Water Activities and Health Resorts at Kovalam Beach in God’s Own Country

Kovalam Beach on the Arabian Sea coast in South Kerala is one of the best beaches in India, known for its Water Activities and Health Resorts. There are three main beaches in Kovalam; Howah Beach, Light house Beach and Samudra Beach. Entry to Light house beach is only for the tourists and fishermen are banned here. This Beach at Kovalam offers best relaxation to any tourist.

View of Kovalam Beach
View of Kovalam Beach, one among the best beaches in India.

This beautiful Beach is surrounded by coconut trees. It is around half an hour’s drive from Kovalam hotels like Vivanta by Taj – Green Cove, The Leela Kovalam Beach, Hotel Samudra KTDC, Abad Harmonia, etc.

The lighthouse and beach at Kovalam.
The lighthouse and beach at the Beach.

There are a variety of relaxation facilities and water activities available at the beach. Scuba diving, Wind Surfing, Para Sailing, Water skiing, Catamaran skiing, Swimming in the clear shallow beach waters, etc, are to name a few.

Underwater diving has recently become very popular among tourists to Kovalam beach. Scuba diving kit or scuba diving gear is provided free of cost as part of the Underwater diving package tour. Kovalam beach is one among the best scuba diving destinations in India.

There are many hotels near the waterfront and surrounding areas. Waterfront restaurants are also there on the beach coast.

There are a large number of Resorts, Ayurveda centers, etc, also, that offers rooms to tourists. ‘Somatheeram’ is a leading Ayurveda Health resort at Chowara Beach, 9 kilometers south of the world famous Beach at Kovalam.

God’s own country,Kerala, beacons you. Kovalam tour packages are one of the best Kerala Tourism packages one can think of. If you are planning for an Indian holidays trip, do not forget to include Kovalam in your trip.

How Do I Go to Kovalam Beach known for Water Activities and Health Resorts?

Kovalam Beach is very near to the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram Alias Trivandum at 13 kilometers away and it takes only 30 minutes drive to reach from Kovalam beach. “Thiruvananthapuram Central” is the nearest railway station to this beach. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest airport to Howah Beach, Light house Beach and Samudra Beach at Kovalam.

Varkala Beach, another famous beach known for its geographical formations near the beach, is just 55 kilometers away from Kovalam Beach.

 

Fall In Love With Sri Harimandir Sahib Golden Temple; The abode of God

Golden Temple alias Sri Harmandir Sahib, is situated at AMRITSAR, Punjab, India. Sri Harmandir Sahib means ‘The abode of God’. Amritsar is the spiritual center for the Sikhs and the administrative headquarters of Amritsar District.

Visit Golden Temple

The Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

This Gurdwara (temple) is the holiest Gurdwara (place of worship) for Sikhs. The first gurdwara here was built in the 15th century and the current gurdwara was built in 1764. Golden temple is built around the man made pool or lake called “AmritSarovar”, which was shortened to become the name of the town, Amritsar. Amrit means nectar,   sarovar means pool.

The four entrances of the holy Sri Harmandir Sahib symbolizes the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religion. Four entrances represents the four directions; North, south, East and West.

History Behind Construction of Golden Temple

The third Guru of Sikh religion, Guru Amar Das has chosen the site for this holy temple. Guru Ram Das, who succeeded Guru Amar Das in 1574, acquired the land chosen by his predecessor. He started building the new township in 1581, with the pool at its center. The pool was kept dry during the contraction period. It was filled with water after the inauguration of the temple.  The construction of the temple was completed in 1589. The original temple was made of bricks. The town was initially known as Ramdaspur.

Later on, during Guru Arjan’s time, the town expanded and was named Amritsar with the Golden Temple complex,  at its center.  It was Guru Arjan who is credited with installing the first version of the scripture of Sikhism inside the Golden temple in 1604. He also established Amritsar  as the main pilgrimage destination for the Sikhs.

In 1802, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the founder of Sikh Empire, took control of Amritsar. He rebuilt the Sri Harimandir Sahib temple with Marble and Copper. He also donated gold to cover the sanctum. The sanctum was covered with gold foils. He also made the temple officials position a hereditary one.

Golden temple is  a mixture of different architectural styles. Hindu Rajput architecture along with  Indian and Islamic Mughal architecture  can be seen here at the Golden temple.

Custom & Free Food at Golden Temple

It is customary to wash your legs before entering the golden temple. There is a free community kitchen which serves food to thousands of visitors,  daily. It is called Langar.

Wheat Halwa is the prasadam at Golden temple. Prasadam is  the food that is a religious offering in Sikhism. It is consumed by devotees after worshiping.

How Do I Go to the Golden Temple at Amritsar?

Amritsar is well connected by buses to cities like New Delhi, Dehradun, Shimla, Jammu, etc. Amritsar Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the Golden temple. Direct trains connects this holy city  with many of the major Indian cities.

Operation Blue Star at The Golden temple

Operation Blue Star was a military operation undertaken in June 1984 by the Indian Army, on Indira Gandhi’s orders, the then Indian prime minister, to contain militancy. To take revenge, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguard, on 31 October 1984.

Golden Temple Website

If you are looking for more details on golden temple, please check out Golden temple website.

Conclusion

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Yamunotri Pilgrimage route

Pilgrimage to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar & Rishikesh

Pilgrimage to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar & Rishikesh is a very popular pilgrimage tour in India. These places are considered as very holy places by Hindus. Group travel package is the best option to cover these major Hindu pilgrimage centers.

Yamunotri Pilgrimage route
Yamunotri Pilgrimage route

Yamunotri, is the source of holy river Yamuna. It is the seat of the Goddess Yamuna, as per Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 10,804 ft above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas.  Yamunotri is located approximately 30 kilometers north of Uttarkashi, in Uttarakhand State, India.

Gangotri is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi, in Uttarakhand State. Gangotri  is the origin of the River Ganges. It is also the seat of the goddess Ganga,as per Hinduism.

Kedarnath,is among the holiest pilgrimage center for any devout Hindu. It is in the Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector & the destroyer of the universe, as per Hinduism.

Badrinath is considered as the most sacred center of pilgrimage for Hindus, situated in the Himalayan Region, in the state of Uttarakhand. Badrinath  is located at an altitude of more than 10000 feet above sea level. The route to Badrinath is one of the the most scenically beautiful places in the world.

Haridwar, is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to the Hindus. It is in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand state, India

Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India.  Rishikesh is situated in Dehradun district, in the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is known as “The Gateway to the Himalayas”. The word Rishikesh means Lord of Senses or Lord Vishnu.

Where Do I Start My Pilgrimage?

Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarahkand state, serves as the main access point for the pilgrims. Please contact your   travel agent as this may vary for some of the travel agencies. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, at Dehradun.

Dehradun is well connected by roads to all parts of India.

Church of the Resurrection in Old Jerusalem

Information You Probably Didn’t Know About Holy See or Holy Land – JERUSALEM

A Visit to the Holy See or Holy Land! The ultimate dream for any Christian. This dream can be achieved  now by  the residents of India.

Go on a tour of  JERUSALEM and nearby tourist places like AMMAN (JORDAN), PALESTINE,  EGYPT; this year  and get the ultimate pilgrimage satisfaction.  It is the birth place of the Lord Jesus Christ. Celebrate Christmas at Jerusalem!

Visit the historic places where Jesus Christ lived his life. You can see the places where Jesus Christ was born, baptized, lived and preached Christianity.  Holy Land is the place where biblical churches, hills, seas, etc, are found. Egypt is home to one of the seven wonders of the world;  Egyptian mummies. Visit UNESCO World Herniate Sites in Egypt. Come and explore these heritage beauties.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre or Church of the Resurrection or Church of the Anastasis in Old Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulchre or Church of the Resurrection or Church of the Anastasis in Old Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre or Church of the Resurrection or Church of the Anastasis is 4th century Orthodox Church at old Jerusalem. It is one of the holiest places for any Christian. It is the site where Jesus Christ was crucified (Calvary or Golgotha). The site where Jesus Christ was buried is situated in a 18th century shrine called Aedicule or Edicul. Both these holiest sites are located close to each other. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dome of the Rock is the most recognizable landmark in Jerusalem. It is  an Islamic Shrine and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 691 CE. The original dome collapsed in 1015. It was rebuilt in 1022 – 23. This is one of the oldest Islamic architectures found anywhere in the world. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad’s Journey to heaven started from the rock at the center of this structure.

Foundation Stone at Dome of the Rock, in holy See alias Holy Land
Foundation Stone at Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem

This rock is of great significance for the Jews also, as it is believed to be the purported site of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of his son. Jews call this stone as “Foundation Stone” or Pierced Stone. There is a hall in the corner of the stone and hence the name Pierced stone.  It is the holiest place for Jews.

Western Wall is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in old Jerusalem. It is made of lime-stones.  It can be described as the 187 foot or 57 meter exposed portion of the ancient wall, situated on the western side of the Temple Mount. Western Wall is the holiest place for Jews. Beyond this wall, Jews are not allowed to go. They can pray here on the side of the western wall. It is the holiest place for Jews to pray. i.e. For Jews, Western Wall is the holiest place to pray and the Foundation Stone is the holiest place.

THE JOY YOU CARRY IN YOUR SOUL FROM THE HOLY LAND IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE EXPRESSED IN WORDS…..

How Do I Go to the Holy See or Holy Land; JERUSALEM?

Holy Land, the birth place of the Jesus Christ, the spot where the Baptism of Jesus Christ took place, UN World Heritage sites in and around Jerusalem, etc, can be visited by contacting the Group tour operators, Drishya Holidays. They offer 9 nights and 10 days tour package from India at affordable rates, on a twin sharing basis.  Please call  +91-98107  – 141500 or email  at [email protected] These group tours starts from Kerala and New Delhi.

Have You Been to This Heritage Village Known for Its Metal Mirror (Aranmula Kannadi), Snake Boats & Mural Art Gallery

Aranmula is a small historical village on the banks of river Pampa, in Kerala. There are lot of tourist places, temples, churches, mosques, etc, in and around this village. River Pamba runs along this village.

Aranmula metal mirror
Aranmula metal mirror

Aranmula is famous for the geographically patented Aranmula Metal Mirror or Aranmula kannadi, as is known in local language, Malayalam.

Aranmula snake boat race‘s history is linked to the history of Aranmula parthasarathy temple, a 900 year old famous temple on the banks of river Pamba. The deity at this temple is that of Lord Parthasarathy Alias Lord Arjuna.

World famous Hindu Pilgrimage center Sabarimala is at around 70 kilometers from this village. Pandalam Palace and Pandalam Temple which was the home of Lord Aiyappan (deity at Sabarimala) is at 12 kilometers distance from Aranmula Ikkara Junction, the junction where Pandalam – Kozhencherry road and Mavelikkara – Kozhencherry road meets.

World famous Maramon Convention center, the largest Christian convention in the world, on the sand-beds of the River Pampa, near the Kozhencherry – Maramon Bridge, is just 3 kilometers from Ikkara Junction (Ikkara Mukku in local language). Cherukolpuzha Hindu Convention or Hindumatha Mahamandalam (as is called in the local language of Malayalam), on the sand-beds of holy river Pampa, near Cherukolpuzha bridge, is hardly 8 kilometers from Ikkaraka Junction.

Vastu Vidya Gurukulam at Aranmula, under the Department of Culture, Government of Kerala, promotes Traditional Kerala style Architecture. The institute situated at Tharayil Mukku Bus Stop, at a distance of around 1 kilometer from Ikkara Junction, offers different courses in Kerala’s Traditional Architecture. There is also a Mural Art Gallery at the same premises for preservation, promotion, exhibition and sale of mural painting works.

The sight of the river in the evenings makes you spellbound. The sight of the river waters, bathed in light bluish color in the backdrop of the evening rosy sun rays from the setting sun; Its one of the best sights of any river one can have.

How Do I Go to Aranmula?

This heritage village is well connected by roads. Mavelikara – Kozhencherry road and Pandalam – Kozhencherry road passes through this village.

Main Central Road (MC Road) at Chenganoor is 9 kilometers away.

Tiruvalla – Pathanamthitta state highway goes through Thekkemala, which is 2 kilometers from Aranmula.

Chenganoor is the nearest railway station with station code CNGR for the railway booking site, irctc.co.in.

Pathananthitta, the district head quarters is just 12 kilometers away.

Cochin International Airport at Nedumbrassery and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport are almost equidistant, at 100 kilometers distance.

Home Stay at Aranmula

Home stay at Aranmula and Pathanamthitta
DJ Holidays Home stay Building near Ikkara Junction where you can stay
with the host family.

Controversies Surrounding The Proposed Aranmula International Airport

There was a proposal to start a new International airport at this heritage village; “The First Private International Greenfield Airport in India”.

The above mentioned airport proposal was abandoned due to the failure in getting the required environmental clearance certificates. The Government of Kerala, in July 2017, has decided to start a new airport near Erumely, close to the famous religious pilgrimage center, Sabarimala Temple.