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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Dubai mall waterfall...



Serving as a gateway to Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world and the dubai fountain, this beautiful waterfalls is created inside Dubai mall adjacent to many awesome restaurants.

It is about 24 meters in height with the water column traversing all the four floors with sculptures of divers made with fibre glass along the flow of direction of the water feature.
During daytime Sunlight gets reflected from it and at night it is illuminated beautifully !

http://www.dubaimall.com

Enjoy these videos too :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDxis3wIIR0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijvJ0ZzaoSM
Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and the beautiful Dubai fountain !

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Crazy fire, an awesome ride at Dubai creek during DSF 2011 - 12 !




Wow, what a thrilling ride !

This was recorded during the 2011 Dubai shopping festival at Dubai creek.
As you all know Dubai is a wonderful city and walking along the creek during the time of shopping festival is real fun !

For more info about this ride:
http://www.happyfun.ae

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Kozhukkatta, riceflour dumplings filled with sweet jaggery


Today's post is about a yummy Kerala dish called Kozhukkatta.

This is very similar to dumplings. The outer thick shell covering is prepared using rice flour. Rice flour is mixed with hot water until paste like to make the shell and filled with jaggery mixed with grated coconut. Then these dumplings are steamed in a steamer. That's it !

Jaggery is unrefined, concentrated product of cane sugar. The color varies from dark brown to golden brown. The Jaggery that we use ( shown in the picture ) was bought during a natural farming product sale conducted sometime ago by Mr Hilal at Kochi, a natural farming proponent in Kerala. They are cultivating many varieties of rice by natural, organic methods in Kerala.

Kozhukkatta is easy to prepare, one of my favorite dishes. It is a cool breakfast dish :)
Yummy !

More info :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kozhukkattai

Yep, it is famous, it has a wikipedia page !!

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Arabian sea...coastline at Thalassery (Tellicherry), Kerala


These are the spectacular views of Arabian sea from Thalassery (Tellicherry), Northern Kerala, South India.


All these pictures were taken at Overbury's folly, a view point and at Sea view park, Court road, Thalassery.


Thalassery has lot of historical importance. Being a strategic location geographically this place served as the administrative center during the British rule.









Thalassery is famous for its cuisine. Thalassery biriyani, a rice dish prepared with exotic ingredients and chicken or mutton, as the case may be, is a yummy dish.


Hermann Gundert, grand father of Nobel laureate Herman Hesse lived in Thalassery for 20 years. He was a great scholar and authored the first dictionary in malayalam, the native language.
William Logan, who served as district judge during the British era, wrote Logan's manual, an authoritative reference of North Malabar.
Captain Edward Brennen, started the first educational Institution to give English education here and now this is known as the Government Brennen College.


The nearby Mahe was a french occupied colony in the olden days. Thalassery was nicknamed the 'Paris of Kerala', it being in close proximity to Mahe, the sole military base of France in this region.


Thalassery - a very important destination in North Kerala.

Check this post too :
http://magnificentdewdrops.blogspot.in/2013/04/muzhappilangad-drive-in-beach-hidden.html

Muzhappilangad beach is only a few kilometers away from Thalassery. It is the largest drive-in beach in the region.

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Vazhachal waterfalls...

Vazhachal waterfalls !

Kerala, a place of natural beauty and lush greenery is known as 'God's own country'. Vazhachal waterfalls is an important tourist spot in Kerala. This place with scenic beauty is simply amazing. It is about 5 km from Athirappilly waterfalls about which I have posted yesterday in my other blog. 

This waterfalls is also in Chalakkudy river like Athirappilly. Cascading along the rocks this strip of water column is a treat to the eyes. The surrounding forest is the habitat of horn bills that are actually endangered species of birds.


Mesmerizing view !


A spot where one visit will not suffice ! Wow...


Just meditate sitting here listening to the lullaby of the flowing water :) Nature in full bloom!


Picture perfect, all throughout !


Entrance...made of bamboo :) The bird is hornbill, state bird of Kerala.


There is a herbal garden here. Clearly written descriptions of medicinal plants and trees...


Peaceful...!


Vazhachal forest division is huge. From vazhachal we can travel through the forest to Valparai, the border region between Tamilnadu and Kerala. Hairpin bends, breathtaking views of the valleys, river, forest and wild life are the attractions of travel through this route, about which will post later :)


This is the Indian giant squirrel, or Malabar giant squirrel, (Ratufa indica)


Forest is full of life...very lively !


When a sapling is planted...
A shade is planted...
A cool shade to lie down is planted !
A flowerbed for daytime nap is planted...

Mr.O N V Kurup, a famous poet and winner of Jnanapeeth award has written these beautiful lines about the importance of planting trees.

Check this video of the waterfalls :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to8-WyZU1no

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