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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in Thiruvananthapuram , the southernmost part and the capital of Kerala. This temple is one of the most famous and Oldest temple in Kerala that belongs to the 8th century. Back in olden days, king of Travancore, the great Marthanda Verma did a major renovation to the temple which resulted in the present day structure of the temple. The shrine is currently run by a trust headed by the erstwhile royal family of Travancore.

Padmanabhaswamy temple is located on a stone slab and the main idol, which is about 18 ft long, can be viewed through three different doors. The head and chest are seen through the first door; while the hands can be sighted through the second door and the feet through the third door. The presiding deity of this temple Lord Vishnu, reclining on Anantha, the Serpent, Signifying meditation. The idol of the presiding deity of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is noted for its composition, which has 12008 salagramams, which were brought from Nepal, taken from the banks of the River Gandhaki.

The temple also has some interesting structural features in the form of Bali Peeda Mandapam and Mukha Mandapam. These are halls, decorated with beautiful sculptures of various Hindu deities. Another structure that captures attention here is the Navagraha Mandapa the ceiling of which displays the navagrahas (the nine planets). There is a ground floor under the main entrance in the eastern side, which is known as the nataka sala, where Kerala's classical art form - the Kathakali is performed during the annual ten-day festival at the temple, held during the Malayalam months of Meenam and Thulam.

There are many festivals related to this temple. The major festivals are bi-annual. A major annual festival related to Padmanabha temple is the Navratri festival which lasts for 9 days. And the other one is laksha deepam, which means hundred thousand (or one lakh) lamps. This festival is unique and commences once in 6 years. Prior to this festival, chanting of prayers and recitation of three vedas is done for 56 days. On the last day, hundred thousand oil lamps are lit in and around the temple premises.

The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, and are controlled by a trust run by the Royal family. The temple has 6 vaults (Kallaras),which has many valuables that have been unopened over the past years. These valuables are thought to have been in the temple for hundreds of years, having been put there by the Maharajahs of Travancore, while some historians have suggested that a major chunk of the stored riches reached the kings in the form of tax, gifts, as well as conquered wealth of states and offerings stocked in the temple for safekeeping.

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The famous Chottanikara Bhagawati Temple is situated in the Ernakulum district of Kerala, This temple is dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeshwari . The Divine Mother Rajarajeshwari is also known as Adiparasakthi.

The importance of this temple is that the goddess Adiparasakthi is worshipped here in three forms -: Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. There is an Idol of Mahavishnu ( Narayana) on the same pedestal and so the Deity is called Ammenarayana, Devinarayana, Lakshminarayana and Bhadrenarayana also.

The pleasant atmosphere in the temple give mental peace and harmony to devotees. People suffering from mental illnesses commonly visit this temple, as the goddess is thought to cure her devotees.

The main festival celebrated here is Chottanikkara Magham Thozhal in the month of Kumbh (February/March). On that particular day it is believed that the goddess in her special appearance , wearing gold ornaments, precious jewelry and innumerable garlands give darsan to her devotees and which will result in the fulfillment of all prayers and cherished desires.

Apart from that there some are months, events and festivals in Malayalm calendar, which are considered to be very important and is celebrated here by performing poojas and preparing feast for the pilgrims.

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Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa temple is located in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. This temple is also known as Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple dedicated to lord Ayyaya. Every year around 4 million pilgrims from India and abroad come to seek the blessings of lord Ayyappa.

Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most famous and best known pilgrimage destination in Kerala. The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January that is Mandala pooja (December) and Makaravilakku(January) are the two main events of the pilgrim season. On the day of Makaravilakku - a Jewel Casket is carried on head from the ancestral residence of the royal family of Panthalam to the temple on that day. A Garuda, the Brahaman kite, follows this ornaments carrying procession, hovering about in the sky. After these ornaments are worn on the Lord the bird circles the temple in the sky three times and disappears. Excited by this sight the devotees begin to chant "Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa". A Star never seen before in the sky appears on the day of Makara Jothi . A Jyoti is seen for a little time on the hilltop showing the presence of Swamy Ayyappan gracing his devotee.

The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April). Anyone who wishes to go to Sabarimala, has to follow some strict customs like fasting for 41 days , restricting himself from non-vegetarian food and carnal pleasures.

The temple is open to males of all age groups , Old Women and small children. Pilgrims set out in groups under a leader, and each carry a cloth bundle called Irumudi kettu containing traditional offerings. Pamba is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala. From here one has to trek 4 to 5kms to reach the temple.

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The Attukal bhagavathy temple also known as the Sabarimala of Woman, is a small temple located in the city of Trivandrum. This temple is situated 2 kilometers to the south-east from Padmanabhaswamy temple. It holds a very special position among the ancient temples in Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Attukal devi (Parvathi devi), the supreme power who is believed to be the supreme preserver and destroyer, and capable of delivering all the wishes to her devotees.

The most famous festival celebrated here is the Attukal Pongala, which lasts for 10 days, starts with the musical recitation of Goddess’s (Parvathi) story and ends with the part of the Goddess and defeating the Pandya King. The story signifies victory of good over evil, light over darkness and justice over injustice and at the end of the recitation, begins the rituals for Attukal Pongala, which begins with making fire in the temple hearth. The fire will then be passed to the women ready to offer pongala(rice cooked with jaggery, ghee, coconut as well as other ingredients) and the same fire spreads to all the tens of thousands of women, who are present there to offer pongala to the Goddess and seek her blessings.. The rush of women is so intense that the Pongala ground spreads outside the temple premises and into the public roads, and the courtyards of houses, government offices, bus and train station, etc.... During the festival Kuthiyottam performed by boys below the age of 13 year, and Thalappoli is performed by the girls on the ninth day . The traditional dressing of young girls is major attraction who hold a Thaalam with flowers, a lighted oil lamp, and offerings to the Goddess Attukal Amma.

The Architectural style of the temple is a combination of both Kerala and Tamil styles of architecture. The Front part of the Gopurams are designed with beautiful icons from the story of goddess Kannaki (Parvathi) .The Exterior of the Attukal temple are covered with numerous sculptures of gods, Hindu gods, goddesses ,Goddess Parvathi and the stories of Dassavataram. The temple doors and internal wall of the temple are covered with several sculptures of Gods like Lord Ganapathi , Lord Siva, etc.

The most important and attractive feature of this temple is the Attukal Pongala festival itself because it has reached the Guinness Book of Records for largest annual gathering of Women. Every year hundreds of people from all over world come to seek the blessings and witness this amazing event at this time of festival.

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The famous Aranmula temple is located in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, the main idiol is of lord Krishna also called as Sree Parthasarathy, who is the leader of Arjuna in Kurukshetra War.

It is one of the most important Krishna temples in Kerala, the others being at Guruvayur, Trichambaram, Tiruvarppu and Ambalappuzha. The temple has fine murals from the 18th century.

This temple is situated on the banks of the river Pampa. The sacred jewels of Ayyappan (Thiruvabharanam) are taken in procession to Sabarimala each year from Pandalam, and Aranmula Temple is one of the stops on the way. Also, the Thanka Anki (golden attire) for Ayyappa, donated by the king of Travancore, is stored here and taken to Sabarimala during the Mandala season (late December). Hundreds of devotees, including women and children, come to this small temple town of Aranmula to worship the sacred attire and to witness the ceremonial procession.

Some of the main festivals celebrated here are Thiruvonam(Chingam), Ashtami Rohini Vallasadya(Chingam), Thiruvaranmula Thiruvulsavam, Makara Sankranthi, Kumbha sankramam(Kumbham), Vishu and Ramayana Parayanam.

Apart from the famous temple, Aranmula is also known for the watersports involving a spectacular procession of snake boats .The Aranmula Vallamkali, the world famous water carnival is the main important event related to this place and The famous Aranmula Mirror, locally known as Arunmula Kannadi, meaning mirror, is made here. This mirror is made out of high tin bronze. Other than that the is famous Aranmula palace which is a traditional keralite palace which has a history of 200 years. Aranmula palace (Also known as Aranmula Vadake kottaram or Aranmula Kottaram) is the halt place of the holy journey 'Thiruvabarana khosayatra' at Aranmula.

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The famous Ambalapuzha temple is situated in Alleppey district of Kerala, The temple is dedicated to lord Sri Krishna. This temple was built by an old ruler named Chembakasserry Pooradam Thirunal-Devanarayanan Thampuran.

Ambalapuzha temple is directly related to the famous Guruvayoor temple because the idol of Sri Krishna from the Guruvayoor temple was brought to the Ambalappuzha Temple for safe keeping during a raid of Tipu Sultan in 1789. The architecture of this temple is very famous and is believed to be one of the seven greatest Vaishnava temples in the Travancore. The inner walls of the Chuttambalam of the temple are decorated with various paintings. The famous art for Ottanthullal was first performed from this temple premise. The poojas in this temple is performed by the Namboothiri Brahmins belonging to the Puthumana Thanthri family.

The Old Ruler Devanarayanan Thampuran was believed to be very religious so he decided that an idol of Lord Krishna was to be brought to the Amabalapuzha Sree Krishna Swamy Temple from the Karinkulam temple. The celebration in bringing of this idol of Lord Krishna is the origin of the Amabalapuzha Temple Festival, also referred to as the Chambakulam Moolam water festival. This festival is conducted every year on the Moolam day of the Mithunam month of the Malayalam era. Some other festivals festival in this temple is conducted yearly in the Malayalam month Meenam which comes in the months March/ April. It is a 10 days long festival and feast will be conducted in the temple hall. Other than that a 12 day long Kalabham festival during the Malayalam month Makaram which comes in the months January/February and ‘Pallipana’ is performed which is done once in twelve years.

The Ambalapuzha Payasam served in the Ambalappuzha Temple is very famous . This sweet pudding made of rice and milk has an interesting mythological legend behind it. It is believed that Lord Sree Krishna reaches here daily at the time of Palpayasa Nedyam to have it.

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The famous Vadakkunnathan temple is situated in Thrissur district of Kerala. This temple is dedicated to lord shiva and it is believed that the founder of this temple is Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of lord Vishnu.

This temple has a legend behind it which says; back in olden days some sages approached Parasurama at the end of a yajna and requested him to give them some secluded land. Parasurama then made the request to lord Varuna for their sake, who gave him an axe and asked him to through it into the sea, as he did a large territory of land was emerged out the sea; this territory that rose out of the sea was Kerala.

This temple is a classic example of the architectural style of Kerala and has monumental towers on all four sides and also a Kuttambalam. Mural paintings depicting various episodes from Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple. The construction of the temple was done at the time of Parumthachan. It is said that Parumthachan lived during the seventh century; so the temple may be 1,300 years old. Encircling the Vadakkunnathan Temple, is the main venue of the famous Thrissur poram .Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter into the temple.

Some of the important festivals celebrated here are Maha Shivarathri, Thrissur poram , Anayoottu , the of feeding of elephants,etc.

Under Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. This temple, along with the mural paintings, has been declared as a National Monument by India.

The temple opens daily at 03:00 AM and closes at 10:30 AM. The temple reopens at 05:00 PM and closes at 8.30 PM after 'Trippuka', the last rite for the day.

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Mannarasala Temple is located in Haripad, in Alleppey district of Kerala, The temple is dedicated to “ Nagaraja” the serpent god and his consort, Sarpayakshini. This temple is situated in forest area which has around 30,000 images of snake along the path and among the trees, and is the largest such temple in Kerala, In this temple, the rites are presided over by a priestess.

The main festivals are on the day of Ayilliam in the months of Kanni and Thulam (September and October), when all the serpent idols in the grove and the temple are taken in procession to the illam (family connected with the temple) where the offerings of Nurum Palum (rice flour and milk), kuruthi (a red liquid made of turmeric and lime) and cooked rice are made. The oldest female member of the family carries the idol of the Nagaraja and the procession is conducted with great pomp and rejoicing. The Ayilyam in Kanni is the birthday of Nagaraja and that in Kumbham (Mahasivarathri) is the birthday of Anantha, the Muthassan of Nilavara (cellar).

During the festival days thousands of people assemble at Mannarasala to worship and propitiate the serpent gods. The most popular offering of this temple is ‘Uruli Kamazhthal’, the placing of a bell metal vessel upside down in front of the deity, which is believed to restore fertility to childless couples, Other than that silver and copper, grains of all kinds, pepper, tender coconuts, plantains, melons, sandalwood etc. are also offered.

Mannarasala is one of the main pilgrim attraction in kerala.

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Vaikom temple is located at Vaikom Taluk in Kottayam district of Kerala, The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva . Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is one of the most admired Shiva temples in South India. The Shiva Lingam installed in this temple is supposed to be dating back to ‘Treta Yuga’.

The temple makes an influential trio with Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple. It is said that visiting all the three temples in a day makes the wishes come true.

Vaikom Sree Mahadeva Temple is one of the biggest temples of Kerala, spread over eight acres of land. The place is covered with river sand confined by campus walls with four Gopurams on all the four sides. It also features a golden flag staff and Balikalulpura, where Stambha Ganesh has been established at its north-east corner. Namaskara Mandapa is also an important part of the temple, in the east of which, a huge Nandi made with stone is kept.The walls and pillars of the temples are very strong.

Vaikkath Asthami is the important celebration of the Vaikom Temple. Sandhya Vela is the main custom of this shrine, which is done before the flag is hoisted. Sandhya Vela is a tribute by the Devaswom, rulers and devotees of Vaikkathappan. The major Sandhya Velas are Mukha Sandhya Vela, Pully Sandhya Vela, Perumpadappu Sandhya Vela, and Samooha Sandhya Vela. At this day, Sri Bali is brought on an elephant into a grand procession.    

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This temple is situated on the back of karamana river near Thiruvallam (Thiruvanathapuram District) and hardly 250 meter from our Trivandrum office. It is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama. The temple is 09 km form Kovalam beach and 15 km away from Trivandrum airport. It was built during the period 12th & 13th century and the temple is managed by the Travancore Devaswom board it is famous for Balitharpanam (a tribute to Ancestors)

Lord Parasurama is the creator of Kerala and the temple dedicated to him is considered as a holy place for his devotees during the karkidaka vavu / July – August (a holiday in the Malayalam month) of karkidakam as part of the bali (a religious ritual) devotees pay homage to the departed souls of forefathers, after taking a dip in the holy water.

Parasurama visited may holy places to relieve himself from the dosha he incurred for killing his mother as commanded by his father. As advised by Lord Shiva, he came to this place and has a bath in the karamanai river. He got a Linga here, installed it and performed penance in this place and cleansed himself of the dosha. He also performed Tarpan for his mother here.

The temple is open from 05.00 am to 11.00 am and from 04.00 pm to 07.00 pm.

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Mamankam, the war between the Zamorins and raja of Valluvanad at the bank of Bharathapuzha in Thirunavaya was the most famous event related to the historical importance of the Guruvayoor Temple. The war lasted for very long period so people around that place prayed to Guruvayoor Appan, the lord Krishna. Even the Zamorins became a devotee of Guruvayoor. Due to this war the temple became famous among the people. Dutch, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan invaded the temple due to which most of the wealth is lost. The reference to this temple is mostly found in the 16th centuries.

The temple tank is called as Rudratheertham by the devotees. It is because lord Shiva worshipped Vishnu near this pond due to which the water is called by his name “Rudra” means “Shiva”. The legend says the pracetas, the son of mythical king undergone tapas here for 10,000 years seeking blessings of lord Vishnu to become the king of kings. Lord Shiva appeared from the pond and asked him to chant Rudragitha to get his blessings and he achieved his wish by the blessings of lord Vishnu.

Janamejaya the grandson of Pandavas was afflicted with leprosy. He had no hope for his cure from that disease. Sage, Atreya sought refuge at Guruvayoor to seek his blessings of lord Shree Krishna. After 10 months of staying there he was cured from the disease by the lord Krishna.

During the month of June to September, Krishnanattam takes place for which prior booking is needed. This special puja is done to remove the effect of poison, wellbeing of unmarried ladies, iradicate enemies, fulfilment of vows, eliminate poverty, for attaining salvation of the soul etc.

Elephants belonging to the temple live and are fed at Punathoor Kotta. A total of 56 elephants are sheltered here. Near Thrissur at Anakotta the largest population of Asian male elephants are reserved. The devotees donate the elephants to the temple, mainly tusked male elephants. The revenue of 2014-2015 from festivals of elephants is estimated to be 3.7 crore annually.

Janmashtami, Kumbham Utsavam, Ekadashi

3:30 am to 10 pm

1:30pm to 4:30 pm

Monuments - Kerala

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The Chinese fishing nets are one of the important attractions in Kerala. It is because of its unique style of architecture with wood, mainly teak wood. Its famous for its massiveness and mode of operation. The Chinese fishing nets locally known as Cheena vala are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing(shore operated lift nets). Each net spreads over an area of about 20 meters. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.

The system is sufficiently balanced that the weight of a man walking along the main beam is sufficient to cause the net to descend into the sea. The net is left for a short time, possibly just a few minutes, before it is raised by pulling on ropes. Rocks, each 30 cm or so in diameter are suspended from ropes of different lengths. As the net is raised, some of the rocks one-by-one come to rest on a platform thereby keeping everything in balance. Each installation has a limited operating depth. Consequently, an individual net cannot be continually operated in tidal waters. Different installations will be operated depending on the state of the tide.

  • No fee.
  • Mainly Operated early in the morning & late in the evening.
  • Photography/Videography Allowed.
  • opportunity to buy fresh fish and cook Live.
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The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue located in Kochi, Kerala, constructed in 1568. This synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Kochi known as Jew Town and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area which is still in use. The Malabari Jews (also known as Cochin Jews) formed a prosperous trading community of Kerala, and they controlled a major portion of worldwide spice trade. In 1568, the Jews of Kerala constructed the Paradesi Synagogue adjacent to Mattancherry Palace, Cochin, now part of the Indian city of Ernakulam, on the land given to them by the Raja of Kochi. The Malabari Jews' first synagogue in Cochin was destroyed in the 16th century by the Portuguese persecution of the Jews and Nasrani people. The second, built under the protection of the Raja of Cochin along with Dutch patronage, is the present synagogue, which is still in use for worship. It is called Paradesi synagogue because it was built with Dutch patronage; this contributed to the informal name: Paradesi synagogue or "foreign" synagogue."

  • Visiting time 10 am to 5pm
  • Lunch break 12pm to 3pm
  • Entrance Rs. 5or all
  • Cameras not allowed
  • Holidays - Friday & Saturday & all Jewish Holidays
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The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi. It features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. The Palace was built and gifted by the Portuguese to the Raja of Cochin around 1555. The Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663, and thereafter it was popularly called Dutch Palace. The rajas also made more improvements to it. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India, which are in the best traditions of Hindu temple art. The palace was built to appease the king after they plundered a temple nearby.

The palace is a quadrangular structure built in Nallukettu style, the traditional Kerala style of architecture, with a courtyard in the middle. In the courtyard, stands a small temple dedicated to 'Pazhayannur Bhagavathi', the protective goddess of the Kochi royal family. There are two more temples on either side of the Palace, one dedicated to Lord Krishna and the other to Lord Siva. Certain elements of architecture, as for example the nature of its arches and the proportion of its chambers are indicative of European influence in basic Nallukettu style. The Dining Hall has carved wooden ornate ceiling decorated with a series of brass cups. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.

  • Working hours : 10 am to 5 pm
  • Entrance fee : 5 Rs for all
  • Camera: not allowed
  • Holidays: Fridays and National holidays
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This fort is situated in Kannur District, one of the north most districts in Kerala. It is situated 22 Km south of Kannur, near to Municipal cricket stadium. The fort is constructed by British East India Company in the year of 1708. In 1683 the British East Indian Company started a godown and warehouse with the permission of Kolathiris, the rulers in Malabar Region (old name of Northern Kerala). Later they built a small fort on a small hill called as Tiruvellapadkunnu. The fort is originally built as a godown for pepper and cardamom and later it becomes the center of Military activities of British in Malabar. After Independence the fort houses many government offices and later it was handover to Department of Archeology as recognizing the historical importance.

One unique feature of the Tellicherry fort is the entrance is situated through a giant wall. Also inside the fort having a tunnel connected to the sea (now its closed) and a old light house to show the way for ships. There is two underground chambers is there to store Cardamom and Pepper.

The entree is free to the fort.

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St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi (aka. Fort Cochin), originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. This centuries old church at Fort Kochi was originally built completely of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry. It was restored in 1779 by the Protestant Dutch, converted to an Anglican church by the British in 1795 and is at present governed by the Church of South India. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon. The tombstone still remains.

The Church was declared a protected monument in April 1923 under the Protected Monuments Act of 1904. As a protected monument it is under the Archaeological Survey of India but is owned by the North Kerala diocese of Church of South India. It has services on Sundays and commemorative days so visitors are not allowed on Sundays between 8:00am and 11:30am. On weekdays it is kept open for visitors (Visiting time 9:00am to 5:00pm). Still camera is allowed to use but Video camera is not allowed inside.

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Bekal is a small town situated in Kanjangad, Kasaragod District of Kerala. Kasaragod is the north most district in Kerala. The fort is situated around 16Km from Kasaragod and it’s a place good beach also. The fort is having an age of 360 years and its constructed by Sivappa Nayaka of Bednore. The fort is facing to the sea and getting a breathtaking view of sea from the top. Bekal is also used by Tippu Sulthan as his important military camp at the time of his capturing in Malabar. After the death of Tippu Sulthan in Anglo – Mysore War the fort was under British East Indian Company. Now the Bekal fort is one of the main attraction in Northern Kerala and its preserved by Archeological Survey of India.

Inside the fort having a Children’s park, Hanuman Temple in the entrance. A beautiful walkway has been laid for visitors to explore the beauty of fort. Same as other forts in India, Bekal fort having underground passages which is used for military purposes and two of them was open for the public.

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St. Angelo Fort is located in Kannur, is one of the 14 districts in the state of Kerala. Kannur district is also known as the land of looms and lores, because of the loom industries functioning in the district and festivals held in temples. The district is a major centre of Theyyam and ritual dance of northern Kerala.

St. Angelo Fort (also Known as Kannur Fort or Kanuur Kotta), is a fort facing the Arabian sea and it is situated 03 Km from the town of kannur. It is separated from the sea by a huge wall, it is triangular in shape and made of laterite stone. This fort was constructed by the viceroy of Portuguese named Don Francisco De Almeida. Inside the fort there are rooms for punishing the prisoners, they are kept in dark rooms which had just a hole for supplying the food. Once the food is supplied that hole will be closed and the prisoner has to sit in the dark. There is also a chapel inside the fort.

At present some parts of the fort has collapsed, even then it is not in a bad state. As this is a historical monument many tourists visit this fort. It is very beautiful to take a view of the sea and the surroundings from the top of the fort.

Tourists are allowed entry to the fort every day of the week between 08.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs. There is no entry free for the Fort also Video camera and still camera allowed with free of cost

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Rock cut cave is located in Vizhinjam. Vizhinjam is in Trivandrum city (the capital of Kerala). Kovalam beach is just 03 Km from Vizhinjam and the areas in and around Vizhinjam are famous for Ayurvedic treatment centre and internationally acclaimed beach resorts. Vizhinjam, the seaside village was once the capital of the many chieftains who dominated the southern parts of Kerala. Vizhinjam also was a former Dutch and British factory, of which nothing can now be seen.

Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave, a historic spot which was left unnoticed for a long time. Vizhinjam rock cut cave contains the 18th century rock cut sculptures. The cave encloses a one celled shrine Dedicated to Vinandhara Dakshinamurthi, this is granite cave temple and the outer wall of the cave has unfinished sculptures of Lord Shiva holding a bow and dancing Lord Shiva with his wife Goddess Parvathy.

Its open 09.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs and closed on Mondays.

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The Chinese fishing nets are one of the important attractions in Kerala. It is because of its unique style of architecture with wood, mainly teak wood. Its famous for its massiveness and mode of operation. The Chinese fishing nets locally known as Cheena vala are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing(shore operated lift nets). Each net spreads over an area of about 20 meters. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.

The system is sufficiently balanced that the weight of a man walking along the main beam is sufficient to cause the net to descend into the sea. The net is left for a short time, possibly just a few minutes, before it is raised by pulling on ropes. Rocks, each 30 cm or so in diameter are suspended from ropes of different lengths. As the net is raised, some of the rocks one-by-one come to rest on a platform thereby keeping everything in balance. Each installation has a limited operating depth. Consequently, an individual net cannot be continually operated in tidal waters. Different installations will be operated depending on the state of the tide.

  • No fee.
  • Mainly Operated early in the morning & late in the evening.
  • Photography/Videography Allowed.
  • opportunity to buy fresh fish and cook Live.

Tourist Places - Kerala

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Alleppey, the hotspot destination in Kerala is better known as “The Backwater Paradise”. With the most unique backwater chains in the World, Alleppey enthralls and captivate its visitors with her indisputable beauty. Houseboats are the major attraction for people coming to Alleppey. A houseboat trip along the backwaters is definitely a “must experience in a lifetime” activity. Alleppey is said to be the oldest planned city in Kerala. It is gifted with backwaters, beaches, and beautifully carved lagoons. Alleppey has a long lined coastline and the whole land is situated at sea level, with some places like Kuttanad, even below sea level.


The most sought after leisure activity in Kerala. A huge number of people from all parts of the World visit Kerala every year to enjoy a ride through this shimmering waterways sidelined by dense tropical greenery. Houseboats are always in demand by honeymoon couples, and families as well. You will have a pure ethnic Kerala cuisine on the boat prepared with freshly caught fish of your choice. Houseboat cruising through these unique backwaters is recommended to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, to enjoy the everlasting love of our Mother Earth. The overnight stay in a houseboat at the middle of the Alleppey backwaters is for sure a moment to cherish all along our life journey.

This is another form of backwater boating. Unlike house boats, Shikara boats are small in size and are the most suitable and soothing ride to explore the placid waters of narrow canals where big boats cannot reach. The Shikara boat is of varied sizes with seat capacities ranging from 4 to 6.

This is a roam around Alleppey waters ride, and 5 to 150 people can sit in various motor boats of different sizes. There is no overnight stay available.

A 500 years old temple is located at the heart of the city, probably one of the finest examples of ancient Indian architecture. The structure looks magnificent during the evening hours, when the oil lamps all around the temple building, illuminate the whole temple. Its origin is still a subject full of contradictions, both for the historians and the religious people. There are many different stories revolving around this holy place. The goddess consecrated here is also called Mullakkal Amma, “the mother of all”. Another fascinating fact about this temple is that it has an open roof above the sanctum.

This is another wonderful specimen of Indian architecture, directly associated with the famous Guruvayurappan Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna [Hindu deity] built during the 17th century A.D by Chembakassery Pooradam Thirunal Thampuran. There are paintings of the Dasavatharam [the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu] displayed on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam [a structure that covers the sanctum from all 4 sides]. Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam, a rice pudding is made in this temple daily, as it is believed the Lord Guruvayurappan visits the temple every day to have it. The payasam is famous all around Kerala and people come from all parts of the state to have this as a form of blessings from the Lord Krishna.

Summer - Summer starts at Alleppey by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°C. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Alleppey.

Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Alleppey resulting in water logging in the area. Therefore visiting Alleppey during the monsoon could restrict you stay inside your hotel room, not enjoying the great outdoors of Alleppey.

Winter - Perfect time for visiting Alleppey. The temperature is cool and inviting ranging from 17°C to 27°C. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.

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Idukki, one of the most beautiful districts of Kerala.The cool climate, picturesque natural beauty and the animal reserves added charm to my entire trip to Idukki district.(Munnar, Peerumed hills, Periyar ,Mattupetty , Devikulam all these mind blowing attractions lies in Idukki District)

Mattupetty is famous for a Dam known as Mattupetty Dam located in Munnar in the Idukki District of Kerala. It is about 13 Km from Munnar situated at the height of 1700 meters above the sea level. Mattupetty is surrounded by lush greenery and offers various trekking routes . You can explore various tea plantation and grasslands around the place. Mattupetty dam is an ideal picnic spot and habitat to various beautiful birds. The lush green Kundala tea plantations, grasslands, shola forests and rivulets makes this place more attractive. Trekking in the Shola forests offers a unique experience to the trekkers. A trek through the shola forests allows you to enjoy the beauty of small streams, waterfalls and wide varieties of birds. Horse riding facilities are also available at this place.

Another attraction in Mattupetty is the Indo – Swiss Livestock Project, very near to the Mattupetty Dam. It is a highly specialized dairy farm, with over 100 varieties of high yielding cattles. Visitors are not allowed to enter all the cattle sheds. The project was established in 1961 by Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB). The beautiful grass mounts near the farm offers eye catching sights of great varieties of trees and plants.

Devikulam is a pretty small hill station located at a height of 1800 meters above sea level, about 16 kilometers from Munnar in the Idukki district of Kerala. The Devikulam hill station is famous for its mineral water springs and the beautiful landscape. Devikulam tour offers a perfect opportunity to spend your vacation nestled close in the lap of Mother Nature.

The Devikulam Lake, also known as the Sita Devi Lake, is a spot of unsurpassable scenic beauty. The sparkling crystal clear waters, the tall trees and flowering shrubs on the banks and the twittering songbirds make it an ideal picnic spot. The hill station of Devikulam derives its name from the Devikulam Lake in the vicinity. Devikulam means lake (kulam) of the Goddess (Devi). Legend says that Goddess Sita, consort of Lord Rama took bath in the sparkling waters of this tranquil lake during their stay in the nearby forests. This place has a lot of natural beauty that act as magnet and attracts loads of people who come and visit it every year, and enjoy the serenity and calmness of the lake.

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Kottayam is often called as the gateway to the highlands in central Kerala. It is bordered by the silvery Vembanad Lake on the west and the mighty Western Ghats on the east. It is famous for its beautifully layered rubber plantations and is also the centre of the rubber trade in Kerala. Kottayam has a hilly terrain due to which it enjoys a mix of tropical and equatorial climate. It is famous for its churches Cheriapally [small church] in 1579 AD and Valiapally [Big church] in 1570 AD. It is renowned for its 8th century Persian Cross which has Pahlavi inscription on it.


  • A paradise, some people say about this scenic backwater destination Kumarakom. Adorned by the silvery Vembanad Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala, Kumarakom attracts people from all over the planet. It is also the first destination in India which implemented the “Responsible Tourism” practices for the development of the local community and to sustain eco- friendly tourism. The most sought after activity at Kumarakom is the Houseboat cruise in the Vembanad Lake. It is an unforgettable experience, cruising through the shiny Vembanad Lake and witnessing the pure charm of Kumarakom village. Other than houseboats, there are speed boats, motor boats, and Shikara boats available to enjoy the rippling backwaters. Shikara boats are unlike houseboats, small in size and with a capacity of maximum 4-6 people, which enables the visitors to explore the narrow inner canals in the Kumarakom village and watch the day to day life style of people residing there. The main income source of the people is fishing, coir, rubber and tourism. You can also have a village tour around on foot and see how things are different in Kumarakom. You can access Kumarakom from Kottayam, which is 16 kms away, a 30minutes drive. Government buses are also available from Kottayam throughout the day.

  • A 5 hectare area of former rubber plantation is now home for many rare species of migratory birds. October to February is the best time to spot some of the unique species of birds like Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Steppey Eagle and many others. A visit to the sanctuary is best enjoyed during the morning hours, when the sun is lighting up the sky. The timing for the entrance to the sanctuary is 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Ilaveezhapoonchira is an ideal trekking destination and an untouched hillstation in Kerala, 3200 m above sea level. It is named Ilaveezhapoonchira [valley where leaves do not fall] because there are no trees there which makes it a peculiar hillstation making some people curious to explore and see for themselves what makes this destination different. This place is referred in many epics like Ramayana and Mahabharatha. It is believed Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita Devi spent many months of their exile at this beautiful hillstation. The valley is surrounded by 3 hillocks namely Mankunnu, Kodayathoormal and Thonippara. Watching the sunrise from the top of the highest Kodayathoormal hill is a mesmerizing sight, which could keep us in a state of wonder. This lovely picnic destination is 55 kms away from Kottayam city near Kanjar [Thodupuzha]. A 2 hour drive will be enough to reach there. It is better to start in the early morning, so that you could spend some time exploring this virgin tourist spot and be back to Kottayam by sunset. The best time to visit is after the monsoon season, likely after September, and before March.

This is a famous Shiva temple, which is one of the most visited pilgrim centres in Kerala. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A fascinating fact about this temple is that the Shiva Linga which is worshipped here is believed to be of the “Treta Yuga” which ended thousands and thousands of years before, which is why the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is the one among the oldest temples in Kerala. The architecture is brilliant. There are Gopuras on the compound walls protecting the temple from all the 4 sides. The story of Ramayana is sculptured on the inner roof of the temple, and the Sreekovil or the main inner yard is decorated with paintings of Indian Puranic stories. To visit Vaikom Temple, reach Kottayam city first, and from there a 45 minute drive [30 kms] and you will be at divine abode of the mighty Lord Shiva.

The hilly terrain and high altitude influences the Kottayam climate. It has a blend of tropical and equatorial climate.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Kottayam with highest temperature recorded of 38.5°c. Summer Season at Kottayam is during March to May every year.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits cooling down the hot and humid land of Kottayam. This time is good to make a visit too, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem in outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Kottayam, as the cool breeze will pass through us, and it not only cools down our body but also refresh our mind. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 16°c.

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Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most magnetic destination in Kerala attracting people from all over the planet. This heavenly floating piece of land is a pure artistic work of the Mother Nature. With its unique backwaters and green lined countryside it never fails to entertain its visitors, rather it leaves them bewitched and tempted to visit again and again.


The favorite activity of every tourists flying to Kerala, floating on the shimmering waters Vembanad Lake in a Houseboat is thrilling and a feast for your eyes. It is highly recommended to rent a Houseboat and spend a day and night at the Houseboat, if you want to actually experience Kumarakom. There are 2 options for you to choose from, either you can opt for a day cruise which would be a 4 hour ride around Kumarakom, or you can go for a night cruise, which is the most in-demand package, which includes cruising through Kumarakom to Alleppey, dining and spending a night at the middle of the backwaters. The check in time of the Houseboat is 12:30 pm noon.

This 14 acre piece of land was once a rubber plantation, which was later developed into a bird sanctuary by an Englishman Mr. Alfred George Baker whom the locals called "Kari saipu". He played a major role in developing Kumarakom. A lot of migratory birds are found at this sanctuary, like the Siberian Crane, Teal, Lark, Flycatcher etc. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for sure proves to be a bird watcher's paradise. Researchers visit this sanctuary to spot some of these rare birds and study them. It is recommended to visit the sanctuary early in the morning, as it is the best time to spot many of these unique flying vertebrates. It will be open by morning 6:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. The bird sanctuary is just 2.5 kms from the Kumarakom junction.

This 14 acre piece of land was once a rubber plantation, which was later developed into a bird sanctuary by an Englishman Mr. Alfred George Baker whom the locals called "Kari saipu". He played a major role in developing Kumarakom. A lot of migratory birds are found at this sanctuary, like the Siberian Crane, Teal, Lark, Flycatcher etc. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for sure proves to be a bird watcher's paradise. Researchers visit this sanctuary to spot some of these rare birds and study them. It is recommended to visit the sanctuary early in the morning, as it is the best time to spot many of these unique flying vertebrates. It will be open by morning 6:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. The bird sanctuary is just 2.5 kms from the Kumarakom junction.

This is comparatively very small in size than the Houseboats with maximum seating capacity of 4- 10 persons. Shikara ride is recommended for those who want to channel through the narrowest canals of the Vembanad Lake, exploring the lifestyle of the natives, like people fishing, women washing their clothes, kids playing at the lake side, and so on. Another mesmerizing sight is watching the sunset while riding along.

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Kochi is said to be the cosmopolitan hub of Kerala, also a major Port City in India. It is a fast moving city with a fusion of people, belonging to different cultures and different parts of the country who made Kochi their home. At present more than 2 million people reside at Kochi. It has developed into a major tourism hotspot for those who visit India. Kochi was previously known by the names Cochin and Ernakulam, which the people still use.

Until Early 14th century AD, Kodungallur Port was the preferred trade center for the local traders as well as the foreign traders from China, Middle East and Russia. It was during 1341, when Kodungallur Port was wiped out following a flood and the traders moved to Kochi resulting in the emergence of one of the leading Port Cities in India. The Portuguese were the first to establish their base at Kochi, from when the colonization of India started following the Dutch, who ruled for decades until 1814 when the British took control as a result of the Dutch treaty.

Fort Kochi, which comes under Kochi Municipal Corporation is the historical center in Kochi. One who walks by the streets of Fort Kochi will feel as if he/she had travelled back to an ancient European city of the 16th century. Mattancherry is another neighboring historical town which offers a lot to its visitor’s. The locals say, long before the chery [street] was full of lined butcher shops selling mutton, and hence the name “Mattancherry”. There are a lot of activities for the visitors at Mattancherry and Fort Kochi.

At present, the merger of municipalities Kochi city [formerly Ernakulam], Fort Kochi and Mattancherry together is known as “Kochi”.


\"Cheena vala\", described as Chinese fishing nets in the local jargon used by the fishermen and many others at Kochi are a major attraction for tourists. It is in practice for more than half a millennia on the Kochi coastline. It is believed to be the Portuguese, who brought these nets to Kochi from Macau, which was once a Portuguese colony. A contradictory thought is that these nets were gifted to Kochi Maharaja by the Chinese Emperor Kubalagi in the 14th century AD. Initially there were more than 100s of these, but now only 12 are in proper working condition. Visitors could buy fresh seafood as per one’s taste and even eat them cooked as there are many local stalls available with boards headlining “If you buy, I will cook”. Now, that is some good news for tourists as they could have a taste of fresh catch Kochi seafood on spot. A walk by the side of these fishing nets is also recommended.

Bolgatty palace, built on the Bolghatty Island of Vembanad lake in 1744 by the Dutch traders in India for their higher officials, still poses its beauty with pride. It is now directly under the Department of Tourism, Kerala, and has been transmuted into a heritage hotel with a vibrant fauna garden landscaped around it along with a swimming pool, a 9 hole golf course and an Ayurvedic center too. The stay at the hotel is for sure a lovely experience especially the lakefront rooms which are always in demand by the guests. The eye watering view from these rooms would fill in your heart with the pure Kerala charm. There are daily Kathakali shows for people who want to witness and experience the famous art form of Kerala. It is roughly 12 kms from the Kochi city, likely a 20 minutes' drive.

The palace, originally built by the Portuguese in the year 1555 was gifted to the Kochi Maharaja, Veera Kerala Varma [1537-61] gesticulating their goodwill likely to secure trading privileges. Later on after defeating the Portuguese and winning the rule over Kochi in 1663, the Dutch revamped the palace and thus the name “Dutch Palace”.

Hindu murals, describing various scenes from the Indian epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other puranic legends are elements of pure artistic brilliance and serve as the central attraction of the Dutch palace. The palanquins [hand carried carriages], the grand ceilings, the royal outfits of the king and family, displayed inside the palace will definitely inspire and startle the visitors. The palace is 10 kms from the city and is open for visitors from Saturday to Thursday, 10.00 am – 05.00 pm.

With 16 galleries constituting 500 artifacts including the multi-billion rupees worth Cochin Royal crown and crown jewelry, the Hill palace museum truly is a treasure for the art and history admirers. It was the former residence of the Kochi Maharaja, and thus houses the collection of the royal families along with old coins, old paintings, sculptures and so on.

The museum is open for 5 hours a day: 09.30 am - 01.00 pm and from 02.00 pm - 04.30 pm.

It is 12 km southeast of Kochi city.

During the period of Crusades, in 11, 12, and 13th centuries Jewish refugees got settled at Kochi and this Synagogue was constructed in 1568. Paradesi means foreign, hence the name Paradesi Synagogue, a synagogue for the foreigners. The synagogue was destroyed in 1662 by the Portuguese as they attacked the Jews for supporting the Dutch who were challenging them to conquer Kochi. Soon after in 1964 the Dutch overpowered the Portuguese and reconstructed the synagogue. Inside the Synagogue there is a beautifully decorated golden pulpit and the hall is illuminated with gorgeous chandeliers and multi-coloured glass lamps catalyzing the beauty of brilliantly, hand painted floor tiles from china. The street on which the synagogue lies is known as the Jew Street as it is highly populated by Jews. There were a lot of Jewish families who found refuge there but as the time moved by many of them migrated to Israel leaving only few families now. There are a lot of antiques/handicrafts and spice shops on both sides of the Jewish street to look out for.

The synagogue is open from Sunday- Friday, from 10.00 pm - 01.00 pm and from 03.00 pm - 05.00 pm.

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Munnar, probably the most preferred honeymoon destination in South India, does some magic on her visitors. People who visit Munnar cannot help but fly again to see her. Munnar is a part of the Idukki district in the Kerala state, and belong to the mountain chain of the mighty Western Ghats. It is a gorgeous hill station, 1700 m above sea level which makes it extremely cool at times. For the same reason it was a summer retreat for the British who ruled India for decades. Munnar is popularly known as the land of \"Neelakurinjis\" [purple shrub found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats], which blossoms once in 12 years. When it does bloom, it decorates the Top station, where it is found, with vibrant purple colour that the person witnessing the beauty of the landscape might be entrapped in its peerless charm and awesomeness. Munnar is also renowned for its world class tea and spice plantations. There are daily presentations conducted for tourists on how the fresh tea leaves are processed to fine tea powder and packed in various quantities ready to be distributed to the markets belonging to different parts of the world. You can taste samples of various tea flavors and buy them if you wish to take home some exquisite taste of Munnar.

Kerala and Tamil Nadu share their border at Top station from where we get an astounding view of the Western Ghats. Access Top Station through bus services available or hire a taxi to travel 32 kms one side. Trekking at Top Station is a great idea as it is the highest trekking route available in the whole South India. Trekking enthusiasts could explore the cardamom hills, pepper plantations, and the shola forests of the Western Ghats which are world famous. This is from where the spices are exported to different parts of the World and is known for the same for centuries. On the way to the Top Station there is the Mattupetty Dam, beautifully built in the middle of a scenic landscape. It is 12 kms from Munnar on the Top Station road. Getting down and spending some time praising the scene is worth it.

With sandal wood growing on its soil, Marayoor has a distinct specialty considering the whole Kerala. En-route you will feel its aroma. It is also well known for its ancient rock paintings at Attalla, Ezhuthuguha, and Kovilkadavu, which is believed to be of Stone Age, ie., before 10,000 BC. Observing those paintings, one will wonder how artistic and creative our long gone forefathers were. As many as 90 paintings are preserved here. Marayoor town is 40 kms from Munnar and is easily accessible by the regular Kerala Government bus service, and independent taxis.

16 kms from Munnar, Eravikulam National Park houses a popular species of Nilgiri Tahr [rare mountain goat] along with other 25 species including gaur, Indian Muntjac, Sambar dear, golden jackal, Jungle cat, leopard and tiger. You can enter the park in a Government bus only, as private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. For 2 months every year, likely February and March, the National Park will be closed since it is the breeding season of these species of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park is opened from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm.

It is 60 kms north east of Munnar. After the Marayoor visit, visitors could reach the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary which is nearly 10 kms from there. It hosts many different types of animals starting from dears, elephants and endangered giant squirrel. There are tree houses available inside the sanctuary which could be a thrilling and awesome experience spending time in the midst of thick natural forest. On request many eco tour programs like waterfall trucking, cultural visits and river trekking are arranged. There are buses available from Munnar to Coimbatore, which can drop you off at Chinnar. The sanctuary is open from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.

In Munnar there are perhaps a whole lot of tea plantations. It is probably the tea capital of India. In case if we are to choose, Kolukkumalai tea plantation should top the list. It is identified as the highest organic tea plantation in the World which is over 7900 ft above the sea level.

To reach Kolukkumalai, there are 2 options, either you can trek for about 4-6 hours, or you can catch a 4 wheel drive jeep from Munnar. If you have the energy, enthusiasm and most importantly time, then trekking could be a great option. The jeep drive will be bumpy, but those who love some adventure at Munnar, the drive to Kolukkumalai will definitely induce an adrenaline rush through the veins as the quick dangerous turns and steep road might make you hold your breath. After reaching the tea plantation, you can attend a brief presentation starting with the history of tea plantations in Munnar followed by how the tea leaves are cultivated, processed and packed. Concluding the presentation, a sample tea is provided to taste. You can buy packed tea leaves or tea powder which are offered for sale. A walk through the verdant tea gardens is delightful and educating as you will be able to witness firsthand how the workers pluck these tea leaves. You can even have a chat with them. The other prominent tea plantation is the Kannan Devan tea plantation which is the more than a century old and a brief history is imprinted on it. The Tata tea plantation is also a must visit spot at Munnar.

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Wayanad, the 12th district in Kerala, offer an exquisite style of nature, combining hills, wildlife, rice paddies and extremely elegant waterfalls. Until 1980 it was a part of Kannur and Kozhikode after which it was declared as an independent district. The name Wayanad signifies “Vayal Nadu”, the land of paddies. It was not a tourist destination some years before, likely because people were not aware of its natural beauty. The district is the least populated in the state, majority of being tribals, and the 3rd largest in area among the 14 other districts in Kerala. Almost half of the area is uninhabited and unexplored which makes Wayanad for some, a silent escape to the nature from the noisy and polluted cities. It is a feast for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Wayanad is a major source of revenue for the state coming from cultivation of cash crops such as tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper and so on which are exported to various countries.


  • Edakkal caves are natural caves on Ambukuthi mala at Edakkal, 12 kms from Sulthan Bathery and 33 kms from Kalpetta. These caves are more than 7000 years old, and there are ancient petroglyphs [prehistoric rock carvings] carved on the walls. Some of these are more than 7000 years old. Climbing up the Edakkal caves you will reach the brow [upper portion] of the cave which is 1200 m above sea level. From there one can have a spectacular view of Wayanad and the Western Ghats. Climbing these caves is not for everybody since it is really steep and the way up is slippery. You can stop by and watch these ancient petroglyphs on the walls while on the way up, through the caves.

  • Meenmutty is the 2nd largest waterfalls in Kerala and is one of the central attraction of Wayanad. The 300 m high waterfalls is gorgeous and comprises of 3 tiers. People need to trek 2kms to reach the falls, but is worth the effort as the energy will be bursting through you in excitement when you reach there and witness these giant falls, an awe- inspiring marvel of nature. Camping near the falls is a great idea but only with proper permission from the Forest Department, you are allowed to do so, since a lot of wild animals might pass through and that could be an immediate threat. It is not recommended to visit Meenmutty falls during the monsoon season [June- September] as the water level will get high and is risky, as many have lost their lives, during the monsoon flow. Meenmutty is 30 kms from Kalpetta, likely 1 hour drive. There are Government buses too available from Kalpetta town.

  • It is also known as Sentinel Waterfalls. It is located at Vellarimala hills 25 kms away from Kalpetta. People usually play in the natural pool formed beneath this waterfalls and, also taking snaps walking around. Rock climbing lovers will find it perfect for the same. Visitors are not allowed to carry any plastics into falls, for which there is a security check at the entrance.

  • Chembra is a mountain peak and the highest of its kind in Wayanad standing 2100 m’s above sea level. It offers scenic views on both sides and some of the best scrambling along the way up. There is a heart shaped lake halfway through Chembra peak, which is so perfect that it looks like a work of art expertly drawn on a piece of land by the our mother nature. At the top of the Chembra peak, we get a jaw dropping view of the mountain ranges and part of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Trekking and camping up at Chembra peak is simply an awesome experience, but due to some recent ecological issues visitors are not allowed to camp at night. For trekking it is necessary to seek permission from the forest authority and an entrance fee is charged per head for the same. A guide is available on request.

  • In the midst of lush green mountains is this natural lake Pookot. There are boating facilities, spice shops and a children’s park which makes it a quiet outing spot for families as well as newlywed couples. It is 14 kms from Kalpetta and is open from 09.00 am- 06.00 pm.

Summer [March - May] Summer at Wayanad starts by March of the year, ending by May. During summer Wayanad is considerably warmer but accompanied by cool breeze which makes it comfortable and pleasant for the visitors.

Monsoon [June - November] From June to September, the South West Monsoon reaches Wayanad, and from October to November, the North West monsoon. Strong rainfalls and drizzles make it hard to travel around, nevertheless Wayanad looks at her best when it rains as if she has worn her best outfit.

Winter [December - February] winter is cooler and the temperature may get down to 10?c. For the same reason tourists choose this time of the year to visit Wayanad as it is cool, calm and literally speaking, "breathtakingly beautiful". As a reminder, do not forget to take your sweaters, because nights are sometimes bone chilling.

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Kannur, also known by its Portuguese name Cannanore, is renowned for its native art form “Theyyam”, which is unlike any other dance form, a ritual performed in ancient shrines. Kannur is also famous for its serene and curved beaches and has some exotic backwater spots like Kavvayi which is clean and untouched. It was the military headquarters of the British in the west coast of India till the first half of the Nineteenth century. Asia’s largest and the worlds third largest Naval Academy is situated at Ezhimala, Kannur. There are some massive historical monuments like the Thalassery fort and the St. Angelo Fort, reminding us of the long forgotten European colonialism in India.


  • Kannur is gifted with some of the great folk art forms, like the spirited and vibrant “Theyyam”. It is not just any other folk art but a lively combination of ritual, vocal, instrumental, dance, painting, sculpture and literature. “Theyyam” means God in Malayalam. The concept of this energetic art form is that men transform into God at certain ritualistic and divine moments. The beating of “Chendas” [drums], blowing of pipes, rhythmic dance steps, bright coloured costumes, and vivid face paintings of different styles, depicting various Hindu deities, all adds to the energy of this 2000 year old ritualistic art form. Witnessing Theyyam is believed to be an enlightening moment of an individual’s life. As Theyyam is not meant to be performed as a stage performance, people who wish to experience Theyyam will have to visit “Kavus” or old shrines which provide arena for the Theyyam performers. December to May is the period of harvest and festivals when this ritual is conducted in Kannur.

  • Drive along the longest drive-in beach in India, the Muzhappilangad beach of Kannur. It is located 15 kms away from Kannur, lies parallel to National Highway 17 [NH-17] connecting Kannur town and Thalassery. It stretches across 4 kms on the coastal line of Kannur. There are various food joints by the side of the beach, where you can taste some famous Malabari cuisine. Power Boating, Paragliding, Parasailing, water sport and various other adventurous and fun activities are the main attractions of Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

  • St. Angelo fort is a 510 year old Portuguese built sea side fort, facing the Arabian Sea near to the Kannur town. The first Portuguese viceroy of India Mr. Dom Francisco de Almeida was the man behind the construction of this historical monument which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India. Certain additions were made by the Dutch when they captured this fort from the Portuguese in 1963. The bastians Hollandia, Zeelandia and Frieslandia are some of the Dutch modernized features that you can see now. After the Dutch rule, the fort became a major defence centers for the British. The monument is just 2 kms away from Kannur town and is easily accessible by Kerala Government Bus Service.

  • The Thalassery fort, 22 kms away from Kannur at Thalassery town was built by the British to establish their supremacy in Malabar. It was built in 1708. The fort was a major military base of the British then. The structure is massive and impressive and has secret tunnels leading to sea, possibly used as escape routes during the time of an outbreak or an unexpected attack.

  • A picturesque sea side 55kms North of Kannur. A 286 m heigh hillock is a distinctive landmark here. Ezhimala is of great historical importance and is even referred in some chapters of the Puranas [Ancient Indian texts]. It has seen the famous Chola-Chera war during the 11th century. It is also renowned for many medicinal herbs growing in and around. It was also a major seaport and trade center at the start of the Common Era. It is now a Naval Academy one of the largest in the world.

  • Soon to be another Backwater hotspot in Kerala, Kavvayi backwaters is at the Sangam [joining] or convergence of 5 rivers namely Kavvayi, Kankol, Vannathichal, Kuppithodu, and Kuniyan. It is unpolluted and untouched, clean and verdant countryside. Cruising along you may feel as if you have entered a private island designed for you. There are various houseboats available as per your demands. Day cruise and night cruise are available. Fresh Malabari cuisine is cooked and served inside the houseboat. You may even witness toddy tapping, and on request can taste some fresh toddy, a natural alcoholic drink tapped from palm trees, another speciality of Kerala.

  • Kalaripayettu is believed as the most oldest and scientific martial art form in the world. It is regarded as the mother of all martial arts, as all the modern martial art forms are said to have been evolved from this ancient science of war. “Kalari” means arena and “Payattu” means combat, therefore it is an art of fighting practiced inside an arena. Kalaripayattu not only teach to defend oneself and fight, but also trains a person to master himself, and gain self control. You can watch this traditional art form by visiting any Kalari Training center in Kannur and seek permission to witness students practicing Kalaripayattu. Other than bare hands, the students use spears, swords and wooden staff in combat training.

Summer - Summer season starts by March and lasts till May. As Kannur lies on the coastal area of Kerala, summer is too hot and humid. It is not the best season to visit Kannur as some people may find it harsh. Normally the temperature ranges from 31°c to 38°c.

Monsoon - This is also not a recommended period to visit Kannur, yet it is true that Kannur looks no less than beautiful even during the Monsoon showers. June to September Kannur experiences South West Monsoon and during October and November months it is North East Monsoon.

Winter - Possibly the best suitable time to pack your bags and head to Kannur. The temperature would be averaging 24°- 26°. The pleasant climate is inviting, and helps in easy movement in and around Kannur.

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Kasargod is the northern most district of Kerala state in India. It was declared a separate district on May 24, 1984. Before it was a part of Kannur district. It is famous for its multi linguistic culture, as there are 7 languages spoken by the people residing at Kasargod. It was regularly visited by the Arabs and the Portuguese centuries before. It was a major trade centre back then.

The history of Kasargod says it was ruled by famous Kolathiri king. When Vijayanagiri kingdom attacked them and when his empire declined, Ikkeri naikas came to power and ruled till the end of 16th century. Then Hyder ali of Mysore conquered Kasargod during his try to conquer whole Kerala, but he failed in doing the same in case of Thalassery fort. He went back, and then his son Tipu sultan set eyes on Kerala, and captured Malabar later surrendering it to the British. Kasargod in 1956 became a part of Kerala state when the neighbouring states Kerala and Karnataka were reorganized.

To the east side of Kasargod, it is walled by the mighty Western Ghats, and is blessed with beautiful hills, lakes, rivers, beaches, and even backwaters. The coastline of Kasargod to the west is around 30 km’s long and is a must visit seaside for those fond of sunbathing.

Kasargod is a jackpot for art enthusiasts as it is rich in culture and heritage. The various art forms like Yakshagana, Bombeiyatta [puppet dance], bull fight, and most importantly Theyyam attracts a lot of winged visitors from all over the planet.

Kasargod is a mixture of lakes, rivers, backwaters, beaches, hillstations, monuments, ancient forts and list goes on. Let us introduce some of the must see spots

  • Bekal is at a distance of 12 kms from Kasargod town, and is an International heritage nominee. It is well preserved and is one of the oldest forts in India and largest in the Kerala state. The fort is accompanied by the skyline- silver sea on whose shore lies this brilliant piece of architecture. Anyone starting from an archaeologist to a beachside lover, it entertains all and never leave them empty minded.

    The history of the Bekal fort dates its completion to 1650 AD, 365 years before. The fort was built not to showcase its beauty but rather was a part of a self defence strategy. The outer walls of Bekal fort was specially designed as per the defence strategy of that time. The upper holes of the walls were designed to aim farther targets on the sea. The next layer of holes below was for attacking enemies nearby and the third and last layer of holes were to strike the enemies who were nearest the fort. Now, that is some architectural and defensive brilliance of our ancestors. There is a railways station nearby for people travelling through rails.

  • With backwaters like Alleppey which is now one of the most sought after destinations in the world, the recent addition to the backwater marvel is Kasargod. Backwaters are as we all know simply an extraordinary artistic piece drawn by nature itself. Unlike Allepppey backwaters, the most notable aspect of Kasargod backwaters is that it is unexplored and untouched, which helps those who wants to enjoy Kerala backwaters, but like to avoid an overcrowded vacation.

    You could reach Kavvayi which is near to Kasargod town nearly a 30 km drive, and opt for Valiyaparamba cruise houseboats. With 4 beautiful islands bounded by silvery river streams, lush countryside and exquisite Kerala cuisine served inside the houseboat, you will have a time of your lifetime. Depending on your time and demands, you can choose either day cruise or night cruise, and sail across the unique Kerala backwaters.

  • This hillstation is 85 km’s from Kasargod town, and is one of the less explored hillstations in South India. This aids in enjoying a pleasant trip through the hills as it is not crowded with tourists. It is about 2480 feet above sea level and offers a very green and panoramic view of the landscape. Anybody who love hillstations and often do visit them would not regret spending some time at the top of these hills listening to the pure natural music of the hills. Kottancheri hills and Posadigumpe are other hillstations other than Ranipuram which are located 66 km’s and 26 km’s north east of Kasargod respectively.

  • Just 4 kms away from Kasargod town, Chandragiri is situated on the Chandragiri River. The town is famous for its renowned Chandragiri fort which is more than 300 years old. It belongs to the chain of forts built by the Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The fort offers a spectacular view of the Chandragiri River and the Arabian Sea. Other than Valiyamparamba Chandragiri Cruise is another way to explore the Kasargod backwaters.

  • Another clean and serene seaside, Kappil beach is rapidly gaining popularity among the tourists. The beach is famous for the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea one gets while standing on Kodi cliff nearby.

  • Theyyam is an energetic dance form of North Kerala ageing more than 2000 years or more. It is a kind of ritualistic dance rather than a stage performance including vocal and instrumental music keeping the spectator in a state of trance during the Theyyam dance. This mystical art form is performed annually during the months November to May in “Kavus” or shrines. It is usually conducted during night time or early morning hours.


Summer - March to May marks the summer season in Kasargod. The temperature ranges from 25°c to 31°c. It is a fair time to visit Kasargod.

Monsoon - Kasargod receives the highest amount of rainfall in Kerala. By June Kasargod gets wet by South West Monsoon and lasts till September, and October, November months Kasargod is hit by North East Monsoon.

Winter - The best time to make a visit to Kasargod is during Winter Season. It starts by December and lasts till the month of February. The pleasant and cool climate of Kasargod during winter attracts a lot of tourists.

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Malppuram was once the headquarters of the famous Zamorins before it was captured by Hyder Ali of Mysore. Later on Malappuram was handed over to the British as per the treat of Seringapattanam. Malappuram has many institutions for Vedic and Islamic philosophies. Three rivers namely Chaliyar Rver, Kadalundi River and Bharathapuzha River flow through Malappuram.

Literally Malappuram means “Atop hillock” and it got the name considering its geographical characterestics. The city is recognized as the 'best municipality in up keeping the cleanliness and health'.


  • Nilambur is a renowned town in Malappuram district, and is gifted with rich vegetation, wildlife, waterfalls and rivers. It is near to the Nilgiri Hills of Western Ghats. It is famous for its Teak plantation, situated just 4 kms from the Nilambur Town. You can also visit the forest zone with prior permission from the Forest Department. Inside the forest you will come across many tribal communities who are having a history of more than a thousand years, there within the thick woods of Nilambur. The other attractions at Nilambur which are not to be missed are the Nedumkayam Rain Forest, Adyanpara Waterfalls, Kodikithimala and Karuverakundu. There are frequent bus services available from Tirur bus stand to reach Nilambur covering 66 kms on road.

  • 38 kms from Malappuram and 7 kms from Beypore is this another bird watcher’s paradise Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. It is set across scenic islands on the Kadalundi River, one of the major rivers flowing through Malappuram. At Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, you can spot varieties of local as well as migratory birds like whimbrels, herons, sandpipers and so on.

  • Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to goddess Durga is situated at Kadampuzha of Malappuram district. The temple is believed to be around 1900 years old. It is under the Malabar Devaswom Board. Here goddess Durga is worshipped in her 3 different manifestations viz. Vana Durga, Vidya Durga and Aadi Durga. You can locate the temple 19 kms away from Tirur town.

  • Over 100 years of excellence in the field of Ayurveda, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala is one of the prominent institutions of Ayurveda situated at Kottakkal, a small town in Malappuram. It was established by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier in 1902. It has an Ayurvedic research center, a nursing home and a hospital. Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala has its branches all over the state along with branches in Chennai and Delhi. Kottakkal is 16 kms away from Tirur.

Summer - Summer starts at Malappuram by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°c. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Malappuram especially for those interested in Bird watching.

Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Malappuram. Therefore visiting Malappuraam during the monsoon may restrict you stay inside. However by October the rain retreats slowly and invites winter.

Winter - It is the perfect time for visiting Malappuram. The temperature is cool, Pleasant and inviting ranging from 16°c to 26°c. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.

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Palakkad, the land of hills, rivers, forests and lush valleys is situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The name Palakkad literally means forest of Pala trees [Alstonia Scholaris], which means it was once thick jungle with sweet scented Pala flowers.

A 40 km low mountain pass between Palakkad and Coimbatore is known as the Palakkad Gap which is known as the gateway to Kerala. Palakkad is situated at the center of Kerala state sharing its border with Thrissur on the south west, Coimbatore on the east, and Malappuram on the Northwest. It is famous for its rich green paddy fields and hence earning the name “Rice bowl of Kerala”.


  • The Malampuzha Dam is the largest reservoir in Kerala, with the mighty Western Ghats on its background. It is 6,066 feet high and crosses Malampuzha River which is a tributary of Bharathapuzha, the longest river in Kerala. It was constructed in 1955 and since then the canal system is serving water to irrigate lands and the reservoir provides drinking water to the residents of Palakkad and surrounding areas too. The other attraction of Malambuzha Dam is the Malambuzha garden and parks surrounding it. There are boating facilities available to have some time floating enjoying the lush greenery of Malambuzha and the Western Ghats. There is a Rock Garden, a fish-shaped aquarium, a snake park and a ropeway too which is an exciting way to see around the park. Malambuzha Dam is 7.6 kms away from Palakkad and is easily accessible.

  • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at Parambikulam of Chittur taluk in Palakkad. Parambikulam is situated in Annamalai hills in the Western Ghats. It is thickly forested by Bamboos, Sandalwood, Rosewood and teak. One of the main attractions of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the Kannimara teak tree, which is the largest in the whole Asia. You can spot wild animals like Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, elephant and so on. You can locate Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary 92 kms away from Palakkad town.

  • Nelliampathy is a scenic hillstation. Though less explored, it has got everything from rich greenery, serene and cool atmosphere, silvery waterfalls, cloud covered mountains and orderly layered tea and coffee plantations. There are orange and cardamom plantations as well. The road to Nelliampathy is narrow and there are 9 hairpins to negotiate with before reaching up hills. Trekking is an exciting activity here for sure. Sitharkundu trek is one of the most exhilarating and adventurous. Once you reach Sitharkundu, you will have a breathtaking view of the landscape. Nelliampathy Hills are 60 kms away from Palakkad town and you can take the road starting from Nenmara which is the only way to Nelliampathy Hills.

  • This 237.52sq km of natural rainforests is a land of mysteries, of which some are yet to be revealed. An interesting fact about Silent Valley National Park is that there are no cicadas present in the forest, and hence the name “Silent Valley”. There are more than 1000 species of flowering plants inside the forests along with 34 species of mammals, 200 species of butterflies, 400 species of moths, 128 species of beatles and more than 200 species of birds of which 16 are endemic species. Therefore it is considered as one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the whole planet. Permission from the forest department is mandatory to get inside the forest and visit the valley. Night halt is not allowed for any visitors. You can spot Silent Valley National Park 49 kms away from Palakkad Town.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Palakkad with highest temperature recorded of 37°c and minimum of 32°c. Summer Season at Palakkad is during March to May. If you do not mind the heat, it is a fair time to visit Palakkad.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits Palakkad. This time is good to make a visit, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem during outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Palakkad. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 19°c. The nights are cooler during the months of winter.

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Pathanamthitta is a land of temples, churches, rivers, wildlife, mountain ranges and so on. Almost 50 percent of the district is covered by forests. Pathanamthitta with the presence of the holy land of Lord Ayyappa named Sabarimala is the headquarters of pilgrim centers in Kerala. There is a huge inflow of visitors every year from India as well as abroad to witness the famous water fiestas like “Aranmula vallamkali” [Aranmula boat race] and visit religious shrines like Sabarimala, Niranam Church. Nature lovers may find Pathanamthitta one of their favorites, as the whole district is evergreen with lush vegetation all around.


  • The world famous pilgrim center Sabarimala is situated at Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Sabarimala is a part of Western Ghats and is at an altitude of 914 m above sea level. Millions of devotees visit this temple annually to have a glimpse of Ayyappa Vigraham [idol]. There are no restrictions based on caste or religion, however women between the age of 10 and 50 years are not allowed to enter the temple premises.

    The pilgrim season starts by November and lasts till January. Sabarimala is 64 kms from Pathanamthitta and there are bus services available upto Pampa from Pathanamthitta Bus Stand. From Pampa visitors have to walk their way to the Sabarimala temple.

  • Founded in AD 54 by St. Thomas, one among the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, the Niranam Church is a symbol of Christian faith in Kerala. It is 36 kms from Pathanamthitta town, likely a one a half hour drive along the Mavelikkare- Kozhencherry road and Thiruvalla- Kumbazha road.

  • If you have read about Kerala, you might have come across a world famous boat race named “Aranmula Vallamkali”, which is held every year by the end of Onam festival [August- September]. Tens of thousands of people from India as well as abroad, visit Aranmula and gather around the Pampa River to witness this grand snake boat race. Another speciality of Aranmula is the Aranmula Kannadi [Mirrors] which are made of metals. It is found nowhere else in the world. There is a cultural center named Vijnana Kalavedi at Aranmula which imparts training in the traditional art forms like Kathakali, classical music, dance as well as the oldest martial art form in the world Kalaripayettu. You can stay here at the center and learn about the Kerala culture in depth. Aranmula is 15 kms from Pathanamthitta on the Thiruvalla- Kumbazha Highway.

  • Konni Elephant Camp is developed jointly by Kerala Forest Department, Kerala Tourism Department and Konni-Achencoil Forest Development Agency under “Konni Eco tourism Project”. It is situated in the Konni forest area which covers a part of the Mighty Western Ghats. Elephant viewing, elephant feeding, elephant ride, watching elephant bath and so on are the activities arranged for the visitors. There is also an elephant museum inside the camp to educate visitors about the complete natural history of elephant.

  • Gajamela is an elephant pageant conducted annually at the famous Parthasarathy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is a feast for those fond of elephants and colorful gatherings. Gajamela is the highlight of the 10 days long annual festival at the temple when nine tuskers ornamented by their colorful ceremonial attire make their way onto the temple premises and entertain the crowd. It is accompanied by Chenda melams [drums] and trumphets, and is a magnificent show altogether. Though this festival is conducted on January month, the exact date of when this festival is conducted cannot be given, as in Kerala people follow Malayalam calendar to fix the festival dates and time. The temple is located 18 kms from Pathanamthitta and there are frequent buses available to Adoor.

  • The rock cut cave temple at Kaviyoor is dedicated to Lord Shiva and resemble Pallava style of architecture. It dates back to the 8th century AD. It has some beautiful stone engravings and is of great archaeological significance. You can locate Kaviyoor 27 kms from Pathanamthitta.

Summer - Pathanamthitta experience summer during the months of March, April and May. The temperature ranges from 28°c to 36°c. It is not the best time to visit Pathanamthitta.

Monsoon - It rains heavily during the Monsoon. It starts by June and lasts till September. After September it does rain but occasionally till the end of October.

Winter - The best place to visit Pathanamthitta is during winter when the land is cool and misty inviting us to experience her naturalistic charm.

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Thalassery is a small coastal town in the Kannur district of Kerala State. It is gifted with 4 rivers of which one is the famous Mahe River or Mayyizhi River which seperates Thalassery and Mahe [a union territory of Puducherry]. Soon after the decline of the famous Chera rule by 12th century AD, Kerala kingdom broke into 4, named Venadu, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kolathanadu. Since Thalassery was situated at the northern most area in Kolathunadu, It was called Thalakkathu cherry. Thalakkathu means “at the top”, and Cherry means “place”. Hence the name Thalassery came into use. Thalassery is the birthplace of Communist movement in Kerala. This town is also famous for its special cuisine combining Kerala, French and Arabic mix. The first bakery in the state Mambally Bakery was started in Thalassery.


  • The british built this fort on the seaside of Thalassery inorder to control the spice trade. It was attacked by Hyder ali of Mysore but was unsuccessful in his attempt. This historical monument is situated just 1.5kms from Thalassery town and can be easily accessed.

  • Odathil mosque is a 200 year old built around 1806 and is made of teak wood. It is a popular pilgrim center for the Muslims. It is within the Thalassery town itself.

  • Situated 100 meters away from the seaside in Thalasssery is this gorgeous 5 acre island. It is adorned with thick lush bushes and coconut palms. Visitors need permission to access this privately owned island. In the distant past it was a Buddhist center. Dharmadom Island is 6 kms from the Thalassery town and there are frequent bus services from Thalassery town to Dharmadom Island.

Summer - Summer season starts by March and lasts till May. Summer is too hot and humid. Normally the temperature ranges from 31°c to 38°c. If not considering the heat factor, Thalassery is fine to visit during summer.

Monsoon - This is not a recommended period to visit Kannur. June to September Thalassery experiences South West Monsoon and during October and November months it is North East Monsoon.

Winter - Possibly the best time to visit Thalassery. The temperature would be averaging 24° - 26°. The pleasant climate is inviting, and helps in easy movement in and around Kannur.

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Thekkady is a small town in Idukki district, and is a part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers 777sq km area of thick jungle. It is home to Indian bison, Sambar, Nilgiri Tahr, Elephant, and 46 Tigers. The most appealing sight in Periyar is the artificial lake which was made by a British engineer, Colonel J Pennycuick. He diverted the water of the River Periyar towards Tamil Nadu and thus the lake was formed flowing through the forests of Western Ghats. The sanctuary was later declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The Forest is unpolluted as there are no vehicles allowed into the forest. The lake is the only means of transport inside the sanctuary. Therefore trekking is not on adventurous here but also healthy and refreshing. Those who are Fond of wildlife and are hardcore nature fans will never leave Thekkady unsatisfied. Tribal communities such as “mannans”, “uralis” and many other live in the Periyar forests. Many of them are trained guides and guards of the wildlife sanctuary as they know the woods well are alert to every movement inside the forest. Thekkady is also known for its spices. The spice plantations in Thekkady are worth a visit, as the aroma of famous Indian spices that is spread in and around the plantation seduce you, touching your highest senses. The visitors can learn how these spices are cultivated, harvested and processed.


  • The most exciting and refreshing way to get deep into the wild secrets of the Periyar, floating on the river Periyar and exploring the thick jungle by the side, spotting the wild animals like Giant squirrel, Sambar deer, Elephants, bison and so on in their natural habitat, Bamboo Rafting is the most desired activity by the visitors.

    The 8am- 5pm whole day trek is recommended for those who do not want to miss any part of Periyar wildlife. This activity is conducted by the Forest Department and therefore it is really safe. You will be seated on a raft made of bamboos, and 4 guides and an armed forest guard will accompany you through the forests. The guides are mostly tribal who knows the nook and corner of their home Periyar. They know every species of various animals living in the forests and therefore can give you an intricate detail about the wildlife. Food will be served to you on the way and you can eat at the middle of the forest.

  • The artificial Periyar Lake is a brilliant example of engineering masterpiece. It is the only way of transport inside the sanctuary, and thereby is the most easy and economical way to get an overall feel of the sanctuary. You can spot elephants, deer, bison and many other animals during this 2 hour boat ride around the lake as it is the major source of water for those living in the wilderness of Periyar.

  • This is a 3 hours trek through the moist deciduous forests of Periyar. You can spot rare birds and wild animals like Elephants, Deer, Bison and so on in the midst of lush and thick woods. The Program is conducted from 7 am to 3 pm. You will be accompanied by a trained tribal guide. A team of 5 guests can participate at a time.

  • A Jeep safari amidst the wild lands of Gavi is a thrilling and exciting experience. It is 36 kms from Periyar and is one of the leading Eco- tourism centers in India. Gavi is so popular among the wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

  • Periyar is literally, the spice basket of Kerala. More than 70 % of the cardamom produced in the nation is growing at Periyar. What makes this plantation visit worthwhile is that the aroma of cardamom spread throughout the plantation will try to seduce you holding you there for a long time. While you move along these plantations, you will be immersed in the flawless beauty of these green shrubs growing on both sides well organized and layered. Other than Cardamom, Periyar is also famous for its Pepper plantations. Clove, Cinnamon, and Vanilla also adds to the list.

    The Spice plantation visit is not just a sightseeing place rather it is also educating people about growing, harvesting and processing of these spices. You will be accompanied by the naturalists of the area, who will explain to you everything about the same. You will also learn about what makes Kerala cuisines different, considering its popularity being spicy.

  • There are many tribal communities living at Periyar Tiger Reserve like the Mannans, the Uralis and many others. Their heritage tribal dance form is a unique art form to witness and learn. Inorder to provide an opportunity for the guests to enjoy this traditional art form and also a livelihood for these tribal communities, there are tribal dance shows conducted everyday evening at 6pm- 7pm. This one hour program also includes a brief introduction about the tribal communities residing at Periyar and also about the costumes and musical instruments they use while performing this traditional art form.

  • A Bullock cart ride through the countryside is for sure a must experience activity at Periyar. While you move along slowly in a bullock cart, you will witness the vineyards, sunflower fields, mangoes, jasmine etc. You can see for yourself how the village people spend their daily life for bread and butter and how everything moves during a typical day at Periyar. There are 2 options for this ride, one starts by 6am in the morning, and the other is 2.30pm noon.

  • This is the most adventurous activity at Periyar tiger reserve and is meant for equally adventurous tourists and hardcore nature fans. Tiger trail is conducted as one night or 2 night program as per the convenience of the guests. You will cover 25 to 35 kms of forest area trekking starting from early morning. People who have atleast minimum level of fitness are allowed for this program as the trek includes a lot of uphill and downhill which might use up all your energy.

    The program is conducted by former poachers of the forests who are now working as guides. Normally, a team of 5 visitors, 5 guides and 2 forest officials start trekking at 9 am morning and return back the next day or 2 days after by noon. At night you will be camping in the middle of the thick jungle and fresh vegetarian food is cooked right in front of your eyes by trained guides accompanying you. Visitors cannot expect a 5 star facility in the middle of the forest, so those participating in this program should be well prepared and aware of it before opting for the same.

Thekkady is situated at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. The air is salubrious and rejuvenating with so many trees growing around. The climate is pleasant throughout the year.

Summer - By March the summer season starts at Thekkady and ends in May. The maximum temperature is 34°c. It is a good time to visit Thekkady. With clear skies, and bright sunlight lighting up the greenery, the visitors get a pleasant feel of Periyar.

Monsoon - By the time Monsoon starts at Thekkady, the tourist inflow decreases as the rain continuously showers upon Periyar, which makes it difficult to enjoy walking around. So those who want a pleasant experience at Thekkady should avoid Monsoon.

Winter - This is the favorite period of the visitors, as the climate is cool and the monsoon leaves Periyar clean and green. The season starts by December and lasts till February.

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Thrissur is considered as the land of Poorams or festivals and the cultural capital of Kerala for a reason. The annual festival of Thrissur known as the Thrissur Pooram is one of the largest gatherings on Earth. It is celebrated at the Vadakumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur. The Name Thrissur is derived from the Malayalam name Thiru- Shiva- Peroor which means “The land of sacred Shiva”. King Raja Rama Verma popularly known as Shaktham Thampuran, was the architect of the present day Thrissur town. Thrissur is a revenue district and a major commercial hub of Kerala. For people visting Thrissur, it has for them gorgeous giant waterfalls, ancient temples, Kalamandalam art institution, serene beaches and many more which can for sure educate them and refresh them from their busy tiring life.


  • One among the greatest gatherings in Asia, Thrissur Pooram is a 2 century old annual festival conducted during the Malayalam month Medam [April- may] at the Vadakumnathan temple, Thrissur. Witnessing this grand festival is a glistening sight. With more than 50 elephants adorned with Nettipattams [forehead ornament for elephant] lined in front of tens of thousands of spectators from many other parts of the planet, the sounds of trumpets, cymbals and madhalam, and the breathtaking fireworks that paints the sky with bright colors, all combine to give us an out of the world experience.

    The rivalry between the principle participants Paramekkavu temple and Thirivambadi temple adds more energy and excitement during the Pooram. The Thrissur Pooram is a symbol of communal harmony in India, as everybody irrespective of their caste and creed participate actively on this splendid occasion. The Pooram is conducted at the Thekkinkadu maidan [ground] which is within the city itself, therefore easily accessible.

  • Situated near the Sholayar ranges of forests, Athirampally waterfalls is another wonderful architectural marvel of Nature. Thousands of visitors reach Athirampally to witness this 80 feet tall water giant. The water from the Chalakkudi River flows gently till Athirampally where it rushes its way down providing us a mind blowing scene of natural phenomenon. The combination of waterfalls in the middle of the thick green jungle is pure beauty. Vazhachal waterfalls is another mighty waterfalls just 5kms away from Athirampally. These two sites attract thousands and thousands of tourists from all parts of the world. Athirampally waterfall is 53 kms from Thrissur city and therefore can be easily accessed.

  • The temple built by the Lord Parashurama himself, the Vadakkumnathan temple is the pride of Thrissur. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This greatest gathering in Asia, the Thrissur Pooram is conducted here as a special occasion when all the other deities com and assemble to meet Lord Shiva. Spread over 8-9 acres of land, the Vadakkumnathan temple is surrounded by massive, strong walls. Inside the temple are 4 gopurams, each symbolizing each of the principle directions North, South, East and West. The temple opens at 3 am morning and closes at 10.30 am, and evening hours are 4 pm to 8:30 pm.

  • Thykattu mooss family is old practitioners and promoters of ancient Ayurvedic tradition in Kerala. The family is gifted with certain brilliant Ayurvedic physicians. They were praised by many kings and other noble men for their prolific Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. Patients from different parts of the world visit them to undergo ayurvedic treatments to end their sufferings. The Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasalla [Ayurveda pharmacy] was started in 1941 by Asthavaidyan Neelakanthan Mooss, the son of Ashtavaidyan Naryanan Mooss. It is situated at Ollur, Thrissur. Most of the Ayurvedic preparations produced at this pharmacy are based on the texts written in their ancient family Taliolas [Palm leaves] filled with Ayurvedic remedies and various other techniques which are used by their forefathers. You can reach Vaidyaratnam Oushadasala by road at Ollur located 7 kms from Thrissur city.

  • The most famous and premier traditional art school in Kerala, Kalamandalam is situated at Cheruthuruthy 32km northeast of Thrissur. The institution follows an ancient Gurukula system of learning in which students are taught various forms of art intensively. Mohiniyattom, Kathakali, Koodiattam, percussion are some of the art forms that students practice rigorously with passion and commitment. Visitors especially the art enthusiasts can spend time here and see for themselves how these students are moulded to exceptional artists in their respective art forms. The Institution holds inside a distinct ambience of Indian music and art and is a must visit if you plan Thrissur.

  • Built in the Dutch and Kerala style of architecture, this 2 storied building is one of a kind in Kerala. The main building is designed in a traditional Naalukettu style with open courtyards at the center. The Palace holds and display lot historical informations about other rulers of Kochi, Mysore and so on. It has a Bronze gallery and a sculpture gallery where one can find bronze statues of the 12th and the 18th centuries along with granite statues of the 17th century respectively. There is another Epigraphy gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings. The Palace is close to the Vadakumnathan temple within the city and therefore can be easily accessed.

  • Probably one of the most pristine seasides on the West Coast of India, Chavakkadu Beach attracts a lot of people. It is famous for the Sangam of the sea and river where the Arabian Sea meets a river and it is known as Azhimukam in Kerala. You can spot this beach 29 km North West of the Thrissur city and there are frequent bus services available from the city to Chavakkad. It takes a 1 hour ride on road before you reach this beautiful sea site.

  • The Guruvayoor temple is built in typical Kerala style architecture. It was built by the divine architect Vishwakarma in such a manner than the Sun referred to as Surya Deva [Sun God] in Hinduism directly falls on the Vishnu idol and pays his respects to Lord Vishnu. The idol is believed to be installed by Brihaspathy and Vayu Deva [God of the winds] and the temple has a history of about 5000 years. The temple was renovated in 16th century and since then it has become one of the most visited pilgrim centers in India. It is also known as the “Bhooloka Vaikuntha”, the heaven on Earth. After the temple visit you can go for shopping at the east and west gates of the temple and buy some souvenirs to take home.

    There is an Anakotta [Elephant Fort] 2kms from the Guruvayoor temple which houses the largest number of elephants in India considering the small area of 11.5 acres. This Anakotta was initially the palace of a local ruler which is now home for 59 elephants of the Guruvayoor Temple.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Thrissur with highest temperature recorded of 38°c and minimum of 32°c. Summer Season at Thrissur is during March to May every year and is a fair time for sightseeing.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits cooling down the hot and humid land of Thrissur. This time is good to make a visit too, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem in outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Thrissur. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 18°c. The nights are cooler and the atmosphere is lovely all around, during the months the winter.

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Ponmudi is a malayalam word and when it is translated to English its said as Golden Peak. Ponmudi is an enchanting hill station with lovely climate which attracts the tourists and the dew drops makes the climate much more attractive. It is situated in the Trivandrum district of Kerala in South India. It is situated 62 km away from Trivandrum with a height of 1100 m above the sea level.

This is an excellent location for those who love nature. Clean air and surrounded by mountain greenery and exotic butterflies and small streams add beauty to Ponmudi

Eco-tourism activities & soft adventure activities like Trekking & Mountaineering.

  • Golden Valley
  • Meenmutty Falls


However the place lacks infrastructure for tourists. There are only one resort near this tourist spot. So it would be better to have a day excursion to amazing Ponmudi.

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The hill stations of Kerala can be the perfect choice for anyone who wants a break from the city noises, crowd, stress and tension. It would be the perfect place for relaxation.

Periyar is one of the popular hill stations and the Wildlife destination of Kerala. It is placed on the sensuous Western Ghats in Idukki district, central Kerala. Home to the vivacious Periyar National Park and it is a paradise on earth. It is also known as the spice bag of the state. Periyar has one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world, where you can witness herds of playful elephants roaming freely or bathing and swimming at the Periyar Lake.


Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar, is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq.km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The wonderful artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.

Kumily, a popular plantation town is situated just outside the Periyar sanctuary. The town has extensive plantations of various Indian spices.

One of the favourite places of the adventure enthusiasts, Kurisumala offers ample opportunities for mountain climbing ,trekking and other adventure sports. The place also provides clear view of the Periyar sanctuary and Kumily.

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Munnar was the summer hill station of the British Government in the south. The town is situated on the confluence of three mountain streams, Muthirappuzha ( Kannimalayar), Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar has some of the biggest tea plantations in the world.

Nothing of the present can be compared to the Munnar of the past says people of yesteryears. The Munnar of the past was Paradise, while the Munnar of the present, is 'Paradise Lost', due to many factors. It is a lost glory to what it was just a few years ago, may be as recent as three or four decades ago- Ecologically, in its fantastic natural scenic beauty, in its Biodiversity, Socially and in every conceivable aspect.

Earlier Munnar was found to be an unpolluted beautiful land with crystal clear rivers flowing silently, with sunlight reflecting iridescent ripples on their sandy bottom. Standing over the bridge that connected the Munnar town to the Maatupatty road, one could see Carp and Trout in small shoals swimming in the clear water. Dark patches at the bottom of the river were tadpoles by the thousands, and water plants waved below in rhythm with the flow of water. The banks of the river were clean with grass and natural flora which supported many life forms. The rivers were filled with different species of frogs whose croaking especially on the advent of the monsoon was a delight to hear. The millions of tadpoles transformed to little frogs crossed the roads about September, and various species of birds supported by the plant life on the banks of the river fed on them.

In Munnar today, frogs don't croak, birds if any don't sing, the rivers are murky and dirty with alleged flushing of septic tanks of the many resorts secretly and periodically. Before the advent of Tourism, Munnar had scarcely 300 motor vehicles in all categories like two wheelers, Cars, Tractors and a few buses and Lorries commuting to the city. Today there are over 500 Auto rickshaws, more than hundred commercial and owner driven vehicles on a daily basis, centred within Munnar Town and more buses coming and going in and out of Munnar daily. Add to this fantastic pressure of traffic in this little 'Heritage' plantation town, there are at least 1500 motor vehicles like cars, vans, tourist buses mostly diesel visiting Munnar every day, during the Tourist season, spewing out smoke and exhaust gases.

Munnar is now a well-developed tourist spot and all sightseeing places are extremely crowded with domestic tourists wherein vehicles need to be stopped 1 KM away from the place due to the increasing crowd day by day near the sightseeing places. Nowadays the very base of the Munnar hills are dug out in the most unscientific and reckless manner causing major landslides and catastrophic damage to the land. Already man has done irreversible damage to this beautiful heritage town. The greatest loss to Munnar is the loss of its fantastic and unique 'Old-world' traditions, customs and culture which we are never going to regain - ever.

Temperature: Min. 0c - Max. 25c

Tourists Season: August to May

Altitude: 1600Mts to 1800Mts above sea level

Kundala Dam - which is 28 kms away from Munnar is a Hydro Electric Project is a beautiful sight. The tranquility of the place will never fade from the memory of the tourists. Cherry blossoms which appear twice a year and kurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years will stay in your mind even years after you leave the place. Pedal boats and Kashmiri shikaras are made available to the tourists to make the memories of their visit everlasting.

Power House Waterfalls (17 kms from Munnar) - There is a lovely waterfall, which originates from the legendary 'Sita Devi Kulam' near Devikulam, believed to have been the bathing place of 'Sita' wife of 'Rama' of Ramayana (the epic story that works even now as the cultural unifying foundation of several nationalities in South-east Asia). The visitors to the waterfalls believe that the medicinal and curing powers of the water will act as a natural massage and have curing properties.

Anayirankal (27 kms from Munnar) - Sprawling tea gardens surrounded by evergreen forests on the slopes of high mountain ranges make the Anayirankal Lake and Dam a very popular picnic spot. Herds of elephants often visit the lake to quench their thirst, giving the visitors a rare opportunity of seeing elephants in open place from safe vantage points.

Pallivasal (8 kms from Munnar) - The unparalleled beauty of nature and the astonishing heights of human achievements meet at the sight of the first hydro electric project of Kerala. A visit to this place will fill the body and the mind and will be fixed in the mind forever.

Meesapulimala (25 ms from Munnar): The second highest peak in Kerala (2650 meters), offering a splendid view of Tamil Nadu spread out below, is reachable via 'Silent Valley', a picturesque tea plantation area. Idukki, Mattupetty and Anayirankal reservoirs can be viewed from this spot on clear days.

Marayoor (42 kms from Munnar) - The bits and pieces of a new stone-age culture (caves, paintings and underground tunnels) and places connected with the legendary wanderings of 'Raja and Sita' (Ramayana) and the 'Pandavas' (the Mahabharata) make this place important historically. The largest concentration of high-quality natural sandal wood trees and a sandal wood factory are the present day attractions.

Anamudi Peak - This hill is rich in various kinds of flora and fauna and is very well known for possessing endangered animals. Anamudi peak shelters many animals as it resembles the original abode for the animals with its dense forests. Nilgiri languors, leopards, tigers, and macaques are found here. (Visitors are not allowed in Anamudi peak)

Day Trek in Meesapulimala (Duration 7-9 hours) - Meesapulimala - the second highest peak in South India, around 25 kilometers drive up to Silent Valley estate through the Kanan Devan Hills tea plantations and scenic beauty valleys etc. The trek will be through the Shola grass lands, Pine forests, valley of Rhododendrons etc

Top station valley trek (Duration 5-6 hours) - Around 29 kilometers drive up to Yellapetty estate through the Kanan Devan Hills tea plantations, villages, Madupatty, Echo-Point, Kundala Dam etc..., and the trek will be through the tea plantations, dense shola forests, mountain ridges, shola grass lands, etc...,

Kolukkumalai Jeep safari, tea trail and Orthodox Tea Factory (1935) visit (Duration - Full day tour) - 'The highest tea growing estate in the World'

Chinar wildlife sanctuary safari, through the Anamudi shola National Park (Duration - Full day tour) - 'The biggest shola forest in India',

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Vythiri is a hill station that lies in Wayanad district, one of the loveliest hill stations at Kerala. This green paradise, located at a distance of 90kms from the sea shores of Kozhikode. The name, Wayanad, is believed to have been delivered from the word, Vayal nadu, meaning the land of paddy fields. Vythiri is a beautiful hill station well known for its tea, coffee and spice plantations. It is unpolluted hill station and consist of luxuriant greenery and the view of the hill station is breathtaking. It is best to visit this hill station during the monsoon season. The forest here is evergreen rain forests and is rich in wide variety of wildlife which includes Nilgiri Langur, Malabar squirrel etc. The hills here are ideal for mountain climbing and trekking. Vythiri hill station was the natural choice because of its accessibility beauty and pleasant climate. Also, it has great waterfalls and the tree top houses in Vythiri hill station is just amazing and a great adventure.


  • Chembra Peak
  • Kuruvadweep
  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Edakkal Caves
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Lakkidi is located in Wayanad district and it is known as the gateway of Wayanad. This hill station offers a picturesque view. On the way to this hill station we can able to explore stunning peaks, streams, dense forest etc. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. This area receives heavy rainfall and has the record of receiving the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. Many species of birds such as peacocks, bulbuls, babblers etc. are found in plenty here. It is loved by bird watchers and nature lovers. There are many exotic animals as well. Wild animals like leopards, tigers, elephants, spotted deer etc. are found here. Most of the people visit this place for enjoying the beauty of nature as well as for trekking. There are many unexplored areas in this hill station. The nearest town to Lakkidi is Vythiri.


  • Pookot Lake, the natural fresh water Lake, very wide and deep, one of the rare reservoirs of water in Wayanad. Surrounded on all sides by meadows and hills, it has become a favorite picnic spot.

  • Edakkal cave is very beautiful and is a natural rock formation on earth.

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Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town and it is the tallest in Wayanad location and is at a height of 2100 meters from the ocean level. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, bordering the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode place in Kerala. The main attraction of the peak is the heart shaped lake en route to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. The lake is believed to have never dried. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra Peak, is very mesmerizing.

The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky hiking attempt. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. Chembra Peak, it is the most elevated rise in Wayanad and can likewise be said to be a trekker’s heaven.

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Vagamon is one of the beautiful hill stations in Kerala, surrounded by tea gardens. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10 and 23 during a summer midday. Vagamon is at an elevation of 1100 m above the sea level & is at an accessible distance of 100 km from Cochin and 60 km from Kottayam. It is a paradise for the seekers of peace and tranquility and abundance of nature. The hill station is surrounded by tea estates and will soon become India's foremost Eco-Tourism Projects. If you are willing to experience the peace of mind then Vagamon provides you, the perfect conditions. Vagamon is also home to a large variety of flowers and orchids The hill station is amalgamation of natural beauty, religious mysticism and colonial legacies. Vagamon is surrounded by three chain of hills, namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill and Kurisumala. Vagamon is a popular spot for trekkers. The hill station offers all the tourists with an opportunity for long treks, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing.

The important tourist attractions of Vagamon are the Kurisumala hill, which is ideal for trekking. There is a small church over the top of the hill and the Kurisumala Ashramam which are worth to visit.

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Alleppey, the hotspot destination in Kerala is better known as “The Backwater Paradise”. With the most unique backwater chains in the World, Alleppey enthralls and captivate its visitors with her indisputable beauty. Houseboats are the major attraction for people coming to Alleppey. A houseboat trip along the backwaters is definitely a “must experience in a lifetime” activity. Alleppey is said to be the oldest planned city in Kerala. It is gifted with backwaters, beaches, and beautifully carved lagoons. Alleppey has a long lined coastline and the whole land is situated at sea level, with some places like Kuttanad, even below sea level.


The most sought after leisure activity in Kerala. A huge number of people from all parts of the World visit Kerala every year to enjoy a ride through this shimmering waterways sidelined by dense tropical greenery. Houseboats are always in demand by honeymoon couples, and families as well. You will have a pure ethnic Kerala cuisine on the boat prepared with freshly caught fish of your choice. Houseboat cruising through these unique backwaters is recommended to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, to enjoy the everlasting love of our Mother Earth. The overnight stay in a houseboat at the middle of the Alleppey backwaters is for sure a moment to cherish all along our life journey.

This is another form of backwater boating. Unlike house boats, Shikara boats are small in size and are the most suitable and soothing ride to explore the placid waters of narrow canals where big boats cannot reach. The Shikara boat is of varied sizes with seat capacities ranging from 4 to 6.

This is a roam around Alleppey waters ride, and 5 to 150 people can sit in various motor boats of different sizes. There is no overnight stay available.

A 500 years old temple is located at the heart of the city, probably one of the finest examples of ancient Indian architecture. The structure looks magnificent during the evening hours, when the oil lamps all around the temple building, illuminate the whole temple. Its origin is still a subject full of contradictions, both for the historians and the religious people. There are many different stories revolving around this holy place. The goddess consecrated here is also called Mullakkal Amma, “the mother of all”. Another fascinating fact about this temple is that it has an open roof above the sanctum.

This is another wonderful specimen of Indian architecture, directly associated with the famous Guruvayurappan Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna [Hindu deity] built during the 17th century A.D by Chembakassery Pooradam Thirunal Thampuran. There are paintings of the Dasavatharam [the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu] displayed on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam [a structure that covers the sanctum from all 4 sides]. Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam, a rice pudding is made in this temple daily, as it is believed the Lord Guruvayurappan visits the temple every day to have it. The payasam is famous all around Kerala and people come from all parts of the state to have this as a form of blessings from the Lord Krishna.

Summer - Summer starts at Alleppey by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°C. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Alleppey.

Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Alleppey resulting in water logging in the area. Therefore visiting Alleppey during the monsoon could restrict you stay inside your hotel room, not enjoying the great outdoors of Alleppey.

Winter - Perfect time for visiting Alleppey. The temperature is cool and inviting ranging from 17°C to 27°C. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.

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Idukki, one of the most beautiful districts of Kerala.The cool climate, picturesque natural beauty and the animal reserves added charm to my entire trip to Idukki district.(Munnar, Peerumed hills, Periyar ,Mattupetty , Devikulam all these mind blowing attractions lies in Idukki District)

Mattupetty is famous for a Dam known as Mattupetty Dam located in Munnar in the Idukki District of Kerala. It is about 13 Km from Munnar situated at the height of 1700 meters above the sea level. Mattupetty is surrounded by lush greenery and offers various trekking routes . You can explore various tea plantation and grasslands around the place. Mattupetty dam is an ideal picnic spot and habitat to various beautiful birds. The lush green Kundala tea plantations, grasslands, shola forests and rivulets makes this place more attractive. Trekking in the Shola forests offers a unique experience to the trekkers. A trek through the shola forests allows you to enjoy the beauty of small streams, waterfalls and wide varieties of birds. Horse riding facilities are also available at this place.

Another attraction in Mattupetty is the Indo – Swiss Livestock Project, very near to the Mattupetty Dam. It is a highly specialized dairy farm, with over 100 varieties of high yielding cattles. Visitors are not allowed to enter all the cattle sheds. The project was established in 1961 by Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB). The beautiful grass mounts near the farm offers eye catching sights of great varieties of trees and plants.

Devikulam is a pretty small hill station located at a height of 1800 meters above sea level, about 16 kilometers from Munnar in the Idukki district of Kerala. The Devikulam hill station is famous for its mineral water springs and the beautiful landscape. Devikulam tour offers a perfect opportunity to spend your vacation nestled close in the lap of Mother Nature.

The Devikulam Lake, also known as the Sita Devi Lake, is a spot of unsurpassable scenic beauty. The sparkling crystal clear waters, the tall trees and flowering shrubs on the banks and the twittering songbirds make it an ideal picnic spot. The hill station of Devikulam derives its name from the Devikulam Lake in the vicinity. Devikulam means lake (kulam) of the Goddess (Devi). Legend says that Goddess Sita, consort of Lord Rama took bath in the sparkling waters of this tranquil lake during their stay in the nearby forests. This place has a lot of natural beauty that act as magnet and attracts loads of people who come and visit it every year, and enjoy the serenity and calmness of the lake.

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Kottayam is often called as the gateway to the highlands in central Kerala. It is bordered by the silvery Vembanad Lake on the west and the mighty Western Ghats on the east. It is famous for its beautifully layered rubber plantations and is also the centre of the rubber trade in Kerala. Kottayam has a hilly terrain due to which it enjoys a mix of tropical and equatorial climate. It is famous for its churches Cheriapally [small church] in 1579 AD and Valiapally [Big church] in 1570 AD. It is renowned for its 8th century Persian Cross which has Pahlavi inscription on it.


  • A paradise, some people say about this scenic backwater destination Kumarakom. Adorned by the silvery Vembanad Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala, Kumarakom attracts people from all over the planet. It is also the first destination in India which implemented the “Responsible Tourism” practices for the development of the local community and to sustain eco- friendly tourism. The most sought after activity at Kumarakom is the Houseboat cruise in the Vembanad Lake. It is an unforgettable experience, cruising through the shiny Vembanad Lake and witnessing the pure charm of Kumarakom village. Other than houseboats, there are speed boats, motor boats, and Shikara boats available to enjoy the rippling backwaters. Shikara boats are unlike houseboats, small in size and with a capacity of maximum 4-6 people, which enables the visitors to explore the narrow inner canals in the Kumarakom village and watch the day to day life style of people residing there. The main income source of the people is fishing, coir, rubber and tourism. You can also have a village tour around on foot and see how things are different in Kumarakom. You can access Kumarakom from Kottayam, which is 16 kms away, a 30minutes drive. Government buses are also available from Kottayam throughout the day.

  • A 5 hectare area of former rubber plantation is now home for many rare species of migratory birds. October to February is the best time to spot some of the unique species of birds like Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Steppey Eagle and many others. A visit to the sanctuary is best enjoyed during the morning hours, when the sun is lighting up the sky. The timing for the entrance to the sanctuary is 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Ilaveezhapoonchira is an ideal trekking destination and an untouched hillstation in Kerala, 3200 m above sea level. It is named Ilaveezhapoonchira [valley where leaves do not fall] because there are no trees there which makes it a peculiar hillstation making some people curious to explore and see for themselves what makes this destination different. This place is referred in many epics like Ramayana and Mahabharatha. It is believed Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita Devi spent many months of their exile at this beautiful hillstation. The valley is surrounded by 3 hillocks namely Mankunnu, Kodayathoormal and Thonippara. Watching the sunrise from the top of the highest Kodayathoormal hill is a mesmerizing sight, which could keep us in a state of wonder. This lovely picnic destination is 55 kms away from Kottayam city near Kanjar [Thodupuzha]. A 2 hour drive will be enough to reach there. It is better to start in the early morning, so that you could spend some time exploring this virgin tourist spot and be back to Kottayam by sunset. The best time to visit is after the monsoon season, likely after September, and before March.

This is a famous Shiva temple, which is one of the most visited pilgrim centres in Kerala. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A fascinating fact about this temple is that the Shiva Linga which is worshipped here is believed to be of the “Treta Yuga” which ended thousands and thousands of years before, which is why the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is the one among the oldest temples in Kerala. The architecture is brilliant. There are Gopuras on the compound walls protecting the temple from all the 4 sides. The story of Ramayana is sculptured on the inner roof of the temple, and the Sreekovil or the main inner yard is decorated with paintings of Indian Puranic stories. To visit Vaikom Temple, reach Kottayam city first, and from there a 45 minute drive [30 kms] and you will be at divine abode of the mighty Lord Shiva.

The hilly terrain and high altitude influences the Kottayam climate. It has a blend of tropical and equatorial climate.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Kottayam with highest temperature recorded of 38.5°c. Summer Season at Kottayam is during March to May every year.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits cooling down the hot and humid land of Kottayam. This time is good to make a visit too, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem in outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Kottayam, as the cool breeze will pass through us, and it not only cools down our body but also refresh our mind. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 16°c.

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Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most magnetic destination in Kerala attracting people from all over the planet. This heavenly floating piece of land is a pure artistic work of the Mother Nature. With its unique backwaters and green lined countryside it never fails to entertain its visitors, rather it leaves them bewitched and tempted to visit again and again.


The favorite activity of every tourists flying to Kerala, floating on the shimmering waters Vembanad Lake in a Houseboat is thrilling and a feast for your eyes. It is highly recommended to rent a Houseboat and spend a day and night at the Houseboat, if you want to actually experience Kumarakom. There are 2 options for you to choose from, either you can opt for a day cruise which would be a 4 hour ride around Kumarakom, or you can go for a night cruise, which is the most in-demand package, which includes cruising through Kumarakom to Alleppey, dining and spending a night at the middle of the backwaters. The check in time of the Houseboat is 12:30 pm noon.

This 14 acre piece of land was once a rubber plantation, which was later developed into a bird sanctuary by an Englishman Mr. Alfred George Baker whom the locals called "Kari saipu". He played a major role in developing Kumarakom. A lot of migratory birds are found at this sanctuary, like the Siberian Crane, Teal, Lark, Flycatcher etc. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for sure proves to be a bird watcher's paradise. Researchers visit this sanctuary to spot some of these rare birds and study them. It is recommended to visit the sanctuary early in the morning, as it is the best time to spot many of these unique flying vertebrates. It will be open by morning 6:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. The bird sanctuary is just 2.5 kms from the Kumarakom junction.

This 14 acre piece of land was once a rubber plantation, which was later developed into a bird sanctuary by an Englishman Mr. Alfred George Baker whom the locals called "Kari saipu". He played a major role in developing Kumarakom. A lot of migratory birds are found at this sanctuary, like the Siberian Crane, Teal, Lark, Flycatcher etc. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for sure proves to be a bird watcher's paradise. Researchers visit this sanctuary to spot some of these rare birds and study them. It is recommended to visit the sanctuary early in the morning, as it is the best time to spot many of these unique flying vertebrates. It will be open by morning 6:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. The bird sanctuary is just 2.5 kms from the Kumarakom junction.

This is comparatively very small in size than the Houseboats with maximum seating capacity of 4- 10 persons. Shikara ride is recommended for those who want to channel through the narrowest canals of the Vembanad Lake, exploring the lifestyle of the natives, like people fishing, women washing their clothes, kids playing at the lake side, and so on. Another mesmerizing sight is watching the sunset while riding along.

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Kochi is said to be the cosmopolitan hub of Kerala, also a major Port City in India. It is a fast moving city with a fusion of people, belonging to different cultures and different parts of the country who made Kochi their home. At present more than 2 million people reside at Kochi. It has developed into a major tourism hotspot for those who visit India. Kochi was previously known by the names Cochin and Ernakulam, which the people still use.

Until Early 14th century AD, Kodungallur Port was the preferred trade center for the local traders as well as the foreign traders from China, Middle East and Russia. It was during 1341, when Kodungallur Port was wiped out following a flood and the traders moved to Kochi resulting in the emergence of one of the leading Port Cities in India. The Portuguese were the first to establish their base at Kochi, from when the colonization of India started following the Dutch, who ruled for decades until 1814 when the British took control as a result of the Dutch treaty.

Fort Kochi, which comes under Kochi Municipal Corporation is the historical center in Kochi. One who walks by the streets of Fort Kochi will feel as if he/she had travelled back to an ancient European city of the 16th century. Mattancherry is another neighboring historical town which offers a lot to its visitor’s. The locals say, long before the chery [street] was full of lined butcher shops selling mutton, and hence the name “Mattancherry”. There are a lot of activities for the visitors at Mattancherry and Fort Kochi.

At present, the merger of municipalities Kochi city [formerly Ernakulam], Fort Kochi and Mattancherry together is known as “Kochi”.


\"Cheena vala\", described as Chinese fishing nets in the local jargon used by the fishermen and many others at Kochi are a major attraction for tourists. It is in practice for more than half a millennia on the Kochi coastline. It is believed to be the Portuguese, who brought these nets to Kochi from Macau, which was once a Portuguese colony. A contradictory thought is that these nets were gifted to Kochi Maharaja by the Chinese Emperor Kubalagi in the 14th century AD. Initially there were more than 100s of these, but now only 12 are in proper working condition. Visitors could buy fresh seafood as per one’s taste and even eat them cooked as there are many local stalls available with boards headlining “If you buy, I will cook”. Now, that is some good news for tourists as they could have a taste of fresh catch Kochi seafood on spot. A walk by the side of these fishing nets is also recommended.

Bolgatty palace, built on the Bolghatty Island of Vembanad lake in 1744 by the Dutch traders in India for their higher officials, still poses its beauty with pride. It is now directly under the Department of Tourism, Kerala, and has been transmuted into a heritage hotel with a vibrant fauna garden landscaped around it along with a swimming pool, a 9 hole golf course and an Ayurvedic center too. The stay at the hotel is for sure a lovely experience especially the lakefront rooms which are always in demand by the guests. The eye watering view from these rooms would fill in your heart with the pure Kerala charm. There are daily Kathakali shows for people who want to witness and experience the famous art form of Kerala. It is roughly 12 kms from the Kochi city, likely a 20 minutes' drive.

The palace, originally built by the Portuguese in the year 1555 was gifted to the Kochi Maharaja, Veera Kerala Varma [1537-61] gesticulating their goodwill likely to secure trading privileges. Later on after defeating the Portuguese and winning the rule over Kochi in 1663, the Dutch revamped the palace and thus the name “Dutch Palace”.

Hindu murals, describing various scenes from the Indian epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other puranic legends are elements of pure artistic brilliance and serve as the central attraction of the Dutch palace. The palanquins [hand carried carriages], the grand ceilings, the royal outfits of the king and family, displayed inside the palace will definitely inspire and startle the visitors. The palace is 10 kms from the city and is open for visitors from Saturday to Thursday, 10.00 am – 05.00 pm.

With 16 galleries constituting 500 artifacts including the multi-billion rupees worth Cochin Royal crown and crown jewelry, the Hill palace museum truly is a treasure for the art and history admirers. It was the former residence of the Kochi Maharaja, and thus houses the collection of the royal families along with old coins, old paintings, sculptures and so on.

The museum is open for 5 hours a day: 09.30 am - 01.00 pm and from 02.00 pm - 04.30 pm.

It is 12 km southeast of Kochi city.

During the period of Crusades, in 11, 12, and 13th centuries Jewish refugees got settled at Kochi and this Synagogue was constructed in 1568. Paradesi means foreign, hence the name Paradesi Synagogue, a synagogue for the foreigners. The synagogue was destroyed in 1662 by the Portuguese as they attacked the Jews for supporting the Dutch who were challenging them to conquer Kochi. Soon after in 1964 the Dutch overpowered the Portuguese and reconstructed the synagogue. Inside the Synagogue there is a beautifully decorated golden pulpit and the hall is illuminated with gorgeous chandeliers and multi-coloured glass lamps catalyzing the beauty of brilliantly, hand painted floor tiles from china. The street on which the synagogue lies is known as the Jew Street as it is highly populated by Jews. There were a lot of Jewish families who found refuge there but as the time moved by many of them migrated to Israel leaving only few families now. There are a lot of antiques/handicrafts and spice shops on both sides of the Jewish street to look out for.

The synagogue is open from Sunday- Friday, from 10.00 pm - 01.00 pm and from 03.00 pm - 05.00 pm.

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Munnar, probably the most preferred honeymoon destination in South India, does some magic on her visitors. People who visit Munnar cannot help but fly again to see her. Munnar is a part of the Idukki district in the Kerala state, and belong to the mountain chain of the mighty Western Ghats. It is a gorgeous hill station, 1700 m above sea level which makes it extremely cool at times. For the same reason it was a summer retreat for the British who ruled India for decades. Munnar is popularly known as the land of \"Neelakurinjis\" [purple shrub found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats], which blossoms once in 12 years. When it does bloom, it decorates the Top station, where it is found, with vibrant purple colour that the person witnessing the beauty of the landscape might be entrapped in its peerless charm and awesomeness. Munnar is also renowned for its world class tea and spice plantations. There are daily presentations conducted for tourists on how the fresh tea leaves are processed to fine tea powder and packed in various quantities ready to be distributed to the markets belonging to different parts of the world. You can taste samples of various tea flavors and buy them if you wish to take home some exquisite taste of Munnar.

Kerala and Tamil Nadu share their border at Top station from where we get an astounding view of the Western Ghats. Access Top Station through bus services available or hire a taxi to travel 32 kms one side. Trekking at Top Station is a great idea as it is the highest trekking route available in the whole South India. Trekking enthusiasts could explore the cardamom hills, pepper plantations, and the shola forests of the Western Ghats which are world famous. This is from where the spices are exported to different parts of the World and is known for the same for centuries. On the way to the Top Station there is the Mattupetty Dam, beautifully built in the middle of a scenic landscape. It is 12 kms from Munnar on the Top Station road. Getting down and spending some time praising the scene is worth it.

With sandal wood growing on its soil, Marayoor has a distinct specialty considering the whole Kerala. En-route you will feel its aroma. It is also well known for its ancient rock paintings at Attalla, Ezhuthuguha, and Kovilkadavu, which is believed to be of Stone Age, ie., before 10,000 BC. Observing those paintings, one will wonder how artistic and creative our long gone forefathers were. As many as 90 paintings are preserved here. Marayoor town is 40 kms from Munnar and is easily accessible by the regular Kerala Government bus service, and independent taxis.

16 kms from Munnar, Eravikulam National Park houses a popular species of Nilgiri Tahr [rare mountain goat] along with other 25 species including gaur, Indian Muntjac, Sambar dear, golden jackal, Jungle cat, leopard and tiger. You can enter the park in a Government bus only, as private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. For 2 months every year, likely February and March, the National Park will be closed since it is the breeding season of these species of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park is opened from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm.

It is 60 kms north east of Munnar. After the Marayoor visit, visitors could reach the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary which is nearly 10 kms from there. It hosts many different types of animals starting from dears, elephants and endangered giant squirrel. There are tree houses available inside the sanctuary which could be a thrilling and awesome experience spending time in the midst of thick natural forest. On request many eco tour programs like waterfall trucking, cultural visits and river trekking are arranged. There are buses available from Munnar to Coimbatore, which can drop you off at Chinnar. The sanctuary is open from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.

In Munnar there are perhaps a whole lot of tea plantations. It is probably the tea capital of India. In case if we are to choose, Kolukkumalai tea plantation should top the list. It is identified as the highest organic tea plantation in the World which is over 7900 ft above the sea level.

To reach Kolukkumalai, there are 2 options, either you can trek for about 4-6 hours, or you can catch a 4 wheel drive jeep from Munnar. If you have the energy, enthusiasm and most importantly time, then trekking could be a great option. The jeep drive will be bumpy, but those who love some adventure at Munnar, the drive to Kolukkumalai will definitely induce an adrenaline rush through the veins as the quick dangerous turns and steep road might make you hold your breath. After reaching the tea plantation, you can attend a brief presentation starting with the history of tea plantations in Munnar followed by how the tea leaves are cultivated, processed and packed. Concluding the presentation, a sample tea is provided to taste. You can buy packed tea leaves or tea powder which are offered for sale. A walk through the verdant tea gardens is delightful and educating as you will be able to witness firsthand how the workers pluck these tea leaves. You can even have a chat with them. The other prominent tea plantation is the Kannan Devan tea plantation which is the more than a century old and a brief history is imprinted on it. The Tata tea plantation is also a must visit spot at Munnar.

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Wayanad, the 12th district in Kerala, offer an exquisite style of nature, combining hills, wildlife, rice paddies and extremely elegant waterfalls. Until 1980 it was a part of Kannur and Kozhikode after which it was declared as an independent district. The name Wayanad signifies “Vayal Nadu”, the land of paddies. It was not a tourist destination some years before, likely because people were not aware of its natural beauty. The district is the least populated in the state, majority of being tribals, and the 3rd largest in area among the 14 other districts in Kerala. Almost half of the area is uninhabited and unexplored which makes Wayanad for some, a silent escape to the nature from the noisy and polluted cities. It is a feast for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Wayanad is a major source of revenue for the state coming from cultivation of cash crops such as tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper and so on which are exported to various countries.


  • Edakkal caves are natural caves on Ambukuthi mala at Edakkal, 12 kms from Sulthan Bathery and 33 kms from Kalpetta. These caves are more than 7000 years old, and there are ancient petroglyphs [prehistoric rock carvings] carved on the walls. Some of these are more than 7000 years old. Climbing up the Edakkal caves you will reach the brow [upper portion] of the cave which is 1200 m above sea level. From there one can have a spectacular view of Wayanad and the Western Ghats. Climbing these caves is not for everybody since it is really steep and the way up is slippery. You can stop by and watch these ancient petroglyphs on the walls while on the way up, through the caves.

  • Meenmutty is the 2nd largest waterfalls in Kerala and is one of the central attraction of Wayanad. The 300 m high waterfalls is gorgeous and comprises of 3 tiers. People need to trek 2kms to reach the falls, but is worth the effort as the energy will be bursting through you in excitement when you reach there and witness these giant falls, an awe- inspiring marvel of nature. Camping near the falls is a great idea but only with proper permission from the Forest Department, you are allowed to do so, since a lot of wild animals might pass through and that could be an immediate threat. It is not recommended to visit Meenmutty falls during the monsoon season [June- September] as the water level will get high and is risky, as many have lost their lives, during the monsoon flow. Meenmutty is 30 kms from Kalpetta, likely 1 hour drive. There are Government buses too available from Kalpetta town.

  • It is also known as Sentinel Waterfalls. It is located at Vellarimala hills 25 kms away from Kalpetta. People usually play in the natural pool formed beneath this waterfalls and, also taking snaps walking around. Rock climbing lovers will find it perfect for the same. Visitors are not allowed to carry any plastics into falls, for which there is a security check at the entrance.

  • Chembra is a mountain peak and the highest of its kind in Wayanad standing 2100 m’s above sea level. It offers scenic views on both sides and some of the best scrambling along the way up. There is a heart shaped lake halfway through Chembra peak, which is so perfect that it looks like a work of art expertly drawn on a piece of land by the our mother nature. At the top of the Chembra peak, we get a jaw dropping view of the mountain ranges and part of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Trekking and camping up at Chembra peak is simply an awesome experience, but due to some recent ecological issues visitors are not allowed to camp at night. For trekking it is necessary to seek permission from the forest authority and an entrance fee is charged per head for the same. A guide is available on request.

  • In the midst of lush green mountains is this natural lake Pookot. There are boating facilities, spice shops and a children’s park which makes it a quiet outing spot for families as well as newlywed couples. It is 14 kms from Kalpetta and is open from 09.00 am- 06.00 pm.

Summer [March - May] Summer at Wayanad starts by March of the year, ending by May. During summer Wayanad is considerably warmer but accompanied by cool breeze which makes it comfortable and pleasant for the visitors.

Monsoon [June - November] From June to September, the South West Monsoon reaches Wayanad, and from October to November, the North West monsoon. Strong rainfalls and drizzles make it hard to travel around, nevertheless Wayanad looks at her best when it rains as if she has worn her best outfit.

Winter [December - February] winter is cooler and the temperature may get down to 10?c. For the same reason tourists choose this time of the year to visit Wayanad as it is cool, calm and literally speaking, "breathtakingly beautiful". As a reminder, do not forget to take your sweaters, because nights are sometimes bone chilling.

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Kannur, also known by its Portuguese name Cannanore, is renowned for its native art form “Theyyam”, which is unlike any other dance form, a ritual performed in ancient shrines. Kannur is also famous for its serene and curved beaches and has some exotic backwater spots like Kavvayi which is clean and untouched. It was the military headquarters of the British in the west coast of India till the first half of the Nineteenth century. Asia’s largest and the worlds third largest Naval Academy is situated at Ezhimala, Kannur. There are some massive historical monuments like the Thalassery fort and the St. Angelo Fort, reminding us of the long forgotten European colonialism in India.


  • Kannur is gifted with some of the great folk art forms, like the spirited and vibrant “Theyyam”. It is not just any other folk art but a lively combination of ritual, vocal, instrumental, dance, painting, sculpture and literature. “Theyyam” means God in Malayalam. The concept of this energetic art form is that men transform into God at certain ritualistic and divine moments. The beating of “Chendas” [drums], blowing of pipes, rhythmic dance steps, bright coloured costumes, and vivid face paintings of different styles, depicting various Hindu deities, all adds to the energy of this 2000 year old ritualistic art form. Witnessing Theyyam is believed to be an enlightening moment of an individual’s life. As Theyyam is not meant to be performed as a stage performance, people who wish to experience Theyyam will have to visit “Kavus” or old shrines which provide arena for the Theyyam performers. December to May is the period of harvest and festivals when this ritual is conducted in Kannur.

  • Drive along the longest drive-in beach in India, the Muzhappilangad beach of Kannur. It is located 15 kms away from Kannur, lies parallel to National Highway 17 [NH-17] connecting Kannur town and Thalassery. It stretches across 4 kms on the coastal line of Kannur. There are various food joints by the side of the beach, where you can taste some famous Malabari cuisine. Power Boating, Paragliding, Parasailing, water sport and various other adventurous and fun activities are the main attractions of Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

  • St. Angelo fort is a 510 year old Portuguese built sea side fort, facing the Arabian Sea near to the Kannur town. The first Portuguese viceroy of India Mr. Dom Francisco de Almeida was the man behind the construction of this historical monument which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India. Certain additions were made by the Dutch when they captured this fort from the Portuguese in 1963. The bastians Hollandia, Zeelandia and Frieslandia are some of the Dutch modernized features that you can see now. After the Dutch rule, the fort became a major defence centers for the British. The monument is just 2 kms away from Kannur town and is easily accessible by Kerala Government Bus Service.

  • The Thalassery fort, 22 kms away from Kannur at Thalassery town was built by the British to establish their supremacy in Malabar. It was built in 1708. The fort was a major military base of the British then. The structure is massive and impressive and has secret tunnels leading to sea, possibly used as escape routes during the time of an outbreak or an unexpected attack.

  • A picturesque sea side 55kms North of Kannur. A 286 m heigh hillock is a distinctive landmark here. Ezhimala is of great historical importance and is even referred in some chapters of the Puranas [Ancient Indian texts]. It has seen the famous Chola-Chera war during the 11th century. It is also renowned for many medicinal herbs growing in and around. It was also a major seaport and trade center at the start of the Common Era. It is now a Naval Academy one of the largest in the world.

  • Soon to be another Backwater hotspot in Kerala, Kavvayi backwaters is at the Sangam [joining] or convergence of 5 rivers namely Kavvayi, Kankol, Vannathichal, Kuppithodu, and Kuniyan. It is unpolluted and untouched, clean and verdant countryside. Cruising along you may feel as if you have entered a private island designed for you. There are various houseboats available as per your demands. Day cruise and night cruise are available. Fresh Malabari cuisine is cooked and served inside the houseboat. You may even witness toddy tapping, and on request can taste some fresh toddy, a natural alcoholic drink tapped from palm trees, another speciality of Kerala.

  • Kalaripayettu is believed as the most oldest and scientific martial art form in the world. It is regarded as the mother of all martial arts, as all the modern martial art forms are said to have been evolved from this ancient science of war. “Kalari” means arena and “Payattu” means combat, therefore it is an art of fighting practiced inside an arena. Kalaripayattu not only teach to defend oneself and fight, but also trains a person to master himself, and gain self control. You can watch this traditional art form by visiting any Kalari Training center in Kannur and seek permission to witness students practicing Kalaripayattu. Other than bare hands, the students use spears, swords and wooden staff in combat training.

Summer - Summer season starts by March and lasts till May. As Kannur lies on the coastal area of Kerala, summer is too hot and humid. It is not the best season to visit Kannur as some people may find it harsh. Normally the temperature ranges from 31°c to 38°c.

Monsoon - This is also not a recommended period to visit Kannur, yet it is true that Kannur looks no less than beautiful even during the Monsoon showers. June to September Kannur experiences South West Monsoon and during October and November months it is North East Monsoon.

Winter - Possibly the best suitable time to pack your bags and head to Kannur. The temperature would be averaging 24°- 26°. The pleasant climate is inviting, and helps in easy movement in and around Kannur.

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Kasargod is the northern most district of Kerala state in India. It was declared a separate district on May 24, 1984. Before it was a part of Kannur district. It is famous for its multi linguistic culture, as there are 7 languages spoken by the people residing at Kasargod. It was regularly visited by the Arabs and the Portuguese centuries before. It was a major trade centre back then.

The history of Kasargod says it was ruled by famous Kolathiri king. When Vijayanagiri kingdom attacked them and when his empire declined, Ikkeri naikas came to power and ruled till the end of 16th century. Then Hyder ali of Mysore conquered Kasargod during his try to conquer whole Kerala, but he failed in doing the same in case of Thalassery fort. He went back, and then his son Tipu sultan set eyes on Kerala, and captured Malabar later surrendering it to the British. Kasargod in 1956 became a part of Kerala state when the neighbouring states Kerala and Karnataka were reorganized.

To the east side of Kasargod, it is walled by the mighty Western Ghats, and is blessed with beautiful hills, lakes, rivers, beaches, and even backwaters. The coastline of Kasargod to the west is around 30 km’s long and is a must visit seaside for those fond of sunbathing.

Kasargod is a jackpot for art enthusiasts as it is rich in culture and heritage. The various art forms like Yakshagana, Bombeiyatta [puppet dance], bull fight, and most importantly Theyyam attracts a lot of winged visitors from all over the planet.

Kasargod is a mixture of lakes, rivers, backwaters, beaches, hillstations, monuments, ancient forts and list goes on. Let us introduce some of the must see spots

  • Bekal is at a distance of 12 kms from Kasargod town, and is an International heritage nominee. It is well preserved and is one of the oldest forts in India and largest in the Kerala state. The fort is accompanied by the skyline- silver sea on whose shore lies this brilliant piece of architecture. Anyone starting from an archaeologist to a beachside lover, it entertains all and never leave them empty minded.

    The history of the Bekal fort dates its completion to 1650 AD, 365 years before. The fort was built not to showcase its beauty but rather was a part of a self defence strategy. The outer walls of Bekal fort was specially designed as per the defence strategy of that time. The upper holes of the walls were designed to aim farther targets on the sea. The next layer of holes below was for attacking enemies nearby and the third and last layer of holes were to strike the enemies who were nearest the fort. Now, that is some architectural and defensive brilliance of our ancestors. There is a railways station nearby for people travelling through rails.

  • With backwaters like Alleppey which is now one of the most sought after destinations in the world, the recent addition to the backwater marvel is Kasargod. Backwaters are as we all know simply an extraordinary artistic piece drawn by nature itself. Unlike Allepppey backwaters, the most notable aspect of Kasargod backwaters is that it is unexplored and untouched, which helps those who wants to enjoy Kerala backwaters, but like to avoid an overcrowded vacation.

    You could reach Kavvayi which is near to Kasargod town nearly a 30 km drive, and opt for Valiyaparamba cruise houseboats. With 4 beautiful islands bounded by silvery river streams, lush countryside and exquisite Kerala cuisine served inside the houseboat, you will have a time of your lifetime. Depending on your time and demands, you can choose either day cruise or night cruise, and sail across the unique Kerala backwaters.

  • This hillstation is 85 km’s from Kasargod town, and is one of the less explored hillstations in South India. This aids in enjoying a pleasant trip through the hills as it is not crowded with tourists. It is about 2480 feet above sea level and offers a very green and panoramic view of the landscape. Anybody who love hillstations and often do visit them would not regret spending some time at the top of these hills listening to the pure natural music of the hills. Kottancheri hills and Posadigumpe are other hillstations other than Ranipuram which are located 66 km’s and 26 km’s north east of Kasargod respectively.

  • Just 4 kms away from Kasargod town, Chandragiri is situated on the Chandragiri River. The town is famous for its renowned Chandragiri fort which is more than 300 years old. It belongs to the chain of forts built by the Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The fort offers a spectacular view of the Chandragiri River and the Arabian Sea. Other than Valiyamparamba Chandragiri Cruise is another way to explore the Kasargod backwaters.

  • Another clean and serene seaside, Kappil beach is rapidly gaining popularity among the tourists. The beach is famous for the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea one gets while standing on Kodi cliff nearby.

  • Theyyam is an energetic dance form of North Kerala ageing more than 2000 years or more. It is a kind of ritualistic dance rather than a stage performance including vocal and instrumental music keeping the spectator in a state of trance during the Theyyam dance. This mystical art form is performed annually during the months November to May in “Kavus” or shrines. It is usually conducted during night time or early morning hours.


Summer - March to May marks the summer season in Kasargod. The temperature ranges from 25°c to 31°c. It is a fair time to visit Kasargod.

Monsoon - Kasargod receives the highest amount of rainfall in Kerala. By June Kasargod gets wet by South West Monsoon and lasts till September, and October, November months Kasargod is hit by North East Monsoon.

Winter - The best time to make a visit to Kasargod is during Winter Season. It starts by December and lasts till the month of February. The pleasant and cool climate of Kasargod during winter attracts a lot of tourists.

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Malppuram was once the headquarters of the famous Zamorins before it was captured by Hyder Ali of Mysore. Later on Malappuram was handed over to the British as per the treat of Seringapattanam. Malappuram has many institutions for Vedic and Islamic philosophies. Three rivers namely Chaliyar Rver, Kadalundi River and Bharathapuzha River flow through Malappuram.

Literally Malappuram means “Atop hillock” and it got the name considering its geographical characterestics. The city is recognized as the 'best municipality in up keeping the cleanliness and health'.


  • Nilambur is a renowned town in Malappuram district, and is gifted with rich vegetation, wildlife, waterfalls and rivers. It is near to the Nilgiri Hills of Western Ghats. It is famous for its Teak plantation, situated just 4 kms from the Nilambur Town. You can also visit the forest zone with prior permission from the Forest Department. Inside the forest you will come across many tribal communities who are having a history of more than a thousand years, there within the thick woods of Nilambur. The other attractions at Nilambur which are not to be missed are the Nedumkayam Rain Forest, Adyanpara Waterfalls, Kodikithimala and Karuverakundu. There are frequent bus services available from Tirur bus stand to reach Nilambur covering 66 kms on road.

  • 38 kms from Malappuram and 7 kms from Beypore is this another bird watcher’s paradise Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. It is set across scenic islands on the Kadalundi River, one of the major rivers flowing through Malappuram. At Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, you can spot varieties of local as well as migratory birds like whimbrels, herons, sandpipers and so on.

  • Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to goddess Durga is situated at Kadampuzha of Malappuram district. The temple is believed to be around 1900 years old. It is under the Malabar Devaswom Board. Here goddess Durga is worshipped in her 3 different manifestations viz. Vana Durga, Vidya Durga and Aadi Durga. You can locate the temple 19 kms away from Tirur town.

  • Over 100 years of excellence in the field of Ayurveda, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala is one of the prominent institutions of Ayurveda situated at Kottakkal, a small town in Malappuram. It was established by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier in 1902. It has an Ayurvedic research center, a nursing home and a hospital. Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala has its branches all over the state along with branches in Chennai and Delhi. Kottakkal is 16 kms away from Tirur.

Summer - Summer starts at Malappuram by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°c. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Malappuram especially for those interested in Bird watching.

Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Malappuram. Therefore visiting Malappuraam during the monsoon may restrict you stay inside. However by October the rain retreats slowly and invites winter.

Winter - It is the perfect time for visiting Malappuram. The temperature is cool, Pleasant and inviting ranging from 16°c to 26°c. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.

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Palakkad, the land of hills, rivers, forests and lush valleys is situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The name Palakkad literally means forest of Pala trees [Alstonia Scholaris], which means it was once thick jungle with sweet scented Pala flowers.

A 40 km low mountain pass between Palakkad and Coimbatore is known as the Palakkad Gap which is known as the gateway to Kerala. Palakkad is situated at the center of Kerala state sharing its border with Thrissur on the south west, Coimbatore on the east, and Malappuram on the Northwest. It is famous for its rich green paddy fields and hence earning the name “Rice bowl of Kerala”.


  • The Malampuzha Dam is the largest reservoir in Kerala, with the mighty Western Ghats on its background. It is 6,066 feet high and crosses Malampuzha River which is a tributary of Bharathapuzha, the longest river in Kerala. It was constructed in 1955 and since then the canal system is serving water to irrigate lands and the reservoir provides drinking water to the residents of Palakkad and surrounding areas too. The other attraction of Malambuzha Dam is the Malambuzha garden and parks surrounding it. There are boating facilities available to have some time floating enjoying the lush greenery of Malambuzha and the Western Ghats. There is a Rock Garden, a fish-shaped aquarium, a snake park and a ropeway too which is an exciting way to see around the park. Malambuzha Dam is 7.6 kms away from Palakkad and is easily accessible.

  • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at Parambikulam of Chittur taluk in Palakkad. Parambikulam is situated in Annamalai hills in the Western Ghats. It is thickly forested by Bamboos, Sandalwood, Rosewood and teak. One of the main attractions of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the Kannimara teak tree, which is the largest in the whole Asia. You can spot wild animals like Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, elephant and so on. You can locate Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary 92 kms away from Palakkad town.

  • Nelliampathy is a scenic hillstation. Though less explored, it has got everything from rich greenery, serene and cool atmosphere, silvery waterfalls, cloud covered mountains and orderly layered tea and coffee plantations. There are orange and cardamom plantations as well. The road to Nelliampathy is narrow and there are 9 hairpins to negotiate with before reaching up hills. Trekking is an exciting activity here for sure. Sitharkundu trek is one of the most exhilarating and adventurous. Once you reach Sitharkundu, you will have a breathtaking view of the landscape. Nelliampathy Hills are 60 kms away from Palakkad town and you can take the road starting from Nenmara which is the only way to Nelliampathy Hills.

  • This 237.52sq km of natural rainforests is a land of mysteries, of which some are yet to be revealed. An interesting fact about Silent Valley National Park is that there are no cicadas present in the forest, and hence the name “Silent Valley”. There are more than 1000 species of flowering plants inside the forests along with 34 species of mammals, 200 species of butterflies, 400 species of moths, 128 species of beatles and more than 200 species of birds of which 16 are endemic species. Therefore it is considered as one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the whole planet. Permission from the forest department is mandatory to get inside the forest and visit the valley. Night halt is not allowed for any visitors. You can spot Silent Valley National Park 49 kms away from Palakkad Town.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Palakkad with highest temperature recorded of 37°c and minimum of 32°c. Summer Season at Palakkad is during March to May. If you do not mind the heat, it is a fair time to visit Palakkad.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits Palakkad. This time is good to make a visit, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem during outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Palakkad. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 19°c. The nights are cooler during the months of winter.

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Thalassery is a small coastal town in the Kannur district of Kerala State. It is gifted with 4 rivers of which one is the famous Mahe River or Mayyizhi River which seperates Thalassery and Mahe [a union territory of Puducherry]. Soon after the decline of the famous Chera rule by 12th century AD, Kerala kingdom broke into 4, named Venadu, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kolathanadu. Since Thalassery was situated at the northern most area in Kolathunadu, It was called Thalakkathu cherry. Thalakkathu means “at the top”, and Cherry means “place”. Hence the name Thalassery came into use. Thalassery is the birthplace of Communist movement in Kerala. This town is also famous for its special cuisine combining Kerala, French and Arabic mix. The first bakery in the state Mambally Bakery was started in Thalassery.


  • The british built this fort on the seaside of Thalassery inorder to control the spice trade. It was attacked by Hyder ali of Mysore but was unsuccessful in his attempt. This historical monument is situated just 1.5kms from Thalassery town and can be easily accessed.

  • Odathil mosque is a 200 year old built around 1806 and is made of teak wood. It is a popular pilgrim center for the Muslims. It is within the Thalassery town itself.

  • Situated 100 meters away from the seaside in Thalasssery is this gorgeous 5 acre island. It is adorned with thick lush bushes and coconut palms. Visitors need permission to access this privately owned island. In the distant past it was a Buddhist center. Dharmadom Island is 6 kms from the Thalassery town and there are frequent bus services from Thalassery town to Dharmadom Island.

Summer - Summer season starts by March and lasts till May. Summer is too hot and humid. Normally the temperature ranges from 31°c to 38°c. If not considering the heat factor, Thalassery is fine to visit during summer.

Monsoon - This is not a recommended period to visit Kannur. June to September Thalassery experiences South West Monsoon and during October and November months it is North East Monsoon.

Winter - Possibly the best time to visit Thalassery. The temperature would be averaging 24° - 26°. The pleasant climate is inviting, and helps in easy movement in and around Kannur.

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Thekkady is a small town in Idukki district, and is a part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers 777sq km area of thick jungle. It is home to Indian bison, Sambar, Nilgiri Tahr, Elephant, and 46 Tigers. The most appealing sight in Periyar is the artificial lake which was made by a British engineer, Colonel J Pennycuick. He diverted the water of the River Periyar towards Tamil Nadu and thus the lake was formed flowing through the forests of Western Ghats. The sanctuary was later declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The Forest is unpolluted as there are no vehicles allowed into the forest. The lake is the only means of transport inside the sanctuary. Therefore trekking is not on adventurous here but also healthy and refreshing. Those who are Fond of wildlife and are hardcore nature fans will never leave Thekkady unsatisfied. Tribal communities such as “mannans”, “uralis” and many other live in the Periyar forests. Many of them are trained guides and guards of the wildlife sanctuary as they know the woods well are alert to every movement inside the forest. Thekkady is also known for its spices. The spice plantations in Thekkady are worth a visit, as the aroma of famous Indian spices that is spread in and around the plantation seduce you, touching your highest senses. The visitors can learn how these spices are cultivated, harvested and processed.


  • The most exciting and refreshing way to get deep into the wild secrets of the Periyar, floating on the river Periyar and exploring the thick jungle by the side, spotting the wild animals like Giant squirrel, Sambar deer, Elephants, bison and so on in their natural habitat, Bamboo Rafting is the most desired activity by the visitors.

    The 8am- 5pm whole day trek is recommended for those who do not want to miss any part of Periyar wildlife. This activity is conducted by the Forest Department and therefore it is really safe. You will be seated on a raft made of bamboos, and 4 guides and an armed forest guard will accompany you through the forests. The guides are mostly tribal who knows the nook and corner of their home Periyar. They know every species of various animals living in the forests and therefore can give you an intricate detail about the wildlife. Food will be served to you on the way and you can eat at the middle of the forest.

  • The artificial Periyar Lake is a brilliant example of engineering masterpiece. It is the only way of transport inside the sanctuary, and thereby is the most easy and economical way to get an overall feel of the sanctuary. You can spot elephants, deer, bison and many other animals during this 2 hour boat ride around the lake as it is the major source of water for those living in the wilderness of Periyar.

  • This is a 3 hours trek through the moist deciduous forests of Periyar. You can spot rare birds and wild animals like Elephants, Deer, Bison and so on in the midst of lush and thick woods. The Program is conducted from 7 am to 3 pm. You will be accompanied by a trained tribal guide. A team of 5 guests can participate at a time.

  • A Jeep safari amidst the wild lands of Gavi is a thrilling and exciting experience. It is 36 kms from Periyar and is one of the leading Eco- tourism centers in India. Gavi is so popular among the wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

  • Periyar is literally, the spice basket of Kerala. More than 70 % of the cardamom produced in the nation is growing at Periyar. What makes this plantation visit worthwhile is that the aroma of cardamom spread throughout the plantation will try to seduce you holding you there for a long time. While you move along these plantations, you will be immersed in the flawless beauty of these green shrubs growing on both sides well organized and layered. Other than Cardamom, Periyar is also famous for its Pepper plantations. Clove, Cinnamon, and Vanilla also adds to the list.

    The Spice plantation visit is not just a sightseeing place rather it is also educating people about growing, harvesting and processing of these spices. You will be accompanied by the naturalists of the area, who will explain to you everything about the same. You will also learn about what makes Kerala cuisines different, considering its popularity being spicy.

  • There are many tribal communities living at Periyar Tiger Reserve like the Mannans, the Uralis and many others. Their heritage tribal dance form is a unique art form to witness and learn. Inorder to provide an opportunity for the guests to enjoy this traditional art form and also a livelihood for these tribal communities, there are tribal dance shows conducted everyday evening at 6pm- 7pm. This one hour program also includes a brief introduction about the tribal communities residing at Periyar and also about the costumes and musical instruments they use while performing this traditional art form.

  • A Bullock cart ride through the countryside is for sure a must experience activity at Periyar. While you move along slowly in a bullock cart, you will witness the vineyards, sunflower fields, mangoes, jasmine etc. You can see for yourself how the village people spend their daily life for bread and butter and how everything moves during a typical day at Periyar. There are 2 options for this ride, one starts by 6am in the morning, and the other is 2.30pm noon.

  • This is the most adventurous activity at Periyar tiger reserve and is meant for equally adventurous tourists and hardcore nature fans. Tiger trail is conducted as one night or 2 night program as per the convenience of the guests. You will cover 25 to 35 kms of forest area trekking starting from early morning. People who have atleast minimum level of fitness are allowed for this program as the trek includes a lot of uphill and downhill which might use up all your energy.

    The program is conducted by former poachers of the forests who are now working as guides. Normally, a team of 5 visitors, 5 guides and 2 forest officials start trekking at 9 am morning and return back the next day or 2 days after by noon. At night you will be camping in the middle of the thick jungle and fresh vegetarian food is cooked right in front of your eyes by trained guides accompanying you. Visitors cannot expect a 5 star facility in the middle of the forest, so those participating in this program should be well prepared and aware of it before opting for the same.

Thekkady is situated at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. The air is salubrious and rejuvenating with so many trees growing around. The climate is pleasant throughout the year.

Summer - By March the summer season starts at Thekkady and ends in May. The maximum temperature is 34°c. It is a good time to visit Thekkady. With clear skies, and bright sunlight lighting up the greenery, the visitors get a pleasant feel of Periyar.

Monsoon - By the time Monsoon starts at Thekkady, the tourist inflow decreases as the rain continuously showers upon Periyar, which makes it difficult to enjoy walking around. So those who want a pleasant experience at Thekkady should avoid Monsoon.

Winter - This is the favorite period of the visitors, as the climate is cool and the monsoon leaves Periyar clean and green. The season starts by December and lasts till February.

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Thrissur is considered as the land of Poorams or festivals and the cultural capital of Kerala for a reason. The annual festival of Thrissur known as the Thrissur Pooram is one of the largest gatherings on Earth. It is celebrated at the Vadakumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur. The Name Thrissur is derived from the Malayalam name Thiru- Shiva- Peroor which means “The land of sacred Shiva”. King Raja Rama Verma popularly known as Shaktham Thampuran, was the architect of the present day Thrissur town. Thrissur is a revenue district and a major commercial hub of Kerala. For people visting Thrissur, it has for them gorgeous giant waterfalls, ancient temples, Kalamandalam art institution, serene beaches and many more which can for sure educate them and refresh them from their busy tiring life.


  • One among the greatest gatherings in Asia, Thrissur Pooram is a 2 century old annual festival conducted during the Malayalam month Medam [April- may] at the Vadakumnathan temple, Thrissur. Witnessing this grand festival is a glistening sight. With more than 50 elephants adorned with Nettipattams [forehead ornament for elephant] lined in front of tens of thousands of spectators from many other parts of the planet, the sounds of trumpets, cymbals and madhalam, and the breathtaking fireworks that paints the sky with bright colors, all combine to give us an out of the world experience.

    The rivalry between the principle participants Paramekkavu temple and Thirivambadi temple adds more energy and excitement during the Pooram. The Thrissur Pooram is a symbol of communal harmony in India, as everybody irrespective of their caste and creed participate actively on this splendid occasion. The Pooram is conducted at the Thekkinkadu maidan [ground] which is within the city itself, therefore easily accessible.

  • Situated near the Sholayar ranges of forests, Athirampally waterfalls is another wonderful architectural marvel of Nature. Thousands of visitors reach Athirampally to witness this 80 feet tall water giant. The water from the Chalakkudi River flows gently till Athirampally where it rushes its way down providing us a mind blowing scene of natural phenomenon. The combination of waterfalls in the middle of the thick green jungle is pure beauty. Vazhachal waterfalls is another mighty waterfalls just 5kms away from Athirampally. These two sites attract thousands and thousands of tourists from all parts of the world. Athirampally waterfall is 53 kms from Thrissur city and therefore can be easily accessed.

  • The temple built by the Lord Parashurama himself, the Vadakkumnathan temple is the pride of Thrissur. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This greatest gathering in Asia, the Thrissur Pooram is conducted here as a special occasion when all the other deities com and assemble to meet Lord Shiva. Spread over 8-9 acres of land, the Vadakkumnathan temple is surrounded by massive, strong walls. Inside the temple are 4 gopurams, each symbolizing each of the principle directions North, South, East and West. The temple opens at 3 am morning and closes at 10.30 am, and evening hours are 4 pm to 8:30 pm.

  • Thykattu mooss family is old practitioners and promoters of ancient Ayurvedic tradition in Kerala. The family is gifted with certain brilliant Ayurvedic physicians. They were praised by many kings and other noble men for their prolific Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. Patients from different parts of the world visit them to undergo ayurvedic treatments to end their sufferings. The Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasalla [Ayurveda pharmacy] was started in 1941 by Asthavaidyan Neelakanthan Mooss, the son of Ashtavaidyan Naryanan Mooss. It is situated at Ollur, Thrissur. Most of the Ayurvedic preparations produced at this pharmacy are based on the texts written in their ancient family Taliolas [Palm leaves] filled with Ayurvedic remedies and various other techniques which are used by their forefathers. You can reach Vaidyaratnam Oushadasala by road at Ollur located 7 kms from Thrissur city.

  • The most famous and premier traditional art school in Kerala, Kalamandalam is situated at Cheruthuruthy 32km northeast of Thrissur. The institution follows an ancient Gurukula system of learning in which students are taught various forms of art intensively. Mohiniyattom, Kathakali, Koodiattam, percussion are some of the art forms that students practice rigorously with passion and commitment. Visitors especially the art enthusiasts can spend time here and see for themselves how these students are moulded to exceptional artists in their respective art forms. The Institution holds inside a distinct ambience of Indian music and art and is a must visit if you plan Thrissur.

  • Built in the Dutch and Kerala style of architecture, this 2 storied building is one of a kind in Kerala. The main building is designed in a traditional Naalukettu style with open courtyards at the center. The Palace holds and display lot historical informations about other rulers of Kochi, Mysore and so on. It has a Bronze gallery and a sculpture gallery where one can find bronze statues of the 12th and the 18th centuries along with granite statues of the 17th century respectively. There is another Epigraphy gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings. The Palace is close to the Vadakumnathan temple within the city and therefore can be easily accessed.

  • Probably one of the most pristine seasides on the West Coast of India, Chavakkadu Beach attracts a lot of people. It is famous for the Sangam of the sea and river where the Arabian Sea meets a river and it is known as Azhimukam in Kerala. You can spot this beach 29 km North West of the Thrissur city and there are frequent bus services available from the city to Chavakkad. It takes a 1 hour ride on road before you reach this beautiful sea site.

  • The Guruvayoor temple is built in typical Kerala style architecture. It was built by the divine architect Vishwakarma in such a manner than the Sun referred to as Surya Deva [Sun God] in Hinduism directly falls on the Vishnu idol and pays his respects to Lord Vishnu. The idol is believed to be installed by Brihaspathy and Vayu Deva [God of the winds] and the temple has a history of about 5000 years. The temple was renovated in 16th century and since then it has become one of the most visited pilgrim centers in India. It is also known as the “Bhooloka Vaikuntha”, the heaven on Earth. After the temple visit you can go for shopping at the east and west gates of the temple and buy some souvenirs to take home.

    There is an Anakotta [Elephant Fort] 2kms from the Guruvayoor temple which houses the largest number of elephants in India considering the small area of 11.5 acres. This Anakotta was initially the palace of a local ruler which is now home for 59 elephants of the Guruvayoor Temple.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Thrissur with highest temperature recorded of 38°c and minimum of 32°c. Summer Season at Thrissur is during March to May every year and is a fair time for sightseeing.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits cooling down the hot and humid land of Thrissur. This time is good to make a visit too, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem in outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Thrissur. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 18°c. The nights are cooler and the atmosphere is lovely all around, during the months the winter.

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Alleppey, the hotspot destination in Kerala is better known as “The Backwater Paradise”. With the most unique backwater chains in the World, Alleppey enthralls and captivate its visitors with her indisputable beauty. Houseboats are the major attraction for people coming to Alleppey. A houseboat trip along the backwaters is definitely a “must experience in a lifetime” activity. Alleppey is said to be the oldest planned city in Kerala. It is gifted with backwaters, beaches, and beautifully carved lagoons. Alleppey has a long lined coastline and the whole land is situated at sea level, with some places like Kuttanad, even below sea level.


The most sought after leisure activity in Kerala. A huge number of people from all parts of the World visit Kerala every year to enjoy a ride through this shimmering waterways sidelined by dense tropical greenery. Houseboats are always in demand by honeymoon couples, and families as well. You will have a pure ethnic Kerala cuisine on the boat prepared with freshly caught fish of your choice. Houseboat cruising through these unique backwaters is recommended to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, to enjoy the everlasting love of our Mother Earth. The overnight stay in a houseboat at the middle of the Alleppey backwaters is for sure a moment to cherish all along our life journey.

This is another form of backwater boating. Unlike house boats, Shikara boats are small in size and are the most suitable and soothing ride to explore the placid waters of narrow canals where big boats cannot reach. The Shikara boat is of varied sizes with seat capacities ranging from 4 to 6.

This is a roam around Alleppey waters ride, and 5 to 150 people can sit in various motor boats of different sizes. There is no overnight stay available.

A 500 years old temple is located at the heart of the city, probably one of the finest examples of ancient Indian architecture. The structure looks magnificent during the evening hours, when the oil lamps all around the temple building, illuminate the whole temple. Its origin is still a subject full of contradictions, both for the historians and the religious people. There are many different stories revolving around this holy place. The goddess consecrated here is also called Mullakkal Amma, “the mother of all”. Another fascinating fact about this temple is that it has an open roof above the sanctum.

This is another wonderful specimen of Indian architecture, directly associated with the famous Guruvayurappan Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna [Hindu deity] built during the 17th century A.D by Chembakassery Pooradam Thirunal Thampuran. There are paintings of the Dasavatharam [the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu] displayed on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam [a structure that covers the sanctum from all 4 sides]. Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam, a rice pudding is made in this temple daily, as it is believed the Lord Guruvayurappan visits the temple every day to have it. The payasam is famous all around Kerala and people come from all parts of the state to have this as a form of blessings from the Lord Krishna.

Summer - Summer starts at Alleppey by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°C. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Alleppey.

Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Alleppey resulting in water logging in the area. Therefore visiting Alleppey during the monsoon could restrict you stay inside your hotel room, not enjoying the great outdoors of Alleppey.

Winter - Perfect time for visiting Alleppey. The temperature is cool and inviting ranging from 17°C to 27°C. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.

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Alleppey, the hotspot destination in Kerala is better known as “The Backwater Paradise”. With the most unique backwater chains in the World, Alleppey enthralls and captivate its visitors with her indisputable beauty. Houseboats are the major attraction for people coming to Alleppey. A houseboat trip along the backwaters is definitely a “must experience in a lifetime” activity. Alleppey is said to be the oldest planned city in Kerala. It is gifted with backwaters, beaches, and beautifully carved lagoons. Alleppey has a long lined coastline and the whole land is situated at sea level, with some places like Kuttanad, even below sea level.


The most sought after leisure activity in Kerala. A huge number of people from all parts of the World visit Kerala every year to enjoy a ride through this shimmering waterways sidelined by dense tropical greenery. Houseboats are always in demand by honeymoon couples, and families as well. You will have a pure ethnic Kerala cuisine on the boat prepared with freshly caught fish of your choice. Houseboat cruising through these unique backwaters is recommended to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, to enjoy the everlasting love of our Mother Earth. The overnight stay in a houseboat at the middle of the Alleppey backwaters is for sure a moment to cherish all along our life journey.

This is another form of backwater boating. Unlike house boats, Shikara boats are small in size and are the most suitable and soothing ride to explore the placid waters of narrow canals where big boats cannot reach. The Shikara boat is of varied sizes with seat capacities ranging from 4 to 6.

This is a roam around Alleppey waters ride, and 5 to 150 people can sit in various motor boats of different sizes. There is no overnight stay available.

A 500 years old temple is located at the heart of the city, probably one of the finest examples of ancient Indian architecture. The structure looks magnificent during the evening hours, when the oil lamps all around the temple building, illuminate the whole temple. Its origin is still a subject full of contradictions, both for the historians and the religious people. There are many different stories revolving around this holy place. The goddess consecrated here is also called Mullakkal Amma, “the mother of all”. Another fascinating fact about this temple is that it has an open roof above the sanctum.

This is another wonderful specimen of Indian architecture, directly associated with the famous Guruvayurappan Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna [Hindu deity] built during the 17th century A.D by Chembakassery Pooradam Thirunal Thampuran. There are paintings of the Dasavatharam [the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu] displayed on the inner walls of the Chuttambalam [a structure that covers the sanctum from all 4 sides]. Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam, a rice pudding is made in this temple daily, as it is believed the Lord Guruvayurappan visits the temple every day to have it. The payasam is famous all around Kerala and people come from all parts of the state to have this as a form of blessings from the Lord Krishna.

Summer - Summer starts at Alleppey by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°C. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Alleppey.

Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Alleppey resulting in water logging in the area. Therefore visiting Alleppey during the monsoon could restrict you stay inside your hotel room, not enjoying the great outdoors of Alleppey.

Winter - Perfect time for visiting Alleppey. The temperature is cool and inviting ranging from 17°C to 27°C. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.

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Idukki, one of the most beautiful districts of Kerala.The cool climate, picturesque natural beauty and the animal reserves added charm to my entire trip to Idukki district.(Munnar, Peerumed hills, Periyar ,Mattupetty , Devikulam all these mind blowing attractions lies in Idukki District)

Mattupetty is famous for a Dam known as Mattupetty Dam located in Munnar in the Idukki District of Kerala. It is about 13 Km from Munnar situated at the height of 1700 meters above the sea level. Mattupetty is surrounded by lush greenery and offers various trekking routes . You can explore various tea plantation and grasslands around the place. Mattupetty dam is an ideal picnic spot and habitat to various beautiful birds. The lush green Kundala tea plantations, grasslands, shola forests and rivulets makes this place more attractive. Trekking in the Shola forests offers a unique experience to the trekkers. A trek through the shola forests allows you to enjoy the beauty of small streams, waterfalls and wide varieties of birds. Horse riding facilities are also available at this place.

Another attraction in Mattupetty is the Indo – Swiss Livestock Project, very near to the Mattupetty Dam. It is a highly specialized dairy farm, with over 100 varieties of high yielding cattles. Visitors are not allowed to enter all the cattle sheds. The project was established in 1961 by Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB). The beautiful grass mounts near the farm offers eye catching sights of great varieties of trees and plants.

Devikulam is a pretty small hill station located at a height of 1800 meters above sea level, about 16 kilometers from Munnar in the Idukki district of Kerala. The Devikulam hill station is famous for its mineral water springs and the beautiful landscape. Devikulam tour offers a perfect opportunity to spend your vacation nestled close in the lap of Mother Nature.

The Devikulam Lake, also known as the Sita Devi Lake, is a spot of unsurpassable scenic beauty. The sparkling crystal clear waters, the tall trees and flowering shrubs on the banks and the twittering songbirds make it an ideal picnic spot. The hill station of Devikulam derives its name from the Devikulam Lake in the vicinity. Devikulam means lake (kulam) of the Goddess (Devi). Legend says that Goddess Sita, consort of Lord Rama took bath in the sparkling waters of this tranquil lake during their stay in the nearby forests. This place has a lot of natural beauty that act as magnet and attracts loads of people who come and visit it every year, and enjoy the serenity and calmness of the lake.

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Kottayam is often called as the gateway to the highlands in central Kerala. It is bordered by the silvery Vembanad Lake on the west and the mighty Western Ghats on the east. It is famous for its beautifully layered rubber plantations and is also the centre of the rubber trade in Kerala. Kottayam has a hilly terrain due to which it enjoys a mix of tropical and equatorial climate. It is famous for its churches Cheriapally [small church] in 1579 AD and Valiapally [Big church] in 1570 AD. It is renowned for its 8th century Persian Cross which has Pahlavi inscription on it.


  • A paradise, some people say about this scenic backwater destination Kumarakom. Adorned by the silvery Vembanad Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala, Kumarakom attracts people from all over the planet. It is also the first destination in India which implemented the “Responsible Tourism” practices for the development of the local community and to sustain eco- friendly tourism. The most sought after activity at Kumarakom is the Houseboat cruise in the Vembanad Lake. It is an unforgettable experience, cruising through the shiny Vembanad Lake and witnessing the pure charm of Kumarakom village. Other than houseboats, there are speed boats, motor boats, and Shikara boats available to enjoy the rippling backwaters. Shikara boats are unlike houseboats, small in size and with a capacity of maximum 4-6 people, which enables the visitors to explore the narrow inner canals in the Kumarakom village and watch the day to day life style of people residing there. The main income source of the people is fishing, coir, rubber and tourism. You can also have a village tour around on foot and see how things are different in Kumarakom. You can access Kumarakom from Kottayam, which is 16 kms away, a 30minutes drive. Government buses are also available from Kottayam throughout the day.

  • A 5 hectare area of former rubber plantation is now home for many rare species of migratory birds. October to February is the best time to spot some of the unique species of birds like Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Steppey Eagle and many others. A visit to the sanctuary is best enjoyed during the morning hours, when the sun is lighting up the sky. The timing for the entrance to the sanctuary is 6:30 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Ilaveezhapoonchira is an ideal trekking destination and an untouched hillstation in Kerala, 3200 m above sea level. It is named Ilaveezhapoonchira [valley where leaves do not fall] because there are no trees there which makes it a peculiar hillstation making some people curious to explore and see for themselves what makes this destination different. This place is referred in many epics like Ramayana and Mahabharatha. It is believed Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita Devi spent many months of their exile at this beautiful hillstation. The valley is surrounded by 3 hillocks namely Mankunnu, Kodayathoormal and Thonippara. Watching the sunrise from the top of the highest Kodayathoormal hill is a mesmerizing sight, which could keep us in a state of wonder. This lovely picnic destination is 55 kms away from Kottayam city near Kanjar [Thodupuzha]. A 2 hour drive will be enough to reach there. It is better to start in the early morning, so that you could spend some time exploring this virgin tourist spot and be back to Kottayam by sunset. The best time to visit is after the monsoon season, likely after September, and before March.

This is a famous Shiva temple, which is one of the most visited pilgrim centres in Kerala. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A fascinating fact about this temple is that the Shiva Linga which is worshipped here is believed to be of the “Treta Yuga” which ended thousands and thousands of years before, which is why the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is the one among the oldest temples in Kerala. The architecture is brilliant. There are Gopuras on the compound walls protecting the temple from all the 4 sides. The story of Ramayana is sculptured on the inner roof of the temple, and the Sreekovil or the main inner yard is decorated with paintings of Indian Puranic stories. To visit Vaikom Temple, reach Kottayam city first, and from there a 45 minute drive [30 kms] and you will be at divine abode of the mighty Lord Shiva.

The hilly terrain and high altitude influences the Kottayam climate. It has a blend of tropical and equatorial climate.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Kottayam with highest temperature recorded of 38.5°c. Summer Season at Kottayam is during March to May every year.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits cooling down the hot and humid land of Kottayam. This time is good to make a visit too, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem in outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Kottayam, as the cool breeze will pass through us, and it not only cools down our body but also refresh our mind. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 16°c.

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Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most magnetic destination in Kerala attracting people from all over the planet. This heavenly floating piece of land is a pure artistic work of the Mother Nature. With its unique backwaters and green lined countryside it never fails to entertain its visitors, rather it leaves them bewitched and tempted to visit again and again.


The favorite activity of every tourists flying to Kerala, floating on the shimmering waters Vembanad Lake in a Houseboat is thrilling and a feast for your eyes. It is highly recommended to rent a Houseboat and spend a day and night at the Houseboat, if you want to actually experience Kumarakom. There are 2 options for you to choose from, either you can opt for a day cruise which would be a 4 hour ride around Kumarakom, or you can go for a night cruise, which is the most in-demand package, which includes cruising through Kumarakom to Alleppey, dining and spending a night at the middle of the backwaters. The check in time of the Houseboat is 12:30 pm noon.

This 14 acre piece of land was once a rubber plantation, which was later developed into a bird sanctuary by an Englishman Mr. Alfred George Baker whom the locals called "Kari saipu". He played a major role in developing Kumarakom. A lot of migratory birds are found at this sanctuary, like the Siberian Crane, Teal, Lark, Flycatcher etc. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for sure proves to be a bird watcher's paradise. Researchers visit this sanctuary to spot some of these rare birds and study them. It is recommended to visit the sanctuary early in the morning, as it is the best time to spot many of these unique flying vertebrates. It will be open by morning 6:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. The bird sanctuary is just 2.5 kms from the Kumarakom junction.

This 14 acre piece of land was once a rubber plantation, which was later developed into a bird sanctuary by an Englishman Mr. Alfred George Baker whom the locals called "Kari saipu". He played a major role in developing Kumarakom. A lot of migratory birds are found at this sanctuary, like the Siberian Crane, Teal, Lark, Flycatcher etc. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for sure proves to be a bird watcher's paradise. Researchers visit this sanctuary to spot some of these rare birds and study them. It is recommended to visit the sanctuary early in the morning, as it is the best time to spot many of these unique flying vertebrates. It will be open by morning 6:30 am and close at 5:30 pm. The bird sanctuary is just 2.5 kms from the Kumarakom junction.

This is comparatively very small in size than the Houseboats with maximum seating capacity of 4- 10 persons. Shikara ride is recommended for those who want to channel through the narrowest canals of the Vembanad Lake, exploring the lifestyle of the natives, like people fishing, women washing their clothes, kids playing at the lake side, and so on. Another mesmerizing sight is watching the sunset while riding along.

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Kochi is said to be the cosmopolitan hub of Kerala, also a major Port City in India. It is a fast moving city with a fusion of people, belonging to different cultures and different parts of the country who made Kochi their home. At present more than 2 million people reside at Kochi. It has developed into a major tourism hotspot for those who visit India. Kochi was previously known by the names Cochin and Ernakulam, which the people still use.

Until Early 14th century AD, Kodungallur Port was the preferred trade center for the local traders as well as the foreign traders from China, Middle East and Russia. It was during 1341, when Kodungallur Port was wiped out following a flood and the traders moved to Kochi resulting in the emergence of one of the leading Port Cities in India. The Portuguese were the first to establish their base at Kochi, from when the colonization of India started following the Dutch, who ruled for decades until 1814 when the British took control as a result of the Dutch treaty.

Fort Kochi, which comes under Kochi Municipal Corporation is the historical center in Kochi. One who walks by the streets of Fort Kochi will feel as if he/she had travelled back to an ancient European city of the 16th century. Mattancherry is another neighboring historical town which offers a lot to its visitor’s. The locals say, long before the chery [street] was full of lined butcher shops selling mutton, and hence the name “Mattancherry”. There are a lot of activities for the visitors at Mattancherry and Fort Kochi.

At present, the merger of municipalities Kochi city [formerly Ernakulam], Fort Kochi and Mattancherry together is known as “Kochi”.


\"Cheena vala\", described as Chinese fishing nets in the local jargon used by the fishermen and many others at Kochi are a major attraction for tourists. It is in practice for more than half a millennia on the Kochi coastline. It is believed to be the Portuguese, who brought these nets to Kochi from Macau, which was once a Portuguese colony. A contradictory thought is that these nets were gifted to Kochi Maharaja by the Chinese Emperor Kubalagi in the 14th century AD. Initially there were more than 100s of these, but now only 12 are in proper working condition. Visitors could buy fresh seafood as per one’s taste and even eat them cooked as there are many local stalls available with boards headlining “If you buy, I will cook”. Now, that is some good news for tourists as they could have a taste of fresh catch Kochi seafood on spot. A walk by the side of these fishing nets is also recommended.

Bolgatty palace, built on the Bolghatty Island of Vembanad lake in 1744 by the Dutch traders in India for their higher officials, still poses its beauty with pride. It is now directly under the Department of Tourism, Kerala, and has been transmuted into a heritage hotel with a vibrant fauna garden landscaped around it along with a swimming pool, a 9 hole golf course and an Ayurvedic center too. The stay at the hotel is for sure a lovely experience especially the lakefront rooms which are always in demand by the guests. The eye watering view from these rooms would fill in your heart with the pure Kerala charm. There are daily Kathakali shows for people who want to witness and experience the famous art form of Kerala. It is roughly 12 kms from the Kochi city, likely a 20 minutes' drive.

The palace, originally built by the Portuguese in the year 1555 was gifted to the Kochi Maharaja, Veera Kerala Varma [1537-61] gesticulating their goodwill likely to secure trading privileges. Later on after defeating the Portuguese and winning the rule over Kochi in 1663, the Dutch revamped the palace and thus the name “Dutch Palace”.

Hindu murals, describing various scenes from the Indian epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and other puranic legends are elements of pure artistic brilliance and serve as the central attraction of the Dutch palace. The palanquins [hand carried carriages], the grand ceilings, the royal outfits of the king and family, displayed inside the palace will definitely inspire and startle the visitors. The palace is 10 kms from the city and is open for visitors from Saturday to Thursday, 10.00 am – 05.00 pm.

With 16 galleries constituting 500 artifacts including the multi-billion rupees worth Cochin Royal crown and crown jewelry, the Hill palace museum truly is a treasure for the art and history admirers. It was the former residence of the Kochi Maharaja, and thus houses the collection of the royal families along with old coins, old paintings, sculptures and so on.

The museum is open for 5 hours a day: 09.30 am - 01.00 pm and from 02.00 pm - 04.30 pm.

It is 12 km southeast of Kochi city.

During the period of Crusades, in 11, 12, and 13th centuries Jewish refugees got settled at Kochi and this Synagogue was constructed in 1568. Paradesi means foreign, hence the name Paradesi Synagogue, a synagogue for the foreigners. The synagogue was destroyed in 1662 by the Portuguese as they attacked the Jews for supporting the Dutch who were challenging them to conquer Kochi. Soon after in 1964 the Dutch overpowered the Portuguese and reconstructed the synagogue. Inside the Synagogue there is a beautifully decorated golden pulpit and the hall is illuminated with gorgeous chandeliers and multi-coloured glass lamps catalyzing the beauty of brilliantly, hand painted floor tiles from china. The street on which the synagogue lies is known as the Jew Street as it is highly populated by Jews. There were a lot of Jewish families who found refuge there but as the time moved by many of them migrated to Israel leaving only few families now. There are a lot of antiques/handicrafts and spice shops on both sides of the Jewish street to look out for.

The synagogue is open from Sunday- Friday, from 10.00 pm - 01.00 pm and from 03.00 pm - 05.00 pm.

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Munnar, probably the most preferred honeymoon destination in South India, does some magic on her visitors. People who visit Munnar cannot help but fly again to see her. Munnar is a part of the Idukki district in the Kerala state, and belong to the mountain chain of the mighty Western Ghats. It is a gorgeous hill station, 1700 m above sea level which makes it extremely cool at times. For the same reason it was a summer retreat for the British who ruled India for decades. Munnar is popularly known as the land of \"Neelakurinjis\" [purple shrub found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats], which blossoms once in 12 years. When it does bloom, it decorates the Top station, where it is found, with vibrant purple colour that the person witnessing the beauty of the landscape might be entrapped in its peerless charm and awesomeness. Munnar is also renowned for its world class tea and spice plantations. There are daily presentations conducted for tourists on how the fresh tea leaves are processed to fine tea powder and packed in various quantities ready to be distributed to the markets belonging to different parts of the world. You can taste samples of various tea flavors and buy them if you wish to take home some exquisite taste of Munnar.

Kerala and Tamil Nadu share their border at Top station from where we get an astounding view of the Western Ghats. Access Top Station through bus services available or hire a taxi to travel 32 kms one side. Trekking at Top Station is a great idea as it is the highest trekking route available in the whole South India. Trekking enthusiasts could explore the cardamom hills, pepper plantations, and the shola forests of the Western Ghats which are world famous. This is from where the spices are exported to different parts of the World and is known for the same for centuries. On the way to the Top Station there is the Mattupetty Dam, beautifully built in the middle of a scenic landscape. It is 12 kms from Munnar on the Top Station road. Getting down and spending some time praising the scene is worth it.

With sandal wood growing on its soil, Marayoor has a distinct specialty considering the whole Kerala. En-route you will feel its aroma. It is also well known for its ancient rock paintings at Attalla, Ezhuthuguha, and Kovilkadavu, which is believed to be of Stone Age, ie., before 10,000 BC. Observing those paintings, one will wonder how artistic and creative our long gone forefathers were. As many as 90 paintings are preserved here. Marayoor town is 40 kms from Munnar and is easily accessible by the regular Kerala Government bus service, and independent taxis.

16 kms from Munnar, Eravikulam National Park houses a popular species of Nilgiri Tahr [rare mountain goat] along with other 25 species including gaur, Indian Muntjac, Sambar dear, golden jackal, Jungle cat, leopard and tiger. You can enter the park in a Government bus only, as private vehicles are not allowed inside the park. For 2 months every year, likely February and March, the National Park will be closed since it is the breeding season of these species of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park is opened from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm.

It is 60 kms north east of Munnar. After the Marayoor visit, visitors could reach the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary which is nearly 10 kms from there. It hosts many different types of animals starting from dears, elephants and endangered giant squirrel. There are tree houses available inside the sanctuary which could be a thrilling and awesome experience spending time in the midst of thick natural forest. On request many eco tour programs like waterfall trucking, cultural visits and river trekking are arranged. There are buses available from Munnar to Coimbatore, which can drop you off at Chinnar. The sanctuary is open from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.

In Munnar there are perhaps a whole lot of tea plantations. It is probably the tea capital of India. In case if we are to choose, Kolukkumalai tea plantation should top the list. It is identified as the highest organic tea plantation in the World which is over 7900 ft above the sea level.

To reach Kolukkumalai, there are 2 options, either you can trek for about 4-6 hours, or you can catch a 4 wheel drive jeep from Munnar. If you have the energy, enthusiasm and most importantly time, then trekking could be a great option. The jeep drive will be bumpy, but those who love some adventure at Munnar, the drive to Kolukkumalai will definitely induce an adrenaline rush through the veins as the quick dangerous turns and steep road might make you hold your breath. After reaching the tea plantation, you can attend a brief presentation starting with the history of tea plantations in Munnar followed by how the tea leaves are cultivated, processed and packed. Concluding the presentation, a sample tea is provided to taste. You can buy packed tea leaves or tea powder which are offered for sale. A walk through the verdant tea gardens is delightful and educating as you will be able to witness firsthand how the workers pluck these tea leaves. You can even have a chat with them. The other prominent tea plantation is the Kannan Devan tea plantation which is the more than a century old and a brief history is imprinted on it. The Tata tea plantation is also a must visit spot at Munnar.

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Wayanad, the 12th district in Kerala, offer an exquisite style of nature, combining hills, wildlife, rice paddies and extremely elegant waterfalls. Until 1980 it was a part of Kannur and Kozhikode after which it was declared as an independent district. The name Wayanad signifies “Vayal Nadu”, the land of paddies. It was not a tourist destination some years before, likely because people were not aware of its natural beauty. The district is the least populated in the state, majority of being tribals, and the 3rd largest in area among the 14 other districts in Kerala. Almost half of the area is uninhabited and unexplored which makes Wayanad for some, a silent escape to the nature from the noisy and polluted cities. It is a feast for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Wayanad is a major source of revenue for the state coming from cultivation of cash crops such as tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper and so on which are exported to various countries.


  • Edakkal caves are natural caves on Ambukuthi mala at Edakkal, 12 kms from Sulthan Bathery and 33 kms from Kalpetta. These caves are more than 7000 years old, and there are ancient petroglyphs [prehistoric rock carvings] carved on the walls. Some of these are more than 7000 years old. Climbing up the Edakkal caves you will reach the brow [upper portion] of the cave which is 1200 m above sea level. From there one can have a spectacular view of Wayanad and the Western Ghats. Climbing these caves is not for everybody since it is really steep and the way up is slippery. You can stop by and watch these ancient petroglyphs on the walls while on the way up, through the caves.

  • Meenmutty is the 2nd largest waterfalls in Kerala and is one of the central attraction of Wayanad. The 300 m high waterfalls is gorgeous and comprises of 3 tiers. People need to trek 2kms to reach the falls, but is worth the effort as the energy will be bursting through you in excitement when you reach there and witness these giant falls, an awe- inspiring marvel of nature. Camping near the falls is a great idea but only with proper permission from the Forest Department, you are allowed to do so, since a lot of wild animals might pass through and that could be an immediate threat. It is not recommended to visit Meenmutty falls during the monsoon season [June- September] as the water level will get high and is risky, as many have lost their lives, during the monsoon flow. Meenmutty is 30 kms from Kalpetta, likely 1 hour drive. There are Government buses too available from Kalpetta town.

  • It is also known as Sentinel Waterfalls. It is located at Vellarimala hills 25 kms away from Kalpetta. People usually play in the natural pool formed beneath this waterfalls and, also taking snaps walking around. Rock climbing lovers will find it perfect for the same. Visitors are not allowed to carry any plastics into falls, for which there is a security check at the entrance.

  • Chembra is a mountain peak and the highest of its kind in Wayanad standing 2100 m’s above sea level. It offers scenic views on both sides and some of the best scrambling along the way up. There is a heart shaped lake halfway through Chembra peak, which is so perfect that it looks like a work of art expertly drawn on a piece of land by the our mother nature. At the top of the Chembra peak, we get a jaw dropping view of the mountain ranges and part of Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Trekking and camping up at Chembra peak is simply an awesome experience, but due to some recent ecological issues visitors are not allowed to camp at night. For trekking it is necessary to seek permission from the forest authority and an entrance fee is charged per head for the same. A guide is available on request.

  • In the midst of lush green mountains is this natural lake Pookot. There are boating facilities, spice shops and a children’s park which makes it a quiet outing spot for families as well as newlywed couples. It is 14 kms from Kalpetta and is open from 09.00 am- 06.00 pm.

Summer [March - May] Summer at Wayanad starts by March of the year, ending by May. During summer Wayanad is considerably warmer but accompanied by cool breeze which makes it comfortable and pleasant for the visitors.

Monsoon [June - November] From June to September, the South West Monsoon reaches Wayanad, and from October to November, the North West monsoon. Strong rainfalls and drizzles make it hard to travel around, nevertheless Wayanad looks at her best when it rains as if she has worn her best outfit.

Winter [December - February] winter is cooler and the temperature may get down to 10?c. For the same reason tourists choose this time of the year to visit Wayanad as it is cool, calm and literally speaking, "breathtakingly beautiful". As a reminder, do not forget to take your sweaters, because nights are sometimes bone chilling.

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Kannur, also known by its Portuguese name Cannanore, is renowned for its native art form “Theyyam”, which is unlike any other dance form, a ritual performed in ancient shrines. Kannur is also famous for its serene and curved beaches and has some exotic backwater spots like Kavvayi which is clean and untouched. It was the military headquarters of the British in the west coast of India till the first half of the Nineteenth century. Asia’s largest and the worlds third largest Naval Academy is situated at Ezhimala, Kannur. There are some massive historical monuments like the Thalassery fort and the St. Angelo Fort, reminding us of the long forgotten European colonialism in India.


  • Kannur is gifted with some of the great folk art forms, like the spirited and vibrant “Theyyam”. It is not just any other folk art but a lively combination of ritual, vocal, instrumental, dance, painting, sculpture and literature. “Theyyam” means God in Malayalam. The concept of this energetic art form is that men transform into God at certain ritualistic and divine moments. The beating of “Chendas” [drums], blowing of pipes, rhythmic dance steps, bright coloured costumes, and vivid face paintings of different styles, depicting various Hindu deities, all adds to the energy of this 2000 year old ritualistic art form. Witnessing Theyyam is believed to be an enlightening moment of an individual’s life. As Theyyam is not meant to be performed as a stage performance, people who wish to experience Theyyam will have to visit “Kavus” or old shrines which provide arena for the Theyyam performers. December to May is the period of harvest and festivals when this ritual is conducted in Kannur.

  • Drive along the longest drive-in beach in India, the Muzhappilangad beach of Kannur. It is located 15 kms away from Kannur, lies parallel to National Highway 17 [NH-17] connecting Kannur town and Thalassery. It stretches across 4 kms on the coastal line of Kannur. There are various food joints by the side of the beach, where you can taste some famous Malabari cuisine. Power Boating, Paragliding, Parasailing, water sport and various other adventurous and fun activities are the main attractions of Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach.

  • St. Angelo fort is a 510 year old Portuguese built sea side fort, facing the Arabian Sea near to the Kannur town. The first Portuguese viceroy of India Mr. Dom Francisco de Almeida was the man behind the construction of this historical monument which is now under the Archaeological Survey of India. Certain additions were made by the Dutch when they captured this fort from the Portuguese in 1963. The bastians Hollandia, Zeelandia and Frieslandia are some of the Dutch modernized features that you can see now. After the Dutch rule, the fort became a major defence centers for the British. The monument is just 2 kms away from Kannur town and is easily accessible by Kerala Government Bus Service.

  • The Thalassery fort, 22 kms away from Kannur at Thalassery town was built by the British to establish their supremacy in Malabar. It was built in 1708. The fort was a major military base of the British then. The structure is massive and impressive and has secret tunnels leading to sea, possibly used as escape routes during the time of an outbreak or an unexpected attack.

  • A picturesque sea side 55kms North of Kannur. A 286 m heigh hillock is a distinctive landmark here. Ezhimala is of great historical importance and is even referred in some chapters of the Puranas [Ancient Indian texts]. It has seen the famous Chola-Chera war during the 11th century. It is also renowned for many medicinal herbs growing in and around. It was also a major seaport and trade center at the start of the Common Era. It is now a Naval Academy one of the largest in the world.

  • Soon to be another Backwater hotspot in Kerala, Kavvayi backwaters is at the Sangam [joining] or convergence of 5 rivers namely Kavvayi, Kankol, Vannathichal, Kuppithodu, and Kuniyan. It is unpolluted and untouched, clean and verdant countryside. Cruising along you may feel as if you have entered a private island designed for you. There are various houseboats available as per your demands. Day cruise and night cruise are available. Fresh Malabari cuisine is cooked and served inside the houseboat. You may even witness toddy tapping, and on request can taste some fresh toddy, a natural alcoholic drink tapped from palm trees, another speciality of Kerala.

  • Kalaripayettu is believed as the most oldest and scientific martial art form in the world. It is regarded as the mother of all martial arts, as all the modern martial art forms are said to have been evolved from this ancient science of war. “Kalari” means arena and “Payattu” means combat, therefore it is an art of fighting practiced inside an arena. Kalaripayattu not only teach to defend oneself and fight, but also trains a person to master himself, and gain self control. You can watch this traditional art form by visiting any Kalari Training center in Kannur and seek permission to witness students practicing Kalaripayattu. Other than bare hands, the students use spears, swords and wooden staff in combat training.

Summer - Summer season starts by March and lasts till May. As Kannur lies on the coastal area of Kerala, summer is too hot and humid. It is not the best season to visit Kannur as some people may find it harsh. Normally the temperature ranges from 31°c to 38°c.

Monsoon - This is also not a recommended period to visit Kannur, yet it is true that Kannur looks no less than beautiful even during the Monsoon showers. June to September Kannur experiences South West Monsoon and during October and November months it is North East Monsoon.

Winter - Possibly the best suitable time to pack your bags and head to Kannur. The temperature would be averaging 24°- 26°. The pleasant climate is inviting, and helps in easy movement in and around Kannur.

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Kasargod is the northern most district of Kerala state in India. It was declared a separate district on May 24, 1984. Before it was a part of Kannur district. It is famous for its multi linguistic culture, as there are 7 languages spoken by the people residing at Kasargod. It was regularly visited by the Arabs and the Portuguese centuries before. It was a major trade centre back then.

The history of Kasargod says it was ruled by famous Kolathiri king. When Vijayanagiri kingdom attacked them and when his empire declined, Ikkeri naikas came to power and ruled till the end of 16th century. Then Hyder ali of Mysore conquered Kasargod during his try to conquer whole Kerala, but he failed in doing the same in case of Thalassery fort. He went back, and then his son Tipu sultan set eyes on Kerala, and captured Malabar later surrendering it to the British. Kasargod in 1956 became a part of Kerala state when the neighbouring states Kerala and Karnataka were reorganized.

To the east side of Kasargod, it is walled by the mighty Western Ghats, and is blessed with beautiful hills, lakes, rivers, beaches, and even backwaters. The coastline of Kasargod to the west is around 30 km’s long and is a must visit seaside for those fond of sunbathing.

Kasargod is a jackpot for art enthusiasts as it is rich in culture and heritage. The various art forms like Yakshagana, Bombeiyatta [puppet dance], bull fight, and most importantly Theyyam attracts a lot of winged visitors from all over the planet.

Kasargod is a mixture of lakes, rivers, backwaters, beaches, hillstations, monuments, ancient forts and list goes on. Let us introduce some of the must see spots

  • Bekal is at a distance of 12 kms from Kasargod town, and is an International heritage nominee. It is well preserved and is one of the oldest forts in India and largest in the Kerala state. The fort is accompanied by the skyline- silver sea on whose shore lies this brilliant piece of architecture. Anyone starting from an archaeologist to a beachside lover, it entertains all and never leave them empty minded.

    The history of the Bekal fort dates its completion to 1650 AD, 365 years before. The fort was built not to showcase its beauty but rather was a part of a self defence strategy. The outer walls of Bekal fort was specially designed as per the defence strategy of that time. The upper holes of the walls were designed to aim farther targets on the sea. The next layer of holes below was for attacking enemies nearby and the third and last layer of holes were to strike the enemies who were nearest the fort. Now, that is some architectural and defensive brilliance of our ancestors. There is a railways station nearby for people travelling through rails.

  • With backwaters like Alleppey which is now one of the most sought after destinations in the world, the recent addition to the backwater marvel is Kasargod. Backwaters are as we all know simply an extraordinary artistic piece drawn by nature itself. Unlike Allepppey backwaters, the most notable aspect of Kasargod backwaters is that it is unexplored and untouched, which helps those who wants to enjoy Kerala backwaters, but like to avoid an overcrowded vacation.

    You could reach Kavvayi which is near to Kasargod town nearly a 30 km drive, and opt for Valiyaparamba cruise houseboats. With 4 beautiful islands bounded by silvery river streams, lush countryside and exquisite Kerala cuisine served inside the houseboat, you will have a time of your lifetime. Depending on your time and demands, you can choose either day cruise or night cruise, and sail across the unique Kerala backwaters.

  • This hillstation is 85 km’s from Kasargod town, and is one of the less explored hillstations in South India. This aids in enjoying a pleasant trip through the hills as it is not crowded with tourists. It is about 2480 feet above sea level and offers a very green and panoramic view of the landscape. Anybody who love hillstations and often do visit them would not regret spending some time at the top of these hills listening to the pure natural music of the hills. Kottancheri hills and Posadigumpe are other hillstations other than Ranipuram which are located 66 km’s and 26 km’s north east of Kasargod respectively.

  • Just 4 kms away from Kasargod town, Chandragiri is situated on the Chandragiri River. The town is famous for its renowned Chandragiri fort which is more than 300 years old. It belongs to the chain of forts built by the Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The fort offers a spectacular view of the Chandragiri River and the Arabian Sea. Other than Valiyamparamba Chandragiri Cruise is another way to explore the Kasargod backwaters.

  • Another clean and serene seaside, Kappil beach is rapidly gaining popularity among the tourists. The beach is famous for the panoramic view of the Arabian Sea one gets while standing on Kodi cliff nearby.

  • Theyyam is an energetic dance form of North Kerala ageing more than 2000 years or more. It is a kind of ritualistic dance rather than a stage performance including vocal and instrumental music keeping the spectator in a state of trance during the Theyyam dance. This mystical art form is performed annually during the months November to May in “Kavus” or shrines. It is usually conducted during night time or early morning hours.


Summer - March to May marks the summer season in Kasargod. The temperature ranges from 25°c to 31°c. It is a fair time to visit Kasargod.

Monsoon - Kasargod receives the highest amount of rainfall in Kerala. By June Kasargod gets wet by South West Monsoon and lasts till September, and October, November months Kasargod is hit by North East Monsoon.

Winter - The best time to make a visit to Kasargod is during Winter Season. It starts by December and lasts till the month of February. The pleasant and cool climate of Kasargod during winter attracts a lot of tourists.

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Malppuram was once the headquarters of the famous Zamorins before it was captured by Hyder Ali of Mysore. Later on Malappuram was handed over to the British as per the treat of Seringapattanam. Malappuram has many institutions for Vedic and Islamic philosophies. Three rivers namely Chaliyar Rver, Kadalundi River and Bharathapuzha River flow through Malappuram.

Literally Malappuram means “Atop hillock” and it got the name considering its geographical characterestics. The city is recognized as the 'best municipality in up keeping the cleanliness and health'.


  • Nilambur is a renowned town in Malappuram district, and is gifted with rich vegetation, wildlife, waterfalls and rivers. It is near to the Nilgiri Hills of Western Ghats. It is famous for its Teak plantation, situated just 4 kms from the Nilambur Town. You can also visit the forest zone with prior permission from the Forest Department. Inside the forest you will come across many tribal communities who are having a history of more than a thousand years, there within the thick woods of Nilambur. The other attractions at Nilambur which are not to be missed are the Nedumkayam Rain Forest, Adyanpara Waterfalls, Kodikithimala and Karuverakundu. There are frequent bus services available from Tirur bus stand to reach Nilambur covering 66 kms on road.

  • 38 kms from Malappuram and 7 kms from Beypore is this another bird watcher’s paradise Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. It is set across scenic islands on the Kadalundi River, one of the major rivers flowing through Malappuram. At Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, you can spot varieties of local as well as migratory birds like whimbrels, herons, sandpipers and so on.

  • Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to goddess Durga is situated at Kadampuzha of Malappuram district. The temple is believed to be around 1900 years old. It is under the Malabar Devaswom Board. Here goddess Durga is worshipped in her 3 different manifestations viz. Vana Durga, Vidya Durga and Aadi Durga. You can locate the temple 19 kms away from Tirur town.

  • Over 100 years of excellence in the field of Ayurveda, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala is one of the prominent institutions of Ayurveda situated at Kottakkal, a small town in Malappuram. It was established by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier in 1902. It has an Ayurvedic research center, a nursing home and a hospital. Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala has its branches all over the state along with branches in Chennai and Delhi. Kottakkal is 16 kms away from Tirur.

Summer - Summer starts at Malappuram by March, and ends in May. Humidity is high during this season, and temperature averages 35°c. Regardless of the heat during the period, it is pretty much a good time to visit Malappuram especially for those interested in Bird watching.

Monsoon - During the months June to September, the monsoon succeeds the summer and brings heavy rainfall to Malappuram. Therefore visiting Malappuraam during the monsoon may restrict you stay inside. However by October the rain retreats slowly and invites winter.

Winter - It is the perfect time for visiting Malappuram. The temperature is cool, Pleasant and inviting ranging from 16°c to 26°c. The season starts by November and continue till the end of February.

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Palakkad, the land of hills, rivers, forests and lush valleys is situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The name Palakkad literally means forest of Pala trees [Alstonia Scholaris], which means it was once thick jungle with sweet scented Pala flowers.

A 40 km low mountain pass between Palakkad and Coimbatore is known as the Palakkad Gap which is known as the gateway to Kerala. Palakkad is situated at the center of Kerala state sharing its border with Thrissur on the south west, Coimbatore on the east, and Malappuram on the Northwest. It is famous for its rich green paddy fields and hence earning the name “Rice bowl of Kerala”.


  • The Malampuzha Dam is the largest reservoir in Kerala, with the mighty Western Ghats on its background. It is 6,066 feet high and crosses Malampuzha River which is a tributary of Bharathapuzha, the longest river in Kerala. It was constructed in 1955 and since then the canal system is serving water to irrigate lands and the reservoir provides drinking water to the residents of Palakkad and surrounding areas too. The other attraction of Malambuzha Dam is the Malambuzha garden and parks surrounding it. There are boating facilities available to have some time floating enjoying the lush greenery of Malambuzha and the Western Ghats. There is a Rock Garden, a fish-shaped aquarium, a snake park and a ropeway too which is an exciting way to see around the park. Malambuzha Dam is 7.6 kms away from Palakkad and is easily accessible.

  • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at Parambikulam of Chittur taluk in Palakkad. Parambikulam is situated in Annamalai hills in the Western Ghats. It is thickly forested by Bamboos, Sandalwood, Rosewood and teak. One of the main attractions of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the Kannimara teak tree, which is the largest in the whole Asia. You can spot wild animals like Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, elephant and so on. You can locate Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary 92 kms away from Palakkad town.

  • Nelliampathy is a scenic hillstation. Though less explored, it has got everything from rich greenery, serene and cool atmosphere, silvery waterfalls, cloud covered mountains and orderly layered tea and coffee plantations. There are orange and cardamom plantations as well. The road to Nelliampathy is narrow and there are 9 hairpins to negotiate with before reaching up hills. Trekking is an exciting activity here for sure. Sitharkundu trek is one of the most exhilarating and adventurous. Once you reach Sitharkundu, you will have a breathtaking view of the landscape. Nelliampathy Hills are 60 kms away from Palakkad town and you can take the road starting from Nenmara which is the only way to Nelliampathy Hills.

  • This 237.52sq km of natural rainforests is a land of mysteries, of which some are yet to be revealed. An interesting fact about Silent Valley National Park is that there are no cicadas present in the forest, and hence the name “Silent Valley”. There are more than 1000 species of flowering plants inside the forests along with 34 species of mammals, 200 species of butterflies, 400 species of moths, 128 species of beatles and more than 200 species of birds of which 16 are endemic species. Therefore it is considered as one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the whole planet. Permission from the forest department is mandatory to get inside the forest and visit the valley. Night halt is not allowed for any visitors. You can spot Silent Valley National Park 49 kms away from Palakkad Town.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Palakkad with highest temperature recorded of 37°c and minimum of 32°c. Summer Season at Palakkad is during March to May. If you do not mind the heat, it is a fair time to visit Palakkad.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits Palakkad. This time is good to make a visit, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem during outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Palakkad. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 19°c. The nights are cooler during the months of winter.

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Thalassery is a small coastal town in the Kannur district of Kerala State. It is gifted with 4 rivers of which one is the famous Mahe River or Mayyizhi River which seperates Thalassery and Mahe [a union territory of Puducherry]. Soon after the decline of the famous Chera rule by 12th century AD, Kerala kingdom broke into 4, named Venadu, Kochi, Kozhikode and Kolathanadu. Since Thalassery was situated at the northern most area in Kolathunadu, It was called Thalakkathu cherry. Thalakkathu means “at the top”, and Cherry means “place”. Hence the name Thalassery came into use. Thalassery is the birthplace of Communist movement in Kerala. This town is also famous for its special cuisine combining Kerala, French and Arabic mix. The first bakery in the state Mambally Bakery was started in Thalassery.


  • The british built this fort on the seaside of Thalassery inorder to control the spice trade. It was attacked by Hyder ali of Mysore but was unsuccessful in his attempt. This historical monument is situated just 1.5kms from Thalassery town and can be easily accessed.

  • Odathil mosque is a 200 year old built around 1806 and is made of teak wood. It is a popular pilgrim center for the Muslims. It is within the Thalassery town itself.

  • Situated 100 meters away from the seaside in Thalasssery is this gorgeous 5 acre island. It is adorned with thick lush bushes and coconut palms. Visitors need permission to access this privately owned island. In the distant past it was a Buddhist center. Dharmadom Island is 6 kms from the Thalassery town and there are frequent bus services from Thalassery town to Dharmadom Island.

Summer - Summer season starts by March and lasts till May. Summer is too hot and humid. Normally the temperature ranges from 31°c to 38°c. If not considering the heat factor, Thalassery is fine to visit during summer.

Monsoon - This is not a recommended period to visit Kannur. June to September Thalassery experiences South West Monsoon and during October and November months it is North East Monsoon.

Winter - Possibly the best time to visit Thalassery. The temperature would be averaging 24° - 26°. The pleasant climate is inviting, and helps in easy movement in and around Kannur.

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Thekkady is a small town in Idukki district, and is a part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers 777sq km area of thick jungle. It is home to Indian bison, Sambar, Nilgiri Tahr, Elephant, and 46 Tigers. The most appealing sight in Periyar is the artificial lake which was made by a British engineer, Colonel J Pennycuick. He diverted the water of the River Periyar towards Tamil Nadu and thus the lake was formed flowing through the forests of Western Ghats. The sanctuary was later declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The Forest is unpolluted as there are no vehicles allowed into the forest. The lake is the only means of transport inside the sanctuary. Therefore trekking is not on adventurous here but also healthy and refreshing. Those who are Fond of wildlife and are hardcore nature fans will never leave Thekkady unsatisfied. Tribal communities such as “mannans”, “uralis” and many other live in the Periyar forests. Many of them are trained guides and guards of the wildlife sanctuary as they know the woods well are alert to every movement inside the forest. Thekkady is also known for its spices. The spice plantations in Thekkady are worth a visit, as the aroma of famous Indian spices that is spread in and around the plantation seduce you, touching your highest senses. The visitors can learn how these spices are cultivated, harvested and processed.


  • The most exciting and refreshing way to get deep into the wild secrets of the Periyar, floating on the river Periyar and exploring the thick jungle by the side, spotting the wild animals like Giant squirrel, Sambar deer, Elephants, bison and so on in their natural habitat, Bamboo Rafting is the most desired activity by the visitors.

    The 8am- 5pm whole day trek is recommended for those who do not want to miss any part of Periyar wildlife. This activity is conducted by the Forest Department and therefore it is really safe. You will be seated on a raft made of bamboos, and 4 guides and an armed forest guard will accompany you through the forests. The guides are mostly tribal who knows the nook and corner of their home Periyar. They know every species of various animals living in the forests and therefore can give you an intricate detail about the wildlife. Food will be served to you on the way and you can eat at the middle of the forest.

  • The artificial Periyar Lake is a brilliant example of engineering masterpiece. It is the only way of transport inside the sanctuary, and thereby is the most easy and economical way to get an overall feel of the sanctuary. You can spot elephants, deer, bison and many other animals during this 2 hour boat ride around the lake as it is the major source of water for those living in the wilderness of Periyar.

  • This is a 3 hours trek through the moist deciduous forests of Periyar. You can spot rare birds and wild animals like Elephants, Deer, Bison and so on in the midst of lush and thick woods. The Program is conducted from 7 am to 3 pm. You will be accompanied by a trained tribal guide. A team of 5 guests can participate at a time.

  • A Jeep safari amidst the wild lands of Gavi is a thrilling and exciting experience. It is 36 kms from Periyar and is one of the leading Eco- tourism centers in India. Gavi is so popular among the wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

  • Periyar is literally, the spice basket of Kerala. More than 70 % of the cardamom produced in the nation is growing at Periyar. What makes this plantation visit worthwhile is that the aroma of cardamom spread throughout the plantation will try to seduce you holding you there for a long time. While you move along these plantations, you will be immersed in the flawless beauty of these green shrubs growing on both sides well organized and layered. Other than Cardamom, Periyar is also famous for its Pepper plantations. Clove, Cinnamon, and Vanilla also adds to the list.

    The Spice plantation visit is not just a sightseeing place rather it is also educating people about growing, harvesting and processing of these spices. You will be accompanied by the naturalists of the area, who will explain to you everything about the same. You will also learn about what makes Kerala cuisines different, considering its popularity being spicy.

  • There are many tribal communities living at Periyar Tiger Reserve like the Mannans, the Uralis and many others. Their heritage tribal dance form is a unique art form to witness and learn. Inorder to provide an opportunity for the guests to enjoy this traditional art form and also a livelihood for these tribal communities, there are tribal dance shows conducted everyday evening at 6pm- 7pm. This one hour program also includes a brief introduction about the tribal communities residing at Periyar and also about the costumes and musical instruments they use while performing this traditional art form.

  • A Bullock cart ride through the countryside is for sure a must experience activity at Periyar. While you move along slowly in a bullock cart, you will witness the vineyards, sunflower fields, mangoes, jasmine etc. You can see for yourself how the village people spend their daily life for bread and butter and how everything moves during a typical day at Periyar. There are 2 options for this ride, one starts by 6am in the morning, and the other is 2.30pm noon.

  • This is the most adventurous activity at Periyar tiger reserve and is meant for equally adventurous tourists and hardcore nature fans. Tiger trail is conducted as one night or 2 night program as per the convenience of the guests. You will cover 25 to 35 kms of forest area trekking starting from early morning. People who have atleast minimum level of fitness are allowed for this program as the trek includes a lot of uphill and downhill which might use up all your energy.

    The program is conducted by former poachers of the forests who are now working as guides. Normally, a team of 5 visitors, 5 guides and 2 forest officials start trekking at 9 am morning and return back the next day or 2 days after by noon. At night you will be camping in the middle of the thick jungle and fresh vegetarian food is cooked right in front of your eyes by trained guides accompanying you. Visitors cannot expect a 5 star facility in the middle of the forest, so those participating in this program should be well prepared and aware of it before opting for the same.

Thekkady is situated at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. The air is salubrious and rejuvenating with so many trees growing around. The climate is pleasant throughout the year.

Summer - By March the summer season starts at Thekkady and ends in May. The maximum temperature is 34°c. It is a good time to visit Thekkady. With clear skies, and bright sunlight lighting up the greenery, the visitors get a pleasant feel of Periyar.

Monsoon - By the time Monsoon starts at Thekkady, the tourist inflow decreases as the rain continuously showers upon Periyar, which makes it difficult to enjoy walking around. So those who want a pleasant experience at Thekkady should avoid Monsoon.

Winter - This is the favorite period of the visitors, as the climate is cool and the monsoon leaves Periyar clean and green. The season starts by December and lasts till February.

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Thrissur is considered as the land of Poorams or festivals and the cultural capital of Kerala for a reason. The annual festival of Thrissur known as the Thrissur Pooram is one of the largest gatherings on Earth. It is celebrated at the Vadakumnathan Shiva Temple, Thrissur. The Name Thrissur is derived from the Malayalam name Thiru- Shiva- Peroor which means “The land of sacred Shiva”. King Raja Rama Verma popularly known as Shaktham Thampuran, was the architect of the present day Thrissur town. Thrissur is a revenue district and a major commercial hub of Kerala. For people visting Thrissur, it has for them gorgeous giant waterfalls, ancient temples, Kalamandalam art institution, serene beaches and many more which can for sure educate them and refresh them from their busy tiring life.


  • One among the greatest gatherings in Asia, Thrissur Pooram is a 2 century old annual festival conducted during the Malayalam month Medam [April- may] at the Vadakumnathan temple, Thrissur. Witnessing this grand festival is a glistening sight. With more than 50 elephants adorned with Nettipattams [forehead ornament for elephant] lined in front of tens of thousands of spectators from many other parts of the planet, the sounds of trumpets, cymbals and madhalam, and the breathtaking fireworks that paints the sky with bright colors, all combine to give us an out of the world experience.

    The rivalry between the principle participants Paramekkavu temple and Thirivambadi temple adds more energy and excitement during the Pooram. The Thrissur Pooram is a symbol of communal harmony in India, as everybody irrespective of their caste and creed participate actively on this splendid occasion. The Pooram is conducted at the Thekkinkadu maidan [ground] which is within the city itself, therefore easily accessible.

  • Situated near the Sholayar ranges of forests, Athirampally waterfalls is another wonderful architectural marvel of Nature. Thousands of visitors reach Athirampally to witness this 80 feet tall water giant. The water from the Chalakkudi River flows gently till Athirampally where it rushes its way down providing us a mind blowing scene of natural phenomenon. The combination of waterfalls in the middle of the thick green jungle is pure beauty. Vazhachal waterfalls is another mighty waterfalls just 5kms away from Athirampally. These two sites attract thousands and thousands of tourists from all parts of the world. Athirampally waterfall is 53 kms from Thrissur city and therefore can be easily accessed.

  • The temple built by the Lord Parashurama himself, the Vadakkumnathan temple is the pride of Thrissur. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This greatest gathering in Asia, the Thrissur Pooram is conducted here as a special occasion when all the other deities com and assemble to meet Lord Shiva. Spread over 8-9 acres of land, the Vadakkumnathan temple is surrounded by massive, strong walls. Inside the temple are 4 gopurams, each symbolizing each of the principle directions North, South, East and West. The temple opens at 3 am morning and closes at 10.30 am, and evening hours are 4 pm to 8:30 pm.

  • Thykattu mooss family is old practitioners and promoters of ancient Ayurvedic tradition in Kerala. The family is gifted with certain brilliant Ayurvedic physicians. They were praised by many kings and other noble men for their prolific Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. Patients from different parts of the world visit them to undergo ayurvedic treatments to end their sufferings. The Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasalla [Ayurveda pharmacy] was started in 1941 by Asthavaidyan Neelakanthan Mooss, the son of Ashtavaidyan Naryanan Mooss. It is situated at Ollur, Thrissur. Most of the Ayurvedic preparations produced at this pharmacy are based on the texts written in their ancient family Taliolas [Palm leaves] filled with Ayurvedic remedies and various other techniques which are used by their forefathers. You can reach Vaidyaratnam Oushadasala by road at Ollur located 7 kms from Thrissur city.

  • The most famous and premier traditional art school in Kerala, Kalamandalam is situated at Cheruthuruthy 32km northeast of Thrissur. The institution follows an ancient Gurukula system of learning in which students are taught various forms of art intensively. Mohiniyattom, Kathakali, Koodiattam, percussion are some of the art forms that students practice rigorously with passion and commitment. Visitors especially the art enthusiasts can spend time here and see for themselves how these students are moulded to exceptional artists in their respective art forms. The Institution holds inside a distinct ambience of Indian music and art and is a must visit if you plan Thrissur.

  • Built in the Dutch and Kerala style of architecture, this 2 storied building is one of a kind in Kerala. The main building is designed in a traditional Naalukettu style with open courtyards at the center. The Palace holds and display lot historical informations about other rulers of Kochi, Mysore and so on. It has a Bronze gallery and a sculpture gallery where one can find bronze statues of the 12th and the 18th centuries along with granite statues of the 17th century respectively. There is another Epigraphy gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings. The Palace is close to the Vadakumnathan temple within the city and therefore can be easily accessed.

  • Probably one of the most pristine seasides on the West Coast of India, Chavakkadu Beach attracts a lot of people. It is famous for the Sangam of the sea and river where the Arabian Sea meets a river and it is known as Azhimukam in Kerala. You can spot this beach 29 km North West of the Thrissur city and there are frequent bus services available from the city to Chavakkad. It takes a 1 hour ride on road before you reach this beautiful sea site.

  • The Guruvayoor temple is built in typical Kerala style architecture. It was built by the divine architect Vishwakarma in such a manner than the Sun referred to as Surya Deva [Sun God] in Hinduism directly falls on the Vishnu idol and pays his respects to Lord Vishnu. The idol is believed to be installed by Brihaspathy and Vayu Deva [God of the winds] and the temple has a history of about 5000 years. The temple was renovated in 16th century and since then it has become one of the most visited pilgrim centers in India. It is also known as the “Bhooloka Vaikuntha”, the heaven on Earth. After the temple visit you can go for shopping at the east and west gates of the temple and buy some souvenirs to take home.

    There is an Anakotta [Elephant Fort] 2kms from the Guruvayoor temple which houses the largest number of elephants in India considering the small area of 11.5 acres. This Anakotta was initially the palace of a local ruler which is now home for 59 elephants of the Guruvayoor Temple.

Summer - Summer is hot and humid in Thrissur with highest temperature recorded of 38°c and minimum of 32°c. Summer Season at Thrissur is during March to May every year and is a fair time for sightseeing.

Monsoon - Season starts by June and ends by November. This is when the Monsoon hits cooling down the hot and humid land of Thrissur. This time is good to make a visit too, but sometimes heavy rainfall will be a problem in outing.

Winter - Winter starts by December and lasts till February. This is the best time to visit Thrissur. The lowest temperature recorded during winter is 18°c. The nights are cooler and the atmosphere is lovely all around, during the months the winter.