Tiny Kerala island
Thiruvananthapuram: Kakkathuruthucrows, a tiny island in Kerala's Alappuzha district, has been listed in National Geographic's 'Around the World in 24 Hours', a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots across the world.
"It is a matter of pride for us to be listed by NatGeo, which is among the leading magazines in the world," said Kerala Tourism Minister A.C. Moideen.
The tiny island, also known as the 'Island of Crows', that can be reached only by boat, was captured by the magazine photographers during the time of dusk when "the shadows lengthen and the sky shifts from pale blue to sapphire".
In a graphic description, the magazine said the sunset in Kerala is greeted by a series of rituals -- sari-clad women head home in skiffs, fishermen light lamps and cast nets into the lagoon and bats swoop across the horizon snapping up moths.
"If dawn is awakening and daytime illumination, then twilight is transcendence, a final burst of vitality before darkness falls," said NatGeo Expeditions.
The other destinations included in the magazine's list are the Northern Lights zone in Norway at 12.00 a.m., Hawaii at 5.00 a.m., Paris at 6.00 a. m., San Francisco at 7.00 a.m., Abu Dhabi at 8.00 a.m., Melbourne at 9.00 a.m., New York at 8.00 p.m., Budapest (Hungary) at 10.00 p.m. and Kerala at 6.00 p.m.