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Tourist Destinations in Kerala
  Cochin today is the business capital of Kerala and has the finest natural harbour. The history of Kochi is abound in mysteries and fables. It is believed that a loing time ago Kochi as ruled by the Perumal Kingdom. There was severe infighting amongst the royal family of Kochi. With the passage of time the Maharaja of Kochi became a nominal head and all powers were vested with the Viceroy. With the advent of Portuguese lots of religious travellers also arrived and the rise of Christianity in the area began as a lot of conversion were made.
Ernakulam the town that is bursting with tremendous growth in all sectors. It is the centre of modern day Kochi. Ernakulam's success is due to the influx of businessman from all over. Ernakulam has grown to places like Vytilla, Kadavantra, Kakkanad which is now more or less like an electronic city, with the growing infopark and the smart city. The new International airport and the International container transhipment terminal has added to the infrastructure facilitating faster growth.
Some of the tourist destinations of Cohin are listed below:
Fort Kochi
The rich history of Fort Kochi was greatly influenced by the three European powers that ruled Kochi- the portuguese, the Dutch and the British and has also been able to retain its old charm. The old bunglows, buildings on the streets have now become tourist spots and many have now been converted to homestays. The old giant chinese fishing nets are a sight to watch.
The Santha Cruz Basilica has an historical past and is a monument of Fort Kochi. It was declared a Basilica in 1984. The other sites in Fort Kochi are the Bishop's house and the Indo Portuguese Museum. Bromlor Boatyard is an old boat building yard which was closed later on. It has now been converted into a hotel. The Maritime museum established in 2001 is devoted to the Maritime history of India. The Kodar House once a prominent business house of Kochi has now been converted to a hotel. This is the house that once played hosts to head of states, ambassadors etc.
Constructed in 1568. It was destroyed in a shelling during the Portuguese raid in 1662. It was rebuilt two years later. Willow patterned floor tiles from Canton in China, a clock tower, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, great scrolls of the old Testment and ancient scripts on copper plates are the articles of interest here. The area around the synagogue is a centre of spice trade and curio shops.
Kumbalangi Tourist Village
Kumbalangi Integrated Tourism village project is a unique initiative to transform the tiny island as a model of fishing village and tourism spot. At the Kumbalangi Tourism village one can fully savour a variety of natural splendours and paramount to a model tourist village of the outstanding ecological balance of the location. The village is located near the port city of Kochi in Ernakulam district. The model village is a veritable treat to its visitors with the famous chinese fishing nets and many other sights to savour.
The town is famous for its cosmopolitan culture. The jews were a prominent community in Mattancherry. They are believed to have landed in their coast more than 2000 years before. The oldest synagogue in India is believed to be in Mattancherry.
Mattancherry was the biggest spices trading centre in the olden days and even today a lot of trading is done in Mattancherry. The other prominent communities here are the SaraswathBrahmins and the Kurichy Menons. The Latin Christians are the other large community of this area. The influence of all these groups is visible in the culture of Mattancherry. The antique shops are a must for the travelers and also a visit to the spice market will tell you about the actual spice trade.
Bolghatty Island
In the historic town of fort Kochi in Ernakulam district was the Bolghaty island. This long narrow palm fingered island, easily accessible from the mianland is where the Bolghaty palace is situated amidst 15 acres of lush green lawns. It was seat of the British Resident. In 1976 the Palace was converted into a hotel under the Kerala tourism Development Corporation. the palace has golf course on its ground. The island is connected by frequent ferry service with the mainland Ernakulam. Boats to this island start from the high court jetty.
Jain Temple
The Jains since centuries come to Kochi for business.They started residing with families about 150 to 200 years ago. Today there are about 350 families in Kochi engaged in business services and professions. The first temple at Mattancherry was constructed in 1960 and the main idol installed is of Bhagavan Shri Dharmananth Bhagawan Mahavir, the 24th Jain Thrithankar. Live and let live is the cardial principal of Jainism.
Hill Palace Museum
The hill Palace is today the largest archaeological museum in Kerala. Built in 1865, the palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala. It is sprawled over 62 acres and houses a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Numerous species of flora grow here.
On display in the full fledged ethno archaeological museum there are oil painting, murala, sculptures in stone and manuscripts, coins belongings of the Kochi royal family and royal furniture. Also exhibited are over 200 antique pieces of pottery and ceramic vases, kadakkallu, cut weapons from the stone ages, wooden temple models, plaster cast models of objects from Mohanjodarro and Harappa of the Indus valley civilisation. The museum also houses a gallery of contemporary art.
Alapuzha was once the biggest trading centre in Kerala, from wher coir products were exported to many parts of the world.Though coir products are still exported, it is not what it used to be. Canals that criss cross the towns were bisy waterways ance and was called the Venice of the east. Alapuzha still retain some of its old charm and with nature bound in abundance is a tourist paradise now. It is an ideal place for backwater cruising and attracts tourists through out the year.
It was one of the major part of the erstwhile Travancore state and the town was developed when Raja Kesava das was the Dewan. Many canals were built for the transportation of goods from the port. Tourism has saved Alapuzha located near the Vembanadu lake. There are more than 200 houseboats that operate from Alapuzha. The paddy fields, the rice bowl of Kerala is worth the sight.

Another attraction is the famous Nehru trophy boat race, Snake boats nearly 125m long with over 100 oarsmen race through the Pamba river at Punnamada. Like the other places in Kerala Alapuzha too has its famous temples, churches and mosques. With its long history Alapuzha is now being rediscovered as a tourists paradise.

Some of the tourist destinations of Alapuzha are listed below:

Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ambalapuzha_sreekrishna_temple  
It is amongst one of the famous Krishna temple in India. The avatar of Krishna is in the infant form. there is a small structure in the temple where thw idol of Guruvayoor Temple was kept in safe custody during Tippu's invasion. Ambalapuzha palpayasam is known all over for its delicate golden color and taste unique. The temple was patronised by greats like Melpathur Narayana Bhattathirippad, Kunjan Nambiar and Thunjath Ezhuthacahan . The splendour of the old Tharavad is there for all to see , situated on the Kaithapuzha backwaters on the Olavepe island- one must not miss the slow boat rider.
Kuttanad kuttanad  
Kuttanad is called the rice bowl of Kerala. It lies at the very heart of the backwaters. The scenic country side of the Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways has a rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. Only region in where farming is done in places 1.5 to 2m below sea level. Inland waterways which flow above land level are amazing features of this region.
Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple mullackal_rajarajeswari_temple  
This temple is located at the heart of Allepy town and the diety is Goddess Rajarajeswari. The temple celebrates two festivals every year. The nine day Navarathri is very important. The last two daya are the most auspicious days. Colorful processions participated by nine elephants are held in the evening and witnessed by thousands of devotees. Several cultural programmes including Ottanthullal are staged in the temple. Another festival celebrated by the temple is one day Thaipooyakavadi. About 15 kavadies take part in this procession.
St. Sebastian's church, Aruthunkal st_sebastian_church_arthunkal  
Arthunkal is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Kerala. It is considered as a holy land by hundreds of thousands of devotees, of Christian as well as other faith. The village is synonymous for its church, which has the Roman martyr Saint Sebastian as its patron. The feast of St. Sebastian in Arthunkal is a grand celebration extending for two weeks in January. While the main day of the traditional feast or the perunnal is on January 20, the church authorities have instituted another on January 27, to mark the end of celebrations, locally referred to as Ettamperunnal or 'the 8th day or the feast'. Devotees from all across the state visit the church on the feast days. A procession, carrying the graceful statue of St. Sebastian, from the church to the beach and back, is the most important event of the feast.
Kottayam is the rubber land of India. Kottayam produces the largest quantity of rubber in India. Education is given primary importance due to the large presence of missionaries. The first educational centre in south India and the first girl's school in Kerala was set in Kottayam. Five of the leading newspapers in Kerala have their headquarters in Kottayam.
A major chunk of the printing industry is based at Kottayam. Kottayam was originally ruled by the Chera Kings came under the Travancore Maharaja in 1860. The MC road was built by the maharaja to connect Kottayam to Trivandrum. Kottayam is lined with churches of all denominations and kottayam is the headquarters of many churches in Kerala. As in the farm sector only cash crops are grown like rubber, cocoa, coffee, pepper, vanilla. The Rubber Board has its headquarters in Kottayam.
Some of the tourist destinations of Kottayam are listed below:  
Situated on the banks of the river Meenachal , Thazhathangadi was one of the business centre of Kottayam. The Dutch who were friendly with the Kings got exclusive rights over the pepper produce that was adundant and set up trading posts which made Thazhathangadi a busy trading centre with its waterways and proximity to the river and Vembanadu lake. There is a famous mosque which is believed to be over 1000 years.
Poonjar Palace
The place is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence. Within the palace, walls is an extraordinary royal collection of antiques and furnitures which include a palanquin, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, different varieties of lamps, sculptures of Nataraja and weapons. A conch preserved here is taken out once a year as a custom here. The palace is an amazing replica of the Madurai Meenakshi temple. The walls of this temple bear sculptures which narrate stories from the puranas. However the most fascinating thing here is the Chuttuvillakku carved out of stone walls of the Sastha Temple nearby.
Pala pala_kottayam
It is on the bank of the river Meenachal and is famous for its large rubber plantations. Pala's population is predominantly Christians and mostly Catholic. Pala has some of the oldest churches in the region. Valiyapally built in 1002 displays the remains of St.Thomas. St.Mary's church in Barananganam- an important pilgrim centre as the remains of sister Alphonsa are kept here. Some of the famous temples like Kayyor temple and the Kadapattur Mahadeva temple is also situated here. Some of the homestays in Pala are amongst the finest in Kerala .
The valley of this rocky mountain reflects the morning sun with a mirror like perfection. This is the highest point in Ilaveezhapoonjira. 3km from here is the Pazhakakanam plateau nourished by the Kadapuzha river. Bamboo groves, meadows and wild flowers make this place exotic. It is the Kazhukankulimali waterfalls that playfully cascade down the mountain and greet the river below with a magnificient splash. A natural fort set amidst steep rocks. On the eastern side of Kannadipara is amazing.
The hill station is a amalgamation of natural beauty, religious mysticism and colonial legacies. Vagamon is surrounded by three chain of hills, namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill and Kurisumala.This enchanting hill station is dotted with tea gardens and meadows.This is one of India's foremost eco-tourism projects. The breeding centre Kerala Livestock Board is located here. Vagamon hill station is comprised of a beautiful series of hillocks, valleys and cascading waterfalls that make it the ideal getaway for tourists. Take a walk along the narrow, mist covered zigzag roads that wind up the hills and experience true bliss. For adventure seekers, there is an option of trekking, para gliding or rock climbing. The hill station has a chain of 3 beautiful hills called Thangal hill, Murugan hill and Kurishumala that give an enchanting feel to this beautiful hill station.
This is relatively a new district formed in 1972. Though population of Idukki is small it is the largest district in terms of area. It is covered by mountains, forests and rivers. The population is predominantly tribal and the people maintain a life which is totally different from the mainstream culture. It has a large boundary with Tamilnadu and the culture is intermingled. The river Periyar flows through the district and the famous Arch dam is considered as an engineering marvel. Idukki is so beautiful place that the valleys finds a mention evenin the Ramayanas. Thodupuzha is a major town in the district and is a trading centre for hill products.

Some of the tourist destinations of Idukki are listed below:

Located in the hill ranges of Kerala 1600 m above the sea, where three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala - come together. Munnar is a vision in green. Some of the highest tea estates in Kerala can be seen in Munnar, as the hills surrounding this scenic town are carpeted with tea bushes, spice plantations and greenery.There are also opportunities for nature walks, trekking and bird watching tours in Munnar. There are wild animals to spot, golf to be played, some trout fishing to be done. Trek through the green gardens and if lucky, you can even spot a pack of wild elephants, play a round of golf in the afternoon and engage your evenings doing some leisure fishing before lazing by the bonfire in the night and sipping a cup of fine Malayali tea.
Thekkady is India's finest wildlife reserve. It is famous for itseleohant sightings. Kumily the nearby town is famous for its plantations. Tea, coffee, rubber , pepper and cardamom are the main produce. Situated in the Periyar forests , they are known as the high ranges. It was originally controlled by the Poonjar royality but later British took control of the forests. If you take a walk on the main streets of Kumily and Thekkady you got the scent of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Out of the 20 cardamom auction centres in the world 12 of them are situated in the cardamom hills. Bordering Theni in Tamilnadu there are many views of streams and fauna which is a trekkers delight.
Located 915 m above sea level, at a distance of around 40 km from Kumily in Idukki district of central Kerala, this beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats is known for its green landscape. Clouds drop gently on the peaks that flank the verdant slopes of Peerumedu. Rich with mile upon mile of plantations falling away in precise steps. The green slopes of the region are also the perfect place for newly weds to be if they are keen on a honeymoon in Peerumedu. Surrounded by rich plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus, the entirety of Peerumedu is enveloped with a fragrance that is heady and delightfully intoxicating!
Echo Point
Located 13 km from Munnar, Echo Point is a popular adventure tourism destination. Trekking and nature walks are popular activities in this scenic destination with beautiful views of the green hills. The scenic place gets its name from natural echo phenomenon. Visitors can enjoy by making howl against the reservoir, nature will answer with an echo. This nature response to a human call can not be seen anywhere else in Kerala. Climate is pleasant, cool and misty, though heavy showers are common between June-september which gives it a very fresh feel. An excellent place, especially for young travelers to disembark for a while, yell out and listen to your voice coming back to you!
Devikulam Hill Station
7kms from munnar, this idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The sita devi lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.This gorgeous hill station symbolises nature in her pristine glory. The crisp and cool mountain air heavily laden with the fragrance of wild flowers and rare herbs is any nature lover's paradise. Irresistibly green slopes touching the sky at a thousand metres. Silent clusters of slender red and blue gum trees. A lovely, little lake hidden within the rolling hills. This is Devikulam.
Located at a distace of 16 km from Nedumkandam on the Thekkady-Munnar Road, Ramakalmedu is a beautiful hill station, which offers fresh mountain air and pleasant views of gentle hills all around. Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of Tamilnadu towns. The sight is even wonderful if you could stay there till dusk and see all these towns lighted. It’s still beholds the virginity of the mountains and forest as there is not much encroachments by the humans other than the few settlers who came just after the formation of the State. During Monsoon, it is mostly raining with strong winds and evenings are colder.
Nyayamkadu Waterfalls nyayamkadu_waterfalls
The Nyayamakad Waterfall is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Munnar. Fresh, cool spring waters cascade down the hillock from an amazing height of about 1600 meters. This is a famous picnic spot. Walk up to the Nyayamakad gap to take in brilliant views of the Munnar valley covered with a green carpet of tea plantations. Here you might come across tea pickers at work. It is a great opportunity to mingle with the locals, learn a thing or two about tea gardening and experience a day in their lives.
Power House Waterfalls powerhouse_waterfalls_idukki
The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. If you are driving towards the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady, you will come across the scintillating Power House Waterfalls. A mere 18 kms from Munnar, this spot is surrounded by the verdant western mountain ranges.The roar of the waterfalls is truly a magnificent sound, soon after the Indian monsoons. A delightful spot to visit if you wish to just relax and chill out. This waterfall has a medicinal power and a natural massage. This place is ideal to visit soon after the monsoon.
Thrissur is known as the cultural capital ok Kerala, was ruled by Shakthan Thampuran. Thrissur is home to many cultural institutions like Kalamandalam and Sahithya Academy. It is in Thrissur that one of the most India's colorful festival take place. The Thrissur Pooram . Folkfore suggests that the vadakkumnathan temple in the heart of city was consecrated personally by Parasuraman. This is also a large trading and business centre. It goes to the credit of the people of Thrissur on how they mingled culture with commerce amongst the rulers of Thrissur. Thrissur is known for its bell metal, tyre retarding machinery, gold trade and jewellery styling.

Some of the tourist destinations of Thrissur are listed below:

Vadakkumnathan Temple vadakkumnathan_temple_thrissur
Located in Thrissur district, this is the venue of an annual temple festival. In this grand event, two rows of magnificently decorated tuskers, stand facing each other, while drummers beat out a traditional rhythm and representatives of the temples raise colored parasols over the elephants, bearing the images of the deities of neighboring temples. It is both an intense religious event and a colorful tourist attraction in Kerala that concludes with a grand display of fireworks. Vadakkunnathan Temple also known as Thenkailasam and Vrishabhachalam, is one of the largest and ancient Shivatemples in Kerala and is located at the heart of Thrissur town. This temple is a classic example of the Kerala style of architecture with beautiful murals delineating graphically, various episodes from the Mahabharata. The shrines and the Koothambalam display exquisite vignettes carved in wood. According to popular lore, the temple was built by Parasurama.
Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayoor sreekrishna_temple_guruvayoor
Guruvayur, near Thrissur in South Kerala, is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrim centers in India. It has the famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Just as the Tirumala Venkateshwara has become popular in Andhra Pradesh, So is this Krishna temple of Guruvayur in Kerala. Like Tirumala, Guruvayur temple also rests on the faith of the devotees, that the Lord fulfils the desires of the devotees. The idol of Sri Krishna at Guruvayur is believed to be an ancient one, which was being worshipped by Brahma himself at Dwaraka. After the pilgrim city of Dwaraka became submerged in the sea, Sri Krishna decided to leave His mortal body at Prabhasa Kshetra in Sourashtra for His heavenly abode.
Cheraman Juma Masjid cheraman_jumamasjid
Believed to be the first mosque in India, Cheraman Juma Masjid where the Juma prayers were started is situated in Methala Village of Kodungalloor taluk in the state of Kerala. Built around 629 AD, the mosque is unique in its appearance as it is based on a mixture of Arab and traditional Kerala art and architecture. This mosque at Kodungallur was the first to be established and Malik Bin Dinar himself became the first Ghazi of the mosque. Later Malik Bin Dinar appointed his son Habib Bin Malik as the next Ghazi, travelled all around Kerala establishing mosques in different parts of the state.
Athirappilly is popular among tourists. Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Another popular waterfall to visit is the Vazhachal Falls. Athirappilly Falls is a part of Chalakudy river and it is approximately 80 feet in height. Athirappilly is easily reachable from Chalakudy by taking a vehicle for rent or by bus from the Chalakudy private bus terminal. Athirappilly is situated on SH-21 highway connecting Tamil Nadu and Kerala, night driving is not advised. But you can enjoy the adventurous drive in the middle of jungle.
Kerala Kalamandalam
It is 32km from Thrissur near the Cheruthuruthy bridge. Kalamandalam is an institute that preserves and propagates the famous temple art of Kerala's Kathakali. Most famed artists have been trained here. The old Gurukulam system is followed here and training is also imparted for other art forms like Mohiniyattom, Kudiyattom,Thullal etc.
Chimmini Peechi
Thrissur has two renowned wild life sanctuary - Peechi Vazhani and Chimmini. Peechi is one of Kerala's oldest wild life santuaries. Chimmini is relatively new but has a common boundary. Peechi has a dam which is the source of water for the rest. It is famous for its bio diversity and has a lot of endangered herbs and medicinal plants. The wild life sanctuary at Chimmini was established in 1984 and you can find elephants, bears, sambars etc.

Palakkad is the gateway to Kerala. The gap in between the range of hills provides access to people to cross over to Kerala. The British, Tippu and others came to Kerala through this passage. It was the Tamil Iyers, who crossed over and came to stay. They left an indelible mark on the culture of Palakkad. It is called the granary of Kerala for it has the best fields that strecth for miles on end with the Nelliampathy hills nearby. Palakkad also once had a fine forest cover. The Silent Valley which has been in news for a very long time is also in this district. It is the second largest industrial area of Kerala. Kanjikode is a very big industrial estate.

Some of the tourist destinations of Palakkad are listed below:
Located just 75 km from Palakkad and at an altitude of 467m to 1572m above sea level. Nelliyampathy has immense trekking potential. This place is also known for its rich plantation of spices and coffee as well as its rich evergreen forests. Nelliyampathy perhaps the loveliest of the un-spoilt hill stations of Kerala. The best time to take a tour to Nelliyampathy is from April to September. Estates of tea, coffee, orange and cardamom dot the ranges. The ranges here consist of a chain of ridges cut offf from one another by valleys. The highest peak is Nellikota. The forest contains teak of extraordinary height and girth.
Dhoni Waterfalls dhoni_waterfalls_palakkad
Dhoni, situated at a distance of 15kms from Palakkad is a fairly long climb of a 3-hour trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills. This reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall has many tourists all through the year. It is a splendid and captivating waterfall. Dhoni provides trekkers the opportunity to explore its hilly terrains. Its lush green surroundings are a pleasure to watch. Dhoni is also famous for its farmhouse, harboring hundreds of cattle of Swiss variety. The Vishwanatha Swamy shrine, the oldest Shiva temple is situated 3 kms from Palakkad. The annual chariot temple is a gala event.
Silent Valley
This park is 40km from Mannarkkad and spread over 90 sq km. It has a collection of rare mammals. alarge species of butterflies and moths, great Indian horn bill and lion tailed macaque are seen. River Kunthi traverses the entire length of the valley. The summer rains keeps the valley and surrounding atmosphere cool. It has ecological impotence. A hydro electric project in the valley on the Kuruchipuzha river was proposed by the Kerala Electricity Board. It was forcely opposed by the people environmentalists, and media and finally the project had to be abandoned.
Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary

It is 110km from Palakkad. Parambikulam is in a valley between the Anamalai ranges of Tamilnadu and Nelliyampakku ranges in Kerala. The sanctuary is large and spreads over nearly 280 sq km. A few hill tribes live in these jungles. There are facilities for boating, trekking etc with prior permission. There is a tree house which is very popular among tourists. For lodging you can contact the state forest department.

Trivandrum was built on seven hills that scope towards the sea. It rests on the southwestern tip of India. It is a city of ancient and modern architecture. It has always been a centre for education and cultural activities. This would have been possible without the strong patronage of the ruling family. Maharaja Swathy Thirunal's reign saw tremondous cultural progress and economic gain. This continued even after independence and this has been prooved by kerala being declared the most progressive state in terms of key social development parameters. The secretariat is the major landmark of the city.
Some of the tourist destinations of Trivandrum are listed below:
Padmanabhaswamy temple
This temple with Lord Vishnu (Padmanabha) as its principal deity, is located in Thiruvananthapuram. It is known for its architectural excellence. The erstwhile Maharajas of Travancore offered prayers at this splendidly carved temple. The Padmanabhaswamy temple, also known as the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu, located inside the Fort in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The temple is one of the 108 divya desam, the holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu.
Beemapally Mosque beemapally_mosque
This holy place of muslim pilgrimage lies about five kilometres southwest of Central Railway Station of Trivandrum , on the shoreline towards Poonthura. This famous place of worship is dedicated to Beema Beevi, a religious Muslim lady who is was bestowed with miraculous spiritual powers. She is a member of the family of Prophet Mohammed and is believed to have arrived from Mecca (Saudi Arabia) to preach the Muslim religion-Islam. Beema Beevi and her son Sayyidussaheed Maheen Aboobaker were interred here.
One of the most famous place of Trivandrum is the Kovalam beach, whichn is just 16 kms from the city to its south. It attracted the guests of the royal family in the early 1900; but it was during the 1960, that the beach has got its popularity. It is one of the finest beaches in the world. It consists of three beaches. Light house beach, eves beach and the Samudra beach. The finest of hotels and resorts are available here. There are Ayurvedic centres that offer packages for rejuvenation like complete body massage.
Ponmudi Hill Station
This hillstation in the Western Ghats, located around 65 km from Thiruvananthapuram, is a picturesque getaway in Kerala. The green hills, with winding roads, pretty cottages, and an abundance of birds and butterflies flying through the spice plantations and tea estates, make it an idyllic Kerala tourism destination.Ponmudi (meaning the Golden Peak in Malayalam) is the least haunted by tourists and therefore the most peaceful of all Kerala hill stations. Embellished with rapids flowing over the road, and misty peaks thronged by an exotic vegetation, Ponmudi is a hiker's and trekker's paradise.
Aruvi Waterfalls 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 . The weather of Aruvi region is as pleasant as the place itself, and a part from the scenic beauty, Aruvi is an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts as well.
Padmanabhapuram Palace
It is 50 kms from Trivandrum. It is on the Kanyakumari road and the famed palace which was the capital of the travancore kings till 1792. It is a very large complex depending the unique Kerala style architecture. Many of the structures have since been demolished. Buildings that must be visited are Navarathiri Mandapam, Archaelogical Museum which displays many ancient culture,Thekkekottaram, Oottupura etc.
Kollam was once the capital of Venad Kings. It is a trading centre and was visited by travellers and missionaries from all over the world. It was a flourishing industry in fisheries, cashew processing, coir etc. The main cash crop of Kollam is cashew nut. Kollam was once the part of international spice trade. 30% of this historic town is covered by the Ashtamudi Lake, making it to the magnificient backwaters of Kerala. The eight hour boat ride between Kollam and Alapuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience. The district has some interesting historic remnants and a number of old temples and churches.
Some of the tourist destinations of Kollam are listed below:
Ashtamudi Lake
A visit to Kollamwill not be complete without a cruise on the famed Ashtamudi lake. You can avail of the many cruise organised by the District tourism Promotion Council. A houseboat cruise will lake you to all the backwater towns in the areas like Kayamkulam, Kumarakom. Amrithapuri etc. You can have an overnight stay in a house boat with a Kathakali performance. Long cruises give an opportunity to mingle with the local people and give an insight to their life.
Temples ochira_temple
The Ochira temple is visited by pilgrims. There is no idol worship. The main temple festival ochirakali is held during June-July. Another famous temple is the Venkittachelapathy temple. It is the temple of Brahmins in Karnataka. Sree Krishna temple at Ashramam is another famous temple. They celebrate the famous Elephant festival in March.
pathanamthitta has a very large forest cover where you can find wild animals roam. Three great rivers Pamba, Achancoil and Manimala flow through this district. It is famous for its wood industries. It has a lot of cultural and religious importance. Konni has an elephant training centre. Sabarimala, Thiruvalla, Adoor etc are some of the major towns. Niranam is also famous for the churches.
Some of the tourist destinations of Pathanamthitta are listed below:  
Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple is the most famous and prominent among all the Sastha Temples. It is believed that "Parasurama Maharshi" who retrieved Kerala from the sea by throwing his axe, installed the idol of Ayyappa at Sabarimala to worship Lord Ayyappa. The pilgrimage begins in the month of November and ends in January. The temple attracts pilgrims not only from the southern states of India, but also from other parts of the country and abroad. The shrine gets thronged with devotees especially during the main pilgrim season from November to January.
Manjinikkara Church maninikkara_church
Manjinikkara church derives its importance from the holy tomb of late Ignatius Elias III, the Holy Patriarch of Antioch. Members of the Jacobite Syrian Church believe that the Holy Father was a Saint. Situated atop a hillock in Manjanikkara, near Omallur, Pathanamthitta District in South Kerala, this monastery was established by late Mor Yulius Elias Qoro, Patriarchal delegate to Malankara. On February 13th, 1932, the late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Elias III entered eternal rest and his remains are interred at the monastery. (In the photographs of the exterior above, the tomb of the late Patriarch is within the campanile like structure on the south side of the sanctuary.) The remains of late Mor Yulius Elias Qoro and Mor Yulius Yacoub, former Patriarchal delegates to Malankara are also interred in this church.
Niranam St. Mary's Church niranam_st_marys_church
Niranam Church has a rich history of being the symbol of Christian faith in Kerala and a citadel of Orthodox Christianity since its inception in AD 54 by St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. St Thomas reached Kerala in AD 52 and started preaching the gospel. He founded 8 churches, which are called 'Ezhara Pallikal', meaning seven and half churches. These were at Kodungallur, Kollam, Niranam, Nilackal (Chayal), Kokkamangalam, Kottakkayal (Paravoor), Palayoor (Chattukulangara) and Thiruvithamkode (the half church). St. Thomas who had great respect for the Holy Virgin, named all these churches after St. Mary. At Niranam, St. Thomas baptised many people and ordained people with social eminence as priests, to administer the church.

66kms from Kollam town on the Kollam-Shencottai road. Thenmala echo tourism projects is India's famous and first eco tourism destination. The santuary is a about 100 sq kms and has a lot of flora and fauna. Thenmala in Malayalam means Honey hills and the honey from these hills are supposed to be of good quality.

Kozhikode was put on the world map by the great explorer Vasco da gama in the year 1498. Once a very important port Calicut is known for its warm and friendly people and their culture. It was rich in spices and a major trading centre. Calicut was once again ravaged by Tippu. But after he lost to the British. Calicut was reigned by the British for a very long period. Calicut at its glory was a promising sea port which was visited by traders from China, Persia, East Africa and Europe. The Arabs were the most successful traders. You can find temples , mosques and churches in the city and they retain their age old traditions and rituals.
Some of the tourist destinations of Kozhikode are listed below:
Mannanchira Square mannachira_square
It is named after the last Zamorin of Calicut. The park that surrounds the tank was a part of the old places. It is the main city centre and other important streets branch out from here. The most famous beins is S.M street. Is is one of its kind in the world. The entire street used to be lined with only sweet shops. Kozhikode halwa is a delicacy and one cannot return with buying hailwa to take home. It is said that halwa made in any other town will not taste the same as one made the Kozhikode.

The tradition of boat building in Beypore may be even more than a 1000 years old. It is believed that Nelson who defeated Naepolean in the battle had his armada built at Beypore. These ships are built in wood and by hand. It takes about 6 months to 2 years to make a ship and it depends on the ships tonnage. Today only a few shipyards remain. It is a treat watching tha launch of the ships.

Kappad Beach
This is the historic beach were Vasco da gama first set his foot. Todat apart from its historic part, it is being developed as a tourist spot. Payyoli beach is another beach that is being developed with its golden sand. Kadalundi another small town has wet lands. Another place to visit near the beach is Kallai. Once it was the timber capital of Kerala.
Thiruvannur Temple thiruvannur_temple
It is modeled on the Siva temple at Thiruvannur. This exquisitely carved Gajaprthista styled laterite structure is more than two centuries old. It is believed that Sree Parasuraman started his Siva Linga Prathishta at here. The annual Sivarathiri festival is celebrated in a big way here. This is one of the oldest temples at Calicut.
Pazhassiraja Museum
It is 5km from Calicut town on east hill this museum is a tresurs trove for historians and art lovers. The museum managed by state has antiques, mural paintings, ancient coins and other monuments on display. There is an art gallery which has a collection of paintings of great Raja Ravi Varma.
A very small district but with a district history. Malappuram has a very historical background. Islam has a very strong influence in the district and it is due to the Arab traders, who came in umbers to trade for various items.
Some of the tourist destinations of Malappuram are listed below:
One of the important place in Malappuram to visit is Nilambur. This is the original home of the Cholainaickans. They are the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The extensive forest land is well known for Canoli's plot, the world's oldest teak plantation and bamboo woods. Nilambur teak museum is very famous all over the world. A butterfly park is attached with the museum. It also houses around 55 types of bamboos.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands. It is in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundipuzha flows into the Arabian sea. Over the hundred varities of native birds and over 60 varieties of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. A hillock which is 200m above sea level provides a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The place is also known for the wide variety of fish, mussels and crabs.
Thunjan Memorial, Tirur
Tirur is the birth place of Thunjath Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language. On Vijayadasami day, many come here for vidhyarambam. It is the ceremony in which children are initiated into learning. The iron style with which Ezhuthachen wrote his texts on palm leaves and the ancient Kanjira tree under which he composed his poems are treasured exhibits here.
Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber stretch over the hills of Wayanad as far as the eye can see., With the fast-flowing rivers- Panamaram, Mananthavady and kabini- cutting across the undulating panorama and lending picture-postcard look to the whole region. The literary society endorses that Wayanad has derived its name from the words 'Vayal Nadu' - meaning, the village of paddy fields. Previously the region was ruled by the Rajas of the Veda tribe and later by the Pazhassi Rajahs of Kottayam royal dynasty.
Some of the tourist destinations of Wayanad are listed below:
Edakkal Caves
The two rock vaves at Ambukuthy Hills, 12 kms south of Sultan Battery (travel time: 20 min), contain ancient carvings and pictorial writings with human and animal figures in peculiar headers along with geometric form and symbols. They speak of a highly civilized people at an early centre of human habitation. What makes it a cave to the ordinary observer is the fact that in the other portion of the large cleft, an enormous rock, weighing several tonnes, has fallen forming a roof over a large part of it. The caves, located on an ancient route connecting the high ranges of Mysore to the ports of Malabar, are a source of mystery to archeologists.
Phantom Rock
Located close to the Ambalavayal town, Phantom rock is locally called Cheengeri mala. The immediate surroundings offer excellent photo opportunities. This name comes because ot its skull head shape. It is on the way to edakkal caves.

Pookkot Lake

With its own dream-like serenity, this natural fresh water lake surrounded by meadows and trees on all sides is a heaven for peace-seeking travellers. You'll find it on your way from Calicut half an hour ahead of kalpetta. It is a natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forests and rolling hills. Boating in the Pookot Lake is a memorable experience. Tall trees and dense forests that line along the pathway around the lake provide a visual treat. A freshwater acquarium with a large variety of fish is an added attraction.
Thirunelly Temple thirunelly_temple
At just 32 kms from Mananthavady (travel time; 1 hour ), the eye-catching backdrop of Brahmagiri hills lend an idyllic charm to Thirunelly where the Vishnu Temlple touched by the soothing streams of Papanasini provides eternal bliss to the searching pilgrim. It is popular for two things – pilgrimage and tourism. To be a bit more specific, the ancient temple at Thirunelli is known for rites that is offered to the departed souls. Also for tourism, it’s a birder’s delight and trekker’s paradise.
Chembra Peak
At 2100m above sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad. It is idel for trekking. Climbing this peak is a challenging mountaineering endeavor. It would take a full day. The scenic beauty of Wayanad , which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exihilarating. The surrounding areas offer exceptional photographic opportunities. Camping on the peak is an unforgettable experience.
Sentinal Rock Waterfalls sentinal_rock_waterfalls
It is 22lms south of Kalpetta near Chooramala. The place locally known as Soochipara and is very popular leisure destination. this is a three step waterfall more than 200m height framed by enchanting scenery. This region is ideal for rock climbing. Scenic nature and other wildlife can be seen near the waterfront. Waterfall can be seen from a far which is a beautiful view. To reach the waterfall, one has to trek down 2kms through dense equitorial forest over steep rocks.
This is the district headquarters of Wayanad, is the only municipality in this hilly region. The town has hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, making it a convenient base to visit this place while at the same time enjoying these facilities. It is a small town surrounded by dense coffee plantations and mountains, is the headquarters of Wayanad district. The town is a major hub to all the tourist destinations in Wayanad.
Kannur has always been a favourite destination of the foreign travellers. In his book of travels Marco Polo recounts his visit to the area circa in 1250 A.D. The lure of the orient, the quest for spices or just the thirst for adventure attracted these distinguished visitors to Kannur. However for the modern tourists, while these reasons may still hold good, there is also the added attraction of completely unwinding at some of the most scenic locations in the world.
Some of the tourist destinations of Kannur are listed below:
Pazhassi Dam
An ideal retreat for tourists, the dam site is famous for its scenic beauty. The District Tourism Promotion Council provides pleasure boating facilities at the reservoir. Accomodation is available at the project inspection bungalow and its dormitories.
Muzhappilangad Beach
It is 8km from Thalassery and a long clean beach. Its enchanting ambience invites you to swim, sunbathe or just lounge around. Black rocks protect Muzhappilangad from the current of the deep making its shallow water a swimmer's paradise. This is arguably Kerala's only drive in beach. You can drive down the entire length 5km.
A district with rare and different beauty. It is poised for growth in the area of tourism. Also known as the land of Gods, forts, rivers hills and beautiful beaches. It is a land with respnant pasts, myths and legends. It is acquiring prominence in the tourist map of India as "the land of Theyyam and Yakshagana". It is the cradle of many art forms and folk music of Kerala. The 12 rivers flowing across its terrain, makes Kasargod an enchanting beauty of nature's creation.
Some of the tourist destinations of Kasargod are listed below:
Bakel Fort
Bekal is at the northern tip of Kerala. It is 140 km away from Calicut International Terminal. The beaches, backwaters and hill statoons of Bekal offer a totally differernt backdrop to the holiday experience. Large number of forts, like Bekal, Chandragiri, Hosdurg, Kumbala, Panayal, etc reveal the historical importance of this land. Bekal fort remains the largest and best preserved fort on Kerala. History and legend are interwoven together in Bekal, particularly in respect of its antiquity.
Malik Dinar Mosque malik_dinar_mosque
Malik Dinar Mosque is a historical mosque in Kasargod district of Kerala state,south India. Over the years, Kasargod acquired the considerable importance as a centre of Islam on the west coast. It is the site of one of the mosques believed to have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar. The mosque, Juma Masjid, which is one of the best kept and most attractive in the district, is located at Thalangara. It contains the grave of Malik Ibn Mohammed, one of the descendants of Malik Ibn Dinar and the place is sacred to Muslims. Another notable mosque, in Kasaragod is the Theruvath Mosque which is in the centre of the town.
Pallikere Beach
One of the famous place of Kasargod is the Pallikere beach. This shalow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort. It has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation. This is one of the famous beaches at Kasargod. This is a long clean beach. Its enchanting ambience invites you to swim, sunbathe or just lounge around.