<![CDATA[ZINNIA TRIP - Travel]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2020 05:13:13 +0530Weebly<![CDATA[Telangana India - Best Tourist Places]]>Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:37:55 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/telangana-india-best-tourist-places​Telangana is a culturally-rich southern state of India. Once a part of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana separated itself and became an independent state in the year 2014. Many cities and towns together make this place an ideal spot for vacation, especially if you are looking for the tourist destinations that are soaked in culture.
Apart from its rich cultural heritage, Telangana is also very popular for its delicious cuisines, the Hyderabadi cuisines being the most sought-after option among the connoisseurs of food. You can plan a vacation to this state with your family or friends to spend a good time. Here are the places that you must cover while exploring the Telangana state:
Hyderabad: The capital as well as the largest city of Telangana, Hyderabad is popular throughout the country for many reasons. This city is also touted as one of the most developed cities in India. The Hitech city or Cyberabad (part of new Hyderabad) is proof of the same. Hyderabad mixes old and new cultures together, thereby serving the best place to visit for tourists of all kinds.
 
Char Minar is one of the most famous spots of Hyderabad and you can explore the old city around this tourist spot. This iconic landmark translates to four minarets and is an epitome of grand architecture. The mixture of culture with modernism in Hyderabad is quite tangible. You can roam around the old streets and narrow lanes for the old-world charm. There are good-looking restaurants, night clubs, and shopping malls for those who want to enjoy modern life during their visit to the city. Plus point – the city has its own airport and it is well-connected to the major cities of India such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, and Mysore.
 
Warangal: If you want to go back to the era of kings and queens, plan your trip to Warangal for a happy escape. This place is full of rich historical sites in tandem with some scenic views and natural beauty. Parkhal Lake is one of the most famous tourist attractions where you can surround yourself with lots of peace and positivity.
 
You can plan a short-and-sweet 2-day itinerary to this beautiful city. Some of the most famous spots to explore in Warangal are Thousand Pillar Temple, Warangal Fort, the gardens of Ekashilla Children’s Park, etc. You can also visit the Ramappa Temple and cover the nearby Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary that serves as a paradise for all nature and wildlife lovers. The local markets of this city are where you will find many souvenirs. Warangal is located 135 kilometers away from Hyderabad airport.
 
Adilabad: This small town of Telangana state is another place that you must add to your itinerary while planning to explore Telangana. This place is famous for Kunatala Waterfalls that is located in the middle of lush green forests. Adilabad is a must-visit place for all the nature-lovers and history fanatics. There are many places to explore.
 
Interestingly, you will witness varied customs and traditions in this place as it happens to be a combination of Marathi and Telugu culture. The relics of this town will make any history-lover fall in love with the same. Alongside this, there are many temples and mosques where you can mark your attendance. Some of the most sought-after places to visit in and around Adilabad include Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Pochera Waterfalls, Basar Saraswati Temple, etc. Adilabad has good connectivity with Nagpur and Hyderabad.
 
Nalgonda: When it comes to history and cultural heritage, you cannot skip visiting Nalgonda. This place exhibits the remains of Neolithic culture, hence, a must-explore town for all the curious souls. This town is a colorful amalgamation of religious cultures and traditions that glorify the rich past of this place.
 
You can find some amazing souvenirs and art pieces in the markets of Nalgonda, especially in leather and silk. Some of the most sought-after places to visit while exploring Nalgonda include Matapalli, Nandikonda, Yadagiri, Bhuvanagiri Fort, Nagarjuna Sagar, etc.
 
Nizamabad: Popularly known as the ‘city of Nizams’, Nizamabad is the third-largest city of the state that will give you the best dose of the rich culture and history. This city is the perfect amalgamation of history, religion, as well as nature. Thus, you will come across tourist spots of all kinds while exploring this place.
 
There are beautiful lakes and rivers where you can spend a tranquil time along with clicking many pictures. Alisagar Dam Reservior and Pochampad Dam are popular tourist spots of Nizamabad where you can participate in some exciting water sports. The beautiful Mallaram forest located nearby the city is another gem to explore. Furthermore, you can offer prayers and seek peace at the various temples and mosques of Nizamabad that include Neelakatshwara Temple, Sarangpur Temple, Basar Temple, and Kentju Masjid. Hyderabad offers the best connectivity to Nizamabad. You can also reach Nizamabad by train from the cities like Nagpur, Bhopal, Pune, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
 
Khammam: This is the fourth-largest city of Telangana state and is situated 200 kilometers away from Hyderabad. The city is rich in its history and the majestic Khammam Fort showcases the same. This is a popular tourist destination where you can learn a lot about the Hindu and Muslim reign in the city.
 
Narsimhadri Temple located on a hill is another important place for tourists to explore in Khammam. There are 14 nearby villages and you can explore different temples and ruins in the same. Other places of attraction that might demand your attention in Khammam include Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, Kallur, Lakaram Lake, Gundala, etc.
 
Secunderabad: Secunderabad is also addressed as the ‘Twin city of Hyderabad’. This city has a beautiful English touch to it that dates back to its root. It was established by the English under British rule and you will spot certain remnants of the same as you start exploring this city. It is divided from Hyderabad by the very famous Hussain Sagar Lake which makes this lake a famous spot to visit.
 
Secunderabad is touted as one of the largest cantonments of the country. You will also spot the presence of army and airforce personnel during your exploration in this city. It is a cosmopolitan city where you can dine in at the famous restaurants, stay in decent hotels, and shop for some of the most amazing things including sarees, jewelry, and artifacts. The famous tourist attractions in Secunderabad include Konaseema, Ujjaini Mahakali Temple, Sri Subramanya Swami Temple, Guruvayurappan Temple, St. Mary’s Basilica Catholic Church, Trimulgherry Fort, Victoria Prison, etc.
 
Karimnagar: Another flourishing city for an escapade in Telangana state is Karimnagar. This city is located 164 kilometers away from the capital city. Thus, you can also plan a road trip from Hyderabad to reach here. You will come across some beautiful architectural pieces and further learn about the vibrant history of this place on your excursion to Karimnagar. Interestingly, the city has a touch of Persian culture to it.
 
Some of the most sought-after tourist spots in Karimnagar include Mallareddypet Waterfalls, Nampally Gutta, Lower Manair Dam, Gandhi centenary museum, etc. If you want to revive the bygone era and learn ample information about Indian history, it is the best place to explore. Apart from the above-listed tourist spots, other attractions in Karimnagar include Deer Park, Elagandal Fort, Mathani Reserve Forest, and Crocodile Conservation Park.
 
Nelakondapalli: If you want to explore culture, history, food, and religion in one place – make Nelakondapalli a go-to city on your Telangana trip. Apart from the above-listed features, the highlights of this city also include rich architecture and grand temples. This city is also home to the ancient Buddhist Stupas that have been recently dug in Nelakondapalli. This place is located only 22 kilometers away from Khammam.
 
From learning about the ancient religious significance of this place to satisfying your archaeological hunger, there are many things to watch out for and do in this city. The city rests at the crest of Deccan and is deeply rooted in spirituality and religion. You can visit the various temples and offer prayers in front of your favorite Gods and Goddesses. Apart from religious exploration, there are many places for sightseeing in this city such as Wrya Reservoir, Muthyaam Dhara Water Falls, Palair Reservoir, Dhanavayi Gudem Park, Mini Tak Bund, Sri Sri Circle, and many others. If you are visiting this place from Hyderabad, it will take 3 hours by flight.
 
Mahbubnagar: Again, a beautiful combination of history and nature is the city of Mahbubnagar. This place has a beautiful history and being a history fanatic, you must educate yourself about the same. There are beautiful ancient forts, temples, and many other picturesque views to mark your presence. The good thing about this city is that it is not very densely populated. Hence, you can enjoy soaking in the vibe of this city without getting lost in the crowd, thereby making the most of exploring the beautiful spots that this city hosts for you.
 
The historical marvels of this place are a must explore. Apart from this, other attractive tourist spots in and around Mahbubnagar include Pillamarri Banyan Tree, Jurala Dam, Gadwal Fort, Kollapur, Alampur, Pangal Fort, Wanaparhy Palace, etc. This place is best accessible through Hyderabad as it lies only 95 kilometers away from the same after an air journey. Alternatively, you can also visit Mahbubnagar via a train journey from the capital city. It takes a minimum of 90 minutes to reach your destination.
 
You can also explore the below-listed tourist attractions on your visit to Telangana state:

1. Vemulawada: This tourist spot is mainly famous for its Dravidian culture and Rajanna Temple. Hundreds of pilgirms visit this holy destination every year.

2. Papikondalu: Papikondalu is home to beautiful scenic beauty and a must-visit place for all the nature-lovers.

3. Bhadrachalam: You will find the famous Abhaya Anjaneya Temple and many other religious sites in Bhadrachalam.

4. Medaram: This tiny village hosts the biggest biennial tribal fair of Asia known as Sammakka Sarakka Jatara.

5. Mallela Theertham: A hidden gem where you will find bountiful scenic beauty. A perfect escapade for all the nature-lovers to calm their souls.

6. Somasila: This temple town boasts the very famous Lalitha Someswara Temple along with 15 Shiva temples.
 
Telangana tourism also has other locations to explore:
  1. Koti Lingala
  2. Rachakonda Fort
  3. Medak Cathedral
  4. Medak Fort
  5. Mrugavani National Park
  6. KBR National Park
  7. Bogatha Falls
  8. Gayathri Waterfalls
  9. Kanakai Waterfalls
  10. Laknavaram Lake
  11. Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary
  12. Chilkur Balaji Temple
 
These amazing tourist cities/towns as well as tourist spots of Telangana state are where you will find culture, history, heritage, art, nature, and everything else that your wanderlust soul is yearning for. Plan your trip to Telangana and have a great time exploring the southern beauty! Telangana tourism awaits your presence. 
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<![CDATA[Andhra Pradesh India - Top Visiting Places]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:37:52 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/andhra-pradesh-india-top-visiting-placesAndhra Pradesh is located in the southern part of India. This place is considered as a sweet amalgamation of culture and history. Thus, if you are planning a getaway with your family or friends to explore a culturally-rich place, include Andhra Pradesh on your list. There are many places in this state that will give you an idea about its rich history and culture.

Andhra Pradesh tourism is also popular for its low-key natural spots and lip-smacking food. The combination of culturally-rich places along with some picturesque towns and hills stations easily convince you to plan a trip to this state. Explore Andhra Pradesh at its best by visiting these amazing tourist destinations:
Amravati

​Nearest Airport - Vijayawada
1832 Kms from New Delhi


Amravati is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. This city rests on the banks of the Krishna River and is a popular site of Buddhist Stupa. Many places of religious importance are located in Amaravati where you can seek blessings from your favorite deities and offer prayers. Alongside this, Amravati also has a few places of sightseeing for the tourists.
 
You can plan your itinerary by reaching the city at the noon and strolling around the streets and the museum here. Visit the famous Amravati Mahachaitya the next day with your family as it happens to be an important Buddhist hotspot. Amareswara Temple is another famous religious spot located in the city. Guntur has the nearest railway station to Amravati – 33.1 kilometers from the main city. You will find the nearest airport to the city in Gannavaram – 58.9 kilometers.
Vishakhapatnam

Nearest Airport - Vishakhapatnam
364 Kms from Amravati


The city is commonly called Vizag and it happens to be one of the most popular places in the state. Vishakhapatnam is also one of the oldest port cities in India. If you see this place from a tourist point of view, there are many spots of beauty and natural attraction. The beaches, port of Vishakhapatnam, as well as majestic hills of this place, make it a sought-after tourist spot.
 
Any history lover will love visiting the Borra Caves that is counted among one of the most popular attractions of the city. The beaches of Vishakhapatnam are clean and well maintained and Yarada beach is the most popular among them. Another picturesque spot to visit while touring around the place is Katiki Waterfalls.
Tirupati

Nearest Airport - Chennai
412 Kms from Amravati


Tirupati is located in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and is famous for the Lord Venkateshwara Temple. This temple is counted among the most visited places of pilgrimage in the country. Thus, if you want to treat yourself with a religious tour in Andhra Pradesh, add this place to your itinerary. Everything about this temple is fascinating.
 
Apart from Venkateshwara Temple, other places to visit in Tirupati include Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, ISKON temple, Kalahasti temple, Parashurameshwara temple, etc. Kapila Teertham is a nearby region to Tirupati that has a holy waterfall. This place is well-connected to all the important cities of India by all means of transportation. Tirupati Airport is located only 15 kilometers away from the main city.
Araku

Nearest Airport - Vishakhapatnam
446 Kms from Amravati


Araku or Araku Valley is a hidden gem of Andhra Pradesh. This is the best place for all those people who want to escape from their mundane lifestyle. This hill station is situated only 120 kilometers away from Vizag. If you are seeking some type of tranquility, this is the best place for you. The hill station is surrounded by greenery and it happens to be one of the most serene places in the state.
 
Apart from spending some tranquil time alone or with your loved ones, you can explore many amazing spots in and around this hill station. Borra Caves is one of the most famous spots around the place. This is a tribal museum where you can come across pictures, text, symbols, etc carved on the walls. Explore other spots of attractions such as coffee plantations, Anantgiri Fall, and Kartiki Waterfall. Don’t forget to taste the local cuisines, you will love relishing them.
Vijaywada

Nearest Airport - Vijayawada
18 Kms from Amravati


Another popular city of Andhra Pradesh, Vijaywada rests on the banks of Krishna River. This city is the second-largest populated city of the state and is often touted as the political, commercial, and media capital of Andhra Pradesh. From a tourist point of view, Vijaywada is where you will find temples, canals, caves, and many other attractions.
 
This place is a blend of the old and new worlds. There are hills, caves, and ancient monuments. Some of the most popular tourist spots to visit in Vijaywada include Victoria Museum, Bhavani Island, Hazratbal Mosque, Kolleru Lake, and Rajiv Gandhi Park. There are many famous temples where you can offer prayers. Don’t forget to travel to nearby attractions like Mangalagiri hills, Kondapalli Fort, and Undavalli Caves. Vijaywada is quite accessible by all modes of transportation.
Kurnool

Nearest Airport - Hyderabad
344 Kms from Amravati


This tourist destination of Andhra Pradesh is dedicated to all the history fanatics. Kurnool lets you learn about the cultural background of the state. This is the place where you will return gaining a lot of information about the history and culture of Andhra Pradesh. The city is popularly addressed as the Gateway of Rayalaseema.
 
There are forts and palaces to explore, among which the most popular spot is the palace of Gopal Raju. You will also spot some ruins of medieval forts having ancient Arabic and Persian inscriptions. The rock paintings of Ketavaram is another popular attraction. Other important tourist spots in Kurnool include Belum Caves, Mahanadi Temple, Shivaji Spoorthy Kendra, Navabhrama Temple, Sakshi Ganpati Temple, etc. Hyderabad of Telangana is the closest major city to Kurnool.
Guntur

Nearest Airport - Vijayawada
33 Kms from Amravati


Guntur is popularly addressed as the Land of Chillies, and you will spot a large chili market yard of Asia at this place. It is located at a distance of 30 kilometers from the capital city of Andhra Pradesh and hosts an industrial background in tandem with a few popular tourist spots.
 
The city of Guntur houses the lone Buddhist pilgrimage site in South India known as Nagarjunakonda and this factor happens to be the USP of this place. You can come across the relics of Amravati Caves and as a history buff, you will also spot many tourist attractions of your interest while exploring the city. Some of the places of fascination in Guntur include Mangalagiri, Uppalpadu Nature Conservation, Krishna Barrage, Amarvathi, and Kondaveedu.
Sirisailam

Nearest Airport - Vijayawada
263 Kms from Amravati


This hill town is situated in the Andhra Pradesh district of Kurnool and is home to the sacred Malikarjuna Jyotirlinga. Sirisailam is also one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas of Goddess Parvati. The religious importance of this place can be realized by the above-mentioned places resting in the city.
 
Sirisailam is also popular for a dam and a wildlife sanctuary that might attract the tourists who want to explore the city apart from its religious spots. Sikhareswara Swamy Temple is another important religious spot where you can seek blessings from Lord Shiva. You can take a tour of the nearby Nallamala Forest Ranges for an extended trip to Sirisailam. The closest airport to this city is situated in Hyderabad – 195 kilometers. You can also travel on buses from cities like Guntur, Kurnool, Hyderabad, and Vijaywada to reach Sirisailam.
Chittoor

Nearest Airport - Chennai
483 Kms from Amravati


Chitoor is another popular tourist spot in Andhra Pradesh and a must-visit place for all the people who are religious and devotional by nature. Apart from hosting different temples and places of cultural and architectural importance, Chittoor is also famous for its natural scenic beauty.
 
If you want to invite a change in your hectic routine by escaping to a beautiful and quiet place, Chittoor must be on your list. You will spot natural picturesque views, cascading waterfalls, great hospitality, and many other places of natural beauty. Chittoor is also famous for its mangoes. The famous tourist spots in and around this hill station include Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Horsely Hills, and Sri Venkateshwara Temple. Chittoor has many trekking trails as well.
Kakinada

Nearest Airport - Vijayawada
236 Kms from Amravati


The city of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh is a well-structured industrial hub with a blend of old-world charm. One side of Kakinada hosts a rich cultural heritage for you and the other side is where you will spot rapid industrialization and amazing architectural wonders. As a tourist, you are surely going to have all sorts of entertainment in this city.
 
This city is considered as the oldest religious spot in the country. Thus, it is mostly flocked by tourists throughout the year. Sri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple, Draksharam Temple, Pithapuram Temple, as well as Bhimesvara Temple are the famous religious sites here. Adurru is a treat for all the history-maniacs. Kakinada also has well-constructed shopping malls as well as nightclubs. Vizag International Airport is situated only 125 kilometers from the main city. Another domestic airport in Rajahmundry is situated 65 kilometers from Kakinada.
Nellore

Nearest Airport - Chennai
281 Kms from Amravati


Nellore is another famous Andhra Pradesh city that is located on the banks of the Penna River. It is mainly popular for its agriculture and happens to be a leading exporter of sugarcane, rice, cane-based products, and various other crops. The city is home to some of the most important temples and therefore it witnesses a large crowd of devotees visiting here throughout the year.
 
The markets of Nellore are quite popular for their sarees, and being a shopaholic, you can shop for many sarees for yourself and your family. Ranganathswamy Temple holds a place of great religious importance and you can visit here on the first day of your itinerary. The famous Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary is located only 84 kilometers away from the temple. Thus, do not skip visiting the same. Another popular pilgrimage that you can explore in Nellore is Jonnawada. Seek some peace at the Pulicat Lake or Mypad Beach. You can participate in many recreational activities here.
Konaseema

Nearest Airport - Vijayawada
173 Kms from Amravati


The location of Konaseema is the first reason you must visit this place. It is flanked by the Godavari River and the Bay of Bengal from both the sides. The location as well as attractions of this place will give you reminiscence about the backwaters of Kerala for sure. This place is beautiful and a perfect holiday spot for everyone who wants to welcome an idling vacation after a hectic work schedule.
 
There are green paddy fields, coconut groves, mango trees, fisherfolk villages, and many more features that would attract you for sure. You can carry out activities such as boating in the River Godavari, staying in a houseboat, visit the Coringa Wildlife sanctuary, etc. The nearest airport to this place is in Rajahmundry. You can take the NH-16 highway if you want to reach Konaseema by road.
Nagarjunakonda

Nearest Airport - Vijayawada
176 Kms from Amravati


Nagarjunakonda is a Buddhist town and home to Buddhist statues, stupas, monasteries, scriptures, and many other attractions. Your visit to Nagarjunakonda is surely going to be one-of-a-kind. It is located at a distance of 150 kilometers from Hyderabad and is considered to be one of the oldest towns of Andhra Pradesh State.
 
As this place happens to be a major pilgrimage for all the Buddhists, you will keep on encountering many Buddhist scholars and followers while touring around the city. You can escape to this place for a weekend getaway to avoid the hustle-bustle of city life and indulge in a more peaceful and tranquil time. The nearby attractions to Nagarjunakonda, too, are very famous and include places such as Nagarjunsagar, Srisailam, Kurnool, etc. You can take a road trip to this town from the aforementioned cities.
Maredumilli

Nearest Airport - Vishakhapatnam
244 Kms from Amravati


Maredumilli is a paradise for all the nature-lovers. This place is soaked in natural beauty and you will come across lush greenery, rivers, ravines, and many other bounties of nature upon exploring this place. It is situated in East Godavari, an Andhra Pradesh district, and is a perfect travel spot to tour around with your group of friends.
 
You can take part in many adventure activities such as hiking, trekking, water sports, etc. to have a good time. There are many unique locations serving as major tourist attractions one of which includes the Nandanavanam Ethno Medical Awareness Center. You can spot a variety of medical plants all over Maredumilli. This place is well-connected to the road, air, and rail. The nearest airport to Maredumilli is located in Rajahmundry.
Apart from the above-listed places, Andhra Pradesh also has other amazing beautiful spots where you can plan a one-day itinerary. These places are worth exploring and they add more to the popularity of Andhra Pradesh tourism. Extend your trips while touring the above-listed cities for a day or two to visit the below-mentioned tourist spots.

Historical places
1. Gandikota - Village with historical fort
2. Anantapur - City 
3. Machiliapatnam - City  
4. Vizianagaram -  City 
5. Samalkot - Town
6. Rajahmundry - City 

Temples and Holy places
1. Lepakshi - village  
2. Srikalahasti - Town 
3. Mantralayam - Village 
4. Annavaram - Town 
5. Yaganti - Temple 
6. Nagalpuram - Town 
7. Tirumala - Hill town 
8. Draksharamam - Town 
9. Tadiapatri - Town

Other locations

1. Ananthagiri Hills - Hill station for ancient caves, forts and temples
2. Puttaparthi - Town for scenic beauty, river and hills
3. Lambasingi - Village and hill station
4. 
Rollpadu Wildlife Sanctuary 
5. Rishikonda Beach 
6. Oravakallu Rock Garden 
7. Kaigal Falls - Water fall
8. Rayadurg - Town for production of textile goods 

Andhra Pradesh culture and tourism speak many languages with tourists of all kinds. This state is a culturally-rich place that not only boasts important religious places and monuments for pilgrims, but gives a fair dose of picturesque towns, beaches, and hill stations for other wanderlust travelers as well. Pack your bags and plan your trip to this southern state. Andhra Pradesh will be happy to host you. 
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<![CDATA[Maharashtra India: Top Destinations]]>Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:40:01 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/maharashtra-india-top-destinationsIn India, Maharashtra is known as one of the most developed states. Apart from being home to diverse cosmopolitan cities and centers, Maharashtra also attracts a majority of tourists towards it. This state is an amalgamation of culture, and each of its tourist spots depicts the same. As a tourist, you can never get over the beauty of Maharashtra. There are beautiful temples, ancient monuments, picturesque locations, hill-stations, quaint villages, and many other places of attraction.
Maharashtra tourism includes places of cultural importance, religious importance, scenic beauty, and many others. This is a land of beautiful culture and mouth-watering cuisines as well. Thus, from your travel-sore eyes to your food cravings – the state has the best offerings to satiate your desires. Here are the top tourist destinations of Maharashtra that you must visit:
Mumbai

Nearest airport - Mumbai
1402 Kms from New Delhi


Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and is one of the most developed cities in the country. This place is an amalgamation of chaos, glamour, culture, traditions, and much more. The city of dreams, apart from being a cosmopolitan and home to crores of people, is also an important tourist attraction of Maharashtra.
 
There are many places in Mumbai that might attract the tourist in you. The places such as Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Juhu Beach. Bandra-Worli Sea link, Colaba Causeway, Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, etc. are some of the most popular tourist attractions here. Mumbai is also famous for its street food. This place is a mixture of cosmopolitan life, culture, traditions, and many different tourist spots that will put you in awe.
 
While touring Mumbai, don’t forget to cover the nearby attractions like Alibaug, Khandala, Matheran, Kashid, and Manori.
Aurangabad

Nearest airport - Aurangabad
667 Kms from Mumbai (east)


The city of Aurangabad has been declared as the Tourism Capital of Maharashtra by the government. Hence, as a tourist, you can unfold many stories, places, and tourist attractions that this place boasts for you. Aurangabad is home to the extremely popular caves of Ajanta and Ellora. This is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country and many foreign tourists, too, come to visit the same.
 
Apart from the caves, the beauty of Aurangabad also lies in its rich ancient monuments such as Daulatabad Fort, Bibi ka Maqbara, Grishneshwar Temple, etc. The heritage, glory, traditions, and charms of Aurangabad still remain intact amidst its increasing globalization. There is a beautiful garden known as Siddharth Garden and any nature and wildlife lover can have a good time here. In short, a visit to Aurangabad is a must.
Nashik

Nearest airport - Mumbai
166 Kms from Mumbai (north east)


The religious Hindu city Nashik hosts the Kumbha Mela that is organized every 12 years. This is one reason that you must visit Nashik. The story doesn’t end here. Nashik is situated on the banks of the Godavari River and is touted as a famous tourist spot among all the tourists. This place has beautiful forts, vineyards, and waterfalls to explore. Sula vineyard has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.
 
The temples of Nashik are a must-visit for any religious tourist. You can mark your presence at the many temples of the city and seek blessings from your favorite deities. The beautiful combination of cultural and modern tourist spots makes Nashik a go-to place for all kinds of tourists. The nearby attractions such as Lonavala, Bhandardara, and Malshej Ghat, too, are a must-visit as well.
 
New Pune International Airport is the nearest airport to Nashik and is located at a distance of 130 kilometers only. You can take a road trip to reach the city from here.
Pune

Nearest airport - Pune
148 Kms from Mumbai (south east)


One of the liveliest metropolises of Maharashtra is Pune. Just like Mumbai, Pune too offers the best of both worlds to all the tourists. From amazing hospitality to popular shopping malls, cafes, and restaurants, Pune has everything to extend to its tourists. The modernity is further blended with traditions. Many popular ancient cultural tourist spots are a must-visit while touring this city.
 
The places such as Shaniwar Wada, Aga Khan Palace, Osho Ashram, etc. are some of the most sought-after attractions to explore. This city also entertains the colonial-era charm. Singhagad Fort is another tourist attraction in Pune that you must add to your itinerary. The nearby tourist attractions of the city are other options for your further exploring. These places include Lavasa, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, etc. Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is another popular spot located 70 kilometers away from the city.
 
Pune has its own airport. It is well connected with the other cities of the states such as Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Goa, as well.
Raigad

Nearest airport - Mumbai
16o Kms from Mumbai (south east)


Raigad is a historically-rich Maharashtra district that is located in the Konkan region of the state. This place is flanked by Mumbai Harbor, Ratnagiri, Thane, Pune, as well as the Arabian Sea. Raigad Fort is the major tourist attraction of this place which is built on the irregular molds of rock. The Samadhi of the renowned Maratha Ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is placed in the fort.
 
Apart from the Raigad Fort, this place is popular for other forts and monuments as well. Taste the Maharashtrian culture at its best by visit the Raigad district. You will learn a lot about the history of Marathas. Mumbai Airport is the nearest commute that is located at a distance of 140 kilometers from Raigad. You can also reach this place by road. Sion-Panvel Expressway provides fair connectivity to the district.
Nagpur 

Nearest airport - Nagpur
834 Kms from Mumbai (east)


The City of Oranges, Nagpur is a famous tourist destination in Maharashtra. The city rests in the geographical center of the country. Thus, you will come across many flat tablelands, plateaus, rivers, as well as streams flowing through the city. There are many different places of attraction for the tourists in Nagpur. From the temples, lakes, lush green gardens, to other modern tourist spots, this place doesn’t disappoint you as you start exploring it.
 
Deekshabhumi in Nagpur is the largest hollow Buddhist stupa in the world. You can visit here to seek peace. Ramtek Fort temple is another tourist attraction. Furthermore, Bohra Masjid, Futula Lake, Ambazari Lake, orange orchards, etc. are the other places that you must cover while your excursion in this city. You can plan a 3-day stay here at the best hotels as Nagpur doesn’t disappoint you in terms of hospitality. Nagpur has its own airport. You can also rely on the bus services that connect the city to other major Maharashtra places such as Pune and Mumbai.
Kolhapur

Nearest airport - Pune
376 Kms from Mumbai (south)


Another Maharashtra city that has a lot of offerings for all the tourists is Kolhapur. This city is located on the banks of the Panchaganga River, at a distance of 230 kilometers from Pune. The legacy of this city is quite rich and the ancient buildings and monuments are proof of the same. Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur is the most popular tourist spot where you can visit to seek blessings from Goddess Mahalakshmi.
 
Other places of attraction and tourism in Kolhapur include the Bhavani Temple, Panhala Fort, Rankala Lake, Jyotiba Temple, New Palace Museum, etc. The shopaholics can have the time of their lives by shopping for the famous Kolhapuri sandals as well as necklaces here. You can also seek amazing gastronomical experience by tasting the authentic Maharashtrian delights at the annual festival organized here.
Ratnagiri

Nearest airport - Pune
331 Kms from Mumbai (south)


Ratnagiri is another quaint city of Maharashtra state that is laden with beautiful hills, seashores, rivers, creeks, hot water springs, dense forests, waterfalls, and many other natural bounties. Thus, if you want a trip full of relaxation and rejuvenation, visit Ratnagiri and you will witness all the peace and tranquility upon reaching here.
 
The mighty Sahyadri Range and the Arabian Sea along with cascading waterfalls, white beaches, palm groves, monuments, etc. are some of the highlights of Ratnagiri and you must explore each of these spots while touring the city. There are many forts in Ratnagiri where you can learn about the history of the city. Today, this area has transformed into a big Maharashtra district that also has various tourist small villages where you can plan your itinerary. Explore the places such as Jaigad Fort, Jaigad Lighthouse, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Pawas, and Thibaw point. The nearby attractions of Ratnagiri include Mahabaleshwar, Chiplun, Kunkeshwar, Goa, etc.
Ahmednagar

Nearest airport - Aurangabad
253 Kms from Mumbai (east)


Ahmednagar is situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra at a distance of 120 kilometers from Pune as well as 114 kilometers from Aurangabad. This place is the perfect tourist spot for all the history fanatics and being one, you can explore a lot many gems as you start roaming around the city. Ahmednagar Fort is the most popular tourist spot where you can learn about the rich Mughal history of the place.
 
The Fort’s Defence System is another spot that would capture your attention. This place comprises of 24 towers, and each of them is worth exploring. Other places that you cannot miss while exploring the city of Ahmednagar include Chand Bibi Palace and Cavalry Tank Museum. The latter is a one-of-a-kind place that has around 50 vintage armored fighting vehicles. Plan a visit to this majestic city and you can also travel to nearby Shirdi that is located only at a distance of 79 kilometers from Ahmednagar. Other popular sports near the city are Matheran, Ajanta Ellora Caves, and Lonavala.
Latur

Nearest airport - Pune
474 Kms from Mumbai (east)


Latur in Maharashtra is a portion of the Marathawada region of the state. You can learn about the history and cultural importance of this place by exploring each of the tourist spots located here. This place is flanked by beautiful historical monuments and temples that are worth witnessing.
 
You don’t have to plan a three-day itinerary to explore this place. Latur is a small city, thus, you can explore it by setting up a one-day trip as well. The Ausa Fort happens to be a famous tourist spot. Another fort that glorifies tourism in Latur is Udgir Fort. You can visit the nearby Kharosa Caves for a thrilling experience altogether. The connectivity of Latur to the major cities by roadways and railways make it a go-to spot for a majority of tourists.
Satara

Nearest airport - Pune
256 Kms from Mumbai (south)


Satara is considered as one of the most famous historical places of Maharashtra state. Seven different hills envelop this place which forms the highlight of Satara for any tourist. This old city was established in the 16th century. Thus, it is obvious that you will spot many ancient forts and monuments while exploring the city. Ajinkya Fort is considered to be the major tourist attraction of Satara where you can learn details about the Maratha reign and history. The Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj stands near a canon and this place also happens to be a major tourist spot where people click a lot of pictures and celebrate the Maratha history.
 
You can also mark your presence to the places like Vajrai Falls, Thoseghar Falls, Pratapgarh Fort, Sangam Mahuli, and Sajjangad Fort. If you want to plan a mini weekend getaway, Satara is the best place to be in. This is because you can travel to various nearby attractions from here including Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, and Kaas Plateau. Satara is only 130 kilometers away from Pune and 270 kilometers away from Mumbai.
Amravati

Nearest airport - Nagpur
665 Kms from Mumbai (north east)


Also known as Ambanagari, Amravati is a place of religious significance in the whole of Maharashtra state. It is also referred to as the city of Lord Indra and Cultural Capital of Vidarbha. You will spot many temples dedicated to Goddesses Ambadevi and Lord Krishna as you start exploring the place. The famous Varhadi cuisine is native to Satara and being a foodie, you can relish upon the same to your heart’s content.
 
If you are looking forward to indulging and immersing yourself in the local Maharashtrian culture, you will have the time of your life in Amravati. The beautiful Melghat Tiger Reserve situated in the mighty Satpura range is another tourist spot that you can visit with your friends and family while touring the place. Other major attractions in Amravati include Kartik Pournami Mela, Kaundinyapur, Shri Ekvira Devi Temple, etc. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful Bamboo Garden. You can have your lunch in the quaint environment of this place. The Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport of Nagpur is the nearest commute to Amravati.
Akola

Nearest airport - Aurangabad
615 Kms from Mumbai (east)


Akola is situated in the western part of the Nagpur division in Maharashtra. This place is flanked by the Amravati district, Yavatmal, as well as Parbhani and Buldhana districts. As a tourist, you will spot a plethora of archaeological, historical, religious, wildlife, as well as natural spots while touring Akola. This place is also believed to be having several mythological roots and you can learn about the same while touring around it.
 
You can visit the Raj Rajeshwar Temple to seek some blessings and spend some quaint time while touring through Akola. Other famous tourist spots of this region include Asadgad Fort and Balapur Fort where you can learn about the history of the place and click pictures for your social media. The nearby attractions of Akola, too, are very popular among the tourists. Don’t forget to explore the places such as Anand Sagar, Gajanan Maharaj Temple, Gajanan Maharaj Ashram, and Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan.
Beed
Beed is a Maharashtra district located in the central part of the state and remains bounded by Jalna, Latur, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad from different directions. This place hosts a multitude of archaeological, historical, natural, wildlife, and religious tourist spots. However, it is mainly famous for its religious importance as there are many temples and shrines located at this place.
 
This district has been a major pilgrimage destination for centuries. You will spot many temples as well as places of religious importance while exploring Beed. Jyotirling of Parli-Vajinath and Yogeshwari temple of Ambejogai is located in Beed. This place is also famous for the only peacock sanctuary in Maharashtra where you can spot beautiful peacocks and peahens dancing amidst the natural surroundings. Other places of tourist attractions in Beed include Jama Masjid, Majalgaon Dam, Hazrat Shahenshahwali Mazar, Sautada Waterfall, etc.
Bhandara

Nearest airport - Nagpur
901 Kms from Mumbai (north east)


Another central Maharashtra district for the tourists to visit is Bhandara. This place is called the District of Lakes. Thus, you will come across various quaint lakes here as you start excursing the place. Bhandara is very famous for its brass products. You can take home many souvenirs created beautifully in brass metal while shopping in the district.
 
There are rivers, lakes, hills, dams, and many other natural resources. The district remains away from the mediocre hustle-bustle, hence a quaint place where you can spend some good time with your family and friends. Half of the area of Bhandara is covered by dense forests. The adventure junkies can steal some time and indulge in various adventure activities such as hiking, strolling, trekking, etc. Tourism here is an amalgamation of religious and leisure activities. Ambagad Fort is the major tourist spot of Bhandara. The hills such as Bhimsen, Gaimukh, Darkesa, Koka, etc provide a beautiful scenic view. Do not miss touring the Gaikhuri range on your trip to Bhandara.
Chandrapur

Nearest airport - Nagpur
858 Kms from Mumbai (east)


Chandrapur is a beautiful Maharashtra district that is sunk in natural beauty, popular temples, as well as many historic places to explore. The Andandwan and Tadoda Andheri Tiger Reserve Forest are located in Chandrapur. This is the best place to visit for all wildlife enthusiasts where they can spot many wild species. The religious places at Chandrapur such as Mahakali Temple, Jain Temple at Bhadravati, etc. are where you can offer prayers.
 
There are coal mines, water bodies, and dense forests in Chandrapur that constitute popular tourist attractions among the tourists of all kinds. But most of all, this place serves a paradise for all the trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts who love adventuring their hearts out amidst the dense forest. You can go for a safari in these forests and spend time worth cherishing.
Jalgaon

Nearest airport - Nashik
412 Kms from Mumbai (north east)


Jalgaon is one of the smallest Maharashtra districts that is situated on the boundary of the state. This district is protected by the beautiful landscape of Satpura Range on the north as well as Ajanta Range on the south. From a tourism point of view, the district boasts a beautiful stretch of landscapes such as wild hills, gardens, groves, forests, rocky hills, riverbanks, etc. Although the district doesn’t promote itself in terms of tourism, you can still spot some beautiful and picturesque places while exploring it.
 
If you are touring Jalgaon, visit the spots such as Gandhi Research Foundation, Patna Devi, Hatnur Dam, Waghur Dam, Mahatma Gandhi Garden, Omkareshwar Mandir, Swinging Towers of Farkande, Echhapurti Ganesh Temple, and Bahinabai Park.
Sindhudurg 

Nearest airport - Goa
500 Kms from Mumbai (south)


Sindhudurg is another destination of Maharashtra that you can travel while vacationing in the state. The Sindhudurg Fort is the major attraction of this place. You can learn a lot about the history of the Maratha Rule by visiting this place. The fort is situated in the Konkan region and is a must-visit spot. It was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji on an island and provides a picturesque view altogether.
 
Another sought-after tourist attraction of Sindhudurg is Tarkali. This place is all about white sands and pristine beaches and waters. The hospitality of this place is admirable and you can stay in the cottages to spend some tranquil time amidst nature. Sindhudurg is located at a distance of 495 kilometers in Mumbai. The nearest airport from this place is situated in Ratnagiri, at a distance of 134 kilometers. You can also reach here by rail and road.
Apart from the above-mentioned tourist attractions in Maharashtra, there are other places of cultural and religious importance that you can explore from a tourist point of view:
 
Solapur
This district of Maharashtra is famous for its many ancient temples such as Someshwar Temple, Kapilsidhha Mallikarjun, Mahadev Temple, etc. You can also explore places such as Smrutivan and Sub-Regional Science Center.

 Jalna 
Jalna is popular for the temples such as Ganesh Temple, Matsyodari Devi Temple of Ambad, Jalicha Dev Jaidevwadi, and Mazar-e-Moulaya Nooruddin Saheb Dargah Sharif.
 
Gondia
You can explore the places such as Nawegaon-Nagzaria Tiger Reserve, Hazara Falls, Suryadeo Mando Devi Temple, Itiadoh Dams, Shree Sant Lahari Ashram, and Kachargarh Caves while touring in Gondia.
 
Hingoli 
Hingoli is a Maharashtrian district that is famous for the temples and places such as Mallinath Digambar Temple, Aundha Nagnath, Sant Namdev Sansthan, Tulajadevi Sansthan, etc.
 
Maharashtra is the perfect state to visit for traveling needs of all kinds. Maharashtra culture, tourism, cuisines, heritage, and history are surely going to allure any tourist. Explore the different cities and districts of Maharashtra during your vacation to this colorful and majestic state. You are going to love your vacation in Maharashtra. 
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<![CDATA[Goa India: Top Tourist Places and Spots]]>Sat, 10 Oct 2020 22:22:40 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/goa-india-top-tourist-places-and-spotsGoa – a paradise for one and all. From being the best party place in a country to a place that boasts some of the most exotic beaches and other bounties of nature – Goa is the place to be in. The sandy beaches, the amalgamation of Portuguese and French architecture, the traditional Goan culture, the forts, the churches, the hospitality, the local cuisines, the local markets, etc. are the highlights of this wonderful place.
Whether you are traveling with your friends for your bachelorette or visiting Goa solo for some peace and tranquility, this place has many facets and you can surely explore the best of both the worlds. The hospitality of Goa, too, is admirable. The five-star hotels, private villas, hostels, etc. are the places where you can stay comfortable in all kinds of budgets. Goa is also famous for Sunburn- an annual music festival that gathers all the music maniacs under one roof.
Goa's numerous places and spots to visit

Beaches:

North Goa beaches 
Pernem Province
1. Querim Beach 2. Kalacha Beach 3. Arambol Beach 4.Mandrem Beach 5. Ashvem Beach 6. Morjim Beach
 
Bardez province
1. Chapora Beach 2. Vagator Beach 3. Ozran Beach 4. Anjuna Beach 5. Baga Beach 6.Calangute Beach 7. Candolim Beach 8. Sinquerim Beach 9. Coco Beach 10. Kegdole Beach

Tiswadi Province
1. Miramar Beach 2. Caranzalem Beach 3. Dona Paula Beach 4. Vaiguinim Beach 5. Bambolim Beach 6. Siridao Beach

Beaches in South Goa
Mormugao Province
1. Bogmalo Beach 2. Baina Beach 3. Hansa Beach 4. Hollant Beach 5. Cansaulim Beach 6. Velsao Beach

Salcete Province
1. Arossim Beach 2. Utorda Beach 3.Majorda Beach 4. Betalbatim Beach 5. Colva Beach 6. Sernabatim Beach 7. Benaulim Beach 8. Varca Beach 9. Cavelossim Beach 10. Mobor Beach 11. Betul Beach
 
Quepem Province
1. Canaiguinim Beach

Canacona Province
1. Cabo de rama Beach 2. Kakolem Beach 3. Dharvalem Beach 4. Cola Beach 5. Agonda Beach 6. Palolem Beach 7. Patnem Beach 8. Rajbag Beach 9. Talpona Beach 10. Galgibag Beach 11. Polem Beach

Wildlife:
1. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary 2. Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park 3. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary 4. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary 5. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary 6. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary 

Museums
There are several museums located in Goa: 
  1. Goa State Museum for preserving Goan History and Culture. Located in Panaji.
  2. Naval Aviation Museum near Dabolim
  3. Goa Science Centre in Panaji for Science and Astronomy.
  4. Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery in Old Goa 
  5. Museum of Christian Art for centuries old paintings, sculptures and religious silverware dating back to the 16th century.
  6. Ancestral Goa' in Loutolim.
  7. Museum of Goa in Pilerne, for Goan history and culture through modern art.
  8. Big Foot Cross Museum in Loutolim for collection of crosses, from all over the world.
  9. Pilar Museum on the Pilar hillock now preserved in the seminary museum.[18]
  10. Wax World Museum in Old Goa contains exquisite wax statues.
  11. Goa Chitra, an ethnographic museum in Benaulim for traditional Goan farming implements and other Goan antiques.
 
Heritage Homes:
heritage homes are also big tourist attraction in Goa which were built in around 450 years of Portuguese colonial rule. Some palatial homes are now converted into hotels and  many are  with the people. Following are some popular heritage homes in Goa:
  1. The Fernandes house, also known as 'Voddlem Ghor' in Cotta is an architectural marvel in Chandor.
  2. The Menezes Bragança House in Chandor was built circa 1730. It was once owned by Luís de Menezes Bragança, Tristão de Bragança Cunha, Beatriz de Menezes Bragança, and her sister Berta Menezes Bragança.
  3. The Vivian Coutinho House in Fatorda is among the few Goan houses with decorative Azulejo tiles.
Forts:
Out of several forts in Goa some main old forts are: 
1. Fort Tiracol 2. Fort Aguada 3.Chapora Fort
Best chosen places and spots

Visiting Goa means coming back with ample memories. There are a number of spots for tourist interest as above.  Out of above, the following are the best chosen places and top tourist spots of Goa state that are worth exploring:

Townships and nearby
Panjim

​Nearest Airport - 
Goa International Airport
1874 Kms from New Delhi


Panjim is the capital city of Goa. Unlike the other capital cities, Panjim is all about peace and tranquility. As you start exploring this place, you will realize that many hidden gems are located in Panjim. The whole city has a Portuguese style setting. Thus, being a connoisseur of architecture, you are surely going to love the concrete structures, red roofs, promenades, as well as churches of Panjim. Land directly to the capital city as it boasts an international airport; rest in the best hotels as Panjim doesn’t disappoint you in terms of hospitality.
 
The best thing about this city is that it is a combination of liveliness and peace at the same time. Apart from exploring the Goan nightlife at the different clubs and restaurants, you can also explore the places of cultural importance in the city. Some of the most sought-after tourist attractions of Panjim include Basilica of Bom Jesus, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Goa State Museum. You can have a gala time with your family or friends at the Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach, Bambolim Beach, etc.
Mapusa 

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
15 Kms from Panjim (north)


Mapusa is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Panjim. This place is a commercialized town but it also entertains a lot of attractions and spots for the tourists. This place has proximity to all the amazing 
Goa beaches and it also serves a transit center for all the tourists who are visiting north Goa. This is the same place that hosts the much sought-after Friday Market where all the shopaholics can shop their hearts out.
 
The Portuguese style setting of the architecture of Mapusa will enchant all the art-lovers. The historical monuments and forts will give you an insight into Goa history and culture. You can explore places such as Shree Dev Bodgeshwar Temple, Shri Kalika Temple, Church of Our Lady of Miracles, and others in Mapusa. The Friday Market lets you shop for everything under one roof.
Vasco De Gama

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
30 Kms from Panjim (south)


The cultural heritage of Vasco De Gama is going to fascinate any person who visits Goa to explore its culture and history in the first place. This place rests on the peninsular tip of the beautiful River Zuari. The natural harbors of this town provide peace and tranquility to all the tourists who want to explore the other side of Goa. There are many beautiful hidden treasures in Vasco De Gama that even a solo traveler would love to explore.

 
The closest airport to this town is Goa International Airport, located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Vasco De Gama. You can also reach here by rail or road, depending upon your preference. Bagmalo Beach is where you can relax your heart out, sunbathe, and eat local Goan cuisines to your heart’s content. Another place that you must visit while in Vasco De Gama is the Japanese Garden that is unperturbed by plastic waste. The stunning view of the Arabian Sea is where you can click several photos. The Naval Aviation Museum will give you information about the Naval arms and the evolution of air and naval forces.
Calangute

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
15 Kms from Panjim (north west)


Calangute is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Panjim. This place has the largest beach in North Goa. Calangute Beach is where you can relax by the shack, sun-bathe, engage in different water sports, and taste some amazing local cuisines. This beach is referred to as the ‘Queen of the Beaches’. Thus, your attendance here should be a must. The nightlife of Calangute is another reason to visit this city. There are many clubs and pubs where you can drink like fish and dance like no one’s watching.

 
Calangute is a nature-friendly Goan town that is also known for hosting local Goan markets where you can shop for spices, coconut oil, cashews, as well as artifacts. Baga Beach is another famous beach that is located nearby. If you are not a beach person, you can visit the beautiful Fort Aguada. This light-house was constructed in the 17th century and it still holds an important place where you can learn about Goan history. Kerkar Art Complex is another place to visit for all art lovers.
Margao

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
35 Kms from Panjim (south)


Margao, also known as Madgaon, is the cultural hub of Goa. It is also touted as the commercial capital of Goa. This is a quiet city resting on the banks of River Sal. Margao is the oldest settlements of the 
Goa state. Before it was invaded by the Portuguese, this place happened to be the land with nine monastic endowments of the Hindus. Thus, it is evident that you will spot many temples when you explore this town.
 
Colva Beach is a famous beach of Margao which is mainly known for its white powdery sand. You can make the most of the many activities at this beach, including water sports. There are sea shacks, bars, restaurants, pubs, and everything else to entertain you throughout your time at Colva Beach. The Church of Holy Spirit is another tourist attraction of the place. Shri Damodar Temple is where you can seek blessings and find peace.
Spots
Dudhsagar Falls

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
76 Kms from Panjim (east)


Dudhsagar Falls is touted as one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. This tourist spot is situated inside the Mollem National Park. The location itself is very majestic and it is going to make you fall in love with the same. Dudhsagar Falls translates into the Sea of Milk. The height of this waterfall is 310 meters and it is divided into four tiers. If you see it from afar, it will appear like a rush of milk.
 
You can reach here by your private vehicle. You can also take a train journey to visit this majestic tourist spot. The popular Dudhsagar Railway track is located close to this area where you can participate in trekking as well. It is important to mention that this place remains closed during Monsoon.
Anjuna Beach 

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
21 Kms from Panjim (north west)


Anjuna beach is one of the most sought-after 
beaches in Goa. This beach is located at a distance of 21 kilometers from Panjim and stretches around 2 kilometers. This place is a paradise for hippies and is defined by its rocky structure. Apart from the beautiful view of the beach, many other activities can also be perceived here. You can make the most of the nightlife at Anjuna beach. This place also hosts amazing full-moon parties.
 
The beach shacks are where you can laze around throughout the day. If you cannot resist your adrenaline rush, you can participate in many water sports for a fun-filled experience. The flea market is where you can shop for different gifts and souvenirs for yourself and your family. Anjuna is a charming beach and you must not skip visiting the same.
Chapora Fort

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
24 Kms from Panjim (north west)


Located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Mapusa, Chapora Fort became famous after a scene from the movie Dil Chahta Hai has was shot here. This place has a long and charming history. This scintillating escape is where you can visit with your friends and click pictures in the signature style as depicted in the movie.

 
Chapora Fort oversees the beautiful Chapora river. Interestingly, it was built by a Muslim ruler called Adil Shah. Afterward, it was reconstructed by the Portuguese who renamed it Chapora after the river. You can visit the nearby Vagator beach after exploring this fort and spending some time. Reaching the top of this fort is a difficult 10-minute climb.
Butterfly Conservatory of Goa

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
28 Kms from Panjim (east)


This butterfly sanctuary and garden is located in the Goa district of Ponda, and spreads more than 4000 square meters in area. This is the best place to be in for all the nature-lovers as it offers a peaceful and soothing environment amidst the presence of colorful butterflies that will fill you with awe.
 
The Butterfly Pub is the major attraction of this place. It is a mud-puddling spot of the male species. This is where all the butterflies gather to absorb nutrients before they start mating with their partners. The Mystic Wood park in this area is well-maintained by all the nature-lovers where you can stroll around and explore the beautiful and enchanting bounties of nature.
Shri Mahadev Temple at Tambdi Surla

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
66 Kms from Panjim (east)


One of the oldest temples in Goa where you can seek blessings of Lord Shiva is the Shri Mahadeva Temple. This temple is situated in Tambdi Surla and holds a place of extreme importance for all the believers of Lord Shiva. This monument is beautifully constructed in basalt rocks. The carvings made on the walls of the temple are worth all the hype and admiration.
 
Apart from a Shiva Linga mounted on the raised pedestal, you will also find a headless statue of Nandi that is further flanked by four columns. Many tales and trivia make rounds around the locals regarding this temple. It is also believed that a gigantic King Cobra sits permanently near the Shiva Linga in this temple.
Church Of St. Augustine

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
10 Kms from Panjim (east)


Church of St. Augustine is another tourist spot that you must visit on your trip to Goa. This place is a ruined church complex. Once upon a time, it used to be the biggest church in the state. This place is located in Old Goa. Thus, you can also explore the beautiful architecture and the streets of Old Goa upon visiting this area.
 
The ruins are beautiful and tell you a lot about Goa history. The tower of this church is dilapidated but it still looks beautiful. This is the place where you can sit for hours if you have a good company in tow. Moreover, if you are a fiend of ruin sites and archaeology, you must visit this church for sure.
Savoi Spice Plantation

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
27 Kms from Panjim (east)


This 40-hectare organic farm is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Ponda. It has been established by Mr. Shetye. Savoi Spice Plantation is a gorgeously-maintained farm that is flanked by a beautiful plantation of spices. Interestingly, this place is 200-years old and yet it retains its beauty, charm, and of course, the greenery.

You can take a guided tour of the intercrop plantation in this area to further relish upon some authentic Goan dishes at the Sadauli Restaurant. The best way to reach this beautiful and natural spot is by your private transport.
Reis Magos Fort

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
15 Kms from Panjim (north west)


All the history fiends who want to dig deep into the history of Goa must visit the amazing Reis Magos fort. This fort is the oldest fort of Goa and rests on the banks of the River Bardez across the capital city. It was constructed in the 15th century by the Portuguese. The fort was a defense fortress that was later converted into a jail. Afterward, it was reconverted into a hospital. This place is a ruined fort set amidst the beautiful Goan scenery of waters and palm trees.
 
The fort was neglected initially and was finally restored and made open to the public in the year 2012. This fort has beautiful reddish walls that are visible from afar. Reis Magos Fort has been listed under the Goa Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains. This is the place that hosts displays, exhibitions, performances, festivals, and fairs regularly for all the locals as well as tourists. All these events are hosted to promote Goan culture.
 
Reis Magos Fort has four galleries namely, Art Gallery, Freedom Fighter’s Gallery, Gunloops, and History and Restoration Hall. The architecture of this place is a combination of Indian and Goan style. The gorgeous panoramic view offered by this tourist spot is treasured by one and all.
Arvalem Waterfalls

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
32 Kms from Panjim (east)


If you want to escape from the hustle-bustle and want to explore the real scenic beauty of Goa, Arvalem Waterfalls is the place to be in. This beautiful tourist spot is located in North Goa in Sanquelim. If you are staying in the capital city, the best route to reach this spot is from the Panjim Kadamba bus-station. The place forms a gigantic pool of water. On viewing, it appears as huge as a lake. This is one popular picnic spot among all the locals. The tourists, too, keep visiting here, especially during the Monsoon season.

 
A park has been developed by the government in the area along with protective railings. This has been done so that the tourists can get a better view of the falls without any danger or threat of falling into the waters. The aesthetic view of this place tempts you to click many pictures for your photo album or social media. The nearby Rudreshwar Temple is where you can offer prayers and seek blessings.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary 

Nearest Airport - Goa International Airport
71 Kms from Panjim (south east)

If you are staying near the Goa-Karnataka border while vacationing in Goa, you must take out some time to visit the beautiful Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. This natural habitat rests in the Western Ghats of India and stretches in an area of 240 square kilometers. This place is considered as the largest wildlife reserve of Goa. Thus, if you are a wildlife enthusiast, you must visit this place for sure.

 
Apart from being a natural habitat of wildlife, this place is home to the Mollem National Park, Dudhsagar Galls, Tambdi Surla Temple, Devil’s Canyon, and various other tourist attractions that can be explored altogether. This tourist spot is where you can stumble upon a variety of flora and fauna. Any nature-lover would want to spend hours sitting and admiring the beauty that this place is surrounded with. 
Goan culture, tourist spots, nightlife, beaches, local markets, and everything else make it a perfect getaway that can be visited throughout the year. You don’t need a mood to visit Goa. Just pack your bags randomly and escape to this paradise for adventures, peace, party, relaxation, and tranquillity. 
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<![CDATA[Tamilnadu - India: Top places to visit]]>Tue, 06 Oct 2020 10:21:18 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/tamilnadu-india-top-places-to-visitTamil Nadu is one of the most important southern states of India. Apart from being touted as one of the developed states of the country, Tamil Nadu maintains its popularity in terms of tourism as well. The state is absorbed in culture and traditions, which together serve as a highlight of tourism in Tamil Nadu. Furthermore, there a many beautiful and picturesque places to visit in this southern state where you will end up having a gala time.
Tamil Nadu culture speaks a lot about the state. Apart from being the epicenter of South Indian culture, Tamil Nadu is a place where all nature-lovers can escape to seek peace and tranquillity. Lush green landscapes, high mountains, picturesque hill stations, etc. are a few elements of Tamil Nadu tourism that you must not skip exploring.
Listed below are the best places to visit on your trip to Tamil Nadu:
Chennai

​Nearest airport - Chennai
2176 Kms from New Delhi


Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state and also one of the most developed cities in the country. In fact, Chennai is the most dynamic southern city that you will ever visit in south India. The traditional side of Chennai will allure you in the first place. There are many offerings for tourists here.
 
Chennai is quite popular among the tourists for its temples. There are many temples located here where you can seek blessings from your favourite deities. The British-era museums of Chennai will give you an introspection into the history of the city. Another highlight of this city for the tourists is the Marina Beach. Unlike the other beaches in India, this beach remains clean and well-maintained, thereby a must-visit spot. The skyline of the city is also popular for its towering skyscrapers. The Chennai International Airport is located at a distance of 7 km from the main city.
Salem

Nearest airport - Coimbatore
345 Kms from Chennai (south west)


Catch a glimpse of the picturesque and breath-taking natural beauty at Salem, one of the many popular cities of Tamil Nadu. The picturesque views offered by many natural spots will charm and calm your soul. Apart from the wonders of nature, Salem boasts many temples and holy shrines of religious importance. The famous Hindu temples such as Sugavaneshwar Temple, Kottai Mariamman Temple, ISKCON temple, etc. are where you can seek blessings and find the much-needed peace.

 
Apart from temples, Salem also has many important mosques and churches to mark your presence. Bangalore is situated only at 186 km away from Salem. This place has connectivity with other major cities of Tamil Nadu – Coimbatore and Chennai. Salem Airport is situated in Kaamalpuram (NH7) at a distance of 15 km from the city.
Yercaud

Nearest airport - Salem
366 Kms from Chennai 
(south-west)

Yercaud is a famous hill station of Tamil Nadu state that is snuggled in the great Shivaroy Hills. This place is surrounded by abundant greenery and there are many offerings of nature to explore in this small hill station. Yercaud is situated at a height of 4970 feet. You can experience nature in its most organic form by visiting this place.
 
The climate of Yercaud is very salubrious. This is one reason why many tourists get attracted to this hill station. It is also famous for its summer festival that is organized in the month of May. The festival is an ode to Lord Servarayan. You can take a glimpse of the rich heritage of this area by attending this festival. Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Yercaud, located at a distance of 230 km from the place.
Coimbatore

Nearest airport - Coimbatore
406 Kms from Chennai (south west)


Coimbatore is the second-largest city of Tamil Nadu state and is also termed as the Manchester of South India. This city rests on the banks of the river Noyyal and it boasts some of the most beautiful tourist attractions for you to check out. Ancient temples, majestic mountains, picturesque waterfalls, new buildings, etc. are some of the most important elements that together make this place a perfect getaway for family and friends.
 
Adiyogi Shiva Statue, the 112-feet tall statue of Lord Shiva stands in Coimbatore and happens to be one of the most important tourist attractions. Apart from exploring different temples and monuments, you can also participate in some adventure activities including trekking and camping in the city. The nearby attractions such as Vellari Mala, Dhoni Hills, Thalaiyar Fall trek, as well as Perumal Peak are the perfect spots to calm your adrenaline rush. The NH-47, NH-67, and NH-209 are the most convenient routes to enter this city.
Kodaikanal

Nearest airport - Madurai
529 Kms from Chennai (south west)


Another famous vacation spot for all the honeymooners in Tamil Nadu is Kodaikanal. This quaint town is known as the lakeside resort town of Tamil Nadu and it entertains a beautiful climate and cliffs covered in mist. This place rests amidst the famous Palani Hills at a height of 7200 feet above the level of the sea.

 
The slopes, the waterfalls, picturesque views, and many other elements together constitute the beauty of this mesmerizing hill-station. If you want to invite a break in your hectic lifestyle, this is the place to be in. Here you can connect with many bounties of nature and spend a gala time with your family and friends. The adventure junkies can have the time of their lives by strolling in the forests, participating in trekking, biking, hiking, and many other activities.
Coonoor 

Nearest airport - Coimbatore
539 Kms from Chennai (south west)


If you want to visit Tamil Nadu to admire its natural beauty, Coonoor is the place to be in. This is the second largest hill station on the Western Ghats and is situated only 19 km away from Ooty. There are many beautiful tourist attractions of this hill station that would steal your heart. The tea plantations, waterfalls, and panoramic views of many other places are a few of them.

 
Visit the Catherine Falls on your trip to Coonoor and capture the beautiful green view of the mighty Nilgiri Hills. This place is flanked by greenery from all around. You will never get tired of admiring its beautiful scenery. The Colonial Culture of Coonoor is another highlight of this place. There are heritage homes, hotels, and guest houses where you can comfort yourself. If you want to reach Coonoor by flight, Coimbatore Airport is the closest commute system.
Ooty 

Nearest airport - Coimbatore
555 Kms from Chennai 
(south-west)

Another soothing paradise that you can escape to in Tamil Nadu is Ooty. This place is one of the most sought-after destinations among the honeymooners who visit here to spend the most romantic time with their partners. The serene waterfalls, tea gardens, enchanting colonial architecture, country lanes, etc. are some of the highlights of this place.
 
The panoramic views of the mighty Nilgiri Mountains can be viewed from this hill station. The mountain view are one of the major tourist attractions in Ooty. The local markets are another point of attraction among all the shopaholics. Ooty is also touted in terms of its hospitality. A visit to Ooty during your Tamil Nadu excursion is a must.
Auroville

Nearest airport - Chennai
150 Kms from Chennai (south)


Auroville is located at a distance of 15 km from Pondicherry. Visiting this place would be an experience in itself. The history of Auroville is worth learning. It was founded in the year 1968 by the disciple of Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa. This place is where you can seek peace, away from the hustle-bustle of mundane lifestyle. You can visit the Auroville Ashram to gain information about everything related to the establishment of this quaint city.
 
Interestingly, Auroville is referred to as a Universal Town where people from everywhere in the world live together in a community despite their varied cultures, traditions, and rituals. It is believed that people from 195 nations together live in Auroville following the principle of harmony, peace, divine consciousness, and sustainability. This place has a touch of hippie culture that is going to attract the tourists for sure.
Chidambaram

Nearest airport - Chennai
215 Kms from Chennai (south)

Chidambaram is situated at a distance of 250 km from Chennai and happens to be a place of the cultural importance of 
Tamil Nadu State. The famous Lord Nataraja Temple is situated here, serving as one of the most important tourist attractions. This place is also famous for its chariot festival. Ever since its inception, Chidambaram has been a city of utmost religious importance.
 
The Dravidian style architecture of this place speaks volumes about the rich Dravidian influence and culture. There are beautiful temples that boast the same-style of architecture and if you have an eye for it, you will surely get smitten by the same. Pichavaram Backwater is another highlight located nearby the city. You can catch a glimpse of the chirping of beautiful little birds whilst soaking up the calm ambiance. Both the flora and fauna of this tourist spot will charm you.
Tiruchirappalli

Nearest airport - Tiruchrappalli
332 Kms from Chennai (south)


Admire the beauty of Dravidian temples at the best by visiting Tiruchirappalli. This city is also known as Trichy and is located at a distance of 320 km from Chennai. The city rests on the banks of Cauvery River and is a sweet amalgamation of old and new cultures. If you are a fiend of history, the site of Rockfort will allure you the most. This place is packed with beautiful cave temples.

 
Do not forget to attend the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival that takes place in the month of December in the Ranganathaswamy Temple. This temple is considered one of the largest temples in the world. This city also has a lot of offerings for all the shopaholics. You can explore the local markets and stumble into a variety of textiles, cigars, cheap diamonds, etc. Your historic encounter will become worth cherishing upon visiting this beautiful city.
Madurai

Nearest airport - Madurai
462 Kms from Chennai (south)


The cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, Madurai is where you can taste the south Indian culture at its best. This place is referred to as the Lotus City as it was built in the shape of a lotus. Meenakshi Amman Temple is the most famous tourist spot here which is dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi. Apart from this particular tourist attraction, there are many other ancient places of worship here including the famous Thiruparankundram.
 
Another highlight for the tourists in Madurai is its heritage walks that are conducted throughout the day. You can participate in these walks to learn about the heritage, culture, and traditions of this place. Madurai is also famous for its street food where you can gorge upon some of the most mouth-watering South-Indian cuisines. The buzzling bazaars are where you can shop for the local handicrafts and artifacts.
Rameshwaram 

Nearest airport - Madurai
558 Kms from Chennai (south)

One of the holiest places in India, Rameshwaram is in the state of Tamil Nadu and is located on a pristine island. The town is separated by the Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. If Hindu mythology is to be believed, Rameshwaram is the same place where Lord Rama created a bridge to Sri Lanka across the sea. This place is famous for its beautiful prakaras with gigantic sculpted pillars on either side. You must not skip visiting this site.

 
Another place to visit in the Rameshwaram Temple is the Ramanathanswamy Temple. Agniteertham is another tourist spot especially for the pilgrims who look forward to bathing in the sacred waters and performing prayers for their ancestors. Another temple, the five-faced Hanuman temple holds a very important place among the believers. This city doesn’t have an airline but its own railway station. The nearest airport is situated 142 km away from the main city. You can reach Rameshwaram by air from cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruchi, Madurai, and Mumbai.
Kanyakumari

​Nearest airport - Trivandrum (Kerala)
706 Kms from Chennai (south)


Kanyakumari is the only place in India that is surrounded by three seas – the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. This small coastal town is one of the most popular tourist places in Tamil Nadu. The coconut plantation, elevated hill patches, paddy fields, etc. form the highlight of Kanyakumari. This is the only place where you can spot the sunrise as well as sunset standing in the same place.
 
The beaches, temples, as well as waterfalls of Kanyakumari, are top attractions of the city. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Temple, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Statue of the Poet Thiruvalluvar, Gandhi Memorial, as well as Vattakottai Fort are some of the most popular places here. Do not skip your visit to the Courtallam and Thirparappu Falls to spot the wonders of nature. Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest mode of commute to Kanyakumari.
Kanchipuram 

Nearest airport - Chennai
75 Kms from Chennai (west)

This city is also called as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples. Kanchipuram is a place of religious importance. There are many temples where you can offer prayers and seek blessings from your favorite gods and goddesses. If you are interested in Hinduism and want to dig deeper into its history, visit this city and you will be imbibed with a lot of learnings on the subject. Kanchi Mutt is a beautiful spot of the city that South Indian classical music events in the evenings. Any music lover would love the ambiance created by the concerts at this place.

 
The temples such as Kanchi Kamakshi Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambeshwarar Temple are some of the major tourist spots that host crowds of people who come here to offer prayers on certain events. All these temples also represent architectural marvel. Thus, if you are a connoisseur of architecture, adding Kanchipuram to your bucket list is a good idea. For all the shopaholics, this is the same place that exports the finest Kanchipuram sarees throughout the country, and you can take all your favorites back home. The nearest mode of commute to Kanchipuram is the Chennai Airport, located at a distance of 53 km from the city.
Vellore 

Nearest airport - Chennai
138 Kms from Chennai (west)


Vellore is one of the oldest cities of Tamil Nadu that is located in the north-eastern part of the state on the banks of the river Palar Vellore. The beautiful Vellore Fort is the most popular tourist attraction in the city. You can take a tour of this fort and learn about its history and heritage. Vellore is imbibed in the rich cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu and its temples are proof of the same.

 
The Ratnagiri Temple and Roman Catholic Diocese are other important places that might attract the tourists at large. The markets of Vellore, too, are very popular, especially when it comes to buying leather. Thus, you can take away home some of the finest accessories of leather at the best prices. The architecture of the city depicts many stories about the ancient Rashtrakuta, Vijaynagara, and British who ruled here for a long time. Abdullapuram has the nearest airport when it comes to reaching Vellore by air.
Tamil Nadu is a beautiful representation of South Indian culture as well as South Indian natural bounties. All the tourist spots of this state are glorious in terms of their history and abundant in terms of their natural offerings. The tempting South Indian cuisine at the local restaurants of this state will make you crave for it even more. Tamil Nadu is all about good vibes and your visit to this state should be a must!
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<![CDATA[Karnataka, India: Amazing Destinations to Visit]]>Sun, 27 Sep 2020 18:52:29 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/karnataka-india-amazing-destinations-to-visitWhen it comes to the top tourist states of India, the mention of Karnataka is a must. This is because this southern state has a lot to offer. Its diverse geography, as well as landscape together make it a top-notch tourist destination for tourists of all kinds. There are beautiful locations and landmarks throughout Karnataka, and you can just never get enough of the same.
Karnataka rests in the middle of the Kannada Coast, Western Ghats, and Deccan Plateau. This state has beaches, waterfalls, coastal areas, forests, coffee plantations, lakes, and various other offerings of nature. Karnataka is a highly-developed state and the cosmopolitan areas of this place, too, offer a beautiful vacation experience to the tourists including amazing food, nightlife, admirable hospitality, etc.
Karnataka tourism brings everything at one place for all the tourists and travelers who long to escape to some of the most beautiful, peaceful, and charming locations for leisure, pleasure, and extreme relaxation. Here are the best places of Karnataka state that you must explore:
Bangalore

Nearest airport - Bangalore
2143 Kms from New Delhi


 
The Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, also happens to be the capital city of Karnataka. This cosmopolitan city is loved by one and all as it boasts pleasant weather, calm lakes, beautiful parks, and a lot more. You can make the most of the city life here in Bangalore by visiting the clubs, fancy restaurants, shopping malls, etc. Relish upon the tastiest south-Indian cuisines and you will ask for more.
 
The most famous spots of Bangalore are the beautiful Cubbon Park, botanical gardens of Lalbagh, Hard Rock Café, and many others. Jog Falls, the tallest waterfall of the country is located nearby Bangalore. Thus, once you are done touring the city, your trip to this incredible tourist spot is a must. Another center of attraction that you must visit is Nandi Hills that is situated only 60 km away from the city. You can also dig deep into Karnataka culture by exploring the older parts of the city like J.P. Nagar and Jayanagar. 
Chikmagalur

Nearest airport - Mangalore
243 Kms from Bangalore


Chikmagalur is addressed as the ‘Coffee land of Karnataka’. This place is a fascinating hill-station of Karnataka state where you can have the time of your life exploring the hidden mountains, coffee plantations, lush green forests, as well as a tranquil environment. Interestingly, this place happens to be the largest coffee producer in the country. Thus, you can take back good-quality coffee for your family and friends.
 
A home-stay within the coffee-plantations of Chikamagalur will offer you unique stay experience. Besides this, the town also happens to be a famous trekking spot as there is a multitude of trekking trails such as the Kemmanagundi trek, Mullayangiri trek, etc. You can also visit the nearby Manikyadhara Falls and Kallathigiri Falls after exploring Chikmagalur till your heart’s content.
Coorg

Nearest airport - Mangalore
268 Kms from Bangalore


Coorg is a beautiful hill-station of Karnataka that dwells upon the mighty mountains of the state. This is the place for all the nature-lovers and if you are tired of the monotony of life and robotic lifestyle, escape to this beautiful place. This hill station is the most popular hill-station of Karnataka that is known for its hospitality. You can book your rooms in some of the most elite resorts for a comfortable stay.
 
The exotic scenery and enchanting greenery of Coorg will steal your heart. The forests are covered in hills. There are extensive spice and coffee plantations all over this place. Explore nature at its best in Coorg. You can further extend your trip to visit nearby places such as Sommwarpet, Virajpet, Gonikoppal, and Kushalnagar. Mangalore International Airport is the nearest to this place – 111 km. Coorg is also well-connected by road to all the major cities of south India.
Mysore

Nearest airport - Bangalore
144 Kms from Bangalore


Another sought-after destination that you must cover while touring Karnataka state is Mysore. The regal city is also addressed as the City of Palaces. If you are a history fanatic, you will take back home learnings about the royal heritage of Mysore that is worth knowing. This place is also known for its intricate architecture and the beautiful palaces here are proof of the same.
 
There are many things that can be looked forward to while you are exploring Mysore – the rich heritage, yoga centers, markets full of silk sarees, and sandalwood. The highlight of the city is the grand Mysore Palace that has also been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
The Ashtanga School of Yoga is another popular tourist spot of Mysore that attracts a lot of visitors to participate in the Yoga activities carried out here. The nearby attractions of Mysore too are very popular among the tourists. Do not forget to visit the Zoological gardens, Chamundeshwari Temple, Srirangapatna, as well as Chumundi Hills Bull Statue on your Mysore excursion.
Kemmannagundi

Nearest airport - Mangalore
273 Kms from Bangalore


Kemmannagundi is a beautiful hill-station of Karnataka that is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and beautiful views. This place has the tallest peak of the state, Mullayanagiri. Being a nature lover and adventure enthusiast, you can participate in many activities that this small town hosts for you. Nature walks, trekking, picnics, etc. are some of the most common activities perceived by the locals and tourists alike.
 
Visit the Royal Horticulture Society of Karnataka and take a sight of some of the most alluring gardens. Other places of attractions at Kemmannagundi include the Z point, Rock Garden, Hebbe Falls, Bababudan Hills, Kalahasti Falls, and Shive Temple. The small caves located around the city will thrill you for sure. The nearest airport to this hill station is the Mangalore airport. You can also reach here by train as the closest railway station is Tarikere station – 35 km away.
Mangalore

Nearest airport - Mangalore
352 Kms from Bangalore


Mangalore finds its home between the Western Ghats and the Arabian sea. In terms of tourism, Mangalore is hyped for its pristine beaches, beautiful temple architecture, coconut palms, and other features. Apart from hosting tourism, this Karnataka city is also considered as an important commercial, industrial, educational as well as healthcare center.
 
You can travel to this city to escape from the hustle-bustle of daily life and indulge yourself in some of the most leisure-driven activities. Soak in the sun at the beautiful beaches or visit the temples, churches, and mosques to seek blessings – the city of Mangalore has got you covered in both the cases. The major places of attraction in Mangalore include Panambur Beach, Pilikula Nisargadhama, Mangaladevi Temple, Kurdoli Temple, etc. This place is accessible by all the commute systems. It has an international airport, railway station, and proper road connectivity for the tourists at large.
Udupi

Nearest airport - Mangalore
404 Kms from Bangalore


Udupi is a famous Karnataka coastal town. If you are a vegetarian and want to taste the vegetarian South Indian cuisine, you will find solace in this place. The ancient temples serve a popular tourist destination where you can seek blessings and admire the intricate ancient architecture. Udupi also boasts some of the quaintest beaches, unexplored dense forests, and monuments to check out.
 
Udupi is flanked by the Arabian Sea on one side as well as the Western Ghats on the other. The pilgrims can visit the famous Krishna Temple and offer their prayers. Malpe Beach is another popular destination of the town. This beach has shacks where you can relax whilst watching the sea-waves. You can also indulge in adventure sports. Mangalore airport is the nearest to Udupi – 60 km away. You can further take the NH66 if you want to reach here by road.
Gokrana

Nearest airport - Goa (in Goa state)
483 Kms from Bangalore


Another popular Karnataka tourist spot that you must cover while vacationing in the state is Gokarna. This place is laden by stunning landscapes and pristine beaches. Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage, and lately, it has become a go-to destination for all the beach-lovers. The sanctity and relaxation offered by this place are simply unbeatable. The beautiful Kudle Beach and Om Beach are where you can relax, sunbathe, and take part in adventure sports.
 
There is a temple at Murudeshwar Beach and you can seek blessings at the temple after relaxing at the beach. You can also visit the Maha Ganpati temple as well as Koti Tirtha that is touted as a pious lake for the Hindus. Gokarna has the nearest connectivity with Dabolim Airport. Hence, your visit to Goa can also take you to this one-of-a-kind place.
Devbag

Nearest airport - Goa
514 Kms from Bangalore


Devbagh: 
Picture perfect backgrounds, crystal clear waters, high mountains, as well as lush greenery together define the island of Devbagh where you can escape with your family or friends for a wonderful vacation. This place is situated only 2 km away from southern Goa. This beach town is famous for its local cuisines, sunset views, as well as water sports. There are fine jungle lodges and beach resorts for a comfortable stay.
 
This place sits in the lap of nature and any nature-lover will get smitten by this beautiful island. The famous tourist spots in Devbagh include Shejjeswar Temple and Narasimha Temple where you can offer prayers. There is a beautiful lighthouse where you can spend calm evenings with your loved ones. Do not skip traveling to this hidden gem of Karnataka. You can access it easily by all three modes of transport.
Hampi

Nearest airport - Bangalore
342 Kms from Bangalore


The city of ruins, Hampi, has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it remains a popular spot among the youth. If you have a taste for history, you will never get enough of this place. It is because Hampi is flanked by 500 historic monuments, temples, buildings, and whatnot! The bustling street markets are where you can shop for some of the most nominal handicrafts, artifacts, hippie apparel, and many other things.
 
While touring Hampi, do not skip visiting the beautiful Virupaksha temple that has been dedicated to the patron deity of the reigning empire. The bazaars of Hampi turn into the liveliest place during Hampi Utsav. The nearest airport to this place is situated in Bellary – 60 km. Hampi is well-connected to other airports as well.
Karnataka culture, its quaint beauty, its local life, as well as history – you can explore everything by visiting the above-mentioned destinations of Karnataka state. This beautiful and quaint town is simple yet very aesthetic. Come fall in love with the natural landscapes and beautiful architecture of Karnataka. Plan a trip with your loved ones super soon. 
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<![CDATA[Kerala, India - Gods own country - Top places to visit]]>Thu, 24 Sep 2020 19:04:11 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/kerala-india-gods-own-country-top-places-to-visit#kerala #godsownplace #india #keralatourism #trip
Kerala is addressed as ‘God’s own country’ and it certainly justifies the given title. The beautiful tropical beauty, Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. This coastal state has everything that any peace-lover seeks while planning for a vacation – the beautiful greenery, exotic backwaters, fascinating culture, and whatnot. There are beaches mountains, adventure, heritage, culture, wildlife, and many other elements that make Kerala state popular in terms of tourism.

Kerala tourism is popular throughout the world. Every year, thousands of tourists visit Kerala to taste its amazing culture, explore its hidden treasures, and soak in time full of peace and tranquility. From being a sought-after honeymoon destination to the most-preferred destination for a family vacation, Kerala is a must-visit place.
Here are the top places of Kerala that you must add in your itinerary while planning your vacation:
Trivandrum 

Nearest Airport - Trivandrum
2833 Kms from New Delhi


Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala and is the combination of stunning heritage as well as a colonial legacy. This city is built upon 7 hills. Trivandrum successfully preserves its old-world charm and you will surely unveil this as you start exploring this metropolitan cum tourist spot. There are beautiful temples, palaces, beaches, and museums where you must mark your presence.
 
The Padmanabhaswamy temple is a must-visit temple of the city. Other famous temples of Trivandrum include the Attukal Bhagwati Temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, Aazhimala Siva temple, and many others. The famous Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is where you can have a dose of Kerala history and culture. Another place to excite all the history fanatics is the Kanakunna Palace. The quaint cafes and restaurants of Trivandrum are where you can taste the authentic Kerala food. As Trivandrum has its own airport – domestic and international, reaching here is no hassle.
Kovalam 

Nearest Airport - Trivandrum
18 Kms from Trivandrum


Kovalam is a coastal town of Kerala that is most famous for its Ayurvedic treatments, massages, and activities such as yoga and meditation. Thus, if you are planning to escape to Kerala to witness a dose of rejuvenation, this is the place to be in. Kovalam is situated 13 km away from the capital city, Trivandrum. Hence, you can drive down to this town without a hassle.
 
Apart from pampering yourself at the beautiful resorts and meditation centers of Kovalam, you can explore the amazing local markets and shop for a variety of things including the rich spices, handicrafts, wooden statutes, and much more. You can also entertain yourself with the many adventure sports hosted at the beaches of Kovalam. Kovalam is a hidden treasure of Kerala.
Varkala

Nearest Airport - Trivandrum
42 Kms from Trivandrum


The coastal town of Varkala is situated in the southern part of Kerala. This place is known for its unique Northern Cliff that is located in the nearby Arabian Sea. If you want to taste some hippie culture, visit this place. The shacks, the coastal line, the beaches, and many other factors make this place a much sought-after destination of Kerala. Besides, the samadhi of saint Sree Narayan Guru is located in Varkala. Hence, you can mark your presence there as well.
 
As you begin to explore Varkala, you will come across some of the most beautiful tourist spots such as pristine beaches, forts, hills, lakes, lighthouses, natural fisheries, etc. Pamper yourself with some Ayurvedic spas at the affordable resorts. You can also stay at the hostels of Varkala for a straightforward hippie experience.
Alleppey 

Nearest Airport - Kochi
146 Kms from Trivandrum


If you are seeking tranquillity away from the hustle-bustle of your daily hectic lifestyle, Alleppey is the best place to be in. In fact, you can even take a solo trip to this beautiful place and we assure you that you wouldn’t feel bored or left out. This is because Alleppey has a lot to offer. The scintillating beaches, peaceful backwaters, as well as lagoons together, make this place Venice of the East.
 
Commercially, the city is popular for its extensive network of interlinking. Apart from this, Alleppey is also known for its houseboat cruises and if you wish to have any houseboat experience, your visit to the city is a must. Book your room in an Ayurvedic resort and rejuvenate your body with the amazing Ayurvedic therapies carried out here. Visit Alleppey Beach and know about its glorious history. You can also walk down the 137-year old pier while strolling at the beach. Kochi Airport is the nearest commute to Alleppey and is situated only 57 km away from the main city.
Kottayam

Nearest Airport - Kochi
146 Kms from Trivandrum


Kottayam is the ancient Kerala town that rests on the hilltop flanked by the Vembanad Lake and the Western Ghats. This place is rich in terms of its culture and is home to natural beauty. Kottayam is popularly known as the Akshara Nagari of Kerala as it is home to many publishing houses and print media.
 
The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is where you can do early morning safari to spot some beautiful chirping birds. You can further visit numerous temples of the city such as Vaikom Mahadev Temple and Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple. The local markets of Kottayam are where you will stumble upon the beautiful traditional sarees as well as relish upon the local Kerala cuisine. Other places of attraction in and near Kottayam include Vembanad Lake, Marmala Waterfalls, Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, and Parel Syro Church. Kottayam is only 47 km away from Kochi Airport.
Kumarakom

Nearest Airport - Kochi
158 Kms from Trivandrum


Kumarakom: 
Kumarakom is situated 16 km from Kottayam. Thus, you can extend your trip and reach nearby Kumarakom for rejuvenation, tranquility, and much more. This place is located on the banks of the largest lake in Kerala, Vembanad Lake. Interestingly, Kumarakom is a group of many little manmade islands.
 
The backwaters, paddy fields, tempting local cuisines, culture of fishing, traditional rice barges, houseboats, etc. are the highlights of this place. You can find many budget and luxury resorts at Kumarakom for a comfortable stay. Visit the famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and spot some beautiful migratory birds. You can reach Kumarakom by flight as the nearest airport to the city is in Cochin. Kumarakom is also connected by road from cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Kottayam, and Mangalore.
Sabarimala 

Nearest Airport - Kochi
166 Kms (Pamba) from Trivandrum then 5.1 Kms by walk on hills from Pamba


Sabarimala is known as ‘India’s own Mecca’. This is because over 30 million pilgrims visit the Sabarimala temple making it the largest destination of pilgrimage in the country. Sabarimala is situated inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Pathanamthitta, a Kerala district. This place is surrounded by many Hindu temples each of which carries its own significance. The traditions at this place are a combination of Vaishnavism, Shaktism, Shaivism, and other traditions.
 
The temple is located between eighteen hills and is further flanked by the dense forests. Hence, reaching this town is a thrilling experience itself. After seeking blessings at the different temples in Sabarimala, you can trek up the mountains from Plapalli to Aangaamuzhi to Muzhiyaar. Sabarimala doesn’t have an airport of its own. You can drive down to the town from the Kochi or Trivandrum airports respectively. The railway connectivity includes places such as Ernakulam, Kottayam, and Chenganur.
Kochi 

Nearest Airport - Kochi
199 Kms from Trivandrum


Kochi: Cochin or Kochi is a commercial port city of Kerala. It is also addressed as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Apart from being a cosmopolitan and industrial capital of Kerala, Kochi has a lot to offer to the tourists as well. The beautiful art galleries are the best hideout for everyone who is a connoisseur of art. You can spend hours at the amazing art galleries of Kochi. The classic-contemporary amalgamation of this city makes it a perfect travel destination for everyone.
 
If you are a shopaholic, you can visit the Lulu Shopping Mall that is touted as the biggest shopping mall in India. Kochi also entertains a variety of heritage sites, temples, beaches, and forts to explore. The annual Biennale Festival hosted in the city is popular throughout the world. Here you can witness the spectacular Kathakali as well as Kalarippayattu performances by the skilled artists. Land in this beautiful city via Cochin International Airport as it is the easiest commute.
Idukki

Nearest Airport - Kochi
229 Kms from Trivandrum


Idukki is the most nature-laden Kerala district and any nature-lover is surely going to fall in love with this place at first sight. Half of the area of this district is covered with forest. If you decide to stay here, you will end up having an exotic experience. This place is known for its tea factories, dense forests, rubber plantations, beautiful bungalows, as well as wildlife sanctuaries.
 
There is an arch dam built across the Kuravan Kurathi mountain in Idukki that is known as the largest in the country. Alongside this, Anamudim the highest peak of India resting to the south of the Himalayas is also situated in Idukki. As a tea-lover, you can participate in drinking different varieties of teas. You can further engage in a boat ride, trekking, wildlife-related activities, and many others for fun and adventure. The easiest commute to reach Idukki is via Cochin International Airport (99 km from Idukki).
Munnar 

Nearest Airport - Kochi
266 Kms from Trivandrum


Munnar is a tropical paradise of Kerala. This beautiful hill station is located at a height of 1600 meters in the Western Ghats. There are many places and spots that make this place famous among the tourists, especially among the honeymooners. The tea estates, misty blankets, high peaks, and serene greenery are the highlights of this beautiful place.
 
Munnar is located on the banks of three rivers namely, Nallathanni, Madupetti, and Periavaru. Apart from admiring the lush green beauty of this hill station, you can also visit the popular Eravikulam National Park and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary to catch a glimpse of the wildlife present in the state. Munnar doesn’t have its own airport. But there are many mediums using which you can reach here. The nearest commute to Munnar is the Cochin International Airport that is located at a distance of 110 km from the hill station. The closest railway station to Munnar is Aluva that is the situation at a distance of 100 km respectively.
Thrissur

Nearest Airport - Kochi
275 Kms from Trivandrum


If you want to live 
Kerala culture at its best, Thrissur is the place that you must visit. This place is referred to as the cultural capital of Kerala and is popular for the beautiful classical performing arts of the city. What makes Thrissur a sought-after destination among all the travel enthusiasts are the world-famous Thrissur Pooram festival, Vadakkumnathan Temple, as well as its Onam celebrations.
 
This city has three temples of Lord Shiva and hence you can seek your blessings by visiting these temples. Other tourist attractions in the city include Kshetram Temple, Archaeology Museum, Tomb of Shakthan Thampuran, Heritage Garden, and Athirapally Falls. The shopping areas of the city sell the best spices, artifacts, coconut oil, and handicrafts; you can take home many souvenirs. While touring Thrissur, do not forget to visit the charismatic Kerala Kalamandapam Cultural Center. The nearest airport to this place is Kochi airport and you can drive down 67 km after landing in Kochi. You can also reach Thrissur by road as it has good connectivity with NH17, NH544 NH66, as well as NH47.
Kozhikode

Nearest Airport - Kochi
392 Kms from Trivandrum


The quaint location of Kozhikode is the first reason why you must visit this place during your excursion of Kerala state. There is the Arabian Sea on the west, Wayanad hills on the east, and this city is surrounded by beautiful beaches, historic sites, lush green countryside, and whatnot. This place is also known as the leading producer of spices and hence you can shop for the most organic spices from the local markets of the city.
 
Some of the most sought-after places to visit in Kozhikode include the gorgeous Tusharagiri waterfalls, Kappad Beach, Beypore Beach, etc. You can also check out the beautiful Sargaalaya Handicraft village and shop for the stunning local handicrafts and artifacts. Kozhikode is beautiful and quaint. It is well connected to some of the major cities of India such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Chennai, etc. via air.
Wayanad 

Nearest Airport - Kochi
454 Kms from Trivandrum


Wayanad is one of the most sought-after places if you want to make the most of Kerala tourism. The beautiful waterfalls, exotic wildlife, historical caves, remarkable hospitality at the resorts, and homestays together make it a go-to option for all the tourists. You are going to have the time of your life at Wayanad if you are a wildlife enthusiast as you can stumble upon many wild animals.
 
The Chembra Peak at Wayanad is a good trekking option and you can take a short trek to the highest peak at an altitude of 2,100 m. You will spot the beautiful Hridhayathadakam lake during your trek to the peak. This lake is a heart-shaped lake that never dries. Other places and spots that make this place famous among the tourists are Meenmutty waterfalls, Neelimala viewpoint, Edakkal caves, etc. The Calicut Airport is the nearest to Wayanad situated 61 km from the city.
Kannur

Nearest Airport - Kochi
489 Kms from Trivandrum


Kannur rests on the Malabar Coast of the state and is home to beautiful sightseeing options like monuments, beaches, ancient temples, picnic spots, and many others. This Kerala town embraces an ambience of the ancient colonial era. You can learn tales about the beautiful architectural monuments constructed by the British, Dutch, Portuguese, and the Mysore Sultanate.
 
The beautiful St. Angelo’s Fort is considered to be the best tourist attraction of this place. This is the place where you will learn a lot about Portuguese history. You can also visit the nearby town Talparamba that is home to two gorgeous temples namely, Trichambaram temple and Shri Rajarajeswara temple of Kerala. Gorge on the traditional and tasty Kerala food and witness the beautiful folk performance of Theyyam with your family and friends. Calicut has the nearest airport and is located only 82 km from Kannur.
Bekal

Nearest Airport - Mangalore (Karnataka)
574 Kms from Trivandrum


Beautiful forts, beaches, and backwaters together constitute the small town Bekal that is situated in the Kerala district called Kasargod. This place is home to the largest fortress of the state of Kerala and is considered as the primary landmark of Kasargod district. The beauty of Bekal is that this town is flanked by the Arabian Sea from three sides.
 
The major attractions of this town include the Kappil Beach, Nityanandashram Caves, and Chandragiri Fort. Bekal has easy connectivity with the Mangalore airport and you can also take a train from the nearby railway station in Kanhagad to reach here. As a history fanatic, you can learn a lot of Kerala culture by visiting the famous forts situated here. Do not skip staying a day at the houseboats.
The beauty of Kerala cannot be described in a few words. This place is truly God’s own country as it is surrounded by the beautiful greenery and picturesque natural spots that are the gifts of God to mankind. Kerala has culture, colours, peace, tranquillity, adventure, wildlife, and everything that makes your vacation the best experience of your life. Book your tickets now and visit the above-mentioned places in Kerala state. The hospitality of the state awaits. 
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<![CDATA[Gujarat - a vibrant state of India - most visited places]]>Sun, 20 Sep 2020 22:03:37 GMThttp://zinniatrip.com/travel/gujarat-a-vibrant-state-of-india-most-visited-places
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Gujarat – one of the most developed and cosmopolitan states of India also catches the attention of tourists for many reasons. You don’t need a particular season or time to visit this beautiful state. Every time you visit Gujarat, you are sure going to unveil the hidden places, the colorful surroundings, the local culture and traditions, and much more. This is the essence of Gujarat, and this is the reason why this state attracts tourism throughout the world.

The vibrant and colorful Gujarat state is known for its rich heritage, diverse culture, remarkable history, exotic wildlife, and unique food habits. From being a business hub for many people to a popular tourist destination – Gujarat offers everything for everyone. There are many places to see and visit in this beautiful state and you are surely going to go back with beautiful memories and a belly full of lip-smacking food.
Gujarat tourism speaks for itself. Listed below are some of the most popular tourist destinations that you must explore on your visit to Gujarat:
Ahmedabad 

Nearest Airport - Ahmedabad
935 Kms from New Delhi


Ahmedabad is the biggest metropolis of the Gujarat state. It is also considered as an educational hub, industrial hotspot, as well as a city that entertains a beautiful past. Ahmedabad rests beautifully on the banks of the Sabarmati River. It is known for its colourful culture, delicious food, and some of the most amazing tourist spots that you can explore endlessly.
 
The historic city of Ahmedabad has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city offers an easy commute. You can reach here by different mediums – roadways, railways, or airways. Its connectivity from the cities like Mumbai, Udaipur, and Indore makes it an accessible destination for road trips.
 
Ahmedabad has many temples to explore – Swaminarayan Temple is one of them. While touring the city, don’t miss visiting Sabarmati Ashram that carries strong historical importance. This place also happens to be a shopping hub for many shopaholics and buying colourful textiles such as bandhani heirloom, tie-and-dye, and other local artifacts is a must. 
Vadodara

Nearest Airport - Vadodara (Flights from Delhi)
111 Kms from
Ahmedabad

Another cosmopolitan city of Gujarat state that is equally known for its culture and tourism is Vadodara. This place is home to some beautiful displays of architecture, and if you have a taste for the same, you are going to love this city. Vadodara entertains a royal history as it happens to be the native place of Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III, hence, this place holds a strong historical background.
 
The Laxmi Vilas Palace is one of the most lavish places that you will run into while exploring Vadodara. The beautiful architecture of this place is one-of-a-kind. Call yourself lucky if you are visiting Vadodara during Navratri as this place hosts the biggest Dandiya fest, gathering people throughout the world. Vadodara is also known for its serene gardens, museums, and art galleries. Other places to not miss while exploring Vadodara are EME Temple, Iskon Temple, Baroda Museum, and Gandhinagar Gruh Town Hall.
 
Like Ahmedabad, Vadodara too offers great connectivity. You can take Shatabdi or Rajdhani Express to reach the city by train via Delhi and Mumbai. Many bus services, too, connect Vadodara to the major cities of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.
Surat

Nearest Airport - Surat
263 Kms from 
Ahmedabad

Surat is addressed as the ‘diamond city of India’. The city is a global diamond cutting center and is also considered a hub for textiles. Also referred to as the ‘city of flyovers’ Surat attracts tourists around the country for a majority of reasons. The colonial history and exotic wildlife of Surat are must explore. There are many temples and religious spots where you can mark your presence for much-needed solace and prosperity.
 
The most attractive tourist spots in Surat include Chintamani Jain Temple, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Museum, Sankat Mochan Temple, and the Godoliya area where you can relish upon lip-smacking street food. This city rests on the banks of river Tapti and provides a serene ambiance to all the peace-lovers. Don’t forget to visit the Vansda National Park to spot diverse wildlife.
Gandhinagar

Nearest Airport - Ahmedabad
27 Kms from 
Ahmedabad

Gandhinagar is the capital city of the state and is situated at a distance of 23 kilometers from Ahmedabad. Hence, you can extend your vacation of Ahmedabad by driving down to this city and exploring Gujarat culture at the best. The place offers a colorful and rich heritage. There are beautiful temples to explore such as Brahmani Temple, Hanumanji Temple, and Akshardham Temple.
 
This place offers a beautiful and serene environment to all the visitors. The Gandhi Ashram is where you can find peace and serenity and know about the struggles and national movement created by the father of the nation. The city also has a widespread handicraft as well as wood-carving industry. Thus, you can take home many souvenirs while shopping from the local markets.
 
You can enjoy activities such as birdwatching as well as boating at the Nal Sarovar Wetland Sanctuary and Thol Bird Sanctuary. Relish upon the local Gujarati cuisines such as dhokla, khandawa, fafda, and others – you are surely going to love it all.
Junagadh

Nearest Airport - Keshod
316 Kms from 
Ahmedabad via Rajkot

Another destination that you must add to your list while vacationing in the Gujarat state is Junagadh. This place was the capital of the Junagadh Princely State. This means you are going to explore some of the most beautiful and enchanting monuments while touring the city. The nearby tourist spot Girnar Hills gives you an amazing sight of nature as well as wildlife. This spot is home to the world-popular Gir National Park. Don’t get surprised when you spot many lions here.
 
Another sought-after destination to explore nearby Junagadh is the Sakkabaug Zoo and Wildlife Museum. Both these places serve a treat to all the wildlife enthusiasts. The fort at Uperkot is a beautiful tourist magnet that describes the rich architecture of Junagadh. Apart from visiting the wildlife attractions and other tourist spots, taking a stroll at the local markets of the city and buying the beautiful handicrafts of Junagadh is a must. The nearest airport to Junagadh is Rajkot (106.3 kilometers away). You can also take regular bus services to reach the city from places like Rajkot, Surat, and Ahmedabad.
Rajkot

Nearest Airport - Rajkot
215 Kms from 
Ahmedabad

Rajkot is a commercial Gujarat city. Hence, you will not spot many sightseeing options, but many commercial hubs to explore and shop from. The city is famous for its traditional snacks and sweets. Being a sweet tooth, you can gorge on a variety of preparations and relish them till your heart’s content. Also, try the staple ‘farsan’ and you will want more servings.
 
Rajkot is located halfway between Porbandar and Ahmedabad and is an ideal option for a one-day trip. This place is also very famous for its distinct Gujarati culture, silverwork, handicraft, and colorful Navratri celebrations. The famous tourist spots in the city include Jubilee Garden, Watson Museum, Lang Library, and Kaba Gandhi No Delo.
Kutch

Nearest Airport - Bhuj
376 Kms from 
Ahmedabad

Kutch: Gujarat tourism
 is incomplete without the mention of magnificent Kutch. This island resembles the shape of a tortoise and is a surreal place to get lost, away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life. This place becomes the liveliest during the winter season when the Rann Festival is organized. You can taste culture at its best when you visit Kutch between December and February. This is the time when you can take part in many adventurous activities including hot-air ballooning, camping, and watching colorful cultural programs.
 
Kutch is considered one of the largest Indian districts and it lies on the India-Pakistan border. It is famous for its beautiful embroidery work and crafts. The Flamingo Sanctuary and Wild Ass Sanctuary give you a dose of wildlife excursion. The nearby destination Bhuj can also be added to your itinerary along with the beautiful Mandvi beaches. Do not forget to visit the ancient town of Dholavira where you can dig deep into Gujarat history. Arrive at the Bhuj Airport and take a cab to reach Kutch as it is the most favorable option of commute.
Jamnagar

Nearest Airport - Jamnagar
304 Kms from 
Ahmedabad

If you want to know Gujarat history in the most proper way, plan a visit to Jamnagar. Every Gujarati mentions the importance of this city by pride. Jamnagar is referred as the ‘Jewel of Kathiawar’ also. The features such as beautiful lakes, ancient monuments, and structures, as well as the stunning coastline, make it popular among the tourists throughout the world.
 
The heir of Lord Krishna, Shri Ram Javal established the city of Jamnagar on the banks of the River Ragmatti and Nagmatti. Thus, this place holds religious importance among the people. The people who visit Jamnagar for its religious importance also cover the nearby-located Dwarka that is home to many religious spots and temples. They further seek blessings at the places such as Swaminarayan Temple, Aradhana Dham, Harsiddhi Temple, Bhidbhanjan Temple, Bale Hanuman Temple, and many other religious spots. Extend your trip to Jamnagar by taking an excursion to Marina National Park located nearby. Here you can spot the beautiful wildlife. Jamnagar is an accessible city. You can take an air journey from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Vadodara. You can also do a road trip to Jamnagar from Rajkot, Bhuj, Baroda, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai.
North Gujarat

Nearest Airport - Ahmedabad
0 to 200 Kms from Ahmedabad

The northern region of Gujarat is flanked by many places of cultural and religious importance. Gujarat is already touted as a famous pilgrimage and the pilgrims around the country visit here to seek blessings from their favorite Gods and Goddesses. The places such as Ambaji, Patan, Mehsana, Shamlaji, etc. happen to be of religious importance, especially for the Jain community.
 
Apart from this, north-eastern Gujarat is also surrounded by the mighty Aravalli Range and beautiful forests and undulating hills where you can seek peace and solace. North Gujarat is also popular for its Nawabi Heritage.
The colorful markets, rich culture and heritage, enchanting monuments, beautifully-constructed temples, and mouth-relishing delicacies are the features of this mesmerizing state. Gujarat is a perfect destination for a family vacation. Plan a visit to beautiful Gujarat and explore all its tourism spots. Each place has a story to tell. 
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