Vellayani lake in early morning hours..
Sit there near the water and see the orange shade of the sky. see the the fisher man set out for fishing...Then the Goden yellow globe of sun appears.. the busy day starts....
Fondest memory: The dip in the cristal clear water of local river in our village....
Do not drink water of the tap. Bottled water is highly recommended or better yet, the `jiregam water' or the spice water the locals drink. Its cools the body and is good to the health.
Fondest memory: The thosai's and the chutneys! I have never tasted such delicacies anywhere yet and the assortments of chutneys are amazing!! Better yet, try the payasam which is a Malayalee dessert. The `chacka *jackfruit to you non Malayalees.. heheheh* payasam altho a tad too sweet for my liking, still brings back the best memories to my wonderful stay.
Favorite thing: In kerala you will find all kinds of fruits. The land is very fertile and fruits a plenty. Although due to the increase in population the farmlands have decreased, but people in their courtyard plant rare trees and berries. you will find cherries, berries, mangoes, custard apple and many other fruits in courtyards of houses.
While in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary I did a great hike in the forest that got my adreneline pumping! I was hiking by myself on established trails so I felt comfortable but still often wondered if Tigers came into the area as there are supposed to be Tigers here. I came to a spot in the forest where the monkeys were acting crazy! The actually surrounded me in the trees!! They made a big circle around me. The stayed up in the trees about 25 -40 feet off the ground but they were shaking the trees and howling! I wasn't sure if they were setting up an attack or warning me of impending danger...Either way they didn't make me feel comfortable and I left the area!
Fondest memory: There are many great hikes in the Periyar to do. Some can be done by yourself and others would require a guide and there are Tiger viewing platforms that can be rented for nighttime viewing.
Favorite thing: Elephant Rides can be arranged at the Periyar Wildlife Park. The one I went on was quite interesting as we rode out through the forest and saw monkeys climbing in the trees. I had to watch out for branches of the trees too as the trail that I was on seemed like a new one and I had to duck low so the brances would knock me off the elephant. I wondered if there were snakes living in these trees too!! Lucky I didn't see any!
March and April are temple festival season in Kerala. If you are lucky, you can wtiness the temples celebrating their own festival in different neighbourhoods.
Temple festival are combined with traditional values and modern commercialization today. You can see colorful flower petals pattern on the street, loud speakers blaring both religious and popular music, performances etc. The climax is at the last day of festival night where deity carried on elephant back visits people's houses.
Favorite thing: Apart from Kathakali, the sacred dance that has evolved over 400 years, Kerala boasts a variety of other dance forms. These range from Theyyam (a dance form glorifying the goddess), to Mohiniyattam (the dance of the celestial enchantress), Thullal (a classical solo dance form), Koodiyattam (Kathakali’s 2000 year old predecessor), Ottamthullal, Chakyar Koothu, Krishnamattam, Padayani, Thira, Arjunanritham and a lot more.
Favorite thing: There’s little to say about Kerala’s Backwaters that hasn’t already been written about somewhere. Still, for the uninitiated, the backwaters are inland lakes connected by a network of canals, stretching to almost 1900 kilometers. Boats of various sizes ply these waters, carrying all kinds of goods. The most interesting area is the Kuttanad region, where farming is done below the sea level. The Kollam-Alleppey trip is also a tourist favorite, and the best way to take it is by rowing country boats locally called Vallom. --courtesy Namaskaar Magazine.
Favorite thing: A typical feast in Kerala, like most of south India, referred to as sadya, is spread out on a banana leaf and must be eaten with the fingers. The cuisine is one of great variety. Must-haves include Pathiri (a pancake made of rice flour), Fish Molee and Idiappam (string hoppers). Spices are an important ingredient and are used to tone up the system in much the same way as wines are used in the west. One last tip – don’t miss out on the jackfruit chips.
Favorite thing: From Kerala to the rest of thew world, the ancient healing system of ayurveda has come a long way over the last 5000 years. It opffers time tested and scientifically validated programs for rejuvenation and prevention, and the state’s climate, abundance of forests and cool monsoon season are perfectly suited for ayurvedic treatments. Take Rasayana Chikitsa, for example – a body massage with medicated oil, herbal powders, head and face massage and internal medicines along with a steam bath. Another treatment called Navarakkizhi is sought after curing rheumatism, arthritis and various skin disorders, while Kayakalpa Chikitsa is in demand for its ability to slow down the ageing process.
The backwaters may attract hordes, but Kerala’s 900-kilometre coastline is just as popular. It is lined with sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and coconut palms.
For a fabulous beach holiday, the sleepy town of Kovalam stands out. Papanasam Beach at Varkala has mineral water known for its medicinal properties gushing from its cliffs. Bekal beach is home to the Bekal Fort, one of the largest in Kerala, which has been under the control of Vijaynagar, Tipu Sultan and the British.
Alappuzha Beach (with its 140 year old pier), Beypore, Kappad (where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 with 170 men in three vessels), Dharmadam Island, Ezhimala Beach (at an altitude of 286 meters), Muzhappilangad (the only drive-in beach in India) and Pathiramanal are other favorites.
Fondest memory: Surfing at the Lighthouse Beach In Kovalam.
We started our Kerala trip with a memorable stay at Rain Forest Resort at Athirappally,with our room facing the Athirappally falls.All I can write about this place is "Truely Devine & Serene".Thereafter we went to Munnar and stayed at the Mountain Club Resort which was also very impressive.The best we liked however was Punnama lake resort at Alleppey where we had a complementry cruise on lake Vembanad also.After this we went to Thekkady where we stayed at The Elephant Corridor which had amazing views of the Jungle.Lastly we went to Kovalam where we stayed at the Turtle on the beach.We would like to thank Mr Parag of www.waytoindia.com, who suggested the best places to stay and made such a good arrangement of English speaking driver Mr Balan that it made our Kerala trip really memorable.
Fondest memory: Kerala is such a beautiful place,mentioning one fond moment shall not be fair.However,two things that come to my mind are cruise on lake Vembanad at Alleppey and the second the visit to Poovar Islands.
Kerala is one of the paradises on the earth. Didn't visit kerala yet!! great miss of a lifetime......
Munnar is one of the most popular tourist places in Kerala.
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Kerala Tourism - Munnar
Fondest memory: Paddy fields, coconut trees, jungles, hill stations, beaches, backwaters, traditional arts and culture....
Everything here will never wipe out from your memory.
On the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shore line is a small village, called Kovalam. This sleepy town suddenly came on the tourist map when its fabulous beaches were discovered.
Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look.
The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a unique experience. Blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands makes this beach paradise. This marvellous beach is a tourist's dream come true.
The beaches of Kovalam have been announced as some of the most spectacular beaches in India. I had the chance to personally check this out and certify that the the experience is great, even though I live in Spain which has kilometers of fantastic beaches.
Favorite thing: The canals create year-round employment for the gravel-wallahs, whose job it is to fill their canoe with gravel, arrange it along the canals to prevent flooding, then begin again once the monsoon is over (in preparation for the next year).
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