Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Early Morning in Kochi: A Serene Journey from Goshree Bridge

Take a virtual trip to Kochi, Kerala with this stunning video captured at dawn from the iconic Goshree Bridge in Ernakulam. Watch as a passenger boat glides smoothly under the bridge, while the majestic Nefertiti cruise ship is docked at the nearby jetty. Marvel at the breath-taking view of the mist-covered Willingdon Island on the horizon, surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Vembanad Lake. Enjoy the timelapse footage of the traffic on the bridge and the bustling activity of the city slowly awakening to a new day. Admire the elegant apartment buildings of Marine Drive, adding to the charm of this historic city. This video is a perfect way to start your day with a sense of tranquillity and awe.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Warning! Redmi 9 Power Goes Dead After MIUI 12 Update: My Frustrating Experience

If you're considering buying a Redmi 9 Power, you might want to read this first. I recently had a frustrating experience with my Redmi 9 Power after updating to MIUI 12, and I want to share my story with you.

First, a little background. I bought my Redmi 9 Power from Amazon.in in February 2021, so the phone was just over 2 years old when the update happened. Before the update, the phone was working perfectly fine. But after I updated to MIUI 12 and rebooted the phone as prompted, it never turned back on.

No buttons were responsive, and the phone didn't even charge when connected to the charger. I tried everything I could think of to fix it, but nothing worked. I lost all my data and files that were stored on the phone, and I was left with a useless brick.

The worst part is that my warranty had expired, so I couldn't get any help from Redmi's customer support. I was left to deal with the frustration on my own.

I wanted to share my story to warn others about the potential risks of software updates and to caution against buying a Redmi phone, particularly the Power series. While not all Redmi phones are bad, my experience has left me with a bad impression of the brand.

In conclusion, be careful when updating your phone and always back up your data. And if you're considering buying a Redmi phone, do your research and consider other options. Don't end up like me, with a dead phone and no help in sight.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Discovering Paniyeli Poru: A Journey Through Kerala's Untouched Wilderness

Paniyeli Poru Rapids is a natural wonder hidden deep in the dense forest near Kochi, Kerala. It's a perfect escape from the chaos of city life, and a must-visit destination for nature lovers. The journey to this serene paradise is an experience in itself, with two routes to choose from - one through Vallom Jn. Kalady and another through Kuruppampady junction, Perumbavoor on Aluva-Munnar Road.

Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a stone paved pathway that leads to the Periyar river side. Along the way, you'll find swings and benches to take a quick rest, and a small tree house that offers a panoramic view of Paniyeli Poru Rapids.

As you walk further inside, you'll reach the edge of a 1.5 km riverside pathway. Here, visitors can enter the cool stream and take a dip in the cascading waterfalls. Small foot bridges are also made for crossing to the wide areas. Forest watchers (guards) are posted at definite intervals along the riverside pathway to ensure the security of tourists visiting this place.

The lush greenery and serene environment of Paniyeli Poru Rapids make it a popular picnic spot for locals and tourists alike. It's a perfect place to unwind, relax, and immerse yourself in the lap of nature. The sound of waterfalls, chirping of birds and rustling of leaves create a symphony that is music to the soul.

So, if you're looking for an offbeat destination in Kerala, head to Paniyeli Poru Rapids and experience the magic of nature. And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel "Keralapix" for more such interesting videos on the hidden gems of Kerala.

Escape to Mahogany Thottam: A Hidden Paradise by the Periyar River, Perfect for a Peaceful Picnic, Scenic Swim, and Relaxing Retreat from the Summer Heat

If you're looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Mahogany Thottam near Kochi is the perfect retreat. This secluded plantation is situated in Illithode, about 50 kilometres from Kochi city and very near the Cochin international airport. Unlike the nearby tourist spot Paniyeli Poru Rapids, Mahogany Thottam is not crowded, making it an ideal place to enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala in peace and quiet.
To get to Mahogany Thottam, you'll have to walk through a forest path that is about 1.5 kilometres long. Throughout the path, you'll see warning boards with elephant images as the area is prone to wild animals crossing, especially elephants. In fact, we saw fresh elephant droppings on the way, which was both exciting and scary at the same time.
But once you reach Mahogany Thottam, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking sight. Tall mahogany trees on the bank of Periyar river provide a natural shade that is perfect for escaping the summer heat. The river itself is crystal clear and inviting, so we went for a swim and captured some stunning underwater videos and stills of Periyar River with our GoPro camera. 

In addition to swimming, you can also have a picnic, play games, or just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Two vigilant lifeguards are on duty on the river bank to intervene if any accidents occur in the river, so you can feel safe while enjoying your time there.

Overall, Mahogany Thottam is a nature lover's paradise that you don't want to miss. Just be sure to carry swimming trunks, bath towels, and other essentials with you if you plan to take a dip in the river. And of course, be mindful of the warning signs and stay safe.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Driving on India's Modern Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway: A Cinematic View - Exploring Karnataka's Latest Infrastructure Marvel

Journey through Karnataka's Scenic Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway - Road Trip from Mysore to Bangalore on India's Impressive 10-Lane Superhighway

The Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway is a modern marvel of infrastructure that connects the cities of Bangalore and Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. The expressway is a 10-lane superhighway that spans over 117 kilometers and has reduced the travel time between Mysore and Bangalore significantly.

Our journey on this expressway started in Mysore, where we joined the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway via the outer ring road. We drove in the direction of Bangalore and were amazed by the smooth ride and beautiful surroundings. We captured the beautiful landscapes, picturesque hills, and green fields passing us by in 4K resolution with a GoPro Hero 10 camera mounted as a dashcam, presented in 2x speed hyper-lapse with an aspect ratio of 21:9 to get a cinematic look.

The Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway is a NHAI project that was constructed at a cost of ₹8,000 crore. The foundation stone for this project was laid in March 2018. It's scheduled to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2023.

The expressway is a game-changer in terms of transportation in the region, with its smooth and efficient design, bringing significant economic growth to the area. It's not just a highway but also an engineering masterpiece that showcases India's ability to create modern infrastructure.

Our journey on this expressway ended at the NICE Ring Road, where the expressway touches the Bangalore city. It was a breath taking experience to drive on such a beautifully designed highway that showcases the incredible landscapes of Karnataka.

In conclusion, the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway is a must-visit for anyone traveling to the region, especially for those who love scenic road trips. It's a testament to India's growth and development and an achievement in modern engineering. Don't forget to subscribe to our channel, Keralapix, for more exciting content and videos like this one.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Sailing into Adventure: Quantum of the Seas Departs Kochi Port, view from Fort Kochi beach, Kerala - June 2015

Experience the Majesty of the Sea: Quantum of the Seas 2015 Voyage

In 2015, the Quantum of the Seas, a luxurious cruise ship, sailed from Kochi port, located in the southern Indian state of Kerala, into the Arabian Sea. The ship's departure was captured on video and offers a stunning view of the massive vessel sailing away from the port and into the vast ocean.

The Quantum of the Seas is an impressive ship that boasts numerous amenities and features, such as a skydiving simulator, a 30-foot-tall wave machine, multiple pools, and a casino. The ship can accommodate up to 4,905 passengers and offers a range of dining options, from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants. The ship also features a state-of-the-art theater, a spa, and various fitness facilities.

The ship was built by Meyer Werft, a shipbuilding company located in Papenburg, Germany, and is operated by Royal Caribbean International, a well-known cruise line based in Miami, Florida. The Quantum of the Seas is one of the most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world, with features such as high-speed internet, robot bartenders, and a smartship experience that allows passengers to check in, make reservations, and track their luggage using a smartphone app.

The Quantum of the Seas has traveled to various destinations across the globe, including Asia, Australia, and the United States. The ship's departure from Kochi, India, was just one stop on its extensive journey, offering passengers an opportunity to explore the natural beauty and cultural richness of India before embarking on a new adventure at sea.

Overall, the Quantum of the Seas is an incredible ship that offers passengers an unforgettable experience. Its departure from Kochi port into the Arabian Sea is a stunning sight that captures the beauty and grandeur of this remarkable vessel.

This video is upscaled to 4K resolution for better clarity from the original HD version.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Get a glimpse of the National Highways Authority of India's (NHAI) FasTag toll charges from Bangalore to Kochi (Cochin) via Salem, Erode, Palakkad.

If you're planning a road trip from Bangalore to Kochi, it's important to be aware of the toll charges along the way. In this video, we take a closer look at the National Highways Authority of India's FasTag tolls from Bangalore to Kochi, detailing the toll plaza locations and the toll rates for each one. With a total toll of ₹960.00, learn about the benefits of using NHAI FASTag for toll payments on National Highways. 

With a total distance of 562 kilometers, this journey covers a wide range of toll plazas, from the Electronic City Toll Plaza in Bengaluru to the Paliyekkara Toll plaza in Thrissur, Kerala. By watching this video, you'll be able to get a better sense of what to expect in terms of toll charges and plan your trip accordingly.

In addition to the detailed breakdown of each toll plaza and the correct toll paid at each one, this video also provides a total toll paid for the entire journey. This can help you budget for your trip and avoid any unexpected expenses.

Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time road tripper, this video is a valuable resource for anyone planning a journey from Bangalore to Kochi. Watch it, share it with your friends and family, and use the information to make the most of your road trip experience!

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Full Journey from Bangalore to Kochi, captured on dashcam at 8x speed hyperlapse - Cruising down the roads of South India

Are you planning a road trip from Bangalore to Kochi? If so, you'll want to check out our latest video! We've captured the entire journey on our dashcam, and condensed it into a 40-minute hyperlapse video that showcases the best of this picturesque route.

Starting from Hoodi, Bangalore, we pass through places like Hosur, Salem, Coimbatore bypass, Palakkad and finally reach Kacherippady, Kochi. Along the way, we pass through bustling cities, picturesque landscapes, and even experience the Kuthiran Tunnel in Palakkad.

Our dashcam video shows you the actual road conditions and tolls paid at each toll plaza, thanks to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). With Rupees 960 paid for the whole journey, you'll know exactly what to expect when you hit the road.

Our 8x speed hyperlapse video is the perfect way to preview your upcoming road trip, and see what you can expect from this scenic journey. So, get comfortable and join us on this incredible virtual road trip from Bangalore to Kochi!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Discovering the history and beauty of St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi 🇮🇳

St. Francis Church is a historic Roman Catholic church located in Kochi, India. It was built in 1503 by Portuguese explorers and is one of the oldest European churches in India. The church is known for its beautiful gothic architecture and is a popular tourist destination in Kochi. It is also significant for its association with St. Francis Xavier, who is said to have preached here during his visits to India. The church has undergone several renovations over the centuries and continues to be a vibrant religious and cultural center for the local community.

History: St. Francis Church was originally built by Portuguese explorers in 1503 and was dedicated to St. Anthony. In the late 16th century, it was renamed St. Francis Church after St. Francis Xavier, who is said to have preached here during his visits to India. Over the centuries, the church has undergone several renovations, including additions and modifications to the interior and exterior.

Architecture: The church is known for its beautiful gothic architecture, which was popular in Europe during the medieval period. The facade of the church features pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and large stained glass windows. The interior of the church is simple, with white-washed walls and wooden pews. The altar is elaborately carved and features a statue of St. Francis Xavier.

Significance: St. Francis Church is significant for its association with St. Francis Xavier, who is considered one of the greatest missionaries of the Catholic Church. The church is also significant for its history, as it is one of the oldest European churches in India and is a testament to the strong cultural and religious ties between India and Europe.

Tourist destination: St. Francis Church is a popular tourist destination in Kochi and attracts visitors from all over the world. In addition to its historic and religious significance, the church is also renowned for its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere, making it a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.

Cultural center: St. Francis Church continues to be a vibrant religious and cultural center for the local community, with regular masses and events taking place throughout the year. The church is also a popular venue for weddings and other special events.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Best 10 Beaches in Kochi (10/10) – FORT KOCHI BEACH Cochin, Ernakulam

Although Fort Kochi beach is the most popular beach in Kochi, you cannot go to the water here to wet your feet because of the large granite stone sea wall. There is a long stretch of walkway on this sea wall where you can walk along or sit on the bench enjoying the sea breeze and can watch large ships very close that entering and going out from Kochi sea port.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Wild Elephants spotted at Bandipur National Park on our journey from Kochi to Bangalore via Mysore

We met some wild elephants and deer at Bandipur National Park, Karnataka on our way to Bangalore from Kochi via Nilambur, Mysore.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Kuthiran Tunnel (കുതിരാന്‍ തുരങ്കം) Thrissur on NH 544 Kerala

Dashcam full coverage of Kuthiran Tunnel (കുതിരാന്‍ തുരങ്കം) located on the National Highway 544 in the South Indian state of Kerala.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Best 10 Beaches in Kochi (9/10) - PUTHENTHODU BEACH near Chellanam, Cochin, Ernakulam

A small stretch of beach near Kannamaly Shrine situated about 18 kilometres from Kochi city and 10 kilometres from Thoppumpady Junction, Thoppumpady, Kochi, Kerala. Famous Fort Kochi beach is 11 kilometres away from here. Puthenthode Beach is a smaller in area than the other beaches of Kochi with only half a km in length. Relatively safer beach, only thing is taking caution while climbing on the stone wall made with slippery granite rocks. 

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Fishermen venture into sea, Puthenthodu Beach, Kochi, Kerala

Fishermen venture into Arabian sea to fish from Puthenthodu Beach near Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Colourful fishing boats of Kerala. Puthenthodu is a small stretch of beach near the Kannamaly shrine, Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala. Indian fishermen push their boat in to the sea. See how four fishermen maneuver their country fishing boat from the beach into the sea against the sea waves.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Morning Walk on the Best Scenic Roads of Kochi, Marine Drive | Goshree Bolgatty Bridge | 10 DEC 2022

A relaxing early morning walk on the Kochi Marine Drive – Vypin Road enjoying the cool breeze from Kochi backwaters.

ROUTE: High Court - Abraham Madamakkal Rd - Pearl Of Kochi Roundabout – Goshree Bolgatty Bridge – Bolgatty Circle and back.

Total Distance: 4.2 Km

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Thommankuthu Waterfalls and the forest surrounding it in 4K - A one-day picnic spot 70 KM from KOCHI

Thommankuthu is a very beautiful place to see especially during monsoon season. You can enjoy the effusive waterfalls, the green rich forests, small streams filled with rocks and many more a nature can offer – all of these you can see in this featured video of wild Thommankuthu. A one-day picnic spot situated 70 kilometers from Kochi city, Kerala near to Thodupuzha town. You can trek few kilometers upstream from the entry point from where you have to buy entry tickets.

Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Thodupuzha Idukki near Kochi - Shortened version

Thommankuthu Waterfalls is a beautiful spot for anyone visiting Idukki situated about 70 kilometers from Kochi city. This seven-step waterfall is among the premier adventure sport locations in the Idukki district Kerala. The place is famous for its plethora of picnic spots.

Trek to Kallippara Hills in Idukki, where Neelakurinji flowers bloomed in 2022 4K Widescreen Format

In the month of September 2022, Neelakurinji ( Strobilanthes Kunthiana ) has been bloomed widely in the Kallippara hills, Santhanpara gram panchayat. At the time of my visit on 26th October 2022, the Neelakurinji flowers had started to wilt, but the steady flow of visitors to Kallippara hills was still continuing. Anyway for me, despite the wilting of most Neelikurinji flowers, I was able to kind some bunch of fresh flowers here and there on the Kallippara hills and the sight from the top this mighty Ghat mountain range was spectacular particularly the sight of Tamil Nadu plains. After 5 hrs bike ride and travelling 150 kilometres, I reached Kallippara by 12.00 pm. Parked my bike and started trekking to Engineer Hills, Kallippara to explore the mountains. Located 150 kilometers from Kochi, Kallippara hills are situated 10 kilometres from Poopara in Idukki district of Kerala on the Munnar – Kumily (Thekkady) state highway. The speciality of this Neelakurinji flowers is that, it blooms only once in 12 years. It was a spectacular sight to see the Kallippara hills carpeted with Neelakurinji flowers, a once in 12 year phenomenon that attracted lacks of visitors from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. According to experts, the flowering life of a Neelakurinji plant is nearly 45 days.

BIKE TRIP from KOCHI to IDUKKI - Kallippara Neelakkurinji Bloom 2022 in 21:9 4K Widescreen Format

Total Distance from Kochi to Kallippara, Idukki was 150 Kilometres. Total Time Taken was 5 Hours including 20 minutes break in between. The route I chose was Kochi (MG Road Metro Station) - Aluva - Perumbavoor - Kothamangalam - Neriyamangalam - Vellathooval - Rajakkad - Rajakumari - Poopara - Santhanpara - Kallippara. Vehicle I used was a TVS Apache RTR 160 4V bike. Started at 7.00 am from Kochi, Kacherippady near MG Road Metro Station. After travelling 74 kilometres from Kochi I reached Neriyamangalam at 9.20 am covering Perumbavoor and Kothamangalam. Taken right at Neriyamangalam to Neriamangalam Painavu road to Idukki. At 12.30 PM reached final destination Kallippara, Idukki 150 km from Kochi.

Friday, October 21, 2022

MUNAMBAM BEACH and Pulimuttu ( Sea Bridge) Ernakulam near Cherai Kochi Kerala

MUNAMBAM BEACH and Pulimuttu (Sea Bridge) is situated just 4 kilometers from Cherai Beach and about 25 kilometers from Kochi city. Munambam is a fishing harbor in northern border of Ernakulam district with Thrissur. A Pulimuttu (sea bridge) has been constructed on the Munambam side and one on the Azhikode side in Thrissur district to facilitate the easy entry and exit of fishing trawlers to the harbor on the bank of river Periyar from the Arabian Sea. This sea bridge of 1-kilometer length protected with wave-dissipating Tetrapod’s is a favorite spot of angling fishing freaks.