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Location of Madikeri and Coorg region in Karnataka
Location of Madikeri in Coorg region in KarnatakaMadikeri (also called Mercara) town in Coorg in Karnataka is the headquarters of Kodagu (Coorg) district. This small town located on the gentle slopes a hilly terrain is the epicenter of tourism in Coorg region. Madikeri is a cooler hilly town bordering the forest ranges with plenty of plantations around, especially coffee. The attractions in Madikeri include the Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Omkareshwara temple, Abbey Falls and so on…
Aga Khan Palace
Aga Khan Palace viewed from the lawn
Location of Munnar in South India
Munnar, the popular hillstation in Kerala is located about 125 km east of Cochin. See also how to travel from Bangalore to Munnar.
Route map for Ajanta and Ellora from Aurangabad
Route map for Ajanta and Ellora from Aurangabad. Both Ajanta and Ellora are UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. This part of the country (Maharashtra) has an overwhelming array of rock cut attractions including Elephanta Caves off the Mumbai coast, Kanheri Caves in the northern suburbs of Mumbai  and the Bhaja, Bedse and Karla caves on the way to Lonavala from Mumbai.
Kanheri has some of the tallest images of Buddha in India
Kanheri Caves has some of the tallest images of Buddha in India
Taj and Yamuna River
Taj Mahal on the banks of the Yamuna River
Kollam to Alleppy backwaters Map
Kollam to Alleppy backwaters Map
Astramudi lake resorts near Kollam
Ashtamudi lake resorts near Kollam
Thiruvananthapuram to Varkala distance is about 50km.
Thiruvananthapuram to Varkala distance is about 50 km.
Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Karnataka.
Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Karnataka.
Badami Aihole Pattadakal Route
Badami Aihole Pattadakal route Distances. Badami has a railway station. For the rest of the places travel by road.
Badami -22km- Pattadakal -15km- Aihole.
Badami -14km- Mahakuta -11km- Pattadakal.
Badami -5km- Banashankari -17km- Pattadakal.
Badami – 5km(trail) – Mahakuta
Somnathpur location map
Mysore to Somnathpur distance is about 35km (east of Mysore City ). Bangalore to Somnathpur distance is about 130km in the southwest direction.
Lady with Mirror at Belur. This Masterpiece at Belur is often boasted to be the highest watermark of the Hoysala art.
Lady with Mirror at Belur. This Masterpiece at Belur is often boasted to be the highest watermark of the Hoysala art.
The houses of Abul Fazl and Faizi behind the Jama Masjid
The houses of Abul Fazl and Faizi behind the Jama Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri.
Road to Nuggehalli from Channarayapattna
Road to Nuggehalli. It was a flourishing town during the Hoysalas
The intriguing city environs of the Mysterious India
The intriguing city environs of the Mysterious India
Donner figures at Kanheri Caves.
Images at Kanheri Caves near Mumbai. Its history of spans from as late as 11 century AD to as early as 3rd century BC.
Cliff that overlooks the beach in Varkala
Cliff that overlooks the beach in Varkala in Kerala
Wayanad road map with major attractions.
Wayanad road map with major attractions.
A good deal of roads in Wayanad are through forest
A good deal of roads in Wayanad are through forest
Mysore is a sought after destination in South India.
Mysore Palace: Mysore is one among the top tourist attractions in South India
Hoysala Art at Belur
Hoysala Art. It appears as executed in cast metal. In fact this is carved out of soft soapstone, and hardened over a period. The softer soapstone is highly workable, especially for the finer details. This is the image of the door keeper deity at Chennakeshava temple in Belur, Karnataka.
Map to Sabarimala
Map to Sabarimala
Kerala Rail Map
Kerala Rail Map
Sabarimala route map
Sabarimala route map
Tea in Indian Train
Tea – Chai as it is called in India – steals the show. This is the De facto national drink. In India tea is made with milk and sugar added to boiling water in addition to the tea powder. Tea is then filtered and served piping hot.
Tea ( Chai ) is a favorite drink during train travel in India.
You can easily spot these tea vendors who carry tea in kettles and shot perpetually “Chai ….Chai….”. For five rupee you can get a cup (about 150 ml). Some places they supply it in disposable earthen clay cups and at other in paper cups.
The Mohini image at Chennekeshava Temple, Belur
The Mohini image at Chennakeshava Temple, Belur
The richly carved elephant balustrades on the porch to the main shrine at Koravangala
The richly carved elephant balustrades on the porch to the main shrine at Koravangala
Spikes on the doors at the gateway. To prevent force open the doors using elephants!
Spikes on the doors at the gateway in Bangalore Fort. To prevent force open the doors using elephants!
steam Loco Engine at Coonoor near Ooty.
Steam Loco Engine at Coonoor near Ooty.
Seen beyond the road is the Yamuna Riverbed.
View from Agra Fort. Seen beyond the road is the Yamuna Riverbed.
A street in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) , the capital of Kerala
A street in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) , the capital of Kerala
Backwater tourism , the flagship attraction of Kerala
Backwater tourism , the flagship attraction of Kerala
Near Sultan Bathery, as you cross to Kerala from Karnataka
Near Sultan Bathery, as you cross to Kerala from Karnataka
Makeshift Soft drink kiosk right at the base of the Jog Falls. Note that rock formation.
Makeshift Soft drink kiosk right at the base of the Jog Falls. Note that rock formation.
A fishing harbor in Kollam( Quilon) , south Kerala
A fishing harbor in Kollam( Quilon) , south Kerala
Guard closes the gate, before the train leaves the station.
Guard closes the gate, before the train leaves the station. On the way to Ooty from Mettupalayam.
There are no carvings or any other embellishment to speak of. Considering the fact that the Hathi Pol was the entrance to the royal complex, this is quite strange. The stone elephants that have now all but disappeared were the only form of ornament that can be seen on this gate.
Fatehpur Sikri. There are no carvings or any other embellishment to speak of. Considering the fact that the Hathi Pol was the entrance to the royal complex, this is quite strange. The stone elephants that have now all but disappeared were the only form of ornament that can be seen on this gate.
facing the wheat fields. The original intent of this tower is still being debated
This curiously shaped tower at Fatehpur Sikri stands on the edges of the ruins facing the wheat fields.
Stairway to Manjarabad Fort in Sakleshpur
Stairway to Manjarabad Fort in Sakleshpur
India riding the white called Airavata: In the veranda of the Cave 19 of the Bhaja Caves you'll find one of the earliest pictorisation of Indra , the lord of Gods. This probably dates back to 2nd century BC.
India riding the white called Airavata:
In the veranda of the Cave 19 of the Bhaja Caves you’ll find one of the earliest picturisation of Indra , the lord of Gods. This probably dates back to 2nd century BC.
Peculiar Banyan tree its roots hanging from branches . Pataleshwar Caves in Pune
Peculiar Banyan tree its roots hanging from branches . Pataleshwar Caves in Pune
Route map to Bhaja,Karla and Bedse from Kamshet on Mumbei-Pune Express way
Route map to Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves and Bedsa Caves from Kamshet on Mumbai-Pune Expressway
Access map for Kanheri Caves & Sanjay Ghandi National Park
Access map for Kanheri Caves & Sanjay Gandhi National Park
The old town of Hydedabad , view from the Charminar top
The old town of Hyderabad , view from the Charminar top
The star attraction of Elephanta Caves , the iconic image of the three headed Shiva called Mahesh , the great Lord.
The star attraction of Elephanta Caves , the iconic image of the three headed Shiva called Mahesh , the great Lord.