Monday, January 16, 2017

Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple - Wayanad,Kerala

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On Pongal we happened to visit Thirunelli Maha vishnu temple which is known as one of the most ancient temples in Kerala,located on the Brahmagiri hill in Wayanad..The temple is surrounded by deep forests..As it was Pongal time,we started around 11 am without any planning or hurry..The temple is 60 km away from Sulthan Bathery and it took nearly 2 hours for us to reach the place as we stopped at some scenic points on the way..The drive via Mananthavady was a nice experience with greenery on either sides through out the  way...By the time we reached the place the temple was closed and they told that it will be opened again at 5.30 pm only..Meanwhile we finished our lunch in the nearby hotel and waited in the car..Strangely I took a nap meanwhile,which was quite too rare in my case..After 5.30 as we finished the darshan we did a little bit of shopping in the nearby store which includes some spices and herbs..The Temple timings are : Morning: 5:30 am to 12:00 pm, Evening: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm


 The Ganapathi temple on the way to Papanasini.. 

It is said that this is the only temple in the world where the devotees can perform all the rituals related to one’s life, starting from birth to death and life after death..Thirunelli Temple draws pilgrims from all over, primarily for ancestral rites. The rituals are performed on the banks of the stream Papanasini which flows down from Mount Brahmagiri.It is believed that this stream has divine power to dissolve sins of all the mortals.



The evening view from the temple...

The afternoon meals at the hotel near the temple..

The beautiful Brahmagiri hills and the surrounding lush green forests have made the temple premises a valley of tranquility.



The hotels near temple..





Thursday, December 22, 2016

Kuruva Dweep (Kuruva Island) - Wayanad:Kerala

Kuruva Dweep is one of the popular tourist spots in Wayanad..It is located around 14 km from  Mananthavady in the northern district of Wayanad..The place is a group of Islets formed from the tributaries of Kabini river in around 950 acres of forest..
There are two routes from Sulthan Bathery to reach Kuruva islands..
1)  via Panamaram - Nadavayal - Beenachi Rd  (38 km)
2)  via Pulpally - Sultan Bathery High way (45km)

However we reached there in the first route which is also forest route,this includes a ferry ride..The place didn't excite me except from the ferry part..The water bodies place share some similarities with Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram forests in Andhra Pradesh..However it is huge area and wide region when compared to the former ones..The best thing about this place is the breathtaking greenery and birds..It is and ideal place for bird watchers as we can find very rare species of birds and different varieties of butterflies...

Here we go with the pictures,


The forest route to the place


Beenachi road route is full of vibrant colours








The ferry ride experience


You can taste Bamboo payasam in one of the small hotels there..



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Karapuzha Dam - Kalpetta : Wayanad:Kerala

Staying in Wayanad is a blissful experience indeed..The heavenly Western Ghats with the beautiful landscapes offers spectacular view of the greenery wherever you go..Here,the misty mountains,lakes and grass fields are one of a kind with enchanting greenery all around..When you are having the luxury of staying here,every weekend you get to go somewhere just for a long drive,and you surely end up reaching some pretty good place to hang on..Karapuzha dam is one such place we visited last weekend..The dam is said to be one of the biggest earth dams in India built on Karapuzha river which was tributary of the Kabini River...We drove nearly half an hour from Sulthan Bathery to reach the place which is nearly 20 kms away from our town..The surroundings are still under construction..The guard told that there is a society for fishing in the river and the fishing was done in the early hours when the visitors are prohibited and the fish were send to markets in Ambalavayal for selling..

Here we go with the pics...








Most of the surroundings are still under construction...

You can spot a tribal colony amidst the blue waters..




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Tamilnadu

On the occasion of my parents brief visit in this February we happened to visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram.. This is first one among the four destinations we visited in a row,Gangaikonda Cholapuram,Vaideeswaran Koil,Chidambaram and Tiruvannamalai (Arunachalam)..Chidambaram was long time due in our travel list,despite several times planning during our stay at Coimbatore,it doesn't work somehow..

On the first day of our trip,we took a cab from Chennai to Gangaikonda Cholapuram which is around 5 hours journey and reached the place before noon..The temple was clearly a replica of the gigantic Brihadeswarar Temple in Thanjavur..The architecture and sculptural beauty is so similar as it was built by the great Chola kings again..It was built by Rajendra Chola I,son of Rajaraja Chola and served as their capital city of Cholas from about 1025 AD...Now,the place is turned into a small village in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu and is one of the  UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Here we go with the pictures..

The ruined Gopura of the entrance...
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A Lion-well (simhakeni) with a lion figure guarding the steps..
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 Nandeeswarar in the east facing the main shrine.
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