Month: June 2017

Kanyakumari – Southernmost Tip Of India

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Kanyakumari is the Southernmost tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu. At this very place, we get to see the union of three oceans Indian Ocean, Arabian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. It is mostly famous for religious purpose as most of the tourist come here to visit the famous and most ancient temple of Goddess Kanyakumari who prayed to Lord Shiva to be accepted as his wife.

How to get here?

Kanyakumari makes it for a very good road trip as you can visit many tourist locations on the way or in and around Kanyakumari. There is other mode of transports as well and its very well connected to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport by flight or by Train.

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Ferry that takes us to the Island!

Where to Stay?

Kanyakumari is crowded any time of the year, so try making an early booking or else you will have to settle in for not so popular hotels. Some hotels with good reviews are Sparsa Resort, The Seashore Hotel and Hotel Temple Citi.

Places to Visit

  • Swami Vivekananda Memorial: Its a belief that Swami Vivekananda swam to this rock and meditated in quest for enlightenment. For me this is one of the finest piece of architecture in India.IMG_7613
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue: Thiruvalluvar was a very well known poet in Tamil Nadu and this 133 feet tall stone sculpture was constructed in his memory.
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    Famous Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar Statue
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    Swami Vivekananda Memorial
  • Kumari Amman Temple: This is the most gorgeous looking goddess and everything about this goddess is so surreal but photography is not allowed in the temple.
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    Street leading to the temple!
  • Sunset Point: Its really worth taking that extra effort to get here early for a good view of Sunset, its simple the best sunset I have ever seen.IMG_3464
  • Thirparappu Falls: We did not get time to visit the falls but don’t miss it and make the same mistake as us.

Beauty of the world is what makes one a traveler!

Manitoulin Island – Lake Island of Canada

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As a kid did you ever draw a cute little house surrounded by trees, a stream flowing by the house, a garden in front, birds flying in the clear blue sky and you standing on the bridge admiring the beauty? Well, if you did and ever dreamed of picture coming into reality, visit Manitoulin island.

One word for this place is DREAMY, you can just keep driving around the Island without the urge to return back and you will easily get lost in the beauty. Calm, rejuvenating, peaceful, friendly and so different from rest of Ontario. No wonder the Ontario’s prettiest village Kagawong is located on this Island.

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How to Get there?

You can either reach the place by land or water. Our suggestion is take the sea and return by land. We took the Chi-Cheemaun from Tobermory to South Baymouth and drove back. Driving back from Manitoulin to Toronto would give you lot of opportunity to visit so many Provincial Parks on the way.

www.ontarioferries.com/Chi-cheemaun make early reservations.

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Where to Stay?

If you ask me, don’t look beyond Gordon’s Park. We visited Manitoulin as we wanted to visit Gordon Park’s dark night preserve to see the Milky Way and Northern Lights. This is just one of the places in Ontario which has dark night preserve and offers accommodation ranging from Star Gazing Cabins, Tipi Tenting, Milky Way Bunkie and B&B’s. Make sure to book in advance.

Visit www.gordonspark.com for more information.

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What is in stored for you?

  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Kagawong Village: Museum, Lighthouse and the don’t miss to visit the Chocolate Factory.
  • Cup and Saucer Trail: Make sure the trail is open and plan accordingly as these trails are closed at times.
  • Gordon’s Park, if you are not staying here make sure to attend their Astronomy Session.
  • Providence Bay Beach
  • If you are visiting in summer, make sure you visit during the First Nations Pow-wow dance contest. It’s also an opportunity to learn about their culture, language and history.IMG_9304

PS: Google Maps are no good here, so ask the friendly locals for direction.

It’s worth every minute spent on this Island rich in Culture, heritage and history. You will be amused how much knowledge you gain learning about Ontario and the locals who shared their land with each one of us.