Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Roman Colosseum



The Colosseum is a large building made by the Roman Empire. It is an amphitheatre built in elliptical shape, which can seat more than 60.000 spectators

It stands in Rome, the capital of Italy; at the East of the Roman Forum. Thousands of people travelled there in order to watch the gladiator battles, executions and many other acts that the Emperors made for the espectators.

It was built by the Emperor Vespasiano, and the construction started in the year 70 BC. Ten years later it was finished, by the Emperor Tito. Also, it was modified during the empire of Domiciano. The last games were celebrated in the VI Century.



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Monday, December 21, 2009

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Hong Kong, an oriental pearl, is simply amazing. It will be very hard for you to find a more exciting city other than Hong Kong. The best thing about being in Hong Kong is getting confused and fired by the confluences and contradictions of a Chinese city with multi Asian and western elements.

The best period to take a vacation to Hong Kong is in the months of October, November and most of December.
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Hawaii

Going for Hawaii vacation will make you feel very happy by the beauty and hospitality. They want to do the things that they would not do at home. The beautiful Hawaii islands offer you to see world famous beaches closely; offer you peace and calmness somewhere off the beaten path.

During winter season, Hawaii is fully packed with tourists. When you visit Hawaii, don’t forget to enjoy the activities like: Seeing Molten lava flow at Kilauea volcano, hiking through Waipio Valley, visiting the largest Hawaiian religious temple Puukohola Heiau and playing in the snow atop Mauna Kea.

Thekkady


Thekkady is a rich in natural as well as cultural wealth. It boasts of the largest wildlife sanctuary in India. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over 777 sq km, is home to elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. The Periyar Lake is an artificial lake spread over 25 sq km formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam. The Mangla Devi Temple is a ruined stone temple situated deep inside the forest. Sukri Dam is a 120 years old dam built across the Periyar. The Tribal Heritage Museum is built inside the Mannan settlement and displays various artifacts related to ancient agricultural practices, marriage ceremonies, cultural events, dress code, rituals and death ceremonies like fishing gear, hunting weaponry, indigenous medicine and vessels, cereals, medicinal herbs and bamboo furniture. You can indulge in activities like Bamboo Rafting, Border Hiking and Nature Walks while at Thekkady.

The sanctuary is centered around the large (24 sq km) artificial lake formed by a dam across the Periyar river. The main attraction is a boat trip over this man-made lake of Thekkady. The forest department would also arrange elephant rides and trekking inside the sanctuary. One can see deers, monkeys, tigers, herds of elephants and other exotic flora and fauna here. For the more adventurous, trekking into the jungle would be an exciting thing to do.

There are bus regular bus services from the major towns and cities in Kerala to Thekkady.


Some of the main attractions of Thekkady are:

Plantation Tours: Plantation Eco-Tours are arranged from the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady jn. in Kumily. Tours cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.

Elephant rides: The forest Department, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle. Time : 1000 to 1700 hrs. Duration of a trip : 30 minutes. Tickets are available from the wildlife information.

Trekking: Main trekking areas in Thekkady are Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalamedu, 5 km from Kumily, Grampi near Vandiperiyar.

Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake

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Thekkady is a hill station at an altitude ranging from 700 m to 1900 m in the Idukki district. It lies on the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala. 





 

Mattupetty - 13 kms from Munnar


Mattupetty, situated at a height of 1700 m, is specially known for its highly specialised dairy farm - the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here.


The Mattupetty also has a lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm. These are beautiful picnic spots and the boat cruises (Speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats) along the dam are quite popular. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are other attractions in the vicinity.

Munnar



Munnar, was the most popular summer resorts during the British reign and is still a very well known hill station. Located at an altitude of 1800m above sea level, this 'Kashmir of the East' is the first hill resort in the State.

The chilly climate here is ideal for cultivating tea. It is home to one of the biggest tea plantations in the world- the Kannan Devan Tea Plantations. The sight of mist topped tea plantations spread across acres of Munnar, is indeed soothing to the eye.

The most splendid sight would definitely be that of thousands of the exotic blue flower- Neelakurinji, that inundate the hills every 12 years (the next bloom will be in the year 2006). There are many lovely spots that are ideal for rock climbing and trekking as well. The noisy waterfalls, gurgling streams and rows of tiny cottages add more life and colour to the vivid picturesque location that Munnar already is.

Munnar - 70 kms from Idukki (KERALA)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Miami


America’s Riviera with 10 miles of wide white sandy beaches, delightful art deco architecture, trendy hotels, chic restaurants and hot party scene – this is Miami. Plus, a huge Latin American cultural inheritance – in some Miami neighborhoods you could easily forget that you are in the United States. If you don’t have a chance to go to Cuba, a short trip to Little Havana in Miami could give you a little glimpse of the Caribbean jewel: aroma of Cuban coffee and cigars, pulsating Cuban music, art and craft, very authentic restaurants and colorful storefronts. But, if you are really adventurous, rent a car and go to Key West for a couple of days. Not only because Key West is absolute paradise, but also because the road from Miami to Key West is really stunning.

San Diego


Blue skies and 70 miles of great beaches, Mediterranean climate and Mexican specialties, aquatic parks, aquariums and zoos – the jewel of South California have it all. For beach lovers a visit to La Jolla is a must. The most magnificent beach on the West Coast offers fantastic surfing, excellent snorkeling and diving, amazing sunsets and beautiful sands. San Diego Old Town, the historical heart of the city, is the "birthplace" of California - San Diego is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. The Spanish and Mexican heritage of the city is celebrated throughout Old Town, including best Mexican food and Margaritas.

Los Angeles


Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Malibu and Sunset Boulevard – these places have to be on must-visit in America list, and all of them are in Los Angeles. Who wouldn’t like to take a ride down Sunset Boulevard in a convertible or watch sunset on Malibu beach with a glass of California Pinot? If you’ve never done it, you should! Besides famous attractions and intensive nightlife, Los Angeles has great surroundings to explore. Just take a road trip to Santa Barbara and you’ll witness a breathtaking beauty of South California.

Seattle



If you think that Seattle is only about rain, you are absolutely wrong. The Emerald City is a real green gem, with a wealth of evergreen trees throughout, and breathtaking views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west. Mt. Rainier looks down on Seattle from its majestic heights. Driving through Seattle on a clear day has been compared to floating on a cloud in an emerald sky. Go to the top of the Space Needle and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, have a lunch at a sidewalk café in Pike Street Market and embrace best of what Seattle can offer – splendid views and great freshest seafood.
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San Francisco


The city's famous steep hills and trolley cars, astonishing bay views, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, lively Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown, numerous beautiful gardens and delicious food make San Francisco very unique and, from my point of view, the most beautiful city in America. When in San Francisco, take a trip to Napa Valley for a glass of wine or two while enjoying breathtaking scenery of a wine country. Or go to Lake Tahoe, to see “the jewel of the Sierras”, one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Yucatán

Yucatán: Introduction and History

Yucatán, Mexico has an area of 38,402 sq km and a population of about 1,818,900. Its capital is Mérida.

Yucatan shares its boundaries with the Mexican states of Quintana Roo and Campeche and is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the north. The topography is dominated by its coastline along with a vast landscape of savannah-land.

Apart from a number of Spaniards and Creoles, the population of the state of Yucatán consists mainly of Maya Indians and Mestizos (mixed indigenous and foreign ancestry)

All the cities in Yucatán
Coba Cozumel Isla Holbox
Merida Uxmal Valladolid

                  

Zacatecas





Zacatecas, Mexico has an area of 73,252 sq km and a population of about 1,367,600. Its capital is Zacatecas City.

Zacatecas is bounded by the Mexican states of Coahuila, Durango, Jalisco, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí. The topography of the state is characterised by mountain ranges and plateaus.


Zacatecas is predominantly inhabited by Creoles and Mestizos (mixed indigenous and foreign ancestry). In pre-Hispanic times, this region was home to by various Indian tribes including the Huicholes, Coras and Tepehuano.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Konark

Tourist guide Konark

With a population of about 15,000, an average rainfall of over 15,000 mm and surrounded with greenery, the city located on the eastern sea-coast of India, Konark is renowned across the world for its architectural beauty, most prominent of them being the Sun Temple build in the 13th Century, the ruins of which were later discovered in the 19th century.
Konark is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the most prominent cities in the state of Orissa.

In addition to the astounding architectural brilliance exemplified in by the Temples, the Konark beach is one of the better beaches in India to be visited, with the best time to visit being between the months of October and March.


Konark is also well located for visit to surrounding areas which are home to recent excavations of Buddhist sites.
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Orissa



Orissa is a large state which lies to the eastern side of the coast of India.

The cities in Orissa are ones of the most visited by the tourists every year.

Orissa is home to a large number of IT- industries, steel companies and many other mineral industries. Apart from all these industries, tourism has played a very important role in the economy of Orissa.

Orissa has a population of 36,706,920.


Oriya is the official language but people are well versed with Hindi and English.

Odissi is instead the traditional classical dance of Orissa : actually, it's well renowned all over the world.
The rich Adivasi culture of ancient Orissa is still reflected in some parts of Orissa.

Orissa has a tropical climate with heavy rainfalls. In summers the average maximum temperature is about 35ºC. In winters the temperature is pretty cool, the average minimum temperature is 9ºC.

Orissa is state of immense cultural and religious heritage

All the cities in Orissa
Angul Baripada Bhubaneswar
Konark Puri Raghurajpur
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Delhi

 National Capital Territory of Delhi: Cities and Vacations


The National Capital Territory of Delhi lies almost totally in the Gangetic plains.
Towards the East is the state of Uttar Pradesh. In the South, North and West the state of Haryana borders Delhi.

The significant characteristics of Delhi are the Yamuna flood plain as well as the Delhi ridge.
The weather of Delhi territory is semi-arid : from early April to October is the summer season accompanied by the monsoon, whereas, on the other hand, from October the winter season begins and this peaks in January.

This season is adversely reputed for heavy fog. The average yearly rainfall is about 714 mm. Of these the maximum part is in July and August. The temperature can be as high as 47 °C or as low as -0.6 °C. As per the 2001 census, the population of Delhi was 1,37,82,976.

In Delhi territory, there are several ethnic groups and cultures.

There are also considerable expatriates. Both blue collar and white collar workers from all corners of the country are enticed towards Delhi.

All these factors make Delhi a truly cosmopolitan city.

Tamil Nadu


Tamil Nadu: Introduction and History
This state was in existence since prehistoric times and is known as the native land of the Tamils with a history going back to several thousand years.
Tamil Nadu is one of the most developed states in India comprising of a variety of unusual flora fauna, beautiful hill stations, tranquil beaches, ancient pilgrimage sites and stunning Hindu temples.
With a coastline of more than 1000Km, Tamil Nadu had beautiful serene beaches.
The local language largely spoken in this state is Tamil apart from Sanskrit.
Chennai, earlier known as Madras is the capital of this state.
Tamil Cuisine is amongst the most erstwhile culinary inheritances in the world. Its unique dishing out of food in a banana leaf instead of a plate is one of the reasons why tourists from all over enjoy this cuisine.
The St. Thomas Mount in Chennai, the Santhome Basilica built upon the mausoleum of St. Thomas, the picturesque hill stations of Coonoor, Yercaud, Kodaikanal and Udhagamandalam along with a variety of national and wildlife parks and sanctuaries are the star attractions of this beautiful scenic state.
All the cities in Tamil Nadu
Chennai Chidambaram Coimbatore
Kanchipuram Kanyakumari Kodaikanal
Madurai Mamallapuram Ootacamund
Ooty Selam Thanjavur
Tiruchirappalli Tirupur Udhagamandalam

Meghalaya





Literarily meaning ‘The Abode of Clouds’ (in Sanskrit) the north eastern state of Meghalaya, with a population of just over 2 million people, is a hilly strip with about one-third of the state being forested, is about 300 km long and 100 km wide is a small state in north-eastern India.
With majority of the population being made up of tribal people dominated by three main sects, Meghalaya is currently one of few states in India to have as high a Christianity population of over 70%.
The state made up of many rivers and mainly built on rock formations contains rich deposits of valuable minerals.
As described by its name, Meghalaya is considered one of the wettest states in the country with an average rainfall as high as 1200 cm, and its climate being moderate but humid and its economy predominantly agrarian
All the cities in Meghalaya
Cherrapunjee
Jongohetpara
Phlangmawphra
Ringkhap songmong
Shillong
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Himachal Pradesh





 The state of Himachal Pradesh was formed by the unification of 30 princely states following Independence from the British Rule in 1947.
With population of around 7 million, this traditional state of Himachal Pradesh, which has been influenced minimally by external cultures, is bordered by Jammu & Kashmir to its North.
Known for having one of the highest per-capita income in the country and sometimes referred to the land of Gods, the state has a great variation in climatic conditions owing to its great disparities in elevations between locations.
With over 60% under forest area, the State is also known as the fruit bowl and has a continuous supply for water from the numerous rivers that flows through it.
This has resulted in Hydro power and agriculture becoming a major contributor to the revenue with a large amount being sold to neighbouring states too.

All the cities in Himachal Pradesh
Dharamsala Kullu Manali
McLeod Ganj Shimla

Daman and Diu




Daman is located on the West coast of India. This Union Territory was earlier referred to as ‘Damao’.
Gujarati and Marathi are the languages spoken here apart from the much frequently spoken English which is acknowledged for official purposes.
The spots frequented by tourists are the amusement park on Devka beach and Nani Daman which refreshes the visitors apart from other Beaches, gardens, churches.
In Diu, the beautifully secluded beach, Nagoa is one of the most spectacular beaches in India and the distinctive shoe shape of the beach makes it all the more stunning.
The island of Diu is located just off the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat which borders the Junagadh district.
The maximum temperature in summer is 36 C and the minimum temperature is 20 C while in winter the maximum temperature is 26 C and the minimum is 20 C again.
The best time to visit this place is from October to May.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Introduction and History


The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are situated in the Indian Ocean, and Port Blair, an Andamanese town, is the capital of this Union Territory.
Dwelt in for more than several thousand years proof of life on these islands goes back to about 2000 years. Totally there are 572 islands in this territory of which only 38 are permanently habitated.
Home to numerous aboriginal tribes, Andaman is derived from the Mythological God Hanuman.
Nearly 86% of the total area of this territory is covered by lush forests. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is plentiful in its assortment of animals, fish, turtles etc.
The best season to visit these islands is from October to May.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tabasco

Tabasco: Introduction and History



Tabasco, Mexico has an area of 25,267 sq km and a population of about 1,989,900. Its capital is Villahermosa.
Tabasco, situated on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, is bounded by the Mexican states of Campeche, Guatemala, Chiapas and Veracruz. The state is mostly covered with plains, with a large number of lakes, rivers and forests.
Tabasco is principally populated with Mestizos (mixed indigenous and foreign ancestry) and Chontal Indians. It has also remained a Spanish colony.

Villahermosa
Villahermosa is the capital city of Tabasco, Mexico. It was formerly known as San Juan Batista, with the present name being adopted in 1915. Villahermosa means a beautiful village in Spanish. It is surrounded by the Carrizal, Grijalva and Mezcalapa rivers with a population of over half a million inhabitants.
Villahermosa is typified by a tropical climate with hot and humid summers and short winters and high humidity levels. The most remarkable season is springwith blooming flowers and tropical vegetation; it is also an ideal time to visit.
Villahermosa is a city known for its natural resources, agriculture and farming. It is home to Tabasco’s major political powers in addition to being an important business centre. Villahermosa is also engaged in manufacturing processed foods, clothing, wood products, etc.

Odense

Tourist guide Odense




Odense is the capital of Funen, one of Denmark’s main islands. Numerous large and well-maintained fields have led to the city being labelled ‘The Garden of Denmark’.
Hans Christian Andersen’s city to literary enthusiasts, Odense is also one of Denmark’s premier industrial centres. Almost one thousand years old, the city today is home to more that 185,000 inhabitants.
Odense has a typically temperate maritime climate with pleasant summers and cold winters. Summer is the best time to visit with an average temperature of 20.6°C.
In the Middle Ages, Odense was a pilgrimage site, but by the sixteenth century the town gained in political stature and became the spot for many parliaments to converge. Today, it is houses Denmark’s biggest shipyard.


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Florida





Florida has an area of 170,304 sq km and a population of around 16 million people. Its capital city is Tallahassee.
Florida is one of the south-eastern states of the USA. It makes up most of the peninsula lying between the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida and the Atlantic Ocean. The state is bordered by Georgia in the north and by Alabama in the west. Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida at 105 m.
All the cities in Florida
Alachua Altamonte Springs Amelia Island
Anna Maria Apalachicola Apollo Beach
Arcadia Atlantic Beach Aventura
Avon Park Bal Harbour Boca Grande
Boca Raton Bokeelia Bonita Springs
Boynton Beach Bradenton Bradenton Beach
Braderton Beach Brandon Brooksville
Bushnell Cape Canaveral Cape Coral
Captiva Island Cedar Key Celebration
Chipley Clearwater Clearwater Beach
Clermont Clewiston Cocoa
Cocoa Beach Coconut Grove Coral Gables
Coral Spring Crystal River Cutler Ridge
Dade City Dania Davenport
Davie Daytona Beach Deerfield Beach
Defuniak Springs DeLand Delray Beach
Deltona Destin Doral
Duck Key Dunedin Dunnellon
Ellenton Eustis Everglades City
Fernandina Beach Florida City Fort Lauderdale
Fort Myers Fort Myers Beach Fort Pierce
Fort Walton Beach Gainesville Gibsonton
Gulf Breeze Haines City Hallandale
Hamptons at Boca Raton Hawthorne Hialeah
Hialeah Gardens Hobe Sound Hollywood
Holmes Beach Homestead Homosassa
Homosassa Springs Howey-in-the-Hills Indialantic
Indian Rocks Beach Indian Shores Inverness
Islamorada Jacksonville Jennings
Jensen Beach Jupiter Kenansville
Kendall Key Biscayne Key Largo
Key West Key West Keys Kissimmee
Labelle Lady Lake Lake Buena Vista
Lake City Lake Mary Lake Wales
Lake Worth Lakeland Lantana
Largo Lauderdale by the Sea Lehigh Acres
Longboat Longboat Key Longwood
Madeira Beach Maitland Marathon
Marco Island Marianna Melbourne
Melbourne Beach Merritt Island Miami
Miami Beach Miami Gardens Miami Lakes
Miramar Mount Dora N. Redington Beach
Naples Navaree Neptune Beach
New Port Richey New Smyrna Beach Nokomis
North Miami North Port Oakland Park
Ocala Ocoee Okeechobee
Oldsmar Orange City Orange Park
Orlando Ormond Beach Oviedo
Palatka Palm Bay Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens Palm Coast Palm Harbor
Palmetto Panama City Panama City Beach
Pembroke Pines Pensacola Perdido Key
Perrine Plant City Plantation
Polk County Pompano Beach Ponce Inlet
Ponte Vedra Beach Port Charlotte Port Orange
Port Richey Port Saint Lucie Port St. Lucie
Redington Shores Reunion Riviera Beach
Safety Harbor Saint Cloud Saint Pete Beach
Sanford Sanibel Sanibel Island
Santa Rosa Beach Sarasota Satellite Beach
Sebastian Sebring Seminole
Siesta Key South Beach South Miami
Spring Hill St Augustine St Petersburg
St. Cloud Starke Stuart
Sunny Isles Beach Sunrise Tallahassee
Tamarac Tampa Tarpon Springs
Tavares Temple Terrace The Villages
Titusville Treasure Island Venice
Vero Beach Weeki Wachee West Palm Beach
Weston Wildwood Winter Garden
Winter Haven Winter Park Yulee
Zephyrhills Zolfo Springs -

Perce

Tourist guide Perce
In Quebec, Canada, close to the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula is a tiny village called as Perce. The area of this village as a municipality is 432.39 square kilometers. The main attraction in this village is Perce Rock.  The other known attractions are the Interpretation Center, several souvenir shops, Bonaventure Island, Hote Cousing, museums and scenic trails. People from all over the world are enticed towards this fascinating village each year. The tourists usually enjoy several local artists of Gaspe. Those who visit the Bonaventure Island can see almost one hundred types of birds like puffins, sea gulls, gannets and the popular fou-bassin. Those who are fortunate may even see a whale.

As per the 2006 census, the population of Perce was 3419.

Perce has four seasons throughout the year. Spring is from April to the end of June. Winter is from November to the end of March. Fall is from September to the end of October. Summer is from the end of June to the end of August.

Tofino

Tourist guide Tofino



 Tofino can be described as a hamlet located along Vancouver Island’s west coast; in British Columbia, Canada.

Tofino settlement acquired name for the 1st time in the year 1909; with opening of Tofino Post Office. It had been named in collaboration with ‘Tofino Inlet’ nearby. In the year 1792, Tofino Inlet got named so by Valdes and Galiano, Spanish commanders; to honor Admiral Vicente Tofino. It was under him that Galiano had grasped cartography.

Tofino is said to receive the highest rainfall all over British Columbia. Georgia Basin which includes Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver- happens to lie in Vancouver Island’s rainshadow. July proves to be the hottest month; with temperature of around 72 degree F; whereas January to be the coolest; with temperature of around 43 degree F.

Population of Tofino has been estimated to be 1650. 

Tofino Bus executes the task of serving Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Mizoram


Mizoram: Introduction and History


The state of Mizoram lies to the north-east of India lining the border of Myanmar.
Among the Indian states, Mizoram has the second largest literacy rate.
Mizo” is the official language but 90% of the total populations are well versed with English.
According to the 2001 India census the population of Mizoram was 888,573.
Precisely Mizoram lies in a mountainous region. The climate of Mizoram is pretty cool and easygoing due to the presence of the high mountainous ranges that surround Mizoram. In winters the temperature lies between 11ºC-20ºC. In summers the temperature rises to a maximum of 30ºC.
Mizoram receives an average rainfall of 350 cm.
Majority of people residing in Mizoram are Christians and remaining very few are Buddhist.
More than 70% of the people are still engaged in agriculture. Bamboo is the major export of Mizoram as more than 35% of Mizoram is under the influence of the bamboo forests.
The cultural music of Mizoram is very famous all over the world.
Due to its marvelous beauty and very convenient climate Mizoram has gained a sudden tourist importance.

Kerala: Introduction and History

Kerala: Introduction and History

The state of Kerala in south-western India situated at the Malabar shore of Indian Ocean.
Kerala is one of the most populated states (32 million inhabitants and 820 per sq meter) with the lowest rate of illiteracy in India.
The local language is a Malayalam and the capital city is Thiruvananthapuram.
The state has one of the highest shares of Christians among the Indian states, 19%. Kerala is considered “an eye to Europe” as already in the 16th century, the first Portuguese settled here building the oldest Christian church in India.
For most tourists, Kerala is associated with sandy beaches, coconut palms, tea estates and tropical forests.
For locals, Kerala is known as “God’s Own Country” due to the mixture of incredible nature, culture and art.
It is famous for its variety of arts, including Kalaripayatt (martial art that source of many types of oriental martial arts), Kathakali (one of the oldest Indian traditional dances) and races of snake boats. It is also considered Mekka of Ayurveda.
The climate of Kerala is moderate with the monsoon season from June to August. Temperatures vary from 26 to 32°C, while in the mountains they drop to 21°C.
National Geographic Traveler lists Kerala among “the 50 places of a lifetime”, Travel & Leisure names it “one of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”.

Karnataka


Karnataka: Introduction and History





Situated in the southern part of India, Karnataka, earlier known as the State of Mysore is the eighth largest Indian state by area with Bangalore now called as ‘Bengaluru’ as its capital.
The local language spoken largely in this state is Kannada.
Karnataka has contributed greatly to various forms of Indian classical music namely the Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions.
From the wildlife sanctuaries to the famous hill stations like Nandhi Hills and Kemmannagundi, Karnataka is laden with numerous tourist spots just waiting to be explored.
Comprising of innumerable places of religious and historic grandness like the temples of Belor and Halebedu which are also admired for its unique architecture unseen around the world. Many of the temples are also a favoured amongst art lovers.
This place is at its best in the monsoon testifying it to be the best time to visit.

Goa


Goa: Introduction and History



A derivative from the Konkani word ‘goy’ meaning a ‘patch of tall grass’, Goa is the smallest state in India with regard to area and in terms of population it is the fourth smallest.
Goa is situated in Konkan along the west coast of India.
It is ranked as the twenty fifth state in the union of states of India. The total area of this state is approximately 3702 sq.kms.
Vasco da Gama is the biggest city in this state. Panaji, also known as Panjim is Goa’s capital.
Possessed by the Portugese for approximately 450 years (longest held possessions), their culture is still visible in the historical city of Margao.
Well known for architecture, beaches and temples, Goa is visited by thousands of tourists national and international each year.

Vijayawada




The city of Vijayawada is also called as “The Business Capital City” of Andhra Pradesh because of the huge industrial projects in the vicinity of the city since the beginning of the 19th century. The city is located at a distance of around 275 kilometers from Hyderabad. The city comprises of the north eastern region of the Andhra Pradesh state. The city has been the largest industrial center of India and is still the largest of all in terms of industries. The total area occupied by the Vijayawada city is almost around 46 square miles of land. This complete area is occupied by land and only 3 acres by water body which a lake in the vicinity of the city. When the last census was measured in the year 2009 the population of the city of Vijayawada was around 2,031,711. The climate in the city is very moderate and is mostly cold. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Jammu and Kashmir




Jammu and Kashmir, as the northern most state of India, is located by the Himalayan mountains.

Jammu and Kashmir is the 6th largest (in area) and one of the most scenic states of the country, with varied climatic conditions. It has a population of over 10 million.

Part of this mountainous state, consisting of 3 main hubs: JammuKashmir & Ladhak, and has been a frequent basis for war between India & Pakistan as a disputed region; with some people of the state demanding for being an independent state all together. Each of these three hubs are unique in their own ways with enough to do to keep a traveller busy, ranging from breath-taking landscapes, through to beautiful and historically significant temples.

Having been occupied by a number of Indian kings and rulers till the 12th century when it was invaded and under Turkish Rule till 1586 finally falling to the mighty Mughal Emperor – Akbar, after joint armies invaded Kashmir led by Hindu King Bhagawant Dasand his aide RamchandraI.
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