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Known for its sun-kissed beaches, backwater cruises and age-old traditions of Ayurveda, God’s Own Country, Kerala is also a treasure trove of exotic wildlife!

Kerala’s lush green landscape has a huge forest area of 11,125 sq km and is home to 5 national parks and 13 wildlife sanctuaries. From tigers, wild elephants, mongooses and exotic birds, the wildlife here draws a majority of the tourists. Here’s a look at these beautiful animals you must visit these national parks and sanctuaries for:

Stripe-Necked Mongoose, Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

They say, you are lucky if you can spot the stripe-necked mongoose at the Periyar National Park

You’re lucky if you can spot the stripe-necked mongoose at Periyar National Park

Spotted Deer, Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary

Did you know the spotted deer is known to "roar" as a challenge to rival males (and possibly attract females)

Did you know the spotted deer is known to “roar” as a challenge to rival males (and possibly attract females)?

Peacock, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Behold the majestic beauty of the Indian peacock

Behold the majestic beauty of the national bird of India, the peacock

Mugger Crocodile, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The mugger or Indian crocodile is 16 ft tall, with a snout that gives them an appearance of the American alligator

The mugger (Indian crocodile) is 16 ft long, with a snout that gives an appearance of the American alligator

Wild Boar, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Did you know: The boars always roam in packs? So if you spot one, you are sure to spot many following after

Did you know that boars always roam in packs? So if you spot one, more are sure to follow

Malabar Giant Squirrel, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Fact: The malabar giant squirrels are wary and shy in nature

Fact: The shy Malabar giant squirrel can jump up to 20 feet from tree to tree

Sloth Bear, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Fun Fact: Sloth bears are the only bears that carry their young ones on their back

Fun Fact: Sloth bears are the only bears that carry their young ones on their back

Malabar Trogon, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary

Spend your early morning tracking rare species like malabar trogon at Chimmony Sanctuary

Spend your early morning tracking rare species like the Malabar trogon at Chimmony Sanctuary

Hanuman Monkey, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Play with the cutest gray langurs, also called as hanuman monkeys at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Play with the cutest gray langurs, also known as Hanuman monkeys at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Lion-Tailed Macaque, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

 Spot the appealing wanderoos or lion-tailed macaques roaming around freely in the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Spot the appealing wanderoos or lion-tailed macaques roaming freely in Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Sambar Deer, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary     

 Did you know: the sambar deer has been reported to eat between 130 and 180 different plant species

Did you know that the sambar deer has been reported to eat between 130 to 180 different plant species?

White-Breasted Waterhen, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Get clicking! The shots of the majestic white-breasted water-hens are not to be missed!

Get clicking! Shots of the majestic white-breasted water-hens are not to be missed!

Indian Bison/Gaur, Kurinjimala Sanctuary

Experience the rare pleasure of seeing the 7 ft endangered gaur or Indian bison here

Experience the rare pleasure of seeing the 7 ft tall endangered gaur or Indian bison

Bengal Tiger, Eravikulam National Park

The tigers are the most sought after animals for the tourists at the Ervikulam National Park

Most tourists who visit Ervikulam National Park come for a sighting of the tiger

Nilgiri Tahr, Silent Valley National Park

The male nilgiri tahrs are also called as 'saddle-backs'

Male nilgiri tahrs are also known as ‘saddle-backs’

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Looking for a luxury getaway, but want to be close to nature? How about camping in the enchanting mountains of Ladakh? Wait, did we say camping? We meant glamping!

Forget camping, go glamping in Ladakh

Forget camping, go glamping in Ladakh

Glamping? What’s That?

While camping is a popular activity, there can be several hardships involved. Pitch your own tent… build a fire… fight annoying insects… battle the elements! *gasp*

Enter glamping which can sweep away all your worries! An amalgamation of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’, glamping is the perfect way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing your comfort. Tents are temperature controlled, you get served gourmet food, and some camps even have a personal butler at your beck and call.

Where Can You Experience Glamping?

TUTC’s Chamba Camps in Ladakh are just what you need!

Imagine waking up to a view like this every morning

Imagine waking up to a view like this every morning

Why TUTC?

The Ultimate Travelling Camp introduces you to exciting adventures in exceptional locations that span across the mountains, deserts, jungles and unexplored countryside of India.

At TUTC’s Chamba Camp, Thiksey and Diskit, you’ll wake up in an uber luxurious tent that opens up to a world of ancient monasteries, cobalt blue lakes, nomadic tribes and snow-capped mountains.

Not only does TUTC redefine luxury, it gets you acquainted with the Ladakhi culture through an array of rich experiences. Some of them include:

  • River rafting & archery
  • A private seance session with a Ladakhi oracle
  • A chance to witness the traditional fanfare associated with the game of Polo
  • A tour of the region’s fascinating monasteries
  • A camel safari in the Hunder sand dunes of Nubra Valley
  • A peek into the Balti culture with a visit to Turtuk, the last village before Pakistan

Still Not convinced? Take A Look…

The tents are 1088 sq.ft and come with a heating and cooling system to help you stay comfortable at all times!

The tents are 1088 sq.ft and come with a heating and cooling system to help you stay comfortable at all times!

Your own private en-suite bathroom with a shower stall that opens up to amazing views

Your own private en-suite bathroom with a shower stall that opens up to amazing views

Each tent has its own private veranda. A perfect spot to raise a toast to the stars!

Each tent has its own private veranda. A perfect spot to raise a toast to the stars!

Along with all modern amenities, the tents are adorned with the most luxurious fabrics and decor items

Along with all modern amenities, the tents are adorned with the most luxurious fabrics and decor items

Oh and if you wish to celebrate a special occasion here, the camps can be customised to suit your requirements

Oh and if you wish to celebrate a special occasion here, the camps can be customised to suit your requirements

So are you ready for a luxury experience beyond par?

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If you’re an adventure sports junkie, Uttarakhand has just the thing for you; a plethora of thrilling activities. Read on for more.
 

Adventure sport lovers are all set to begin their journey in Uttarakhand.

Adventure sport lovers are all set to begin their journey in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand in North India is famous for its wild beauty and its mystical charm. Because of the volume of pilgrims and the number of Hindu temples found in this state, it has been nicknamed ‘Devbhumi’ or “Land of the Gods”. Apart from its religious attractions, Uttarakhand also offers some spectacular adventure sports opportunities. The soaring Himalayan peaks, the splashing waters of the rivers, as well as the deep gorges make it one of the best destinations in India for adventure sport lovers. No matter what kind of sport you like, Uttarakhand has something to offer every adrenaline junkie. Come explore!

#1 Paragliding

Choose this adventure sport and see what it is like to fly like a bird in the sky.

Choose this adventure sport and see what it is like to fly like a bird in the sky

Want to get a spectacular aerial view of the mountains in Uttarakhand? If yes, then going paragliding is your best option. The feeling of flying like a bird in the blue skies will definitely give you a high. There are experienced trainers and paragliding clubs on offer at Uttarakhand for those who want to learn more about this adventure sport. The best places to go paragliding in Uttarakhand are Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, Pithoragarh, Ranikhet, and Nainital.

#2 River Rafting

 

Adventure lovers are ready to take on the waters of the River Ganges at Rishikesh

Adventure lovers are ready to take on the waters of the River Ganges at Rishikesh

As various small and big rivers flow through the state of Uttarakhand, it has become a prime destination for river rafting in the country. River rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in India, but be warned, it is not for the faint hearted. If you are one of those who loves fast-paced adventures, then river rafting is just for you! The Ganga, the Yamuna, the Alaknanda, and the Bhagirathi are the rivers that offer you the best river rafting experience in Uttarakhand.

#3 Bungee Jumping

Taking the plunge has never been as exciting as bungee jumping in Uttarakhand

Taking the plunge has never been as exciting as bungee jumping in Uttarakhand

 
Bungee jumping is perhaps the ultimate adventure sport for the adrenalin junkie. It gets your heart pounding, blood rushing, and also gets your adrenalin pumping. The rush that you feel when you see the land whoosh towards you is unlike any other. Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is one of the best places in India to go bungee jumping. Managed by jump masters all the way from New Zealand, you take the plunge from a height of around 83 metres!

#4 Zip-lining

Enjoy the magnificent views of your surroundings as you zip line in Rishikesh

Enjoy the magnificent views of your surroundings as you zip line in Rishikesh

 
Zip lining is yet another adventure sport that allows you to experience the flight of a bird. The flying fox ride at Rishikesh is one of the best places to go zip lining in India. This ride launches you into the air from 120 metres above the River Ganges, and the views from above are simply outstanding! There is absolutely no need to worry about anything as the harnesses will keep you safe. If you don’t want to fly solo, you can also experience this ride in tandem.

#5 Trekking

People riding on horses to complete the Alaknanda-Ghangharia Trek in Uttarakhand

People riding on horses to complete the Alaknanda-Ghangharia Trek in Uttarakhand

The various mountain trails and beautiful Himalayan peaks have made Uttarakhand one of the most popular trekking destinations in India. Nature enthusiasts are in for a treat when they choose to go on a trek in this state. There are so many different trails to choose from, some routes take you through mountain parks and wildlife sanctuaries while others go through lush forests and lakes. Some of the best trekking routes in Uttarakhand are Valley of Flowers, Rupin Pass, Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak, Roopkund, and Kedarkantha.

#6 Skiing

Nothing beats skiing on the slopes of snow-capped mountains in Uttarakhand

Nothing beats skiing on the slopes of snow-capped mountains in Uttarakhand

 
Adventure enthusiasts will have skiing on their minds when they see vast expanses of snow in Uttarakhand. Luckily for them, Auli in Uttarakhand is considered to be one of the best skiing destinations across the world. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) also conducts skiing classes that last for 7 to 14 days.

#7 Kayaking

Kayaking is the perfect adventure sports for those who want to spend some alone time appreciating the beauty of nature in Uttarakhand

Kayaking is the perfect adventure sports for those who want to spend some alone time appreciating the beauty of nature in Uttarakhand

The major difference between kayaking and canoeing is that kayaking is an individual activity, while canoeing can include more than one person. Navigating the rapids in Uttarakhand on your own has become a popular adventure sport these days. The two best places to try your hand at kayaking in Uttarakhand are the rapids near Rishikesh and Shivpuri.

#8 Rock Climbing

You can find ample of rock climbing opportunities in Uttarakhand

You can find ample of rock climbing opportunities in Uttarakhand

 
Rishikesh is a town in Uttarakhand that is located at the foot of the Himalayas, which is why it is the preferred destination for rock climbing enthusiasts across the country. Test your endurance, agility, strength, and balance, the next time you are at Uttarakhand by trying your hand at some rock climbing activities.

#9 Camping

Get as close to nature as you possibly can by camping at Uttarakhand

Get as close to nature as you possibly can by camping at Uttarakhand

 
Instead of staying at hotels in Uttarakhand, why not make the most of your time and go camping? Camp on the banks of the Ganges, right in the heart of the hills, and enjoy the natural beauty of the state.

Make your Uttarakhand vacation more exciting by engaging in one of these spectacular adventure sports!

Fact File

Location: 32 km from Rishikesh
How to Reach: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun – 49km; Rishikesh Railway Station – approximately 30km; buses and taxis run from Haridwar and Rishikesh
Official Language: Hindi and Sanskrit
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Humid subtropical
Food & Drink: Try the Spinach Kafuli, Garhwal ka Fanaah and Dubuk dal here. Buransh is a drink made from the burans flowers growing in Uttarakhand – a must-try!

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“I really need to de-stress! I want to get away from routine and just relax!” – Who hasn’t heard this or felt like this every now and then? With cut-throat competition and hectic schedules, every person feels the need for an indulgent vacation once in a while.

Hot stone massages are among the many relaxing treatments offered at spas

Hot stone massages are among the many relaxing treatments offered at spas

If you too have been wishing for something similar, why not try a spa vacation this time instead of the usual sightseeing holiday routine? Sounds interesting? Here are some of the best spots you can go to for the perfect spa-cation in India:

Kerala

Although the soothing backwaters are perhaps what spring to mind when one mentions a vacation in Kerala, the state also has many resorts that make it one of the top spa-cation destinations in the country. The Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort in Thiruvananthapuram has Ayurvedic therapies to treat everything from a headache to obesity.

Bid goodbye to persistent headaches with a professionally-done spa treatment

Bid goodbye to persistent headaches with a professional spa treatment

In Kumarakom, the Maya Spa at Zuri enjoys a scenic location by Vembanad Lake and has specialised therapy options like Sabai stone, hydrotherapy, Ayurveda, and Thai Massages.

Fact File:

Location: In southern India, on the Malabar Coast
How to Reach: Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and Calicut have international airports; and there are trains from several Indian cities. Kerala is well-connected by road to neighbouring cities
Official Language: Malayalam
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical
Food & Drink: Fish curry, appam, banana chips, and rasam

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Goa

Beaches, parties, great seafood, and tourism are just some of the staples that define this tiny state. Goa also serves as an excellent wellness and spa retreat. The Sereno Spa located inside Park Hyatt is where you can indulge in luxurious treatments that include Ayurvedic treatments. The spa treatments can be customised for each person, and there are yoga and meditation sessions available as well.
Head to the Devaaya Ayurveda and Nature Cure Centre, a wellness retreat offering residential Panchakarma programmes. If you wish to go for holistic treatments,  mud therapy, hydrotherapy, and Ayurvedic therapies are just a few of the choices here.

Go for mud therapies to have a cool and refreshing time at your stay

Mud therapies offer a cool and refreshing way to relax on your holiday

Fact File:

Location: About 600 km from Mumbai
How to Reach: Dabolim airport has regular flights to many Indian cities. Major railway stations in Goa are Vasco-da-Gama, Thivim, and Madgaon. The state is approachable by road from other cities by taxi and bus.
Official Language: Konkani
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical monsoon
Food & Drink: Seafood and pork dishes. Feni is a popular local drink.

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Agra

No visit to Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, but you can also plan a visit to the city for a rejuvenating spa vacation. Among the top resorts here is the Kaya Kalp-the Royal Spa. Located in ITC Mughal, this sprawling spa offers massages, hamam body scrubs, and a host of other treatments.

Healing oils play a major role in helping you de-stress at a spa

Healing oils play a major role in helping you de-stress at a spa

How does a flower bath with a view of the Taj Mahal sound? Get this royal experience at the Oberoi Amarvilas Spa, which offers Thai massages, healing baths, and Ayurvedic therapies with exotic herbal oils.

Fact File:

Location: In Uttar Pradesh, about 200 km from Delhi
How to Reach: The Kheria airport is a military base and is connected by Air India flights from Delhi. Regular buses and taxis are available to Agra from Delhi and other neighbouring cities. Five railway stations provide good connectivity to and from many Indian cities.
Official Language: Hindi, English
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Semi-arid
Food & Drink: Chaat and Mughlai food are popular. Petha is the most famous sweet in Agra.

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Rajasthan

Historic and colourful, Rajasthan is known for its magnificent forts, palaces, and vibrant culture. Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer are popular places where travellers go to see landmark structures like the Hawa Mahal. In addition, the state has also emerged as a lovely spa-cation destination with many spa resorts spread across its cities. The following three places are among the top:

Neemrana

This historical town is full of tourist attractions, with the Neemrana Fort-Palace being famous. The palace is also home to an impressive heritage spa, where visitors can indulge in soothing Ayurvedic treatments for detoxification in a royal-themed setting.

 The majestic Neemrana Fort-Palace where the spa is located

The majestic Neemrana Fort-Palace where the spa is located

Udaipur

With its spectacular sights, the City of Lakes has also earned nicknames like the ‘Venice of the East’. When in Udaipur, the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Lake Pichola are some of the most popular sights that tourists aim to visit. But you can also plan a spa vacation in the city as it is home to luxury resorts like the Oberoi Udaivilas. The spa at this property features an extravagant menu of treatments like Hungarian body wraps, ayurvedic rituals, and chakra balancing sessions for holistic refreshment.

Jaisalmer

Known for its distinctive architectural style, Jaisalmer has retained its princely heritage in the form of its yellow sandstone forts and other landmarks. The SUJÁN Spa at the Serai in Jaisalmer offers a unique spa-cation experience where you can get pampered with massages, scrubs, and reflexology treatments inside luxury tents.

Take your pick from the many treatments and forget all city-related blues

Take your pick from the many treatments and forget all city-related blues

Fact File:

Location: In India’s western part, bordering Pakistan
How to Reach: Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur have domestic airports; and a good railway network provides regular connectivity from Rajasthan to different Indian cities. Bus services are available from several neighbouring states.
Official Language: Hindi
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical desert
Food & Drink: Mostly vegetarian; dishes to taste are Dal-baati-churma, kachori, mawa, and ghevar.

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Himalayan Region

Finally, the best for last! The picturesque Indian Himalayan Region is one of the top spa-cation destinations owing to its many wonderful resorts spread across different places. Here are our recommendations:

Uttarakhand

The state, known for destinations like Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Jim Corbett National Park, is also home to one of the finest spa resorts in India – Ananda-In the Himalayas. Almost 100 different treatments and in-house Ayurvedic doctors as well as spa cuisine chefs ensure that guests have everything luxurious for a memorable spa vacation.

Shimla

One of the most popular hill stations in India, Shimla used to be the summer capital for the British. What makes this bustling place perfect for a spa-cation are resorts like the Wildflower Hall. Here, exclusive treatments, an outdoor whirlpool, and refreshing views all come together to offer a truly relaxing experience.

Couple spa sessions make a lovely romantic, relaxing experience

A couple’s spa sessions makes for a lovely romantic and relaxing experience

Sikkim

This mountainous north-eastern state attracts throngs of hill lovers each year, and the award-winning Mayfair Spa Resort is where you can head to for an idyllic spa-cation. Treatments offered here include reflexology, massages, and couple packages.

Fact File:

Location: The part of the Himalayas within India, covering various states.
How to Reach: The nearest airport to Uttarakhand is in Dehradun. Trains and buses are available to different places in the state from many Indian cities.
To reach Shimla, flights from Delhi and Chandigarh are available to Jubbarhatti airport. Kalka is the nearest rail head while buses ply regularly from major North Indian cities.
Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal is the closest to Sikkim. Nearby railheads include Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri, while National Highway 31A connects the state by road to Siliguri.
Official Language: Hindi and Sanskrit (Uttarakhand and Shimla), Nepali and English (Sikkim)
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Subtropical to tundra
Food & Drink: Eat dubuk, jholi sei, and bal mithai in Uttarakhand; Channa madra, siddu, and sepu badi in Shimla; and noodle-based dishes, momo, and tongba (alcoholic drink) in Sikkim.

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For your next holiday, try the best therapies to completely de-stress both mentally and physically. With so many options to choose from, pick your ideal destination and be off for a refreshing spa-cation!

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A holiday to Assam on your mind? Read our handy guide for information on what to see, what to do and what to eat in this beautiful state.

Tea pluckers are a common sight across the tea-estates in Assam

Tea pluckers are a common sight across the tea-estates in Assam

Best known for its sprawling green tea estates and the one-horned rhino, Assam is among the most accessible and significant north-eastern states in India. ‘The Gateway to the Northeast’ is where the mighty Brahmaputra River flows, and is an important centre of trade for the oil and tea industries.

Assam and its neighbouring regions featured traces of human settlements from as early as the Stone Ages, and later it served as a frontier kingdom for the Gupta Empire. The Tai group called Ahoms ruled upper Assam for about 600 years, post which the colonial rule began. Modern-day Assam is a blend of spectacular natural beauty, unique flora and fauna, impressive hospitality, and a distinctive culture.

Things To See In Assam

Historic structures, wildlife sanctuaries, modern establishments, and different tribes and cultures – all co-exist beautifully in Assam. There is nothing stereotypical in the state; what visitors get instead is a refreshing and unique travel experience of an India far removed from camel rides and spicy food. Here are some top attractions to visit in Assam:

Majuli

Sitting quaint and serene on the untameable Brahmaputra, is Majuli, the world’s biggest river island. Although floods and erosion are a constant threat, the little island is where one can get a detailed insight into the Vaishnavite culture. The many Satras (religious institutions) are well-maintained by followers of Sankaradeva and play host to traditional art and dance forms like borgeet, bhaona, and mask-making.

A traditional dance by the tribal folk at Assam's culture capital, Majuli

A traditional dance by the tribal folk at Assam’s culture capital, Majuli

Kamakhya Temple

This is one of the 108 shakti peeths in India, and is considered the place where Sati’s womb fell during Shiva’s tandav. Located in Guwahati’s Nilachal hills, it is a major centre of shakti worship. The annual Ambubachi Mela draws lakhs of devotees from all over the world.

Visit the Kamakhya Temple, one of the most hallowed shrines in Assam for practitioners of Shakti

Visit the Kamakhya Temple, one of the most hallowed shrines in Assam for practitioners of Shakti

Kaziranga National Park

Imagine riding on the back of a majestic elephant or a sturdy jeep through the tall jungle grass as dawn breaks and animals and birds come out for a drink of water–a safari here can be a surreal experience. Built in 1905, Kaziranga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to two-thirds of the planet’s one-horned rhinoceroses.

Experience close encounters with the famed one-horned rhinos in Assam's Kaziranga National Park

Experience close encounters with the famed one-horned rhino in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park

Assam State Museum

Located in Guwahati, this museum features an interesting collection of anthropological, artistic, and other artefacts related to the state’s history and culture. There are also tribal sculptures and reconstructed traditional homes on display.

Curious Facts About Assam

Assam was first mentioned in a 4th century pillar inscription in Allahabad, the text of which was written by Samudragupta of the Gupta Dynasty.
It has its own state anthem called ‘O Mur Apunar Dex.’ Written by Laxminath Bezbarua. It was officially adopted in 1927.
It is home to Mayong, a seemingly nondescript village that is often referred to as the Hogwarts of Assam. A historic hub of black magic and witchcraft, the place was even mentioned in the Mahabharata.
The Brahmaputra River that flows through Assam has a massive width of 10 kilometres! It is also considered as the only ‘male’ river in India.

Witness the mesmerising sight of the sunset over the Brahmaputra along with a view of Peacock Island

Witness the mesmerising sight of the sunset over the Brahmaputra along with a view of Peacock Island

Useful Words

Nômôskar – Hello
Ki khobor – How are you?
Mur khobor bhal – I am good
Mûr nam – My name is…
Apunar/tumar naam ki? – What is your name?
Theek aasay – Okay
Hoi – Yes
Nohoi/Na – No
Moi buji pua nai – I did not understand
Eitur daam kimaan? – What is its price?
Khyama koribo – Excuse me/Sorry
Dhanyabad – Thank You
Ahu – Goodbye

Travel Tips for Assam

Convenient and affordable local modes of transport are available almost everywhere, but may be patchy in smaller towns. Booking a private cab is the best option to travel distances in the state. Negotiate the fare if not using government transport.
Since Assam lies in the eastern part of the country, there is an unofficial time difference of over an hour. So be prepared for earlier sunrises and sunsets as compared to the rest of India and plan your day accordingly.
November to April-May is the best time for an Assam trip. But remember to pack winter wear if travelling between November-January.

Local Cuisine in Assam

Being a rice-producing state, Assam has a predominantly rice-eating population. Called bhaat in Assamese, it is often accompanied by dal (lentils), maas (fish), and bhaji/sobji (vegetable dishes). The everyday Assamese cuisine is not spicy and has distinctive elements like khar (dish prepared with alkali), koldil (banana flower), and khorisa (fermented bamboo shoots).

Don't miss out on exploring the Asssamese cuisine when in Assam

Don’t miss out on exploring the Assamese cuisine when in Assam

Duck, mutton, chicken, and pork are often eaten by non-vegetarian locals in Assam. The cuisine and dishes also vary according to the particular tribe and religion of the people. Many tribal communities also brew traditional alcoholic beverages like laupani, hor, jou, and apong.

Using Money in Assam

Like the rest of the country, the state also uses the Indian Rupee. Assam is oft-visited by Indian travellers and a significant number of foreigners, and as such currency exchange services are available at various places. Although private currency exchange services are available in bigger cities like Guwahati, it is advisable to use banks and Government-recognised outlets.
ATMs are common in major cities, but it is better to keep cash handy when travelling to rural areas.

Assam Fact File

Location: North-east India, bordered by Bangladesh and Bhutan
Connectivity: Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is a major airport; North East Frontier Railways links the state to different parts of the country. There is road connectivity to Assam from Siliguri (West Bengal) and even Bhutan.
Climate: Tropical monsoon rainforest
Languages: Assamese is the official language. English, Hindi, Bengali, and Bodo are also spoken and understood in most places.
Time Zone: IST (UTC +5:30)
Food and Drink: Rice dishes with duck, pork, and pigeon are common. Vegetarian options are plenty as well. Laupani, a fermented rice drink, is a popular alcoholic beverage.

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Janmashtami or Gokulasthami is the day when Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu was born. This year, it falls on Monday, August 14th, and with August 15th being Independence Day, it translates to a four-day weekend of festive fun. And what better place to celebrate this auspicious occasion than in Mathura, where Lord Krishna was born. In fact, with four days in hand, you could also visit Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.

Come join the Janmashtmi festivities

Janmashtmi is celebrated with a lot of exuberance and vigour in India, especially the Dahi Handi.

Although celebrated all across Maharashtra, Janmashtami celebrations are at their peak in the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan. Walk through the streets and be awestruck by the beautifully decorated courtyard temples and vibrant swings cradling Lord Krishna’s idol. Since Lord Krishna was born at the stroke of midnight, several rituals are performed at precisely that hour. People also read the holy Bhagvad Gita, sing devotional songs, and dance to Krishna bhajans as the celebrations last all night. One of the most famous traditions is the rasaleela (a night-long dance drama about Lord Krishna’s life and love, Radha), which draws you in with its vibrant story-telling.

Another ritual that is famous is the offering of Chappan Bhog, which consists of 56 dishes that are later distributed among the devotees after Lord Krishna is bathed. Watch the Dahi Handi celebrations in wonder, where teams of young boys called Govindas form large human pyramids to reach and break earthern pots of yoghurt hung high in the air. This is done as an enactment of Lord Krishna’s childhood when he stole butter from people’s homes. Cheer along and immerse yourself in the grand traditions and rituals that include fasting, prayer, and special food.

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Gujarat is one of those states in India, you’ll never get tired of exploring! Read on, as we help you narrow down the choices with 10 must-see places in the state, where life is nothing but celebration!

While most travellers and bloggers today can generally be found gushing over ‘hidden gems’ and unique, lesser-known attractions, there are certain places that one cannot miss while visiting a new state. After all, these famous touristy attractions are what give the state its unique identity.

Sights of migratory birds like flamingos are just one of the many wonders in Gujarat

Sights of migratory birds like flamingos are just one of the many wonders in Gujarat

Here are our recommendations for 10 must-see places whenever you are in the fascinating land of Gujarat:

1. Rann of Kutch

The saying, “Kutch nahin dekha to kuchh nahin dekha” (you have not seen anything if you haven’t seen Kutch) could not be truer. The salt marsh of the Rann of Kutch located in the vast Thar Desert is nothing short of a spectacle. While it remains submerged in the monsoon, through the rest of the year it is a vision in white of limitless salt pans, a sight that is particularly unforgettable on full moon nights.

A kite festival underway at the Rann of Kutch

A kite festival underway at the Rann of Kutch

The annual festival of Rann Mahotsav is the best time to visit this place. Moreover, winter also sees several migratory bird species arrive here, only adding to the spectacular beauty all around.

 2. Vadodara

Dubbed the Cultural Capital of Gujarat, Vadodara is an essential stop for architecture and history buffs. The erstwhile capital of the Marathas, the city has a glorious past that is still evident in structures like the Laxmi Vilas Palace. The Gaekwad royal family still reside in this majestic palace, a stunning example of the grandeur and architectural skill of Indian royalty.

The magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace is a sight to behold

The magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace is a sight to behold

Other places to visit in Vadodara include Kadia Dungar Caves and the beautiful Sayaji Baug.

3. Rani ki Vav, Patan

An excellently-preserved ancient stepwell, the Rani ki Vav is a rare monument that was built by a queen (Rani Udayamati) as a memorial for her husband, King Bhimdev I.

 This historic structure is nothing short of an architectural wonder

This historic structure is nothing short of an architectural wonder

Built in 1063, the structure still stands strong and grand by the Saraswati River. Well-erected pavilions with pillars, beautiful stepped corridors, intricate sculptures of Lord Vishnu’s 10 avatars, and 400 niches on the stepwell’s walls make this UNESCO World Heritage Site an unmissable attraction while in Gujarat.

 

4. Palitana

A famous yet unique landmark, Palitana is the world’s biggest mountain temple complex.

The temples in Palitana feature exquisite sculptures and design

The temples in Palitana feature exquisite sculptures and design

The Shatrunjaya Hill here is dotted with 900 impressive temples of different sizes, and is a revered pilgrimage site for the Jains. But what makes Palitana distinctive are the Hindu Brahmins serving as priests in Jain temples and the peaceful co-existence of Muslim shrines like the Angar Pir Dargaah at the same place. Another unique record that Palitana holds is of being the world’s first city to be legally declared as vegetarian.

5. Ahmedabad

Visitors at the Sabarmati Ashram get to see the room of India’s most famous name, Mahatma Gandhi

Visitors at the Sabarmati Ashram get to see the room of India’s most famous name, Mahatma Gandhi

Along with being the commercial hub of the state, Ahmedabad also has a rich cultural heritage and myriad attractions. When not tucking into a mouth-watering Gujarati meal at the many restaurants or soaking in the view from the Sabarmati riverfront, you can explore places like the Akshardham Temple Complex, Kankaria Lake, Calico Museum of Textiles, and of course, the beautiful Sabarmati Ashram. The city is also an excellent street shopping destination.

6. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

The Jama Masjid built in 1424 is an iconic Gujarat structure not to be missed

The Jama Masjid built in 1424 is an iconic Gujarat structure not to be missed

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this archaeological park on the foothills of Pavagadh was constructed over a period of 600 years. It is also the sole unchanged site from the pre-Mughal days and is home to important structures like the Jama Masjid, Pavagadh Fort, Helica Step-well, Lakulisa Temple, and Kevda Masjid. These monuments are impressive examples of Islamic, Hindu, and Jain architectural styles and date back to the 8th-14th centuries. There are also historic reservoirs, tombs, residential buildings, gateways, and palaces inside this fascinating site.

7. Saputara

With a name that translates to Abode of Serpents, Saputara is a welcoming hill station in Gujarat located at an altitude of 1,000 metres on the Sahayadri range.

Gujarat is not just about palaces; Saputara’s lush green beauty makes it a hilly paradise

Gujarat is not just about palaces; Saputara’s lush green beauty makes it a hilly paradise

The government has taken active efforts to develop it as a tourist destination, and it is a popular weekend getaway for people from Gujarat and neighbouring states as well. Monsoon is the best season to visit this green retreat and enjoy its waterfalls, outdoor activities, and mist-covered views.

8. Gir National Park

There is something for everyone in Gujarat, and the Gir National Park will particularly appeal to families and wildlife lovers. This is the world’s only natural habitat of the stunning but endangered Asiatic lions, and it offers the chance to view these magnificent beasts from close quarters. A jeep safari is a must at Gir, and it also lets visitors catch sight of other rare wild animals like black bucks, hyenas, and fish owls.

A majestic Asiatic Lion enjoying the sun at the Gir National Park

A majestic Asiatic Lion enjoying the sun at the Gir National Park

9. Junagadh

Visitors to Gir often overlook this place, but we recommend a visit to Junagadh (meaning the Old Fort) for a peek at some marvellous historic structures.

The impressive Mahabat Maqbara is reason enough to visit Junagadh

The impressive Mahabat Maqbara is reason enough to visit Junagadh

Home to Hindu temples, mosques, and Buddhist structures that feature exquisite architecture, Junagadh used to be under the rule of Babi Nawabs before India’s independence. Do not miss visiting the Mahabat Maqbara, a spectacular mausoleum that is considered a vintage architectural gem.

10. Somnath Temple

To end on a spiritual note, the Somnath Temple is what you should definitely see while in Gujarat.

No Gujarat trip can be complete without visiting the Somnath Temple

No Gujarat trip can be complete without visiting the Somnath Temple

A much-respected place of worship as well as an architectural marvel, this landmark is considered to be the first and the most holy place of Lord Shiva’s 12 shrines, called Jyotirlingas. It is believed that Lord Krishna left for his heavenly abode here, and is a major tourist draw today.

Gujarat Fact File

Location:In India’s westernmost part, flanked by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and the Arabian Sea.
Connectivity: Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is well-connected to Indian as well as international destinations. With 17 airports in total, air connectivity is frequent and convenient to different parts of Gujarat. The Western Railway connects the state to other parts of India; while there is good road connectivity from several neighboring places.
Climate: Varies according to the season and place. Summers are usually extremely hot.
Official Language: Gujarati
Currency: INR
Time Zone: Indian Standard Time – IST (UTC +5:30)
Food and Drink: Gujarati Thalis are the best way to sample different foods in each city. Popular local beverages include Chaas (buttermilk) and Piyush (sweet yoghurt).

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If there is one thing about Pondicherry that strikes first-time visitors, it’s the French influence. Everything from the architecture to the food and language has French elements – no wonder this charming city earned the nickname of ‘Paris of the East.’

Bougainvillea-lined streets and French architecture are a common sight in Pondicherry; The Église de Notre Dame des Anges

Bougainvillea-lined streets and French architecture are a common sight in Pondicherry; The Église de Notre Dame des Anges

The largest city and capital of the Puducherry Union Territory, this small but remarkable place has lots for visitors. Interesting culture, religious monuments, remarkable beaches, water sports, guided cycle tours, boutiques, and historic structures. When you wish to escape to a serene destination that also has decent activity options, Pondicherry is just the place to be.

Places To Visit In Pondicherry

Pondicherry has plenty of attractions and recreation options for those looking to spend a few days in the city. Owing to its interesting colonial history and mixed population, the city has many attractions that every traveller will love to visit. Here are our recommendations:

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram houses a library, a bookshop, accommodation and a cafeteria within the ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram houses a library, a bookshop, accommodation and a cafeteria within the premises

Undoubtedly a must-visit place, this ashram was founded way back in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo Ghose and Mirra Alfassa (known as ‘the Mother’), a French-born lady. A spiritual community with over 2,000 members follow the founder’s integral yoga teachings here. It also holds the samadhis (memorials) of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, which thousands of people visit annually to pay their respects. A library, bookshop, accommodation area, and cafeteria are housed within the ashram.

The Promenade

Scenic seafront views, a cool breeze, and many eateries make the Promenade Beach a top tourist draw in Pondicherry

Scenic seafront views, a cool breeze, and many eateries make the Promenade Beach a top tourist draw in Pondicherry

A highlight of any Pondicherry trip, the Promenade offers a refreshing experience. You can sit on the rocky beach, take a stroll, or grab a bite at any of the cafes and restaurants in the area. This place is also known for the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, an iconic landmark of the city. What’s interesting is that there is also a French War Memorial located opposite Gandhi’s statue, which was built to commemorate the French soldiers martyred during World War I.

Bharathi Government Park

A green haven in the midst of the city, Bharathi Park enjoys a beautiful location opposite Raj Nivas, the governor’s residence, which is a magnificent example of neoclassical architecture. A monument called Aayi Mandapam stands tall at the park’s centre, which is surrounded by sprawling grounds with a museum and pond – making it ideal for a family visit or when you wish to spend a restful time.

Manakula Vinayagar Temple

A highly-revered place of worship, Manakula Vinayagar is a centuries-old structure dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesha and a popular pilgrimage spot for Hindus. The walls of the temple are a sight to behold with the intricate paintings and designs.

 Lakshmi, the temple elephant, doles out blessings to devotees

Lakshmi, the temple elephant, doles out blessings to devotees

This remarkable temple is also known for the golden chariot built with 7.5 kilograms of gold! Made from the donations of devotees, it is taken out every Dusherra.

Fun Trivia About Pondicherry

Auroville is considered an architectural marvel and is a major attraction for foreign nationals seeking to experience Indian spirituality

Auroville is considered an architectural marvel and is a major attraction for foreign nationals seeking to experience Indian spirituality

  1. Pondicherry is a unique Union Territory because it has an elected Chief Minister and its own legislature.
  2. Auroville, a popular attraction, is an experimental township and ideal for travellers wishing to learn about Indian spirituality.
  3. The Matrimandir housed within the township has 56 kilograms of gold on the dome.
  4. Puducherry celebrates its Independence Day on August 16 while the rest of India celebrates it on August 15. It was in 1962, when Pondicherry gained independence from French colonists.
  5. The Jawahar Toy Museum houses more than 100 rare toys and dolls from all over India.

Useful Words And Phrases For Travel To Pondicherry

  1. Vaṇakkam:  Hello (or other greetings)
  2. Eppadi irukkīnga:  How are you?
  3. Nalla irukken:   I am fine
  4. Unga peru enna: What is your name?
  5. En peru: My name is…
  6. Puriyavillai: I do not understand
  7. Utavi: Help
  8. Āmām: Yes
  9. Illai: No
  10. Mannikkanum: Sorry
  11. Nandri: Thank You
  12. Idhu evvalavu?: How much is this?

Travel Tips For Pondicherry

  1. Take a rented bicycle or motorbike to explore the city in an affordable, convenient way. Auto rickshaws are available, but usually do not charge according to the meter.
  2. Carrying a money belt is a smart option to avoid getting pickpocketed. However, refrain from carrying a lot of cash, especially in crowded areas.
  3. Remove your shoes before entering religious monuments and wear modest clothing. Different places of worship may have specific rules, so abide by them to avoid offending any religious sentiments.
  4. Carry your medical prescriptions and important medicines to avoid emergencies.
  5. Pack clothes according to the season as summers can be quite hot and humid owing to the coastal location.

Local Cuisine In Pondicherry

Similar to its culture, Pondicherry’s food has Tamil as well as French influences. So, one can find everything from simple vegetarian South Indian dishes to fresh seafood and delectable French cuisine.

A traditional South Indian meal usually includes dishes like dosa and idli served with an assortment of chutneys

A traditional South Indian meal usually includes dishes like dosa and idli served with an assortment of chutneys

There are numerous restaurant, cafés, and small road-side eateries scattered all over the city where visitors can sample different dishes. The French Quarter is home to several elegant dining places and bistros.

Using Money In Pondicherry

The Indian Rupee (INR) is used in Pondicherry, and there are a decent number of money exchange services, banks, and ATMs available. Credit cards and traveller’s cheques are accepted, though not widely, so it is better to keep sufficient Indian currency in hand during sightseeing and general exploring. Smaller establishments and attractions like museums may often accept cash-only transactions.

Pondicherry Fact File:

Location: In southern India, about 170 km from Chennai.
How to Reach: The domestic airport in Pondicherry has regular small aircrafts flying in from Bengaluru and Hyderabad; Chennai airport is another option. Villupuram is the closest railhead and connected to major Indian cities. Taxis and buses are available to travel by road from Chennai and Bengaluru.
Official Languages: Tamil, English, French
Currency: INR
Time Zone: UTC+05:30
Climate: Tropical wet and dry
Food & Drink: The cuisine has both Tamil and French influences; coconut curry, croissants, baguettes and kadugu yerra (prawns curry) are some must-try dishes. Palpayasam (sweet milk) is a popular sweet dish.

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Bhutan, the happiest country in Asia, is no ordinary place and so is its cuisine! Try these lip-smacking delicacies for an amazing Bhutanese holiday experience.

The landlocked kingdom of Bhutan in Asia is located within the Eastern Himalayas, and shares its borders with China and India. Bhutan attracts a lot of travellers because of its magnificent landscapes, monasteries, and fortresses. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan is perhaps the most spectacular, standing on the edge of a cliff. Apart from the holy ambience, this monastery offers visitors some breath-taking views of the valley. Punakha Dzong or the Palace of Great Happiness is located between two rivers and is the second oldest and the most beautiful palace in this country.

The gorgeous Haa Valley in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

The gorgeous Haa Valley in the Land of the Thunder Dragon

The ideal way to enjoy your vacation in Bhutan is to explore the country’s culture and traditions, including their cuisine. Although Bhutanese cuisine may be influenced by the surrounding countries, the local food is unlike anything you have tasted. Bhutanese cuisine has a lot of chillies in it, in fact, they consider it a vegetable. So be ready to set your mouth on fire! Here are 5 delicacies that you must try when you are in Bhutan.

Ema Datshi

 Your trip to Bhutan is incomplete without trying the Ema Datshi, the most famous Bhutanese dish

Your trip to Bhutan is incomplete without trying the Ema Datshi, the most famous Bhutanese dish

This mouth-watering delicacy contains ingredients that are very basic, chillies and the local Bhutanese cheese, datshi. Either red or green chillies can be used to make this cheesy concoction, the chillies are sliced length-wise and cooked in loads of butter and datshi.
When you sample this dish from a few local restaurants in Bhutan, you will realise that there are subtle differences. While some restaurants may make it richer with cheese, there may be a few eateries that make them lighter and watery. For meat lovers, there is a meat version of ema datshi too.

Red Rice

No matter where you stay in Bhutan, you will be served red rice with your curry. This variety of rice is healthier than white rice, it has more fibre and manganese. You can get approximately 80% of your daily manganese by eating just one serving of the red rice in Bhutan.

Just like bread is a staple food of the Americans, red rice is the staple food of the Bhutanese.

Just like bread is a staple food of the Americans, red rice is the staple food of the Bhutanese.

When the rice is cooked, the red colour changes to a pale red or rose pink and the texture of the rice becomes sticky and soft. Though it is more chewy than white rice, the health benefits are worth it! Pair any of the Bhutanese dishes with the coarser red rice and they will complement each other very well.

Po Cha

Po Cha or butter tea, is the Bhutanese version of tea, a delicacy that every tea lover should try when in Bhutan. The origin of this butter tea can be traced to Nepal and Tibet where it is staple. The uniqueness of this tea comes from the fact that fresh yak butter is used as one of the ingredients.

Forget masala tea, enjoy Po Cha that has yak butter in it!

Forget masala tea, enjoy Po Cha that has yak butter in it!

A word of advice, if you have never tasted tea with butter or oil in it, you may not take to it immediately. However, this is a perfect drink for chilly evenings and crisp mornings in Bhutan.

Phaksha Paa

Pork is perhaps the most loved meat in Bhutan, and the Phaksha Paa (pork with red chillies) is a must-try Bhutanese dish. To make it, boneless strips from the pork shoulder are simply stir fried with whole dry red chillies.

Indulge your taste buds in Bhutan with this glorious pork dish!

Indulge your taste buds in Bhutan with this glorious pork dish!

Typically, vegetables like bok choy, radish, and ginger are added to this meaty wonder. Couple this Bhutanese dish with red rice, and it is guaranteed to be finger-licking good! You can even mix it with some of the popular datshi dishes.

Jasha Maroo

If you do not eat any meat other than chicken, you are definitely in luck in Bhutan. Jasha Maroo is a spicy chicken dish made with ingredients like garlic, coriander, ginger, onions, tomatoes, and of course, chillies. The thing that makes this dish so lip-smacking is the fact that all the ingredients used are fresh.

As with most other Bhutanese dishes, Jasha Maroo tastes absolutely delicious with the red rice.

As with most other Bhutanese dishes, Jasha Maroo tastes absolutely delicious with red rice

When made with chicken broth, it is served as a stew. As with most other Bhutanese dishes, Jasha Maroo tastes absolutely delicious with red rice.

Wondering about desserts in Bhutanese cuisine? It is common to finish meals with fresh fruits like watermelon and mangoes. Some restaurants even serve Po Cha at the end of the meal. Do try different local dishes to make your Bhutan holiday experience more authentic.

Fact File

Location: On the eastern edge of the Himalayas in South Asia
How to Reach: Paro International Airport, 6km from Paro city centre
Official Language: Dzongkha
Currency: Bhutanese ngultrum
Time Zone: BTT (UTC+6)
Climate: Subtropical to temperate, varies with altitude
Food & Drink: Known for their liberal use of chillies

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The charming island-country of Sri Lanka is known for its delectable, spicy food and warm locals. What it is also known for, are the beautiful tree-houses that it boasts of. Read on as we list top 7 tree-houses in Sri Lanka:

History buffs, wildlife enthusiasts, beach bums and nature lovers will find something or the other to entertain themselves in Sri Lanka. Home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this multicultural country is renowned all over the world for its friendly people, delicious cuisine, and gorgeous beaches.

History, widllfie , becahes and nature- all wrapped in one; Sri Lanka is a treat to travellers

History, widllfie , becahes and nature- all wrapped in one; Sri Lanka is a treat to travellers

If you are an adventurous soul and truly want to take in the natural beauty of Sri Lanka, nothing beats staying in a tree house. Not only is this an eco-friendly way to enjoy your vacation, but you can also observe wildlife in its own habitat. And if you are travelling with kids, trust us, this could well be their most memorable trip!

With so many different tree houses on offer, choosing one becomes very difficult. In order to make the selection process simpler for you, here are the seven of the best tree houses in Sri Lanka.

Tree house in Habarana

Located in the Anuradhapura District, Habarana is a small city in central Sri Lanka. The tree houses in Habarana are located close to a national park, which makes it perfect for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. Be prepared to be woken up by the sweet sounds of birds or by monkeys running on your roof. Don’t come expecting luxury services, this house was made for you to experience the life of a local. It doesn’t hurt that the host is very welcoming and warm, and will be happy to take you around the city to show the highlights.

 

Tree house Sigiri Queens Rest

This tree house is situated very close to the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya in central Sri Lanka. There are three houses to choose from, each one has a terrace that offers you magnificent panoramic views of the Sigiriya rock. You will be sleeping above a canopy of banana and palm trees. If you ever wanted to experience what it is like to live in the jungle, this is the perfect place for you. Even though you may not want to get out of your tree house, plan a trip to the nearby lakes and the Pindurangala and Sigiriya rocks to make the most of your stay.

If you ever wanted to experience what it is like to live in the jungle, stay at Sigiri Queens Rest

If you ever wanted to experience what it is like to live in the jungle, stay at Sigiri Queens Rest

Tree House in Ginigathhena

You will not find a tree house like the ones in Ginigathhena anywhere else in Sri Lanka. These cottages are actually built on pine trees, you are staying nearly 30ft above ground. The only way to reach these houses is to climb wooden bridges. The added benefit of choosing this place is that you get a private balcony and ensuite bathrooms. As these tree houses are located just off the Hatton-Colombo Highway, getting here is not a problem. Ginigathhena tree house is perfect for you if you want to enjoy a relaxing vacation.

Ginigathhena tree house is perfect for you if you want to enjoy a relaxing vacation.

Ginigathhena tree house is perfect for you if you want to enjoy a relaxing vacation

Kumbuk Tree House

Kumbuk tree house is situated on the banks of the Kirindioya River in Yala. Located on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka, Yala has been home to ancient civilisations like Magul Vihara and Sithulpahuwa. It is renowned as the entryway of the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka, the Yala National Park. If you are looking for a perfect base to explore this national park, nothing beats Kumbuk tree house that is located only 15 minutes away. The host will arrange a safari jeep tour for you and your family if you are interested.

If you are looking for a perfect base to explore this national park, nothing beats Kumbuk tree house

If you are looking for a perfect base to explore this national park, nothing beats Kumbuk tree house

Dikwella Tree House

Staying at Dikwella tree house is recommended for all the beach lovers as the Dikwella sandy beach is located very close by. All the rooms at this place offer sea views, while a few offer a terrace or balcony. Dikwella is a small market town in Sri Lanka, and is home to the largest seated Buddha statue in the country.

Dikwella Tree House offers sea views, while a few offes a terrace or balcony

Dikwella Tree House offers sea views, while a few offes a terrace or balcony

 

Tangalle Luxury Tree House

When you are travelling with your better half and are looking for a romantic place to stay in Sri Lanka, choose this tree house in Tangalle. Tangalle is one of the biggest towns in southern Sri Lanka, and is known for its old world charm and gorgeous sandy beaches. Architecture lovers should check out the Dutch architecture of the Court House and the Rest House here. If you are an avid bird-watcher, head to the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary nearby to see some Indian Reef Heron and Sri Lankan Junglefowl.

Travelling with your better-half and looking for a romantic place to stay at? Choose Tangalle

Travelling with your better-half and looking for a romantic place to stay at? Choose Tangalle

 

Wilpattu Tree House

This tree house is located right at the entrance of the largest national park in Sri Lanka, the Wilpattu National Park. Famous all around the world for its leopard population, this national park is also home to animals like spotted deer, sloth bear, water buffalo, and elephants. For wildlife enthusiasts, this tree house is like a dream come true!

Make your stay unforgettable by choosing to stay in Wilpattu Tree House!

Make your stay unforgettable by choosing to stay in Wilpattu Tree House!

Make your vacation in Sri Lanka unforgettable by choosing to stay at one of these tree houses.  

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Fact File

Location: Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean, sharing its maritime borders with Maldives and India
How to Reach: Bandaranaike International Airport located 35km away from the capital city of Colombo
Official Language: Sinhalese and Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time Zone: SLST (UTC+5.30)
Climate: Tropical climate
Food & Drink: Kiribath, egg hoppers, and sour fish curry are must-try dishes in Sri Lanka

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