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Snake boat race in Kerala

Posted by Susan Sharma on May 11, 2020

 
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The snake boat race in Kerala is being run like the IPL matches of cricket.  Being a homegrown traditional sport of kerala, the support base in Kerala as well as the Pravasi Keralites is very good.  the sport now has 9 leagues, and a massive fan following on TV as well.
 
The Championship of last year (2019)was won by a 01 second margin,  according to Bala Kiran, CEO Trivandrum Smart city.  Over the last 3 years, winning teams took home prize money of approximately Rs 1.60 crores.                                                                
Unlike many other popular sports, the snake boat race can happen only if the rivers of Kerala continue to flow.
 
River Ecosystems in Kerala for water sports
 
River ecosystems in Kerala-A glimpse
 
Pamba River
 
The Pamba originates  in the Peerumedu plateau in the Western Ghats and is 176 km long.  It empties into the Vembanad Lake, which is the largest lake in Kerala.   
 
Snake Boat Race at Pamba River 
The snake boat race during the Onam festival in Aranmula is worth seeing.  The video shows the heats before the festival.  In the final event more than 30 boats participate.  
 
Coracle riding or Bowl boat riding in river Kallar
The Adavi eco-tourism project was launched by the departments of Forest and Tourism as part of the third phase of the Konni eco-tourism project.   
 
Manimala 
 
The rich, natural growth of native plants and trees on the banks of Manimala river. Manimala is a 92 km long river in South and Central Kerala. It originates in Idukki district, also in the Western Ghats.  This river also empties into the Vembanad lake.  In fact ten major rivers of Kerala empty into the Vembanad lake.  A mud regulator divides the lake into two parts - one with perennial brackish water and the other with fresh water from rivers draining into the lake.  
 
The river ecosystems of Kerala are worth protecting for future generations.
 

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Vazhvanthol Waterfalls

Posted by Alex on April 01, 2019

 
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In this forum post I would like to share one of the less explored waterfalls in Kerala. Name of the waterfalls is Vazhvanthol waterfalls which is situated 45 Kilometers away from the Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. 

To read my complete trip experience, you may visit https://www.corenetworkz.com/2016/10/vazhvanthol-waterfalls-near-trivandrum.html  

To reach this waterfalls, you must take your drive to Nedumangadu, Vithura road from the city.  You can get the pass to this location from Kanithadam forest checkpost. 

You cannot enter the waterfalls without the permission from forest officers because it is situated in reserve forest. 

 

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Trang An eco-tourism zone in Vietnam

Posted by Viet Nam on January 30, 2018

 
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Eco-tourism zone Trang An has a total area of up to 2.168 hectares, belonging to the locality of 8 commune, Hoa Lu district, Gia Vien district and Ninh Binh city, Vietnam. Eco-tourism zone Trang An and the relics of Hoa Lu ancient capital is full of limestone blocks, Hoa Lu is limited to the East is the river Lemon North is the yellow river, the southwest is the river Dock Are. In the North, east and South-East of the limestone blocks is teemed with the rich is accretion a background bottomland by the river Bottom and the river Forth. The average elevation of the rock is 70 m - 105 m and lower from the northwest to the East Na district, Hoa Lu limestone occupies nearly half the area of the Western district, concentrated in the commune: Truong Yen, Ninh Xuan, Ninh Hai and the majority is, of Gia Vien district. Mountain distributed thick, the other adjacent mountain, looming in the trails crept into the mountains of people go to the forest, as the East mountain as sir gradually that local people, or called "Thong" or "Ang". Beneath the mountain limestone also seen the cleft - remnant of the sea. So the limestone mountains of Hoa Lu, also called "Halong bay on land".
In crush the block limestone has many caves, the majority belongs to the category of cave is horizontal, the ceiling dome shaped. Eco-tourism zone Trang An is has allowed international tourists have applied Vietnam visa on arrival to visit. However, this area not rated yet the exact number of caves, private number of caves through irrigation has been the survey is 48, the cave with the total length is 12.226 m. Can caves, mountains, valley, lakes, streams... create a poetic landscape rare in North delta convergence more scenic, unique, diverse.
Due to the characteristics of the natural environment that Trang An has a fauna rich and diverse. Special resources of medicinal plants belong to rare types, there were 311 species can be used as medicine, food, pet there are 76 species of trees, such as stirrups stirrups, nails, cheesy, slice very little . Automatic aquatic plants in wetlands is relatively rich, including 30 species of animals floating, 40 benthic animals, especially turtle neck stripe is considered to be rare animals are protected. Terrestrial animals has not been full statistics, but sometimes tourists and locals still caught the monkeys, serow, civet, change color, pangolins, otters, jungle cats, apes; birds such as the flute, parrots, control, trigger, special is the phoenix land - a rare species of birds live presentation.
 Eco-tourism zone Trang An existing 9 ' travel waterways, and the 2 roads. System, road traffic, construction of 11 main roads and the branch line, the regular joe walking through the mountains with the total length is 39,41 km. The travel is planned in detail sync system, power supply system, communication, water supply and sanitation to tourists might feel most comfortable.
Source: Du Lich

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Chennai Adayar Eco park

Posted by satheesh on September 09, 2017

 
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Hi Hello ,
Today i visited to the one of the lesser known destination for nature lovers .Yes it is  Adyar Eo park in chennai which is artificial man made eco diversity park where enormous species of butterflies and insects are found .The eco park is getting well maintained in a proper manner .The flora are well seen mainly due to the limited number of visitors are allowed.The visit can be booked only through online vis chennairaiveronline.net .There are many species of butterflies are found in the park where one can get helpful whoi are practicing on bio diversity .People in chennai must visit to the place .

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Pooyamkutty Forests in Kerala

Posted by Jithin Prem on October 16, 2016

 
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PooyamKutty is a less known destination blessed with scenic hill ranges, small waterfalls and abundant wildlife. I visited Pooyamkutty with my friends back in 2015 when we heard a few stories about the tribes who lives in harmony with the elephants. The forest is one of the main migration route for elephants here. Encounter with elephants are part of their lives now, but both of them live in harmony. Bamboo trees constitute a massive part of the vegetation which is a favorite diet of the elephants.

The Pooyamkutty forest is separated by Pooyamkutty River and you need to cross the river to get into the forest. We had to trek nearly 10 kms through the forest to get to the tribal village. Since the village is in the middle of the jungle, encounters with wildlife are part of their daily life. Major wildlife here includes leopards,macaques, spotted deer, wild boars, civets etc.

It was a one day trip, we reached there early by 9:00 AM in the morning and came out of the forest by 5:00 PM. It would be better to go early and come back before it is dawn, because it’s dangerous to walk through the jungle when it is dark.

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Travelogue on places I have travelled to

Posted by Susan Sharma on March 26, 2016

 
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I have a photolog on places I have travelled to in blogspot.  Here is the link

http://travelphotolog.blogspot.in/



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Maredumilli forest

Posted by K.Vinai Bhushan on August 24, 2015

 
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I   visited  Maredumilli forest in april 3rdweek 2014 ,which is 80 km from historic town rajahumdry – andrapradesh. The forest was very green even in hot summer. Falls were running with good amountof water. Thick forest with some good number of animals in cluding big cats.The pplace wa very cool and rainy. We have visited some water falls, coffeeplantations and a river. We tasted the local famous bamboo biryani too.  The accomidation facilities are good and atreasonable fares. the coordinator is very good and cooperative. Visitwww.vanavihari.com.

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Mayureshwar wildlife park

Posted by Siddesh on April 28, 2015

 
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I visited Mayureshwar wildlife park in the month of April.
Its a well kept secrete.

The main attraction of this sanctuary is Indian Gazelle ( Chinkara ) .

But there are also some rare bird found here like Indian thick Knee and Teetar.

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Badoli temple and parajhar (Rawatbhata, Raj.)

Posted by Pratap Singh on August 21, 2013

 
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The Baroli Temples Complex, also known as the Badoli temples, is located in Baroli village in Rawatbhata taluk in Kota district in Rajasthan, India.
They are built in the Pratihara style of temple architecture dated to the tenth century A.D.

Parajhar is a nearby waterfall. The underground water flowing in caves has carved statues and figures on the stones in the cave. Many people have died due to accidents near the waterfall. It is near to village called Parajhar gaon. This place is also known for historic cave-temple of Lord Shiv. During Mahashivratri a large festival is organised here. water-fall and green surrounding is the attraction for peoples.

In the way we also saw Vulture birds .

See Vulture birds image

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RAJSAMAND LAKE VISIT FOT BIRD WATCHING

Posted by Deependra Singh Shekhawat on May 17, 2013

 
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ON 17/05/13, I VISITED RAJSAMAND LAKE, RAJASTHAN WITH MR. VINAY DAVE . 
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