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Old 4th December 2012, 16:32   #31
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Laluks, loved the pictorial storytelling! I especially loved the shots of the fog and the lake! Must have been a truly relaxing holiday (despite the distance driven). A good mix of beaches, wildlife, heritage and faith as well, for the kids. I'm sure they'll treasure this experience.
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Loved the TL. Rated 5 stars. Thank you.

OT: Did you use tungsten white balance in the initial pics?

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I'm from Trivandrum and just loved your photos. Thanks for bringing back memories of the city where I grew up.

Pradeep

[quote=laluks;2980044]Before I get on to the story, a few words about Thiruvanathapuram and Kollam is needed I love wikipedia for this!

Thiruvananthapuram

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Excellent photography. Enjoyed the photologue.

Can you spare a few words on how exactly to reach this place? I hope it is safe to take the family there.
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Hi Laluks

Are you a professional photographer? I must admit, the pics you have put in so far are astonishing and classy. Being a foodie myself, the pic of the veg thaali has got me going hungry all over again.

Carry on, veyr gud travelogue so far.

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Laluks, Thekkumbhagam is the place where my dad was brought up. We visit there every year when possible. I have got a lot of fond memories from that place as I used to go there during my vacations My cousins and relatives still live there and in Karunagappalli.

Thanks for sharing these pics, and your photographs are really good.
Thanks ravan. I envy you guys, visiting there every year

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Laluks, loved the pictorial storytelling! I especially loved the shots of the fog and the lake! Must have been a truly relaxing holiday (despite the distance driven). A good mix of beaches, wildlife, heritage and faith as well, for the kids. I'm sure they'll treasure this experience.
Hopefully Kids will cherish the experience

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Loved the TL. Rated 5 stars. Thank you.

OT: Did you use tungsten white balance in the initial pics?

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No govigov. It was all long exposures of over 2S

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I'm from Trivandrum and just loved your photos. Thanks for bringing back memories of the city where I grew up.
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Trivandrum is a lovely place. I know how much I miss the place



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Excellent photography. Enjoyed the photologue.

Can you spare a few words on how exactly to reach this place? I hope it is safe to take the family there.
Thanks thoma. The place is Meenmutty waterfalls en route ponmudi. It requires a bit of a trek to reach the waterfalls. But the picture you pointed is very near after the car park. Easily reachable.

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Hi Laluks

Are you a professional photographer? I must admit, the pics you have put in so far are astonishing and classy. Being a foodie myself, the pic of the veg thaali has got me going hungry all over again.

Carry on, veyr gud travelogue so far.

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No Sir, I am just a look and go clicker with a D90. Happy to note you loved the pictures.

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Laluks sir your threads on travelogues are always awesome especially the one's with the Civic.Enjoyed the pics.Rated all stars.How did the car performed ie Mileage etc.
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Laluks sir your threads on travelogues are always awesome especially the one's with the Civic.Enjoyed the pics.Rated all stars.How did the car performed ie Mileage etc.
Thanks sumeet.
Civvy was just amazing. She gave a mileage of 13Kmpl.
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Hi Laluks,

I have pretty much read all your TLs and they are fantastic. To be honest after reading your TLs , has inspired me to explore Kerala and so far i have made 2 trips, but there is so much more to see

Seeing the prawns picture reminded us of our trip to Varkala, where i ordered prawns and the guy said , how many sir ? and i asked how many pieces do we get in a plate ?
He said - 8 and i said, 8 is a bit too much ( my missus is vegetarian ) and i went for 6 pieces

When the plate came out , the prawns were HUGEE & FRESH !

Unfortunately we didn't pop over to Kollam, but i know it warrants a visit ehh

Look forward to the rest of pics
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Hi Laluks,

I have pretty much read all your TLs and they are fantastic. To be honest after reading your TLs , has inspired me to explore Kerala and so far i have made 2 trips, but there is so much more to see


Unfortunately we didn't pop over to Kollam, but i know it warrants a visit ehh

Look forward to the rest of pics
Thanks redballons for the kind words. There is always something new to be discovered

Day by Day account is pending. If required I can post them with more pictures and details - What say guys?

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Day by Day account is pending. If required I can post them with more pictures and details - What say guys?
Bring it on. I vote for Meenmutty waterfalls. Some details on getting around. How you spent the time. How safe (both nature and nature's creatures) is the place for family?

I should have guessed that something more is on the way when you said -

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Before I get on to the story,

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Day by Day account is pending. If required I can post them with more pictures and details - What say guys?
Virtual Kerala tour, check. Courtesy Lalu sahab's photography and travels. Sometimes I feel we were at the back of the queue when the Almighty was distributing vacation time, you leading the queue . As usual astounding photography and storytelling.

My vote would be to just let the pictures and the captions do the talking with a high level account of the logistics and hotel details at the end. Specially more because it was pure relaxing with family and personal time, I guess there won't be a lot to write about it here.
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Day 0
27th October 2012

The night before the trip there was an interesting conversation between me and wifey after dinner.

Wifey : Hey, what time do you want to start tomorrow?
Me : We only have to reach Trivandrum for the evening, we can start anytime you wish. We can even start after breakfast.
Wifey : You were telling me you wanted to see some place en route, which we always missed out.
Me : Which place?
Wifey : Thenmala and the eco tourism places there.
Me : Hey that would need at least half a day, which means we must start now.
Wifey : Oh! then forget it.
Me : I have not had any rest today, so I am kind of tired. But I can start by 02:00AM after a couple of hours of sleep.
Wifey : I don't want to tax you. It's already 10:00PM. Let us start by 06:00AM and see what can be done.
Me : It doesn't make any sense to start at 06:00AM if we want to see Thenmala enroute. Let me check my notes what's there.
Wifey : Let me also help you.
Me : Yes please...

We both checked out the notes, and suddenly we both were intersted. Thenmala was the first eco tourism venture in Kerala. Had a lot of options to check out.

More details of Thenmala here http://www.thenmalaecotourism.com/

Me : It seems we need a lot of time there, atleast half day or more.
Wifey : What do you think?
Me : It takes me atleast 7 hours to reach Tenkashi via Madurai. Keep it 8 hours to Thenmala. Which means if we leave by 02:00AM we can be there by 10:00 atleast.
Wifey : It's now 11:00PM, what about you.
Me : No issues, you get the things packed up. I'll crash now. See you at 02:00AM
Wifey : I'll get it all organised. Good night.


That was almost a sudden twist in the plan and I was quite happy about the decision. While I caught some sleep she organised the rest of the packing.

Next day as planned, I was up and ready by 02:00AM and only had to sit in the drivers seat to drive out. She had already got the things in the car and kids ready by 02:00AM
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Day 01
28th October 2012

By 02:30AM, we drove out of our home. It was a pleasant drive all the way till Madurai. A little after Tirumangalam, we exited the NH and took the route via Alampetty, Srivilliputhur, Rajapalayam, Puliyangudi to Tenkashi.

By 09:30AM we were still 44KMs from Tenkashi
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Some views

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We had checked out Tenkashi and Courtallam in one of our earlier drives http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ed-poovar.html (Civved : Poovar).



So it was a dash to Thenmala for the day. By 10:30AM we entered Kerala Border. The drive was as expected 8 hours from Bangalore till here.

We were hungry, and hence we decided to stop for a quick fix breakfast. And what better than Payam Pori ( Banana Fritters) Parippu Vada (Dal Vada) and Chai! It was a dream come true for a true mallu


Payam Pori ( Banana Fritters) Parippu Vada (Dal Vada) and Chai! I look like a Zombie after the night out!
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Payam Pori ( Banana Fritters) Parippu Vada (Dal Vada)

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After a liberal fill of Vadas and Payampori we moved on.

We stopped at a view point. See the KSRTC bus behind! I never knew I missed them so much that I had to click one for posterity!
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Arecanut tree

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Arecanut - I used to buy a lot of them for my grannie who had the habit of "murukkan" - Chewing of Betel leaf and arecanut.
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View from there

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Great travelogue. Funny that we guys from Trivandrum travel outside the state to visit new places when there is some much to explore here itself.
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