Monthly Archives for August 2017

Laid Back Metropolis of San Diego

Blog, Destinations, Weekend Getaways - GoroadTrip - August 14, 2017

The eighth largest city in America is San Diego. For its sunny atmosphere, happiness and relaxed attitude, it is affectionately known as America’s Finest City. Perfect for the vacationer, San Diego makes it hard not to relax and unwind in their many holiday destinations. There are lively beaches, museums in the city center and the zoo, all perfectly made by the sunny weather. Enjoy sharing these places in San Diego:

San Diego Zoo:

San Diego Zoo is without doubt one of the biggest attractions in Southern California. It has an incredible number of 3000 animals belonging to about 650 species, all installed in landscapes that reproduce their habitats. Equipped with a map, you will find the comfort of a double-decker bus, an express service bus and the Skyfari cable car to explore the vastness of the zoo. Some of the habitats created here are the Elephant Odyssey, the Gorilla Tropics, the Tiger River, the Absolute Monkeys, and the Sun Bear Forest. Koalas, Komodo dragons, Asian bears, Siamangs and orangutans are just a few of the many animals that can be seen in one day.

Torry Pines State Reserve:

The reserve is located on the border of the Pacific Ocean north of La Jolla. It is about 18 miles from downtown San Diego. The 1700-acre nature reserve is ideal for hiking and bird watching amidst the diverse wildlife and rare pine trees of Torry. The trails along the coast are beautifully carved for pleasant walks. You can also stop to swim at two of the beaches, Black Beach and Torry Pines State Beach, where the State Reserve is located.

USS Midway Museum:

For a tour of the oldest American aircraft carrier visit the USS Midway Museum. You will receive first-hand information about life on a US Navy carrier. Around 60 different exhibits will be exhibited and the tour will take you to the engine room, crew cabins and even to the ship’s prison.

Coronado Beach:

Due to its quiet atmosphere and central location, Coronado Beach is popular with families. The beach has a panoramic view and the backdrop of large houses. Along the half-line coast, boogie boarding, bodysurfing and sandcastle building are some of the most popular activities undertaken by tourists on the beach.

Gaslamp Quarter:

With its 16 Victorian-style blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a popular spot for shopping, dining and dining out. You can walk the many streets or just hop on the Old Town Trolley Tour to discover the vibrant attractions of this area.

Cabrillo National Monument:

Located 10km from downtown San Diego, the Cabrillo National Monument is a statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European sailor on the California coast. Since the monument is 422 feet above sea level, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and the naval base and watch the whales especially in the months of December to February. Also try the Bayside and Coastal trails that surround the monument and visit the Lighthouse and Visitor Center Old Point Loma while you are here

Mission Beach:

One of the liveliest beaches in Southern California, Mission Beach is popular for sunbathing. His walk is popular with indoor skaters and cyclists. Belmont Park with its Giant Dipper rollercoaster is another attraction for children and adults.

Sea World:

SeaWorld is located about seven miles from the city center and is home to a number of marine animals. Visitors can see California sea lions, dolphins, otters, killer whales, sea turtles and many other species of marine life. The kids are in a treat with the many rides such as the fast Manta Ray roller coaster, Shipwreck Rapids ride and trip to Atlantis. The underwater shark observation tunnel, the penguin habitat and the Wild Arctic Ride / Exhibition are other attractions.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park:

The Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is more popular for its scenic views and extends over 68 acres. It spans over one and a half miles along the coast of the Point Loma peninsula, making the experience spectacular. The sunsets are beyond the description of the sandstone cliffs of the park.

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5 Best Palaces of Tamil Nadu

Blog, Things To Do - GoroadTrip - August 8, 2017

Tamil Nadu has several Pandyas, Cholas, Cheras and Pallavas dynasties. It is a natural destination of the palaces which constitute an important part of the tourist attractions of Tamil Nadu.Tour some of these palaces to witness the royalty of these kingdoms.

Sivaganaga Palace:

Sivaganga Palace, also known as Gowri Vilasam, is located in Sivaganga District, about 40 kilometers from Madurai. Built in the 1730s, the palace was the royal residence of the Marava kings. Although most parts of the palace are now in a dilapidated state, the palace houses a temple dedicated to Raja Rajeshwari, the deity of the royal family, and accessible to tourists. A hall with huge columns, litter and a Nadai Kinaru, a miniature pool built for the women of the palace, are also on display.

Tirumalai Nayakar Mahal:

Built by Tirumalai Nayakar, this palace is about two kilometers from Madurai Meenakshi Temple. It’s in the Indo-Saracen style. A highlight for palace visitors is a light and sound show that tells the story of Tirumalai Nayakar and Silapathikaram.Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Madurai, Nayakar

Tanjavur Palace:

Tanjavur was the capital of Cholas. The palace of Tanjavur was the royal house of the Cholas and later the Tanjavur Nayaks and also the ruler of Maratha. The three kingdoms have left their mark on the palace, which is a fascinating part of the palace tour. With two towers, huge halls, wide corridors and a shady courtyard with a museum, art gallery and music hall called Sangeetha Mahal.

Padmanabhapuram Palace:

The Padmanabhapuram palace was built in Kanyakumari in 1601 by the Travancore rulers. See a mix of Kerala style architecture, the Palace of the Queen’s Palace, the South Palace and the Council Chamber.

Chettinad Palace:

The Chettinad Palace in Karaikudi, a royal house of the Chettiyars, is an exquisite monument to the architecture of Chettinad. Built by Dr. med. Annamalai Chettiyar, the palace is about 110 years old. He used materials, decoration and furniture mainly from East Asian countries and Europe. Opulence can be seen in every corner of this majestic palace; Italian marble, teak and candlesticks from Burma, crystals from Europe, mirrors from Belgium and Indonesian dishes. The Chettinad Palace is really a spectacular sight.

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10 Most Visited Temples of Telangana

Blog, Heritage & Culture - GoroadTrip - August 2, 2017

Telangana has a fair share of the temples where the faithful flock in large numbers. On top of that, temples make an interesting tourist destination either because of their location or architecture. Some of the temples are listed below:

Temple of Yadagirigutta:

Located on a beautiful hill in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, this temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. It is built in the Dravidian architectural style.

Bhadrakali Temple:

One of the oldest temples of the goddess Bhadrakali, this Warangal temple sits at the top of a hill, on the shores of Bhadrakali Lake, between the towns of Warangal and Hanamkonda.

Temple of Bhadrachalam:

One of the popular temples in India dedicated to Lord Rama, the Bhadrachalam Temple is located in Bhadrachalam in Khammam District. The temple is located on the banks of the picturesque Godavari River.

Keesaragutta Temple:

Sivadurga and Bhavani, the temple of Keesaragutta is located in Rangareddy district of Telangana. It is also called Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple when Lord Rama installed a linga there.

Temple of the thousand pillars:

Built by King Rudra Deva, the thousand pillar temple of Warangal is home to a thousand pillars. The temple is also called Rudreshwara Swami temple and is dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva and Surya. Architectural styles are followed by the Chalukyan and Kakatiya dynasties.

Ramappa Temple:

Warangal, Ramappa temple is located in the village valley Palmpet. Also called Ramalingeshwara temple, it is the testimony of Karkatian architecture with floating bricks and intricate carvings.

Temple of Gnana Saraswati:

Located in Basar on the banks of the Godavari River, Gnana Saraswati Temple is one of the two most famous temples in India, dedicated to the goddess Saraswati. The other temple is in Jammu and Kashmir.

Temple of Birla Mandir:

The Birla Mandir temple in Hyderabad is one of 18 in India. It is a beautiful temple located on a hill 280 feet high and a popular tourist attraction.

Temple of Karmanghat Hanuman:

This temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is one of the oldest temples in the city of Hyderabad. It spans three acres. The sanctuary of Anjaneya is called Dhyana Anjaneya.

Narasimha Temple Nampally Gutta:

Located in Nampally Gutta, 32 kilometers from Karimnagar, this temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha is located on the hill of Vemulawada. It is modeled after a snake and the snake statue is the largest in India.

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