Issue 31 | May 2013
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT.LTD.
Namaste from Sunny South India!

The heat is catching up in South India and it’s time to chill.

South (Dakshin) India is land of hidden wonders and marvels, and no words could explain its rich culture and traditions.

This edition of Dakshin mirror presents you the latest updates from the destination including the relaxations in VISA rules by the Government of India. Also it takes you through Vattakottai, a lesser known tourist spot near Kanyakumari, the month long Temple festival (Utsavam) and the rituals at the kottiyoor temple at the northern Kerala district of Kannur, the rhythmic Lambadi dance from Andhra Pradesh & Bharani, a porcelain container that stores the red hot spicy pickles of south India.

Wake up the Chef inside you with our recipe for the mouth-watering Prawns Ularth and be a star during your weekend cooking sessions. Also we introduce to you Raman Raja Mannan, the one and only tribal king of Kerala.

Wishing all readers an incredible month ahead.

Warm Regards
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Visa Rules Relaxed – VOA at 5 more airports & Group Visas to be introduced
Government of India has decided to extend the Visa On Arrival (VOA) to 5 more Airports in India viz Goa, Trivandrum, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi airports. >> MORE
 
International Responsible Tourism (RT) conference at Kumarakom on 27 & 28 JUN
Kerala Tourism will be holding the third edition of the International Conference on Responsible Tourism at Kumarakom on 27th and 28th of June 2013. >> MORE
 
French aid to Preserve Kochi’s heritage

French City of Lorient will be partnering with Cochin Corporation to help in conserving the social and cultural heritage of Kochi, as per the agreement signed >> MORE
 
 
DAKSHIN SPOTLIGHT
VATTAKOTTAI FORT
  Vattakottai Fort (Circular Fort) built in the 18th century is a seaside fort near Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu the southern tip of India used to be a coastal defence-fortification and barracks in the erstwhile Travancore kingdom. Constructed under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, an ex-Dutch naval officer of the Dutch East India Company, The fort is made of granite blocks and, today, a part of the fort extends into the sea. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN FESTIVAL FOCUS
KOTTIYOOR UTSAVAM
  Dates: 23 MAY-20 JUNE
Kottiyoor is an ancient Hindu pilgrim center devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the northern district of Kerala, Kannur. The temple is located in scenic settings of the beautiful Sahya mountain range valley and is blessed with abundant natural beauty. The Vaisakha Maholsavam festival is held every year during the months of May - June. The twenty eight day festival commences with a ritual named Neyyattam and concludes with the Thrikkalashaattu. >> MORE
DAKSHIN CULTURE & CUISINE
 
 
DAKSHIN ART CORNER
LAMBADI DANCE
Lambadi dance belongs to Andhra Pradesh and is unique to this region. This dance is inspired from the daily chores of the farmer s, used during sowing, harvesting and ploughing practices. The female dancers dance in harmony with the drum beats of the male drummers to offer homage to their Gods >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN CUISINE SPOTLIGHT
PRAWNS ULARTH
Wash and clean the prawns. Add half of the ginger & garlic & turmeric powder, Cocccum, Coconut Slices, salt & curry leaves. Mix well. Add water and cook well, ensuring prawns are not over cooked. Excess water may be drained. Heat oil in a pan and add finely sliced Shallots and fry till golden brown. >> MORE
DAKSHIN POT POURRI
 
 
SOUTHERN ROOTS
BHARANI
Bharani is a porcelain container with a removable circular lid and a very common item in Kerala kitchens and households. Nowadays with the advent of advanced storage systems, Bharani is more popular in the show case than in the kitchen. The shape is quite peculiar and Bharani is ideal for preserving and storing food items >> MORE
 
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
BAMBOO RAFTING AT PERIYAR
The bamboo rafting is part of the 'nature walk' of eco-tourism project by the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It’s a full day trip staring at 8 am and ending by 5 pm. A trek through the dense forest will takes one to the starting point. A few action packed hours are guaranteed for guests opting for the bamboo rafting trip. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN PERSONALITY
RAMAN RAJA MANNAN
  Raman Raja Mannan, the one and only King of Tribal Kingdom in the entire Kerala is lives at Kovilmala of Kanchiyar Panchayat in Idukki District. His Uncle Nayan Raja Mannan was his Predesessor. His Kingdom has four divisions, Viz, 'Thekkottu Kattu Rajyam', 'Nadukkuda Kattu Rajyam', 'Athal Orupuram' and 'Chenkanattu Mala'. 'Madura Meenakshi Amma' of famous Madura Temple is the deity they worship. Kovil Mala (also called Kozhimala) kingdom, is one amongst the two tribal kingdoms >> MORE
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