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Green Passports for Wildlife Enthusiasts and Nature Lovers

Nature lovers in the state have something to cheer about – some of them will be issued green passports! This venture will encourage conservation of forests and wildlife among wildlife enthusiasts. It was first introduced to environmental organisations and school forest clubs near the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Pathanamthitta district, by the Forest Department. Using this passport, around 40 students from 17 schools visited the reserve forest.

A green passport runs into about a hundred pages, with photos and details of the holder, do’s and don’ts during trekking and the number of visits and forests visited, etc. They can go trekking in inner forests and protected regions in Kerala, and the passport will be verified at each check post in reserve forests and protected areas.

Munderikadavu Bird sanctuary To Come up Soon

Very soon, the wetland area of Munderikadavu and the catchment of the Kattampally river in Kannur, North Kerala, will be developed into a bird sanctuary.

There are more than 18,000 birds in the area, out of which 80 per cent are migratory birds. Some of the migratory birds visiting the sanctuary area are Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Bristled Grass Bird, Grey-necked Bunting, Red-headed Bunting, Common Greenshank, Black-headed Bunting, Spotted Red Shank, Common Sandpiper, Blyth’s Reed-warbler, Wood Sandpiper, Gadwall, Garganey, Common Teal and Eurasian Wigeon. Some of them come from as far away as Northern Europe and Siberia.

This ecosystem is one of the 24 Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Kerala. They are identified by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the Birdlife International as priority sites for conservation. With the co-operation of Tourism and Forest Departments and the local bodies, reclamation of land and environmental degradation can be curbed.

Golden Gate Award for Kerala Tourism – ITB Berlin 2012

Kerala tourism has grabbed the limelight yet again this year so far! It received the prestigious Golden Gate award at ITB Berlin, a leading global travel show. Malaysia took the Gold prize in the Print Campaign Category, and Kerala took the second spot. The campaign titled ‘Your Moment is Waiting’ was conceptualised and created by Stark Communications Pvt Ltd, the creative partner of Kerala Tourism.

This a grand boost for Kerala in the world tourism arena. Just when the country will see more than 6 crore international tourists and a fewer number of domestic ones! About 10% of India’s workforce is part of the Tourism and Hospitality industry. This will ensure a good growth in the year ahead.

Idukki Dam

The 555-foot arch dam over the Periyar River in Idukki is the biggest arch damn in Asia and the third tallest dam in India. Built and owned by the Kerala State Electricity Board, it stands between the Kuravan and Kurathi Hills. Two other dams were constructed along with this at Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. The Moolamattom Power house near Thodupuzha draws water for power from the artificial lake created by the three dams.

According to historical records, in 1922, the head of the Araya race, Shri Kolumban revealed the beautiful mountains and the water flow to his friend, the Malankara Estate Superintendent Thomas, during a hunt. A report was submitted to the Government of Travancore in 1932 for the possibility of constructing a dam for power generation. After a detailed survey was made in 1956 and allied paperwork done, the construction of the dam was commissioned in 1969.

With Canadian aid, the scope of construction of the dam was revised and after it was built, the then Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi commissioned the commercial operation of the dam on 12 February 1976.

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History Of Mullaperiyar Dam – Thekkady

The much controversial Mullaperiyar Dam stands after the confluence of the Mullayar and Periyar rivers in Idukki, and has been so named. In 1886, the then Maharaja of Travancore, forced by the British, signed an indenture with the Secretary of State for India for Periyar irrigation works for a lease period of 999 years. And by this clause, parts of Tamil Nadu such as Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram will be irrigated by the water diverted by the dam and at a later stage, the electricity produced from it. The construction of the dam started in 1887 and it started operations in 1895. It is a masonry gravity dam running a length of 1,200ft and a height of 176ft.

The dam and its reservoirs are located within the Periyar National Park, Thekkady. More than two lakh acres of land is irrigated by the dam’s waters. The water is transported via a 1.6-km tunnel that reaches the Churuliyar and Vaigai rivers in Tamil Nadu.


Sports and Adventure Zone In Wagamon

Wagamon, in Kerala’s Idukki district, is a picturesque area on the district’s border with Kottayam. There are a lot of opportunities for nature-based tourism in Wagamon, and that’s precisely the reason the District Tourism Promotion Council plans to extend that potential by promoting 20 sporting events in a specified adventure zone. Read the rest of this entry »

Wood n Spice – Sterling Holidays’ Newest Resort

Adding to their bouquets of hotels in 12 locations, Sterling Holidays has proudly started Woods n Spice, a new property in Thekkady. Located on the Mangaladevi Road, the resort offers its guests 53 rooms – including mud houses, tree houses, standard rooms, suites and tribal cottages – and a temperature-controlled swimming pool and a wellness spa. The food served here varies from Indian, Chinese, Tandoori, Continental and authentic regional dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

Hotels In Thekkady Take Part in Cricket Tournament

For an event that’s into its third year, it’s a fairly unknown one! We’re talking about the Thekaddy cricket tournament participated by hotels. Each hotel forms their own cricket team, with their hotel’s name as the team’s, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrity Wax Museum On The Banks of the Periyar

With more than 50 life-size wax statues of celebrities to his credit, Sunil Kandallor is rightly a new phenomenon in India. He is the Managing Director of Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavla, Mumbai. Sunil opened his first museum in 2005, at Sunset Point in Kanyakumari, and a second one in 2008, near the Periyar Lake in Thekkady. The third museum is located in Lonavala and was opened in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Kerala’s First Spice Park in Puttadi, Idukki

Spices have been an important trade item in Kerala since immemorial. Merchants and traders have set up shop here in different parts of Kerala’s coasts to further their trade. Spices still occupy a vital part of Kerala’s export list. Read the rest of this entry »

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