An uninterrupted view of life in the backwaters can be enjoyed while staying in a houseboat. The houseboats you find in the backwaters of Alappuzha are in fact a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettu in Malayalam means 'tie' and vallam is a boat. This refers to how the boats are made using coir ropes to tie the wooden planks together. These houseboats come equipped with all the comforts of a good hotel room including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen (with cooks) and even a balcony for angling.
Famous for the temple of Lord Krishna.
Bhoothathankettu, a scenic reservoir site where you can enjoy boating facilities, it is situated in a vast virgin forest. A myth connected with the origin of this place says that this natural fortification of forests and hills was built by Bhoothams (spirits/ghosts) overnight. Hence, the name Bhoothathankettu (fort of the spirits). Later, this natural topography helped in building a dam here. Trekking through the forests here is an exhilarating experience. It is a very popular picnic spot which also constitutes a children's park, a pedal boating centre and a restaurant.
A church, a temple, a mosque and the remains of a Jewish Synagogue (the biggest in Kerala) can be seen close by here.
Swim in the picturesque beach located on the north-end of the Vypeen Island. Lined with luscious green coconut groves and paddy fields, this sandy beach is a unique combination of the sea and the backwaters, studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. Thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront are an added attraction.
Kerala Kalamandam, the training centre for Kerala’s art forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniattam, etc., was established here in 1930.
This early 10th century temple enshrines Goddess Bhagavathi in 3 forms-as Saraswati in the morning, Bhadrakaali at noon and Durga in the evening.
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.
Northeast of Kothamangalam along Pooyamkutty Road, nearest railway station is Aluva 48 Km)): Area: 25 Sq. Km. 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. 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 highest point is Nyappily peak.
The Fort Kochi beach, with its clean premises and tranquil atmosphere, is frequented by tourists as well as local people. The Chinese Fishing Nets, trees and the greenery on the walkway to the beach add to the serene atmosphere there. It is on these beaches that the famous Cochin Carnival is held on New Year's Eve. The sea food, the Vasco da Gama Square adjacent to the beach, a light house and a granite walkway are the other main attractions. The beach also gives you a breathtaking view of the sunset.
The nearest railway stations are Anagamaly (10 Km) & Aluva (23 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, ancient Shri Krishna temple and a recently constructed International Temple dedicated to Ramakrishna Deva.
The first eco-friendly tourist village in India. There are no man-made tourist structures and plastic is banned here. Kalagramam, an artist’s village is the main attraction.
It is famous for the Catholic Church situated on the 609 meter high Malayattur hill dedicated to St. Thomas.
A lovely modern irrigation project site and an ideal holiday spot with facilities for boating and swimming.
The beautiful state of Kerala is famous for its tranquil and laid back atmosphere. A river cruise here helps you to experience the luxury houseboats and a marvelous view of the surroundings. You can sit back and relax as the boat slowly drifts through lush greenery and quaint villages that form the heartbeat of Kerala.
Kochi is a great place to buy beautiful gold, precious and semi-precious jewellery, antique items, spices, coffee and tea among other local items. Metal utensils and ceramics are also a popular buy here.
Thattekkadu is made up of tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and some grassland patches. This globally acclaimed bird sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the internationally renowned ornithologist. This area is extremely rich in bird diversity with more than 300 species of birds are found here. Birds like Srilankan Frogmouth, Racket Tailed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo are some of the birds that can be easily seen here. Thattekadu has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany. The dense forest is also home to nearly 28 species of mammals and about 9 species of reptiles.
Vaikom is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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