Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide
Athirapally Waterfalls is located at the entrance of range Sholayar. This is a popular picnic spot. And ensure to the onlookers, one of the most charming landscapes, waterfalls Athirappally a distance of about 80 meters and is located in the forest region. Along with the greenery, it infuses the freshness of any tired soul. Athirapally Falls and join the river Chalakkudy after the decline of a drop of 80 feet.Escape the quiet and much needed, problems and pressures of life. Let the soothing sounds take you to some places of natures most relaxing.
At trip to Kerala wouldn't be complete without a trip along the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat. The lush green palm-fringed landscape, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through another world. It's one of the most tranquil things you can do. The Kerala backwaters are a memorable backdrops for a romantic Kerala getaway as well.
Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days.This pleasing and breathtaking hill station has always been famous among honeymooners and tourists from all over the world. The place is a paradise for nature lovers and provides them the best ambience, the honeymooners require for their dream honeymoon tour. Its beauty never misses to captivate people’s mind and soul with its very first glimpse. Rambling tea plantations, rising and falling hills swathe in bright green beauty of flourishing valleys are big attractions for families.
Stationed at the Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady is one of the important tourist destinations in India. It is well known for wildlife preservation. Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries, Thekkady is unique and abundantly rich with flora, fauna and a wide range of birds. Here, you can get a glimpse of wildlife in a close range, and one can also have an opportunity to see and film the wildlife while they are in their natural habitat. Thekkady is a paradise with its natural scenic beauty, clear waters and the serene atmosphere literally captivates the visitors.
Located 10 kilometers off the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the golden, crescent shaped sands of Kovalam are unforgettable. There are 3 beaches : Hawah Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Samudra Beach. The soft, yellow expanses of these beaches are backed by swaying palm trees and fronted by the glittering ocean. The gentle breeze that blows constantly, along the coastline is simply divine.
Vagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam- Idukki border of Kerala. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10-23°C during a summer midday. It is situated 1,100 metres above sea level. Reaching Vagamon itself is an extraordinary experience. The meandering road to Vagamon is cut in solid rock lined with pine forests. And as you wind your way through green capped hills, the rolling plains come into view thousands of feet below you. Welcome to a land which would make you come back again and again so that you could rejuvenate yourself and cherish memories of this enchantingly beautiful land.
The Western Ghats serving as a huge barrier shielding Kerala from the rest of peninsular India, there have always been a small trickle of visitors transgressing this mountainous terrain. Relics and edicts found in various parts of Wayanad speak of an important pre historic era. Isolation further enhanced development of unique ways of life; traces of which survive intact amongst Wayanad’s tribe to this day. Passing through a period of Jain dominance, we come to the modern era wherein there are marked influences from prominent historic figures like Tipu Sultan and the Pazhassi Raja. The eventual colonisation of the area by the British paved the way for organised agriculture which in turn led to large scale migration into the district. Each of these events, as well as several less known ones, have left their mark on the heritage of Wayanad. Come, retrace this fascinating trail! Not just heritage spots, but waterfalls, Banasura Dam, Tholpetty & Muthanga wildlife sanctuaries are all part of Wayanad. If you love nature, trekking etc..this is the BEST PLACE to be; only that you need to have time.
This temple is one of the most important amongst a series of Jain ruins spread across the state of Kerala. It stands as a testimonial for a period of a strong Jain presence in this region. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it served as a Hindu shrine, an important centre for commercial activity and eventually as a battery (ammunition store) for Tipu Sultan’s marching armies.
Edakkal Caves is a series of three caves located 1000m above above sea level in the Ambukuthi mala of Wayanad district of Kerala. The caves have the rock paintings which are believed to be drawn by people from neolithic age (roughly 8000 BC). The cave paintings decipt the tribal chiefs, animals, the tribal queen etc. Edakkal in Malayalam refers to the stone in between. This name comes from the fact that these caves are actually a fissure formed in the rocks. Over this fissure another big rock has fallen forming a roof. From the caves one can also trek to the top of Ambukuthi mala. The view from the peak is fantastic.
Nestled amidst mountains and forests, the ancient riverside temple of Thirunelli is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. Legend has it that this temple was dedicated by the Creator, Lord Brahma to propitiate the Preserver, Lord Vishnu. The idol is in the form of Chathurbhuja.Often referred to as Dakshina Kasi (the Kasi of the south), this temple draws pilgrims from all over, primarily for ancestral rites.
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