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When you travel to Kerala, India, you will find a green land, full of natural beauty and friendly people who welcome visiting tourists. There is no problem of travel in Kerala, thanks to a great public transport system and the striking beauty of its emerald green fields of rice that stretch ahead and merge with the horizon. The warm red tiles on the roofs of traditional houses, add color to the countryside, making Kerala tourism an unforgettable experience.

You'll see green, red and the blue of the ocean with numerous coconut trees waving across the canvas of Kerala with amazing regularity. The good things like the development of infrastructure for tourism in Kerala, a highly successful literacy programme, ensuring easier communication between guests and local residents, and the tropical climate, make a holiday in Kerala relaxing and pleasant.

If you are planning the most special tour of your life, consider traveling to Kerala. Kerala is the ideal honeymoon travel destination. Welcome to Honeymoon tours of Kerala, where you can spend your dream vacation in a dream location. Kerala offers some of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in India. Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful beaches and backwaters of Kerala on your honeymoon. Your honeymoon travel to Kerala has it all - solitude and relaxation, great scenery and a holiday atmosphere.

The Kerala travel destination of Kovalam Beach is ideal for a romantic honeymoon. Honeymoon tourism in Kerala, with golden glowing sands, swaying palm trees, catamaran cruising and sumptuous seafood, offers you an unforgettable Kerala travel experience. Kerala also offers backwater tours for the honeymoon couple, where you can sit back and relish the romantic sights, smells and sounds of the captivating countryside of Kerala, India.

We offer the best tours and packages with all the required services to make your honeymoon tour to Kerala all the more mesmerizing. For any kind of information or assistance in tourism planning - to the beaches or the backwaters of Kerala, air ticketing, train travel, car rentals, hotel reservation and foreign exchange service on your honeymoon in Kerala - we will be happy to help you

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Also known as Thiruvananthapuram, the seaside capital of Kerala state, Trivandrum is surrounded by numerous hills and hillocks on which stand building and parks. Trivandrum literally means the 'Holy city of Anantha' and is a city of magnificient buildings of ancient and modern Architecture. Trivandrum is one of the most beautiful cities of India. Perched on undulating terrain of low coastal hills near the southern edge of the Indian mainland, clean and green Trivandrum, is an ancient city with trading tradition dating back to 1000 BC.

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Padmanabhaswamy Temple: The temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its mural paintings and stone carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India, the presiding deity in here is Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha the Serpent. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple in complete traditional attire.
Zoological Gardens: Zoological Gardens set in sylvan surroundings and acclaimed as one of the best and second oldest zoos of the country with an interesting collection of reptiles - these are some of the places which you are bound to enjoy during your stay in Trivandrum. The zoo is located in a well-planned botanical garden. With huge trees like frangipani and jacaranda dotting the sprawling lawns and wild fowl swimming in the lake, it is like a small jungle in the heart of the city.
Sankhumugham Beach: Just 8 km from the city, this is a favorite haunt of sunset watchers. The beach is adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Veli Tourist Village. An indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka (a gigantic, 35 m long sculpture of a mermaid) and a restaurant shaped like a starfish are some of the attractions here. Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park here provides opportunity for children to learn the traffic rules.
The Napier Museum : Built in the 19th century, the Indo - saracenic structure boasts a "natural" air conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot


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Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. It is a dreamy place for tourists all over the world. Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".

Kovalam is India's one of the best beaches for the travelers in the south of India. It consists of a number of small, palm fringed bays separated by Rocky Headlands. Kovalam is endowed with unusual beauty. The sheltered beach is ideal for sea bathing and is safe even during the toughest weather. The scenery around is enchanting and the drive to the beach through palm groups, refreshing. Ayurvedic massage parlors, yoga centers and water sport facilities, make Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.

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The Kovalam Beach:Picturesque beaches, coconut fringes, the anglers' community, all sorts of fruits, palm beer, a large multitude of tourists swarming the sandy seashore, the lighthouse-all these are epithets that signify Kovalam, the exotic beach situated in the southern state of Kerala, popularly known as God's own country.

The coconut fringes, palm beer, seafood and the refreshing Ayurvedic massage, a relaxing sunbath and suntan facility of the beach are some of the reasons of tourist attraction. The beach also has some entertainment facilities like swimming, yogic exercises, fresh seafood and diving in the Arabian Sea.


Ayurvedic Massage:The Ayurvedic massage of Kovalam is very famous. At Kovalam many hotels and resorts offers the Ayurvedic massage and treatment. Yoga (Indian way of meditation) centers are also plenty in Kovalam. Some theatres perform the traditional Kerala art form, Kathakali and ethnic martial art, Kalarippayattu.
Catamaran Cruises:A Catamaran cruise on the country raft is hugely popular in Kovalam, especially for watching the dawn and the dusk. Angling for deep-sea fishing is in high demand with tourists coming up for vacations in Kovalam. Surfboards and boogie boards can also be hired on the beach.


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Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the List of places known as Venice of the East by Lord Curzon. It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District. Alleppey has a wonderful past. Though the present town owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century, district of Alappuzha figures in classical Literature. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams and canals with lush green coconut palms , was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece and Rome in B.C and in the Middle Ages, as well as with other parts of India. Alappuzha has a lighthouse, which is a major tourist attraction.

Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Alappuzha is 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.

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Houseboats : Alleppey/ Alappuzha is the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. House boats locally called "Kettuvallam" are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer duration to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bed rooms and attached bath rooms. Some of the boats have the bedrooms fitted with air conditioners. A routine trip includes food cooked on board in the traditional Kuttanad style. The leisurely cruises show a microcosm of life on the water side with breath taking views of the water, land, birds and human habitations. Alappuzha is a centre for coir industries. The unique distinction of Alappuzha is that, it is the only district in Kerala without forest.


Poomkavu Church : The Poomkavu Church is situated in the out-skirts of Alappuzha, and is a famous destination for Christian Pilgrims. Other Famous religios destinations are 1. Mullackal Raja Rajeshwari Temple 2. Mannarasala Temple 3. Arthunkal Church 4. Champakulam Church 5. Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple 6. Edathua Church 7. Salafi Juma Masjid Mosque 8. Kottamkulangara Vishnu and Devi Temple
Snake Boat Race : Snake boat races are the most significant traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat race is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.


Kuttanadu : Kuttanadu in Kerala, India is the lowest region of India, with 500 square kilometres of the region below sea level. Its elevation ranges from 0.6 m above to 2.2 metres below sea level. Most of the area is covered with water throughout the year. Kuttanadu is one of the few places in the world where farming is carried out below sea level. The Greater Kuttanad region spread across the districts of Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, and Kottayam. The Lower Kuttanad region itself has a population of 1.8 million and comes under the Alappuzha district.

Four major Kerala rivers, the Pampa, Meenachil, the Achankovil and the Manimala flow into Kuttanadu. Crops grown in Kuttanadu include rice, bananas, casava and yams.


Pulincunnu : Pulincunnu is an island in the Pamba River in the state of Kerala, in southern India. Pulincunnu is located in the Kuttanad region of Alappuzha District. The scenic beauty of the wide river ride through the Pampa river is the reason why this route is one of the most favoured by houseboats tourism operators in Kerala. It is part of the Kerala Backwaters, a network of lakes, wetlands, and canals.The famous Rajiv Gandhi Trophy boat race is held here every year during the months of October-November.


Ambalappuzha : Ambalappuzha is a small town in Alappuzha district of Kerala state, south India. The town is famous for its Sri Krishna temple. The Ambalappuzha temple is one of the three important Sri Krishna temples in the state of Kerala.

Ambalapuzha is a coastal town besides the NH 47 about 13 km to the south of Alappuzha. The temple of Sree Krishna is located 1.5 km east of the town junction. In the olden days the headquarters of the Ambalapuzha rajahs were near the temple. There was a time when the Ambalapuzha territory had been under the rule of Chempakasseri rajahs. But when Marthanda Varma, the valorous ruler of Travancore conquered Chempakasseri territory in 925 M.E., there occurred a gradual declension of the royal family of Chempakasseri. Some people worship the presiding deity of the Ambalapuzha temple as Parathasarthy while others as Gopalakrishna but both the names of course, are the two sides of the same coin. As it is said commonly, the legend about the origin and exaltation of the temple goes like this:-

At one time in the history of Ambalappuzha, the place where the present temple is situated, was under water. While the rajah of Ambalapuzha dynasty and Vilwamangalam Swamiyar were going through the waterways, it so happened that they could hear a luscious sound of flute coming from a nearby huge and luxuriant peepul tree. Swamiyar was so attracted by the music that the wanted the oarsman to row the boat to the shore. On landing they went in search of the origin of the melodious song. To his astonishment Swamiyar saw Sree Krishna sitting on a branch of the peepul tree playing his flute. At first he could not believe his eyes. He folded his hands and bowed his head, so did rajah. Both of them went round the tree singing praises of the Lord. The rajah thought that at last prosperity had come to his kingdom. He was so much pleased with the presence of the Almighty in his kingdom that he considered it as a blessing in disguise for the smooth functioning of his duties as well as the lofty administration of the territory.


Vilwamangalam : Vilwamangalam urged the king to build a suitable temple for the Lord where they had seen him. The place belonged to an Ezhava leader Ambanattu Panicker. The king bought the land, a major portion of which was submerged land, by giving him adequate compensation. The submerged land was filled up with soil and temple was built in a few months. It was decided to install the image made for the purpose in an astrologically suited time. But the high priest, after he examined the idol, expressed the view that the idol had certain inauspicious traits so that it was unsuitable for placement. The declaration of the priest fell upon the king like a thunder bolt. However, he wanted to get and idol placed at the stipulated time itself. He did not want to put off the function to a later period. It was a pity that the king could not make use of the original image meant for the purpose. Some people believe that the present idol was brought from Thiruvanvandoor, a village near Thiruvalla by bullying and coaxing a Brahmin priest. On the other hand some are of the opinion that it was brought from Koratti Thiruvampadi temple. Anyhow, the king and his men were able to find an idol suitable to be fixed, and it was carried out on the day of ‘Moolam’ astericism in ‘Midhunam (June/ July). Every year on the same day people in and around the place, forgetting themselves of their caste or creed, celebrate the eventful day by arranging colourful boat-race which is now known as the famous Champakulam boat-race


Chempakasseri mana : Chempakasseri mana was the old royal palace on the southern part of the temple. Since ll the Chempakasseri kings were nampoothiries, the name of the ‘mana’ became the name of the kingdom. After having established the temple, Pooram Thirunal Devanarayanan Maharajah handed over his kingdom into the divine hands of Lord Unnikrishna and left his kingdom to become one with the Brahma. Thus the kingdom of Chempakasseri was at its zenith during his reign.

The sweet broth made of milk, sugar and rice, otherwise known as ‘Ambalapuzha palpayasam’ is well-known because of its speciality. No other sweet broth of any kind is as delicious and melodious as this payasam.

The folk-story behind the source of this broth, as handed down from generation to generation is as flows:-

Ambalappuzha Paal Paayasam : According to the legend, Lord Krishna once appeared in the form of a sage in the court of the king who ruled the region and challenged him for a game of chess (or chaturanga). The king being a chess enthusiast himself gladly accepted the invitation. The prize had to be decided before the game and the king asked the sage to choose his prize in case he wins. The sage told the king that he had a very modest claim and being a man of few material needs, all he wished was a few grains of rice. The amount of rice itself shall be determined using the chess-board in the following manner. One grain of rice shall be placed in the first square, two grains in the second square, four in the third square, eight in the fourth square and so on. Every square will have double the number of grains of its predecessor.

Upon hearing the demand, the king was unhappy since the sage requested only a few grains of rice instead of other riches from the kingdom which the king would've been happy to donate. He requested the sage to add other items too to his prize but the sage declined. So the game of chess started and needless to say the king lost the game. It was time to pay the sage his agreed-upon prize. As he started adding grains of rice to the chess board, the king soon realised the true nature of the sage's demands. By the 20th square, the number had reached one-million grains of rice and by the 40th square, it became one-trillion. The royal grainery soon ran out of grains of rice. The king realised that even if he provides all the rice in his kingdom and his adjacent kingdoms, he will never be able to fulfill the promised reward. Upon seeing the dilemma, the sage appeared to the king in his true-form, that of lord Krishna. He told the King that he doesn't have to pay the debt immediately but can pay him over time. The king shall serve paal-payasam (made of rice) in the temple freely to the pilgrims every day until the debt is paid off.


Ambalapuzha Velakali : Velakali is a group dance held in the open air as an exhibition of the martial feats in front of the raja (king) of Ambalapuzha (erstwhile Chempakassery), who wanted to see how his soldiers had performed in the wars. This show meant to be witnessed by the deity of the temple which is taken out in procession to the courtyard of the temple on a caparisoned elephant. The play consist of a procession in the beginning in which, the dancers walk in line through the village road holding the sword made of rattan in the right-hand and a shield in the left. They move elegantly keeping their pace to the rhythm followed by a hilarious group of villagers encouraging the dancers by jumping and singing and waving small colourful flags.

By dusk 'Kulathil vela' or the play on the bank of the tank commences. The dancers take their position on the bank of the temple tank and with weapons in their hands start the play moving their bodies. Their movements get reflected in the water probably reminding one of the war in the sea or rivers. On the other side of the tank the caparisoned elephant with the deity takes position. The dancers do not change their position but exhibit only the swaying of their bodies to the rhythm of Velappara, the main percussion instrument. Then the dancers disperse to assemble again in the southern quadrangle of the temple to start the regular exhibition of the feats. There the deity appears on the elephant. By about 8.p.m 'Tirumunpil vela' or the play before the divine presence of the deity, start.

Now "Ambalapuzha Velakali" is performed every year inside the temple premise during the March-April 10 festival days(malayalam:Ulsavam) except on the first and last days.


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Kollam district which was formerly known as Quilon is popularly called as the ‘God’s own Capital’. This district has a long coastal area and there is also a major sea port. Kollam is the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and here lies the Ashtamudi Kayal which constitutes around 30% of this district. This place experience summer and cold climates and the temperature is steady all year. Kollam is surrounded by Tamil Nadu state in the East, Thiruvananthapuram district in the South, Arabian Sea in the West, Alappuzha district in the North and Pathanamthitta district in the North east. Kollam is the 7th largest district of Kerala.

The topography consists of lakes, rivers, mountains, backwaters, forests and farms. The only freshwater lake in Kerala called Sasthamkotta Lake is in this district. The main rivers are Kallada River and Ithikkara River. A major fishing port called Neendakara is located on the banks of Ashtamudi. A large area of this district is covered by forests and there is a Wildlife Sanctuary here called as Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Ashtamudi Kayal : Picturesque beaches, coconut fringes, the anglers' community, all sorts of fruits, palm beer, a large multitude of tourists swarming the sandy seashore, the lighthouse-all these are epithets that signify Kovalam, the exotic beach situated in the southern state of Kerala, popularly known as God's own country.

The coconut fringes, palm beer, seafood and the refreshing Ayurvedic massage, a relaxing sunbath and suntan facility of the beach are some of the reasons of tourist attraction. The beach also has some entertainment facilities like swimming, yogic exercises, fresh seafood and diving in the Arabian Sea.


Thangasseri Beach : Thangasseri beach is situated in Kollam district. It is a very beautiful beach with white sand and palm trees bordering the beach. The beach has a length of 3 kms. Thangasseri beach which is a part of the Thangasseri town was a small Portuguese colony which then became a Dutch colony and finally came under the control of the British. Some of the attractions of this town include the churches built in the 18th century, light house and a fort. The light house was built mainly to guide the fishermen and other sailors who get lost in the sea. It also warns the sailors about the reefs in the coastal areas. It has a height of about 144 feet and the public are allowed to visit this in the evening.


Thirumullavaram Beach : Thirumullavaram beach is located in Kollam district. The beach is very beautiful with calm waves and golden colored sand. The cool blue color sea is liked by all the tourists and it makes it a famous tourist destination. This beach is ideal for morning walk and you can have a glimpse of the fisherman getting ready to catch fishes. The water is shallow and so people can take bath in this sea. This beach is a favorite for both the locals and the tourists.Around 2 kms inside the sea there is the Nyayarazhcha Para which means Sunday Rock. It is visible well during times of low tide. There is also a Vishnu temple near to the beach.


Thangasseri Fort : Thangasseri fort is situated in Kollam district. It was also called as ‘Dutch Quilon’. The word meaning of Thangasseri is ‘gold village’ as this was the place where trade was done using gold as the currency. This place was the favorite spot of the Dutch and the Portuguese. The fort was built in the 16th century and at present only the ruins are left behind. It was about 20 feet tall. At present, this fort is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.


Palaruvi Waterfall : Palaruvi waterfall is situated in Thenmala in Kollam district and is near to Tamil Nadu border. It lies in the Thenmala ranges between dense forests and is across the Kallada river. The word meaning of Palaruvi is ‘stream of milk’ and this waterfall is given this name because it looks like a stream of milk. The water falls from a height of 300 ft and forms a small pool at the bottom. It is an important tourist destination. Visitors can enjoy taking a dip in this pool. There are separate places for ladies and children. The best time to visit this waterfall is during monsoon season when the water gushes through the hills. The fall gets dried up during summer season. Guards are posted in this area and use of alcohol is prohibited here. This place is protected under the Palaruvi Vana Samrakshana Samiti.


Shenduruny Wildlife : Shenduruney wildlife sanctuary derives its name from the plant Chenkurinji. This wildlife is a part of the Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve and is at a height of 1550 m above sea level. It was considered as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1984. One of the oldest river valley civilizations lies here and is famous for its wide range of biodiversity. The Parappar Dam built across the Kallada River lies on the sides of this sanctuary. An artificial lake is also formed by this dam. The main vegetation in this consists of the wet evergreen forests and around 8 different types of forests. There are huge caves here which have paintings on it. This is a remaining of the Stone Age culture that attracts tourists in large numbers. Some of the other main activities here include boating and trekking.


Ashramam Picnic Village : Ashramam Picnic village is located in the Guest House Complex in Kollam district. This Guest House is around 200 years old and lies in an area of 48 acres. It was the residence of Lord Munroe and the architecture of this building is marvelous. The tourist village at Ashram along the backwaters is an ideal picnic destination. The attractions here include a boat club, Children’s traffic and entertainment park and Yatri Nivas. This traffic park is the largest of its kind in Kerala. Yatri Nivas is a hotel run by the KTDC. There is also a museum here called as the Paaramparya museum where paintings from different places are exhibited. On the shore of the Ashtamudi kayal lies an adventure park. There is a boat jetty from where boats can be hired.


Jetayu Para : A very huge rock which is a main attraction in Kollam is called as Jetayu Para. This rock is ideal for trekking purposes and is present in the Chadayamangalam village. According to the legend, this rock is believed to have appeared after the bird Jetayu of the epic Ramayana fell from the sky on its attempt to prevent Ravana from taking away Sita.


Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum : Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum is a museum which is established in memory of the father of Kathakali named Kottarakkara Thampuran. This museum is dedicated to the art form called Kathakali and various models of Kathakali are kept here for exhibition. The other exhibits include models of Kathakali, costumes, ornaments, musical equipments and sculptures of kathakali, costumes and models of dance forms such as Mohiniyattom and other dance forms etc.


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Varkala is a coastal town and municipality in Thiruvananthapuram district situated in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the suburban town of Thiruvananthapuram(Trivandrum city). It is located 50 kilometres (approx. 32 miles) north-west of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and 37 km south-west of Kollam city.

Varkkala wears two hats : one is that of a seaside tourist resort and spa and the other, completely opposite, is that of a Hindu religious centre

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Papanasam Beach : PTo begin, there is the quiet stretch of white sandy beach, the Papanasam Beach. Myth has it that the sage Narada was approached by a group of sadhus who told him that they had sinned. In anger, Narada threw his valkkalam, the loin cloth made from the bark of trees, into the air. The place where it landed was Varkkala. Narada then told the sinners to pray at a place near the seashore. That came to be known as the Papanasam Beach. The added attractions are the mineral springs and rocky cliffs. Varkkala is worth taking a look for it is out of the ordinary. It is so peaceful that no one would bother disturbing you when you watch the sun set into the sea.


Sivagiri Hill : The Sivagiri Hill, near the beach also happens to be the final resting place of a great social reformer of Kerala, Sree Narayana Guru. Nearby are the high cliffs and the mineral springs. Varkkala is home to the 800-year old Janardhana temple, dedicated to Ayyappan and Hanuman. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the inner sanctum but can look around the temple.


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Ernakulam district is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, is a cluster of islands networked by lagoons and backwaters. Kochi, one of the finest natural harbors in the world, was once a major center of commerce and trade with the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British. All these foreign traders have left their mark on this beautiful island. Half the fun of visiting Kochi is moving around on the local ferries. A conducted cruise through the winding waterways will take you to several quaint spots.

This palm-green commercial town of Kerala is one of the finest natural harbors in the world from where ships set sail for foreign ports with different products of Kerala, like seafood, pepper, rubber and coir. Across the bridge into the old city, there are bastions and streets built by the Portuguese over 500 years ago. It was here in St. Francis Church that the body of Vasco Da Gamma was originally buried. The enormous fishing nets on the sea front of Cochin provide a charming view.


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Bolghatty Palace : This Dutch palace is situated on the Bolghatty island. At present it is being used as hotel. The island has a fine golf course and the panoramic view makes it an attractive picnic spot. Frequent boat service is available from the mainland.


Chinese Fishing Nets : The Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.


Dutch Palace : The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi was held here. The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.


Fort Kochi beach : A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a fine experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline.


Jewish Synagogue : The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry.


St. Francis Church : It is the oldest church built by European in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gamma, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that the exact place where he was buried has been marked out inside the church



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Kottayam which is popularly called as ‘The land of letters, legends, latex and lakes’ is a district in Kerala. The name Kottayam is derived from 2 words ‘Kotta’ and ‘Akam’ which together mean ‘the inside of a fort’. It is bordered by the Western Ghats and the Vembanad Lake. There are many unique characteristics for this place which includes long backwaters, highlands, hills and mountains, rubber plantations etc. The paddy fields here are very famous. Kottayam district is surrounded by Idukki district in the East, Pathanamthitta district in the South, Alappuzha district in the West and Ernakulam district in the North. Kottayam is said to be the first district in India to be tobacco free.

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Ilaveezhapoonchira : Elaveezhapoonchira is a beautiful valley situated in Kottayam district. It extends to over several acres and lies at a height of around 3200 ft above sea level. Here there are many mountain ranges having rocky cliffs. It lies between the three hills Mankunnu, Kudayathoormala and Thonippara. The huge hills found here are Vindhyanmedu, Hidumbanmedu, Mankallumudi, Kolanimudi and Mukalanthumudi. The word meaning of Elaveezhapoonchira is ‘the valley where the leaves do not fall’. This place is named so because there are no trees in this place. It is the only place in Kerala where one can see both the sunrise and sunset from the same place. The horizon enables us to see around five districts from the top of it. During monsoon season, the view of the Malankara dam from here is a treat for the visitors.


Poonjar Palace : Poonjar palace is located in Kottayam district. It stands as a proof of the ambience of the rich past of this place. The Rajas of this palace are connected to the Travancore royal family. This palace which is around 600 years old is constructed mostly of wood. There is a museum within the palace and here there are many valuable antiques and furniture such as the palanquin, chandeliers, sculptures of dancing Shiva, rock cut lamps, droni which is a bed that is used for ayurvedic treatments, jewel boxes, etc. There is a conch which is well preserved that is taken out once in a year for performing some rituals.


Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls : Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls are located in Kottayam district around 2 kms from Kumarakom. It is a very beautiful picnic location. There are rubber plantations in this area which provides shade so that the tourists can take rest underneath the tree. The water flows down the hill from a height of 100 feet. There are several small streams that make noise as it flows. Near to this lie another waterfall called as the Maramala waterfall which also attracts some tourists.


Pathiramanal Island : A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a fine experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline.


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Kumarakom located 16 km away from Kottayam town, is one of well known tourist destination in Kerala. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Tourist retreats in Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live here in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.

This palm-green commercial town of Kerala is one of the finest natural harbors in the world from where ships set sail for foreign ports with different products of Kerala, like seafood, pepper, rubber and coir. Across the bridge into the old city, there are bastions and streets built by the Portuguese over 500 years ago. It was here in St. Francis Church that the body of Vasco Da Gamma was originally buried. The enormous fishing nets on the sea front of Cochin provide a charming view.

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Kumarakom Backwaters : One of the famous and a major backwater of Kerala lie in Kottayam district called as the Kumarakom backwaters where many rivers and lakes flow into the Vembanad lake. Kumarakom is situated around 15 kms from the Kottayam town. Vembanad lake is situated in Kumarakom and its importance as a tourist destination is increasing at a fast pace. It is the largest lake in Kerala. Kumarakom is a group of islands which becomes a part of the Kuttanad area and some parts of Kumarakom lies below the sea level. It is a favourite tourist destination of most of the people as it offers other facilities like boating, fishing, backwater cruises etc. There are a number of tourist resorts in Kumarakom.


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. Hence it is also called as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary. It covers an area of 14 acres. There are a large species of migratory bird found here. These migratory birds may be either from the Himalayas or may be even far from there. The flora found here includes mangrove and coconut trees, paddy fields etc.

Some of the local birds found here include waterfowl, cuckoo, heron, duck etc and the migratory birds include teal, flycatcher etc. The best time to visit here is during the months June to August. In order to watch the migratory birds one has to come during the months November to February. The birds get ready to leave the forest in the dawn and it is the best time to watch them. So the bird watchers can take a trek in the early morning to have a look at them.


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Idukki which is a landlocked district is blessed with nature’s beauty. The nature attractions in Idukki include hills, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. The hill stations here offer adventurous activities like trekking, elephant rides etc. There are extensive reserve forests which are rich in a wide variety of flora and fauna. The main hill stations in Idukki are Munnar, Devikulam, Chithirapuram, Mattupetti, Peermede etc. There are numerous waterfalls here and some of the main include Attukal falls, Cheeyapara falls, Chellarkovil falls, Nyayamkadu falls, Thommankuthu falls, Powerhouse waterfalls etc. The wildlife reserves in idukki are Eravikulam, Idukki wildlife, Chinnar and Periyar wildlife. These places are all attracted by a large number of tourists. The main places of interests in Idukki are given below

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Vagamon : Vagamon is a hill station that lies in the Kottayam Idukki border. It has a height of 1100 m above sea level. This comprises of three hills Thangal hills, the Kurisumala and the Murugan hills. All these three hills are dedicated to the three religions Muslim, Christianity and Hinduism respectively. The Thangal hills also called as Thangalppara is located at a distance of 5 kms from Vagamon. This is a famous centre of Muslim pilgrimage as the Mausoleum of Sheik Fariduddin is on top of this hill. The rock formation at this hill is worth seeing. The Kurisumala is at a distance of 10 kms from Vagamon. This is a centre of Christian pilgrimage as there is a church there. The famous Kurisumala Ashram which is a monastery is located here. The people who visit here is a community who believes in Christianity combined with Indian customs and Gandhian principles. There are 14 crosses on this hill which are kept at certain distance apart. The diary farm located here is also an attraction to the people. The Murugan hill is a Hindu pilgrim centre as there is a Murugan temple which is carved out of rock situated here.


Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary : Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Devikulam in Idukki district. The area around this sanctuary is a protected area and it was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1984. The main vegetation found here are dry thorny forests; it is because this area receives rain only 48 days in a year. Besides there are other vegetative types such as deciduous forests, shoals, grasslands etc. Due to the variation in altitude the area will be plain or covered with rocks and cliffs.

Some of the local birds found here include waterfowl, cuckoo, heron, duck etc and the migratory birds include teal, flycatcher etc. The best time to visit here is during the months June to August. In order to watch the migratory birds one has to come during the months November to February. The birds get ready to leave the forest in the dawn and it is the best time to watch them. So the bird watchers can take a trek in the early morning to have a look at them.


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Munnar is a very famous hill station which is located in Idukki district. It lies at the confluence of three mountain rivulets namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala. The word meaning of Munnar is “Moonnu” meaning three and “Aaru” meaning river. Since it is at a confluence of three rivers, it is called so. The mountains have a height of around 5000 to 8000 ft above sea level. Munnar is popularly called as Nature lovers Paradise and is also called as the “Kashmir of South India”. This hill station was the resort of the British Government during their rule in India. The highest peak of South India is located here namely the Anamudi hills which has a height of 2695 m. Anamudi is ideal for trekking. Tea and coffee cultivation is done largely from this place. The hill ranges of Munnar are known as Kannan Devan hills.

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Neelakurinji : Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. The Neelakurinji, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mts and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.


Munnar Tea Plantation : Tea or Chai is the most widely drunk beverage in the whole world. The tea plant, Camellia Sansis, is a cultivated variety of a Tea planttree that has its origins in an area between India and China. There are three main varieties of the tea plant - China, Assam, and Cambodia - and a number of hybrids between the varieties. The China variety grows as high as nine feet (2.75 metres). It is a hardy plant able to withstand cold winters and has an economic life of at least 100 years.


Mattupetty (13 km from Munnar) : Situated at a height of 1700 Mts ,Mattupetty Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo-swiss live stock project. Over 100 varietes of high yielding cattle are reared here.Visitors are allowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm.

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 slow speed motor boats are available on hire.


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Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India. Situated close to the Kerala -Tamil Nadu border town of Kumaly, it is located about 257 km (160 miles) from Trivandrum. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.

The Periyar Widlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km² (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mulla periyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

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

Thrissanku Hills : Thrissanku Hills ( 4 km from Peerumedu, 1/2 km from Kuttikanam) The rolling hills the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset.


Peeru Hills : Peeru Hills ( 4 km from Peermade; 1 km from Kuttikanam) : This idyllic hill station is a favorite haunt of trekkers and picnic teams. The hill is named after Peer Mohammed. the Muslim sufi saint, who spent his last days here. The mausoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal family and the residence of the Diwan situated nearby are all worth a visit.


Grampi( 5 km from Peermade ; 10 km from Vandiperiyar) : Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests trekking trails and picturesque views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi is flanked by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.


Pattumala ( 17 km east of Peermade; 28 km west of Thekkady) : Lofty peaks little streams and ever expanding tea plantations are the attractions of this place. Pattumala (which literally means hill draped in silk) is home to the two most famous tea plantations in Kerala - Harrision Malayalam and A V Thomas & Co. The Velamkanni Matha Church, built entirely of granite, at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim centre. The flower garden nearby is a facinating riot of colours of roses, orchids and anthurium.


Vagamon ( 25 km from Peermade) : Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala is a mark of religious harmony. The dairy farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.


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Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India. Situated close to the Kerala -Tamil Nadu border town of Kumaly, it is located about 257 km (160 miles) from Trivandrum. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.

The Periyar Widlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km² (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mulla periyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

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

Thrissanku Hills : Thrissanku Hills ( 4 km from Peerumedu, 1/2 km from Kuttikanam) The rolling hills the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset.


Peeru Hills : Peeru Hills ( 4 km from Peermade; 1 km from Kuttikanam) : This idyllic hill station is a favorite haunt of trekkers and picnic teams. The hill is named after Peer Mohammed. the Muslim sufi saint, who spent his last days here. The mausoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal family and the residence of the Diwan situated nearby are all worth a visit.


Grampi( 5 km from Peermade ; 10 km from Vandiperiyar) : Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests trekking trails and picturesque views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi is flanked by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.


Pattumala ( 17 km east of Peermade; 28 km west of Thekkady) : Lofty peaks little streams and ever expanding tea plantations are the attractions of this place. Pattumala (which literally means hill draped in silk) is home to the two most famous tea plantations in Kerala - Harrision Malayalam and A V Thomas & Co. The Velamkanni Matha Church, built entirely of granite, at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim centre. The flower garden nearby is a facinating riot of colours of roses, orchids and anthurium.


Vagamon ( 25 km from Peermade) : Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala is a mark of religious harmony. The dairy farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.


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Vagamon is a hill station that lies in the Kottayam Idukki border. It has a height of 1100 m above sea level. This comprises of three hills Thangal hills, the Kurisumala and the Murugan hills. All these three hills are dedicated to the three religions Muslim, Christianity and Hinduism respectively. The Thangal hills also called as Thangalppara is located at a distance of 5 kms from Vagamon. This is a famous centre of Muslim pilgrimage as the Mausoleum of Sheik Fariduddin is on top of this hill. The rock formation at this hill is worth seeing. The Kurisumala is at a distance of 10 kms from Vagamon. This is a centre of Christian pilgrimage as there is a church there. The famous Kurisumala Ashram which is a monastery is located here. The people who visit here is a community who believes in Christianity combined with Indian customs and Gandhian principles. There are 14 crosses on this hill which are kept at certain distance apart. The diary farm located here is also an attraction to the people. The Murugan hill is a Hindu pilgrim centre as there is a Murugan temple which is carved out of rock situated here.

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Kurisumala monastery : Kurisumala monastery is a famous hill station and pilgrimage center for the Christians where cross put-up in each sub hill stations. The nearby Kurisumala Ashram is an abode of calm and spiritual delight. This hill area includes 12 sub mounds where pilgrims visit as a sacrifice. Travelers can enjoy trekking and climbing this high hill. The area is fully surrounded with Tea estates and lakes. Indo-Swiss Project dairy farms is situated on the hill. The hill dairy farm, managed by the Kurisumala monks. Vagamon is surrounded by three hills namely, 'Thangal hill', 'Murugan hill' and 'Kurisumala'. Other attractions include Tea estates, pine forests, grass lands, meadows, mist and shola forests, the famous suicide point of ‘Thangal hill’, a peculiar rock formation at Thangal Para, a dairy farm in Kurisumala (hill) and the Live Stock Board. Vagamon is at the fringe of the Western Ghats and the foot hills on its lower side reach up to Teekoy with a gradual descent. Traveling by the hill highway in this section is an exhilarating experience with deep valleys and magnificent views all around. Vagamon presents very spectacular views with an ethereal touch.

Vagamon's charm is worth experiencing and is indeed one of the must see places for tourists. One speciality of Vagamon is that you will never get tired of Vagamon as each day or visit will display the varied moods of nature and climatic differences; the mist you can touch, the rain drops, the gentle breeze or the golden hue in December-January which will be greatly rewarding and soothing for you and that can romanticize your mind and thoughts. You can easily be humbled by nature and its a not -so- completely -lost pristine condition here. The trees and shrubs in Vagamon give it an added attraction

Vagamon is located 33 Kilometers away from Palai and about 65 KM from Kottayam. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport while the closest railway station is Kottayam. There are many fine resorts available in the surrounding areas with affordable cost for trekkers. This beautiful hill area is located in Idukki district.

Vagamon,a tiny plantation township in Central Travancore, Vagamon has an overtone of green. With a never-ending line of lush green hills, breathtaking ravines and meandering rivulets. A perfect tourist place situated 1200 meters above the sea level spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens , Fresh cool air, murmuring Pine forest ,small waterfalls , attractive meadows inviting you to vagamon.

Reaching Vagamon itself is an extraordinary experience. The meandering road to Vagamon is cut in solid rock lined with pine forests. And as you wind your way through green capped hills, the rolling plains come into view thousands of feet below you.

Vagamon is roughly 100 kms from Cochin, the commercial capital of the State. It is also 60 kms from Kottayam -the nearest railway station. It is easily accessible by road from Kottayam and Cochin


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