Tamil Nadu Cities
(also spelt as Rameswaram) is a pilgrimage centre of nationwide importance, as
Rama is said to have worshipped Shiva here on his way back from SriLanka. The
temple is in the island of Rameshwaram, the Banares of the South , connected to
the mainland by a bridge. The deity here constitutes one of the 12 Jyotirlingas
of India. The Sacred Pilgrimage To Rameshwaram
A pilgrimage to Rameshwaram is among the important injunctions
laid on the Hindu from time immemorial. The great temple of Sri Ramanatha is connected
by tradition with Kashi. A pilgrimage to Kashi is not considered complete without
a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. In olden days groups of pilgrims, many of them quite
old, walked huge distances to the two temples, taking months and years, and some
failing to survive the rigours and dangers of such incredibly long journeys. Men
and women knew this cost might be exacted of them, but they repaid it cheerfully.
The Rameshwaram pilgrimage has long been a tradition in South India,
particularly in Tamil Nadu, and has passed into folklore. Many kings of old prided
themselves on having planted columns of victory in Rameshwaram-Krishna
the Rashtrakuta, in the 10th century; the Hoysala, Vishnuvardhana, in the 12th
century. How to get there ?
The nearest airport is at Madurai, at a distance of 154-km.
Rameshwaram is well connected by trains from all the major
cities of India. Road -
State transport buses are available from
the railway station to the various places in and around Rameshwaram. For local
transportation taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and tongas are available.
Also city bus service is available in the island.
(Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen
of hill stations' among the tourist circuits.
is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills
in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being
Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres. History
Of This Beautiful Hill Resort
It is believed that the name Nila,
has been in use for over 800 years since, the King of the Hoysalas Vishnu Vardhana,
who ruled from 1104 to 1141 AD seized the Nilgiris Plateau. His general Ponisia
recorded this fact in 1117 AD with mention of Todas. The name Nilgiri was due
to the blue haze, which envelops the range with most distant hills of considerable
This Nilgiri territory came into possession of the East India
Company as part of the ceded lands, held by Tipu Sultan, by the treaty of Srirangapatnam
in 1799. Rev. Jacome Forico, a priest was the first European who visited Nilgiris
in 1603 and released his notes about the place and people of Nilgiris. In 1812
surveyor William Keys and Macmohan visited the top of the plateau.
1818, Wishand Kindersley, Assistant and Second Assistant to Collector of Coimbatore
visited this spot and submitted their experience report to the Collector of Coimbatore
Mr. John Sullivan. Settlement in Udhagamandalam began in 1822 with the construction
of the Stone House by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. The bungalow,
which is locally called "Kal Bangla", is one of the landmarks of Udhagamandalam
and is now the Chamber of the Principal of the Government Arts College.
The establishment of numerous
tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands
and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual
Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers. Visit Ooty during this
festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to
be missed! Visit Indian Hillstations. How to
get there ? Air -
Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is
the nearest airport. Rail -
Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway,
connected to Mettupalayam (47 km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and
Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.
A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty
with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore,
Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and
other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with
major cities of Kerala and Karnataka.
located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular
serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor. With her wooded slopes,
mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming
Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high
and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational
institutions of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower',
which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known
for their freshness and taste. How to get there
? Air -
The nearest airport is at Madurai (120 km
from Kodaikanal). Rail -
The nearest railway stations are the
Kodai Road Railway Station (80-km) and the Palani Railway Station (64-km).
Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520-km), Ooty
(264-km), Trichy (197-km), Coimbatore (175-km), Kumili (160-km), and Madurai(120-km).
Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni,
Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. Additional buses ply
during the season. Taxis and vans are available for local transportation. There
are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.