Kerala

Discover Kerala

Travel to Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Wayanad.

Kerala southwestern coastal state of India. It is a small state, constituting only about 1 percent of the total area of the country. Kerala stretches for about 360 miles (580 km) along the Malabar Coast, varying in width from roughly 20 to 75 miles (30 to 120 km). It is bordered by the states of Karnataka (formerly Mysore) to the north and Tamil Nadu to the east and by the Arabian Sea to the south and west; it also surrounds Mahe, a segment of the state of Puducherry, on the northwestern coast. The capital is Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

Although isolated from the Indian interior by the mountainous belt of the Western Ghats, Kerala has been exposed to many foreign influences via its long coastline; consequently, the state has developed a unique culture within the subcontinent, not only with a diverse religious tradition but also with its own language, Malayalam. Also notable is the high social status that continues to be accorded to women of Kerala, owing to the former strength of a matrilineal kinship system. Area 15,005 square miles (38,863 square km). Pop. (2011) 33,387,677.

Alappuzha: Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Venice of the East’ by travellers from across the world, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Embraced by the Arabian Sea in the west and a network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers criss-crossing it, this backwater country is home toa vibrant animal and avian life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always carved out an exclusive place for itself in the maritime history of Kerala.

Famous Places in Alappuzha: Marari Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Kayaking, Vembanad Lake, Alleppey Backwaters, Nehru Trophy Boat Race, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Punnapra Beach, Thottappally Beach, Pallipuram, St. George Forane Church, Kuttanad, Coir Weaving in Alleppey, Punnamada Lake, St. Andrew’s Basilica at Arthunkal, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple, Karumadikkuttan, Vijay Beach Park, Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple, Thumpoly Beach, Alappuzha Lighthouse, Pandavan Para, International Coir museum, Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple, Arthunkal Beach, Thaickal Beach.

Marari Beach: One of the great delights of the Malabar Coast, the Marari Beach is an idyllic serene beach. About 11 km from the city of Alleppey, this beach is a hotspot for fishing activity, deriving its name from the local fishing village Mararikulam.Visiting in August gives tourists the exclusive opportunity to view Snake Boat races across the waters. The serenity and quietude on the beach are beyond description, so much so that Marari Beach has been enlisted among the top five hammock beaches of the world by National Geographic Survey.

Alappuzha Beach: The Alappuzha beach, also known as the Alleppey Beach, is famous for local getaways, its intrinsic beauty and a 150 years old pier which stretches into the sea. Relaxing under the palm groves and picnicking beside the beach are fantastic options available to those visiting the beach. Alleppey Beach is a host to many festivals like Sand Art festival and Alappuzha Beach Festival.

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple: Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna situated in Alappuzha district. Built-in the traditional Kerala style architectural pattern, the temple is famous for its delicious rice pudding prepared in sweet milk, popularly known as Pal Payasam.

St. Mary’s Forane Church: Champakulam Kalloorkadu Marth Maryam (St. Mary’s) Basilica, popularly known as St. Mary’s Forane Church is an ancient Syro- Malabar church in the Archeparchy of Changanacherry. Constructed in 427 AD, the church is one of the oldest Syrian Catholic churches in all of India.

Krishnapuram Palace: Built during the reign of Travancore king Marthanda Varma, Krishnapuram Palace is a two-story structure crafted in traditional Kerala architectural style.

Pathiramanal: Pathiramanal is a beautiful island in Alappuzha which was once the property of the Thaimattatil family until 1979. The island is covered with dense natural vegetation and offers a perfect climatic condition for regional flora and fauna to thrive. The attraction is also famous as a bird watcher’s paradise and a favourite amongst nature lovers.

Kayaking: Kayaking is quite a famous activity in Alleppey as paddling through tiny canals and sifting through tiny bridges will make you feel very close to everyday life here. A mechanised Shikara Boat is a motorboat-like canoe that is super fast and allows visitors to travel long distances in a short time.

Vembanad Lake: Vembanad Lake is the longest lake in India. The lake is known by different names in different places. Taking a house boat on the lake could be a fun experience.

Backwaters in Alleppey: The Alleppey backwaters  was earlier used as a mode of transportation, fishing and agriculture and have evolved over time as a tourism hotspot. The main attraction of the Alleppey backwaters is the overnight journey in the famous Kerala houseboats. These houseboats are as comfortable as any hotel room – sometimes even more luxurious, and as a bonus, you get the open deck.

Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race: One of the most exciting events to be held in Lake in Alleppey is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, which is a yearly competitive boating event held on the second Saturday of every August, during the Onam festival. The most popular event is the Snake Boat Race, which is a thrilling event to watch as well as participate in. 100-120 feet long canoe-like boats make serpentine movements through the water, thereby popularising the name.

Bay Island Driftwood Museum: Founded by Raji Punnoose, a school-teacher in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay Island Driftwood Museum is famous for its innovative modern art techniques deployed to design various kinds of root and tree-trunk sculptures.

Revi Karunakaran Museum: Revi Karunakaran Museum is a memorial museum built by Betty Karunakaran in the memory of her namesake husband and one of the leading coir industrialist and businessman of Kerala- Revi Karunakaran. Built in 2003, the renowned, privately owned museum is a one of the largest of its kind.

Punnapra Beach: Punnapra Beach is a serene getaway famous for its golden stretch of sand and pristine waters. It is an isolated beach and doesn’t have a lot of visitors. It is, therefore, preferred for tourists looking for a romantic holiday away from the chaotic city life. Ayurvedic massages on the beach are quite famous here, making it a good place to replenish one’s mind and body.

Thottappally Beach: Famed through a celebrated novel and movie “Chemmeen”, Thottappally Beach is a quiet escape in the village. It an active fishing harbour that draws locals every day. The Thottappally Spillway located nearby is also quite an attraction. It helps separate the freshwater of the Thottappally Lake and the saline water at the mouth of the river that drains into the Arabian Sea. Tourists visit often for its conserved picturesque beauty and a soul-soothing experience.

Pallipuram: One of the islands located in the Vembanad Lake, Pallipuram is a small village known for its white sand. It is just your kind of place, if you are looking for a very offbeat location within the Alappuzha district.

St. George Forane Church: Situated on the banks of river Pampa, Edathua Church is also known as St. George Forane Church is dedicated to St. George. Built in 1810, the church is believed to possess miraculous healing powers.

Kuttanad: Kuttanad is a region covering a large part of Alappuzha and some of Kottayam district, the heart of the backwaters of Kerala. Kuttanad is the ‘rice bowl of Kerala’, being home to lush green rice fields spread extensively, divided by dykes. Travelling through this secluded alcove of nature will give you a feel of traditional countryside life of Kerala. A special peculiarity of this place is its geography. It lies around 2 metres below the main sea level, making it the lowest altitude place in the country.

Coir Weaving: Coir Weaving is an important industry in Alleppey. You can find numerous small scale industries weaving coir products. Most of their workers are females. The process first requires you to extract the coconut fibre from the coconut husks and then it is further processed and woven into mats and other products. Besides purchasing these products, you can also take a round and visit these small setups running all over town, for a better insight.

Punnamada Lake: Punnamada Lake is an extension of Vembanad Lake in Alleppey. The lake is popular for hosting the very famous boat race called Nehru Trophy boat race. The race is held during the renowned Onam festival and attracts a lot of tourists from worldwide.

St. Andrew’s Basilica at Arthunkal: St. Andrew’s Basilica at Arthunkal in the district of Alappuzha, is considered to be the largest shrine of Saint Sebastian in all of the world. Originally constructed by the Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century, the church was rebuilt in 1584 under the priest Jacomo Fenicio.

Chettikulangara Devi Temple: Chettikulangara Devi Temple is one of the most renowned Hindu temples in Kerala primarily visited by the followers if the main deity Sree Bhadarakali. The Goddess is worshipped in 3 different forms: Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali or Durga. It is treated as a religious-cultural icon. It is believed that the temple is 1200 years old. Not much evidence and theories for its existence exists.

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple: Nestled in a forest glade near Haripad, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple is dedicated to the snake god- Nagaraja. Nagaraja is considered to be a form of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

Karumadikkuttan: Situated in the village of Karumadi, around 3 kms away from Alappuzha in Kerala, is the shrine of Karumadikkuttan; the name literally translating to the ‘boy from Karumadi’. Set on the banks of Punnamada lake in the backwaters, the temple majorly houses a three feet high, black granite statue of Buddha and is a venerated religious site among the Buddhists.

Vijay Beach Park: Constructed on the southern side of the Alappuzha backwaters, Vijay Beach Park is a wonderful initiative by the state government. Other than the umpteen swings and slides available for the kids to play on, there are numerous thrilling rides for the grown-ups. While the toy train gives the children a ride around the park, the adults can enjoy boating. In addition, the park also has a demarcated area for the tiny tots to ride bikes on rent.

Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple: Mullakkal Rajeshwari Temple, also known as the Mullakkal Bhagwati Temple is situated on the main street of ‘Mullakkal Theruvu’ in Alappuzha district of Kerala. Built in the traditional Kerala style architecture, the temple is accessible to people of all faiths, religions and castes.

Thumpoly Beach: Located at a distance of 6 kms from Alappuzha and 90 kms from Kochi International Airport, Thumpoly is a coastal town in Kerala. With the majestic Arabian Sea on one side, and a charming quaint lake on the other, Thumpoly has been graciously blessed with golden sandy beaches, verdant green meadows and numerous canals which finally make their way to the ocean, by nature.

Alappuzha Lighthouse: Known for its breathtaking 360-degree views, the Alappuzha Lighthouse(Alleppey lighthouse) is an old-world charm. It is 4 km away from the main town lying on the sea bridge facing the Arabian sea coast. The 1862 lighthouse has a museum that preserves old equipment like oil lamps and items that testify to its 150-year-old journey.

Pandavan Para: Shrouded in myth, the Pandavan Para, also known as Pandavan Rock, is believed to have been the hideout of the Pandavas. It is located in Urukunnu near Thenmala, 2 kilometres away from Chegannur in Alleppey. A popular picnic spot, the Pandavan Para has an ancient temple on its hilltop. Besides the curious rock structures in the shape of a frog (thavalapara) and a musical instrument (maddalapara), the Pandavan Para has enchanting views of the forest and Kallada Dam nearby.

International Coir museum: The International Coir museum is an embellishment to the coir industry of Kerala. Located in Kalavoor, Alleppey, this museum showcases its history and journey over the ages in transforming fibre into beautiful products. Working on the theme, “coir beautiful”; the process and extraction of fibre to the mechanization of the coir sector are all exhibited at the museum. Visitors can even buy handicrafts, coir ornaments and other products from their small souvenir shop at the museum.

Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple: Known as the Palani of South, Haripad Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple is one of the largest and oldest Subramanya Swami temples in Kerala. With 3500 years of history, the temple is believed to be established by Lord Parashurama before the advent of Kaliyuga. Built according to the traditional architecture of Kerala, the temple has four gopurams. It’s famous for the longest golden flagpost or Kodimaram (dhwajastambha) and one of the largest temple ponds called Perumkulam that stretches over 5 acres. With a round-shaped temple sanctum, it also houses a Koothambalam and Murugan’s Vahana.

Arthunkal Beach: Historically frequented by the Portuguese, the beach is closely located near st Andrews Forane Church in Cherthala. Known to be a fishermen beach, you can find many boats decked up by the shore. Although the beach is famous among localities, it has fewer provisions and isn’t as clean as the other beaches in Kerala. However, there are local stores selling snacks and fishers selling dried and fresh fishes.

Thaickal Beach: Located in Cherthala, north of Alleppey, Thaickal Beach is a wide sandy beach known for its serene atmosphere and beautiful sunset. Apart from the narrow roads, which might be a hassle to park your vehicle, the beach is easily accessible by road. Thaikal beach isn’t too crowded; you’ll mostly find fishers and locals; hence, there are no lifeguards or other facilities; you’ll need to walk ahead for 2 kms to find local shops and stores. A day’s tour to the beach and Arthunkkal church in Cherthala will be a good experience.

Ernakulam: Ernakulam bordering the district of Thrissur in the north, Idukki in the East, Alapuzha and Kottayam in the south, Lakshadweep Sea in the west is an amalgam of a hoary heritage and global growth of industry and commerce. For the outside world, Ernakulam is part of Kochi referred to in the history of Kerala as the Queen of Arabian Sea. The densely populated Ernakulam District embodies the achievements of the Kerala State in literacy, industry, trade and commerce. With an inclusive culture, relatively high per capita income and an unstoppable interest of the people in updating themselves of the political, economic, social and cultural happenings in the national and international spheres, Ernakulam represents the high modern phase of the Kerala society.

Famous Places in Ernakulam: Edappally St. George Forane Church, Bolgatty Palace, Wonderlaw, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, Hill Palace, Fort Kochi, Bhoothathaankettu, Cherai Beach.

Edappally St. George Forane Church: Edappally, about 10 km away from the city, is famous for the St. George Forane Church, one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the State. The church, popularly known as Edappally Pally, was a small structure at the time of its construction in 594 AD. In 1080 AD, a bigger church was built adjacent to the old one to accommodate the congregation that had grown greatly in number. The Edappally pilgrim church was the richest Catholic shrine in Kerala. Due to the uncountable miracles of Edappally St George, the Catholic Church were deciding to elevate this miraculous Church to the status of a National Shrine Basilica.100000+ holy masses were conducted in every year in this holy land.

Bolgatty Palace: This is the oldest palace built by the Dutch outside the Kingdom of Holland. The palace was built by a Dutch merchant in 1744. Later, it was renovated with a magnificent lawn and a number of reforms. The palace served as the official residence of Dutch Governor.

Wonderlaw: The loudest, craziest, and the most amazing part of town. This simply is not just an amusement park, but a world of breath-taking charm. It’s a place to celebrate the smaller moments and share big wonders. Get on one of the 50+ exhilarating rides, or simply laze by the pool under the bright sun. But whatever you do, here, everybody gets a little closer. And that is why we are the Amazement Park.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary: Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary in the city of Palakkad district of Kerala state in India. It is located in the heart of Kochi city and has an area of 0.0274 sq km. A large number of migratory birds visit this place. Spiders and bats are the main attractions here. The Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary which was established in 2004 is the smallest protected area under the state forest department. It is the only bird sanctuary in Kerala which is located in Mangrove forests.

Ernakulam Shiva Temple: Located in the heart of Ernakulum city in Kerala, Ernakulam Shiva Temple is one of the rare Shiva Temples where God faces sea towards west. Very popular as Ernakulathappan, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built during the Maharaja rule, the temple is located in the Durbar Hall Ground. The history of the shrine is linked with the history of the city. As per the legend, it was one of the 7 royal temples of Kochi Maharajas but now it is controlled by administration of Cochin Devasom Board. It is one of the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala dedicated by Lord Parasurama.

Hill Palace: Hill Palace, built in 1865, is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala and the administrative center of Cochin. The palace consists of 49 buildings in the local style of 54 acres and includes the Hill Palace Archaeological Museum, Heritage Museum, Deer Park, Prehistoric Park and Children’s Park. There are many medicinal plants around the palace. The Museum Hill Palace is now open to the public for days on Mondays. The Hill Palace is located at a distance of 14 km from Kochi. Hill Palace was built in 1865 by the Maharaja Of Cochin using his personal wealth.

Fort Kochi: Fort Kochi, the western part of the Kochi city of Ernakulam district in Kerala. It is about 12 km away from Ernakulam Town. Fort Kochi has played an important role in the history of Kerala. Fort Kochi also has several attractions like the Santa Cruz Basilica. Fort Kochi also houses many historical monuments such as the St. Francis Church, the first church of Vasco da Gama, the Dutch Seminary, the China Vela and many others. The Indian Navy’s ship, Dronacharya, is located in Fort Kochi.

Bhoothathaankettu: Scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. It is a popular picnic sport with Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary near by.

Cherai Beach: Around two dozen kilometers from the industrial district of Ernakulam and to the side of the Vypeen Island lies every swimmer’s paradise, Cherai Beach. It is a favorite haunt of those looking for a relaxing swim with the backdrop of coconut groves being the added incentive. It provides a wonderful view of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets or Cheena Vala well. The nearby shacks provide you with fresh cuisine that fills you up perfectly after a delightful swim.

Idukki: Idukki is one of the 14 districts of Kerala state, India, created on 26 January 1972. 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 which lies in the Western Ghats of Kerala is the second largest district in area but has the lowest population density. Idukki has a vast forest reserve area; more than a half of the district is covered by forests. The urban areas are densely populated whereas villages are sparsely populated. Idukki is also known as the spice garden of Kerala.

Famous Places in Idukki: Hill-view Park, Kulamavu Dam, Idukki Arch Dam, Painavu, Nadukani, Anakarra, Keezharkuthu Falls, Periyar National Park, Thommankuthu Falls, Mangala Devi temple, Murrikaddy, Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam, Meesapulimala, Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge, Malankara Dam, Valara Waterfalls, Anchuruli Waterfalls, Cheruthoni Dam, Panchalimedu, Ramakkalmedu, Anamudi Shola National Park, PowerHouse Falls, Mathikettan Shola National Park,  Pampadum Shola National Park, AnaMudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Eravikulam National Park, Cheeyarappa Falls, Vagamon, Parunthumpara, Kanthalloor, Vattavada, Kuttikkanam, Kalvari Mount, Chathurangapara viewpoint, Suryanelli.

Hill-view Park: With spectacular views of the Cheruthoni and Idukki Dams, the Hill-view Park serves as a famous tourist destination of Idukki. One can also spot diverse wildlife in its belt natural habitat.

Kulamavu Dam: If you’re a hiking or trekking junkie, Kulamavu is a hill-station that offers the perfect terrain for an adrenaline kick. With some amazing trekking trails, the place is also adorned with equally enchanting surroundings.

Idukki Arch Dam: Built across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills at a height of about 550 feet, the Idukki Arch Dam is an architectural genius, for the rugged terrain along which it is built. The natural beauty surrounding the dam is breath-taking.

Painavu: This stopover to Idukki and Cheruthoni Dam is a shopper’s paradise. The place is famous for its local handicrafts, silk and beautiful local clothes.

Nadukani: Another hill station situated 25 km from Idukki, Nadukani offers a bewitching view of the mountains, Muvattupuzha River- a unique place in Kerala where three rivers meet, and many rare species of fauna are also found here.

Anakarra: A small village in the Idukki district, Anakarra is just about 50 sq. km in area. Situated approximately 18 km from Idduki wildlife sanctuary on the Kumily-Munnar state highway, this place is famous for its spice plantations and picturesque waterfalls.

Keezharkuthu Falls: Not very known, and hence with very little crowd, Keezharkuthu Falls is ideal for rock climbing, mountaineering and camp tracking alongside the water fall.

Periyar National Park: Famous for its Tiger reserves and thick vegetation, the Periyar National Park is a perfect place for nature buffs and wildlife lovers. However, the best way to explore this natural habitat is by safaris either on jeep or elephants.

Thommankuthu Falls: 17 km off Thodupuzha lays this captivating Thommankuthu Falls, which is a seven step waterfall cascading down to form a pool. The location is best suited for trekking and rock climbing. Besides, facilities for many other activities such as boating, horse riding and fishing are also available.

Mangala Devi temple: Located at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level, the Mangala Devi temple is a well known pilgrimage centre of the region. The temple is dedicated to a local deity Mangala Devi who commands great reverence.

Murrikaddy: Situated 5 km away from Thekaddy, Murrikaddy is a place best known for its tea and coffee plantations. Also, popular are its small tea-shops across the plantations that serve the royal filter coffee and the spiced tea.

Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam: A famous sun-set point, Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam is a popular spot nestled 35 km away from Thoddupuzha. It is one of the best places to go for a long drive.

Meesapulimala: The second highest peak in South India, Meesapulimala is an ideal spot for trekking. The starting point of the trek is either Rhodovalley or Silent Valley. After trekking for about 8 km from Rhodovalley, one gets to witness the grasslands, wildlife, rainforests, and small waterfalls.

Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge: A bridge that is one of a kind and attracts numerous tourists on a daily basis, the Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge is one of the longest hanging bridges in Kerala. The region surrounding the bridge is so captivating and pleasant that it makes this place a perfect getaway spot for a weekend or an unplanned holiday. The hanging bridge is very stimulating to watch and exciting to take a stroll on. An engineering wonder which also happens to be the least explored place, the area that surrounds the bridge is not visited by a lot of tourists thereby making it retain its natural beauty till date.

Malankara Dam: A gravity dam built across the Thodupuzha River, the Malankara dam supports the irrigation of the region and has been constructed to use the tailwater coming from the Moolamattom powerhouse. Situated near Thodupuzha-Moolamattom Road, the reservoir Dam is a very famous tourist spot. The dam remains open to the tourists throughout the year and is a perfect place for fishing and boating.

Valara Waterfalls: Situated between Adimali and Neriamangalam, Valara Waterfalls is one of the most enchanting and amazing tourist spots in this region. Valara which comprises of a chain of waterfalls surrounding by lush green forests which are home to a variety of animals and birds is situated 42 km away from Munnar. The flawless look, fabulous views and the gushing waterfall makes it a place definitely worth visiting. The Thottiyar hydroelectric project which is an upcoming project by the Kerala State Electricity Board is located very close to these waterfalls.

Anchuruli Waterfalls: Situated amongst the gushing locations in Western Ghats Land and providing an enchanting view of the semi-evergreen forests grasslands, Anchuruli Waterfalls is a surreal location definitely worth visiting. The water that comes from Erattayar River is used for the Idukki hydro-electric project. A tunnel which is 2 km long passes through Erattayar and Anchuruli carrying water to the lake. Though the tunnel is dangerous, it is a fun place to take a stroll at especially for all the adventure lovers.

Cheruthoni Dam: An ideal picnic spot situated in the Idukki District of Kerala, the Cheruthoni Dam being 138 m tall is the largest concrete gravity dam close to the Idukki Arch Dam. Constructed across the Periyar River, this third highest dam in the country was built in 1976 as a part of the Idukki Hydroelectric project along with two other dams namely Kulamavu and Idukki. The dam is looked after by the Kerala State Electricity Board and also rents out boats to engage in the two-hour cruise between Kulamavu and Idukki. On the way, visitors are spellbound by the beauty that this place offers and the enchanting views of the sunrise and sunset that one gets to experience from here.

Panchalimedu: One of the most exquisite hill stations in the Idukki district of Kerala, Panchalimedu provides an unearthly atmosphere with its specialty being the cold climate and refreshing breeze. The place is surrounded by a captivating set of hills which refreshes the mind and body of its visitors. If legends are to be believed, then the Pandavas came here and stayed at this place during the period of their exile which is how the place got its name. One of the caves here also bears the footprints of Bhima and a small pond known as Panjali Kulam situated here is the place where the wife of the Pandavas i.e. Panchali used to take bath.

Ramakkalmedu: An exquisite hill station situated in the Idukki District on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu state border and home to a number of attractions Ramakkalmedu is a must-visit attraction. Its name can be broken down into three words namely Ram, Kal, and Medu referring to Lord Rama, rock, and land. According to legend, this place was visited by Lord Rama while he was searching for his wife Sita who was kidnapped by Ravana, the king of Lanka. While his search was going on, he stepped on the tallest rock while looking for Sita which was named as Ramakkal and later came to be known as Ramakkalmedu.

Anamudi Shola National Park: Kerala’s breathtaking beauty has wooed travellers from all over the globe. Gorgeous beaches, meandering rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and exotic flora and fauna, Kerala has it all. Located in the Idukki district, along the western ghats of Kerala is Anamudi Shola National Park, a remarkable national reserve spread over 7.5 km square. The park is famous for its tranquil environment and biodiversity, preferred by thousands of travellers that flock in here to get away from the city life.

PowerHouse Falls: PowerHouse Falls is situated in Idukki in Kerala, 35 kms from Munnar. The waterfalls from a height 2000 m above the sea level. The waterfalls are situated on the way to Thekkady. The area around the waterfall is enclosed by tea estates and thick vegetation. It is said to be originating from Devikulam also known as the ‘Lake of Goddess’

Mathikettan Shola National Park: Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Mathikettan Shola National Park is between other national reserve forests such as Eravikulam National Park and Pampadam Shola National Park. Established initially to encourage cardamom plantation, it was declared as a national park in 2003 to protect the environment, and it’s ecology, flora and wildlife. It now stands as a conservatory for wildlife and flora alike.

Pampadum Shola National Park: Located in Kerala, Pampadum Shola National Park is the smallest national park of the state with an area of 11.75 km square. The park is managed and maintained by Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife. Owing to the spectacular biodiversity of flora and fauna, this park, along with the Westerns Ghats, and few other parks are being observed by UNESCO World Heritage Committee to consider them as a World Heritage Site nominee. Cloudy weather prevails throughout the year in the park, perfect for trekking and picnics.

Anai Mudi Peak: Often called the pride of Kerala, Anamudi or Anai Mudi Peak in Munnar stands at a magnificent height of 2695 metres above sea level. Literally meaning “Elephants forehead,” the peak is well known to be the home for the largest surviving population of Asian elephants in India. The peak itself is within the boundaries of the Eravikulam National Park, offering plenty of opportunities to explore to flora and fauna of the surroundings.

Mattupetty Dam: Mattupetty Dam is a strong gravity dam which was constructed for power generation and water conservation. Located in the Munar hills near the Anamudi peak, the dam is situated 1700 meters high. The green valleys and pleasant ambience surrounding make up for a captivating site. The reflection of the tea gardens into the water is the most beautiful part of the dam. Speed boating too is organized here by the Tourism Promotion Council of the district of Idukki. Other water sports organized include motor boats, paddle boats, and rowboats.

Pothamedu View Point: Pothamedu View Point, situated 5 km off Munnar, is adorned with stretching hills and lush green mountains. One can witness the spectacular wide views of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of the area. It is an ideal place to witness beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Idukki Arch Dam which is about 60 kms away is visible from this viewpoint on a clear day.

Eravikulam National Park: Located a 45 – minute drive away from Munnar, the Eravikulam National Park houses a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Also known as Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, this place was managed as a game reserve by the Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company before 1971. The control was taken over by the Karnataka Government in 1971, and it was declared a national park in 1978. Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard are some of the main animal species that can be spotted here.

Cheeyarappa Falls: Located on the Kochi-Madurai Highway (National Highway 49), the Cheeyarappa Falls is an on-the-way tourist attraction. It falls between Munnar and Kochi, in the district of Idukki, Kerala. One of the largest waterfalls in the state (which is also known as God’s own country), the Cheyyappara Falls are a sight to behold. Cascading through seven tiers of stones, these falls are a force of nature that you can not only see and experience but dip your toes into and enjoy. The surroundings of the waterfall complement its opulent natural splendour. Evergreen forests stretch out for as much as two acres around the falls, making it an active adventure and trekking spot. Several species of exotic plants and animals can be found in the neighbouring area, enclosed in the casket of a dense forest.

Vagamon: 1100 meters above sea, far way from the loud city culture, lush greenery and serenity to gift every visitor, Vagamon could be your quiet offbeat hill station in Kerala away from maddening tourist crowds. If you are a forest lover, the first place you should visit in Vagamon is the Vagamon Pine forest, which is the major tourist attraction of this place. A very popular spot for movie shootings, Vagamon forest is actually a man-made forest which was created during the British era. The forest overlooks the entire Vagamon valley and is a beautiful place where you can go for a long walk, or just sit under a pine tree and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

Parunthumpara: Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, at an altitude of 1200m, Parunthumpara is a quiet scenic landscape that has been attracting visitors recently. ‘Parunthu ‘which in Malayalam means an eagle and ‘para’ meaning a rock, in essence, describes the natural terrain of Parunthumpara.

Kanthalloor: Kanthalloor is a beautiful village located in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 330 km from the state’s capital, Trivandrum. The town is peacefully nestled amidst the Western Ghats and is widely known for its picturesque landscapes and pleasant, salubrious climate.

Vattavada: Located in the Idukki district Vattavada lies in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats. Experiencing a pleasant climate in the region around and in Vattavada varies in height from 4760 ft. to 8842 ft. above sea level. All these factors, coupled together, give Vattavada the perfect required conditions for the growth of various vegetables and fruits. With a wide variety of crops grown here, Vattavada is a unique tourist destination surrounded in lavish greenery and nature.

Kuttikkanam: Kuttikkanam is a hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It lies within the territory of Peermade. Located 3500 feet above sea level, it is famous for the tea and coffee plantations that grow in the area on a full scale. The green hills, the number of animals that can be spotted alongside the various species of fauna and the pleasant climate add to the positives of it.

Kalvari Mount: Located on the Kattapana – Idukki Road, Kalvari Mount is a popular hillock and a popular Christian pilgrimage site situated 5 km on the outskirts of the city of Idukki. Also known as Kalyanathandu, the vantage point is perched at a height of 20 m and boasts of scenic sunrise and sunset views to die for. Besides, you will be enthralled by the stunning panoramic vistas of the gorgeous valley below and also of the Idukki Dam. If you get lucky, you might also be able to spot herds of elephants bathing in the lakes below. The highlight of the mountain are its grand celebrations of Good Friday and Lent.

Chathurangapara ViewPoint: Located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Chathurangapara is a hilltop viewpoint in the Idukki district of Kerala. This viewpoint is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by windmills, Chathurangapara provides a panorama of the entire Idukki hill station. While the viewpoint is open 24hrs of the day, it is best to visit either around sunrise or sunset, when the sky and mountains merge with one another.

Suryanelli: Suryanelli in Kerala is a resort town in the Chinnakanal village in Idukki district. Located at a distance of around 50 km from Munnar, Suryanelli is famous for its tea and cardamom plantations and stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls and sunrise. The forest here is home to many endangered animals, including Nilgiri Marten, a native here.

Kannur: Kannur is most renowned for the Theyyam performances in its temples. This magnificent art form plays an integral part in the culture of this Northern Kerala district. Formerly known as Cannanore, Marco Polo christened it a ‘Great Emporium of Spice Trade’. Kannur has, since time immemorial, been hailed as an influential sea port. Legend has it that it had interactions and trade relations with the rest of the world since the time of King Solomon to the Greeks, Arabs and Romans. It has a plethora of forts, temples, beaches and wildlife sanctuaries that regularly attract visitors.

Famous Places in Kannur: Payyabalam beach, Muzzhapilangad Beach, St Angelo’s Fort, Kannur Lighthouse, Parassinikadavu Snake Park, Baby Beach, Arakkal Museum, Palakayyam Thattu, Madayipara, Ezhimala, Taliparamba, Paithalmala, Parassinikkadavu, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Peralassery, Theyyam, Meenkunnu Beach, Pallikunnu, Thottada Beach, Ezhara Beach, Sundareswara Temple, Pappinisseri, Dharmadam Island, Mridanga Saileswari Temple, Vismaya Water Park, Mappila Bay, Kavvayi island, Cherupuzha.

Payyabalam beach: The impeccably unspoilt Payyabalam beach is adorned with sparkling pearls of golden sand and foamy white waves of the Arabian Sea. The highlight of Kannur and one of the many beautiful beaches of Kerala, it has an incredibly peaceful and inviting aura.

Muzzhapilangad Beach: The Muzzhapilangad Drive-in Beach at Kannur is one referred to with many superlatives- as the longest drive-in beach in the whole of India, as one of the cleanest beaches of Kannur and most importantly, as one of the best drive-in beaches that the entire Asian continent has to offer.

St Angelo’s Fort : St Angelo’s Fort is definitely one of the most popular and frequently visited attractions of Kannur and for more reasons than one. The polished yet prehistoric structure of this fortress oozes with unadulterated elegance and overwhelming power. Standing ashore in the Arabian sea, it enjoys a panoramic and unobstructed view of the diorama created by the merger of the magnetic waves and the azure waters. It also overlooks the mesmerising Mopilla Bay, a natural harbour.

Kannur Lighthouse: Being Kerala’s first lighthouse ever and Kannur’s only one, the Kannur Lighthouse is a pretty big deal. This cylindrical concrete tower has a balcony with a light that is lit as the evening breaks in to alert the seamen of the land.

Parassinikadavu Snake Park: Regarded as one of the finest snake sanctuaries of Asia, the Parassinikadavu Snake Park is the pride of the south. This snake park is one of the most prominent reptile preservation centres in the country and is the only one in Kerala. It is home to over 150 different species of reptiles like crocodiles, monitor lizards and snakes- both venomous and non-venomous.

Baby Beach: The Baby Beach in Kannur, as the name suggests, is a tiny yet an extremely attractive beach along the shore of the Arabian Sea. Don’t be mistaken by its name or size, this beach is a very happening picnic spot for the locals of Kannur and attracts the attention of many tourists with its panoramic view of the azure Arabian Sea.

Arakkal Museum: The Arakkal Museum in Kannur city is one of the most significant and frequently visited attractions of the south that celebrates the memory and grandeur of Kerala’s only Muslim royal family- the Arakkal Ali Rajas. This museum is a testimony to the impeccable Muslim architecture and design.

Palakayyam Thattu: Tucked away in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats and soaring at a dizzying altitude of 3500 feet above sea level, Palakayyam Thattu is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the entire state of Kerala. Adorned with luxuriously dense greenery, sky-touching trees and majestic hillocks, the view that Palakayyam Thattu enjoys is one that you will rarely find.

Madayipara: Perched up on a hillock near Pazhayagandi in the scenic city of Kannur, Madayipara is renowned as one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire state of Kerala. Often compared with the famous Tulip Gardens of Amsterdam, Madayipara is better known as ‘the land of flowers’.

Ezhimala: Ezhimala, once served as the capital of erstwhile Mooshika kings, today it is a site of great historical significance. The land has been witness to many great events from war of Chola-Chera to headquarters of the Ezhimala Radii.

Taliparamba: Taliparamba, a small city in Kerala is situated at a distance of 25 km from the Kannur town. The Valapattanam River and Kuppam River flow through enhancing the natural beauty of the place. The city is surrounded by lush green fields all around along with ancient tile-roofed houses which together make the place appear so much more beautiful. The greenery offers a peaceful environment and a perfect getaway from the usual fast life of the city.

Paithalmala: A small hill station tucked in the forest of Kodagu in the Kannur district of Kerala, Paithalmala is one of the most beautiful peaks in the Western Ghats that mesmerizes anyone who has been here. Standing tall at 4500 ft, Paithalmala is the tallest peak in the district of Kannur and a very popular trekking destination for all the nature and adventure lovers out there. An enchanting hill station with captivating beauty, thrilling trekking trails and abundance of lush greenery – Paithalmala is a perfect getaway.

Parassinikkadavu: About 16 km away from Kannur, Parassinikkadavu is a town popular for its Muthappan Temple and Parassinikkadavu Snake Park. The Muthappan temple, dedicated to Sree Muthappan is the only Hindu temple in the state which witnesses a Theyyam performance daily as per ritual.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary: Being the northernmost wildlife reserve in the whole of Kerala and the only wildlife sanctuary in Kannur, the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is quite a big deal. Amidst these sky-touching trees and mesmerising greenery, many exotic wildlife species have marked their territory.

Peralassery: At a distance of about 15 km from Kannur is the town of Peralassery, known for its Peralassery Subrahmanya Temple. It is believed that on their way to Lanka to free Goddess Sita, Lord Ram and Lord Laxman, stopped at the temple for a while and they left a bangle here.

Theyyam: Bringing life to intriguing myths and exciting legends, the Theyyam festival is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the vibrant city of Kannur. Drawing the attention of thousands of people every year from across the country, this festival is renowned as the most remarkable and riveting art form of Malabar, the northern part of Kerala.

Meenkunnu Beach: An extension of famous beach namely Payyambalam Beach in the region, it is a sight of pure beauty. Located a few kilometres from Kannur in Azhikode, the beach is a long stretch of sandy coastline and clear water.

Pallikunnu: Pallikunnu is another major town lying in the vicinity to Kannur nearly 3 km away. This town is best known for its ancient temple Shree Mookambika Temple, dedicated to Goddess Mookambika.

Thottada Beach: Between the coastal towns of Kannur and Thalassery along the Malabar Coast lies the scenic Thottada Beach. The cleanliness, solitude and tranquillity are part of the charm of the beach, making it the ideal getaway for anyone looking to escape the noise of the city and reconnect with nature and themselves.

Ezhara Beach: This palm-fringed beach is actually a rock-strewn one with crimson cliffs and giant rocks lining up the coastline in the most attractive and scenic way possible. The Ezhara Beach is sure to charm you with the panoramic view of the azure waters of the Arabian Sea and its foamy white waves crashing against the rocks.

Sundareswara Temple: A very popular and frequently visited temple of the south, the Sundareswara Temple in Kannur is essentially a place like heaven for all the Lord Shiva devotees. Here, Lord Shiva is worshipped and adulated as Lord Sundareswara, the ‘God of Beauty’.

Pappinisseri: Moonu Pettumma Palli is a famous mosque which is located in the town of Pappinisseri. Popularly known as Kattile Palli, the mosque is popular for its Kattile Palli Nercha festival.

Dharmadam Beach: Located on Dharmadam Island on the edge of the rustic but vibrant city of Kannur, the Dharmadam Beach is a stunning golden shore and an absolute heaven for those who want to treat themselves after a weary week. The Dharmadam Island is an attraction of its own and its peculiarity is that during a low tide, you can literally walk up to this island by wading through water that is barely even knee deep.

Mridanga Saileswari Temple: Located in the Muzhakunnu, Kannur district of Kerala, Mridanga Saileswari Temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. Believed to be among the top 108 Durga temples in ancient Kerala, the deity here was installed by Lord Parshurama- the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Enshrined by Mridanga Saileswari, who is a four armed Goddess Durga. She holds a conch and a disc in the arms behind, while one front arm is blessing a devotee and the last one rests on her waist. The temple which was in ruins for a long time in between, has currently been restored to its original royal form. The most important festivals celebrated in the temple are Navratri and Pooram Mahotasavam.

Vismaya Water Park: Located near Taliparamba in Kannur in Kerala, Vismaya Water Park is a water themed park which is replete with a plethora of amusing rides and thrilling water sports. Spread across 30 acres of land area, the water park was inaugurated in August 2008, the water park boasts of a host of splash pools in addition to other facilities like a conference hall, prayer halls, restaurants and casual shops etc.

Mappila Bay: Mappila Bay, or Mopila Bay, is a natural harbour located in the city of Kannur in Kerala. In its past, the Mappila Bay served as a major port, connecting the Malabar to lands far and wide. The Bay is surrounded by some colonial-era architecture, in the magnificent Fort St. Angelo, built by the Portuguese in the 15th century. There’s also the Arrakulam Palace and Museum on the other side of the harbour, dedicated to the Arakulam kingdom that ruled the Cannanore city-state in the 1500s.

Kavvayi islands: Recorded in the travel writings of scholars and explorers Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo, Kavil Pattanam, now called Kavvayi, has been recreated into a beautiful island. Spread over the districts of Kannur and Kasaragod, the Kavvayi islands, also called Kavvayi Kayal) are the largest backwater island group in north Kerala.

Cherupuzha: A hill station in Kannur, Kerala, Cherupuzha is a part of the Western Ghat mountain ranges in India. It is surrounded by nature and has dense forests. This is one of the many reasons tourists flock to this land to seek the remoteness and tranquility of nature.

Kasaragod: The northernmost district of Kerala, Kasaragod is renowned for its hills, forts and water bodies. The coir and handloom industry here are extremely famous around the world. The place is also popular for its ancient temples and rich biodiversity. It is an important border district as well that regulates trade with a lot of neighbouring States. Legends regarding the district greet you at every turn on a visit here. A trip here is incomplete without visiting Bekal Fort, the most majestic and well maintained fort in South India.

Famous Places in Kasaragod: Ranipuram, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, Ananthapura Lake temple, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary, Cheruvathur, Nileshwar, Kareem’s Forest Park, Valiyaparamba, Manjeshwar, Kottancheri Hills, Anandashram and Nityanandasramam, Kumbala, Bela Church, Veermala Hills, Maipady Palace, Chandragiri Fort,  Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary, Mallikarjuna Temple, Thalangara Children’s park, Madhur,  Hosdurg Fort, Ajanoor, Nellikunnu Mosque, Malik Deenar Mosque, Govinda Pai Memorial, Trikkanad and Pandayan Kallu, Sarvajanika Gabeshotsavam, Nellikunnu Beach.

Ranipuram: The gentle hills of Ranipuram in Kerala are famous for its trekking trail. Situated at the height of about 750 meters above sea level, this destination has thick forest vegetation and lush green grasslands. The whole place is proposed inside the Ranipuram Wildlife Sanctuary which merges with Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka.

Malom Wildlife Sanctuary: A popular tourist attraction of Kanhagad region, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary is all about lush green tropical green forest and variety of wildlife.

Ananthapura Lake temple: The temple is situated in Kasargod district of Kerala and is connected to Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple ,Trivandrum. It’s a lovely temple surrounded by a lake. It is heard by the local people that there is a crocodile in this lake which protects the temple. The tourists have to remove their shirt before they enter the temple.

Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary: Kasargod is a place which is blessed with nature’s beauty and tranquility. Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary is one such place which offers both. It also offers natural habitation to many wildlife creatures such as turtle, porcupine, pig, Malabar Hornbill, slender loris and jungle cat.

Cheruvathur: Cheruvathur is a popular picnic spot which is famous for poets and scholars of Kuttamath family. One can also witness the shadows of past in form of 18th century Dutch Fort on the Veermala Hills located in the area.

Nileshwar: Nileshwar is the cultural capital town of Kasaragod district. It is also spelled as Nileswaram by the local people.It lies between two rivers: Nileshwaram puzha and Thejaswini puzha. The Arabian Sea is to the west. It is the third largest town in the Kasargod district. It is one of the three municipalities of Kasaragod district; the others are Kasaragod and Kanhangad. E. M. S. Namboodiripad who was the Kerala’s first Chief Minister was elected from Nileshwaram.

Kareem’s Forest Park: A paradise for nature lovers, scientists, biologists, environmentalist and students of Ayurveda, Kareem’s Forest Park is believed to be the country’s leading private sanctuary.

Valiyaparamba: There could not be better place to relax than the beautiful and serene backwater stretches of Kerala, God’s own country. And Valiyaparamba is believed to be one of the most gorgeous backwaters located in the proximity to Bekal town.

Manjeshwar: A beautiful town famous for its cashew nuts and several pilgrimages, Manjeshwar houses about 15 mosques and plethora of temples. Lying on the southern banks of the Majeswar River at Bengara Manjeswar are two old Jain Bastis.

Kottancheri Hills:  A site with beautiful trekking trails offering its visitors an adventurous activity, Kottancheri Hills is basically considered to be the extension of Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary.

Anandashram and Nityanandasramam: For those who are looking forward to lose oneself in the serenity of nature and meditate in peace to achieve tranquility, these tow ashrams are the right choice.

Kumbala: The ancient town of Kumbala situated about 13 km from Kasargod has once served as the seat of power for Raja of Kumbala. Today, this place offers a famous temple of Lord Gopalkrishna which is quite popular among the devotees.  

Bela Church: Believed to be the oldest composition in the district, Bela Church was actually constructed in year 1890. Also referred to as ‘Our lady of Sorrow Church’, currently the building is managed by the Mangalore Diocese.

Veermala Hills: A popular picnic spot among tourists as well as locals, Veermala Hills offers splendid views of Kariangode River. The 18th century Dutch Fort renowned for its architecture are also lying on the same hills and is a must visit.

Maipady Palace: An ancient palace located nearly 8 km from Kasargod town on Kasargod-Perla Road; Maipady Palace is a popular site belonging to Kumbala kings. Madhur Village located in the proximity is also a popular destination among tourists.

Chandragiri Fort: Flanked by nature on all sides and immersed in a glorious past, the Chandragiri Fort is one of the several forts established by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore during 17th century.

Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary: Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary represents a fascinating blend of sacredness and nature. Rich in variety of flora and fauna, this place is also linked with Bhagavathi Temple.

Mallikarjuna Temple: Located in the heart of Kasargod town, Mallikarjuna Temple is considered to be one of the oldest temples in the town. Renowned for its fascinating musical theater and festival Yakshagana, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in form of Mallikarjuna.

Thalangara Children’s park: If you are travelling with kids, this is pace where they will enjoy the most. Located about 4 km from Kasargod town, this park is home to many fascinating creatures like fox, water birds and several types of snakes.

Madhur: Madhur is a place where one can explore the beauty of ancient Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple as well as the religious aura surrounding it. Located about 8 km from Kasargod, Madhur is a town famous for its beautiful temple.

Hosdurg Fort: Hosdurg Fort is a majestic fort which can be seen from distance and was established by Ikkeri Dynasty king Somashekhara Nayaka. There is a unique feature to this fort in form of its round bastion.

Ajanoor: Ajanoor is your type of place if you are looking for spirituality and tranquility amid the nature. The most striking feature of this small village of Ajanoor, located about 5 km from Kanhangad is its Madiyan Kulom Temple.

Nellikunnu Mosque: Housing the tomb of Thangal Uppappa, Nellikunnu Mosque lying near the Kasargod town is mainly known for the Uroos. In fact, the word Uroos is also said to be derived the name itself.

Malik Deenar Mosque: Considered to be one of the most well kept and an attractive mosque of Kasargod District, Malik Deenar Mosque is believed to be constructed by Malik Ibn Dibar.

Govinda Pai Memorial: Home to one of the most famous Kannada poets Govinda Pai, Govinda Pai Memorial is visited by tourists in large number. Govinda Pai has been privileged with a tag of ‘Poet Laureate’ by the former Madras government.

Trikkanad and Pandayan Kallu: Popularly known as the Dakshina Kashi, Trikkanad and Pandayan Kallu is a temple sitting deftly near the Bekal Fort. Located about 2 km from Trikkanad is the Pandayan Kallu, a rock ascending from the sea which is popular for swimming.

Sarvajanika Gabeshotsavam: Sarvajanika Gabeshotsavam is a local name for Ganesh Chathurthi and is one of the most awaited festivals of the town. Celebrated with great zeal during the month of September annually, the day is a declared public holiday in town.

Nellikunnu Beach: Nellikunnu Beach is located in Kasargod, Kerala and is one of the most immaculate and pristine beaches of the city. It also has several resorts where you can relax and rewind with a spa amidst sun, sand and sea.

Kollam: Kollam (erstwhile Quilon) is a southern district of Kerala, located 70 km north of the state’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. It is flanked by the Arabian sea on the west, Tamil Nadu on the east, Alapuzha and Pathanamthitta districts on the north and Thiruvananthapuram district on the south.

Famous Places in Kollam: Thevally Palace, Amritapuri, Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Jatayu Earth’s Centre, Punalur, Palaruvi Falls, Karunagappally, Mayyanad, Ashtamudi Lake, Pathanapuram, Alumkadavu, Kulathupuzha, Aryankavu, Pattazhi, Pullichira Church, Maha Vishnu Temple, Thirumullavaram Beach, Boat Rides in Kollam, Thangassery, Rameshwara Temple, Neendakara Port, Oachira, Sasthamcotla Lake, Kottukkal Cave Temple, Kollam Pooram, Thangassery Light House,  Panmana Ashram, Munroe Island, Kollam Beach, Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumbhavurutty Waterfall, Oachira Temple, Achankovil River, Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram, Infant Jesus Cathedral, Thangasseri Beach, Paravur Beach, Azheekal Beach, Paravur Lake, Sasthamkotta Lake, Kayamkulam Kayal, Rosemala.

Thevally Palace: A place of great historic importance, Thevally Palace is situated on the banks of Ashtamude Lake. Once served as the home of Maharaja of Travancore, it was constructed under the rule of Gauri Parvathi Bai between 1800 and 1819. The striking feature about the palace is that it presents an intriguing fusion of Dutch, English and Portuguese style of architecture.

Amritapuri: Amritapuri is the headquarters of Amma’s worldwide mission and the spiritual home for Amma’s monastic disciples and hundreds of householder devotees. This place, which is aldo her birthplace, now sees her followers from across India and abroad, coming here to have Amma’s darshan (sighting). She is said to see each and every one of these followers, listen to their worries, console, encourage, and provide new direction to their lives, resulting from the follower’s ardent faith in her.

Mahatma Gandhi Beach: Lying at a distance of just 2 km from kollam town is Mahatma Gandhi Beach and Park which is quite popular as a picnic spot among locals and tourists.

Jatayu Earth’s Centre: Jatayu Nature Park is a rock-themed park under construction at Chandamalayam in Kollam district of Kerala, all set to open in August 2017. Built to promote mythology and adventure tourism, the tourism centre boasts of 6D theatre, an audio-visual digital room, cable car and ayurvedic cave resort. It is also a home to umpteen adventure activities including paint ball, laser tag, archery, bouldering, rock climbing, air-rifle shooting etc. The primary attraction of the park however, is the world’s largest stone-cut bird sculpture replicating Jatayu, the mythical bird from Ramayana.

Punalur: The town’s name translates into ‘town of water’, the river Kallada flows through the city of Punalur. This town is also known as the ‘lap of the Western Ghats’ because of its serene natural beauty. Punalur is pretty famous for its pineapples, plywood, pepper and timber. It is also famous for its suspension bridge which was constructed was back in the 19th century by a British national. Punalur also has a bio-reserve known as Agasthyamalai.

Palaruvi Falls: Palaruvi Falls, cascading downstream from the height of 300 ft, is one of the prime attractions in Kutrallam or as some call it Courtallam, Tamil Nadu. Owing to its height; it is the 32nd highest fall in our country. The name Palaruvi means ‘Stream of Milk’ in the regional language.

Karunagappally: Karunagappalli is a small scenic town in the Kollam district of Kerala. The town is a very peaceful one, hence is getting quite famous as a tourism hotspot of Kerala. The most appealing factor which attracts tourists to Karunagappally is the House boat facility in Alumkadavu, which is very close to the Karunagappally town. Recently, Azheekal Beach, also known as the Azheekal Pozhi, is gaining popularity as a local tourist attraction because of its unclustered beauty.

Mayyanad: A hub of many popular shrines for Hindus and Muslims, Mayyanad is situated about 10 km from kollam town. The major attraction of the place being Lord Subramaniam Temple, one can also visit an old mosque and several old churches in the area.

Ashtamudi Lake: Ashtamudi Lake located in the Kollam District of the Indian state of Kerala, is the most visited backwater and lake in the state. It possesses a unique wetland ecosystem and a large palm-shaped or octopus-shaped water body, second only in size to the Vembanad estuary ecosystem of the state. Ashtamudi means ‘eight coned’ in the local Malayalam language. The name is indicative of the lake’s topography with its multiple branches. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is well known for its houseboat and resorts. Ashtamudi Wetland was included in the list of wetlands of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands.

Pathanapuram: One of the major trading hubs of kollam District, Pathanapuram is located about 13 km from Punalur along the shore of the river Kallada. The prime attraction of the area is a festival of Chandanakkudam Mahotsavam organized by the mosque during the months of February and March.

Alumkadavu: A famous picnic spot located near Kolam-Alappuzha National Waterway, Alumkadavu is place that can mesmerize you with if nature’s bounty.

Kulathupuzha: A small village located on the Thiruvananthapuram-Shencottah Road, Kulathupuzha is renowned for its ancient Sastha Temple. The temple is situated on the banks of River Kulathupuzha and is installed with an idol of Bala Sastha, a form of Lord Hariharaputra.

Aryankavu: Aryankavu is an important pilgrim hub in the kollam District where lies an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Sastha. The mural paintings on the pillar and walls are quite fascinating.

Pattazhi: One more popular religious center, Pattazhi or Pattazhy is located in Pathanapuram Taluk in kollam District. An ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy is among the major attractions of the area.

Pullichira Church: Dating back to 16the century AD, Pullichira Church is an ancient building that is mainly renowned for its annual fest. The fest is organized by the church on the first day of the Malayalam calendar or on a Sunday prior to Christmas.

Maha Vishnu Temple: Considered to be the oldest temple of kollam town, Maha Vishnu Temple was said to have been established and blessed by Lord Parshuram or the mythological creator of Kerala.

Thirumullavaram Beach: A perfect place to relax and unwind, to swim and to sunbath, Thirumullavaram Beach is surrounded by calm and serene surroundings. The beach is located hardly 6 km from the kollam town.

Boat Rides in Kollam: A ride in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala surrounded by peaceful and serene environs is a must for people travelling kollam. The setting sun scattering various hue in the sky is sight to behold along with the enchanting settings of coconut palms on the edges.

Thangassery: A place of high historical significance, Thangassery is located just 5 km from the main town of kollam. The area houses several old churches said to have established in 18th century.

Rameshwara Temple: Rameshwara Temple is an ancient temple believed to be established in the Pandian style of architecture. The temple features inscriptions that date back to 12th to 16th century.

Neendakara Port: Neendakara Port situated nearly 8km from kollam Town serves as a major fishing hub in the area. Other than that it is also a headquarters of Indo-Norwegian Fisheries Community Project commenced in year 1953.

Oachira: Quite a sought after pilgrim center in kollam, Oachira lies on the Kollam-Alappuzha Road. Locals of the area worship Lord Parabrahman who’s neither the idol or the temple is present at the site.

Sasthamcotla Lake: Sasthamcotla Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Kerala and said to have derived its name from an ancient Sastha Temple located near the lake. The lake is the biggest source of drinking water for the residents of kollam town.

Kottukkal Cave Temple: The Kottukkal Cave Temple is a beautiful and serene rock-cut shrine. It is an excellent example of rock cut architecture that prevailed between the 6th and 8th centuries CE and is looked at with awe by architecture students as well as pious devotees alike.

Kollam pooram: The annual Kollam pooram takes place every year in April, organised in connection with the festival of the Asramam Sri Krishnaswami temple, at the Asramam maidan. The festival is widely popular, and witnesses a large amount of footfall each year. A grand procession of elephants arrive from different temples, the most famous among them being from the Thamarakulam Sri Mahaganapathy Temple and the Puthiyakavu Bhagawathy Temple. The kudomattam then takes place, which is a display of colorful umbrellas atop traditionally decked elephant, to the beats of drums known as melam. The puram ends with a fireworks display at night.

Thangassery Light House: The Thangassery Light House, also known as the Tangasseri Light House, boasts of being the second tallest lighthouse on the entire coast of Kerala and is thus even one of the most visited lighthouses in Kerala on this account.

Panmana Ashram: Better known as the Mahasamadhi Peedom of Sree Chattampy Swamikal, the Panmana Ashram is reputed all across the country for being an excellent centre of learning and service. This unique sacred place is located just 18 kilometres to the north of the Kollam City, and witnesses a large footfall each day due to the huge number of people who visit the ashram in the quest for spirituality.

Munroe Island: The Munroe Island, also known as Mundrothuruthu, is a picturesque and magnificent inland island renowned for its splendid beauty and scenic views and adds to the sheer beauty and charm of the already intriguing God’s own country. This hidden treasure comprises of 8 islands in total, all of which are separated by small water channels and lakes.

Kollam Beach: Voted as the first ‘Beach Wedding Destination’ in Kerala, the Kollam Beach requires no introduction. This scenic and breathtaking natural wonder is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Beach and boasts of pristine blue waters that seem to unite with the bright sky at an infinite distance, while tourists marvel at the sheer magnificence of the majestic scene.

Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary: The Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is like a treasure trove for all nature lovers, photographers, archaeologists and biologists since the place is home to endless flowering plants, birds and trees. The vast floral and faunal variety that is found here is what attracts tourists from all across the country, and lures them to come and spend a day in silence and tranquillity at the wildlife sanctuary.

Kumbhavurutty Waterfall: Known for its clear blue waters that cascade from majestic heights, the Kumbhavurutty Waterfall boasts of being on the top of the list of the most beautiful and magnanimous waterfalls in Kerala, and this scenic spot never fails to enthral tourists with its splendid views and colourful hues of the water fallings from a height of twenty-five metres.

Oachira Temple: The Oachira Temple is one of the most famous and sacred places that can be found in Kerala, or for that matter, all over the country. The temple is dedicated to ParaBrahma, who is better known as Shiva or Ohmkaram, which is the Universal Consciousness. This means that the temple has no fixed or prescribed mode of worship and that consciousness is given the highest value here.

Achankovil River: The River is a scenic spot that tourists especially love to visit to enjoy the splendid views of nature. The tranquillity and serenity that Achankovil offers make it one of the most famous and loved tourist spot in all of Kerala. Besides, Edappon, a spot famous for its flora and fauna, also lies on the banks of the river, and this haven is also a must visit spot.

Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram: The Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathy Kshethram is a famous pilgrim centre that is located in southern India, in Kottarakkaram, twenty-five kilometres away from Kollam. Considered to be one of the most important Maha Ganapathi Temple in all of Kerala, the temple is believed to be centuries old.

Infant Jesus Cathedral: The Infant Jesus Cathedral is a magnificent church that is located in Tangasseri. The beautiful church with its marvellous architecture and spellbinding interiors is indeed a sight to behold on Sundays that is the day of the Mass when not only the Roman Catholics but people from all sects and religions come to seek the blessings of Jesus Christ.

Thangasseri Beach: Thangasseri Beach is located around 6 km away from Kollam in the tiny twee village of Thangasseri. The major highlight of the 3 kms long beach is the magnificent lighthouse situated on the shores which attracts a lot of tourist influx.

Pravur lake: Paravur is a beautiful beach- backwaters destination, around 20 kms south of Kollam. With a thin stretch of narrow land dividing the sea and Pravur lake, the beach is ideal to sit and gaze at the natural beauty. The presence of strong currents makes it unsuitable for swimming or other water activities.

Azheekal Beach: Located at a distance of 40 km from Kollam, Azheekal is a small town surrounded by water on three sides. The beach is known for the clear brown shores, shimmering blue waters and a picturesque landscape.

Paravur Lake: Paravur Lake or better known as Paravur Kayal is a popular lake in Kollam, Kerala. The lake is comparatively small and is one of the smaller lakes in the state. It is the end part of Ithikkara River and is also fed by the waters of the river.

Sasthamkotta Lake: Sasthamkotta Lake or Sasthamcotta Lake is a wetland and the largest freshwater lake in Kerala. The lake has been named after the Sastha temple situated at the banks of the lake. The water from the lake is used for drinking, irrigation and fishing.

Kayamkulam Kayal: Kayamkulam Kayal, also known as Kayamkulam Lake, also known as Kayamkulam Estuary is situated between Panmana and Karthikapally in Kerala and finally drains into the Arabian Sea. The lake also hosts a boating festival.

Rosemala: Nestled amidst the pretty pristine woods of Shenduruney forests, Rosemala is a well kept secret of Kerala. Located in the Aryanvaku in the Kollam district, the valley appears the unfurling petals of a rose, hence the name. The highlight of the place is that it can only be reached by a 10 km long trek through the jungle.

Kottayam: Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. Bordered by the lofty and mighty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake and paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam is a land of unique characteristics. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands, hills and hillocks, extensive rubber plantations, places associated with many legends and a totally literate people have given Kottayam District the enviable title: The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes. The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber.

Famous Places in Kottayam: Kottathavalam, Nadukani, Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Island of Pathiramanal,  Illikkal Kallu, Marmala Waterfalls, Poonjar Palace, Vaikom, Nattakom and Panachikad, Subramania Swami Temple, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, Pallippurathu Kavu, Malliyoor Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple, Subrahmonia Temple, Saraswathy temple, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Thiruvarpu Temple, Thangal Hills, Tomb Of Saint Alphonsa, Discs & Machines – Sunny’s Gramophone Museum, Chottanikkara Temple, Kumaranalloor Bhagavathy Temple, Elaveezha Poonchira, Mozart Art Gallery, Clay Art Café.

Kottathavalam: A fascinating cave carved out of rock surface is Kottathavalam lying on the top of a Murugan Hills at Kurisumala. The cave is considered to be the resting place for Madura Royal family.

Nadukani: After all the blessings from temples, it is time for some adventure. Nadukani is one such place nestled amid the wilderness of nature and densely wooded hills offering its visitors a beautiful trail for trekking.

Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple: A popular Hindu shrine and great epitome of Kerala style of architecture, Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple was established in 16th century by the king of Thekkumkur.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: A paradise for bird watchers, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary or Vembanad Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of Lake Vembanad in kavanar River basin. The place is spread across a huge area of 14 acres providing a natural habitat to about 91 species of local birds and 50 species of migratory birds.

Island of Pathiramanal: A beautiful natural abode to various species of birds, Island of Pathiramanal is situated in Alappuzha District offering a paradise for ornithologists.

Illikkal Kallu: Located at a height of 6000 ft above the sea level in the Western Ghats of Kottayam, Kerala, Illikkal Kallu is a major tourist attraction and one of the most pristine spots in all of India. Situated in Moonnilavu Village, Meenachil taluk, the nearest city to the summit is Teekoy.

Marmala Waterfalls: Located at a distance of few kms from Erattupetta in Kottayam inside a private rubber estate, Marmala Waterfalls are popularly known as the ‘enchantress of the jungle’. Plummeting from a height of 200 feet, the unblemished clear waters create and aura of mist around them.

Poonjar Palace: A huge majestic palace bounded by a boundary of massive walls is Poonjar Palace situated in Meenachil Taluka. The palace is adorned with a fascinating collection of various type of furniture and antiques which includes grand chandeliers, jewelry boxes, statues, grain measurer, weapons and palm leaf engravings.

Nattakom and Panachikad: Located in the Kottayam District, Nattakom and Panachikad are two villages flanked by dense evergreen forests and several beautiful streams. The village’s serves as a whole some package for vacations itself offering its visitors an experience of famous Kerala’s Ayurvedic massages and recreational activities including fishing and swimming.

Subramania Swami Temple: A beautiful temple depicting the Kerala style of architecture, Subramania Swami Temple is located in a village namely Kidangoor. Dedicated to Lord Subramaya Swami, the temple is mainly known for its annual festival that is held during the months of February and March for 10 days.

Bay Island Driftwood Museum: Bay Island Driftwood Museum situated 14 km from Kottayam is home to some of the most amusing collection of driftwood sculptures. Showcasing the variety of modern artifacts and root carvings crafted in various shapes and sizes, the museum is established by the proprietor and curator Raji Punnoose and an award receiver of Limca Book of Rerecords 2001.

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church: A significant center of Syrian Christians of Kerala, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church was originally a Malankara Orthodox Church. Located about 4 km from the Kottayam in Cheriyapalli, the structure was established by king of Tekkemur in 1579.

Boat races: The months of July, August and September marks the beginning of the festival of Onam. It is during this time you will witness the boat race which includes nearly 50 types of traditional boats of different sizes participating.

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid: Thazhathangady Juma Masjid or Taj Juma Masjid as it is popularly known as is a beautiful structure situated on the banks of River Meenachil. The shrine is said to have been established by the members of Jama-Athe 1959 and was completed in year 1964.

Pallippurathu Kavu: Dedicated to Goddess Durga, Pallippurathu Kavu is an ancient shrine. Devotees come here to worship especially during the Kumbhaka mahotsav celebrated annually on the 10th day of Pathamudayya.

Malliyoor Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple: The temple is known for an 8-day long celebration called the Thiruvutsavam. The festivities are marked by several offerings and processions.

Subrahmonia Temple: An ancient temple considered to be created by Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma of Travancore Kingdom; Subrahmonia Temple is located in Perunna Village about 21 km from our destination.

Saraswathy Temple: A temple dedicated to the Goddess of learning and art i.e. Goddess Saraswathy, this temple is located Panachikad Village. The temple houses various paintings and sculptures that depict the Indian mythology very profoundly.

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple: Located at a distance of about 10 kms from Kottayam in Kumarakom, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a revered holy place of the Hindus. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the shrine is popular for its spectacular murals, beautiful frescos and excellent wood carvings made in the 16th century, which are borrowed from the classic epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas.

Thiruvarpu Temple: Located in the town, Thiruvarpu Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple attracts devotees in large number during an annual festival called Vilakkeduppu held in the month of April for 10 days.

Thangal Hills: Popular for its cascading waterfalls, blue mountains, meandering rivers, clear waters and misty environment, Vagamon is a quaint little hilltown bordering the districts of Kottayam and Idukki. Three mighty hills known as Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala form the essence of the town.

Tomb Of Saint Alphonsa: Located at a distance of 5 kms east of Pala in Bharananganam, Kottayam, St. Mary’s Church holds the mortal remains of St. Alphonsa (1910- 1946). Born as Anna Muttathupadathu, St. Alphonsa was an Indian religious sister and educator. She was the first Indian woman to be canonised as a Saint by the Catholic Church and also the first canonised saint in Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church in India.

Sunny’s Gramophone Museum: Sunny’s Gramophone Museum also known as Discs & Machines, is a unique private venture which is one of its kind in the country. Opened to public on the 25th of January, 2015, the two floored depository is a storehouse of over 1 lac rare records and about 260 gramophones, phonographs and record players. Established as a result of passion and avidity of Mr. Sunny Mathew – a retired officer of Kerala Forest Department, the private enterprise is a treasure trove of vintage cars, vinyl records, gramophones, valve radios, tape recorders, olden day telephones, sewing machines etc. of the bygone era in the last 3 decades.

Chottanikkara Temple: Located around 50 kms from the town of Kottayam near Ernakulam, Chottanikkara is the most revered of the 393 Hindu shrines spread across 3 districts in the state of Kerala. Popular for its spectacular architecture, the shrine stands out to be the ultimate testimonial for the primordial vishwakarma sthapathis (wooden sculpture) in carving out this temple.

Kumaranalloor Bhagavathy Temple: Located at a distance of 4 kms from Kottayam in Kumaranalloor, Kumaranalloor Devi Temple enshrines Bhagwathi- the mother Goddess. Considered as one of the most important Hindu temples among 108 Durgalayas (Devi temples) spread across Kerala, the shrine is said to be 2400 years old as per historical, mythical and scientific sources. Sprawling over a vast area of 15000 square metres, the temple has a notable architectural pattern with a unique structure of nalambalam and sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum), both of which are rarely found in generic temple architecture. Believed to be an equivalent of Madhura Meenakshi Temple by the devotees, Kumaranalloor Devi Temple was supposedly constructed by Lord Purshuram.

Elaveezha Poonchira: Located at a distance of 15 kms from Thodupuzha and 60 kms from Kottayam, Elaveezha Poonchira is one of the most scenic places in the face of the earth. Perched at a height of 3200 feet above the sea level, the quaint valley has grassy carpeted mountains, meandering blue rivers and grey floating clouds.

Mozart Art Gallery: Located in the residential apartments of a Mr. M. Somu, in the Ayemenem village of Kottayam, Mozart Art Gallery is a haven for art enthusiasts and lovers. With an objective to popularize fine arts, this private venture provides a platform to artists across countries to view the methodology and technique behind painting, sketching and other fine arts.

Clay Art Café: Clay Art Cafe is a quaint art gallery cum cafetaria situated on the K. K. Road in Kottayam. The building has been made of mud and old style bamboo thatch roofing. On demand you can also witness live clay modelling. Popular for its delicious milkshakes and coffees, the cafe also sells local art works and paintings.

Kozhikode: Being a part of the most beautiful state in India, Kozhikode has been ranked the second best city in India to reside in. Also known as Calicut, this beautiful city boasts of beautiful beaches, parks, temples, churches, sanctuaries, hillocks, museums, wildlife, sculptures, rivers and lots more. It is the prominent trade and commerce center in Kerala. Vasco Da Gama first set foot here in 1498 after which it became one of the most important ports in the Malabar region for the trade of spices, silk and other goods between European countries and India. The nature of land in Kozhikode is marshy. That is the reason why the world also knows Kozhikode as Chullikkad, which means a ‘shrubby jungle’. The friendly nature of the people of Kozhikode, along with their love for traditional values is heart touching.

Famous Places in Kozhikode: Backwaters in Kozhikode, Kozhippara Falls, Thusharagiri Waterfall, Beypore, Kakkayam, Lion’s Park, Mananchira Square, Elathur, Vellari Mala, Beypore Beach, Peruvannamuzhi Dam, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary,

Kozhikode Beach, Pazhassiraja Museum, Matri Dei Cathedral, Kappad Beach, Mishkal Palli Mosque, HiLite Mall, Sargaalaya Kerala Arts and Crafts village, Regional Science Centre and Planetarium, Canoli Canal, Kallai river, Tali Temple, Krishna Menon museum, Payyoli, Muchundi Palli, Focus Mall, Lokanarkavu Temple, Azhakodi Devi Temple, Valayanad Devi Temple, Juma Masjid, Varakkal Temple, Sarovaram Bio Park, Indian Business Museum, Crown Theatre, Deepanjali Lamp Museum, Uru Shipyard, Parapally Beach, Mananchira Lake, Kakkadampoyil.

Backwaters in Kozhikode: Spread across long stretches of the Arabian water, these beguiling backwater lagoons are a sight to withhold. However, they are well known for its cruises on houseboats which offer an enthralling experience.

Kozhippara Falls: Easily accessible by roads, Kozhippara Falls are situated on the borders of Kakkadampoyil on the Malappuram -Calicut District divide in Malappuram district. Providing a stunning sight, these falls are best known for its swimming, bird watching and jungle trekking. Also known as Kakkadampoyil Waterfall, the Kozhippara waterfall is located on Kuthradampuzha river area.

Thusharagiri Waterfall: Lying in the Western Ghats of Kozhikode district in Kerala, Thusharagiri Fall cascades down as three waterfalls. Located in a small tribal village, the name of the falls means snow covered mountains’.

Thikkoti Lighthouse: Said to be built on the remains of a shipwreck, the Thikkoti Lighthouse is one of the major attractions of Kozhikode. Located on a rocky shoreline, the place is best known for the scenic views it offers as well as several species of nomadic birds.

Beypore: Beypore , an ancient port town in Kozhikode formerly called as Vaypura / Vadaparappanad. The famous ruler of Mysore , Tipu Sultan, named the town “Sultan Pattanam”.Beypore port was historically famous for trading with the Middle East. It is one of the oldest ports in Kerala.  The place is also popular for building wooden ships, called as dhows in Malyalam, usually bought by Arab merchants for trading purposes but now used as tourist ships. It is also said that Sumerian ships might have been built in Beypore. Beypore used to have direct trade links with Mesopotamia since the time of silk route.

Kakkayam: Its a dam site located in Kozhikode of Kerala state surrounded by lush greenery .The distance is about 15 km from Kakkayam Bus stop. There is a forest office at top . You need to take permission from the official authories before going ahead. Cameras are not allowed near Dam area. ‘Orakkuzhi’ is a water fall located just after the Dam. Near the dam location  different animals including elephants can be seen.

Lion’s Park: Located next to the light house on Kozhikode beach, this theme based amusement park for children is known for its thrilling rides and beautiful views of the sunset.

Mananchira Square: Fed by a natural shower, Mananchira is a man-made freshwater pond surrounding which is the astounded complex, Mananchira Square. The pond was built in around 14th century as a bathing pool by the feudal ruler of Kozhikode, Zamorin Mana Vikrama whereas the Mananchira Square was opened in 1994. Previously, the Square was known as Manachira Maidan and was famous for football. It was a host of many matches as well.

Elathur: Surrounded by a lake on one side, and a river on the other, Elathur is a quaint little village with serene surroundings. The place is also a paradise for seafood lovers as you will be served with some of the best seafood, fresh-water fishes and toddy to complete the beach-side experience.

Vellari Mala: Meandering along the rocky terrain is a tributary of River Chaliyar called Kanjirapuzha. This water body forms many beautiful waterfalls and brooks at various points of its journey, which is a treat to your eyes.

Beypore Beach: Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, 10 km from Kozhikode, Beypore Beach is famous for its Ship building yard more than 1500 years old. During the trading days of Arabs and Chinese, and later the Europeans, this was one of the most important fishing harbours.

Peruvannamuzhi Dam: Situated 60 km off Kozhikode, the Peruvannamuzhi Dam is a beautiful place surrounded by verdant greenery. The reservoir here offers speed boat and row boat ride across the ‘Smaraka Thottam’ – a garden built in the memory of freedom fighters in the region.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary: Home to over 100 species of animal-life; Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is famous for the wide variety of fresh water fishes that can be sighted in the river here.

Kozhikode Beach: Famous for its sunsets, Kozhikode Beach commemorates the beauty of the colonial era with its lighthouse and two dilapidated piers which are more than 100 years old.

Pazhassiraja Museum: Pazhassiraja Museum located on East Hill has been named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam Royal Family. The museum is famous for its various archaeological remains such as antique bronzes, ancient paintings and the historical umbrella stones etc.

Matri Dei Cathedral: Matri Dei Cathedral, built in Roman style of architecture is one among the older churches of Malabar. It traces back its history to 1513 AD and houses a 200-year old Portrait of St. Mary. It is also referred to as Mother of God Cathedral.

Kappad Beach: Kappad or locally known as Kappakadavu, is a famous beach near Kozhikode (Calicut), India, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed on 20 May 1498. His voyage established the sea route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent route from Europe to India. This heralded the arrival and permanent presence of various European merchant companies, leading to eventual domination and rule by the East India Company and later the period of British colonial rule.

Mishkal Palli Mosque: Believed to be constructed around 700 years ago at Kuttichira, Mishkal Palli Mosque was named after Nakhooda Mishkal. He was an Arab merchant who established this mosque, which doesn’t have any minarets making it unique.

HiLite Mall: Located on the Palazhi bypass in the Malabar region of Kozhikode, HiLite Mall is the largest mall of North Kerala. Second largest in the state and amongst the biggest malls in the country, the gigantic shopping complex sprawls over a huge area of 1,400,000 square feet (130,000 m2).

Sargaalaya Kerala Arts and Crafts village: Located near the beautiful backwaters of Iringal near Vadakara in Kozhikode district of Kerala, Sargaalaya Kerala Arts and Crafts village is a wonderful initiative by the Department of Tourism, Kerala.

Regional Science Centre and Planetarium: Situated in the JafferKhan Colony in Kozhikode district of Kerala, Regional Science Centre and Planetarium functions NCSM, Government of India. Sprawling over a vast 4000 square metres of land, the centre aims at encouraging and propelling science.

Canoli Canal: Canoli Canal, also called the Elathur Kallai canal was commissioned by the former collector of Malabar, R. Canolly. Its construction was completed in the year 1848 and it was till 1950 that it remained a busy trading port.

Kallai River: Now reminiscent of the bygone era of timber trade, the Kallai River once fed the timber hub- the second largest timber trading centre in Asia after Japan.

Tali Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Tali Temple is one of the oldest temples in the region. It is popular for its five different religious ceremonies performed every day. The Malayalam New Year is the best time to visit the temple.

Krishna Menon Museum: Dedicated to the famous leader V.K. Krishna Menon, this museum chronicles several episodes from the freedom movement in India in parts.

Payyoli: Another idyllic village off Calicut, Payyoli is famous for its beach that passes through the sea. One will also find a famous Trikkottur Perumalpuram Temple located there dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Muchundi Palli: This 13th century mosque with beautiful wooden carved ceilings and double tiled roofs is built in unique temple style of architecture. The mosque is well known as Sheikh Zainuddin Makhdoom II’s mosque, who is the author of the famous book Tuhafat Ul Mujahideen.

The mosque houses a stone slab inscribed in Arabic and an earlier form of Malayalam which depicts the story of the Zamorin King of the area.

Focus Mall: Centrally situated in the heart of Kozhikode city, Focus Mall is the largest of its kind and is supported by HiLite Builders, AP Group and Vee Kay Group. Sprawling over an area of 250000 square feet, the five floored mall functions on ultra modern techniques to provide an enriching experience to its customers.

Lokanarkavu Temple: Situated in Memunda in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, Lokanarkavu Temple is a revered Hindu temple and an ancient heritage site. The name Lokanarkavu is a derivation of the Malayalam word Lokamalayarkavu; lokam meaning world, mala meaning mountain and kavu meaning grove.

Azhakodi Devi Temple: Situated in the heart of Kozhikode city in Thiruthiyadu, Azhakodi Devi Temple ( also known as Azhakodi Devi Mahashekthram) is one of the most ancient and renowned Devi temples. The presiding deity is ‘Bhadrakali’ poses in a calm disposition.

Valayanad Devi Temple: Situated in Valayanad near Kozhikode, Sree Valayanad Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagvathy or Goddess Parvathy. Believed to have been built in the 14th century by Zamorins, the temple has unique architecture and is different in plenty of aspects from all other Devi temples in the area.

Juma Masjid: Situated at Kuttichira in Kozhikode, this mosque can be traced back to 14th century. It has the capacity to accommodate around 1000 worshipers at a time.

Built in Kerala style of architecture, it has beautiful wooden carved ceilings. Among the mosques in Kerala, this mosque has the largest floor area and is open to Muslims only.

Varakkal Temple: Located at the West Hill in town area, Varakkal Temple is the 108th and also the last Devi Temple built by Lord Parshuram, the legendary founder of Kerala. A common myth states that Lord Parshuram ploughed this area in order to make the Devi appear in front of him.

Sarovaram Bio Park: Located in Kottooli near Kozhikode, Sarovaram Bio Park is an enthralling venture taken up by the government to conserve the rich mangrove forests and wetlands of Kerala. Situated adjacent to Canoly Canal, the bio reserve has been developed on an eco-friendly theme.

Indian Business Museum: Inaugurated in 2013 by the then HRD Minister Pallam Raju; and sprawling over a vast 23000 square feet, Indian Business Museum is located in Kozhikode district of Kerala. With an objective to safeguard and perpetuate the rich business history of India, the museum showcases the business ordeals of our nation over the years.

Crown Theatre: One of the oldest movie theatres in Calicut, Crown Theatre is situated on the Town Hall Road in Manachira, Kozhikode. The theatre has now been renovated with better sound systems, latest technologies and a twin theatre has been added. The movie is one of the most popular recreation spot among locals.

Deepanjali Lamp Museum: Deepanjali Lamp Museum is possibly the only lamp museum of India. Located in Puthiyangadi, Kozhikode, the museum houses an extensive collection of lamps dating back to the 19th century including primitive brass lamps, wick lamps, Indian heritage lamps, gas lamps, cart lamps etc.

Uru Shipyard: Uru Shipyards are the majestic ship making arenas in Beypore near Kozhikode. The shipyards are popular for manufacturing huge Dhow-type wooden ships (also known as •Fat shipsê) with a bulging belly. The shipyard is in a coastal area and the adjacent part of the ocean is frequented by beautiful dolphins which is an added attraction for the tourists.

Parapally Beach: Located at a distance of 27 km from Kozhikode, Parapally Beach is a popular local beach destination. Lined with palm trees and golden sands, the beach offers mesmerising views of the orange sunset.

Mananchira Lake: Spread over 3.49 acres, Mananchira Lake is a freshwater man-made lake in the heart of the city of Kozhikode in Kerala. The lake is fed by a natural spring and was originally the bathing pool of the 14th century ruler Zamorin Mana Vikrama.

Kakkadampoyil: Kakkadampoyil is a small village located in Kozhikode district of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 48 km from Calicut city. At an elevation of more than 2000 feet, Kakkadampoyil is one of the coolest tourist destinations in the Malabar region.

Malappuram: Malappuram District was formed on 16th of June 1969 with the Nilgiris of Tamilnadu in the east, Arabian sea in the west, Kozhikode and Wayanad Districts in the north and Palakkad and Thrissur District in the south. The District has a geographical area of 3550 sq. kms, which is 9.13% of total area of the state and ranks 3rd in the state.

Famous Places in Malappuram: Bharathapuzha River, Kadalundi bird sanctuary, Keraladeshpuram Temple, Valiya Juma Masjid, Nilambur Teak Museum, Kottakkunnu, Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple, Arya Vidya Sala, Thirunavaya Lava Mukunda Temple, Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple, Nedumkayam, Mini Ooty, Kodikuthimala, Tirumanthamkunnu Temple, Pazhayangadi Mosque, Padinharekara Beach, Lalitha Kala Academy, Kovilakoms, Keralamkundu Waterfalls, Biyyam Kayal, Shanthi Theeram Park.

Bharathapuzha River: Flowing along a stretch of 209 km, Bharathapuzha River is also called River Nila. It is the second longest river in Kerala and provides shelter to 11 reservoirs with Malampuzha dam being the largest.

Kadalundi bird sanctuary: Scattered over a cluster of islands on the confluence of the Kadalundipuzha River and the Arabian Sea, this sanctuary is home to over a hundred species of native birds, and around 60 species of migratory birds.

Keraladeshpuram Temple: Dedicated o Lord Vishnu, Keraladeshpuram Temple is situated around 3 km off Tanur. The temple is believed to be one of the oldest Hindu temples in Kerala. Legend has it that St. Francis Xavier visited the temple in 1546 AD. The temple was later pillaged by Tippu Sultan and was rebuilt recently.

Valiya Juma Masjid: One of the oldest mosques in Kerala, the Juma Masjid is an important pilgrimage site. It is situated on the Kozikhod-Nilmbur-Gudallur road and there are some mausoleums of the Malappuram martyrs located in the vicinity of the Mosque.

This place is prominently visited during the four day annual festival, which is held every year in the month of April.

Nilambur Teak Museum: Established in 1994, Nilambur Teak Museum is the first teak museum in the country. They have a collection of information in the form of articles and comprehensive documents that also mention the historic and artistic value of the wood.

Kottakkunnu: Kottakkunnu is a mesmerising garden situated on a hill. Its beauty is often compared with the picturesque Marine Drive in Mumbai. The attraction has a Water Park, an Adventure Park, an Art Gallery, 16D cinema, an Open Air Theatre and a Balloon Park. These amusements make Kottakkunnu a perfect picnic spot.

Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple: Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple is a unique temple with no idol of the deity. It was founded by Shankaracharya and is often associated with the legend of Mahabharata. The forms of the Goddess worshipped here are Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati.

Arya Vidya Sala: Arya Vidya Sala is a famous Ayurvedic health care centre in India. It was founded by Vaidyaratnam P. S Warrier in 1902 to promote traditional healing techniques for wholesome living. They now have a group of institutions with its headquarters in Malappuram for the practise and promotion of the ancient health care system.

Thirunavaya Lava Mukunda Temple: Thirunavaya Lava Mukunda Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Narayana Vishnu. It is one of the 108 Divya Desas and has been mentioned in the scripts written by Vaishnava Alwars. It has a religiously rich history and traditional temple architecture. Performing the sacred rituals for the deceased family members at this temple is believed to relieve one from the cycle of birth and death.

Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple: Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This is the only temple which has Lord Rama as the presiding deity but is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple is believed to be established by Vashisht Muni around 3000 years ago. It is also believed that anyone making a wish here is blessed and all their dreams come true when they offer prayers.

Nedumkayam: Nedumkayam is a rainforest and a part of the Nilgiri Bioreserve. It is mostly known for its dense forestation with several species of flora and fauna including some rare and endangered species and several mesmerising water bodies making it is a perfect attraction for nature lovers. The region has a charming little guest house from where one can observe and capture photographs of the surrounding forest.

Mini Ooty: Mini Ooty is another name given to the enchanting Arimbra Hills. The attraction is located about 1000 feet above sea level and is famous for its picturesque location and a mind stirring view of the surrounding valleys and rolling hills. It is a favourite weekend getaway for the locals. Its resemblance to Ooty draws many tourists each year.

Kodikuthimala: Also known as the Ooty of Malappuram, Kodikuthimala is situated at an elevation of 520 metres above sea level, at the highest geographical point in the hills of Amminikkadan. The rough topography of the hills makes it a preferred choice for advanced level trekkers. The picturesque location is a paradise for photographers and nature lovers.

Tirumanthamkunnu Temple: Tirumanthamkunnu Temple is dedicated to Thirumandhamkunnil Amma or Goddess Parvati/Bhadrakali who was the official Goddess of the rulers of Valluvanad. Lord Shiva is the principal deity of the temple. The Goddess is believed to be highly powerful and offering prayers to her is believed to be extremely beneficial.

Pazhayangadi Mosque: Pazhayangadi Mosque is a 500-year-old monument built in the memory of a Mohammed Shah. The stunning structure is a fabulous example of the Mughal style of architecture made of pristine white marble. The mosque is a bustling pilgrim centre, especially during the Kondotty Nercha festival.

Padinharekara Beach: Padinharekara Beach is a famous tourist attraction in the city. From the beach, one can easily get a breathtaking view of River Tirurpuzha and River Bharatapuzha enter the Arabian Sea. One can go for the famous rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages in the white sand beach lined by beautiful palm trees.

Lalitha Kala Academy: Established in 1962, Lalitha Kala Academy is an autonomous cultural institute, set up to preserve and promote the fine arts belonging to the region. The academy conducts national camps and encourages the youth to take up the traditional forms of fine arts through their fellowship programmes.

Kovilakoms: Kovilakoms is the residence of the royal family of Nilambur. It consists of old palaces, some of them over 200 years old, and also some new houses where the royal bloodline stays. The brilliant traditional architecture, the rich cultural heritage and the history attract tourists in large numbers.

Keralamkundu Waterfalls: Keralamkundu Waterfalls is a stunning natural water body. The water falls down several feet forming a pool at the bottom. The pool is apparently formed by years of weathering caused by the cascading water. The attraction amidst lush greenery, pristine waters and fresh air is a tranquil escape for the tired soul.

Biyyam Kayal: Biyyam Kayal is a beautiful backwater lake in the region. Lines by tall coconut trees, the pristine lake is famous for recreational activities and thrilling water sports that attract tourists every year. Annual boating competitions are held at the mesmerising lake during the festival of Onam.

Shanthi Theeram Park: Shanthi Theeram Park is a recreational park with a panoramic view of the beautiful natural forestation and water bodies. It is famous for adventure activities and water sports. The park also has a heritage resort on the banks of a lake. The attraction is a paradise for nature lovers and a perfect weekend getaway.

Palakkad: Palakkad is a vast stretch of fertile plains interspersed with hills, rivers, mountain streams and forests and is home to the Silent Valley National Park. A 40-kilometre mountain pass known as the Palakkad gap at the foothills of the Western Ghats, acts as a corridor between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Famous Places in Palakkad: Nelliyampathy Hill, Palakkad Fort, Parambikulam, Silent Valley National Park.

Nelliyampathy Hill: Nelliyampathy Hill Station: This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1,572 m above sea level. This hilly village is the delight of trekkers. Location: 65 Km from Palakkad (Palakkad-Nemmara of Trichur – Vadakkenchery – Nemmara route) 25 Km deviation from Nemmara. Attractions/Sight Seeing Points: Sitharkundu view point, Manpara view point, Kesavanpara view point, Victoria Church Hills, Karappara Dam site. Trekking Options: Hill top(via Lilli)-6Km, Karassuri(Near Anamada)-13Km,Parambikulam 20 Km.(Subject to permission from Forest Division) Tea/Cardamon/Coffee/Plantations-Orange & Vegitable Farm of Agriculture Department/ Pothundy – earth dam and garden en-route to Nelliyampathy.

Palakkad Fort: Palakkad Fort: (Open 0800-1800 hrs) The old fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766 and later taken over and modified by the British in 1790. It is now preserved by Archeological Survey of India. A temple of Lord Hanuman is adjacent to the main entrance of the Fort. A museum of Archeology is also functioning inside the Fort.Fort is surrounded by a moat. A jogging track parallel to the moat is provided for jogging in the morning and evening hours. The entire area is beautifully landscaped.

Parambikulam: Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: (98 km from Palakkad) Sprawled across 285 sq.km, the Parambikulam Wildlife sanctuary is home to many rare wild animals. The tree house in the reserve forest area in Thunakkadavu has to be booked in advance. One of the oldest and the largest teak trees in the world can be seen here. The Kannimara Teak with a girth of 6.57 m and a height of 48.5m, said to be around 360 years old, is a remnant of the wild teak that grew in this area which now houses cultivated teak plantations. Boating/cruising facilities are available at the Parambikulam Reservoir. The Rest Houses of the State Forest Department at Thunakkadavu, Illikkal and Anappady offer accommodation.

Silent Valley National Park: Silent Valley National Park (40 km northwest of Mannarkkad) The 89.52 sq.km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forest in the Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of the Silent Valley Forest is that it is even devoid of the chirping of cicadas’. Vehicular transport is possible only up to Mukkali, nearly 24 km from the park.

Pathanamthitta: Pathanamthitta is the head quarters of Pathanamthitta district . The district was formed on Ist November 1982. It was carved out of Idukki, Alappuzha and Kollam districts. The district is close to the Western Ghats and is endowed with scenic landscape comprising of low undulating hills, extensive stretches of lush forests, rivers and charming countryside. It is also known for exuberant fairs and festivals. Pathanamthitta district is known as the ‘Headquarters of Pilgrimage Tourism’, of the State. Pathanamthitta has an important place in erstwhile Travancore state the biggest taluk in the old Travancore state was Pathanamthitta and the revenue collection from this taluk played a prominent role in filling the coffers of the state.The district headquarters is noted for communal and cultural harmony. There are numerous churches, temples and mosques built in close proximity. Situated near the Western Ghats and bordered by the hills, Pathanamthitta district is a treat to eyes with its vast unending stretches of forests, rivers and rural landscapes. Blessed by nature, the district is famous for its scenic beauty, fairs and festivals.

Famous Places in Pathanamthitta: Gavi Eco-Tourism, Konni and Adavi, Sabarimala.

Gavi Eco-Tourism: Gavi is an Eco-Tourism a project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation located in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Gavi, located in Pathanamthitta district offers its visitors activities like trekking, wildlife watching, outdoor camping in specially built tents, and night safaris. Distance from Pathanamthitta To Gavi is 109 km 428 mtrs & Travel Time is 2 hour 5 mins By Road. Gavi is 14 km south west of Vandiperiyar, 28 km from Kumily, near Thekkady.

Konni and Adavi: A hill town, 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. Konni with a vast expanse of lush green forests is the eco-tourism hub of Pathanamthitta district, which has a project with elephants at its nerve centre.

Sabarimala: Sabarimala is situated 72 km from Pathanamthitta town, 191 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 210 km from Kochi. It is the ‘Sacred Abode of Lord Ayyappa’ and one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centre in the country.The traditional route to Sabarimala is from Erumeli (40 km.). Other routes are from Vandiperiyar, Uppupara and Chalakkayam via Plappally. These routes are famous for these scenic splendour and mythological value. Sabarimala – The holy shrine is located amidst dense forests in the rugged terrains of Western Ghats. Inhabited by various wildlife species. Millions of pilgrims from all over the Country assemble here during the most arduous festivals called as ‘Vishu Vilakku’ in April, ‘Mandalapooja’, in the months of Vrichikam Dhanu (Nov. – Dec) and ‘Makaravilakku’ in mid-January, coinciding with Sankramam.

Thiruvananthapuram: Thiruvananthapuram also known as Trivandrum is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Kerala. The city has a population of 957,730 inhabitants and a metropolitan population of 1.68 million. Thiruvananthapuram is a major Information Technology hub in India, and contributes 55% of Kerala’s software exports as of 2015.Thiruvananthapuram is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Referred by Mahatma Gandhi as the “Evergreen city of India”,the city is characterised by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills.The city is classified as a Tier-II city by the government of India.

Famous Places in Thiruvananthapuram: Sree Padmanabhaswamy Swamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram Museums & Zoo, Kovalam Beach, Veli Tourist Village, Shankumugham Beach, Neyyar dam.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Swamy temple: The origin of the Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy is lost in antiquity. It is not possible to determine with any exactitude, from any reliable historical documents or other sources as to when and by whom the original idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy was consecrated. The Temple has references in Epics and Puranas.

Thiruvananthapuram Museums & Zoo: Thiruvananthapuram Museums & Zoo owe its orgin to the joint efforts of Mr. J.A. Brown, former Director of Thiruvananthapuram Observatory, and General Cullen, a former British Resident. A committee was formed in 1855 with the Maharaja of Travancore as patron, General Cullen as President, the Elaya Raja as Vice President and Mr. Allen Brown as Secretary of the Committee and the Director of Museum.

Kovalam Beach: Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.

Veli Tourist Village: The Veli Tourist Village which lies where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea provides for unique boating and picnicking opportunities. Visitors can hire pedal boats or paddleboats as per their convenience. One can also roam the gardens and have a nice picnic or choose to employ the boats for the entire duration of the trip. The view and feel of the place is extremely unique, considering it is merely 12 kms from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Children are known to have a lot of fun climbing the sculptures here and the speedboat ride across the waters. A separate Children’s Park and Floating Cafe run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) are added incentives to visit this unique village.

Shankumugham Beach: Shankumugham Beach is a beach in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, south India. The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere, away from the crowd in the city, provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending an ideal evening. There is also a “Star Fish Restaurant” with eating kiosks and open-air theatre with car parking facilities. Good food can be enjoyed at the Old Coffee House, just across the beach, which is also a vantage point for enjoying the sunset. Unfortunately, the beach is not well maintained with garbage littering the entire area.

Neyyar dam: Neyyar dam is a gravity dam on the Neyyar River in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, South India, located on the foot of the Western Ghats about 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram.It was established in 1958 and is a popular picnic spot. Lying against the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, Neyyar Dam has a scenic lake.

Thrissur: The city is located 12 miles (19 km) inland from the Arabian Sea coast on an extensive lagoon system. Annual festival at the Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur, Kerala, India. Thrissur, a commercial and cultural centre, is considered to be the oldest city on the west coast of India.

Famous Places in Thrissur: Athirappilly Falls, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, Punnathurkotta.

Athirappilly Falls: Athirappilly Falls, is situated in Athirappilly Panchayat, Chalakudy Taluk, Thrissur District of Kerala, India on the Chalakudy River, which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges.It is the largest waterfall in Kerala, which stands tall at 80 feet. Just a short drive from Athirapally to the Vazhachal falls, which is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna.

Shakthan Thampuran Palace: Shakthan Thampuran Palace is situated in City of Thrissur in Kerala state, India. It is named as Vadakkekara Palace, was reconstructed in Kerala-Dutch style in 1795 by Ramavarma Thampuran of the erstwhile Princely State of Cochin, well as Sakthan Thampuran (Greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty) is preserved by Archaeological Department. The palace was converted into a museum in 2005 by State.

Punnathurkotta: Punnathurkotta is a fort and former palace located in Kottapadi, about 2 km from the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, in Thrissur District of Kerala State in South India.Punnathurkotta was once the palace of a local ruler, but the palace grounds are now used to house the elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple, and has been renamed Anakkotta.

Wayanad: Replete with waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and homestays, Wayanad in Kerala is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, trekking to the pre-historic caves and experiencing a resort holiday are one of the many things you can do to get a taste of Wayanad.

Famous Places in Wayanad:  Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Wildlife Wayanad Sanctuary, Chembra Peak, Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Thirunelli Temple.

Kuruva Island: Situated amidst the tributaries of River Kabani, Kuruva Island one of the best tourist places in Wayanad occupied by rare birds, flora, and herbs that are a sight to the sore eyes.

Pookode Lake: Nestled between evergreen forest and the Western Ghats, this scenic freshwater lake is one of the most preferred Wayanad places for photographers and nature lovers.

Wildlife Wayanad Sanctuary: Rich in biodiversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is a must-visit during your Wayanad tourism.

Chembra Peak: Situated 2100 m above sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and lives up to its billing of being one of the most picturesque Wayanad tourist places as the route to the peak is past waterfalls and lush greenery.

Banasura Sagar Dam: Known for being India’s largest earthen dam, Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the most spellbinding Wayanad tourist places that boast of extensive natural beauty.

Edakkal Caves: The only place in India with Stone Age carvings belonging to the Neolithic and Mesolithic Age, Eddakal caves are one of the Wayanad tourist places that have archaeological significance.

Thirunelli Temple: Popular as Kashi of South, this temple is dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu and is a must-visit during your Wayanad tourism. It is the only temple in the world where one can enjoy all rituals related to one’s life from birth to death and life after death.