Friday, July 22, 2011

ADV : Singapore Attraction Tickets (Promo)

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

ADV: Virtual Travel Fair (2) 2011




Monday, July 18, 2011

Promoting Kerala to the Chinese community

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pictures of Backwaters


KERALA

God's Own Country

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Backwater  (the gateway to serenity)

Majestic emerald green lakes



Fishing Boat

Chinese fishing net

Backwater Houseboat 

Local people transport fruits 

Houseboat at Backwater



Cook and eat at houseboat


The backwaters of Kerala
mainly cover four districts of the State
Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Kochi.
The largest backwater body, the Vembanad
Lake flows through Alappuzha and Kottayam
districts and opens out into sea at the
Kochi port. The second largest backwater
stretch as the gateway to the masjestic
backwaters of Kerala. The eight-hour cruise
from the magnificent Ashtamudi Lake to
Alappuzha - the Venice of the East,
is the longest and the most enchanting
backwater experience

Pictures of Kerala, South India

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Alleppey - Cochin

Stopover and shopping at the dry market
Day 5
We disembark from the houseboat and drive toward to Cochin (the colonial -era name) Kochi, its new name, is one and the half  hour drive from Alleppey. Kochi is often called by the name Ernakulam, which refers to western part of mainland Kochi.

Kochi was important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast during the 14th century. Occupied by the Portuguese Empire in 1503 until 1530. The city was later occupied by the Dutch and then the British.

Kochi's literacy rate is 94% highest in India and a city with one of the largest Christian populations. Most of the time I spend my shopping in Jew Town, Kochi.

Note:
Kerala, India's most advanced society: A 100% literate people. World class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. the highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest State.

Joy and surprise that I have only discover 20% of my visit to this Kerala State of India. Nice experience and I will surely come back again.

Spice Shop
Handicrafts & Antique Shop
Jewellery and Souvenir Shop
Saree Shop
Souvenir Shop

Jew Town in Kochi
Leather Shop
Cotton  & Textile Shop

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Periyar - Alleppey (Backwater Houseboat)

Backwater Houseboat


Eat and sleep in houseboat. This houesboat can accommodate  for 4 persons

Day 4
We drive from Periyar toward Alleppey. Upon arrival , board into a traditional Kerala Style Backwater Houseboat. This is the best experience that we have travel along the entire journey, we have observe the life style of the local people and an eye opener for me to see palm fringed canals, watch the passing boat, paddy fields, village folk, relax on board hearing lullaby of wind and waves. This mysterious strip of emerald green land is stuffed with endless miles of placid backwaters that appends to its charm. We have our lunch and dinner on the houseboat. The beauty thing is we can cook our own food. Overnight in the houseboat.



Boat passing by ( Madhav Sharma is driving the boat )




Beautiful scenery along the way



Back Row : Leon, Myself, Mun Sing and Jimmy Goh
Front : Mr Madhav Sharma



Food prepared by the skipper & duck cooked by Natalie (Nice)






The interior view of the houseboat and the food we took during our trip. There are two twin share bedroom with air condition and the houseboat facility such as bathroom and toilet.

Kerala Houseboat Pictures (interior) attached bathroom



Toilet facilities



Twin Bed Room at houseboat (accommodation) + Fans




Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Kovalam - Periyar (Thekkedy)





Day 03
We took a boat ride in Periyar lake to watch wild animals, where you get a chance to watch wild animals in their natural habitat.

Periyar (Thekkedy) Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the well-maintained wildlife sancuatuaries of South India and is spread out over an area of 777 sq kms. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park.




















Monday, July 4, 2011

Kovalam-Trivandrum-Kovalam

Entrance to Kerala Palace. Architecture mirrors life. (Kerala Palace) It has
developed of its own Kerala, based on the science of Vaasthu.
The impressive structure at the Kerala Palace are centuries old. 


Day 02
After breakfast, we will proceed for full day excursion of Trivandrum (Triruvananthapuram, its new name) the capital of Kerala. We start our sightseeing from Napier Museum - Dating back to 1880, the Napier Museum building combines the Mughal, Kerala, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. The museum offer glimpses of "Kerala's" rich cultural heritage. The museum showcases an excellent collection of bronzes historic ornament, ivory carvings and chariots and life size figurines of "Kathakali" dancers in full costume.

Then we proceeded to Kuthiramal Museum also known as Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses) - a place built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma. Later on visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, spread over the area of 2,400 sq meter and believed to be over 260 years old. The temple with his gopuram (tower) towering majestically is believed to be among the 108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnav in India.

Along the journey get to see row of shops selling the local tit bits and handicraft  ....



Napier Museum


Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
( Discovered to be one of the richest temple in the world)


Local hand-made products


Natalia playing with the new bought voilin




Local Tit bits



Local Handicraft



For more info on Trivananthapuram
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiruvananthapuram

Friday, July 1, 2011

Medical Tourism in Kerala India

Ayurveda  - The Traditional Health Science of India

The most popular medical or wellness treatment in Kerala is Ayurvedic massage , which involves various herbal massages, steam baths and yoga. To my surprise every hospital is locate inside the hotel or hospital resort.


What is Ayurveda or ayurvedic medicine?
Ayurveda or ayurvedic medical is a traditional medicine native to India backdated 5000 years ago and a form of alternative medicine still practice today. Ayus in Sanskrit meaning "longevity and Veda meaning "related to knowledge or science"


It is undeniable the cost of medical treatment here is cheaper than the rest of the world. Not only you can take care of your wellness at the same time you can also relax and enjoy the beautiful nature of the Kerala , "Wonders of India".



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Sirodhara
Sira means Head and Dhara is the continues flow of a liquid. In this process herbal oils, medicated milk, medicated butter etc. are poured on the forehead for about 40 minutes for a period of 7-21 days. This treatment is mainly for Insomnia, loss of memory,headaches, mental tension and certain skin diseases






I had visited to Punarnava Bamboo Lagoon and consulted Dr A.M. Anvar BAMS for some health advise. For more information about Purnarnava Ayurveda treatment please visit to their web site at : www.punarnava.net





Punarnava Ayurveda Hospital - Alleppey


Panarnava Bamboo Lagoon Ayurveda Village Vyttila - Cochin
Punarnava Ayurveda Hospital Edappally - Cochin










 
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