Muthoot Plaza Trivandrum

695 Muthoot Centre Punnen Road, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, 695039, India

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    Friendly helpful staff, clean bedroom. More of a business hotel than tourist.

    Unique Quality: No swimming pool or area to sunbathe. Hotel bar, restaurant on the first floor which is fine. Covered rooftop terrace (but pre advise if you wish to use it for drinks) with good views. Bedroom was fine - TV, free wifi, 2 small bottles of water in room, fruit and chocolate 'appeared' in the room in the evening. Strange system to operate the lights & air conditioning (bedside box, but fine once you get the hang of it) Large round pin electric sockets. Time difference is plus 5:30 on UTC.

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Kerala Tourism...

by dsantosh

Kerala Tourism Newsletter
March 2002
www.keralatourism.org
Newsbytes: The latest happenings on the Kerala tourism scene: PATA Grand Award 2002 for Kerala Tourism, Central Tourism Minister’s visit to Kerala, Ecotourism campaigns, Souvenirs for the promotion of Kerala Tourism, Kerala Tourism road shows across the nation, Central aid for Kerala Tourism, Kochi centred island tourism project on the anvil.
What To Watch Out For : March has in store for you the Sivarathri, the Kodungalloor Bharani festival, the Thirunakkara festival, the Arattupuzha Pooram and Easter.
Where To Go : Check out the secluded Tirumullavaram Beach, a beautiful picnic spot! The Good Life!: Get on a Taj designer houseboat for a one of a kind pleasure binge!
Food, Glorious Food!: Check out this scrumptious fish fry recipe from the Muthoot Plaza, Thiruvananthapuram
Video Of The Month : The video of the month features the beautiful Thenmala, India’s first planned eco-tourism project.
Picture Of The Month : This month's picture shows the beautiful Meenkunnu beach in Kannur district, the land of Theyyam.
Song Of The Month : Listen to the percussion accompaniment to the devotional folk songs of Kanniyarkali, a ritual art of Palakkad district.
Impressions : Dutch travel writer Ad van Schaik talks of Kerala’s immense potential for heritage tourism.
Courtesy: The Hindu
To begin this issue, here are some newsbytes:

PATA Grand Award 2002 for Kerala Tourism
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has selected Kerala for the PATA Grand Award 2002 in the category ‘Heritage & Culture’. The PATA Grand Award recognises exceptional achievements in a variety of endeavours bringing acclaim to the region’s travel industry. The award will be presented at the 51st PATA Annual Conference in New Delhi.
Central Tourism minister visits Kerala
Union Minister for Tourism Mr. Jagmohan was in Thiruvananthapuram on the 13th & 14th February 2002. The Union Minister visited Kanakakunnu Palace, Kovalam and Veli Tourist Village. The Secretary, Tourism, Mr. T Balakrishnan did a presentation on Theerapatham project before the central minister. The central minister agreed to consider sanctioning of the pilot project on developing a walk way from Akkulam to Veli. Kerala Tourism Minister Prof. K V Thomas was also present.
Mr. Jagmohan Union Minister for Tourism was in Kochi on the 21st & 22nd February 2002. He visited Kalady, Malayattoor, Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Bolgatty and other places of tourism importance. The Director, Tourism, Mr.Alkesh Kumar Sharma made a presentation on various tourism projects being implemented and projects to be taken up in Kochi and surroundings by the department, before the central minister. Mr.Jagmohan agreed to sanction a project on the construction of a cultural complex at Kalady.
Ecotourism Work Shop
Kerala Tourism has decided to formulate various action plans for effective implementation of ecotourism practices within the state. This is being done in the wake of the United Nations Declaration of the year 2002 as 'International Year of Ecotourism.'
Kerala Tourism will organize a work shop on ‘Ecotourism Practices’ in the first week of April as part of the above mentioned action plan. According to Mr T. Balakrishnan, Secretary Kerala Tourism, it is important to create an awareness in the entire tourism industry on the necessity to adopt ecotourism practices to sustain the achieved growth without affecting the natural and cultural heritage of the land. Mr Alkeshkumar Sharma Director Kerala Tourism said that even though there are many guide lines for ecotourism practices, clear cut points which can be adopted in all tourism related activities should be formulated.
Kerala Tourism is also planning to confer a new award to the unit which has adopted ecofriendly practices most effectively. Besides this Kerala Tourism will have a special logo and slogan for the campaign.
Souvenirs for promotion of Kerala Tourism
Kerala Tourism has initiated an action plan to develop quality souvenirs in Kerala for the promotion of Tourism. According to Mr T. Balakrishnan, Secretary, Tourism while fast reforms are taking place in the souvenir industry world over no innovation is taking place in Kerala in this field. Mr Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Kerala Tourism said that there are frequent complaints from tour operators, journalists and tourists on the non-availability and poor quality of souvenirs.
It is in this back ground that the department is seriously evolving an action plan to develop quality souvenirs. As a first step the department proposes to engage a consultant (individual/agency) for the development of souvenir industry in the state. The project will be implemented in association with Kerala Handicrafts Development Corporation, Khadi Board, Kudumbasree, District Tourism Promotion Councils and NGO’s.
Kerala Tourism Road Shows on
As part of the promotion of domestic tourism, Kerala Tourism is conducting road shows in the major cities and metros in the country. The road show conducted at Soorat and Ahmedabad had an excellent response according to Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Director, Kerala Tourism. Kerala receives maximum number of tourists from Gujarat. It is in this background that the shows were conducted in Gujarat. According to Mr. Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Kerala tourism has developed various campaigns to attract domestic tourists.
Central aid for Kerala Tourism
Union Tourism Minister Mr. Jagmohan had assured Kerala Tourism Minister Prof. K.V Thomas that the centre will release five crores for Kerala Tourism soon. According to a statement issued by the minister, the centre would also assist the State to develop Kalady, Guruvayoor, Sabarimala, Kodungalloor, Nagoor, Madhurai and Velankanni into a special tourism circuit. In addition, Mr. Jagmohan had also promised favourable consideration for the ecotourism project to be submitted by Kerala.
Kochi centred island tourism project on the cards
The Government of India is planning to implement an island tourism project with Kochi as the centre. According to Mr. Vidyasagar Rao, Union Minister of State for Home, the project will be implemented by linking Mahe near Thalassery to Mahe in Seychels. The proposed route of the project will be Thalassery-Mahe- Lakshwadeep-Mali-Mahe (in Seychels). The eco-friendly project will benefit the small-scale tourism spots in Malappuram, Kannur and Kozhikode.
Where to Go
Thirumullavaram Beach
Location: 6 km north of Kollam town
How about a quiet day far away from the madding crowd?
If that sounds like something you'd really enjoy, check out the secluded Thirumullavaram Beach, a beautiful picnic spot that has been a favourite haunt of locals and tourists alike.
Getting there
By road: There are frequent buses to the beach from Kollam town.
Nearest railway station: Kollam, about 75 km away
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 72 km from Kollam town
What To Watch Out For
Sivarathri
Date: March 12
Venue: Siva temples across Kerala
Sivaratri - night for Lord Siva - is celebrated in scores of temples across the State. During the festival, devotees engage in all-night scripture readings and there are also music and art performances. Due to this tradition, a sleepless night is now commonly referred to as a Sivaratri. Rituals to honour the dead - bali - are performed in the morning after the festival.
Kodungalloor Bharani
Date: March 18
Venue: Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple, Kodungalloor, 50 km from Kochi
The Bharani festival at the Sree Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, attracts the largest congregation of velichappadu (oracles) from all over Kerala. The festival highlights include various devotional rites and cultural programmes.
Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Irinjalakuda, about 20 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 30 km
Thirunakkara Festival
Date: March 15-24
Venue: Mahadeva Temple, Thirunakkara, Kottayam
The 10-day annual utsavam (festival) at the Mahadeva Temple at Thirunakkara, Kottayam, features all-night Kathakali performances on the third and fourth days.
The last two days are the most auspicious. On the ninth day, pallivetta, a pageant of seven caparisoned elephants and folk arts like mayilattam, velakali and so on are presented at the temple premises. On the concluding day, there is an arattu - a procession with nine majestic tuskers, panchavadyam and so on.
The temple, dedicated to Lord Siva, houses an idol believed to be swayambhoo (self-manifested), not installed. There is a beautiful collection of woodcarvings, murals and wall sculptures here.
Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Kottayam, a few minutes drive from the shrine.
Nearest airport: Cochin international airport, about 76 km from Kottayam town.
Arattupuzha Pooram
Date: March 27
Venue: Arattupuzha Temple, 14 km from Thrissur
The highlights of the annual seven-day Arattupuzha pooram include the Paraveppu Pooram on the sixth day with 61 elephants, and the rousing Panchavadyam, Nadaswaram, Pancharimelam and Pandimelam Arattu. The temple is dedicated to Sree Ayyappa.
Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Thrissur.
Nearest airport: Cochin international airport, about 58 km from Thrissur town.
Easter
Date: March 31

Easter, the solemn celebration of the resurrection of Christ, is a major religious festival for the Christians in Kerala.
The abstinence period of 50 days preceding Easter, known as Lent, the Palm Sunday (Oshana Nhayarazhicha as the Keralites call it) celebrations, the Holy Week comprising Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, are all observed with piety and devotion.
Impressions

Dutch travel writer
Ad van Schaik, who has made Kerala popular in Holland through his travelogue, is all for promoting heritage tourism in the State.
“Heritage buildings and other landmark structures have to be preserved. A city without old buildings is like an old man without memories,” says Ad van Schaik, leading Dutch travel writer and senior editor of the travel magazine, 'Asia'.
The delay in including the Padmanabhapuram Palace in the World Heritage List is a mystery, feels the writer, who was in the city during the course of a tour of South India. Heritage buildings and structures are an investment for posterity. It will turn out to be a jewel in the next 10 to 20 years.'
In the case of China, which does not have many beautiful tourist destinations like India, it is the Great Wall and the country’s rich heritage and culture that attract tourists. Kerala and India should follow the Chinese strategy, feels Mr. Schaik, who also contributes to ‘Archaeological Magazine’ published from the Netherlands and Belgium, and the Dutch daily, ‘The Telegraph’.
The writer, who has travelled through the length and breadth of the State in the course of over a dozen visits since 1989, says the tourism industry has grown rapidly. 'While marching ahead in the years ahead, Kerala should try to learn from the mistakes of other countries,' he says.
Poor air connectivity is the biggest hurdle that prevents tourists from coming to Kerala and South India in larger numbers, he says. The huge potential of two and three-star hotels has not yet been recognised, feels the writer. 'What the State needs is more such hotels as the majority of foreign tourists arriving here cannot afford a stay in five-star hotels.'
Facilities for adventure sports, walking tours and cycling, which are big hit in Europe, should also be introduced in the State, he said.
Courtesy: The Hindu

Video Of The Month
The video of the month features the beautiful Thenmala, a dam-site 66 km east of Kollam. Thenmala, which is covered by dense forest, rubber and tea plantations, has earned a place in the national tourism history as India’s first planned eco-tourism project.

Picture Of The Month
This month's picture shows the beautiful Meenkunnu beach in Kannur district, the land of Theyyam and the home of circus in Kerala. This uncrowded beach, 12 km from Kannur, with its golden sands is a tourist’s paradise.

Song Of The Month
The music clip of this month features the percussion accompaniment to the devotional folk songs of Kanniyarkali, a ritual art of Palakkad district. The art form which has withstood the test of time is performed at Devi temples.

Calendar Of Events
March 12, 2002
Sivarathri
March 18, 2002
Kodungalloor Bharani
March 15-24, 2002
Thirunakkara Festival
March 27, 2002
Araattupuzha Pooram
March 31, 2002
Easter

The Good Life!
How about a holiday in the lap of irresistible Nature and exquisite luxury?
The designer houseboats of the Taj Malabar offer an experience of just such a kind.
These floating houses have almost a wide variety of facilities guaranteed to meet all your needs while on this pleasure binge. These include a well-trained native crew, living rooms, sundeck, bedrooms, toilets with shower cubicle, kitchen, gangways, menus with Kerala, North Indian and international choices, air-conditioners, sewage disposal system, fishing rods, music, land-based power supply, solar panels, audio CD in each room and so on.

Ayurvedic Spa
The new Ayurvedic Spa of Taj Malabar, Tamara Spa, offers just not an oil application but “ an experience of a life time” by using the ancient science of healing and well-being specifically to meet the needs and ease the pressures of today’s traveller.
Food, Glorious Food!


Meen Pollichathu (Pomfret)

Ingredients
Quantity
Pomfret
Small onion
Red chilly
Lemon Juice Tomato Salt
Ginger Garlic Paste
Curry Leaves
Banana Leaf
1no 50g 25g from 3nos of lime 50g
to taste
10g
05g
1no

Method of preparation
1. Clean the Pomfret & marinate it with lemon juice, ginger garlic paste& salt
2. Make a coarse paste of small onion, red chilly, tomatoes & curry leaves.
3. Apply this masala on both sides of the fish & wrap it in a banana leaf.Grill it on the tawa till done & serve hot with onion rings & lemon wedges.
Courtesy: The Muthoot Plaza, Thiruvananthapuram
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Impressions

Dutch travel writer
Ad van Schaik, who has made Kerala popular in Holland through his travelogue, is all for promoting heritage tourism in the State. “Heritage buildings and other landmark structures have to be preserved. A city without old buildings is like an old man without memories,” says Ad van Schaik, leading Dutch travel writer and senior editor of the travel magazine, 'Asia'. The delay in including the Padmanabhapuram Palace in the World Heritage List is a mystery, feels the writer, who was in the city during the course of a tour of South India. Heritage buildings and Suctures are an investment for posterity. It will turn out to be a jewel in the next 10 to 20 years.'
In the case of China, which does not have many beautiful tourist destinations like India, it is the Great Wall and the country’s rich heritage and culture that attract tourists. Kerala and India should follow the Chinese strategy, feels Mr. Schaik, who also contributes to ‘Archaeological Magazine’ published from the Netherlands and Belgium, and the Dutch daily, ‘The Telegraph’. The writer, who has travelled through the length and breadth of the State in the course of over a dozen visits since 1989, says the tourism industry has grown rapidly. 'While marching ahead in the years ahead, Kerala should try to learn from the mistakes of other countries,' he says. Poor air connectivity is the biggest hurdle that prevents tourists from coming to Kerala and South India in larger numbers, he says. The huge potential of two and three-star hotels has not yet been recognised, feels the writer. 'What the State needs is more such hotels as the majority of foreign tourists arriving here cannot afford a stay in five-star hotels.'
Facilities for adventure sports, walking tours and cycling, which are big hit in Europe, should also be introduced in the State, he said.
Courtesy: The Hindu
Video Of The Month
The video of the month features the beautiful Thenmala, a dam-site 66 km east of Kollam. Thenmala, which is covered by dense forest, rubber and tea plantations, has earned a place in the national tourism history as India’s first planned eco-tourism project.

Picture Of The Month
This month's picture shows the beautiful Meenkunnu beach in Kannur district, the land of Theyyam and the home of circus in Kerala. This uncrowded beach, 12 km from Kannur, with its golden sands is a tourist’s paradise.

Song Of The Month
The music clip of this month features the percussion accompaniment to the devotional folk songs of Kanniyarkali, a ritual art of Palakkad district. The art form which has withstood the test of time is performed at Devi temples.

Calendar Of Events
March 12, 2002
Sivarathri
March 18, 2002
Kodungalloor Bharani
March 15-24, 2002
Thirunakkara Festival
March 27, 2002
Araattupuzha Pooram
March 31, 2002
Easter

Forum Posts

? nice place...in Kerala

by merbal

Hi!
can somebody please tell some nice place to stay for 6 days,close to Trivandruam??

RE: ? nice place...in Kerala

by kutaxu_2006

Hi,

Soamteeram resotrts if you're looking for an ayurveda retereat.
May try Hotel Horizon in the city itself and get to other places in a cab. This would save money. Also may try Muthoot Plaza, if you're willing to spend around 2000 rupees per day.

Get in touch for more info.

~kutaxu.

RE: ? nice place...in Kerala

by suru


If you like beach and a inexpensive stay, then go to Varkala about one hour from T'drum.

RE: ? nice place...in Kerala

by babypud

Kovalam, 15mins by tuk tuk or rps 8 by bus, you have the choice of expensive hotels like Leela or rooms for about rps 800 per night, great beach and restaurants, with backwater trips and the cape not too far away. It can be as busy as you like or as laid back as you like. If you want somthing quiet but in easy reach of a bit of life try UDS

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