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Spanish Delights !!!

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The kingdom of Spain, located in extreme south-west of Europe, may not be an eye catcher in the world map in terms of size, but when tourism aspects counts it’s definitely a country that’s too good to be missed.

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In its not so large frame, Spain encompasses variety geographic landscapes. Along the coast of Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans there lies almost countless sun-kissed sandy beaches that draws plentiful visitors in summer. Not to mention the two exotic islands that comes under Spain – Balearic and Canary. Apart its splendid seashores; Spain, being the second-most mountainous country in Europe is an automatic winter tourism hub as its high mountains make perfect ski slopes.

More than those diverse landscapes and wetlands, Spain’s long eventful history that includes many a conquests and landmarks, makes it a place of historical importance too. No wonder this country, alongwith Italy, contains the maximum number of World Heritage Sites – Forty two! Thirteen of the Spanish cities have already been declared by UNESCO as world heritage cities. Spain’s inland consists of innumerable picturesque villages, well away from the beaten tourist tracks, that takes one back to a much earlier era.

Thus be it summer / winter tourism, nature tourism, heritage & cultural tourism, etc. Spain has an all-in-one answer. A magnificent combination that can be rarely seen anywhere.

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Prominent ones amongst Spain’s bountiful attractions…

Madrid

Spain’s ‘capital royal’ for the last five centuries as well as its most touristic city… Madrid is a city of elegant architecture and historical monuments including some outstanding ones like royal castle and city square. Art lovers can truly relish in Madrid’s world famous museums.

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Barcelona

Spain’s second largest city and location of some of the best tourist attractions in the country… A city of Gaudi’s architectural brilliance, Barcelona has been the home of many of the country’s famous artists.

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Bilbao

One of the most beautiful cities in the North Spain, Bilbao is best known for its sacred cathedral (a renowned pilgrim spot), the Guggenheim Museum and last but not the least, its seafood.

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Cordoba

A must see city in the South Spain… particularly famous for its Mezquita Mosque – a treasure trove of the Moorish Andalusian arts.

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Costa del Sol

Abode of some fine beaches… With mild climate throughout the year, Costa del Sol makes an ideal beach resort for people from all wakes of life.

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Granada

The gateway to the world renowned sky resort of Sierra Nevada Mountains… one notable Granada attraction is the charming Alhambra Palace, set at the foothill of Sierra Nevada.

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Salamanca

One of the UNESCO-declared Spanish world heritage cities… A city that retains the unspoilt old world charm.

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Seville

Another Spanish city of astounding architecture… Seville’s major assets are its majestic Cathedral (with the tomb of Christopher Columbus), the Giralda tower and the Alcazar – an awesome medieval Islamic palace. Besides, the city is much known for its cultural festivals like the Easter parades and April fair.

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Valencia

A city that lies in the Spanish Mediterranean coast, Valencia is a prime beach destination that automatically draws people in summer holidays… Also well known for its City of Arts and Sciences which consists of amazing eye-shaped buildings!


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Typical ‘Spanish Specials’…

Paella – Spain’s own unique cuisine… available in may versions, especially as a variety seafood…

Scenes from Seville’s annual ‘April fair’ – one of the most colorful festival fiestas in Spain…

Spain’s masterpiece event – the thrilling ‘Bull Fight’!

The ‘Parade of Resurrection’ that take place throughout Spain during the holy week of Easter… The procession is peculiar for its realistic depiction of biblical characters…

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In Spain, it’s delights ‘n delights all the way…

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A drive to Munnar…

One cannot simply call it ‘Munnar’; because Kerala’s most beautiful and well-known hill station is always spelt with surnames such as, Magnificent, Mesmerizing, Marvelous …. as the visual treats offered by this abode and its neighboring beauties are often beyond words.

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A drive to Munnar itself is a refreshing experience. As it is difficult to describe beauty with so many synonyms the best way is to take a pictorial ride like this…

Road to Munnar winding thro’ the lush high ranges

The first en route treat – Cheeyappara Waterfalls

Further drive brings you to another delightful cascade – Valara Waterfalls

After riding thro’ some exciting hair pin bends in the mountains, as Munnar becomes near you will sight Pallivasal – a pristine location, sight of Kerala’s first Hydro Electric Power Project.

Between Pallivasal and Munnar there lays one more eye-catching cascade – Attukal Waterfalls

Then comes the prime destination – Munnar (‘munnu aar’ means ‘three streams’ in local language, named so due to confluence of three mountain streams – Muthirappuzha, Chandavurai and Kundaly).

One of Munnar’s famous assets – the Tea Plantations

Plantations played a major role in the widespread fame of Munnar. This town houses a unique Museum dedicated to ‘Tea’

Tea Museum – showcases interesting facts, figures and artifacts about the growth and development of tea plantations in Munnar. Here curious ones can learn the techniques about how tea is produced and refined.

As stated earlier, Munnar’s neighboring beauty-spots are quite large in numbers. There are 3 most popular routes from the town which takes to all these spots.

1   Munnar – Rajamalai (Eravikulam National Park)
2   Munnar – Mattupetty – Eco Point – Kundala
3   Munnar – Devikulam – Lockhart gap


First Route

This route brings to Eravikulam National Park alias Rajamalai

Rajamalai – a National Park with many specialties… Apart from great trekking trails plus flora & fauna, this is also home to several highly endangered species in the world, namely Atlas moth (one among world’s biggest moths), Nilgiri Tahr (rare mountain goat) etc. Moreover, this is the site of Anamudi – the highest peak in South India.

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Second Route

First comes Mattupetty, a quiet village best known for its ‘Cattle Farm’ (the Indo Swiss mega project, only one of its kind in Asia). For security reasons this project is not open for public now.

Mattupetty has a splendid dam with boating facilities in its reservoir area

After Mattupetty, comes the Echo Point – as the name implies, here you will ‘hear’ the reverberations of your voice!

Next stop is Kundala – another pristine location with an angelic dam site


Third Route

On this route the first halt is the sensuous little town of Devikulam… abode of lovely lawns and plantations

Then comes the Lockhart Gap where anyone will get rejuvenated with the fresh mountain air, mist-coated hills and enchanting views

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Well, the onlookers certify this as the God’s own hill station without doubt !