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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Panamaram Kottillam photos


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Panamaram Kottillam (heronry) is certainly one of quite exceptional bird sanctuary inside the Wayand district of Kerala. This  incredible bird nests in the tiny island of the Kabani river at the time of rainy season is really a wonderful glimpse.
Panamaram Kottillam
Panamaram Heronry. Source: Wikipedia.org
The primary sight of this Kottillam is Oriental White Ibis also known as Arival Kokkan in malayalam is a vulnerable group in Indian endangered bird list. Four sides of the island is hemmed in by water. This water body shields Panamaram Kottillam. The cutting of bamboo forests and bird hunters has lowered the total number of nests in Panamaram Kottillam. Perumundi and Cherumundi Kokku are the striking view in this island. This destination is a wonderful location for migrating birds. Migrating birds will arrive at here even if there eyes are sealed.
Panamaram Kottillam
Panamaram Kottillam. Source: Panoramio.com
Panamaram Kottillam is a unavoidable place for bird watchers.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Veli Tourist Village Photos


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Veli Tourist Village is a picnic spot maintained by the tourism department of Kerala. The Veli Lake merge here with the Arabian Sea. The picnic spot offers boating services. Pedal boats, paddle boats or row boats can be rented to discover the beauty of the lagoon in an unhurried way. Speed boats are also available in Tourist Village for hire for a quick ride. Children can enjoy going up over the giant statues that spread around the landscape.



Veli Lake is a distinctive inland lake, divided by a narrow sand bar from the Arabian Sea. It is situated within the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram city. The concourse of the lake with the sea is an attractive picnic spot, known as Veli Tourist Village. The eastern part of the lake hold two incredible hillocks which are great for hiking. Kayaking and hovercraft rides are also possible here for those who like it. The main attraction of tourist village is a floating restaurant in the lake and a floating bridge that links the tourist village with the beach.









Getting here

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 8 km, is the nearest railway station.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 3 km

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Cheerpu in Canoli Canal


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Kettu (Cheerpu) in Canoli Canal near Vattekkad

A barrier crossing was constructed by British in the begining of Canoli Canal. This was called as Kettu or Cheerpu as it was builded to prevent the salt water from Chettuva backwaters flowing into Canoli Canal. The Canoli Canal is the traditional waterway which extends to Chavakkad (Chowghat) town. Earlier this canoli canal was utilised by traders to transport different products for trade from Kollam to Chavakkad with the Kettuvallom (House boat) and small boats. This Cheerpu was rebuilt in year 2000 by the Public Works Department of Kerala. The newly built stairs of water barrier (cheerpu) helps people to cross the canal before the new bridge has came in Moonnamkallu (3rd stone).

Friday, 14 March 2014

Peechi Dam photos


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Peechi is a small village located 22 km away from Trichur town in Kerala, India,
The area is famous for its irrigation and drinking water dam and wild life sanctuary.

Kerala Forest Research Institute(KFRI) is also situated near the dam. Peechi dam was constructed primarily to deliver the drinking water requirements of the people of Thrissur town.

Additionaly it also serves as an irrigation dam, supplying to the paddy fields in and around Thrissur. Although there are less visitors on most of the periods of the year, the monsoon season attracts the place with lot of tourists and is a prominent destination on the tourist map, mainly for the beautiful views offered by the open dam shutters of the filled Peechi reservoir.


How to get here

Regular private Buses from Thrissur and taxi is available. Nearest airport is Nedumbasery.


Views in The dam site

Closing and opening of reservoir shutter, wild tuskers and wildlife. Boating is allowed in the reservoir and on lucky days visitors can see wild tuskers on the forested banks of reservoir, part of which is a reserved forest.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Attractions of Udumbanchola


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Udumbanchola is the biggest taluk in Kerala. It is a typical instance for what you imagine from the fabulous high range district of Idukki known for its evergreen forests and hills. Udumbanchola lies in the boundary of the two neighboring states - Kerala and Tamil Nadu, even though it entirely belongs to Kerala state. Not unexpectedly, you will find people chatting in both Malayalam and Tamil here.

What makes it exclusive?

Udumbanchola - its water, land, air, and trees- attracts anyone. The spot is very gifted with all natural beauty which in its surrounding elevates your spirit. The vibrant bio-diversity of its landscape perform a vital role in this. Did you know that presently there could be over forty species of native Orchid spotted here?

Attractions of Udumbanchola

Udumbanchola is exceptionally rich in its biodiversity. In fact “‘preservation of biodiversity-rich segments of Udumbanchola taluk” by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board has proven to become a effective design in conserving its priceless ecosystem along with taking attention of the income of its people. Caradamom reserve, a crucial part of Western Ghats, is another instance of the region’s rich biodiversity.

Tourist attractions in and around Udumbanchola:

It is now time to mention about the major tourist destinations in Udumbanchola.

Karithode Waterfalls:  A week end short vacation spot without waterfalls is definitely not an appropriate selection. Do not concern yourself, situated in the 10th ward of Udumbanchola Panchayat is its gorgeous waterfalls namely Karithode waterfalls.  No wonder Udumbanchola attracts many adventure enthusiasts who are interested in trekking.

Mathikettan Shola National Park: Another major tourist attraction is Mathikettan Shola National Park. The park gets its title from the Tamil keyword Mathikettan which means that “mind confuser”. Once you enter the park, it is extremely likely that you forget about the trail thus got this name. The area where national park is currently located had usually been well known as Cardamom hill reserve. In 1897, it was presented the status of Reserve forest by the then government of Travancore. It had been in the year 2003 that the zone was taken over under the single control of the forest department and was proclaimed as a National park.

One of the key interesting features of the park is that the zone comes under the annual migratory path of elephants. Observing herds of elephants in their natural habitat on their migratory trip is a sight really worth watching.

How to reach here:

If you plan to arrive at Udumbanchola you will need to get down at Kottayam railway station. Even though it's the closest railway station, it is about 85 km away from Udumbanchola. The nearby international air ports are at Madurai and Kochi. Since Udumbanchal and its major tourist attractions are situated on Munnar-Kumily highway, you can conveniently take advantage of the frequent local bus services to reach here.



Monday, 3 March 2014

Cascading charm of Karithode waterfalls


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The Karithode waterfalls is located is a part of the tenth ward of Udumbanchola gramapanchayat in Idukki district allures visitors. The falls, less vertical when comparing other waterfalls, have three levels that are stretched across an area of a lot more than 350 feet. The top of the falls can be reached effortlessly.
It is a concealed treasure for nature enthusiasts who wish to spend some time away from the regular everyday life. The spot probably won't provide the preferred facilities; but there are some routine site visitors who choose the spot for its offbeat attraction.

The stream is in complete force, owing to the monsoon, and local people say that the fall is close to full force for nearly seven months. Even throughout the summer, people pay a visit to the location to have a bath in the falls. The Parathode river's name is being transformed to Karithode falls, whose charm lies in its three-layer flow.
Karithode waterfalls near Nedumkandam in Idukki district
Karithode waterfalls near Nedumkandam in Idukki district
This water fall is 13 km from Nedumkandam on the Munnar-Thekkady road. Looking at its tourism possibilities, the Nedumkandam grama panchayat had built a 10-km-road, even though the remainder of it is not in good condition for a car drive. This does not prevent the trekkers who visit the falls.
With the finalization of the development work of the Mavady-Perinchamkutty roads, the Karithode waterfalls had become a potential tourism destination.

The residents in the area have presented a proposal to the panchayat to make a good road up to the waterfall. The waterfall could possibly be designed as a stop over for holidaymakers visiting Munnar and Thekkady.

Cascading charm of Karithode waterfalls

Though other tourism spots are recognized for development, Karithode continues to be a undetectable destination that is not pointed out in the long list of lesser known tourism spots in the district.


Earlier, there was a suggestion to make it a mini hydro power unit. Though twelve acres of land covering the water fall had been secured for the project and fenced in 2006, but no follow up action was made. When it is developed as a hydro power station, it will become unreachable to visitors and so, the local people desire to keep it as a natural beauty undamaged.

Athirapally Falls - The Niagara Falls of India


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The extraordinary, 80-feet tall and 330-feet wide, Athirapally falls in Kerala have actually obtained the identify of being the Niagara Falls of India. Situated around the Chalakudy River and Sholayar Ranges, Athirapally waterfalls have been enticing its visitors.

The Athirapally falls be a part of the Chalakudy river after plunging down 80 ft. The cool sprinkle that covers a significant area near the falls makes Athirapally a panoramic location. The stunning Vazhachal waterfall is nearby and adjacent to thick green forests and is a portion of the Chalakudy river.

The entire experience of touring to these falls is fascinating. Ornamented with palms and coconut trees, you will do not get exhausted of the natural beauty of greens in Kerala while cruising on the road towards Athirapally falls. There is also a trek of 2 kms to reach the waterfall.

Athirapally Falls in Kerala

And the moment you are there, you really receive the response to what made Mani Ratnam (the famous Bollywood film director) pick this place as a shooting location for the films like Dil Se (the song “Jiya Jale” was recorded here) and Guru (Aishwarya played here for “Barso Re Megha“)! The roaring noise of these falls, mist over the dashing water and the natural and organic beauty all around will surely grab your heart away.
Athirapally Falls in Kerala

Athirapally Falls are splendid and magical. Complete your Kerala holiday by enjoying this place. You will also get some suitable resorts nearby. Monsoons add to the attraction of these falls. However, trekking to the spot during monsoon season is actually high risk. You might also find some local fishermen capturing fish and even kids dive into the river water even though swimming is not advisable throughout rainy season.

The complete experience is even hard to narrate, just go around and experience the wonders of Athirapally!

Quick tips:

  • Wear a secure pair of sport shoes as you will have to trek.
  • The elderly might find it really difficult to navigate.
  • Even though the views are better in the monsoons, but as trekking then becomes hard, i suggest you go there in summers and springs.
  • Plastic bags, liquor and smoking are strictly not allowed in the area.
  • The sunset views of this waterfall is much better.

Entry Charges: Rs 15 per head (adults)

Timings:

Ticket issue: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Visiting time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Nearby Attractions:

Charpa Waterfalls
Vazachal Waterfalls
Sholayar Dam
Anakayam and Malakkapara Eco-Tourism areas

Getting there

By rail: Thrissur (Major station) about 63 km, Chalakudi Railway Station (a small station) is also nearby.
By air: Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur, is the nearest airport.

Kabini - the Elephant zone of Wayanad


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Kabini is a river that arise inside Wayand district of Kerala, that is actually a a portion of the world legacy of Western Ghats. It subsequently streams eastbound and connects with River Kaveri and afterwards becomes a part of the Bay of Bengal. Kabini runs thru Nagarhole National Park, that normally acknowledged as Rajiv Gandhi National Park. House to a few of the threatened varieties of Western Ghats, Nagarhole National Park is present in the Kerala border of the Karnataka state.

Nagarhole National park was developed right up during 1955 and is labeled after the River Nagarhole whose name in Kannada translates as 'the river of Cobra'. The Park obtained National Park status in 1974, when some reserve forest area of Mysore district was included making the overall section of the National Park to 644sqkm. Afterwards, in 2000, the project was applied to ‘Project Tiger.’

Kabini River

Elephant family in Kabini River banks

River Kabini sets apart the National Parks Nagarhole and Bandipur, and is actually the largest river flowing through the previous. A dam was built on River Kabini in 1974 for watering purposes. Throughout summer season, this particular river is the only resource of water for the National Parks making this area as the prominent living habitat of Indian Elephants during summer. The Khedda, the infamous elephant trapping, was carried out inside this region.

Large areas of forest were submersed while in the construction of the dam leading to the development of a huge lake. As the lake dries out during the course of summer, fresh grass commences sprouting creating a Savannah like terrain in the area. This submerse of forest has been proved to be a advantage in disguise mainly due to the availableness of fresh grass during summer.
Kabini River

Kabini River

Indian Coracle ride in Kabini River


The shores of Kabini are exactly where a nature lover always desired to stay. The spectacular picturesque destination with the tranquil flowing of the stream offers an perfect setting for completing a awesome holiday. Elephant enthusiasts will enjoy the spot as the place delivers them with ample chances of spotting elephant herds, and normally more than one herd at a time. One of the most effective instances of wildlife conservation, Kabini always will continue to be a treasure in the crown of the Tropical Indian forests.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Bekal Fort in Kasaragod


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Bekal,synonymous with the Bekal fort is a small town on the coastline of the Arabian sea in kasargod district of kerala. This small town has many options to present for a tourist.Beaches, back waters and forts are the key tourist attractions of this place.

Bekal fort, well-known by Bombay, an Indian movie, brings a lot of visitors mainly because of its clever architecture and its historical relevance. It's been a source of interest for the historians, holiday-makers as well as nature - lovers for many years. Bekal fort was actually constructed in 1650 Ad by Sivappa Nayaka and subsequently was used a number of other rulers as well as powers which include Tippu Sultan and the British Empire. 

Bekal Fort in Kasaragod
Bekal fort now rests in evidence of the wars which had been battled between powerful forces. Perhaps, the particular fort was built to fight invaders from the sea. The water-tank with its trajectory of steps, the tunnel entrance in the direction to the south, the magazine for holding ammunition and the extended steps leading to the Observation Tower, which is a rare trend during the construction of the contemporary structures tend to be some of the wonders and impressive points regarding the fort. The glimpse of the Arabian Sea and the shoreline layered with silver light coming from sunlight is really a invaluable perspective offered by the observation tower of Bekal Fort.

Beach view from the Bekal fort
Beach view from the fort
Bekal beach and Kappil beach which is 5km away from Bekal beach is also another place to sit back and engage in the happiness that one can find in the blue skies, sunlit sands and the silvery waters active with life. The swaying palm trees that line the beach makes it more incredible.
A holiday at Bekal gets more stimulating with the natural benefit of the backwaters that the 'God's own country' boasts about. The back waters at valiaparamba make the vacation at Bekal more romantic and worthwhile. Water sport and house boats are a frequent sight here. Bekal tourism provides a stay at the house boats offers thereby giving its visitors with knowledge of living on water with the best of treatments.

Bekal Fort in Kasaragod

Bekal Fort in Kasaragod

With beaches, rivers and forts Bekal is the best getaway to take a pause from the noise of the monotonous everyday lifestyle.

Arakkunnam Photos


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Arakkunnam is a small village town in the Ernakulam District of Kerala state. This small town is situated about 26 km south-east of Ernakulam town and 13 km east of Tripunithura town. The town comes under administration of the Edakkattuvayal panchayat and Kanayanoor Taluk.

Major Institutions of Arakkunnam are following.

Toc H Institute of Science and Technology -Toc H Institute of Science & Technology was started in year 2002. The college presently offers B Tech courses in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Safety & Fire Engineering. The college also offers MBA and M.Tech. Toc H Institute of Science & Technology is one of the best performing colleges affiliated under Cochin University of Science & Technology.
All Kerala Tour - Toc H Institute of Science and Technology

A P Varkey Mission Hospital, Arakkunnam  - is a general hospital owned and maintained by CPIM. The hospital is named after late A.P. Varkey - the former district secretary of CPIM. The hospital was established in 1999 and was inaugurated by V.S. Achuthananthan - Leader of opposition of Kerala state assembly. The hospital spread across 25 acres and has four major blocks which covers the major departments in clinical and surgical sections.
A P Varkey Mission Hospital, Arakkunnam

Govt. Health Center, Arakkunnam - is a government run clinic centre for basic treatments like fever, polio vaccination, etc.

St. George High School, Arakkunnam  - is one of the good higher secondary schools of Kerala.
St. George High School, Arakkunnam

St. George LP School, Arakkunnam - is one of the best lower primary school in the area.

The area is also known with the places of worship. Churches located here are following.

St. George's Jacobite Church, Arakkunnam
St. George's Jacobite Church, Arakkunnam

St.Joseph Church Arakkunnam

Arakkunnam can be reached by a drive of 5.0 km. from Mulanthuruthy through Piravom route.


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Kovalam Beaches


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Kovalam in malayalam is the term for a grove of coconut trees. This beach is essentialy true for its name. The village offers an endless view of coconut trees. The place is also known as the paradise of the south.

Out of the other beaches in Kerala, Kovalam beach is the most famous among them for tourists. Kovalam beach was the first one to be titled as a major tourist destination of Kerala. This title has got from the cleanliness and safety of the beach and became popular among the tourists. This beach can be reached by a 13 km drive from Thiruvananathapuram town. The beach with its turquoise coloured waters is also a popular choice for honeymoon seekers. The beaches of Kovalam have been divided into three parts.

The Vizhinjam lighthouse, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach.





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