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Thrissur Pooram 2011

Arguably the most posh festive occasion in Kerala… the festival of festivals… ‘Thrissur Pooram’ was held amongst all pomp & splendor in May 12th 2011. Like all times, not only the hometown Thrissur but the entire state throbbed with excitement… A real eye-feat for natives & visitors alike!

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Some snaps from “Thrissur Pooram 2011” …


Decorated gigantic structures on the eve of Pooram… a view from Thrissur Vadakkunnathan Lord Shiva Temple premises…


Workers cleaning up… equipping the Pooram ground before the grand ceremonies…


Crowds begin to gather… view from the Eastern Temple Tower of Thrissur Vadakkunnathan Temple …


A close-up shot of the ‘Anachamayam’…. Display of decorated Elephant Caparisons on the eve of Thrissur Pooram…


Eye-catching miniature models of decorated Elephants… View from one of the numerous way-side vendors on the Pooram ground…


Onlookers getting attracted to the fascinating miniatures of Pooram Elephants… another scene from the Pooram ground…


Elephants processions in full swing… so is the amateur photography! Onlookers keen on capturing the thrilling events on frames…


‘The Pooram spectators’…. As seen from one of the Elephant Caparisons… It is these majestic tuskers that steal the show in Thrissur Pooram!


The colorful ‘Kudamattam’ (changing of umbrellas) ceremony, one of the chief highlights of the Pooram… A display of brightly colored ceremonial umbrellas that pop up over the Elephants…


Display of ‘Alavattom’ and ‘Venchamaram’ atop the tuskers… A part of the ‘Kudamattam’, changing of umbrellas, ceremony…


The ‘traditional elephant umbrellas’…  During the ‘Kudamattam’ ceremony, onlookers can watch in awe the changing of many such brightly coloured umbrellas!!!

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Thrissur Pooram 2011 concluded on a high note … justifying its position as the Numero Uno festival fiesta in the God’s own country.

A wonderland called Wayanad…

The tiny south Indian state of Kerala is blessed with many wonderful locations. But this one will rank very high in the list of Kerala’s beauty-spots. That is Wayanad, a district located in north east Kerala.

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Nestled high in the majestic western ghat mountains, Wayanad is one of the handful locations in the world that still manage to retain its pristine nature in spite of the overwhelming modernization.

A land where ancient civilization existed much before the era of Christ, Wayanad is a wonderful combination of dense forests & wildlife, royal high ranges, lush plantations & paddy fields, ageless pilgrim centers,…. together with marks of prehistoric civilization. If Kerala is the God’s own country; then Wayanad is its Green Paradise.

Prominent ones amongst Wayanad’s innumerable lovely locations:


Ambalavayal Heritage Museum


Arguably the best Heritage Museum in Kerala. This Museum contains artifacts that date back to many centuries!

Banasurasagar


The habitat of one of the largest earth dams in the country. A nearby Sanctuary and a Park with ever-flowering trees add charm to this spot.

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary


Home to numerous species of wild animals, plants  and trees… particularly popular for viewing elephants, deers, birds and reptiles.

Boys Town


An establishment of the Wayanad Social Service Society and Jean Park (the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening). An abode of many invaluable plants.

Brahmagiri


Lying about 1600 meters above sea level, Brahmagiri constitute a vast area of exquisite wild land. It takes about 11 kilometers of trekking from Thirunelly to reach this spot.

Chembra Peak


The highest peak in Wayanad – A trekker’s dream location!

Edakkal Caves


One of the earliest centers of human habitat around the world. The rocky cave-walls are decorated by lots of interesting carvings, which represent human / animal figures, objects of human use, symbols, etc. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of prehistoric age.

Kuruva Dweep (Island)


A tiny uninhabited Island of evergreen forest located on the tributaries of River Kabini. Overspread with rare species of birds, orchids and herbs, Kuruva Island is an ideal picnic plot.

Meenmutty Waterfalls


A waterfall located deep in the reserve forest. A trip to Meenmutty itself is an adventure (it requires a good trekking through some inhospitable grounds)!

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary


The largest wildlife reserve in North Kerala… Also known as Wayanad Sanctuary, Muthanga is a place with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Pakshipathalam


A Bird Sanctuary located around 7 kilometers north-east of Thirunelly Temple, accessible only by trekking! An adventurer’s den.

Pookote Lake


A natural fresh water lake brimmed with evergreen mountains… here one can enjoy the hypnotizing glamour of an unspoilt environment.

Soochipara Waterfalls


A brilliant waterfall, so-called due to the high force of its waters (Soochi means ‘needle’ in local).

Thirunelly Temple


A very ancient and sacred Temple set amidst the reserve forest. Thirunelly Temple is referred as the ‘Thekkan Kasi’ (Banaras of the South) in terms of religious significance. It is believed that bathing in the adjoining River ‘Papanasini’ will cleanse all the sins.

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary


Another Sanctuary in the Wayanad belt with wide varieties of animals and plants.
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With many serene spots still unexplored, this wonderland of Wayanad is yet to be ‘fully discovered’.