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Old June 19th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #21
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Thanks for the info. I think, in certain places effigies are used, not sure though. Is the one shown above an effigy?
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No. It's not an effigy.
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A travelogue from Mathrubhumi Yathra

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Nithyanada Kotta, Hosdurg, the Fort is in decay due to lack of maintenance.







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Old June 24th, 2011, 02:03 PM   #26
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Ayyampara, near Teekoy, Kottayam District

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Old June 30th, 2011, 08:14 AM   #27
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Foreign tourists on bikes at Alappuzha

ALAPPUZHA: The concept of a tourist season in the backwaters of the State is changing, what with the entire world in a seemingly year-long holidaying mood.

The definitions of a typical tourist season in Alappuzha, known the world over for its combination of sunny beachside resorts and scenic backwaters, were hitherto restricted to the five-month period from October to February. That was when the word tourist in these parts referred only to foreigners. They also looked similar, trooping in with heavy backpacks, cameras slung around the neck, bottled water in hand and wide-brimmed straw hats.

Now, the scene has changed. The October-February bracketing is gone. Except when the rain is heavily beating down in June and July, there are tourists everywhere in Alappuzha. The looks too have changed. The foreign ones include high-flying businessmen, large groups who drop in during worldwide tours, fun-hunting youngsters on motorbikes, bicycles and even autorickshaws, and then, more than ever, there is a heavy influx of domestic tourists as well.

According to All Kerala Houseboat Owners' Association general secretary Jomon Konnackapally, it has been the increase in the number of domestic tourists that changed the face of backwater tourism in Alappuzha. At the same time, the role played by the changing face of tourism across the world - making travel affordable to more people – too is not being ruled out.

“They come round the year, and from all over India, thus doing away with the concept of an off-season for tourism in Alappuzha,” he says, adding that to cover the only two dull months, June and July, efforts are on to promote monsoon tourism on the backwaters.

The official figures from 2009 onwards validate what he and the other tourist operators here say. In 2009, there were 33,493 foreign tourists who reached Alappuzha, along with 1,64,223 domestic tourists.

In 2010, the number of foreigners jumped to 38,510, despite the global economic slowdown, while that of domestic tourists shot up to 1,83,929.

In 2011, so far, there is a 4.5 per cent jump in the number of foreigners already while in that of domestic tourists, the jump is by seven per cent. And this is just when the Nehru Trophy Boat Race and other popular boat races are just around the corner. The recently approved halt for the Rajdhani Express in Alappuzha too is expected help the tourist inflow this year further.

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Old July 3rd, 2011, 06:35 AM   #28
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CIAL waterway holds huge tourism potential




The move by the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) to position itself as the gateway to the State is set to advance further with the government nod to initiate the proposal of a waterway connecting the airport with the seaport in Kochi.

“Once it opens up, a ride along this scenic route will make up an integral part of the itinerary of all the backpackers landing here,” said a senior airport official. It will also play a key role in developing the activity of ‘cruise exchange' and expand the airport's core product of aircraft landings, he said.

Cruise exchange

According to the official, there was also a plan for CIAL to hold discussions with the DP World officials to strike a deal in the segment of cruise exchange in an effort to draw more chartered aircraft operators to Kochi. Further, it is also working on a proposal to promote the route by establishing working partnerships with tour operators and other key stakeholders in the sector.

“These proposals are on a liquid stage but initial studies point to a great demand for this route from tourists as it offers sight-seeing right from their landing at the airport,” he said.

As per the statistics available with CIAL, tourist movements accounted about 60 per cent of passenger movement in the domestic and 20 per cent of the international sector. This numbers are set to increase further with the opening of a proposed air-route connecting the five west coast airports including Kochi.

According to tourism sources at the airport, the 49.5-km-long waterway will open up an alternative route for the tourists from Nedumbassery to Alappuzha, a favourite backwater destination.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India, in a survey, has divided the route into three stretches —from the Seaport to Eloor, from Eloor to Kanjoor and from Kanjoor to the airport.

While the primary reach of 23 km is already a part of the National Waterway 3 and will require no improvement, some up gradation works will have to be carried out to develop the second stretch of 26 km through the Periyar.

The final stretch through the Chengalthodu, an extremely silted up tributary of the Periyar, is the most important part that interlinks the airport to the river. The study also envisages the construction of a passenger jetty and a terminal building of 2,000 sq.ft. with all the luxury passenger amenities.

Meanwhile, the IATA Agents Association of India state president P.R Bose has requested the government to extend the water transport facility from Kanjoor to places like Kalady and Malayatoor.

According to him, the move will give a great opportunity to develop tourism in these areas along with developing a waterway transport system in the Periyar.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 08:40 AM   #29
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Thenmala- India's first eco tourism destination

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Karithode Waterfalls - Nedunkandam(Idukki) : A waterfall hidden from tourist maps





The Karithode waterfalls in the tenth ward of Udumbanchola gram panchayat in Idukki district mesmerises visitors. The falls, less steep when compared to other waterfalls, have three layers which are stretched over an area of more than 350 feet. The top of the falls can be reached easily.

It is a hidden treasure for nature lovers who want to spend time away from the routine life. The area may not offer the best facilities; but there are many regular visitors who choose the spot for its offbeat charm. The stream is in full strength, owing to the monsoon, and local people say that the fall is near full strength for almost seven months. Even during the summer, people visit the place to bathe in the falls.

The Parathode river's name is being changed to Karithode falls, whose beauty lies in its three-layer flow.

This water fall is 13 km from Nedumkandam on the Munnar-Thekkady route. Considering its tourism potential, the Nedumkandam gram panchayat had constructed a 10-km-road, though the rest of it is in a not motorable. This does not stop the trekkers who visit the falls.

With the completion of the construction work of the Mavady-Perinchamkutty road, the falls will become a potential tourism spot, says Unni, a local resident.

He said that the residents in the area have submitted a proposal to the panchayat to make a motorable road upto the waterfall. The waterfall could be developed as a stop-over for tourists visiting Munnar and Thekkady.

Though other tourism spots are identified for development, Karithode remains a hidden spot that is not mentioned in the long list of lesser known tourism places in the district.

Earlier, there was a proposal to make it a mini hydropower unit. Though 12 acres of land covering the water fall had been acquired for the project and fenced in 2006, no follow-up action was taken. Once it is developed as a hydropower station, it will become inaccessible to visitors and so, the local people want to keep its natural beauty intact.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #31
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Santhigiri Ashram: Pothencode Trivandrum



















The structure, standing at 91 feet tall and 84 feet diameter is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The shrine constructed in the shape of a lotus in full bloom has 12 petals (representing Twelve ‘Rasi’) in the top, 9 petals (representing nine ‘Griham’) towards its base and 27 pillars (representing 27 'Nakshatrams'). Each petal in the top with 41 feet height, and each base petal with 31 feet height exhibits an exceptional architectural skill compared to its contemporaries. It is indeed a new and varied experience to take a bird's eye view from the sky- a lotus in the colour of purity blooming amidst a green sea composed of the big trees and dense vegetation of the Ashram; with its white petals taking a peek in between beautiful blue clouds

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The structure, standing at 91 feet tall and 84 feet diameter is the largest of its kind in the world. The shrine constructed in the shape of a lotus in full bloom has 12 petals (representing Twelve ‘Rasi’) in the top, 9 petals (representing nine ‘Griham’) towards its base and 27 pillars (representing 27 'Nakshatrams'). Each petal in the top with 41 feet height, and each base petal with 31 feet height exhibits an exceptional architectural skill compared to its contemporaries. It is indeed a new and varied experience to take a bird's eye view from the sky- a lotus in the colour of purity blooming amidst a green sea composed of the big trees and dense vegetation of the Ashram; with its white petals taking a peek in between beautiful blue clouds
Largest? Is it larger than Delhi's Lotus temple? From the pic, I don't think so. Don't know whether its much larger in direct.....
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Old July 11th, 2011, 04:16 AM   #33
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Largest? Is it larger than Delhi's Lotus temple? From the pic, I don't think so. Don't know whether its much larger in direct.....
Well apparently it's not... The height of Bahai Mandir is 42m/138 feet whereas this one's 91 feet/28m......

But the Ashram authorities claim that this1 is the largest.......
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Kootamunda Jain Glass Temple : Wayanad

One of the must visit for Wayanad Kalpetta tourists is Glass temple Koottamundu. This is a traditional Jain temple built attractively. The Glass temple Koottamundu is on the hill side of Vellarimala. Vellarimala is a part of the magnificent Western Ghats. Vellarimala is a high hill range of Camel's Hump Mountains. The majority of Vellarimala hill ranges falls in the Meppady Forest Range. Meppady forest range is of South Wayanad Kalpetta. The main attraction of this place is adventure trekking.



This Glass Temple Koottamundu is a Jain temple built to honor the Jain saint, Parshawanatha Swami. Parshawanatha swami is one among the most popular Jain saints. The specialty of the Glass temple is the thousands of mirrors placed on the inner wall of the temple. These glass mirrors reflect the idols placed in the main hall of the temple. The view of idols in the mirrors is splendid. This fabulous piece of architecture attracts many tourists.



The Glass Temple Kottamundu is twenty kilometer far from Wayanad Kalpetta. The major attraction in this temple is the reflection of icons in the temple's sanctum sanatorium in the mirrors. Inside the temple there is divine serenity. Once you enter the temple you feel eternal peace. You can meditate well in the peaceful atmosphere. This is really an excellent venue for religious and pious people. Other tourists and multicultural guests also enjoy this temple atmosphere. This Glass temple Koottamundu is one of the main locations included in Upavan’s sightseeing menu. Remember to visit this historic and marvelous architecture on your upcoming Wayanad Kalpetta trip.



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The Glass temple Koottamundu is on the hill side of Vellarimala
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Ive been 2 dis temple years back when i was a kid. It's a superb temple. U'll b astonished by many optical : phenomenons there which seemingly defy the laws of reflection and refraction......:cool
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Paithalmala is a hill lying in Kannur district of Kerala.t is located about 65 kms north-east of Kannur (Canannore) city and 35 kms east of Thaliparamba. North of Paithalmala is the Kudaku forest. These huge mountains lay spread over 500 acres of land. This is a dense forest area. One can go by bus upto Pottanplavu. From there jeep can be driven for six kms. After that, 2 km walk by foot.The peak offers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains beneath it. It is also a haven for a wide variety of rare flora and fauna. Paithalmala is an ideal spot for adventure tourism as well. There are not many such fascinating hill stations in the region. It is believed that the name 'Paithal' (meaning an infant) has connection with the 'Paithalkon' dynasty of Malabar. There are many seasonal waterfalls in the forests nearby. At the hill top there is an abandoned fort and view from here is breathtaking.


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Gavi : Pathanamthitta

Spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven. It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent Wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & Mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.


For the nature explorers Gavi offers the complete acquaintance with the flora around including Nageia Wallichinia (Podocarpus Wallichinia), a highly endemic species of the Gymnosperm family seen only around Gavi in the whole Western Ghats !


If you are a birder, the forests around Gavi are home to over 320 species of birds –the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, dongos, cuckoos and bulbuls-truly any birder’s dream!






Getting There


Gavi is 28 kms south west of Vandiperiyar, a town in N.H 220 the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai, which itself is 14 kms from Kumily,near Thekkady. Let the rough journey to Gavi may better be made on a sturdy vehicle like jeep which are available on hire either from Vandiperiyar or from Kumily. Entry passes must be obtained from the Forest Check Post enroute at Vallakkadavu. Advance booking with the Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd. is highly appreciable wherein such formalities will be taken care of by the Company itself.


Regular buses are available to Vandiperiyar from Kochi & Thiruvananthapuram . A small bus rattles even up to Gavi from Vandiperiyar.




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Centre okays Kerala’s master plan for backwater tourism

Tranquil and picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha in Kerala, which has emerged among the top Indian spots on the world tourism map, has received a boost with the Centre approving the first phase of the Rs 400-crore master plan for development of the area.


The works to be taken up in the Rs 50-crore first phase of the project would include creation of a backwater circuit for which the Tourism Ministry had given its nod, the Kerala Tourism Minister, Mr A.P. Anil Kumar, said.

As part of this, a string of houseboat terminals, resting points, night halt centres and curio and souvenir shops would be built along the panoramic banks of the backwaters.

The first phase will be launched very soon with the circuit linking more places and creating more routes for houseboats,” a Kerala Tourism release quoting Mr Kumar said today.

Shopping centres, handicraft stalls, restaurants and live performances of traditional art forms will give a real feeling of Kerala culture and cuisine to the visitors at these places, Mr Kumar said.

The plan had also taken into account the security aspect of the backwater cruise as building safe night halts for houseboats carrying tourists was a major component.

The new facilities would be developed on a public-private partnership mode. The State would lay the infrastructure for the purpose while the private players would create and run the shops and other ventures to woo the visitors.

Besides tour operators and hoteliers, many others in 58 village civic units and three towns would benefit from the balanced development of tourist spots from Aroor near Kochi to Kayamkulam near Kollam.

The master plan also suggested South and North Vembanad Lake and certain areas alongside the river Pampa as new routes.

Bottlenecks posed by some bridges at places such as Kidangara, Vattakayal and Pulinkunnu that obstruct free movement of boats would be solved.

There would be provisions for waste management with focus on eco-friendly tourism. The Government would also consider proposals of allowing luxury houseboats and floating restaurants if the private companies come up with proposals.

The Union Tourism Ministry, which has identified potential areas for tourism development, would extend financial support for the scheme.

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