Karla Caves

Karla Caves are

Karla Caves is a group of Buddhist rock-cut cave shrines located in Karli near Lonavala, in Maharastra state of India.

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Karla Caves alias Karle Caves or Karla Cells, dates back to the 2nd century B.C. to 10th century A.D. The oldest cave shrine in Karla caves is believed to be made in the year 160 B.C. by Buddhist monks.

The caves at Karli also houses a Buddhist monastery, which dates back to the second century B.C. There used to be two 15-meter giant pillars in the monastery, out of which one was ruined and only one exists now. There is by temple dedicated to the goddess Ekveera, where the ruined pillar once existed.

The main feature of Karla Caves is their arched entrances and vaulted interiors. There is also an Ashokan pillar at the front entrance. These Karla Cave interiors are lighted with a large number of openings, cut in the rocks.

The largest rock-cut prayer hall in India (chaitya), which is 45 meters in length and up to 14 meters in height, is found in Karla Caves. There are many other carved chaityas also in the rock complex. Many Viharas are also found in the complex, which was used as the dwelling place for the monks in those days.

How do I go to Karla Caves?

Karla Caves are situated at a distance of around 60 kilo meters from Pune city, which is well connected to the rest of the country by road, rail and air.

Tattapani Hot Water Springs

Tattapani is a small village near the Hill Station town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state of India, where a chain of hot water springs exists along the right banks of the river Sutlej.

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Tattapani Hot Water Sulphur Springs are situated at an altitude of around 650 meters above sea level. The hot water springs are rich in Sulfur and is having curative and invigorating powers. The irony is that these hot water springs are situated in one of the coldest hill stations in India. Similar hot water springs are found at Manikaran (near Kullu hill station) and Vashisht (near Manali hill station).

The hot water springs of Tattapani are spread over one square kilo meter and is easily accessible by motorable roads.

Tattapani is also a pilgrimage place for Hindus. It is believed that one can cleanse oneself of one’s sins, by taking a dip in the Hot water spings of Tattapani, during month of Magha (January-February) or on the Baisakhi day (April 13th).

Shiva Caves are situated at a distance of just 3 kilo meters from the hot water springs.

How do I go to Tattapani?

Tattapani is at a distance of around 51 kilo meters from Shimla. Naldehra is at a distance of around 30 kilo meters from Tattapani.

What about hotels in Tattapani?

There are a few hotels in Tattapani. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has a Tourist Bungalow at Tattapani, which offers one of the best accommodation for a tourist. Hotel Hot Spring Theme and Hotel New Spring View are two other good hotels at Tattapani.

Elephant Falls

Elephant Falls is located very close to Shillong city, in East Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya state, India.

Elephant Falls is a group of 3 adjacent falls. The falls which were once called ‘Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohsiew’ locally was renamed as “Elephant Falls” by the British, because there was a rock resembling an elephant, near the left side of the bottom falls. The rock is no more as it was destroyed by an earth quake in the late 18th century,

Tourists are allowed to go very close to each of the 3 falls. It is easily accessible from road. There is a walking path and stairs to reach / watch the falls. There is a bridge between 2nd and 3rd falls.

How do I go to Elephant Falls?

Elephant Falls is at a distance of around 12 kilo meters from Shillong city.

There are buses from Guwahati, the nearest railway station, to Shillong. Assam and Meghalaya state road transport corporations operate regular bus services between these two cities.

Umroi airport, a small airport, is the nearest airport to Shilling, at around 40 kilo meters distance.

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.

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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.