December 22nd, 2010 by admin

Location: Dindigul District is located at the mid eastern part of Tamil Nadu. It shares boundary with Tiruchirappalli District and Theni District in the south east, Madurai district on the south, Erode district and Karur district in the east, Tiruppur District in the west and the Indian state of Kerela also in the west.

District Headquarter: Dindigul

Distance: Around 395 km from Chennai, 402 km from Bangalore, 2071 km from Kolkata, 79 km from Tiruchchirappalli, 330 km from Thiruvananthapuram, 133 km from Thanjavur, 2441 km from Delhi, 301 km from Kanyakumari, 177 km from Salem, 942 km from Hyderabad, 275 km from Pondicherry, 3113 km from Guwahati, 56 km from Madurai, 563 km from Mangalore, 1378 km from Mumbai

Journey time: Around 9 hours by train or bus from Bangalore, around 7.5 hrs from Chennai

How to reach there: By Train – Tuticorin Exp and Nagarcoil Exp from Bangalore, by KSRTC bus, Tamil Nadu government bus, private bus and private vehicle. From Chennai by Tamil Nadu government bus (SETC), train and private bus.

Route:

From Bangalore: Bangalore – Hosur – Kathujuganapalli – Dharmapuri – Salem – Karur – Dindigul

From Chennai: Chennai – Maduranthakam – Villupuram – Perambalur – Tiruchirapalli – Dindigul

Where to stay:

1. Hotel Rockfort Palace
132A, Madurai Road, Begambur,
Dindigul, Tamilnadu, India – 624002
Ph: 0451-2400855 / 2400866
E-Mail: hotelrfp@rediffmail.com
Website: http://www.hotelrockfortpalace.com/

2. Parsons Court
Mengles Road, Nagal Nagar,
Dindgul. PIN – 624001.
TamilNadu, India.
Ph: 91-451-6451111 (5 lines), 91-451-2421575
Fax : 91-451-2420575
Mobile : 96777 02007
Email: parsonscourt@yahoo.co.in, parsonscourt@gmail.com
Website: http://www.parsonscourt.net.in/
Note: Little expensive – starts from Rs 1500

3. Hotel Malajyothi
1111/1B-17, Spencer compound,
Dindigul,
Ph: 0451-2434316

4. Kurunji Hotel
4, Spencer Compound,
Near Bus Stand,
Dindigul 624001

Where to eat:

1. Venu’s Briyani, Thalappakatti and Koli Nadar for special Dindigul briyani.

2. If you are like for south Indian darshini kind of restaurant then head for Arya Bhavan near bus stand or Ashok Bhavan on Main road.

Language spoken: Mainly Tamil. English and Hindi is understood to an extent.

Dindigul  has a long history. It has been at the border of there famous south Indian kingdoms of Pandays, Cholas and Pallavs and it seen many wars between them. In the early 17th century the Nayakkar kings built the Dindigul fort. In 1736 the Marathas under Sanda Saheb conquered Dindigul. In 1742 the Mysore kingdom annexed Dindigul. In 1792 the British got control of Mysore after the send Anglo – Mysore war. Dindigul district was created as a separate district out of Madurai district in 1985.

What to See:

Places to visit in Dindigul district can be clustered into three groups:

Dindigul fort: Dindigul fort is the main icon of Dindigul town. The fort was built in the early 17th century by two Naicker kings Muthi Krishna Naicker and Thirumalai Naicker. It is located on top of a hill and has seen many bloody battles. Sri Kottai Mariamman Kovil is located inside the fort.

Sirumalai Hill Resort: Sirumalai located around 20 km from Dindigul town is a hill resort town. People like watching birds or taking pictures of birds then it is an ideal place. Also, it very nice scenery.

St.Joseph Church: This Roman Catholic church was built in the late 18th century and has a nice architecture.

Begambur Big Mosque: This mosque was built by Hyder Ali when he was posted there as governor of Dindigul.

You can also visit some other temples like Abirami amman temple, Nadupatti – Anjaneyar Temple and Thadikombu – Perumal Temple.

2. Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station located in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. For complete information on travel to Kodaikanal read my post on Kodaikanal Trip.

3. Palani: Palani is located around 60 km from Dindigul town and is famous from lord Murugan temple. One can also reach Palani from Madurai after travelling 112 km. To know more about Palani temple and Palani read my earlier post on Palani Murugan temple.

December 8th, 2010 by admin

Tamil Nadu government tourism department provides the following tours from Chennai through TTDC. Following are the tours along with their itinerary and cost.

1. One Day Pondicherry Tour

This tour takes places only in the weekends – Saturday and Sunday. It starts at 6.30 am in the morning and comes to an end around 7 pm in the evening.

Places of visit: Pondicherry, Aurobindo Ashram, Museum, Beach, Auroville and Boating at Mudaliar Kuppam – Chennai

Cost of the tour for non a/c bus is Rs 500, a/c bus is Rs 750 and A/c Volvo is Rs 850.

2. One day Golden Temple Tour

This tour takes place each day of the week and starts at 7 am in the morning and ends at 8 pm in the evening.

Places of visit: Rathinagiri Murugan Temple, Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore Jalagandeswar Temple

Cost of the tour for non a/c bus is Rs 350, for a/c bus is Rs 550 and a/c Volvo is Rs 600.

3. 14 Days – Sunny south Tour

This tour takes place on every Wednesday of the week. The bus leaves Chennai at 7 am in the morning and comes back on the evening of the 14th day.

Places of visit: Thiruthani, Thirupathi, Thiruchanoor, Bangalore, Hosur, Mysore, Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary, Ooty, Marudhamalai, Coimbatore, Guruvayur, Cochin, Kovalam, Trivandrum, Suchindram, Knyakumari, Tiruchendur, Rameswaram, Thiruparamkundram, Madurai, Palani, Trichy, Thanjavur, Swamimalai, Poompuhar, Chidambaram, Pondicherry, Mamallapuram, Kanchepuram

If you go for non a/c bus and non a/c single room the cost of the tour will be Rs 12500 and for a/c bus and a/c single room is Rs 21100.

4. 6 days south India Tour

This tour takes place on every Friday of the week. The bus leaves Chennai at 7 am in the morning and comes back on Wednesday next week by 5 pm.

Places of visit: Yercaud, Ooty, Mudumalai, Mysore, Brindhavan Garden, Chamundeswari Temple, Medikari, Tala kaveri, Bangalore, Vellore Sripuram Golden Temple.

If you go for non a/c bus and non a/c single room it will cost your Rs 7000 and for a/c bus and a/c single room Rs 9700.

5. 8 days – Goa – Mantralayam Tour

This takes place every Saturday. The bus leaves Chennai on every Saturday morning 7 am and comes back to Chennai on the following Saturday by 8 pm.

Places of visit: Ahobilam, Nandyal, Mahanandi, Srisailam, Manthralayam, Hampi-Hospet, Goa, Bangalore

If you go for non a/c bus and non a/c single room the cost of the tour will be Rs 7250. If you go for a/c bus and a/c single room, it will cost you Rs 12100.

6. One day Mamallapuram Tour

This tour takes place on every day of the week. It starts from morning 6 am and end at 7 pm in the evening.

Places of visit: Kancheepuram, Mamallapuram, Muttukadu Boating, VGP Golden Beach

Cost of the tour for non a/c bus is Rs 385, for a/c bus is Rs 550 and only on saturday and Sunday you can go for a Volvo bus which cost Rs 650.

7. Half day Chennai City Sight Seeing Tour

This tour takes place every day of the week. It starts at 1.30 pm in the afternoon and comes to an end around 6.30 pm in the evening.

Places of visit: Fort St. George, Govt. Museum, Valluvarkottam, Snake Park, Kapaleeswarar Temple and Marina Beach.

Note: 1. Govt.Museum will be closed on Fridays and Birla Planetarium will be covered on that day.

2. Snake Park will be closed on Tuesday

Cost if the tour for non a/c bus is Rs 140, a/c bus is Rs 200 and a/c Volvo is Rs 230.

Note: You can check the various other combination of accommodation on the Tamil Nadu government tourism website. There are also other tours which you can book on TTDC website.

For more info you may also contact:

Tamil Nadu Tourism Complex,
No.2, Wallajah Road,
Chennai – 600 002.
E-Mail Id :ttdc@vsnl.com
Phone Number:-044-25368358
Mobile:-9176995863

October 15th, 2010 by admin

Tamil Nadu map

Tamil Nadu State Government Tourist Offices in Tamil Nadu

PLACES ADDRESS PHONE NUMBERS
Chennai Tamil Nadu Tourism Complex, No.2, Wallajah Road,
Chennai – 600 002.
E-Mail Id : ttdc@vsnl.com
044-25368358
9176995863
Chidambaram Railway Feeder Road, Chidambaram – 608 001. 04144-238739
Dharmapuri District Development Council Complex, Dharmapuri – 636 705. 04342-230705
Kanniyakumari Beach Road, Kanniyakumari – 629702. 04652-246276
9176995866
Kodaikanal Poet Thyagaraya Road, ,
Kodaikanal – 624 101.
04542-241675
9176995867
Madurai 1, West Veli Street, Madurai – 625 001 0452-2334757
9176995868
Mamallapuram Kovalam Road,
Mamallapuram – 603 104.
044-27442232
9176995869
Poompuhar Poompuhar Tourist Complex,
Poompuhar – 609 105.
Nagapattinam District.
04364-260439
9176995843
Rameswaram Pamban Road (near Bus Terminus) Rameswaram – 623 526.
04573-221371
9176995871
Salem Hotel Tamil Nadu Complex, Ramakrishna Road, Salem – 623 007. 0427-2316449
Thanjavur Hotel Tamil Nadu Complex,
Thanjavur – 613 001.
04362-230984
9176995873
Thiruchirappalli 101 Willams Road, Cantonment, Thiruchirappalli – 620 001. 0431-2460136
9176995874
Thirunelveli Collectorate Complex, Kokkara Kulam
Thirunelveli – 627 002.
0462-2500104
9884742223
Udhagamandalam Wenlock Road,
Udhagamandalam – 643 001.
0423-2443977
9176995875
Vellore Fort Complex, Vallore Port, Vellore – 632 004 0416-2217974
98653 23653
Coimbatore Hotel Tamilnadu Complex, Dr.Nachiappa Road,
Coimbatore – 641 018
0422-2303176
Karaikudi 13,kannadasan Manimandapam
Complex, Karaikudi-1
04342-230705
Tiruvannamalai 13,Manthoppu,Road,
Tiruvannamalai – 606 601

9176995843

Tamil Nadu State Government Tourist Offices In Other States

PLACES ADDRESS PHONE NUMBERS
Agra 50-D, Idgah Colony, First Floor, Near Sheetal Lodge
Agra – 282001.
0562-2421183
Jaipur Govind Bhavan,  Opp. Hotel Swagatam,
Jaipur – 302 001.
0141-2570763
Kolkatta G-26, Dakshinappan Shopping Complex,2, Gariaghat Road, (South), Kolkatta – 700 068. 033-24237432
Mumbai G.2A, Royal Grace, Lokmanya Tilak Colony, Marg No.2, Dadar East,
Mumbai – 400 014.
022-24110118
New Delhi C-1, State Emporia Complex, Babha Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi – 110 001. 011-23366327
Panaji, Goa Shop. No.7, Rayu Chambers, Panaji,
Goa – 403 001.
0832-2226390

Tamil Nadu State Government Tourist Information Centers in other States

PLACES ADDRESS PHONE NUMBERS
Bangalore Tourist Information Centre, Bangalore City Railway Station, Bangalore – 560 023.
Ph: 080-2286181.
080-22286181
Ahmedabad Tourist Information Centre, G3, Ground Floor, Homkoot Complex, Opp : to Capital Commercial Centre, Near Nehru bridge,
Ahmedabad – 380 009. Gujarat.
079-26580317
Hyderabad Tourist Information Centre, No-3-369/A 2-1-1 Street,
No.1. Himayat Nagar,
Hyderabad – 500 029. Andhra Pradesh.
040-27667492
Orissa Tourist Information Centre,  “Panthaniva Bhubaneswar” Lewis Road,
Bhubaneswar – 751014.
0674-2430169
Thiruvananthapuram Tourist Information Centre, TC 25/1641, Thambanoor,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 001.
0471-2327310



July 3rd, 2010 by admin

kodaikanal

Location: Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu

District Headquarter: Dindigul

Distance: 138 km from Coimbatore, 500 km from Bangalore, 80 from Palani, 260 km from Ooty, 90 km from Dindigul, 120 km from Madurai, 330 km from Cochin, 1013 km from Hyderabad, 366 km from Tiruvandrum

Journey time: Around 11 – 12 hrs by Bus

How to reach there: By KSRTC Rajhamsha bus or private bus operated by Sharma Travels and KPN Travels. By train you may travel upto Kodai road and from there you will have to board a bus or hire a vehicle upto Kodaikanal.

Route:

1. Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Hosur – Dharmapuri – Salem – Kodai road – Kodaikanal
(Sharma travels and KSRTC takes this route)

2. Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Hosur – Dharmapuri – Erode – Palani – Kodaikanal ( This route is longer – KPN takes this route)

Where to stay:

Budget/Average range

1. Hotel Hilltop towers
Club road, Kodaikanal 624101
Ph: 240413, 242253, 242254
email: reservations@hilltopgroup.in
website: www.hilltopgroup.in

2. Paradise Inn
Paradise Compound, Laws Ghat Road
ph: 04542 – 241075, 241175

3. Hotel J’s Heritage
P.T road, Near Seven road
ph: 04542 – 240413, 242253

4. Kodai resort
Noyce road

5. Hotel Sivapriya
Convent road Kodaikanal
ph: 04542 – 241226, 241227, 241228, 241229
Cell: 09443029933
email: hspkodai@gmail.com
website: www.hotelsivapriya-kodai.com

Luxuary:

1. Summer Migration
Lourdpuram, Villpatty Village
Naidupuram, Kodaikanal
Ph: 04542 – 241943, 241953
Website: www.sealinehotels.com

2. THE CARLTON
Lake Road, Kodaikanal- 624 101.
Tel: 04542 -240056 -71
Fax: 04542 -241170.
E-mail: carlton@krahejahospitality.com
Website: http://www.krahejahospitality.com/carlton/homepage.htm

Where to eat:

1. Hilltop Restaurants
( address same as Hilltop hotel)

2. Tibet Restaurant
P.T road
ph: 9600791479

Language spoken: Mainly Tamil and English. Hindi is understood and spoken to an extent.

kodaikanal

Kodaikanal can loosely mean in Tamil – a place to see in summer. Kodaikanal has been established a refuge from the hotter plains by American Missionaries and the then British government in 1845. Kodaikanal also known as Kodai is situated at an altitude of 2133 MSL (meters above sea level). The point in Kodaikanal touches above 7500 ft. Kodai finds its mention in the Tamil literature works of the early sangam era.

Kodaikanal is also famous for its reputed institutions of education like Kodaikanal International School, Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Kodaikanal Christian college, Kodaikanal institute of Technology. The economy of Kodaikanal is mainly tourism based.

What to See:

I will segregate the places into city tour and outskirt tour for your convenience and easy management:

City Tour

1. Kodaikanal Lake: Kodaikanal lake is an artificial lake created by Sir Vere Hentry Levinge, the then collector of Madurai in 1863. The 60 acres lake has walk throughout its periphery and offers boating. Nearby is Bryant park.

2. Coaker’s Walk: Coaker’s walk is a 1 km path by the edge of mount Nebo offering breathtaking view Dolphin’s nose, Pamber river and even Madurai city on clear day. It was constructed by Lt.Coaker in 1872. It runs parallel to the Van Allen Hospital Road.

Entry fee: Rs 2

3. Bryant park: This park was built by the then forest officer of Madurai H.D.Bryant in 1908. The botanical garden includes various species of flowers and trees. There are sitting spaces and good for flower photography. The park also has a glass house, but entry is prohibited.

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4. Golf course: kodaikanal golf course is located around 6 km from city center at the Golf link road. Located over 7000 ft above sea level, it is a 18 hole par 71 golf course. It was established by British in 1895.

5. Pillar Rocks: As the name says, you can three rocks standing adjacent to each other like pillars. On a clear day you can view the valley. On a heavy misty day, you might not even see the pillar rock. There two beautiful public flower garden. The one on the left hand side charges an entry fees of Rs 2 person and a camera fees of Rs 5. To enter one on the right hand side, you will have to exit Pillar rocks and enter it from the front. Entry fees Rs 2 person – no camera fees.

Note: Do try the hot chilly and onion bhajhi (fried) from the vendors outside Pillar Rocks.

6. Devil’s kitchen (Guna cave): It is a cave system and it is called Devil’s kitchen because it is infested with bats. The deeps narrow ravines of cave system has been closed with perforated iron sheets after some deaths took place. The Tamil movie Guna was shot here.

7. Moier Point: This point acts both as a view point and a memorial of General Moier is located here. This area is infested with monkeys. Besides there is a road which leads to Berijam lake and then to Munnar. Following this road Munnar is only 100 km from kodaikanal. However, this road was closed to public in 1990 for animal preservation.

8. Shanthi valley View: This one of the many view points

9. Upper lake View: From here one can get a panoramic view of Kodaikanal lake

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10. Pine Forests: Pine forest can be seen now extensively in Kodaikanal. However, they are not native they have been planted by British forest officers.

11. Green valley View: Another viewpoint on the outskirts of Kodaikanal located 5 km from the bus stand. It offers nice views of the plains. One can also see Vaigai Dam built across the Vaigai River near Andipatti, in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. All these if you are lucky to have clear day. However, it has a bazaar on both the sides of the stairway.

12. Kodai City View: From here on can get a panoramic view of Kodaikanal city.

13. Kurinji Andavar Temple: This temple is located around 4 km from the bus stand. The presiding deity here is Lord Murugan. Nearby is Kurinji plants which bloom only once in 12 years. It last bloomed on 2004. On the other side one can see Palani view. It was built by a European lady in 1936 who married an Indian and converted to Hindusim.

14. Palani View: It is a view point located near Kurinji Andavar temple from where one can see Palani town on a clear day.

15. Chettiar park: Chettiar park was named after the owner of the property. This is beautiful ornamental garden. One can find various seasonal flowers and ornamental plants. Very good for flower photography.

16. Bear Shola falls: Bear Shola falls is located around 3 km from Kodaikanal bus stand inside a reserve forest. Apart from late monsoon season there may not be much water, however 1 km trek inside the forest till the falls is an awesome experience. When I was there it was raining and had to take help of an umbrella to reach. Nevertheless, it was a different experience altogether.

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17. La Saleth Church: It an old church established by the American missionaries.

18. Pambar falls: Another smalls falls on the Pambar river. Dont expect much there. However, there is a wholesale market where you can purchase pure home made chocolates, indigenous herbs like Eucalyptus oil, rose water etc.

Outskirts of the city:

1. Silver Cascade falls: Silver cascade falls is located on Laws Ghat road around 8 km from Kodaikanal. This falls was formed by the outlet of Kodaikanal lake. Bathing may not be advisable due to poor quality of water.

2. Berijam lake, Silent valley view, Fire tower, Hat lifting rock, Caps fly valley: All this comes on the way to Berijam lake. The fire tower was an observatory point to look for wild fire. Berijam lake is one of the best fresh water lakes in south India.

3. Fairy falls: This falls is located around 5 km from kodaikanal lake.

4. Kundar falls: It is a small in the midst of pine forests.

6. Pine forest: You can check various pine forests in the outskirts.

7. Sheep Farm: It is a sheep farm run by the Central Sheep and Wool research institute.

8. Mannavanur Lake: Mannavanur Lake is a nice picnic spot. One has to walk around half a km to reach the lake from the main road. One can also try a horse ride there and bath there.

9. Mannavanur Lake view: From this view point one can view Mannavanur Lake and side by the sheep farm. If you are lucky you can view beautiful sheep strolling.

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10. Poomparai Village view: Poomparai Village is small farming community which grows vegetables like carrot by zoom cultivation etc. There is small temple in the middle of the valley.

11. Solar Observatory: The solar observatory is located on the highest point in Kodaikanal over 7500 ft. There is museum which is open to public only on Friday.

12. Perumal peak: Perumal peak is the height peak in this area and is located around 12 km outside Kodaikanal town. Also popular with trekkers.

13. Dolphin Nose: Dolphin’s nose is a rock projecting over a deep gorge and resembles a Dolphin’s nose. Located around 8 km from kodaikanal bus stand, one can also see here Pambar falls and few villages. Liril soap advertisement was filmed here at Pambar falls.

kodaikanal
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April 10th, 2010 by admin

Location: Coimbatore is located on the central western part of Tamil Nadu. On the west and south it shares boundary with Kerela, on the north with Nilgiris district and Erode district, on the east with Tiruppur district of Tamil Nadu.

Valparai

District Headquarter: Coimbatore

Distance: 330 km from Bangalore, 2167 km from Kolkata, 2401 km from Delhi, 902 km from Hyderabad, 452 km from Kanyakumari, 193 from Cochin, 449 from Mangalore, 201 km from Mysore, 371 from Pondicherry, 413 from Thiruvananthapuram.

How to reach there: By bus, train and flight. Flights are available from Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Cochin, Trivandurm, Hyderabad etc.It also good train and road connectivity all major cities in India.

Journey time: Around 9 hrs by bus, 9.5 hrs by train and 1.5 hrs by flight from Bangalore.

Route: Bangalore – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Thoppur – Mecheri – Mettur – Ammapet – Andhiyur – Athani – Sathyamangalam – Annur – coimbatore

Need some adrenaline rush of adventure then take this route:

Bangalore – Mysore – Nanjangud – Chamarajnagar – Hassanur – Thimbam – Sathyamangalam – Bangalore

Where to stay:

1. Hotel City Tower

2. Mesabel Hotel
Near Nehru Stadium
Phone: +91 – 422 – 2380216, 4391935
http://www.mesabelhotel.com/

3. Hotel Vaidurya
73, Geetha Hall Road,
(Opp. to Railway Station)
Phone: + 91 – 422 – 4297777
http://www.hotelvaidurya.com

4. Hotel Rathna Residency
Variety Hall Road,
Phone: 91 422 4225666
http://www.rathnaresidency.com/

5. Hotel Aiba Regency
Geetha Hall Road,
Opp. Railway Station
Phone : 0422 – 2303737, 2303747, 2303757
http://www.hotelaibaregency.com/

Economy:

1. Hotel Raamus
65, Devi & Co, Lane
Opp to Railway Station
Phone: 0422- 43 93 000, 43 93 311
http://www.hotelraamus.com/

2. Hotel Vinayak
Geetha Hall Road, (Opp. Railway Station)
Phone: 0422-4391234 – 38, 9486555555
www.hotelvinayak.co.in

3. Hotel Marian International
Arts College Road
Phone: 0422 – 3914445, 46, 47

Where to eat:

1. Hari Bavan
RTO Road & Gandhipuram 4th Street (serves good non veg)

2. Ajmir
Near TownHall ManiKundu (serves good non veg)

3. The Village
Near Gem Hospital or archana darchana theater GandhiPark (serves good south Indian beg food)

4. Patti Amma Dosai Kadai
Near Gem Hospital or archana darchana theater GandhiPark (various types of dosas – open only in the evening)

5. Burma Bai Barotta Kadai
Nehru staduim – Near Boomerang Ice cream (Serves good non veg – open only in the evening)

6. China town
Nehru staduim in the road between the park gate (Serves good non veg items including chilly pork – open only in the evening)

7. Four season
Non sakthi highway at karattumedu ( serves veg and non veg items – opens in the evening till mid night)

Language spoken: Tamil is the main language. Malayalam is spoken and widely understood. Other spoken languages are Telugu, Hindu and English to an extent.

Coimbatore is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu after capital Chennai. It is one of the most industrialized city in India which manufactures various hardware, automobiles and textiles. Due to its proximity to Nilgiri hills and nigh altitude it has a good climate though out the year.

What to See:

1. Monkey Falls, Aliyar: Monkey falls is a beautiful water falls located around 2 km Aliyar dam on the way to Valparai. Little further there is a view point to see panaromic view of Aliyar dam and Deccan plateau.

2. Aliyar Dam, Near Pollachi: To reach Aliyar dam one has to take a 45 minutes of journey to Pollachi and from here again another 1.5 hours journey. It is a nice picnic spot and features garden, park and off course the dam. Many south Indian movies has been shot here.

Valparai

3. Salim Ali Ornithology Centre, Anaikatty: In 1990 Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History was opened at Anaikatty Post around 24 km from Coimbatore on around 55 acres of land by government of India. It is national centre for information, education and research in ornithology and natural history in India. As honour to great Indian orinthologist it was named after Salim Ali. For more info visit their website: http://sacon.org/

4. Kovai Kutralum, Siruvani Hills: Also, know as Siruvani falls as it is formed by Siruvani river which flows from Siruvani hills. Siruvani water falls is located around 37 km from Coimbatore city in the midst of dense forest. Visitors are prohibited here after 5 pm. Also near by is Siruvani Dam near Walayar dam.

Valparai

5. Black Thunder: Black Thunder is a small water park located around 40 km from Coimbatore on the way to Ooty.

Valparai

6. Kovai Kondattam: Kovai Kondattam is an amusement park located on the outskirts of Coimbatore. It features various games & rides, water park etc.

Address: Kovai Kondattam Pvt Ltd
2/347, Siruvani Main Road,
Kalmpalayam Post,
Coimbatore – 10,
Ph: 2606852, 2606853
http://www.kovaikondattam.com

7. Valparai: Valparai is a beautiful small hill station on the Annamalai hill range. It is located around 64 km from Pollachi and 95 km from Coimbatore. Valparai is surrounded by various reserve forests like Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary. At over 3,500 feet above sea level, it offers commercialized view of nature. Check what to see there.

Valparai

8. Botanical Garden of Tamilnadu Agricultural University: It is located in Pudur near Coimbatore.

9. Horticulture Farms, Kallar, Near Mettupalayam: Kallar Horticulture Farm is a Tamil Nadu government administered horticulture farm. It falls on the way to Ooty. To reach there you can board any bus to Ooty or Coonoor.

10. Vaitheki Falls, Narasipuram: Vaitheki falls is situated in Narasipuram around 35 km from Coimbatore city. Also, nearby is Isha Yoga center and Coimbatore IT park.

11. Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park (Top Slip): Topslip is located around 35 km from Pollachi, 65 km from Valparai and 75 km from Coimbatore. Here you can see Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and Anamalai Tiger Reserve apart from Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park. One can also stay here.

12. V.O.C Park: V.O.C park and zoo is located in Coimbatore. It is small park and has a miniature zoo.

July 24th, 2009 by admin

Below are the available tours run by APTDC (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) from chennai:

1. Chennai – Tirumala Tour:

Dep. 6.30 pm from Chennai Arr. 5.00 pm Chennai next day
Daily by Volvo A/c Coach, With AAD Darshan. One Day Tour covers Tirumala, Tiruchanur & Srikalahasthi

Fare : Adult Rs. 1200/- Child : Rs. 960/-
Includes Accommodation

2. Chennai – Tirumala Tour:

Dep. 5-15 a.m. Arr. 10 p.m.
Daily by Volvo A/C coach with Cellar Darshan one day Tour covers Tirumala,Tiruchanur

FARE : Adult Rs. 1070/- Child Rs. 860/-
Fare Includes Breakfast & Lunch

3. Chennai – Tirumala tour:

Dep. 5-15 a.m. Arr. 10 p.m.
Daily by A/C coach with Cellar Darshan, One day Tour covers Tirumala,Tiruchanur

FARE : Adult Rs. 960/- Child Rs.770/-
Fare Includes Breakfast & Lunch

4. Chennai – Tirumala tour:

Dep. 5-30 p.m. Arr. 5 p.m. Next day
Daily by Non A/C coach With AAD Darshan

FARE : Adult Rs. 990/- Child Rs.800/-
Includes Accommodation

5. Chennai – Tirumala tour:

Dep. 5 a.m. Arr. 10 pm.
By Non A/c Coach with Cellar Darshan (Monday to Friday) One Day Tour covers Venkateswaraswamy Temple, Tiruchanur

FARE : Adult Rs. 800/- Child : Rs. 640/-
Includes Breakfast, Lunch

6. Chennai – Tirumala tour:

Dep. 5 a.m. Arr. 10 p.m. on Sunday
By Non A/c Coach with Sudarshan Token (Every Friday & Saturday) Tours Covers Tirumala,Tiruchanur, Kalahasthi two days tour
Fare : Adult Rs. 850/- Child : Rs.680/-

7. Chennai – Mamandur – Chennai – Trekking Paradise:

Dep. 7 a.m. (Sat) Arr. 7.30 p.m. (Sun)
2 days tour / 1 night Weekend Getaway

Fare : Adult Rs. 1800/- Child : Rs. 1500/-
Including Food & Accommodation

8. Chennai – Srisailam Tour:

Dep. 11 p.m. (Fri) Arr. 11 p.m. (Sun)
(Every Friday) Srisailam, Alampur, Mahanandi, Ahobilam

Fare : Adult Rs. 1670/- Child : Rs. 1340/-
Including Transportation & Accommodation only

APTDC address in Chennai:

31/14, Burkit Road, T.Nagar
Ph: +91 44-65439987,
Tele Fax : +91 44-24353373.

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