The Mandatory Visit of a Malayalee to Thrissur Pooram

thrissur-pooram-1

Kerala hosts quite a large number of festivals. But out of the lot, Thrissur Pooram is considered of high importance both by the inhabitants as well as by the tourists. I belonged to Kannur and had been studying at Mangalore. Since some of my friends belonged to Thrissur, we had decided priory that we would be celebrating Pooram at Thrissur this year.  In the month of May, we left to Thrissur as a gang that included 8 people.  Three of them belonged to Thrishivaperoor and they had been a part of it since they turned 3. That was the spirit of the festival. We had taken the Kannur- Alappuzha express train early in the morning. We reached the destination by 10 in the morning. Even though Pooram was the next day, the Swaraj Round had already been lit by a lot of people mainly coming here with the top Kerala Tour Packages. The street vendors had started their work by selling varieties of things. We had booked a small lodge as the prices of the hotels around Thrissur hike during the Pooram season. Also, nobody really spends a lot of time at hotel rooms if they have come to enjoy the festival. We dropped our bags there and got out to the Temple after freshening up.

maxresdefault

Even though Pooram is actually a Hindu Temple Festival, devoid of religious barriers everyone celebrates it with their families. Since past few years, plenty of controversies has arisen regarding the fireworks and the use of elephants for the day. In 2015, a ban had been put on the fireworks by the court but the requests of the authorities and the inhabitants of Thrissur brought it back. But since then, every year, several pleas come up on the same issue every year. We walked through the temple premises after seeking blessings from the Vadakunnathan temple from outside. The major deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The celebration goes on for 7 days. On the first day, Kodiyettam which is the official flag hosting to the celebrations takes place. On the second day, the sample of fireworks takes place which is done by two major temples here that are Paramekkavu Temple and Thiruvambady Temple. The third and fourth day is when the temples set up Aanachamayam that show cases elephant accouterments on the second day of which we had arrived. When the scorching heat of sun started affecting us, we went to the Bharath hotel for lunch. One would have to wait for some time to have food from any of the restaurants nearby as a huge rush would be there. We had some vegetarian meals and went to the lodge to take rest. By early evening, we got out to go to the Pooram Exhibition. Some people had been doing circus and magic to entertain the people.

 

4150358042_45d8991e89_b

Free buttermilk stall had been set up for the tired people. The rush to the exhibition was high where we had to take each step carefully as there were chances that people would trip and fall. People from different parts of India had put their stalls selling their traditional clothes, sandals, and food. We stopped at most of the food shops trying out hot pakoras and chili bhajis. We were quite tired as we got out of the exhibition because we had burned a high amount of calories there. We came to the stall of buttermilk and had enough of it. And then we walked to the Paramekkavu Agrashala where Aanachamayam had been taking place. Most of the people had been resting around the Swaraj round itself. Police had been alert around the whole place as pick-pocketing is usual here.We had tea from a small shop near the Agrashala. The night had fallen and the beautifully illuminated Gopurams were shining amidst the dark. The temples were also decorated with lights. The police had blocked the entrance to the round. Only those vehicles that have a pass were being allowed inside. We walked into the Thekkinkadu Maidanam as the elephants had been standing there munching their treats. Around 30 elephants could be seen here who would be busy for the celebrations tomorrow.

maxresdefault (1)

The firework premises had also been set up by the people. As there were restrictions regarding it, only a few dug holes could be seen there. All those who come in affordable and cheap Kerala family tour packages during the time of Pooram would definitely come here as it is the most celebrated festival. I had seen some tourists who were walking around with cameras capturing the moments of the day.  On the eastern Gopuram of the temple, some TV show was being hosted where familiar faces from television could be seen. We went to the Ming Palace and got some vegetarian Chinese food for ourselves. The next day we had to leave early to the Thiruvambady temple from where the deities were being taken to the Vadakkunathan temple. On the way, we stop at Paramekkavu too for the same purpose. And then went to the Vadakunnathan temple. Madathil Varavu is celebrated by the Panchavadhyam melam which is one of the most spirited events of the day. Artists get together by playing various instruments like Edakka, Thimila, and Madhalam.

3dfire6

We quickly moved to a restaurant for food as Ilanjithara Melam would start by the 2 in the noon. Also, if you want to save a place in the front, it is necessary to reach as earliest as possible. We gobbled our food and reached the earliest but people had already crowded the place. We met an English couple who had been on their best Kerala honeymoon package from Bangalore. Even though they had come to Alleppey, their tour planners told them about Pooram which they felt like viewing. They wanted a spot to set up their camera as they had been shooting their whole trip. There were several podiums that had been set for the media people. We showed them the way to it. Some people were ready with balloons in their hands which are often used by them to follow the beats of the Melam. There was no wonder that thousands of people flew from varied places to Thrissur to be a part of this. If you get lost in the Melam, you would definitely come again and again to witness the extravaganza here. Everyone, be it, families, bachelors, tourists or children were involved in the drug of Melam. And when it ends, you would wish for more. As the Kudamattom takes place along with it, you would want the animal activists to come and see the joy of every being there. Neither the elephants nor the people are at harm. Everyone graciously embraces the festival.  Even though these come to an end, the major firework is what the people wait for. Most of the people do not even go home. They wait peacefully until early morning. Every one rises up as the first firework goes up. The major temples, Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu host the firework in turns. Low-decibel fireworks had been used as per the order. As it ends the people leave to their houses.

1-v8ldwtSAYbBp3-c-_twfDw

As the Kudamattom takes place along with it, you would want the animal activists to come and see the joy of every being there. Neither the elephants nor the people are at harm. Everyone graciously embraces the festival.  Even though these come to an end, the major firework is what the people wait for. Most of the people do not even go home. They wait peacefully until early morning. Every one rises up as the first firework goes up. The major temples, Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu host the firework in turns. Low-decibel fireworks had been used as per the order. As it ends the people leave to their houses. The final day which is referred to as Pakal pooram is when certain families come as the crowd would be less. A small firework also takes place in the morning when the idols of the deities are taken to the respective temples. We had to return back to Mangalore in the morning as we had class. With the hope of coming again to this auspicious festival, all of us left back happy.

Munnar – The Lush Carpets of Tea Plantations

eco point

Tripping with friends is always more fun than being alone or being with family. My friends are the best thing that happened to me in my entire life, and tripping with them is one of my most loved hobbies and Munnar is my favourite destination. On the 8th of August, we planned another trip to Munnar to spend some quality time with each other and to enjoy the trip all over again. By 5.00 am early morning on 8th August I started my trip with 3 other best friends of mine. The best thing of an early morning trip is that you will never get tired of driving or sleepy, due to the chilling breeze and the ambience you feel throughout the trip. We decided to take turns for driving so that not just a single person suffers the freezing cold. After the cold freezing drive of 3 hrs, we reached Munnar by 8.00 am and then decided to have food from one of the Dhaba opened at that time. Our favourite at the place to have at that time of the day was hot coffee with some soft Appam and egg curry. This is our all time favourite food when tripping in Munnar. After having the food we decided to start our trip with visiting our favourite destination the Echo Point and reached our destination after a 30 min drive from the Dhaba by 9.30 am. Different Munnar honeymoon packages are organised to this place by different tour operators making the place a well-known tourist destination. It is a point where you could hear the hills calling out your name, this unique feature of the hill makes it an attractive area to spend time with your friends and loved ones. The place had a great combination of cool breeze, lush green slopes and a perfect environment for rejuvenation. Our first visit to the place was arranged and organised by Gogeo Holidays, who organised different activities for us like trekking and boating in the lake. We took a long walk in the place enjoying the nature and calmness surrounding us with the cool wind blowing on us.

Kundala Lake

After spending some quality time at the Echo Point with the best friends, we headed to our next destination, Kundala Lake by 11 and reached the place after a very sweet shot drive from the point and reached the lake by 11.30. The lake is among one of the most visited and demanding destinations in Munnar. The main attraction of the area is its scenic beauty which greatly which the travellers love. After reaching the place we decided to enjoy the boating through the flawless calm waters enjoying the beauty of the lake and the place to its best. Boating and Shikhara ride is one of the main entertainments in the place. After enjoying the ride we decided to have the lunch from the nearby restaurant. For a change for lunch, we decided to have the meals with some special curry and gravy.

Anamudi Peak

After having the delicious lunch we decided to move on with our trip and decided Anamudi Peak to be our next destination. We reached the peak by 12.30 pm; the peak is the highest in the south which provides a majestic view of the rich green tea and coffee plantations. If you wish to see the scenic beauty of the hills and valleys with bright blue water streams running in between, and the wild of the Eravikulam National Park, then the best option is to go trekking in the peak. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park the peak is the main attraction for tourists from around the world.

attukal-waterfalls

After spending some memorable fun moments with friends and enjoying the sight of the waters and the hills with the wild in the park we headed to take a small bath to the next destination, Attukal Waterfalls. We reached the place by 3.15; the place is a prominent tourist destination in Munnar which can only be reached by a bridge. The best time to visit the place is during the rain to take full advantage of the falls when the water rushes down the rocks. A number of tourists visit the place with different cheap Kerala tour package from Bangalore and many other cities, states and countries to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. Located between to hill stations Munnar and Idukki the main activities organised in the place are trekking and photography, different families also visit the place to enjoy some moment with their loved ones as picnics. To spend some time in nature away from tension and stress this is the perfect spot where you will be in great harmony with nature. By the time we finished bathing and playing in the waters time was in a race to strike 5.00 pm. we decided to move to Top Station to arrange our stay in the place.

Top Station

If you are planning a trip to enjoy the day and explore the place to its best, then staying in a hotel is a bad idea. So we decided to tent at the Top Station and call of the trip for the day. We reached the Top Station by 7.00 pm, on our way to the place we bought some food so that we don’t say hungry and starve to death. Hunger is something that we can never tolerate or adjust with, so after reaching the Top Station we started with the preparations to set the tent. After a long 45 min, we finally succeeded to set the tent straight against the strong wind. After talking for a while and enjoying the moment with friends we decided to have the dinner. After having the dinner we laid on the green valley staring at the night sky and enjoying the strong cool wind. I don’t remember when I slept; we woke up early hearing the alarm and then decided to get back to home. From the Top Station, we started back to our home by 5.00 am.

munnar1

Munnar is a perfect place for a tour and a place most visited and included in all famous Kerala holiday packages  for  family. The scenic beauty with misty hills and glittering waterfalls is the main attraction of the place which the travellers love to enjoy. The aromatic tea plantation of the land provides a unique beauty to the place by covering the hills with the rich green carpet. The place is a perfect destination for a honeymoon, tour and picnic with friends and family.

Kerala- The Magic Land of Spices

sadya

Every country is famous for the food they serve. While in some countries the main ingredients are sauces in other countries it is spices.  Some people go on journeys in search of new places and some people go in search of new cuisines. And if you are ever planning to set on a Kerala Trip in search of food, all the information here would be of great help as you would not miss any food that belongs to the Gods own Country.The most authentic food of Kerala is their Sadhya. While some people cook this traditionally for Onam and Vishu, others get sadhya ready for personal functions like birthdays and get together’s. It is served on a banana leaf as there are around 20- 60 dishes served for a sadhya. The specialty is that all the dishes are vegetarian. Rice is the major dish which includes side dishes like Sambar, Rasam, Inji Puli, Pulisheri, Ellisheri and others. Each of these dishes is mouth-watering recipes made of vegetables like potato, carrot, beetroot, cabbage and drumsticks. At the end of the meal, Payasam or Pradhaman is served which is a dessert. It is served in varieties especially with main ingredients like vermicelli, rice, wheat and even dal.

kerala (1)

Other than this traditional vegetarian cuisine, Kerala has umpteen non-vegetarian dishes. Sea food is the most preferred by the locals residing in Kerala. From Trivandrum to Kasargod you will get to eat special seafood dishes that belong to each district here. While in some places coconut is added to fish curry, in some places it is just chili and spices. Meen mulakittathu and Karimeen curry is the most favourite. In the former dish, any type of fish like Mackerel, Sardine or Pomfret can be added. The fish fry is also an inevitable part of the food for the Malayalis. They marinate the fish with ginger garlic paste and spices and keep it for over an hour after which it is fried. They also smoke the fish by keeping it in banana leaves which will be free of oil. Karimeen Pollichathu is the most favourite where the fish which is priorly marinated is kept in the banana leaf with a masala made from onions, tomato and chili. Prawns are also cooked in several ways which are a must taste recipes of Kerala. Other than the Prawns Biryani, prawns are also fried and roasted. A special dish from the countryside is the prawns fried with coconut which will definitely be a tour to anyone’s taste buds. Chemmeen Pollichathu and Chemmeen Moilee are other dishes made of prawns. Alleppey is the destination where most of the people reach up to have these dishes.

biriyani

Biriyani is also served everywhere in Kerala. Malabar biryani is the most famous out of the lot. Belonging to the Malabar region this biryani is more than just food to localities here. There are families who have been addicted to this delicacy that people travel kilometers on a affordable and cheap Kerala family tour package just to have this during their weekend. Thalassery biriyani is mainly served with chicken but these days even mutton, fish, beef and prawns are also served. The specialty of this biryani is that it uses Jeerakasala or Kaima rice instead of basmati rice. Breakfast dishes are also in plenty here. Malayalis cannot start their day without having proper breakfast. Various combinations like Puttu and Kadala, Appam and Stew, Idiyappam and Egg curry are the most famous other than dosa-chutney, Idli-sambar combinations. Mutta pathiri which is served with coconut is also a favourite breakfast here.If you move to the Malabar region, other than the biryani you can savour a number of other dishes. During the time of Ramadan, most of the major snacks are made from here. Erachi Pathal, Kozhi Pidi, Chatti Pathiri and Kunji Pathari are the most famous out of the lot. Other than this Malabar Duck roast is also famous dish. Mussel fry, Unakka and Elanchi and even Ice Orathi are available in the street shops here. Kozhikode is a must visit for all the food bloggers as it serves amazing food at reasonable prices. The halwa sold here is heaven to people. They often pack it when travelling long distance as it is like a ritual.

The people in Kerala are addicts to tea and snack. They either have milk tea or black tea along with snacks like banana fritters, vada or Dal Vada. Kaya Varuthathu (Banana sliced and fried) and Chakka Varuthathu (Jackfruit sliced and fried) are also favourites of the Kids residing here. Jackfruit is a must try from this land. Other than fried, it is also used to make Upperi and curry for lunch. Kheer is also made from it during the jackfruit season. When there is an excess of it even Idli is made out of it.

beef-fry-watermark

Beef is also favourite to the people living here. During the beef ban period, a lot of people protested against it from Kerala. Parotta and beef are more like a personal local food for them. Other than beef cutlets, Beef Varattiyathu and Beef Kuru Mulakittathu are famous here. Tapioca and beef curry are loved by all those who taste it for once. Toddy is also exclusive to Kerala. It is a sweet- sour drink extracted from coconut. Coconut water is also the most sort drink during the summers here. Naruneendi and Kulukki Sarbath are also drinks that are available only in this land. While the former drink is made of milk, the latter one is shaken lemonade. Sugar syrup and lemon juice are the main ingredients in it.Other than the traditional Kerala food, all other cuisines like International, Mexican and even north Indian food are available here. While Pani Puri and momos are served on the streets on carts, students rush here to taste them, but at the end of the day, they always get back to their own cuisines as nothing is more satisfying than it. There are couples who take amazing Kerala honeymoon packages from Bangalore to make food travelogues of Kerala as nothing can be more exciting than food being a part of your first journey.Kerala is hence the hub of any food lover as it gives the taste buds, a chance to savour every flavour from the Gods own country.

Spectacular Trip to the Spice Coast Of India-Gogeo holidays

kerala

Kerala has Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east, Kerala has diverse geographical features. Kerala has three geographical regions: Highlands, Midlands, coastline with many backwaters, interconnected with canals and rivers. With a pleasant and moderate climate throughout the year Kerala has a relaxing ambiance, therefore Kerala tour packages are very popular. Kerala is a tropical region with the coast throughout the entire length and the Western Ghats protects Kerala from the dry winds from up north. The monsoons lasts June-September & October-November. Kerala is among the top of India’s most progressive states in conditions of social welfare and quality of life. And Kerala has one of India’s highest literacy rates, highest life expectancy and lowest child mortality rates. In the case of literacy rate for women Kerala is one of the highest in all of Asia. The culture of Kerala is a mixture of Aryan and Dravidian cultures, developed and mixed for centuries, under influences from other parts of India and abroad. It is defined by its antiquity and the organic continuity sustained by the Malayali people. Modern Kerala society took shape owing to migrations from different parts of India and abroad throughout Classical Antiquity.

images

                Kerala is celebrated as the Spice Coast of India; ancient Kerala was visited by many travelers and traders from across the world as well as the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. All of them have left their imprint on Kerala in some way or the other like architecture, cuisine, literature. Many tourist select Kerala tour packages for family and explore these beautiful Gods own country with their loved ones. Major cities of the Gods own country is Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur and Kozhikode. Each region of Kerala has its own variance in the cuisines. A Kerala cuisine offers a whole host of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Kerala is popular for its traditional dishes and its tingling taste. Mostly Kerala non vegetarian dishes are prepared using fish, poultry, red meat along with rice. Kerala cuisine include chilies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind and asafetida used frequently. There is no other cuisine that can match traditional food of Kerala. And Kerala cuisine is really spicy compared to other cuisines

ayurvedic-resort-munnar

                Ayurveda existed in the land of India some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is the oldest healthcare system in the earth and it unites the thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Ayurveda stood for the good physical, mental and spiritual growth of humanity. It can be defined as ‘Ayur’ is life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. So Ayurveda means the ‘knowledge of the science of life’. It is a unique and vital branch of medicine. There are a number of resorts and spa’s dedicated especially for the Ayurvedic treatments. It is one of the major attractions of Kerala. And so there are many Kerala tour packages for family that include Ayurvedic Spa. Ayurveda is well-known medication around the world because it doesn’t have any kind of side-effects and it will help to rejuvenate the body and mind. Some Kerala Tour packages include Ayurvedic treatments and medicinal massages at their well-being center and certified Ayurveda hospital in Kerala. A team of doctors and therapists ensure the highest levels in the excellence of treatment and medicinal arrangements. These packages are specifically planned to treat modern day problems like stress, respiratory problems, eyes and skin diseases. Munnar tour packages are renowned for the Ayurvedic treatments and spa.

Amazing Kerala kathakali Dance Form Photos 3

                The Indian state, Kerala is well known for its miscellaneous forms of performing arts. The various communities in Kerala donate to its rich and colorful culture. Kerala is a land of arts and festivals. It has everything to entertain the people all over the world. In the dome of arts and festivals Kathakali is the best disclosure of visual treat is an art with mudras. The people who know the meaning of mudras can enjoy kathakali.Chakkiar Koothu is a spoof form of art and it has everything to entertain everyone. It creates lot of amusement and the story represents the contemporary events. The Chakkiar is a joker and he makes the stories to entertain the audience. It id special art form in Kerala.  The Kerala temples are a good venue for many art forms. The temple festival season of Kerala enlarges many opportunities for presenting art and cultural forms. . Theyyam is one of the very popular art form of north Kerala. Theyyam is very colorful and it attractive. Kerala, Thrissur pooram, Panchavadhyam etc. are fame all over the world. Without Panchavadhyam and Thrissur Pooram, there is no soul to Kerala. Panchavadhyam is a very classic and interesting orchestra of Kerala.There is lot of tour packages for Kerala. Also there is special Kerala honeymoon packages for the couple.

Have your trip to Meghamalai, stunning destination flourished with cool and misty mountains

meghamalai

Cool and misty mountain ranges, Meghamalai is so stunning and popular tourist destination also called Highway Mountains. This is one of the gorgeous destinations to have various nature-friendly tour packages, you can enjoy your most memorable time with this stunning destination, and it will be one of the attractive one in your life. It is a mesmerizing place blessed with natural beauty cardamom plantation and tea estates. Meghamalai is situated as a part of western Ghat in Theni. The entire area of Meghamalai mostly cultivated greenish tea plantations, which include cloudland, highways and Manalaar estates the access to which is now probably rejected. Plan your memorable trip family tour packages to Meghamalai through Gogeo holidays, one of the leading tour operators in Kerala.

vellimalai-109.jpg

The large Tamilnadu wildlife sanctuary expanded around 600km of the forest in the division, Priority tasks in the sanctuary should be the control of poaching and the use of pesticides, the removal of ganja and the cultivation and scientific management of watersheds. The Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary can be an outstanding buffer to the Periyar Tiger Reserve and Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary and can enormously strengthen conservation in the southern Western Ghats, the range of monuments south of the Palakkad Gap.

Flora

Upper_Manalar_Estate,_Meghamalai.jpg

The foothills include scrub forests, up to the stunning expanses of tea and coffee estates together with spices plantations of pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and finally to the dense evergreen forests at the peak.

Wildlife includes,

  • Oriental honey buzzard
  • Great pied hornbill
  • Indian brown mongoose
  • Jerdon’s palm civet
  • White-bellied short wing
  • Black-naped monarch
  • Pied thrush
  • Gaur
  • Tiger
  • Leopard
  • Asian elephant
  • Mouse deer
  • Ghatixalus asterops
  • Raorchestes beddomii
  • Raorchestes ponmud
  • Nyctibatrachus sp
  • Ramanella triangulari
  • Ramanella Montana
  • Calotes grandisquamis
  • Dravidogecko anamallensis
  • Salea anamallayana
  • Kaestlea travancorica
  • Kaestlea laterimaculata
  • Uropeltis madurensis
  • Uropeltis liura
  • Calliophis nigrescens
  • Large-scaled pit viper
  • Enigmatic Hutton’s pit viper.

Tea estates and dams

DSC_1712 - 2011-12-30 at 07-18-16.jpg

Highways are a view factor with a purpose to have the funds for a high-quality view of the whole peak variety of Varusanadu Hills. There hardly many big private teas, spices and espresso plantations all around, initial rate encompass The Highways Estates owned by using The wood briar institution, Ananda Plantations, Pensive Plantations and Fielded property have the biggest holdings of plantations in Meghamalai, a synthetic lake and lots of scope for creation leisurely walks. Six dams on the hill and originating area of Suruli Theertham are famous attractions for travelers. From Manalaar dam, you’ll be able to view the deep Cumbum Valley and the villages of Theni district. The branch of Tourism has intentionally introduced boat or ferry carrier to permit travelers to revel in the pristine beauty of the hill.

Other tourist attractions near to the serene beauty Theni include,

  • Suruli waterfalls
  • Thekkady
  • Top station
  • Vaiga dam
  • Kurangani hills
  • Fun park
  • Mangala Devi, Kannaki temple
  • Mannamalai peak
  • China Suruli
  • kailasanathar

1348588460_15350.jpg

Plan your stunning trip and experience the beauty of Theni largely. You can reach Meghamalai easily from Kochi and there are regular bus and other vehicle services are available. This will definitely an amazing experience in your Kerala tour packages. So do visit Theni.

Holiday Destinations in Pathanamthitta

Summer call is upon us, and when it comes to choosing the holiday spots, most of us look for spots in outside Kerala or India. On this vacation, while selecting the places to visit, first consider the sites in your neighboring districts before venturing outside, and Kerala tour packages for family will help you plan the perfect getaway for your family, which is offered by the renowned tour operators in Kerala, Gogeo Holidays.

gavi.jpg

Have you thought about the Pathanamthitta district, a small hilly land with its pristine beauty which is world renowned for its pilgrim spot Sabarimala, This pilgrim center of Kerala is blessed with picturesque landscapes, heritage villages, famous pilgrim spots, cultural and training centers etc,  With the promotion of tourism projects like Gavi, this district has now got on the top of the tourism map of India.  You can encounter with may be the densest forest regions of South India here.  This place is home to the unique Aranmula Kannadi and the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, the school of architecture in its purest form.  If you think, there is nothing much to see and explore here in this small district, then you are wrong. Have a look at the following amazing destinations.

Chuttipara- A Must See Heritage Spot

97396851480673397799215824896.jpg

Chuttipara, a cluster of rocks that tells the tales of the legendary lord Rama, will be a fascinating spot for those who like visiting heritage spots that speak mystery and old tales. This 200 ft. rock cluster is a main landmark of Pathanamthitta.  And the locals here have a lot of tales to tell regarding the Ramayana, and it seems like the entire story has played around those rocks.

Myth Behind

This rock cluster holds many tales regarding the epic tale of Ramayana. According to the locals here, the lord Rama and his escorts were supposed to rest here during their wild venture.

Attractions

Harihara Mahadeva Temple– This temple holds the idol which is believed to been worshiped by lord Rama himself.

Chelavirichipara– The literal meaning is the rock which is used to hang the clothes of women. It is believed that Sita used to put her clothes here for drying on this rocks and hence the name.

Kattadipara- It Is the most popular attraction around here and the best view of Chelavirichipara can be viewed from here.  The story behind these rocks is that the lord Hanuman is used to rest here. And there is a well nearby and it is believed that lord Rama and Sita used the water of this well for their use.

Pulipara– The story tells that this was where Rama and Sita used to stay at night and the rock shelf here was their bed.

Konni- The Elephant Training Camp

konni_an_elephant_training_centre_in_pathanamthitta20131031105654_362_1.jpg

Located around 10 km from Pathanamthitta, this place is famous for the elephant training camp, and if you are an animal lover, then a trip to this place would be an amazing experience for you with some enticing Kerala tour packages.  This well-renowned elephant training center has become a major tourist spot, with a number of tourists visiting here each year.

The history

This center was established in 1942. And In old times, the elephants were used to be trapped using pits or by using captive ones among them. And once an elephant is caught it would be tamed and trained by the experts’ trainers here in Konni, later these animals would be used for dragging timber or used for religious possessions. And the trapping and catching stopped in 1977 and the center has become a home to elephants who want to wander apart from their herds.

Major Attraction

Aanakkodu– This Is one of the main attractions around here. This huge cage that is built of wood is used to house elephants.  It can accommodate maximum three elephants at a time.

Elephant Museum–  You can find many fascinating exhibits here, making Konni one among the Eco-friendly tourist spot.  IN the museum, you can find skeletons and magnificent pictures of the elephants.The audio visual room here makes you feel like you are in a forest.

Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls

p-aruvi1.jpg

Located on the banks of the Pamba river, this waterfalls in known for its wide area.  The forest area nearby adds to the scenic beauty that attracts both domestic as well as the international tourists to visit here.  This stream that conjures up to Pamba river is both alluring and dangerous with its slippery rocks.  This place offers a perfect place for spending time with your family in a serene place.

Gavi- The Eco-Tourism Project

gavi20131127164933_355_1.jpg

If you are a nature-lover and an adventure enthusiast, then this place will surely catch your attention.  The Alistair International listed it as one of the major Eco-tourism centers in India. It has become a most sought after destinations in Pathanamthitta because of its misty climate and filmy famous locations.  Gavi is full of dense forests where you can see wild animals such as Elephants, bison, sambar and Malabar giant squirrels etc.

One of the main attraction of his Eco-friendly tourist spot is that it is the locals who serve as the tourist guides and actives around here. You will have plenty of options for activities like trekking, mountain camping etc. This place is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and both the day and night stays are available here.

Basket Boating Options :

It is a part of the A Gavi Eco-tourism project in Pathanamthitta. And basket boating options available here has become a major attraction for the tourists from nearby districts to flock here. The location is near Peruvali Mundakanmuzhi bridge and the place offers a perfect picnic spot.

So try out these amazing places on your next vacation with some exciting Kerala tour packages.  If you plan accordingly, your holiday trips can be a new learning experience for both children and the elderly ones. By exploring these culturally important and heritage place you will get to know how deep is the cultural roots of Gods own Kingdom lies and it is always good to feel close to the nature for getting away from all the stress and tensions of your city life.

 

 

Unexplored attractions in Kottayam

Beauty, the thing which everyone likes during the Kerala trip. There are lots and lots of attractions are located in Kerala and most of them are related to historic attractions. These attractions are really fabulous to watch, and experience too. The popular Gogeo holidays one of the leading tour operators in Kerala, they are highly efficient in the field of tourism and they promote attractions of Kerala largely.

74a3206f51469dfc340cb66a9b324cac

The well known Kottayam “Akshara Nagari or Land of letters” has much more attractions in which an enthusiastic traveler can explore perfectly, and the majority of them are not highly popular into the external world. For an awesome Kerala tour packages for family, Kottayam is perfect. The list of attractions include,

  • Dhakshina Mookambika or panachikkadu temple
  • Illikkal Kallu
  • Vennimala
  • India’s first plantation estates- Enthayar
  • 1000 years old mosque – Thzhathangady
  • Palaikari aqua tourism center

Dhakshina Mookambika

Mookambika_temple

Dhakshina Mookambika is also called Panachikkadu temple, one of the leading pilgrim centers located in the district of Kottayam. It’s a popular Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Saraswathi. It is located in the southern area of Indian Peninsula, the most prominent Saraswathi temple in Kerala. Vishnu is the major deity, who the devotees worship prior to Saraswathi. Ganapati, Shiva, Sasthavu, and Yakshi are sub-deities who are also worshiped in this temple.

Illikkal kavu

7

The major tourist attraction Illikkal kavu is located in the district of Kottayam, and it situated about 3400 above from the sea level. This is also one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats. The Rock Illikkal kavu is situated in the high feet Illikkal mala, The craze that makes this rock unique is that half of the rock has fallen off, and only the other half leftovers. This enhancement beautiful mountains which surround the rock. Its nearest city is in the Teekoy.

The popular Illikkal mala located in the Kottayam district, and plentiful mountain streams in this peak, flow down to form the Meenachil River. The visitors must trek 3 km to reach the summit of the peak. Each of the hills has posse’s peculiar shapes, and one of them resembles a mushroom, which is why it is recognized as Kuda Kallu (umbrella shaped rock). It is said that the medicinal herb Neela Koduveli nurture here. This blue flower is also supposed to possess supernatural powers, which could increase wealth and guarantee a rich harvest.

The second hill has a little hunch on the sides and is therefore referred to as Koonu Kallu (hunch back rock). Crossways this rock is a 1/2 ft and a wide bridge called Narakapalam (bridge to hell). From the hilltops, the Arabian Sea can be seen in the above horizon as a thin blue stroke. The view of the sunset from above the peak on the sundown of a full moon day can be sensational: the moon can be seen mounting up like another sun, as the orange sun goes down.

India’s first plantation estates- Enthayar

enthayar18

Yendayar is a community in Kottayam district, Kerala, India that is completely surrounded by hills. According to local custom, Mr. J.J. Murphy named the place, which was to be his home in anticipation of death in 1957, after his mother and the neighborhood river. Yendayar is a grouping of ‘yen’ (my) ‘thai’ (mother) and ‘ar’ (river). Murphy had come 103 years ago to the position which was a broad forest and had no name or people then. He had traveled an extended way to reach there. There he recognized India’s primary successful rubber plantation. He brought workers from close to and far – Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. One Famous Temple is located in Yendayar Town; The Goddess Chelliyammal is the main goddess in this temple. Temple is considered as ordinary to the Hindu devotees. Chelliyammal devaswom is in organized of covil’s administration.

1000 years old mosque – Thzhathangady

thazhathangady-juma-masjid

Thzhathangady Juma Masjid is a mosque positioned in Thzhathangady, one of the Heritage regions of Kerala, India, near the town of Kottayam. It’s the oldest mosque in India and is more than 1000 years old. It is prominent for its richness of structural design, wood carvings, and the beauty. The Southern half of it is demolished and comprehensive with iron pillars, aluminum piece, and minars in 2012. This mosque is placed on the banks of the Meenachil River.

Thzhathangady Juma Masjid is also identifying as the “Taj Juma Masjid”. The intimates of this Masjid came and settled in Kottayam, from diverse parts of Kerala. The Muslims who lived here take part in an active role in Freedom move violently and other National Movements. This mosque is recognized for its intricate wooden carvings and architecture.

All these are an exotic destination to spend your holidays with Kerala and make to access any suitable packages, from the list of Kerala Tour Packages provided by the Gogeo holidays. Plan your trip and happy to enjoy the fun, young Kerala along with these mesmerizing destinations.