Showing posts with label Travel & Tourism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel & Tourism. Show all posts

“Kerala? So you must be a communist.”

1. Being Kerala ruled by a Communist Party (CPI(M)) doesn't mean all the people of Kerala are Atheist. We have lot of temples, mosques and churches in our state. 

2. By seeing some B grade movies, do not judge Malayalam film industry. We have a very rich film industry with many talented people and quality movies.   They come up with amazing scripts which of course Bollywood remakes later. Priya Prakash Varrier was one of the recent produce.Malayalam cinema isn't only about soft porn. Pleaseeee! Our cinema industry churns out some of the best movies every year.


3. We are not Anti-BJP, only their ideologies are sometimes annoying, that's why BJP struggle here.

4. We do not like to be called Mallu, instead call us Malayali.

5. “ God's own country.” , it's not just a tag line to attract tourism. Indeed Kerala is a God's own country with beauty of nature as well as cultural diversity.

6. We are extremely proud of our culture, please do not insult it.

7. People getting appalled at our coconut and coconut derivatives intake. Coconut oil/ Hair oil, we are using this from the very first bath we took. Coconut is an integral part of our life.

8. "Why don't you have a gotra?" So yes, we don't have a gotra. We don't have that system. There's not much we can do about it. 

9. People wrongly assuming that we are spread out all over the world because we're greedy for money. Fact is, there are way too many educated people in the state that Kerala just cannot afford to give all of us jobs that suit our caliber. And this forces Malayalis to move elsewhere in search of suitable jobs. 
If you need anything from the Gulf, they are the best person to go to. They will either get it from the Dubai Shopping Festival or The Lulu International Mall (The largest mall in Asia) in Kerala.

10.We aren't all dark skinned fat people. Vidya Balan, John Abraham, Asin Thottumkal, Malaika Arora Khan...all have Malayali roots. Duh!

That our obsession with gold is a recent thing what with so many relatives pumping in NRI money into the state. No! Look at these photographs..
11.  Malayalis can drink like a fish!  you will get totally sloshed but they gonna be normal . No doubt getting drunk is even more fun with them around.

(Compiled from Quora answers in the intrest of our )

Foreign tourist arrivals hit an all-time high of 10 million last year,

Foreign tourist arrivals hit an all-time high of 10 million last year, bringing in over $27 billion, The Times of India reports. As a result, the country's rank on the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index has risen to 40 in 2017 from 65 in 2013. The government feels the improvement is on account of infrastructure development and promotion of theme-based and religious circuits. Tourism contributes 6.88% to the country’s GDP and accounts for 12% of total jobs, tourism minister Alphons Kannanthanam said.

Foreign tourist arrivals hit an all-time high of 10 million last year

Foreign tourist arrivals hit an all-time high of 10 million last year, bringing in over $27 billion, The Times of India reports. As a result, the country's rank on the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index has risen to 40 in 2017 from 65 in 2013. The government feels the improvement is on account of infrastructure development and promotion of theme-based and religious circuits. Tourism contributes 6.88% to the country’s GDP and accounts for 12% of total jobs, tourism minister Alphons Kannanthanam said.

Large personal electronic devices (PED) like laptops may soon be disallowed in flights

Large personal electronic devices (PED) like laptops may soon be disallowed from check-in bags because of fears that their battery fire would go undetected, leading to possible catastrophes. In hand bags, on the other hand, cabin crew are now trained to handle PED fires as soon as anyone notices smoke emitting from the bag they are kept in. Just last week, a mobile phone caught fire on a Delhi-Indore flight which the cabin crew was able to quickly douse.

Narendra Modi: Our psyche stopping India from becoming tourism hub

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the tourism industry has a huge potential to generate employment in India and the only thing standing in the way is "our psyche".

Modi said tourism cannot grow only through government advertisements but it needs word of mouth.
"But our psyche is such that if we go to a place and find it beautiful, the first thing we say is that it doesn't feel like we are in India. Then how can we expect tourism to grow in India?"

China choose to war? Tells citizens not to visit India

Tensions between New Delhi and Beijing showed no signs of abating, as China on Thursday issued a second travel advisory warning its citizens against traveling to India. Coming amidst the nearly two-month long standoff between the countries at Doklam in Bhutan, the Chinese advisory shows that Beijing has no intention of either softening its stance or backing down.

Srirangapatna : Tiger of Mysore death's place

Tipu Sultan tomb is Great place to visit and pay homage to one of the first king to rise against the British Empire.

The place is located along road side and one can see it passing by. The place is well maintained with sign board stating about Tipu Sultan.

Hogenakkal Review : Indian Nigera falls

Hogenakkal falls is around 170Kms from Bangalore towards E-city and then Hosur road. It takes around 4.5 hrs to reach because of traffic in the Hosur road toll. Once reaching the spot, we have to collect the tickets of coracle ride.The place of falls cannot be seen from the place on land so u have to take a boat called 'theppa' they will cost you depending on the season and they will take you to the falls they will show u around 10 falls with a very risky distance the water there is very deep with lots of vertex. So be careful not for light hearted!   It costs around INR 750/- for 1 coracle and it can take 4 people with a maximum weight of 350Kgs.  Some coracle charge INR 300 per ride for just a 5 minute ride. The boatsmen are always right behind you to take you for a ride, literally and figuratively.

Here are some basic Flying etiquettes which every passenger should keep in mind while travelling

1. Give enough room to your co-passenger

You are not the only traveller on board. So, make sure you are not using up all the space for yourself and your luggage. Also, if it's a short-haul flight, you may try and not recline your seat way too much. Let everyone have access to their respective seat, legroom and luggage space in the overhead bins.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e-Tourist Visa increased 1.70 lakh

During the month of February, 2017 total of 1.70 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.17 lakh during the month of February 2016 registering a growth of 45.2%.

· During January- February 2017, a total of 32.18 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 20.54 lakh during January-February 2016, registering a growth of 56.7% .

How Well Do You Know Bangalore? 15 Places in Bangalore and the Reason behind Their Names


The name literally means “a well of snakes”. The name is due to the high number of snakes present in the area before it got urbanized. Also, some believe that it is called a “well” because of the surrounding hillocks that are no longer present due to urbanization.

Munnar : 'Cross' has become a popular crop in Kerala

31-year-old IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman , who made the state proud by securing second rank in the civil services examination in 2013 is in news because of his takes on Kerala's land mafia.

In an anti-encroachment drive that began early on Thursday morning, a team led by Devikulam tahsildar had reportedly reached the spot in Pappathichola a little after 7.30 am, after traveling for more than three hours. Following this, they initiated the process of bringing down the 25-feet tall cross.

Thursday's drive was a continuation of the anti-encroachment drive being carried out in Munnar under the instruction of Devikulam Sub-Collector Sriram Venkitaraman.

According to television reports, the cross was erected by a Thrissur-based group Spirit in Jesus. This was the revenue department's third attempt at razing the massive cross, allegedly built on encroached land. At both the earlier instances, the officials were prevented by agitators.

Kerala Minister MM Mani asks S Collector Sri Ram who removed encroacher's Cross at #Munnar " Aren't you an RSS man ?" 

While local leaders of Communist Party of India (Marxist), which leads the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), tried to physically block him and his team from clearing the encroachments and hurled abuses at him, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan restrained him from going ahead with the mission.

The young IAS officer said that he had anticipated obstacles when he launched the eviction drive. “It is an organised activity going on unhindered in Idukki district for a long time. People encroach on the land and legalise it by managing survey number and other documents. It is not easy to evict them,” he said.

Six operators to connect 128 routes in regional India through Udan

Government is close to a resolution with major Indian carriers over the dispute of levying regional connectivity charges as it unveiled the list of successful bidders and routes today. Six operators will connect 70 airports and 128 routes in the hinterlands, most of which are currently not well penetrated by airlines.

“We are very close to a solution over this matter, we had multiple rounds of discussion with the airlines and the issue will be resolved soon,” Jayant Sinha minister of state for civil aviation said.

Lobby group Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), which consists of IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir, and has around 80 percent market share has moved court contesting that the government has no authority to impose a levy in the nature of tax on air services.With major airlines opposing it -this had also put a question on the viability of the scheme as government found it difficult to mop up fund for corpus of the scheme.

Major established players like Alliance Air- subsidiary of state-owned Air India and Ajay Singh-owned SpiceJet emerged as successful bidders along with lesser known players Air Odisha, Truejet. Captain Gopinath’s Air Deccan which pioneered low cost travel in India made a comeback through the scheme and will connect 15 airports. Among the many airports that will get connected are Agra, Shimla, Nanded, Kanpur, Jamshedpur which experts say that have good business proposition

“This is a unique scheme that is completely market driven and through corpus of only Rs 205 crore we will create around 1.3 million seats, which will kickstart the underdeveloped regional aviation market,” Sinha said.

Civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said that UDAN (as the scheme is known) will give a fillip to India’s aviation sector. “From a rate of one airport annually we have leapfrogged to connecting 33 airports in a single year,” Choubey said that adding that the routes have a uniform spread across the country.

#AirIndia #civialaviations  

Chennai Floods leads to costly flights !!!!

As soon as the floods hit and the Chennai airport was shut down owing to the inundation of the airfield, the airfares started rising in other sectors due to increasing demand.

In Bengaluru, on Friday, the ticket prices had sky-rocketed to an unbelievable high; and people in Chennai who had traveled to Bengaluru to fly out of the city were willing to pay up.

An economy ticket on Friday for a 9.30 p.m. Jet Airways flight from Bengaluru to Delhi was selling at Rs. 41,738 at 8 p.m. on online travel company MakeMyTrip. A seat on a Saturday morning 7 a.m. flight on the same carrier was priced at Rs. 32,197 on the company’s website. A Bengaluru-Delhi Saturday morning ticket on GoAir was priced at Rs. 17, 538.

Indigo Airlines announced that it had added extra flights out of Bengaluru to meet the demand, one to Mumbai and two to Delhi, but even then, tickets for a Saturday morning 8 a.m. flight to Delhi were selling for Rs. 14,519 the previous night.

After several days due to the shutdown, the Chennai airport has started the services on Sunday with three Air India flights, one flight Jet Airways and IndiGo flight respectively; and beginning Monday, full-fledged operations are likely to start.

Though experts admit the fares are quite high, but not abnormally high now. For instance, take the Chennai-Bangalore sector; though tickets are available for Rs. 4,000 there are ones even for Rs. 40,000 for the coming few days. The highest fare of Rs. 40,000 is certainly high; but this is not because of the current situation and is usually present even otherwise.

“The Chennai-Bangalore sector may be a bit high because, people are under the impression that they may not able to take international travel in Chennai and want to do it from Bangalore. But the highest fare of Rs. 40,000 is not exclusive to this season alone; it is high because the sector may have other transit points before the destination,” a travel agent said.

While the Chennai-Delhi sector ranges between Rs. 4,800-13,000, the Chennai-Bangalore is Rs. 5,300- 69,000. Travel agents say it may take some time for the fares to normalize.

With the exception of a 6 p.m. Indigo Airlines flight available for Rs. 14, 465, there were no economy-flying options to Delhi from Bangalore.  Scenario on Monday was slightly better with Go Air tickets available for Rs. 16,109 for a 5 p.m. flight and Rs.14, 680 for an 8 p.m. flight. Jet Airways had a 9 p.m. flight for Rs. 12,159 and another one at Rs. 19,518.

Those flying to Mumbai from Bangalore faced a better scenario: Sunday flights at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. were available at Indigo within Rs. 15, 000 while Jet Airways had seats for two 9.45 p.m. flights priced between Rs. 10,000 and 15,000 while Go Air had an 8-50 p.m. flight for Rs. 19, 670.

Top 10 Oldest Languages in the World

There are about 6000 languages that exist today. Language began thousands of years ago and determining the oldest of them is a hot debate. Researchers continuously search for proof of the earliest existing languages even though it is a very difficult task. Therefore, many contenders make the list for the oldest languages. Let's take a look at the top ten oldest languages in the world.

10. Latin

Old Latin refers to the Latin language in the period before 75 BC. Latin was the language of the victors of many wars and battles fought on theItalian peninsula. It gained most importance when it became the formal language of the Roman Empire. All Romance languages are descended from Latin, and many words based on Latin are found in other modern languages such as English. Today, Latin is taught in higher education courses and still endures.

9. Armenian

Armenian is an Indo-European language spoken by Armenians. Its language has a long literary history, with a fifth-century Bible translation as its oldest surviving text. The last text found makes it likely that Armenian began around 450 BC. Today, Armenian is the mother tongue of over 5 million people.

8. Korean

The Korean language dates back to 600 BC.The Korean language is spoken by more than 65 million people living on the peninsula and its outlying islands as well as 5.5 million Koreans living in other parts of the world. The fact that all Koreans speak and write the same language has been a crucial factor in their strong national identity.

7. Hebrew

Hebrew is over 3000 years old, originating around 1000 BC. It is an ancient Semitic language and the official language of the State of Israel. For many years, Hebrew was a written language mostly for sacred texts thereby given the name of "holy language." Today it is both a spoken and written language that ties the Jewish community together.

6. Aramaic

Research has shown that large parts of Hebrew and Arabic languages are borrowed from the Aramaic language.Diplomatic documents between Aramaean city-states dating back to the 10th century BC (1000 BC) prove this to be one of the oldest languages.Modern Aramaic, in its various dialects, is spoken in modern-day Iraq, Iran, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, and the various Western countries to which the native speakers have emigrated, including Russia, Europe, Australia and the United States.

5. Chinese

The first written records of Chinese language date back 3000 years to 1200 BC and the Zhou Dynasty. Over time, the Chinese language has evolved and nearly 1.2 billion people speak some form of Chinese as their first language. This is the most popular language spoken in the world.

4. Greek

The earliest written evidence of the Greek language dates back to 1450 BC. Greek is mostly spoken in Greece, Albania, and Cyprus, by roughly 13 million people. The Greek language has a long and rich history which makes it among the oldest of European languages.

3. Egyptian

Egyptian is the oldest known language of Egypt. It comes from the Afro-Asiatic language family.Tomb walls bearing autobiographical writingsin Old Egyptian have been found dating back to 2600 -- 2000 BC. There is considerable and varied literature in Egyptian. Today, Egyptian survives as the liturgical language of the Coptic Church.

2. Sanskrit

Researchers believe that Sanskrit, which heavily influenced many European languages, originated from Tamil. Sanskrit is the classical language of India, dating back to 3000 BC.Sanskrit is still one of India's official languages, although its use in the vernacular is limited.

1. Tamil

Tamil language is more than 5000 years old and its literature is vast and varied. Tamil is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world. Just 14 years ago, a survey concluded there were 1,863 newspapers published in Tamil proving the language is still used today.

Many scholars believe the origins of language are not suitable for serious study due to the lack of evidence. This list hones in on the oldest known languages still in existence today. Theory has it that the need for verbal communication arose because man formed groups to better hunt, thereby creating the need to communicate with one another. Language has evolved from the grunts and sounds of ancient man to today's more sophisticated words and phrases.

Book train tickets - 30 mins before departure !!!

Starting today, you can book a railway ticket online 30 minutes prior to the departure of a train.

In a passenger-friendly move, Railways has also made changes in its system of preparation of chart, which would now be prepared twice.

First reservation chart would be prepared four hours prior to departure of a train while second and final one, 30 minutes before the train departs, a senior Railway official said.

According to the revised rules, booking will be allowed on internet as well as at reservation counters for a particular train, subject to availability of berths, even after the preparation of first reservation chart.

Railways has also made it mandatory for all the concerned departments to finalize the reservation chart four hours prior to departure of train from November 12 in order to facilitate passengers to know the status of their ticket and plan their journey well in time. This is a significant move to provide additional booking facilities enabling passengers to buy tickets even after the preparation of reservation charts, the official said.

A second and final chart of reservations will be made available before departure of train and handed over to onboard ticket checking staff.

This exercise will ensure optimum utilization of train accommodation as well as enhanced earnings, the official said.

Also, there were complaints of delay in finalization of reservation chart giving scope to touts for indulging in illegal ticketing activities. 

56 Countries Indians Can Travel To Without Visa

Are you aware that with Indian passport, there are over 50 countries you can travel to without visa or you would be issued visa on arrival? This means that you can simply wake up in the morning, purchase flight ticket and start off on your journey to these over 50 destinations (countries and territories) without the need to make any prior visa arrangement which happens to be one of the most stressful part of planning an international travel in most cases. Having access to these over 50 countries places the Indian passport at number 76th in the world among the list of countries with highest number of visa free or visa on arrival destinations.

It is however important to note that there is usually a time limit to how long you can stay in each country which varies significantly. Also, depending on the purpose of travel and how long you intend to stay, you could be eligible to apply for visa or an extension if you were issued one on arrival as the case may be.

Before you travel, it is necessary that you contact the embassy or consulate of the country you are planning to travel to at a time very close to when you intend to travel to confirm that there has not been any recent changes that may affect your travel. This is because visa and immigration policies change frequently as each country makes the necessary adjustments to protect its borders.
Countries that issue visa on arrival to Indian citizens:

Bolivia – 90 days
Burundi – 30 days; obtainable at Bujumbura International Airport
Cambodia – 30 days
Cape Verde
Guinea-Bissau – 90 days
Guyana – 30 days provided holding confirmation, issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs
Indonesia – 30 days
Jordan – 2 weeks, must hold US$ 3000
Kenya – 3 months
Laos – 30 days
Madagascar – 90 days
Maldives – 90 days
Palau – 30 days
Saint Lucia – 6 weeks
Samoa – 60 days
Seychelles – 1 month
Somalia 30 days, provided an invitation letter issued by the sponsor has been submitted to the Airport Immigration Department at least 2 days before arrival.
Thailand – 15 days. Visa fee of 1000 Thai Baht needs to be paid in Thai currency. Visa on Arrival has to be obtained at First point of entry/Landing not the Final Destination.
Timor-Leste – 30 days
Togo – 7 days
Tuvalu – 1 month
Somaliland – 30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival
Niue – 30 days

Why is Coorg (Karnataka) known as the "Scotland of India?"

It was the British Planter community who had affectionately coined the term ‘The Scotland of India’ for Coorg. Most of the planters were Scots and the uncanny similarities between both places earned Coorg that nickname. Also like Scotland, Coorg is mountainous, misty and cool. The highlands and the vast meadowlands of both places look almost identical. The two also had local brews they felt strongly about.

On the cultural front, both Coorg and Scotland had clan based societies, where both clans warred with each other constantly in the earlier days. Arms were an integral part of their costumes and each valued its independence equally. The Scots kept dirks (short daggers), while the Coorgs had their peechekathis (carved daggers).

One can see tons of lush green and breathtaking sights in Coorg!

#coorg #tourismhotels

What are the best places to stay in Goa?

Best Time:

October to March - This is the IN season in Goa. The place is flocked by oversees tourists as well as Indians. The prices for everything from rental bikes to hotels to flight tickets soar during this time. But this is the time you get to experience the Goa as it is known. The days are pretty hot so a good time to be at the beach and better to be in the water at the beach. The water sports are in full swing during this time at most of the beaches in Goa. The night time is a carnival of sorts with lights, music, booze, tourists and more booze all around you. The night goes on till early morning at most of the places.

April to September - This is OFF season. The prices go down, the tourist is mostly local, half the places are shut, some of the beaches are forbidden to take a swim in, overall its relatively calm. Relatively calm in Goa is still happening than most other places in the country. And once it starts raining, it might not stop for a few days or weeks or months. Rains are a spoilsport for any beach destination but Goa is beautiful during the monsoons.


People come to Goa assuming that they can see the entire place in one trip but mind you Goa is a STATE. A small state is still way bigger than a big city.

For first timers wanting to visit Goa for its beaches, booze, parties and the whole carnival atmosphere, North goa is the place to stay where one can decide from Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna or Vegator beach, these are the most sought after by the tourists. But obviously, there are other options available.

Palolem and Columb beach in South Goa are also similar but relatively quieter or less happening for some people and more popular among the foreign tourist.

There are other beaches and booze and accommodation is available at almost all of them. Like Colva, Majorda, Bogmalo etc.

For people who are not too excited about the beaches, there are some churches located at pretty awesome locations like the Three Kings Church and there are also some really cool hikes and waterfalls within 2 hour drives in and around Goa.

The Portugese architecture in Old Goa is also something to see, if you are really interested.


It is available in all shapes, sizes and prices. From the super awesome cheap one room shacks right on the beach to the boring star rated hotels with there sea facing rooms, pool on the beach, private beach area etc.

There are also rental apartments for short stays as well as longer stays.

Points -

- Goans are in general very helpful and courteous but imagine for a shopkeeper to answer the same questions, everyday to different sets of tourist, be patient.

- Rental bikes or cars or would save you on money and help you get the feel of Goa. Taxis are shit expensive.

- Public transport is not developed enough for a tourist to be comfortable with it.

- Booze is dirt cheap when compared to other places in India. I love Goa.

- Drugs are not easily available as some people hope. If you want to do them just for the sake of it and the high doesnt matter, you can find people selling shitty stuff as some specific places.

- Most good clubs have an exceptionally high charge for stag(boy only) entry. Couple entry is generally fairly priced with full cover charge.

- Spending lower on accommodation and more on other things - personal advice.

- Decide in advance what you want out of your trip and accordingly the place to stay.

#GOA #GoaTourism

Places You Need to Visit In India With Your Best Friend

‘A friend in need is a friend in deed.’ How often do you realize this saying? The answer would be almost each and every moment of your life!

When you are with your friends; especially the best ones, everything seems to be more vibrant, livelier and cheerful. When you are in their company, even the boring lectures or gatherings get exciting and equally engrossing for you.

Travelling with your best buddies; no matter what time of year it is or whichever location it is, unlimited amount of fun and excitement are always guaranteed with the best friends. Here is a list of 20 magnificent places in India, the beauty of which gets doubled if visited along with your best friends:

1. Pangong Lake, Ladakh


Transporting you to an ethereal place, the Pangong Lake is located in Ladakh. This is a place where unblemished azure water is fringed by rugged mountains while cotton candy clouds float above. Feel the serenity and magic envelope you!


2. Rafting and Camping in Rishikesh


With bursting of vitality and eagerness, twenties is the best time to indulge in adventure sports. Ride the mystical waters of Ganges with rafting in Rishikesh, which is the most famous place for this adrenaline pumping sport. For, you get to raft upon fierce frothing water pouring through rocky terrains and green stretches. To experience the landscape of this mysterious place you can also go camping and undertake other adventure sports.

3. Living Root Bridges, Meghalaya


What seems to appear straight out of a fantasy movie, the Living Root Bridges have to be seen to be believed! Some of these roots are more than hundred feet long and are strong enough to carry the weight of fifty people at one time. Located in Meghalaya, they are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. Chadar – The Frozen River Trek


 How often does one boast about walking on a frozen river in a dreamlike destination? Stamped as one of the most thrilling experiences for an adventure aficionado, the Chadar trek route connects villages in the Zanskar valley deep in the mountains with Chilling and the frozen Zanskar River.Bringing back the vigour of younger days, the once-in-a-lifetime experience will make you come across breathtaking sights. It also gives you the much needed nudge to be physically fit before you even get there.