Some Fascinating Festival Cultural Events of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Most of us would have heard about the most beautiful archipelago of India called the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal the island always captivates the tourists with its astounding beauty and marvelous landscape imbibed with numerous natural resources. From the above lines do not think that I have visited the island several times. For the first time when I came to know about Andaman and Nicobar Islands is from my history books. Even though the island is famous all over the world for its beauty and climate, I came to know about it when I studied about the infamous cellular jail situated on the island. It was the place where many innocent and brave freedom fighters were imprisoned during the colonial days. Over there they were brutally tortured physically and mentally. From then onwards I had a concept that the entire Andaman and Nicobar Island comprises of many infamous places. Such misunderstandings were wiped off my mind when my best friend shared the pictures of the island, where they celebrated their exotic holidays. From here, I came to know many astounding features of the mind-blowing island. Even though both Andaman and Nicobar comprise of 572 islands out of them only 37 islands seem to be inhabited by humans. Due to geographical constraints, the islands seem to be unapproachable by humans. Only it is the only place where you could find aboriginal tribes namely Jarwa and Sentinel. They are the ones who love to follow the ancient lifestyle and hesitate to interact with modern people and bring changes in their lifestyle. Considering their privacy the governments have strictly prohibited to visit those areas. Apart from these two islands Andaman and Nicobar provide a plethora of opportunities to participate in various kinds of aqua venture activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, underwater sea walking, jet skiing, and so on. She told me that most of the travelers avail of tour packages to marvel their hearts with the surreal beauty of the island and also to be part of the enthralling games.

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On returning from Andaman and Nicobar Island she shared the sweet memories she experienced over there. For her it was really difficult to describe the beguiling charm of the island in mere words. Yet she said no other place in the world could be compared with that of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As she visited the island at the end of December, she was able to participate in different festivals celebrated by the islanders. I exactly do not remember all the festivals of the island. Only a few I remember and that I would like to share with you. Island Tourism Festival is one of the prominent tourism festivals celebrated every year on 5th January in major parts of the island. Even though the festival is celebrated mainly in Port Blair, other islands such as Kamorta, Havelock Island, Neil Island, Diglipur, Hut Bay, Wimberlygunj, Campbell, Rangat, Mayabunder and so on also contribute to the festival and increase its beauty and grace. The inaugural function of the festival would be hosted by the honourable Lt. Governor. Followed to the inaugural function there would be an array of cultural programmes performed by the versatile and eminent actors of Bollywood. Along with it, one can witness the live music concerts of both classical and semi-classical. The islanders would not allow you to be as a spectator throughout the event. They will ask you to participate in various enthralling games such as scuba diving, parasailing and so on and win attractive prizes from the Island authorities.

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Monsoon music festival conducted annually during the monsoon season grabs hundreds of travel enthusiast and art lovers from various corners of the world. To make the event well-renowned across the globe many eminent singers from different nations perform and increase its elegance. The festival is usually conducted during the monsoon season and mainly in Port Blair. Along with the cultural event to attract the tourist, they also conduct a free show of Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air force. Beach festival is another fascinating festival celebrated during the scorching summer days i.e. in the month of April. The festival not only attracts international travellers but also a domestic travel enthusiast. The main events practised over there are Volleyball, Kabadi, tug of war and also musical chair. Females irrespective of age could participate in musical chair competitions and win attractive prizes.

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 Whatever be the festival one could find unity and brotherhood among the islanders. Along with various competitions, the locals of Andaman and visitors could also get a chance to relish many traditional and local dishes of the island prepared by experienced chefs. As the island is surrounded by waters on the four sides one will get immense opportunities to savour the plates of seafood prepared in different styles. Hearing this much I was not able to control my emotions and I expressed my wish to visit the island. I inquired how to visit the island without spending huge bucks. She said that it was Andaman Tour Travel she purchased the tour packages. They are the one who curates the packages at cheap prices. As we were hailing from Chennai they gave the provision to book the packages via online. What makes the travel agency is they provide excellent hospitality services. Also, they curate excellent itineraries by inculcating best sightseeing destinations. The customer support team of the agency are so helpful that they provide full support and also clarify our doubts each and every moment.

An Unplanned Marriage and a Planned Honeymoon to Alleppey

I never thought of marriage in my life. I was very passionate and dedicated to my goals. I used to tell my parents I won’t agree for any marriage proposal until I achieve my goals. I belong to a simple orthodox family. The place where I reside is completely a replica of TV soap operas. With a lot of dreams and thoughts, I decided to pursue my graduation in engineering. The 4 years in an engineering college gifted memories that to be cherished in my early 50s and 60s. Like every student, I prepared very hard for job interviews, especially for campus placement. Unfortunately, I was eliminated in the pre-final round of campus placement. For a moment I lost my hope and the firm belief from god. I lost my confidence because most of my friends got good jobs in good companies and only a few remained jobless in my class and unluckily I belong to the latter group. Gradually I regained my hope and started to appear for several campus interviews. Within a couple of months, I enrolled myself in a software training course and as soon as I finished my course I was absorbed into one of the best start-ups companies in my state.

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After a completing 6-months probationary period, my parents started to brainwash me and propelled me to get married as society is blaming them for keeping a young girl in the house. I burst out on them and clearly told only after two years I will get married. My decision was not digestible for them. For time being they remained silent. I again started to concentrate on my work. Day by day my work schedules became stressful and hectic. Sometimes I used to reach home late nights. This increased fear in my parents. They somehow wanted to finish their obligations and wanted to relax. This time through one of my relative our parents got a marriage proposal from a well-reputed family. I tried my hard to convince them. But this time they were very stubborn about their decision. As I had no other alternate I was forced to obey their commands. I really did not want to get married so soon. Therefore I did not dress well. I wore a simple dress and did not apply any kind of make-up on my face. By 10 am they reached our house. The guy was accompanied by his parents and aunt. After the official conversation, I was invited to the living room. For the initial few minutes, I did not look at them. Then I slowly raised my head and greeted them. To my surprise the guy was handsome and he and his family were well-mannered.  We all were impressed by their pleasing attitude. I was wondering how I could reject their proposal. I tried my level best but I did not find any genuine reason for the same. When they left my parents told me that they liked the family and they really wanted me to agree for the same. They also created an emotional drama so that I support their decision. I was really trapped. I cannot oppose my parents. And eventually, I agreed for the marriage. I wanted a time gap of at least 2 months prior to marriage so that I could talk to him and understand him. But the astrologer told us the perfect time for marriage is within a month or else we will have to wait till next year.

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Within a month we got married and I moved to his work station-Bangalore. I used to get bored when he leaves for his office. For a couple of weeks, I used to go shopping and spend time on social media. As my company did not have any branch in Bangalore I was forced to quit the job. Understanding my boredom and frustration my hubby insisted me to attend interviews. I was overwhelmed with joy. By the grace of God, I got selected into one of the best IT companies in Bangalore. A couple of months passed till now we did not plan any honeymoon trip. It was my hubby’s friend who suggested celebrating an exotic honeymoon tour to Kerala. He showed many photographs of the important destination in Kerala. Out of them, we liked the houseboat packages. It was available at the cheapest rates.  Within a couple of weeks, we boarded the flight from Kempegowda International Airport to Cochin International Airport. From there we travelled in a private cab arranged by our tour operator to Alleppey.

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Alleppey is the perfect destination to celebrate vacation with our dear ones. Major portions of the district are occupied with backwaters and paddy fields. The picturesque landscapes, emerald paddy field, tranquil backwaters bordered by palm-fringed coconut trees, gave the clear answer to why the district is called ‘Venice of East’. Within 2 hours we reached the spot. We entered the houseboat and the voyage of romance began. With us they another 2 couples who reached there by purchasing tour packages to Kerala at affordable price. We captured the beautiful pictures of birds, trees oscillating in the cool breeze and so on. We astonished to see small children rowing canoes to schools. It is the part and parcel of metro cities where vegetable vendors reach our doorstep and give us vegetables at cheap rates. Over there in Aleppey the vegetable vendors carried vegetables in canoes and knocked the doors of customers in the evenings. We were lucky enough to view the fascinating moment of sun setting into the sea. By the evening the houseboat authorities had arranged scrumptious delicacies prepared in traditional Kerala style on the roof of the houseboat. Followed to it we were entertained by the classical dance performances of experts. The next morning, after relishing breakfast we moved to the Kumarakom. The place is well-known for migratory birds. We stroll through the forest and slept in a treehouse. The next day we returned to Alleppey and from there to Cochin Airport. We departed Kerala by carrying lots of memories. We are really thankful to Dream Holidays for arranging such a wonderful trip.

Munroe Island as a Perfect Honeymoon Destination of Kerala

How about lying on the lap of your significant other on a peaceful morning and just talking about any random topics on the banks of tranquil backwaters? Sounds cool right? Well, such a calming experience can be gained when you are up to this picturesque Munroe Island, which is only at a 27 km of distance from Kollam main city. So the honeymooners visiting Kerala can think of a whole new location of Munroe Island situated at one of the southern districts rather than opting for the stereotypical spots of Allepey, Munnar or Kumarakom in Kerala.

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Being situated on the brink of Ashtamudi Lake, which is said to be the cleanest backwaters of Kerala, to every angle you turn to you are going to find picture-perfect frames that would resemble any scenic places. One of the most profound factors of such a charm of the islands would be the reflection of the long line of tall coconut palms slanting toward the serene water bodies. They make that perfect blend for creating that lush greenery and increasing that stunning beauty of the location, besides the dense mangrove plantations. Moreover, at some parts, the islands are sidelined by the tributary of the Kallada River. So on your honeymoon trip, when you are spending your precious time together in the backdrop of such an adorable place it will bring you a special kind of joy that you had never felt before.

The relaxing ambience of this quaint village could be experienced on a greater extent when you both are staying back at any of the adjacent resort or simple homestay. To avail the former option you will always be advised to pre-book under any good tour packages. They may provide you with both that precious opportunity to sail through numerous narrow and small canals flowing in between the islands. On its banks, you could find several mangrove plants growing in unusual shapes. Sailing across in these intricate pathways in kayaks can turn out to be a fun activity that can be indulged by couples together. At some places, the mangroves would be denser that would create a tunnel kind of structure, providing shelter to you.  On that voyage, you could closely observe at the simple rural livelihood led by the villagers there.

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The entire concept of tourism has only started emerging to this pristine island of Munroe. So you are going to rush into a very few other tourists on your trip. Moreover, there will not be any long lines to create any boredom in you and hamper your honeymoon. In this very little crowd, both you and your significant other can have your own special moments together. Also, the brightly coloured mangroves provide these areas with an added beauty, as you may catch a glimpse of large migratory birds flying across from them, on which they had made their temporary nests. The calming green-hued water bodies are going to soothe and save you from all the tensions you could have suffered from the everyday busy lives.

On your exploration of the place together, you may interact with the cordial and polite village dwellers. They may educate you about the primary fishing methods that they usually do for their living, by moving around in the lake waters on country boats. Apart from that, they also depend on the cultivation of cashew nuts, areca nut and obviously the coconuts. They could be the most common tree that you could get to spot here in Kerala, making them the state tree. But all these geographical features do create an awesome view once the sun sets in. The islands may be sighted far away from the beaches, but when clicked a picture during any late evening of the pristine water bodies, you are going to get a mesmerizing photo of you and your loved one.

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That sail inside a boathouse and cruising all across the backwaters could the next big things that cannot be missed on this very first tour with no other than your beloved. Although they are merely large boats plying in the clean lake waters, you could avail all sorts of world-class facilities, so that you are not facing any troubles by staying in the cruise all day and missing your home. As they are moving to different spots in the cruise, you could get to see the unique views of Munroe Island from the well-equipped houseboats. Above all that, the tickets for this is offered by the Kerala Tourism Department Council at cheapest prices so as to attract more tourists to the destination.

Those Intriguing facts about the Island

Although the name Munroe Island does sound singular, they are actually a group of around 8 small islands or islets. So is the place commonly known as ‘Manttrothuruth’ in the region, as ‘thuruth’ in Malayalam means ‘a group of Islands.’ Furthermore, in the coinage of the name of this place, there had been an influence of a foreigner. It was done after Colonel John Munroe, which was the British Resident of the former princely state of Travancore. In fact, it was under his suggestion that the area of these canals was further expanded. It was to honour him that the island in this part of Kollam district to be called so.

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How to reach there: The Munroe Island can be reached from the Trivandrum International after travelling for almost 2 hours 20 minutes covering 81 km to the next district situated in the northern side. Moreover, the nearest railway station of Manttrothuruth is only 4km away. However, you need to transmit for around 26 km to arrive at the more accessible Kollam Junction Railway station.

The island honeymoon destinations as charming as Munroe Island are quite many in the incredible state of Kerala. You need to explore those serene locations along with your partner at least once in a lifetime. So whenever you are heading to these destinations of Kerala, never forget to seek for the assistance of Dream Holidays, who could suggest you about the places and the exciting activities to be indulged in. Although based in Kochi, the reputed tour company had created numerous honeymoon packages targeting adventurous couples like yours.  Moreover, their travel deals would cover the popular tourist destinations like that of Wayanad, Athirapally, Munnar, Allepey, Ponmudi, Kochi, Thekkady and Varkala In addition to that the unexplored places like that of Poovar, Kakkathruth, Kuttikanam and many more would also be considered if the customer is demanding so.

8 Surprising Facts about Jumeirah Mosque of Dubai We Bet You Never Knew

Rushing into a mosque wherever you are turning to is not an unlikely thing, yet the one that we are going to discuss here has got its own exclusive features, making us write about it further. They are the Jumeirah Mosque situated at the northernmost point of Jumeriah in Dubai.  There is no wonder in admitting that, they are one of the most photographed religious centres in the entire Emirate region. The structure deserved to be recognized as such a magnificent place for religion and its unique architecture. Henceforth, they are complemented by both domestic and global level.

The following could be the surprising facts about the Jumeirah Mosque of Dubai that is very rare for you to know already.

People who do not belong to Islam could also enter the mosque

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Such lenience is going to question the misconception that Islam is still the orthodox religious community that dislikes any sort of intrusion of people from other communities. However, in reality, it is not so. You could enter the holy space of Jumeirah Mosque even if you are non-Muslim on tour to the city of true religious tolerance. There are indeed some of them in packages, by which somebody would guide you.

It is the same mosque featured on the Emirati note

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On the back of the 500 AED note, you could find a mosque inscribed in them. It is nothing else than the Jumeirah Grand Mosque of Dubai. That very much says about the significance of the religious centre for being a landmark. Moreover, along with the picture of Jumeirah Mosque, you could also spot yet another significant element for Emiratis, i.e. the falcon.

Colourful ceilings have got verses from the Quran

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In the backdrop of blue and peach ceilings of the Jumeriah Mosque, you could find splendidly carved out Arabic verses from the Quran. The calligraphy marked is unlike the Devanagri scripts found in the Mosque of Sarkhej Roza in Ahmedabad, as the latter was built in the years from 14445 AD to 1451 AD. So apart from the holy scripts, you could also appreciate the magnificence of its designs, chandeliers and other geometric motifs.

They are completely made of white stone marbles

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The Jumeirah mosque of Dubai is completely built of a special kind of white stone marbles. Also, the architecture of the very mosque is influenced by building style followed in Syria and Egypt. This particular architectural style is otherwise plainly known as the Fatimid kind of a structure. Moreover, the very first things that you note in the exteriors of the mosque could be the two tall minarets build on either side of a large dome in the middle and two smaller ones on its side.

The mosque could accommodate people up to 1300 at a time

During those congregational mass prayers on Fridays, devotees around 1300 will drop into the mosque. Even though the interiors of this religious centre are that large, some of the people would be seen praying in the exterior premises of the mosque due to lack of enough space.

Traditional Islamic attires for women would be given if required

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Just like rituals followed in any spiritual centre all across the globe, here in Jumeriah mosque too, there are some things to be done before setting your foot into the interiors of the mosque. One among them would be wearing traditional Burkha for women. They are supplied by the authorities of the mosque. If you are not willing to adorn them, you may have to veil your shoulders and hair with at least a scarf.

Mosque withstood the demolition process of nearby constructions

It was during the renovation works of the entire city in the 1980s that all the nearby constructions, including the Chicago Beach Hotel, were demolished. Along with them, many residential spaces where a large population of Dubai expatriates lived their struggling lives too were lost. However, the mosque of Jumeriah had withstood the grave demolition, considering their religious significance. Moreover, nothing much had changed since its construction in 1975 with the backing of Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Interactive open tours are conducted on a regular basis

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One should appreciate the open-mindedness and religious tolerance of the Dubai Emiratis to invite the tourists to their spiritual centre under the policy of ‘Open Doors, Open Minds.’ tour is usually organized by Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. They are conducting such tours with the motive of educating the tourists about the cultural understanding and the harmony of the Islamic religion. The provision of such sort of tourism is comparatively new in Arab nations, unlike the open tours offered in Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.

From the information provided here, you could have got to know that the global city of Dubai had rich culture and traditions even from the olden times. So when you are on tour to the city, you are not supposed to miss that chance of visiting the historic landmarks of Dubai such as the Jumeirah Grand Mosque. On all those holidaying in this most visited Emirate of UAE, you may contact Dubai Tour Trawell who could make your entire trip meaningful yet enjoyable. Moreover, their tour packages are curated in such a way that they could satisfy the wanderlust of each sort of travellers who are honeymoon, family tour, group tour and even solo trip. Immense expenses should never hamper your travel dreams once you had dealt your business with the eminent tour operator.

The 5 most prominent dams in Kerala

               The world is growing day by day. People have now become very competitive. Nowadays people are not ready to invest their valuable time in any unnecessary matters, because they are in a rush to achieve their daily goals. Humans are so busy with office chores that they forget they have obligations towards their family, friends, and society and moreover towards nature. Can you imagine a world without trees and wild creatures? It is said that our planet was formed millions of years ago and it was our Mother Nature who protected our ancestors and also us from several devastating natural calamities. Like where son and daughter have an obligation towards their aged parents and siblings likewise we, humans are liable to the conserve the natural resources. What we are today is all because of the hard work of our parents. Therefore it is our responsibility to hand over nature in the same away as we were gifted. Before explaining the importance of conservation of nature and its resources let us all have a glimpse of the important resources of nature. We all are familiar without water no one on the planet could survive. Pure air and water are the two basic elements that are essential for living organisms to sustain life on earth. It is not possible to discuss each and every element in this document therefore let us concentrate on the conservation of water. Water has many uses and 99 % of us know what they are. I really don’t want you to get bored by reading the uses of water. There would be only a few places in the world that experiences continuous rainfall throughout the year. But the rest of the part of the world suffers from the scarcity of water in terrible hot summer days. To avoid such situations waters are conserved in reservoirs called Dams. More than 50 dams are situated in India. Out of which 10 are from Kerala. Kerala is the state where Mother Nature has showered her scintillating natural resources enormously to mankind. Water in the reservoir is generally used to generate electricity and quench the thirst of plants, animals, and humans. The dams in Kerala are beautifully decorated and maintained with all modern amenities. Hundreds of travelers flock to Kerala with family from Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad to enchant the beguiling charm of water dams situated in the state. Most of the travelers visit the state by purchasing tour packages at reasonable rates and thus make their travel hassle-free. When compared to the past now people are more interested to accompany their family and friends to nature-oriented places and marvel their hearts with fresh vibes. To freshen your hearts with good emotions let us traverse through the lanes of prominent dams in Kerala.

  1. Parambikulam Dam

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               Parambikulam Dam is one of the best dams in India. It is located in the Palakkad district in Kerala. The water from the dam feeds hectares of paddy cultivation and lakhs of the family in Chittur Taluk and also other places in the district. It is constructed on the banks of the Parambikulam River and Aliyar River. It was built during the period of Kamaraj. The maximum storage capacity of the dam is 1825 feet.  The dam is functioned and maintained by the government of Tamil Nadu but the ownership of the dam lies with the Kerala government.

  1. Neyyar Dam

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               Neyyar Dam is situated on the banks of the Neyyar River in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is positioned on the grounds of Western Ghats. It was constructed in the year 1958. The Neyyar Dam is also known as ‘Gravity Dam’. The dam is constructed close to Agasthayarkoodam. Trekkers who trek the famous Agasthyarkoodam hill will definitely visit the famous Neyyar Dam. Visitors availing family tour packages at cheap prices used to mesmerize the beauty of the serene nature by visiting the famous Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram.

  1. Mullaperiyar Dam

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               Mullaperiyar Dam is a masonry dam constructed on the banks of the Periyar River in the Idukki district in Kerala. John Pennycuick started the construction of Mullaperiyar Dam in 1187 and he took 8 years to complete it. The dam collects water from both Mullayar and Periyar Rivers. The famous Periyar National Park is constructed on the banks of the Periyar River.

  1. Idukki Dam

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               Idukki Dam is one of the highest arch dams in India situated in the Idukki District on the banks of Periyar River. The Idukki dam is sandwiched between Kuruvan and Kurathi hills. At a distance of 43 km from the dam, the Moollamattam powerhouse is located. The Idukki dam is mainly formed by the amalgamation of Cheruthonni, Idukki and Kulamavu dams in Kerala. Tourists from various corners of the world visit the dam to enjoy its fascinating beauty. Travelers are supposed to buy tickets to enter the dam. People can enjoy the spell-bound beauty of the dam by practicing boating inside the dam. After strolling the dam travelers can visit the famous Idukki Wildlife sanctuary and capture amazing images of animals and birds in the jungle.

  1. Pazhassi Dam

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               The famous Pazhassi Dam is situated in Thalassery Thaliparamba taluks in Kannur district. The dam is also known as Kulur Barrage. It is constructed on the banks of Valapattanam River. The dam is famous not only for its storage capacity but also for its serene nature. For travelers to enjoy the beauty of the park the authorities have constructed a park and named it as Pazhassi Park. King Pazhassi’s statute and the sculpture of Buddha are the eye-catching attractions of Pazhassi Park.

               From the above paragraphs, travelers might have got a clear idea about the famous 5 dams in Kerala and their unique specialties. To know more about it avails of a tour package to Kerala. To make your journey more comfortable purchase the packages from a prominent tour operator called Gogeo Holidays. They curate itineraries according to the customer’s request. Travelers can book packages either online or offline. So what are you waiting for? Avail of the packages as soon as possible, before it expires.

A Surprise Wedding Gift for My Brother and Sister-in-law

Usually, everybody wakes up either by hearing the alarm or by tweeting of birds. But for me, it was something strange I opened my eyes early morning by hearing a quarrel from my newly married brother’s room. As everybody knew it is very awkward to peep into some other’s personal life especially when it is our sibling. Therefore I did not interfere in his personal business. To be very frank I was hearing quarrel for the last night but it was not as serious as it is now. Slowly I got from my bed and got refreshed and moved to the kitchen to start my household duties. After an hour my sister-in-law joined in the kitchen and with her my mom. Usually early morning she used to be very talkative. She used to talk on several issues. But on that, she did not utter a single word. Her face was turned like a pumpkin. My mom wanted to inquire about the matter but she did not do it as she wants to protect her image. Even though she wanted to know the fact she controlled her emotions. In the next 30 minutes, my brother came to the kitchen and demanded a cup of tea. Usually, his wife used to give him, the moment he wakes from his bed. But today as they were not in good terms I had to take the initiative. He was very angry and he shouted at her and told her “you decide the place, I will not” and left the kitchen. She busted into tears. We both females consoled her and called him and inquired about the matter.

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It was nothing like a major problem. For the past few days, they were discussing their honeymoon trip and till now they were not able to finalize any place. “Are you all crazy to quarrel for such silly things?” I asked them. Like every life partner, they both had different choices for each and everything. As my brother is an adventure lover he liked adventure places such as hill stations, scary mountains and so on. His wife did not like adventures but love to spend precious time with plants and animals. I smiled and told them I have a perfect solution for your cumbersome problem. They looked at me. Their expression exactly reflected their curiosity to learn the solution. They were eagerly waiting for me to utter the answer. I did not test their patient anymore and revealed the name of the destination- Alleppey, and Kumarakom. The places were not new to them. Both these places have played a significant role in the formation of new Kerala. They were happy now and started to smile. But he told me, “even though the names of the places are familiar but he does not have any idea about the tourist destinations over there”. “I have a solution for that also”, I told them. “What is that?” my sister-in-law asked. They can purchase the honeymoon tour packages to Kerala from the famous travel operator called Dream Holidays. It is one of the prominent travel planners in Kerala and curates the packages by inculcating airfare too. “Wow! That sounds good”, my brother replied. Also, I added that I and my husband will arrange all the necessary arrangement for your trip, the only thing what you have to do is to pack good dresses for your most awaited honeymoon trip. They were surprised and had no idea how to express their joy and excitement. Within a couple of hours, we availed of the packages. They thanked us for the surprise gift.

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Within a week they boarded a flight to Cochin International Airport in Kerala. As they ascended towards the gate they met their tour representative. He greeted them and guided them to the cab. They told that cab was well–maintained. The interiors and exteriors were fascinating.  After travelling for 3 hours they reached the ‘Venice of East’- popularly known as Alleppey. The soothing climate and calm ambience lured their hearts. After completing the formalities they moved to rooms in the resort and unwind for a while. By the evening they started exploring the district. First, they visited the famous Krishnapuram Palace. The palace is famous for the mural painting of Gajendra Moksham. They clicked many lovely images of the antiques and artefacts seen in the palace. They were fascinated by seeing the spectacular architecture of the royal mansion. After spending a few hours they moved to the coir industry, for which the district is famous and understood how coir products are formed.

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By the evening they entered the most famous traditional cruises of Kerala known as houseboats. These houseboats were once used for business purposes, now being used to enhance the tourism sector. Hundreds of travellers flock to the district to spend memorable moments in the houseboat cruises by availing of tour packages at a reasonable price. The moment they entered the houseboat they felt like they stepped into a five-star hotel. The houseboat carried all the modern amenities. There were lured by seeing the infrastructures and that moment itself they called me and thanked me and my hubby for such a wonderful gift. In the evening three were entertained by the classical dances performances of the dancers and savoured scrumptious Non- vegetarian meals prepared in traditional Kerala style. The next morning they landed to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is famous for bird’s sanctuary with a scenic view. They stepped out from the boat and enjoyed the melodious chirp of lovely birds in the forest. They captured lovely pictures of birds in the sanctuary. That night they spend in the treehouse. After returning from the trip they once told me that spending a night in the treehouse was one of the memorable moments in their life. From Alleppey and Kumarakom they bought some homemade chocolates and also antique for me.

They once again thanked us for formulating such a wonderful itinerary. By reading my brother’s honeymoon story don’t you feel to accompany your life partner to ‘god’s own country’ then what are waiting for? Avail of the package as soon as possible.

7 Hangout Places in Dubai where You Could Feel Like a Local

There are not many natural wonders to astonish you while visiting the Arab Emirate of Dubai, unlike when you are vacationing at either Maldives or the USA. Yet, you could find thousands of tourists thronging to the place every year. Actually, these numbers are increasing each passing year. Henceforth, there would obviously be something new and recent, that are attracting them to visit. Some of them would be wishing to spend their vacation in the most luxuriant ways they could whereas some others would love to travel like a local in this global city. Well, this short description is meant for the second lot. After reading and hanging out accordingly could make you feel like an Emirati inhabiting in Dubai.

Given below are the hangout places in Dubai where you could feel like a local.

La Mer

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Beachfront locations are quite many in the city of skyscrapers, yet the one at La Mer has got its reasons to be included in this list. It is from this particular location that the locals shop for most of their daily requirements. So on the streets of La Mer, just dress like an Emirati and stroll. At any intervals and drop into any of the shops. Furthermore, you must never skip spending at least a night of your tour on the beachside street of La Mer, as it is one among the happening locations in Dubai.

Al Serkal Avenue

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Many tourists would love to collect antiques or any sort of souvenirs when they are visiting any foreign countries whether if it through tour packages or otherwise. To them, Al Serkal Avenue is to their rescue. Situated quite accessibly amid the industrial area of Al Quoz, the Avenue does comprise of numerous independent galleries that display diverse artworks. Such an arrangement would resemble the streets of Hyderabad that sell antiques. Moreover, while strolling across these lanes, there is every chance of getting lost.

XVA Art Hotel

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You may drop in at the XVA Art Hotel while visiting the ancient Al Fahidi district. And such an act is not going to make any regret in you, as you are going to satisfy both your heart and tummies by eating in the most ethnic ambiance. All you could find around are original Emirati, whether it is the motifs, the indoor plants grown, the basic architectural style of the building and whatnot. The original Arab eatery had been recognized globally, as it was also awarded for its services.

Al Mamzar Beach Park

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Not many people would ever imagine a green space set just beside the beach in a dry region like that of Dubai. But there do exist. And the locals do visit this beach park at Al Mamzar quite often. They even plan for a day out at this green space and change them as a picnic spot. So when you are sightseeing Dubai, you may also head to the Al Mamzar Beach Park and relax for some time at the beautifully laid beachside. You may watch the kids of the Arab families who had come there at their leisure time, running past by your side.

Gold Souk

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Being one of the most popular market places in the city, you could the people around you venting out their shopping spree. While strolling through the old paths of Gold Souk and another souk, which had been shopping for various continuous decades, you will find numerous small shops. However, among which your ‘must-do’ activity may include the Gold Souk, as such a sight has seen there would be rare. You may rush into the tourists who had come to sight the one the largest ever shopping places in the world and obviously the locals who had even visited for buying the daily requirements like that of groceries.

The Coffee Museum

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Emiratis place their love for Coffee at some level, as they are one of the most common hot beverages that they consume on a daily basis. If you too are wishing to emulate their concern for the drink by sipping them in the very same Arab ambiance, drop into the Al Fahidi district to visit this glorious Coffee Museum located in Bur Dubai. You find the artifacts and other ancient antiques that are well connected to their Coffee-drinking culture. Apart from that, you may also catch a glimpse of the old books stacked in their literature room. Locals do stopover to sip in the freshly-brewed coffee served at the museum –cum-shop. So you too may visit this museum shop and purchase these exciting real Emirati things.

Now that you have got enough tourist places in Dubai where you could hang out just like a local, you are definitely going to feel just like the Emirati way. So why waiting for more, you may book your tour packages by once contacting the reputed travel firm of Dubai Tour Trawell based in the city. Moreover, their travel deals to cover all those significant tourist centers like that of the Burj Khalifa Underwater Zoo and Museum, Dubai Creek, Miracle Garden, Water themed Parks, Dubai Mall and many more. On these tours they never make it skip those amazing experiences that are acquired from your vacationing here. Tour packages are made available from all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Coimbatore, and Ahmedabad. The tour company targets travelers to Dubai who are on honeymoon, family tour, group tour and even on solo trips. Most importantly, you could avail of their efficient services at the most affordable prices.

Attappadi – An Exquisite Destination for a Splendid Romantic Vacation

As we were nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts we always wanted to celebrate our romantic days in any of the scenic places in India. It was three months ago I got hitched to a software engineer working in a multinational company in Bangalore. Within a month I also travelled to Bangalore. In a couple of weeks, I got a job in a multinational company. Things were going smoothly. We were enjoying our newly married life. Our wedding photographer called us and told that our wedding album is ready. We were eagerly waiting for our wedding album. He told us that he handed over the album in my hubby’s house. I was not able to control my anxieties. We thought of visiting our hometown on the coming weekend. But unfortunately due to some issues in our offices we were not able to make the trip. Hence again for one more week we desperately waited for the week. Finally, without any hazards, we safely reached my hometown. The moment I entered my hubby’s house without getting fresh I suddenly ran to my mother-in-law and inquired for my wedding album. She played many tricks on me such as she tried to convince me that the photographer failed to give the album and so on. But I was not ready to believe in her pranks and finally, she admitted her failure and gave me the album. Soon from where I don’t know my husband came and tried to grab the album, from my hands but I somehow defeated me and ran to my bedroom and closed the door. My husband was knocking at the door. I know that the wedding album must be seen together, therefore, I opened the door and started to view the album together. We really enjoyed our betrothal and wedding pictures. We were looking stunning. The outdoor shooting of us was speechless. After viewing the album suddenly my hubby asked me “when are we going for the honeymoon trip?” I replied, “when we both are free”. For lunch one of my hubby’s cousins joined us. Just like us he also got recently married. We really had friendly moments with him. While discussing several topics he inquired about our honeymoon trip. “We haven’t gone anywhere”  my hubby replied. “What about you?” asked my hubby to his cousin? Two weeks ago they had their most awaited honeymoon trip at Attappadi. ‘Attappadi’ where is this place I asked him. It is a place in Kerala. What is the peculiarity of the place I asked him? It is an amalgamation of hill slopes, plantations, rivers, and bio reserves. It is an abode of enjoyment and excitement he replied. We asked him to tell the specialities of Attappadi. Without any hesitation, he started to explain it.

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Attappadi is a small village in Palakkad district in Kerala. Located at a distance of 38 km from Mannarkkad Attappadi is famous for its eccentric charm and serene nature.  It is one of the most eye-catching destinations in Kerala. As Attappadi is situated on the slopes of Silent Valley it is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. It is a perfect instance of religious beliefs. Attappadi respects all the religions and celebrates their festivals. Hundreds of travellers avail of tour packages to enjoy their honeymoon days at the cheapest rates from prominent travel operators. The important destinations in Attappadi are as follows.

 Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

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Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve has accredited the title International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO. It is a combination of Silent valley, Aralam, Nagarhole, Mukurthi, Bandipur, Muthumalai, Wayaand, and Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuaries. Nilgiri Biosphere reserve shelters various varieties of fauna and flora. It is an exquisite palace to learn about plants, animals, and trees. Our tour guide helped us to stroll through the park. Inside the park, there is a museum that comprises models of various mammals, amphibians and birds with the description below. The park protects two rare creatures called Nilgiri Tahr and lion-tailed macaque. On purchasing the entry tickets of Rs. 250 we traversed through various streets of the park. Over there we met many travellers hailing from various corners of the country have come there by availing of cheapest Kerala tour packages. We had availed of safari rides in the park to explore its untouched beauty.

Hanging Bridge

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We hold our palms firmly and walked through the hanging bridge. The hanging bridge of Attappadi is 55 m long painted in yellow and red colours. We drove nearly 45 minutes from Attappadi to reach the Hanging Bridge.

Malleswaram Mudi

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Malleswaram Mudi or Malleswaram peak is one of the tallest peaks in the district. “So you might have climbed the peak”, I asked him. With humble, he said “no”. Trekking to the peak is exclusively allowed for tribal people and too on Shiva puja. The peak is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A ‘Shivalinga’ is situated on the top of the people and tribal communities worship it.

Kunthi River

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Kunthi River is considered a sacred river. It consists of medicinal properties. The intriguing factor of Kunthi River is it always remains crystal clear and never turns muddy or becomes brown in colour. After seeking permission from the authorities we practised jeep safaris on the banks of the river.

Perumal Mudi

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Perumal Mudi is well-renowned as ‘Ramar Kovil’. The people come here to offer their prayer to Lord Rama. It is believed that Lord Rama visited this place while his journey to Lanka to free goddess Sita, his wife from the demon Ravana.

There are many more outstanding places are present in Attappadi so do not be late avail of the packages as soon as possible. The perfect time to visit the iconic destination is from January to May and from October to December. Hearing to his conversation we pleased and decided to plan our romantic trip to Attappadi. He also suggested the travel operator from whom he purchased the package. It was the Dream Holidays trip planners. They are the leading tour operators in Kerala. People can purchase the packages either online or offline. For more information, travellers can contact their customer executives.

 

Bur Dubai- the Perfect place to unveil the history of Dubai

Dubai is a desert land situated in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. Two decades ago Dubai was a coastal land where the local Arabs were engaged in fishing and indulged in various desert activities like riding the camels. It was in the early 90s the Arabs discovered oil fields and gold mines. The discovery of these two components changed their fortune. Slowly they started exporting these two materials to various parts of the world. Now the Middle East countries are so powerful that they are ready to buy even a country. The success and development which we see today do not come all of sudden. There was a man with an intelligent mind and creative ideas who knew how to utilize all these in an appropriate manner and how to manage the profits earned from the various effects for the development of a nation. Describing the success story of entire Middle East countries in a single essay is not possible. Hence I would like to dedicate this document exclusively to Dubai. Dubai whenever we hear the word the image that runs to our mind will be Burj Khalifa and the man behind the great skyscraper is Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Dubai would be the only place in the world which shelters more than 50 eye-catching skyscrapers. The scintillating architecture of each monument mesmerizes each and every person in the world. People from Ahmedabad and Chennai tour Dubai by purchasing packages from travel companies. As we all know Dubai is one of the fastest-growing states in the world, it never means that the city is losing its religious and cultural values passed from generation to generation by ancestors. Dubai is an exquisite instance of the world that beholds its traditional values and heritage without allowing any kind of adulteration of modernity.

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There are many places in Dubai that grab millions of hearts. Planning a tour to Dubai was something unimaginable. But now with the help of the Dubai Tour Trawell, the dream of visiting Dubai can be fulfilled. They curate packages for travelers from Mumbai, Kolkata, and Pune. People who visit Dubai the first place that could be seen in their itinerary would be the Burj Khalifa. It is one of the world’s tallest buildings with two observation decks. Associated with it one could enjoy the dancing of an amazing water fountain commonly known as Dubai Fountain. It is situated in the front of Dubai Mall- the most luxurious malls on the planet with more than 1000 shops and various multiplexes. Along with this one could traverse in the water and mingle with rare species of marine organisms and coral reefs. To make your underwater adventure hassle-free travelers can avail of glass-bottom boat rides. Also, you can savor your favorite dishes from the underwater restaurant. To marvel your hearts a tour to the Dubai Miracle Garden is a must. Over there one could capture more than 10000 flowers arranged in a spectacular manner that captivates visitors to visit the place again and again.

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 Before unveiling the mysteries of modern Dubai traverse through the old pages of Dubai. To learn about ancient Dubai the best place in Bur Dubai. Popularly known as Old Dubai, Bur Dubai is located in Dubai Creek. It is a contrast to modern Dubai. While strolling through the streets of Bur Dubai one will come across various works of local artisans and craftsmen. You will always understand the typical and unique architectural styles, lifestyles, culture, and pearl industries. Bur Dubai comprises of unique Dubai artifacts, handmade goods, cooking utensils, chests and crafts, and old house tents. It is the best place to collect souvenirs for your dear ones who love antique pieces. The important places in Bur Dubai are as follows.

  1. Dubai Creek

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Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek situated in Dubai. It has now being extended to Ras Al Khor Wildlife sanctuary and the Persian Gulf. There are many things that you can do in Dubai creek. They are as follows. To study Dubai history in depth just visit the oldest museum built-in 1787. The museum is located inside the Al Fahidi fort. To tour the entire Dubai creek in one hour you can travel in the cable car. To test the power of water you can avail of a water taxi or a wooden dhow. In Dubai Dolphinarium you can spot bottlenose dolphins. It is the perfect place to collect spices for your home. From a gold souk, you can buy gold at cheap rates. Bu never settles down at the first price.

  1. Majlis Gallery

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Majlis Gallery is a fascinating gallery constructed in the conventional model.  The gallery is a haven for art lovers. Inside the gallery, one could find mesmerizing emerald courtyard meadows, handcrafted potteries, glass products and many more. It is situated in the Al Fahidi fort. Today the gallery invites outstanding works from eminent artists from various parts of the world.

  1. Dubai Museum

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Dubai Museum was constructed in the year 1787 in Al Fahidi Fort. The museum was started with the aim of incorporating all traditional values. Inside the museum on could find dioramas that tell the ancient lifestyle of each emirate before the advent of oil in the United Arab Emirates. In 1969 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum wrote a letter to Sheikh Badr Mohammad Al Sabah, head of the office of the state in Kuwait, requesting him to send a museum expert to Dubai for constructing an eye-catching the museum

By narrowing down the above sections you might have understood the peculiarities of Bur Dubai. So on your next trip do not forget to include Bur Dubai in your itinerary. To clarify your concerns regarding the outstanding services of the Dubai Tour Trawell without any hesitation you can contact the customer care support team or drop a message into your mailbox or WhatsApp. So what are you waiting for? Grab the package as soon as possible. While packing your luggage for Dubai never forget to load your camera with a high storage memory card.

Celebrating Honeymoon in Mananthavady – The Iconic Place in the History of Kerala

Is there anyone who does not like to unveil the elegance of emerald nature? How would it be if one starts his or her day with innocent chirps of adorable birds? Isn’t it would be pleasing? Many times I have thought who assigned them the duty of wakening up all the animals, trees and humans. Do they get the wages for doing so? Or is it a kind of thanksgiving to the almighty for giving one more day on the planet. Whenever I see the thickly populated trees in the forests I always think who waters them and who look after them. It is not possible for a few people to look after the trees regularly. Still, it survives on the earth for a half a century. The wild animals in the forest never have experienced starvation for more than a couple of days. Somehow they will get their food. There are many more examples in nature that teaches some bitter and important lessons of life that no textbooks could teach. The wonders and various activities of nature will teach how to lead a life peacefully with limited resources.

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Most of the people in the world believe that spending a day in the lap of Mother Nature could gift wondrous experiences that no magnificent cities could present. That may be the main reason why people after their wedding decide to enjoy their honeymoon by exploring the beauty of nature. When considering our country India there are many places that truly display the immense scenic beauty of lush green surroundings. And the most luring place in the nation is the most popular Kerala. Year by year thousands of travellers visits the stupendous state to uncover the amazing beauty. Compared to the past now many travel operators have come forward with exciting packages to discover the captivating charm. More than the technological advancements it is the amusing charm. Couples travel to the state to enjoy the fabulous destinations in Kerala. They consider the state as an exquisite place to renew their marriage vows and to understand each other’s feelings in the soothing climate.

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There are many reasons for tourists to select Kerala for their short and long vacation trips. The cerulean seas, tranquil rivers, undisturbed backwaters, traditional houseboats, and excellent collection of various types of fauna and flora make Kerala a typical destination for travellers to rejuvenate. Not like the past, the travel cost to the state has now become cheap and best. Kerala comprises of 14 districts and each district has its own peculiarities. To enjoy the real charm of nature one should definitely avail of tour packages to the most famous district called Wayanad. It is the land of spice plantations. The bare mountains and bowl-shaped valleys are blanketed with emerald leaves of spices. Also one could find tribal settlements in abundance in the district. Wayanad is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The mesmerizing historical streets and caves, bio-reserves, and luxurious resorts make the district unique from others. Mananthavady is a well-known municipality taluk of the district.  By narrowing down the following paragraphs one could clearly understand the inner beauty of Mananthavady.

Mananthavady is one of the largest taluks in Wayanad district. The taluk resides on the banks of the river ‘Pusha’ or more commonly known as ‘Mananthavady River’. Nook and corner of the district have something reveals some pages of the history. In the past, the district was not accessible as it is now. The district was ruled by tribal communities called ‘Adivasi’. The town was formed in the 19th century. Ambukuthy is a place in Mananthavady, where a deer was pierced with an arrow and hence the taluk, got the name ‘Mananthavady’ (‘mane eytha vadi’). One could read the heroism of a famous freedom fighter called Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja or known as ‘Kerala’s lion or Kerala’s Simham’. The important places that could be visited while touring the taluk are as follows.

Pazahassi Raja’s Tomb

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The famous freedom warrior of Kerala called Pazahssi Raja’s tomb is situated in Mananthavady taluk. The tomb is located on the banks of River Kabani. The museum comprises of main galleries called the numismatic gallery, Tribal Gallery, Heritage gallery, and Pazahassi gallery. Also, it has an excellent collection of weapons, utensils, and statues.

Boys Town

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Boys town, when you hear this name suddenly a picture of boys hostel will come into your mind. But actually the place has no connection with the boys. The place is a mind-blowing sanctuary. The park is situated at a distance of 13 km from Boys town. It is a perfect place to witness the gorgeous beauty of tea and spice plantations. The gene park at Boys town was built as a part of the Indo-Danish project. The place is worth to see.

Post office Road

Post office road will take to the land of temples and mosques.

Valliyoorkkavu Bhagavathi Temple

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Valliyoorkkavu Bahagavathy temple is one of the ancient temples in Kerala with goddess Durga as the presiding deity. It is believed that the idol of the goddess was self-built. Every year in the month of March a 14-day festival will be held. The temple is considered as the biggest festival in Wayanad.

Pakshipathalam

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Pakshipathalam is a paradise for bird lovers. It provides shelters to rare species of birds like the gold fronted chloropsis, Asian fairy bluebird, giant Malabar squirrels, gaurs, the paradise flycatcher, and the emerald dove. Pakshipatahalm is located at a distance of 36 km from Mananthavady. Travellers will have to seek prior permission from the forest department to visit the sanctuary. In the past, the eagle King called Garuda rested on a rock and hence the rock got the name ‘Garudakunnu’.

Kuruwadweep

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Kurwadweep is one of the famous islands in Kerala. The island is uninhabited. Migratory birds and animals are ruling these 950 acres of land. Visitors will have to get prior permission from the forest department for visiting the island. The island is famous for bamboo rafting, swimming, and also trekking.

Trekking and bird spotting are the major activities practised by travellers and locals. Travellers usually visit the iconic destination by availing of packages from the travel operator called Dream Holidays. If you have any concerns regarding the package you can directly contact the customer support team.