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KERALA

KERALA WEATHER

Useful Info & Guides

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    AREA

    38,863 km2

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    POPULATION

    3.3 crores approx

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    MAJOR FESTIVALS

    Holi, Diwali, Eid, Makar Sankranti / Lohri, Navratri, Dussehra.

    Kerala New Year, Kerala School Kalolsavam, Neelamperoor Padayani, Onam, Vishu, Festivals in Kerala, Boat races in Kerala, Elephant festivals, Kerala Adventure Carnival, Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters, Kerala Literature Festival (January/February), Krithi International Knowledge Festival (February/march)

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    NATIONAL PARK

    Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Eravikulam National Park, Grass Hills National Park, Tamil Nadu and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Silent Valley National Park, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Pambadum Shola National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Karimpuzha National Park,

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    UNESCO HERITAGE SITE

    The Western Ghats

CITIES OF KERALA

KOCHI

Chinese fishing nets, backwaters, ancient mosques & synagogues, evocative remains of Dutch, Portuguese and British Raj, Kochi (now Cochin) is a serene place nestled in the peace of the nature in the South West coast. A major sea-port, Cochin has been grabbing the attention of traders and explorers since ancient times. For several centuries, the city served as an Indian spice trade center to Syrians, Arabs, Chinese, Phoenicians etc. Located on Malabar Coast, the tropical monsoon climate of this city makes it a perfect destination for nature lovers.

PLACE TO VISIT

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Bastion Bungalow, Pallipuram Fort, Fort Emmanuel, Koonankurishu Church, St Francis Church, Museum of Kerala History, Bolgatty Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Hill Palace, Fort Kochi, Backwaters of Kochi
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CHINESE FISHING NET

KANNUR

Ancient monuments, temples, beaches and picnic spots; Kannur or Cannanore has been a major port for international trade and commercial center. Located on Malabar Coast, touched by the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, Kannur expresses the vibrant culture and heritage with influences of British, Dutch and Portuguese, still reflecting the colonial era. As per Macro Polo, the famous explorer, this city is ‘great emporia of spice trade’. The golden beaches (especially Thottada Beach) sprawled over across a larger area and the traditional Theyyam dance are the attractions which are the jewels of Kannur. The indigenous weaving art has honored it as the land of loons.

PLACE TO VISIT

Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach, Rajarajeshwara Temple, Palakkayam Thattu, Mridanga Saileswari Temple, Payyambalam Beach, Thottada Beach, Fort St Angelos, Kavvayi Islands, Peralassery Sri Subramanya Temple, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Ezhimala, Tellicherry Fort, Kannur Lighthouse
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Vvayi Backwaters

MUNNAR

Since the 19th century, Munnar has registered itself as the largest tea-producing region of South India. Sometimes also referred to as Kashmir of South India, located at around 1600m above sea level, the natural beauty of this hill station has a magnetic charm which makes it the heaven of honeymoon destination. Covered in thick, emerald coloured tea plantations, this alluring place enjoys the ambiance of Western Ghats. The misty mountain-tops surrounded by clouds make it look like a painting. Munnar has many protected areas where you can find several endemic and endangered species including Nilgiri Thar and Neelakurinji, that flowers only once every 12 years. The region is divided into two i.e. Old Munnar where the tourist information office is located and Munnar where the guesthouses and bus stations are located.

PLACE TO VISIT

Rajamalai National Park, Tea Gardens, Top Station, Echo Point, Blossom International Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, Kalari Kshethra, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kundala Dam Lake, Kannan Devan Tea Museum, Attukal Waterfalls, Lakkom Waterfall, Lockhart Gap, Life of Pi Church
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TEA GARDENS

THEKKADY

Known for Periyar, the largest tiger reserve of India, Thekkady opens the gates for you to a path that leads to the hidden treasure of mystic nature. Serving as a natural habitat for several endangered species, this place is full of flora and fauna flourishing in tropical climate. At around 700m high from the sea-level, Theddaky is an outstanding destination for bamboo rafting. The massive open landmass, sheltered by green lush hills offers an exceptional opportunity of trekking. Located in Cardamom Hills, Thekkady is also a spice trading town. Murikaddy (around 5Km from the city) is known for spice and coffee plantations while at Chellar Kovil, you can capture panoramic views of waterfalls.

PLACE TO VISIT

Periyar National Park, Periyar Tiger Trail, Thekkady Lake, Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, Anakkara, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Chellarkovil Viewpoint, Vandiperiyar, Pandikuzhi, Tribal Heritage Walk
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Periyar National Park

KUMARAKOM

Nestled on clusters of small man-made islands in palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala's largest lake, Vembanad Lake, the elegance of Kumarakom is an ultimate experience to cherish. The enthralling tropical environment of this small village makes it feel like being a fairytale destination. Rice boats here a prominent feature of the culture. Graced with a phenomenal wildlife full of birds, fish eagles, kingfishers, Kumarakom provides a natural shelter. Take a ride in the canoe, check out the wood carvings at Shiva Temples, and treat yourself with the heavenly local cuisine full of savoury cuisine.

PLACE TO VISIT

Vembanad Lake, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Pathiramanal Island, Juma Masjid, St Mary’s Church Cheriapally, Kumarakom Craft Museum, Sree Kumaramangalam Subramanyaswamy Temple
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Kumarakom Vembanad Lake

ALLEPPEY

Magnificent Lagoons, turquoise beaches, serene backwaters, houseboats – nothing can be compared with the beauty of Venice of the East, Alleppey or Alappuzha. This picturesque destination nestled in the lap of nature boasts of breathtaking beauty, coconut trees competing with each to touch the sky, labyrinth of water canals, interesting avifauna and lush green paddy fields. Traditional Kettuvallams (houseboat) is the main attraction with a thatched roof covering over the wooden hulls. Among the most fascinating things to do in Alleppey is to take a walk along the banks of the lake and to experience the pure village life. Spending some time in the awe of Alleppey beach along Malabar Coast is a gem you will not want to miss out.

PLACE TO VISIT

Alleppey Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Backwaters, Ambalapuzha Temple, Arthunkal Church, Marari Beach, St Mary Forane Church, Karumadi Kuttan Statue, Kuttanad, Backwaters, Snake Boat Races
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Alleppey Houseboat

KOVALAM

Among the most sought after and rapidly growing destinations, Kovalam was once merely a fishing village. Covered by three quaint crescent beaches with thick palm grooves, this calm town is located just 13Km from Thiruvananthapuram. The charismatic aura of this place, its serene beaches and Ayurvedic treatments, attracts people of all ages. This small place captured global attention around the 1930s and during the hippie era of the 1970s, the place was widely known for its unparalleled natural ambiance and exquisiteness. One must visit Eve’s Beach, Samudra Beach and Lighthouse Beach. Also, you can take relaxing massages, practice yoga and meditation. Its handicrafts, statues carved out of woods and spices make it shopping hub.

PLACE TO VISIT

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawa Beach, Samudra Beach, Vellayani Lake, Neyyar Dam, Kovalam Fish Market, Kovalam Avaduthura Devi Temple, Adimalathura Beach, Artificial Off – Shore Coral Reef, The German Bakery, Vizhinjam Village, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Valiyathura Pier, Kovalam Art Gallery, Halcyon Castle
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Kovalam Light House

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