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Meesapulimala

George Thiruvilakalayil George

Travel Related Blog Writer at touristinindia.com
George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

Meesapulimala is the second highest mountain peak in Munnar, Idukki district, Kerala state. It can be reached ONLY BY TREKKING which takes around 2 hours. The mountain peak is at a height of 2,640 meters or 8,661 feet above sea level.

MeesapulimalaMeesapulimala.

Image courtesy – Laser Shine.

Meesapili mala means ‘Tigers moustache shaped Mountain’ in the local language, Malayalam.

Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd, a Government of Kerala undertaking, has Package tour to Meesapilimala, as part of promoting Kerala Tourism. It can be booked online (Munnar package). The Meesapulimala trekking is an Eco-friendly tourism package.

How Do I Go to Meesapulimala?

The package tour of Meesa puli mala starts from the Forest department’s office, near to the Munnar Post office junction and close to Silent Valley Estate. The forest department takes trekkers from here by Jeep to the Base Camp at around 6000 feet above sea level.

Another place to stay overnight is the beautiful “Rhodo Mansion”, which is surrounded by Rhododendron Flowers. Rhodo Mansion is at a distance of around 28 kilometers from the Forest department’s office at Munnar hill station. It is located a few kilometers after the earlier mentioned base camp. You can enjoy the tasty food, participate in the campfire and stay overnight here at the cottages in Rhodo Mansion, at around 7500 feet height above sea level.

Actual trekking to the Meesa pulimala mountain peak starts in the morning and it takes around two hours of rigorous trekking through the forests; crossing streams, misty mountains, etc, to reach Meesapulimala.

Which are the Nearest Railway Stations and Airports to Meesapulimala?

The nearest railway stations to Meesapuli mala are Alwaye (Aluva) and Angamali, both around 120 kilometers distance. Ernakulam South alias Ernakaulam Junction (ERS) and Ernakulam North alias Ernakulam Town (ERN) are the two Major railway stations to Meesapuli mala, at around 130 kilometers distance. Madurai Junction railway station is another major railway station, at around 136 kilometers distance.

Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport at around 110 kilometers from Meesapulimala. Madurai Airport is at around 140 kilometers distance from Meesapuli mala.

Bekal Fort

George Thiruvilakalayil George

Travel Related Blog Writer at touristinindia.com
George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

Bekal Fort is the largest fort in the state of Kerala. Bekal Fort is spread over an area of around 40 acres on the Arabian Sea coast at Pallikere in Kasaragod district of Kerala state, India. Bekal Fort is close to Karnataka state border.

A stairway inside the Bekal FortA stairway inside the Bekal Fort. The steps lead to a tunnel and eventually to the outside wall of the fort facing the Arabian sea.

Ancient Bekal Fort was constructed in 1650 AD by Shivappa Nayaka of Bednore. One distinguishing feature of BekalFort is the water tank with its flight of steps. Arabian Sea coast can also be reached from inside the fort through anther stairway.

There is an observation center at a strategic point from which one can discover even the slightest enemy movements. The entrance to the fort is in a zigzag manner. The entrance and the observation center are testimony the defense strategy adopted to protect the fort from the enemies.

The Bekal fort was not the seat of any dynasty; unlike other Indian forts. There are no palace or other buildings inside the fort. The Bakal fort was used only for the defense requirements.

Some of the nearby places of tourist interest are the ancient Muslim Mosque and the Hanuman temple.

The Bakal fort was declared as a special tourism area in the early 90’s by the Central Government of India. “Bekal Tourism Development Corporation” and “Bekal Resorts Development Corporation”, now look after the promotion and tourism of the fort at Bekal. Bekal fort has special significance in Kerala tourism map.

The ace Indian film director Mani Ratnam, shot the famous Tamil film song, ‘Uyire’, at Bekal Fort. This Movie Mumbai , was considered as one among the top 20 Indian films in rankings by the British Film Institute.

How Do I Go to Bekal Fort in Kerala?

Bekal Fort in Pallikere village of Kasaragod district was well connected by rail and road. Near by railway stations are Palliker, BekalFort, Kanhangad, Kotikulam and Kasargod (the first two, being the nearest ones).

The nearest towns to Pallikere are Kanhangad at 8 kilometers and Kasargod at 18 kilometers distance respectively. There are regular bus services from these cities to Pallikere.

Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport at around 60 kilometers from the Bakel fort.

Is There Any Good Hotels in Bekal?

Vivanta by Taj alias Taj bekal is a good hotel in Bekal. The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, Hotel Bekal Palace, Nirvana at Bekal, etc, are some of the other good hotels near to the Bekal fort at Pallikere.

Gods Own Country, Kerala

George Thiruvilakalayil George

Travel Related Blog Writer at touristinindia.com
George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

Gods Own Country, Kerala, lies in the southern most part of India. It is one of the most sought-after tourist destination in India and National geographic magazine has earlier recommended Kerala as one of the ‘must see places’ in one’s life time. National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime. Other than its beaches, backwaters, rivers, hill stations, wild life, flora and fauna etc. Kerala tourism has much to offer to the tourist.

Gods Own Country, KeralaA House Boat in Allapuzha Backwaters

With its natural beauty, Kerala is ideal an a holiday destination. There are 44 rivers and large vasts of backwaters. Hill stations like Munnar and Wyanad makes Gods Own Country a tourist’s paradise.

Kerala’s beaches are known for its pristine beauty; be it Kovalam beach or Cherai beach, or for that matter any other beach in Gods Own Country.

Wildlife in Gods Own Country

Kerala’s Wildlife Sanctuaries are unique for its flora and fauna other than for its wild animals. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady offers boating facilities inside the Periyar Lake to see the beasts of the jungle. Periyar Tiger reserve is part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. One can see hoards of Elephants playing in the lake waters. Also seen are Tigers, Sambars, Lion tailed macaques, Gaurs, etc, to name a few. The Lake Palace hotel, the summer retreat of the erstwhile Maharajas (Kings) of the princely state of Travancore, on an island inside the Periyar lake, offers the ultimate in luxury, romance and adventure for any tourist.

Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary,Silent Valley National Park, etc, are some of the other Kerala tourist places in Gods Own Country for nature and wildlife & lovers. Many an endangered species of animals including endangered species are found in Kerala’s Wildlife parks.

Bird Watching and Backwaters of Gods Own Country

Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary and surrounding areas offers the best of bird watching and backwater cruise. The backwaters of Kumarakam (The Venice of The East) are known for its beauty. Vembanad lake which lies in the Kottyam, Allapuzha and Ernakulam districts offers backwater tourism activities. One can hire a motor boat or a house boat. House boats offer night stay and food inside the boats. The cook in the boat catches fresh fish from the backwaters, and prepares an exotic fish curry or a fish fry, the taste of which will last all through your lifetime!. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, a small bird sanctuary; one of the richest in terms of bird species in India; is situated within 60 kilometers of Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is another famous Bird Sanctuary in god’s own country, at a distance of 19 kilometers from Kozhikode city.

Nature at its Best in the Gods Own Country, Kerala

Aathirapally falls The Niagara of India and Vazachal falls in Trissur district are among the most beautiful falls in India. Forests in and around Gavi in Pathanamthitta district offers everything for an adventurous tourist. Munnar hills and Vagamon (Asia’s Scotland) are two of the best hill stations in the country. Wayanad offers the best of hills, caves, waterfalls, wildlife, etc.

Remains of an Ancient Civilization in Gods Own Country, Kerala

Marayur is known for the Stone Age Civilization and remains of which are still found there. Unique Dolmens and rock paintings dating back to 10000 B.C. are found in Marayur.

Martial arts of Gods Own Country, Kerala

Northern Kerala, especially Malabar region, is famous for one of the oldest fighting systems of Martial arts called Kalaripayattu. Kalaripayattu was practiced in olden days to defend the country from enemies. The place where this form of Martial arts is practiced is called “Kalari”. Some Kalaris in olden days had thousands of trainees. During the British rule, Kalaripayattu lost its predominance as firearms replaced martial arts and British banned Kalaripayattu.

Culture and Heritage of Gods Own Country at its Best

Aranmula Snake Boat race and Allepy Nehru trophy boat race are a real treat to the eyes. These are conducted on the 5th day after Onam (in August or September) and in the second Saturday of August respectively.

Heralded by UNESCO as “The most spectacular festival event on the planet”, Thrissur Pooram Festival, conducted in the month of April / May every year, is the fusion of culture, heritage and temple rituals and of course, the mother of all Fireworks. Caparisoned elephants decorated with colorful accessories made of peacock feathers and yak tail and other accessories that go with it, and the way it is swayed rhythmically to the tune of the Kerala’s traditional instrumental music like Chendamelam, Panchavadyam and other forms of traditional music , makes Thrissur Pooram, truly the most spectacular festival event on this universe.

Religious Tourism in Gods Own Country, Kerala

Sabarimala Sree DharmaSastha Temple, Thiruvananthapuram Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Guruvayoor Krishnan temple, Chotanikara temple, Kodungallor temple (and an array temples at Vaikom, Ettumanoor, Ochira, Attukal, Aranmula, Ambalapuzha, Pandalam, Kulathupuzha, etc.) , Malayattoor church, Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin, etc, makes Gods Own Country an ideal destination for your pilgrimage tour.

Health Resorts and Ayurveda Tourism in Gods Own Country

Kerala is well known for its Ayurveda institutes. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala is the leading Ayurveda institute in Gods Own Country and in India. Kerala Ayurveda Ltd is another well known company, known for its products and treatment. There are a large number of other well known institutes also in Kerala state. Many of these institutes have their own Health resorts to treat patients.

How Do I go to Kerala, The Gods Own Country?

The Gods Own Country, Kerala is one of the southernmost states of India. There are 3 airports at Thriruvananthapuram alias Trivandrum, Kochi alias Cochin and Kozhikode alias Calicut. Kerala is connected by roads and trains to other parts of the country.