A lovely damsel
clad in a green Silk Saree, said the poets about Green Kerala, Pacha
Pattudutha Keralam. The definiton of a desert is that
Desert = Place
with < 250 mm rainfall per year.
around 2500-3000 mm rainfall per year !
proximity to the Equator makes it a torrid zone or a Tropical Zone.
Trichur, Central Kerala, is just +10.30 North latitude. But
the triune Monsoons - South West, North East and Summer - cool the
province. The main reason is the nearness of the state to the sea
and the presence of the Western Ghats on the east. If not for the
Western Ghats which prevent hot winds from entering this green
state, Kerala would have been an arid land. During the hot season,
from Dhanu ( Dec 17 ) to the First Half of Sidereal Taurus or Edava
Pathi ( May 29 ), temp will be > 40 degrees. And the temp
used to range from 28 degrees to 32 degrees ( Now it is 42 degrees )
on the plains and 20 degrees in the highlands, during the Monsoon
season. The main tourist attraction centers, the Highlands of
Kerala, maintain an invigorating and cool climate throughout
Chinese Fishing Nets in Kochi
Amongst Indian states, Kerala and
Kashmir are known for their beauty natural. A cinc actress and a
damsel aristocratic, that is how Kashmir and Kerala look like.
Kerala is one of the most ought after tourist destinations in the
world, with the National Geographic recommending her as one of the
best ten tourist spots. Great opportunities await the investor in
the Kerala Tourism industry, which is growing at 8.4 % ( against the
national average of 6.4 % ). 27 lovely beaches, hill stations
experienced as exhilarating and ecstatic, calm and serene
backwaters, great art forms, magnificent monuments, year round
charming festivals and rejuvenating health packages - all these lure
the tourists and make Kerala a Heaven on Earth. " A heavenly
Paradise" said Michael Smith about beauteous Kerala.
Her commercial capital is Kochi, the
Queen of the Arabian Sea, who has already donned the garb of
the industrial hub of South India. Those in IT, BT, Service Sector
Companies & owners of hotels & resorts are making
a beeline for space in this city and she will be compete with Tier
II cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad et al.
International Airport is well connected
to all parts of the world. Air India, Oman Air and Kuwait Airways,
along with the domestic Indian Airlines operate here.
despite her economic backwardness, is the most egalitarian &
literate state. To quote Burton Stein,
‘Not only did
Kerala launch an exemplary land reform programme, but it also
devoted relatively large expenditures to basic education and health
care, making the state the most egalitarian, best educated and
healthiest in the Indian Union, though it remained among the poorest.’
National Geographic defined Kerala as a ‘Mount Everest of
social development’ and a must see in a life time destination !
Lack of industrial infrastructure may have drawn criticism from many
quarters. But it has saved Kerala from pollution and the modern fast
food culture and made her achieve much in the social sector and get
a relatively pristine environment, which has made a her a powerful
must see in the tourist map of Incredible India !
The ancient Seer-Poets of India communed
with Nature, communed with the Infinite and their collective wisdom
came to be known as the Vedas. It is said that the Vedas are Sruthi,
that is they were cognised by the Seers in higher states of
Indian civilization and culture, from times immemorial, has been
based on Vedic wisdom. The Vedic village of Maitreyi, spread over 25
acres, has been created for men who want to move away from the
madding crowd and achieve mental peace and bliss.
This superb divine village is situated in the pristine, pure nature
of the foothills of the Western Ghats, extolled in the Twelve
Positive Sciences for their elevating and sublime experience.
..An eco-friendly, cultural and spiritual
retreat is Maitreyi and it is close to the Aliyar Dam Lake in Tamil
Nadu, which is famous for its excellent climate and breathtaking
scenic beauty. Maitreyi's layout is based on the Vedic science of
Architecture, Vastu Vidya. Care has been exercised to use
materials for its construction.
The agriculture here is organic as the Vedas extoll Organic farming.
25 acres adjoining the Anamalai hills which constitute Maitreyi is
great to behold, as its harmonious layout enhances its natural
beauty.The thrust is on Organic farming,whose by product is the
preservation of the existing ecosystem !
Ayurvedic treatments along with the
practice of Transcendental Meditation creates a feeling of
well-being, says the tourists who had visited this vedic village.
Health improves due to less tension. Tension has been defined as the
sole villain which devastates the health of those who lead a
mechanical life, which is the product of our own modern hotpot
Tourism - Heavens on Earth - Mookambika Temple, Kollur
If the Lord is
omnipresent, why should one visit temples? Tantra talks about
centrallisation of the Almighty Self ! Our ancient
forefathers, the Rishies, had unlimited spiritual knowledge and they
knew that there are places where there is an excessive concentration
of Cosmic Energy ! They constructed Temples there, so that we
mortals can have a glimpse of Spiritual Grace ! The word temple is
derived from the Latin Tempulum, where Law and Justice can be
emanates from persons and places of worship and this can be felt by
devotees. Even though Temples and Synagogues represent Exoteric
Religion, esoteric and mystic meanings are contained in the
Symbolism of such places of worship !
I was struck by
the spiritual halo which surrounds the Temple, during my visit
there. The Temple is well maintained. It is said that Sankara was
told by the Divine Mother not to look back, when He had a vision of
Her. At the sound of her anklets, he looked back. Then the Mother
Divine told him to install her idol at Mookambika !
went to Thirunavaya, in Malappuram, to do shrardham
for my mother. It was a great experience.
is the abode of the gods and it impresses one with its
breathtaking natural beauty. On the banks of Nila or
Bharatapuzha, a 203 km long river, the second longest after
Periyar, we have three glorious temples, dedicated to the
Creative, Preservative and Destructive aspects of Time Eternal !
Hindus do srardham
or bali ( rites to the departed ) , that is respect
those who have gone to the astral plane.
respected the dead ancestors and prayed for forgiveness for the
offences, knowingly or unknowingly, done to them. I am my
brother did it for almost forty minutes, on the banks of the
comes from the Western Ghats and flows through Kerala and drains
itself into the Arabian Sea. It irrigates thousands of acres.
Above is a video about the lotus cultivation in Thirunavaya. (
This temple deity, Lord Vishnu, was the Tutelary Deity of the
Zamorin, who then was the ruler of Kerala. He was worried about
the idols which were lost in the Bharatapuzha River. Astrologers
advised him to garland Lord Vishnu with the lotus flower and
hence lotus is cultivated on 250 acres. The lotus thus obtained
goes not only to this Nava Mukunda temple but to temples like
come here because of the natural beauty, the greenish landscape
architecture done by Nature and the proximity of the three
temples dedicated to Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
is a must see destination in Tourism Kerala. It lies 8 kms south
The famous Nava
Mukunda Temple lies on the bank the of the second largest
river in Kerala, the Bharatapuzha. It is believed to be
6000 years old. The sanctum sanctorum is adorned by great
sculptures which defiy imagination. You can see the mythological
Ten Incarnations of Vishnu along with the story of Lord
Shiva in his tribal avatar, blessing Arjuna with the Pasupatha
A place of
immense historical importance, this is the ancient land of
Mamankam, where the rulers used to assemble once, in every 12
years. One of them used to be elected as the Emperor of Kerala.
There was a great Trade Fair held at this venue. Traders used to
come in ships and barges and this festival was celebrated with
great pomp and pageantry.
Grilled Green Chromide
Scientific Hindu Calendar
Kerala Tourism can
revive you to recharge your body and soul, capturing you with her tantalising
beauty. Kerala Tourism figures primarily in Indian tour attractions and Kerala
Tourism is blessed with attractions like Kerala backwater tour packages, Kerala
Wildlife Tourism, Kerala Hill Station Tourism, Kerala Beach Tourism etc. Your
experiences will be out of this world, as God's own country captivates you with
her exquisite beauty.