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7 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Kerala

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Kerala, God’s own country is one of the most famous tourist places in India. For explorers from across the world, it is a promising coastal state that  lies between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, offering diverse and dynamic experiences. The land is capable of pleasing tourists throughout the seasons. Golden beaches, unique emerald backwaters, high mountain ranges, beautiful hill stations, culturally rich art forms, delightful cuisines; the options are many to relish at Kerala. There are many tourist destinations in the state that are equally ideal for families, honeymoon couples, adventurists, and solo backpackers. Listed below are the some of the best tourist spots in Kerala which makes the place a must-to-visit destination.

  1.    Alleppey, The Venice of east welcomes you!

Alleppey (Alappuzha) is an inevitable choice to be included in your bucket list if you visit Kerala. Known by the title, The Venice of East, Alleppey is a perfect destination of backwaters and beaches which is an ideal place to spend your houseboat vacation. The exploring of watery routes in the age-old transportation facility houseboat can even provide you luxuries equivalent to a 5-star hotel.

The sight of scenic landscape and backwatering through coconut groves, paddy fields, villages, water lilies, and ducks will give you a soothing effect. The excited cuisines offered there is the fresh produce from the water into your plate. The bliss you earn from there will be remembered all the time.

The main attractions of Alleppey are the Alleppey beach, Marari Baech, Punnamadas lake, Krishnapuram Palace, Ravi Karunakaran Museum, Pathirmanal island, and Sri Krishna temple Ambalappuzha. The snake boat race held at Alleppey during August o September is another attraction.

The best time to visit Alleppey: September to May

Nearest airport: Kochi International Airport is 53 km away from the place

Nearest railway station: Alleppey Railway Station.

  1.    Munnar, The Kashmir of Kerala

Munnar is one of the widely attracted tourist places in Kerala for its natural beauty. Located at an altitude of 6000 ft. above the sea level, Munnar is a town of excess charm. The mind soothing climate of the hills and mountains covered with tea plantations. About 80,000 miles of hills are covered with tea plantations. The cold climate and the mind-blowing sights make Munnar undoubtedly a place for Honeymoon. The ancient colonial ambiance of Munnar is evident through the TATA tea Museum. The comfortable stays, trekkings, camps make your days in Munnar the most memorable in your life.

The major attractions of Munnar include Anamudi, Top station, Eravikulam national park, Attukal waterfalls, TATA tea museum, Meesapulimala, Marayoor Dolmens, Mattupetty dam, Kundala lake, Blossom Park, Pothenmedu vide point, Indo-Swiss dairy farm, Life of Pi Church and Lockhart Gap.

The best time to visit Munnar: October to March

Nearest airport: Kochi International Airport which is located 143 km away

Nearest railway station: Aluva Railway Station which is located 110 km away.

  1.    Kovalam, Experience the beauty of Beach

Kovalam is one of the must-visit tourist places in Kerala for its beach beauty. Kovalam offers cherished experiences for lots of tourists. The pleasant weather, soft sand, eye catchy blue sea, a soothing sea breeze, and the tall coconut trees aside the beach makes the place a miniature of paradise.

The tourists there are allowed to involve in swimming, surfing, bask under the sun, and enjoy the lip-smacking seafood. The mind soothing body massage is another attraction where both the mind and body are nurtured. There are various accommodation facilities for every kind of visitors ranging from the cheapest to most luxurious ones. You can relax in the sunbathing and get engaged snorkeling, parasailing etc.

The main attractions of Kovalam include Hawah beach, Samudra beach, Vizhinjam marine aquarium, Fishing harbor, Akkulam Lake, Aruvikkara, Rock cut cave, Karamana River, Thiruvallam parasurama temple, Kovalam Juma masjid and Valiathura Pier.

The best time to visit: September to May

Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport which is 15km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Railway Station is 14 km away.

  1.    Fort Kochi, ¬¬¬¬The gateway of Kerala

Fort Kochi, considered as the gateway of Kerala is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Kerala. Fort Kochi is the main attraction of the Queen of the Arabian Sea with a multitude of personalities. The ancient city possesses a wide heritage and multi-ethnic culture. Being a most visited place in Kerala, Fort Kochi is an ideal destination for nature lovers, tourists and history buffs.  The mind-blowing sights, delicious seafood, museums, palaces, synagogues, heritage buildings, beaches, art galleries, churches, Hindu temples etc makes Fort Kochi a promising land for exploring. People will not leave Fort Kochi without savoring the multi cuisines and grab some reminiscence to home.

The major attractions of Fort Kochi are the Bolgatty Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Hill palace, Willingdon Island, Museum of Kerala history, St. Francis Church, Marine Drive, Ernakulam Shiva temple, the sunsets and sunrise near the Chinese fishing net and Kodanad Elephant training center etc.

The best time to visit Fort Kochi: September to March

Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction which is located 13 km away

  1.    Thekkady, Experience the wilderness

Thekkady is one of the top-ranked tourist destinations in Kerala. It is blessed with the wild beauty cuddled with the lush greenery of the Western Ghats and the dense forest. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary nearby the Periyar Lake is known for the tourist delight. It is one of the 27 Tiger reserves in India which is a home for 35 diverse species of fauna such as Tigers, wild Elephants, Sambars, and Gaurs etc. other than this, there are coffee and many spices plantations in Thekkady which is another attraction of the place. There are around 265 species of birds. You can enjoy the wild beauty of Thekkady through adventurous jungle safaris, patrols, bamboo rafting, border hiking, and camps.

The main attractions of Thekkady include Rmakkalmedu, Kumily, Elephant Junction, Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Periyar Lake, Deepa world spice and Ayurvedic Garden, Mudra cultural center, Mullaperiyar Dam, Chellarkovil, Vandanmedu, Murikkady, Periyar Tiger Trail and Kadathanadan Kalari Center.

The best time to visit Thekkady: November to May

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport which is situated 95 km away

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station which is situated 114 km away.

  1.    Wayanad, The symbol of scenic beauty

Wayanad is the proof of why Kerala is called God’s own country. It is the greenest place to visit in Kerala. The ravishing wild beauty with the adventurous trekking experiences makes the place a must-to-visit spot in Kerala. The comfortable stays in the soothing climate and wild ambiance of Wayanad are promising.

Real-time experience of the tribal heritages from more than 50 tribe dwellings in Wayanad is uniqueness about Wayanad expedition. Trekking and camping is another factor which attracts tourists from various parts of the worlds. You can even try your fortune if you spot the Neelakurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years.

Major attractions of Wayanad are Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal caves, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Papanashini river, Kuruva dweep, Thusharagiri waterfalls, Thirunelli temple, Lakkidi viewpoint, Puliyarmala Jian, and Padinjarathara Dam.

Best time to visit Wayanad: October to May. Also, you can enjoy the trip to Wayanad during Monsoon seasons.

Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport which is located 95 km away

Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station which is located 72 km away.

  1.   Kumarakom, Enjoy the contours of Vembanad Lake

Kumarakom is a famous tourist destination in Kerala known for backwatering and bird sanctuary. The peaceful hamlet possesses enthralling sceneries, exotic environment, and cool weather. Being one of the best places to visit in Kerala, Kumarakom gives you a mind-blowing experience in backwatering through the fresh paddy fields, coconut groves, and villages. The relaxing houseboat rides are available for all type of tourists at cheap rates too expensive ones. The delightful cuisines of Kumarakom should be tried at least once.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a must-to-go place in Kerala which homes to a wide variety of bird species that mainly includes migratory birds and Siberian storks.

The major attractions of Kumarakom are The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls, Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal Island, Kumarakom beach, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Thriunakkara Mahadeva temple, Cheiryapally, Valiyapally etc.

The ideal time to visit Kumarakom: September to May

Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport which is located 85 km away.

Nearest Railway station: Kottayam Railway station which is situated 16 km away.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Self-Flying Planes And The Future Of Air Travel

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Since the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airline crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes were discovered to have been partly caused by software and automated systems, many people have wondered how safe automated air travel really is. Although some older commercial airliners still use good old fashioned pilots in the cockpit, a growing majority of commercial airliners have automated systems. These systems are capable of replacing pilots; controlling the aircraft and even complete safe landings.

Despite worries by consumers, it seems inevitable that the future of air travel will be self-flying planes. Self-flying planes used to be in the realm of sci-fi, but with innovations in technology, and the prospects of reduced costs for airliners, planes that self-fly aren’t as far-fetched as they once seemed.

In recent times technological companies have heavily invested into self-driving cars. And airline companies have also followed this trend, albeit with less fanfare.

Airbus

Aviation industry giant, Airbus, is currently developing an air taxi. This taxi, dubbed Vahana, is a tilt-wing, multi-propeller aircraft capable of takeoff and flying about 50 miles. Although meant for urban transportation, it is not hard to imagine Airbus taking the leap to larger, more efficient aircraft.

Boeing

Despite the Boeing 737 Max disaster, Airbus’s main rival, Boeing has revealed that plans for self-flying airplanes might be on the way sooner rather than later. The company’s vice-president of Product Development, Mike Sinnet, at the 2016 Paris Air Show that “the basic building blocks of the (self-flying) technology clearly are available”.

Effects of Automated Flying Systems

Self-flying aircraft come with different effects both positive and negative.

First of all, automated air systems can cause pilots to lose concentration. Since most of the work is done by the computer system, the pilot tends to be lax. This is reportedly what happened in the Air France Flight 447 crash in 2009. The autopilot switched itself off and the pilots were unable to figure out the course of safety.

Aside from losing focus, spending a lot of time flying with automated systems is reported to dull the ability of pilots to fly planes without help. Airplanes rely more and more on automated systems now. For example, a pilot of a Boeing commercial plane reportedly only manually flies the plane for 3-6 minutes.

The Aviation Industry’s Stance

Despite some of the misgivings and effects, the aviation industry fully supports automated systems and is actively looking for ways to manufacture completely automated aircraft.

This stance is due to a couple of reasons.

Airliners claim that they would save money and solve the problem of a few qualified pilots in a single stroke with automated systems. By changing the design of the cockpit, and the front of the aircraft, they would save power expended and the cost of using such power.

As pointed out earlier the big players in the industry are actively testing out fully automated systems. Aside from Airbus and Boeing,  delivery agencies Amazon and UPS are developing their own crafts to help with automated deliveries.

The German company Volocopter has gone further by testing out air taxis since 2016. From Google to Uber to Bell, all the big players are actively interested in these vehicles.

The Consumer’s Stance

The excitement in the aviation industry is not fully matched in the consumer market. Although many folks do not recognize the extent that automation plays in flying aircraft, reports suggest that most people are more comfortable with having a driver in the cockpit, instead of a computer.

The reason for this apprehension is mostly due to a lack of information about how much safer and efficient automated systems really are. If more people realized how much safer it is, they’d be more willing to adopt it.

The Future of Air Travel

The cold, hard truth is that automation is here to stay. As technology continues to grow and giants in the industry continue to pump money into funding, the automated system will continue to be used and developed.

Despite misgivings by the public, automated systems are the safest means of traveling. Air travel is statistically the safest means of travel, and most accidents have been as a result of human error, not machines.

Large airplanes might adopt fully automated systems later than smaller air taxis because of the cost and technology required, but we are convinced the future of air travel will be self-flying crafts sooner rather than later.

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Travel Tech You Need This Summer

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When you’re going away on holiday or traveling, there is plenty of tech out there which can keep you connected, safe, and entertained. Check out this list to see what you should be packing this summer.

Power Bank

It is so annoying when your phone dies, and you need it most. So, whether it’s to give someone a call to tell them you’ve arrived at your destination safely, to use Google maps to find out where you’re going or for playing games to keep you entertained, you want to have a full battery, making Power banks the ultimate travel accessory. Whether you need to recharge your phone, laptop, Nintendo Switch, or any other piece of tech, a power bank will ensure you’re not left without battery wherever you are. With so many to choose from as well so you can spend as little or as much as you want depending how much power you think you’re going to need.

Waterproof Walkman

Whether you want to exercise while traveling or listen to music, audiobooks, or podcasts on the go, the Sony Waterproof Walkman is lightweight, takes up hardly any room and can keep up to 16GB of content on there. You can also use it while you’re swimming in the pool or on the beach too.

Smartphone

If you don’t manage to take anything else, don’t forget your smartphone. While it’s good to keep in touch with people while you’re away, smartphones also have excellent Camera quality now, plus there are apps that will allow you to edit your images on the go and then share pictures and video in real time on social media. Mobile entertainment is also a must on long journeys. Be careful, though, and make sure to keep your tech safe. However, to make life easier, you might want to know how to turn off two-factor authentication as the last thing you want when traveling is to be locked out of an account.

Portable Speaker

A Bluetooth portable speaker is a great holiday accessory to have for wherever you are. If you want music while you’re in your hotel or villa, by the pool or even a waterproof speaker for the shower, then there are speakers available now to suit any budget and so many different needs.

E-Reader

If you love reading but can’t take a pile of books with you when you’re traveling, then get yourself an eReader, so that you will never be stuck for something to read. While you can always use your smartphone to read books, having a dedicated eReader is still a good idea as they’re a lot cheaper and they can also be lighter than a book, yet they can store thousands of books. You can happily read your way through a fortnight-long holiday just by taking your eReader along. Most eReaders have a 6in screen, although some go a little bigger and they look more like paper and are easier on the eye than the color LCD screen of a phone or tablet.

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5 Travel Items I Can’t Leave Home Without

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When you spend most of your time on the road, there comes a point where packing your bag becomes second nature. It’s taken many trial and error runs of packing the unnecessary and leaving the necessary items at home…wishing I’d brought a certain item…. discovering that I didn’t need such expensive products or even wishing I hadn’t brought so much with me. 

Most seasoned travellers will say the same, that it takes a few backpacking adventures for you to really nail the bag packing element of travel. So, to give you a little help, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 travel items I can’t leave home without. 

Good luck!

A good pair of sunglasses 

You have no idea how imperative a good pair of sunglasses are. When you’re spending so much time in hot countries where the sun shines brightly all the time and you have to shield your eyes from the dust and dirt, a good pair of sunglasses is a must. Sure you can pick up a pair of cheap sunnies from a local market or shop, but will they have UV and UBV protection? Will they preserve your eyesight? Probably not. Which is why investing in a good pair of sunglasses like these here, is the right choice. Don’t take your eyes for granted!

A small padlock

The unsung hero of the travelling world. A small padlock will come to your rescue more than once on the road, whether it’s keeping the broken clip of your rucksack together, or its keeping potential thieves away from your camera, phone, laptop, passport or chocolate. Your hostel might provide lockers, but most wont have locks, so don’t leave it to chance. I usually take two, one for my locker and the other to secure my day bag. It’s true that a padlock might attract thieves to your bag, so try to keep it out of sight. 

Earplugs

These little guys will be your new bet friend on the road. Whether you’ve rocked up to a new hostel with an “all night every night” party vibe, your new dorm mate is a bit of a snorer, or the couple in the room next door are very noisy…then these will come in handy. From drunken antics to loud traffic – always include several pairs in your bag. 

A sarong

Not just a fashion accessory, but a sarong is the perfect travel companion, why? Because of its versatility. Throw it on when you’re a little chilly, use it to cover your legs when you’re visiting temples or religious sites, it works as a skirt, a dress, a beach towel, a bed sheet or blanket, even something to drape over the toilet door to preserve your modesty, neck scarf and more! The possibilities are endless!

Hand sanitiser

Let’s just say that they hand washing facilities aboard aren’t always what we’ve come to expect. So, it’s a good idea to travel with a small bottle of hand sanitiser, so if you’re doing anything a little grimy, like touching door handles, money, or using the toilet, you can get rid of all those nasty germs and bacteria quickly. 

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