Thursday 16 January 2014
Traveller’s Paradise - 2
The blessed land of Kerala is one of the top most sought after tour and travel destination in the world. From eco-tourism destinations to the serene beaches or from a cool romantic hill to the sprawling tea gardens or from breath taking backwaters to the exhilarating wildlife parks and sanctuaries, Kerala has got all those ingredients which make it a unique experience of a life time. Traveller’s Paradise Column will open up some of the promising destinations of this great land.
Ashtamudi Lake the gate way to back waters surrounded by red cliffs and swaying coconut palms, is the second largest lake and deepest wet land eco system, finding its way in to the sea through the Neendakara estuary. It’s nearly 12km away from Kollam district. Backwater cruise from Kollam to Alapuzha along the backwaters you can see famous Chinese nets gracefully hanging over the lake. The boat journey through the lakes, canals and water bound villages gives a complete exposure to the beauty of backwaters of the Ashtamudi Lake. Catch a glimpse of one of the many thrilling sights of Ashtamudi Backwaters as the boat man gently dips his paddle, without disturbing the calmness of nature, the ripples spread out gently in the shimmering golden hue of the sun. Come and enjoy the absolute essence of a boat ride with its panoramic and magnificent views that will provide everyone an unforgettable experience. Pack your bags for a dream journey that will take you through some of the Kerala’s most incredible tourist places that offer everyone a remarkable vacation and tour filled in the glory of the nature.
Thenmala the serene village at the foothills of Western Ghats is primarily a forest area. It’s located at a distance of about 72 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. It’s the first planned Eco-tourism destination of India. Thenmala in English means honey hills. The wellknown Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is the prime ecotourism resource of Thenmala. The Wildlife Sanctuary is enriched with large varieties of flora and fauna. Here at the Culture Zone one can indulge in a variety of activities like trying few traditional Kerala dishes at the restaurant, a peep on Kerala’s art and culture, an amphitheatre etc. But the highlight of the Culture Zone is the open air Musical Dancing Fountain, which is a big attraction among the visitors. Adventure Zone exhibits elevated walkway for a journey that winds through the canopy of trees and going over rocky terrains bringing one close to life at different heights. And still those who don’t mind to give their body muscles a real work out can go for mountain biking, rock climbing and river crossing. Enjoy the travel to the natural areas to understand the cultural and natural history of environment, taking care not to alter the integrity of eco-system. Nature Trail winding through various areas of the zone attracts a large number of nature tourists