Friday, August 12, 2011

Kerala : The ‘God's Own Country’

Kerala, located in the South West of the Indian peninsula, the wonderful land of rivers, backwaters, and sea beaches is a vast strip of lush green land. The truly wonderful and varied nature of this Indian state, its advancements in the other avenues of the common people’s life like higher rate of literacy, higher health care, etc., have positioned Kerala as one of the progressive and prosperous states in India. Apart from everything else, Kerala is a global tourist destination. In every year, thousands of international and domestic travelers come to their vacation travel in Kerala. The natural freshness, comfort, and soft touches of mother earth in every places of Kerala gradually turned this place a traveler’s heaven. The greatness of the travel destinations in Kerala has made this state world famous in the name of "God's Own Country".

The south Indian state of Kerala has 14 districts or administrative divisions. The major cities of this state are Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, and Kochi. Three well developed airports in the state keep this state connected with the international and domestic destinations. Every remote corners or Kerala are well connected through multiple means of transportation like rail routes, roadways, and waterways. Until the end of the 80’s decade, Kerala tourism had no major importance in the Indian or the global tourism map. The neighboring state, Goa has always been a tough contender as far as the rising of the Kerala beach vacations in the international tourist scenario is concerned. On the other hand, the Chennai beaches and rich heritage of it used to pull the majority of the south India tourism interested travelers. But, the Kerala tourism development authority, with its series of strategic approaches has made this state as one of the best vacation destinations in India.

Making trip to all the tourist places of the ‘God’s Own Country’, takes roughly one month. The major Kerala tourist destinations include Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam, Kochi, Thrissur, Munnar, Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kollam, Sabrimalai and Kannur respectively. The Kerala travel agents come to great help to the travelers by meticulous planning on budget vacation in Kerala, booking cheap air tickets, finding budget hotels in Kerala, and many more. The Kerala travel agents assist you in saving a lot of money and planning trips to the best vacation destinations in Kerala.

The ‘God's Own Country’ Kerala has a lot of unique travel destinations to offer to the domestic and international travelers. The enthralling Kerala Sea beaches along with a great number of natural tourist attractions across this states means much more for everyone comes to visit here. The Kerala tourism and the beautiful tourist places in Kerala have been appreciated by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The magazine has listed Kerala among the “ten paradises of the world” and the “50 places of a lifetime”.

The Kerala backwaters are the unique attractions to the travelers to this state. The Vembanad Lake expanded with an area of 200 sq km is the biggest among the Kerala backwaters. The final end of the Vembanad Lake connects it with the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. Apart from the backwaters in Kerala, there are many other fine tourist attractions like, the heritage places, the historical architectures and places, wildlife, the natural beauty of the villages. The Kerala culture has high impact of literature, art, music, festivals, and tradition cultures. The Kerala foods are famous as the south Indian dishes.

If you are a beachcomber and love to enjoy on a beach vacation in Kerala, it would be ideal to approach aKerala Travel Guide. But, you need to find out the reliable travel guides from your trusted references. TheKerala sea beaches have captivated attention to the beachcombers because the untarnished beauty of these places, unpolluted blue waters, and clean sands spreading over many miles touching the Arabian sea. For a beach vacation lover, it’s tough to ignore the attractions of the Kerala beaches. The swaying palms, the soothing breezes, and rippling waves of the Arabian Sea welcomes a traveler to the Kerala beaches and gifts with many hours of mind and body relaxing beach trip. Among the famous beaches in Kerala, Kovalam Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Varkala Beach, and Poovar Beach can be named among the best places.

For the visitors who are not the perfect beach vacation lovers, the Kerala travel agents are ready to facilitate them with several other tailor-made travel solutions. Travellers may option for packaged trip to the Kerala hill stations of Munnar, Nelliampathi, Wayanad, and Ponmudi. Your trip may extend to the national parks in Kerala. To enjoy the best scenic beauties of the ‘God's Own Country’, make sure to include the Periyar and Eravikulam National Park in the vacation packages offered by your Kerala travel agent. Before setting out to the Kerala vacation destinations, do not forget to ensure the transportation, accommodation, food arrangements. These are the most important requirement during your Kerala vacation trip

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For the potential visitors help in better planning Kerala vacation, here is some important information about Kerala:

Location: Southwestern Peninsula of India
Area: 38,863 sq km
Population: 31,84,1374
Capital: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Language: Malayalam. English is widely spoken language in this state.
Religion: Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam
Climate Type: Tropical
Summer: February - May (24 - 33°C)
Monsoon: June - August (22 - 28°C) October - November
Winter: November - January (22 - 32°C)

Domestic Flights (direct): From/To: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai
International Flights (direct): From/To: Colombo, Maldives, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Doha,
Ras-al-Khaimah, Kuwait , Riyadh, Fujairah, Singapore

Dear Readers, these have been the initial introduction about ‘Kerala---God's Own Country’. The informative details about the famous tourist attractions in Kerala including traveler guide and useful information will be realized soon. Till then, I wish you a happy Kerala vacation travel planning.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Yatra suspended : Badrinath, Gangotri suspended

The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri was suspended after the roads leading to them were hit by fresh landslides following heavy rains on Monday, leaving hundreds of pilgrims stranded.

Landslides struck the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway at several places including Govindghat, blocking vehicular traffic. The Rishikesh-Yamunotri National Highway has also been hit by landslides at Chhatanga area, official sources said here.

The yatra to Gangotri temple remained suspended for the second consecutive day as the landslides that hit the Rishikesh-Gangotri National Highway at Sainj in Uttarkashi district on Sunday have not been cleared so far.

Fresh landslides have also hit the highway at Helkugad and Netala, the sources said.

PWD, BRO and police personnel are working round-the-clock to clear the debris and reopen the road for vehicular traffic.

Meanwhile, administrative teams have been sent to the affected areas to take care of the stranded pilgrims, they said.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rains continued to lash most parts of Uttarakhand with Uttarkashi receiving the heaviest rainfall at 84 mm, followed by Bhatwari (72 mm) on way to Gangotri temple during the past 24 hours, Met Director Anand Sharma said.

Chamoli recorded a rainfall of 58 mm, Purola 40 mm and Kausani 30 mm, he said.

The Met department has predicted light to moderate rains at many places in the state and heavy rains at isolated places in Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts during the next 24 hours.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dubai is spending their money on getting new islands! This picture shows how they do that!

Munnar Holiday Packages From Delhi

Munnar is blessed with natural beauty that attracts tourists from all over the world.Munnar tourism welcome you to enjoy the natural beauty of this God’s own land.Munnar tourism organize boating in the lakes of Munnar. Nature walks and hiking are popular activities that tourist in Munnar indulge in. The winter months from October to March are the best time to visit Munnar. The lovely landscapes offer the picturesque setting for unforgettable holidays. Munnar tourism was the summer retreat of the British. Amidst scenic surroundings Pothamedu offers picturesque plantation along with trekking and hiking options. The Christ Church of Munnar is for its stain glass windows. You will also come across numerable brass plaques in memoriam of the tea planters of Munnar. For Munnar you may also get breathtakingly beautiful views of Anaimudi, the highest peak in southern India. Then there is the Echo Point from where the tourists love to try echoing their voices. The natural echo effect it produces makes the Echo Point an important tourist spot in Munnar.We,Munnar Tourism always welcoming you to this charming hill station of Kerala.

Munnar Tourist Places

Mattupetty (13 km from Munnar) Situated at a height of 1700 m , Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm The Mattupetty lake and dam , just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed Launch and slow speed motor boats are available on hire

Devikulam (7 km from Munnar) This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.

Pallivasal (8 km from Munnar) This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty
Marayoor (40 kms from Munnar) This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the forest department, the caves(muniyaras) with the murals and relics from the New stone age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single banyan tree, are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby

Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar) The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 m) is located in the Southern region of the park. Originally established to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. It covers an area of 97 sq kms of rolling grasslands and high level sholas (evergreen forests). The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. Sanctuary Visit : The park is devided into 3 regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here. Trekking facilities are available here. Tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. This is also a place for adventure tourism.

Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar) This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit

Chithirapuram (10 km from Munnar) With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.

Anayirangal (22 kms from Munnar ) It's a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Attukal (9 km from Munnar) A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks.

Nyayamakad (10 km from Munnar) Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point

Echo Point (15 km from Munnar) This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenominon here. Echo point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar.

Rajamala (15 km from Munnar) The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr , Rajamala is 2695 m above sea level. Half the world's population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here.The Nilgiri tahr in Rajamalai are now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300. Visiting Time : 0700 - 1800 hrs. Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon. Entry Pass : Rs. 10 for adults, Rs. 5 for children below 12 years, Rs. 50 for foreigners. Permitting Authority : Wild Life DFO, Munnar..

Kundala (20 km from Munnar) Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala.

Power House Waterfalls (18 km from Munnar) The waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic Western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.

Malankara Reservoir (6 kms from Thodupuzha) Located on the Thodupuzha - Moolavattom road, this artificial lake is accessible by road. The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing

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