Sunday, November 20, 2016


Pulimurugan movie cast: Mohanlal, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Jagapathi Babu
Pulimurugan movie director: Vysakh
Not for nothing he is called ‘a complete actor’. While actors of his age are struggling to find the right script and give a hit film, Mohanlal has been redefining his position in the industry with every film.
It is worth noticing, how flexible is Mohalal in selecting movies. Unlike his peers, he doesn’t remain within the confines of his hard-earned stardom. He constantly pushes the boundaries. For instance, he plays Godfathersque roles in Jilla and Janatha Garage, and lets younger actors to do most of the fighting. And in films like Pulimurugan he does stunts that can give the young actors a run for their money.
First things first, Pulimurugan has lived up to all the expectations. Director Vyshakh has given big hits and some flops, but the new Mohanlal-starrer will be the major highlight of his filmmaking career.
Vyshakh, indeed, knows how to exploit Mohanlal’s stardom to hilt. The film has a number of scenes specially designed to enthrall the actor’s fans and make them burst into cheers, claps and whistles.
The issue of man-animal conflict lies at the heart of Pulimurugan. It is a simple movie that basically aims to entertain the audience. The movie does not dwell too much on the man-animal conflict and discusses what is right or what is wrong.
The story is set in the fictional village called ‘Pulioore’ that share the land with the forest and is prone to attacks from wild animals. Whenever a stray tiger wanders into human habitats and starts killing people, the village turns to Pulimurugan. He is a pro in searching, finding and hunting down a tiger. There is a backstory as to why he started hunting tigers. Pulimurugan’s father got mauled by a tiger in front of his eyes when he was a boy. Later, with the help of his uncle, he kills the man-eating tiger that took his father’s life and continues to do so as a service to his village.
The tiger hunting scenes are brilliantly done and are the best part of this action-adventure. A lot of research and effort have clearly gone into making these scenes and the results outstanding. The high-voltage action is another highlight of the film, courtesy Peter Hein, who has been pushing the envelope in stunt choreography in the country.

The film’s screenplay, which is also the first independent work of Udayakrishna of Udaykrishna-Sibi K Thomas duo is tight and engaging. The human’s fight for territory between themselves and with animals forms the basic premise of the story.
Kamalinee Mukherjee has done justice to her role as a grumpy and nagging housewife. Lal, who plays Pulimurugan’s uncle, is impressive. Besides providing emotional and moral support to Pulimurugan, he also brings comic relief in the film.
There is not enough scope for Tollywood actor Jagapathi Babu to showcase his acting skills in the film. He plays a regular villain, who provokes the humble hero only to be killed at his hands soon. Pulimurugan also marks his debut in Malayalam film.

The background music by Gopi Sundar enhances the cinematic experience, especially in the scenes involving tigers. The breathtaking visuals captured by cinematographer Shaji Kumar are a plus for the film.
Overall, Pulimurugan provides a thrilling experience and it is the movie you should not miss this week.


Photo Credit : Joyal Johnson Madassery
A Travelogue on Allappuzha Kuttanad Trip
Alappuzha[Alleppey] -Kuttanad trip starting from Aluva [Alwaye] on 6.45 AM in KSRTC bus to Vyttila Mobility Hub. Getting along the Alleppey KSRTC Air Bus from Vyttila that rode to Alleppey via Aroor-Cherthala- Maararikulam.
Walk Way To Paradise
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Reached Alleppey KSRTC bus stand by 9.30 AM and had breakfast from nearby local hotel. After breakfast taking KWA Ferry from Boat Jetty [near to KSRTC Bus stand] to Chavara Bhavan in Kainakary. Ticket costs Rs 8/- per person for an amazing boat trip, clearly had fun cruising through the canals of Alleppey
House Boat
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It is interesting to see the Shops, Ambulance, Infrastructure for construction by means of water and especially School-’Boat’, enjoyed the change in all aspects in ‘Venice of the East’-remembered Lord Curzon [Viceroy Indian Empire 20th Century] who called Alleppey so.
While entering to Punnamada Lake also known as Vembanad Lake [Longest lake in Kerala] sighted the VIP pavilion of prestigious Nehru Trophy Boat Race (From 1952).
Scenic beauty of the vastness of the Vembanad Lake and the greenery of the paddy fields of Kuttanad, is a visual treat to one’s eyes. Boats passing us in various size and shapes- from single seater small boats to huge double decker houseboats. It is daring to see the balance of the rider of single seater boats as water in lake and boat was in almost same level
Ethnic houses of Kerala architecture in the region was adding the beauty to the views of the backwaters. Exciting views of people walking along the narrow paths between Lake and paddy fields, kids playing in paddy fields, ladies cleaning fish to prepare dishes for lunch, toddy shops, small shops made with wooden planks and smell of amazing Sea Food.
Alappuzha is one of the exotic places in Kerala because its scenic coastal stretches, beautiful backwaters and serene paddy fields.
Mother nature’s store
Photo Credit : Joyal Johnson Madassery
Reached Chavara Bhavan Boat Jetty by almost 10.30 AM. Region is just a retrospective of Kerala during 1990s with nostalgic surroundings – boys and girls playing cricket, elder people walking in walkways, ducks in water, fisherman in lake-side, workers in paddy fields. Walking through the sideways of canals covered with ‘Coir Bhoovastram’- an amazing discovery by Coir Research Institute functioning at Kalavoor.
Birth home of St.kuriakose Elias Chavara
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Walk to Chavara Bhavan was the highlight of the trip. After praying for a while, visited the well-maintained Birth-Home of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara preserved inside Chavara Bhavan building. Preservation includes not only the memoirs of the saint but also the precious gifts from past.
The marvellous architecture especially the Mugghapp [the facade], roofing with coconut leaves, two level construction with -Araa in the basement kept neat and clean. The ambience inside the birth-house will revert one from 21st century to 18th century. The corridor views and the light coming through vertically crossed windows reminds of the colonial era.
Returned to Chavara Boat Jetty and caught the boat to Alappuzha town. Returned from KSRTC Bus Depot Alappuzha by 3PM.

-Edited an article published in Sanchari Facebook Group Page by Joyal Johnson Madassery.


tourist places in trivandrum
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Tourism in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) district in the Indian state of Kerala promotes the area’s hill stations,back waters, beaches, lagoons, and wildlife sanctuaries. The area is a popular tourism destination and receives chartered flights for medical tourism, as there are more than hundred recognised Ayurveda centres in and around the city. This is primarily due to Ayurveda’s popularity in foreign countries. Medical tourism is further promoted by modern medicine hospitals in the city. Recuperation facilities are available at five star beach resorts and hill stations nearby. There are many tourist places in trivandrum. Some of them are :
  • Agasthyakoodam
  • Poovar Island
  • Ponmudi
  • Shanghumukham Beach
  • Neyyar Dam
  • Varkala Beach
  • Kuthiramalika Palace
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace
  • Kowdiar Palace
  • Zoological Garden
  • Natural History Museum

tourist places in trivandrum
Agastya Mala
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Agasthyarkoodam is a 1,868-metre (6,129 ft)-tall peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of South India. The peak lies inside Tamil Nadu near the border of Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. This peak is a part of the agasthyamala biosphere reserve which lies on the border between the indian states  kerala and tamilnadu.
Agasthyarkoodam is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of the Hindu sage Agastya, who is considered to be one of the seven rishis (Saptarishi) of Hindu Puranas. The Tamil language is considered to be a boon from Agasthya. There is a full-sized statue of Agathiyar at the top of the peak and the devotees can offer pujas themselves. 
Agasthyarkoodam is 32 km from Neyyar Dam and 23 km from Bonacaud, near Ponmudi. The major city nearest to Agasthyarkoodam is Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).  Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is part of the Agasthyarkoodam range. Part of the peak can be seen from the Upper Kodayar region.
The trekking path, nearly 35 km, is from Bonacaud. Women are not allowed up the peak and permission is required to trek. The season from December to April is advocated for trekking, for which a forest pass has to be obtained the wildlife office in Thiruvananthapuram. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.
Getting There :
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, around 61 km from Bonacaud.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, around 69 km from Bonacaud.
Read More : Agastyamala

tourist places in trivandrum
poovar beach
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Poovar is one of the popular tourist places in Trivandrum district of Kerala state, South India. This village is almost at the southern tip of Trivandrum while the next village, Pozhiyoor, marks the end of Kerala. This village has a beautiful beach which attracts tourists. 
Poovar lies very close to Vizhinjam, a natural harbor. Poovar has an estuary which connects with the sea during high tides. The 56 km Neyyar River passes through Neyyattinkara taluk into the Arabian Sea near Poovar. Its natural beauty enables it to be a quiet tourist spot.
Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land. A rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.
Poovar is unspoilt and unexplored, envoloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach.The historical importance of Poovar has its strong ties with the legendary King of the erstwhile Princely State of Travancore, the great Marthanda Varma Maharaja. 
Getting There :
Nearest Airport – Thiruvananthapuram International Airport : (travel time – 45 minutes by road).
Nearest railway station Thiruvananthapuram Central – (travel time – 45 minutes by road).
Read More : Poovar Beach

tourist places in trivandrum
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Ponmudi is a hill station in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. It is a part of the Western Ghats mountain range that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. Ponmudi is blessed with scenic splendor and natural beauty, Ponmudi has a carpet of thick tropical forest that rolls down to the foot of the hill range. No doubt, the salubrious atmosphere and the twisted trails across clear streams must have contributed to her health. 
Other attractions near Ponmudi include Golden Valley and a number of rivulets and rapids, some even across the road. The lush forest area has tropical vegetation.  A variety of wildlife inhabit the hills. The Golden Valley offers vistas of the hills and access to the Kallar River. Flowing though a wilderness area, it has rounded pebbles, cool water, fish, and lush green trees.
Kallar situated en route to the popular hill station of Ponmudi, Kallar gets its name from the River Kallar, which flows through the region. Kallu means ‘stone’ and Aru means ‘river’, hence the name Kallar. The river is well known for its abundance of attractive, round-shaped boulders and pebbles, especially in the upper reaches and middle portion of its course. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.
Meenmutty Falls, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the main attraction located near by Ponmudi hills and is around 45 km from Thiruvananthapuram city.This waterfall is about 3 km away from the Kallar-Ponmudi road. The main attractions are water falls and the small natural pools and rocks located beside the way to the water fall.
Getting There :
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 61 km away  
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 67 km away
Read More : Ponmudi

tourist places in trivandrum
sankhumukham beach
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Shankumugham Beach is a beach in Thiruvananthapuram. The beach is on the western side of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city and very near to Trivandrum International Airport. The vast stretch of white sand and the serene atmosphere, away from the crowd in the city, provide all the ingredients for relaxation and for spending an ideal evening. 
Good food can be enjoyed at the Indian Coffee House, just across the beach, which is also a vantage point for enjoying the sunset. The sculpture of Sagarakanyaka – Mermaid by Kanayi Kunhiraman is an added attraction. This giant statue is more than 35m long. The ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Park of Traffic signs for children’ is situated here, which is helpful for the children to understand the traffic rules while playing in the park. The park also provides cycling facilities for small children.
Regular bus services from Trivandrum city provides easy access to the airport area where the beach is located. Taxis or Auto-rickshaws  are also available from the city. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.

tourist places in trivandrum
neyyar Dam
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Neyyar dam is a gravity dam on the Neyyar River in Thiruvananthapuram. It was established in 1958 and is a popular picnic spot. Lying against the southern low hills of the Western Ghats, Neyyar Dam has a scenic lake. Wild life includes gaur, sloth bear, Nilgiri Tahr, jungle cat and Nilgiri langur, wild elephants and sambar deer.
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary of which the dam is a part is the habitat of over a hundred species of fauna including Asian Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Slender Loris and reptiles like King Cobra, Travancore Tortoise, etc. A crocodile breeding centre and a lion safari park are also located in the dam site. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum. Dont skip this from your list. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.
Getting There :
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 32 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 38 km
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tourist places in trivandrum
Varkala Beach
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Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasham Beach is a beach in Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram. along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. The word Papanasham means wash away sins. It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasham Beach washes away all the sins in one’s life. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.
Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formationand a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India.
The famous Sree Janardhana Swami Temple is situated near the Beach. Also Famous Sivagiri mutt is another important location. Varkala railway station is known in the name of Varkala Sivagiri railway are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.The beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over.
Getting There :
Nearest railway station: Varkala, about 3 km away  
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 57 km away
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tourist places in trivandrum
kuthiramalika palace
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Kuthira Malika (Mansion of Horses), is a palace built by Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, on the south-eastern side of Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The palace gets its name from the 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets that support the southern roof. The official name of the palace is Puthen Malika (New Mansion). The palace forms part of a vast complex of royal buildings in the vicinity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
The building was left unoccupied for more than a century, following the demise of Swathi Thirunal in 1846. This palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma – the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship, in the traditional Travancore style of architecture has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.
Getting There :
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 1 km  
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 6 km

tourist places in trivandrum
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Padmanabhapuram Palace is situated at Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu. Padmanabhapuram is the formal capital city of the erstwhile hindu kingdom off travancore. the palace is complex inside with an old granite fortress around four kilometres long. The palace is located at the foot of the veli hills, which form a part of the western ghats. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum. 
The Padmanabhapuram Palace complex consists of several structures :
  • Mantrasala : the King’s Council Chamber
  • Thai Kottaram : the Queen Mother’s Palace, constructed before 1550
  • Nataksala : the Performance Hall
  • A four-storeyed mansion at the centre of the complex
  • Thekee Kottaram : the Southern Palace
Other Features :
  • The clock tower in the palace complex has a 300-year-old clock, which still keeps time.
  • A big hall now bare, which can accommodate around 1000 guests, and where ceremonial feasts were held, on auspicious occasions.
  • A secret passage, now blocked, through which the king, his immediate family members, and their entourage could escape to another palace, located several kilometers away in the event of any emergency. Name of this palace is Charottu kottaram.
  • A flight of steps leads to a bathing pond, which has lost its freshness due to neglect and years of disuse.
Getting There :
Nearest railway station: Nagarcoil (Tamilnadu), about 16 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, 52 km away

tourist places in trivandrum
Kowdiar palace
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Kowdiar Palace  in Trivandrum, was built in 1934 by Maharajah Sree Chithira Thirunal, on the occasion of the Pallikettu (wedding) of his only sister, Maharani Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi with Lt. Col. G. V. Raja. Kowdiar Palace’s architectural work is famous and has over 150 rooms. The entry to this palace is restricted as it is the private residence of the royal family settled in Thiruvananthapuram. 
Royalty in India is not uncommon and even though a small city, Trivandrum adores the Kowdiar Palace. The palace is the functional home of the royal family of Travancore and is restricted for Public visits. The palace however is still known for its beautiful buildings, true to the Travancore style of architecture and design. Take a walk along the palace, even if only from afar to see a rich part of Trivandrum’s history.
This palace has great historical importance. It also has a fine place in the Kerala history. The last Raja Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma is buried in the beautiful garden of this palace. So never ever miss this palace whenever you visit Trivandrum. It’s only 14 kms from Thiruvananthapuram International airport and only 6 kms from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station. So it is easy to reach Kowdiar Palace.
Read More : Kowdiar Palace

tourist places in trivandrum
zoological Garden
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The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is the oldest zoo in India continuing to exist in its original location in the heart of the temple city Thiruvananthapuram. Similarly the Museum and Botanical Gardens are also the oldest of their kind in the country. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.
This Zoological garden is unique in India for its breathtaking landscapes and luxuriant growth of vegetation. Royal look of lofty trees, towering bamboos, lush green landscapes give it a rare distinction of being one of the most beautiful zoos in South East Asia. Spread over 36 acres of land and located in the heart of the city it provides a respite for the people of Thiruvananthapuram as much it offers tourism and recreation for visitors reaching from outside Kerala and overseas.
Location & Approach
The Museum and Zoo are situated in the Museum Compound right in the heart of the temple city of Thiruvananthapuram
  • 3 Kms from Thampanoor Bus Station
  • 3 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station
  • 9 Kms from Airport
 Approachable by frequent buses, Autorikshaws, Taxi cars etc
Visiting Time
Between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM
Wednesday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ticket sales upto 4.30 PM
Monday holiday
For further Details:
+91 471 2316275 12318294
Read More : Zoological Garden

tourist places in trivandrum
Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum opened in 1885, houses a diverse and rich collection of ethnographic pieces. There are separate galleries for the Mammals, birds, vertebrates, invertebrates and skeletons. A library and a laboratory also form the part of the museum. There is also an Ethnology Gallery which provides valuable insight into the different races of mankind
The spacious building of the Natural History Museum houses a diverse and rich collection of ethnographic pieces. Animal Skeletons, Stuffed Animals and Birds form part of the exhibit. It is indeed amazing to know that the museum was initially started with the individual collection of General Cullen. He presented his personal collection of minerals and books and that was all that the museum had to be proud of in the earliest stage. However with the passage of years, the stock got richer.
At the entrance of the Natural History Museum, there are fossils of tree trunks. This is one of the best tourist places in trivandrum.
The Natural History Museum remains open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10’o clock in the morning to quarter to five in the evening. However on Wednesdays, it opens only at 1’o clock in the afternoon.
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top tourist places in kerala
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Here is the List of Top 10 Tourist places in Kerala.
  1. Munnar – Hill Station 
  2. Alleppey Backwater 
  3. Thekkady or Periyar Tiger Reserve – WildLife Sanctuary.
  4. Varkala – Beautiful Beach Side
  5. Kovalam – Beach
  6. Kumarakom – Backwater
  7. Cochin – City  Tour
  8. Wayanad – Wildlife
  9. Trivandrum – Temples and City Tour
  10. Thenmala  
1. Munnar:
Tea plantation, Munnar
Tea plantation in Munnar, Kerala Packages
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Munnar is Known as Kashmir of South India & its situated in Kerala. Munnar is located at an altitude of 1600 feet above sea level. It is one of the attractions that contributed to Kerala’s popularity as a travel destination among domestic and foreign traveler’s snuggled in the lap of such an alluring terrain, Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala.
Main tourist place attractions in  Munnar
Eravikulam National Park is located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala. The Western Ghats, Anamalai Sub-Cluster, including all of Eravikulam National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
Mattupetti Indo Swiss farm is open from morning to evening for the tourists to visit it. This farm is well looked after, as it is abundantly rich in nature. In fact, it is believed to be the nature’s paradise with Mattupetti Lake being snuggled close on the Idukki hills, which is extraordinarily a nature opulent district of Kerala. Cochin international airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 130 km, the Kottayam railway station is 142 km from Munnar and Mattuppetti is 13 km from Munnar by road.
The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the rain shadow region of Western Ghats of Kerala, India., and represents a large number of plants and animals unique to the thorny vegetation. Apart from the dry thorn forests, due to the significant variation in altitude and rainfall, it has a wide array of habitat types like deciduous forests, dry thorny forest,riparian types, sholas and grasslands that are interspersed with plains, hillocks, rocks and cliffs which provide micro habitats for varied forms of life.
The highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary inmajestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna.The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc.
The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and is worth a visit. Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar.Not only this, but much more about what all you desire for you perfect vacations or honeymoon, can be availed here. The best nature speckled beauty, long natural walks, drives, romance and grandeur will make your trip an ideal one.
Idukki Arch Dam is the world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. 550 ft. high and 650 ft. wide, the dam lies close to the Cheruthoni barrage. To its west is the Kulamavu Dam. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located close by. This prestigeous project of our nation is situated in Idukki District and its underground Power House is located at Moolamattom which is about 19 kms from Thodupuzha.

Read more about : Sightseeing in Munnar
alleppey houseboat club
Alleppey Houseboats
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Alappuzha is an important backwater tourist center, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. The intricate networks of canals that snake their way through the vast expanse of  paddy fields, through the lanes give Alappuzha the sobriquet of Venice of the East. The district is famous for its boat races houseboat holidays, beaches , marine products and coir industry.
Main Attractions in Allappey
  • Statue Of Karumadikuttan:
The small village near Ambalapuzha is known for the black granite statue of Lord Buddha known as Karumadikuttan. The statue dates back to 10th century. Karumadikuttan is located in Karumadi, a small village near Ambalapuzha. Karumadikuttan statue is located 3 kms. East of Ambalappuzha, in Alapuzha district. When you travel 15 Km from Alappuzha enroute NH 47 between Kollam and Alappuzha, you can reach the Karumadikuttan statue. Buddhism came to Kerala in the 3rd century B.C. Renaissance in the 8th century B.C. saw the decline of  Buddhism.
  • Mannarasala Sri Nagaraja Temple:
Mannarassala Sree Nagaraja Temple is a very ancient and internationally-known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods. The temple is located about three kilometers to the south-east of the bus station in N.H.47 at Haripad, in Alleppey district of Kerala.Haripad, a culturally renowned ancient town with prominent role in the history of Central Travancore, is rich with its exquisite green paddy fields, towering coconut palms and serene atmosphere of the adjacent hamlets.
  • Revi Karuna Karan (RKK) Memorial Museum:
The Revi Karuna Karan (RKK) Memorial Museum is an architectural marvel. There is a lush lawn with a large kidney shaped pond with full of exotic varieties of water lilies. And the other side a beautiful gazebo with 6 statues made by Italian marbles.entrance of the museum has a curved shiny tined glass. area of museum is 28000 sqft including 10000 sqft for exhibition purpose.
3.  Thekkady ,Periyar Tiger Reserve:
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve
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Thekkady is probably the best place in Kerala to observe wildlife and hence its a dream destination for any tourist visiting Kerala.From the mighty Indian elephant to the Great Indian Tiger ,this place  has it all.Elephants, Deers,boars,bisons and lion tailed macaques are a common sight in the reservoir area.
Main Activities Near By:
Nature Walk is an interpretive sandal protection trekking programme offering excellent opportunity of watching birds, butterflies and other wildlife through a range of habitats during the 4-5 km 3-hours walk.
Check  interesting things that you can do in thekkady periyar tiger reserve here
varkala beach
varkala beach
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Varkala beach is a nice place especially for those who love the sun, sand and Kerala food. One of those beaches which have been kept clean and have the most breathtaking views especially during sunrise and sunset .
5.  Kovalam:
Light House Beach Kovalam
Light House Beach Kovalam
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Kovalam is a beach town on the Arabian Sea located around 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala. It is also known as the paradise of the south. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam (16 kilometres (10 mi)), in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.
Fort Kochi
Fort Kochi Kerala
Kochi located in Ernakulam district formerly known as Cochin is one of the important seaport in India. Ernakulam is a wide choice for recreation and tourist interests in the Kerala. And an immense scope for shopping. The famous 13th century Italian traveler aptly remarked: “if China is where you make money, then Cochin surely is the place where you spend it!”
Main Tourist Attractions In and Around Cochin
  • Jewish Synagogue:
    The Jewish synagogue built in Jew Town in 1568 is a beautiful structure. This place of worship attracts numerous visitors every year because of its impressive furnishings. There are splendid Chinese tiles and impressive Belgian chandeliers that have been used to decorate throughout the entire synagogue.
  • Cherai Beach:
    Vypin Island was formed after the great floods of 1341. The Island is 25 kilometers long and has an average width of 2 kilometers.
  • Marine Drive:
    Marine Drive is considered to be one of the most beautiful parts of the Kerala Tourism. It is also called Shanmugham Road. The marine walk is the main hangout for the local populace as the view of the backwaters and the harbor from here is excellent. At night the lights from the various ships anchored at the harbor is just breathtaking.
  • Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica:
    The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica Is situated at Fort Kochi & it is one of the Eight Basilicas in India. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and Colours of the Gothic style.
  • Fortkochi & Chinese Fishing Nets:
    The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw openthe estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European township in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.
  • Mattancherry Palace:
    Mattancherry palace (Lat: 9°57′N Long: 76°15′) is located at a distance of 12 km from Ernakulam in Kerala State. The nearest airport is Nedumbaserry international airport. Mattancherry palace is one of the oldest examples of the Portuguese architecture with oriental influence and is unique from the historical and architectural point of view.
  • Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary: 
    Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is a rural riverside village in the Ernakulam district of the state of Kerala . Its a popular picnic spot and tourist destination in kerala too. It is the only elephant rescue and training center in Kerala specialized for rescuing and training stranded adult and baby elephants from the forest regions across Kerala.
  • Ezhattumugham Nature Village :
    Ezhattumugham is a country village in the Ernakulam .It is situated 11.8 km from the Kochi Airport and 40 km from Cochin. You can get there hiring a taxi from the nearest town Angamaly as there is no public transport to the location.Ezhattumugham is yet to enter the tourist’s itinerary for one very good reason.
  • Athirappally Falls:
    Athirappally falls which sashayed into celluloid history with Raavan, starring Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan. Film crews, both from the north and the south, often camp in its precincts to exploit its raw appeal. Therefore the quiet charm of Ezhattumugham, through which Chalakkudy flows leisurely, remains eclipsed by the glamour of Athirappally
 8. Wayanad:
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Photo Credit : Ashwin Kumar
Wayanad is the 12th District in Kerala was formed on 1 November 1980  by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Kalpetta is the district headquarters as well as the only municipal town in the district. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya’s land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad.[1] The Folk etymology of the word says it is a combination of Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land), making it ‘The Land of Paddy Fields’. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m
Attractions in wayanad
  • Kalpetta: It is the district headquarters of  Wayanad, is the only municipality in this hilly region. The town has hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, making it a convenient base to visit this place while at the same time enjoying these facilities.
  • Pookot Lake
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Pakshipathalam
  • Lakkidi: The gateway to Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated 700 m above sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat Pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station. (5 km south of Vythiri)
  • Sulthan Bathery: This Place is situated at about 930 meters above mean sea level. One can find beautiful folded hills across the horizon. This town was part of Kidanganadu Village, which got its name because the presence of the Kidangans the tribes. Later, it came to be known as Sultan Bathery, the Malayalam version of its name. ( Read More …)
  • Banasura Sagar Dam: This project is the largest earthern dam in India and the second largest in Asia. It is located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary and park full of flowering trees. ( Read More …)
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary It is spread over 344 km² & It is Situated on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery in Wayanad, Kerala.Wild animals such as Indian Bison, Elephant, Deer and Tiger can be spotted here.Peacocks and Peafowl tend to be very common in the area. This is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. ( Read More …)
  • Neelimala view point : Closer to Vaduvanchal, Neelimala is an excellent venue for trekking with lots of stimulating trails. The summit of this hill affords a great view of the cascading Meenmutty fallsand the beautiful valley in its foreground.
  • Meenmutty falls: An interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ooty road, Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 metres over three stages.
Vagamon is a hill station situated 1,100 meters above sea level. located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala. It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10 and 23 °C during a summer midday. Vagamon also known as the ‘Scotland of Asia’, was discovered by the Britishers who found the place ideal for tea plantations and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon.
10.  Thiruvananthapuram:

Thiruvananthapuram  also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. It is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as “Evergreen city of India”,the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys.
Near By Major Tourist Attractions
  • Priyadarshini Planetarium
  • Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple
  • Kuthiramalika
  • Kanakakunnu Palace
11.  Thrissur: 
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Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its cultural, spiritual and religious leanings throughout history. It houses the Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi and Kerala Sahitya Academy. The city hosts the Thrissur Pooram festival, the most colourful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala.
  • Athirappally Waterfalls & Vazhachal Waterfalls: Athirapally Waterfalls is the most prominent getaway from Cochin and attracts millions of visitors every year. Together with Vazhachal and the picturesque route through Western Ghats presented Athirapally a prominent seat in World tourist Map. The most beautiful waterfalls in Kerala, a must visit spot for anybody who would like to enjoy the beauty of Kerala is Athirapally Waterfalls. ( Read More …)
  • Anakkayam: Anakkayam is Located near Chalakudy en route to Sholayar Peringalkuthu, Anakkayam is famed for its sparkling sylvan lakes that shimmer like a mirage of quicksilver, the beautiful and tranquil waters that present a spectacle with the nimble movements of the diamonds of sunshine dancing on their surface and its fascinating range of cascading waterfalls that enrapture the tourists. Anakkayam is shrouded in history. ( Read More …)
  • Koodal Manikyam Temple

12.  Thenmala:
Thenmala Eco Tourism Centre
Thenmala is the meeting point of kollam-Shencottah road and Trivandrum-Shencottah road, surrounded by dense forest, 66 kms east of kollam. There are a large number of rubber and tea plantations in Thenmala. Timber of all varieties are exported from here to all parts of the country. Themala Dam site is open for tourists. Eco tourists centre is situated at Thenmala.
Main Tourist Attractions

  • Thenmala Eco Tourism Centre:
    Thenmala Eco Tourism is India’s first planned eco-tourism destination, which is gaining popularity due to its unique vistas, bio-diversity and functioning. Situated about 72 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, in the District of Kollam, the Thenmala Eco-Tourism shares its resources with the famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothills of the Western Ghats.
  • Thenmala Reservoir
  • Deer Rehabilitation Centre: 
    This deer park of Thenmala is a distant part of Thenmala eco tourism and is built within the Kallada river side forest. Apart from various varieties of deers what you can see interesting here is a Tree House and a small Childrens park with  some ecologically blended resting places.