Friday, August 12, 2011

Kerala : The ‘God's Own Country’

Kerala, located in the South West of the Indian peninsula, the wonderful land of rivers, backwaters, and sea beaches is a vast strip of lush green land. The truly wonderful and varied nature of this Indian state, its advancements in the other avenues of the common people’s life like higher rate of literacy, higher health care, etc., have positioned Kerala as one of the progressive and prosperous states in India. Apart from everything else, Kerala is a global tourist destination. In every year, thousands of international and domestic travelers come to their vacation travel in Kerala. The natural freshness, comfort, and soft touches of mother earth in every places of Kerala gradually turned this place a traveler’s heaven. The greatness of the travel destinations in Kerala has made this state world famous in the name of "God's Own Country".

The south Indian state of Kerala has 14 districts or administrative divisions. The major cities of this state are Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, and Kochi. Three well developed airports in the state keep this state connected with the international and domestic destinations. Every remote corners or Kerala are well connected through multiple means of transportation like rail routes, roadways, and waterways. Until the end of the 80’s decade, Kerala tourism had no major importance in the Indian or the global tourism map. The neighboring state, Goa has always been a tough contender as far as the rising of the Kerala beach vacations in the international tourist scenario is concerned. On the other hand, the Chennai beaches and rich heritage of it used to pull the majority of the south India tourism interested travelers. But, the Kerala tourism development authority, with its series of strategic approaches has made this state as one of the best vacation destinations in India.

Making trip to all the tourist places of the ‘God’s Own Country’, takes roughly one month. The major Kerala tourist destinations include Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam, Kochi, Thrissur, Munnar, Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kollam, Sabrimalai and Kannur respectively. The Kerala travel agents come to great help to the travelers by meticulous planning on budget vacation in Kerala, booking cheap air tickets, finding budget hotels in Kerala, and many more. The Kerala travel agents assist you in saving a lot of money and planning trips to the best vacation destinations in Kerala.

The ‘God's Own Country’ Kerala has a lot of unique travel destinations to offer to the domestic and international travelers. The enthralling Kerala Sea beaches along with a great number of natural tourist attractions across this states means much more for everyone comes to visit here. The Kerala tourism and the beautiful tourist places in Kerala have been appreciated by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The magazine has listed Kerala among the “ten paradises of the world” and the “50 places of a lifetime”.

The Kerala backwaters are the unique attractions to the travelers to this state. The Vembanad Lake expanded with an area of 200 sq km is the biggest among the Kerala backwaters. The final end of the Vembanad Lake connects it with the Arabian Sea at Cochin port. Apart from the backwaters in Kerala, there are many other fine tourist attractions like, the heritage places, the historical architectures and places, wildlife, the natural beauty of the villages. The Kerala culture has high impact of literature, art, music, festivals, and tradition cultures. The Kerala foods are famous as the south Indian dishes.

If you are a beachcomber and love to enjoy on a beach vacation in Kerala, it would be ideal to approach aKerala Travel Guide. But, you need to find out the reliable travel guides from your trusted references. TheKerala sea beaches have captivated attention to the beachcombers because the untarnished beauty of these places, unpolluted blue waters, and clean sands spreading over many miles touching the Arabian sea. For a beach vacation lover, it’s tough to ignore the attractions of the Kerala beaches. The swaying palms, the soothing breezes, and rippling waves of the Arabian Sea welcomes a traveler to the Kerala beaches and gifts with many hours of mind and body relaxing beach trip. Among the famous beaches in Kerala, Kovalam Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Varkala Beach, and Poovar Beach can be named among the best places.

For the visitors who are not the perfect beach vacation lovers, the Kerala travel agents are ready to facilitate them with several other tailor-made travel solutions. Travellers may option for packaged trip to the Kerala hill stations of Munnar, Nelliampathi, Wayanad, and Ponmudi. Your trip may extend to the national parks in Kerala. To enjoy the best scenic beauties of the ‘God's Own Country’, make sure to include the Periyar and Eravikulam National Park in the vacation packages offered by your Kerala travel agent. Before setting out to the Kerala vacation destinations, do not forget to ensure the transportation, accommodation, food arrangements. These are the most important requirement during your Kerala vacation trip

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For the potential visitors help in better planning Kerala vacation, here is some important information about Kerala:

Location: Southwestern Peninsula of India
Area: 38,863 sq km
Population: 31,84,1374
Capital: Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Language: Malayalam. English is widely spoken language in this state.
Religion: Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam
Climate Type: Tropical
Summer: February - May (24 - 33°C)
Monsoon: June - August (22 - 28°C) October - November
Winter: November - January (22 - 32°C)

Domestic Flights (direct): From/To: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai
International Flights (direct): From/To: Colombo, Maldives, Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Doha,
Ras-al-Khaimah, Kuwait , Riyadh, Fujairah, Singapore

Dear Readers, these have been the initial introduction about ‘Kerala---God's Own Country’. The informative details about the famous tourist attractions in Kerala including traveler guide and useful information will be realized soon. Till then, I wish you a happy Kerala vacation travel planning.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Yatra suspended : Badrinath, Gangotri suspended

The pilgrimage to the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri was suspended after the roads leading to them were hit by fresh landslides following heavy rains on Monday, leaving hundreds of pilgrims stranded.

Landslides struck the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway at several places including Govindghat, blocking vehicular traffic. The Rishikesh-Yamunotri National Highway has also been hit by landslides at Chhatanga area, official sources said here.

The yatra to Gangotri temple remained suspended for the second consecutive day as the landslides that hit the Rishikesh-Gangotri National Highway at Sainj in Uttarkashi district on Sunday have not been cleared so far.

Fresh landslides have also hit the highway at Helkugad and Netala, the sources said.

PWD, BRO and police personnel are working round-the-clock to clear the debris and reopen the road for vehicular traffic.

Meanwhile, administrative teams have been sent to the affected areas to take care of the stranded pilgrims, they said.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rains continued to lash most parts of Uttarakhand with Uttarkashi receiving the heaviest rainfall at 84 mm, followed by Bhatwari (72 mm) on way to Gangotri temple during the past 24 hours, Met Director Anand Sharma said.

Chamoli recorded a rainfall of 58 mm, Purola 40 mm and Kausani 30 mm, he said.

The Met department has predicted light to moderate rains at many places in the state and heavy rains at isolated places in Uttarkashi and Chamoli districts during the next 24 hours.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Munnar Holiday Packages From Delhi

Munnar is blessed with natural beauty that attracts tourists from all over the world.Munnar tourism welcome you to enjoy the natural beauty of this God’s own land.Munnar tourism organize boating in the lakes of Munnar. Nature walks and hiking are popular activities that tourist in Munnar indulge in. The winter months from October to March are the best time to visit Munnar. The lovely landscapes offer the picturesque setting for unforgettable holidays. Munnar tourism was the summer retreat of the British. Amidst scenic surroundings Pothamedu offers picturesque plantation along with trekking and hiking options. The Christ Church of Munnar is for its stain glass windows. You will also come across numerable brass plaques in memoriam of the tea planters of Munnar. For Munnar you may also get breathtakingly beautiful views of Anaimudi, the highest peak in southern India. Then there is the Echo Point from where the tourists love to try echoing their voices. The natural echo effect it produces makes the Echo Point an important tourist spot in Munnar.We,Munnar Tourism always welcoming you to this charming hill station of Kerala.

Munnar Tourist Places

Mattupetty (13 km from Munnar) Situated at a height of 1700 m , Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100 varieties 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

Devikulam (7 km from Munnar) This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.

Pallivasal (8 km from Munnar) This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty
Marayoor (40 kms from Munnar) This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the forest department, the caves(muniyaras) with the murals and relics from the New stone age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single banyan tree, are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby

Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar) The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 m) is located in the Southern region of the park. Originally established to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. It covers an area of 97 sq kms of rolling grasslands and high level sholas (evergreen forests). The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. Sanctuary Visit : The park is devided into 3 regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here. Trekking facilities are available here. Tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. This is also a place for adventure tourism.

Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar) This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit

Chithirapuram (10 km from Munnar) With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.

Anayirangal (22 kms from Munnar ) It's a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Attukal (9 km from Munnar) A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks.

Nyayamakad (10 km 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 meters. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point

Echo Point (15 km from Munnar) This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenominon here. Echo point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar.

Rajamala (15 km from Munnar) The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr , Rajamala is 2695 m above sea level. Half the world's population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here.The Nilgiri tahr in Rajamalai are now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300. Visiting Time : 0700 - 1800 hrs. Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon. Entry Pass : Rs. 10 for adults, Rs. 5 for children below 12 years, Rs. 50 for foreigners. Permitting Authority : Wild Life DFO, Munnar..

Kundala (20 km from Munnar) Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala.

Power House Waterfalls (18 km from Munnar) The waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic Western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.

Malankara Reservoir (6 kms from Thodupuzha) Located on the Thodupuzha - Moolavattom road, this artificial lake is accessible by road. The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Honeymoon Holidays :Enjoy Memorable Romance in Kerala

India has so many exotic honeymoon places. Each place has its own charm and splendour and specialty that tempt tourists and honeymooners from across the globe. From the charismatic beauty of the nature to the scintillating sightseeing spots or from the revered temples and pilgrimage destinations, India has some of the most fascinating destination where tourists can enjoy memorable vacations with immense pleasure and fun.

Well among the many destinations, Kerala tops the list when it comes to the finest and top class honeymoon destination in India. Kerala is located in the southern part of India and is amazingly blessed by the Mother Nature. From the picturesque beaches to the finest hill stations, Kerala has so many amazing places of tourist interest that offer tourist to enjoy sheer moments of love and joy and make the newly married relationship more enjoyable and memorable.

Well if you want to make your honeymoon tours Kerala more enjoyable and memorable, explore some of the finest tourist places like Munnar, Kuttanad, Kasargod, Kollam, Trivandrum, Kannur, Wayanad, Periyar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Parambikulam, etc. These places are amazingly beautiful and are blessed by the Mother Nature which are ideal for honeymoon tour kerala. Here newly wed couples can see lots of interesting natural attractions as well as sightseeing places which will engulf the heart and offer wonderful feeling to share moments of love and care being together.

On your kerala tours for honeymoon don’t miss to enjoy houseboat cruise over the picturesque backwater or enjoy safari in the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries or enjoy visit to some of the interesting sightseeing spots and tourism attractions. Kerala also has some beautiful waterfalls destinations which are ideal for honeymooners to visit. Apart from all these honeymoon couples can also enjoy the cultural beauty of the state as well as soak in the splendour of the rich culture and traditions that depicts the richness of Kerala in true form.

Kerala is also popular for its warm hospitality and traditions, delicious delicacies, balmy climatic conditions and more of all friendly people who never let the couples feel away from home. So book from the many kerala tour packages and enjoy memorable time with your beloved and celebrate your once in a lifetime vacation in an enjoyable and memorable way.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

South India tour packages

Aerospace Holidays Pvt. Ltd tour is an ideal journey of a nature rich destination in India. This tour enables you to explore the biggest attractions of South India. Tourists will be delighted to see the charming sea beaches, hill stations, wildlife and green locations of South state. These tourist places can be easily explored in big states of South India as Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka etc. All these tourist destinations are rich with several visiting places. You can also go for the option of South India tour packages offered by varied tourism companies in India. Some of the best known South India tour packages are South India heritage tours, Goa & Kerala tours, Navagrah tour, Arupadai Veedu tour, South India hill station etc. All these tour packages are available at the affordable charges. Let us explore about few tour packages as follows:

Kerala Culture tours

This journey is dedicated to the nature rich destination as Kerala, in South India. On this tour, you can easily come to know about the best known visiting locations of Kerala. Moreover, this journey will also let you to know about culture, tradition, festivals, languages, cuisines etc., of Kerala as well. However, the Kerala culture tour is a best suited journey for the global tourists. South India hill stations

Under this tour package, you can easily cherish the renowned hill stations of South India. Some of the popular South hill stations are Munnar, Kodaikanal, Ooty, Horsely hills etc. These hill stations are rich with natural beauty and pleasing climate. You will be also delighted to see some more lure as green hills, dense forests, cascading waterfall, snow falling etc., at the South India hill stations. This tour is ideal for global honeymooners. Arupadai Veedu tour

This tour package is a beneficial option to explore the renowned temples or pilgrimage destinations of South India. Plenty of the best known holy shrines of the state are Nataraj temple in Chidambaram, Meenakshi temple in Madurai, Murgan temple in Palani, Ramanthswamy temple in Rameshwaram etc. These are few temples of South India. All the temples possess creative architectures and elegant designs. Thus, the Arupadai Veedu Tour is a great option to explore renowned shrines of the state. However, the South India Tour are the best provisions to explore the popular lures of South state. You can grab these beneficial tour packages from any of the renowned tourist companies in India. For instance, the Aerospace Holidays Pvt. Ltd is a well known tourism company in India and has offered beneficial tour packages such as Goa & Kerala tours, Arupadai Veedu tour, South India heritage tours, Navagrah tour, South India hill station etc. You can grab these tour packages at the affordable charges. Go for the best suited South India tour package and explore the best lures of the state. About Us

South Tourism is one of the leading tourism companies in India. This organization has offered you beneficial South India tour packages like South India heritage tours, South India hill station, Goa & Kerala tours, Arupadai Veedu tour, Navagrah tour etc. These tour packages are available at the reasonable charges. Contact Us

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Top Ten Tourist Spots in Kerala

Kerala , known as Gods Own Country,is the land of lagoons and palms ,the land of elephants and tigers,and the land of rich cultures and traditions, and has been one of the most sought after places by travellers from all around the world.It is without doubt one of the most beautiful places on the planet and thats why they call it 'Gods Own Country'.The cultural life of the people of Kerala is equally beautiful and is a major factor in attracting the tourists.So here we have selected for you the top ten destinations in Kerala.

1. Munnar - The Kashmir of the South

Munnar is without doubt the most beautiful place in Kerala.Located at 1600 m above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.The lush green mountains adorned by tea and coffee plantations are a sight to watch.Munnar gives you a heavenly feeling, with the thick mist surrounding you in the middle of the plantations.The nearby mountains present a spectacular view.There are also some waterfalls and trekking paths for the adventurous traveller.The Indo Swiss diary farm project,the lake and the dam are other sights to watch.With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram ,10km from Munnar, still exudes an old world charm.

How to reach there?

Nearest Airport- Cochin 105Kms

Nearest Railway Station - Aluva

2. Wayanad - Nature at her most beautiful self

If Munnar presented to you beauty which is partly man-made, Wayanad shows you how beautiful nature can be without human interference.The mountains, the winding lanes and the thick forests on either sides give you an ethereal experience.In the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary at the heart of Wayanad,animals like the Indian elephant, spotted dear, bison are easily spotted in their natural habitats,others animals like tiger and leopard can also be seen if you are lucky.The Edakkal caves give you paintings that are some 4000 years old.The Bamboo forests are an excellent picnic spot.For the adventurer ,trekking in Muthanga,Edakkal and Pakshipathalam can be a lifetime experience.Homely stay at the resorts in Wythiri, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities can be a refreshing experience.Other places of interest are Jain temple,Meenmutty waterfalls,Kuruva islands and the Soochipara waterfalls.

How to reach there?

Nearest Airport - Calicut 109 Kms

Nearest Railwaystaion - Calicut

Road : N H 212 (Kozhikode-Mysore) passes via Kalpetta and Sulthan Bathery.

3. Anathapuri - The land of the Kings

Thiruvananthapuram ( Trivandrum ) is a must have destination for every tourist visiting Kerala , because it offers you a bunch of places of interest.Kovalam, one of the finest beaches in the whole of India,is only a half an hour ride from the city.Another wonderful beach and pilgrimage centre, Varkala is also easily accessible by road.Kanyakumari is the only place in India where you can see both sunrise and sunset and it is only a two hour ride away from Trivandrum. The hillstation Ponmudi,61 Km from the city ,offers you a day full of beautiful sights.The Ananthapuri temple right in the heart of the city is a historic monument and is a magnificent portrait.The city is connected by air, rail and road to all Metros.

4.Kumarakom- Haven of Serenity

If you are looking for a place to relax ,to relieve the tension that has builded up from your workload, to just enjoy peace and silence, this is the place to be . Located close to Kuttanad ,known as the Venice of the East,with its mangrove covered lagoons and houseboats made on bamboo, serving you the most delicious Kerala food , this place just amazes any visitor. Sailing through the calm waters of Kumarakom or enjoying an ayurvedic massage, life just slows down for you. Kumarakon is also a bird watchers' paradise.Many different species visit this place all round the year.The resorts organize many cultural programmes exclusive to kerala like Kathakali for their visitors and also arrange spicy Indian food.So if you want to take a break from work and relax, Kumarakom is the place for you.

How to reach?

By Road From the Cochin International Airport it is an 85 Km delightful ride by road to the Muhamma boat Jetty.

By Rail Nearest Railway station- Kottayam - 16Kms

By Water If you have arrived at Trivandrum International Airport, come to Quilon by road or rail (takes just about one hour). From there, you can take the regular ferry service to Alleppey - a long and delightful ride on Kerala's backwaters. From Alleppey, it's just a short ride to Kumarakom.

5. Thekkady - A showcase of the Wildlife of Kerala

Thekkady is probably the best place in Kerala to observe wildlife and hence nature.From the mighty Indian elephant to the Great Indian tiger, this place has it all.Elephants, deers, boars, bisons and lion tailed macaques are a common sight in the reservoir area. With some luck,other animals like tiger and leopard can be observed.The tourism department offers trekking right into the heart of the forest either on foot or atop elephants.The resort located in an island in the centre of the lake is the ideal place to observe animals.If you are more adventurous ,you can take the road from Moozhiyar to Thekkadi via Gavi winding through the thickest forests of Kerala.Elephants are a common sight on this path.Boating through the lake is a very pleasant experience and you can observe many waterbirds at close range.This place is ideal for wildlife photography.The best time to visit is between September and March.

How to reach?

Nearest Airport- Cochin -190 Kms

Nearest Railway station -Kottayam-110 Kms

6. Cochin - The Queen of Arabia

Cochin is the main gateway to South India for foreign visitors and it offers many places of interest to tourists.It gives easy access to almost all tourist places in Kerala.It is connected by air, road and rail to all major places.The merging of the backwaters with the sea gives lot of opportunities for boating and rafting.The ride through the lagoons in Kerala style houseboats is an unforgettable experience.The famous Bolgatty Palace and the Jewish Synagogue are situated on the banks of the lagoons.There are also places of pilgrimage like the Santa Cruz Basilica and the St.Thomas Church at Malayattoor.The Thripunithura Palace is one of the biggest of its kind in the whole of Kerala.The Chinese fishing nets in the lagoons are an enchanting sight.Being the only metro in central Kerala, it also gives you great opportunities for shopping.

7.Thrissur- The cultural capital of Kerala

Thrissur or Trichur is famous for the Thrissur Pooram, one of the biggest festivals in the whole of India.The sight of a hundred adorned elephants on either sides of the famous Vadakkunnatha Temple during the festival is a must watch scene for anyone visiting Kerala.The festival takes place around April-May.The city is also famous for many of the traditional art forms of Kerala like Kathakali.The Guruvayur temple located near the city is a famous pilgrimage spot.The two major waterfalls of Kerala, Athirappally and Vazhachal, which have been the locations for many Bollywood films , are only a few hours ride from the city.Anakkayam , 20 Kms from Chalakkudy is on the shore of the famous Chalakkudy river and the place is breathtakingly beautiful with its rushing waters, chiseled rocks and silent streams.

How to reach?

The city is well connected by road and rail.

Nearest Airport - Cochin -60Kms

8.Vagamon - Enchanted Meadows

Vagamon is a pilgrimage spot , a picnic spot and at the same time a place for adventure.Situated near the Kerala-Tamilnadu boundary,in the district of Kottayam, the main attraction of this place is the hillocks stretching over a large area,with only grass and a beautiful lake among the hillocks.This is the ideal family picnic spot.During the winter , the hillocks are covered by thick mist,so thick that you cannot see a person standing 5feet away.Being within that mist, in such beautiful landscape is an inexplicable feeling and it must be experienced.The nearby pine forests are an ideal place for romantic couples.The Kurishumala church atop a hill is a famous pilgrimage place and the trekking to the church is a very adventurous task.

How to reach?

Nearest Railway station - Kottayam - 75Kms

Nearest Airport - Cochin-100Kms

9.Kollam(Quilon)- The land of Cashews

Kollam( The Portuguese called it Quilon) is a mixture of hills,backwaters, religion and culture.The Ashtamudi lake is the largest in Kerala and boating in the lake is a tranquil experience.The Thankasseri lighthouse built by the Portuguese is a famous historical monument.The Thenmala hills on the farside hosts the first ecotourism project in Kerala and the butterfly part is just awesome.Palaruvi falls near Thenmala is believed to have herbal ingredients mixed with the water.The place also has an adventure zone offering rock climbing and mountain biking.For the traveller seeking religious refuge,the Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram in Vallikkavu is world famous.

How to reach?

Kollam town is well connected by road and rail to all major cities.

Nearest Airport-Trivandrum-70Kms

Distance to Cochin-120Km