Kodaikanal Travel Guide – Check Out The Gift Of The Forest

Kodaikanal is one of the beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu marked by enchanting waterfalls, beautiful lakes and many more attractions. It is also rich in flora and fauna. The place is located at an altitude of 7200 feet above mean sea level. This has been one of the favorite honeymoon destinations of the young couples for ages. Any nature lover is sure to be taken away by the charms it has in store.

Kodaikanal literally means the gift of the forest. It has dense vegetations with various types of trees and shrubs growing in abundance. The visitors of Kodaikanal would love to purchase the pure eucalyptus oil, homemade chocolates, fresh vegetables and fruits like plums, pears and carrots. The kurinji flower that blossoms once in twelve years is one of the attractions of this place.

If you want to reach Kodaikanal by air, then the nearest airports are located in Trichirapalli, Madurai and Coimbatore. If you want to reach by train then you have to stop at Kodai Road at a distance of 100 kilometers from Kodaikanal. However there are frequent buses to the town from Dindigul and Palani and from many other places of Tamil Nadu.

There are many places of interest in Kodaikanal namely Berijam Lake, Coakers Walk, Bryant Park, Kodai Lake, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Silent Valley View, Devil’s Kitchen, Guna Caves and Pine Forest. The pine forests and the exotic vegetation of Kodaikanal are real feast for the eyes.

You can enjoy boating at the Kodai Lake and these are available at per hour basis. Trekking and cycling around are other activities that you can enjoy here. Horse riding is available at the entrance to the boat club and you can rent a horse if you want to enjoy the ride. The kids would love to explore the Fun Park near the Fairy Falls.

Though there are many good hotels in Kodaikanal, staying in cottage or bungalow would give you a unique adventure. If you prefer Kodaikanal hotels near the lake it will be easier for you to have nice walk in the evening time. There are some best budget hotels near the Coakers Walk. If your choice is a splurge then, Carlton Hotel will give you a comfortable stay with a great view of the lake.

There are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants in Kodaikanal. The noodles and soup varieties served at the Royal Tibet and the mouth watering and authentic Tibetan and Chinese foods at Tibetan Brothers and pastry, cakes and tea at the Pastry Corner will melt into your mouth. A good Kodaikanal travel guide will help you to pick out the right Kodaikanal hotels and Kodaikanal restaurants during your stay. You can enjoy the ecological lifestyle, tour around the Potters Shed to have a look at and buy the crockery and artifacts and relish the herbal teas and mouth watering chocolates of this exotic location.

Kuala Lumpur Travel Tip – Series 3 (Weird Food)

Malaysia has many weird food (weird even to some locals) to offer, and most of them can easily be found in Kuala Lumpur. However, each state in Malaysia offers its own special delicacy. For example, budu in Kelantan, keropok lekor in Terengganu, cencaluk in Melaka. However, all of them are easily found in Kuala Lumpur. Be sure to treat yourself with these :

Petai – Green beens from the deep jungle, which some people say smell like methane gas. Its popularly cooked in sambal tumis ikan bilis – which is fried chili with anchovies. However, locals absolutely love them eaten raw as ulams (almost equal to the western salad). Petai is also enjoyable grilled or boiled. A typical dipping with petai is sambal (chili paste), budu (a fish sauce) and tempoyak (a paste made from durian). Budu and tempoyak themselves are also considered ‘weird’ food.

Durian – A fruit as big as a football, covered with tough spiky skin. The pulp is pale yellow, with shape and consistency of raw brains. Smell has been compared to rotting flesh, old gym socks, or sewage. Yet the taste has been called so exquisite that a European explorer of the 1700’s claimed it was worth the journey to experience it; “the King of fruits.” Many believe it aphrodisiac and hold durian-eating parties. Most hotels, and so on, forbid it on the premises.

Keropok Lekor – Its not what you think it is. Its actually fish sausages, normally deep fried and dipped in a sweet chili sauce (tastes almost like plum sauce). The best keropok lekor you can find is available in the state of Terengganu (where many fishing villages are). Fresh caught fish are brought to roadside stalls, where the fish are deboned, cooked and made into fresh keropok lekor you can ever find, made right in front of your eyes.

Otak-otak – Brains anyone? Otak literally means brain. But otak-otak has nothing to do with it. Otak-otak is made by pounding fresh fish into a paste, and mixing it with chilies, coconut milk, and spices, then wrapping the whole thing in a banana leaf and grilling it. When the banana leaf chars, the fish is read to eat.

Some are unique, but not so horrible looking. Make sure you try these:
Lai Chee Kang, ABC (Air Batu Campur/ Mixed Ice), Longan drink, Karipap (curry puffs), cendol (colorful goodies made from starch eaten in cold coconut milk mixed with dark sugar), tapai, pulut, popia, roti canai, the tarik (literally means – pull tea), char kuey teow, and so many others.

Enjoy!

Finding a Thailand Travel Agent

Finding a Thailand travel agent is a key task to enjoy a memorable and interesting trip to this great country. The agent will help find the cheapest air fare, book your hotels, find the right tour guide and organize excursions.

Thailand is the leader in attendance among the countries of South-East Asia. Thousands of Buddhist temples and monasteries, magnificent palaces and pagodas in Bangkok, the beautiful beaches of Pattaya, Patong, Samui and Phuket, active nightlife with a variety of shows and entertainment, the infamous sex tourism of all kinds attract tourists from other countries. The famous Thai massage and martial arts, riding on elephants, diving, unique floating markets and hundreds of exotic uninhabited islands of the Andaman Sea, the famous dishes of Thai cuisine and colorful Buddhist festivals offer an unforgettable cultural experience.

Bangkok, which means ‘wild plum city’, was built by King Rama I in the 18th century. It is famous for its magnificent monuments of architecture and culture. Hundreds of Buddhist temples and peaked roofs of palaces, thousands of cars and thousands of ships, the constant stench of exhaust fumes, and small cozy English-style parks are woven together and create a perfect ensemble of sights. The city is often called Krung Tep, or the City of Angels, but the official name of the capital is much longer and quite unpronounceable for tourists.

The historic city center is formed by the Chao Phraya River and the surrounding areas. The main attraction here is the Grand Palace, the residence of Thai kings with a magnificent park and the buildings in traditional Thai style. The length of the walls of the palace are more than 2 km long. In the royal palace complex, one will also find the Library and the mausoleum that houses cremated remains of all members of the royal family. There is also the favorite residence of King Rama V and the largest building in the world, built entirely of golden teak wood, Vimanmek, which is now used as a museum.

To the north of the royal residence, one will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It houses one of the shrines of Buddhism, the famous statue of a seated Buddha on a golden altar. It is carved entirely from one large piece of jade, and the first mention of the statue goes back to 1464.

In general, the city has about 400 magnificent temples, the most famous of which is the Temple of the Golden Buddha, where a statue of Buddha made of pure gold weighing 5.5 tons.

Bangkok used to be called ‘Venice of the East’ because of its 140 channels, which continue to maintain the rhythm of the city even today. The largest avenue in Bangkok, Sukhumvit, is considered the center of international tourism, there are hundreds of cafes, bars, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as some of the best shopping centers. The city has several museums, a planetarium, an art gallery and a cultural center. The most popular among the guests are the National Theatre, the National Museum and the Museum of Science. The largest park of the capital, Lumpini, is famous for its nurseries of wildlife, excellent Marina Park dolphinarium and a huge water park Siam Park.

Ayutthaya is famous for its ancient temple ruins of Wat Phra Chao Phanan Choeng, Wat Phra Meru, Wat Chai Vattanaram, as well as the ruins of the palace of Bang Pa In, the summer residence of the first kings of the Chakri dynasty. The city is declared a World Heritage Site.

To the west of Bangkok, near the town of Nakhon Pathom, one will see the world’s largest statue of Buddha, which is 127-meter high. Northern Thailand is the birthplace of Thai civilization and a picturesque area of forests, waterfalls, colorful national holidays, and dozens of ancient cities and temples. Chiang Mai is the second largest and most important city in the country. The city is famous for about 300 temples and historical monuments, which give it a special charm. Some of them are about 2 thousand years old. Nearby is the mysterious city of Mehongson with Wat Kham Chhong, one of the oldest buildings of the country.