Showing posts with label Kerala. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kerala. Show all posts

Bekal Fort - Must Visit Best Beach and Favorite Shooting Spot in Kerala

Bekal is must visit small town on the eastern shore of Kerala state of South India and It is a must visit tourist place and favorite shooting spot in Kerala. Giant keyhole shaped fort, the golden expanse of a beautiful beach surrounding the fort, backwaters and hill destinations and water sport facilities nearby. Kasaragod is a beautiful town poised at the Northern extreme of Kerala State.16 km south of the town on the National Highway, bordered by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers

History sleeps here among the lonely battlements of the Bekal Fort, by the sea shore. The Bekal fort is the largest and the best preserved of its kind in Kerala. This 300 plus years old fort is located on a vast 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.The tall observation towers of this hill-top fort built in 1502 AD by Ekkary Sivappu Nayak of Bednone, provide a panoramic view of the Lakshadweep sea. 



It was very popularised by Tamil's famous Film Director Maniaratnam shooted his movie 'Bombay' and the song 'uyire uyire'.... here. and it is a famous shooting spot for all Indian movie makers.

Some of the movies/songs shooted here..
Uyire Uyire  from Bombay
Hey..Indha kadhal from Satham Podaathey
Anbe Sugamaa from Paarthaale Paravasam
Adi Kaadhal Enbadhu from Ennavale
Devudu Karunistadani from Prema Katha

Sum Sumne Nagtale from
and
Minchagi Neenu Baralu from Galipata and lots of film makers coming here....



Bekal Fort is in Kasargod District of Kerala. Kasargod is an hour drive from Mangalore . Bekal Fort is about 30mins in a local bus from Kasargod town.


Munnar - Must Visit Hill Station in Kerala

Munnar is located in South India is located in the east of Kerala bordering with the state of Tamilnadu  at 1600 Mts above sea levelSprawling tea plantations,  winding lanes,  picturisque towns, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar has  covered by tea estates. The mots speaking languages in Munnar are  Malayalam, Tamil, English.
The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mts and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.

During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favourite tourist place of both; Indians as well as foreigners. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range expose its beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants, which make the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. 



The alluring bends and curves of Munnar roads will lead you to a wonderful hillstation perched on natural greens.

A hill-top town that received its name from being the converging point of three mountain streams namely Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, the history of Munnar vibrates back to the 19th century. During the colonial era, Munnar was the favorite summer resort of British rulers. Infinite expanse of tea estates, nature- fresh valleys and mountains, flora and fauna of exotic nature, scintillating sanctuaries and flourishing forests.. Munnar is famous for its spectacular estate home stays, beautiful resorts, beautiful waterfalls and  breathtaking valleys.
Kuthumkal Waterfalls
An important tourist attraction at Munnar is the Kuthumkal Waterfalls. The scenic waterfalls, falling from spectacular heights and creating a foggy atmosphere is something worth watching out for.



Munnar- Honeymooners Paradise

Idukki - The God’s Own District!!!

Idukki is district in Kerala, its is covered by thick green forest. High ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar - and their tributaries. The River Pamba also has its origin here. As a tourist destination, Idukki is may your favourite tourist attractions for its Hill stations, Dams, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Elephant rides , Mountain Treks, Spice plantations, etc. 
Idukki is about 100 Kilometers away from Cochin and is very easy to reach. The bus service is flowing very frequently from Cochin and nearby cities, so it is very easy to reach.


Idukki Dam
Idukki Dam is world's second and Asia's first arch dam, The Idukki Dam, located in Kerala, India, is a 555 foot tall arch dam. The dam stands between the two mountains - Kuravanmala (839)m and Kurathimala (925)m. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located close by. 










Shree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy - The Richest God of the World


Shree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple is one of the most important Vaishnavite Temples in India. And now it is the richest temple in the world. The city carrying the name of Anantha later became Thiruvananthapuram. Due to the presence of this temple, Thiruvananthapuram even had a name "Ananthasayanam".

Vilwamangalam Swamiyar who was roaming in search of Sree Krishna, reached Ananthan Kaadu and there, Vishnu appeared in front of him in the form of Ananthasayana. Swamiyar plucked some tender mangoes from a nearby mango tree and gave it to Vishnu as his offering. Vishnu accepted that offering and was pleased. This is what the tales tell.

The Idol of Sree Padmanabha Swamy is made of Kadusarkkara Yogam, an ayurvedic mixture, with Vishnu sleeping on the serpent Ananta with his head pointing towards south, facing east. The idol is made up of 12000 salagramams that compose the reclining figure. They are considered extraordinary because they are from Nepal, from the banks of the Gandhaki river, and they were allegedly brought to the temple by elephant in an elaborate ceremony. On top of them, “katusarkara yogam”, navaratnams, a special ayurvedic mix, was used to create plaster. Followers believe that the Lord has personally come in disguise and had saved the Travancore Kingdom from enemy attack on multiple occasions.

In late June 2011, a review of the temple's underground vaults was undertaken by a seven-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India to generate an inventory, leading to the discovery of a vast hidden collection. Estimates suggest that the temple could be the richest in the world; unofficial estimates on the sixth day of the inventory placed the value of contents at close to 100,000 crore (US$22.3 billion).

The riches come from the donations that were made by the Royal family and traders, who used to come from other parts of the country and abroad, as offerings to the deity, and were sealed within the thick stone walls and vaults of the temple for over a millennium. Zee news reported that the value of the Ancient offerings made to the lord Padmanabhaswamy may be in excess of 500000 crore ( USD$ 100 Billion). The temple is now considered wealthier than the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh – by official records considered to be the richest shrine in India

The temple that houses a sleeping idol of Lord Vishnu is the richest temple in the world. Treasure worth Rs 100,000 crore was recently found in secret chambers on temple land. Golden crowns, 17 kg of gold coins, 18 ft long golden necklace weighing 2.5 kg, gold ropes, sack full of diamonds, thousands of pieces of antique jewellery, and golden vessels were some of the treasures unearthed during the weekend.

The main treasure found was a one foot (12 angulams) height golden idol of Lord Mahavishnu and a 30 kg golden ‘anki’. This golden idol of Lord Vishnu is believed to be the replica of the ‘utsava vigraham' used in the temple. The golden idol of Padmanabhaswamy studded with more than 1000 previous stones is valued to around Rs. 500 Crore. Another golden idol of Lord Sree Krishna was also found which weighs around 5 kg. Several golden coins were also unearthed which are believed to be issued during the reign of Krishnadeva Rayar in the 16th century AD. Numerous golden ornaments which were used to adorn the main deity were also found in the Vault marked A. Ornaments studded with emeralds were also found on Saturday. Numerous golden human figurine weighing 1 kg, golden bangles, golden rope, are other interesting treasure found in the Vishnu Temple. Two coconut shells made of pure gold were also found. One of this golden coconut shell was students with rare antique stones including emeralds and rubies. 



Explore the Temple



How to Reach
Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple can easily be accessed by road being its ideal location near the Trivandrum City Bus Station in East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram. The inter-state highway, National Highway 47 (NH 47) connects Thiruvananthapuram to all major cities and nearby states including Kollam, Ernakulam (Kochi), Thrissur, Nagercoil, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Chennai, and Bangalore. 

Nearest Railway Station
Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station, just 1 km away from Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Trivandrum Central Railway Station is one of the major railway stations in Kerala, managed by Southern Railways. Himsagar Express (Kanyakumari - Kashmir), Rajdhani Express, Howrah Express, Sabari Express (Trivandrum – Hyderabad), and Guruvayur Express (Chennai – Guruvayoor) are some of the major trains passing through Trivandrum Railway Station.

Nearest Bus Station
Thiruvananthapuram City Bus Station at East Fort is the nearest bus station to reach the temple. The City Bus Station is just a walking distance from the temple. Thiruvananthapuram Central Bus Station, situated opposite to the railway station, is just a kilometer away from the temple.

By Flight / Airport
Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The airport is just 7 km from the temple.