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Old September 25th, 2011, 07:29 AM   #41
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Adventure tourism to be promoted at Wagamon

The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) intends to develop Wagamon as an adventure zone by promoting 20 sporting events identified as suitable for the area.

The DTPC had 45 hectares of land at Wagamon. The detailed project would be submitted to the government in a month, Tourism Department Deputy Director Joykutty George told The Hindu here.

Wagamon had grown as the third major tourism destination in the State after Munnar and Thekkady. Its grasslands were ideal for paragliding events. The DTPC would put in place the required infrastructure without affecting the environment, he said.

Lesser-know spots near Wagamon would also be developed. But unbridled tourism would not be allowed as it may harm the rich bio-diversity of the region, Mr. George said.

The DTPC's one-day tour of Wagamon had received good response. A one-day sight seeing programme, combining Munnar and Painavu, would start next month.

There are two sight-seeing tours which start from Munnar now. One takes the visitors to Devikulam, Gap Road, Rajakkad and Kallimaly; and another takes tourists to Eravikulam and Marayur. Sight-seeing programmes were being operated only to certain destinations. Poor road condition and lack of basic facilities had been hampering tour operations, sources said.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #42
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Latest international tourist statistics published by Government of Kerala - http://www.keralatourism.org/destina...reign-2010.pdf.

Kochi city ranks 1st followed by Kovalam, Fort Kochi, Trivandrum....
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Old September 27th, 2011, 07:07 PM   #43
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Latest international tourist statistics published by Government of Kerala - http://www.keralatourism.org/destina...reign-2010.pdf.

Kochi city ranks 1st followed by Kovalam, Fort Kochi, Trivandrum....
This report presumably is based on the data collected from Hotels . Most of the visitors to Kochi area will stay in the city as there are not enough hotels in Fort Kochi . Similarly most of the foreigners will be staying in Kovalam which has an abundant supply of Hotel rooms .That does not mean that they dont visit trivandrum city.There is not much meaning in splitting Kochi/Fort Kochi and TRivandrum/ Kovalam .
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Old September 28th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #44
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This report presumably is based on the data collected from Hotels . Most of the visitors to Kochi area will stay in the city as there are not enough hotels in Fort Kochi . Similarly most of the foreigners will be staying in Kovalam which has an abundant supply of Hotel rooms .That does not mean that they dont visit trivandrum city.There is not much meaning in splitting Kochi/Fort Kochi and TRivandrum/ Kovalam .
And the fourth place is not Trivandrum City... Its Varkala. Trivandrum City ranks 5th. I wonder how the foreign tourists travel from Kovalam to Varkala by avoiding Trivandrum city as these two international beach destinations located at two extremes. Oh... Chilapol avar bypas-l koodi pokumaayirikkum...
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Old September 28th, 2011, 03:34 PM   #45
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Oh... Chilapol avar bypas-l koodi pokumaayirikkum...
Yes. Not every tourist who comes to see Kovalam and/or Varkala visits or stays in Trivandrum city. Bypass undallo. Rand sthalath ishtam pole hotelsum resortsum und. Airportil ninn nere pokam.
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Yes. Not every tourist who comes to see Kovalam and/or Varkala visits or stays in Trivandrum city. Bypass undallo. Rand sthalath ishtam pole hotelsum resortsum und. Airportil ninn nere pokam.
See Maradu visitors number - 37881...May be due to Le Meridian.. Allathe verenth kunthama avideyullathe for tourists??
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Old September 28th, 2011, 04:42 PM   #47
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And the fourth place is not Trivandrum City... Its Varkala. Trivandrum City ranks 5th. I wonder how the foreign tourists travel from Kovalam to Varkala by avoiding Trivandrum city as these two international beach destinations located at two extremes. Oh... Chilapol avar bypas-l koodi pokumaayirikkum...
Vivek, there is no point in even ‘deciphering in these lines’. I would say the issue is in viewing the things. And don’t humiliate the city by separating it from its internationally famed beach. Kovalam is also in Trivandrum city.

It’s very much clear that its only based on the location of hotels/resorts. Leela is the premier hotel in Trivandrum. What should the tourists do by taking a room in the statue/palayam area? Witness the ever recurring dharnas and processions to Secretariat?

My colleague here in Bangalore is coming for a 6 days trip to Trivandrum, want to see the city, veli, varkala, padmanabhaswamy temple, ponmudi and of course Kovalam. I have made his bookings at a Kovalam hotel, does it mean that he is not a tourist in ‘Trivandrum city’?

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Oh... Chilapol avar bypas-l koodi pokumaayirikkum...
Bypass entha Ugandayilano, athum citikkullil alle?
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Old September 29th, 2011, 07:40 AM   #48
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Vivek, there is no point in even ‘deciphering in these lines’. I would say the issue is in viewing the things. And don’t humiliate the city by separating it from its internationally famed beach. Kovalam is also in Trivandrum city.

It’s very much clear that its only based on the location of hotels/resorts. Leela is the premier hotel in Trivandrum. What should the tourists do by taking a room in the statue/palayam area? Witness the ever recurring dharnas and processions to Secretariat?

My colleague here in Bangalore is coming for a 6 days trip to Trivandrum, want to see the city, veli, varkala, padmanabhaswamy temple, ponmudi and of course Kovalam. I have made his bookings at a Kovalam hotel, does it mean that he is not a tourist in ‘Trivandrum city’?


Bypass entha Ugandayilano, athum citikkullil alle?
Right... They should've mention it as downtown or CBD rather than City...
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Old September 29th, 2011, 07:47 AM   #49
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Latest international tourist statistics published by Government of Kerala - http://www.keralatourism.org/destina...reign-2010.pdf.
hooo...Malabar region, infact from Trissur city (which is not even in the list) upto bekal there is no comparison to kochi or kovalam...

No 33 in the list iringal

33. Iringal Total - 8753

is this the iringal craft village near kappad..if so thats wonderfull nos it has attracted in its first year of opening.... really good.

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Old September 30th, 2011, 10:38 AM   #50
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Yes. Not every tourist who comes to see Kovalam and/or Varkala visits or stays in Trivandrum city. Bypass undallo. Rand sthalath ishtam pole hotelsum resortsum und. Airportil ninn nere pokam.
Kovalam is very much with in Trivandrum city limits ...
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Old September 30th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #51
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Ennod paranjitt karyamilla. I think the tourism department did the right thing by showing Kovalam separately. It will be useful for those who are interested to know visitor statistics in various destinations. They don't understand city sentiments in SSC right? Similarly Fort Kochi and Kochi City are given separately. Aren't they belonging to same corporation?

District wise foreign visitor statistics is given separately. http://www.keralatourism.org/distric...reign-2010.pdf

Destination wise domestic http://www.keralatourism.org/destina...estic-2010.pdf
District wise domestic http://www.keralatourism.org/distric...estic-2010.pdf
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Old September 30th, 2011, 01:14 PM   #52
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See Maradu visitors number - 37881...May be due to Le Meridian.. Allathe verenth kunthama avideyullathe for tourists??
kunthamalla... Kumbalangee.... - Avide aduthalle?

And is there any good hotels in Iringal-Vatakara ? Iringal have better figure than Wayanad or Kozhikode City.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 01:32 PM   #53
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It is not just hotel statistics. In that case Muzhappilangad shows more domestic visitors than Varkala. There are no hotels or resorts in Muzhappilangad. Is it a sample survey? Somebody should try RTI to get more details.
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Kannur Angadi and Beach Shots were pleasant. hope this was not shared.
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Ennod paranjitt karyamilla. I think the tourism department did the right thing by showing Kovalam separately. It will be useful for those who are interested to know visitor statistics in various destinations. They don't understand city sentiments in SSC right? Similarly Fort Kochi and Kochi City are given separately. Aren't they belonging to same corporation?
Aslesh, there is one catch in this. Yes, it is always good to know the visitors to Kovalam. But Kovalam in itself spans a big area, starting from the Hotels in the north to the sprawling island resorts in south.

As I said earlier, Leela is the premier business hotel. When I was in TVM, we were booking all our business visitors in Leela. Same is the case with the companies of Technopark. Those hotels are easy accessible from Airport, Technopark rather than from a hotel in CBD. Even domestic tourists whose main destination would stay in a beach hotel and then visit Padmanabhaswamy temple, museum, Veli, shankumukhom etc. The friend whom I mentioned in the last post was in TVM for 5 days for his vacation, at Neelakanta hotel facing the beach in Kovalam. Will explain his feed back later in detail.

Perhaps the point would be not to have a classification as ‘Thiruvananthapuram’, it should be ‘CBD’ or ‘downtown’ etc.
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See Maradu visitors number - 37881...May be due to Le Meridian.. Allathe verenth kunthama avideyullathe for tourists??
Kundannoor Jn.Lol
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One can connect with nature, atmosphere and peaceful by visiting these place. These destinations have been full of greenery, lush forest and adventure sites. On tour to the destination one can enjoy adventures sites.
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Top 10 activities in Kerala, India’s deep south

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Kerala has been a favourite haunt of travellers for nearly 600 years; exhilarating, enchanting and enthralling with its top-notch beauty and culture. Here are our favourite 10 activities that get under the skin of this incredible state.
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Cruise the backwaters

No trip to Kerala is complete without a languid boat ride on its idyllic backwaters. Lined by emerald coconut plantations and interspersed with turquoise lakes, these placid lagoons are the perfect place to shake off pent-up urban stress. For an extra-special experience, spend the night on board a houseboat, and witness a dreamy sunrise break over the serene bayous at dawn. Houseboats can be chartered through the District Tourism Promotion Councils in Kollam or Alleppey, or a multitude of private operators.

Live it up in Munnar

Green is the colour that swathes the lush mountain slopes of Munnar, Kerala’s answer to the fabled hill stations of north India. The crisp air and clement weather in this scenic hill town are perfectly engineered to give you the most restful experience possible. Order a steaming cup of tea from a nearby plantation to go with the breathtaking views.

Photograph Kochi’s fishing nets


Top among Kerala’s iconic photo opportunities are the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets – dating back to the 1400s – that line the harbour at Kochi. Crafted out of teakwood beams and resembling giant alien arachnids poised to sting, they form unreal silhouettes against the seascape and provide some dramatic camera fodder, especially at dusk.

Get beached in Varkala

You will wish you were an Alex Garland character the moment you set foot in picturesque Varkala. Perched on a precipitous cliff and overlooking the sapphire waters of the Arabian Sea, this beachy paradise boasts some dazzling and pristine sands to relax on.

Embrace Ayurveda

Centuries of Indian therapeutic wisdom and practices, perfected to soothe the body, mind and soul, can now be accessed at the many ayurvedic spas across the state. Feel your senses come alive with an invigorating panchakarma session, or pamper those knotty sinews with a revitalising aromatherapy or herbal massage. Try the Kannur Ayurvedic Centre, a small, government-certified, family-run clinic in Kalpetta.

Watch a Kathakali show

If you thought Kabuki was spectacular, think again. Kathakali, Kerala’s very own classical dance tradition dating back to the 17th Century, is a highly-celebrated performance art known for its colourful make-up, elaborate costumes and graceful movements, not to mention the trance-inducing music that accompanies each spirited performance. If you are inspired to give it a go, head to the Margi Kathakali School for courses in kathakali and kootiattam (traditional Sanskrit drama) for beginner and advanced students.

Know your spices

You will find a huge range of spices in this state, such as pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, mace, fennel, turmeric, cumin, coriander, aniseed, tamarind, allspice, saffron, poppy and mustard. Ambush your senses at the spice markets of Mattancherry in Kochi, and pack an extra bag for the inevitable shopping.

Meet Periyar’s tigers


Some 50 of India’s fabled Royal Bengal tigers can still be found in the virgin forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in inland Kerala. Keeping them company are elephants, leopards, Indian bison and myriad species of snakes, deer and monkeys. Head out for a wild day with the beasts.

Learn your Kalarippayat moves

The basics of this acrobatic and flamboyant 12th-century martial art are based on the science of attacking pressure points in the human body, Kalarippayat is known to be the fount of other revered martial arts such as kung fu and karate. If you want to see real professionals have a go at it, it is best to travel out to Ens Kalari, a renowned Kalarippayat learning centre eight kilometres southeast of Ernakulam.

Get a taste for Malabar

Fiery pothu (beef), fluffy appams (rice hoppers), aviyal (vegetables in aromatic coconut gravy), fish molee (spicy yellow curry) and payasam (semolina in caramelised milk) -- these are just a few of the delectable dishes that emerge from Kerala’s kitchens day after day. Pair a platter with a glass of the locally-tapped and deliciously refreshing toddy (coconut palm wine). Try Suprabhatham in Kovalam or Sreepadman in Varkala for cheap and truly authentic Keralan fare.
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