Friday, February 9, 2018

Heli Taxi service in Bengaluru finally happening

Heli Taxi service that aims to bring down your commuting time to and from city to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is finally happening. Heli Taxi service, a chopper service that offers shuttle service from International Airport to Electronic City Bengaluru is expected to start by the end of this month. Heli Taxi service which is the first of its kind in the country to connect various locations in the city of Bengaluru is expected to start by the end of this month. Thumby Aviation Private Ltd, already developed an app for the booking of tickets. The app will be formally released next week for customers to book the tickets.

Initially, the helicopter shuttle service will have utilize helipads in Electronics City and the international airport. While the helipad at KIA was ready, the one at Electronics City has only now been readied for operations. Once the services get started, helicopters will take off from many more helipads, and not just the one in Electronics City. A one-way trip from E-City to KIA in a luxury taxi costs around Rs 2,000 and the notorious traffic near Silk Board and on Hosur Road makes it a nearly 2-hour commute. This is will be cut down to around 15 minutes. The  ride to airport or back will cost under Rs 3,000.

Source: Bangalore Mirror Bureau 
http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/cover-story/flyers-can-bid-goodbye-to-traffic-jams-and-take-heli-taxis-instead/articleshow/62842004.cms

Update:

Bangalore’s heli taxis start flying from March 1.


  • Two Bell 407 helicopters are ready to fly passengers from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport to Electronic City, Phase 1 and to HAL Airport.
  • While the schedule for the flights is flexible, the heli taxi will operate in two shifts, for now.
  • There will be an average of three round-trips between Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and Electronic City from 6.30am to 9.30am and another three round-trips from 3.00pm to 6.15pm.
  • The four-blade, single-engine Bell 407 chopper to be used as a heli taxi can seat up to six people.
  • Tickets for the heli taxi are priced at Rs4,130 per seat (Rs3,500 + GST). It also includes carry-on luggage up to 15kg. Anything over that will have to be shipped over ground at extra cost.
  • You can book your seat through the Heli Taxii mobile app
  • Next on the cards are helicopter flights between HAL Airbase and Whitefield.

Source: https://www.cntraveller.in/story/bangalores-heli-taxis-start-flying-next-week-price-timings-and-how-to-book/





Sunday, January 28, 2018

Kanhangad in Kasaragod district of Kerala


Kanhangad is city located in Kasaragod district (Northernmost district & important border district) of Kerala. The city is well connected with road, State Highway 57 connects Kanhangad to Kasaragod via Bekal Fort and Chandragiri. National Highway 66 (formerly NH 17) connects Kanhangad with Kasaragod that connects you Mangalore Karnataka and Kannur that connects you Kozhikode, Kochi and Trivandrum of Kerala. Kasaragod was a part of South Canara, a district of the Madras Presidency of British India which later retained by Madras. Malayalam is the regional language and people also speak languages like Konkani, Tamil, Kannada and Tulu.


History and Importance
  • Kanhangad played a vital role when Vijayanagara kings invaded Kumbala and Tulunadu in 1345. In 1731 Somasekhara Naik reconstructed the Hosdurg Fort at Kanhangad.
  • Shivappa Nayaka popularly known as Keladi Shivappa Nayaka from Nayaka Community and successors of the Vijayanagara Empire in the coastal and Malnad (hill) districts of Karnataka. Having conquered the Kannada coast, he marched down to Kasargod region of modern Kerala and installed a pillar of victory at Nileshwar. The forts of Chandragiri, Bekal and Mangalore were built by Shivappa Nayaka.
  • Several thatched huts were made for the workers near the fort. A lot of thatched huts made for the shelter of workers became a slum (cheri). Gradually the land became Kottacheri. (Kotta means fort and cheri, slum)
  • A.C.Kannan Nair, Vidwan P Kelu Nair, K. Kelappan and KT Kunhiraman Nambiar are some of the popular freedom fighters from Kanhangad.
  • A grand reception arranged at Kanhangad railway station to honour Mahatma Gandhi as he passed through Kanhangad on 26 October 1929.
  • Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru addressed a public meeting in 1957 at Hosdurg, Kanhangad now also known as Nehru Maidan or Nehru Mandap.
  • Mahakavi P. Kunhiraman Nair in Bellikoth near Kanhangad renowned Malayalam poet whose works romanticised the natural beauty of his home state of Kerala.
  • Bekal Fort served as an important military station of Tipu Sultan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar. The death of Tipu Sultan in Fourth Anglo-Mysore War in 1799 saw the end of Mysorean control and subsequently the fort came under the British East India Company.

 Connectivity
  • Kanhangad Railway station (Station Code KZE) is the nearest railway station for Kanhangad and it connects north to Kasaragod and Mangalore and south to Nileshwar, Payyanur, Kannur, Thalassery formerly Tellicherry, Kozhikode or Calicut, Guruvayur Thrissur, Kochi, Alleppy, Thiruvananthapuram and neighboring states like Tamil Nadu.
  • Private Buses and KSRTC buses plying in the city connects to surrounding areas or cities.
  • Mangalore Airport and Kozhikode Airport are the nearest airport for the city. Kannur airport is proposed and once it start functioning then Mangalore Airport and Kannur airport will be the nearest airport. 

Places to Visit in Kanhangad 

Hosdurg Fort: In 1731 Somasekhara Naik in Karnataka reconstructed the Hosdurg Fort at Kanhangad. The fort was called Hosa Durga which means new fort and gradually the place near fort became Hosdurg and people of Kanhangad calls the place Putiya Kota which means new fort.

Nithyananda Ashram - Cave Temple: Temple of Sri Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri is located near Hosdurg Fort of Hosdurg Kanhangad. It is believed that there is mystery cave near the entrance of Hosdurg Fort where Swami Nithyananda used to go his Ashram in Mumbai. But, visitors can go Nithyanand Ashram and visit the cave he used to meditate.

Guruvan or Guruvanam Kanhangad: Guruvan is the place were Swami Nithyananda did Tapas (meditation) for several years. It is located at Arayil palam 5 km east of Kanhangad town. Sri Bhagawan Nityananda used to meditate here and from rocky hills he created holy stream Papanasini Ganga.

Anandashram Kanhangad: Ashram founded by Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai, also called Papa Ramdas and Pujya Mataji, at Kanhangad, South India in 1931. Anandashram is located at a mavungal junction on the national highway. Manjapati hill near Anandashram is tourist attraction in this spot. Once Manjapati hill Kanhangad, was covered by a thick forest in which sadhus and sanyasi used to meditate. There are three Samadhi Mandirs in Anandashram – of Beloved Papa, of Pujya Mataji, and of Swami Sachidananda. These are situated to the left of the main gate.

Bekal Fort: One of the historic Fort in Kasaragod district of Kerala. Fort was built especially for fulfilling defence requirements. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are specially designed to defend the fort effectively. The fort is built by Shivappa Nayaka of Ikkeri dynasty, popularly known as Keladi Shivappa Nayak. Bombay movie famous song Uyire Uyire Song give you superb view of the fort and beach. 

Chandragiri Fort: The fort has an eventful history where the river Chandragiri was considered to be the border of two powerful kingdoms - Kolathunadu and Thulunadu. When Thulunadu was captured by the Vijayanagara Empire, the Kolathunadu kings lost the Chandragiri region to them. Later Shivappa Nayaka took over the reins. He built a chain of forts of which Chandragiri is part.

Madhur Temple Kasaragod: Sree Madanantheswara Sidhivinayaka Temple on the banks of Madhuvahini River is a famous Lord Shiva and Ganapathy temple.

Famous Temples in Kanhangad
  • Mathoth Shri Vishnu Temple, Kanhangad South
  • Karpooreswara Temple Hosdurg Kanhangad
  • Laxmi Venkateshwara Temple Hosdurg Kanhangad
  • Mariyamma Temple Hosdurg Kanhangad
  • Sre Krishna Mandir Hosdurg Kanhangad
  • Sree Subrahmanya Swami Temple Near Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Athiyambur Kanhangad
  • Sri Madiyan Koolom Temple Madiyan Kanhangad
  • Mukhyaprana Temple of Hanuman Bekal, Kanhangad
  • Sree Madanantheswara Sidhivinayaka Temple Madhur Kasaragod
  • Trikkanad Temple near Bekal

Backwaters and Beaches in Kanhangad
  • Hosdurg Beach: The beach is located around 5 Km from Sri Bhagawan Nityananda Ashram.
  • Pallikere Beach: The beach is located near Bekal fort and it is 1 Km from Bekal Fort. There are entertainment park for kids where animals like Horse and Camel are available and also entertainment like Kids Rollercoaster, Dancing Chair etc available. It is a good spot for spending an evening with family.
  • Valiyaparamba backwaters: Valiyaparamba backwaters is a beautiful place to go near Bekal and you get house boat facilities and also small boats, boating to enjoy the backwaters at a leisurely pace .

Reference:


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

August to March: Best season to visit Kerala for holidays


Kerala is famous for its natural beauty like coastline, ecotourism, spice plantations, backwater, temples and cultural festivals. Monsoon from June-August is the best time to go for Ayurveda treatments. Visiting Kerala after monsoon help you to explore the greenery and sightseeing places around Fort Kochi, backwaters in Alleppey/Kumarakom and beaches like  Kovalam, Varkala and Calicut.

August 17, 2017 is Chingam Onnu (Chingam 1), the begining of Malayalam New Year in Kerala and Onam Festival falls during this Malayalam month of Chingam that is on September 3rd to 6th.

Kerala is spread from its capital city Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod that offers a numerous tourist attractions like Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, sight seeing places in and around Mattancherry and Fort Cochin, Munnar Hill Station, House boats in Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom/Alleppey, Athirapally Falls, Guruvayor Sri Krishna Temple, calicut tourism places and other tourist attractions in Kerala.

Asia's largest, and the world's third-largest, Naval Academy-Ezhimala Naval Academy-at Kannur is in Kerala. Idukki arch dam, the world's second arch dam, and Asia's first, is in Kerala. The major beaches are at Kovalam, Varkala, Fort Kochi, Cherai, Payyambalam, Kappad, Muzhappilangad (South India's only drive-in beach) and Bekal. Popular hill stations are at Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Paithalmala, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi. 

Ecotourism destinations include wildlife sanctuaries and national parks like Periyar Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, and Silent Valley National Park are the most popular among them. Kerala is known for its ecotourism initiatives which include mountaineering, trekking and bird-watching programmes in the Western Ghats. Elephants have been an integral part of the culture of the state. 

Kerala cuisine and Folk Arts

Kerala cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry, and meat. Kerala is home to a number of performance arts. Folk arts of Kerala can be broadly classified as ritualistic and non-ritualistic.

Transport

Kerala state is having 3 operational International airports: Cochin International Airport (COK), Calicut International Airport (CCJ) and Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Kerala is well connected through national and state highways and one can commute via Kerala state buses and private buses, auto rickshaw and taxi car and jeeps. Indian Railways conveniently connect Kerala to nighboring states.

Malayalam New Year Chingam 1 and Onam 2017


Chingam 1 known as Chingam Onnu, is the new year for Keralites. 'Chinga Masam' means 'Chingam month' which is the first month of Malayalam calender year. Chingam 1 or Chingam Onnu, starts on August 17, 2017 and the malayalam year known as Kolla Varsham. The Kolla varsham of 2017 is 1193. Onam is one of the biggest festivals of Kerala which is observed in the month of Chingam month.

No Moon Day known as Karthuvavu or Amavasi falls on August 21 and Full Moon day which is known as Veluthuvavu or Purnami day falls on September 6th. 

Onam Festival

Onam carnival continues for ten days from Atham day which falls on August 25, 2017 and September 3rd Uthradam is observed as Onnam Onam (First Onam day),  Thiru Onam (Second Onam day), Munnam Onam (Third Onam day) Avittam and Nallaam Onam (fourth Onam day) known as Chathayam. Onam is also a harvest festival.People of all religions, castes and communities celebrate the festival with equal joy and verve. 

Onam is about the mythological King Mahabali also known as Maveli the great great grandson of sage Kashyapa, great grandson of Hiranyakshipu, the grand son of Prahlada and son of Virochana. Mahabali after his exploits and conquest of the universe sponsors a sacrifice and gift giving ceremony to consolidate his power. Vishnu appears at this ceremony as a dwarf mendicant Brahmin called Vamana. 
Maha Bali offers whatever riches and material wealth Vamana would like. Vamana refuses everything and states he would just like three steps worth of land. Bali finds the dwarf's request amusingly small and irrevocably grants it.Vamana then grows into a giant the size of cosmos. In the first step, he covers the earth. In second, he takes the heavens. The boy asked where should he keep the third step, Mahabali realized that Brahmin boy Vamana is none other than his god Vishnu and as he promised, for the third step, Bali offers his head on which Vamana steps sending the demon king to the Patala (netherworld).

Mahabali was a beloved king and very kind to his subjects in the state of Kerala. Mahabali's request to visit his people once in a year was granted by God. This annual visit of King Mahabali is celebrated as Onam in Kerala.

There are a lot of cultural activities like Pulikali, Kummattikali, Talappanthukali, Kutukutu and combats like Kayyankali, Onatalu and Attakalam. Floral decoration or colourful arrangement of flowers laid on the floor caled Pookalam, sports and games as a part of Onam celebrations. Onasadhya or Onam feast or grand meal comprises of different varieties of Kerala cusines and curries served on a Banana leaf.

Source/Reference:
http://www.onamfestival.org/onam-in-kerala.html
http://hindumythologyforgennext.blogspot.in/2012/02/mahabali-and-goddess-lakshmi.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vamana
http://hindupad.com/chingam-1-in-2011-chingam-month-1-or-malayalam-new-year-2011-2012/
http://www.hindu-blog.com/2010/08/chinga-masam-2010-chingam-month-in.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabali

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Longest Bridge of India connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest bridge that connects Dhola of Arunachal with Sadiya of Assam, reducing the travel time by four hours. The ‘Bhupen Hazarika Bridge’ is named after singer Bhupen Hazarika, who hailed from Sadia. The 9.15 km s-shaped bridge, built over rivers Lohit, Kundil and Dhola to link Sadiya with the rest of Assam.



The 950 crore project began in 2011 and scheduled to become operational from December 2015. According to reports, the project cost around 10 billion rupees and has taken about six years to complete. It will promote tourism in the region. The bridge project will enhance the entire transport system of North Assam which was being carried out through water across the Brahmaputra River.

The bridge will certainly give the army access to an extremely remote part of the Chinese border, along the Anjaw and Dibang valley of Arunachal, allowing them to move tanks over it. The bridge has been designed to accommodate the movement of battle tanks for the quick movement of troops and artillery to the bordering state of Arunachal. The bridge will be one of the vital links in this region which will not only give a relief to the existing transport network but also invite various developmental activities.

“Besides improving the life of the people of Sadiya, this bridge will change the economy of many remote parts of Arunachal. Already, tourists lodges are being built in places like Mayodiya in that state,” said Sangmai.

“Yes, the bridge will not only greatly shorten the travel time of people living in that state’s Lohit, Upper Dibang and Lower Dibang districts but will also develop tourism in that belt, particularly in places like Mayodiya, Dong, Bismaknagar,” added Dibrugarh-based journalist Rajib Dutta.

Source:
https://thewire.in/137083/dhola-sadiya-bridge-assam/
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/pm-modi-inaugurates-india-s-longest-bridge-in-assam-as-his-govt-turns-3-117052600301_1.html
http://www.rediff.com/news/report/pix-indias-longest-bridge-opened-in-assam/20170526.htm

Image Source: 
http://im.rediff.com/news/2017/may/26bridge05.jpg

Best places to visit in and around Bangalore

Bangalore, officially known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is located in South India. The city is one of the tourist places in India that lets you experience soothing nature, food delights, branded shopping and amazing nightlife. The city offers you the experience of Metropolitan city life with concrete jungle like IT companies and shopping malls, Bangalore traffic. But it also offers you the experience traditional monuments and temples, beautiful gardens and lakes, wildlife like Bannerghatta National Park etc. Due to this, the city is also known as the "Garden City of India", "The Silicon Valley of India,", "IT hub of India", "Pub city of India".

Bangalore is served by Kempegowda International Airport located at Devanahalli, Bangalore. The major railway stations in the city are Krantiveer Sangoli Rayanna (KSR) Railway Station (SBC), Bangalore Cantonment railway station, Yeshwantapur junction and Krishnarajapuram Railway station. A rapid transit system called the Namma Metro is serving the city of Bangalore.

It is true that you cannot visit all the part of City in one day. But, if you plan your day and know what to see in and around Bangalore, you can visit almost all the Bangalore sightseeing places. There are many places to see in Bangalore and each promising a unique enriching experience.



Sunday Markets in Bangalore

Chikpet and Balepet
Commercial Street
Jayanagar 4th Block
KR Market
Malleswaram
Sivaji Nagar

Entertainment hubs

Commercial Street
Crazy Waters
Innovative Film City
Karnataka Silk Emporium
Lumbini Gardens
Malleswaram 8th Cross
MG Road and Brigade Road
Play Arena
Snow City & Fun World
Wonder La Amusement Park

Famous Shopping Malls

Forum Value Mall Whitefield
Mantri Mall Malleswaram
Orion Mall Yeswantpur
PVR Forum Koramangala
Royal Meenakshi Mall Bannerghatta
Total Mall Madiwala
Total Mall Sarjapur Road
UB City

Food Delights and Restaurants

Church Street Social
MTR - Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
Nandini Paradise
Rasta Cafe
Street Foods at Malleswaram
UB City Skyye Lounge

Temples and Religious Place

Banashankari Temple
Bull Temple and Dodda Ganapati Temple
Doddaballapur Gati Subramanya Temple
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
ISCKON Temple & Mahalakshmi Temple

Kemp Fort Shiva Temple
Meenakshi Temple/Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple
Prasanna Ganapati Temple
Ragigudda temple
Raja Rajeshwari Temple

Art of Living International Center
Bridavan or Sai Ashram Whitefield
St. Mary's Basilica
St. Mark's Cathedral
Masjid-E-Khadria
Other important churches in Bangalore
Other temples in Bangalore

Bangalore Famous Gardens & Lakes

Bannerghatta National Park
Cubbon Park
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
Madiwala Lake
Sankey Tank Malleshwaram
The Coles Park
Ulsoor Lake

Other Sightseeing Places

Bangalore Palace
Devanahalli Fort
Freedom Park
Government Museum
HAL Aerospace Museum
High Court
Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Karnataka ChitraKala Parishat
Nrityagram
Shri M.Vishweshwarayya Museum
Tipu Sultan Fort
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace
Venkatappa Art Gallery
Vidhana Soudha and Vikasa Soudha

Bangalore Weekend Getaways

Chikmagalur
Coorg
Goa
Hampi
Hassan
Hogenakkal
Kabini
Kanchipuram
Madikeri
Mangalore
Murdeswara
Mysore
Nandi Hills
Ooty
Sakleshpur
Shivagange
Sravanbelagola
Sringeri
Srisailam
Tirupati
Wayanad

Most polluted areas and Lakes in Bangalore

If possible avoid these areas or lakes which are most polluted areas or lakes in city.

Bellandur Lake
Varthur Lake
Hebbagodi Lake near Electronic City
Yamere Lake in Sarjapur