Issue 44 | June 2014
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT.LTD.
Dear Partner,

Namaskaram !!!

As the new Government takes charge in India under the leadership of the new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the hopes of people in India too are on a high. A clear majority has been seen as a tool to efficient governance and a lot is expected by the Tourism Industry too from the new Union Government. Major reforms and aids for the reeling industry is the call of the hour and let’s together hope that things will take a brighter turn soon.

This edition we introduce to you India’s new tourism minister hailing from the most tourism friendly state of Goa. Pack your bags for the monsoon festival at Wayanad Viz Splash held from 11-13 JUL. Stay updated with the news of Flydubai spreading its wings from Kerala from June.

We take you through to the green scenic village and border town of Theni , onto Thrissur to witness Anayoottu, the spectacle of mass feeding of elephants before showcasing a unique ritual from north Kerala, named Paana.

Time to savour the delicious veggie preparation Potato Podimas and take rest for a while on the swinging bed of Kerala , Attu Kattil, making sure you don’t sleep we share with you some eye opening figures of tourist arrivals to Kerala.

Together we pay rich tributes to the doyen of hotel industry Capt. C. P Krishnan Nair, founder chairman of Leela group of hotels who passed away at the age of 92 on 17th May’2014. Salutes to a true legend.

Wishing you a great read ahead.

Cheers!!!

Team Dakshin Routes
 
         
Shripad Naik -New Tourism Minister of India
Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik took charge of his new assignment as Minister of State(Independent Charge) ) for Ministry of Tourism & Culture at Ministry of Tourism >> MORE
 
Splash Wayanad to be held from 11-13 JUL’14
A joint initiative by Kerala Tourism, Govt. of Kerala and Wayanad Tourism, SPLASH – Wayanad Monsoon Carnival is hosted every year in the month of July >> MORE
 
Fly Dubai starts operations to Kerala
Dubai-based economy airline flydubai commenced its operations to Delhi, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram from the first week of June. >> MORE
 
 
DAKSHIN SPOTLIGHT
Theni
  Theni district in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu is one among the choicest tourist destinations. There are many tourist attractions such as captivating dams, waterfalls and countless pilgrim centres. This district is surrounded by the Western Ghats, with it green stretches of cultivated lands and tea gardens. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN FESTIVAL FOCUS
Anayoottu (Feeding Of Elephants)
  It is hard to find a place in the world where elephants are loved, revered and groomed as in Kerala. Elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture. This ritualistic feeding ceremony (locally known as Aanayoottu) takes place inside the premises of the famous Vadakkumnathan temple >> MORE
DAKSHIN CULTURE & CUISINE
 
 
DAKSHIN ART CORNER
Paana
Paana or Pallippaana, as it is sometimes called, is part of a three day festival and a ritual art to propitiate the goddess Bhadrakaali. Also known as Paanakali, the art form is popular in the districts of Northern Kerala. Paana . >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN CUISINE SPOTLIGHT
Potato Podimas
Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker till completely cooked and of mashable consistency. peel and mash the potatoes coarsely when they are still warm.Keep aside. heat oil in a pan. crackle the mustard seeds, add the cumin seeds and let splutter. >> MORE
DAKSHIN POT POURRI
 
 
SOUTHERN ROOTS
Aattu Kattil
Aattu Kattil is an indoor swinging bed commonly found in Southern India. Also called Sapra Mancham, the bed had once been an inevitable part of aristocratic homes in Kerala. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN HIGHLIGHT
Kerala Tourism Shines despite Global slowdown
Even when the tourism and hospitality industry witnessed a global slowdown, Kerala Tourism was able to draw 10.8 million domestic tourists and 0.85 million foreign tourists in 2013. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN PERSONALITY
CAPT. Krishnan Nair
  From a young freedom fighter, then an officer serving in the Indian Army, to playing a prominent pioneering role in the Handloom Industry, and later becoming a major textile exporter, Nair has risen to fame and success through sheer grit and hard work. >> MORE
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  Many, many thanks for arranging our wonderful trip to Kerala. We couldn’t fault any of the organisation, all hotels were excellent, drivers, guides etc were superb, always on time and very efficient. >> MORE

 
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