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Kerala, a Land of Paradise Reflects the Beauty of Nature’s Wonder

19When the word Kerala comes in our mind, we automatically feel the fragrance of tea and spices around us. The aroma that takes you to the way of Lake, Waterfalls, Rivers, House Boat and forest that is Kerala, known as God’s own place. Kerala is rich in cultural, natural and religious perspective that makes this state a unique one.

It is said that; “State of Kerala is a hot spot for commercial causes that strengthen the trade of Cloves, Cardamom, Tea, Black Pepper, Cashews, and Cinnamon etc.”

Some worthy points about the beauty of Kerala in terms of their natural assets, cultural aspects are given below:

1. Thirunelly ‘A House of Healing’: Thirunelly, 34 km from Mananthavady in upper wayanad. Thirunelly temple is also known as ‘Thekkan Kashi’ of the South’, which reiterates its importance as a pilgrimage centre. Although Thirunelly lies amid incredible scenery, it is devoid of the common trappings of most pilgrim towns; there are no shops selling religious paraphernalia and there is no typical by-lane called Temple Street. The temple here the deals with the enormous flow of pilgrims with an admirable efficiency. Most devotees come by evening to take part in a Pooja that takes place here at night, bathe in the Papanashini stream in the morning and leave by afternoon. It is believed that the waters of this holy stream wash away all mortal sins. Another important belief associated with the temple is that people may connect with their ancestors, by praying at the holy Pakshipathalam Rock.

2. The Agraharams of Palakkad: Legends trace the setting up of Palakkad’s agraharams to a romantic story. It is said that a prince of the royal dynasty of Kochi fell in love with a tribal girl, and was ostracized for his relationship with an outcast. The prince decided to leave his family and settled down in the area to set up the royal dynasty of Palakkad. The Namboodiri Brahmins in the region, who wanted to put in officiating the ceremonies of an ex-communicated prince, left the area. The Palakkad kings sought the help of Brahmins living on the other side of the Palakkad Gap, who graciously agreed. As a result, Tamil Brahmins settled down in Palakkad. The areas where they settled, grew into Agraharams.

3. Wildlife watch at Periyar wildlife Sanctuary: The sprawling Periyar Tiger reserve falls in the southern segment of the Western Ghats in the Cardamom Hills at an altitude of 6,000ft. This is the largest sanctuary in Kerala, covering an area of 777 sq km. The Periyar wildlife Sanctuary is a known tiger and elephant reserve. It undertakes numerous conservation activities for the preservation of these species. A popular image of the Periyar wildlife Sanctuary is its vast lake surrounded by hills, sometimes with a herd of elephants bathing and playing in the water. The lake provides a safe vantage point for experiencing Periyar’s wildlife.

Visitors can watch animals, birds, fish and butterflies of many different kinds from a bamboo raft on lake. The bamboo rafts, which can be hired from the Boat Jetty near the Wildlife Information Centre, drift across the lake making almost no sound and thus cause very little disturbance to the animals.

In the nutshell; We can say that, “Kerala is a land of tranquil feeling that refresh you in terms of physically and mentally feel of healing and freshness.” you can take the benefits of this natural city with Kerala tour packages that offers you the best choice of selection to visit the town with more fun and joy.

How to Find Budget Properties on Lake Como, Italy

29Lake Como is a part of Italy that has attracted stellar names going as far back as the Roman era. These days several Hollywood stars and business moguls are so won over by its chic beauty that they now own homes here while countless others are regular visitors. Indeed, such is its star appeal that parts of the Bond movie Casino Royale and the Star Wars blockbuster Attack of the Clones were shot here.

Lake Como, in Italy’s Lombardy region, forms an inverted “Y” that begins in the foot of the Alps near the border with Switzerland and runs southwards for around 30 miles. Its outstanding views and the Alps forming a stunning backdrop mean this is among Italy’s most desirable locations for real estate investors.

Among the costliest as well. The invasion of the glitterati caused a boom in the market that has seen values climbing by an average 5% year on year. Ignore the global slump, the situation here has remained buoyant, fuelled by demand from the rich elite of Milan and financiers and bankers based across the Swiss border. The area is chock-a-block with Euro 10million villas if you are after a sprawling home on the banks of the lake with a Hollywood heart-throb next door.

However, the good news is you don’t need to have a millionaire’s bank balance to snap up a property here. In Laglio, a converted lakeside warehouse development with 36 apartments recently became available with prices from just under Euro138,000 to Euro 400,000 for a two-bedroom flat. In Lenno, 10 miles away, you can find a new-build flat for just Euro 165,000. Meanwhile, in nearby Tremezzo, Euro 250,000 can buy you a two-bedroom lake-view flat with terrace.

There are even better bargains further north up the lake. Areas on the north-west banks such as Domaso, Pianello Lario and Musso are a great alternative for properties under Euro 300,000.

In Pianello Lario, a new development with lake views just 500 metres from the water’s edge and complete wit pool offers prices from Euro 110,000 for one bedroom, Euro 145,000 for two bedrooms and Euro 205,000 for small villas. Given the proximity of the Alps rental potential is pretty strong, up to around Euro 900 weekly. Gravedona, some four miles north is cheaper still. Here, budget around Euro 100,000 for a two-bedroom flat with a view over the water, albeit you may have to sacrifice being close to the water.

Lake Como has bewitched visitors from all walks of life almost since time immemorial. The Roman poet Virgil, who would have known it as Lake Lario, referred to its allure. Some years on, Pliny The Younger owned two villas here. Early in the 19th century Shelley wrote effusively about how it “exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty”. And literary icon Henry James was left spellbound as he wrote: “One can’t describe the beauty of the Italian Lakes, nor would one try if one could.”

It’s not hard to see why. This is Italy’s third largest after Garda and Maggiore and is 145sq km of calm blue water overlooked by mountains and woodland, a picture postcard of stunning beauty.

The view is marvellous from virtually every step of its 180km coastline. However, it’s hard to beat its central section around Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna, where the lake divides into two forked sections, one ending in Como, the other Lecco.

Bellagio is known locally as The pearl of the lake and many Italians will tell you this is the prettiest town in Europe. Walk along its charming cobbled streets, gazing at the view, or hop on a ferry to Varenna or Menaggio, the peaks of the Alps soaring majestically in the background, and you would sing its praises too. Six airports serve the area: three in Milan and others in Verona, Brescia and Lugano, Switzerland.

Chilika – The Scenic Beauty of Odisha

18The lake, familiarly known as Chilika Lagoon has Nalabana Island spreading over 15.53 sq.km, which has been recognized as a wildlife sanctuary by the Government of Orissa in 1987. The Govt. of India has designated the Chilika Lake as a Ramsar site in 1981 for its water -fowl habitat.

You can visit the entire stretch of the lagoon from Chandraput to the New mouth and Satpada. The major attractions include Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, the Magarmukh area, the New Mouth and the temple on Kalijai Island. It will be a heart throb experience to see Flamingos and Pelicans at close range in the Nalabana Island. The Nirmaljhar waterfall, located nearly 12km from Chilika lagoon is a blissful site of serenity. The sunrise and sunset in Chilika is one of the imperturbable sight which draws attention of many tourists.

The tourism industry also thrives in the region of Satpada which is located on eastern side of Chilika Lake. The place is surrounded by coastal lagoons on three sides for the visitors to enjoy boating and recreational activities.

Surveys reveal that Chilika Lake is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds coming to India. During the peak season, nearly 160 species of birds invade this region. They come from as far as Ladakh, Himalayas, Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal and other remote places. Graylag geese, Jacana, Herons and Flamingos, white bellied sea eagles, Gray and purple Herons, Indian Roller, Storks and white Ibis, Brahminy Ducks, Shovellers and Pintails, Spoonbills and many more are among the birds who migrate to this serene land for nesting. A bird census conducted in 2008 reveals, 9,00,000 migratory birds of which 4,50,000 were sighted in Nalabana. Rare birds reported in the lake are Dalmation Pelican, Pallas’s fish eagles, Asiatic Dowitchers, the very rare migrant Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Spot-Billed Pelican.

Community

Chilika Lake can be considered as lifeline for the dwelling community. Many endangered species are found. Being an estuarine lagoon, it supports a unique combination of brackish, marine and freshwater species. Not only wildlife, tourists also enjoy beaches and boat trips to the Island of Kalijai, which renders the local people with great employment opportunities.

A visit into the Lake

What more you can expect? A motored boat, eco-friendly by its appearance, is handled by a local boat man amidst picturesque environs. To add to its secluded nature, the soothing water of the lake disappears as the journey combats. This allows many hours of most treasured views. A quaint aroma of pure harmony and happiness is abroad the marvelous lake designed by years of change. Soft winds caress your neck as one nears the slow- sloping depressions covered by tanzanite colored water. For some never expected reason, one feels a whisper tone to maintain the perfect cohesion with the outdoor temple on Kalijai. Tourists awaiting eagerly to come back to the shore present themselves with a hearty smile and you feel the warmth of the divine island, which is the abode of goddess Kalijai.

The return journey promises the site of rare Irrawady dolphins as you move towards the mouth of the lake. There are 158 of them as per the census conducted in 2010. The alkaline water is as still as a photograph where one can hear even the ripples made from the boat while it amplifies into this placid lake. Often you can see a rainbow stretching across the sky as water turns to vapors by the sun’s solar rays. The grassy patch seems like a neon light around the shore of the entire lake. Cattle grazing on the banks, is a temperate scenery.

The Chilika lagoon separates the two point of islands from either side. The Rajhans Island beach serves like a boundary to the lake. The open air and natural flora and fauna are an attraction of eco-tourism.

Once atop the deck on the boat overlooking picture on the horizon, seeing the birds and the beauty, one will forget all worries and anxieties. This almost perfect pious lake is a must-watch for all tourists. If you are on a visit to Puri Jagannath Temple and plan to see the tourist attractions near Puri, you must visit one of the India’s largest lakes to explore the wildlife of Odisha.

The Beauty of the White Mountains in New Hampshire

17New Hampshire’s White Mountains, an alpine wonderland of deep, crystalline lakes, rugged slopes, fragrant forests and astonishing views, is a perennially popular place for all sorts of summer vacations, making it one of the most popular areas for New England overnight summer camps.

Summer Camps Galore

From the picturesque hills of Connecticut to the glacial lakes of New Hampshire and Vermont, New England is dotted with dozens of fantastic sleepaway camps, and the summer camps in New Hampshire are among the region’s favorites. The area’s natural beauty, pristine forests, climbable slopes, lively rivers and stunning lakes provide the ideal stage for overnight summer camp memories. Particularly for city kids, the thrill of falling asleep for the first time to the mysterious sounds of the nighttime woods is pure magic, although it does help to know exactly what those noises are! Those who dare can rise early for a sunrise swim as mist evaporates and sunlight spangles the lake, the perfect start for a day full of friends and fun surrounded by some of the country’s most incredible natural beauty.

Back in Touch with Nature

Kids who attend overnight summer camp in gorgeous natural settings like the White Mountains have the chance to truly connect with nature. For many young people, summer camp is their only real exposure to the wilderness, and the joy of swimming in a sparkling lake, exploring intriguing inlets by kayak, learning how to blaze a trail through the forest or just listening to eerie call of a hoot owl in the darkness leave a deep, lifelong impression of wonder.

Endless Outdoor Recreation

Miles of unspoiled scenery set the stage for all sorts of outdoor recreation, from white water rafting, swimming and sailing to mountain climbing, horseback riding and hiking. Lucky campers in sleepaway camps from the deep woods of Connecticut to the mountains of New Hampshire and the wilds of Maine have endless opportunities to get in touch with nature on long woodland hikes, climbing expeditions and mountain biking trips. Most sleepaway camps in New England have intriguing options for older campers from overnight climbing expeditions to days-long canoeing explorations and exciting horseback riding treks.

Summer Heaven

The legendary White Mountains have been a favored summer escape for city dwellers for decades, and there’s lots to do before or after you drop the kids at camp. Stretching through one-third of the state of New Hampshire and partway into Maine, these majestic peaks and valleys comprise the most rugged range in New England. Among the wonders of the white Mountains are polar caves, deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, maple sugar exhibits and intriguing little off-the-beaten-path museums. Explore the incredible alpine drives that lace the mountains, including the Northern Loop, Southern Loop and White Mountains Trail, or take a ride on the historic Conway Scenic Railroad for breathtaking views and thrilling wildlife sightings.

Intriguing Escapades

Visitors can experience the region’s incredible natural beauty in so many interesting ways, and the trip to drop your kids off at camp offers the chance to detour onto a wealth of scenic byways, historic villages and pretty valleys. Whether you’d prefer a traditional drive through the mountains, a dizzying ride up an aerial tramway or a more unusual expedition like a moose tour, you’ll find it in the White Mountains. Summer campers and summer vacationers alike thrill to the joys of fishing, golfing and zip lining through this magical landscape. The area is home to a wealth of wildlife; be on the lookout for moose, bears, foxes, white-tailed deer and the legendary loon, source of that eerie call over the nighttime lake.

Rara Lake Trek

16Rara lake is located in the midwestern region of Nepal. Rara Lake lies in Rara National Park (106 sq km), is the smallest national park of Nepal. Rara Lake is the biggest lake of Nepal with an area of 10.8 sq km and depth of 167 m. This lake is the main attraction of this region.

Rara National Park is a habitat for endangered species of mammals and birds, including Chir, Red panda, Leopard, Black bear, Ghoral, Jharal and many more. The forests of this area are generally covered by coniferous trees.

Rara is one of the best trekking routes in the west. This trekking trail is located in the most remote part of the country generally trekkers trek to. This lake area is less disturbed or has a very low human impact, hence, the water is very clean and the area around is also very clean. Though having great potentiality and great beauty with amazing scenery, due to the remoteness of this place very few tourists go there. As well as very few households reside near this area.

Rara Lake is very favorable in terms of climatic situations. Summer season is suitable in comparison to the winter season as cold and breezy wind flows. During the winter the temperature goes below freezing points so the best seasons to visit Rara lake are autumn and spring. During the months in winter, this region receives heavy snow fall so it becomes hard to trek.

The Spring season is regarded as the best season for the trek to Rara because trekkers can see different species of flowers blooming around the lake, which enhances the beauty of the lake. Rara lake also acts as a wetland and provides the habitat for different species of migrating birds coming all the way from Siberia. So, it is also the place to visit for the trekkers who love watching various species of birds and also to the ornithologists. So excluding rainy/monsoon season all the other seasons can be regarded as the best season to make a trek to Rara.

The view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks above the lake enhance the attraction of trekkers. This trek can be categorized as a hard trek. It is a hard trek because we come along rough, steep hills on our way to Rara. Chuchemare Danda is the best viewpoint near Rara lake that provides an awesome view of the lake along with the beautiful range of the Himalayas in the North. The trek begins after our flight to Jumla from Kathmandu. From Jumla we start our trek and reach Rara in 3 days. Our trek becomes worth it when we reach this lake. But alternatively, the trekkers who have limited time can reach Rara lake after just 4 hours walk from the airport in Mugu. But the real adventure and pleasure are gained by the trekkers trekking all the way from Jumla.