Agra , the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is 363 kilometres (226 mi) west of the state capital, Lucknow, and 200 kilometres (124 mi) south of the national capital New Delhi. With a population of 1,686,976 (2010 est.), it is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India. Agra can also refer to the administrative district that has its headquarters in Agra city.
The city is mentioned in the epic MahÄbhÄrata, where it was called Agrevaá¹‡a (\"the border of the forest\"). Legend describe the founding of the city is Raja Badal Singh, a Sikarwar Rajput king (c. 1475), whose fort, Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present fort. However, the 11th century Persian poet Mas\'Å«d Sa\'d SalmÄn writes of a desperate assault on the fortress of Agra that was held by the ShÄhÄ« King Jayapala, by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. Sultan Sikandar LodÄ« was the first to move his capital from Delhi to Agra in 1506. He died in 1517 and his son, IbrÄhÄ«m LodÄ«, remained in power there for nine more years, finally being defeated at the Battle of Panipat in 1526. Between 1540 and 1556, Afghans, beginning with Sher Shah Suri, and Hindu King Hem Chandra Vikramaditya (also called Hemu), ruled the area. It achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1658. It is a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the TÄj Mahal, Agra Fort and FatehpÅ«r SikrÄ«, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Agra district is situated in western U.P. between 27.11\' degree Latitude North and 78.0\' degree to 78.2\' degree Longitute East. Its Altitude is 169 meters above sea level. On the North, it is bounded by Mathura District, On the South it is bounded by Dhaulpur District, On the East it is bounded by Firozabad District and On the West it is bounded by Bharatpur. Agra is situated on the bank of Yamuna river.
In Agra, maximum temperature in Summer is 45°C and minimum temperature is about 21.9°C and in Winter maximum temperature is 131.7°C and minimum tempreature is about 4.2D°C. Best season for tourist is from October to March.
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Munnar Ooty Hill Station Tour
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Chinese Fishing Net: The entrance to the Kochi harbour is dotted by the Chinese Fishing Nets, called Cheena Vala in Malayalam. These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. They were first brought to Kerala by the Chinese traders from Kublai Khan\'s court. These are large nets, which hang from bamboo or teak posts and are still used by local fishermen in Fort Kochi to catch fish attracted by the lights suspended above the nets. Silhouetted against the sunset, they present a spectacular sight of Kochi\'s waterfront.
Bolgatty Island: Dutch built Bolgatty palace in 1744 at this island surrounded by backwaters. Later it became the seat of the British Resident of Kochi. For the people of Kochi, Bolgatty Island is an ideal place to unwind. Now, the palace is functioning as a heritage hotel run by KTDC with small honeymoon cottages. The grounds have a small golf course and several vantage points for lovely views of the harbour and the sea. Dutch Palace Open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Closed on Fridays and National Holidays.
Distance: 10 Kms from Ernakulam.
The Mattancherry palace or Dutch palace is situated in Mattancherry. It was originally built by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. It was presented to the Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi in 1555 and was later taken over by the Dutch, who improved it through extensions and repairs in 1663. Since then, it has come to be called the \'Dutch Palace\', though at no time did the Portuguese or the Dutch actually stay there. Today, it is the portrait gallery of the Kochi Rajas. In the centre of the palace is the Coronation Hall where the Kochi rajas held their coronations. On display here are the dresses, turbans, palanquins and weapons from that era. In the adjacent rooms are 17th century murals of mythological figures like Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Krishna as well as scenes from the Ramanayana, in the tradition of Hindu temple art. The floor of the palace reveals the unique traditional Kerala technique of achieving a polished black surface by combining egg white, coconut shell, charcoal and lime. Hill Palace Museum Timings 10 A.M .to 5 P.M. Closed on Mondays and National Holidays. The Hill Palace Museum, Tripunithura ,13 kms from Kochi, displays the erstwhile wealth and prosperity of the royal family of Kochi, including the king\'s throne and crown. Also on show are other trappings of royalty like majestic beds, paintings, carvings and samples of epigraphy. Differnt types of sculptures, collection of rare coins, old weapons and manuscripts in ancient lipis are shown here.
Tripunithura is also well known for the nearby Chottanikara Temple and the Tripunithura Temple Jew Town. This is an area of Jewish settlement close to the Synagogue. Itis a centre of spice trade and curio shops. Jewish Synagogue Open from 10 A.M. to 12 noon and 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. Closed on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays. Distance 11 Kms from Ernakulam. This oldest Synagogue in the common wealth was built in 1568 at Mattancherry by the prosperous Jewish trading community whose links with Kerala began in Kodungallore (Cranganore) in the north of the state. The Synagogue was destroyed during the Portuguese raid in 1662 and it was rebuilt by the Dutch two years later. In the mid 18th century, the clock tower was added and the floors paved with exquisite hand-painted blue willow tiles from China. No two tiles are alike. The interior offers more beautiful surprises: a Belgian chandelier, the great scrolls of the Old Testament, and the copper plates on which were recorded the grants of privilege made by the Kochi rulers to the Jewish community in the 4th century. There are also five finely wrought gold and silver crowns gifted to the synagogue by various patrons. The rabbi will normally give visitor a full account of the synagogue and the history of the Jews in Kerala. Although this ancient community of Kochi has now dwindled to a few families, strong elements of their culture and tradition as well as the Hebrew language remain in Jew Town, which is what the area surrounding the Mattancherry Synagogue has come to be called. The by-lanes that wind around Jew Town offer charming sights of houses built in Dutch, Portuguese, and British styles.
Parikshith Thampuran Museum Open: 9.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 3 P.M. to 5 P.M. Tel: 0484-369047. Closed on Mondays and National Holidays. The Parikshith Thampuran Museum is an archaeological museum adjacent to the Shiva Temple on Durbar Hall Road, Ernakulam. This is art lovers\' paradise where one can come across reproduced Oil paintings, Original oil paintings, prehistoric monuments, Old coins in a numismatic gallery, Sculptures in stone and Plaster of paris, Temple models, Copies of murals etc., and the collections from the Kochi royal family. A gallery of contemporary art is also functioning here.
Lalitha Kala Academy open 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. It is situated at the Durbar Hall ground on DH Road. The hall had been the Durbar of the Raja of Kochi.
Kerala History Museum Located at Edappally 8 km from the heart of Ernakulam, the Museum of Kerala History is the best place for a quick trip down the ancient lanes of Kerala\'s history. Greeting the visitor outside is a statue of Parasurama, the mythological sage, who is believed to have created Kerala. Important historical episodes from the Neolithic age to the modern era are depicted through life-size figures. A one hour recorded commentary (in English and Malayalam) for each scene offers a minor sound-and-light show.
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Amusement parks are one of the places, which people like to spend their vacation. These amusement parks can attract people of all age groups. These theme parks offer various rides, which are categorized as dry rides and water rides. Water rides are those which are more entertaining and liked by all. All the amusement parks in Kerala are sure to entertain the people to the maximum. These parks are set up in vast area and all facilities are available.
Almost all amusement parks are now popularly called as Water theme parks as they have facilities for swimming pools, wave pools and various water rides. People prefer to choose water rides than the dry rides. The facilities in these amusement parks include high standard restaurants, prayer hall, conference hall, dressing rooms, locker facility, food courts, telephone booths, first aids, vast vehicle parking area etc. The amusement parks also make it a point to check the purity of the water here and several measures are taken to purify them regularly.
People can enter these theme parks by paying an Entry fee. It depends upon the age group as well as the season. There are discounts given if the tourists visit here in groups. Special discounts are also available for school and college students. Nowadays most of the students prefer to spend their one day tours and excursions in such Amusement parks. Advance booking of tickets directly as well as through online is also available.
In Kerala, we have 7 amusement parks namely Dream World Park, Fantasy Park, Happy Land, Sadhoo Merry Kingdom, Silver Storm, Veega Land, and Vismaya Water Theme Park.
Dream World Park
Dream World Park is a water theme park in Thrissur district. There are many water amusement rides in this park. The equipments such as boats, floats etc are available as single, double, triple or five seated that suits the requirements of the people. All the rides are unique and are safe also.
Fantasy Park is the first amusement park in Kerala and is located in Palakkad district. It lies in a total area of 15 acres and is an ideal picnic spot for families. There are water rides as well as dry rides available here.
Happy Land water theme park is located in Vembayam in Thiruvananthapuram district. The thrilling rides here make the visit to this park a worth. It is an eco friendly theme park that settles among trees, rocks, hills and waterfalls.
Sadhoo Merry Kingdom
Sadhoo Merry Kingdom is a water theme park located in Chala in Kannur district. There are 25 rides in this park, which includes both water and dry rides. Some of the facilities provided here are restaurants, shops, video games etc.
Silver Storm water theme park is located in Vettilapara in Thrissur district. The rides here are a combination of natural wonder and manmade marvels. There is a Children’s village here where pet animals, birds etc are there wandering freely.
Veega land is India’s first water theme park. It is located in Pallikkara in Ernakulam district and covers an area of 30 acres. The rides that are popular here is the water rides and the quality of the water here is very good.
Vismaya Water Theme Park is located in Parassinikadavu in Kannur district. The facilities provided here are prayer hall, restaurants, conference hall, shops, dormitory etc.
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