Gavi Ecotourism

Introduction to Gavi Ecotourism Gavi Ecotourism – Contents Introduction Getting There Activities Gavi Wildlife Gavi Trip Report – Nov 2013 Travel Tips Historical Background Summary Online Resources Gavi Ecotourism is a tourist program conducted by Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC) near Gavi village in Periyar Tiger Reserve forest. This program consists of multiple events conducted […]

January 4, 2014 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 1 Comment »

Shopping in Chalai Market Trivandrum

Introduction Chalai market in Trivandrum is one of the oldest and the largest markets in Kerala. Located in city center near east fort, this market sells everything needed for a household. Most of the shops deal with both retail and wholesale and you can buy stuff at a good price point. The market is famous […]

December 4, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 3 Comments »

Velankanni by Train

Note: If you are looking for information on the Velankanni Church, Please see my Velankanni Church Guide. This article was updated in December 2014 to reflect latest train timings. Introduction Table of Contents Introduction Getting to Velankanni Trains to Velankanni Ernakulam Velankanni Express 16188 Karaikal Express 16187 Ernakulam Express Nagapattinam Railway Station Velankanni Trip Photos […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 15 Comments »

Kayikkante Biriyani (Kayees Biriyani) in Mattancherry

Introduction I visit my brother who is staying in Cochin frequently and it gives me an opportunity in exploring interesting places around Cochin. Recently I was in Cochin on the way to Velankanni and we had a full day to spend. My brother suggested a trip to Mattancherry Jew Town and then a biriyani lunch […]

November 17, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 2 Comments »

Ponmudi KTDC Golden Peak Resort Review

Introduction Table of Contents Introduction Ponmudi Map Getting to Golden Peak Resort Golden Peak Resort Review Ponmudi : Nearby Attractions Ponmudi : Nearby Resorts Recommended Itinerary Ponmudi Itinerary Map The Bad Side Ponmudi : Photo Gallery Afterword Online Resources Ponmudi is a very popular hill station located about 60KM from city centre, Thiruvananthapuram district in […]

November 4, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 1 Comment »

Trip to Peppara Dam, Palode Botanical Garden, Dukes Forest Lodge and Ponmudi

It was another free weekend and a glance at the calendar reminded me that the school holidays is going to be over in a few days. We were yet to go on the family trip we had planned for the holidays. This time we decided we will stick to someplace which is easily driveable from […]

May 29, 2012 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 7 Comments »

Chalakkudy – Pollachi Road Trip (Via Athirippilly, Sholayar, Malakkappara, Valparai, Aliyar)

Introduction Table of Contents Introduction Chalakkudy – Valparai Trip Accommodation in Valparai Valparai – Pollachi –(Aliyar) Pollachi (Aliyar) – Valparai Valparai – Chalakkudy Recommended Trip Itinerary Places to Visit Route Map Distance Chart Summary Additional Reading Come September 2011, and it was time for another Onam holidays! I had an extended weekend of 4 days […]

October 6, 2011 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 70 Comments »

Thenmala Trip Report

Introduction Thenmala is a village located along the valley of the southern ends of Western Ghats in Kerala. Located in Kollam district, it is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. The word "thenmala" literally means "mountain flowing with honey".  The place derives its name from the abundance of honey along the forests here. Thenmala […]

June 6, 2011 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 5 Comments »

Thrissur Pooram 2009 – A photo essay

Introduction Thrissur Pooram is the most famous temple festival of Kerala. The word "Pooram" means "gathering of people" and once you attend Thrissur Pooram, you will realize the meaning better! There were so many people and so much positive energy that I was overwhelmed by all of it. Thrissur Pooram is a Hindu religious festival, […]

June 5, 2009 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 3 Comments »

Velankanni shrine basilica travel report – Trivandrum to Velankanni via Trichy

Update: The article updates are provided at the bottom of this article. Also please see my travel report in November, 2012 here – Velankanni By Train. Introduction Velankanni is a coastal village in Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Even though it is commonly known as Velankanni, the correct spelling is Vailankanni. Velankanni is very famous for […]

November 8, 2008 | Posted in Travel Reviews | 31 Comments »