“Poovar” the best tourist destination in South Kerala and Well-known for its clean and golden sandy beach, Poovar is an isolated but spectacular and beautiful coastal village located in the state of Kerala. The holiday place is known for its serene beaches that bewitch thousands of visitors from all over the world. Poovar is one of the “Top Ten tourist destinations to Visit in South Kerala Tour”

It is an unspoilt eco-tourism spot in Kerala, which is enfolded by the backwaters and one can spend a great time here.The natural beauty and blue lagoons make Poovar an ideal tourist holiday destinations in Kerala.

This beautiful sighting place offers a number of leisure facilities to the travelers. Poovar lies at the mouth of River Neyyar and is populated by the fishing community.

Undoubtedly, Poovar is an admiring wonder with pleasurable weather, exotic flora and fauna comprising a huge variety of spices, banana groves and swaying coconut trees.

We at “Nissi Tours and Travels” offers a detailed travel guide for your Poovar tour. Find all necessary travel information on issues like best time to visit, popular tourist attractions, where to stay, transport system and restaurants and eateries.

This holiday guide offers every little information that can help in making your Poovar trip an unforgettable affair.

It’s a beautiful paradise and the serenity of this must see place is marked by the sound of waves and birds.

Poovar is a tourist town in Neyyattinkara in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala state, South India. This village is almost at the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram while the next village, Pozhiyoor, marks the end of Kerala. This village beach attracts tourists.

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Thinking of new ways to bring in this Christmas or New Year? If yes, then Chaitali Mehendale has got an offbeat plan for you. This December, a luxury cruise liner will begin its maiden journey from Mumbai to Maldives, and you’re invited for an incredible experience!

 

 Costa neoClassica; extravagance at its finest

Costa neoClassica; extravagance at its finest

Costa Cruise, Europe’s leading cruise company, will operate the extravagant Costa neoClassica ship that will let you explore Indian Ocean’s splendid beauty.

Some of its many features include over 650 cabins, 14 decks, 2 pools, a theater, a gym and a range of entertainment options. If that’s not enough, 428 amazing sea-view cabins and 10 suites with private balconies will definitely sweep you off your feet. Mumbaikars, especially, have a special advantage as this cruise begins from one of the city’s major ports.

So be it a honeymoon plan, a New Year celebration or just the excitement of a cruise holiday, Costa Cruise will make December a month you’ll never forget!

PS: Rs 43,000 is all you need to experience extravagance on this 8 days cruise.

Need more reasons to come aboard? Here are three:

#1 Experience Entertainment At Its Best!

Unwind by the poolside, indulge in an indoor jacuzzi or pamper yourself with a steam/sauna bath; at this cruise relaxation is not taken lightly! The Costa cabins are an island of comfort and they immediately put you in the holiday mood. And not just you, your kids will also have a great time thanks to a variety of fun-filled activities available on-board. A casino, piano bar, disco and Broadway shows will ensure fun is always around the corner.

The glorious food inspired by Mediterranean and Italian cooking will keep your taste-buds happy throughout the holiday, all amidst a dreamlike setting!

Get a glimpse of the entertainment aboard the cruise

Get a glimpse of the entertainment aboard the cruise

#2 Opt For City Tours Or Shore Excursions En Route

This holiday will let you indulge in some of the most spectacular beaches, islands and exotic shopping en route. At your first halt in New Mangalore, you could do a city tour, and embark on some recommended shore excursions, including Kadri Manjunath Temple, Mangaladevi Temple and Milagres Church. Else you could simply amuse yourself with the daytime activities on-board the ship.

In case you do plan to take the cruise tour back from Maldives, you’ll get to explore the bustling city of Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. It is known for its rich colonial heritage, spicy cuisine and tranquil beaches. En route take a halt at the interesting site of Mormugao, Goa’s main port.

#3 Visit Male In Maldives

Begin your day in Male with breakfast on the ship. Post that, you could try your hand at snorkeling or opt for the optional recommended shore excursions.

Male is a renowned holiday spot thanks to it’s stunning landscapes, as well as a number of attractions, which include Male Fish Market, Majeedhee Magu and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Old Friday Mosque) made of coral stone. A trip to these places during your stay here is highly recommended.

Snorkelling at Maldives is sure to be a fascinating experience

Snorkelling at Maldives is sure to be a fascinating experience

A cruise to Maldives in general offers a host of exciting discoveries, spectacular sunsets and memorable experiences. Whether you are planning a romantic honeymoon or a New year bash, a cruise holiday is your answer.

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Planning a cruise holiday for the first time? Here are 9 things to keep in mind before you set sail.

 

A cruise on the wide Yangtze river in China takes you through mesmerising sights like that of the Three Gorges

A cruise on the wide Yangtze river in China takes you through mesmerising sights like that of the Three Gorges

#1 Choose Your Cabin Wisely

Cruises are exciting, especially if it’s your first time! But in all the excitement, don’t forget to pick the right cabin. Nothing is worse than falling sick on a cruise, so if you are prone to sea sickness, a cabin low in the ship and close to the middle is recommended. Similarly, if you are looking for some quiet time, ensure that your room is far, far away from the pool or other recreational areas.

Choose your cabin wisely, if you're not a night owl!

Choose your cabin wisely, if you’re not a night owl!

#2 Don’t Ignore The Fine Print

Generally, we are least bothered about the fine print but then it’s not every day that we go on a cruise. While food, entertainment and stay are usually included in the cruise tariff, things like customised dining, spa rituals, shore excursions and gratuities may not be! So, always make it a point to READ the fine print to avoid surprises.

Consider the fine print to make sure you avoid falling in financial trouble

Consider the fine print to make sure you avoid falling in financial trouble

#3 Make Reservations

Just like any other restaurant, the cruise liner’s restaurants require reservations! So if you don’t fancy a long wait, ask your ship’s concierge to save a table for you. Don’t worry if you can’t contact the front desk, nowadays most cruise liners allow their guests to make reservations online.

Make advance reservations for dining, shore excursions and onboard cruise activities.

Make advance reservations for dining, shore excursions and onboard cruise activities.

#4 Combat Sea Sickness

Anyone who suffers from sea sickness is painfully aware how a perfect day on a cruise can turn into a disaster. Booking the right cabin is important, but staying confined to your room is not! In fact, experts advise people to spend time on the deck to get used to the motion of the ship.

Booking the right cabin is important, but staying confined to your room is not!

Booking the right cabin is important, but staying confined to your room is not!

#5 Travel Light

Everyone dreads packing! What to take? What not to take? A hundred questions come up during the packing process. However, when packing for a cruise, there’s no need to carry lots of clothes. Always pack smart and light as most ships have a self-service laundrette, where you can wash your clothes.

Always pack smart and light

Always pack smart and light

#6 Go Exploring

When on a cruise, don’t stay put…go explore! Familiarise yourself with the layout of the ship and look for places that are yet to be discovered by swarms of people. You never know, a pleasant surprise may be waiting for you. Plus knowing the ship’s layout will get you to your favourite restaurant quicker. Tasty food…yumm!!

When on a cruise, don’t stay put...go explore!

When on a cruise, don’t stay put…go explore!

#7 Pick The Right Cruise

You should select a cruise after careful consideration of all that it has to offer. For instance, a senior citizen won’t have fun on a party ship, while a young group of friends will likely get bored on a romantic cruise. If you are planning a cruise with your family, look for ships that offer kid-friendly services and activities apart from comfort and accessibility if you don’t want cranky kids.

Choose the right cruise to let your dreams set sail

Choose the right cruise to let your dreams set sail

#8 Plan Shore Excursions

If you have plans of going on shore excursions, make sure you book in advance. The bookings can be done through both cruise line and outside operators. The advantage of booking with the cruise liner is that they wait if you get delayed or lost on shore so you don’t have to worry about missing your ship.

#9 Check The Alcohol Restriction

It’s very rare for a cruise liner to allow its guests to carry alcohol. Even if they allow it, it’ll probably just be two bottles of champagne or wine. Beer, hard liquor or spirits are strictly prohibited and if you’re found carrying alcohol by onboard security, it gets confiscated. They have strict policies regarding the same so make sure you check before you board.

Follow the cruise policies against alcohol to fall in trouble

Follow the cruise policies against alcohol to fall in trouble

That’s about it! So pack your bags, book your tickets and embark on your dream cruise now.

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Aline Dobbie relives her trip to Jaipur, where she stayed at some lovely hotels, saw the sights of Jaipur, shopped, rode an elephant and attended a wedding.

Jaipur – the pink city to which I returned in February has seen huge progress with the pink restoration much in evidence and huge new roads and a new international airport – though we arrived from Delhi on the Shatabdi Express, which was both efficient and inexpensive.

The sumptuous swimming pool at Samode Haveli

The sumptuous swimming pool at Samode Haveli

We stayed at the Samode Haveli which was a delight, but we also spent time at Loharu House the private home of the Loharu noble family and then at Alsisar Haveli which is similar – each few days was enjoyable and it is a question of budget influencing your choice. Naturally time must be spent at sumptuous Rambagh Palace built by Maharajah Jai Sing II for his third wife Gayatri Devi, the legendary late maharani who died in 2009. We ate a light meal in the Polo Bar on a Sunday evening and watched the sunset and the peacocks call, followed by some stupendous fireworks.

Snake charmers, always intriguing

Alsisar Haveli

Alsisar Haveli

Loharu House

Loharu House

Rambagh Palace hotel

Rambagh Palace hotel

Whether you wish to visit the City Palace and then the Amer Palace – both of which are essential if you have not previously been and then a museum or two, or concentrate on shopping, there is plenty to provide enjoyment. We did return to the Jantar Mantar the great astronomical observatory which is looking so good and now a world heritage site; we then followed up with a visit to the City Palace where I consider more work needs to be done to achieve impressive status.

Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds

Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds

Amer Palace

Amer Palace

Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old astronomical marvel

Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old astronomical marvel

One morning we drove to Dera Amer for an elephant ride and a most delicious lunch at this farm just outside the city; the owner Udaijit Singh is a keen birder and loves his rustic semi-desert farm with elephants, camels, cattle and abundant bird life. From time to time elephant polo is played on the polo lawn here and people are invited to come and just enjoy elephants and their environs. The elephants…well what can I say…I first rode an elephant at six weeks old, so for me it is an essential of being back in India…land of my birth.

One of the elephants at Dera Amer

One of the elephants at Dera Amer

A delicious lunch after the elephant ride

A delicious lunch after the elephant ride

Shopping….the pretty block print fabrics, blue pottery, handmade paper, all forms of ornaments and antiques and of course jewellery….Jaipur is the home of jewels, but beware of cons. I once had a necklace made satisfactorily for a daughter-in-law and chose the pearls and garnets myself. I enjoyed the shop Ridhi Sidhi Textiles which is quite close to Samode Haveli and the handmade paper factory was a revelation as was the blue pottery cottage industry–I just adore the blue and white–it is so iconic of Jaipur.

Lac souviners

Lac souviners

Bangles made of lac, are typical of Rajasthan

Bangles made of lac, are typical of Rajasthan

Handmade paper in gorgeous colours

Handmade paper in gorgeous colours

The hand-made blue pottery of Jaipur, another icon

The hand-made blue pottery of Jaipur, another icon

Be sure to allow yourself time to rest, relax, have a swim or a massage and a good dinner; the pressure of city traffic can become a bit much and then a good cup of tea or something stronger makes for a pleasant evening. I enjoyed watching the sunset from the Lakshmi Narayan temple one evening followed by a stupendous Indian wedding!

Laxmi Narayan temple

Laxmi Narayan temple

The marigold-bedecked entrance to the wedding at Loharu House

The marigold-bedecked entrance to the wedding at Loharu House

Guests at the wedding party

Guests at the wedding party

Desserts at the wedding

A variety of traditional digestives and after-dinner mouth-fresheners

 

About the Author

Aline Dobbie was born and brought up in India and lived there till nearly 17.  She considers the country her second home –  the land of her birth.  She returns to India annually but lives in Scotland with her husband Graham; they have two adult sons who have families of their own.  Aline enjoys her five grandchildren.  Her books are India: The Peacock’s Call about northern India, India: The Tiger’s Roar about central India and the great wildlife parks, and India: The Elephant’s Blessing about southern India.  Quicklook at India is a précis of India to help business people and readers in a hurry to absorb the important salient facts on India – all are in e-book form as well.  http://www.thepeacockscall.co.uk.

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‘Dynamite’ curries that set your tongue on fire, wildlife sightings that give you goosebumps, miles of glorious beachfronts, historical and architectural marvels…Sri Lanka has a stunning variety of options for every kind of vacation, says Sowmya Rajaram, who spent her honeymoon in Sri Lanka. The best part? You won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a luxurious time!

Come explore the pristine shores and azure waters of Sri Lanka

Come explore the pristine shores and azure waters of Sri Lanka

Sorely underrated, Sri Lanka combines the best of what you hope for in a new travel destination—a little bit of bonhomie from home, and all the excitement of visiting a foreign land. Plus, you can do a lavish jaunt here for the cost of slumming it in Europe!

Habarana and the World Heritage Site of Sigiriya

 Lion’s Rock at Sigriya is carved with two gigantic lion’s paws and a mouth.

Lion’s Rock at Sigriya is carved with two gigantic lion’s paws and a mouth.

Our vacation began with an hour-long flight from Chennai to Colombo. Three and a half hours after being received at Colombo airport by the nicest travel guide known to man, we were at the Chaaya Village, Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana. En route, we stopped at a roadside eatery. We didn’t order at the counter. Servers came to us with a platter, and charged us for what we picked.

The next morning, we headed to Sigriya, a World Heritage Site and the ruins of a 5th century capital. 1,200 step up a vertical rock face we came to a beautiful painting of 21 bare-chested damsels, amidst fluffy clouds, scattering petals and offering trays of fruit. It meandered through the remains of King Kassapa’s city and its canals, fountains and landscaped gardens. We entered the final stretch through Lion’s Rock, which is carved with two gigantic lion’s paws and a mouth. The rock face is sheltered from the searing October sun by a man-made enclosure. While not much is known about who these figures represent, they are similar in technique to the Ajanta cave paintings. Look out for the Mirror Wall opposite the paintings. It is diligently polished and legend has it that at one time, it reflected the frescos. What remains today, is an impossibly shiny surface punctuated by graffiti that pamphlets say are poems dedicated to the nude maidens.

So, what could beat 16 centuries of history, you ask? Camera-happy elephants, and aggressive ones that threaten to chase and trample your diminutive safari jeep when you get too close, and baby elephants that are all curly tails, tiny trunks and unsure feet sandwiched between fiercely protective pachyderms like a cuddly pile of goo. Okay, the last bit was just how I saw it. But the elephant safari was one of the highlights of my Sri Lanka experience. Having never managed to see a tiger in the wild, I was unabashedly excited about seeing the elephants, and didn’t come away disappointed.

The hour and a half long no-frills affair takes you through Habarana National Park. Bring sunglasses, a hat, a scarf and lots of water, and don’t scrimp on the sunscreen — the wildlife is stunning, but the sun is fierce and dust, unforgiving. Accompanied by a driver-cum-guide, we were seduced by groups of elephants who seem very much at ease with the safari jeeps and provide plenty of photo-ops.

Kandy and the Caves of Dambulla

The Temple of Tooth houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic- a tooth of the Buddha

The Temple of Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic- a tooth of the Buddha

Day three, and it was time for Kandy, a lovely colonial town that reminded us a bit of a cleaner, larger Kodaikanal, because most activity centers around Kandy Lake.

One of the many perks of Sri Lanka is that the roads are great and people barely honk, which means that even a stroll along the artificial lake in the heart of the marketplace gives you the opportunity for a quiet, romantic walk.

The Colonial Suisse Hotel had us in thrall with its quaint offerings of towel sculptures, decorated bathtubs and a balcony overlooking the lake. The vegetarian food, though, was sorely lacking in variety — a problem we faced intermittently in Sri Lanka. Roadside fare too is unimaginative, and requests for curries without meat are met with surprise.

The Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage site

The Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage site

Kandy is the site of the much-venerated Temple of the Tooth and was the last capital of the Sinhalese kingdom before it fell to the British in 1815. If you want to visit the temple (and you should, the beautiful 17th century structure is believed to contain the upper left canine of Buddha) don’t make the mistake we did — of wearing shorts. That meant we had to skip the edifice entirely and head instead to the Dambulla caves.

The magnificent Dambulla Cave temple has 153 Buddha statues

The magnificent Dambulla Cave temple has 153 Buddha statues

An 80-cave precinct set in a 600-foot rock, the complex is a must-visit. Five of these caves greet you with rows and rows of Buddha idols, mostly seated in the Dhyana position. Paintings of Buddha—and interestingly, Hindu Gods like Vishnu, Ganesha and Saraswati—overlook the idols beatifically from the ceiling, in vibrant hues. The 153 Buddha statues, believed to have been constructed around the 1st or 2nd century BC, are well-preserved and lit, making this a unique sight.

The Lush Beauty of Nuwara Eliya

Lush green valleys and tiny waterfalls bring out the beauty of the charming hill town of Nuwara Eliya

Lush green valleys and tiny waterfalls bring out the beauty of the charming hill town of Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, a charming hill town, is every bit the stereotype of the colonisers’ summer retreat. Lush green valleys, tiny waterfalls (bigger ones abound if you visit in the monsoon) and that unmistakeable mountain-fresh air greet you in this town nicknamed Little England. If you’re here for a while, do stay in the colonial bungalows, walk through the tea plantations and visit a golf course. But if time is short, a drive through, with a walk in the hills and a visit to a plantation or tea factory should suffice. The weather is a highlight, and does a lot to elevate your appreciation of the sights.

Magnificent Galle Fort

Galle Fort, simply put, is breathtaking!

Galle Fort, simply put, is breathtaking!

Galle Fort, simply put, is breathtaking. The furious sun made it hard to keep our hot eyes open, but the magnificence of the view from the fort walls, which overlook the oh-so-blue ocean, did the trick.

We captured some beautiful photographs of the ocean as we walked along the fort walls. Enterprising, tanned young boys goaded us to watch them take some jaw-dropping leaps off the walls into the rocky ocean below for a few. But we knew that a few hundred bucks and stunning pictures might come at the cost of a life.

The fort itself, first built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, subsequently fortified by the Dutch and then restored after suffering damage in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, is like a planned city. Various government and commercial buildings still operate out of it. Most existing heritage structures within the area have now been appropriated by the fancy 5-star Amangalla Hotel.

Luxurious Bentota

Rejuvenate yourself at Saman Villas, a luxury boutique hotel on the beachfront; samanvillas.com

Rejuvenate yourself at Saman Villas, a luxury boutique hotel on the beachfront; samanvillas.com

Seduced by the impossibly perfect pictures of frothy-laced, insanely blue waves kissing the bronzed sand, we reserved the best for last–Saman Villas, a luxury boutique hotel on the beachfront. The promise of having a private seven-metre swimming pool in our villa had a little something to do with it.

A water sports destination, Bentota serves up the opportunity to go snorkelling, diving, windsurfing and even deep sea fishing. We made time for a short visit to a nearby turtle farm and hatchery that took us through the process of breeding, conserving and rescuing a now endangered species.

Saman Villas indulges every whim. You can luxuriate in your private pool with some champagne, soak in the gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the ocean, laze on the lounge chairs outside your villa, or head to the beach with a good book. The outdoor shower in our villa came with a little fountain, which was periodically showered with white jasmine flowers from a nearby tree. Meals were served in the restaurant facing the swimming pool, and come with 2-3 set vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, unlike the standard buffets at most other places.

And if you’re itching for some action, have a go at the well-maintained billiards table, the gym or the sauna. You can also make a request for a special, romantic dinner, to toast your heavenly holiday. I speak from experience.

GETTING THERE

Sri Lankan Airlines operates regular flights from India to Colombo, as do Indian carriers like Jet Airways and Spice Jet.

Visa & Currency Information

30-day visas are available on arrival to Indians for $20, and for $15 if you do it online in advance. Log onto http://www.eta.gov.lk for more information and to confirm.

Tips

US dollars are accepted freely almost everywhere in Sri Lanka.

Almost everyone we met spoke English, or warmed up when they found out we were from India and followed cricket.

Local prepaid SIM cards are available at the airport. One for the value of Rs 1,000 (approx 520 Indian Rs) was more than sufficient for a week.

If you don’t eat meat, carry a few ready snacks with you or purchase them from wayside eateries to tide over the munchies.

Carry lots of sunscreen, a hat, a scarf and a mosquito repellent.

Make sure to dress appropriately when you visit temples and sites of religious significance.

Almost everyone here expects a generous tip, so keep some extra cash handy.

Shop only from places recommended by someone in the know, or you will find it hard to distinguish between the really indigenous, unique stuff and the cookie-cutter tourist souviners.

Sri Lankans love their spicy curries. Don’t forget to try the ‘dynamite’ in particular, which we were told multiple times, would ‘take us to the moon’.

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