Presence of the Western ghats and the lands nearness to the sea Kerala is blessed with a pleasant and equitable climate through out the year. The summer (February-May), monsoons (June-August and October-November) and winter (December-January), slight drop in temperature. Normal temperature of Kerala varies from 28C to 33C.
Kerala is located on the Southern most strip of India Peninsula and Arabian sea formed its western frontier, Western ghats (sahyadri)its eastern. Geographically Kerala is divided into three- the highland ,the middle land and the low land. Because of its diverese geographical features and good climatic conditions Kerala has a wide variety of flora and fauna. The greenery of Kerala is extremely amazing. There are So many rivers (forty four),mountains, valleys ,backwaters and costal strips(runs some 580 km in length )in Kerala. A state with enough blessings from the God.
Kerala is the first literate state in India. The people of Kerala show the sprit of tolerance and religious harmony. Kerala is known as Prabudha Keralam because of the peoples awareness.The people of Kerala had a cosmopolitan outlook.
The people of Kerala show remarkable ability to assimilate new cultures. The arrival of the westerners changed the social and cultural condition of Kerala and undergo changes and mixing ups but the basic culture to a some extent remained unhampered.
Kerala, India's most advanced society : A hundred percent literate people. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest state. The political consiousness of the people of Kerala is high. In the educational field also Kerala enjoys a previlaged status. Condition of women is also high as compared to the rest of other states.
The culture of Kerala is Dravidian, deriving from the Tamil. Malayalam language is originated from the Tamil in the 9th century.
Quality of life
Kerala is a progressive state and the people have good physical health, social relationships, and environment. Kerala is India's most advanced society with a 100% literate people, world-class health care systems, lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates.
The awareness and condition of the people is good as compared to the rest of other states of India.
Responsiblei tourism is fast becoming a global trend. In India Kumarakom i(n Kerala )is the first place ,where Responsible tourism have successfully implemented. It provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.Kerala Tourism is committed to ensuring that a major portion of the revenue generated by tourism reaches key stakeholders such as local communities.
Ayurveda is an ancient ,a science dealing with body & mind . Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word and is a combination of 'ayur'(meaning life) and 'veda' (meaning knowledge).The ayurvedic treatment is based on the diaganosis of the tridosas- vata, pitta and kapha. When these three exists in right propotion the body becomes healthy.
.Ayurveda stresses great importance to civic hygiene - daily bathing, skin care, oil massaging etc....According to ayurveda positive thinking is very essential for the maintenance of good health. Ayurvedic treatment India's greatest contribution to the world. Now ayurvedic medicines and treatments is popular all over the world .Today its importance increased by realising its good effects. Its medicines has no side effects . Ayurveda uses mixtures of naturally occurring materials of vegetable, animal, and mineral origin for medicinal purposes.
Rejuvanation therapies are also a part of ayurvedic treatment- for the maintenance of good health. During the mansoon season special rejuvanation therapies and treatments are done .Treatment during this period is very effective for the body. The climatic condition helps to open up the body pores and the medicinal oils used in massaging get easily absorbed into the body there by increasing the effectiveness of the treatment.
Rejuvenation Therapy (Rasayana Chikitsa)
Ayurveda Health Centres Classified by Kerala Tourism
Kerala cuisine has a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.Kerala cuisine is liked by people . Food habit of the people is mainly depends on the climatic conditions, that is depending upon the availability of food materials. Traditional Kerala meals are scientifically organized and good for health also. Peoples used so many spices in the preparation of the dishes.
Varaites of Payasams
Veg and Non veg dishes.
Kerala is the land of festivals and becomes an integral part of the social and cultural structure and every community.Most of the Kerala festivals are connected with local traditions and religions .Every religion has something to celebrate about all through out the year. Kerala wakes up to some festival or the other every day of the year.,.Boat races of Kerala are also very attractive .Here festivals and performing arts are interrelated.
Souvernirs is an experience that causes you to remember something. Kerala souvernirs covere attractive and unique hand made items.There is a list of 110 souvenirs from Kerala to be produced and marketed.The land is traditionally rich in handicrafts. The skilled hands of the artisans of Kerala crafted out a wide variety of objets .Everything about Kerala is unique and after completion of your journey you will get confused on selecting from a huge collection.There are so many things which reflects the culture, history, art and socio-religious aspects of this Country.Handmade products are made from coconut shells, wood, clay and cane .Some of the unique items are -Aranmula Kannadi - a metal mirror unique to Kerala,Kasavu Sari -,Nettipattom,the traditional clothing of women Nettoor petti (traditional jewelry box),Nilavilakku (Brass lamp),Kathakali showpiece,Chundan vallom showpiece.
a home away from home.From these homestays the guestgot an oppourtunity to contact with the local community.Literally means a visit in which you pay to stay in someones house rather than in a hotel.
House Boat journey through the backwaters of Kerala becomes an unforgettable experience in Your Kerala trip, dont miss it. The beauty of Kerala, its greenery becomes more enjoyable through the house boat . Surely it is an unforgettable experience in your life.Now house boat becomes a major tourist attraction .
house boats(Kettuvallams) is used in earlier days for carrying goods fromm places to places.The top portion of the Vallam is covered with bamboo and coir.you can stay in the house boat,enjoy its traditional food,especially its fish items(Karemeen,Prawn crabs etc).
Kerala s famous martial art ,it was studied in kalaries,where the gurukal (master) taught this martial art to the students . The orgin of the Kalaripayattu dates back to the eleventh /tweith century. The Discovery Channel says Possibly the oldest martial art in the world, Kalarippayattu is still being practiced widely today in the Indian state of Kerala. Kalarippayattu also includes the marma treatment which identifies the vital nod. A well trained men can face many opponents at a time.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways. The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. In certain areas, such as the Vembanad Kayal, where a barrage has been built near Kumarakom, salt water from the sea is prevented from entering the deep inside, keeping the fresh water intact. Such fresh water is extensively used for irrigation purposes.The boat curise through the backwaters is a memorable experience.
Major Backwater destination in kerala
Alleppey ( Alapuzha), - 65 kms from cochin Alleppey is now the major hub for houseboat cruises in kerala
Kumarakom - 70 kms from cochin Kumarakom is well known for houseboat cruises and premium hotels. Kumarakom is the first place ,where Responsible tourism have successfully implemented.
Pathiramanal - is a small island in Alappuzha district,and is located in the Vembanad Lake.The scenic beauty of both sides of the lake as well as that of the island is mind blowing. It is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world.The island is a Birdwatcher's paradise.It is few kilometers off Alappuzha. Nearest airports is Cochin International Airport, about 85 km north of Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 150 km towards the south.
Kuttanad - It is the major rice granary of Kerala, where vast stretches of verdant paddy fields are interlaced with enchanting backwaters create some of the unforgettable sights.. Kuttanad can be accessed from places on the National Highway- 47 from Harippad to Alappuzha town in the District of Alappuzha, and from places like Thiruvalla and Changanasserry on the Main Central (MC) Road going through the District of Kottayam.
Vembanad Lake - is 16 km from Kottayam town Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals . The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating.
Kumbalangi - The place was selected as a model tourism village by the Government of India.Kumbalanghi is surrounded by backwaters.Kumbalangi Tourism Village one can fully savour a variety of natural splendours, and paramount to a model tourist village the outstanding ecological balance of the location.Kumbalangi, 15 km. from South Railway Station, and 45 km.from the Kochi International Airport.Kumbalangi, 15 km. from South Railway Station, and 45 km.from the Kochi International Airport.
Padanna Backwaters - It is located at Padanna, near Cheruvathur in the District of Kasaragod.Set amidst avenues of coconut tress and crisscrossed by canals and fanned by backwaters the retreat has everything natural at its core of existence and functioning.Nearest airports is Mangalore (120 km), Calicut (180 km),Nearest Bus StationisCheruvathur (9 Km) and nearest railway Stations is Cheruvathur(8 Km)Kasaragod.
Kavvayi Kaya - The backwater setting at Kavvayi is the biggest wetland in north Kerala with an area of roughly 37 sq km. A boat ride ideally from Kotti-Kottappuram would enable a visitor to see and enjoy the many inspiring sights of Kavvayi Kayal.Nearest railway station is Payyannur, about 4 kmsand itsnearest airport is Karipur, about 93 kms from Kannur.
Picnic Village in Kollam - It is 1 km from the kollam Open at 10 am - 6 pm.Situated on the backwater-front, the Picnic Village is one of the main centres of recreational activities in Kollam.In addition to an adventure park the place has a 200 year old Government Guest House,a boat club, a children's traffic park and a Yatri Nivas .
Ashtamudi - is the second largest backwater in kerala located in Kollam. Ashtamudi means 'eight coned'(Ashta = 'eight'; mudi = 'coned') in the local language of Malayalam.Accommodation in Resorts and Houseboats are a memorable thing.
Ponnumthuruthu Island- is surrounded by the Anjengo backwaters, an uninhabited island, located at 20 km from Varkala.Ponnumthuruthu Siva Temple, more than a century old, is the major surprise within the dense foliage in the island.
Thiruvallam - Located at a distance of 10 km from Thiruvananthapuram.Here is the famousThiruvallam temple dedicated to Lord Parashurama where the pilgrims perform religious rituals(Balitharpanam) with the objective of honoring their long past gone ancestors.You can enjoy boat curises in the backwaters.
Kerala Beaches are spread along the 600 km Arabian Sea coastline.it is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches & extensive backwaters and is therefore frequently visited by Indian & international tourists alike.The sun-drenched shoreline of Kerala lined with heavenly palm trees and on other side the rippling waves makes the Kerala Beaches an ideal place for leisure vacation or for tourists looking for a break from the hectic routine life. Top most Beaches
Kovalam - the Finest Beach Resorts in the World,Varkala Beach,Allappuzha ,Bypore Beach,Bekal Beach Marari Beach, Fort Kochi Beach,Kumarakom Beach, Kappad Beach,Payyambalam Beach, Thangassery Beach,Thirumullavaram Beach, .
Alappuzha Beach is near Alappuzha town, south Kerala.Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot.Facilities at the Vijaya Beach Park: Boating, a children's park with toy train and bicycles.Timings: Open from 1500 - 2000 hours. Entrance fee: Rs. 2 per person; Free entrance for children below 5 years. Boating charge: Rs. 10 for ten minutes. Video permit: Rs. 25; Camera permit: Rs. 5.
Bekal Fort Beach is about a kilometre from Bekal Fort, about 16 km south of Kasaragod on the national highway, Kasaragod district, north Kerala.A beautiful walk way has been laid for the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the fine coastline and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bekal Fort.A park has been developed here for children below 14 years.
Beypore is located about 10 kms south of Kozhikode town at the mouth of the Chaliyar River.Historically, it has a special place as being one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours, and was also an important trade and maritime centre during the days of the early Arab and Chinese travelers and later the Europeans.. The shipbuilding yard at Beypore is famous for its traditional construction of the Uru or the Arabian trading vessel. This tradition of shipbuilding is nearly 1,500 years old, and the craftsmanship of the workers here is exceptional.
Near Vypeen Island accessible by boat (30 minutes, journey) from Ernakulam.The lovely beach bordering the Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. The sea on the western side and the backwaters on the east give this upcoming tourist destination a uniqueness which can be found only in Kerala.
Chithari Beach is 5 km from Kanhangad, Kasaragod district, north.Attraction: A small tropical island.The emerald lagoon. And a vast sandy beach. Green and beautiful, a little effaced by the historic Bekal Fort and beach, Chithari is still a virgin destination. The island is accessible only by boat, often wooden canoes that belong to the locals.
Kappad Beach is about 16 km from Kozhikode town.For the people of Kozhikode, this pleasant stretch of rock studded beach is Kappakkadavu. To the tourist it is one of the most charming of Kerala's beaches. Kappad finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malabar coast. Here, 501 years ago, 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama (1460-1524) sailed in and stepped into Kerala to create a new chapter in history, the story of a long and tumultuous socio-political relationship between India and Europe.
Kovalam Beach is the world famous beach just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city,south Kerala.Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches.It has been a favourite haunt of tourists,especially Europeans,since the 1930s.A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages,special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc.
Best time to visit - September to March, though it is an all year destination.
Kozhikode Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. Its natural beauty and old world charm makes it a dreamy place to visit.Kozhikode, the most important region of Malabar in yesteryears, was the capital of the powerful Zamorins and also a prominent trade and commerce center. It was here at Kappad that Vasco Da Gama landed in his search for the spices of the Orient.
Muzhapilangad Beach is about 15 km from Kannur and 8 km from Thalasseri, Kannur district, north Kerala.The Muzhapilangad beach which stretches across four kilometres of sand is a drive-in beach where one can drive down the entire length. Calm and serene, the place is secluded and remains unexplored.
Payyambalam Beach is 2 km from Kannur town, Kannur district, north Kerala.Quiet, secluded, this beautiful stretch of sand and surf is the best locale for a relaxed evening. The Payyambalam beach is a popular picnic spot of the local people and holds much potential for development into a tourist resort.
Shankumugham beach The beach is on the western side of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city and very near to Trivandrum International Airport.Shanghumugham beach is considered as the Arattukadavu of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan - The presiding deity of the city. Thousands of Hindus perform Bali Tharpanam during special occasions. Shanghu mugham is the prime location for Ganesh Nimarjan at the time of Vinayaka Chathurthi.
On the Arattu day at Thiruvananthapuram, images of Lord Padmanabhawamy, Lord Narasimha, and Lord Krishna are taken in procession to the Arabian sea at Shanghumugham beach. His Highness the former Maharaja of Travancore,Sri Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, will lead the procession with the royal sword in hand, who will be escorted by members of the Royal family, armed guards, temple authorities, mounted police, and officers. After the ceremonial bath in Shanghumugham, images are taken back in procession which marks the conclusion of the festival.
Kerala's evergreen forests lies its easternmost districts and enriched with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Park of Kerala
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 30 kms from state capital Trivandrum is having a lion safari park.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary - The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on Thiruvanthapuram-Ponmudi Road, about 50 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram.It is spread over an area of 53 sq. km. on the Western Ghats and was established in 1938. The place is fascinating for its damsite, thick forest areas, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rocky terrains ideal for adventure expeditions.Nearest Airport isThiruvananthapuram, about 56 km from the sanctuary.
Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary - situated at 66 km from Kollam town on the Kollam - Shencotta Road, in Pathanapuram taluk of Kollam district. It is a tropical semi-evergreen forest.According to some recent archaeological discoveries, a rock shelter has been found here which contains a few pre-historic rock engravings believed to be from the Mesolithic period (5210 - 4420BC)Nearest railway station is Thenmala connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kashmir.Nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport 72 km away.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - located on the banks of the Vembanad lake, 16km from Kottayam town, the bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from far away Siberia. Beyond the sanctuary one can take a boat ride in Vembanad Lake or along the Kavanar River. The best time for bird watching in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is between June and August.(Migratory birds : November - February). House boats and motor boats are available on hire for bird watching cruises on the lake.
Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary - This sanctuary, established in 1958, is situated about 20kms east of Thrissur.The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife sanctuary is the second oldest sanctuary in Kerala The moist deciduous forests of the Trichur Peechi Vazhani national park are a haven for a variety of wildlife that consists of many rare species of animals, birds and plants as well. The sanctuary is situated in the basin of the Peechi and Vazhni dams of Trichur.Nearest Airport is Kochi, 98 km away.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary - About 58 km from Kochi city and 13 km northeast of Kothamangalam in Ernakulam district; Thattekkad is made up of dense tropical evergreen and deciduous forest and grassland patches, housing a population of over 500 species of exotic birds. This globally acclaimed bird sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the internationally renowned ornithologist.Nearest Railway Station is Aluva, about 48 km away and nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport, about 44 km.
Parambikkulam Tiger Reserve - It is 135 km from Palakkad town.Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the most protected ecological piece of Anamalai sub unit of Western Ghats, surrounded on all sides by protected areas and sanctuaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the sanctuary is endowed with a peninsular flora and fauna which are excellently conserved due to total protection and minimal human interferences.The reservoir harbours several varieties of aquatic fauna including mugger crocodiles that are often seen sunning on its banks.Trekking in the forest is allowed with prior permission.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary - About 40 km from Thodupuzha, Idukki district, Central Kerala.There is a scenic lake around the sanctuary, covered by an enchanting canopy of tropical ever-green and deciduous trees, and offers boat rides.The world famous Idukki arch dam and the vast lake increase the importance of this place. Kochi is the nearest airport.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary -is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady.One of the best among the 27 tiger reserves in India.It is one of the best places for viewing wild animals. The best time to visit animals is during the months of March, April and May.Thekkady offers facilities for Trekking, elephant riding and boating.
Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve), - Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India.Periyar Tiger Reserve is truly a peoples Reserve where the tribal participation in the art of preservation has blossomed into one of the most fruitful initiatives.By taking tourists along, they are involved in the conservation of the forests of Periyar and some valuable revenue is generated for community welfare.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary - is located 18 km north of Marayoor ,the Idukki district of Kerala and represents a large number of plants and animals unique to the thorny vegetation. Marayoor Sandalwood forest is located here,34 species of Mammals live here and also there are 965 species of flowering plants in the sanctuary.Tourists can enjoy the natural walk along the Chinnar and Pamber river banks.Tourist can enjoy treking and camping facilities.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary - Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, about 19 km from Kozhikode .It is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea. We can see hundred species of native birds and over 60 species of migratory birds.Apart from birds, here you may also find a large varieties of fish, turtles, mussels and crabs.The best time to see this sanctuary in all its glory is from November to April. -
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, (Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary) It is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery. Wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger has been spotted. There are also quite a few wild birds in the sanctuary.Peacocks and Peafowl tend to be very common in the area.Established in 1973, the sanctuary is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary - 35 km from Thalasserry and 60 km from Kannur town Aralam Sanctuary is having the highest peak Katti Betta - rises to a majestic 1145 m above sea level. Herds of deer, elephant, boar and bison are common sights. Leopards, jungle cats and various types of squirrels are also seen here. Nearest Railway Station is Thalasserry, about 35 km and Nearest Airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 71 km from Thalasserry town.
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary - situated in wayanad district north Kerala ,20 km east of Mananthavady is having a diverse species of plants and animals and is of great interest to nature lovers. Nearest Railway Stationis thalassery in Kannur district is about 80 km from Mananthavady.Nearest Airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 106kms.
Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary - Situated in Karnataka, this wildlife sanctuary is some 40 kms from Mananthavady in Wayanad. Jeeps and trucks regularly transport visitors to this location. Visiting time-6 8 am & 3 - 5.30pm .
Pakshipathalam - which is about 66 km from Kalpetta, Wayanad district, north Kerala.Located in Brahmagiri hills, the area is noted for virgin forests, steep hillocks and streams.So many birds can see there . A cave which rishis (saints) are believed to have used for meditation in ancient times, has become a major attraction for tourists. Nearest railway station is Kozhikode, about 106 km from Mananthavady and Nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 23 km from Kozhikode town.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary - is a popular wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad..It is located 59kmsaway from Kalpetta,& from Mananthavadi 24 kms.his sanctuary has a wide variety of animals, but visitors are restricted to the outer tourist zone.Visiting time-6 8 am & 3 - 5.30pm
Eravikulam National Park
Located 12 km from is spread over an area of 97 sq km in the Kannan devan hills of the Western Ghats. It was declared as National Park in 1978.
Silent Valley National Park -
The park is actually named Indira Gandhi National Park, and Silent Valley is the name of the place, but it is also called Silent Valley National Park. It is a wonderful place to visit for tourists. The Silent Valley National Park is a unique preserve of natural rainforests. The core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the Silent Valley National Park. Despite its name, the Silent Valley (the clamour of Cicadas is conspicuously absent here) echoes with the sounds of teeming wildlife.Nearest Railway Station is Palakkad, about 80 km and nearest Airport is Coimbatore (in neighbouring Tamilnadu State), about 55 km.
Some wild animals that the tourists can see are elephants, Nilgiri Tahr lion-tailed macaque, deer, monkeys, civet cats, squirrels including the Malabar giant squirrel.
Main animals seen in the sanctuaries of Kerela are :
Main flora in the sanctuaries of Kerela are bamboo, neem, sandal, Teak, maruthu, karimaruthi, rosewood, venteak, vengal, chadachi, mazhukanjiram, nanjanathi, dendrocalamus, marythu, vaka, , mulluvenka. elavu,manjakadambu pala, vembu, aval etc... and over 1800 flowering plants including 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids etc...
Hill Stations of Kerala
Hills of Kerala with its lush green, verdant forests that are home to variegated species of fauna
and flora. Stay in Hill resorts offers an amaizing experience,where natural beauty is in its heights.Numerous wildlife sanctuaries are located on the Kerala hills . The Kerala hill stations Resorts that are still popular tourist destinations are Wayanad, Nelliyampatty, Munnar, Idukki, Devikulam, Wagamon Ponmudi, Rajamala etc..
Nelliyampathy-.To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the Pothundy Dam. There are about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy, which itself has plenty of interesting sights to offer. Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. Nearest Railway Station is Palakkad, about 52 kms from Nelliyampathy and nearest Airport is Coimbatore, about 55 kms from Palakkad.
Agasthyakoodam - is located 90 km from Thiruvananthapuram,a haven for rare herbs and medicinal plants.Its the second highest peak in Kerala.The Agasthya forest gots its name from sage Agasthya.Womens are not allowed to climb the peak.December 2'nd week to February is advocated for trekking for which a forest pass has to be obtained .A valuable and rare herb by name Arogyapacha (Plant of eternal health) is attracting the attention of modern researchers to this hill. Agastyakoodam is the source of the Perennial River Thamiarabarni.
Ponmudi - is located ata distance of 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram .Ponmudi is an enchanting hill resort with narrow winding pathways and cool, green environs. Along with a beautiful array of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies and small rivulets, Ponmudi offers excellent opportunities for trekking. Nearest railway station isThiruvananthapuram central, about 61 km and nearest airport is thiruvananthapuram International Airport about 67 km.
Pattumala - is just 17 km east of Peermede and 27 km west of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady.The hills is wrapped in silk you got an amaizing experience.At the top of a hill is the Velankanni Matha Church, a famous pilgrim center.Tthere is a flower garden with diverse and rich flowers located near the church.Nearest railway station is Kottayam about 75 km away and nearest airport is Kochi International Airport about 150 km away.
Ilaveezhapoonchira(55 km from Kottayam, 20 km from Thodupuzha) is another picnic spot located in the midst of the beautiful hillocks near Kanjar. It is easily accessible from Palai in Kottayam district. Surrounded by three enchanting hillocks - Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala and Thonippara - makes this place ideal for trekking.
Rajamala is 15km away from Munnar, the beautiful and famous hill station Resorts in Kerala.It is about 2695 meters height above sea level.Rajamala now shelters half the population of the worlds endangered species, the mountain goat.Nearest railway station is Kottayam railway station, 142 km away and nearest airport is Cochin international airport, 130 km away and in neighboring Tamil Nadu, Madhurai airport, 142 km away.
Ramakalmedu (16 km from Nedumkandam, Thekkady-Munnar Road).Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreaThe hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats.Nearest railway station is Changanacherry about 93 km and nearest airpor is Madurai (Tamil Nadu) about 140 km Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, about 190 km.
Wayanad ,the green paradise, is the most beautiful hill station in Kerala . Home to stunning orchids, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, rubber, bamboo and coffee, Wayanad has a surprise in store for you at every nook & corner.So many beautiful resorts with a beautiful location are awaiting for you. Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking and 2100 m above sea level. Pakshipathalam in wayanad can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary .The famous historical site, Eddakal caves(a prehistoric culture dating back to the Mesolithic Age),are also located in Wayanad Hills.The scenic beauty of Wayanad is amaizing.
Peermede (915m from the sea level) is in Idukki district and about 40 km from Kumily.It is a lovely hill station.Peermede and its surroundings are suitable for trekking, cycling and horse riding The summer palace of Rajas of erstwhile Travancore is today an important monument here..Fom Peermedeit is just 3 km to Kuttikanam a place for adventure tourism and trekking .Thrissanku Hills,is another attraction .From where we get a beautiful view of sunrise and sunset.
Vattavada is Located about 45 km east of Munnar. At Vattavada, in comparison to other regions in Munnar, instead of tea plantations, it is the predominance of vegetables that occupy the terraced slopes and valleys of Vattavada.Vattavada could be taken for a place significant for trekking. Here, an avid trekker would get options to explore many adjoining locations. Some of the trekking routes starting from Vattavada include the ones going to Kodaikanal, Top Station, Mattupetty, Kanthaloor and Meesapulimala.Munnar is accessible by road from Ernakulam and Kottayam.Nearest railway station is Ernakulam Junction, about 130 km away from Munnar.Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 110 km away from Munnar.
From her ewe get an amizing greenery of the hills.The famous Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine are visible from here.It is 43 km from Thekkadyand 26 km from Periyar.
Pullumedu can be accessed only by jeep. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone, special permission to visit has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady Ph: 322027.
The Range Officer, Vallakkadavu.Ph: 352515
Vellarimala is a verdant, rolling landscape, with numerous brooks, cascades and breathtaking waterfalls, Vellari Mala offers is a true abode for you to unwind and to immerse in the whiff of its limitless fresh air. River Kanjirapuzha, a tributary of the River Chaliyar, meanders through the rocky terrain, creating cascades and breathtaking waterfalls at many points.Nearest Railway Station is Vadakara and nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 23 km from Kozhikode town.
Iringal near Vadakara is where Kunjali Marakkar, chieftain of the Zamorins army, was born. His Heroic resistance against the Portuguese invasions became part of Keralas history . His small hut has been preserved as a memorial along with ancient swords, canon balls and knives, things he used for fighting the invaders. Kerala Government is now launching a new program to bring together the artists and craftsmen of the state and provide them more opportunities. Iringal art and Craft Village is set up in 20 acres in the bank of Murad river. Around 32 attractive huts are constructed for the artists to make, exhibit and market their creations.This village also provides facilities for tourists to enjoy the handicrafts and their making process.Iringal is 48 km away from Kozhikkode.
The Meenmutti waterfalls, gushing down and then flowing down in cascades further down its course is an awesome sight to watch from the Neelimala viewpoint near Vaduvanchal in Wayanad.Nearest railway station is Kozhikode, about 80 kms from Vaduvanchal and nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, about 95 km from Vaduvanchal.
Nilambur renowned for the oldest teak plantation in the world, is in Malappuram district,Kerala.World's first Teak Museum is on on the Nilambur - Gudallur road, 4 km away from the town .Nedumkayam, just 18 km from Nilambur town, is noted for its rich rain forests.A cluster of kovilakoms the residences of the local rajas or rulers of earlier days can also seen there. Valamthode,tribal settlement, is about 27 km from Nilambur, beyond the Chaliyar river.
Nearest railway station is Nilambur is the terminus of the Shornur - Nilambur railway line and nearest airport is Kozhikode, about 26 km from Malappuram town.
Neelakurinji ,The Strobilanthus shrub that blooms only once in twelve years has bloomed in this year 2006(The season from August to December)Many tour operators, adventure clubs etc. organise trekking for visitors to reach some of the best locales in and around Munnar for seeing the grand spread of Neelakurinji..The flower has 40 different varieties, as botanists say, but is found largely in shades of blue -- referred to as "Neela Kurinji".Nearest railway station is Ernakulam, about 145 kms away and nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 110 kms away.
Mattupetty(13 km from Munnar) is siituated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm - the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here.The Mattupetty lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are other attractions in the vicinity. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum is near by the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram.Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore,built the palace who was a great musician.Entrance fee for adults: Rs. 10, Children: Rs. 3, Foreigners: Rs. 20, Camera permit (outside): Rs. 15, Video: Rs. 500. Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 1 km.Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km.
Science & Technology Museum is in Trivandrum.Traced the strides made in the fields of Science, technology and electronics with the help of models.
Napier Museum located in Thiruvananthapuram. It holds on display a vast collection of prized stone sculptures, wood and ivory carvings, handicrafts and a collection of the Chera, Chola, Pandya coins.
Sree Chithra Enclave was opened in 1993,depicts the history of the Travancore Royal Family.
Chacha Nehru Children's Museum is for Children here is the vast collection of nearly 2000 dolls, stamps and masks . Ph: 2324939(Open 1030 - 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays)
Natural History Museum in Trivandrum adjacent to the renowned Napier Museum or the Government Art Museum.There are separate galleries for the Mammals, the birds, the vertebrates, the invertebrates and the skeletons. A library and a laboratory also form part of the museum. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10'am - 5 pm However on Wednesdays, it opens only at 1'o clock in the afternoon.Entrance fee: Adults: Rs. 5 Children between 5 - 12 yrs: Rs. 4. Photography not allowed. Ph: 2318294
Krishnapuram Palace is at Kayamkulam, about 52 km from Alappuzha.The Krishnapuram Palace is an exquisite example of the Kerala style of architectur. It was the residence of the rulers of Kayamkulam Kingdom, the age of the palace is unknown.Today the palace is an archaeological museum.Visiting hours: 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Lunch break: 1.00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.
Museum of Kerala History It is 10 kilometers from ernakulam, Cochin.In the entrance you can see the statue of Sage Parasurama.There are life size statues and sculptures that vividly illustrate the important landmarks in our civilization right from the Stone Age to the modern times. The museum is famous for its light and sound show in which the 2000-year-old history of Kerala comes to life.
Hill Palace Museum is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, near Tripunithura, Kochi. The Hill Palace, the official residence of the Kochi royal family .Open in public all days except Mondays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The palace is about 12 km from Ernakulam mainland and approachable by road.
Archaeological Museum is near the Thrissur Zoo, 2 km from Thrissur town, Central Kerala. Visiting hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days except Mondays and national holidays.
KIRTADS is a special museum which hows us glimpses of the past.The main area of concern in the Museum is The Kerala tribe communities of the ancient times.There is a good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology is an added attraction.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum is located in kumarakom.A display of large collection of superior quality driftwood articles of very high artistic value, prepared through a rare and innovative modern artform. Visiting Hours Weekday: 10.00 am to 01.00 pm, 1.30 pm to 6.00 pm ,Sunday: 12.30 pm to 6.00 pm,Monday: Holiday ,Entrance by Pass
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum in Wayanad, has one of Kerala's largest collections of the remnants of an era dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The exhibits here are evidences of an advanced civilisation that existed in the mountains of Wayanad.Sulthan Bathery, the nearest town, is about 98 km from Kozhikode city.Nearest railway station is Kozhikode, 97 km from Sulthan Bathery and nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 120 km from Sulthan Bathery.Visiting time-10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Pazhassiraja Museum & Art Gallery is km from Kozhikode town at East Hill, Kozhikode .The museum and the art gallery are named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam royal family.Adjacent to the museum displays the acclaimed paintings of Kerala's cherished artists, Raja Ravi Varma.
Main temples of Thiruvanathapuram
Padmanabhaswamy Temple,the ancient temple built in combination of Kerala and the Dravidian style of architecture, now becomes world famous through the immense treasure that was secretly and carefully kept in the vaults( 6 Secret Cellars (Nilavara a place to keep assets safe) of the temple.It was situated in the heart of the city.
Marthanda Varma,the famous ruler of the Travacore,dedicated the kingdom of Travancore to Lord Padmanabha in 1750 .Then he take an oath that the rulers of the family will rule the state on behalf of Lord and he and his descendants would serve the kingdom as Padmanabha Dasa or the Servant of Lord Padmanabha.
The two annual festivals of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple culminate in a grand procession, in which the three deities (Padmanabha, Narasimha and Krishna) are carried on flower-deck and aesthetically decorated Garuda Vahanas to Shankumugham Beach, for "arattu" (sacramental ablution). The arattu days are declared as local public holidays in Thiruvanathapuram.
Thivananthpuram ,the capital city of Kerala is also derived from the name of from the presiding deity of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple, who is also known as Anantha (one who reclines on the Serpent Ananatha).. Thiru Anantha Puram means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha. The 6 m image of Vishnu reclining on Anantha the Serpent, partly covered with gold and embellished with precious stones is viewed in three sections through three doors. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India . The shrine is currently run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore.
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Located 3km away from the Thiruvananthapuram.The temple is knows as the Sabarimala of women, is in Thiruvananthapuram. The Goddess in the temple of Attukal is worshipped as the Supreme Mother . The Pongala Mahotsavam is the most important festival of Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. The offering of Pongala is a special temple practice prevalent in the southern part of Kerala and some parts of Tamilnadu. It is a ten-day programme commencing on the Karthika star of the Malayalam month of Makaram-Kumbham (February-March) and closing with the sacrificial offering known as Kuruthitharpanam at night. On the ninth day of the festival the world famous Attukal Pongala Mahotsavam takes place. The entire area of about 5 kilometre radius around temple with premises of houses of people of all caste, creed and religion, open fields, roads, commercial institutions, premises of Government offices etc. emerges as a consecrated ground for observing Pongala rituals for lakhs of women devotees assembling from different parts of Kerala and outside.
Sree Parasurama Temple, Thiruvallam- Located 7 km from Thiruvananthapuram.This is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Sree Parasurama, the mythological creator of Kerala. This 2000year-old temple is a venue for the Bali ritual for departed souls.The nearest railway station is the Trivandrum railway station and nearest airport isThe Trivandrum airport .
Bheemappalli is located 5 km Southwest of Thiruvananthapuram.This mosque is famous for the Chandanakkudam Festival which is said to be the death anniversary of Bheema Beevi, a devout pilgrim who came to Kerala from Mecca.Festivities include devotees going round the mosque carrying earthen pots (kudam) smeared with sandal wood paste. The Uroose festival here is also famous.The nearest railway station is the Trivandrum railway station. The Trivandrum airport is the nearest airport .
Christ the King Church, Vettukadu ,it is14 km from Thiruvananthapuram.An important pilgrim centre, this church is famous for the annual festival in November. High Mass, Vespers, a two- hour long Holy Eucharistic procession and benediction are the highlights of the festival. Nativity feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary is also celebrated with religious spirit.
Varkala is 41 km from Thiruvananthapuram.Varkala is a famous pilgrim center. The Samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru, The great social reformer and philosopher, attracts devotees in thousands. The cliffs and mineral water springs at Sarkara Temple (Chirayinkeezhu) 35 kms north of Thiruvananthapuram and 6 kms west of Attingal.
Sarkaradevi Temple is one of the most important temples in South India. It is situated South of the Chirayinkeezhu Taluk (in the North-West of Thiruvananthapuram district.) Tradition accords a remote antiquity to this temple. Its main deity is Bhadrakali. The Sarkaradevi Temple assumed a significant status for many reasons and rose to historical importance mainly with the introduction of the famous Kaliyoot festival by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, the Travancore sovereign, in 1748. the Papanasam Beach are worth a visit. The inland waterways system connecting Kollam in the North, with Thiruvananthapuram in the South, passes through two tunnels in the hills. The Janardhana Swamy Temple here attracts many devotees. Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, Neyyattinkara is20 km from Thiruvananthapuram.This temple is historically important as the site housing the old Jackfruit tree that once gave refuge to King Marthandavarma, erstwhile ruler of Travancore.
pilgrim centers of Kollam
Kottumkulangara Temple, Chavara, 12 km from Kollam.This festival held at "kottankulangara"temple at chavara,near kollam,kerala.where hundreds of sturdy mens dress up as females at night & take lamps in their hands(its called "chamayavilakku").it's for getting blessings from goddes.
Thangassery is a place of historical importance situated 5 kms. away from Kollam town. The churches here are pretty old, having been established in the 18th century. The chief attraction of the place is the light house, built in 1902.Thangassery was an enclave of the Portuguese, Dutch and British in succession. The remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts still exits.
Oachira Parabrahma Temple ,Oachira is on the border of Kollam and Allappuzha districts, next to the National Highway 47. It is a pilgrimage center that is centered on Parabrahma temple, which covers thirty-six acres of land. The Temple is dedicated to Omkaram or the Universal Consciousness.The major annual festivals are Oachira Kali or Oachirakali (held on the first and second of Midhunam, i.e., June-July) and the twelve-day Panthrandu Vilakku which is held in November/December.The temple is unique in India as there is no sanctum sacntorum fo this temple and has no temple structures.
Aryankavu Ayyappa Temple is The Ayyappa Temple at Aryankavu in Kollam District.It is one among the five most important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala. The shrine at Aryankav is known as Aryankavu Shastha Temple and Lord Ayyappa is depicted as a teenager (young boy) here. Ayyappa is known as Tiruaryan here and therefore the place got the name Aryankavu.51 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 70 km .
Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt,52 km from Kollam.Amma Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram located at Vallikavu in Kollam District of Kerala attracts millions of devotees annually. This is the main Ashram of Mata Amritanandamayi who is popularly known as the Hugging Saint around the world. In India, She is Amma who through Her philanthropic and charity activities have given economic freedom and spiritual upliftment to millions of people.By bus or train: Kayamkulam (12 km north of Amritapuri) and Karunagappally (10 km south) are the major cities to reach.The two closest airports are in Trivandrum (110 km south of Amritapuri) and in Cochin (140 km north). from Kollam.
Panmana Asramam, Panmana is a village in Kollam district in the state of Kerala.Asramam is located 18 Kms north of Kollam city nearby the National Highway 47, is the Mahasamadi Peedom of Sree Chattampy Swamikal.He is a great social reformer of that age and also a great saint, the Yogi of Yogis . According to Swami "Woman cannot be fettered by any power in the world. She is the symbol of the creative force and the presiding diety of the universe". He wrote so many books.
At present in the Asramam Brahmacharins and Sannyasins are living and undergoing indo-logical studies and research in fields of Vedas,Puranas,Ayurveda and Sanskrit language and literature.
Pathanamthitta pilgrim centers
Sabarimala (Pilgrim Centre) is a famous pilgrim center in Kerala located on the mountain ranges of Western Ghats. One can reach on foot this pilgrim center walking from Pamba. The shrine of the temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The two main events of the temple are Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku which fall in the month of November to mid January. The temple is opened only for the five days of every Malayalam month and during 'Vishu' in April.Hazardous hills like Karimala and Neelimala surround Sabarimala. Men of all ages can enter this temple, but women only below 10 and above 50 ages are allowed to enter the temple.
Maramon Convention (February)
The Marthoma Maramon Convention is the biggest religious gathering of Christians in Asia. It is held on the banks of river Pamba, Maramon, near Kozhencherry since 1896 usually in the month of February.Thousands of people from all over India assemble here at this great occation.The Maramon Convention displays co-operation and union between different sections of Church in Kerala.
Chandanakkudam Festival (February) -
The Chandanakudam at Pathanamthitta is one of the most colourful of Muslim festival in Kerala.Chandanakkudam Festival of the Jama - Al Mosque at Pathanamthitta attracts thousands of devotees. This is a famous Muslim pilgrim center.
Nilackal - This is another of the attractions near Sabarimala, this location is known for the ancient Siva Temple and the Ecumenical Christian center .
Aranmula : Aranmula houses the Parthasarathi Temple which is located on the banks of the holy River Pamba. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it attracts a large number of tourists. Aranmula snake boat race is held on the last day of the weeklong Onam festival which is a great attraction to the tourists.0
Pandalam (Pilgrim Town) :Pandalam is a holy town located at a distance of 14 kms from Chengannur railway station. The Valiyakoikal Temple is located on the banks of River Achenkovil has a close resemblance to the Sabarimala Shrine.
Kaviyoor (Temple Area) :Kaviyoor is located on the banks of the River Manimala and visited by the devotees for its temples. It is 5kms east of Thiruvalla. Both Kaviyoor Temple and the rock cut temple located in close proximity attract the devotees. The Hanuman temple is perched on a hillock and it displays the gable style architecture.
Malayapuzha : Malayapuzha is visited by the Hindu devotees for its Bhagavathy temple. It is 8 kms away from Pathanamthitta.The main attraction of the temple are its wall paintings and artistic stone carvings.
Manjinikkara Church - Mar Ignatius Elias III, the holy patriot of Anthiod while on a visit to India, died at this place in 1932. His mortal remains are preserved at Manjinikkara church. Later this place developed into a pilgrim centre.
Alleppey Pilgrim Centers
Mannarasala Temple, Haripad is 52 km South of Alappuzha.This is the most significant site of snake worship in Kerala and houses 30.000 images of snake-gods. The shrine is under the patronage of a Namboodiri family whose oldest female member performs the role of the temple priestess.Mannarasala Ayilliam (September to November),is the famous festival of the temple.Nearest Railway stations are Haripad Railway Station - 3 kms, Mavelikkara Railway Station - 10 kms, Kayamkulam Railway Station - 11 kms.Nearest Airport isThiruvananthapuram International Airport - Distance 121 kms, Nedumbassery International Airport - Distance - 132 kms.
Chettikulangara Devi Temple is 5 km from Kayamkulam.One of the renowned Devi temples in Kerala, this temple is famous for the Bharani festival. celebrated in February/March. The highlights of this festival are Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha.Nearest Railway station is Kayamkulam, about 5 km.Nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport, about 85 km north of Alappuzha.
Chengannur Mahadevar Temple is 30 km, south of Kottayam.This temple is dedicated to Shiva and Parvathi, is known for the Thiruputha festival, when the goddess is believed to menstruate and the cloth with which the panchaloba idol is draped is found discolored with red spots. The Sreekovil is closed during this time and is re-opened only on the fourth day after pacificator rites.Nearest Railway station is Chengannur Mahadeva Temple is only 1 km away from both Railway Station and KSRTC Bus Stand.
Subramania Swamy Temple, Haripad is1 km from Harippad town.The Subramania (son of Lord Shiva) idol here, the biggest of its kind has been designed after the sculptural pattern of the Buddhist period. It is believed that the idol, which was obtained from a river, was worshipped by Lord Parasurama.
Sree Krishna Temple, Ambalapuzha is 14 km of Alappuzha.The Sree Krishna Temple is a glorious tribute to the Kerala style of architecture. The holy offering of delicious milk porridge 'Ambalappuzha palppayasam' is the most striking feature of the rituals at this temple.When you visit God's Own Country make it a point to taste the Ambalappuzha palppayasam. This offering is made here everyday.Nearest Railway station: Ambalappuzha.Nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport, about 85 km and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 150 km from Alappuzha town.
St. Sebastian's Church, Aruthunkal ,is 22 km north of Alappuzha.One of the most important pilgrim centers of the Christians in Kerala, this church was established by Portuguese half missionaries. The feast of St. Sebastian is held here every year during the second week of January. The Ettamperunal is celebrated on the 8th day after the main festival.
St. George's Church, Edathual is 24 km from Alappuzha on the Alappuzha-Thiruvalla road.Established in 1810, the church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments. During the eleven-day annual feast (27 April- 7 May) pilgrims from all parts of South India, irrespective of caste and creed, visit the church and seek the blessings of the saint.
St. Thomas Church, Kokkamangalam is built by St. Thomas in AD 52, this church has a special altar where the holy relics of St. Thomas, brought from Edessa with the special permission of His Holiness John Paul II is kept.
Mullakkal Rajarajeshwari Temple is5 km from Kayamkulam.It situated in the heart of Alleppey town, dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeswari. The nine days Navarathri festival is celebrated with great devotion and importance. The last two days are most auspicious. Colourful processions participated by nine elephants are held in the evening. Also many cultural programmes are held in honour of this festival for thousands of devotees who come there.
Kottayam Pilgrim Centers
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is situated in Ettumanoor, a small town near Vaikom.Myths have it that the Pandavas and the sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. It is believed that the great philosopher, Sankaracharya wrote 'Soundaraya Lahari' staying in the temple.The arattu festival celebrated on a grand scale on the Thiruvathira day in FebruaryMarch every year. Lot of people come to this temple on the 8th and 10th day of the festival when seven and half elephants (in Malayalam: ezharaponnaana) made of gold (nearly 13 Kgms) will be held in public view.The Thulabharam is one of the important rituals of this temple.
Erumeli (or Erumely, as it was spelt earlier) is a small town in Kottayam district. Famous for the lakhs of devotees who visit Erumeli during their pilgrimage to Sabarimalai, Erumeli is often noticed as a place of communal amity between its Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Erumeli is renowned for Petta Thullal (Erumeli Pettathullal or Erumeli Petta Thullal), a ritual dance performed by the Sabarimala pilgrim .
Blessed ALphonsa, Bharananganam,is 20 km from Ettumanoor.The church is one of the important pilgrim centers of the Christians in Kerala. The mortal remains of Sr. Alphonsa, who was pronounced as blessed, is kept in this church. The death anniversary of blessed Sr. Alphonsa that falls on the 20th of July is an important day.
Built in AD 1550, this is one of the largest churches in Kottayam. The church is dedicated to St. Mary and is located in Thazhathangadi about 4km northwest of the town center. The church is known for two 8th-century Persian crosses with Pahlavi inscriptions that prove them to be the earliest examples of Christianity in India.
Cheriyapally - The church of Cheriyapally is dedicated to St. Mary. Built in 1579 AD, the church houses some exquisite vegetable dye paintings on the ceilings and walls depicting biblical and non-biblical themes.
Shiva Temple, Vaikom is 40 km from Kottayam town.This temple is very famous for its typical Kerala style of temple architecture and is believed to have been constructed by Parasurama, the mythological creator of Kerala. The 12 days 'Ashtami' festival is celebrated here in November or December and is renowned for its elephant procession, religious discourses, traditional dances and important musical performance ' Panchavadyam'.
Mannanam is an important Syrian Christian Centre, the town of Mannanam, 8kms from Kottayam, sites the St. Joseph Monastery, associated with the name of Fr. Kuriakose Elias of Chavara (1805-71), one of the saintly figures of the Syrian Catholic Church of Kerala. Among renowned institutions here is the St. Joseph Press, which was established in 844.
Kurisumala is 5 km from Vazhikadavu.This is where hundreds of devotees from far and wide converge during the Holy Week and after, to climb the mala or hill in faith, carrying small wooden Kurlksu or crosses.
Changanacherry Thrikodithanam Temple is in Thrikodithanam village is located on the outskirts of Changanaserry Municipality in Kottayam District, Kerala, India.It is believed that this is one of the five temples where the original Vishnu image worshipped by the Pandavas is kept. 'The Deepam" festival is celebrated here with great joy in the month of November or December.The temple is on the Chaganaserry-Kaviyur Road. It is 2.5 KM from Chaganaserry town.
Saraswathi temple, Panachikkad is10 km from Kottayam.Known as the Mookamoika of the South, this temple holds the Saraswathi Pooja every year in October/November. Children are initiated into the world of letters at the Vidyaramobham ceremony .
Idukki Pilgrim Centers
Kaveri Mount is a famous pilgrim centre on the way to Kattappana, and it resembles mount Cavery where Jesus Christ was crucified.here.
Mangala Devi Temple is15 km from Thekkady.Located at a height of 1337 meters above sea level in the dense thickets, is the beautiful Mangala Devi Temple. This temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. This temple allows visitors only on the day of Chitra Pournami festival.
Ernakulam Pilgrim Centers
Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry is14 km fro, Ernakulam.This is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth and is famous for its Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, great scrolls of the Old testament and ancient inscriptions on copper plates.
St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi is 12 km from Ernakulam.This is the first European church in India, which later became the model for building churches elsewhere in the country. Vasco da Gama, who died in Kochi during his second visit to Kerala, was buried in the church in 1524. Later his mortal remains were taken back to his native land. Portugal.
St. George Church, Edappally15 km from Ernakulam.This is one of the major pilgrim centres in Kerala venerated by non-Christians as well. Every day devotees throng the church to genuflect before the statue of St. George to express their gratitude for favors received through the saint. The annual festival begins on the 23rd of April with solemn High Mass and Litany.
Kaladi is 55 km from Ernakulam.The birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the great Advaita philosopher of the 8'h century. Kaladi houses temples dedicated to Sree Sankara, Sarada Devi, Sri Krishna and Sri Ramakrishna. On the banks of River Periyar in Kaladi is the sacred bathing ghat where Sankaracharya is said to have been caught by a crocodile and which according to legends refused to release him until Sankara's mother Aryamba permitted him to accept Sanyas" (renunciation).
St. Mary's Church, Vallarpadam is 45 minutes by boat from Ernakulam.The church was established in 1676 and the famous picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary was put up by Portuguese who brought it from their native land. The picture is believed to have miraculous powers.
Malayatoor is 7 km from Ernakulam.This place is a famous Catholic Church, built on the 609 feet high Malayattur hill dedicated to St. Thomas, as it is believed that he had once prayed here. Thousands of devotees visit this church to pray during the annual festival "Malayaattur Perunnal", which is held during March- April.By Road Malayatoor Church is easily reachable from anywhere in Kerala and Cochin as the place is well connected by a wide network of roads.
Shiva Temple, Aluva is 20 km from Ernakulam.Situated on the banks of River Periyar, the Shivalinga of this temple rises out of the sandbanks of the river and is believed to have worshipped by Lord Rama. During the monsoon season the whole region gets flooded and the idol gets submerged in water. Worship is then done in a small shrine on the upper banks of the river. A dip in this river at the brahmamuhurtha (3 am) after observing the rituals of Shivarathri is considered very sacred.
Thrikkakara Temple is 14 km from Ernakulam.Thrikkakara Temple (Thrikkakara Vamanamoorthy Temple) is one of the few temples in India dedicated to Lord Vamana.The Onasadya or the Onam feast is held in a grand manner in the temple with a large number of people cutting across religious barriers participating in it.
Chottanikkara Temple is 15 km from Ernakulam.The Goddess is revered in three forms - as Saraswathi in the morning, as Bhagavathy at noon and Durga in the evening. During the annual festival in kumbham , devotees especially women.
St. Dominic Church is 1 km from Aluva.The feast of St. Dominic's Church falls on the third Sunday after the Easter. The statue of the saint is taken out in procession on that day. The feast of 'Our Lady of the Holy Rosary' also features a spectacular procession on the Sunday after 8th of December.n seek blessings from the Goddess.
Ramakrishna Advaitha Ashram, KaIadi is40 k from Ernakulam.This ashram was founded by Ramakrishna Mission in 1936. In 1976, a new type of shrine, Viswakshetra representing the styles of architecture associated with temples, churches and mosques was opened here for the followers of all religions.
Thrissur (Trichur) Pilgrim Centers
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple is 29 km west of Thrissur. Guruvayur is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of South India. Guruvayoorr is also called the Bhooloka vaikunta - the heaven on Earth.
The famous poets and devotees of Krishna associated with Guruvayur are Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri (composed his well-known Sanskrit devotional poem 'Narayaneeyam') and Poonthanam(Jnanappana is a devotional poem written Poonthanam). The Guruvayoor temple is renowned for its healing powers. Several offerings are made to the deity here. Guruvayoor has an independent railway station just a few kilometers from the temple. Else, one can access the temple from the Thrissur railway station, which is just an hour's drive from here.The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport located at a distance of 80 kilometers.
Bhagavathy Temple, KodungaIIoor is situated approximately 35kms north of Cochin and 38kms south-west of Thrisur.The presiding deity of Bhagavathy or Kali is a six feet high sculpture from wood, carved out of a jack fruit tree.Kodungallur is of great renown throughout the state of Kerala. Kodungallur situated on the west coast, was once a great port of the Chera rulers of Tamilnadu, It was known by the Greek as the muziris. The temple is believed to have been constructed during the reign of Cheran Senkuttuvan.
It is believed to have been a Shiva temple originally, as worship is offered first to Shiva before being offered to Bhagawati, and there is a mandapam in front of the shiva shrine. In fact there is no such mandapam for goddess Kali at all.Nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda and nearest airport is at Nedumbassery, Cochin international airport.
Koodalmanickam Temple, Irinjalakkuda is 21 km from Thrissur.The only temple in India dedicated to Lord Bharatha, brother of Sree Rama is the ancient and historic Koodalmanickam temple. Meenoottal, feeding of the fishes in the Kuleepini theertham, the temple pond is an important ritual here.Nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda. The town is 9 Km away from the Railway Station.The airport is 45 Km away from International Airport at Kochi.
Vadakkunathan Temple is a prominent Shiva temple, in downtown Thrissur, Kerala. This is one of Kerala's most ancient shrines, which also houses a museum of ancient wall paintings, wood carvings and art pieces of immense historical value.
The 'Pooram festival, falling in April/ May, attracts devotees and tourists from all over the world. It is a spectacular event, combining the majestic elephant pageantry with the frenzied playing of drums and cymbals and rounded off with a fireworks extravaganza. Nearest railway station is Thrissur railway station and nearest Airport is Kochi International Airport.
Sree Rudhira Mahakali Temple (Uthralikkavu), Wadakkancherry is 2 km from Parithipra on the way to Shoranur.The annual festival of this temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, is one of the famous festivals of Central Kerala. Known as Uttralikkavu Pooram , the eight-day long festival has as its highlight, about twenty-one caparisoned tuskers. Festivities end with a colourful display of fireworks.
Mammiyoor Siva Temple is 1 km from Guruvayoor. This temple houses two adjacent shrines of Sankaranarayana and Shiva. Mammiyoor and Guruvayoor Sree Krishna temple are linked to each other in several aspects and it is therefore considered auspicious to worship them on the same day.Thrissur Railway Station is the nearest major railway station which is about 29 km .Nedumbassery Airport (Kochi International Airport) is the nearest airport, situated 80 km from Guruvayur town. Another nearest airport is the Karipur Airport (Calicut International Airport), which is about 100 km.
Sree Rama Temple, Kadavallur is 10 km from Kunnamkulam.A unique feature of this temple is the annual twelve-day Anyonnam, a scholarly debate on Vedas . Vedic scholars from all over Kerala participate in this. Sree Rama is worshipped in three forms here- in the morning as in vanavaasa (exile in forest), at noon as in sethu bandhana [in a roudra(angry) mood] and at night as the king of Ayodhya.
Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungalloor is 20 km from Irinjalakuda, 2 km from Kodungalloor town.This mosque was designed and constructed based on Hindu art and architecture.The first mosque in India. It was built in 629 A.D. and resembles a temple in appearance. It is situated in Kodungaloor.Arathali temple was coverted into into a Juma Masjid
Potta Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor is 35 km from Thrissur.This centre is famous for live-in retreats and conventions, through which evangelists and preachers share and proclaim the 'word of God'.
Palakkad Pilgrim Centre
Thiruvalathur Bhagavathi Temple is one of the 108 Durga temples in the country.The Thiruvalathur festival is a 10 day long one, held in January.
Jain temple is situated at Jainamedu,6km from Palakkad.This temple is built by two Jain merchants from Karnataka.The temple is constructed with granite and the main deity here is the eighth Thirthankara Chandraprabha. A statue of Kshethrapalan, the guardian, can also be seen at the temple.
Varahamoorthy temple is the only one in Kerala to worship the Varaha avatar of Shri Vishnu. The temple is known for its incomplete structure.,Nearest Railway Station is Kuttppuram (7 Kilometers away) .Nearest Airports are Calicut Airport (Approximate 100 Kilometer) and Cochin Airport (Approximate 100 Kilometers).
Thiruvilwamala is more as a sacred place than as a tourist destination.The main attraction here is the ancient Sree Rama temple and the Punarjani Caves. The Punarjani Caves are natural tunnels in a rocky cliff and it is believed that if you navigate your way through them, you will have the privilege of being reborn as a human being. Only men are allowed to go through the caves.
Pattambi Mosque and Pattambi Nercha
Pattambi Nercha is the annual feast at the PattambiMosque, Palakkad. It is celebrated in memory of Aloor Valiya Pookunjikoya Thangal, a Muslim saint who lived in Malabar. The festival is a colourful one with a procession of about 100 caparisoned elephants. Art forms like Duffmuttu and Kolkali, traditional orchestras like Panchavadyam, Thayambaka and floats are attractions of the festival procession.
Malappuram Pilgrim Centers
The Jama-at mosque IS 2 km from Malappuram. This is an important pilgrim centre for the Muslims of Kerala. The annual Nercha festival of the mosque is celebrated for four days in April.
Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotti IS 18 km east of Manjeri on the way to Kozhikode.Kondotti is a prominent pilgrim centre for Muslims. The Valia Nercha festival at the 500- year old Pazhayangadi Mosque, celebrated for five days in February-March, draws a large number of devotees. While the focus of the Nercha here is the reverence shown to Shaykh Muhammad Shah, *e founder of the Kondotti Thangals, the ceremonial rituals are derived from the worship of folk deities of Kerala.
Kadampuzha Bhagavathy temple, Tirur ,IS km north of Vettichira on the highway connecting Kozhikode and Thrissur.Dedicated to Kiraatha Parvathi, this is one of the most sacred Shakthi centres in Kerala. The uniqueness of the temple here is the absence of idols. Pooja is performed at a hole (about 6 cm in diameter) in the earth where the Goddess is said to have disappeared after showing her presence to Adi Sankaracharya. Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy temple, Angadipuram. 3 km from Perinthalmanna town
Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy temple, Angadipuram - 3 km from Perinthalmanna town .Dedicated to Bhadrakaali, this is one of the ancient and renowned temples in Kerala.
Navamukunda Temple, Thirunavaya IS 8km South of Tirur.Thirunavaya, on the banks of the River Bharathapuzha, said to be the traditional headquarters of the mythical Brahmin hero, Parasurama, is a place of historical and religious significance. Thousands flock here on karkidaka vavu Day to perform the pithrukriya rites for the departed souls. The Navamukunda temple is said to be the sacred spot blessed with the presence of Saraswathi , Gayathri, Lakshmi, Parvathy, Shami, Ganga, and Yamuna.
Vettakkorumakan Temple,is Nilambur 36 km from Malappuram.The Nilambur Pattu festival that is held here every year is a unique event, marked by the participation of tribal. This temple is maintained by the Nilambur Kovilakam.
Thunchan Parambu, Tirur,is 52 km from Malappuram.This is the birth- place of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language and the hallowed ground where children are initiated into the world of alphabets. On Vijayadasami day, people from different places come here for Vidyaramoham, the ceremony in which children are initiated into learning.
Poonthanam Illam, Kizhatoor, Perinthalmanna, the house of Poonthanam Namboothiri, a great exponent of the Krishna cult of the Bhakthi Movement, known for his work Jnanapana(song of knowledge). In February every year, the illam hosts the Poonthanam literary festival coinciding with the poet's birthday.
Melpatthur Illam, Ponnani is 52 km from Malappuram.The site of the home of Melpatthur Narayana Bhattathiri, renowned poet and author of Narayaneeyam is situated on the northern side of the Bharathapuzha about 2 miles away from the Thirunavaya Temple.
Kozhikode Pilgrim Centers
Lokanarkavu Temple temple, is related to the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu or northern ballads.It is the official family temple of the five hundres [Aryan] Nagariks who had migrated to kerala and their successors.Nearest railwaystation is at vadakara,which is 4 km from temple and nearest airport is calicut airport which is 87kilometers away.
Vettakkorumakan temple, Balusser is 25 km from Kozhikode.This temple was once famous for its vazhipaadu (offering) of breaking ten thousand coconuts overnight by a single person. The idol of this war-god is in the form of a mirror.
Thali temple is an important temple of the erstwhile Zamorin kingdom of Kozhikode, the Thali temple is famous for the Revathi Pattathanam, an annual competition of pedagogic skills.
Mother of God Church is 1/2 km from Kozhikode city.This church built in the Roman architectural style dates back to 1513 AD and is the only one of its kind in Kerala. There is a portrait of St. Mary, more than 200 years old and thus makes it a famous pilgrim centre.
Wayanad Pilgrim Centers
Thirunelly Vishnu Temple is 32 km south - east of Mananthavady.Tucked away in the Brahmagiri hills and encircled by the River Papanasini is Thirunelly temple.It is believed that the pithru-tharpana (oblations to manes) done here will also lead to the transformation of the spirits of the departed to salvation. The Koothambalam here is one of the best in the State and rare paintings adorn the temple walls.
Glass Temple of Kottamunda is 20 km from Kalpettta. The Glass Temple is situated on a slope of the Vellarimala hill in Koottamunda, 20 km from Kalpetta. This temple is dedicated to Paraswanatha swami of the Jain faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect in thousands of beautiful pattern the images of the icons in the temple's sanctum sanctorum.
Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple, Sulthanbathery , is more than 800 years old and has a beautiful image of Lord Ganapathi.Nearest Airport is the nearest airport to the Wayanad is at Kozhikode Karippur airport.
Jain Temple is 5 kms northeast of Panamaram.There are significant Jain remnants in Wayanad. The temples at Bathery, Punchavayal and Puthanangadi are the best known of these. With their beautifully carved pillars now partly ruined.
Valliyoorkkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Mananthavadi, is located in the tribal areas of Wayanad hills at Valliyoorkavu, 3 kms from Mananthavady town in Wayanad district. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the annual festival is called the Arattu.The traditional ritual art of Kalamezhuthu and an array of folk art forms are also performed.
Kannur Pilgrim Centers
Thrichambaram Sree Krishna Temple, Taliparamba ,is 20km from Kannur.A sacred place of the Vaishnava cult, the deity here is Sree Krishna. The fortnight festival begins on 22nd Kumbham (February - March). Another temple dedicated to Sree Balarama, brother of Lord Krishna is at Mazhoor, Thrichambaram.
Parassini Madappura Sree Muthappan(Lord Shiva ) is the shrine is dedicated to Sree Muthappan.Sree Muthappan is always accompanied by a dog. Here dogs are considered sacred and can be seen in large numbers around the temple.The rituals have variations as compared to other temples. Theyyam is a cardinal ritual here.
Kizhakkan Kottam, Valakai, Taliparamba, is 50 km from Kannur.This is perhaps the only temple dedicated to Sugreeva, the deposed monkey-king who helped Lord Rama in the encounter with Ravana.
Madayi Mosque is 28 km from Kannur.This famous antique mosque in Kannur was built by a Muslim preacher Malik Iban Dinar in1124 AD and is located about 22 kms from Kannur town. It is supposed that the marbles used to build this Mosque were brought from Mecca by its founder, who came to India to extend the word of the prophet.
Akkare Kottiyoor, Ikkara Kottiyur
Kottiyoor Mahadeva Temples are two famous Shiva temples - both in the deep forests, namely the Akkara Kottiyoor and the Ikkara Kottiyoor, in Kannur District of Kerala. These temples are located at Kottiyoor, on the banks of Bavali River. Kottiyoor is often described as the 'Varanasi of the South'.Nearest railway station is Kannur and nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 93 km from Kannur town.
Kasaragod Pilgrim Centers
The Mahalingeswara Temple, is dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in the scenic village of Adoor, 45 kms east of Kasargod. This 13th century temple on the southern bank of river Payaswini is believed to have been founded by Arjuna, the mythical Pandava archer. Legend has it that it is at Adoor where 'Kiratha Yudham', the battle between Lord Siva and Arjuna took place.
Mahaganapathi Temple, Madur is 7 km from Kasaragod.The temple stands on the banks of river Madhur. This lofty structure with terrace, gables and copper roofing rises majestically against a landscape of hills, paddy fields and gardens. The temple is a fine blend of the Kerala and Karnataka styles of architecture.
Madiyankulam Temple is 3 km from Kasaragod.Located near Kanhangad in Hosdurg, this temple is just 3 km from Kasargod. It is dedicated to Bhadrakali, the fierce form of Goddess. The Bhutha dance is performed during the festival in May-June and December-January.
Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasargod is 30 km from Bekal, Ananthapura, a 9th century shrine is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Anandapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram. A crocodile at the temple pond, said to be 150 year old is a major attraction.
Malik Dinar Mosque, Thalankara is 1 km from Kasaragod. Malik Dinar mosque Kasaragod acquired over the years, considerable importance as a center of Islam on the west coast. It is the site of one of the mosques believed to have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar. The mosque, Juma Masjid, which is one of the best kept and most attractive.
Nityananda Asramam, Kanhangad is 27 km from Kasaragod.The temple here, built in 1963 resembles the Somnath temple in Gujarat. A life-size panchaloha statue of Swami Nityananda is the star attraction.Nearest Railway stationis Kasaragod and nearest Airport is Karipur International Airport.
Palaruvi waterfalls is 75 Kms away from Kollam on the Kollam-Shenkottai road near Aryankavu. There are frequent buses from Kollam to Aryankavu.The word meaning of Palaruvi is stream of milk and this waterfall is given this name because it looks like a stream of milk. The water falls from a height of 300 ft and forms a small pool at the bottom.
Close to the Capital City of Thiruvananthapuram is Mankayam, situated near Palode in Nedumangad Taluk. This water spectacle can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Mankayam was recently launched as a zone for ecotourism, managed by the State Forest Department.
Athirappalli and Vazhachal
Located at Athirappalli 63 km from Thrissur and Vazhachal 68 km from Thrissur.The Athirappalli Falls joins the Chalakkudy river after plummeting down a drop of 80 feet. Vazhachal is part of the Chalakkudy river.Nearest railway station is Chalakudy, about 30 km away and nearest airport Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur.
Thusharagiri Waterfall(snow capped mountains)The best roar of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November.Nearest railway station is Kozhikode about 50 km and nearest airport. Karipur International Airport about 23 km from Kozhikode town.Trekkers start early morning from the second waterfall on the hills and climb up through the pristine dense evergreen forests teeming with exotic birds and animals to reach Vythiri in Wayanad district by evening.
Mansoon season in Kerala
Kerala has mainly two rainy seasons. The Southwest Monsoon that arrives in the month of June is called Edavappathy, as it comes in the middle of the month of Edavam on the Malayalam Calendar. Mid October witnesses the arrival of the Northeast Monsoon. In the Malayalam calendar this month is called Thulam and hence the name Thulavarsham meaning the 'The Rains in Thulam'. Now the gathering rain clouds are from the Bay of Bengal.
Mansoon the word itself gives a sense of happpines to us.Monsoon starts in kereal Jun to Aug. If you want to really enjoy the rain. Visit kerala on July.During mansoon seasons there are so many rejuvanation therapies.It is the best time for rejuvanation because the atmosphere becomes dust free.Treatment during this period is very effective for the body. The climatic condition helps to open up the body pores and the medicinal oils used in massaging get easily absorbed into the body there by increasing the effectiveness of the treatment.
Village Life - The life of the people in the villages is very simple(hat was prevalent in the olden days) and a also very relaxed .They woke up in early morning ,then taking a bath after that praying ,then they entered into their daily routine.In fact nothing much seems to have changed.Here time remains idle and travellers seem to lose their sense of time strolling in these peaceful places.These villages offer you an ideal getaway from your everyday tensions. You can spend a perfectly relaxed holiday at one of these villages in the lap of greenery and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.Older people held a respectable place in village life. They make all important decisions and rules, and other family members abide by them.
Kovalam is the beautiful and most popular touris spot in Kerala.Kovalam is 16 kms away from Trivandrum is known as the "Paradise of the South".Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings.
Kovalam first received attention when the Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed her beach resort, Halcyon Castle, here towards the end of the 1920s. Thereafter the place was brought to the public eye by her nephew the Maharaja of Travancore.The European guests of the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination in the 1930s.
The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them.So many Hotels and resortsa are in Kovalam.The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away from Kovalam.
From Kovalam you can go to many places at short distances the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery,The Zoo,Veli Tourist Village etc.
Best time to visit is September to March, though it is an all-year-round destination.
Nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 16 km and nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 10 km.
Alappuzha,(known as the "Venice of the East")Alleppey, is an important tourist destination in India.Alleppey is gifted with immense natural beauty with the Arabian sea on its west. Now it is popular for its house boat cruises,boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.So many entertainment facilities are waiting for you at Vijaya Beach Park.An old light house also catches the attraction of the tourist.
House boat journies through the backwaters of Alleppy is a memmorable experience for you.House boats(Kettuvallams) is used in earlier days for carrying goods fromm places to places.Backwaters of Alleppey are world famous and is the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin towards north and Quilon to the South. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake
Apart from Backwaters some other attractions in Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach offering one of the most beautiful views of the Arabian Sea, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Edathua Church, Krishnapuram Palace also attracts lot of tourists.Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha.Nearest railway station is Alappuzha and nearest airportis Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town.
Fort Kochi is 13 km from Ernakulam town.This is part of a handful of water-bound regions toward the south-west of the mainland Kochi, and collectively known as Old Kochi or West Kochi. Fort Kochi is accessible by bus or ferry. The bus ride from Ernakulam town, which is nearly 13 km away, takes about an hour and the ferry ride from Main boat jetty at Ernakulam about 20 minutes. So many intresting places f visits are there.
The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are interesting site distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.
Fort Kochi beach particularly at sunset with the chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience.
St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi
It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal.
Santa Cruz Basilica, the historic church built by the Portuguese and elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558.
The ancient Thakur House, which stands erect as a concrete specimen of the colonial era. The building is simply graceful. Formerly known as Kunal or Hill Bungalow, it was home to the managers of the National Bank of India during the British rule. Now, it belongs to the Thakur and Company, renowned tea trading firm.
Koder House, the magnificent building constructed by Samuel S. Koder of the Cochin Electric Company in 1808.
Hill Palace Museum is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, near Tripunithura, Kochi. The Hill Palace, the official residence of the Kochi royal family .
Jew Town: The area around the Synagogue is a centre of spice trade and curio shops.
Museum of Kerala History It is 10 kilometers from ernakulam, Cochin.The museum has on display life size statues of many famous personalities and several paintings depicting Kerala History.
Cherai Beach bordering Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here.
Pallipuram Fort is the oldest European fort built in India.
Parikshit Thampuran Museum is situated near the famous Siva Temple, Ernakulam. It houses a treasure of archaeological findings and relics including old coins, sculptures, oil paintings and murals.
Nearest railway station is Ernakulam about 1 1/2 km from the Main boat jetty.Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 20 km
Cochin Carnival Time of Celebration is last week of December (10 days)The orgin of the Kochi carnival can be traced back to the Portuguese New Year revelry, held here during the colonial days. Gradually, it evolved to take the form of what is today popularly called the Cochin Carnival of Kerala. A massive procession of caparisoned elephants, games and partying is the main attraction.
Kumarakom is famous for backwater tourism.Kumarakom i(n Kerala )is the first place ,where Responsible tourism have successfully implemented.It is a group of islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region.Several luxury and budget resorts lined up on the shores of the lake provide tourists with facilities for boating, yachting and fishing, with panoramic views of the lake
Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns.
Holiday packages involving houseboats, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) offer great experiences..Cruising through Kumarakom in a kettuvallam you get a good picture of village life where you finds men and women fishing, cattle grazing, and ducks paddling in the waters.
Nearest railway station is Kottayam, about 16 km. Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 76 km from Kottayam town.
Bekal is 16 km from Kasaragod on the national highway, Kasaragod district, North Kerala.
Natural scenery at the Fot is amaizing ,you get a good view of the beach from the Bekal Fort.It was under the efforts of the Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC) that the Bekal Fort Beach has been developed as an exotic beach location .
The Bekal fort, which is of great historical and archaeological interest( now under the Archeological Department of the Government of India. ), is the largest and best preserved of its kind in the district and the land on which it is situated, runs into the sea with fine bay towards the south.There is a recently renovated temple dedicated to Hanuman, at the entrance to Bekal. An old mosque is also situated very near the fort and this is believed to have been founded by Tipu Sultan.
Children park has been developed here for below 14 years.A beautiful walkway has been laid for the visiting tourists to explore the beauty of the fine coastline and enjoy the panoramic view of the Bekal Fort.beach gets illuminated during the evening hours .Multi shed and Eru madam (Tree house) would provide the tourists enough facilities to take rest and enjoy the sea breeze.Parking facilities types of vehicles.he BRDC also aims to develop in future another 11 acres of land at the beach for constructing water park, theme park etc.
Nearest railway station is Kasaragod, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.Nearest airport is Mangalore, about 50 km from Kasaragod town; Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 200 km from Kasaragod town.
Munnar,most popular hill station destination in Kerala. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.
Some of the place in and around,
Eravikulam National Park is located 12 km from is spread over an area of 97 sq km in the Kannan devan hills of the Western Ghats. It was declared as National Park in 1978. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds.
Anamudi Peak is s ituated about 13 kilometres (8.1 m) from Munnar town, Anamudi (2,695 metres (8,842 ft)) is Kerala's highest mountain .Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.
Top Station, which is about 27 km from Munnar is at a height of 1900 m above sea level. Travelers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurunji flowers blooming over a vast area.
Mattupetty is famous for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape.It is also known for the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, where one would come across different high yielding breeds of cows
Munnar has a legacy of its own when to comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations.A museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar.
Echo Point is another scenic place which is located 15 km from Munnar. It is on the way to Top Station. This place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. It is an excellent tourism spot with panoramic views.
Rajamala is a wildlife sanctuary located about 15 kms from Munnar. It is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr, a rare Mountain goat. Half the world population of this rare species is concentrated in this region. The animal is fast becoming extinct.
Pallivasal, located at about 3 km from Chithirapuram in Munnar is the venue of the first hydro-electric project in Kerala. It is a place of immense scenic beauty and is often liked by visitors as a picnic spot.
Near the town of Munnar is Chinnakanal and the waterfalls here, popularly known as Power House Waterfalls, cascade down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic view of the Western Ghat ranges.
Anayirangal, 22 km from Munnar, is a lush green carpet of tea plants. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by tea plantations and evergreen forests.
Neelakurinji ,The Strobilanthus shrub that blooms only once in twelve years has bloomed in this year 2006(The season from August to December)Many tour operators, adventure clubs etc.
Nearest railway stationsis Theni (Tamil Nadu), about 60 km awayand Aluva about 110 km away.Nearest airports is Madurai (Tamil Nadu), about 140 km away and Nedumbassery International Airport, about 125 km away.
Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve),Idukki is one f the finest wildlife reserves in India.Periyar national park is famous for its scenic beauty. It is covered with dense evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with grass lands on the upper slopes.The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 km (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. The Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978.
Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.
Mangala Devi Temple is situated about 15 km from Thekkady and sits at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. At other times tourists can still view it by getting a special letter from the forest ranger.
Watch Towers: There are a few watch towers inside Periyar Tiger Reserve which are excellent for viewing wildlife. Reservations can be made at the Forest Information Centre, Thekkady. Ph: 322028.
Entry timing: 0600 - 1800 hrs.
Varkalais 51 km north of Thiruvananthapuram city in Thiruvananthapuram district.
The quiet and secluded Varkala Beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over.Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the South). The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach, which is considered to have holy waters which wash away sins.
Another major landmark in Varkala is the Sivagiri Mutt, established by the social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.Anjengo Fort- The Dutch East India Company built a strategic garrison called Anjengo Fort near varkala.
Varkala has so many popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centres.Nearest railway station is Varkala, about 3 km away and nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 57 km away.
Wayanad, which is also known as the green paradise lies in between the mountains of the Western Ghats. Wayanad has a surprise in store for you at every nook & corner.
According to archaeological evidence, the Wayanad(Vayal+nadu(Tamil/Malayalam)) forests have been inhabited for more than three thousand years.[Wayanad was originally ruled by Vedar kings.
Today Wayanad is a popular tourist destination in Kerala with numerous attractions such as Chembra Peak, Edakkal Cave,Vythiri Hill Station, Kuruva Island and Lakkidi, which is the highest point in Wayanad.Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Pazhassi Raja Tomb, Pookot Lake, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Soochippara Waterfalls and the Banasura Sagar Dam are other places of interest.
This place is also famous for a number of temples such as Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple, Thirunelli Temple, Valliyoorkavu Temple, Sita Lava-Kusha Temple and Thrissilery Shiva Temple. It also has a popular church known as the Pallikkunnu Church, which is devoted to the Lourdes Matha.
Wayanad is at a short distance from popular tourist destinations like Ooty, Kannur, Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg.Mountains and forests intersperse to create numerous outback trails, trekking routes and opportunities for other adventure sports. With vast areas still unexplored, Wayanad is truly an adventurescape waiting to be discovered!
Muzhapilangad is about 15 km from Kannur and 8 km from Thalasseri, The Muzhapilangad beach which stretches across four kilometres of sand is a drive-in-beach where one can drive down the entire length. Calm and serene, the place is secluded and remains unexplored. This village is renowned for its 5 km long pristine Drive in Beach. The drive in beach, the second largest in india, has already entered in the world tourism map. It is now a fast developing tourist spot which is attracting both local and foreign people in large numbers.
Muzhappilangadu Thuruthu is in the middle of Anjarakandy River and is very near to Muzhappilangad beach."Kandals" and rare birds are some of the beautiful sites of this "Thuruthu" . Journey round the Thuruthu in boat is attracting many of the tourists.
Bhoothathan Kunnu - High level observatory at Bhoothathan Kunnu attracts the travellers. Bird eye view of the neighboring village and sea as well as in the sea set point.
Dharmadam Thuruthu -- Dharmadam Island (Green Island) is a small 2 hectare private island in the Kannur District of Kerala, southern India. It lies 100 metres from the Muzhappilangad Beach. This island, covered with coconut palms and dense bush is a beautiful sight from the Muzhappilangad beach. During low tide, one can walk out to it from the beach. Permission is required to land on the island as it is privately owned. Dharmadam, known earlier as Dharmapattanam, was a Buddhist stronghold.Dharmadam is located 8 km from the town of Thalassery.
Muzhapilangad beach is just a kilometre to the West of National Highway 17 it's nearest railway station is Kannur, an important railhead of Southern Railway and nearest airport is Kozhikode International Airport, about 93 km from Kannur town.
MUZIRIS is one of the ancient harbor in India- Nearly 3000 years old. Muziris is also known as Jerusalem of the East.To preserve scientifically the classified archaeological materials related to the 2,000-year-old port town of Muziris, the State government-run Centre for Heritage Studies (CHS) has launched a conservation laboratory.
To reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris, the Government of Kerala has initiated the Muziris Heritage Project. Today, the region is dotted with numerous monuments of a bygone era that conjure up a vast and vivid past. The entire project is designed to involve and integrate the local community in all intended developmental initiatives.
The first Jewish, Christian and Islamic settlements in India were here during 961 BC, 52 AD, and 629 AD respectively.Muziris was frequently visited by the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans for valuable goods.
Located at North Paravur, near here, the new facility for the Muziris Heritage Project (MHP) will ensure the proper maintenance of the antiques, including papers and pamphlets, gathered from the various heritage sites included in MHP.
The Muziris Tourism Circuit includes the remnants of Muziris and Pattanam, along with monuments from the Dutch, Portuguese and English colonial periods. The project is envisaged as a non-formal academic site for the study of Kerala history, archaeology, folklore and so on.
Spread across eight grama panchayats and two municipalities in the districts of Ernakulam and Thrissur, the heritage sites in the MHP include monuments like the Kottappuram Fort, Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Pallipuram Kotta, Vypikotta Seminary, House of Abdul Rahiman Sahib, Kottayil Kovilakam, Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple, Cheraman Juma Masjid, Cheraman Parambu, Thiurvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple, Keezhthali Siva Temple and old research centres at Pattanam and Kottappuram.
The surviving elements of Muziris comprise not only buildings but also the markets, streets and footways, bridges, and cemeteries.
The natural environment is of great importance to the status of Muziris Heritage Site. The networks of waterways have influenced and inspired the architecture and growth of the built heritage.
Paravur Jewish Synagogue
Pattanam Excavation Site
Chennamangalam Jewish Synagogue
Paliam Dutch Palace
Kizhthali Siva Temple
Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva Temple
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple
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