Wednesday, 27 March 2013

What Makes Kerala Special


With the Arabian Sea Coast in the West and the Western Ghats towering in the East and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique Geographical feature that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the World. Kerala has everything that a traveller could dream of. Enchanting the artistic representations, Magical festivals, Historical and cultural typical monuments and exotic cooking offer you a unequalled experience to all of us, And additionally, each of these kind of charming destinations is the only singular vantage no other location offers.
On every step that you take, you will get some new attraction which is sheer  of wonders. Some of the Special Unique attrations are listed below and they are the best things that everyone enjoys well or it offers a different experience to all. There are some Important Attractions of Kerala Which most of the tourists focuses and why they select therir favourite tourist spot , kerala
kathakali, kalaripayattu, thiruvathira
In Arts forms, Kerala Follows some traditional cultural concepts  and they make the kerala as a unique one among the world.  It mainly includes Kathakali,-The main Tourist Attraction, Kalaripayattu- The marcial Art form, Thiruvathira- Classical Dance Item. Etc.

Toddy,kappa and meen curry, Savour a Sadhya



When we visit in the villages of kerala, we can see the traditional and natural teastes such as Toddy, Kappa and meen curry, Sadhya Etc. It is the main taste and attraction of kerala which all of the tourists wants.

Backwaters, Vallamkali, Paddy Fields



Backwaters are main attraction of Kerala, who visit Kerala no one can miss to take experience of backwaters. And also vallamkali(Snake boat Race).It is sucha  beautiful attraction which tempts to come many people from all over the world. Rippling on backwater willb a different Experience to your Life. From backwater you will see all beauty of nature which you will never sees from other place. From here you can see beautiful waterfall, dark forests, water animals, slowly flowing seawater, picturesque view of beauty and much more.
Paddy cultivation was a part of the proud culture of Kerala State .Rice is the most important cereal and staple food produced and consumed in Kerala. In Kerala you can see vast green paddy fields. Kuttanad is called as rice bowl of Kerala because of rice cultivation..
Kerala saree,
 A saree is simply a piece of unstitched cloth which is draped over the body in various styles. The length of sari varies from 4 yards to 9 yards. The style of wearing a sari varies from place to place. Over 80 different ways of wearing a sari are known. But the kerala saree is world famous. It is with the culture and tradition of kerala.  It also represented the social status of the women.
Rain
Kerala, The God’s own country as the tourist brochures claim is indeed a scenic paradise for preserving its rustic charm and the most of its verdant beauty. The monsoon season in kerala is wold famous and it tends to the travellers to come here. Monsoon is the time of fresh and thriving life everywhere in India and visiting Kerala during the rains can be a fascinating experience to all of us if we can stand the wetness and mists and flooded roads.
Ayurvedic massage




Kerala has a long tradition in Ayurvedic practices and Ayurvedic health vacations are now becoming increasingly popular. Ayurveda has been gaining critical importance in the field of medicine also. This form of treatment that was started in India thousands of years ago is getting popularized all over the world. It is a traditional culture in kerala. It is growing exponentially among the health conscious population of this earth. Ayurveda is also the oldest surviving complete medical system. It is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘ayus’ meaning life and the ‘ved’ meaning knowledge, which is a complete full body and mind solution if followed religiously. It offers a healthy life and longer life for one and all.
Tree House



Tree houses(tree forts) are platforms or buildings constructed around next to or among the trunk or branches of one or more trees above the ground level. Tree houses can be used for recreation, work space, observation or for temporary retreats. It is also a main attraction of kerala. There are many such types of houses built arount mainly in the forest areas. There are numerous techniques to fasten the structure to the tree which seek to minimize tree damage.
Coir Sping



The coir extraction in Kerala is a craft developed perfected and mastered through generations, with being the centre of coir production. A land where coir making is a way of life. Alappuzha is where the finest Coir in the World is produced and processed and woven into high-quality fibre products that are exported across the World. The history of Coir and its association with Kerala dates back to the 19th Century. It is Sandwiched between the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Kerala. A tropical paradise of waving coconut palms and wide sandy beaches, this thin strip of coastal territory slopes down from the mountain ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation and varied fauna. One of the most commonly seen tropical trees in Kerala is the Coconut tree. even the name Kerala (Keralam in Malayalam) is derived from this tree ('Kera' in Malayalam language means Coconut and 'Alam' means Land, thus Keralam is Land of Coconut). Everything from Kerala's culture to its dishes is evolved around the Coconut tree.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Kerala Rare Species of Animals and Birds


The forests of Kerala, The God's Own Country is the home to some of the endemic and endangered species of especially animals and birds of India. The Western Ghats Protects the Evergreen Wild life of Kerala and also Protect the endangered species in rain forestIndia. The Important rare Species of animals and Birds are:

Malabar Civet


 Malabar civet is a medium-sized animal originated from  the evergreen rainforest belt of southwestern India and it is one of the world's rarest mammals. Currently, this species is mostly found in the valleys and also appears to be dependent on shallow of waterways. Malabar civet eats mainly  small animals, eggs and some vegetation and is most active at night. Due to the extensive deforestation in Kerala, these animals are now live only in the  isolated populations. They can live in cashew plantations etc , but these are giving way to less-hospitable rubber plantations also. This civet is also threatened by hunting and as it is thought to kill poultry.

Great Cormorant 


 The Phalacrocoracidae include in the family of medium-to-large coastal, fish-eating seabirds that also includes cormorants and shags. Plumage colouration varies with the majority of having mainly dark plumage, and some species being black and white, and also a few being colourful. There are 38 species worldwide exists  and 3 species that occur in India and all 3 occur in Kerala. It can be mainly seen in the sides of Vembanattu Lake

Nilgiri Tahr


The nilgiri tahr is a medium to large ungulate that prefers wet climate. According to the Ultimate Ungulate, the females average around 110 pounds weight, while the males can weight twice of  that. These animals are yellowish brown and to gray in color, having paler underparts and a dark stripe down its back. The Males eventually darken in its color and develop black necks, legs and shoulders, with a white knee spots and back patches. Both of them sexes have short, curved horns. Nilgiri tahr prefer high grasslands and graze mostly during the day times. These animals are threatened by hunting and encroachment from the domesticated animals.

Grey Heron


The family of  Ardeidae contains bitterns, herons and egrets. Herons and egrets are medium to large sized wading birds having long necks and legs. Bitterns that tend to be shorter necked and more wary in its way. Unlike the other long-necked birds suck as storks, ibises and spoonbills, members of Ardeidae fly with their own necks and retracted. There exists 61 species in worldwide and 21 species which occur in India and 16 species occur in our Kerala. It can be seen in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Fishing Cat


The Fishing cats are medium-sized cats which has a native to southwest India and southeast Asia. These creatures sit by the water bodies like water of rivers and streams, tapping the water's surface to attract the fish. Then, the cat dives into the water to catch fish. These animals are threatened by habitat loss in Kerala where many of their native wetlands have been drained for human expansions. Fishing cats are also hunted for their fur too.

Oriental Darter


The Darters are frequently referred to as "snake-birds" because of their long thin neck it gives a snake-like appearance when they swim with their bodies and submerged. males ones have black and dark brown plumage, an erectile crest on its nape and a larger bill than the female ones. The females have a much paler plumage especially on the neck and its underparts. The darters have completely webbed feet and their legs are short in size and also set far back on the body. Their plumage is somewhat permeable, like that of cormorants also. they spread their wings to dry after diving. There are 4 species world across and 1 species which occurs in India and also in our Kerala. It can be Mainly seen in Kalletumkara


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Taste of God's Own Country

The taste of Kerala is connected with all its richness to the history, geography, demography and the culture of the malayalam land. Here,the cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Coconuts grow plenty in Kerala thats why kerala is called the land of keram, and consequently, coconut kernel,(it is a sliced or grated) coconut cream and also coconut milk are widely used in dishes for thickening and flavoring. Kerala's rivers and backwaters have contributed to many sea and river food based dishes. Rice and cassava (Tapioca) forms the staple food of Kerala. All main dishes are made with them and served along with Kootan. the side dishes which made from vegetables, meat, fish or a mix of all of these. The main dish in kerala for lunch and dinner is boiled rice. The Kerala breakfast shows a rich variety. the main dishes are made from rice flour or fresh or dried cassava. Owing to the weather and also the availability of spices. the taste of Kerala is richly spicy especially the hot ones like chilli, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, ginger and cinnamon.

The Cuisine: Simple, Spicy.
Most Special Dish: Payasam.
Munching Delight : Achappam' (rose cookies), 'Ethekka appam' (banana fritters), Vattayappam, Kallappam, Idiappam.
Best ever Dishes : Duck Roast with Malabar Porotta, Crisp Meen Prichathu, Fresh Toddy, Kuttanad Fish Curry, Meen Moilee, Chilly Fried Crabs, Chemmeen Coconut Fry, karimeen Fry.
Vegetarian Dishes : Avial(Mix Vegetable), Stew with Coconut Milk, Cheena Molagu (local Cuisine), Puzhukku(Root Vegetables)
Non Vegetarian Dishes : Fishes like Pomfret, Sardines, snapper, crustaceans, Karimeen, Egg and Poultry, Mutton, Beef.
Taste for all Occasions : Sadyavattams, Aviyal, Olan, Kootu Curry, Puli-inji, Kaalam, Koova.
Famous Drinks :Kattan Kapi, Black Coffee, Chooku-Kapi (Dried Ginger Brew), sulaimani, nadan Kallu.
Festival Dishes : Sambar, Rasam Varieties, Kootu Curry Varieties, Payasam Varieties, Keerai Varieties, Podi Varieties, Rice Delights.
Sweet Dishes : Pachadi with mango,, Kheema Pulao, Payasam, Sweet Sauce, Coconut Rice, Vermicelli sweetened with Jaggery, Avalose.
Frying Spree : Alathur Chips, Nendrankai, Chakkara Varattina Varuval – (Thick Chip cut in Halves or Quarters), Jackfruit (Chakka) Chips.
Mouth Fresheners: Murukkan (Betel Leaves and Nuts), Tobacco.
Dishes Not To Missed : Dishes like Crisp Appam, Parakka Kerdatam, Parippu Vada with Cocunut Chutney, Vada Sambhar.
Grand Fiest with Sadya : Sadya is Traditional Big Feast. An improperly laid Ela (plantain Leaf) is an indicator. The leaf is laden with Lime Curry, Mango Pickle, Puli-Inji, Lime Pickle. Remaining area is studded with Thoran, Vegetable Strew or Olan, Avail ( thick Mixture of Vegetables), Pachadi (Raw Mango and Curd Mixture), Elisseri (Vegetable like Pumpkin or Green Banana). Rice served at the bottom and Rasam( Fiery Pepper Soup) is served throughout the course of the meal.

Here is the Most Exotic naadan village Style Dishes that makes kerala a spicy one.

That is the Traditions of Central Kerala :

Erachi Olathiyathu (Fried Mutton, beef or Pork),


This is the one that all of them like a lot especially in beef preparations. This can be made with any kind of meat you prefer. Like chicken, mutton or pork. You will only have to vary the cook time accordingly. The main change in this recipe is the use of small onions. It Serve especially as an appetizer or with white rice or rotis.

Meen Mullgattathu ( red fish Curry),



This curry is good with kappa, tapioca, rice or rava upma, dosha etc. People from different places cook this curring in various methords. Some uses chopped onians and other uses ginger also. It is a special spicy dish for the history of kerala and its culture. It is traditionally cooked by the old people and have a different recipe of all.

Meen Pollichathu ( Fish Roasted in plaintain leaf),



Meen Pollichathu became popular in the recent past and all restaurants in Kerala worth its name promote this dish. There are different ways of preparing this - some add coconut milk and thick onion paste to this preparation. Also some prepare this after shallow frying the fish. To fully enjoy the dish, it should be prepared and consumed fresh - and directly from the banana leaf wrapping.

Advantage of this preparation is that the fish is not directly fried in oil. Hence it is low on calories and is very healthy. But if one adds coconut milk, or coconut paste during preparation, then the dish will be rich in calories

Prawn Mappas,



Boil cleaned prawns with slit green chillies, curry leaves and coriander powder with turmeric powderbasically forms the prawn mappas ingrediants. This dish is mainly prepared by the coastline peoles and also inresorts and restuarents. onion and coconut pieces followed by the remaining portions of red chilly powder are the other basic attractions of this dish.

Peera Pattichattu (fish dish with grated Coconut)



Meen Peera Pattichathu is another traditional Kerala style dish.This is more popular in Kottayam,a district in Kerala.This is usually made with small fish like Kozhuva.In some parts it is also known as Natholi.But sometimes I prepare this with Tuna chunks and small sardines,which is available in every grocery stores here. 

Duck Roast and Kozhi Piralen ( a fried Chicken).



It is also a main attraction of nadan style dish. It is mainly available in houseboats and coastal regions of backwaters and beaches. It Served with hot with rice/chapatis.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Prime Tourist Spots to Explore in Nelliyampathy

From the towns of Nenmara in Palakkad, the cloud-kissing peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to enjoy. The height of the hills ranges from 467 meters to 1572 meters which truly offers elegant views. To get Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that gain to the Pothundy Dam. There are about 10 harpy bends that have to be adjourned on the way to Nelliyampathy, which itself has affluence of absorbing sights to offer.



The Pothundy Dam is an arresting area with accessories for boating and a nice advantage as a picnic place. As the Ghat road apprehension its way up to Nelliyampathy, at assertive places there are viewpoints from where the all-inclusive stretches of Palakkad district are arresting with its all-encompassing paddy fields basic a blooming carpet. It as well offers a baroque appearance of the Palakkad Gap, which is a geographical phenomenon in the Western Ghats accumulation in this region, bringing into view, locations of the abutting State of Tamilnadu.



On the way up, those absorbed in bio agriculture can yield a abutting attending at the abreast managed farms and as well all-inclusive expanses of tea estates managed by altered plantation companies. The hills of Nelliyampathy are as well as accepted for its orange cultivation.
Privately endemic hotels and resorts are amid at assorted points, as one goes up the hills of Nelliyampathy. The bio-farms amid actuality are a major battleground as one gain up afore extensive the advanced point at Palagapandi estate. The acreage has a bizarre bungalow, congenital during the periods of the British Raj in India, and has now been adapted into a private endemic resort. At Kaikatty, an association anteroom is available, which is usually acclimated as abject by those absorbed in trekking.


Not far abroad from Palagapandy is Seethakundu area where one can enjoy wonderful valley view, and a 100 m top waterfall provides another attraction. From Palagapandy, one can expedition or go by auto to reach Mampara; addition amazing view point at Nelliyampathy. The land in and about Palagapandy has tea, cardamom and coffee plantations with abutting hills acceptance one to bolt a glimpse of the wildlife such as Indian gaur, elephants, leopards, giant squirrel etc, and is as well a paradise for birdwatchers.



The best season to visit and enjoy this ExoticTraveler Spotes in South India is September to May. Well now you must be eager to know exactly how to get here well the nearest rail head is Palakkad and the abutting airport is Coimbatore 52 and 55 Km respectively. And the nearest bus terminal is Nenmara thus reaching here will not be a tough task for any vacationers.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Common fresh water fishes of Kerala


The water bodies in Kerala are home to a vast variety of fish species. In addition, paddy fields serve food requirement of this small state is also home to different fish species. Fresh water fishes are normally found in more than one habitat that is paddy fields, ponds, lakes, rivers, Backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters that is saline for most a part of the year turns the fresh during monsoon.

The Studies have revealed that there are 210 species of freshwater fishes in Kerala and more than 26 are endemic. Most of these are ornamental varieties used in aquariums with high potential in domestic and international markets. Most of freshwater fishes are well adapted to survive in differing climates and environments. And Many other fishes have got additional respiratory organs to enable breathing air while crawling through the land, that enable them to migrate from one to another habitant
There are a verity of Fishes Commonly seen in these Water bodies and are listed as:


Karimeen (Pearl Spot)



A very tasty fish found in both freshwaters and salty Regions of Kerala. Its Scientific name is Etroplus suratensis. It is mainly found in backwaters, ponds and paddy fields. Its Body is covered over with scales of black colour, hence the name Karimeen(meaning black fish in the local language) is got. Its body is oval in outline shape and is laterally compressed. There are eight transverse bands on its body and a few irregular black spots can be seen on the abdomen. It has a very small mouth. It is also popular as an aquarium fish.

Chempally(Climbing Perch)


Anabas is another tasty fish but with a hard skin. Its Scientific name is Anabas testudineus and other names of Climbing Perch are Karuveppu, Antikalli, Kallada. It is Also an aquarium fish. They can live without water for about 6 to 7 hrs. It has the habit of migrating from pond to another pond. This fish crawls through the land to reach the next destination during which time it breaths air through accessory respiratory organs on each side of its head. And while in water, breathing occurs through its gills. It is called an omnivorous fish.

Varaal (Banded Snakehead(Opheocephalus))


Its Scientific name is Channa striatus. This fish is remarkable for its parental caring. It is a carnivorous fish. Its body is long and cylindrical with a huge mouth and serpent like its head. They have got additional respiratory organs that is 2 air chambers that is to enable breathing air while crawling through land. This fish is often found in ponds, paddy fields and also in rivers.The migration of these fishes even sail through backwaters to reach the next destination. This fish is both edible and also a prefered aquarium species.

Tilopia (Tilapia)


Tilapia is an exotic fish and its Scientific name is Oerochromis mossabicus. it brought to Kerala from Africa. It is found in the water bodies like ponds, rivers and backwaters. It can multiply very fast in a very constrained water body like a pond. Its Body is laterally compressed like Etroplus(Karimeen), but comparatively more elongated.  It is an omnivorous fish.

Other common fishes are:

Kaari(Stinging Catfish)
Scientific Name: Heteropneustes fossilis



Muzhi(Walking Catfish)
Scientific Name: Clarias batrachus



Manjakkoori(Yellow Catfish)
Scientific Name: Horabagrus brachysoma


Vellakkoori(Longwhiskered Catfish)
Scientific Name: Mystus gulio

Attu walah or Valah (Boal)
Scientific Name: Wallago attu


Paral(Giant Danio)
Scientific Name: Danio malabaricus


Kuruva(Peninsular Olive Barb)
Scientific Name: Puntius sarana


Poochutti(Tiger Panchax)
Scientific Name: Aplocheilus lineatus



Pallathi(Orange chromide)
Scientific Name: Etroplus maculatus


Kanambu(Mullet)
Scientific Name: Mugil cephalus

Kallaral(Tire track eel)
Scientific Name: Mastacembelus armatus


Poolon(Tank goby)
Scientific Name: Glossogobius giuris



Sunday, 10 March 2013

Manufacturing of the Backwater Legent- HouseBoat


Since from the time immemorial,the man has been investing his own efforts and happieness in voyage. so we can pleased and share our voyage experiences across the Waters of God’s own Country. A huge vessel is used to transport cargo as well as passengers across the water way in keralam what we can call house boats in these days were once known as kettuvallom or kevuvallom exclusively fashioned out of wild jacks. It was well known for its higher load carring capacity. kerala has a unique landscape with backwaters, lagoons and abundance of water body, the 'kevuvallom' played an important role in reinforcing the economy of kerala in the middle era. Gradually the reputation disappeared when trucks came into play of cargo moving, it is now being used as 'houseboats' for tourists round the globe.
Kerala, The God’s own Country has over 900 km of interconnected rivers, lakes and inlets that make up the backwaters. In the midst of this beautiful landscape there are a number of towns and cities also, which are the starting and end points of backwater cruises in kerala. National Waterway such as No. 3 from Kollam to Kottapuram, covers a distance of 205 km and runs almost parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala facilitating both cargo and backwater tourism
Boats in a variety of shapes and sizes are available in  traditionally been the main means of transport of men and materials in the Kerala Backwaters since from the olden days. In particular, the houseboats, were used to ship rice and spices and also other goods between Kuttanad and the Cochin port. It was a three-day affair in those days. A standard house boat, which could be about 100 feet long, can hold up to 30 tons, and that is as much as equal to three big lorries can.

A specialist group or a team working has its own genuine methodology in manufacturing Keralam Kettuvallams. They use the coconut  fibers more and so that they can reduce the weight of the vessel.The hull of the houseboat is comprised a series of wooden plants gathered from the wild jack only by the experts. These wooden planks are tied together with coconut fibers with the same is placed in between them. The surface tension is of it is reduced by meams of oils like shark oil, mackrel oil which is pasted under vessel and it reduces the friction and ensures comfortable voyage experienceto all. These vessels can be made of standards from 40ft ,10ft upto 125, 25ft and these gigantic figures of transport occupy and as thousands of tones with lesser effort. Houseboats can be made of wood, fibure and steel. A tipical houseboat can provide bed rooms and attached toileteries , living area , and an upper deck and also surley a kitchen. A luxurious houseboat can compramises a spacious bathroom with toilet, bed room with luxurious facilities and a wide deck besides conference hall and broad drawing rooms, swimming pool and also many more. By using solar pannels and other eco- friendly sources, generate energy and  we use Bacteria to decompose our wastages - A true eco friendly venture.

The Houseboat  is motorised and is steered in deep waters by means of oars or a rudder. Long bamboo poles are used to propel in shadow areas. The crew of a houseboat  comprises a cook or chef. Fresh food, cooked in inimitable Kuttanadan style is the rage of the international tourists.
Basically the Houseboat  was originally designed to transport cargo and as such many design changes had to be made to make it a tourist vehicle. The height of roof was increased to get sufficient headroom. A plank was laid all through the length to reduce the disadvantages of curved shape of hull for walking and comfortable seating. Windows and other openings were provided for light, airflow and the view. The entrance is provided in the centre of the linear axis with a top hung panel.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Onam: Carnival of Kerala


Festivities have always been a grand celebration in the cultural capital of the world, India. The number of cultures and traditions along with their festivals are so many that it is hard to keep track of. Every region has their own festivals with their own dates of celebration and if you are travelling across the country you might come across a celebration that you never knew of. However there are festivals and celebrations so grand in certain regions that almost the whole world is aware of. Among these few grand festivals that add colour and life to The Tradition of South Indian State, Onam is one that creates quite a stir.

The festival of Onam is celebrated in the southern part of the country and to be specific it is celebrated by the people of Kerala. The festival is celebrated with so much grandeur that it can be termed as a carnival of events. . Legend has it that the lord Vishnu ended the emperor Mahabali’s rule as he nearly conquered all three realms i.e. the heavens, the nether world and earth. However seeing that how much the King loved his people and empire he granted the emperor a boon to visit his kingdom once a year. Thus the festival of Onam is said to have come into being to celebrate the homecoming of the legendary emperor Mahabali and to commemorate the “Vamana” avatar of the God Vishnu who ended his reign. The festival is a ten day long one and is does not come short of a carnival due to the grand way in which it is celebrated. It has got everything from painted elephants putting on a show to Kathakali dancers and fireworks to exciting boat races.
The Atham day of the Malayalam month of Chingam marks the start of the celebration of the festivities and rests only after ten long fun filled days. This month of Chingam usually falls between the English calendar months of August-September. The celebration is started with a grand cultural procession of folk art presentations, decked elephants, music, dancing and much more. Also to be noted is that during this day “Pookalam”, a traditional floral design will is first laid in simple designs of yellow flowers that will grow each day of the festival with different coloured flowers making the design more intricate.
The second day is called as the Chithira and is marked with the addition of a second layer to the Pookalam with 2 colours apart from yellow. The cleaning of the household also starts on this day.
The third day is known as Chodi and marks the beginning of shopping activities. The Pookalam grows in size by the addition of more colours and designs.
The fourth day, Vishakam is considered to be one of the most auspicious days and marks the start of many festival related competitions.
Onam is well known for its boat races called as vallam kali which is the snake boat race. The fifth day, Anizham marks the start of these boat races.
The sixth day marks the beginning of the holiday season and the celebrations being held at a larger scale.

The seventh day which is known as Moolam is marked by the traditional buffet lunch but in a small version. The grand festivities also are on a roll from this day onwards with the masked leopard dance called as Puli Kali and traditional dances.
Pooradam, the eight day of the celebrations is marked by taking small statues of the king and Vamana around the house as if on a procession. The statues are then placed in the center of the Pookalam smeared with rice-flour batter.
Uthradom also known as first Onam is the ninth day of the festival. The day is said to be an auspicious one for shopping of fresh vegetables and other needful things. It is also said that on this day the emperor would descend on Kerala and spend the next four days touring his kingdom.
Thiruvonam, the tenth day marks the end of the festival and is known as second Onam. This day is marked by distribution of alms to the needy, mass prayers, gifting of new set of clothes to the family members by the eldest female member etc. However the main highlight of the day is the grand lunch they prepare. The lunch has over 15 curries served and can even go up to 30.
The festivities however do not end with Onam. Even after Onam a few more activities such as boat races are held and are great to watch. In this vacation, Plan a trip to Land of Onam and explore the beauty. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Kumarakom Backwater - Explore the Enigmatic Appeal of Backwater and Nature



Kumarakom is a beautiful backwater destination in the state of Kerala. The rippling Keralam Kayal and the clean and tranquil atmosphere make it an ideal place to break in for holidays with family members or with friends to spend time amidst the nature.  The beautiful shades of the nature – that include the vast stretches of the paddy fields, coconut grooves and the mangroves cover the rustic countryside of the state, making the houseboat cruise more enjoyable and exciting. More of all the backwaters are beautifully adorned by the lilies and the marine life, enhancing the appeal that is a real retreat for onlookers.
Located at a distance of 15 kms from Kottayam, Kumarakom is an idyllic small group of islands that are spread over the picturesque Vembanad Lake. The backwater town is quite famous for its bird sanctuary and is an ideal hide-out of the migratory as well as various endangered species of birds. 


If you want to capture the beautiful sights of the sanctuary, a boat trip round the 14 acres of lush green vegetation is must. Hundreds of swaying palm and coconut trees line the backwater and create a beautiful ambiance that makes the boat cruise enjoyable. As the boat starts floating over the serene backwater an amazing scenery of the nature unfolds that make the cruise truly an experience of lifetime.
Vembanad Lake is another important tourist attraction of the town. It flows through the verdant lands of Kerala and offer one of the best Kettuvallams in God’s Own Country, India. Most of the flora and fauna as well as the various town and villages flourish along the bank of this fresh water lake making the lake truly of economical as well as natural importance. The lake also act as the balancing tank again floods and its serene and lush green wooded bank tempts tourists to explore more and more. 

Kerala tour – Enjoy the Charm of Waterfalls in Kerala


The specialty of the natural splendor of Kerala is highly appreciated by tourists from all over the world. The amazing view of the landscapes, slowly and gently flowing lakes, rivers and lagoons, musical streams, cascading waterfalls, breathtakingbackwater, azure beaches and more of all the call of the wilds makes it an ideal and appropriate destination to choose for a holidays and trip. Western Ghats which is also the bio-diversity hot spot it considered to be the gem and houses rich flora and fauna making it a naturalist paradise. More of all the monsoon showers, cool and pleasant atmosphere, tranquility and the affectionate people make Holidaying in Malayalam land more enjoyable and memorable.


Well talking more on about Travel attractions in God’s Own Country, there are many appealing charm that make the holidays enjoyable. Among the many is the beautiful and cascading waterfall that sprinkles from the thick wooded forest of the Western Ghats and splash down to the valleys, giving a visual retreat to the onlookers. Some of the must visit waterfalls in this state are as below. 

Top 7 Reasons to Visit Kerala


Kerala has its own unending charm and its spell binding beauty never fails to entice the visitors and the holiday makers who come here for holidays and trip. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should not miss an opportunity here for a holidays and trip.
Kerala is blessed with some of the world most beautiful attractions and this is the reason why this beautiful state in South India is widely visited by scores of tourists round the year. Few highlight of the place are mentioned as below.

Kerala Backwater

It is the Most Impressive Attraction of God’s Own Country that draws huge number of tourists to the state of Kerala. Cruise over the Kayal of Keralam is an exciting experience especially for the honeymooners. The joyful ride and the peaceful ambiance make it an ideal gateway to be with the nature and feel the beauty which is simply astounding and spell binding. Alleppey and Kumarakom are the hot spot and tourist attractions that are hugely visited by the holiday makers.

Houseboats

Houseboats are another beautiful attraction of the state. It is a wonderful experience to enjoy the houseboat cruise over the pristine and the breathtaking backwater, which slowly floating glides to the land of wonderments. Houseboat tours can be booked by paying somewhat depending upon the houseboat and the quality of services.

Ayurveda

Kerala is not only known for its exclusive natural beauty, but the place has earned huge respect and fame for its world class Ayurveda therapy. This 5000 years old practice has helped in the boom of the medical tourism of the state and has given birth to several Ayurveda centers and specialty Ayurveda resorts for Ayurveda therapy and rejuvenations.

Beaches

Kerala beaches are renowned for their azure, clean and green natural surroundings. Enveloped magnificently by the swaying palm and casuarinas trees, the beaches of Kerala are the ideal gateway to enjoy laidback holidays as well as various exciting water sports and activities.

Spice and Tea Tour

Known since ages for spices and tea, the state Kerala also offer excellent opportunity for tourist to known about the various species grown in this region as well as about the vast stretches of the tea gardens that are wide spread. The vast stretches of the tea gardens allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the tea gardens that drapes the hill town with a spell biding appeal.

Wildlife



Kerala is renowned for its exotic Life of Forest Animals and Parks Known for its alluring greenery and the rich flora and fauna that is been protected by the sanctuary, the wildlife of the state are no less than a heavenly retreat for naturalist and animal lovers. Some of the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries that are quite famous are Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Aaralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peechi Vaazhaani Wildlife Sanctuary and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Waterfalls

Kerala waterfalls are also the major tourist attraction of the state. The Western Ghats are well punctuated with large and small waterfalls that magnificently cascades from the towering heights, giving an opportunity for tourists to enjoy the creative and marvelous beauty of the nature. The beauty of these waterfalls is an inspiration to many writers and poets. Some of the renowned waterfalls in the state are Kesari Waterfalls, Chellarkovil Falls, Attukal Waterfalls, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, etc.

So what are you waiting for? Just choose the right and the tailor made package and explore the unending charm and appeal of Kerala and relish in for years and years to come. Happy Holidays.