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Trivandram

Kowdiar Palace

Built by Sree Moolam Thirunal in 1915, Kowdiar Palace is the official residence of the Travancore Royal Family that ruled over Travancore until 1947. This palace was gifted to Sethu Parvati Bayi - the princess of the Royal Family. Famous for its magnificent architectural work, Kowdiar Palace houses over 150 rooms. It’s quite interesting to learn that even the entry to this place has a historical background to unfold. After the Constitutional Amendment of 1971, the properties and estates of the royal family were partitioned and divided equally among the branches of the two Travancore Queens, Sethu Lakshmi Bayi and Sethu Parvathi Bayi. This Palace belongs to the heirs of Sethu Parvathi Bayi as it was built by her son Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal. Kowdiar Palace's architectural work is famous and has over 150 rooms. The entry to this famous palace is restricted as it is the private residence of the royal family settled in Thiruvananthapuram .

Vellayani Lake

Vellayani is on the banks of Vellayani Lake, the only fresh water lake in Thiruvananthapuram district. It is a very picturesque place. Backwater tourism is catching up in the area. Illegal sand mining, pollution and land reclamation are taking its toll on the lake. A 700 year old temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali is another attraction at Vellayani, Vellayani Devi Temple. The temple is renowned for celebrating the longest (50 days) non-pilgrimage festival of South India. This festival held once in three years is known as the ‘Kaliyoottu Mahotsavam’ – which literally means ‘the festival of feeding the Devi’.

Kanakakunnu Palace

The Kanakakunnu Palace was constructed during the time of the Travancore King, His Highness Sree Moolam Tirunal (1885-19240). The Palace stands on the crest of a small hill surrounded will meadows and groves. Situated 800 meter NE of the Napier Museum on top of a hill Kanakakunnu Palace is where the Travancore royal family once entertained their guests. Now it belongs to the State Government. Today the palace and it's sprawling grounds are the venue for many cultural meets and programmes. An all India Dance Festival (October to March) is organised by the Department of Tourism every year. During this period the classical Indian Dance Performances are conducted every day. The Nishagandhi open-air auditorium and the newly constructed Sooryakanthy auditorium in the Palace compound are the usual venues for various cultural events.

Sree Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Sri Ananthapadmanabha Swamy Temple is Vibrant with the spiritual power of Lord Mahavishnu is located near the northern end of Kerala, in Ananthapura near Kumbla in Kasaragod District. The temple is known as the moolasthanam, the original source, of the Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala State, which is in the far south. The Landscape on the way to the temple opens a vast panoramic scene with ranges of sprawling hillocks on the background. An aura of peace and solitude permeater the whole region. On the midst of a vast grass land remains in splendorous charm Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, in the centre of a rectangular lake. The piligrim is reminded of the Puranic Symbology of Lord Vishnu, the all-perrading and timeless supreme reality, resting on the serpent Anantha, representing the endless phenomenon of time, and floating in the Ksheera Sagara, the ocean of Milk, representing the endless energy of creation.

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Lying on the outskirts of the capital city, the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 53 sq. km. on the Western Ghats and was established in 1938. The place is fascinating for its damsite, thick forest areas, crystal clear streams and rocky terrains ideal for adventure expeditions. The sanctuary has a rich population of mammalian fauna and is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. Asian elephant, sambar, leopard, lion-tailed macaque, can be seen here. Birdlife includes the endemics like Malabar Grey Hornbill, Whitebellied Treepie, Small Sunbird, etc. Recently, a joint effort has been made by Kerala Tourism with the State Forest Department and the Kerala Water Authority to beautify the damsite and provide more entertainment/leisure facilities here.

Vettukad Church

Vettukadu, a coastal suburb in Kerala’s capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, is known for its 500-year-old ‘Madre-de-Deus Church.’ Legend has it that the region was visited by the famous missionary, St. Francis Xavier, sometime between C.E. 1543 and 1547 to evangelize the people. Apart from Christians, the church is visited by people from other communities. The region would come alive every year to celebrate the annual 'feast of Christ the King' held in the church. This is a colourful event attended by thousands of devotees. Special prayers are held on all the festival days and a ceremonial procession carrying the statue of Christ the King is held on the main day.

The Napier Museum

Napier Museum and Natural History Museum are situated in the Museum compound, right in the heart of the Thiruvananthapuram city, near the zoological park. Napier Museum built in the 19th century, this Indo-Saracenic structure boasts a natural air-conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The Japanese shadow play leather figures, used to depict the epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana, are very interesting. A visit to the Napier Museum complex reveals a glimpse of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. An exceptional piece of architecture, the Museum is named after the former Madras Governor General, John Napier. The Napier Museum is also called the Government Art Museum.

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city.

Allepy

House Boat

If you are looking for the most Enjoyable, Comfortable, Leisurely as well as Everlasting trip then you choose Beautiful Alleppey Houseboats. We can assure you to cherish lie long memories through dream holidays. There always was the quest for to assist the guest with quality.We believe in Customer Satisfaction and Honest Deal. So we make sure to feel 'Care & Comfort' at the most. Our claim is backed by our long experience of handling a large number of tourist groups with their individual preferences.Alleppey Houseboat cruise is the best way to explore the beauty of backwaters. Cruising along the backwaters of Alleppey is an unforgettable experience.

Alappuzha Beach

The beach has a small park nearby. Alappuzha Lighthouse stands near the beach which is also an interesting spot for tourists. Remains of Alappuzha Sea Bridge, which is in ruins, are still there as a memory of the good old days when Alappuzha port was one of the most famous and important ports in Kerala. The Sea Bridge enabled the passage of goods came via ships.The beach is one of the best beach locations for movies. Movies like Thashan, sura etc. were shot here partially. Alappuzha is referred to as the Venice of the East by travellers from across the world. This Backwater Country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.The beach usually has a good visitor rush from all over India and most of the European countries.

Lalitha Mahal Palace

On a low hill, just outside the royal city of Mysore, stand a shimmering white palace - a splendid Italianate palazzo, double-columned and domed - set in sparawling terraced and landscaped gardens. This is the Lalitha Mahal Palace, built by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore to host his most important guest, the Viceroy of India. The Lalitha Mahal is now one of India's most opulent hotels, a palace hotel that offers an experience of princely living in a real Maharaja's palace. Set on a ridge commanding a panoramic view of the gently sloping and curving valley, at the foot of the Chamundi hill, this dream-like palace was built in the year 1931 for special guests of the Maharajas.

Folklore Museum

Domestic, rural and traditional ways of life in the agrarian economy of the Maltese Islands are shown inside Folklore Museum, within the walls of the Citadel in Rabat, Gozo. A cluster of houses, which dates back to the very beginning of the 16th century hosts the museum till 1983. This is a testimony to the many skills, crafts and traditions that have shaped everyday life on the islands. The architectural features are in Sicilian style, and may owe something to the influence of the Chiaramonte family of Sicily and southern Italy when they were Counts of Malta in the late 14th century.[1] Delicate baroque façades countervail the relatively plainness of interiors; inside the museum displays various traditional implements used in agriculture and to face everyday life.

Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach

Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.[1] These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.The beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over. There are several small restaurants and snack shops near and around Papasnanam beach, which attracts the maximum visitors both for leisure as well as for religious reasons.

Sivagiri Matt

Sree Narayana Guru was attracted by the nature’s beauty and the calm ambience at Varkala and built a hermitage on top of the Sivagiri hill in 1904, which later turned out to be a major pilgrim centre. Later the Travancore State Government granted Sivagiri Hill to the Guru and some people near the place also offered land to him. Thus Sivagiri turned out to be the nerve centre of all Sree Narayana Movements. Apart from the Guru, there were many social reformers who helped establish the Mutt at Sivagiri. The socio-political activist of yesteryears Dr. P. Palpu and the renowned Malayalam poet Kumaran Asan were some of them. They were ardent followers of the Guru and had distinct ideas on reformation of the society and Ezhava community. Sree Narayana Guru understood and always stressed on the importance of education. Hence he set up an elementary school here. A night school was also founded for the illiterate people of an untouchable caste. When his disciples wanted to build a temple here, the Guru dedicated it to the Goddess of Knowledge, and consecrated the idol of Goddess Saraswathi here. Thus the Saradha (Saraswathi) temple here came into being in 1912.

Janardhana Temple

Varkala Janrdhanaswami Temple is popular not only as a pilgrim centre but it also allures everyone with its architectural splendour. The temple faces Papanasam beach and the proximity to the sea adds to its spiritual as well as aesthetic aura. A flight of broad steps lead to the Janardhana temple and on the way, you will be greeted by a high entrance arch with tiled roof. An old banyan tree stands on the temple ground and idols of several serpent gods and goddesses are also installed here. Brightly painted idols of Hanuman, Garuda, Lord Shiva and others greet you once you are about to enter the sanctorum. The main shrine Lord Janardhana (Vishnu) has four arms in which are placed shanghu (the holy conch shell) chakra (wheel), gada (mace) and kumbham (pot). The temple has many attractive features and it has a circular sanctum sanctorum surmounted by a conical dome of copper sheets. The mandapa or pavilion is square in shape and it has wooden carvings of Navagrahas (nine planets) on the ceiling. There is a hall in which the bali peetha is situated and this too is an important feature of the temple architecture.

Anjengo Fort

Located about 36 km North of Thiruvananthapuram, near the famed beach of Varkala, and lying on the seacoast is Anjengo or Anjuthengu, meaning five coconut trees. A place of historic importance as well as beautiful natural setting, Anjengo is an ideal destination for those who don't mind walking around and explore what is in store. The historic significance tagged to Anjengo comes through foreign powers like the Portuguese, the Dutch and finally the English East India Company. In the year 1684, the English East India Company chose Anjengo to establish their first trade settlement in Kerala. Following the English East India Company's presence, the place came to be known as Anjengo, meaning five coconut trees. According to local folk, the name Anjengo owes its genesis to a small area of land with five coconut trees, which was given on lease to the English East India Company by the then Queen of Attingal for trade purposes.

Kappil lake

About 6 kilometers (3.75 miles) north of Varkala town is the serene and scenic Kappil Lake. Bordered with coconut groves and trees this tranquil estuary roves gracefully and merges into the Arabian Sea. Get on the bridge that is built across the lake and you will get the most fascinating view of the lake pacing toward the blue horizon. The more adventurous can go for boating to enjoy the beauty of this lake. The Department of Tourism has arranged a boat club from where one can hire pedal boats which is another way to browse this tranquil waterway. The serene atmosphere here, without the hullabaloo of town or a crowded tourist spot, is sure to calm your nerves. A train or bus trip will give a scenic view of the estuary between Edava and Kappil. Kappil beach is the meeting point of Kappil Lake and Arabian Sea. It is a secluded, rocky stretch lacing a grey sea. If you are a shutterbug don’t forget to take your camera; wherever you turn your camera a captivating frame is a sure result. You can visit Vettekkada beach as it is very near to this spot.

Ponnumthuruth

Ponnumthuruth IslandPonnumthuruthu is an island which is situated about 12km south of Varkala. You can board a country boat from Nedunganda and take a tour through the backwaters for about 30 minutes to reach Ponnumthuruthu. Ponnumthuruthu, the name literally means Golden Island. Legends say that the queens of Travancore Royal Family used to hide their cache of gold and ornaments on the island in order to keep it safe and hence it obtained the name, Ponnumthuruthu. This lush island is a perfect getaway for those who seek a break from the hustle and bustle of the urban life. The temple is more than 100 years old and the entire island is temple property. The temple was in ruins for a long time but about a decade ago, it was rebuilt.

Kollam

Ashtamudi Lake

Ashtamudi lake is one of the must visit places in Kerala. Situated close to Kollam. The lake has 8 branches, so the name Ashtamudi. There are numerous resorts situated on the banks of the lake. In addition to the tourist boats, you have the daily boat service by Kerala Government which costs you literally nothing. (my parents spent around 20 INR each for more than two hours trip) .One of the top places that contribute to making Kerala a must-see destination in the World. Swami Vivekananda crossed this lake by boat in 1892 on his way from Ernakulam to Trivandrum, the whole journey taking about 6 days and 6 nights. His only Friend, Companion and guide during these days was a an able Muslim Staff member specially selected by the then Cochin Acting Dewan, to accompany their distinguished guest

Thirumullavaram beach

Thirumullavaram Beach is located 6 km north of Kollam in the state of Kerala. It is a secluded beach and a beautiful picnic centre. About one and a half kilometre into the sea is the Nyarazhcha Para, literally Sunday Rock, that can be seen from the shore at low tide. And near the beach is a Mahavishnu Temple.An unspoilt beach with shallow waters close to the Kollam city, Thirumullavaram could rival Kovalam Beach Resort given due attention. Even children could swim in peace at the beach during low tide when the water recedes by half a kilometer. Presently it is an idal spot for budget tourism. The beach takes its name from the Vishnu temple close to the beach where thousands gather every year to pray for their dear departed on the new moon day in the month of Karkataka of the Malayalam era (July-August). Folklore has it that the temple was one of the seven established by Parasuram who raised Kerala from the sea.

Sasthamcottah

Sasthamkotta, situated about 29 km from Kollam town, can be rightly called the 'Queen of Lakes'. This vast fresh water lake flanked by hills on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha Temple, which lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre. This temple dedicated to both Lord Ganesha and Lord Ayyappa is surrounded by hills and forests, and the monkeys inhabiting the premises are considered holy. The monkeys of Sasthamkotta are believed to be the faithful entourage of the ruling deity, the Dharmasastha and therefore they have a spiritual ambience about them. The monkeys are devotee-friendly, and the thousands of devotees visiting the temple take pleasure in feeding these monkeys with nuts and fruits.

Thangassery

Thangassery, situated just 5 km away from the main town of Kollam, is one of the main historical sites of the Kollam District. This place has several old churches, established in the 18th century. The town also has a 144 ft high lighthouse which was constructed in 1902.The Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish a trading centre in Tangasseri, Kollam, in 1502. It became a major centre of trade in pepper. In the wars with the Moors/Arabs that followed, the ancient church of St Thomas was destroyed. In 1517, the Portuguese built the St Thomas fort Tangasseri Quilon, which was destroyed in the subsequent wars with the Dutch. In 1661, the Dutch took possession of the city. The remnants of both the Dutch and Portuguese forts can be found at Tangasseri. In the 18th century, the kingdom of Travancore conquered Kollam, followed by the British in 1795. Tangasseri remains an Anglo-Indian settlement in character, though there are few Anglo-Indians in the population. The Infant Jesus Church in Tangasseri, an old Portuguese-built church, remains as a memento of Portuguese rule.

Thazhava

Thazhava in Kollam (Quilon) district of Kerala is a small beautiful village. Here many seek a livelihood based on Thazha or screw pine. Screw pine weaving of mats is one of the oldest crafts popular in Thazhava. Even though now the weaving of screw pine mats have been comparatively reduced than the earlier times, there exists few traditional weavers who still continue this profession. Mats are now being exported within as well as outside India. In the ancient times, screw pine mats were weaved and distributed in bulk to various provinces within Kerala including Travancore province.

Thenmala

Thenmala an ecotourism destination is an ideal location for vacation seekers. Lush green forest Park, Adventure Park, Children’s Park, Butterfly Safari, Musical Dancing Fountain, Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Night Camping galore the attractions. Thenmala village located in the valley of Western Ghats amidst evergreen forests of Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 62 Kms from Kollam. Visit the “Honey Hills”. In local parlance "Then" means honey and "Mala" means hillock.

Jatayu Para

Jatayu Para(Jatayu Rock)is a curiously shaped rock formation along the MC Road in Chadayamangalam village,Kollam,India.Jatayu Para is 30kms away from Kollam district.Chadayamangalam or Jadayu Mangalam is a beautiful village lying between Kilimanoor and Kottarakara.There is a temple dedicated to Lord Ram at the top of the rock.This a huge cluster of rocks called Jatayupara is a single rock,situated 1000 ft above sea level covering an area of around 60 acres. Jatayu Para is of interest to adventure tourists as this is an ideal location for trekking or hang-gliding.The rock gets its name from a character in the epic Ramayana.Jatayu,a gigantic bird,an ally of Lord Ram,staked his life trying to save Sita (Ram's wife) from her abductor,the demon king Ravana.The rock is beleived to mark the spot where the mortally wounded Jatayu fell.

Courtalam Waterfalls

An interesting holiday spot in South India, Courtallam is famous for its Courtallam Falls in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu in Tirunelveli District. Though the falls are located in Tamil Nadu, it also shares the boundary of Kollam district of Kerala State. Also known as Kuttralam Falls, it has gained an extreme popularity, since the water here is believed to have great curative properties for a number of skin problems and even nerve disorders, as they run through a forest of herbs. The town is famous for its pleasant climate and abundant natural beauty. There are nine places at Courtallam where the River Chittar cascades over 92 m., at varying volumes. The falls are at its best during the rainy season (July to late August) and one can see heavy flow in all the places during this time. There is a parking fee of 10/- Rs at every waterfall.

Krishnapuram Palace Museum

The Krishnapuram Palace is a rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture, complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. Residence of the rulers of Kayamkulam Kingdom, the age of the palace is unknown. Renovated some time in the 18th century, the palace is today a protected monument under the Archaeology Department. Recently it has been again renovated according to the scientific techniques prescribed for the protection of heritage buildings. Today the palace is an archaeological museum, and the most fascinating exhibit here is the 49 sq.m - Gajendra Moksham - the largest single band of mural painting so far discovered in Kerala. Literally, the salvation (Moksha) of the elephant king (Gajendra), the theme of the mural is mythological and depicts an elephant saluting Lord Vishnu in devotion while the other gods, goddesses and saints look on.

Alumkadavu

Alumkadavu is where the first houseboats in India were built. Located north of Kollam district, the waft of coir and wood is always in the air of this village. And the reason: It is a major centre for the construction of kettuvalloms (traditional rice barges) which are later modified into houseboats for travellers. The houseboats eventually take shape at the hands of skilled craftsmen of the village, who make sue of local and eco-friendly materials like wood, bamboo poles and coconut fibre. Alumkadavu is also a coir manufacturing centre, making Kollam famous for its coir products.

Maraikulam

Maraikulam Beach

Mararikulam is a beach village in the district of Alappuzha. Mararikulam is the fertile land of communism and it has a very beautiful beach which is known by the name Marari Beach or Mararikulam beach. There are two village panchayts for this village, Mararikulam South and Mararikulam North. Mararikulam North consists of parts of Mararikulam, Perunormangalam, Kanichukulangara, Beach, Poklasheri and Chennaveli. The South Panchayat consists of parts of Mararikulam, Kattoor, Pollathai, Valavanadu, Preethikulangara, Omanapuzha, Kalavoor, Pathirapally, and Chettikadu.

Port Kochi

Port Kochi

The maritime gateway to peninsular India, Cochin is the fastest growing logistic centre emerging in to a major International transshipment terminal. An all-weather natural Port, and located strategically close to the busiest international sea routes Cochin is promoting a major liquid terminal, bulk terminal and maritime industries in its port based SEZs . The Mission of the Cochin Port Trust is to provide dependable, cost-effectivemission Port services through modern and efficient infrastructure coupled with high quality, customer friendly services. The Port shall manage its assets and resources for optimal economic use to the Nation and the community. The Port shall strive to be the main catalyst for the economic development of the region, with a strong commitment to environmentally sound policies and safe practices

Periya Thekkadi

Periya Thekkady

The name Thekkady is synonymous with wildlife and forests. It is the central point of the tourism zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of the best managed tiger reserves in India. This is the only tiger reserve where one can watch animals at close quarters from a boat. The normal sightings are elephant, bison, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, birds of various kinds. If you are lucky enough, you may see tiger, leopard and bear, wild dog etc. while on trekking. If you have an element of love for wildlife and adventure, welcome to this wildlife haven. Thekkady can offer you all these, and more. The rich flora and fauna is a treat for your senses. This is an ideal location for wildlife tourism and eco-tourism. The inviting lush greenery and the tranquil waters of the Periyar Lake would be a relaxing affair.

Kumily

Kumily, on the outskirts of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, is a plantation town closely associated with Thekkady. While Thekkady is a sleepy, picturesque place garbed in greenery, Kumily is a busy town. The spice and tea plantations and the bustling spice trading activities have made Kumily one of the important tourist and commercial centres in Kerala. Kumily, situated in Periyar Valley, drops off to the plains of Tamil Nadu. Apart from being the main bus station in the Periyar region, the town also provides decent, affordable accommodation facilities to tourists. Apart from tourists, Sabarimala devotees and workers from Tamil Nadu also visit Kumily from time to time.

Nature and Bird Watching Treks

Arrival cochinn airport/railway station proceed to Thattekkad, by far the best birding spot in South India. In an area of approximately 25 square kilometres over 270 species have been recorded. There will also be night birding for the Nightjars, Frogmouths & Owls. Specialties here include Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Red Spurfowl, Bay Owl, Rufous Babbler, Blue-faced Malkoha, Brown-breasted, White-bellied Blue-tailed & Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, Grey-headed Bulbul and Wynad Laughing Thrush. Moreover, Thattekkad is ideal for seeing a good number of the endemics of the Western Ghats. The more difficult birds are Wynad Laughing Thrush and Grey-headed Bulbul. Proceed to Urullathany, at the other end of the reserve, for the Bulbul and Laughing Thrush. Also visit Edamalayar and the South side of the river for the owls, Streak-throated Woodpecker and Yellow-billed Babbler. Other notable species likely to be seen are Red Spurfowl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Blue-faced Malkoha, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-bellied and Heart-spotted Woodpeckers, Rufous Babbler, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, White-bellied Treepie and Black-throated Munia.

Munar

Eravikulam National Park

The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Eravikulam National ParkTaluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 Mts) is located in the Southern region of the park. Originally established to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. It covers an area of 97 sq kms of rolling grasslands and high level sholas (evergreen forests). The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world.

Rajamala

The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr ,Rajamala Rajamala is 2695 Mts above sea level. Half the world's population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here.The Niligiri tahr in Rajamala are now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300. Visiting Time : 0700 - 1800 hrs. Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon. Entry Pass : Rs. 10 for adults, Rs. 5 for children below 12 years, Rs. 50 for foreigners.( liable to change) Permitting Authority : Wild Life DFO, Munnar.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach Resorts is located at the Gateway to Muziris, the heritage capital of Kerala, 25 kms from Cochin International Airport. This tropical paradise enchants you with its charming exotica. Seductive beaches, serene backwaters, swaying coconut lagoons, lush green paddy fields, delicious cuisine - a sublime heritage. You will feel the uniqueness the moment you step in to our resorts. We wish to share with you our life, our culture, our home. You are our Royal Guest! .

Cochin

Fort Kochi beach

If you simply wish to saunter in a peaceful and relaxed manner, no place in the whole of Cochin will provide you a more ideal location than the Fort Kochi beach. Nestled amidst coconut tress, green bushes and softly lashing seawaters, the Fort Kochi beach happens to be the favorite haunt of one and all. You will find not only the locals, but also the tourists basking up the tranquil atmosphere at the beach. Unlike most of the beaches, the topography of the Fort Kochi beach is quite rocky. Fort Kochi Beach is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Kerala. It is an ideal picnic spot for people, who come here either alone or in groups. If you have become too bored with the hustle and bustle of the city life, then this beach is the ideal getaway for you. Numerous cozy little restaurants and eating joints dotting the edges of the Fort Cochin beach provide the perfect option to those who want to grab a quick bite. The beach is also quite famous for its remarkable fishing nets.

Vasco House, Fort Kochi

Vasco home stay is a unique heritage home stay facility with bed and breakfast, in the heart of Fort Cochin. The Vasco House is more than 500 years old and is believed to have been the residence of the famous explorer, Vasco da Gama until his death in 1524. The picturesque heritage village of Fort Cochin was discovered by the Portuguese explorer. The Portuguese, Dutch and the British have etched their presence on this land. You can see the same in the architecture, cuisine and the lifestyle of this part of the city. The rooms of Vasco house are large, with high wooden ceiling and large windows opening towards the historic St Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was buried. Two spacious rooms are meant for the guests. Both rooms have 2 double bed and single bed. We provide mosquito net, running hot and cold water, cable TV and for all there services that you can avail from the travel desk below. I am Mr Santosh Tom, the owner of the homestay. We are running this homestay for past 16 years. We reside on the ground floor and run the Vasco Cafe and Vasco Tourist Information and Travels as well. We have tried our level best to maintain the building as it was, without too many modifications. There are many new hotels and homestay named after Vasco but our building is the one that is accepted by historians. You can easily identify this building – it stands at the corner where Rose Street meet Bastion street, facing St Francis Church. The Post Office is opposite the building. The old stone staircase is still used as it was during the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British rule of Cochin. This heritage value drove me to start a home stay, which in turn is a good enough reason to protect this monument.

Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi

I am extremely thankful to you for entering into this web-site and I do earnestly request the pleasure of your company in it by being a member of this Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica parish, Fort Cochin. I extend a warm welcome to you to this faith-loving community. Your presence in this community as ministers and hearers of the Word of God has a paramount significance. I am confident by the grace of God and with your valuable presence and sincere cooperation in this faith-community that we shall develop a close and ever-lasting friendship in the Lord Jesus and experience him in a bond of intimacy and unity in diversity, as we all form one Mystical Body of Christ, with our diversity of heritage, education, formation, culture and language. In other words, let us all become one united community of faith - a Eucharistic-Christ centered Church.

Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry

The Paradesi Synagogue, in a corner of Jew Town, is more than a hundred years old and houses many rare antiques. The synagogue, that woos many visitors, adds to the quaint charm of Mattancherry. History The Jewish synagogue was built in 1568, almost 1500 years after the beginning of the Jewish connection with Kerala. It was built on the land, adjacent to the Mattancherry Palace, given by the erstwhile king of Cochin. The synagogue, the oldest in the Commonwealth, was built by the Jewish community of Cochin. In 1662, it was destroyed by the Portguese and then reconstructed, two years later, by the Dutch.

Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), Mattancherry

Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the Palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. The palace with a Bhagavathi Temple in the central courtyard is built like the typical Kerala style mansion - the Nalukettu - the home of the aristocracy, nobility and upper classes, with four separate wings opening out to a central courtyard. The double storeyed palace building which stands by the panoramic Kochi backwaters has an exquisite collection of murals collectively covering over 300 sq ft of its walls. The themes of these murals have been borrowed from the great Indian epics - the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha, and mythology and legends about the Hindu gods especially Guruvayurappan. Some murals depict scenes from Kumarasambhavam and other works of the great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. Also on display are royal paraphernalia like weapons, swings and furniture which offer a glimpse of the lifestyle of the royal family.

Bolghatty Palace, Bolghatty Island

Amid this picturesque island of Bolgatty is the beautiful Bolgatty Palace, the exclusive mansion with four palatial rooms, provides the travelers with world class amenities and wonderful holidaying options. Originally built by Dutch traders in 1744 and it is the oldest of its kind that exists outside Holland. The resort combines leisure with business and it is, popularly known as the honeymooners' paradise. The resort is neatly tucked among giant umbrellas of refreshing green and is sure to give an exotic island experience in Bolgatty. The resort has a main block, a mansion block, which houses the palace rooms and a marina block which faces the marina. The Marina block has marina on the one side and the golf course on the other side. There are six lake view cottages also in the resort. The resort is encircled by a 9 hole golf course established in 1925.

Hill Palace, Tripunithura

The Hill Palace, Kerala's first heritage museum noted for royal collections of the erstwhile Maharaja of Kochi, is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. Built in 1865, the palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the trational architectural style of Kerala, sprawled over 52 acres of beautifully landscaped terraced land which houses a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Numerous species of flora including rare medicinal plants grow here. On display in the full-fledged Ethno-archaeological museum are oil-paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and manuscripts, inscriptions, coins, belongings of the Kochi royal family and royal furniture including the simhasana (throne). Also exhibited are over 200 antique pieces of pottery and ceramic vases from Japan and China, Kudakkallu (tomb stone), Thoppikkallu (hood stone), menhirs, granite, laterite memorials, rock-cut weapons from the Stone Age, wooden temple models, plaster cast models of objects from Mohenjodaro and Harappa of the Indus Valley Civilisation. The museum also houses a gallery of contemporary art.

Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort

Pallipuram Fort, located in the northern extremity of the Vypeen island in the village of Pallipuram, is around 25kms from the city center. Pallipuram known as Palliport to the British is about a few miles from the Munambam beach. This European fort, erected by the Portuguese in 1503, is one among the heritage site in Kerala. History says that, the Dutch captured the fort in 1661 and in 1789, the Travancore King purchased it from the Dutch. Popularly known as Ayikkotta or Alikotta, Pallipuram fort is a hexagonal shaped structure constructed using laterite, chunam and wood and each face measures 32 feet in length and 34 feet in height. The walls which is six feet in thickness are thickly plastered using mortar. The cellar inside the fort was used to store gun powder. The fort, now in ruins, is being protected by the Kerala state department of archaeology.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam is a popular bird sanctuary frequented by tourists, bird lovers, ornithologists as well as locals. It is located in the heart of the Eranakulam region of Kerala, adjoining the backwaters and the Arabian Sea. The area happens to a roosting place for exotic varieties of resident and migratory birds. Mangalavanam, infact, is a mangrove area consisting of a shallow lake in the middle, with its edges covered with thick mangrove vegetation. This water body is connected with famous Kochi backwaters via a canal. In the heart of this lake, there is a small island with mangrove growth. Mangalavanam bird sanctuary of Kerala became prominent because of its lush mangrove and the resident and migratory birds that come here. It's understandable then why people refer to this belt as the 'green lung' of Ernakulam, which is otherwise polluted by its various industries and vehicles.

Museum of Kerala History, Kalamassery

The first thing that catches your eye as you enter the Museum of Kerala History at Edapally, near Kalamassery, is a huge statue of Sage Parasurama, who is believed to have created Kerala by reclaiming land from the seas. The museum is full of statues, paintings, and sculptures that unravel for you the history of Kerala - from the Neolithic period to the modern age. Light and sound show At the museum, there are nearly 90 life-like statues of people who made history in Kerala. A one-hour light and sound show with accompanying music and narration takes you to the past to witness Kerala’s journey over the last 2000 years. The inclusion of socio-cultural aspects of the various periods contributes greatly to the show. On display Relics and artefacts of royalty, and those that were once part of ordinary households are on display. Mural painting A mural, about 25 ft long and 5 ft wide, depicting a scene from the Sanskrit drama Shakunthalam by Kalidasa is on display. With its meticulous use of colours and attention to detail, it is an amazing piece of art.

Parikshith Thampuran Museum

Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is a very good archeological museum located near the Shiva temple, on the Durbar Hall Road at Ernakulam. This museum boasts of an impressive collection of 19th century paintings, ancient monuments and coins, scriptures made in stone and Plaster of Paris, murals as well as memorabilia belonging to the Cochin royal family. Infact, Parikshit Thampuran Museum is counted amongst the best museums of not only Kerala, but the whole of the Indian subcontinent. Much before it was turned into a museum, the building housing it was used as a venue to receive the guests of the Kochi royalty. It also substituted as a place for official ceremonies and meetings. The most attractive part of this magnanimous structure is the former guest room, or the durbar hall, of the Kochi rajas.

Veega Land

Veega Land is an amusement park and is home to more than 50 thrilling rides and various shows. The many rides here are classified into different categories including Family rides, Water rides, Kiddies rides and Hair raising rides. Veega Land also has some fine restaurants and makes for a great getaway for the entire family. Situated on the top of a hill, this is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Guruvayur

Punnathur Kotta

The Elephant Camp is located in Punnathur Kotta, at a distance of 3 km from the Guruvayur Temple. This Elephant Camp is one of its kinds in the world and is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries housing around 60 elephants. Most of the elephants are trained to participate in major processions and daily temple rituals. This camp is visited by several tourists every year. The rituals of Gajapooja (Worshipping Elephants) and Anayoottu (Feeding Elephants) are observed here.All the elephants serving the Guruvayur temple in Kerala, South of India is housed here, cared for and there are doctors and professional medical care is given to the elephants all year round. You get to see how the elephants are trained, showered, cared for, their daily diet. You can touch them, feed them, wash them. It is a great experience to spend time so close to these majestic animal, not one about over a hundred of them in one place all around you .

Chavakkad

Chavakkad is a municipality in Thrissur District of Kerala state in India. Chavakkad is noted for its beach and fishing. It lies on National Highway 17 is located about 75 km (47 mi) north of the city of Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala and 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala.The Hindus Sree Vishanatha Temple and Nagayakshi Temple are situated in Chavakkad. The Muslim's famous Manathala Masjid situated in Chavakked and Syrian Christian Church situated at Palayoor ares believed to be among of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas on the West Coast. Located on the coast of Arabian Sea in West Coast, Chavakkad Beach is counted amongst Kerala's most popular beaches. It is two kilo metres from the Chavakkad town. Chavakkad Beach is famous for the spectacle called 'Azhimokam' in Malayalam which means a place where a river confluences with the sea.

Palayur

St. Thomas, the Apostle of Christ landed in AD 52 at Kodungalur, the first centuary west coast harbour of Kerala (Pliny’s Primum Emporium India) and went on to establish seven churches for the faithful he evangelised in Kerala. Only one of the seven churches could claim continuous existence in the same location from the time of the Apostle. The church at Palayur is unique in that the present church has a continuous history of two millennia and stands on the same spot where Apostle first established it. The first church founded by St. Thomas continued to exist for many centuries and we know that in 1607 the Italian Jesuit Fr. Permission from the ecclesiastical authorities, to construct a more convenient church around the existing old structure for the parish of Palayur. The Thrissur Archdiocesan authorities are today wholeheartedly committed to the cause of developing Palayur into the focus of national and international pilgrim tourism in South India. The Palayur church was elevated as the first Archdiocesan pilgrim centre on 16th April 2000.

Sree Krishna Temple

Built in the typical Kerala architectural style, Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple is famous all over India for the Palpayasam, a daily offering of deliciously sweet milk porridge. It is also in this temple that Pallipana is performed by Velans (sorcerers), once in every twelve years. Paintings of the Dasavatharam (the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) are on display on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam. Ottanthullal, a satiric art form created by the poet Kunchan Nambiar, was first performed on the premises of this temple. The temple is situated in Alappuzha district.

Anakotta

Anakotta (aka anathavalam) is a unique place - a world of elephants of different sizes and natures. Some are gentle and friendly, some are indifferent while a few are aggressive enough to be severely restricted by chains. Do you want to spend time walking amidst 60 to 85 elephants kept in a 10 acre plot of coconut groves? Do you want to find yourself surrounded by great many giants? If you do, Anakotta in Central Kerala welcomes you with an army of elephants.Elephant sanctuary is only a couple of kilometers from the temple town of Guruvayoor in Thrissur district. Elephants are associated with Hindu temples and have roles in certain rituals.

Arattu

Arattu (Holy bath) are two important rituals held as part of the festivals in some of the major temples in Kerala. This video captures some awe inspiring moments of the Arattu ritual of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple held at Shanghumugham beach in Thiruvananthapuram. The uniqueness of the Arattu at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is that the head of the royal family of the erstwhile Travancore kingdom still escorts the idols during the procession donning his traditional attire. During Pallivetta the head of the royal family shoots a tender coconut using a bow and arrow. This ritual is symbolic of Lord Vishnu (the presiding deity of the shrine) hunting down the demon of evil in a forest and is held in front of the Sundravilasam Palace inside the Thiruvananthapuram fort. The Pallivetta is held on the eve of Arattu.

Mudumalai

Mudumalai National Park

In the foothills of the Nilgiris, this 321-sq-km reserve is like a classical Indian landscape painting given life: thin, spindly trees and light-slotted leaves concealing spotted chital deer and grunting wild boar. Also here are around 50 tigers, giving Mudumalai the highest tiger population density in India – though you'll still be very lucky to see one. Overall the reserve is the best place for spotting wildlife in Tamil Nadu. The creatures you're most likely to see include deer, peacocks, wild boar, langurs and Malabar giant squirrels. There's also a significant chance of sighting wild elephants (the park has several hundred) and gaur (Indian bison). Along with Karnataka's Bandipur and Nagarhole and Kerala's Wayanad, Mudumalai forms part of an unbroken chain of protected areas comprising an important wildlife refuge.

Jungle Safari

The Jungle Safari group specializes in conducting wildlife tours to different wildlife destinations in India, through customized tours planned as per the requirement of its clients. Our aim is to make your wildlife excursion a thrilling and memorable one, filled with excitement and surely a life time experience. This exciting venture is formed by young and energetic wildlife professionals who have expertise in the field of conducting wildlife tours as well as wildlife photography. Our efforts are aimed at providing an opportunity to wild life enthusiasts to unfold the mystery and enjoy a adventurous and thrilling experience. We specialize in arranging wild life tours for personal groups, educational institutes and corporate off sites with the help of professional naturalists and tour leaders. Besides making the clientele witness and feel the serenity of jungle life surroundings, our endeavor is to spread awareness amongst them about Eco- Tourism.

Theppakadu Elephant Camp

The Theppakadu Elephant Camp, established in 1972, allows visitors to mingle with nature’s largest land animal in a restricted environment. Elephants are trained as well as housed in the Theppakadu Elephant Camp. Every day, a couple of the elephants do pooja to Lord Vinayaka inside the structure.Elephant rides are offered early in the morning as well as the evening at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp. During the evenings, the Elephants have their routine feeding time and visitors are welcome to watch this. With the visitor count exceeding a lakh per year, the camp serves as an important educational hub for spreading awareness about the pachyderms. The Theppakadu Elephant Camp is thus, mainly used for eco tourism, patrolling, resolving man-elephant conflicts and promoting understanding about the animal.

Flora

Flora of Kerala comprises of a total of 11,840 taxa of plants (SoE,2007). Among them, angiosperms comprises the dominant group, composed of 4968 taxa, of which about 900 are those endemic to Western Ghats. Among the Western Ghats endemics, 252 taxa are those confined to Kerala State.The flora comprises of 866 species of algae, 4800 species of fungi, 520 species of lichens, 350 species of bryophytes, 332 species of pteridophytes, 4 species of gymnosperms and 4968 species of angiosperms or flowering plants. Habitat wise, algal species are mostly confined to aquatic or damp conditions whereas the other plant groups in the State ate mostly terrestrial in habit. Forest areas being well protected. Habit or life form-wise, there are herbs, shrubs, trees, lianas, epiphytes, lithophytes, saprophytes, etc. within the plant kingdom. Based on this the habitats are also different for different species. Table gives the details of the representation of different plant groups in the flora of Kerala. Apart from this there are hundreds of cultivated species either on plantations or crop levels or as garden plants, ornamentals, etc. There are also 850 species and varieties of cultivars growing the State with their origin in mostly tropical parts of the globe.

Fauna

Kerala has one of the richest varieties of flora and fauna in India. The long coast line, dense forests in the Western Ghats, torrid temperature, abundant rainfall, the high ranges etc., have all contributed to it. Eravikulam, Periyar and Silent Valley are the three national parks in the state. There are also many more wild life santuaries too like the Wynad, Idukki and Thattekadu. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserves covers some parts of the state.The major forest types in the state are moist deciduous and evergreen. Teak, bamboo and several varieties of grasses are found in these forests. One can look for tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, elephant, gaur, deers and Indian fox in the forests of the state. There are also other species of animals, birds and plants that add to the charm of this tropical paradise.