Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thenmala dam and eco-tourism spot

This was an unplanned family trip with Mom, brothers, sister and obviously my better half. As usual our locomotor was the Toyota etios, comfortable for 6 members.

We were at home engaged in loose talking and suddenly the subject changed to driving and trips, my favourite topic and finally and obviously somebody suggested a trip and there was an argument about the destination. It was already 11. am and after the arguments we fixed Thenmala as our destination. Reason why Thenmala was selected was an article on the news paper last day about the new facilities related to the eco friendly adventures established at Thenmala and the newly inaugurated boating facility there in, the decision was finalised by 11.50 and discussed with my father was by 12.00 noon and we started preparation. Finally we managed to start by 1.00pm.

My brother discussed about the route and with his friend who is a regular biker and I checked the maps(Obviously Google Map) and fixed the route. The roads were looking smooth with jerking surface. This is the expected condition of roads in Kerala.

So me and my wife along with my brother and sister started in my Etios GD and we followed google maps to navigate. By the time we reached Thenmala, some of the events/entries where closed. But we walked over to the top of the reservoir. It was pleasant cool atmosphere with moist air. 

The reservoir looked like a big wall when we look from below, but once we are on top of it, the volume of water inside scared me. It looked like a dangerous scary wild animal taking rest, anything can happen anytime. Water reservoirs are one of the symbols of human greed to control wild nature with help of science.

There is a small garden near one end of the reservoir wall and a small Tea shop. The walk ways to the top are filled with greenery. Our cameras kept on flashing except on top of the reservoir, where photography is banned for security reason.But many people kept on flashing cameras hiding from the guards.

After that we had food from a small local restaurant, food was not so good but hunger made us forget quality and hygiene. I talked to one of the guards there and understood there are many ec-friendly constructions going on like butterfly park, children's park etc. After sun set we headed to watch the dancing water fountain laser show. The laser and fountain danced with some south Indian melody track and it was soothing for eyes.

After the fountain we started to finalise our short but memorable trip and returned home. It was by 8.00 PM.

If you have a full day and you plan well, there are more than enough enjoyments for a full Day.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Veli tourist village

I have been traveling within and outside Kerala for many years and each travel gives me opportunity to explore unknown areas and cultures. I love road trips and do road trips whenever possible.

I saw the veli lake side walkway on my first trip to Thiruvananthapuram (trivandrum) itself, which was long ago. I got a chance to visit the place only recently and me and my better half started with a perception of a not that bad beach side location. A blog by Subu inspired me to take the decision to fix veli tourist village as the destination for my next outing.

We started our trip from Kumarapuram. The destination is just 10 minutes away, but I never did an attempt.

After this trip the calmness  and natural beauty of this place made me decided to make this place my small outing destination. This is one of the most picturesque picnic spots. 

My thought of photography was completely changed this trip. My perception of photography was like "The sceneries exists in canvas only and photographers makes the sceneries that much beautiful with camera tricks by adjusting exposure, shutter speed etc," But this trip made me believe that "Beautiful sceneries exists in nature". I have scene such a beautiful sunset never before in my life and i truly missed this for many past years, due to my negligence, my ignorance about the beautiful place i knew years before. This experience reminded me of the famous Malayalam quote "The jasmine on ones courtyard has no smell."

Also this trip made me worry about my lack of knowledge in photography and operating DSLR cameras. A strong desire to learn photography raised in inner me. I have some clicks with my mobile camera.

About Veli tourist village:

Veli lagoon, separated from the Arabian sea by a narrow sand bar, The Veli Tourist Village at this place has fresh water fishing ponds and pools with facilities for boating. Both pedal boats, paddleboats can be hired to explore the lake's beauty. Also speed boats are available. A landscaped garden and the children's play ground are connected by a floating bridge. Children's play ground connects the village to the beach.

Visiting hours are Open 0700 - 1800 hrs, but i prefer the evening when you can enjoy the sun set that draws beautiful picture on the clouds.