Kerala

Places of Interest

This seaside village of historic importance has the ruins of an Old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century. The Thangasseri Lighthouse is open to visitors from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

This temple which shows Pandyan influence in its design has inscriptions in Tamil, dating from the 12th to the 16th century. The Vyala monster sculptures in this temple are carvings which give one the impression that the creatures are animate and are actually climbing upstairs with their outstretched paws

Mayyanad is noted for its shrines and temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the Subramanya temple at Umayanallor. This shrine is said to have been consecrated by the great Hindu philosopher Sree Sankaracharya.

The vast fresh water lake here is the largest of its kind in Kerala. The ancient Sastha temple which lends its name to the town is an important pilgrim centre.

The unique feature of this famous pilgrim centre is that there is no deity or idol at the famous Parabrahma temple dedicated to universal consciousness. Ochira Kali in mid June and the twelve day Panthrandu Vilakku in November/December are the two main annual festivals. Ochira Kali is a mock fight enacted between groups of men dressed as warriors on the padanilam (fighting spot). They perform a martial dance, standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields and splashing water in every direction.

This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre.

3 kms from the central bus stand and next to the government guesthouse at Asramam, is an Adventure park, which delights children. The Kollam District Tourist Promotion Council organises backwater cruises from there and during the season conducts cruises to Alappuzha.

Kottarakkara is the origin of the famous classical dance and has originated from Kottarakkara Taluk. It was once the capital of Elayadathu Swarupam, a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family

Situated on the Thiruvananthapuram - Kottayam MC Road, Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple is a magnificent masterpiece of Sculptures.

Jatayupara is a huge rock at Chadayamangalam. Legends goes that the name Jatayupara is from the mythical bird Jatayu in the epic Ramayana, who is believed to have collapsed on the rock after failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita. The Crafts Festival is held annually during December-January, featuring the work of craftsmen from all over the country.

Located near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, 5 kms from Ariankavu is the lovely waterfalls at Palaruvi, at a height of 300 feet. Being the pristine spot, the waterfalls give the impression of flowing milk, which falls steeply down into a small shallow pool, ideal for swimming. Nearby there are also smaller cascades, which gives a beautiful sight.

Trivandrum, the capital city is about 100 kms form the resort .Trivandrum is famous for a lot of sightseeing options. Places worth seeing are Kanakakunnu palace, Sree Padmanabhaswami temple, Zoo, natural history museum, better known as Napier museum, Science museum with Planetorium. The world famous Kovalam beach is 18 kms from Trivandrum city.

There are no words that can completely describe the beauty of kanyakumari and it remains one of the most popular tourist destinations of south India. Located in the southern most point of the Indian main land, it is the meeting point of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal and it offers magnificent view of sunrise and sunset from the beach. The main attractions are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, built in 1970, and the gigantic 133 feet statue of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar, one of the biggest statues in Asia.

Alleppey or Alapuzha is well known as the Venice of the east and is well known for its back waters and coir industry. It also has a well maintained beach.

Kochi is known as the queen of the Arabian Sea and is famous for its Portuguese remains, Chinese fishing nets and Jew town. It has the biggest sea port in Kerala and is an excellent option for shopping antique items.