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Ramakkalmedu – A hill station and hamlet in the Idukki district of Kerala.

What makes a place unique? Not just the ecosystem but also the myths relating to the place.

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.  has reportedly said about this place that “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here.”

A hill station and hamlet in the Idukki district of Kerala, Ramakkalmedu is one of the most beautiful destinations in Kerala, which cannot be neglected while having a trip to the Gods Own Country. Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting beautiful place . The view is striking at dusk when all these towns are lighted.

 Rama – kal – medu literally means “Land of Rama’s Stone” or “Land where Rama kept his leg” (Rama is a Hindu God in the epic Ramayana). One story says that Lord Rama kept his feet at the tip of Ramakkalmedu to search Ravana the King of Lanka, who abducted his wife Sita. During his search, Lord Rama set foot on the tallest rock to look for Sita. This same rock was named as Ramakkal, which eventually came to be known as Ramakkalmedu.

 The statue by C.B Jinan was erected on the top of the hill in the year 2005. The statue shows two historical characters behind the construction of the Idukki Dam. The rocks between the Idukki dam are named after Kuravan and Kurathi, who helped authorities to find the right place for constructing the dam.

Ramakkalmedu is noted for its slopes and furthermore for the all encompassing and pleasant perspectives of towns in the neighboring territory of Tamil Nadu, which is towards the eastern side of the Western Ghats. A detectably tall, column like rough structure, around 300 m high and confronting east is another fascination here.

It is one of the windiest places in Asia and being along these lines, one can likewise discover here a breeze cultivate producing power, which is an endeavor of the Government of Kerala.

 A hidden place such as this is much needed to experience the tranquillity of nature.

Natural attractions are of course the hills, that majestically stand next to vast valleys. The first hill is easy to trek and has a colossal combined statue of Kuravan and Kurathi, the tribal couple in the local legends.

  The trek is difficult, no doubt about that. The glimpse of natural beauty unleashed is quite overpowering. See the towns, farmlands and forests of Kerala and Tamil Nadu spread across the vast horizon and realise your efforts are justified.

 The wandering wind is an energising presence, a constant companion regardless of rain, shine, day or night. Government of Kerala has set up a wind farm. Well, they are not alone. Across the hill and over the valley, the wind mills set up by Tamil Nadu rotate day and night.

 Accommodation:

Each and every property on the planet has a story that is uniquely their own. Have you ever discovered a hidden coffee shop that had the best atmosphere or sweetest cookies?

WIND VALLEY – A HOME AWAY FROM YOUR HOME.

 Wind Valley Homestay is located at the location of Ramakkalmedu at Idukki, Kerala. The homestay is located amidst the natural surroundings of gardens,misty hills.

 Feel like home:  After a long vacation it always feels good to be back home. Back to the warmth, comfort and personalised environment and the openness of your stay. On a homestay its like having all the comforts of your home with a different backdrop! You can stroll all over the house, relax at the verandah or even eat from the fridge at untimely hours – after all atithi dev bhava! 

 Room facilities:

No matter the purpose of your visit, feeling comfortable in your room, having the right surroundings to relax and reload is utmost important. Here is an overview of minimum facilities found in the rooms followed by a list of our room types :

Aircondition

TV

Blackout curtains

Coffee and tea facilities

Hairdryer

Safe box

Desk and chair

Bathtub or shower

Iron with ironing board.

 Facilities / Services

24 hour supply of hot & cold water

Wi-fi internet connectivity.

Jeep Safari

Sight seeing

Nature Walks.

 Ramakalmedu is an impressive day tour destination by no means should be a limiting factor, to enjoy a few chill out days in this land, where legends say Rama set his foot.

RAMAKKALMEDU – FACTS AT A GLANCE

Location: Southern Central Kerala

District: Idukki

Nearest towns: Kattappana at 23 kms, Nedumkandam at 14 kms, Munnar at 75 kms and Kumily at 35 kms.

Bus Station: Nedumkandam at 14 Kms.

Railway Station: Eranakulam Railway Station at 143 kms, Aluva at 126 kms and Kottayam at 126 kms.

Air port: Cochin Int’l Airport (COK) at 125 Kms, Madurai at 150 kms.

 Accommodation Options- Wind Valley Home Stay.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year. Avoid peak monsoons as the rocks can be slippery. Mist can obstruct views as well.

 Nearby Attractions: Chinnar Wildlide Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kumili, Munnar, Devikulam, Peerumedu, Grampi, Eravikulam National Park, Mattuppetty, Kundala dam,the Arch dam, Idukki wildlife sanctuary,Anamudi, Eco Point, Top Station, Waterfalls of Cheeyappara, Valara, Thommankuthu, Keezharkuthu, Attukal and Chellarkovil, Kolukkumalai, Anachal, Malankara reservoir, Mangala Devi Temple, Meenuli  and Kalvari Mount.

 

 

Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakkal is a small village on the Cauvery river in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. It gets its name from the Kannada word, ‘Hoge’ meaning ‘Smoke’ and ‘kal’ meaning ‘rocks’ and hence the term Hogenakkal meaning ‘Smoky Rocks’. A smoky appearance on the rock is created by the water plummeting forcefully. This riverside village is located approximately 150 kilometers from the busy metropolitan city, Bengaluru and is on the borders of the two states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It is a popular weekend destination for domestic and foreign tourists.

The sound of the gushing Cauvery, freshly caught fish, which can be fried in one of the many kitchens by the river, the expert masseuse’s rejuvenating oil massage using local herbs, special oils and ancient knowledge of massage pints handed from generation to generation, all make Hogenakkal an interesting experience. There’s more that Hogenakkal has to offer the tourists. For those who like a little adventure, can opt for swimming in the stream near the waterfalls, it is not as easy as it seems and should only be tried by expert swimmers. Or one can go for long treks along the Melagiri Hills, which will not only be an exciting experience in the fresh forest air but also offers breathtaking views of the lush greenery and beauty of the place.

 It is not for nothing that many filmmakers choose Hogenakkal as the set for many romantic songs. Tourist Places In And Around Hogenakkal One of the main attractions in Hogenakkal is the coracle boat ride in the river Cauvery. Coracles are special circular basket boats, which are covered with plastic sheets to keep the water from entering from the bottom. Strike a deal with the boatman and enjoy a ride in Cauvery. Although seemingly small, one boat can carry upto 8 people.

 Apart from the food, and the makeshift spa treatment from the local masseurs, also known as malish-karans, another unique attraction in Hogenakkal is the local kids displaying their diving skills from a 30-feet high cliff into the river. These kids usually charge 5/- for each dive. How To Reach Hogenakkal The place has good connectivity.

Best Time to Visit:

The first-rate time to go to Hogen

akkal waterfalls is from July to October even as the peak season is from August to October. Usually it takes sooner or later to visit Hogenakkal Falls and it’s miles a popular in the future journey from Bangalore at some point of monsoons.

How to Reach:

Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport which is ready 216 km from Hogenakal Falls. Dharmapuri Railway station is the closest rail head, which is ready 47 km from Hogenakal. It is well linked with the aid of train with Bangalore, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Tuticorin, Coimbatore, Salem, Nagarcoil, Mysore, Pondicherry, Tirunelveli and Ernakulum. Dharmapuri is the nearest foremost Bus station to Hogenakkal. It has buses from Bangalore, Mysore, Salem, Coimbatore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kochi, Ooty, Madurai and Hyderabad.

 

Mysore Railway Museum.

Located on Krishnaraja Sagar Road, the Railway Museum of Mysore is second only after the National Railway Museum, New Delhi. The museum is situated in front of the Central Food and Technology Institute and was set up in the year 1979.

Located on Krishnaraja Sagar Road, the Railway Museum of Mysore is second only after the National Railway Museum, New Delhi. The museum is situated in front of the Central Food and Technology Institute and was set up in the year 1979.

The Railway Museum has a number of galleries which depict the development and growth of railway systems in India. These can be noticed from the locomotives, photographs and painting depicted in these galleries. One can view the lights and signals which were initially used and even the mini railway which operated on battery.

The first engine ever used can be spotted at the entrance. Railway coaches used by Mysore Maharaja, photograph of Austin Model of 1925, Saloon Carriage of Maharani and Wagnall 119 ER are among the major attractions of the Railway Museum. Apart from these, AWG Bagnall No.1625, locomotives built by North British Locomotive Co and W.G.Bagnall are also displayed at the museum.

A working model of the steam locomotive designed by technicians from Mechanical Department can be seen here. The museum includes mini rides on trains and a small kids’ play park.

Exhibits at Mysore Railway Museum.

Vintage locomotives

One of the major attractions of the museum is the Chamundi Gallery, which has an extensive range of pictures and paintings on the railways and its growth on display. Sri Ranga Pavilion is another prominent part of this museum. It has two royal coaches on display. These grand coaches that belonged to the Maharaja of Mysore present a real picture of the luxury and grandeur with which the royals used to travel. Maharani’s saloon carriage is also quite interesting to explore. This coach that dates back to 1899 is equipped with kitchen, dining car unit and royal toilet as well. Another attractive feature of the palace is Austin Railway Car. It is 1925 Austin model, which was initially built for the roads, was converted into a railcar. It is said that this model was repossessed by a railway employee from scrap dealer. The employee restored the vehicle by making a few changes to the old model; he removed the steering wheel, and fixed the rail wheel on it. This vintage vehicle was converted into a railway with a capacity to seat 6 people and was later on used to take officials for inspection on tracks. A unique aspect of these locomotives is that some of these are still in working condition.

Mysore Railway Museum Entry Fee:

 15 per person for Adults

 10 per person for Children

 20 for Still Camera

 30 for Video Camera

 10 for Toy Train Ride.

Mysore Railway Museum Timings:

Day     Timing

Monday           Closed / Holiday

Tuesday           10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Wedesday       10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday         10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Friday  10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday          10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday            10:00 am – 5:30 pm

 

RAJMACHI FORT .

At a distance of 15 km from Lonavala, 15 km from Khandala, 82 km from Mumbai & 82 km from Pune, Rajmachi Fort is an ancient fort situated in Pune district of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular tourist places near Mumbai for trekking and also among the best places to visit in Lonavala. This famous fort in Maharashtra lies at an altitude of 2710 feet. This is a protected monument and is among the most popular historical places to visit near Pune & Mumbai.

Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Bor Ghat (between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route. It is one of the ideal one day trip near Mumbai. The fort complex was originally constructed by the Satavahanas. In 1657 CE, Shivaji Maharaj captured this fort along with other neighbouring forts from the Adilshahi ruler of Bijapur. In 1704 CE, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb captured the fort from the Marathas. However, the Marathas regained its control in 1705 CE. In 1713 CE, Shahu Maharaj handed over Rajmachi fort to Kanhoji Angre. Eventually in 1818 CE with the downfall of the Marathas, the British took over the Rajmachi Fort.

Rajmachi Fort consists of two citadels namely Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Forts. It is a very famous fort located near Pune and also one of the top heritage sites in Lonavala. Surrounded by a wide plateau, this fort overlooks the Bor Ghat. The fort complex consists of huge ramparts, strong walls, massive gateways, residential units, water reservoirs, administrative centers and secret gates for exit. Kal Bhairav temple is situated in the gorge between Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts. In rainy season this region is more beautiful with several waterfalls, streams and lush green forests and meadows.

Ancient Buddhist caves known as Kondhane caves are situated on the western side of the Rajmachi plateau, which were supposedly carved during 200 BC. There are 8 Buddhist caves of the Hinayana Buddhist tradition. The Kondhane caves enclose sculptures, vihara and stupas of ancient Buddhist architecture. Although many stupas, front entrance and the floor of the caves were damaged in an earthquake only the Chaitya remained intact.

There are two ways to reach the Rajmachi fort, one is from Lonavala, roughly 15 km flat walk and the other one is from Karjat, a gradual climb of around 5 km. For beginners, it would be better to trek from Lonavala as this is a much easier path. It will take about 5 hours of hiking to reach Udhewadi, the base of Rajmachi fort by this route. Only SUVs can reach Udhewadi village which is situated at the base of Rajmachi Fort to avoid 15 km long trek.

The route from Kondivade village near Karjat is tough and involves climb-up of about 2000 feet. From Kondivade village one can reach Rajmachi via the Kondhane village and visit the ancient Kondhane Buddhist caves on the way. The caves are 3 km away from Kondivade village and has mototable road. The trek to Rajmachi fort starts from Kondhane Caves, which is about 5 km from the fort. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Rajmachi from Kondhane Caves.

Camping in Rajmachi is a perfect idea especially because of the long trek. Rajmachi Rural Aid and Development Programme (NGO) have 2 dormitories to provide accommodation facilities for trekkers to Rajmachi in Udhewadi village at a nominal charge.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM.

How to Reach Rajmachi Fort by Road

Lonavala is the nearest city to reach Rajmachi fort. As Lonavala is famous hill station in Maharashtra it is well connected by roadways. Many state transport buses are available from Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Nashik to reach Lonavala. Even private tour operators from Mumbai and Pune run their buses to Lonavala. From Lonavala you can hire an auto to reach Rajmachi fort.

How to Reach Rajmachi Fort from Mumbai:

From Mumbai to Rajmachi fort head towards Panvel and use Mumbai-Pune Expressway till Lonavala. From Lonavala head towards Nandgaon > Fanasrai > Valvand > Udhewadi and reach Rajmachi fort.

How to Reach Rajmachi Fort from Pune:

From Pune to Rajmachi fort use Mumbai-Pune Expressway till Lonavala. From Lonavala head towards Fanasrai > Valvand and reach Udhewadi which is a starting point for Rajmachi fort trek.

How to Reach Rajmachi Fort by Train

Lonavala is nearest railway station to reach Rajmachi fort. Lonavala is one of the busiest railway station as many outstation trains stops here. From Mumbai and Pune there are many trains available to reach Lonavala. Once you are at Lonavala station you can hire a taxi or private cab to reach Rajmachi fort.

How to Reach Rajmachi Fort by Air

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Aiprort is the nearest airport to reach Rajmachi fort. From the airport many private taxies and cabs are available to reach directly to Rajmachi fort.

7 Haunted Places in Bangalore.

The supernatural is something that you cannot ignore. Believe in it or don’t, there are some unexplained phenomena that are bound to catch your interest.

Kalpalli Cemetery:

Cemeteries are spooky enough already, but this cemetery near Old Madras Road is scarier than your usual cemetery. Several passerbys have reported sightings of a creepy man lurking about the graves at odd hours. The unease felt at the cemetery will make your hair stand up. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a few dead who have risen from the grave, taking a stroll in the graveyard. At night, people have reported feeling an eerie presence around them. That definitely doesn’t form a very pretty picture in your head, does it?

Victoria Hospital:

This century old hospital located near City Market has been a witness to strange happenings. Ghost sightings have been reported on the premises of this hospital. People have reported incidents in which they’ve claimed to see a white ghostly figure on one of the trees in the hospital compound. But more than wanting to scare people, this ghost seems to be the fun kinds. It is said that packets of food have gone missing. An ever hungry ghost is lurking around here, so keep your food safe if you ever decide to make a trip here.

Naale Baa:

Bangalore’s favourite demon of the 90’s! What do you do when a demon/witch comes knocking at your door? Be polite and invite it inside? Well, obviously not! That wouldn’t be the best thing to do if you want to stay alive. Bangalore in the 90′s witnessed this extremely creepy phenomenon where a demon/witch would knock the door at midnight and call out to potential victims.  Answering the door would definitely ensure your death. So the only way to keep yourself safe was to write Naale Baa (Come back tomorrow) on your door every day!

The Bangalore International Airport:

The next time you take that late night flight at the airport, watch out! This is the most recent addition to the haunted places in Bangalore. Pilots have reported the supernatural presence of a lady walking around in white on the runaway. The ground staff has also sighted her in the Cargo section of BIAL. If anyone approached to help her or enquire anything, she just disappeared. Poof! A picture of her using an infra red camera emerged soon after. There have also been rumours of a headless ghost being sighted near the escalators of BIAL.

Terra Vera, St Marks Road

This colonial abandoned house on St. Marks Road is famous with the Bangaloreans for the screams and inexplicable happenings that have taken place. This colonial house on St.Marks belonged  to two sisters, Dolce and Vera Vaz. In 2002, the house witnessed a gruesome murder in 2002 where Dolce Vaz, one of the two sisters, was killed by an unknown attacker. The other sister eventually moved out and the house due to some property issues. But the house has now become well known for satanic signs like inverted crosses, screams, colder temperatures and all that will send shivers down your spine. The house has been demolished but the stories continue.

Call-Centre on M.G Road:

If you work the night shift, it might not be a good idea for you to read this. But well, if you’re really on the look out for haunted places in Bangalore, then this is something you shouldn’t miss out on. The story goes that a young woman who worked at the call-centre was killed in a drunk and driving case. The driver left her there screaming on the road, where she died. Office goers claim that they hear her screaming on the same night, every year. It’s exploring time!

NH 4:

Highways and ghosts go together! Always hand in hand! People say that a pretty girl in white once asked a passer-by for a lift around midnight. He turned around to ask the girl where she wanted to go and to his surprise, she was missing. The surprise got better when she re-appeared and started laughing hysterically. The poor man got out and ran for his life and rammed into a compound wall and wounded himself. Now, you know what not to do the next time you drive down this highway.

These 4 tales of haunted places in Kerala will make your blood run cold!

Have you ever dared to visit a place where they say ghosts live? Have you felt the presence of spirits around you while you eat, walk and sleep? No, you probably don’t believe in all these stories. Let’s take you to some of the popular haunted places in kerala. Hold your breath and read on…

The Haunted bungalow in Bonacaud.

Amidst lush green plantations and stunning views of the Agasthya mountain ranges lies a bungalow in the Bonacaud region of Trivandrum that is famous for its supernatural activities. It is called GB 25 and is believed to have been built during the British rule. What appears to be a classic example of British architecture during the day becomes a haunted mansion with a boy’s spirit by the door at night. DO not try to go here all alone, especially when it’s dark!

Kariavattom.

This one is based on experiences of people taking the Kariavottam campus road from Technopark back gate. One girl claimed to have witnessed several paranormal activities on a late-night scooter ride on this road. She saw movements of a figure twice the size of human beings covered in a blanket. In some other anecdotes, people have felt the presence of supernatural powers around the Hymavathi pond in the Kariavottam complex making it one of the most mysterious places in the region. Would you dare to take a solo ride in this campus at night?

Trichur forest.

The beautiful green forest around Trichur is a delight for trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers.. but only during the day. After sundown, there have been cases of campers hearing a mysterious voice believed to be of a child. There have also been sightings of what appeared as a boy’s ghost.

Sabarimala temple.

This temple is one of the most popular pilgrim centers in south India. Legend has it that it is often visited by the ghost of an evil creature who was killed by Lord Ayyappa himself. It is said that till date, he tries to enter the temple every year on February 14 and Lord Ayyappa defeats him in a battle which ends with a flash in the sky. Commoners claim to witness this flash every year as a sign of the victory of good over evil. Can there really be an evil spirit which can enter a temple?

 

Bheemeshwari – The Fishing Village of Karnataka.

Bheemeshwari is a small town in Mandya district. It is located on the banks of the river Cauvery between the Shivanasamudra falls and Mekedatu falls. This town is blessed with a plethora of flora and fauna and is famous for its eco-tourism initiatives.

The lush forests surrounding Bheemeshwari are teeming with wild animals such as:

Elephants

Jackals

Wild boars

Otters

Crocodiles

Leopards etc.

The town is also referred to as ‘the Angler’s paradise’, being the natural habitat of the Mahseer. This particular variety of fish is believed to be one of the best game fishes, and draws several fishing enthusiasts every year to this serene town.

The attractions in Bheemeshwari are primarily ecological in nature. The variety of wildlife present in the jungles attracts several nature lovers and travellers on a regular basis.

Meandering through the woody landscape amidst the forests of Karnataka is the Cauvery – the most majestic and sacred river of South India. The river offers both adventure and opportunity for nature lovers. Nestled along this mighty river is the Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, world-renowned as home to the great ‘Mahseer’ – the finest & the largest tropical sporting fish known to man. Tucked away from the milling crowds, yet close enough for you to reach, this camp offers a slice of nature that is entirely unique, one in which you can totally feel free.

The best time to visit is just after the monsoon, between August and February, when the river is swollen and the forest and the surroundings are rich with green vegetation. This time is ideal for bird watchers too, as river terns, fishing eagles, wood peckers, king fishers, and plenty of other species flock here in large numbers. However, at other times water recedes to reveal wide sand banks where you could laze in the evenings or wade in the many lagoons created by the ebbing water. Summers (March – June) can be very warm, especially in the afternoons.

Places to visit in and around Bheemeshwari:

Boat Rides

Coracle rides can be enjoyed by the tourists here on the waters of the Cauvery. During the chilly winters or hot summers- this is indeed a fun activity to do.

Cauvery Fishing Camp

Situated near the Cauvery River, this is a perfect place to visit for fishing and angling. It is also ideal for picnics and a spending fun filled day. The Mahseer fish which is the largest tropical gaming fish can be found here.

 

Doddamakkali Nature Camp

An ideal location for adventure enthusiasts, this camp can be visited for water sports, trekking as well as for other outdoor activities. With a ton of things to do with fun activities like Zip line, rafting, parallel walking etc. attract a lot of tourists here.

Galibore Fishing Camp

With a backdrop of mountains, deciduous forests and a river flowing across, the Galibore Fishing Camp is ideal for bird watching, mountain biking, kayaking and rafting along with the major activity of fishing. Also, the one has to do prior booking here.

Kokrebellur Pelicanry

Home to a large number of local as well as migratory avian population, this small village is famous for its pelicans as well as painted storks. This picturesque location is a perfect place to visit for a calm evening and bird watching.

Sangam

At the confluence of Cauvery and Arkavathi rivers, this picnic spot is famous among tourists for its richness of flora and fauna. With a beautiful view of surrounding hills and the horizon, Sangam is a hot zone for the city dwellers- especially during weekends.

What to Eat in Bheemeshwari:

Local Food and Cuisine

While the options aren’t exactly elaborate and choices can get limited, but you should be able to find typical Kannada cuisine over here. One can relish local cuisine consisting of Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .

How to reach Bheemeshwari:

By air

The nearest airport is Bengaluru. Several regular flights connect Bengaluru international airport to all major cities in the country.

By rail

The nearest railway station is Bengaluru. Trains from all major cities in the country regularly arrive at Bengaluru.

By road

There are regular buses, both private and KSRTC, from Bengaluru to Bheemeshwari. The distance is around 100 kms and around 2 hours of drive. Buses are also available from Mysore. The distance from Mysore to Bheemeshwari is around 85 kms. Private taxis can also be hired to reach and travel around the place.