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  • SWISS ADVENTURE
  • ROMANTIC EUROPE
  • ALPINE MAGIC
  • AMERICAN GRANDEUR
  • SWITZERLAND
  • BINTAN + SINGAPORE
  • DIFFERENT PACKAGES
  • EUROPEAN EXTRAVAGANZA
  • AUSTRALIA – SYDNEY
  • LONDON + PARIS
  • MAURITIUS
  • THAILAND BANGKOK + PATTAYA
  • FIVE STAR HONEYMOON PACKAGE – LANGKAWI

 Switzerland

4 Nights / 5 Days

02 night’s accommodation in Interlaken.
• 02 night’s accommodation in Lucerne.
• Daily breakfast except day 01.
• 04 Days Swiss consecutive saver passes in the second class.
• Excursion to the jungfraujoch from Interlaken (valid with a Swiss Pass).
• Excursion to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne (valid with a Swiss Pass).

THAILAND BANGKOK + PATTAYA
4 nights / 5 days

• 02 night’s accommodation in Bangkok.
• 02 night’s accommodation in Pattaya.
• Daily breakfast except day 01.
• Return airport transfers on SIC.
• Half day city and temple tour in Bangkok on SIC.
• Half day coral Island tour with lunch in Pattaya.

Price from Rs.9000/- per person in a twin share.

BINTAN + SINGAPORE
5 nights / 6 days

• 03 night’s accommodation in Bintan.
• 02 night’s accommodation in Singapore.
• Daily breakfast except day 01.
• Return airport transfers on SIC.
• Jurong Bird Park on SIC.
• Return ferry transfers from Bintan to Singapore.
• Half day city tour in Singapore on SIC.

FIVE STAR HONEYMOON PACKAGE – LANGKAWI

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The Rebak Island Resort, Langkawi.

Discover your own private island.

Rebak Island Resort – A Taj Hotel, is the only resort on a privately owned 390 acre Rebak Island that commands a magnificent view of the Senari straits bordering the Andaman Sea with a pristine and secluded beach. The Rebak Island, named after the native Rebak tree, is one of the 99 isles that make up the legendary Langkawi. The island is blessed with a tropical climate, stunning rock formations, a lush forest that goes back a million years, picturesque waterfalls and fascinating caves. Rebak Island is ensconced by crystal clear waters teeming with marine life. The soothing whisper of waves, the fragrance of flowers and herbs and the comfort of luxury on a private island set to offer a truly special & romantic Honeymoon hideaway.

Private Island Romance Offer
Valid until 20 December 2011

 (3 nights / 4 days)

Accommodation in our Deluxe Sea View Room

Airport & boat transfers as per scheduled times
•  15% discount on food & beverages
•  Cake on the 1st night
•  Special gift for couple on check-out.

Honeymoon evening turndown service on the 2nd night
with fresh orchids and special bath gel in the bathtub, fresh flower petals on the bed, aromatic massage oil, aromatic candles in the room and 2 miniature baileys as a nightcap. Optional breakfast in bed served the next morning.
Dining :

Fresh fruits in the room daily
• Daily breakfast
• One romantic cocktail sunset cruise, one exclusive Andaman sea view dinner and one picturesque Marina view dinner during the stay.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Trek through the rain forest for a secluded picnic on a private beach, with a picnic hamper and one bottle of sparkling wine • Traditional full body massage for the couple on the beach.

ROOMS & VILLAS

3912GrimWaco76710The landscape allows for clear views of the Senari Straits. To complement this, our rooms are designed in contemporary tones that are offset only by gorgeous views and ethnic Malay artifacts.
Our resort’s timbered villas are surrounded by tamarind and coconut trees, Bismarck palms and local herbs, that weave their own aphrodisiacal magic.

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DINING

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Our resort’s timbered villas are surrounded by tamarind and coconut trees, Bismarck palms and local herbs, that weave their own aphrodisiac magic

EXPERIENCE

Gourmands will love our fine dining restaurants, champagne breakfasts and private picnics. More adventurous visitors can go on a mangrove discovery tour, explore a lush rain forest, hide in a quiet cave, take a sunset cruise, dive with schools of tropical fish, para sail high above the waves, or cruise through them on a jet ski. This is your own private island, so feel free to explore.

All Inclusive Group Tours
Europe & U. K. 15 days

Includes everything – Rome – city tour & Vatican city.
Pisa – Leaning Tower of Pisa. Assisi, Paduva Venice – city tour, Murano Glass Factory. Innsbruck – city tour , Swarovsky Crystal Museum & show put here the eiffel tower pic, and London pic.. possibly.. Switzerland – city tour , Mt. Titlis, Schaffahaussen falls. Germany – Black Forest, Cuckkoo clocks. Paris – city tour, Eiffel Tower (3rd level ) Scene River cruise, Lido show, Amsterdam – City tour, canal cruise, Maduram, Kuekenhoff, Eurostar train ride Europe-London – City tour, Wax Museum, London Eye, Changing of the guards etc.. Air ticket, tax, all 3 visa, Overseas Mediclaim Insurance, 4* hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, experienced tour escort from Kerala.

17 days – All Inclusive Group Tour- United States of AMERICA

Visit the dreamland of Millions World Over…

Includes – Visit – New York – city tour, Statue of Liberty.
Washington – City tour, Smithsonian Institute
Niagara Falls – Maid of the Mist boat ride in Niagara falls,
Orlando – Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom, Sea World, Epcot
Los Angeles – city tour, Hollywood, Universal Studios.
Las Vegas – Las Vegas by night, Helicopter ride.
San Francisco – city tour, Golden Gate Bridge
All sightseeing’s, entrances, air ticket, taxes, visa, 3*/4* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transfers, Experienced Tour Escort from Kerala.

WESTERN AMERICA – 9 days

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Visit – Los Angeles – city tour, Hollywood, Universal Studios.
Las Vegas – Las Vegas by night, Helicopter ride.
San Francisco – city tour, Golden Gate Bridge.
All sightseeing’s, entrances, air ticket, taxes, visa, 3*/4* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transfers, Experienced Tour Escort from Kerala.
East of AMERICA & FLORIDA – 9 days
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Includes: Visit
New York – city tour, Statue of Liberty.
Washington – City tour, Smithsonian Institute
Niagara Falls – Maid of the Mist boat ride in Niagara Falls,
Orlando – Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom, Sea World, Epcot
All sightseeing’s, entrances, air ticket, taxes, visa, 3*/4* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transfers, Experienced Tour Escort from Kerala.
All sightseeing’s, entrances, air ticket, taxes, visa, 3*/4* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Transfers, Experienced Tour Escort from Kerala.

Malaysia & Singapore – 7 days
 April, August,  December

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Includes- everything
4 days Malaysia (visiting -Genting Highlands with cable car ride, Outdoor Theme Park rides, Mysteria-Acrobatic Show , Kualalumpur with city tour , Petrona Tower, Batu Caves ) .
3 days Singapore (visiting- city tour, Sentosa Island with under water world, Dolphin show, Acquarium, Wax Museum, Cable car ride, Monorailride, Jurong Bird Park, Bird shows, Penguin Parade )
Airticket, tax, visa, 3*/ 4* Hotel accommodation , Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, transfers & guide

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Bangkok-Pattaya & Singapore – 7 days

 April,  August,  December

Includes: Everything
4 days Bangkok-Pattaya (visiting-city tour, Safari World with Marine Park, Coral Island, Alcazar Show)
3 days Singapore (visiting- city tour, Sentosa Island with under water world, Dolphin show, Acquarium, Wax Museum, Cable car ride, Monorailride, Jurong Bird Park, Bird shows, Penguin Parade )
Airticket, tax, visa, 3*/ 4* Hotel accommodation , Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, transfers & guide

Malaysia- Singapore- Bangkok-Pattaya – 11 days
1,18 April, 22 August, 23 December

Includes: Everything 4 days Bangkok-Pattaya (visiting-city tour, Safari World with Marine Park, Coral Island, Alcazar Show)
3 days Malaysia (visiting -Genting Highlands with cable car ride, Outdoor Theme Park rides, Mysteria-Acrobatic Show , Kualalumpur with city tour , Petrona Tower, Batu Caves ) .
3 days Singapore (visiting- city tour, Sentosa Island with under water world, Dolphin show, Acquarium, Wax Museum, Cable car ride, Monorailride, Jurong Bird Park, Bird shows, Penguin Parade )
1 day Colombo at airlines expense.
Airticket, tax, visa, 3*/ 4* Hotel accommodation , Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, transfers & guide

SINGAPORE – 3 days
Special Holiday Departures : 31 March, 6 April, Onam-Pooja-Diwali Holidays, 26 December
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Includes: Everything
3 days Singapore (visiting- city tour, Sentosa Island with under water world, Dolphin show, Acquarium, Wax Museum, Cable car ride, Monorailride, Jurong Bird Park, Bird shows, Penguin Parade ) Airticket, tax, visa, 3*/ 4* Hotel accommodation , Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, transfers & guide
Take a fun-filled Star cruise from Singapore
BANGKOK-PATTAYA – colombo 6 days
Special Holiday Departures : 31 March, Onam-Pooja-Diwali Holidays,  December
Includes: Everything
4 days Bangkok-Pattaya (visiting-city tour, Safari World with Marine Park, Coral Island, Alcazar Show)
2 days Colombo – at airlines expense
Airticket, tax, visa, 3*/ 4* Hotel accommodation , Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, transfers & guide
Malaysia & Srilanka – 6 days
Special Holiday Departures :  April, Onam-Pooja-Diwali Holidays, December
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Includes: Everything
4 days Malaysia (visiting -Genting Highlands with cable car ride, Outdoor Theme Park rides, Mysteria-Acrobatic Show , Kualalumpur with city tour , Petrona Tower, Batu Caves )
1 day Colombo – at airlines expense
Airticket, tax, visa, 3*/ 4* Hotel accommodation , Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, transfers & guide
BEST of CHINA @ CHEAPEST – 7 days & 9 days
Includes everything 3 days Beijing – visiting Great Wall of China, Ming Tomb, Jade Factory, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Acrobatic show, transfers for shopping, Silk actory..etc.. 3 days Shanghai – visiting the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Huangpu River Cruise, Bund, Old Bazar Street, Oriental T V Tower, Magnetic Train ( Worlds fastest Train ) etc.. 2 days Hongkong – visiting city tour of Hongkong , Ocean Park with its magnificient Acquarium, Dolphine show, Electronic Rides.. Airticket, tax, visa, 4* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, transfers, guide
AMAZING AUSTRALIA – 4th april , 25 August
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Includes everything
2 days Sydney – visiting city tour, Sydney Show Boat cruise,
1 day Canberra
3 days Brisbane-Gold-Coast – visiting Movie world , Sea World
2 days Cairns – visiting world famous Great Barrier Reef
Airticket, taxes , visa, 4* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunch, dinner, Guide
Sibbling SRILANKA – 3 days
Visit Colombo, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy.
Includes:
3* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, airport transfers, transportation by a/c vehicles, sightseeing’s..
cost usd 150 per person
Melodious MALDIVES – 4 days
Includes:
3* Resort hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunch, dinner, airport transfers by speedboat.
Dynamic DUBAI – 4 Days
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Includes:
3* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, airport transfers,

Nature’s NEPAL – 4 Days
Includes:
4* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunch, dinners, Airport transfers, Sightseeings, entrance to casino with coupons
Fantastic PHUKET island – 4 Days
Includes:
3* hotel accommodation, Breakfast, airport transfers, Half day sightseeing,

Aquatic Mauritius – 5 Days
Visit Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, airport transfers,
3 full day sightseeings.
Usd 350 per person

Genius JAPAN – 5 Days
Visit -Tokyo, Hakone, Mt.Fuji,
Kyoto, Nara, Osaka
Includes:
Hotel accommodation, 2 lunch (specified), Bullet train ride, Airport transfers, transportation, sightseeings

Hongkong – 3 Days
Visit– Bangkok-Pattaya- Including ticket, tax, visa* Weekly departures…. and Book now for Special group departures :

Glacy New Zealand – 5 Days
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Visit– Auckland, Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua, Optional -Queenstown, Christchurch..
Includes: Hotel accommodation, Cooked Breakfast, Airport transfers, Transportation, Sightseeing’s

Scenic South Africa – 7 Days

Visit– Johannesburg, Suncity, The Garden Route – George-Knysna – Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay- Cape Town
Includes: Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, airport transfers, all transportation, entrance fees, sightseeing’s, safari rides.

Kenya Safari – 5 Days
Visit– Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru
Includes: Hotel/Lodge ccommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners, Safari, Rides-game drives, Park entrance fees, sightseeings.

Mysterious Egyptian Wonders – 6 Days
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Visit– Cairo, Alexandrea, Optional – Nile Cruise.
Includes: Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, airport transfers, train tickets, sightseeings.

 

Outside Kerala Tour

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  • Kerala to Tamilnadu

  • Kerala to Karnataka

  • Kerala to Andhrapradesh

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Event Management – Kerala

Metropolitan cities and commercial centers in Kerala have been the traditional favorites when it came to hosting meetings and conferences in India. Backwater luxury cruisers have also been an interesting venue. Outdoor meetings in wildlife resorts and beach houses have also been good choices for deserving corporate. The towns of Kerala have top class hotels that offer business and conferencing facilities at par with their international rivals.

The Boardrooms and Conference Halls are not only state of the art but they also have a rich history of corporate drama and revolutionary diplomatic tie-ups behind them. The urban locales and proximity to other entertainment and business districts in the cities make these hotels a favorite for regular Business and Corporate Meetings.

If you are looking for something different in the venues for your business and conference meetings, beyond the urban landscape, Kerala is once again the destination of choice. Host the meeting on a secluded retreat in the Western Ghats host a corporate meeting and a business conference at a heritage hotel or against the backdrop of a historic location.

Kerala has destinations to match the mood and theme of your Business and Corporate Meetings. Business and Corporate Meetings are made possible by the international standard conferencing and meeting facilities available at the leading hotels and resorts in Kerala. The scenic locations and serene ambience act as catalyst for fruitful brainstorming and a more active participation.

The professionals at Unique with experience and know how in comanizing conferences and seminars, weddings in Kerala. We can give you many innovative ideas
in order to make your programme as successful as possible and we offer you professional guidance may it be scientific, corporate, medical or any kind of conference or seminar or incentive with many or few participants.

Our professional support includes:

  • Identification and booking of venue
  • Promotional materials
  • Print and Electronic media publicity
  • Banners and hoardings
  • Delegation promotion
  • Post conference Tours
  • Transportation
  • Wedding

Kerala

The land of picturesque backwaters and ethical temples, Kerala is one of the best blends of beauty and sanctity and thus serves as the ideal venue for your exotic wedding in India.

1. As per planned by our team you and your guests will be comfortably accommodated in one of the beach or backwater resorts of Kerala. As you reside in your room all the preparations for your wedding in India shall be accomplished most efficiently by our team.
2. The bride shall adorn traditional Indian attire for the wedding that includes a silk sari and the costume jewelry designed beautifully keeping in view your demands and liking. The apparel for groom shall be a dhoti and white shirt with white shawl and all the important help with make up and dressing shall be provided to both.
3. The wedding will take place under a huge pavilion (pandal) beautifully embellished with flowers. The exquisite sounds of live Indian music and the delectable feast on banana leaves are the memories you shall cherish for life.
4. Further the wedding celebrations include the arrival of the groom on the beautifully decorated elephants and a performance of classical Indian dance form all this makes the wonderful weddings in India very special.
5. The photography and video recording will help capture all your precious memories of your wedding in locales.
6. All the provisions allocated can be molded and structured according to the demands of the guests to give this event a more personal feel.
Sample wedding:
Day 1:
The bride and groom along with their dear ones shall arrive at Kerala by afternoon of this day which further will be followed by a small ceremony of exchanging invitations between the two families. A visit to the nearby tourist attractions and market can then be arranged. The most entertaining sight of the day will be the traditional Bridal Mehndi ceremony which refers to decorating bride’s hands and feet with Henna. The day will end with a delectable meal served while one relishes the enticing South Indian Classical music performed live.
Day 2:
The second day of weddings in India starts with an early morning appetizing meal in the resort which is then followed by a Nuptial Chain ceremony for the groom in the nearby Siva temple.
The final onset of the wedding takes place with a grand entrance of the groom on illustriously decorated elephants along with his family. Amidst the exhilarating sounds of Panchavadyam music the groom and his family is traditionally welcomed by the bride’s family on the gate of the pavilion. Beautifully decorated thalies (platters) are exchanged between the two families as the groom and his family is welcomed with garlands and floral showers.
The party then advances to the pandal for over the Homakudam for performing the rituals with holy fire as witness, amidst the sounds of sacred mantras chanted by the priest. The nuptial ceremony is fulfilled with the exchange of garlands by the couple as they vow to spend entire life together.
After the grand wedding the guests then can relish the scrumptious cuisines in typical South Indian ways on the banana leaves. Afternoon is left free for relaxation and leisure which is then followed by a bright and colorful evening adorned with performance by a dance troupe and the classical dance forms of Kerela.
Day 3:
The day preceding your elaborate wedding can be spent relaxing amidst the soothing environs of the Kerala backwater and basking at the tropical beaches. The newly wedded couple and their families then share a lavish dinner together which winds up the celebrations of memorable weddings in India.
Hindu Marriages *

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FOR HINDU, Marriage is the attempted union of two different families rather than the union of two individuals. Social status, financial security and a host of other things are taking into consideration while searching for prospective matches. It is assumed that when the horoscopes foretell compatibility, things will progress smoothly. The young people get a chance to see each other. But, in most cases, what makes the marriage work is the trouble shooting done by the parents. After the prospective horoscopes are matched “nakshatra porutham” – matching of the stars by the astrologer, an auspicious day and time is fixed.

ENGAGEMENT
At this appointed time family members and the boy will go to the girl’s house, escorted by close relatives and the “jathakams” (horoscopes) are exchanged between the father of the boy and that of the girl.
This will be performed in front of the picture of their favorite god or goddess. Betel leaves, Betel nut, fruits, Incense sticks, Nilavilakku (traditional kerala lamp made of brass) and bhasmam (vermilion) will also be placed besides the picture of the deity. Then the girl and boy, in traditional dress, will exchange rings in presence of the gathering. Usually the engagement is held as a sacred one and is not allowed to withdraw from it.

FUNCTIONS BEFORE MARRIAGE
For fixing the day of the marriage. The usual procedure for this is that on the day given by the astrologer, two to three male members of the grooms family will go to the brides house and gives the astrology slip mentioning the day, date and the exact time (muhurtam) to conduct the wedding. Normally Tuesdays and Fridays are avoided for this visit.

MARRIAGE DAY FUNCTIONS
On the marriage day, the girl proceeds to visit the temple of her favorite deity. There an offering “vazhipadu” is made in the name, and star, of the groom. It is called ‘astothara archana’.
At the auspicious time, the relatives of the bride will receive the groom and his relatives. The brother of the girl (or the person having that position) will apply sandal paste on the forehead of the boy, and offers him the garland. Afterwards the boy will be lead to the ‘mandapam’ – an elevated place usually decorated by flowers.
Then the bride is led to the mandapam, just before the muhurtam, in company of 9 to 11 girls in a procession of ‘thalapoli’- a custom of leading the important person to the stage by girls holding a small circular vessel, made of brass or steel, with a coconut lamp and flowers. Then the father (or other elders if he is dead) will lead her to the mandapam and seats her on the left side of the groom.
At the appointed time groom will tie the sacred thread (this is usually a gold chain, but some people prefer an yellow thread), amidst the compulsory ‘nadaswarem’- a mixed band of kerala musical instruments-with the help of his sister (or of those who occupies that position). At this moment the gathering of friends and relatives will shower floral petals on the newly wedded couple. Then both of them will garland each other. He then gives her ‘pudava’- the traditional sari in a silver or steel platter. Then both of them will circle the mandapam, thrice. A pujari will also be present to help them go through the rites without hitch. He will be offered some ‘dakshina’- a practice of giving some token money for the guidance.

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Muslim Marriage – Nikkah *

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Like the Muslims else where, a Muslim marriage in Kerala is a simple contract between the boy and the girl’s father. The presence of the girl is not essential for the marriage. The “nikkah” – the ritual of contract – needs to be made in the presence of two male witnesses and the services of the mullah (musaliar in local language), is needed for observing some of the Islamic guidelines. The groom needs to give a mehr (dower) to the girl’s father while accepting his daughter as his wife. Islam does not stipulate any religious ceremony for marriage as such. Consequently, local flavor has found their way in to marriage ceremonies. Like other communities in kerala, the elders occupy the center stage and decide the future of their issue. Rather than the compatibility factor, the financial and social standings get prominence. Once the initial discussions between two families are over, girl and boy get to meet each other. If they like each other, a particular day is fixed for the conduct of the initial process, “valayidal”- the custom of giving gold ornaments to the girl. The date for the function of engagement is arrived at through mutual consultations. On this day, some male members of the bride’s family will go to the groom’s house, and after reciting some parts of Koran (usually the first chapter); the boy will be given some gold ornaments or cash. At some places dowry is passed. This betrothal is a contract, not bound by any law or religious custom, and can be broken, if one wishes so. On the preceding day of the marriage, sister of the groom and some female relatives proceed to the bride’s house to take part in “mailanchi”(or mehendi)- a practice of applying henna on the girl’s hand as part of beautifying her. On the marriage day, the groom and his entourage will reach the place of marriage (it can be held at any place. Usually it is held at marriage halls and some use the option of marrying at mosques) at the appointed time. Brother of the girl receives him there and a bouquet and garland is offered to the groom.

Then the groom is led to the place where “nikkah”- the marriage contract- will take place. After reciting some portions from the holy Koran, by the mullah, the groom and the father of the bride are made to express the oath of acceptance. Bride’s father makes the statement to the effect that he marries away the girl to the prospective husband according to the Islamic way. The bridegroom then declares his acceptance of that commitment and that he has married the woman according to the terms specified. After this the groom is led to the women’s section (men and women are segregated at all the functions). Here he will tie a gold chain around the neck of the bride, assisted by his sister. After the wedding there is a big reception, given by the bride’s parents to guests from both sides. After the reception bride is taken to the groom’s house and later they will proceed towards the bride’s house.

Christian Marriages *

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Except for some variation in basic customs, Christians of kerala has wholeheartedly assimilated themselves into the fabric of Kerala society. But, still, some differences persist in the wedding rituals and they are worth exploring. Like in other religions, here too the parents select prospective partners. After extensive background checks, including financial and social standing, and several meetings later, between the parents of bride and groom, the actual players get to encounter each other. Once things are endorsed, they have to notify their individual churches to procure sanction. Once the sanction is granted, they have to undergo a marriage preparation course conducted by the church. After that, at a day of their convenience (except on Fridays), they have to present themselves before the church officer for “manasammatham” (engagement), accompanied by friends and relatives. A prayer will be held before engagement ceremony and afterwards the vicar gives the blessing. Rings can be swapped after this, but it is not there in the general itinerary. Two male persons from both the parties have to stand witness for this ceremony. This will be recorded in the church register. After this for the next 3 successive Sundays, while the church is in congregation, this engagement will be announced. This is to inform others and to give them a chance to file objection, if they have any. Alternatively this information will be displayed at the church notice board. If some objections are noticed, church will conduct an inquiry regarding this and proper actions would be taken. There is no bar on breaking the engagement. The parents of the bride and groom, after mutual consultations, fix a date for the marriage. Normally the wedding is held at the diocese of the groom.

On the appointed day, both the bride and groom, along with their relatives and friends, will reach the marriage place before the appointed time. At the given time, both the groom and bride will enter the church, escorted by relatives and friends, and proceed towards the altar. Some of the customs of traditional kerala wedding, “thalikettu” – the process of tying the sacred thread around bride’s neck, giving “mantrakodi”- the wedding sari, are incorporated into the Christian wedding. As soon as the vicar enters the altar, the process of marriage (divyabali) begins. Reciting of those portions of bible which are relevant to the marriage function will be done by the vicar as well as the congregation, accompanied by music. When this function reaches its midpoint the vicar asks the groom to tie the nuptial knot, followed by the presentation of dress.

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Village Tourism in Kerala

A ten days long celebration of the culture and traditions of Kerala is known as Gramam the Kerala Village Fair. The basic concept of this Gramam the Kerala Village Fair is to re-create and replicate an entire village or grammam in the traditions Keralian style. In the month of January Gramam the Kerala Village Fair is set up at the Kovalam Beach and also at the Marine drive in Ernakulam. These recreated Gramam or villages include the Nalukettu, which is the homestead of the traditional upper class, the village tea shop or the Chayakada and the Kamalagramam or the artisans’ enclave.

The most prominent feature of Gramam the Kerala Village Fair is Nalukettu. Woods and tiles were used to recreate these quadrangular mansions and the most salient feature of these mansions are their open courtyard. The entire mansion is decorated with an architectural style typical of Kerala. Different kinds of items of the bygone area including Ethnic Jewellery, Exquisite Paintings, Sandalwood, charming curios etc are displayed inside the Nalukettu.

At the Chayakada or the village teashop at Gramam the Kerala Village Fair, the tourists are offered some of the most traditional foods and drinks of Kerala like, ‘Kappa’, ‘Meen’ and ‘Puttu’. The most interesting part of Gramam the Kerala Village Fair is the Kamalagramam or the enclave of the artisans where one can find some of the most traditional art works of Kerala including handicrafts, jewelery.

In the evening, the focus of Gramam the Kerala Village Fair shifts to the open air auditorium created within the Gramam. Cultural performances of Kathakali, Mohiniyattom and also folk dances give an all encompassing picture of the life, culture and tradition of the people of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram June 6 The Kerala Chief Minister, Mr V.S. Achuthanandan, has launched Kerala Tourism’s village tourism development scheme. Called `My Village, A Tourism Friendly Village’, the initiative is part of an attempt to decentralize tourism development in the State. Speaking at the launch of the project, Mr Achuthanandan said that tourism development in Kerala requires small, decentralised projects on the lines of the `My Village, A Tourism Friendly Village’ scheme. Tourism development is not about building concrete jungles, he emphasised.

Domestic Tourism

People who say that the State Government’s demolition of encroachments, particularly resorts, in Munnar would adversely impact Kerala’s tourism sector do not know anything about tourism, he declared. Greater emphasis must be given to domestic tourism, he added. To be run as a joint venture between the tourism department and the local self-government department, the `My Village, A Tourism Friendly Village’ scheme is intended to involve local communities in the planning and implementation of tourism projects. Under the scheme, resources will be allocated to local self-government institutions to design and implement tourism projects. Projects that will be supported under this scheme include development of basic amenities in places of natural interest, expansion of village squares, adventure tourism products, preservation of heritage properties and heritage areas and so on.

Monsoon Tourism in Kerala

Kerala, popularly known and believed as God’s Own Country, is an ideal destination for business traveler as well as holidaymaker. The state is blessed with myriad features like dense tropical forests, beautiful beaches, cliffs, rocky coasts, an intricate maze of backwaters, still bays and astounding 44 radiant rivers. Spending days in Kerala is rejuvenating to say the least, and during monsoon, you can experience unfcomettable Monsoon Tours in Kerala .

Introduction
Kerala monsoon season spans from June and August. Get wet, splash and swim or wade through knee deep waters, sail paper boats, or try out an Ayurveda vacation during monsoon. During your tour to Kerala in the monsoon season, the places that you can cover are Alappuzha, Kochi, Kumarkom, Thekkady, Munnar, Guruvayoor and Vythiri.

At Alappuzha (Alleppey)
Alappuzha is blessed with palm-fringed canals, bustling shores, picturesque lagoons and lakesides, numerous pilgrimage centers, and a long sandy beach. A backwater cruise on the Punnamada Kayal takes you along canals covered with mauve hyacinths past scenic islands offering sublime views of coconut and paddy fields, Chinese fishing nets and toddy tappers at work.

At Kochi (Cochin)
The vibrant city Kochi, known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, offers charming visuals in abundance manifested in the ancient Chinese fishing nets, monuments, synagogue, etc. A conducted cruise on the local ferries through the winding waterways to several quaint spots is the main tourist attraction of Kochi.

At Kumarakom 

Watch the swaying paddy fields or the lofty coconut palms, or go on a bird watching trip to Kumarakom Bird sanctuary at the scenic Kumarakom. The enchanting boat races, houseboat cruise, canoeing and fishing are some of the main attractions of Kumarakom.

At Thekkady
Thekkady or Periyar is the location of the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary , where you are offered programs like Periyar Tiger Trail, Nature walk, Bamboo Rafting etc. Early in the morning you can go for a boat ride in the Periyar Lake.

At Munnar
Munnar, also known as the Kashmir of South India, is a peaceful hill station with dense forests, wildlife sanctuaries and major cash crop plantations like tea, coffee and cardamom. You can go on a sightseeing trip to places like Rajamalai, Mattupetty, Kundala Dam, etc in Munnar.

At Guruvayoor
Located 29 km north-west of Thrissur, Guruvayur is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of South India. You can visit the famous Guruvayoor Temple , where only Hindus are allowed inside. Later visit the Elephant Camp to watch elephants.

At Vythiri
The scenic Vythiri is located 2600 ft. above sea level in Wayanad District. Vythiri, a retreat for English planters during colonial times, has the Edakkal Caves and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary as its prime attractions.

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Diamond Tourism in Kerala

 

Diamond Tourism is a concept pioneered by Nature Nest taking diamonds and gratification to new heights. This notion was brought into play as an upshot of the great price advantage that leding Diamond jewellerys can offer.

The certified IF quality diamonds from Diamond Ornament making jewellery meets all international quality standards and are sold for prices that cannot be matched by any retailers across Europe. Simple reason being Diamond jewellery’s offer wholesale price for retail selling and lower margins are compensated by volume sales. Complementing this is also the big advantage on the cost of labor in comparison to Europe. Kerala Diamond Ornament making jewellery’s offer par-quality, par-quantity certified diamond jewelry from a wide selection of designs from its collection. Jewelry can also be custom made as per designs supplied by the customer.

In line with the quality of the diamonds, the tour package will be the best available with no effort spared to ensure that the customers get a rare double – fantastic diamonds and fantastic holiday in Kerala.

Nature Nest and Diamond Ornament making jewellerys is wishing a fantastic holiday while they shop for their dream diamond. The promotion will be able to give the prospective customer an all-expenses-paid, one-week 5-star holiday package in Kerala while they purchase quality par-diamonds at Diamond Ornament making jewellerys in Cochin, Kerala, India.

Buying a Diamond

When you purchase a diamond there are simple factors that combine to determine the quality and value of the individual stones you choose.

The important things to consider are “The Four C’s.” These comprise :

       

Carat

     
 

Color

   
   

Clarity

 
     

Cut


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When you know what these terms mean you will feel more comfortable about making your choice, and we will be there to offer help and advice.

Certificated diamonds are a commodity whose characteristics are precisely defined to agreed international standards, and if you are looking at certificated stones the above qualities will be itemized.

Certificates are issued by testing laboratories and the internationally recognized establishments that you are likely to encounter are the G I A (the Gemological Institute of America) and the H R D. (Hoge Raad voor Diamant, or The Diamond High Council of Antwerp.) In England the AnchorCert Gemmological Office is an increasingly accepted certificating laboratory, attached to the Birmingham Assay Office.

Going back to the Four C’s : although clarity, color and cut are equally important the first thing you will probably discuss about your diamond will be its weight. This will be expressed in carats or fractions of a carat.

So what is a carat ?

1. Carat

From ancient times the word has been used as a term of weight for gold and precious stones and it is thought to originate from the practice of balancing the object to be weighed against a number of seeds from the Carob tree, the weight of which is remarkably consistent.

Today a carat is accepted as 200mg or 1/5 of a gram. A carat is divided into 100 points; thus a 1/4 carat = 0.25 points. You will frequently see carat abbreviated as ct and point as pt.

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2. Colour

The color tone of a diamond is denoted by a letter of the alphabet starting at D, regarded as colorless, to Z, denoting a strong yellow. Although the absence of color is regarded as a good thing a very strong color will make a diamond highly desirable. A blue, green or canary yellow diamond for instance would be sought after.

In practice you will have no trouble distinguishing between a D (colorless) and say a P (very faint yellow), but to tell the difference between H and I, both near colourless, takes a great deal of expertise.

 

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3. Clarity

When your diamond was formed carbon was subjected to incredibly high temperatures and pressures deep inside the earth. Ideally the process would result in a crystal clear diamond, but more often than not the result was a crystal with small marks inside it. When the rough crystal is polished these marks become apparent; they show up as black dots and are known as inclusions. Again there is an international grading system to establish the degree of clarity awarded to a stone : the greater the degree of clarity, the more desirable the stone.

There are eleven grades of clarity, from FL (flawless no inclusions) to I/3 (inclusions visible to the naked eye.)

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4. Cut

The cut of a stone describes its shape and there are eight basic shapes.

Whatever the shape of your diamond you will find the surface covered with small flats, which are called facets. The proportions of the basic shape and the way the facets have been cut on its surface are extremely important to the amount of “life and fire” that the stone exhibits.

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Why are these so important ? We will use the round / brilliant cut diamond as an example.

On the top of the diamond (the crown) there are 33 facets and on the underside (the pavilion) there are 25 facets If the proportions of the stone are correct then you have the ideal “make”.

As light passes through the crown of the diamond its path is bent and it is reflected from one facet to another inside the diamond, then reflected back through the crown to the viewer, giving it its “sparkle”. At the same time the optical properties of the stone break up the light into the colors of the spectrum, creating the “fire”. To make the most of the diamond’s natural properties the angles have to be exactly right; too steep or too shallow and light will escape through the pavilion. The same principles apply to all the cuts, but some are more successful at exploiting the diamond’s natural properties than others.

There is one other property worthy of mention that you will see on a diamond certificate, which is fluorescence . This is caused by trace elements of boron found in the diamond and is activated by ultra violet light. You will find it on the certificate rated as : None, Faint, Medium, Medium blue, Strong blue, or Intense blue.

Medical Trip To Kerala

                       Medicare is the latest reason to visit India and Kerala                                      

India is a journey of the mind and soul.

India is a journey of the five senses.

It is a journey of self – discovery.

It is a journey of self – fulfillment.

Kerala land of Medical Tourism

  • Internationally qualified & experienced. Specialists& super specialists.
  • Latest equipment and infrastructure like the da Vinci surgical system.64 Slice CT Scan.
  • Strict blood safety and infection control processes.
  • Over 60,000 Cardiac surgeries are done every year with outcomes at par with international standards.
  • Holistic therapy that integrates traditional medical systems like Ayurveda and homeopathy with complementary therapies like yoga and acupuncture to hasten the healing process.
  • There’s zero waiting time for major surgeries.
  • One of the largest pharmaceutical industries in the world, exporting drugs to more than 180 countries.
  • Patients from over 55 countries.
  • Doctors who are proficient in English & Hospitals even provide interpreters.
  • The average cost of health care in India is about 1/5th that of the West.
  • Medical professionals can now consult specialists any where across the globe, send images and have a video conference to arrive at the best decision for complicated case

Medical Tourism in India and State in Kerala

Medical tourism is booming in India, with Scottish patients flocking towards Indian hospitals. The two most prominent reasons why they find India the most suitable destination for various treatments include relatively low cost and extremely low waiting time. Highly effective treatment offered in Indian hospitals and an opportunity to enjoy an exotic vacation at popular tourist destinations of India like Delhi, Kerala, Goa, Mumbai, and Bangalore to name a few are the other significant reasons behind this.

According to NHS (National Health Service), some travel groups in Scotland have started to prepare health tour packages for the patients willing to travel to India for treatment. Globe Health Tours, which has been providing amusement for stag weekends, has already dispatched 30 patients to Indian hospitals, where they will have to pay only a fraction of price charged by the UK clinics.

NHS’ waiting list for a few procedures is still above 6-months and private clinics in the country (Scotland) charge patients nearly 10,000 pounds for treatments such as knee or hip replacements. However, those ready to go to India can have the same operations done for below 3500 pounds.

Kerala targets 1-lakh medical tourists

Estimates have shown that by 2010, Kerala could witness a growth of one-lakh medical tourists. The Government is aiming to make the state a global hub for medical tourism. According to Mr. Kodiyeri Balakrishnan – State Tourism Minister – if all goes according to plan, Kerala could become one of the top five international medical travel destinations. The Minister has stated that there has been a boost in the number of medical tourist arrivals (25 to 30 per cent). According to Balakrishnan, medical tourism is the most rapidly growing sector worldwide and the state government has put in extra efforts to promote this growing sector. The Kerala government is drawing plans to come up with a medical tourism policy for the next five years.

Being a major player in the medical tourism sector in the country, Kerala is to be the first state to announce the policy. “We are planning to announce the policy during the inaugural session of Kerala Health Tourism 2007,” said Balakrishnan.

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VISA INFORMATION

Conditions: A medical category visa may be issued with the following conditions:

1. The Indian Mission / posts abroad may scrutinize the medical documents very carefully and satisfied themselves about the bonafide purpose for which a medical treatment visa is being requested.
2. Mission may satisfy that the applicant has sought preliminary medical advice from his country of origin / country of residence and he has been advised to go for specialized medical treatment.
3. In case the foreign national desires to go for treatment under Indian System of Medicines, his case may also be considered.
4. This type of visa should be granted for seeking medical attendance only in reputed/ recognized specialized hospitals/ treatment centers in the country.

Although not exhaustive, following illustrative list of ailments would be of primary consideration; serious ailments like neuro-surgery, ophthalmic disorders, and heart related problems, renal disorders, organ transplantation, congenital disorders, gene- therapy, radio-therapy, plastic surgery, joint replacement, etc. The basic idea would be that the mission might satisfy about the need of foreign national to come to India for medical treatment/health enhancement.

Validity of visa and extension of visa:

The initial period for such a visa may be upto a period of one year or the period of treatment, whichever is less, which can be extended for a further period of upto one year by the State Governments /FRROs on production of medical certificate/ advice from the reputed/ recognized/ specialized hospitals in the country. Any further extension will be granted by the Ministry of Home Affairs only on the recommendations of the State Government /FRROs supported by appropriate medical documents. Such visas will be valid for maximum three entries during one year. State Government/ FRROs may permit one additional entry in emergent situations, if required.

Visa to attendant/ family members:

Attendant/family members of the patients coming to India for medical treatment shall be granted miscellaneous visa co-terminus with the ‘M Visa’ of the patient. Such visas may be granted to the spouse/children or those who have blood relations with the patients. However, not more than two attendants may be allowed at a time for grant of miscellaneous visas. Such a visa will be called ‘MX visa’. Such foreigners are also required to get themselves registered with the local FRROs/FROs well within 14 days from their date of arrival.

Registration:
Foreigners coming on ‘M visa’ with be required to get themselves registered mandatorily well within the period of 14 days from the date of arrival with the concerned FRROs/FROs.

Registration for Pakistani and Bangladeshi Nationals:
It may be clarified that ‘Medical Visa’ will be available to all the foreign nationals including China, Pakistan, Bangledesh and Sri Lanka. However, registration formalities for Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals will be as per the provisions contained in the para 106 in respect of Bangladeshi nationals and para 118 of the Visa Manual in respect of Pakistani nationals. Similarly, entry and departure of these foreign nationals will also be governed as per the existing policy in respect of these nationals

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DENTAL TREATMENT IN KERALA

EYE TREATMENT IN KERALA

TRANSPLANT SURGERY, ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, CARDIAC CARE IN INDIA AND KERALA

KERALA AYURVEDA CENTERS (Hospitals)

 

Cosmetic Surgery

cosmetic-surgery-fresh-new-face-1India has no shortage of trained cosmetic surgeons. They have the requisite training and expertise in the latest cosmetic procedures at par with the best in the world. Hospitals in India have state of the art technology and equipment for conducting cosmetic procedures. The Independent reports from London that more than 10,000 British citizens come to India every year for liposuction, facelifts and breast enhancements. They combine their medical treatment with a holiday for recovery at a fraction of the cost in Britain. For example, a liposuction costs about 6500 pounds in Britain while it would cost just 1500 pounds in India including the cost of the holiday. Maxillo-facial surgery and correction of congenital defects like cleft lip correction is also done. Other popular cosmetic treatments include treatment of male gynecomastia, face-lift with Botox injections, buttock enhancement, thigh lift, brachiaplasty, skin grafting, and vitilago treatment involving melanocyte transfer. Many hospitals perform genital reconstructive surgery for reconstructive purposes like, labiaplasty, hoodectomy, and clitoridectomy and in some cases gender change operations. Some procedures require advance payment in order to procure the necessary material in advance.

Cost Comparison

The Comparative Costs between India and other developed countries like US, UK, and Singapore – Approximate Figures in US Dollars.

 

 

US

UK (Private)

SINGAPORE

INDIA

Bone Marrow Transplant

upto 200,000

upto 200,000

upto
25,000

Bypass Surgery

35,000

25,000

6,000

Breast Lump Removal

3,200

1,000

700

Haemorrhoidectomy

3,800

1,500

1000

Knee Joint Replacement

15,000

7,000

5,000

Lasik Surgery

4,000

2,800

1,600

700

No Stitch Cataract Surgery

4,500

2,600

700

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) cycle

15,000

1,800

Hernia Correction

2,800

2,700

2,500

1,000

Dental Implants

3500

2800

1600

800

* These rates are indicative of approximate costs. The actual rates will vary on case-to-case basis

Hydel Tourism in Kerala

Hydel Tourism is a novel initiative under the auspices of the Kerala State Electricity Board that builds on a conscientious tradition of Environmental conservation and resolves to align Power planning with a futuristic vision of sustaining fragile eco-systems contiguous with present and forthcoming Hydel Projects; large, medium and small.

The delicate and eco-friendly blending of power genesis with the nature’s beauty has made the boom of Hydel Tourism a great success. It is only natural that the spouting rivers and the vast reservoirs have become the nerve centers of delightful tourism in the state of Kerala. Not all these could ever have been possible without the tender and caressing touch of Mother Nature, making this marvelous landscape, splendid in its kaleidoscopic beauty. In hang the invigorating mountain air, relaxing in tranquility, strolling down winding paths, relishing the breath taking views, enjoying the profusion of flowers in bloom…

Come! Enjoy! – Be bowled over by Mother Nature

The KERALA HYDEL TOURISM CENTRE is a society constituted as per the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act (Act XII of 1955) on 01/12/1999. The Hon’ble Minister for Electricity is the Chairman of the society.

In God’s own country’; the Western Ghats, copious monsoons and river lines together haven facilitated a civilization where the omniscient gurgle of water defines nature, living, sustenance, ethos, history and culture. For its enviable advances in modernity too, this land that is distinguished as the most educated, liberal and secular society in the country, has harnessed the power of its water resources- About 30 Hydel power stations in Kerala together actualize a total installed capacity of 2500 MW; and also offer themselves as testimonies of the continuing endeavor to engineer sustainable energy for an advancing society.

Carefully planned and executed, Hydel Projects are prime symbols of growth, promoted by the Kerala State Electricity Boardand have added to the pristine charm of Kerala. It is only natural that the vast water reservoirs associated with these Hydel projects lying in the lap of the mighty hills are becoming the nerve centers of tourism in the state. These project areas, spread over the state are marvelous in their land formation and splendid in their kaleidoscopic beauty. At present, the Centre provides tourism facilities through three of its exotic locations in Munnar, Mattupetty and Kundala , with boating activities in all the three centres, apart from maintaining an attractive park in 16 acres of land near R.A Head works, Munnar. During festive occasions, the opening of the Idukki Arch Dam for visitors, together with the facility for speedboat rides in the Idukki Reservoir is also arranged through the Centre More than 4 Lakh tourists visited these locations during 2004-2005.

The KERALA HYDEL TOURISM CENTRE is a caring innovation from Kerala State Electricity Board with the Hon’ble Minister for Electricity as the Chairman of the society. The objectives of the Centre are;

  • To effectively harness the water based Tourism potential of the Hydel project areas of Kerala
  • Facilitate socio-economic benefits to the remote areas that house the Hydel projects by effectively utilizing the ambience & the disused infrastructure around completed Hydel projects, but without affecting its prime functions.
  • Maintenance and enhancement of ecology of the Hydel Projects and preserve them for the posterity.
  • Creation of awareness on the socio-economic advantages of  Hydel projects.
  • Production and promotion of educative and informative publications furthering Hydel-tourism.
  •  Develop tourist circuits connecting Hydel Project areas in the state, comanize conducted tours, provide boating and other recreational facilities for the tourists while ensuring the safety and security aspects of the vital installations.
  • Fulfill the obligation to the local population affected by the implementation of the Hydel projects, by generating employment & income for them, both direct and indirect
  • Develop ecologically viable Resort Complexes in the vicinity of the project areas.
  • Research the impact of tourism on Hydel Power locations, associated biosphere and localized habitations.

 Hydel Park – Munnar 

images3A nature park set in a vast stretch of wooded land, beside the R.A. Headworks stands majestically welcoming    the tourists to the unfathomable beauty of the Western Ghats. You can also take pleasure in nature walking, adventure trails, boating in tranquil waters, watch migratory water birds, enjoy the aroma of fresh mountain flowers or become playful in the vast stretch of tempting lawn.

Entertainments:

In Munnar, Hydel Tourism offers you – the Hydel Park – a natural luxury in 16 acres flanked by the Ramasawmy Ayier Head Works, the cradle of Power generation in Kerala State, the Muthirappuzha River and the misty   Folds of  Kannan Devan Hill Tea Estates.

Here you could immerse yourself in the gifts of nature by taking a stroll of the beautiful Garden with exotic flowers, just silently splash away in a cool row boat in the Muthirappuzha River, watch migratory water birds, spot Mountain butterflies or take a solitary walk with the mother nature whispering to you all through- a walk down the”Nature Walk” through the sylvan river side.

 Blossom Hydel Park promises fun and frolic through the following:

  • An Attractive Garden having exotic flowers and a beautiful stretch of lawn
  • Boating facilities in calm waters using Rowboats and Pedal Boats
  • Adventure swing for adults and kids
  • Facilities for Camp fire with music system
  • Meditation cave and pavilion in the center of a pond
  • Landscaped Mountain with artificial water falls
  • Nearly 1000 meters of fountain emerging from the sides of the Channel
  • Roller Skating Yard and Badminton Court
  • Walkway around the light jungle preserved as such
  • Generator backup during power failure
  • Separate toilet facilities for ladies and Gents

Life Jackets are compulsory for boating and the boats and passengers are fully covered by insurance against accidents

Sun Moon Valley – Madupetty

MattupettyAgainst the backdrop of the imposing Madupetty dam lies this grandeur of exotic beauty. While enjoying the exciting thrills of speed boats or the calmness of slow pontoon boats, you can relish the adjacent evergreen hills, the meadows where herds of cattle graze and wild animals like elephant, stroll.

Further, due to the incredible climate, you are gifted with the simultaneous spotting of the Sun and the Moon- hence the name.

Entertainments:

The Boating facilities are provided in association with DTPC, Idukki, from 9.00 am to 5.00pm.

Speedboats(5seater)
Speedboat(3seater)(CoupleSpecial)
Bigger 24 seater slow pontoon boat

 Life Jackets are provided and have been made compulsory for boating

Trout Lagoon – Kundala  

The tranquil waters of Kundala, which lies 12Km upstream to Madupetty, is an ideal habitat for the exotic trout fish. The surprising similarity, with the Dal lake of Kashmir has compelled us to introduce ” Kashmiri Shikkaras” offering an elite ride for two. You can also enjoy pedal boats and rowing boats. We bet that you will loose the sense of time immersing in the serenity of the locale.

The centre is named after the exotic fish called ‘Trout’ which is believed to have existed here during the past.  The Kundaly dam is the frst concrete dam, which was designed and built in the mid – late 1940’s by Gecome Oommen, Chief Engineer in the erstwhile Travancore Government’s Public Works Dept.

The facilities provided in Trout Lagoon, Kundala are (9 A.M to 5 P.M) :

Kashmiri Shikaras, which are Special Row Boats, similar to those in Dal Lake, Kashmir

(For the first time in Kerala)

Boating30min.trip(Max.2persons)
Rowboats:30minutes(Max.4persons)
Pedalboats(3seater) :
Rock climbing and soft trekking

(For Rowing, assistance will be provided by the staff. Life Jackets are compulsory for boating and the boats and passengers are fully covered by insurance against accidents).

Idukky

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Idukky, the district that hosts all three centers, each nearby each other, is known for its salubrious, lush and evergreen ambience. Plantations and spice gardens provide produce that is the basis of the entire regional economy and a vital component of the state’s revenue earnings. The Periyar river originates from Sivagiri in the southeast part of the district.

The temperature towards the east of the district bordering the Western Ghats may plunge to as low as one Deg C in November/January and stays in the 5-15 Deg C during March/April.

ACCESS: 
Air – Nearest Airports are Madurai (Tamil Nadu) 200 Km, Kochi (Nedumbassery – 110 Km).
Rail – Nearest Railway Station is Kumarakom 114 Km and Cochin station is about 115 Km.
Road – An excellent road network links the district to all major towns and cities in india.

Idukki Arch Dam :   This is the world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. 550 ft high and 650 ft wide, the dam lies close to the Cheruthorathi barrage. To its west is the Kulamavu dam. Idukki wild life sanctuary is located nearby.

Echo Point:    This popular stop over point enroute Kundala from Madupetty is a land of fun and merriment. Here, one can hear back his/her shouting as an amplified echo – hence the name.

Nadukani:   From this look out point, one can take a breath taking westward view from the upper stretches of Idukki. This is a popular stop over point in the Kulamav -Thodupuzha road.

 

Adventure Tourism in Kerala

Adventure-sports enthusiasts from across the country will get a chance to paraglide or “pillion ride” a paraglider at the second international paragliding festival to be held at Wagamon, 64 km from Kottayam, from Thursday to Monday.Eight of the paragliding pilots from the country and abroad will be women.  Fifty pilots had participated in last year’s event.This year, the event is being comanised by the Adventure Sports and  Sustainable Tourism Academy and Kerala Tourism. The Tourism Department chipped in since foreign tourists prefer adventure sports. “The adventure air show will be a fun-and-fly event,” say Gopa K. Varma of the academy. “Wagamon’s topography makes it the ideal place to paraglide. There is tremendous interest in the sport, and tourists can be seen setting off from small cliffs in places such as Varkala. The international event has been comanised in Wagamon to create awareness about the sport. It will also help develop the destination.”

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Guests can have a bird’s eye view of the place in a paraglider by shelling out Rs. 1,200, in tandem riding. One can study the basics of the sport for around Rs. 15,000 and fly for hours. Mr. Varma, who is based in Bangkok and comanises similar events there, says that youth will get attracted to the sport, once the fear element is removed. “Power gliders too will be made available. Our institution is also into training people in mountain biking, trekking, etc.” Players in the sector are sad that they have to approach multiple agencies to seek permission to host adventure-sports events. Wing Commander (Retd) Unnikrishnan Palat, adventure-sports enthusiast and instructor, says that those into the sport have to deal with multiple agencies such as Irrigation, Electricity and Forest departments to get permission, and this is a tiresome and time-consuming process. “But one has to take all precautions. Only qualified instructors should take classes and carry out demos. Random events are not enough. The Government should help to sustain the interest in adventure sports.

Backwater Trekking

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He plans to comanise backwater trekking in Muhamma. His team has begun training youth in parasailing at the Muzhipilangadu Beach, Kannur, at the request of the Nehru Yuva Kendra. Adventure tourism is among the diversified tourism schemes of Kerala Tourism. Back in October last, it invited bids from consultants to identify locales to promote adventure and water-based tourism in the State. The department will set up fixed infrastructure such as buildings. The land is to be handed over to entrepreneurs on lease, for a maximum period of three years. Assessment every year The performance of the agency comanising adventure-tourism activities will be assessed each year and the lease extended only if found satisfactory.
The department is hopeful that Kerala will become a major player in the country’s adventure-tourism circuit in a year. Already, States such as Himachal Pradesh offer innumerable avenues for adventure sports. Kerala has the ideal landscape to host a variety of adventure sports, be it in the hills or in the backwaters or the beaches.

Wayanad Hill Station

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 Hill Stations in Kerala – WAYANAD

Introduction

Area: 2132 km2

Altitude: 700 to 2100 Mts above sea level

STD Code: 04936

Best time to visit: September to May 

Located in the north eastern section of the state of Kerala, the beautiful district of Wayanad is one of the most popular hill stations of India. Surrounded by lush green, sloping plains of spice plantation, a trip to Wayanad is a must include if you are planning a tour to Kerala.

Wayanad is located on the summit of the Deccan Plateau on its southern side with the Western Ghats running through it. Blessed by nature with lush, tropical forests, undulating slopes through which a number of smooth flowing rivers run across and a climate that promises to charm, the serene hill station of Wayanad remains even today uncorrupted by modernity and thus, is generally regarded to be one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala. A definite must-visit while on a holiday in Kerala.

How to Reach Wayanad

By Air

The airport nearest to the Wayanad is at Kozhikode airport at Karippur which is well connected to the hill station by a number of transportation options.

By Rail

The nearest railway station to the pristine hill station of Wayanad is located at Kozhikode, which is situated at a distance of around 67 kms away from Wayanad

By Road

A number of excellently maintained roads connect Wayanad with its neighboring cities. These include the Kozhikode- Mysore National Highway No. 212, which passes through the middle of the district. However it is best to avoid these roads at night as they run through a region which is famous for its elephants!

More Attractions in Wayanad – Kerala

MANANTHAVADY

Pazhassi Raja Tomb (32 km northeast of Kalpetta) : Pazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north Wayanad. There is a good aquarium here. Coin-operated toys for children and boating facilities for tourists are available here. Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, who organised guerilla type warfare against British East India Company, was cremated here in 1805.

VALLIYURKAVU BHAGAVATHY TEMPLE ( 8 km east of Mananthavady): The Temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The two week long festival in February / March is a major event attended by hundreds of tribals.

THE GLASS TEMPLE OF KOTTAMUNDA (20 km away from Kalpetta):  This Temple is located on the slope of Vellarimala and is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect images of the icons in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.

Pakshipathalam (10 km from Thirunelly) : Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli, is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist. To reach Pakshipathalam seventeen kilometres have to be covered through wild forest. The deep rock caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. Special permission has to be obtained from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam. District Tourism Promotion Council arranges vehicle, guides, camping equipments, etc. to the tourists, on hire.

Kuruva Island: The Kuruva island, 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare species 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.

KALPATTA

Chembra Peak  (14 km west of Kalpetta):  The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour. Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is very exhilerating.

Banasura sagar Dam (25 km northeast of Kalpetta) : This is the largest earth dam in India. The topography here is such that many islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill will provide a hypnotizing sight to tourists.

SULTHAN BATHERY

Edakkal Cave  (12 km from Sulthan Bathery) : This location of breathtaking beauty is three kilometres from Ambalavayal which is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. The Edakkal cave in the Ambukuthy mountain, is not a cave in the real sense. As stated in the India Antiquary (Vol.XXX, page – 410) and quoted in the District Gazette, Kozhikode, it is only’a cleft about 96ft. long and 22ft wide in the rock’. It is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main body due to some natural causes. The depth of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. What makes it a cave to the ordinary observer is the fact that in the other portion of the large cleft, an enormous rock, weighing several tonnes, has fallen forming a roof over a large part of it. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspires the archaeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole.

Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary : Muthanga, Which is 16 kms. east of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the Karnadaka border. Wild forests covering an area of 345 sq.kms form the Muthanga wild life sanctuary; the biggest abode of wild animals in Malabar. Elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheeta, wild bear, etc. are found in this sanctuary. The forest Department has facilities for providing elephant rides to tourists, here.

 VYTHIRI

Lakkidi: One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi also commands a picturesque scenery. It is about 55 kms. north east of Kozhikode and five kms. south of Vythiri. Lakkidi, the gate way of Wayanad, lies atop Thamarassery, a ghat pass at an elevation of 700 m. above mean sea level.The lofty mountain peaks, the gurging stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird’s eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking. The 12 kms.long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through ghat road with nine hairpin bends amidst thick forests, is a fascinating experience.

Pookot Lake: It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green mountains. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotising and the nature, unspoiled. Pookot lake tourist resort in Vythiri is the most sought after tourist spot of Wayanad. There is an aquarium and a green house here. Boating facilities are also available. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at Pookot. The lake has an area of 8.5ha. and the maximum water depth is 6.5mtrs. This lake is three kms.south of Vythiri.

Sentinel Rock Waterfalls: This waterfall is at Vellarimala village near Chooralmala in Meppadi panchayat. It is a picnic spot as well as a trekking centre. The sentinel rock, a rock of more than 200 m.in height, is ideal for rock climbing.

Kanthanpara Waterfalls: Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock Waterfall and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and its surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it is perfect for picnic

Soochippara Waterfalls: The waterfalls at Soochippara near Meppadi is really a treasure of nature, yet to be discovered. The stretches of waterfalls ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height is a treat to the eyes. The pool below, provides for water rafting, swimming, bathing,etc. The tree top huts at Soochippara give an unique view of the valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of the surrounding springs.

 

Get more details on specific hill stations by clicking links below:

1. Idukki Hill Station 2. Munnar Hill Station
3. Devikulam Hill Station 4. Ponmudi Hill Station
5. Attappady Hill Station 6. Peerumedu Hill Station
7. Vagamon Hill Station 8. Wayanad Hill Station
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