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KERALA 

 

Munnar

Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it's surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is home to the Lakkam Waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.

Elevation1,532 m

Weather19°C, Wind NE at 3 km/h, 92% Humidity

Population38,471 (2001)              

 

Places to see:

Attukal Waterfalls 

 

 

Chokramudi Peak


Eravikulam National Park


Kundala Lake

 

Things to do: Mountain Biking, Shikara Ride in Kundala Lake, CSI Christ Church, Rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic Spa

Best time to visit: June to September

Travel

By air: Nearest airport from Munnar is Cochin International airport which is just 125 kilometres away from this beautiful place. Taxi services are also available from the airport to Munnar and usually cost Rs 3000. Cochin airport is well-linked to all the major cities in the country as well as many cities abroad.

By bus: Private operators and Kerala State Transport Corporation operate bus services to Munnar from major cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are number of luxury and Volvo buses between cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, and Mysore to Munnar.

By train: The nearest railway station from is Kochi or Ernakulum. It is a major junction in the south from where you can get trains for the major cities of the country including Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Mangalore, Bangalore and many others.

Road/Self Drive: Munnar is connected to other cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu by state government public transport buses. Many tour providers arrange packaged bus tours services to Munnar from Cochin. You can also get buses to the cities like Kochi (124 km), Thrissur (148 km), Madurai (152 km) and Thiruvananthapuram (281 km).

 

 Thekkady

Thekkady is located about 257 km (160 mi) from Trivandrum, 114 km from Madurai City and Madurai Airport, 145 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam railway station. Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephantssambartigersgaurlion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.

Thekkady is considered a haven for natural spices such as black peppercardamomcinnamonnutmeg, and clove.

 

Places to see: 

 

Periyar National Park

 

Chellarkovil


Abraham’s Spice Garden in Thekkady


Kadathanadan Kalari Centre


Kumily

 

Things to do: Periyar National Park, Periyar Tiger Trail,  Bamboo Rafting, Thekkady Lake, Nature Walk, Border Hiking, Anakkara

 

Best time to visit: October to February: Winters are by far the best time to visit Thekkady as the weather is cool and pleasant, making it ideal for sightseeing.

Travel

By air: The nearest international airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 190 kilometres away. This airport is well-connected with all major cities in India and abroad. The best way to get to Thekkady from Cochin is by hiring a cab.

By bus: The most inexpensive way to get to Thekkady from nearby cities like Cochin, Trivandrum and Kottayam are the government or private run buses. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses are available at regular intervals from Kottayam, Cochin and Trivandrum to Thekkady.

By train: The nearest railway station to Thekkady is in Kottayam, located 114 kilometres away. The railway station in Kottayam is well-connected to major cities across India. You can hire a cab from Kottayam to get to Thekkady, or even board a government or private run bus.

Road/Self Drive: Driving through the quaint countryside painted with the green colour of tea plantations and forests, is quite an experience. From cities like Cochin, Madurai, Trivandrum, Munnar, Kottayam, one can easily book a cab or get behind the steering wheel of their car to drive to Thekkady.


Vagamon

Vagamon, also spelt Wagamon, is a hill station located in Meenachil taluk and Kanjirappally taluk of Kottayam district and Peerumade taluk of Idukki district of the state of Kerala, India. 

Elevation1,200 m

Weather24°C, Wind E at 0 km/h, 87% Humidity

 

Places to see: 

Elaveezha Poonchira


Pattumalai Church


Kuttikanam Palaces


Murinjupuzha Water Falls


Idukki Arch Dam

 

Peermade


Thangal Para

 

Things to do:

Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurusimala, 

Vagamon meadows

 

Pine Hill 


Best time to visit:  March - June

Travel

By air: The nearest airport to Vagamon is the Cochin International Airport which is located around 75 km away. Buses, cabs and private vehicles ply between the airport and Vagamon.

By train: The nearest railway station from Vagamon is at Kuttikanam at a distance of 22 km from. Other neighbouring railways stations are at Palai – 33 km away, Thodupuzha – 39 km from Vagamon, Kumily – 45 km and Kottayam – 65 km.

Road/Self Drive: Vagamon is 100 km away from Cochin, thus can be easily reached via road. Local cabs and state tourism buses are also available connecting the hill station with the town. Direct buses to and from Cochin, Trivandrum, Madurai, Kottayam and Munnar are available.  


Kovalam

Kovalam is a small coastal town in the southern Indian state of Kerala, south of Thiruvananthapuram. At the southern end of Lighthouse Beach is a striped lighthouse with a viewing platform. Palm-backed beaches also include Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. Heading south, Vizhinjam Juma Masjid mosque overlooks the busy fishing harbor. Inland, Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium displays technology used in pearl production.

Weather32°C, Wind W at 10 km/h, 71% Humidity

 

Places to see:

Lighthouse Beach – The most spectacular beach in Kovalam

Hawah Beach 

Samudra Beach 

Karamana River 

Vellayani Lake 

Halcyon Castle – A palace turned to a 5-star resort

Kovalam Art Gallery – Showcasing works of famed artists of Kovala

Aruvikkara Dam 

Valiyathura Pier – A jetty to have some quiet time in Kovalam


 

Things to do: Lighthouse Beach, Veli Tourist Village, Vellayani Lake, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave temple, Karamana River, Kovalam Fish Market

Best time to visit: November to February

Travel

By air: Located at a distance of about 15 kilometres, the Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport to Kovalam. The airport is connected to all major airports in India and major cities around the world, like Singapore and Colombo. 

By bus: Buses are the most economical way to reach Kovalam. Kovalam is well-connected to Trivandrum and other nearby major cities by city bus services. Luxury tourist bus services to Trivandrum are available from many nearby cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai and Nagercoil.

By train: The Trivandrum Central railway station, located about 15 kilometres from Kovalam, is the nearest railway station to Kovalam. The Trivandrum Central railway station is well linked to major cities in India. From the railway station, one can hire a taxi or a cab or board a bus to reach Kovalam.

Road/Self Drive: Self-drive is perhaps the most enjoyable and hassle free way to reach Kovalam. Driving to Kovalam gives tourists the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty along the way. 

Idukki

Idukki district is a densely forested, mountainous region in the south Indian state of Kerala. In the north, Anamudi Mountain towers over Eravikulam National Park, where the rare, blue Neelakurinji flower blooms every 12 years. Nearby, Munnar is a hill station known for its sprawling tea plantations and Tea Museum. Farther south is the vast, curved Idukki Dam and Periyar National Park, a tiger and elephant reserve.

Elevation1,900 m

Area4,358 km²

Population11.1 lakhs (2011)

 

Places to see:

 

Idukki Arch Dam 

Painavu

Kulamavu Dam

Thommankuthu Waterfalls 

Periyar National Park


Things to do: Boating, bamboo rafting, mountaineering, taking a plantation tour


Best time to visit: October to February


Travel





Things to do: Boating, bamboo rafting, mountaineering, taking a plantation tour

Best time to visit: October to February

Travel

By air: Cochin International airport is the nearest airport, which is located at a distance of 132 kilometres. This airport has access to several domestic and international flights that make traveling to Idukki convenient. The flights are frequent and also provide comfortable traveling. Take a cab or a bus to reach this airport or to reach your destination from this airport. 

By bus: Idukki is accessible by roads as it has a wide network of motorable roads. NH-49 is the national highway that passes along this place.

By train: Being a hill station, Idukki doesn’t have a railway station of its own. Theni is the nearest railhead to Idukki, which is located at a distance of 60 km. Changanacherry and Kottayam are the nearby stations that offer regular train services. Therefore, the rail network is very strong and connects Idukki to other cities.

Road/Self Drive: You can take a car from Mumbai to Idukki. It will take you around 20h 26m to cover distance of 1404.95kms and reach Idukki from Mumbai.






Alappuzha

 

Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. Alappuzha Beach is the site of the 19th-century Alappuzha Lighthouse. The city's Mullakkal Temple features a traditional design. Punnamada Lake's snake boat races are a well-known annual event.

Elevation11 m

Area46.18 km²

Weather29°C, Wind N at 6 km/h, 85% Humidity

 

Places to see:

Marari Beach

Pathiramanal

Backwaters of Kuttanad

Alleppey Beach

Vembanad Lake

Karumadikkuttan

 

Things to do: Nehru Trophy Boat RaceAlleppey LighthouseRoyale Park HotelRKK Memorial Museum

Best time to visit: November to February 

Travel

By air: The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kilometres is the nearest airport to Alleppey. The airport is well connected to major cities in India as well as abroad. From the Cochin International Airport, one can book a taxi or a cab to get to Alleppey.

By bus: Kerala State Run Transport Corporation buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala. Luxury air-conditioned buses also operate from cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore and Coimbatore to Alleppey.

By train: The Alleppey Railway Station lies within the city limits and is well connected by rail to Cochin and Trivandrum. From the railway station, one can board a bus, hire a taxi or get in an auto-rickshaw to reach the main city.

Road/Self Drive: Alleppey is accessible by National Highway-47, which goes through Alappuzha and Cherthala cities. Alleppey is well connected to other cities such as Kochi, Kottayam, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Chennai, Bangalore and Coimbatore by road.