Top destinations for the season

New York, USA

Holidays in the Big Apple are legendary, thanks to numerous movies. The lights, celebrations and the dusting snow give the night a magical feel. The world’s tallest Christmas tree is lit at the Rockefeller Center early in December. Ice skating and shopping (and window shopping) in New York’s largest department stores is a must. Finish off with the famed New York Ballet performance of “The Nutcracker” straight out of Central Casting.

Zurich, Switzerland

The mountains, snowline, cobbled streets and chocolate-box – what better could you hope for? Switzerland, the exotic location gets an extra-appeal during December. Local markets, including the one in the train station, are the biggest highlight. Attractions like festival-themed city strolls, the enchanting all-singing Christmas tree that comes alive on Werdmuhleplatz are not to be missed.

Bondi Beach, Australia

Hit the beach this season with fellow travelers for a change! Bondi is the opposite of your ideal northern-hemisphere winter. Sun, sand and surf replacing snow, fairy lights, and red caps!  On 31st December the beach becomes a hub for backpackers who celebrate alongside other “globetrotters.” With music bands and DJs rocking the gathering, people have the time of their lives. Don’t forget to pack; swimsuit, sunscreen, sunhat.

Goa

With night long parties on beaches, cocktails in bars, and architecture, Goa is a connotation for celebration. There’s nothing like a party at the hippest place in India. With its Roman Catholic population and Portuguese legacy, Goa is famous for celebrating Christmas with zeal and show. The party capital of India becomes livelier during December. The entire city is decorated with flowers and lights.  Even the beach shacks and restaurants serve dinners with live music.

Kerala

The God’s own country is a sure shot to make into this list. Kerala can be one of the best places to celebrate your holidays. Streets are decorated and restaurants remain open all night. The restaurants offer discounts on food and drink. You need to witness the festivals to understand the local touch and the high spirits. With gorgeous beaches and serene backwaters, there’s no escape from having fun.

Pondicherry

The French connection is evident in the soul of Pondicherry. Famous already for the exquisite architecture, cuisine and the beaches, December is a great time too. In December, Pondicherry exhibits a festive ambiance compelling you to be a part of it.  The mass on the day of Christmas in Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges (The Church of Our Lady of Angels), The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of the Assumption, The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Church of Our Lady of Good Health are quite a sight to witness.

Shimla

Not much of a beach person? There is an excellent December holiday destination for those dreaming of a snow white season. Pack your bags to the snow-laden hills of Shimla in December. Here you can take a toy train ride watching snow capped hills from your cabin, eat at the various vintage cafes and restaurants at Mall Road. Why wait? Book your flights now! And find out what makes Shimla in winter one of the best places to visit in India.

Mumbai

There’s a certain charm to Winter being celebrated in Mumbai.  Bandra west is the area not to be missed to feel the spirit of festivities. This area is mostly inhabited by Catholics and each street and house welcomes you with lights and stars hung outside, entire month. The many churches in Mumbai such as Holy Name Cathedral, Saint Thomas’s Cathedral, Gloria Church, Saint Michael’s Church, Mount Mary’s Basilica, Saint Peter’s Church, Saint Andrew’s Church and Lady of Immaculate Conception, are places where you can attend the midnight mass. Since its ‘Amchi’ Mumbai, which is also an excellent place to party, you can expect a lot of parties here as well.

Words by Akash Kaimal
Photographs from Various Internet Sources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Plan: Pack your bags!

Holidays are here and people are gearing up to travel. Kerala is a heaven for travelers and provides plenty of options for them. Our team has designed a plan trip for those who love to get a taste of Kerala’s sublime beauty on a short visit. Do check out and plan your trip; anytime that will be a trip to remember!

Trip 1
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple                Photo Credits: Goutham Narayanan
Day 1: Trivandrum City

There are plenty of places to start with for a quick tour of the city but the best option is the Sree Padmanabha Temple, Palayam Mosque or Church. You can spend your day at Napier Museum, Zoo, Planetarium, and end the day with a drive to any of the famous beaches like Kovalam or Shanghumugham.

Day 2: Kanyakumari (Trivandrum-Kanyakumari; 102 km, 3h approx)

Start from Trivandrum after breakfast to Kanyakumari and enroute visit Padmanabhapuram Palace and after a quick dip in the soothing waters of Thirparappu reach Kanyakumari afternoon and visit Suchindram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Memorial and Triveni Sangam. Have a serene evening watching the sun sink into the Triveni Sangam and overnight stay in Kanyakumari.

Day 3: Ponmudi (Kanyakumari-Ponmudi 129 km, 3.5 hr approx)

Bid adieu to Kanyakumari after watching a mesmerizing sunrise and then travel to Ponmudi to enjoy the view and the drive. Nearby sites include Poovar, Neyyar Dam and on your way back gift yourself an authentic handloom cloth from Balaramapuram.

Trip 2
Day 1: Trivandrum City
Varkala Cliff

There are plenty of places to start with for a quick tour of the city but the best option is the Sree Padmanabha Temple, Palayam Mosque or Church. You can spend your day at Napier Museum, Zoo, Planetarium, and end the day with a drive to any of the famous beaches like Kovalam or Shanghumugham.

Day 2: Varkala (Trivandrum-Varkala 40 km, 1.5 hrs approx)

Wake up, eat up and leave for the astounding Varkala Papanasam beach and check into any of the numerous resorts looking over the cliff. After checking in leave for ‘Jatayupara’ and ‘Anchuthengu Fort’ to get a shot of our history and spend your time till afternoon. Return back to Varkala cliff to enjoy a tranquil evening looking over the crashing waves and the setting sun.

Day 3: Thenmala (Varkala-Thenmala, 66 km, 1.5 hrs approx)

Spend your day at Thenmala Ecotourism which is a haven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and family alike. There is a butterfly garden, deer park and also ropeway and other attractions.

Trip 3
Day 1: Kochi

History, culture and contemporary life intertwines to make Kochi a favorite destination for all. Places to visit include Fort Kochi, that sport the Jew Synagogue and Jew Town located at Mattancherry Town. ‘The Dutch Palace’ and the ‘Marine Drive’ are locations that must not be missed. Backwaters of Kochi, Museum of Kerala History at Edappally, and finish the day off with a beautiful sunset at Vypeen Island Zone, located in Puthuvype.

Day 2: Munnar (Kochi-Munnar, 126 Km, 4 hrs approx)

Wake up a bit early and drive to the surreal Munnar to have an experience of a lifetime. Check in and visit Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Top station, Echo point, Eravikulam National Park, Attukad Waterfalls etc.

Day 3: Thekkady (Via Vagamon, 91 km, 3.5 hrs approx)

Located about 1100 meters above sea level and far away from honking cars and hurry life of the city, lush greenery and serenity greets every visitor at Vagamon is your quiet offbeat destination. Do check out the meadows and pine hill and if possible try out the paragliding. After lunch leave for Thekkady and enjoy the famed boat ride.

Trip 4: Kochi- Alleppey
Day 1: Kochi

Kochi is a perfect place for tourists where tradition and history blend seamlessly with modernity. There are many locations to visit in and around Kochi. Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue, and Jew Town located in Mattancherry Town and The Dutch Palace near Jew Town are places of unique interest. Restaurants and cafes in Fort Kochi offer a range of cuisines – from Biriyani to Lebanese and Mexican. Marine Drive, Backwaters of Kochi, Museum of Kerala History at Edappally, and Athirappilly falls are recreational spots easily accessible from Kochi. You can conclude the first day watching beautiful sunset at Vypeen Island Zone.

Day 2: Wonderla Amusement Park (approximately 25, 1 hour by road)
Alleppey

After breakfast on the second day drive to Wonderla Amusement Park situated in the outskirts of Kochi. It’s a must visit destination for people travelling with children. The Park has thrillers and adventure rides for an entire day and offers the restaurant service. After your joyful day at the park you can return to your hotel for dinner.

Day 3: Alleppey (Kochi-Alleppey, 53 km, 1h 30 min approx)

The drive to Alleppey closes at the mesmerizing backwaters, contoured by the greens of Kuttanad. Houseboats offer overnight and single day packages including lovely Kerala style breakfast. The exotic experience gives sight of the best landscape and provides delicious seafood. Special packages include traditional lunch and dinner. Packages range from 1-5 days.

Trip 5: Kozhikode-Wayanad
Day 1: Kozhikode

After checking into a hotel, have breakfast from any restaurant that offers the Kozhikodan special appam and istu (stew). Sightseeing options include Pazhassi Raja Museum, Mishkal Mosque, Kunjali Marakkar Museum, Thusharagiri Waterfalls and beaches. Don’t miss the super delicious Kozhikodan Biryani for lunch! Dinner at this food paradise could include crisp and fluffy porotta with beef roast/fish mango curry/vegetable istu. Famous restaurants include Paragon, Bombay, Sagar, Salkara, Rahmath, Zains, and Ali Bhai’s Thattukada.

Day 2: Kozhikode–Wayanad (86 km, approximately 4 hours)
Wayanad

An exciting drive through the Thamarassery hairpin road from Kozhikode to Wayanad culminates at any of the wonderful homestays or resorts in Wayanad. The hill district has plenty of recreational and adventure tourist spots – boating in Pookot Lake, sightseeing at Banasura Sagar Dam and Edakkal Caves.

Day 3: Wayanad

After a serene night in the Wayanadan hills, some trekking is in order. Chembra peak is an excellent destination for trekkers. If not, Kuruva Dweep and associated spots is a must visit.

Compiled by Akash Kaimal, Indu S Nair, Anushree Udayakumar
Photographs from Goutham Narayanan, Various Internet Sources

Street is always a showstopper

Raise your hands if you don’t want to tear your wallet each time you go shopping. While we love our couture and brands, most of us are looking for cheap yet quality merchandise. And, amidst swarms of people, cars honking and under the sun and rain, stalls are put up with clothes piled up, bangles clinking, slippers spread. Street shopping is the throbbing pulse of any society, particularly in India.

Take notes, ladies (and gentlemen).

Janpath Market, Delhi

Janpath Market is a magnet for shopaholics in Delhi. Dupattas come in printed, solid, and embroidered varieties. Bags, clutches, potlis, and jholas make a dreamland for all women who love bags.

Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

This place is seeped in history, going all the way back to the British Raj. Today, it is a commercial hub, where accessories are plenty. They hand over a mirror to you while you try on the chunky jhumkas with coral blue drops. The bangles fall smoothly to your hands; the rings enhance the long fingers; and the anklets kiss your feet like no tomorrow.

Commercial Street, Bangalore

Fashion here is all about the fit. The clothes you get here flatter any body type. And don’t we all want that? We get everything from shorts to torn jeans to gowns to palazzos to shirts and more, at reasonable prices. Stop somewhere for some snacks to take a short interval after the heavy duty shopping spree. And continue to gape at the options you have right under your nose.

Arpora Night Market, Goa

This market only opens after 6 p.m. and is quintessentially Goan. It celebrates night life with beer, music and high street fashion. The home décor seduces you with the soft fabric of carpets and embroidered cushion and pillow casings.

Tibetan Market, Ooty

Handmade chocolates are highly synonymous with the hill station. That and woolen clothes. Sweaters, mufflers, socks, and thermals are everywhere. Have a hot cup of tea from this market and you will be reborn as it slowly flows to the tip of your toes.

Take a trip to Mahishmati

Mahismati Kingdom opens its doors for public.  Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad has turned the sets of Rajamouli’s  Baahubali movies into a tourist attraction.  You can now visit the kingdoms of Mahishmati and Kunthala.

The sets sprawl across 100 acres and cost a whopping Rs 60 crore! Entry tickets range between Rs 1250 and Rs 2349.   Tickets can be booked on Ramoji’s official website.  The bookings are available only till December 14 for now.

Get ready to take a tour of the Mahishmati Kingdom, everything that you have seen on the 70 mm can now be seen for real.

The sets of Baahubali were made by Sabu Cyril. Along with the sets, some props that were used in the movies are also showcased there.

A Retreat to Wilderness

You have no choice but to be awestruck by the sheer size and beauty of this property. The architecture that soothes the sight and minimal use of lights make sure you feel not in just another concrete jungle amidst wilderness. The quick and courteous staff made sure we were not to loose any time waiting around the reception, though we would have loved to, due to the excellent architectural and interior design of the place. Every nook and corner of this 4.5 acre sprawling property is specifically developed into spaces to relax and unwind.

The mountain courtyard offers three types of rooms with varying amenities. The cottages, named ‘Banyan Cottages’ are little solaces of luxury placed right next to the wilderness that entice you to make this journey. The ‘Forest Flame’ segment of rooms will give you a breathtaking view as an add on to amenities that anyone can hope for. ‘Tamarind’ rooms, which is the third segment, are as magical as the other two, if not more. After putting an alarm for an early morning trek, we slept off to the sound of crickets and the subsiding rain. I could feel the tranquility of the place setting in.

Trek and the tea trail

It takes about an hour to reach the top of the peak normally but rain made sure we had his company all along and helped extend this journey. The trek is moderate and can be made by most people. Any discomfort from the journey vanishes without a trace by the sight that awaits us at the end of it. The whole of Thekkady and Kumily is visible from the viewpoint and is quite a memorable sight. The journey back was equally easy and a bit quicker. After a well served breakfast, we got on with a walk through the tea estate near the property. The walk among tea plantations with slightly cold wind blowing through the tall trees and making noises as if the trees are speaking to you, was nothing short of paradise.

Serenity and the night

Back at the resort, we took some time to explore the property that had become one of our most favorite places and found the ayurvedic spa other than a recreation centre and a pool. After much contemplation, I gave myself a small treat and laid down for an ayurvedic massage. After it grew dark, we walked the stone paved way back to our cottage with a serene mind, being sure that while we leave tomorrow, we will leave with a new found energy that transcend throughout this place.

How to reach

Thekkady is one of the most preferred travel destinations in Kerala.

By air

Kochi, which is located 140 kms away is the nearest airport to Thekkady.

By road

KSRTC buses are available from all major cities of Kerala.

By rail

Kottayam, 114km away from thekkady, is the nearest railway point.

The Mountain Courtyard

Kurishumala Road, Spring Valley P.O

66th Mile, Kumily,

Idukki – 685509

Ph: +91 4869- 222328, 222329, 222330

Words by Akash Kaimal
Photos&Retouch by Goutham Narayanan

Pack your bags, Honeymooners!

The dream wedding is over and so is the hectic schedule and strict regime accompanying it. It’s the honeymoon season and here are the top destinations within the country that will give you and your partner a journey immersed in sweet moments to mark the beginning of your life.

Andaman Islands

Catch a flight to Port Blair for a surreal experience in the pristine islands of Andaman. The islands are famous not just for the magnificent beaches and breath taking beauty but also for its long and phenomenal history. The best way to roam around the islands is to rent easily available scooters. Ride to the Carbyn’s Cove for a dip and ride the water-scooter or try out the Wandoor Beach (mind them crocodiles now!) for a lazy outing. You can also head to Havelock Island to try out Scuba Diving, and Radhanagar Beach is another spot to not miss. The famous Cellular Jail is a place to gather your thoughts on the yesteryears. These islands are sprinkled with cosy outing spots for the newlywed, where you can enjoy a romantic stroll hand in hand.

Goa

This coastal state has been a favourite destination to both Indians and foreigners. The official party area of the nation is an apt destination for the newlyweds as well. The state can be roughly divided as North and South Goa, having more than 20 beaches between them. The prominent beaches, around 8 of them, are the ‘most happening’. You can enjoy numerous water sports and parties here or appreciate the cultural and architectural heritage or laze around the beaches and enjoy romantic candlelight dinner whilst listening to the waves. Take a day to visit the famed Dudhsagar falls and lose yourselves at the wilderness of Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. This marvellous destination is where you sit down with your loved one by your side to gaze at the setting sun and dream about the life ahead.

Kerala

‘God’s Own Country’ is an exceptional destination to spend your honeymoon. The state adorned with beaches, waterfalls, hill stations and the remarkable backwaters is a dream come true in all sense. You can reach via air to Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram and start your journey from either point. The hill station Munnar, close to Kochi makes an awesome road trip. Stroll through the tea estates in Munnar to capture the breathtakingly beautiful and romantic scenery. Try out the spice plantations and wildlife at Thekkady. You should never miss the houseboats of Alleppey, where you can spend a day enjoying the culture and rural life of the backwaters and have a romantic night in the boat. Another must visit location among numerous sites is the floating bungalows of Poovar, near Thiruvananthapuram. Do not miss spending a night in one of these; an enchanted experience is assured.

 

Kashmir

If you are a couple that looks forward to chilly mornings, snow-capped mountains and stunning valleys, head to Kashmir, the heaven on Earth. Be dazzled by a surreal trek and calming snow in Patnitop and enjoy cold evenings beside a fireplace to doze off in each other’s arms. Travel to Srinagar and spend a day in the fabled houseboats as a guest of the family that owns it. Try the local cuisine and laze around taking in all the beauty. Do not forget to take a trip to Gulmarg and gaze at the flowers. There is also the Vaishno Devi temple, which is a major tourist attraction. With its numerous resorts and natural beauty, Kashmir is always a favourite among newlyweds. And if you’re one of those couples who are bitten by the adventure bug, take a road trip to Leh and Ladakh, a paradise for riders from all over the world.

Shimla/Manali

Who can say no to the allure of Shimla with valleys that enchant and sights that astound, and such vitality in the air, making it an apt destination for newlyweds. Visit Jakhoo Temple, and shop away at Mall Road for your new home as the place is famous for its rugs, wool and handicrafts. Don’t miss out the Roerich art gallery at Shimla if you are a connoisseur of art. At Manali, Rohtang Pass, BhriguLake and Solang Valley are only a few among the long list of places you must visit. You can extend your journey to include Dharmshala and visit Chintpurni Temple and Dal Lake. If you wish to add a bit of adventure and soak up more of the alluring beauty with your mate, do try the train trip from Kalka-Shimla.

Haunted cities of the King’s Landing

India, with its innumerable Gods and Goddesses, seers and saints, faiths and beliefs, has been one true destination for seekers of the high truth. But what many fail to experience is the grey side of spirituality that this land of the heathen offers.  Along with the legends of heroes and their victories lurk the murky tales of ghosts and spirits that roam the dark nights. There are sites, only accessible to the vagabonds, rumoured to be haunted. Among them, two of the most famous are located in Rajasthan.

Bhangarh Fort

 Titled India’s “Most Haunted Place”, the Bhangarh Fort borders the Sariska Tiger Reserve located between Jaipur and Alwar. The Fort under the Archaeological Department greets you with an almost cautionary board informing of the visiting time – from 6am – 6pm. No one must stay inside the fort after sunset. This strict rule is in place as the Fort is notorious for its paranormal activities past sunset.

Built by King Madho Singh in 1613, the Fort is the subject of much folklore. An eerie adage even goes on to say that ‘one who stays in the fort beyond sunset will not live to see the sunrise’. Visitors often report strange noises and other disturbances adding to the aura of this place. Worth visiting?

 How to reach and what not to miss

Bhangarh village is accessible from Jaipur and Delhi. The best time to visit this location is in the winters, specifically between the months of October and February as the heat of Rajasthan is otherwise a deal breaker. The fort stays open for 12 hours between 6 am -6 pm and the  access to the Fort is legally prohibited between sunset and sunrise.

Other attractions around the location include the Bala Quila Fort, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Jai Pol, Company Bagh etc.

Kuldhara Village

 The allure of a ghost village is almost mythical, especially one like Kuldhara village that is shrouded in mystery. Located about 18 kilometers from the stunning city of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Kuldhara village is notorious for its haunted landscape. Rumour has it that the village was completely abandoned overnight by its population.

Kuldhara village was considered to be the settlement of Paliwal Brahmins and the legend says that the villagers left overnight due to their differences with the authorities and because of the cruelty imparted upon them, only cursing the land before they leave. The mystery regarding where the inhabitants went and what happened to them remains. This village located in a secluded area adding to the spookiness surrounding the village. The broken mud walls and ruins open a window to the long forgotten past. Many visitors have reported paranormal experiences from the village.

 How to reach and what not to miss

 Kuldhara Village is about 18 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan and can be reached from Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, via Air, Rail or Road.

Road

Daily buses are provided by the government transport service from Jaisalmer.

Air

Jaisalmer Airport is about 5 kms from the city and is operated by the AirForce but is only functional from September to March.

Rail

The city is only 2 kms from the Jaisalmer Railway Station and from the city buses are available to the site.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: A glimpse of the universe          

To sleep under a canopy of a billion stars is a dream of every nature lover. Entering the Waitomo Glowworm Caves makes this dream come true for everyone who loves a moment of oneness with the universe. The glowing adventure of untouched caves at Waitomo in New Zealand is a mesmerizing sight; it is home to thousands of glow worms.

This galaxy of tiny living lights has a tale behind its formation. As per reports, the legend of Waitomo began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean before 30 million years. Over time, it took the form of caves inlaid with thousands of glow worms. The 125-year old cultural and natural historic beauty of Waitomo caves maintains the same temperature throughout the year. Thus, the cave is now an iconic attraction of New Zealand for both locals and overseas visitors.

The 3-hour adventure here involves climbing over boulders, walking up hills, wading through streams with rocks underfoot, and finally boating or backwater tubing to access this enchanting glowing display. The journey concludes when the sunrays of Waitomo forest reaches you. Now the caves occupy a high rating in must visit places of New Zealand.

A journey to the city of palaces!

“Mysore !”, a friend suddenly spoke up with excitement. We were sitting down and speaking of where to leave the coming weekend, and hearing Mysore, the trip was on. Its rich history, tradition and of course the magnificent palaces are more than enough reasons to visit this place.

Palaces and more palaces!

It’s always best to start with the iconic palaces of Mysore. The Mysore palace is a sight like none other. This mammoth of a structure was rebuilt four times previously, making it an exquisite culmination of Dravidian, European and Roman architecture. Taking the help of a registered (and a few unregistered) guide or use of audio help is advised to get  grip on the volume of detail and history this palace has to offer. From hanging chandeliers to the furniture, everything befits the royal family that lived there. Jagmohan Palace is another site to behold and enjoy.

(P.S: The illumination of Mysore Palace at Sunday nights shouldn’t be missed.)

Brindavan Gardens

This 150 acre garden near the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir across Kaveri river is a must see spot in Mysore. Famous for its sprawling park and hell of a sound and light show, it should be kept in the evening slot to visit if possible.

Karanji Lake

Best to visit in the morning to enjoy the natural setting in peace and bordered by the beautiful Chamundi Hills, this grand lake shouldn’t be missed. The lake has a beautiful butterfly park and India’s largest aviary too.

Spiritual Bliss

Mysore is as famous for temples as it is for palaces. The famous Chamundeswari temple is one not to be missed along with Somanathapuri temple. Also St. Philomena’s Church is a place of worship to visit. A half day excursion will take you to the ancient Sravanabelagola and if you can spare a day or two try Bylakuppe and its monasteries!

How to reach

Direct flights are available to Mysore or you can travel from Bangalore and also is well connected by rail and road.

Where to stay

Spend half an hour on hotel websites and you’ll find plenty of options.

Budget

10-12K, all inclusive.

So why wait, pack your bags for the weekend!

 

Socotra: The Alien Island

Our imagination of alien life is usually of a hoard of weird looking beings of super strength and intelligence attacking our planet, only to be saved at the last minute by heroes of earth. They always descend from up above the sky and depart defeated. But such events have only existed in our imaginations and deep fears. Here in our midst is Socotra Island, an ‘alien looking place’, known as the Pearl of Indian Ocean. Situated off the coast of Yemen, Socotra is home to a unique collection of flora and fauna, almost alien to the rest of the world.

The island, isolated from mainland Africa many million years ago, is not too vast, the climate is harsh; yet a plethora of plant, animal, and bird life is sustained here. Among the 700 endemic species, some have existed for almost 20 million years. The Dragon tree, umbrella shaped and oozing red sap believed to the dragon’s blood, giant succulent hanging tree, strange cucumber tree, and rare Socrotan pomegranate tree are some of the flora in this remarkable islet.

Socrota is an animal paradise as well, along with 140 different species of birds. Some of these avians are not found elsewhere in the planet like Golden-Winged Grosbeak, Starling, and Sunbird. Apart from the abundant flora and fauna, sandy beaches, limestone carves and towering mountains truly distinguish the island. Over the past two thousand years, the island’s environment has also become suitable for human settlements. Over time, it may become a preferred location for zoological tourism.