State of Kerala Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by Willettsworld
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by ushar
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by ushar

State of Kerala Off The Beaten Path

  • Do the bird watching at Kumarakom

    Had a Trip to Kumarakom Bird Santuary from 3rd of May to 5th of May.Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (Kottyam District, Kerala) is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish...

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  • weddings at guruvayoor

    Recently i went to attend a friend's daughter's wedding. Ceremony was performed in front of the Guruvayoor temple.There was a raised podium and couples with their families waited for their turn. After a short ceremony they were pushed off the stage and another couple from the queue took their place.On auspicious days the queue can be quite long ....

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  • Transformations - Kathakali "Kathi...

    Here I would like to show you different stages of makeup done in Kathakali. Padmabhushan Madavur Vasudevan Nair is getting ready as "Ravanan". Ravanan is considered as an evil character so the make up different than the normal "pachha" . Evil character's makeup is known as "KATHI Vesham"

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  • Don't miss the Onam Festival in...

    The colourful festival of Onam is an attraction for thousands of people within Kerala and outside the state. The state Government itself has taken the initiative to celebrate Onam season as tourist festival with the motive of attraction tourists. Various cultural forms, old and new, are presented in all-important towns in the state during the...

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  • KRISHNAPURAM PALACE -Kayamkulam, Kerala

    Every brick and tile of the Krishnapuram Palace can narrate stories dating back to the mid 1700’s.And the steady flow of tourists, at times 300 per day according to the visitors’ register here, is evidence to the historic value of this palace near Kayamkulam.However, from behind the historic walls, ancient murals and antique furniture, the palace...

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  • POONJAR PALACE - Kottayam, Kerala

    The Poonjar Rajas are an ancient dynasty closely connected to the Travancore royal family. The Poonjar palace, made almost entirely of wood, reflects the simplicity and elegance of the traditional Kerala buildings. An interesting museum is housed within the palace and is well worth a visit. The palace is about 600 years old.The Poonjar palace is a...

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  • Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad,...

    he Koyikkal Palace, situated far of away from the city, was actually built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad royal family who ruled the land between 1677 and 1684. The palace is a double stroreyed traditional nalukettu with slanting gabled roofs and an inner courtyard. Today, the palace houses a Folklore Museum and a Numismatics Museum set up by the...

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  • Kilimanoor palace-birth place of Raja...

    Kilimanoor palace is famous as the birth place of Raja Ravi Varma, the renowned painter from India. This Royal House at Kilimanoor has a history of more than 300 years. Although the earliest of the buildings have been built much before, It was in 1753, the Palace was built as the present complex. Kilimanoor palace occupies a prominent place in...

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  • Mahe the old French colony

    Mahe, situated on the west coast of Kerala is about 630 km from Pondicherry. Geographically situated in Kerala, poilitically Mahe forms part of Pondicherry Union Territory. It lies south of Mahe River near where the river meets the sea. Mahe is famous as a brisk trade center of foreign liquor.The history of Mahe is closely associated with a statue...

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  • Aruvippuram Siva Temple, Near Trivandrum

    Aruvippuram Siva Temple near neyyattinkara, 6 kms via perumpazhuthur. consecrated by Sree Narayana Guru. ( Owned by Sivagiri Madhom). Sivarathri is the main festival.The temple situates in Parumkadavila Panchayat of Thiruvananthapuram district. The presiding deity is Siva, facing the west. The temple is owned by Sivagiri Madam. The main festival is...

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  • Swetamber Murtipujak Jain Temple Cochin

    The temple was constructed in Vtkram Samvat 1960 (1904 A.D) and the main idol installed is of Bhagwan Shri Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar. History says that since centuries Jains from Kutch & Saurastra (Gujarat) used to come to Cochin, Kozhikode and Alleppey mainly for Business activities. They settled and brought their family members since...

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  • CVN Kalari Sangham, Thiruvananthapuram

    The CVN Kalari Sangham in Thiruvananthapuram is located close to the East Fort, which is a few minutes of walking distance from the central bus station. This center of excellence was built in 1956 as a result of the constant commitment and efforts of C V Narayanan Nair, Kottackal Karunakara Gurukkal and C V Balan Nair. It was due to the efforts of...

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  • Athirapally Waterfalls

    Perched high above in the the Sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala's famed rain forests, the waterfalls provides a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind. wild and beautiful, unspoilt by the passing of time.Both this waterfalls are a part of the Chalakudy river and 5 km apart on the road to hill...

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  • Kerala Tree Houses

    The Tree Houses of Kerala are ethnic houses built on trees with all basic facilities located in 500 acres of pristine verdant tropical rainforest in Wayanad Sanctuary, North Kerala.Access to the Tree House (86 feet above from the ground level) by an indigenous cane lift is worked by a unique counter weight of water.Each Kerala Tree Houses has a...

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  • ayurvedic treatments and rejuvenation...

    Take off to Kotakkal Arya Vaidya Sala,located in Kottakkal in the Malappuram district of Kerala.The nearest railway station is Tirur.This place has the most authentic ayurvedic treatment centre.The manufacture their own herbal medicines and oils out of herbs grown in extensive organic gardens.The strict rules and procedures that are adhered make it...

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  • Lokanar Kavu-The legends live here

    Sree Lokanar Kavu is one of the most famous and ancient temples in Kerala. This temple, associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers.The name "Lokamalayar Kavu" is derived as it is the formation of "Lokar" (people),...

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  • Silent Valley National Park

    Silent Valley, the 9000 hectare national park is believed to be the sole surviving Silent Valleybit of evergreen forest in the Sahya Ranges. It rises abruptly to the Nilgiri Plateau in the north and overlooks the plains of Mannarkkad in the south.The core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the Silent Valley National Park. Despite its name, the...

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  • Roadside publicity

    One of the scenes that attracted my atention was a vehicle well equipped with a huge loudspeakers and some banners advertising a product or service. The vehicle was equipped with its own power generating system with a person controlling the emisions of the advertistments. should be quite effective.

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  • highway toll station

    During my travels through many countries I have had the chance to see many toll stations and had not found anything interesting to mention as a toll sttion has nothing to mention about but this one in particular yes. It was on a trip from Kovalam to an Elephant sanctuary in a small town about 60 kilometers towards Cochin. It surely was very...

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  • Men at Work

    On one of my most memorable walks at the beach in Kovalam, I had to the chance to take out this Picture with men carrying heavy loads of something on their heads, which probably form parts of their daily lives.

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  • visit varkala

    most tourist goes for Kovalam instead of varkala...if u want to relax varkala is the place..good beach,local interference minimum...the countryside is still not developed but are tolerant to tourist.....homestays are cheap....

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  • Thalassery Fort

    Thalassery Fort is in Thalassery (Tellicherry) a town in Kannur District of Kerala state in south India.The British East India Company built the fort in 1708 to establish a stronghold on the Malabar Coast. In 1781 Hyder Ali, ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, was unsuccessful in capturing the Fort in his campaign to control Malabar. His successor,...

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  • Bekal Fort

    Bekal Fort is the biggest fort in Kerala, spreading over forty acres. The important features of this fort are the tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the Observation Tower which is a rarity. From there one has ample view of towns in the...

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  • Quilandy- a hub of Cotton trade

    The trade with Europeans flourished with the relationship with Malabar. Quilandy, a small town close to Calicut port, was known for the cotton trade. Their capital was vanchi (muziris), which was an important trading centre with Rome. There were harbours of Naura near Kannur, Tyndis near Quilandy, and Bacare near Alappuzha which were also trading...

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  • Coconut - All the necessities of life

    All parts of the coconut palm are useful and have economic value. The name for the coconut palm in Sanskrit is kalpa vriksha, which translates as "the tree which provides all the necessities of life". Uses of the various parts of the palm include:-The white, fleshy part of the seed is edible and used fresh or dried in cooking. -The cavity is filled...

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  • Aranmula Metal Mirror

    Aranmula a small village in KERALA is renowned for making a wonderful type of Metal Mirror called 'Aranmula Kannadi'. This unique metal mirror of Aranmula, reflects a rich cultural as well as metallurgical heritage of a golden past in the history of Kerala. The British Museum in London keeps an eighteen inch tall Aranmula Metal Mirror, which speaks...

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  • Travel to Keralam's Northern sides also

    Usually lot of travellers travel in the Southern parts of Keralam.But the Northern side of Keralam is also very beautiful and there are lot of things to enjoy.So many people miss this Northern side of Keralam.

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  • Theyyam - The Unique Ritual Art of...

    Theyyam is the Unique ritual art of Keralam. This art is very ancient. In Theyyam the performer impersonate Gods and will bless the worshipers.The Costumes, Musical instruments, Movements made by the Theyyam etc make an electrifying, unexplainable atmospehre.While you visit Keralam, you must see This art form surely,Because, in no other part of the...

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  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

    Located on the banks of the vembanad lake, the kumarakom bird sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Other common varieties like the woodpecker, skylark, crane, water hen and parrots can also be spotted here. A cruise along the vembabad lake is the best...

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  • Eravikulam National Park

    Eravikulam National Park is a plateau at an average height of 6500 feet, about 30 kms from Munnar, high up in the mountains of Western Ghats. This park was originally established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), which found its way into the endangered list of animals in the Wildlife schedule. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975....

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  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Area :Total - 90.422 Sq.Km.Climate :Rainfall - 100 Mm. Unlike Other Regions In Kerala, Chinnar Gets Only 48 Days Of Rain ( Northeast Monsoon : October - November) Annually.Located in the rain shadow region of the western ghats, the sanctary occupies the forested region on either side of the Marayoor - Udumalped road. This is the second habitat of...

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  • One of the grandest temples of Kerala

    Anantapadmanabhaswamy temple, enshrining the tutelary deity - Anantapadmanabha of the Travancore kingdom. It is one of the grandest temples of Kerala, exhibiting an amalgamation of Dravidian and Kerala temple architectural styles.Martanda Varma of the Travancore Kingdom, in a spectacular ceremony in 1750 surrendered the kingdom to the presiding...

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  • Black Beach

    If you walk a few kilometers you will reach the "Black Beach", and if you are lucky you will have a marveleous experience watching fishermen haling their nets, they have been doing this for thousands of years, this method of fishing is soon gone, because a lot of boats are doing the job nowdays. I had a few hours with my videocamera and its a...

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  • Great Elephant March- Part 2

    Take Home a Trunkful of Memories..continuedDay Three AlleppeyThe pace accelerates on the famous backwater lagoons here. Home to Kerala's traditional watersports. Watch a hundred oarsmen beat the clock on their snakeboats. Then try maneuvering one by yourself. Be sure to pack some fast action film to capture these scintillating moments. In a slower...

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  • Great Elephant March ........Part 1

    Take Home a Trunkful of Memories......There can never be enough room for happy memories. Exotic, unexpected, amusing.  The world's largest gathering of Tuskers for instance.  Tall, majestic, caparisoned and swaying lightly in their royal grandeur.  A sight worth a trip around the globe.  Conducted usually from the 17th to the 20th of January every...

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  • Mudiyettu

    Mudiyettu is a ritual dance performed in some Kaali temples of Ernakulam and Kottayam districts (central Kerala). The dance celebrates the goddess's triumph over the demon Daarikan. Mudiyettu is performed by the Kuruppu or Marar who belong to the temple bound communities of Kerala.The Kalamezhuthu, a ritual drawing of the goddess Kaali is made on...

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  • Theyyam

    Theyyam, another ritual dance from of Kerela, glorifying the goddess. Theames revolve around the triumph of the goddess over the demon Daruka and other evil characters. Always performed by men, they also enact female roles wearing exotic make up and colorful costumes.Theyyam also known as Kaaliyattam, it is a ritual dance popular in north Kerala or...

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  • Kalamezhuthu

    The kalam is a unique drawing also called dhulee chithram or powder drawing. The artist uses the floor as his canvas. Kalamezhuthu pattu is performed as part of the rituals to worship and propitiate gods like Kaali, Ayyappan or Vettakkorumakan.This ritualistic art is a common feature of temples as well as noble households. The kalams or drawings...

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  • Kalaripayattu _ The Martial Art of...

    The martial arts of Kerala - Kalaripayattu - consists of a series of intricate movements that train the body and mind. The discipline is continually practised andcomplemented by the Kerala's famous ayurvedic and nature cure techniques.These are believed to have travelled to eastern China, where they inspired the evolution of other martial art...

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  • NEVER MISS A CHANCE TO SEE KOOTHU

    The actor recites stories from the epics (based on Sanskrit text) interpreting them in Malayalam, enlivening his narration with Thandava dance rhythms and also gestures and bodily postures which are clearly derived from Natya Sastra.The Koothu is very much dominated by the comic element. Impersonated through mime and gesture and interspersed with...

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  • VELI LAGOON

    It is a tourist village near the Trivandrum airport (4 kms), a beautiful picnic spot, where the large lake merges with the sea by a a narrow sandbar. A floating bridge and a floating restaurant are added atraction. Facilities for boating and other water sport are available. An open air theatre serves as a centre for cultural performance with ocean...

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  • KALLAR

    From Trivandrum when u drive up to Ponmudi u will pass few beautifula places like, The Tribal foundation at Vithura, Kallar, etc..This place consists of thick forest and a beautiful river and a water fall.You can enjoy ur packed luch\refreshments sitting in one those rocks on the bank of the stream.A two and a half kilometer walk thru the thick...

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  • NEYYAR DAM & NEYYAR WILD LIFE SANTUARY

    Ths beautiful place is situated 22 Km from Trivandrum City.A quiet sceneic place.Apart from the Dam and a beautiful garden\park to walk around a mini wild life sanctuary also u can enjoy. An excellent picinic spot. Boating facilti is available and there is crocodile farm and a lion safari around the dam.The wild life sanctuary covers an area about...

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  • Punnathur Kotta Elephant training Camp

    Location: 2 km from the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple,Thrissur District.Visiting hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.Over forty elephants are groomed at the Punnathur kotta ( kotta means 'fort'). Many elephants are brought as ritual offering to the temple. You can spend a whole day with these huge mammals here.Watching the naughty baby elephants' playful...

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  • Thenmala Eco Tourism project

    Thenmala is a small village at the foothills of Western Ghats and predominantly a forest area. The famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is the most important ecotourism resource of Thenmala Ecotourism. This Wildlife Sanctuary is of about 100 sq. km. and harbors large varieties of flora and fauna.Thenmala : "Then + Mala" , i.e. in local parlance...

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