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Kerala Travelogue – Kovalam

Our annual vacation would be incomplete if it didn’t have a beach destination. Kovalam’s pristine beaches was our last stop in Kerala before we flew back home.

Day 1

We checked-out from the houseboat and headed straight for Kovalam. This was the first stretch where we didn’t halt on the way and it took a little over 4 hours to reach there. We had booked Garden View Room at Turtle on the Beach via MakeMyTrip and the only non-Oyo & non-budget booking. As soon as we entered the hotel we were welcomed with shell garland, drink and wet hand towels. After finishing the formalities, we headed to the room and were accompanied by a lady staff who explained all the hotel amenities and in room features. WOW! Especially since, we had never ever received such a warm welcome from any of our previous hotels and it felt really awesome. The room was very clean and spacious. And guess what, it had a bath tub, which we thought was only there in the costlier beach view rooms. The last leg of our Kerala trip had got off to a wonderful start. For us Turtle on the Beach has set a new benchmark in luxury hotel.

Previously they had private access to beach, but since the pathway no longer exists they provide free pickup and drop to beach, which we never used since Hawa Beach is just 200 meters from the hotel.

Turtle on the Beach - Garden View
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View
Turtle on the Beach - Garden View Room - 1
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room
Turtle on the Beach - Garden View Room - 2
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room
Turtle on the Beach - Garden View Room - Bathtub
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room – Bathtub

In the evening we headed to the beach and explored around. The main beach area consists of two interconnected beaches, Hawa beach and Lighthouse Beach, former getting its name from the topless tourists that used to throng there (doesn’t happen anymore) and the later from the lighthouse at the end of the beach. We headed to the lighthouse only to find out that it closes doors at 5PM. We headed back to the beach, enjoyed the beautiful sunset and retreated back.

Kovalam - View Point
Kovalam – View Point
Sunset @ Hawa Beach Kovalam
Sunset @ Hawa Beach Kovalam
Steep access path to Hawa Beach
Steep access path to Hawa Beach
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Kerala Travelogue – Munnar

After spending two days at the Grand Hotel, it was time to say goodbye to Kochi and head to Munnar. Munnar is a hill station situated at around 1,600 meters (5,200 ft.) above sea level and is about 130 km from Kochi and take roughly 4 hours by road. The road to Munnar is nice but is very tight and twisty and can give motion sickness to even seasoned travellers. Our colleagues had advised us to keep the breakfast light for the same reason and boy were we glad we listened to them.

Day 1

We had hired a car for 5 days that would take us from Kochi to Munnar to Alleppey to Kovalam and had requested that the car be there by 9:30. Our driver, Sabu was there well before that and we left for Munnar at 9:30 sharp. En route we stopped at Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Valara Waterfalls, A Spice Gardern along with a waterfall, a view point and a dam whose names we can’t recollect. All these stops ensured that we didn’t have to use the sickness bag.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Valara Waterfalls
Valara Waterfalls
Spice Garden en-route Munnar
Spice Garden en-route Munnar
Waterfall en-route Munnar
Waterfall en-route Munnar
View Point en-route Munnar
View Point en-route Munnar
View Point en-route Munnar - 2
View Point en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Tea Gardens en-route Munnar
Tea Gardens en-route Munnar

For our stay at Munnar, we had booked Isaac’s Residency via Oyo Rooms. The room was decently sized and was clean enough, although it wouldn’t have won any prizes for it. The hotel is located on a hill giving a beautiful view of Munnar Town.

Issac's Residency - View from the room
Issac’s Residency – View from the room
Issac's Residency - Restaurant
Issac’s Residency – Restaurant
Issac's Residency - Reception
Issac’s Residency – Reception

In the evening we headed out for a leisurely stroll across the town and then called it a day.

Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Mosque @ Munnar Town
Mosque @ Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
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Kerala Travelogue

I haven’t posted in a long time, 4 years to be precise, and a lot has happened between then and now. The most significant of these being me getting hitched to the love of my life Shanti 2 years ago.

We’ve been wanting to restart this blog and we felt sharing the experience of our Kerala trip will be the best way to kick start the blog again.

After heading to Andaman Islands post our wedding and then to Goa to celebrate our 1st Anniversary, we chose to head to Kerala – God’s Own Country, for our 2nd Anniversary Vacation. This was a 9-day vacation that covered it all. We experience the hustling city life at Kochi, serene mountains and tea gardens at Munnar, amazing houseboat ride at Alleppey and wrapped it up at the pristine beaches of Kovalam.

Do read the detailed travelogue of each place we visited by following the links below. (For the one’s missing the hyperlink, we’ll be updating them once the post is ready)

In the meantime, here are some drool worthy photos of Kerala – Truly God’s Own Country.

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Tech

Official Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts from Microsoft

In one of my previous posts I had posted a list of new keyboard shortcuts available in Microsoft Windows 8.

I now have the official list of keyboard shortcuts from Microsoft, which you can download it here [PDF].
Official keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 from Microsoft

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[JavaScript] Check if a function Exists or Not

If you want to check if a function exists or not before calling, here’s how to do it


if(typeof window.functionName == 'function') {
functionName (arg1, arg2);
}

It returns a boolean value indicating if the function exists or not.

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Windows 8 New Shortcut Keys

Windows 8Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out and with it comes a host of new keyboard shortcuts to help navigate across the new Metro UI. Here’s a short list of the shortcut keys introduced with Windows 8.

Shortcut keys Description
Windows key Brings up the Metro start screen. You can start typing to search for an app, just like the Windows 7 start menu.
Win + D Brings up the old Windows desktop.
Win + C Brings up the Charms menu, where you can search, share, and change settings.
Win + I Opens the settings panel, where you can change settings for the current app, change volume, wireless networks, shut down, or adjust the brightness.
Win + Z Opens the App Bar for the current Metro application.
Win + H Opens the Metro Share panel.
Win + Q Brings up the Metro App Search screen.
Win + W Brings up the Metro Settings search screen.
Win + F Brings up the Metro File search screen.
Win + K Opens the Devices panel (for connecting to a projector or some other device)
Win + , (comma) Aero Peek at the desktop.
Win + . (period) Snaps the current Metro application to one side of the screen. (Right side)
Win + Shift + . (period) Snaps the current Metro application to the other side of the screen. (Left side)
Win + J Switches focus between snapped Metro applications.
Win + Page Up (or) Down Moves the current app to the other monitor.
Win + Tab Opens the Metro application switcher menu, switches between applications.
Win + O Lock device orientation..

PC World has a complete list of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 8, along with the ones carried forward from Windows 7.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka Beta is out

Windows 8

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview aka the beta version of Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages. More information about Windows 8 and how to download the Consumer Preview is available at http://preview.windows.com. The ISO files can be downloaded directly from here.

The system requirements/recommendations for the Consumer Preview include:

  • 1 GHz or faster processor.
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
  • Metro style applications require a minimum of 1024×768 screen resolution, and 1366×768 for the snap feature.

Full details can be found at Building Windows 8 Blog

Microsoft has also released a Product Guide for Windows 8 Consumer preview, which you can download from here [PDF].

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Restore Opera address field drop down arrow

Since version 11.50 Opera decided to hide the arrow in the address field drop down by default. So if you need to access the address list you will have to first set focus to the address bar and the pressing the down arrow key.

But if you would like the address field drop down arrow back follow the setps below

  1. Goto opera:config
  2. Search Show Dropdown Button In Addressfield
  3. Check that option
  4. Save

You should now have your address field drop down arrow back.
Opera with address field drop down arrow

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System Requirements: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

In my previous post Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview, as pointed out by Ganesh I didn’t mention the system requirements for Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview.

So here it is:

Component Requirement
Computer and processor 500 MHz processor or higher
Memory 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher
Hard disk 2 gigabytes (GB). A part of this disk space is free after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard disk.
Drive CD-ROM drive or DVD drive
Display 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution monitor
Operating system Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) (32-bit), Windows Vista® with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2003 R2 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2008 with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Terminal Server and Windows on Windows (WOW) (which allows installing 32-bit versions of Office 2010 on 64-bit operating systems) are supported.
Additional Requirements and product functionality can vary based on the system configuration and operating system.

The requirements is same as Office 2007, which is very good and the other thing to note is that the 64-bit Office 2010 is not supported on Windows XP 64-bit and Microsoft has no plans to support it in future either

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Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

As mentioned in the previous post, I am testing the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview, so here’s how the install process went.

The installer for Office 2010 Professional x64 is 598 MB and contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. There is a separate installer for Visio (342 MB), InfoPath (281 MB), SharePoint Designer (75 MB) and SharePoint Workspace (246 MB).

Right now I have only installed the Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview x64 pack.