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TRAVEL & TOURS

Tourist Attractions
 
Tourist Attractions in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Tourist Season - September to May

Tourist information offices
Information Counter, Airport - 501085, Information Office, Park View - 321132, Department of Tourism, Park View Tel: 321132, Tourist Information Centre District Tourism Promotion Council, Vellayambalam, Tel: 435397.


Aruvippuram (Picnic spot)

The place is about 3 kms from Neyattinkara. There is a small waterfall here. A Shiva Temple founded by Sree Narayana Guru attracts a large number of worshippers during the Sivarathri festival. It is a beautiful spot for holiday seekers.

Balarampuram (Cloth Centre)
A flourishing weaving centre, Balarampuram is famous for its hand-spun cloth. It is 13 kms south of the city. The Thiruvananthapuram Spinning and Weaving mill is located here.

Chacha Nehru Children's Museum
Established in 1980, this museum is named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who is remembered for his great love for Children. The museum displays a vast range of objects. On view are dolls, both traditional and from all over the world, a mini aquarium and the fist issue of children's literature in Malayalam are on display.

Aruvi Waterfalls
60 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 7 kms from Bonecaud estate are the beautiful Aruvi Waterfalls in the Peppara forest range. This 4 feet cascade is one of the most verdant and untouched spots in Kerala. Road accessibility is only up to Bonecaud, there on; the Kanni tribesmen accompany trekkers along the mountain path. Prior permission from the forest department is required before approaching the area.

Kombaikani and Meenmutti Waterfalls
These are two magnificent waterfalls on the upper reaches of the Neyyar Reservoir. A trek of 2 kms through dense forests, would take one to Meenmutti waterfalls and a further 2 kms, to the Kombaikani waterfalls. The waterfalls and forecasts around them are worth experiencing.

Government Art Museum
Located in a park like complex with the Sree Chitra Art Gallery and Zoological Gardens, it was formerly known as 'Napier Museum', named after a former Madras Governor General, John Napier. It is an absolute gem of architectural exuberance, combining traditional Kerala styles with good doses of Chinese and Mughal influences. It has an excellent collection of bronze images, historical ornaments, ivory carvings and temple-chariots. In the 19th century, an English architect, Chisholm threw in a few torches and ended up with a building that is guaranteed to leave you smiling at its electric charm. The interior is every bit as intriguing as the exterior, with pink and blue stripes, alternating with stripes of yellow and cherry red, scalloped arches of a banana yellow, interpreting elaborately carved balconies, the whole linked together with red ad white lattice work and mock friezes. The collections are a varied and electric as the building and one likes to spend a pleasant few hours browsing through them. The unique natural air conditioning system is also good to have a look at, when explained well by the keeper.

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
50 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, Peppara is accessible from Vithurai on Thiruvananthapuram- Ponmudi road. The sanctuary, with its rich mammalian fauna and birds is emerging as a big attraction to wild life enthusiasts and ornithologists. It was established in1938 and spread over an area of 53 sq. km on the Western Ghats. This is dotted with large hills and numerous hillocks with forests and eucalyptus plantations. Elephants, Sambar, Leopard, Lion- tailed macque and Cormorant are commonly seen here.

Kanyakumari (Tourist Spot)
One of the most beautiful tourist spots, situated at the end of India's land is Kanyakumari, which is now in Tamil Nadu, but only 87kms from Thiruvananthapuram. ON the way to Kanyakumari is Padmanabhapuram, the old capital of Travancore, where an ancient palace with antique murals is located.

Museum and Zoo
(Open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days except Monday). The museum building itself is an architectural splendor. The Napier Museum, the natural history Museum, the reptile House and Shri Chitra Art Gallery are well within the Zoo Complex amidst a well laid out garden and park. There is a lake and a boat club jointly operated by the department of Museums and Zoos, and the District Tourism Promotion Council.

Agasthyakoodam (famous peak)
About 1869 metres above sea level, Agasthyakoodam is a prominent peak in the Sahyadari ranges of the Western Ghats and can be approached on foot from Bonacadu, which is 61 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. Tradition says that the great sage, Agasthya, had his abode in this peak. The place is also noted for its abundant Ayurvedic herbs.

Ponumudi (Hill Station)
An ideal little hill station, tucked away in the Western Ghats, Ponmudi is at an altitude of 1100 feet above sea level. Lush Green woods, lazily meandering streams and countless varieties of butterflies lend a strange magic to Ponmudi. It is a panorama of pristine beauty cloaked in mist. There are several tea and rubber estates around the hills. A hill tribe called Kannikkar lives in the surrounding areas. Ponmudi is a fast developing hill station with room and dormitory accommodation facilities, restaurants, hill trails for hiking, a collection of hovering trees and deer park. Ponmudi is 61 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and is easily reached by road from here.

Kovalam (Beach)
12 kms south of Thiruvananthapuram, is one of the finest beaches in India, Kovalam. With boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and unwinding miles of fine sand washed by surf, which roars and hisses at the feet of coconut palms, Kovalam is a sheltered natural bay. The setting has an illusory quality about it. A sheet of silvery and curve sand is bordered on one side by azure blue water and on the other by a never-ending spread of green palm groves. A high rocky promontory jutting into the sea has created a beautiful bay of calm waters for sea bathing. One can also sunbathe on the silver sands of the beach.

Shanghumugham Beach
Situated 8 kms from Thiruvanathapuram city, this is a popular city beach and favourite haunt for sunset watchers. The other attraction of this beach is "Matsya Kanyaka"- a 35 metre long sculpture of a mermaid.

Veli Lagoon
On the outskirts of Kerala's capital, Thiruvanthapuram and by the side of the placid waters of Veli lake, the Boat club attracts the city people and tourists. Veli Lagoon, developed as a major tourist spot provides various facilities for entertainment like Pedal boating, row boating, swimming, get-togethers etc. It is just the right place for an exciting outing and is easily accessible by road. Hardly 3kms from the airport, the youth hostel at Veli provides inexpensive dormitory type accommodation.

Observatory
The observatory, situated 60 m above sea level is located on a hill near the Museum. It is one of the oldest in India. There is a well laid out garden in front of the hill, with a beautiful rose collection. From here one gets a bird's eye view of the whole city.

Onam Celebration in the Capital City
Annual Tourism Week is celebrated during Onam (Aug-Sep), as it is the main festival of Kerala. Streets are illuminated and main attractions during this period are a unique package of traditional and cultural programmes, which is staged in Kanakakkunnu Palace and other landmark points in the city.

Poovar (Old Trading Centre)
Poovar is 29 kms from the city. It was once a famous trading center in early days and also one of the ancient ports in the district. It is said that the legendary Jesuit Missionary, St. Francis Xavier, visited the place in the 16th century.

Science & Technology Museum
Located near Hotel Mascot in Thiruvananthapuram city, the museum is of high educative value for students of Science and Technology.

Shree Chitra Art Gallery
Next to the Government Art Museum, this is in a smaller, traditional building. It homes the collections of the Travancore ruling family, and also has an interesting assortment of turn of the century Bengali School paintings, Rajasthani and Mughal miniatures, Tanjore paintings and a selection of works by a Russian emigrant, Svetosku Roerich and by Kerala's favourite artist son, Raja Ravi Varma. The latter's works include a number of portraits of Maharajahs and their families, British residents and distinguished individuals and by studying their faces, one gets a glimpse of a part of Kerala's history.

The Great Elephant March
It is a four-day programme organized by the Department of Tourism, Kerala. Elephant pageantry, boat races and folk art performance are specially arranged during this four-day period for the tourists to have a glimpse of the Kerala culture. On the fourth day is the elephant pageantry at Thiruvananthapuram. Here, tourists get an occasion to witness Kerala's folk art forms and its ancient martial art display, Kalaripayattu. The grand finale is at Kovalam Beach. It is concluded with seaside barbecue.
Agasthyakoodam (famous peak)
About 1869 metres above sea level, Agasthyakoodam is a prominent peak in the Sahyadari ranges of the Western Ghats and can be approached on foot from Bonacadu, which is 61 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. Tradition says that the great sage, Agasthya, had his abode in this peak. The place is also noted for its abundant Ayurvedic herbs.

Anchuthengu (Historical Place)
Situated 40 kms north of Thiruvananthapuram, along the seacoast Anchuthengu is a place of historic importance. IT was here, that the first settlement of English East India Company was established in 1864 AD. Historically the limits of the area were up to where five coconut palms stood. Anchuthengu Anjengo, was given on lease to the company by the king of Travancore for trade purpose. The remains of the old English fort, which had withstood many a siege, can be seen here even today.

Neyyattinkara (Historical Place)
Neyyattinkara is an ancient town, situated about 20 kms, south east of Thiruvananthapuram. The Sree Krishna Swami Temple, founded by King Marthanda Varma is of historical importance. Within the premises of the temple, there is a historic jack fruit tree, known as Ammachi Plavu, in the hollow of which, Marthanda Varma is believed to have hid himself and escaped death at the hand of enemies.

Vizhinjam (Historic and Ancient port)
About 15 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 2 kms South of Kovalam, this is a historic spot, which was left unnoticed for a long time. It was once, the capital of Ayvel Kings of the 8th and 9th century. The only thing there, that has withstood time, is a rock temple, assigned to the period of the Cheras, because of strong influence of the Pallava Pandya architecture. The rock temple is just a little way off the main junction, and is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India. Vizhinjam is also believed to have been an ancient port, long time ago. The Portuguese and the Dutch had commercial establishments here. Vizhinjam is being developed as a modern fishing harbour, with a lighthouse.

Akkulam Kayal
10 kms away from the Central Railway Station, but easily accessible by road, Akkulam, is one of the first beautiful picnic spots in the suburbs of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. The spot is developed on the Akkulam Kayal Lake, which is an extension of the Veli Kayal Lake. The clam and serene atmosphere and its unique natural beauty are fascinations for tourists. The village consists of a boat club, swimming pool, children's park, an anthodium project and a snack bar.

Neyyar Dam
29 kms from the city, lying amidst the Southern low hills of the Western Ghats, in the Neyyar Dam, a picnic spot and dam site. One gets a panoramic view of mountains and the lake. The project area offers facilities for boating and mountaineering. A 3-hour climb over the hills across the reservoir affords the thrill of hiking. There are two beautiful waterfalls on the way. A lion safari park, a lake garden, a swimming pool and a crocodile-rearing centre have also been set up in the reservoir.

Kowdiyar Palace
The home of the late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirumal Bal Rama Varma and his family is off limits to visitors but one can have a glimpse, from the main gate. If a friendly guard is on duty he will let you walk a bit inside the grounds where you can get a view of the grand old building at the end of its long drive

Koyikkal Palace
Located 18 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, on the way to the Ponmudi Hill Station and the Kuttalam Waterfalls, this ancient place that dates back to the 15th century is famous In the history of Kerala, as the official residence of Perakom Thavazhi (The maternal lineage), especially of Umayamma Rani of the Venad Royal family. Here, one can see a double storeyed traditional Nalukettu building with slanting gabled roofs, an inner courtyard and two museums of folklore and numismatics set up by the Department of Archaeology. The 'Gajendra Moksham' Mural, which is one of the larges mural paintings in Kerala, is seen on the ground floor of the Palace. A museum with antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes is housed inside the building. The palace is situated 47 kms from Alleppey.

Padmanabhapuram Palace
The legendary Kings of Venad ruled from this magnificent 16th century wooden palace. The Padmanabhapuram Palace, 60 Kms. from Thiruvananthapuram, is now within the State of Tamil Nadu, but it was once the traditional home of the royal family of Travancore, so the Kerala Government maintains it. The palace is one of the best examples of the traditional wooden architecture of Kerala. Such stately homes were decorated with carved wooden ceilings, curved and slatted shuttered windows, intricate interlocking beams for the roof, sculpted door panels and pagoda like tiled roofs. Intricate carvings and murals, and exquisite wall paintings reflect the prolific talent of the sculptors and painters of the olden times.


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Tourist Attractions in Kollam (Quilon)
Tourist Season - August to March
Tourist information offices
DTPC Tourist Information Centre, Tel : 091 - 473 - 745625,
DTPC Tourist Office, Tel: 091 - 473 - 742558,
Department of Tourism, Tel: 091 - 473 - 743620

Adventure Park
3 kms from the central bus stand and next to the government guesthouse at Asramam, is an Adventure park, which delights children. The Kollam District Tourist Promotion Council organises backwater cruises from there and during the season conducts cruises to Alappuzha.

Kottarakkara
Kottarakkara is the origin of the famous classical dance has originated from Kottarakkara Taluk. It was once the capital of Elayadathu Swarupam, a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family.

Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple
Situated on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam MC Road, Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple is a magnificent masterpiece of Sculptures.

Jatayupara
Jatayupara is a huge rock at Chadayamangalam. Legends goes that the name Jatayupara is from the mythical bird Jatayu in the epic Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. The Crafts Festival is held annually during December-January, featuring the work of craftsmen from all over the country.

Palaruvi Waterfalls
Located near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, 5 kms from Ariankavu is the lovely waterfalls at Palaruvi, at a height of 300 feet. Being the pristine spot, the waterfalls give the impression of following milk, which falls steeply down into a small shallow pool which is ideal for swimming nearby there are also smaller cascades, which gives a beautiful sight.


Ashtamudi Lake
Kollam is situated on the banks of scenic and calm Ashtamudi Lake. Lake Ashtamudi is one of the biggest Backwaters of Kerala.

Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary
70 kms from Kollam on the Kollam -Shencotta Road is the Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is situated on the banks of the River Shenduny.

Sasthamkotta (Fresh Water Lake)
29 kms from Kollam, on the bank of River Kallada, is a small town called Sasthamkotta, which is famous for Kerala's largest freshwater lake. In this town there is also a temple dedicated to ford Sastha.

Thangassery (Fort and Lighthouse)
Located 5 kms from Kollam town, is Thangassery, a seaside village of historic importance, which has the ruins of an Old Portuguese fort and a church, built in 18th century. The beautiful beach nearby has the lighthouse of 144 feet high.
Thirumullavaram Beach
6 kms north of Kollam town, is the beautiful and quiet little Thirumullavaram Beach, which is a lovely picnic spot and is also ideal for swimming or bathing in the sun .It has frequent bus connections from the town.

Thangasseri Beach
Situated 5 kms from Kollam Town, this seaside has ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built in 18th century.

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Tourist Attractions in Pathanamthitta
Tourist Season - August to March
Tourist information offices
Department of Tourism, Tel: 091 - 473 - 326409
DTPC office - Tel: 091 - 473 - 601202


Konni (Agricultural Region)
11 kms from Pathanamthitta, an agricultural region, Konni is rich in cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee, ginger etc. IT is also used as a centre for training elephants.

Mannadi (folk Art Centre)
This is where Veluthampi Dalawa, the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, spent his last days. The ancient Bhagavathy Temple here contains some interesting stone sculptures. Mannadi is also the venue of the Kerala Institute of Folklore and Folk Arts.

Muloor Smarakam (Memorial)
The memorial to Muloor, a renowned reformer and poet, is located at Elavumthitta.

Aranmula
The Parthasarathi Temple, dedicated to Sree Krishna, on the banks of the holy River Pamba, attractions large crowds of devotees. The famous Aranmula snake boat race is held on the last day of the weeklong Onam festival. The 'Vijinana Kalavedi" at Aranmula imparts training in the traditional arts like 'Kathakali', classical dances, classical music as well as 'Kalaripayattu'. Foreign tourists stay here for long periods to get a first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala. The Parthasarathi Temple here also has fine murals from the 18th century. Aranmula is also very famous for its hand made mirrors of polished metal called ' Aranmula Kannadi', which is a unique craft and not found anywhere else in the world.

Sabarimala (Pilgrim Centre)
One of the most famous pilgrim centres in India, Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, at an altitude of 914 m above sea level and is accessible only by foot, from Pamba (4kms). The hold shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India, from different castes, creed, especially from other parts of South India. Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season, which is from Nov to mid Jan. The Temple remains closed during the rest of the year, except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during 'Vishu' in April. Sabarimala is surrounded by hazardous hills like Karimala and Neelimala. Men of all ages are allowed inside the temple but women only below 10 years and above 50 years of age are permitted inside.

Omallur (Cattle fair)
The Rakthakanta Swamy Temple and the annual cattle fair held in the Malayalam month of 'Meenam' are the main attractions of Omallur. People from all around Kerala and also many other states participate in the fair.

Charalkunnu Hill station
The picturesque hill station offers a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the hill provides comfortable lodging.

Perumthenaruvi
Perumthenaruvi is a famous waterfall on the banks of the River Pamba. Here, the water flows down a rocky bed into a ravine 60 to 100 feet deep. The place is a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.

Vijana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre
Louba Schild, a French scholar under the Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme, who started this centre with UNESCO support, founded this famous cultural centre. Those interested in culture and art, gather from different parts of the country over here. The centre offers residential training courses, in Kerala's traditional arts & crafts like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kalaripayattu, Music, wood carving etc.

Kakki Reservoir
Tigers, elephants and monkeys can be sighted in the forest surrounding the reservoir.

River Pamba
This is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala, the famous pilgrim centre. It is also known as 'Thriveni Sangamam', the meeting point of three rivers.

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Tourist Attractions in Alappuzha
Tourist Season - August to March
Tourist information offices
District Tourism Promotion Council, Tel: 091 - 477 - 251796, 253308
Tourist Information Office, Tel: 091 - 477 - 260722
The Administrative Office, (DTPC) Tel: 091 - 477 - 253308
Tourist Reception Centre (DTPC) Tel: 091 - 477 - 251796

Kuttanad - Rice Bowl of Kerala
This is the one of the places in the world where farming is done below sea level (1.5 -2 metres below sea level). Inland waterways that flow above the land level is an amazing feature of this land. Kuttanad is the heart of the backwaters of Kerala. This beautiful countryside with its waterways also has a rich crop of banana, Cassava and yam.

Pathiramanal (Backwaters)
This little island lies between Thaneermukkom and Kumarakom. Legend states that a young Brahmin dived into the Lake Vembanad to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating this enchanting island of Pathiramanal (Sands of Midnight). This little island is a favourite haunt for hundreds of migratory birds from different parts of the world. It is accessible only by boat.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
The most wonderful sight in Alappuzha is the Nehru trophy Boat race that is held every year on the second Saturday of August. This was started in 1952 when India's first Prime Minister, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, visited Alappuzha, and inaugurated the function in which the gigantic snake boats with over 100 rowers in each raced one another. From then on, year after year, the boat race has grown into Alappuzha`s most important event.

Alappuzha Beach
A famous beach and picnic spot with a children park and boating facilities for entertainment. The old lighthouse also adds to the beauty of this beach and the pier, which extends into the sea is over 137 years old.
QST and R BLOCK Kayal (Backwaters)
These regions are wonders of the agricultural engineering skills of Kerala and remind the tourist of the famous dikes of Holland. Extensive areas of land have been reclaimed from the backwaters and are protected by dikes built around. A leisurely cruise along the canals that surround these kayal's is a memorable experience.

Sea View Park
The Park offers boating facilities and a swimming pool. Krishnapuram palace
It was built in the 18th century during the reign of Marthanda Varma, which displays typical characteristics of Kerala architecture. It also has one of the largest mural paintings is the Gajendra Maksham. Krishnapuram Place is situated 47kms from Alappuzha.

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Tourist Attractions in Kottayam
Tourist Season - September to March
Tourist information offices
Dept. of Tourism - Tel: 091 - 481 - 584303


Champakara (Ayurvedic Centre)
18 kms from Kottayam is Champakara, which is an important Ayurvedic Centre for 'Thirummuchikilsa'. Sreerangam CVN Kalari Chikilsa Kendram attracts people from all over India and abroad.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
12 kms west of Kottayam town is this small village Kumarakom, which has a beautiful bird sanctuary on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and is an ideal place for backwater cruises. The 14-acre sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds like Siberian stork, Egret darter, Heron and Teal. There are also different varieties of local birds like waterfowl, wild duck, cuckoo, owl, water ducketc. The sanctuary is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and the best months to bird watch are between June and August. Close to the sanctuary, in the beautifully wooded ground near the backwaters, is coconut lagoon heritage resort, which is one of India's most discrete holiday destinations. Guests stay in genuine 'Tharawad' (traditional wooden) cottages and love this unique culture.

Grampi hill station
The picturesque hill station of Grampi, situated 5 kms from Peerumade is also known as the Parunthupara, meaning the eagle rock.

Ilaveezhapoonchira
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.

Pala and Kanjirapally (Rubber Plantations)
Nourished by the Meenachil and Aanimala rivers respectively, these two places are centers of Rubber Plantations.

Kesari Waterfalls
The Kesari waterfalls, also known as Valanjamkanam falls, lies between Kuttikanam and Murinjapuzha on the Kottayam-Kumaly route. Valanjamkanam is a 3 hr. journey from Kottayam by any bus to Kumaly; trek to Kuttikanan offers additional adventurous spirit and closeness to nature.

Maramala Waterfalls
This lies a few kms away from Eerattupetta. It is exactly 7 kms from Teekoy rubber estate. From here a private vehicle can take you further 2 kms after which the road is not motor able. To reach the falls one has to trek through the estate over the rocky path. The waterfall is about 60 metres in height, falling into a 12-meter deep pool and joins the River Teekoy way down.

Chandragiri Cruises
This offers boat trips to the nearby islands and palm grove. The boarding point is Chandragiri Bridge and nearby, is a mosque and also the ancient Kizhur Sartha Temple.

Ayyampara
43 kms from Kottayam, this is a well known scenic spot of rocky plains, where a 100 acres of flat rock makes a natural granite stadium to enjoy the sunset and the view of the town below. It is a good place for trekking.

Elaveezhapoonchira (mountains)
Elaveezhapoonchira, formed of imposing mountain ranges with rocky cliffs is on the eastern periphery of Kottayam district. It is a beautiful picnic spot, accessible from Pala, located in the middle of hillocks. About 3000 feet above sea lever, the pristine beauty of nature is preserved almost intact here. There is also a famous ancient mosque at Thazhathanangady near Thalikotta Palace, which attracts many devotees.

Koottickal
Situated in the western ghats, 5 kms north of Mundakayam in Kottayam district, is Koottickal .The majesty of the mountain ranges combined with the beauty of the forest and the artificial lake created by the check dam of the River Manimala makes the spot linger in ones mind. Amruthameda, which is famous for medicinal plants, is nearby. Koottickal is well connected by roads to the main cities. The waterfall at Vadakkemala, near Kootickal is another attraction.

Panchalimedu
Situated 7 kms from Muundakkayam - Kuttikanam stretch on the Kottayam - Kumali road, lies Panchalimedu at an altitude of about 2500 feet above sea level. A 3-hour trek from Valliankavu, also connected by bus service from Kottayam. According to legends, the Pandavas had stayed here and the pond beside a small temple is where Panchali, their wife is said to have had bath.

Wagamon (Trekker's Paradise)
Situated at an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level, Wagamon is called the trekker's paradise because it is an ideal place for trekking and a beautiful tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea plantations, meadows, valleys and dales. It is about 60 km from Kottayam. The other attraction of this place is Kurisumala, a sky-scraping mountain with a small church on its peak. There is also a monastery on this hill, called Kurisumala Ashramam, which has a small community of ascetics who follow Christian faith but combines with it the Indian spiritual traditions and Gandhian thoughts. People of all faith are welcome to visit this place.

Vembanad Lake
16 kms from Kottayam town, is a vast network of rivers and canals, which empty into the great expanse of water called the Vemanad Lake, which is situated in Kumarakom village. The lake is an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourist destination. It provides boating, fishing and sight seeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The Kumarakom tourist village also offers houseboat cruises and holiday packages.

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Tourist Attractions in Idukki
Tourist Season - August to March
Tourist information offices
District Tourist Information Office, Tel: 091 - 486 - 322620
DTPC Information Centre, Tel: 091 - 486 - 530679 / 530682

Devikulam (Hill Station)
Situated 16kms south-west of Munnar, is a small hill station Devikulam, which means 'Pond of the Goddess', as it is believed that goddess Sita once, had a bath in the pond near by and hence this place was named after it. This place has a lot of natural beauty and many tourists come here to enjoy its serenity.

Anayirankal (tea plantation)
This is an ideal picnic spot with its bush green carpet of tea plantation. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Tata Tea plantation and evergreen forests surround the Anayirankal Dam.

Chithirapuram (Tea Plantation)
With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old play grounds and courts; Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also very famous for its picturesque tea plantations.

Munnar Tea plantations
This is a beautiful hill station covered with unending expanse of tea plantations and is 133Kms from Cochin, with an altitude ranging from 1600 to 1800 meters above sea level. Munnar boasts the highest peak in south India 'Anamundi' 2695 meters high. Munnar was the favourite summer resort of European settlers for centuries. The name 'Munnar' means 'Three Rivers' and they are actually three mountain stream, Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, confluence at the heart of the town, meeting all the water requirements of the settlers and visitors.

Echo Point
This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo point is n the way to Top Station from Munnar

Kudayathoor Mala
A picturesque hillock 6 km. from Malankara Dam site, is ideal for trekking, Elaveehja Poonchira 6 Kms upstream is another beautiful picnic spot.

Lock Heart Gap
This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mist clad hills and panoramic view make it worth of a visit.

Munnar (Hill Station)
This is a beautiful hill station covered with unending expanse of tea plantations and is 133Kms from Cochin, with an altitude ranging from 1600 to 1800 meters above sea level. Munnar boasts the highest peak in south India 'Anamundi' 2695 meters high. Munnar was the favourite summer resort of European settlers for centuries. The name 'Munnar' means 'Three Rivers' and they are actually three mountain stream, Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, confluence at the heart of the town, meeting all the water requirements of the settlers and visitors.

Attukal
This place is located between Munnar and Pallivasal, and a beautiful sight of waterfalls and rolling hills can be seen here. Attukal is also ideal for long treks

Cheeyappara
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Narimangalam and Adimali on the kochi-Madurai highway. The Cheeyapara waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes.

Nyayamkad
10 Kms from Munnar, located between Munnar and Rajamala Nyamkad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The Waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters, the enchanting surrounding make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.

Peerumadu Tea Plantation
On the way to Thekkady, Peermade is a small hill station. It is a fertile land at an altitude of 914 meters. Formerly the summer palaces of Travancore Rajas this tiny and cool hill station is full of rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantation, interspersed with waterfalls and open grasslands.

Power House Waterfall
18 Km from Munnar, this waterfall is on the way to Thekkady from Munnar, which cascades down to step rock 2000m above sea level. The spot is enriched which the scenic western mountain range and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Thommankuthu
28 km from Thodupuzha is Thommankutthu, which is famous for its numerous waterfalls. This place is ideal for natural lovers as the seven-step waterfall here is a much loved picnic spot. At each step, there is a cascade and a pool beneath to enjoy the panoramic beauty; the best way is to undertake a trek that takes one to the top of the mountain, a 12 km. climb.

Chellarkovil (Beautiful Village)
15 kms from Kumily, this little village with its breathtaking view of plains is famous for its landscape scenery and natural beauty. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighboring state Tamil Nadu.

Kundala (Picturesque Town)
Kundala is a beautiful town on the way to Top station. The Gold course, which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd., is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Arurikad waterfall is also near Kundala.

Marayoor (Sandalwood Plantation)
This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the forest department, the caves (Muniyars) with murals and relics from the new Stone Age civilization and the children's' park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single banyan tree are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam waterfall and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also near by.

Mattupetty (Indo-Swiss Livestock Project)
13 Kms from Munnar situated at height of 1700m, Mattupetty is known for us highly specialized dairy farm- 'the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project' where the green meadows, over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle and the rose garden attract a lot of tourists.

Meenuli (Forest Over Rock)
Meenuli is noted for 2 acres of evergreen forests, upon a huge rock. The rock is more than 500 acres in area and an ideal spot for mountaineering. One can see the lower Periyar Area, Boothanthankettu, and even up to Ernakulam on a fine day, from this rocky height.

Murrikkady (Plantation area)
5 kms from Thekkady, washed in fresh spice scented air is Murrikkady, a panorama of cardamom, coffee and Pepper plantation.

Pandikuzhi (Picnic spot)
25 kms from Kumaly, Pandikuzhi is a picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams, cradled between Chellakovil and the Tamil Nadu border. This is a popular picnic spot, which offers great opportunities for trekking and is photographer's delight.

Rajamala (Natural Habitat)
15 Kms from Munnar, this is a natural habitat of the Nilgiri Thar, mountain goat. The world population of rare Mountain goat, which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri Thar's are today reduced to small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgiri Thar in this natural habitat is estimated to be 1317.

Vandanmedu (Cardamom Plantation)
25Kms from Kumaly this is one of the world's largest auction centers for cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.

Vandiperiyar (Agricultural Town)
The river Periyar flowing through the center of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. Vandiperiyar, a major trade centre is also the home of a number of tea factories. The government agricultural farm and flower garden have a delightful array of rose plants orchids and anthuriums.

Chinnar (Wild life sanctuary)
Situated on the Tamil Nadu - Kerala border, the wild life Sanctuary is spread across 90.44 sq kms. A thorny shrub jungle present no where else but here, makes this sanctuary unique with a wide range of animals and birds like elephants, porcupine, lion tailed monkeys, jungle fowl, spotted dove, laughing thrush etc. The sanctuary is situated on either side of the Marayoor-Udumalpet road and is hence easily accessible by road.

Eravikulam - Rajamalai (Wild Life Sanctuary)
The 97 sq km wild life sanctuary is also known as a National Park, since it has the largest population of Nilgiri Thar existing in the world. A wide variety of plant life is present here. The popularity known Neelakurinji is one of the rare species that grows here. Anamudi peak, which is 2695 m high, is located in the southern region of this peak. There are different species of animals and birds like barking Deer, Gour, Giant Malabar Squirrel, Tiger, Panther, Wolf, Black Bird, Jungle crow etc.

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary extends on the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola Taluk's of Idukki district, spreading over 77 sq kms and is about 450- 478 m above sea level. There is a scenic lake around the sanctuary and the wildlife found here are similar to those in other wildlife sanctuaries nearby.

Ramakalmedu
The rolling green hills and fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Bodi and Kambam, on the eastern slope of the western. Ramakalmedu is situated 16kms from Nedumkandam.

Cheruthoni Dam
Near Painaru, the headquarters of Idukki district situated 3917 feet above sea level is the Cheruthoni dam. One can reach here only by jeep and on a clear day certain parts of faraway Cochin can be seen from here. The Kerala State Electricity Board, which maintains the dam, rents out boats for the two-hour cruise between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu.

Idukki Arch Dam
This is the world's second and Asia's first Arch dam, Constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. It is 640 feet in breadth and 550 feet in height and this lies close to the Cheruthoni barrage. To its west is the Kulamavu Dam and located closely is the Idukki wildlife sanctuary.

Malankara Reservoir
Located in Idukki District at a distance of 66 kms from Kochi and 6 kms from Thodupuzha, Lake Malankara and dam is well connected by roads and is served by frequent bus service. The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing.

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Tourist Attractions in Palakkad (Palghat)
Tourist Season - September to February
Tourist information offices
DTPC Information Counter, Tel: 091 - 491 - 538996


Attappady
Attapaddy situated on the northeastern side of the district of Palakkad and spread over an area of 827 sq. kms has the largest tribal settlement. 38kms northeast of Mannarkad, a beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attapady is of great interest to anthropologists as this is the habitat of many tribes like Irulas, Mudugars and some settlers of Tamil Nadu. Hardly affected by development work, Attappady offers forests in their elemental grandeur. The tribals who celebrate the Shivarathri festival here with great gusto worship the Mallesawaram peak as a gigantic Shivalinga. Government rest house and a few private hotels offer accommodation for tourists at Agali in Attappady.

Fantasy Park
This is an entertainment park, which offers different entertainment activities. The fantasy park is open from 14.00 to 21.00 hrs on weekdays and 11.00 to 21.00 hrs on Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays. Tel: 815122, 815124.

Nelliyampathy
75Kms from Palakkad, Nelliyampathy is a forest range, which comprises a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dark evergreen forests of the Sahya Range in which can be found very valuable teak of extra-ordinary height and girth. At a height of 1467 to 1572 meters above sea level is a fascinating hill station with cool climate, which offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. The hilly countryside is delight to trekkers. The tourism promotion board of Palakkad, offers accommodation in the tourist resort with all facilities. On the way to Nelliampathy about 17 kms en-route, there is a dam and a park at Pothundy.

Mayukadumpara (Land of Peacocks)
This grove takes its name from the large number of peacocks found here.

Silent Valley national Park
40Kms north east of Mannarkad, spread over 90 sq. kms is Silent valley, a virgin forest, which is believed to be the role surviving bit of evergreen forests in the Sahya Ranges or Western Ghats. The name Silent Valley is derived because it is devoid even of the chirping of cicadas. It contains India's last substantial stretch of tropical evergreen rain forests, and a large number of wild animals. Vehicular transport is possible only up to Mukkali, nearly 24 kms from the park. The river Kunthipuzha, which follows through the valley, before, merging into the river Bharathapuzha.

Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary
110 Kms from Palakkad, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, part of the neighboring Annamalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, is one of the best in Kerala. Sprawled across 285 sq kms, it has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. It has large population of Gaur (Bison), Nilgiri languor, jungle cat, lion tailed macaque, Sloth bear, Sambar and spotted deer, along with some tigers and leopards. The Cannimari Teak Tree, said to be Asia's largest, stands about 5 kms from Thuna-kadavu, the headquarters of Parambikulam. Boating and cruising facilities are available at the Parambikulam Reservoir. The Rest Houses of the State Forest Department at Thoonakkadavu, Thellikkal and Anappady offers accommodation for tourists. There are tree houses in the reserve forest area in Thoonakkadavu. Trekking in the sanctuary is also possible, with prior permission of the forest officials.

Kottayi
15 kms from Palakkad via Poodar, this village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music.

Lakkidi
Killikurussimangalam at Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunchan Nambiar, the 18th century sitarist and exponent of Tullal (Classical art form). The Poet's house has been preserved as a monument by the state Government as an historical place.

Chittur Garumadam
Located on the banks of the river Sokanasini (the destroyer o f sorrows), this is a memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, who spent his last days here. A Sri chakra, some of the idols worshipped by him, a stylus, wooden slippers and a few old manuscripts are exhibited here.

Thirthala (Historical Importance)
On the banks of the river Bharathapuzha, 75 Kms. away from Palakkad is Thirthala, a place noted for its monuments and historic ruins. The Shiva Temple and the ruined remnants a large fort, around which is a deep moat hewn from laterite, are notable cultural monuments here. The Kattilmadam temple, and a domed granite Buddhist monument on the Pattambi -Guruvayoor road, is of great archeological importance. It is supposed to display Buddhist influence and was probably built in the 9th or 10th century and marks the transition from the Chola to Pandya style of architecture. The Pakkanaar Memorial, honouring the parish Saint, stands near Thirthala - Kuttanad Road. This is also the native place of the renowned writer and social reformer V.T. Bhattathiripad.

Ottappalam (Town of festivals)
35Kms from Palakkad, this town is known for its numerous places of worship and the colourful festivals. Ottappalam was once, the centre of political as well as tenant movements in the south Malabar of the erstwhile Malabar Province of Madras Presidency. The important Hindu festival of Ottappalam is at Chathan Kandar Kavu in Varode Desam. Legend goes that the temple was built by the local Kanjoor Namboodiri family at a place where Harijan called Chathan found a stone bleeding while he was sharpening his knife on it. The deity of this temple is Durga. The annual festival is Thalapoli, which is celebrated on Avitam day of Meenam (March or April).

Malampuzha
10 kms from Palakkad, ' Malampuzha' A famous picnic spot and major tourist attraction, is in the site of a large irrigation dam built across the river Bharathapuzha. It is a picnic spot in the lower hills of the Western Ghats. Malampuzha Garden is a famous picnic spot, which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, around the large reservoirs are beautifully landscaped rose gardens and amusement parks for children, as well as facilities for boat cruises and water sports on the reservoir. The famous work 'yakshi' done by Kerala's famous sculptor Kania Kunjiraman is another attraction done in the garden. There is famous theme park, The Fantasy Park, the first one in Kerala.

Palakkad Fort
One of the best-preserved forts in Kerala in the heart of Palakkad town, which dates back to 1766 A.D. It was built by Sultan Hyder Ali of Mysore, supposedly to facilitate communication between Coimbatore and West Coast. In 1784, after a siege lasting 11 days, the British colonel Fulletron stormed the Fort. It latter fell into the hands of the Zamorins troops but was recaptured by the British in 1970. The Archeological Survey of India now preserves it.

Kollengode Palace
19 Kms. South of Palakkad, Kollengode (the abode of blacksmiths), enriches the pristine beauty of rural Palakkad. The Kollengode Palace, the Vishnu Temple and the poet P. Kunhiraman Nair memorial, are worth visiting. Seethakundu and Govindamali hills, near Kaachanakurichi are ideal and for adventurous trekkers.

Dhoni
A Dhoni waterfall is a 3 hours trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills. A thick reserve forest surrounds it. Dhoni is about 15 kms from Palakkad.

Meenvallam
A Meenvallam waterfall is around 8kms from Thuppanad junction on the Palakkad- Manarkkad route. It is a combination of enchanting beauty and scenic splendor. The water falls from nearly 20 to 25 feet and the depth is around 15-20 feet. There are 10 steps of waterfalls of which eight are located in the upper hills inside the dense forest. They are inaccessible, only the remaining two steps are accessible. One has to hire a jeep from Koomankund junction and then trek a distance of 1.5 km by crossing the river Thuppanad.

Mangalam Dam
The Mangalam Dam is constructed on the river Cherukunnapuzha, a tributary of the river Mangalam. A popular picnic site, the dam is located 48 kms south of Palakkad town. The reservoir fringes on the forest area, where there are deer, wild elephant and variety of birds. There are also beautiful parks and lawns adorned with statues.

Meenkara Dam
32 Kms south east of Palakkad, Meenkara is a fascinating picnic spot by virtue of its dam, garden, fishponds and natural beauty. The dam is constructed across river Gayathri, which flows into the river Bharathapuzha.

Siruvani (Reservoir)
48 Kms from Palakkad, the reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam are typical to the Kerala and Tamil architectural style. Siruvani is also the home to certain tribes like Mudugars and Irulars.

River Kanjirapuzha
24 kms from Palakkad, Kanjirapuzha (River Kanjira) is a magnificent lake. An evergreen forest, the 'Vettilachola', provides the backdrop to the lake, surrounded by hillocks. During the rainy season, the mist-draped mountains create a picturesque landscape.

Pothundy (Picnic Spot)
Situated on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips.

Thiruvalathoor (Ancient Temple)
10kms from Palakkad, the ancient temple here has some fine woodwork and stone sculptures.

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Tourist Attractions in Malappuram
Tourist Season - September to March
Tourist information offices
Tel: 091 - 493 - 734311, 734882


Addyanpara (Famous for boulders)
Spread over an area of two and a half acres of mountainous region, Addyanpara is tucked away near Muttiyel at Nilambur. A half an hour ride by bus or any other vehicle from Nilambur will take one to Muttiyel. From there, another hour of trekking will lead you to Addyapara. Boulders of various shape and size dot the area. Amidst these is a small brook, the Kanjirapuzha.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
19 kms from Kozhikode and 7kms from Beypore Port, the Sanctuary are spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks, where the River Kadalundipuzha flows into the Arabian Sea. Over a hundred varieties of native birds flock here in large numbers and around 60 varieties of migratory birds come here every year. A hillock, which is 200m above sea level, provides a splendid view of the river-mouth and the sea.

Padinharekara Beach
Padinharekara Beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharatha Puzha (River Bharatha), the Tirur Puzha (River Tirur) and the Arabian Sea.

Tanur Beach
The small coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546 and converted the local chieftain to Christianity. About 3 km south of Tanur is Keraladesapuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is said to be one of Kerala's oldest temples.

Vallikunnu Beach
A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is just a short distance away.

Kodikuthimala (Landscape)
The perennial springs and green mountains form an alluring landscape.

Kottakkal (Center of Ayurveda)
12 km south-west of Malappuram and 168 km from Kochi, site of the famed Kottakal Arya Vaidyasala, pioneering centre for Ayurveda, Kerala's traditional system of health and medicine. Founded in 1902 by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier. This institution has a research centre, a nursing home, and a hospital. It has branches all over the state as well as in Delhi and Madras. This centre offers treatment for various ailments and attracts a large number of patients.

Tirur
Birthplace of Thunchath Ezhuthachan of the 16 A.D, who is honoured as the father of Malayalam language is in Tirur, now called as Thunjan Parambu, as a memorial of this great poet, is built here. A weeklong literary fair is organised here in the last week of Dec. It is in this hallowed ground where hundreds of children are initiated into the wonders of writing, when they first trace the letters of the Malayalam alphabet in sand, taken from that revered spot, which was Ezhuthachan's home.

Kottappadi (Fort gate)
At the floor of the cantonment Hill, is the maiden, called Kottappadi, which means 'fort gate'. Though today there are only traces of the old fort, built by the British to protect Malappuram from the occupation of Malabar by Mysore.

Nilambur (Forest area)
This is the original home of the Cholainaickans, the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The extensively forested land is well known for Canoli's Plot. It is named after H.V.Conolly, the then Malabar District Collector. The oldest teak tree in the plot is a rare attraction. On the Nilambur-Gudallur Road are the world's first teak museum and a sub-centre of the Kerala Forest Research Institute.

Biyyan Kayal (Waterway)
Located close to Ponnani, this placid, green-fringed waterway has different types of water sports facility, and attracts a lot of people here.

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Tourist Attractions in Thrissur
Tour Operators
Trinity Air Travel and Tours (K) Pvt. Ltd. Tel: 091 - 487 - 331172
Olympus Travels Pvt. Ltd. Tel: 091 - 487 - 421759
Supersonic Travels, Tel: 091 - 487 - 422027


Art Museum
2 kms from Thrissur town, there is nice little art museum, which has a good collection of woodcarvings metal sculptures, Kathakali figures and ancient jewellery. There are also wonderful figures and good paintings. This art museum is also well known fro a great collection of traditional Kerala lamps. The museum is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days, except Mondays.

Cheruthuruthy (Kathakali Centre)
North of Thrissur, 29 kms away, near the Shoranur Railway junction is Cheruthuruthy, home of the renowned repository of the tradition of the Kathakali dance form. It is in this academy that the best of Kerala's Kathakali performers get their training. The institution also offers training in music, drama and other dance forms including Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam and Ottam Thullal.

The Zoo
2 kms from Thrissur town, is the zoo, which is a wonderful place for animal enthusiasts. Within the 13.5 acres of compound, a variety of fauna like the lion tailed macaque, Sloth bear, various species of birds, deer etc. The snake park has a reptilian collection of King Cobra, Kraits, Vipers and rat snakes.

Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls
East of Chalakudy, near the entrance of the Sholayar forest ranges are the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal, 5 kms apart.

Punnathur Kotta (Elephant Shelter)
Near Guruvayoor, 2 km away is Punnathur Kotta, the place where temple elephants (numbering over 40) are taken care of. Nowhere else one can find so many elephants at a time. Visitors with little children are allowed to come near and have a look at the elephants.

Town Hall (Art Gallery)
It houses the picture Gallery where mural paintings from all parts of Kerala are on display. This art gallery is also known as 'Chitralayam'.

Vilangakunnu
7 kms from Thrissur, Vilangakunnu is a beautiful little hill which is a wonderful picnic spot. This spot is a feast for ones eyes with its natural charm and serenity.

Anakkayam Lake
20 kms from Chalakudy, on the Sholayar-Peringalkuthu route, Anakkayam is famous for its lake with cool and placid waters. The place is breathtaking beautiful, with its rushing waters, chiseled rocks and silent streams. This place got its name as Anakkayam, from a herd of elephants which used to visit the lake quiet often, but one day some of them got drowned over there.

Peechi Dam
Quite near to Thrissur, there is an irrigation project site 'Peechi Dam', which is a well-known picnic spot. There are also boating facilities at the reservoir, and this place is easily accessible by road from Thrissur, as there are frequent private buses from Thrissur.

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Tourist Attractions in Ernakulam (Cochin)
Tourist Season - October to March
Tourist information offices
Airport Information Counter, Dept. of Tourism - Tel: 667874
Govt. of India Tourist Office, Willington Island - Tel: 668352
Tourist information Officer, Dept. of Tourism - Tel: 360502
Tourist Reception Counter KTDC, Shanmugham Road - Tel: 353234
Tourist Desk, Main Boat Jetty - Tel: 371761

Kochi (Cochin) - Queen of the Arabian Sea
Kochi is group of islands on Lake Vemabanad, which opens out into the Arabian Sea. Some of the islands are Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu and Vallarpadam. The main tourist attraction of Kochi is visiting these islands on the local ferries. Kochi is well known for one of the finest natural harbours in the world. The ancestral rulers of cochin with their cosmopolitan outlook, traded goods as well as knowledge with visitors from far off lands and latter Chinese, Arabs, Dutch, British and Portuguese followed the sea route to cochin.

Bolgatty Island
The beautiful Bolgatty Place built by the Dutch in 1774, is situated on this island with a golf course on its grounds and palm trees all around. The KTDC now runs a hotel there and it is easily accessible from the mainland.

Willingdon Island
This wonderful man made island named after Lord Willindgon, the erstwhile British Viceroy of India, is surrounded by backwaters and is a very important part of Cochin. It sites the city's best hotel, the government of India tourist office, the southern naval command head quarters, the Cochin port trust and the customs house. Also on this island are the offices of several major trading and industrial houses.

Lakshadweep Island
About 300 kms from Kerala, Lakshadweep is a group of 36 islands located in the Arabian Sea. Only few of these islands are inhabited and are famous tourism destination.

Hill palace
Hill palace, built in 1865 was the official residence of the erstwhile Kochi royal family. It is 10kms from the main city and is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced l and with a deer park and horse riding facilities. The palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style and has a full-fledged ethno archaeological museum. Displayed inside are thirteen galleries of oil paintings, murals, sculpture in stone and plaster of Paris, manuscripts, inscriptions and coins belongings to royal family.

Mattancherry Palace
Also known as Dutch Palace, it is open from 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs and closed on Fridays. It was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi and in 1663; Dutch renovated the palace. There are beautiful 17th century murals depicting scenes from the Indian epics Ramayana, Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. There are also Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins and coronation robes of the former Maharaja's of Kochi.

Chinese fishing nets
They are called 'Chena Vala' in Malayalam and are used by the local fisherman in For Cochin to catch fish, attracted by the lights suspended over the net. These fishing nets dot the entrance of Cochin harbour, which was brought to Kerala by traders from the court of Kublai Khan.

Pallipuram Fort
It is one of the oldest existing European monuments in Indian. The Portuguese built it in 1503. The Catholic Church at Pallippuram is an important pilgrim center for thousands of people.

Cherai Beach
This cool and calm beach bordering Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming, and dolphins, which are occasionally seen here, attract tourists. Paddy fields and coconut groves nearby, makes this place more beautiful.

Athachamayam
It is a procession that marks the beginning of the Onam festival. It is conducted at Thripunithara and Piravam. This procession displays a rare treasure house of folk and temple performed by skill artists, decorated elephants and variety of floats.

Chennamangalam
It is located 5kms.north-west of Ernakulam and has a rare geographical combination of rivers on all 3 sides, seven inlets, a hillock and green plains. Kovilakem, the hillock presents an unusual sight of Hindu Temple, a church and a Jewish synagogue, all closely located next to each other. Another attraction of the place Malanappara made of boulder lying one over the other, resembling an elephant from a distance.

Cochin carnival
This wonderful and enjoyable feast, originated by the Portuguese, during the colonial days, is celebrated till date, during the last week of Dec. it gathers together youth from all over the place, who take part in the various games and competitions, and really enjoy their hearts out. The highlight of the carnival is the massive procession on New Year's Day, which includes spectacular floats, music bands, and people in fancy dress and masks, who wait all year long, for this day.

Fort Kochi
Once upon a time, it was a simple fishing village, which later became the first European township in Indian. Fort Kochi has an eventful and colourful history to tell about its reputation as a seafaring commercial town. An Italian traveler once remarked, 'if china is where one can make money, then surely Kochi is the place to spend it.' The Portuguese, Dutch, and British shaped the beautiful town; therefore we can see the remains of the Indo-European architecture even today in Fort Kochi

Indira Gandhi Boat Race
For tourist entertainment, Kerala Government organizes some special programs and one of them is the Indira Gandhi boat race, which is conducted during the last week of Dec. Several snake boats race each other to win the trophy and it is a great sight for the thousands of spectator who come to watch it.

Mulamkuzhi (Wild life)
This is a tiny village nearly 15kms from Malayattur. The crystal clear medicated water of the River Mulamkuzhi and the waterfalls of Venanbravady near Malayattur is an enchanting sight. There is also a confluence of the rivers Periyar and Perumthode.

Kodungalloor
Formerly known as Muziris, 32 kms away from the city, this was the premiere seaport of India's west coast in olden times. It is believed that St. Thomas had landed here in 52AD. There are many sight seeing places here like Cheramanparambu, the place of the king of Kerala, the ancient Thiruvanchikulam temple, the Bhagavathi Temple, the Portuguese forty and an old mosque very similar in appearance to a Hindu temple. All these historic buildings attract foreigners who come here from different parts of the world.

Museum of Kerala History and its Makers (Museum)
8 kms from Ernakulam, is a beautiful museum, which depicts historical episodes from the neothilic to the modern era through life size figures. At the entrance of the museum is a statute of Parasurama, mythological sage, who welcomes the visitors to the museum. There are also sound and light shows with commentaries in English and Malayalam.

Parikshith Thampuram Museum
This is an archaeological museum adjacent to the Shiva Temple on Durbar Hall Road, Ernakulam. It has a wonderful collection of the 19th century oil paintings, prehistoric monuments, and old coins in a numismatic gallery, sculptures in stone and plaster of Paris, copies of mural paintings etc and the collection from Cochin Royal family.

Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery
This museum houses a collection of coins, bronze, copies of murals and stone megalithic remains of Kerala.

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Tourist Attractions in Kozhikode (Calicut)
Tourist Season - September to May
Tourist information offices
Tourist Information Counter (Department of Tourism, Kerala), Kozhikode Railway Station / Airport. KTDC Tourist Reception Centre, Hotel Malabar Mansion Tel: 091 - 495 - 722391


Badagara (Commercial Centre)
48 kms from Kozhikode, in Badagara is Kalaripayattu, which is a flourishing, and great commercial centre of martial arts. Badagara is also famous for being the birthplace of Thacholi Othanan, the hero of the ballads of North Malabar.

Krishna Menon Museum
The Krishna Menon Museum has a section in honour of the great Indian V.K. Krishna Menon, whose personal belongings and souvenirs gifted to this world leader are exhibited here.

Kuttiyadi (hydro electric power project)
70kms from Kozhikode, this picturesque village is the site of a major hydroelectric project called the 'Kuttiyadi Hydro electric power project".

Beypore
10 kms South of Kozhikode, located at the mouth of the River Chaliyar is Beypore, a small coastal town and boat building industry which was for centuries, one of the prominent port and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala. It was much sought after, by merchants of Western Asia for its boat building industry and even today, Beypore is still a favourite destination among Arabs, shopping for large boats. The boat-building yard here is also very famous today for its country crafts called 'Uru' built by traditional boat builders, known as Khalasis.

Dolphin's Point
Here one can see in the early hours of the morning dolphins playing in the sea. The beach, 2kms from Kozhikode town center is a along stretch of tree lined sand, popular with the local people because of the lions club park, the lighthouse and the two piers. People love taking long walks here in the evenings, because of the lovely evening breeze.

Kappad (beach)
16kms from Kozhikode, this is the historic beach where Vasco-da-Gama landed on 27th May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A small stone monument at the beach commemorates a memorial, which marks the landing place. This rock studded pleasant beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The ancient temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old. The Kappad beach resort is one of the leading centers for Ayurvedic Health Holiday in Kerala.

Thikkoti Lighthouse
22kms from Kozhikode is the lighthouse, which overlooks Velliyamkallu, the rock much dreaded by navigators, off Moodadi coast, which was built after a ship, wreck and the remains of which can still be seen here. The Velliyamkallu rock is the transit home of migratory birds.

Manchiria (tourist place)
Manchiria is the heart of the city, which cites important institutions like town hall and the public library. One of Kozhikode's oldest buildings, the common wealth trust office is situated here. The large pond and the park are well known landmarks.

Pazhassirajah Museum and art Gallery
5 kms from Kozhikode, located at east hill, the Pazhassirajah museum, run by the state archaeological department display ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes and old coins as well as models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts and umbrella stones. Adjacent to the museum, is the art gallery, which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma.

Tellicherry and Sultan Bathery (Trading Centre)
These are important trading centers of Kozhikode. The road from Kozhikode to Sultan Batthery (98kms) through a full of steep climbs and hairpin curves, offers breath taking scenic drive. From Sultan Batthery, it is only 6hours to Bangalore.

Backwater of Kozhikode
Unexplored and unspoiled are the backwaters of Kozhikode, which holds great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the canal and the River Kallai are favourite haunts for boating. Kadlundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalotsavam is fast becoming a popular water sport destination.

Tusharagiri
Though Tusharagiri is located near Vythiri in Wayanad. It is famous for trekking tracks from Kozhikode. It is around 50 kms from Kozhikode. It is a one day trekking through this pristine, evergreen dense forests populated with exotic brids and wild animals to reach Vythiri by evening.

Vellarimala
Vellarimala in the hilly reaches of Kozhikode district is a pristine place, not crowded by tourists. The place is ideal for relaxing, taking your spirits through the meandering natural beauties from dawn to dusk. The Kanjirapuzha, tributary of the River Chaliyar, takes a winding path through rocky terrain, forming attractive waterfalls at many points. One can undertake an adventurous trekking trip and reach Chandakkunnu near Nilambur in Mallapuram district, where the Kanjirapuzha joins the Chaliyar.

Thusharagiri
Lying 50kms east of Kozhikode, Thusharagiri is a little tribal tourist spot in Kerala. Tow streams originating from the Western Ghats meet here to form the River Challipuzha. The river diverges into three waterfalls, creating a snowy spray, which gives the name 'Thusharagiri' which means 'snowy peak'. A 5km trek upstream will take one to the stream's origin. Of the three waterfalls, the highest is the Thenpara that drops 75 metres below.

River Kallai
6kms from Kozhikode is Kallai, which was the second largest timber-trading center in Asia. The River Kallai with its old iron bridge is a beautiful sight to behold.

Peruvannamuzhi Dam
60kms from Kozhikode, the Peruvannamuzhi dam site, set amide hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir hence provided facilities for speedboat and rowboat cruises. Inhabited islands, a bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.

Manachira Maidan (Palace)
The palace tank of King Vikrama is an architectural splendor. The musical fountain inside the maidan and meticulously landscaped lawns surrounded by traditional Kerala style architectural buildings are a fascination for visitors.

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Tourist Attractions in Kannur
Tourist Season - August to March
Tourist information offices
District Tourism Promotion Council, Near Civil Station,
Kannur - Tel: 091 - 497 - 506336, 700190



Malayala Kalagramam (Art Centre)
29 kms from Kannur, this renowned centre for arts and culture at New Mahe, conduct courses in painting, sculpture, music, dance, art and pottery.

Tellicherry (Small Famous Town)
20 kms from Kannur, Tellicherry is a small famous town from where most of India's circus artists come. German missionaries introduced the gymnastic tradition in school here. Rev. Herman Gundert spent a lifetime here around Tellicherry in his educational and literary work. He also built a church on Nettur Hill in 1889.

Valapattanam (Industrial Town)
7 kms from Kannur, the small town on the River Valapattam is well known for its wood-based industries and timber trade. The port of Azhikkal and Azhikkal beach are located nearby. Western India plywood's limited, the largest wood-based industry in the country and also one of the biggest of its kind in South East Asia, is a major industrial concern here.

Ezhimala (Hillock)
55 kms from Kannur town, at a height of 885 feet is Ezhimala, an isolated but conspicuous cluster of hills. At the foot of the hill are a cave and an old burial chamber. Further up the hills is an ancient mosque where beautiful sculptured stone pillars are seen. The combination of high hills and the sandy beach nearby makes Ezhimala a lovely picnic spot. This hillock and its surrounding areas are well known for a rare medicinal herb used for Ayurvedic formulations. This wonderful hilly place has been identified for a million rupee projects to house the Country's and Asia's largest Naval Academy.

Alaram Wildlife Sanctuary
Alaram Wildlife Sanctuary is a situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats. Found in this tranquil sanctuary is elephants, sloth bears, sambar and mouse deer as well as fauna and reptiles. The highest peak of Katti Betta, covered with tropical and semi- evergreen forests rises to a majestic height of 1145 m above sea level.

Pappinisserry
16 kms from Kannur town, the snake park here houses about 150 varieties of snakes including the Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Russell Viper, Krait and Pit Viper. There is also a large collection of non-poisonous snakes including Pythons.
A research laboratory to extract venom from snakes is proposed to be set up here. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, many species of which are getting extinct gradually.

Parassinikkadavu (Snake Park)
Parassinikkadavu Snake Park signifies the great role played by Snakes in keeping the ecology of nature. The park is dedicated to preservation and conservation of snakes, most of which are getting extinct gradually. It has many snake pits and glass cases especially made only for king Cobras. In all there are about 150 snakes including spectacled Cobras, Monosialed Cobras, Russell, Vipers, Pit Viper and three magnificent king cobras. There is also a large collection of poisonous snakes and large Pythons.

Pythal Mala (Hill Station)
65 kms from Kannur town, this enchanting hill station, situated 4,500 feet above sea level near the Kerala-Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a 6 km. trek to the top of the hills.

Dharmadam Island
About 3 kms from Thalassery lays the small island of 'Dharmadam'. This tiny 5-acre island is covered with coconut palms and green bushes, which is a beautiful sight from the beach. A bus ride from Thalassery will take one to the place of destination but permission is required to enter this privately owned island. This place was earlier known as Dharmattanam, getting its name from the popular belief that it was a Buddhist monastery earlier, as Buddha's images are said to been excavated from this place.

Ezhimala Beach
The Ezhimala Beach lies at the northern boundary of Kannur. Rare medical herbs (Ramayana) with mythological significance grow on Ezhimala, the strange seven-peaked range. Around 50 kms from here, is the Mount Deli Lighthouse, an old tower of great antiquity. It's maintained by the Navy and is a restricted area. The beach sand is of a different texture and the sea is bluer that in other areas. At the Ettikulam bay one could enjoy watching dolphins.

Kizhunna Beach
11 Kms from Kannur, This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.

Muzhappilangad Beach
Muzhappilangad Beach, one of the longest beaches in Kerala is located 15 kms south of Kannur. This is the only drive-in beach in India.

Moppila Bay
This is a natural fishing harbour situated near St.. Angelo's Fort. A sea wall extending to a huge height, projecting from the fort separates the rough sea and inland water. Mechanised and country crafts can enter into the island from the sea and anchor safely.

Payyambalam Beach
2kms from Kannur, Payyambalam, the long, lovely beach is a local picnic spot. Flat laterite cliffs jut into the sea at one end. Picturesque and incredibly beautiful, the beach is only walking distance from Fort St. Angelo. It is an ideal place to spend evenings, irrespective of seasons, because of its quiet and calm environment.
Gundert Bungalow (Historical Monument)
20 kms from Kannur, near Thalasseri town, on the National Highway at Lillykunnu, is the big ancient bungalow of Dr. Hermant Gundert, the revered German priest and research scholar who lived here for 20 years from 1839.It was here that the first Malayalam-English dictionary and the first Malayalam newspaper "Paschimodayam" took it's shape. There is also a mosque close by at Madayi, which was constructed in 1124,using marble brought from Mecca. These two historic monuments attract a number of tourists.

Mahe
Between Tellicherry and Badagara is Mahe, a small beautiful trading town on the west coast established by the French in the 17th century. It is under the administrative control of the union territory of Pondicherry and several historical hangovers of French influence are evident.

Pazhazzi dam
37 kms East of Kannur near Mattannur, the Pazhassi is an ideal retreat for tourists, the dam site is famous for its scenic beauty. The Buddha's mountain at Pazhassi and the sculpture of Pazhassi King are visual delights.

Arakkal Palace
3 kms from Kannur, is a beautiful palace of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala that controlled parts of the coast and Lakshadweep.

Chirakkal (Palace)
6 kms from Kannur, this palace is famous for the palace of the Kolathiri Raja

St.Angelo's Fort
The first Portuguese Viceroy Don Francisco De Almedia, on a high land jutting out into the Lakshadweep Sea, constructed a huge triangular structure built with laterite, called St. Angelo's fort, in 1505 A.D. In 1663,the Dutch captured the fort but in 1790, it came into the possession of the British. The British rebuilt it and made it their important military centre in Malabar. The fort is now a protected monument under the Archaeological survey of India, which offers fascinating views of Mappila bay fishing harbour and Dharmadam Island.

Tellicherry Fort
22 kms from Kannur, the fort constructed in 1708,was the military centre of the British and is now a historical monument. The S.A.I. Gymnastic Centre, an old Muslim Mosque, the Jagannatha temple and the Thiruvangadi Sree Rama Swami temple are other Attractions nearby.

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Tourist Attractions in Kasargod
Tourist Season - August to March
Tourist information offices
Bekal Resorts Development Corporation, Project Office,
Bekal - Tel: 091 - 499 - 736937




Nileshwaram (cultural Centre)
The cultural centre of this district was once, the seat of Nileshwar Rajas, who are the patrons of art and culture for centuries. Nileshwaram Palace today functions as the folklore centre of the Archeological Department of the state. In and around, this cultural centre are several ' Kavus ' (shrines) where nature, god and man commence in serene silence. Major among them is the Mannampurathu Kavu where the grand annual festival of the region takes place. There is also a famous yoga centre in this place which offers rejuvenation therapy and naturopathy treatments like herbal baths, mud baths etc. for which this centre has been flourishing for decades.

Valiyaparamba (Backwaters)
30 kms from Bekal, this is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with a cute little island, four rivers and dotted with a cute little island, Valiyaparamba is fest turning into a much favoured backwater resort that offers enchanting boat cruises.

Pallikere Beach
Situated 1 km from Bekal Fort, this enchanting beach offers a spectacular view of the fort.

The Kappil Beach
This beach is remote and secluded. The Kodi Cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. Situated 6 kms from Bekal fort.

Kanwatheertha Beach
The swimming pool like formation of the sea water is the main attraction of this beach. It is situated 3 kms from Manjeswaram.

Pandiyam Kalluat Trikkanda (Sight seeing Place)
Pandiyam Kallu - where a rock is protruding in the sea, about 2kms. Trikkanda Temple is an ideal spot for adventurous swimmers. The legend has it that a ship of one of the Pandiya king, which attacked the Trikkannadu Temple, was converted into a rock.

Kottancherry (Trekking Spot)
30 kms north of Konnakkad and 30 kms north east of Kanhangad, is Kottancherry, which is a forest area and is ideal for trekking.

Ranipuram (Trekking Spot)
Situated 780m above sea level, Ranipuram, which is also, known as Madathumala, is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetarian, which includes evergreen Shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. Its beauty and bounty of nature is comparable to Ootty.

Bakel Fort
The 300 years old Bakel Fort is the largest and best-preserved fort in Kerala, which is 16kms south of Kasargod on the national highway. This imposing circular structure of laterite, rising 130 feet above sea level, stands on a 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea. The beautiful Bakel beach with the historically and archeologically significant Bakel fort in the background is now being developed into an International Tourist destination.

Chandragiri (Fort)
Built in the 17th century by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore, the Chandragiri Fort is situated on the River Chandragiri, south east of Kasargod. This fort is one among the chain of forts built by the same ruler, which offers a breathtaking view of the river and the Arabian Sea. It is a lovely point to watch the sunset.

Verramala (Picnic Spot)
Verramala hills have the ruin of a Dutch fort, built in the 18th century, which has beautiful scenery around it. This makes the place into a lovely picnic spot.

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Tourist Attractions in Wayanadu
Tourist Season - August to May
Tourist information offices
District Promotion Council, at Pookot and Kalpetta
Tel: 091 - 493 - 602134, 602712. Department of Tourism (Kerala)



Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum is 12kms south of Sultan Bathery. The exhibits include rare 2nd century artifacts such as clay sculptures, ancient hunting equipments like bows and arrows, stone weapons and other curios.

Chembra Peak
Chembra peak is the highest peak in Wayanad at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level. It is located 14 kms west of Kalpetta. Trekking to the Chembra peak is one of the risky tourist endeavors. There are temporary camps on the top of this peak. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvass huts trekking implements on hire charges to the tourists. The Scenic beauty of Wayanad district is visible from the top of this peak. The lake at the top of the hill never dries up. All along the steep and slippery way to the top of the hill, the whispering of the flowing spring, which sprouts from the top of the hill, accompanies the tourist.

Lakkidi Ghat Pass
At an elevation of 700m above mean sea level, Lakkidi Ghat Pass is the Gate Way of Wayanad above the Thamarassery Ghat Pass of western ghats. Deep valley to the south with winding roads through thick forest is the major attraction of the pass. It is 55 kms east of Kozhikode and 5 kms south of Vythiri.

Muthanga wildlife sanctuary
Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is located 16 km east of Sultan Battery.

Pakshipathalam
Pakshipathalam in Bramha Giri hills is situated 7kms north east of Thirunelly. This picturesque bird watching centre is located at a formidable height of 1740 m above sea level. One has to trek 17 kms through wild forest to reach 'Pakshipathalam'. The deep rock caves at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri is the habitat of a number of rare species of birds.

Edakkal Caves
Situated 12kms south of Sultan Bathery, The Edakkal Caves at Ambukutty Mala is a pre-historic rock shelter formed naturally out of a strange disposition of three huge boulders making one to rest on the other two with its bottom jutting out in between and serving as the roof. The discovery of the cave and its identification as a prehistoric site were quite accidental by F. Fawcett, the then superintendent of police. They speak of a highly civilized people at an early centre of human habitation. Edakkal rock engravings stand out distinct among the magnitude of prehistoric visual archives of paintings and graphic signs all over the world. It is the world's richest pictographic gallery of its kind. Edakkal literally means a "stone in between".

Chethalayam Waterfalls
Chethalayam Waterfalls is located 12kms from Sultan Bathery. One has to trek around 4kms from Chethalayam for having a glimpse of this lovely waterfall.

Kanthanpara Waterfalls
This waterfall is about 30 m in height and gives a panoramic view. It is located 12 kms southeast of Kalpetta

Meenmutty Waterfalls
Meenmutty Waterfalls has a cascading waterfall in three tiers, from a height of 500 metres. It is located 12kms east of Meppadi

Sentinal Rock Water Fall
Sentinal Rock Water Fall is 22kms at Soochipara near Meppadi, south of Kalpetta. A three step water fall of more than 200m in height with a fantastic scenery provides for white water rafting, swimming, bathing, etc., The tree top huts at Soochipara will give unique view of the valleys of Western Ghats. It is also an ideal place for rock climbing.

Soochipara Waterfalls
Soochipara Waterfalls is located 22 kms from Hotel Green Gates. One can reach the waterfalls only after a 2-km walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad.

Pakshipathalam
Pakshipathalam in Bramha Giri hills is situated 7kms north east of Thirunelly. This picturesque bird watching centre is located at a formidable height of 1740 m above sea level. One has to trek 17 kms through wild forest to reach 'Pakshipathalam'. The deep rock caves at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri is the habitat of a number of rare species of birds.

Tusharagiri
Famous for its trekking tracks, Tusharagiri is located near Vythiri in Wayanad.

Kuruva Island
Kuruva Island is around 950 acres of evergreen forest on the banks of River Themkabani. It is 17 kms east of Mananthavadi. The island is a repository of rare species of birds, animals, orchids and herbs.

Banasura Dam
The largest earth dam in India, Banasura Dam is 15 kms northwest of Kalpetta. This large expanse of water is bounded on one side with magnificent hills of heavenly charm.

Pookot Lake
Pookot Lake is located in between Wayanad and Kozhikode (Calicut) half an hour travel from Kalpetta. Meadows and trees on all sides surround this natural fresh water lake. Its serenity is a heaven for peace loving travelers.

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Tour Operators in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram
Air Travel Enterprises, Palayam, Ph: 67183
Aries Travels, Press Road, Ph: 330964
Swastik Tours & Travels, M. G. road, Ph: 331691
Akbar Travels of India, Sasthamangam, Ph: 62466
Aviation Travels, Panavila Jn., Ph: 330764
Kerala Travels, Palayam, Ph: 434712
Ind Travels, Vellayambalam, Ph: 65863
Chanakya Group Travels, Vazhuthacaud, Ph: 65498
The Great India Tour Company, Vanross Jn., Ph: 331516
Pathanamthitta
Uranus Travel and Trade Links, Tel: 091 - 473 - 322711
Bharat Air Travels, Tel: 091 - 473 - 322503
Akbar Travels (IATA), Tel: 091 - 473 - 325040

Alappuzha
District Tourism Promotion Council, Tel: 091 - 477 - 251796, 253308
Tourist Information Office, Tel: 091 - 477 - 260722
The Administrative Office, (DTPC) Tel: 091 - 477 - 253308
Tourist Reception Centre (DTPC) Tel: 091 - 477 - 251796
Indira Travels, Tel: 091 - 477 - 251159
Jai Hind Travels, Tel: 091 - 477 - 242190
Karavel Travels, Tel: 091 - 477 - 253033
Kuttanad Air Travels, Tel: 091 - 477 - 272182
MGM Tours and Travels, Tel: 091 - 477 - 245289
Panicker's Travels, Tel: 091 - 477 - 272190
Wings Tour and Travels, Tel: 091 - 477 - 252108


Idukki
District Tourist Information Office, Tel: 091 - 486 - 322620
DTPC Information Centre, Tel: 091 - 486 - 530679 / 530682
Global Tour Operators and Travel Agents, Tel: 091 - 486 - 322101
Mauria Tour & Travels, Kumily, Tel: 091 - 486 - 322366
Mickey Travels, Kumily, Tel: 091 - 486 - 322196
Thekkady Tours and Travels, Kumily, Tel: 091 - 486 - 322988

Ernakulam
Airport Information Counter, Dept. of Tourism - Tel: 667874
Govt. of India Tourist Office, Willington Island - Tel: 668352
Tourist information Officer, Dept. of Tourism - Tel: 360502
Tourist Reception Counter KTDC, Shanmugham Road - Tel: 353234
Tourist Desk, Main Boat Jetty - Tel: 371761
KTDC Tourist Reception Centre -Tel: 091 - 484 - 353234, 362799 (www.ktdc.com)
Omega Travel & Tourist Agency, Tel: 091 - 484 - 380417 (www.omegacentre.com)
Greenland, Thevara, Tel: 091 - 484 - 318088
Pioneer Travels, Willington Island, Tel: 091 - 484 - 666148
Princy Travels, Marine Drive, Tel: 091 - 484 - 354712
Tourist Desk, Main Boat Jetty, Tel: 091 - 484 - 371761.


Trissur
Trinity Air Travel and Tours (K) Pvt. Ltd. Tel: 091 - 487 - 331172
Olympus Travels Pvt. Ltd. Tel: 091 - 487 - 421759
Supersonic Travels, Tel: 091 - 487 - 422027


Palakkad
Jet Travels, Press Club Road, Tel: 091 - 491 - 535048
Akbar Travels of India, Palakkad, Tel: 091 - 491 - 537576
AJK Travels Tel: 091 - 491 - 534293
Ashok Travels (P) Ltd. Tel: 091 - 491 - 534142
ITL Tours and Travels, Tel: 091 - 491 - 536784
Keerthi Travels, Tel: 091 - 491 - 538643
Saranamayyappa Travels, Tel: 091 - 491 - 527212
Palal Travels, Tel: 091 - 491 - 536181


Malappuram
Akbar Travels of India, Malappuram, Tel: 091 - 493 - 734606
Kurikkal Travels, Manjeri, Tel: 091 - 493 - 767410
Santhosh Travels, Perinthalmanna, Tel: 091 - 493 - 327160
Thaibah Travels, Main Road, Kottakal, Tel: 091 - 493 - 723220
Akbar Travels of India, Tirur, Tel: 091 - 493 - 422900
National Tours and Travels, Tirurangadi, Tel: 091 - 493 - 461031Kozhikode
Air Travel Enterprises, Mavoor Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 723693
P.L.World Ways, Mavoor Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 722564
Akbar Travels of India, Bank Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 765085
Indo foreign Travel Links, Bank Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 766025
India Tourism and Travel Corporation, Tel: 091 - 495 - 765316
Moulavi Travels and Recruiting Agents, Tel: 091 - 495 - 766369
Century Air Travel India, Bank Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 766940
Aramex Travels, Meenchanda Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 304450
Kozhikode Tours and Travels, Link Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 701253
Gulf Land International Travels, Tel: 091 - 495 - 722789
Safiya Travels, G.H.Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 722770
Sheriff Travels and Cargo, Tel: 091 - 495 - 365985
Shereefa Travels, I.G.Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 723552
United Tours and Travels, I.G.Road, Tel: 091 - 495 - 723249
Tourist Information Counter (Department of Tourism, Kerala), Kozhikode Railway Station / Airport. KTDC Tourist Reception Centre, Hotel Malabar Mansion
Tel: 091 - 495 - 722391.


Kannur
District Tourism Promotion Council, Near Civil Station,
Kannur - Tel: 091 - 497 - 506336, 700190


Kasargod
Travel & Tour Operators Anuradha Travels - Tel: 091 - 499 - 522522
Akbar Travels of India - Tel: 091 - 499 - 421799
ABC Travels - Tel: 091 - 499 - 422601
Moulavi Travels - Tel: 091 - 499 - 430338