South India Tours
Kochi(Cochin)

Queen of the Arabian Sea
Kochi (Cochin), the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala, has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Ancient mariners from Arabia, China, Holland, Britain and Portugal have all left their mark on this beautiful island city.

One of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast, Kochi (Cochin), earlier known as Cochin has been a port of call for foreign traders from early times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings and structures representing different regions of the world. A city of peninsulas and islands, today it is Kerala's commercial hub.

Kerala's prime tourist destination, it spreads across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and Backwaters. Its main sections: modern Ernakulam in the east and the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin on a peninsula in the west are linked by a complex system of ferries.

Area: 83.52 sq. km

Population: (1991 census) 5,64,038.

Altitude: Sea Level.

Latitude & longitude: 9.9 N & 76. 2 E.

Climate: Tropical.

Temperature range: 35 C to 22.5 C.

Clothing: light cottons

STD code: 484.
   
Tourist Information
  • Tourist Information Centre
    Government Of India Tourist Office, Willingdon Island; Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Tourist Reception Centre, Shanmugham Road.
  • Post & Telegraph
    General Head Post Office, Hospital Road.
 
Places to stay in Kochi (Cochin)
  • Taj Malabar, Willingdon Island.
  • Taj Residency, Marine Drive, Ernakulam.
  • The Renaissance, Palarivatton, Ernakulam.
  • ATS Willingdon, Willingdon Island.
  • The International, M.G. Road, Ernakulam.
  • Park Avenue, Princess Street, Fort Cochin.
  • Luciya, Ernakulam. Seagull, Calvathy Road, Fort Cochin.
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Konark
The word Konark is derived from two word elements - KONA means Corner and ARK means the Sun. Worshipping the Sun God Legends say that Samba, the son of Lord Krishna, was afflicted by leprosy because of a curse by his father. After a penance of 12 years, Samba was cured by Surya, the Sun God, in whose honour he built this temple.
 
Travel Information
 

Climate :-
Summer (Mar. to Jun.): Warm
Winter ( Nov. To Feb.): Mildly warm and pleasant

Clothing :-
Summer-Cottons
Winter-Woollens

Getting There :-
Konark is connected by road to Bhubaneswar (65 km) and Puri (35 km).
The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.
The nearest railhead is Puri.

Where to Stay :-
Panthaniwas, Labanya Lodge, Ashoka Travellers' Lodge.



What to see :-
The Black Pagoda
Dedicated to the divine charioteer, Surya, the Sun Temple is a magnificent example of ancient Orissan temple and architecture. Built in the 13th century AD, it was visualised as a chariot for the Sun God for his daily celestial journey. It was built in the image of the chariot with seven horses (seven days of the week) and 12 pairs of wheels (12 months).

Festivals :-
The Chandrabhaga Mela in February on the beach.
The Konark Dance Festival - In the Open air Auditorium north of the Sun Temple, in the first
week of December.

 
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Karnataka
History of Karnataka :-
Karnataka's history takes us back to pre-historic times. The earliest find of the Stone Age period in India was an hand axe at Lingasugur in Raichur district. Chandra gupta Maurya, the great Indian emperor abdicated his throne to embrace Jainism at Shravanabelagola.In 1956, the Kannada-speaking areas were grouped along with the princely state of Mysore to form what we now call Karnataka in 1973. Karnataka has the imprint of many dynasties. Prominent among them were the Chalukyas, the Hoysalas and the mighty Vijayanagara Empire.
 
State Capital -Bangalore

Population - ('000s in 1991) : 44,977

Area - ('000 sq. km) : 192

Females per 1000 males - (1991) : 960

Literacy rate (1991) - : 56

Ratio of urban population - 30.9

Principal Language - : Kannada


Capital of Karnataka :-
Bangalore, the capital goes by many names -- the Garden City of India, India's Manhattan and Silicon Valley. One of the most industrialized cities of the country, its pleasant climate makes it the seat of much commercial and cultural enterprise.

Occupation in Karnataka :-
While agriculture is the major occupation, the state boasts some of the most significant industrial growth in post independence India. Karnataka is as well known for its silk and sandalwood as for its high tech industry. Bangalore, among the fastest growing cities in Asia is home to many industries. The state is rich in mineral ore, and supplies all of India's gold.Other ores mined in the state include iron, chromite, magnesite, mica, copper, etc. The Sharavati, Kali, and the Cauvery rivers have been harnessed for electric power.

Culture in Karnataka :-
Karnataka possesses a rich cultural heritage. The folk theatre has an ancient and rich tradition, the two principal forms being Yakshagana and the puppet theatre. Yakshagana' is akin to Kathakali of Kerala in the choice of its elaborate costumes and vigorous dancing. 'Bhootada Kunita' (Dance of the Divine Cult), 'Nagamandala' and the demon dance are some quaint rituals prevalent only in Dakshina Kannada coastal area.

Handicrafts of Karnataka
Karnataka is famous for its aesthetic craftsmanship in sandalwood and rosewood. Eye-catching items of furniture, in-lay work, coffee tables, wall hangings etc. are worthwhile purchases. Rich silks, wooden toys, leather puppets, Bidriware and other artefacts make ideal mementos.

Climate of Karnataka :-
Best time to visit Karnataka is September to February.

Tourism Offices in Karnataka :-

  • Director, Dept of Tourism, 1st Floor, F Bk, Cauvery Bhavan, K.G.Road Bangalore - 9
  • KSTDC, 104/1, Kasturba Road, Bangalore -1
  • Tourism Information Counter, Railway Station, Bangalore
  • Tourism Information Counter, Airport, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Manager,Tourist Cottages, Belur, Karnataka
  • Tourist Cottages, Dept of Tourism, Halebid, Karnataka
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