The Pamban Bridge, Rameswaram, Pamban Island, India

Sunday February 26th, 2012 in India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »


The Pamban Bridge, Rameswaram, Pamban Island, India

The Pamban Bridge, Rameswaram, Pamban Island, India

* It is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait connects Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India.

* It was India’s first sea bridge.

* The railway bridge is 6,776 ft (2,065 m) and was opened for traffic in 1914.

* The railroad bridge is a still-functioning double-leaf bascule bridge section that can be raised to let ships pass under the bridge.

* The railway bridge historically carried metre-gauge trains on it, but Indian Railways upgraded the bridge to carry broad-gauge trains in a project that finished Aug. 12, 2007.

* According to Dr Narayanan, the bridge is located at the “world’s second highly corrosive environment”, next to Miami, US, making the construction a challenging job.

* The location is also a cyclone-prone high wind velocity zone.

* This Bridge consist of 143 pillars and the center span is called switchers bridge.

* It’s 220 ft (67 m) long and each of 100 tonnes.

* As per chronicles of Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya community, the erection and construction of Pamban Bridge was done by Mistri Manji Daya Wegad with Lakhu Devji Vegad both of Anjar, Varjang Hirji of Nagalpar and Gangji Narayan of Khedoi.

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Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Sunday February 19th, 2012 in Festivals, India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »


Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Uthirakosamangai, Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, India (Picture : baskr@Flickr)

* It is a sacred place, situated 16 km south-west of Ramanathapuram and 72 km from Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu.

* The place is famous for an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

* The deity here is carved in Emerald. Goddess Mangalesvari is also worshiped here.

* The temple has been glorified by the hymns of Manickavasagar.

* The temple is considered sacred along the lines of Ramanathapuram, Sethu Madhava Theertham and Lakshmana Theertham.

* The temple is located 32 km East from Paramakkudi and 10 km west from Ramanathapuram.

* A large number of devotees visit Uthirakosamangai to worship Lord Shiva and celebrate Arudhra Festival, which is held in the month of December attracts a large number of tourists.
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Longest name of any Railway Station in India

Tuesday February 14th, 2012 in India, Places to Visit, Railways | 1 Comment »

Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta, Andhra Pradesh (Longest name of any Railway Station in India)


Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta, Andhra Pradesh (Picture : Copyright inderSTADT)


* Venkatanarasimharajuvaripet is a railway station in Andhra Pradesh on the border with Tamil Nadu, India.

* This place got the distinction of having the longest name among all stations on the Indian Railway system.

* It is on the Renigunta-Arakkonam section of Southern Railway.

* Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta is sometimes referred to with the prefix “Sri” making the name longer by 3 letters.

* In railway parlance this is a flag station. It is unsignalled and passenger trains halt here.



Bihar more happening tourist spot than Goa?

Wednesday January 5th, 2011 in India, Places to Visit, Travel News | 3 Comments »

NEW DELHI: Celebrated as the party destination in India, Goa appears to have lost its ‘happening’ tag to the humble Bihar. Data collected by the Union tourism ministry appears to indicate that Bihar attracted a larger number of foreign tourists in 2009 than Goa.

The government’s India Tourism Statistics report shows that while 4.2 lakh foreign tourists visited Bihar in 2009, Goa drew about 3.7 lakh losing its place in the top 10 destinations in India. Industry hands say that the economic downturn was largely responsible for the sharp decline in the number of tourists. Increasing number of adverse reports on the safety of women and declining law and order situation may also have been responsible for the drop in numbers. In fact states like Kerala and Rajasthan that have been hot international favourites have suffered the most in 2009 thanks to the global economic situation. While the number of foreign tourist arrivals dropped by 27% in Rajasthan from 14.7 lakh in 2009 to 10.7 lakh in 2008, Kerala saw 5.4 lakh tourists arriving in 2009. Andhra, that remains numero uno for domestic tourists, also witnessed stagnation with tourist arrivals increasing from 7.8 lakh to just 7.9 lakh between 2008 and 2009.

Delhi lost its place as the top ranking state in 2008 to Tamil Nadu that saw a 16.7% increase in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in 2009. The top 5 states in FTAs were TN (23.6 lakh), Maharashtra (19.9 lakh), Delhi (19.5 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (15.32 lakh) and West Bengal (11.8 lakh).

United States continued to send the maximum number of tourists in 2009 as it had in 2008. The top 10 source countries in 2009 were USA, UK, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia and Japan. These countries accounted for 64% of the total foreign tourist arrivals in 2009.


Hogenakkal: Niagara Falls of India

Friday October 8th, 2010 in India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »

Hogenakkal, situated in the forested Melagiri hills, 170 km south of Bangalore by road, draws people for its massive waterfalls, with the water falling about 600 to 1000 ft deep in the canyon. In fact, it has earned the sobriquet, Niagara Falls of India.

It is located on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and the nearest main town is Dharmapuri. Hogenakkal is a quiet village at the confluence of the Cauvery and Chinnar rivers and it is from here that the Cauvery develops into a series of impressive waterfalls. It is also considered as a riverside spa with the waters having curative properties.

Sight-seeing Highlights
Besides the main waterfall, there is another big waterfall on the Cauvery river after Shivanasamudra. One can also visit Theerthamalai, which is a popular pilgrim centre and is about 16 km from Dharmapuri.

En route to Hogenakkal, one can stop at the Pennagram village and see the brightly coloured Aiyanar statues made of terracotta. One can also do trekking in the forest and the sanctuary surrounding the falls.