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Banasura Sagar dam, An ideal picnic spot in Wayanad

The Banasura Sagar dam, which is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, impounds the waters of the Karamanathodu, a tributary of the Kabini river. Indian Banasurasagar Project started in the year 1979 which consists of a dam and a canal project. The whole idea of the project was to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods. Banasura dam is an ideal picnic spot in Wayanad with a breathtaking view.The reservoir formed by the dam is dotted with tiny islands enveloped in thick foliage, and with the Banasura hill in the background, offers a magnificent view. As a traveler, you have lot of activities avialable in and around the Banasura dam. Zipline adventure activities are available on the way to Banasura dam which is one of the lengthiest one South India. The Karlad lake zip line in wayanad cost you 290 INR per head and it’s worth spending that …

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Chathamma , A pristine village near kochin

Chathamma is a beautiful village in Ernamkulam district which is around 11 kms far from Kochin. Chathamma is situated in Kumbalam panchayath where the prawns farming is very famous. The place is having the farming of other fishes too. There is a very beautiful but small resort available in Chathamma, Lake Symphony Resort. The resort is situated in a 40 cent property and having 4 cottages in it. This is a good choice for the family to spend the weekends. I will not recommend this place for a large group and shall not expect high-five facilities here. The property is more or like a home stay but decent. The resort is having a well maintained swimming pool and couple of hangout places near the lake. The view from the resort is really a feast for your eyes and you will enjoy the beauty of the lake. The village itself is beautiful with paddy fields, coconut trees and Toddy shops with local Kerala food ( this is the real highlight of the destination). Distance from Kochin …

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11 best beaches in Kerala which you would love to visit

No wonder why Kerala is addressed as God’s own country. This bitter gourd shaped south Indian state is blessed with a balanced geography of mountains, rivers and beaches. There are more than 40 well known beaches in Kerala, however I would like to introduce few of the best beaches in Kerala for you. Feel free to contribute your feedback in comments. Kovalam Beach Kovalam is one of the best beaches in Kerala due to shallow waters and low tidal waves and shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. Kovalam beach is now having it’s own importance in the international tourism map. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent beaches.Light House beach, Hawah Beach and Crescent Beach and Hawah beach is called so because of the top-less sunbathing permitted there. Kovalam is in Trivandrum district and one has to travel around 16kms from the city to reach the beach. Kovalam has a more relaxed atmosphere than goan beaches with a bit more laid back attitude , the …

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Thommankuthu Waterfalls Idukki, An ideal natural retreat

Thommankuthu is famous for it’s seven step waterfalls. Thommankuthu waterfalls is now one of the best adventure tourism spot in Idukki. Unlike other waterfalls, the beauty of Thommankuthu is in it’s cascade fashion. Apart from the waterfalls, this eco tourism destination can offer several caves and viewpoints as well. In order to experience the waterfalls at the fullest one has to trek almost 12 kms up hill. Because of the same reason tourists will prefer to trek up to first two falls thommankuthu and ezhunilakuthu. The trekking experience will be memorable and you will be getting a very good opportunity to explore the nature in silence.The seven stepped waterfall is a major attraction of the region.There are also small cascades and rapids that certainly contribute to the look and feel. Multiple waterfalls means multiple pools. thommankuthu trekking is one of the best trekking options in Kerala. The place is ideal for nature lovers as well since they will get an opportunity to experience the cool mountain stream and enjoy the thommankuthu forest. If you are …

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A one day trek to Nagalapuram Waterfalls

Nagalapuram trek is one of the most popular treks in and around Chennai. The place, Nagalapuram is located near Arai village in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. Roughly it will take 3 hours to reach the destination from chennai. Usually this is a 2 day trek, one day of uphill, followed by camping – next morning return. My trekking journey was one day plan organized by Decathlon Padur,Chennai with a mixed team of trekkers. It was an awesome and exciting trekking experience for every one. The age group of the team varies from youngsters to senior citizens. We started from Chennai at 5 AM and reached Nagalapuram by 8 in the morning. The organizers had arranged a very decent breakfast for the trekkers and we could finish it in another half an hour. The lunch was properly packed and we have been asked to carry the lunch packets in our bags. Vanathi was our team lead and she was good at coordinating things over there. Without wasting our precious time, we started immediately with our backpacks. …

Kanthanpara Waterfalls Wayanad

Kanthanpara waterfalls, Wayanad

Kanthanpara waterfall is one of the beautiful and upcoming waterfalls in Wayanad. At Kanthanpara falls, water cascades down from a height of 30 meters in two steps. Kanthanpara waterfall is unique in its own way. Unlike the Meenmutty and Soochipara waterfall, Kanthanpara waterfall is having one specialty. You can actually enjoy the beauty of the waterfall from the top as well as bottom of the falls. Except in monsoon season, travelers can take bath and enjoy splashing in the pool. It’s a safe waterfall for families and children. You can even take elders to this place since the difficulty is comparatively less in comparison with Meenmutty and Soochipara waterfalls. Now we have the entry tickets for visiting the waterfall and I have included the ticket rates as of July 2017. Adults 40 INR Children 20 INR Camera 100 INR Camera 250 INR Now the tourism department have introduced required security measures to ensure the safety of the travelers. New Handrails have been setup to make sure the safety of the visitors which is one the …

Top Places to Visit in New York

Top Places to Visit in New York

New York City needs no introduction. It is one of the most dynamic, populated, cosmopolitan and significant cities of the world. In fact NYC is the most populated city of the United States. Before we move on, let’s just understand the geographical structure of the city. New York City consists of five boroughs; The Bronx – Brooklyn – Manhattan – Queens – Staten Island NYC has loads to offer for a visitor. Be it museum, history, arts, architecture, nature; you name it and New York has the best of it to offer. It’s absolutely impossible to cover NYC in a single day. So, through this article, I will try to share my experiences on how you can draft a day in New York, and cover those iconic spots of the city. This involves a lot of walking, 4G internet, MTA (NYC Subway) Card, vigorous use of Google maps and a very clear mind on your preferences. February 2017, I was informed by my organization that I had to travel US for a short business tour. Even …

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The Phnom Penh of Cambodia

“Jholumoy” Sothama raised the toast and we joined him. Jholumoy means ‘cheers’ in the Khmer language. “In Spanish we say Salude”, said Almu. The Polish word was too hard that I can’t remember it at the moment but we all laughed trying to repeat it after Alex and his fiancée. “What do u say in India, Akhil?” Rothang asked. “Uhmmmmm…we just say cheers. Easy!” I excused! (But, seriously? Don’t we have a translation for this stupid little word?) It was the second day of my trip to Phnom penh, when I received Rathong’s message via couch surfing, offering to host me at Siem Reap. My budget and my gut feeling pushed me to accept the offer and stay with the “Angkor family home” which turned out to be a great move. If you are a budget backpacker and traveling to Angkor wat, this is the place for you. Great vibes, genuine hearts and a chance to make friends with nomads from around the globe. But before talking about Siem Reap, let’s go back to Phnom …