Honnemaradu (a place of golden sand)

Honnemaradu (a place of golden sand) is a tourist place situated on the back waters of River Sharavathi.It is popular among water sports enthusiasts as a site for kayaking, windsurfing and other similar sports. It is in Sagara taluk, Karnataka about 15 km from Sagara on the way to Jog Falls, 12 km from Talaguppa and 392 km from Bangalore.

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With reservations, visitors in groups of at least 12 can stay overnight, with facilities for food, shelter and equipment rentals nearby.Honnemaradu is full of adventurer’s delight and offers a wide range of activities for everyone from the school children to the young at heart 60 year old.

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Honnemaradu is a small village perched on the hills that overlook the Linganamakki Reservoir. The reservoir is also known as Honnemaradu after the village. In the middle of this huge water body there is a small island that attracts the campers. In addition to the various adventure activities, Honnemaradu is also a birdwatchers paradise and one can spend endless hours watching and trying to identify the large variety of birds and butterflies.

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Honnemaradu, a heaven for water sports, is tucked away in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats along the Sharavathi backwaters. Encompassing an area of 50 km by 80 km, this reservoir stretches as far as the eye can see. One of the few places that cater exclusively to water sports, Honnemaradu or “Golden Lake” has some of the most spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset.

Ettina Bhuja

Ettina Bhuja is a hill near mudigere which looks like Ox’s hump. The trek to Ettina Bhuja is  is about 4.5 -5 hours. Travellers usually climb from Shishila (near Dharmashtala) and get down from the other side to reach mudigere.

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Most of the climb is inside the dense forest, so always carry first aid kit, and protection from leeches and also some safety measures. Drinking Water can be a problem, so it is better to carry enough water before starting the trek. There is a stream before the climb starts near Shishila and 1 km before the top.

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We can stay and take rest near the peak. Mudigere – Kottigehara route is just 2 kms away from the peak. So before starting the trek plan accordingly and arrange a guide for the trek,  as the forest is very dense there might be chance of going missing and also it’s not safe to trek  without the guide.

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Travellers Diary recommends everyone to visit this place in winter, the best time to view the clouds pass by and great time to witness the Western Ghats range.

 

Chiklihole

Chiklihole reservoir in Coorg is located in between Madikeri and Kushalnagar and is roughly around 15 kms from Kushalnagar and Madikeri and the bonus is, it’s near to Dubare. The best part at Chicklihole is the sunset. It’s an amazing place to view the sunset amidst the Kaveri River and greenery around.

Antara Gange

Antara Gange is a mountain situated in the Shathashrunga mountain range in the southeastern portion of the Indian state of Karnataka. Antara Gange literally means “Ganges from deep” in Kannada.

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It is about two miles from the town of Kolar and seventy kilometers from Bangalore. Antara Gange is famous for the temple situated on the mountain.

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In the temple is a pond which gets a continuous flow of underground water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). There is a steep, narrow path to the top of the mountain. There are seven villages on this mountain, including Therhalli. The mountain consists of granite rocks and lot of caves

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is an important tourism destination in the Nilgiris district 21km from ooty. The lake is surrounded by a rolling landscape with blooming flowers like magnolias, orchids and rhododendrons. Tourists can traverse beside the lake through winding paths around the lake.Tourists visiting the lake can also engage themselves in Trout fishing. A trout hatchery is established near the lake, from where visitoras can get fishing rods and other fishing accessories required for trout fishing. The lake is also used by tourists as a camp site wherein they pitch tents near the lake. Other tourist activities in the area include rafting across the lake and trekking the nearby hilly regions like Upper Bhavani where there are thick forests and untouched wild habitats.

Shankumugham Beach

Shankumugham Beach is located at 8km from the Thiruvanthapuram city in Kerala. The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere, away from the crowd in the city, provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending an ideal evening. A massive sculpture of a mermaid, 35 meters long can be seen here in a reclining posture.

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The military airport of the Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force is situated nearby Shankumugham Beach in Kerala. Veli Tourist Village, a tourist attraction nearby Shankumugham Beach is also a must visit place for family to enjoy boat riding and to enjoy a unique experience of a floating restaurant.

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Added attractions:

  •     Indoor Recreation club
  •     Children’s traffic training park
  •     Ideal spot for watching sunset
  •     Massive sculpture of Mermaid
  •     Veli tourist Village

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For all the travelers who are visiting Kerala must visit this for the unique massive sculpture both in Shankumugham beach and Veli tourist village. We can also witness the take-off and landing of the commercial flights as it is clearly visible from the beach. Travellers diary recommends a must visit place for Shankumugham beach and Veli tourist village.

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The military airport of the Southern Air Command of the Indian Air Force is situated nearby Shankumugham Beach in Kerala. Veli Tourist Village, a tourist attraction nearby Shankumugham Beach is also a must visit place for family to enjoy boat riding and to enjoy a unique experience of a floating restaurant.

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Added attractions:

  •     Indoor Recreation club
  •     Children’s traffic training park
  •     Ideal spot for watching sunset
  •     Massive sculpture of Mermaid
  •     Veli tourist Village

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For all the travelers who are visiting Kerala must visit this for the unique massive sculpture both in Shankumugham beach and Veli tourist village. We can also witness the take-off and landing of the commercial flights as it is clearly visible from the beach. Travellers diary recommends a must visit place for Shankumugham beach and Veli tourist village.

Rabindranath Tagore Beach

Rabindranath Tagore beach in Karwar is one of the best beach for witnessing a beautiful sunset. Every year, a festival called Karavali Utsav is held on Rabindranath Tagore Beach, lasting 3 to 4 days.

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It is organized by the Uttara Kannada District Administration as a cultural-social festival. Many shops and stalls are installed at the Rabindranath Tagore Beach. People from all parts of the district and from all over the state and neighboring Goa state participate.

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Many cultural events are held in the evening in which regional, national and international artists present shows; they include Bollywood stars, Kannada film stars, Goan artists and local artists. The beach also has a park where children can enjoying playing games. The beach is also very near to karwar port .

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“The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realize that the beauty of Nature is not a mirage of the imagination, but reflects the joy of the Infinite and thus draws us to lose ourselves in it. Where the universe is expressing itself in the magic of its laws it may not be strange if we miss its infinitude; but where the heart gets into immediate touch with immensity in the beauty of the meanest of things, is any room left for argument? “

— Rabindranath Tagore

Maravanthe

Maravanthe is a village and a beach near Kundapura, Karnataka, India. Outlook travel considers it one of Karnataka’s most beautiful beaches. It is about 55 kilometers (34 mi) from Udupi.

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NH-66 runs right next to the beach and the Suparnika River flows on the other side of the road, creating a spectacular scenery and considered only one of its kind in India.

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The river Souparnika, which almost touches Arabian Sea here, makes a U turn and goes westward to join the Sea only after a journey of more than 10 kilometers.

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Everyone who are travelling to Kollur ,Murudeshwar or Goa stop here to witness the spectacular scenary of the arabian sea on one side and souparnika river on the other side. Also you can stop here and enjoy the sweetest tender coconut by qenching your thirst and meanwhile enjoying the tidal waves. It is recommended not to play or swim in this beach as it is more dangerous.

Apsara Konda

Apsara Konda  is a small village , which is 8km from Honnavara taluk of Uttara Kannada district. Apsara Konda means the pond of angels. As the name says it has a history which native people believe that angels from heaven came to Apsara Konda  to take bath.

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The waterfall is on top the hill which is facing towards a sea, which makes a beautiful view for a sunset. There are lots of small caves also known as Pandava caves. Native people believe that Pandava’s had stayed in these caves during their Vanavasa period.

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It also has a unique park built by the shells and the stones. The wall and the benches made up of shells are really a unique and you will end up taking pictures posing on that.

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The sunset from the top of the hill is a unique experience because you will get to experience a clear view of the sea, sun and sky all together. The view of the coastal line looks really amazing from the top the hill.

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Travellers Diary recommends you to visit this place during rainy season and enjoy the waterfall and sunset. Apart from the view of the sunset apsara konda also gives a trekking experience while climbing up the hill and searching for the mysterious pandava caves, visit apsara konda explore the mystery behind the pandava caves.

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach (4 km length) is a beach in the state of Kerala in southwestern India. It is located parallel to National Highway 66(formerly National Highway 17) between Kannur and Thalassery. This beach is the largest Drive-In Beach in Asia .

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Even though Goa has many beautiful beaches, it does not have a Drive-in beach. The beach festival is celebrated in the month of April and it is one of the important tourist attraction in the district of Kannur in Kerala. The youth also try many driving stunts in cars like drifting and wheeling in bikes as this is a paradise for driving along the shore. Just 100m from this beach you would find a private island, which can be reached by walk at times of low tide.

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There is an unpaved road winding through coconut groves leading to the beach. To get to this road, if you are driving from Tellicherry towards Kannur, take the left turn just before the first railway crossing you encounter after crossing the Moidu bridge.

The beach is about 5 km long and curves in a wide area providing a good view of Kannur on the north. Local laws allow beach goers to drive for a full 4 km directly on the sands of the beach. The beach is bordered by black rocks, which also protect it from the stronger currents of the ocean.

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Dharmadam Island

It is a small island full of coconut palms and green bushes extending to 5 acres, 100 meters away from the main land at Dharmadam. The island is a beautiful sight from the Beach. During low tide, one can just walk to the island from the beach. In 1998, Kerala Government took over this land for development of tourism. Many different varieties of trees are found here.

Some of them are Nanj, Thaani, Cheru tree, Aamakazhuthu and Pullanzchi. Also beautiful reddish brown colour rocks are surrounded by this place. The only well in the island surprisingly contains water which is not salty. It is advised not to visit this place without proper guidance from the localites as the water will rise very fast at he time of high-tide.

Since the late 90′s, the beach has seen a steady influx of European tourists during winter. even though the beach has attracted many lucky visitors into her,a major share of foreign and domestic tourists are not aware of the potential of this elusive destination.it is a must see destination for Indians as well as foreign tourists.after the face lift of the beach there has been a huge improvement in the facilities available to the beach visitors including resorts roads etc.