India is simply incredible and so are its southern destinations. millions of tourists across the globe head for south india every year to spend some quality time with mother nature. if you like versatility, then no other tourist destination can be the best but south india. south india is a part of india consisting of several exciting destinations such as kerala, tamilnadu, karnataka, goa, andhra pradesh and pondicherry. these destinations have different things to offer to the travellerse but one thing common here you can experience nature at its best.
        south india is famouse for its sun kissed beaches, picture-perfect backwaters,beautiful hill stations and highly revered pilgrimage.

KERALA TOURISM
      The gods own country, embraces the tourist in her natural beauty.


With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience. And what's more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other - a singular advantage no other destination offers.
KARNATAKA TOURISM 
     Leave you enchanted with its architectural marvels and serene.



Karnataka is a tapestry of colours, cultures, flavours, landscapes, timelessness and heart stopping beauty. It’s a place where vibrant worlds seamlessly meld into one another every few hundred kilometers. Sedate plains suddenly rise to dizzying mist covered hilly heights, and then plunge with careless abandon in a white-watered freefall to become languid rivers that flow past cities where time has stopped altogether.




TAMILNADU TOURISM
      
It is dotted with innumerable exquisitely carved temples instilling the sense of peace and spirituality in the mind of visitors.




PUDUCHERRY TOURISM
        It gives you a real taste of simplicity.


if peace and a break is the most sough after, then Pondicherry is surely one of the choicest holiday destinations in South India. The town offers a unique experience with its mix of modern heritage and spiritual culture. With a predominantly historical background, Pondicherry takes one centuries back in time.


ANDHRA PRADHESH TOURISM 
       It is the essence of incredible india with its great history.


TELANGANA TOURISM
I t's all in it. and a popular destination for tourists not just from around the country, but also from around the world. The rich cultural heritage and the unique diversity offered by the state is a novel selling point.
There are impressive numbers of tourists thronging the state where they can experience the rich cultural heritage and the exquisite historic treasures.
GOA TOURISM 
     

Goa is the perfect holiday destinations. Goa is a land of amazing contrasts.
In fact, it is home to the highest number of contrasts packed in the smallest geographical area of 3700-odd square kilometres.




MAHARASHTRA TOURISM
         Maharashtra. A land untouched, unsullied, unlimited. 


A land whose sheer size and diversity will stun you. Enjoy her mountains that stretch out into the mists as far as the eye can see. Her innumerous forts that stand proud and strong. Her scores of temples, sculpted into and out of basalt rock.

1. ONAM THE BIGGEST FESTIVAL OF KERALA
        Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala
The uniqueness of this Festival is that Onam is celebrated by all people regardless of any caste or creed, rich or poor. There is a famous Saying for Onam that goes as “Kaanam vittum onam unnanam” i.e.; everyone should celebrate onam even if the people don’t have money.
During this period Kerala celebrates Onam as a ‘Tourist Week’ & thousands of domestic & foreign tourists visit Kerala to enjoy and be a part of Onam celebration

2.NAVARATHRI ONE OF THE NATIONAL FESTIVAL

         Navarathri is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Navarathri takes place at the beginning of October around harvest time. During this period, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped as three different manifestations of Shakti, or cosmic energy. Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess. On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth.
The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights. The last three days of the Navaratri are called Durgashtami, Mahanavami and Vijayadasami, and they are considered more sacred than the other days for Devi worship.

3.PONGAL THE MOST POPULAR FESTIVAL OF TAMILNADU
         Being the most popular festival of Tamil Nadu, this harvest festival is celebrated over 4 days in the month of January. On the First day of fest (Bhogi), people clean up their places and homes taking out each and every wastage and unusable item and burning them up in the bonfire. The second day (Surya Pongal) marks worshiping and offering prayers while paying homage to Sun God. On the third day its time to pay homage to cattle, various animals are decorated and given food. The fourth day is biggest day people get gathered at various places and celebrate the last day with dance, music and feast.

4. DUSSEHRA POPULAR FESTIVAL IN KARNATAKA
       A ten-day festivity highlighted through cultural shows, exhibitions & airs, music and dance festivals, and torchlight processions. It marks the importance of victory of good over evil. Although it is celebrated in all corners of the country, in south Karnataka is one to place to visit during the festive time.

5.THRIKARTHIKA FESTIVAL
         Thrikarthika, is the festival of lights celebrated in Kerala on the Kartika Nakshatram (star) in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (mid-November to mid-December). It usually falls on the full moon day in the month. On that day after sunset all the houses, streets and temples are well lit with traditional oil lamps, made out of clay called Chirad. The festival is mainly observed in South Kerala.

6. NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE KERALA
        Held every year on the second Saturday of August, this water carnival is the biggest snake boat race in the world. The colorful boats with loads of spectators is a marvelous treat for tourists. This annual regatta is held on the Punnamada Backwaters of Alappuzha and is the most famous of all. A complete magnificent occasion to visit Kerala and explore its riches
Marayoor occupies a vast area on the slopes of the Western Ghats in Idukki district and is an important pre-historic site in Kerala. Apart from the Dolmenoid cists (Dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered by a fifth one called the cap stone) in Muniyara, Marayoor is famous for its natural sandalwood forests and pre-historic rock paintings.
Muniyara (dolmenoid)
        An impressive pre-historic site at Marayoor is a must-see recommendation for those with an interest in history, archaeology or anthropology. The 2000-year-old megalithic monuments and the scenic location of the site would win the hearts of ordinary travellers too.
       Travellers can see here ‘Muniyara’ or dolmenoid cists which are burial chambers belonging to the megalithic age. The chamber is a simple one made of four granites slabs on edges and capped by another slab. Some dolmenoids consist of more than one burial chamber.


Ezhuthupara
       Ezhuthupara, located inside the Marayoor Forest Range is a prehistoric site where cave paintings can be seen. Such cave paintings have not yet been discovered in any other part of the state and the site has been declared as a protected monument by the State Archaeological Department.



     The paintings here are of two types – those drawn with reddish brown soil having iron minerals in different colours and those drawn with white clay soil.

Sandal wood forest
        Marayoor has a natural sandalwood forest with around 65,000 trees. The sandalwood of Marayoor, the land that could rightly be called heaven on earth. Exotic and pristine, Marayoor is a unique place where natural beauty meets adventure. With enchanting beauty, magnificant history, mesmerizing art and the captivating wildlife - Mrayoor offers diversity in every aspect of its land and culture This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the Forest Department, the caves (muniyaras) with murals and relics from the New Stone Age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam Waterfall and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
      
      There is a ‘Sandalwood Regeneration Experimental Plot’ here from where one can learn more on the fragrant tree. The State Forest Department runs a sandalwood depot here where travellers can see the processing of sandalwood. Those who still haven’t got enough to satisfy their curiosity can take a refreshing stroll in the forest, but only after taking permission from the Forest Department.


Marayoor sarkara
      Marayoor and the nearby Kanthalloor are famous for a special variety of solid molasses produced here. The ‘Marayoor sarkara’, as it is known in the market, is of high quality with 97 percent sugar content. Marayoor falls in the rain shadow region and the quality of the molasses is attributed to the specialty in temperature and the ph value of the earth.
      Though earlier sugarcane was cultivated in around 2,500 acres, today it has shrunk to around 1,500 acres. Molasses production is a cottage industry here. Don’t forget to taste it travellers, if you have planned a visit to Marayoor. And also, if you are lucky enough to reach Marayoor in the sugarcane harvest season, you can watch how the sarkara balls are made. If you want to take home some sweet balls, there are several local outlets here.

Pambar River     Another interesting sight in Marayoor would be a scenic river called Pambar which flows between the villages of Marayoor and Kanthalloor. Kerala has 44 rivers and the Pambar is one of the three rivers which flow towards the east. Pambar originates in the Anamudi hills.
Aranmula mirrors are handmade metal-alloy mirrors, made in Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala, India. Unlike the normal ‘silvered’ glass mirrors, being a metal-alloy mirror, it is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors.The myth about the origin and secret of its composition makes it a truly fascinating craft. As traditional as the mirror-making technology is, the artisans’ belief that the composition of the metal mirror is divine and some undisclosed metals alloyed with silver, bronze, copper and tin are responsible for the distortion-free images.
     There are 3 types of aranmula kannadi is available 1.Hand mirror 2.Back stand mirror 3.Fixed stand mirror. The size of the mirror is varies from 1 inch to 18 inch

Aranmula Kannadi Features
  •  There is a great difference between ordinary mirror and the metallic mirror. In an ordinary mirror, there is a silver nitrate coating which reflects the light and thus presents the image of the object. There is no silver coating on the metallic mirror. When you touch a piece of paper on the surface of an ordinary mirror, there appears a gap between the object and the image where as in the Aranmula metal mirror there is a point touching of two images and there exists no gap between the images.
  • Aranmula kannadi is famous for its secretive construction method and uniqueness in the make which get Patent protected with a Geographical Indication tag
  • It is the only metal mirror available, Unlike Ordinary Glass mirror , Image from Aranmula Kannadi is reflected from upper surface of reflecting material , where in Glass mirror image reflected from bottom layer where mercury is pasted . So real image is only captured in the Aranmula kannadi.
  • Extra ordinary hand made Aranmula Kannadi , is Famous for bringing prosperity, luck and wealth to home
  • Aranmula kannadi is one among 8 auspicious items included famous astamagalaya set ,which usually used for very auspicious function like marriage.
  • Aranmula Kannadi its make details only known to few people in one family belong to Aranmula and it is kept as a family secret
  • Artisans even today use by traditional low-tech methods and materials a rather sophisticated high-techmetallurgical end product is achieved
  • The price starts from Rs. 2750.
Making of aranmula kannadi video
The Kundalika is a spectacular location to experience the pleasure of white water river rafting. Kundalika River’s
14-kilometre stretch of exciting rapids will provide 2 hours of white water rafting. Rafting through the river calls for extreme courage and bravery.
And it is located in Kolad, a thriving tiny village in the Mahad region in the state of Maharashtra.
TheRafting schedule depends solely on water release by the Dam (Govt.) authorities. Water level then rises makingRafting possible. The time of water release is generally at 08:15 AM. There could be a delay in release of water, in which case your Rafting session is delayed. There have been rare cases when the Govt. officials have not released water (typically 5 such instances in 365 days).

About the Rafting Programme:
Distance - 10 km on the water.
Rapids - 10 ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 3. 

Rafting Duration - Approximately. 2 Hour
Reporting Time : 08.00 am

Start of Rafting is dependent on release of water from the Dam.
Client Requirements - minimum 14 years of Age with reasonable level of fitness.

POINTS TO REMEMBER:
  • The Rafting trip is on the Kundalika River in Kolad, Maharashtra
  • Wear comfortable clothing; shorts, t-shirt & footware you can get wet in Carry a towel, change of clothes, sunscreen & water bottle
  • It is cumpolsory for customers to wear helmets & life-jackets provided
  • The Rafting trip takes approx 2 hours from start to end
  • Rapids will range from 1 to 3 grade, everyone must paddle & participate this is not a joy ride
  • All rafts are guided by an experienced & trained Rafting Guide
  • Customers cannot carry your belongings on the raft, please leave them in your car or at accomodation.
  • On weekends there is no minimum customer requirements to book your trip


  • On weekdaOys we need a minimum of 4 customers to run a trip
  • You MUST pre-book your Rafting trip in advance by online booking
  • Customers must report at the Rafting start point near Ravalje Dam by 8 A.M.
  • Parking is available at the Rafting start point
  • The Rafting trip does NOT include transport from the end point to the start point (18kms), Rickshaws can be booked at the start point only

Location: 
Rafting at Kundalika river in Kolad, is about 2 hrs drive from Pune and Mumbai.

Rates for White Water Rafting:
Weekends & Bank Holidays: Rs. 1245/- per person
Weekdays: Rs. 875/- per person
The above mentioned charges includes
1 Rafting session on Kundalika River
Rafting Guide Charges
Rafting Equipment Charges and All Govt. Taxes

For online booking :http://www.kundalikarafting.in/rafting/book-online.aspx










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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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