Sunday, February 23, 2014

My trip to Thriprayar

It was a blissful experience, meeting the Lord at Triprayar, during Triprayar Ekadasi. He was seated on elephant back. There were 22 elephants and it was a great festival!

This Ekadasi is the 11th Lunation in the Dark Half of the lunar month of Karthika.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Uthrali Kavu temple in Trichur


This is the famous Uthrali Kavu temple in Trichur. 

This Mother Goddess Temple is situated in the halcyon pastures of Wadakkancherry Dist, famous for its annual Pooram Festival. This Festival is famous and is replete with thrills and excitement with the procession of a number of elephants, accompanied by Pancha Vadyam and Pandi Melam, repercussion symphony which can even outclass the r s   of the famous Trichur Pooram. 

This is the Olakkayam Waterfalls, still unexplored by Eco Tourism, in the District of Trichur. Within one hour of walk, you can reach the main waterfall. 

If you come from Kochi, you have to take the Mannuthy - Marathakkara Bypass. Take a right turn from Kuttanellur Junction. 

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Kerala Tourism nets 21125 crores in 12 !

Kerala Tourism Takes Off

It was Walter Mendis, the Corporate Creative Director of Mudra, who gave Kerala the name ” God’s own Country”. He meant Kerala is as beautiful as the Lord made it, bearing on every feature the unmistakable stamp of the great Original Creative Artist !

Kerala is amongst the top 40 destinations in the world. National Geographic is of the view that she is amongst the top ten !

More than 21  K cr has come in and more than 8 lk foreign  tourists visited this beautiful state out of a total of 10.8 million tourists.  This 21,125  cr is  8%   of Kerala’s total income.

Kerala is a state fashioned by the Monsoons. The South West Monsoon, the North East Monsoon and the Summer Monsoon always protect Kerala and she is one of the few states which report rains every month and receives more than 3000 mm rainfall per year. With the result, the climate in green Kerala is pleasant !

Kerala has a lot to offer. Houseboat Tourism, particularly in the Venice of the East, Alleppey, Beach Tourism, because of the 586 km coastline, River Tourism, Mountain Tourism &  Monsoon Tourism, because of the heavy rainfalls that grace Kerala !

Kerala is just 1.1% of India ! Yet, she hosts 22% of 47 K plants, 35% of varieties of fish and 210 types of oceanic creatures. She has 700 kms of the Western Ghats & 586 kms of coastline. She receives 2000 mm rains. You will find different types of people belonging to different civilisations as she is multi-cultural and multi-religious. That is how Kerala becomes the Lord’s own country !

The foreigners say that ” well kept beaches, good people, tasty and mouth watering cuisine, spirituality and Ayurveda ” are the hallmarks of Kerala !

Beaches are a fascination for tourists and the four out of the five Districts which receive the influx of tourist have beaches ( Trichur, Trivandurm, Ernakulam, Alleppey and Idukki ).

Some fishing villages have been defined as Fishermen’s Village. Farm Tourism is also on the rise.

Sea plane to link the three  airports of Kerala along with Mangalore

The plan of the Sea Plane project is to provide service initially in the priority circuit, consisting of the three major airports of Kerala and the prime destinations, Ashtamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakom, Bolgatty and Bekal in the state.

Kerala is the flag bearer of Ayurveda, as a rich ecosystem is housed in the Western Ghats. The W G has been defined as one of the eight biodiversity hot spots, because of the immense medicinal plant reserve. Ayurvedic institutions have been given Green Leaf and Olive Leaf and a tourist, looking for therapeutic treatment can get world class alternative medicinal facilities.

Great traffic was seen at Arthirappilly Waterfalls yesterday, as schools closed for vacation.
Cherai Beach in Vypin Islands also received heavy rush of tourists.

Real estate prices at these places have catapulted, reaching unprecedented heights. Kochi had seen a realty boom and this realty boom was experienced in Trichur Dist, in areas proximate to Kochi, like Azheekode and Kodungalloor. Due to the global meltdown, however, transactions have come down. But then this is a temporary lull and after some years, realty will boom.

I celebrated the Hindu New Year with a trip to Vallarpadam.I was accompanied by my friend, Ajith, who is the Devaswom Auditor.  From High Court Junction, we took a bus to Vallarpadam. First it traversed Bolgatty Island and then we reached Vallarpadam. We went to the Vallarpadam Church, which was neatly maintained. Work is still in progress at the ICTT and then we took a bus to Vypeen Island, where a 60,000 crore investment is in the offing. We took a bus to Munambam harbour and the bus traversed Cherai, Nayarambalam, Jnarakkal etc.These islands are connected by the Goshree Bridges and GIDA ( Goshree Islands Development Authority ) is in charge of all projects.
Along with the 80,000 cr investment in Kochi, another 100,000 cr INR is in the offing.

We had a plan to go to Vypeen Jetty and then take a boat to Ernakulam mainland, but then we abandoned it as we reached Munambam. From Munambam Boat Jetty, we took a boat to Azheekode, which is just 5 kms from Kodungalloor. From Kodungalloor, I came back to Trichur.

Kerala Tourism can revive you to recharge your body and soul, capturing you with her tantalising beauty. Kerala Tourism figures primarily in Indian tour attractions and Kerala Tourism is blessed with attractions like Kerala backwater tour packages, Kerala Wildlife Tourism, Kerala Hill Station Tourism, Kerala Beach Tourism etc. Your experiences will be out of this world, as God's own country captivates you with her exquisite beauty.
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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Nila under Mrigasira Njattuvela !

Today I got up at 5 AM and went to Thirunavaya to do tharpanam for my mother. I had cold, a bad tooth ache and was afraid I may get the rains. It was Makiryam Njattuvela in full swing, too. It was raining slightly when I left Trichur. I did tharpanam at 09 and there were no rains fortunately. But after 80% tharpanam was over, rains began to appear,.At 95%, I got the full blast ! Then I ran for cover. It seems it has not rained well in Malappuram. Bharathapuzha had only a small amount of water. Then it rained cats and dogs today. When I reached Guruvayur, the sky was dark and it was raining heavily.

The Sun dematerialised himself.  It was a dark day and it rained throughout. No wonder the ancients said " Makeeryam mathi marannu paiyyum ". We hope the succeeding Njattuvelas will bring home the bacon, Aridra, Punarvasu and Pushya. Punartham puzha pole and Pooyam puka pole !

Yesteday was the end of the lunar month of Vaishakha and the Vaishakha New Moon day. Hence there was big rush in Thirunavaya !
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Thursday, June 07, 2012

My trip to Thirunavaya

I reached Thirunavaya at about 0830. The rains were there till 0730 and I could do the Sraddham without rains. When I left Thirunavaya it was not raining. The Nila has only some water, but the priest told me that after Makiryam Njattuvela is over, after 14 days, the water level will rise 12 steps high ! 

Below is a photo of the Ponnani Estuary, where the Ganges of Kerala, the Bharatha Puzha, flows into the Arabian Sea !

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Bali Tourism !

One of the temples in Bali.

92% Bali is Hindu and Bali is home to more than thousand temples.  People here practise Balinese Hinduism. With a population of more than 3 million, Bali is home to Indonesia's Hindu minority. She is the largest tourist destination of Indonesia. She is renowned for her well developed arts, including dance traditional and modern, painting, leather, sculpture, music and metal working. 

80% of Bali's economy depend on Tourism. Tourism is now the single largest industry and Bali is one of Indonesia's rich regions. An offshoot of tourism is the burgeoning real estate industry. Five stars hotels are under development in the Bukit peninsula. Foreign and domestic investment in other areas also continues to grow. 

Bali gets 2.5 million FTA or tourist arrivals. India gets only 6 million ! We have to step up Marketing. Indian Govt had ignored Tourism Marketing earlier, saying that it is a pastime of the rich ! We have to change !

Indonesia as a whole gets 6 m tourists, but then India is bigger than Indonesia !

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Friday, May 18, 2012

One of the most beautiful sights in the world !

The constellation of Delta Leonis is known as Pubba or Pooram, one of the 27 constellations which tenant the Ecliptic. There are more than one million temples in Kerala. Several temple festivals occur on the Lunar Asterism of their inception.

The famous Trichur Pooram occurs on the Pubba day of  Mesha or Delta Leonis in the sidereal month of Aries. More than 500,000 people witness this Festival of all Festivals. It is of 36 hours durations and it is one of the most beautiful sights in the world, according to UNESCO.
More than 50 caparisoned elephants pass through the center of Trichur Town , the Lord Shiva Temple.

Earlier the Pooram was at Arattupuzha and it so happened that the Chief of Peruvanam Gramam denied entry to the temples of Trichur. This enraged the Naduvazhis of Trichur and the then ruler, Shaktan Tampuran, integrated all the ten temples  around the central Lord Shiva Temple, Vadakkunnathan ( situated at a hillock )   and created this Grand Pooram. Tampuran created two Groups, the Eastern and the Western. The Eastern group was called as Paramekkavu, consisting in addition to Paramekkavu temple, Karamukku, Chembukavu, Choorakottukavu and Panamukkamppilly. The Western group was Thiruvambady consisting of Kanimangalam, Laloor, Ayyanthole, Nethilakkavu and the Thiruvambady temple.

This Pooram is centered around the Lord Shiva temple at the Center, as all the ten deities  pay obeisance to the Shiva, the central  presiding deity.  Shaktan Tampuran chalked out the program and the main events of this Glorious Festival.

In Kudamattom, that is changing of colored umbrellas this year, techonology was used. LED umbrellas were used and it was a glorious sight at seven pm. 15 caparisoned elephants of the Eastern Group faced the 15 elephants of the Western Group.

36 Photos and 3 Videos about Trichur Pooram at

The Ten Participating Temples

Along with the main Paramekkavu Temple
Thiruvambady Temple in Trichur
Kanimangalam Sastha Temple at Kanimangalam, Pookkattikkara
Karamukku Baghavathy Temple at Karamukku near Chiyyaram,
Choorakkottukavu Bagavathy Temple at Choorakkattukara,
Laloor Baghavathy Temple at Laloor,
Sree Karthyayani Temple at Ayyanthole,
Nethilakkavu Bagavathy Temple at Neithilakkavu near Kuttoor,
Chembukkavu Bagavathy Temple at Chembukkavu and
Panamukkumpally Sastha Temple at Panamukkampilly near East Fort Thrissur
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The Great Trichur Pooram !

In Kerala festival dates are determined by the Malayalam Astro Calender. Delta Leonis or Pooram day of Mesha or Aries is the day of Thrissur Pooram, one of the greatest festivals in India. 10 temples participate and it is a glorious sight in Trichur.

A heady mixture of pomp and pageantry, Trichur Pooram is arguably the most popular festival in India. More than 50 elephants and lakhs of people gather around the central Thekkinkattu Maidan. A spectacular pageant of 30 caparisoned elephants and Kudamattom, a swift changing of the colored parasols mark the event. Great fireworks light up the sky to  provide a grand finale to 36 hours of classic entertainment.

Here we are giving some photos and videos of the event and it is for you to judge about this grand event ! 
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