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Koh Tao

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About:

          Koh Tao was named by the first settlers where the geographic location was like a Turtle. At first this island was uninhabited. Later people started to move on to the island due to Storms. The economy of the island is centered on tourism. These are natural breeding grounds for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. It’s a great centre of attraction for the tourists.

Located at: At the Central Gulf Coat of the Southern Thailand.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. It has a great big history behind it.

During 1933 these islands were used as Prison land as they were at a great distant from the Mainland. During 1980 the popularity of the island has increased, since this was discovered by Young Tourists. From that time it became a popular Tourist spot.

Geogarphy:

Koh Tao is the 3rd largest island. And the translation means “Turtle island” where large number of sea turtles have been settled. Due to the “Biorock project 2008”(an environmental project) an artificial reef off the Sairee beach has been created. This added to the beauty

Local Languages spoken: Thai language

Climate:The year can be split into 3 seasons namely hot, dry and rainy.

  • Hot season: March- August

Humidity increases with increase in rainfall and it creates a sticky condition where the temperature of sea gets up to 30°C.

  • Dry season: December-February

This is the coolest time of the year where the average temperature is 22 to 29 °C and the temperature of the sea will be 28°C

  • Rainy season: September to November.

During this season the weather is totally unpredictable with heavy and intense downpours.

Tourist Spots:

  • Sairee beach:

The white Sandy beach that lies to the West coast that extends upto 1.7km is the Sairee beach. This long beach is often interrupted by Boulders and Resorts. You can loosen up either playing in the beaches or having fun at the adventurous sports or you can take a day off by relaxing in any of the resorts.

  • Mae Haad:

The sunset view from the beach gives a pleasant view. Hiring Motorbikes and enjoying a ride in them is the ultimate best journey you’ve ever made. Ofcourse there are many other options for transportation. But hiring Motorcycles are the best choices you can make.

  • Shark Bay:

Shark Bay is the wonderful and most preferred spot for Snorkelling. Don’t fear about the name there aren’t sharks in the beach it’s the reefs that look like sharks.

Other than these Ko Nang Yuan Freedom Beach,  Mango Bay, Laem Thian, Hin Wong Bay, Tanote Bay are good spots for one day excursions. Other than these there are several viewpoints such as John Suwan Mountain viewpoint in the south and Fraggle Rock in the north.

Adventure Sports:

Sports like Snorkeling, Free diving, Scuba Diving, Boating, Water Bikes, Hiking, Rock climbing and Bouldering are highly encouraged. Tourists might find themselves highly entertained by all these adventurous sports.

Ko Phi Phi of Thailand

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About:

The Phi Phi islands are located in Thailand. It consists of two Krabi provinces namely Ko Phi Phi Don (most populated island) & Ko Phi Phi Lee (visited by many people). Phi Phi Don originally populated by Muslim Fishermen but later it became a Coconut Plantation.

Ko Phi Phi Lee was used in the film named “The Beach” (British-American film). But they has devastated the location to make it suitable to the Novel. The following link provides the tourism details. http://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go/Koh-Phi-Phi

Located: Between Phuket & Western Strait of Malacca.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. These islands are said to be the oldest province in all of Thailands and is said to exist from pre-historic period. Krabi means Sword. Phi Phi originated from the original Malay word Pulau Api-Api (The Fiery Isle).

Geogarphy:

There are 6 islands in the group known as Phi Phi. Lies 50km south east to Phuket. Among them Phi Phi Don & Phi Phi Lee are the most famous and largest islands. The Hadnopparattara-Koh Phi Phi National Park  serves as the home for many corals and is the mother of Marine Life. And there are also Limestone mountains with Cliffs, Caves with Long and White Sandy Beaches.

Local Languages spoken: Thai Language

Climate:

The wether is usually tropic. There exists only two seasons. Hot season from January to April & Rainy Season from May to December.

Tourist Spots:

Maya Bay:

Maya Bay is popular for Diving. And after the advent of the Hollywood film “The Beach” in these beaches have gained more popularity for Diving. The Tsunami that striked during 2004 has improved the look of Maya Bay. These high waves have cleaned up the beach landscaping it.

Ko Phi Phi Don:

Largest of Phi Phi islands. It consists of the large towns and Resort Areas. These islands were formerly of Ultimate sceneric beauty, but due to the over-population of the Tourists and also the improvement of Restaurants, shops and Internet Cafe the place has been exploited.

The view of the twin bays with the curved areas of the Sandy Beaches gives a spectacular view. Boat trips and Snorkelling are encouraged for visualizing the Coral Reefs inside the shallow waters.

Ko Phi Phi Lee:

2nd Largest of the Phi Phi islands. Consists of a Ring of steep of Limestone hills which is surrounded by Maya Bay, Loh Samah (shallow Bays). There’s one large shallow called Pi Ley with a coral reef as the entrance. Gives a spectacular sceneric vies of the bays Ao Pi Le, Ao Maya, Ao Lo Sa Ma. Lies to the Northern East part the Tham Viking Cave. The cave was renamed as Tham Phaya Nak (or) Naga Serpent Cave by the King Bhumibol Adulyadej because it resembled a mythical creature.

Other than this the tourist attractions are the Stone beaches at Koh Yung, Coral spots at Ao Maya & Ao Lo Sama. Also there exists marvellous beaches along the coast that stretches from north to south of the island at Ko Mai Phai.

Adventure Sports:

Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Diving, Kayaking and other Marine recreational activities have been encouraged for the tourists.

Kauai – The Garden Isle of Hawaii

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About:

Kauai is 4th main largest Island and oldest one in the Hawaiin Islands. It’s also known as the Garden Isle. It’s the most large populated city ever. The following link provides you the details of Kauai. http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai. Rivers, Waterfalls and evergreen Tropical forests are of great sceneric beauty. These islands due to their natural beauty has been featured in almost 70 Hollywood films including the Animated film Lilo & Stitch.

Located at: Northwest of O’ahu across the Kauai channel.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. Hawaiin tradition says that the name origin was due to a Polynesian navigator who first discovered these islands. He named it after his favourite son. Kauai means “place around the neck” where he wolud carry his son usually. Also there exists another possiblity for the translation namely “Food Season”.

In 1778, Captain JamesCook arrived at Waimea Bay who was the 1st European who arrived at Hawaiian islands.

Geogarphy:

Origin of the islands are Volcanic. The island is formed due to the passage created by the Pacific Plate over the Hawaiian Hotspot. The island is approximately estimated to be 6 million years old. Highest peak is said to be Kawaikini. And the second highest peak is Mount Wai’ale’ale which exists at the centre of the island.

Local Languages spoken: Hawaiian language.

 Climate:

Capital climate exists is tropical but it experience different changes in the climate due to the Altitudes.

Oct-Apr: Winter

May-Sep: Dry conditions

Jul-Nov: Tropical storms and Hurricanes occur.

Tourist Spots:

  • Poipu Beach Park:

This is one of the most safest and popular beaches in the world. Poipu beach is said to be the “America’s Best Beach”. From December to May it’s a common thing to spot Humpback whales that spouts on shore. And if you’re lucky you can also see Monk Seals that take a sunbath on the shore. Snorkeling gives you a new experience about viewing the colourful fish. Additionally there’s a wading pool for youngsters and Toddlers.

·       Wailua River:

Located to the east side of the island is one of the famous rivers in Hawaii which extends for about 20 miles. It has 2 famous waterfalls namely Opaekka Falls and Wailua Falls. Boat tours are available. This serves as a romantic area and is a popular wedding venue. There exists a mountain ridge between the Wailua and Kappa taht looks like a human figure that lies on its back. Also there are 7 different temples present at the center of the island (Mount Waialeale)

·      Kokee State Park:

Located north to the Waimea Cnyon is the Kokee state park. Kokee state park serves as the homeplace of various kinds of flora and fauna and it supports the endemic species too. Hiking through these forest gives you quite the adventure. And there’s a Natural History Museum where you can see the trails of the forest because you don’t want to get lost in the forest do ya?

There are 2 lookouts namely the Kalalau and Puu O kila which stretches over to the sea. The glimpse of this view is highly exceptional.

Other than these places there are a variety of places to view such as the Northern Shore, Napali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Old Koloa town, Hanapepe town, Hanalei town etc.

Adventure Sports:

Also water sports such as Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and Kayaking are highly encouraged for the tourists. Also Ziplining is also available for the Tourists (For the bird view of the forests). A thrilling yet a wonderful experience for the challenged ones.

Great Andaman

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Planning to go for a vacation and thinking about going somewhere. Do you have Andaman & Nicobar islands in your mind? This article guides you through the islands.

Andaman & Nicobar islands are one of the most important Union Territories in India.

Located at: Juncture of Bay of Bengal & Andaman Sea.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it best for travelling purpose. The Kings like Rajendra Chozha (Tamizh Chozha Dynasty) have created a naval base. Marathi admiran Kanhoji Angre used these islands as a base and fought against British army.

One of the best history in the islands is that an American photographer John S Callahan with the help of SEAL (UK owned dive charter company) crossed the Andaman sea in a yacht “Crescent” with a few professional surfers where they proceeded to Little Andaman where they stayed for about 10 days surfing spots like Jarawa point for the first time. This was mentioned in the article “Quest for fire” in SURFER magazine

Geogarphy:

Andaman & Nicobar are a large group consisting of nearly 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal. Closer to Myanmar and Thailand. Ranges in length of about 500km with Andaman in the north and Nicobars in the South. Comprises of 5 major islands:

  • North Andaman
  • Middle Andaman
  • South Andaman
  • Baratang
  • Rutland island

Local Languages spoken: Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, English & Hindi.

Climate:

Islands are preferred best for their climate. They are typically tropical. During the months of Oct-Feb are the climate is comfortable and we can sit back and relax at the beach. Nights are cool. A walk during nights give you a peace of mind. From June to August all the tourist activities are closed due to heavy rains.

Tourist Spots:

  • Port Blair: Capital of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Chief community of the island and the Administrative centre of Union Territory. It’s known as the “Veritable Garden of Eden” by the tourist department. Flight Live Tracker is one of the best things you should try when you are at Port Blair. Estimated Fares are between ₹1,510-₹5880. Transportation available are Auto-Rickshaws, Local busses, Scooters, Hire cars, Boats.
  • Cellular Jail: Also known as “Kaala Paani” (Black water) was a prison used by the british to exile political prisoners who strived for India’s independence”. It has 7 wings with a tower at the centre for keeping an eye on the inmates.
  • Barren Island: Located eastern to the Andaman Islands. And it has the active volcano in all of South Asia. 1st erruption occured during 1787. Recent erruption occured during 2005-2007.
  • Havelock Island: Named after the British general. Most of the population comprises of Bengali people. Lies 57km north to Port Blair. Elephants are used to entertain the tourists. Time magazine has mentioned the beach as “Best beach in Asia”. Comprises of 5 villages.
  • Other than these famous tourist spots places
  • Carbyns Cove beach
  • Limestone Caves
  • Little Andaman
  • Cutbert Bay beach
  • Long, Neil,Parrot islands
  • Samudrika Marine Museum
  • Forest Museum and
  • Anthropological Museum are quite the tourist spots to hit.

Important Note: Mondays are holiday in Andamans and all the places except the North Bay, Ross Island Tour & Havelock.

Car Nicobar

About:

Car Nicobar is often referred as Pu in the local language. It’s the important town.  There are two main festivals held at Car Nicobar. They are conducted with immense enthusiasm. They are:

  • Subhash Mela festival
  • Island Tourism Festival

Subhash mela: Subhash Mela is a very famous festival that occurs throughout the island of Car Nicobar. This is celebrated every first month of the year i.e. January. This festival marks the birth anniversary of Nethaji Subhash Chandr Bose. The festival lasts for a week and various cultural events are organized during this festival.

Island Tourism Festival: This festival is specially for the tourists. It’s a 10 day continuous festival and is held during the onset of Winter season i.e fro December. This is a worldwide popular festival where all sorts of dance and cultural festivals will be held. Tourists from all over the world come and enjoy this show. The main aim of this festival is to promote tourism in Andman & Nicobar by expressing their culture.

 

Located at: Northernmost to the Nicobar islands. It is one of the two local administrative divisions of Indian district of Nicobar.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. It’s a land of Natural beauty. If you are interested in learning about the area so much then this article might interest you.

http://anglicanhistory.org/india/srinivasan1962/. This tells you a lot about the Nicobar Islands.

Geogarphy:

Car Nicobar lies between Little Andaman and Nancowrie. With some cliffs in the north and small hilly areas in the interior. And are bordered by silvery beach. It is a small island compared to Middle & South Andaman. There are 15 villages where the largest of them is called Urekka often referred as “Malacca” by the tourists. Area of Car nicobar is well suited for agriculture and Plantation crops. Places surrounded by beaches and Coconut trees.

Local Languages spoken: Car-Nicobarese

 Climate:

If you’re planning to spend your holidays at Car Nicobar is the winter season and the onset of summers. Favourable months to visit the islands are between November to April. Climate is pleasant during these periods.

During the months of April to July Summer seasons are hot and humid with a temparture of 20-30°C. And coll breezes often occur.

Winters are pleasant and occurs during the period of November to February with a temperature range of 12-23°C.

Tourist Spots:

There aren’t specificall tourist spots in the Car Nicobar region. But these are the known and famous tourist spots in and around the Car Nicobar region

  • Corbyn Cove

It’s a quiet and clean beach with lots of lush and green thriving Coconut trees. And the most exciting thing about the beach is all kinds of Water sports such as Scuba diving, surfing and Boating are encouraged.

  • Samudrika Marine Museum

It’s located in the Andaman islands and the main aim of this is to spread the awarness regarding the different Oceanic environments. It consists of 5 parts dealing with the Archaelogy, History, People, Geographical information and Marine life.

  • Baratang Island

The famous and the most tourist attractive Mud volcano can be seen from here. It’s just 4kms away from the island and 90kms from Port Blair. It’s of the highest tourist attraction ever.

Other than this Havelock island and Barren Island are also famous here.

Goa – India

Goa is one of the famous beaches known in India. It’s the best place to party all day. Its all we know. In this article you’ll get about the beauty of Goa.

Goa

About Goa:

Goa is one of the main Union terretories of India and is the richest state with a GDP per capita 2 and a half time greater than the country as a whole. Panaji is the capital and “Vascodagama” is the largest city.

Located at: West India, also known as “Konkan”. In the Western Ghats range.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of portugeese. Goa was a former Portugeese province. After Independence Portugeese did not negotiate with the orders of India. And hence India planned “Operation Vijay” which resulted in the annexation of Goa.

Geogarphy:

The coastline extends upto 63miles. It rises upto the range of Western Ghats which seperates from the Deccan Plateau. The highest point is Sonsogor. 5 rivers Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol, Chaporakushavati and Sal flow through Goa.

Of these Zuari and Mandovi are the lifelines of Goa. The rocks are classified as Trondjemetic Gneiss are estimated to be around 3,600 million years old.

Local Languages spoken: Konkani, Marathi, Portugeese.

 Climate:

Features a Tropical Monsoon climate and is generally Hot and Humid all over the year. May month is said to be the hottest month. And the Monsoon rain arrives early by June and lasts upto September. It has a short winter season during mid December and February.

Divisions:

North Goa:

Comprises Panaji as their headquarters. It’s subdivided into 4 divisions and 6 taluks.

South Goa:

Comprises of Margao as their headquarters. Subdivided into 3 divisions and 6 taluks.

Tourist Spots:

Tourism is quite concentrated in the coastal areas of Goa whereas the inland has decreased Tourist Activity. Official website for Goa tourism is in the following link.

http://www.goa-tourism.com/ where you can get almost all types of booking facilities and rates for each place where you wish to travel.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls:

Dudhsagar Waterfalls are one of the most spectacular sceneries and it adds to the natural beauty to Goa. A large volume of water falling from several hundred of feet and creating a milky mist appearance and hence the name “Dudhsagar”. A best place for Trekkers and Hikers. Spa resorts are also available.

Backwater Thrills:

These are the famous cruises that are on the banks of Mandovi river. The cruise helps you to enjoy the natural beauty of Goa. Sceneries like Thick and green lush Mangroves or if you’re lucky enough you can even spot a crocodile on the banks. This cruise might thrill the bird watchers. It takes you close to the Salim Ali’s Bird Sanctuary where you can see all the types of Migratory birds. Dinner cruises are also available with lot of entertainment on deck.

Naval Aviation Museum:

Naval Aviation is one of a kind among the 3 Aviation museums that are located in India. It is a military museum where it consists the evolution of Indian Naval Air Arm over the decades. Consists of Outdoor exhibits and two-storeyed Indoor gallery exhibit. Timings to view are 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Closed during Mondays.

Goa State Museum:

          Lies at Panaji. The museum has 8000 artifacts for display purpose. Well known for collection of Hindu & Jain artifacts and sculptures. Admission is free. And is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m

Clubs:

Goa is all time famous for 24×7 parties held at clubs. Tito’s club are the famous in clubs at Goa. These forms the biggest entertainment in Goa. Tito’s club gives you a platform which is big enough for a large crowd to party. With private tables and pubs are present at the first floor.

Apart from this beaches are the best places to enjoy the sceneric beauty. Goa is the best place to sit back and relax.