Issue 43 | May 2014
Dear Partner,

Namaskaram !!!

As the summer heat in South India is gently cooled off by the occasional summer showers, kerala is getting ready to welcome the monsoon showers by first week of June.

Try out the Adventure activities at the recently launched Pearl Island by the Taj group at Kochi and move on to learn the intricacies of magic at the upcoming magic museum at Trivandrum and stop a moment to give a big round of applause to kerala for winning yet another accolade – the best green destination.
Trekk down to the less travelled but greatly attractive parambikulam tiger reserve in north kerala, witness a unique dance form named Arjuna Nrithyam , and keep moving to the temple town Thrissur to watch the grand spectacle named Thrissur Pooram, something you shouldn’t miss in your life time.

A prawn delicacy awaits to tickle your taste buds, before we share with you the significance of Nandi, the holy bull.
Learn more about 2 individuals with a great contrast, 01 a nature lover and who has contributed largely to the ecology by building his own private botanical garden and only with tears in our eyes , we could pay homage to a brave son of India, a valiant soldier who laid his life protecting his country and her guests ,during the Mumbai terror attacks. Together let’s salute him.

Wishing you a great read ahead.

Team Dakshin Routes
Taj Group relaunches Gundu Island, Kochi as Pearl Island
Vivanta by Taj Malabar, Cochin launched activities on Pearl Island, earlier known as Gundu Island..... >> MORE
Magic Museum being set up at Trivandrum

Magic Planet, the world’s first magic-themed edutainment complex being set up in Thiruvananthapuram... >> MORE
Best Green Destination Award for Kerala

Kerala has bagged the ‘Best Green Destination’ award given by the Travel + Leisure South Asia magazine .... >> MORE
  Parambikkulam, located around 110 km from Palakkad town in North Kerala is an oasis of tranquil greenery nestled in a valley between the Anamalai ranges of Tamilnadu and the Nelliyampathy ranges of Kerala. It is a Tiger Reserve spreading over an area of 285 sq km in the Western Ghats >> MORE
Thrissur Pooram 09th May
  The Mother of all festivals in Kerala, Thrissur Pooram comes firstto the mind of a keralite when you talk about festivals and elephants. Such a grand fiesta where Gods embrace each other in pomp and pageantry and thousands throng to celebrate it amid the sweltering summer. >> MORE
Arjuna Nritham
Arjuna, the most valiant of the five heroic brothers - the Pandavas - of the epic Mahabharatha, was also a renowned singer and dancer and is said to have propitiated goddessBhadrakaali by a devotional presentation.Arjuna Nritham (the dance of Arjuna) is a ritual art performed by men and is prevalent >> MORE
Chemmeen Thullichathu
Heat oil in a saucepan or frying pan. Add inn the tempering ingredients; mustard seeds, fenugreek and curry leaves. To this add ginger julienne, green chilly and sliced shallot and saute in slow fire for few minutes. Add cleaned prawns. Saute for about two minutes in slow fire >> MORE
Nandi the Bull
Nandi is the name for the bull which serves as the mount of the Lord Shiva and as the gate keeper of Shiva and Parvati. As per Hindu mythology, he is the chief guru of eighteen masters (18 siddhas) Temples venerating Shiva display stone images of a seated Nandi, generally facing the main shrine. There are also a number of temples dedicated solely to Nandi. >> MORE
VMK Botanical Gardens, Calicut
A pilgrimage into the pristine heart of nature. A hilltop, where trees, the inheritors of the earth found an empire for themselves. Take a bow to the single minded devotion of a person whose relentless efforts made way for establishing an impressive botanical garden. Yes we are very much talking about V.M.K. Botanical Garden, a private botanical garden owned by V. Mohammed Koya. >> MORE
Sandeep Unnikrishnan (15 March 1977 – 28 November 2008)
  Sandeep Unnikrishnan was a Major in the Indian Army serving in the elite Special Action Group of the National Security Guards (NSG). He was killed in action while fighting terrorists in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.His bravery was honoured with the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest peace time gallantry award. >> MORE
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  As with our experience last year in North India with you contributed to a marvellous holiday and tour of South India. There were far too many highlights to be able to mention them all. Overnight cruise on through the back waters was among those lifetime experiences! >> MORE

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