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NEARBY ATTRACTION

MURIKADY

Murikady is 5km away from Thekkady. This place consists of coffee plantations and spices.

CHELLAR KOVIL

Chellar Kovil is located 15km away from Kumily and it is 1200m above the sea level. It is enrooted to Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This place consists of lot of cascades and picturesque waterfalls. It is considered as one of the best tourism spots in Idukki district and it attracts the tourists in every season.

ANAKKARA

Anakkara is 13km away from Kumily. In Anakkara new airport is suggested and it is under review of Airport Authority of India.n.

MANGALA DEVI TEMPLE

Mangala Devi Temple is situated 1337 m above from the sea level. It is about 15km away from Thekkady. It is surrounded by dense greenery and is closed the whole year except Chithra Pournami Festival. Tourists have to collect a special letter during other times from forest ranger to visit temple. From the top we can view temple premises, part of Eastern Ghat and some villages of Tamil Nadu.

PARUTHUMPARA

Paruthumpara is located 6km away from Peerumedu not explored too much. For travellers who want to visit an unexplored place, Paruthumpara is a suitable location. In Malayalam Parunthu’ means eagle. We will get an eagle view by standing in the Paruthumpara to low lying areas. This place is 3800 feet above the sea level and also suitable for shooting.

KUTTANAD

Kuttanad, the rice bowl of kerala is well known for its vivid and vast paddy fields. It is the region with the lowest altitude in India and the one among the rarest places in the world where farming is carried out below the sea level. The place is historically important in the ancient history of south India. Kuttanad is all about an agrarian community, involving social and cultural factors. The place has a lot of beauty to be explored.

The rice bowl of Kerala

Kuttanad is the land of rice cultivation and so it is known as the rice bowl of kerala. The history of rice cultivation in the place can be traced back to centuries. The vast stretches of flourishing paddy fields are interlinked with the enchanting backwaters, creating an exceptional sight.The place is flushed with the four major rivers of kerala flowing into this region.

On your trip during the harvest season, you can see the vast expanse of paddy fields, with the islets of coconut trees at some places. The farmers will be busy getting engaged themselves in to the different farming activities. Similarly women farmers also work head to head with the men, everything done exactly in the traditional manner. With the rice they cultivate, it brings cheerfulness in life. When the parrots hover in the paddy fields, it adds to its beauty.

Sightseeing on the backwaters of Kuttanad

On your way to the village take a walk through the plentiful small canals that crisscross Kuttanad, lined up by tall coconut trees aside swaying in the breeze. Watch out for the vendors on boat selling goods, vegetables, grocery and fish to households on these canals.  Among the unusual sight that one can see here, the most fascinating sight is indeed the ducks quacking together in high decibels, and moving across the backwaters in large numbers.

If you are more of a foodie, try some of the fish delicacies in combination with tapioca, is indeed a finger licking combination. Hire a boat and make the trip a bit more exciting.


ATHIRAPPILLY

THE LAND OF RIVERS & FORESTS

Introduction

60 KMs far from Thrishur town, Athirappilly comes under Mukundapuram Taluk. This wonderful scenic place in Kerala is covered by green thick forests and small streams and is also known as the land of rivers and forests. One cannot express the beauty of Athirappilly through words. You need to go there and experience for yourself the magic of nature.

Ideal places to visit

ATHIRAPPILLY FALLS

Athirappilly falls has a great connection with Chalakudy River and also with Sholayar ranges. Situated 1000 feet above the sea level this place is very popular. It is believed to be one of the largest waterfalls in the state at a height of 80 feet and 330 feet wide and thus earning the title of ‘Niagara falls of India’. It requires a 2 km trekking to reach the largest falls. The blazing sounds of the waterfall and the nature’s beauty will undoubtedly take your mind into a dream world.

SHOLAYAR DAM

Yet another fascinating place to visit in Athirapally is Sholayar Dam, which was constructed in 1965 across the Chalakudy River. The dam is located at 65 km away from the Chalakudy town; the dam has 66 metres height and 430 metres width. The tea estates and the lovely landscapes make the dam further attractive.

VAZHACHAL FALLS

Rising from a higher slope of Western Ghats, Vazhachal falls lies 5 km away from Athirappilly waterfalls. The waterfall is nearer to the dense forests and is a living place to many endangered species. It is the only forests where one can find the endangered Horn bill species..

MALAKKAPARA TEA GARDENS

The marvellous eye captivating tea garden which is at 51 km from the Athirappilly waterfalls offers you an adventurous safari through the dense forests and the Western Ghats. The journey is complemented with hair pin curves which take us to the world of Malakkapara tea gardens. If you are lucky enough you can probably meet some of the wildlife species on your way.

Just not read, wake up and book a ticket to these adventurous places and make your trip inspiring through the waterfalls and tea gardens.


GAVI : THE UNEXPLORED AND UNTOUCHED

Situated in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala Gavi is a village that come under the projects for eco tourism. Known for the plentiful wildlife seen here such as Tiger, Bears, Elephants, Leopards and many more, Gavi is a part of Periyar Tiger reserve and is conserved in its natural beauty. In the ever green forests one can also find the endangered species of Nilgiri Thar and Lion Taled Macaque. Day by day the place attracts more visitors towards it. This beauty spot is entirely covered with hills, valleys, forests, waterfalls, grasslands and tea & cardamom plantations. The place provides a magical experience to each and every visitor who comes here.

Ecotourism Activities for Tourists

Trekking

If you want to stay close to nature’s heart take on trekking. Gavi is a wonderful place for tourists who like adventurous trekking. A three hour trekking programme is organised for the tourists, which will take you through the hills and the forests along with an experienced guide.

Jeep Safari

Gavi is a home for many birds and wildlife. Tourists can view the wildlife in their habitat through the jeep safaris. If we are lucky, we can see several endangered species like Nilgiri Tahr and Lion Tailed Macaque on the way. Gavi is also the heaven for bird watchers. Over 200 species of birds are stayed inside the dense forests.

Boat Ride

Tourists get a chance for boat ride in the Gavi Reservoir and Kochupamba. Wearing life jackets should be compulsory during the boat ride. Row boating facility is also available at Gavi.

Sabarimala View Point Visit

Tourists get a scenic view to the Sabarimala which is partially hidden to see because of the mist through the wonderful surroundings of Gavi. Sabarimala is the largest Hindu pilgrimage centre in the world having millions of devotees visited during every year.

Visit to Museum

There is an animal museum located in Gavi which gives the visitors an idea about the wildlife’s living inside the forest. The museum displays the pictures of wildlife’s that we could see at Gavi forest area.

Camping in the Forests It is possible to camp inside the forests in Gavi. During the silence of night, we can experience the wildlife presence. It will be an unforgettable experience and cannot be expressed in words.


THATTEKAD : HEAVEN OF BIRDS

A brief Description about Thattekad

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is located in an area that cover 25km and the site is 12km away from Kothamanglam. This was Kerala’s first Bird Sanctuary and one of the salient Bird Sanctuary in India. This is situated in the branches of the longest Periyar waterway in Kerala. We can see different species of Birds that are water birds as well as forest birds. The sanctuary is home for diverse types of cuckoos and a region in the sanctuary is named as ‘Cuckoo Paradise’.

The Bhoothathankettu Dam is the watershed area of Sanctuary. Flat Forest is the factual meaning for Thattekad. During the season times different varieties of birds will be coming here. Boating from Bhoothathankettu to Thattekad gives a beautiful unforgettable experience to the travellers.

Indian Pitta is a bird coming to this place during the winter season and spends six months in the haven. The other birds seen in the sanctuary are Oriental Darter, Cormorants, Whiskered Terns, Ceylon Frogmouth, Yellow-browed Bulbuls, Indian Cuckoo, Large-billed Leaf-Warbler and Orange-headed Thrush.

History of Thattekad

In 1983 the sanctuary was reported by the recommendation of Dr. Salim Ali to Kerala Government. Dr. Ali depicted that in Peninsular India Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is the richest bird territory. There is an increase in the number of birds that original survey carried out by Dr. Salim Ali in 1930.

Other attractions near to Thattekad

Kodanad: – Kodanad is situated in the bank of Periyar River. It is 42km away from Cochin. Kodanad is famous for elephant rescue shelter. The elephants are trained in the Elephant Camp in Kodanad. We can enjoy elephant ride and photography there. It is also a striking rural waterside village.

Munnar: – Munnar is situated in the Western Ghats of South India and it is a renowned for miles of tea plantation and picturesque hill station. Munnar offers waterfalls, mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, hamlets etc. The major attraction is ‘Neelakurinji’ that blooms once in a twelve years. This place is developed by British and this is the favourite summer vacation place for British.

Bhoothathankettu Dam: – This dam is sited 10 kilometres far from Kothamanglam. It is near to Salim Ali bird Sanctuary. In both sides of dam, huge blocks of shingle are positioned. Boating facilities are available to see the scenic beauty of the vast virgin jungle.


HISTORICAL PLACES

AMBALAVALAYAL HERITAGE MUSEUM – WAYANAD

The Ambalavalayal Heritage Museum is an archaeological museum situated in Wayanad.  The main attraction of the museum is the artefacts from the 2nd century which has Kerala’s largest collection of remnants. Every stone ingrained here is of historical memories. The articles put on display will draw anyone’s attraction no matter whether he is a historian, archaeologist or a common man. These articles vary from clay sculptures to ancient hunting equipments like bows and arrows and stone weapons of which you would have heard only in your history classes. Not just that the museum offers much more to you to learn about ancient life. The four galleries in the museum display unique artefacts and antiquities from the tribal area. These unusual collections of remarkable artefacts date from Neolithic age to the seventeenth century. Some of them are even hailing from the second century. All these artefacts give evidence to the human civilisation that existed then.

ANCHUTHENGU FORT – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Built by the English East India Company in the year 1695, Anchuthengu fort at present is maintained by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). The fort remains significant as the first major British trading station on the Malabar Coast. Words cannot describe this amazing fort as it represents the architectural style of British rules. Built as an invincible stronghold of the British east India Company, the fort remains as a witness of colonial era in India. After the completion of the fort it was used as a source of light house for guiding the ships arriving from the Britain. An Old Dutch cemetery is the main source of attraction. You can discover yourself in the silence inside the fort. The fort resides by the beach from which one can relish the refreshing air towards the Arabian Sea and the groups of ferns and ivy on the headstones in this fort. The collection of water sports at the beaches adds up to its beauty.

THE DUTCH PALACE – MATTANCHERY

The Dutch palace in Ernakulum was constructed by Portuguese in the year 1557 which was later given to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi. The palace was remodelled by the Dutch in the year 1663. The palace consists of a Bhagavathy temple in the middle courtyard in the typical Kerala style, with four different wings breach out into a central yard. This double storey palace building rests over the backwaters of Kochi. The palace offers the tourists with splendid collection of murals, which covers an area of 300 sq ft of its walls. These murals depict the theme of the great Indian epic which involves Ramayana, Mahabharata and the gods of Hindu mythology with a special focus on Guruvayurappan. Apart from representing the works from Hindu mythology, some of the murals portray the works of great Sanskrit poets. One can also have a glimpse over the weapons, swings and furniture’s which will give you a brief look over the lifestyles of royal family.

THE BISHOPS HOUSE – KOCHI

The bishop’s house came into existence in the early centuries of 1506AD, as abode of Portuguese chief. It is one of the oldest Catholic Dioceses in India, which resides on a little mound, near to the parade ground in Ernakulum district. The frontage of the house is symbolised by a large Gothic arch and a circular garden path which winds up to the main entrance. Alongside of the bishop’s house there is an Indo – Portuguese Museum which incorporates prized artefacts collected from various churches under the Cochin diocese. The walls of this gigantic house are painted in bright colours expressing the arrival of Portuguese in Kerala.  The house also contains small eye catching collections of antiques and other historical materials. You can also view beautiful gates, houses, rooms and colourful paintings on the walls. One must visit this prominent heritage on their way to Fort Cochin.

TRIPUNITHURA – THE TOWN OF PALACES

Tripunithura is a metropolitan area in Kochi and was a part of the Kingdom of Cochin. The place is popularly known as the town of palaces. The kings of Kochi dynasty made Tripunithura as their capital city by constructing several palaces and forts, for that reason came to be known as ‘Thiru poonithura’. Later the place was renamed as Tripunithura. Even now the successors of Cochin royal family are living here.

Tripunithura is a famous centre for several classical art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Carnatic music and also for instruments like Mrudangam, Chenda, Maddhalam etc. Most of these art forms and instruments are now taught in the RLV college of Music and Institute of fine arts in Tripunithura. The town consists of a number of museums, temples and churches. This place is also known for one of the famous festivals called ‘Athachamayam’ which is held in the town every year during the Onam festival. This festival attracts several people from different parts of Kerala.

BOLGATTY PALACE – ERNAKULAM

Kochi is a popular tourist centre in the world of tourism today. Bolgatty Palace is one of the main attractions here, especially for those people who are very much excited about the historical remnants here. The palace is located on the Bolgatty Island and is built by Dutch in 1744. In 1909, the palace was then taken over by the British on lease and on 1947, when India become independent, the palace became the property of Kerala state. Bolgatty Palace is preserved by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) and now the palace is converted into a heritage hotel with luxurious facilities and services. The Bolgatty Palace can be accessible through ferry boat from Ernakulam and is one of the wonderful holiday destinations for tourists especially for honeymooners. The palace is located on the middle of refreshing greenery and the wonderful charming island of Kochi. There are also several other services provided here for the tourists like Swimming pool, Ayurvedic centre, Kathakali performances etc.

KOYIKKAL PALACE

Koyikkal Palace is an ancient palace which is situated 18 km away from Trivandrum. The palace was built for Umayamma Rani, Venad Royal family member, who ruled between 1677 and 1684. The palace is located between Ponmudi hill station and the Kuttalam Waterfalls. The palace is famous in Kerala’s history as the formal residence of ‘Perakom Thavazhi’ (Maternal lineage). The palace is a traditional double storied design called Nalukettu with inner courtyard and gabled roofs. In 1992, the Archaeology division founded a Folklore Museum and a Numismatics Museum on this palace. The Folklore museum displays a treasure of musical instruments, house hold utensils, models of folk arts etc and the Numismatics museum keeps a wide variety collection of coins of different eras from different areas of the world. There is a Venetian coin which is known as ‘Amaida’ in this museum which is assumed to have been offered to Jesus Christ. Ottaputhen, Erattuputhen, Kaliyugarayan panam etc are the other oldest coins among the exhibits.

PAZHASSIRAJA MUSEUM – CALICUT

Pazhassiraja archaeological museum is more of an art gallery located in the midst of Calicut town. The museum has a rich compilation of historical artefacts from 1000BC to 200 AD which consists of mural paintings, old coins, and miniature form of temples. If you love art then you need to visit this place as it contains special collections of the greatest painter Raja Ravi Varma. If you look at the display section you will find antique fresco, antique bronzes and coins, megalithic leftovers such as diamond cysts, temple minuscule, and umbrella stones. Since the museum is named after the earliest freedom fighter, you can find the war weapons used by the British soldiers and the French soldiers. If you want to see the histories make your visit and have a look at the gallery and see it for yourself. The museum highlights the entire history of Malabar under different light.

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