Munnar is a beautiful hill station covered with unending expanse of tea plantation is 165 km away from cherai. Located at 1600 m above sea level .This was once the summer resort of the British Government in South India . Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a pretty little heaven with a cool bracing climate. It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters. Sprawling tea plantations, it offers the best opportunity you are ever likely to have to see the tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, to learn how tea is processed, to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting through the air and to buy the tea directly from the gardens place. Munnar is the land of neelakurinji (strobilanthus ) .The flower blooms only once in 12 years.
Picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.In the vicinity is the Eravikulam National Park, the home of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr that roams on a stretch of grassland or is seen climbing the pinnacles of the undulating hills. Here we can have a glimpse of a Gaur, Langur, Lion-tailed macaque, and Elephants roaming in herds. Devikulam is a dainty town, sixteen kilometers southwest of Munnar. It consists of irresistibly green slopes touching the sky at a thousand meters and its silent clusters of slender red and blue gum trees. It has a lovely little lake hidden within the rolling hills.
Thekkady is the pride of Kerela and a testimony to nature's splendor and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake .It is an artificial lake was created in 1895. Thekkady is 200 km away from cherai. The drive to Thekkady itself as enchanting as the road winds the high ranges. The Western Ghats are clothed in dense ever green, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of Wild elephants, sambar deer, tigers, buffaloes, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. The sanctuary offers a lovely and comfortable way to see the animals via - boat rides on the man-made lake, which the wildlife areas encircle. A tourist can get a great opportunity for treks mountain walk, Bamboo rafting and Jungle patrol.Thekkady is also a spice trading centre.
Cardamom, pepper, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and ayurvedic herbs are planted here.
Nelliyampathy is a forest range 195 kms. From cherai, the Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense evergreen forests and orange plantations the height of the hills ranges from 467 meters to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572 meters. A hill station with cool climate, Spread of beautiful, wooden valleys and meandering streams Accessing Nelliyampathy from Palghat is a sensation on its own, as you negotiate over a dozen hairpin curves on the Ghat road passing through the fascinating jungles of the Sahya Ranges . On the way exactly 17 kilometers from Palghat, the shimmering Pothundi Reservoir and its manicured surroundings make for an ideal tourist destination.
Wayanad is the place which is untouched by civilization. It is well known for the spice plantation, lush forests and the rich cultural tradition luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber, stretch over the hills of Wayanad as far as the eye can see. With the fast-flowing rivers - Panamaram, Mananthavady and Kabini - cutting across the undulating panorama and lending a picture-postcard look to the whole region - the north eastern tip of Kerala. Edakkal caves, Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary, etc are the main tourist attractions here.
Pakshipathalam, this place can be accessed only be trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.
Chembra Peak at 2100 m above mean sea level. Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.
Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarassery Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads ti this hill station.
Kerala's backwaters and lagoons stretch over 1900 km. Kerala lives along these backwaters. They snake over the state physique, bestowing paddy fields with good harvests, and provide the whole village with drinking water and other facilities. The backwaters refer to the large inland lakes of Kerala . Today these backwaters act as vital water ways for the transport of people and produce. They are often the only link between remote, isolated villages and crowded town pockets. It's an incredible experience to float on these soothing waters in a country craft to absorb this unusual representation of Kerala. When you first encounter the backwaters they look unreal: slow flowing watery highways meandering between palm-hung banks. Clearly, the best way to encounter these water lands is to hire a houseboat.
It can be an incredibly different experience just floating on these waters in a country craft and absorbing this unusual representation of Kerala's life
Alappuzha You might begin at Alappuzha, which is hailed as "The Venice of the East.” because of its intricate maze of backwaters, canals and bridges. This water locked district has immense untapped potential for backwater tourism, preserved through the ages and completely hidden from the road is an enchanting experience to any visitor. Gliding along the calm and serene backwaters flanked by green leaves and palms seeing a rural more so while sailing a slow-moving, spacious Kettuvallam . Do not miss out on a ride into Kuttanad through shimmering, green paddy fields and tail-wagging, head-bobbing groups of ducks. The coir-workers too present an interesting sight as they soak coconut fiber in pools, beat them out and weave the tough brown strands into long ropes on spindles stretched between endless coconut trees.Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes .
Kumarakom A beautiful backwater spot accessible from Alappuzha is Kumarakom,it is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake . The lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing back water tourism destination, and its small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A 14 acre bird sanctuary is situated on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake . The sanctuary adds to the natural beauty of Kumarakom. Birds (waterfowl, water ducks, cuckoos, wild ducks etc.) nest and spend happy summers here. Birds like Siberian Storks migrate here every year and is an ornithologist's paradiseIn this cruise from Alleppey to Komarakom, you can see many amazing sights like women fishing with their toes. The native women can be seen immersed up to their neck in the water (with their long hair scooped up and knotted into a bun on top of their head like a lopsided crown
Cochin, the Queen of the Arabian Sea is believed to be the finest natural harbour in the world. Cruise around man-made islands with lush green lawns sloping down to the water's edge.Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India . It has a recording a history of visitors who came, saw and stayed for hundreds of years. Layered impressions - Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese, are contained within its environment.
Giant Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbour. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a magnificent sight at the waterfront.
Quilon (Kollam) the charming old port city of Quilon (Kollam) on the banks of the picturesque Ashtamudi Lake is now known more as the centre of cashew industry. Traces of a once prosperous trade with China are still seen in the form of Chinese fishing nets, huge Chinese water pots, blue and white porcelain and sampan-like boats.
Quilon is an inviting gateway to Kerala's backwaters. For an interesting backwater experience, take the regular ferry to Alleppey - a rigorous ride lasting more than 8 hours. As the old ferry putters from one village on the waterfront to another, you are treated to a full range of lives and activities and some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. For the less intrepid, shorter cruises can be made in the larger comforts of the houseboats with idyllic villages such as Alumkadavu as your launch base.
Beachs, the 590 kilometers long coastline on India ’s southwestern corner has endowed with unique geographical features and enriched with tradition and customs. Most of the beaches are sandy and open throughout. Kerala’s coast –bordered on the east by towering Western Ghats and interspersed with the amazing backwaters for much of its length, has attracted peoples through the ages. The ubiquitous coconut trees are one over riding features in the beaches.The beaches of Malabar resonate with history. The long serrated coastline of kerala provide unique ambiance of virgin beachs. Never ending spread of green fronds by the blue sea is the most common visual along the coast line. Most of the coastal areas are villages. So you can feel the innocent smile from every face.
Kovalam Beach is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent three crescent shaped beaches.It has been a favourite 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 leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages,special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc.The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes.Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night.The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages,Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres etc.This beach has lovely coconut palms fringe the golden sands.
It was among the most prominent tourist spots in India during the hippy era. It still has a high status among tourists (mostly European) even now the glory of this beach attracting more and more tourists (western). Kovalam is finding a new significance in the light of several Ayurvedic salons, and recuperation and regeneration resorts which provide a slew of Ayurvedic treatments for the tourists. The sands on the beaches in Kovalam are partially black in colour due to the presence of ilmenite and thorazite. There are two main beaches at Kovalam, separated by a high cliff. There is small light house in the Eve's beach. The normal tourist season is from November to March.
Varkala Beach is a quiet and isolated sandy expanse where you can have a relaxing beach holiday without the crowds and bustle of some of the busier beaches in Kerala. Enjoy the laid back attractions of Varkala Beach while on Kerala beach tours with Kerala Backwater.
Varkala beach is famous for mineral springs and a fantastic massage, so don't forget to bring aromatherapy massage oil and sun protection. The mineral springs here are said to have curative properties. The massage technique has been a closely guarded secret for thousands of years, but for many tourists it's a welcome revival from the toils of the road. Varkala Beach is also famous for its landscape. A high rocky cliff ends abruptly and a stretch of clear sand extends down to the sea. The contrast between the cliffs, sand and sea makes Varkala Beach a striking sight. The sunset at Varakala Beach is truly breathtaking with the sun sinking into the sky like a ball of molten gold as the sun and sea are tinged with crimson and vermilion. See the magnificent sunset at Varkala Beach on Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater.
Fort Kochi Beach is a tranquil experience at any time of the day. Do it alone or in the company of your loved ones, it offers the ideal ambiance to relax and to let your thoughts soar to new heights of creativity. 24 kms from Cherai, a leisurely walk through the lanes of the city is the best way to discover historic fort kochi . An obscure fishing village that became the first European township in India , kochi has an eventful and colorful history.
The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. The result of these cultural interfaces are seen in the remains of the indo european architecture here.
Cherai Beach 15 Kilometre long Cherai Beach is the best clean golden beach of Kerala and is rightly called “ The Prnicess of the Queen of the Arabian sea ”. This lovely beach bordering vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction.On account of its natural location,azure water and favorable climate make Cherai a favourite year-round spot for swimming. Sea, here, is pacific and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters.It affords facilities for safe sea bath Landlubbers will get lifeguards' service.The clean white sandy beach will arouse a temptation irresistible;to lie in idle on the sands and tan the body.
The main attraction at cherai is water - a large inland lake, separated from the ocean by only a narrow sandbar.It separates the lagoon from the sea. For a few rupees, a family can drift about in a pedal-boat or a row boat. . While skimming over the lake, visitors will see the local fishermen readying their boats, working on their nets. The newly beautified 400 Meters of the main beach with the walkway adds to the charm and the Highmask lamps make the beach enjoyable even at night. Cherai is well known for the mouth lingering fresh sea food
Kappad Beach 16 kms from Kozhikode ( Calicut ), this is the historic beach .where the Portuguese navigator Vasco-da-Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498 , with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. It was the spices and wealth of Malabar that first brought the Arabs, the Phoenicans, the Greeks, the Romans, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English to Kerala. Kappad has witnessed many such landings. Kozhikode was then the most important trade centre of the Malabar region and the Zamorins who ruled this mighty land were powerful and shrewd. Though the Portuguese were welcomed in Kozhikode they were not too well encouraged or entertained for long by the Zamorins, which might be the reason they shifted their base to Kochi and Kollam down south. Today only a little stone monument is left at the Kappad beach to speak of its great historic importance. On the rocks nearby is a temple believed to be 800 years old. To the tourist, however, this little seafaring town is a havenFor the people of Kozhikode , this pleasant stretch of rock studded beach is Kappakkadavu. To the tourist it is one of the most charming of Kerala's beaches.
Bekal Beach 14 km away from Kasargode, is the best preserved fort in Kerala. The seashore fort along with its premise is being designed into a major tourist resort. The fort, in its domineering position on a promontory, offers a panoramic view of palm-fringed beaches on both flanks. Shrubby hill slopes down from the fort to rugged rocks before engaging itself with a tête-à-tête with the frothy sea.A sauntering inside the fort would transport to the battle days when rival forces fought for wresting the fort, then a vantage position on Western coast. A Navel academy is nearing completion at Ezhimala, in Kannur near Bekal.
Thiruvanathapuram ( Trivandrum )
Trivandrum is the state capital with an international Airport .The Arabian Sea bound on the west and Tamilnadu on the east. Akkulam tourist vilage , Aruvikaradam , Agasthyakoodam , kanakakunnu Palace , Napier Museum , Padmanabhaswamy temple , Sreechitra Art gallery , Vely tourist village and Kuthiramalika Palace Museum are the most attracted places here.The district has long shore lines, historic monuments, and backwater.
Ernakulam ( Kochi )
Known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, this cosmopolitan city is the commercial capital of kerala With a natural Harbour , Ernakulam became a center of commerce and trading with Arabs, Chinese , Portuguese, English and Dutch. Spice, Marine products and other food items exported from the state shipped from the Cochin port. Pierce Leslie Bungalow, Parikshith Thampuran Museum , Santa Cruz Basilica, Vasco House, Fort Immanuel , Dutch Cemetery , Koder House, St.Francis Church , Jew town and Hill palace museum are the main attractions.