Vembanad Lake

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Vembanad Lake, one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia, is 12km west from Kottayam. Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals, which empty into the great expanse of water called Vembanad Lake.

The lake, an enchanting tourist spot and a fast developing Backwater Tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating.

Vembanad, the beautiful reservoir stretches across the verdant lands of Kerala. The lake has been the reason for the flourishment of the flora and fauna in this region.

Vembanad Kayal, as it is called in the regional language, is a tank that acts against the floods. The local people in their attractive clothings are found searching for the tasty Karimeen fish.

The Kumarakom Tourist Village offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages. One can take a boat for cruises around the lake. There are houseboats that take one across the lake, making one's trip memorable.

How To Get There

By AirKumarakom, the jetty landing, is accessible from Cochin Airport.
By RailKottayam Railway Station is 15 km from Kumarakom.
By RoadKerala State Road Transport Corporation buses have good service from Cochin, Thrivananthapuram Calicut.
Local TransportOne can also travel by boat, right from Cochin. There is regular boat service from Cochin Boat Jetty to Kumarakom.

Places To Stay

Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Casino Hotel, Kumarakom, built in traditional Kerala style.
The Taj Garden Retreat, Kumarakom.
Guest House of the Department of Tourism, Kumarakom Tourist Complex (KTDC).

General Information

Location Kottayam District, Kerala
Unique Features Largest Fresh Water Lake In Asia
Main Attraction Water Bird Sanctuary

Shasthamkota Lake

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Shasthamcotta Lake, the fresh water lake set in picturesque surroundings and surrounded by hillocks on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala.

An ancient Sastha Temple on its shores, with resident tribes of monkeys, adds sanctity to the waters.

The majestic size of the lake is by itself a spectacular sight. The ancient Sastha Temple, which lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre.

Covering an area of approximately 375 hectares, Shasthamcotta Lake does not get frozen in winter and fresh water is available 365 days a year. This large lake is totally devoid of any flora and there is no plant growth in the waters of the lake.

A larva called "Cavaborus" abounds in the lake. They eat up the viruses and bacteria in the water thus contributing substantially to the high degree of purity of the water.

Shasthamcotta Lake supplies drinking water to approximately 10 million people including the population of the Municipality of Kollam. This project was undertaken and completed by Indo-Norwegian consortium.
How To Get There There are frequent bus services from Kollam. Places To StayAccommodation is available at the PWD Rest House.

General Information

Area 375 Hectares
Main Attraction Sastha Temple
Location 19 Kms From Kollam Town, Kerala

Punnamada Lake

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Punnamada, a true copy of the ancient architecture and ambience rejoining here to welcome the most modern amenities and thus to produce a wonderful, luxurious resort for total relaxation, for the mind, the body and the soul. The resort enjoys an ever-refreshing climate. Spread over 10.5 acres with the water frontage expending over a kilometer, the breeze carries with it the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the lake. The days are vibrant with glorious sunshine and the frenzied crescendo of the waves, and nights balmy with subtle rhythm of tiny waves meeting the banks. Emerald paddy fields and the historic lighthouse of Munroe island basking in the sun just meters away from the resort could inspire the Van Gouge in you.

Lakes of Alappuzha

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Alappuzha is considered as a prime area of backwater tourism and angling. The town has several canals and lakes fit for boat cruise. A journey by boat through the lakes is a memorable experience. The watercourses are flanked by coconut trees, which leave and swing to the tune of gush. A ride by boat or by country craft from Changanassery to Alappuzha through Punnamada Lake will provide an unforgettable sight of some of the paddy fields and stretches of coconut palm groves.

Pookkode Lake

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Pookot Lake, a natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forests and rolling hills is located 3 kms from south of Vythiri town.

Pookot Lake, about 13 kms from Kalpetta, is undoubtedly the most beautiful tourist spot in the whole of Wayanad. The lake nestles in the lap of mountains surrounding it.

Boating in the Pookot Lake is a memorable experience. Tall trees and dense forests that line along the pathway around the lake provide a visual treat. A freshwater acquarium with a large variety of fish is an added attraction.
Tourists can also avail of boating facilities, to enjoy the serene waters of the enchanting lake. A children park and a shopping centre for handicrafts and spices are some of the few attractions of the region, providing recreational facilities to the visitors.

How To Get There

By Air Nearest airport is Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode about 63 km
By RailNearest railway station is at Kozhikode about 63 km.

General Information

Best Time August To May

Main Attraction Fresh Water Acquarium

Location 3 Kms South Of Vythiri Town (Kerala)

Ashtamudi Lake

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The Scenic and Calm Ashtamudi Lake is located in the Kollam district of Kerala. One of the biggest Backwaters of Kerala, this lake boasts of a magnificent view.

The Ashtamudi Lake, which covers a major portion of Kollam district in the south, is the second largest lake and is considered the gateway to the Backwaters.

The backdrop of Chinese fishing nets lends an oriental ambience. The quiet town of Kollam is situated on the edge of this lake.

The exceedingly beautiful Ashtamudi Lake is fringed with coconut groves and palm trees. Some picturesque promontories extend from the north side. One can hire boats for cruising through the placid lake, from the Kollam Boat Club.

Backwater Cruising on this lake from Kollam to Alappuzha lulled by the lapping waters and the shade of swaying palm fronds is an enthralling experience. The famous 'Cheena Vala' or Chinese fishing nets dot the waterline along the cruise.


SignificanceGateway To The Backwaters

General Information

Location Kollam District, Kerala

Main Attraction Kollam Boat Race

Akkulam Lake

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Akkulam Lake is situated 3 kms away from Ulloor junction, in Thiruvananthapuram city. Boating facilities are provided in the lake. The children's park here is one of the biggest in Kerala.

There is a tranquil picnic spot on the banks of the Akkulam Lake. Akkulam is a place of great scenic beauty with a picturesque lake. There is a boat club with over dozens of boats, available for joy riders.

Lazing on the cool banks or boating on the placid waters are good ways to spend a holiday. There is also a children's park. Akkulam is one of the first picnic spots in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram City.

This place is only 10 kms away from the Central Railway Station. The spot is developed on the banks of Aakkulam Kayal (lake), which is an extension of the Veli Kayal (lake).

The calm and serene atmosphere and its unique natural beauty is fascinating for the tourist. The village consists of the Boat Club, Swimming Pool, Children's Park, an Anthurium Project and a Snack Bar.

General Information

Main Attraction Children Park
Picnic Spot

Location 3 Kms From Ulloor, Kerala

Teak Museum, Nilambur

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If you are a nature enthusiast who is desperately pouring your head over volumes to get your much-needed information on Teak, the wonder tree, then the world famous Teak Museum at Nilambur is just the perfect place for you to be in.

Here you can satisfy yourself with loads of information on this magical bounty of nature.

The well-known Teak Museum is located at Nilambur in the Malappuram district of Kerala. Regarded as the first of its kind in the world and the only one in India; it is a house to the treasures of historical, aesthetic and scientific aspects of Teak.

The museum was established on the campus of the sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) in 1995.The museum was established here owing to the historical significance of the region.

The worlds first teak (Tectona grandis) plantation was raised in Nilambur way back in the 1840s in order to ensure a steady supply of Teak timber to the British.

The fascinating abundance of information on this wonder tree attracts an entire horde of tourists to visit this museum throughout the year.

The extensive root system of a 55-year-old teak tree exhibited in the portico for welcoming the tourists is itself metaphorical of the past, present and future of the museum.

The ground floor of the double-storied museum exhibits a translite of Kannimara Teak, the oldest naturally growing teak tree located at the Parambikulam wild-life sanctuary and the life-size replica of the trunk of the largest known teak tree growing in the Malayattoor forest division.

Another translite of a giant tree present in the oldest teak plantation in the Conollys Plot at Nilambur offers the visitors a glimpse into the teak plantation activities undertaken 160 years ago. Some of the other added attractions are the traditional granary and a miniature model of sailing vessel called Uru made of teak wood.

Teak poles of varying sizes and qualities obtained during the process of Thinning of teak plantations are also displayed along with the necessary details of standard classification of teak poles. The depiction of foliage, flowers, fruits and bark of the tree gives us a deeper insight in to the other characteristics of the teak. Here, one can also find the large stump of a 480-year-old teak tree brought from Nagarampara forest range in Kottayam division.

Detailed description on the flower, fruit and natural regeneration of teak as well as the prominent characteristics of these species of trees are exhibited in the first floor of the museum.

In addition to this, the various methods of seed-grading, presowing treatment, preparation of teak stumps, vegetative propagation of teak and the different stages in the complete rotation cycle of teak from seed to mature tree are also on display.

Along with them, one can also come across a collection of over 300 butterflies, moths and insects found in teak plantations. Another exclusive section deals with the various physical disorders of teak, disease-causing insects and pests, plantation and other nursery diseases.

Some of the special attractions of the museum are a series of interesting paintings portraying tree felling operations, a collection of photographs on the phonological events of teak at different seasons, exhibits on traditional harvesting tools and wood samples of different ages from various parts of the world.

The portraits of great figures who had carved out milestones in the successful establishment of teak plantations as well as of those who had laid the foundations to the plantation forestry in India like H. V. Conolly, Chathu Menon and T. F. Bourdillion offer a strong perspective of a glorious era spanning a period of 150 years. This museum also has a world-class library on teak and a mini auditorium for audio-visual presentations.

The 800-metre long bio-resources nature trail on the museum campus is, indeed, an interesting one. This nature trail passes through a heavy growth of shrubs, trees and bamboos. One can also find the different species of birds and reptiles here.

There are 50 naturally grown tree species and 136 endangered and near-extinct tree species of the Western Ghats planted in this nature trail. About 58 species of birds, both resident and migratory, has been recorded in this area. A medicinal plant garden consisting of 150 species is also another attraction worth seeing.

Getting there:

Nearest railway station: Nilambur, about 3 km from the Teak Museum.

Nearest airport: Karipur International Airport, about 36 km from Malappuram.

Tata Tea Museum Munnar

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Munnar is perhaps the choicest of places to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's high ranges.

With special emphasis to Munnar, and to the delight of tea lovers and tourists, Tata Tea recently opened a Tea Museum which houses curious, photographs and machineries, each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing tea industry, as seen today in the region.

The museum set up at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar is a fitting tribute to the toils and rigours of its pioneers, who showed utmost determination and were resolute in their efforts to transform Munnar into a major plantation centre of Kerala.

The Tata Tea Museum diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory.

Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea.

A sundial, placed on a granite block, which was made in 1913 by the Art Industrial School at Nazareth, Tamil Nadu, greets a visitor to the Tea Museum.

At the museum, if one is curious to locate an item with some antiquity, then the burial urn from the second century BC, which was found near Periakanal estate tops the list.

Some of the attention grabbing items on display at the museum include the original tea roller, the 'Rotorvane,' dating back to 1905, used for CTC type tea processing; the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power generation plant that existed in the Kanniamallay estate in the 1920s; a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway that shuttled men and material between Munnar and Top Station during the first half of the last century.

A section of the museum also houses classic bungalow furniture, typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators and EPABX of the1909 telephone system.

A demonstration room for tea tasting is another attraction where one would come across different varieties of tea. Those eager to understand the nuances of tea processing can do so at the CTC and orthodox tea-manufacturing unit at the museum.

The museum authorities are also contemplating on the idea of allowing tourists to pluck tea leaves themselves and have them processed in their presence.

The Tea Museum by Tata Tea would soon turn out yet another reason for travelers to visit the enchanting plantation hills of Munnar, which have already become one of the prime tourist destinations in Kerala.

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. (open 7 days a week)

Entry Fee:
Adults: Rs.50
Children below 12 years: Rs.10

Sree Chitra Arts Gallery

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Located in the Napier Museum grounds, Sree Chitra Art Gallery displays select Paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.

The art gallery housed in a traditional building next to Napier Museum, houses the collections of the Travancore ruling family, and include an interesting assortment of turn-of-the-century Bengali school paintings, and Rajasthani and Mughal miniatures.
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Kerala's favorite artist son, Raja Ravi Varma's works include a number of portraits of kings and their families, British residents and distinguished individuals.

The paintings are so life like that one can easily get a glimpse of a part of Kerala's history, by looking at them.

General Information

Timings It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Wednesday and Mondays mornings.

Location Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

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Located in the southern part of Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital of Kerala, the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum is sure to impress all its visitors. As the name suggests, a wonderful collection of royal articles are exhibited in a beautiful palace.

The Puthe Maliga Palace was the residence of the Rajas of Travancore. Apart from the collection housed within it, the palace building is itself a very admirable structure. It is the result of the hard work and perseverance of about five thousand laborers. They toiled endlessly for five years to complete the palace building. Superlative architectural skills are displayed. One of the most striking features of the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum is the exquisitely carved wooden ceiling

Exhibits of the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum include beautiful paintings and several other unique and valuable collections of the royal family of Travancore. Many of the items displayed in the museum are indicative of the flourishing spice trade between India and China and Europe.

Apart from being an architectural marvel and an excellent repository of precious regal items, the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum is also renowned for being the venue of the Classical Musical Festival that is held each year in the months of January or February. On the occasion of this musical extravaganza, a large number of established artistes from all over the country come to the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum. It is an excellent platform for them to display their skills and it is also a golden opportunity for the visitors to be witnessing their riveting performances.


The Puthe Maliga Palace Museum is quite close to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, another major tourist attraction of Trivandrum. Make sure to visit the museum and you will surely not be disappointed. The excellent collection as well as the museum building itself will surely captivate you.

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Priyadarshini Planetarium is one of the most sophisticated and versatile planetaria in India.

This fabulous planetarium complex has a centrally air conditioned Sky theatre of planetarium, Conference hall, Workshops, Sound - studio etc. with a seating capacity of 184, Priyadarsini Planetarium is rated as one of the best horizontal domed planetaria of global standards.

The planetarium has organised shows on:
" MAN AND THE UNIVERSE"- dealing with the origin and different stages of development of astronomy, the structure of different planets and the Origin of the Universe

"MYRIAD SUNS" dealing with the birth and death of stars, black holes, neutron stars, star clusters, galaxies, nebula, supernova. SignificanceOne Of The Most Sophisticated, Horizontal Planetaria In India

General Information

Timings 10:30am, 12:00pm, 15:00pm, 17:00pm

Location Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Admission Fees Adults: Rs 10. Children (3-10 years): Rs 5.

Main Attraction Centrally Air Conditioned Sky Theatre

Pazhassiraja Museum

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The Pazhassi Raja Museum, located at a distance of 5 kms from Kozhikode at East Hill, houses a veritable treasure trove for historians and connoisseurs of art.

The museum is under the surveillance of the Archaeological Deparment of the State. The museum and the art gallery are named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Padinjare Kovilakom of the Kottayam Royal Family.

The famous 'Pazhassi Revolt' (against the British East India Company during the second half of the 1700s) was led by Pazhassiraja.

Nicknamed the 'Lion of Kerala', Pazhassiraja is also credited with introducing guerilla warfare in the hills of Wayanad to resist the increasingly intolerable British colonialism. This great freedom fighter was shot dead in an encounter on 30 November 1805 AD. Display Sections The Displayed Antiques
On display in the museum are ancient murals, antique bronzes and coins, megalithic relics such as diamond cysts, temple miniatures and umbrella stones.

Adjacent to the museum is the Art Gallery, which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.
Exhibits / CollectionPazhassiraja Kerala Varma.

General Information

Main Attraction Ancient Murals

Location 5 kms from Kozhikode, at East Hill, Kerala

Natural History Museum

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Introduction to the Natural History Museum :

Museums of Kerala are rich repositories of a variety of objects that have immense scientific, historical or artistic value. A trip to any museum is therefore a very enriching experience. The Natural History Museum in Trivandrum, Kerala is no exception and a visit to it will be a very rewarding experience for everyone. It is a must see not only for the people residing in the state but also for all the tourists visiting it.


The Natural History Museum opened its doors to visitors’ way back in the year 1885. However the building in which it is presently housed was constructed only in 1964. It is a modern two storied building. One of the advantages of a visit to this museum is that it may be possible for you to visit two museums on a single trip. This is because the Natural History Museum is located in the nearby vicinity of the more renowned Napier Museum or the Government Art Museum.

The spacious building of the Natural History Museum houses a diverse and rich collection of ethnographic pieces. Animal Skeletons, Stuffed Animals and Birds form part of the exhibit. It is indeed amazing to know that the museum was initially started with the individual collection of General Cullen. He presented his personal collection of minerals and books and that was all that the museum had to be proud of in the earliest stage. However with the passage of years, the stock got richer.

There are several galleries within the Natural History Museum. Each of the galleries is specifically assigned to a particular category of the animal kingdom. Hence there are separate galleries for the Mammals, the birds, the vertebrates, the invertebrates and the skeletons. A library and a laboratory also form part of the museum. The Ethnology Gallery provides valuable insight into the races of mankind along with their place of origins, their distribution and distinctive characteristics.

At the entrance of the Natural History Museum, there are fossils of tree trunks.

The Natural History Museum remains open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10’o clock in the morning to quarter to five in the evening. However on Wednesdays, it opens only at 1’o clock in the afternoon.

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Maritime Museum

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India reckoned as the top ten naval power in the world owes its credit to dedication and selfless services rendered by the brave men of India's formidable naval force.

It is of significance for civilians to understand the value of existence of such a force, which plays a crucial role in safeguarding territorial waters of India.

The Maritime Museum, located at INS Dronacharya in Kochi throws light on the genesis, history, evolution and landmarks of the Indian Navy.

Step into the Maritime Museum to have a feel of the great maritime heritage of Indian Navy, which dates back to Indus Valley civilizations; Kerala's trade links with Arabs, its famous maritime hero Kunjali Marakkar; Influence of India's maritime power in South East Asia; Colonization of Indian sub-continent by European powers.

At the museum, the visitors are enlightened on the evolution of the navy since 1612, when the Indian Marine was established in Surat.

Another section of the museum presents interesting aspects of shipbuilding activities in India. It unravels India's prowess in shipbuilding, which took its culture to the shores of Java, Sumatra and Bali between 3rd century BC and 12th century AD.

The museum also has a section, which highlights Indian Navy's share of glory, when it took on its aggressors and eventually emerged victorious in the end.

These include details of Junaghad operation, the Goa liberation, Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and 1971, Operation Cactus, Operation Pawan and the strategic maneuvers during Kargil.

Visiting time: 9:30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Getting there: The Museum is located on the beach road about 1 km south of St.Francis Church in Fort Kochi.

Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 15km.

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 20 km from Ernakulam City.

Napier Museum

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The Napier Museum in Trivandrum is an anthology of Indian antiquity. The Museum is located 400 meters east of Indian Airlines. In this museum you shall find a rich collection of fine ornaments that the queen of the ancient times used to wear.

While walking past the corridors of the museum you shall have a sojourn down the ancient past. You can recollect your knowledge of history and tally them with the rare and unique antique collection at Napier Museum in Trivandrum.

Description of the Napier Museum Trivandrum:

Kerala had been under the dynastic reign of the Cholas, Pallavas and Chalukyas. They have left their impact in the Indian Culture and so while you visit the Napier Museum in Trivandrum you shall discover their arms and ammunitions inside it.

Moreover the coins inscribed by them are also available at Napier Museum in Trivandrum. These coins indicate their achievements and intentions.

Collection of antiques at Napier Museum in Trivandrum:

The coins carry specific engravings which deal with the specific time in which they were created. In the Napier Museum you shall also find the life sized figures of Kathakali dancers in their original attires. A wide collection of contemporary ornaments would definitely enchant you.

The famous 8th century South Indian Bronze is also available at Napier Museum in Trivandrum. The figures carved out of these bronzes are extremely durable and are rare these days.


Temple carts forms another important antiquity item which are not found nowadays. The time for visit at Napier Museum in Trivandrum is 10 am to 5 pm. It remains closed on Mondays and on the first half of Wednesdays.

Museum of Kerala History

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The Museum of Kerala History is at Edapally on the way to Aluva. It is the best place to have a quick glimpse of Kerala's history. A statue of Parasurama, the sage who is said to have created Kerala, greets the visitors.


Life size figures depict important landmarks of civilization from the Neolithic age to the modern era. There is an excellent narration of Kerala history in the past 2000 years.

It presents one-hour light and sound spectacles of life-size sculptures in concrete, of the makers of Kerala history, together with the background music and commentary with glimpses of the vastness and diversity of Kerala's history over the centuries.
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The commentary is in English as well as in Malayalam. 87 figures who shaped the history and culture of Kerala in the last two thousand years have been represented here in Light and Sound Tableaus.

The story, from the Early peoples of Kerala to the modern age is interspersed with Social, Cultural and literary facets is a fascinating one.

General Information

Timings The light and sound shows take place in the following timings:
10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 12:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00 15:30, 16:00.
The museum remains closed on Mondays and Public holidays.

Location 10 Kms From Ernakulam, Kerala

Main Attraction Light And Sound Show

Admission FeesRs. 5/- per adult. Rs.2/- per child

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Location: Adjacent to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram.

Visiting hours: Open 8.30 - 12.30 hrs. and 15.30 - 17.30 hrs.Closed on Mondays.

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

This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings.

The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family and is located near the Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Ph: 2473952 Entrance fee: Adults: Rs. 10 Children: Rs. 3 Foreigners: Rs. 20 Camera permit: Rs. 15.

Getting there:

Nearest railway station : Thiruvananthapuram central,about 1 km.

Nearest airport : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport,about 6 km.

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The Krishnapuram Palace Museum is located in the city of Kayamkulam in the state of Kerala in the southern part of India. The 18th century Krishnapuram Palace is located at a distance of 47 kilometers from Alleppey in Kerala. The palace was built during the reign of the Travancore ruler, Marthanda Verma, and is an excellent example of the architecture of Kerala. The gabled roofs, narrow corridors and the dormer windows of the Krishnapuram Palace Museum in Trivandrum are reflective of the typical Kerala style.

In the recent past the Trivandrum Krishnapuram Palace Museum in Kerala has been renovated and it now features as a protected monument under the Archaeology Department. In the present day, the Krishnapuram Palace is a fascinating archaeological museum which exhibits a rare collection of unique paintings and bronze sculptures.

According to the legends it is believed that Lord Vishnu was the family deity of the Kayamkulam Kings who resided in the Krishnapuram Palace. The Gajendra mural was situated at the entrance to the palace from the pond, so that the kings could worship the idol after taking their bath.

The other attractions which are worth viewing on visit to Krishnapuram Palace Museum include the immaculately landscaped garden which has a beautiful and wide range of flora within the complex of the palace. A Buddha Mandapam has been built in the recent past within which there is a recently recovered statue of the Buddha.


The Krishnapuram Palace Museum can be visited on all days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Mondays.

The nearest rail head is at Kollam, which is 39 kilometers away. The nearest airports are Trivandrum International Airport and the Cochin Airport.

Krishnan Menon Museum

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The Krishna Menon Museum houses a good collection of Paintings by Raja Raja Varma and Raja Ravi Varma. A section is devoted to the Memorabilia of the late V.K. Krishna Menon, former Indian Defence Minister and national leader.

The section in honour of the great Indian leader V.K Krishna Menon has on display the collection of personal belongings and souvenirs gifted by this world leader.

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Location Adjacent to the Pazhassi Raja Museum, Kozhikode (Calicut)

Main Attraction Memorabilia Of Late V. K. Krishna Menon

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Every district of Kerala has a characteristic feature and topography of its own. Some are famous for its beaches, other still for their backwaters, and others for their historical museums and cultural places. Undeniably it is one of the most beautiful places of India brimming with tourists at all point of the years. Kerala Science and Technology museum, Trivandrum was established in 1984 sponsored by the government of Kerala with a view to uplift the state’s present technological interest and development. If you are touring Kerala and happen to have a inquisitive mind about scientific occurrences do visit this place. Significantly enough this a museum in addition to a study center where researches and studies are held day in and day out.

Situated in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city on a two and a half hectare plot of land, Kerala Science and Technology museum displays some of the most advance scientific gadgets, gizmos, and electronic appliances. You can visit the museum with your child as there are many gadgets set up in a playful manner which is going to interest your child. The inbuilt planetarium holds daily shows of the duration of 40 minutes in English.

It is opened from 10. A.M to 5 P.M and there is a small entry fee for adults.

Kerala Science and Technology museum displays the advancement and zeal of the people of kerala in the field of science and technology. The discussions and explanations held in the close quarters of the museum are quite elaborate and researched.

Indo-Portuguese Museum

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India reckoned as the top ten naval power in the world owes its credit to dedication and selfless services rendered by the brave men of India's formidable naval force.

It is of significance for civilians to understand the value of existence of such a force, which plays a crucial role in safeguarding territorial waters of India.

The Indo-Portuguese Museum, located at INS Dronacharya in Kochi throws light on the genesis, history, evolution and landmarks of the Indian Navy.

Step into the Indo-Portuguese Museum to have a feel of the great maritime heritage of Indian Navy, which dates back to Indus Valley civilizations; Kerala's trade links with Arabs, its famous maritime hero Kunjali Marakkar; Influence of India's maritime power in South East Asia; Colonization of Indian sub-continent by European powers.

At the museum, the visitors are enlightened on the evolution of the navy since 1612, when the Indian Marine was established in Surat.

Another section of the museum presents interesting aspects of shipbuilding activities in India. It unravels India's prowess in shipbuilding, which took its culture to the shores of Java, Sumatra and Bali between 3rd century BC and 12th century AD.

The museum also has a section, which highlights Indian Navy's share of glory, when it took on its aggressors and eventually emerged victorious in the end.

These include details of Junaghad operation, the Goa liberation, Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and 1971, Operation Cactus, Operation Pawan and the strategic maneuvers during Kargil.

Visiting time: 9:30 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Getting there: The Museum is located on the beach road about 1 km south of St.Francis Church in Fort Kochi.

Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 15km.

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 20 km from Ernakulam City.

Hill Palace Museum

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The Hill Palace Museum in Kochi is the largest of all archeological museums in Kerala.Built in 1865, it was once the official residential palace of the royal family of Kochi. It is now a qualified Ethno archeological museum besides having the distinction of being the first Heritage Museum in Kerala.



Location of Hill Palace Museum

The Hill Palace Museum is located in Thripunithura in the Ernakulam District of Kochi. It is 12 kms from Kochi on the Ernakulam-Chottanikkara route.



Information about Hill Palace Museum

The whole complex of the Hill Palace Museum has 49 buildings, all of which follow the traditional style of architecture of Kerala. These buildings are enclosed by terraced lands spread over 52 acres and adorned with ponds, fountains and lawns. Among the exhibits at the Hill Palace Museum are paintings, murals, manuscripts, inscriptions, carvings and sculptures, mainly from the Travencore Royal House, Paliam Devaswom and the archeological department. Other attractions here are the gold crown ornamented with precious stones, coins, epigraphy samples and majestic beds. There is also a gallery of contemporary art, the Paliam Gallery.

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A display of unique large collection of superior quality driftwood articles of very high artistic value, prepared through a rare and innovative modern art-form

Visiting Hours

Weekday: 10.00am to 01.00pm, 1.30pm to 6.00pm
Sunday: 12.30pm to 6.00pm
Monday: Holiday
Entrance by Pass

A Museum to display a unique collection of superior quality driftwood articles of very high artistic value, prepared through a rate and innovative modern art form, is functioning at the scenic village of Kumarakom.

A Visitor would find there a huge collection of root sculptures of various shapes and designs.

During her professional tenure in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago, a dynamic lady school teacher used to pick up pieces of driftwood deposited by the sea in the shores, comprising twisted tree trunks, stumps, roots etc.

which had potential for transformation to sculptures with marginal efforts, thanks to the Bay of Bengal prune to frequent cyclones that make the sea turbulent and unpredictable. Every cyclone brought back many things to the shore as it washes away from it.

Some of these wood pieces and roots were centuries old, and having drifted across the seas they became more resilient. Having traversed vast distances, what is left of a tree is its sturdiest part which has weathered much inclemency.

The picked up pieces were cleansed, dead parts removed, scraped and trimmed to conform to the shape she had in mind. In the course of the process, it so happened, the Nature?s original designs could come out more forcefully, evocatively and permanently.

Many of these pieces closely resemble birds, animals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. Shaping, scraping, polishing, finishing and preserving are done with fierce dedication.

The admirers and connoisseurs of this rare and innovative form of art frequent the Bay Island Driftwood Museum.

The student community finds the art form adopted in the preparation of the exhibits in the museum interesting and educative as the museum inculcates in them the qualities of imagination, creativity, originality and initiation to produce useful articles out of materials normally considered waste.

Archaeological Museum

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Location : Near the Thrissur Zoo, 2 km from Thrissur town, central Kerala.

Visiting hours : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days except Mondays and national holidays.

The Archaeological Museum was until recently accommodated in the Thrissur Town Hall building. Now it has been shifted to the Kollengode Palace, an architectural delight.

The majestic building houses a gallery of murals from all over Kerala and preserves a rare treasure of Veerakallu, temple models, olagrandhangal (manuscripts on dry palm leaves), megaliths etc.

Veerakallu or herostones are stone engravings and sculptures of figures and weapons belonging to the heroes of days gone by. Most of these were recovered from the forests of Wayanad and Thrissur.

The megalith collection includes earthen pots, urns etc. The temple models cast in plaster of Paris are excellent representations of the ancient temples in the State.

Getting there:

Nearest railway station : Thrissur

Nearest airport : Cochin International Airport, about 58 km to the south.

Ambalavayal Museum

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Located 12 kilometers south of Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad, Ambalavayal museum is a hot bed for historians, archeologists and common travelers alike. It exhibits the remnants of all the traces of a long lost civilization that flourished in the mountains of Wayanad. The museum is a veritable treasure trove of clay sculptures, ancient hunting artifacts, and other varied sculptures. The artifacts throw light on curios which goes back to the 2nd century. From the artifacts one can make out that the civilization that existed in the mountain valley of Wayanad was one of the most advanced races with superior hunting tactics and equipments. Reminiscent of a tribal culture, who were valiant soldiers, Ambalavayal museum Wayanad is one of the best maintained, museum in Kerala’s Malabar region. Tribal artifacts like headgears, jewelry, figurines of Nandi and other deities are also kept on display. A graceful idol structure of goddess Urvara adorns the main hall. Significantly enough these tribal believed that as a goddess of fertility, she is responsible for the well being of the land and the keeper of the people.

A series of stones carved artistically speaks of battles and valiant warriors is kept in one corner and referred to as the Hero Stones.

HOW TO GET THERE?

Sulthan Bathery which is the nearest town to Wayanad, is 98 kilometers from Kozhikode. Frequent bus services are available from there to the museum. You can also board the train as per your convenience from Kozhikode.

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Idukki hills holds the credit of being one of the most frequently visited hill stations in Kerala with its emerald-green surroundings and South India has done nothing to change its virginal natural greens and bewitchingly beautiful setting. Tucked away at an altitude of 750-meters above the sea level, the idyllic Idukki hills is well-known for the fascinating wildlife sanctuary which is home to an amazing variety of wild animals and birds.

Places To Stay in Idukki

Idukki has a wide range of accommodation options on offer for the tourists. Paradise Plantation Retreat, Greenberg Holiday Resorts, Tea County KTDC Hill Resort and the Carmelia Haven Resort are some of the finest resorts of Idukki.

Things To Do in Idukki

• Discover the wild side of Idukki as you visit the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over an area of 70 sqkm. Get ready for an encounter with the elephants, sambhars, spotted deer, langurs and bisons.

• The famous tiger reserve of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady is also a must-see attraction. Calling all the adventure-seekers, Thekkady offers you opportunities to indulge in trekking, elephant rides and boating.

• Visit Asia's biggest arched dam, Idukki Dam built across Periyar River. Enjoy a fun-filled day as you arrange a picnic.

• Visit the exotic spice plantations nurtured in the beautiful Idukki hills. The fascinating aroma emanated from the cardamom and pepper will take you to another world.

• Admire the murmuring waterfalls at Keezar Kuthu.

• Go for paragliding, mountaineering, wildlife safaris, hill trekking, biking and other absorbing hill activities.

How To Reach Idukki

Idukki is easily accessible from any corner of the world. Cochin International Airport, the nearest airport is 132km. away. The closest rail connection, Kottayam is 133km. away. Idukki is well connected with most part of the state and India by motor-able road.

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Vythiri is a picturesque place located in the sylvan Northern High Ranges of Kerala in Wayanad District. Exclusive, comfortable, refreshing, pollution free and inspiring.

Acres and acres of lush green land interspersed with perennial streams and rolling hills, at Vythiri, an undertaking of Primeland Holdings Pvt. Ltd. situated near the Pookot Lake, in Wayanad District.

An area that breathes history and legend, Vythiri was the natural choice because of its accessibility beauty and pleasant climate. Rising 2600 ft. above sea level, Vythiri had been a retreat for English planters during colonial times.
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The only hill station resort of its kind in Kerala. Spread over 150 acres eco-friendly, designed in the traditional Kerala architectural style. Rope bridge leads to cottages cantilevered over streams. Power off at midnight, lantern lights, the music of nature and the chill of highland caressing anyone to sleep.

Guest facility : Conference facility, Public telephone, Laundry service and doctor on call.

How To Get There - Vythiri60 Kms from Calicut enroute to Bangalore. 85 Kms from Calicut International Airport 10 Kms from Kalpetta, District Head Quarters Wayanad. 150 Kms from Mysore enroute to Calicut.

General Information - Vythiri Altitude2600 Feet Above Sea Level LocationWayanad District, Kerala Area150 sq. Kms

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Picturesquely perched on the Kottayam-idukki border, Vagamon is verdant with gorgeous greens, murmuring mountain streams and neatly tended tea bushes. Better known as the trekker's paradise, it is tucked away at an altitude of 1100 mt. above the sea level. Flanked by Kurisumala, Murugan and Thangal hill which make it a base hill station, Vagamon is also home to wildlife species like wild buffaloes, deer and elephants.

Places To Stay

Vagamon has a wide range of accommodation options on offer for the tourists. Vanilla County, Summer Sand, Vagamon Heights, Padmalayam, Ananya Hill Resorts are some of the finest resorts of Vagamon.

Things To Do

• Nestled in at about 10 km from Vagamon, Kurisumala is a famous pilgrimage center for the Christians. The nearby Kurisumala Ashram is an abode of tranquility and spiritual bliss.

• Calling all you adventure-lovers, Vagamon hills offer excellent conditions for mountaineering, paragliding, hill climbing and nature trekking and also a range of other activities as it has the gentle hill slopes with trekking routes.

• The spectacular Rock Formations at Thangal Para, an Indo-Swiss project is worth-vising.

• Don't miss the Kurisumala dairy farm, managed by the Kurisumala monks.

• Vagamon will very soon be enlisted in the Eco-Tourism projects by the government of India.

How To Reach

Vagamon is easily accessible from any corner of the world. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport while the closest rail connection is Kottayam. Vagamon is well connected with most part of the state and India by motor-able road.

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Snuggled cosily in the Western Ghats, are the gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Meaning the snow capped mountains; Thushargiri exhibits a unique kinship between the land and water.

The three waterfalls on the backdrop of the Western Ghats provide an exhilarating and spellbinding sight to the visitor.

The best roar of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November. The waterfall with its gentle spray is sure to soothe every eye. The cascading waters of the waterfall slides past with surfy smiles.

Two streams originating from the Western Ghats meet here to form the Chalippuzha River. The river diverges into three waterfalls creating a snowy spray, which gives the name, 'Thusharagiri'.

Of the three, the highest waterfall is the Thenpara that falls from an altitude of 75 metres. Situated at Kodencherry in Kozhikode district, the plantation destination that abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spices is also a trekker's delight.

Trekker's start early morning from the second waterfalls at the hills and climb up through the pristine dense evergreen forests teeming with exotic birds and animals to reach Vythiri and Waynad district by evening. There is a dam located around 45 km from Calicut.

The place offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing through river path and numerous waterfalls. There is another dam at 60 km from Calicut. It is a place of beauty, calm, and serenity. The place has a crocodile farm run by the state forest department.

General Information - Tusharagiri

Location11 Km From Kodenchery, Kerala

Main Attraction Trekking

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Topstation, the idyllic hill station is located 32 kms from Munnar, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road. Perched at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level, Topstation is the highest point on Munnar-Kodaikanal Road.

The rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus), the flower that blooms once in 12 years, belongs to this region of Kerala.

When the flower blooms, the dales and meadows of the enchanting hill station are all painted in different hues of blue. Top station also offers panoramic views of the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu.

Significance of TopstationHighest Point On Munnar-Kodaikanal Road.

General Information - Topstation Location32 Kms From Munnar. Altitude1700 m Above Sea Level. SpecialityNellakurinji.

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Situated 55 kms from Kasargod, Ranipuram, the enchanting hill station stands at an altitude of 750 m above sea level. Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation, consisting of evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands.

Formerly known as Madathumala, the forests of this region merge with those of Karnataka. Wild elephants can be seen roaming on top of the mountains.

How To Get There - RanipuramJeep services are available from Panathady, which is linked to Kanhangad by frequent buses. Places To Stay - RanipuramDTPC cottages are available for accommodation.

General Information - Ranipuram Location55 Kms From Kasargod, Kerala Altitude750 m Above Sea Level Formerly Known AsMadathumala

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Pythal Mala, the enchanting hill station, situated near the Kerala-Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna.

It is a 6 kms trek to the top of the hills. This beautiful, calm hill station, 65Km from Kannur is at an altitude of 4500 ft. above sea level.

Abundant in flora and fauna, this place is now being developed as a hill resort. One has to trek 6 kms to reach the top of the hills. There is a proposal to set up a zoo at the top of the hill.

The enchanting hill station offers a challenging trek to those inclined to stretch their legs. Trekkers are rewarded by a profusion of exotic flora and fauna and an exhilirating view from the top.

General Information - Pythalmala Main AttractionIts Exotic Flora And Fauna Location65 Kms From Kannur Town Altitude4,500 Feet Above Sea Level

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Ravishingly romantic valleys veiled in fabulous floral carpets stepped in lush green � that's Ponmundi for you. Tucked away at a height of 1,000 meters above the sea level, Ponmundi is straight out of some nursery-book picture with its long winding hill tracks passing through miles of spice and tea plantations, murmuring mountain streams and thatched cottages in subdued gray and brick-red. A mere one hour drive-away from Thiruvananthapuram, Ponmudi welcomes you as you enter through the path bordered with thick green foliage interspersed with neatly tended tea bushes.

Places To Stay

The complex of the Government Guest House with 24 rooms and 10 stone cottages rested on the hillside is a decent accommodation option at Ponmudi. It rather boasts the concept of home-stay with its hospitable locals offering homely and decent lodging facilities.

Things To Do

• The Golden Valley with its stunning scenic beauty is sure to charm you. Have a fun-filled day with your family here as it is one of the famous picnic spots in Ponmudi. The myriad fresh water streams add to the appeal.

• Calling all you adventure-lovers, Ponmundi hills offers excellent conditions for mountaineering, hill climbing and nature trekking and also a range of other activities.

• Experience the fascinating avian life, spot the red southern trongon, heavy billed Malabar hornbills, the blue-black Malabar whistling thrush or the rare long-tailed paradise flycatchers

• Don't miss the mini zoo while trekking to the north of Ponmudi Crest, the edge of the forest. The prime attraction is the barasinghas.

• The Deer Park is another attraction in Ponmudi, located at a distance of just 3km. from Ponmudi.

• It is an annual Aranmula snake boat race organized in the sleepy little hamlet of Aranmula, lying at a stone-throwing distance from Ponmudi.

How To Reach

Ponmudi is easily accessible from any corner of the world. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, the nearest airport is just 67km. away. The closest rail connection is Thiruvananthapuram central, about 61 km

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Located at a distance of 60 kms from Kozhikode, the Peruvannamuzhi Dam site set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speedboat and rowboat cruises.

The region offers immense scope for picnicking. The Peruvannamuzhi dam site set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot.

The reservoir here provides facilities for speedboat and rowboat cruises during which one see the 'Smaraka Thottam', a garden built in the memory of the freedom fighters of the region. Uninhabited islands, a bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.

General Information - Peruvannamuzhi Location60 km from Kozhikode, Kerala. Main AttractionBird Sanctuary, Crocodile Farm.

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Peermade Hill Station

Clouds drop gently on the peaks that flank the verdant slopes of Peermade. Rich with mile upon mile of plantation s falling away in precise steps. Coffee, tea, pepper, cardamom and rubber flourish in what is the most fertile part of the Western Ghats.

Broken only by spectacular waterfalls in the distance and wide open grasslands in places. On a fairly warm day the mercury reads between five and ten degrees celsius. Little wonder then, that the former Re-jas of Travancore sought this tiny hill station out as their summer resort.

SIDELIGHTS

Periyar Wildlfe Sanctuary
One of the largest wildlife reserves in India, this is just 43 kms (travel time: 1hour) from Peermade. Herds of wild elephants frolicking iln its splendid lake forms major attraction. An anundance of other wildlife in-cluding sambar, tigers and laughilng thrushes can be observed at close quarters.

GETTING THERE
Peermade is 85 kms east to Kottayam (travel time : 2 hours), on the way to Thekkady.

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Pakshipathalam, located 7 kms north east of Thirunelli Temple in Brahma Giri Hills is a challenging tourist spot. A trekkers' paradise, this place is accessibe only by trekking.

Located at an altitude of 1740 m above sea level, this hill station offers great opportunities for bird watching. One has to trek 17 kms through the wild forests, to reach 'Pakshipathalam'.

The deep rock caves formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri is the abode of various birds and wild beasts. One can watch rare species of birds from the watchtower of the Bird sanctuary located nearby.

One has to obtain special permission from forest department to go to Pakshipathalam. DTPC (District Tourism Promotion Council) arranges vehicle, guides, camping apparatus etc. to the tourists on hire.

General Information - Pakshipatalam ActivitiesTrekking Altitude1740m Above Sea Level LocationWayanad District, Kerala

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Located at a distance of 52 kms from Palakkad, the cool hills of Nelliampathy, nestling atop the Western Ghats, offer a breathtaking view of the misty mountains and enchanting valleys interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations.

The bracing climate and green magic of nature enhance the exhilarating experience. For a vantage view of the spectacle, one must visit Seethakundu, where a 100m high waterfall provides an added attraction.

It offers a fantastic view of the valley below a wide-angled vision of one-third of the entire Palakkad area. A forest range 75 kms from Palakkad, the Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations.

The height of the hills ranges from 467 metres to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572 metres. Nelliyampathy has immense trekking potential. The community hall at Kaikatty provides a good camping ground for the trekkers.

Accessing Nelliyampathy from Palakkad is a sensation on its own, as one has to negotiate over a dozen hairpin curves on the Ghat Road, passing through the fascinating jungles of the Sahya Ranges. En route, 17 kms from Palakkad, the shimmering Pothundi Reservoir and its manicured surroundings make for the ideal stop over.

How To Get There - Nelliyampathy
By AirThe nearest airport is at Coimbatore in the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu, about 55 km from Palakkad.
By RailThe nearest railway station is in Palakkad, about 5 km from Palakkad town.
By RoadThe hills of Nelliyampathy lie at a distance of 75 kms from Palakkad. It takes 2 ½ hours to travel to the place.

General Information - Nelliyampathy Location75 Kms From Palakkad, Kerala Altitude1572 m Above Sea Level

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Ravishingly romantic valleys veiled in fabulous floral carpets stepped in lush green � that's Munnar for you. Tucked away at a height of 1,600 meters above the sea level, Munnar is straight out of some nursery-book picture with its long winding hill tracks passing through miles of spice and tea plantations and thatched cottages in subdued gray and brick-red. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India, Munnar stands at the confluence of three mountain streams -- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.

Places To Stay in Munnar

Munnar has a wide range of accommodation options on offer for the tourists. Club Mahindra Lakeview Resort, Tea County, The Siena Village, Sterling Resort, Fort Munnar are some of the finest resorts of Munnar .

Things To Do in Munnar

• Visit Anaimudi which soars over 2695 mt., the highest peak on the Western Ghats. Anamudi is a perfect spot for trekking.

• Have a fun-filled day with your family as you go for a picnic on the banks of the serene lakes that lie cuddled amidst the high Munnar hills.

• Discover the wild side of Munnar as you enter the jungles which are home to quite an amazing range of wildlife and avian species. Marvel at the variety of the colorful butterflies that bring on riots of color on the hills.

• Calling all you adventure-lovers, Munnar hills offers excellent conditions for mountaineering, hill climbing and nature trekking and also a range of other activities.

• Among the exotic plant life found in the forests and grasslands here, catch a glimpse of the rare Neelakurinji flowers which swash the hills in beautiful blue in every 12 years.

How To Reach Munnar

Munnar is easily accessible from any corner of the world. Cochin International Airport, the nearest airport is 130km. away. The closest rail connection is Kochi. Munnar is well connected with most part of the state and India by motor-able road.

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Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here.

Visitors are allowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm. The Mattupetty Lake and Dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot.

The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are other attractions in the vicinity. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed Launch and slow speed motor boats are available on hire.

How To Get There - Mattupetti By AirNearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 130 km. By RailNearest railway station is at Kottayam about 142 km from Munnar. By RoadMattuppetty is just a 13 km drive from Munnar, the most enchanting hill station of south India.

General Information - Mattupetti Location13 Kms From Munnar, Kerala. Altitude1700 m Above Sea Level.

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Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamaraserri ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.

Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad, and registers the second highest degree of Rainfall in the world.

Killikkurissimangalam in Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunjan Nambiar, Kerala's famous satirist poet, who is regarded as the progenitor of Ottanthullal, the traditional solo dance narration.

His songs combine satirical barbs with rib tickling laughter. Some of the famous lines are still quoted to lampoon contemporary social injustices. The poet's house is preserved as a monument by the Government of Kerala.

3 km from Lakkidi is the 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.

Significance of LakkidiRegisters the Second Highest Degree of Rainfall in the World

General Information - Lakkidi LocationWayanad, Kerala Altitude700 m above sea level

Ilaveezhapoonchira

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Located at distance of 55 kms from Kottayam and 20 kms from Thodapuzha, this is another picnic spot located in the midst of the beautiful hillocks near Kanjar.

Ilaveezhpoonchira, means the 'valley where leaves don't fall' and is so named because the place has no trees. This is also one of the best places in Kerala to witness the sunrise and sunset. It is easily accessible from Palai in Kottayam district.

The beautiful valleys of Ilaveezhapoonchira are spread across thousands of acres of the district of Kottayam. The place is surrounded by three enchanting hillocks: Mankunnu, Kodayathoormal and Thonippara, making the place ideal for trekking.


The verdant landscape punctuated by four gigantic hills, each rising to about 3200 feet above sea level is an ideal place to unwind. During the monsoons when the valley fills up to form a scenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of nature.

Places To Stay - IlaveezhpoonchiraA DTPC rest house nearby offers comfortable accommodation.

General Information - Ilaveezhpoonchira Location55 kms from Kottayam, Kerala. AltitudeAround 3200 Feet Above Sea Level.

Grampi

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The picturesque hill station of Grampi, situated 5 kms from Peerumade is also known as the Parunthupara, meaning the eagle rock. It is so called because of the panoramic view it affords from its high peaks.

Rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests trekking trails and picturesque views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi is flanked by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.

General Information - Grampi Location5 Kms From Peermade, Kerala.

Dhoni

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Dhoni, a reserve forest, is 15 kms from Palakkad. The forest has among other captivating sights, a small but splendid waterfall.

The site can be reached after a fairly long climb of 3 hours from the base of the Dhoni Hills. Dhoni provides trekkers the opportunity to explore its hilly terrains.

Its lush green surroundings are a pleasure to watch. Dhoni is also famous for its farmhouse, harbouring hundreds of cattle of Swiss variety.

General Information - Dhoni LanguagesMalayalam, Hindi, English. Location15 Kms From Palakkad. Main AttractionFarm House With Cattle Of Swiss Variety.