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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Be charmed by natural bliss at Kodaikanal

Alluring and forever inviting, probably two of the many words one can use to describe Kodaikanal, the soothing hill station of Tamil Nadu. The proximity to nature you feel here is impossible to be felt anywhere else, and the ways in which you can explore Kodikanal’s beauty are fascinating in themselves. We have listed below some of the must-do activities and itineraries of this hill station.

 Cycling around the Kodai Lake: Kodai lake is a manmade lake built during the British era and presently provides most splendid natural views to its visitors. The lush greenery this lake is surrounded by and the Palani hills that are its main water source can be best experienced and viewed while cycling or horse riding. If you love adventure and wish to include it in your trips then you will love this place. The thrill of cycling along the lake, watching the locals, halting by a beautiful sight and capturing it in your camera will surely add to your cherished memories.

 Dolphin’s Nose: The Dolphin’s Nose will attract you with its beauty and tranquility. This is a famous tourist spot comprising of rocks which from a distance look like a Dolphin’s nose. You can sit on these rocks which are surrounded by hills and greenery around and be amazed at their sight. Come here alone to experience solace or with your loved ones, every moment spent here will be heavenly.

 Kodaikanal solar observatory: Kodaikanal is home to the world’s oldest solar observatory. Established in the eighteenth century, this observatory has been working hard to de-code the power of solar energy and its uses. The place is open to visitors and can give you insights into many facts about solar power that you are unaware about. If you love reading you can spend a few hours in the observatory’s library which is stocked up with some engaging books on Astronomy, solar energy etc.

 Go shopping: Kodikanal is famous for Eucalyptus oil extracted from the locally grown trees. The oil is so pure the local sellers will do an authenticity test for you without you even asking for it. You cannot miss falling in love with the homemade chocolates and taking them back home. Many things will catch your attention in the local markets including spices and earthenware, making it tough for you to decide what to bring back. Whatever reason brings you to Kodaikanal, eventually you will fall for this quiet and peaceful hill station. Do plan to stay here for a few days or at least a weekend to thoroughly experience the essence of this place.

Visit Tamil Nadu and fall in love with its rich cultural dance forms

Tamil Nadu is hugely popular amongst tourists for its divine temples, which are an integral part of its rich cultural heritage. If you thought your visit to this state will solely be restricted to visiting holy shrines, then you need to think again. With more than 10 distinctive dance forms that are visually appealing, high on energy and brilliantly narrate stories about the state’s rich culture, you are sure to be charmed. Here are a few dance forms, you must watch on your tour to Tamil Nadu and we promise you will come back here for these:

Bharat Natyam: Bharat Natyam, the famous classical dance-form we all know about, originates from the state of Tamil Nadu. You must have watched a Bharat Natyam performance before, but watching it in the state where it belongs is a different experience altogether. When dancers with years of devoted practice and passion dress up in the colourful attires come along and dance to the live carnatic music to tell mythological tales, the sight is truly enthralling. On a festive occasion or a cultural get together, you are sure to witness one Bharat Natyam performance on your visit to this state.

 Kola kal attam: Also known as the dance of false legs, in Kola kal attam dance the dancers create an illusion of height using wooden legs which are as tall as six feet. This dance form demands a high degree of patience and balance from the performer’s end and the people who perform it do it with sheer expertise without a single error your eye can spot.  

Snake dance: The belief that snakes are protective and symbols of good health and prosperity made snake dance one of the most practiced folk dance of Tamil Nadu. The dancers dressed in fake snake skins make use of their hand movements and the entire body to look as flexible as that of snakes and amaze the audiences.

If you are a lover of vibrant and rich art, then there is nothing better than the dance forms of Tamil Nadu. The gracefulness of dancers, soothing music and never before seen gestural narration of stories from our glorious past will leave you wanting for more. On your visit to this state, make sure to catch at least one live dance performance that belongs to this soil and you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

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