Archive for July, 2010
The Kuruva Island, 950 acres of evergreen forest on the tributaries of east following river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbance of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare spicies of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom. It is 17 kms. east of Mananthavady and 40 kms. north west of Sulthan Bathery.
January’s Thiruvathira is a celebration of folk dancing and singing by young Malayali women. In Trichur(Thrissur), the Pooram and Vela festivals(March-April) are among Kerala’s best known events. Thrissur Pooram is an eight-day spectacle wilth parades of decked up elephants, music, and fireworks. On the sixth day of the seven-day Arattupuzha Pooram, held at the Ayyappa temple 1.4 km(9 mi) from Trichur,61 elephants feature in the proceedings. In the north, Kannur and Kasargode are known for the extraordinary Theyyam(November-May), a religious dance of tribal origin in which participants in terrifying makeup and elaborate costumes are venerated by Worshipers. The weaklong harvest festival, Onam(late August-early September), is celebrated with floral displays and snake-boat racing. In the Trichur and Palakkad districts. Onam brings Pulikali (or Kaduvakali)-men brightly painted as green, yellow, orange, and red striped tigers- to the streets.
Kollam district is a veritable Kerala in miniature , reflecting all the colours of kerala kaleidoscope. The district has immense tourist potential as it is blessed by nature’s bounty. It has beautiful beaches and backwaters, meandering river, lovely lakes, majestic mountains, verdant valleys, lush forests, fertile plains with vest green fields producing tropical crops. It also has historic monuments and numerous temples built in the traditional architectural style.
The district has about 37.3 kms. Long coastline and has a good network of backwater and canals. It also fairly developer coir and bamboo industry. The handicrafts produce include screw-pine fancy goods, cone and rattan works, paddy straw pictures and wood carving.
Palakkad Fort, situated in the Palakkad town, is beautiful and best preserved forts in Kerala. The sober silence of the granite wall reminds the old tal of valour and courage. It was constructed in 1766 by Hyder Ali of Mysore and his son Tippu Sulthan. In 1790 the fort was taken over and re-modified by the British East India company. The fort is protected by the Archeological Survey of India. Martyr’s Column Open Air Auditorium called “Rappadi” and Tourism Information Centre of Distric Tourism Promotion council are there in the spacious Fort Maidan. The children’s park and Vatika‘ are just on the side of the Fort. The fort was situated in the middle of Palakkad Gap with an area of 15 acres.
Bekal- a sleepy coastal region in Kasaragod district is nature’s bounty with pristine beaches, unpolluted and crystal clear backwaters, Western Ghats, hills and forest. The array of forts, numerous pilgrim centres and other heritage sites enhance its cultural value. Vibrant folk art forms like Theyyam and colourful festivals of different community make life so live in this region. The confluence of Kerala and Kannada culture and its manifestations in life and custom make the region so diverse. This diversity of nature and culture is the basic tourism resource of the region. region.
The mighty Bekal Fort on the side of Arabian Sea is the core attraction of Bekal. The fort is built by Ikkery Shivappa Nayak during AD 1645 -1660. This is the largest and the best preserved fort in the state. Due to the archaeological significance, the monument is under the control of Archaeological Survey of India. The shallow Bekal Fort Beach at Pallikere, which is having a length of more than four kilometres, is one of the best beaches in south India.