Travel News 🌄 Latest Travel and Tourism News from Kerala in India • Posts about Kerala Local Travel News • Tips for Travelling to Kerala • Travel • Onmanorama en Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:58:52 GMT Skip the queue: Singapore hotels use face recognition check-in Visitors will not need to wait to be checked in by hotel staff but can instead use a phone app fitted with facial recognition technology or machines which scan their passports. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 01:09:32 GMT Making air travel more sustainable On a more personal level, people can opt for direct flights or alternative modes of transport to their destinations since they outperform connecting routes in being carbon efficient. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:53:33 GMT Asia's biggest archives museum to come up in Thiruvananthapuram These records are being digitalized. Thereafter these will be exhibited in the museum. Most of these records are more than 200 years old while. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:03:28 GMT Now book a luxurious Airbnb stay at Jaipur's City Palace The move will support the rural women's empowerment initiatives of the Princess Diya Kumari Foundation (PDKF), Airbnb said in a press statement. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:49:38 GMT Maniyar Dam Tourism Project loses steam Under the jurisdiction of Vadasserikkara Panchayat, the Maniyar dam and adjoining areas have a good tourism potential. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 11:46:42 GMT India's first-ever mosque in Thrissur to get a Rs 1.13-crore facelift The Cheraman Masjid occupies a pivotal place in the Muziris civilisation that enjoyed glory as the ancient worlds greatest trading centre in the East. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 04:55:16 GMT 2019 edition of world-famous Pushkar Fair begins It is for the first time that the nine-day international fair started with the worship of Pushkar Sarovar. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 04:17:16 GMT Boat races to thrill Lakshadweep again during December fest Recently, three brand new boats were introduced in a grand launching ceremony. In the Maha language, such big boats are called the 'jaha thoni.' Mon, 04 Nov 2019 03:53:34 GMT Kerala celebrates as grand, old Secretariat turns 150 Ayilyam Thirunal Maharaja laid the foundation stone on December 7, 1865. The then Public Words Department's records stated that it was for building the public office. Sun, 03 Nov 2019 04:09:22 GMT DTPC begins city tour program in Thiruvananthapuram Tourists can enjoy short trips to the Sree Padmanaba Swamy temple, Kuthira Malika, museum, planetarium, and Kovalam, Veli and Shankumugham beaches. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 08:24:17 GMT Kadal kurinji paints the Vypin coast violet Violet flowers have already begun blooming from the kurinji plants that are thickly grown along the coast. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:44:56 GMT Globe-trotting tea-seller couple now in New Zealand, 25th overall overseas They love travelling the world with the money saved by running their tea shop. After visiting Australia recently, Vijayan and Mohana boarded the flight to New Zealand. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 06:31:16 GMT Kerala tourist spots to be 'differently-abled friendly' by 2021 Besides this, special tourism packages for the differently abled were also being implemented under the Responsible Tourism initiative. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:08:05 GMT Vistara's nonstop Mumbai-Colombo flights from next month Since August this year, the airline has started flights connecting India with Dubai, Bangkok and Singapore. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 04:04:15 GMT First private event held at abandoned Kochi Harbour station The decision to allow a private event at the station, where trains no longer ply, was taken as part of the Indian Railway's efforts to find new avenues of revenue. Sat, 26 Oct 2019 03:50:43 GMT Saudi Arabia visa fee increases 6 times, Haj is now costlier The pilgrimage involves considerable costs for visitors, especially for transportation and lodging. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:47:40 GMT K R Narayanan memorabilia to be displayed in Thrissur A parcel van arrived in Thrissur from New Delhi with 19 big cartons of Narayanan's memorabilia. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 05:29:44 GMT Kochi on Lonely Planet's top 10 cities to visit in 2020 Lonely Planet describes Kochi as a city that embraces its heritage while embracing the new-found cool. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:54:46 GMT Water lilies in full bloom at Ambattu Kadavu in Kottayam Ambal fields spread over a vast area of land, covering both sides of the road send the visitors into trance. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 05:12:21 GMT Malarikkal water lily bloom won't wilt any time soon A boat service will be launched from October 21 for a few days in order to allow visitors to enjoy the entire area. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 08:31:44 GMT In maiden trip to Kerala, Dutch Royals visit Mattanchery palace Kerala is the third leg of their five-day visit to India, and it is their first state visit to the country. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:14:25 GMT Jodhpur among world's top 10 emerging travel destinations A digital travel leader has delved into global booking trends and revealed the top 10 emerging travel destinations for 2020, and the Rajasthan city figures prominently alongside hidden gems in Eastern Europe and Asia. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 01:15:34 GMT Dutch King, Queen to visit Kochi and Alappuzha on Oct 17, 18 Upon their arrival, they will visit Mattancherry palace and Dutch company Ned Spice. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 05:29:53 GMT Kerala among top 20 global trending destinations for 2020 Kerala, with its palm-lined coast, rolling coffee plantations and stunning Arabian Sea views, has made it to the top 20 global trending destinations for 2020. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 03:21:09 GMT IRCTC announces Indian and international tour packages The golden triangle flight package begins from Kochi on November 23. This 6-day package includes visits to popular tourist destinations in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:47:37 GMT Partial reopening of Kaziranga National Park from tomorrow However, only Kohora and Bagori ranges of the park would be opened for tourists now. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 05:56:55 GMT Off the rails: Hanoi closes trackside cafes thronged by selfie-seeking tourists In Hanoi, the line brushes the rear of houses and shops as it snakes through the city's dense centre. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:29:35 GMT Sabarimala helicopter service to take off next month The daily to-and-fro service is from Kalady to Nilakkal, the base camp of Sabarimala. Wed, 09 Oct 2019 07:02:19 GMT Make you travel planning hassle-free using 'Ithaka' Ithaka, a chat-based travel tech startup that connects experienced travellers to aspirational ones, is making strides in the Indian tourism industry. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:56:51 GMT Why some Indian hotels are checking out of Oyo A group representing hotel operators in Bengaluru called for a criminal probe into Oyo last month, saying the company was withholding money because of unfair fee increases. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 05:10:48 GMT A 70-year-old biking grandmother conquers Bolivia's 'Death Road' Bolivia's 'Death Road' might seem an odd place for a septuagenarian grandmother on two wheels. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:41:52 GMT Kerala Tourism eyes 10-12% growth in arrivals, earnings in 2020 Kerala is keen to figure prominently in the meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (MICE) tourism destinations as well. Mon, 07 Oct 2019 02:56:24 GMT Prince William, Kate Middleton to travel to Pakistan The visit will span over 1,000 km - including capital Islamabad, Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the north and border regions to the west. Sun, 06 Oct 2019 00:45:04 GMT Ban on single-use plastic in and near ASI monuments The Tourism Ministry has banned the use of single-use plastics inside or within 100 meters of any monument. Sat, 05 Oct 2019 03:10:35 GMT Now you can buy export quality seafood at Kochi airport The stall at the airport premises in Nedumbassery will sell ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat value-added products from 10 exporters Fri, 04 Oct 2019 06:34:40 GMT Indira Gandhi Boat Race returning to Kochi after 27 years Of the 12 races of the 2019 CBL featuring nine snake-boats, the Kochi leg will be held along a 960 meters stretch of the backwaters along the first Goshree Bridge and Marine Drive boat jetty. Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:41:56 GMT 'Kerala Tourism on brand-building mission' One of the biggest challenges Kerala is facing in tourism sector is that it has to compete globally. Tue, 01 Oct 2019 00:56:15 GMT Saudi Arabia opens to tourists The push comes just under two weeks after devastating attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. Sat, 28 Sep 2019 08:50:45 GMT Kerala Tourism bags two National Tourism Awards Barely days after it was conferred three Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Awards, Kerala Tourism has bagged two National Tourism Awards. Sat, 28 Sep 2019 03:24:42 GMT Kerala Tourism becomes most liked tourism page in South Asia Driven by high-quality content and fascinating visuals, it was Kerala Tourism's 'Human by Nature' campaign that spread its popularity on social media. Fri, 27 Sep 2019 03:55:25 GMT Social media drives Indian travellers' choice of accommodation Many Indian travellers are now actively seeking luxurious experiences and access to a pool. Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:55:07 GMT 'Yellow' taxis debut on Thiruvananthapuram roads The yellow taxi which has been operating successfully in Kochi and Thrissur has finally started in Thiruvananthapuram. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 06:53:56 GMT The natural grandeur of Neelamperoor Padayani The grand finale, which extends up to four days, would end on September 27, putting the curtains on the 16-day Padayani celebrations. Wed, 25 Sep 2019 06:34:06 GMT Direct flights to Tel Aviv, Maldives from Kochi So far, people from Kochi heading to the holy land of Israel had to get down at the airports in the Gulf countries and resume their journey. Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:54:20 GMT Post Thomas Cook, Goa tourism majors scout for alternatives Goa has been a traditional winter vacation for Europeans, especially from Russia and UK, who arrive in the coastal state to beat the freezing cold in their respective countries. Tue, 24 Sep 2019 10:27:00 GMT Adventure tourism centre coming up at Wayanad's Cheengeri Mala A project to set up an adventure tourism centre at Cheengeri Mala (or mountain) near Ambalavayal is under way. Mon, 23 Sep 2019 03:14:24 GMT Taj under full moon to attract many more visitors The movement of the visitors will be without hassles as these spots are beyond the restricted 500-metre security perimeter around the Taj Mahal. Mon, 23 Sep 2019 01:09:11 GMT Use of AI to boost tourism in Kerala Among the 500 participants from across the world will be Hannes Losch, known for intelligent analytics and business intelligence solutions. Sun, 22 Sep 2019 00:18:34 GMT Kerala tourism wins big at PATA Gold awards One of the gold awards was bagged by an ethnic food restaurant run by women at Kumarakom under its Responsible Tourism Mission. The two other gold awards were for an advertisement campaign of Kerala Tourism 'Come Out and Play' and for its website ( respectively. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:05:00 GMT Kochi to become a major hub of cruise tourism The passengers on board Costa Victoria, who are foreigners or from outside Kerala, can enjoy an amazing day at the beautiful village of Kumbalangi. Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:15:37 GMT Trains to run 'on demand' on Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Howrah routes Construction of the dedicated freight corridor on these two routes by 2021, will enable cargo traffic to move from the existing lines, allowing more passenger trains Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:49:50 GMT Tourism ministers to discuss challenges faced by travel, hospitality sector The brainstorming meet would also offer an opportunity for Kerala to present before the entire nation how quickly it bounced back from last year's devastating floods. Sun, 15 Sep 2019 03:30:12 GMT Thrissur welcomes fierce tigers, marks end of Onam fete This year, 6 teams from Viyyoor centre, Viyyoor desham, Ayyanthol, Thrikumarakudam, Kottapuram desham and Kottapuram centre took part in the popular street art which marks the end of the Onam celebrations in Kerala. Sat, 14 Sep 2019 15:34:42 GMT Renovated Kowdiar Park opened to public in Thiruvananthapuram The corporation had opened the park on a 40-cents land that was donated by the Kowdiar palace. In the initial stage, there was just a garden and a play area for kids. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:31:49 GMT Kerala Tourism's video celebrating unity goes viral The new video of the Tourism Department is a celebration of the spirit of togetherness that made the comeback smooth. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 03:26:14 GMT Annual Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra to Tibet concludes The annual Kailash-Mansarovar yatra through the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand concluded on Sunday. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 07:29:37 GMT Nadubhagam does it again! Wins Thazhathangadi race soon after bagging Nehru Trophy Nadubhagam had won also the first place in the prestigious Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2019 recently. Sun, 08 Sep 2019 08:57:47 GMT TripAdvisor has failed to stop fake reviews A total 15 out of 100 top-rated hotels around the world displayed TripAdvisor reviews showing "blatant" signs of being fake, the study found. Sun, 08 Sep 2019 00:45:27 GMT Munnar Botanical Garden inaugurated today The tourism department has spent around Rs 4.5 crore to open the botanical garden at the Munnar-Devikulam road near the government college Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:32:57 GMT Prince Harry launches travel initiative 'Travalyst' The initiative brings together global businesses to utilise their unique position to educate, raise awareness and promote positive change. Fri, 06 Sep 2019 06:56:51 GMT India ranked 34th in WEF travel and tourism survey report India amassed an overall score of 4.4 in the WEF survey in 2019 measured across as many as 14 parameters. Fri, 06 Sep 2019 03:45:13 GMT Eco tourism tickets and forest products to be available online According to the authorities, the online arrangement would be effective at all ecotourism centres and Vanasree units in Kerala within month. Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:51:30 GMT Miles to go for MICE tourism Though MICE tourism is making waves in other countries, India still has a long way to go as its share in this sector is a miniscule 0.5 per cent. Wed, 04 Sep 2019 11:38:39 GMT Rudra meditation cave where PM Modi visited is new tourist destination For the first time since it was open to the public in 2018, tourists have booked it in advance - 19 in September and 10 in October. Sun, 01 Sep 2019 14:02:10 GMT Taj Mahal will soon open every night for all The Tourism Ministry is also planning to illuminate the area around the monument and develop other infrastructure required to deal with night rush. Mon, 02 Sep 2019 00:45:30 GMT Sachin Tendulkar to be chief guest at Nehru Trophy Race today The 9 snake boat clubs which finished with an impressive timing at last year's Nehru Trophy boat race would qualify for the inaugural edition of the Champion's Boat League. Sat, 31 Aug 2019 00:45:27 GMT A package to celebrate Onam in Kumarakom at Rs 850 per head Groups of 10 members can spend a day from 10 am to 5 pm under this package, which is available during Onam; from September 7 to 12. Fri, 30 Aug 2019 03:39:37 GMT Shimla's Town Hall again cries for attention It was built exactly the way it was 111 years ago, but has been lying locked and is now succumbing to the ravages of neglect. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:16:54 GMT Idukki awaits Onam to revitalize its tourism sector after the deluge Onmanorama checks out the major tourist destinations in the hill district. Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:43:59 GMT Check out Onam packages for Kumarakom tour The Responsible Tourism Mission has announced packages for Onam 2019 which will be available from September 1 to 30. Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:45:14 GMT Konkan Railway to run more than 200 special trains Extra ticket booking windows will also be set up at railway stations and ticket reservation facility has also been extended to 11 designated post offices. Sun, 25 Aug 2019 04:13:44 GMT Peechi dam in Thrissur gets spruced up for tourists The Peechi dam and its surrounding areas have been a favourite ground for tourists, looking for moments of tranquillity wrapped in greenery. Sat, 24 Aug 2019 03:25:02 GMT Drinking at Calangute Beach can land you in jail now Calangute sarpanch Shawn Martins said people have been informed that no consumption of alcohol is allowed on beach Sat, 24 Aug 2019 02:29:20 GMT 'Bikini airline' Vietjet to start budget India-Vietnam flights from December Ho Chi Minh City-New Delhi flights will function on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting from December 6 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:10:08 GMT Around 1mn Indian tourists visited Dubai in first six months of 2019 In terms of volume, the number of international tourists to Dubai grew three per cent compared to the same period last year. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 04:06:37 GMT Amazon burning: Brazil reports record forest fires Wildfires have increased in Mato Grosso and Para, two states where Brazil's agricultural frontier has pushed into the Amazon basin and spurred deforestation. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:25:24 GMT Nepal bans single-use plastics on Everest region Nepal is also marking the 'Visit Nepal' campaign next year which aims to draw 2 million foreign visitors. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:44:33 GMT Vagamon leads the way in plastic-free tourism The tourist hub at Vagamon is turning eco-friendly as a precursor to the drive of making all tourist centres free of unprocessed garbage and waste. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 03:23:20 GMT Sunflowers in full bloom at Sundarapandiapuram, Churanda Many visitors plan a one-day tour and head straight to the sunflower fields early in the morning. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 00:40:07 GMT Last narrow gauge line in Central India to chug into history Probably, Bollywood contributed a lot to popularise the romance of the narrow gauge trains, featuring them in several memorable film songs. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 00:43:34 GMT Kerala to host Nehru Trophy Boat Race on August 31 The date of the boat race would be either August 31 or September 7, depending on Sachin Tendulkar's convenience. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:37:48 GMT SpiceJet to launch 12 new domestic flights from October According to the airline, all the new flights will be operational daily and the airline will deploy its Boeing 737-800 aircraft on all these routes. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 00:56:54 GMT Bekal fort suffers severe damage in heavy rains Tarpaulin sheets have been paved on the floor of the bastions to prevent the rain water from seeping into the structure Sat, 17 Aug 2019 04:40:31 GMT Modi sets us travel goal, urges to visit 15 Indian tourist places in 3 years The prime minister has made this request despite the fact that many Indian destinations are still lacking basic amenities like comfortable accommodation. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:07:14 GMT Take IRCTC's Bharat Darshan train in Kerala on Sept 7 The train ticket, food, dormitory accommodation, vehicular transportation, guide and security services are part of the package. The package cost is Rs 13,230 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:33:36 GMT Australia embarks on cricket tourism About 3500 Indian travel agents have been trained to market Australia Tourism Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:08:57 GMT Goa casino tourism: Why ban entry of locals, asks Congress Goans will be banned from entering the state's onshore and offshore casinos soon, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the Goa Legislative Assembly. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:43:55 GMT Punjab's Virasat-e-Khalsa museum enters Asia Book of Records Spread across 6,500-square metres, the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum narrates the story of Punjab and Sikhism using hand-crafted artefacts and the latest technology in an interactive manner. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 05:51:16 GMT Choose these routes to reach places isolated by floods Traffic has been reinstated in the Kozhikode-Kollagal highway as the water level in the Ponkuzhi River has lowered. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:13:10 GMT Tourism Australia eyes boost ahead of 2020 T20 WC Visitors from India to Australia reached 3,67,000 during the year ended May 2019, growing 11 per cent compared to the previous year. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 00:48:50 GMT Taking cue from Modi, Tourism ministry makes 'wildlife' theme for Incredible India Incredible India is the international campaign launched by the government in 2002 to promote tourism. Mon, 12 Aug 2019 05:32:18 GMT Travelling in Kerala on August 12? This list will be helpful If you have any travel plans for Monday, this list might be helpful. Mon, 12 Aug 2019 06:58:06 GMT Yogi plans a development board for spiritual tourism The state has already developed a 'Buddhist Circuit' under which work has been done in Sarnath, Kushinagar, Kapilvastu, and Shravasti. Mon, 12 Aug 2019 01:01:37 GMT Heli tickets for Kedarnath can now be booked online Pilgrims who want to visit the shrine by air can book their tickets from Fata, Sirsi or Guptkashi through the portal. Sun, 11 Aug 2019 00:59:01 GMT African tourist couple leaves Kashmir disappointed, hopes to return soon The couple was staying in a house boat in Nigeen Lake near Hazratbal on the outskirts of the city and had visited Mughal Gardens along the Dal Lake. Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:40:58 GMT Coming up! Virtual forest around TVPM museum After the works at the Natural History Museum are completed, two stuffed rhinoceroses will welcome visitors at the entrance. Sat, 10 Aug 2019 05:29:03 GMT Foreign language signages, lower visa fees part of plan to lure more tourists A data research will be conducted to ascertain top three countries from where most number of tourist visit a particular site. Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:52:43 GMT Nehru Trophy Boat Race postponed due to harsh weather The event would begin with the heats contest of the small boats at 11am on August 10. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 07:15:13 GMT Google shuts down its travel planning app 'Trips' Trips was launched by Google back in 2016. Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:41:49 GMT MP govt plans 'Buddhist Circuit' to attract foreign tourists The Madhya Pradesh government is planning a 'Buddhist Circuit' to attract international tourists. Wed, 07 Aug 2019 05:02:45 GMT