The “Niagara Falls” of India

By P Chong                               22 April 2010

Beautiful! It’s a closely guarded secret!! Little is known of such splendour to rival the real Canadian Niagara Falls . . . by far the world’s most spectacular Falls, unmatched & beyond all compare. As it is, this Indian pretender is not greatly publicised & thus less commercialised.

This breathtaking . . . natural . . . picturesque splendour is located about 65 Km from 
Trichur (Kerala) & 60 Km from Cochin International Airport. Try to chalk out a holiday in September just after the monsoons. 
The waterfalls will then be in full force. 
A tranquil & much needed escape from the troubles & stress of life!

A beautiful true eco-escape!

The natural bounties make Kerala, God’s own Country, a paradise destination in India. The mountainous region and highlands of Kerala have some spectacular waterfalls which are popular picnic spot for the nature lovers.

There are more waterfalls than you envision. Many of the names are unheard of outside the national boundary of India such as: Idukki Waterfalls, Power House Waterfalls, Ernakulam Waterfalls, Kozhikode (Calicut) Waterfalls, Kottayam Waterfalls and several more . . . most with unfamiliar Indian names. For the hurried tourists, it will be impossible to see them all.

Let the soothing sounds take you to some of nature’s most relaxing places East of Chalakudy, near the entrance to the Sholayar forest ranges, the beautiful waterfalls of Athirampally and Vazhachal. Both these waterfalls are a part of the Chalakudy River and 5 km apart on the road to the hill station (Valpara) with its excellent tea plantation and is one of India’s highest elephant density habitat. It is a crucial corridor between Perambikulam and Malayattur.

The charm of the Athirampally and Vazhachal nature cannot be verbally described. Starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, the waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the “Picturesque”. . . not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural.

Perched high above in the the Sholayar Forest Ranges on the fringes of Kerala’s famed rain forests, the waterfalls provide a restful escape for those wanting to quit the hustle & bustle of city life . . . wild and beautiful, unspoilt by the passing of time.

There’s always a paradise close & near

God’s Paradise is everywhere!

The “Burning Bush” In Your Life

The “Burning Bush” In Your Life

the-burning-bushA “Bush” that burns but consumes not.

“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” ~ Acts 9:3

That was Paul’s calling from God.

Biblically, great figures had spectacular signs of calling from God. Moses undoubtedly had the utmost privilege of God’s presence in the burning bush. In the case of Paul, as mentioned in Acts 9:3, when he got up he was stricken blind.

What will be significant for you as a calling sign from God? For Peter, it was walking on water. In the case of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, it was walking through the burning furnace untouched. Or be like Daniel to be delivered from the lion’s den.

God uses different circumstances and situations to call his chosen ones to serve His purposes. The Lord still intervenes in the lives of His people and their lives could be changed forever. Paul, from a prosecutor and oppressor, became a renowned preacher, suffered, imprisoned and persecuted for the cause he was called upon to bear.

When God calls us to a relationship with Him, one thing for sure is that we have to forsake our comfort zone and be prepared to bear the cross. A man’s life is after all predetermined by God. Moses was brought up as an Egyptian Prince, but had to flee into the desert after rashly committed a murder. There he remained for forty years before encountering God in the burning bush.

God may be preparing you through many significant life experiences. Just be prepared, be available when called upon. It’s not your ability that God seeks, but more so your availability. When Moses mentioned that he was not fluent in his speech, God provided Aaron as his spokesman. Be prepared , for your life would never be the same again.

Each of us is called upon in a variety of ways. There can never be another “burning bush” or that another chosen one to be struck down from a horse and be blinded. Are you waiting for signs of wonder from God before making yourself available for His service? Surely not waiting for the “burning bush” to be convinced as such. Be discerning – for God speaks to you through various means and media: in church, through the Bible, through the leaders or fellow workers.

It’s not your ability but more so your availability that God seeks.

Paul Chong