Monthly Archives for May 2017

Visit to the ‘Land of Snakes’ – Nagapattinam

Blog, Destinations - GoroadTrip - May 19, 2017

Nagapattinam is located about 320 kilometers from Chennai and is a place of historical and cultural significance. The city is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal and the name means “The land of snakes”. Nagapattinam has a religious mix that houses several mosques, churches and temples. The economy of the city comes from the sea, fishing and agriculture. A big piece also comes from tourism. The number of interesting places to visit is:

Temple of Soundaryaraja Perumal:

Located in the heart of the city, the Soundaryaraja Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The deity symbolizes love and beauty and therefore the Lord is called here Soundaryaraja. The idols of the temple are covered with gold nails and emerald green. The temple has an impressive Rajagopuram 70 feet and a Mandapam with four pillars at the entrance with a Dwajasthambam. The Garuda Mantapam, Vasanthamantapam and the holy water fountain are also called Soundarya Pushkaranj.

Kayarohanswamy Temple:

One of the seven temples of the Thyagaraja cult, the Kayarohanswamy Temple, also called Neelayatakshi Temple, was built in the 6th century AD. Dedicated to the god Shiva, the worshiped god is known as Kayarohana. The woman of the deity, Neelayatakshi, is also worshiped in this temple. A main attraction is Thyagaraja lapy lazuli idol, which consists of semi-precious blue stone. The processional dance following the famous undulating dance steps of Thyagaraja is an unforgettable spectacle.

Odikkarai beach:

Kodikkarai Beach in Nagapattinam is also called Calimere Point. The beach has a fresh natural beauty with wetlands, wetlands, flora and fauna. Water sports are also available on the beach. The Calimere Point Wildlife Sanctuary near the beach with a variety of endangered wildlife, birds and reptiles is another major attraction.

The Dutch fort at Tranquebar in Nagapattinam district is an exceptional architectural building. Built by the Dutch in 1620, it is a good place to stay. The archaeological museum in the premises of the building of Danish architecture and houses many ancient paintings and inscriptions. The fort and the museum are maintained by the archaeological department of Tamil Nadu.

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Road Trip on Pacific Coast Highway

Blog, Road Trips - GoroadTrip - May 14, 2017

Also known as PCH, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the world that you can take along the ocean. It stretches from the southern tip of Baja California to the Olympic Peninsula and covers a distance of about 500 miles. Along the way, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the sea, scenic coastal villages and unspoilt woodlands. You can also go through vineyards.

One of the most fascinating routes on PCH is San Francisco San Diego, because every place has interesting tourist stops that can be part of your journey.

San Francisco:

From the Golden Gate Bridge you will continue on PCH, but not before you visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and drive down Lombard Street and Union Square.

San Jose:

The city on PCH is worth a visit with its many interesting galleries and museums and the mysterious Winchester Mystery House. Do not forget to visit the headquarters, which is responsible for changing the computer world; Google, Facebook and Hewlett Packard Garage are all in San Jose. A visit to the zoo and the largest outdoor market in the United States is also a must in San Jose.

Santa Cruz:

Santa Cruz is for beach lovers. The charming beach, the Santa Cruz beach, the Big Dipper and the lighthouse make the stopover worthwhile. Pacific Avenue makes good purchases to bring home jewelry. For a bit of hiking, you can try the Wilder Ranch State Park or enjoy music at the Rio Theater.

Monterey:

One hour from Santa Cruz, where the rolling coastline is Monterey Bay. Monterey has its own share of attractions that you must visit. The Lobos State Nature Reserve is one, and the former Fisherman’s Wharf is another. Spend an interesting time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and go shopping at Cannery Row. If you continue on the 17 mile road, you can be overturned by the scenic beauty along the road and the friendliness of the coastal village. Treat yourself to some activities such as sailing, whale watching, kayaking and golf, all part of Monterey.

Big Sur:

A slow ascent to Monterey will take you to Big Sur after crossing one of the largest bridge bridges in the world, Brixby Bridge. Lose yourself in the beauty of Big Sur with so many points of view that driving slows considerably, but with many good reasons. Pfeiffer Beach, Point Sur State Historic Park, McWay Falls and Ragged Point can make you pause for a few days. The natural thermal baths of the Esalen Institute could be another reason to stop, as their healing properties are known.

San Simeon:

San Simeon is famous for its magnificent Hearst Castle on Enchanted Hill. The castle sits on an incredible 250,000 acres and is impressive with its rooms, cottages, suites, kitchens and land. The moonstone beach and the elephant colony PiedrasBiancas are other interesting places.

San Luis Obispo:

This coastal city of California has everything you need for a fun stopover. The walks you can take on the many hills like Islay Hill, Black Hill, Bishop Peak and San Luis Obispo Botanical Park are invigorating. The views of the Fremont Theater and Soda Lake are impressive, and Pismo Beach is great for parachuting, surfing and relaxing in the many restaurants. The Bubblegum Alley is a 15-foot-high and 70-foot-long lane, and if it does not keep you from seeing the chewing gum pastes glued here, you can visit them to leave one of them and make a mark.

Santa Barbara:

Santa Barbara offers a good break before you meet LA. Enjoy wildlife and flora at the Santa Barbara Zoo, Botanical Gardens and Lotus Land. Visit the Lobero Theater or Arlington for a chat or the historic Santa Barbara Museum for a brushstroke with the story.

Los Angeles:

Of course, stopping in this sprawling city of California with its iconic Hollywood sign is a must when you’re at the PHC. The Hollywood Hall of Fame, the Kodak Theater, Universal Studios and the Santa Monica Pier are just some of the many attractions of this glittering city.

San Diego:

The San Diego road trip is just the place to relax by the bay. Take your time and visit the Balboa National Park and the Cabrillo National Monument at the top of Loma Point.

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Five Breathtaking Places to Visit in Switzerland

Blog, Switzerland - GoroadTrip - May 7, 2017

Treat yourself to a dream holiday in Switzerland with our precious selection of the best places in Switzerland.

In addition to fine chocolates and luxurious watches, Switzerland has a lot to offer you. Let yourself be charmed by its many mountains, medieval towns, pristine lakes, fairy-tale castles and much more. Discover it with our selection of the five best destinations to visit.

• Jungfrau region, Interlaken

The Jungfrau region has the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch mountains, iconic destinations of the Swiss Alps. From the comfort of your seat enjoy the breathtaking scenery with the Jungfraubahn train that transports you to more than 3,454 meters.

For a more intimate getaway and a different perspective on the mountains, head towards Haslital, a place rich in Swiss landscapes and folklore.

• Jet d’Eau, Geneva

Among the most beautiful attractions of Switzerland, one finds the famous fountain of Geneva. A proud symbol of the city, its jet of water rises more than 140 meters making it as the largest fountain in the world. During the summer and fall seasons, the magic sets in thanks to impressive lighting that illuminates the waterfalls of this famous fountain.

For a unique and inspiring day in Geneva, visit CERN and discover a first-rate scientific exploration of how the universe works.

• Chillon Castle, Montreux

With more than 500 medieval castles and fortresses, Switzerland has a lot of history to keep you entertained. Among this vast choice, the Château de Chillon is a must. Composed of 100 buildings and located on the shores of Lake Geneva, this historic monument is one of the most visited in Switzerland.

If you are not a history buff, there is the option to rent a boat near Montreux. Taking a walk beside Lake Geneva will seem like the idea of the century. It is seen from the water that the fortress is the most impressive thanks to the superb backdrop formed by the incomparable snow-capped peaks of the Dents du Midi.

• Mount Rigi, Lucerne

While you can take a gondola or a cable car to the summit of the beautiful Mount Rigi, also called “The Queen of the Mountains” the option to take the oldest cogwheel railway in Europe, the Rigi Bahnen, will charm you. Start your journey from Arth-Goldau or Vitznau. For holders of Swisspass, the train ride is free.
Do not leave Lucerne without visiting the famous Chapel Bridge. Romantic and picturesque, it is the oldest covered bridge in the world.

• The Matterhorn, Zermatt

Photographed from almost every possible angle, the impressive Matterhorn is more than just an iconic peak; it is a national symbol. Rising to 4,478 meters, it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps and also one of the best places in Switzerland.

The most popular route to the summit is the North Hörnli ridge and is also the most popular in summer. However, this is the ideal route for hiking enthusiasts, because in addition to enjoying a spectacular view of the summit of the ridge at Gornergrat you walk to the lake where the reflection of the Matterhorn sparkles into the water. The best time to photograph the Matterhorn is in the early morning thanks to the sun rising in front of it.

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