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Waterfalls of India

March 31, 2014

India is a land blessed with natural resources and several rivers run through its plains and emerge through various mountains and valleys. Being a home to various mountain ranges like the Himalayas and the Western Ghats etc., India has an immense number of exotic and massive waterfalls that are situated amidst the most marvelous of surroundings. Many waterfalls in India have a particular legend related to its origination whichoften comprises of a story from the Hindu religious text and thus are considered sacred and attract a huge number of visitors. We have here the list of the 5 waterfalls you must visit in India.

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1. Jog Falls, Karnataka

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Also known as the Gerosoppa Falls, the Jog Falls are the second highest waterfalls in India located in the state of Karnataka. The Sharavati River flows over a highly rocky bed which is 250 yards in width and falls in a 290 meters high chasm which is divided in 4 falls. It is one of the top tourist attractions in India.

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2. Iruppu Falls, Coorg

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These falls are located in the Brahmagiri range in Karnataka. It is another favorite tourist attraction due to it being a favored pilgrim spot. Its origination is attributed to the Hindu deity Lakshamana who shot an arrow and brought down the river to drink the water from it. It is also formed by the Sharavati River which cascades down from a height of 51 meters. The best time to visit the place is during monsoons.

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3. Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

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The highest waterfalls in India, the Nohkalikai Falls are situated near Cherrapunjee and cascades from a height of 335 meters. Cherrapunjee is also the wettest place on earth with rainfall through most months in the year. A very sad and disturbing legend is behind its name which translates to ‘the jump of Ka Likai’ a tribal woman who got insane following a tragedy and jumped from the adjoining cliff.

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4. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

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The name literally means, the Lake of Milk which is due to the falls’ appearance during the monsoons. The Dudhsagar Falls are located in Goa, the state known for its exotic beaches and falls from a height of 310 meters. The falls also have a peculiar legend attached to it. It is surrounded by a deciduous forest which is home to a variety of flora and fauna thus making this place a favorite picnic spot and a shutterbug’s delight.

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5. Langshiang Falls, Meghalaya

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Located in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, it’s a massive waterfall that falls from a height of 337 meters. It is considered to be viewed from the nearby village of Mawpoon. The height of the waterfalls is not official though but however these waterfalls are considered to be the 3rd highest in India. The Langshiang Falls are a major tourist attraction and its lush green surroundings attracts several visitors.
India, has a massive number of waterfalls, most of them attract huge number of crowds due to their picturesque surroundings and a rich abundance of flora and fauna. The 5 falls mentioned above are few of the best waterfalls the country has to offer and are a must visit for those who want to experience nature at its best.

Author Bio:

Rohit Agarwal is an Architect and a travel blogger. He blogs regularly at http://www.transindiatravels.com. Having visited various places in India and the world, Rohit likes to explore the various attractions and cultures the country and the world has to offer.

Hawaii: The Road to Hilo

May 2, 2013

 

Hilo was worth it, the plants and forests so lush and valleys with palms thick
and shimmering along waterfalls into rivers
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Nice old town lots of small places
to eat we are waiting for sushi bento boxes

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Text and photos by Diana Herring

Egypt: A Note on Medinet Habu

January 4, 2013

A twenty-minute ride from the west bank of the Nile brought us to the temple complex of Medinet Habu, yet another of Ramses II’s exercises in megalomania.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Facade at Medinet Habu

This temple was pretty much in ruins.  I read later that the stones of the sanctuary had been pilfered over the millennia for newer, more profane construction sites, like nearly every other important structure from ancient Egypt.  You could bet this sort of thing still went on under the cover of darkness.  Pre-cut building stones were surely worth hard cash in a country as dirt-poor as Egypt.

We walked around for time, kicking the sand at the base of the fallen columns, not saying much.   I climbed up one of the ruined walls and sat there, sipping mineral water and watching the sun disappear over the cliffs to the west.

I watched as the sun went down.  It seemed to hover over the cliffs of the Valley of the Kings forever, then suddenly plunge into the underworld, just as the ancient peoples intuited and dreamed.

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Belize: Another Caye Caulker Photo Essay

November 29, 2012

Descending the Cairo Side - a novel of the traveling life

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Having spent Easter Week this year in Cay Caulker, we collected a series of photographs that shows off both the good and the strange elements of this Caribbean island.

After arrival at the ferry dock

A well-fed crow

Well-fed shark and rays

Party-time

The public beach

An optimistic attempt to buld more beach

Law, if not order

Backpacking Around The Canary Islands

November 27, 2012

Jardín de cactus con las montañas de Lanzarote

Backpacking is a popular way of travelling with young people and is a cost effective way of seeing The Canary Islands and their beautiful scenery. The Canary Islands are Europe’s furthest islands and are closer to the African coast than Spain. There are seven islands that come under the umbrella, Canary Islands.

  • Tenerife
  • Lanzarote
  • Fuertenventura
  • Gran Canaria
  • La Palma
  • La Gomera
  • El Hierro

While the first four are considered as holiday destinations for package holiday tourists, backpackers can enjoy the more rural aspects of these islands with some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery. With flights available from all major airports within Europe, a backpacking trip is an ideal choice for those looking for a cheap, yet exciting holiday.

Backpack Tenerife

Cheap flights are available to Tenerife which will land you and your well stocked back pack in the heart of the Canary Islands. Tenerife, is limited with back packers’ hostels, however, there is an abundance of cheap bed and breakfast accommodation for around 15 Euros per night in the resort of Playa de las Americas. Tenerife is awash with young people and night life is vibrant and exciting. For those looking for a scenic view then there is Mount Tiede, the islands volcano which is a must see. All islands have an inter-island ferry service, so a flight to one of the main islands’ airports is required, again making backpacking a cost effective way of seeing the whole of the islands in one go. Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a vivid city that will serve backpackers well. It’s a one stop haven for those just looking to explore the island and embrace all it has to offer. With a city that is known for activity and visitors from all over Europe for sunnier experiences, backpackers will not be disappointed. With cheap public transport, excellent water sports, and wind swept landscapes, this island has everything covered for backpackers. Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote have quieter versions than Gran Canaria and Tenerife, but there is still plenty to see. Like their bigger brothers, these two islands are busy and vibrant but with a quieter feel. Water sports are just as available and there are plenty of walks for those who prefer less bustle. Lanzarote has the quite breathtaking scenery, Timanfaya National Park an incredible volcanic setting that brings tourists flocking every year.

La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro

For a quieter backpacking trip then the volcanic terrains of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are the destinations. Here, there are is plenty for hikers to get their boots stuck into and completely away from the hub of the popular tourist spots. Flora and Fauna is to be beholden and you will find natural forests that are endemic to the Canary Islands. In La Palma, the water tunnels are a sight to see. These water tunnels bring the water from the mountains to the towns and villages. A walk along the tunnels is free although a permit can be purchased if inside the tunnel holds more interest.

The Best Sentence I’ve Read All Week

November 5, 2012

From Empire of the In-Between by Adam Davidson in the New York Times Magazine:

“Calling for a return to the days everybody who was willing to put in a hard day’s work could make at good living at the factory is a fantasy, maybe a lie and certainly an implicit acknowledgment that nobody has any idea what to do with the underemployed in Trenton, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Southeast D.C.  It’s safer to talk about Pakistan.”

I can relate to that.

A more likely modern American job: mountain-top removal, northern Nevada

The Welsh Capital: More than just a City

November 2, 2012

The Welsh Capital: More than just a City

The city of Cardiff isn’t just a city. Tourists and locals alike know that the area in which Cardiff stands is awash with natural beauty that must be appreciated. Whether you’re just a lover of the great outdoors when the weather is warm, or you are brave enough to venture outside in the colder climes, South Wales has an abundance of areas to explore.

Base yourself in the centre and explore beyond the city walls. A perfect destination for some quality family time, walks in the crisp air of autumn are both refreshing and relaxing, giving you and your loved ones time to yourselves rather than dealing with the toil of everyday life. Book your accommodation in the city so that after the days of adventure, you have somewhere warm and cosy to return to. Excellent deals on family rooms are there for your taking – you can Find out more on the Travelodge website.

Once you have settled in to your digs, wrap up warm and grab your walking shoes and discover the Wye Valley and the natural splendour of the nearby Brecon Beacons.

Firstly, head to Cardiff Castle. Originally a Roman fortress that has survived through the ages, it is now host to occasional live music events as well as a major tourist attraction. If castles are your thing, nearby Caerphilly is home to Wales’ largest castle, which provides its visitors with a lovely dollop of heritage and military history.

 

 

 

 

 

Put your hiking boots to good use with the challenging 48mile Usk Valley Walk. Although an epic walk, you don’t have to complete it in its entirety; instead opting for smaller, more manageable sections. The area surrounding Caerleon comes highly recommended, with the ruins of the Roman legionary fortress – Isca Augusta – being a must see, including an impressive amphitheatre, roman baths and some of the best preserved barracks in Europe.

Likewise, if you begin the walk closer to the Brecon Beacons National Park, you can explore pastures new as well as visiting quaint rustic villages along the way. Stop for a pint or a refreshing drink at one of the local taverns before arriving at the border of the Beacons. With astonishing countryside that goes on for miles, you really will feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere and the element of freedom that comes with it is unrivalled.

During your stay, stop by the market town of Abergavenny – the “Gateway to Wales”. Located on the bank of the River Usk, it offers a multitude of charming shops where you may find some hidden treasures ideal for stocking fillers.

With so much on offer and landscapes to admire, the city of Cardiff and its surroundings make an excellent destination for your autumnal break. Head out into the morning air in November and you and your family could really benefit from the breathtaking scenery. Book your hotel in the city now and look forward to a weekend in the great outdoors.

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