Thursday, May 28, 2009

Welcome to Munnar, Kerala(India)

The Enchanting Neelakurinji

Kerala is blessed with many natural spectacles and among them is a unique canvas that gets unveiled every twelve years in God's Own Country.The phenomenon of once in twelve years occurring on the fabled hills of Munnar is attributed to the blooming of Neelakurinji or passionately called by botanists as ‘Strobilanthes kunthianum.' The flower with 40 odd varieties bloom mostly in shades of blue, and thus in its name Neela in the local language stands for the colour blue and Kurinji the local name for the flower.

This year, the hills of Munnar once again have welcomed Neelakurinji on to its bosom after a period of twelve years.Revered by the local tribal community and admired by visitors to these enchanting hills, the blooming of Neelakurinji usually starts from August and would last up to October.

Once in Munnar, you may locate the magical blooms of Neelakurinji at Kovilur, Kadavari, Rajamala, Iravikulam National, which is home to the endangered mountain ungulate- the 'Nilgiri Tahr' and at other places in and around Munnar. Nature lovers and travelers have already started heading for Munnar to savour in this once-in-twelve-year phenomenon.

It is an ethereal experience to stand amidst the sprawling blooms of Neelakurinji. The Neelakurinji plant shows variation in height according to the elevation of the land from the sea level. Usually shorter plants (about 2 ft) are found at the high elevations, while taller ones (about 5 to 10 ft) are seen at lower elevations.

Many tour operators, adventure clubs etc. organise trekking for visitors to reach some of the best locales in and around Munnar for seeing the grand spread of Neelakurinji.

Getting there: Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 145 kms away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 110 kms away.

Best of Luck and have a momentous journey!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Picture Perfect

Mountain Sceneries











This is a 360 degree view from atop Mt. Everest ! Fantastic!
Most of us would never have seen this
What would it be like to stand atop the tallest mountain on Earth?
Visible are snow peaked mountains near and far , tremendous cliffs ,
distant plateaus , the tops of clouds , and a dark blue sky.

Mt. Everest stands 8.85 kilometers above sea level , roughly the maximum height reached by international airplane flights, but much less than the 300 kilometers achieved by a space shuttle. Hundreds of people have tried and failed to climb the behemoth by foot , a feat first accomplished successfully in 1953. About 1000 people have now made it to the summit.

Roddy Mackenzie , who climbed the mountain in 1989 , captured the above image. Mt. Everest lies in the Himalayan mountains in the country of Nepal . In the native language of Nepal , the mountain's name is "Sagarmatha" which means "forehead of the sea."

The Beauty of earth's Crust








This is rare event..having 6 babies after twin daughters!...the babies are soooooo cute... Some rare collections!!!







Cow-bike ?

Dog Parade

And Some Cats!!!

The MF Hussein Touch

Ready 4 football fever again!!!

Very very Tasty...!

Believe in Ghosts? Look Close!!... These Unknown snow-profiles were caught by Infrared Cameras from Accident Sites and haunted places...

Ghost 1

Ghost 2

Ghost 3

Ghost 4

Ghost 5

Ghost 6

Banana Art

Crocodile Beach

Mountain Cat

Look at the Cloudy Figure

Teddy Bear in the Sky!

Love Reflected...

This is where I live!!

Animal Planet...

Artificial Beach

Anakonda Bike

My Hus...

Beach Art

Children are very creative!

Sculptural Excellence

A Rare White-Peacock

Wonderful Paintings

Friendship Par Excellence