Barrackpore

A treasure trove of history, Barrackpore is a lovely weekend getaway located at a very close proximity to Kolkata. Although it is now more or less considered an industrial town, but the reminiscences of the past still linger in every corner of the town. Standing on the bank of Hooghly River, this historic place has been a witness of both the grandeur of British Raj and the hard days of struggle for freedom from colonial rulers. It is at this very place where the first uprising for independence took place on 29th March 1857, when a young soldier of Bengal Infantry named Mangal Pandey rose in revolt against his British superiors. He was later arrested and hanged for his misconduct. Dedicated to this great freedom fighter, the Mangal Pandey Park in Barrackpore is surrounded by lush greenery and hosts a statue of Mangal Pandey and a memorial dedicated to him.

Mangal Pandey Park

Another attraction of Barrackpore is the Gandhi Ghat located beside the eternally flowing Hooghly River. The walls of the Gandhi Memorial situated on this ghat is filled with murals depicting the entire life of Gandhi. Feel the cool breeze mesmerize your senses as you treat your eyes with the magnificent view of sunset over the Hooghly River. You can even set sail on a boat in the placid waters of the river and savour a terrific view of the coastline. The Jawahar Kunj, adjacent to Gandhi Ghat, is a great place to enjoy the beauty of colourful flowers, listen to the song of birds and gossip with your friends or family. From old temples and cantonments to famous ghats and museums, there are several other attractions of Barrackpore which make it so unique and unforgettable.



How to Reach

Barrackpore is located very close to Kolkata. Trains, buses and taxis are available from Kolkata to reach Barrackpore.

Where to Stay

Malancha Tourist Lodge. Tariff: Rs. 900-2000. Tel: 9874026921.

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Coorg

Coorg is the most affluent hill station of Karnataka. Nestled in lush greeneries and exotic scenic environment, Coorg offers a luxurious vacation to the tourists. Situated at a height of 3500 m, Coorg is also known as 'Kashmir of the South' due to its majestic beauty and cool ambience. The best time to visit Coorg is summer though many tourists visit this hill station during monsoon to enjoy the wild beauty. Dense teak wooded forests, lush green valleys, breathtaking coffee plantations and undulated challenging mountain ranges make Coorg an exquisite location for nature loving tourists. The nearby attractions are Chelavera Falls, Nainad Palace, Madikeri Fort and Museum, Abbi Falls, Raja's Seat, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Elephant Training Camp.

Raja's Seat

How to Reach

Coorg is 260 km from Bangalore. Direct buses are available from Bangalore to reach Coorg. You can also reach Mysore from Bangalore by train. Distance from Mysore to Coorg is 107 km. Coorg is easily accessible from Mysore by hired car.

Accommodation

Palm Era Cottages. Tariff - Rs. 3300-4000. Tel: 9740796989.
Parampara Resort & Spa. Tariff - Rs. 3900-8000. Tel: 9901308444.
Coorg Jungle Camp. Tariff - Rs. 5100-9900. Tel: 9482404040.
Kadkani Riverside Resort. Tariff - Rs. 11500-15500. Tel: 9480833780.

Vythiri

Vythiri is an offbeat destination situated in Wayanad district in Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 700 m, the place is blessed with unending natural beauty. The serenity, light breeze, undulating hills and chirping of birds make Vythiri amazing and awe inspiring. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, Vythiri is surrounded by various types of trees and forests. You can visit Pookode Lake, Edakkal Caves and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit Vythiri is during the monsoon. One can also go for adventure sports like rock climbing, boating and trekking.

Pookode Lake

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How to Reach

Trains are running from Yesvantpur to Kozhikode. Buses and cars are available from Kozhikode to reach Vythiri. Distance is 62 km. Buses are also plying from Bengaluru to Vythiri.

Accommodation

Vythiri Resort. Tariff - Rs. 13500-30000 (including food). Tel: 04936-256800.
Vythiri Village Resort. Tariff - Rs. 8500-35000. Tel: 04936-256716, 8086622217.
Green Paradise Resort. Tariff - Rs. 2500-4000. Tel: 9388110827.
The Windflower Resort & Spa. Tariff - Rs. 10800-15300. Tel: 9895226611.
Vythiri Greens. Tariff - Rs. 4500-5400. Tel: 04936-255111, 9544827771.
Vythiri Meadows. Tel: 04936-256701.

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Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a virgin hill station situated in the Western Ghats of India. Bhandardara is located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra at a height of 750 m above sea level. The main attraction of this hill station is the serenity, lush greenery and the unparalleled beauty of nature. During rains when the clouds descend from the sky, the sight is truly spectacular and mesmerizing. Mt. Kalsubai, the highest peak of Sahyadri range is visible from Bhandardara. Other attractions of Bhandardara include Wilson Dam built on Pravara River, Arthur Lake, Ratangarh Fort and Umbrella Falls.

Arthur Lake

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How to Reach

Trains are running from Mumbai to Igatpuri. It takes around two and a half hours to reach Igatpuri from Mumbai. Bhandardara is 45 km from Igatpuri. Hired cars are available from Igatpuri to reach Bhandardara.

Accommodation

MTDC Holiday Resort. Tariff - Rs. 1350-4850. Tel: 02424-257032.
Anandvan Resort. Tariff - Rs. 3500-44000. Tel: 9920311221.
Yash Resort. Tariff - Rs. 3500-15000. Tel: 9325633306.

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Pangot

Pangot is a bird lover's paradise situated in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of 17 km from Nainital, Pangot is home to 150 different species of birds. The hill hamlet of Pangot is surrounded by forests of pine, fir and rhododendron trees. A number of birds like Eurasian Jay, Black Headed Jay, Himalayan Gray Bushchat, Gray Winged Blackbird, Blue Winged Minla and White Throated Laughingthrush are seen at Pangot. One can still observe the traditional lifestyle of the hill folk at Pangot.

Pangot

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How to Reach

Trains are running from New Delhi, Delhi and Delhi Cantt. to Kathgodam. Pangot is 53 km from Kathgodam. Cars are available from Kathgodam to reach Pangot. You can also visit Pangot from Nainital. Distance from Nainital to Pangot is 17 km.

Accommodation

Mountain Quail Lodge. Tariff - Rs. 3000-4800 per person (including food). Tel: 7055358111, 8191995255.
Janardan Resort. Tariff - Rs. 1800-4400. Tel: 9795009888.
Hidden Valley Adventure Lodge. Tariff - Rs. 1600 onwards per person (including food). Tel: 9289666555.
Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. Tariff - Rs. 4300-8000. Tel: 9266519519.

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