1. ABOUT TRIVANDRUM
city gets its name fromthe word, Thiruvanathapuram, meaning the city of Anantha
or the abode of the sacred SerpentAnantha on which Lord Vishnu, the preserver
of the Hindu trinity, reclines. Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala
is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. The famous Sri. Padmanabha
Swami Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city.
The sprawling city has an international airport. Most visitors to Kerala use
it only as an arrival point, speeding on immediately to Kovalam.
Trivandrum has good shopping areas and a variety of comfortable and reasonably
Thiruvanantpuram covers a large area, but most of the services and places
of interest are on or very close to Mahatma Gandhi Road - the main road running
through the centre are all close to each other, as are many of the budget
The museum, zoo and airline offices are all in the north of the city and youll
need an auto-rickshaw to reach them.The municipal bus stand is 10 minutes
walk from the railway station, opposite Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Onam is a 4-day national harvest festival in Kerala, which falls during August-
September, when Snake Boat races are held mostly in connection with temple
festivals of Kottayam - Arunmulla - Alleppey area ;and Vishu is the new year
day which comes in March-April. Pooja Eduppu in October is connected with
The climate of Thiruvananthapuram is very moderate, not very hot nor very
cold. The influence of sea and proximity to the equator affects the climate
to a great extent. The warm weather and early monsoon leaves you with no option
but to wear light cotton cloths. Best time to visit this place is between
October & March.
2. ABOUT KOVALAM
A former fishing village, Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum,
Kerala's capital city. This enchanting strip of golden sands is laced with
the rich greenery of coconut palms.
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". With high rock promontory and a calm bay
of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit
nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore.
the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures
prominently on the world tourism map. Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented
by the availability of excellent accommodation . There are a lot of restaurants
which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The
grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari which are
got fresh from the sea at Kovalam.
Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centers and water sport facilities, makes
Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe. It is warm and
clean by the coconut trees and the white sand bed as the seabreeze gently
plays with the waves. Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilarating
in the waves. One can walk into the sea about 100 metres without loosing ground.
This cove is also the safest place for swimming. Most of the visitors like
to have a sunbath and get a good suntan on beach.
At many coastal places there are beautiful patches of coral reefs. The underwater
views, which are visible during snorkeling, are really marvelous. The Kashmiri,
Kerala Batik items, Kannada handicrafts are very attractive to the tourists.
Tourists can avail all information and check e-mail free of cost at Tourist
Information and Communication centre on beach.
Many people from different countries and cultures, intermingling their languages
get together in this paradise of the South and spend their leisure time joyfully.
It makes moments heavenly.
On the Malabar coast along the Kerala shore line is a small village, called
Kovalam. This sleepy town suddenly came on the tourist map when its fabulous
beaches were discovered. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular
beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly
the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look.
The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promises a relaxed stay.
The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed
away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories,
makes this beach paradise.
This marvelous beach is a tourist's dream come true. A sheltered natural bay
with cool soothing palms and gentle waves. Where when you are tired of aquatics,
swimming or sunbathing, you can explore the handicrafts, jewellery and cloth
shops spread along the waterfront.
The crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three parts. The
southern most beach, and the most popular, is the Lighthouse Beach. Further
south on the beach one can have a spectacular view of the Vizhinzam mosque.
Photography is prohibited here.
East Fort Ganapathy Temple
Pazhavangadi Bhagavathy Temple
Attukal Hanuman Temple
Vikas Bhavan Sree Parasurama Temple, Thiruvallam Janardhan Swamy Temple
Varkala Aruvipuram siva Temple
Neyyattinkara Sree Kanteswaram Temple
St.Joseph Church, Palayam
Christ Church, Paslayam LMS Church
Palayam Lourdes Church, Near PMG
Jn. Pentacostal Church
Charachira Jama Masjid, Palayam
Jama Masjid, Beemapally Mosque
Thampanoor Hidayuthul Islam Madrasa
Moyuddin Mosque, Vizhinjam
3. ABOUT THEKKADY (PERIYAR)
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
Thekkady - The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending
chains of hill and spice scented plantations. In the crisp, cool air of the
Western Ghats you will experience the most enchanting holiday. With the animals
of the wild and the simple mountain people. 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 Thekkady sanctuary is one of the best in
the country for watching and photographing wild life. 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.
Notable among the denizens of Periyar are the tigers, the majestic Asiatic
wild elephants and the distinctive Nilgiri langur. Other animals include the
wild boar, wild dog, bison, bear and leopards. Amongst the avifauna, the most
profuse are herons, egrets, darters, kingfishers and the great Malabar grey
hornbill. A cruise through the waters of Periyar lake around which the wild
-life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul - stirring pleasant experience.
IN AND AROUND THEKKADY
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Entry : 0600 to 1800 hrs)
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady
is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick
evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve
in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic
beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid
artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds
to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can
have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the
safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the
large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge.
The sanctuary watch towers
There are three watch towers for observing wild life - at Edappalayam and
Manakkavala and Thannikudi. Reservations can be made at the Forest information
Counter, Thekkady. Tel. : +91-486-322028.
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.
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. Permission to visit the area can be obtained
from the Wildlife Warden at Thekkady. Tel. : 91-486-322027.
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 Kumbam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Vandiperiyar ( 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 plantations of Vandanmedu is a pleasant 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, Thekkady Tel.+ 91-486-322027 or The Range Officer, Vallakkadavu
Tel. :+ 91-486-352515.
HOW TO REACH
Madurai 140 km
Kochi (Cochin) 190 km
Thiruvananthapuram 265 km
Kozhikode 315 km
Chennai 570 km
Teni 60 km
Kottayam 114 km
Changanassery 114 km
Madurai 140 km
By Road There are frequent buses from Kumily (4 km away) to various tourist
The drive to Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquill countryside,
rich plantations & thick jungles. The sanctuary, 60 km from Idukki, 190
km from Cochin and 114 kms away from Kottayam is open throughout the year
, but the best season for a visit is from September to March. The sanctuary
is centered around the large (24 sq km) artificial lake formed by a dam across
the Periyar river. The main attraction is a boat trip over this man-made lake
of Thekkady. The forest department arranges elephant rides and trekking inside
enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is a
cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerela.
Kumarkom strengthens Keralas reputation for being Gods own country
with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald
green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned
with while lillies. It is part of the Kuttanad region, and the bird sanctuary
here spread across 14 acres of any ornithologist's paradise.
This enchanting backwater destination offers visitors many leisure options.
From wandering into the depths of its wildlife sanctuary to cruising down
the back waters and fishing, Kumarkom is perfect for a lazy and laid back
The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip
round the islands, as hundreds of swaying verdant coconut palms lining the
rivers lean to brush the tops of your heads. Kumarkom is an example of nature
at her bountiful best in the fragrant flowers, the riot of multi coloured
birds, the surrounding greenry and the clear waters.
KUMARAKOM TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
The Vembanad Lake
The Vembanad Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. It flows
through the verdant lands of Kerala and offers one of the best backwater cruises.
Most of the flora and fauna in this region flourishes around this supply of
fresh water. The lake also acts as a balancing tank against floods, and its
wooded banks, temptingly invite a visitor to explore more. The boats that
ply on the lake vary from the large stitched-hull, cargo carriers with domed
mat-roofs to houseboats.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
A water-bird sanctuary lies at the edge of the grounds of an old estate where
a profusion of all kinds of birds can be observed. Domestic birds such as
cuckoo, wild duck, egrets, darters, herons, teal, and water fowl can be seen
in abundance here, as much as can the Siberian storks which migrate to this
area each year.
Kumarakom is situated 15 km from Kottayam on the Vembanad lake. This little
backwater town is well known for its rubber plantations. Christianity is the
dominant religion here and it is dotted with pretty old churches. Rejuvenating
ayurvedic massages are available here. Thekkady, a major wildlife center lies
114 km from here, and Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrim center is another 134 km
The charmingly unkept coastal town of Alappuzha, formerly called Alleppey,
lies close by. With its labyrinth of canals, bridges, silver beaches, and
cheerful people it makes for a memorable holiday. Alappuzha is a never-ending
panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, and long canals
that offers enjoyable boat cruises to Kollam along the scenic Vembanad Lake.
is best described as a picturesque clean village like most places in Kerala.
It has lately become a preferred tourist destination. Boat races, houseboat
cruise, canoeing and fishing are some of the main attractions of this simple
place. The huge houseboats, traditionally known as the Kettuvalloms, are complete
with living rooms, toilets, kitchen, balcony for angling and it is possible
to live on them for days together for a truly unique experience. These Kettuvalloms
are actually remodelled cargo barges made of wooden planks joined together
by rope only, without using nails at all.
Kumarakom lies in the region of Kuttanad, which is the rice bowl of Kerala.
Here farming is done below sea level. The peace and quiet, biting fresh air
and unspoiled life style of the simple people of Kumarkom are a unique and
rejuvenating experience that surpasses any modern entertainment activity or
HOW TO REACH KUMARAKOM
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is about 76
kms from Kottayam town. Kottayam is the nearest railhead to Kumarkom, about
16 km away and provides a link to all major cities in Kerala and India with
numerous trains plying its route daily. The nearest bus terminal, is also
TOURIST TRAVEL INFORMATION
Kumarakom is located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced
tropical climate. The local spring season emerges from August and coincides
with the harvest festival of Onam. The lowest and highest temperatures recorded
are 16.10 C and 37.80 C. There is always a cool, fresh breeze, which makes
even the warmest weather readily agreeable. The South West monsoon is from
early June to early August. However, slight drizzles persist till early November.
Average rainfall is 1100 mm per year. The peak tourist season is from November
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL KUMARAKOM
The time when one can enjoy the enchanting backwaters is from December through
March. A visit around January15 provides the chance to see the Boat Race at
Alleppey on January 19 and the Great Elephant March Jan 17 to 20. Second Saturday
of August is Nehru Trophy Snakeboat Race
5. ABOUT MUNNAR
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha,
Nallathanni and Kundala. This hill station, located at an altitude of 1600
m above sea level, was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British government
in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes
and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora
found in the forests and grasslands is the 'Neelakurinji'.
This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years will bloom next
in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in south India, Anamudi, which
towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
Mattupetti (13 km from Munnar)
Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetti is famous for its highly specialised
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 Mattupetti 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
Pothamedu (6 km from Munnar)
Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations
in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery
here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Pallivasal (8 km from Munnar)
This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place
of immense scenic beauty.
(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
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.
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.
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.
Rajamala (15 km from Munnar)
The natural habitat of the Nilgiri 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 Rajamala is now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala
region. The total number of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over
1300. Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon.
Echo Point (15 km from Munnar)
This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo
point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar)
The 97 sq. kms 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
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. The park is divided 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.
Power House or Chinnakanal 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.
(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.
EXCURSIONS 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.
Devikulam (7 kms from Munnar)
This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and
the cool mountain air offers a rare experience to visitors. The Sita Devi
Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic
spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Valara (10 kms from Adimali on the Kochi-Madurai highway)
Valara has a chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests.
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.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Near by airports are at Kochi (130 kms) and Madurai (142 kms).
Rail: Nearest railway stations are at Kochi and Kottayam.
Road: The place is well connected by a well developed network of road transport.
Local transport: Local buses, cycles.
6. ABOUT COCHIN
Cochin, which is now known as Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. It
is a place which is blended with historical places, palaces, forts, old churches,
beaches, backwaters, snake boats races, Kathakali, museums and the convenience
of a big city with towering buildings and business centers. With serene backwaters,
beautiful lagoons, wooded isles and a magnificent landscape, Cochin is indeed
the Queen of the Arabian Sea.
Cochin is a world of palm trees and breaking waves at the south -eastern tip
of the Indian peninsula. With serene backwaters, beautiful lagoons, wooded
isles and a magnificent landscape, setting sun on the beaches of Cochin, Cochin
is indeed the Queen of the Arabian Sea.
Another gateway into India, Cochin has been in cultural and trade contact
with the outside world right from its early years. Cochin, has one of the
finest natural harbours of the world. Cochin, today is one of the largest
and most important city in Kerala. It is also known to be the second most
important city on the western coast of India. Kochi is also known as the Queen
of the Arabian Sea.
Across its bay and on the islands are the sleepy coconut villages of Vypin,
Bolghatty and Vallaradom. It is a city with a glorious cultural past. Kochi
is located in the center of Kerala covering about 87,341 sq. km with a population
which comes upto approximately 12,00,000. The language which is spoken here
The climate is moderate throughout the year and the temperature ranges from
a minimum of 22.5oc to a maximum of 35oc in the summer and from a minimum
of 20oc to a maximum of 32oc in the winter. The ideal season of visit is between
September and May. The city is pretty clean with the local authorities doing
a good job in maintaining it in that way.
Being situated very close to the sea, Kochi has a moderate climate. Heavy
showers are experienced during the months June, July and August due to the
South-West Monsoon. The North-East Monsoon brings light rainfall during the
months September, October, November and December. December to February is
pretty cool. The annual rainfall is about 310 cm . In summer the temperature
rises to a maximum of 35 ºC while in winter it is around 25 ºC .
Kochi (Cochin), the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is situated on the west coast
of India in the beautiful state of Kerala. Kochi can be regarded as the commercial
and industrial capital of Kerala.
PLACES TO SEE: Dutch Palace- Mattancherry
Dutch Palace was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja
in AD 1555. It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried
out some extensions and repairs. In the centre of the building is the Coronation
Hall where the Cochin Rajas held their coronations . Rooms adjacent contain
17th century murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic the Ramayana. Open
daily from 1000 to 1700 hrs, closed on Friday and national holidays.
Jewish Synagogue- Mattancherry
Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament,
the Copper Plates on which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers
were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of interest.
Open daily from 1000 to 1200 hrs. and 1500 to 1700 hrs : Closed on Saturdays
and on Jewish holidays.
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.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
This bird sanctuary is situated right in the heart of Kochi city. It is the
home of many exotic and rare varieties of migratory birds. Museum of Kerala
History The museum has on display life size statues of many famous personalities
and several paintings depicting Kerala.
Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort
It is the oldest European fort built in India.
Parikshith Thampuram Museum
The museum is situated near the famous Siva Temple, Ernakulam. It houses a
treasure of archaeological findings and relics including old coins, sculptures,
oil paintings and murals.
The Parikshith Thampuram Museum, the State Archaeological Department, and
the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy Gallery of Contemporary Art are of interest
along the Durbar Hall Road which branches eastwards from the southern end
of Park Avenue.
Collections of 19th century oil paintings, old coins, sculpture in stone and
plaster of paris, copies of mural paintings, etc. Collections from Cochin
royal family are also among them. Timings : 0930 to 1200 hrs and 1500 to 1730
hrs. Closed on Mondays and national holidays. Admission is free.
Francis Church-Fort Cochin
The Protestant church was built originally by the Portuguese in AD 1510 and
is believed to be the first church built by Europeans in India. Vasco de Gama
was originally buried here. His mortal remains were taken to Portugal after
Santa Cruz Cathedral-Fort Cochin
Roman Catholic church situated close to St. Francis Church. Some beautiful
paintings can be seen here.
Chinese Fishing Net-Fort Cochin
These Chinese fishing net is fabulous. At the entrance of the harbour these
nets along the backwaters are a fascinating sight.
A long narrow palm-fringed easily accessible from the mainland. The Bolghatty
Palace is situated here. It was built by the Dutch in 1744. Later it became
the seat of the British Resident and now it has been converted into a hotel
under KTDC. The palace has a golf course on its grounds.
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. Click here to
view a picture of the Chinese fishing nets found here.
Willingdon island is a man-made island created with the material dredged while
deepening Cochin port. Regular ferry services on the lake surrounding the
island afford an inexpensive back-water cruise. The Government of India Tourist
Office is situated here. The Southern Naval Command Headquarters of India,
the seaport, airport, railway terminus, important offices of the port, and
the customs house are all located on this Island.
Parishath Thamburan Museum- Ernakulam
Collections of 19th century oil paintings, old coins, sculpture in stone and
plaster of paris, copies of mural paintings, etc. Collections from Cochin
royal family are also among them. Timings : 0930 to 1200 hrs and 1500 to 1730
hrs. Closed on Mondays and national holidays.
Hill Palace Museum- Thripunithura
Displays articles of archeological importance such as the royal bed, paintings,
epigraphy carvings, different varieties of arms, etc.
Museum of Kerala History Edapally, (Pathadipalam) Ernakulam
Various changes in historical and Cultural spheres which happened in Kerala
for the past 4000 years are beautifully exhibited through the statues. Visiting
time 1000 to 1600 hrs. Closed on Mondays.
The best part of a visit to Cochin is a boat-ride through the backwaters to
the various where the local crafts like coir-mat making can be seen.
Drive & Broadway
Marine Drive is gradually catching up as another busy retail centre. The lively
GCDA Commercial Complex along the waterfront features a kaleidoscope of several
business establishments and other institutions, boutiques, supermarkets, fast
foods, and cafes. Luxury apartments, elegant hotels, and office buildings
are located on either side of the main Shanmugham Road which terminates at
High Court Junction on northern end, where the Ram Mohan Palace - the seat
of the Kerala High Court - is situated. An evening stroll along the water-side
promenade is a favourite pastime. Broadway - narrow despite its name - running
parallel to the east of Shanmugham Road is among the city's oldest and busiest
shopping streets, where the best buys include clothes and spices.
The green lung of the metropolis so to speak, the well-shaded, tree-lined
Park Avenue gets its name from the beautifully laid-out parks on its western
side overlooking the backwaters of the Vembanad Lake and having impressive
views of Cochin harbour. The ancient Siva temple, old government buildings,
the General Hospital, the main boat jetty, the Cochin Corporation office,
the District Court, and some of the city's finest educational institutions
are located alongside this picturesque boulevard.
7. ABOUT ALLEPPEY (ALAPPUZHA)
Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a
large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the
east". These large network of canals provide 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. Even today it retains its charm as the centre
for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. 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 which is an annual event.
Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake - boat races held on the
second Saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat race
takes its name from India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated
in 1952. It is excitement all around as snake - boats , each manned by over
a hundred oarsmen, cut through the waters like wind. The event is a tremendous
success with tourists and the local population alike.
The boat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey give one first hand experience
of the life style, toddy tapping, fishing for small fry, Coir-making, prawn
farming etc. which remains more or less unchanged over the years.
By Air - The nearest airport is at Cochin.
By Rail - Alleppey Railway Station. Connected by rail with Cochin and Trivandrum.
By Road - 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).
PLACES TO SEE:
is situated 14 kms. away from Alleppey. In its architectural features, the
Sreekrishna Temple confirms the typical Kerala style. The temple is famous
through out Kerala for 'Palpayasam' a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness
offered to the deity.
Situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, this village is known for its 10th century
Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder
of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this idol.
Champakulam - the water logged village is also the place of oldest angadi
(market) known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The St. Mary Forane Church built in
427 A D is another major attraction famous for its beautiful mural paintings
for both tourists and believers. In Champakulam you can see Nadubhagum and
Champakulam snake boats which take part in the annual snake boat races
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