Monday, December 31, 2012

Places near Kanyakumari - Part 1 - Kattadi Malai

Kattadi malai is famous as the place where Blessed Devasahayam Pillai was shot dead. This is in the Aralvaimozhi panchayat town of Kanyakumari. The place is well maintained by the church authorities with sculptures of Jesus' crucifixion. The place where Devasahayam Pillai's body was found, the place with prints of Devasahayam Pillai's knees and elbows, bell-rock etc are maintained here. There is also a set of marble carvings on the last days of Devasahayam Pillai.


Video showing a part of Bell-Rock (maniyadichan parai), the rock which makes bell-like sound when knocked with a stone.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My first 3D building

The first 3D building that I modeled through google's sketchup tool is CSI Church Peringammala. It was complex one and I did skip the stairs to the top while creating the 3D model.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gavi - Solitude limited

Very often we get irritated when the increasing number of tourists pollutes an eco friendly place with noise and plastic. But Gavi does not come under that kind of places and is an excellent spot for those who love trekking and solitude. You will have the pleasure of boating and trekking inside the periyar tiger reserve forest.

You can contact Thekkady tourism department to get the details (Phone: 04869-222620). Even you can travel direct to Gavi, but sometimes they restricts the number of vehicles to Gavi.


  In the following photograph you could see a distant image of the Sabarimala temple. A few people come to this place and see the makara jyothi.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


If you have the patience to travel 13km/h on an average to cover 40 kms then you should surely try a travel to Meghamalai. This place is just awesome with it’s beauty and pure with it’s unpolluted echo system.

We went to this place from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. We took the route via Kottarakkara, Adoor, Thiruvalla, Kumili, Chinnamanoor (near cumbum) and then the 40 kms road to Meghamalai.

The climate is really cool and the season is from November to February. Other months also  are good to visit and it’ll be good to avoid the rainy seasons. It’ll be relatively crowded during April to June as it’s the summer holidays time.

The tea estate managements are the main hosts there. You could opt for the panchayath guest house also which is cheaper, but comes with less facilities.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mankayam Eco Tourism

The Mankayam Eco Tourism project of Government of Kerala is near Palode of Nadumangadu, Trivandrum. The Mankayam waterfalls is an excellent spot for picnic. The place is managed by the Kerala State Forest Department.

The Mankayam waterfalls is formed by the Mankayam River originated from the River Chittar from the Chemunchi hill ranges and flowing down through the Brymore estate.

Visitors can go to nearby picturesque spots and can also go for trekking. An interior area trek here, covering Iruthala Moola - Ayampara is a half day trek, which also would enable one to witness the Ayampara waterfalls and some of the wildlife in the area. Adventure inclined visitors may opt for the one day Mankayam - Varayadin Mottai trek. This trek would take one through rolling valleys, grasslands and shola forests. You would also come across the endangered Nilgiri Tahr; a species of wild goat, at the peak of Varayadin Mottai. Camping options are available here along with trained guides.

For enquiries and bookings, contact:
Divisional Forest Office, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 0471-2320637
District Tourism Promotion Council Office, Thiruvananthapuram Ph: 0471-2315397

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 55 kms.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvanathapuram Central, about 45 kms.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Neyyar Dam

A tour to Neyyar Dam will be a good experience. The lion safari park here gives a good sight for both kids and adults. For those who have visited expert maintained safari parks, this will be a waste of time. But for those who have visited zoos only this will be exciting. The fresh water aquarium, gardens, dam view and the watch tower gives additional attractions to this.

It will not take more than one hour to reach Neyyar Dam from Trivandrum. If you are visiting Trivandrum and thinks about a retreat centre, then think about Neyyar Dam.