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Dubai Shopping Festival

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Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) started on February 151996 as a retail event intended to revitalise retail trade in DubaiUnited Arab Emirates. It has since been promoted as a tourist attraction. This yearly month long event is usually scheduled during the first quarter of the year, attracting about 3 million people to Dubai.[1]

During Dubai Shopping Festival, shops offer deep discounts on their merchandise, daily car raffles are drawn, and fireworks light Dubai’s night sky. Tourists from all around the world are lured not only for Dubai’s tax free shopping, but also for all of the events that take place during the festival. In 2005, the festival was cancelled due to the death of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In addition to Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai also hosts Dubai Summer Surprises.

Pendants at Display – Dubai Shopping Festival 2009

Lord Ganesha in different styles


Lord Ganesha

Lord Buddha

Lord Buddha

Lots of Bells

Lord Budha

Rajish with the Special Hat

Shells with special design.

Odissi Dancers at Shopping Festival

Dubai is sometimes called the ‘city of gold’.[2]. The city of gold concept was coined during one of the Dubai Shopping Festival awareness campaigns, In 1996, Dubai invited everyone from all around the world to a global annual festival which came to be named as the milestone “Dubai Shopping Festival” or DSF, they came up with the novel idea of a global village, a shopping village was conceived with all nations participating with their wares and styles in their traditional or cultural ways, the immigrant ex pat population and the fly in visitors rejoiced in the celebration that took place and the promise was given that from then on every year Dubai will host a festival for people from all around the world. The years that followed brought in more visitors more exhibitors and now the stage was set to build on the reputation of hospitality.

Rajish with Elephant

Masks at show

Bangles and Colors

Bangales and Colors

Pots and Decorations

Special Decorations at WALLS

Dubai shopping festival was segregated into many major attractions all with one purpose, to have as many ways of entertaining the guests to the city, and catering to each and every individual segment’s visiting from around the world, the loyalty of the local expatriate populations definitely finds a reason to become even more attached to the city that brings to them their own culture every year.

Dubai Shopping Festival plays a vital role in Dubai’s tourism industry. Apart from the direct impact it has on the tourism industry, Dubai Shopping Festival also contributes its share of importance into the nervous system of the emirate. With the rise of the number of visitors to Dubai for Dubai Shopping Festival, lots of potential immigrant talent and investment get to experience the luxury of Dubai.

Indian Pavilion at Festival City, Dubai.

Different Displays at Shopping Festival

Food Displays at Shopping Festival

Rajish with Friends

African Gallery

Near Pakistan Pavillion

Dolls at Display


It was a Friday 16 JAN,09 and I decided to explore the natural beauty. For the past sometime I was thinking to visit the Vellikulangara Forest range and as I do not have much  knowledge about the place even though its near to my home ( 20Kms). So I took the day off and started on my Kinetic towards the Forest,  Alwin accompanied and we were with some preparation, as it may take 5-6 hours to fully escape to the forest.

We were just reaching the Forest Area.

Through the Rubber Trees. As it was winter the trees were without leaves

Top View

Rubber Plantation

Long view from the Top 

We walked through this road for around 2kms and returned.

As we were walking along the stream we saw some fresh droppings 

of the elephant and we were worried, still we walked for another Km

Alwin was looking around as some sound came from the trees.

Adipoli Aadivaasi Style ….

After reaching the top, we entered to a Plantation area and we have to 

take the diversion from here.

Its a good view from here..

What is he doing there on top of the Rock

Eda … Erangi Vaada..

We were travelling along the stream as we were not sure of the roads



This was a Double headed snake, I think as it was looking at me with both

the heads up…??

We walked along this route to reach the Tribal Colony at KARIKADAVU

Even it was in the middle of the day, I was bit cautious, after seeing the

droppings at the first halt. 

We were reaching the KARIKADAVU Tribal colony

Some of the houses made for the Tribal People

We were entering to the Forest through the Rubber Plantation.

It was not easy to walk through the dense forest.

We don’t have enough courage to walk much through this route as it was too steep to continue.

We took a snap here.

The Journey to the top starts here…
Walking through the Rop Bridge..
Aaattalle .. Aaattalle … Thaazhe Pokum.
On top of the Bridge
On top of the Bridge

Is this bridge ok to walk …
On the bridge..

View from the top.
Alwin through the Trees
A view of an OWL on top of the tree.
A tall tree in front of us …
A Green View from the top
Through the Forest 
Green Forest
Resting for a moment.
On top of the ROCK and full of BAMBOO trees


I am standing inside the Tree, the hole was so big.
Alwin standing near the tall tree.

Haha, its so bigggg…

Alwin on a Tree, Different steps taken to climb and sit comfortably… Like who…???

We made a trip to Explore the beauty of the Forest, Vellikulangara range and it was worth exploring, though we didn’t get much time, but we enjoyed….

Mary of Mount Carmel Church Chengaloor  (map) Celebrates the Feast of Saint Sebastian on January 21st 22nd. So this year also we all made it a memorable Feast. As most of my friends, ie; our TEAM DOLBY are in UAE, we have decided to fly back for Perunal and make it a wonderful gathering.


Its mainly celebrated in Syro Malabar Hierarchy, especially in Thrissur District and some parts of Ernakulam and Palakkad. The Feast is colorful and its also known as “PINDIPERUNAL” as the feasts main attraction is the Banana Tree  Decorated with different colors and patterns of Paper .

The beautiful White and Pink Pindi at Varghese Peppans House

This is the Normal Pindi which is the Plain style of Pindis

Its really colorful and sometimes you wonder seeing the decorations by many Parishioners and its a pride symbol. So most of the houses will be having a nicely decorated Banana Tree in front. Also there will be fireworks and the first day of the feast is the “AMBU” day on which the symbolic of the Saints Martyrdom ie, the “ARROW” circulated among the houses in a Manner to honour the Saint.

Yellow Orange is Good also, Sajis Home

Another White and Orange Pindi at Lazar Chettan’s House

Jose Chettans Special Ribbon Pindi

All Colourful Pindi

It emerged like this also and its an art form Pindi at Joseph Chettans House

Great in Colours and Style, one of Roadside Pindies

Great Effort and Looks very Nice tooo…

Ohhhhh Colors and Beauty, Perfect combination…

So hope you enjoyed watching the different style PINDIS and now we are going to start the Celebrations of the Feast and all ready. 

The Alter has been painted with More Colors and its looking good

Chengaloor Parishioners are proud of our JESUS CHRIST, as it is the most lively looking Jesus I have seen in and  around my Diocese.

The EAST SIDE of the Church, this has not been changed from the old church.

There has been new ceiling in place and its looks now more neat

All are busy with the Decorations for Tomorows Feast, I was just happy that the feast is here.

A Long view of the ALTER

Side View from WEST

Decorations…. and church will be looking very beautiful tomorrow

The new Grotto being build near the Church, its in the WEST side of the church.

I was roaming around friends places, grabbing the possible shots from all angles, and while we were at Alwins home, I met with Junior Melbin. He is Cutee.. Looks same as his Pappa.

Alwin with Junior Melbin.

So the fire was ignited for the PERUNAL Programs as our enthusiasm, I used to visit home every year and mostly will be able to participate both Christmas and St.Sebastians feast together, but for many of my friends it was a 2-3 year long awaiting and they were really full of energy for this feast.

Saji was busy with preparing some beef and pork , and we were waiting the things to get ready so we can finish it.

Alwin was on the Rubber Tree of Jose Master to fix a Halogen Lamp there, but as the Govt. has implemented strict restrictive measures for using the decorative lights as the Power consumption especially during the Festive season becomes high, and the production does not meet the requirement, he was looking around for the Electricity guys, who used to route march, especially during these days. 

On the back we were having a chit chat as it was long time since we all got together.

Its in the Evening the Night Ambu has started and this time there was less AMBU’s in the evening 

All were accompanying the AMBU

Theru, with Iluminations and Color Umbrellas along with BAND are essentials in AMBU


Now it was BOYS turn and all were involved in the Celebration

BANDS Performing near the WEST ENTRANCE of the Chruch

BANDS Performing near the WEST ENTRANCE of the Chruch

BANDS Performing near the WEST ENTRANCE of the Chruch

BANDS Performing near the WEST ENTRANCE of the Chruch

In the Tunes ………….  

On the Perunal Day there was a Music Program arranged from the church

For Perunal night there was Fireworks, we also took part and made the celebrations wondrful with crackers of 65cases which was fired infront of the church. As I was busy with some projector settings and preparations for the crackers, was not able to get any Photos, but soon will be posting the full length Videos of the same in the last session.

Music Program

Boys having fun after the Feast Night around 12:30 AM

All together


Was a Great Perunal

At Midnight all were ready to enjoy the Creams served, it was 5 Litres which was vanished in 10min time.

Photos from St. Sebastians Feast at Mary of Mount Carmel Church Chengaloor 

All the Pictures of Ambu and Perunal Day.  Hope you all enjoys the Pictures..


It was a great evening and I was hoping to go out to my nearby hill station which I was was n’t able to visit last time on my vacation. I was waiting for my sister to come back from her office to accompany me.


So around 5:50 we started our journey towards the hill. It was just 12 Mins on bike from my home and we parked the bike down the hill, and started climbing up as fast as we can. It was getting late and I knew this is the time to get some nice snaps, if missed then I may not be able to visit again this time.


So less photos of the climbing scene, this is the first photo of the route which guides straight to a Quarry, its not alive now and full of green “Payals”

The Quarry – There are actually 2 Quarries and both are in active presently. It filled with the green Payals

This rock stands in the middle and its there from the time I have been to this place.

Aleena near the First Quarry

This is the view of the First Quarry from the Top, Its deep covers a large area

This is known as “Mullanpazham” in our native and when its ready to eat it becomes black, its just fun chewing this, so we started plucking the same and I forgot for a while the intension of our trip.

While she was settling with the Mullanpazham, I walked to the other side to grab some snaps.

There are two Kilowatt Lines passing through this are, I think is the main lines which passes electricity through some of areas in Kerala, 110 KV and 220KV lines, there is a little “boom” sound some times.

She was carrying my tripod quickly to the top, as I was hurrying to take the SUNSET shots, saying  ” Hey its going down so fasttt………..”

We took some quick shots and it was nice, the sun was really going down pretty fast.

How nice SUNSET.

Cool to be here and to shoot this in  an evening which you will definitely hopes to happen so often. 

Ho almost gone…..

The close views of the KV lines passing

Its almost getting dark after the sun is down.

Our tripod was on duty, while we took the side of a Rock

Me just jumped to the top of the rock, while my camera was struggling to get the press from my remote.

The Electric lines passes through this are and its near the Church and going over our Schools Play ground.

If looked closely you can see three objects in this frame, One Star, One Jet and a Flight going.

Its going to be dark soon, and we need to move down.

Some Red light you can see in the picture, which is a mobile tower near by.

Oh its dark.. We took the mobiles to lightup, times up, ….

We Enjoyed 2Hours Evening at Mattumala, Just to take some snaps and see the Sunset. Was Great. We were descending the hill around 7:10 PM, was worried bit about the route as it was filled with rocks and may get slippery. But we reached the base safely.

It was on 03 JAN 2009 we planned a trip to Ilaveezhapoonchira, the place was unknown to most of our family members and even to the Bus people, I have done some search on Google and came to know about the place.  The place is in Kottayam District of Kerala, around 17Km far from Thodupuzha.

The beautiful valley of Ilaveezhapoonchira spreads across thousands of acres in the district of Kottayam. Located at the foot of the hillocks of Mankunnu, Kudayathur Hill and Thonippara near Kanjar, Ilaveezhapoonchira has no trees, and is literally a place where leaves do not fall. This is because the valley fills up into a lake during the monsoons.The surrounding hillocks, each rising to about 3200 ft, make this place an ideal spot for trekking. During the monsoons the place has an entirely different ambience and offers gorgeous views of both sunrise and sunset.

For the sake of the tourists, a tourist bungalow with rooms and dormitory to accommodate 15 people has been constructed. The other tourist spots are Thommankuthu FallsKurisumalaVagamon, Marumala and waterfalls of Pazhukkakanam.

Ilaveezhapoonchira is 55 km from Kottayam and 17 km from Thodupuzha. Buses ply from Pala and Erattupetta. A DTPC rest house in the vicinity offers comfortable accommodation. Kottayam Railway Station and Cochin International Airport are the nearest railway station and airport.


The Name : Ilaveezhapoonchira

According to a legend, the Pandavas had a sojourn here during their life incognito. Their wife, Draupadi, came to take a bath at a lake, which was here at that time. Some devas, bewitched by her beauty, tried to satisfy their voyeuristic itch. King of devas, Lord Indra, came to know about what was going on, and built screens or hills heaping flowers and prevented them from indulging in such a practice. And the pond thus became a dam isolated by floral hills. Since there were no trees around the bund it was always free of leaves and so it was called Ilaveezhapoonchira or the floral bund where the leaves never fall. 

The main attractions are the Ride of 7 Km to top in 4wheel drive (Jeep), 3Km walk to the Hill Station, and the beautiful view from the top of the hill, which is 3200Ft high.

You can  see 7 Districts in KERALA from here, and there is also a big cave which can accommodate around 50 people inside.

At the spot you can view four hillocks and between them a verdant valley. Atop of one of these hills, Kudayathoor Vindhyan, one can view large parts of Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts; it also offers excellent views of sunrise and sunset.


We started our tour around 6:45 from Chengaloor, my native in Thrissur Dist, and took NH47 straight to reached Angamaly, and took diversion on  SH1 to Mattoor, around 8:25Am we reached Mattoor and from there our President of the Tour Mr. Anto K.C boarded the bus.
We took a small break at Perumbavoor for break fast around 8:45AM and resumed the Journey in 25Mins
This is the navigation sign on the main road pointing to ILAVEEZHAPOONCHIRA 7KM
Photo taken from Bus while taking the upwards route of 7KM to Ilaveezhapoonchira.
This is the last area where the  buses can come, ahead there was some construction going and we have to stop the bus here and take the  “NADARAJA” ie; we thought of walking the rest, as we were not sure how long  was the top station.
We can only see the zigzag road ahead, boys started climbing instantly but we know that Moms and Aunts would n’t go much far. So we took…
Mr. President enquiring to local people regarding the possibilities of travel to top.
Oh just after 600Mtrs Climb they have started to rest for the time, so..
While we are down the valley we can see the beauty of the Mountain from here itself, it looked sooooooo far.
We took a Jeep 4Wheel which came across and asked him whether he can carry 21 People to the Top, he agreed and it was Sebastian Chettan’s vehicle, so we rushed in and started the upwards climb, as we 5 were hanging around the body just like monkeys, we really enjoyed.
We can see each turn and roads clear and look around, my brother was shooting even with one hand with his mobile while on the side of the vehicle, I was having trouble hanging with one hand to the Jeep and I held the metal bars with 2 hands and wasn’t able to even take the camera to my hand.
But the 7Km ride was fantastic and memorable for a long time.
Catholic church in the route.
This was our first Rock climb after we reached the top by Jeep and from here around 3 Km to top and we have to walk that distance.
We took another break after 1KM walk and this will be the point [BASE STATION] where some of the elder members will be staying as the rest of the climb is difficult for them so we took some snacks and kept one water jug with us for the rest of the journey and one was in this base.
Antony took a small break to a higher rock and was sitting there for sometime 
Bijoy accompanying Antony on top 
Sr. Rosemary distributing the snacks
Ready for the rest of the climb..
A great view from the base station
Lush Greenery of the Valleys
Princy Aunty Walking Alone
Greenery all around
You can see in this the  highest peak which is around 3200Ft high from sea level
Almost on top of the mountain and we can see the beauty

Another Short break at one of the big rocks..
From this shot you can see the road is mostly made of the stone which are round in shape and very difficult even for the 4Wheels to travel. 
On the right we found some Rubber Plantations
Libin just found some shade and it was a nice shot
Another 4Wheel passed us while we were on the climb.
Some of the local people collecting grass.
We are almost there..
After reaching the top we took the right way to the PEAK where it was the VIEW POINT of 7 Districts and a Govt. Wireless station stand. It was around 1.5Km walk, but we all were tired.
The views from here to any side is CLASSIC as its only us in the top and we can see everything from here..
Aunty saying “I’m tired please give  a helping hand”

On the top, you can see the wireless towers on back
Oh great shot on the top of Ilaveezhapoonchira 


Bijoy helping Animol to reach the top
The view from here you can see the catchment area of DAM and the roads.
On the far you can see the PEAK and two building which is part of DTPC buildings
At Threseamma Chechi’s desk we took some Lemon water and we really enjoyed the Cool Water.
Threaseamma Chechi serving us cool water
We started our downward journey around 1:47 PM 
Lunch break at base. Around 3:00PM we took the lunch.
All were hungry and lunch were ready at base.
As soon as lunch was served they disappeared to the near by Rubber Plantation to enjoy.
The UMMAMM FLOWER at the base station.
We were not able to visit the Great Cave (Muniyara) as it was little far and all were tired, so we kept it for next trip.
Photos taken by . Binoy Anto
Original Photos can be found here

Chengaloor is a small Village in Thrissur Dt. Kerala

Located 22km far from Thrissur Town. Its blessed with Natural Beauty and is Full of Trees and Agricultural Activities, Paddys , Farm Houses etc,People from this place works around the world, there are lots of people in the Gulf region, especially in UAE, OMAN, SAUDI, QATAR, BAHRAIN and other ME countries. Also in USA, UK , Different Parts of EUROPE and African Countries.

Some Pictures taken in 2006 Jan. are shared here, u can also find some Aerial Views of satellite Images from Google Earth Plus Software.

Main Institutions in Chengaloor are St. Mary’s High School, Govt. Lower Primary School, Aided Lower Primary School at Randamkallu. There is Primary Health Centre, Ayurvedic Treatment Centre & Veterinary Hospital located here.

The main destinations are marked in Google Earth Community Layer and updates are coming.

Chengaloor Kanakkan Kadavu

Chengaloor Kanakkan Kadavu, these small boats helps people to cross this

river & reach NH 47 from Chengaloor.


Water Boat, Waiting for people to come for a journey.

Koonan Kayattam

Koonante Kayattam, a small upwards climb.


Mount Carmel Catholic Church Chengaloor

St.Marys HS

St.Mary’s High School Chengaloor

Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary Hospital Chengaloor

Ayurveda Dispensary

Ayurveda Dispensary Chengaloor

Post Office

Post Office Chengaloor . Pin 680312.

Vilakkapadi Temple

Vilakkapadi Temple

top mattumala

Ontop of Maattumala.

Aerial View of Chengaloor

Aerial View of Chengaloor through Google Earth Plus.

More Photos Link Here

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