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Tamil Nadu tourism related information including its beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Top 4 Hill Stations in India, Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty, Lonavala

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Top 4 Hill stations in India region-wise are Shimla in the North, Darjeeling in the East, Ooty in the South and Lonavala in the West.

St. Michael's Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in IndiaSt. Michael’s Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in India.

Shimla, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Shimla in North India is situated in Himachal Pradesh state. Shimla hill station offers panoramic view of the Himalayas. Its considered as the best hill station in India. There is a ropeway to Shimla from downtown.

Shimla is at around 223 miles from New Delhi, the capital of India. Shimla is well connected by roads. Kalka railway station is the nearest broad gauge railway station. Kalka station is connected to Shimla by Kalka- Shimla narrow gauge railway line. This railway line is a UNESCO World heritage site and is part of “Mountain Railways of India” along with similar narrow gauge lines at Darjeeline and Ooty. New Delhi airport and railway stations are well connected to other parts of the world.

Darjeeling, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Darjeeling hill station in West Bengal state is a beautiful hill station in the Western India. Darjeeling offers view of the Lesser Himalayas. Darjeeling Tea is a famous Geo-patented tea from this region.

New Jalpaiguri railway station near Silguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling at around 50 kilometers distance. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway starts from here. Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport at around 90 kilometers distance from Darjeeling hill station.

Ooty, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Ooty hill station in Tamilnadu is a beautiful hill station in the South. Ooty is also known as Udhagamandalam or Udhagai. Ooty is part of the Nilgiri mountains or Blue mountains.

Coimbatore is the nearest city with airport at 86 kilometers away. Coimbatore junction railway station is the nearest major railway station which is connected to other parts of the country. Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station on the broad gauge. Very few trains go to Mettupalayam. Heritage Mountain railway to Ooty starts from Mettupalayam.

Lonavala, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state is another beautiful hill station in the Western part of India. Its part of the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. Khandala hill station is an adjacent twin hill station at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala hill station.

All trains stops at Lonavla railway station. Pune city is the nearest major city with an airport, at around 64 kilometers distance. Mumbai is another major city at 104 kilometers away from Lonavala hill station.

Adiyogi, Lord Shiva Statue, Yoga Websites

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Adiyogi is the Abode of Yoga and a source of energy for people to enhance their well-being. Adiyogi means the first yogi in Hindi Language. (Adi means first or beginning and Yogi means one who practices Yoga. )

Statue lord Shiva, Adiyogi, atop Vellaingiri mountainsStatue lord Shiva, Adiyogi, atop Vellaingiri mountains.

A massive 112 feet Adiyogi statue was consecrated atop Velliangiri mountains, on 24th February 2017, by the Honorable Prime Mister of India, Narendra Modi, at Isha Institute premises, near Coimbatore city, Tamilnadu state, India. Jaggi Vasudev, who is commonly known as Sadhguru, is the founder of Isha Institute.

Prayer or worship is not required at the Abode. You may make offerings here. If you are looking for yoga websites, take a look at the different menus under “Yoga” section, in Isha website. Yoga classes are conducted here; Beginners Program, Special Program and Advanced Program are some of the yoga classes conducted here. You may also join them as a yoga instructor.

Another Adiyogi statue is there at 951, Isha Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA.

How Do I Go to Adiyogi, The Abode of Yoga?

Adiyogi, The Abode of Yoga is at Velliangiri mountains, at around 40 kilometers from Coimbatore city.

Coimbatore is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Coimbatore has a major railway station. There is also an airport at Coimbatore .

What are the Timings of Adiyogi?

Adiyogi is open from 8 am to 8 pm, on all days. Guru Pooja is held at 11:50 am and at 6:20 pm. Special ‘Arathi’ is there at 6 pm on weekends.

Muthupet Lagoon, Reserve forest, Sanctuary

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Muthupet Lagoon is located on the River Cauvery delta near the Bay of Bengal, in Tamilnadu, India. Its spread over an area of around 6,803 hectares. Some portions of the Lagoon covered with mangroves.

Muthupet Lagoon and the Bay of Bengal beyond the Lagoon
Muthupet Lagoon and the Bay of Bengal beyond the Lagoon are seen in this picture.

Rivers Koraiyar, Kilaithankiyar, Marakkakoraiyar, Paminiyar, and tributaries of the Cauvery river flows through this scenic area. There are many canals and sub canals here, which are maintained by the Tamil Nadu forest department.

Muthupet reserve forests covers the Lagoon. Average death of the waters of the Lagoon is around 1 meter. Lagoon bed is covered with slit. Tides play a major role in dispersing the mangrove seeds. Point Calimere Sanctuary is situated close to this area.

How Do I Go to Muthupet Lagoon?

Muthupet Lagoon is at around 8 kilometers from Muthupet town in Thiruvarur district. Boats are available for you to explore the Lagoon.

Muthupet Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the Lagoon at Muthupet. Thiruvarur, Mayiladuthurai and Karaikudi Towns are at around 90 kilometers distance from Muthupet town. Mannargudi town is at around 34 kilometers distance from the Lagoon at Muthupet.

Some of the nearby Airports are situated at Madurai, Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) and Chennai. Madurai and Tiruchirappalli are at a distance of 165 and 110 kilometers distance. Chennai is at around 370 kilometers distance from this beautiful Lagoon.

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Travancore Kingdom

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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.

Jalakandeswarar temple, Vellore Fort

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Jalakandeswarar Temple is a Vijaynagar period Lord Shiva temple situated inside the Vellore Fort in Tamil Nadu State, India.

Jalakandeswarar Temple , Vellore, Tamilnadu
Jalakandeswarar Temple , Vellore, Tamilnadu

Tamil Nadu state Government has taken over the administration of the Temple through a government order. The temple structure is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.

It is believed that there was a giant ant-hill where temple’s sanctum now stands, surrounded by stagnant rain water. Shiva Lingam (lord Shiva idol) was placed in these waters around the ant-hill and people started working worshiping here. Vijayanagar chieftain, named Chinna Bommi Nayaka, who was controlling the Vellore fort that time, had a dream in which Lord Shiva asked him to construct a temple there. Chinna Bommi Nayaka proceeded with the temple construction and demolished the anthill in 1550 AD, The temple got its name as the Lord Shiva Lingam was surrounded by water (Jalam in Tamil). Jalakandeswarar when translated to English, means “Lord Siva residing in the water”. Sadasivadeva Maharaya (1540 – 1572 AD) was the Vijaynagar king that time. The temple is also having the idol of Sri Akhilandeshwari Amma; consort of Jalakandeswarar.

Architecture of the Jalakanteshwara Temple is that of Vijayanagaram Architecture. The temple is famous for its exquisite Gopuram (tower) carvings The stone pillars are richly carved. , the temple will make you spellbound with its sculptures and monoliths. The temple tower is having a height of more than 100 feet. The temple Hall (Mandapam) is built on carved stone pillars of horses , dragons and lion like creature known as yalis.

The temple is situated in a water tank. There is a 2 faced sculpture of a bull and an elephant. in the Kalyana Mantapam (wedding hall).

There is an earthen lamp, which revolves when some people puts their hands on it and is believed that their wishes have been granted. To get rid of ‘sarpa dosham’, devotees worship the snake sculptures and the golden and silver lizard sculptures.

How Do I Go to Jalakandeswarar temple near Vellore?

Vellore is well connected by road and rail network to the rest of the country. The nearest International airport is at Chennai. Jalakandeswarar temple is at around 3 kilometers distance from Kadpadi Junction Railway station, a major railway station in the state of Tamilnadu. Kadpadi is the railway station at Vellore.

Kanchipuram Temples, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Divya Desams

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Kanchipuram Temples are some of the famous temples at Kanchipuram near Chennai in Tamilnadu state, India. Among Kanchipuram Temples, the most famous temples are Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple & Kamakshi Amman Temple. These 3 temples are called Mumurtivasam meaning ‘abode of trio’.

Varadharaja Perumal Temple

Varadharaja Perumal temple, one of the famous Kanchipuram Temples at Kanchipuram near ChennaiVaradharaja Perumal temple at Kanchipuram near Chennai.

Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Perumal temple as it is called, is one of the Divya Desams. Divya Desams are a group of Lord Vishu temples, believed to have been visited by Alwars (poet saints). This Perumal temple is very sacred for Vaishnavites,

Ekambareswarar Temple

Varadharaja Perumal temple at Kanchipuram near ChennaiEkambareswarar Temple at Kanchipuram near Chennai.

Ekambareswarar Temple is spread over an area of 25 acre. Ekambareswarar Temple is one of the largest temples in India. The tallest among the 4 temple gopurams (towers) is 11 stories. This tower has a height of 180 feet or 55 meters. It is one among the tallest temple towers in India.

Kamakshi Amman Temple

Kamakshi Amman temple with gold overlays at Kanchipuram near Chennai
Kamakshi Amman temple with gold overlays at Kanchipuram near Chennai.

Kamakshi Amman Temple or Kamakshi Temple is associated with one of the the greatest Hindu gurus, Sankaracharya of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, established by Sri Adi Sankara. The temple towers are covered with gold. Goddess Kamakshi, in seated yogic posture, is the main deity here.

How Do I Go To Kanchipuram Temples?

Kanchipuram is well connected by roads to all parts of India. Kanchipuram Temples are at a distance of 75 kilometers from Chennai, the capital city of Tamilnadu state, There are 2 main railway stations at Chennai; Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore. Chennai city has an International airport.