Destinations

The Important tourist spots in kerala is given below :

Popularly attributed for decades as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha is one of the most attractive and green backwater destinations in Kerala, South India. Take a houseboat cruise on the tranquil backwaters of Alapuzha and you can feel the marvelous and exotic charm of the nature.

Description: Alappuzha HoueboatAlappuzha offers a visitor unique opportunity to enjoy his stint with nature in perfect seclusion, and the beauty and loveliness of the Alappuzha tourist attractions will create a positive effect on all his senses.

Now a days, Alappuzha is widely known as a famous tourism spot and as a backwater tourist centre. Alappuzha also known as Alleppey is attracting thousands and thousands of tourists each year to Kerala. Alappuzha is well-known for its Kerala, marine products, coir industry, charming beaches, boat races and boat houses.

The Kuttanad region of Alapuzha is renowned as the Rice Bowl of the State. Kuttanad is rich with its emerald colored paddy fields. Another specialty is that, the plantation here is below the sea level.

The temperate climate of the picturesque Alappuzha backwaters makes it a very pleasant holiday destination. Alappuzha backwaters are rich with marine life and amazing profusion of animal life as well. 

To reach Alappuzha

Air Travel : Nearest International Airports

(1)Thiruvananthapuram(150kms)
(2)Kochi/Nedumbassery(85kms)
Alappuzha is connected by good motor able roads to all parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Ferry Services

There is also a ferry available from Kottayam.The ferry takes you a long time across the scenic backwaters.

Tourist Attractions of Alappuzha

The Beaches in Alappuzha

The sun-kissing beaches in Alappuzha offer to any visitor that exquisite experience to relax amid the azure blue waters, with the palm and coconut grooves lining the lakes in a sylvan water world.

Champpakkulam

Champpakkulam is a small island which showcases the natural resplendence and attractions of Alappuzha.

Karumadikuttan

Karumadikuttan is the places with the gigantic, Buddhist statue.

Alappuzha backwaters

Description: Alappuzha BackwaterAlappuzha backwaters with the deep shadows of the tall palms that stand proudly on their banks around the glistening waters is a nowhere else-on-earth experience to any visitor.

 

Alappuzha Boat Races

Boat Races are yet another uniqueness of Alappuzha. The quiet and tranquil Alappuzha backwaters spring to life at the time of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. The special wooden snake boats that are used for these races are called Chundanvalloms which can accommodate more than 100 oarsmen at a time. It is so thrilling to watch the oarsmen work themselves up into frenzy as they propel these massive boats with the enchanting rhythm of special songs. The exhilaration and charged up atmosphere around will give any visitor a unique holiday experience that is beyond description.

Other Tourism Places in Alappuzha Kerala

The other must see tourist spots in Alappuzha are

  • Ambalapuzha
  • Arthunkal
  • Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple
  • Krishnapuram Temple and Palace
  • Mannarsala
  • Pathiramanal
  • Punnamada Kayal
  • St Andrew's Church
  • Mullackal Temple
  • Kottakulangara

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Cochin, apart being the largest city in the state has many other specialties. Cochin also known as Kochi and Ernakulam has been heralded as the Queen of Arabian Sea. Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. Kochi is a modern city with a harbor, an International Airport and a two major railway stations Kochi is paradise for the tourist's as there are many fascinating places to be visited here.

Tourist Attractions in Cochin

Marine Drive

The one place in Kochi where one is sure to love is Marine Drive. It is located in the heart of the city, probable the most posh area. Marine drive is almost one Km long along the lake over looking the wharf. It is a very calm place totally unaffected by the disturbances of the city. It is really the best place in Ernakulam to relax during the evenings. There are two beautiful rain bow bridges across the backwaters along the walk way.

Wellington Island

This is a manmade island constructed by the British and name after the erstwhile Viceroy Lord Wellington. The island is a place of great strategic and commercial importance. It has the Southern Naval Command-Kattari Bagh, the Port Trust head Quarters, offices of many trading companies international hotels etc You can reach the island either through road or by boat.

Jewish Synagogue

This synagogue was built in 1568 AD. It is the oldest synagogue in common wealth countries. This is located at Mattanchery.In the synagogue one can still find the scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates which are preserved with great care.

St. Francis Church Fort Kochi

It is located in Fort Kochi. Vasco da Gama - the first European Navigator who landed in India was buried in here in 1524. The church was initially built in wood.

Santa Cruz Bascillica Fort Kochi

This Roman Catholic Church is really a supreme example of the Portuguese architecture of the 15th century.
It is a specimen of portugese architecture built in 1503. Murals done with watercolors on wet plaster - Frescoes -decorate the interior parts of the church, even the ceilings.

Bhoothathankettu

Bhoothathankettu is situated 50 Kms from Ernakulam city. The reservoir with it fearsome name is located in a dense forest. The Salim Ali bird Sanctuary is located nearby. The boating through the reservoir is more than a rejoicing experience which you should never miss.

Cherai Beach

It is the most famous beach in Ernakulam district. The calm and shallow beach with its beautiful landscapes and nearby paddy fields provides the best place for relaxing and rejuvenating. Recreational activities like boat cruising, cultural event etc are the other specialties of this place. Excellent accommodation facilities of international standards are available in Cherai Island.

Bolghatty Palace

Bolgatty Island could be accessible by boats from the Marine drive. It is 3 kms from the main land. The main attraction here is the palace built by Duth in 1774 and later it was the seat of the British resident of Kochi.The palm trees and golf course together adds beauty to this place.

Parikshit Thampuran Museum

It is located near the Darbar Hall Road, Cochin. The museum has a wide collection of paintings of 19th century, old coins, mural paintings, other sculptures etc.

Hill Palace Thripoonithara

Hill palace, located 13 kms from the cochin city is the house of many royal icons. Epigraphies in dried palm leaves, majestic beds paintings, etchings, weapons and carvings can be seen here.

Kalady

It is the birth place of the great Advaita Philosopher - Adi Shankaracharya. There are three important temples here.

Malayattoor

The most important Christian Pilgrim center of Kerala. The St.Thomas church, the imprint of the foot of the Apostle and the great well believed to have healing effect are the main attractions here.

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Kovalam is one of the most attractive and famous beaches in the world. It is a perfect tropical beach with silvery white sands, shining sun and mild waves. The beauty of Kovalam is truly unmatched and the large number of coconut palms by the beach adds to the splendid charm.

Kovalam is 16 kilometers from Trivandrum. Having earned an attribute, the Paradise of the South, it offers today excellent accommodation, western and Indian style food that consists of grilled seafood as lobsters, Kalamari, and king prawn. For rejuvenation treatments, Ayurvedic massage parlours and Yoga centres are also available. 

Kovalam was brought into the focus of World Tourism around thirty years back by the Royal family of Travancore, the erstwhile rulers of Central Kerala. Over the years the entire area and the support infrastructure have been well developed and now provide excellent facilities to visitors. It is quite easy to travel to Kovalam as it is well connected by air, rail and road and is only 16 kilometers from the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

The beautiful beaches of Kovalam are truly enchanting and are ideal for swimming with its shallow beaches and mild waves. At some places one can walk up to a hundred meters into the sea and still the water will be only chest high. It really is an amazing place and gives any visitor a holiday he will never forget. One may swim, surf or snorkel in Kovalam and may spend time getting a tan or lazing away. 

Apart from the fun and frolic associated normally with beaches everywhere, Kovalam offers to the travellers two added attractions. They are exotic cuisine and ayurveda. The array of fresh seafood available at Kovalam is mind-blowing and the beachside restaurants take pride in the sumptuous and mouthwatering delicacies they serve. One will be able to enjoy Western, Continental, Chinese and Thai cooking at these restaurants along with scintillating varieties of local dishes. The uniquely tasty grilled seafood and also the spicy Indian Curry must not be missed!

The Yoga centres and Ayurvedic massage parlours add a whole new dimension to the holidays at Kovalam. While the relaxing and refreshing massages help to flush out the toxins from a person’s body and relax him, the Yogic ways taught by experts will enable one to recharge his batteries and retain his inner calm even when the person is back to the hustle and bustle of normal routine.

Azure water and favourable climate make Kovalam a favourite year-round spot for swimming and sun bathing. People from all around the world visit Kovalam to make it a centre fostering international understanding in an informal way.

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If there could be single place on earth where one can experience lagoons, backwaters, mangroves, brooks and canals, unending palm groves, fishing on a canoe, watching exotic migratory birds, eating fish caught afresh and many more, it must be Kumarakom in Kerala, near Kottayam. The location is so invigorating and rejuvenating for any visitor with an aesthetic sense. 

Kumarakom jutts into the Vembanad Lake as if it appears to be a peninsula. Lagoons, canals and waterways are geographically carved-out as the fresh water lake dents into the mainland. The ready availability of house boats, traditional country crafts, boats and canoes make it an exemplary location with unmatched avenues in water- tourism. To a lover of tastes, it is great news that tiger prawns, crabs, Karimeen or pearl spotted fish prawns are available everywhere. The Monsoon season imparts lush greenery to the place.

 Tourist Attractions of Kumarakom

 Leisure Openings in Kumarakom

Kumarakom can be explored and enjoyed better by boating; Resorts in Kumarakom render comfortable stay and food added with facilities for Ayurvedic massage, meditation and yoga.

One can go fishing boating, swimming at almost every part of the location. The adventurous can opt for windsailing and waterskiing if preferred.

Karimeen with local wine toddy is the unique food-specialty of Kumarakom.Even an amateur can catch his own meal with a fishing rod! 

Snake Boat Races

Snake boat races in which hundreds of oarsmen plod in unison through the Vembanad Lake, in their specially deigned snake-boats to the beating of the Chendas (Local Drums) and chanting of ballads, to safeguard the prestige of their Kara or village could be a cultural fiesta to be watched in certain months. The extravaganza is held annually in the months of August or September when the monsoon rain abates a bit. 

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

There is a Bird Sanctuary in Kumarakom spreading across 14 acres of land. The sanctuary is in noted by bird-lovers worldwide due to being a regular habitat for a vast selection of migratory and local birds. Egrets, herons, teals. darters, Siberian storks, kingfishers, fly catchers etc. frequent the locations of Kumarakom. Migratory birds as far as from the Himalayas and Siberia can be spotted during their seasons.

Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal is a geographic beauty in the form of an enchanting little island of ten acres in the Vembanad Lake. This place too is a haven of migratory birds.

Vembanad Lake Cruise

A cruise along Vembanad Lake will be the right choice to have a feel of these nature’s simple marvels!!.

Best Time To Visit

The ideal time to bird watch is between June and August.
To watch Migratory birds, November to February is the choice.

Reaching out to Kumarakom:

Kumarakom is just 16 kilometers from Kottayam, a prominent town with road and rail links to all places in India. By water, the distance to Kumarakom is 85 kilometers from Cochin and that is 180 Kilometers from Calicut. One can reach Kottayam from Trivandrum in three and a half hours. Kumarakom is accessible from all directions by water through its proneness to backwaters.

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Pathanamthitta is geographically a hilly terrain of pristine beauty amidst the various places of tourist interest in Kerala. Pathanamthitta district, located near the Western Ghats and surrounded by hills, has stretches of forests, rivers and rural landscapes. Being a host to a number of famous fairs and festivals, it is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. It is noted for biodiversity, having several plantations and spice farms. The place is nourished by three west flowing rivers too, the Pamba, the Manimala and the Achankovil Rivers, and houses wild life and bird sanctuaries. Sabarimala, one of the most important pilgrimage centres in the world for Hindus, dedicated to Lord Ayyappan falls into this district.

Pathanamthitta Tourism

Pathanamthitta district is hailed as the 'headquarters of pilgrimage tourism', as far as Kerala is concerned. 

Pathanamthitta Tourist Spots

Aranmula

Aranmula is typical of all the attributes of rural Kerala. The traditional crafts such as Arunmula metal mirror, the mural paintings and race boat constructions by local craftsmen are the specialties of the place.

Kakki

Located in sylvan background, Kakki reservoir is a favourite location of tourists. This splendid artificial lake offers a rare boating experience too. There are elephants, deers, monkeys and even tigers include in the wild-life around the surrounding forest.

Konni

Konni is the famous elephant training center, wild elephants are tamed and trained.

Perunthenaruvy

The Perunthenaruvi water falls near Pampa attracts thousands of people from inside and outside the district. This beautiful natural water falls is an ideal place of tourist destination, as people all over the world get fascinated by this water-falls which is only 10 kms from Erumely.

Cherukolpuzha Convention

Ayiroor Cherukolpuzha religious convention is yet another important annual religious edition on the river - bed of the Pamba. Large number of people attends this well-known Hindu religious convention.

Chandanakkudam Festival

Thousands of devotees solemnly attend this festival of the Jama - Al Mosque at Pathanamthitta. The event is held in February every year. The Kattur Mosque in Cherukos and the Kalamala Mosque near Adoor also have some corresponding celebrations alongwith this festival.

Uthrittathi Boat Race

The auspicious day, Uthrittathi, which comes after every Thiruvonam in August - September is the day on which the Uthrittathi Boat Race on the River Pamba near the Partha Sarathy Temple at Aranmula is organized. It has grown into a mega annual tourist event as well these years in addition to being a prominent cultural fiesta. The boat race is the commemoration of the crossing of River Pamba by the Lord Partha Sarathy. The reputed snake boats in Kerala take part in this colourful ritualistic event which really is a beauty to watch!

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Several rulers and dynasties beginning with the immaculate Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tippu Sultan of Mysore and the Europeans including the Dutch and the British moulded the destiny of Thrissur over the years. 

The literal meaning of Thrissur -Tiru-Shiva-Perur is the town in the name of Lord Shiva. It is the home-town of Kerala's biggest festival Pooram

Thrissur: Prime Tourist Attractions around the Town

The Thrissur Zoo

Thrissur has a zoo just 2 km from the town. The 13.5 acres of the Zoo house a variety of animal and bird-life.

Aquarium

There is an Acquarium close to the Nehru Park which is open between 03.00 and 08.00 pm

Archaeological Museum, Thrissur

Archaeological Museum is located the Town Hall Road.

Art Museum, Trichur

The art museum in the Zoo compound has a wide range pf collections of wood-carvings, metal sculptures and ancient jewellery. It is open from It has a collection of lamps of traditional Kerala .

Shakthan Thampuran Palace

Shakthan Thampuran Palace, also known as Palace Thoppu which is spread over an area of 6 acres. The enclave has three tombs (Shavakudeerams) including that of Shakthan Thampuran, the greatest ruler of the Cochin dynasty.

Anakkayam

Anakkayam is famous for its cool lake and placid waters. It is around 20 kms from Chalakudy on the Sholayar Peringalkuthu route. The place got its name as a herd of elephants which used to visit the place quite often got drowned in this lake. The rushing waters, chiseled rocks and silent streams make the place a visitors paradise.

Peechi Dam

Peechi Dam is an irrigation project site, 23 km from Thrissur offers boating facilities at the reservoir as well. Built across the Manali River, the dam is in the vast rain-catchment area of nearly 3200 acres with extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains offering numerous avenues for tourists.

Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary

The Peechi-Vazhani Sanctuary comsisting of the dense, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests is situated next to Peechi and Vazhani dams.

Soochipara Waterfalls

Soochipara Waterfalls is at a location, 2-km walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad.

Punnathur Kotta

This home of temple elephants offers unusual spectacles of the gentle pachyderm. Those interested can visit this elephant hostel.

Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls

The beautiful waterfalls of Athirapally and Vazhachal are located to the east of Chalakudy, near the entrance to the Sholayar forest ranges, 5 km apart to each other. The distance to Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls is 65 kms from the Thrissur Town.

Athirapilly Waterfalls an eighty - foot high waterfall at the threshold of the Sholayar ranges is a spectacular picnic spot. Vazhachal Waterfalls which lie just a short drive from Athirapally, closer to dense green forests as a part of the Chalakudy river is another popular geographic beauty.

Cheruthuruthy

Cheruthuruthy is the seat of Kerala Kalamandalam, the world-renowned Kathakali Training Centre. It was Vallathol Narayana Menon the famous poet, who founded this music and dance academy which imparts training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other traditional art forms. The centre is hence rightly considered the state's flagship training school for dance, drama and other indigenous performing arts of Kerala. Cultural Fiestas are also arranged occasionally. The travel distance to Cheruthuruthy is around 32Km.

Saint Thomas Memorial, Kodungalloor

St. Thomas, the Apostle, is believed to have first landed in India through Kodungalloor(formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church he founded there now houses ancient relics.

Vadakkumnathan Temple Guruvayur Temple, Koodalmanikyam Temple, 
Thriprayar Temple

Thrissur is famous for its temples like Vadakkumnathan Temple Guruvayur Temple, Koodalmanikyam Temple and Thriprayar Temple

Thrissur Pooram

The most colorful as well as spectacular festival of Kerala is Thrissur. It is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). People from all over the world are visiting Thrissur ot view this festival of colors. The festival is noted for its fire works and the exchange of umbrellas by so many elephants decorated wonderfully.

The other festivals noted in this area are Aarattupuzha Pooram Kodungaloor Bharani and Macchattu Vela

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Thiruvananthapuram is the Capital of Kerala State, India. Thiruvananthapuram, mythologically called as the city of serpent-god, is the capital city of Kerala State. The name Thiruvananthapuram is derived from the, name of the thousand-headed holy serpent-god Anantha on which Lord Vishnu ( Sri Anantha Padmanabhan ) reclines. This city which is believed to have been built on seven hills is one of the most beautiful cities of India.

Thiruvananthapuram is a popular and favorite transit destination for Indians and foreigners alike who plan visits to South India.

Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum city is a blend of modern and traditional architecture. Being at the southern most end of the Indian subcontinent, and caressed by the Arabian Sea at the west, Thiruvananthapuram is a popular and favourite transit destination for Indians and foreigners alike who plan visits to South India. The city is also a welcome departure from other large cities of India in its spacious layout and regulated life.

Tourist Places to visit / Tourist Attractions in Thiruvananthapuram

Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple

Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is the landmark of Thiruvananthapuram. Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple is around 2000 years old. This old temple is the most striking historical attraction of Thiruvananthapuram to any visitor or tourist. The Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on the hooded snake, Sri Anantha. The Thiruvananthapuram city derived its name from the Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple and the diety. The finely beautiful sculpts, stone carvings and marquees around the Sri Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temple are worth seeing.

Public Park

Public Park houses many important institutions, like the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. The observatory on the Observatory Hill is also located within the Public Park.

Sankumukham Beach

Sankumukham Beach, the beautiful beach in Thiruvananthapuram, is an important tourist destination of Thiruvanthapuram.

Veli Tourist Village

Veli means marriage. It is place where the lake weds the sea. Veli Tourist Village is a popular picnic spot of Thiruvananthapuram. This large recreational centre is a sheltered lagoon that offers beautiful landscape gardens. It is really worth taking a water ride through the lake

Sankumukham Beach

Sankumukham Beach, the beautiful beach in Thiruvananthapuram, is an important tourist destination of Thiruvanthapuram.

Veli Tourist Village

Veli means marriage. It is place where the lake weds the sea. Veli Tourist Village is a popular picnic spot of Thiruvananthapuram. This large recreational centre is a sheltered lagoon that offers beautiful landscape gardens. It is really worth taking a water ride through the lake

Kovalam

Kovalam beach is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Tourists from all over the world visit this palce. Kovalam is 16 km away from the city. This bay with unusual beauty is sheltered.

Aruvikkara

Aruvikkara which is 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city is a pilgrim centre as well a picnic spot. Situated on the banks of the Karamana river, this spot houses a Bhagavathy temple with a water fall nearby. A Stream in which fishes would come up to be fed by visitors is a special attraction.

Ponmudi

Ponmudi, the beautiful hill station is 61 kms away from the city. The natural scenery, salubrious climate and the thrill of hiking in elevations make the visit to this place an exhilarating experience.

Vizhinjam

The travel distance to Vizhinjam is around 2 kms from the Kovalam South. Vizhinjam is considered to be an ancient port in Kerala. The commercial establishments of the Dutch and the Portugese were here in Vizhinjam. Vizhinjam is now being developed as a famous modern fishing harbour In South India.

Fairs and Festivals of Thiruvananthapuram

Being the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram has numerous religious, state or tourist festivals celebrated now and then throughout the year attracting thousands of visitors both from within and outside the country.

The Village Fair

During this event an entire village of the bygone days of rural Kerala is recreated with artisans, astrologers etc around Nalukettu (traditional house), temple and similar social places so that the visitors will be able to see and visualize how people of Kerala in those days went about their lives. The festival lasts for a week from 3rd January. The village is usually set near Kovalam with displays of cultural performances like kathakali, kalaripayattu, theyyam, koodiyattam etc.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace is located 54 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram across the border in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu State. It was built during the 14th century and was initially called Darpakulangara. Later in the 18th century it was renovated and renamed as the Padmanabhapuram Palace. The palace was the throne of the Travancore ruler Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, till Thiruvananthapuram was made the capital in 1780. This place has many a relic of historical and artistic value.

Kowdiar Palace

Kowdiar Palace is the home of late Maharaja Sree Chita Thirunal Bala Rama Varma; though public access has been denied one may enjoy its grandeur from outside.

Anchuthengu Fort

Built by the British East India Company in the 17th century, Anchuthengu Fort is a testimony to sturdy and elegant construction. The adjoining cemetery also now adds to the list of relics of the first major British trading station on the Malabar Coast. This Fort is 36 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram.

Koyikkal Palace

Koyikkal Palace, this ancient fifteenth century Nalukettu structure in two storeys, is 18 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram route Ponmudi hillstation and the Kuttalam waterfalls. It had been the official residence of the rulers of the erstwhile State of Travancore. In 1990 this was restructured into a Folklore and Numismatic Museum.

The Great Elephant Race

Though strictly not a local festival, the conclusion of this unique festival is in Thiruvananthapuram. This four-day long entertainment is arranged by the tourism department of Kerala. As part of the Great Elephant Race event, 101 caparisoned elephants march from Thrissur on the 17th of every January reaching Thiruvananthapuram on the fourth day with stop-overs at Kochi and Alappuzha. Kerala's Folk art performances and Boat Races are arranged during this period. At this time. the Kerala tourists can have glimpses of the Malayele culture. The festival closes on the fourth day at Kovalam Beach with various cultural programmes & seaside barbecue.

Nishagandhi Dance Festival

The Tourism Development Corporation of Kerala organises the dance festival annually. Leading artists of, Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Modern Ballet and other folk forms will perform at the pen-air theatre.

Attukal Pongala

Attukal Pongala is celebrated between 18th and 26th of February, every year, at Attukal Bhagavati Temple. It is a ten-day festival. On the 9th day, thousands of women devotees from many parts of the state gather in the vicinities of the temple to prepare pongala, a favorite offering to the goddess. These devotee-women prepare pongala by cooking jaggery, coconut and banana in certain nominated proportions and offer it to the Goddess. Last year pongala was reported for its entry into the guiness book for the largest no of women gathering.

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Kottayam in south India is combinations of hills mountains lakes and lush green groves. This is a place of historical importance. This region has a high rate of literacy and is a beautiful destination noted for back water destinations, mountains and valleys, temples and churches, aqua tourism, rubber plantations replete with lakes and rural destinations. Kottayam is known as the land of lakes, letters, latex and lagoons. The rubber plantations in Kottayam district are world famous.

One can enjoy the boat cruises; If you did not go on cruising around in a boat you will miss so much of the charm in fact. 

The famed Vembanad Lake is a luxury picnic spot and the trip to Kottayam is incomplete without it. This stretches miles across and harbors organisms peculiar. The shore is brisk with gathering shells. 
One can also visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, home of some varieties of exotic birds.

The word Kottayam means Inside Fort. Kottayam is composed of low, middle and high land. 
The boundaries of Kottayam are

  • North: Ernakulam
  • South: Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta
  • West: Vembanad Lake.

This place is best visited during the months of August and March. 

Since the second Chera Empire Kottayam has been a pl ace of importance. Maharaja Marthandaverma had a great influence on the place as a ruler; he conquered the Vembolinadu that his predecessor established. Kottayam is situated 76Km from Cochin. It is around 2.45 hours travel from Cochin Air Port. 

Food is good and the price reasonable especially so at the KTDC resort here.

Tourist Destinations of Kottayam Kerala

Vagamon

Vagamon is emerging as a destination of importance noted for its scenic beauty, heritage and historical buildings and religious shrines. This is a hill station amidst plantations of coffee rubber and cardamom. A journey through winding roads along the mist clad hills is something to be cherished for life. Vagamon is on the Kottayam Idukki boundary.

This is also gaining importance as an international paragliding destination. 

Go trekking to the church atop the hill. Kurisumala Ashram established by Belgian Priests is worth a visit. Also you can the Pattumala Church, shrine dedicated to Mother Mary; this is a major pilgrim centre.

Visual Treats

  • Go on a trekking to the church atop the Kurisumala Hill.
  • One may take paragliding lessons here.
  • Try out your passion for mountaineering and trekking of the rock laden region of the hill.
  • Boating facility is available in most of the Lakes.
  • One can have a home stay at Vagamon
  • Visit the nearby places of interest as Kulamav, Thangalpara, Kurisumala, Thekkaday etc.
  • One may visit the first arch dam in Asia, the Idukki Dam site. Built connecting two rocky hills called the Kuravan Hill and Kurathi Hill is also a wild life sanctuary. 

Kumarakom

Kumarakom jutts into the Vembanad Lake as if it appears to be a peninsula. Lagoons, canals and waterways are geographically carved-out as the fresh water lake dents into the mainland. The ready availability of house boats, traditional country crafts, boats and canoes make it an exemplary location with unmatched avenues in water- tourism. To a lover of tastes, it is great news that tiger prawns, crabs, Karimeen or pearl spotted fish prawns are available everywhere. The Monsoon season imparts lush greenery to the place.