Tuesday, 18 July 2017

HP Petrol Station, Shoolagiri

McDonald in Shoolagiri
HP Petrol station is one of the landmarks on Bangalore – Salem highway frequented by most of the travellers going to Chennai, Salem from Bangalore. It is located in Shoolagiri Taluk in Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu State, India. It is around 50 KM, placed on the left side while travelling from Bangalore by road. This HP Petrol pump is managed under COCO model, that is Company Owned, Company Operated which is one of the primary reason most of the cars stops here to fill the Petrol and Diesel. It remains open for 24 hours, 365 days.

This HP Junction has water wash facilities, Air filling pumps with both normal air and Nitrogen (N2), clean restrooms, vehicles’ trouble shooting workshop, recreation club, Dormitory, Children’s play area and ATM to meet the various needs of the travellers. Also, it has number of eateries in this campus.
  • McDonalds
  • CAFE Coffee Day
  • Sri Krishna Inn – Vegetarian Restaurant
All these facilities make HP Petrol station in Shoolagiri as an excellent place for a halt to rejuvenate the travellers.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Chennai Crocodile Park - One of largest crocodile bank

The Crocodile Park in Chennai is a must see place when you are visiting India. The Madras Crocodile Bank located about 45 KM from Chennai and it will take one hour travel by Road. This park plays very important role in spreading awareness on the ecological benefits of Crocodiles. It's been built in 1976 to conserve the reptile to grew and included turtles, snakes and lizards over a period of time. This is one of the largest conservation based reptile zoo in the World. It will take 3 to 4 hours to go around this park, suitable for a weekend outing from Chennai. It's very thrilling to see so many crocodiles in one place.
Chennai Crocodile Park
World's largest Crocodile Park
Crocodile bank has more than 2500 reptiles from all around the World. Crocodiles are kept in bunches in open pond, its very rare to see them moving around. But, when staff throw a piece of meat you can see the activeness of these crocodiles. It’s awesome to see the way it catches the food from the feeder.
Chennai Crocodile Park
Weekend Trip to Crocodile Park
Visitors will get interactive experience in guided tours organized by Crocodile park officials, can collect interesting information about these species and its a great place for research students. No one should miss the Snake Venom center in this park where they demonstrate the venom extraction which is used for making anti-venom medicine. It is spine chilling experience to see the deadly poisonous snakes are handled at ease by professionals.
Chennai Crocodile Park
Chennai Crocodile Park

Crocodile Park Entry:

Holiday - Monday

Visiting Time - 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Entrance Fee - For Adult Rs. 50 and for Children below 10 years Rs. 30

Night Safari - Saturday and Sunday only - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Advance Booking required)

Night Safari Entrance Fee - For Adult Rs. 200 and for Children below 10 years Rs. 100

Location - East Coast Road (ECR), 45 KM from Chennai on the way to Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Visit Pondicherry for peaceful vacation

Pondicherry, now known as Puducherry is one of the amazing tourist places in India for peaceful vacation. It will take 3 hours to reach Pondicherry from Chennai by road. It will be a pleasant experience to travel by the East Coast Road from Chennai to Pondicherry weekend trip as there are many eye catching sightseeing spots on the way. Muttukadu boathouse, Dakshinachitra, Mahabalipuram – UNESCO World heritage site, and Crocodile Park are some of the well known tourist spots located on this route. It is highly recommended to visit Pondicherry while touring India. There are many tour operators offering weekend trip package from Chennai to Pondicherry.
Visit Pondicherry for a holiday vacation
Pondicherry is situated on the Bay of Bengal coastal, about 160 KM south of Chennai. It was ruled by French for 300 years. The history says, Pondicherry was the place of many battles between the British and the French and it was the capital of French in India. This attractive, former French colony, still allure everyone by its straight and clean streets, beautiful traditional houses, wonderful gardens and hospitality served in hotels. When walking through the streets in this city, we can realize the French influence still exist here.

In Pondicherry, there are many places to visit such as Sri Aurobindo Ashram which is famous for peace and meditation, Auroville – the universal town where people all around the World lives here with peace and unity. It’s wonderful to see how beautiful this place and how people working together without any differences. It has beautiful beach, can see people relaxing in the evening after day’s hard work. It has lot of restaurants along the beach to enjoy food and drinks. Pondicherry has many Churches, the “Church of The Sacred Heart of Jesus” built by French Missionaries in the 1700’s is the old Church in this city.


Summer in Pondicherry starts from March and it goes till July. The temperature goes up to 42°C during this period. From July to November, it is Monsoon season, good time to enjoy Pondicherry in rainy weather. Winter season starts from December and goes through February, the temperature might drops to 17°C in winter.

Languages spoken:

Tamil is the widely spoken language, and tourist can manage with English as well. French, English, and Tamil are known languages in Pondicherry.

Reaching Pondicherry:

Pondicherry is the capital city of Union Territory of Puducherry, located in southern part of India. It is well connected by rail and road from Chennai, Tamilnadu. Chennai has both domestic and International terminals, flights available from all over the World.

Must see places:

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, French War Memorial, Pondicherry Museum.


There are plenty of hotels and beach resorts available in Pondicherry for accommodation ranging from budget to luxury. It is always good to book the hotel in advance to ensure the availability.

Pondicherry is a much visit place for those looking for peaceful holiday vacation.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Mahabalipuram – Must visit ancient historic town in Tamilnadu, India

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is one of the ancient historic places in Tamilnadu, India which attracts tourist from all over the World.
Mahabalipuram was a seventh century port city of the South Indian dynasty ruled by the Pallavas kingdom.  It’s located around 60 KM south of Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. It is believed that it has been named after the Pallava King ‘Mamalla’. There are many cave temples, chariots, sculptures and structural Temples in Mahabalipuram. The pillars are derived from the Dravidian culture. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art. It has various historic monuments mostly rock-cut sculptures across the town. Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rock stone sculpture

Important structures to see in Mahabalipuram:

  • Cave Temple
  • Elephant creatures
  • Varaha cave Temple
  • Pancha Rathas
  • Shore Temple



Winter (Nov to Feb) is the good time to visit Mahabalipuram. Though it’s raining sometimes, winter is the best time to visit comparing to hot summer weather (March to May). The minimum temperature during winter is 16°C and maximum temperature in summer is 42°C making it very hot and difficult to go out in summer.

Language spoken: 

Tamil and English are widely known language in Mahabalipuram.
Sea shore temple

How To Reach Mahabalipuram:

Chennai is the nearest metro city for Mahabalipuram. It is well connected by road along Bay of Bengal coastal.


Chennai (60-km) is the nearest airport with both domestic and international terminals. Chennai is well connected with most of the cities in India by domestic flights and trains. There are International flights operating from various parts of the World to Chennai. From Airport, it will take one hour to reach Mahabalipuram by road.


The nearest railway stations are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (60-km).


Buses are available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mahabalipuram. The travel in the Bay of Bengal coastal road from Chennai to Mahabalipuram is a pleasant experience. Tourists can hire a taxi from Chennai, Chengalpet.

Accommodation in Mahabalipuram:

There are many hotels and resorts available in Mahabalipuram in all budgets to serve wide range of Tourists. Taj Fisherman's Cove, GRT Temple Bay, Mamalla Beach Resort, Quality Inn MGM Beach Resort, and Ideal Beach Resort are well known resorts in Mahabalipuram.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Chill down in Yercaud...The Affordable Hill Station

All of us love to spend our vacation in Hill station under greenery trees and moving clouds. But, it becomes more expensive year on year as demand increases. It’s very difficult to find affordable vacation surrounded by natural paradise. Yercaud is one among the affordable hill station where people can enjoy the climate with their loved one, best suited for a weekend vacation.
Yercaud by road for a weekend vacation
Yercaud is located in Salem district, Tamilnadu, India. The entire hill area is known as Shevaroy Hills. It is around 5000 ft above sea level. The temperature stays between 13° C to 29° C. Coffee plantations, Jackfruits, Oranges, and Pears are grown in plenty in this region. This is an excellent weekend outing for those who love trekking. The drive through 30 KM by road from Salem to Yercaud is amazing with scenic view, it has 20 hairpin bends. There are lot of monkeys on the way waiting for food from tourists. As there are 20 steep hairpin bends, good driving skills required to drive through this roadway.
Resorts in Yercaud


Yercaud gets average rainfall during July to September. Summer starts from March and goes till end of June. Winter season falls between November to February, temperature varies from 13° C to 25° C during this period. This is the best time to visit Yercaud to enjoy good weather


Tamil is the widely spoken language, and tourist can manage with English as well.
Yercaud Vacation

How to reach Yercaud:

The nearest city is Salem, which is 36 KM from Yercaud. Tourist can come by Air, Train or Road transport till Salem city. They have to travel only by road to reach Yercaud hills, driving through 20 Hairpin bends. The average distance from major cities are, Chennai 350 KM, Coimbatore 200 KM, Bangalore 240 KM approximately by road. 
Yercaud Weather

Places to visit in Yercaud:

Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Botanical Garden, Kiliyur Water Falls, Lady’s seat, Bear’s Cave, Servaroyan Temple, Montfort School, Rose Garden, Holy Trinity Church, 32-KM Loop Road, and Anna Park

Yercaud Lake

It’s otherwise known as Emerald Lake, one of the key attractions for tourists in Yercaud. It is located at the middle of the town, just opposite to the Anna Park in Yercaud. It’s a natural pond, not too big or small for boating. There are lot of shops, small eateries and ample walk-way around this Lake. The boating house in Yercaud Lake has pedal, motor and row boating to meet the interest of the tourists. Pedal boat can accommodate 2 – 4 people, maximum 5 in row boat and 8 people can be seated in motor boat. There is an entry fee for the Lake and they charge boating fee separately based on the type of boat you chose, it varies from 100 – 500 Indian Rupees. The wait time is longer during peak crowded season. Except pedal boat, a boatman will accompany you during the ride. Other than boating, tourist can enjoy the scenic beauty around the Yercaud Lake and a small deer park nearby. There is plenty of parking facility available next to this Lake with small fee. It is real fun spending couple of hours in Yercaud Lake during vacation and it would be a great experience.

Pagoda Point

It is located around 8 KM from the Yercaud town centre, will take 20 minutes drive by car. It is well connected by road, but one needs to be careful while approaching the spot as there is a steep narrow road to reach the Pagoda Point. There are plenty of Autos available to hire from Yercaud town if you don’t prefer own drive. Pagoda Point is the highest tip in Yercaud on the Servarayan hill at 5300 feet from the sea level. It provides good panoramic view of scenic beauty, best time to visit this place is during sunset and sunrise. There are small shops in this place selling toasted corns, biscuits, fruits, water and games for children. A small watch tower with telescope is available to see the view from this spot. Pagoda Point is one of the must visit places in Yercaud. The best time to visit this place is during September – January to experience the cloudy nature.

Botanical Garden

This is just 2 KM away from Yercaud Lake, well connected by road. Yercaud Botanical Garden is a lovely place to see the beautiful plants and large trees. There are wide ranges of plants labelled with their botanical names. But this place can’t be compared with Ooty Botanical garden as Yercaud Botanical garden is primarily to research rare plants, herbs and trees in natural surroundings. This is a good place for botanical students to study various plants and trees. Tourist visiting this place should keep the expectation minimal as there are lot of room for improvements and maintenance.

Killiyur Falls

The best time to visit nearby Killiyur falls in Yercaud is just after rainy season, mostly after October, otherwise there won’t be any water in the falls. Good to check with localities on the water flow before planning a visit. Be prepared for a good walk towards downhill from Yercaud to reach the Killiyur falls. It is worth for fitness freak to try this long steep stretch in forest like environment. It is not advisable for elders and children as there are around 300 steps to climb down and up. It is advisable to carry a bottle of water as climbing up from the Killiyur Falls is very exhaustive and tiring. Be careful if you are carrying any food items as there are lot of monkeys around.


There are plenty of hotels available to stay ranging from budget to luxury resorts. During peak season, one has to book the hotel in advance to ensure the availability.
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