Dudhsagar Falls – Fifth Tallest Waterfall in India near Goa

Dudhsagar Falls, on the Goa-Karnataka state border, is a 4 tiered cascading waterfall and is one of the most beautiful and powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls looks like milk and hence the name Dudhsagar. ‘Doodh’ in India’s national Language, Hindi, means milk and ‘sagar’ means sea. The falls is also known as doodh sagar.

Dudhsagar Falls on the Goa Karnataka Border
Lower half of Dudhsagar Falls.

Doodh sagar Falls is  at a distance of 60 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa.

Dudhsagar Falls in monsoon season, is one of the most beautiful and powerful falls in India. It is India’s fifth tallest waterfall with a height of 310 meters (and 227th in the world). Water on the fall transverses more than a thousand feet thus making it one of the most beautiful natural scenery in India.

Trekking is one of the most famous activity here. There are many routes available for trekking .

How Do I Go to Dudhsagar Falls?

Dudhsagar Water Falls is situated at a distance of 60 kilometers from the capital of Goa, Panaji. NH4A connects Tourist Paradise of Goa to Dudhsagar waterfall.

Trains from Madgaon railway junction or Londa railway junction are the EASIEST access points (being major stations) to Doodh Sagar Falls. Castle Rock station or Collem stations are the NEAREST ones where some of the long distance trains stops officially.

There is a railway station named ‘Dudhsagar Falls’, where ALL TRAINS STOPS (including good trains); WHILE GOING TOWARDS MADAGON, to check the braking system, AS IT IS STEEP WHEN GOING DOWN. No train tickets are issued to this station as there is no official stop for trains at ‘Dudhsagar Falls’ station. The next railway station after this station where trains officially stop is is Collem Alias Kuhlem on Madgaon-Londa track, 13 kilometers from the Dudhsagar Falls.)

The best form of transport to the falls from the city is Jeep or a Four wheel drive vehicle as the streams criss-crosses the roads at some points during the journey. About one kilometer away from the falls, one has to park the vehicle and go on a Dudhsagar falls trekking inside the forests to reach the falls.

The Golden Chariot – Luxary Train – Palace on Wheels

The Golden Chariot
Golden Chariot Lounge (Photo credit: Train Chartering & Private Rail Cars)

Golden Chariot is a super luxury tourist train operated by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation, a Government of Karnataka undertaking in India. It is modeled  on the lines of  ‘the Palace on Wheels’, the  first luxury tourist train in India.

The Golden Chariot runs its trains on two routes. The first one called “Pride of the South” covers Karnataka and Goa states. The second train called “Southern Splendor” runs through Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala states. These services are  operated as a weekly service and the train can accommodate 88 persons on its 44 cabins across 11 passenger coaches. There is other general purpose coaches also.

“Pride of the South” covers Bangalore, Kabani forests, Srirangapatnam temple town, Mysore the city of palaces, Shravanabelagola, Belur famous for the Chennakesava temple, Halebidu architectural and temple town, Hampi temple town, Badami famous for the rock cut temple and other structural temples,  Pattadakal known for its historic temples, Goa famous for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architectures. You are then taken back to Bangalore. This is a 8 days / 7 nights package covering Karnataka and Goa.

“Southern Splendor”, another  8 days / 7 nights package tour. The journey begins at Bangalore and takes you to the historical Temple cities of Mamallapuram alias Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram known for its temples and Silk Sarees, Tiruchirapalli the rockfort city and temple, Thanjavur and Madurai – historical temple towns of Tamilnadu. Then you are taken to Kerala state. The beaches of Kovalam and sandy shores awaits tourists here. You will glide by boat through the palm fringed and silent back waters to  Kochi or Cochin or Ernakulam, the ‘Queen of Arabian sea’. Then you are taken back to starting point in Bangalore.

The Golden Chariot offers on-board stay and private A/C Deluxe Cabins with attached bathrooms. (There may be a stay at resort or hotel for a day at Kabani.)

If you are looking for southern India tours, these two trains offers the ultimate in luxury India tours.

Restaurants Inside Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot has two multi cuisine restaurants offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. There is a bar named ‘Madira’ which is stocked with international wines and spirits.

The Golden Chariot has a conference room on another coach which offers a seating capacity of 30.

Ayurvedic & Spa Therapies inside Golden Chariot

The Golden Chariot offers Ayurvedic and spa therapies at ‘Nirvana Spa’ and  a fully equipped gym is also there on board the The Golden Chariot.

How Do I Book Tickets in Golden Chariot Train?

For booking on The Golden Chariot train, visit http://www.goldenchariot.org/

The Golden Chariot have offices all around the world: in USA, UK, Europe, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Painted storks, at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Painted storks, at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bird family in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in...
Bird family in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Mysore, Karnataka, India. Black-headed Ibises, Threskiornis melanocephalus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is at a distance of 3 kilometers from Srirangapatana which is a great religious (famous for Srirangapatana temple built in the 9 th century, an important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage), cultural and historical town (was also the capital of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali)  in Mandya District  of Karnataka Sate, India.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary comprises of six islets on the banks of the river Kaveri.  The islets were formed as a result of the embankment built across the river Kaveri in 1648 by the then Mysore King, Wodeyar. Centuries later, Dr. Salim Ali, (an Indian ornithologist and naturalist, known as the “birdman of India” ,  the force behind the movement to prevent the destruction of what is now the Silent Valley National Park), found that these isles formed a major nesting ground for birds, and persuaded the Wodeyar kings of Mysore in 1940 to get these  areas declared as a bird sanctuary.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is spread across an area of 40 acres, which makes it one of the largest and most popular bird sanctuaries in the state. Around 170 species of birds are found in the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is closed during floods and watching birds from a distance is allowed during floods.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is around 20 kilometers north of Mysore which is well connected by road and train. MYS is the code for Mysore Junction station on irctc.co.in, the official Indian Railways Ticket Booking Site.

The nearest airport is Bangalore, at 140 kilometers away.

Dolphins, Jet Skiing & Boat Ride at Gokarna Beach

Gokarna Beach is a dream destination beach in Karnataka state of India. There are five beaches in Gokarna and Cliffs separate these beaches.

Gokarna Beach
A view of Om Beach, Gokarna, India

Gokarna beach or Indian beach, Om Beach, Kuddle beach, Half moon beach and Full Moon Beach or Paradise Beach  are the main beaches here. Roads leading to Gokarna is picturesque with Western Ghats mountains and cliffs on on one side and Arabian sea on the other side.

From one Gokarna Beach to another beach, there is boat facility available. You can also walk into the beaches.

Jet skiing, Fishing trips, Banana Boat ride,  Boating trips to spot Dolphins in action off the coast and good food at the end of it;  These Beaches offer  much more than what beaches normally offer to tourists!

Gokarna is also famous for its temples which are mentioned in the old Hindu literature works.

How Do I Go to Gokarna Beaches?

Karwar is one of the nearest towns at 58 kilometers distance and Hubli at 147 kilometers distance. Bangalore, the capital city, is at around 500 kilometers away.

Gokarna  Road is the nearest railway station at 6 kilometers away on the Mumbai – Mangalore route of Konkan railway corporation (a subsidiary of Indian Railways). The code to book tickets to Gokarna Road is GOK at irctc.co.in, the official ticket booking web site of Indian Railways. Ankola is another Major town with Railway connectivity at 20 kilometers away on National Highway No.17.

Goa Airport is the nearest Airport at 140 kilometers away.

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace or the ‘Amba Vilas Palace’ as it is known officially, is the official residential palace of the Wodeyars, the erstwhile royal family of the Princely state of Mysore in Karnataka State, India.

Mysore Palace
Front view of Mysore Palace, India (also known as Ambavilas Palace)

Mysore Palace is one of the many Palaces found in and around Mysore. It is a major tourist attraction which is a three storied stoned structure that blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. Mysore Palace is considered as a masterpiece in Indo Saracenic architecture.

This palace is one of the most visited India tourist places with lacks of people visiting the Mysore palace every year. South India tourism packages during Dessara season normally includes a visit to Mysore palace and the Brindavan Gardens at Mysore. General public can enter the palace and enjoy the architecture and the beauty of this palace by paying a small entry fee.

‘Wodeyars’ were the rulers of the Mysore princely state for centuries till Indian independence. They made Mysore their capital in the 14th century and the current Mysore palace construction was started in 1897 and completed in 1912. The current palace was renovated in 1940.

This Palace at Mysore is famous for the Desara festival (mostly in September/October). On the tenth day of Desara festival, there is parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats, which make it very colorful and is now an integral part of Mysore culture and is a highlight of the Karnataka tourism festival. Mysore tourism industry will be at its best during the Desara festival  season.

Does this entice you to go for a Mysore palace virtual tour and enjoy the beauty of this magnificent royal palace sitting in the comforts of your room?

How do I Go to Mysore Palace?

Mysore palace is in  the heart of Mysore city, the second biggest city in the state of Karnataka. It is well connected by road and rail. Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station to Mysore palace. Bangalore alias Bangaluru airport at 140 kilometers distance is the nearest airport. The Group of Monuments at the temple town of Hampi,  is at 420 kilometers distance.

Mysore Hotels Near Mysore Palace?

There are many hotels in MysoreMysore fortune Palace is a leading hotel from ITC, one of the largest Indian hotel companies. Some other hotel groups which operates at Mysore are Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Mysore, The Kings Sanctuary, The Lalitha Mahal Palace, Hotel Sandesh the Prince. These are a few high end hotels in Mysore.

Some other Mysore Hotels like Sandesh the prince allows advance reservations up to one year and one month in advance.

Aishwarya Residency near the bus terminus, Blue Moon Residency, BTC Comforts, Hotel Luciya International, etc, are some of the hotels in Mysore with affordable hotel prices.

There are many cheap hotels with affordable rates. There are many cheap hotel rooms also. Cheap motels are also available on the highway side little away from the city.