Darjeeling Hill Station

Darjeeling Hill Station

Darjeeling Hill station

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Darjeeling Hill Station is in the state of West Bengal in India.

Darjeeling Hill Station is  at 2000 m above sea level making it one of the most ideal hill stations for all seasons.

“Darjeeling Himalayan Railway “, which connects Darjeeling to  the downtown, is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nilgiri Mountain Railway, in Tamilnadu also is a  UNESCO World Heritage site.

Darjeeling is the tea capital of India and is famous for the “Darjeeling Tea”, a specialty tea produced in Darjeeling, which is a patented product based on the geographical location it is produced.

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Aranmula Metal Mirrors or Aranmula Kannadi

Aranmula Metal Mirrors or Aranmula kannadi

English: This is a metal mirror created from s...

English: This is a metal mirror created from special metal alloys. This is manufactured in Aranmula near Chegannur in Kerala, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aranmula Metal Mirrors or Aranmula kannadi as is known locally, is made of special alloys, the secret of which is known to a very few people in Aranmula. They are made by polishing the alloys by hand for several days. Aranmula kannadi is considered auspicious by Kerala brides.

Aranmula Metal Mirrors or Aranmula kannadi is made in the small village of Aranmula, in Kerala state, India. Aranmula Metal Mirrors are a geographically patented product and can not be made outside Aranmula.

Aranmula, in Pathanamthitta district is around 120 kilometers from Thiruvnanthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Chenganoor is the nearest railway station at 9 kilometers away. CNGR is the code to be used to book train ticket to Chenganoor at railway ticket booking website, http://irctc.co.in.

Cochin International airport is the nearest airport at 110 kilometers away.  Mavelikara – Kozhencheery state highway and Pandalam – Kozhencherry road passes through Aranmula.

There are no hotels to stay at Aranmula.  Pathanamthitta home stay or  Aranmula homestay from Joy Mathew at Aranmula junction is a good facility available very near to Aranmula Metal Mirror work site.

This article is published by George Thiruvilakalayil George, Aranmula.

Thrissur Pooram, The most spectacular festival event

Thrissur Pooram, The most spectacular festival event on the Planet as Adjudged by UNESCO

മലയാളം: Paramekkavu temple on pooram day.

മലയാളം: Paramekkavu temple on pooram day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thrissur alias Trichur(old name), a corporation in Kerala, one and a half hour drive from Cochin, has UNESCO adjudged Thrissur Pooram the most spectacular festival event on the planet to its credit celebrated for 36 hours during Mid April to Mid May. Thrissur Pooram is conducted at the “Thekkinkadu Maidanam”, hosted by Vadakkumnathan temple.

Little Poorams ( Pooram means festival in local Malayalam language ) arranged by near by 8 temples, marks the start of the Pooram. Pooram is for 36 hours with “Panchavadyam” (instrumental music using five percussion and wind instruments), “Kudamattam (exchange of umbrellas on top of elephants), fireworks, exhibition,etc. marks the different activities.

Kerala is a south-western state of India, with Thiruvananthapuram as its capital. Cochin Airport is the nearest airport. Thrissur is the nearest railway station.

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Peacock At Bandipur National park

Peacock At Bandipur National park (Photo credit: Swami Stream)

elephant at bandipur National park

elephant at bandipur National park (Photo credit: Swami Stream)

Bandipur National Park in Karnataka is a tiger reserve.

This park is around 875 square kilometers and is home to many endangered species. Elephant safari is most sought after here. It gives the visitor a rare view of the wild animals and birds. Forget your work, business etc and relax as you see the beast of jungle in real life.

This area is en route to the Queen of Indian Hill stations, Ooty, from Mysore.

Visit Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the western part of India.

Visit Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the western part of India
The Western Ghat hills at Matheran in Maharash...

The Western Ghat hills at Matheran in Maharashtra, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Western Ghats runs along the Deccan Plateau. These Ghats starts at the border of Gujrat and Maharastra and runs through the states of Goa, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala, other than those two states in which it is originated. ie Gujarat and Maharastra.

Westerns ghats are the heaven of bio-diversity. At least 375 globally threatened species are found, (not found, to be precise), in this region.

Sahyadhris, Nilgiris, Anamalai hills etc are some of the main hill ranges which form part of Western ghats. There are many hill stations along the Western Ghats.

Travel and See Gods Own Country

Travel and See Gods Own Country

English: Kerala, A must seen place from India

English: Kerala, A must seen place from India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kerala, the the south Indian State,  Gods Own Country is a major tourism hub. Thsre are a lot of Beaches, lakes, backwaters, rivers, hill stations, water falls, forts etc which makes it a tourist’s paradise.

Kovalam beach near Thiruvananthapuram is a beautiful beach.  Allapuzha alaias Allepy is a backwater tourism area.

Munnar is one of the major hill stations in India, which is not commercially exploited much.

Athirapally and Vazhachal are two major waterfalls which are beauty of the nature.