Kalady: The birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya. There are 3 shrines run by the Sringeri Mutt. Timing: 0700-1800 hrs. The nearest railway stations are Anagamaly (10 Km) & Aluva (23 Km).
Waterfalls: 80 Kms. The water of the Chalakudy river rushes past rocks to plunge down an 80 feet incline. An added attraction is the Silver Storm water park. Tel: 0480-2769116/0, Fax: 2769150. Accom:
Rainforest, PIV/93, Kannamkuzhy PO, Tel: 2769062, www.avenuehotels.com, (Rs. 8000-16000/-),
Riverok Villas, Kannankuzhi, Vettilapara PO, Tel: 0480-2769140/454, Email:[email protected], www.riverokvillas.com, (Rs. 1750-3500/-),
Richmond Castle, Vettilapara PO, Chalakudy (via), Tel: 0480-2769024,
Motel Aaram (KTDC),Tel:0480-2769338, (Rs. 500/-).
Bhoothathankettu: 50 Kms. A scenic dam site situated in a vast virgin forest. Close by is the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekad. It is said that ‘Bhoothams’ (spirits) built it overnight and hence the name.
Chennamangalam: 42 Kms on Edapally-Paravur-Kodungallur route. A church, a temple, a mosque and the remains of a Jewish Synagogue can be seen close by here. The synagogue is the biggest in Kerala. Chennamagalam was once the abode of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers of the Kochi rulers. Their palace houses historic documents and relics. Also here are the remains of the Vypeenkara seminary built by Portuguese in 16th century.
Kumbalangi: 25 Kms. The first eco-friendly tourist village in India. There are no man-made tourist structures and plastic is banned here. Many houses here are homestays. Kalagramam, an artist’s village is the main attraction.
Chottanikkara Temple (16 kms from Ernakulam): This early 10th century temple enshrines Goddess Bhagavathi in 3 forms-as Saraswati in the morning, Bhadrakaali at noon and Durga in the evening.
Aluva (Alwaye) (21 Km.): Alwaye, on the banks of the river Periyar, is a famous Shaivaite pilgrim centre and a summer resort.
Vaikom (31 Km.): Vaikom is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Cranganore or Kodungallur (32 Km.): Cranganore (Muziris) was in the olden times, the premier sea port on India’s west coast. It was Kerala’s first international harbour and it was here that St. Thomas is believed to have landed in 52 AD.
Kalady (45 Km.): Kalady is the birth place of Adi Shankaracharya, the great Indian philosopher of the 8th century AD. There are two shrines here, one dedicated to him as Dakshinamurthy and the other to the Goddess Sharda, both maintained by the Sringeri Mutt. There is also an ancient Shri Krishna temple and a recently constructed International Temple dedicated to Ramakrishna Deva.
Malayattur (53 Km.): It is famous for the Catholic Church situated on the 609 metre high Malayattur hill dedicated to St. Thomas.
Ettumanoor (63 Km.): Famous for an ancient Shiva temple. Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekad (13 Km northeast of Kothamangalam along Pooyamkutty Road, Nearest railway station is Aluva 48 Kms)): Area: 25 Sq Km. It was once a rubber plantation. To protect the abundant wildlife & resident & migratory birds, it was declared a sanctuary in 1983, with the help of Dr Salim Ali, the late renowned ornithologist. The birdlife includes over 320 species. The Bombay Natural History Society identified over 250 bird species here and the Madras Naturalists Society has documented over 50 species of butterflies. There is an interpretation centre, a bird watching chamber with equipment, a library, a souvenir shop, an open enclosure for Sambar and Spotted Deer and an animal rehabilitation centre. The altitude ranges from 35m to 523m. The highest point is Nyappily peak. Timings: 0600-1800 hrs, Entry Fee: Adult Rs. 10/-, Child Rs. 5/-, Guide Fees Rs. 500-1000/-. For information: The Wildlife Warden, Idukki Wildlife Division, Vellappara, Painavu PO, Tel: 04862-232271, The Asst Wildlife Warden, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Nyayappily PO, Kothamangalam, Tel: 0485-2588302. Accom:
Birds Lagoon Village Resort, Thattekkad PO, Palamattom, Tel: 0485-2572444, 09447025123, Fax: 0484-2531285, Email:[email protected] www.birdslagoon.com (Rs. 2500-3500/-),
Hornbill Inspection Bungalow, Resvn: The Asst Wildlife Warden, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Nyayappilly PO, Kothamangalam, Tel: 0485-2588302, (Rs. 1500-2500/-, Dormitory Rs. 80/- per head),
Periyar River Lodge, Anakayam, Kuttampuzha PO, Kothamangalam, Tel; 2207173, Email: [email protected], (Rs. 3000-6000/-),
Hornbill Camp, Thattekad, Tel: 2290422, Fax: 2310324, Email: info@thehornbillcamp.[email protected], (Rs. 4500/-),
Kothamangalam Plantation Bungalow, Mundackal Estate, Pindimana PO, Kothamangalam, Tel: 2570717, Email:[email protected]
Alappuzha or Alleppey (64 Km.): The centre for back water cruises in Kerala, it has a large network of canals passing through the town. Nehru Trophy boat race, is held here on the second Saturday of August every year.
Ambalapuzha (76 Km.): Famous for the temple of Lord Krishna.
Kottayam (76 Km.): Kottayam is a busy commercial city with the backwaters to its west and rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations on its east. T
hrissur (80 Km.): Former capital of Cochin state, Thrissur is famous for the Vadakkumnatha Temple which is the venue for the annual Pooram Festival held in April/May.
Garden House, (KTDC) Tel: 0491-2815217/5191, (Rs. 1200-1500/-).
Kumarakom (86 Km.): A lovely village surrounded by paddy fields and the Vembanad lake. Tourists can enjoy a backwater trip here.
Haripad (94 Km.): Famous for the Lord Subramanya Temple and the major snake-boat–race held at Payipad (3 Km. from Haripad) during Onam in August/September.
Peechi (96 Km.): A lovely modern irrigation project site and an ideal holiday spot with facilities for boating and swimming.
Cheruthuruthi (100 Km.): Kerala Kalamandam, the training centre for Kerala’s art forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniattam, etc., was established here in 1930.
Mannarsala (100 Km.): It is famous for the snake (Nagaraja) Temple situated in the forests. Festivals are held here in August, November and December.
Guruvayur (108 Km.): It is famous for the ancient shrine of Lord Krishna, which attracts a large number of devotees every day. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple.
Munnar (130 Km.): It is the highest town in the state at an altitude of 1524 metres with a cool bracing climate and extensive tea and cardamom plantations.
Idukki (138 Km.): The Idukki hydro-electric project is the biggest of its kind in Kerala. The dam is surrounded by wilderness and the Idukki wildlife sanctuary.
Malampuzha (154 Km.): With its lake created by a high dam and terrace gardens, Malampuzha provides a tranquil holiday. Boating facilities are also available. Near the Dam is Fantasy Park–an Amusment park with various thrilling rides. Tariff Rs. 250/- (Adult), Rs.200/- (Child) Tel: 0491-2815123/22, www.fantasypark.in. Accom:
Vandanmedu (157 Km.): Situated at a height of 4000 ft., it is the largest producer of cardamom in the country.
Palakkad (163 Km.): A big agricultural town it is a gateway to the Malampuzha dam and its garden. Haider Ali built a fort here in 1766.
Kottakkal (168 Km.): Famous for the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (Tel: 0483-2742216/17/18/19, Fax: 2742210/2572, Email: [email protected]) a pioneering centre for Ayurveda, Kerala’s traditional system of health and medicine.
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