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The Only Island In India Named After A British General! 7 Places With Interesting Stories Behind Their Names

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Here are some places with interesting names and even more interesting story behind them.

The Only Island In India Named After A British General! 7 Places With Interesting Stories Behind Their Names:

  1. Kempty Falls, Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)
  2. Dhuandhar Falls, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
  3. Betab Valley, Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir)
  4. Kudremukh (Karnataka)
  5. Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Cherrapunjee (Meghalaya)
  6. Havelock Island (Andaman & Nicobar)
  7. Bhimtal, Sattal (Uttarakhand)

1. Kempty Falls - Got Its Name From British Tea Parties

Kempty Falls - Got Its Name From British Tea Partiessource: wikimedia

This place got its name from the British tea parties and the camping that used to be a summer routine.

HolidayIQ Traveller Jagdish says, "Kempty Falls is about 15-16 km from Mussoorie. A well known place, we visited after 20 years. Now Kempty Falls is crowded. One can use Udan Khatola to reach there otherwise you have to step down and again climb so many steps. We gone through Udan Khatola. A nice fall in huge flow of water fall. People says that fall is alive throughout year. Changing clothes, water tube etc are available with a high fees. However water was very cold in Monsoon and Winter but very nice in summer. Due to cold we did not take bath. One must visit Kempty Falls at their stay at Mussoorie."

2. Dhuandhar Falls - For The Vapour-Like Fog It Creates

Dhuandhar Falls - For The Vapour-Like Fog It Createssource: wikimedia

This waterfall among Marble Rocks got its name from the vapour-like shower it produces upon its drop. It's a truely wonderful place to be at during a full-moon night.

HolidayIQ Traveller Chandresh says, "If you go to Jabalpur, one should definitely visit Dhuandhar Falls which is near Bhedaghat. I have not seen such a good waterfall. You get a snowy wet breeze from the cool waterfalls. It is a very nice place one should visit in MP."

3. Betaab Valley - Named After A Bollywood Film

Betaab Valley - Named After A Bollywood Filmsource: wikimedia

This valler in Kashmir got this name from the popular movie Betab which starred Sunny Deol and Amrita sing and went on to gain a cult following.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sunny says, "That was a great experience for us. We enjoyed our holidays in the beautiful valley and the local facilities of that area was brilliant. I can't explain in words how good that place was."

4. Kudremukh - Resembles A Horse's Mouth

Kudremukh - Resembles A Horse's Mouthsource: wikimedia

Kudremukh stands for horse's mouth as the peak resembles the face of a horse.

HolidayIQ Traveller Raghavendra says, "Nice place to start your tracking. Went here in the month of June. It's raining all the day. Thanks to get beyond limits team for making this possible. Be careful with leeches. Must visit hanuman gundi waterfalls. Better carry some energy drinks."

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5. Nohkalikai Waterfalls - The Mythical Tale Of A Woman's Fall

Nohkalikai Waterfalls - The Mythical Tale Of A Woman's Fallsource: wikimedia

According to the legend a local woman Kalikai who remarried was horrified to discover that her new husband disliked her daughter. One day he killed and cooked her flesh, Kalikai after lunch discovered her daughter’s finger in the basket. Distraught with grief she jumped off a tall cliff. It is this 'fall of Kalikai' that has lent to Cherrapunji one of its prime attractions. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Amit Ghosh from Bangalore shares, “Nohkalikai Waterfalls in Cherrapunjee is one of the chief attractions in Meghalaya. The view point from where the waterfall is visible is a beautifully decorated place. There are concrete stairs through which one can also get down to the base of the falls."

6. Havelock Islands - Name After A British General Henry Havelock

Havelock Islands - Name After A British General Henry Havelocksource: wikimedia

The island is named after the British general Henry Havelock and the tribal population here declined post colonization by Britishers. Over time, this place became one of the favourite spots of the British officer when they needed some time off.

HolidayIQ Traveller Devara says, "It is a lovely island with amazing beaches all along. It has plenty of good resorts in all budget ranges. It has many resorts option with private beaches and the beaches in Havelock are unbeatable among other beaches in Andaman. You can rent a two wheeler and enjoy the ride through beautiful greenery on both sides of the road."

7. Bhimtal - Named After Bhima, One Of The Pandavas

Bhimtal - Named After Bhima, One Of The Pandavassource: wikimedia

This place is names after Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers and legend has it that during their banishment, Bhima built a Shiva temple here. The palce is also believed to have been a point in the famed Silk Route.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rohini says, "Very refreshing when coming up the hills, thankful that the winding road has come to an end. Expanse and curving road lacing the lake is excellent. Lovely experience, good location for photography."

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