Thursday, January 14, 2010

All about Kerala, God's Own Country

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Back Water & House Boats...

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Back Water & House Boat Beauty...

Munnar, in full bloom

For the travellers, it may seem the beautiful land welcoming them with a present of fresh blossoms. This month, we bring you a shot of the exquisite flora of Munnar, Idukki. With its picture post card looks, Munnar is endearing to every traveller who reaches here. Dense forests, sprawling grasslands, wild flowers- there is much more for a nature lover. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams- Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Munnar is Kerala-s premium hill station. Munnar is known for the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in twelve years. Anamudi, South India-s highest peak is also located near Munnar.
A scene from Kathakali

Kerala boat race: Battle ships ahoy!

Ask a true-bred Keralite villager what his favourite local sport is. The chances are nine times out of ten, his answer will be - the boat-races.

Kerala boat race is a yearly event that takes place in the month of August or September in Alapuzza. Representing the unique cultural heritage and traditional legacy of Kerala, the boat race of the state is one of the exciting socio-cultural events of the state. The most impressive of all the boat races of Kerala is the Snake Boat Race, which is commonly referred to as Chundanvallams. The brilliant performance of the rowers portrays the inherent sporting zeal and sportsman spirit of the local inhabitants of the southern state of India. The Vallamkalis or the yearly boat race takes place in the backwaters of Punnamada in Alapuzza of Kerala. A group competition, the rowers display tremendous courage and enthusiasm to win the Nehru Trophy in the sporting event of the Snake boat race. Former Prime Minister of India, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru in the year of 1952, introduced the annual sporting event of Snake boat race.

The backwaters, a distinctive stamp of the State, provide the perfect arena for the gladiators on water while they are cheered on by an excited audience who throng verdant banks. An emphatic triumph of unity and tradition!

The Nileswaram River

Flows through Nileswaram, the seat of the Rajas of a bygone era, palaces, sacred groves, shrines, festivals and yoga centres.
Nelliyampathy, Palakkad

Nestling atop the Western Ghats, misty mountains, enchanting valleys.

Important Places to Visit during Kerala Tour.
1.Kovalam. (In Thiruvananthapuram District):-
Kovalam, meaning "a groove of coconut trees," the only beach resort in Kerala , the major attraction of all tourists is just 10 km from the state capital of Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. . Kovalam consists of three successive small crescent beaches; the southern most known as Lighthouse Beach, is where most of the visitors spend their time.But photography is prohibited here.
2.Munnar (In Idukky District):-
Munnar, set amongst the Kannan Devan Hills is situated at the influence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, nallathanni and kundala, 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British government in south India. Munnar is adorned with lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates. The “Neelakurinji”, a beautiful flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2019.The highest peak in south india, anamudi is also in Munnar and Munnar beacons the adventure-seeking traveler, who is interested in paragliding.
3.Kumarakom (In Kottayam district):-
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread across 14 acres is a favourite attraction of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live in flocks, in Kumarakom, are a fascination for visitors.
4.Thekkady (In Idukky District):-
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. In the periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Plantation Eco-tours arranged by the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady, elephant rides (duration 30 minutes) by the Forest Department, trekking and boat cruises on the Periyar Lake are the major attractions of Thekkady.
5.Thenmala(In Kollam):-
India’s first planned eco tourism project is in Thenmala. An open air Musical Dancing Fountain which is considered, as "Natures Dance" is a major attraction of Thenmala.The beauty of Kerala cannot be just written or explained, it has to be experienced. So let’s come and enjoy the beauty of this holy land.

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