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February 1, 2012 Jack of all trades SOMA BASU The Hindu YOUTHFUL ENERGY: Selvaraj Suthagar. Photo: S.James Selvaraj Suthagar on how Abdul Kalam fired his imagination His visiting card does not carry his name. It simply says: ‘F@YS – What service demands’ and lists two numbers. The moment he flashes the small black visiting card with fluorescent blue prints on it, something tells me he is the typical restless youth wanting to do too many things in one go. He confirms it: “My head is bursting with ideas, but I don’t have the matching time, money or resources.” Thirty-one-year-old Selvaraj Suthagar compels you to wonder how after failing Class X Board exams, he has become a multi-tasker racing against time. F@YS stands for “Friend at Your Service” and he means and stands by these words. “You just have to tell us what you want and we will be at your doorstep, ” he asserts. And his work can mean anything – from de-silting a clogged drain to painting your home, from arranging eco-treks into forests and hills to growing organic crops in your backyard, from painting vehicles to repairing electrical gadgets, from plumbing to rolling steel sheets at construction sites, from coaching youngsters in different games to setting up cricket bowling machines in malls, from teaching traffic rules and signals to reading road maps to students, from helping tribal people with basic amenities to adding to his collection of old bikes, gramophone and other antique items. It is this veritable assortment of odd jobs that he chooses, gets to do and also delivers, that take away some sadness from his life. It keeps him excited and happy as he looks forward to his next mission, which could be either in the adjacent lane in his neighbourhood or in the picturesque hill range of Theni or Sirumalai. “Born into poverty and having suffered all along, I am a self-motivated man today. I have understood that to achieve something in life is nothing but to have the interest and the drive to accomplish it, ” he says. For him, the journey began when he flunked Class X exam. “From Class V, I have been helping my mother to boost family income. She would do odd jobs in the Church and get Rs.150 a month and I would do things like fetching water for residents in apartment buildings or running some errands for them and earning few extra bucks. As a result, I could never focus on studies.” At 15, he shifted to Chennai and did a short course in operating cranes. But he joined as a cleaner boy in a Cottage Industries Emporium showroom. With a penchant for languages, he soon picked up a smattering of French, German and Spanish while interacting with tourists. Impressed with his determination and flair, the Branch manager posted him as caretaker of a showroom in a star hotel. From there, he moved on to IDBI Bank as a document verifier. “On my weekly off, I would go to the beach and play with the children around. Many days I would make some models with all thrown away cigarette boxes and other waste.” He was spotted by an employee of Satyam Computers and taken in as a Floor Supervisor for the office. Three months into joining, the then President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam came to inaugurate a new building for the R& D wing. “It remains one of my most memorable days as he ignited our minds and told the young employees to keep firing their imagination with new ideas and innovative thoughts.” Suthagar’s appointment letter was due to come when the Satyam fiasco happened. A colleague, who used to accompany him on some occasional treks during holidays, introduced him to Eco-Login, an initiative of some students of IIT-Madras, that incorporates social dimension to trekkers’ schedule. Their work matched his passion and he is now back in Madurai as the marketing manager of Eco-login tying up customized and theme-based experience trips with 40 exotic locations to choose from that range from adventure, wildlife, nature hotspots, rural and city circuits. “Travel is an uncompromising part of anybody’s learning. But I don’t find many enthusiastic people in Madurai, ” rues Suthagar, who is now busy visiting schools and colleges to help them plan their field trips and excursions. Last time he undertook a trip with 63 members of a family who were re-uniting from all over the world. “It was one week trekking and staying with tribal families in the forest areas of Periyakulam. This experience will remain with me, ” he says. Suthagar has now identified 30 tribal locations and formed a core team with each of the groups to coordinate such treks. “It is a fantastic opportunity to learn and also help them, ” he says. Right now, he is working with Paliyar tribe in a small village called Malaiyur, 18 kms off Madurai, helping them with medicines, clothes and coaching the tribal children. “I collect old and new clothes from people who want to donate. My mother and I wash and iron them before distributing them among the tribals, ” Suthagar shares. He has dabbled in so many things that it becomes difficult to keep track. In between, he also finished a diploma course in film technology from University of Madras and few other polytechnic courses. “I have a burning desire to keep on learning something new. You can trust me with any job, ” he smiles.
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com Itinerary of Regular HOUSEBOAT The activities of HOUSEBOAT is cruising through the backwater and by this you can see the picturesque canals, paddy fields, rustic homes, temples, coir villages and coconut groves. The check-in time to the HOUSEBOAT is at 12.00 PM. On arrival at the Houseboat in ALLEPPEY the captain will welcome you and introduce him and the other two crew members. After that he will give you a small briefing about the routing of the houseboat. Then start your cruising through the Kerala Backwater. The houseboat will pass near through the beautiful canal streams and paddy fields. You can explore the beauty of the Kerala backwaters by cruising in the houseboat. After a one and a half hour will stop at any jetty and serve you the traditional Kerala lunch inside the houseboat. After that, proceed for the evening cruising. You can have variety foods and Toddy from the small restaurants in the lakeside. It will be a wonderful and memorable experience for you. Then you can also do a small walk through the paddy fields. You will never get such types of experience from any other places. After that the crews will serve you tea or coffee and mini snacks. Then after cruising, by 6.00 PM the HOUSEBOAT will come back to the boat jetty and you can go for a walk to the near by places. After that the crews will serve you the dinner inside the HOUSEBOAT. Then you can go for overnight stay in the A/c bedroom of the houseboat. Next morning after the breakfast go for cruising still 9.00 AM. Then check-out from the houseboat and go back to your room with a promise of coming back to enjoy the backwater cruising in HOUSEBOAT. Routing Choices of the Houseboats • Kumarakom Round Trip • Alleppey Round Trip • Kollam Ashtamudi Round Trip • Kollam Alleppey • Alleppey Kumarakom • Alleppey Thottapally
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South Indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com TOUR ITINERARY: Day 01 : Cochin Your Kerala Holiday Tour Package will Start when You Arrive at Cochin Airport/Railway station. Our Representative will Meet You and Directly Transfer to Cochin Hotel/Resort. Later in the Day, Proceed on a Sightseeing Tour of Cochin. Visit the Hill Palace Museum, Dutch Palace Museum, Jewish Street, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets which are the Major Attractions in Cochin. Overnight Stay at Hotel/Resort in Cochin. Day 02 : Thekkady (190 Kms – 04 Hrs) Today after Breakfast Check-out from Hotel and Proceed for a Tour of Thekkady. Check-in to Thekkady Hotel on Arrival. Your Sightseeing of the Day can Include Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Hill Station and Spice Plantations that are the Major Attractions in Thekkady. Bamboo Rafting, Trekking and Elephant Ride are the some of Optional Activities in Thekkady. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in Thekkady. Day 03 : Thekkady After the Breakfast Proceed to the most Attractive Feature of Thekkady i.e. Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. The Wild life cruise here is Famous for it’s Uniqueness, You have Options of Boating or rafting to witness the Wildlife from Close quarters over here. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort. Day 04 : Thekkady – Kumarakom (130 kms. – 03 hrs.) Today After Breakfast, Proceed to Kumarakom. After Hotel Check in Relax in the Ambience of the Resort for the day. Kumarakom is one of the Few places in the World where the Main mode of Tranportation is by Water and not Roads. Vembanad Lake, Numerous Tributaries and Splendid Greenery of Paddy fields and Shallow fish and Duck farms are a Delight to the eyes. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort. Day 05 : Kumarakom Today After Breakfast visit The Kumarakom Bird sanctuary, which is Home to Numerous Species of Migrating and Local birds. A Number of rare Domestic Birds can also be seen here. Let the Greenery and Waterworld Nature overwhelm you for the Rest of the day. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort. Day 06 : Kumarakom – Mararikulam (40 kms. – 01 hrs.) Today After Breakfast Proceed to Mararikulam. Check in to Hotel and Relax in the Ambience that is Unique to Mararikulam for the Rest of the Day. Mararikulam is a Fishermen’s Village that is Untouched by Time. Palm trees aplenty and Sugar Grain Beaches that are one of the Finest in Kerala are Unique to Mararikulam. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort. Day 07 : Mararikulam – Alleppey (40 Kms) After Breakfast Proceed to Alleppey. Check-in at the Houseboat which will take You to Enjoy the Magic of Alleppey by going on a Houseboat (Kettuvallam) cruise Across the Backwaters. Spend the next 24 hours in your Floating Villa. Enjoy the Backwaters of Kerala by Getting a Glimpse of the Village life at close quarters; a Unique and Unforgettable Experience. (Check in time 12.30 PM – A/C will be operating from 9.00 PM to 6.00 AM) Enjoy the Sunset & Stay overnight on the House boat. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. Day 08 : Alleppey – Cochin (100 KMS – 03 Hours drive) After Breakfast Check out from Houseboat (Check out time 9.30 AM) and Drive to Cochin Airport / Railway Station for onward journey. Bookings call 7604837477, 9500137477
All Kinds of bikes during trekking and adventures ridding. MEGAMALAI: As the Name Suggests, Megamalai is the Kingdom where the Clouds Meet the Mountains. It is arguably the most Beautiful Hill Station in South India, known to a selective few and seen by even fewer people. This Lovely place is bound to Capture your Imagination. Good place to Stay and Enjoy a Lovely surrounding. One can also Watch the Animals Roaming in the Forests, which are close to Megamalai, Megamalai, popularly called High Wavys Mountains, is a cool and misty Mountain range situated in the Western Ghats in Theni district, Tamilnadu, India. It is a place of Natural beauty dotted with Cardamom plantations and Tea Estates. The place is situated at an Elevation of 1, 500 m above Sea level and it is rich in Flora and Fauna. Megamalai a 6000 acre Tea plantation is located in Tamil Nadu about 43 kms off Chinnamanoor, on the Madurai - Kumili Interstate Highway. Today Meghamalai has become the cynosure of every Tourist. The approach via Chinnamannur is more scenic. Only Forest lodges and Rest house are available at the hill top. Prior Reservation and permission is an absolute must. For Reservation contact 0452-4355253 9500-37477 Highwavys: The Highwavys panchayat has a number of attractions like Manalar, Venniyar and Iravangalaru dams, Megamalai Estate and Maharajamettu, where tourists view vast catchments of Thekkadi dam, Magarajothi hill of Sri Iyyappan temple and a bird's eye view of Theni district. Highwavys is a view point that will afford a Wonderful view of the entire Mountains Range of Varusanadu Hills. There few large Private Tea, Spices and Coffee Plantations all around, notable include The Highwavys Estates owned by The Woodbriar Group, Ananda Plantations , Ponsiva Plantations and Feildmede Estate have the largest holdings of Plantations in Meghamalai, an Artificial Lake and plenty of scope for making leisurely walks. Vellimalai: At an Altitude of 1650 m, Vellimalai forms the heart of Meghamalai. Silver-lined clouds gently resting on Green Hilltops is a common sight here. This region is also the abode of River Vaigai. The Hill range also provides a wonderful View of the entire Range of Varusanadu Hills. With Tea and Coffee estates, Houses of Plantation Workers and an Artificial lake, there is plenty of scope for enjoying the natural beauty. Experience: There are some Places you think are Beautiful, some much more than others and some that leave you feeling all comparisons are inane. Megamalai & Highwayvs will make all Comparisons Inane and leave you stupefied by its sheer Beauty. The Views are breathtaking, the Cimate perfect. The Serene Lake and the beckoning Mountains Ranges are perhaps the best `Real' description of Paradise. Amidst the natural beauty, it is also about Wildlife Sightings, Treks, and Picturesque walks, Camping out on a Mountain Cliff or Bathing in a waterfall. To Wake up to the call of a distant Elephant Trumpet, to Walk beside the Lake for miles across Undulating Hills, to walk past an Elephant Skull to a private waterfall or to simply sit atop a Grassy cliff and be in Communion with Mountain Peaks all around, are some other things that will become forever Locked within your Memory for a long, long time. Whoever described Paradise must have been here before! South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call 91-9500137477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. Happy Travelling with us
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : CHENNAI Upon Arrival at CHENNAI Airport/Railway Station you will be received by our representative and directly transfer to CHENNAI. Check-in to the Hotel on arrival. Relax for a while and proceed for the afternoon sight seeing in CHENNAI which includes BESANT Nagar Beach, MARINA Beach, KAPALEESHWAR Temple, RAMAKRISHNA Temple etc.. Overnight stay at the Hotel in CHENNAI. Day 02 : CHENNAI – KANCHIPURAM – MAHABALIPURAM (180 Kms. 03 Hrs) After breakfast check-out from the Hotel and transfer to MAHABALIPURAM. En-route having a visit in KANCHIPURAM KAMAKSHI AMMAN Temple, SUBRAMANYA SWAMI Temple at Thiruthani, EKAMBARESWAR Temple, DEVARAJASWAMITemple and the VEDANTHANGAL Bird Sanctuary. After that proceed to MAHABALIPURAM. Check-in to the Hotel on arrival. Overnight stay at the Hotel in MAHABALIPURAM. Day 03 : MAHABALIPURAM After breakfast proceed for theMAHABALIPURAM sight seeing which includes the THIUKADALMALLAI, SHORE Temple, PANCHA PANDAVA Rathas, ARJUNA’S Penance, Caves, and KRISHNA’S Butterball. Overnight stay at the Hotel in MAHABALIPURAM. Day 04 : TRICHY – TANJORE (60 Kms. 45 Mins.) After breakfast check-out from the Hotel and transfer to TANJORE. Check-in to the Hotel on arrival. Relax for a while and proceed for the Tanjore sight seeing which includes RAAGHU Temple, SWAMI Malai Temple, SANGEETHA Mahal, Lord MURUGAN Temple, SIVA Ganga Garden, BRAHADEESWARA Temple, KETHU Temple, VELLAI Puliar Temple, CHANDRA Bagawan Temple, SARASWATHI Mahal Library, MERCURY Temple, etc… Overnight stay at the Hotel in TANJORE. Day 05: TANJORE – PALANI – KODAIKANAL ( 250 Kms) After Breakfast at the Hotel, Check out and Proceed to KODAIKANAL. Enroute visit PALANI Temple. Upon arrival at KODAIKANAL, Check in to Hotel. Later in the day, Proceed on a sightseeing trip of Kodaikanal. Visit the KODAI Lake, COAKER’S Walk, BRYANT Park, GREEN Valley view, PILLAR Rocks, TELESCOPE House, SOLAR Observatory, BERIJAM Lake, GUNA Caves etc. Overnight Stay at Hotel in KODAIKANAL. Day 06: KODAIKANAL Today After Breakfast, Set out on sightseeing of the remainder that couldn’t be covered in the previous day. Visit the DOLPHIN’S Nose, LUTHERAN Church, BEAR Shola Falls, SILVER Cascade and PAMBAR Falls. Overnight Stay at Hotel in KODAIKANAL. Day 07 : KODAIKANAL – MADURAI (120 Kms. 2 ½ Hrs.) After breakfast check-out from the Hotel and transfer to MADURAI. Check-in to the Hotel on arrival. Relax for a while and proceed for the MADURAI sight seeing which includes, SRI MEENAKSHI Temple, GANDHI Museum – Madurai, SRI SUBRAMANYA SWAMI Temple, THIRUMALAI NAYKAR Mahal, MARIAMMAN TEPPAKULAM, etc.. Overnight stay at the Hotel in MADURAI. Day 08 : MADURAI – KANYAKUMARI (250 Kms. 6 Hrs.) After breakfast check-out from the Hotel and transfer to KANYAKUMARI. Check-in to the hotel on arrival. Relax for a while and proceed for the KANYAKUMARI sight seeing which includes VIVEKANANDA Rock Memorial, THANUMALAYAN temple – STHANUMALAYAN Kovil, GANDHI Memorial, THIRUVALLUVAR Statue and KANYAKUMARI Beach. Overnight stay at the Hotel in KANYAKUMARI . Day 09 : KANYAKUMARI – TRIVANDRUM (110 Kms. 02 Hrs.) After the breakfast, pack your baggage with a promise of coming back again to this memorable holiday package. Check-out from the Hotel and proceed toTRIVANDRUM Airport/Railway station on time to board your flight/train with a lot of sweet memories of your holidays…. Bookings call 7604837477, 9500137477
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