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2012, ഡിസംബർ 17

Munnar - Kashmir of the South India

Munnar is a hill station on the Western Ghats, a range of mountains situated in the Idukki district of the Indian state of Kerala. Attractions This green hill station is surrounded by the country's highest tea gardens. Layers and layers of tea estates, mountain mist, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries make Munnar almost surrealistically beautiful. 


The lofty mountain ranges with misty peaks, sprawling tea estates and serene climate provides a quite and peaceful resort. This little sleepy village atop the western ghats is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Panoramic views of lowflying clouds and mistfilled valleys make it a pretty little heaven with a cool, bracing climate. Misty mountain peaks blend harmoniously in Munnar to create a blissful atmosphere that is hard to describe.



Munnar is also famous for the wild orchids locally called Neelakurinchi which blooms once in 12 years. During this time the entire valley turns violet. It is also home to Nilagiri tahr, a rare breed of mountain goat. Munnar was once the summer resort of the British government in South India; it still wears the old charm of the British plantation days.Munnar has a variety of attractions to feast your eyes like placid lakes, meandering streams, misty mountain peaks, sylvan valleys, rare orchids and wildlife. Plantation visits, treks, tea factory visits, cycling, boating, paragliding, day tours to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary etc. add to the excitement. Here you can also have a glimpse of gaur, langur, liontailed macaque, elephants and Nilgiri tahr that roam the stretch of grasslands or are seen climbing the pinnacles of the undulating hills.

2012, ഡിസംബർ 13

Kundala Dam, Munnar

Kundala Dam, situated on the way to the top hill stations of Munnar, is an artificial reservoir with natural green surroundings.  Situated about 20 km from Munnar, the beautiful town Kundala is famous for its arch shaped dam and the lake, evergreen tea plantations and misty mountains.

Kundala Lake

The reservoir adjoined to the Kundala Dam has boating facilities. Kundala Lake and Aruvikkad Waterfall are the nearby attractions of this tourist spot.


Kundala Dam Boating Area

The crystal-clear lake and the surrounding areas carpeted with tea plantations is the most lovely place for the photographers.  The unending expanse of tea gardens  is the best place to enjoy the fresh mountain air and take snaps.

2012, നവംബർ 26

Idukki

This beautiful High range district of Kerala is geographically known for its Mountainous Hills and Dense Forests. For the people of Kerala, Idukki is always associated with Power Generation.

About 66% of the State's Power needs come from the Hydroelectric Power Projects in Idukki. Idukki accounts for 12.9 percent of the area of Kerala and only 3.7 percent of the population of Kerala. Idukki district was formed on 26 January 1972.

 


The district consists of Devikulam, Udumbanchola and Peermedu taluks of the restwhile Kottayam district and Thodupuzha taluk. The district headquarters functioning at Painavu.




The district's name, 'Idukki' is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word 'Idukku' which means a narrow gorge. Periyar which is one of the largest rivers of Kerala, flowing through Idukki gorge formed between the two high massive rocks called "Kuravan" and "Kurathi", is the site of the gigantic Idukki arch dam.



Eventhough there is no clear evidence whether men of the paleolithic age lived here, there is evidence of stone-age civilisation. Stone-age dolmens were discovered in the valleys of Anchanad in Devikulam taluk. Archaeological excavation conducted during 1947-48 at Kallar Pattom colony in Udumbanchola taluk and at Vandiperiyar in Peermedu taluk brought to light the remains of Old Stone-age Menhir and Tombs.

2012, നവംബർ 20

Vayanakkavu Kudayathoor

View of Kudayathoor River.
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 Panoramic view of Kudaythoor lake.
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Kudaythoor bridge. 
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Vayanakkavu Devi temple is a Siva Parvathi and devi temple, situated at Kudayathoor, a village near Moolamattom, Idukki district in Kerala.

2012, നവംബർ 17

Vagamon Meadows


Vagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Idukki district of Kerala, India. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10 and 23 °C during summer midday. It is situated 1,100 meters above sea level. Vagamon also known as the 'Scotland of Asia’ was discovered by the Britishers who found the place ideal for tea plantations and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. 


Still untouched by commercialisation, the sleepy town with its scenic valleys, beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the overall greenery is really striking. The landscape is mostly hilly bald with green meadows. Vagamon is also home to a large variety of flowers and orchids.


Vagamon is at the fringe of the Western Ghats and the foot hills on its lower side reach up to Teekoy with a gradual descent. This narrow strip of descending land gives a vital connectivity to the plains as both sides of Vagamon up to Kuttikkanam on the south west and Moolamattom on the north east, are marked by steep and inaccessible hill slopes.


Vagamon is located 39 km from Thodupuzha, 33 km away from Palai, 45 km from Kumily, 22 km from Kuttikanam and about 65 km from Kottayam.

2012, നവംബർ 15

Koovappally Waterfalls


Koovappally Waterfalls

Koovappally is a village in Thodupuzha Taluk, Idukki district in Kerala, India. It is located 22 km from Thodupuzha town, 80 km from Kochi city.
The Koovappally Falls are situated near Kanjar - Pullikkanam road, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. This fall will be active only in monsoon season and will be dry during the summer season. The ideal time to visit this is from June – September.

2012, നവംബർ 14

Elappally Waterfalls





Elappally Waterfalls


Elappally is a village in Thodupuzha Taluk, Idukki district in Kerala, India. It is located 26 km from Thodupuzha town, 86 km from Kochi city.
The Elappally Falls are situated near Moolamattom Wagamon road, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. This fall will be active only in monsoon season and will be dry during the summer season. The ideal time to visit this is from June – September.