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Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:49

Middle Kerala

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Ernakulum

Ernakulum refers to the downtown area or the western part of the mainland of Kochi city in Kerala, India. The city is the most urban part of Kochi and has lent its name to the Ernakulum district. Ernakulum is called the commercial capital of the state of Kerala and is a main nerve of business in Kerala. The Kerala High Court, the Office of the Corporation of Cochin and the Cochin Stock Exchange are situated here.

Bolgatty Palace : a Scenic island near the city of Ernakulum, Bolgatty is famous for the Bolgatty Palace built by the Dutch in 1744 AD

Dutch Palace : Built in oriental style, Mattancherry Palace, situated in Ernakulum district of Kerala was originally built by the Portuguese and presented to the king of Cochin, Veera Kerala Varma, in the year 1555 AD. It was later taken over by the Dutch who improved it through extensions and repairs in 1663 AD.

Jewish Synagogue: The oldest synagogue in India, it was built in 1586 AD by the prosperous Jewish community whose links with Kerala began in Kodungallur in northern Kerala.

The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi - Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara Falls cascades down in seven steps.

Santa Cruz Basilica Chruch: Close to the St. Francis church, it is Roman Catholic Church, which was also built by Portuguese. It has a beautiful collection of paintings and a decorative ceiling, despite having suffered severe damage when the British fought with the Dutch to take control of Kochi.

St. Francis Church: Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars, this is the India's oldest European church.

Chinese Fishing Nets : The elegant Chinese fishing nets that line the northern shore of Fort Kochi add charm to exotic waterside view and are probably the single most familiar photographic image of Kerala. Known in Malayalam as ‘Cheenavala’, the Chinese Fishing nets found in the region are the only one of its kind in the country
Mattancherry Palace stands on the left side of the road near to the Mattanchery Jetty, on the opposite direction of Jew Town. It is situated on the Bolghatty Island, 10 km from Ernalulam City, Kochi. Known locally known as the 'Dutch Palace' Mattanchery Palace it was built in 1555, and till than it has remained as the important trading center. The Palace is one of the oldest buildings of the Portuguese, which is now being used as a luxurious hotel. It houses the long spacious halls with the central courtyard enshrining Palayannur Bhagavati – the Royal Deity. Apart from that there are two temples on the either side of the Palace dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva respectively.
Wellington Island: is the manmade island created from earth dredged, while deepening the Fort Kochi. The architect of this island was designed by Lord Bristow. There are ferry and regular bus services from Ernakulam to this island.
Mangalavanam is a popular bird sanctuary located in Ernakulum district of Kerala. It is the nestling ground of large variety of migratory birds and support many varieties of Mangroves.

Cherai Beach: it is located in Vypin Island accessible by ferry or by road from mainland, Kochi. This calm beach is ideal for swimming. It has sea on the western side and backwater on east, which gives this tourist destination, a unique surrounding. Thick coconut grooves and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront give it an added attraction. Dolphins can also be seen here occasionally.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is 12 km from Kothamangalam, which is on the Kochi-Munnar route.
Kodanadu is a forest elephant care centre. Here you can see baby elephants rescued from the forests being cared for. Elephants are also trained here.
Fort Kochi beach is a place ideal for an evening stroll, Bathing and swimming are not recommended here, and the colorful carnival at New Years Eve is a feature of this beach.

Malayattor Kurishumudi (It is believed where St.Thomas visited during his apostolic journey)

Bhoothathan kett, Kadamattom Church (connected with Kadamattathu kathanar)

Uliyannur (Near Aluva , place connected with Uliyannur Perumthachan)

Kallil Temple, Kakkoor Kalavayal (Famous Agrarian Festival)

Changampuzha Nagar Edappally

Pazhoor Padippura (Near Piravom)

Koonan Cross (Mattancherry)

Kochi Bishops House (Built in 1566 as the residence of the Portuguese Governor)

Fort Immanuel (built in 1503. Remains of the structure can be seen).

Bastian Bungalow (Built in 1667)

David Hall (Built in 1695 connected with Van Reed)

Parade Ground, Dutch cemetery, St.Mary's Basilica

Sahodaran   Ayyappan  Smarakam at Cherai

Children’s traffic Park at Ernakulum

St. Francis Assisi Cathedral, Ernakulum is other Tourist attractions of the District.

 

Thrissur

Thrissur, previously known as Trichur, is the 4th most populous city (315,090) and the 3rd most populated urban agglomeration in the Indian state of Kerala. It is also the headquarters of the Thrissur District. Thrissur city is built around a 65-acre (26 ha) hillock called the Thekkinkadu Maidan which seats the Vadakkumnathan temple. Thrissur was once the capital of Kingdom of Cochin. Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings towards history

Vilangan Kunnu: This hillock has been converted by the tourism department as an amusement park. While grownups relish the scenic splendor from the hill top. Children can relax and play to their hearts. Lot of people uses this place for their morning walk.

Athirappilly Falls: (63 km from Thrissur). This 80 feet high waterfall at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges is a popular picnic spot. Two amusement parks, DreamWorld and SilverStorm, are located nearby.

Vazhachal : (a short drive from Athirapilly). Close to dense forests and a part of the Chalakudy River.

Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuar, 23 km from city. It is very unique in being the largest elephant park in the world with over 60 elephants.

Peechi Dam (20 km from city). It is a good picnic spot.

Chavakad Beach, 25 km. A sea shore for rare scenic beauty Acknowledged as one of the best beaches along the west coast.

Kerala Kalamandalam, (30 km). It is in Cheruthuruthy and was founded by the Poet Sri. Vallathol Narayana Menon,to encourage the study of the ancient arts of Kerala such as Kathakali and Mohiniyattom.

Kallayikkunnu, (30 km away, near to Kunnamkulam, exactly 2.5 km from Kunnamkulam on Kozhikode road). This hill station is also known as narimadakkunnu. This is a beautiful place. Many newly married couples prefer this place for still and moving photography, while many film makers also prefer this place for song scenes. It’s a place of natural beauty.


Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:46

Northern Kerala

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Kozhikode

Kozhikode,formerly Calicut, is a district of Kerala state, situated on the southwest coast of India. The city of Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is the district headquarters. Kozhikode district is bordered by the districts of Kannur to the north, Wayanad to the east, and Malappuram to the south.The Arabian Sea lies to the west.

The temples and mosques of this district contain sculptures and inscriptions which are of considerable interest to the students of art. Kozhikode city itself has many temples, the most important of which are the Tali Temple, Thiruvannur Temple, Azhakodi Temple, Sree Valayanad Temple, Varakkal Temple, Bilathikulam Temple, Bhairagi Madam Temple, the Lokanarkavu Temple in Memunda near Vadakara, The Sidda Samajam in Memunda, Sree Muthappan Payamkuty Mala, in Memunda, Sandbanks Vatakara.

There is an art gallery and Krishna Menon Museum located at East Hill in Kozhikode. Lalitha Kala Academy also has an art gallery adjacent to the Kozhikode town hall. There is a planetarium, situated in the heart of the city near Jaffer Khan Colony. Kozhikode Beach and Mananchira Square and the recently developed Sarovaram park are other popular gathering spots.

Thusharagiri Falls, a very beautiful Waterfall is about 55 km from Calicut Railway Station. Thusharagiri is served by a KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation) hotel.

"Kuttiyadi Dam" is one of the biggest and beautiful dams in Kerala.

"Kappad Beach" is the place where Vascodagama reached first time in India.

"Beypore Port" is the attraction of Calicut. It has a prominent place in the history of the Malabar Trade. It is the only place in kerala where "Uru"s(Arabian Trading Vessel) are made.

 

Wayanad

Wayanad District in the north-east of Kerala, India, was formed on November 1, 1980 as the 12th district by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Kalpetta is the district headquarters as well as the only municipal town in the district. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad

Chembra Peak: The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour. Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is very exhilerating.

Edakkal Cave: This location of breathtaking beauty is three kilometres from Ambalavayal which is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. The Edakkal cave in the Ambukuthy Mountain is not a cave in the real sense. As stated in the India Antiquary (Vol.XXX, page - 410) and quoted in the District Gazette, Kozhikode, it is only'a cleft about 96ft. long and 22ft wide in the rock'. It is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main body due to some natural causes. The depth of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. What makes it a cave to the ordinary observer is the fact that in the other portion of the large cleft, an enormous rock, weighing several tonnes, has fallen forming a roof over a large part of it. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspires the archaeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole.

Kuruva Island: The Kuruva Island, 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of city life.

Lakkidi: One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi also commands picturesque scenery. It is about 58 kms. North East of Kozhikode and 5 kms. South of Vythiri

Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary: Muthanga, Which is 16 kms. East of Sulthan Bathery, is located very near to the Karnadaka border. Wild forests covering an area of 345 sq.kms form the Muthanga wild life sanctuary; the biggest abode of wild animals in Malabar.

Pakshipathalam: Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli, is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist. To reach Pakshipathalam seventeen kilometres have to be covered through wild forest.

Pookot Lake: It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green mountains. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotising and the nature, unspoiled. Pookot lake tourist resort in Vythiri is the most sought after tourist spot of Wayanad.

Sentinel Rock Waterfalls: This waterfall is at Vellarimala village near Chooralmala in Meppadi panchayat. It is a picnic spot as well as a trekking centre

Kanthanpara Waterfalls: Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock Waterfall and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and its surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant.

Soochippara Waterfalls: The waterfalls at Soochippara near Meppadi is really a treasure of nature, yet to be discovered

Banasura sagar Dam: This is the largest earth dam in India. The topography here is such that many islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full.

 

Kannur

Kannur district derived its name from the location of its headquarters at Kannur town. The old name 'Cannanore' is the anglicised form of the Malayalam word Kannur. According to one opinion, 'Kannur' is a derivation from Kanathur, an ancient village, the name of which survives even today in one of the wards of Kannur Municipality. Kannur is of great strategic military importance. It houses one of the 62 military cantonments in the country, the Kannur Cantonment, and is the current headquarters of the Defence Security Corps and Territorial Army’s 122 Infantry Battalion(under Madras Regiment). Ezhimala Naval Academy(INS) which is situated 35 km north of Kannur City and 10 km south west of Payyanur, a city in Kannur District. It is the Asia's largest and world's third largest naval academy. An Indian Coast Guard Academy is approved to be built at Kannur. This Coast Guard Academy will be built on the banks of Valapattanam River at Irinave, east of Azhikkal. Kannur Cantonment is also one of the important cantonments in India.

Indian Naval Academy is Asia's largest naval academy. It is located at Ezhimala, approximately 35 km north of Kannur, near to Payyanur.

St. Angelo Fort was built in 1505 by the first Portuguese Viceroy of India, Dom Francisco de Almeida.

Payyambalam Beach is a famous Kannur beach with an unbroken coastline of a few kilometres. From the beach, one can see ships in transit along the Malabar Coast, from beyond Calicut (Kozhikode) moving towards Mangalore, Goa and Bombay (Mumbai).

Arakkal Museum, located in Ayikkara, is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala, South India. The museum is actually a section of the Arakkalkettu (Arakkal Palace).

The Cannanore Lighthouse near the Sea View Park is another place of interest. The first lighthouse at Kannur was built in 1843 by the British at St. Angelo Fort.

Baby Beach is so called because it is smaller than its larger neighbour, Payyambalam Beach. St. Angelo Fort is adjacent to it.

Meenkunnu Beach at Azhikode, just a few kilometres from the town.

Mopla Bay in Ayikkara, near St. Angelo fort, is a major fishing harbor overlooking the Arabian Sea.

The Azhikkal Ferry operates near Azhikode, about 10 km from Kannur town, where the Valapattanam river joins the Arabian Sea.

Sea View Park, near Payyambalam Beach, is overlooked by the Government Guest House. The Park is elevated above the sea level and gives a magnificent view of the sunset.

Peralassery Subrahmanya Swami Kshetram is 14 km from Kannur on Koothuparamba Road

Anjarakandy, Asia's largest cinnamon estate, is situated 18 km from Kannur. Muzhappilangad Beach is the biggest drive-in beach in Asia.

Thottada Beach is a beautiful beach in Kannur district. It is situated just about 2.5 km from the NH 17 connecting Kannur town and Thalassery.


Kasaragod

Kasaragod District is one of the districts of the Indian state of Kerala. Kasaragod District was organised as a separate district on 24 May 1984. It is the northernmost district of Kerala and is named after Kasaragod Town which is the administrative headquarters of the district.

Kasaragod is one of the most beautiful districts in Kerala state endowed with 11 rivers (out of a total of the 44 rivers that flow in Kerala), hills, beaches, backwaters, as well as temples, churches, mosques and forts.

Bekal Fort - It is the biggest fort in Kerala today and is 14  km from Kanhangad and 10  km from Kasaragod town. The nearest railway station is Pallikere railway station, which is now called the Bekal Fort Railway Station, and the nearest airport is Mangalore Airport.

Ananthapura Lake Temple, an ancient and attractive-looking temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Mallikarjuna Temple is another temple in the heart of Kasargod Town and is dedicated to Sri Krishna.

Ranipuram - A conglomerate of grassy hills near Panathady Town and linked to Kanhangad by Kanhangad-Panathur state highway.

Kottancheri Hills - Located near Talakaveri which is the starting point of the Kaveri river. It is 36 km from Kanhangad Town.

Valiyaparamba Backwaters and Other tourist attractions are Chandragiri Fort, Anandashramam, Nithyanandashramam, and Kareem forest park - the only man made forest in the Kerala. The forest park is located in Parappa near Nileshwar.

Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:42

North Eastern Kerala

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Palakkad

Palakkad ,formerly known as Palghat, is a municipality and a town in the state of Kerala in southern India, spread over an area of 26.60 km2.The city is situated about 350 kilometres (217 mi) north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram. It is the administrative headquarters of Palakkad District. Palakkad lies near the Palghat Gap, a pass or natural depression through the Western Ghats ranges that run parallel to the west coast of India, and connects Kerala to the plains of the state of Tamil Nadu to the east.

Palakkad Fort: The majestic Palakkad Fort sits in a sprawling 15 acres on the western border of the town.

Malampuzha Dam and Gardens: Tranquil waters shimmering in sunlight, velvet green lawns, endless flower beds gently swaying in the cool breeze, magnificent mountains towering in the backdrop, sweet fragrance of roses in the air – these are just some of the snapshots that greet you in “Natures own Malampuzha”. Often referred as the “Vrindavan of Kerala”, Malampuzha epitomizes a picture perfect scenic paradise.

Nelliyampathy: This hilly paradise at a distance of 52 km from Palakkad is well renowned for its tea gardens, cardamom plantations, orange orchards, sparkling silver waterfalls and dense forests. Situated on the Western Ghats High Ranges, Nelliyampathy offers dashing views of the plains, cliffs, valleys, rivers and the forests around. Its breathtaking natural opulence and salubrious climate draws hoards of visitors to enjoy this hill station.

Silent Valley National Park: The Silent valley biosphere sprawls to a fascinating 90 sq. km area. It is acclaimed to be the only remaining evergreen forest in the Western Ghats This tropical evergreen forest still remains pristine primarily because of its remoteness and inaccessibility.

Attappady:
Some treasured moments, a true tribal experience, is what Attappady has in stock for a tourist. The three villages of Agaly, Sholayur and Puthur are located inside the remote jungles of Silent Valley National Park, at a distance of about 50 km from Palakkad. These small tribal hamlets nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats are one of the few areas still frozen in the olden times. 

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary nestled in the tropical wilderness and spread over a 285 sq. km area, is a haven for many species of wild animals, reptiles and birds. Several wild rivulets gushing down the mountainous terrains and sandalwood and rosewood growing in profusion sets a picture perfect stage to revel in the many wonders of nature.

Dhoni Reserve Forests: This reserve forest is located at a distance of 15 km from Palakkad. There is a bedazzling petite waterfall on top of the Dhoni hills, which could be reached by a three hour long trek from the bottom of the hills. Dhoni is a lush green tropical paradise elaborately draped in a splendid green garb, guaranteed to hold you captivated in its rich natural beauty.

Pothundy: It is a small dam set in a picturesque surrounding, making it a perfect place to enjoy the beauty of nature and to unwind yourself. This dam is located at a distance of 42 km from Palakkad at the foot of Nelliyampathy hills.

Thenaruvi: It is a natural spring located near the famous Sri Rama temple in Palakkad. It is believed that the water from this natural spring is as sacred as the water from the River Ganges. Pilgrims flock to this natural spring to taste the holy water.

JP Smirthivanam & Deer Park: This Park, sprawling across 100 acres of untamed wilderness, is located inside the Walayar Reserve Forest Range on the TamilNadu-Kerala border. The park is a safe haven for a variety of deer and other wild animals.

Choolanur Peacock Sanctuary: This sanctuary, the only one of its kind in Kerala, is located at a distance of 30 km from Palakkad town. The sanctuary, spread over a 500 hectare reserve forest land, has a peacock population numbering above 200.

Kollengode: The timeless village of Kollengode is located at a distance of 19 km from Palakkad. The village is famous for its natural splendor, the ancient Vishnu temple and the magnificent Kollengode Palace constructed in the traditional Kerala architecture style.

Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:36

South central Kerala

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Kottayam

Kottayam is spread over an area of 55.40 km2. It is the administrative capital of the Kottayam district. Kottayam is located in south-central Kerala and is approximately 150 km (93.2 mi) from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. The town is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Also a pioneering center of modern education in Kerala, the city became India's first municipality to achieve 100% literacy.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, (18 km from Kottayam town, near Pallikathodu)

Elaveezha Poonchira (Valley where leaves do not fall), (Near Melukavu Mattom, 60 km from Kottayam). A hill station with large hills around 3200 ft heigh. Beautiful hillocks named Mankunnu, Kudayathoormala, Thonippara and Poonchira are located here. Erumely.Important pilgrimage centre for Hindus and Muslims.

Kumarakom, (14 km west of Kottayam, in Kuttanad). The place is famous for its bird sanctuary; house boats, backwaters, canals and the bungalow of Henry Baker (now run as part of a resort managed by the Taj group of hotels).

Pathiramanal (Midnight sands),(In the middle of the Vembanad Lake). This is a small white sand island. It gets its name from the brilliant reflection of moonlight from the sand.

Poonjar Palace,(In Meenachil taluk). The Palace of Poonjar Royal family, one of major principalities of Travancore Kingdom, was home of one of Kerala's famous prince, Prince G.V Raja. This building is famous for its collection of antiques, exquisite furniture, chandeliers, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, a variety of lamps, statues and weapons.

Vembanad Lake. 83.72 km length and 14.48 km width. Cruise boats, house boats and traditional cargo boats.


Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta is a large town and a municipality situated in the central Travancore region in the state of Kerala, south India, spread over an area of 23.50 km2. It is the administrative capital of Pathanamthitta district. The city has a population of 38,000. The Hindu pilgrim centre of Sabarimala is situated in the Pathanamthitta district; as the main transport hub to Sabarimala, the town is known as the 'Pilgrim Capital of Kerala'. Pathanamthitta is a fast-developing city and business center.

The Perunthenaruvi waterfalls, via Vachoochira on the banks of the Pamba River are a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Charalkunnu: This picturesque hill station offers a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the hill provides comfortable lodging.

Kakki Reservoir: Tigers, elephants and monkeys can be sighted in the forest surrounding the reservoir.

Maniyar: This is a beautiful dam site. Seethathode: The Kerala State Electricity Board has a power generating station here. Moozhiyar (57 km from Pathanamthitta): This is an enchanting dam site.

Konni is famous for timber trade and wild elephant training centre.This is a charming town with lush meadows and hills stands on the bank of river Achakovil. It is surrounded by clove and pepper plantations. Elephants trapped from the forest area are also tamed here.

Pamba: This is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. It is also known as Thriveni Sangamam - the meeting point of three rivers.


Idukki

This beautiful High range district of Kerala is geographically known for its Mountainous Hills and Dense Forests. For the people of Kerala, Idukki is always associated with Power Generation. About 66% of the State's Power needs come from the Hydroelectric Power Projects in Idukki. Idukki accounts for 12.9 percent of the area of Kerala and only 3.7 percent of the population of Kerala.

Thodupuzha is a town and a municipality in central Kerala, southeast of Muvattupuzha and 62 km from Ernakulam, The geographical classification of Thodupuzha Region is Midland or Idanad.

Adimali is the second largest town in idukki district.adimali is located on National Highway 49 connecting Kochi and Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located nearby. Ponmudi Dam, which is constructed across the Panniar River, is about 15 km from Adimali, on the way to Rajakkad.

Kattappana is a town situated in the Highrange, the high altitude region of the Idukki district, at an elevation of 810 metres. It is the largest town in the Highrange and houses most of the educational institutions and hospitals

Nedumkandam, known as the capital of High Ranges, is the major town in Udumbanchola taluk. Here cardamom, pepper and coffee are the major crops. Besides these a wide variety of other cash crops is also being cultivated.

Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is spread over an area of about 777 km² and comprises a thick evergreen forest with exotic wild life. The sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve sometime in 1978. It has an artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam, built in 1895 across the Periyar River.

Mangala Devi Temple: It is situated about 15 km from Thekkady and sits at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level.

Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in Kerala and in southern India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district.

Anamudi Peak: Situated about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from Munnar town, Anamudi (2,695 metres (8,842 ft)) is Kerala's highest mountain and the highest Indian mountain south of the Himalayan range. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Mattupetty Dam reservoir, near Munnar located about 13 km from Munnar Town, is Mattupetty. Lying at a height of 1700 m above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the lake, which offers boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape.

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.

Rajamala is a wildlife sanctuary located about 15 km 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.

Devikulam is a small hill station about 16 km from Munnar in the Idukki District of the southern state of Kerala in India. It is 1800 m above sea level.

Vagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Idukki district of Kerala, India. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10-23°C during summer midday. It is situated 1,100 metre above sea level.

Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:32

Southern Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram formerly known as Trivandrum, is the capital of  Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. The city houses several central and state government offices and organizations. Apart from being the political nerve centre of Kerala, it is also a major academic hub and is home to several educational institutions including the University of Kerala, and to many science and technology institutions, It is also considered as one among the 10 greenest cities in India. Trivandrum is also a tourist hot-spot for both domestic and international tourists. Being the capital of Kerala, often known as "God's own country", Trivandrum is also called as "God's own capital".

Kovalam Beach - 16 kms away this internationally renowned Beach Resort has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The Southernmost, known as the Lighthouse beach, is the most popular Kovalam offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Padmanabha Swamy Temple
- The temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, & a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its Mural Paintings and Stone Carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu Temples in India, the presiding deity in here is Lord Vishnu reclining on anantha the serpent.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum - The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman.

Kanakakkunnu Palace- is situated 800meter NE of the Napier museum. It is where the Travancore royal family once entertained their guests is on top of a hill. Now it belongs to the Government. Today the palace and it's sprawling grounds are the venue for many cultural meets and programmes.

The Napier Museum - Built in the 19th century, the indo - saracenic structure boasts a "natural" Airconditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings..

Sree Chitbra Art Gallery - Located near the Napier Museum. This are gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of Art In India.

Thiruvallam - 10 kms away this serene backwater stretch enroute to Kovalam, is famous for its Canoe Rides. KSFDC’s Chithranjali Studio Complex Located Here.

Agasthyakoodam is the second highest peak in Kerala, at a height of 1890mts above sea level and is a part of the Sahyadri range of mountains.It is 60 Kms North East of Trivandrum.The mountain is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, as it is believed to be the abode of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara as well as of the sage Agastya, a disciple of Shiva.

Aruvikkara Dam- It is situated 16kms north of Thiruvananthapuram. It is gifted with lavish scenic beauty and this international renowned beach resort has been a favourite haunt for tourists since 1930's.

Neyyar Dam is situated at 30km east of Thiruvananthapuram, at the foot of western ghats. It was established in 1958. It is occupying the basin of the rivers Neyyar, Mullayar and Kallar. This popular picnic spot has a watch tower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and deer park. Boating facilities are available at the reservoir.

Ponmudi is the nearest hill station to Thiruvananthapuram (65km). It is located 915 metres above sea level. It is an idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding path ways and cool, green wooded environs. It serves as a good base for trekking and bird watching. The natural scenery, salubrious climate and the scope of hiking in high trails make the visit an exhilarating experience. There is a charming deer park which is only 3kms from Ponmudi.

Vizhinjam is about 17kms from the city. It is a historic spot which was left unnoticed for long time. There are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple. The Beach and Fishing harbour is the part of Vizhinjam.

Padmanabhapuram Palace near Thiruvanthapuram was the erstwhile home of the rulers of Travancore. This structure attracts many visitors to this place. The interiors of the palace are decorated with splendid rosewood carvings. The palace is a well preserved structure and is an example of the rich heritage.

Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) - The land's end of india or the point where the three seas meet, is the enchanting Kanyakumari. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. Part of the fascination is, of course, the fact that it is the very tip of the indian peninsula and the confluence of the bay of Bengal, the Arabian sea and the Indian ocean.

 

Alappuzha

Alappuzha (also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alleppey is situated 62 kilometres (39 mi) to the south of Kochi and 155 kilometres (96 mi) north of Trivandrum. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" .

Kuttanadu is a well known for its picturesque vast paddy fields and its geographical peculiarities. It's the region with the lowest altitude in India, and one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level.

Pathiramanal - This little island on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundred of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. The island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom, and is accessable only by boat.

R-Block. - These regions are wonders of the indigenous agricultural engineering kow-how of Kerala and remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland. Extensive areas of Land have been reclaimed from the backwaters and are protected by dikes built all around . Here cultivation and habitation are made possible four to ten feet below Sea Level.

Kumarakodi - 20 km south of Alappuzha, Mahakavi Kumaranasan, one of the greatest poets of modern Kerala is laid to rest here. He was the P.D Shelly of Malayalam Literature.

Krishnapuram Palace - Built by Marthandavarma, this place at karthikappally in Kayamkulam is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. Dating back to the 18th century. This palace museum houses antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.

Alappuzha Beach - This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. There is also an old light house which is greatly fascinating to visitors.

Sea View park The park offers boating facilities and a swimming pool.

 

Kollam

Kollam often anglicized as Quilon, is a city of Kerala. The city lies on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake on the Arabian sea coast and is situated about 71 kilometres (44 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. It is the headquarters of the Kollam district. Kollam is the 5th largest city in Kerala, after Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Thrissur and is known for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. It is considered to be the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is a prominent tourist destination.

Mahatma Gandhi beach & park at Kochupilamoodu, Thirumullavaram beach and Ashramam picnic Village, are some of the important spots of local sightseeing, Mahatma Gandhi beach lies just 2 Kms. from the town.  It is fascinating place for an evening.  Thirumullawaram Beach is 5 kms. From the town.  The sea here is ideal for swimming and bathing.

Alumkadavu located at 26 Kms from Kollam City and on the lakeside of Kollam-Alappuzha National Water Way. The "Green Channel Back Water Resort" at Alumkadavu makes itself a tranquil location for both foreign and Indian Tourists. The scenic beauty of blue green stretches of serene back water and rambling gardens of hundreds of coconut palms give the Green Channel Resort an incomparable beauty.