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*******www.romanlife-romeitaly**** This intersection is situated at Piazza Venezia (Venice Square) in Rome Italy. This was actually a calm day, you should see how it gets in Summer! The building that appears to the right is the Victor Emmanuel Monument.
5 Dec 2008
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Vintage city guide and site scene video.
12 Dec 2008
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Simply put, Africafreak**** is "The African Safari Experience Revealed To You"! Discover Eastern and Southern Africa As If You Were There... Your Finger Tips!!! The website provides Guidelines, Tips and General Information on Safari Destinations and African Wildlife! Enjoy ;)
20 Dec 2008
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If you need to get away fast... Commercial for last minute travel
1 Jan 2009
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In the morning, while the lovers of the many Clubs in Miami Beach, the cafeterias and bars fill up of all of those who don’t want to miss the dawn over the Atlantic Ocean, sitting in Ocean Drive at the Newscaf
17 Jan 2009
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Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasaragod : *******www.neelaearth**** Location : Ananthapura,13 km towards the north along the national highway from Kasaragod town towards the northern direction, Kumbala, Kasaragod district, north Kerala. Attraction : The Lake temple. Open to all visitors regardless of caste or creed. A beautiful lake temple in Kerala, the Ananthapura Lake Temple (Sree Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple) is an ancient shrine in the northern most district of Kerala. Sree Padmanabha (Lord Vishnu, The Preserver) seated on the serpent god Adisesha is the presiding deity here. The moolasthanam (original seat) of the deity is said to be the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram, where he reclines on the serpent god. The temple is situated in the centre of the Ananthapura Lake, on a remote rocky hill in a calm isolated region. From here one can have a bird's eye view of the green landscape around. The local people believe that there is a lone crocodile living in the lake.
6 Feb 2009
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Munnar, Idukki : *******www.neelaearth**** Location : Idukki, central Kerala. Altitude : 1600 - 2695 m above sea level. Munnar,a charming hill station covered with unending expanses of tea plantations, was the summer resort of most European settlers in Kerala for centuries.Anamudi, the highest mountain peak in south India towering at an altitude of 2695 m above sea level, is part of this hill station. Munnar is ribboned by winding lanes that snake through its tea plantations. Among the exotic flora found in the rich tropical forests and grasslands here is the Neelakkurinji (Strobilanthus) . This unique plant that blooms only once in twelve years paints the entire Munnar hillside blue.An assortment of wildlife such as the endangered mountain goat - Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar, Gaur and the Lion tailed Macaque are found in the tropical forests around Munnar.Munnar literally means three rivers and has three mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala - meeting at the heart of the town.
6 Feb 2009
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Chathurmukha basti, Kasaragod : *******www.neelaearth**** The remnants of Jainism that once flourished here at Manjeswaram - a major pilgrim centre with scores of temples, churches, mosques and Jain temples - in Kasaragod are major attraction for visitors in north Kerala. The Chathurmukha basti here is an old Jaina temple. The advent of Aryan religions like Jainism, Buddhism,and Hinduism from north changed the Dravidian way of life existed in ancient Kerala. Jainism was the first to come. The Koodalmanikyam temple in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur district, is believed to be originally a Jain temple. Jainism started declining in Kerala around the eighth century A.D and nearly disappeared around the 16th century A.D. Jain shrines still survive in Wayanad, Kasaragod, Alappuzha and Kochi. This Jain temple where the presiding deity is Vardhamana Mahaveera has four idols of the deity facing four directions in the sanctum sanctorum. And one can see all these four idols through the four doors. Hence the name Chathurmukha.
7 Feb 2009
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Manjinikkara Perunnal, Pathanamthitta : *******www.neelaearth**** Location: Manjinikkara Church, about 4 km from Pathanamthitta town, south Kerala The video shows the annual festival ( orma perunnal) of the Manjinikkara Church where the mortal remains of the holy Patriarch of Anthiod, Mar Ignatius Elias III, are preserved. He died here while on a visit to India in 1932. Later, this place developed into a pilgrimage centre. The feast was held on 13th February this year. Getting there: Nearest railway station: Chengannur, about 28 km from Pathanamthitta. Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram international airport, about 119 km from Pathanamthitta.
7 Feb 2009
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Attukal Pongala, Thiruvananthapuram : *******www.neelaearth**** Location: Attukal Bhagavathy Temple and its premises, Thiruvananthapuram city, south Kerala. This video shows Pongalathe annual festival celebrated at this shrine on February 20, 2000. The word Pongala means to boil over and refers to the ritual offering that is most pleasing to the deity - a porridge of rice, sweet brown molasses, coconut gratings, nuts and raisins. Only women are allowed to participate in this ritual. Right from the previous night thousands of women, regardless of caste, creed and colour, assembled in the temple premises and on either sides of the roads leading to the shrine to perform Pongala. Getting there: Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central about 2 km from the shrine. Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 7 km from the shrine.
7 Feb 2009
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Ramsan : *******www.neelaearth**** The month of Ramsan or Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Muslim calendar. This month is believed to be the one in which Holy Koran was revealed. During the holy month of Ramsan, believers observe fast. No food or drink is taken during daytime. The concept of fasting is considered to be the third pillar of Islamic faith. It is a means of self-control and learning. Fasting enables one to be compassionate towards the less fortunate lot and strive to alleviate their misery. By dusk, after the evening prayers are offered, the believers break the fast. This ceremony is called nombu thura. It is also held as a social occasion.
7 Feb 2009
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Athirappalli Waterfalls : *******www.neelaearth**** Athirappalli waterfalls is one of the most sought after picnic spots in Kerala. Located in Thrissur district, 1000 ft above sea level, at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges of the Western Ghats, Athirappalli is a scenic combination of forests and little streams. Falling from a height of 80 feet, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the state. Getting there : Athirappalli is accessible by a good motorable road from Thrissur (63 kms) Nearest railway station : Thrissur(63 kms) Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport (58 kms)
7 Feb 2009
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