Friday, 7 December 2007

Kanyakumari - SUCHINDRAM temple (VIDEO) only this tourist place...


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The 6metre musical pillars carved out of single stone ( 7 musical pillars in the Alangara Mandapam), which emit the sounds of various musical instruments when struck.

There are 1035 pillars with carvings in the dancing hall. The 3metre high single granite block Hanuman statue and seven-storey pyramidal gopuram are the main attraction. Car festival is in April and December.

The temple is 13 km from Nagercoil on the Kanyakumari road.

This holy place is located on the bank of the river Pazhayar, adjoining fertile fields and coconut groves and the temple is dedicated to Sri Sthanumalayan. The word denotes Siva, Vishnu and Brahmma as. Sthanu represents Siva, Mal represents Vishnu while Ayan represents Brahmma i.e. Siva, Vishnu and Brahamma in “One Form”.The Thanumalayan Temple  here is a repository of art treasures. This unique temple is dedicated to the Trimurthys Vishnu, Siva and Brahmma. Two chief attractions are the gigantic Hanuman and Vinayaki (Female Vinayaka) relief carving.  It is a complex of many beautiful structures constructed at various times and is one of the best specimens and a store house of the Dravidian style of art and architecture. 

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Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Kanyakumari - Chothavilai Beach...-A Journey Experience...

                                                Destination based travel is not my intention but many  time our travel happens around a point of destination, perhaps it’s the way the world chose to lead so and for me, a long distance travel couldn't be solely intended. During my year old visit to Kanyakumari, the southern tip on Indian peninsula, I explored a place isolated from rest of the world view or only few more experienced; a pristine beach with foot imprints clearly visible across the wet and dry sand shore.

Green palms
Passing the Manakudy – a fishing hamlet on the west coast of Kanyakumari, a narrow road leads alongside the sea and elevated from sea level, the roar of waves were clearly resonate and sounds terrific each time it raise and fall. I hear from a passerby, that waves in Kanyakumari are usually rage and after tsunami its tendency has been disposition. Even the usual sight has been terrific; I couldn't image a giant wave like tsunami cut through the hamlet, with array of houses facing the sea and I also wonder what a life it could be to wake up and sleep expose to stunning sea. That sometime sing lullaby and identically cause shivering while sang through murderous rage – Kolaveri.

The Chothavilai Beach is about 12km from the sacred town – Kanyakumari, and it connects only through an iron bridge near the mouth of river Pazhayar, across Manakudy. The road after the hamlet takes us to the early stage of ECR (east coast road) near Chennai, passing the casuarinas and green palm trees; the beach resembles one of the private beaches off ECR. The beach seem to taken into promotion in latter years and there were few shelters and concrete umbrellas beautifying the beach front and esp. the Japanese style of roofs shelters were impressive. But lack of maintenance left few of the statues to damage.

Chothavilai Beach
There were only half a dozen people left ashore including a couple and their kid, the sea looked quiet vast except solo waves crush the shore every few seasons. The beach holds a pretty arch, carved with number of sea species and shells, and a watch tower to check sunrise and set. Since evening, we had a glimpse of sunset and first time on the Arabian side, the sight of sunset on sea was fantastic. Even after sunset, there was much light across the sky and as we move toward the town, the sky showcases different kinds of hues and shades, fascinated while it changes its scene from one another.
Japanese style of shelters tiled hut bench

A place was soooo beautiful and make your noise mind as calm very soon when you reach here... After i reach and see the beauty of this place am really forget all my fatigue my resonance of mind and all my hectic work schedules and more....

After few hours of valuable time i decided to move back to my daily routine life...but my body and soul dont ready to do so...but after a emotional heavy heart i left the place .....with nice memories and thoughts...and a resolution that very soon again i back to this place...

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Sunday, 7 October 2007

Kanyakumari - Padmanabhapuram palace (VIDEO) of only this tourist place...

                                               KANYAKUMARI - a place 4 LIVE...


This majestic old palace is situated at Thuckalay, on the way to Kanyakumari, 63kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Though the palace is situated in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu State, it is administered by the Government of Kerala archaeology department. After the state "reorganization in 1956 the Palace and its premises were retained under the administrative control of the Government of Kerala. The income and expenditure of Padmanabhapuram Palace are shared equally by the Government of Kerala and the Govt.of Tamil Nadu. It was known as Kalkulam Palace and situated about the centre of a fort (186 acres) constructed in 1600 A.D. 776 M.E. The palace was constructed around 1601 CE by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal, who ruled Travancore between 1592 CE and 1609 CE. It is famous for its 17th and 18th century murals, carved mahogany ceiling, colored mica windows, secret underground passages, inner courtyards, durbal hall, museum, four poster medicinal bed, Belgian mirror, pictures of Lord Krishna, granite dance halls and special black shiny floors which are made from a unique combination of egg white, jaggery, lime, burnt coconut, charcoal and river sand. The important edifices in the Palace complex are Poomugham (entrance hall), Manthrasala (council hall) Manimeda (clock tower), and Natakasala (the hall to perform Kathakali), Uttupura (dining hall) Thaikottaram (Mother Palace), Uppirika Malika (storeyed building) Kannadithalam.,Navarathri mandapam, Indravilasom, Chandra vilasom etc.

The Palace has a compound of about 6.05 acres of land. Anizham Thirunnal Martanda Varma, the maker of modern Travancore, constructed the navarathrimandapa in stone, in place of wooden structure and the ˜Uppirika Malika ˜ a four-storied building named as ˜Perumal Kottaram' in 1744 A.D, 919 ME. He renamed the Kalkulam Fort as Padmanabhapuram in the same year, and the Palace also came to be known as Padmanabhapuram Palace.

The Padmanabhapuram palace was the ancient capital of the Travancore kings. The palace is known for its planning and military architecture and remained the center of power till 1790; later the capital was shifted to Thiruvananthapuram. Photography is charged here. You would need to do a guided tour of the palace complex as it is massive with a maze of 108 rooms, each having its distinct style, mood and artistic expression. Visitors to the palace are not allowed to enter wearing shoes or slippers in order to maintain the polish of the floor. The best time to visit the palace is during the months from November till the end of May. The place is less crowded during the monsoon months of June and July. The palace is open to tourists from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days except Mondays and national holidays.

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Friday, 7 September 2007

Kanyakumari - Mathur Hanging Bridge (VIDEO) of only this tourist place...

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The Mathoor bridge is the tallest as well as the longest trough bridge in Asia, having a height of 115 feet.  Constructed in 1969, this bridge has became a place of tourist importance.  The bridge has been constructed at Mathoor across the river Parazhiyar and the trough canal on the bridge carries water for irrigation from one side of a hill to the other side of a hill.  The trough has a length of 384 metre and a height of 7 feet with a width of 7 feet 6 inches.  The canal is being shouldered by 29 huge pillars.  The district administration has created tourism infrastructure facilities over here.  It is 60 kms from Kanyakumari.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Kanyakumari - Muttom Beach (VIDEO) of only this tourist place...

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It 16 kms from Nagercoil and 32 kms from Kanyakumari.  Muttom is a delightful place on the coast of Kalkulam taluk, attracting people desirous of having a seaside holyday.  The seashore looks majestic because of huge beautiful rocks jetting out into the sea.  The waves touch the rocks and create a mystic atmosphere.  Muttom beach is a famous shooting spot of both Tamil and Malayalam movies.

                          This seashore is having a rich heritage value for its ancient light house, which was originally established by the British in 1875 and subsequently improved in 1909.  The sunset view point here is one of the most panoramic view points in the district. Frequent bus services are available from Nagercoil.

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Saturday, 7 July 2007

Kanyakumari - Kalikesam Forest - A journey experience...


Two weeks before Navarathri, one of my friends called me and asked me to plan a trip to somewhere else. 
He was interested in going to some places in kerala. but I was not so keen on the place as it was ordinary
 and usual .I had heard about Kalikesam long time back but was not able to go to the place till date. So I 
suggested the place to my friend Which was in tamilnadu state and in kanyakumari District near to kerala. 
He was a bit hesitant at first, especialy as I said to him that I have no idea of how the place will be, but I 
promised to look up the place in the net. Google search yielded a good many results & the place looked 
promising in the photos. So I took note of the route and called my friend with the details. After hearing the 
details, he agreed to the place & so we fixed our destination as Kalikesam.

The Route: Trivandrum – Nagercoil/kanyakumari (NH47) From marthandam / Azhagiyamandapam  ask 
direction to people . Otherwise go to Vadassery - Azhagiyapandiyapuram - Thadikarankonam 
- Keeripaarai - Kalikesam.

After reaching Keeripaarai there is a small bridge. The road forks onto two here - the left after the bridge 
goes to Kalikesam and the right after the bridge goes to Vattapaarai falls and Balamore Estate.

Facilities: It is better if you have your own vehicle. Otherwise you will have to rely on erratic 
State Govt. bus services from Nagercoil. Take food along with you if you want to spend some time here as 
there are no hotels nearby because of forest is come under wildlife saving category.

We had decided to start at 6 AM, but some unexpected delays saw us start only at 7 AM, we proceeded to 
Vadassery from where we turned left towards Kalikesam. This route is pretty scenic with thick vegetation and 
rubber plantations along the way. Some photos along the way.

Kalikesam is an ever fascinating place for picnic lovers. It helps the people to spend their holidays for refreshment and 

Kalikesam is unique in that it is a conjuction of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem-the shola forest where the trees are evergreen, 
the main forest and the marshy swamps. Inside the deep and thick area, we can see the abundance of God’s blessings which are 
breath taking. The peace and calmness of the forest makes the viewers astonished. As we drive in to the interior of Kalikesam fall, 
the air is thick. The whole breeze acts as a balm while the bubbling sound of natural springs is a music to the ears. The place gets 
plenty of rainfall and enjoys pleasant weather round the year.

The fall is surrounded by forest on all sides and forms part of an active animal corridor. The long stream is pollution-free and adds 
to the natural charm of the place. Unlike the Tripparappu fall, which has become a typical tourist spot,here people are allowed to
 take ‘natural bath’. The place is depicted by spectacular flora and fauna. Apart from assorted flora and fauna, the region has 
grown in to a bird watcher’s heaven. The surrounding rocks, the pebbles inside the stream and the sunlight penetrating through the
 cleaves of dark green trees give everyone the feeling that” we have reached the eternity. ”
It is believed that the water from the fall has some medicinal effects. The tourists who visit here have a variety of choices from the 
virtue of natural untouched places. Kalikesam has a serpantine beauty which never lost the people’s attention.
There is a small temple, next to the fall. They used to worship the idol of ‘Goddess Kali.’ The very name Kalikesam expresses this. 
People need not take arduous journey to reach Kalikesam since the road is motorable.
On the way to Kalikesam, there is another eye-catching sight. It is Vattaparai fall. This place also makes the visitors amazed. People
 can reach this place without any difficulty.It is 35 kilometer away from Kanyakumari. The water from Kalikesam continuously flows 
through Vattaparai and makes the viewers happy.
With strict”no littering and noise” instructions, a trip to Kalikesam is like paying homage to nature nature. One can never see this
 place as empty. As the years have passed, Kalikesam became more and more famous. Most of the visitors are youngsters. They used 
to gather here to drink alcohol. It becomes a conspicuous hindrance to other visitors. For preventing such problems, the government 
has formed a check post at Bhoothapandi, the entrance to the forest. Nobody can trespass in the forest, after the protection has been 
made. Only after checking, people can go inside.
No visitor has returned in the tourism history of Kalikesam, without remarking about this kind blessing of God almighty. The visitors 
comment Kalikesam is a” gift of God”.

A railway crossing we have found in between the road...on the way its a beautiful places which
we cannot explain by must be feel by individual if we are at that place...superbbb...

On the way we saw a clearing with a Banyan tree with lots of small cradles tied to the branches and a small idol beneath it. 
Stopped there and took some pictures of the place and ourselves.After the photo session we resumed our journey and reached 

We thought we would be the only ones around as this is a slightly off - beat destination, but to our surprise there were already some 
people and more people were coming to the temple. Preparations were going on for the puja in the temple. The temple itself is a small one, 
but the scenery and the river flowing in front of the temple adds to the charm of the place.

We started looking for a place where we could relax in the water. After walking some distance along the river side we found a good place 
and all of us except took to the water. The river side and the river is full of rocks, so please be careful especially while crossing the river as
 it is easy to loose footing. The water was very cold and clear. But as it had rained the previous days, the locals had cautioned us to be 

careful while bathing in the river. Also the current was pretty strong in places, so we restrained ourselves and kept close to the banks. 

Crystal clear water. Very very cold also....At last we finished our walk and return to our vehicle staying
Place...But now there is few more vehicles...This time many family and some other peoples are at there.

We start our return journey without interest..but outside tat forest our another world is waiting for us..
But we are damn sure this journey will surely keep this remembrance still we are on earth,,,...

Same Railway crossing and a whole day with huge of mesmerizing memories are with us...
The best time to visit the place is when there is no rain..if rain happened then its hard to go inside forest
and come may face many troubles even from wild animals too..

this is a valuable one day destination...

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