Mamallapuram is 60 km/40 mile, South of Madras.
Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengali; it was once a port of the Pallavas. The
Pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with Sculptural Panels, Caves, Monolithic
Rathas and Temples.
Fringed by the Bay of Bengal many an
alluring beach is tucked away along the coastline where one can indulge in
watersport and swim or sunbathe on the shore.
The seaface of Visakhapatnam besides
its busting harbour has a single massive rock jutting into the ocean at a height of 174 m.
Referred to as the Dolphin's Nose, the gigantic cliff has a powerful! Lighthouse that
sends signals as far as 65 km to the sea.
The beach front of Visakhapatnam is a
peaceful and enticing one. Rishikonda and Bhimli are calm, making them aquatic
playgrounds. The balmy breeze beckons one to be adventuro9use on water. Swimming and water
skiing are perhaps the most delightful experiences. At Walttair, the Lawsons's Bay and
Ramakrishna Mission beach prove to be the ultimate for sea escapists.
Anthropologists would make us believe
the Chotanagpur region of Bihar must have witnessed the transformation of Homo Erectus to
Homo Sapiens. Their claim is based on the findings of hand axes and blades that are
littered here in the region of Pathalgarwa. The discovery of Harappan pottery in
Hazaribagh further strengthens the claim to antiquity. Senior archaeologists are staking
their professional reputations on the findings of the cave paintings in the Isko village.
Chotanagpur has impinged on the attention of researchers as being of an ancient site of
continuous human habitation.
The Constitutional Order of 1950 has
classified 30 different tribes of Bihar, spread over the Chotanagpur plateau that
encompasses several districts. These tribes not only differ considerably from n on-tribal
population but even from one another. Cheros (found in Palamu and Chaibasa region) for
instance, migrated from the sub-Himalayan tract and they bear the Dravadian physiognomy
with light brown complexion, while most of the other tribes are dark skinned, short
statured, curly haired and broad nosed people.
The oldest geological formation of
India are found in Chotanagpur plateau that also stores a vast deposit of a variety of
minerals and caters to national and international needs. Chotanagpur plateau is a region
of great unevenness and consists of a succession of plateaus, hills and valleys. Most of
the plateau has an elevation exceeding 1,000 feet, while the hills rise to 3,000 feet or
more. In the heart of Chotanagpur there are two main plateaus - those of Hazaribagh and
Assam is perhaps best-known for two
things tea and the one-horned rhinoceros, which is found in large numbers a at Kaziranga
Kaziranga, is one of the
most visited wildlife reserves of India and figures quite often on the itinerary of the
discerning tourist from around the world. Kaziranga is spread over more than 430 sq. kms.
and is the place where one of the last creatures of the prehistoric age, the rhinoceros,
lives. The lumbering beasts are easy to spot even from the National Highway which passes
by the sanctuary. They are best viewed from atop an elephant and there are early morning
elephant rides for tourist which must be booked in advance at the Tourist Centre in
Kaziranga. There are jeep safaris as well and these can be organised at the Centre. At the
sanctuary, you can slight herds of wild elephants, the massive wild buffalo, huge numbers
of deer - the hog deer, the bara singha or twelve antlered and the large and stately
sambhar. Wild boar abound as do many water birds as well as migratory species, including
hornbills, storks, such as the Great Adjutant Stork and cranes.