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A waterfall in hiding

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You know you've left the city when yellow and black signboards bear names like Manachanallur, Pulivalam, Pagalavadi and Thuraiyur; when tree trunks marked by the state highway number, line up like sentries on either side of the road and when the carpets of cultivated green roll out seamlessly at the periphery of your eyes. As the road narrowed like a funnel that ended at the forest checkpost, the wind lashing my face shed a few degrees of heat, while the sun squeezed through the thick canopy to dapple the road ahead. Bound towards the reserve forests of Pachaimalai near Tiruchi, I was being escorted by the forest department to the Yettu Erumaipalli falls.

I wondered sitting in the jeep what undiscovered looked like: according to M. Pichai, Assistant Conservator of Forests (who was accompanying me), the falls are unknown to even people living at the foothills of Pachaimalai. “The Malayali Gounder Tribe living here are the only ones who know about it,” he tells me. The thrill of being let in on a secret mounted as the jeep manoeuvred 15 sharp hairpin bends right at the beginning of the climb. The landscape rose beside us to stony heights before falling on the other side into the green depths we were leaving behind.

A dusty view point jutted out of the hillside to dutifully expose a facet of the rolling panorama you could capture for memory. The butterflies darted purposefully between flowering shrubs on the edges and the tapioca grown in abundance swayed lazily in conversation with the now chilly wind. Throughout the climb, the road was so narrow that I wondered if our jeep would have to retrace its path in reverse gear, to make space for an oncoming vehicle.

Encountering no vehicle from the opposite direction, we drove past men squatted on their haunches outside a stone building. Seated beneath its broken glass windows, their towel-turbaned heads turned to catch a glimpse of those within the jeep. The signboard ahead announced we had reached Top Sengattupatti, clearly the top of this 1,000 m high hill.

Our destination was about eight kilometers from the Forest Guest House in Top Sengattupatti. On the way is a dilapidated house, which Mr. Pichai says was the guest house built and used by the Britishers. The space outside the old guest house seems to be lit by sunlight that looked like it had rubbed off some green from the forest cover above, making it seem surreal. The spot has been featured in Tamil movies, I'm told.

The closest hamlets to the Yettu Erumaipalli falls are Periyamangalam and Chinnamangalam and the only signs of human occupation were the neatly cut out step field with their own nel kurudus (mud huts that store farm produce), some clothes drying on a bush and two pigs left bound by someone, probably for a feast.

We were greeted by two bikes at the end of the incline beyond which lay the falls. Somebody's already here, said the local forest ranger who had hopped on to the jeep at Top Sengattupatti. If water falling from a height fell without a sound, this spot would have evaded discovery forever, I thought to myself while I looked around. From where we stood, the sound of water gushing downwards, and the thin mist before us were the only clues.

Taking the lead, Mr. Pichai and the forest ranger disappeared through a small tunnel like opening in the outgrowth. Looking down at the path dotted by rounded boulders of all sizes, I was reminded of my adventure trip in school. I stepped on to the rocks gingerly, laughing nervously every time I went off balance. The passage led to a clearing that opened out on both sides to show where the water came from and where it began falling at a steep incline. Seated there on a large boulder were two men (probably from the neighbouring villages) who looked slightly bewildered by our crowd. They were steaming some root vegetable over a campfire for their snack.

Undisturbed moss coated the rocks making them slippery, while the water was coldly defiant of the scorching sun. A spot on the banks bore colours probably from the horns of the Pongal-painted cows that were washed there that morning and the birds chirped loudly, excited by the sudden increase in human voices. Maybe they weren't too happy about the discovery.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:23 am 
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Kaleidoscope of activities makes Pongal a hit with foreigners

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Bordered on the front by the Cauvery, flanked on either side by paddy fields and centred around an ancient Shiva temple- the village Pazhuvur, provided the ideal backdrop to expose over 50 international tourists to Tamil culture and lifestyle, here on Tuesday.

Taking part in the Pongal celebration organised by Department of Tourism, the foreigners witnessed a kaleidoscope of activities that ranged from the traditional welcome with aarthi , bullock cart rides through lanes coloured by intricate kolams , temple visits and agraharam walkthroughs and a tasting of their first ever servings of pongal.

Collector Jayashree Muralidharan, who presided over the celebrations, accompanied the tourists on the bullock cart, took part in the Pongal making ceremony and later explained the various customs behind the four-day festival, which is unique to Tamil Nadu.

Calling it the right time for a tourist in the State, the Collector said that the Pongal festival was a thanksgiving of sorts to the five elements. “Jallikattu, a bull taming sport comparable to Spain's bullfight is a unique feature of this festival, which is celebrated with great pride and joy by Tamils everywhere,” she said.

While some of the tourists seemed bewildered and maybe even a little overwhelmed by the festivities, there were many who joined in with the traditional dancers and performers clearly unable to resist the fast-paced drum beats. With a riot of colours coming to life with every movement of the artistes, tourists from countries like Italy, the Netherlands, France, Austria and England witnessed the performance of folk arts like silambattam, karagattam, kavadiattam, mayilattam, oyilattam, thappattam, puliyattam and surul kathi veechu.

Commenting on their experience, the visitors said they were thoroughly impressed with the hospitality extended to them throughout. “The welcome, the display of culture and art forms and beautiful temple architecture are some of my most memorable takeaways,” said Serge Gloanec from France. As someone who has been visiting the city regularly for the past 17 years to work with disabled children, Jacques Verfaille says he is no longer surprised by the country and its customs. “I have been to other parts of India, but to me Tamil Nadu is one of the best states in the country and the food is simply the very best here,” he told the cheering crowd of locals.

Three women from the village were also adjudged winners in the kolam drawing competition conducted as part of the celebrations.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:07 am 
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Gush of tourists at Mukkombu

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With the celebratory mood of Pongal wrapping up, absence of tourist spots and parks for families to get together has always stood out like a sore thumb in the entertainment-starved city.

The absence is felt more on days like Kaanum Pongal, when people prefer to go on outings with their family to enjoy the occasion.

Mukkombu, the Upper Anicut, constructed across the Cauvery and Coleroon is the lone picnic spot near the city, apart from Kallanai, the Grand Anicut, in the neighbouring Thanjavur district.

Families thronged Mukkombu since morning on Tuesday to spend time at amusement park and children's garden. Puliyancholai, another picnic spot, also on the banks of the Cauvery, witnessed arrival of many visitors. People also visited and offered worship in the Srirangam, Tiruvanaikovil and Samayapuram temple.Police had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure safety at Mukkombu .


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Kaleidoscope of activities makes Pongal a hit with foreigners

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Bordered on the front by the Cauvery, flanked on either side by paddy fields and centred around an ancient Shiva temple- the village Pazhuvur, provided the ideal backdrop to expose over 50 international tourists to Tamil culture and lifestyle, here on Tuesday.

Taking part in the Pongal celebration organised by Department of Tourism, the foreigners witnessed a kaleidoscope of activities that ranged from the traditional welcome with aarthi , bullock cart rides through lanes coloured by intricate kolams , temple visits and agraharam walkthroughs and a tasting of their first ever servings of pongal.

Collector Jayashree Muralidharan, who presided over the celebrations, accompanied the tourists on the bullock cart, took part in the Pongal making ceremony and later explained the various customs behind the four-day festival, which is unique to Tamil Nadu.

Calling it the right time for a tourist in the State, the Collector said that the Pongal festival was a thanksgiving of sorts to the five elements. “Jallikattu, a bull taming sport comparable to Spain's bullfight is a unique feature of this festival, which is celebrated with great pride and joy by Tamils everywhere,” she said.

While some of the tourists seemed bewildered and maybe even a little overwhelmed by the festivities, there were many who joined in with the traditional dancers and performers clearly unable to resist the fast-paced drum beats. With a riot of colours coming to life with every movement of the artistes, tourists from countries like Italy, the Netherlands, France, Austria and England witnessed the performance of folk arts like silambattam, karagattam, kavadiattam, mayilattam, oyilattam, thappattam, puliyattam and surul kathi veechu.

Commenting on their experience, the visitors said they were thoroughly impressed with the hospitality extended to them throughout. “The welcome, the display of culture and art forms and beautiful temple architecture are some of my most memorable takeaways,” said Serge Gloanec from France. As someone who has been visiting the city regularly for the past 17 years to work with disabled children, Jacques Verfaille says he is no longer surprised by the country and its customs. “I have been to other parts of India, but to me Tamil Nadu is one of the best states in the country and the food is simply the very best here,” he told the cheering crowd of locals.

Three women from the village were also adjudged winners in the kolam drawing competition conducted as part of the celebrations.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:56 pm 
Cultural, arts events spice up Pongal tourism festival

Over 300 students from 25 schools in and around Tiruchi vied for honours in various cultural and art events organised as part of the Pongal Tourism Festival hosted by the Jenneys Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management and the Tiruchi Travel Federation here on Friday.

The festival was intended to promote awareness of tourism and the importance of protecting places of heritage interest.

Painting, quiz, rangoli contests on the theme of Tamil Nadu Tourism, apart from pot breaking and budding chef events, were organised as part of the festival. G.Balakrishnan, former vice principal, St.Joseph's College, and Ravi, artist, were among the judges for the competitions.

T.H.Radhakrishnan, Station Manager, Air India, Tiruchi, the chief guest at the valediction, elaborated on the tourism potential of the region and the efforts taken by the Tiruchi Travel Federation to promote tourism in the region.

Syed Mubashir Ahmed, Manager, GSA, Sri Lankan Airlines, Tiruchi, N.Ratna Kumar, Executive Director, Ramyas Hotels, M.Ponnilango, Director (Technical), Jenneys Academy, and M.Ravi Shanker, principal, spoke.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:43 pm 
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Hi Friends,

Check the below link of Tamil Nadu Tourism.

http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/virtualtour/index.html

Trichy has been listed at the Top of all cities. Great Promotion for Trichy Tourism :P

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:26 pm 
Navagraha Temple – Pazhur

Pazhur is located in Trichy to Karur highways road. Its in 9 km distance from Trichy bus stand. Navagraha temple in pazhur is an unheeded temple which has a bundle of forte. Chiefly, this temple is famous for navagraha(9 planets) but the main idol of this temple is Kasi Vishwanathar(Lord Shiva) and Goddess Visalakshi(Lord Parvathi). The below picture shows Lord Shiva and Parvathi in Rishabha Vehichle(Cow is the vehicle for Lord Shiva)

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Though the temple looks small it is prominent among the navagraha temple. A view of the temple is shown below:

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This temple was buit by an Pandian Emperor. The speciality about this is, Trichy was the capital of Chola Kingdom. And Hostility existed between Cholas and Pandians forver. Still its a mystery that how the pandian temple was built in Chola’s place. In the temple wall Pandian’s have established their sign. The fish sign in the wall denoting that the temple was built by Pandian Emperor.

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We would have seen Navagraham’s in every Shiva temple. But only in this temple, Each Navagraha God(Sun,Jupiter,Mercury,etc) has appeared with their spouse. And we can see all the Navagraha gods residing in their vehicle(like Bull is the Vehicle for Saturn,etc.). All the Navagraha god has weapon in their hand. Each Navagraha god has its own Chakra encrypted in the sculpture.

According to astrology we have been controlled by the effects of 9 planets. In a particular period, certain planets will do good for us and others will do the converse . In order to alleviate the negative effects of those planets we have to chant some mantras. kolaru thirupagam is one of those. First three line in the image saying that “One who chants this kolaru thirupagam mantra regularly will get escaped from the negative effects of the planets. Make use of it”


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Cool Pictures 8-)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:19 am 
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