Tuesday

Australia Attractions, Places to Visit & Things to Do

Australia is an exciting place to visit. The sheer diversity of the country makes it one of the best places to visit, as there will be something which suits everyone. To visit all that Australia has to offer it will take you months of traveling.


Australia is a vast country with a large number of places worth seeing. These range from world class cities with sights and activities for everyone, to national parks and beaches among the most beautiful in the world.



Australia has something for just about everyone. From simple holidays to culture filled excitement, there are all sorts of options to enjoy. Here are some of the must see places in Australia that you can consider for your next holiday.

Sydney
Sydney is Australia’s top travel destination for visitors. The Sydney Opera House was completed in the 1960's. The unique design for the facility, coupled with the excellent acoustics, make this cultural icon a must see stop that even persons who are not interested in opera will enjoy.

Sydney Harbour Bridge : If you a feeling daring you can walk across the top of this steel coat hanger like structure.

Bondi Beach One of Australia's most famous beaches.

Luna Park Sydney's famed theme park

Great Barrier Reefs
Close to the north Queensland coast and extending for some 2000 kilometres lies another of the many Australian attractions: the Great Barrier Reef and its many coral beach islands, With its picturesque sights of coral reefs with wide range of water sports such as sailing, surfing, rafting and scuba diving, Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places for the adventure seeking, nature loving traveller. It has around 2900 individual reefs and 71 coral islands which are habitats for rare species of fishes, corals, birds and many more. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.

Ayers Rock - Uluru
Right in the heart of the continent, for instance, lies Australia's iconic rock monolith, Uluru, once better known as Ayers Rock, with its shifting colors as the day progresses. It is one of the Outback’s Australian attractions.

Uluru-Tjuta National Park is an area that functions as both a wildlife preserve and a national park. Along with the Ayers Rock, the part also encompasses such sites as Alice Springs and the Olgas.

Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains are ideal for the tourist who is looking for a quiet and relaxing places in the hills. It's a calm or tranquil and a peaceful place which is only few hours drive from Sydney. It has some of the eye catching beautiful valleys, eucalyptus plantations, and extraordinary hinterlands that have been popular among inspiring artists, sculptors and photographers coming from various parts of the world. The most popular places frequently visited here are Jenolan Caves, Bilpin, Lithgow, Katooomba and Leura.

Fraser Island
The Fraser Island is located on the Eastern Coast of Queensland and it is one of the biggest sand islands in the world. The key feature of Fraser Island is that it has a splendid landscape consisting of beautiful white sand beaches, dunes, gorges and cliffs. The most popular tourist attractions here are the Cathedrals which are sand dunes in the shape of cathedrals with wide variety of colors ranging from hues of reds to oranges to yellows to browns. Then the so called Pinnacles which are also set of sculptured sand dunes that has attracted many visitors as they are also consist of various colors. One should not miss visiting Eli creek in Fraser Island, which has a freshwater stream, and he can have a swim or a dip in the lower areas of the creek.

Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park has been declared as a world heritage site. The traveller who is looking to explore the Aboriginal culture, the ideal place to visit is the Kakadu national Park. The major attractions here are: boating, bushwalking, fishing and lot of information on the Aboriginal traditions. Never miss visiting, the Aboriginal art gallery at Nanguluwur.







Kangaroo Island
The Kangaroo Island boasts of wild life adventure. This island is the habitat for Australia's famous kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, dolphins, wallabies, and many more animals. If you take a walk down the coast you will come across marine mammals and the fur seals. The major attractions at the Kangaroo Island are the Flinder's Chase National Park and Seal Bay which houses unimaginable 6000 species of seals. You can also have a sailing expedition on the clear waters of Kangaroo Island.

Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle)
The Purnululu National Park consist of vast areas of land. The most attractive place in Purnululu is the Bungle Bungle range which gives an extraordinary view with its cliffs, towers and beehive structures. The sandstone cliffs depicts beehive shapes that have varying colors of orange and black around the day showing a spectacular sight.

Gold Coast
If you want the perfect blend of man made and natural attractions the Gold Coast is for you. Sun, surf and sand are surrounded by theme parks and facilities galore. The region is known for holding the Lexmark Indy 300 and many surfing events.

Tasmania
Tasmania offers breathtaking scenery, hiking and camping. Just off the coast, the main land you can reach Tasmania by car ferry or by short flight. Hobart is a stunning town on the Derwent river and features colonial architecture.

Among the Australian attractions in the Australian Capital Territory are the Australian Parliament House, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Australian War Memorial.

From Victoria to Tasmania
In Victoria there’s the charm of Melbourne itself, the Melbourne Museum, the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles, Phillip Island for all those fairy penguins coming home from the sea at dusk

In South Australia, major Australian attractions include the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley wine country, Kangaroo Island, Fleurieu Peninsula, and the stark desert landscape of Coober Pedy where half the people live underground.

Western Australia has Perth, Fremantle, Rottnest Island with its quokkas, Monkey Mia where you have close encounters with dolphins, and Ningaloo Reef where you can swim with the sharks. Or go the Kimberleys and visit the color-striped rock towers of the Bungle Bungles.

In Tasmania visit the bloodied convict settlement at Port Arthur, trek to the wilderness areas of Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair and Freycinet. Don't overlook the charms of the cities of Hobart and Launceston.







For the discerning traveller, The adventurous traveller can take a drive from Melbourne located in south of the country to Cooktown located far north. The most daring traveller has many choices; he can take a trip from the Pacific ocean to the Indian Ocean; or from the beautiful, cooler rainforest in the north of the country to the warmer beaches located in the southern coast. For the traveler searching for peace and freedom from tension, there are many splendid, picturesque rugged mountain terrain and green meadows in Tasmania.

The advantage of exploring Australia by motor vehicle is that the discerning traveler not only has the opportunity to visit remote areas but also venture into tropical rainforest and inland deserts. Similarly, he or she has the flexibility to visit many large cities or habitats with diverse cultures and tiny remote settlements in the countryside. The whole of Australia has wide network of roads that composed of well laid bitumen highways as well as rugged bush tracks. So the entire Australia is navigable by motorcar, of course some may require four wheel drive vehicles or off-road motorcycles.

Besides above, Australia is one of the best among the best holiday destinations that offers sunny beaches, diverse art and cultural, well preserved Aboriginal art and customs and rare fauna and flora. It has plenty of exciting experiences in its repertoire to offer to every holiday maker or tourist. Despite Australia has abundance of exciting places for any tourist to visit, we have selected a few:

In addition to tours, activities and experiences there are also the stunning beaches where you can relax or enjoy the numerous water activities. There really is so much to see and do in Australia.

Australian Fishing and Boating
Australia offers fantastic fishing across the country plus many beautiful beaches and rivers as well as the stunning Sydney Harbour, all of which are great for a day out boating or fishing.

Deep sea fishing
The warm Australian waters are home to some of the largest aquatic fish and mammals on our planet, Deep sea fishing trips are readily available throughout the year all around the Australian coast, and the boat captains are some of the best in the world, navigating treacherous waters to help the fisherman find that perfect catch

Australia Attractions by Region
Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia


Monday

Lakshadweep Attractions, Things to do, Places to Go

The golden sand, pristine aquamarine expanse, virgin coral reefs and vivacious colors makes Lakshadweep one of the hot Tourist Spots in India. Fishing forms the major form of livelihood for the inhabitants of these islands. Coral fishes are at a very high demand today in the markets today.

The Lakshadweep archipelago located 200 miles off the Malabar Coast, is a cluster of 36 islands of which only 10 are inhabited. The other non-inhabited islands are famous for its exquisite scenic beauty. The silver colored crescent shaped beaches fringed with palms and the endless azure expanse provides any visitor an exhilarating experience.


The islands are scattered and remote, each fringed by white coral sand and shallow lagoons protected by reef walls. They are the only coral islands in India. The quietness and the peace is an enthralling experience that ensures total rejuvenation to the body, mind and soul.

All visitors to Lakshadweep require entry permits from Lakshadweep Administration.

Lakshadweep is an island of wonders. There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Lakshadweep Islands, India. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.







Kavaratti Islands
The eternal beauty of Kavaratti Island is breath taking. This islands is one of the major attractions for travel in Lakshadweep islands. The island impresses its visitors with the snow-white coral sands and cool lagoons. The pristine beauty of lush green coconuts palms, the soft breeze from the sea and the exotic beaches makes the beauty of Kavaratti unparalleled. Kavaratti is also the administrative capital of Lakshadweep islands.

The beach here is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and many other types of water sports including sailing in glass-bottomed boats, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and much more. Amongst the other most popular attractions here are the Marine Aquarium and the Dolphin Dive Center, which are located close to the Kavaratti Beach in Lakshadweep, India.

Kalpeni Islands
Kalpeni is a group of three small islands and is considered to the one of the most exotic spots in Lakshadweep. The three islands namely Pitti, Tilakkam and Cheriyam are inhabited and attract thousands of tourists every year with its exquisite beauty.

The unique feature of these islands is the presence in coral debris. The coral debris extends along the eastern and south eastern banks of Kalpeni. The island is also surrounded by a lagoon of fantastic splendor rich in coral life. Kalpeni is also famous for water sports. If you are interested in some adventure, Kalpeni can be one of your favorite places.







Lakshadweep Fishing
Fishing is another major sport in Lakshadweep islets, it comes as no surprise that the island flaunts some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Night fishing is a popular tourist sport with the catch - be it groupers, snappers, squirrel fish or barracuda.

Bangaram Islands
Bangaram is nearly an unexplored and unpolluted island that is famous for its completely serene and virgin beauty. The island is not inhabited which makes each and every part of its beauty unspoilt and undamaged. The Bangaram Island is surrounded by a picturesque lagoon enclosed in coral reef. Bangram Island is the ideal tourist spot for all those who look to spend some time in Mother Nature's lap.

Kayaking and Canoeing
Are you an adventure seeker? Then Kayaking and Canoeing can be your best sporting activities. The excellent facilities in the sea shore and the tempting sea waves of Lakshadweep Islands offer a good spot for Kayaking and Canoeing. The state of the art facilities of Lakshadweep Islands offers the best spot for water sports. You can enjoy Kayaking and Canoeing in the tempting sea waves of this beautiful island.

Scuba Diving
The clear and serene waters of Lakshadweep make it the top spot for scuba diving in the guidebook of Lakshadweep Islands. The wonderful stature with unique facilities for scuba diving makes it one of the best places for this exciting water sport.

The water sports academy located t the Kadmat islands provides all the necessary equipments for scuba diving in the area. The Dolphin Dive center in Kavaratti also offers facilities for Scuba diving.







Agatti Islands
Agatti Island is one Mother Nature's treasures. No adjectives will be good enough to describe the pristine natural beauty this island has. The soothing weather, appropriate mix of sunlight, sandy shores and the cool sea breeze makes Agatti the best place to visit in Lakshadweep Islands. The swaying palm trees, exotic coral reefs, silvery beaches etc forms the prime attractions of this island.

Agatti is also the most advanced island on Lakshadweep Islands. The only airport of the area is located here. The islands also offer facilities for adventurous water sports and similar activities like scuba diving. The diverse flora and fauna of this area along with the coral reefs makes it a hot Lakshadweep attraction.

Kadmat Islands
Kadmat is famous for sun bath. The long crescent shaped beaches of this island are ideal for sun baths. The dense coconut palms and the exotic back waters found on this is islands offer a visual delight for the visitors.
The island is recognized for its lime stones. There is a very small and narrow lagoon on the eastern coast of Kadmat. The banks on the southern side of the Kadmat Islands are very popular for natural beauty.

Marine Museum
A very informative and interesting marine museum makes another important spot of a Lakshadweep vacation. The museum showcases many marine related artifacts. The museum is located in Kavaratti Islands. It was established in 1983 with a motto to promote an awareness of various marine products and the preservation techniques used. Some of the most striking varieties of sea fish and other water animals are displayed in this museum.
Lighthouse

The light house in Lakshadweep Islands is also an important place to visit. This lighthouse was established by the British at Minicoy in 1885. The lighthouse attracts many tourists for its unique architecture. Tourists are allowed to go right up to the top of the light house which is at a height of 300 feet from the sea. The view of Lakshadweep Islands from such a height is simply remarkable. No doubt this is one of the hot spots in Lakshadweep tourism.


Lakshadweep Weather / Climate
The Lakshadweep has a tropical climate and the temperature remains moderate throughout the year. The summer at Lakshadweep Islands are warm, while winters are pleasant. November to February is the best time to visit this place.


How to Get There

By Air
Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Agatti is the only airport in Lakshadweep. Helicopter transfer is available from Agatti to Bangaram Island Resort during monsoon and to Kavaratti through out the year.

By Sea
Four passenger ships - MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The journey takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ship services are available during Monsoons, that is between 15th May to October 15th.

Lakshadweep Entry Permit
Entry into Lakshadweep islands is restricted to non-islanders, and governed under the Lakshadweep rules 1967 which state "No person who is not a native of the island shall enter or reside in the island except and in accordance with permit issued by the competent authority."

The permit will be available at

Cochin office:
Secretary to the Administrator,
UT of Lakshadweep,
Indira Gandhi Road,
Willington Island
Cochin, Kerala, India

Island office Address (Kavaratti):
Directorate of Tourism Development,
UT of Lakshadweep,
Kavaratti Island

Tourists Attraction in Lakshadweep consists of numerous scenic beauty observable in the islets. There are numerous islands of which Bangaram is uninhabited and Kavarattim is the administrative capital. Minicoy consists of one of the largest lagoons in the archipelago, Agatti has beautiful lagoons and the airport is located here. Viewed from above the islands looks like emeralds glittering with the sparkling sun.

Kerala Attractions, Things to do, Places to Go

Kerala, a state situated on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the India. Kerala is also known as the 'God's Own country' and was named as one of the "ten paradises of the world" by the National Geographic Traveler............one of the 'must see destinations' for a complete traveler. 


Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, has made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Tourists from all over the world visit Kerala to enjoy the exotic beaches, wonderful mountain ranges and extravagant backwaters. The wildlife of Kerala is also fabulous. Another major ingredient of a Kerala vacation are the ayurveda massages and spas.







There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Kerala, India. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.

Backwaters of Kerala
The place to visit in Kerala is the Backwaters. The calm and enchanting backwaters of kerala are world famous. The palm-fringed waterways which connect small villages along the cost are definitely an excellent spot. The backwaters are at its best in Alapuzha and Kumarakom. You can enjoy a cruise in the house boats in these quite backwaters and enjoy the greenery uninterrupted.

Kerala Back Water Locations : Kumarakom, Kollam and Bekal



Kovalam Beach
The Kovalam Beach, Kerala India is among the top rated beaches in the world and is located at an hour drive from Thiruvananthapuram. The lush blue sea and blazing sand make a perfect combination to enjoy. It has three different beaches of which the Lighthouse beach is the most famous beach.







The beach is overcrowded during weekends

Water sports on the beach include jet skiing, water skiing, surfing, catamaran rides etc. Ayurvedic treatment especially during monsoon is another attraction of Kovalam.


Kochi Cochin
Kochi is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Apart from being a very busy port which is famous all over the world for its Chinese fishing nets is also a heritage designation. The examples of the rich architecture of Kochi include The Dutch Palace at Mattanchery, Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Cochin and the Jewish synagogues. Kochi is also the most advanced city in Kerala with all the modern facilities and five star hotels. Kochi Attractions include Jewish Synagogue or the Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi in South India


Munnar
Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams, this hill station was once the summer capital of the British Government in South India. Famous for lush green surroundings, reservoirs, forests, tea estates and wild life sanctuaries, Munnar offers the best climate in Kerala. The quiet environment and cool atmosphere here keeps attracting thousands of visitors every month. Munnar is also famous for exotic flora





Periyar National Park
Boating is the only way to view the wildlife in Periyar National Park.

Periyar Tiger Reserve, one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in India, spread across 777 Sq. Kms out of which 360 Sq. Kms is thick forest, is one of the best places for viewing wild elephants. This green oasis is one of the last safe havens for the elusive Indian tiger - an endangered species now on the verge of extinction. Wild animals like the Elephant, Gaur, Sambar Deer and wild boar, which can be easily seen from close quarters during the serene boat ride. Other Mammals like the Nilgiri Thar, the lion tailed macaque, the bonnet macaque, the Malabar giant Squirrel, the flying Squirrel, the jungle cat and the sloth bear are seen only once in a while.

Thekkady
Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India.

The man-made Thekkady Lake shimmers in a green hue, reflecting the surrounding evergreen forests. This stunning artificial lake is created by the Mullapperiyar Dam constructed across the scenic Periyar River.







Eravikulam National Park
Located at a distance of 15 kms from Munnar, this national park has been attracting visitors from all over the world with its irresistible grace and beauty. The park has an area of 97 sq km and lies along the coasts of Munnar Forest Division. The rolling grasslands and beautiful mountain ranges together with the rare and splendid wildlife makes this park breathtakingly beautiful. It is also the natural habitat of the rare species of mountain goats known as 'Nilgiri Tahr'.

Kerala Waterfalls
The important waterfalls in Kerala are Athirampally, Vazhachal Waterfalls, Palaruvi, Tusharagiri, Munnar, Wayanad

Thenpara Waterfall
Situated at Kodencherry in Kozhikode district, the plantation destination that abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spices is also a trekker's delight

Thrissur Pooram
Thrissur Pooram is the biggest and most colorful temple festival of Kerala. It is celebrated in Vadakkumnathan temple in the Thrissur district. Elephant procession (Kudamattom) is the major attraction of this festival, which witnesses the participation of elephants from various temples of Kerala.

Kerala Snake Boat Race
Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India. The race conducted on the second Saturday of August every year is a major tourist attraction.

Truvananthapuram
Truvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. It was earlier called the Trivandrum. The mild climate of the city along with its architectural and cultural ambience will surely create a memory in anybody's mind. The major attractions at Tiruvananthapuram include the Sri Chitra Art gallery, Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple, palaces of the rulers of Travancore. Many museums of history and art also add glamour to the city. Tiruvananthapuram will surely find a place in the travel guide of any visitor to Kerala.

Silent Valley National Park
Located at a distance of 40 km from Mannarkkad, this extremely fragile wildlife sanctuary is a unique preserve of the tropical evergreen forests. The national park has an area of 90 sq km. Despite the name, the clamour of Cicadas is absent here. The Silent Valley National Park echoes with the sounds of its diverse wildlife. The park is also natural habitat to many endangered species like rare birds, tigers and deer.

Alappuzha
The most scenic backwaters to be seen in Kerala are near the town of Alapuzha. One of the most significant things that every tourists wish to seen in Kerala is the snake boat race that is held annually in the backwaters of Alapuzha. This boat race happens in the month of the Onam festival in Kerala.

Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a group of islands in the Vembanad Lake. The most luxurious hotels and resorts in Kerala are in the Kumarakom islands. The swaying palm trees, waterways, green paddy fields and the sound of birds from the nearby sanctuary makes Kumarakomone of the best tourist spots in Kerala.

Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resorts
Ayurveda, is one of the oldest healing and rejuvenation system, which is known to have existed before hundreds of years. Ayurveda will surely find a place in the travel guidebook of Kerala for any tourist. Many tourists come to Kerala from all over the world to experience ayurvedic massages and other therapies. The massages involve treating the body with oils from medical herbs.

Varkala Beach
The Varkala beach is located 54 kms from the capital city Thiruvananthapuram. This isolated and quiet beach is a place where you can have a relaxing beach vacation. This beach is also famous for its mineral springs and ayurvedic spas. Varkala beach also attracts tourists with its picturesque landscapes.

Ponmudi Hill Station
The name 'Ponmudi' in the local language means golden crown. The Ponmudi Hills are located near the sea at a distance of 50 kms from the beaches. The road to this exotic hill station passes through a canopy of thickly matted foliage. Tourists occasionally come across lone elephants ambling along the roads. The tea estates in Ponmudi are not as big as those in Munnar, but they are more beautiful.

The Bolghatty Palace
This palace is one of the oldest ones build by the Dutch in India. It is located at a scenic island in Kochi. This villa was built by the Dutch in 1744 AD and beautiful gardens were landscaped around it.

Trivandrum Zoo
Trivandrum Zoo, one of the oldest in the country, was established as an annexe to the Napier Museum in 1857 by the Maharaja of Travancore in order to attract more visitors. Animals include the Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Deer and Cape Buffalo.

Puthe Maliga Palace Museum



KTDC Hotels
Bolgatty Palace, Lake Palace, Mascot Hotel, Bolgatty Island Resort, Tea County, Aranya Nivas, Water Scapes, Samudra, Periyar House, Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotels

Plantation Tours
Do make it a point to visit some of the numerous tea and spice plantations in the area. This is the best way to understand how these exotic spices are grown and to learn how they are used in the local cuisines.

Friday

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Attractions, Things to do, Places to Go

Kept in splendid isolation from Indian mainland are the isles of Andaman and Nicobar, a rare testimony to nature’s brilliance. These huge cluster of small and large islands crowning the Bay of Bengal boast of immense bio diversity that inspire Eco-tourism profusely. These islands are over 1,000 km east of India, between India and Myanmar (Burma).



The Andaman and Nicobar islands are the best place for for adventure water sports like scuba diving, skiing, sailing, parasailing, wind surfing, snorkeling along with the options of trekking through their dense evergreen forests and island camping in the beach front forests.







Snorkeling is a great way to take a close look at the spectacular under-water marine life and the rarest varieties of corals in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Carbyn's Cove Tourism Complex, Havelock and other islands. This archipelago of 329 islands belonging to India located 405 miles North West of Phuket and is an absolute "Paradise" for game fishing.

Foreign tourists are allowed a thirty-day permit to visit the Andaman Islands; they are not permitted to visit the Nicobar Islands. Indians are not restricted and do not need permits.

There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.

Port Blair
The hilly city of Port Blair, also known as Emerald Islands, is on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Island, India

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a national park of India in Wandoor on the Andaman Islands and is located 29 km from Port Blair. The park is a combination of 15 lush green islands, creeks and open sea space that spreads over 280-sq. km. of sheer mangrove forests, tropical jungles, sandy beaches and exotic marine life under crystal clear water.







Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex
Corbyns cove beach is situated around 7 kms from Port Blair and is one of the most picturesque sea-beaches, it is ideal for sea bathing and sun-basking. The peerless resort, Hornbill Nest Guest House and the Waves restaurant at walking distance makes this place irresistible.

Sippighat Farm
This is a Government Farm that spans an area of 80 acres. This is the place where research and development programmes for cultivation of cloves, nutmeg, coconut and pepper are carried on.

Bala Reef
Bala Reef is said to be one of the best sites in the Anadamans for bright-colored corals, the dive site on the western side of Corruption Rock is known for craggy undersea landscape with fantastic gullies, channels, ridges and canyons.

Beaches
Sandy beaches of these islands are famous for turtle nesting for important species like Leather Back Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Olive Ridley Turtle.







Fishing the Andaman Islands
South–East Asia's Premier game fishing area
Black & Blue Marlin, Broadbill Swordfish, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna monster, Dogtooth Tuna and XXL size Giant Trevally are just some of the big fish available in this fantastic area. To fish this archipelago is a dream come true for most anglers.

Cinque Island
The charm of underwater coral gardens and the natural beaches makes Cinque Islands unique. The sand bar joining the two islands is simply irresistible. The Cinque Island is also the best place for water sports like scuba diving, swimming and fishing.

Havelock Island
The Havelock Island is located 38 kms from Port Blair. This island offers many exotic resorts in the lap of its virgin beaches. The unpolluted environment here is simply irresistible. Havelock Island will surely find a place in the guide book of Andaman and Nicobar Islands for its virgin natural beauty.

Barren Island
135 kms away from Port Blair is the Barren Island. This island is called the land of volcanoes. It has the only active volcano in India. This volcano crater rises nearly 500 meters above the sea. Travel in Barren Islands can be arranged on board vessels.

Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum) in Ross Island
The Samudrika or the Naval Marine Museum is located opposite to the Andaman Teal house. This museum is meant to spread the awareness of oceanic environment and marine species. The museum has a good collection of corals, shells, species of colorful fish etc.

Water Sports Complex
At the left of the Marina Park Complex is the Water Sports Complex. If offers all possible aqua-sport facilities like Water-skiing, Sail boats, Windsurfing, Speed Boats etc

Anthropological Museum
The Anthropological Museum, situated at the heart of Port Blair is one of its kind. It gives glimpses of the tribal native peoples of the islands.

Snake Island
Snake Island offers awesome rock faces and spectacular dive landscape.

Chidiya Tapu
Chidiya Tapu is the southern tip of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The green mangroves and lush green forests here are always live with the chirping of birds. The presence of two beaches namely The Sylvan Sands and Munda pahar makes this one of the best Andaman and Nicobar Islands tourist attractions.

Mount Harriet
During British rule in Andaman Mount Harriet was the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner. This place gives the best view of the other islands of Andaman and Nicobar and the never ending sea. Mouth Harriet is also the highest peak in Andaman with an altitude of 365 meters. Trekking in Mount Harriet is very famous among the tourists.

National Memorial
This is a prison that was constructed by the Britishers in 1906. This place was a pilgrimage destination for the freedom fighters during the Indian Independence struggle. This jail has witnessed the most inhumane and treacherous atrocities during the British rule. This place is now maintained as a National Memorial.

Anthropological Museum
The Anthropological Museum is located at the Phoenix Bay. It depicts the life of the Paleolithic Islanders. Display the habitual of aboriginals of these islands in miniature and types of tribals at Andaman.

Forest Museum
The forest museum is situated in Haddo. An insight into forest activities using scale models can be found here. These models and displays are made of precious wood like Padauk, Marble, Satin Wood, Peauma, Gurjan etc.

Ross Island
Ross Island was the capital of Port Blair during the British Rule is a tiny island that is standing like a guard to the Port Blair Harbor. The Ross Island houses the remains and ruins of the old building that were used during the British regime. The ruins of Chief Commissioner's House, Ballrooms, Churches, hospitals, Swimming Pools Press and Troop Barracks are a living memeory of the glorious British Rule in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Viper Island
Viper Island is a small, serene and beautiful island which has witnessed the untold miseries and sufferings of the Indian freedom fighters. All the significant freedom fighters were put to misery on this island. There is a jail on this island. This was built by the British. The island got its name owing to the terrible working conditions on the island.


Cellular Jail
Built between 1896 and 1908, this jail was home to hundreds of freedom fighters.

Island Tourism Festival
A festival is organized by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration each year lasts a fortnight. The festival that takes place during the months of December and January imparts a festive mood to the visitor and the inhabitants. Various exhibitions arranged during this festival is visited by many people from all over the world. Cultural troops that represent the glorious heritage of India are invited to perform here during the festival. Together with this many water sports competitions are also organized during this time.

Water sports competitions such as Nicobari Hodi Race, Canoe Race and Scuba Diving are organized and the festival focuses on eco-friendly tourist destination.

A wonderful mixture of the most precious delights of nature makes Andaman and Nicobar a hot spot for vacations.

Diving
The popular dive sites neat South Andaman Island or Port Blair are Cinque Island considered one of the best dive destinations in the island with clear emerald water and visibility upto 80 feet.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park Islands
Alexandra, Bell, Boat, Chester, Grub, Hobday, Jolly Boys, Malay, Pluto, Red Skin, Riflemen, , Rutland, Snob, Tarmugli and Twins Islnad

Twins Island is an important breeding ground for turtles within the park.

There are various other dive sites in the islands including Mac Point, Aquarium, Barracuda City, Turtle Bay, Seduction Point, Lighthouse, Pilot Reef and Minerva ledge at Havelock and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park with hundreds of colorful varieties of coral reef fishes and more than 50 types of corals in the park.

Since pre-historic times aboriginal tribes have lived on these Islands. The Andaman group is inhabited by tribes of Negrito origin, while the Nicobar Islands are inhabited by Mongloid stock

The Nicobar Islands are still inhabited by primitive tribes and backward communities.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Weather
Best Time to visit is from December to March

The southwest monsoons come to the islands between roughly mid-May and early October, and the northeast monsoons between November and December.


How to Reach Port Blair
By Air : Port Blair is well-connected to Chennai, Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata by flights that operate almost regularly.

The flight time is approximately 2 hrs from Chennai and Calcutta

Veer Savarkar International Airport, commonly known as Port Blair Airport (IATA: IXZ, ICAO: VOPB)


Tourism info:
Government of India Tourist Office (ITDC)
Super Shoppe Complex
Tel: 03192 - 233006
Andaman and Nicobar Tourist Office
near the GPO

Permit for Indian nationals to visit Nicobar Islands from the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.

Permits for foreign nationals from Indian Missions Overseas, or Foreigner's Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta.

Not all of the islands are open to foreigners. Foreigners are permitted to stay overnight in South Andaman, certain places in Little Andaman, Middle Andaman, Neil Island, Havelock, and only in Diglipur on North Andaman. Day trips are permitted to the islands of Viper, Ross, Interview, Jolly Buoy, Red Skin, Cinque, Narcondum, Brother and Sisters. There are regular boats only to Viper and Ross islands. A boat can stop at the volcanic Barren Island, but you are not permitted to leave the boat. Most of the islands in Mahatma Gandhi National Park can be visited. Foreigners cannot visit any of the Nicobar Islands.

Transylvania Attractions

Transylvania is a historical region in the central part of Romania. Bounded on the east and south by the Carpathian mountain range. This region is a place with abundant history and multicultural convergence. Transylvania is rich in myth and misty medieval sites: there about 100 castles and fortresses and about 70 fortified churches. Romania's greatest and best preserved castles and fortresses are to be found here. As Transylvania is circled by the Carpathian mountains there are a lot of mountain forests and hiking or climbing possibilities. It is one of the most visited places of Romania thanks to a wealth of medieval buildings, churches, monuments and natural beauties. In distant regions, Transylvania is also often associated with Dracula.


Transylvania is actually known as one of the most beautiful natural regions in Europe dotted with picturesque, medieval fortress towns and monasteries and lively cities with stunning baroque architecture which offer modern tourism services at a price far below that of, say, Germany or France. You can find here some of the most developed cities from Romania, but also old villages where people are living as they did one hundred years ago.

There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Transylvania, Romania. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.

Bran Castle, Brasov : Dracula's Castle
Bran Castle is an overpowering structure which lies on top of a hill overlooking the small village of Bran which is closely located to Brasov.

Many legends are connected with Bran Castle. It is said the castle belonged to Count Dracula (Vlad Tepes), Vlad Tepes lived only for a short time in the castle and only as a guest. What is really true is that Bran Castle conjures up the perfect Gothic fairy-tale image of a Transylvanian castle and as a result draws crowds of tourists from far and wide.

Halloween in Transylvania with Vlad the Impaler is in Top Ten Must-Do Adventures

Clock Tower, Sighisoara
Begin your tour at the Clock Tower which houses a natural history museum - worth a look if you are interested in Bronze age to medieval tools - but also to climb the tower to see the inner workings of the Glockenspiel clock and the magnificent views of the city from the tower top. Then, walk the streets to see the remaining fortified wall and towers which were guarded by the various guilds of the city.

Palamari's Cultural Center, Brasov
Palamari's Cultural Center is a permanent exhibition of a traditional architectural complex in Transylvania. The center can be visited every day and consists of two wooden houses and an orthodox church originated from Maramures.

Palamari's Cultural Center offers accommodation in traditional wooden houses, Romanian souvenirs shop and organizes on request a wide range of activities for all ages: trekking, photo hunting, arts and crafts workshops and local cuisine.

Trip to Barsa Land
Prejmer (Tartlau in German) is the largest and most eastern fortified church, not only of the Bârsa Land, but of Transilvania as a whole.

A point of interest in the Old City of Brasov is the Old City Hall on the Central Square, now Museum of History of the city.

Teleki Library
The Teleki Library, founded at the end of the 18th century contains a large collection of first editions and important manuscripts documenting Transylvanian history.

Bolyai Museum
Bolyai Museum is dedicated to Târgu Mures, sons Farks and János, 19th century mathematicians and excellers in non-Euclidian geometry

The Medieval Castle Church (Templul de la Cetatea Medievala)
The Medieval Castle brings us the past times alive, its history and all the feelings created by the castle makes it so unique and definitely a must-see. Most of the castle's buildings have never been rebuilt and they are in their original states and looks even today.

Astra National Museum Complex
"ASTRA" National Museum Complex is a museum complex in Sibiu, Romania

Palace of Culture.
The Palace of Culture is one of the most significant buildings in the city centre. It has been built by Dr. Bernady Gyorgy who was the mayor of Targu Mures at the beginning of the 20th century. While this man was the man in charge, he really did great things and we can say he rebuilt the city, making it significant in all of Transylvania, today part of Romania. In The Palace of Culture (Palatul Culturii) you should definitely visit famous rooms like the Mirror Hall. You will be delighted to listen to any symphonic music show presented sometimes by famous artists that only come to this palace to honor listeners with their presence and art of controlling the way they play music.

Brukenthal National Museum
It is a complex of six museums, which, without being separate administrative entities, are situated in different locations around the city and have their own distinct cultural programmes.


Balea Waterfall and Balea Glacial Lake
Balea Waterfall, located in the Fagaras Mountains, is one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania, Balea Glacial Lake is a real monument of nature. It is accessible by car during the summer, and the rest of the year by a cable car from the “Balea Cascada” chalet.

Transfagarasan is the most famous road in Romania, with differences of altitude and many curves that represent a challenge for both cars and drivers.

Big Square (Piata Mare), Sibiu
Big Square is Sibiu’s historical centre, where there are important historical monuments, many of which are part of the UNESCO patrimony.

Rasnov Castle, Romania
Rasnov Castle is a 14th century fortress built to withstand invasion from Turks and Tartars. The view from fortress to valley and mountains is absolutly amasing. This castle has a dippest well in Europe. It is about 140 meters

Black Church (Biserica Neagra)
The high arches and the slowly growing light intensity as you advance towards the altar transpose you into piety, really inspiring. The Ottoman (Anatolian) rugs collection (one of the largest in Europe) is indeed impressive.

The Carpathian Mountains
The Carpathian Mountains or the Carpathians are a range of mountains forming an arc roughly 1,500 km (932 mi) long across Central and Eastern Europe, making them the second longest mountain range in Europe. Around 50% of Carpathian region is located within Romania. The Romanian Carpathians are divided into three groups: Eastern Carpathians, Southern Carpathians and Western Carpathians. The highest peaks are in the Southern Carpathians. The Carpathians can be a great experience. And let's not forget about the large range of opportunities for hiking, mountain climbing and winter sports

Targu Mures and its famous places to visit
Targu Mures (Tirgu Mures) is one of the biggest cities is Romania and is the seat of Mures, County in the north-central part of Romania. It lies in the Székely Land, an ethno-cultural region in eastern Transylvania.

Named literally for a 'market' on the Mures River and known as the city of roses, Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely in Hun­garian ~ Neumarkt am Mieresch in German) enjoys the best of both Romanian and Hungarian cultures. Numerous vestiges attest the presence of Neolithic cultures and those of the Bronze and Metal Ages in this area.

Targu Mures's main attraction include

The Roses' Square (Piata Trandafirilor)
The Roses' Square represents the heart of the city and it is situated in the centre and gives tourists an unforgettable view that cannot be compared with other city centers.

Baroque and Art Nouveau church
Saint John the Baptist Church is a typical baroque catholic church in the city center of Târgu Mures. The inside of the church is luxurious, with liturgical objects that are true works of art.

Other interesting places to see
However some people don't really enjoy crowd and stress so they might want to check some other places like lakes, caves or other natural wonders. Fortunately Transylvania has plenty of lakes and other breathtakingly beautiful places both in the Carpathian Mountains and the Carpathian Basin itself.

Saint Ana Lake
One of the most special lakes ever is the Saint Ana Lake (Lacul Sfanta Ana). This lake's formation is related to a legend about Saint Ana, a slave of a greedy prince from a palace built in that place. The lake is amazingly surrounded by a group of mountains covered by pine forests. Walking around the lake takes more than a half of an hour, since it is a huge territory, but the sights you'll see due to a simple walk will definitely be unforgettable.

On the other side of the mountains surrounding the lake you can enjoy the peace of a small town, called Baile Tusnad. You can accommodate yourself and even the group of people you came with in several 2 to 5 star hotels. Tusnad also has a camping zone which is located very close to a river near the mountains.

Transylvania also has its "Grand Canyon". Its grand canyon is called the Bicaz Canyon (Cheile Bicazului). You should visit that wonderful place since it'll give you a sight you've never seen before in your entire life. Going by car is even more special and the road goes round and round between the mountains and cliffs surrounding this wonderful canyon.

You will also be happy to know that not so far from the Bicaz Canyon you can also visit the Red Lake (Lacul Rosu) or mot-a-mot translation "Killer Lake" (Lacul Ucigasul). The lake is surrounded by a group of mountains different than those found near the Saint Ana Lake, but it surely is a wonderful experience if you take a day and climb up to the mountaintop (you can do that without special equipment).

Apollo Palace

Old Prefecture Building (Cladirea Vechii Prefecturi)

Palffy House

Prefecture Building (Palatul Prefecturii)

St. Michael Wooden Orthodox Church

All over Transylvania the cohabitation of Romanians, Hungarians, Saxons and Rromas is the leading theme.

Tuesday

Goa Attractions - Places to Visit

Goa Attractions - Goan Places to Visit
Goa, India is full of surprises, colorful events and great monuments and is the best destination to visit in India; where one will find a blend of both modern and traditional aspects of life; The spice farms, forests, waterfalls and the beaches are all unique in their own ways. The beaches of Goa are an ideal combination of sand, sea and sun. 


Goa is known to have a rich collection of monuments, such as forts, churches and temples. Goa is perhaps the one of the best places on earth for a sightseeing tour; The churches of Goa are also major attractions. The churches of Goa are living memories of the rich history of the state. The most popular and colorful event in Goa is the Goa Carnival and lasts three days.





There are so many amazing and fun things to do in Goa, India. And if you need help deciding what to do on your vacation, check-out some of our favorite attractions and activities.

Goa Beaches
Which Beach in Goa is Best For You?
The multitude of beaches in Goa offer something for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts, and trance parties to tranquility. The Goa beach that's right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have. Here's an overview of what to expect at each of the best Goa beaches.

Agonda Beach
The Agonda beach is a bit difficult to reach as it is completely cut off from the main land of Goa. It is at a distance of 37 Km from Margoa. Agonda beach is dotted with palms on the wonderful golden brown sand and the beach is washed very softly by the gentle waves of the sea.

Anuja Beach
Anuja beach is one among the most popular of Indian beaches. Like every other beach in Goa, the Anuja Beach also never fails to amuse its visitors. The trance parties that take place here every day is famous all over the world. This beach is the best place to go for swimming in Goa. The exotic blue waters of the sea are the perfect ground for witnessing a magical sunset.

Anjuna Market, Anjuna
The Wednesday Flea Market is a major draw for visitors. The Tibetan, Kashmiri, Gujrati and Lamani tribes’ souvenirs are well sought after. The Flea Market is one of most popular events/attractions not just in Anjuna village, but in the entire Goa.

Baga & Calangute
Calangute Beach is the busiest and most commercial beach in Goa. Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends, although it's hard to pinpoint exactly where. The beach is a bit less crowded and better developed than Calangute. A wide range of water sports are on offer. If you feel like indulging yourself with some fine food and wine, there are many upmarket restaurants in the area too. Baga is also well known for its nightlife, including the legendary Club Tito and Cafe Mambo.




Casino Royale Goa, Panaji
Casino Royale is the largest floating Casino in Goa. It is definitely the most classiest. It has a gaming floor dedicated to all table games, and slots, a poker room exclusively for poker. It also has an entire dining floor with food catered by China Garden. There is live entertainment daily on the dining floor and on the sundeck (during non-monsoon months) of the ship. The casinos of Goa are different from other casinos in terms of its perfect blend of friendly hospitality and cosmopolitan sophistication.

Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom means Jesus basically " Good Jesus or Infant Jesus ". This chruch contains the body of St Francis Xavier. Old Goa was formely the portuguese colonial capital in the region. The legacy of their presence here includes several beautiful chruches and catherdals, now collectively a UNESCO world heritage site. With marble flooring & decorated with frescoes and inlay work, the 16th century cathedral is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.

Goan Rave Parties
The Rave Parties of Goa are held literally every night during the Christmas and New Year. In 1960s these rave parties were world famous for the influx of drunken and drugged hippies from all over the world. But today, the rave parties have become more family oriented. The Goan Trance is a unique kind of music that is used for these rave parties. Rave Parties of Goa are filled with music, dance and fun.

Other Goan Beaches Include
Benaulim Beach
Benaulim Beach is only a short distance south of Colva Beach, but there's a huge contrast between the two. Known for its fishing industry, it's a beautiful and laid back stretch of beach. You won't find any wild parties there, but water sports and dolphin sightseeing trips are on offer. It does get a little crowded around peak time in December, but head a bit further south down the beach and the quietness will be restored.




Ashwen Beach

Arambol Beach
Arambol, on Goa's far northern stretch of coastline, has become the new hippie haven. Once a small fishing village, it's now full of long term travelers. You'll find plenty of alternative therapies there, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki. Water sports and dolphin sight seeing trips are on offer as well. The nightlife is relaxed, with live music and jam sessions happening. Just north of Arambol are the deserted Keri beach and Tiracol Fort. It's worth the walk there if you want total peace and privacy.


Vagator Beach, Bardez : Good for sunset and beach photography
Vagator Beach, north of Anjuna, is the center of Goa's trance party scene. The beach itself is located at the bottom of a steep cliff, and is divided into three sections

Big Vagtor the main stretch of beach, overrun by Indian tourists

Little Vagator past the rocks, known as Tel Aviv Beach due to the number of Israelis there

and

Ozran Spagetthi Beach in the far south, dominated by Italians 

Disco Valley is nearby.

Accommodations at Vagator are inland instead of on the beach, with many people staying there long-term. Head to Nine Bar, high above Ozran beach, at sunset for early evening partying.

Baga Beach, Baga
A nice small picturesque beach

Candolim Beach, Bardez
It's a lively beach that has managed to retain its cleanliness, and even peacefulness in some areas.

Indigoa Boat Adventures, Baga

Morjim, Pernem
One of the best beaches in North Goa

Colva
Busy Colva Beach is a favorite amongst domestic Indian tourists, and day-trippers arrive by the bus loads.

Dushsagar Waterfalls
The best waterfall in Goa is the Dushsagar Waterfalls which is located in the district of Sanguem in Goa. You will surely enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature here. The waterfall is a mark of the remarkable natural landscape of Goa. The place can be reached easily by hiring a taxi or by bus from Panaji or Margao.

Shopping in Goa
The colorful local markets are the best placed for shopping in Goa. These markets range from designer boutiques stores, cosmopolitan departmental stores to make shift stalls in the Anjuna Flea Market. Variety products from all over India like handicrafts, saffron, fruits, dry fruits and spices are available from these shops.

Water Sports at Goa
The wonderful coastline of Goa along with the lakes and rivers provide enough opportunities for water sports in Goa. All the sports like deep sea fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, scuba diving, boogie boarding, jet-skiing, surfing etc are available in Goa. You can also hire a speedboat or a water scooter and explore the sea.

Panaji or Panjim and Old Goa
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Chapora Fort
The Chapora fort is located on the Anjuna beach in Goa. The massive fort is finished in stones if red laterite.

Dreamz Diving, Canacona
Dreamz Diving a Dive Shop located at Palolem Beach,Goa State, India. Offers Scuba Diving Certification Courses, Fun Dives and Snorkeling. Instructors and Dive Masters have years of experience in teaching scuba diving and organizing dive trips for beginners as well as certified divers

Goan Food
Spend your Goa holiday gorging on the local crab, king prawns and typical Goan delicacies like chicken rechãdo and xãcuti.

The local brews, like cashew and coconut "feni," with their strong aroma, are definitely not for the faint of heart (or stomach). If you visit in the right season, you can sample the local "Urak," a lighter and sweeter-smelling distillate of feni.


How to Get There - Dabolim Airport
Goa Airport caters to all the international and domestic tourists who come to see the picturesque land.


Covers North Goa and South Goa