Lighthouse

Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

Exploring the Hinomisaki Lighthouse

Japan’s tallest masonry lighthouse and ranked in the top 100 historic lighthouses in the world, Hinomisaki Lighthouse is one of the unique sites in Shimane Prefecture. Situated in a quaint fishing village overlooking the rugged coastal terrain, this iconic guidepost has been aiding maritime navigation since 1903.

Hinomisaki is a cape at the western-most part of the Shimane Peninsula The Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, which stands in the corner, boasts to be the highest masonry lighthouse in Japan Situated in a quaint fishing village overlooking the rugged coastal terrain, this iconic guidepost has been aiding maritime navigation since 1903 I and my wife, Ranita, left the hotel at about 10 am in the morning We were staying at the Dormy Inn Hotel, just behind Izumoshi Station It’s a nice place to stay, especially because of its proximity to the train station The Wi-Fi access was pretty good and the room was nice They also provide a Japanese-Western semi-buffet with Izumo Soba for
Mahabalipuram Lighthouse

Mahabalipuram Lighthouse

Before we head back to Bangalore, we decided to stop at the Mahabalipuram’s old lighthouse. India’s oldest lighthouse, built around 640 AD by Pallava king Mahendra Pallava stands next to the newer and modern lighthouse. The credit for this visual treat goes to the department of lighthouses and light ships which felicitated the re-opening of the lighthouse for the public, ending a decade-long ban over fears of terrorist threats.

Before we head back to Bangalore, we decided to stop at Mahabalipuram’s old lighthouse Also known as Olakkanesvara Temple, it is India’s oldest lighthouse, built around 640 CE during the reign of Pallava king Rajasimha This lighthouse/temple is categorised as one of the “Group of Monuments” at Mahabalipuram that were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984 Currently, the Pallava era lighthouse is a protected monument, maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India Olakkanesvara Temple The blue gated entrance to the lighthouse is situated a few meters away from the main Mahabalipuram hillock entrance However one can also visit the lighthouse from the hillock through connected internal paths Just outside the entrance one can find a huge wall relief almost similar

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