Places

Kerala
Tour Intro

Kerala is gifted with lovely beaches, hill stations, stunning backwaters, mindblowing greenery, wildlife, bird sanctuaries and rich culture. Kerala Backwaters are the most popular tourist attraction in India. From elephants to colourful butterflies, Kerala is overflowing with the wonders of nature. Throughout the world, Kerala beaches are renowned for their breathtaking beauty.

God's own country has become a popular tourist destination for both domestic and foreign travellers. This travel portal is dedicated to the beauty of Kerala providing all the information you need to make your trip to Kerala a memorable one. Here you can contact travel agents offering Kerala travel packages customized to one's needs.

Places of Interest
Kovalam – Paradise of South India

Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum.Today this beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam means grove of coconut trees and true to its name one can get the endless sight of this. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southern most beach called as the light house beach, The northern side known as Samudra and the middle as the hawah.

It is a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. You could get into any of the Ayurvedic massage centre and indulge in a rejuvenating herbal, body-toning massage and holistic therapies.

There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. Surfing and swimming are among the other water sports possible in Kovalam beach.Spend your leisure time in Kovalam to have a joyful everlasting experience.

Varkala

The beach offers a magnificent view of the sun rise and sun set that few destinations in kerala boast of. Varkala is also an important Hindu pilgrimage center. The long sandy beach, the quiet and the clean secluded beach, the red laetrile cliffs, the soothing mineral springs attracts the tourist.The Papanasam Beach at Varkala is a quiet, secluded beach known for its white, silvery stretch of sand, mineral springs and rocky cliffs.

Places of interest at Varkala are - Janardhana Temple, Anjengo Fort, Yoga, Ayurveda, & Massage centre and so on. Return back to the hotel late in the evening for a overnight stay at Varakala.

Kannur – The land of Ageless Charm

It is popularly known as the city of Looms and Lores. The virgin and clean beaches at Muzhappilangad, Payyambalam, Meenkunnu and Kizhunna are a tourist’s paradise. The Payyambalam Beach: From the beach, one can see ships in transit along the Malabar coast and moving towards Mangalore, Goa and Bombay.Baby Beach it is called so as it is smaller than its bigger neighbourhood, Payyambalam Beach: The famous St. Angelo Fort is adjacent to it. Meenkunnu Beach, Thottada Beach are the other famous beaches here.

Nileshwaram

It is situated 40 Km south of Kasargod town in Hosdurg taluk, this town is very close to the Nileshwar River. The bridge across the river roughly marks its northern boundary, and is followed by the town. The rivers, Tejaswini and Nileshwar, meet a short distance away before spilling jointly into the sea at Taikadapuram.
The nearest beach is at Thaikandapuram, 5 km away.A small fishing harbour is located here. The other famous beach is at Azhithala is also worth a visit. Waves lashing the shore at high tide carve out large sections of the beach, literally altering its topography overnight.

Kasaragod

The hinterland of this district is lush and green as it has 12 rivers coursing throught it. It is one of the famous tourist attractions as it is the only lake temple in Kerala. The Kappil Beach is among the cleanest and the most unpolluted in Kerala. The Kodi cliff offers panoramic views of the sea and the beach.

KOLLAM

It is where the famed network of waterways begins. The Ashtamudi Lake , known as the gateway to the backwaters, covers about 30 per cent of Kollam. From here, a 130 km long system of international canals and lakes snakes up all the way to the north. Kollam is also regarded as the hub of cashew processing and the centre of the fisheries industry in Kerala. Moreover, over 2,000 factories and industrial units churning out products as diverse as coir, chemicals, ceramics, minerals and seafood make it the most industrialized district of the State.

ALUMKADAVU BOAT BUILDING YARD

It is located on the northern backwaters of Kollam, near Karunagappally, the famous kettuvalloms or houseboats are crafted here. It is known as a boat-building and repairing centre, Alumkadavu is also popular as the ideal location to watch coir being made.

MATHA AMRITANANDAMAYI ASHRAM

Vallikavu, the birthplace of the famous spiritual guru. Mata Amritanandamayi is now known as Amritapuri Mata. It is a beehive of activity as the headquarters of the Mata Amritanandamayi Trust. The 5-acre plot holds a self-contained township that includes a post office, bank, library and charitable dispensary.

ASHTAMUDI BACKWATERS

The cruises organized by DTPC is the finest way to explore these backwaters.The highlights of a one-day houseboat trip could include visits to Panmana Beach,a coir-making unit, and the houseboat-builting yard at Alumkadavu. A day-night cruise entails a night stay on the Ashtamudi Lake .

OCHIRA PARABARAHMA TEMPLE

This temple has neither a structure to house an idol nor an idol to worship. Ochira is dedicated to the formless, infinite ‘Para Brahma’, the Absolute and Supreme Principle.The annual festival, Ochirakali, held during June-July, commemorates the historic battle between the Kayamkulam and Chempakasseri rajas.

SASTHAMKOTTA DHARMASASTHA TEMPLE

This is one among the many temples in Kollam dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The monkeys that once colonised the surrounding woods were believed to be loyal followers of the ruling deity, Dharmasastha, and hence, are revered by devotees. A 10-day annual festival includes the colourful Kettukazhcha procession, various folk art performances and an elephant procession.

THANGASSERI

Located south of Kollam, Thangasseri, or ‘gold village’, was once the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency, thanks to the early European traders. This picturesque settlement has a chequered history, dating back to the 14 th century. The town’s 144-ft lighthouse, built by the British, dates back to 1519. Thangasseri celebrated its 500 th anniversary in 1999.

THEVALLY PALACE

Standing on a promontory in central Kollam, this palace overlooks the scenic Ashtamudi Lake and is viewed from the lake itself. Built during the reign of Gauri Parvathi Bai, between 1811 and 1819, it was the residence of the erstwhile Maharaja during his visits to Kollam to meet the British Resident.

ADVENTURE PARK

Located in the midst of the backwaters of Ashramam, this village has an adventure park, boating club, children’s traffic park and a Yatri Nivas, all in its sprawling campus. The stately 200-year-old residence, once used by Lord Munroe, is now government guest house. The Paaramparya Museum in the premises is also worth a look. On display are paintings from different parts of the country.

MUNORE ISLAND

This green, palm-covered little island is tucked away in the backwaters of Kollam. The Stone Age tools and megaliths discovered here prove the island’s antiquity. Formed by the backwaters of the Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River , it has been named after Colonel Munroe, the British resident of the erstwhile Travancore State . He is credited with having integrated several backwater regions through the construction of canals.Cruising along in a country-made craft, criss-crossing the mazelike canals, offers a glimpse of village life in all its pristine purity.