Category: Hotels

Explore the Cultural and Scenic Beauty of Kochi

Located in the South Western state of India, i.e. Kerala, Kochi also popularly known as Cochin is one of the most highly rated tourist destinations for nature lovers as well as leisure tourists seeking a break from their everyday schedule and hustle bustle of the urban lifestyle. The city is an ancient port city operational since 1341 when it was used for trade with Chinese, European and Arab merchants. Apart from the beautiful places for sightseeing the city also flaunts its rich colonial culture and Portuguese influence.

There is a high demand for travel and accommodation in Kochi and hence it is recommended that you make your hotel bookings at least 28 days in advance so as to avoid any last minute hassles. There are a host of budget hotels as well as luxurious five star and four star hotel in cochin that can be booked in advance via any of the leading travel websites that too from the comfort of your office or home. Some of the most popular accommodation alternatives in the city include:

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Hotel Olive Regency
Angel Garden Beach Homestay
Malayattoor Residency
Signature Crest Lake View Villa
Cochin City Residency
OYO Rooms Fort Kochi Bus Stand etc.

Places to Explore At Night

If you prefer exploring the less frequented and unique places in Kochi after the sun sets down the horizon here is some info that might come in handy while planning your trip to this alluring seaside town. Nature lovers as well as solitude seekers must visit these places in and around Cochin to collect never before memories of the surreal natural beauty of these places as well as bask in their cultural richness.

Vypeen Island Zone

One of the must visit attractions in Kochi which you can visit at night as well as in the day time is the Vypeen Island Zone. This place is one of the most picturesque and scenic attractions located around 35 kilometres from the city centre where the heavenly VembanandLake merges with the vast and pacifying Arabian Sea.

This mesmerising island is easily accessible from another iconic attraction i.e. the Fort Kochi as well as with the mainland Ernakulam via jetty services and bridges respectively. Enjoy the marine journey from Fort Kochi to this place and then vice versa.

Fort Kochi

If you are interested in exploring the intermingling of cultures and rich architectural influences in Kochi do visit the iconic Fort Cochin which is located to the North Wast of the Mattancherry Palace in Kochi. You can notice the mesmerising architecture of the houses and other buildings here which show significant European influences. There are rich traders belonging to the British era who reside in this area and hence the Dutch cottages are a beautiful specimen of the intermingling of cultures. Do visit the Mattancherry Palace, the Saint Francis Church as well as the Chinese Fishing Nets while you are in Fort Kochi.

Chinese Fishing Nets

These unique Chinese Fishing Nets are reminiscent of the strong relations of the Chinese Emperors with the rulers of Cochin. Except for China these fishing nets are exclusively available in this city.

Chinese Fishing Nets | Image Resource: travel.paintedstork.com

 

Top 10 Things To Do In Dubai & Remember For The Entire Life!

In the current scenario, Dubai is the most happening cities in the world. People call Dubai as “City of Gold “, and “Festival City”. The city of Dubai has transformed drastically since 1994.

As far as entertainment in Dubai is concerned, the city can be easily compared with other cities like London, Paris, and New York. In fact, Dubai offers everything to have a cherishable vacation.

In the current scenario, Dubai has transformed itself into one of the top vacation hotspot in the world. Gone are the days, when Dubai was called as desert outpost. Now, with the change in time, people from all across the country visit Dubai for vacation or for other purposes.

What to do when in Dubai?

Here are top 10 things to do in Dubai –

The Jumeirah Mosque

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The Jumeirah Mosque

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It is one of the most beautiful structures in Dubai. In fact, it is the best example for Islamic structure, wherein the visitors can take a look at the marvelous stonework and mosque beauty comes out its best during the moonlit sky.

Burj Khalifa

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Burj Khalifa | Image Resource :burjkhalifa.ae

Undoubtedly, this is one of the famous skyscrapers; since it is one of the tallest buildings in the world. Visitors to the place can move to the top of building and enjoy aerial view of Dubai from the observation deck of the building.

The Dubai Aquarium

This is one of the top most attractions of the city, housing underwater species from various corner of the world. Visitors can enjoy glass-bottom boar riding to observe shark and fishes.

Dubai camel races

From November till March, the locals and visitors to the place can witness Dubai camel race which is the favorite sport of the place. Camel races in Dubai occur during Thursday and Friday.

The Dubai dancing fountain show

The dancing fountain show in Dubai is quite different, but indeed an entertaining experience. The fountain possesses synchronized water movement and choreographed to have wonderful musical soundtrack system. For the first time viewers, they are best entertained at ground level; and can experience much better when the water starts shooting up to 500feet above their heads.

A brief insight into Atlantis, the Palm

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Atlantis, The palm | Image Resource : abouttimemagazine.co.uk

Hotel Atlantis, The palm is a five star ocean themed hotel located at the center of Dubai. The hotel is spread across 46 hectares of land boasting Water Park, array of bars, lounges and restaurants. To spend your vacation with your loved ones, this is the right place to move towards.

The hotel boasts all the facilities and modern amenities to have a comfortable stay and make the guests feel like home. Some of the modern amenities comprise of pool, gym, non-smoking rooms, and babysitting and yet more services. Guests can relax by taking massage and spa services. The hotel staff doesn’t leave any stone unturned for corporate guests. They are provided with the facility of conference rooms for hosting business event. Even social gatherings can be arranged.

Why You Must Go For Hyderabad Shopping

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Shopping is therapeutic. It uplifts anyone’s mood no matter how sad or depressed. It also helps you keep in touch with the latest fashion and trends going on. Every city has its own specialties and shopping districts but shopping in Hyderabad has a different feel and is a totally unique experience. The street markets are colourful and vibrant and every bazaar has its own forte and special products. For example, the Laad Bazaar is famous for bangles, Sultan Bazaar for clothes and accessories while the Moazzam Jahi market is known for the food products.

Hyderabad has something to offer to everyone. Of course, the locals already know where to go for a particular thing, as they know it would be authentic if bought from there. The tourists can also ask around so that they know they have got authentic items. Most of the markets are located in the central area of Charminar, which is popular for the heritage buildings, food, culture and the old world charm. The best part about shopping in Hyderabad is that one can find a wide variety off things from local crafts to textiles, jewellery, clothes, books and so on at affordable rates. One thing not to be forgotten is that one must always bargain. You can get as much as a thirty percent discount if not fifty.

It is without a shadow of doubt that what street markets and local bazaars have to offer, the new age shopping malls do not. While the former would have local goods, the latter would allow you to buy all the brands. The experience that a local market gives you cannot be sought from a mall. Moreover, when you visit a place as a tourist, you would want to buy what is local to that city. Brands are available everywhere.

Street markets are also worth visiting. Visiting these indigenous markets gives a person valuable insight and perception of what the city vendors have to offer and one tends to appreciate the art and craft and the skills the people have. This also gives the person an opportunity to buy gifts, which are a specialty of that place, and the person who gets such a present always genuinely appreciates it.

Pragati Resorts- The Place To Stay

When visiting Hyderabad, it is suggested that you check the details of Pragati resorts for your stay. Located centrally, it is a clean resort with a fantastic landscape. The charges are reasonable and value for money. The rooms are welcoming and kept in a neat condition. There are a number of indoor games and water sports, which you can do in your free time. The staff is extremely caring and warm and point you in the right direction regarding places to visit and things to do.

The resort has many facilities, such as Ayurveda spa, which you can use to relax. The pollution free environment rejuvenates you, and since it is a noise free zone, you can relax without being disturbed. So definitely when in Hyderabad, you must book your accommodation here to have a nice experience. Don’t forget to read reviews before booking.

An Expedition Worth Trying For All the Foodies Around

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There is really no experience as addictive and enjoyable as eating yummy food. Food always remains the most uncontrollable indulgence that helps you get over the worst emotions. If you wish to understand the true essence of a city, try and taste its unique flavours.

If you are in Mumbai, here are some places you must definitely check out:

Getting To Devour The True Italian Culinary Masterpieces at Little Italy

Italy is known around the world for its world class cuisine. It uses the herbs, spices and traditional cooking styles to come up with some unique preparations that leave your mouth watering. Enjoy the enticing flavours of Milan’s risottos and Naples’ exotic Pizzas at Little Italy in Mumbai. Unlike many Indian restaurants that distort the authentic flavours to please the customers, this is one restaurant that adheres to traditional Italian cooking styles. Cost for two people is roughly Rs 1400.

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The Lalit Mumbai, A Breathtaking Experience

People looking out for some good hotel for stay with nice dining options too, your best bet would be The Lalit Mumbai. It has some of the best restaurants serving a multitude of eating options so anyone who enjoys exploring new cuisines has a choice.

The Baluchi is a restaurant that offers authentic flavours of Awadhi India with multiple options in Kebabs, Tandoor and more.

If you are one of those diners who do not believe in having a specific time to eat and sleep, the 24/7 Restaurant is made just for you so that you can savour flavours any time of the day. The cost for two people is roughly Rs 800. In addition, it also has The Lalit Boulangerie for the dessert maniacs, Kitty Su for the happening crowd of Mumbai and Trendz for those who choose the modern Italian cuisine.

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel | Image Resource : cntraveller.in

Experience The Grand Hotel

If you believe that eating is an experience and can be complete only with the right ambience and accompanied with the right drinks, you must visit The Cinnamon Coffee Shop & Bar at Grand Hotel.

Enjoy the unique Indian foods while you are seated within the most cosy and comfortable restaurants of India. You can enjoy free breakfast buffet of foods from different parts of India during your stay at the Grand Hotel.

A Drink at The Daily

For all those food aficionados who believe paradise exists where the best wine marries the most exotic dishes, The Daily meets their expectations. It is a great place for food lovers to try out unique starters, salads and barbecues. The succulent flavours of each are sure to hover in your mind for long. Reserve your table early so that you are assured a set without delays. The cost for two is roughly Rs 2000.

The Lalit Mumbai

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Hard Rock Cafe

If you are crazy about the subtle and sophisticated American cuisine, don’t miss to visit the Hard Rock Café Mumbai. It has an awesome place with good food, the right ambience and the right music to raise your spirits. The cost for two is roughly Rs 2500.

Plan your visit to each of these Eat Outs In Mumbai to satiate your desire to eat sumptuous and pleasing meals.

A Trip To Trivandrum – Visiting The Most Famous Places Here

Something that in today’s modern world is a critical thing to remember, is to know when to take some time off from the tensions of the workplace and kick back a little. For a disturbingly large fraction of employees today in the corporate workroom, life has turned out to be considerably different to how it was in earlier years. In our busy schedules today, we tend to easily ignore the fact that from time to time, we have to give ourselves with some well-deserved leisure time to relax ourselves both physically and mentally, which is vital to a good life. Recently, I decided to take a vacation to visit Trivandrum and many of the famous places in and around the city.

I had never visited Trivandrum before, and was excited to visit the city, which is the capital of Kerala state, known as “God’s own country”. As it was a new place that I had never visited before, I knew that the visit would be a lot of fun, as I have always loved exploring new places. I was also very keen on trying out some of the cuisine of Trivandrumas the Malayali cuisine is quite famous. Thus, I was quite excited about this trip and booked my train well in advance.

Booking My Train To Trivandrum

There are a lot of trains available from Chennai to Trivandrum as both are geographically close and also important cities in South India. I had a lot of different choices available to me for trains, and I finally made the choice to book the Bangalore Express (06347) after doing some online research and checking details of all of the best options. There weredecent facilities on the train and I had a comfortable good trip. The train maintained its schedule well too.

Staying At the Samrat Hotel, Trivandrum

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Hotels near Padmanabhaswamy Temple | Image Resource : thehotelsamrat.com

I was on the hunt online for good mid-range hotels near Padmanabhaswamy Temple to stay at during my trip to Trivandrum. After looking at many of the choices available, and comparing important factors such as services, amenities, room tariffs, location, and other things, I finally chose The Samrat Hotel in Trivandrum. This is a good 3-star hotel with decent facilities and I had comfortable stay here. Some of the best things about the hotel are:

  • Great location near Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
  • Rooms were rather basic but spacious and well-furnished.
  • Other facilities here include Wi-Fi internet, swimming pool, gym, bar, restaurants, and a lot more.

Visiting Some Of Trivandrum’s Famous Places

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Napier Museum | Image Resource : wikimapia.org

I was eager to visit 3 of Trivandrum’s most famous places, which are Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Varkala Beach, and Napier Museum. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple that I visited to pay my respects, and it was a great place. Varkala Beach is an excellent beach in Trivandrum which is clean as well. Napier Museum was my favourite among these three, and I spent a lot of hours at this museum of art and natural history.