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Kanwar Yatra-An Incredible Journey Devoted To The Lord Shiva


Kanwarias On The Way

Kanwarias -On The Way

Kanwar or KanvarYatra is an annual pilgrimage or a festival of Lord Shiva devotees. Devotees from different parts of country visit to Gangotri , Gaumukh and Haridwar. They cover a large distance by walking barefoot and bring the holy water Ganga from these sacred places. The devotees who are a part of this divine Yatra (journey) are called as Kanwarias. This name is derived from word ‘Kanvar’. Kanwar or Kanvar means a single dedicated pole with two ends and each end hanging two pots to carry water. It is generally carried on the shoulder.

The Yatra takes place throughout the sacred month of Shravan (Saavan) (July -August), in keeping with the Hindu calendar.

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Kanwar

The purpose of this Yatra is to bring the holy water of Ganga from pilgrimage places like Haridwar,Gangotri and Gaumukh. This sacred water of Ganga is brought back to their native villages or city and offered to the Lord Shiva’s linga in the local temples. Pouring of water on the divine linga of Lord Shiva is known as Abhishekam. Saffron clad Kanwarias dedicate whole monsoon season to the worships of Lord Shiva. There is a rule for Kanwar Yatra , Kanwariyan can not put their Kanwars on the earth.

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

Kanwarias  At Bank Of  The Holy River Ganga

Kanwarias At Bank Of The Holy River Ganga

Now a days devotees are traveling to a nearest place by vehicle, and then starting the rest Yatra on foot from there. Those who are terribly far away from Haridwar ,Gangotri ,Gaumukh or other big pilgrimage take up the Yatra to a local river or pond and fetch the water in their Kanwar and then offer to the Ling of the Lord Shiva.

There are many mythologies which are related to the Kanwar Yatra.Some mythologies are here:

  • Kanwar Yatra started by the Lord Rama in Treta Yuga.when Lord Rama had brought the holy water of river Ganga in the Kanwar from Sultanganj and poured that on the Ling of Lord Shiva at Babadham.
  • When the Samundra Manthan (churning of the oceans) took place in the month of  Sawan and fourteen amazing things came out then thirteen of them were divided among the demons, deities and demigod except the dangerous poison i.e. known as Halahal.For the saving of all Lord Shiva drank the poison and stored that in his throat thereafter all gods offered the holy and cold water of river Ganga to Lord Shiva to reduce the bad effect of poison. This Manthan was happened in the month of Sawan, since then the devotees started Kanwar Yatra to offer the holy water of Ganga to the Lord Shiva.
  • It is also a believe that demon king Ravana also brought the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar and furnished to Lord Shiva at the local Shiva temples.
A Kanwaria Touching the Wall Of Temple

A Kanwaria Touching the Wall Of Temple

Linga Of Lord Shiva

Linga Of Lord Shiva(Shivlinga)

This year,the Kanwar Yatra 2014 has started from 13 July. It is the sanctified and blessed month to worshiping Lord Shiva. Furnishing Ganga Jal Abhishekam and taking fast during this month showers miraculous benefits of the devotees. It is one of the beliefs of Hindu religion that the worship of Lord Shiva during Shravan month is pondered 108 times more effective than worshipping during another day. Worshiping Lord Shiva with Ganga water is a way to seek Moksha(freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth).


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Rath Yatra 2014 In Puri-A zealous and Religious Journey with Lord Jagannath


The Three Sacred Chariots

The Three Sacred Chariots

The most awaited car festival or Rath Yatra 2014 will held on the 29th June 2014 in Puri.It is also known as the Chariot festival .It is the most important yearly festival of Hindus. It is a colorful festival of Puri in which millions of devotees from the various region of India and also from aboard take place. It is the beliefs of Hindus the participation of this festival brings them to heaven.

Painted Elephants Ready To Welcome Of Chariots

Painted Elephants Ready To Welcome Of Chariots

Three Lords In Chariot

Three Lords In Chariot

A Devotee On Chariot

A Devotee On Chariot

The three Rath or chariots are the main highlights of the Rath Yatra.These three chariot pulled by the strings. One of the chariot dedicated to Lord Jagannath, another one devoted to Balabhadra’s and the third one dedicated to Subhadra.Lord Jagannath ‘s chariot is 45.6 feet high and moved on the 18 wheels,this chariot called Nandighosa. The chariot of Balbhadra’s is made 45 feet high and it has 16 wheels.Balabhadra’s chariot referred as Taladhvaja. Devadalana is the name of the Subhadra’s chariot. The height of the chariot is 44.6 feet and it has 14 wheels. All chariots made of wood and decorated with various colors and designs.

Decoration of Deities

Decoration of Deities

‘Snana Pumima’marks the starting of this festival.On this auspicious day the three deities-Lord Jagannath(Lord Krishna),Lord Balabhadra(Elder Brother of Lord Krishna) and Devi Subhadra(Sister of Lord Krishna) take a divine prolonged bath on a sacred platform known as ‘Snana Bedi”.After this holy bath of all three deities ,they put in an isolation place for 15 days. This 15 days time period is know as ‘Anabasara’.During this 15 days period no public worship is performed and after this isolation period .the three deities come out of the temple and board with colorful chariots.

Rangoli On The Path of Sacred Chariot

Rangoli On The Path of Sacred Chariot

Devotees Pulling The Rope Of Chariot

Devotees Pulling The Rope Of Chariot

Devotees Performing Songs In Jagannath Rath Yatra Ceremony

Devotees Performing Songs In Jagannath Rath Yatra Ceremony

Chhera pahara is the most famous ritual associated with the Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2014. During the festival, the King sweeps all around the chariots and deities. He then cleanses the road with a broom (gold-handled) and sprinkles sandalwood powder and water. This ritual is held for two days, very firstly on the Rath Yatra Puri when the three deities go to their aunt’s house, where the deities enjoy nine day stay and enjoyed the sweets of rice.

A single glance of Lord Jagannatha on the chariot is pondered to be very auspicious and poets, saints, and scriptures have repeatedly dignified the purity of this special festival. The significance of the sacred festival is such that even a single touch of the chariots of deities or even the ropes of chariot with which these are pulled is considered enough to endow the results of several holy deeds or austerity for ages. The Car Festival is one of the world’s most incredible spectacles.

 

 

 


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Ladakh –A Wonderful Blend Of Beauty And Adventures


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Reflection In Beautiful Lake Of Ladakh (Image By Flickr)

Nature is great and amazing creator of incredible beautiful places. Ladakh is a white snow magic on the earth. It’s really like a kaleidoscope of natures beauty, snow covered peaks, large and barren sand dunes, frozen rivers, miraculous valleys, extremely cold region, scorching sunlight, dazzling shiny mountains and Buddhist monasteries. This exotic region situated in the northernmost of Jammu & Kashmir and lies between the giant Himalaya and the beautiful Karakoram mountain range.

Ladakh is full with wonderful natural charm that always attracts to the nature lovers. The peaceful area of Ladakh is also presenting the wonderful range of adventures. Ladakh is the land of High passes and high adventure sports. There are various adventurous activities, which can fill adventure and sparks in your Ladakh tour .Be a part of some adventurous  to get a most wonderful and memorable trip of  Ladakh  .Some are here:

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Chadar Trek Of Ladakh(Image By Flickr)

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Trekking On The Snow Covered Trek(Image By Flickr)

Trekking-Measure the Slopes of  Mountain

Ladakh is full with wonderful dangerous treks. Gather your courage and be ready to view a beautiful world at extreme levels of thrill. There are many treks in Ladakh which are famous among the trekkers. A Trek of Ladakh can be categorized in three category likes easy treks, moderate treks and difficult trek. Lamayuru to Alchi trek, Ripchar Valley Trek, Padum to Darcha Trek and Lamayuru to Darcha Trek are comes in easy treks. Markha Valley Trek, Lamayuru Stok Kangri and Markha Valley Trek with Stok Kangri Climb are known as moderate trek.Chadar trek,Jhunglam Hemis to Padum trek and Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo are well known as difficult trek of Ladakh region. Markha valley and Chadar trek are the most popular tracks.Chadar Trek is well known and dangerous trek in the all over world.

Paragliding

Paragliding In Ladakh(Image By Flickr)

Paragliding- Glance of Beauty of Ladakh From the Sky

Feel the brutal and strong winds slap at the high level of the surface. A bird’s eye view of IndusValley gives you an ultimate experience of your life. There are many best spots around Ladakh for thrilling paragliding experiences would be Stok Kangri, Tsemo Gompa and Leh Bazaar as well.

Bikers In Ladakh

Bike Adventure In Ladakh(Image By Flickr)

Bike Trip-Explore the Charm of High Passes with Adventure

Biking in Ladakh region is awesome.Biking across the Himalayan route by crossing the amazing Rothang pass, KuluValley and Lahaul-Spiti valley fascinates to bikers with its romantic charms and thrills. On the route,you will interact with famous Shanti Stupa, LehPalace and Sankar monastery, which are spreading a divine charm. You can take real beauty and challenges on the Highest Motorable Road in the world i.e. Khurdung La Pass only by the Bike.

Yak Safari

Yak Safari (Image By Flickr)

 Yak Safari: Special Safari in the Ladakhi Style

Yak Safari puts some more fun in your Ladakh trip .Yak is a heavy and shaggy animal. So enjoy the beauty of spanning glacial valleys, streams, snow clad high peaks, green forest and deep meadow on this special safari.

Camel Ride

Camel Safari In Nubra Valley(Image By Flickr)

Camel Safaris-An amazing Journey of  Mountains on the Ship of Desert

The Double Humped camel is the special species of Himalaya region. Take a deep glance of  Monasteries, Gompas. Stupas, Kangri peaks, Khardung la pass with this exclusive safari. Only Camel safari gives you full explore of the beautiful villages of the amazing Nubra valley.

Rafting

Rafting In Zanskar River (Image By Flickr)

Rafting-An Extreme Thriller on the Water Waves:

Best entertainment with some bit of adventure –River Rafting. Take a glimpse of picturesque landscapes, shining peaks, deep canyons, hillside villages and hilltop monasteries from the high and low waves of river Zanskar and Indus river are famous for rafting.

 


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Shopping around the Monument of Love – Taj Mahal


 

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Monument With White Beauty-Taj Mahal

As we know India is undoubtedly the true land of tourism, Taj Mahal is also known as the exact witness of Indian tourism. Your tour to India is incomplete without seeing the glorious beauty of  Taj Mahal, which is why a number of tourists visit Agra every year. As a result, the city of Taj, Agra has developed into a very good shopping city in last few years. Shopping places near Taj offers you a very superior variety of souvenirs to purchase. These markets are always full of crowd and propose you the different artifacts and other valuable items. The people who love leather, and sweets will be very happy being here.

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Beautiful Replica Of  Taj Mahal

Coming back with a replica of Taj Mahal is a very common trend which people are still following . You can bring this mini Taj Mahal to your home, or you can also gift it to others. It is prepared by local talented artists and is very famous between tourists. Other thing which is famed is incredible leather goods as the city is well known for its leather industry. The items which you can purchase are belts, shoes, leather jackets and bags, etc., which are available in various colors and designs. Different decorative items made up of metals like brass; copper and silver would also be a good item to purchase.

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Rug And Carpet Center Near Taj Mahal

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Beautiful Marble Items In A Shop

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Some Small Gift Items

One of its kinds, the mobile souvenir is always roaming around the Taj Mahal. You can purchase all kinds of items from them like key rings, mini model of Taj Mahal, books about Taj Mahal and Agra, etc. You will find few Governments Handloom and Handicraft shops near the western gate of Taj Mahal.

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Beautiful Embroidered Pair of Marble Pot

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Colorful Pots In Market Near Taj Mahal

You can buy some unique things like the sarees made of bamboo and banana, handmade rugs, curtains and bed sheets. Outside the south gate of Taj Mahal, you will find Taj Ganj, which is famous for various marble items. Everything which can be carved from marble is available here. All of these items are beautifully designed by professional artists. Agra Petha is very famous, and it is a must try, which is worth it. This is a trend in India that people purchase this delicious sweet for others as a gift item.

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Different Flavors Of Petha

Different culture ,food and a wonderful  visit  of  Taj Mahal give you a unforgettable experience.You will also find some food joints near Taj, where you can relish local food. The cuisine of Agra is very scrumptious and preferred by all travellers. The famous markets are Kinari Bazaar, Taj Ganj Area, Pratap Puro and Sadar Bazaar. If you are there in Agra during the Taj Mahotsav, the fun of your trip will be double. Artists and craftsmen from all over the world come there to display their work. You will find the maximum of variety there, and you can purchase these items at a very good price.

It is not like that you will find only traditional and handicraft objects in Agra. The city also has world-class famous shopping malls, which are very famed between tourists, like Omaxe Wedding Mall. There is a marvellous food court and a banquet hall in the mall, which can be used for different parties and functions. The other mall situated near Taj Mahal is TDI Mall, where you will find some world-class brands. The other famous shopping malls in the city are Pacific Taj Mall and Ashok Cosmos Mall. There are different food joints in these malls and other shopping outlets followed by various entertainment zones where you can enjoy and relax.Shopping of  precious marble and astonishing  view of  Taj Mahal .

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SOMNATH-Sun Temple: The Legendary Indian Shrine


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Somnath-Sun Temple

The Somnath Temple is positioned in the Saurashtra region, the western coast of Gujarat.It is among the twelve Jyotirlings of the god Shiva. It has presently become a tourist terminus for travelers. Various mythologies are connected to it, which makes the temple Legend. Somnath literally means “The Shrine Eternal”, since having been devastated many times by Islamic Royals and rajas it is still interminable. In recent times, it was remodeled in November 1947 by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

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Entrance Of The Temple

The existent temple is fabricated in the Chalukya  style of temple and replicates the skill of the Sompra Salat, one of Gujarat’s leading masons. The temple’s main pinnacle is 15 metres in height, and it has an 8.2-metre tall flag pole at the top. The temple is positioned at such a habitation that there is no land in straight- line between Somnath seashore untill Antarctica, such an engraving in Sanskrit is found on the Arrow-Pillar called Baan-Stambh raised on the sea-protection wall at the Somnath Temple.

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Carvings On Wall

With the help of inhabitants, anybody can be pleasantly surprised to find this mesmerizing and enthralling Sun temple built in the 14th century. Situated adjacent in the direction of the Sitala Mata Temple, it has a magnificent arrival porch, and statues of the Sun God and his two associates.State provides transport buses and private luxury coaches which connect Somnath from various destinations in Gujarat.It is located 6 km from the adjoining railway station at Veraval. Due to fast connectivity of transport and amazing beauty of this temple makes it an alluring tourist place for travelers in Gujarat.

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A Wonderful Sculpture

On the eastern end of Somnath is Triveni, which is the coming together of three rivers .On the banks of the river Triveni, Hiranya is the spot where Lord Krishna’s procession rites were performed, a hunter mistook him for a deer and killed him. A large showering harbour is built here, which is called Dehotsarg. A huge commemorative and a Geeta Mandir standing on a number of pillars are also erected here.

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Amazing Carvings On The Pilers

Surya Mandir or the Sun Temple dates back to time of the original Temple of Somnath and gives an idea of what the primary temple resembled. A museum is positioned in the Somnath Temple zone and another in a thoroughfare nearby, that contains remnants of the old Somnath Shrines. Somnath Temple has folklore behind its formation. It is believed that Lord Chandra (Moon God) was very proud of his beauty because of which he was cursed by his father-in-law Daksha, to get less significant. In order to get liberated of this curse, Moon God prayed to Lord Shiva, and Lord Shiva became pleased with the reparation of the Moon and reduced the curse to some degree. This illustration led to the intermittent diminishing of the moon.

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Stepped Fond In Sun Temple

Sun Temple is an eternal Indian shrine that illustrates the power of formation is always greater than the power of devastation. The religious prominence of Sun temple fascinates travelers as well as sightseers from India and abroad and as a result it has turned out to be one of the prominent tourist spots of  Gujarat .Visiting Sun Temple during your Gujrat  tour would not only give you a good architectural view but will also provide you mental and spiritual peace.


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A Perfect Plan and Preparation Can Make Your Himalayan Trekking Trip Wonderful


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Snow covered high mountains. Under the bright shining of sun, Snow glitters likes diamond. Clear and crisp cool air, wonderful meadows; smoky mountains always fascinate the nature lovers. Beauty of mountains is unbelievable. The ultimate beauty, high risk and adventure invites to nature lovers for trekking. Trekking is the best and favorite adventure trip among the nature lovers.

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Scrumptious View Of Himalaya Region Image By Flickr

In India trekking is popular among the nature lovers. There is large number of trekking locations in India. Ladakh and the Himalayan range are the great attraction for trekkers. There are lots of delights for adventures and memorable trekking tour in Himalayan range. Lakadh trekking is also very popular among the adventures tourism. Beauty and trekking points of Ladakh are extremely amazing and challenging.

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Trekkers On Rest Image By Flickr

Trekking bounds to nature and gives a lifetime wonderful experience but it requires a great plan and proper preparation. Here are some tips or point which is most considerable for any trekking tour:

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Meditation Image By Flickr

Fitness assurance

Health fitness is most important for a healthy and successful trek. Fitness means to both physical and mental fitness. Start a quality walk, exercise and meditation before two month of your trek tour because only your fitness, patience and good mental level helps you a lot during the trek. If you have some serious health problem then consult your doctor before leaving for the trek.

Do the homework and research for the desired region

Before, you plan to go trek do your pre research on the region you would like to visit and for that you can take help from internet, it will provide you all information about the area, geographic conditions, whether update maps and guidelines for your trip.

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Bag Packing For Trek Image By Flickr

Clothing and back Pack

Pack your bag with warm clothes otherwise cold wind may freeze you. Whether of Himalayan range is uncertain so keep waterproof jacket, windproof clothes, thermo underwear and small quick drying towel. Also carry sun hat, cap, scarf and gloves .Always choose best comfortable trekking shoes for easy climbing and to avoid blisters. Do not stuff unwanted things. Each and every kg is a pain in the hills.

Medicine and First Aid

Keep basic medicines avoid storing bunch of medicines in your first aid box. Take medicines for headache, painkiller, diarrhea, anti allergies, anti-inflammatory tablets, water-tablets are the essential medicines never forget them. Add also thermometer, Band –aid, cotton buds, antibiotic ointments and scissors.

Food

Always try to keep nourishing and healthy food rather then tasty food. Keep dry foods, noodles, biscuits chocolates, tinned food and etc.

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Tent For Trek Image By Flickr

Important Accessories
Take sunglasses with UV protection that protects from both cold wind and harmful radiations. Pack toiletries, Sun cream, water bottle and headlamp with extra batteries. Also keep sleeping bag, waterproof tent for stay. A lightweight kerosene stove, pans, pots and cutlery for cooking.

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Trekker On The Way Image By Flickr

Apart for all these points your mental status and preparation is most important to complete a safe, secure and successful trek tour. There is big need to adjust to the responses of the different, odd geographical conditions and also the response of people of different culture.Scrumptious and scenic places of Lakadh ,Himalaya and other trekking points gives you a very peaceful experience. It’s the time to opt your favorite place for trek So just make a plan and enjoy the incredible beauty of nature.

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Striking Splendour in Kerala- Thekkady


Thekkady, located in God’s Own Country, Kerala in India is famous for its dense and diverse flora and fauna. It is a small village situated in Idukki. The main centre of attraction for the place is Periyar Wildlife Reserve, which is one of the 27 Tiger Reserves in India. Just because of its size, the reserve attracts thousands of tourists every year. Thekkady is the perfect example of nature’s gift with enthralling picturesque magic, wealthy bio assortment having intense jungle and prosperous plantation. Thekkady is spread over an area of 777 sq km. Amusing ecstasy Thekkady is truly a paradise for nature lovers.

Tigress and Cubs In Rest

Tigress and Cubs In Rest

Cormorants In Periyar Image By Flickr

Cormorants In Periyar Image By Flickr

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Spotted Dear In Periyar Image By Flickr

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located around an artificial Lake Periyar which is about 24 sq km in area. Tourists love to do boating over this lake, and it is a prominent feature of attraction. Apart from the boating other attracting points are trekking, elephant ride and great sightseeing. The main animals which can be spotted here are tiger, elephant, sambar, jungle cat, gaur, wild boar and sloth bear.

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Tourist Enjoying Traditional Bamboo Boat Ride In Periyar Lake

 

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Restaurant In Periyar Tiger Reserve Image By Flickr

You can see them from the boat ride. Avifauna of the place is also versatile. You can locate about 265 species of birds here. This sightseeing of animals and birds during your boat ride makes it really beguiling and pleasing. You will find different treats as you will go ahead in the dense forest of  Periyar.

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Ruined Of Mangala Devi Temple

There is a ruined temple, known as Mangla Devi Temple, which can be visited. The architecture of the temple is must experience. The plantation of the place is another great example of nature’s bounty. This little trip is normally arranged by the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady. You can experience the coffee, tea, pepper, clove and cardamom plantations, which are surrounded by the hills, and it is really an eye soothing view. Vanilla budding areas also convert Thekkady into a colourful place, and its fragrance makes the place a real heaven. Velvety lush green plantations, undulating hills, distinctive flora and fauna and the shrine of Lord Ayyapa are the key attraction.

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Panoramic Reflection In Periyar Lake Image By Flickr

Thekkady truly is the essence of south Indian holiday destinations. It is a very famous place among honeymooners. The panoramic view through the high hills makes it an ultimate destination for romantic beginning of your life.

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Tribal Dance Of Thekkady Image By Flickr

There is a Tribal Heritage Museum which is situated inside the Mannan settlement which describes all the techniques of ancient agricultural practices, dress code, rituals, marriage and death ceremonies, different procedures like fishing, cooking, medicinal herbs, bamboo furniture, hunting and vessels etc. Due to the boosted tourism, because of plantations and wildlife, tourism of Thekkady has improved a lot.

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South Indian Cuisines in Thekkady

Hotels offer all kinds of modern amenities and facilities according to the taste of tourists. These hotels are well equipped to serve the types of rooms and suites, like from normal room to presidential suite. You can book any room according to your budget and requirement. All the information you need to book the hotel is clearly available on the hotel’s website. If you are travelling for some business purposes, then also the hotels, here are apt for you as they have the facilities like business centre, conference hall, etc. The local food of Thekkady is mind blowing and matches perfectly with south Indian cuisines. Thekkady is the wonderful and one of the must visited places of  Kerala.So, you need not to worry at all if you are planning a tour to Thekkady. You will find everything in this tour of yours.

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