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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Destination Places to Visit Near CHENNAI For Family Holidays

5 destination places for Luxury family holidays :


  1. V.G.P. Golden Beach
  2. Covelong Beach (Near Mahabalipuram)
  3. Arignar Anna Zoological Park
  4. Sadras Beach Resort (Near Mahabalipuram)
  5. Nagalapuram (Near Tirupati)

1. V.G.P. Golden Beach

V.G.P. Golden Beach
At a distance of 21 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station and 40 Kms from Mahabalipuram (situated on East Coast Road between Chennai and Mahabalipuram), VGP Golden Beach is the only resort in Chennai city limits. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Chennai.

This Beach cum Amusement Park is developed by The Tourism and Entertainment Corridor of Tamil Nadu, and offers wide range of entertainment options like Gokarting, Dashing Cars, Water Chute, Giant Wheel, Break-dance, Dragons belly, Super trooper and many more. Kids can enjoy the special sight seeing of Jurassic Park and Aquarium. There is an Art Centre which sells handicrafts and articles made out of sea shells.

The sea facing Swimming pool is an extra attraction. The beach is clean and ideal for sun-bathing. The Resort has a Multi-cuisine restaurant and a separate Bar

2. Covelong Beach (Near Mahabalipuram)

Covelong Beach (Near Mahabalipuram)
At a distance of 23 Kms from Mahabalipuram and 35 Kms from Chennai (on Chennai - Mahabalipuram Road) Covelong/Kovalam is a famous beach resort and one of the popular tourist places to visit near Chennai.

It was originally just a small fishing village, but now also expanded to become one of the most famous beach resorts in South India. You can still explore the old sea port that used to exist there. Numerous quality beach resorts can be found at Kovalam. The beaches at that location are absolutely exquisite, and are greatly enjoyed by all that visit there. It is also to these beaches that the well-known Olive Ridley Turtles travel to every year to hatch their eggs.

Swimmimg and wind surfing are popular activities at this beach.

3. Arignar Anna Zoological Park - 38 Kms

Arignar Anna Zoological Park
At a distance of 38 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station (located in Vandalur, Kanchipuram district), Arignar Anna Zoological Park is one of the finest zoos in India. This is also one of the popular tourist places near Chennai and said to be one of the biggest in South East Asia.

Established in 1855 and shifted to the current location of Vandalur reserved forests in the year 1979. This park is officially opened to public in 1985, the park covers 510 hectares of land. The park shelters more than 170 species of animals. The dry forests surrounding the Vandalur region is the ideal breeding ground for these animals. It is home for Tigers, Jaguars, Lions, Panther, Elephants, Sambar, Giraffes and many more.

The Park has a library with good collection of wildlife related books and information. Elephant safari is also available in the park.

Timings 9 AM to 8 PM. Tuesday Holiday. But all the animals are back in their cages after 5 PM.

4. Sadras Beach Resort (Near Mahabalipuram) - 68 Kms

  Sadras Beach Resort (Near Mahabalipuram)
At a distance of 13 kms from Mahabalipuram (towards South) and 68 Kms from Chennai, Sadras is an outstanding beach resort that takes advantage of the beautiful landscape. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit around Chennai.

The beaches that surround Mahabalipuram are encompassed by beautiful, green casuarinas groves. The contrast of the vibrant green with the sparkling white beaches is breathtaking, and a sight that numerous tourists want to experience.

There is an old ruined Dutch Fort and a Dutch cemetery with finely carved headstones at Sadras as well.

5. Nagalapuram (Near Tirupati) - 87 Kms

Nagalapuram (Near Tirupati) - 87 Kms
At a distance of 16 km from Nagalapuram town, 44 km from Puttur, 87 km from Chennai, 78 km from Tirupati, 107 km from Chittoor, 130 km from Vellore, 120 km from Kanipakam & 288 km from Bangalore, Nagalapuram is a small historical town located in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. Nagalapuram is famous for two things, one is Sri Vedanarayana Swamy Temple and the other one is Nagalapuram falls trekking (also known as Saddhi Koodu Madugu). This is one of the popular sites for trekking near Chennai and also among ideal weekend getaways around Chenani for a two day trip.

Sri Vedanarayana temple is grand shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is said to have been built by Krishna Devaraya of Vijayanagar Empire in remembrance of his mother Nagala Devi, after whom the town is named. The temple reflects the Vijayanagara architectural and the main deity idol is facing west. The sanctum sanctorum has Vedanarayana Swamy with his consort's Sridevi

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Top 5 Alternative Holiday destinations and must-see's abroad!

With holidays abroad more meaningful than ever, of course each one needs to be unique. With many amazing places to choose from, it can be hard to figure out those that are thriving in popularity at the moment.

Below we have favourited some of our most alternative, unique and up and coming holiday destinations and sight to be seen of 2013, that are sure to give you both a cultural, exciting and memorable experience time away.
North Africa After suffering with political unrest for many years, North Africa's most loved holiday resorts are more than safe, and a welcoming, friendly place to spend a holiday. Morocco is now proving to be more and more popular with intrigued travellers, hosting Marrakech as one of the most cultural and bustling holiday destinations there is. Agadir in Morocco is especially spectacular, holding beaches and historical sites. The country is full of flavour and fast paced activities, offering a perfect mix of both Arabia and Africa. Red sea holidays such as Egypt are also as hot as ever, being a great all rounder and a paradise for divers and snorkelling beginners. North Africa is also lucky enough to host the stunning country of Tunisia, home to many filming locations and celebrity hotspots. Without spending a fortune here, you'll get to taste theTunisian cuisine, as well as visit its world renowned ancient ruins such as Amphitheatres, cathedrals and religious sites.
Dominican Republic 

With the Dominican increasing its tourism visitors in 2012 by over 8%, we have seen more airlines jump on the bandwagon, offering flights here at lower prices than ever before. Not only is this a dream like and affordable destination to relax on, the Dominican Republic's coastlines are some of the most beautiful in the world. Usually destined as a place to get married or to spend a honeymoon, resorts such as Punta Cana and Puerto Plata can now be enjoyed by everybody. Here you will find extremely tranquil beaches, lagoons and private coves to swim in and take boat rides out of, as well as its secluded walking routes. Aside form its coastal culture, open valleys and fields are also wide open for you to enjoy, being home to lots of natural production. With a mix of the Maldives and France's countryside, there no better place to unwind. The Dominican Republic will always be a splurge and a treat, but a well deserved and memorable one.
Malta. Even though Malta is one of the smallest EU nations in population and in size, it holds stable and loveable Mediterranean climates. The country hosts a full hub of all things arty, great food and harbours which have slowly helped Malta on its way up the holiday ladder for educational yet stunning places to visit. With its Maltese culture surrounding newcomers everywhere they look, architecture and exhibitions reflect the early renaissance. With young students and couples after an informative break away, The Traditional Museum of Fine Arts located here should go down a treat, with spectacular seas and sands to go with it.
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Aspros Potamos, Crete
Aspros Potamos, situated in a stunning valley in Crete, Greece is a secret destination offering peace and tranquility. A place without traffic, mobile phones, or lights, it’s the perfect place to spend some quality time in a faraway place. Aspros Potamos is designed to create simplicity, and here will lead you to the historical village of Pefki, a place used in the Vietnam War times. The village was originally used to prepare wheat and barley and keep animals. The village is surrounded by stacked cottages, perfect for a romantic break alone. They are made of local stone, and each consisted of only two rooms. The miniature houses are drenched in an authentic atmosphere, and although you have no chance of drying your hair or having a shave, you’re bound to have an extraordinary break exploring the depth of a well-kept historical landmark together.
Lake Vinuela
We all know Costa Del Sol is famous for it's sandy beaches, but little do people know, it also offers a beautiful romantic attraction, Lake Vinuela. It has enticed holiday makers for many years, with a capacity of 170,000,000 cubic meters of water, the lake was created when the rivers Velez, Guaro, and Seco were dammed together. The lake thrives in a sense of hush as the public are left to discover what the lake has to offer. Scattered around the lake are paths that lead to dainty and delightful little villages, such as Canillas de Aceituno, Alcaucin, Periana, and. Riogordo. It is located fifteen minutes from the local town of Torre del Mar. Visit Lake Vinuala where the tiny romantic villages are perfect for couples to explore, and feel a real sense of adventure in an unexpected location.





Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The stunning bridges of Venice

Bridge of Sighs.
This infamous bridge connects the Doge's palace with Prigioni. It's often looked at and thought to be romantic, situated in a wonderfully beautiful part of the city. It's Italian name is the Ponte Dei Sospiri made in limestone.

















Rialto Bridge.
This photogenic bridge is situated across the main pedestrian bridge of the Grand Canal. The bridge is close by to many shops and authentic markets, making it extremely accessible and popular. 












Scalzi Bridge. Literally meaning 'The bridge of Barefoot Monks'; It connects Santa Croce, Cannaregio and the Santa Lucia Rail Station together. Completed in the early 30's, its stone structure still remains in tact and gives beautiful views down the Grand Canal. 



Calatrava Bridge. This is not your typical Italian bridge, as it's Venice's newest. Smoothly using its curve edges to span the Grand Canal. Made from glass steel , it was completed in 2008 and adds a modern touch to the city. 




Acadamy Bridge. Crossing both the Grand Cnal and the recommended Venice museum 'The Galleria dell Acadamia' it's name makes sense. First built in the 19th century and re-erected in the 30's it offers an interesting yet huge piece of art to look at, all made out of pure wood. 






Treating Mum 'Abroad Style' this year- Give her something to really smile about

On the odd years, when Mother's Day tends to get a little repetitive, I find myself thinking of something that will really show my appreciation for my Mum. I think most hard working Mums out there really do deserve a nice break away, or at least the opportunity to feel free from the daily banes of life for a few days.  Treating Mum 'Abroad Style' this year- Give her something to really smile about


That's why I have come up with a few interesting ways on how to turn that tired smile into a shining grin this Mother's Day.
Spa Weekend


Would a back massage in Italy or a simple Spa day at your local hotel go down a treat with your Mum? I think this must be most women's dream, having a full day of pampering to themselves. With in-Spa Jacuzzis, swimming pools saunas, and a personal masseuse at the ring of a bell, what more could a hard working Mum of three want? Not only has been relaxed proved to help our mental and emotion selves, it's a great way to show your appreciation for your Mum, and is way better than turning up to the house with just a card, a surprise won't hurt! 

Take her with you!


Okay, so maybe not for your main summers party holiday with your friends, but been able to bond with your Mum in some of the greatest shopping malls in the world and treating yourselves to a new hair do will prove just how close you bot really are. The chances are your Mum will be flattered that you want to take her away and spend some quality time together. So surprise your Mum and offer to take her on your text holiday with you. Even suggesting that  she 'needs a break' will show her how much you care, and how much you have thought about how to giver her an ultimate break from reality. 

Plan a holiday


We all know that the perfect getaway from day to day life is the best thing in the world. And having deals from under £100pp on site, you wouldn't even need to spend hundreds. You could even start to talk about the idea of a perfect holiday, and help your Mum come up with a plan on how and when she'd go. Giving your Mum that little something and idea on having a break from it all will give her something to look forward to- and will love you for it. By giving her a little towards a deposit could really allow her to believe that in just a few months she could be jetting off somewhere exotic. 

Turkish Bath

The chances are if you have ever experienced a Turkish bath you'll want to do it again, and was more than likely taken out whilst abroad. But did you know? That not only can you re-live this memory again whilst on holiday, there are now several spas and leisure facilities that offer this service around the UK. It has said to be the ultimate relaxer, as you'll get to experience being pampered to high heaven. It's also known to leave both men and women in a complete trance after not experiencing something so tranquil ever before! You could even suggest this for their next holiday, and show them reviews and pictures of just how stylish and worthy a Turkish bath and Spa really is. 



Tapas Style

If being able to offer your Mum a holiday is impossible for you, then create a theme at home! Try venturing your Mum out to try some authentic cuisine, or even cook for her at home. You could try a traditional Moroccan tagine cooked stew, or even take her out to a Tapas bar where drinks and meze are all foreign and yummy. Flavours can go down a treat when done right, so treat her to something unique that she's never done before. 






Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How to Make Your Favourite Holiday Cocktails!

How to make your favourite holiday cocktails!

We all know that what makes an all inclusive holiday that bit more special is the unlimited drinks we are able to take advantage of.

This is why we have shortlisted a few of your favourite drinks to show you exactly how to make them so you can re-live that dream holiday drinking experience in your garden whenever you like!

Crucial Cocktail Tackle
Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail Strainer
Cocktail Muddler
Mixing Spoon
1 x 25ml Measure
1 x 50ml Measure
1 x Sleek Cocktail Glass

You may also want to get a hold of a cocktail strainer to ensure that your drink will pour out perfectly into your favourite cocktail glass.
Cosmopolitan

What you'll need:

1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Lime juice
1/2 oz Cranberry juice

How to do it:
Pour all of your ingredients into your cocktail shaker, and skae like crazy! Once your wrists start to hurt you can then pour the delicious mixture into your cocktail glass glass. Adding Crushed Ice and an umbrella to your drink will transfer this red happy juice into a real surprise to serve to your friends.

To serve: 

Add crushed iced to make this into a tasty long drink!

Pina Colada Recipe

What you'll need:

3 oz Rum/ Malibu
3 tbsp of Coconut milk
3 tbsp crushed pineapples

How to do it:
First pour in your crushed pineapple into the shaker, and make sure they're as small as you can get them. Then add in your Malibu and coconut milk to make sure all is creamy and consistent. Once you've done so, take your strainer to ensure no bits fall into your glass, and HEY PRESTO!

To Serve:

Try adding a few ice cubes into this swirl of yumminess. You could even top it off with squirty cream to make sure it looks and tasted just like the ones you've had on holiday.

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Recipe

What you'll need:

2 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Grenadine
4 oz Orange Juice

How to do it:
Depending on how much alcohol and alcohol you' require, pur in the above mesurments to taste. (More Grenadine for stronger, More orange for weaker.) And mix it all up. Pour straight into your glass.

How to serve: 

Take a cocktail stick and on a glacier cherry and a slice of orange. Best tasted with a little something savoury!
Sex on the Beach Cocktail Recipe 

What you'll need:

1 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Peach Schnapps
2 oz Cranberry juice
2 oz Grape Fruit juice

How to do it:
Mix all of the above ingredients in your cocktail maker and again, stir. Simply as that.

How to serve:

Use lemon juice t created a frosted look on the sides of your glass, and no-one will ever know you've only just started to make your professional looking summer cocktail drinks.
Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe 

What you'll need:

90ml of Tomato Juice or V8 juice
45ml of Vodka
2 drops of Tabasco Sauce
½ teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
A dash of lemon juices
A wedge of lime
A celery Stick
Freshly ground Black pepper
Ice cubes

How to do it:

Make sure that your glass is chilled before serving and start to place your tomato juice, vodka, worcestershire sauce, black pepper, lemon juice and ice cubs into your cocktail shaker. The strain these ingredients into your chilled cocktail glass. Add in your tabasco sauce to taste and give it one final stir with your plastic cocktail stick.

To serve:

Use a stick of celery or slice of lime to rest above the mixture, serving right away will make it extra yummy also.

Top 5 beauty must haves for your 2013 summer holiday!

At icelollyholyday.blogspot.com we know how important it is that we look great, and most importantly FEEL great about ourselves.

When preparing for a holiday there's nothing better than grabbing some bargains that you know will come in handy. There's just something about owning a few items that you've specifically bought for your holiday that makes use even more exciting too, and if you're anything like me you won't let yourself wear it until you go. 

1. Bold and beautiful Bikini

If you're daring to bare all this year then make sure your bikini is bright and beautiful to make sure you stand out. There are hundreds of choices to choose from this year, especially neon coloured pieces and animal prints that are already proving to be popular so far this year.


2. Ray-Bans

Protect your eyes in style this summer. When shopping for your holiday items this year you'll see that almost every shop in the country are selling ray-ban type sunglasses. Now in many shapes and colours there's now a style to suit everybody with different patterns suiting all hair types and eye colours around them. The great thing is that you can pick up a pair of these starting from just £1.00 in some high street stores.


3. Large Beach Bag

Since 2006 we've seen large bags on the catwalk, and they soon made their way onto the beach. The saying goes for 'the bigger the better' for a beach bag this year, as as a nation we like to take more and more things out with us, and let's face it if you're the type that loves a big beach towel you're going to need one. Loved for covering up the body and making our frames look smaller, a beach bag is perfect for those who may feel slightly self conscious whilst walking around as they can surprisingly hide a lot, y'know!


4. Fitted Cocktail Dress

Are you going to Malia with your friends this year? Or Turkey with your boyfriend? Either way you'll be in need of one stunning drop-dead gorgeous dress that everyone's gonna turn they're heads at once you're wearing it. Imagine you're getting ready to go to BCM nightclub or out for an A La Carte meal, hang your fitted dress up whilst you're getting ready and just imagine how hot you're gonna look once you slip into it.

5.) Vintage Floral Swimsuit

We've seen Lana Del Ray, Taylor Swift and Elie Goulding looking fantastic in these already this year, and so can you! The shape of these swimsuits are wonderful, and many stores such as ASDA are now offering these with tummy controllers fitted inside too. Vintage is sometimes pretty tough to pull off whilst abroad but with a floral printed costume you're bound to get your personality across.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

What to do in Mexico- May

More and more people are visiting Mexico year on year due to its versatile approach. Holidaying in the Cancun has allowed hundreds of thousands to get a real taste of the Caribbean coast for less. Not only are there endless amounts of things to do here, it offers a more luxurious experience than your typical sun holiday and is loved highly for it.

In May, visiting Mexico is relatively cheap but is a great time to visit if you're wanting to avoid heat that's just too blistering for small children and if you're wanting a lot on a reasonable budget. Everything in Mexico has just re-opened in May too, and there's no better way to experience its thriving and bustling atmosphere as its exciting activities start to get underway again.

Take a look at some of the best things to do in Mexico below, that are especially spectacular in the month of May.



Beach babies.

There's a huge array of beaches in Mexico to be discovered; ones that are crystal white, pristine and beautifully maintained. Each of its beaches are suitable for children, and a cheap holiday here will allow you to let loose on many of them where you're able to forget all of your worries. The one thing that stands out for people when settling down to sunbath on a beach in Mexico (whether it be the Cancun or  The Mayan Riveria) is how still, calm and remote they seem to be. The beach of Playa Del Norte in Isla is where you will find clear turquoise waters as well as Akulman's main beach where palm trees offer a wonderful amount of shade. One of the best places for couples would be the Playa Del Amor beach (also known as the lovers beach) as it offers coves, and breathtaking views of Cabo San Lucas. One of the best beaches to sunbath on would be Neuevo Vallarta Beach which offers a huge amount of sand that looks over a beautiful horizon of the ocean. In Playa La Ropa and the Cancun all offer wonderful experiences for kids, as each caters wonderfully for those who like to take part in constant activities, wether it be beach ball or going on a speedboat. 


Tours of Mexico

Mexico is a big place, and when visiting that will become very clear. There are some brilliant opportunities to discover more about Mexico whilst there though, as you will see that its neighbouring resorts are very accessible. From just £30pp you could take an excursion or boat trip out to archeological mysteries such as Talum or Chichen, or even places that offer something you'd like to do such as ziplining in another resort. that yours may not offer. You could even try to book a 2-day tour that will allow you to cruise around the Caribbean coastline to catch sight of Mexico's real history and culture, visiting beaches as well as cities. Touring Mexico is the best way to see its real way of life, including fresh food and goods markets. 


Nightclubs/ Partying 

Thanks to TV series such as Geordie Shore, the Cancun has rapidly grown to be one of the best places for students, large groups of friends and spring breakers to get wild. The Cancun offers endless opportunities to get involved in some of the craziest parties in the world, hosting boat parties, beach raves and themed nights in many of its booming night-clubs. DJ's such as David Guetta and singers such as Rhianna have been known to headline here too, and is now one of the best places for a 18-30's holiday.  BullDog Cafe, Daddy Rock, Fat Tuesday and Planet Hollywood are some of the greatest places to hold of cheap booze and to enjoy an extremely fun holiday away with your mates. With even swimming pools in nightclubs and neon raves taking place every night it will be hard to get bored, yet hard to rest! Even throughout the day you could buy tickets to go on a booze cruise or have a laugh on a vast banana boat on Mexico's smooth waves of the sea. 

Zip Line 


This adrenaline pushing and exhilarating activity is perfect for all travellers . There are many destinations across the whole of Mexico that will allow you to do this. You could even take a ride over waters, animal parks and nature reserves to get the best out of it.  Acting as a runway, these tracks have been designed for those who adore to get get adventurous when abroad, using your hands to keep you up on this thin wire ride! To get some really good views, again visit Cancun to take this out, as you'll find various locations to ride zip lines here.
Snorkelling and turtle beaches


Snorkelling in Mexico has been made popular because of Mexico's high heats all year around.  Its blue corals and clear lagoons that rest along Mexico's coastline mean that snorkelling is perfect here, having it been made easy to see so much underwater. You'll get to catch sight of weird yet wonderful sea creatures, as well as receive a great view of the sea's bottom. The versatile beach of Akumal even offers vsitors the chance to turtle watch! It's a well know turtle beach where you'll be able to get up close to the cute reptiles and take some photos of them.