Kerala launches country’s first tourist seaplane service

KOLLAM: Kerala today launched the country’s first tourist seaplane service that would enable holidayers enjoy the panoramic beauty of the ‘God’s Own Country’ through easy connectivity to distant backwater destinations.

The amphibian service was flagged off by chief minister Oommen Chandy amid protest by traditional fishermen who claimed that it could pose a threat to their livelihood and marine ecology.

A Seaplane prepares to take off from the Ashtamudi lake, during the launch of the Seaplane service by Kerala Tourism Department in Kollam district on Sunday.

The maiden service between Ashtamudi Lake here and Punnamada in Alappuzha, however, was called off due to bad weather.

Marking its inauguration, the plane took off from the waterdrome and landed back.

Though it was proposed to take six passengers to Punnamada in the maiden flight, it was cancelled as weather contiuned to be hostile with the monsoon activity being vigorous.

The six-seater Cessna 206 floatplane was operated by Belgian captain Michael Fabry, watched by hundreds of onlookers who gathered for the inaugural despite the hostile weather.

The service in due course envisages connecting the entire stretch of Kerala with Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode airports, being base stations.

Allaying concerns of fishermen, who lined up a flotilla of fishing boats to register their protest on the occasion, Chandy said the service would not in any way affect their livelihood.

If they experienced any difficulty due to the seaplane’s operation the authorities would examine it and take remedial steps, he said.

Union minister of state for civil aviation K C Venugopal, state tourism minister A P Anil Kumar and Peethambara Kurup, MP, were present on the occasion.

Source: The Times of India

Travelers to Kerala take care..

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The CPM will observe a dawn to dusk hartal in Kerala tomorrow in protest against the arrest of CPM Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan. Jayarajan has been arrested in connection with the murder of Muslim Youth League activist Abdul Shukkoor. He has been booked for the conspiracy behind the murder of Shukkoor. He was arrested when he appeared before the Kannur Town Police for a third round of interrogation Wednesday morning. Jayarajan, who was produced in the court was later remanded for 14 days and sent to Kannur Central Jail.



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Grand Kerala Shopping Festival – Dec. 1, 2011 – Jan. 15, 2012

The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) is a unique shopping fiesta that redefines the very essence and enjoyment of shopping. Kerala the southernmost State in India, popularly known as ‘Gods Own Country’ has always been a favourite for travelers and tourists from around the globe across the ages.

The ever-inviting borders of this land never leave you empty handed once you traverse them. The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival, the signature shopping festival of Kerala, is yet another fascinating event that stands testimony to this fact.

The festival, managed by Government of Kerala, is on its fifth edition, which starts from December 1, 2011 and concludes by January 15, 2012. Fresh enterprises, mind blowing offers and exciting prizes – both for shops and shoppers – make GKSF the biggest shopping extravaganza in the country.

Guaranteed prize for each and every single purchase in the form of scratch ‘n’ win coupons and gift vouchers. Mega prize up to 101 kilogram of gold is also for the taking. Furthermore this year, GKSF will be providing 100% VAT refund for the consumers from outside Kerala. GKSF welcomes you all to get hold of this amazing opportunity to savour the new experiences in shopping.

About GKSF

The festival first started on 2007 Dec 1 to next year Jan 15, celebrated as Grand Kerala Shopping Festival and since then it became an annual shopping festival. The event lasts for 46 days and the very special fact about GKSF is that the entire Kerala is participating in this festival.

As done during the previous years, the festival is conducted by Tourism Department in co-ordination with the Industries & Commerce Department, Finance Department and Local Self Government Department to fulfill the objective. Through this shopping festival, the Kerala Government intends to transform the State into a hub for international shopping experience and there by “Launch Shopping Tourism” in the state. In the process, the brand image of Kerala Tourism would go a long way to help upgrade the infrastructure of traditional marketing centres in Kerala.

The organizers are well set with get show on road of the version-5 of the Biggest ever Shopping Extravaganza, the “Grand Kerala Shopping Festival” with novel initiatives and exciting prizes to the shops and shoppers. Like the government promised, GKSF is shaping up to its full throttle with the experiences from the previous years.

Offers and offers from big brands and MEs for their product, hotels give their special offers, exciting prizes, fun full events and many more!!! With all these special discounts available, GKSF would be the right choice for your shopping terminal.


Prize structure of daily draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of Winners per day
No. of winners in a week
1st week – (10 days)
2nd week – (7 days)
3rd week – (7 days)
4th week – (7 days)
5th week – (7 days)
6th week – (8 days)
Total Winners
Weekly draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of winners/week
No. of winner/6 week
1st prize
10 sov
2nd Prize
5 sov
Mega draw
Prize (Sovereign)
No. of winners
1st prize
1 KG
2nd Prize
½ KG

It is made known to all the concerned that Government has announced 101 Kg gold in the normal carat of 22 carat. But the South Indian Bank will issue gold to the winners in 24 ct only. So the quantum of gold prize to the winners will be regulated in terms of 24 ct. That is the weight in gm of 22 ct will be converted to the corresponding weight in 24 ct. Thus there will be slight reduction in weight due to this conversion. For eg 1000gm of 22 ct gold = 916gm of 24 ct. So for each sovereign this proportionate reduction in weight will be there.

The winner is liable to pay taxes as per existing rules in force.

Scratch and Win Prizes
There will be Gold coin-1 gm (24ct) as instant prizes instead of Gift article, GKSF 5 will have redeemable coupons of value Rs.100 as Scratch N ‘Win Prizes. The winner can avail discount corresponding to the amount won or can purchase from the shops to the value of the redeemable coupon.

Top seven places to visit in India

Monday January 31st, 2011 in India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »
INDIA is a vast country and there are several places of tourist interests that can be explored for a delightful and enchanting experience. Travel and tourism in the country provides a delightful experience with a superb blend of culture, tradition, spirituality, natural beauty and modernisation.
In fact, the county is the land of amazing diversity and its diversity can be observed in all its realms. There are several enchanting travel destination in the country like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Golden Triangle, Taj Mahal (Agra), Delhi, Himalayan Region, Kashmir, Backwaters, Wildlife, etc. Exploring these globally acclaimed destinations of the country provides delightful experience of India tourism. Below is information about seven topmost travel destinations of the country. Often tourists plan to visit these destinations in India.
Taj Mahal: India’s star attraction
Taj Mahal is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is located on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Built in white marble, it is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. It is the symbol of eternal love. This beautiful monument of love was built by great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the loving memory of his beloved wife Rani Mumtaz Mahal after her death. It is one of the must visit attractions of the country. Every year, a large gathering of tourists visit this exquisite love monument and do not forget to praise its architecture, beauty and of course to imagine the beauty of Mumtaz Mahal. Worth visiting!
Rajasthan: The land of forts and kings
Rajasthan is a widely acclaimed travel destination of India. It has a wide range of tourist options like heritage tourism, cultural tourism, wildlife tourism, camel safari of rippling sand dunes, etc. There are several magnificent forts and palaces in this state, showing the glorious past of its erstwhile rulers and kings. Some of forts and palaces of the state have now been converted into heritage hotels offering world class accommodation with luxury and unique Indian hospitality. Staying a few days at Rajasthan palace hotels is truly a delightful experience.
Kerala: God’s own country
Kerala is one of the most beautiful states of India. It is globally famous travel destination blessed with exceptional natural beauty. Beautiful beaches, breathtaking backwaters, luxurious houseboats, beautiful temples, verdant hill stations, beautiful landscapes, rich culture and tradition, exotic cuisine, etc are prime attractions of Kerala. Definitely exploring Kerala is an ecstatic experience.
Himalayan regions
Himalayan regions are very popular amongst tourists who like to enjoy adventure and sports, explore the beautiful landscapes, explore rich flora and fauna, and explore pilgrimage centres. This region covers the states of Kashmir (the paradise on the earth), Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Exploring the Himalayan region Kashmir provides one of the best Indian tour experiences. Himalayan regions also provide opportunity to indulge in thrilling adventure and sports. Also you can visit several religious and pilgrimage sites like Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu, Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh and several ancient temples in Kullu and Manali. These religious spots are very popular destinations for India pilgrimage tour.
Goa: The land of sun, sand and surf
Goa is the smallest state of India but is extremely popular destination for international tourists. Beaches, Churches, culture, etc are prime attractions of Goa tours.
Khajuraho: The city of exotic temples
Khajuraho is a well-known travel destination of India. It is widely acclaimed for its beautiful architectural temples of love. You can see several beautifully engraved sculptures on the walls of the temples. The perfect balance between architecture and sculpture surely enchants you.
New Delhi: The capital of India
New Delhi, the capital of India is one of the major tourist destinations of the country. There are numerous attractions in this historic city like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, Rajghat, Birla Temple, ISKON temple, President’s House, Old Fort and many more.

India’s Top 5 Destinations To Visit

Sunday June 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized | Be the first to Comment »

India is one of the most visited tourist destination in India offering awe-inspiring tourism opportunity and perfect settings of holidays. This beautiful country has a lot to offer its visitors. Historic cities, historical places, ancient monuments, magnificent forts & palaces, terrific temples, exotic wildlife rich in flora & fauna, vibrant culture, glorious history, pilgrimage & religious sites, rich art & architecture, verdant hill stations, heritage monuments, etc all are to make this country one of the most popular tourism & holiday destinations in the world. Every year a large gathering of tourists from all over the world visit this country to enjoy awe-inspiring tourism or simply enjoy the fun-filled cheerful holiday vacation. Undoubtedly, it is a very fascinating country in terms of tourism and holiday.

In this article I am trying to give brief description about some popular destination of India where you will love to spend your holidays and enjoy awesome tourism. I think it will be a lifetime experience. Also this article will help you planning your vacation, tours and travels in India.

01. New Delhi: New Delhi is the capital city of India. It is not only the capital city but also a globally famous tourist & holiday destination in the country. There are a number of attractions and interesting places of tourist interest which attract tourists & vacationers from all over the world. It is perhaps the most visited travel destination in the country with lots of monumental and temple attractions like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Old Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Rajghat, President House, Parliament House, Birla Temple, ISKON Temple, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Safdarjangs Tomb, etc. These all are architecturally beautiful and never fail to lure their visitors. The city also depicts the mind-blowing blend of modernity and age-old charm. The city is also base to visit popular tourist destinations of northern India like Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Shimla, Manali, Kashmir, Gulmarg, etc. In my point of view, it is a very fascinating destination of India travels and tours.

02. Agra: Agra is ancient city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is globally famous for its heritage monuments and architecturally beautiful buildings. Taj Mahal, Agra Red Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daullah Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Dayal Bagh, Ram Bagh, Chini Ka Rauza, Sikandra Akbars Tomb, Agra Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, etc are key attractions of Agra tours and travels in India. The most popular attraction in the city is the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

03. Goa: Goa is widely famous for its pristine beaches, magnificent forts & palaces and terrific churches. It attracts a large number of beach lovers from all over the world. It is a very ideal destination for holidays in India creating spell-binding effect on vacationers. Goa also attracts adventure & wildlife enthusiasts. In my point of view, if you are interested in beaches and fun-filled vacation, then Goa can be perfect destinations on your India tours. So dont miss to enjoy the charm of gorgeous Goa.

04. Rajasthan: It is one of the most charming & colorful states of India. Drenched into royal splendor, the royal state of Rajasthan is known for its magnificent forts & palaces, ancient monuments, terrific temples, splendid havelis, rippling sand dunes and many heritage hotels located in different cities of the state. With lots of tourist attractions and availability of many hotels (offering excellent accommodation facilities), the state of Rajasthan is one of the most popular destinations of India holidays. The state deserves the attentions of tourists and vacationers from all over the world quite in good number. Jaipur (capital town), Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Mandawa, Jaisalmer, etc are some of popular tourist places to visit in the state.

05. Kerala: It is one the very fascinating holiday destinations in India known for its unique cultural and geographical features. It attracts a large number of tourists for India tours with golden opportunity of beach tourism, backwater tourism, houseboat cruises, hill station tourism and many more.

There is an exciting range of India tour packages available in the market today. Choose a right package that covers these fascinating destinations and make your tours and travels in India memorable.

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