Arippara waterfalls in Iruvanjipuzha/ RIver, Calicut, Kerala, Wild milky river current splashing through river-bed rocks

Arippara waterfalls and river course. Not one of the most popular Waterfalls in Kerala, but absolutely one of the most beautiful river picnic spot. The waterfalls is in one of the tributaries of Iruvanji river commonly known as Iruvanjipuzha. The river course is much rocky and steep which makes so many water cascades throughout the river path. Similar rocky terrain is seen in most of the rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats through Kerala into the Arabian sea or the backwaters.

Reaching the Waterfalls of Arippara
Arippara waterfalls and the river tourism spots are located in the Tiruvambady panchayat of Calicut district, Kerala. The waterfalls is situated  at a distance of about 50 to 55 Kms from calicut city of Kerala. About 15 Kms from Thiruvambady panchayat. The waterfalls is located in Anakkampoyil route. You can get buses heading to to Anakkampoyil from the KSRTC bus station of Calicut and alight near Arippara waterfalls. The journey is of about 2hours and costa around 20 INR/- . May need a little walking towards the river course and waterfalls. Their are nearby points in the river where this river makes much bigger cascades and you may visit there too.

The places are a little remote and the river flows through forests and makes so many water cascades on its course. The water is least polluted and mountain fresh. The splashing river water rushing through the rocks makes the atmosphere cool and fresh makes us refreshed. The waterfalls and surrounding place will be much loved by tourists who like trekking and a little adventure. But always be cautious for the place can be much dangerous, if you are acting careless in those rocks and streams. All the rocks are so polished by prolonged action of the river and can be so slippery if a little wet.

The photos of the wild river stream given here are the portion of the river after the small falls. The river forms a dwarf cascade in this place and leads to the formation of a small pool of fresh river water ideal for water sports and bathing. These photos from Arippara are taken during the months of January. Monsoon seasons are not ideal to visit the place for the river will be flowing angry and mad and won't like anyone going near her. Most of the accidents happens due to stepping over slippery wet rocks. Careless bathing in some of the waterfalls in this river course had already taken lives and hope people coming here do take a little more responsibly to leave the place alive.

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Candle flame photography, Cellphone camera closeup snaps of candle flames, Some amateur flame shots & photographic thoughts

Photographing Candle flames with cellphone mini digital cameras. Just a few snaps i got from the camera eyes of a SE W810i cellphone. It's a 2 megapixel camera integrated into the phone. The photos of the  Candle flames are snapped with all the lights off inside the room. Keeping the candles in well lit environment during photographing them can make the flame photograph lifeless. 

All the candle flames captured here are either taken in closeups or macro modes of the small 2mp digital camera. The windows aside were kept closed to keep the flames steady for the camera lenses. Eventhough small breeze made them sway a little in some of the photos. Personally i felt the swaying flames little more interesting than the steady sharp candle glows.

Obviously a photographer will always need some life in his snaps. For a candle flame it will be a failure if we ended up unable to capture the feeling of warmth, felt through those amazing colors formed around the glow. The photos were not taken keeping any of photography rocket science and theories in mind, but just following the instincts.

Just tried to focus the camera lens right into the flame and waited to give the click when the flame settles down from the swaying done by the sneaking wind. The task in photographing flames is succeeding to get the warm divine colors naturally as it is for our eyes. Sometimes the auto white-balance of the camera may adjust itself and make the flames far away from the real beauty they have.

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Making Houseboats and planning a Houseboat trip, houseboat photos from Kumarakom & backwater cruise tour info

Houseboats of Kerala, the olden times Kettuvalloms refurnished and beautified for the sole purpose of Backwater Tourism. In the land of Kerala, during olden times these boats were rice barges or heavy goods carriers called Kettuvalloms. As time passed new means of transportation emerged and these boats gave way to the modern barges and faster boats. But the beauty and eco blended traditional construction gave them a new role of action in Kerala's tourism activities. A Houseboat journey through the long stretching backwaters of Kerala is considered not to be avoided at any cost for a tourist coming here, into the God's own country.If stretched virtually more than half the length of Kerala is backwaters. The longest backwater of India and largest of Kerala, the Vembanadu covers 3 districts of Kerala like Ernakulam, Alleppy and Kottayam So the way to explore a major inland landscapes and villages and the common life of Kerala is through Boat journeys, and Houseboats are the most comfortable moving living cottages you can get.

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Building a houseboat
Raw materials used for building houseboats are Wooden planks(Anjily wood/Jackwood, jack fruit tree planks etc), Bamboo, coir ropes, Areccanut tree logs, Cashew-nut husk oil compounds etc. The hull of the boat is made of Anjilii wood, which is treated for enough time to make them water resistant. The planks of wood are tied together with coir made of coconut husk. Hence the name Kettuvalloms which means coir tied boats. Not a single nail is used in the making of these boats and just the logs are tied up together using coir. Obviously well trained and experienced traditional engineering done here. The woods are smeared with cashew nut husk oil extracts to prevent deterioration from water. the roof is thatched with palm and bamboo logs. Bamboo and areccanut logs are used in making the boat house walls.  Apart the house boats are made moving luxury resort rooms with all the modern amenities you can expect.


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SUVs in Cochin autoexpo, Vehicle photos & features, XC90, XC60, latest in the XC series of Volvo

Auto show photos from Cochin, Kerala. Featuring photos and specs of latest Volvo SUVs like Volvo XC90,and Volvo XC60.  XC90 and XC60 are the latest in the series of SUVs that the Swedish auto giant Volvo offers for the year 2010. Volvo which has been getting its main shares from Europe and North America recently started showing up in markets of India, Russia and China.Volvo is now owned by Ford Motors.

Volvo Suvs, have to say that packed with power these sports utility vehicles are so muscular in their looks and incorporates the most advanced technology, safety features and comfort a vehicle of its class have to offer. The SUVs comes mainly in variants, like 3.2, 3.2 R-design, V8 AWD, T6 AWD, T6 AWD R-Design etc. These muscular road burners are designed considering those off road terrains too and comes with features like traction controll, better ground clearance, tyre pressure monitoring, rollover protection, dynamic stability and roll stability control, boron steel reinforced passenger cavity etc etc.

Volvo XC90, a muscular front hood with a blended in headlamp clusters and the nice front grill with the Volvo logo.There are safety bars as part of crumple zones to alleviate any impact that may occur from a direct collision under those bumpers. Lets have a look into the technical specs and features of this Car.


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Old Indian car dumped in scratch yard, Fiat 1100 car of model 1950s, Cochin, Kerala, Black & White cellphone photography

Old Indian car in the scratch yard. guessing the car to be a Fiat made in the late 1950s. The overall body looks of the sedan shows some similarities to the old Fiat Elegant that was introduced into the Indian automobile market in the year of 1957. By now as years passed, its the amazing new era of cars and SUVs with hybrid engines, automatic transmissions, cruise controlls, multi fuel cars and trucks which runs on pure ethanol, gasoline or LPG etc or even electric cars and this very old guy resting in the scratch yard waiting its end. 

Infact if we consider immobility is the criteria of death, then this fiat is already dead. We didn't knew if he got his engine under his hood, even though not functioning. Rusted body, broken blinkers, missing bumpers and what the Fiat got intact was a front windshield and the tires. Ofcourse the car have got a strong steel body which is missing in most of today's vehicles.


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Longest Indian lake, Vembanadu Lake & House Boats, Kumarakom backwater boating trip photos

Kumarakom tour trip photos, some moments from a small picnic done to the backwater tourism village of Kerala - Kumarakom. A place in the Kottayam district of kerala which depends on backwaters for most of the transportation than roads. The people also makes their living with business related to tourism, fishing, cultivating paddy etc. Can identify the place as a small Venetian town.

The tourist village of Kumarakom can offer you activities like boating through the backwaters, watching migratory and local birds in the bird sanctuary of kumarakom, ayurvedic treats provided in the spas working along with the hotels and lake resorts etc. The local food recipes here has the real taste of Kerala's food culture. So many house boat services are available in the place. House boat cruise packages which varies in length of journey, price, amenities etc are available.



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Kovalam beach & sea, photos from lighthouse, Kerala's famous beach names

Aerial view of the Kovalam beach city and the crescent shaped beaches separated by rocks from the top of the lighthouse in Kovalam. This small city which got famous among tourists for the nice beach lies along the coastal area of Kerala, the south Indian state. The tourism season in Kovalam is from September to May. 

Three beaches are formed in the place named as lighthouse beach, the Hawaa beach, and the Samudra beach. Lighthouse beach is the biggest of the three and is named so for the presence of a lighthouse in the rocks adjacent to the beach. The second one Hawah beach or Eve's beach is named after the European women who was believed to spend time topless in the beach. Kovalam was  India's first topless beach. Empphasis on  'WAS', yea topless walking and sunbathing of women in the beach is banned now. The third beach Samudra or leela beach is not meant much for the tourists. Its a place used by fishermen for their daily activities and business.

 

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Kovalam lighthouse photos, Inside lighthouse, lighthouse technical specs, names & information of lighthouses in Kerala

Kovalam lighthouse photos and the lighthouse beach of Kovalam. The light house is also known in names like Vizhinjam lighthouse or Vilinjam light house as per in records. Snaps from inside the lighthouse taken during some leisure picnic trips. The lighthouse is an active one and the huge tall structure is open everyday by late afternoons. Painted in red and white bands the tower stands tall in a height of 36m or 118 feet. 

The light house is made of stones and have the lantern and a gallery at the top. From the gallery tourists can get an aerial view of the three beaches and the rocky ridges that separate the beaches by stretching out into the sea. Kovalam lighthouse is one of the most visited light houses in India due to the famous fine beaches adjacent to it. The beach near to the lighthouse is named as lighthouse beach.


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Garden cactus photos & types of cactii, Cactus plants in gardens of Kerala

Garden cactus plants from gardens of Kerala. The ideal succulent garden plants for a garden which need less care and least supply of water. Cactus, a member of the plant family Cactaceae. Their are more than 2000 varieties of  cacti known. Most of the Cactus plants are native to the American desert lands. The plants are supposed to spread over the world through migratory birds eating cacti seeds.

Apart from ornamental plants some types of cacti are grown as boundary walls, food etc. Some of the cactus produces delicious fruits, and those varieties are cultivated commercially for their fruits.

Some cultivars of cactus produces brilliantly coloured flowers and the flowers are seen as an outgrowth from the stems and the spines. Instead of leaves cactus plants have their spines emerging from their succulent stems which often acts as a shield from plant eating animals. Cactus flowers are often night bloomers and most of them have exotic fragrance. The flowers are short lived and may die off by next morning.



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Bird watching & boating @ vembanadu lake, Kumarakom

Boating through the vembanadu lake and water channels in Kumarakom, the backwater tourism village of Kerala. Reaching the bird-sanctuary you can get the tickets for boating in KTDC boats from the counter at the front. 

Remember you have options of either not to go boating and take the ticket to enter the bird-sanctuary for walking or to take the boating ticket which includes the entry pass to walk through the bird sanctuary. We took a 8 seater boat which coasted around INR 600/- which lasted half an hour journey through  the backwaters.

Two seasons for bird watching is here in the sanctuary. One is from November to February when the migratory birds visits the place. The other bird watching season is from June to August when you may witness the local birds here. The siberian migratory siberian cranes are said to be a not to miss attraction when you visit here.


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Mangroves of Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Bird watching spots in Kerala

Inside the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom, Kottayam district, Kerala. Taking a ticket of mere 5 INR you can enter the sanctuary and can walk through the cobbled lanes through the mangroves. A paradise for bird watchers and bird lovers in kerala, but need patience to meet some in some seasons. Binoculars and telescopic lensed digicams may help incase you look serious into taking some snaps of the birds.The mangroves and the dangling and entangled plant stems makes the forest spectacular.



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Fishermen throwing fish nets, sea shore fishing snaps from kerala beaches, FORT COCHIN beach

Fishing from the waves, some afternoon snaps from the beach of fort Cochin, Kerala. Shallow water fishing like this are a common scene in the beaches of kerala, eventhough heavy catches are not expected. Throwing of these fishing nets needs some skill to trap the fish properly.

The fishing net is thrown in a special way to spread the net during the flight and land evenly on the water. These nets are used for shore fishing as well as from fishing boats. Its observed that to catch the fish efficiently the depth of the water shouldn't be more than the radius of the fish net thrown.

These type of nets are also used popularly in the inland water bodies like lakes, rivers and in dam reservoirs where their are no underwater obstructions like dangling branches or reefs. The nets are ideal only to water bodies with a clean under water bed. Otherwise the nets will be trapped onto obstructions and gets damaged while getting pulled up. An ideal beach-fishing method.


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