Festival packages from Vismaya Tours

Holiday season is around and it’s time to go out and enjoy holidays.

Vismaya Tours & Travels launches wide range of tour packages to abroad and domestic destinations during Pooja Holidays

The highlight of the outbound package is China tour scheduled to start from 23rd October.

Domestic packages include destination in north India like Delhi, Agra, Srinagar, Manalietc and destinations in the South India like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai and Ooty. Kerala tour packages are also available For more details please visit “offers” in the website

Clean India Campaign Launched at Qutab Minar

Seeking support of corporates and PSUs for the Clean India campaign, Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai today launched the pilot project at QutabMinar aimed at improving the conditions at heritage sites to attract more tourists.

“There will be about 100 monuments to be taken up in the PPP model under the Clean India campaign to keep these tourist sites neat and clean and environment friendly,” Sahai said after launching the project.

The projects involves round the clock garbage clearance, drinking water facilities, maintenance of parking lots and toilets and proper signages at the heritage complex among others.

“The campaign will be carried out in the PPP model with the involvement of PSUs and corporates. I am convening a meeting of PSUs and corporates to work out the details,” he said.

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the PSU under the ministry, is entrusted with the pilot project at QutabMinar.

Adoor Gajamela :02 February 2012

Venue: Parthasarathy Temple, Adoor in Pathanamthitta district

Coming February, enjoy the magnificent spectacle of Gajamela (elephant pageant) at the Parthasarathy Temple in Adoor. The Gajamela is part of the ten-day annual celebration held at the temple. Commonly called by the name Adoor Gajamela, this pageant would have about nine elephants caparisoned. Thousands of people throng the temple premises to witness this extraordinary spectacle. Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is also known as Parthasarathy – the charioteer of Parthan. Partha is another name of Arjuna, who is one of the five Pandava princes in the epic Mahabharata.

Getting there : Nearest railway station: Chengannur, about 25 km away.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 92 km away.

Utsavam 2012 – The Kerala Arts Festival till 26 Feb 2012

It is a stage that gets bigger by presence…
It is an event that gets noticed due to its variety and it is a cultural feast that is Kerala’s very Own – Utsavam 2011-20112

In 14 Districts 2011 Dec 18 – 2012 Feb 26
About 364 Programmes… More than 79 art forms… Around 1000 artistes
Be a part of this lavish cultural feast, spread all over Kerala!


The third edition of Utsavam would kick off on 18 December, 2011 and would conclude on 26 February, 2012. The event ensures the active participation of the local bodies, NGO’s, Tourism clubs, youth clubs and the local community in its various stages right from the beginning of the selection of art forms and venues.

Utsavam 2011-2012 has a plethora of programmes, conceived and staged in a manner that would eventually become a memorable experience for the audience. There will be lecture demonstrations and interpretations with the help of flyers. The senior most artistes in various fields will be honoured during the programmes. The event will be the first of its kind in the State with the active support of the Government and the local community.

Utsavam 2011-2012 is being organized in 14 districts of Kerala. From the list of districts given below, you can find the programme schedule for each of the fourteen districts.

Grand Kerala Shopping Festival

The Grand Kerala Shopping Festival (GKSF) is a unique shopping fiesta that redefines the very essence and enjoyment of shopping. Kerala the southernmost State in India, popularly known as ‘Gods Own Country’ has always been a favourite for travellers and tourists from around the globe across the ages.

 The festival, managed by Government of Kerala, is on its fifth edition, which starts from December 1, 2011 and concludes by January 15, 2012. Fresh enterprises, mind blowing offers and exciting prizes – both for shops and shoppers – make GKSF the biggest shopping extravaganza in the country.

 Guaranteed prize for each and every single purchase in the form of scratch ‘n’ win coupons and gift vouchers. Mega prize up to 101 kilogram of gold is also for the taking. Furthermore this year, GKSF will be providing 100% VAT refund for the consumers from outside Kerala. GKSF welcomes you all to get hold of this amazing opportunity to savour the new experiences in shopping.

Dubai Shopping Festival 2012 :05 January – 05 February 2012

A shopaholic’s haven, a gourmand’s dream, a family’s delight and a child’s fantasy, all come true at the Dubai Shopping Festival, a month long shopping extravaganza that will take your senses for a roller coaster ride. Also known as Layali Dubai in Arabic, the festival offers a diverse range of activities that immerse you in the vibes of excitement at the desert city. Go on and experience the merriment of childhood at the Cartoon event with your very own Pokemon, Casper and Tarzan or explore the international heritage at the Global Village. You can also catch up with the latest trends at the Dubai Fashion Week or try your luck at the Raffle draw for a fabulous prize.

The Dubai Shopping Festival which started in February, 1996 has since become a great tourist attraction for visitors from around the world. Besides discounted shopping sometimes up to nearly 75%, there are other activities for the whole family such as raffle draws, music concerts, fashion shows, children’s events and lots more.

Dubai in the UAE is an ultra modern city both a dynamic international business centre and a laid back tourist escape. One of its greatest visitor attractions is duty free shopping - whatever you want, from couture to coffee pots, you will find it here!