Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Exploring the Wild Wonders of Abhayaranyam Eco-Tourism Park, Kaprikad: Nature rehabilitation centre for orphaned wildlife run by Kerala Forest Department.

Abhayaranyam Eco-Tourism is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Kerala, India. This 200-acre nature reserve boasts an incredible variety of flora and fauna, including over 250 species of birds and 22 species of mammals, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Visitors can embark on a variety of eco-tours, including guided nature walks, bird watching tours. The reserve also features an wildlife animal rehabilitation centre, where visitors can observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Currently this rehabilitation centre houses a large number of spotted deer, sambar deer and elephants. Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, where you can see about 6 to 7 elephant shelters, each housing an elephant each is situated inside this Abhayaranyam Eco-Tourism project. The Kodanad Elephant Training Centre is home to several elephants, including tuskers like Neelakandan and Chandru, as well as cow elephants like Sunitha, Anjana, Asha, and Parvathi. This video also showcases the newly constructed cage made of eucalyptus tree wood, which will soon become the home for tusker Arikomban that is making trouble to the people of Santhanpara and Chinnakanal of Idukki district of Kerala once he is captured from the wild.  

But Abhayaranyam Eco-Tourism is more than just a nature reserve. The facility also offers a range of eco-friendly facilities, including treehouses and bamboo huts, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings while minimizing their environmental impact.

Abhayaranyam Eco-Tourism offers a unique opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature in a responsible and sustainable way. So if you're looking for a truly unforgettable eco-tourism experience, Abhayaranyam is the perfect destination.

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 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.