Kollam or Quilon in the state of Kerala, an old sea port town on the Arabian
coast, stands on the Ashtamudi lake. In the ancient times, Kollam, had a
sustained commercial reputation around the world. Fed by the Chinese trade,
it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five ports, which he had seen
in the course of his travels during a period of 24 years, in the 14th
Kollam, the gateway to Kerala's beautiful backwaters is blessed with unique
representative features - sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams,
backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety
both food crop and cash crop, so called 'The Gods Own Capital'.
Sightseeing at Kollam (Quilon):-
Thangasseri : Located 5 Km from Kollam city, Thangasseri is historically
important as the ruins of Portughese & Dutch structures. 18th century church
are also evident here. The 3 km long beach has a light house.
Thirumullavaram Beach: Thirumullavaram Beach is about 6 kms north of
Kollam. This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre.
Mayyand : Mayyad is 10 kms south of Kollam and noted for its shrines and
temples. The most important of the nine temples here is the subramanya
temple at umayanallor.
Thevalli Palace: This is a beautiful and historically renowned palace
situated on the banks of Ashtamudi Kayal (backwater) Sasthamkotta 26 Km.
north-east of Kollam city. Sasthamkotta is situated on the bank of Kallada
River. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Sastha. Sasthamkotta lake The
place in known for the Sasthamkotta fresh water lake. The natural gift is
set amidst scenic surroundings covered by hills on the three sides.
Thenmala: 70 km from Kollam, Thenamal is a small hill town amidst thick
forest. Thenmala is an interesting picnic spot to enjoy natural scenery. The
main attraction is trekking. Boating facility also available. Best Season -
September to January
Thenmala Deer Park: The attraction of Thenmala is the Deer Park.
Thenmala Rock is about 5000 year old, which are worth seeing.
Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum: Kottarakkara Thamburan Kathakali Museum is
the memorial of Kottarakkara Thamburan (King) the father of the Kathakali.
Exhibited here are various models of Kathakali, Kathakali classes and
ornaments, rare musical instruments, sculptures, models of mohiniyattam and
other classical dances, 108 natya Kiranangal (Dance Sings) etc.
Thekkady in the south Indian state of Kerala is one very appealing town of
India with vast forest areas and some finest nature views. The very sound of
the word Thekkady recollects images of elephants, unending chains of hills
and spice scented plantations. Periyar forest in Thekkady is one of the
finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are
bewitching plantations and captivating hill towns that hold great
opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
Sightseeing at Thekkady :-
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: The rich forest area of Periyar in Thekkady
is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Spread in
an area of 777 sq km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The
splendid artificial lake formed by the Mulla Periyar dam across the Periyar
River adds to the charm of the park. Here, you can enjoy the unique
experience of observing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat
on the lake. Though the greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild
elephants, you can also see gaur, sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear
and wild boar which can be sighted from the boats. There are about 265
species of birds including migrants, which make your boat ride more lyrical.
Kumily: About 4 kms from Thekkady, this plantation town is closely
associated with Thekkady. Situated on the outskirts of the Periyar
Sanctuary, Kumily is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre.
Murikkady: Situated 5 kms from Thekkady. Washed in fresh spice scented air,
Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
Pandikuzhi: This is about 5 kms away from Kumily. Cradled between
Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border, this picturesque place is a
popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and
is a photographer's delight.
Air : Nearest Airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu) 140 kms, Kochi (Nedumbassery -
185 km), Thiruvananthapuram (265 kms).
Rail : Nearest railway station is Kumarakom 114 kms. Madurai station is
about 136 kms.
Road : An excellent road network from kumily (4 kms) links the to all major
towns and cities in india.
Being set in the high ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala, Periyar is
spread in a tropical forest area, a mixture of deciduous, semi-evergreen and
characterized by tall trees, and a closed canopy. Periyar boasts of a rich
bird life, animal life and plant life.
The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve has a picturesque lake at the
heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this
reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a
perennial source of water for the local wildlife. You may even get a glimpse
of the tiger during this season. A summer palace of the former Maharaja of
Travancore, set along the lake, is a hotel and a fine place to stay. Spice
gardens and plantation estates surround the national park.
Sightseeing at Periyar :–
Wildlife: The Periyar region is mostly tropical; a mixture of deciduous,
semi-evergreen forests. On your tour to Periyar you can visit the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve. The region offers a refuge to many
mammals, reptiles and amphibians and around 320 avian species. Periyar has a
few Nilgiri Tahr, good numbers of which may also be seen on a day excursion
to nearby Eravikulam National Park near Munnar.
Kumily: The main attractions at Periyar include Kumily, a plantation town
closely associated with Thekkady. It is situated on the outskirts of the
Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important shopping center and spice trade
center, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in
the Periyar region is found in Kumily.
Boat Cruises: Boat cruises make the best bet to explore the wilds of
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Today the Periyar Lake presents an excellent
boating spot for tourists. Although it is unusual to see many animals from
the boats, still you spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and Sambar Deer
by the water's edge.
Cradomom Hills: Periyar and Kumily are the most convenient points from
which visitors can easily explore Kerala's beautiful Cardamom hills.
Reaching Periyar :–
Air : The nearest national airports are Cochin (200 km) and Madurai (140
Rail : The nearest major rail junction is Kottayam.
Road : The Park is well connected by bus service from the state capital of
Thiruvananthapuram (271 km), as well as the cities of Cochin (200 km),
Kottayam (117 km), and Madurai (140 km).
Munnar is a beautiful hill station covered with endless stretches of tea
plantations and is 133 kms from Cochin, with an altitude ranging between
1600 & 1800 mtrs above sea level. Munnar boasts of the highest peak in south
India 'Anamundi' rising about 2695 mtrs high. Munnar was the favourite
summer resort of European settlers for centuries. The name 'Munnar' means
'Three Rivers' and they are actually three mountain stream, Muthirapuzha,
Nallathanni and Kundala, confluence at the heart of the town, meeting all
the water requirements of the settlers and visitors.
Dense forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and major cash crop plantations
dominate most of this region. Munnar abounds in animals like elephants and
Nilgiri Tahrs and rich biodiversity teeming with flora and fauna. Among the
exotic flora found in the forests here is the "Neela Kurinji", a flower
which bathes the hills in blue every 12 years, will bloom next in 2006 A.D.
Sightseeing at Munnar :–
Fort Munnar : Overlooking the refreshing surroundings of the Anayirangal
Lake, the luxury hotel Fort Munnar offers a fantastic panorama of gentle
slopes and sheer drops and a spectacular view of the coffee, tea and
cardamom plantations. The hotel is conceived under the concept of
eco-friendly holidaying. In the shape of a colonial architecture, the Fort
Munnar is finely tuned with enormous trees, enchanting hills and foliages
surrounding it. The forests surrounding Fort Munnar are home to exotic
spices that have been reaching all parts of the world from time immemorial.
Rajmalai: This is about 15 kms from Munnar. The natural habitat of the
Eravikulam National Park: Eravikulam National Park is 15 km from Munnar.
This is a 97 sq km park situated in the Devikulam Taluk. Anaimudi peak, the
highest mountain peak in South India is situated in the Southern region of
Devikulam : Devikulam is about 7 km from Munnar. It is a hill-station lake
town and is a major tourist attraction.
Marayoor : 36 km from Munnar. It is the only place in Kerala that has a
natural growth of sandalwood trees. The place has left glimpses of the
ancient caves (muniyaras). Thoovanam Waterfalls is situated near Marayoor.
Mattupetty Dam: 13 km from Munnar. It has an Indo-Swiss Livestock project
and has rose gardens. It has boating facilities too. The famous Echo point
is very near and offers beautiful picnic spots.
Kundalay Dam: 20 km from Munnar. Is on the way to Top station. The Golf
course of Tata Tea is located here.
Reaching Munnar :-
Air : Nearest Airport Cochin International Airport (115 kms 3 hours)
Rail : Nearest Railway stations Kochi - 130 km (3.5 hours)
Road :Well connected to all the major cities of South India.Kottayam 147km,
Madurai 142 km.