Magod Falls

Magod Falls alias Magoda falls is a group of beautiful falls on Bendi river at a distance of around 17 km from the town of Yellapur, in Karnataka state of India.

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Magod Falls is a two-tiered falls with a height of around 200 meters. This makes the falls and its surrounding areas an ideal tourist spot.

“Kavade Kere” is beautiful and magnificent lake on your way from Yellapur to Magod Falls, which is spread over an area of around 60 acres.

How do I go to Magod Falls alias Magoda falls ?

Magod Falls alias Magoda falls is easily accessible from different towns in North Karnataka state. Yellapur is the nearest city at around 17 kilo meters distance from the Magod Falls. Accommodation facilities are available at Yellapur.

Sirsi town is at a distance of 45 kilo-meters from the Magoda falls. Karwar city is at around 80 kilo-meters from the falls. Kumta town is at around 60 kilo-meters from the falls at Magod. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state is at around 520 kilo-meters from the Magod Falls.

Which is the best time to visit the Magod Falls?

The best time to visit the Magod Falls is after the onset of Monsoon rains.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is situated in Malappuram District of the south Indian state of Kerala. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is spread over a group of islands where the Kadalundi River (KadalundiPuzha) flows into the Arabian Sea.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

There are around a 100 species of native birds found at Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary with an area of around two square kilo-meters. Migratory birds numbering around 60 species are also included in this list. There is also a large variety of mussels, fish and crabs in the sanctuary. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary has a hill at a height of around 200 meters above sea level, which provides a superb view of the Arabian sea and the mouth of river Kadalundi.

The ideal months to visit the bird sanctuary at Kadalundi is from November to April, after the Monsoon season. Boat ride in the sea coast is offered to tourists by Kerala state Forest Department to those interested in seeing the turtles. Wildlife Sanctuary at Wayanad is a nearby wildlife sanctuary to Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

How do I go to Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary in Kerala?

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is at a distance of 19 kilo meters from Kozhikode alias Calicut.

The nearest railway station to bird sanctuary at Kadalundi is “Kadlundi” Railway station, with station code “KN”. This is a small railway station and only very few trains stops there. Train No 16859, Chennai Egmore Mangalore Express, is the only long distance train which stops at Kadalundi. The major nearest railway station where all trains stops is the one at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), with station code “CLT”.

The nearest airport to Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is at Karipur (known as Kozhikode International Airport), at a distance of around 23 kilo meters from Kozhikode city.

Chail Hill Station

Chail Hill Station is a beautiful hill station at an average altitude of around 2,226 meters above sea level near to Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Chail Hill Station is situated at a higher altitude than Shimla.

Chail Hill Station
Chail Hill Station

Chail Hill Station was the summer retreat of Maharajas of Patiala, in the late 18th and 19th century, till Indian Independence. After the accession of his Kingdom to India, the Maharaja has donated most of the buildings in Chail hill station to the Government of India. Maharaja has donated one ancient building complex to “Rsatriya Military School”.The Main Palace Complex, currently called The Chail Palace, in around 75 acres of land, is now a Heritage Hotel, under Himachal Pradesh Tourism department.

Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, shifted his summer retreat center to Chail Hill Station after he was denied entry to his erstwhile summer retreat in Shimla, by the British in 1891, due to his rage with Lord Kitchener. Maharaja decided to built a new retreat center and hence built this beautiful hill station retreat. Maharaja of Patiala built many architecturally beautiful buildings in the hill station of Chail .

Chail Hill Station has a beautiful cricket ground, which is considered as the highest cricket ground in the world. The same ground is also used as a polo ground. This ground is situated at an altitude of around 2444 meters above sea level! The same ground is also used for football matches as there are goal posts at a corner portion of the ground for this purpose. The ground is now used as the playground for the Rastriya Military School. Rastriya Military School at Chail, which was earlier known as “King George Royal Indian Military School”, is the oldest Military school in India and one among the five Rastriya Military Schools of India. The school was designated as a college during the Second World War.

Chail Hill Station is full of Pine and Deodars trees and the nearby Hill stations of Kasauli and Shimla can be viewed from Chail at night. Chail is also well known for hiking.

How do I go to the Chail Hill Station?

Chail Hill Station is at a distance of around 45 to 60 kilo meters from Shimala; one of the most beautiful hill stations in the world. Shima-Chail via Kufri is around 45 kilo-meters and Shima-Chail via Kandaghat is 60 kilo meters. Kalka hill station is at a distance of 90 kilo meters from Chail. There are regular inter-state buses from New Delhi, the capital city of India. Regular buses operate from Shimla to Chail. Chandigarh is at a distance of around 120 kilo-meters, which has the nearest airport to Chail.


Gauchar is a Hill town in the left bak of river Alaknanda in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India, well known for its annual trade fair.


Gauchar is at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, en route to the holy temple town of Badrinath. Gauchar is surrounded by seven hills.

Gauchar Mela (annual trade fair) is one of the largest trade fair in the state of Uttarakhand. Traders and merchants from all over the state and other parts of the country take part in this trade fair.

How do I go to Gauchar?

Gauchar is well connected by roads to other parts of India by NH 58. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station at around 235 kilo meters distance from Gauchar. Jolly Grant airport. Dehradun is the nearest airport at around 400 kilo-meters distance. (There is an airstrip at Gauchar which is used for emergency services.)

Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort is the largest fort in the state of Kerala. Bekal Fort is spread over an area of around 40 acres on the Arabian Sea coast at Pallikere in Kasaragod district of Kerala state, India. Bekal Fort is close to Karnataka state border.

A stairway inside the Bekal Fort. The steps lead to a tunnel and eventually to the outside wall of the fort facing the Arabian sea.

Ancient Bekal Fort was constructed in 1650 AD by Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore. One distinguishing feature of Bekal Fort is the water tank with its flight of steps. Arabian Sea coast can also be reached from inside the fort through anther stairway.

There is an observation center at a strategic point from which one can discover even the slightest enemy movements. The entrance to the fort is in a zigzag manner. The entrance and the observation center are testimony the defense strategy adopted to protect the fort from the enemies.

The Bekal fort was not the seat of any dynasty; unlike other Indian forts. There are no palace or other buildings inside the fort. The Bakal fort was used only for the defense requirements.

Some of the nearby places of tourist interest are the ancient Muslim Mosque and the Hanuman temple.

The Bakal fort was declared as a special tourism area in the early 90’s by the Central Government of India. “Bekal Tourism Development Corporation” and “Bekal Resorts Development Corporation”, now look after the promotion and tourism of the fort at Bekal.

The ace Indian film director Mani Ratnam, shot the famous Tamil film song, ‘Uyire’, at Bekal Fort. This Movie Mumbai , was considered as one among the top 20 Indian films in rankings by the British Film Institute.

How do I go to Bekal Fort in Kerala?

Bekal Fort in Pallikere village of Kasaragod district was well connected by rail and road. Near by railway stations are Palliker, Bekal Fort, Kanhangad, Kotikulam and Kasargod (the first two, being the nearest ones).

The nearest towns to Pallikere are Kanhangad at 8 kilo-meters and Kasargod at 18 kilo meters distance respectively. There are regular bus services from these cities to Pallikere.

Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport at around 60 kilo-meters from the fort at Bekal.