Kumarakam is located near the city of Kottayam in Kerala. It is a popular tourist destination famous for Backwater tourism. The back waters are in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, which is the largest Fresh water lake in Kerala. Here you can find a vide variety of houseboats which is known world wide. Several Luxury and Budget resorts are available on the shores of lake which provide tourists the facilities of boating, yachting and fishing which gives a clear view of the wide area of the lake. This house boats are used by Tourist. For fishing and Transporting the Goods, a separate boat called Kettuvallam is used.
The other point of attraction is the Bird Sanctuary. You can visit here by Canoes and this will be arranged by local fisherman at the entrance of the sanctuary. This two hour canoe trip is really cheap will also give you a beautiful experience and is best during evening and early morning.
How to reach
Nearest Airport is Cochin International Airport
Nearest Railway Station is Kottayam
Ponmudi (The Golden Peak) is a hill Station which is an extension of the Western Ghats and runs parallel to Arabian Sea. This hill station is located in the Trivandrum District of Kerala which is km north – east of Trivandrum City. This hill station is an important point of contact to the Kallar River which is known for its crystal clear water, fishes and trees surrounding it. Nearby tea-gardens add beauty to this place. You can go for Trekking and Hiking in the lush mountains . Agasthyar Hills is close to it and passes are available in the month of January and February.
Can Avail buses at periodic intervals from the Main bus stand in Trivandrum to this place.
How To Reach
The nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport
The nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Central Railway Station.
Athirampally and Vazhachal is located east of Chalakudy in Thrissur District. It is 63 km and 68 km Respectively from Thrissur. It is near to the Sholayar Forest ranges. The beauty of this place cannot be explained by words. You will be allowed to visit the waterfalls is only between 8am and 6 pm. From Cochin International Airport or Cochin Railway Station, to reach this Waterfalls you have to drive 55 km by Road on NH 47 and then turn right from the chalakudy junction which is the nearest rail head. Nearest city is Thrissur which is 63 km from the Athirapally waterfalls.
The Pazhassiraja Museum is located at East Hill, which is 5 Km from Kozhikode, Kerala which is the land of spices. This made the Navigators to come to this part of the world right from the time of Portugese Explorer Vasco da Gama in 1498.. This museum is monitored by the Archaeological Department of Kerala State.
The nearest Airport is Calicut international Airport and the nearest Railway station is Calicut Railway station
Silent Valley National Park is Located 40 km from Mannarkad[/caption]Silent Valley National Park is Located 40 km from Mannarkad , in the northern corner of Palakkad District in Kerala. It rises abruptly to the Nilgiri Plateau in the North and Overlook the plains of Mannarkad in the South. It is the Unique Preserve of Tropical Rain forest.
The silent valley National park is also called Sairandhrivanam meaning forest in the valley. Here you can find different species of Flowering plants , mammals, butterflies, beetles, birds etc. You can also find Lion – Tailed Macaque in large numbers. The Best time to Visit this place is From the Month of September to March.
The nearest Airport is Kozhikode & Coimbatore ( In Tamilnadu) and nearest Railway station Is Palakkad Railway station . This is the closest alternative which is 75 kms from the park.
Kuruva Island is located 17 Km east of Mananthavady and 40 km North west of Sulthan Bathery of Waynad District in Kerala. The Island is surrounded by Streams and River. This can be accessed by using Rafts and Boats run by Kerala Tourist Department. Vana Samraksha samithi Department of Forest of Kerala has the responsibility to monitor the activities and hence to protect the forest , entry to this place is restricted,
In order to protect the forest and considering the frequency of elephants and other animals to this place and at times of heavy rain, a Pass is mandatory to enter this spot and this can be obtained from Department of Forest Prior to the visit. More information’s can be obtained from Department of Tourism Wayanad in Kalpetta
Bekal Fort is the largest fort in Kasargod, Kerala, India, spreading over 40 acres .Bekal Fort faces the Arabian Sea.
The fort was actually built exclusively for fulfilling defense requirements. The holes on the outer walls of fort are designed for the defense.Bekal served as an important military station of Tipu Sultan when he led the great military expedition to capture Malabar.
How to Reach :Nearest airports
Mangalore International Airport – 60 km.Karipur International Airport – 180 km.
Nearest railway station: Kasaragod, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.
Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centre in India. The temple is located in Trissur District Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Krishna and is also called Bhoolokavaikunta – The Heaven on Earth! According to the belief, The temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the gods(Brihaspati) and Vayu, the god of winds. The Legend has it that this image was originally worshipped by Bhrama and gifted to Vishnu who retained it with him at Dwarka during his Krishnavataram. The eastern Nada is the main entrance to the shine. Within the Chuttambalam ( outer enclosure) a high gold plated Flag post has been placed. There is a Dipastambham ( pillar of Lambs ) which provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit.
How to Reach
Nearest railway station:
1. Guruvayur, – Guruvayur – Chennai express train from Chennai Via Thiruvantapuram, Madurai and Trichirapalli runs up to this station.
Regular passenger train service to Ernakulam via Thrissur will be available to this station
2. Thrissur Is the major Railway station which has better connectivity. (The temple is located about 29 km from Trissur.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 75 km.
By road: Guruvayurr is connected by road with several important cities of India. Various private and State Government – owned bus companies operate regular services to this temple town.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Shiva temple in Kottayam, Kerala, India. The temple of Ettumanoorappan has a special sanctity and glorious history of its own. the Temple stands first among the pIaces of worships and pilgrimage in South India arid it attracts devotees not only from India but also from abroad. Though the uthsava idol of Shiva is an eight handed figure and is in a ‘roudra bhava’ (appearing in a very angry posture). The devotees only see Him as a merciful form.
Many vedic names are associated with this temple and it is believed that Pandavas, Sage Vyasa had worshipped at this temple and Shri Adi Shaankaracharya, devotee of Lord Shiva composed his Soundarya Lahari here
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI)
Nearest Railway Station: Ettumanoor railway station is on the Kottayam – Ernakulam line of the Southern Railways.
The Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple has over 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and among the trees, and
is the largest such temple in Kerala . The beliefs and rituals associated with the mannarasala temple are different from most other temples, and this is one rare temple where the puja pattern is headed by a Brahmin lady. Women seeking fertility come to worship here, and upon the birth of their child come to hold thanksgiving ceremonies here, often bringing new snake images as offerings. The famous Nagaraja temple “Mannarasala” is nestled in a forest glade, like most snake temples.. A special turmeric paste which is available at the temple is credited with curative powers. This Temple is a very ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja).
How to Reach
Airport – 115 km from Cochin International Airport,125 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
Nearest railway station – Haripad (3 kms), Mavelikkara (10 kms), Kayamkulam (11 kms)