Kurnool Fort

Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort is a historic site at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh state, India.

Kurnool Fort  alias Konda Reddy Fort
Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Fort or Konda Reddy Buruju.

Kurnool Fort is also known as Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort. The fort construction was started in 1530 and was completed by 1542. This historical place is situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Achyutaraya, the Vijayanagar ruler built this historic site.

There are many gateways and bastions for the fort at Kurnool. Gateways of the fort were constructed during in the 17th century by Vijaynagar emperor Gopal Raja. The fort got its name from the last ruler of Alampur, Konda Reddy who lost his kingdom to Golconda Nawabs.

Kurnool fort has three levels; the first and second floors are open to public while the ground floor is closed to public.

How Do I Go to Kurnool Fort alias Konda Reddy Buruju or Konda Reddy Fort?

Kurnool is well connected by roads to other parts of the state and to the rest of the country. There are frequent buses from different cities of Andhra Pradesh state and nearby Telunga state to Kurnool.

Kurnool Railway Station is the nearest railway station at around 2 kilometers from the fort.

Alampur is at around 24 kilometers distance from the Konda Reddy Buruju alias Konda Reddy Fort.

Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport at a distance of around 200 kilometers away. Tirupati airport is at around 280 kilometers away. There is a planned greenfield airport on 1110 acres of land, to come up at Orvakal, at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Kurnool city.

Kurnool Fort Timings

The Fort is open to the public from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Dhoni Falls

Dhoni Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Dhoni Hills, at around 15 kilometers distance from Palakkad town in Kerala, India.

Dhoni hills is very popular among the trekking community. Dhoni Falls can be reached by trekking around 4 kilometers from the bottom of the Dhoni hills, which is part of the Western Ghats. As the hills are part of reserve forests, you need to get the entry pass from the Kerala Forest department by paying a fee of INR 100.

The road to the falls is not laid well. The area is rich for its wildlife. Nilgiri langur, Leopard, sloth bear, Hanuman langur, bonnet macaqu, etc, are some among those found in the hills. Malabar whistling thrush is a beautiful bird found here.

Dhoni Falls is a beautiful fall and you are allowed to take bath in the falls.

Shiva Temple is a nearby tourist place worth visiting on your trekking trip to Dhoni hills. A Colonial mansion, believed to be built in 1857 by the British, is seen on your way to the top of the hills.

How do I Go to Dhoni Falls?

Dhoni Road, the bottom of the hills from where you need to start your trekking to the falls, is at a distance of 12 kilometers from Palakkad. Palakkad railway station is the nearest major railway station. Coimbatore international airport is at around 80 kilometers distance from the Dhoni hills. Dhoni Falls is at a distance of 34 kilometers away from Kollengode village near Palakkad.

The ideal season to visit the falls is after the onset on Monsoon rains.

Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Buddhist Stupa at Raisen district, in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa

Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi contains the relics of Gautham Buddha. This stupa was constructed by Great Maurya Dynasty emperor Asoka, in 3rd century B.C. This town was the venue of Emperor Ashoka’s wedding to Queen Devi and is also the birthplace of the queen.

Four Toranas (gateways) were added during the 1st century BCE. These four gateways represents the four emotions; love, peace, courage & trust.

The great stupa of Sanchi is 16 meters in height and measures 37 meters in diameter. This stupa is the oldest structure made of stone bricks in India.

There are remains of Pillar of Ashoka near the stupa.

Remains of Pillar of Ashoka
Remains of Pillar of Ashoka at Sanchi .

How Do I Go to Stupa of Sanchi?

The great stupa at Sanchi is located at Sanchi Town, which is at a distance of around 46 kilometers north east of Bhopal, in central India. The town is well connected by roads to all parts of India.

Bhopal Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station. Raja Bhoj Airport at Bhopal is the nearest airport.

Sabarmati Ashram

Sabarmati Ashram was the Ashram established by the Great Indian independence movement leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi fondly called Mahatma Gandhi, on the banks of River Sabarmathi in Ahmedabad, Gujarat state of India.

Gandhiji's Charkha and table at Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad
Gandhiji’s Charkha and table at Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad.

Mahatma Gandhi lived at this Ashram spread over 36 acres of land for around 12 years. This ashram on the banks of Sabarmati river is known by different names like Gandhi Ashram, Satyagraha Ashram and Harijan Ashram.

Gandhi’s first Ashram was Kochrab Ashram alias Satyagraha Ashram, which was started on 25th May, 1915. After around two years, Kochrab Ashram was infested with plague disease. Hence Gandhiji relocated to the new Sabarmati Ashram.

Gandhi carried out farming and animal husbandry at Sabarmati Ashram. He also started a school which concentrated on harnessing the manual labor, agriculture, literacy, etc, for the country’s self-sufficiency.

It was from Sabarmati Ashram that Mahatma Gandhi started the Dandi march (Salt Satyagraha) in 12th March 1930. This led to mass civil disobedience and thousands of people were arrested all over the country. To contain Gandhi’s activities, the British Government took control of the Ashram and his pleas to return it was not allowed. On 22nd July 1933, Gandiji decided to disband Sabarmati ashram and took a pledge not to return to Sabarmati Ashram until India gained independence. Even though the country got independence on 15th August 1947, Gandhiji could not return to the Ashram as he was assassinated on 30th January 1948.

Sabarmati ashram now houses a Museum called Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya and is commonly called as Gandhi Museum. Other important buildings in the Ashram are listed below, Hridaya Kunj is the cottage where Gandhiji lived. Nandini is an old ashram guest house which is open to the visitors for stay. Vinoba Kutir is the cottage where Acharya Vinoba Bhave stayed, which is also known as Mira Kutir after Gandhiji’s disciple Mirabehn stayed here. Upasana Mandir is an open-air prayer ground in the Ashram premises. Magan Niwas is another building where the ashram manager, Maganlal Gandhi, who was Gandhiji”s cousin, lived.

How Do I Go to Sabarmati Ashram?

Ahmedabad is well connected by roads to the other parts of India. Delhi to Mumbai National Highway, NH 8, one of the most busiest Highways in the Indian sub-continent, passes through Ahmedabad. Delhi to Chennai National Highway, NH 48, passes through Ahmedabad. NH 47 connecting Bamanbore to Nagpur passes through this city. National Highway 64 connects the historic city of Dandi with Ahmedabad.

Sabarmati Junction railway station is the nearest railway station to the Ashram at Sabarmati at around 3 kilometers away. Ahmedabad Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station at around 6.8 kilometers distance, which is well connected to the rest of the country. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad is the nearest airport to Sabarmati Ashram.

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Travancore Kingdom

Padmanabhapuram Palace was the palace of the erstwhile rulers of the kingdom of Travancore. It is situated at Padmanabhapuram near Nagercoil Town. The place complex is part of Kerala state, inside Tamilnadu state.

Padmanabhapuram Palace,  Kanyakumari District
Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kanyakumari District.

Padmanabhapuram Palace is inside the Padmanabhapuram Fort, an old granite fortress which is around four kilometers is length. The Fort is located on the foot of the Veli Hills. Valli River flows near to the Padmanabhapuram fort and palace.

The Padmanabhapuram Palace is believed constructed in 1601 AD, by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal, the King who reigned from 1592 to 1609. It is built in traditional Kerala style of architecture. The Queen Mother’s Palace (Thai Kottaram), which is part of the fort, is believed to be constructed around 1550 AD.

The palace was rebuilt by King Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (1706–1758) around 1750, who reigned the princely state of Travancore from 1729 to 1758. He dedicated the kingdom of Travancode to his family deity, Sree Padmanabha, a form of Lord Vishnu. Hence the city got its name Padmanabhapuram , which means city of Lord Padmanabha. (Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram is now considered as the World’s Richest Temple.)

The most beautiful portion of the palace complex is the King’s Council Chamber. Delicate and beautiful lattice works with its colored mica windows makes any visitor spellbound. Performance Hall is a relatively new addition (after the capital was shifted from here as described in next paragraph) with its granite pillars and gleaming black floors and was constructed by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, Great connoisseur of music and dance, who reigned from 1829 to 1846. Central mansion, constructed by King Marthandavarma is a 4-storeyed building at the center of the palace complex; royal treasury on ground floor, King’s bedrooms on First floor, King’s resting and study rooms on the second floor and top forth floor is the worship rooms for the royal family. Southern Palace is also believed to be of the same age as that of ‘Thai kottaram’ (Mother’s palace) and is now converted to a Heritage Museum.

The capital of Travancore Kingdom was shifted to Thiruvananthapuram in 1795 and thereafter the palace lost its glory. The Land and buildings inside the fort belongs to Kerala Government and is maintained by Archaeology Department of the Government of Kerala.

How Do I Go to Padmanabhapuram Palace?

Padmanabhapuram, where the palace is located is near Thuckalay town, the administrative headquarters of Kalkulam Taluk. Kanyakumari – Panvel (South Mumbai) NH 66 (previously known as NH 17) passes through Thuckalay.

The nearest railway station is at a distance of around 5 kilometers at Eraniel; not all trains stops here. The nearest major railway station is at a Nagarkoil, at a distance of around 20 kilometers distance from the palace complex.

Padmanabhapuram Palace is located at a distance of around 50 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala state. Thiruvananthapuram has an international airport and railway station.

Gol Gumbaz, Largest Dome in India at Bijapur

Gol Gumbaz is the largest dome ever built in India. It is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, famous Adil Shahi dynasty ruler. Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, in Karnataka state, India.

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka.

This Tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah has the second largest dome in the world. The largest dome is that of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, believed to be built over the burial site of St. Peter, Christ’s Apostle and the first Pope.

The Tomb is built in Deccan style of Architecture. The central chamber of the tomb has a special feature where your sound is echoed 7 times! Whispering Gallery is another attraction of the Tomb, where any minute sound can be heard at a distance of 37 meters away, inside the hall.

Gol Gumbaz, The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, has also a Museum, Mosque and ruins of the Guest Houses.

Bijapur is one of the most famous historical cities in India which was the capital of Adil Shahi dynasty.

Ibrahim Rauza, the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, the fifth king of Adil Shahi dynasty is another place of historical importance at this city. It is said that Taj Mahal was designed based on the inspiration from the design of Ibrahim Rauzathe. There are many other historical buildings in this ancient city.

How Do I Go to Gol Gumbaz?

Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, which is connected by NH 13 (now renamed as NH 50) which connects Solapur to Mangalore. NH-218 connecting Hubli with Humnabad also passes through Bijapur India. Bijapur is situated at around 530 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, which is connected by bus services. Mumbai is at around 550 kilometers from this historical city. Mumbai to Bijapur bus services are available. Hyderabad is at around 380 kilometers distance from Bijapur.

Bijapur railway station connects this historic city with the rest of India by train.

Sambre airport (IXG) at Belgaum and Hubli airport (HBX) at Hubli are the nearest airports to Bijapur at around 165 kilometers distance. There is a proposed new greenfield airport coming up at Bijapur.