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What is wildlife watching tourism?

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Western ghats

Wildlife is a general term that technically covers both flora and fauna, although in popular use, wildlife is mostly used to refer to animals in the wild. Perhaps a classic image of wildlife for many people is a large mammal or a flock of wild birds, but the term is widely used to cover all types of animals, including all kinds of insects, and marine life.

Wildlife watching is simply an activity that involves the watching of wildlife. It is normally used to refer to the watching of animals, and this distinguishes wildlife watching from other forms of wildlife- based activities, such as hunting and fishing. Watching wildlife and animals is essentially an observational activity, although in some cases it can involve interactions with the animals being watched, such as touching or feeding them.

Wildlife watching tourism is then tourism that is organised and undertaken in order to watch wildlife. This type of tourism has grown dramatically in recent years, and a quick search on the Internet provides many examples of tourism companies that either market specific wildlife watching tours, or promote their products by highlighting wildlife watching as an optional activity that their clients can enjoy.

Wildlife watching tourism shows equally large growth. This can be seen in the number of different types of wildlife watching activities that have been developed linked to commercial tourism, the numbers of tourism businesses that offer these activities, and the numbers of tourists that engage in them. More and more tourism agents and operators are emphasising that tourism needs to be sustainable, and are developing and marketing tourism products that are ?wildlife-friendly?, as well as carbon-neutral, and which ensure that a fair share of tourist income goes to local people.


Shiv temples in Tamil Nadu

October 2015 Admin Blog home
Shiva temples in Tamil nadu

Nataraja at Aalangadu

The temple features:

This temple is in Vadaaranya kshetram, 16 kms in the south-west direction from Thiruvallore.
Temple's carpet area is 3,16,800 sqft with the sanctum facing east.
It has a 5-stage Raja gopuram (kingsize entrance tower) and five pragarams (corridors). The Lord's image is said to be self-incarnated.
The consort of the lord Devi Vandaar kuzhali has a seperate sanctum. The main idol of Nataraja is called "Oordhava Moorthi" and he is facing south. The temple tank is called "Mukthi theertham".
The temple tree is Jackfruit tree.
The saints who sang hymns on the Lord: Thiru-gnana-sambandhar, Thirunavu-karasar and Sundarar sang in praise of the lord.
There are 52 stone inscriptions here praising the kshetram.


Once sage Moonjikesa Karkotaka did penance for a long time to lord siva. The sage was an ardent devotee of siva. When he was doing penance the Lord appeared before him and asked the sage what boon he wanted. The sage prostrated before the Lord and said that he wished to see Siva's dance once again in that place. Siva pleased with the sage's penance raised his right leg and his shoulders and performed the "oordhava thandavam" Sage was very happy and requested the Lord to be installed there in the same pose. The Lord graciously agreed.This place became one of the five 'sabhas' of Sri Nataraja. This is called 'RATHNASABA'. An old lady called Karaikkal Ammaiyar, a devotee of Siva came to this kshetram. She saw 'lingams' every where on her path. Hence not to tread on them she walked on her head and hands and did Oordhava moorthy's darshan.

Thirupuranthagar at Koovaram
The temple features:

This temple is located in Koovaram, seventeen kms from Thiruvalur.
The carpet area of the temple is 1,20,400 sqft and is built on the southern side of the koovam river bank.It has a flat tower and two corridors.(Pragarams)
The deity is called Thirupurandhagar and it is said that it is self incarnated in the east facing pose.
The lord's consort Devi Thirupurandhagi has separate sanctum also in the east facing pose.
The temple tree is Bilvam and the theertham is called koovagni.
The saint who sang hymns on the Lord: Thiru-gnana-sambandhar.

When the Lord went to destroy the 3 demons Tharukashan, Kamalakshan and Vidyumali the axis of his chariat broke. Henceforth this kshetram came to be called Koovaram.(axis means koovaram in Tamil language) This place has another name Thiruvirkolam because the lord is holding a bow and arrows. Once there was a dance competition between the Lord and Devi in Thiruvalankadu. Devi met the competition with frenzy and she became black in color. The Lord also performed vigorously but could not match devi. The vibrations of the dances shook the entire universe. Sri Vishnu wanted to stop this and indicated to the Lord to raise his legs up till his head while dancing. Lord shiva did accordingly. Devi could not raise her leg up too and so was defeated. The lord called her Kali (because she became black in color) and said that he would perform "Raksha Nadanam" (dance of protection) in Koovaram. So she should be there as Raksha devi Goddess to protect the people. The Goddess graciously agreed. The wonder here is the lingam becomes white in color if excess rain is forecast and in the same way if any thing bad was to happen the deity would become reddish in color. This magnificent change in color is seen even today.


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Beaches in Maharashtra - Ganapatipule is a small village in the Kokan coast with a series of beaches.....the Ganapti temple on the beach draws lots of pilgrims each year. The twin beaches of Aare-Ware and Gaywadi beach flanks on the either sides of the Ganapatipule beach. The nearest railhead and airport is at Ratnagiri.