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    Known as the queen of the Arabian Sea is one of the most interesting cities of India and has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where da Gama was buried. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568, Chinese hand-painted tiles are one of the attraction. This, the only Synagogue in India has a nostalgic past of a Jewish Diaspora. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s; the palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites - which gives the effect of polished marble. St. Francis Church:
    This centuries old church at Fort Kochi was originally built completely of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry. Built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where da Gama was buried.

    Pierce Leslie Bungalow:
    This charming mansion was the office of Pierce Leslie & Co., coffee merchants, founded in 1862, a representative of the Fort Kochi colonial bungalow.

    Loafer's Corner/Princess Street :
    One of the earliest streets to be constructed in Fort Kochi, Princess Street with its European style residences still retains its old world charm.

    The Dutch Cemetery:
    The tomb stones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires and changed the course of history of this land.

    Willington Island:
    Named after Lord Willington, a former British Viceroy of India, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The island is the site of the city's best hotels and trading centers in Cochin.

    (35 km) The birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya, the great Advaita philosopher of the 8th century, Kaladi is 10 km from Aluva. Temples dedicated to Sri Sankara, Sarada Devi, Sri Krishna and Sri Ramakrishna.

    Malayatoor :
    (47 km from Kochi)Malayatoor is famous for the catholic church on the 609 m high Malayatoor hill (dedicated to St. Thomas).Thousands of devotees undertake the pilgrimage to the shrine to participate.

    Ernakulam/Kochi - Aqua tourism:
    Located on the coast of the Arabian sea, Ernakulam district is a cluster of islands networked by lagoons and backwaters. Kochi, one of the finest natural harbors in the world, was once a major cent.

    Fort Immanuel:
    This bastion of the Portuguese in Kochi was a symbol of the strategic alliance between the Maharajah of Kochi and the Monarch of Portugal, after whom it was named, built in 1503.


    (78 kms from Kochi) the beautiful and popular waterfall on the border of the Sholayar forest ranges are just 5 km apart. The Athirappalli Falls joins the Chalakkudy river after falling down a drop of 80 feet. Vazhachal is part of the Chalakkudy river. Both the waterfalls, their cool, misty water cascade down in the backdrop of thick green forest and rocky land, are a dazzling experience to visitors.

    Starting tranquilly from the high ranges, and rolling through gorge overhang with trees, these waterfall is one of the beautiful in India. You may forget everything once you reach in Athirapally. The Athirapalli waterfalls provides a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind.

    The rocky road that moves around the mountain providing you with a magnificent view of the Athirapally waterfalls. September is the best month to visit Athirapally waterfalls because the waterfalls are in full force just after the monsoons.

    Both waterfalls are a part of the Chalakudy river and 5 km apart on the road to hill station (Valparai) which has excellent tea estate and is one of India's highest elephant density habitats and is a crucial corridor between Parambikulam and Malayattur.


    Just 30 kilometers from Kochi, the business capital of Kerala on the northern end of Vypin Island. The 10 kilometer long Cherai Beach is the best golden beach of Kerala and is rightly called “The Princess of the Arabian sea”. One should really feel the warmth of the golden rays of sunset from the beach. Dolphins are occasionally seen here.

    The newly beautified main beach with the walkway adds to the charm and the Highmast lamp makes the beach enjoyable even at night. Cherai beach is well known for its mouth-lingering fresh sea food too.


    Munnar is Kerala’s premium hill station. A hill station transcending excellence – Munnar is surrounded by gently undulating hills swathed in the soothing green of vast tea estates makes it perfect tourist destination in south India. Situated at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, its bracing climate with the laidback atmosphere and its delightfully refreshing colonial air makes it the most sought-after destinations. Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a heaven of peace and tranquility - the ideal tourist destination in God's own country. Unending expanse of tea plantations - The misty mountains and valleys, the whispering wilds and the refreshing drizzles are a tourists' delight at any time of the year. The mountain slopes are a nicely laden green carpet of evergreen tea plantations interspaced by murmuring jungle streams, winding roads and Pathways.

    The town retains its colonial British character with neat bungalows, cottage gardens filled with flowers and the smell of fresh spices, tea and roasting coffee beans that hangs heavy in the air. The surrounding hill slopes are covered with orderly rows of tea bushes, the plantations amongst the highest in the world stretch for miles only interrupted by pockets of forests teeming with local fauna and flora. Amongst the unusual flowers that grow here is the Neelakurinji that blooms once every twelve years and bathes the entire area in a beautiful blue colour. The Neelakurinji is next due to flower in 2018.

    The misty nights and the sound of silence of this high altitude mountains and valleys blessed with Mother Nature’s riches flora and fauna make it a true paradise on earth. The satin smooth grass lands which are the abode of the rare species of wild goats known as Nilgiri Tahrs and herds of wild elephants grazing elegantly across the jungle slopes add to the splendor of this mesmerizing landscape.


    India’s largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.

    The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.


    Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats of Kerala is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km. Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. Moreover, its elephant assets are also envied by all. The most prolific feature of Periyar wildlife sanctuary is the Periyar Lake spreading across an area of 26 square kilometers. British engineer, Colonel J Pennycuick conceived a design to dam the Periyar River which runs through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The dam was created in 1895 to divert the water to TamilNadu for irrigation. The Lake is an important source of water for the many wild animals. The forests around the lake were declared as reserved forests in 1899. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978 under the famous scheme Project Tiger. In 1982 the core area of their serve has been notified as National Park. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary can be divided into four categories. The open grasslands studded with fire-resistant vegetation and a variety of grasses including elephant grass, which are the common dining hall of herbivores - from barking deer to the elephant; which the most deciduous forest type dominated by trees like teak and Terminalia which shed their leaves seasonally; the semi evergreen forest close to the tropical forests and wet, stream areas and the sholas or tropical evergreen jungle often tigers and king Cobras that are found in the Valleys. This area of dense forest allows only a limited stream of sunlight through and in the moist, dark corridors. The most exciting part of a visit to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is a boat cruise on the lake. It is really a lifetime experience to see the elephants taking bath from the lake.


    Kumarakom is a beautiful hamlet in Kerala in the eastern coast of Lake Vembanad. Kumarakom is one of the most attractive and beautiful tourist spots in India. A tourist will be is fascinated by this place once he reaches Kumarakom. Boating, fishing, cruising, swimming, diving etc are the major activities in Kumarakom. Lake Vembanad is home to several types of marine life exclusively the 'Karimeen' (Pearl Spotted Fish), the 'Chemeen' (Prawns) and the 'Konju' (Tiger Prawns).


    One of the most important tourist centers in Kerala, also known as Venice of the East with a large network of inland canals with spectacular Backwaters, Beaches, Marine products and Coir industry. Narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic pictures reflecting the charm of this unique land.


    Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey Backwaters

    Houseboats (Rice boats) or Kettuvallam are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages of Kerala Backwater area to the towns like Alleppey, Kollam, Cochin and Kottayam. Now these Kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction as a modern moving boat house known as Kerala houseboats. Kerala house boats have fully furnished one, two, three and five bedroom air conditioned rooms with sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet. A Kerala Houseboats cruise along the palm-fringed waterways of Kumarakom in luxury houseboats is the most enchanting holiday experience in our country today.


    Kovalam in Kerala, at the southernmost state of India is an internationally renowned destination with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.

    The European guests of the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination in the 1930s. But the real fame as an ideal beach resort was won later for the Kovalam beach in the early Seventies with arrivals of the masses of 'Hippies'. It was a debut of the transformation of just a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in the world- the Kovalam beach.


    51 kms from Thiravunanthapuram airport and 176 kms from the Cochin International Airport, Varkala is Home to some real wonders of nature. A spellbinding world of exotica. A kaleidoscope of various kinds of wildlife, birds and butterflies.

    Varkala’s star attraction is undoubtedly the Papanasam beach. Long and golden, the beach seems designed to enchant viewers with its beauty and sink people’s worries. A stunning backdrop of red laterite crystals add a sense of mystique and grandeur. And the healing mineral water that springs forth from the cliff contributes to a feeling of tranquil spirituality.

    Lots of gorgeous sun-kissed beaches can be found at Varkala. The lifestyles of the fisher-folk at the beaches are a treat to watch as they cast their nets into the sea.

    The famous Janardhanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located at Varkala. The temple was rebuilt in the 13th century while the surrounding shrines were built much earlier. Lots of devotees come to pay their respects to Lord Vishnu during the months of February and March.

    Varkala is also home to numerous Yoga and Ayurvedic centres spread about in close proximity to the hotel. You can visit them for a relaxing Yoga session or cleanse your mind and soul with the magical healing powers of Ayurveda.


    Poovar is a small coastal village in the Trivandrum district of Kerala state, South India. This village is almost at the southern tip of Trivandrum. This village has a beautiful beach which attracts tourists. There are also some good tourist resorts.

    Poovar lies very close to Vizhinjam, a natural harbor. Poovar has an estuary which connects with the sea during high tides and its natural beauty enables it to be a quiet tourist spot.


    Wayanad lies at an altitude varying from 700 - 2100 metres above the sea level. The district has the highest number of tribal settlements in Kerala. They form 1/5 of the total population of the district. The hill ranges of Vythiri taluk (taluk is a sub division of a district), through which the road from Kozhikode ascends the Wayanad plateau over the mind boggling bends and ridges, are the highest locations of Wayanad district. Wayanad district in Kerala has a pleasant climate for most parts of the year. The maximum and minimum temperatures are generally 35º C and 18º C respectively. Wayanad can be visited round the year except during the monsoon season, June to September.


    The Vagamon hill station at an elevation of 1100 meters above sea level offers you a unique and different environ in comparison to other hill stations of Kerala. Besides, being abundant in natural beauty, the place also offers space for spiritual activities. Kurisumala Ashram, a monastery for Christian ascetics, who have belief in the Christianity along with the Indian spiritual beliefs, is worth visiting a place in Vagamon. The peaceful surroundings with cool and soft breeze blowing across the valley makes it a perfect place for meditation. If you are willing to experience the peace of mind then Vagamon provides you, the perfect conditions.

    The gentle hill slopes with beautiful trekking routes make Vagamon a favorite spot for trekkers. The hill station offers opportunity for a variety of adventurous activities to tourists. Apart from trekking, there are facilities for paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing.

    The hill station of Vagamon is an ideal destination for a break away from the fast lanes of city life and to live a laidback life. The important tourist attractions of Vagamon are the Kurisumala hill, which is ideal for trekking. A small church over the top of the hill and the nearby Kurisumala Ashramam are worthy of a visit. Kurisumala Ashramam is actually a monastery for Christian ascetics, who have belief in the Christianity along with the Indian spiritual beliefs and the Gandhian thought.

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