Saturday, 28 April 2018

The magical view of Magic Planet , Thiruvananthapuram

One of the largest convention & exhibition centers in India..?

Grand stays begin at Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty !!

Grand inauguration on 28-04-2018
  • 10,000 guests capactiy 
  • Multiple meeting & conference halls
  • 1,500 plus parking facility
  • special area for exhibitions & outdoor events
  • children's play area
  • waterfront amphi theatre
  • first grand Hyatt hotel in South India with a wide array of suites and executive rooms 
  • Luxury villas for VIP dignitaries / Royal guests /Foreign delegation 
  • 3 helipads
  • Private boat jetties.

A destination within a destination, we celebrate the glamour of luxury travel. We promise to create memories for you through experiences crafted in the hotel and in the beautiful city of Kochi, known as Queen of the Arabian Sea.

If you’re planning a destination wedding or a meeting, our hotel features over 13,000 sq.m of space including one of South India's largest convention centres. Located just 45 minutes from Cochin International Airport, and with private jetty, our hotel makes getting around Kochi seamless. for more details visit here 

1 King Bed [Rs. 7200/- Starting price.]
Unwind within this spacious 41 sq m room with a plush king bed, modern décor, and a luxurious bathroom.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Thusharam - [ Dew drops ]

Thushaaram is a homestay style holiday home located in Kuttikkanam in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is a family owned vacation cottage, built in the middle of a plantation property spread across about 1 acre of land.  It is located about 3 kilometres from Kuttikkanam. The only attraction when the family purchased the land was the nice landscape of the property with a small river in the boundary and the cool and calm climate of western Ghats .
Almost twenty years back a small rock home was constructed with two bed rooms , living area , a small kitchen and a small dining . The home served as a summer getaway for the family members .
The land and the cottage remained unoccupied for most part of the season and when someone reaches there to spend the vacation , the property will be filled with  forest and the preparation of the home itself will take the whole vacation .
So the suggested plan  was to do a  full revamp of the property and keep the place engaged with visitors so that the place will be live and active throughout the year .
You may be aware that  maintaining a summer home for an occasional  family get-together or a casual visit of one or two days per year will be a costly affair for most of us for more details click here 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Central Government have to increase For Kerala vehicle-registration-fee ?

The Union government has increased steeply the fee for registration of all class of motor vehicles, driving licence and other services provided to motorists, under the guise of rolling out automation.
A 10-fold increase has been effected in the fee levied for registration of new vehicles. For registration of driving schools, the fee has gone up from 2,500 to 10,000.
Issue of learner’s licence in Form 3 for each class of vehicle, learner’s licence test fee and repeat test fee have all been increased from 30 to 150.
Fee for renewal of driving licence has been increased from 50 to 200 and that of international driving licence from 500 to 1,000.
To renew driving licence after the grace period, the fee is 300. Motorists will have to pay 200 for change in address and any other particulars in driving licence. To appeal against an order of the licensing authority, one has to pay 500 instead of the existing 100.
Endorsing hire purchase, lease, hypothecation agreement for motor vehicles will now be costly. The fee has been increased from 100 to 500 for motorcycles, 1,500 for three-wheeler, quadric cycle and light motor vehicle and 3,000 for medium or heavy motor vehicle.
The registration fee of three wheelers has been hiked from 300 to 1,000, stage carriers and lorries from 600 to 1,500. Imported motorcycles and motor cars have also not been spared.
The fee for conducting test for grant or renewal of certificate of fitness has also been hiked. For motorcycle, it will be 200, three-wheeler and light motor vehicle (manual 400, automated 600) and 600 and 1,000 respectively for manual and automated for medium or heavy motor vehicle.
From December 29
The grant or renewal of certificate of fitness for motor vehicle has gone up from 100 to 200.
The grant or renewal of letter of authority will attract 15,000 instead of the existing 5,000. The issue of duplicate letter of authority will be 7,500 and appeal under Rule 70, 3,000.
The States have been asked to collect the revised fee notified in the gazette by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways from motorists with effect from December 29 last year.

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Thusharam Holiday HOme - Kuttikanam!!

Are you planning to visit Thekkady? Want to stay in a holiday home near Kuttikkanam with cooking facilities at a very scenic place? Check out the details of Thushaaram Homestay/Holiday cottage.

I travel a lot with my family including kids. One of the biggest challenges we face is finding good food. Many holiday destinations have all types of restaurants including 5-star rated restaurants and several roadside food shops. While roadside shops are cheap, they are usually not very healthy since they tend to use cheap products, unhealthy flavours and often they reuse the cooking oil. We could find good food in premium hotels but then the price is usually very high and has a big impact on our overall travel budget. I always prefer to find a holiday home where we can relax without many distractions and also cook some basic food of our choice. There are many such holiday homes in all tourist destinations but finding the right one is always a challenge.

In this post, I am going to share my experience at "Thushaaram", a holiday home near Thekkady. Let on to learn more about my experience at this beautiful place. for more details click here 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Maharajas' Luxury Express Train History..............?

Luxury train traveling in India has come a long way since the introduction of Palace on Wheels train in 1982 for promotion of tourism in Rajasthan. The most recent and unarguably the most luxurious tourist train in India with finesse at par with the Orient Express of the West, Maharajas Express has redefined the art of elegant train traveling in India. A fascinating voyage across some of the finest destinations in India let you discover the true spirit of this incredible nation.
One of the most expensive and luxurious luxury train rides in the world, the salons of the Maharaja Express train draws inspiration from the private saloons of the erstwhile Maharajas of India. Even before the inception of rail traveling in India, Maharajahs of India had a keen fascination with these moving wonders on wheels invented by James Watt.
Maharajas' ExpressMany Maharajahs of India ruling various princely states took the initiative to build their own lines whereas many had their heir apparent built miles of narrow gauge lines where they could play with their personal toy trains. Even as Maharaja of Vadodara built his then son and the present Maharaja of Vadodara a fully functional toy train, Maharaja of Gwalior used to proudly flaunt his silver model train chugging along the center of his banqueting table to the dignitaries and officers of East India Company.
In the era of Raj, many Maharajahs had their own personal carriages draped in luxury used for occasions such as state visits, nuptial sojourn and hunting trips. Many had been built and designed in art deco style. Sylvan inlays, exquisite carvings and elegant tapestries along with exquisite mirror and jewel work exuded an unmistakable élan. All this and more spoke volumes about the splendor and pomp of the Maharajahs of erstwhile princely states of India.
Maharajas' ExpressCurrent salons of the train are designed to recreate the same old panache of the personal carriages of Indian Maharajahs. Each of the cabins including the dining coupes is suffused with nostalgia of past grandeur. Quaint décor fused together with the contemporary amenities create an aura of sheer opulence and 5 Star pampering inside the cabins of Maharaja Express.
Maharajas' ExpressThe journeys of Maharajas Express have even been compared to that of legendary Orient Express of the West in refinement and luxury. From every modern amenity which money can buy to eco-friendly technologies and services, every aspect of an elegant train journey has been looked into with meticulous diligence.
A truly world class train journey is promised in each of the 5 itineraries offered by the train. With each destination as vivid as the confounding colors of India and tours encompassing palaces, fortresses, World Heritage Sites, cultural sightseeing and spirituality of India, the royal colors of India and its rich heritage sprinkled across vast geography do come alive in each of these pre-crafted journeys. for more details click here