Sun, Sand and Sea

Category: Nature Tourism

DESTINATIONS COVERED:

ORISSA: PURI, KONARAK

GOA


KERALA


WEST BENGAL: TAJPUR, MANDARMANI
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ORISSA

Puri: The district Headquater of Orissa is famous worldwide for its architectural grander and long sandy beach, better for strolling than swimming.It is the place where religion and art meet nature, each has its different charm and different visitors. You can either avail the city tour or simply spend your time on the beach, but please do not forget to visit the Orissa palm leaf and pattacitra painters village 
Raghurajpur,and Pipli, the village famous for its applique design.   
                        
                                       





Konarak: Konarak, in Orissa is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, built in black granite.

Conveniently located 7 kms from Konark, away from the hurly-burly of the city, is Konark's exquisite eco resort, scenically nestled on the confluence of the Kusabhadra River and the Bay of Bengal, is the perfect getaway to spend some time on the virgin silver sands of the Ramchandi Beach that is surrounded by lush greenery. What makes this location unique is the pristine beach from where one can witness the most incredible vistas of sunrise and sunset.

 

This Konark resort recreates a countryside ambience. A tidy vegetable patch, a butterfly breeding area and a lotus pond welcomes you to the reception area of the resort. The reception area offers a rustic appeal with its bamboo-thatched roof.



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GOA



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Kerala 

Historically known as Keralam is considered as South India's most serenely beautiful state.Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. It's hard to deny Kerala's liberal use of the slogan 'God's Own Country'.

Places we cover in Kerala

Cochin: The 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Cochin or Kochi is the largest city in Kerala. Being an important port city since the 14th century, Cochin has always been a centre of commerce and trade. It is a city that has always kept one foot in the past, celebrating its rich heritage of Dutch, Portuguese, British and traditional Carnatic influences.

Munnar: Munnar got its name from its strategic location at the confluence of three rivers – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala Rivers. 'Moonu' means 'three' and 'Aru' means 'river'.  Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Munnar is such a beautiful place in Kerala, which cannot be portrayed in a single canvas.This beautiful destination has unending expanse of tea plantations ­ pristine valleys and mountains­ exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests ­ aroma of spice scented cool air. It's the place you would love to visit ­ it's the place you would wish never to leave.

Thekkady: The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants,unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.


Alleppy: Dotting the coastline of the Arabian Sea, Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha) is the oldest planned backwater town of Kerala. This place is famous for its numerous rivers crisscrossing the Sea and is home to many canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons. Alleppey is often referred to as the Venice of India. The backwaters coupled with houseboats and the tropical village life makes Alleppey worth a visit.

Kovalam: Once a calm fishing village Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.

Kumarakom: The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors.

An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. 


SUGGESTED PACKAGES: 

1. (5n/6d) 
Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey - Cochin

2. (8n/9d) 
 Cochin-Munnar-Thekkady-Kumarakom -Alleppey-Kovalam

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WEST BENGAL

 

 

Tajpur is located in East Medinipur, on the shore of Bay of Bengal. It is 170 km from thestate capital Kolkata.The convenient location of Tajpur is the major cause behind the emerging popularity of this sea  beach holiday destination. Surrounded with patches of forests this sea shore destination truly offers great visual pleasure.  The sea beach of Tajpur has an unusual shape – unlike the most sorted crescent shape Tajpur has an inverted Crescent shape of the beach, which gives anunusual panoramic view of the sea. Tajpur is still the most unexploited virgin sea-beach around Kolkata. The beach is infested with infinite number of red crabs which play hide and seek in the sand. Their presence makes the beach look crimson. There are fishermen's villages in the vicinity, where one can observe the mundane life of fisherman. Just 1 km away is a lagoon with pleasant surroundings.

 


                                      


Mandarmani is a beach resort in Purba Medinipur district of South Bengal , one of the southern districts of West Bengal . It is almost 180km from Kolkata Airport on the Kolkata - Digha route and just 14km from Chaulkhola .Mandarmani is one of Bengal’s recently developed tourist destination that lies close to ever-popular Digha and Shankarpur. With sun and surf, pristine sea beach and untrammeled silt coloured sand, this beach is slowly becoming popular among the tourists.

Mandarmani boasts of a 13 km long motorable beach, probably the longest motorable beach road in India. On the beach you will undoubtedly get the chance to feel the divinity and tranquility. If that is not enough to please your senses, then try to loll on the sand and listen to the waves crashing upon the shore, which will surely drive away your bustling pressure.Relax, swim and enjoy the beach. You are not likely to have many visitors around and that's the beauty of this beach. Activities include table tennis, carrom, beach cricket, beach volleyball, and boat cruises.

Pack your bag with light cotton clothes to avoid the summer heat; 
Don’t miss out to carry sunscreen lotion, as it will help you to minimise the risks of excessive tanning; Before you set out for a drive on the motorable beach, gather information on high tides, because during high tides the water might reach up to the beach level, which can be dangerous.


SUGGESTED STAY: 1N/2D

 




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