Varkala Beach

Telephone access code: +91 -470

Air: Nearest Airport is Thiruvanathapuram International Airport (55 km)

Rail: Varkala has its own railway station. You can board a train from Thiruvanathapuram to Kollam or Kochi and get down here. But you need to check if the particular train has a stop at Varkala.

Road: Varkala is nearer to Kollam.It is 35 km away from Kollam,2 hrs from Thirunanathapuram and 4 hrs from Eranakulam.

Varkala beach is located 55 Km north of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The beach is a popular holiday destination among those looking for relaxed and quiet holidays.Varkala beach is also called ' Papanashini' since it is believed that a dip in the holy waters of Varkala beach will purify your body and soul.Varkala Beach is also renowned for its scenic land scape.The contrast between the cliffs, sand and sea makes Beach a bewitching sight. The sunset at Varkala beach is truly breathtaking.

Papanasam Beach

A remarkable feature here is the long stretch of red laterite cliffs fringing the beach. The cliff top is an ideal place to watch the sunset. Natural spring, said to have curative properties, originates from the cliff.

Janardhana Swamy Temple
(Open 0400-1200 hrs, 1700-2000 hrs)

Varkala is also famous for its 900 year old Janardhana Swami temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is referred to as Dakshin Kashi (Benares of the south). The temple is located close to the Papanasam beach. The temple has an ancient bell removed from a shipwreck, donated by the captain of the Dutch vessel which sank near Varkala without causing any casualties.

Sivagiri Mutt
(Open 0530 -1200 hrs, 1630 – 1800 hrs)

200 acres of sanctified land, this is the final resting place of the most eminent leader, saint and social reformer of Kerala Sree Narayana Guru. The Mahasamadhi of the humble belongings are kept on display.


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Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land. A rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India

Poovar is unspoilt and unexplored, envoloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach.The historical importance of Poovar has its strong ties with the legendary King of the erstwhile Princely State of Travancore, the great Marthanda Varma Maharaja

Raja Marthanda Varma ( 1706 - 1761 ) was born at a time when the royal power of his family was declining. In fact, the Raja was once outsted from his throne and in exile. But, a strong ruler, Marthanda Varama Maharaja not only regained his lost land but also enlarged his kingdom besides reasserting the royal power during his 29-year rule from 1729 to 1758. And, the success story of the Maharaja had close links with the small and beautiful land of Povar, situated on the south of the Neyyar River

Nearest Airport - Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) International Airport : (travel time - 45 minutes by road. Nearest railway station Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) - (travel time - 45 minutes by road

Poovar Beach, near the Kovalam Beach, separates the River Neyyar from the sea. Poovar is basically a fishing village and the only way to reach Poovar is through water. Known for its pristine and virginal beauty, Poovar Beach is haunted by those who love solitude. Beach activities and water sports are not developed in this beach because of the fishing population. The estuary there is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land, and is situated adjacent to the Poovar Island; a rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India. It is enveloped by the most serene backwaters and opening out to the Sea and a dream golden beach

Poovar is truly a window into paradise. Time stopped a few decades ago bowing to the sheer beauty of Poovar. The tranquility of Poovar is punctuated by the sound of waves and the birds. The area is abundant in well-preserved local flora, with hundreds of species of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves

Poovar offers several possibilities. Cruise to a neighbouring fishing village in 2 minutes. Alter course, and visit a centuries old martial arts village. Kerala is the birthplace of a unique martial art form. The traditional lifestyles here provide the experience of a natural museum

The Poovar beach separates the river from the sea and is quite breathtaking. Because of the active fishing population the beach is not really used as a sunbathing spot or for swimming as the currents are quite strong..


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Periyar (Thekkady)

Periyar (Thekkady)

An important shopping center and spice trade center, the main bus station and most of the medium range a accommodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily.

A popular picnic spot, Pandikuzhy offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer’s delight. Situated between Chellarkovil and the Tamilnadu border.5 km from Kumily.

Mangala Devi Temple:
Visitors are allowed only on the Chitra Pournami festival. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the wildlife warden, Thekkady.The ancient temple is hidden the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level.

A major trade center, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories .The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden has a delightful array of rose plants, Orchids and anthuria.

This is one of the world’s largest auction centers for Cardamom .25 km from Kumily.

Altitude: 915 -1100 m above sea level.Temparature: 13 degree C -24 degree C.Rain fall: 2500 mm

A place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even a languorous, tranquil break. This picturesque plantation town washed in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded by lush, green hills.

Thrissanku hills:
The rolling hills, the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sun rise and sunset.

Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because of the panoramic views form its high peaks. The road to Grampi is flanked by unending stretches of Cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.

Pattumala is home to two famous tea plantations, Harrisons Malayalam and AV Thomas&Co.Lofty peaks, small streams and ever expanding plantations are the attractions of this place.

The chain of three hills Thangal hill, Murugan hill and Kurisumala is a mark of religious harmony. The diary farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth visit.

A mountain peak that can give you a bird’s eye view of Western Ghats and the plains of Tamilnadu below. Also you can see here Kerala’s biggest statue of Kuravan&Kurathi the two historical characters of local community who’s name where given to the rocks between which the Idukki Arch dam was built.28 km from Kumily.

39 km from Thekkady towards Munnar.This 1500 acres of land was inherited by the “Chettiars” of Devakotai.This was later taken over by “njavallil” family of Kanjirapally who have been basically planters.


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Konni: (11 km from Pathanamthitta)

The hilly area of Konni, located 11 km from Pathanamthitta, is the gate-way to the forest bordering the district. Surrounded by acres of thick forest, it is an adventurous tourist spot where one can go for thrilling elephant safaris and trekking. Konni has the largest number of wild elephants in the state and is a major elephant training center. In the past, wild elephants caught from the forests were brought here and put in wooden cages known as 'anakoodu' (Elephant Cage) till they were properly trained. After 1972, elephant hunting was stopped since the central government put an end to this crude old method of elephant catching and training.

Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam 🙁 15 km from Pathnamthitta)

Water of the Chilanthikinar (well) in the premises of this Durga Bhagavathi Temple is believed to cure skin disease.
Sabarimala: (65 km from Pathanamthitta, 180 km from Thiruvanathapuram and 210 km from Kochi)One of the Most famous pilgrim center in India.Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of Western Ghat an altitude of 914 m above sea level and is accessible by foot from Pamba.Pamba is known as the Thriveni Sangamon means the meeting point of three rivers. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayappa.Pilgrim season: November to mid January. The temple stays closed for the rest of the year except on the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu (April).

Aranmula: (13 km from Pathanamthitta).

Aranmula is a small town near Pathanamthitta which is famous for its boat races and metal mirrors. Take a Tour to Aranmula to know more about the traditional lifestyle of Kerala. Located on the banks of River Pamba, the Aranmula is a famous backwater destination.

Aranmula Parthasarathy temple

Dedicated to Sree Krishna, this temple on the banks of holy river Pamba attracts large crowds of devotees. It is said that the idol was brought here in a raft made with aru (six) pieces of mula (Bamboo).

Aranmula Boat Race

The famed Aranmula boat race is held on the last day of the weeklong Onam festival (Aug/Sep). The snake boats assemble near the Sri Parthasarathy Temple before the grand procession. Each boat is 100 ft. long and accommodates 4 helmsmen, 100 oarsmen, and 25 singers. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting, watched by an excited crowd. This boat race commemorates the consecration of the idol at the Parthasarahy temple, 700 years ago.


Aranmula metal mirror manufacturing was stared on early 18th Centuary.It represents fascinating area of culture and technological curiosity. Mysteries in its creation, unequelled in its beauty, this metal mirror, a medieval Dravidian marvel in the annals of metallurgy was in vogue long before the appearance of today’s silicon mirror.Aranmulakannadi is an alloy of copper and white led is mixed in a particular ratio to make this non-refractive mirror, which is a closely guarded family secret.

Vijana Kala Vedi: (Open 1000-1600 hrs, except on weekends)

Located at Aranmula, 16kms from Pathanamthitta, Vijnana Kala Vedi is a cultural center which imparts training in the traditional arts and crafts of Kerala. This training center as well as charitable association was founded in 1977 by a lady French scholar, Louba Schild with the support of UNESCO. The main object of this school is to offer opportunities to the foreign artists, researchers and culturally oriented tourists to be more familiar with Indian culture and art. It is a traditional school for Kath kali, mohiniattam, bharatanatyam, karnatic music, tabla, maddalam, hatha yoga, mural painting, wood carving, cooking, kolam, kalarippayatt etc and a language school for the learning of Sanskrit, Hindi and Malayalam. It is also a centre for volunteers to teach English in India. A large number of foreigners visit and stay here to get to know about the culture of Kerala.

Vaastu Vidya Gurukulam: (Near parthasarathy temple, Open 0900-1600 hrs)

Vasthu sasthra is the branch of Veda which deals with traditional Indian way of environmental friendly construction adopting universal principles of creation. This is a combination of science engineering and spirituality.

Vastu vidya came from, Sanskrit word Vas & Vidya. Vas means dwell and Vidya is knowledge is stated to spring from Sthapadya Veda the sub Veda of Atharvaveda. Traditional Kerala temple is an excellent example of Vasthu designing. This institution, under department of Culture, gives out consultancy services for Vastu vidya and Mural painting (Traditional Kerala Temple painting)

Pandalam 🙁 18 km south of Thiruvalla on the MC road. Open 0530-12000hrs, 1730 -1900 hrs). Pathanamthitta has rightly been labeled as the headquarters of pilgrimage tourism in Kerala. In this small district in the state of Kerala there are several pilgrim centers. Pandalam is one such holy center which is frequented by a large number of tourists each year. It is second only to Sabrimala in importance and holiness.

According to legend, a Pandya king purchased land from Kaipuzha Thampan, a local landlord and left his state of Tamil Nadu to settle here. It is believed that his son is an incarnation of Lord Ayyappa.


Maramon is a small town on the Pampa River opposite to Kozhencherry town in the state of Kerala. Maramon is the venue of mammoth religious convention of Christians from all over the world. This is perhaps the largest Christian convention in Asia.

Gavi: (18 km from Kumily and 28 km from Vandiperiyar)

Gavi recounts a tranquil, mesmerizing and pristine wilderness treat! Yes, with every turn and sight you encounter nature at its unadulterated best – sprawling grasslands, cascading waterfalls, hills and valleys with its dear inhabitants. One of the off-track destinations in the state of Kerala, the place is the result of the eco-tourism initiatives from the Kerala Forest Development Corporation. Owing to its abundant and magnificent wildlife reserves and raw geographical milieu, a major portion of the tourists here are nature lovers or adventurists.Trekking, bird watching and boating facilities are available here. Forest department provides tented accommodation and boating facilities.


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Tipu’s Fort/Palakkad Fort
(Open 0800-1800 hrs
Palakkad Fort (Tipu's Fort) is an old granite fort situated in the heart of Palakkad town (Palghaut) of Kerala state, southern India. It was built by Haider Ali in 1766 and remains one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. The Palakkad Fort is said to have existed from very ancient times, but little is known of its early history. The local ruler, Palakkad Achchan, was originally a tributary of the Zamorin, but had become independent before the beginning of the eighteenth century. [1] In 1757 he sent a deputation to HaiderAli seeking help against an invasion threatened by the Zamorin. Haider Ali seized upon the opportunity to gain possession of a strategically important location such as Palghat, and from that time until 1790 the fort was continually in the hands of the Mysore Sultans or the British. It was first taken by the latter in 1768 when Colonel Wood captured it during his raid on Haider Alis’s fortresses, but it was retaken by Haider a few months later. It was recaptured by Colonel Fullarton in 1783, after a siege that lasted eleven days but was abandoned the following year. It later fell into the hands of the Zamorin’s troops. In 1790 it was finally captured by the British under Colonel Stuart. It was renovated and was used as a base for operations that ended with the storming of Srirangapatnam. The fort continued to be garrisoned until the middle of 19th century. In the early 1900s it was converted into a taluk office.

Malampuzha Garden
10 km from Palakkad town, north Kerala. Dam, amusement park, boating facilities, rock garden and ropeway. Malampuzha, a little township on the foothills of the Western Ghats takes its name from the river Malampuzha. Nurtured by this tributary of Kerala's longest river, the Bharathappuzha, Malampuzha is a lush green town and has been a major tourist attraction for its trekking trails and the large irrigation dam.
Around the reservoir of the dam are beautiful gardens and amusement parks. Boating facilities are available on the lake. Other attractions in the Malampuzha garden are the beautiful rock garden, the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the ropeway which takes you on an aerial tour of the park, and the gigantic Yakshi (an enchantress) sculptured by Kanai Kunhiraman, the leading sculptor of Kerala.
The most interesting feature of the rock garden is that the whole place is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials. The garden is a master work of sculptor Padmasree Neck Chand Saini. His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the most protected ecological piece of Anamalai sub unit of Western Ghats, surrounded on all sides by protected areas and sanctuaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the sanctuary is endowed with a peninsular flora and fauna which are excellently conserved due to total protection and minimal human interferences. The sanctuary being a major ecological continuum from Peechhi to Iravikulam through Anamalai aids the large viable populations of wildlife. It is the home ground for different races of indigenous people who are as well an integral part of the prevailing harmonious ecosystem. The thick, opulent habitat of the sanctuary with ample water supplys make it an abode for wildlife and there by for tourist who can have treasured memories of animal sightings and that of being in the lap of mother nature
Western Ghats is one of the world’s 34 bio diversity hotspots. While considering the abundance of Wildlife and the adorable beauty of Nature, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is perhaps the most attractive piece of wilderness in the entire stretch of Western Ghats. Thus it is popularly revered as ‘Nature’s own abode’. It has a total area of 285 Sq. Kms. A tree house in the reserve forest area in Thunakkadavu has to be booked in advance.

Located about 75 km from Palakkad, Nelliyampathy is located on the high ranges of the Western Ghats and offers a stunning view of the Sholayar Pass.It is situated at a heightof467 m to 1572 m above sea level. The Nelliyampathy hills consist of a chain of ridges cut off from one another by dense evergreen forests, valleys and orange plantations. It offers great views ofthe mountains and enchanting valleys interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations. It is on the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala and so lies in the middle of many other tourist destinations.

Attapaddy situated on the northeastern side of the district of Palakkad and spread over an area of 827 sq. kms and has the largest tribal settlement. The place consists of mostly hilly highland terrain, fed by the tributaries of the River Cauvery. An extensive mountain valley above the crest of the Ghat ranges with numerous rivulets of the Bhavani River, Attapady is inhabited mainly by tribes and some settlers from Tamil Nadu. A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attapaddy is of great interest to anthropologists, as this is the habitat of many tribes like the 'irolas' and 'mudugars'.The Malleshwaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic 'Shivalinga', by the tribals who also celebrate the festival of Shivratri with great gusto. The tribals celebrate the festival by lighting the top of this peak. Silent Valley National Park, Siruvani Drinking Water Reservoir is the tourist centres of the valley. The highest peak in the district is situated here. A PWD rest house and a few private hotels offer accommodation at Agali.

Silent Valley National Park
Permitting authority: Asst. Wildlife warden, Silent valley National park, Mukkali, Silent Valley National Park (Core zone: 89.52 square kilometers (35 sq mi)) is located in the Nilgiri Hills, Coimbatore- Palakkad districts in South India. The area under this national park was historically explored in 1847 by the botanist Robert Wight, and is associated with Hindu legend.. There is a huge demand for last many years creating Nilambur - Karulai - Silent Valley- Coimbatore road.

The park is one of the last undisturbed tracts of South Western Ghats montane rain forests and tropical moist evergreen forest in India. Contiguous with the proposed Karimpuzha National Park (225 km²) to the north and Mukurthi National Park(78.46 km²) to the north-east, it is the core of the Nilgiri International Biosphere Reserve(1,455.4 km²), and is part of The Western Ghats World Heritage Site, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000+ km²) under consideration by UNESCO
Plans for a hydroelectric project that threatened the parks high diversity of wildlife stimulated an environmentalist Social Movement in the 1970s called Save Silent Valley which resulted in cancellation of the project and creation of the park in 1980. The visitors' centre for the park is at Sairandhri.

Fantasy Park
Open 1000 -1830 hrs on weekdays and 0930- 1900 hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

Thiruvalathoor stands as an eternal symbol of faith and religious fervor, believed to be as old as 3000 years! Situated at a distance of 10 km from Palakkad, this sacred temple is frequented by hundreds of devotees every day. Apart from its religious importance, the ancient temple is also knows for fine display of wood work and stone sculpture. The 4000 stone lamps fixed on the wall,lit up at night is a beautiful sight. Another attraction is the Mizhavu-an instrument that is commonly used while performing the art forms of Chakyarkoothu and Koodiyattom, said to be the biggest among such existing ones.

Dhoni: 15 km from Palakkad it takes a three hour trek from the base of Dhoni hills to reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall

Kottayi: This tiny village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music. Renowned singers perform at Ganamelas or music concerts at his memorial in Kottayi Village

19 kms to the south east of Palakkad is the pristine Kollengode, once the capital of the erstwhile Kollengode Rajas. The town derives its name from the Kollen blacksmith community that resides here. The town is surrounded by the Nelliampathy Hills on one side and a large area of fertile paddy fields on the other. The Gayathri River, a tributary of Bharathpuzha winds its way through the town.
The magnificent Kollengode Palace is a prime example of the traditional architectural style of Kerala. The Archaeological museum is located in the Kollengode Palace and houses a collection of murals from all over Kerala. On display here is a well-preserved and extraordinary treasure of Veerakallu or hero stones, which are stone engravings, and sculptures of heroes of the bygone era. Also exhibited are temple models, olagrandhangal (manuscripts on dry palm leaves), megaliths etc. It is interesting to note that most of the exhibits here were recovered from the forests of Thrissur and Wayanad.
Other places of interest include a shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Trekkers and adventurous picnickers will love the verdant trekking areas around Seethakundu and Govindamalai near Kachankurichi.

Kunjan Smarakam
Kunchan Smarakam - Location: Killikurissimangalam at Lakkidi, about 30 km from Palakkad, north Kerala. Kunchan Smarakam, the memorial to poet Kunchan Nambiar, is not a conventional monument. In this house where the inventor of the satirical art form ' was born, young artists are trained in the various divisions of the art form -, Parayanthullal. In addition to Thullal, the Smarakom celebrates the Navarathri festival in a grand way. The fifth day of May, the birthday of the poet is celebrated with much fanfare as Kunchan dinam. Kunchan Smarakam - Nearest railway stations: Lakkidi, a few minutes drive from Killikurissimangalam is a minor station; Ottappalam about 12 km from Lakkidi.

Shornur: One of the most important junctions of the Southern Railway, this small and bustling city has many metal industries.

Elephant Care Centre, Shornur,
Set up in 2005, this initiative was launched by Nibha Namboodiri to take care of elephants that were either too old to earn their living or survive in the wild. In the absence of sponsors to fund her center, she opend her home to visitors where one can get a taste of life in an ancestral home with the added advantage of being with an elephant. Living with Karan as the project is called contributes towards providing care and love to neglected, domesticated elephants.

35 km from Palakkad this temple town is known for its numerous places of worship and their colorful festivals. It is also home to the famous Varikkaseri Mana, where Malayalam films are shot almost round the year.

Chinakkathoor Vela:
The colorful Chinakathoor pooram held annually at the Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple, Palappuram in the district of Palakkad in north Kerala. The highlights of the festival include a grand procession of 33 tuskers in the evening, and performances of the Panchavadyam or the traditional temple orchestra and various art forms like Vellattu, They yam, Poothanum thirayum, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Aandi Vedan, Karivela, and so on. The Tholppavakkoothu, a ritualistic shadow puppet show, is presented at the temple premises every evening for the 17 days preceding the festival. Another beautiful sight is the procession of sixteen well-decorated models of the kuthira (horse) and the kaala (bull) brought ceremoniously to the temple by devotees.

The village, which is more of a temple town, is located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha River, with nearest towns being Shoranur and Ottappalam. The place is famous for the Vilwadrinatha temple, which is among the rare Sri Rama temples in Kerala. Even though people believe the deity as Lord Rama, actually it is of Lord Vishnu. Niramaala & Ekadashi are the famous festive events here. The main attraction of here is the Sree Rama Temple and the legendary Punarjani Caves. The belief is that if you are able to go through the caves successfully you will be reborn as a human being-considered the highest degree of salvation in Hinduism. The Iver Mutt believed to have been set up by the Pandavas here on the banks of the river is very popular for performing rituals for the end.

Siruvani: 48 km from Plalakkkad, Siruvani is the home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and Irulas.

Mangalam Dam:
A popular picnic spot, the dam is built across the Cherukunnath River, a tributary of the Mangalam River.

The annual feast of the Pattambi Mosque situated 61 kms from Palakkad, falls in the first week of February. About 70- 80 tuskers are lined up for the festival. Throngs of believers from all corners of the state attend this festival, which is held in memory of Aloor Valiya Pookunjkoya Thangal - a Muslim saint of South Malabar. The town is illuminated brilliantly and a pageant replete with traditional musical ensembles like 'Panchavadyam' and 'Thayambaka' is taken out in the night. Various art forms get under way on the banks of the river Bharathappuzha.

Thrithala, Palakkad is an important archaeological site of Kerala. Thrithala is located at a distance of 75 kilometers from Palakkad, on the banks of the River Bharatapuzha. The most fascinating thing about Thrithala is that it is an ancient archaeological site of Kerala and is still well preserved even today. The place is known for its excellent Ayurvedic treatments that are offered in some of the best resorts and hospitals built there. Thrithala is known for its historic ruins and monuments that date back to as early as the 9th or 10th century. Thrithala is famous for its Shiva temple that has an interesting story behind it. According to legends, a child known as Agnihotri went to the river with his mother to bathe. The child collected some sand and formed a heap on the shore. When the mother tried to remove it, she found that it had hardened in the form of a Shiva Lingam. Thus, was built the famous Shiva temple that exists even today. It is said that the river changed its course to make space for the temple to be built. One of the oldest temples is the Kattil Madom temple that dates back to the 9th or the 10th century.

Olappamanna Mana
Olappamanna Mana, in a 20-acre eco-friendly atmosphere, would be an interesting place for tourists who want something out of the ordinary, for those who want to explore the Kerala countryside and the way of life there, for those who want to know more about the cultural heritage of the State, and for those who want to learn the nuances of Kathakali as performing art form. Olappamanna Mana is for those on the look out for a real heritage home-stay as different from star hotel accommodation. Olappamanna Mana is also for those who want to savor the nuances of wholesome, delectable vegetarian cuisine, as only the traditional Namboothiri household can deliver. Pure Vegetarian Home made Kerala Style food. No non –vegetarian stuff, alcohol or any intoxicating drinks. Fresh fruits and vegetables. Water supplied will be filtered, boiled and cooled or mineral water. Usually stainless steel utensils washed and dipped in boiled water and fresh banana leaves are used for serving food.

Jainamedu Jain Temple
Jain Temple of Jainimedu is situated on the western suburbs of Palakkad town, not far from the railway station, this historic 32 feet long, 20 feet wide granite temple displays images of the Jain Thirthankaras and Yakshinis. The region around the temple, known as Jainimedu, is one of the few laces in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have survived. It is at a Jain house here that poet Kumaranasan wrote his monumental poet Veenapoovu (The fallen flower).This temple has been built about 500 years ago by jain head, Inchanna Satur, for the jain sage Chandranathaswamy. The granite walls are devoid of any decoration. An idol of Chandranthan occupies the first division of the temple, Vijayalakshmi and Jwalamohini the scond, Rish abha Nathan the third, and parswa Nathan and Padmavathi the fourth. An air of austerity marks this quiet place. The main altar is unadorned while lit lamps flank the main stature palakkad was once home to a community of 400 Jain families, but their numbers are less now.

Kalpathy Agrahara and Vishwanatha Swamy Temple
The Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy shrine is the oldest Shiva temple situated 3 kms from Palakkad.The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is famous for the annual Chariot Festival. The festival is a gala event and lasts for seven days.
The Kalpathy Vishwanatha Swamy temple is the oldest Shiva temple in Malabar. It was built around 1425 A.D. by Kombi Achan; the then raja of Palakkad.Kalpathy Car Festival is based on Vedic Tamil Brahmin Culture.
On the last three days of the car festival, beautifully decorated temple chariots are ceremoniously drawn through the streets by thousands of devotees whose soul stirring chants rent the air. Three magnificent chariots, bedecked with flowers and flags, dominate the festival, each sanctified by the presence of the lord. Crowds of people and millions of hands try to reach out to be one of the privileged to have the honor of pulling the chariots, as they proceed in stately grandeur.
The weeklong annual Chariot Festival begins in the month of November, every year. Thousands of devotees haul the huge, intricately carved temple chariots through the streets. Vedic recitals are held in the temple throughout the festival. Vedic chants sonorously recited by the Vedic scholars escorting the god, makes Kalpathy come alive with the spirit of true devotion and joyous celebration. The Tamil Brahmin villages adjacent to the temple have been declared a World Heritage site. A visit to these villages offers a glimpse of the cultural life that existed 1000 years ago.


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Kundala is a picturesque town on the way Top station. The Golf course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction .Aruvikkad waterfall is also near Kundala.

Echo point:
This scenic place gets is name from the natural echo point phenomenon here. Echo point is on the way to Top station from Munnar.

Mattupetty Dam:
Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialized dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. 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 .slow speed boat and motor boats are available on here.

Pothanmedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar.Which is 6 km from Munnar.

The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot, which is 7 km from Munnar.

This is the first hydro- Electric project in Kerala, which is 8 km from Munnar.

Lockhart Gap:
This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking.

Eravikulam National Park:
The 97 km park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr.The Park is divided in to three region, the core area, the buffer area and tourism area. Visitors are allowed only in to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here.
Visiting time: 0800 -1700 hrs.Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon time.

The Anayirankal Dam is surrounded by Tata Tea Plantation and ever green forests. Boat ride on the reservoir is an unforgettable experience.

Top Station:
1700 m above sea level. This is the highest place at Munnar.Top Station also offers a panoramic view of neighboring state Tamilnadu.

This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of Sandalwood trees. The ancient Caves (Muniyaras) with murals and relics from the Neolithic age and the children’s park is main attraction of this area.Thoovanam waterfalls and the Rajiv Gandhi National Park is near by.

This picnic spot is famous for its seven steps water fall. Pedal boating, forest trekking, night camping and bathing in the water falls is the other attractions.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:
Situated on the Tamil Nadu Border, this Sanctuary spreads over 90.44 km.
Visiting time: 0700 -1800 hrs .Entry passes available at office of the Assistant conservator of Forest.

Tea Museum:
India’s only tea museum runs by Tata Tea traces the evolution of the tea industry for Munnar from the 1880s.


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15 km West of Kottayam.Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanadu Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen Pearl spot, shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns.

The Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom

Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals which empty in to the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. One of Asia's largest freshwater lakes, the Vembanad Kayal, as it is locally known, is a giant reservoir and a major ecological resource.The serene Lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta the Snake boat races. The dense vegetation on its banks is a wonderful sight. The boats that ply on the lake vary from the large cargo carriers with mat-roofs to the houseboats.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (Open 0600 – 1800 hrs)

The Kumarakom bird sanctuary, an ornithologist’s paradise, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds. June to August is the breeding season of resident wetland bird like Siberian stork,Cormorants,darter ,white ibis,egret,darter,heron,and teal.Between November and May is the season of migratory birds like pain tailed duck,garganey teal, spot billed duck,osprey,marsh harrier,steppy eagle etc.


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Pazassiraja Museum and Art Gallery
On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts,umberlla stones etc.
Adjacent to the museum is the art gallery which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Raja Raja Varma.

Krishna Menon Museum
The museum has an exclusive wing dedicated to the late V.K. Krishna Menon, renowned statesman. His belongings and souvenirs are displayed here.

One can leisure by cruise on the dappled waters at kalipoika in both pedal and row bots which is 2 km from Kozhikode.

S M Street
Sweet Meat Street is the business street in Kozikode and derivers its name from the times when the street was lined with sweet meat stalls.

This unique museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala.A good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology is added attraction which is 7 kms from Kozikode.

Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore one of the prominent ports and fishing harbors of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime center. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from West Asia, for its ship building industry. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (The Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years. Arabs still get down here for larger boats, which is 10 kms south of Kozhikode.

This is the historic beach when Vasco-Da-Gama landed on 27th May 1498, with 170 men in the three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes in to the sea. The temple on the rock that protrudes in to the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old, which is 16 kms from Kozhikode.

Kozhikode Beach
Kozhikode Beach, favorite haunt of sunset viewers is also a good place for trying out sea food delicacies like Kallumekaya (mussels) available at the numerous stalla lining the promenade. At dawn, a walk along Dolphin’s point will reward you with sight of Playful dolphins. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained by the old light house and the two crumbling piers that run in to the sea, each more than a hundred years old. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water aquarium are added attraction. The aquarium is open on all days from 0800 to 2000 hrs.

Manachira Square
Opened in 1994, Mananchira Square is a vast open ground located in the heart of the city. In fact, the city of Kozhikode is marked by Mananchira. It was once the main courtyard of the Zamora’s palace. The main attraction here is a large pond and a park. The place is named after this pond of the palace of the erstwhile Zamora ruler, King Mana Vikrama, known as Mana-Devan's Chira (Pond) which was later changed to Mananchira.
Supervised by the City Corporation, the park has meticulously landscaped lawns with trees, plants, an artificial stream and hill, sculptures and an open-air theater. The entire maithan is lined by 250 lampposts designed in colonial style, each post with a pair of lamps. The musical fountain inside the maiden and the beautiful lawn surrounded by traditional Kerala style buildings fascinate visitors. Commonwealth Trust Office, one of the city's oldest organization and major establishments such as the Town hall, Lalitakala Academy hall, public library, Jama'atpalli mosque and Muchhandipalli mosque are situated around the square.

(Jaffar Khan Colony, Museum Road. Open 1030 - 1830 hrs) The 250-seater Kozhikode Planetarium offers extensive insight into the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. Entertaining as well as informative, a sophiscated Zeiss projector simulates the night sky. Daily shows at 1200, 1400, 1600 & 1800 hrs. Entrance fee: Adults: Rs 5 Children: Rs 30.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of Island in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows in to the Arabian sea.19 km from Kozhikode and and 7 km from Beypore port.

CVN Kalari Sangam
This center in Nadakkavu having produced many remarkable Kalari fighters enjoys a legendary positions in the field of Kerala’s ancient martial art.CVN Kalari Sangam also arranges special demonstrations on request.

(45 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque damsite, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between November and April.

Thushangiri Waterfall
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. T 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.

Peruvannamuzhi is located about 60 km North East of the district headquarters. By boarding buses plying between Kozhikode and Peruvannamuzhi, you can directly reach Peruvannamuzhi Dam. In addition, frequent bus services are available from Perambra to Peruvannamuzhi dam. 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 can 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.

Lokanarkavu Temple
Lokanarkavu Temple is situated in Memunda 5 km from Vatakara in Kerala state of south India. Lokanarkavu is a short form of Lokamalayarkavu which means lokam (world) made of mala (mountain), aaru (river) and kavu (grove). It is the official family temple of the five hundres [Aryan] Nagariks who had migrated to Kerala and their successors. Temple can be reached by train by getting down at vadakara, which is 4km from temple. By air the nearest airport is Calicut airport which is 87kilometers away. Pooram is the important festival here and it is conducted with great pompo and show. The week-long festival begins with Kodiyettam (flag hoisting) and concludes with Arattu. The temple dedicated to goddess Durga has great historical importance as Thacholi Othenan, the legendary martial hero of Kerala, used to worship here every day.

This picturesque village is the site of a major power project-The Kuttiyadi Hydro Electric Power Project.

This is the birth place of Kunjali Markkar, who commanded the Zamorin’s fleet and held the Portuguese vessels at bay for a long period. The birth place of this valiant admiral of the Zamorin, on the southern banks of the Moorad River, is today preserved by the Department of Archaeology.

Mishkal Masjid, Kuttichira
One of the oldest mosques in the city, this four storied structure supported by wooden pillars proudly proclaims the architectural splendor of yester years. In 1510 the Portuguese burnt down some parts of it, but the charred portions still remain. The mosque is named after the rich trader who built it.

Jain Temple
The two temples in this compound at Trikkovil Lane have exquisitely painted interiors and elaborately carved porticos.

Mother of God Church
Close to Beach Road) This church built in the Roman architectural style dates back to 1513 AD and is the only one of its kind in Kerala. A 200-year-old portrait of St. Mary adorns the wall of the 18th century Gothic cathedral built by Christian missionaries. Locally known as Valiyapalli, it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic congregation in Malabar. Designed by Italian architects, this ancient shrine is a tribute to Italian know-how and the skill of Indian craftsmen.


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Kovalam Beach

Telephone access code: +91-471

Accessing Kovalam

Air: Nearest airport: Thiruvanathapuram International Airport (16 km)

Rail: Nearest station: Thiruvanathapuram Central (16 km)

Road: Kovalam off the NH47 by pass

Bus: Kovalam’s KSRTC bus stand is near Vizhinjam-Poovar road. It has services once in every 15 minutes to Thiruvanthapuram.

Kovalam is one of the most popular beach resorts in Kerala and forms an important tourist spot on Kerala visit. The beach is just a few minutes walk from the village. The beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three parts. The southern most beach and the most popular from the three, is the Lighthouse Beach. The middle beach is called Hawah and the northern most beach is Samudra. It is dotted with few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels. You can enjoy the palm-fringed bays of Kovalam in secluded coconut groves, which would make a perfect vacation in Kerala. This marvelous beach forms a must visit on your travel to Kerala


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The first ever fully literate municipal Town in India. This land also boasts of the first English Educational center in South India as well as thee first Malayalam printing press which was established by Benjamin Bailey, a Christian missionary in 1820 AD. Panoramic Backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations characterize this picturesque land which attracts lots of tourists from all over the world. The Vembanad Lake and the stunning Backwaters of Kumarakom are its prime attractions. The city boasts a number of old churches, including famous Syrian Church.


15 km West of Kottayam.Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanadu Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen Pearl spot, shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns.

The Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom

Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals which empty in to the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. One of Asia's largest freshwater lakes, the Vembanad Kayal, as it is locally known, is a giant reservoir and a major ecological resource.The serene Lake comes alive during Onam with a spectacular water regatta the Snake boat races. The dense vegetation on its banks is a wonderful sight. The boats that ply on the lake vary from the large cargo carriers with mat-roofs to the houseboats.

The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (Open 0600 – 1800 hrs)

The Kumarakom bird sanctuary, an ornithologist’s paradise, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds. June to August is the breeding season of resident wetland bird like Siberian stork,Cormorants,darter ,white ibis,egret,darter,heron,and teal.Between November and May is the season of migratory birds like pain tailed duck,garganey teal, spot billed duck,osprey,marsh harrier,steppy eagle etc.


Kallara situated to the north west of Kottayam, is the center of the screw pine mat making industry. The Vellasseri paddy fields near Appanchira and the backwaters of Ezhumathuruthu are the major attractions of this area.


Mannam is the seat of first seminary of the Malabar Church (1983),the first Catholic Sanskrit School in Kerala(1846),the first private printing pressCMS press started by Rev.Benjamin Bailey in 18465),and the first Malayalam daily News paper in Malayalam, the Deepika(1887).An enchanting boat cruise through the Pennar Canal to the picturesque backwater districts Alappuzha and Eranakaulam provided by DTPC.

Poonjar Palace

The Poonjar Palace is a glorious proof to the regal magnificence of a bygone era. Inside the palace walls is an amazing royal collection of antiques and exquisite furniture including a palanquin, huge chandeliers, a thoni carved out of a single piece of wood for Ayurvedic massages, jewel boxes, palm leaf engravings, varieties of lamps, sculptures of Nataraja (the dancing Siva), grain measures, statues and weapons. Near the palace is an amazing replica of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. The walls of the Temple bear sculpters which narrate stories from the Puranas(the legend of ancient India).However ,the most fascinating thing here is the Chuttuvilakku(row of Lamps) carved out stone walls of the Sastha Temple.Such rock cut Temples are rare in India.

St.Mary’s Orthodox Church, Cheriyapallil

Open 0800-1800 hrs, built in 1579 by Thekkumkoor Maharajah, this church displays outstanding architecture which is a blend of Kerala and Portuguese styles. The walls are adorned with beautiful murals made in oriental and western styles on biblical and non-biblical themes.

St.Mary’s Knaya Church, Valiyapallil

Open 0800 -2000 hrs) built in 1550 AD, this Church belongs to Knaya Orthodox Syrian Community. The Persian cross, believed to be one of the seven brought here by St.Thomas.

Juma Masjid, Thazhathangadi

Open 0700-1800 hrs, this ancient Mosque on the banks of the Meenachil River. This Mosque is believed to be 100 years old. The Mosque has a square inner courtyard, an exquisitely carved wooden gabled roof. The traditional bathing ara and lovely latticed windows making it resemble a temple or a King’s palace. Only men are allowed here.

Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple:
(Open 0400 – 1100 hrs, 1700 -2000 hrs)

This 500 years old temple built by Thekkumkoor Maharajah.Mahadrvar temple built in Kerala style of Architecture has colorful murals on its walls which are worth seeing. The special building The Koothambalam in the temple premises used for cultural purposes, is one of the best in Kerala.

Siva Temple, Vaikom

Popular as the Kasi of the south, this temple is famous for its elephant pageants and traditional art performances. Associated with the legendary Parasurama.


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