Friday, 14 March 2014

Peechi Dam photos

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

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

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

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)


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

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.

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