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Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

The landscape of Karnataka makes for a complete destination. From sandy beaches and pristine lakes, gushing rivers and waterfalls, to dense forests and rich wildlife, this southern state contributes to a holistic experience for the nature lover. The expansive forest cover and grasslands have given way to wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, which protect the varied species of flora and fauna. A destination for the adventurous soul, the national parks of Karnataka are a treasure trove of nature.

Here are top 5 national parks of Karnataka that you can put on your travel wish list:

Bandipur National Park

The most famous of all, Bandipur National Park is the highlight of the state’s natural spread. Stretching across a whopping area of 874.20 sq. km, Bandipur is home to the country’s rarest species, especially tigers. It is popular for being the National Tiger Reserve and is a major tourist destination for travelers from Ooty and Mysore. Declared as a ‘National Park’ in 1974, the wildlife reserve boasts various kinds of deciduous trees, grasslands, and biomes, and is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

If you are traveling from Bangalore to Mysore by car, then you can the NH212 ahead of Mysore from Gundlupet and head towards Bandipur. The best time to visit is from April to October.

Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

Nagarhole National Park

Yet another natural reserve in the Mysore district, Nagarhole is endowed with dense forests of rosewood, teak, sandalwood and silver oak, exotic wildlife and natural water-bodies. Also called the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Nagarhole was given the national park status in 1988. This natural sanctuary is popular for housing herds of elephants, tigers, leopards, different families of deer and monkeys, hornbills, ibis, eagles and more. For the itchy feet, there’s a scenic jungle trail to walk through and explore the wildlife and wilderness.

Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

Kudremukh National Park

Located in the heart of Chikkamagaluru district, Kudremukh National Park was established in 1987. The second largest of all nature reserves in Karnataka, this Park stretches across 600.32 sq. km. of the area. With scenic mountain ranges and picturesque views of the surrounding peaks and hills, this national park boasts the 3rd highest peak of Karnataka – Kudremukh Peak. The mountain ranges and the hilly terrain is the highlight of this park and covers parts of Chikmagalur, Udupi and Dakshin Kannada, while also posing as a trekking zone for nature enthusiasts. The best time to visit is between the months of October to May.

Top 5 National Parks of Karnataka

Bannerghatta National Park

Barely at a distance of 104 Km from Bangalore, Bannerghatta National Park is a popular destination for a weekend getaway or an occasional escape in nature. With an in-house aquarium, a zoo, a butterfly conservatory and a snake house, Bannerghatta National Park are more of a recreational natural reserve. Being close to Bengaluru the weather of Bannerghatta is pleasant all the year round, which allows you to visit any time of the year. To drive down to Bannerghatta National Park, you can opt for plenty of taxi service in Bangalore.

Anshi National Park

A part of the Uttara Kannada district, the Anshi National Park spreads across 417 sq. km. of the area. This stretch of forested area is the natural habitat of prominent predators like the Bengal tigers, black panthers, and Indian leopards. The Anshi National Park along with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Tiger Project and several dams and power stations.

How to reach

Most of these parks are well connected to the major cities of Karnataka. There are also train services to the nearest stations. However, to experience the changing landscape from urban skyline to the rolling hills, plan your journey by car and make it more enjoyable.

 

Booking a Houseboat in Alleppey

Houseboats in Kerala are an altogether different experience in Kerala, in comparison to the rest of the country of India. If you have visited the houseboats of Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir, you might think how different can the Kerala Alleppey houseboats can be! The fact is, they are absolutely different and the houseboats in Alleppey move. They actually roam about throughout the backwaters of Alleppey.

The intertwined canals, the lakes, rivers as well the villages that are located on the banks of the backwater canals – all can be visited and encountered by a houseboat ride in Alleppey. If you are thinking of experiencing this unique natural landscape and the life associated with it, you must book a houseboat in Alleppey. Though there are other entrances of the backwaters, Alleppey is the main entrance point. It is the place where most of the houseboats can be found and where maximum of the travellers come to start their joyride. So, booking a houseboat from here needs to be done carefully. Here are a few tips that will help you to book the best houseboat in Alleppey.

Booking a Houseboat in Alleppey

The intertwined canals, the lakes, rivers as well the villages that are located on the banks of the backwater canals – all can be visited and encountered by a houseboat ride in Alleppey. If you are thinking of experiencing this unique natural landscape and the life associated with it, you must book a houseboat in Alleppey. Though there are other entrances of the backwaters, Alleppey is the main entrance point. It is the place where most of the houseboats can be found and where maximum of the travellers come to start their joyride. So, booking a houseboat from here needs to be done carefully. Here are a few tips that will help you to book the best houseboat in Alleppey.

1. Look before you book

The first thing that needs to be assured is that you should not book the houseboat without looking the houseboat. There are many online booking platforms that will give you the chance of booking a houseboat, but without offering you the pictures of the houseboat. However, this might deceive you, as you get a less decorated houseboat while paying more for a luxury houseboat. So, it is always better to see the houseboat first and then book it. But of course, if you do not book in advance, it might be difficult for you to find any houseboat for that matter, especially in the peak seasons.

2. Book through a trusted platform

When you book a houseboat, you need to book the houseboat from a trusted platform. Either you visit the Alleppey entrance point for the houseboat ride, or you can book the houseboats online. There are many online platforms that are very popular and trusted. They offer the photographs of the houseboats and this will give you the option and freedom to choose the houseboat that you like most. Besides, good online platforms will give you the trustworthiness of getting in touch with an entity, if anything goes wrong.

You can also book the houseboat from a resort in Kerala. If you are planning for a long trip to Kerala, where you will stay in any of the resorts of Kerala, you can book a houseboat from them. In most cases, the best resorts of Kerala have their own houseboats.

Top Tips for Booking a houseboats in Alleppey
Beautiful Kerala
3. Look what you want

The luxury houseboat in Alleppey offers a great deal of décor options. You need to make sure that you get exactly what you want for your budget. You can look for the number of rooms in the houseboat and how many you want. Depending on your need and budget, you can choose the number of rooms in the houseboat. Either you can book the entire houseboat or you can choose to share with other parties.

4. Choose the time of start

Usually the Alleppey houseboats start in the noon and end their trips at 8 in the morning the next day. So, it is always a good choice that you reach the dock in the morning to start right on time and enjoy most of the trip. Since the boats do not ride past sunset, you should not be late before you start your ride.

5. Behaviour of the crew

Since the crew will be with you all the time when you enjoy your ride and stay in the houseboats of Kerala, it is a must that the crew is friendly and polite. When you talk with them, understand their behaviour.

Now that you have known about the factors and tips that will help you to book your houseboat in Alleppey, you need to choose the right Alleppey houseboat packages. These will offer a 2N and 3D package, 3N and 4D package and the like. Some also offer honeymoon packages especially meant for the couples. You will get food and drinks included in the package. The food is freshly cooked local delicacies and meals along with fruits and snacks that would be more than enough to cherish your time in the houseboat.

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

With crystal clear seawater, luxury family resorts and magical sunset views over the beach Maldives is one of the wonderful destinations in Asia that any tourist dream for. It is same with us too. While planning our dreamy holiday in Maldives after the year-end holiday in Sri Lanka, I want to share why Maldives deserves to be on top of any travel bucket list right now.

After you read these reasons, I am sure you will add this amazing and romantic destination to your bucket list without thinking more. Truly Maldives is a paradise on the earth that you should not miss!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List1.Turquoise Waters

If you say it turquoise waters or blue waters, Maldives is a fantastic destination for a dreamy vacation. Be it a romantic holiday or honeymoon getaway, you will find the best views around you. Crystal clear seawater and ocean views will create you magical experiences in Maldives making it a memorable holiday for the entire lifetime!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

2. Amazing Marine Life

You will sure have seen marine life photos of Maldives before. Aren’t these made you wanting to visit Maldives in anytime you can? If you look for a magical Snorkeling destination on this earth, Maldives is currently on top. Any trip to Maldives would not be complete if you don’t add marine life experiences for your travel plan.

3. Luxury Resorts

Popular as a destination for a romantic getaway, Maldives is full of luxury resorts in each island. Can you just imagine spending your time in a white sandy beach surrounded by beautiful sea views while dining at your favourite restaurant! Swaying palm trees and windy atmosphere will make you feel relaxing making it a luxury holiday at any of the beautiful resorts in Maldives!

Reasons Why Maldives Should be on Your Travel Bucket List

4. It’s easy to plan your holiday

Planning a tour to any new destination require lot of time and experience. From booking your flights, accommodation and planning your activities in your destination need some expertise to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Other than flights and hotels you also need to plan your airport transfer. However if you plan your next holiday to Maldives, trip planning will not be stressful. There are many Maldives Tour Packages available which provides all inclusive packages that suit for your budget. You only need to select your preferred tour package to Maldives before you book. You even don’t have to worry about your itinerary when you book your tour package!

5. You don’t need visa

Well, although some citizens enjoy visa free travel for many destinations around the world, there are many other countries that need to check visa requirements before planning any trip. I know how painful this is as we miss many last minute holiday opportunities simply because of time required for visa pre-approval process. But, you don’t need pre-approval of visa to enter into this beautiful destination on earth. At present, all nationalities will get 30 days free visa on arrival to enter Maldives!

Now you know the reasons why you should add Maldives to your travel bucket list right now. Planning your Maldives tour is painless and you will experience the luxury of a relaxing holiday. There are many activities to do without getting bored. It’s a truly amazing destination!

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Sri-Lanka-Hambanthota

It was not planned. I was not expected to watch sunset on our way home from Hambantota. It was the tiresome first days of our recent tour to down south of Sri Lanka. In our each Sri Lanka holidays, we enjoy couple of road trips around Sri Lanka. Most of these trips are to visit family relatives in different areas of the country.

When I arranged another road trip to Kataragama, time was really limited as I had to return to Singapore in few days. So, we planned it for 2 days making it a trip with few stops. On our first day, we travelled till Kataragama and returned back to Colombo at the evening.

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We were reaching Hambantota saltern area.The surrounding was spacious and with natural views.

All inside the vehicle were tired. It was so silent inside the vehicle. Suddenly, I found the magical moment. We were in Hambantota, one of the major cities in Southern Sri Lanka. We were passing the Hambantota Saltern (Hambantota Lunu Lewaya).

Sri Lanka : Watching Sunset at Hambantota
We were passing the Hambantota Lunu Lewaya.

The Saltern or Hambantota salt production area is spacious and spreads over a large area of lands making it the best place to watch sunset without many obstacles. I always admire sunset views.If I get a chance to watch sunset,that will make my day forgetting all the tiredness.

Sri-Lanka-Hambanthota

While we were enjoying sunset views, we also had a break from our long hour journey. And after all I could capture another collection of sunset views from Sri Lanka making it a memorable road trip.

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Finally,we watched the best sunset over the Hambantota Lewaya.The windmills add beauty to the view.

These days I travel with my kid.So,instead of DSLR camera,I always use my phone to capture the moments.Although these are not the best photographs technically,I know these are the best travel memories for the life! 🙂

Do you like to watch sunset? Please let me know how you enjoy such spectacular moments!

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Do you have any plan of trekking to Everest Base Camp? With available facilities and guides, today trek to Everest base camp is not a dream. You can easily achieve your goal of reaching the Everest base camp and having a glimpse of the highest peak of the world. Just think of it. But if you don’t act and don’t arrange your tour, it is impossible to achieve your dream of trekking to Everest Base Camp.

What you can expect from Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a really unforgettable experience for anyone. It is not just an adventurous tour; instead it is a trek with lot of breathtaking scenery around. As a traveller you can explore and experience the Sherpa Culture. You will find many monasteries and museums along your way to Everest Base giving you opportunity to experience this unique culture.

Everest Base Camp Trek

How to arrange your Everest Base Camp Trek

So, now are you looking for a Everest Base Camp Trek? Planning & arranging your Everest Base Camp Treck is really easy with Nepal Hiking Team P.Ltd. With most trustworthy and experienced Nepal Hiking Team, you can plan your Everest Base Camp Trekking with confidence.

When you book your Everest Base Camp Trek with Nepal Hiking Team P.Ltd, you will assure the below services during your guided tour.

  • You will get transport including airport transfer
  • Accommodation for 4 nights is provided in a 3 star hotel which includes breakfast.
  • Your trek will be guided by a highly experienced and friendly guide
  • You will also receive Kathmandu City Tours which includes all entry fees, guide and a private vehicle.
  • Other than above mentioned facilities, there are many more services include in your Everest Base Camp Trekking package. Please check this post about  Everest Base Camp Trek for more details and services they provide for your trekking package.

Once you check their Everest Base Camp Trekking package and need to modify the tour according to your needs, just contact the team at Nepal Hiking Team P.Ltd, they will help you to design your travel plan as per your interests.

Finally, Nepal Hiking Team wants their customers to have an unforgettable experience with safe trekking to Everest Base Camp. You can assure that you get the helpful and friendly assistance of the trekking team with hospitality which Nepal has to offer.

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