Issue 41 | March 2014
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT.LTD.
Dear Partner,

Namaskaram !!!

Come March and the temperature in South India starts soaring high, kindling further thoughts of escaping the cold weather out there to some sun kissed beach holidays !!!

Latest updates from South India Tourism front awaits you this edition and takes you to the Small yet picturesque touristic spot of Karnataka, Chikmagalur. Move on to witness a grand spectacle at a temple near Kollam where for a change an antagonist is worshipped. Saluting the holy spirit awaiting at the Bhuta Ardahane dance , move on to the gourmet corner where Kozhi Peralan awaits you with all its flavours and aroma.

Move on and learn about an offering to the Sun God amidst vedic chants for the well being & prosperity of all living beings in the entire universe and stop by at the Chamayavilakku festival at Kollam where you will find a unique procession by “ beautiful men”…. Oops women welcoming you with traditional lamps in their hands.

Get up close with the evergreen poet , activist and environmentalist from Kerala in the Dakshin Personality section.
Wishing you a great read ahead.

Cheers !!!

Team Dakshin Routes
 
         
India to extends Visa on Arrival VoA scheme to 180 countries
In a significant step towards liberalization of the visa regime, the government on Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 cleared two initiatives... >> MORE
 
Kerala shines at National Tourism Awards

Kerala Tourism bagged four awards at the National Tourism Awards for the year 2012-2013, at a function held in Delhi recently. >> MORE
 
Air Asia to spread wings from India soon

AirAsia India, a joint venture of Malaysian carrier AirAsia, Tata Sons and Telestra Trade Place, moved a step forward towards... >> MORE
 
 
DAKSHIN SPOTLIGHT
Chikmagalur
  Chikmagalur- Chikka+Magala+Ooru in Kannda language literally means 'Younger Daughters Town'. It is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, a legendary chief of Sakharayapatna.... >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN FESTIVAL FOCUS
Malanada Kettukazcha
  Poruvazhi Malanada Temple at Adoor in Kollam district ( Quilon) is noted for a spectacular event called Malanada Kettukazcha a one-day festival celebrated on the 28th MAR’14. The procession here is a fascinating sight in which decorated structures are taken out to the accompaniment of traditional orchestra of drums.... >> MORE
DAKSHIN CULTURE & CUISINE
 
 
DAKSHIN ART CORNER
Bhootha Aradhane
This dance form is widely performed in coastal regions of karnataka. The Bhootha Aradhane (Gana) worship includes a procession of idols and is characterized by drums and firecrackers. At the end of the procession, the idols are placed on a plinth... >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN CUISINE SPOTLIGHT
Kozhi Peralan
Clean chicken and cut into medium sized pieces Grind together all the spices with salt, curry leaves and vinegar. Slice onion and chop tomato roughly. Marinate the chicken with half of the ground spices. Keep aside for 15-20 minutes. >> MORE
DAKSHIN POT POURRI
 
 
DAKSHIN SPOTLIGHT
Soma Yagam
Somayagam is a Yajna evolved by the great Indian saints in the Threthayuga for the prosperity of all living beings in the entire universe. It has gained much greater relevance in this conflict-ridden modern world marked by frequent wars, natural calamities... >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN HIGHLIGHT
Kottamkulangara Chamayavilakku
The famous Chamayavilakku is a unique festival which is held at the Kottankulangara Sree Devi Temple, Chavara near Kollam, Kerala where thousands of men irrespective of their religious faith dressed up as women offered prayers to the Goddess... >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN PERSONALITY OF THE MONTH
Sugatha Kumari
  Sugathakumari (born January 3, 1934) is noted poet and activist, who has been at the forefront of environmental and feminist movements in Kerala. She is an established writer in Malayalam with a unique voice of her own emotional empathy, humanist sensitivity and moral alertness. >> MORE
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