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4 Dependable Ways to Get Around Kerala

4 Dependable Ways to Get Around Kerala

Kerala is a highly popular tourist destination, with visitors flocking in by the tens of thousands each year. The reason for this is the distinctive geographical landscapes that adorn this shore-lined, clean state of southwestern India. Being one of the most prevalent places people want to spend their vacation getaway, Kerala boasts the ideal climate with natural forest habitats of the wildlife, peaceful beaches, backwaters for every boating enthusiast, festivals in the urban destinations, and exquisite historic monuments and temples. Here are 4 ways to get around this stunning vacation destination.

1. By Bus

Many visitors consider using one of the many types of buses to travel throughout Kerala. There are over 6,000 buses that transport tourists throughout the state, as well as thousands of schedules and stopping points. In terms of traveling between states, government buses and private inter-state buses are dependable modes of transportation for residents and tourists alike. Booking long-distance travel of specific buses can also be done through various travel agencies or the company website of the particular bus.

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Other busing options are privately-owned and fare very well. Private buses travel throughout the state as well as to and from Kerala and across state lines. Experienced tourists would recommend to choosing the air-conditioned, Volvo bus service that several companies offer, as these buses are very reliable and high-quality in terms of service.

2. Take the Train

Tourists that would rather travel longer distances along the state of Kerala enjoy the train and the many options for station stops. There are many trains that span the distance between Kochi and Kozhikode with lovely views of the coast, as these routes take you approximately 185 kilometers along the seaside. However, there are many rail lines throughout the state, and several that take passengers either from the central part to the western part or vice versa. Many of the trains are air conditioned for a more comfortable trip, and for those that are not, many travelers opt to travel by night to enjoy a cooler trip. Stopping at a town station or village is convenient when taking the passenger train, as tourists can stop, stretch their legs, and walk amongst the locals while enjoying the many sights and cuisine that each area offers.

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3. Enjoy a Taxi Ride

One of the most popular and exciting ways to travel across Kerala is by taxi. Tourist taxis in Kerala are available throughout Kerala and are typically white with a black taxi sign on the back. Regular taxis are readily located throughout the state, in places such as hotels, bus stations, boat harbor areas, the airport, and at train stations. Taxis make exploring the state more convenient for travelers as they can travel from train to taxi and bus to taxi. This mode of transportation may also come in the form of four-wheel drive automobiles, depending on the type of terrain in which the visitor is traveling.

Radio taxis are also available from companies such as Fast Cabs, Uber, Ola, CelCabs, and more. All taxis have specific rates which are fixed by the companies in which they are established with. Taxi fares in Kerala vary depending on the companies, travel distance and hours. There are even taxis exclusively for female travelers with more of a “feminine feel” to them, such as She-Taxis in many of the major cities around Kerala.

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4. Motorbikes and Cycles

For the more adventure-type enthusiast, motorbikes and cycles are a way to fulfill the cravings of the outdoor feel and scenery. Experiencing Kerala via motorbike allows sight-seers to become closer with what’s known as “God’s Own Country”, which is what Kerala is commonly known to be. Breathing in the fresh air as riders are one with nature, riding along the rainforests and mountainous areas, or tantalizing their senses with the smells of cuisine in the towns are the benefits to taking a motorbike or cycle from place to place. Many companies offer tours in specific packages for bikers, which offers a safer experience, as they guide the riders to and and from each stop.

Visitors can take it easy with these chauffeured methods of travel, which is much more reliable and safer than driving a car on their own, especially on rough and narrow roads. Travelling in and around Kerala is a rewarding experience; fortunately this stunning state of India has many travel amenities. All travelers can benefit from the dependable, safe, and reliable methods of transportation in Kerala, whether they are first-time visitors or seasoned travelers.

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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