A weekend of faith and love

BANGALORE: Long weekends offer a welcome respite from the busy and fast-paced life of the average Bangalorean. The ongoing weekend, that kicked off with Shivaratri and includes Valentine’s Day, is the first long one of the year. Many are headed out to popular tourist spots.

“Gokarna, famous for Om beach and the Mahabaleshwar temple that houses a particularly revered Shivalingam, has witnessed tremendous increase in travel bookings,” KSTDC spokesperson Ratnakar said. “People are also going to Nandi Hills,” he added.

Valentine’s Day is another reason for Bangaloreans to hit popular getaways such as Mysore, Kodagu, Hassan and Chikmagalur. Pondicherry and Chennai are the other popular options. Deepthi, a 20-year-old student, said: “A chance like this is rare and I’d like to make the most of it.”

“Resorts, cottages and guesthouses in these places are seeing heavy bookings, especially by families,” added Ratnakar. The fact that there are no special packages available for the occasion doesn’t seem to make a difference.

Many students are taking a break to visit places like Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Bheemeshwari’s Cauvery Fishing Camp. “This weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy a trip outside the city with friends,” said Gaurav, a student of PESIT. He is off to Goa with friends.

Shreya Jain and Aparajita Mridha – TOI

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Tirunelveli: Tamirabharani experiences flood

TIRUNELVELI: The perennial Tamirabharani has experiencing flood since Tuesday night following significant rainfall in the catchment areas in the Western Ghats and consequent rise in inflow into all major irrigation dams.

As incessant rainfall continued in the catchment areas, inflow into the Papanasam Dam and Servalar Dam, rose to 4,359.83 cusecs.

As both the dams were already brimming, the fresh inflow was discharged in the Tamirabharani.

The river swelled further when rainwater from the forest and residential areas entered into the lifeline of the southern districts. Since the Manimuthar dam experienced a good rainfall of 160.40 mm, inflow into this dam increased to 4,935 cusecs. All waterfalls at Courtallam are flowing dangerously since Tuesday night following rains in the Western Ghats and tourists, mostly Ayyappa devotees heading for Sabarimala, were prevented from taking bath at Main Falls, Old Falls and Five Falls.

From THE HINDU

Eco-Tourism: Karnataka a Tourist Paradise

Both nature and human efforts have combined to make Karnataka a Tourist Paradise. Its long sea shore has silvery beaches. The tall Western Ghats have lush green forests full of varied fauna, flora and a number of east and west flowing rivers emanating from the Ghats, enrich the soil of the land and contribute to State’s agricultural prosperity. The rivers create many water falls which are a feast to the eyes of the on lookers. The plain area is renowned for its beautiful river banks and projecting wonderful stony hills looking like rock parks that are natural creations. The hilly tracks have many Wildlife sanctuaries. The Gangas, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara

Rulers, Bahamanis of Gulbarga and Bidar, Adilshahis of Bijapur, Wodeyars of Mysore, Nayaks of Chitradurga and the Keladi rulers have raised wonderful forts, beautiful temples with impressive plastic art in stone and magnificent mosques and mausoleums of Indo-Saracenic style. The advent of the Portuguese and the English introduced European Renaissance architecture imitation of both gothic and Indo-European styles. They built imposing churches and captivating public as well as private buildings in Karnataka. The National Parks, the Animal and Bird Sanctuaries can provide the tourist the sight of wild animals like elephants, tigers, bisons, deers, blackbucks, peacocks and a variety of animals in their natural habitat. The National Parks also acquaint the visitor with a rich variety of flora like tall trees, bushy plants and creepers that try to entwine him. Karnataka is known for its aromatic sandal wood and broad beautiful trees of pipal and banyan with their hospitable  road shade. If one is spiritually inclined, there are living seers, whether Hindu, Christian or Muslim who can provide one with spiritual solace. There are also tombs of great religious leaders of Hindu,  Muslim, Christian, Jaina or Veerashaiva. In the precincts of these tombs even today people seek spiritual solace.

Karnataka is blessed with many waterfalls and the tallest water fall in India is at Jog (Shimoga District) where the river Sharavati jumps from a height of 293 mts. into four cascades of everlasting beauty. Presently the falls will be active with full zoom only during one month following the rainy season (July- October).The Cauvery at Shivasamudra falls (in Mandya district) has twin jumps,

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Waterfalls Tourism Destination in karnataka

Karnataka is famous for its waterfalls; it is home to some of the more spectacular falls in India. The waterfalls of Karnataka and Kudremukh National park are listed as must-see places and among the “1001 Natural Wonders of the World.” . Some of these are part of the database listing the Largest Waterfalls in the World.

All the waterfalls start from monsoon season of rains all of Karnataka’s major river systems (Cauvery, Krishna, Sharavati and Godavari) along their course provide some great views primarily during the monsoon season. It is primarily the Rivers of the Western Ghats who along their course create some of the deepest and tallest Waterfalls anywhere in the world.

The list of Waterfalls in karnataka

•Abbey Waterfall
•Alekan Waterfall
•Balmuri Waterfall
•Bandaaje Arbi Waterfall
•Banni Waterfall
•Barkana Waterfall
•Benne Hole Waterfall
•Burude Waterfall
•Chunchanakatte Waterfall
•Chunchi Waterfall
•Dondole Waterfall
•Gokak Waterfall
•Hebbe Waterfall
•Hemagiri Waterfall
•Hogenakka Waterfall
•Honnemaradu Waterfall
•Irpu / Iruppu Waterfall
•Jog Waterfall
•Kalhatti Waterfall
•Koosalli Waterfall
•Kudumari Falls
•Kunchikal Falls
•Lalguli Falls
•Magodu Falls
•Mallalli Waterfall
•Manikyadhara Waterfall
•Muthyala Maduvu Waterfall
•Nisargadhama Waterfall
•Satodi Waterfall
•Seetha falls / Koodlu Theertha falls
•Shiv Gange Waterfall
•Shivasamudram Waterfall
•Sirmane Waterfall
•Sootanabbi / Hanuman Gundi Falls
•Unchalli Waterfall
•Varapoha Waterfall
•Vibhooti Waterfall
•Waate Halla/Hole Waterfall

Karnataka hosts a very large number of waterfalls and river basins; there are more than 100 waterfall and river backwater or river side based Tourism destinations in Karnataka. This blog post is an attempt to catalog them by location and capture key highlights of these falls.

Waterfalls near to Chikmagalur

Hebbe Falls – Near Kemmangundi – River Sharavathi

Manikyadhara Falls – Near Kemmangundi – River Sharavathi

Kalathgiri Falls. – Near Kemmangundi – River Sharavathi

Shanti falls – Near Kemmangundi

Kadambi Falls – Near Kemmangundi

Sirimane Falls – Near Sringeri

Alekan falls – Near Kottigehara, Charmadi Ghat

Sirimane Falls – Near Kigga, Sringeri

Waterfalls near to Bangalore

Shivanasamudra Falls – 120 Km from Bangalore – Cauvery River – Second Biggest water fall in India and sixteenth largest in the world

Hogenakal Falls – 150Km from Bangalore – Cauvery River

Mekedatu – 90Km from Bangalore – Arkavati merges with Cauvery River

Muthyalamaduvu – 40Km from Bangalore – Arkavathi River

Chunchi falls – Near Kanakapura 90 Km from Bangalore – Arkavathi River

Waterfalls near to Mysore

Chunchanakatte Falls – Near KR nagar – Cauvery River

Balamuri – Near Mysore – Cauvery River

Waterfalls near to Coorg

Abbey Falls (also Abbi Falls) – Near Madikere – Cauvery River –

Irupu Falls – 50 Km from Madikere – Near Nagarhole – Lakshmana Tirtha River joining Cauvery River

Waterfalls near to Shimoga

Jog Falls – Near Sagara – Sharavathi River

Kunchikal Falls – Near Agumbe – Varahi River

Barkana Falls – Near Agumbe – Sita River

Arisina Gundi Waterfalls – Near Kodachadri

Dabbe Falls – Near Hosagadde, Sagar

Waterfalls near to Udupi (South Kanara)

Kudlu Teertha – 45 Km from Udupi – River Seetha

Jomlu Teertha – 45 Km from Udupi – River Seetha

Koosalli Falls- 85 Km from Udupi – Kundapura Taluka Near Shiroor

Kudumari Falls (Chaktikal Falls). – Kundapur Taluk

Bandaaje Arbi – Near Dharmasthala

donDole falls – Near Dharmasthala, kakkinje near charmaDi

Waterfalls near to North Kanara

Lalguli Falls – Near Yellapur – Kali River

Unchalli Falls (also Lushington or Keppa Jog Near because of the deafening sound) – Near Siddapur – Aghanashini River

burude falls – Near Sirsi or Siddapur – Aghanashini river

Magod Falls – Near Sirsi or Yellapur – Bedti river or Gangavati

Sathodi Falls – Near Sirsi – Kali River

Shivaganga falls – 40Km from Sirsi – Sonda River

Bennehole falls – Near Sirsi – Aghanashini river

Waate HaLLa Falls – Near Sirsi – Aghanashini river

Vibhooti Falls – Near Sirsi or Yana

Waterfalls near to Belgaum

Godachinmalki Falls – Near Gokak – Markandeya river joins Ghataprabha river

Gokak Falls – Near Gokak – Ghataprabha river

Vajrapoha Falls – Near Jamboti – Mandovi River

Waterfalls near to Raichur

Jaladurga Falls – Near Lingsugur – Krishna River

From Bangalore Orbit

Eco-Tourism: The Talakona waterfall

The Talakona waterfall, also known as Sri Venkateswara park, is located in the Chittoor District of Andhra pradesh in India. With a 270 feet (82 m)-fall, Talakona is the highest waterfall in the Andhra pradesh state. Talakona is also known for the Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple, which is located close to the waterfall.

Talakona Water Falls

Location

Talakona is located in Yerravaripalem Mandal of Chittoor District.[2] It is located 49 kilometres (30 mi) from Tirupathi, 220 kilometres (140 mi) from Chennai, 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Bakarapeta (the nearest town) and 105 kilometres (65 mi) from Chittoor.

Tourist attraction

The waterfalls is amidst beauty and greenery. The water of the Talakona is enriched with herbs and people believe that it has healing properties. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve during 1989-90 because of wide variety of plant species present in the region. A long and treacherous trekking route leads to the top of the hill, which can be reached by multiple paths. Talakona hills geographically is considered a part of Eastern Ghats. The Scenic locations and forests makes it an ideal place for film shootings and forms the backdrop of many Telugu movies like Bobbili Raja, Jalsa etc.

Resorts

Bans The hotel (3 Star Hotel) with accommodation,Dining & water Park, 7 km to Kanipakam, 40 km to Sripuram Golden Temple & 70 km to Tirupati.

From Wiki

Kerala – Palaruvi- stream of milk

Palaruvi which stands for stream of milk is the name of Kerala’s one of the most fascinating waterfalls.Palaruvi is a tourist spot in Kollam district in of Kerala. Palaruvi is located close to Kerala’s border with Tamil nadu. The main attraction is a 300-foot (91 m)-high waterfall.Literally translated, Palaruvi means “stream of milk”.

Palaruvi is around 4 km deep into the forest from the NH 208.It is situated in and around the Thenmala Eco Tourism Project. Areas marvelous for evergreen forests and temples of Lord Ayyappa. In kulathupuzha the fresh water swamps, harbouring fishes, are ideal bathing ghats. The temple at Kulathupuzha, Aryankavu, and Achencoil, attracts many devotees. The perennial waterfall at Palaruvi, near Aryankavu attracts a lot of visitors.

The silent hills with deep valleys add up to a picturesque sight as the Palaruvi waterfall cuts through the silence of the place and gives vivacity to the place.Situated miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life, a tour to Palaruvi indeed goes a long way in rejuvenating your senses and bringing you close to nature.

Best time to visit

The Best Time to Visit Palaruvi is from June to January.

Getting here

By Air

The Thiruvananthapuram international Airport is the nearest airport(77 km) that receives both domestic and international flights from some major cities in the world.

By Rail

Nearest Railway Station is Kollam Railway Station is 75km away.

By Road

Palaruvi is situated about 75 km from Kollam on the Kollam – Shencottah road.

Distance from various places

Delhi – 2750 KM
Mumbai- 147043 KM
Kolkatta- 2315 KM
Chennai- 650 KM
Thiruvananthapuram-71 KM
Kochi- 170 KM

From AsianetIndia

Tamilnadu to have Eco-Tourism Policy

TTDC eco-tourism wing opened – – Brochure on waterfalls in State released

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu will announce an eco-tourism policy in the next 15 days. The policy will help create awareness among the youth about the importance of the State’s ecology, Tourism Secretary V. Irai Anbu said on Monday.

As a prelude, Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi inaugurated the eco-tourism wing of the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) on Wallajah Road. Senior Forest officer P.A. Mani has been designated General Manager of the wing.

Mr. Sripathi told reporters: “Our main task is to select eco-tourism spots in the State, conduct rock-climbing sessions, forest visits and trekking for youth to create awareness and take steps to prevent the use of plastic products around waterbodies, parks and zoos.”

Mr. Irai Anbu said the new team would work in conjunction with existing staff to maintain serenity, develop and popularise environmental tourism, take tourists to these spots and make them understand and appreciate the work done by environmentalists and the Forest Department in conservation.

The eco-tourism wing would set high standards of ecology to be maintained by TTDC hotels, chalk out programmes for youth so that adventure tourism could be promoted along with eco-tourism, and recognise outstanding organisations and give awards every year.

Shervaroyan hills - Yercaud - Salem District

Shervaroyan hills - Yercaud - Salem District

According to Mr. Mani, the first awareness camp would be conducted in the Shervaroyan hills in the next few days. The TTDC would also engage the services of tribal people in this.

Mr. Irai Anbu said the process of identifying eco-tourism spots that could be covered by corporate, youth and schools was on.

“All we need is a group of 18 people to take them to the places of their choice,” he added.

To mark the occasion, a brochure on ‘Waterfalls of Tamil Nadu’ was released. It highlights 47 waterfalls located in 12 districts.

From THE HINDU