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Cochin tramway (Chalakudy tramway) where the history sleeps

I think it’s been months, that I didn’t cover anything for the history buffs. Most of the recent articles were on the hills stations and travel tips. Yesterday I did get a chance to read about another wonderful destination for the history seekers. It’s nothing other than our Cochin State Forest Tramway. For most of you it might not be a new information, but I am trying to share the knowledge about this to my fellow travelers People who are planning to visit Athirappilly waterfalls and Vazhachal can easily cover the Chalakudy tramway. The rail lines cuts across the Western Ghats, went through lush green forests, crossed streams and rivers and was considered to be a scenic and enjoyable journey. Cochin State Forest Tramway Cochin state forest tramway was meter gauge railway line constructed between Parambilkulam wildlife Sanctuary in Palakkad and Chalakudy in Thrissur. The total length of the tramway is about 49.5 miles (approximately 79.5 kilometers). This total length is covering 3 sections, first section covers the Chalakudy – Anapantham with a length of …

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Cowboy Park Mattupetty, a funzone at Munnar

I know that the charming beauty of Munnar is not a new thing to write upon. When the British visited Munnar, they found one more thing other than the soothing climate. It was none other than the magic of Munnar for Tea plants. Rest is history. Now travelers have one more reason to celebrate. A new park is opened at Mattupetty, Munnar for the fun and adventure activities. Mattupetty is a hill station in Munnar at an altitude of 1700 meters. Madupetty (Mattupetty) also known as Switzerland of Kerala, a small village nearby Munnar famous for storage concrete gravity dam, Kundala Lake and highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss livestock project. Cowboy Park Mattupetty Cowboy Park of Mattupetty is all set to receive tourists across the globe. The new park is a joint venture of Kerala Hydel Tourism Centre (KHTC), a subsidiary of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Fun Factory group. The Cowboy Park is situated near to the boating center of Sun Moon Valley Park of Mattupetty which sprawls across 15 acres. …

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Government to roll out e-passport with electronic chips in India

Indian government has decided to roll out e-passport with electronic chips and bio-metric details. The Ministry of External Affairs will roll out chip-embedded e-passports, which can be incorporated with passports ensuring the information can be verified electronically. The e-passport is likely to secure the data and curb the menace of fake passports. An e-Passport contains an electronic chip that holds the same information printed on the passport’s data page. The government eased the rules for obtaining passports for various categories, including single mothers, orphans, sadhus and adopted children on December 23, 2016. The important changes in rules were put in place, after considering various requests and demands from different groups of people. The process of getting the duplicate passport also will be easy when it comes to e-passport. More than half of the nations across the globe, including Germany, Italy and Ghana already have bio-metric e-passports. What is Bio-metric passport? Biometric passports are commonly known as digital passports or e-passports. Biometric passport is a combined paper and electronic passport that consist of biometric information to …

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Kakkathuruthu, The best place for sunset in the world by NatGeo

Kerala is known for its rustic beauty and an incredibly picturesque landscape, verdant hills and quiet backwaters, which attract tourists from across the world. The small island of Kakkathuruthu in Kerala’s backwaters has made it to a select list of stunning destinations across the world compiled by the National Geographic magazine. To be at Kakkathuruthu at sunset is considered as one of the best destination in the world by the National Geographic’s travel magazine ‘Around the World in 24 Hours’, a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots across the world. Now you might be wondering how this tiny island which is almost 75km from Kochi airport has become world famous. It’s a small island surrounded by backwaters waters near Eramallur. There are no bridges from this Island to the mainland and thus it’s an isolated island. Kakkathuruthu is accessible only by boat. The main feature is that there are no tarred roads. All roads within the island is lean and are not constructed properly. Kayal, The real Island retreat In this tiny island we have Kayal, …

A travel diary full of adventure and fun I had in 2016

Every year is a new page for the traveler to explore the world. The more you travel the faster you will fill the pages in your life. After years of traveling you will realize that job fills only your pocket, travel fills your soul. Like every year this year was also amazing for me. I did get a chance to collaborate with more travelers, explored more offbeat destinations, new hill stations and many more. Reading other travel blog will also help you to shape the traveler in you. All most all travel stories were my new learning from other travel blogs and travel communities. 2016 was an excellent year for me in terms of travel. I could cover more places than previous year. I got more readers and subscribers for my travel blog and definitely my fan page has improved a lot. Thanks for being a wonderful traveler cum reader with me in all my journeys. Latest offbeat destinations explored in 2016 As I said, it was indeed a year full of journeys. Here are …

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11 Things you need to pack for your Goa trip

If you’re planning a Goa vacation to enjoy the best of its beaches and parties during the Sunburn Festival, do read this post before packing your bags for the trip. Goa is a place, completely for outdoor fun activities and water sports. Here are some of my recommendations for your Goa trip. 1. Sunscreen You are not going to Goa for enjoying your complete time inside a Casino. Goa is popular for the outdoor activities and hence sunscreen is very much required. Get a good sunscreen that does not make you sweat, since you’re going to be quite hot and sweaty from all that partying. Always prefer branded sunscreens when it comes for your skin protection. 2. Sunglasses Needless to stay, but inevitable in Goa. It will protect your eyes from harsh sun rays as well as sand in the beaches. They are also make for great cover-ups for sleepy or hung-over eyes. People have the habit of staring others when it’s an open beach, so sunglasses will make you comfortable there also. Be a …

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Inspirational travel quotes 2017

Here are some of my favorite travel quotes for you. I hope they inspire you to pack up everything and head out into the unknown, to explore the farthest reaches of our planet and your soul, to see the world for what it really is. Browse them when you need motivation to make travel a priority in your life. Change your mobile/desktop wallpaper to get inspired daily like me. Be there in my subscriber list to make sure that you are not missing my travel updates. I do believe it’s time for another adventure Not all class rooms have four walls I don’t want to spend decades on this planet and never see the diversity of places god created. There is not a single place on earth I wouldn’t like to visit Let’s wander where the wifi is weak Travelers are dreamers who make their desires for adventure and reality Job fills your pocket, traveling fills your soul Travel expands the mind and fills the gap Every exit is an entry to somewhere Traveling helps …

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What can I do if I have lost my Indian Passport?

We all are humans and chances are there to loss our passport. It can be during your travel or can be a theft at a foreign country. Once you lost passport, there is no alternative for that. You may need to apply for a new passport. I am not going to cover the entire procedure for reapplying a lost passport like a tutorial. I just wanted to share some important steps which you need to follow after losing it. Contact your Indian embassy or consulate As traveler mostly you will be traveling to different foreign countries with your passport. So what you will do, if you have lost your passport during traveling? In this situation also you can come to India on the basis of an emergency certificate. For the issuance of emergency certificate, you need to contact the respective mission/post of that country. This is the very immediate step you need to take. Contact the nearest embassy for taking it further. If your passport has been stolen, file a police case Nowadays the thefts …