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What to Pack What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise in the Summer: Ports in Temperate Rain Forests Call for Special Gearfor an Alaskan Cruise in the Summer: Ports in Temperate Rain Forests Call for Special Gear

What to Pack What to Pack for an Alaskan Cruise in the Summer: Ports in Temperate Rain Forests Call for Special Gearfor an Alaskan Cruise in the Summer: Ports in Temperate Rain Forests Call for Special Gear

Ah! Alaska in the summer – sparkling icebergs, majestic glaciers, incredible whales, interesting totem poles, shopping at ports – it can all be the makings of a vacation of a lifetime. But if you are caught with too many tank tops and not enough layers, you may end up spending the cruise shivering inside the ship during an Alaskan cruise.

Alaskan Temperate Rain Forrests

Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau are typical ports for many Alaskan cruises. It is common to have rain in all of these beautiful cities which are all found at the base of the Coastal Mountains and are technically located in temperate rain forests. In fact, locals in Juneau will tell you it seems to rain there four out of five days. Although the rain is usually light and full of sprinkles instead of downpours, it can be annoying if you do not pack a light rain jacket with a hood and reliable easy-to-carry umbrella. Jeans and another pair of casual pants are also advised along with shorts and capris for women to cover all weather possibilities.

The ports all have walking trails for the travelers’ enjoyment. A good pair of walking shoes are also a must for this trip, as well as plenty of socks. One pair of wool socks are advised in case of lower than normal temperatures in the ports – there is nothing like cold toes to ruin an outing! It is also good to put in a pair of gloves – even if it is July or August – and a winter hat, just in case a cold front moves in while you are at sea.

All Alaskan cruises are held from May to August, and although you should bring the sandals you are sporting at home, you need to put some closed-toe casual shoes in your suitcase as well. These will be good for passengers who want to spend their time taking advantage of all the great deals on jewelry, furs, and Ulu knives while shopping in the many stores at the ports catered to travelers.

On the Alaskan Cruise Ship

The ship itself can also be chilly and windy, especially on days at sea or the days observing spectacular glaciers. Loaner wool blankets are usually next to the pool towels for those passengers who want to lounge around the pool, but unless you are drinking a very warm drink you probably won’t spend a lot of time there. Unless the pool is heated or inside, or you hit a really nice day at a port, the hot tub may be the only water you get into while on an Alaskan cruise. If you have never experienced a dip in the hot tub with crisp air all around, the experience is refreshing, so don’t forget your bathing suit and a warm cover-up or robe.


If you enjoy going to the ship’s restaurant in the evening, you will also want to plan a few outfits for close-toed shoes for those chillier days. Of course, cruises always have formal nights, so the ladies should pack a shawl or jacket that will match their dresses as well as nylons in case it is a cooler day.

Alaskan Cruises Could Also See the Sun

However, you should not only bring warm clothes. You will also want to pack shorts and short-sleeved shirts in case there is a warm front which can happen in the summer. Temperatures can get into the 70s and 80s. This being said, the smartest outfits to bring are those in which you can layer. Outfits that have a light jacket or long-sleeve shirt that can be worn in the morning and/or evenings but taken off during the day are smart to have on hand. A neutral sweater that will go with several outfits is an absolute must.

All cruise ships have wonderful workout facilities as well. Be sure to bring workout gear. If you plan to run on the deck, a wind breaker would be a smart thing to bring as well as running gloves and your choice of ear coverage.

Enjoy Alaska

Alaska is one of the most majestic places on earth, offering amazing views into nature that you can see in very few places. Be sure to get the most out of the cruise by packing for all types of weather.

Performing Arts of Kerala

Performing Arts of Kerala

Kerala State is one of the famous travel destination in India. It is famous for its beaches, houseboats, backwater, hills, and culture.
If you travel Kerala, you can see different performing arts and cultures throughout Kerala. In this article, I tried to give some basic information about the performing arts of Kerala.

Kathakali: Kathakali is one of the major forms of classical dance of Kerala. The main feature of this art is make-up, costumes, and facemask. Kathakali performer uses their hand, facial expression according to the story. Kathakali story is more related to the folk mythology, religious and spiritual

Mullookkaaran, Padmasree Kalamandalam Gopi, CC BY-SA 3.0

Krishnanattam: Krishnanattam resembles the Kathakali art. It is a dance-drama art form of Hindu god Krishna in a series of eight plays. Krishnattam is famous in Guruvayur temple. Devotees are offering Krishnattam performance in this temple

Manojk, Krishnanattam Guruvayur 3, CC BY-SA 3.0

Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, Krishnanattam Mudra, CC BY 2.0

Ottan Thullal: Ottan Thullal is one of the famous dance and poetic performance of Kerala. In ottan thullal, a lone performer, with green make-up and colorful dress, acts and dances for the lyrics. The lyrics are in Malayalam and artist repeats each sentence.
Most of the performance based on Mahabharata or religious based performance.

Sai K shanmugam, Ottamthullal2, CC BY-SA 3.0

bobinson, Ottamthullal kerala, CC BY 2.0

Kalaripayattu: Kalaripayattu is one form of martial art, which is performed in Kerala’s North Malabar region.
Kalari means battlefield, payattu means performance. Each performer receives regular training. It has three variants based on attacking and defensive patterns.

Leelavathy B.M, Kalarippayattu, CC BY-SA 3.0

Mohiniyattam – Mohiniyattam is one of a classical dance performance of Kerala. “Mohini” refers to a mythical enchantress avatar of Hindu god Vishnu. Mohinyattam traditionally a solo dance performance performed by women. The performer performances classical dance for the music which is in the Carnatic style.

Mohiniyattom, Divya Nedungadi mohiniyattam mohini attam mohiniattam 1, CC BY-SA 3.0

Theyyam – Theyyam, also called as Kaliyattam is a ritual performance of North Kerala Region. Theyyam incorporates dance, mime, rituals and worship of heroes and spirit of ancestors. The most famous theyyam performances are Raktha Chamundi, Kari Chamundi, Muchilottu Bhagavathi, Wayanau Kulaven etc. Most Theyyam performances are during the night.

Vijayakumarblathur, Neeliyarbhagavathi9, CC BY-SA 3.0

Oppana Dance – Oppana dance is a popular form of social entertainment among the Muslim community of Kerala. Oppana generally performed during the wedding day by females.

Yakshagana –  Yakshagana is a famous traditional performance which includes dance, music, dialogue, costumes, make-up and stage performance. Yakshagana is popular is North Kerala and South Karnataka Region. The performer performances the stories from old Indian History. Yakashagana generally performed during night time. There are many popular mela’s (troops) exists in Kerala and Karnataka
Some of the Major troops are Kateel Mela, Dharmasthala Mela, Edaneer Mela etc

G.R.hegde, Padmashri chittani ramachandra hegde, CC BY-SA 4.0

Best season for travel Kerala from Month September to March. For Booking Flight and Hotel for cheap rate visit





Prashant Sahu, Lord Shiva in Murudeshwara Temple, CC BY-SA 3.0

Pradeepa88, Murudeshwar Full view, CC BY-SA 4.0

Murudeshwar is a small town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka State, India.
It is famous for world’s second tallest Shiva Statue, 20 storied gopuram and beautiful beaches


According to Ramayan, Lanka King Ravana obtained Atma Linga by praying Lord Shiva based on Condition that he should not place it on the ground.
If he placed it on the ground then it would be impossible to move it. When Ravana returning to Lanka, Lord Ganesha uses a trick and placed Atma Linga at Gokarna which become Mahabaleshwara Temple Gokarna
Ravana tried to destroy the Atma Linga and some pieces fall into different places. Then he threw cloth covering to the Atma Linga to a place called Mrideshwara which later become Murdeshwar

Local Attraction

Shiva Statue in Murudeshwar is second tallest Shiva Statue with a height of 123 ft and the Gopuram is 238 ft tall with 20 stories. The famous Murudeshwara beach is one of another attraction

Beach near Murudeshwara temple” (CC BY 2.0) by thejasp

Near By Visiting Places

There are many places which can be visited during the Murudeshwara Trip. Few are listed below

How to reach Murudeshwar

Murudeshwar is well connected to other major cities. Plenty of Buses available which passes through Murudeshwara city from all major cities
There is a train station also in Murudeshwar and most of the Konkan trains stop in this station. Nearest airport for Murdeshwar is Bajpe, Mangalore

Distance from Major Cities

  • Bangalore: 515 KM
  • Mumbai: 761 KM
  • Mangalore:156 KM
  • Udupi: 102 KM

Where to Stay

There are many hotels near by Murudeshwara. Beach side hotels also available. Visit for hotel and flight booking

Best season to travel Murudeshwar is throughout the year. However, October to March is ideal time




St. Marry’s Island Malpe

St. Marry’s Island Malpe

Man On Mission, St Mary’s Island rocks, CC BY-SA 3.0

Rupak Sarkar, St. Mary’s Island, CC BY-SA 4.0

St.Marry’s beach one of the beautiful island situated in Southern India state Karnataka. This Island is famous for its basaltic rocks and beautiful scenery. Based on scientific study, This rocks are formed by volcanic activity. This Island is around 7 km inside from Malpe beach sea shore. Limited no.of boats are available from Malpe for travelling to this Island.

Ashwin06k, St Mary’s Island, Udupi, CC BY-SA 4.0

” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by arunkumud

Subhashish Panigrahi, St. Mary’s Islands, Malpe beach, Karnataka 05, CC BY-SA 3.0

How to reach

Malpe is just 3 Km away from Udupi City. Frequent city buses available from Udupi city to Malpe.

Udupi is well connected with rest of India by bus, train and flight. Nearest Airport is Bajpe, Mangalore.

Local Attraction

There are many beautiful beaches and temples are available near by in which few are listed below

Shree Krishna Temple Udupi

Kapu Beach

Maravante Beach

Kollur Temple

Surathkal Beach


Trasi Beach and many more

Where to stay:

There are many resorts and hotels available near Udupi. You can search best and cheap resorts and hotels at

Best season for travelling is from September to May. However you can enjoy Monsoon if you travel in between June to August but sea will be very rough and boats may not available to travel to the Island