Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous wild life sanctuary in Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh state, India.

Achanakmar Wildlife SanctuaryAchanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Established in 1975, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many endangered species of animals like Bengal Tigers, Leopards and wild Bison. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a declared Tiger Reserve from 2009. November to June are the ideal months to visit the Achanakmar Wild Life Sanctuary.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary offers mesmerizing experience for any tourist. Sal and bamboo forests are a specialty of this wild life sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary at Achanakmar is rich in flora and fauna.

Ratanpur, a nearby town, has the famous Mahamaya Devi, an 11th century temple. Pali is another town close to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for the beautifully carved 9th century Mahadev Temple. Kabir Chabutra, where saint Kabir attained salvation, is just 5 kilo meters from the wild life sanctuary, on your way to Bilaspur.

How do I go to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary?

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is at around 55 kilo meters from Bilaspur town.

Bilaspur railway station with station code BSP is the nearest major railway station, on the Bombay – Howrah main railway line; even though Belgahna railway station with station code BIG is the nearest railway station to the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve. Pendra Road alias Gaurella is also a nearby station to Wild Life Sanctuary at Achanakmar.

Raipur airport is the nearest airport to Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills alias Nandidurg is a famous hill station situated in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state, India.

Nandi HillsSign to Nandi Hills.

Nandi hills is located close to the Nandi town. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in Nandi town is a very ancient temple, construction of which was started in the 9th century by the “Banas” and completed during the “Cholas” in 11th century. “Hoysalas” constructed the marriage hall in the 13th century. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a two-complex temple, with the first complex having the three deities. and the second complex has the huge and majestic “Kalyani pond”. Vijayanagar kings build the walls of the second temple complex. This temple is famous for its stone carvings.

Nandi Hills is famous among trekkers and bikers and is situated at an altitude of 4,851 feet or 1,479 meters above sea level. ‘Tipu’s Drop’ is a famous tourist place on the hills of Nandi, from where condemned prisoners were thrown to death by “Tipu Sultan”, the erstwhile ruler of Kingdom of Mysore. Tipu’s Summer Palace and Fort is another historic place on the hills; but its not open to public. ‘Secret Escape Route or passages’ are another places of tourist interest, which were believed to be used by kings to escape during unforeseen attacks. ‘Amruth Sarovar’ is beautiful lake, which interests the tourists to Nandi hills.

Palar and Arkavati rivers originate from Nandi hills.

How do I go to Nandi Hills?

NH 7, the longest National highway in India with a length of 2369 kilo meters, which runs from Varanasi to Kanyakumari, is the major road connecting Nandi Hiils with the rest of India. Devanahalli Town on NH 7 is at a distance of 20 kilo meters from the Nandi Hills.

Nandi Hills is at a distance of 10 kilo-meters from Chickballapur town. Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka state, is at a distance of approximately 60 km from Nandi Hills.

Palaruvi Falls

Palaruvi Falls is a beautiful water fall at Aryankavu in Kollam district, Kerala state, very close to the Tamilnadu border.

Palaruvi Falls is a single drop, horsetail type waterfall, which is the 32nd highest waterfall in India, with a height of 91 meters or 299 feet.

Palaruvi Falls
Palaruvi Falls.

How do I go to Palaruvi Falls?

Aryankavu town, from where the falls is accessible, is connected to the rest of the country by NH 744; Kollam- Thirumangalam (Madurai) National Highway.

Sengottai is the nearest town with Railway connectivity at around 31 kilo meters distance from Aryankadu. If you are traveling to the Palaruvi Falls from Kerala, Punalur town is the nearest major town. There is Broad gauge railway station at Punalur, which is at a distance of around 35 kilo meters from the falls.

There is a railway station at Aryankadu, which is closed now, for gauge conversion work. i.e. To convert the existing meter gauge railway track to broad gauge railway track. The gauge conversion work got delayed due to the terrain of the area. There is a railway tunnel called “Kottavasal”, measuring 680 meters, i.e. 2,230 feet in length, which starts at Aryankavu in Kerala and ends at Puliyara in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu.

Kollam (alias Quilon) is at around 75 kilo meters from the Palaruvi Falls. Kerala’s capital city of Thiruvananthapuram is at a distance of around 150 kilo meters from the falls.

Thoseghar Waterfalls

Thoseghar Waterfalls is the largest waterfall in India, situated in Thoseghar village, Maharastra state.

Thoseghar Waterfalls
Thoseghar Waterfalls.

Thoseghar Waterfalls consists of a series of water falls and the highest fall is over 500 meters in height (actual height is 1666 feet), making it the largest falls in India. Thoseghar Waterfalls is a two -tiered waterfall.

There are two viewpoints, which gives a good view of the small falls and the bigger falls. The steps leading to the view points are broad and the whole area is very clean and well maintained. There is a platform for the tourists to watch the falls in its full beauty. You have to buy the entry tickets. Both the viewpoints are accessible from the main gate.

The ideal season to watch the falls in during the Monsoon season. A word of caution, avoid using the platform when it rains heavily.

Sajangadh Fort is a nearby tourist place to the falls.

How do i go to Thoseghar Waterfalls?

Thoseghar Waterfalls is accessible by public transport. The nearest city to Thoseghar falls is Satara city. Satara city lies at a distance of around 115 kilo meters from Pune, on NH 4, which connects Pune to Bengaluru (Bangalore).

There are regular buses from Satara. Autos are also available at Satara.To have the best view, one has to go to Chalkewadi (by bus, car, auto, etc.) and then walk down the road, for around 5 kilo meters.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is a beautiful pilgrimage center situated at an altitude of around 5500 feet (1675 meters) above sea level in Sikkim state of India. Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills was opened in November 2011.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills
Statue of 87 feet high Lord Shiva, situated in the main temple inside ‘Siddhesvara Dhaam’ at Solophok Hills.

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is unique in many ways with its temples, Chardum and Jyotirlingas. Lord Kirateshwar statue, having a height of 16.5 feet is there in the pilgrim center at Solophok Hills. Shirdi Sai Baba temple is also there in the Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrimage center at Solophok Hills.

The main temple at the pilgrimage center in Solophok Hills is 108 feet in height and is having a statue of Lord Shiva, which is 87 feet high, in sitting posture.

There is a replica of Chardham at pilgrim center. 12 Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees.

Chardum is the four holy temples situated at Badrinath, Jaganath, Dwarka and Rameswaram. It is believed that visiting these four temples helps one to attain “Moksha”. The first 3 temples are dedicated to Lord Vishu; while the last temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Twelve Jyotirlingas are also replicated here for the convenience of Shiva devotees. The twelve Jyotirlingas , which are originally situated in different parts of India; Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna Swami in Srisailam, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnathin Utterkhand,Bhimashankar in Maharastra, Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Utter Pradesh, Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Maharastra, Vaidyanath Temple at Deogarh, Aundha Nagnath Temple in Maharastra, Rameshwar temple in Tamilnadu and Ghushmeshwar in Maharastra; are replicated here.

How do I go to the Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills is at a distance of 5 kilometers from Namchi town, the capital of South Sikkim district. There are motorable roads to the pilgrim center.

The capital city of Gangtok is at around 78 kilo meters from Namchi town. Siliguri Junction railway station in West Bengal state, is the nearest railway station to Namchi town, at around 100 kilo meters distance. There are regular bus services to Gangtok, Siliguri, etc. There is a helipad at around 5 kilo meters distance from Namchi town, which offers helicopter services for tourists.

Entry timings, Entry requirements for Foreigners

Siddhesvara Dhaam opens at 8 am and closes at 6 pm. Those who are not citizens of India need to obtain a 30 day Inner Line Permit (which can be extended if required), to visit the state of Sikkim, which is issued by Indian Missions abroad and also by Sikkim tourism department offices at New Delhi and Kolkotta, apart from Darjeeling, Siliguri and Rangpo District Magistrates .

Is accommodation facilities available at the Siddhesvara Dhaam Pilgrim Center at Solophok Hills?

Yes; The Siddhesvara Dhaam pilgrim center at Solophok Hills offers accommodation.

There is a 96 bedded “Yatri Niwas”. There are normal rooms and VIP guest house. There are separate rooms for drivers also.

What are the nearby Tourist places to Siddhesvara Dhaam at Solophok Hills?

Namchi Monastery, Ralong monastery, Samdruptse hill, Tendong Hill, etc, are nearby Buddhist tourist centers. One of World’s tallest statues of Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, with a height of 36 meters or 120 feet, is situated at Samdruptse hill, close to Namchi town. The Rock Garden on the way to Samdruptse hill (where the above mentioned statue is situated) offers one of the best and magnificent views of Mount Kangchenjunga, world’s third highest mountain peak, at an altitude of 8,586 meters or 28,169 feet above sea level.

Tendong hills can be reached only by trekking from Damthang. Damthang is at 13 kilo meters distance from Ravangla. Once you reach the Tendong hill top, you can view the entire Eastern Himalayas from the three storied watch tower. You need to trek through the forest for around 6 kilo meters to reach the Tendong hill top.