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‘Yet more travel-tourism news & suggestions’ by K.J.S.Chatrath


Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothashanam:

Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothashanam

Start date: 29-12-2012
End date: 02-01-2013
Venue: Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam, Kasaragod district, Kerala.The Theyyam festival at Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothashanam in Kasaragod district, which takes place usually in the month of December is a noted event. The typical luster and radiance associated with Theyyam can be witnessed here. Theyyam is one of the oldest and colourful ritual art forms of Kerala. Inspired and informed by the ancient tribal arts that prevailed here, Theyyam makes use of the elements of music, dance and mime.
There are different forms of Theyyam, each invariably representing superhuman powers that include heroic characters and ancestral spirits. One can enjoy Theyyams like Chamundi and Vishnumoorthyduring the festival at Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam.Getting there:Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, about 20 km away.
Nearest airport: Mangalore about 50 km away.Disclaimer: Entry to most of the Hindu temples in Kerala is limited to Hindus only. Visitors are advised to contact the temple authorities or DTPC concerned while planning the trip.
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.
Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy(Source: Kerala Tourism Newsletter)


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I found out two interesting countries in this regard. While Indian tourists going to Argentina do require a visa, it is given free and no fee is charged.

Similarly wef May 1st, 2010, Indians (for that matter of any nationality) going as  tourists to Mexico do not need a visa if they hold a valid visa for the United States of America.














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