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Kodai Kanal The Coolest Hill Station!

In 2015 I had the pleasure of stopping (well convalescing) in Kodai Kanal, I had got quite ill and need to get somewhere cool and calm, the nearest hill station was Kodai.

After a couple of days I could see why this was such a popular place with the British, beautifully cool and wonderfully Landscaped I took advantage of my four day stop in Kodai and this slide show is a taster of what you can see there.

Often referred to as the 'Princess of Hill stations', Kodai is one of the popular places to visit in summer . It is situated at an altitude of about 7000 feet (2133 m) on the southern tip of upper Palani hills. It has several scenic natural attractions which are enjoyed by its visitors and make it a popular romantic destination. Coaker's Walk, Silver Cascade and Kodai Lake are among the must include places in your visit.

The earliest residents of Kodaikanal were the Palaiyar tribal people. Modern Kodaikanal was established by American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats in 1845, as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. In the 20th century a few elite Indians started relocating to this enchanting hill station and it started becoming popular among nature lovers.

Kodaikanal is not extensively commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd.

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Live Action at Sree Peralassery Temple- Kannur- India

Peralassery Subrahmanya Swami Temple,

In 2015 I spent four months vsiitng the Southern states of India. Whilst stopping in Kerela I visited Kannur, firstly to witness the Theyyam rituals and an added bonus to see the annual festival of Kodiyettam, which is celebrated in December

This is live action video and is unedited or post production applied.

The Temple is located at Mundalur, a 14 km short ride from kannur, on kuttuparamba road. and we were taken there by the same driver that took us to all the Theyyyam rituals we witnessed in the Kannur district.

Main offerings at this temple are Mutta Oppikal (offering hens eggs to snake deity ) and Sarpabhali.Its believed that lord Sri rama has visited this place while he was going through in search of Sita.The main deity of the temple is lord Subrahmanya, but this temple also has deity of lord Sriram, lord Ayyappan and lord Ganapathy.

The Temple Elephant is principle in this ceremony and is a growing sign of only auspicious Temples that now keep them.

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Alappuzha Beach Kerela

In 2015 I spent four months touring the Southern states of India, stopping in Kerela, not just for the famous town of Cochin, but some of the lesser well known destinations.

Known as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always basked a major place in the maritime history of Kerala. Alappuzha (Alleppey) is a landmark between a network of rivers flowing into it and the Arabian Sea.

Tourists visit here to hangout and relax as it has tremendous and tempting natural beauty all around. This place has huge network of freshwater rivers, meandering lakes, and lagoons.

Alappuzha beach is a famous picnic spot and so it's a favorite gateway for locals. It also still has its derelict 140 year old Pier!

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Mamallapuram Lighthouse and Museum

In 2015 I was on a four month trip round Southern India. In the state of Tamil Nadu is the town of mamallapuram, famous for many things but this slide show focuses on its wonderful lighthouse and it's recent new museum.

Originally closed in 2001 during tensions between the country and insurgents, Mamallapuram Lighthouse has now opened to the public for exploration. The modern circular lighthouse (dating back to 1905) stands atop a rocky outcrop next to the country's oldest temple/beacon, built in 640 CE. Enter the lighthouse and climb its many stairs for spectacular views of the sea and the ancient temple carved into the rock face. Come prepared to climb and bring plenty of water.

Mamallapuram Lighthouse has been open for public view since 2011. The circular masonry tower of the Lighthouse is made of natural stones . Climbing on the stones and atop the Lighthouse (yes, you are allowed to climb) can be a real treat. From the top, the view is capable of captivating its audience.

music credits to : To Weather a Storm by Dan Lebowitz

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Lonar Crater

During my trip to Maharastra, in India, I had the highlight of visiting the Lonar Crater. Taking me an hour to climb down and back up, I spent a total of three hours in or on the crater. My young guide, Taj, was patient and strong when needed for the climb down. His knowledge of the crater and its inhabitants was very good. He told me about the twin eco system that thrives there both saline and alkaline in nature. I must admit the ground near the lake edge felt very "spongy" underfoot and smelled of rotten eggs, Yuk!

More info here: Incredibly old at 50,000 years, the Lonar crater is the youngest and best preserved impact crater formed in basalt rock and is the only of its kind on earth. The crater was formed fifty-two thousand years ago, when a blazing ball of fire (a meteor that weighed over one million ton in dead weight) crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000 km per hour. It gouged a deep depression (1.8 km wide and 150 m deep) before erupting and spewing molten rock to create a magnificent crest on the rim. Over time, the jungle took over, and a perennial stream transformed the crater into a tranquil, emerald green lake. Located in the Buldhana District of Maharashtra, the Lonar Lake is an exceptional ‘bowl of biodiversity’ and a wildlife sanctuary with a unique ecology that is vastly different from the surrounding flat landscape. A land-locked water body which is alkaline and saline at the same time, the Lonar Lake supports micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on earth. Fringed by a lush jungle, the lake’s surroundings are peppered with fragments of minerals like maskelynite, and centuries-old abandoned temples that are now inhabited only by insects and bats.

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