Issue 45 | July 2014
DIVISION OF LE PASSAGE TO INDIA TOURS & TRAVELS PVT.LTD.
Dear Partner,

Namaskaram !!!

Monsoon showers have finally visited Kerala offering a big relief from the scorching heat. People of Kerala consider themselves extremely fortunate for having the monsoon phenomenon while the summer is gripping hard, the rest of India.

Glad to share the great news of Kerala opening it’s doors to South Korean tourists by extending the VoA Scheme, while Kerala Tourism gets 02 new leaders as the Director and Additional Director and in the back ground , the Kerala Travel Mart ( KTM’2014) is gaining great momentum.

Moving on, we take you to a spectacular town in North kerala where history sleeps, on to the Venice of the East, Alappuzha to hear the thumping sounds of the 62nd Annual Nehru Trophy snake boat race . Read on for a sneak peek into the endangered art form of Koothu from where we are Off to Malabar, where we serve you with a local tea- time snack from the Malabar coast , and we then move on to the action packed adventurous outing to the Malabar River Festival at Calicut.

Accept our simple but meaningful gift of “tamboolam” and let’s take a bow before a living legend, a Maestro in chenda melam , the percussion performance that sends thrill up the hearts of Keralites!!

Wishing you a great read ahead.

Cheers!!!

Team Dakshin Routes
 
         
Kerala introduces Visa On Arrival facility for South Korean Tourists
Taking the tally to 12, the tourism ministry has extended the Tourist Visa on Arrival (T-VoA) facility to the citizens of South Korea >> MORE
 
New Team leaders for Kerala Tourism

Mr. P.I. Sheik Pareeth IAS has joined as Director and Ms. Anupama T.V. IAS has joined as Additional Director >> MORE
 
Kerala Travel Mart – Response overwhelming as Buyer Registration closes on 15th July
For KTM 2014 scheduled to be held from 18-20 SEP’14, the response from the buyers has been overwhelming >> MORE
 
 
DAKSHIN SPOTLIGHT
Nilambur
  This picturesque town on the bank of the Chaliyar River is located at a distance of 70 km from Calicut , 100 km from Ooty (Uddagamandalam). Located in the eastern side of Malappuram district, Kerala, this small sleepy town has a surprise in store for its visitors. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN FESTIVAL FOCUS
The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race
  A regatta in all possible pomp and pageantry. Everything here has a magical charm: the zest of oarsmen, the sheer excitement of the spectators, the rippling waters and the grandiose boats. Held on the second Saturday of August every year, it is the most popular of all boat races in the world. The genesis of the boat race dates back to the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India to Alappuzha in 1952. While he was travelling from Kottayam to Alappuzha through the water logged Kuttanad >> MORE
DAKSHIN CULTURE & CUISINE
 
 
DAKSHIN ART CORNER
Nangiar Koothu
The Nangyar Koothu is a variation of the Koothu performed by the Nangiarsor the female members of the Chakkiar community. This is a solo dance drama mainly centred on the legends of Sree Krishna. Verses are sung and interpreted through mime and dance. The mudras, though the same as inKootiyattam, are even more elaborate. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN CUISINE SPOTLIGHT
Ari Kadukka
Scrub and wash the mussels clean. Wash and soak the rice in hot water for 20 mts. Drain and grind with the rest of the ingredients except the mussels and oil. Blanch mussels for 30 sec in acidulated, salted hot water. Set aside to drain. Stuff the paste in the mussels and steam for 10 minutes. >> MORE
DAKSHIN POT POURRI
 
 
SOUTHERN ROOTS
Thamboolam
Presence of Guests form an integral part of any celebration in South India. Traditionally, the host expressed their gratitude to guests by offering a farewell thamboolam. Thamboolam consists of betel leaves, areca nuts, a pinch of limestone paste , sweet nuts, cardamom, other scented items and coconut. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN HIGHLIGHT
Malabar River Festival 2014
The first edition of the Malabar River Festival, held in August 2013 was a great success. With about 50 kayakers from all over the India, Europe and North America, the competition was keenly contested and big hit with the audience. With Malabar River Festival, adventure is not soft-pedaling. >> MORE
 
DAKSHIN PERSONALITY
Peruvanam Kuttan Marar
  Peruvanam Kuttan Marar or ‘Peruvanam’ as he is popularly known is Kerala’s most celebrated percussion artist. He is renowned as the true patron and brand ambassador of the traditional genres of Kerala’s percussion ensembles, especially Chenda Melams. >> MORE
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DAKSHIN PERSONALITY
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  Thanks for putting together the best itinerary for us, which really took care of the smallest of requirement including the kid meals. We didn’t miss a thing , but got to experience much more than we expected. The market visit was by far the best and we really had a great time trying to do a bargain, the indian way. >> MORE

 
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