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Old 8th December 2012, 13:41   #106
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A type of Antelope
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Hog Deer - Seeing them for the first time
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30th October 2012They have got it right! (For a faster life, wider roads. Development of roads = Development of state)
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The same slogan - unchanged all these years (In to an Indefinite Strike is the translation )
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Yes the two shots are telling it like it is;

Yes wider roads are essential but this state is fighting for reduction to 30Mtrs width instead of the national standard of 45Mtrs width for highways.

And quite true, if a decision is taken to make the width 45Mtrs, then the state is in to witness an Indefinite agitation.

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Yes the two shots are telling it like it is;

Yes wider roads are essential but this state is fighting for reduction to 30Mtrs width instead of the national standard of 45Mtrs width for highways.

And quite true, if a decision is taken to make the width 45Mtrs, then the state is in to witness an Indefinite agitation.

Many things never change I guess, even by the number of years and history gone into it
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Barking deer - These fellows blocked my way in Nelliyampathy. You can read about it here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-valparai.html (Swifted : Nelliyampathy via Valparai)
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Marmoset - Never heard of this guy at all
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Alex - of Madagascar Fame
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So Sweet

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There were three tigers aged 4 years to 12 years. The crowd was making them restless and they decided to stay far away back in their enclosures. I also did not try to click them!


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We then visited the Reptile House
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Python
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Who are these fellows?
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Cobra
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Viper
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Smart Guy!
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We then went to the Aquarium
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This guy got a punch on his eye
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Probably one of these guys would have been a boxer

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Miss Kerala
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He got overwhelmed that I clicked him

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Fishes with Lips
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Something strange about his tail
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Angel Fish
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We call them Gappi

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Who is this?
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More Fishes
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We found Nemo
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And Nemo's family too
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We then went to Sri Chithra Art Gallery
. Raja Ravi Varma's paintings are shown here
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Sri Chitra Art Gallery is an art gallery in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. It is placed towards the northern side of the Napier Museum.It was established in 1935.

The Art Gallery features a unique collection of traditional and contemporary Indian art. It is one of the few art galleries in India, which boasts the finest exhibits of both ancient and modern schools of Indian art.
Also we visited Napier's Museum. Both these places photography was not allowed.

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The Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala, India.
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Location/Timings

The museum is about 6 km from the city. Visiting Hours: Open 1000 - 1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, January 26th, August 15th, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami.

History

The museum was established in 1855.[citation needed] In 1874, the old Museum Building was demolished and foundation for the new building was laid. The new building was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872.

Design

The architectural masterpiece was designed by Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government and the construction was completed in 1880. Napier Museum is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style with gothic roof and minarets. The Indo-Saracenic structure also boasts a natural air conditioning system.
Features

The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. It also contains the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which contains works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, as well as examples of Mughal and Tanjore art.

The Museum grounds also hold a Zoological garden, which is one of the oldest in India. This Zoo was established in 1857 and is spread over 55 acres (220,000 m2) of land.
We then visited Kanakakkunnu Palace
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Kanakakkunnu Palace is situated in Thiruvananthapuram near the Napier museum.

Today the palace and it's sprawling grounds are the venue for many cultural meets and programmes. An all India Dance Festival (October to March) is organised by the Department of Tourism every year. During this period the classical Indian Dance performances are conducted every day. There are several tourists streaming from many foreign countries every year.

History

It is said to be built by Sree Moolam Thirunal. It is now protected by the tourism department the palace plays host to a lot of cultural meets and programs. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has listed this place as a heritage monument.

Details

Located about 800 meters north east of the Napier Museum in the heart of Trivandrum city, Kanakakunnu Palace is one of the last architectural vestiges of the colonial era. Built during the reign of Travancore king Sree Moolam Thirunal (1885-1924), the palace served as the main venue for royal banquets. Later Swathi Thirunal, one of Travancore’s popular rulers, refurbished the palace and constructed tennis courts in the premises. He also did use it for a few years as a summer retreat. Boasting a quaint Kerala-style façade, the Travancore royal family used the house to entertain guests. Inside you will see massive crystal chandeliers and an array of exquisite pieces of royal furniture - a testimony to the lavish lifestyle of the Thirunal kings who had a penchant for music and art. Add to it a picturesque setting on the crest of a small hill lush with meadows, grooves and flowering shrubs.

Now under the Kerala government’s wing, the palace complex walls-in the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium and Sooryakanthi auditorium. A popular haunt of culture vultures in the city, the auditoriums are the venues for various cultural meets and programs. The prestigious All India Dance Festival aka Nishagandhi festival is hosted annually by the Department of Tourism at the Nishagandhi open-air auditorium. Indian classical dance exponents from across the country come down to participate in the festival.
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We then went back home for a great lunch and relaxed. Later in the evening after tea, we left to Veli Tourist Village.

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We reached Veli Tourist Village by 17:30hours

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Boating Rates -It is only till 17:00 hours
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Some pictures from Veli

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KTDC Floating Restaurant

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Wifey clicking some beautiful picture
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Some more pictures from Veli Beach
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Sky was beautiful

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Airport is nearby
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PPGs went on to make their sand castles
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The Big Castle

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Joining the Small Castle

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Tsunami Strikes!
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Trying to find the small Castle
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Tsunami Strikes the Big Castle too
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Time to say bye to Veli Beach
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Night shots of KTDC Floating Restaurant
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We were the last ones to come out of the village
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I could not believe what I saw... some proclamation in this age!
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We wanted to go to Indian Coffee House at Shankumugham form Chai and Payampori. But since President was flying back, the road was blocked. We turned around and took a longer route back home. Wen went and visited my place and spend some hours chatting and moved to my wifey's place for the night.

Next day we will be leaving to Kollam in search of our ancestral places
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Oh my, when we wished for a drizzle, you granted a thundershower! So many snaps. The last few pages could be among the forum's heavy-to-load pages.

Thanks to your post on Meenmutty that now I know it is part of a govt. undertaking. Indeed it is the Kallar eco-tourism. Do you know at what rate is a forest guide available at the place?

I guess PPGs mean power puff girls? And junior PPG seems to have enjoyed the most among all of you.

Have you had mutton omelette or beef omelette from the Indian Coffee House? I rate it as one of their delicacies.
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