Kerala Destination - Trivandrum - Kollam - Pathanamthitta
Trivandrum, the State Capital of Kerala is famous for its historical temples, museum and a long shore line, with internationally renowned beaches, backwater stretches, and a rich cultural heritage.
Places to See
Kovalam -the most popular tourist destination of Trivandrum (and Kerala), is a wonderful and fabulous natural beach. If Kerala is known as Godsowncountry then Kovalam is known as it's paradise. Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches named as Lighthouse beach (largest of the 3), Hawa beach (second largest and known as topless beach, commonly used by foriegners) and Samudra beach (southernmost and commonly used by fisherman). The word Kovalam means a grove of Cocunut trees and this beach is blessed by as the name speaks, it offers a feast to the travellers eyes. Kovalam offers a beautiful ambience that's beyond words, and makes a traveller from any country, any age to rediscover his/her soul.
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of sculpture and architecture. The temple pond and the traditional Kerala style buildings surrounding the temple are the other interesting attractions.
Shree Chitra Art Gallery
This art gallery display select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.
( Open 1000- 1700 hrs daily except on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons. )
The Zoological Park
One of the first Zoos in India, it is located in a well-planned botanical garden. With huge trees like frangipani and jacaranda dotting the sprawling lawns and wild fowl swimming in the lake, it is like a small jungle in the heart of the city. It houses some of the rare wildlife.
(Open 1000 - 1700 hrs - closed on Mondays)
The Indo-Saracenic structure dating back to the 19 century boasts of a "natural " air conditioning system, houses a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.
(Open 1000-1700 hrs daily except on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons.)
Neyyar Dam is another popular picnic destination in Trivandrum. This beautiful lake formed in 1958 offers attractive ambience for tourists. Neyyar Dam has boating facility and is one of the main tourist's leisure activity here. In 1977 a Crocodile farm was set up here and is now named after late Steve Irwin as Steve Irwin National Park. This place is located at 30km from Trivandrum on the foot of Western Ghats.
Adjacent to Trivandrum airport this beach is a favorite haunt of sunset watchers. Daytime you can see fishermen trying to pull out long fishing nets from the sea. The other attraction of this area is the 35-m long sculpture of mermaid and a restaurant shaped like a starfish.
Ponmudi Hill Station
Ponmudi (also known as Golden Peak) is a scenic hill station in Trivandrum located at 61Km from the city. Main attraction about Ponmudi is that it's still unexplored! If you are a person who wish to experience the virginity of mother nature, a breath of fresh natural air,a bliss and feel rejuvanted, Ponmudi is the ideal place available in Trivandrum.
Veli Tourist Village
This is the point where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea. Speedboats and Pedal boats are available here to explore the charm of the lagoon in leisurely manner.
( Open 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. )
How to Reach
Air : Airport is located at 6Km from the city and has connection flights from Colombo, Singapore, Maldives and Middle East. Rail : Railway station is at the city centre itself and has got direct train service from all major cities in India. Direct trains are available to any main city (and all districts) in Kerala round the clock. Road : There are 2 main roads connecting to Trivandrum from other main cities, a National highway numbered NH47 and a main centre road known as MC Road.
Kollam once called 'Quilon' is one of Kerala's southern districts. The district is blessed with rivers, lakes, forests, sea, lagoons, paddy fields and lots of coconut groves. In short it is a mini-model of Kerala's true natural beauty and the district is titled as "The Gods on Capital".
Almost 30% of the district is covered by 'Ashtamudi Kayal', the second largest lake in Kerala. It offers an entry point to the splendid beauty of 'Kerala Backwaters'. The district is famous for its coir and cashew nut industries. The coir industry uses traditional methods for coir making which attracts lots of tourists. The district portrays Kerala's village life style.
Places to See
It is the second largest lake in Kerala. Its banks are all covered with coconut trees and the lake offers a beautiful view of the nature. The boat cruises on this water body is a wonderful experience.
Thangassery Lighthouse Kollam
It is a 144 ft tall light house situated on the banks of the Arabian Sea. It was built in 1902 and is a popular destination for tourists. The light house combined with the sea offers a memorable scenario to the travelers.
It is a 300ft (90 meters) high waterfall close to the border of Tamilnadu. The waterfall is believed to have healing powers as its upstream flows through forests rich in herbal plants. It is almost 4 kilometers from 'Aryankavu' at Kerala-Tamilnadu border.
It is a beautiful island in Kollam district surrounded by the Asktamudi Lake, Sasthamkotta lake and Kallada river. It is an upcoming tourist destination.
The word 'Anathavalam' means 'shelter of elephants'. This is where elephants are trained. The place is at Chirakkarathazham, 1 kilometer from 'Polachira'.
The place is known for its natural beauty. It is the first eco tourism project in Kerala. The Thenmala dam and boating attracts lots of tourists.
The Thangasseri Beach
It is 5 kilometers away from Kollam town. It is a sea side village with historic importance. The beach has the remains of an old Portuguese fort built in the 18th century. You can have a speed boat for riding or do a scuba diving.
How to Reach
Air : The nearest airport from Kollam is Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) International Airport which is 72 kilometers away. Rail : The main railway station in the district is Quilon Junction also called Kollam Juncion. Road : The district is well connected with roads. Two National Highways NH47 and NH 220 pass through the district.
The district name of Pathanamthitta is derived from the two words of Malayalam "Pathanam" and "Thitta" which together means an "array of houses on the river side". The district is regarded as the pilgrimage headquarters of Kerala where the land is occupied by the spiritual aspects of life like temples, rivers, mountain ranges, coconut groves, along with various sorts of plantation of paddy, tapioca, vegetables, spices, pepper etc. Not only as the religious hub of the Kerala, Pathanamthitta is also famous for the unending stretches of forests, rivers, and rural landscape.
Places to See
It is one of the pilgrimage centres of Pathanamthitta situated on the rugged hills of the Western Ghats dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
This is an ox race carnival festival commonly held during the harvest season in the small village of Pathanamthitta.
This festival of Pathanamthitta is famous for the devotees of Muslim community which is held during the month of February.
The picturesque hill station attracted the tourists for providing the panoramic view of the low-lying areas where camp house is the most preferential activity of the tourists.
This is a typical Kerala village. On a visit to the place one can observe the tranquil life people lead in villages here. There is also a beautiful Devi temple here. A special kind of folk art called Padayani is performed at the temple grounds every April. Kadammanitta is also well known for the many stone statues that enact stories and incidents narrated in famous poems, especially those of poet Ramakrishnan.
Konni Elephant Cage
Konni offers something unusual to visitors. The place is synonymous with 'aanakoodu' or the elephant cage. The main attraction here is the huge wooden cages where wild elephants are put in and trained for various purposes. One can often find herds of elephants roaming about in the nearby forest area.
This tourist destination of Pathanamthitta is famous for its reservoir surrounded by the forests that provides an opportunity to see other animals like tigers, elephants, deer and monkey.
Omallur (Cattle fair)
The Rakthakanta Swamy Temple and the annual cattle fair held in the Malayalam month of 'Meenam' are the main attractions of Omallur. People from all around Kerala and also many other states participate in the fair.
Charalkunnu Hill station
The picturesque hill station offers a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the hill provides comfortable lodging.
Perumthenaruvi is a famous waterfall on the banks of the River Pamba. Here, the water flows down a rocky bed into a ravine 60 to 100 feet deep. The place is a favourite picnic spot for both domestic and foreign tourists.
This is the main halting point on the way to Sabarimala, the famous pilgrim centre. It is also known as 'Thriveni Sangamam', the meeting point of three rivers.
Spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven. It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent Wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & Mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.
For the nature explorers Gavi offers the complete acquaintance with the flora around including Nageia Wallichinia (Podocarpus Wallichinia), a highly endemic species of the Gymnosperm family seen only around Gavi in the whole Western Ghats !
If you are a birder, the forests around Gavi are home to over 320 species of birds –the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, dongos, cuckoos and bulbuls-truly any birder's dream!
The sheer beauty of this place is indeed worth a closer look ! Here is nature at its unadulterated best. Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, research students and the like.
How to Reach
Air : Nearest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram (119 km) Rail : Nearest railway station is at Thiruvalla (30 km); Chengannur (28 km) Road : Pathanamthitta is well connected by an excellent network of roads to all major towns in Kerala.