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

Vellore Fort, Historical Places, Historical Monuments

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Vellore Fort is a situated in heart of the Vellore city in Tamilnadu state. This fort was constructed by Vijayanagara kings, during the 16th century.

Vellore Fort
Vellore Fort, Tamilnadu

The fort at Vellore is considered as one of the best military architecture in Southern India. Known for its grand ramparts and wide moat, this magnificent fort is spread over 133 acres of land in 0.54 square kilometers. It is situated at an altitude of 220 meters, i.e. 720 feet. It is believed that there existed an escape tunnel of 12 kilometers long, connecting this fort with Virinjipuram.

This fort is unique in that it houses 3 religious places of worship; a temple, mosque and a church. Jalakandeswarar temple, a mosque and St. John’s Church are the historical places to visit, all situated inside the fort.

Vellore Fort once served as the headquarters of Aravidu Dynasty (of Vijayanagara Empire). This fort is one among the leading historical places in India, during 16th to 20th centuries. The fort changed hands to Bijapur sultans, Marathas, Carnatic Nawabs and finally to The British, before Indian Independence. Archaeological Department of the Indian Government now maintains the fort.

The British has held Tipu Sultan‘s family and Sri Vikrama Rajasinha (the last king of Sri Lanka), as prisoners in this fort. Sriranga Raya of Vijayanagara royal family was massacred in this fort. This fort is where the first significant military rebellion against The British, Vellore Mutiny, erupted in 1806.

How Do I Go to Vellore Fort?

One among the leading historical monuments in India, Vellore Fort, is easily accessible by road and train. Its at the heart of the town and cabs can take you to the fort entrance. Katpadi Junction railway station is the nearest railway station to Vellore fort, at around 7.2 kilometers distance.

Vellore Airport does not offer passenger transport. Chennai airport is the nearest airport at 140 kilometers distance. Bengaluru airport is at around 215 kilometers from Vellore.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Dr APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial is situated at Pei Karumbu, Rameswaram, Pamban Island in Ramanathapuram district, Tamilnadu, India.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial was inaugurated by the honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on the second death anniversary of the great leader, i.e. on 27th July, 2017.

The memorial showcases Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s history. Personal belongs of the late leader are also displayed here. Statue of the late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, playing the musical instrument Veena, was also unveiled by the Prime minister of India on the same day. There are two other silicon statues of Dr. Kalam, in presidential suit, in sitting and standing postures.

Replica of missiles and rockets with which Dr. Abdul Kalam had worked are also on display. Information on APJ Abdul Kalam’s life is depicted through the 500 odd portraits, displayed at the memorial. Acrylic paintings numbering around 90, are also on display.

Library, planetarium, auditorium, etc, are planned for the second phase of the Abdul Kalam memorial, to be completed in the next 18 months or so.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India. He was called as ‘Missile Man of India’. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam contributed immensely to the defense and missile projects carried out by DRDO (Defense Research & Development Organisation) and ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization). Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam worked for both of these organizations, before becoming the president of India.

Built by Defense Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) with which Dr. Kalam was associated as a key scientist, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial is located on the land where the late president’s tomb is situated. (Dr. Abdul Kalam was buried here at Rameswaram in 2015.) This monument is one among the latest national monuments in India; other being Shaurya Smarak, National War memorial at Bhopal, inaugurated on 14th October 2016.

How Do I Go to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial?

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial is at Rameswaram. Rameswaram is connected to the mainland by Pamban Bridge. There are direct trains to the island from the state capital, Chennai. RMM is the railway station code for Rameswaram. Road connectivity is also available.

The nearest airport to Abdul Kalam National Memorial is at Madurai, at around 169 kilometers distance. Tuticorin airport is at 192 kilometers from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam National Memorial at Rameswaram.

Kutladampatti Falls, Ashram, Peacock

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Kutladampatti Falls is a 27 meter (89 feet) high waterfall in Kutladampatti village, near Madurai in Tamilnadu state, India.


 Kutladampatti Falls, near Madurai

Kutladampatti Falls.

Kutladampatti Falls is easily accessible by public transport. The pavement and steps leading to the falls are well laid out. Last few meters around the falls are slippery and steep. There is an Ashram, downhill the falls which is good for meditation. A large number of peacocks are found in the Ashram compound.

Kutladampatti Waterfalls is situated inside a reserve forest, which is managed by the state Forest Department. There is an entry fee to be paid, near the falls. The falls is one among the ideal getaway places for the residents of Madurai and other nearby areas.

How Do I Go to Kutladampatti Falls?

Kutladampatti waterfalls is at a distance of 30 kilometers northwest of Madurai. The falls is at a distance of 8 kilometers from Vadipatti, a small town near the falls.

There are direct state government buses to the falls form Madurai Periyar Bus stand and also from Vadipatti bus stand.

Madurai Junction railway station with station code MDU, is the nearest major railway station. There is an airport at Madurai, which serves mainly the domestic passengers. Cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Goa and Pune are connected by different airlines. There are two international flights to Dubai and Colombo.

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

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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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

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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 conducted 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.