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An escape from the capital city of India to Kerala

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” 
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Kerala is a biodiversity hub where the people get to see a lot of tourist sites. As one travels through the ways here, he indulges into the mother nature and escapes into the wildernesses of the place. A lot of places hence house both flora and fauna which makes the whole ecosystem of the location. As one view the Gods own country from an airplane, all that he gets to see is either water or greenery of the land. In order to witness this one should surely come on a Kerala tour package with price that is affordable in which people can see the best destinations of the place. I decided to take the opportunity of visiting Kerala along with my friends from our office.  As the public holidays arrived, we decided to set on this trip from Delhi, to the other end of India.
We flew to the Kozhikode International airport as one among our team belonged to this district. It didn’t take us long to reach the place where he lived. We were treated quite well with biryanis and a lot of snacks and fruits. The journey had been quite tiring due to which I had almost everything that had been kept in front of me. At the end, my friend also served us Kozhikode Halwa which was indeed a delight to my stomach. In fact, the delicious food of Kerala welcomed us and we felt quite good in being welcomed that way.  We had already decided that we would be going to few places at Kozhikode, the next day in order to explore this Malabar region.
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   The first place where we set to explore was the Thusharagiri waterfalls. In order to reach the falls, we had to trek up the hills. And we would never complain as anyone would feel like hiking here due to the plantations that surround the place. There were three hills located here which were the Erattumukku, Mazhavil Chattom, and Thumbithullum Para. As I walked, I could hear the sounds of insects and the humming of birds. I also got to see some birds which I had never spotted anywhere before. People had been growing pepper and other spices there. We reached the falls which had been cascading in grace. The view was amazing and it seemed to be flowing from nowhere. As we had come from Delhi we had not been to so many waterfalls. Even though there are few of them located in Rajasthan and Shimla we had to travel a long way to reach it. On being on this Kerala tour package from Delhi we had been on an escape trip. The major escape was from the pollution there due to which just being in these eco-spots were of joy to us. After sitting there and resting for some time, we clicked some pictures of the place.
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           On trekking for half a day, people could reach the adjoining district which is Wayanad. But as our car had been waiting for us, we did not take that adventure and returned back to go to the next place on our list which was the Kakkayam dam. The aura of this place was more than just heart-warming. We went to the dam and took a short boat ride in it. Even though it was evening time we could feel the chilled air here on cruising through the dam. The trees still had the dewdrops falling beneath. Animals like goats and bisons had been grazing on the grass there. The whole view of the hills standing in between the grasslands was indeed amazing. After exploring the place, we left to the next place in between which we decided to have some food. The meals served here is quite special as they have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The seafood served here is outstanding as the spices on it makes it taste good. We went to the Vellari Mala which belonged to both Kozhikode and Wayanad. This is indeed an awesome place to trek up the hills. We walked through for some time as the weather had been good even though it was noon time. The huge trees that had been there made the view more beautiful.  Finally, we went to the famous Kozhikode beach which seemed crowded even on a weekday.
   Quite a lot of snacks were being served there out of which we had tasted some as we were hunger stricken. In some time we went back as the next day we had decided to go to Wayanad. It took us approximately 3 hours to reach this beautiful land. The drive along the route itself seemed adventurous. On the sides of the road, I had seen deer that had been grazing. Wildlife sanctuaries and parks are located in this place After hogging some breakfast we decided to go to the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. After taking the necessary instructions from the forest department we set inside with a guide who accompanied us. Endangered as well as exotic species resided in this hub of nature. We walked in without making noise as it would shoo away the animals around the place. We got to see some wild cats which we had never seen anywhere before. The animal seemed to be carefree of our presence. We also got the sight of some exotic birds which kept fluttering around. After spending almost 3 hours inside we got out and went to the Chembra peak for trekking. Wayanad seemed to be an amazing place to visit on a honeymoon.
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There were quite a lot of places for the couples to visit here which we had avoided as we were more into trekking We had already suggested our couple friends from Delhi to visit this place for a memorable time. On coming on a Kerala honeymoon package from Delhi they could have privacy as well as peace compared to other crowded places. Also, there were not enough couple hangout places at the capital city. As we climbed up, we got to see a heart-shaped lake. Out of the places I had trekked in Kerala, this place seemed harder but totally worth as the sight ones to see from the top is priceless. It took us a long time to get back down. And had drained all the energy from us too. Hence we decided to stay over at a resort in Wayanad. The next day we went to the Kuruva Island. It was a small delta which had orchids all around it. Nature was purely at bliss as butterflies had been fluttering around which was a great sight. We had to get back to Kozhikode in order to fly back as our holidays were already over. So right after having some fun at Kuruva, we set back home.
      The specialty of Kerala indeed is not just the tourist destinations, but also the cuisines that are served to the people which call back any tourist to visit the place again. The accommodation sites here are also very welcoming where we get maximum comfort which helps in getting rid of travel sickness. Also, there are a number of destinations to visit and explore here which offers nature at its best. A trip through this land is hence the best option to take when planning to go on vacation with DreamHolidays.

 

End the Onam with a Blast in Water; Enjoy the Great Aranmula Boat Race, Weaving Traditions

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We Keralite have heard about the famous water regatta, Aranmula boat race, a part of our tradition. Do you know that an ancient life experience of a Brahmin late came to be evolved as the most respected and enjoyed culture of Kerala? We have witnessed its eminence in close; still, there are some including me who are not aware of its significance. This great festive like event is held on the last day of the harvest festival of Kerala, Onam that is Uthrittathy according to the Malayalam calendar. Since this day comes under the period when all the other boat races are scheduled, you can expect a number of visitors during this time. It is also a golden opportunity for those who have missed Nehru trophy boat race in Alleppey. More than the natives of Kerala, the people from other states or countries are more thrilled in watching these events. This time taking this fact into consideration, many travel organizers are arranging a trip in this Onam from other parts of the country as well. Let them enjoy and understand our tradition’s magnificence, as they always do. Native’s f Pune is more attracted to enjoy the water fiesta as they long to watch these kinds of game that arouse the spirit of people. Thus along with other trips in Kerala, the last day of Onam is purely dedicated to watching Aranmula boat race. It is not just the race, but there are some more attractions for this. Pune natives can enthrall on having the best Kerala meal this time and can ask for any vegetable curry they want. This is a special part of the day, where a sumptuous feast is organized for masses arranging a variety of Kerala traditional dishes. Thus, various trip packages like Enchanting Kerala tour packages from Pune including great kind of attractions to watch on this special day are arranged by various trip arrangers. Along with which the curious people from Pune can witness the temple, Sree Parthasarathy temple for which actually the event is well connected. Also, they can take away with them the most precious and auspicious special type of mirror, the famous Aranmula mirror. The interesting fact is that the material used for it is not glass but something else. Let’s find out what it is, before, which understanding the mythology of the temple is necessary.
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Sree Parthasarathy Temple

The Aranmula boat race has a strong connection with this temple. Actually, it is organized to offer tribute to the deity, Lord Krishna and the day when it is conducted is the annual celebration of the idol when it was installed. The presiding deity is Lord Krishna in the form of Parthasarathy, the role played by Lord Krishna as the Chariot of Arjuna, the Pandava prince in the great Mahabharata war. The temple is surrounded by various myths and the sight of the temple itself is awesome and majestic. This holy temple is located on the banks of river Pampa at Aranmula Village, about 128 kilometers from Trivandrum. The temple is said to have 1700 years old. An epic is related to the evolution of the temple is as such that after gaining victory in Mahabharata war, the Pandavas continued to live and at last made Parikshit, the grandson of Arjun the king and they left for pilgrimage. On the course of their pilgrimage, each of them has installed an idol of Lord Krishna in various places. Of which, Arjun has installed the idol at a place called Nilakkal Narayanapuram which was later taken to the present place. The idol was brought here with great welcome on a boat made of  6 bamboo sticks which later evolved into the name of the village as ‘Aranmula’ meaning the 6 bamboo sticks. This day is celebrated annually but how a boat race was envisaged is a story. There are four main entrances to this temple of which one points to the Pamba River. One noticing aspect is that the door of the sanctum sanctorum will never be fully closed. It is always partially closed so as to denote the permission given by Lord Krishna to his devotee, Arjun to visit him at any time. One needs to climb many steps if they are entering from east and North of the temple. Thus getting a chance to visit the temple premises and rituals is considered sacred. Natives of Pune can enjoy the ancient art form, Arjuna Nirtham on their tour free of cost.
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Valla Sadhya or Mass Feast

This is a unique mass feast arranged by the temple authorities as an offering to the Lord and devotees can attend the feast. It is a huge celebration of the temple, conducted on the auspicious birthday of the Lord, Ashtamirohini. Have you been to Kerala during this time? Since it is a festive time, the state will glitter in joy. Although being an off-season for tourism, you can watch many tourists arriving Kerala for the exclusive watch of these festivals like boat races especially along with Athachmayam and other rituals. To attract them, more package itineraries are included this time focusing on certain tourists like people from Bangalore and Pune.  The natives of Bangalore are more inclined to the technical world but are highly religious and jovial. What they seek most is the food in Kerala; this time they can get it with more pleasure as Vallasadya is here, where devotees are fed with Kerala meal having 45 dishes. Along with a sacred delicious meal in the temple premises, it is a chance for them to enjoy the boat race. Hence, various Kerala tour packages from Bangalore with low rate are including the visit to Aranmula village during Onam season. Around one lakh people will be attending the feast and you can ask for any dish, which will be served to you. Actually, this feast is arranged specially for the participants of the boat race or the crews of Palliyodans (snake boats). The legends say that during the ancient period the rice and other agricultural products were transported by driven boats on Pampa River to the King’s palace. Once a boat carrying these products got struck on the bank of the temple. Nobody could make it move even the soldiers of the king. The king asked his astrologer upon whom it was cleared that a Brahmin family is starving during Onam and is not able to cook anything due to poverty. They have prayed to the Lord and it is the magic of the god himself who made the boat to get stuck. The king decided to give a part of the products to the family even then the boat did not move. Then on further inspection, they came to know that there are more families there who are starving. The whole product in the boat was distributed to all families. Thus after this incident, the mass feast was arranged to the devotees during Onam, never letting anyone to stay empty stomach during Onam.  The oarsmen will come in a boat to the temple and the feast is for them.
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Aranmula Boat Race

After the incident of the Brahmin family, king dedicated to conducting boat as a token of respect to the deity. For the participants of the race, it is not just the matter of competition but they are actually celebrating the anniversary of the installation of the idol in this temple. Various snake boats or more commonly the Palliyodams where decorated and is head by a chief to control the oarsmen. After the morning, rituals in the temple and seeking blessings from God each team will set for the race. A great kind of spirit is aroused in everyone when they row the boat. Even the spectators will entertain the oarsmen by singing Vanchipattu. Thousands throng the banks of the river Pamba to watch the race exclusively. Thus during seasons, by checking the Best Kerala tour packages price, it is evident that these are not just thrilling the natives but is equally influencing the travel concepts of people from different places of the world.
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Aranmula Kannadi or Mirror

One famous aspect of the village is its unique mirror named Aranmula Kannadi. Unlike other mirrors, it is made using a unique combination of an alloy of copper and tin. There are families around the temple who are expert in making these mirrors. They have been doing this work for centuries and with much perfection. According to them, any flaws in making the mirror are considered undesirable and will bring bad omen. It has no glass surface and it is really worth. Devotees used to take these homes and believe that keeping this in the home can bring prosperity. A tedious work is behind its construction.
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Your trip to this holy village will be a worthy and soon check the availability to trip Kerala during this time, enjoy the big feast and behold the energetic boat race in the river Pamba.

 

Tour to the exotic land of natural harmony – Kerala

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If you ever have dreamed of spending your vacation in the lap of the scenic beauty of nature and natural elements then Kerala to the south of India is the land you should visit. I too was a person who was deeply in love with nature and all natural elements including the historical elements that have made each place unique and important in its own ways. On 8th of July at around 8.00 am I started my journey to the gods own country, Kerala. According to plan, the destination I was to visit was Munnar the queen of hill stations, and Ernakulam the heart of Kerala. To say in specific it was not much a tiring journey from Mumbai to Kerala via flight. I reached Ernakulam international airport at 12.00pm and got a cab to check into a well-facilitated budget hotel. To find a Luxurious Hotels in Kochi, with the facilities you need at a budget price is the most difficult task. After searching for a while I finally checked into Broad Bean hotel in Ernakulam near the south railway station, it was the perfect place for me to stay in budget price and the best stay from where I can get the complete access of the city. After checking in and refreshing I had my lunch cum breakfast from the hotel. The time was just 1.00 pm so I decided to start my tour of the city from Mangalavanam literally the green lung of Kochi. Just 30 min drive from the hotel Mangalavanam is located near the Ernakulam high court. The forest is literally filled with a number of migratory birds they get highly disturbed in the presence of humans. Mangalavanam is the only green lung in the city of Kochi that offers a home to a large variety of migratory birds and mangroves. The main thing I noticed after reaching Mangalavanam is that the place is the heart of the busy city that keeps the environments and populations under control. After experiencing the diversity and a sudden difference of the environment and ecosystem inside and outside the reservoir, I headed to my next destination, Chitram Art Gallery. A few minutes’ drive from Mangalavanam the Chitram Art Gallery is located opposite Air India, M. G. Road, and Ernakulam. yearly exhibition and paintings are organized here at the time of August a large number of tourist visit the place during this time to witness the history being brought to life again through different paintings.

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The place is well known as the 1st model village to house a number of international tourists during this time of the year. My next destination according to the plan I set was to visit the M. N. F. Gallery of Paintings & Sculptures located at Edappally. I reached the place at around 5; the gallery had the original painting of recognized Indian painters in both contemporary form and of the past. The place also holds large sculptures in marble, bronze, and granite. After witnessing the rich history of Kerala I headed to the marine drive where I can spend the rest of the evening staring at the sea and the boats that arrive at the jetty. Marine drive is placed near to the Ernakulam jetty where peoples, couples, and family can spend some time in peace having the spicy Masala food kept in the stalls to the side of the walk.  Some of the main food ones could avail from the stalls is mango and pineapple mixed with spices in a way that brings water to your mouth. I sat there having the spicy food and enjoying the sun set and pleasant ambience for around an hour. At around 8 I headed to the hotel and decided to have my dinner from any of the Dhaba in Kerala from where I can have the traditional Kerala foods and the spice filled food. On my way back I got into a small road side shop and had a deliciously rich dinner of Kappa and chicken curry which was special in the shop. After having the dinner I decided to get some beauty sleep and headed to the hotel. I reached the hotel by 10.00pm, after refreshing I went straight to the bed and slept peacefully.

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Next day morning I was to head to Munnar hill stations by 9 am so I woke up the next day morning by 8 and got ready to get the train from the station nearby. After a 3-hour journey I reached Munnar hill station at 12.00 pm and checked into a Admirable Resort in Munnar.  After a quick freshen up I decided on to start exploring the land known as the queen of hill stations. The place was once the summer destination of the British officials, carpeted tea plantations, charming towns, convoluted alleys and holiday facilities make this a popular tourist destination. Munnar also has the Anamudi which is the highest peak in South India, which is an ideal spot for trekking. My first destination as set by myself was Eravikulam National Park. I reached the park at 1.00 pm; the park is the main attraction with the famous Nilgiri Tahr. The place is also home to many species of butterflies animals and plants and a perfect destination for trekking.  The park also offers a perfect view of the tea plantations and the landscapes. After a pleasant walk through the park, I set off to my next destination. Chinnakanal & Anayirangal is a place near the Munnar town, the waterfalls at the Chinnakanal is often known as the power house waterfalls, the place provides the best view of the Western Ghats. The Anayirangal is said to be the place where the elephants come to drink the water, the place offers the exotic view of the tea plantations of the land. After spending my evening in the place I decided to move on with my trip to visit the Tea Museum. Munnar is a place with its own legacy when it comes to the tea plantations. The tea museum holds artefacts, photographs, and machinery; where each has a story to tell about the origins and the development of tea plantations in the place. The tea museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar which is worth a visit. The watch showed 5.00 pm by the time I finished my visit to the tea plantation. My next destination was Top Station and Mattupetti after which I was planning to put an end to the trip. It was my last day in Kerala. A top station is a place 1700 m above the sea level; the place offers the visitors a scenic view of the Munnar town with its plantation and rich vegetation.  It is one of the main spots where you could find the blue flowers carpeted over the hills. After the top station, I set off to visit Mattupetty a place located 13 km from the Munnar town. It is another prime attraction for the visitors with its dam and beautiful lake. The place also offers boat rides which allow you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscapes. The magic clock ticked 7 by the time I finished my tour around the city and headed to the hotel.

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I packed my bag and got ready to check out of the hotel early morning, after having dinner I slept early so as to wake up early. next day early morning I had my bus from Munnar at 6.00 am and I reached Ernakulam at 9.00 am and boarded my flight at 11.00 am from the international airport and reached back to my place at  3.00 pm. Kerala is the perfect destination where any traveller can visit and enjoy the trip to the best. Stunning Resorts in Kerala offers you with the best food and hospitality of all the lands. A traveller could get everything they needed in the land in abundance.

 

Andaman Islands

STROLL DOWN THE LANES OF ANDAMANS IN SEARCH OF HISTORY: ANDAMAN HERITAGE WALK

It has always been inquisitiveness for everyone to know and understand the past, long before your birth. The quest for the current settlement and upliftment of many places is obtrusive best after reaping the outcomes of the hunt for records. Sometimes the remnants of past can be the sustainment of the prevailing, to accumulate information of prodigious places and monuments, flip back to the past. Why do people travel? Is that only for a leisure or recreation? Well, for some. But a handful of people long to take a journey in order to gather the significance of a place and its unknown facts, meanwhile they will be unleashing themselves. The thrill lies when we discover a new place and showcasing it to the world. The World treasures hidden secrets, revealing some can benefit the future. Wanderlusts can try out some trip to get informed about the history of a place. One such best expedition will be the Andaman heritage walk covering prominent heritage buildings like Cellular Jail, Police Gurudwara, Police Masjid, clock tower and police temple. Andaman Great escapes, a renowned travel organizer to Andaman will set up  Andaman Nicobar Tour Packages, optionally honeymoon. This 3 hours guided walking program can fulfill your quest for gaining knowledge on historic places; this stroll attracts some of the history fanatics. Beyond the white sandy beaches and long stretch islands, Andaman is steeped in history and there were some events that have left their mark of both good and harsh times. The island witnessed great acts of bravery and sacrifice along with courage, atrocity. To get the glimpse of these happenings takes the heritage walk of Andaman’s, covering following places.

 LISTEN TO THE CRIES OF CELLULAR JAIL

  Just approach your ears to the walls of this famous larger jail, louder cries, and weeping of people can be heard. Political prisoners and freedom fighter were the inhabitants of ‘Kalapani’, the local name was given to the prison meaning dark water, true to its name, dark activities and punishments were once carried out here. Britishers nestled the islands and imprisoned those who were fighting for freedom and justice, thus stories of heartbreaking sacrifice, astounding courage and unbelievable atrocities where a routine news from the walls. Enter the jail premises to find the seven winged prison with a large central tower in middle to watch the inmates. Most of them were lived in isolation and included great famous heroes like Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, Yogendra Shukla, Movli Abdul Rahim Sadiqpuri, Diwan Singh Kalepani, Batukeshwar Dutt, and Maulvi Liaquat Ali, Maulana Ahmadullah, Babarao. They suffered harsh beating and force feeding. In 1942, emperor of Japan invaded Andaman’s and took control of the jail, after which Britishers were the prisoners.

GANTA GHAR OR CLOCK TOWER OF PORT BLAIR

As a commendable step by Port Blair to promote international tourism, the Municipal council of Port Blair has erected a clock tower. Don’t mistake that the clock tower shows wrong time, there are four watches on each wall to display different time of different time zones. Travelers from states of India visit Andaman and especially, more convenient for those coming from Karnataka as flight charges are extremely economical, thus picking Andaman Tourism Packages Price will ensure you the freedom to watch historic places also. Opting for a historic walk, sight the clock tower located in the heart of capital city of Andaman’s amidst busy Aberdeen Bazaar, popularly known as Ghanta Ghar, a reminder of British era. The local people believe that the clock shows wrong time.

THE POLICE GURUDWARA

This is a Sikh shrine; Gurudwara located in Port Blair and established by Dr. Diwan Singh in 1937, a well-known independence martyr built with wood on a foundation of iron pillars. The islands have Sikh inhabitants, thus this Gurdwara existed to be as the oldest one. During its construction, the shrine gained the assistance and support of people from other castes too and was referred as ‘New Gurudwara’. Currently, it is run by the unique committee including total members of 25 from all faiths viz. 10 Hindus, 12 Sikhs, 1 Christian and 2 Muslims. Gurudwara stands as the token of respect for the truth and righteousness of valiant freedom fighter, Diwan sigh. No such shrine has gathered these much religious harmonies.

POLICE TEMPLE

On the course of heritage walk, come across the Police temple which is the most important tourist attraction. On some occasion, Satsang was arranged, which is the sacred gathering of devotees leading to local cultural diversity. Take a while to watch the structure of the temple.

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Religious attractions in the historic walk, ages old. Muslims can take prayers.

MUSEUMS

Not included in the list of the Andaman heritage walk, but to collect some rare information on the historical eminence, a visit is must which can be executed on your request. Travel operators will be at your service and responsible for successful Andaman Honeymoon, pick itinerary to visit forest museum also. Wooden artifact and gone past of Chatham saw mill are exhibited. Even some of them can be taken to your home also for a better furnishing. For watching marine biodiversity, enter Samudrika Naval museum, but for understanding the lives of indigenous tribes on the island, an Anthropological museum is set located in Port Blair.

MORE REMNANTS IN ROSS ISLANDS

Just 15 minutes ride from Port Blair, was once the capital city and housed British administration during the existence of Great Andaman’s. An earth quake has devastated the land completely leaving behind ruin of Church and house of Chief Commissioner. Now, over these, you can find growing vines and serial roots. The British bakery once the largest one is left in dilapidated condition here along with swimming pools, troop barracks.

The listed historic places in itinerary will obviously enthrall you, but there are some more that are untouched, dare to go there and dig the past. Bruiser’s presence in the island has reaped many atrocities and now these are cleansed by advanced tourism promotion s of the union territory. India can take pride in possessing such a tolerant place and having much historical significance. We invite people from Bangalore with Amazing Andaman Honeymoon Packages from Bangalore.

Pilgrims in Kerala – A Perfect Destination to Witness History

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It is not necessary that one should only travel with your family to visit places of natural beauty and nature driven destinations. I with my whole family went for a religious tour on the 3rd of August. Born Christian; our religious tour including churches like the Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, Vimalagiri Church, the Arthunkal Church and the St. George Forane Church. It was a one day tour with some of the elderly members of the family. Kerala is my home land with tourist destinations which could be included in all Popular Kerala holiday packages for family irrespective of the occasion or purpose of the tour. After the breakfast we started our trip on the 3rd of August at around 10 am, to accommodate a number of around 15 members we arranged for a traveller. According to our plans, our first destination was Santa Cruz Basilica; we reached the church after a one hour drive at 11.15.

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Santa Cruz Basilica is a well-known church all over India; the church placed in fortress Kochi is one of ought to visit vicinity in Kerala. The church is extremely famous for its architectural shape which is a mixture of each Kerala and Portuguese artwork. The church changed into built in 1500 after the advent of the Portuguese missionary to the land with the permission of the then Raja of Kochi. The church now serves as the primary landmark of the area. The church underwent most important renovations to attain the shape and elegance it now contains. After spending 45 min in the church praying and enjoying the architectural beauty of the church we headed to our next destination the St. George Forane Church.

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We reached this golden church at 12.30, the church located in Edapally is said to be one of the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Kerala. The church was constructed in 594 AD with several renovations done. The golden church has a perfect interior in the European style with the prayer area made in gold and steps in silver. The art works of Jesus and disciples are made in bronze. All these features make the church a unique one. After enjoying the beauty and carvings of the church we headed to visit the Vimalagiri Church in Kottayam with our Kerala family tour packages.

Vimalagiri Church in Kottayam

We reached Kottayam after a travel of around 3 hours. Every time we travel in the traveller we arranged, religious songs were played which eventually killed the vibe in me and made me sleepy, so literally, I was the only person who slept well throughout the journey. On the way to the church, we halted to have our lunch and then continued our journey reaching our destination at 4. The main attraction of the church was the Gothic style architecture with a 172 feet tall tower. These features made the place a best spiritual destination in most famous Kerala Tour Packages from Bangalore. The church is recorded to have the tallest church tower in Kerala.

Arthunkal Church in Alleppey

Our next plan was to visit the Arthunkal Church in Alleppey. The church built with an elegant architectural style is a feast for the eyes of the pilgrims. I have been to this church before during the yearly feast which is held in the mid-January.the feast was attended by thousands of devotees and tourist from different parts of the world visit the place to enjoy the feast with cultural rituals of the church. Our next destination to visit was the St. Francis Church.

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The St. Francis Church is located in Kochi and we decided to visit the church on our way back to home. the St. Francis Church positioned in Kochi is one of the oldest Europeans churches in India that bears the unseen witness of the colonisation of the Europeans in India the church built in the sixteenth century was made with timber that’s now renovated and constructed with stone masonry. The first Portuguese to tour in India the Vasco Da Gama was earlier buried in this church and later turned into transferred to Lisbon in Portugal. We reached the church at 6 and enjoyed the elegant touch of the European style. The church had a great interior with a mix of cultures. After the visits to different Christian pilgrims, we stopped to have some tea. The main difficulty I faced was an unorganised pattern of visits during the trip. It is always the best to let the organisers like the Gogeo holidays plan the travelling in a well-organised manner. After all the tiring travelling and visit to the pilgrims, we reached our homes at around 7 pm.

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Kerala is land with an availability of innumerable herbal treasures in the form of the wooded area, waterfalls, natural heritages and locations of ancient relevance. Other than best Kerala Tour Packages for Family with tourist destinations of natural elements, the land is a well known religious centre. The land had a populace in which majority of them are Christians. The ancient Kerala has a number of conventional and ancient church buildings which are now the primary vacationer appeal for travellers from a different a part of the world. The domination of Christianity inside the kingdom with numerous church buildings, the vicinity will become a widely recognized Christian pilgrim centre. To understand the ancient aspects of the land a visit to these historical churches is a must. These are some of the renowned Christian pilgrim centres in Kerala that one should include in their Kerala trips to know more about the history and ancient architecture of the land. Tour organisers like Gogeo holidays offer the best experiences in the land of pilgrim centres in the most affordable rates with all the places of your interest. People from all over the world visit the places without any religious discrimination. Natives from all cast and religion visit these pilgrim centres to seek blessings. The Arthunkal Church in Alleppey is also a destination included in some Kerala honeymoon packages due to its location which is near the Alleppey backwaters. A visit to this church during your honeymoon trip will fill the trip with great blessings that would strengthen the bonds between the couples.

 

The mystic land with an abundance of marvels

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For nature and adventure lovers, Andaman is the land to visit; the place is a cluster of islands and a juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Unlike other destination, most of the islands in Andaman are unexplored and uninhabited. The land is a cluster of around 570 islands in which around a number of 20 are inhabited by humans. There is mostly covered with beaches and forest with a wide variety of plants animals’ birds and butterflies. The place comes with the union territory of India with the only active volcano in India. Tourists from all around the world visit this place with the help of different Amazing Andaman tour packages organised by tour operators like Andaman Tour Travel who helps you greatly in organising and planning your destination and stays in this place of wonders.

 Some of the not so known facts of Andaman Islands include the following:

The origin of its name

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According to the myth, the name Andaman was thought to be derived from the Hindu god Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman. The word Handuman was later evolved to be called as Andaman.  The name Nicobar is said to be a subversion of the term ‘Nakkavaram’ which literally means ‘the land of the Naked’ as given in the great inscription of Tanjore of AD 1050. The term Nakkavaram was later modified over time to be known as the Nicobar. And such was the formation of the name the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
 Tribal life

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It was believed that the tribes of the Andaman Islands were posterity of African slaves who were once shipwrecked, but most of the anthropologists after researchers have come to a conclusion that the tribes are not Negros but Negritos. The tribes living in the Andaman Islands are clearly isolated and do not mingle with people. They are in less than a number of 500 and do not interact with outsiders. The North Sentinel Island is habituation to one of the most isolated tribal population in the world. It is said that during the times of tsunami when the rescue team reached the tribal village for evacuation they aimed arrows at the chopper to scare the chopper away. These are a group of people who are very much isolated from the modern world and changes.

Japanese occupation

Japanese occupation

During the time of 2nd world war, the British force retreated from the land witnessing the raging force of the Japanese army allowing the Japanese occupation of the Andaman Nicobar islands.
According to the historical recordings, Andaman was the only place which was under Japanese occupation during the times of World War II. These islands were a part of Japanese occupation for more than 3 years while some parts of India came under Japanese occupation staying there for a maximum of 6 months. The Japanese brutally ruled the land with massive fortification of the lands with building airfields, construction of radar for security and defence and a chain of fore shore pill boxes.

The language of Andaman Islands
The language spoken in the land of Andaman is mostly Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam and English, the availability of Anamneses as a language is very less among the peoples. This variety makes the land unique from other states.

Kaalapani the dark side of Andaman

Kaalapani the dark side of Andaman

With all the beauty and abundance of natural resources, the land has a dark side of it. The Andaman Islands have the cruellest prison of all times the cellular jail better known as the Kaalapani, a name very promising to the imprisonment in the jail. The construction of this cellular jail took long 10 years to reach its final stage. The construction started in 1896 and finished in 1906. Today the jail is been converted into a tourist destination open for all. The light and sound show at night organised for tourists will bring a small portion of the history of the place.

The happy land of butterflies

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Andaman is a land of beaches, island abundant with different water life forms, and the land is mostly covered with forest. The natural beauty of the land attracts a large no tourist as well as butterflies. A large number of butterflies migrate to this wonderful land to enjoy the beauty of the place. Tourists from around the world come to this land to witness this site, with the help of Best Andaman tour packages from places like Kolkata and more. There will be an availability of butterflies of different species and colours that attract tourist greatly.

Active volcano

Active volcano in andaman

Andaman is the only place that comes under Indian Constitution with an active volcano. The active volcano in barren islands is a wonder to itself. True to its name a barren island is a place which is not inhabited by humans. The only inhabitation in the island is of goats and bats. The place is completely covered with thick forest. Andaman is also a land with mud volcano which is a wonder.  The land has 2mud volcanoes in which one is located in Diglipur and the other located in Baratang. The tourist from all over the world visits Andaman to witness this natural wonder in person.

Fishing is banned

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Andaman is the only land where fishes die of ageing. Commercial fishing is banned in this island. The sea of Andaman is said to have a variety of around 197 spacious of coral out of which a number of 100 is newly identified by the scientist. The presence of this coral variety gives a new phase and new beauty to under water experience of the divers and tourists. The waters of Andaman hold a variety of fishes with different colours and model. The transparent fish is a rare variety of fish available in the seas of the Andaman Islands.
 Dugong – the state-animal

Dugong - the state-animal

The dugong is a water animal considered as the state animal of Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is a rare species animal which under the verge of extinction. The dugongs are said to be very shy to mate which is the main cause of its extinction.  Andaman is the only place where special facilities for mating are made available for this sea animal to help it increase the population of its kind.

Above given are some of the wonders of the Andaman islands which the tourists and travellers may find interesting. Andaman Island is one of the most beautiful islands that come under the Indian Territory with a number beach islands and entertainments. The tourist could easily make all the fun loving activities available by choosing an Enchanting Andaman tour packages from Chennai with all the activities you wish to enjoy. The Andaman would give you a varied experience of the land of the beaches.

Alleppey Village Tourism, An Added Attraction to Your Backwater Tour

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The Venice of the East, Alleppey is mostly visited for taking a backwater tour on a houseboat. Due to time constraints and other package related instructions, most of them won’t opt for other backwater tourism specialities. For foreigners who watch Kerala as a real magnificence, must need to dig deeper into the village worlds and their life. The real facet of rural Kerala can be understood once you dare to go inside the villages. The greenish marvel is the prime attraction of a village scenery and most of which are offered by paddy fields. Since most of the backwater tours are conducted from Alleppey as the starting point if your itinerary allows you then take a break for village tours. The tours are best enjoyed on a canoe and will take you to inner skirts f villages. Huge networks of canals, rivers, lagoons, lakes and other waterways make the backwater tourism of Alleppey splendid. Village tour basically takes to various cultivations like mango, banana, Tropicana, coconut grooves and lush green paddy fields. Here a boat or canoe is a must to the local villagers. Tribal villages are not seen here but most of the villagers are fishermen and they depend on fishing their livelihood. The backwaters provide various varieties of fishes to them like mussels, pearl spot fish, prawns and crabs etc. Early morning is the best time for taking part in a village tour in Alleppey as you can admire women working at paddy fields and toddy tapers at their work. All the sights of fishing nets, group of ducks swimming in the rivers are really exotic to watch. For the village, tours visit any travel operators page and search of attractive Kerala backwater tour packages price list and top things to do. If your tour days are flexible, they can arrange for a village tour. While cruising through the houseboats, take some time to stop at the banks and interact with coir workers and enquire their daily activities. There are chances for you to listen to any interesting incidents happened in the village. Kerala’s major village attractions are

KUTTANAD

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Alleppey’s village beauty and state’s rice bowl offer a splendid greenish scenic beauty throughout. Vast spread paddy fields are an exciting view to behold. Surrounded by a vast stretch of water covering  land leading to 75 square kilometres of area, Kuttanad is known for its rice cultivation and exploring the agrarian community is the best things to do here. There are houseboat routes to this village.The village folks engage in their work and here an old cultivation technology chakram, a wooden wheel to bail out water from the fields can be seen. The farmers in Kuttanad is the backbone of rice cultivation and they had developed the ancient heritage technology where cultivation in 4-10 feet below sea level over one and half a centuries ago. The cultivation methods are factors of excitement as you can see women folks heading to paddy fields with their sickle, or sowing seeds and removing weeds. Natural beauty is witnessed here as with the onset of sunrise, the sunlight touching the paddies and long away bordered coconut palms fringes amidst slowly flowing rivulets.You can explore the amazing view of Kuttanad during your trip with enchanting Kerala Backwater tour packages.

KARUMADI

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Located near Ambalapuzha, a town in Alleppy, the village is famous for an ancient sculpture of Lord Buddha black in colour, commonly called Karumadikuttan. People believe it as an old Buddhist pilgrim centre which existed prominently in 9 Th and 10 Th century. This idol has many traditions connected to it. Attracting travellers and archaeologists to Karumadi every year. The state archaeological department takes care of this statue and people believe that the idol is credited with many healing powers. The idol has the view of a black coloured granite structure in a sitting position but the interesting part is that the left hand of the idol is missing. Check the online tour sites and pick  Honeymoon packages in Kerala houseboat and ask for village tours. Try to include this village too in your itinerary.

PATHIRAMANAL

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Pathiramanal is a small backwater village in Alleppey and is actually a tiny island, a haven for lots of migrating birds from different parts of the world. A myth is associated with this island that states that once a Brahmin cleaved the water and the land came out from below where he used to meditate. This land is called as  Pathiramanal meaning the sand of midnight and the only way to reach here is by a boat.The mode to reach the island can be opted by us depending on the duration of travel, as if you chose speed boat you can reach the destination by 30 minutes and if you pick a motor boat, then you need to travel for 1 and a half hour. Check for Kerala backwater packages and opt for a floating restaurant in Pathiramanal. Since the island is less crowded, your serene holiday will be successful. The floating restaurants offer delicious Kerala cuisines and which will be served on board. Since the village has the potential for bird watching and backwater tourism, The Kerala government on realising this in prior has taken over the property in  1970’s. presently the village is on its way to start a bio-park which was actually a dream conceived by local authorities. Other upcoming projects to be implemented here are a fish breeding facility, museum, and an aquarium.

PUNNAPRA

Punnapra is a popular village situated in Alleppey which once traced a bad phase following a fight between communists and police force of Travancore in 1946. Currently, the village is somewhat developed and houses an engineering college. History fanatics can have a look at this place.

 

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The major highlight of being in village tours is that you can avail the chance to take part in kayaking. Some of the inner villages can be encountered while your kayaking and it will be a varied experience for those who have not tried it at once. The sight of village boys bathing on the banks of rivers and toddy shops can be watched. A houseboat voyage along with a village tour can complete your backwater tourism days to the fullest.

 

Port Blair Travel Information Guide – A Heady Mixture of Nature and History

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Andaman and Nicobar islands- probably the most beautiful island on the earth, nestled in the heart of the Bay of Bengal, and a fascinating spot for the travel enthusiasts.  This archipelago truly offers a tranquil and out of the world holiday experience for any kind of travelers. The virgin beaches here are simply paradise for the honeymoon couples who head out here. The numerous small islands here offer endless sightseeing spots and countless adventure sports to indulge in.

Port Blair- the capital city of Andaman offers a wide range of tourist attractions and awe striking historical monuments. The land offers something for any kind of travelers, be it nature, history, and culture. Being the starting point of many of the Andaman trips, this boasts of plenty gorgeous places to discover. When you travel to Andaman with some Exciting Andaman tour packages offered by Andaman Great Escapes, this would be your Key pit stop, which will never go to disappoint the traveler in you.  You can simply revel in the turquoise water, have some adventure activities, or get to know the real culture and history of this place. Here are some of the best picks for your day at Port Blair.

Best time to visit- Between October and March, The land is blessed with a tropical climate all around the year, but the sightseeing and other tourist activities are not highly recommended during the monsoon season which happens between June and September. There would be many deals and offered during this offseason also.

How to reach–  You can reach the capital city of Port Blair from all the major cities of India including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc.

Best stay option in Port Blair–  There are many top class resorts and hotels available in this capital city of Andaman. Some of the best picks are Seashell, Sinclairs Bayview, J hotel, fortune resort bay island, hotel Sentinel etc.

Places For History Lovers

Port Blair is home to some of the best historical places in the archipelago. Here are some of the must visit.

Cellular Jail

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This prison turned museum is one of the most important historical places in the entire archipelago, popularly renowned as Kaalapani. This place now remains as the testimonial of the freedom struggle of our freedom fighters during the colonial era.  This has become a national memorial that gives insight into the depth of the Indian freedom struggle and is one of the most important places to visit in the city of Port Blair.  As the name indicates, the architecture of this place is different to the normal solitary cells, where once our political leaders were used to get exiled and executed.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9 am and 12 pm, between 1 pm and 4 30 pm (not opened on Mondays and public holidays)
  • Entry fee- INR 10 per adults and INR 100 for taking video.
  • Main attractions- The light and sound show in the evening. During this show, you would get to known the tales of the place in perspective of a peepal tree that stood to witness all the atrocities done by the British rulers. The voice used for the Peepal tree is the legendary actor Om Puri.
  • Light and sound show time- Show in Hindi( Two Shows each day at 18:00 and 19:15), on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the second show is in English

Japanese Bunkers

This is yet another historical sight in Andaman that stood as a reminiscent of the World War second.   These were attested to a time When the islands were attempted by a siege. These can be also seen other places like Corbyn’s Cove beach and Ross Island.

Chatham Sawmill

Here you can witness the rustic beauty of the glorious pre-independence day and is a prominent place to visit apart from the usual picturesque sightseeing spots and beach destinations.  This place was built during the colonial time in 1883 and still a popular wood processor in Asia. For anyone who wishes to visit a unique place rather than the typical tourist places, this would be a good option.  You can easily club this place with your Incredible Andaman tour packages from Ahmadabad for a delightful day at the capital city.

  • Attractions- Here you can see the Japanese bomb crater which dates back to world war second, you can also shop for unique woodworks as souvenirs to take back home.
  • Entry Timings- Between 9 am and 16:00 on weekdays and Between 9:00 and 14:30 on Saturdays
  • Entry fee- INR 10 per head

Best spots for a Beach Holiday

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

For a delightful sun basking and swimming experience, head out to Corbyn’s Cove beach, which is located at a distance of 7 kilometers on the South part of the town and can be reached easily in 30 minutes. This would be a perfect spot to include in tour Port Bliar sightseeing spots, where you can spend some relaxing time among the tranquil backdrop.

Chidiya Tapu

For all bird lovers out there, this would be the perfect spot to add in your itinerary Exotic Andaman tour packages from Delhi. The place is noted for its magnificent sunset view and also offers incredible views of the coastline. You can witness more than 40 varied species of birds in here.  You can also have a picnic out at the Munda Pahar Beach near this place. Spend some leisure time on the beach enjoying the view or collect some unique shells and attractive blue corals on the beach.  You can also go for a trek up to reach Munda Pahar, which would be a pleasant retreat.

  • How to reach – The place is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Port Blair and can be easily reached by the road in private vehicles.

Best Museums

Samudrika Marine Museum

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This is one among the famous museums in Port Blair and is the best spot for the archaeological and marine life enthusiasts.  This is a must see spot in Andaman that can be easily clubbed with your Andaman tour packages. The place is well maintained and also offer many informative pieces of information about the marine life, people here, the history of islands, archeology and so on. The place is well maintained by the Navy and exhibits a lot of crabs, fish species, sculptures and corals, the skeleton of a blue whale on entrance etc.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9:00 and 13:00 and between 14:00 and 17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Entry fee- INR 50 per head

Anthropological Museum

This would be the perfect spot for having a look back to the world of native tribes of this archipelago. The fascinating world of the Jarawas, Nicobarese, onges, shops, Sentinelese are displayed here. This would be an informative walk through the historical and cultural artifacts of Andaman islands.  The exhibits of the murals and sculptures here offer an insight into the lifestyle of the indigenous tribes of the islands.  For every art enthusiast, this is a must seen spot in Port Bliar.  Photography is not allowed inside the place.

  • Entry timing- Between 9:00 and 1:30 and between 13:30 and 16:30 (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Entry fee- INR 20 per head

Fisheries Museum

Here you can witness a fascinating exhibit oof the endemic marine life of the archipelago and in the Pacific region.  You can view more than 350 species of marine life in here, that are found only in this union territory. You can also indulge in many watersports at the Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex nearby this place.  You can’t click pictures inside the place.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9:00 and 16:45(Tuesday to Sunday). Not opened on second Saturdays

Zoological Survey of India Museum

This would be the absolute delight for nature lovers and stand out from the rest of the museums here. It offers a lot of zoological stuff and information for the nature enthusiasts and showcases many marine specimens, bird species, and mammals.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9:00 and 17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday )

Where to shop in Port Blair

Sagarika Emporium

This can be the best spot for a souvenir shopping experience in Andaman that is located at the heart of the city of Port Blair and should be definitely on your Best honeymoon packages for Andaman.  You can collect some of the best gifts for your friends and families from here. There are varied collections of beautiful art pieces, Bangles from coconut shells, Lampshades, murals, decorative stuff, available here reasonable rates.

Best Spots for sightseeing near Port Blair

Sippighat Agricultural farm

This fine farm that can be entitled as a mistress of spice varieties if located on the way to wandoor near Port Blair.  The place is spread over an area of more than 80 acres and is a cultivation spot for the spices. You can have delightful nature walks and witness beautiful demonstrations of farming that will fascinate you.

Mount Harriet

This is marked as the highest peak in the South Andaman and is located at a distance of 15 km from the city of Port Blair.  You can have amazing views of Ross and Havelock Islands from this peak and also there are an option to go for trekking till Madhuban through dense forests, that covers around 16 kilometers.  The backside of the Indian 20 rupee note contains a view from Mount Harriet.

Jolly Buoy and Red Skin Islands

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This would be the perfect options to include in the Andaman tour packages for all the adventure lovers out there.  The place can be easily reached from the Mahatma Gandhi National Park and boast of exquisite marine life. The Jolly Buoy Island is one among the best spot to indulge in Scuba diving in Andaman. You can also witness fascinating views of abundant corals in here by taking part in Snorkeling, glass bottom boat ride, scuba diving etc.  The best time to visit here is between December and May. The place is a no plastic area.

Wandoor and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Here you can have the fascinating experience of the glass bottom boat ride, that will let you view the exquisite marine life. The place is best known for its idyllic charm and serene ambiance. Wandoor is the gateway to the Mahatma Gandhi National park which is aimed at protecting the marine life of the archipelago.  You can enjoy some of the best water sports in Andaman in here including snorkeling, scuba diving etc.  The glass bottom rides are available from Jolly buoy up to red skin islands.There are Amazing Andaman tour packages from Hyderabad, Bangalore, and all other major parts of the country are available, which will let you have a complete hassle free travel by taking care of all your travel amenities. There are also shipping services available to reach here from Chennai, Kolkata etc.

For Island Hopping Near Port Blair

For island hopping near the capital city, the best picks would be a North Bay Island, Ross Island, and Viper Island, which are all located few miles within the capital city and can be easily clubbed together and cover in one day.  The orcs Island can be described as the absolute ghost town in the archipelago. This place boasts of the ancient glory and you can still the reminiscent artifacts like a graveyard, ruined church and many other buildings in European style. The place was then served as the headquarters for the British and now offer as a prominent tourist attraction in Andaman.

For all the water babies out there, the North Bay island would you perfect hideout place, You can explore many unique corals and relive in the panoramic natural settings here. The most practiced activities here include scuba diving and snorkeling.

Viper Island holds some historical importance, as during British era the women prisoners were kept here. This is yet another must see a spot near Port Blair.

Andaman holds a lot of other sightseeing spots, secluded getaways, thrilling activities for all kind of visitors.  People from all over the world come here to experience different things. Some search for adventure when some to get insight about the unique marine life and tribal communities. Whatever your interest are this paradise of an island would never cease to entice you with its treasures.

Discover the fascinating Backwater secrets with Delightful Kerala Backwater Packages

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Have you ever imagined the exquisiteness of experiencing the nature through a scene houseboat cruising? Then Kerala backwaters are the best option for you. For making that experience a completely hassle free one, Lifemadeasy, one of the top tour operators in Kerala like Lifemadeasy offer you Delightful Kerala backwater packages, that comes in varied budgets and duration.  The backwaters of Kerala is noted for its picturesque locations, scenic beauty, amusing climate, lovely scenery, world class resorts and so on. Here are some of the fascinating experiences to have with your Kerala backwater cruise.

Witness the art of coir making
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The backwater villages in Kerala produce a 60% of the total world supply of the coir market. If you are wondering, Coir is the fiber obtained from the dry coconut shell. In Kerala, this coir fiber is used to make many fascinating things. Many beautiful handicrafts are made out of these including coir mats, ropes, mattresses and many artistical items. So make a plan to stroll around the backwater villages during your trip to one of them and witness the art of the locals making coir ropes in a specific way using their hands with the help of weaving wheels. The coir holds many natural properties which make it strong and this texture and strength are brought into the life with the skillful hands of the craftsmen here. So do not miss out on the interesting stories that these coir villages have to tell.  It has become a part of the day to day life of the people here and is a main livelihood for the women here. You really have to observe the process to feel the bond of those involved in the process.

Other than coir, you can see many of the people here making abundant of handicraft items, that are made out screw pin, count leaves, and so on.  So if you want to feel the real cottage industry kind of experience, you would have to take a village tour and you will be welcomed by utmost hospitality everywhere. You can see how lovingly the people here take care of each other and live in complete harmony and oneness. To feel the real beauty of it, you got to see the life through their eyes.

Best spot- Coir museum in Alleppey

The unique bio-diversity of backwaters

The backwaters of Kerala are blessed with a rich yet unique biodiversity that will fascinate anyone who drops a visit. You can witness a rich assemblage of exquisite flora and fauna which are preserved by preventing the salty sea water from mixing up with the fresh backwaters. The livelihood of many communities revolves around this rich aquatic life of the fresh lake water. As you sail through those vast sandals you would often spot large herd odd ducks quaking and moving across the lake guided by the shepherded men on small local boats. Another exciting sight is the men dive deep into the water and come back with a vast collection. And the other men cast their nets in the traditional way in cane baskets to catch fish and water shrimps. There are plenty of frogs, crabs, mudskippers and much other aquatic life to make the whole scene more lively and the leafy water plants add a green hue to the whole scene.

Best spot- The backwaters of Vembanad and its surroundings wetlands are considered to be of international importance due to its unique biodiversity.

The paradise for the bird watchers

Another thing that makes the backwaters stand out is the plethora of bird species that migrate here in peak seasons. You have to plan ahead your  Excellent Kerala houseboat packages, itinerary so that you could visit here during the months between November and February to take up a trek along the Kumarakom bird sanctuary to spot some rare bird species. There are also more than 100 species of native birds that you will get to see here. The major ones are the egrets, Siberian storks, darters, teal and the heron. As you stroll along the endless paddy fields you would be fascinated to see a group of parrots flocks here and there and along dawn spreading a thick blanket along the sight.

Indulge in amazing cuisine

The typical Kerala cuisine- the real backwater bounty is a must try for a complete backwater experience in Kerala.  there is some unpretentious appeal to the food you would find here. A typical meal is usually served in green banana leaf and one has to eat with his or her fingers to do it in full Kerala style.   There are many popular spicy seafood items like shrimp fry or grilled, fish curry with tapioca, made in traditional earthen pots will have a unique flavor. These are few of the traditional favorites of the Keralites. For a light supper, Keralites prefer Kanji along with the layer of chutney and do not forget to try out the most popular Karimeen polichathu, a local variety fish item.

Where to experience – Like all other Kerala authentic cuisine, the Kerala backwater cuisine also revolves around the coconut, rice, seafood and so on.  You can try all these with the Exotic Kerala houseboat packages that you would be signing in for. And if you choose to spend some leisure time at some of the top class resorts here, then they would have restaurants that provide you with all kind of cuisines. You can experience these from various small authentic food joints in the villages also. Or choose to stay at homestays and request for the host to prepare some dishes which may not be found in standard menus of the restaurants. The houseboat cruise can be complimented with such food delights of the land.

Feel the heart of the backwaters by a village tour

Taking up a houseboat cruise won’t let you see the heart of the backwater lives. You have to go for an authentic village life for that. Navigate the canals in a countryside boat and come across those backwater villagers doing their day to day life activities like farming, fishing, toddy tapping and so on. These village people will also showcase many traditional ways of engaging in activities like bow and arrow fishing, organic farming, coir making and so on.  These village tours will be insightful and also let you try out these things by yourself. At some area, you would see and feel the alluring simplicity of this world which is untouched by the artificiality of the urban world.

Where to experience– Kumarakom is one of the popular spots to have a village life experience along with your backwater cruise. The village life experience at Kumarakom is renowned as an innovative community-based tourism model by UNWTO. These would be more like some guided experience that will let you have benefits of village tourism and the people and their lifestyle will give anyone some invaluable experience, which they can’t have anywhere else in the world. There would be trained guides to assist you throughout your tour and take you from one allocation to another where you would get opportunities to learn all these from the local people itself by interacting with them, and then you would get the true essence of the land and a fully immersive travel experience.

 

Trivandrum, the History Hub of Kerala

An excellent base to explore the interior of Kerala with its spacious layout and regulated life, the capital city Trivandrum is built on seven low coastal hills and has an interesting mixing of tree-lined avenues, ancestral homes, massive buildings and a long seacoast washed by the waves of the Arabian Sea. Trivandrum city treasures many erecting of historical importance and reservations. Considered as one of the loveliest cities in Kerala, the capital city is clean and green but more than a tourist place, the city depicts the historic whereabouts in the past. On skinning through Amazing Kerala tourism packages try to plan a visit to the capital city of Kerala.

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BOTANICAL AND ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS

One of the oldest zoos in India located in the heart of temple city is flourished with the museum and botanical gardens are oldest of their kind in the country. The visionary behind its construction is Swathi Tirunal Maharaja, the illustrious king and music composer who had ruled Travancore early and he had a good collection of animals like elephants, horses breed in his horse breeding centers. The park also had tigers, panthers, cheetahs, deer and a lioness.

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His brother, Marthanda Varma has taken control over the zoo later and with the support of on British general, they incorporated a museum here and the museum was thrown open to the public in September 1857 but as it could in itself attract people much, a zoo and park were established in 1859. The zoo is also bordered by botanical gardens unique for its vibrant landscapes and luxuriant growth of vegetation. Tourists from different places visit the zoo and museum as it provides a respite for them more than offering tourism and recreation. The lofty trees of royal look towered by bamboos and lush green landscapes account for its breathtaking beauty.

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More than being a tourist spot, currently the Zoo is serving the purpose of conservation and education implying captive breeding of rare and endangered animals and birds. The ambience of the zoo is just like providing a natural habitat for the animals so that they don’t feel captive. Visit this zoo for getting a feeling of being present at jungle where animals are around. Soon check out Exiting Kerala tour packages with price. The zoo houses varieties of primates like macaques, langurs and lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Langurs which are endemic to the Western Ghats and are endangered. The animals live in highly socialized groups and are intelligent. There are herbivores who occupy different niche to avoid competition amongst themselves like rhinoceros, hippopotamus, hog deer and prolific sambar. Good collection of endemic and exotic birds are present here along with water birds like storks, pelicans, egrets, herons and cranes housed in a natural habitat. There are added the advantage of an aviary and reptile house, an aquarium nearby on the beach presents a selection of fishes and other marine creatures.

CHITHIRA ART GALLERY

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An art gallery named Chithira Art Gallery situated within the museum compound ha collections of the works of Raja Ravi Varma, a pioneer in Indian art. Roerich landscapes work from the Tanjore School of arts, copies of Rajput and Mughal paintings and copies of paintings from Ajanta caves are the notable collections here. Museum also houses miniature painting from China, Japan, Bali and Tibet. The museum was opened to the public by the erstwhile king of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal in 1935 for the enjoyment and developing artistic traits of people. The royal house of Travancore and Kilimanoor Royal family has presented generously a large collection of paintings to the gallery. The king tried to collect rare pieces of arts and literature from different parts of the world to present bin this art gallery.

 ANJENGO FORT

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The fort which played a major role in Anglo-Mysore War is located at here in the outskirts of Trivandrum city. East India Company made this fort and is a good location for signaling ships. This place is 12 kilometre south of Varkala. Once it was the permanent place of British administration. From the lighthouse nearby, wonderful sight can be enjoyed.

EAST FORT

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In order to safeguard the erstwhile Trivandrum city, Travancore rulers have made this fort which has the famous Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple at its heart. It has got its name as the entrance was to the east side and there lays a famous palace called as a kuthira Mallika palace. Earlier the city was inside this fort and some of the parts got ruined. As an added attraction there is a Ganesha temple inside the fort.

NAPIER MUSEUM

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Set amidst lavishly wooded beautiful gardens, the Napier museum has a striking building with a unique architectural design is a wealth of bronze and stone sculpture also an exhibition of modern handicrafts from the state design centre. The Natural history exposition is a collection of stuffed animals and birds, skeletons and fossil remains. The Napier Museum was based on a very beautiful form of domestic art and started in the year 1857; the museum was the idea of J.A Brown, then director of the Trivandrum Observatory and general William Cullen, the then British resident. The catching attraction in this museum is that of the sword of great and first Martyrs of Indian freedom struggle, Velu Thampi Dhalava, the precious heirloom presented to kind of Kilimanoor palace on his military expedition to Mannadi and later handed over to the president of India. Currently, it is displayed here. Extravagant wood carvings, stone sculptures and coin collections are the key elements of interest in this museum. Exploring this museum with your family including children to inculcate good knowledge to them on ancient artifacts and history, family tour packages to Kerala allows on to visit these places effectively.

SREE CHITHIRA ENCLAVE

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Located in the museum compound in Trivandrum, Sree Chithira enclave is actually a personal museum which has started functioning in 1993 in the memory of Sree Chithira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma who was the last Maharaja of Travancore depicts the history of the royal family of Travancore and its contributions to the growth of Kerala. the chariots used by king and queen along with medals, stamps, coins, swords and other belongings of the royal family is exhibited here. The socio-cultural history, geography and evolution of Travancore state is clearly narrated here. The real stories of past are interestingly narrated through a series of narrative mural paintings.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM

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A must be visited place for children and students is located near Mascot hotel, offers an insight into the impressive growth achieved by India in scientific and technological fields. A planetarium is working inside the museum which is the first hybrid planetarium in India with tilted dome for presenting astronomical classes with a live show. This is the biggest projection screen in South India having provision for projecting night sky of any location on earth at any point of time using an optomechanical projector.

With these mentions, it is evident that more than a tourist spot of beaches and hills, Trivandrum is actually the history hub of Kerala preserved efficiently inculcating new technologies.