Issue 42 | April 2014
Dear Partner,

Namaskaram !!!

The peak tourist season time is coming to a grinding halt here and the mercury is also on the rise in the thermometers. Hill stations are being flocked by the tourists and kids here are enjoying their much awaited summer vacations.

There would be certain restrictions including ban on liquor, monument closures and local holidays at various destinations in connection with the same and hence please do keep in touch with your counterparts to stay updated.

Read through the news of Kerala continuing it winning spree when it comes to major tourism award with its latest addition being the Golden City Gate Gold award at the ITB Berlin. Launching of a charming boutique hotel with great dining options opens at the colonial town of Fort Cochin. While the Kerala Travel Mart continues to generate great participation and enthusiasm from the buyer community worldwide.

Going on we introduce to you 2 scenic cascades from Karnataka viz Gaganachuki And Barachukki from where we move to witness the Padayani at the central kerala town Kadammanitta before we move on to watch a colourful artform named Velakali.

Take a break munching the Malabar mutton curry and go on to watch, Kummattikali a peculiar mask dance from Kerala to enter the Muziris circuit where 04 more museums in Kerala are opened for the project.

Get upclose with a strong lady from kerala, a poet, activist, politician and wish her all the very best in the forthcoming elections where she is a candidate.

Wishing you a great read ahead.

Cheers !!!

Team Dakshin Routes
Kerala Wins Tourism 'Oscar' For 'Great Backwaters' Campaign
Kerala Tourism has won the top prize, the ITB-Berlin's Golden City Gate Gold Award, dubbed the "Oscar of Tourism Communications", at the world's largest tourism >> MORE
Spice Harbour – new hotel at Fort Cochin operational
Spice Harbour the recent addition to the Raxa Collective is operational. The hotel located in Mattancherry water front boasts of the best locations in Fort Cochin >> MORE
Kerala Travel Mart 2014 (KTM) drawing great international response
While the Preparations are in full swing for the Kerala Travel mart , the most prestigious and reputed travel trade mart in India, the response from the buyers community >> MORE
Gaganachuki And Barachukki
  At the scenic town of Mandya in Karnataka, the Kaveri River splits into two branches and each branch cascades down the rocky cliffs. The more popularly viewed cascade is known as Gaganachukki and the other cascade is known as Bharachukki. >> MORE
Kadammanitta Padayani
  Kadammanitta is a village in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, and this festival is related with this village. It is located quiet a far away from Pathanamthitta. This place is famous for its religious unity and festivals and rich heritage. Kadammanitta village has three Christian Churches and two Temples >> MORE
An elaborate and spectacular martial folk art, this ritual art form is usually presented within the temple premises. Originating among the traditional warriors of Kerala, Velakali is a ritual art form presented in a temple courtyard. >> MORE
Malabar Lamb Curry
Take the vessel add oil. Add Ginger Garlic Paste. Add Onion (slice), Curry leaves and cook till it becomes brown. Add Coriander Powder, Chille Powder, Curry Masala And Turmeric Powder. Make tomato paste and add lamb and cook well >> MORE

Kummattikali is the famous colorful mask-dance of Kerala, South Malabar in particular. During the festival of Onam, the dancers, wearing painted wooden masks and sporting sprigs.. >> MORE
4 museums Opened in Kerala for Muziris heritage project
Tourists visiting Kerala will now get a chance to learn the rich bygone era of a “lost city” which has played a crucial role in moulding the socio-politico culture of the state, >> MORE
Sarah Joseph
  Sarah Joseph (born 1946) is a novelist and short story writer in Malayalam. She won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel Aalahayude Penmakkal . She also received the Vayalar Award for the same novel. Sarah has been at the forefront of the feminist movement in Kerala and is the founder of Manushi – organisation of thinking women >> MORE
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