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Kerala Attractions

Kerala Attractions

Kerala tourist places are the most popular destinations in India. Kerala is well known for its Backwaters, Beaches, Wild life sanctuaries, Hill stations and Ayurvedic treatments. Kerala Beaches are spread along the 900 km Arabian Sea coastline and it become one of the main attraction in Kerala Tourism. The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. SightSeeing in Kerala is very interesting.

Tourist Places in Kerala

Wayanad The name Wayanad is derived from the expression 'Wayalnadu' which means a land of paddy fields. the Kabini river system of Wayand is the perennial source of water to Cauvery. This district enjoys the beauty of delightful landscape. It is covered with thick forests varies between 700 and 2100m above sea level.

The Banasura Project in this district hold an exclusive earth dam which will be the largest in India and the second largest in the world. This is also the land of tribals with the highest concentration of tribal population in Kerala. There are a number of ancient temples, rock caves relating to the stone-age era, churches, mosques and antique monuments.

Munnar Munnar Hillstation is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Kerala. Munnar means 'three rivers', nestles in the Western Ghats at the confluence of three mountain streams (Mudrapuzha, Nallathani, and Kundala). The scent of fresh eucalyptus leaves, Verdant green hills and rolling tea gardens makes Munnar like a paradise. It was the summer resort of the Government official during the British rule in India. Munnar is one of the world's highest tea growing estates. The calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year makes it the favourite tourist place.

Munnar is well known for its vast expanse of neelakurinji, a blue flower which blooms only every twelve years. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, at 2695 m.

Periyar Wild life Sanctuary, Thekkady Thekkady ( Periyar Wild life Sanctuary ) It is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries of the country and is also India's southern most tiger reserve. The sanctuary sprawls over an area of 777 sq. km. near a vast and attractive lake. The 26 sq. km. artificial lake was built by the British in 1895, to provide water to the temple town of Madurai in Tamilnadu. The sanctuary was created in 1934, by the old Travancore State Govt. It was designated as a part of 'Project Tiger' in 1973. The sanctuary is well known for viewing all aspects of elephantine. Besides tiger and elephants, Thekkady is a heaven for a wild life like bison, sambar, wild boar, spotted deer, leopard, Malabar flying squirrel, stripe necked mongoose, black Nilgiri kangurs, etc. There is also a rich variety of reptiles and amphibian. The sanctuary has over 265 species of birds, which includes the migrant birds. The park area is also full of floral wealth, with over 1965 flowering plants including 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids and the only South Indian conifer Podocarpus Wallichianus.

It is also known for its scenic beauty and bracing climate. A boat cruise on the serene waters of the lake is an excellent way to watch the wildlife and pristine beauty of the park. The best time to visit this park is from September to May, but the summer months are appropriate to view the wildlife. Other activities here includes trekking, elephant riding angling, etc.

Gavi, Pathanamthitta Gavi is a beautiful tourist destination, inside the ranni reserve forest in Pathanamthitta district. It is part of the Periyar Tiger reserve and situated 28 km south west of Vandiperiyar and about 3400 ft above the sea level. These evergreen forest has emerged the most famous wildlife, adventure and eco-tourism destinations of Kerala. It often serves as a base camp for birdwatchers, deep jungle trekkers and nature lovers. Gavi Eco Tourism is a project of the KFDC (Kerala Forest Development Corporation) and all the facilities to the tourists are providing by them .

The main attraction of Gavi is the thick forest with the wide variety of flora and fauna. You can see a number of dams on the way to Gavi from Pathanamthitta, they are Seethathodu, Mooziyar, Kochu pamba and Gavi dams. The forest are abundant with wildlife including elephants, Indian gaur, leopards, tigers, bears, barking and mouse deers, Nilgiri Tahrs, lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri marten and other varieties of monkeys. This place is a heaven for birdwatchers. There are more than 300 varieties of birds including the great Indian hornbills, woodpeckers, sunbirds, dongos, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, cuckoos and bulbuls. Here also having different variety of plant species and butterflies.

Kovalam Kovalam Beach consists of three adjacent crescent beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. The southernmost known as 'lighthouse beach', is the most popular and largest among three. Many hotels, restaurants, lodges and shops are located here. It is frequented by outsiders who stay and enjoy this place. The second largest one is Hawah Beach where sun-bathing is a pleasure is nearby. The Northern most crescent is crowded on the weekends, is very popular with the locals, day-travellers, and passing-by tourist buses

This sea shore is finding a new significance in the light of several ayurvedic salons, and recuperation and regeneration resorts which provide a wide variety of ayurvedic treatments for tourists. .

This beautiful place offers a variety of activities including snorkelling, catamaran rides, sunset viewing cycling on the sand etc. This place offers good accommodation facilities.

Kochi Kochi is the district capital of Ernakulam district of Kerala. The city lies on the shores of Arabian sea and is also called as the Queen of the Arabian sea. The main tourist attractions at Cochin are Hill Palace at Thirupunithura, Fort at Pallipuram, Jew Street at Mattanchery, Chinese fishing nets and St Francis church at Fort Kochi, Bolgatty palace and a numerous islands like Vypeen, Wellington island etc. The Hill Palace at Thirpunithura was built around 1865 by the Kochi Rajas. The Palace now functions as an Archaeological Museum. The Palace also houses a Childens park and a Deer park. Pallipuram fort lies in the Vypeen island. Built in 1503 the fort is hexagonal and has European architecture . The Jew street at Mattanchery is calm place with alot of shops selling antique items. There is also a Synagogue - Jewish worship place at Mattanchery. A small community of Jews still reside in Kochi and uses the Synagogue . Fort Kochi is a place famous for its Cheena vala or Chinese fishing nets. At Fort Kochi one can find series of Chinese fishing nets being used in the sea for fishing. Fort Kochi also has beautiful beaches. There is also a Jain temple at Fort Kochi. The St Francis Church at Fort Kochi contains the tombstone of Vasco Da Gama. There are numerous islands near to Kochi. All the islands are in the Vembanattu lake. Prominent islands are Vypeen, Mulankavu, Vallarpadam and Wellington. Vypeen island is excellantly scenic and has a lot of beaches. Cherai beach is a famous beach among them. Vypeen is connected to the mainland by Goshree bridge. Mulankavu Island is famous for the Bolgatty Palace, which was built by the Dutch. The Palace now serves are as a luxury hotel. Wellington island was formed from the sand obtained by dredging to deepen the Cochin port. Marine Drive is a major hangout in the city which offers view of Vembanad lake and Cochin port. Apart from there attractions the other tourist attractions in Ernakulam district are Kodanad Elephant Camp, Bhoothathankettu reservoir, Tattekkad bird sanctuary etc.

Athirappilly Athirappilly is a village which lies in Thrissur district of Kerala. Athirappilly is home to a majestic waterfall named as Athirappilly waterfalls formed on the Chalakkudy Puzha (Chalakkudy river). The Athirappilly waterfalls is 80m high. The road leading to the falls reaches the top of the falls. The river there flows through a huge network of rocks. One can also get down to the bottom of the falls. The beauty of Athirappilly waterfalls have been captured in many South Indian films. Tourist attractions near to Athirappilly are Vazhachal Falls (5km away) and Thumboormuzhi Dam(12km away). Vazhachal Falls is a small waterfall on the Chalakkudy Puzha upstream Athirappilly falls. Tourism Department maintains a small park at Vazhachal. Thumboormuzhi Dam is an irrigation dam built on the Chalakkudy Puzha where a portion of the water from the river splits in to two canals namely Edathukara canal (left side canal) and Valathukara canal (right side canal). These canals are the backbone of the irrigation for the nearby villages. During summers almost whole of the river water will be directed towards the canals and the river bed will be visible. Apart from these attractions there are water theme parks near by Athirappilly namely Silver Storm and Dream World.

Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala state. The anglicised name of the city is Trivandrum. Major tourist attractions at Thiruvananthapuram city are Napier Museum, Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple, Kanakakunnu palace, Priyadarsini Planetarium and Shangumukham beach. Napier Museum was established in 1855 by Maharaja of Travancore. The Museum is sourrounded by a Botanical garden. The Museum displays bronze and stone sculptures, traditional musical instruments, wood and ivory carvings etc. Near to Museum is the Kanakakunnu palace and Sri Chithra art gallery. The Museum reamins closed on Mondays. The Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. The temple has a huge gopuram and large tank beside it. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. Priyadarsini Planetarium lies within the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum. The Planetarium organises science related shows. Science and Techniology Museum has an excellant display of science related works. Shangumukham beach lies well with the Thiruvananthapuram city limits. Apart from being the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram is also the district capital of Thiruvananthapuram district. Tourist attractions within Thiruvananthapuram district are Peppara Dam, Neyyar Dam, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Ponmudi hillstation, Kovalam beach , Vizhinjam beach , Varkala beach , Veli beach , Koyikkal Palace and Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve.