Kerala is an exotic place located on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India. It is blessed with enormous natural beauty. In the east is attached by Tamil Nadu and northeast side is borders with and Karnataka; to its west and south lie the Indian Ocean islands of Lakshadweep and the Maldives , respectively. Kerala envelops Mahé, a coastal exclave of the Union Territory of Pondicherry. Kerala is one of four states that comprise the linguistic-cultural region known as South India.

Kerala boasts of India's most advanced society with a hundred percent literate people. It provides its people with World-class health care systems and also has India 's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India 's cleanest part of India.

It has the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 ms in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia.

With an equable climate, a long shoreline with serene beaches, Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, Waterfalls, Sprawling plantations and paddy fields, Ayurvedic health holidays, Enchanting art forms, Magical festivals, Historic and cultural monuments and an exotic cuisine... Kerala offers you a unique experience and what's more, every one of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other. A singular advantage no other destination offers.

Kerala is an evergreen place which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is a land of hill stations, rivers, backwaters and breathtaking landscapes, lush green fields with lot of trees, exotic beaches, a purified world in Kerala, well educated & friendly people. It has various types of resorts & hotels; it also offers other romantic options like stay at the beautiful backwater on a luxury house boat. Kerala is a perfect holiday destination, because it has so many travel possibilities which make it a favorite spot for leisure. Here you can enjoy so many adventurous water sports, relax yourself on a beach, have Ayurverdic massage to rejuvenate your body, mind & soul.

It is a purified world in Kerala, the land of trees. A big, spreading tree purifies as much air as a room air-conditioner. And the former is never switched off. The prolific, bustling, vegetation acts like a massive, biological, air-filtration plant working round the clock, round the year. Hence spending days in Kerala countryside is as if spending in an air- purified environs; some times better than it. So is the rejuvenating effect of the lush greenery of the state.

What to See
Houseboats In Kerala Alleppey Calicut Idukki Kochi Kovalam
Kumarakom Munnar Periyar Thekkady Thiruvananthpuram Wayanad

HOUSEBOATS IN KERALA:the right way to experience "God's own country".

Innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries, and the deltas of forty-four rivers make up the 900 km backwater network of Kerala. The backwaters mainly cover the four districts of the state - Kollam, Alleppey (alappuzha), Kottayam and Kochi ( Cochin ).

It takes great skill and meticulousness to construct these giant Houseboats or Kettuvaloms. Traditionally, the Houseboats were called Kettuvallam, which means a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. Unbelievably it may sound, not a single nail is used in the making of a ketuvallam. Jackwood planks are joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from boiled cashew nut shells. The Houseboats or Kettuvaloms of Kerala are giant country crafts, measuring up to 80 foot in length, retrieved from being lost to the State altogether.

A Cruise along the palm fringed emerald waterways of Kerala in a luxury houseboat or Kettuvaloms is the most captivating holiday experience in India today. In this world of simple enjoyment, you'll skim past ancient Chinese fishing nets; water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves. As the cruise meanders through canals and lakes, unwind and refresh in the peace and silence of this photographer's haven. Prepare your palette for a range of interesting south Indian delicacies.

Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, the kettuvalloms or houseboats are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. The kitchen in the houseboat or ketuvallam is the production center of the best traditional Kerala food. Every houseboat is manned by a crew - usually a cook, a Captain, and an Oarsman.

The bedrooms of the Luxury A/c Houseboat have complete glass windows stretching across 3/4ths of the wall to offer the guests a complete and uninterrupted view of the backwaters while traveling.

Super Luxury offers Living room, Passage, Two bed rooms, Dining room, Two bath rooms, Upper deck with garden, Sun deck. Both rooms are Air Conditioned (Dual echo free), Private bath rooms with bath tub and bath shower that provides Hot & Cold water TV (Satellite), DVD computer, Mobile Phone, Laundry Services, Specially skilled chef and a multi linguistic guide for your easy access.

Luxury Boat offers Living Area, Passage, Bed room (echo free A/c.), Dining Area, Bath room, Sun deck, TV, DVD, well spacious private bath room with standing shower a traditional swing cot to stay relax in the cool breeze.

>Deluxe Boat offers Living Area, Passage, Two Bed room (A/c.), Dining Area, Two bath rooms, Sun deck, Music System.

In addition these houseboats deliver a fine hospitality and a comfortable parking facility for your Vehicle in their well spacious land.


The town was founded by Raja Keshawadasan, Divan of Travanacore in 1762. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, ALLEPPEY is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the venice of the east by travellers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life.

By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, Alleppey has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre & also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.

The large network of canals provides Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the Malabar Coast . Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as for visits to the lovely church filled town of Kottayam , and the town of Aranmula , famous for its historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race held on the second Saturday of August, every year. The Hindu temple, opposite the Indian Coffee House, is worth a look although, as a non-Hindu, you won't be allowed inside. It's a fine example of an elaborately carved wooden South Indian temple somewhat reminiscent of those in Nepal.

LOCATION - Alappuzha is located in the beautiful state of Kerala.


By Air - Cochin is the nearest is airport i.e. 64 kms, its and international airport so well connect to the other major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc. Another option is Trivandrum airport i.e. 159 km south of Alleppey.

By Rail - Alleppey Railway Station is connected by rail with Cochin and Trivandrum .

By Road -it is well connected by road (NH-47).

Trivandrum - Alleppey: 160 km

Cochin - Alleppey: 70 km.

By Water - Connected with Cochin (5 1/2 hrs), Quilon (8 hrs) and Kottayam (2 1/2 hrs)


Best Time to travel Alleppey is between March and August.


Kuttanad - Kuttanad, called the rice bowl of Kerala because of her wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart of the backwaters.

Champakulam Church - One of the oldest churches in Kerala, the St. Mary's Church is believed to be one of the seven established by St. Thomas . The annual feast at this church falls on the 3rd Sunday of October every year. The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated on March 19th.

Alappuzha beach - This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya beach park add to the attractions of the beach.

Sea View Park - The Park offers boating facilities and a swimming pool. Boat rentals for 10 minutes: Roundboat (4 seater): Rs. 10 Pedalboat (2 seater): Rs. 15 Pedalboat (4 seater): Rs. 25. Video permit Rs. 15, Camera permit Rs. 100 respectively

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple (32 km south of Alappuzha)
Situated near Harippad, this is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a brahman family, headed by a priestess. The ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim centre dedicated to the Serpent God Nagaraja.

Arthunkal (22 km north of Alappuzha)

The St. Sebastian's Church here is an important Christian pilgrim centre. Annual festival: Arthunkal Perunnal - the feast of the patron saint (January)

Karumadikuttan (3km east of Ambalapuzha)

Many fascinating legends are associated with this 11th century statue of Lord Buddha.


Kreamkorner is a nice place to have Indian and Chinese dishes. They are located in the Mullackal Street.

Arcadia , a 4 star hotel has just opened in 2006, but has priced meals at really low prices to attract customers.

Vembanad Restaurant - AS Road , Alleppey.

Keraleeyam Heritage - If you love to eat authentic cuisine of Kerala, you will get it nowhere except at Keraleeyam. The food comprises of rice, spicy curries, puttu or steamed rice-cake with coconut gratings prepared in bamboo shell etc. the food is served in traditional style on plantain leaves to complete the effect. Besides the cuisine of Kerala, you have the choice of selected of Continental and Chinese preparations.

CALICUT (Kozhikode)

Calicut is locally known as Kozhikode, it was the capital and an important trade centre of the former Malabar District. It is the third largest city of Kerala . This city is famous as the place where Zheng He of China first visited, then later Vasco da Gama in 1498. He landed in the remote beach of Kappad which is 18 km away from the city. The name of the fibre calico is derived from the name of this city. The main rivers are Mahe River , Murad River Korapuzha, Kallai River , Chaliyar. The city so beautiful and gifted by God is worth visiting.


By Air - Calicuit airport is just 25 kms from the city centre, all the major cities are connected with frequent flights.

By Train - Calicut is well connected to all major cities with lots of options of regular and express trains.

By Road - Calicut has a huge network of roads and connected to all major cities of Kerala. All the roads are in good condition and well maintained. You can choose the regular or luxury buses operated by Govt. and private tour operates.


Calicut can be visited round the year, but best time to travel Calicut is between October to March.


Kappad Beach - The beautiful rocky beach has an historical importance. Vasco da Gama landed at this beach in 1498, becoming the first European to reach India by the sea route around the southern cape of Africa . The beach is very famous.

Pookot Lake - The beautiful lake the best tourist spot in Calicut, it is surrounded by lush green mountains. The fresh water lake the cool breezes make it feels like heaven. You can also enjoy boat ride on this lovely lake.

Pazhassiraja Museum - The museum displays the acclaimed paintings of Kerala's cherished artists, Raja Ravi Varma (1848 - 1906) whose works brought international repute to the State and his uncle Raja Raja Varma. It also displays mural paintings, antique bronzes, ancient coins, models of temples, umbrella stones, dolmenoid cists (quadrangular burial chambers with capstones), and similar megalithic monuments.

Backwaters - The backwaters of Calicut is so enchanting and gorgeous. It is a combination of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals. You can enjoy the emerald waterways by staying at the house boat.

Thusharagiri Waterfalls - The gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri is another highlight of Western Ghats are simply pleasure for eyes. The best roar of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November.

Beypore Beach - Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode district, Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia , for its ship building industry. The boat building yard here is famous for the construction of the Uru, the traditional Arabian trading vessel. The Beypore Beach has a bridge built nearly 2 kms into the sea. It is actually made up of huge stones piled together for nearly 2 kms making a pathway into the sea.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary - Kadalundi bird sanctuary, 19 km from Kozhikode is home to more than a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 species of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. The sanctuary is also known for a wide variety of Fish, Mussels and Crabs. Birds like Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sandpipers, Whimbrels, and other migratory birds flock the place from the month of November and return only by the end of April.

Peruvannamuzhi Dam - 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.

Thali Temple - The Kozhikkode Thali temple is an ancient one, dating back to the days of the Zamorin rule. The term Thali refers to a Shiva temple; however, the temple complex also houses a shrine to Krishna . The Zamorin is also asociated with the pomp and splendor of the now extinct Mahamakam festival at Tirunavayi.

Sultan Bathery - It is also known as Sulthan's Battery (pronounced in Malayalam as 'Sul-than Ba-the-ry'), 98 km from Calicut , was formerly known as Ganapathivattom. It derivers its present name from Tippu Sultan of Mysore who built a fort here in the 18th century.


Calicut has so many option for restaurants, there are so many vegetarian and non vegetarian restaurants, all the major hotels has their own restaurants. The can try Woodlands at GH Road, Dakshin at Mavoor Road, Ruchi Mavoor Road and Taj Residency.


This beautiful high range district of Kerala is geographically known for its mountainous hills and dense forests. Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. High ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar - and their tributaries. The River Pamba also has its origin here. As a tourist destination, Idukki offers diverse attractions like Wildlife sancturies, Hill stations, Dams, Spece plantation tours, Mountain treks, Elephant rides etc.

LOCATION - It is Located in the middle part of Kerala, the District is bound on the East by Madurai District of Tamil Nadu State while on the West by Ernakulam and Kottayam Districts of Kerala. In the South it is the Pathanamthitta District, while on the North it is bound by Trichur and Coimbatore Districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu States respectively.


By Air - The nearest airport is at Cochin 132 km away.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is at Kottayam, 133 km away.

By Road - An excellent road network links the district to all major towns and cities in India.




Mattupetty - It is 13 kms from Munnar. 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 and motorboats are available on hire.

Idukki Arch Dam - This is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills, 550 ft. high and 650 ft. wide. The dam lies close to the Cheruthoni barrage. To its west is the Kulamavu Dam. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located close by.

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary - Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is close to the Idukki Arch Dam and covers a part of the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district. The total area covered by the park is 77 sq km out of which the lake formed due to the construction of three artificial dams - Cheruthoni, Kulamavu and Idukki, occupies 33 sq km. The animals that can be sighted here include Elephants, Deers, Bears, Wild Pigs, Tigers and Leopards. Also to be seen are snakes like Python, Cobra, Ciper, Rat Snake, Iguana and birds like Hornbills, Wood Peckers and King Fishers.

Nyayamakad - It is 10km from Munnar.Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 metres. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.

Devikulam - It is 7 km from Munnar.This idyllic hill stations 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.

Thommankuthu - It is another centre of attraction in Idukki, and is just half an hour's drive from Thodupuzha, the nearest town where accommodation is available. Here the brook gushing out of a crevice in the rocky cliff gives the illusion to the visitor that it is not water but milk that is gushing out.


Places to Eat in Idukki are Coffee Inn, Aranya Nivas, Snack Bar(Periyar ) & Saravana Bhavan, Edassery Eastend, Rapsy Restaurant, Hotel Brothers(Munnar).

KOCHI (Cochin)

Kochi the largest city of Kerala is a neat, beautiful and modern city, ideal for both business and leisure traveler is also known as Cochin. Cochin is a natural harbour and the primary seaport of India . It was the centre of Indian spice trade. The town has a distinct European feel, due to the fact that it was controlled by the Portuguese, Dutch and English who each left buildings and foot prints in the culture. Also known as "Queen of the Arabian Sea", Kochi is located in the district of Ernakulam, about 220 km north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Old Kochi loosely refers to a group of islands which comprise Willingdon Island , Fort Kochi , Mattancherry, etc. Today Kochi includes Ernakulam city, old parts of Kochi , Kumbalangi, and outlying islands.


By Air - Cochin has an International airport, so well connected to major Indian and International cities. There are frequent flights by Indian Airlines & Jet Airways to the major cities like Delhi , Bombay , Madras , Goa, Bangalore , and Trivandrum from Cochin .

By Rail - Kochi Railways station is well connected to all the major cities like Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and etc. with regular & express trains.

By Road - Cochin is connected by road with several tourist centers in India . It is 565 km from Bangalore , 223 km from Coimbatore , 848 km from Goa, 694 km from Madras , 470 km from Mysore , and 312 km form Ootacamund.


Best time to travel Kochi is between October and mid April.


Fort Cochin - This is India 's oldest European built church constructed in 1503. Its main attractions are its European heritage, its air of genteel decay, and stubborn self-absorption. The most enduring impression of Fort Cochin is the enigma of the Chinese fishing nets, perching along the backwaters. The Chinese fishing nets are the most efficient means of backwater fishing and Fort Cochin is full of them.

St. Francis' Church - This chief landmark was built in the early 16th century. It's the oldest existing European church in India . The church began life as a wooden structure built by the five friars who accompanied the Portuguese to Cochin in 1503. The most magnificent pageant enacted here was the burial of Vasco da Gama in 1526.

The Dutch Palace at Matancherry - This place was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin ruler Vira Kerala Varma in 1555 as an act of expiation. The extensions of the east and south and the wooden ceilings of the Coronation Hall were incorporated by the Dutch and hence the name. The real glory of the palace however lies in its wall murals, depicting stories from the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and other legends.


Kochi so many good restaurants, serving a variety delicious food from all over, like Continental, India, Chinese, Thai, South Indian and regional dishes.


Kovalam is a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure lovers; it is also known as the "Pradise of South". Kovalam is world famous for its exotic beaches, water sports, relaxing resorts and the lovely people. Tourist just love to land there. It is located just 16 kms from Trivendrum, the capital of Kerala. The word Kovalam means a groove of coconut trees. The main Highlights are three beautiful beaches, various options of water sports, delicious sea food, boat criuses, the city tour and above all the rejuvenating auyervedic massage.

The southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach , is the most popular of the three. And Havva Beach, is among one of the beaches in India where nudity is allowed. Tourism department is also providing life guard service here. Kovalam is about 16 km (20 minutes in a taxi) from Trivandrum.


By Air - Thiruvantapuram is nearest airport i.e. 20kms from Kovalam. It is well connected the other major cities like Delhi, Mumabi, Chennai, Banglore Hyderabad etc. with frequent flights.

By Rail - Trivandrum Central Staions is nearest rail ie.e 17 kms from Kovalam. It is well connected to all other cities with express and regular trains.

By Road - Kovalam is well connected by road with several tourist destinations within Kerala and India .


Best time to ravel Kovalam is between October to February.


Agasthyakoodam - Agasthyakoodam, a prominent peak in the Sahyadri ranges is about 1900 meters above sea level rising up in the form of a sharp pointed cone. This peak can be approached on foot from Bonacadu (61 kms. from Thiruvananthapuram) and from Neyyar dam (32 kms).

Aruvippuram - This place is about 24 kms. from Thiruvananthapuram near Neyyattinkara. There is a small Siva Temple built by Sree Narayana Guru, attracting a large number of worshippers during the 'Sivarathri' festival. There is also a small waterfall here.

Padmanabhapuram Palace - About 54 kms. from Thiruvananthapuram on the way to Nagarcoil, which is now in Tamil Nadu, was once the royal residence of the Travancore kings of Kerala. An old fort is situated here.

Sarkara, Chirayinkeezhu - This famed Sarkara Bhagavathi temple at Chirayinkeezhu, is in Thiruvananthapuram district. The most important "Bharani utsavam" is a 10- day event commencing (during March-April) with Koodiyattam.


There are so many good restaurants to try out the delicious sea food and South India Cuisines. You can also try the special restaurants at the luxury hotels.


Lying in the kuttanad region of Kerala, Kumarakom is a lovely town located on the banks of beautiful Vembanad Lake . This place is blessed by nature, with its untouched beauty and amazingly attractive backwaters; Kumarakom is an ideal holiday destination for nature lovers, adventure lovers and backwaters by the luxury houseboat is a perfect retreat for the honeymooners. You can enjoy the boat cruise or can enjoy various waters sports and you can also have a close look at the town's daily life & friendly people. The combination of green farms and crystal blue fresh water is pleasure for eyes. If you have done it all then make your way to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary the home to the beautiful migratory birds.


By Air - Kumarakom is just 70kms from Kochin, which has an international airport so well connect the major Indian & international cities. Another options is Trivendrum International airport which is just 171 kms away.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Kottayam i.e. 15 km from Kumarakom. It is well connected the other major cities with regular trains.

By Road - Kumarakom is just 14 kms away from Kottayam, which well connected the other major cities with state and national highway. you can hve the buses from Kerala state Road transport.

By Water - From Cohin you can travel by boat, regular boat cruise services are availble from Kochi to Kumarakom Jetty.


Best time to travel Kumarakom is between November and March.


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - This is the major tourist attraction of Kumarakom, which makes it more precious. It is simply a haven for an ornithologist. The lovely bird sanctuary is spread across 101 acres, located on the banks of Vembanad Lake . You can witness the rare birds like the egrets, darters, herons, teal, bitterns, brahminy kites, marsh harries, waterfowl, cuckoo and wild ducks. Also Siberian storks migrate here every year.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls - Don't miss the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, a lovely picnic spot which is just 2 kms from kumarakom. The water falls from a 100 ft. mountain.

Vembanad Lake - Vembanad Lake forms an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination. It is from here that many small rivers and canals originate. The lake provides facilities including boating and fishing and is a truly exhilarating experience.


The luxury hotels has their own special restaurants which serves delicious delicacies like regional, Indian, Continental & Chinese.


Munnar is an amazing hill station, famous for its incredibly attractive natural beauty. The main highlights are the awe inspiring environment, lush green tea gardens, beautiful lakes, thick forests and the friendly people. It is located in the eastern part of Kerala at the influence of three mountain streams, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is situated at 1600 mts. above sea level, near Anaimudi, the highest peak of the Kerala Western Ghats. This hill station was once the summer resort of the colonial British government in South India . Expansive tea plantations, meandering lanes, trekking, paragliding, rope climbing and recreational facilities available here makes Munnar a perfect holiday destination.


By Air - Kochi is just 130 kms from Munnar. It has an International airport, so it is well connect to the major cities of like chennai, delhi, mumbai, banglore, hyderabad.

By Rail - Nearest Railhead is Kochi i.e 130kms, it is well connected to other cities by regular and express trains.

By Road - Roads are in good condition and well connected to he other major cities of the state. You can take Kerala state Transport buses or private deluxe coaches.


Best time to travel Munnar is between September to may.


The tourist destinations of Munnar abound in beautiful landscapes and cool pleasant atmosphere in and around it. Besides tea and other plantations, the old-world charm of Colonial establishments attracts visitors to this place all the year round.

Pothamedu - Situated at a distance of around 6 km from the town, Pothamedu is one of the major plantation hubs of Munnar. Views of coffee, tee, and cardamom plantations are excellent from here. It is also an ideal place for trekking and hiking amidst lush mountains, rolling hills, and breathtaking scenery.

Pallivasal - A place of immense scenic beauty, Pallivasal is situated around 8 km from Munnar. It has the distinction of being home to the first hydropower project in Kerala.

Attukal - The place is highly rejuvenating with its panoramic waterfalls and rolling hills. An ideal place for long trekking, Attukal is situated between Munnar and Pallivasal.

Devikulam - An idyllic hill station, near Munnar, Devikulam is an out-of-the-world experience among exotic flora and fauna, cool mountain air, and velvet lawns. The Sita Devi Lake situated here is an ideal picnic spot with its picturesque surroundings, mineral water, and trout-fishing facilities.

Nyayamakad - An excellent picnic and trekking point, Nyayamakad is situated at a distance of 10 km from Munnar near Rajamala. Nyayamakad is a land of scintillating waterfalls with water cascading down from a height of around 1,600 metres.

Chithirapuram - Once the favorite of the British, this small hill station exudes an old-world charm with its old playgrounds and courts, bungalows, and sleepy little cottages. Situated at a distance of around 10 km from Munnar, Chithirapuram is home to Pallivasal hydel power project

Echo Point - Here, you can come across natural echo phenomenon. It is situated at a distance of around 15 km from Munnar on the way to Top Station.


Munnar has few good restaurants which serves regional and Indian delicacies. You can try out the special multi-cuisine restaurants at the luxury hotels.

Also try the early morning food stalls in the bazaar which serve excellent breakfast snacks.

Hotel Hajrath, located in the produce bazaar, serves vegetarian food.

Aiswarya Restaurant has a wonderful picturesque view and a standard menu.


Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The picturesque lake in the heart of the sanctuary was originally 26 sq km but now spans an area of 55 sq km. This perennial source of water, which initially led to the submersion of large tracts of forestland, slowly attractes wild animals. It eventually resulted in the adjoining forests being granted protection by the Maharaja of Travancore. Post-1975 Periyar finds itself in the enviable position of being a national park as well as a protected tiger reserve.


Periyar is well connected by metalled road from the state capital of Thiruvananthapuram (271 km), as well as the cities of Cochin (200 km), Kottayam (117 km), and Madurai (140 km). The nearest major rail junction is Kottayam. The nearest national airports are Cochin (200 km) and Madurai (140 km).


The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady, one of southern India's major sanctuaries, covering an area of 777 sq km of lush green tropical forests and 26 sq km of artificial lake.

Herds of playful wild elephants have made Periyar Lake their favorite haunt for frolicking in the water. Scores of them can be witnessed bathing and swimming here. Other inhabitants of Periyar include the leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur (a primate), bonnet macaque, sambhar, bear, antelopes, reptiles, porcupines, squirrels, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and sloth bear. The tigers and the Nilgiri tahrs (a kind of a wild goat), are elusive creatures. However, an early morning visit, with luck on your side, could yield results.

Colorful varieties of birds like the Malabar grey hornbill grey jungle fowl and the jungle myna can be seen here; about 265 species, including migrants, can be spotted in the sanctuary. One even finds dedicated bird watchers settling in for one or two weeks of serious observations.

The sanctuary offers a different yet comfortable way of seeing animals via boat rides on the man-made lake, which the wildlife areas encircle.


There are some tribal villages around Periyar, which are worth a visit. The tribal people are expert fishermen and farmers. Some are still engaged in the traditional practice of collecting honey of dangerous hill bees. They have built interesting tree dwellings. These dwellings do not signify a 'perched' existence. Quite the contrary, they are comfortable watchtowers for taking note of any wild pig or elephant in the area that might ruin the cultivated fields. Nearby Kottayam (117 km) and the temple town of Madurai (140) km) should not be missed.


There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels.


Thekkady is on the border with state of Tamil Nadu, in fact just 5 kilometers from the border town of Kumily which is very well connected by bus to both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The drive to Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles. The area around Thekkady is ideal for trekking. The major trekking trails are Mangladevi hills, Mullakuddy, Thannikudy, Vellimala, etc.

Thekkady, is one of India 's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern of Thekkady.

In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India , and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill and spice scented plantations.


The nearest Airport and Railhead is Kochi which is 130 Kilometers from Thekkady.


The best time to visit Thekkady is during September to March


The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary watch towers - There are three watch towers for observing wild life - at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudi.

Kumily (4 km from Thekkady ) - This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region is in Kumily.

Murikkady (5 km from Thekkady) - Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

Pandikuzhi ( 5 km from Kumily) - This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.

Mangala Devi Temple ( 15 km from Thekkady) - This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 M above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival day. The peak commands a panoramic view of the other side of the ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu.

Chellarkovil ( 15 km from Kumily) - This sleepy little village with its spectacular view of the plains (and cascading waterfalls during the monsoons) is a feast for your eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Kambam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu

Andiperiyar ( 18 km from Thekkady) - The river Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Gardens have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthurium.

Vandanmedu ( 25 km from Kumily) - This is one of the world's largest auction centres for Cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantaions of Vandanmedu is a pleasent experience.

Pullumedu ( 43 km from Thekkady, 26 km from Periyar) - The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar river, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed from a jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Joythi illuminations at the shrine are visible from here. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Officer.


plenty to choose from several in house Restaurants of Hotels and Resorts,

Cuisine: Indian, Continental, Chinese, Multi-cuisine
Telephone: 0486 - 2322806 / 16, 2322037
Liquor: No Liquor Service
Address: Muthoot Cardamon County Iddukki Dist.
Timings: 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.


Thiruvananthapuram which was previously called Trivandrum; is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC. Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru-anantha-puram, meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred Serpent Anantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Hindu trinity, reclines.

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland spreading over a total of 2,192sq.km.

The city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills with narrow winding lanes and busy commercial alleys.

Thiruvananthapuram and its famous beaches are one of the top tourist destinations of Tourists in India. It is the capital city of Kerala, the "God's own Country".


By Air - Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Bombay, Chennai, and Bangalore.

By Rail - Thiruvananthapuram is well connected to like major cities Delhi , Bombay , Chennai, and Bangalore and local train services to all points in Kerala with express and regular trains.

By Road - Thiruvananthapuram has good road network and it well connected to the other cities of Kerala and other states. You can take State Transport Buses and private luxury coaches to reach Triveandrum.


Best time to travel Thiruvananthapuram is during September to May.



Kowdiar Palace - The King's residents.

Ponmudi - A pleasant hill resort 61 kms away from city, elevation 912m above sea level. Ponmudi A pleasant resort at an elevation of 912m above sea level. It is 61 kms from Thiruvananthapuram and connected by road. There are many tree and rubber estates around the hills

Shree Padhmanabhaswamy, temple complex - an important place of workship in the city. Shree Padhmanabhaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is held sacred by the Hindus from antiquity. The temple has a large complex with a huge gopuram. It has a tank beside it for ritual bathing Kovalam is 12kms to the south of Thiruvananthapuram and is one of the finest beaches in India . It has been developed into an integrated seaside resort. The beach complex has many hotels, cottages, yoga centres etc. Vizhinjam About 2kms south of Kovalam, it is believed to be an ancient port. It is being developed as a modern fishing harbour.

Varkala - pilgrim centre for the devotees of Sree Narayana Guru. It is 51kms away from Thiruvananthapuram city.

Veli Lake - Veli lagoon The boat club attracts tourists by providing facilities for pedal boating , row boating , swimming on the placid waters of the veli lake.

Vizhinjam Beach - a port with beach, situated near to Kovalam.

The Museum - Thiruvananthapuram museum building itself is an architectural splendour. It is adjoing to the Zoo and also includes napier museum, the natural history museum, the reptile house and the Shri Chitra Art Gallery .

The Kanakakunnu Palace - is the venue for many cultural meets and exhibitions. This palace in the heart of Trivandrum city is one of the most beautiful buildings. The palace and its sprawling grounds are today the venue for many cultural meets. The Museum building is an architectural splendour. The napier museum, the natural history museum, the reptile house and the Shri Chitra Art Gallery are in the same complex amidst a well laid out garden and park.

Attingal Palace - residence of the women of the erstwhile Venad royal family is round 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram city on NH-47.

The Science and Technology museum - the Government Secretariat, the Kowdiar palace, the Senate house, are some of the other tourist attractions in the city.


There are so many good restaurants serving delicious South Indian, North Indian, Chinese, Continental delicacies.


Wayanad District is in the north-east of Kerala, IndiaThough the etymology of the word Wayanad is popularly known to be Vayal (paddy) NiCad (land). The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m.

Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys, the terrain is rugged.

Climate - The distance from the mean sea level and surrounding forest creates a salubrious climate. Generally the year is divided into four seasons; cold weather (December to February), hot weather (March to May), South West monsoons (June to September) and North East monsoon (October to November).

During the hot weather the temperature goes up to the maximum of 35 °C and during the cold weather the temperature goes down to 10 °C. The more perceived temperature variation in habitational areas since last 5-6 years is in the range of 18-28 degree Celsius. The average rainfall is 2,500 mm per year.


By Air - Kozhikode is the nearest airport, which is about 110 kilometres from Kalpetta.

By Rail - The nearest railhead is Kozhikode, which is connected by rail link to other parts of the country.

By Road - Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 km from Kalpetta) and Mysore (140 km from Kalpetta).


Best Time to travel Wayanad is between June To October.


Pookote Lake - Pookote lake is located at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The Pookkot Lake is the only one of its kind in Kerala, and sports a fresh water aquarium with numerous varieties of fish. At 2100 meters above sea level the Pookkot Lake is a tourist's paradise. Boating facilities, a children's park and a spices and handicrafts emporium add to the attraction of the place. Pookkot has some of the highest hill ranges in Wayanad.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is rich in bio diversity. It is a must visit. The sanctuary is part of the Wayanad plateu and is home to tigers, leopards, monkeys, Elephant, Panther and a number of other animals. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located 16 kilometres east of Sultan's Battery and is also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to Bandipur National Park , which is in Karnataka and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of deciduous forest.

Papanasini- Thirunelly Temple - It is 64 kms away from wayanad. It is known as the southern Kashi. A ritual dip here is believed to wash one away of worldly sins. The Thirunelly Temple is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini river running downhill add to the enchantment of the place.

Chain Tree - Chain Tree legend has it that an Adivasi youth named Karinthandan was instrumental in guiding the British Engineer through the difficult mountain terrain into Wayanad. Eager to take credit for the discovery, the engineer conveniently killed his guide, whose soul, according to the legend, constantly haunted subsequent travelers'. It is believed that a priest chained the troublesome spirit onto this tree and hence the name the Chain Tree.

Chembra Peak - Chembra Peak 18 Kms Away from Wayanad. At 2100 metres, the spectacular Chembra Peak located towards the southern part of Wayanad is the tallest summit in the region. Climbing this peak is a challenging endeavour and would take a full day.

Kuruva Dweep - The Kuruva Island with 950 acres of evergreen forest lies on one of the tributaries of the River Kabini. This calm and peaceful island is home to a variety of birds, butterflies and orchids.

Pazhassi Raja's tomb - One of the earliest to strike the banner of revolt against the British overlordship in this part of India, Pazhassi Raja took refuge in the Wayanad hills, and resorted to classic techniques of guerrilla warfare against the superior British forces. He was downed in a ferocious encounter that took place at Mavilanthode in 1805. Pazhassi's tomb marks the point where he was cremated.

Jain Temple - This temple is one of the most important amongst a series of ruins spread across the state of Kerala that testify a period of strong Jain presence in this region. Believed to have built in the 13th century, it served as a Hindu shrine and eventually as an ammunition store for Tipu Sultan's marching armies

Meenmutti Waterfalls - An interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ooty Road , Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 metres over three stages.


There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels

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