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Old 18th January 2010, 22:30   #46
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@Iluvcars & @pramodkumar - My bad, it is around 3 kms from Thuckalay.
@Bigzero, foby.sebastian - Many thanks for the appreciation!
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Old 19th January 2010, 01:09   #47
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Default Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum

Neyyar Dam
A popular picnic spot, Neyyar Dam is located around 35 kms from Trivandrum with the Western Ghats providing a picturesque background. The major attractions in Neyyar Dam include a Lion Safari Park, Deer Park, Boating, a well maintained garden, Swimming Pool, Watch Tower & crocodile farm which was renamed as Steve Irwin National Park after late Steve Irwin.

The Route

Thampanoor - Balaramapuram - Ooruttambalam - Kattakada - Kallikkadu - Neyyar

From Kattakada turn right to go to Kallikkadu. From Kallikkadu continue straight to go to Neyyar Dam.

Total Distance - 35 kms from Thampanoor

Now for some photos of Neyyar Dam.

Muruga Temple at the entrance to the top of the dam
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View from the temple. You can see the watch tower on the other side of the dam.
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Entrance to the top of the dam
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Sentinel?
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Can't read the sign board?
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What about now?
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Didn't go for the safari as I had done the same in Bannerghatta National Park. So no pictures of the beasts.

You can find plenty of these around the dam premises & in the watch tower
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View from top of the dam
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Boating facilities are available here.
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Watch Tower
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Top to bottom
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View from top of the tower
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Zoomed shot
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You can see the orange life jackets very clearly in this shot. This was taken a few days after the tragedy at Thekkady.

Arches
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Is he grinning?
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Still cannot clear the confusion.
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Siesta time.
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For those who still didn't get the above guy's name
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Not only crocodiles, you can also see pythons.
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Beautiful life size statues of Kathakali performers
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Dirty look!
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Ah, That's why!
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The Garden
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Contd..
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Old 19th January 2010, 02:26   #48
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Beautiful pics mate !!!!
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Old 19th January 2010, 07:26   #49
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Nice Post. Stayed in Tvm for over 9 years and these posts have brought on a severe bout of nostalgia. Maybe you could cover Ponmudi also. I dont think there is any other place in the world where you have a hill station 60 kms away from the sea.
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Old 19th January 2010, 11:43   #50
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Default Neyyar Dam contd.

@foby.sebastian - Thanks, mate.
@rainthreat - I have not been to Ponmudi for some time now. Will update soon. Meanwhile this thread may be of interest to you - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...y-ponmudi.html (Magnificent Meenmutti & Misty Ponmudi)

Now for the rest of pictures from Neyyar Dam.
Green House
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Swimming Pool
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The water in the pool was dirty & it seemed some time since the water has been cleaned or changed. Sad:(

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Clicking my photo without my permission? Kick you bugger!
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My Ride
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Some interesting facts:
From Kallikkadu, you can also go to Padmanabhapuram Palace. Just turn right from Kallikkadu. The total distance from Kallikkadu to PP Palace is 47 kms.
You can also go to Ponmudi from Kallikkadu. Take the left from Kallikkadu to go to Nedumangadu. The distance from Kallikkadu to Nedumangadu is 19 kms. From Nedumangadu you can go to Ponmudi.
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Old 21st January 2010, 15:17   #51
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Default Neyyar Dam contd.

The photos in the last post seems not to be uploaded correctly. So posting the pictures again.
Green House
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Swimming Pool (the pool looked as if it has not been cleaned for a long time)
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Clicking my photo without my permission? Kick you bugger!
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My Ride
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Nice photoblog ! If everyone posts about the attractive places near to them like this, we will come to know about many new week end gateways like this which are unknown to others. Not many might have though about coming out photoblogs like this about their short trips. I think, short notes in between would have made this more useful for others.
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What do you call that thing stacked at the beachfront in photo dsc04487? Some hydro something?

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Old 27th January 2010, 07:51   #54
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What do you call that thing stacked at the beachfront in photo dsc04487? Some hydro something?
I think their name is Dolos. See this link Dolos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cheeronwheels - I have given the location, route details etc of each location. Pl. tell me if you want me to add any specific info other than this. Anyway I am preparing an Excel sheet with all the details. Will put that up once it is ready.
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Hei, that's nice travelogue for Neyyar Dam. Loved the comments too.
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Thanks, Jk. I think Neyyar Dam is a place with the potential to attract more visitors if the KTDC improves the facilities & develop the place.
OT - so you have reached office, eh..
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Nice Coverage. It was a pleasure to meet you recently.
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Hi Ranjiith,
We have been contemplating on a 3 weeks trip to south, planning to cover imp places in Kerala, TN and near Bangalore. Now what you are doing through this thread is that we'd have to extend it to 3 months!

BTW, amazing collection of places and quality photographs. This thread would turn out like a ready reckoner (like HVK sir's log books), specially to outsiders, to choose and visit as per one's convenience.

Wonderful idea, and nice collection. Keep it up friend.
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@LongDrive lover - Thank you. My intention in starting this thread itself was for people from outside Kerala to know the places around Trivandrum so that it will be easy for them while visiting Kerala. I will continue updating more places & am in the process of preparing one excel sheet collating the data.

@btirthankar - Thank you Basu & it was real nice meeting you too. Continue the drivoblogs, my friend.

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Nice pictures as usual , i just checked the meets thread.
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