Formally known as Nellai, Tirunelveli is a city in Tamil Nadu. It is the sixth largest city of Tamil Nadu and is the head quarters of the Tirunelveli District. Bordered by Kerala in the west and the Indian Ocean in the south-east, this district lies 612 km south-west of Chennai and 140 km east of Thiruvananthapuram. Being close to the southern most tip of India, Tirunelveli is also known for its varied geographical features. It consists of five types of geographical terrain - Kurinji (mountains), Mullai (forests), Marudham (paddy fields), Neithal (coastal) and Palai (deserts) and is situated in the west bank of River Tamiraparani.

History of Tirunelveli:
         Tirunelveli is an ancient city which was formed on 1st September 1790 by the East India Company. But much before that, the history of this place dates back to the 900 BC when the Pandayas ruled this region. The past of Tirunelveli was also researched by one of the Christian missionaries, Robert Caldwell (1814-1891), who was known to have contributed a lot to the Tamil language.
The city was formally named by the Arcot Nawabs and the Nayaks as 'Nellai Cheemai'. The Nayaks, in 1781, granted the local administration and revenue of Tirunelveli to the British and they governed it until India achieved independence in 1947. 


People & Culture of Tirunelveli:
        Tirunelveli has a rich cultural and architectural heritage which is evident from the various temples, mosques and cathedrals located here. Some of the prominent religious structures are Nellaiappar Temple, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple.

How To Reach Tirunelveli:
Air: Nearest airport is in Tuticorin, 60 km from Tirunelveli and Trivandrum airport is 150 km in Kerala State.

Rail: Tirunelveli Junction railway station is an extremely busy and important railway junction. It connects to all the major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Trichy, Tanjore and Kanyakumari.

Bus : Tirunelveli is well connected by road. The city is located on the National Highway no. 7. It is well connected to all the major cities of India by National as well as state highways.

Tourist Attractions In Tirunelveli

Nellaiappar Temple:        Nellaiappar Temple is famous as one of the largest Shiva Temples of Tamil Nadu, steeped in tradition and also known for its sculptural splendours. The temple is situated in the centre of the city at a distance of two kilometres from the railway station. Both the gopurams were built according to the rules laid down in the agama sastras by Rama Pandyan. It is the largest Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu. Rare jewels, the Golden Lily Tank, Musical Pillars, and the hall of a Thousand Pillars are worth seeing. The temple dates back to 700 AD and contains inscriptions which can be traced to be made around 950 A.D.
The Nellaiappar temple car weighs approximately 400 tons and is the third largest temple car in Tamil Nadu.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 8.00 PM, Saturday: 7.00 AM -8.00 PM, Sunday: 7.00 AM - 8.00 PM, Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 8.00 PM

Nellayappar Gandhimathi Temple
       The Nellaiappar Temple with Ganthimathi is situated in the centre of town at a distance of two km from the railway station. This is a twin temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva. The main sanctum sanctorium has a vishnu deity in lying pose as seen in famous srirangam temple. Ph : 0462-2339910

NAVAKAILAYAM
        Nine Lord Siva shrines highlight as Navagraghas which gives health and wealth to the pilgrims. Among the nine temples five are situated in Thoothukudi district and rest of them in Thirunelveli district. The following Temples referred as Navakailayam shrines (Nine Shiva Temples) are situated on the banks of river Thamira Parani in Tirunelveli District are called Nava Kailayangal. Kovil Timings: Morning 6.30 A.M to 11.30 A.M Evening: 4.30 P.M. to 8.30 P.M Location: 45 kms from Tirunelveli

1. Papanasam
         It is 45km from Tirunelveli. Presiding deity of the temple is Pabavinasar @ Kailasanatha and Mother Goddess is Ulagammai Agasthiar waterfalls are 2 kms from here.

2. Cheranmahadevi
         It is 22km from Tirunelveli and is located on THE BANK of river Tamirabarani. presiding deity of the temple is Sri Ammainathar alias Kailasanathar and Goddess Avudinayaki.

3. Kodaganallur
         It is 15km from Tirunelveli on the way to Cheranmahadevi and the temple is located near Nadukallur village. Presiding deity is Kailasanathar and Goddess Sivakamiammai.

4. Kunnathur
         It is 2km from Tirunelveli Town railway station. Presiding deity is Kothai Parameswaran. Goddess Sivakamasundari.

5. Murappanadu
         It is 17km from Tirunelveli and 40km from Thoothukudi on the National Highways. Presiding deity is Kailasanathar Goddess Sivakamiammal.

6. Srivaikundam
         It is 30km from Tirnelveli and 40km from Thoothukudi. Presiding deity is Kailasanathar Goddess Sivakamiammai. The first Navathirupathi temple is located here.

7. Thenthirupperai
         It is 38km from Tirunelveli on the way to Tiruchendur. Presiding deity is Kailasanathar .Goddess Allakiyaponamal One of the Navathrupathi temple also located here.

8. Rajjapathi
         It is 38km from Tirunelveli on the way to Tiruchendur near Thenthirupperai. Presiding deity is Kailasanathar Goddess Alagiya ponnamal and Sivakamiammai.

9. Senthapoomangalam
         It is 20km km from Thoothukudi on the way to Tiruchendur near Athoor and Ponnakayal. Presiding deity is Kailasanathar Goddess Sivakami Ammai.

NAVATHIRUPATHI
        The nine Vishnu Temples are located very close to one another. They are all in Thoothukudi District. The Vaishnava shrines are having an interesting legend. The shrines are notable for nine stone carvings and temple architecture Most of the Thirupathi are located on the main road from Tiruchendur to Tirunelveli. 

Ilanji Kumaram Kovil
         Ilanji is a small village in Tirunelveli District. Kumaram Kovil is very famous, is this area lord Muruga with Valli and Deivanai blesses the devotees here. The prime deity here is called Varada Raja Kumarar.

Location : 5 Km from Tenkasi and 3 Km from Courtallam.

Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathi Temple
     Krishnapuram is a small village located at a distance of around 13 kms from Tirunelveli Venkatachalapathi is the name of Lord Vishnu in this temple. This temple was built by Krishnappa Naicker in 16th century AD. This village is named after this ruler. This temple is popular among the tourists not because of its religious importance but due to its life sized beautiful sculptures and images. With respect to the beauty of sculptures, Krishnapuram temple can be considered as one among the best in Tamil Nadu temples.

Sankaran Kovil Gomathi amman Temple:
        56 kms from Tirunelveli. Sankarankoil is a town well connected with Tirunelveli and other parts of the district with good bus facilities. Temple was built by Ukkirapandian who ruled this area in the early part of the 11th century A.D.
Ph : 04636-222265.

Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple :
          Sri Varadharaja Perumal Kovil at Tirunelveli is situated in Tirunelveli Junction. This temple is an ancient and reputed Vishnu temple. It lies on the banks of perennial river Thamirabarani.

SeranMaha Devi :
      The Siva Temple at Seran MahaDevi is the second place among the Nava Kailayams. The Prime diety here is called Sri Amma Natha Swami and the Goddesse is Avadi Nayagi Ambal. Location: 20 km from Tirunelveli on the way to Ambasamudram. 

Tenkasi-Kasi Vishwanathar Temple :
       53 Kms from Tirunelveli and 5 kms from Tenkasi. The name itself implies that this town is ‘Kasi (Varanasi) of the South’. The temple is 554 feet in length and 318 feet width. 172 feet temple tower was built in 1456 by King Parakirama Pandian. Ph: 04633-222373.

Thirumalai Kovil - is a Murugan temple situated at Panpoli, Tenkasi taluk, Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. The lord murugan in this temple’s shrine is called as ‘Thirumalai Kumarasamy’ or ‘Thirumalai Kumaran’. Location: 12 kms from Tenkasi 7kms from

Senkottai.
Thirupudaimarudur :
40 Kms from Tirunelveli. Athalanathar temple and Narumpoonathar temple on the banks of river Tamiraparani river attracts tourists mainly because of scenic beauty. The stone sculptures are legend of the temples are interesting. The four styles of temple architecture viz. Pandiya, Chera, Chola and Vijayanagara beautify the glorious temple.

Sri Kalakodi Dharma Sastha Temple - A famous Ayyappa temple is situated in karakurichi, Sri Kalakodi Dharma Sastha Temple near a river, people call it koovam. Lord Ayyappa is the main deity, sub deities are Ganapathy,Shiva,Navagrahas and Veera Bhadran.

Sri Chekkadi Saasthaa Temple - Between Nellai appar sannadhi and Ghandimathi amman sannadhi there is a small lane near saraswathi ambaal temple. If you go through that lane you will find Chekkadi saastha temple (Lord Ayyappan with poorana, pushkala). It is One of the ancient temple. 


Keezha Thiruvenkatanathapuram Temple - Sri Varadharaja Perumal Kovil is located in "Keezha Thiruvengadanaadhapuram", which is just half a kilometer from the famous "Then Thirupathi Shri Venkataachalapathy temple" and about 6 km from Tirunelveli. 


Azhagiya Kootthar and Sivagami Ambal Temple
Sri Azhagiya Koothar Temple at Rajavallipuram near Tirunelveli is a famous Natarajar temple situated on the banks of Tamirabarani River. Kumbhavisekam was conducted on January 2007. Two important festivals here are Aani Therottam and Margazhi Thiruvadhira.

Vaithya Lingam Temple
Sri Vaithya Lingam Swami Thiru Kovil also known as 'Vaithya lingam temple' is located at Aladipatti which is 30 km from Tirunelveli on the way to Tenkasi. The temple's sanctum has sri vaithya lingam swami and goddess yogambigai.

Chairman Arunachalasamy Temple –Eral: This Temple is dedicated to an ordinary man called Arunachalam who lived in this town and dedicated his life for the welfare of the people. The festival is celebrated in a grand manner for 12 days before Adi Amavasai and Thai Amavasai every year (Tel: 04630-271281)

Karkkuvel Ayyanar Temple – Kuthiraimozhitheri –Therikudiyiruppu: The famous Karkkuvel Ayyanar Temple is situated in the forest in the Kurthiraimozhitheri –

Therikudiyiruppu village near Kayamozhi. Annual “Kallar Vettu” (Killing the thief) festival is held during the Tamil Month of Karthigai (November/December)

COURTALLAM Spa of South India is situated at a mean elevation of 160 m (520 ft) on the Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu, India. 60 Kms from Tirunelveli. Season begins from June of every year till September.


Peraruvi (main falls) the biggest falls in Courtallam, is about 60m high. In Chitraruvi (small falls) the flow is thin. Here naturally separate places for men and women are there to bath. Chitraruvi leads to other waterfalls such as Shenbagadevi and Thenaruvi and the herbal farm. Aintharuvi (five falls) is one where five separate cascades of water form this waterfalls.

Agasthiyar Falls - Papanasam:
42 Kms from Tirunelveli. This holy place is on the western ghats of Pothigai Hills. It is close to the Papanasam Falls, on the banks of the Thamiraparani river where Siva and Parvathi appeared before the great saint Agasthiya. Hence the falls is popularly called the

“Agasthiyar Falls”. Papanasam Dam is located 49 Kms away from
Tirunelveli. This is a beautiful picnic spot.
Ambasamudram : 40 Kms from Tirunelveli. Like Kancheepuram,

it is also a temple town. Because many more temples are located here. Kasi Vishvanathar temple, Thirumula Nathaswamy temple, Veerama thandeswarar temple, Ammaiappan temple, Krishnaswamy
temple, Purushotama Perumal temple and Lakshmi Narayana Perumal temple are situated here.

Athankarai Pallivasal :

46 Kms. from Tirunelveli. There are two domes, one for Syed Ali Fathima and the other for Sheik Mohammed. They are considered as holy sufi saints. All religious people visit this Muslim shrine and get everything what they want.

District Science Centre :
The District Science Centre is a unique institution situated on the banks of Tamiraparani. This is one among the 124 centres in the country. The centre has 3 permanent galleries on ocean, a semi permanent gallery on popular science and a six acre science park where numerous exhibits help create awareness of scientific development among the people.

Ilanji :
Ilanji is a small village in Tirunelveli District. Kumaram Kovil is very famous, is this area lord Muruga with Valli and Deivanai blesses the devotees here. The prime deity here is called Varada Raja Kumarar. On the bank of Chithra River this temple has been renovated by Mara Varman Kulasekara Pandian in 1409 A.D Location : 5 Km from Tenkasi and 3 Km from Courtallam. 


Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary :
47 Kms from Tirunelveli. This is a “Project Tiger” Reserve. The flora ranges from forests of tropical wet evergreen to tropical dry deciduous and thorn forest. Lion-tailed Macaque and common Langur are plenty. Trekking is allowed with the prior permission from the officials of Forest Dep. Accommodation is available at Forest Rest House at Sengaltheri with catering facilities. Season - Sep. to Mar. Ph : 0462-261100.

‘Kappal Mada’ - Selva Mada Church (Uvari) : 72 Kms from Tirunelveli. A small church for St. Mary which was under the control of pastors of Goa mission existed here. Due to sea erosion the old church got damaged. Therefore the people decided to construct a new church for which the foundation stone was laid down by Fr.Thomas in 1970, 25th January and the work was finished on 1974. This church designed as a ship, is called Kappal Matha church after its design. It is a beautiful church facing the blue sea. The waves rolling near
this church gives us an impression that this ship shaped church is sailing on the sea which is a feast to eyes. Located at Uvari Beach.

Karayar Dam / The Roja falls (Banatheertham) : Situated in the Western Ghats,

Banatheertham is part of the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and lies above the Karayar dam. A 20-minute boat ride (costing Rs 20) takes one from the dam across the lake. A 10-minute trek takes one to the magnificent waterfalls. Surrounded by dense forest, the waterfalls present a magnificent sight when viewed from the lake. The boat ride also offers a breathtaking view of the adjoining hills. This range is also known for its plant diversity. The legendary Sage Agasthiya, who is called the father of the plant-based Siddha stream of medicine, is believed to have roamed these hills collecting herbs.

Krishnapuram Anjaneyar Temple

The Sincere and faithful servant of Lord Rama Stands like a grant and blesses the devotees at Krishnapurm near Kadyanallur. Location: 150 km from Madurai on the way to Tenkasi; 12 km from Tenkasi; 1 km from Kadayanallur Timing : Morning 8.30 A.M 11.00 AM , Evening 5.00 PM to Night : 7.30 PM Saturdays: 8.30 AM – 9.00 Night Ph:04633-245250, Cell:9842940464

Kodaganallur :
This is the third among the Nava Kailayam Lord Siva Blesses on Lord Guru here. The Presiding deity of this temple is lord Kailasanathar and the Goddess Sivagami Amman. Timings : 7.30 am to 8.30 am 4.30.pm to 6.30 pm Festival Days : Sivarathiri and Thiruvathirai Location : Kodaganallur is situated 1 km south of Nadukallur which is on Cheran Mahadevi – Mukudal route in Tirunelveli District

Koonthankulam Birds Sanctuary :
38 Kms from Tirunelveli. A small village in the far south, Koonthan-kulam in Nanguneri Taluk of Tirunelveli District is emerging as a new favourite of the migratory birds. It may soon be catapulted into the list of popular water bird sanctuaries in the country. This village is sparsely populated. Migratory birds start coming by December end and fly away to their northern homes by June or July after they lay eggs, hatch them and the young ones grow old enough to fly with the older ones.

Krishnapuram :
13 km from Tirunelveli The temple in Krishna puram is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Presiding deity is Thiruvenka tanathar. There are number of life-size sculptures in this temple with intricate workmanship.

Kumbarutti Falls :
80 Kms from Tirunelveli, 20 Kms from Courtallam via beautiful falls located at western ghats along with natural swimming pool (Thadagam) 3 km before Achan Kovil.

Kurukuthurai Murugan Temple :
Lord Muruga temple here in the midst of Tamiraparani river on both the sides is beautifully carved out of a rock known as Thiruvuruvamalai. It is said that the same rock was used for carving the temple of Lord Muruga at Tiruchendur in 1653.

Kunnathur Temple :
Kunnathur is the first in Nadu Kailayam and fourth in Nava Kailayam; the ruling deity of this temple is Lord Kailasanathar alias Kotha Parameswarar. The Goddesses is Sivagami Amman Timings : Morning : 7.00 am to 10.00 am evening : 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Location: Kunnathur is 9 km from Tirunelveli Now it is called as upper Thiruvenkata Nathapuram and lower Thiruvenkatanathapuram.

Manimuthar Dam/Falls :
47 Kms from Tirunelveli. Gorgeous garden of Dam, pleasure boating. Water falls is 5 Kms from dam through Zig Zag Ghat road. Manjolai Tea Estate having salubrious climate can be visited. 10 Kms from dam. Rest house is available in the dam.

Manjolai - Hill Station :
Manjolai is 57 km away from Tirunelveli and is at an elevation of 1162 sq. metre. There are many tea plantations in and around this place. Bombay Burma Tea estate is famous one in this area. About 4000 people work in these tea plantations.

Museum :
2 kms from Tirunelveli. It is a multipurpose museum located on Tirunelveli-Thiruvananthapuram Road (NH7) at Palayamkottai. All kinds of Archaeological remainings can be seen. Entrance free. Museum Open 8.30 to a.m. to 5.30 p.m. 


Murappa Nadu :
The Temple Murambesswara is near here. Lord Shiva blesses as Lord Guru here Lord Kailasanathar and the Goddess Sivagami Ambal bless people. Those who visit this temple will get wealth and education. Temple Timings: Morning : 7.00 am to 10.00 am Evening : 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm Location : Murappa Nadu is 17 Kms from Tirunelveli along the Tirunelveli Tuticorin Road.

Nambi Malai :
On the hills close by stands a small temple dedicated to Lord Nambi called Malai Nambi with a panoramic view of the village below. This hill is called Nambi Malai (Nambi Hill).

Nanguneri :
Nanguneri is 30 Kms from Tirunelveli. Nanguneri is surrounded by lush green fertile, big water tank and acres of fertile land. The western part of Nanguneri is dotted with a chain of mountains called western ghats. People in the town live a simple life. Their daily routine may include taking bath in the water tank, visiting Sri Vanamamalai Temple and worshipping the Deity, taking blessings of Jeeyar and partaking prasadam offered in the temple. Nanguneri lies north of Eruvadi.

Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram Temple :
The Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram temple’s sanctum sanctorum has Lord Srinivasa deity.
The temple is located 7 to 10 km south west of Tirunelveli in the banks of perennial river Thamirabarani. This temple/place is also called Thirunankovil.

Pottalpudur Dargha :
The centre of attraction of this place is the oldest dargha built around the year 1674. This dargha attracts not only the Muslims but Hindus and Christians also in equal numbers. This has been built adopting Hindu temple pattern. Here holy ashes obtained from tamarind bark, ghee, and flowers called nerchai are distributed to the devotees. Ph : 04634-240566.

Rajapathy :
It is one of the Nava Kailayam is Tirunelveli District. Lord Siva reigns as lord kethu at Rajapathi. Lord kethu blesses with success to overcome conflicts in an individual’s life; he helps to fight against evil and restores peace. Temple Timings: Morning : 7.00 am to 10.30 am Evening : 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm Location : Raja Pathy is one km south of Manathy near Then Thiruperai in Thoothukudi District Bus facilites available in plenty to Then Thiruperai To Contact : C. Prakash Pattar – 9865143592

Salaikumaran Temple :
The Lord Muruga Temple in the heart of Tirunelveli Junction is a popular temple. This temple received Silver Trophy in 1965 for best maintained temple. Most of the marriages of Hindus are held here. 


Sri Sorimuthu Aiyanar Temple - Karayar :
Situated at karayar near Papanasam in Tirunelveli Dostrict. Presiding deity is Sorimuthu Aiyanar. Bommakka, Thimmakka and Pechiamman are the other deities there. Watching deity is Boodhathar. Location at 60 kms from Tirunelveli. Nearest Railway Station Ambasamudram Ph : 04634-291104.

Tirunelveli - Iruttukkadai ‘Alwa’
The city is very famous for the mouth watering sweet
‘Halwa’ (pronounced Alwa) which is made from wheat and sugar. The peculiar taste of ‘Tirunelveli Alwa’ owes its gratitude to Thamirabarani river water. The ‘Iruttu Kadai’ opposite to the Nellayappar temple is the hot spot when it comes to Alwa. Tourists from all over the country throng
‘Iruttukadai’ to purchase Tirunelveli Alwa.

Sengottai :
Sengottai is a town in the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is located roughly 5 km from the Coutrallam Waterfall. The Harihara and Kuntaaru rivers flow through the village. The economy of Sengottai is chiefly agrarian in nature and people are engaged in the cultivation of rice, groundnut, ginger, coconut. Terra cotta and Pottery industry, Cane furniture are the important economic activities. Large number of Saw mills are present in Shenkottai Piranoor. Tourist places are : Kundaru Dam and Mottai Dam 3 km from Sengottai, Paalaru Falls 15 km from Sengottai.

SeranMaha Devi :
The Siva Temple at Seran MahaDevi is the second place among the Nava Kailayams. The Prime diety here is called Sri Amma Natha Swami and the Goddesse is Avadi Nayagi Ambal.The Location: 20 km from Tirunelveli on the way to Ambasamudram.

Thiruvalluvar Two Tier Bridge :
The two tier over bridge, namely Thiruvalluvar Bridge at Tirunelveli Junction was constructed to avoid the railway line crossing. The total length of bridge is 800 metres. This type of two tier bridge constructed in Tirunelveli is the first of its kind in India. This bridge was opened for traffic in 1972. This two tier over bridge consists of 25 spans of which 13 are of bow string arch, each with a width of 30.30 metres and 12 are single tier R.C.C girder each having a width of 11.72 metres.

‘Parotta’- Special at Piranoor (Sengottai)
Piranoor, very near Sengottai is famous for Parotta with Chicken ‘Kuruma’. We can not get such a tasty Parotta-Chicken Kuruma any where is Tamil Nadu except at Piranoor. Parotta Stall functions only at night. Location : 3kms from Courtallam.7kms from Tenkasi.

Tirukkurungudi :
At the foot of the Mahendragiri hills on the western ghats and on the banks of the river Nambiyaru lies the large and prosperous village of Tirukkurungudi. In the Varaha Purana the Lord speaks of his sojourn in this holy village. Thus this place derives its name Kurungudi the smaller abode of Narayana.

Trinity Cathedral :
2 Kms from Tirunelveli. The location of the place now called as Murugankurichi. There is an elegant and beautiful church here, built in 1826 by Revered Rhenius.


V.O.C. Mani Mandapam :
V.O.Chitambaram the Towering personality of Freedom movement Tamilnadu who pulled cooking oil extractor (Chekku) in Coimbatore Jail, where he was imprisoned for fighting against British imperialism. V.O.C. also started Navigation company against British. He was not only a patriot but a labour union leader also. Once the workers of Harvey mill going on strike, they were starving. At that time VOC sold his land, and provided food to all the workers and thus continuing the strike.


Vallanadu Black Buck Sanctuary :
18 Kms. from Tirunelveli. A small hillock of Vallanadu have numerous population of spotted deers. This place always normal cool climate because surrounding there is lot of trees and plant are situated naturally. It is declared as Deer Sanctuary by Forest Department. Police Shooting Station (Arms Firing Training) here is one of the best in India. Contact : The District Forest Officer, Tirunelveli Division, Kokirakulam, Tirunelveli - 627009.

World Famous Mats of Pattamadai
These beautiful reed mats crafted out of korai grass with cotton or silk in the weft are made in Pattamadai village. The traditional colours used are red, green and black and the weaves range from medium colour to 140 counts in the silk or pattu mat. Designs inputs by modern designers has led to the making of contemporary mats which are greatly in demand both in the international and national markets.
Torna Fort is a large fort located in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India. And it is about 70 km southwest of Pune in the Sahyadri mountain range.It is historically significant because it is the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1643, at the age of 16 forming the nucleus of the Maratha Empire. The hill has an elevation of 1,403 meters (4,603 ft) above sea level, making it the highest hill-fort in the district. This fort is believed to have been constructed by the Shaiva Panth, in the 13th century.Torna fort is also called Prachandagad. Shivaji renamed the fort ' 'Prachandagad' ' as Torna, and constructed several monuments and towers within it.


IN AND AROUND TORNA FORT:
          On the fort you could see various places like, Zunjar Machi, Budhla Machi, Kokan darwaja, Kothi Darwaja, Bini Darwaja, Menghai Goddess temple, Toranjai Goddess temple,Sadar. 

IDEAL TIME FOR VISIT:
        Though the best season to visit Torna fort is just after monsoons, summers show an entirely different shade of the fort diametrically opposite to what you will find just after monsoons.
Torna ranges from medium - difficult level

 HOW TO REACH:
        From Swargate bus station in Pune, take a state transport bus with route 'Swargate - Velhe - Ghisar'. This bus will drop you at Velhe in around 1hr 45mins. It will be good to start in early morning for the fort. 6.30am bus will be very good option to reach early to the fort.
       Velhe is the base village of the fort and the trek up to the fort will approximately take 3-4 At Velhe you can park your vehicles Near the police station and start trekking. and 
Fort could be seen within 2hours.

Best Route from Pune to Torna
Pune - Satara HW - Nasrapur - Adoli - Velhe – Torna

Best Route from Mumbai to Torna

Mumbai - Pune Ex way - Pune Bypass Rd - Warje - Khadakwasla - Khanapur - Velhe - Torna

Best Route from Kolhapur to Torna
Kolhapur - Satara - Surur - Shirwal - Nasrapur - Velhe – Torna

FOOD FACILITIES:
       There is no hotels etc on the fort. At the base of the climb you could have something to eat at the local shop, but the type of food is limited, and it is best to bring your own food. The climb to the top can be tough for some people, so bringing along nutritious food is highly recommended.
There is no source of drinking water on top of the fort, so it is strongly advisable to bring drinking water, energy drinks, glucose drinks to avoid fatigue.

STAY AT TORNA FORT:
       The Mangai Devi Temple on top of the fort is a commonly used shelter on the Torna fort however its best to carry your own sleeping bags and tent.
10-15 people can stay. There However trek gets over within 6 hours, so mostly you do not need to stay on the fort.
if you are planning to go during the winters as it gets really cold during night time.


TREKKING FROM RAJAGAD FORT:
         You can also go for a 2 day trek which is via Rajgad fort. You will have to go to Rajgad first and then walk along the ridges of Sahyadri Mountains to reach Torna. This ain't a tough road but will take approximately 6 - 7 hours

RETURN FROM TORNA FORT:
       From the base village Velhe you will get Maharashtra State Transport buses every one hour. Last bus is at 5pm. Apart from ST buses, local Jeep-Taxies are available till Nasarapur.
There are a few vehicle operators who ply their 8-10 seaters from Velhe village to the highway, from where a state transport bus can be taken back to Pune. These operators, however, will charge much more than you would end up paying if you took a state transport bus back to Pune.
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Parakalai (po), Anandasram (via), Kasaragod (dist)  Kerala - 671531 
Tel. +91 467 2244701  http://www.pnpsayurmedicalcollege.com


Deepa Ayurveda Hospital & Research Centre
Kanhangad, Kerala, India. 
Phone : 04672 217784  
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PVA Ayurvedic Hospital
Kattampally, Kannur, Kerala,India 
phone: +91 9447283695  http://www.ayurvedaacharya.com/
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AYURKENDRA HERBAL VILLAGE
Manjalamkolli, Puthoorvayal P.O.,Kalpetta Via, Wayanad Dist.KERALA
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Ayurveda Yoga Villa
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PRANAVAM AYURVEDIC TREATMENT CENTRE
Manipuram (Po), Koduvally(via) Kozhikode. Kerala-India. PIN-673584
PHONE: +91 94473 38048   http://www.ayurvedam.co.in/

Athulya Ayurvedic Medical Research Centre
Mundikkal Thazham, Medical College - Karanthoor Road Kottamparamba Post, Calicut - 673 008, Kerala, India
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KOTTAKKAL ARYA VYDYA SHALA
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POOMULLI MANA
Peringode (PO), Via. Koottanadu, Palakkad Dist, Kerala, India.
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AMALA AYURVEDIC HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTRE THRISSUR,KERALA INDIA
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Athreya Ayurvedic Resorts
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KRISHNENDU AYURVEDA HOSPITAL
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Pathanamthitta,Thumpamonthazhom,Kerala,India
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KAYALVARATH AYURVEDIC HOSPITAL 
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KAIRALI AYURVEDIC HEALTH CENTRE
Mascot Hotel, Mascot Square, Trivandrum – 695 003 (INDIA)
PHONE: +91 – 471 – 3296933  http://www.kairalicenters.com
Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western GhatsIndia. It is located in Kollam District, Kerala and comes under the control of Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve. It was established in 1984 and comprises 171 square kilometres (66 sq mi). It is a part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, owes its name to the endemic species, Gluta Travancorica, locally known as 'Chenkurinji'. The cradle of one of the oldest river valley civilizations in India - older than the Indus Valley (4400 - 3700 BC) - this belt is acclaimed for its rich biodiversity. Lying on either side of the Shenduruney River, the reservoir of the Parappar Dam, constructed across Kallada River in 1986, occupies the heart of this Wildlife Sanctuary which is the only one in Kollam District. The vegetation in the Sanctuary is mainly wet evergreen forests and about eight divergent types of forests have been identified here including the Myristica Swamps and Reed Breaks.
Expedition to the large cave with paintings similar to the Mesolithic paintings of Central India and containing relics of the Stone Age culture is of great tourist attraction. Within the tourism zone of the Sanctuary, boating in the reservoir and trekking are the main activities permitted. Pedal boating and row boating is possible in the Ottakkal Reservoir. The Dharbhakulam trail, Kallar trail and Kuttilappara-Choodal bird watching trail, which are the three ecotourism packages offered here, will give visitors glimpses of the rich flora and fauna at the Sanctuary - 951 species of flowering plants of which 100 belong to the threatened category and around 219 known for their medicinal values. The faunal wealth consists of 34 species of mammals, 245 species of birds, 36 varieties of reptiles, 22 species of amphibians and 42 species of fishes.


Around 
Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Thenmala Dam, Palaruvi Waterfalls near Aryankavu and Courtallam are nearby places of attraction. Kulathupuzha, Aryankavu and Achankovil are important pilgrim centres near the Sanctuary.


Accommodation

Tree top houses are available for those who want to enjoy nature at close quarters.


Accessing Shenduruney

Location: In the southwestern part of the Western Ghats in Pathanapuram, Kollam District. 66 km from Kollam town on the Kollam-Shencottai Road.

Altitude: 100 m to 1,550 m above sea level, Shenduruney has a hilly terrain

Air: Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram, 72 km away.

Rail: Closest railhead is Shencottai (30 km) and then Kollam (70 km).
Road: From Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, the Sanctuary is equidistant at 70 km and from Shencottai, it is 30 km.
For enquiries and bookings, contact:
The Wildlife Warden
Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary
Thenmala Dam P.O.
Kollam district
Phone: + 91 475 344600


Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society, Ph: 0475-2344800
District Tourist Promotion Council Office, Kollam Ph: 0474-2750170
Kalaripayattu the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the world and One of the oldest fighting systems in existence.The Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods Training in combat is given at the Kalari (training school). The principles of Kalari education stipulate that training in martial art begins with an oil massage of the body which goes on until the body is agile and supple. Feats like chaattom (jumping), ottam (running), marichil (somersault) etc. are then taught, followed by the lessons in the use of weapons such as daggers, swords, spears, maces, the bow and arrow and so on.
       Kalaripayattu training aims at the ultimate co-ordination of the mind and body. The traditional training in a kalari includes specialisation in indigenous medical practice too. Kalaris are also centers of religious worship. The general guidelines to be followed in Kalaripayattu demand that once the course is complete, a person should undergo oil massage and engage in the practice of the feats regularly to help him keep in shape
       Kalaripayattu became more developed during the 9th century and Kalaripayattu was first documented around the 11th or 12th century AD by the historian Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai, who attributed its creation to an extended period of warfare that took place between the Chera and the Chola dynasties in the 11th century.



TRADITIONAL KALARI TREATMENT
       The training of a student to become a master includes the training in Ayurveda and in locating the vital points of the body. A Kalari Guru is not only a trained movement artist but also a professional in Ayurveda, a doctor who treats people of diseases and general ailments. Kalari has developed a traditional orthopedic system which is widely popular all over the states, especially for the setting of displaced bones. There are different types of Oils, pastes, herbs etc are used only by kalari masters to treat muscle and bone injuries.

KALARI MASSAGE
       The first stage of the preparation of a warrior and the artiste is based on oil massage known as Udvarthaizam or Uzhichal. The Ayurvedic tradition of Susrutha says that diseases are afraid of approaching a body which has been foot-massaged, just like animals in the sight of a lion.
      Combat situation demands an extremely agile, strong and supple body, which would instantly obey the focused mind. The ancient martial artists (warriors) used kalari massage to prime their body and sharpen reflexes.
      In Kalari massage the therapist or the kalari master uses his hand and feet to massage the recipient using medicated oils. The masseur uses nadisuthra kriya to apply pressure with the fingers, thumb or toe at certain points on the body. These pressure points (Marma points) are areas where there is a high concentration of Prana. Prana is the energy which gives life for the living organism.

Usually an uzhichil course lasts for fourteen days. At the time of massage the student has to follow strict restrictions in his or her daily routines. He should not expose to the sun for a long time should take only the prescribed food and should follow strict celibacy.

Three types of kalari massages are used for different purposes.

  • Sukha thirummu: This system of massage relieves the body from aches and muscular pains and also provides physical relaxation and rejuvenation.


  • katcha thirummu massage, given to increase a person's body flexibility and physical endurance, is particularly efficacious for those who practice martial arts and dance forms. It gives flexibility and suppleness to the body. This form of massage is combined with different yoga postures.


  • Raksha thirummu: This massage is for healing. Different ailments require specific massage techniques, which the masseur selects keeping the individual's condition in mind. The speed, force, number of stroke, the type of herbal oil used and the system of massage will vary depending on the patient's physical strength, age and ailment.

Massage helps the body to attain a healthy constitution as well as flexibility, nimbleness and suppleness. Moreover, massage can improve mental alertness and attention span by reducing tension and calming the mind .Kalari massage can keep one disease free and in a state of positive health.

MARMA POINTS
      Marmas are certain vital points of the body. A marma point is a juncture on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints and 'where the Prana is present'. There are total 108 Marma points in the body in which 64 are considered as kulamarma (deadly points). These points could be used to heel or to harm. If these points are pierced hard, it could result in trauma or even death. A kalari masseur uses the Marma points to heal. 
    The mind is considered as the 108th marma. The other marma points are classified for better understanding according to the physical components:
     Mamsa Marma - muscle
     Sira Marma - vessel
     Snayu Marma- Ligament
     Asthi Marma- bones
     Sandhi Marma - joints
Various kalari stylesKadathanatan KalariKaruvancheri KalariKodumala KalariKolastri Nadu KalariKurungot KalariMathilur KalariMayyazhi KalariMelur KalariNadapuram KalariPanoor Madham KalariPayyampalli KalariPonniyam KalariPuthusseri KalariPuthuram KalariThacholi KalariThotuvor KalariTulunadan Kalari
Weapons used in kalari

Lavasa is striking tourist destination which is situated in the western mountain ranges. This city is well planned which lies in the Pune district of Maharashtra state. You can pleasure your holidays while visiting this city as you can explore beautiful landscapes and serene environment. It is the most well planned city which is famous for its dam and scenic beauty. People visit this city to experience the most exciting adventurous activities. Water Sports are the prime attraction of the city. People can go for trekking, mountain climbing, and hiking to take the unforgettable experience in the mountain ranges. Lavasa Travel guide serves the best option to get more information and unseen sights of this city.
            It is the city which is set in the Sahayadri Mountains at the shore of Warasgaon lake. People can experience various water sports here. You can relax and experience world-class water sports facility in this city. Tourist who are visiting this city can enjoy boating, playing volleyball, jet skiing. You can take a ride on Bumper boats, Luxury cruise boats, jetty, jet skis and Bumper boats. Temghar Dam is the most visited and popular sightseeing in this city. You can also explore the cultural heritage in this city. Lavasa Travel guide is to know more about the city. This city is also considered as a well planned city which is located on the Mose Valley.
          HCC India built this city with the latest technologies and infrastructure. You can relax by getting exotic ayurvedic massages, therapeutic massages, ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes and much more. You can also experience pleasant all round the year which allows the tourist to visit anytime. Eco-friendly ambiance in this city provides you comfortable holidays. This city is the home of several Hospitality, Educational, Health and Tourism organizations.


GETTING IN LAVASA
BY ROAD
From Mumbai:
On the Mumbai-Pune Expressway
- Via Panvel - Lonavala - Chandini Chowk
- Via Hinjewadi exit
- Via Lonavala - Somatne exit - Pirangut
- Via Lonavala - Nive - Tamhini

On Mumbai-Goa Highway
- Via Kolad

From Pune :
Via Chandini Chowk - Pirangut
















Soaring peaks, breathtaking valleys.  Lush flora.  Cool, crisp mountain air.  This is Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra’s most popular hill station, and once the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency during the British Raj.
      A tour of Mahabaleshwar town and the surrounding countryside would take at least a couple of days as there is much to see and experience.  The town bazaar is called Malcolm Peth after the then British Governor of Bombay, Sir John Malcolm.  It lies at the heart of Mahableshwar with its hotels, shops, restaurants, outlying bungalows, government offices, and jostling crowds.
        Mahabaleshwar has proper, motorable roads to every point worth visiting. So one could tour the place by car, jeep, or even horseback. There are many buildings and sites that take one back to the days of the Raj. There’s Mount Malcolm, the one-time residence of Governor Malcolm; Moraji Castle, where Mahatma Gandhi lived during 1945; and the Mahabaleshwar Club.
As short drive from town is the beautiful Venna Lake, where one can go boating, fishing, and pony riding. Or indulge oneself at the entertainment center with its numerous food and game stalls. Near the lake, further down the road on the way to neighbouring Panchgani, are the great strawberry fields.
Mahabaleshwar is known for its numerous sightseeing points, each providing a unique perspective of the majestic hill range. En route to Babington Point is Dhom dam, which is a good place to take a break. Or one could visit Old Mahabaleshwar and the famous Panchganga Mandir, which is said to contain the springs of five rivers: Koyna, Venna, Savitri, Gayatri and the sacred Krishna River. There’s also the Mahabaleshwar Mandir, revered for its Swayambhu Lingam


History of Mahabaleshwar
          Mahabaleshwar means ‘God of Great Power’ in Sanskrit. In 1215 King Singhan of Deogori first visited Mahabaleshwar. A Brahmin dynasty is said to have taken over around 1350, and they made the area prosperous. In the 16th century the Maratha family of Chandarao More annexed Mahabaleshwar and built the famous Mahabaleshwar temple. Shivaji during his rule built the famous Pratapgad Fort in 1656. From 1828 Mahabaleshwar was visited by Sir John Malcolm, Arthur, Carnac, Frere after whom the famous points in Mahabaleshwar are named.


Languages spoken
Marathi, Hindi and English.


Sightseeing in Mahabaleshwar
     A sightseeing tour in Mahabaleshwar will let you soak in the breath-taking vistas and varying perspectives of the valley from over 30 different vantage points. which basically consist of different views and perspectives of the valley below.

  • Venna Lake
       Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra state in India. The lake was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj, who was Raja of Satara in the year 1842. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake. 


The Mahabaleshwar city market and the S.T. bus stand is about 2KM from the lake and makes for a nice walk during the day. Most tour operators include the Venna lake in their tours. Most buses, private vehicles will stop at the Venna lake on their way to Mahabaleshwar on request.



     
  • Kate's point
  •             Kate's point is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom. The point is around 1280 mts high.
















  • Wilson Point or Sunrise Point
            
Wilson Point or Sunrise Point has the highest elevation at 4710 ft and from its vantage position sunrises and sunsets look absolutely spectacular. Three masonry platforms extend onto the valley and are perfect places to see the sunsets or just look at the expanse of the valley stretching out below. Other points are Connaught Peak and Elphinstone Point those are named after the Viceroys of India- Lord Connaught and Lord Elphinstone. Look down on the valleys of the Rivers Koyna and Savitri, the Marjorie Point offers panoramic views of the Sahyadri Ranges. 



  • Arthur's Seat
       Arthur's Seat is justifiably called the prince of all points looking down upon breathtakingly panoramic views of awesome canyons and cliffs comparable to the world famous stratification of rocks of the Grand Canyon in Colorado. The deep Savitri Valley on the right flanks sheer cliffs and layered stratification of rocks, tell the geological story of the area. Arthur's Seat is the only place showing geographical distinction between coastal Konkan and the plateau of the Deccan. A short climb down the steps leads to the source of the River Savitri at Tiger's Spring.



  • Needle Hole Point / Elephant Point
      Needle hole point is located near Kate's Point. One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole. The point is also famous for the view of Deccan traps, which look like an elephant's trunk.




  • 3 Monkey Point
      Named because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like three monkeys sitting beside each other and portraying 3 monkeys of Gandhiji..

Other scenic attractions in and around the vicinity of Mahabaleshwar include many cascades and waterfalls like the Chinaman, Lingmala and Dhobi Falls. A number of old temples are also part of the local attraction with the Panchganga Temple considered the source of five important rivers of the region. 




How to Reach Mahabaleshwar
By Air
        The closest airport is Lohegaon Airport in Pune and is located at a distance of 80 kms from Mahabaleshwar. You can also get to Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai’s International Airport, Chatrapati Shivaji (160 kms away). From the respective airports one can hire a taxi or avail the bus service to get to Mahabaleshwar.
By Rail
       You can reach Mahabaleshwar via rail too. The nearest railhead is Satara, at a distance of 47km. There is another railhead located at Wathar (60 kms). One can reach Mahabaleshwar via Pune (120 kms) as it boasts of an efficient rail network. Get off at the railway station and catch a taxi for Mahabaleshwar.
By Bus 

      Mahabaleshwar is well connected by road from Mumbai as well as Pune. Maharashtra State Road Transport provides bus services to all the nearby cities of Pune, Mumbai, Nasik, Satara, Panchgani and Kolhapur.

Driving down to Mahabaleshwar from the neighbouring cities of Alibagh, Adavali, Pune, Nasik, Panchgani is a good option. Private and shared cabs/taxis can also be hired from Mumbai and Pune.
Getting Around Mahabaleshwar

The most convenient way of getting around is if you have your own vehicle but there really is no better way than walking to be able to fully appreciate the scenic beauty of this breathtaking hill station.


Driving Direction to Mahabaleshwar
Driving Direction from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar 
Distance: 263 km
Driving Time: 6.00 hours

  • Start from Mumbai and take the Eastern Express Highway to get onto Sion-Panvel Express Highway, on this highway there is an HP petrol pump, where you can make a pit stop to run a car check.
  • Continue for Mumbai – Pune Expressway, keep driving on the right fork and continue driving onto Mumbai – Pune Expressway, after crossing the Pavana River, take the NH 4, you will pass by Khed Shivapur Toll Plaza.
  • Drive on NH 4, take the first left towards Wai– Panchgani road, keep driving straight onto Wai – Surur Pune Road; you will pass by CBD complex on your left.
  • Drive on and turn right at Satara Road, take few turns onto MG road and turn right to reach Mahabaleshwar.
Driving Direction from Pune to Mahabaleshwar

Distance: 118 km
Driving Time: 3.00 hours

  • Start driving from Pune and head towards NH 4, after passing the Pune  Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics, turn right to continue on NH 4 and make sure to look up for sign boards to stick to this highway.
  • Take the fist left towards Wai – Panchgani road, continuing straight on this road and you will pass by CBD complex on the left.   

  • Drive on and you will pass by Mapro Garden on the right, turn right at Satara road, follow the signboard till you spot a signboard for Mahabaleshwar, you will have to take few turns onto MG road and you will reach your destination.
Climate and the Best Time to Visit Mahabaleshwar
                   Mahabaleshwar is an all year round holiday destination. Choose anytime and this place will have something to charm you. Every season has its varied colours, painting a beautiful landscape. From the details below you can pick your preferred time.
Summer (March to mid June)
    A perfect weather to escape from the sultry summers of the plains. The fresh air, lush green flora, cloudy mountains and sparkling brooks the place offers will sweep you off your feet. The temperature during this period rises to a maximum of 32°C and falls to a minimum of 15°C.
    You might find the place a little crowded during this time as it sees a huge inflow of tourist finding a reprise from the scorching heat. 


Monsoon (Mid June to September)
    Do you love rains? The smell of earth after the first shower? The freshness and the green after the downpour? If the answer is yes then you will be delighted to visit this hill station during this time. You will be greeted with beautiful landscape and breathtaking views garnished with tiny droplets of rain at this time of the year. Unlike summers you will not experience a tourist rush in monsoon.
You are advised to pre-book the hotel as many hotels remain closed during this time due to the low tourist turn up.


Winters (November to Mid March)
    Are you a winter person? If yes then the place offers a pleasantly cold winters. You will need to carry some extra layers. The minimum temperature during this time is 10°C and rises to a maximum of 30°C. It can be a nice spot for your winter vacations. Dropping your bags of worries, enjoy the vast treasure of nature that the place has to offer you.

           Anytime you that you choose will make you hav fun galore. So all you need to do is pack your bags and set out holidaying!
Festivals and Events in Mahabaleshwar
Gudhi Padava, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, the Strawberry Festival, Diwali are some of the festivals in Mahabaleshwar that are held in the city, with pomp and gaiety.

The festival of Gudhi Padava is celebrated on the very first day of the Hindu month Chaitra to commemorate the beginning of the Hindu solar year. Gudhi Padava is held in March-April to celebrate the Maharashtrian New Year. This festival is celebrated by flying kites. You can see the entire sky filled with colourful kites.

Ganesh Chaturthi, the ten day festival is celebrated in the month of August - September to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesh. This is the main festival of the state. Devotees bring idols of Lord Ganesh to their homes and make special sweets called modak, to appease the God. Devotional songs and dancing are performed while immersing the idol of Lord Ganesha.

Another prominent festival in Mahabaleshwar is Makar Sankranti. Considered as one of the most auspicious festivals for the Hindus, Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated in January with great fervour and gaiety. This festival is celebrated in different part of the country by different names such as Pedda Panduga, Lohri, Pongal and Bhogali Bihu to name a few.

The Strawberry Festival is a two-day festival celebrated in the month of March and celebrates the harvest of fresh strawberries and its delicacies. Stalls are set up in the farms near Mahabaleshwar and freshly prepared Strawberry Dishes are on the offer. Fruit lovers visit Mahabaleshwar at this time to enjoy the festival.

The festival of colours, Holi is celebrated in March to welcome the season of spring. People put colours on each other to celebrate the festival.

The festival of light, Diwali is celebrated in the month of November. Diwali signifies the triumph of good over evil. Children and adults burst crackers, perform puja and savour traditional sweets.


Things to do in Mahabaleshwar
          The strawberry capital, Mahabaleshwar, boasts off a fairly good list of things to do that incorporate variety in activities and sightseeing. With its picturesque sights, misty cascading waterfalls, hidden trails and lovely farms growing berries, this hill station forms a paradise for nature lovers. Pack your picnic baskets and head to Wilson Point for spectacular sunrises and sunsets or simply enjoy the rumbling of water at numerous soothing waterfalls.

Shop for fresh honey or canned jams made from strawberries, mulberries and raspberries freshly grown in farms around. Want to try something different? Visit these farms during the month of May and June and go strawberry picking. Enjoy drinking coffee, fresh fruit juices or opt for some peaceful boating or fishing experience. Those who want to sweat a bit, try trekking and horse riding.

For a bit of history, make a visit to Pratapgad fort, which is 27 kms from Mahabaleshwar or choose to visit nearby hill station Panchgani to pick some fresh berries and enjoy stunning scenes.

Shopping in Mahabaleshwar

            It is all about buying fresh fruits, jams, jellies and marmalades. Town Bazaar, Imperial Store at the end of the Bazaar, and Mapro gardens are the places to go for shopping in Mahabaleshwar.

Fresh fruits including strawberries and raspberries are must buys. Although fruits are available in the local shops, there is the Mapro Gardens situated on the way to Panchgani from Mahabaleshwar. There is a wide variety of squashes, jams, jellies, fresh strawberries that are must buys. In Mapro gardens, you can taste the samples before buying. You can also buy fresh honey from the government sponsored bee farms in Mahabaleshwar.

Apart from food products, there are handicrafts items, leather goods, tribal trinkets and other souvenirs available in Town Bazaar. It is located in the centre of the town. It is a street consisting of small shops selling different kinds of products. You can buy honey, Kolhapuri footwear, handcrafted walking sticks, crochet dresses, shawls, baskets and decorative items that are popular here.


Activities in Mahabaleshwar
           Mahabaleshwar offers many outdoor activities for leisure seeking travellers and adventure enthusiasts both. Visit Mahabaleshwar during the month of May/June and enjoy strawberry picking in lovely strawberry fields, which promises to be an exhilarating experience for city slickers. Most farm owners are not averse to having visitors plucking strawberries from the bushes. Ofcourse you are expected to buy some of their produce too - choose from the strawberry milkshakes and jams.


Where to Stay in Mahabaleshwar
          There is no dearth of places to stay in Mahabaleshwar. There are accommodation options to suit all budgets and the options ranges from deluxe to budget hotels.
The deluxe hotels like Park Plaza, Regal, Citrus Chambers, Ishwar Inn or Saket Plaza, Mahabaleshwar Palace, Pratap Heritage, Sunny International and Sunny Midtown are comfortable with all modern amenities.
           The budget hotels in Mahabaleshwar feature good service with all basic facilities. Under this category you can chek out Hotel Blue Park, Dwarka, Sapna, Blue Heaven, Ashoka Inn, President, Sunny Classic, Rahil International and Rahi Plaza.

The MTDC also runs a hotel, besides which there are tourist lodges, exclusively vegetarian guesthouses, luxury resorts, and private apartments for families.


 
Mahabaleshwar Travel Information

TOURISM BOARD OFFICE : 2331217,

Tourist Bureau Tel : 260271

Police Station Tel: 260333 / 260217

HOSPITAL Tel: 260247

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