the cheetal, four horned antelope, sambhar, mouse deer, hare, porcupine, wild boar, pea fowls, panther, jungle fowl, jungle cat, jackal, sloth bear, and elephants. The flora of the sanctuary comprises Albizia Amara, Ficus Tomentosa, Ficus Religiosa, Ficus Bengalensis and Bamboo, Santalum Album etc. 87 km away from the hillock of Horsley Hills. Located at a distance of 87 km away from the hillock of Horsley Hills, the Kaundinya Wild life Sanctuary a well worth visiting.

Best Time to Visit

The Horsley Hills experiences cool all round the year. The temperature of the hill resort witnesses no major fluctuations. So the best time to visit the resort is throughout the year.
Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Horsley Hills - Hill Resorts in India

Getting there

By Air: The airports at Tirupati and Bangalore cater to the air transport to the Horsley Hills. They art160 km and 165 km respectively from the hill resort.

By Rail: The nearest railhead to the Horsley Hills is at Madanapalle Road. It is located at a distance of 43-km.from the Horsley Hills.

By Road: Horsley Hills is well connected with Madanapalle and Tirupati by bus services. buses run by the state transport of Andhra Pradesh ply to the hill resort of Horsley Hills.


Accommodation facilities are available in abundance in the hill resort of the Horsley Hills. The A.P. Tourism's Governors' Bungalow, Forest Bungalow, P.W.D. Inspection Bungalow or the Chittoor Cooperative Society guesthouse are some of the places where you can stay.

Aruku Valley Hill Station

Location: Visakhapatnam district
Altitude: 1,300 meters
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Aruku Valley Andhra PradeshAraku Valley is a soothing hill station in the expanse of Andhra Pradesh. Enveloped in pastoral beauty, this beautiful valley has an elevation of 1,300 meters. Imagine a deep valley, where lush greenery is accompanied by shimmering waters of gorges and then you see an isolated hut and wish, if you could go there. Aruku Valley is essentially such a place, where the scenery exactly goes with your mind's eye.

On your drive towards this peaceful hill station, you will be greeted by many tunnels, bridges, orchards and waterfalls. Aruku Valley is actually a faction of five unfathomable valleys. It is certainly a great place to relax and unwind yourself. Over and above, you can go for trekking in the serene hills. Ranging from salubrious weather to beautiful landscape, Araku Valley has each and every asset to acclaim it as a Shangri-La.

The immense and incomparable beauty of the valley comes alive in its waterfalls, gardens and forests. It is also known for its tribal settlements and you can check out the Aruku Tribal Museum, to have a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the tribal people. Some attractions not to be missed on your trip to Aruku Valley are Damuku View Point, Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, Tida Tunnel, Government Silk Farm and Mulberry Gardens.

The valley boasts of unmatched natural beauty and magnificent splendor. From various viewpoints, you can behold the heavenly vista of the profound valley. The wonderful landscape seems to be straight out of a fairytale. The surroundings are picturesque and the atmosphere serene. A visit to the valley is the perfect way to escape from the mundane tensions of the everyday life. Just a look of Aruku Valley is enough to remain etched in your memory forever and ever.

Beautiful Sentosa Island Hotels and Beach Resorts in Singapore - Top Travel Accommodation and Destination

Travel to Singapore and explore the popular island resort, The Sentosa Island Singapore. This magnificent island resort is the popular tourist destination in Singapore and Asia. The beautiful island resort is Singapore’s premier island resort getaway. It offers a variety of tourist attractions and adventure with lots of fun and enjoyment. Many foreign and local tourist come to Sentosa Island to spend their holiday vacation.

Sentosa Island is an excellent place for business and leisure travelers. the island is a a unique blend of leisure and recreational facilities including family attractions, sea sports, golf as well as hotel accommodation and retreats. A canopy of secondary rainforest covers 70 per cent of the 500-hectare island and is home to monitor lizards, monkeys, peacocks, parrots as well as other native fauna and flora. One of the attraction at Sentosa Island in Singapore is the 3.2 kilometer stretch white sand beach where it offers beachfront accommodation to travelers. The beaches in Sentosa Island are the Palawan Beach - Singapore’s Happiest Family Beach, Siloso Beach - Home of the Beach Volleyball enthusiasts and the Tanjong Beach.

There are lots of things to do and lots of places to discover and explore in Sentosa Island in Singapore. Here are the places and attractions where business and leisure tourist travelers can explore when they are in Sentosa Island in Singapore namely Imbiah Lookout, Animal & Bird Encounters, Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, DESPERADOS, Dolphin Lagoon, Fort Siloso Tours, Gogreen Segway® Eco Adventure, Images of Singapore, Megazip Adventure Park, Azzura Beach Club, Wave House Sentosa, Resorts World at Sentosa, Sentosa 4D Magix, Sentosa CineBlast, Sentosa Luge & Skyride, Sentosa Nature Discovery, Songs of the Sea, The Flying Trapeze, The Merlion & Merlion Walk, Tiger Sky Tower and Underwater World.

The Sentosa Island in Singapore has numerous luxury hotels for a luxurious and comfortable accommodation. The hotels are world-class that has first class facilities, amenities such as swimming pool, restaurants, bar and lounge, spa and wellness center, business center, Wi-Fi, internet access, fitness and gym, sports center, ballroom, conference rooms, safe deposit boxes, banquet facilities, cable satellite TV, Currency exchange, room service, 24 hour reception and etc. The hotels and beach resorts in Sentosa Island in Singapore offers spacious rooms, suites and villas for a comfortable accommodation. The rooms, suites and villas are fully-furnished and equipped with modern facilities such as air condition unit, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker, satellite/cable TV, cd/dvd player, internet access, bathroom, IDD phone, in-room electronic safe and etc.

Most of the hotels and beach resorts in Sentosa Island are offering promotional deals, special offers in hotel rates, hotel discounts and hotel packages to make your stay very affordable in a stylish and luxurious accommodation. The promotional rates and special hotel packages gives business and leisure tourist traveler as well as residents of Singapore big discounts.

Here are the list of Sentosa Island hotels and beach resort:

  • The Sentosa Resort & Spa, Sentosa Island
    Address: 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Island 99891, Singapore
  • Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island
    Address: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island 098297, Singapore
  • Rasa Sentosa Resort by Shangri-La, Sentosa Island
    Address: 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa 098970, Singapore
  • Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Sentosa Island
    Address: 1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa Island 099394, Singapore
  • Siloso Beach Resort Sentosa, Sentosa Island
    Address: 51 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa Island 099538, Singapore
  • Treasure Resort Sentosa, Sentosa Island
    Address: 23 Beach View | (formerly Sijori Resort Sentosa), Sentosa Island 0105, Singapore
  • Fragrance Hotel - Royal, Sentosa Island
    Address: 400 Telok Blangah Road, Sentosa Island 98838, Singapore
  • Festive Hotel, Sentosa Island
    Adress: Resorts World at Sentosa, Sentosa Island 099958, Singapore
  • Crockfords Tower, Sentosa Island
    Address: 39, Artillery Avenue, Sentosa Island 099958, Singapore
  • Equarius Hotel, Sentosa Island
    Address: Sentosa Island 099958, Singapore
  • Hard Rock Hotel, Singapore, Sentosa Island
    Address: Resorts World at Sentosa, Sentosa Island 099958, Singapore
  • Hotel Michael, Sentosa Island
    Address: Resorts World at Sentosa, Sentosa Island 099958, Singapore

There are also lots of Sentosa Island best travel and vacation deals. All you have to do is to look for a trusted travel agent to make arrangements to your travel to Sentosa Island Singapore for your travel vacation holiday. Explore also Sentosa Island Vacation rentals, Sentosa Island restaurants, Things to do in Sentosa Island and travel guide.

Anantagiri Hill Station Tourism

When the tangled nerves need some break, a hill station is the only term that comes spontaneously to the mind. Anantagiri Hills is one such hill station, which soothes you to the core. Amidst the refreshing natural splendor, this hill station is certainly a paradise for all, mainly because of its serene atmosphere. Located at Ananthagiri that comes under Visakhapatnam district, Anantagiri Hills is one amongst the only three hill stations of Andhra Pradesh.

It's a place where lush green hills appear bantering with the clouds and ravines pacifying the thirst of foliage. Known as a summer resort place, Anantagiri Hills serves as the best destination to beat the heat of scorching sun. The loveliest fact about this place is that its beauty is untouched by the commercial city life. Dotted with trees and gorges, the hill-station is a wonderful place to relax and unwind yourself.

Moreover, the drive from the city of Vizag to Anantagiri presents some cherishable scenes, ranging from mango groves to dense forests. The panoramic vista of this amazing hill station of India would make you feel out of this world. Coffee plantations make another picturesque sight from the vantage point. Infact, Ananthagiri is considered to be a salubrious hill station, since it has got pollution-free environment unlike the crowded cities.

Its sublime climate attracts ample of tourists throughout the year and in consideration of tourism, there are quite a few accommodations available at the hill. Regarding the flora, Anantagiri forests embrace vast variety of medicinal plants and herbs. Cascading gorges, beautiful landscape and lush greenery would replenish your energies and revive you to the soul. Once there, it is for sure that you would fall in love with the beauty of the Ananthagiri Hills.

Anantgiri Hills

Location: Elysian Tirumala Hills in Ananthagiri, Visakhapatnam district
Altitude: 1,168 meters
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Anantagiri is also famous as summer resort place. Anantagiri in Andhra Pradesh is sure to sweep every tourist off the feet with its natural beauty and beautiful hill resort. Nature lovers and tourists are attracted by unchallenged beauty of this place. The journey from Visakhapatnam to Anantagiri offers unforgettable vistas ranging from thick forests to scintillating sunrise and sunset. The hill resort of Anantagiri is perfect retreat to the blistering summer months.

The Anantagiri hills is filled with gorguous sights and smells that attract tourists.The entire Anantagiri Hills has a lot of vintage viewpoints that offer enthralling views that will capture your heart. Amongst the variety of flora in the forests of Anantagiri are many medicinal plants and herbs which is used by patients.

Several swift streams flow through Anantagiri though it is the river Musi or Muchkunda that originates from Anantagiri.The coffee plantations offers an enthralling sight at Anantagiri. The wonderful waterfalls, ravishing ravines and the gorgeous gorges that dot Anantagiri add to the unforgettable memories of the tourists. There are many mango groves and orchades which wrap Anantagiri in their shade.
The Bhavanasi Lake Anantagiri is referred to as the Badrinath of the South.

Anantagiri is more of a health station that replenishes your energies and rejuvenates you to the soul. Indeed Anantagiri is a great getaway from the pollution and stress of the city life that gets unbearable with the heat and the dust of the summers.

Anantagiri is located of the top of the Elysian Tirumala Hills approximately 17 km from Araku valley, which is 112 kms from Visakhapatnam.Anantagiri is the located among the ranges of the Eastern Ghats at a distance of 40 km from Visakhapatnam .

The Borra Caves are around one-million-year-old. The beautiful of the Borra caves near Visakhapatnam make an excellent excursion option from Anantagiri. The natural formation of the limestone Borra Caves is unique of its type.


Owing to the lovely landscape Anantagiri experiences excellent weather all through the year. You can plan to visit this place all through the year.The salubrious weather and the calm surroundings add to the beauty of Anantagiri and make it popular.This place is also very famous for the newly wed couples.
Getting there

Anantgiri is well connected with Hyderabad by several can provide you All India Tourist Permit taxis and cars to reach your destination.

Anantagiri Hills has Srikakulam railway station at a distance of 3 km. The booking facilities will be made available by our concerned agents.

Wednesday - Let's Have Some Water Fun

One Fine Saturday
June 26, 2010

We went  on a picnic nearby the place where I live!

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2 of a Kind - Up and Down

Up, down...

Up, down...

Finally, Up, Up, and Away!


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Hill Stations Tours to Kerala

This spectacular classical dance drama of Kerala based on the guidelines laid by sage Bharatha's Natya Sastra, the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 1500 years old. This elaborate art form is usually performed in the evening and continues up to dawn, and is an integral part of all temple and cultural festivals in Kerala.

It's an intricate network of innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine waterworld is navigable. The largest backwater stretch in Kerala is the Vembanad lake which flows through three districts and opens out into the sea at the Kochi port.

Theyyam is one of the most outstanding folk arts of Kerala and has its origin in the northern parts of the state. Also called Thirayattam, (because every thira or village performed this ritualistic art at the village temple) this primitive ritualisic art demands long hours preparation before the performance.

It's an intricate network of innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine waterworld is navigable. The largest backwater stretch in Kerala is the Vembanad lake which flows through three districts and opens out into the sea at the Kochi port.

Tourism in Kerala, Velichappadu/Komaram, (literally, revealer of light): The oracle is usually
dressed in red and carries a sword and shield. Possessed by the spirit of the deity the oracle dances in a frenzy at the festivals in Bhagavathy temples.

Hill Station Tour Kerala

Kerala Hill Stations Tours Kerala present yet another facet of God’s Own Country. The high and rugged Western Ghats endow the state with a number of Hillstations, which unlike the rest of the state have a high rate of tourist influx during the summer months.

If you seek to beat the heat or enjoy the cozy comfort of Nature or wish to trek on the woody mountain trails or I you are simply answering the “call of the mountains”, get away to one of these beautiful chilly places in Kerala. The undulating paths, the rich variety of flora and fauna available, the beautiful gorges and valleys and the sparkling silver streams that skip and dance through the rocks, the settling clouds that one can walk through and the fresh plucked green tea, brewed hot- this is the irresistible lure of the land. Maps Of India is your guide in planning your unforgettable holiday in the mountainous retreats of Kerala.

Devikulam Tours:

Hill Stations Tours to Kerala, Located at a distance of about 13 kms from Munnar, this hilly destination is an arcade of natural beauty with its lush foliage, exotic plant and animal life and rustic mountain life. The lakes and their mineral springs and quaint charms make Devikulam an ideal weekend getaway.

Idukki Tours:

Hill Stations Tours to Kerala, Spectacularly rich in natural beauty, Idukki is a veritable paradise of flora and fauna. Known for its spice and tea plantations, the raging rivers and the beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, Idukki is a pristine haunt for the city weary traveler.

Munnar Tours:

Munnar is as lovely and as beloved as the indigo “Neela Kurinji” blossoms that bloom in this region, once every 12 years. Most tourists favor Munnar and that is understandable given the panoramic views, the clean surroundings and the refreshing mountain pastures.

Ponmudi Tours:

Kerala Hill Stations Tours, About an hour's drive from the state capital, Ponmudi is a quaint hill station at an altitude of 915 m from sea level. The gurgling mountain streams, the bloom of orchids and other mountain efflorescence and the rich spice plantations make a tour to Ponmudi therapeutic to both the body and soul.

Vagamon Tours:

Hill Station Tour Kerala, Vagamon, reveals itself at firs glimpse as a trekker’s paradise. The various pilgrimage spots, the woody landscape and the mountain paths are all testimony that Vagamon is best viewed on foot. An increasingly popular tourist destination, Vagamon is a cultural hub in Kerala.

Vythiri Tours:

Hill Stations Tours to Kerala, Vythiri in Wayanad is known for its forested green landscape and is a treasure trove of tropical flora and fauna. The plantations, the breathtaking natural loveliness of the region and the charming mountain air give us the impression that no other place on earth can exude the essence of nature better than this rustic locale.

Rising high from the adjoining Arabian Sea, the Sahayadri or the Western Ghats endow Kerala with a unique topography which encompasses hill resorts and beaches; backwaters and forest terrains. Blessed are these Hill stations which house tea, coffee and spice plantations, a variety of plants and wild animals and serene mountain passes. Their beauty attracts tourist from all over the world.

Kasargod Backwaters

On your luxury Kerala travel you can visit Kasargod, one of the most popular backwater destinations situated in North Kerala. With the sea to the West and the Western Ghats to the North and East, Kasargod becomes a must visit on Kerala tours. Kasargod in North Kerala offers several opportunities for backwater cruises. Two of these Kerala backwater cruise options are Chandragiri and Valiyaparamba. With Luxury Kerala Travel you can enjoy these scenic Kerala backwater cruises.

The town of Chandragiri,situated 4 Km to the Southeast of Kasargod is famous for its backwater cruises. The backwater cruises from Chandragiri start from the Chandragiri Bridge. Enjoy Kerala Backwater cruises at Chandragiri near Kasargod on Kerala tours.

The town of Chandragiri, situated 4 Km to the Southeast of Kasargod is famous for its backwater cruises. The backwater cruises from Chandragiri start from the Chandragiri Bridge. Enjoy Kerala Backwater cruises at Chandragiri near Kasargod on Kerala tours.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Travel and Tourisms destination: Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a popular tourist destination
on the southern coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Ilha Grande is the ideal destination for those seeking a close contact with nature. The reasons are numerous: a mountainous tropical island where no cars are allowed; an island covered by a dense tropical rainforest (mata atlântica) for most of its extension; hiking paths crossing the island from north to south and east to west; idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters. Ilha Grande is definitely not for those keen on sophistication, shopping and a thriving night lifte.
1. HOW TO GET THERE: The main access to the island is Angra dos Reis, although Ilha Grande can also be reached from Mangaratiba and Conceição de Jacareí. We’ve already seen at this blog how to get from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis, how to get from São Paulo to Angra dos Reis and how to go from Paraty to Angra dos Reis. The island can only be reached by boat (cars must stay in the continent) from the cities mentioned in the paragraph above. The route from Angra dos Reis is usually calmer than the one from Mangaratiba, specially in days where the sea is rough. Anyone going to Bananal or Araçatiba need to get their boats in Angra dos Reis. For those going to the vila do Abraão (main inhabited centre in the island) and nearby area there is a regular ship service (barcas ) that provides the cheapest option to get to the island. It takes 1 hour and a half to reach Abraão. Up-to-date information on the sailing schedule can be checked at the following page: horarios de los barcas a la Vila do Abraão. The page also shows prices and other information of interest regarding the crossing from the continent to the island. As well as the regular boats, there are smaller sailing boats (schooners) taking tourists to the island, as well as fishing boats. The schooners tend to have a regular timetable, but you can’t tell for sure whether there will be one waiting for you. There is also a more expensive alternative, a catamaran that reaches Abraão in 45 minutes. At the time of writing this entry its price was R$20 each way (more information, including timetable, at catamarã Ilha Grande). Careful, as there are two different jetties in Angra. The official ship to Abraão leaves from the Cais da Lapa. The schooners leave from the Cais de Turismo. A new tourist jetty was inaugurated in Conceição de Jacareí in January 2008. From there the time it takes to reach Abraão is much shorter. The bus from Costa Verde going from Rio to Angra stops at Conceição. There you can take a schooner (45 minutes, R$15) or a speedboat (15 minutes). Schedules and more info at Conceição de Jacareí. There is a warning on the text, the services mentioned are not regular services, which means you can’t tell for sure when they’ll be running.