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August 2013 • VOLUME 2 • ISSUE 8 • Rs. 50

Feature

Wayanad

Gods own hillside

Mauritius

A perfect holiday paradise

Dubai

Summer special


International: Mauritius: A perfect Holiday Paradise

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National Wayanad: God’s Own Hillside National: Featured: Lantern Stay National: The Heritage Art Gallery

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National

WAYANAD

God’s Own Hillside

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Editor: Ms. Meenakshi Gupta Journalist: Dona George


Editorial

Has Uttarakhand floods really washed out hill Tourism?

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hile on one hand agents and hotels are reporting almost 100% cancellations in Uttarakhand on the other there are some tourists who say flood fury has not dented their spirits. Similar disaster struck Leh couple of years ago but has not stopped tourists from going there. There are tourists who still want to spend vacations at hill stations up north but with some reservation atleast for some more time. There is also a chunk of tourists who are skeptical about going to hill stations and pilgrimages near Himalayas. People who had earlier booked for Uttarakhand are now opting for other destinations like Goa, Kerala, Kashmir and Rajasthan. There is also a drop of 10-20 % in bookings in Himachal Pradesh being closer to Uttarakhand. The travel industry in both the states has faced huge losses. While an increase in demand for other destinations is observed. The question is, will such

disasters curb the desire for holidays in hill stations. The answer is no for sure. There are hill stations down south like Munnar, Wayanad, Ooty, Kodaikanal, etc whose demand has not dipped following the precedence of hill station in north. Wayanad is one such destination featured in this issue. Let’s pray Uttarakhand overcomes the loss and offers the same pilgrimage and hill tourism to its tourists across globe with higher spirits.

(Meenakshi Gupta)

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Buzz

Airline

Airfares cut by 15% to boost passenger traffic on domestic routes during monsoon

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irlines have cut fares by as much as 15 per cent on certain routes, hoping to boost passenger traffic in the traditionally lean June-September monsoon season. Low-fare airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet Ltd and GoAir have cut fares on the Delhi-Mumbai route from Rs 9,300 to Rs 7,900 on tickets booked up to five days in advance. Air India Ltd, which offers in-flight entertainment and meals, has kept its Delhi-Mumbai fare at Rs 9,218, while Jet Airways (India) Ltd, which also

offers such services on some of its planes, is selling tickets at Rs 8,742. For tickets booked a week in advance, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir have reduced fare from Rs 7,700 to Rs 6,000 on the Delhi-Mumbai route. SpiceJet has also introduced a window to book tickets 90 days in advance, pricing these at Rs 3,379 on the same route. Fares on routes like Delhi-Chennai have been cut from Rs 9,800 to Rs 9,049 on average, while for the Delhi-Bengaluru route the price remains unchanged at about Rs 10,000.

Indigo to start daily flight from Hyderabad to Srinagar via Raipur & Delhi

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ndigo will start operating its direct flight between Raipur to Srinagar via Delhi. The daily flight would originate from Hyderabad to Srinagar via Raipur and Delhi. The cost of a ticket to Srinagar from Raipur would be between

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Rs 7500 and RS 8000 .The new flight tentatively is slated to arrive at Raipur in the morning and depart for Delhi around 9.50 am. It would land Delhi at 1.30 am and then depart to Srinagar at 12.15 pm reaching there at 1.30 pm.

Malindo Air to start operations in India

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alindo Air, a joint venture between National Aerospace & Defence Industries Sdn Bhd of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia, will be launching flights to India . Malindo Air will be categorised as a hybrid airline because its services are akin to full-serviced airlines and its fares are lower than budget airlines’. The airline tickets are priced at all-inclusive fares, which include in-flight entertainment, food as well as baggage allowance. Malindo Air will operate weekly flights for the five-hour route from New Delhi to Kuala Lumpur, and the return fare is expected to be around Rs 17,000, almost 50 per cent lesser than what is being charged now for the route. Malindo Air has also received approvals to fly to Mumbai, and a few other South Indian destinations.


Buzz

Hospitality

Fortune Park Hotels unveils 2nd property in Mussoorie

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ortune Park Hotels Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd, has expanded its bouquet of hotels with the opening of the brand’s 40th hotel, in India and second in Mussoorie—Fortune The Savoy, Mussoorie. Established in 1902, the 50-room Victorian resort has been restored to reflect the glory of its century-old past, aided by thoughtfully conceived services and state-of-the-art technology. The guest rooms and suites at Fortune The Savoy have been specially crafted with muted shades and unique design, combining elements of comfort and

convenience. The well-appointed rooms include 26 Savoy Chambers, 12 Fortune Exclusive Rooms and 12 Fortune Suites. The hotel also offers state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities that can accommodate up to 60 guests, with an open-to-sky venue that can host a gathering of approximately 200 guests. Dining options include The Grand Dining Room—a three-meal period restaurant; Nostradamus, The Writer’s Bar that serves the finest premium spirits in a relaxed atmosphere; and the Fortune Deli, featuring light snacks and sumptuous confectioneries.

Madhubhan Resort & Spa plans to add 10 luxurious tents in the coming months

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adhubhan Resort & Spa, Anand, owned by Elecon Engineering Company Ltd, plans to add ten luxurious tents to its existing 81-key, five-star deluxe resort in the coming months. With just two tents ready, Zamkudi Gom, the tented accommodation, will be a smaller form of actual village surroundings. The tents are colossal with two double beds, a sitting area, bathroom designed with three different areas—shower, washbasin, WC.

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The focus is on NRI Gujaratis, who come with their families look for a deluxe accommodation near Ahmedabad and Vadodara. Besides positioning the resort as a theme wedding destination, it as an ideal destination for holding small conferences and weekend getaways for family outings too. The resort also has an advantage of its strategic location, with its close proximity to the pilgrim place Dakhor and Champaner, which is a UNESCO site.

WelcomHeritage opens Nature Resort in Madhya Pradesh

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elcomHeritage Jungle Home at Pench, Madhya Pradesh is the latest addition to the WelcomHeritage collection of Nature Resorts. Pench National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise and supports a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The resort has 26 well-appointed rooms, which are surrounded by lush green lawns and an outdoor swimming pool. WelcomHeritage Jungle Home is an eco-sensitive resort, which caters to a unique blend of untamed wildlife and urban lifestyle while offering a memorable experience to its visitors. The property offers a host of adventure and leisure activities like jungle safaris, lake drive, sit-out at Machan, vintage cars, high speed Internet access and a contemporary spa. The Turiya gate, entrance to the Jungle, is merely a ten minutes drive from the resort.


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Mauritius A Perfect Holiday Paradise An island of hypnotizing beauty and charm, surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.

I Mona Malhotra a busy homemaker loves reading, baking and travelling. Mona has travelled widely in India and abroad.

f I have to describe Mauritius in a sentence, this is what I have to say. My trip to Mauritius with my family was such a memorable experience. Mauritius is an ideal destination for a family trip. The warm Mauritian welcome and the island’s safe and gentle beaches make the destination a great place for a family getaway. Along with enjoying the wilderness of our favorite water sports, we enjoyed the panoramic scene of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. The entire island is clean and green. A lot of Indians are settled whose forefathers migrated from Bihar and UP and it was really nice to hear Hindi even from the fourth generation. August 2013 | Corporate Outbound  9


The friendly natives of Mauritius and their hearty welcome literally made us feel that we were some among the chosen few who are really lucky. We enjoyed the personal attention we were given and the privacy offered by the fresh green surroundings. We could see and experience the magical blend of different cultures, tastes and colors in the island named after Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau, which altogether promised as a unique holiday. I had an image of Mauritius in my mind before I witness the beautiful island. According to that, Mauritius was all about white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. As we drove along the calm country roads, we could hear the soothing sound of the cool breeze flowing down gently from the green hill slopes to the valleys. That is how I realized the fact that Mauritius means not only the beaches but also the 10  Corporate Outbound | August 2013

hidden beauty of countryside blanketed in green. During the countryside ride, our eyes could see sugarcane plantations everywhere in the island which spread across 2000 sq km. The island country Mauritius has some of the most spectacular beaches of the world. Blue Bay, Baie du Tamarin, Cap Malheureux, Belle Mare and Flic-en Flac are some of the most well-known beaches here. The exotic beaches are ideal places for practicing water sports like kayaking, swimming, glass bottom cruising on boats, scuba diving, water skiing, snorkeling, boating and other exciting water sports. We had an introductory session at the pool where we learned the basics of the sea walk and then went out to the sea. The scene under the sea was just spectacular. We could witness beautiful coral reefs and various sea animals moving freely in the cobalt blue water. The friendly


instructor helped us to manage the sea dive which was really great. We were eagerly waiting to see the seven colored earth of Chamarel, but it was a bit disappointment as the colors were not clearly visible to differentiate. We should have visited the sand stretch before our lunch to see the colors clearly. The 18-hole golf course at Le Telfair was worth visiting, which was carved out of sugarcane fields. There are many other golf courses like Anahita, Le Touessrok, Legend, The Links, and Gymkhana. Port Louis, the busy capital of Mauritius was a kind of place that can only be understood when we experience it in person. Despite being the national capital, Port Louis is the main economic hub and the biggest city in the country. Port Louis had plenty going for it. The bustle and chaos of the streets and the wonderfully preserved colonial buildings make Port Louis a place worth visiting. We stayed at Hotel

Intercontinental, a well maintained hotel where we were welcomed by the awesome ambience and good hospitality of the hotel staff. The hotel was absolutely fantastic and it offered a variety of activities like Arabian Dance and Bollywood Night. The hotel kids club offered many fun activities for children as well. Both of my kids enjoyed the crab hunting and other activities with great enthusiasm. Hotel Intercontinental had Aqua Gym as well, which entertained us from the beginning till the end of our ‘exercise’. We enjoyed the food too. The restaurants were good and there was a choice for all budgets. We had enjoyed the taste of local restaurants, as well as the Indian and Italian restaurants. Casela, the nature and leisure park was worth visiting. It was a very beautiful park dipped in pleasant green and we spent the entire day there. The quad biking and walk to interact with the

Mauritius was a kind of place that can only be understood when we experience it in person lions and other animals was a unique experience. We could also see beautiful peacocks roaming freely in the park. Whatever we had witnessed in the enchanting island, they were all mind grabbing and they all together proved that Mauritius is a perfect tourist paradise. However, let me tell you that Mauritius is not a great place for shopping. But you can definitely get a Dodo Bird (National Bird of Mauritius which is already an extinct species), a must souvenir available in variety of materials like sand stone, metal and wood. The entire trip was very well organized and coordinated by itravel Places, Bangalore.

From left clockwise: Sunset from Hotel Intercontinental, Celebrations, Seven colours of volcanic ashes

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Mr Carl Vaz, DirectorDubai’s department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing shares

Summer is

Dubai

Dubai has always been a most sought destination, be it a holiday for families, honeymoon destination or a MICE destination, Dubai has it all. Mr Carl Vaz, Director- Dubai’s department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing shares more on Dubai’s new promotion “Summer is Dubai”

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TCM India’s participation at this year’s Arabian Travel Market has been exceptional with an overwhelming response. The platform provided us with an opportunity to interact with a significantly higher number of travel agents, tour operators and even wedding planners from various parts of India. Owing to the growth of Indian travelers to Dubai during 2012 which stood at over 760,000; there has been extensive interest amongst the trade to update their knowledge and own experience. This provides them with the ability to cater to new segments and repeat visitors. One of our key focus areas for 2013 is to tap the wedding and honeymoon segment. In line with this strategy, we have interacted with several planners during ATM to drive ahead larger number of Indian themed weddings into Dubai.” August 2013 | Corporate Outbound  13


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The office is actively promoting the ‘Summer is Dubai’ campaign which is a great opportunity for families to take in the city for a short break with innumerable discounts and offers for children. Most participating hotels and attractions are offering complimentary stay, food and entry to attractions for kids during the period. The promotion has been extremely successful in India during previous years and this year’s edition will be equally successful. At the ATM, we have been educating our trade partners on the product and the new developments especially with a focus on attractions that have been recently launched.” “Going forward for 2013, we aim to achieve a double digit growth over 2012 by tapping segments such as wedding / honeymoon, small family segment holiday

breaks, school groups and adventure / sport seekers. For the MICE and Business Tourism industry we will be actively participating at EIBTM in Mumbai and will be working closely with several trade members to bring in not only the numbers but more high yielding incentive and groups to Dubai. During the year we will tap various industry corporate segments in order to promote the plethora of exhibitions that are conducted and held at Dubai World Trade Center. Some of these exhibitions such as Arab Health, Big 5, GITEX, Gulf Food receive large level of Indian participation as exhibitions and visitors. Our aim will be to showcase the many other exhibitions and events conducted in Dubai so that the overall number of exhibitions and visitors from India increase significantly.”

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Featured National

WAYANAD God’s Own Hillside W

ayanad, the ‘Pepper- Flavored Land’ in North Kerala still untainted by the hands of modernity is known for its hypnotizing beauty blanketed in the lush green paddy fields. This unique tourist spot which is a part of the 1600 km long Western Ghats is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and

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hence a once in a life-time must see destination for all the nature enthusiasts. The ‘Land of Paddy Fields’ has its altitudes ranging from 700m to 2100m which sounds surprising for one who knows the geography of paddy fields. One would wonder about the ironic combination of the geography of paddy fields (which are supposed


to be low altitude area) and the breath-taking altitude of the place. Being one of the richest natural habitats in the Western Ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles, crystal clear cascades, and deep valleys; Wayanad offers a grant visual treat for its visitors. The land moulded by the indigenous tribes like

Paniyas, Kurumas, Adiyars, Kurichyas, Ooralis, and Kattunaikkens is the least populous district in Kerala.

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he English rule in Wayanad marked the beginning of a new era with a gradual shift from the traditional style of agricultural cultivation to more of a ‘business oriented’ modern cultivation style. The business mind of the British authorities paved way to the cultivation of tea and other cash crops by constructing roads across the dangerous slopes of Wayanad, to

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Kozhikode and Thalassery. Later, they extended these new roads to the cities of Mysore and Ooty through Gudalur, belongs to Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. Fortune seekers from other parts of Kerala started coming to Wayanad with the pure intention

of cultivating tea, coffee and other cash crops and thus the newly cultivated lands proved to be a veritable goldmine with incredible yields of cash crops. As a result, today we can witness the spectacular mountain views in this land of plantations

ACCESSIBILITY Wayanad is easily accessible by road. The popular tourist destination is located at a distance of 230 kms from Coimbatore, 260 kms from Kochi, 261 kms from Bangalore, 601 kms from Goa, 836 kms from Hyderabad and 1, 121 kms from Mumbai. Road: The Kozhikode–Mysore National Highway 212 (NH 212) passes through Wayanad district. Wayanad is well connected by road to various parts of Kerala and other neighbouring states. 18  Corporate Outbound | August 2013

Buses are scheduled frequently between important centers like Mysore, Bangalore, Ooty, etc. NH 212 passes through Bandipur National Park and then through the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

where the cash crops gently coexist with the rich diversity of tranquil sub tropical forests. A huge portion of the dense forest is covered with hardwood trees such as Teak, Rosewood as well as Eucalyptus and Grevilles trees.

which is on the Kerala–Karnataka state border. The roads are good except for some sections inside the Bandipur Forest. Rail: The nearest railway station is at Kozhikode, 73 km from Kalpetta. Other railway stations near to Wayanad are Thalassery (99km from Kalpetta) and Kannur (120km from


Kalpetta). State Transport buses and private buses are available from Kannur, Thalassery and Kozhikode railway stations. Air: Kozhikode International Airport at Karipur is the nearest airport at 73 km from Kalpetta. Kannur Airport, under construction at Mattannur, is at a distance of 120 km from Kalpetta. CLIMATE The distance from the sea and the forest cover creates a pleasant climate in the region. Wayanad has a healthy climate all through the year. The average rainfall is 250cm per year. The best time to visit the place is in the winter and the summer. Winters (October to February) are cool with temperatures reaching down to 10°C, many tourists like this climate. The period is ideal for sightseeing, wildlife trips, videography and photography and other tourist activities. Summers (March to May) are hot but pleasant with cool breeze coming from the nearby forest area and are ideal for exploring the forest area. The maximum temperature reaches up to 36 °C. Monsoons (June to September) are warm with the maximum temperature reaching up to 36 °C. The South-west and the North-east monsoons are accompanied with heavy winds and rain. Wayanad looks beautiful with average rainy days. Lakkidi in Wayanad recorded the second highest degree of annual rainfall in the world.

Green Farm, Hiliya Resorts, Sharoy Resorts and Karapuzha Village Resort are some among them. When you choose a resort or homestay at the ‘Green Heaven’ of ‘God’s Own Country’ your privacy will only be intruded by the whispering of the cool breeze and ripples of the stream. Unpolluted cool air rejuvenates and charges up your mind and body at these resorts in Wayanad. PLACES YOU MUST VISIT IN WAYANAD DO EVERYTHING OR DO NOTHING…. As Wayanad is a hilly region, Chembra Peak (2,100 metres), Banasura Peak (2,073 metres) and Brahmagiri (1,608 metres) are some of the important mountains in the district. The Kabini River, one of the three east flowing rivers of Kerala, is an important tributary of the Kaveri River. Almost the entire district is drained by the Kabini and its three tributaries. There are various places of touristic, ecological, religious, and historic importance in the district. • Thirunelli Temple,also known as ‘Kasi’ of South is a very old temple on the foothills of Brahmagiri. The Thirunelly Temple embodies classical, traditional Kerala architecture. This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu – the god who maintains life, attracts hordes of devotees especially for performing ancestral rites. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. It is believed that a ritual dip in the stream ‘Papanasini’ running crystal clear downhill, will wash away all one’s worldly sins

CHOOSE YOUR STAY Being one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala, Wayanad has more resorts ranging from small to large luxury resorts than ordinary hotels. Ayurveda Yoga Villa, Royal Palm Residency, Wayanad Blooms, • Edakkal Caves, combined of and The Wayanad Gate are two natural caves, 28 km from some of the good hotels that one Kalpetta near Ambalavayal, can choose from .. Banasura is famous for its pre-historic Hill Resort, Vythiri Resorts, Blue carvings and paintings. These Ginger Resorts, Little Home pre-historic etchings draw the Resorts, Coffee Acres, Silver attention of archeologists as Woods, Rain Country Resorts, well as the tourists worldwide. Grassroots Wayanad, Meenmutty Services of expert tourist guides Heights, Orchard Holiday Resorts, at the spot provide the visitors Rippon Mount Resorts, Blooms

with detailed explanation of the history behind the carvings and paintings. • Wildlife Sanctuaries: Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Nagarhole National Park(Rajiv Gandhi National Park) and the Bandipur National Park, creates India’s biggest biosphere reserve popularly known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’. The two main wildlife sanctuaries that come under this biosphere reserve are Muthanga and Tholpetty. These tourist spots abound with wild animals such as bison, elephant, Nilgiri Langur, deer, tiger, Malabar giant squirrel, Wild Boar, Bonnet macaque, Monitor lizard, civet, panther etc also serve a natural habitat for a large variety of plant and animal species which are at the edge of extinction. There are also many wild birds in the sanctuary. Muthanga is known for its elephant camp and Tholpetty is known for trekking and one day halt package offered by Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department. Government Tourist Guest House and dormitories are available for the stay near the wildlife sanctuaries. • Jain Temples: Glass temple in Koottamundu, Kalpetta and the Ananthanatha Swami Temple, Puliyarmala (6 km from Kalpetta). • Valliyoorkavu is a temple of historic and social significance. • Pallikunnu Church, 14 km from Kalpetta is a famous Pilgrim centre in North Kerala. • Varambetta Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Wayanad famous for varambata nercha. • Mazhuvannur Maha Siva Kshethram is an ancient Shiva temple near Tharuvana. • Karat Siva Temple is a very old temple near Kommayad. • Sulthan Bathery is famous for August 2013 | Corporate Outbound  19


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the fort built by Tipu Sultan. • The tomb of the king Pazhassi Raja is in Mananthavady. • Pookode Lake is another spot to chill out in Wayanad. It has a fresh water aquarium and the children’s park. Tourists can enjoy boating or even shoping for handicraft items and spices. • Trekking: Chembra peak, Banasura peak and Brahmagiri peak will provide a tough trekking experience. Pakshipathalam is a very popular trekking spot on the Kerala-Karnataka border. • Thovarimala Ezhuthupara is 5 km from Sulthan Bathery. After a 400 m trek, one can reach the place where Stone Age pictographic writing on a rock can be seen. • Kuruva Dweep (40km from Kalpetta) is a unique and fragile island delta system on the Kabini River. It is essential to note that as a part of eco tourism, partying, or picnic is not allowed in the island. But you can always enjoy the pure natural environment prevailing here. This island is a best sample for a natural rainforest. Kuruva Island is separated from other spots but houses a number of rare birds, orchids and herbs. A guided tour of this island is possible with the help of local guide arranged by the authorities.

• Neelimala view point: One of the major tourist attractions in the scenic Wayanad. Nelimala, adjacent to Vaduvanchal, is an exceptional venue for trekking and camping and offers a lot of exciting trails. From the Neelimala pinnacle you can enjoy an enthralling view of the cascading Meenmutti falls. You can also view the tribal huts on this beautiful hill and all these together treat your eyes with a panoramic view of the mist-clad hill dipped completely in green. • Chain Tree is a fascinating tourist spot. The large Ficus tree is near Vythiri. You need to visit this chain tree to know the myth behind this spot. • Phantom Rock is a rare kind of natural structure situated near Ambalavayal town. Phantom rock has a naturally beautiful skull head appearance which makes the tourist spot interesting for children and all ages.

• Soochipara, Kanthapara, Chedalayam and Meenmutty are the waterfalls in the MeppadiAmbalavayal region. Meenmutty Falls is 29 km from Kalpetta. It is Kerala’s second largest waterfall and the one most unspoiled in its natural setting. • HML Tea factory, Achoor, 10 km from Vythiri.

• Banasura Sagar Dam built over Karamanathodu, one of the tributaries of Kabini River is located 21 kms from Kalpetta. It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The dam is an ideal starting point for hikes into the surrounding scenic mountains. Speed and pedal boats are available here and the boat ride through the crystal clear water is an exhilarating experience.

• Boys Town is located at fifteen kilometers north of Mananthavady. The herbal garden and the nature care centre are the main attractions here. • Muniyaras are calm and serene caves located near Sulthan Bathery. These caves situated at one kilometer distance from Marayoor are

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Chempra Peak

excellent trekking spots for tourists. These caves are made of huge rocky slabs. SHOPPING IN THE WOODS??.. Wayanad is known for the pure honey extracted by the tribes from the dense inner forest and the spices that are much in demand in the domestic as well as foreign market because of its delicious taste and high medicinal value. Wayanadan Pepper is also a much sought out item and you can buy many souvenirs made out of bamboo, ivory, cane, wood, metals,coconut shells, handlooms and other natural stuffs by the tribes or local people here. Other charms of shopping are embroidered mats, tea, Wayanad coffee and spices. The spices honey, and souvenirs are available at the ethnic shops near Pookode Lake. The gooseberry (amla) kept in honey is a favourite item of the local people here and it has delightful sweetness as well as nutritious quality. Banana chips and cashews are extremely popular in these parts of Kerala. 22  Corporate Outbound | August 2013

TASTE OF THE HILLSIDE Coconuts grow in abundance in Kerala, and consequently, coconut kernel, (sliced or grated) coconut cream and coconut milk are widely used in dishes for thickening and flavoring. Even though Wayanad is a hilly area and there is no coastline stretching through it, the nearby coastline in Kannur, numerous rivers, and backwaters strengthen the fishing industry and it has led to sea food being a main ingredient in many dishes. Like any other part of Kerala, rice and tapioca form the staple food in Wayanad. All main dishes are made out of rice and tapioca and served along with ‘Kootan’ (gravy). The side dishes which may be made from vegetables, meat, fish or a mix of all of them. The main dish for lunch and dinner is boiled rice. Kerala breakfasts show a rich variety of its ingredients; the main dishes are made from rice flour, or fresh or dried cassava. Owing to the weather and the

availability of spices, the Kerala cuisine contains many spices especially the hot ones -chilly, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. Beef chilly fry and Beef curry are popular non – veg Kerala dishes. The food here is typical South Indian. Rasam, Sambhar, Moru koottan (curd and coconut curry) and Poricha koottu (vegetable curry) are some most delicious dishes to be eaten along with rice. For those who prefer pure vegetarian food, there is Pulissery, Vegetable Stew, Avial and Thoran. The restaurants and hotels of the city also serve their clients with the best liquors of international quality. There aren’t too many stand alone restaurants in Wayanad so it would be advisable to eat in the restaurants that are attached to hotels and resorts. The Jubilee Restaurant in Sultan Bathery, Kalpetta and the bakery “The Walnut Cake” are some places that you could visit. TRIBAL ARTS AND DISHES Wayanad, the destination with


the largest population of aborigin in Kerala offers the unique chance to enjoy the finger- licking taste of tribal dishes in the misty mornings and foggy evenings. The taste of the hot spicy tribal dishes you enjoy when you feel the rhythm of pure tribal arts are going to bound to leave you with the nostalgia of cool fresh mornings and evenings that spread the aroma of pure Wayanadan dishes that will cherish in your memories for ever. Njandum Kappayum(Crab and tapioca), Bamboo Rice(Rice cooked in bamboo), River Fish, Thodu Fish, Kari Njandu(Crab), Mulaku Chammandi(Chilly Chudney), Village Chicken Curry, Cheru Meen Masala(small river fish), Vayal Kada, Kalli Curry, Kizhangu Curry(Potato Curry), Pachari Dosa, Puzhungiya Pathiri and Njandu Fry(Crab Fry) are the special tribal dishes. Another attraction is the ‘jungle coffee’ made out of 24 medicinal plants from the jungle using a secret recipe. Among the other food of the

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tribal region, ‘Kaatu Soup’ made out of the essence of powered Wayanad forest mango, pepper, chukku and other spices is popular. Music is another recreational activity in Wayanad. There are online platforms like ‘Wayanad Waves’ to arrange tribal arts and crafts which include music, dance, ornamentation and handicrafts for the tourists. Their arts are inspired by the natural themes and materials. They have separate musical instruments made of bamboo and wood. Nellukuthu pattu, Paniyar Pattu, Vattamkali Pattu, Koodiattam pattu, Kalampari Pattu, and Thudikotum Patum are the main music forms exist among the Wayanadan tribes. Among the dance forms Vattamkali, Koodiyattam, Gadika, Meduva, Kambara dance, Naikkar Kali, Mudiyattam, Paniyar Kali, and Kurumar nritham are popular. Visiting the tribal villages also helps in the exchange of knowledge and wisdom between visitors and local residents.


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Lantern Stay A Date with Nature..

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trip to Wayanad will be incomplete without the stay at Lantern Stay, the spectacular jungle resort which looks like a tree house. The beautifully done holiday resort adds flamboyance to the natural beauty of Wayanad which is still untainted. The journey begins with an exciting Jeep drive to the resort. You will be in the cradle of a holistic experience during your time at Lantern Stay. The off road drive to the resort in 4WD jeep through the wading waters and the lush green cardamom plantation is a highlight of the trip. If you are the type who wants to stay away from the urban humdrum, and hate those irritating weekend calls, Lantern Stay is the right place for you. Located just a call away from Kalpetta, the capital city of Wayanad, Lantern Stay offers you complete relaxation along with its impressive hospitality and awesome ambience. Once at Lantern Stay, what you get to discover is yourself. This is a place where you just let go. Be it trekking in the vast expanse of the dense forest around where we are, or climbing Chembra Peak, the highest peak in Wayanad, this is the place for you. You take a walk through the cardamom plantations to see how one of the world’s favorite spices is cultivated and processed during the season. Or else, you just let yourself doze off in a hammock. You can even enjoy the best natural music, a blend of the water fall flowing right through our site and the chirping of exotic birds and animals that are plenty around you. For those early birds among you,

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From left clockwise: Lonar, Sand Dunes, Self Balancing Rock

there is a short morning trek to locations where you could sight deer and even elephants. Lantern Stay offers you awesome amenities like Badminton court, Indoor games and Bon fire. The three side open wooden deck restaurant is going to give you a feeling of being in the lap of the nature in its purest form. Lantern Stay serves you the authentic palatable Kerala cuisine. You can even enjoy Barbeque on special request. The cuisine served is straight out of the grandma’s recipes tried and tested by time, civilizations and taste buds over the centuries. To make it the way grandma cooked, your food is cooked in earthen vessels and fuelled by firewood. How about enjoying a bath in an open bathroom with a garden and then make you warm at the fire place while experiencing the freshness of the foggy evenings? The resort constructed in the typical Kerala architecture with tile roof and red oxide flooring is going to bound to leave you with the nostalgia of the best homely atmosphere you enjoyed outside your home. August 2013 | Corporate Outbound  27


Featured National

The Nahar Group of Hotels launches

the Heritage Art Gallery The Nahar Group of Hotels which has been in the hospitality business for the last three decades in Bangalore, Ooty and Coimbatore recently launched the Heritage Art Gallery in Bangalore. 28  Corporate Outbound | August 2013


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From Left: Mr. G M Babu, Mr. Umesh Nahar ( Chairman Nahar Group), Mr. Srinivas Murty, Mr. N H Haris (M L A Shantinagar), Major Rana Group Captain Mittal Kamal Ghimiray General Manager

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he Heritage art Gallery situated in premises of the Nahar Heritage Hotel on St. Mark’s Road, in the heart of Bangalore, is an initiative by Mr. Kamal Ghimiray, General Manager supported by Mr. Umesh Nahar, Chairman and Managing Director of The Nahar Group of Hotel to promote art and emerging artists. The gallery was launched by its show “TAPASYA” featuring well known artists like Alphonso Doss, Paresh Hazra, J M S Mani and Subramanian G. The show also featured talent of an upcoming artist, Aditi Hazra. The show was put together by Jyothi Aranha.

Featuring artists

Paresh Hazra’s style is lively and dramatic and delves into the mind and soul of his subjects. He conjectures that all objects of divinity are experiences which transpire in the mind and submit explanations only in part which one can recognise. Paresh loves to experiment with the simple alluring medium of charcoal. Paresh’s art has found an appreciative audience with corporates & private and 30  Corporate Outbound | August 2013

institution collectors. Bill Clinton and Steve Jobs have Paresh’s works in their collection. Aditi Hazra After being trained in printmaking at Santiniketan, she has been exhibiting her works both in India and abroad. Her colour palette is quite spontaneous, in the sense, there is no deliberate thought on it. Aditi likes to work with bright colours and the colours are chosen impulsively according to the subject of her paintings. J M S Mani is the rare combination of an artist and a teacher, from the Ken School of Art, Bangalore. His best known works are the Badami Series, a small town which he had visited in 1975 and fell in love with. His works ’Rural Scenes’ got rave reviews in the 90’s. His paintings are very much delineated with an earthy feel and beautiful splashes of colors. His works consists of depictions of villages, suburbs, fish markets and decorative elements from traditional and folk art forms which are common to all regions of India. G Subramanian’s current series

of collages are constructed with the same sensibility that emphasizes the craft of decorative surfaces. One can recollect ancient iconic images like “Vishvaroopa” that incorporate figures and landscape in cosmic unity within the body. The natural world is seen as part of the body, metamorphosing into playful images. The abstract background highlights the complex imagery Dr. A Alphonso Doss for the last quarter century has been relentless in his pursuit of spatial dynamics that has resulted in a number of pictorial strategies that allude to a cosmic order with all its grandeur. His series ‘Time & Space’ and ‘Time & Dimension’ have received unusual attention from the world over. The gallery is available for conducting art exhibitions . The hotel can be contacted for further details. 14, St. Marks Road, Opp. Bishop Cotton Girls School, Bangalore – 560 001 Karnataka Phone: 080-22278731 – 22278736 Email – gmnaharheritage@gmail.com


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