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Contents Amusement Parks Ayurveda Backwaters Banks Beaches Bird Sanctuaries Coir Coffee Dams and Reservoirs Destinations Index Distance Chart and Fact Sheet Fairs and Festivals Forts General Information for Tourists God’s Own Country Health Tourism Hill Stations Hotels and Resorts Kerala’s Fascinating destinations Kerala Tourism Map Monsoon Tourism Music and Musical Instruments National Parks Palaces and Museums Plantation Tourism Signs and Symbols used in Kerala Tourism Tour Options Traditional Artforms Traditional Customs and Ornaments Useful Phrases in Malayalam Waterfalls Wildlife Sanctuaries Zoos

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Preface Kerala, perched on the Southern tip of Indian sub continent is an ever green tourist delight. Chosen by God as His own country, Kerala has everything that a tourist looks forward to. Virgin beaches, romantic backwaters, invigorating hill stations, enthralling waterfalls and great historical monuments craft Kerala one of the ten paradises in the world. With moderate climate and civilized people the state is immensely blessed by Mother Nature. It is the land of everlasting festivals and vibrant art forms. The multicultural land with peoples from diverse religions, communities and sects is an abode of prosperous legacy. The year-round festivals proffer golden opportunities to explore the tradition and cultural heritage of this great historical soil. The uniqueness of ayurveda brings the person to a new sphere of rejuvenation. The system is the consequence of vigorous contemplation and researches of great scholars. And, we are equipped for you with a prelude of God’s own country. We offer indispensable insights about customs, ornaments, festivals, music, art forms, cuisines, ayurveda, shopping and accommodation along with the fascinating destinations under the fourteen districts. When you turn each of the added pages of this book you will fall in love with Kerala, one of the must seen destinations in the world.

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Advisory Board P.K. Kunhan Department of India Tourism Dr. N. Madhu President, Cherai Beach Tourism Development Society M.C. Balachandradas Managing Director, Sree Sankara Group C. M. Joseph General Manager, Somatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort Biju John The Chief Executive Officer, Bonjour Holidays

Leagal Advisors Adv. Tony Chacko Adv. S. Ranjith Adv. Binu Zacharia Adv. Haridas P. Nair

Special Thanks M. Sivasankar IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism. Dr.V. Venu IAS, Secretary, Kerala Tourism. V.S Vijayaraghavan, Chairman, Coir Board, Kochi. K.G Mohanlal, M.D, KTDC. K.Subairkhan, M.D, Plantation Corporation of Kerala. K.K Unnikrishnan, MD, KSINC, Eranakulam. S.M Reghunath, M.D, KAMCO. C.J Mathew, Development Commissioner, CSEZ, Cochin. K.R. Vancheeswaran, The General Secretary, Wayanad Tourism Organisation and The Managing Director, Wynberg Resorts, Wayanad. C.P. Shylesh, The Managing Director, Edakkal Hermitage, Wayanad. E.J. Varkeyachan, The Managing Director, Eastend Hospitality, Kumarakom. E.V. Mathew, The Director, Eastend Hospitality, Kumarakom. Padmasri M.A. Yusuff Ali, The Managing Director, Lulu International Convention Centre and Garden Hotels, Thrissur. Jose Sebastian, The General Manager, Lulu International Convention Centre and Garden Hotels, Thrissur. George M. George, The Executive Director, Muthoot Leisure and Hospitality Services, Kochi. Sam Philip, The General Manager, Muthoot Leisure and Hospitality Services, Kochi. Musthafa Mohamed, The Managing Director, Upavan Resort, Wayanad. Hani Musthafa, The Director, Upavan Resort, Wayanad. Soju M. Thomas, The General Manager, Deshadan Group of Resorts, Kochi. Sanjay K Singh, G.M-P & D, SBT, Trivandrum, C.Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Manager-Public Relations, SBT, Trivandrum. Shyam Srinivasn, Chairman, Federal Bank. T.S Jagadeesan, G.M (P&D), Federal Bank. Raju Hormis, A.G.M, Federal Bank. Amith Kumar, PRO, Federal Bank. MRC Moorthy, Zonal Manager, Bank of India, Eranakulam. S.S Sastri, Bank of India, Eranakulam. M.S Ramani, CRM, IOB, Regional Office, Eranakulam. V.K Ramesh, Sr. Manager-PR, IOB, Eranakulam. M.K Mehta, DGM, UBI, Regional Office, Kochi. C.A Pattabiraman, The Chief Manager, UBI, Regional Office, Kochi. M.Kumara Raj, Secretary, Coir Board ,Kochi. D.Devapalan, G.M-Operations, Plantation Corporation of Kerala. G.S. Raj Mohan, Marketing Manager, KTDC. Abdul Gaffoor, Commercial Officer, KSINC, Eranakulam. K.Ananda Babu, Marketing & Publicity Officer, Coir Board, Kochi. S.Kannan, General Manager, Central Bank of India,Zonal Office, Chennai. R.S.N Muralidharan, PRO, Central Bank of India, Zonal Office, Chennai. S. Asai Thambi, Regional Manager,Regional Office Central Bank of India Kochi. Suresh Kumar P.G, Dy.Director, Department of Kerala Tourism. Sajeev K.R, Marketing & Publicity, Department of Kerala Tourism. Dinesh Kumar Elyath Manager-Operations, BTH, Eranakulam. Dr.C.K Mohan Babu, M.D, Krishnendu Ayurveda Hospital, Karthikapally. Dr. A.B Sasidharan Nair,M.D, Amba Ayurveda Hospital, Changancherry. M. Vijayakumar, MD, Hotel Ruby Arena, Trivandrum. P.R Dinesh, M.D, Woods Manor, Eranakulam. Rajesh Kumar.V, MD, Mahalakshmi Tourist Home, Munnar. C.V Joseph, Camp Noel Resorts, Munnar. Sony J, Director, Mountain Club, Munnar. Shijo K Varghese, Marketing, Mountain Club, Munnar. Sabarinath R.T, M.D, Shinshiva, Trivandrum. Shaji Babu, G.M, Shinshiva, Trivandrum. Dr. Soni Joseph, M.D, Franklin Panchakarma Institute, Trivandrum. Dr.Biju Raju, Ranjini Eye Hospital, Kochi. V.I. Venugopal, The Managing Director, Ashtangavaidyam Ayurvedics, Thrissur. Revi Chandy, The Managing Director, Nyle Plaza Hotels and Properties, Kochi. C.C. Ashraf, The Managing Director, Seagot Banasura Resorts and Villas & Green Gates Hotel, Wayanad. B. Jayaraj, The General Manager, Veega Land, Kochi. Suresh Sukumar, The General Manager, Travancore Court, Kochi. Roy Chacko, Head Sales and Marketing, Vythiri Resort, Wayanad. Shibin Joseph, The General Manager Mktg, Mir Hotels & Resorts, Kochi. V. Vinod, The General Manager, Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel, Munnar. Jomon Joseph, The General Manager, Punnamada Resorts, Alappuzha. C.V. Karunakaran, The Executive Director, Happy Land, Thiruvananthapuram. Deepak Chandran, The Chief Executive Officer, Soorya Group of Hotels and Resorts, Palakkad. K.P. Anil Kumar, The Managing Director, Hindustan Beach Retreat, Varkala. K.C. Krishnan, The Managing Director, Srichackra International, Palakkad. Rahul Tom, The Managing Director, Greenwoods, Thekkady. Dr. K.P. Manikandan, The Managing Director, CNS Ayurveda Chikitsalayam and Research Centre, Palakkad. C.P. Danesh, The Managing Director, Hotel Indraprastha, Palakkad. Thomas J. Shijo, The Assistant General Manager, Hotel Grand Seasons, Kochi. C.M. Jijumon, The General Manager, Aquasserenne, Kollam. Sadasivan Pillai, The Managing Director, Hotel Revathy International, Kumily. Boney Paul, The Managing Director, EVM Leisure Holidays and Resorts Pvt. Ltd, Kochi. K. R. Muralidharan, The General Manager, Krishna Inn, Guruvayur. Thomson Cyril, The Executive Director, Ayur County, Munnar. C. P. Roy, The Resident Manager, Quality Airport Hotel, Nedumbassery. Dipu Sebastian, The Director, Orchid Resort, Wayanad.

God’s Own Country Kerala, the exotic mixture of nature, is preferred by God as His own country and becomes one of the ten paradises in the world. With the high ranges of Western Ghats in the east and the Arabian Sea in the West, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features. Virgin beaches, romantic backwaters, invigorating hill stations, enthralling waterfalls and great historical monuments craft Kerala breathtakingly incredible. Kerala is also called The Spice Garden of India. It is the land of everlasting festivals and vibrant art forms. The multicultural land with peoples from diverse religions, communities and sects is an abode of prosperous legacy. The year-round festivals proffer golden opportunities to explore the tradition and cultural heritage of this great historical soil. The uniqueness of ayurveda brings the whole person to a new sphere of rejuvenation. The system is the consequence of vigorous contemplation and researches of great scholars. All of these offer a heavenly experience of Kerala, one of the must seen destinations in the world. As in the magnificent past, nowadays Kerala is extremely renowned for its spices, coir, coconut, tea and coffee. In the history, these glorious crops caused to build and destroy kingdoms and offered rise and fall of different religious practices across the world. It was in 1956 that Travancore, Kochi and Malabar states were put together and made into the State of Kerala with Thiruvananthapuram, the remote south, being her capital. The total area of 38,863 sq km is divided into 14 districts and the total population is 31,838,619. Malayalam is used as the mother tongue and 90.92% of the total people are literate.

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Hill Stations

The hill stations of Kerala offer the visitor the most spectacular views of nature. Centered in the highland area of the Western Ghats, the hill stations of Kerala are dense in vegetation and provide natural habitat to exotic wildlife. Rising to an average height of 1520 meter, the tropical forests ranging across the Ghats are rich with flora and fauna. Alluring to ones senses is expansive, loamy plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and fragrant cardamom. Crisscrossing meandering roads, ravishing rivulets, splendid springs and wondrous waterfalls, the hill stations of Kerala offer an exclusive touch unique from any other in India. A visit to these hills after the monsoon rains is pleasure unlimited. The hill stations of Kerala are dense in vegetation and provide natural habitat to exotic wildlife. The undulating paths, the rich variety of flora and fauna available, the beautiful gorges and valleys and the sparkling silver streams that skip and dance through the rocks, the settling clouds that one can walk through and the fresh plucked green tea, brewed hot- this is the irresistible lure of the land. The hill stations also are idyllic locations for Trekking, rock climbing and other adventures activities. Hill stations of Kerala are also the source of the famous spices of Kerala. Spices such as pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and the cashew nut are grown in the plantations on the hill stations in Kerala. The Dutch and English colonial rulers of Kerala introduced cash crops plantations such as rubber and tea in the 18th and 19th centuries, which has continued till today. Munnar an idyllic hill station situated in the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Similarly the other popular hill stations of Kerala include the prime spots like Wayanad and Vagamon. Wayanad is renowned for its spice and tea plantations and the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. The other most exciting hill station in Kerala is Ponmudi perched on the Western Ghats at an altitude of 1100 ft. above sea level. Another jungle abode is Nelliampathy, a forest range of 75 km sq km in Palakkad district.

Anamudi: (110 km from Thekkady) It is the highest peak in South India and towers over 2695 meters. It is very near to the famous hill station Munnar and is an ideal spot for trekking. Page 54 Map -A1 Agasthyakoodam: This is the second highest peak in Kerala which has a height of 1900 meters above sea level. Blessed with a lively wildlife, the forest of Agasthyakoodam is an abode of rare medicinal herbs and plants. Page 54 Map-A2 Chembra Peak: (14 km west of Kalpetta) At 2100 meters above sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is ideal for trekking. Page 54 Map-A3 Devikulam: (7 km from Munnar) This Idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, gorgeous flora and fauna and cool, tranquil mountain is a rare experience. Page 54 Map-A4 Lakkidi: (55 km east of Kozhikode and 5 km south of Vythiri) Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 meters above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Page 54 Map-A5 Nelliyampathy: (75 km Southeast of Palakkad) This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 meters above sea level. At least 10 hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat road that passes through the breath taking evergreen forests of the Western Ghats. Page 54 Map-A6 Peermede: (915-1100 mt above the sea level) This famous plantation town takes its name from Peer Mohammed - a Sufi Saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Plantations interspersed with cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops make Peermede unforgettable. Page 54 Map-A7

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Ponmudi: (61 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Ponmudi is located at a height of 915 meters above sea level. This is an idyllic hill resort with tiny, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs. Page 54 Map-A8 Munnar: (Altitude 5000-8000 ft above the sea level and Rainfall - 275 cm) Munnar is situated at a commingling of three mountain streams, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, 1600 meters above sea level. This hill station was once the summer resort of the British in the South India. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. Page 54 Map-A9 Pythal Mala: (65 km from Kannur) This enchanting hill station, situated 4,500 feet above sea level near the Kerala - Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a 6 km trek to the top of the hills. Page 54 Map-A10 Ranipuram: (85 km from Kasaragod) Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegitations. Situated 750 meters above sea level this area was formerly known as Madathumala. Page 54 Map-A11 Vagamon: (25 km from Peermede) Spectacular sights make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills, Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala, is a mark of religious harmony. Page 54 Map-A12 Vythiri: (10 km from Kalpetta) The distinctive ecological and geographical features of Vythiri provide a unique charm and an enchanting challenge for hikers, trekkers and nature lovers. Its fascinating scenery and wonderful climate creates an unforgettable experience. Page 54 Map-A13

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Waterfalls

The clarion call of the gushing waterfalls of Kerala is inescapable during a trip to God’s own country. The milky white waterfalls are inimitable by itself, primarily due to the grandeur of the evergreen forests that wrap it. The stunning greenery of the evergreen forests and vast grasslands below make the waterfalls of Kerala a wonderful jaunt for tourists. Athirapilly and Vazhachal located near the entrance of Sholayar forest ranges are the most visited of the waterfalls of Kerala. Athirapilly falls from a height of 80 feet. With its incredible lush surroundings Athirapilly attracts tourists by its multitudes. Both these waterfalls along with its misty waters gushing downward in the backdrop of thick green forest and rocky terrain are a stimulating feel to the visitors. Cheeyapara is another of the famous waterfalls of Kerala. This bubbling waterfall mind-bogglingly cascades down in seven steps, fashioning a sensational spectacle. The stunning surroundings of the waterfalls combine with the spectacle to add to its visibility. Also the visitor can have pleasure of swimming here and this is the perfect place for trekking too. The spectacular Meenmutty waterfalls in Wayanad has a unique feature that the water drops from nearly 1000 feet over three stages present a triple-decker effect. Aruvi Waterfalls, Aruvikuzhi Waterfalls, Dhoni, Chethalayam, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Attukkad, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Perumthenaruvi, Thommankuthu, Thusharagiri, Sentinal Rock Waterfalls, Meenvallam, Vellari Mala, Kesari and Valara are also famous and ideal places for getting refreshed with Mother Nature.

Aruvi Waterfalls/Vaiyanthol: (60 km from Thiruvananthapuram) This is an unspoiled tourist spot with 4 feet cascade. One can reach here only through trekking which gives a heavenly experience and prior permission should take from the forest department to enter the area. Page 54 Map-B1 Aruvikuzhi Waterfalls: (18km from Kottayam town) Two kilometres down Kumarakom, it is a beautiful picnic spot where streams tinkle as it penetrate to the landscape and water roars as it cascades down the mountains from a height of 100 feet. Page 54 Map-B2 Athirappilly: (63 km from Thrissur and 78 km from Kochi) At the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, this 80 ft high waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Cascading from a hight of 80 ft Athirapally waterfalls joins the Chalakkudy river. Page 54 Map-B3 Attukad: (9 km from Munnar) A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukad, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. Page 54 Map-B4 Chethalayam Waterfalls: (12 km from Sulthan Bathery) It is a lovely place to visit and trekking enthusiasts will have an enjoyable time to climb up the rocks to the waterfalls. Page 54 Map-B5 Dhoni: (15 km from Palakkad) It takes a three hour trek from the base of Dhoni Hills to reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall. Page 54 Map-B6 Kanthanpara Waterfalls: (8 km east of Meppady and 12 km southeast of Kalpetta) This is a beautiful waterfall with 30 meters in height. The scenic beauty of the place also breathtaking. Page 54 Map-B7 Kesari falls: It is also known as Valanjamkanam falls between Kuttikanam and Murinjapuzha. It offers adventurous sprit and closness to nature. Page 54 Map-B8 Meanvallam: This 25 feet height waterfalls is 8 km away from Thuppanad Junction. Among the 10 steps of waterfalls only two can be accessed and the others remaining in dense forest. Page 54 Map-B9

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Meenmutty Waterfalls: (12 km East of Meppadi and 29 km from Kalpetta) This spectacular waterfalls in Wayanad has a unique feature that the waterdrops from nearly 1000 feet over three stages present a triple-decker effect. Page 54 Map-B10 Palaruvi water falls: (75 km from Kollam town) This cascade, which falls from a height of 300 feet, is so fascinating that inspired people to name it Palaruvi. Page 54 Map-B11 Perumthenaruvi: (36 km from Pathanamthitta) This waterfalls on the banks of the Pamba river is a favourite picnic spot on the way to Vechuchira. Page 54 Map-B12 Power House Waterfalls: (18 km from Munnar) This waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock. Page 54 Map-B13 Sentinal Rock Waterfalls: (22 km south of Kalpetta near Chooral Mala) With a three steps waterfalls more than 200 meters in height, framed by enchanting scenery, this region is ideal for rock climbing. Page 54 Map-B14 Thommankuthu: (17 km from Thodupuzha) The sevenstep waterfall here is a much loved picnic spot. At each step there is a cascade and a pool beneath. It is an ideal place for adventure tourism. Page 54 Map-B15 Thusharagiri: (50 km from Kozhi- kode) Waterfalls and streams abound in this hilly region with excellent trekking tracks, located near Vythiri. Page 54 Map-B16 Valara: It is located on the Kochi-Madurai Highway. The surrounding thick forest add beauty to this cascade. Page 54 Map-B17 Vazhachal: (68 km from Thrissur and 83 km from Kochi) Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy river. Page 54 Map-B18 Vellari Mala: Scintillating waterfalls and velvet green landscapes make this is an ideal spot for trekking and adventure tourism. Page 54 Map-B19

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Dams and Reservoirs

Though built for generation of electricity and for irrigational purposes the dams in Kerala are a tourist destination in themselves thanks to the greenery surrounding them. Forests and grass lands surrounding these sites make them an enchanting stopover. Some of the dams like the Bhoothathan Kettu Dam in Kothamangalam are surrounded by forests which offer the tourist a spectacle of a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a botanist delight. Others are teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. Elephants are regular visitors at the mattupetty dam in Iddikki.The Banasura Sagar dam in Kalpetta is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia and an ideal starting point for hikes into the surrounding scenic mountains. Of particular significance is the set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view. The Idukki dam on the Periyar river is the world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. At an elevation of 167.68 meters it is one of the highest arch dams in Asia, at 555 feet in height. An artificial lake of 60 Sq.Km width has been created by the Construction of this arch dam and two other dams at Cheruthony and Kulamavu.Peechi dam in Thrissur is another of the dams in Kerala which is a good picnic spot. The monsoon season often places the spot on the tourist map, mainly for the majestic views offered by the open shutters of the fully filled reservoir. With extensive botanical gardens and cascading fountains, the dam offers numerous inviting avenues for tourists. Boating is permitted in the reservoir and on lucky days one can see wild tuskers on the forested banks.

Aruvikkara Dam: (16 km from Thiruvananthapuram) This picturesque picnic spot associated with blessed name of Sree Narayana Guru, the greatest social reformer, is on the bank of Karamana river. Page 54 Map-C1 Banasura Sagar Dam: (25 km northeast of Kalpetta) A mini hydel project with the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia is built here. Page 24 Map-C2 Bhoothathankettu Reservoir: (50 km from Ernakulam) Picturesque haven situates in a vast virgin forest, this mythologically popular picnic spot lies close to the Salim Ali bird Sanctuary at Thattekkadu. Page 54 Map-C3 Cheruthoni Dam: (2 km from Idukki Arch Dam) An ideal retreat for tourists, the damsite is famous for its scenic beauty. Page 54 Map-C4 Chulliar Dam: The dam offers spectacular views of hills and it is situated at the foot of Western Ghats. Page 54 Map-C5 Idukki Arch Dam: Asia’s first and world’s second arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. It is a spectacular view to explore the greenary of Kerala. Close to Cheruthoni barrage, it is 550 ft high and 650 ft wide. Page 54 Map-C6 Kakkayam Dam: (45 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque damsite, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers trekking and rock climbing opportunities. Page 54 Map-C7 Kakki Reservoir: Exhilarating boating experience is offered in the artificial lake here. The wild life of surrounded forest gives magical moments in lake. Page 54 Map-C8 Karappuzha Dam: (13 km North - East of Kalpetta) It gives marvelous sight of the dam and the premises. Page 54 Map-C9 Kundala Dam: (20 km from Munnar) Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad waterfall is also near Kundala. Page 54 Map-C10

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Malampuzha Dam: (10 km from Palakkad) This famous picnic spot which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of Western Ghats. Page 54 Map-C11 Malankara Dam: (6 km from Thodupuzha) An artifical lake speread over 11 km, the reservoir is a popular picnic spot. Page 54 Map-C12 Mangalam Dam: (50 km from Palakkad) A popular picnic spot, the dam is built across the Cherukunnath river, a tributary of the Mangalam river. The beautiful parks and lawns are an enchanting experience. Page 54 Map-C13 Mullaperiyar Dam: (192 km from Ernakulam) The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the beauty of Thekkady. It is the unique experience of viewing wildlife. Page 54 Map-C14 Neyyar Dam: (32 km from Thiruvananthapuram) A popular picnic spot, Neyyar Dam has a watch tower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and deer park. Boating facilities are available at the reservoir. Page 54 Map-C15 Pazhassi Dam: (37 km East of Kannur) An ideal retreat for tourists, the damsite is famous for its scenic beauty. Page 54 Map-C16 Peechi Dam: (20 km east of Thrissur) It is a spectacular dam site with beauty of flowery gardens. This picnic spot offers boating facilities. Page 54 Map-C17 Peruvannamuzhi Dam: (60 km from Kozhikode) The Peruvannamuzhi damsite set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speed and row boat cruises. Page 54 Map-C18 Pothundy Reservoir: (45 km from Palakkad) Situated on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir complex is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips. Page 54 Map-C19

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Backwaters

Kerala is a land of rivers and long stretches of serpentine backwaters. Forty one west flowing and 3 east-flowing rivers along with its tributaries are the lifeline of evergreen Kerala. Stunningly delightful, the calm backwaters of Kerala are a soothing effect on ones senses. Essentially inland lakes connected by a network of canals this enclosure of watercourses is renowned the world over for its mind-blowing greenery. Annually, multitudes of tourists are rejuvenated on their travel to this land of interconnected waterways, inlets, lakes and riverine estuaries. The serenity and natural beauty in the brackish backwaters of Kerala have established it among the leading tourist jaunts in India. Cruising on the Kettuvallams or the houseboats is a heavenly pleasure, with the sound of water rippling alongside your houseboat as you drift past the swaying palms, green countryside, and emerald paddy field. A stay onboard a houseboat at night grasping the shinning beauty of the moonlit backwaters is a joy of infinite splendor. Similarly, observing the scenic landscape while sitting on Kettuvallams deck during the day is blissfully divine. Kollam is virtually the gateway to the fascinating backwater life of Kerala. Alappuzha backwaters have a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it. Renowned world over for its scenic beauty, leisurely life at Kumarakom Backwaters will revitalize you for the hectic life outside. Kumarakom Backwaters is an extraordinarily beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves along with waterways and canals filled with white lilies. Soothing sound of water ripples alongside your houseboat, as you drift on Kerala backwaters. Religious and festive events in Kerala include the Snake Boat races held in the backwaters near Alappuzha every year. Festival of the rowers skill is exhibited in the thrilling races between giant snakes boats amidst colourful decorations, music and great excitement. Kochi which consists of a cluster of islands is the apt place to start backwater cruise. Kappil, Kozhikode, Thiruvallam, Valapattanam and Valiyaparamba are also major backwater destinations in Kerala.

Alappuzha: Intertwined by a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers Alappuzha, known as Venice of the East, is a place of immense natural beauty. This backwater abode with lush paddy fields and glorious greeneries is also home for diverse animals and birds. A singularity of this district is the region called Kuttanad, a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the rice bowl of Kerala and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below the sea level. A house boat cruise through the backwaters of Kuttanad is a heavenly experience. Page 54 Map-D1 Kappil: (53 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 8 km north of Varkala) This picturesque spot is ideal to experience backwaters in the background of the Sea. The conflux of the Sea and River proffer an exotic experience. Page 54 Map-D2 Kochi: Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea is famous for a clump of islands like Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gundu, Vallarpadam etc. Cruises through the winding waterways of Kochi to these islands offer a heavenly experience. Page 54 Map-D3 Kollam: (71 km from Thiruvananthapuram) The enchanting Ashtamudi Lake, making it the gateway to the gorgeous backwaters of Kerala, covers over 30% of this lovely district. From the Ashtamudi Lake, a 130 km long system of interconnected canals and lakes curves all the way to the north. The eight-hour boat trip from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest and the most enchanting experience through the backwaters of Kerala. Page 54 Map-D4

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Kozhikode: Unexplored, unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai River are favourite destinations for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Kora-puzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalolsavam is fast becoming a popular water sports destination. Page 54 Map-D5 Kumarakom: (16 km from Kottayam) This tiny unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves intertwined with picturesque water ways and canals is renowned backwater destination. Lying calmly on the lap of Vembanad Lake one will come across in this small water world a lot of traditional country crafts, houseboats and canoes. Page 54 Map-D6 Thiruvallam: (10 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Thiruvallam is also a serene, sapphire-like backwater stretched on the way to Kovalam and famous for its canoe rides. Page 54 Map-D7 Valapattanam: (7 km from Kannur) The Valapattanam River extends an enchanting backwater experience through its beautiful winding ways. Houseboats cruises are available from Valapattanam Jetty in Payyambalam. Page 54 Map-D8 Valiyaparamba: (30 km from Bekal) This is one of the most scenic backwater stretches in Kerala. Fed by Four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, this much favoured destination offers enchanting boat cruises. One can explore the backwaters along Thejaswini River. Page 54 Map-D9

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Wildlife National Parks Zoos

Kerala, at the middle of 19th century had 70% forest cover. Development and urbanization, pressure on land, reduced it to 50% by 20th century. The appointment of Mr. Robinson as the game warden by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1933 was mile stone. Forest laws, protected areas were brought into place to conserve the forests and its denizens. With the implementation of wild life act in 1972-73 lot of conservation efforts were ushered into protect the greenery of Kerala. Save the Silent valley campaign was a watershed in the history of conservation. After 1988 the national forest policy came in and Kerala conserved every bit of her jungles, in spite of severe pressure on land, which continues till date. Today Kerala boasts of 5 National parks, 15 Wild life sanctuaries, 2 biosphere reserves and 1 community reserve. Kerala has a total forest cover of 11,125.59 Sq km which is 28.90% of the land area of the state. Much of the forest cover of Kerala is spread over the Western Ghats, which is one of the 18 biodiversity hot spots of the world considered to be the repository of endangered flora and fauna. There are 28 vegetation types in the state, 51% of the forest cover is in the southern part and 49% in the northern and central regions. Almost all districts (with the exception of Alappuzha) have very good forest cover. Wildlife sanctuaries are mainly intended to ensure natural conditions necessary to protect nationally significant species, biotic communities or physical features of the environment where these require specific human manipulation for their perpetuation. Each sanctuary has separate management plan and the extent of the sanctuary has been divided into zones with specific management prescriptions. National Parks are large natural or near natural areas set aside to protect large-scale ecological processes, along with the complement of species and ecosystems characteristic of the area, which also provide a foundation for environmentally and culturally compatible, spiritual, scientific, educational, recreational, and visitor opportunities. Thus the state is a heaven for nature lovers with a variety of jungle activities. For a wild life enthusiast and Nature photographer Kerala is a paradise.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary: (35 km from Thalassery in Kannur) At this 55 sq. km. sanctuary many things like nature walks, soft trekking, bamboo rafting, coracle boating, stay at tree house are possible. Permission: 0490 2413160. Page 54 Map-E1 Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary: (37 km from Thrissur) This wildlife sanctuary is the abode of flaura and fauna. Trekking is also added attractions here. It proffers great experience to nature partisans. Permission: 0480 3209234. Page 54 Map-E2 Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: (60 km from Munnar) The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across 90.44 sq. km. is situated on the Tamil Nadu border. It is the board of most of the South Indian animals and birds. Visiting times: 0700 - 1800 hrs. Permission: 04865 231587. Page 54 Map-E3 Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary: (55 km from Thodupuzha in Idukki) This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks spreading over to 77 sq. km. and is 450-748 meters above Sea level. Permission: 04862 232271. Page 54 Map-E4 Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary: (30 km from Thiruvananthapuram) The 12,000 hectares of natural vegetation is spread across a riffling piece of land. Agasthyakoodam peak, 1868 meters above sea level, is its highest peak and the sanctuary is also an ideal place for trekking. Permission: 0471 2360762. Page 54 Map-E5 Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: (110 km from Palakkad) Sprawled across 285 sq. km. the Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary is home to rare wild animals. Boating/ cruising facilities are available at the Parambikulam Reservoir. The oldest teak tree, Kannimari is found here. Permission: 0491 2556393. Page 54 Map-E6

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Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary: (20 km east of Thrissur) This is one of Kerala’s oldest wildlife reserve, established in 1958. This sanctuary spread around Peechi and Vazhani reservoirs. Permission: 0487 2699017. Page 54 Map-E7 Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: (50 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Peppara is famous for its eucalyptus plantations. This attractive sanctuary is on the way to Ponmudi, spread over 53 km on the Western Ghats. Permission: 0471 2360762. Page 54 Map-E8 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: This rich jungle of Thekkady lying close to the plantations is one of the world’s most precious and captivating natural wildlife reserves spread across to 777 sq. km. of which 360 sq. km. is thick evergreen forest. This sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. This is the only sanctuary in India where one can have the experience of beholding wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. Permission: 04869 222027. Page 54 Map-E9 Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary: (66 km from Kollam) This wildlife sanctuary is rich with biodiversity lying on either side of Shanduruney River. It is declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1984 and remains of Stone Age culture and an important eco tourism resource, Thenmala. Permission: 0475 2344600. Page 54 Map-E10 Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: (Muthanga: 18 km west of Sulthan Batheri. Tholpetty: 15 km from Mananthavadi) The sanctuary covers an area of 344.33 sq.km. and divided into two Muthanga in the south and Tholpetty in the north. Established in 1973, the Waynand Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the South east. Permission: Muthanga - 04936 271010, Tholpetty - 04935 250853. Page 54 Map-E11

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National Parks Eravikulam National Park: (15 km from Munnar) The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri tahr. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi (2695 meters above sea level), is located in the southern region of the park. Permission: 04865 231587. Page 54 Map-G1 Silent Valley National Park: (40 km North-West of Mannarkad in Palakkad) The 89.52 sq. km. national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of Silent Valley Forest is that it is devoid even of the chirping of cicadas. Vehicular transport is possible only upto Mukkali, nearly 24 km from the park. The rest of the way has to be covered on foot up to the source of Kunthipuzha which flows through the valley before merging into River Bharathapuzha. It is the abode of many South Indian animals and birds and ideal for trekking. Permission: 04924 222056, 253225. Page 54 Map-G2

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Zoos Thiruvananthapuram: It is a small jungle in the heart of the city and a beautiful garden with smiling flowers. Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, one of the oldest in the country, was established as an annexe to the Museum in 1857 by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore in order to attract more visitors. Spread over in 55 acres of land located in the heart of the temple city of Thiruvananthapuram, it has 75 different species of animals. It also has several species of animals and birds from Ethiopian and Australian Zoo geographic regions. Page 54 Map-H1 Thrissur: Started in 1885, Spread over in 5.5 hectors of land in Thrissur town. There are Zoological Garden, Botanical Garden, Art Museum and Natural History Museum in this compound. The Zoo has 315 animals in 46 species. Art Museum consists of antiques and other unique exhibits. Natural History Museum displays array of specimens of different kinds of animals. Page 54 Map-H2

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Forts

Kerala is a land of rich historical heritage. Over the years, Kerala has been witness too much political activities and has witnessed the influx of various foreign powers, which settled down in various parts of the state. Many empires and many rulers have ruled the state and thus, Kerala has a plethora of forts and palaces. Though most of the forts in Kerala are built or have an over whelming European feel to it architecture, many of them where initially built by Indians like Hyder Ali and later modified over by the European. The forts which speak about the history of kingdoms built and brought down attract many tourists from far and near. The imposing forts such as the St. Angelo’s Fort, Bekal Fort, Palakkad Fort built or transformed by these colonial powers speak volumes about the foreign influence on architecture. The Palakad Fort was constructed by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. Later on it was taken over by the British and modified by British. Of very high historical value the fort is now preserved by the archaeological survey of India. Bekal fort, the largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala was built by the Ikkeri Naikkan’s in the 17th century. Later it was taken over by Hyder Ali of Mysore and then to the British. The Bekal fort artifice has stood the test of time and still remains as imposing and stupendous as ever. A broad and extensive beach in the backdrop, Bakel fort has a scenic beauty and natural charm unmatched by any. The sea bastions, underground tunnels and the observation tower, add further daze to it. St. Angelo Fort, seafront laterite fort, was constructed by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda in 1505 AD with the consent of the ruling Kolathiri Raja. The Pallipuram fort in Ernakulam built by the Portuguese in 1503 is the oldest existing European fort in India. Similiarly, many other forts like Anjengo Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Hosdurg Fort and Thalassery Fort are also attract tourists.

Anjengo Fort: (20 km South of Varkala) Originally built by the Portuguese as a depot to store merchandise, it was converted into a fort by the British. Sandwiched between the sea and the backwaters, the fort premises shelters ancient tombstones and a garden. Page 54 Map-F1 Bekal Fort: (16 km south of Kasaragod on the national highway) The 300 year old Bekal fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. This imposing circular structure of laterite rises 130 feet above sea level and stands on a 35 acres head land that runs into the Arabian Sea. Page 54 Map-F2 Chandragiri Fort: Situated on the Chandragiri river, South - East of Kasaragod town, this town is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri Fort, one of a chain of forts built by the same ruler, offers a breathtaking view of the river and Arabian Sea. Page 54 Map-F3 Kanhangad /Hosdurg Fort: This is renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekhara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognised spiritual centre. Page 54 Map-F4

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Palakkad Fort / Tippu’s Fort : It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790. It is now preserved by the Archaeological survey of India. Now the fort is known as Tippu’s Fort for with thick walls in square shape. Page 54 Map-F5 Pallipuram Fort : ( 5 km from Cherai in North Paravur) Pallipuram Fort is a historical destination with many antiques. Page 54 Map-F6 St. Angelo Fort: (3 km from Kannur) This seafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda, with the consentof the ruling Kolathiri Raja. After changing hands from the Portuguese to Dutch and then to the English, the fort became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar. Page 54 Map-F7 Thalasseri Fort: (22 km from Kannur) The fort constructed in 1708, was the military centre of the British. It is now a historical monument. The Sports’ Authority of India Gymnastic centre, an old mosque, the Jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sreerama Temple are also nearby. Page 54 Map-F8

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Bird Sanctuaries

Birds have always evoked the curiosity of man. Maybe the wish to fly is prime reason. The beauty, the way in which they make its nest, its ability to sense even the subtle changes in the nature and the nature of migration and their mating- all associated with birds are keenly watched by man. Bird sanctuaries are major attraction for tourists. The hilly slopes of the Western Ghats that run across Kerala are famous for the dense forests wild life, plant life and avian species. Of late the world is increasingly becoming aware of the richness of the avian life in these dense forests of Kerala. A land gifted by nature in its abundance, Kerala is bird lovers’ delight. It is home to migratory and courting avian. The bird sanctuaries that play host to the migratory birds are dense with forests of dense deciduous teak and tall grasses including the bamboo. The aerial population thus finds the environment very suitable and comforting. Of particular significance is the Thattekkad Bird sanctuary near Kothamangalam. With its tropical evergreen forests, this sanctuary set up by the world renowned ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali, covers an area of 25 sq. km. stretching between the branches of River Periyar. It is a delight for the sheer variety of avian population, with nearly 500 species of exotic birds. One can see a variety of migratory and resident bird species, including the rare Ceylon frogmouth and the rose-billed roller. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is also famous all over the world for its avian population. A hotspot for migratory birds like the heron, Siberian stork, egret, darter and teal that come from Himalayas or far places like Siberia, Kumarkom can capture the nature lover with its natural grace as well the richness of its avian population. The Kadalundi bird sanctuary in Kozhikode is another of Kerala famous sanctuaries is home to a hundred varieties of native birds. Over 50 varieties too flock to Kadalundi during the courting season. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary also attracts tourists from far and near. Truly the tiny state of Kerala is blessed with spectacular sanctuaries including bird sanctuaries.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary: (25 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore Port) The Sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea. A hillock which is 200 meters above sea level provides a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The estuary at Kadalundi is a heaven for migratory birds. Page 54 Map-J1 Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: (16 km from Kottayam) An ornithologist’s paradise, Kumarakom bird sanctuary on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is a favourite haunt of migratory birds. A cruise through the Vembanadu Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Page 54 Map-J2

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Pakshipathalam: (10 km from Thirunelly in Wayanad) Situated 1740 meters above sea level, Pakshipathalam can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can be sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary. Special permission should be obtained from DFO, North Wayanad to enter area. Page 54 Map-J3 Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary: (20 km from Kothamangalam in Ernakulam) Nestled amidst evergreen forests, this rare bird sanctuary was discovered by the renowned ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali at Kochi - Munnar root and is named after him. Diverse migrant species home in here during season. Page 54 Map-J4

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Palaces and Museums

A land bathed in ancient history and culture, Kerala is host many palace and museums. The palaces of Kerala are prominent for their wood work and paneling. The gabled roofs and the wooden pillars reflect the unique splendor of ancient Keralite architecture. Most of the palaces have been home of the ancient royals of the land like the Arakkal Ali Raja, Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varama and Raja Marthanda Varma. Many of the palaces have also been built by the European voyagers like the Mattancherry palace. Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Verma, it was later renovated by the Dutch in 1669. Most of the palaces have been today converted into museums with artifacts and paintings that depict the rich culture and tradition of the state. The Hill palace, the official residence of the erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi, at Thripunithura was built in 1865. Spread over to 52 acres of terraced land, the palace displays 19th century paintings, murals, ancient sculptures, manuscripts, inscriptions and coir belongings of the royal family. Kanakakkunnu Palace, Kowdiyar Palace, Koyikkal Palace, Krishnapuram Palace, Poonjar Palace, Nileswaram Palace and Sakthan Thampuran Palace display rich paintings and several priceless collections of the royal families. The museums in Kerala are manifestations of the rich traditions and culture of the past glory of the royal era in Kerala. Ancient palace and huge buildings today stand testimony to the glory of the bygone era. Napier Museum is a reservoir of bronze idols, historical ornaments and other archeological treasures. The Parikshit Thampuran Museum is a treasure throve of ancient coins, bronzes, paintings, murals and megalithic monuments. Archeological Museum, Art Museum, Nilambur Teak Museum, Pazhassiraja Museum and Wayanad Heritage Museum explain the magnificence of past.

Arakkal Kettu: (3 km from Kannur) This was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala. Page 54 Map-K1 Archaeological Museum, Thrissur: The one-time summer palace of the Raja of Kollengode now houses a melange of artefacts. Page 54 Map-K2 Art Museum, Thrissur: It displays collections of wood carvings, metal sculptures, ancient jewellery and some Chinese and Japanese artefacts. Page 54 Map-K3 Hill Palace, Tripunithura: The official residence of the erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi this palace was built in 1865. Spread over to 52 acres of terraced land, the palace complex houses consists of 49 buildings, a deer park and facilities for horse riding. Thirteen galleries of oil paintings, 19th century paintings, murals, sculptures in stones and plaster of Paris, manuscripts, inscription and coirs belonging to royal family are displayed here. Page 54 Map-K4 Kanakakkunnu Palace: This palace is a great museum showing glorious history and tradition of Kerala. Now, the palace and its premises are also venues for many cultural meets and programmes. Page 54 Map-K5 Kowdiyar Palace: This palace was the residence of the late Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family. The visitors are not allowed inside the palace. Page 54 Map-K6 Koyikkal Palace: (18 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Located on the way to Ponmudi Hill station this ancient palace dates back to the 15th century. This palace representates traditional nallukettu, the typical old Kerala architecture. Page 54 Map-K7 Krishnapuram Palace: ( 47 km from Alappuzha) This palace in Karthikapally in Kayamkulam was built by King Marthanda Varma in 18th century. It is famous for the mural painting of the puranic story of Gajendramoksham which sized in 14 feet by 11 feet. Page 54 Map-K8 Kuthiramalika Palace Museum (Puthenmalika): The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma who was a versatile genius. The palace museum displays rich paintings and several priceless collections of the royal family and is located very near to Sree Padmanabha temple. Page 54 Map-K9 Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace): Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1669 by the Dutch. Page 54 Map-K10 Museum of Kerala History: (8 km from Kochi) It showcases historical episodes from the neolithic to the modern era through life-size figures. Light and sound shows are regularly organized with commentaries in English and Malayalam. Page 54 Map-K11 Napier Museum: Napier Museum is a reservoir of bronze idols, historical ornaments and other archeological treasures. Built in the 19th century, this museum is a perfect example of Indo-Saracenic structure. Page 54 Map-K12 Nilambur Teak Museum: The world’s first teak museum is situated 4 km away from Nilambur on the way of Nilambur - Gudallur. It is also the sub centre of

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Kerala Forest Research Institute. With a two storeyed building, the museum offers all informations about teak with various exhibitions. Page 54 Map-K13 Nileswaram Palace: The cultural centre of the district, this was the seat of the Nileswar Rajas. The Nileswaram palace today functions as the folklore centre of the Department of Archaeology. Page 54 Map-K14 Parikshith Thampuran Museum: A treasure house of Coins, bronzes, murals and megalithic relics of Kerala, this museum attracts a huge crowd. Page 54 Map-K15 Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery: (5km from Kozhikode) On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dolmonoid cysts etc. Page 54 Map-K16 Poonjar Palace: (47 km from Kottayam and 18 km from Palai) This is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a past. Inside the royal palace there is a vast collection of antiques Page 54 Map-K17 Shakthan Thampuran Palace: Also known as Palace Thoppu, the campus covers an area of six acres. Here you can see three tombs including that of the renowned Shakthan Thampuran,the greatest ruler of Cochin dynasty. Page 54 Map-K18 Wayanad Heritage Museum: Located near the Ambukutti hills, the heritage museum displays artefacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land. This palace representates typical old Kerala architecture. Page 54 Map-K19

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Beaches

Kerala’s beautiful beaches is one of the major tourist attractions in India, both for Indian and foreign visitors. Kerala has a 900 km long shoreline dotted with some of the finest, most charming beaches, natural harbours, lagoons and sheltered coves of the world, washed by the pleasant tropical sun and pristine. These sandy beaches and sea shores are ideal for sunbathing while the shallow coastal waters are extremely safe for swimming and a refreshing sea bath. The cool breeze that blows on the beaches will be soothing for both the body and soul. The most popular beach in the state is Kovalam, one of India’s internationally acclaimed beaches. A cluster of three crescent shaped beaches, Kovalam is ideal for an adventurous water sports like wind surfing swimming and thrilling boat ride either in catamaran or a wooden craft. One of the most favoured beaches in Kerala, the Alappuzha beach is a long sandy beach. An old lighthouse nearby and the entertainment facilities at the Vijaya beach park add to the attractions of the beach. The 15 km Cherai Beach near Vypeen Island is referred to as the ‘The Princess of the Queen of the Arabian sea’. Famous for its clean golden sand line, the lovely Cherai beach also gives us an opportunity to sight dolphins occasionally. Beaches like Varkala beach are also famous pilgrim spots. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Nature Care Centre are the two main attractions at the Varkala beach. The Kappad beach is of the historic stretch where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. Of high historic value the Kappad beach also features a temple on a sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old. Bekal is another serene beach set in the backdrop of an array of swaying palms and the elegant Bekal Fort. Chowara Beach and Poovar Beach are also tourists’ paradises with golden sand and surf. Black rocks protected Muzhappilangad beach, the only drive in beach in Kerala makes its shallow water a swimmer’s paradise. Nattika, the hidden treasure of Malabar Coast is a beautiful beach with panoramic views.

Alappuzha Beach: This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. A 137 years old pier which extends into the sea is the main attraction. An age - old Light House attracts large crowds. Page 54 Map-L1 Bekal Fort Beach: (1 km from Bekal Fort) This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for relaxation. Page 54 Map-L2 Beypore: (10 km South of Kozhikode) Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Page 54 Map-L3 Cherai Beach: One of the loveliest of beaches in India. Sandwitched between backwaters and the Arabian Sea. Page 54 Map-L4 Chowra: (8 km south of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram) Pristine and serene, this fishing hamlet is an unendng stretch of white, sandy beaches. Page 54 Map-L5 Fort Kochi Beach: (21 km from Eranakulam) Overlooking the Arabian Sea, with its legendary Chinese fishing nets dotting the foreground, Fort Kochi Beach offers a view of spectacular sunsets. Page 54 Map-L6 Kappad: (16 km from Kozhikode) This is the historic beach where Vasco-Da-Gama landed on 27th May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemortes this historic event. Page 54 Map-L7 Kappil Beach: (6 km from Bekal Fort) Remote and secluded this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. Page 54 Map-L8 Kanwatheertha Beach: (3 km from Manjeswaram) A large swimming pool like formation of the sea one the vast beach is the main attraction. Page 54 Map-L9 Kizhunna Ezhara Beach: (11 km from Kannur) This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala. Page 54 Map-L10 Kovalam: (16 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Idyllic and dreamy, this sea-shore village was very tranquil and deserted once, except the fact that it was a fishing center. It consists of two palm fringed cover, Light-house beach and Hawah beach, separated into north and south by rocky headlands. Page 54 Map-L11 Kozhikode Beach: This beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old-world charm retained in the old light house and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old. Page 54 Map-L12 Meenkunnu Beach: Uncrowded, the beach is a tourists’ paradise, with golden sand and surf. Page 54 Map-L13 Muzhappilangad Beach: (15 km from Kannur and 8 km from Thalasserry) Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer’s paradise. This is Kerala’s only drive-in beach. Page 54 Map-L14 Nattika Beach: (30 km from Thrissur Town) Nattika Beach, the hidden treasure of Malabar cost, is the nearest beach of Coimbatore. This location is famous by the Malayalam movie Chemmeen. Page 54 Map-L15

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Padinjarekara Beach: This beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea. Page 54 Map-L16 Payyambalam Beach: (2 km from Kannur) This long and clean beach of Kannur town is famous for its flat laterite cliffs that just into the sea. Page 54 Map-L17 Payyoli: This is yet another beautiful stretch of golden sands with shallow waters that border Velliyamkallu. Page 54 Map-L18 Poovar: (12km South of Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram) An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. Page 54 Map-L19 Sankhumugham Beach: (8 km from the city) Sankhumugham beach adjacent to the airport is a lovely beach which attracts many people, particularly during the evening time.This is a favourite of sunset watchers. The matsyakanyaka (a gigantic, 35 mt long sculpture of a mermaid, choreo- graphed by Kanayi Kunhiraman) is a major attraction here. Page 54 Map-L20 Vadakara Sandbanks: (50 km from Kozhikode) This beach where the Kottakal River merges into the sea is stunningly beautiful and is a favourite spot for locals and tourists. Page 54 Map-L21 Vallikkunnu Beach: A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. The Kadalundi bird sanctuary is just a short distance away. Page 54 Map-L22 Varkala: (40 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Varkala is a religious, spiritual, pilgrim and tourist spot. It is also a sea side resort and spa. The Papanasam beach here is very famous. It is believed that any one who takes a bathe here will be relieved of all his sins. Page 54 Map-L23 Thirumullavaram Beach: (6 kms north of Kollam town) This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic spot with panaromic views. Page 54 Map-L24

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Waterfalls Aruvi Waterfalls.............B1 Aruvikuzhi Waterfalls.... B2 Athirappilly.................... B3 Attukad..........................B4 Chethalayam Waterfalls B5 Dhoni.............................B6 Kanthanpara Waterfalls B7 Kesari falls..................... B8 Meanvallam.................. B9 Meenmutty Waterfalls B10 Palaruvi water falls...... B11 Perumthenaruvi.......... B12 Power House Waterfalls B13 Sentinal Rock Waterfalls B14 Thommankuthu.......... B15 Thusharagiri................ B16 Valara.......................... B17 Vazhachal.................... B18 Vellari Mala................. B19

Beaches Alappuzha......................L1 Bekal..............................L2

Palaces and Museums Arakkal Kettu.................K1 Archaeological Museum..K2 Art Museum ..................K3 Hill Palace......................K4 Kanakakkunnu Palace....K5 Kowdiyar Palace ............K6 Koyikkal Palace..............K7 Krishnapuram Palace.....K8 Kuthiramalika Palace.....K9 Mattancherry Palace...K10 Museum-Kerala History K11 Napier Museum ..........K12 Nilambur Teak Museum.K13 Nileswaram Palace ......K14 Parikshith Thampuran Museum ......................K15 Pazhassiraja Museum..K16 Poonjar Palace.............K17 Shakthan Thampuran Palace..........................K18 Wayanad Museum ......K19

Birds Sanctuaries Kadalundi .......................J1 Kumarakom....................J2 Pakshipathalam..............J3 Thattekkadu ...................J4

Thiruvananthapuram.... H1 Thrissur.........................H2

Forts Anjengo Fort..................F1 Bekal Fort ......................F2 Chandragiri Fort.............F3 Kanhangad /Hosdurg.....F4 Palakkad Fort.................F5 Pallipuram Fort..............F6 St. Angelo Fort...............F7 Thalasseri Fort...............F8

U Parks D National Eravikulam ....................G1 N A L Silent Valley ..................G2 M I T A Zoos

Hill Stations Anamudi........................A1 Agasthyakoodam...........A2 Chembra Peak............... A3 Devikulam..................... A4 Lakkidi........................... A5 Nelliyampathy............... A6 Peermede......................A7 Ponmudi........................A8 Munnar......................... A9 Pythal Mala................. A10 Ranipuram.................. A11 Vagamon..................... A12 Vythiri..........................A13

Fascinating Destinations

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Wildlife Sanctuaries Aralam...........................E1 Chimmini .......................E2 Chinnar..........................E3 Idukki.............................E4 Neyyar...........................E5 Parambikulam ...............E6 Peechi-Vazhani ..............E7 Peppara .........................E8 Periyar ...........................E9 Shenduruney...............E10 Wayanad......................E11

Backwaters Alappuzha..................... D1 Kappil............................ D2 Kochi............................. D3 Kollam........................... D4 Kozhikode......................D5 Kumarakom...................D6 Thiruvallam....................D7 Valapattanam................D8 Valiyaparamba ..............D9

Mangalam Dam........... C13 Mullaperiyar Dam....... C14 Neyyar Dam................ C15 Pazhassi Dam.............. C16 Peechi Dam................. C17 Peruvannamuzhi Dam.. C18 Pothundy Reservoir..... C19

Area: 38,863 sq. km. Population: 3,18,38,619 Language: Malayalam Literacy: 100% Clothing : Light Cottons

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Beypore .........................L3 Cherai ............................L4 Chowra ..........................L5 Fort Kochi ......................L6 Kappad...........................L7 Kappil.............................L8 Kanwatheertha ..............L9 Kizhunna Ezhara ..........L10 Kovalam.......................L11 Kozhikode ....................L12 Meenkunnu .................L13 Muzhappilangad..........L14 Nattika .........................L15 Padinjarekara...............L16 Payyambalam ..............L17 Payyoli .........................L18 Poovar..........................L19 Sankhumugham...........L20 Vadakara Sandbanks....L21 Vallikkunnu ..................L22 Varkala.........................L23 Thirumullavaram .........L24

Health Tourism

In the modern age, man wanted to move around as he wanted to see places which had been alien to him hitherto. Kerala is one of the prime places to fulfill the natural instinct of man to move from one place to another and get unperturbed. Now he is exploring places not only for satiating his thirst for seeing newer lands alone but people travel across the globe in search of health destinations as well. With the most sought after professionals and excellent network of hospitals Kerala is becoming the very hot health tourism destination in the world. With its moderate weather throughout the year, advanced hospitals with world-class facilities, renowned doctors specialized in major disciplines, trained para medical staff and technicians and international connectivity, Kerala is ideally equipped to be an international medical hub. Kerala also enjoys other advantages like high standards of hygiene maintained, a well entrenched tourism industry, competitive costs of packages for the medical treatment and an ideal location for holidaying. Comfortable and low-priced international travel alleviate the health tourism industry in Kerala. The three international airports facilitate the arrival of health tourists from abroad to the Kochi, Malabar and Travancore regions. Cardiac surgery, Dentistry and Cosmetic Surgery are the trump cards of Kerala’s medical tourism. Traditional systems of medicines also gear up Kerala as a health tourism destination. The number of tourists who come to Kerala exclusively for undergoing Ayurveda, Sidha and Naturopathy treatments have gone up significantly recently. Till recently, it was mainly the Europeans who come to Kerala seeking alternative treatments. But the trend is slowly changing with those from the middle-east also started to flock to Kerala for taking Ayurveda and other alternative treatments.

Plantation Tourism

The Western Ghats at an average altitude of 900 meters from the sea level, with a number of peaks well over 1,800 meter in height and their slopes and valleys are known for its exotic spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cash crops like tea, coffee and rubber. The Midlands, lying between the mountains and the low lands, is made up of undulating hills and valleys which are rich in cashew, areca nut, tapioca, banana, rice, sugarcane and vegetables of myriad varieties. These areas have now become hotspot of plantation tourism. Many of the plantation estates are in the scenic locales of the Western Ghats. The breathtaking panoramas bring one to a world of wonder. Though plantations are the lands of leisure, it also imparts cognition about the cultivation and processing of these great crops. The opportunities for trekking, fishing, swimming and other recreations proffer an experience of being one with the virgin nature. Just as the Chinese left behind the fishing, and the Europeans including the Portuguese, Dutch and British left behind plantations and homesteads. The tourist value a stay in these old, colonial plantation bungalows situated in locales with picture perfect surroundings. Lakes, mountains, waterfalls and lush greenery are associated of Kerala topography which the visitor relishes. Many of the plantations and homesteads are over a century old with the bungalows possessing fine wood work and period furniture, while others are mid-twentieth century pieces of good architecture, very often built along the same lines. Idukki, Wayanad and Kottayam are the major plantation centres in Kerala. The exotic smell of the spices elates to a heavenly ecstasy. Sense the spirit of eco-tourism and adventure tourism through the green plantations. Stay with nature, dine with nature and rejoice with nature.

Monsoon Tourism

The four month-long, copious monsoon and recurrent flurry make this land a perfect nursery for all living being. The word monsoon imparts a festive spirit to the whole world. The smell of the dry earth getting soaked elates you to an exotic experience. It becomes the best time to explore the virgin nature intact. A land which is very precious to God with a vast network of 44 rivers and its tributaries welcomes monsoon with much exuberance. Yes, Kerala eagerly expects the sound of splashing waters after a long summer. The farmers exult in the drops of prosperity that shower a new beginning. It is the queer season which can refresh you completely. The God’s own country is blessed with a great season of monsoon that lasts for three months. Monsoons the season of rainbows and raindrops is certainly not to be wasted indoors. The very special season of the year, Monsoon ignites the land with freshness that is not to be wasted indoors. The washed streets, the fresh leaves and fun that the rain drops bring are waiting to service the guests. The aplomb air cools your body and mind. Monsoons in Kerala are the most enchanting in India. With green pastures at its best, it is the most sought after destination during rainy season. The best way to rejuvenate your soul and replenish your body, Ayurvedic is a great option for monsoons. Monsoon is a season for rejuvenation, when the people take undertake the Ayurvedic treatment. According to Ayurveda, monsoon is an ideal season to take treatments for various diseases. The equable climate during Monsoon and natural abundance of herbs and medicinal plants in its flora, Kerala is fast capturing the attention of International tourists as a prime destination to visit during the Monsoon Season. Get wet in the dribs of rain and sail the paper boats in the water. Walk through drenched beaches and find merriment of getting wet. Swim in the pure water which is given to you by the Mother Nature.

Arati: It is performed as an act of veneration and love. It is often per-formed as a mark of worship and to seek blessings from God, to welcome the guests, for children on their birthdays, family members on auspicious occasions or to welcome a newly wedded couple. For performing Arati, five small lamps called niranjanas are filled with ghee or oil and arranged in a small tray made of metal. A wick is made out of cotton wool and placed in the lamps. A conchshell filled with water, auspicious leaves or flowers, incense or lighted camphor are also placed in the tray. The lamps are lit and the tray is rotated in a circular motion in front of the deity or the person to be welcomed. The purpose of performing arati is to ward off evil effects and the malefic influence of the evil eye. Namaskar: Namaskar or Namaste is the most popular form of greeting in India. It is a general salutation that is used to welcome somebody and also for bidding farewell. While doing namaskar, both the palms are placed together and raised below the face to greet a person. It is believed that both the hands symbolise one mind or the self meets the self. While the right hand represents higher nature, the left hand denotes worldly or lower nature. Other common forms of greetings by various communities and regions in India are : Sat-sri-akal by the Sikhs, adaab by the Muslims, Vanakkam by the Tamilians. Juley by the Laddhakis and Tashi Delag by the Sikkimese, among others.

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Bindi: A bindi is an auspicious mark worn by young girls and women. Bindi is derived from Bindu, the Sanskrit word for dot. It is usually a red dot made with vermilion powder which is worn by women between their eyebrows on their forehead. Considered a symbol of Goddess Parvati, a bindi signifies female energy and is believed to protect women and their husbands. Traditionally a symbol of marriage, it has also become decorative and is worn today by unmarried girls and women as well. No longer restricted in colour or shape, bindis are seen in many bright colours and in different shapes and designs. They are also made of coloured felt and embellished with coloured glass or glitter. Mangalsutra: It is a necklace made of black beads, worn only by the married women as a mark of being married. It is the Indian equivalent of the western wedding ring. The mangalsutra is tied by the groom around his bride’s neck. Mangalsutra is generally made out of two strings of small black beads with a gold pendant. The black beads are believed to act as protection against evil. The married women wear this to protect their marriage and the life of their husbands. In southern India, the mangalsutra is called tali. Nose Pin: Many Indian women wear a pin on their nose studded with stones, called a nose pin. a symbol of purity and marriage, the nose pin is today adorned by many unmarried girls as well.

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Garlanding: Flower garlands are generally offered as a mark of respect and honour. They are offered to welcome the visitors or in honour to the Gods and Goddesses. The garlands are generally made with white jasmine and orange marigold flowers. They are weaved in thread tied in the end with a help of a knot. Tilak: Tilak is a ritual mark on the forehead. It can be put in many forms as a sign of blessing, greeting or auspiciousness. The tilak is usually made out of a red vermilion paste kumkum which is a mixture of turmeric, alum, iodine, camphor etc. It can also be of a sandalwood paste chandan blended with musk. The tilak is applied on the spot between the brows which is considered the seat of latent wisdom and mental concentration, and is very important for worship. This is the spot on which yogis meditate to become one with Lord Brahma. It also indicates the point at which the spiritual eye opens. All thoughts and actions are said to be governed by this spot. Putting of the coloured mark symbolizes the quest for the ‘opening’ of the third eye. All rites and ceremonies of the Hindus begin with a tilak topped with a few grains of rice placed on this spot with the index finger or the thumb. The same custom is followed while welcoming or bidding farewell to guests or relations.

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Vocal Music Music and dance in India are among the oldest forms of classical arts with traditions that date back several centuries. Musical forms prevalent today have roots in the book ‘Samaveda’. Indian music has deve-loped within a complex interaction between people of different races and cultures. Today, Indian classical music can be classified into two broad traditions, North Indian and South Indian. The north Indian tradition is known as Hindustani Sangeet. The different forms of Hindustani music are Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khayal, Tappa and Thumri. The south Indian tradition of music is called Carnatic Sangeet. Both traditions are fundamentally similar but differ in nomenclature and the way they are performed. Indian music is based upon two pillars. They are Raga, which is the melodic form, and the Tal, the rhythmic form. The Raga is India’s unique contribution to the world of music. Ragas attempt to evoke the interaction of man’s emotions with his environment. They are sung at an appointed hour of the day or night. Ragas are made of different combi-nations of some or all of the sapta swara (the seven notes). They are Sa - Sadjam, Ri - Rishab, Ga - Gaandhaar, Ma Madhyam, Pa - Pancham, Dha- Dhaivad, Ni - Nishad. These sapta swara are fundamental to Indian classical music, both Hindustani and Carnatic. Carnatic Music Carnatic music is considered one of the oldest forms of music in the world. Imbued with emotion and the spirit of improvisation, it also contains a scientific approach. This is mainly due to the contributions of inspired artists such as Purandara Dasa, known as the Father of Carnatic music. The important element of Carnatic music is its devotional content. The lyrics of traditional compositions are set entirely against a devotional or philosophical background. Three saint composers Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshatar and Shyama Shastri have composed thousands of songs that remain favourites among musicians and audiences. The Melakarta Ragams are the sixty two basic roots for all Carnatic music. All of these ragams have seven notes - Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Da and Ne. This system is divided into two sets of thirty one ragas. This is very similar to the Western concept of scales and the circle of flats. The Sapta Talas is the basis for rhythm in Carnatic music. The seven core Talas are Dhruva, Matya, Rupaka, Jhampa, Triputa, Ata and Eka Some of the most well known Ragas Talams. Using these sapta talas, all of Bahar Bhairav the one hundred and fifty Carnatic Bhairavi Darbari talams can be derived. A typical Sindhu Bhairavi Desh Carnatic classical vocal performance Bhimpalashri Khamaj begins with a varnam (a composition Darbari Kannada Jaijaivanti with three parts: pallavi, anupallavi Hamsadvani Todi and chitta- swaram), followed with Shyam Kalyani Pilu one or two short kriti (songs) to build Megh Malhar Yeman up a tempo. This is then followed by Simhendra Madhyam an alaap/ragam.

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Hindustani Music Dhrupad is an ancient style of Hindustani vocal music. It pre-dates other forms of vocal music like Khayal, Dadra and Thumri by a number of centuries. In the Dhrupad per-formance, the singer is accompanied by a tanpura and a pakhawaj. The per-formance begins with a long, complex alaap and the treatment of the compositions is different from the khayal. It focuses more on the nuances of the raga and the text and less on technical feats. Khayal is the most popular type of classical vocal performance today. The singer begins with a short alaap in which the characteristics of the raga are developed. No words are sung, but the singer concentrates on the notes of the raga while improvising within its structures. Each phrase that the singer sings may be repeated by the accompanist. When the raga has been properly introduced, the first composition, bandish (Bada Khayal) begins. The tabla enters in a very slow tempo - one cycle of the tal may take a minute or more. Although the singer is presenting a composition, most of the music is still improvised, with the composition acting as a refrain for the improvised material. Thumri is a lighter classical vocal style that developed around the middle of the nineteenth century from a style called Lachari. Thumri has grown so significantly, that it can be divided into a variety of sub-genres. Dadra, Hori, Chaiti, Kajri and Jhoola are some of its prominent forms which are heard separately in a performance. Other light classical music is usually rendered in a medium (madhya kaal) or fast (teevra gati) tempo and will not have a lengthy alaap. The emphasis is on presentation of the text, rather than nuances of the raga.

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Ghazal The Ghazal is a form of Urdu poetry that is sung. Eloquent shayari (poetry), gentle mausiqui (music) and fragile jazbaat (emotions) combine to create the Ghazal. The music for the Ghazal is slow paced and the lyrics are often repeated twie or thrice. The first couplet of a ghazal is matla and the finishing couplet is called makta. The remaining couplets are called misra and antara. Qawwali Qawwali is a high-pitched and fast paced style of singing that was developed in the thirteenth century. During that period, sufism was becoming popular in India and Qawwali emerged from the mystical sayings of Sufi saints. The followers of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Garib Nawaz, the famous Sufi saint of Ajmer (Rajasthan), adopted and improvised Hindustani classical music to popularise qual (or the sayings of Sufi saints) which resulted in a style of singing called Qawwali. Despite originally having developed from mystical music it later also began to include romantic themes. Folk Music Folk music of India is the most natural representation of the emotions of the masses. It resonates with the vibrant diversity of the land and the traditions of simple folk. These songs are associated with every event of life. Be it festivals, advent of new seasons, marriages, births or even every day affairs like wooing a loved one or admiring nature etc. Although folk music originated within small regional confines, it has reached out to touch the hearts of masses across India.

Musical Instruments Sarod: It is a string instrument made of wood with one end rounded and covered with parchment. There are six main metallic strings fastened to pegs at the neck of the instrument. It is played with a plectrum held in the right hand while the fingers of the left hand are used to play the notes. The Sarod has secured an important place in Hindustani classical music for its deep and rich tone and a distinctive sound. Flute: This is a wind instrument that is common since the ancient days in India. It has a religious context as Lord Krishna is pictured with a flute and the instrument is also embedded in the music of the Buddhists. Furthermore, the ancient frescoes of Ajanta and Ellora depict the flute or Bansuri as an accompaniment to vocal and instrumental music in ancient India. In India, the instrument is made from a cylindrical bamboo pipe of uniform bore and contains six holes for movement of fingers and a bigger hole for blowing air. Ghatam: An ancient percussion instrument often heard in Carnatic music concerts. The instrument is a mud pot with an open mouth that is played by hands, wrists and fingers. The player of the Ghatam can elicit various volumes and tones by executing the finger strokes at different parts of the instrument-neck, centre and bottom. 070 music and instruments

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Nadaswaram: It is believed that the Nadaswaram evolved from the snake charmer’s ‘Pungi’. It consists of a wooden mouthpiece into which air is blown. This air is released from the lower end of the gourd through two bamboos or metal pipes producing sound. The Nadaswaram formed an integral part of temple music and was extensively used in the 15th and 16th centuries. It still plays an important part in Carnatic music. Ektara: The Ektara is the simplest stringed instrument as it only has a single string that is plucked by the fingers. The string serves as the drone as well as the rhythmic accompaniment to the chanting of the mendicants and wandering minstrels. It is made from a single piece of bamboo with a large gourd attached to it. Edakka: Edakka is a verry sensitive percussion instrument. Made of wood a quarter metre long, the drumheads are held in position by interlacing cotton threads. The player beats the drum with one hand while simultaneously manipulating the strings with the other, thus creating a variety of musical notes. Violin: The violin is the only western instrument that has been completely absorbed into Indian music. The strings of the Violin in India are tuned to different notes than its western counterpart. The light tone of the steel string and the deep, almost human tone of the fourth string embellishes the peculiarities of Carnatic music. Veena: This southern instrument is associated with the Goddess Saraswati, the deity of learning and fine arts. The body of the Veena is made from a hollow block of wood, with its neck attached to the stem resulting in a figure that looks like the head of a dragon. The instrument consists of twenty-four fixed frets and seven strings. The Vichitra Veena of the north was introduced by Ustad Abdul Aziz Khan, a court musician in Indore. It has a broad stem and six main strings that are fastened to wooden pegs fixed to the other end. The Vichitra Veena is played by a plectrum and is capable of producing delicate nuances.

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Jaltarang: Jaltarang literally means ‘water waves’. The instrument consists of about eighteen porcelain cups of different sizes, each possessing a distinctive tone. The cups are arranged in a semi-circle in front of the performer, beginning from the largest to the smallest. The bigger cups produce a deep pitch while the smaller have a higher pitch. The level of water in the cups also helps to control the pitch, a higher water level contributes to a lower pitch. Dholak: The Dholak is a drum used to accompany light forms of music like bhajans, ghazals, qawaali and most of folk music. In the Carnatic school of music, the dholak accompanies nadaswaram and is called ‘dhol’. Santoor: The Santoor is the offspring of the Vana Veena from the Vedic period and is extensively used in the Kashmir Valley. It is made of a trapenzoidal wooden box and has thirty bridges and a set of four strings of metal which are stretched over each pair of bridges. The instrument is played with a pair of flat wooden pieces. Mridangam: Commonly used in south India, it is among the most highly developed and most ancient of all percussion instruments. It is a cylindrical hollow block of wood with hide being used to cover the two ends. A wide variety of tones can be obtained from different parts of the instrument. Shehnai: Of Persian origin, the Shehnai is a one reed instrument with six holes yielding a soft and melodious sound. Made of a smooth dark-grained black wood, the tube is narrower on the top and widens towards the bottom affixed in a cup. The notes it produces are continuous and generally used in classical and light classical music. Pakhwaj: The Pakhwaj originates in north India and is similar to the Mridangam except for slight differences in construction and playing techniques. The Pakhwaj is played with an open left hand, whereas southern musicians use the left side similar to the tabla players. Chenda: The Chenda is a hollow cylindrical instrument made from softwood, the ends of which are covered with cow hide. It is the chief accompaniment in Kathakali, and is the most important instrument which is played in temples Tabla Banya: The Tabla, as it is often called, consists of a set of two drums. Both the drums are hollow from inside and are covered with hide fastened to leather straps stretched over the body of the drums by leather braces. These straps are pulled to raise or lower the pitch. In the hands of a master, the Tabla is capable of producing all patterms of rhythms with well-established time cycles (talas). Sitar: Invented in the 13th century by Amir Khusro, the Sitar is one of the most famous Indian instruments. Its name is derived from the Persian word ‘she-tar’, meaning three stringed. The instrument is made from seasoned gourd (which acts as a resonating chamber) and teak wood and has six to seven main strings. The main playing strings are firs two and occasionally the fourth for creating melody. Below the upper tier of seven strings there are thirteen strings meant for sympathetic resonance and are known as Taraf. 072 music and instruments

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In ancient India every branch of science was developed abiding nature’s rules. So ancient Indian science & knowledge are extremely befitting for this age. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian health science developed through centuries long research works of sages, who were eminent scholars. As the term Ayurveda denotes to the knowledge of life it’s not only a system to cure disease but the regimen teaching us ways to achieve Perfect Health from diseased or abnormal conditions and guidelines to lead a life, both physical and mental, to attain the bliss of real life. Keen observation and study of nature including all kinds of life in the world for hundreds of years could only have formulated such a life science which has a concrete basis in Indian philosophy and wide reaching applicability in life of all sorts. Since it is holistic, it approaches man as a whole and cares man’s physical mental and spiritual health. It’s almost as old as mankind and at the same time so new as modern man that no disease is there which is incurable or uncontrollable unless misled too much. According to ayurveda human body is composed of three fun-damental elements called Doshas - which represent the physicochemical and physiological activities of the body, ‘Dhatu’ which denotes the materials entering in to the formation of a basic structure of the body cell, thereby performing some basic actions and Malas the substance which are partly used in the body and partly excreted in yet another from after serving their physiological activities. The dynamic equilibrium of these leads to perfect health and imbalance of any of these leads to disease. To attain perfect health we have to maintain the original, natural balance of these. The role of a physician is to understand the imbalance happened to this dynamic equilibrium and to correct or give advice as how can it be brought to the original state, whether with medicine or with changes in life style. He studies the patient; not only the disease, with some special techniques and gives you some medicines and lot of advice, after which you may feel healthier and no

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system upset. Though Doshas Dhatus and Malas are equally important, Doshas have added dominance; because human body and everything in it are influenced by doshas and maintenance of their balance will correct the defects of the other. Doshas are three - vata, pitta, and kapha and they may not be equal and same in all. According to the dominance of each dosha every man is categorised to different types. There can be single dosha types - 2 dosha and 3 - dosha types. There is abundant means to find out body types and it is easy for an ayurvedic doctor to comprehend anyone’s body type. A lot of rearrangements and adjustments we can do in a positive way in our life style, food habits etc; according to our body type to attain a stage of perfect health and to resist illness. So nowadays, in the age of dreadful diseases the ayurvedic system of identifying body types have unfathomable importance. Physical and mental co-operation of the patient to make necessary changes in his life style and food habits also are essential to procure the natural dynamic balance of the doshas and once that balance is maintained the illness is gone. So every ayurvedic doctor is making his patient very healthy and not treating the disease. Ayurveda gives special emphasis on prevention on disease. Signs and symptoms by which we can foresee an illness are well described in the texts so that can take necessary steps to avoid it or lessen the strength of it. More over it describes how to live to avoid disease in each climate and how can perfect health be maintained throughout the life. A strict follower of these advices can enjoy an ill-less enthusiastic life with high quality physical, mental and spiritual health.

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Treatment of Making you healthy The treatment in ayurveda is classified mainly into two Samana and Sodhana. Samana is the pacifying way of treatment and sodhana roots out the disease from the body. Oral therapy and easier means of treatment are prescribed under

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Samana treatment. But Sodhana treatment is extensive, time consuming procedures to change a diseased man to the original healthy man. These are widely used all over India for patients with chronic illnesses. If done with special precautions, regular checkups and extra care these type of ‘Sodhana’ treatments can work wonders and this is what happens in India, especially in Kerala, which attracts a lot of foreigners from all over the world to this small state. Medicine You are what you eat - according to ayurvedic principle. So much significance is given to the food habits and life style. Natural herbs are widely used as medicines. In fundamental principles of Ayurveda 5 basic elements are very important. The universe, and anything in the universe is believed to be made of these 5 elementsair, water, earth, fire and space. Quality and nature of everything varies according to difference in the proportion of these elements. According to the dominance of these elements each plant or each mineral exhibits its own physical and chemical characters. This basic principle is made use of in the formulation of medicines in Ayurveda. Since natural herbs being the main ingredients of the medicines, side effects or ill effects are negligible. So it is more or less safe to use ayurvedic drugs in any condition. In modern medicine side effects of drugs are the most scaring nightmare these days. Powerful chemicals used to cure simple illness usually

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lead us to more complicated chronic diseases such as stomach ulcers, diabetes, kidney & liver problems, piles etc. This will never happen with ayurvedic drugs because of it’s tie with nature. There is a branch of ayurveda where solely chemicals are used as medicine. But on every step from the purification of the chemical to the directions for the usage, special care is taken to avoid any side effects and if used in the prescribed manner these are also reliable. Panchakarma and Kerala Treatments Panchakarma is a term most mistaken among European people. It is really 5 main treatments, by which viciated doshas are expelled from the body. They include Vamana (induced vomiting) Virechanam (Purgation) Asthapanam (enema with decoction) Anuvasanam (enema with oil) and Nasyam ( Nasal application of oil). According to another school, both the enemas are included under common title Vasti and 5th one is Rakta-moksham (Blood letting). Oleation of the body and steam bath are performed before Vamana (induced vomiting) Vire-chana (Purgation) etc. The viciated doshas, waste materials and toxins are expelled by panchakarma. But for the convenience of the complete expulsion they are collected at particular sites by these pre-panchakarma process

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called ‘Sneh-apanam (oleation) and Swedanam (Steam bath). There are particular, prescribed procedures and steps by which these are carried out.Kerala is a small state situated at the south west of India. This state has a very unique cultural background and has a special nature that it won’t accept anything as such. If anything new comes, it will sow the seeds of that in its own soil and cultivate with its own water and air and then will reap the results and that will be used. This happened in the case of ayurveda also. Apart from all over India, Kerala has a special method of treatment. Though the lessons and texts studied are same, the system of treatment is entirely different and far more effective as well. These special methods of treatments which can be included in the pre and post – panchakarma procedures are Sarvanga snehadhara /Pizhichil (oil bath), Shashtikapinda-swedam (rice bundle massage), Patrapo-dalaswedam (leaf bundle massage) Sirodhara (head bath) etc. Sarvanga Snehadhara /oil bath: Basically oil bath is a treatment to get rid of the blockages in blood vessels, nerves and other channels. So it is very effective and essential in diseases where the basic cause is blockage. Shashtikapindaswedam / rice bundle massage: This treatment is basically a strengthening one and is used in conditions where joints or muscles need more strength or lubrication. Patrapodalaswedam (Leaf bundle massage): It’s an anti inflammatory treatment which helps to get rid of blockages in the muscles and joints, to reduce swelling and to promote circulation.

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Sirodhara / oil or medicinal bath of the head: This treatment is indicated in various problems such as loss of memory, sleeplessness, neurosis, migraine, headache and some other brain and nerve diseases. These are some other Kerala special treatments such as different sweating procedures, head packs, localised oil baths etc; which don’t need special mention. There are prescribed preparatory procedures and post treatment regimen for all intensive ayurvedic treatments. If it is not observed, these treatments may make serious ill effects on the body, which are very difficult to get rid of. Some very important points to be borne in mind before undergoing intensive ayurvedic treatments: Pizhichil (oil bath) is contra indicated in serious liver and renal problems. After each set of 7 oil baths a purgation is essential, because the toxins and waste materials collected in the intestine, as a result of the oil baths, should be expelled or it will be reabsorbed in the body. Blood parameters should be checked and kept in safe level before starting any of the intensive treatments. Whole body rice bundle massage is contra indicated in diabetics, obese and patients withserious cardiac, heptic and renal problems. In summer and in patients with elevated pitta, leaf or medicated powder bundle massage(whole body) is not good. Sirodhara should not be done in cerebral thrombosis or may lead to fatal embolisms. Sirovasti has strong impact on brain. So it should be done with proper care and under the guidance and presence of a physician and only in serious brain and nerve diseases. Perfect rest, regular oil massage, oral drugs and

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peace of mind are essential throughout the curative period (after the intensive treatments) or it may affect body negatively. Steam bath should not be done: If you are not treated with oil inside and outside OR if you are: obese, too lean, too weak, having loose motion (diarrhoea) or bleeding of any sort, After trauma, alcoholic having cataract, ascitis, some of skin conditions, tuberculosis, arthritis, prolapsed rectum, fatigue, anger, depression, fear, hunger, thirst, jaundice, hepatitis, anaemia, diabetes, excessive pitha and preganancy. Ayurveda cares for patient’s physical and mental satisfaction and so these treatments are done in patients with peace of mind or they have to be made so before starting with. Healthy mind is seen only in a healthy body - ayurveda believes. Mental derangement can lead to ill health and contrariwise. Mind - body relation is well explained in ayurveda with an example of ghee in a pot. The heat of the pot may conduct to the ghee inside and the heat of the ghee vice versa. Thus any mental aberration can lead to physical abnormalities and physical problems to mental distortions. So an ayurvedic doctor has to think always about the patient’s mental status and capabilities. Studying Ayurveda In ancient days ‘Gurukula’ ie. one master system was the way to teach ayurveda. Then one eminent physician teach a group of selected students accommodating

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all of them in his own house and they had to work for him. Thus they could gain a thorough theoretical and practical knowledge in every aspect of the system from the basic principles of different ways of management. Whenever he felt them to be fit to practice he would let them to start their own practice. This was the right and effective means to study ayurveda well. But as time changed started to function under various universities where ayurveda is taught now. In south India there are a lot of ayurveda colleges now. After matriculation interested ones can seek admission there by passing an entrance examination. The duration of the course is usually 5 years and after passing the qualifying examination they can have an internship for 6 months in hospitals attached to the college. Thus ayurvedic doctors are made now. Still after finishing studies most doctors approach skillful and renowned doctors for better practical knowledge and experience. In India we have got enough such physicians with skill and fame. This makes the thinking lot of South India to seek ayurveda for help when they have health problems. Now it is the time for retreat. From the hypnotic sleep created by the crave for modernism, man is waking up slowly to find his final and original shelter in his mother’s lap - the coming back to nature is going on. So everything natural is becoming precious and here comes the importance of ayurveda - the natural way of healing physical mental and spiritual illness. (Courtsey - Dr.M.C.Vijayachandradas, Sree Sankara Hospital,Changanacherry-02,Kerala)

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Thiruvananthapuram The southern most district and the capital of Kerala, God’s own country. One who visits Thiruvananthapuram, visits heaven experiencing the ecstasy of being here. Travancore and Kochi were two princely states while Malabar was a province of Madras. It was in 1956 that these three territories were put together and made into the state of Kerala with Thiruvananthapuram, the remote south, being her capital. Thiruvananthapuram is enveloped by the Arabian Sea in the West, Nagarkovil and Kanyakumari of Tamilnadu in the East and South respectively and Kollam in the North. The wooded highlands in the Western Ghats in the eastern and northeastern borders give Thiruvananthapuram some of the most enchanting picnic spots. A long shoreline with internationally renowned beaches, historic places, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination. Thiruvananthapuram which got this name from Anantha, the serpant king of Hindu mythology has three major rivers, namely Neyyar, Karamana and Vamanapuram. Rich with greenery backwaters of Veli, Kadinamkulam, Anchuthengu and Edava Nadayara canals Thiruvananthapuram gives a heavenly experience. Traditional buildings and monuments stand as great examples of culture and overwhelming splendour.

Transport and Communication Air - Trivandrum international airport ( 6 kms from the city). International and domestic flights of major companies operate to cities and countries from here. Airport International Ph : 2501220, Domestic - 2501424. Rail - From the central railway station there are direct trains to all the main towns in Kerala and to the major cities in India.Railway station, Thampanoor - Ph: 2321568. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road - Thiruvananthapuram is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India.Long distance buses operate from the Central Bus Station, Thampanoor - Ph : 2323886. Local Transport - Buses, Taxis and Fact Sheet Autorikshaws. Short Distance buses Area : 2192 sq kms operate from the City Bus Station, East Population (2001) : 32,34,707 Fort - Ph: 2463029. The minimum charge Altitude : Sea Level for buses is Rs.4.00. Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per Clothing : Tropical running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). Tourist Season : September to May The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Telephone Access Codes Autorikshaws fare - Rs.7.00 per running Attingal ++ 91 470 km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Chirayankeezh ++ 91 470 Nedumangad ++ 91 472 Thiruvananthapuram ++ 91 471 Varkala ++ 91 470

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railway station, Thampanoor - Ph: 2334470. Tourist information centre, KSRTC central bus station, Thampanoor - 2323886. Tourist information centre, domestic airport - 2501085. Tourist information centre, international airport - 2502298. Tourist Facilitation Centre, Kovalam - 2480085. Tourist Reception Centre (KTDC), Thampanoor - 2330031. District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Vellayambalam - Ph: 2315397.

Places Interested Napier Museum: (Open 1000 - 1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesdays forenoons, January 26th , August 15th, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami) Napier Museum is a reservoir of bronze idols, historical ornaments, ivory carvings, temple chariot and other archeological treasures. Built in the 19th century, this museum is a perfect example of Indo-Saracenic structure. The use of plastics is banned in the museum premises. Ph-2318294. Kerala State Science and Technology Museum: The museum which has more than 350 attractions on science and technology was established in 1984. A children’s science park is also added to the museum in 1997. Galleries for electricity, electronics, mechanics, biomedical, solar energy etc are the attractions here. Ph: 0471 2306024. Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum is housed in a modern spacious 2 stored building at an elevated ground at the eastern end of the Museum and Zoo complex, Thiruvananthapuram. The varied and rich collections in Natural History which started with the personnel collection of minerals and books presented by General Cullen in 1885 has found satisfactory housing in this new building in 1964. The Museum has separate galleries for Mammals, Birds, Lower Vertebrates, Invertebrates, separate room for Index collections, Skeleton gallery, Ethnology gallery Library, Laboratory and office accommodations. There is also an outdoor exhibit of Fossil tree trunks near the entrance of the Museum. Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum: (Open 1030 - 1700 hrs. Closed on Mondays) The museum is named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was the first Prime Minister of India and a great lover of children. The museum which established in 1980 displays a vast collection of dolls, stamps and masks from all over the world. Ph-2324939 Observatory: (Open 1000-1830 hrs.) The observatory which is situated 60 mts above sea level in one of the oldest in India. Located near museum from here one can get a bird’s eye view of the city. Ph-2322732 K.C.S. Panicker’s Gallery: Established in the year 1979 a gallery solely dedicated to the paintings of contemporary Indian art of K.C.S. Panicker who is nominated as one of the nine eminent artists inIndia. Vyloppilly Sanskriti Bhavan: It was opened in 2001 in memory of great Malayalam poet Vyloppilly Sreedharamenon. The bhavan is attractive with its Padipura and Koothambalam which have wooden flooring and distinctive lamps.

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Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum: (Open : 0830 - 1300 hrs and 1500 - 1730 hrs. Closed on Mondays) Entrance fee : Adults - Rs.10, Children Rs.3, Foreigners - Rs.20, Camera permit - Rs.15, Video Rs. 500. The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma who was a versatile genius. It was the Maharaja, one of the outstanding poets of classical lyrics and a greate musician, who revived many of the classical arts from death bed. A multi-linguist, the Maharaja composed kritis in elegant Sanskrit, pure and lucid Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Hindustani. The annual Swati music festival is held here. This Palace is a rare specimen of artistry in the traditional Travancore style of architecture and also contains splendid wood carvings. The palace museum displays rich paintings and several priceless collections of the royal family and is located very near to Sree Padmanabha temple. Ph-2473952. Priyadarsini Planetarium: Show times 1030, 1200,1500 and 1700 hrs. Entrance Fee: Adults Rs. 15.00 Children Between 3-10 yrs Rs. 10.00 Sree Chithra Art Gallery: (Open 1000 - 1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays forenoons) The art gallery is near to Napier Museum. A good collection of original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, the piccasso of Kerala, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich are the real treasures preserved here. Copies of Rajput, Mughals and Tanjore schools of arts and painting of Ajantha Caves, collections of eastern paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali are also exhibited. Entrance Fee : Adults - Rs.5.00, Children - Rs.3.00.

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Sankhumukham Beach: (8 km from the city) Sankhumukham beach adjacent to the airport is a lovely beach which attracts many people, particularly during the evening time.This is a favourite of sunset watchers. An indoor recreation club, the matsyakanyaka (a gigantic, 35 mt long sculpture of a mermaid, choreo- graphed by Kanayi Kunhiraman, the celebrated sculptor) and a restaurant shaped like a star fish are some of the attractions here. Chacha Nehru Traffic Training Park nearby provides opportunity for children to learn the traffic rules. Padmanabha Swamy Temple: (Open : 0415 - 0515 hrs, 0645 - 0715 hrs, 0830 1115 hrs, 1145 - 1200 hrs, 1700 - 1815 hrs, 1845 - 1930 hrs) Dress Code : Men Dhothi without any upper clothing, Women - Saree and Blouse. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Located inside the East Fort, this Vaishnava temple is very famous in India attracting countless devotees from all parts. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu sleeping on Anantha, the Serpant King, this temple is a rare blend of Dravidian architecture and the Kerala style. It is also known for its murals and stone carvings. In front of the temple on the south of the Pathway one can find hawkers of handicrafts and other items. On the other is a vast pond Theerthakulam meant for the devotees to bathe before enter into the temple. Overlooking the temple are Theerthapada Mandapam and Swati College of Music. In Theerthapadamandapam one can participate in any classical art presentation everyday. Ph: 2450233. Secretariat: This is centre of administration of Kerala Government. The building is the best example of Roman Architectural style.

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Varkala: (40 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Varkala is a religious, spiritual, pilgrim and tourist spot. It is also a sea side resort and spa. It is at Sivagiri, a hill top near Varkala that Sree Narayana guru, is laid to eternal Samadhi. High cliffs with mineral springs rise majestically from the coast line of Varkala. The Papanasam beach here is very famous. It is believed that any one who takes a bathe here will be relieved of all his sins. (Papanasam = redemption from sins). Myth explains that a group of mendicants who committed certain sins approached Narada, the celestial Saint and sought his help. The seer threw his Valakalam (Clothe made of the bark of a tree) into the air and the place where it landed came to be known as Varkala. The mendicants were advised by Narada to offer their prayers in the newly emerged place near the sea shore. That is Papanasam. The 2000 year old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, a century old tunnel and Nature Cure Centre are the main other attractions here. Sivagiri Mutt: The Sivagiri Mutt is an Ashram founded by the great Hindu reformer and philosopher, Sree Narayana Guru. The Guru breathed his last here in 1928 AD, his Samadhi (resting place) continues to be thronged by thousands every year. The Sivagiri pilgrimage is conducted in between December 30 and January 1. The Sarada Temple and Sivagiri Mutt set in picturesque hill of Sivagiri near Varkala. Rock Cut Cave: (17 km from Thiruvananthapuram) There are rock cut sculptures of the 18th century in the cave temple Vizhinjam. The granite cave envelops a one-celled shrine with a sculpture of Vinandhara Dakshin-amurthi. The outer wall of the cave depicts half complete relics of the Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.

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Chowara: (8 km south of Kovalam) This fishing hamlet near to Kovalam has many picturesque spots. The Chowara Ayyappa Temple atop a hill overlooks the beach and offers an amazing view of the beach. Chowara is also home to the ancient Amalothbhava Matha Church. Poovar : (12 km South of Kovalam) An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. A trading port in its early days, it is today an important tourist destination. Akkulam Lake and Tourist Village: (12 km from the city. Open 1000 - 1800 hrs) This is the another interesting picnic spot with natural splendour. Boating facilities are available here. The children’s park here is one of the biggest in the state. There is a swimming pool for adults too.Ph-2443043 Veli Tourist Village: (9km from the city. Open : 0800 - 1800 hrs) Veli tourist village, situated by the sea side, is an exotic picnic spot. The gardens and the lovely wading pools are very fascinating. One can avail the benefit of boating and water sports in the lake here. The boat club has pedal boats, row boats and motorized boats. Children can enjoy climbing over huge sculptures which dot the landscape. Ph-2500785. Veli youth hostel - 2501230. Boat Rentals (1000 - 1730 hrs): Safari boats -Rs. 25.00 per head, Speed boats - Rs.250.00 for 4 persons, Pedal boat - 4 seater Rs.75.00 for half an hour, 2 seater Rs.50.00 for half an hour. Sree Chithra Enclave: Sree Chithra Enclave was opened in 1993 in memory of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma who was the last Maharaja of Travancore royal family. The evolution and geographical-socio-cultural history of Travancore State are explained with the help of audio-visual presentation. The belongings and artifacts of royal family are also exhibited here.

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Kanakakkunnu Palace: This palace is a great museum showing glorious history and tradition of Kerala. Now, the palace and its premises are also venues for manycultural meets and programmes. Ph-2314615 Kovalam: The Kovalam beach is a paradise and all experience golden moments in this world renowned beach. Idyllic and dreamy, this sea-shore village was very tranquil and deserted once, except the fact that it was a fishing center. Today it has been printed with golden letters in the history of world tourism, drawn in golden ink in the world map of tourism. Thousands of tourists from all parts of Europe, England, USA and elsewhere throng into Kovalam every year to enjoy the unforeseen experience. Kovalam consists of two palm fringed cover, Light-house beach and Hawah beach, separated into north and south by rocky headlands. Padmanabhapuram Palace: (52 km from the city. Closed on Mondays) This was once the seat of the erstwhile rulers of Travancore. This superbly built palace with teak, granite etc. stands within the massive stone town walls that kept Tipu Sulthan unable to invade. The architecture is a class apart, unbelievable for the current day architects. Ceilings carved in floral pattern, windows laid with jewelcoloured mi ca, floors finished to a glittering polish with a special compound of crushed shells, coconuts, this palace invite envy from others. Now this palace is situated at Thuckalai, in Tamilnadu,on the way to Kanyakumari but hardly 52 kms from Thiruvanan- thapuram city. Ph: 2327310 Thiruvallam: (10 km from Thiruvananthapuram) A temple dedicated to Saint Parasurama situated here and it is a famous pilgrim centre for Hindus. The Kerala Film Development Corporation’s studio, Chithranjali, exists here. Thiruvallam is also a serene, sapphire like backwater stretched on the way to Kovalam and famous for its canoe rides.

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Zoological Garden: Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, one of the oldest in the country, was established as an annexe to the Museum in 1857 by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore in order to attract more visitors. This Zoo was originally set up for recreational purpose only.But with more and more loss of forest and wildlife in the process of human development, the goal of the Zoo changed from recreation to conservation. Today Zoos are seen as the last resort for endangered animals and birds. Spread over in 55 acres of land located in the heart of the temple city of Thiruvananthapuram, the Zoo offers a rare opportunity for the visitors to experience and enjoy unparalleled picturesque and panoramic sylvan surroundings besides vivid animal collections. The Zoo has 75 different species of animals not only from India but from abroad also. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: (50 km from Thiruvananthapuram) With its astoundingly beautiful flora and fauna and dotted with hillocks Peppara is emerging as a great attraction for wildlife adventurers. Peppara is also famous for its eucalyptus plantations. This attractive sanctuary is on the way to Ponmudi and spread over 53 km on the Western Ghats. With its rich flora and fauna, Peppara, dotteded with hillocks and forests, is a great attraction for wildlife enthusiasts. Aruvi Waterfalls/Vaiyanthol: (60 km from Thiruvananthapuram) This is an unspoiled tourist spot with 4 feet cascade. One can reach here only through trekking which gives a heavenly experience and prior permission should take from the forest department to enter the area. Vizhinjam: Hardly one kilometre away from Kovalam and 17 kms away from the city lies the tiny fishing village of Vizhinjam, a sobering contradiction to the excesses of Kovalam. It is a big artificial harbour. A mosque on the northern side and a church on the south both twanging prayer halls and masses in the early hours.

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Ponmudi : (61 km from Thiruvananthapuram ) Ponmudi is located at a height of 915 metres above sea level. This is an idyllic hill resort with tiny, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs. One of the very few trekking trails in the state, Ponmudi has a variety of mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets, springs and a deer park. Agasthyakoodam: This is the second highest peak in Kerala which has a height of 1900 metres above sea level. Blessed with a lively wildlife, the forest of Agasthyakoodam is an abode of rare medicinal herbs and plants. There are brilliantly hued orchids also here. A paradise for the bird watchers, this legendary mountain is accessible by foot from Kottoor, near Neyyar Dam, as also from Bonacaud. The trekking gives an unforgettable expereince during December to April and a special permission should be received to make trekking from Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, PTP Nagar, Thiruvananapuram. Aruvikkara Dam and Devi Temple: (16 km from Thiruvananthapuram) This picturesque picnic spot associated with the blessed name of Sree Narayana Guru, the greatest social reformer our time has witnessed, is on the bank of Karamana river. Near the famous Durga Temple here, there is a stream full of fish that fearlessly come close to the shore to be fed by the vistors. Kowdiyar Palace: This palace was the residence of the late Maharaja Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma and his family. The visitors are not allowed inside the palace.

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Neyyar Dam: (32 km from Thiruvananthapuram) A popular picnic spot, Neyyar Dam has a watch tower, crocodile farm, lion safari park and deer park. Boating facilities are available at the reservoir. Koyikkal Palace: (18 km from Thiruvananthapuram) Located on the way to Ponmudi Hill station and the Courtallam waterfalls this famous Palace is a representative of traditional Nalukettu, the typical old Kerala architecture. This ancient palace dates back to the 15th century. Here you can see a double storeyed traditional Nalukettu building with slanting gabled roofs, an inner courtyard and museums of folklore and numismatics set up by the Department of Archeology. The Folklore Museum set up in 1992 is a treasure house of quaint musical instruments, occupational implements, household utensils, models of folk arts etc. Displayed in the Koyikkal Palace, they focus attention on the cultural background of the state. The Numismatics Museum houses rare and historically valuable coins expressing the trade relations of the state. Attukal Sree Bhagavathy Temple: The Attukal Sree Bhagavathy Temple one of the ancient temples of South India, is popularly known as Sabarimala of Women. The Goddess in the Temple is worshipped as the Supreme Mother, creater of all living beings and the mighty preserver as well as destroyer of them all. Santhigiri Ashram: As the name implies, Santhigiri has developed as a mountain of peace (Santhi = Peace, Giri = mountain). Also it has become a fountain of love and mercy to all people, irrespective of the differences and discriminations of caste, creed, colour, community, culture or country. The proper synthesis of Dharma and Karma is preached and practiced here. Dharma means a good life leading to salvation, the ultimate goal of human birth without compromising on virtues, truth, righteousness, mercy and kindness.

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Conducted Tours: KTDC, Thampanoor, Ph - 0471 2330031 Thiruvananthapuram City (day tour): Departure - 0800 hrs & Return -1900 hrs. Tour covers - Mondays:Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Neyyar Dam, Veli Lagoon, Marine Aquarium & Kovalam Beach. Other days: Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Puthenmalika, Zoo, Napier Museum, Art Gallary, Palnetarium, Veli Lagoon, Marine Aquarium and Kovalam Beach. Fare Rs.200.00. Thiruvananthapuram City (half day - forenoon): Departure - 0800 hrs & Returns -1300 hrs. Tour Covers - Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Neyyar Dam. Wednesdays: Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Puthen Malika Palace, Veli Lagoon and Planetarium. Fare: Rs.200.00. Thiruvananthapuram City (half day) : Departure - 1400 hrs. & Return - 1900 hrs. Tour Covers - Mondays : Veli Lagoon, Marine Aquarium and Kovalam beach. Wednesday - Zoo, Museum, Art Gallery, Marine Aquarium and Kovalam beach. Fare: Rs. 200.00. Thenmala (day tour): Departure - 0815 hrs & Return -2200 hrs. Tour covers Kulathoopuzha, Palaruvi waterfalls and Thenmala. 2329770 Kanyakumari/Cape Comorin (day tour): Departure - 0730 hrs & Return - 2100 hrs. Tour Covers - Kovalam beach, Padmanabhapuram Palace (Monday holiday) Suchindram Temple and Kanyakumari. Rs.500.00. Ponmudi (day tour): Departure - 0830 hrs. & Return - 1830 hrs. Tour covers Golden Valley, Ponmudi and Neyyar Dam. Munnar (two days): Departure - 0600 hrs & Return - Next day 2200 hrs. Tour covers - Munnar and Veega Land. Thekkady/Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (two days) : Departure - 0630 hrs. & Return 2nd day 2100 hrs. Tour covers -Thekkady, Kumarakom and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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www.forvholidays. com Great India Tour Company, Tel: 0471 2320710, Email:gitctrv@vsnl. net.in Gem India Tours, Tel: 0471 2469127, Email: gemtrv@satyam.net.in ITL Holidays Pvt. Ltd., Tel: 0471 2469555, Fax: 0471 2479555, Email: itlmax@ asianetindia.com, itltvm@sancharnet.in Jai Hind Tours & Travels, Tel: 0471 2724454, Email: jaihind@md5.net.in Kerala Connections, Tel: 0471 2484839, Email: info@keralaconnections.com Kerala Inst. of Tourism & Travel Studies, Tel: 0471 2323939, Email: kitts@vsnl.com, www.kittstour.org KTDC, Tel: 0471 2333956, Email: ktdc@vsnl.com Kerala Travels Interservice, Tel: 0471 2727478, 2727479, Fax: 0471 2727480, Email: ktinbound@asianetindia.com, www.keralatraveller.com Kerala Visioin Holidays, Tel: 0471 2480355, packages@keralavisions.com Oasis International, Tel: 0471 2461771, Email: oasisintltrv@hotmail.com Overseas Air Travel & Tour Operators, Tel: 0471 2330075, Email: overseas_t@sify. com Riya Travel & Tours, Tel: 0471 2307821, Email: riyatravel@eth.net Seaworld Holidays, Tel: 0471 2725979, Email: seaworldholidays @asianetindia.com Sky Palace Tours & Travels, Tele/fax: 0471 2472402 Southern Holidays, Tel: 0471 2460700, 01, Fax: 0471 2460700 Swastik Tours & Travels, Tel: 0471 2331691, Fax: 0471 2331270, E-mail: swastiktours@satyam.net.in The Travel Company, Tel: 0471 2316850, 2313875, E-mail: ttctravel@techpark.net The Travel Trading Co. P. Ltd., Tel: 0471 2316850, 2313875, E-mail: ttctravl@techpark.net Transorient Holidays Pvt. Ltd., Tel: 0471 2487006, E-mail: tohkerala@ satyam.com Tour India, Tel: 0471 2330437, E-mail: tourindia@vsnl.com Universal Travel Enterprises Tel: 0471 2364002, E-mail: ute@md3.vsnl.net.in United Tours & Travels, Tel: 0471 2331655, E-mail: unitourstravels@sify.com UVI Holidays, Tel: 0471 2470967, E-mail: francisx@md2.vsnbl.net.in Visit India, Tel: 0471 2481069, Email: visitindia@eth.net

Ayurveda Dr. Frankiln’s Panchakarma Institute And Research Center: (22 Km from Trivandrum City) For those serious about Ayurvedic Treatment, ‘Dr. Franklin’s Panchakarma Institute and Research Center’ is a less expensive alternative to the flashier resorts. Accommodation is clean and comfortable but not resort style. It has 25 eloquent rooms for guest accommodation, a Spacious Yoga centre, and an Ayurvedic vegetarian restaurant. Treatment options include packages for spine problems and slimming as well as general rejuvenation and stress relief. The centre located at Chowara (South Kovalam) just 18 Km away from the Trivandrum International Airport. For more information: Dr. Franklin’s Panchakarma Institute and Research Center, Chowara P.O, Trivandrum, Kerala - 695501. Ph: +91 471 2480870, 2267974, Fax: +91 471 2268071, Email: franklin@dr-franklin.com, Web: www.dr-franklin.com Medicus Ayurvedic Centre: Ayurbay (by Medicus Ayurvedic Centre), is a Kerala Government and Tourism Department approved (Green Leaf) Seafront Ayurvedic Beach Resort having 16 rooms and 2 apartments having all standard amenities like private balcony, running hot/cold water, phone, foreign

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exchange, credit card, laundry etc. It is an acclaimed name among wellness ayurveda resorts. Located by the sea, the resort combines the pleasure of a beach holiday with authentic ayurveda treatment, Yoga and wellness therapies. The picturesque location and the aesthetic interiors of the resort incorporated with modern facilities, yet not losing the ethnic traditions in dĂŠcor is a difference experience altogether. We also have a private lifeguard for the safety of our guests. Ayurvedic treatments are undertaken in the supervision of experienced doctors and technicians. We serve vegetarian and non vegetarian food to our guests Located at Nellikunnu Beach, 6 kms south of Kovalam en route to poovar. For more information : Ayurbay Medicus Ayurvedic Centre, Nellikunnu Beach, Mulloor - Post, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 521, Tel: + 91 471 2483710, Tel/Fax: + 91 471 2480596, Email: info@ayurbay.com, Website: www. ayurbay.com Shinshiva Ayurvedic Resort: It is an Ayurvedic resort that embodies the very best of what the Indian system of medicine has to offer. Located at Chowara, close to the famed Adimalathura beach and about 22 kilometers from Trivandrum airport, Shin Shiva is the epitome of peace and tranquility. The resort has all the facilities to make your stay relaxed, comfortable and rejuvenating. Guided by Dr. V. Franklin, a veteran Ayurvedic practitioner, and assisted by qualified doctors and masseurs, Shin Shiva offers effective Ayurvedic treatments for a whole host of ailments including arthritis, osteoarthritis, paralysis, rheumatism, joint stiffness, spondylosis, sports injuries, muscular atrophy, degeneration of bones, bronchial asthma, eosinophylia, nervous disorders, stress related ailments, mental tension, loss of appetite, sluggishness, insomnia, head aches, migraine, mental disorders, obesity, psoriasis, gastric complaints, uro-genital diseases, infertility, immune deficiency, hemiplegia, brain diseases, spleen problems, toxicity, and skin diseases. Apart from disease-specific treatments, Shin Siva also provides therapeutic packages for general rejuvenation, longevity, and slimming, and conducts yoga and meditation sessions as well. Shinshiva Ayurvedashram having well proffessional Ayurvedic Beauty Care Centre,doing all kinds of Ayurvedic Beauty Therapies. For de-addiction Ayurvedic Treatment,Shinshiva having a separate treatment program for the people who are addicted in Alchohole,Tobacco and Drugs. Amenities at Shin Shiva include independent ceiled thatched-roof cottages, Navartna building(economy), Kerala bungalows, wooden cottages as well as fully furnished rooms and all having sea face, open air yoga centre with thatched roof, Ayurvedic restaurant, well equipped treatment rooms, well-maintained gardens with paved walkways, herbal nursery, modern telecommunication facilities,Internet, 24 hour room service, and travel help desk. For more information: Shinshiva Ayurvedic Resort (P) Ltd, Chowara P.O, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 501, Ph: +91 471 2267332, 2266423, 2266331, Fax: +91 471 2268164, E-mail: ayurveda@shinshivaresort.com , Web: www.shinshiva.org , www.shinshivaresort.com

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Thiruvanthapuram (0471) Hotel Ruby Arena rubyarena@gmail.com Magic Days sales@thrhotels.com Hotel Residency Tower rtower@md2.vsnl.net.in Mascot Hotel centralreservations@ktdc.com The Muthoot Plaza muthoot@eth.net Comfort Inn Grand floatels@vsnl.net The South Park mail@thesouthpark.com Hotel Saj Lucia sajlucia@md2.vsnl.net.in Horizon horizon@asianetindia.com Hotel Pankaj hotelpankaj@sancharnet.in SP Grand days sales@spgranddays.com Hotel City Palace hotelcitypalace@yahoo.com Jass Hotels jas@md2.vsnl.net.in Ariya Nivas ariyanivas.tvm@gmail.com Maurya Rajadhani maurya@rajadhanihotels.com Chaithram centralreservations@ktdc.com Thamburu thamburuintl@asianetindia.com Oasis International Hotel Geeth Prasanth Hotel Kyvalya Amritha Hotel Highland Hotel Silver Sand Hotel Fort View

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Kovalam (0471) Ayurbay 1900-7500 2483710 info@ayurbay.com www. ayurbay.com Dr.Franklin’s Resort Euro 20-55 2480870 drfranklin@eth.net www.dr-franklin.com Estuary Island 5000-8500 2229222 sales@thrhotels.com www.thrhotels.com Hotel Rockholm 2000-5000 2480306 rockholm@asianetindia.com www.rockholm.com Leisure Villas 22500-45000 2514000 sales@thrhotels.com www.thrhotels.com Sagara Beach Resort 2250-7300 2481995 sagarabeachresort@usa.net www.sagararesortkovalam.com Shinshiva Ayurvedic Resort 1800-4200 2267332 franklin@shinshivaresort.com www.shinshivaresort.com Tom's Inn 2000-2800 2482585 sales@thrhotels.com www.thrhotels.com Turtle on the beach 6500-50000 2514000 sales@thrhotels.com www.thrhotels.com Uday Samudra 5400--9300 2483111 vp@uds.co.in www.udaysamudra.com Hotel Kovalam Gateway 2000 - 2500 2383052 Thapovan Heritage Home 3100 - 5850 2480453 thapovan@gmail.com www.thapovan.com Country Spa 2500-9999 2481190 countryspa@countryclubmail.com www.countryspa.kovalam.com The Travancore Heritage 5800-17000 2267828 travancoreheritage@vsnl.net www.thetravancoreheritage.com Somatheeram Beach Resort 4800-12600 2268101 mail@somatheeram.in www.somatheeram.in Somatheeram Health Resort 4320-14040 2266501 info@somatheeram.org www.somatheeram.org Swagath Resort 2200-6500 2481148 swagathresort@gmail.com www.swagathresorts.com The Leela 14000-70000 2480101 reservations.kovalam@theleela.com, www.theleela.com Taj Green Cove Resort 13500-75000 2487733 askvivanta.kovalam@tajhotels.com www.tajhotels.com Surya Samudra 14100-42900 2267333 info@suryasamudra.com www.suryasamudra.com Poovar Island Resort 4000-10000 2212068 reservations@poovarislandresort.com, www.poovarislandresort.com Isola Di Cocco 5500-9000 2210008 info@isoladicocco.com www.isoladicocco.com Hotel Seaweed 1000 - 1200 2480391 info@seaweed.in www.seaweed.in Hotel Neelakanta 1800-4000 2480321 hotelneelakanta@yahoo.com www.hotelneelakantakovalam.com

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Hotel Jasmine Palace jaspalace@satyam.net.in Lagoona Davina lagoonadavina@hotmail.com Hotel Samudra samudrakovalam@ktdc.com Kadaloram Beach Resort kadaloram@vsnl.com Beach and Lake Resort beachandlake@hotmail.com Nikki’s Nest nest@sancharnet.in Manaltheeram Beach Resort mail@manaltheeram.com Bethsaida Hermitage info@bethsaidahermitage.com Coconut Bay cocobay@vsnl.com Ideal Ayurvedic Centre idealresort@eth.net Hotel Soma Palmshore mail@soma.in Varmas Beach Resort vijayavarmaresort@hotmail.com Raja Hotel info@rajahotel.net Hotel Sea Face tvm_seafaceh@sancharnet.in Jeevan Ayurvedic Beach Resort jeevanresort@eth.net Hotel Sea Rock searockhotel@hotmail.com Temple Garden booktemplegarden@gmail.com Marine Palace info@hotelmarinepalace.com Hotel Blue Sea Hotel Aparna Kovalam Beach Retreat info@kovalambeachretreat.com Hotel Sreevisakh Hotel Thushara hoteltushara@yahoo.com Hotel Linchu Resort linchuresorts@yahoo.co.in Pappukutty Beach Resort nadarajan@hotmail.com

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1800-3500 2481475 www.jasminepalace.co.in 2500-5900 2380049 www.lagoonadavina.com 3300-4500 2480089 www.samudrakovalam.com 2500-6000 2481116 www.kadaloram.com 1800-4500 2382086 www.beachandlakeresort.com 4500-6500 2267822 www.nikkisnest.com 4800-12600 2268610 www.manaltheeram.com 4700-7000 2267554 www.bethsaidahermitage.com 3300-10100 2480566 www.coconutbay.com 1800-4000 2268632 www.idealayurvedicresort.com 4900-7000 2481481 www.somapalmshore.com 2300-4000 2480478 www.vijayavarmabeachresort.com 2500-3500 2480355 www.rajahotel.net 5000-8000 2481835 www.seaface.com 1800-5000 2480662 www.jeevanresort.net 2000-3500 2480422 www.hotelsearock.co.in 1000-1500 2481972 www.templegarden.in 1750-3600 2481428 www.hotelmarinepalace.com 500-1000 2481401 1000-1500 2480950 3500-5000 2481245 www.kovalambeachretreat.com 800-3000 2480445 1000-2500 2480692 www.thusharakovalam.com 1500-2500 2481010 www.hotelsearock.co.in 1000-1500 2480235 www.pappukuttybeachresort.com

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Golden Sands goldensands@gmail.com Maharaju Palace martienweber@gmail.com Hotel Regency regencytvm@hotmail.com Hotel Sea View Palace hotelseaviewpalace@hotmail.com Sea Flower Home seaflowerkovalam@gmail.com Samudrathara samudrathara@yahoo.com Gopal’s AyurvedicBeach Resort gopalsayurva@yahoo.co.in Hotel Silver Star info@silverstarkovalam.com Hotel Orion orionbeachresort@hotmail.com Sumangali Tourist Home sumangalikovalam@yahoo.com

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Varkala (0470) Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort reservations@deshadan.com Hindustan Beach Retreat hindretreat@vsnl.net Krishnatheeram Beach Resort info@krishnatheeram.com La Exotica varkalahome@gmail.com Golden Beach Resort info@varkalagoldenbeach.in Taj Garden Retreat retreat.varkala@tajhotels.com Clafouti Home info@clafoutiresort@.com Raja Park info@akhilbeachresort.com Preeth preethonline@satyam.net.in Beach Retreat contact@thiruvambadihotel.com Hill Top Akshaya Beach Resort

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Facilities Bus Rental : Aries Travels, Ph: 2330964. KTDC, Thampanoor, Ph: 2330031. Tour India, MG Road, Ph: 2330437. Travel India, Ph: 2461512. Vacation India, Ph 2312028. Great India Tour Company, Ph: 2331516. Yoga Centres : Sivananda Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 2450942. Neyyar Dam, Ph: 2273093 Travel Agents Kovalam : Elite Tours & Travels Ph: 2481905, Fax 2481405 Email: elitetours@vsnl.com. Great Indian Travel Service, Lighthouse Road, Ph - 2481110. Green Land Travel Service Telefax:2485143. Universal Travel Enterprises Ph: 2481729. Western Travel Service Ph: 2481334. Kalaripayattu : CVN Kalari, East Fort, Ph: 2474182. Menon Kalarisangam, Pappanamcode. Balachandran Nair Kalari Martial Arts Gymnasium, Cotton Hill. Swimming Pools : Water Works Swimming pool, Vellayambalam. Swimming pool, Akkulam, Ph: 2443043. Cultural Centres : Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Cotton Hill, Ph - 2326712. Noopura Dance School, Poojappura, Ph - 2356636. Margi, Fort, Ph - 2434066. Alliance Francaise, Sasthamangalam, Ph: 2727776. Kerala Chalachithra Academy, Ph: 2310323. Russian Cultural Centre, Vanross Junction, Ph: 2338399. Astrology: Kovilakam Varma,Sankarasubhayer street, Karamana, Thiruvananthapuram-02. Ph: 2343597. Dr. Attukal Radhakrishnan. Rama jyothishalayam, Attukal, Manakkad P.O, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 2458888, www.attukalradhakrishnan.com, attukalrk@asianetindia.com Cinema: Sree Kumar/Sree Visakh, Thampanoor, Ph: 2331222. Sree Padmanabha, East Fort, Ph: 2473999. Kairali/Sree, Thampanoor, Ph: 2329060. Ajantha, East Fort, Ph: 2472825. Athulya/Athira/Aswathy/Anjali, Overbridge, Ph: 2475579. New Theatre, Thampanoor, Ph: 2323244. Kripa, Overbridge, Ph: 2471655. Dhanya/ Remya, Ayurveda College, Ph: 2476773. Kalabhavan, Vazhuthacaud, Ph - 2322314. Handicrafts & Antiques: SMSM Handicrafts Emporium, Ph: 2330625. Kairali, Ph: 2475627. Natesan’s Antiqarts, MG Road, Ph: 2331594. Hastkala, Gandhariamman Kovil Road, Pulimoodu, Ph: 2338463. Hospitals: Ananthapuri Hospitals and Research Institute, Chacka, NH Bye pass, Thiruvananthapuram-24, Ph: 2579900, 2506565, Email: ananthapurihri@vsnl.net, Web: www.ananthapurihospitals.com. NIMS Medi City, Neyyattinkara, Thiruvananthapuram-123, Ph: 2223544, 2223542, Email: info@nimshospital.com, Web: www.nimshospital.com. SUT Hospital, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram-04, Ph: 4077777, Email: suthospital@asianetindia.com, Web: www.suthospital.com. KJK Hospital Fertility Research and Gynaec Centre, Ph: 2544080, Email: kjkhospital@gmail.com, Web: www.kjkhospital.com. Cosmopolitan Hospital, Murinjapalam, Ph: 2448182. Dental College, Ph: 2444092. Fort Hospital, West Fort, Ph: 2471766. G G Hospital, Murinjapalam, Ph: 2445832. General Hospital, Ph: 2443874. KIMS, Kumarapuram, Ph: 2448585. Medical College, Ph: 2444270. Sree Chithra Institute of Medical Science, Ph: 2443152. Regional Cancer Centre, Ph - 2442541. PRS Hospital, Killipalam, Ph: 2343256. Rajadhani Hospital, East Fort, Ph: 2473353.

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Kollam Kollam is a charming old seaport town in Kerala, on the shores of the Arabian Sea, renowned for the natural beauty of its Backwaters, Beaches, places of historical importance and the tempting tastes of its much sought after hygienically processed Cashew Nuts. From the sandy beaches, along the tranquil backwaters, across the emerald green mid-lands, through the grandeur of tropical wet ever green forests to the top of gorgeous lofty mountains. A lively and peaceful culture evolved through centuries and matured through generation with a bit of Austroloid to Aryan from Semitic to Dravidian etc blended together and harmoniously woven with threads of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christian, to form a myriad hued cultural fabric. A tour through the picturesque landscape and a journey into the vibrant cultural life of the people offer a vivid but unique experience. Attracted by her bounties many travelers and traders from different corners of the world have been visiting Kollam from time immemorial. If Sulaiman (851 A.D), Marco Polo (13th Century A.D) and Ibn Batuta (14th Century) had been attracted by the prosperity and glory of Kollam, traders and merchants from China, Persia and later Europe were lured by the rich spices of Kollam. The only risk you stand at Kollam is the high possibility of you falling in love with Kollam, for the time tested proverb says, Kollam Kandal Illam Venda which means once some one visit Kollam, he will prefer to abandon his own home to settle down at Kollam, such was the prosperity Kollam once enjoyed. Not only the cultural and social richness but also the natural wealth attracted Portuguese, Dutch and British in succession to establish their colonies and factories at Kollam succeeding earlier Chinese and Arab settlements. It is also believed that Apostle St. Thomas had come to Kollam and founded one Christian Church at Kollam in 52 A.D. Kollam, undoubtfully is a land of colorful past and chequered history. When you are in Kollam, never get surprised if you come across a screw pine craftsman creating feather soft artifacts out Fact Sheet of a thorny dry leaf of a rugged wet land bush Area: 2579 sq kms tree. Or never miss your chance to make Population (2001): 25,84,118 friends with the traditional fishermen who Male: 12,48,616 venture out into the high seas every day in Female: 13,35,502 their catamaran. Share some happy moments Altitude: Sea level with the people who are born and brought Clothing: Tropical up deep inside the forest and live with the Tourist Season: August to March nature in the jungle even today. Know the people who have preserved their tradition of Telephone Access Codes folklore and folk arts intact even to this day. To have a pleasant break, have a sojourn Chavara ++ 91 476 Karunagapally ++ 91 476 inside tropical rain forest at Thenmala range Kollam ++ 91 474 in Western Ghats. Or take a cruise to an all Kottarakkara ++ 91 474 new experience at the ever welcoming Kundara ++ 91 474 Ashtamudi Backwaters. Meet a bunch of Paripally ++ 91 474 interesting people who are made for nature Punalur ++ 91 475 and love a rustic life.

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Transport and Communication Air - Nearest airport - Trivandrum international airport (71 kms) . International and domestic flights of major companies operate to cities and countries from here. Airport International Ph : 2501220, Domestic - 2501424. Rail - Kollam is an important railhead of Southern Railways, Ph: 0474 2746194. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road - Kollam is connected by road with major centres and cities in India. Long distance buses operate from KSRTC Bus Station - Ph : 0474 2752008. Local Transport - Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare - Rs. 7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Ferry Services - The ferry station is adjacent to the central bus station (3 km from the railway station). Tourist Information Offices - DTPC office KSWTD boat jetty, Ph: 0474 2745625, 2750170, info@dtpckollam.com, www.dtpckollam.com. DTPC tourist information centre, KSRTC bus station, Ph: 0474 2745625. DTPC house boat booking office KSWTD boat jetty, Ph: 0474 2750170. Department of tourism - District office, Govt. Guest house, Ph: 0474 2743620.

Places Interested Picnic Village: The main centre of recreational activities in Kollam, this village located along the backwater front attracts a large crowd. The government guest house over two centuries old, the Adventure Park, the Tourist Boat Club, the Children Traffic Park and the Yatri Nivas are housed in the vast Picnic Village. Fascinating Destinations in Kollam District

Distances to various places from Kollam (in kilometers)

Achancoil Alumkadavu boat building yard Anchal, Ariankavu, Ashtamudi Ayiramthengu Mangroves Jatayupura, Kulathupuzha Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple Matha Amrithanathamayi Asram Mayyanad, Munroe Island Oachira Parabrahma Temple Palaruvi Water Falls Paravoor, Picnic Village Rameswaram Temple Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum Sasthamkotta Temple Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary Thangasserry, Thenmala Thevally Palace, Thirumullavaram Beach

Alappuzha.............................................87 Bekal ...................................................544 Changanassery .....................................88 Ernakulam ..........................................150 Guruvayoor.........................................258 Kalady .................................................187 Kannur ................................................467 Kanyakumari ......................................160 Kappad................................................388 Kottayam ............................................106 Kovalam................................................88 Kozhikode ...........................................374 Muunar...............................................372 Palakkad .............................................311 Sulthan Bathery..................................476 Thekkady ............................................220 Thiruvananthapuram ...........................72 Thrissur ..............................................229

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Mata Amritanandamayi Asram: Nestled on an island between the Arabian sea and the Kayamkulam backwaters, stands the Amritapuri ashram, the head-quarters of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, which has been made sacred by the holy presence of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), Divine Mother and most revered Satguru to millions all around the world. Thirumullavaram Beach: (6 km north of Kollam town) This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic spot with panaromic views. Anchal: The cattle market, twice a month, is very famous. In the Bhagavathi temple here, there is a mudi festival which is used to conduct once every 12 years and it brings I huge gatherings.

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Thagasseri: (5 km from Kollam town) This seaside village of historic importance has the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century. The Thenagsseri lighthouse which is 144 feet high and was built by the British in 1519 is open to visitors from 1530 – 1730 hrs. Oachira: (34 km north of Kollam town) On the side of Alappuzha-Kollam route 34 kms from Kollam town. Dedicated to the universal supreme power, this temple has no particular idol or deity. Yet it is a famous pilgrim centre. Oachira Kali in June and the twelve day Panthrandu Vilakku Ulsavam (twelve lamp festival) in November-December are the two annual festivals. Oachira Kali is a mock festival enacted between two groups of men dressed as fighters on the padanilam (battle field). They perform a martial art dance standing in knee-deep water, brandishing swords and shields and splashing water in every direction. Mayyanad: (10 km south of Kollam town) Mayyanad is known for its temples and shrines. Umayanalloor Subrah-manya Temple is the most famous one. Sree Sankaracharya the Advaita (non-duality) philosopher is said to have consecrated this temple. Sasthamkotta: (29 km from Kollam town) The ancient Sastha Temple that lends its name to the town, is an important pilgrim centre. The vast fresh water lake surrounded by hills on three sides is the largest of its kind in Kerala. Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple: Situated on the Thiruvanant-hpuram-Kottayam M.C.Road, this temple is an example for rock-cut cave temple architecture.

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Ariankavu: (70 km from Kollam town) Yet another famous Sastha temple, situated at Kollam-Chenkotta route. Mandala Pooja and Thrikal-yanam celebrated in the month of December are the main festivals. Thevally Palace: Built between 1811 and 1819 during the reign of Gauri Parvathy Bai, this palace enjoys great significance in the history. The erstwhile Maharaja used this palace during his visit to Kollam in order to meet the British Resident. Kollam Beach: A full range of lives and activities and some of the most beautiful sceneries attract thousands to this beautiful beach. Kollam (Quilon) is a charming old port city on the banks of the picturesque Ashtamudi Lake. It is also known as the center of cashew industry. Ashtamudi: Much have been said and volumes have been written about the beauty of the world renowned Ashtamudi Back water system, a placid waterscape spread across a large area of Kollam and literally means 8 locks of hair for its eight branches extending deep into the country side making the land very fertile with the aluvial soil and easily accessible by inland water ways besides gifting an abundance of tasty fresh water fishes. It is never out of place or superfluous to reiterate the magnetic charm and charisma of the Ashtamudi Backwaters that draws thousands of tourists year after year to this gifted land from all corners of the world; she relaxes you deeply from within, exhilarates your senses and fills your heart with tranquility, certainly a delightful experience by itself, never affordable to miss. The eight hour long enchantment offered by the Backwater Boat Cruise from

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Kollam to Alappuzha is an experience beyond description and is the prime attraction in the Kerala Tourism Circuit among the International Tourists. Kollam DTPC organizes many cruises to explore the charm of backwaters. It includes visit to Panmana Beach, Coir making unit, house building yard at Alumkadavu etc. Achancoil and Kottavasal: Achancoil and Kottavasal ranges, beautifully clad with dense tropical evergreen forest, shola forest and sub-tropical grass lands are truly an awe inspiring sight to any nature lover. At Achencoil one can go for a soft trek to Khumbhavurutty waterfalls through the forest tract enjoying the chirps of birds. On your way back pick-up a drift-wood of your choice or a cute pebble as a souvenir. If you are in for greater excitement, the denizens of Achencoil forest will show you the way to the birth place of Achencoil River high up in the misty mountains. The Sree Sastha temple on the banks of the Achencoil river and surrounded by the woods is visited by thousands of pilgrims from far and near places. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum: It is one of the rarest museums of its own kind in the world situated right in the centre of Kollam town. Neendakara: (8 km from Kollam) A famous fishing harbour, you can see the Ashtamudi Lake joining the sea from the Neendakara Bridge and also the Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the sky. This is one of the major Harbours in Kerala and second largest busiest fishing harbour in the world. Kathakali Museum: An educative display of Kathakali articles at Kottarakkara 28Kms east of Kollam. Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary: It is the only wildlfe sanctuary in Kollam district. It is rich with biodiversity lying on either side of Shanduruney river.

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Thenmala: (66 km east of Kollam town) This area is covered by dense forests, rubber and tea plantations. This is also a dam site. Thenmala is India’s first planned eco-tourism project and it includes trekking and one day at Palaruvi. National Adventure Foundation Organizes one day to three days soft trekking programmes at Thenmala. World Tourism Organisation declared Thenmala as one of the world’s best eco-friendly projects and it includes Cultural Zone, Leisure Zone, Adventure Zone, one hour boating in the reservoir of the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary and Deer Rehabilitation Centre. Cultural zone contains an amphitheatre, shop court, musical fountain. Leisure zone gives the expereince of pathways, board walk, sway bridge, sculpture garden, resting points, sculpture lighting etc. Adventure Zone challenges with nature trial, elevated walkway, lotus pond, mountain biking, recreational rock climbing & rappelling, river crosing etc. Conducted Tours to Thenmala From Kollam: DTPC, Kollam, Ph: 0474 2745625, 2750170, info@dtpckollam.com, www.dtpckollam.com From Trivandrum : KTDC, Ph: 0471 2330031. From Pathanamthitta: DTPC, Pathanamthitta, Ph: 0468 2229952. From Alappuzha: DTPC, Alappuzha, Ph: 0477 2251796 From Kottayam: DTPC, Kottayam, Ph: 0481 2560479 From Ernakulam: DTPC, Ernakulam, Ph: 0484 2383988. Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard: This boat building yard located near Karunagapilly on the northern backwaters of Kollam. It is famous for building house boats with all modern facilities.

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Palaruvi water falls: (75 km from Kollam town) This cascade, which falls from a height of 300 feet, is so fascinating that inspired people to name it Palaruvi (the stream of milk). The Palaruvi wood is a beautiful picnic spot. Rameswaram Temple: The temple, which shows Pandyan influence in its design has inscriptions in Tamil dating from 12th to the 16th centuries. The Vyala monster sculptures in this temple give one the impression that the creatures are animate and actually climbing up the stairs with their outstretched paws. Kulathupuzha:(64 Kms from Kollam town) Another famous Sastha temple on a forest range on the Thiruvanan-thapuram – Chenkotta route. The Vishu Mahotsavam in April is a very import festival. Thenmala railway station is 10 kms away. Paravoor: Safely perched on the back of an elephant, have a ride through the verdant country, Paravoor to the South of Kollam. A little bit of boating in the Paravoor backwaters to meet the native inland fishermen and to gain first hand information on the flourishing cottage industry of coir making is worth while. Jatayupura: A huge rock at Chadayam-angalam acquires its name from the mythical bird Jatayu in the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Jatayu, the legendary vulture king of Ramayana fell here, having de-limbed by Ravana after a stiff fight to rescue Sita, Rama’s bride. Backwater Tours: Kollam on the banks of enchanting Ashtamudi Lake makes the gateway to the georgeous back waters of Kerala. The 8 hours boat trip which passes through lakes, canals and waterbound villages from Kollam to Alappuzha is the longest and the most enchanting experience through the backwaters of Kerala. Cheenavala or Chinese fishing net can also be seen. DTPC operate Kollam - Alappuzha boat cruises. DTPC pleasure boating on Thenmala Lake. DTPC Kollam, Ph: 2745625, 2750170, info@dtpckollam.com, www.dtpckollam.com.

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Ayurveda Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital: The hospital is situated just about 10 km away from the mainland Highway connecting the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and the rest of Kerala is the exquisitely beautiful coastal town Paravur. The nature has blessed this small strip of land with a pristine sea shore and a magnificent lake. The place where the sea and the lake meet is a sight to behold. Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Paravur is an associate hospital of Sree Sankara Communiy for Ayurveda Consciousness Limited and is ideally located at a distance of 1 km from the seashore as well as the lake. The hospital has well furnished and spacious rooms with excellent ventilation provided for maximum comfort, clean and fully equipped treatment rooms and a lot of open space to enjoy the pollution free air. The team of Doctors such as Dr. M.K. Sasidharan, Dr. M.C. Rajachandradas and Dr. M.C. Vijayachandradas will lead the medical department. A Resident Doctor shall be on duty all the time, assisted by well trained and qualified team of paramedical staff. Ayurvedic preparations from well equipped GMP certified factory of Sree Sankara Ayurveda Vaidyasala shall be made available at this hospital for the exclusive use of its patients. There would be facilities for Yoga and meditation under expert guidance. The hospital canteen provides nutritious and tasty vegetarian food based on prescribed diet suggested by the Doctor. For more information: Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital, Near Railway Station, Kurumandal, South Paravur, Kollam, Ph: +91 474 3248777, Web: www.sreesankara.com

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Kollam (0474) Aquasserenne aqserene@md3.vsnl.net.in Hotel Sea Bee hotelseabee@yahoo.com The Quilon Beach Hotel and Convention Centre info@thequilonbeachhotel.com Hotel Sea Bee hotelseabee@satyam.net.in Nani Hotels info@hotelnani.com Sarovaram mailsarovar@sancharnet.in Valiyavila Estate valiyavila1@rediffmail.com Fragrant Resort enquires@fragrantnature.com Nila Palace nilapalace@gmail.com Highland Hotel & Resorts hotel@highlandindia.com

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4500-6500 2512410 www.aquasereneindia.com 275-2200 2744696 www.hotelseabee.com

2512104

5950-18950 2769999 www.thequilonbeachhotel.com 275-2200 2744696 www.hotelseabee.com 1050-3500 2751141 www.hotelnani.com 2000-2500 2704686 www.sarovaramkollam.com 1500-3500 2701546 www.kollamlakeviewresort.com 7000-18000 2518020 www.fragrantnature.com 1500-4000 2529301 www.nilapalace.com 1450-4750 2451442 www.highlandindia.com

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Thenmala (0475) Kumar Palace mail@kumarpalace.com Motel Aram, Palaruvi centralreservations@ktdc.com Cliff Resort apichayans@hotmail.com Thenmala EcoTourism info@thenmalaecotourism.com

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Chavara (0476) Club Mahendra www.mahendraholidays.com Regant Palace regant.lakepalace@gmail.com Hotel Royale Regency stay@royaleregency.com Comfort Regency stay@hotelcomfortregency.com Vijaya Castle mail@vijayacastle.com Vijaya Palace mail@vijayapalace.com Green Chanal

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Home stays : Ambadi, Ph: 0474 2744688. Sundara Theeram, Ph: 0474 2525519. Valiyavila Family Estate, Ph: 0474 2701546, Email: valiyavila1@rediffmail.com

Crafts Festival Kollam is noted for the artisan and handicraft works, mainly wood carvings. During December - January every year craft festival is held which features the work of craftsmen from all over the country.

Facilities Yoga Centres : Kollam Yoga Kendra, Uliyakoil. Jawahar Bhavan, Ph: 2744365. Holistic Eastern Advanced Research Temple (HEART) Cinema : Archana/Aradhana, Hospital Road, Ph: 2750202. Prince/Grand, Chinnakkada, Ph: 2750044. Kumar, Chinnakkadam, Ph: 2747517. Handicrafts : Kairali, Hotel Ambadi Buildings, Ph: 2749879. Shah Agencies, Beach Road. Supermarkets : American Indian Stores, Ph: 2748458. Sarins’ Super Market, BJ Nagar, Ph: 2740610. Triveni Super Market, QS Road, Ph: 2760336.

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Pathanamthitta More than half of the total area of Pathanamthitta district is covered by forests. Kishkindha, the forest headquarters of the puranic hero of Ramayana, Sugriva, is believed to be located here. This hilly terra firma with unsurpassed beauty is acknowledged as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. Sabarimala, a hill shrine open only for two months a year attracts more devotees from all around the globe than the total number of devotees put together that throng the rest of the temples in Kerala. Pamba, on the banks of which this temple is built by Parasurama - the legendary sage, is considered to be holier to Hindus. Lord Ayyappa or Dharmasastha, a son born to Lord Siva from Mohini, Lord Vishnu’s seducing incarnation as a damsel, is worshipped here. This district is frequented by Indian and foreign tourists because of its water fiestas, religious shrines and cultural heritage. This is a district where agricultural commodities like rubber, pepper and cardamom are harvested in large quantities. Situated at the lap of western ghat, Pathanamthitta’s southern boundary is Kollam, western is Alleppey and northern is Idukky. The important rivers that flow through this district are Pamba, Achenkovil and Manimala. The name Pathanamthitta is derived from two words Pathanam and Thitta which mean an array of houses on the river side. It is a land of scenic beauty, fares and festivals.

Transport and Communication Air - Nearest airport - Trivandrum international airport (119 kms) . International and domestic flights of major companies operate to cities and countries from here. Airport International Ph : 2501220, Domestic - 2501424. Rail - Nearest railway stations - Chengannur (28 kms), Thiruvalla (30 kms). Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road - Pathanamthitta is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities. Long distance buses operate from KSRTC Bus Station - Ph: 0468 2222366, 2229213. Local Transport - Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for Area : 2731 sq kms buses is Rs.4.00. Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per Population(2001) : 12,31,577 running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). The Male : 5,88,035, Female : 6,43,542 Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non Altitude : 500-1000 mts above sea level A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws Clothing : Tropical Cottons fare- Rs.7.00 per running km and the miniTourist Season : August to March mum charge is Rs.12.00. Telephone Access Codes Tourist Information Offices -Tourist information office, Ph: 0468 2326409. District Adoor ++ 91 4734 collector, Ph: 0468 2222505. DTPC Eraviperoor ++ 91 469 Kozhencherry ++ 91 468 Pathanamthitta, Ph: 0468 2229952. Konni Pathanamthitta ++ 91 468 Elephant Training Centre, Ph: 0468 Ranni ++ 91 4735 2342005. Vastu Vidya Gurukulam, Ph: 0468 Thiruvalla ++ 91 469 2319740. Info Kerala, Ph: 0484 4051532 Fact Sheet

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Places Interested Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam: (15 km from Pathanamthitta Town) This is a temple situated at Kodumon a tiny town in Pathanamthitta. Chilanthiy-ambalam is a temple dedicated to the God of Spider (Chilanthi). The main deity is Mahalakshmi and it was built during the time of Sakthibadra Kingdom. The water from the precincts of this temple is believed to cure all skin related diseases. Kodumom is the birth place of Sri Sakthi Bhadrah the doyen of Sanskrit dramas like Aascharyachoodamoni, which was composed in original and pure Sanskrit. Thiruvalla: Thiruvalla is the headquarters of Malankara Marthomite Syrian Church. The Paliakara Church here is famous for its wonderful mural paintings. The Sree Vallabha temple at Thiruvalla is the only temple where Kathakali is performed as a daily ritual. Mannadi: (13 km from Adoor and 50 km from Thiruvalla) Mannadi is famous as a historical town. This is where Veluthampi Dalawa, the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, spent his last days. The ancient Devi Temple here has some beautiful stone sculptures. The annual festival is held during February/March. The Kerala Institute of Folklores and Folk Arts functions here. Fascinating Destinations in Pathanamthitta District Aranmula Charalkkunnu Cherukolpuzha Kadamanitta Kakki Reservoir Kaviyoor Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam Konni Malayalapuzha Maniyar Manjanikkara Church Mannadi Maramon Muloor Smarakam Nilakkal Niranam Omallur Pandalam Parumala Perumthenaruvi Sabarimala St. John’s Cathedral The Rock-cut cave temple Thiruvalla Vastu Vidya Gurukulam Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre

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Niranam: (7 km from Thiruvalla) This is a small town and internationally reputed for having the oldest church in India built by none other than the apostle St. Thomas in the year AD 52. This is also the birth place of Kannassa Kavikal, the famous poets and social reformers. Nilakkal: (5 km from Plappally) Nilakkal is famous for its Mahadeva temple, on the way to Sabarimala. Most of the pilgrims to Sabarimala halt here for a sojourn and worship. The estate of the Farming Corporation and Ecumenical Center of the Christians are located here. Cherukolpuzha: An important religious convention of the Hindus is held at Cherukolpuzha on the river bed of Pamba, during February every year. Pandalam: (14 km from Chengannur railway station) It is believed that Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala spent his human life in the palace of Pandalam as the son of the king of Pandalam. Therefore this town is considered as a holy place. The Valiyakoikal temple on the bank of river Achankovil has been modelled as a replica of Sabarimala Shrine. Pilgrims usually stop here for worship before proceeding to Sabarimala. Three

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days prior to the Makaravilaku festival, the sacred ornaments of Sree Ayyappa are taken in a procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala. Parumala: (10 km from Thiruvalla) The mortal remains of Mar Gregories Metropolitan, the declared Saint of Malankara Orthodox Church kept here. The commemoration day (ormaperunal) of Mar Gregories Metropolitan is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. Charalkkunnu: The picturesque hill station offers a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys. A camp house nearly provides comfortable lodging. Omallur: (5 km from Pathanamthitta) People from within and outside the state participate in the annual cattle fair (Vayalvanibham) held during the Malayalam month of Meenam every year. The Rakthakanta Swamy temple is an attractive pilgrim centre of Omallur. Malayalapuzha: (8km from Pathanamthitta) The Bhagavathi temple where the Benefactress Goddess is consecrated is very renowned. The temple is also known for its beautiful wall paintings and artistic stone carvings. The Rock-cut cave temple: (5 km from Pathanamthitta) This famous Rock-cut cave Siva temple, half a kilometre away is a great archeological wonder, dated back to 8 century A.D. This temple with great significance bears close resemblance to the pallava style of architecture. The stone carvings and engravings are among the earliest specimens of stone sculpture in Kerala.

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Sabarimala: (Nearest railway station-Thiruvalla 102 km 65 km from Pathanamthitta, 180 km from Thiruvanananthapuram and 210 km from Kochi) Pilgrim Season - November to Mid January. One of the most famous pilgrim centres in India, Sabarimala is situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 mts above sea level and is accessible only by foot from Pamba (4 km). The temple is dedicated to Sree Ayyappa. Mandalapooja and Makaravilakku are the two main events of the pilgrim season. The temple stays closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of every Malayalam month and during Vishu. People of all casts and creeds are permitted into the temple. However, entry in not allowed to women between 10 and 50 years old. Aranmula: (Nearest railway station - Chengannur 10 km) Aranmula is famous for a unique handicraft item – Aranmula Kannadi a special mirror designed only here. Exported to various nations of the world. The famous Parthasarathi temple, dedicated to Sree Krishna on banks of Holy River Pamba is situated here. The 18th century murals attracts large crowds from all over the world. Aranmula snake boat race is conducted on the last day of Onam festival in connection with the annual commo-moration of the installation of the diety. The snake boats assemble near Sree Parthasarathy temple before the grand procession. Each boat is 100 feet long and bears 4 helmsmen, 100 oarsmen and 25 singers. The boat move in pairs to the rhythms of singing and excitements witnesses by a large crowd. Vijnana Kalavedi at Aranmula is an institute that imparts training in classical arts like Kathakali, classical music and Kalaripayattu. the key to God’s own country

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Kadamanitta: (8 km from Pathanamthitta) The Devi temple here is very popular. During the 10 day long festival every year padayani, an ancient performing art is enacted daily. Padayani is traced back to one of the oldest folk arts of Kerala and is offered to Mother Goddess. Maramon: Maramon attracts one of the largest crowds of religious gettogethers of the world. Situated near Kozhancheri Maramon is the venue of this mammoth religious convention. The convention is attended by people of all communities. It may be the largest Christian convention of Asia. Usually held in February this convention is addressed by philosophers, religious thinkers and Christian scholars from across the world. Konni: (11 km from Pathanamthitta) Konni is beautiful of agricultural plantations like rubber, pepper, ginger and coffee. There is a training centre for elephants at Konni. It is also known for its elephant rides and the Aanakoodu where elephants are trained for work. Perumthenaruvi: (36 km from Pathanamthitta) This waterfalls on the banks of the Pamba river is a favourite picnic spot on the way to Vechuchira. Kaviyoor: Kaviyoor is renowned for its temples. Kaviyoor Mahadeva temple which was constructed in the 10th century is considered as one of the oldest Mahadeva temples in Kerala. The Hanuman temple on a small hilloc is the best examples of gable style of architecture. Thekkudi Cave temple whichis constructed in Pallava architectural style in 8th centrury is very beautiful. Muloor Smarakam: (12 km from Pathanamthitta) This memorial is rendered as the respectful memoir of the late social reformer and poet Sri Muloor Padnamabha Pillai at Elavumthitta. Kakki Reservoir: Exhilarating boating experience is offered in the artificial lake here. The wild life of surrounded forest also gives magical moments in the lake.

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Maniyar: (20 km from Pathanamthitta) Maniyar is a beautiful damsite. The leisure can be enjoyed comfortably here with panoramic view of nature. Manjanikkara Church: The mortal remains of Mar Ignatius Elias III, the holy partiot of Antioch are kept in this church. He died at this place in 1932 while his visit to India. Now this is an important pilgrim centre and in February the annual festival (Ormaperunnal) is held. Vijnana Kala Vedi Cutural Centre: Under Indo-French cultural exchange programme, this institute was established by a French woman Louba Schild in 1977. In order to preserve the arts and cultural heritage of Kerala the institute attract people from all over the world. Vastu Vidya Gurukulam: The institute is the result of preserving ancient traditional arts of building and construction and it was established in 1993 on the banks of Pamba River. Ph: 0468 2319740. St. John’s Cathedral: This new Cathedral at Thiruvalla looks like a temple and can accommodate 2000 people and has no pews.

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Pathanamthitta (0468) Contour Jungle Resort sales@contourresorts.com Hotel Park Residency park.parkresidency@gmail.com Mannil Regency Shine Tower Kezhakkedathu Lodge

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Thiruvalla (0469) Hotel Bessota International bessota@bessota.com Hotel Elite Continental elitecontinental@hotmail.com Ashwathi Bhavan www.ashwathibhavan.org Hotel Panchami panchamihotel@gmail.com

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226008 224892 252702

2705824 2638105

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Alappuzha With Arabian Sea in the west and intertwined by a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. The never ending panorama of backwaters, lush paddy fields, glorious greeneries give Alappuzha a great significance in the tourist map of Kerala. This backwater abode is also home for diverse animals and birds. ‘Venice of the East’ is the synonym for Alappuzha. This was once a leading port of Southern India with commodities like spices, coir and aquatic products dominating exports. Alleppey green is the main variety among cardamom exported to all the major countries. This commodity imbibed its name not because it was produced or processed here, but it was exported from Alleppey port. Today Alappuzha is an important backwater destination attracting several thousands foreign tourists every year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singularity of this district is the region called Kuttanad – a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the rice bowl of Kerala and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below the sea level.

Transport and Communication Air - Nearest airports - Cochin International Airport (85 kms), Ph: 0484 2610113. Trivandrum International Airport (150 kms), Airport International Ph: 0471 2501220, Domestic - 0471 2501424. Rail - From the central railway station there are direct trains to all the main towns in Kerala and to the major cities in India. Railway station, Ph: 0477 2238465, 2253865. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road - Alappuzha is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India.Long distance buses operate from KSRTC Bus Station, Ph: 0477 2252501. There are frequent bus services to Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kollam and Kottayam. Bangalore : 1400 hrs. Coimbatore : 0615 hrs. Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00. Taxi fare - Rs. 8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C).The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare - Rs. 7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Ferry Services: Boat services provided to various places around Alappuzha, Ph: 0477 2252015. Public boat service enquiry - Ph: 0477 2252510. Tourist Information Offices : District Tourism Promotion Council, Ph: 0477 2251796, 2253308. Tourist Information Office, Dept. of Tourism, Ph: 0477 2260722.

Places Interested Chavara Bhavan: (6 km from Alappuzha and accessible only by boat) Chavara Bhavan is the ancestral home of the Blessed Father Chavara Kuriakose Elias. It is now an important pilgrim center where thousands of devotees gather for praying and receiving favours. One can reach this shrine only by boat. A 250 years old beacon of light is kept here in its original and primitive form.

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Kuttanad: Kuttanad is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. With a vast stretch of greenery Kuttanad is situated in the heart of backwaters. The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of banana, tapioca cassava and yam and the farming is done 1.5 to 2 mts below sea level. Inland waterways, which flow above land level, are amazing features of this region. A house boat cruise through the backwaters of Kuttanad is a heavenly experience. Pathiramanal: (½ hrs by speedboat/ 1½ hrs by motor boat from Alappuzha) ‘Sands of Midnight’ is the literal meaning of the term Pathira-manal. There is an interesting story behind its name. A young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made the way for land to rise from below, thus creating this beautiful island. This tiny island on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. Lies between Thanneer-mukkam and Kumarakom, this island is accessible only by boat. Alappuzha Beach: This is one of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. A 137 years old pier which extends into the sea is the main attraction. An age - old Light House attracts large crowds. Vijaya Beach Park (Open: 1500- 2000 hrs) which is a picnic spot with children’s park and boating add beauty to the beach. The facilities like toy train, bicycles etc. are available for children. Fare : Video permit Rs.25.00, Camera permit Rs.5.00. Sea View Park close by also provides boating facilities and swimming pool. Fare - Boating for 10 minutes: Round boat (4 seater) - Rs.10.00, Pedal boat (2 seater) - Rs.15.00, Pedal boat (4 seater) - Rs.25.00. Video permit - Rs.15.00, Camera permit Rs.10.00.

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Krishnapuram Palace: ( 47 km from Alappuzha) This palace in Karthikapally in Kayamkulam was built by King Marthanda Varma in 18th century. It is famous for the mural painting of the puranic story of Gajendramoksham which sized in 14 feet by 11 feet. The museum is the treasure of vast collection of paintings, sculptures and bronze. Champakkulam Church: One of the oldest churches in Kerala, the St. Mary’s Church is believed to be one of the seven established by St. Thomas, the Apostle. The annual feast of this church is usually celebrated on the third Sunday of October every year. On March 19th the feast of St. Joseph is also celebrated. St. Sebastian Church, Arthunkal: ( 22 km from Alappuzha) The feast of St. Sebastian, the patron saint, (Arthunkal Perunnal) celebrated in January, gathers together many devotees in this important Christian pilgrim center which is near to Cherthala and 22 kms from Alappuzha. Mannarsala Sree Nagaraja Temple: (32 km South of Alappuzha) Mannarsala in Alappuzha, situated near Haripad, is perhaps the only temple unique with its deity of Nagaraja, the Serpant God. Snake worship is common in Kerala and the temple, it is believed, is the residence of five-headed snake grant boons to devotees. An Uruli (a brass vessel) is offered to the temple by the childless couple to get a new born nd overturn before the Nagaraja. The Uruli which remained overturned is kept upright as a symbol of thanks giving by the couples who is blessed with a child. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple: (11 km South of Alappuzha) Ambalapuzha was the capital of Chembakassery Kings. In AD 1754, Divan Ramayya attached this Taluk to Travancore. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, built in typical Kerala

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architectural style, is an important pilgrim centre for Hindus. The temple with its office, staff quarters, guest rooms, elephant yard, bathing pond etc. is spanned over 40 acres of land. There are demi-gods outside the sanctum sanctorum. The annual festivities in Ambalapuzha temple present an array of different artefacts like Kathakali, Kooth, Koodiyattam, Ottam thullal, classical concerts etc. Ambalapuzha is again popular because of the ‘palpaysam’, a pudding offered to the Lord. The great poet Kunchan Nambiar spent a major part of his life, including the last, worshipping Lord Kirshna here. There is a memorial dedicated to the late poet who invented Thullal, a major artefact of Kerala’s own heritage. Varanad Devi Temple: The Varanad Devi Temple is a very Ancient Temple situated on the North Eastern side of Chertala. It is about 3 kms from the Chertala Transport bus stand. The Devi is represented as riding on the Vethala after killing the demon Darika. The Holy Place is always througed by devotees coming from different parts of the country seeking the Blessings of the goddess. The devotees of Varanad are very particular that the Pongala should be performed in the Varanad Devi Temple. The Bharani Festival during the Malayalam month of Kumbham is the most important Festival. The Devi’s figure with four hands is drawn and workshipped by singing devotional songs and it is called Kalamezhuttu and Pattu on the 41st day, the Divine figure of the Devi is represented with 16 hands holding many weapons and devotees rush to the Temple to have the Darshan of the Bhagawathy in this form drawn in the Mukhamandapam of the Temple. This is supposed to be the Poorna Roopam of the Devi - the full Forms which can be seen only on this particular occassion. Varanad Devi Temple, Varanad P.O, Cherthala, Alappuzha Dist, Ph : 0478 2822691 Karumadikuttan: (15 km from Alappuzha) Many interesting legends are associated with this 11th Century statue of Lord Buddha.

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St. George Church,Edathua: (24 Km from Alap puzha on the Alappuzha - Thiruvalla road) This church,established in 1810, is dedicated to St.George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments. During the annual feast (May 5,6,7) many devotees, irrespective of cast and creed, visit the church and seek Blessings. Aravukad Devi Temple: The temple is eight kms south from Alappy town, at the eastern side of N.H at Punnapra. This Temple is dedicated to Devi, She after Killing the demon Daruka is represented in her mighty form. The idol is designed out of Krishna Sila and represents the different forms of the Devi as Saraswathi, Parvathi and Lakshmi in the morning, after Killing the demon. She is said to have washed her sword in the Temple pond behind the temple. The Devi of Aravukad temple is said to be the sister of the Devi of Kannichakulangara and Kodungalloor. The Festival of this Devi Temple starts in the Malayalam month of Meenum from Bharani to Pooram for ten days. The Swarna Dhawajam is another attraction of this famous temple. In this Devi Temple Pongala is performed as an offering. In the Malayalam month of Makaram on the Makayiram day the Pongala is celebrated. Aravukad Devi Temple is always throughed by devotees coming from different parts of the country seeking the blessing of goddess Aravukad Amma. Aravukad Sreedevi Temple Punnapra, Alappuzha - 688 004, Ph: 0477 2287655 Chettikulangara Bhagavati Temple: The Kettukazhcha festival at this temple draws large crowds of devotees. This is one of the few temples in Kerala where ritual arts like Garudan Thookkam is performed. Procession of all decorated structures on chariots, brightly decorated effigies of horses and bullocks and cultural performance make the festival spectacular. Festival - February/March

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Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy Temple: Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy Temple ‘The Sabarimala of women’ is located at Ambalapuzha, Neerattupuram in Alappuzha District of Kerala after Thakazhi and Edathuva. (17 kms East of Ambalapuzha and 9 kms west of Thiruvalla). Chakkulathamma the benefactress cosmic mother, the conduit power of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara, the creator, preserver and destroyer dwells here. This Bhagavathy temple is famous for its Pongala Maholsav. Pongala is a devout offering made of pudding by devotees as a reverent exposure of their awesome offering of love and respect. The myth about Chakkulathamma makes an interesting reading as it was she who transformed a foolish shepherd into the saint poet Kalidas overnight. The revered Brahmasree Radhakrishnan Thirumeni, the best among the blessed of Chakkulathamma provide remedy to all who approach him for various worldly solutions. P.B.K. Namboodiri, one of the best astrologer, Unnikrishnan Namboodiri and Ashokan Namboodiri worship the goddess during the daily temple rituals under the efficient and capable guidance of the administrator Brahmasree Manikuttan Namboodiri who is also famous in writing divine songs. Sri. Damodharan Namboodiri, the father of the blessed five leads his sons in religious texts and rituals and is their beacon light. Pongala - This is the phenomenally renow-ned festival that takes place in the temple during the month of ‘Vrischikam’ (November/December). This is the time when the glory of the Goddess is at its peak. Lakhs of women devotees gather around the temple as early as even one week before the function. The temple premises will be over crowded and the devotees arrange places for offering the pongala on both sides of the main streets. The queue usually extends to a surprising length of 20 km. Rice, coconut and jaggery are brought by women devotees along with round earthen pots for cooking. The Chief Priest lights the main hearth from the divine fire inside the sanctum sanctorum. This fire is exchanged from one oven

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to another. Every year at the time of lighting the main hearth an eagle is found to circle far above the sky. This is an unfailing blessing of the Goddess. The sight of the bird drives the devotees into an inexplicable feeling of ecstacy. They utter the divine names of the mother and the atmosphere echoes and reverberates with a thousand names of the Goddess. Pandrandu Noyampu this is the type of fasting and prayer which qualifies the devotee for eternal blessings of Chakkulathamma. This fasting starts every year from the first day of the Malayalam month of Dhanu till the twelfth. Men and women irrespective of age, caste or creed can resort to this powerful fasting. They have a streamlined life with a bath in the early morning and chanting of Devi mantras as far as possible. They adhere to strict vegetarianism and totally shun cigarettes or liquors. Brahmacharya or a condition of celibacy is observed during this period. Chakkulathukave Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Neerattupuram P.O, Thiruvalla - 689 571. Ph : 0477 2213550 Q S T and R Block Kayal: These regions are wonders of the indigenous agricultural engineering know –how of Kerala and remind the visitor of the famous dikes of Holland. Extensive areas of land have been reclaimed from the backwaters and are protected by dikes built all around. Here cultivation and habitation are made possible four to ten feet below sea level. A leisurely cruise along canals that surround these kayals is a memorable experience. Thrikkunnapuzha Dharmasastha Temple: Thrikkunnapuzha Gramam (village) which extends from Pathiyankara to Pallana on both sides of the Thrikkunnapuzha river, a tributary of Bharathapuzha and the Mahakshetra (the great temple) exists at the apex centre. The archeological researches have recorded that this abode had attained its glory centuries ago. The abode of Sree Dharmasastha idol with wife and son in the temple is known extensively in Kerala, and the fact that hundreds of devotees visits the temple on pilgrimage stands as a testimony. This Dharmasastha temple is also well known as Padinjare Pathinettampadi. Munnodi Durga Temple: The Kanjiramchira Munnodi Bhagavathy temple, well known for its prosperity and bounty, is situated on the Sea-Shore of Alappuzha. In this temple the main deities are Durga and Bhadrakali and they are given equal importance. Separate Sree Kovils have been built for the deities and such temples are rare. Boat Races Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race at Punnamada : This spectacular event began in 1952 in connection with the visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to Alappuzha . Usually this mega boat race is conducted on 2nd Saturday of August. Pulinkkunnu Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race - Last Saturday of August. Champakkulam Moolam Boat Race - Moolam day of Midhunam (July). Payippadu Jalotsavam - 4th Onam day (August/September) Neerettupuram Boat Race - Onam Festival Week (August/September) Conducted Tours : DTPC organize daily backwater tours to various places around

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Alappuzha. The mechanised and motorised tour section of DTPC has a wide range of luxury boats and speed boats for backwater cruises on the Vembanad Lake. Enquiry - 0477 2253308, 2251796, 2251720. Alappuzha - Kollam/Kollam - Alappuzha backwater cruise (8 hrs). Departure : 1030 hrs from DTPC Boat Jetty. Fare - Rs 300.00 per head. Attractions - Chinese Fishing nets, Coir making, vast paddy fields, typical Nalukettu Kerala houses and everything else that make Kerala unique. Kuttanadu boat cruise. Fare: Rs 150.00 per head Alappuzha - Kumarakom - Alappuzha. Departure : 1100 hrs from DTPC Boat Jetty. Fare - Rs 150.00 per head ( required minimum 10 persons. Village tour ( Row boat). Fare : Rs 150.00 per hour.

House Boat Operators Deshadan Houseboats: The uniqueness of the backwaters of Kerala has been captured in folklore, literature, memoirs, and pictures from time immemorial. The National Geographic describes it as one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world. And it is time for you too to discover this special place in God’s own country as it casts a spell with its awesome vastness. Welcome aboard Deshadan Houseboats and traverse deep into the heart of the spectacular backwaters. Deshadan Houseboats offers you with choices of one, two and three bedroom houseboats with modern toilets, well stocked kitchens and inboard engines to explore the mystical backwaters and experience an engrossing and undiluted culture that has been living with elemental nature. For more information: Deshadan Houseboats, Punnamada Jetty, Alleppey. Central Reservations: Deshadan Resorts and Hotels, Main Avenue, Near Passport Office, After KMA, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi 682 036, Ph: +91 484 2321518, Fax: +91 484 2314839, Email: reservations@ deshadan.com, Web: www.deshadan.com

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EVM Aquva Premium Luxury Houseboat: EVM Leisure Holidays and Resorts Pvt. Ltd. set a new benchmark in Kerala’s hospitality scenario. EVM Aqva extends the golden opportunity to experience the exquisite beauty of Kerala by traversing the backwaters. The two bedroom premium super luxury A/c houseboat with wooden flooring and imported shinkles on ceiling for cool interiors bring you to a heavenly experience. The mural theme kitchen and frameless sliding windows furnish a fascinating cruise at a leisurely and relaxing pace. The wooden ceiling on the living area of the houseboat is studded with 300 fiber optic lighting points to emulate a Starry ambience during the night. Inclusive of government luxury tax the tariff is: A/c One Bedroom House boat (2 Adults) - Rs.11250, A/c Two Bedroom House boat (4 Adults) - Rs.17000, Extra Person (1 Adult) - Rs.1800 and all rates are subject to change without notice. Tariff Includes: welcome drink on arrival, mineral water (limited), complimentary one fruit banquet, lunch, evening tea/coffee/hot snack, one hour canoeing in backwater canals (if weather permits), candle light dinner under the stars, bed tea/coffee, breakfast and all onboard activities like caroms, chess, fishing rod, books, music system with surround speakers, 32" Sony LCD television with DVD Player, acoustic generator for sound protection etc. Government service tax @ 4.96% extra on the total cost is applicable. The check-in time is 12 noon and check-out time is 9.30 morning. The route is Alappuazha to Alappuzha and Rs.750 is extra for Kumarakom trip. Well equipped deluxe boat is also available. For more information: EVM Liesure Holidays, H11, Jewel Arcade, Layam Road, Kochi - 682 011, Ph: +91 484 4027553, 9387855553, 9447303072, Email: evmleisureholidays@gmail.com, sales@westwoodmunnar.com, Web: www.evmleisureholidays.com Muthoot Backwater Cruises: The Muthoot Backwater Cruises grace the backwaters of Alleppey and promise an exciting and calming peek into God’s own land. The cruise takes you inside southern Kerala through the winding waterways of the Venice of the East, unveiling the colourful culture and customs of the coastal areas bringing alive the true experience of people-oriented tourism. The entire fleet of Muthoot Backwater Cruises is GOLDSTAR certified. Furnished with sophisticated styling and every modern day-living amenity, the houseboats have fully equipped kitchens and are managed by an efficient and courteous staff. Expansive and comfortable, there are house-boats of 1-2-3 bedroom in capacity. Every houseboat has a fully equipped kitchen, with a spacious dining area complete with a sit-out and mini-bar. The houseboats of MBC are traditional vessels called “Kettuvallams”, which are constructed by skilled artisans who are dwindling in number. MERF, with the active involvement of Muthoot Backwater Cruises, has undertaken a project to revive this dying art form that is crying to be preserved. Muthoot Backwater Cruises is the first and only houseboat operator to be awarded the prestigious Green Palm Certificate by Kerala State Tourism Department for 100% eco-friendly performance. A functional Ecocell plant (first of its kind in Kerala), an initiative of MERF ensures that none of the operations of the houseboats pollutes the backwaters. For more information: Muthoot Backwater Cruises, Near Pallathuruthy Bridge, A.C. Road, Allapuzha - 688 003, Ph: +91 477 2269932. Central Reservation: Muthoot Leisure & Hospitality Services, 2nd Floor, 150 alappuzha

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Cochin Dental Clinic Building, Market Road towards Kombara, Cochin - 682 018, Ph: +91 484 6503044, 94474 14344, 94477 16015, 94471 56012, Fax: +91 484 4000579, Email: reservations@muthoothotels.com, Web: www.muthoothotels.com Kerala Tours House Boat& Boat Cruises, Alleppey, Ph: 0477 2237733, 2254440, 3117654, 98470 40200 Indraprastham Cruise, Kayalil Building, Cheepungal, Ph: 098950 28006 Guardian House Boats, Near Boat Jetty, Punnamada Road, Alappuzha, Ph: 0477 3291241, 2244741 Coco Planet Tours, Alappuzha, Ph: 0477 3223505, 2239904, 98473 25026, E-mail: kerala_houseboats@yahoo.com, www.beautifulkerala.com Minar de lake, Ph: 0477 2617149, 94474 63327 Rainbow Cruises, Ph: 0477 2241375, 3290601 Kerala Tour Planners, Ph: 0477 3208102, 9388998876 Aria Holidays and Resorts, 17-Municipal Complex, Zilla Court Ward, Alappuzha - 13, Ph: 3090803, E-mail: ariaholidays@indiatimes.com, www. ariatourism.com Lake Land Cruise, Ph: 3955831, E-mail: lakelandscruise@ aol.com, www.lakelandscruise.com Aditya House Boats, Ph: 2244610, 98470 38282 Alleppey Tour Company, Ph: 2232040, 3124578 Aqua Holidays, Ph: 2261209, 98461 17022 Ave Maria, Ph: 2262234 Bamboo Green, Ph: 0478 2863349 Blue Lagoon, Ph: 2264103, 98460 75975 Bon Voyage, Ph: 2261079, 98473 10105 Cannon Tours & Travels, Ph: 2260216, 98470 59369 Great India Tours, Ph: 2243195 Heritage Tour Kerala, Ph: 2251961 Kerala Tour Company, Ph: 2254275, 98461 15553

Ayurveda Krishnendu Ayurveda Hospital: Ayurveda, the holistic healing system is divine with its age-old history. Down the centuries, this science of life has proved beyond doubts that it is pure and effective in bringing glory to life, beating diseases and other body disorders. This art of healing boosts up your energy level stamina and alleviates your stress and anxiety, there by giving you a healthy mind in a healthy body. Following the hallowed mantra of ayurveda, krishnendu is completely dedicated to propagate this authentic healing system and comes as a clear choice for treatment and rejuvenation programmes. Established in 1908 by late M.C.Kunjuraman vaidyan and developed by Vaidya Kala Nidhi R.Krishnan Vaidyan, Krishnendu has been rich in possessing wisdom of four generations with the grace of ayurveda to cure and refresh Nestled at picturesque and refreshing ambience, Krishnendu brings exclusive, holistic and personalized treatment programme for a host of diseases including Arthritis and spine disorders to restore optimal health and well being . In Krishnendu various combinations of ayurvedic therapies are advised after a detailed examination of the patient medical history at the initial consultation. Then the patients will receive an individualized module consisting of therapeutic massage, dietary counseling, body detoxification and rejuvenating treatment. All therapies are conducted under the supervision of professional ayurvedic physicians. As part of extended rejuvenation programme, Krishnendu’s packages include the five fold body purification or detoxification programme known as panchakarma and the renowned ayurvedic way of rejuvenation known as Kayakalpa. For more information: Krishnendu Ayurveda Hospital, Chingoli P.O, Karthikappally, Alappuzha, Ph: +91 479 2486337, 2485588, Fax: +91 479 2486887, krishnenduhospital@gmail.com, Web: www.krishnendu.org

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Alappuzha (0477) Kayaloram Heritage Lake Resort 5000-8000 2232040 sales@mirresorts.in www.mirresorts.in Muthoot Pampa Villa 5500-21000 0484 6503044 reservations@muthoothotels.com www.muthoothotels.com Punnamada Resorts 7750-11000 2233690 mail@punnamada.com www.punnamada.com Lake Palace Resorts 13000-15000 2239701 info@lakepalaceresort.com www.lakepalaceresort.com Pagoda Resorts 1200-4500 2252549 enquiry@pagodaresorts.com www.pagodaresorts.com Palmgrove Lake Resort 1500-3750 2235004 palmgrove_lr@yahoo.com www.palmgrovelakeresort.com Komalas Hotel 300-1500 2262101 komalas@gmail.com www.komalahotel.com Punnamada Backwater Resorts 5500-10500 2233690 mail@punnamada.com www.punnamada.com Hotel Royale Park 900-3500 2264828 mail@hotelroyalepark.com www.hotelroyalepark.com Gowri Heritage Residence 600-2000 2236371 gowri_residence@yahoo.com www.gowriresidence.com Raheem Residency 6000-7800 2239767 contact@raheemresidency.com www.raheemresidency.com Coir Village Lake Resort 3500 2261693 info@atdcalleppey.com www.atdcalleppey.com Panoramic Sea Resort 3500-4000 2251070 fo.alleppy@panoramicworld.biz www.panoramicworld.biz Alleppey Beach Resort 2000-3500 2263408 akshay@thealleppeybeachresorts.com www.thealleppeybeachresorts.com Kuttanad Resort 1500-2500 2736248 kuttanaduresorts@yahoo.com www.kuttanaduresorts.com Anamika The Villa 1800-2300 2242044 mail@anamikahome.com www.anamikahome.com Keraleeyam Resort 1300-2700 2236950 mail@keraleeyam.com www.keraleeyam.com Alleppey Prince Hotel 1200-4500 2243752 princehotel@satyam.net.in www.princehotel.com Akkarakalam Memoirs 2000-3000 2261522 info@akkarakalammemoirs.com www.akkarakalammemoirs.com Tharayil Tourist Home 600-1600 2233543 tharayiltouristhome@yahoo.co.in www.tharayiltouristhome.com KTDC Tamarind 1400-1900 2244460 centralreservations@ktdc.com www.ktdc.com KTC Guest House 400-1200 2254275 ktcalleppey@rediffmail.com www.ktchouseboat.com

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Homestays: Kattakkayam Homestay, Ph: 94474 32518 Thomas J Cherukara Ph: 0477 2251509 cherukaranest@gmail.com Poopally Ph:0477 2762034, River Side Retreat Ph: 0477 2272869 Navalil House Ph: 0477 2724497 Padippura Residence Ph:0477 2245501.

Facilities Cultural Centres: Kunchan Nambiar Smarakam and Smrithi Mandapam, Ph: 2278900. Chembai Smaraka Cultural Education Centre, Panavally. Cinema: Seethas, Ph: 2260466. Veeraiah, Ph: 2251165. Raiban Cine House, Ph: 2260704. Pankaj, Ph: 2245741. Radha, Ph: 2244504. Seematty, Ph: 2262251. Vidya, Ph: 2244141.

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Kottayam Kottayam is beautiful with some of the most enchanting natural scenes in God’s own country. Panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands etc. give this district an enviable position. Situated on the lap of Western Ghat bordering Ernakulam on the North, Idukky in the East, Pathanam-thitta in the South and Alappuzha in the West Kottayam is also rich with backwaters. Kottayam, the land of letters, latex and lakes is the first district of Kerala that achieved 100% literacy. Kottayam is the richest district in Kerala for agricultural commodities like spices, rubber and coconut. The rubber board one of the first commodities boards of the country is situated in the Rubber Town of Kottayam. The first Malayalam printing press was established in Kottayam district by Benjamin Bailey, a Christian missionary, in 1820 AD. Kottayam is also known as the Mecca of publications. Many newspapers and magazines which include Deepika - the first newspaper in the state , Malayala Manorama - the leading newspaper in the state, Mangalam etc. are published from the land of letters. Kottayam is the ideal take-off point for visits to Peerumedu, Munnar, Idukky, Thekkady, Ernakulam and the temple city of Madurai.

Transport and Communication Air: Nearest Airports : Cochin International Airport (76 kms), Ph - 0484 2610113. Trivandrum International Airport ( 160 kms) International and domestic flights of major companies operate to cities and countries from here. Airport International Ph: 0471 2501220, Domestic - 0471 2501424. Rail: Kottayam is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network. The railway station is situated just 2 kms away from the central bus station. There are regular trains from Kottyam to Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Ernakulam. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road: Kottayam is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities. Long distance buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station. Ph: 0481 2562935, 2562908. Fact Sheet Area : 2204sq kms Altitude : Sea level Population (2001) : 19,52,901 Male : 9,64,433, Female : 9,88,468 Clothing : Tropical Cotton

Telephone Access Codes Changanasserry ++ 91 481 Ettumannoor ++ 91 481 Kanjirapally ++ 91 4828 Kottayam ++ 91 481 Palai ++ 91 4822

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Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C).The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare - Rs.7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Information Offices: The District Information Officer, Ph: 0481 2562558. District Tourism Promotion Council, Ph: 0481 2560479. Info Kerala Communications, Ph: 0484 2391023, 4051532, mail@infokerala.in, Web: www.infokerla.in. St. Mary’s Church, Bharananganam, Ph: 04822 237144.

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Places Interested Anchuvilakku: (22 km from Kottayam) This stone lamp post, a fine example of Kerala’s Architecture, was built near Changanassery boat Jetty by the renowned freedom fighter Veluthambi Dalawa. The 5 lamps on this post are lit using kerosine.The Changanasserry market, one of the largest in Kerala was also established by him. Karimbukayam: This quaint spot on the Manimala river is much sought after for its natural splendours. The river flows between Kanjirappally and Erumeli Panchanyats. What makes the place really popular is the exotic water fiestas on the reservoirs organised by the enthusiastic people. Aruvikuzhi Waterfalls: (18km from Kottayam town) Two kilometres down Kumarakom is this beautiful picnic spot where streams tinkle as it penetrate to the landscape and water roars as it cascades down the mountains from a height of 100 feet. Visitors can also enjoy the beauty of rubber plantations here. Nattakom & Panachikadu Reservoirs: Adding to the charm of these salubrious and tranquil villages are their scenic reservoirs, escoted by vivid green all along. Migratory birds flock together seeking this verdant landscape during every summer and frolic in the natural splendours of the end of the season. A boat ride from Panachikadu to Kumarakom is a great way to relax and enjoy the nature’s extravaganza. Recreational facilities like ayurvedic massaging, swimming, boating etc. are also available here.

Anchuvilakku, Aruvikuzhi Waterfalls Aruvithira Church, Ayyappara Bagavathy Temple-Ambalakkadavu Bhagavathy Temple-Manarcad CSI Cathedral Church Dharmasastha Temple-Pakkil Erumeli, Ettumannur Temple Ilaveezhapoonchira, Illikkal Kallu Illikkal Mala, Kaduthuruthi Valiapalli Jama Masjid-Thazhathangadi Kannadipara-Karimbukayam Kavil Devi Temple-Chaganacherry Kayyoor, Kesari falls, Kottathavalam Kumarakom, Bird Sanctuary Kurisumala, Maniyamkunnu Mankallu Mudikal, Marmala Stream Nadukani, Pathiramanal Nattakom & Panachikadu Reservoirs Pazhayapalli, Changanacherry Perunna Subramanya Temple Poonjar Palace Puthenpalli-Erattupetta

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Fascinating Destinations in Kottayam District Saraswathi Temple-Panachikkad Siva Temple-Thalikkotta St. George Church-Puthupalli St. Joseph Monastery-Mannanam St. Mary’s Church-Athirampuzha St. Mary’s Church-Kudamaloor St. Mary’s Church-Kuravilangad St. Thomas Church-Cherpungal St. Thomas Church-Pala St. Thomas Mount St.Mary’s Church-Bharananganam St.Mary’s Church-Cheriapalli St.Mary’s Church-Manarcad Surya Temple-Adityapuram Thangalppara, Vagamon Thazhathangadi-Valiapalli Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple Vaikom Mahadeva Temple Vavarambalam-Erumeli Vazhappalli Kalkulathukavu Temple Vazhappalli Siva Temple Vazhikkadavu, Vimalagiri Church

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Kumarakom: (16km from Kottayam) This tiny unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves intertwined with picturesque water ways and canals adorned with similing innocent lillies is famous extra terrestrial. Lying calmly on the lap of Vembanad lake one will come across in this small water world a lot of traditional country crafts, houseboats and canoes. A cruise monotonous in a houseboat through the sapphire melted backwaters of Vembanad lake is an ecstatic experience. Lillies and lotuses, red and white strewn like glittering stars. Young coconut maids with their palm hair swaying in gentle wind, queueing up unto the nearby temple carrying coconuts for pooja. A comfortable stay and leisure options like ayurvedic massaging, yoga, meditations etc. are available nearby resorts. Kumarakom is a beautiful hamlet in Kerala in the eastern coast of lake Vembanad. It has pleasant climate with a temperature range between 20-32C. It is one of the most attractive and beautiful tourist spots in India. As it borders lake Vembanad, it maintains moderate warm climate even during the coolest winter season. Ecotourism is encouraged here and is the cradle of nature ! Soothening and caressing breeze from the lake and beckoning call of coconuts invite one for relaxation of body and mind. Coconut water is a pure natural drink and coconut is a delicious natural food of enjoyment. Kumarakom, indeed, is a land of coconuts, birds and fishes. It is one of the most beautiful natural tourist attractions. Kumarakom welcomes one to backwaters and lagoons. The spot is very congenial for vacations and holidays. It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forest, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals

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adorned with water lilies and lotus flowers. Motor boats, house boats, speed boats, rowing boats, canoeing, water sports, lake side driving, fishing using hooks, nets and other improvised aids etc. keep one enjoyable for hours and days here. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: (16 km from Kottayam town) An ornithologist’s paradise, Kumarakom bird sanctuary on the banks of the Vembanad lake is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Syberian stork, Egret, Darter, Heron and Teal. Other common varieties like the woodpecker, skylark, crane, water hen and parrots are also found here. A cruise through the Vembanadu lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Pathiramanal, one of the loveliest of islands on the lake, can be reached by boat from here. Pathiramanal: This is a 10 acre island on the backwaters which houses many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made the way for land to rise from below. The island can be accessed only by boat. Thangalppara: The mausoleum of Sheikh Fariduddin found here makes this place a famous Muslim pilgrim centre. Kayyoor: Kayoor is an exciting landscape with green hills at Bharananganam Panchayat. A Shrine where only ghee is used to light the lamps like the famous temple Sabarimala dedicated to the Pandava brothers of Mahabh-aratha is found here. Women are not allowed inside the temple.

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Tourist Land, Vaikom: This is a quite picnic spot ideal for a languorous break. Various recreation facilities available here adds the elegance of land. Boating is possible in Vaikom lake. Vaikom has also importance in the contemporary history with Vaikom Sathyagraham which is blessed by Mahatma Gandhi to get entry for Harijan Hindus into the temple in 1925. Vaikom Mahadeva Temple: (40 km from Kottayam town) This is one of the major temples of India and the most acclaimed Siva temple in the South. This temple is believed to be the second version of Kasi.The Vaikom temple is an ideal example for architectural marvel, a rare blend of Dravidian temple architecture and Bharathiya Vaastu Sastra. Annual Festival - Vaikathashtami (November/December) Erumeli: (60 km north-east of Kottayam town) Erumeli is a pilgrim centre. This is the entrance point to the Sabarimala Temple, the most prominent pilgrim centre in South India. This nature rich village is nestled in the lush green Western Ghats. Kurisumala: (3km from Vazhikadavu) The peaceful monastry at the top of the hill, the silence of the hill, the cool mountain air and the green land scape are all fascinating. This is a renowned Christian pilgrim centre where hundreds of devotees from far and near converge during the holy week and after to climb the hill carrying wooden crosses. On the eastern side of the hill is a rock-cut temple dedicated to Murugan,the son of Lord Siva. On the way to Kurusumala there is a marvelous sight seeing opportunities which include European style house, artificial lakes etc , designed by Laurie Baker a renowned architect.

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Vavarambalam, Erumeli: A mosque, dedicated to Vavar, companion of Sree Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala. This mosque is very significant because Hindu Pilgrims customarily worship here before trekking to Sabarimala. Festival Pettathullal (January) Maniyamkunnu: The majestic mountain here that slop down to meet the beautiful vallies below are really spellbinding. The panoramic sceneries of the place is exciting. Illikkal Mala: It is 6000 feet above sea level. Numerous mountain streams in this peak flow down to form the serene Meenachil river. Tourists have to trek up 3 kms to reach the top of the hill. The solitude, the tranquility, the gentle breeze and the star spangled sky here are all enchanting. Illikkal Kallu: Three hills, each rising to 4000 feet and above, together form this huge hill. Each of the hills has a peculiar shape. One resembles a mushroom and hence Kudakallu(umbrella shaped rock). Neelakoduveli,a medicinal herb bathes the hillsides in blue is found here. It has also supernatural powers to increase wealth and ensure a rich harvest. The second hill has a small hunch on the side and is Koonukallu(hunch back rock) and a half feet wide bridge across this rock is called Narakapalam(bridge to hell). The sunset from this rocks is really a sensational view. Nadukani: The lovely location at the top of hill with endless stretches of meadows girded by huge rocks.A bird’s eye view of the low lying lands can be enjoyed from here.

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Marmala Stream: This scenic stream and its waterfalls are sights unique, sliding down numerous hillocks from a height of 200 feets. The gushing water has etched out a deep pond in the rocks. A natural bridge is there under the waterfall. Kannadipara: Bamboo groves, meadows and wild flowers make this place exotic. As the name points, the valley of this rocky mountain reflects the morning sun with a mirror like perfection.An added attraction of this beautiful place is the Kazhukankulimali waterfalls that playfully cascade down the mountain and greet the river below with a magnificent splash. It is the highest peak of Ilaveezhapoonchira and a natural fort is set on the eastern side of Kannadipara. Poonjar Palace: (47 km from Kottayam and 18 km from Palai) This is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a past. Within the royal palace walls is an extraordinary royal collection of antiques and exquisite furniture. It is a wonderland to a modern tourist. The palace is a treasure of rare collections such as palanquins, palm leaf engravings, variaties of lamps, weapons, huge chandeliers, grain measures, sculptures of dancing Siva (Nataraja) etc. Another attractions here is the Sastha temple which is a replica of Madurai Meenakshi Temple. Puranic stories are narrated in the walls with the help of sculptures and a chuttuvilakku (round of lamps) which is very rare is carved stone walls. Ettumannur Mahadeva Temple: (12 km North of Kottayam) This temple is famous for its murals especially the paintings of Nataraja in the Gopuram and Ezharaponnana. Ilaveezhapoonchira: Ilaveezhapoonchira means valley where leaves don’t fall. It is named so because the place has no trees, spread over thousands of acres. This is one of the best places in Kerala to enjoy both sunrise and sunset.The verdant landscape punctuated by four gigantic hills, each rising to around 3200 feet, is an ideal place to unwind. During the monsoons when the valley fills up to form a scenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of the nature. Surya Temple, Adityapuram: (15 km North of Kottayam) The only temple in Kerala dedicated to Aditya, the Sun of God. Raktachandanam is the special Prasadam of this temple. Sundays are important days. The last Sundays of the Malayalam months of Vrischika and Medom when the glory of the Sun is at the highest. Ph: 04829 283112 Kottathavalam: Accordig to legends the royal family from Madurai rested here on their way to Poonjar. The rocks within the cave carved like chairs and couches and the figures of Madurai Meenakshi, Ayyappa, Murugan, Kannaki and weapons sculpted on them are all worth exploring. Ayyappara: Legends explain that the five Pandava Brothers, heroes of epic Mahabharata,stayed near this rock, 2000 feet above sea level, during their exile. The name is said to be the modification of the orginal term Anchupara (five rocks). However, some others say that the term owes its origin to the Ayyappa temple here. This temple has four pillars which sopport a flat piece of rock that the roof.On one side of the rock is a cave that can accommodate over 15 people.

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St.Mary’s Church, Bharananganam: The mortal remains of the Saint Alphonsa (1916-1946) are kept at this church which is now a famous pilgrim centre.This holy shrine is crowded by the dovotees when it celebrates its annual feast (the feast of the Blessed Alphonsa) in July. An attractive Grotto of Virgin Mary adds beauty to this 1000 years old church. Ph: 04822 237144 Kesari falls: It is also known as Valanjam-kanam falls between Kuttikanam and Murinjapuzha. It offers adventurous sprit and closness to nature. Vazhikkadavu: This hill station is one of the many beautiful picnic spots with pristine beauty of nature. One side is tall with steep rock and the other is valley with fearful depth. During December/January the landscape is coloured with orchid and wild flowers. Mankallu Mudikal: With no trees around the three hills which lie close to each other give a feeling of walking in the clouds. The scenic pictures from the hill are an enchanting views.

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St.Mary’s Church, Cheriapalli: (2 km from Kottayam town) The church is built in 1579 by Thekkumkoor Maharaja and displays outstanding architecture which is a blend of Kerala and Portuguese styles. Biblical and non- biblical themes are depicted on the walls. Siva Temple,Thalikkotta: (2 km from Kottayam town) It was the place of worship of the Thekkumkoor royal family. The temple attracts many pilgrims with its architectural style. Thazhathangadi Valiapalli: (2 km from west of Kottayam town) This church, built in 1550 AD, belongs to Knanaya Orthadox Syrian Community. The Persian Cross, believed to be one of the seven brought here by St.Thomas. The church is also famous for Pahlavi inscriptions. Jama Masjid, Thazhathangadi: (2 km from kottayam town) This ancient mosque is believed to be 1000 years old.It is one of the oldest in India and situated on the banks of Meenachil river. Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple: In the heart of Kottayam town is this 500 year old temple built by the Thekkumkoor Maharajah. The Koothambalam, the special building in the temple premises used for cultural purposes, is one of the best in Kerala. Pazhayapalli, Changanacherry: (21 km from Kottayam) This 950 year old mosque is the most famous one in Central Travancore. The annual festival, Thangal Adiyanthiram, is well known and is marked by a grand community feast of all religions. Aruvithira Church: Believed to be one of the seven churches established by St. Thomas. This is also one of the churches in Kerala which collects the largest amount of monetary offerings during the festival days. St. Thomas Mount: This holy place of Christians is located 1200 feet above sea level and offers a panoramic view of the Vaikom Lake and the surrounding areas. St. Mary’s Church, Kuravilangad: Built in 355 AD on the high ranges of Kuravilangad town, this church has an old bell which bears an undeciphered inscription. CSI Cathedral Church: Built over 175 years ago, is a monument from the British Era. St. George Church, Puthupalli: This church is believed to have been built by the Thekkumkoor Rajas. The golden cross in this church is well known. St. Mary’s Church, Athirampuzha: This church was built in 1080 AD and was renovated in 1874. Bhagavathy Temple, Manarcad: Centuries old temple dedicated to goddess Bhadrakali. Vimalagiri Church: This church is built in the Gothic architectural style. St. Thomas Church, Pala: The church dates back to 1002 AD and was renovated once in the 18th century.

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Vagamon: It is trekker’s paradise. This hill station, at the elevation of 1100 metres above sea level on the Idukki-Kottayam border is beautiful with tea gardens and meadows. Vagamon offers many holiday attractions throughout the year except during the monsoon season. The breeding centre of the Kerala Livestock Board located here. St. Mary’s Church, Kudamaloor: This church 800 years old, was built by Chempakasseri Maharajah. Puthenpalli, Erattupetta: This mosque is famous for the feast Chandanakudam celebrated in February / December. Bagavathy Temple, Ambalakkadavu: The Arattu Ritual of the Thirunakkara Mahadevar Temple takes place here. St. Joseph Monastery, Mannanam: (8 km from Kottayam) This monastery is famous and associated with the name of Blessed Father Chavara Kuriakose Elias. It is an important Christian pilgrim centre. The mortal remains of Father Chavara Kuriakose Elias (1805-1871) is preserved in this Holy Monastery. Kaduthuruthi Valiapalli: Built in 500 AD, the church has a huge cross sculpted out of a single stone at the entrance. Kavil Devi Temple, Chaganacherry: Built by one of the Thekkumkoor Maharajas. Perunna Subramanya Temple: Pallivetta utsavam is the famous festival here. St. Thomas Church, Cherpungal: Believed to have been established by the apostle St. Thomas.

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Saraswathi Temple, Panachikkad: This temple, also known as the Mookambika Temple of the South, holds the Saraswathi, the goddess of learning and the arts as the presiding deity. Ph: 0481 2330670 Vazhappalli Siva Temple: (17 km from Kottayam) This Siva temple is famous for its sculptures and situated near Changanacherry. Vazhappalli Kalkulathukavu Temple: This temple is famous for its Mudiyeduppu Utsavam celebrated once in 12 years and the rare art form connected with it. St.Mary’s Church, Manarcad: (8 km from kottayam) This is one of the most important churches of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christians. The 8 days fasting from 1st to 8th September ( Ettunoyambu) gathers thousands of devotees from the different parts of the country. Dharmasastha Temple, Pakkil: (3 km from Kottayam) This temple is said to be one of eight temples established by Holy Sage Parasurama.

Ayurveda Amba Ayurveda Hospital: Amba Ayurveda Hospital has earned recognition and distinction as the leading health centre in Central Kerala by virtue of its excellence in the healing art. Started in 1945 as Amba Ayurveda Vaidyasala providing expert treatment through genuine medicines to outpatients is has now graduated into a full-fledged, well furnished hospital with excellent facilities for the comfortable accommodation of the patients and treatment by highly qualified and competent physicians. It represents the continuation and culmination of the good work done by the Vaidyasala, which by its devoted services over a period of sixty six years, has earned the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certification, one of the first among the few institutions chosen for this coveted honour. The hospital is particularly famous for the purity and quality of its medicines which are prepared from rare medicinal raw-materials collected from all over India, strictly on the lines enjoined by the preceptors of the past. Amba has as a result become a household name in the region for effective treatment. Amba Ayurveda Hospial is just a kilometre from the municipal town of Changanasserry, a famous cultural, educational and commercial centre in Central Kerala; Located very near the Main Central Road close to the sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Subramania and situated in lovely natural surroundings the hospital provides a beautiful ambient essential for the peace and harmony of the patients. For more information: Amba Ayurveda Hospital, Perunna, Changanacherry, Kerala - 686 102, Ph: +91 481 2420354, 2424354,Website: www.ambaayurveda.org, Email: info@ambaayurveda.org Eastend Ayurkshethra: Eastend Ayurkshethra, the temple of life is an authentic Ayurveda and Yoga retreat centre of the Eastend Hospitality. Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, it represents one of the oldest original systems of medicine that comes with a spiritual touch and is positive for health and cure for human ailments. Concept of positive health and the prowess of preventive and curative aspects of diseases are put into practice at Ayurkshethra. Ayurkshethra, as its very name denotes, is the temple of ancient times, with traditional treatment

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rooms and Greenleaf facilities. Ayurkshethra is housed in a temple like structure with sculptures and wood carvings that has its own ancient story to tell. Health or sickness depends on the presence or absence of a balanced state of the total body matrix. Ayurkshethra treatment regimen which includes Kalari marma Chikilsa, the unique treatment method drawn from the martial arts of Kerala, also constitute of: Relaxation programme, Insomnia and stress relieving programme, Panchakarma purification programme, Rejuvination programme, Old age disorders treatment programme, Harmonising programme (of body, mind and soul), Spine and neck treatment programme, Arhritis treatment programme, Slimming programme, Psoriasis treatment programme etc. Their unique Yoga centre situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is a source for cure by its wondrous sights alone. Yoga is the process of practice whereby we start to become more and more aware of ourselves in terms of body mind and soul. Yoga is the process of practice whereby we start to become more and more aware of ourselves in terms of body mind and soul. Allow Ayurshethra to enrich your spirit, whereby you recharge your body, mind, and soul. Ayurkshethra is a hospitality venture of Eastend Hospitality. For more information: Eastend Ayurkshethra, Ammankari Road, Kumarakom, Ph: +91 481 2526300, Fax: +91 481 2526075, Email: lakesong@eastend.in. Central Reservation: Eastend Hospitality, HIG 50, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi - 682 036, Ph: + 91 484 2774999, Fax : +91 484 4043081, Email: crs@eastend.in, Web: www.eastend.in Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital: Sree Sankara Ayurveda Vaidyasala is situated at Perunna, a laid-back residential town. From Trivandum airport, this involves a 3hour drive, and from Kochi airport, it would take 2 hours. The hospital has well furnished rooms that are cool and airy. It has facilities for all diagnostic and treatment procedures. There are two out-patient centres, one 2 km away in the town of Changanacherry, and the other in Thiruvalla, at a distance of 7 km. Besides a team of experienced and dedicated doctors, there are nurses, orderlies and kitchen personnel to cater to the patients' needs. Not only foreigners, but also patients from all over India come to this hospital for the treatment of chronic and stubborn diseases. The group also promotes hospitals at Delhi, Goa, Kochi, Vandanmedu and Kollam which serve the humanity round the globe by rendering the know how of the unique health science, the ancient Indian system of medicine - Ayurveda. The Late Dr. M.S. Chandrasekharan Nair, an eminent Ayurveda expert, who was a member of the Ayurveda faculty at the University of Kerala and also a member of the government advisory council, is the founder of Sree Sankara Ayurveda Vaidyasala, which is now administrated by his four sons. Chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, paralysis, facial palsy, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, various brain and spine diseases and debilitating ailments are carefully and successfully treated in these hospitals. Service of qualified, experienced and skilful doctors made available round the clock. All kinds of treatments including panchakarma and Kerala specialities are systematically and attentively carried out. Admittance for treatment is with prior reservation. For more information: Sree Sankara Hospital, Sree Sankara Buildings, Mannam Road, P.O. Perunna, Changanacherry - 686 102, Ph: 0481 2400503, 2400504, 2401154, 2401480, Fax: 0481 2421974, Email: sscac@md2.vsnl.net.in, Web: www.sreesankara.com

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Kottayam (0481) Hotel Arcadia info@arcadiahotels.net Arcadia Fort The Lake Village wcastle@sify.com The Windsor Castle wcastle@satyam.net.in Athreya Ayurvedic Resorts theathreya@yahoo.com PuzhayoramResort contact@puzhayoram.in Aymanam Resort mail@sangamamresortsktm.in Serinity Estate info@malabarhouse.com Cocobay Resort reservations@cocobayresort.net Palakunnel Tourist Home Hotel Pearl Regency pearlregencyktm@gmail.com Anjali Hotel anjalipark@gmail.com Vembanad Lake Resort ktm_vembanad@sancharnet.in Hotel Nithya Hotel Aida aida@asianetindia.com Ambassador Hotel www.ambassadorhotel.in

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Kumarakom (0481) Eastend Lakesong 6400-10400 2526300 2526075 crs@eastend.in www.eastend.in The Gold Field Lake Resort 6400-8400 2525388 2525388 gmglr@thewhitelotus.in www.goldfieldresort.in Lakshmi Hotel and Resorts 1800-2900 2523313 2523315 lakshmihotels@hotmail.com www.lakshmiresorts.com Paradise Resorts 5000 2524983 info@paradisein.com www.paradisein.com Cruise N Lake 1000-2000 2525804 2525704 ktm_cheepjos@sancharnet.in www.homestaykumarakom.com The Zuri Kumarakom 17000-50000 2527272 2527282 reservations.kumarakom@thezurihotels.com www.thezurihotels.com Kumarakom Lake Resort 17000-42000 2524900 2524987 klresort@vsnl.com www.thepaul.in

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Backwater Ripples 6900-10650 2563404 2566404 mail@backwaterripples.com www.backwaterripples.com Coconut Lagoon 5750-11000 2524373 kg@cghearthhotels.com www.cghearth.com Taj Garden Retreat 9500-20000 2524377 2524371 bookvivanta.kumarakom@tajhotels.com www.tajhotels.com Golden Waters 5600-6500 2525638 2525638 gwresorts@hotmail.com www.goldenwaters.com Abad Whispering Palms 6500-11500 2523824 2523819 whisperingpalms@abadhotels.com www.abadhotels.com Waterscapes 5500-10000 2525861 2525862 waterscapeskumarakom@ktdc.comwww.ktdc.com Illikkalam Lake Resort 1500-3000 2523282 lakeresort@rediffmail.com www.ilakeresort.com Tharavadu Heritage Home 650-1600 2525230 tharavadu@sancharnet.in www.tharavaduheritage.com Vaikom (04829) Kalathil Lake Resort 5000-7000 271034 reservations@kalathillakeresort.com, www.kalathillakeresort.com Kumarakom Lagoon 3000-5000 278100 mail@kumarakomlagoon.com www.kumarakomlagoon.com Vembanad Lake Villas 1250-3000 222487 info@vlvs.com www.vlvs.com

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Home Stays: Kavalappara, Ph: 0481 2525876 CruiseN’Lake, Ph:9846036375, Email: ktm_ cheepjos@sancharnet.in Kaithayil Paddy Side Nest, Ph: 2462295, E-mail: jacobkaithayil@yahoo.co.in Cherucheril, Ph: 0481 2525543, 2524041, E-mail: syriackurian@rediffmail.com Tranquil, Ph:0481 2572530 Backwaters, Ph:2525547 Email: sureshmdas@satyam.net.in

House Boat Operators Paradise Resorts, South Kumarakom, Kottayam, Kerala, Ph: +91 481 2524983, 2524721, Fax: +91 481 2524924, Email: info@paradisein.com, Web: www.paradisein.com Whispering Waves, Pithru Smruthi, Udayanapuram P.O., Vaikom, Kottayam, Ph: 04829 225195, 224375, rknair29@yahoo.com, www.whisperingwaves.com

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Idukki A ravine, a gorge is the meaning of Idukki in Vernacular. This beautiful, isolated district is a tiny, gorgeous gorge. Hills, dales, woods, forests, spices, cascades, lakes, rivers, rivulet, mist etc make Iduki really a dreamy land. Four main rivers of Kerala – Periyar, Pampa, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar enrich this district. The air of Idukki is cool and tranquil which permeates the aroma of spices. Idukki is the largest producer of spices in Kerala. Pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc. come from this glorious land. Apart from spices tea, coffee and rubber etc. also are harvested. Idukki has a reserved forest of about 1500 sq kms that is very rich with its flora and fauna. Cheruthoni near the district headquarters is at a height of 4000 feet above sea level from where one can on look the sunrise and sunset. Idukki has a total area of 4998 sq kms. While traveling upward from Thodupuzha to the sprawling height of Painavu, the headquarter, or to Cheruthoni one can establish communion with the serene nature, the scintillating beauty of forest greenery. Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, mountain trees, foggy spice plantation and elephant rides. Idukki has the largest concentration of tribals. The main tribes are Muthuvans, Malayarayan, Mannan, Paliyan, Urali, Malapandaram, Malavedan and Ulladan. These tribal lots of Kerala maintain a unique custom and belief and keep an ethos, which is distinctly different from the mainstream culture. The climate of the district which has 14 peaks, about 2000 mts above sea level, is subject to constant changes from West to East. Bordering Ernakulam, Kottayam districts on the West, Thrissur, Coimbatore of Tamilnadu on the North, Madurai, Ramanad, Thirunelveli of Tamilnadu districts on the East and Kottayam, Pathana-mthitta districts on the South Idukki is the most gifted district of Kerala. Moolamattom hydro-electric power station situated in the district produces 60% state’s power needs.

Transport and Communication Fact Sheet Area : 4998 sq kms Population (2001) : 11,28,605 Male : 5,66,405, Female : 5,62,200 Altitude : 935 - 2200mts above the sea level Clothing : Tropical Cottons, Warm cloths Tourist Season : August - March

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Air - Nearest Airports: Madurai - Tamilnadu (140kms). Cochin International Airport (190 kms) - Ph: 0484 2610115 . Trivandrum International Airport ( 265 kms), Airport International Ph: 0471 2501220, Domestic0471 2501424. Kozhikode (315 kms) - Ph: 0483 2719491. Rail - Nearest Railway Stations : Theni - 60 kms (1½ hrs) . Changanassery - 93 kms (4 hrs). Kottayam - 114 kms (4 hrs). Madurai136 kms (3½ hrs). Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road - Idukki is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities. Munnar, Thekkady, Peermede, Vagamon etc , the favourite tourist destinations, are also linked with other tourist centres and town

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in India. Long distance buses operate from different KSRTC Bus Stations. KSRTC Bus Station, Munnar - Ph : 04865 230201. KSRTC Bus Station, Kumily - Ph : 04869 224242. Bus Timings from Idukki : Thodupuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam- frequent buses. Munnar - 1015, 1515 hrs. Thekkady/Kumily - 0730, 0930, 1400, 1550, 1750 hrs. Thiruvananthapuram - 1300, 1915 hrs. Bus Timings Kumily : Thekkady - 0930, 1045, 1130, 1200, 1230, 1330, 1530 hrs. Kumarakom - 0700 hrs. Munnar - 0600, 0945, 1330 hrs. Ernakulam - 0700, 1330, 15156, 1630, 1715, 1930 hrs. Thiruvananthapuram - 0840, 1530, 1615 hrs. Kottayam-Frequent buses. Alappuzh -1115 hrs. Cherthala- 1415 hrs. Idukki - Frequent buses. Bus Timings from Munnar : Thekkady - 0630, 1200, 1430, 1500 hrs. Thiruvananthapuram - 0840, 1140 (Via Alappuzha), 1030, 1215, 1530 (Via Kottayam) hrs. Thissur - 1330 hrs. Palakkad - 1500 hrs. Theni - Frequency buses, Top Station - Daily 8 buses (First trip : 0730 - Last trip 1830 hrs). Ernakulam Daily 8 buses (First trip : 0530 - Last trip : 2150 hrs). Chinnar- Daily 8 buses (First tri : 0630 - Last tri : 1800 hrs). Devikulam - Frequent buses. Bus timings from Peermede: Thiruvananthapuram - 0930, 1630 hrs. Alapuzha1215 hrs. Cherthala - 1515 hrs. Kottayam - Frequent buses. Ernakulam - 0800, 1415, 1600, 1715 hrs. Kumily - Frequent buses. Local Transport - Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare - Rs. 7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Information Offices - The District Information Office, Department of tourism, Thekkady Junction, Kumily, Ph: 04869 222620. DTPC Information Centre, Munnar, Ph: 04865 231516. DTPC, Idukki, Ph: 04862 232248. Tourist Information Service, Munnar, Ph: 04865 231136, 230349.

Places Interested Kumily: (4 kms from Thekkady) This is a plantation town, situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. Kumily becomes the paradise of plantation tourism, a new trend in the tourism industry, with many plantations of various cash crops. Kumily is a major trade centre of Cardamom and Pepper. The important KSRTC Distances to various places Bus station and accommodation facilities in the Periyar region is situated in Kumily. from Kumily (in kilometers) Alappuzha...........................160 Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary extends Idukki ....................................65 over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks Kodaikanal..........................149 spreading over to 77 sq kms and is about 450-748 Kottayam ............................110 mt above Sea level. Three dams – Cheruthoni, Madurai ..............................136 Idukki and Kulamavu form the Idukki reservoir Munnar...............................110 which extends to 33 sq kms. The area is the about Ootty...................................390 of various animals, snakes and birds. Animals - elThekkady.................................4 Thiruvananthapuram .........265 ephants, bison, sambar deer, wild dog, jungle cat, tiger and wild boar. Snakes - cobra, viper, krait and

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a number of non-poisonous ones . Birds - jungle fowl, mynah, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, wood pecker and king fisher. Arch Dam: Asia’s first and world’s second arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. Lies close to Cheruthoni barrage, it is 550 feet high and 650 feet wide. The beautiful Idukki wildlife sanctuary is close-by. To its west is the Kulamav Dam. Thekkady: Thekkady brings to mind the images of elephants in their original exposure, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkadi is one of the best and finest wildlife reserves in India. May be the major place in Kerala of trekking and mountaineering. The altitude of this exquisite place is 900-1800 mt above the sea level. In and around Thekkady Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: This rich jungle of Thekkady lying close to the plantations, is one of the world’s most precious and captivating natural wildlife reserves spread across to 777 sq kms of which 360 sq km is thick evergreen forest. This sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The reserve attracts visitors from all over the world, thanks to its scenic beauty, diversity of wildlife and for its geomorphology. The exotic lake formed artificially by the Mullapperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the Park. This is the only sanctuary in India where one can have the experience of beholding wildlife at close quarters from

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the safety of a boat on the lake. The sweetest experience, however, is the herds of wild elephants that come down to rejoice in the Lake.There are two watch towers in the interior of the Periyar forest. Reservations can be made at the forest information center Thekkady. Ph - 04869 224571. Permission: The Wildlife preservation Officer, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady. Ph - 04869 222027 The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is full of flora and fauna. Flora: Over 1965 flowering plants including 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids and the only South Indian conifer Podocarpus wallichianus are found here. Idukki produces the largest variety and quantity of medicinal herbs. The plantations of tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee surround the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Fauna: Mammals - Thirtyfive species including the wild elephants, gaur, sambar deer and wild boar which can be sighted from the boats. The Nilgiri Tahr in the higher rocky areas. The endangered lion tailed macaque confined to the evergreen interiors. The bonnet macaque, malabar giant squirrel, flying squirrel, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear etc.Birds - 265 species including immigrants. The hornbill, stork, woodpecker, kingfisher, raptor, cormorant, grackle, darter etc. Reptiles - Cobra, Viper, Krait, a number of non-poisonous snakes and the monitor lizard. Amphibians - Frogs, toads and limbless caecilians include the colourful Malabar gliding frog, common Indian toad, fungoid frog and bicoloured frog. Pisces (fish) - The Periyar Lake and streams have several species of fish including the masheer, the famous and endangered game fish of India. The otter, the only mammal of the lake, can be frequently spotted from the boat.

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Murikkady: (5 km from Thekkady) Washed in fresh spice-scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of Cardamom, Coffee and Pepper plantations. Pandikuzhi: (5 km from Kumily) Between Chellarkovil and the border of Tamilnadu, located 5 kms from Kumily, this popular picnic spot offers great opportunities for trekking. This picturesque spectrum of exotic flora and fauna is a photographer’s delight. Chellarkovil: (15 km from Kumily) The cascading waterfalls and the breath capturing views of the plains of this sleepy tiny village is a feast for the eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamilnadu. Things to do in Thekkady Elephant rides-Time:1000-1700 hrs. Duration of trip - 30 minutes. Fare Rs. 350 Per Head. Tickes are available from Wildlife Information Counter, Ph: 04869 222028. Trekking areas-Kurisumala near Kumily. Pullumedu. Ottakathamedu. Grampi . Forest Department (Ph: 04869 222028) conducts daily treks from the boatlanding station at Thekkady to the Nellikkampetty area and Mana-kkavala.Starting 0700 hrs. Plantation tours - Cardamom, Pepper, Coffee and tea plantations, factories, surrounding hill regions and tribal settlements cover this trip. Plantation tours are arranged from District Tourism Information Office, Thekkady Jn., Kumily. Ph: 04869 222620. Boat cruise on the Periyar lake - 0700,0930,1130, 1400, 1600 hrs. The forest department (Ph: 04869 222028) and the KTDC (Ph: 04869 222023) conduct boating trips.

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Mangaladevi Temple: (15 kms from Thekkady) Visitors to this ancient temple are allowed only on Chithra Paurnami festival days. Hidden in the dense forest at the top of a peak 1337 mt above sea level, the temple is built in traditional Kerala style of architecture. The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the Ghats and some hill villages of Tamilnadu. The prior permission should be obtained from the Wildlife Warden to visit the area. Ph- 04869 222027. Vandanmedu: (25 km from Kumily) One of the largest auction centers of Cardamom in the world. A walk through the vast Cardamom plantations will be an unforgettable experience. Vandiperiyar: (18 km from Thekkady) River Periyar separating the title town into two, makes it very fertile. There are tea factories, government agricultural farms and flower gardens in this gifted land. Pullumedu: (43 km from Thekkady and 26 km from Periyar) The winding journey to this hill town, 43 kms from Thekkadi, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Sabarimala shrine and the Makara Jyoti illuminations at the shrine are visible from here. Since it is a part of the restricted forest zone, special permission has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady, Ph: 04869 222027 Peermede: (915-1100 mt above the sea level) This famous plantation town takes its name from Peer Mohammed- a Sufi Saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Wide area of cultivation of tea, cardamom, rubber,

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coffee interspersed with cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops make Peermede unforgettable. The most delightful trekking trails complement the panoramic landscape. Monuments like the summer palace and summer residence add to the splendour of land. In and around Peermede Vagamon: (25 km from Peermede) Spectacular sights make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills- Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kuri-sumala - is a mark of religious harmony. Kuttikanam: Kuttikanam, a plantation town, is surrounded with picturesque green hills. A place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even a languorous, tranquil break. Distances to various places from Peermede (in kilometers) Alappuzha ........................114 Kochi ................................150 Kottayam ............................75 Kumily ................................40 Madurai ...........................174 Thekkady ............................44 Thiruvananthapuram ........225

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Pattumala: (17 km East of Peermede and 28 km West of Thekkady) The word Pattumala means hill drapped in silk. Lofty peaks, little streams and everexpanding tea plantations are the attractions here. The Velankanny Matha Church, built entirely of granite, at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim center. The flower garden nearby is a fascinating riot of colours of roses, orchids and anthuria. The two famous tea plantations, viz, Harrisons Malayalam and AV Thomas & Co. are situated here.

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Ilaveezhapoonchira: (55 kms from Kottayam and 20 kms from Thodupuzha) Ilaveezhapoonchira means valley where leaves don’t fall. It is named so because the place has no trees, spread over thousands of acres. This is one of the best places in Kerala to enjoy both sunrise and sunset.The verdant landscape punctuated by four gigantic hills, each rising to around 3200 feet, is an ideal place to unwind. During the monsoons when the valley fills up to form a scenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of the nature. Thrisanku Hills: (4 km from Peermede and ½ km from Kuttikanam) The rolling hills, the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset. Peeru Hills: (4 km from Peermede and 1 km from Kuttikanam) This idyllic hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers and picnickers. The hill is named after Peer Mohammed, the Sufi saint, who spent his last days here. The mausoleum of Things to do in Peermede Peermede and surrounding areas are ideal for trekking, cycling and horse riding. Trekking sites - Peeru hills, Kalthotti, Vagamon, Karandakapara hills, Grampi (Parunthupara), Memala. Plantation visits - Tea, Coffee, Cardamom, Rubber etc. Trips to Meloram, Nallathanni, Pachalimedu, Valanjamkanam waterfalls etc. Visits to Tea factories in and around Peermede.

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the saint, the summer palace of the royal family and the residence of the Diwan situated near by are all worth a visit. Grampi: (5 km from Peermede and 10 km from Vandiperiyar) Grampi is also known as Parunthupara because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. The way to Grampi is beautiful with Cardamom, Tea and Coffee plantations. Tribal settlements: Plakkathadam is the main tribal settlement here. The place is famous for trekking. Orali, Malapandaram and Malayarayan are the important tribes living here. Munnar: (Altitude 5000-8000 ft above the sea level and Rainfall - 275 cm) Munnar is situated at a commingling of three mountain streams, Mudra-puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, 1600 metres above sea level. This hill station was once the summer resort of the British in the South India. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This rarest species of flowers, which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in AD 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695 mt. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. It is 110 kms away from Thekkady. In and around Munnar Devikulam: (7 km from Munnar) This Idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, gorgeous flora and fauna and the cool, tranquil mountain is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The Lake is ideal for trout fishing.

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Distances to various places from Munnar (in kilometers) Alappuzha ..........................200 Amaravathy Dam .................80 Anamudi ...............................20 Chinnar .................................60 Devikulam ..............................7 Idukki ....................................60 Kollam.................................252 Kottayam ............................147 Kozhikode ...........................289 Kumarakom ........................160 Kundala.................................28 Malampuzha ......................230 Marayoor..............................40 Mattupetty ...........................13 Palakkad .............................226 Pallivasal.................................6 Pothanmedu ...........................6 Rajamala ..............................15 Thekkady ............................110 Thodupuzha..........................91 Thrissur...............................158 Top Station ...........................34 Vaiga Dam ..........................105

Pothamedu: (6 km from Munnar) Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here are ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Attukal: (9 km from Munnar) A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks. Nyayamakad: (10 km from Munnar) Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 metres. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point. Chithirapuram: (10 km from Munnar) With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an oldworld charm. Home of the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.

Mattupetty: (13 km from Munnar) Mattupetty is known for its highly specialized dairy farm – the Indo Swiss Live Stock Project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared, at a height of 1700 mts. Only 3 of the 11 cattle sheds in the farm are open to the visitors. Ph-04865 242202. The another attraction here is Mattupetty lake and dam. DTPC Idukki operates boating on the panoramic Mattupetty lake. Pallivasal: (8 km from Munnar) This is the venue of the first Hydro-electric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty. Kundala: (20 km from Munnar) Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad waterfall is also near Kundala. A Golf course which promotes Tata Tea Limited is situated here. Things to do in Munnar Daily sightseeing tours - Timing: 1000 - 1800 hrs. Fare. Rs.250.00 per head. For bookings, Please contact - DTPC Information Centre, Munnar, Ph: 04865 231516. Tea factory visits - Permission to visit any of the 26 factories of Tata Tea Ltd. can be had from the Regional Office at Munnar, Ph: 04865 230561 to 230565. Boating - Mattupetty: Speed launch: Rs. 300 for 15 minutes (max. 5 persons). Safari Boat: Rs. 700 for 20 seats for 30 minutes. Boating Time: 0930 - 1630 hrs. Cycle rental : DTPC provides cycling facilities at Munnar (Rs 10.00 per cycle / hour and Rs 75.00 per cycle / day).

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Rajamala: (15 km from Munnar) This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat (Hemitragas hylocres), which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri tahrs are today reduced to small herds found in the Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgii tahrs is about 1317. Eravikulam National Park: (15 km from Munnar) The 97 sq kms park is situated in the Devikulam taluk and is home to the Nilgiri tahr. The Anamudi Peak (2695 mt) is located in the southern region of the park. Lock Heart Gap: (13km from Munnar) This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the gorgeous hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit. Echo Point: (15 km from Munnar) This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar. Sanctuary visit: The park is divided into three regions – the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area, which is in the Rajamala region. The Nilgiri tahr can be observed at close quarters here. Visiting time: 0800-1700 hrs. Visitors are not allowed during monsoons. Permission: Wildlife DFO, Munnar, Ph: 04865 231587

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Top Station: (32 kms from Munnar and 1700 mt above sea level) This is the highest point on the Munnar–Kodaikanal road. The rare Neelakurunji (Strobil-anthus) belongs to this region. These plants bloom once every twelve years bathing the hillsides in bright blue. Top station also offers a panoramic view of the neighbouring State of Tamil Nadu. Power House Waterfalls: (18 km from Munnar) This waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock, 2000 mt above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. Anayirankal: (22 km from Munnar) It is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The tea plantations and evergreen forests surround the Anayirankal Dam. Marayoor: 40 kms from Munnar) This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the Forest Department, the caves (Muniyaras) with murals and relics from the New Stone Age civilization and the children’s park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby. Other attractions Cheeyappara: The Cheeyappara waterfall is located between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi - Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara Waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a real feast for eyes. Valara: It is located on the Kochi-Madurai Highway. The surrounding thick forest add beauty to this cascade. Meenuli: It is noted for two acres of evergreen forests upon a huge rock. The rock is more than 500 acres in area and an ideal spot for mountaineering. Malankara Reservoir: (6 km from Thodupuzha) Located on the ThodupuzhaMoolamattam road, this artificial lake is ideal for boating and fishing. Thommankuthu: (17 km from Thodupuzha) The seven-step waterfall here is a much loved picnic spot. At each step there is a cascade and a pool beneath. Thommankuthu is an ideal place for adventure tourism. Ramakalmedu: (16 km from Nedumkandam) Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats. Keezharkuth: (25 km from Thodupuzha) The Rainbow waterfalls, which cascade down a rock from a height of about 1500 mts is a wonderful attraction of this spot. It can be seen throughout the year in full swing. The forest around this spot is home to various medicinal plants. It is an ideal place for rock climbing, mountaineering and camp trekking.

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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: (60 km from Munnar) The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary , spread across 90.44 sq kms is situated on the Tamil Nadu border. It is the board of most of the South Indian animals and birds. Giant squirrel, champal squirrel, sambar deer, gaur, elephant etc. are some of the wild animals which can be seen here. Birds like jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl etc. Visiting times : 0700 - 1800 hrs. Entry passes are available at the office of the ACF or the Check Post Information Counter. Permission : Wildlife Warden, Idukki Wild Division, Painavu. Wildlife DFO, Munnar, Ph: 04865 230487. Palkulamedu: (12 km from Idukki and 3125 mt above sea level) Kochi, Alappuzha and other near by towns can be seen from this peak, located 3125 mts above sea level. Kalliyanathandu: (10 km from Idukki) The aerial view of the Idukki Reservoir, panoramic view of peaks and forests makes this is a splendid tourist spot. It is also ideal place for mountain climbers and trekkers. Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam: (35 km from Thodupuzha) This is a picnic spot also ideal for meditation, relaxation and watching sunset. Nadukani: (25 km from Idukki) This is an ideal picnic spot. True to its name it offers a panoramic view to a large area than one can experience from any high mountain park. A two storeyed pavilion makes an ideal place for enjoying the landscape and beauty of nature. Thodupuzha Sree Krishna Temple: This temple is located in the Holy land which was very big beautiful garden in the ancient times. Thodupuzha River which flows through the Southern side as aprocession makes the temple and its surroundings more aesthetic and beautiful.

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Kalvari Mount: This is a famous pilgrim center on the way to Kattappana. Blossom International Park: Sprawled over 16 acres, this park has a garden with a profusion of blooms and a plethora of activities for adults and children including boating, cycling, games etc. Plantation Visits: The plantations of Tea and Coffee in South India are located on the Western Ghats, the eastern part of central Kerala and adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu, usually an elevation of 4300 to 6200 feet above sea level. Tea cultivation started on the Nilgiris in 1832 on an experimental basis and later in 1878 was taken up on the Kannan Devan Hills in Munnar. Today tea is cultivated on 24,000 hectares of land in Munnar, Peermedu and Devikulam. Coffee cultivation in India dates back to 1600 AD. In Western Ghats Coffee plantations occupy 15,400 hectares in Devikulam Peermedu, Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola.

Ayurveda Sree Sankara Gardens: The paradise land of Kerala is a generative narrow coastal strip in the tropics of South West India. It’s here that the hospital of Sree Sankara Gardens is charmingly placed in the entrancing landscape of the cardamom hills at an altitutde of 1200 mts. The architectonics is of orthodox Kerala Style. Each of the 10 apartments approximately 425 sq. ft. includes the individual treatment room. This secluded, rural location also houses a yoga hall, a performing art centre and an exclusive kitchen serving traditional ayurvedic vegetarian cuisine. Modern amenities are sensibly and precisely provided so as not to disturb the tranquility of the ambience. Only small groups at a time are taken into the large expanse of the campus in order to guarantee a placid and familiar atmosphere. Away from all distractions the calmness of the mountains along with the cool and fresh air offer a natural environment for inspiration and creativity, and in the safe caring hands of ayurveda and yoga. Mental and physical exercises meant to isolate and expel the ego-designed to sharpen the concentration, improve health and to attain the peace of mind. Ameliorate your charisma by getting dipped in the workshops on Ayurveda, Herbal cultivation, Ayurvedic cooking, Indian classical music, Yoga, Kerala Cookery, Indian art, Tropical vegetation etc. For more information: Sree Sankara Gardens, P.O. Pampupara, Vandanmedu, Anakkara, Kumily, Ph: +91 4868 282322, 282702, 282490, Email: ssgarden@vsnl.com, Web: www.sreesankara.com

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Thekkady (04869) Carmelia Haven reservation@carmeliahaven.com Greenwoods info@greenwoods.in Muthoot Cardamom County reservations@muthoothotels.com The Elephant Court info@theelephantcourt.com

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Thekkady Wild Corridor sales@thekkadywildcorridor.com Lake Palace (Ktdc) lakepalacethekkady@ktdc.com Mas Lake Queen hotellakequeen@gmail.com Spice Village spicevillage@cghearth.com Club Mahindra

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6000-9000 222403 www.mahindraholidays.com Aranya Nivas (Ktdc) 4000-6500 222023 aranyanivasthekkady@ktdc.com www.ktdc.com Jungle Village 4000-10000 223363 sajthekkady@vsnl.net www.sajhotels.com The Hotel Tree Top 3000-8000 223286 hoteltreetop@satyam.net.in www.hoteltreetop.com Shalimar Garden Resort 7500-15000 222132 reservations@amritara.co.in www.amritara.co.in Periyar House (Ktdc) 1300-4100 222026 periyarhousethekkady@ktdc.com www.ktdc.com Ambady 1600-2150 222193 mail@hotelambadi.com www.hotelambadi.com Leela Pankaj 500-1500 222392 leelapankaj@yahoo.com www.leelapankaj.com

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Peermede (04869) Ashley Bungalow www.avggroup.net High Valley Resort hivalyresort@sify.com Thrissanku Haven ktm_trisangu@sancharnet.in Wood Palace Misty Mountain misty@mistyresort.com Tamarind Ktdc peerunivas@gmail.com

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Emmel Dwellings emmeldwellings@india.com Hotel Misha mishaholidays@gmail.com Mahalakshmi Tourist Home mahalakshmi_mth@yahoo.co.in Poopada Resorts poopada@rediffmail.com The Whispering Meadows sales@mirresorts.in Westwood Riverside Resort sales@westwoodmunnar.com Green Ridge Holiday Home greenridgemunnar@gmail.com Munnar Tourist Home munnartouristhome@yahoo.com Ranger Woods rangerwoods2005@hotmail.com Great Escapes germunnar@yahoo.com Tea Valley Resorts manager@teavalleyresort.com Forest Haven Resorts foresthavenresort@yahoo.com Bell Mount Resort bellmountresorts@yahoo.com Archana Residency contact@archanaresidency.com C7 Hotel info@c7hotels.com Marthoma Retreat Home marthomaretreathome@yahoo.co.in Munnar Rock Resort info@munnarrock.com Le Celestium Resort mail@lecelestium.com Autumn Trees Munnar vantageholidays@gmail.com Ktdc Tea County teacountymunnar@ktdc.com Camelot Resort camelotmunnar@sancharnet.in Ela Eco Land elaecoland@rediffmail.com Anai Mudi Resorts vsrajan.vs61@gmail.com

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Chinnakanal (04868) Ayur County mail@ayurcounty.com Mountain Club sales@mountainclub.co.in Fortune Green Jungle Resort mail@fortunegreenjungle.com Club Mahindra www.clubmahindra.com Fort Munnar royalgroup@vsnl.com The Siena Village sienavillage@gmail.com

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Facilities Tour Operators : Kerala Traval Company, Misha Jn., Munnar-685 612, Kerala. Tele/ Fax: 04865 230376, 232376, 94472 09100, E-mail: misha holidays@gmail.com, Website: www.keralatravelcompany.com, ktcholidays@gmail.com

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Ernakulam The Queen of the Arabian Sea is the synonym for Kochi. Ernakulam district is bordered by the Arabian sea in the west, Alappuzha district in the south, Kottayam and Idukki in the East and Thrichur in the North. The district stands out from the rest of Kerala on many accounts. This is the commercial capital of Kerala, 60% of the total revenue of the state is yielded from Ernakulam. All the major industries of Kerala in the central and state public sector and private sector are concentrated here. One of the seven special economic development zones of the country is located here. Ernakulam is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. All the export commodities from the state like marine products, cashew, coir, spices etc are shipped from Cochin. Three old towns of Ernakulam district put together was formed into a corporation – Cochin. Fort Cochin, Mattanchery and Willington Islands. Sir Robert Briston was the architect of Cochin. Mattanchery is an important centre of spice trade.

Transport and Communication Sea: Cochin Harbour : Periodicals services to Lakshadweep Islands. Air: Cochin International Airport (20 kms from the town), Ph: 0484 2610115. Rail: Ernakulam is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network. Ernakulam Junction (South), Ph: 0484 2375131. Ernakulam Town (North) Ph: 0484 2390920, 2395198. Kochi Harbour Terminus, Ph: 0484 2666050. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road: Ernakulam is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India. Long distance buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station(near Ernakulam Junction Railway Station), Ph: 0484 2372033. Long distance private buses also operate from High Court Junction, Railway Station, Subhash Park and Kaloor Junction. Tamilnadu road transport bus station, Ph: 0484 2372616. Karnataka road transport corporation, Ph: 0484 2360229. Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km Fact Sheet (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C).The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Area : 2408 sqkms Population (2001) : 30,98,378 Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare Male : 15,35,881, Female : 15,62,497 Rs.7.00 per running km and the minimum Altitude : Sea Level, Clothing : Tropical charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Season : September to May

Telephone Access Codes Ernakulam ++ 91 484 Kolencherry ++ 91 484 Kothamangalam ++ 91 485 Muvattupuzha ++ 91 485 Perumbavoor ++ 91 484

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Ferry Services : There are two ferry stations in Ernakulam. The main boat jetty is 1km away from junction railway station and the other near high court. Tourist Information Offices: Tourist Information Officer, Department of Tourism, Ph: 2351015, 2355956. Info Kerala,

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Ph: 4051532, 2391023, mail@infokerala.in, www.infokerala.in. Govt. of India Tourism Office, Willington Island, Ph: 2668352, 2669125. Airport Information Counter, Department of Tourism Kerala, Ph: 2611309. Tourist Reception Centre, KTDC, Shanmugham Road, Ph: 2353234, 2382199. DTPC Tourist Information Centre, Old Collectorate Building, Park Avenue, Ph: 2367334, 2383988.

Places Interested Old Harbour House: This charming old Bungalow built in the early 19th century is in the possession of Carrit Moran and Company, the renowned tea brokers who now use it as their residence. It was once a boat club. Parade Ground: The four acre parade ground was where once the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British colonists conducted their military parades and drills. The buildings around ground houses their defence establishments. Pierce Leslie Bungalow: This elegant mansion is the office of PierceLestlie India Limited, a British Trading Company engaged in the trade of various commodities apart from tourism and travel. This Bungalow which is a representative of colonialism reflects Portuguese, Dutch and local influences. Characteristic features are wood panels that form the roof of the ground floor, arched door ways, carved doors and sprawling rooms. Water front sit-outs are an added attraction. Bastion Bungalow: This European style building was built in 1667. With marvelous building structure the Bungalow attracts many visitors. Today it is the official residence of the sub collector. Fascinating Destinations in Ernakulam District

Distances to various places from Ernakulam (in kilometers)

Adi Sankara Janmabhumi Temple Bastion Bungalow, Bhoothathankettu Bolgatty Island, Chendamangalam Cherai Beach, Chinese Fishing net Chottanikkara Bhagvati Temple Ernakulathappan Temple Fork Immanuel, Fort Kochi, Kalady Kanjiramattom Mosque, Kodanad Koder House, Kumbalangi Tourist Village Malayattoor,Musical walk-way Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) Museum of Kerala History Old Harbour House, Parade Ground Parikshith Thampuran Museum Pierce Leslie Bungalow, Thattekkad Poornathrayeesha Temple Princess Street, Santa Cruze Basilica St. Francis Church, Synagogue Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary The Bishops’ House, Vasco House The Dutch Cemetery, The Hill Palace Vasco-Da-Gama Sqare, Willington Island

Alappuzha ............................................64 Bekal ..................................................396 Boothathankett ...................................50 Changnasserry .....................................94 Cherai ...................................................20 Guruvayur ..........................................108 Kalady ..................................................48 Kannur ................................................317 Kanyakumari ......................................310 Kappad ...............................................240 Kodanad ...............................................40 Kollam ................................................150 Kottayam ..............................................76 Kovalam .............................................236 Kozhikode ...........................................224 Kumbalangi ..........................................25 Munnar...............................................130 Palakkad .............................................160 Sulthan Bathery .................................326 Thekkady ............................................192 Thrissur ................................................80 Thiruvananthapuram ........................222

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Fort Kochi: One can experience the pulse of Fort Kochi with leisurely walk through the city. It was the first European township in India. This old obscure fishing village has sweet memories of history. The town was shapped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British. The result of these cultural influences are seen in the many examples of Indo-European Architecture that still exist here. Chinese Fishing net: The legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar coast is this huge cantilevered fishing nets. Errected here between AD 1350 and AD 1450 by traders from the court of Kublai Khan. These nets are set up one teak wood and bamboo poles. St. Francis Church: This is India’s oldest European church built in 1503 by Portugeuse Franciscan frairs. Although this was built of timber, ab-initio, later constructed in stone masonry. It was restored in 1779 by the protestant Dutch converted into an Anglican Church by the British in 1795 and at present governed by the Church of South India (C.S.I.), Vasco-Da-Gama was buried here in 1524 before his remains were moved to Portugal. The tomb stone still remains. Ph: 0484 2217505 Vasco House: This is one of the oldest Portuguese residences in Fort Kochi, believed to have been the residence of Vasco-Da-Gama. Built in the early 16th century, vasco house sports the typical European glass paneled windows and balcony cum verandahs characteristics of the times.

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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. The cemetery was consecrated in 1724 and is today managed by the CSI. Thakur House which belongs to Ram Bahader Thakur and Company, the David Hall built by the Dutch East India Company and the Cochin club are other historical monuments that no tourist to Kochi can miss. Koder House: This wonderful building constructed by S.S. Koder of the Cochin Electric Company is the best example of the transition from colonical to IndoEuropean Architecture. Features like verandah seats at the entrance floor tiles set in a chess board pattern red coloured bricks like facade, carved wood furniture and a wooden bridge connecting to a separate structure across the street are all unique to this Bungalow. Ph: 0484 2218485. Synagogue: This is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, constructed in 1568. Partially destroyed in a shelling during the Portuguese raid in 1662 it was rebuilt two years later by the Dutch. Known for mid 18th century hand painted, willow patterned floor tiles from Canton in China, a clock tower, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, great scrolls of the old testament, ancient scripts on copper plates etc. Vasco-Da-Gama Sqare: The best place to watch the Chinees Fishing nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought in, is the Vasco-Da-Gama square a narrow promenade that runs along the beach. The square is the best place for leisure and has stalls serving fresh seafoods.

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Santa Cruze Basilica: This historic church was built by the Portuguese and was elevated to the cathedral by Pope Pual IV in 1558. In 1795 it fell into the hands of the British, when they took over Kochi and was demolished. About a 100 years later Bishop Dom Gomes Ferreira commissioned a new building at the same site. The church was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. Ph: 0484 2215799. The Bishops’ House: Built by the Portuguese governor as his residence in1506, the Bishop’s house stands on a little hillock near the parade ground. The facade of the house is characterized by large Gothic Arches and has a circular garden path winding upto the main entrance. Dom Jos Gomes Ferreira, the 27th Bishop of the Diocese of Kochi, whose jurisdiction is extended over Burma, Malaya, and Cylon acquired this building. Ph: 0484 2215400.

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Fork Immanuel: This bastion of the Portuguese in Kochi was a symbol of strategic alliance between the Maharaja of Kochi and the Monarck of Portugal, after whom it was named. Built in 1503 the fort was reinforced in 1538. By 1806 the Dutch and later the British destroyed it. Today the remains of the imposing structure can be seen along the beach. Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace): Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1669 by the Dutch. Beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are displayed here. The palace is also the treasure of Dutch maps of Old Kochi, coronation robes of former Maharaja’s of Kochi, palaquins etc. Ernakulathappan Temple: Situated in the heart of the city, adjoining D.H. Hall, the benefactor god Shiva, eradicator of all evils is worshipped here. Princess Street: Princess Street is the one of the earliest streets which was constructed in Fort Kochi. The European style buildings keep its old charm. Musical walk-way: An exceptionally new and beautiful concept in Kerala, Next to Subhash Bose Park in the Centrifuge of city. The beauty of the Sunset can be seen from this place. Bolgatty Island: This island is famous because of the palace built in 1744 by the Dutch and later taken over by the British. Today it is run as a hotel by the KTDC.

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Willington Island: Surrounded by beautiful backwaters this island was named after Lord Willington, a former British Viceroy of India. This island is an important trade centre, the head quarters of Kochi port trust and the southern naval command. The office of the India Tourism Department is located here. Ph: 0484 2668352. In and around Ernakulam Adi Sankara Janmabhumi Temple: The Adi Sankara-Sharadamba Temple complex draws a great number of pilgrims is open to all religion. Peoples from all parts of the world visit this Temples for spiritual solace and peace of mind. Ph: 0484 0484 2462350 Bhoothathankettu: (50 km from Ernakulam) A picturesque haven situates in a vast virgin forest, this mythologically popular picnic spot lies close to the Salim Ali bird Sanctuary at Thattekkadu. Two major irrigation projects- Periyar valley irrigation and Idamalayar irrigation projects – are situated here. Trekking through the lovely wilderness to the old Bhoothathankettu holds promises of excitement to adventure lovers. The Hill Palace: The official residence of the erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi this palace was built in 1865. Spread over to 52 acres of terraced land, the palace complex houses consists of 49 buildings, a deer park and facilities for horse riding. A full fledged ethno archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever heritage museum are the main attractions. Thirteen galleries of oil paintings, 19th century paintings, murals, sculptures in stones and plaster of Paris, manuscripts, inscription and coirs belonging to the royal family are displayed here.Ph: 0484 2781113. Museum of Kerala History: Situated at Edappally, hardly 8 kms from Ernakulam this museum reveals historical episodes from the Neolithic to the modern era

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through life size figures. Light-n-sound shows are regularly arranged with commentaries in English and Malayalam. There are two art galleries. One displays paintings by contemporary Indian artists while the other is the centre for visual arts, the authentic reproduction of selected world masters. Poornathrayeesha Temple: The deity of this temple, located Thripunithura, is Poornathrayeeshan and was the patron deity of the rulers of erstwhile Cochin kingdom. Poornathrayeeshan means, Lord who is having authority over Wrik, Yajus, and Sama Vedas. The idol, which is molded in Panchaloha, has a specialty and faces east. Parikshith Thampuran Museum: A treasure house of Coins, bronzes, murals and megalithic relics of Kerala, this museum attracts a huge crowd. Chendamangalam: (42 km from Ernakulam) This is a rare geographical combination of three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks and vast expanses of green plane. The Paliam palace abode of Paliath Achans, the hereditary prime ministers of erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi represents the architenctural splendour of Kerala. The palace contains a collection of historic documents and relics. The hillocks at kottayil Kovilakam represents the unusual sight of a temple, a church, a mosque and the remains of a jewish synagogue all situated next to each other. Chottanikkara Bhagvati Temple: (20 km from Ernakulam) This is a very famous temple of the goddess, one of the 108 popular and important Devi temples of India.

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Kodanad: (40 km from Ernakulam & 30 km from Kottayam Town) Situated in the high ranges on the South bank of Periyar, Kodanad is one of the largest elephant training centers in South India. Elephants specially trained for Safari are provided with saddles for riding. There is also a mini zoo for wild animals here. Ph: 2649052 Malayattoor: Malayattoor is the International Christian pilgrim centre and famous for the Catholic Church dedicated to St. Thomas. The apostle who landed in Kerala to propagate his gospel in 7th century is the main attraction. 47 kms from Kochi the shrine is on the 609 metre high hill. Thousands of devotees undertake the pilgrimage to the shrine to participate in the annual festival. Ph: 0484 2468208. Kalady: (35 km from Ernakulam) On the bank of the holy river Periyar, Kaladi, now famed being the head quarters of the only Sanskrit University in Kerala, is the birth place of Sree Sanakaracharya the founder of Advaita (non-duality) Philosophy, who lived during the 8th century. Sree Sankara, Sarada Devi, Sree Krishna and Sree Ramakrishna are worshipped in temples here which add to the glory and sanctity of the destination. Sree Sankaracharya Keerthistambham is the monument built in the memory of the great Acharya which is the beacon light of architecture of that century. Ph: 0484 2362350. Kanjiramattom Mosque: (18 km from Ernakulam) The mosque retains the antique beauty of Mazhars and Dargahs. Honouring the Saint Sheikh Fariduddin, at the Chandanakudam festival, pilgrims carry pots covered with sandalwood paste in a procession to the mosque.

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Kumbalangi Tourist Village: (25 km from Ernakulam) Essentially a fishing hamlet, this tiny village facing the Kochi backwaters in the western part of the city is the first ecotourism village in India. Kalagramam, an artist’s village, displays handicrafts and fishing equipments. Mangroves are nurtured here as also fish farming. Bait fishing is extremely popular among tourists here. Many houses in the village are homestays and visitors can book their stay directly with homestay operators or seek the assistance of village council. Thattekkad: Birds Trail is a unique program inside the Thattekkad Birds Sanctuary. For eager bird watchers, the ample number of watch towers built in the forest should provide an ideal opportunity to see those feathered beauties from close. The magical tranquility here is disturbed only by the lapping of oars and chirping of birds. Visitors can enjoy a one day cruise in coracle - the basket boats through Poyka-Kuttampuzha-Thattekkad route. Jeep safari, adventure trekking, mountain biking and traditional Kerala food etc are attracting more travellers to Thattekkad. More details and guidence contact- Birds Lagoon village Resort, Ph: 0485 2572444, 9447025123. Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary: Nestled amidst evergreen forests, this rare bird sanctuary was discovered by the renowned ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali at Kochi-Munnar root and is named after him. Notable for birds like Malabar greyhornbill, the wood pecker, rose-ringed and blue winged parakeet etc. Rare birds like Ceylon frog-moth and the rose-billed roller are also seen here. Diverse migrant species home in here during season. Wildlife can also be sighted often. Cherai Beach: One of the loveliest of beaches in India. Sandwitched between backwaters and the Arabian Sea. It is the ideal spot for tourists. Cherai is located at 20 kms away from the city of Eranakulam and 25 km from the International Airport.

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Conducted Tours KTDC: Boat cruise: From Kochi harbour to Willington Island, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi & Bolgatty Island Sunset cruise (daily two trips:0900 - 1230 hrs & 1400 - 1730 hrs). Backwater cruises: Three hours backwater village cruises which include visits to coir villages and coconut plantations (daily). Periyar Wildlife tour: Two days Periyar Wildlife tour covers Kadamattom Church, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary & Idukki Dam (Departure : every Saturday 0730 hrs - Return : Sunday 2000 hrs). For more details: KTDC Tourist Reception Centre, Shanmugham Road, Ernakulam-682 011, Ph: 0484 2353234, 2382199. Info Kerala Communications: 2nd Floor, PC Chambers, Ashirbhavan Lane, Kacheripady, Kochi - 682 018, Ph: +91 484 4051532, 2391023, Email: mail@infokerala.in, Web: www.infokerala.in, www.easykerala.com Indian Impressions: Inbound and Outbound Packages. For more information: Manayil, P.O. Vytilla, Cochin, Kerala, Ph: +91 484 4011276, 4011927, 98954 78344, 98952 68644, 98953 78244, Email: cok@indianimpressions.in, Web: www.indianimpressions.in

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Bonjour Holidays: 4 B3, Saniya Plaza, Rajaji Road, Kochi - 35, Ph: 0484 2086222, Fax: 0484 2377288, Email: info@kera.in, info@leisurekerala.com, Website: www.LeisureKerala.com Tourist Land: Daily village Backwater Cruise 8.30 am -1.30 pm and 2 pm - 6.30 pm Rs 450/person. Full day village backwater 8.30 am-6.30 pm (Houseboat, Country boat + lunch and snakes Rs 800/- This rate include up and down journey by road also). For more details: Tourist land, opp: south railway station road, Cochin - 16, Ph: 0484 2377880, 9447291601, 95678 60871

House Boat Operators Shoreline Lifestyles Pvt. Ltd: Shoreline Lifestyles Pvt. Ltd. is a quality service provider, with expertise in the field of tourism, hospitality and leisure management. Embark on their exclusive houseboat cruises at Shoreline Backwater Complex, to experience the scenic beauty of the Vembanad Lake and its surroundings in God’s Own Country. The initiative is part of Responsible Tourism thereby bringing mankind closer to different social values, cultural heritage and customs. It is not just a boat they have got ready for you; it is a luxury home floating on water, as cozy and pleasant as the one in which you live. It’s equipped with all the modern amenities and facilities you imagine, indeed a magnificent experience of one’s in a lifetime as you glide along. They carry furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. The bedroom consists of a television with DVD, air-conditioning, a writable table, a queen bed and attached shower rooms. These captivating bedrooms provide fabulous views of backwaters. The upper deck is fully furnished to convene conferences, parties and get-togethers (up to 50 pax). Kerala’s traditional cuisines present a tempting appetite. So indulge in a sumptuous meal cooked and served hot right under your nose, from tastefully crafted kitchen of the boat. The food is prepared and served as per the likings of the tourist, mainly traditional Kerala food as well as Jain food. The boat is equipped with an inbuilt noiseless marine engine, inbuilt sound proof generator and IIT Mumbai designed bio waste collection tank. The company launches Shoreline Princess, Shoreline Queen and Shoreline Express in Shoreline Complex at Chempu. Shoreline Princess is a 90 ft long fibre glass boat meant for exotic leisure cruises and has got 3 spacious AC bedrooms while Shoreline Queen is an 88ft traditional wooden house boat with 2 AC bed rooms. At the same time Shoreline Express is a speed boat with the capacity of 6 pax with all safety and security measures for fun cruise and daily sightseeing. From here you can see village activities, fisherman’s activities and see old beautiful temples, churches and village life of Kerala at its best. For more information: Shoreline Lifestyles Pvt. Ltd, No.28/3377, First Floor, Menon’s Complex, Elamkulam, Kadavanthra, Kochi - 682 020, Ph: +91 484 6458884, 6458885, Email: shoreline.lifestyles@gmail.com, Web: www.shorelinegroup.in Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd (KSINC): Kerala Shipping And Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd (KSINC) is a Government of Kerala undertaking. Starting from 1975, KSINC has hauled millions of tons of cargo and carried hundreds of thousands of passengers through the Inland waters of Kerala. Now KSINC is also providing an experience of luxurious and quality backwater

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tourism at Kochi. It is now a force to be reckoned with inland water transport, backwater tourism and construction and repair of small crafts and vessels, in Kerala. KSINC operates passenger boats, Jhankars and cruise boats. KSINC has expertise in constructing passenger boats, speed boats, house boats, tourist boats and small sea going vessels, using wood, steel or FRP as per the requirements of customers. One of the objectives is to explore the vast potential of backwater tourism in the state linking resourceful waterways of Kerala. For tourists it operates a number of tourist boats and speed boats, including the luxurious Sagara Rani, which is the only vessel of its kind at Kochi. The Luxury cruise vessel Sagara rani is available for conducting all kinds of events like conferences, meetings, product launch, board meetings, get-togethers, birthday parties etc. There are several flexible packages like Morning cruise between 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Lunch cruise between 12 noon to 2 p.m., Sunset cruise between 5,30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m., and Dinner cruise between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. etc. for the convenience of the customers. Food is also included in each cruise packages. Sagara Rani is capable of going into the sea up to 10 Km. The special packages for students are also operated. KSINC runs a training school, which trains the personnel needed for the inland water transport sector. The Training Centre conducts a navigation training programme of six month duration. For more information: The Commercial Officer, Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd., Udaya Nagar Road, Gandhi Nagar, Kochi – 682 020, Tel: +91 484 2206841, 2203614, 2206232, Fax: +91 484 2206848 Email: ksinc@vsnl.com, Web: www.keralashipping.com

Ayurveda Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital: The Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital is located in the suburb of Kaloor, just 18 km from Kochi International airport and 3 km from the railway junction of Ernakulam. The hospital has come up in serene surroundings and has large, airy rooms. A team of veteran doctors and skillful staff provide round the clock attention. For admission to hospital, prior reservation must be made. Patients are received at the airport and transported by car to the clinic. The first two days are spent processes of acclimatization and relaxation concurrently detailed case-histories are taken by qualified doctors, with clinical examinations and laboratory investigations. The classification of the patient according to the Ayurvedic paradigm is made. Based on all these, the diagnosis is arrived at and the course of therapy planned. Therapy is then commenced and the patient response is closely monitored. The duration of the treatment depends on several factors. The intensive phase may last four weeks or even go up to 12 weeks. For more information: Sree Sankara Ayurveda Hospital, Palliparambu Road, Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala, Ph: +91 484 2338761, 2535124, Email: sreesankaraekm@eth.net, Web: www.sreesankara.com Vanitha Ayur Research Centre: It is a research based ayurvedic medicine and beauty products manufacturer under the brand name Vanitha and a well known GMP and ISO certified unit. Aloevera, an herbal plant mentioned in Vedas, Holy Bible and Quran as the best natural cosmetic that can cleanse, moisturise and smoothen the skin. Using these properties they have developed a range of formulation for beauty

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care - skin, hair and face. Nature’s goodness and healing powers presented to you as end products in the form of juices, gels, oils and creams. Juice - Aloevera: A pure extract of aloevera leaf is a natural supplement, it helps the body balance, cleanse and heal itself and enable one to enjoy life to its utmost. The juice contains 20 essential elements and vitamins. Aloevera is world’s best natural anti-septic, antibiotic, anti-microbic, anti-bacterial, anti-toxic, anti-inflammatory and extremely effective intra cellular anti-oxidant. It helps the whole body repair, rejuvenate and regenerate cells, the basic unit of life. Aloevera (pure) Clear Gel ( best natural cosmetic & first aid): It helps to heal any skin problem like eczema, psoriasis, pimples, rashes, itching, scars, cuts, wounds, burns, sunburn, scalp problems, nappy rashes and bed sore. Aloevera - Fairness Gel (with Neem and Tulsi): Unique formulation of aloevera with tulsi and neem shows miracles on skin, makes skin fair, moisturizes skin to make it best, protects skin from sun burn, assists in healing acne, pimples marks, black spots, allergies, infections and irritations. It is the best after shower gel. Aloe - Cucumber Gel: Instantly freshen up the face by removing dirt and cleaning pores gives coolness to skin and nourishes it. Eliminate black spot and marks, tones and condition the skin. Aloe - Hair Care Oil: Aloe, neem, bringaraj amla and tulsi make it perfect non-sticky hair care oil. It enhances blood circulation, strengthens hair, stops hair fall and premature graying, completely removes dandruff and also prevents it- for elegant, graceful strong hair. Vanitha Aloe Fairness Massage Oil: Non sticky formula with valuable herbs like saffron, sandal, red sandal and rose petal with virgin coconut oil make it most effective on skin. When massaged on skin, it retains moisture on skin penetrates deep into the pores, remove all traces of sun burn marks, reduces wrinkles, reduces bad effect of ultraviolet rays and protect skin from toning gives you smooth, radiant complexion. Vanitha Aloevera products are manufactured out of organic certified Aloevera, using cold process at our most modern ISO and GMP certified factory and are tested for its effects and efficacy. The company is spearheaded by Mr. Naveen S. Pai who is the winner of various awards to his credit. For more information: Vanitha Ayur Research Centre, Eroor, Tripunithura, Kochi - 682 306, Ph: +91 484 2785023, Email: vanitha@vanithaayurresearch.com, Web: www.vanithaayurresearch.com Chaitanya Spa: A Holistic Healing Center in a serene, enchanting atmosphere with all modern facilities for the authentic treatments - Ayurveda, Allopathy, Naturopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, Reikie & Music therapy etc. Enjoy the Life Style modification center run by qualified professionals with 50yrs experience in Ayurveda Treatment. It is very near to Cherai Beach,on the lake side. Specialised treatment packages for Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Asthma, Back ache, Headache etc. For more information: Snehatheeram Elders’ Vllage, Cherai P.O, Vypin Island, Kochi 683513; Ph: 0484 2416052, +91 9249459444 www.chaitanyaspa.com E mail: drnmadhu@gmail.com The Alwaye Ayurvedic River Retreat, Shiva Temple Road, Thottakkattukara, Aluva, Ph: 0484 2620708, E-mail: kahscok@rediff mail.com, www.keralavaidyashala.co.in Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, Eranakulam, Near South Railway Station, 0484 2375251, E mail consult@samajam.org Ayurvaid Hospital, A Division of KeralaFirst Health Services Pvt. Ltd, 276-Junction of Canal Road & 15th Cross, Girinagar,

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Kadavanthara, Kochi- 682 020, Ph: 0484 2311399, 3257204 Fax: 0484 2320412, Email: goodhealth @ayurvaid.com, Web: www.ayurvaid.com Ayurvaid Hospital, 18/ 374, Rail Road, Aluva, Ernakulam District, E-mail: goodhealth@ayurvaid.com, Web: www.ayurvaid.com Aswarya Hospital, Ph: 0484 2680745 Nagarajuna Ayurvedic Group, Ph: 0484 2785436 Nayana Ayurveda Nursing Home, Ph: 0484 2780330 Punarnava Ayurvdea Hospital, 0484 2801415 St.Teresa’s Nature Cure Hospital, Ph: 0484 2473221 The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore) Ltd, Ph: 0484 2375736

Tour Operators Indian Impressions: Indian Impressions provides you some of the best destinations in South India, with some outstanding tour packages. You can choose a package or help them design your package. Travelling with them will be an experience of a lifetime. Their experience, attention to detail, commitment to client and personal touch will enable you to enjoy every minute of your vacation to the fullest. Indian Impressions aims not only at providing excellent services but also realization of your dream package. At Indian Impressions, the services include complete Tour arrangements which includes hotel accommodation, land arrangements etc. The company organizes tours, sightseeing trips, all within your specified budget. Indian Impression handles events and conferences too. They offer the most competitive rates of all major hotels and resorts in India. For more information: Indian Impressions, Manayil, P.O. Vytilla, Cochin, Kerala, Ph: +91 484 4011276, 4011927, 98954 78344, 98952 68644, 98953 78244, Email: cok@indianimpressions.in, Web: www.indianimpressions.in

Hospitals Ranjini Eye Hospital: It is India’s first NABH accredited Small Health Care Organization (SHCO). NABH or National Accreditation Board for Hospital and Healthcare Providers has set the benchmark for quality in healthcare in India and follows the international standards set by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA). Ranjini Eye Hospital’s commitment to quality care for all patients has given the hospital the unique distinction of the only accredited Eye Hospital in the State of Kerala to have international standards in eye care. No Injection No Stitch and No Patch Eye Surgery: Ranjini Eye Hospital’s (REH) unique status is largely due to the fact that the surgeons are extremely competent in the most advanced techniques of ophthalmic surgery. Introduced by Dr. NSD Raju in the year 2004, this technique has given excellent quality of vision to thousands of cataract patients. REH also was the first eye hospital in the world to do vitreoretinal surgery without injections or stitches and without patching the eye. This surgical technique was developed by Dr. Biju Raju, the retinal surgeon at REH. REH is perhaps the only centre in Kerala which can boast of excellent surgical results for both cataract and retinal surgeries. This internationally renowned eye hospital also has the state of the art vitrectomy systems for micro incision vitreous surgery for diabetic vitreous hemorrhagic and complicated retinal diseases. The vitreoretinal unit is equipped with the Advanced Accurus Vitreoretinal surgical system and 532nm green laser for treating diabetic retinopathy as well as for treating retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition which can cause blindness in premature infants. REH also has the most advanced spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) for Reti-

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nal and corneal diseases as well as for glaucoma evaluation. REH has been in the forefront in community eye care for the deserving rural population of Kerala. Under its community services wing – The Cochin Eye Foundation (CEF), REH regularly conducts free eye camps and performs free cataract and retinal surgeries for the deserving patients. Along with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), CEF has taken up a project to eliminate avoidable blindness in the 3 central districts of Kerala. REH also has the most advanced automated visual field analyzer for detection of glaucoma. In addition there is a full fledged contact lens clinic, cornea and pediatric eye clinic. The well trained and highly qualified doctors together with courteous and competent clinical and Para-clinical staff are very receptive to the needs of the patients and treat them with compassion and care. The waiting areas are spacious and the well maintained consultation rooms and operation theatre complex make the patients very comfortable at REH. Ranjini Eye Hospital is the only center in Kerala with the technology and competence to do Microincision Sutureless Cataract as well as Microincision Sutureless Vitreoretinal Surgery with excellent surgical outcomes. The most Modern Ultra Clean Operation Theatre complex at Ranjini Eye Hospital is the only such facility for eye care in Kerala. The complex boasts of double layered steel panel walls, Plainair laminar flow systems, fungistatic and bacteriostatic clean room flooring with automatic doors and scrub stations. For more information: Ranjini Eye Hospital, Near Power House, Tripunithura Road, Vyttila, Cochin-682 019, Tel: 0484 2301922, 2301955 , Web: www.ranjinieyehospital.com , drbijuraju@gmail.com Ernakulam Medical Centre: N.H. 47, P.O. Vennala, Palarivattom, Kochi - 682 028, Ph: 0484 2807101-109, Fax: 0484 2805011, Email: mail@emccochin.com, Website: www.emccochin.com Lakeshore Hospital: NH 47 Bypass, Maradu, P.O. Nettoor, Kochi - 682 040, Ph: 0484 2703951, Fax: 0484 2701996, Email: info@lakeshorehospital.com, Website: www.lakeshorehospital.com Medical Trust Hospital: MG Road, Cochin - 682 016, Ph: 0484 2358001, 2358032, Fax: 0484 2358031, Email: medtrust@vsnl.com, Web: www.medicaltrusthospital.com Dhanya Doctors Chamber : A perfect treatment for mental disorders is conducted under the guidance of expert doctors. For more information : Dr. Ajith Bhaskar, Dhanya Doctors Chamber, Palarivattom-Vyttila Road, Karolil Road, Thamannam, Cochin - 32, Ph: 0484 2345771, E-mail: drabhaskar@hotmail.com Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Elamakkara P.O., Kochi : 682 026, Ph: 0484 2801234, Fax: 0484 2802020, aimsinternational@aims.amrita.edu, www.aimshospital.org. Al-Shifa Super Speciality Hospital for Piles, Ph: 2365777 City Hospital, M.G.Road, Ernakulalm, Kochi - 682 035, Ph: 0484 2361809 Cochin Hospital, M.G.Road, Ernakulalm, Kochi - 682 016, Ph: 0484 2378980 Cochin Port Hospital, Willingdon Island, Kochi, Ph: 0484 2666403 Gyno Speciality Hospital, International Airport Road Junction, Athani, Ernakulam - 683 585, Ph: 0484 2475031, 2475034, E-mail: gynohospital@hotmail.com Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Kochi, Ph: 0484 2314110 KPM Eye Hospital, Hospital Road, Kochi -682 011, Ph: 0484 2478052 Krishna Nursing Home, Chittor Road,

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Kochi – 682 011, Ph: 0484 2368230, E-mail: krishna@krishnahospital.org, Website: www. krishnahospital.org Kunhalu’s Hospitals Pvt Ltd, 40/1014, T.D. Road, Kochi -682 011, Ph: 0484 2368451 Lakshmi Hospital, Diwan’s Road, Kochi – 682 016, Ph: 0484 2382114 Laxmi Nursing Home, Panayapilly, Kochi – 682 005, Ph: 0484 2226758 Lisie Hospital, 39/1003, Lisie Hospital Road, Kochi -682 018, Ph: 0484 2401102 Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, Ph: 0484 2452547 Lourd’s Hospital, Vaduthla, Kochi – 682 012, Ph: 0484 2391507 Luke Memorial Hospital, Perumbavoor, Cochin -683 542, Ph: 0484 2522123, 2523507, 2525232 MAJ Hospital, Edapally, Kochi, Ph: 0484 2346994 Medicare Hospital, M.G Road, Opposite Shenoys, Koch i- 682 035, Ph: 0484 2382226 Muvattupuzha Medical Center, M.C. Road, Velloorkunnam, Market P.O., Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam, Ph: 0485 2812215, Email: mmc@mmcmvpa.org, Website: www.mmcmvpa.org PNVM Hospital, Banerji Road, Kochi – 682 018, Ph: 0484 2390097 PVS Memorial Hospital Ltd, Kaloor, Kochi – 682 017, Ph: 0484 2345451 Saraf Memorial Hospital, M.G. Road, Ravipuram, Kochi – 682 016, Ph: 0484 2380452 Specialists Hospital, Ernakulam North, Kochi-682 018, Ph: 0484 2395066 Sree Sudheendra Medical Mission, Chittoor Road, Kochi – 682 018, Ph: 0484 2382390 Susrusha Nursing Home, Hospital Road, Kochi – 682 011, Ph: 0484 2351371 Vijaya Institute of Medical Sciences, Kamadhenu Apartments, Kadavanthra - Kaloor Road, Kadavanthra, Cochin - 682 020, Ph: 0484 2205261, 2205290, 2206944, E-mail: ivfviji@md3.vsnl.net.in, ivfviji@eth.net, Website: www.vijaya-ivf.com HRT Counselling & Brain Wave Therapy HRT Psychotherapy Foundation, Asokapuram, Aluva, Ph: 0484 2839005, 2837358, E-mail: hrtcfoundation@ eth.net, www.hrtfoundation.org

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Musical Albums: Dr. N.S.D Raju who is the Managing Director of Ranjini Eye Care, a state of the art ophthalmic surgical center in Vyttila, Ernakulam is popular among Musical Albums now-a-days. He is not only a singer but also a famous eye specialist whose voice is familiar to the late Hindi playback singer Mukesh.His first album Oru Sundara Swapnam which he sang along with popular playback singer Sujatha was a mega-hit. He is the president of Sangam Kala Group which is encouraging light music all over India. Apart from that he is the President of Mephill Sangeetha Group.He is the Editor of Proceedings - All India Ophthalmolgical Society. Ph : 0484 2301955. Cultural Programmes : See India Foundation, Ph: 2376471. Art Kerala, Ph: 2375238. Fine Arts Hall, Ph: 2352730 Shopping Areas : Mahatma Gandhi Road is the abode of commercial shopping complexes. All most all kinds of goods including textiles, jewellery, handicrafts, electronic goods, books, toys etc. are available here. Broadway, Market Road, GCDA Shopping complex, Marine Drive, Pioneer Towers - Marine Drive, Spice shops - Mattancherry, Convent Junction are also the main shopping centres. Geriatric Homes : Snehatheeram Elders’ Vllage is for the tender care of the aged; providing independent housing with all modern facilities - food, security, laundry, Library, health club, recreation facilities, medical attention etc. Being a project of a family of doctors, medical attention is always available. An Ayurvedic & Yoga Centre will rejuvenate you. Easy accessibility -Just one Km from Cherai junction and 500 meters from Beach.25 Km.s from Kochi and Aluva railway station and 20 Kms from Kochi International Air port. For more information: Snehatheeram Elders’ Village, P.O. Cherai-14, Ph: 0484 2416052, 6459444, 9249459444 Web: www.geriarichomes.com Astrology : Pendula Sastram : K.R.Nandanan who regards Sri.Sathya Sai Baba as his Guru, has spent many years performing meditation and sadhana which has led to his spiritual growth. He has been successful in making accurate predictions in the field of Pendulam Astrology. Ph: 0484 2678497, 2679417. Handicrafts : Khataisons Curio Palace, MG Road , Cochin. Ph: 0484 2375243. , Arts and Crafts Emporium : Princess Street, Fort Cochin. Ph: 0484 2215010. Khataisons at The Trident : Bristow Road, W.Island, Cochin . Ph: 0484 2669595. Exports Division : Khatai Mahal , V.R Menon Road, Cochin. Ph:2357472, E mail khatais@vsnl.com, www.khataisons.com The Kerala State Handicrafts Development Corporation showroom - Kairali, MG Road, Ph: 2354507, 2367144. State Handicraft Society Emporium - Surabhi, MG Road, Ph: 235279. Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, Pallimukku. Coir Board, Mullassery Canal Road, Ph:2354277. Cinema : Kanoos, Ravipuram, Ph: 2368797. Kavitha, MG Road, Ph: 2352777. Shenoys and Little Shenoys, MG Road, Ph: 2353233.Padma, MG Road, Ph: 2354233. Saritha, Savitha and Sangeetha, Banerji Road, Ph: 2366183. Sreedhar, Ph: 2352529.

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Thrissur Thrissur, the land of Pooram, is the Cultural Capital of Kerala. Kerala Kalamandalam, The Kerala Sahithya Academy and Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy are all located here. The original name of this centrally located district of Kerala is Thrissi-vaperur in vernacular, which was distorted to Trichur. Thri is a Sanskrit prefix for thiru in Tamil both meaning Sri or something opulent. Ur is land. The land with the title of Siva = Thrissivaperur. Thrissur is spanned out nearly 3,032 sq kms from the Western Ghat in the East, Arabian Sea in the West, Ernakulam district in the South and Palakkad in the North with a population of approximately 30 lakhs. The cultural heritage, historical importance, archeological acumen etc. make this district a class apart. Many rulers like The Zamorin of Kozhikode, Tippu Sultan of Mysore and Europeans contributed their share in shaping Thrissur. Raja Rama Varma of Kochi popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran was the architect of Thrissur town. Thrissur is famous for the Pooram festival (April-May) which paved the way for her to find a covetable place in the world tourism map. Pooram is the grandest temple festivities in Kerala. It was Sakthan Thampuran who ordered for this festival to be celebrated in front of the sprawling Thekkinkadu ground. The king during one of his visits to Thrissur summoned his subjects and asked them to divide into two groups and arrange procession from Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu temples with 15 caparisoned elephants each. Apart from these 30 caparisoned tuskers there are 15 additional stand by. Kundamattom (exchange of decorated umbrellas) in different fascinating colours is a major attraction of Pooram. What is more exhilarating is the performance of instrumental music displayed in situ, a blend of all major Kerala musical instruments finding place. Panchavadyam, Pandimelam and Pancharimelam are the main one. Chenda(drum), Maddalam, Thimila, Edakka, Conch, Chengila, Kaalam, Kuzhal – everything. Fire work is yet another attraction. The sample fire work is held in the evening of the day before the previous day of Pooram while the real fire-work takes place at 3.00 in the following morning of the festival day. Fact Sheet People of the town, mainly traders, partake the huge expenses involved Area: 3032 Sq kms without any petty feelings of caste or Population (2001): 29, 75,440 creed. Therefore Thrissur Pooram is the Male: 14,22,047, Female: 15,53,393 real festival of people of Kerala. Altitude: Sea Level Clothing: Tropical Cottons Tourist Season: September to March

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Air - Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (58 km), Ph: 0484 2610115.

Chalakudy ++ 91 480 Irinjalakuda ++ 91 480 Kodungalloor ++ 91 480 Kunnamkulam ++ 91 4885 Thrissur ++91 487 Vadakkancherry ++ 91 4884

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Rail - Thrissur is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network. Ph: 0487 2423150, 2440251. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road - Thrissur is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India.

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Long distance buses and inter state buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station, Ph: 0487 2421150. Long distance private buses operate from Sakthan Thampuran Bus Stand (1 kmfrom town) and North Bus Stand which is in the heart of the city. Local Transport - Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. Local private buses operate from Sakthan Thampuran Bus Stand (1 km away from the town) and North Bus Stand which is in the heart of the city. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00. Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare - Rs.7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Information Offices - DTPC, Palace Road, Chembukkavu, Ph: 0487 2320800.

Places Interested Shakthan Thampuran Palace: Also known as Palace Thoppu, the campus covers an area of six acres. Here you can see three savakudeerams (tombs) including that of the renowned Shakthan Thampuran,the greatest ruler of Cochin dynasty. The marvelous sculptures add beauty to this Palace. Archelogical Museum: (Town Hall Road) Open 1000 - 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays and national holidays. Kerala State Zoo: Started in 1885 and Spread over in 5.5 hectors of land Kerala State Zoo is in Thrissur town. There are Zoological Garden, Botanical Garden, Art Museum and Natural History Museum in this compound. The Zoo has 315 animals in 46 species. Natural History Museum displays array of specimens of different kinds of animals. Open 0900 - 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays. Art Museum: Located in the Zoo compound, the art museum displays collections of wood-carvings,metal sculptures and ancient jewellery. The art museum is also a treasure of Kerala traditional lamps. Open 1000- 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays. Fascinating Destinations in Thrissur District

Distances to various places from Thrissur (in kilometers)

Acquarium, Adur, Anakkayam Arattupuzha, Archelogical Museum Ariyannoor temple, Kandanisserry Art Museum, Athirapally, Chalakkudy Chavakkad, Cheraman Juma Masjid Cheruthuruthy, Guruvayoor Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary, Vazhachal Divine Retreat Centres, Vilangankunnu Kerala State Museum and Zoo Kodungalloor, Koodalmanikyam temple Nattika Beach, Palayur, Peechi Dam Punnathur Kotta, Saint Thomas Memorial Shakthan Thampuran Palace Sree Krishna Swamy Temple St. Mary’s Forane Church, Koratty Thiruvenkitachalapathy Temple Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple Vadakkumnathan Temple

Alappuzha ..........................................144 Bekel ...................................................300 Changanasserry .................................156 Ernakulam ............................................80 Guruvayur ............................................29 Kalady ...................................................54 Kannur ................................................236 Kanyakumary......................................390 Kappad ...............................................159 Kollam ................................................229 Kottayam ............................................138 Kovalam..............................................314 Kozhikode ...........................................143 Munnar...............................................146 Palakkad ...............................................80 Sulthan Bathery..................................241 Thekkady ............................................213 Trivandrum.........................................303

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Peechi Dam: (20 km east of Thrissur) It is a spectacular dam site with beauty of flowery gardens. This picnic spot offers boating facilities. There are frequent private buses from Thrissur to Peechi dam. Ariyannoor temple, Kandanisserry: This temple has a carved entrance gable which has been compared to the wooden sculptures of American artist Louise Nevelson. The Siva temple at Thiruvanchikulam as well as the Sree Krishna temple at Thirukulash-ekharapuram are believed to be monuments from the 9th century. Arattupuzha: This village is known for the annual Pooram festival at the temple in April-May, every year. The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions carrying the idols of deities from 41 neighbouring villages, which are brought to the temple at night in procession on caparisoned elephants. This colourful festival attracts a large number of people from different parts of the state. Acquarium: It is close to Nehru park and opens 1500-2000 hrs.

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Town Hall: Houses the Picture Gallery where mural paintings from all parts of Kerala are on display. St. Mary’s Forane Church, Koratty: The church was established in 1381 and also known as ‘Koratty Muthy’. In the following Sunday of 10th Ocotber the church celebrates its annual festival and the procession during the feast is spectacular. Poovan Kula (Bunch of Plantain) is the main offering to the church to get blessing from the Holy Mary. Vadakkumnathan Temple: One of the oldest temples in the state, the Vadakkumnathan temple is a classical example of the Kerala-style of architecture and has many decorative murals and pieces of art. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at Pooram are a spectacular sight. According to legends the temple which has sacred shines of Paramasiva, Parvathy, Sankaran-arayana, Ganapathy, Sree Rama and Sree Krishna is consecrated by Parasurama. Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple: The temple is built in typical Kerala architectural style and the important festival is Ekadesi in November/December. Vilangankunnu: (7 km from Thrissur and open 0700-1900 hrs) This is a beautiful hill which is a good picnic spot.The children’s park offers amusement rides.

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Koodalmanikyam temple: (21 km from Thrissur and 10 km from Irijalakuda Railway Station) This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Rama. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the presiding deity. The temple is a telling example for architectural marvel.The Koothambalam here attracts huge crowd. The colourful eleven-day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants is held in April - May. The festival in this temple marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala. Many traditional artforms are performed during festival. Chalakkudy: It is a place of historical importance as it was here that Tipu Sultan established the base as his army was besieging the “Travancore Lines”. The town enjoys reputation of being one of the healthiest spots in the district. It is a place worthy of visit and sightseeing. A few miles away from Chalakkudy loacates Irrigation Project and 26 miles east of the town is the Peringalkuthu Hydro-electric project. Vazhappully Rajarajeswary Temple: Vazhappully Sree Rajarajeswary Temple is the first and foremost among the family temples in Kerala. In GuruvayoorKodungalloor route of national highway -17, 1 km west to Edamuttam Centre situates this famous temple. This is the only temple in Kerala where the remedial religious rites for ‘Gandharva Doshas’ are done. Ph: 0480 2839249. Kodungalloor: Situated at the confluence of the Periyar river system with the Arabian Sea, Kodungalloor is a place of great historical interest. It was a great emporium of trade even before the dawn of Christian era. The jews, the

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Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs came here with their merchandise. From here ivory, sandalwood, peacock’s feathers and cinnamon were exported to foreign countries. The Roman colonists are said to have founded here a temple in honour of Augustus. The Jews, Christians and Muhammedans all claim it as the place of their first settlement of India. Kodungalloor the farther south end of Thrissur district is specially noted for being the place where St. Thomas, the Apostle is said to have landed first, in AD 52. Cheraman Palli, one of the ancient Mosques is situated here proclaiming the centuries old Muslim tradition here. Kottappuram, a tiny town nearby, was a trading center. From Azhikkode in the west of Kodungallur to Nattika and Chavakkadu are fishing centers on the Arabian coast. Kodungallur is noted for the Durga temple here. Bharani festival and Kavutheendal are the main attraction.Other places of interest nearby include Cheramanparambu, the ancient Thiruvanchikulam temple and the Portuguese fort. Saint Thomas Memorial: St. Thomas is belived to have landed in Kodungalloor (formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St. Thomas Church established by the apostle houses holy relics from the olden days Cheraman Juma Masjid: (2 km from Kodungalloor Town) Located 2 km from Kodungalloor town this mosque resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. Built in 629 AD, this is the first mosque in India and the second in the world where Juma prayers were started. the key to God’s own country

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Anakkayam: (20 km from Chalakudy) This place offers an enchanting expereince to the visitors. On Sholayar Peringalkuthu road from Chalakudy this place is famous with a lake of cool and placid waters. The place got its name because some elephants had been drawn in this lake. Divine Retreat Centres: In Muringoor and Potta near Chalakudy situate Divine Retreat Centres. Peoples gather from all parts of the country to meditate and pray in these centres. Athirapally: (63 km from Thrissur and 78 km from Kochi) At the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, this 80 ft high waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Athirapally is a unique water falls 19 kms from Chalakkudy in Thrissur district and 75 kms from Kochi.This picnic spot that attracts thousands daily is considered to be a gift of nature with not much distortation having been inflicted. Tourists, nature lovers and educationalist find this spot a wonderment. Athirapally has been the background for many motion pictures and movies in various Indian Languages which proclaims the importance or acceptability of the place.These waterfalls, near the entrance to the Sholayar ranges are of great scenic charm. Cascading from a hight of 80 ft Athirapally waterfalls joins the Chalakkudy river.

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Vazhachal: (68 km from Thrissur and 83 km from Kochi) Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy river. Athirapally and Vazhachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala and favourite destinations of tourists. Adur: The place is famous for Annamanada Temple. Annamanada was the venue of two historic interviews between the rulers of Travancore and Cochin in the later part of the eighteenth century. The famous Nedumkotta of Travancore Lines built by Dharma Raja of Travancore to meet the menace of the Mysore invasion passes through Adur. Nattika Beach: (30 km from Thrissur Town) Nattika Beach, the hidden treasure of Malabar cost, is the nearest beach of Coimbatore.This location is famous by the Malayalam movie ‘Chemmeen’. The beach is very safe, clean and long. 30 kms from Thrissur city, in Guruvayoor - Kodungalloor route down town is Thriprayar and the beach is only 3 kms away from Thriprayar. The wide and long golden sand beach is provided with beach umbrellas and snack bar. Deep sea fishing, beach Volleyball or badminton are the added attractions of this beautiful beach life. Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary: (35 km from Thrissur) This wildlife sanctuary is the abode of flaura and fauna.Trekking is also added attractions here. Flaura includes evergreen forests, leaf sheding forests and fauna includes elephants, bears, wild pigs, leopards, wild bi sons, tigers etc.

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In an around Guruvayoor Accessing Guruvayoor: Air : The nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (87 km). Ph - 0484 2610115 Rail - Guruvayoor is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network. Railway enquiry - Ph: 0487 2556820, 2554300. Road - Guruvayoor is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India. Long distance buses and inter state buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station. Ph: 2556450, 2556210. Guruvayoor: (29 km west of Thrissur) Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the Sree Krishna temple. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. Sree Krishna Swamy Temple: (Open: 0300 - 1330 hrs, 1630 - 2030 hrs) The temple, according to belief, was “constructed” by Guru, the precepter of Gods and Vayu, the wind God. After the deluge when the duo were avaiting they beheld a beautiful idol of Lord Vishnu floating in Sea waves. They carried the idol and consecrated inside the temple they built, for the amelioration of mankind. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure)there is a tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambham (flag-post). There is also a seven metre high Dipasta-mbham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also the images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Ph: 0487 2556280

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Thiruvenkitachalapathy Temple: The Thiruvenkitachalapathy temple situated at Thiruvenkidom Desom which is one kilometer north-east of the famous Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, is a great and unique shrine in many respects. The most noteworthy point is that the Deity worshipped at this temple is the same Lord Venkitachalapathy, worshipped in the world famous Thirumala Thirupathi temple in Andhra Pradesh. As per astrological findings, more than one thousand years ago a sage from Thirumala came over to Guruvayoor and finding that there are already temples for Lord Krishna and Parthasarathy at Guruvayoor wished to establish a temple for Lord Venkitachalapathy also at Guruvayoor. Subsequently he brought an idol from Thirumala Thirupathi and established this temple. Ph: 0487 2555394 Chavakkad: The mausoleum of Haidross Kuttee, Haidor Ali’s Lieutenant is situated at the Manathala Desam near Chavakkad. Because of its assocaition with Haidross Kuttee Chavakkad is also known as Kuttingal. Sree Parthasarathy Temple: This temple is located near famous Sree Krishna temple near Manjalal in eastern nada Guruvayoor. The consecration of the present deity in this temple was performed by the sanctified hands of Sri Adi Sankara during the 8th century, according the astrological and historical records. The present idol according to records was worshipped by Goddess Kunthi Devi, mother of Pandavas. Ph: 0487 2557699 Cheruthuruthy: (32 km north of Thrissur) Cheruthuruthy is the seat of the Kerala Kalamandalam.Thrissur is famous for being the headquarter of Kerala

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Kalamandalam, a deemed university devoted to promote classical arts like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Bharathanatyam, Kuchupudi, Vadyam, Thayambaka, Ashtapa-dikoothu and Koodiyattom. Classical Music, Kathakali Music, Musical Instruments like Chenda, Maddalam, Edakka, Thayambaka, Panchavadyam etc. are also taught here. It was the great poet Vallathol Narayana Menon who established this institute which later became a land mark in history. Many teams of Kerala Kalamandalam have toured around the globe several times presenting Kathakali and other fine arts, thereby upholding the cultural values of India. Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Sahitya Academy etc. are also situated in the heart of Thrissur Town. Chowalloor Siva Temple: The hoary Chowalloor Siva Temple or Mahadeva Temple, as it is called is famed to be over centuries old. A unique feature of this temple is that in the two-tiered sreekovil or sanctum sanctorum, the idol of Lord Siva is seen facing West and that of His consort Sree Parvathy faces East.Ph: 04885 238166, Web: www.chowalloorsivakshethram.org Palayur: At Palayur, half a mile from Chavakkad Road is a Roman Syrian Christian Church which according to tradition is one of the seven churches founded by St. Thomas, the Apostle, on the West Cost. Punnathur Kotta: The place is famous for caring the temple elephants. Numbering over 54 elephnats are taken care of and it is a rare experience to see many elephants at a time.

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Ayurveda Ashtangavaidyam Ayurvedics: Globalization of Ayurveda needs certain requirements like academic training, setting up Ayurveda centers, providing technical support by providing staff, equipments, clinical consultations, arranging referral treatments at Kerala, export of medicines and life care products etc. Ashtangavaidyam Ayurvedics provides all the above services by selective co-ordination of different Ayurvedic organizations which are excellent in their own department. Ashtangavaidyam is actively involved to bring Ayurvedic awareness in many countries. The company is a pioneer in providing services to support Ayurvedic Schools outside India and arrange advanced practical Panchakarma training at Kerala. It organizes in clinical and academic research activities for the overseas Ayurveda practitioners. It exports Ayurvedic medicines, cosmetics and other natural products to most of the countries and also provides technical support to register the products other countries. It supplies Ayurvedic Panchakarma equipments of high quality, co ordinate in procuring technical staff and helps to set up such Ayurveda centers in other countries. The company arranges treatment guidelines and referral treatments at Kerala. The referral treatment of traditional Ayurvedic clinic is also provided in places of resort ambiance. It has coordinated many international Ayurveda seminars including one in Europe. Ashtangavaidyam is culturally, socially and spiritually active. Ashtangavaidyam Ayurvedics is in pursuit of ayurvedic globalization. For more information: Ashtangavaidyam Ayurvedics, EL51/58, Sreyas, Suryachithra Lane, West T. K. Road, P.O. Ayyanthole, Thrissur - 680 003, Ph: +91 487 2361135, +91 98474 66475, Email: sreyas_np@yahoo.com, venugopalva@rediffmail.com, Web: www.ayurvedakerala.com

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Thrissur (0487) Hotel Palace Tower hotelpalacetower@yahoo.co.in Kadappuram Beach Resort kadappuram@bsnl.in Lulu International Convention Center and Garden Hotels lulutcr@gmail.com Sreedhari Ayurvedic Resorts sreedhari@hotmail.com Hotel Lucia Palace luciapalace@hotmail.com Hotel Pearl Regency info@pearlregencythrissur.com Ammu Regency ammuregency@gmail.com Vishnu Gardens and Resorts info@vishnuresorts.com

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Hotel Merlin International merlinhotels@gmail.com Surya Ayurvedics trc_suryaltd@sancharnet.in Thalikkulam Beach Resort mail@thalikkulambeachresorts.com Trichur Towers trichurtowers@yahoo.com Casino Hotel ltdtcr@yahoo.co.in Bini Tourist Home Mannapuram manotels@gmail.com Hotel Elite International mail@hoteleliteinternational.com Ktdc Tamarind centralreservations@ktdc.com Alukkas Tourist Home

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Mangalya Tourist Home Bhasuri Inn bhasuriinn@bhasuriinn.com Ayodhya RVK Tourist Home rvkresidency@hotmail.com PoornimaTourist Home Rvee’s Hotel Regency rveesregency@hotmail.com Hotel Nandanam (Ktdc) nandanamguruvayoor@ktdc.com Yadava Tourist Home Sreekripa Tourist Home Nandini Tourist Home Madhav Inn Ktdc Tamarind tamarindguruvayoor@ktdc.com Zamorins Health Retreat response@zamorins.com

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Facilities Herbal Medicine: Dr.Jayatilakan is a famous cardiologist who treats all heartailments with Ayurvedic medicines. For more information : Dr. P.R. Jayathilakan, Pokkancherry House, Triprayar Jn, Thrissur Dist. Tel: 0487 2391980, www.heartayurveda.com Cultural Centres: Ammannur Chakyarsmaraka Gurukulam, Ph: 0480 2828173. Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy, Ph - 04884 262305. Kerala Lalithakala Academy, Ph - 2333773. Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Chembukkavu, Ph 2332134. Kerala Sahithya Academy, Ph - 2331069. Regional Theatre, Ph - 2332134. Hospitals: West Fort Hospital, Thrissur – 680 004, Ph: 0487 2382130, Fax: 0487 2380039, E-mail: wfh@westforthospitalgroup.org, trc-westfort@sancharnet.in, Web: www.westforthospitalgroup.org West Fort Hitech Hospital, Thrissur – 680 002, Ph: 0487 2388999, Fax: 0487 2381051, E-mail:wf hi tech@sancharnet.in, Web: www.westforthospital.com Amala Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, P.O. Amala Nagar, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2307950 Aswini Hospital, Karuanakaran Nambiar Road, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2334238 Bishop Alappatt Mission Hospital, Karanchira, Kattoor, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2877320 Chandra Mathy Amma Memorial Hospi250 thrissur

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tal, P.O Pullazhi, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2361340 Devikripa Hospital, Urakam, Cherpu, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2342795 Dhanya Mission Hospital, Potta, Chalakuday, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2703386 Elite Mission Hospital, P.O. Koorkenchery, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2423322, 2425740, 2429322, Email: info@elitemissionhospital.com, Web: www.elitemissionhospital.com G E M Hospital, Bannet Road, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2322233 Gouri Sankar Nursing Home, Arakulam Road, Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2802257 Holy Family Hospital, Ollur, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2353030 Hydrose Memorial Hospital, P.O Eriyad, Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2819095 I V G M Hospital, Chalakuday, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2708262, 2702815 Irinjalakuda Cooperative Hospital, Kolottumpady, P.O. Nadavarambu, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2822779 Jubilee Mission Hospital, East Fort, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2420361, 2421650 K J Hospital, Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2802050, 2802260 Karuna Hospital, Vatanappally, Kandassankadavu, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2630283 Lal Memorial Hospital, P.O. Madayikonam, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480-2826799, 2826570 Life Line, T. B Rd, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2423999 M E S Thyvalappil Musthafa Hospital, Chettuva, Engandiyur, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2290230 M I Mission Hospital, Chandappura, Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2809420 M. I. Mission Hosptial, Engandiyur, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2290237 Madona Mission Hospital, Kalathode, P.O. Ollukara, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2370814 Mala Medical Centre, Mala, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2893410 Mariya Theresa Hospital, Kuzhikkattussery, Mala, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2890318 Medicare Hospital, I K S Puram, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2807111 Modern Hospital, Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2802922 Mother and Child Hospital, N H Bye Pass, P. O. Kodakara, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2720455 Mother Hospital, Pullazhi, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2361091 Mugal Medical Mission Hospital, Azhikode, Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2802274 Okay Mission Hospital, Kodungallur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2802644 Our Hospital, Trissur Road, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2821171 Prasanthi Medical Centre, Potta, Chalakudy, Ph: 0480 2700920 Rajah Charitable Medical Trust, Muthuvatoor, Guruvayur, Ph: 0487 2556996 S. H. Hospital, Pullur, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 0480 2822545 San Jose Parish Hospital, Pavarty, Poovathur, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2642188 St. Antony’s Hospital, Pazhuvil, Cherpu, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2342032 St. James Hospital, Chalakuday, Ph: 04802702887, 2708837 St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Velupadam, Varandarapilly, Irinjalakuda, Ph: 04885 236589 St. Vincent De Paul Hospital, Ollur, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2352223 Thahani Hospital, Guruvayur, Ph: 0487 2556228 Thrissur Heart Hospital, Thrissur, Ph: 0487 2440610, 2440331, 2440620, 2440836, 2440135, Fax: 0487 2442025, E-mail: enquiry@trichurheart.com, Website: www.trichurheart.com Trichur Institute of Head and Neck Surgery, Shornur Road, Trissur - 680 001, Ph: 0487 2335145, 2335185, E-mail: saroja@md4.vsnl.net.in Astrology: K.V. Padmanabhan Swami, Karanayil Madom, Karivanoor, Ph : 0487 2342693, E-mail : kvpadmanabhan@karanayilmadom.org Cinema: Jose, Round South, Ph -2420035. Kairali & Sree, Round North, Ph: 2330310. Ramdas Round West, Ph - 2335238. Josettan’s Ragam, Ph - 2420083. Swapna, Ph - 2331085.

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Palakkad Palakkad is known as the granary of Kerala and it is a land of vallies, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects. Palakkad is situated at the foot of the Western Ghats. The name of Palakkad means forests with palm trees. Palakkad derives its name from the Malayalam words Pala (Alsteria scholaris)and Kadu (forest) which goes to prove that this place was once a beautiful stretch of forests covered with the sweet scented flowers of the Pala tree. Palakkad has many significant features that seperate it from the rest of the states. Palakkad is boarded by Coimbatore district of Tamilnadu in the East, Thrissur and Malappuram in the South, West and North. This district was the only gateway to Kerala from the north before implementing the Konkan Railway. Bharathapuzha which is the longest river in the state and has special significance in the psyche of the state flows through the district.

Transport and Communication Air - Nearest Airport : Coimbatore (55 kms). Cochin International Airport (120 kms), Nedumbassery, Ph: 0484 2610115. Calicut International Airport, Ph: 0483 2719491 Rail - Palakkad Junction Railway Station, an important railhead in Southern Railway, is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network ( 5 kms away from the city). Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road - Palakkad is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India. Long distance buses and inter state buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station. Ph: 0491 2520098, 2527298. Bus Timings : To Malampuzha - Frequent bus services (0600 - 2000 hrs). To Silient Valley National Park - Bus Services from Mannarkad to Mukkali at 1 hr intervals and from Mukkali to Silent Valley transportation is arranged by Forest Department. To Nelliampathy - 0430, 0530, 0700, 0930, 1230, 1330, 1700 hrs. Local Transport - Buses, Taxis and Fact Sheet Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per Area: 4480 sq kms Population (2001): 26,17,072 running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C).The Male:12,65,794 Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.100.00 (Non Female: 13,51,278 A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws Altitude: 7.62 - 76.2 mts above Sea level fare- Rs.7.00 per running km and the miniClothing: Tropical Cottons mum charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Season: September to February Telephone Access Codes Alathur ++ 91 4926 Koduvayur ++ 91 4923 Mannarkad ++ 91 4924 Nenmara ++91 4923 Olavakkode ++91 491 Palakkad ++ 91 491 Shoranur ++ 91 466

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Tourist Information Offices - DTPC Information Counter, Near Children’s Park, Palakkad, Ph: 0491 2538996. Info Kerala Communications, Kochi - 682 018, Ph: 0484 4051532, 2391023, Email: mail@infokerala.in, Web: www.infokerala.in. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Ph: 04253 245025. Nelliyampathy, Ph: 04923 246357. Silent Valley National Park, Ph: 04924 253225.

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Places Interested Ottappalam: (35 km from Palakkad) The town is known for its numerous places of worship and their colourful festivals. The Chathan Kandar Kavu which was built by the local Kanjoor Namboothiri family in Varode Desam is famous. Namboothiri built temple where Chathan, a Harijan, found a bleeding stone while he was sharpening his knife and the presiding deity is Durga. On the Avittam day of Meenam (March/April) the temple celebrate its annual festival Thalapoli. Pothundy: (45 km from Palakkad) Situated on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir complex is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips. Thiruvalathoor: (10 km from Palakkad) The ancient temple here has some fine wood work and stone sculptures. Palakkad Fort: The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790. It is now preserved by the Archaeological survey of India. Now the fort is known as Tippu’s Fort for with thick walls in square shape. Kollengode: (19 kms from Palakkad) Kollengode or the abode of blacksmiths enshrines the pristine beauty of rural Palakkad. The Kollengode Palace, the Vishnu Temple and the poet P. Kunhiraman Nair Memorial are worth visiting. Seethakundu and Govindamalai hills nearby are ideal for trekking and adventure tourism. The places are beautiful with great sceneries. Dhoni: (15 km from Palakkad) It takes a three hour trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills to reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall. 254 palakkad

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Nelliyampathy: (40 km South of Nenmara) This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m. above sea level. At least 10 hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat road that passes through the breath taking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers. The DTPC Palakkad offers accomodation in the tourist resort with all facilities. Ph: 04923 246357 Kottayi: (15 km from Palakkad) This tiny village is the native place of the late Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Karnatic music. Lakkidi: (30 km from Palakkad) Killikkurissimangalam at Lakkidi is the birth place of Kunchan Nambiar, the 18th century satirist and exponent of Tullal (Classical art form). The poet’s house has been preserved as a monument by the State Government. Meenkara: (32 km from Palakkad) This picnic spot is the site of a dam across the River Gayathri which flows into Bharathapuzha. Siruvani: (46 km North of Manarkad and 48 km from Palakkad) The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government to meet the drinking water requirements of Coimbatore. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam are typical of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. Siruvani is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and Irulars. Ph: 04924 222574. Loknayak Smrithivanam and Deer Park: This smrithivanam and deer park which spread over 100 acres are situated at Walayar along the Kerala - Tamilnadu border. Deer and other animals can be seen and elephant rides are also available.

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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: (110 km from Palakkad) Sprawled across 285 sq kms the Parambikulam wild life sanctuary is home to rare wild animals. Boating/ cruising facilities are available at the Parambikulam Reservoir. The Rest Houses of State Forest Department at Thoonakkadavu, Thellikkal and Anappady offer accomodation. A tree house in the reserve forest area in Thoonakkadavu has to be booked in advance. The oldest teak tree, Kannimari is found here. Permission : Divisional Forest Officer, Parambikkulam, Thoonamkavu. Ph - 04253 245025. Mangalam Dam: (50 km from Palakkad) A popular picnic spot, the dam is built across the Cherukunnath river, a tributary of the Mangalam river. The beautiful parks and lawns are an enchanting experience. Malampuzha Garden: (10 km from Palakkad) This famous picnic spot which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of Western Ghats. Malampuzha which is known as ‘Vrindavan of Kerala’ attracts thousands of tourists to enjoy the gardens with lush green lorns, innumerable flower beds, glittering fountains surrounded by Mammoth Dam. The sculpture of Yakshi add the beauty to garden. Malampuzha is the home of first rock garden in South India, sculpted by Padmashree Nekchand of Chandigarh. The dam and gardens are illuminated on Saturdays, Sundays & National holidays from 1900 - 2000 hrs. On other day they are illuminated on request for a fare. There are frequent buses to this place from Palakkad. The garden, Ph - 2815280. Rock Garden, Ph - 2815140. Opens : 1000 - 1800 hrs. Boating and Fishing facilities are

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available in the reservoir. Pedal Boats, Row Boats, Water Scooters and Motor Boats can be hired. Open : 1000 - 1800 hrs. A well maintained swimming pool (Tuesday holiday), a fresh water acquarium Open : 1200 - 2000 hrs. and 1300 2100 hrs on holidays, a snake park Open : 0800 - 1800 hrs and a children’s park are other attractions of the garden. The Vadankhatola, the South India’s first Passenger Rope way which is above 60 feet offers the best panoramic view of the beautiful gardens nestled below the blue mountain. Ph: 2815129. Open 1000 1300 & 1430 - 2000 hrs. Road train trips in the garden, Open 0800 - 2000 hrs and telescope tower open : 1000 - 1700 hrs are unforgettable experience. Ph: 0491 2815280. Fantasy Park offers many amusement rides to enjoy the destination. Ph: 0491 2815122, 2815123, Tel/Fax: 0491 2815124, www.fantasypark.in Thrithala: (75 km from Palakkad) This place is noted for its monuments and historic ruins. The Shiva temple and the ruins of a mud fort near Thrithala on the Chalissery road are notable cultural monuments. The Kattilmadam Temple, a small granite Buddhist monument on the Pattambi - Guruvayoor road, is of great archaeological importance. It is believed to date back to the 9th/10th century A.D. The Pakkanaar memorial, honouring the Paraya Saint, stands near Thrithala - Koottanad road. This is also the native place of renowned writer and social reformer, V.T. Battathiripad. The place is also renowned for Ayurvedic Treatments. Vaidyamadham, CNS Ayurveda Chikitsalayam & Research Center are some of the great people in Ayurvedic Treatments. The place is easily accessible through road and rail.

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Silent Valley National Park: (40 km North-West of Mannarkad) The 89.52 sq kms national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of Silent Valley Forest is that it is devoid even of the chirping of cicadas. Vehicular transport is possible only upto Mukkali, nearly 24 kms from the park. It is the abode of many South Indian animals and birds. The park attracts visitors from all over the world. The rest of the way has to be covered on foot up to the source of Kunthipuzha which flows through the valley before merging into River Bharathapuzha. Permission: Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley National Park, Mukkali, Ph: 04924 253225. Vellinezhi: This small village was the home for several Kathakali artists in 19th and 20th century. This village is situated near Ottapalam. Attappady: (38 km North-East of Mannarkad) A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists as this is the habitat of many tribes like the Irulas and Mudugars. The Malleeswaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic Sivalinga by the tribals who also celebrated the Sivarathri festival with great gusto. A PWD Rest House, and a few private hotels offer accomodation at Agali. Kalpathy Viswanatha Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. The temple festival which is held in November every year is known as Kalpathy Ratholsavam and becomes the spectacular festival of the district. Hemambika Temple, Olavakkode: The temple is dedicated to Bhagavathi and there is no deity in Sanctum Sanctorum but only a sign of palm is visible.

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Chulliyar Dam: The dam offers spectacular views of hills and it is situated at the foot of Western Ghats. Meanvallam: This 25 feet height waterfalls is 8 kms away from Thuppanad Junction. Among the 10 steps of waterfalls only two can be accessed and the others remaining in dense forest. A mini-hydel project is also here. Punarjanani Guha: This natural tunnel situated 2 kms away from Thiruvillwamala Temple. the presiding diety Sree Rama of the temple is believed to be Swayambhoo. By performing Noozhal (Crawl through tunnel) all sins are washed away. The ritual is performed only one day in every year, on Guruvayoor Ekadeshi. woman are not allowed to Noozhal. Chittur Gurumadam: Located on the banks of the River Sokanasini (the destroyer of sorrows), this is a memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, who spent his last days here. A srichakra, some of the idols worshipped by him, a stylus, wooden slippers and a few old manuscripts are exhibited here. Thenari: It is believed that the waters of this natural spring, located in front of the old Sree Rama Temple here, is as sacred as the waters of the Ganges. Mayiladumpara: (30 km from Palakkad) This grove takes its name from the large number of peacocks found here. Thiruvegappura Sankaranarayana Temple: This temple in Palakkad district dates back to the 14th century while its Koothambalam was probably added in the 15th or 16th century.

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The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple: Situated near Pattambi, this temple has some of the most intricate laterite sculptures in Kerala. Jain Temple of Jainimedu: Situated on the western suburbs of Palakkad town, not far from the railway station this historic 32 feet long, 20ft. wide granite temple displays images of the Jain Thirthankaras and Yakshinis. The region around the temple, known as Jainimedu, is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have survived. It is at a Jain house here that poet Kumaranasan wrote his monumental poem, Veenapoovu (The Fallen Flower). The temple is built in Vadakkanthara on shores of Kalpathy river

Ayurveda CNS Ayurveda Chikitsalayam and Research Center: The integrity of Ayurveda, the promise of health and happiness for a lifetime are proffered from CNS Ayurveda Chikitsalayam & Research Center, world’s first ISO certified Ayurveda pediatric hospital. Situated in a serene pollution free zone at Mezhathur, Trithala in Palakkad district of Kerala the hospital was established in memory of Sri Chatharu Nair, the renowned name in Ayurvedic Pediatrics and a legend in his own life time (1874 – 1967), with a common goal in mind “a healthy new generation”. There was a common adage and belief among the people, in the case of children’s ailments “Daivam Paathi, Chatharu Nair Paathi” (God and Chatharu Nair will contribute equally to the healing in critical stages). The hospital is oriented to develop a healthy new generation through Bala Chikitsa (Pediatrics) to protect, enrich and popularize Ayurveda. The treatment methods in this hospital have attained international approbation and prove miraculous powers of Ayurveda. Most of the medicines prescribed and used in the hospital are manufactured by their own sister concern CNS Chikitsalayam, a GMP certified institution, whose name is enlisted in the approved list of pharmacies by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India under CS (MA) Rules. Though more significance is given to Child Health the hospital caters to the needs of all patients offering and administering preventive, promotional and curative treatments – both inpatient & outpatient, as defined in the eight branches of Ayurveda. The hospital renders effective cure for epilepsy, cerebral palsy and other diseases of central nervous system, metabolic disorders, bronchial disorders and skin diseases. The hospital has twenty-two rooms and two suite rooms with facilities conforming to ISO standard. Patients are supplied with Ayurveda Diet prepared at the Hospital’s Ayurveda Food section as per the Menu developed by the Hospital Management/Physicians. Menu Card is displayed in Rooms to enable patients to select the food suited to them. A Vegetarian Canteen is attached to the hospital where bystanders can dine. Supply to Room can also be availed conveniently. The Chief Physician of the hospital is veteran Bala Chikitsa expert, Vaidyan Gangadharan Nair, a disciple and great grand son-in-law of Late Chatharu Nair. Sri Gangadharan Nair, the driving force behind this hospital, has been serving the sick since 1951. Dr. K.P. Manikandan BAMS, PGCCH, the Chief Executive of the hospital, is the son and descendant of Vaidyan Gangadharan Nair.

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Nearby towns are Koottanadu (3 km), Pattambi (8 km) and nearest Railway Stations are Pattambi (8 km), Shoranur Junction ( 25 km), Ottapalam (34 km), Thrissur ( 45 km), Palakkad JN (70 km). Distances to the nearest Airports are Cochin (Nedumbassery) - 94 km and Calicut (Karippur) - 78 km. For more information: CNS Ayurveda Chikitsalayam & Research Center, Mezhathur, Tritala, Palakkad - 679 534, Kerala, India, Ph: +91 466 2273355, 2272055, Fax: +91 466 2270773, Email: cnsayurved@sancharnet.in, Web: www.cnsayurveda.com Kevees Pharmaceuticals: Kevees Pharmaceuticals is today a leading Ayurvedic institution with a full-fledged manufacturing division functioning at Mezhathur, Palakkad where the most modern technology is used for the processing of medicines. It is the first GMP certified company in Palakkad and ranks 14th in Kerala. It is also the 3rd ISO 9001 - 2008 certified manufacturing unit in Kerala. This division produces more than 400 traditional products and about 50 patent products in accordance with the principles of Ayurveda as lay down in the ancient scriptures. The vision and the dynamic leadership of late Dr. K V Vijayan (1953–2005), Chief Physician and Managing Director have been instrumental in steering the unit towards greater heights. The unstinted support from the members of Director Board, Dr. Vijith K.V, Komalavally & Dr. Vidya K.V has made the institution into what it is today, a name to reckon with in Ayurvedic medicines! Investing heavily on Research & Development we are constantly in search of potent cures for ailments that trouble man. Our effective product range includes the total solution for all your problems, naturally. Kevees Pharmaceuticals has been serving the humanity with quality Ayurvedic medicines at reasonable prices. We introduce you to a unique range of herbal products made of Ayurvedic extracts and have no side effects. The Ayurvedic Hospital functioning under the auspices of Kevees Ayurvedic Pharmacy provides a complete range of Ayurvedic Treatments strictly conforming to the traditional practices. The hospital blends deep Ayurvedic principles with traditional skills to provide a range of remedies based on preventive, curative and immunization therapies. Rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul is given emphasis in all our treatments. For more information: Kevees Pharmaceuticals, Mezhathur P O, Kerala – 679 534, Ph: 0466 2272442, 09142 060 400, E-mail: kevees@keveespharma.net, Web: www.keveespharma.net Vaidyamadham Vaidyasala and Nursing Home: The nursing home is set amidst peaceful sylvan surroundings. Engulfed by the soothing foliage and medicinal plants, the nursing home is a haven for those seeking mental and physical relaxation. The inpatient department of the nursing home started functioning in 1978, initially with six rooms. This was gradually expanded 18 spacious rooms and 8 A/c rooms. All are equipped with facilities for treatment, bathing and cooking. Specially trained attendants take care of the nursing part. One relative or attendant is allowed to stay with the patient. All types of treatments including Panchakarma are done here in the traditional style. For more information: Vaidyamadham Vaidyasala & Nursing Home, Mezhathur P.O, Trithala, Palakkad-679 534, Ph: 0466 2272044, 2272255, Email: vaidyamadham@satyam.net.in, Web: www.vaidyamadham.com

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Facilities Cultural Centres: Kalanjali Nritha Vedi, Ph: 2538914 Sabitha Nritha Kalalayam, Ph: 2555011 Natya Kendra, Ph: 2521043 Avishkara, Ph: 2527183 Bharatha Kala Kshethram Malabar Kalari Sangham Kairali Kalari Sangham Kerala Parasu Kayikabhyasa Kalari Sangham Hospitals: Palakkad District Hospital, Ph: 0491 2533327 Fort Hospital, Ph: 0491 2528200 Lakshmi Nursing Home, Ph: 0491 2539999 Palakkad Medical and Research Center, Ph: 0491 2521751 Palakkad Poly Clinic, Ph: 0491 2534192 Palat Memorial Hospital, Ph: 0491 2533869 Sai Nursing Home, Ph: 0491 2555525 Venkatesa Hospital, Ph: 0491 2535797 Assisi Hospital, Ph: 0491 2566379 Karuna Hospital, Ph: 0491 2538320 Balaji Hospital, Ph: 0491 2522879 City Hospital, Ph: 0491 2520235 Cinema : Abhilash, Ph: 2533325 Aroma/New Aroma, Ph: 2527088 Gowder Picture Palace, Ph: 2502310 New Kerala, Ph: 2534995 Priyadarsini, Ph: 2534426 Sreedevi Durga, Ph: 2504426 Jaya, Ph: 2538418

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Malappuram Malappuram which literally means a terraced land atop hills is rich with evergreen forests, ravines, hills and dales, sandy surfs, rivers etc. Malapp-uram is one of the most fertile land, bordered by the Western Ghats in the East, Palakkad district in the South, the Arabian Sea in the West and Kozhi-kode and Wynad districts in the North. Malappuram has contributed significantly in the cultural history of Kerala. The district witnessed many historical events like Mamankam festival, Mappila Revolt against British East India Company between 1792 and 1921, the Khilaphath Movement etc. It was famous for Hindu Vedic learning and Islamic Philosophy. It was the Military headquarters of the Zamorins of Kozhikode since early times. Three great rivers - Chaliyar, Kadalundi and Bharatapuzha make this district unique. Malappuram gave birth to many distinguished personalities like Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of modern Malayalam Literature.

Transport and Communication Air : Nearest Airports : Calicut International Airport, Karipur ( 36 kms), Ph: 0483 2719491. Cochin International Airport (169 kms), Ph: 0484 2610113. Rail: The nearest main railway station is at Kozhikode and there is another smaller station at Tirur ( 44 kms South of Kozhikode). Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road: Malappuram is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India. Long distance buses and inter state buses operate from different KSRTC Bus Stations. KSRTC Malappuram, Ph: 0483 2734950. KSRTC Perinthalmanna, Ph: 04933 227342. KSRTC Ponnani, Ph: 0494 2666396. Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare-Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00(A/C). The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.100.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare-Rs. 7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Information Offices: DTPC, Ph: 0483 2731504. Guest House, Ph: 0483 2734311.

Places Interested Jama-at Mosque, Malappuram: This is an important pilgrim centre of the Muslims of Kerala. The four day annual festival at the mosque is celebrated in April. Adjoining the mosque is the mausoleum of the Telephone Access Codes Malappuram Shaheeds (martyrs) whose brave exploits have been immortalised in the Mappila Edapal ++ 91 494 ballads. Kottakkal ++ 91 483 Manjeri ++ 91 483 Malappuram ++ 91 483 Nilambur ++ 91 4931 Perinthalmanna ++ 91 4933 Ponnani ++ 91 494 Tirur ++ 91 494 Valancherry ++ 91 494

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Thali temple, Perinthalmanna: The temple is located about 3 kms West of Perinthalmanna on the way to Malappuram. Poonthanam Illam: This is the house of Poonthanam Namboothiri, an exponent of the Krishna cult of Bhakthi movement, known for his

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work, Jnanappana (song of knowledge) and is located in Kizhattoor near Perinthalmanna. Sreekrishna Temple where he used to pray is situated nearby. Ph: 0494 2570848. Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotti: (18 kms East of Manjeri, on the way to Malappuram) The three day long Valia Nercha feast at this 500 year old Muslim Pilgrim centre, celebrated in February/March, is a local cultural event. Thirumandhamkunnu Temple: Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathi Temple is one of the ancient and famous Mahakshetras of Kerala. This Shrine which is the foremost in the Bhadrakali Temples. This Temple is located at Angadippuram. Dedicated to Goddes Durga, this is an important pilgrim centre in Malappuram. The annual pooram festival celebrated in March/April attracts large numbers of devotees. A unique custom here is the arrival of Vellathiri in the Pooram ground to give audience to the Malayankutty, the headman of the Pana tribal community. Kalampattu is an important offering here. Mangalya Pooja, Rigveda Laksharchana and Chandattam are other important poojas.Ph: 04933 258555 Rudra Dhanwanthari Temple: This Temple is about 3500 years old and is located in the centre of Pulamanthol. The Temple belongs to the Ashtavaidya Pulamanthol Mooss family. Ph: 04933 267218, 267506 Trikandiyoor Shiva Temple: The idol at this ancient temple said to have been installed by Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerala. The temple is located near the town of Tirur and attracts devotees from far and wide. Vettakkorumakan Temple: This famous Temple is located in Nilambur and the renowned Nilambur pattu festival is held here.

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Thunchan Memorial, Tirur: This is the birth place of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of Malay-alam language. On Vijayadasami day, many come here for vidyarambham, the ceremony in which children are initiated into learning. The iron stylus with which Ezhuthachan wrote his texts on palm leaves and the ancient Kanjira tree under which he composed his poems are treasured exhibits here. Ph: 0493 2429666 Thirunavaya: (8 km South of Tirur) Situated on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, this was on e of the Venues for Mamankam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, held once in every 12 years. This extravagant festival was conducted for the last time in 1755. Today, Thirunavaya is the venue for the annual Sarvodaya Mela. The Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple is also a famous pilgrim centre. During Karkidakavavu, people flock at the banks of Bharathapuzha here, to perform the Pithrukriya for departed souls. The site of Melpathur Illam, the home of great poet, Melppatthur Narayana Bhattathiri, author of Narayaneeyam, is about 2 miles from here. Ph: 0494 2603747 Tanur: The samll coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546. About 3 kms South of Tanur town is Keraladeshapuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala. Kottakkal: (12 km South-West of Malappuram) Kottakkal is known as the abode of Ayurveda, the Science of Life in Kerala.This small town is home to the famed Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala, one of the pioneer institutions of Ayurveda, the traditional system of health and medicine, in Kerala. Founded in 1902 by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala has branches all over the state as well as in Delhi and Chennai. One of the best Ayurvedic centres in the

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state, the Aryavaidyasala runs an Ayurvedic research centre, a nursing home and a hospital. The chief physician can be consulted only by appointment made at least 10 days in advance. Accommodation options at the nursing home include family blocks, double rooms, single rooms and suites. Kottakkunnu: Located near the district collectorate in Malappuram, one can see traces of an old fort at the crest of the Cantonment Hill. The fort was the first to be built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Nearby are the Vettakkorumakan Temple and the Siva Temple with the famous murals. Padinharekara Beach: At the end of the Tipu Sulthan road near Ponnani, the beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea. Vallikkunnu Beach: A beach resort set in the middle of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. Kadalundi bird sanctuary is a short distance away. Mamburam: The shrine and mausoleum of the Thangals (the religious leaders of the Malabar Muslims) in AR Nagar Village is a major Pilgrimage centre. Ponnani: The only port in the district, this is an important fishing centre. During the months of February/April, thousands of migratory birds arrive here. Located close to Ponnani is Biyyan Kayal, a placid, green fringed waterway with watersports facility. Paloor Subramaniya Temple: One and half kilometers from Pulamanthole centre and 12 kms from Pattambi of Shornur - Mangalore railway line at Paloor situate the famous Temple of Lord Subramaniyan, renowned as Paloor Kalari from ancient period. This is an all religious pilgrim centre too. Ph: 04933 268333, 267676.

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Nilambur: This is the original home of Cholainaickans the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The extensively forested land is well known for Canoli’s Plot the world’s oldest teak planation and Bamboo woods. Poonkudi Mana: Located 3km away from Anakkayam town on ManjeriPerinthalmanna road, it is an ancient mental health care centre. Nilambur Teak Museum: The world’s first teak museum is situated 4 kms away from Nilambur on the way of Nilambur - Gudallur. It is also the sub centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute. With a two storeyed buildingm, the museum offers all informations about teak with various exhibitions. Ph: 04931 222846 Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple: (3 km North of Vettichira on the highway connecting Kozhikode to Thrissur) Dedicated to Kirathaparvathi, this temple has no idol. Poojas are performed at a hole into which the Goddess is said to have disappeared after showing her presence to Adi Sankaracharya. Poomoodal (offering of flowers of Thechi) is an important feature here. Muttarakkal is another offering made by breaking coconuts. Ph: 0494 2615790, 2618000 Thirurangadi: This is the place which witnessed the 1921 Malabar Mutiny. Kodikuthimala: (11 km from Perinthalmanna on NH to Palakkad) The Perennial Springs and the green mountains form an alluring landscape. View tower and other facilities have been developed at this spot. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary: (19 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore Port) The Sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundipuzha river flows into the Arabian Sea. A hillock which is

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200 mts above sea level provides a splendid view of the river mouth and the sea. The place is also known for a wide variety of fish, mussles and crabs. Adayanpara: (15 km from Nilambur) Located in the Kurumbalangode Village of Nilambur taluk, Adayanpara is famous for its water falls and thesplendour of its lush jungles.

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Kozhikode Kozhikode is famous for various cultural activities. Almost every day one can witness musical nights and literary camps here. It was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins and a prominent trade and commerce centre. Green Countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hills, warm and friendly ambience make Kozhikode a popular destination. It was also the most important historic region with a number of temples, churches and mosques. Today Kozhikode is an imporant trade and Commerce Centre. It also takes an important role in the politicaldevelopments of Kerala. Kappad where Vasco-DaGama landed on 1498 is situated near Kozhikode. The Mahe river, Kuttiady river, Korapuzha, Kallai river, Chaliyar river and Kadalundi river are the main rivers which flow through the district. The district which is borded by Kannur district on the North, Wayanad district on the East, Malappuram district on the South and Arabian Sea on the West is also an enchanting backwater destination.

Transport and Communication Air: Nearest Airport : Calicut International Airport, Karipur (23 kms from Kozhikode Town) Ph - 0483 2719491. Rail: Kozhikode is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network, Ph: 0495 2702606. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road: Kozhikode is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India. Long distance buses and inter state buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station. Ph: 0495 2723796. Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare Rs.7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Fact Sheet Area: 2345 sq kms Population (2001): 28,78,498 Male: 13,98,674, Female: 14,79,824 Altitude: Sea level Clothing: Tropical Cottons Tourist Season: September to May

Telephone Access Codes Badagara ++ 91 496 Karipur ++ 91 483 Kozhikode ++ 91 495 Nandapuram ++ 91 496 Quilandy ++ 91 496 Ramanattukara ++ 91 495

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Tourist Information Offices: DTPC, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2720012. Info Kerala Communications, Kochi - 18, Ph: 0484 4051532, Email: mail@infokerala.in, Website: www.infokerala.in. Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery, Ph: 0495 2384382. Krishna Menon Museum, Ph: 0495 2381253. Planetarium, Ph: 0495 2770571. Thusharagiri, Ph: 80864 42570

Places Interested Pazhassiraja Museum & Art Gallery: (5km from Kozhikode) On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic

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monuments like dolmonoid cysts, umbrella stones etc. Adjacent to the museum is the Art Gallery which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by Raja Ravivarma and Raja Raja Varma. Ph: 0495 2384382 Krishna Menon Museum: This museum has an exclusive wing dedicated to the late V K Krishna Menon, renowned statesman. His personal belongings and souvenirs are displayed here. Ph: 0495 2381253 Kalipoika: (2km from Kozhikode) One can leisure by cruise on the dappled waters at Kalipoika in both pedal and row boats. Kozhikode Beach: This beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old-world charm retained in the old light house and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water acquarium are added attractions. SM Street: Sweet Meat Street is the busiest street in Kozhikode and derives its name from the times when the street was lined with sweet meat stalls. Kirtads: (7km from Kozhikode) This unique museum houses the tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. A good library with books on Anthropology and Sociology is an added attraction. Beypore: (10 km South of Kozhikode) Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia, for its ship building industry. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (the Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years. Distances to various places Arabs still get down here for larger boats. from Kozhikode (in kilometers) Alappuzha ............................................187 Bekal .....................................................172 Changanassery .....................................300 Ernakulam ............................................224 Guruvayur.............................................129 Kalady ...................................................179 Kannur.....................................................93 Kanyakumari ........................................535 Kapad ......................................................16 Kollam ...................................................374 Kottayam ..............................................282 Kovalam ................................................462 Munnar.................................................289 Palakkad ...............................................337 Sulthan Bathery......................................98 Thekkady ..............................................356 Thiruvananthapuram ..........................446 Thrissur.................................................143

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Velliyamkallu: This massive rock, much dreaded by navigators, was once a vantage point for the Marakkars to attack the invading Portuguese. An entire crew of a Portuguese ship was killed here. The beautiful natural engravings on the rock are worth exploring. Kallai: This was once the second largest timber trading centre in Asia. A steel bridge built by British is still intact here. Kappad: (16 km from Kozhikode) This is the historic beach where Vasco-DaGama landed on 27th May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemortes this historic

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event. The rock studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes into the sea. The temple on the rock is believed to be 800 years old. Thikkoti Light House: The light house which overlooks Velliyamkallu was built after a shipwreck, the remains of which can still be seen here. The region around the Velliyamkallu rock is the transit home of migratory birds. Payyoli: This is yet another beautiful stretch of golden sands with shallow waters that border Velliyamkallu. Planetarium: (Shows - 1200, 1400, 1600, 1800 hrs) The Kozhikode planetarium at the city’s Jaffarkhan colony offers extensive insight into the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. Ph: 0495 2770571 Regional Science Centre: Situated on the same compound of the planetarium, the Regional Science Centre is an eye opener into the amazing and exciting dimensions of Science. Kakkayam: (45 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque damsite, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between November and April. Vadakara: (48 km from Kozhikode) The birth place of Thacholi Othenan - the legendary hero of the Vadakkanpattu (ballads of North Malabar), Vadakara boasts a great martial tradition and was a flourishing trade and commerce centre in ancient times. Kuttiyadi: (78 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque village is the site of a major power project. The Kuttiyadi Hydro Electric power project. Vellari Mala: Scintillating waterfalls and velvet green landscapes make this is an ideal spot for trekking.

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The Backwaters of Kozhikode: Unexplored, unspoiled, the backwaters of Kozhikode hold great promises of enchanting holiday options. Elathur, the Canoli Canal and the Kallai River are favourite destinations for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary is a charming site. Korapuzha, the venue of the Korapuzha Jalolsavam is fast becoming a popular watersports destination. Thacholi Manikkoth: The Kalari, where Thacholi Othenan practised his martial feats and spent long days in deep meditation before every Payattu (duel), is a place worth visiting. Thusharagiri: (50 km East of Kozhikode) As the name suggests, land and water have struck an extraordinary kinship here. Famous for its trekking tracks, Tusharagiri is located near Vythiri in Wayanad. Trekkers start early morning from the second waterfall and climb uphill through the pristine, dense evergreen forests populated with exotic birds and wildlife to reach Vythiri by evening. Tusharagiri also abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spice plantations. Thenpara at the height of 75 mts is the highest among three waterfalls. Ph: 80864 42570. Peruvannamuzhi: (60 km from Kozhikode) The Peruvannamuzhi damsite set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speed and row boat cruises during which one can see the Smarakathottam - a garden built in memory of the freedom fighters of the region. Uninhabited islands, the bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to charm of the place.

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Wayanad Ghats: The Green Ghats enroute to Wayanad has nine hairpin bends. Each turn, taking to a higher altitude, offers a better view of the picturesque plains below. The journey through this way is breathtaking and an unforgettable experience. Iringal: This is the birth place of Kunjali Marakkar, who commanded the Zamorin’s fleet and held the Portuguese vessels at bay for a long period. The birth place of this valiant admiral of the Zamorin, on the southern bank of the Moorad River, is today preserved by the Department of Archaeology. Kuttichira: The stone inscriptions found in the Muccunti Mosque at Kuttichira reveal an interesting aspect in the history of the Zamorins of Kozhikode and their patronage of Islam in Kerala. The architecture of this and other old mosques in Kozhikode bear great resemblance to the typical Hindu temple complex with pillars, ventilators and huge tanks as well as decorative features such as stylised floral carvings and geometric designs. Mananchira Maidan: The palace tank of king Mana-Vikrama is a architectural wonder. The musical fountain inside the maidan and the meticulously landscaped lawns surrounded by traditional buildings in the Kerala style, fascinate vistitors. Mishkal Masjid, Kuttichira: One of the oldest mosques in the city, this four storeyed structure supported by wooden pillars proudly proclaims the architectural splendour of yester years. In 1510 the Portuguese burnt down some parts of it, but the charred portions still remain. The mosque is named after the rich trader who built it. Pishakarikavu: This temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagavathy. Elephant pageants during the festival season here (March/april) are a special attraction. Lokanarkavu Temple: This temple, associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers. Varakkal Devi Temple: This is considered to be the 108th and the last Devi temple built by Sree Parasurama, the legendary founder of Kerala. It is believed that Parasurama ploughed this area in order to make Devi (the goddess) appear. The main festival here is the Vavu Bali when thousands congregate to perform the ancestral obsequies. On this day the sea is found to be surprisingly calm as if facilitating the religious observances. Ponmeri: The Sree Krishna Temple at Karatt and the Shiva temple at Ponmeri have flamboyant paintings depicting Palazhimathanam (the story of the churning of the ocean of milk) from the Puranas. Mannur Temple: (12 km from Kozhikode) Modelled like the Siva Temple at Tiruvannur, this exquisitely carved Gajaprathista styled laterite structure is more than two centuries old. It is believed that the Holy Sage Sree Parashuraman starts his Siva Linga Prathishta at Tiruvannur and completes it here every noon. The noon Poojas here are therefore considered very special. The annual Sivarathri festival is celebrated in a very big way. People from far and near celebrate the festival enthusiastically.

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Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary: (25 km from Kozhikode) The estuary at Kadalundi is a heaven for migratory birds. Terns, gulls, herons, sand pipers, whimbrels and other exotic birds flock into this place in November and return home in April. Over a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 varieties of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. Jain Temple: The two temples in this compound at Trikkovil lane have exquisitely painted interiors and elaborately carved porticos. It is a renowned pilgrimage centre. Buddha Vihar: This temple houses a good collection of writings on Buddha. Parsi Anju Amman Baug: This Fire temple on SM Street dates back to the period when the Parsis, lured by the trade opportunities, settled in Kozhikode about 200 years ago. Tali Temple: Built in the 14th century by Swamy Thirumulpad, the Zamorin, within his palace complex, this temple was the venue of Revathy Pattathanam, the annual cultural and intellectual event. The Tali temple is a fine example of the total integration that can exist between wood and laterite, which is a remarkable feature of the Kerala style of architecture. Muchunthi Palli: Built in the traditional Kerala architectural style, this Mosque enshrines a 13th century Vattezhuthu (inscription on stone slab). The inscription proclaims the donation of the property to the mosque by a Zamorin. Mother of God Church: This church built in the Roman architectural style dates back to 1513 AD and is the only one of its kind in Kerala. A portrait of St. Mary, more than 200 years old, makes it a famous pilgrim centre.

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St. Mary’s church: The church was founded in 1860 for the civil members of the collectorate and the English military. In the cemetery adjacent to the church, there is a tomb dated 1717. Conduct Tours : DTPC organizes tours like the Calicut City Tours, Calicut District Tours, Trips to Wayanad, Palakkad, Ooty, Mysore etc. Booking and Information DTPC, District Collectorate, Kozhikode, Ph - 2720012.

Accommodation Name Tariff (without Govt.Tax) Phone Kozhikode (0495) Beach Hotel 2500 2762057 info@beachheritage.com www.beachheritage.com De Grand Heritage 800-3000 2725587 info@degrandheritage.com www.degrandheritage.com Hotel Amrutha 250-1200 2723844 amruthakkd@gmail.com Hotel Calicut Gate 800-1750 2443512 hotelcalicutgate@rediffmail.com Hotel Meriya 300-500 2722629 Queens Hotel 250-500 2702233 Malabar Palace 2100-4750 2721511 malabarpalacecalicut@gmail.com www.malabarpalacecalicut.com Park Residency, Ramanattukara 900-2500 2443381 Parkramanattukara@gmail.com www.parkresidency.in Hotel Span 600-3000 2700037 Hotel Park Residency 350-800 2722027 Hotel Hyson Heritage 1800-4500 2766423 info@hysonheritage.com www.hysonheritage.com Harivihar 4800-6600 2765865 admin@harivihar.com www.harivihar.com Gateway Hotel 5000-10000 6613000 gateway.calicut@tajhotels.com www.tajhotels.com Fortune Hotel 2500-4500 2768888 info@westwayhotel.com www.westwayhotel.com Malabar Gate 2200-4500 2724534 malabargate@hotmail.com www.hotelmalabargate.com Seaqueen Hotel 950-3000 2366604 mail@seaqueenhotel.com www.seaqueenhotel.com Kovilakam Residency 750-1500 2743500 kovilakamresi@rediffmail.com www.kovilakamresidency.com Calicut Towers 900-2300 2723202 East Avenue Suites 1050-3500 2367173 Asma Tower 1500-2100 4088000 info@asmatower.com www.asmatower.com Hotel Maharani 800-3400 2723101 Alakapuri Guest House 250-1250 2723451 Malabar Mansion (KTDC) 400-500 2722391 centralreservations@ktdc.com www.ktdc.com Aradhana Tourist Home 270--1350 2302021 Metro Tower 250-1500 2700571 Sasthapuri Tourist Home 250-1500 2721981

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Facilities Kalaripayattu Training Centre: Gopalan Gurukkal Smaraka C.V.N. Kalari- Kalaripayat also a specialization in neurology and Orthopaedics. Marmams are nerve centres in the body, there are 107 nerve centres. 64 such centres are fatal if injured. Based on this theory a system of medicine called Marma Vaidhya is prevailing. This branch of ayurveda is similar to that of Acu Puncture. Marma Vaidya is practiced as part of Kalari, setting of broken bones, bandages, massage with oil, healing of injuries, swellings etc are practiced to perfection by expert Kalari Masters. Uzhichil or oil massage is successful even against the deadly ailment called Rheumatism. Muscular injuries, repair of bones, back ache, joint ache etc have possible cures in this line of treatment. Uzhichil increases blood circulation, give exercise to the finer muscles and stimulates endocrines i.e. natural pain suppressors secreted in the brain. For more information: Vijayan Gurukkal, Gopalan Gurukkal Smaraka C.V.N Kalari, West Hill, Near Indian Express, Calicut. Ph: 0495 2381766, 97454 80383 Email: vijayangurrukal@yahoo.com, www.cvnkalarieasthill.com Hospitals: Baby Memorial Hospital, M G Road, Kozhikode - 04, Ph: 0495 2777777, 2723272, Fax: 0495 2723484, Email: info@babymhospital.org, Web: www.babymhospital.org Ashoka Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2721123 Chest Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2359645, 2721644 Farooq Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2401008 Fathima Hospital, Bank Road, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2420524 Govt. General Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2365367 Karunakara Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2768107 Manohar Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2701629 Malabar Institute of Medical Science, Mini By-pass Road, P.O. Govindapuram, Kozhikode - 673 016, Ph: 0495 2742117, 2740498, 2744000, E-mail: mimsclt@vsnl.com Medical College, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2356530 Mundol Nursing Home, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2736345 National Hospital, M G Road, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2723066 PVS Hospital, Railway Station Road, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2302541 Shiba Urological Research Centre, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2768777 St. Joseph Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2298536 Taj Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2365268, 2365169 Vijaya Hospital, Kozhikode, Ph: 0495 2377889

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Wayanad With its picturesque mist-clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions Wayanad becomes the most unexplored tourism destination in the God’s Own Country. It is set lofty on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 Metres above mean sea level. The all green district is also the abode of adventure tourism. It is an orchard of spices like pepper and turmeric, rubber, coffee and tea plantations. Wayanadan Manjal Muricha Pole is a line from Vadakkan Pattu, one of the very popular folk songs, extolling the heroes of gone by years, which means as bright as the cut portion of Wayanadan Manjal. Wayanadan turmeric has more dying colour and alchemic power. This district is the birth place of many heroes of martial arts. The Kurichiyar who formed the army of Pazhassi Veera Kerala Varma Raja were the experts of martial arts. The district also is the home of a small Jain Community. Wayanad also produces a sizeable quantity of rice and its name derived from two Malayalam word Vayal Nadu which means land of paddy fields.

Transport and Communication Air: Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport, Karipur, Ph: 0483 2719491. Rail: Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road: Well connected by roads from Kozhikode, Kannur, Ooty (175 kms from Kalpetta) and Mysore ( 140 kms from Kalpetta). Long distance buses operate from different KSTRC Bus Stations. KSRTC Bus Station Mananthavady, Ph: 04935 240640. KSRTC Bus Station Kalpetta, Ph: 04936 202611. KSRTC Bus Station Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220217. Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C).The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare Rs.7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Information Offices: DTPC, Kalpetta, Ph: 04936 202134. DTPC, Pookot, Ph: 04936 255207. Tourist Information Office, Collectorate, Ph: 04936 204441. Wayanad Heritage Museum, Ph: 04936 260127

Places Interested Banasura Sagar Dam:(24 kms from Kalpetta, 34 kms from Mananthavadi) Considered to be the largest earth dam in India, the Banasura project precincts are an ideal starting point for treks to the Banasura Peak. An interesting feature is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. Chain Tree: (16 kms from Kalpetta, 41 kms from Sultan Bathery, 51 kms from Mananthavadi) This large Ficus tree, bound by a prominent chain is the source of a dramatic local legend. As the tale goes, an Adivasi youth named Karinthandan was instrumental in guiding a British Engineer through the difficult mountain terrain into Wayanad. Eager to take credit for the discovery, the engineer conveniently killed

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his guide, whose soul according to the legend constantly haunted subsequent travellers. It is further believed that a priest chained the troublesome spirit onto this tree. Edakkal caves: (28 kms from Kalpetta, 12 kms from Sultan Bathery, 45 kms from Mananthavadi) An interesting trek up the Ambukuthi Hill near Ambalavayal town takes you to the fascinating neolithic cave site of Edakkal. Etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archaeologists and historians worldwide. With at least three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest thought to date back over 5000 years, it is assumed that the Edakkal caves had been inhabited at various stages in history. An interesting attraction close by is a telescope installed by the DTPC a few feet from the caves that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding country. Chethalayam Falls: (37 kms from Kalpetta, 12 kms from Sultan Bathery, 54 kms from Mananthavadi) Chethalayam is one of Wayanad’s smaller waterfalls. It’s surroundings offer a number of vantage points for bird-watching. It is also popular with trekking enthusiasts. Kanthanpara Falls: (22 kms from Kalpetta, 23 kms from Sultan Bathery, 57 kms from Mananthavadi) Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock, and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and it’s surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it’s perfect for picnics. Karalad Lake: (16 kms from Kalpetta, 41 kms from Sultan Bathery, 25 kms from Mananthavadi) A 7 acre lake with a charming grove surrounding it, Karalad is now being developed as a recreational park with facilities for boating and angling. Karapuzha Dam: (16 kms from Kalpetta, 16 kms from Sultan Bathery, 46 kms from Mananthavadi) This large irrigation based dam site is set amidst picturesque

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surroundings. It is a great place for picnics. It gives marvelous sight of the dam and premises. Boating facilities add attraction to the Karapuzha Lake. Chembra Peak: (17 kms from Kalpetta, 42 kms from Sultan Bathery) At 2100 metres, the spectacular Chembra Peak located towards the southern part of Wayanad is the tallest summit in the region. Climbing this peak is a challenging mountaineering endeavour and would take a full day. The surrounding areas offer exceptional photo opportunities. Camping on the peak is a unforgettable experience. Korome Mosque: (47 kms from Kalpetta, 52 kms from Sultan Bathery, 23 kms from Mananthavadi) This nearly 300 year old mosque is built in traditional Kerala style with extensive wood carvings. Originally built by local Nair gentry, Korome Mosque to this day is seen as a sterling example of communal amity. The annual Uroos festivities draws participants from all religions. Phantom Rock: (26 kms from Kalpetta, 12 kms from Sultan Bathery, 43 kms from Mananthavadi) Located close to Ambalavayal town, Phantom Rock; named so because of it’s skull head shape, is locally called Cheengeri Mala. The immediate surroundings offer excellent photo opportunities. Meenmutty Falls: (29 kms from Kalpetta, 28 kms from Sultan Bathery) A interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ooty Road, Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature is that water drops about 300 metres over three stages. Muniyara: (27 kms from Kalpetta, 11 kms from Sultan Bathery, 44 kms from Mananthavadi) Excavations at various points around the foot of the Ambukuthi Hill have unearthed a distinctive series of ancient burial vaults commonly called Muniyaras. Remnants of Stone Age tools and pottery found within these cellars are now displayed at the Wayanad Heritage Museum.

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Neelimala View Point: (27 kms from Kalpetta, 26 kms from Sultan Bathery) Neelimala is an excellent venue for trekking with lots of stimulating trails. The summit of this hill affords a great view of the cascading Meenmutty falls and the beautiful valley in it’s foreground. Paingatteri Agraharam: (28 kms from Kalpetta, 23 kms from Sultan Bathery, 7 kms from Mananthavadi) This is a settlement of Tamil Brahmins organised in the classic architectural typology of row houses. Their ancestors are believed to have come from Thanjavur in Tamilnadu principally as cooks to the royal household of the Kottayam dynasty. Pakshipathalam: (71 kms from Kalpetta, 78 kms from Sultan Bathery, 36 kms from Mananthavadi) Located deep within the forest in the Brahmagiri hills at an altitude of more than 1700 mtrs, Pakshipathalam is a formation of large boulders, some as tall as two storey buildings. The deep caves found here are home to a wide variety of birds, animals and distinctive species of plants. The journey involves an arduous 7 kms trek through thick forest commencing at Thirunelli. Note: Special permission required from DFO, North Wayanad at Mananthavady. Pallikkunnu Church: (19 kms from Kalpetta, 38 kms from Sultan Bathery, 23 kms from Mananthavadi) Dedicated to the Lourdes Matha, Pallikkunnu Church was established in 1905 at the initiative of a French missionary Fr. Jeffrine. An interesting aspect of this church is that it has several rituals and practices similar to those

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prevalent in Hindu temples. The annual 2 week Perunnal festival in early February draws large throngs of devotees from other parts of Kerala, as well as outside. Papanasini, Thirunelli: (64 kms from Kalpetta, 71 kms from Sultan Bathery, 29 kms from Mananthavadi) A short walk from Thirunelli temple is the clear mountain spring known as Papanasini. A ritual dip here is believed to wash one away of all worldly sins. Kuruva Island: (40 kms from Kalpetta, 58 kms from Sultan Bathery, 17 kms from Mananthavadi) The Kuruva Island with 950 acres of evergreen forest lies on one of the tributaries of the Kabini. The island is home to various species of rare birds, orchids and herbs. Pazhassi Park: (33 kms from Kalpetta, 40 kms from Sultan Bathery, 2 kms from Mananthavadi) A recreational project, Pazhassi Park comprises of a children’s play area and boating facilities on the Mananthavady river. Pazhassi Raja’s Tomb: (35 kms from Kalpetta, 42 kms from Sultan Bathery, 1 km from Mananthavadi) Pazhassi Raja, a scion of the Kottayam royal family was one of the earliest to strike the banner of revolt against British overlordship in this part of India. Taking refuge in the Wayanad hills, he resorted to classic techniques of guerrilla warfare against superior British forces. He remained successful for a remarkably long period until finally the English brought in heavy reinforcements from Madras and Bombay. This Lion of Kerala was downed in a ferocious encounter

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that took place at Mavilanthode in the last days of 1805. Pazhassi’s tomb marks the point where he was cremated. Pookote Lake: (15 kms from Kalpetta, 40 kms from Sultan Bathery, 50 kms from Mananthavadi) Set in a beautiful valley and surrounded by evergreen forests and wooded hills, Pookote is one of Wayanad’s top visitor draws. This natural lake near Lakkidi is just a short distance off the National Highway 212. It has been developed as a recreational centre having boating facilities, children’s park, shop for souvenirs and spices, and a fresh water aquarium. Replete with a café and restaurant, this is a good setting for day outings with family. Sunrise Valley: (22 kms from Kalpetta, 20 kms from Sultan Bathery, 57 kms from Mananthavadi) As the name indicates, Sunrise Valley is a great place to watch the rising and setting sun set amidst dramatic mountain scenery. The place also offers a panoramic view of the valley beneath with the River Chaliyar meandering along. Punchavayal and Puthenangadi Jain Temples: (20 kms from Kalpetta, 18 kms from Sultan Bathery, 21 kms from Mananthavadi) Apart from the Sultan Bathery temple, there are other significant Jain remnants in Wayanad. The temples at Punchavayal and Puthenangadi are the best known of these. With their beautifully carved

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pillars now partly ruined, and the area rather derelict, these sites exude a peculiar aura of mystery. Regional Agricultural Research Station: (25 kms from Kalpetta, 10 kms from Sultan Bathery, 42 kms from Mananthavadi) The Regional Agricultural Research Station located in Ambalavayal town is part of the Kerala Agricultural University. This station conducts research on spices, tropical and sub tropical fruits, vegetables and hill paddy. RARS also has a nursery with a large collection of rare roses and ornamental plants. Visiors can purchase seeds and saplings the Sales Counter. Sultan Bathery Jain Temple: (24 kms from Kalpetta, 12 kms from Sultan Bathery, 41 kms from Mananthavadi) This temple is one of the most important amongst a series of Jain ruins spread across the state of Kerala, testify to a period of a strong Jain presence in this region. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it served as a Hindu shrine, an important centre for commercial activity and eventually as a battery (ammunition store) for Tipu Sultan’s marching armies. SeethaLavaKusha Temple: (50 kms from Kalpetta, 25 kms from Sultan Bathery, 41 kms from Mananthavadi) This is the only known temple dedicated to Lava and Kusha, the sons of Lord Rama. Local legends connect this region with many important episodes from the Ramayana. As the favoured shrine of the Pazhassi Raja, this temple has traditionally permitted entry to devotees from all faiths. Sentinal Rock Falls: (23 kms from Kalpetta, 43 kms from Sultan Bathery, 58 kms from Mananthavadi) Locally known as Soochipara, this is a very popular leisure destination. While younger visitors love to romp in the pool formed at the foot of the fall, the more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery.

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Thirunelli Temple: (64 kms from Kalpetta, 71 kms from Sultan Bathery, 29 kms from Mananthavadi) Nestled amidst mountains and forests, the ancient riverside temple of Thirunelli is a fine specimen of classical Kerala temple architecture. Legend has it that this temple was dedicated by the Creator, Lord Brahma to propitiate the Preserver, Lord Vishnu. The idol is in the form of Chathurbhuja. Often referred to as Dakshina Kasi (the Kasi of the south), this temple draws pilgrims from all over, primarily for ancestral rites. The two main festivals here are in April and August/September. Thrissilery Shiva Temple: (50 kms from Kalpetta, 25 kms from Sultan Bathery, 41 kms from Mananthavadi)This stunning temple of rather perfect architectural proportions, is inextricably linked with the Vishnu temple at Thirunelli. It is believed that the performance of ancestral rites at Thirunelli remain unfinished unless followed by offerings at this temple. Within the premises there is also a shrine devoted to Jala Durga, believed to have been installed by no less a person than the legendary warrior Parasurama. There are many myths connected with the temple tank here, which curiously enough never dries up. Uravu: (12 kms from Kalpetta, 23 kms from Sultan Bathery, 45 kms from Mananthavadi) Uravu is an NGO that works in the area of indigenous sciences and technology. They run a successful bamboo crafts design and production centre along with a bamboo nursery. Uravu has a whole range of functional and decorative products created out of this wonderful material found so abundantly in Wayanad. You can view and shop for products at their sales outlets, one at Thrikkaipetta and another at Pookote Lake.

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Valliyoor Temple: (24 kms from Kalpetta, 31 kms from Sultan Bathery, 5 kms from Mananthavadi) This temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess, manifest in the 3 principal forms of Vana Durga, Bhadrakali and Jala Durga is an important place of worship for various tribal communities in Wayanad. Every year a 15 day festival is held in March/April. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Muthanga: (42 kms from Kalpetta, 17 kms from Sultan Bathery) Spread over avast area Muthanga is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Region. It is a rain forest reserve connected to two other major sanctuaries: Bandipur National Park (103 kms) in Karnataka and Mudumalai Sanctuary (123 kms)in Tamil Nadu. The vegetation is predominantly moist deciduous forest with smaller stretches of swamps, teak forests, bamboo and tall grass. With such profuse and varied flora,

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this region hosts several rare herbs and medicinal plants. With numerous watering holes, Muthanga has a large population of pachyderms and has been declared a Project Elephant site. Other animals species include Leopards, Gaur, Sambar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Hanuman Langur and Slender Loris. The reserve is also home to a small population of Tigers. In addition, there is also a bewildering variety of birds, butterflies and insects. For more information: Wildlife Warden, Sultan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220454. Assistant Wildlife Warden, Muthanga, Ph: 04936 271010 Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Tholpetty: (59 kms from Kalpetta, 24 kms from Mananthavadi)Tholpetty reserve is situated along the northern ridge of the district bordering Coorg in Karnataka. In terms of flora and fauna, Tholpetty is much similar to Muthanga. The best season to visit both the sanctuaries is from November to May. For more information: Wildlife Warden, Sultan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220454. Assistant Wildlife Warden, Tholpetty, Ph: 04935 290853. Wayanad Heritage Museum: (25 kms from Kalpetta, 10 kms from Sultan Bathery, 42 kms from Mananthavadi) Located in the town of Ambalavayal, this museum is home to an interesting collection of artifacts that shed light on the history, culture and heritage of the Wayanad region. These include headgear, weapons pottery, and objects associated with tribal life. A series of pictorial rock edicts referred to as Hero Stones, memorialise a bygone age of valiant warriors. Adjoining the museum is a small theatre where you can watch a multimedia presentation on Wayanad. Ph: 04936 260127.

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Festivals: Valliyurkavu Bagavathy Temple (8 kms East of Mananthavady) - The two week long festival in February/March, attended by hundreds of tribals Thirunelly Temple - August Seethadevi Temple - January Pallikkunnu Church Feburary Nadavayal St. Thomas Church - Janauary Varambatta Mosque - March Mardoni Mosque - March/April

Facilities Hospitals: Appukuttan Memorial Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220519 Aroma Hospital, Kalpetta, Ph: 04936 202496 Assumption Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 223120 District Hospital, Mananthavady, Ph: 04936 240340 Eye Hospital, Kariambadi, Wayanad, Ph: 04936 247574, 247274, 247454 Fathima Hospital, Kalpetta, Ph: 04936 202413 Good Shepherd Hospital, Chelode, Vythiri, Ph: 04936 255226 Govt. Hospital, Ambalavayal, Wayanad, Ph: 04936 260396 Govt. Hospital, Kalpetta, Ph: 04936 202037 Govt. Hospital, Meenangadi, Wayanad, Ph: 04936 247290 Govt. Hospital, Vythiri, Ph: 04936 255228 Jyothi Hospital, Mananthavady, Ph: 04936 240371 Karuna Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220446 Kripa Hospital, Kalpetta, Ph: 04936 202766, 202216 Leo Hospital, Kalpetta, Ph: 04936 202550 M.E.S Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220285 P.B.M Hospital, Meenangadi, Wayanad, Ph: 04936 247243 Priya Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 222012 St.Joseph Hospital, Mananthavady, Ph: 04936 240269 St.Vincent Hospital, Mananthavady, Ph: 04936 240124 Taluk Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 221444 Victory Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220586 Vinayaka Hospital, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936 220102 Vivekananda Hospital, Muttil, Wayanad, Ph: 04936 202528

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Kannur Kannur is the key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the state. The district enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many colourful folk art and folk music of Kerala. Most of the handloom textile items being exported from India are manufactured at Kannur. Timber is another commodity of business in Kannur.Beedi, the poor man’s cigar, is a cottage industry that employs hundreds of thousands. Most of the families in Kannur survive either by manufacturing beedi or producing handloom. Kutta Naithu, weaving baskets and carry bags out of reeds is another tiny industry of Kannur. With the Western Ghats in the East, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts in the South, Arabian sea in the West and Kasargod in the North, Kannur district is bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. Kannur Beach is an attractive point.

Transport and Communication Air: Nearest Airport : Calicut International Airport, Karipur, Ph: 0483 2719491. Rail: Kannur is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network. It is an important railhead of Southern Railways, Ph: 0497 2705555. Railway Station Thalasseri, Ph: 0490 2344131, 2322250.Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road: Kannur is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India. Long distance buses and inter state buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station . Ph: 0497 2707777, 2705960. Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare - Rs.7.00 per running km and the Distances to various places minimum charge is Rs.12.00. from Kannur (in kilometers) Tourist Information Offices: DTPC, Alappuzha ..........................................380 Tourism Information Centre, Railway Bekal ...................................................100 Station, Ph: 0497 2703121. DTPC, Near Changnassery ....................................393 Civil Station, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2706336. Ernakulam ..........................................317 Guruvayur ..........................................222 Info Kerala Communications, Kochi - 682 Kalady .................................................290 018, Ph: 0484 4051532, 2391023, Email: Kanyakumari ......................................627 mail@infokerala.in, www.infokerala.in. Kappad .................................................78 Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple, Ph: Kollam ................................................467 Kottayam ............................................375 0497 2780722. Raja Rajeswara Temple, Ph: Kovalam..............................................550 0460 2203457. St. Angelo Fort, Ph: 0497 Kozhikode .............................................93 2732578. Malayala Kalagramam, Ph: 0490 Munnar...............................................382 2332961. Thodeekulam Shiva Temple, Ph: Palakkad .............................................230 0490 2301399. Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery..................................146 Thekkady ............................................449 Ph: 0490 2413160. Kottiyoor Shiva Temple, Thiruvananthapuram .........................538 Ph: 0490 2430234, 2430434. Trichambaram Thrissur...............................................236 Sree Krishna Temple, Ph: 0460 2201022.

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Places Interested Payyambalam Beach: (2 km from Kannur) This long and clean beach of Kannur town is famous for its flat laterite cliffs that just into the sea. The well laid gardens and the massive landscaped sculputre of ‘Mother and Child’ make it extremely captivating. Valapattanam: (7 km from Kannur) The small town on the Velapat-tanam river is well known for its wood based industries and timber trade. The port of Azhikkal and Azhikkal Beach are located nearby. Western India Plywoods Limited, the largest wood based industry in the country and also one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia, is a major industrial concern of the district. Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple: (18 km from Kannur town) Sree Muthappan Temple stands on the banks of the Valapattanam river. This pilgrim centre is famous for the Muthappan Theyyam performed every morning and evening. The DTPC provides pleasure boating on the river near the temple and house boat cruises at the Parassini river. The Snake Park ( Open : 0900 - 1730 hrs) here is the only one of its kind in this state and perhaps the whole of India. The snake park includes three snake pits, fifteen glass cases for snakes and two large houses for King Cobras. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large crowds of visitors. There are frequent bus services from Kannur to Parassinikadavu. Ph: 0497 2780722 Arakkal Kettu: (3 km from Kannur) This was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas, the only Muslim royal family of Kerala. St. Angelo Fort: (3 km from Kannur) This seafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda, with the consentof the ruling Kolathiri Raja. After changing hands from the Portuguese to Dutch and then to the English, the fort became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar. The fort, which is now under the Archaeological survey of India, offers of fascinating view of the Mappila bay fishing harbour. Some ancient inscriptions are depicted inside the fort. Ph: 0497 2732578 Dharmadam Island: (100 metres away from the main land at Dharmadam) The small 5.5 acre island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes is a beautiful sight from the beach. Special permission should be obtained to enter into this privately owned Island. Kizhunna Ezhara Beach: (11 km from Kannur) This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala. Madayipara: (25 km from Kannur) The Madayi kavu Temple, the Vadukunnu Temple and the 12th century mosque built by Malik bin Deenar with white marble imported from Arabia, are the major attractions here. There is also a dilapidated fort at Madayi which is supposed to have been built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The view from the fort is fascinating.

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Muzhappilangad Beach: (15 km from Kannur and 8 km. from Thalasseri) Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer’s paradise. Perhaps this is Kerala’s only drive-in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 km. Raja Rajeswara Temple: (21 km from Kannur) Situated near Taliparambu town on the National Highway this temple is dedicated to Lord Raja Rajeswara. Lord Siva is worshipped as the Presiding Power. Ph: 0460 2203457 Gundert Bungalow: (20 km from Kannur near Thalasseri town on the NH at Illikkunnu) Dr. Herman Gundert, the revered German missionary, scholar and lexicographer lived in this bungalow for 20 years from 1839. It was here that one of the first Malayalam dictionaries and the first Malayalam newspaper, Rajyasamacharam and Paschimo-dayam took shape. Kottiyoor: There is a Siva temple here on the banks of the Bavali River. Thousands of devotees attend the annual 27 day festival during May-June. Trichambaram Temple: (21 km from Kannur, near Taliparamba) A Sacred Place of the Vaishnava cult, the deity of the temple is Sree Krishna. The sculptures on the walls of the sanctorum are in a class by themselves. The annual temple festival, usually held in March, is a colourful event. Kunhimangalam: It is famous for its unique bronze lamps and sculptures, near Payyannur. Thalasseri Fort: (22 km from Kannur) The fort constructed in 1708, was the military centre of the British. It is now a historical monument. The Sports’ Authority of India Gymnastic centre, an old mosque, the Jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sree Rama Swami Temple are other attractions nearby.

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Meenkunnu Beach: Uncrowded, the beach is a tourists’ paradise, with golden sand and surf. Ramaswami Temple, Thiruvangad: (25 km from Kannur) This temple, dedicated to Sree Rama is one of the most important temples in Malabar. The exquisite carvings in the temples are said to have been done nearly 400 years ago. Malayala Kalagramam: (29 km from Kannur) This renowned centre for art and culture at New Mahe, conducts courses in painting, sculpture, music, dance and pottery. Ph: 0490 2332961 Thodeekulam Shiva Temple: (34 km from Kannur) Located 2 km. from Kannavam on the Thalasseri - Manant-havady road, this temple is famous for its mural paintings. It is believed to have been consructed 2,000 years ago and was closely connected with the Pazhassi Raja family of Kottayam.Ph: 0490 2301399 Pazhassi Dam: (37 km East of Kannur) An ideal retreat for tourists, the damsite is famous for its scenic beauty and the DTPC provides pleasure boating facilities at the reservoir. Accomodation is available at the project inspection Bungalow and its dormitories. Ezhimala: (55 km from Kannur) The beautiful beach here has a hillock near by (286 mt high). Carved stone pillars and an ancient burial chamber can be seen at the foot of the hills. The hills are noted for rare medicinal here. A Naval Academy is being developed here. Pythal Mala: (65 km from Kannur) This enchanting hill station, situated 4,500 feet above sea level near the Kerala - Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a 6 kms trek to the top of the hills. Cherukunnu: The Anna Poorneswari Temple where the week long annual festival falls in April. There is a Asthikalalaya near the temple.

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Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary: Elephants, sloth bears, sambars, deer etc. can be found in the 55 Sq kms Sanctuary. Ph: 0490 2413160

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Thalassery (0490) Ayisha Manzil ayishamanzil@rediffmail.com The Pearl View Regency pearlviewregency@hotmail.com Paris Residency

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2341590

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Facilities Hospitals: A.K.G Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2705501, 2705502 Amala Hospital, Iritty, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2491168 Asha Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2503054 Ashirvad Hospital, Near Police Club, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2700076 Ashoka Hospital, South Bazzar, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704688 Asraya Hospital, Mattanoor, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2471774 Aswini Hospital, Jail Road, Thaliparamba, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704495 B.K.M Hospital, Payyannur, Kannur, Ph: 04985 204787 Beach Polyclinic, Hotelite complex, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2760497 Cannanore Eye Hospital and Medical Centre, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704661 Cannanore Urology Centre, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2700006 Chaithanya Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2700130 Christhuraj Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2361236 City Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2712982 Crescent Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704958 Devaki Memorial Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2703125 Dhanalakshmi Hospital, Kannothum chal Road, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2701524, 2701525 Disha Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2341946 Fathima Hospital, South Bazar, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2707746, 2708866 Govt. Hospital, Mattanur, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2473500 Govt. Hospital, Payyanur, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2503130 Govt. Hospital, Thaliparambu, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2203298 Govt. Hospital, Valapattanam, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2775030 Koyili Hospital, Thaliparamba, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704371 Lourde Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 04982 203137 M.K Ummerkoya Memorial Hospital Complex, Prassinikkadavu, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2760250 M.M. General Hospital, Pappinissery, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2778531 Malabar Hospital, Iritty, Kannur-670 703, Ph: 0490 2491269 Mission Hospital, Kannapuram, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2240840 Modern Multi Speciality Hospital, Pappinissery, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2778531 Moopans Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704787 Mukunda Hospital, Payannur, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2702939 Muppan’s Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704787 Nayanar Memorial Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2202638 Nova Medical Centre, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2323293 P V M Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2778477 Pariyaram Medical College Hospital, Pariyaram, Kannur670 502, Ph: 0497 2800364 Payyanur Medicare Centre, Kannur, Ph: 04985 207372 Rajeswari Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2768378 Razlok Hospital, Valia Valappu Kav Road, Thavakkara, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704210 Santosh Hospital, Thalassery - 670 101, Ph: 0497 2342702 Shemy Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2341776 SM Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2704520 Speciality Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 0497 2712770 St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kannur, Ph: 04982 245223

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Kasaragod Kasaragod is known as land of Gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. Kasaragod displays a variety of styles in architecture - the unique style of the Madhur Mahaganapathy Temple, the typical Kerala style of the historic Malik Deenar Great Juma Masjid and so on speak volumes about the rich cultural heritage of the region. Spectacular pageants of Theyyam, Yakshagana, Kumbla (buffalo race), Poorakkali, Kolkali etc enchant visitors. The northern most part and district of Kerala. This hiterto deserted district has gained importance from the recent time when it became the window to the Western and Northern parts of India after the introduction of Konkan Railways. The culture here is a blend of Malayalis and that of Mangaloorians. Malayalam, Kannada and Tulu are spoken here or rather a mixture of all these. The beach is very attractive, especially the fort Bekal. Bekal fort, which is the largest and best preserved in the state, has since become an important tourist spot and will soon became a resort of international standards. Adjoining Chandragiri fort is also very famous. Kasaragod is world renowned for its coir and handloom industries. Fishing is a prime source of livelihood.

Transport and Communication Air: Nearest Airports : Mangalore (50 kms). International Airport, Karipur (200 kms ) Ph: 0483 2719491. Rail: Kasaragod is well connected with the major towns in and outside Kerala by an extensive rail network. The station situates on the Kozhikode - Managalore Mumbai route. Ph: 04994 230200. Railway enquiry - Ph: 139, 1397. Road: Kasaragod is connected by road with several tourist centres and cities in India. Long distance buses and inter state buses operate from the KSRTC Bus Station. Ph: 04994 225677, 230677. Local Transport: Buses, Taxis and Autorikshaws. The minimum charge for buses is Rs.4.00.Taxi fare - Rs.8.00 per running km (Non A/C)and Rs.9.00 (A/C). The Minimum Charge for taxis is Rs.110.00 (Non A/C) and Rs.130.00 (A/C). Autorikshaws fare - Rs.7.00 per running km and the minimum charge is Rs.12.00. Tourist Information Offices: Bekel Resorts Development Corporation, Ph: 0467 2236580, Email: brdc@sancharnet.in, Web: www.bekal.org. Government Guest House, Ph: 04994 230876. PWD Guest House, Ph: 04994 231606.

Places Interested Bekal Hole Aqua Park: (1 km from Bekal fort) The only one of its kinds in Northern Kerala, this unique Aqua park provides watersport facilities like Pedal boats and water cycles. The Bekal Tourism Project : 130 acres of pristine land with all the attractions including backwaters, beaches, hill stations etc. is being developed into what will be Asia’s finest Resort.

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The Bekal Fort: (16 km south of Kasaragod on the national highway) The 300 year old Bekal fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala. This imposing circular structure of laterite rises 130 feet above sea level and stands on a 35 acres head land that runs into the Arabian Sea. Buses are available every 10 minutes from Kanhangad to bekal and Kasargod to Bekal via Chandragiri bridgeKanhagad state highway. Ph: 0467 2272900. Bekal Fort Beach: (1 km from Bekal Fort) This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation. B R D C: It was set up by the Govt. of Kerala to develop Bekal as a tourist destination. Bekal Resorts Development Corporation focuses on planned, environment friendly and geographically viable methods of development. The company concentrates on setting up comprehensive tourism infrastructure, at the sme time ensuring that the development is beneficial to the local community. Ph: 0467 2272007. Manjeswaram: A number of temples and fifteen mosques make this cashew growing town a prominent pilgrim centre. The Memorial of the late Govinda Pai, the grand Patriarch of Kannada literature, is also located in Manjeswaram. Anandasram: (15 km from Bekal) This internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by Swami Ramdas in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience best suited for meditation and spiritual studies. Mahalingeswara Temple, Adoor: (45 km from Kasargod) Located in wooded surroundings on the southern banks of the River Payaswini, this ancient Siva Temple contains a sanskrit inscription in Kannada script which has been ascribed to Western Chalukya King Kirthivarman II (745-755 AD).

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Malik Deenar Mosque: Kasaragod acquired over the years considerable importance as a centre of Islam on the west coast. The historic Malik Deener Juma Masjid built in the typical Kerala style is believed to have been founded by Malik Ibin Dinar. The Juma Masjid, which is one of the best kept and most attractive in the district is located at Thalankara. Tejaswini/Valiyaparamba Backwaters: (30 km from Bekal) This is one of the most scenic backwater stretches in Kerala. Fed by Four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, this much favoured destination offers enchanting boat cruises. Chandragiri: Situated on the Chandragiri river, South - East of Kasaragod town, this town is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri Fort, one of a chain of forts built by the same ruler, offers a breathtaking view of the river and Arabian Sea. It is a vantage point to watch the sunset. There is a mosque nearby. The ancient Kizhur state temple at Chandragiri celebrates the annual festival called pattu utsavam very enthusiastically. Jain Temples: There are two old Jain Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the Southern bank of Manjeswar River. Cheruvathur: This is the home of the illustrious poets and scholars of Kuttamath. The ruins of a Dutch Fort built in the 18th century can be found in the Veeramala Hills. Cheruvathur is also a fascinating picnic spot. Mother Dolorus Church: About 11 kms from Kumbla on the Kumbla - Badiadka road situated the famous Mother Dolorus Church. The hundred years old Roman Catholic Church is built in the Gothic Style. The our lady of sorrows church constructed in 1890, is the oldest in the district.

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Kanwatheertha Beach: (3 km from Manjeswaram) A large swimming pool like formation of the sea one the vast beach is the main attraction. Kanhangad /Hosdurg Fort: This is renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekhara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty and also for the Nithyanandashram, an internationally recognised spiritual centre. Madiyankulam Durga Temple: This Bhadhrakali temple at Kanhangad in Hosdurg is famed for the Bhutha dance performed in connection with the annual festivals in May/June & December/January. Kottancherry: (30 km north east of Kanhangad) This place bears great resemblance to the scenic beauty of Kodaikanal. The rain forests near Konnakkad is ideal for trekking. Ranipuram: (85 km from Kasaragod town) Situated 750 mts above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation- evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. This area was formerly known as Madathumala. The extensive forests of Madathumala merge with the forests of Karnataka. Ranipuram in its natural beauty is comparable to Ooty. Wild elephants can be seen wandering on the top of the mountains. Jeep services to Ranipuram are readily available from Panathady, which is linked to Kanhangad by frequent bus services. Trikkaripur: The old seat of the Thazhekattu Mana, Trikkaripur is the home town of TS Thirumumb, poet and freedom fighter and Guru Chandu Panikkar, the famous Kathakali artist. Edneer Mutt: (10 km north east of Kasargod) The Mutt of Edneer renowned as a seat of art and learning belong to the Sankaracharya tradition. Possadigumpe: (18 km east of Mangalpady in Dharmathadka) This is an ideal picnic spot, located on a hillock 1060 feet above sea level. Tulur Vanam: (4 km east of Panathur) Also known as Kekulom (the eastern place). The temple here is consecrated to Kshetrapalan and Bhagavathi. The eight day annual festival commencing from Sivarathri, attracts large crowds from all over the district as well as from Coorg of Karnataka. C P C R I: The institute was established in 1970 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and has its head quarters in Kudlu, 5kms North of Kasaragod. The Central Plantation Crops and Research Institute serves as a national forum for improving the genetic potential of plantation crops, to conduct basic and applied research on various aspects of these crops, to produce genetically superior planting materials for coconut, arecanut, spices and cashewnut. Pandiyan Kallu: A rock rising in the sea about 2 km from the Trikkannad Temple, Pandiyankallu is an ideal spot for adventurous swimmers. Legend has it that ship of one of the Pandiya Kings who attacked Trikkannad Temple was converted into a rock. Ananthapuram Lake Temple: (30 km from Bekal) This 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolasthanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmnabha Swami Temple, Thiruvananthapuram.

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Kappil Beach: (6 km from Bekal Fort) Remote and secluded this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. Madhur Temple: (8 km North of Kasarasgod town) The Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple, with its rich architecture and copper plate roofing, rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of the Madhuvahini river. Devotees throng here to worship God.The Temple is also beautiful because of its architectural style. Nileswaram Palace: The cultural centre of the district, this was the seat of the Nileswar Rajas. The Nileswaram palace today functions as the folklore centre of the Department of Archaeology. The town is also famous for its numerous shrines, temple festivals and the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Centre which offers rejuvenation therapy and naturopathy treatments like mud and herbal baths. House Boat Cruise 08 - 10 hours houseboat cruises from Sulthan Kanal upto Parassin-ikadavu Muthappan Temple in Kannur. Boarding point-Kottapuram, Nileswaram: Type of cruises-Sunset cruise, Shot trips, 24/48 hour trips, Party/conference crise Luxury Pontoons also available for day/night cruises Booking & Information - BRDC, Ph: 0467 2236580.

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Festivals Pattutsavam: January, Chaliyaporattu Festival - March, Palakkunnu Bharani - March, Pooram at Arakkal Temple - March/April, Kanathur Theyyam Kaliyattom December

Facilities Cultural centres: (Bekal) Folkland, Trikkaripur: An agency for folklore and culture. a small museum is also set up here showcasing theyyam idols and costumes. Tel: 0467 2210699, 98473 05699 Yakshagana, Professial agency, Kottoor Karthikeya Kalakendra, Kottoor P.O., Muliyar, Kasaragod Puppet Show, Mr,Ramesh, Sirikannada Press Pulikunnu, Kasaragod Hospitals:Arimala Hospital & Trauma Centre, Kottachery, Kanhangad, Kasaragod, Ph: 0467 2202260, 2203060 Bakers Hospital, Kasaragod, Ph: 0467 2236360 Carewell Hospital, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 230180 Crescent Hospital,Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 272305 Fathima Hospital, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 230524 Govt. THQ Hospital, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 230080 Janardhana Nursing Home, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 234213 Kamath Medical Centre, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 230004 Malik Deenar Hospital, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 230112 Mallaya City Hospital, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 226818 Mansoor Hospital, Kanhangad, Kasaragod, Ph: 0467 2202070 Mundol Nursing Home, Kasaragod, Ph: 0467 2236345 Prasanthi Nursing Home, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 230148 Uma Nursing Home, Kasaragod, Ph: 04994 230672

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Dream World Water Park: The enchanting beauty of Athirappilly Water Falls, the scenic attraction of Vazhachal, Thumboormuzhy and Sholayar had fascinated tourists from time immemorial. Dream World, the most modern man made sophisticated Water Theme Park is situated on Athirappilly route very near to the magical natural beauty of Athirappilly. Dream World Water Park has attracted thousands of tourists from all over India. The huge Dragons built at the main entrance on Athirappilly road will give a pleasant feeling to the tourists as if they are entering into a Jurassic Park. The layout of the park is designed in such a way that tourist belonging to any age group can effortlessly reach all the rides without much walking or climbing. The visitors can go to any nook and corner of the park without foot protection as the whole area is either covered with paving tiles or lawn that can be seen rarely at any similar parks. Many of the tourists repeatedly visit the park, as there is no other park in Kerala with such unique water rides. At least 5 numbers of water rides are newly introduced in Dream World that cannot be found in any other park in South India. There are altogether 42 numbers of rides in Dream World Water Park out of which 24 numbers are water rides. The peculiarity of the rides is its uniqueness with nature. The floats, rafts, boats, tubes etc. used in each ride are of different types and it is the very specialty of Dream World. In spite of sophistication, height, length and thrill, all rides are cent percent safe. No other Amusement Park in Kerala is having so many varieties of Water Rides, that also inimitable in its category. For more information: Dream World Water Park, Athirappilly Road, Chalakudy - 680 721, Thrissur, Kerala, Tel/Fax: 0480 2746935, 2746955, 2747665, dreamworldpark@gmail.com, Website: www.dreamworldwaterpark.com Fantasy Park: Fantasy Park is situated in the foot hills of the beautiful, Western Ghats and just 1 km away from the famous Malampuzha gardens. Unlike other destinations Malampuzha offers a multitude of attraction to all categories. Fantasy Park stands out for its serenity, enchanting beauty and the rare blend of scenic ingredients and here the nature is at its best. Children get enthused, elevated and educated here. Its various dry and wet rides are really a heavenly abode for the visitors who are in search of fun, excitement, thrill and enjoyment. In the midst of the stifling heat of Palakkad, Fantasy Park welcomes all to a cool experience in its Water World. Fantasy Park only 1 km from the Dam, with its various dry and wet rides makes the Malampuzha visit a great experience. Fantasy Park in keeping with its 16 year tradition is still the most economical water park in Kerala. Making service affordable to the middle class families has always been the Motto of the promoters of Fantasy Park. Fantasy Park has over the years regularly introduced new dry and wet rides. The recently introduced boomerang ride, first time in Kerala is wonderful experience. Planetarium is an additional attraction to all visitors. The park has 20 major dry rides like water merry go round, striking car, super splash, baby train, paratrooper, mini telecombat, water kiddy ride, dragon coaster, horse ride, scooter ride, pirate boat, catter pillar etc. And more than 11 water slides. Bathing in the unique 40 feet high water fall will thrill and cool the visitors from the summer heat. The twin lane mat slide is very popular to all. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty by trotting in the surroundings or just wash away the blues on

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the rain dance platform. Quality of water is ensured with online testing and automatic dousing equipment. Our simulator games complex is the largest in South India, comprising various world class simulator games. It is only in Fantasy Park that you can enjoy so many wet and dry rides at the nominal entry fee of Rs.300/ - per adult and Rs.250/- per child and the motto continues to be - more fun at an affordable rate. For more information: Fantasy Park, 8/5 - Malampuzha, Palakkad 678 651, Ph: +91 491 2815122, 2815123, Fax: +91 491 2815124, Email: info@fantasypark.in, Web: www.fantasypark.in Happy Land Water Theme & Amusement Park: Theme Parks made the concept of one-day-picnic more alluring and exciting. Nowadays theme parks are synonymous with picnicking. Water theme amusement parks create perfect ambience to relish the thrills of adventure involved with kids switching from one ride to another, sharing exceptional experiences and building new bonds with people. If it is wholesome happiness, amusement, excitement and a fine picnic that you are looking for with your family, then there is no better place than Happy Land Amusement Park. It is interesting to see even adults becoming kids once again inside the park. For individuals with busy and nerve-wracking schedules theme parks make ultimate hangout places to take a break and distress. Happy Land water theme park is meant for those who wish to bask in the gleeful vibes of delight forgetting everything. Happy Land is a clear-cut cross-section of Kerala’s captivating landscape - a water theme park created without violating the diversity and originality of landscape. It is the most ideal amusement centre of the State. The unique feature of the park is that it offers enjoyment for all alike - young and old, men and women. It amuses and entertains you with a wide range of exciting ideas that leave you filled with wonder. The various exclusive events, games and other attractions amuse all alike and the whirlpool will be an everlasting experience. The only amusement theme

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park in south Kerala, Happy Land is located on MC Road, 20 km north of Trivandrum city. This picnic hotspot, positioned on the picturesque hamlet of Kuthiramkulam in between Vembayam and Pirappancode, is a place endowed with nature’s bounty, featuring valleys, plains and woodlands. Even though Trivandrum has internationally recognized tourist destinations like Kovalam, Ponmudi and Agatshyaar Koodam, until recently it did not have an amusement theme park - a contemporary attraction of modern-day tourism. Happy Land, a paradise of amusement and entertainment, is a joint venture by a group of enterprising NRKs. Happy Land was opened for the public in 2005. Spread over an area of 18 acres there are a variety of adventure rides including river crossing, valley crossing, flying fox, rock climbing, trampoline and Akash, the highest ride that gives a view of both the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. The biggest in Asia with oceanic waves, the wave pool, the family pool and waterfalls are other attractions of Happy Land. There are number of rides people of all ages can enjoy like Challenger, Blue Wind, Columbus, Smash, Cro-Cro, Crazy Cruise and Kuhu-Kuhu Express. Happyland is incorporating more and more new rides periodically to its existing array to offer more thrill from time to time. The Vortex takes you to a trip amidst the stars. Apart from the four-dozen rides under the sections Water World, Thrills and Spills and Kid’s Village, five more rides will be there to thrill you from this year onwards. The 18 acre park amidst natural greenery and serene beauty has got recognition as a complete amusement destination with cent percent hygiene. It is maintaining high international standards in all spheres including security. International standards are assured in hygiene, especially in purifying the water used in water rides. Very often you will have to choose from the rides as all the rides cannot be enjoyed in a single day. Happy Land aims to make amusement affordable to commoners by offering a surprising variety of rides at reasonable rates. Happy Land has a three star restaurant,

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coffee shop, ice-cream parlour, telephone kiosk, curio corner, first-aid post and safe lockers and dressing rooms, along with ample parking facilities. Another highlight is the houseboat shaped convention centre apt for celebrations, get-togethers, business meets, anniversaries and stage programmes. Three star buffet parties and other celebrations can be conducted here at affordable price rates. This is the first project of Happy Land Amusement Park and Resorts Private Limited, a joint venture of a couple expatriate Malayalis. The proprietors have scheduled to start an Ayurvedic resort alongside the park. They are also planning to develop and improve the facilities and rides of the park. Bookings can be done at a discount rate through the website. For more information: Happy Land Water Theme and Amusement Park, Vembayam, Trivandrum - 695 015, Ph: +91 472 2581193, 2581194, 25881122. City Office: Opp. LIC, Pattom, Trivandrum - 695 004, Ph: +91 471 2558956, 2558952, Fax: +91 471 2449215, Help Line: +91 98477 11119, Email: contact@happylandtvm.com, Web: www.happylandtvm.com Sadhoo Merry Kingdom: The location of the Park is so ideal that the visitors will be immersed in thrilling entertainments for the day while remaining in a serene atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Started functioning since April 2007, the Park offers spectacular and amazing variety of entertainments for the whole family and is one of the most exciting family holiday destinations in Southern India. The park has 25 water and dry rides, 3 spacious restaurants and shopping area. The Park has a capacity to entertain 5 lakh visitors/guests annually. It provides various types of video/electronic games, thrill rides, family rides, live shows, water slides and much more. This outdoor location based entertainment park has host of modern facilities like oriental village architecture, blue pools, caring and devoted staff in uniforms at service of visitors inside the park, most hygiene and safety measures as per approved standards, advanced/ultramodern filtration and purification systems. Amusement rides and machines are supplied by world class renowned leisure companies based in New Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Chennai and Gujarat. For more information: Sadhoo Merry Kingdom, Chala Hills, P.O. Thottada, Kannur - 670 007, Ph: +91 497 2823100, 3243100. Tele/fax: +91 497 2824300, Email: mail@sadhoomerrykingdom.com, Website: www.sadhoomerrykingdom.com Silver Storm: It is noted for an unmatching amusement park. Although there are amusement parks several in numbers in Kerala and elsewhere, this particular one stands out for its serenity, enchanting milieu and the rare blend of scenic ingredients. Children get enthused, elevated and educated here, while they communicate with nature through heart springs. Their major attractions are kids pool, master blaster, super splash, wild raft ride, wave pool, turbo twister, baby train, columbus, harakiri, mama aqua dance, go-carting, flying dutchman, Jurassic splash, bumping boat, sky jet, striking car,aquarium,rain dance etc. will lead to the people in a dreamy world. The whisper of waterfalls and screeching of wild life in the distance is really fantastic. Go-carting, Flying Dutchman, Jurassic splash, Bumping boat and sky jet are the new games introduced by silver storm for the first time in south india and the contribution made by silver storm for the growth of tourism sector especially in Kerala is a notable fact. Chinese Village is the another attraction of the park. The entrance rate charged for adults is Rs.350/- and children Rs.280/- senior citizen Rs. 180/- Silver storm Amusement Park (P) Ltd., Vettilapara P.O., Chalakudy, Thrissur - 21, Ph: 0480 2769116, 2769150, 2769496 326 amusement parks

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Veega Land: Veega Land, the first ISO 14001 (for environmental protection) and OHSAS 18001 (for safety) certified amusement park in India, is a picture-perfect spot with exhilarating rides and games nestled in the heart of marvelous scenic beauty. This amusing land located at Pallikkara, 14 kms from Cochin City, established in 2000, has, over the years, become a landmark in entertainment in Kerala. Veega Land is India’s No.1 amusement park which offers world class entertainment with adventure. The park offers a perfect get away for unwinding oneself. One can enjoy the variety of its land and water rides which confirms to our caption of, “where nature, art and technology merge”. An investment to the tune of Rs.70 crores has already been made in the forefront for maintaining its leadership in all areas of its operation and this paved the way for it to win the prestigious reputation of being the finest amusement park in India. Veega Land holds to its credit a sum of 88 lakh satisfied guest who came to Veega land within a span of 11 years. Veega Land offers the best amusement and fun, taking visitors to a new world of entertainment. Veega land sports world-class entertainment including more than 53 exciting rides. The spectacular range includes Spinning Coaster, Thunder Fall, Twin Flip Monster, Vintage Tornado, Caterpillar, Jumping Frogs, Space Gun, Flying Boat, Sky Wheel, Wind Mill, Hang Glider etc. The Water Rides are cool and total fun, with pure, clear blue water you’ll never want to get out of. The new attractions of water rides are Water Falls - where dazzling water lushes through the steep rocks, Up Hill - the gliding effects through 40ft height slide and 3000 sq.ft. pool, the kid’s section of this pool has a bubble forming system that keeps sending bubbles in to the water continuously. There are pools, slides and rides here, like

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Wave Pool, Rapid River, Water Coasters, Bullet Rides, Wonder Splash, Fun Glides, Snake Slides, Family Pool, Water Pendulum, Vertical & Wavy Fall, Family Slide, Turbo Sphere etc. A fairyland for every kid, Veega Land also has numerous rides for kids like Castlejet, Pirate Ship, Convoy, Happy Kangaroo, Moon Walker, Kiddies Wheel, Flying Ammu and Jumping Horses. Veega Land also has hi-tech rides like 3DCine Magic, Balarama Cave. Apart from these, there is, India’s first ultra modern 500 seats digital indoor Musical Fountain. Nestled in picturesque greenery, the rides are safe and well-supervised, which means tension-free entertainment for the visitors. The heavenly atmosphere in the park is enriched by more than 600 rare varieties of trees and plants. Committed to the cause of protecting Mother Nature, Veega Land observes stringent measures to maintain a clean and pollution-free environment. The usage of water and electricity are minimized by utilizing them in a well-planned, scientific manner. Also, rainwater is conserved during monsoon seasons with the help of rainwater harvesting system commissioned in the park. The Water purification system at Veega Land is a very significant aspect as the cleanliness of water, used by thousands of people everyday, is a very important requirement. Modern Water Treatment Plant and Quality Control Lab at Veega Land assure that each drop of water in the various water rides is clean and hygienic. Besides, all the Water Treatment methods here conform to standards prescribed by the BIS. The waste disposal system at Veega Land is nature-friendly too. The unusable water, leftover after the purification process, is used for irrigation purposes within the park, thereby conserving a substantial amount of water. The exceptional in-park facilities at Veega Land have given a new definition to the Indian Amusement Park Industry. There is a multi-utility hall that can accommodate 200 people ideal for conducting conferences and meetings, an indoor pavilion that can seat 500 people with the latest light and sound system, numerous bathrooms and dress changing rooms with bathing and dressing facilities for up to 400 per-

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sons, 2400 lockers, 7 multi-cuisine economical restaurants, several ice-cream and soft drink stalls. The safety measures at Veega Land are on par with global standards. The entire area of the park is being protected from the hazards of lightening with the support of lightening arresters situated in different areas of the park. Most of the rides are set in covered areas, as Kerala is a monsoon state. The management and staff at Veega Land strive relentlessly for maximum customer satisfaction. A team of dedicated, courteous and highly trained lifeguards, ride attendants, Security personnel are always present in the park to render all possible assistance to the guests. Veega Land has won many prestigious awards for overall excellence like the Kerala State Pollution Control Award for it’s totally pollution free environment, Kerala State Tourism Award 2001-2002 for its outstanding contributions to the tourism industry and the Tourism Man of the Year 2000 conferred to Mr. Kochouseph Chittilappilly, Managing Director of Veega Land. For more information: Veega Land, Ph: +91 97447 70000, +91 484 2684009, Fax: +91 484 2682908, Email: gr@veegaland.com, Web: www.veegaland.com Vismaya Water Theme Park: Beautifully blended with exquisite nature and most modern technology. Vismaya open up new horizons in the world of thrill and triumph. Spread across acres, it is filled with thrilling rides and water sports. A treat for both children and adults of all age groups. Come enjoy a fun filled day with your family and friends. For more information: Vismaya Water Theme Park, Parassinikadavu, Kannur - 670 563, Ph: 0497 2782850, 2783800, Email: info@vismayakerala.com, malabarpleasures@yahoo.com, Web: www.vismayakerala.com

Amusement Parks in Tamil Nadu Baywatch: Baywatch water theme amusement park at sunset point offers a unique way to experience the exotic grandeur of Kanyakumari in its integrals. Baywatch comes up with a wholesome family entertainment saga of rapturous experience, which leaves you at a point of nonstop excitement in a thrilling and bewitching water world. Great fun styles equaling international standards keep you on the ecstatic brink of frenzy. Fun loaded rides like Vortex, Bumping Car, Sky Cab, Crazy Chairs, Hot Tea Cups, Columbus, Wave Pool, Milky Way, Multiple Splash, Kids Pool, Rain Ramba, Triveni Waterfalls are some of the attractions. The location being a prominent place of national integration, by all means, Baywatch has become the abode of leisure, happiness laughter, family gatherings etc. In other words it is a home away from home. Ever since its inception Baywatch has been formulated sensational waves among the people who love amusements. It has created and attracted a massive group of fun lovers to its charming and serene presence at Kanyakumari. The search for providing unique and multiple entertainment facilities that match with international standards pave the way for introduction of India’s first Wax Museum, which is line with the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum at London. For more information: Baywatch, P.B. No. 99, Kanyakumari, Ph: 04652 246563, 246565, E-mail: sales@baywatch.co.in, Website: www.baywatch.co.in Fun city : This park has variety rides and entertainments to attract all levels of people. Address: - Fun city, Coonoor - Ooty Main Road, Ooty.

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Black Thunder: This park is launched in 1997 and it is claimed as the largest water theme park in Asia. It is located midway in between Coimbatore and Ooty in Mettupalayam, Wave Pool, Wild river ride,, Surf hill, kids pool, dry rides etc are the attractions of this park. Address: Black Thunder, Ooty Main Road, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore - 641 305. Ph: 04254 226632-40, Fax: 04254 225740, E-mail: blackthunderresort@yahoo.co.in, www.blackthunderpark.com Kovai kondattam: This park is situated 10 km from Coimbatore and on the way to the Siruvani water falls. , Address - Kovai Kondattam, Siruvani Main Road, Kallampalayam, Coimbatore - 10, Ph: 0422 2606852-53, www.kovaikondattam.com Kishkintha: This park is located 28 km south of Chennai. Address: Kishkintha, Tambaram, NH 45, Chennai, Ph: 044 32910078, 32468548, 22512001. Mgm - Dizziee World: The park located at Muttukkadu on thejway to Mahabalipuram. Time: 10.30 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. Address: MGM Dizziee World, near Muttukkadu, Mammallapuram Road, Chennai Ph: 044 24981005, Fax: 044 24662956 Little Folks: This park is located at 8 kms before Mammallapuram on the new road. Address: Little folks, New Mahabalipuram road, Chennai. Time: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Universal Kingdom: This famous theme park is situated 30 km south of Chennai. Address: Univeresal Kingdom, near VGP Golden beach resort, Chennai Mammallapuram road. Athisayam: It isasituated just 12 kms away from Madurai on the way to Kodaikanal and Dindgul on N.H.7. Address: Athisayam, Madurai - Kodaikkanal road, Paravai, Madurai, Time: 10 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. Ph: 0452 2463848, 2463849, 2463850. Jolly World: This science park is situated just 20 kms from Coimbatore. Address: Jolly World, Bilchi village, Maddampalasyam, Mettupalayam road, Coimbatore - 19.

Amusement Parks In Karnataka Wonder La Holidays: Wonder La is located near Bidadi, 28 km from Vidhana Soudha along the Bangalore- Mysore Highway. Sprawling across 82 acres of manicured gardens and landscaped space, Wonder La has the infrastructure that an amusement park can have. It boasts of the largest number of imported rides in India. Wonder La is the perfect place to cast your cares away and unwind totally, splurging in the waters, getting your wits scared out of you on crazy bewildering rides or simply drifting along the lazy river. It takes to provide unlimited fun for the entire family. For more information: Wonder La Holidays Pvt. Ltd, 28km, Jadenahalli, P.O. Hejjala, Mysore Road, Bangalore - 562 109, Ph: 080 22010333, reception@wonderla.com, Website: www.wonderla.com Fun World: This park is located in Bangalore city. Address: Fun world, Jayamahal extension, Bangalore. Crazy Waters: Many wonderful water rides are the speciality of this park. Address: Crazy wateeres, Bannerghatta road, Bangalore. Neeladri: This park is located 19 kms from Bangalore city. Address: Neeladri, behind electronic city, Hosur road, Bangalore. Grs Fantasy Park: This park is located 5 kms from Mysore. Address: 127A, Opp.RBI Housing Colony, K.R.S.Road, Metagalli, Mysore - 570016.

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Koodiyattom: The earliest classical dramatic artform of Kerala, Koodiyattom is based on Bharatha’s Natya Sastra evolved in the 9th century AD. Once staged only inside the temple theatre Koodiyattom represents events from mythology. Koodiyattom is performed by two or more characters. The UNESCO has recognised this artform has been the part of world heritage. Kolkkali: Kolkkali is a folk art wielding small sticks by the dancers. This art form is more popular among Muslim men. The sticks are striked uniformly according to the rhythm of dance and song. In this highly rhythmic dance the artists make marvellous movements without missing a single beat. The sound of striking sticks and excellent movements of artists make Kolkkali wonderful. Thullal: Ottam Thullal was first introduced by one of the leading poets of Malayalam named Kunjan Nambiar. The dancer is dressed in colourful costumes, painted face and headgear. This art form is performed during Temple festivals. Thullal is a modified form of Chakiar Koothu, which is also a temple art performed during Festivals. The Chakiars used to tease people present in the audience while performing the Koothu. The Nambiars used to play mizhavu or drum during Koothu. Kunjan Nambiar was an expert Mizhavu player. Once during Koothu Nambiar happened to fall asleep and the Chakiar made fun of him in the presence of the audience. The next night when the Chakiar resumed his serial Koothu, on the opposite side of the Temple ground a new stage was set up and a new art form which was unknown to the audience, so people rushed there to witness this new and funny art. Thus Kunchan Nambiar introduced his new invention. This was the Birth of a new form of art consisting of fast and rhythmic movements. Thiruvathira Kali: It is a celebration of the Birthday of Lord Siva in the Malayalam month of Dhanu the astral day of Thiruvathira. This dance is performed by women for everlasting marital bliss. Goddess Parvathi is suppossed to have danced with her companions on this auspicious day. So even to this day the women of Kerala, in groups of sixteen or twenty dance round a lamp or floral decoration to celebrate the Lord’s Birthday. The dance is accompanied by the Thiruvathira Pattu or song. The songs are very emotional and highly rhythmic. There is an another form of Thiruvathira Kali called Kummi. These who participate in the dance stand in a circle and move attractively, clapping their hands. Kanyar Kali: This is a very old art form permanent in Palakad District. It is a combination of Temple ritual and entertainment. It is played in four parts and lasts for four days. It is performed at night and continues till dawn. Margom Kali: A ritual folk art of Syrian Christians, this is an allegorical enactment with a lighted lamp (Nilavilakku) in the middle, representing Jesus Christ and the dancers are His disciples. The dancers wear beautiful white dhothi with special ornaments and the way of dressing is very peculiar. The themes of songs which date back to a period much before the Portuguese invasion are the life and death of St.Thomas, the apostle.

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Mohiniyattam: This dance form is popular in Kerala. In the beginning Mohniyattom performed usually in Temples, exclusively by ladies. It is a very gra- ceful and elegant dance form which consists of mudras, expressions and rhythmic steps. The lyrics and slokas were compared by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, Irayimman Tampi and such other great poets, representing various types of emotions. Beautifully dressed Devadasi girls devoted to the Lord used to perform this dance form in Temples. Now of course it has became popular and is performed on the stage to the accompaniment of drums, violin and other instruments. The music is in the Sopanam style and the dancers are dressed in traditional white. Bharata Muni’s mudras (hand gestures) and abhinaya are strictly followed. Chavittu Natokam: Chavittu natokam is a Christian art form. It evolved in 16th century A.D. during the Portuguese colonization. The costumes used in this art form are very heavy and beautiful. The artists tap their feet on the stage loudly. The language is a colloquial mixture of Tamil and Malayalam. Mudiyettu: This ritual art is performed in Devi Temples of Central Kerala. It represents the encounter between goddess Bhadrakali and the demon Daruka. Lord Brahma had given Daruka a boon that he would not be killed easily. Each drop of blood that fell from his body would give rise to another Daruka. Thus his opponent would be finally defeated. But the mighty Bhadrakali did not allow his blood to spill. He was destroyed by the fierce goddess wearing garlands of human

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skulls and bones. The goddess lifted him up and severed his head, licked every drop of blood that fell from his body. Mudiyettu represents the fight between good and evil and the final victory of good. Oppana: It is a particular type of group song and dance performed during a Muslim marriage. This social entertainment is prevalent particularly in the districts of Malapuram, Calcut and Kannur. It is usually performed by ladies. This song is said to be 600 years old. The songs are often teasing comments about the bride’s anticipation of marital bliss. On the wedding eve the bride is made to sit in the centre, dressed in all her finery and her friends and relatives stand all round her clapping their hands, singing and dancing. Harmonium and tabla are some of the instruments used while singing. It is usually performed during night and the duration of the performance depends upon the length of the song. Kurathiyattom: The Kurava Community perform this, during Temple Festivals. Both youngsters and middle- aged people perform this art. The artists consist of those who hunt the serpents, palmists and herb collectors. It is performed differently in the South and North. Only three artists perform in the South. Some times eight artists perform in the North. Very few musical instruments are used. The main characters are the Kurava and Kurathi who predict the future and also the wives of Vishnu and Siva. They dance with hand gestures. Expressing different types of emotions. Pulluvan Pattu: A ritual offering to appease Serpant deities prevalent in Central Kerala. A Kalam, a picture of Serpant deity is drawn using variously coloured powders. The drawings of Nagakalam is accompanied by the playing of a unique string instrument called the Pulluvakudam which produces the music similiar to that of a percussion instrument. Kalamezhuthupattu: This is the ancient folk art of Kerala. This art form is mainly belongs to the northern regions of Kerala. This traditional art form is believed to be 600 years old. The importance of Kalamezhuthupattu is worshipping Goddess Kali through it. It is commonly seen in Bhadrakali and Ayyappa Temples in and around Kollam, a district of Kerala. A group consists of five to fifteen members, performing this ritual. Traditional songs accompanied by elathalam related to Goddess Kali are used for this ancient folk art. Usually five colours are used to draw the picture of Bhadrakali on the floor. This ritual is performed by women neatly dressed wearing their hair on the side of the head. Koothu: It is usually performed inside a hall specially designed for the purpose, the Koothambalam as it is known. There are different types of Koothu like Chakiar Koothu, Nambiar Koothu, Tholpavakoothu etc. It is a Temple art usually performed in Temples during Festivals. Chakair Koothu usually represented Sanskrit dramas and Tholpavakoothu Tamil dramas and is performed by a single character. The Chakiar usually plays the part of a buffoon. Tholpavakoothu is enacted on a stage built near the temple. This is actually a puppet show and the dialogues of the characters or puppets are spoken by artists behind the screen. The stories are based on an Kampa version of Ramayana written by the Tamil poet Kampa. The languages used is a mixture of Tamil and Sanskrit.

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Kathakali: Kathakali is the classical dance form of Kerala which is believed to have orginated in the 17th century A.D. It is a dramatic art where the expression is the heart of its perfection. This spectacular dance form of Kerala is based on the guidelines laid by Sage Bharatha’s Natya Sastra; the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 500 years old. This elaborate art form is an integreation of dance, music, poetry and histrionics. In Kathakali, make up is an elaborate process, taking long time for its perfection which is very essential for the nature and personality of the character being represented on the stage. Netrabhinaya is (abhinaya through the eyes) a vital part in Kathakali. Generally there are some classifications for Vesham. Thecha Vesham (painted make up), Thaddi Vesham (bearded make up), Kari Vesham (black make up) and minukku Vesham (polished make up) are important among them. Pacha and Kathi Vesham are the sub division of Techa Vesham. Kathi Vesham representing evil characters while Pacha (green) represented good and optimisticall characters. Thaddi has three sub divisions. Vella (white) Chuvanna (Red) and Karutha (balck). Each colour is representing for performing certain type of characters. There are 24 Mudras in Kathakali which enables to express the nine emotions. They are called love, valour, fear, contempt, loathing, serenity, wonder, kindness and anger. The Geetham (music) and the Vadhyam (musical instruments) which combines together for the dramatic and excellent performance of Kathakali, usually stories from the great epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha are taken up for Kathakali performance.

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Kakkirissi Natokam: It is a social entertainment of central Travancore, Ambalapuzha and Trivandrum. The art is presented by out casts, Ezhavas and Kurava communities. Time of origin of the art is unknown. Kavadiyattam: Its the most common ritual dance offering in temples where Lord Subramanya is the diety. This art form the devotees wear bright yellow or saffon costumes with ash all over the body. They dance according to the rhythmatic music of drums in frenzy carrying Kavadis on their shoulders. Thayambaka: Group of drummers numbering 50 or 100 or more accompanied by trumpets and cymbals, performing to a crescendo. Mayilnritham: The another name of Mayilnritham is Mayilattam. It is a ritual and performed by artists wearing peacock costumes. It is mainly seen in Subramanya temples in South Kerala. Kummatti: This form of art is mostly found in Wayanad, Trichur and Palakkad districts. The performers of Kummatti wear masks and the dress is made of grass and dry leaves. It is performed by different districts. In Trichur district, it is a form of social entertainment performed by youngsters of all communities. In order to receive the Blessings of the goddess. Sometimes eight or ten artists perform Kummatti, the leader of the team is Mother Kummatti holding a Kummatti stick. There is beating drum and singing with background music. Other characters like Sri Krishna, Sri Siva etc. are also seen on the stage. However Mother Kummatti’s appearance is most attractive, this character wears the mask of a toothless old woman. The approach of Kummatti is indicated by the beating of a small drum. In Trichur it is performed for four days during Onam. Theeyattu: This art form originated some 15,00 years back is performed in villages of Central Kerala particularly Alappuzha and chengannur. The performance starts at dusk and have 3 artists in a specially decorated pandal, the ‘Kalam which is a five colour design pattern along with Nilavilakku and peetam known as stool. They dance to the music of Elathalam, Chenda and Chengila. The main costumes involved are huge jingling anklets and face makeup with small dots. It is usually performed in Palaces and Namboothiri Illams (homes) on birthdays and very special occassions. It is a devotional offering made to goddess Bhadrakali and Sree Ayyappa. Pulikali: The Kaduvakali or Pulikali, the dance of the tiger, once performed all over the state is now see only in Thrissur and Palakkad districts. The Pulikali is performed during Onam festival. The performance is accompanied by the loud beating of traditional percussion instrument. The artist who wears the mask of tiger dance according to the beat of percussion instrument. Vadakkanpattu: These are the composed by village savants on the heroic life of legendary figures in Kalaripayattu. The lyrics are simple and filled with romantic feelings. It depicts the life style of the people, rituals, their culture and traditions. Also the handicrafts, cottage industry and the high value aritisanship are highlighted throughout.

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Theyyam: Theyyam or Kaliyattom is performed in the Temples of Malabar. A section of this art is known as Thira which represents lives of great heroes. It is usually performed by people of the backward community and is supposed to be nine centuries old. The performer after wearing a silk cloth round the waist and a crown on his head stands with devotion in front of the Devi Temple and recites thottam describing the origin of the Theyyam he is about to perform. The Theyyam gets possessed and performs a rhythmic dance called urayal when the deity enters the body of the Theyyam. The next ritual is called the Uriyattu Kalpana, when the devotees explain their problems to the Theyyam and in return the Theyyam explains how these difficulties may be overcome. Devo-tees offer money to the Theyyam. Different types of instruments like drum, symbols etc. are used as back-ground music for the dance. It is performed at night and torches made of dried coconut leaves are used to light up the place. The Theyyam wears heavy makeup, masks, head gear bangles etc. The Potten and Gulikan Theyyams wear heavy facial make up and masks. They also use weapons such as swords, bows and arrows in addition to the colourful costumes. Velakali: Velakali was performed around 250 years ago in the Ambalapuzha area of Kerala and mainly known as Ambalapuzha velakali. This dance form represents wars that were fought on land and sea. This spectacular martial dance is also performed by men in some of the temples of southern Kerala. The dancers, clad in the traditional clothes and colorful headgear of the medieval Nair soldiers, engage in vigorous movements with shield in one hand and sword in the other, to the accompaniment of an orchestra comprising the maddalam, ilathalam, kombu and kuzhal. Velakali originated in Ambalappuzha where Mathoor Panicker, chief of the Chempakasserri army, promoted it to boost the martial spirit of the people.

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Duffmuttu: A ritual form of art popular among the Muslims of Malabar. Duffmuttu is a group performance. The performers use a round percussion instrument called Duffu. The saints and heroes are praised in the songs and the artists beat on Duffu according to the rhythm of songs. They usually move in circle. Padayani: Padayani is an artform dipicting the story of the victory of goddess kali who after defeating the demon called Darika. It is a colourful ancient art form of Kerala. Padayani attracts lot of foreigners to Kerala as a colourful entertainment. The costume of this art form is too elaborate and resembling just like ‘Theyyam’ another important art form of Kerala. It is performed in an open space near the temple and raised platform is not needed. For lighting purpose lighted torches are generally used. Arjuna Nritham: Arjuna Nritham (the dance of Arjuna) is an art form performed by men in major Bhagavathy temples of Kerala. Arjuna, one of the five heroic brothers renowned as Pandavas in the great epic of Mahabharatha, was also a singer and dancer and is said to have praised the goddess Bhadrakaali by a devotional presentation. The dance movements are closely similar to Kalarippayattu techniques. Kalarippayattu: Classical literary works, like Dhanurveda, Agnipu- ranam, Natyasastra, Hasthangastam and Srakraneeti say that the warrior sage Parasuram was the first Guru (master) of Kalarippayattu. It is said that the sage Parasuram after reclaiming the land of Kerala from the ocean by throwing his Mazhu (battle axe), taught this martial art to his 21 disciples in order to protect the land and maintain peace. The others believe that the Lord Siva is considered to be the father of Kalarippayattu. Kalarippayattu provided the institutional base for the body building and training in combat, for the youth of the times, which became not only necessary but essential. Here specially noted that the Kalarippayattu training was undergone by almost every youth of the Nair Caste, the Kerala Warrior Caste like the Samurai of Japan. But Kalarippayattu was not the sole prerogative of Nairs for there were many Muslims, Christians, Ezhavas and even Brahmins who practised and mastered the techniques of Kalarippayattu. Garudan Thookkam: This traditional dance form is performed in central parts of Kerala where the deity is Goddess Bhadrakali. All people irrespective of religion participate in this ritualistic art. The evolution of this art form is still a mystery. Dancers dressed in the form of Lord Garuda move to the tunes of percussion instruments. The dancers otherwise known as ‘Thookkakaran’, preen the feathers with thier beaks, peck, carry snakes in the beaks, dance in circle with their wings in spread, in joy immitate the Lord Garuda. With help of the background music, shout of the audiences, exploding sound of crackers all make an effect of war. At the end of the war the thookkakaran climb into the cart and rounds the temple, shedding the blood. This art form is performed with the help of Chenda, Cymbol, Horn and Madalam which lasts for a full night. A structure known as Koothambalam (a temple like stage) is constructed using coloured paper and enchanting leaves of coconut fronts. The fully prepared structure known as Thookuchadu. These are carried in boats, trucks or handcards along with dance performers in a procession which is in the form of Swan same as that of Nalacharitha, a famous Kathakali play. Only traditional lights like Nilavilakku is used. 338 traditional artforms

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In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.

Elephant Pageants Adoor Gajamela 16 Jan 2011 3 Feb 2012 Parippally Gajamela 27 Feb 2011 4 Mar 2012 Arattupuzha Pooram 18 Mar 2011 4 Apr 2012 Thrissur Pooram 12 May 2011 1 May 2012 Uthralikavu Pooram 1 Mar 2011 28 Feb 2012 Pariyanampetta Pooram 19 Feb 2011 20 Feb 2012 Chinakkathoor Pooram 18 Feb 2011 7 Mar 2012 Kottakkal Pooram 29 Mar 2011 19 Mar 2012 Guruvayoor Aanaottam 16 Feb 2011 5 Mar 2012 Thutha Pooram 10 May 2011 8 May 2012 Peruvanam Pooram 15 March 2011 1 Apr 2012

23 Jan 2013

9 Feb 2014

30 Jan 2015

3 Mar 2013

2 Mar 2014

1 Mar 2015

25 Mar 2013

15 Mar 2014

1 Apr 2015

21 Apr 2013

9 May 2014

28 Apr 2015

26 Feb 2013

25 Feb 2014

24 Feb 2015

19 Feb 2013

19 Feb 2014

19 Feb 2015

5 Feb 2013

14 Mar 2014

4 Mar 2015

5 Apr 2013

27 Mar 2014

17 Mar 2015

23 Feb 2013

12 Mar 2014

2 Mar 2015

14 May 2013

13 May 2014 12 May 2015

22 Mar 2013

8 Apr 2014

9 Mar 2015

10 Aug 2013

9 Aug 2014

8 Aug 2015

28 Dec 2013

28 Dec 2014

28 Dec 2015

23 Aug 2013

10 Sep 2014

31 Aug 2015

23 June 2013

11 July 2014

1 July 2015

21 Aug 2013

8 Sep 2014

30 Aug 2015

18 Sep 2013

8 Sep 2014

30 Aug 2015

Boat Races Nehru Trophy Boat Race 13 Aug 2011 11 Aug 2012 Indira Gandhi BoatRace 28 Dec 2011 28 Dec 2012 Aranmula Boat Race 14 Sep 2011 2 Sep 2012 Champakulam Boat Race 16 June 2011 3 July 2012 Payippad Boat Race 11 Sep 2011 31 Aug 2012 Kumarakom Boat Race 11 Sep 2011 31 Aug 2012

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Onam Onam to the festival 9 Sep 2011 29 Aug 2012 Athachamayam 31 Aug 2011 21 Aug 2012 Pulikali 11 Sep 2011 31 Aug 2012

16 Sep 2013

7 Sep 2014

28 Aug 2015

7 Sep 2013

29 Aug 2014

18 Aug 2015

21 Aug 2013

8 Sep 2014

30 Aug 2015

12 Apr 2013

2 Apr 2014

23 Mar 2015

16 Feb 2013

6 Mar 2014

24 Feb 2015

Nov Dec 2013

Nov Dec 2014

13 Nov 2013

14 Nov 2014

3 Apr 2013

3 Apr 2014

22 Mar 2013

28 Mar 2014

Temple festivals Kodungalloor Bharani 6 Apr 2011 26 Mar 2012 Chettikulangara Bharani 10 Mar 2011 28 Feb 2012 Chakkulathukavu Pongala 09 Dec 2011 Nov Dec 2012 Kalpathi Ratholsavam 14 Nov 2011 13 Nov 2012 Nenmara Vallangi Vela 3 Apr 2011 2 Apr 2012 Malanada Kettukazhcha 25 Mar 2011 23 Mar 2012

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Machattu Mamangam 22 Feb 2011 21 Feb 2012 19 Feb 2013 Thaipooya Mahotsavam, Koorkancherry 20 Jan 2011 7 Feb 2012 27 Jan 2013 Thaipooya Mahotsavam, Harippad 20 Jan 2011 7 Feb 2012 27 Jan 2013 Vaikathashtami Festival 19 Nov 2011 20 Nov 2012 9 Dec 2013 Thirunakkara Arattu 15 Mar 2011 14 Mar 2012 15 Mar 2013 Varanad Pongala 11 Feb 2011 Jan Feb 2012 Jan Feb 2013 Attuvela Mahotsavam 5 Apr 2011 25 Mar 2012 11 Apr 2013 Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple Alpashy Utsavam 3 Nov 2011 19 Nov 2012 10 Nov 2013 Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple Painkuni Utsavam 17 Apr 2011 6 Apr 2012 28 Mar 2013 Attukal Pongala 19 Feb 2011 8 Mar 2012 26 Feb 2013 Chamayavilakku, Kottankulangara 24 Mar 2011 23 Mar 2012 24 Mar 2013 Ambalapuzha Festival 20 Mar 2011 6 Apr 2012 28 Mar 2013 Chamakkavu Kettukazhcha 15 Apr 2011 14 Apr 2012 14 Apr 2013 Panachikadu Festival 27 Oct Nov 2011 15 Oct 2012 5 Oct 2013 Ettumanur Utsavam 14 Mar 2011 3 Mar 2012 21 Feb 2013 Kidangoor Balasubramaniya Swami Temple 11 Mar 2011 29 Feb 2012 18 Feb 2013 Aluva Sivarathri 2 Mar 2011 20 Feb 2012 10 Mar 2013 Urakam 06 Oct 2011 24 Oct 2012 14 Oct 2013 Aravukad Pongala 17 Jan 2011 Jan Feb 2012 Jan Feb 2013 Thiruvullakavu 06 Oct 2011 24 Oct 2012 14 Oct 2013 Koodal Manikyam 13 May 2011 2 May 2012 22 Apr 2013 Puthoor Festival 18 Mar 2011 16 Mar 2012 1 Mar 2013

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18 Feb 2014

17 Feb 2015

17 Jan 2014

3 Feb 2015

17 Jan 2014

3 Feb 2015

29 Nov 2014

19 Nov 2015

15 Mar 2014

15 Mar 2015

Jan Feb 2014 Jan Feb 2015 1 Apr 2014

22 Mar 2015

31 Oct 2014

18 Nov 2015

14 Apr 2014

4 Apr 2015

15 Mar 2014

5 Mar 2015

24 Mar 2014

24 Mar 2015

18 Mar 2014

4 Apr 2015

15 Apr 2014

15 Apr 2015

25 Sep 2014

14 Oct 2015

10 Mar 2014

28 Feb 2015

7 Mar 2014

25 Feb 2015

27 Feb 2014

18 Mar 2015

4 Oct 2014

23 Oct 2015

Jan Feb 2014 Jan Feb 2015 4 Oct 2014

23 Oct 2015

10 May 2014

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Thirumandhamkunnu Pooram 9 Apr 2011 29 Mar 2012 19 Mar 2013 Valliyoor Kavu 15 Mar 2011 14 Mar 2012 15 Mar 2013 Thirunelli 15 Apr 2011 14 Apr 2012 14 Apr 2013 Panachikad Vijayadasami 6 Oct 2011 Sep Oct 2012 Sep Oct 2013 Payyannoor Subramaniya Swami Temple 17 Nov 2011 16 Nov 2012 16 Nov 2013 Mathoor Vinayaka Temple 14 Apr 2011 14 Apr 2012 14 Apr 2013 Ananthapuram Lake Temple 26 Feb 2011 27 Feb 2012 26 Feb 2013 Lokanarkavau 8 Apr 2011 28 Mar 2012 18 Mar 2013 Chottanikara 12 Mar 2011 1 Mar 2012 19 Feb 2013 Thripunithura Poornatherayasa Temple 26 Oct 2011 25 Oct 2012 25 Oct 2013

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26 Mar 2015

15 Mar 2014

15 Mar 2015

15 Apr 2014

15 Apr 2015

Sep Oct 2014 Sep Oct 2015 17 Nov 2014

17 Nov 2015

14 Apr 2014

14 Apr 2015

26 Feb 2014

26 Feb 2015

4 Apr 2014

25 Mar 2015

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Thiruvairanikulam Nadathurappu Mahotsavam 31 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2013 Parassinikadavu, Kannur 2 Dec 2011 1 Dec 2012 1 Dec 2013 Konganpada 14 Mar 2011 5 Mar 2012 18 Mar 2013 Nerothperatoor Kovilakom 20 Jan 2011 20 Jan 2012 19 Jan 2013 Jaganadha Temple Thalassery 16 Feb 2011 4 Mar 2012 22 Feb 2013 Cherthala Karthiyayani Temple 9 Apr 2011 29 Mar 2012 19 Mar 2013 Sankara Jayanthi, Adi Sankara Janmabhumi Temple 8 May 2011 Apr May 2012 Apr May 2013 Vettikode Ayilyam 18 Sep 2011 4 Oct 2012 24 Sep 2013 Manarasala Ayilyam 22 Oct 2011 7 Nov 2012 28 Oct 2013 Guruvayoor Utsavam 16 Feb 2011 5 Mar 2012 23 Feb 2013 Kotiyoor Utsavam 12 June 2011 2 June 2012 23 May 2013 Navarathri Sangeetholsavam Thiruvananthapuram 28 Sep 2011 16 to 2012 5 Oct 2013 Guruvayoor Ekadasi 6 Dec 2011 24 Nov 2012 12 Dec 2013 Mullackal Cherappu 17 Dec 2011 16 Dec 2012 16 Dec 2013 Mullackal Utsavam 28 Sep 2011 16 Oct 2012 5 Oct 2013 Avoor Utsavam 14 Jan 2011 15 Jan 2012 14 Jan 2013 Kadampuzha Devi Temple 8 Dec 2011 27 Nov 2012 17 Nov 2013 Chettigulangara Kettukazhcha 5 April 2011 25 March 2012 11 April 2013

31 Dec 2014

31 Dec 2015

2 Dec 2014

2 Dec 2015

10 Mar 2014

2 Mar 2015

19 Jan 2014

20 Jan 2015

11 Mar 2014

1 Mar 2015

5 Apr 2014 Apr May 2014

26 Mar 2015 May 2015

11 Oct 2014

1 Oct 2015

14 Nov 2014

4 Nov 2015

12 Mar 2014

2 Mar 2015

10 June 2014 31 May 2015 25 Sep 2014

15 Oct 2015

2 Dec 2014

22 Nov 2015

16 Dec 2014

17 Dec 2015

25 Sep 2014

15 Oct 2015

14 Jan 2014

15 Jan 2015

5 Dec 2014

25 Nov 2015

1 April 2014 22 March 2015

Theyyam Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam 01 Jan 2011 02 Jan 2012 01 Jan 2013 Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy 7 Dec 2011 6 Dec 2012 6 Dec 2013 Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam 23 Feb 2011 24 Feb 2012 23 Feb 2013 Muchilottu Kavu Theyyam 7 Apr 2011 23 Apr 2012 17 Mar 2013

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Rituals Neelamperoor Padayani 26 Sep 2011 15 Sep 2012 5 Sep 2013 Kadammanitta Padayani 14 Apr 2011 14 Apr 2012 14 Apr 2013 Othara Padayani 10 Apr 2011 30 Mar 2012 20 Mar 2013 Njangattiri Aanayoottu 22 July 2011 20 July 2012 19 July 2013 Attangyeru at Thirumandhamkunnu 18 Oct 2011 17 Oct 2012 17 Oct 2013 Karkidaka Vavubali 30 July 2011 18 July 2012 6 Aug 2013

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13 Sep 2015

14 Apr 2014

15 Apr 2015

6 Apr 2014

27 Mar 2015

18 July 2014

17 July 2015

18 Oct 2014

18 Oct 2015

26 July 2014

14 Aug 2015

Christian Festivals Manarcad Perunnal, Kottayam 1 Sep 2011 1 Sep 2012 Parumala Perunnal 2 Nov 2011 2 Nov 2012

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Arthungal Perunnal 20 Jan 2011 20 Jan 2012 20 Jan 2013 Vettukadu Perunnal to Feast of Christ, the King 14 Nov 2011 14 Nov 2012 14 Nov 2013 Palayoor Church 6 May 2011 6 May 2012 6 May 2013 Edathuva 27 Apr 2011 27 Apr 2012 27 Apr 2013 St. Sebastenos Church 19 Jan 2011 19 Jan 2012 19 Jan 2013 St Mary’s Church Parel 30 Nov 2011 30 Nov 2012 30 Nov 2013 St George Orthodox Church, Puthupally Perunal 6 May 2011 6 May 2012 6 May 2013 Christmas 25 Dec 2011 25 Dec 2012 25 Dec 2013 Palm Sunday 17 Apr 2011 01 Apr 2012 24 Mar 2013 Easter 24 Apr 2011 8 Apr 2012 31 Mar 2013 Malayatoor 1 May 2011 15 Apr 2012 07 Apr 2013 Aduppootty St.George Orthodox Church Perunal 27 Oct 2011 27 Oct 2012 27 Oct 2013 Vallarpadam Church, Kochi 16 Sep 2011 16 Sep 2012 16 Sep 2013

20 Jan 2014

20 Jan 2015

14 Nov 2014

15 Nov 2015

6 May 2014

6 May 2015

27 Apr 2014

27 Apr 2015

19 Jan 2014

19 Jan 2015

30 Nov 2014

30 Nov 2015

6 May 2014

6 May 2015

25 Dec 2014

25 Dec 2015

13 Apr 2014

29 Mar 2015

20 Apr 2014

5 Apr 2015

27 Apr 2014

12 Apr 2015

27 Oct 2014

27 Oct 2015

16 Sep 2014

16 Sep 2015

3 Feb 2013

2 Feb 2014

1 Feb 2015

14 Jan 2013

14 Jan 2014

15 Jan 2015

15 Apr 2014

15 Apr 2015

18 Nov 2014

8 Nov 2015

6 Jan 2014

6 Jan 2015

9 Nov 2014

9 Nov 2015

Muslim Festival Pattambi Nercha 6 Feb 2011 5 Feb 2012 Kanjiramattom Nercha 15 Jan 2011 15 Jan 2012

Other Festivals Vishu 15 Apr 2011 14 Apr 2012 14 Apr 2013 Chembai Sangeetholsavam 22 Nov 2011 10 Nov 2012 28 Nov 2013 Swathi Sangeetholsavam 6 Jan 2011 6 Jan 2012 6 Jan 2013 Vallathol Jayanthi Varshikam, Kalamandalam 9 Nov 2011 9 Nov 2012 9 Nov 2013

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The Coir Industry: Over the years, man’s desire for decorating his place of living with natural and sustainable methods has been on the rise. The latest fashion accessory is coir. Being natural and eco-friendly, Coir comes in an exquisite range of colours and combines elements of good designs with functional value for the home or office. What distinguishes coir from other alternate products is the unique comfort it provides regardless of the climate, that perfect warmth during winter and a cool feeling during summer. It saves earth, adds life and beauty to our interiors. Coir, one of the most versatile materials man had ever extracted from Mother nature, has travelled a long way since its humble beginnings in Kerala centuries back. Today, in its multifold manifestations, coir touches every facet of man’s life and activities from door mats to rugs, rubberised coir mattresses, decorative rugs, tufted carpets, geotextiles, garden atricles and wood substitutes. Through centuries the Indian Coir has carved a niche for itself and created a genre of its own, only because of its superior quality and the excellent craftsmanship this sector have. The Indian Coir is unique for its rich golden colour and texture. Now coir is not just a door mat. The green movement has launched coir into a hot commodity globally. Coir is available in a mindboggling range, from live-in-style products to geotextiles and garden articles. With the green waves riding high, definitely coir is making a lifestyle fashion statement as it is ecofriendly, durable and affordable. The first coir industry was recorded to be in U.K, and first coir factory in India, in

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Alleppey of Kerala. As per records, during 1859, the first coir factory was started for the production of coir mats, matting etc. by an Irish born American namely ‘James Darragh’ with Henry Smail under the name and style ‘Darragh Smail & Co’. Coir is a bi-product of coconut. The wide sandy beaches of Kerala on the west to the Western Ghats are glorified with the presence of coconut. This tree which belongs to the Palmacea family with long slender pinnate leaves is known as ‘Kalpavriksha’. From the top to bottom this tree is used for various purposes. Name of the state Kerala itself means the Land of Keras (coconut trees). Coconut rooted its presence from the Vedic period itself in India. Valmiki had given references about coconut in Ramayana. Marcopolo the famous traveler called coconut as ‘Indian nut’. Ropes and cordages made from coconut fibres were in use from centuries ago. Indian navigators used coir as ship’s cables and for riggers even during ancient times. The total world coir production is 6,83,900 tons. A chunk of the world production of coir is contributes by India. Kerala, especially Alleppey district, is the cradle of Coir industry in India. The coastal district of Quilon also producers a sizable quanity of Coir. Thousands of people are employed by this cottage industry which is the largest traditional Industry of Kerala. Both men and

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women are employed in this industry. Women are mainly involved in the yarn spinning sector and the men in the product weaving sector. A large member of families in Alleppey District earn their livelihood through the coir industry. A journey through the Alleppey district will explain the power of coir in this area. This district itself is blessed with a mind blowing natural scenic beauty with a lot of lakes, ponds and inter-linked canals. The coir yarn spun in different areas of Kerala have separate geographical indications synonymous to the place of origin of the yarn like, Anjengo, Aratory, Vycome etc.. The main products manufactured from coir are mats, mattings, carpets, rugs, geo – textiles and rubberized coir products like mattresses, cushions etc. In addition to these traditional items, products like coir garden articles, coirply, coir pith organic manure, coir tufted products are also produced by coir industry. The manufacturing sector of the coir industry in the Alleppey district is comprising of the coir exporters, mats and mattings societies and the small scale producers. While majority of the requirements of the export oriented production sector is catered to by the small scale producers, the mats and mattings societies mostly market their products in the domestic market either through their Showrooms or through the Showrooms of the Coirfed or Coir Board. Coir Products belong to the genre of cent percent nature friendly and bio – degradable products.

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The great potential of this industry to save scarce non – renewable natural resources is yet to be realized by the world. Coir Geo-textiles, Coirply, Coirpith Organic Manure, Coir Garden Articles are a few of the items which can be of great help to regenerate some of the lost invaluable natural resources. The Coir Board: The Coir Board was set up under the Coir Industry Act, 1953 by the Government of India, for the overall sustainable development of the Coir industry in India. The functions of the Board as laid down under the Act include undertaking, assisting and encouraging scientific, technological and economic research, modernization, quality improvement, human resource development, market promotion and welfare of all those who are engaged in this industry. With the concerted efforts of the Coir Board and the State Governments concerned, the production of coir fiber in the major coconut producing States have been making a steady progress during the past three decades. In the wake of globalization and liberalization, the Board has assumed the role of a promoter and facilitator rather than that of a regulator. The Coir Board, the apex body for promotion of coir in the country, has completed fifty years of its service to the Indian Coir Industry. For the coming years the Board has lined up a host of promotional activities. Product based marketing missions will be sent to selected potential markets abroad besides undertaking generic publicity through selected trade magazines. The Board has entered in to a new contract with DGS & D, Government of India in order to promote domestic market. On receipt of the contract, the Board is looking forward for a leap jump in the domestic market avenue. The Government of India has sanctioned a new scheme called Rejuvenation, Modernization and Technology Upgradation of the Coir Industry (REMOT) with a total outlay of Rs 243 crores. The project will get a government grant of Rs 99 crores during the XIth Plan period. The scheme aims at the rejuvenation and development of units which are in the small and medium sector. The scheme would provide more employment opportunities for women in the rural sector for gender empowerment. Individual outlay for the spinning and tiny/household units under the schemes is Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively. This scheme envisages covering 4000 spinning units and 3200 house hold units during the XI plan period, all over India. The Government also aims to regenerate the Coir industry through the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI). The scheme aims at making traditional industries including Coir more competitive with more market driven, productive and profitable programmes. Twenty six clusters have been identified from the Coir Sector for implementation of the project. These clusters are from various coir producing states viz. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Gujrath, Goa, West Bangal, North East Region, A&N Islands and Lakshadweep. Government of India has allotted Rs 20 cr. for the development of these 26 coir clusters. The scheme started its implementation during the year 2005-06 for a period of five years. For more information : Coir Board, Government of India, Coir House, M G Road, Kochi-682 016, Tel: +91 484 2351807, 2351788,Fax: 2370034, www.coirboard.gov.in, www.coirboard.nic.in

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Coffee Coffee is the most widely used beverage worldwide. It is a widely consumed stimulant beverage prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called beans, of the coffee plant. Coffee is a black color beverage, which consumers take in the morning itself as bed coffee. It is useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the stomach. Coffee has become a vital cash crop for many Third World countries. Coffee is from the family Rubiaceae and an evergreen shrub or small tree that may grow 5 meters tall. The leaves are dark green and glossy, usually 100–150 millimeters long and 60 millimeters wide. It produces clusters of fragrant white flowers that bloom simultaneously. The fruit berry is oval, about 15 millimeters long and green when immature, but ripens to yellow, then crimson, becoming black on drying. Each berry usually contains two seeds. Coffee is usually propagated by seeds. The traditional method of planting coffee is to put 20 seeds in each hole at the beginning of the rainy season; half are eliminated naturally. The first Coffee plants grew wild to a height of 30 feet in the African tropical forests. But in systematic plantation practices the plant is pruned and kept at a height of about15 feet, for easy picking of the Coffee berries. While Robusta is a shrub and grows like a bush spread out with several trunks, the Arabica plant is of a smaller variety. Coffee plant produces white flowers at the axils of the leaves in thick clusters. A ripe Coffee berry is red in colour and when it starts maturing it turns to bright red and then to reddish brown and finally falls down to the ground. As a normal harvesting practice, many planters pick it up from the ground, but most of them pluck it when it turns red in colour. Coffee plants are best grown in higher altitudes in tropical 25 degree latitude on either sides of the equator. To escape the infection of various parasites, Coffee plants are grown at an elevation of 3000 to 6000 feet MSL. Coffee yields for more than 50 years. Coffee Board: It is a statutory organization under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, constituted under the Coffee Act VII of 1942. The Board consists of a Chairman appointed by the Govt. of India and 32 members representing the various interests like members of Parliament, representatives from Governments of principal coffee growing states viz. Karnataka, Kerala Tamil Nadu and A.P., representatives of large coffee growers, small coffee growers, coffee trade interests, coffee curing establishments, labour interests, coffee growing states other than principal coffee growing states, consumer interests, instant coffee manufacturers, eminent personality in the filed of Research/Marketing/ Management/Promotion of coffee. The Mission of the Board is to function as the leader in conducting research, providing extension support to improve production, productivity and quality; undertaking promotional efforts to boost exports and domestic consumption; gathering statistical and other relevant data concerning the industry and disseminate the information to various segments of the industry; to act as the recognized spokesperson on behalf of the coffee industry to the Government, media, trade and general public; and to guide the overall growth and development of the coffee industry in the country. Coffee Board represents the Indian Coffee Industry in various international forums like International Coffee

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Organization, International Science Organizations, Specialty Coffee Associations etc and associate with them for the overall benefit of the coffee industry. Transfer of technology from lab to land and implement various development programmes like replanting, new planting, water augmentation, quality upgradation etc. through the extension network spread all over the country. Carry

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out various export promotion activities like participation in overseas trade fairs, organizing Buyer-Seller Meets, Coffee Tasting sessions, visits of Roaster delegations from abroad to Indian Coffee tracts etc. Take up domestic promotion efforts to increase domestic consumption. To provide policy formulation advice to Government relating to coffee. Provide necessary support to the planters in

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crisis and carry out necessary labor Welfare Measures. Various other coffee industry related issues coming up from time to time. For more information: Coffee Board, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, No.1, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore - 01, Tel: +91 80 22266991- 6994, Fax : +91 80 22255557, Email: dirprom@gmail.com, www.indiacoffee.org

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Bank of India Zonal Office, Kaloor Towers, Kaloor - Kadavanthara Road Kaloor, Cochin- 682 017, Ph: 0484 2349442, 2338480 Email: ZO.Kerala@bankofindia.co.in Web: www.bankofindia.co.in Bank of India: Founded on 7th September, 1906 by a group of eminent businessmen of Mumbai, Bank of India has crossed 104 years of its purposeful existence. The Bank has rich heritage. From the very beginning, it established reputation for high standards of service. The Bank has been a pioneer in the Indian Banking world and has put in place time tested established practices and standards. Known for resilience and adept at responding to changes in the banking environs, the Bank successfully passed through many turbulent periods. The Bank has a total network of 3369 branches 3342 Indian branches and 27 foreign branches/offices. The total business mix of the Bank has crossed 445280 crores as on 31.12.2010. The Bank is truly India’s International Bank with presence in 13 countries, in all time zones. Total number of Bank’s ATMs increased to 1300 spread across the country. Bank of India has many firsts to its credit. It is the first Indian Bank to establish a branch outside India in London in 1946 and also a first Indian Bank to open a branch in the Far East, in Japan in 1950. Bank of India is the first among all nationalized banks to establish a fully computerized branch and an ATM at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai in 1988. 100% of Bank’s domestic branches are computerized and are under Core Banking Solutions (CBS). In line with its penchant for being the first mover in many technology enabled initiatives, the Bank has set up a Global Processing Centre at Singapore for networking operations amongst all foreign branches of the Bank. Bank has built ‘Relationship beyond banking’ and this has provided the Bank the flavor of satisfaction and transformed the Bank into ‘Bank of choice. Bank of India, Union Bank of India and Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company of Japan have set up a joint venture Life Insurance Company. Bank has launched National Swasthya Bima Policy, a health insurance product for their customers under a strategic tie up with National Insurance Company. Moving forward the Bank is firmly focused with its customer centric approach. Constant benchmarking with the best in its industry in all areas of product and service delivery, robust technological backbone to support the business model and quality consciousness pervading at all level will continue to keep the bank the best in class. Central Bank of India Chander Mukhi, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021 Ph: 022 6638 7777, Web: www.centralbankofindia.co.in The year 1911 was a landmark year in Indian history for two reasons. In December of that year, New Delhi was formally declared the new capital of India. And secondly, India got its first ever truly Swadeshi bank. Central Bank of India was born. It marked the realization of a dream of its founder Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala. A dream to set up a bank that was by Indians, for Indians. In fact, such was the extent of pride felt by Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala, that he proclaimed Central Bank of India as the ‘property of the nation and the country’s

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asset.’ Nearly a hundred years have passed since December 21, that red letter day in 1911. And over these years, Central Bank of India has successfully transformed every challenge into a business opportunity. From offering the first ever home savings safe deposit, having an exclusive ladies department, safe deposit locker, deposit insurance, recurring deposits, Central Bank of India has blazed many a trail in the banking space. And that was before nationalization. Post nationalization, Central Bank’s pioneering efforts remained unabated. Be it the Green Revolution or the Industrial Revolution, the bank was in the forefront to implement all the steps proposed by the Indian Government for Nation Building. Each effort demonstrated the Bank’s customer centric focus, with a nationwide vision. Today with over 3650 branches countrywide, the Bank has over 25 million customers. The entire network is covered under Core Banking Solutions. Keeping in tune with the times and expectations of younger generation, the Bank is leveraging technology to the maximum possible extent and has provides Net banking, Mobile banking, SMS alerts, ATM/Debit cards, Online transactions etc. Recently the Bank has entered its centenary year and it was a fitting recognition of the services of the Bank to the country when a stamp was released in honour of Central Bank of India by the Government of India. The stamp was released by the President of the country in a scintillating function at Mumbai. Over the years, the awards too have come in plenty. Like National Award for Excellence, Banking Excellence Award, Best Education Loan Provider, the first National Award for financing to MSME sector, Skoch Award for Jeevika project of Govt. of Bihar, to name a few. But it is sure that the Bank always considers the smile of its satisfied customers as its best award. Indian Overseas Bank Regional Office: Vettukattil Buildings, Jose Jn MG Road, Kochi - 682 016, Ph: 0484 2376949, 2377804 E-mail: roplan@ernsco.iobnet.co.in, Web: www.iob.in Established in 1937, and founded by Mr. M.Ct.M.Chidambaram Chettiar ,Indian Overseas Bank is one of the top performing Nationalized Banks in India. The Bank has around 2100 branches all over India and 6 Branches and 5 Representative Offices abroad. In Kerala the Bank has 143 branches spread over three Regions viz. Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Trivandrum. The Bank has wide network of ATMs in Kerala and across the country. IOB has been a Pioneer in introducing many customer friendly deposits and loan schemes. In computerization also IOB is the front runner. All the Branches of the Bank in India and abroad are connected through Computer network. Customers can operate their accounts from any branch in India. They can also transact business and remit all types of taxes through online sitting at their business place, office or home. Those who are keeping an average fixed balance in their Savings and Current Accounts are eligible for many value additions. ‘SMART CARD BANKING’ also has been introduced by IOB to cater to the banking needs of the people of remote villages, where banking facilities are limited. IOB is also serving as agent for Life Insurance, Asset Insurance and Health Insurance. 99.99% pure gold coins are available in IOB branches at competitive rates. The total business of the Bank has crossed Rs 2,25,000 crores.

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Indian Overseas Bank will be completing 75 years of it’s service to the nation in the year 2012 and the Bank has already commenced its ‘Platinum Jubilee’ celebrations on 10.02.2011 by opening additional 75 branches and 75 ATMs across the country. The Bank proposes to cross Rs 3,00,000 crore business mark shortly and has it’s plans to increase the number of Branches / ATMs to 3000 . The horizon of banking in India has expanded over the years. IOB continues its efforts to play a bigger role in the socio – economic development of the country and its economy and growth expand. The Bank’s focus on mid- corporate, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Agriculture and retail Banking are the outstanding features of the Bank. It’s strategies to enlarge its reach and operations in India and overseas are it’s unique character as a socially conscious, caring and consistently profitable Institution of repute.. The Bank has also taken the vital challenge of financial inclusion. Having gone through it’s triumphs and travails, Indian Overseas Bank today at 75, is a vibrant, youthful, futuristic and global bank enthusiastic to serve the country and the people with renewed vigor and ‘Sankalp’. Over the long years the Bank has reached the hearts of the Indian people. As the Bank enters its 75th year, it thanks all its customers to what it is now. It is time now to put a smile on every face. Considering the services rendered by the Bank, their logo ‘Good People to Grow With’ is very meaningful. State Bank of Travancore Head Office, Poojapura, Trivandrum - 695 012 Web: www.statebankoftravancore.com State Bank of Travancore (SBT), the Premier Bank of Kerala with national presence and international reach growing from strength to strength. SBT, a public sector bank with technologically superior products, crossed the magical milestone of 1,00,000 crore business in December 2010. State Bank of Travancore (SBT) was originally established as the Travancore Bank Ltd. on 12th September 1945 in the erstwhile Princely State of Travancore with a paid up capital of Rs.1 crore. 30 percent of the capital was contributed by the then Government of Travancore and remaining by 4000 shareholders. The Bank became a Scheduled Commercial Bank in 1946 and in 1960 it became a subsidiary of the State Bank of India and assumed its present name. It grew in size between 1959-65 through a series of takeovers, amalgamations and mergers. SBT is part of the State Bank Group. As at the end of December 2010, SBT has a network of 783 branches. 616 branches of SBT are in the State of Kerala. SBT has its presence in all metros with 167 branches outside Kerala. SBT is a Tech-savvy Bank. The Bank serves its customers with state of the art technologies. All the branches of the Bank are fully computerised and networked under Core Banking Solutions with Internet banking and Mobile Banking facilities. The Bank has installed 811 ATMs for improving customer conveniences. These ATMs are part of the 22000+ ATM network of State Bank Group, the largest ATM network in India. International ATM-cumDebit Cards are available to customers to make withdrawals throughout the world. Bank provides remittance facility from US and UK through Xpress Remit Product. The unique remittance product ‘Money Trans’ provides speedy remittance facility from Gulf countries to the domestic client having account with any Bank. Online

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Share Trading facility ‘eZ-Trade’ gives 3 in 1 advantage with Savings, Demat and Trading facilities. The Bank also provides other financial products like Life Insurance [in tie-up with SBI Life], Mutual Fund Investments in tie-up with five Mutual Funds and General and Accident Insurance in tie-up with United India Insurance Co Ltd. Thus the Bank has become a Financial Super Market offering full spectrum of products under one roof. The Bank has a representative office in Dubai. The Bank manages two Exchange Houses - City Exchange LLC, Dubai and M/s Global Money Exchange Company, Oman. For channelising NRE remittances ,Bank has rupee drawing arrangements with 29 exchange Houses in the Gulf countries. SBT has 78 authorized branches to deal in foreign exchange transactions spread over India. Besides these branches , other branches also undertake selected transactions in foreign exchange. The bank has correspondent relationship with 18 banks covering important trade and financial centres all over world. SBT has a full-fledged dealing room at Mumbai, which is well equipped with state of the art infrastructure. By being a member of Society for Worldwide International Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) Bank is able to offer speedier remittance facilities to customers across the globe. The Federal Bank Ltd Federal Towers, Corporate Office, P.B No: 103 Aluva - 683 101, Ph: 0484 2622263, 2623620 Fax: 0484 2622672, Email: fbl@federalbank.co.in Website: www.federalbank.co.in It is a leading private sector bank in India with its Corporate Office at Aluva of Ernakulam Dt., in Kerala. This esteemed organization has built up a reputation of being an agile, IT savvy and customer friendly Bank with a history of around seven decades of public confidence and trust. Bank has its equity shares listed in London stock exchange (FEDS) also and has issued Global depository receipts/ shares. The bank has nationwide network with representation in all major cities with strength of more than 750 branches and 800 ATMs. The Bank has its representative Office in Abu Dhabi. Bank is supported by very eminent personalities representing various areas of expertise as Board of Directors. Federal Bank provides a host of products and services targeting the diverse needs of customers like businessmen, industrialists, farmers, NRI’s etc. The bank’s service portfolio includes depository services, export credit insurance products in association with ECGC, merchant banking services, online railway reservation system, e-shopping payment, online tax remittance system etc. Some of its banking products are FEDFAST - an express remittance facility from abroad, FEDREMIT- an internet based remittance service using ACH clearing arrangement in USA, Cash On-Line - an express cash remittance facility, fed-e-trade- an online trading facility. The bank through RTGS/NEFT system provides customers facilities like interbank payments, own account transfers, net clearing etc. Federal Bank is also present in the corporate banking domain and offers services such as working capital finance, foreign currency loans, letter of credit, bill finance, payment gateway etc. Federal Bank’s range of deposit products include, Yuvamitra a savings account scheme for students, employed person and entrepreneurs between the

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age of 15 to 35 years; Mahilamitra- a savings account scheme for women. The bank also provides various fixed, recurring and other deposit schemes. Bank also provides Priority Banking facility to the select customers. Federal Bank offers a whole range of loans for various purposes. Federal Bank provides cash management service to needy customers for managing their funds by fast clearing of outstation cheques and instruments. The retail treasury services offered by the bank includes advisory services for purchase/sale of securities and for placing bids in security auctions; subscription of Government securities through competitive and noncompetitive bidding; undertaking purchase and sale of Government securities in the secondary market; provide market related quotes for security transaction on request and many others. Federal Bank aims to be the preferred banking choice for NRIs. Federal Bank is in the fore front not only in mobilizing deposits from NRIs but also in extending various services to them. The bank operates an express remittance facility viz. FEDFLASH enabling NRIs in the Gulf to effect quick transfer of funds to their accounts. FEDFLASH when combined with the mobile alert facility offered by the bank enables the customer to not only receive quick credit of his remittance in the account but also to receive instant confirmation of the credit on their mobile phone anywhere in the world, through SMS. The bank has a huge portfolio of products and services catering to the needs of the NRIs. The foreign currency non resident account offered by the bank provides NRIs with the option of keeping their deposits in foreign currency. This protects the customers’ fund from fluctuations in exchange rates. The interest earned from this deposit is also exempt from Income Tax. The portfolio management services offered by Federal Bank enable NRIs to purchase or sell shares/convertible debentures of Indian companies on stock exchanges under the Portfolio Investment Scheme. The bank provides its customers a wide range of delivery channels, which includes, internet banking, mobile banking, anywhere banking, ATM network, e-mail alerts and telephone banking. In addition to its VISA enabled debit card the Bank has recently launched a new debit card in association with MasterCard, which enables its customers to use the card at any of the ATMs around the world. The revamped website and contact centre of the Bank is equipped to respond all customer queries round the clock. Union Bank of India Nodal Regional Office, Union Bank Buildings MG Road, Kochi - 682 035, Ph: 0484 2385202, 2385206 Email: ekm@unionbankofindia.com Web: www.unionbankofindia.com It was established on 11th November 1919 with its headquarters in Mumbai. Bank’s Registered Office at Mumbai inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation during the year 1921. The Bank was nationalised in the year 1969. The Bank now operates through a network of over 2992 branches, 64 extension counters and 2542 ATMs spread across the country. Union Bank has shown uninterrupted profit right through its 91 years of operations. The Bank has a large clientele base of over 22 million customers. The well-distributed branch network of the Bank makes it a truly national bank with its presence across

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different States and Union Territories. It is 5th largest public sector bank in the country. The Bank is techno-savvy, with 100% anytime anywhere banking facility. The Bank introduced Core Banking Solution with connectivity between branches covering all branches. The bank has attained a significant milestone by crossing total Business of more than Rs. 320442 crore (Rs. Three lakh twenty thousand four hundred and forty two crores) as of Dec 2010. The Bank has a strong team of more than 27000 dedicated staff who have contributed in building up the strong edifice of the Bank. As part of its plan to go Global, Bank has opened its Branch at Hongkong and representative Offices in Shanghai in China & Abu Dhabi in UAE. Bank in association with Bank of India with Dia-Ichi Insurance Company is venturing into insurance business by floating a new Company. Bank has tailor made Deposit Scheme to cater to different Sections of the Society. Also, its Retail Lending Schemes includes loans for House, Education, Vehicle etc. For the convenience of its customers, it has Internet Banking, e-banking, SMS banking, International Debit Card, and Credit Card etc. Some of the Bank’s achievements in the recent past are as under: Union Bank of India was rated as the number one among Indian banks in India in increasing shareholders wealth during 2004-05 according to a study by ASSOCHAM. The Banks training college at Bangalore has won the Golden Peacock National Training Award thrice in 1998, 2005 and 2007. Bank opened its first Bio-Metric ATM at Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu and opened its 2800th Branch at Vytilla, Ernakulam. Bank opened India’s highest altitude ATM at 14300 feet in Serethang, Nathulla, Sikkim. NASSCOM has awarded Union Bank of India the Best IT User Award 2006 in the Banking Financial Services and Insurance category. Andhra Bank No. 4-5-1 - 23, Bank Street, Koti, Hyderabad -500195, Tel: 040 24761440, 24761677, Web: www.andrabank.co.in AXIS Bank Ltd. 131, Maker Tower - F, Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai - 400 005, Tel: 022 67074407, Fax: 022 22186944, Web: www.axisbank.com Bank of Baroda Baroda House, PB No - 506, Mandvi, Baroda - 390 006, Tel: 0265 2518715, Web: www.bankofbaroda.com Bank of India Star House, C-5, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai-400 051, Tel: 022 66684444, Web: www.bankofindia.com Bank of Maharashtra Head Office, Lokmangal, 1501, Shivajinagar, Pune - 411005, Tel: 020 - 25532731, 25532733, Web: www.bankofmaharashtra.in Canara Bank Head.Office, JC Road, Bangalore - 560 001, Tel: 080 22221581, Web: www.canbankindia.com Catholic Syrian Bank St. Mary’s College Road, Thrissur, Kerala - 680020, Tel: 0487 2333020, Fax: 0487 2333435, Web: www.csb.co.in

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Central Bank of India Chander Mukhi, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021, Tel.: 022 - 6638 7777, Web: www.centralbankofindia.co.in City Bank N.A, mail Desk, No: 2, Club House Road, Annasalai, Chennai-2, Web: www.citybank.co.in City Union Bank Ltd. No.149, T.S.R Big Stree, Kumbakonam-612001, Tel: 0435-2402322, 2401622, Web: www.cityunionbank.com Corporation Bank Mangaladevi Temple Road, Pandeshwar, Mangalore 575 001, Karnataka, Tel: 0824 2426416 to 420, Fax: 0824 2440964, Web: www.corpbank.com Dena Bank Bandra Kurla Complex, Banrda East, Mumbai - 400 051, Web: www.denabank.com Dhanalaxmi Bank Ltd. Dhanalaxmi Building, PB No : 9, Nayakanal, Thrissur - 680 001, Tel: 0487 6617000, Fax: 0487 2335580, Web: www.dhanbank.com HDFC bank Ltd Chandivali, Off Sakivihar Road, Sakinaka, Andheri East, Mumbai - 400 072, Tel: 022 28569009, Web: www.hdfcbank.com ICICI Bank ICICI Bank Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai - 400 051, Tel: 022 28307777, Web: www.icicibank.com IDBI Bank IDBI Tower, WTC Complex, Cuffe parade, Mumbai - 400 005, Tel: 022 66553355, Web: www.idbi.com Indian Bank PB No : 1384, 66, Rajajisalai, Chennai - 600 001, Tel: 044 25233231, Web: www.indianbank.in Indian Overseas Bank 763, Anna Salai, , Chennai - 600002, Tel: 044 28524212, Web: www.iob.com Indusind Bank Indusind House, Lamington Road, 425 Dada Saheb, Bhadkamkar Marg, Mumbai 400 004, Web: www.indusind.com ING Vysya Bank ING Vysya House, No : 22, M.G. Road, Bangalore - 560 001, Tel: 080 5005000, Web: www.ingvysyabank.com Jammu and Kashmir Bank Moulana Asad Road, Sreenagar, Kashmir - 190 001, Tel: 0194 2481930, Web: www.jkbank.net

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Karnataka Bank Limited Mahaveera Circle, Kankanady,, Mangalore-575 002., Karnataka State., Tel: 08242228222, Web: www.karnatakabank.com Kotak Mahindra Bank 9th floor, Godrej Coliseum, Behind Everard Nagar,, Sion East, Mumbai - 400 022, Tel: 022 66215999, Web: www.kotak.com Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd Salem Main Road, Kathaparai, Karur - 639006, Tel: 04324 220051, 220052, Email: info@lvbank.com, Web: www.lvbank.com Oriental Bank of Commerce Harsha Bhavan, E-Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01, Tel: 011 23417121, 23416691, Web: www.obcindia.co.in Punjab National Bank Head Office, 5, Sansad Marg, New Delhi-110001. , Tel: + 91-11-2371 4562, Web: www.pnbindia.com Punjab & Sind Bank Press Club Building, Sector 27, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh, CH 160019 , 0172 2656325, 0172 2781785 , Web: www.psbindia.com State Bank of India Central Office, Madamcama Road, Mumbai - 400 021, Tel: 022 22022426, Web: www.statebankofindia.com State Bank of Travancore Poojappura, Trivandrum - 695 www.statebankoftravancore.com

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SyndicateBank Corporate Office, 2nd Cross Road, Bangalore - 560 009, Karnataka State, Phone: 080 22267545, 22203257, 22267548, Web: www.syndicatebank.in The Federal Bank Ltd Federal Towers, Corporate Office, Aluva - 683 101, Tel: 0484 2622263, 2623620, Fax: 0484 2622672, Email: fbl@federalbank.co.in, Web: www.federalbank.co.in The South Indian Bank SIB House, Mission Quarters, Trissur, Kerala - 680001, Tel: 0487 2420020, Fax: 0487 2442021, Web : www.southindianbank.com Union bank of India Union Bank Bhavan, 239, Vithan Bhavan Marg, Narimanpoint, Mumbai - 400 021, Tel: 022 22892000, Web: www.unionbankofindia.co.in Uco Bank Lal Darwaja Bhadr, Ahamedabad - 380 001, Tel: 079 25501825, Web: www.ucobank.com Vijaya Bank 23/24, Infantry Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore - 560 001, Tel: 080 22869180, 22865415, Web: vijayabank.com

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General Information for Tourists Visas: We request you to carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday. For clarification please contact the Indian High Commission. For visa extensions contact Office of the Commissioner of Police, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 0471 2320579. Money: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Banks: Banks are open for transaction from 1000 - 1400 hrs except Saturdays (1000 - 1200 hrs). Credit Cards: Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards. Currency: Indian Rupee. Time: (Hours fast (+), Slow (-) on IST) USA : -10.30, Germany -4.30, Canada : 10.30, France : - 4.30, Australia : +4.30, Spain : -4.30, UAE : -1.30. Best time to visit: High Season : December - May & Monsoon Rejuvenation Programmes : June - November Travel kit: Cotton outfits, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc. Drugs: Heavy penalities including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs. Nudity: Nudity is not allowed anywhere in Kerala. Demonstrativeness in public: Hugging/ kissing in public is not accepted in the state. Ayurveda: Go only to those Ayurveda centres that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism. Food: All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala fare. Water: Tap water is purified and quite safe to drink. It is not advisable to drink water from slow moving sreams, lakes or dams. Bottled water is also available. Emergency numbers: Police control room: 100, Fire Station: 101, Ambulance: 102. Temples: Some temples do not permit entry of non-Hindus. Strict dress codes are followed in most of the temples. Foot wear is banned inside the temple premises. Entry to wildlife sancturaties: The Chief Conservator of Forests, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 014, Ph: 0471 2322217 Restricted and Protected Areas: Military installations and areas, defence organisations and research organisations are considered protected areas, where permits are generally not given to foreigners. Photography is also prohibited in places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports and other military installations. Transport Facilities Air: Air India, the country’s major domestic airline, flies extensively across the nation and to neighbouring countries as well. Other companies like Deccan,

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Emirates, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Silk Air, SriLankan Airlines, Kingfisher etc. are also make services in India and abrod. Foreigners must pay in foreign currency, traveller’s cheques or currency exchange forms. The dollar tariff is applicable on domestic section for foreigners and NRIs. Misplaced tickets are not the responsibility of the these airlines. Train: The Indian Railways is the World’s second largest railway system, under a single management with a route length of over 62,000 kms. Time tables are available at all major railway stations. There are generally two classes - 1st and 2nd class. Air - conditioned coaches which have 1st class A.C. and A.C chair cars are also avialable. The cost of reservation is nominal and children between 5 and 12 years have to pay only half the regular fare. Children below 5 years are allowed to travel free of cost. If is advisable to obtain reservations in advance, as trains in India are crowded. Railway Retiring Rooms are extremely convenient for tourists planning an early train departure. Bus: India has an extensive and well developed bus system, with the system varying widely from State of State. Buses with video shows are becoming increasingly popular on certain routes. Baggage is generally carried on the roof. Hence the tourist must ensure that his / her luggage is secured properly and is waterproof. There are extensive local bus routes in all major cities. Driving: Car rental system (similar to those in the West) like Hertz, Budget, Europecar are available in India. Also available are chjauffeur driven cars and short and long distance metered taxis. Other Transport: In some places, auto-rickshaws (three wheelers), tongas (horsedrawn two wheelers), and Victorias (horse drawn carriages) operate. Calcutta boasts of an extensive tramway and also India’s only underground Metro Railway.

Accommodation Exlusive Hotels: Exclusive hotels and hotel chains boast of luxurious amenities and world-class decor. Tariffs are generally charged on the European system of room rent only. Tourist Bungalows/ Traveller’s Lodges: They offer comfortable lodging and meals. The tourist often has a choice between a dormitory and a self-sufficient room with attached bathroom. A restaurant or a dining hall, often with an attached bar is a possible feature. It is strongly recommended to obtain room reservations in advance.

Climate India has three major seasons: Summer, winter and the monsoon. Summer months (April - June) are hot in most parts of India. Winter months (November - March) are pleasant throughout India with bright sunny days. Monsoons break at the beginning of June on the South-west coast of India, and gradually break at all parts of the country, except south-eastern areas. These area’s receive most of their rainfall between mid-October and end-December.

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Useful Phrases in Malayalam English

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Hello Namasthe / namaskaram Welcome Swagatham How are you ? Sukhamalle ? Fine Sukham thane Glad to meet you Kandathil santhosham What is your name Perenthaa ? I’m John Jnaan John Come in akathekku varu Sit down Irikku Stop Nilku Go forward Mumpottu poku Go back Purakottu poku Go straight Nere pokuka (I) want to get down here Ivide iranganam Next stop Adutha stop Listen Sraddhikku Please Dayavayi Thank you Nanni Goodbye Poyi varaam (I) want Venam Can you help me please ? Onnu sahaayikkumo ? I agree Jnaan sammathikunnu I disagree Jnaan yogikkunnilla Good Nannayirikkunnu Congratulations Abinandanangal I request (you) Jnaan apekshikkunnu Thanks a lot Valare upakaram Excuse me / sorry kshamikkanam I apologise Jnan mappu chothikkunnu Let’s go Namukku pokam How much will it cost Ithinu enthu vila varum ? Is this water good for drinking ? E vellam kudikkan kollamo Can I make a phone call from here ? Onnu phone cheyyan pattumo Where can I hire a taxi ? Evide taxi kittum ? Where does this road go ? E road evidekku pokum ? Zero (poojyam One (onnu) Two (randu) Three (moonhu) Four (naalu ) Five (anchu) Six (aaru) Seven (ezhu) Eight (ettu) Nine (onpathu) Ten (patthu)

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Kayaloram Heritage Lake Resort, Punnamada Alleppey - 688 006, Ph: +91 477 2232040, 2231572 Fax: +91 477 2231571. Email:sales@mirresorts.in Web: www.mirresorts.in, www.kayaloram.com

Alleppey known as the Venice of the East is home to an unspoiled natural ambience. Kayaloram is a Heritage resort realized amidst picturesque panorama of Vembanad Lake. The Resort is situated on an exclusive stretch of prime waterfront, dotted by coconut palms and fondled by the whispering winds. Kayaloram has been classified as a Heritage Resort by the Government of India. The resort offers all modern amenities along with an Ayurveda Centre run by qualified Ayurvedic physicians. A cruise through the backwaters to capture the beauty of Alleppey is also a major attraction. At Kayaloram, you can look forward to a holiday that will keep you delightfully busy. With whole set of activities ranging from butterfly safari to deep lake fishing, cycling to painting, yoga to speed boat cruises, there is something for every mood. Here you can sit back and enjoy the graceful and triumphant art forms of Kerala like Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, Mohiniyattom that depict the rich culture and tradition of the destination. Kayaloram is 15 minutes off Alleppey town and is accessible by road and water. Without government taxes the tariff is: Pool View - Rs. 7000, Lake View - Rs.8000 and all rates are subjected to change without notice. The resort is managed by south India based MIR Group which is an INR 150 crore business house with expertise in diversified sectors including Tourism, Real Estate, Consultancy, International Trade, Biotechnology, Infrastructure and Education. After having achieved commendable success in the Travel and Tour market, MIR Group has successfully made their presence felt in the Indian Hospitality segment as well. Central Reservation: MIR Hotels and Resorts, 1st Floor MM Building, Kalabhavan Road, Kochi - 682 018, Ph: +91 484 2364480, 2360970, Fax: +91 484 2352755, Email: sales@mirresorts.in, reservation@mirresorts.in, Web: www.mirresorts.in, www.kayaloram.com

Muthoot Pampa Villa, Near Pallathuruthy Bridge A.C. Road, Alapuzha - 688 003 Email: reservations@muthoothotels.com Web: www.muthoothotels.com

On the banks of Alleppey, lies the reclusive Pampa Villa. It is a holiday getaway renovated from a traditional Christian home. The villa has 3 air-conditioned bed-

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rooms, a mini-conference hall with state of the art facilities, while still retaining the old world charm. The boutique property overlooks the majestic river Pampa, with lush green lawns and a coconut grove with hammocks. Central Reservation: Muthoot Leisure & Hospitality Services, 2nd Floor, Cochin Dental Clinic Building, Market Road towards Kombara, Cochin - 682 018, Ph: +91 484 6503044, 94474 14344, 94477 16015, 94471 56012, Fax: +91 484 4000579, Email: reservations@muthoothotels.com, Web: www.muthoothotels.com

Punnamada Resorts, Punnamada, Alleppey - 12 Ph: +91 477 2233690 , Fax: +91 477 2233694 Email: mail@punnamada.com Web: www.punnamada.com

Punnamada Resorts is nestled on the serene banks of Vembanad Lake and gives a world of heritage and luxury club together. The divine ambience and the hospitality here lead to a total relaxation of mind, body and soul. They have showcased and highlighted the rich heritage and the essence of Kerala in its true form with a focus on the eco system and being an environment friendly resort by taking initiative in various fronts. The Resort offers utmost privacy with an essence of the unforgettable picturesque backwaters of Kerala. The timber, laterite and tile villas give a feel of belongings to the earth and its landscaped leisure areas with many water bodies in it. The reception resembles nalukettu four sided mansion with an open courtyard in centre. A small pond with charming water lilies adds the glory to it. Accommodations at the Punnamada Resorts are classified in to Garden Villas, Duplex Villas and Lake View Villas. All the 26 villas are well equipped, elegantly furnished with all the most luxurious amenities with a tinge of rich Kerala heritage and it blend with the lush green landscape harmonically. Bathrooms are another attraction, the open roofed garden bathrooms, have a shower under the light of blue sky, yet in complete privacy. The Ayurvedic Centre at the Punnamada Resort is classified as green leaf ayurveda centre by the tourism department and that is the highest classification in ayurveda treatment centers. The centre at the resort provides all facilities for a holistic healing includes various treatment, ayurveda diet, yoga and meditation. The multi-cuisine restaurant is an old limestone kiln converted into a traditional heritage experience, keeping the old structure. It provides a 24- hour service with varied choice of food along with a selection of the finest wines as accompaniment. The essence of Kerala and its magical backwaters can be experienced aboard Punnamada’s exclusive Kettuvallam (houseboats) by the resort. There are many other facilities available in the resort, speed boats, and motorboat rides at the backwaters. Punnamada Resorts provides excellent facilities for specialized events like Marriages and Get-togethers. The well equipped modern conference hall built in kerala heritage way to accommodate over 100 delegates and it s an ideal place for corporate meetings and Conferences. Check in Punnamada Resort and find your stay an unforgettable experience.

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Bharat Hotel, Durbar Hall Road Cochin - 16. Ph: +91 484 2353501, 3295090 Email: bthekm@vsnl.com Web : bharathotel.com

From modest beginnings in 1964, Bharat Hotel has emerged as a symbol of traditional Kerala hospitality. While retaining its ethnic charm, BTH has changed with the times offering modern facilities and personalised service. The hotel’s clientele today include middle-level executives. Planters and businessmen travelling with their families, and tourists - both domestic and foreigners. Located centrally on DH Road, just a few dozen metres from Jos Junction on the bustling MG Road, BTH offers magnificent view of the Vembanad Lake. An authentic vegetarian hotel, BTH has 87 spacious, elegantly furnished rooms (AC and non-AC) spread over 5 floors. Each room is provided with a direct dial telephone, individual thermostat control for air-conditioning, running hot/cold water and cable TV. The major amenities include: Four conference halls; Subhiksha A/C restaurant serving North Indian & South Indian delicacies. Kempu - The coffee shop; business centre; ayurvedic treatment facilities provided at Sarovaram; sweet centre & book shop and ample parking space. Very recently Bharat hotel has been conferred with ISO 22000:2005 certificate by TUV NORD of Germany, the multi-national audit concern. It is the only hotel in Kerala that has been conferred with the certificate pertaining to food safety standard and management.

BTH Sarovaram,NH 47, Bypass, Maradu Cochin, Ph: +91 484 2305519, 3295155 Email: info@sarovaram.com Web: www.bharathotel.com

Sarovaram is a treat for the Nature-lover. Set in a sprawling, lush green, five-acre land adjacent to the Cochin backwaters, the hotel has its own freshwater lake. Using eco-friendly materials and methods, the hotel has been designed and built to perfectly harmonise with the picturesque natural surroundings. Located at Maradu, on the NH 47 Cochin Bypass, just 10 km from the city centre, Sarovaram is 28 km from Cochin International Airport. Sarovaram exudes a cosy, perfectly-athome ambience, while providing all amenities for travellers on business or leisure. Its convenient location ensures that, while being away from the crowd, you are still close to the city. Each of its 14 elegantly designed A/C and non-A/C rooms

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faces the lake. The rooms are furnished with terracotta flooring and teak furniture. Amenities in each room include a fully equipped kitchenette, direct dial telephones, mini-fridge, cable TV and direct internet access. Other facilities are an AC pure vegetarian multi-cuisine restaurant, conference halls, full-fledged business centre with secretarial service, coffee shop, board room, parking space for 150 cars, lake with boating facilities, palm-fringed waterfront and an ayurvedic treatment centre. Vegetarian cuisine at its best: Being exclusively vegetarian has been a great boon for the two BTH hotels rather than restricting their appeal. With health concerns markedly changing food trends and eating habits, BTH restaurants have built a solid client base for its clean, wholesome, lip-smacking vegetarian delicacies. What’s more, a rich and long-standing culinary tradition encourages people to trust the quality and authenticity of food from the BTH kitchens. Auditoriums: Both Bharat Hotel and Sarovaram have fully equipped halls - ideal for engagements, weddings, receptions, conferences, seminars, product launches and board meetings. Sarovaram has a cool and comfortable open-air amphitheater near to the back waters and another one which is fully airconditioned. Both hotels offer halls that can comfortably accommodate upto 1000 guests.

Cherai Beach Resorts, Cherai, Kochi - 683 514 Ph: +91 484 2416949, 2481818, Fax: +91 484 2417333 Email: enquiry@cheraibeachresorts.com Web: www. cheraibeachresorts.com

It is a unique health resort geographically located in Cherai, the upcoming most popular tourist destination of Kerala. It is very near [25 km] to the Kochi International Airport & Kochi city. This resort is owned & promoted by post graduate doctors of modern medicine. The resort is designed with love & style. Each and every detail is just perfect. The eco-friendly resort has been ranked as the ultimate getaway destination in the world. It offers the visitors luxury, one can only dream about- the unpolluted atmosphere, crystal clean water, absolute calm and privacy, coconut trees & beautiful lagoons, golden beaches & backwaters. The resort is exquisitely landscaped with lagoons and canals meandering in and around the sixty six independent villas (heritage & modern) with all modern facilities constructed over five acres of picturesque greenery overlooking the clean long beach at the front and serene backwaters behind. Relaxing in the golden beaches one can hear the symphony of waves and swaying palms - a matchless sense of well being. Each cottage is constructed in Kerala’s traditional style, some with thatched roof, floor with terracotta tiles, mud plastered walls decorated with wall paintings. The gentle breeze from the sea and the backwaters cools the room naturally. The huts are made on individual islands and certain cottages are made on coconut tree pillars. The village gives you a feeling of living in harmony with nature!

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Deshadan Plaza, Panampilly Nagar, Cochin - 36 Ph: +91 484 2310007, 2320007, Fax: +91 484 4011653 Email: reservations@deshadan.com Web: www.deshadan.com

Welcome to Deshadan Plaza Cochin. Located at the heart of the city, the hotel is 30 minutes drive from the airport and 10 minutes from the city's business district and within easy distance from well known tourist attractions. With well appointed rooms, restaurant, banquet hall, the hotel offers contemporary facilities in a relaxed and serene ambience for both business and leisure travellers. Deshadan plaza offers 2 categories of accommodation; executive twin/ double and suite room. All rooms are equipped with standard features like air conditioning, internet access, direct dial line telephones, 24 hour room service, cable television and hygienic European style wash rooms. The restaurant at Deshadan Plaza, serves traditional to International cuisine. Skilled and passionate chefs ensure a dining experience that is to relish and remember and also a takeaway counter to taste the food at your private place. Deshadan Plaza also offers banquet facility for personal and official get togethers. Central Reservations: Deshadan Resorts and Hotels, Main Avenue, Near Passport Office, After KMA, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi - 682 036, Ph: +91 484 2321518, Fax: +91 484 2314839, Email: reservations@deshadan.com, Web: www.deshadan.com

Grand Hotel, M.G. Road, Ernakulam Ph: +91 484 2382061, 2366833 Email: grandhotel@vsnl.com Web: www.grandhotelkerala.com

Grand Hotel is the place everyone heads to when they have a yearning for seafood. Established in 1963, it has the distinction of being one of the oldest and most wellloved hotels in the city. Like the famous MG Road that it stands on, it is an easily recognizable part of Cochin. Grand’s restaurant, Grand Pavillion, is especially renowned for its authentic Kerala cuisine. The Karimeen Pollichathu here is legendary. But Chinese, continental and North Indian dishes are also prepared with the same simplicity and deliciousness that is the hotel’s hallmark. Contemporary in every way, Grand is however old-fashioned in the size of its rooms. Each of its 39 suites is simply huge. The entire hotel is a tribute to the art-deco design movement. Grand is preferred by tourists for its central location and cuisine and by business travelers for its reasonable tariffs. Families love it, quite simply, for its excellent food and laid-back ambience.

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Hotel Grand Seasons, Chittoor Road, Kochi - 682 016 Ph: +91 484 4188888, Fax: +91 484 2377668 Email: info@hotelgrandseasons.com Web: www.hotelgrandseasons.com

Welcome to the truly unique comfort, style and quality of Hotel Grand Seasons, where season never ends. A boutique business and leisure Hotel located in the heart of the city in Cochin (Kochi), on Chittoor Road, Grand Seasons offers the perfect three-star oasis for discerning business and leisure travelers. Grand Seasons is less than two minutes walk from the city’s famed M.G. Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road), the business spine of Kochi and site of the city’s most popular attraction and shopping spree. Just a stone throw away from major transport hubs of Cochin, Grand Seasons is ideal for the corporate go-getter. As the perfect host, Grand Seasons offers a spectacular lobby, designer room & suites, state-of-the-art banquet hall, a multi-cuisine restaurant and benchmark service from a courteous team aims to make your stay a magical one. Grand Seasons is the only hotel in Kochi to implement an one-site water purification system and underground reservoir holding up to 200,000 litres of purified water. An impressive collection of fortythree individually air-conditioned luxurious rooms and suites that combine decorated stylish interiors that make every nook a statement of perpetual comfort. The colors, textures, fabrics, fixtures and furnishing of each guestroom has been scrupulously chosen to provide a fresh, sophisticated and welcoming ambience with the warmth and comfort of home. For connoisseurs of fine dining, the pearl serves in elaborately planed a la carte dishes from around the world. A grand arena blending and elegant ambiance with modern technology and state of the art facilities is assembled in Grand Summit, the a/c conference hall to meet and exceed the expectation of the discerning clients. Other facilities and services offered by are Airport Transfer, Railway station pickup on request, Baby-Sitting Arrangements, Business Centre, Car Rentals, Cultural Shows on request, Currency Exchange, Facilities for the Physically Challenged, Florist, Ayurveda therapy on request, Hotel Safe Internet, Interpreter Service, Laundry Services, Lounge Storage, Doctor on Call, Parking, Phone Services, Postal/ Parcel Services, Room Service-24hrs, Security Surveillance Systems, Travel Desk-Ticketing, Tours etc.

Koder House, Tower Road, Fort Cochin - 682 001 Ph: +91 484 2218485, Fax: +91 484 2217988 Email: koderhouse@gmail.com Web: www.koderhouse.com, www.victorydawn.com

A heritage boutique hotel, just a short walk from the beach at Fort Cochin, Koder House is a historical landmark in its own right. Formerly the home of the Koders,

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one of Cochin’s most illustrious Jewish families, it once hosted celebrities, ambassadors and heads of state. Travellers will feel very special. There are only six super luxury suites, each with a huge bedroom, sitting room and bathroom with Jacuzzi. Other facilities are personal valet, Jacuzzi, Multicuisine restaurant, Sea food restaurant, Plunge Pool, Hanging Bridge, Serena Spa, Business Centre, Foreign exchange, electronic safe, internet data port and cable TV in each room, doctor-on-call, laundry etc.

Muthoot Leisure & Hospitality Services 2nd Floor, Cochin Dental Clinic Building, Cochin - 18 Ph: +91 484 6503044, Fax: +91 484 4000579 Email: reservations@muthoothotels.com Web: www.muthoothotels.com

Muthoot Leisure and Hospitality Services aims to bring eco-cultural tourism together with the best in hospitality. It has facilities as diverse as Muthoot Cardamom County (a nature retreat), Ayura (an Ayurveda spa), Muthoot Backwater Cruises (luxury house boats) and Muthoot Pampa Villa (a cosy cottage by the waterside), in Kerala. Espousing the philosophy of conservation oriented sustainable tourism; MLHS strives towards giving unique eco-cultural experiences to its guests. With a staunch belief in sustainable tourism and preservation of our environment, it works towards reducing the impact of tourism on the environment in every way possible. True to its beliefs, MLHS has ensured that every resort is equipped with natural water harvesting for water conservation and uses solar energy for power. One of its initiatives is the Eco-cell plant at the Muthoot Backwater Cruises which ensures that the waste does not flow back into the backwaters. Others include the organic farmland at the energy-efficient and plastic-free Muthoot Cardamom County and gravity flow tanks to ensure efficient waste management at every property. Recycling habits and use of organic products are a way of life at MLHS. The Muthoot Leisure and Hospitality Services is a part of the Muthoot Group, a 120 yr-old business house with diverse interests in Healthcare, Education, Real Estate, InfoTech, Precious Metals, Media, Power and the Banking & Financial services.

Nyle Plaza Hotels & Properties Pvt. Ltd, NH Bypass Vyttila, Cochin - 19, Ph: +91 484 4120000-089 Fax: +91 484 4120099, Email: info@nyleplaza.com Web: www.nyleplaza.com

Located at the gate way to Cochin, Nyle Plaza provides luxury in abundance. This haven in the historical city strives at creating a comfort zone for all their guests. With impeccably furnished rooms, multi cuisine restaurants, conference halls and

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other state-of-the-art facilities, all your leisure and business needs are met here. At Nyle Plaza you can choose between 48 well appointed rooms which include 2 presidential suites, 4 suites, 14 deluxe rooms and 28 superior rooms equipped with all modern amenities to cater to the demands of today’s traveler. Each room comes with free connectivity, daily choice of complimentary newspaper, high quality guest amenities and multi channel entertainment. The rooms are not mere spaces to rest your tired backs but a whole new luxury experience. The multi cuisine restaurant, Harvest, offers a venue of style, substance and flair. A fusion of flavours from around the world, from frequently changing menus, complemented by a relaxed and contemporary ambience ensures a unique culinary encounter. There is also a speciality restaurant, The Edge. Zync, the classy and elegant A/c bar offers an unforgettable experience. The carefully planned menu at Splash, the 24 hours coffee shop, has a large snack spread along with tempting varieties of coffee. Nyle Plaza offers much more than meeting places. Location facilities and services make the hotel an obvious choice for conferences, corporate functions, seminars and other events. Odyssey, Grand Pavilion and Iris, the conference suites, enjoy natural light, air conditioning, state of the art lighting and a full compliment of AV equipment. Accommodating 30-200 people in various styles, conference facilities at Nyle Plaza are incredibly flexible and functional. Other attractions of the hotel are health club, safe deposit lockers, travel desk, in-house laundry, doctor on call, wi-fi connectivity, wheel chair etc. The tariff excluding government taxes is: Presidential Suite - Rs.4200, Suite - Rs.3700, Deluxe - Rs.2450 and Superior - Rs.2250. Finally, it is the place where comfort and convenience await you in plenty.

Park Central, Kaloor, Kaloor-kadavanthra Road Cochin - 17, Ph: +91 484 2335537, 2335547 Fax: +91 484 2335517. Email: sales@mirresorts.in Web: www.mirresorts.in, www.parkcentral.in

Park Central Hotel is premium 3-star business hotel, ideal for both Business and Leisure travellers. Park Central lies in the heart of the city at Kaloor, blessed by nature with varied geographical specialties. It is 45 minutes drive from the Cochin International Airport, just 5 minutes away from Ernakulam Town Railway Station and close to all major shopping and business centers. Featuring techno-savvy business facilities, the hotel is a smart venue for banquets, weddings, meetings, gettogethers and celebrations of all sizes and guarantees an absolutely charming experience right from check-in to check-out. The 20-120 PAX Banquet Rooms and three elegantly decorated halls offer comfortable seating for Conventions, Exhibitions, Conferences, Company meetings and Wedding receptions. International conference facilities, meeting rooms of varying dimensions, free Wi-Fi internet access, audio-visual equipments, high standards of comfort and the very best of Indian hospitality are key features that give the hotel an added edge over other business hotels. The service is so personalized that each and every specific need of the

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guest is taken into consideration throughout the stay. Well-maintained luxury rooms with individually controlled air-conditioning are available at Park Central to rejuvenate corporate employees and business delegates before an important get-together. An assortment of finger-sized delicacies, multi-cuisine flavours and traditional favourites tantalize the taste buds at the hotel’s stylishly designed All Spice Restaurant. Tempo can be added to business conferences with trendy theme parties, live DJ music and cultural evenings. An exciting round of snooker between conferences or an indulgent Ayurveda massage and spa treatment to rejuvenate the tired senses is also on the cards for the health-conscious business traveller. Without government taxes the tariff is: Deluxe Single - Rs.1650, Deluxe Double - Rs.1950 and all rates are subjected to change without notice. The resort is managed by south India based MIR Group which is an INR 150 crore business house with expertise in diversified sectors including Tourism, Real Estate, Consultancy, International Trade, Biotechnology, Infrastructure and Education. After having achieved commendable success in the Travel and Tour market, MIR Group has successfully made their presence felt in the Indian Hospitality segment as well. Central Reservation: MIR Hotels and Resorts, 1st Floor MM Building, Kalabhavan Road, Kochi - 682 018, Ph: +91 484 2364480, 2360970, Fax: +91 484 2352755, Email: sales@mirresorts.in, reservation@mirresorts.in, Web: www.mirresorts.in, www.parkcentral.in

Quality Airport Hotel, Nayathode, Angamaly - 683 572 Ph: +91 484 2610366, Fax: +91 484 2610399 Email: info@qualityairporthotel.com Web: www.qualityairporthotel.com

Under the entrepreneurship of an NRI who is based in UAE, this hotel finds itself in the good books of one and all around, due to its own highly held values and the selfless services it has rendered over the past years. Located within a stone’s throw distance from Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery and ever since its inception, Quality Airport Hotel has served as a perfect harbor of comfort to the air travelers. Spanning nearly two acres of land, this hotel has been designed in a style that imbibes the spirit of tradition and western architecture. The hotel can ideally be an ‘in’ place for any savvy businessman or for a tourist who expects just the best. With a total of 22 well-appointed rooms, this luxurious hotel offers you a reflection of your own lifestyle, your love of comfort, your care for details, your keenness on personal attention and above all your high business standards in an atmosphere of absolute privacy and peace. “The Club”, the fully equipped board room can hold 15 people in a fully air-conditioned comfort. “The Take Off” with a capacity of 50, is ideal for official meetings. The air conditioned auditorium “The Pandhal” in synchronization with the poolside lawn can hold a gathering of 1000 people and is ideal for post wedding reception banquets etc. A cold dip in the international standard swimming pool will not be a bad idea after a long session of conference. At the Fitness Centre, complete with the latest variety of all kinds of state-of –the-art equipments, exercises couldn’t be done in a better way. The restau-

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rant, “The Landing”, offers a wide and luscious range of finest specialties that include Indian (from our traditional Kerala food to North Indian ethnic cuisine), Continental as well as Chinese cuisines, then French, German, Italian, American…the list is endless. The finest wines are there at “The Cheers”, the gentleman’s bar, rare in its kind in Kerala. A good business centre equipped with internet, photocopier, printer, scanner, fax and phone adds to the other facilities like car rental, money exchange, travel assistance, doctor on call, sightseeing trips and Ayurvedic massage.

Travancore Court, Warriam Road, Cochin -16 Ph: +91 484 2351120, Fax: +91 484 2351535 Email: mail@travancorecourt.com Web: www.travancorecourt.com

It is the fascinating gift presented to the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin in the world of hospitality. The name itself describes the rich and varied heritage theme of the hotel. Travancore Court redefines the benchmark of what a truly designed business class hotel should look and feel, like. Located in the heart of Cochin City on Warriam Road, parallel to M.G. Road, Travancore Court is just half a kilometer from the Railway station and only 30 km from the airport. So as far as accessibility is concerned there can never be a more strategically located hotel in Cochin City. Travancore Court is reminiscent of British India exuding a quiet old charm intermixed with a touch of class and aristocracy that never feels overbearing. On display is a large array of paintings that capture the glimpses of British India and aristocratic Travancore, and some of the historically significant events of those times. Luxury is of course an underlying theme of this hotel and as such it features all modern amenities and facilities including a roof top swimming pool with a beautiful view of the harbour, a well equipped health club with sauna, steam bath and Jacuzzi, well appointed and luxuriously designed suites, a super luxury presidential suite, an exclusive executive floor with suites and an executive lounge, a coffee shop and news room rolled into one, a multi cuisine restaurant, banquet hall and top-of-the-line board room, kiosk, travel counter and wi-fi connectivity. Finally, it is the ultimate place where your business has an aristocratic touch.

The Woods Manor, M.G Road, Cochin - 682011 Ph: +91 484 2382055-59, Fax: +91 484 2382080 Email: woodys@thewoodsmanor.com Web: www.thewoodsmanor.com

One of the leading Luxury Business-Class hotels in Cochin ideally suited to cater to the exacting time bound demands of Business Travelers as well as a relaxing and

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memorable vacation to the Holidaying Tourist. Its ideal location on M.G Road - the very heart of the city, just 500 meters from the railway station, within a stones throw from major Corporate Address and busting Shopping Centers is really blessing for the traveling community looking for exemplary indulgent services. The welcoming experience right from the spacious designer lobby with elegantly appointed well trained efficient and enthusiastic personals makes your stay a memorable experience. The choice of centrally air conditioned well appointed rooms caters to the different tastes of our guests. The deluxe rooms, suites, Kerala rooms and Kerala suites all decked with modern amenities like direct dialing telephone, remote control color TV with entertainment channels, temperature control facilities, 24-hour room service, laundry, computer and mobile phone on request etc serves to the customer needs. The Woods Manor caters to the different culinary tastes through its various outlets. The multicuisine restaurant serves Indian, Continental, Chinese and local Kerala delicacies. The seasonal poolside restaurant offers exquisite dinner settings for barbecue and tandoori delicacies. The banqueting facilities available at The Woods Manor are rarely surpassed and can cater from a simple high tea to an elaborate banquet. The library lounge, the full-fledged business centre and the efficient travel desk are the other facilities which help to take the load off the guests at The Woods Manor.

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Ayur County, P.O. Chinnakanal, Munnar- 685 618 Ph: +91 4868 249318, Fax: +91 4868 249218 Email: mail@ayurcounty.com Web: www.ayurcounty.com

Feast yourself to a holiday just a few steps below Heaven between the mists where surprises greet you at every corner. Ayur County offers you impeccable hospitality, serene vistas and virginal charm for a soulful stay at Munnar. Ayur County is owned and managed by MAS group, a 3 decade old enterprise having its interests in Spice plantations, Cardamom auction, processing, export of spices, Tea manufacturing and FMCG brands. The Corporate Office of the Company is at Vandanmedu, famous for Cardamom in India. Vandanmedu is on the route to Thekkady from Munnar. The resort is perched on a hillock located in Chinnakanal (150 km from Kochi, 85 km from Thekkady and 140 km from Madurai) surrounded by tea estates, spice plantations and greenish mountains which occupy the mystical part of Munnar where nature plays hide-and-seek. Once you are in Ayur County, the cotton-white clouds caressing your feet and Cool Mountain breeze playing unruly with your hair, you are likely to dream yourself in the 7th paradise. In reality, Ayur County whisks you away from the realities of the concrete jungle of the cities into the timelessness of the high ranges in Munnar. The Anayirankal dam-view also adds to the panoramic beauty from all rooms. Sit around simply staring at the vista that lies in 380 hotels and resorts

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the lens of your clear mind or get refreshed by a mountain trail or elephant-backride. Enjoy the fun of fishing in the mountain streams or hear the songs of birds. In Ayur County you will loose the old you to the beauty of nature and excitement. The call to dinner releases a gentle assault to the taste buds; relish the unique Ayur County cuisine, keeping a close-to-nature ambience. Ayurvedic Centre, Travel Desk, Doctor on call etc ease your holiday more and more. The land and its creatures, the place and the people make this mystical place - home for a few days. Central Reservation: Mas Travel Mates, 361, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi - 682 036, Kerala, Ph: +91 484 2323236, +91 94470 11077, 94477 00047, Fax: +91 484 2323229, Email: mail@ayurcounty.com, Web: www.ayurcounty.com

Camp Noel, Pazhathottam, P.O. Koviloor Munnar - 685615, Ph: +91 4865 214095, 214435 Email: manager@campnoel.com Web: www.campnoel.com

This is a secluded mountain resort nestled in the high ranges of the western ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is the #1 Top Hill Station Hotel In India as ranked by TripAdvisor Traveller's. Located 36 kms away from Munnar town near the village of Pazhathottam. The first 30 kms is a very scenic drive on the Kodaikkanal highway via Mattuppetti and Kundale Dam. The last 6 kms to the resort is very bumpy and rough through a forest track, there are no roads to speak of! Just like all good things in life, Camp Noel is hard to get to. But once you get here, you enjoy nature at its pristine best, you will love it! The Resort vehicle is also available for sight seeing at a nominal charge. Natural facilities coupled with all the conveniences that our team has put together, you will never have a dull moment to spare. Dining at 6500 feet above sea level in our multi-cuisine restaurant is an experience you will remember for a long while to come. A luxuriously appointed front office lobby, library, club house, Great room, fire place etc. provides the perfect setting for a meeting. Transportation to and from Munnar town or Cochin can be arranged on request. Wireless telephone service is available. Trekking and sight seeing with a personal guide can be arranged. Camp fire arranged on request.

Carmelia Haven, Vandanmedu, Idukki - 685 551 Ph: +91 4868 270252, Fax: +91 4868 270268 Email: reservation@carmeliahaven.com Web: www.carmeliahaven.com

Carmelia Haven, the most beautiful Plantation theme resort spread over 55 acres, situated in Vandanmedu, is the first resort in India to have the concepts of a treethe key to God’s own country

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house and a cave room. Describe Carmelia as merely as a holiday resort would be a gross understatement. It is a boutique which showcases 30 well appointed accommodations which includes tree-houses, cave room, Suites and cottages in a lush green back drop. Nature seems to be so fond of this enchanted land, she has showered all her charms upon it. Words can’t describe its mystic beauty. To experience the full impact of its spell, you have to be here. Carmelia Haven, perched 4000 ft above sea level is one of the most eco-friendly resorts in Kerala. This is an ideal holiday destination and also a corporate conference destination, for those who love nature at its best. If you want to see the nature in its pristine form you have to come to stay in Carmelia Haven. Here you will find nature at its most abundant. Some of the on-site and off-site activities here include, environmental activities and eco programs including organic farming, vermi-culture, plantation tour, nature trail, bird watching (Carmelia attracts 150 varieties of birds and butterflies) etc. with trained naturalists. Facilities include swimming pool, kids pool, Ayurvedic center, children’s park, virtual games, indoor and out door games, multicuisine restaurant, conference facilities for two hundred and fifty persons, spices & curio shop, perennial stream and water fall, herbal garden and regular activities. Rithgeham - Carmelia’s Ayurvedic centre is the perfect place to get rid of all the toxins, fat-deposits and impurities from your body. Kailasam (22 km away) - The activity zone of Carmelia haven (1500 acres) is the second private destination and exclusively for their in-house guest. Kailasam is a misty, magical and serene green valley is an ideal spot for soft and hard-core Adventure tourism and leisure. The great exclusive outdoor-activities at Kailasam includes the fishing and boating in the four acre private lake, Tea Factory and Cardamom smoke house visit and the amazingly adventurous mountain safari on an all-wheel drive open jeep to the mountain peaks that gives you the panoramic view of the misty valley.

Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel, A.M. Road Munnar-685612, Ph: +91 4865 230687, 230689 Email: mail@cloudsvalley.com Web: www.cloudsvalley.com

Clouds Valley, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Munnar is the biggest 3 star hotel in Munnar, catering to the needs of the business travelers as well as tourists who come to explore Munnar. The elegant hotel with 52 rooms is conveniently located in the heart of Munnar and offers you a perfect base for your stay in Munnar. At Clouds Valley, you'll find an environment that invokes high peace. Comfort and style blend in harmony in the tastefully done interiors of the AC and Non AC rooms. All rooms with the most modern facilities have been aesthetically designed with care to enhance the enchanting ambience of Munnar. In fact, the comfortable rooms transport you to a private world away from the hustle and bustle of the modern life. The Executive Suites and Deluxe rooms allow you to

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unwind after a hard day in peace and solitude. 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry has allowed them a deep insight into the needs of the discerning traveler and Clouds Valley is geared up to meet and exceed customer expectations. Elegant design, personalised service, rejuvenating spaces, instant connectivity and gracious dining - defines Clouds Valley. The impeccable services by the courteous and friendly staff and the homely atmosphere prevalent at the hotel, has made it a much sought after place to stay in Munnar. The Clouds Valley boasts of an exclusive Multi-cuisine Restaurant serving Continental, Chinese, Indian and South Indian cuisine. Relish the mouth watering dishes served for breakfast, lunch and dinner at their restaurant which will leave you asking for more. The Roof garden Restaurant at Clouds Valley has become an ideal choice as venue for formal and family gatherings. Spacious and well furnished Conference halls offer meeting spaces of varying size suited for corporate gathering, training courses, meetings, gettogethers and special occasions. The conference and meeting rooms are available with the latest audio-visual equipment, Wi-fi and wired internet access and ISDN lines for video conferencing. Clouds Valley offers you an opportunity to unwind in the lap of nature with exciting activities like Angling, Trekking or even a Plantation tour. Also the Clouds Valley offers the most modern facilities at an affordable tariff. So the next time you are in Munnar - Step in to elegance and comfort at Clouds Valley. Sales Office: Ground Floor, Old IMA Building, Warriam Road, Cochin 16, Ph: +91 94460 20687, Email: mail@cloudsvalley.com, Web: www.cloudsvalley.com

Deshadan Mountain Resort, Munnar - 685 612 Ph: +91 4865 232910, Fax: +91 4865 231592 Email: reservations@deshadan.com Web: www.deshadan.com

The highest resort in Kerala, Deshadan Mountain Resort welcomes you to a new high in holidaying. Perched on the highest resort friendly peak in Munnar, Deshadan Mountain Resort stands closer to the clouds than to the earth. Munnar town is just 7 km away, but the rustic ambience, virgin greenery and misty surroundings make the rest of the world seem far away. The well appointed rooms and cottages overlook picture postcard sceneries. The luxurious amenities pamper you inside the resort while the virgin landscapes behold your eyes outside. All rooms and cottages have a private balcony overlooking the breathtaking valley below, satellite TV, 24hours hot and cold water and much more. The other facilities include room service, a multi cuisine restaurant, recreation centre, banquet hall, camp fire area, trekking facilities to name a few. Central Reservations: Deshadan Resorts and Hotels, Main Avenue, Near Passport Office, After KMA, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi - 682 036, Ph: +91 484 2321518, Fax: +91 484 2314839, Email: reservations@deshadan.com, Web: www.deshadan.com

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Eastend Hotel, Temple Road, Munnar - 685 612 Ph: +91 4865 230451, Fax: +91 4865 230227 Email: eastend@eastend.in Web: www.eastend.in

One of the most popular hill stations in India Munnar is in communion with the best of nature. The Eastend Hotel of Eastend Hospitality, situated in the heart of Munnar town is an exclusive home for tourists. Located about 5200 ft. above sea level and only a three hour journey from Kochi city, Eastend Hotel was originally a comfort station of the colonial British planters. A relaxed stay is assured in accommodations that are tastefully and aesthetically designed and that has a blend of English and ethnic styles. Double rooms, deluxe rooms, suites and independent cottages are available. Each functionally designed bedroom is provided with telephone, TV and hot/cold running water. At the touch of a button, you bring alive courteous service any time of the day or night. Eastend Hotel is specialized to serve quality cuisine of continental, Chinese, North Indian, South Indian and Kerala special dishes. Our restaurant also guarantees a happy appetite by providing personal choice dishes. Eastend Hotel offers ample car parking facility, state-of-theart communications technology in all rooms, large luxurious bathrooms with separate bath and shower, heated floors, personal safe, cable connections, recreation facilities, and multi-lingual staff with courteous 24 hour room service. Apart from the awesome view, the landscaped exclusive garden of Eastend Hotel offers a variety of interesting niches such as the Tree Hut, the Cave -fondly called the Kissing Point and the Coffee Shop. For the enthusiastic guests Eastend Hotel provides adventure and recreational activities such as Trekking, Rappelling, Rainbow Trout Fishing, Paragliding, Tent Camping or just simply a trip to the Tea Museum. Nothing gladdens them more than seeing the pleased smiles on the faces of their guests. Eastend Hotel is a hospitality venture of Eastend Hospitality. Central Reservation: Eastend Hospitality, HIG 50, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi - 682 036, Ph: + 91 484 2774999, Fax: +91 484 4043081, Email: crs@eastend.in, Web: www.eastend.in

Emmel Dwellings, Opp.KTDC Tea County Resort Munnar - 685 612, Ph: +91 4865 231087, 232421 Email: emmeldwellings@india.com Web: www.emmeldwellings.com

To perfect your holidays in the lush green land of Munnar, Emmel Dwellings offers you its most warming and caring hands of hospitability. The beautifully constructed cottages at Emmel Dwellings with well appointed rooms and amenities make your days at Munnar a lovely hide out deep into the heart of nature. Attending the

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guest amenities with great care and concern Emmel Dwellings has its highly service oriented crew who leave an appealing impression in your minds. To spend some days in this numinous land imprints an unforgettable experience in the cherishing memories of anyone. The resort is nestled amidst the pristine beauty of Munnar hills and slopes. Elegent exterior of the resort has its well appointed interior with the facilities which include, Spacious and cozy rooms, Travel Desk and Currency Exchange,Round the clock room service, 24 hrs Running Hot and Cold water, Vegitarian and Non vegitarian cuisine, Doctor-on-call, Spacious Car Park, Cable TV and 24 hrs Direct Dialing STD/ISD Facilities, Kitchen and Dining for Groups. Our guests will be provided with on time assistance and guidance to explore the scenic splendor of Munnar in its every nooks and corners. Our line of services include, Pick and Drop Services for tourists from distant regions, Assistance for trekking and sight seeing travel ,Arrange sight seeing trips and boat rides, Organize rejuvenating ayurvedic treatment packages, Manage Car hire from small run-arounds to minivans etc.

Greenwoods, K K Road, Thekkady - 685 509 Ph: +91 4869 222752, 222753, 224382 Email: info@greenwoods.in Web: www.greenwoods.in

Lush green forests, cool breeze, the natural beauty and wildlife beckon you to Thekkady and Greenwoods. Treat your senses to the breathtaking beauty of Thekkady, while your mind takes a break from the mundane. Greenwoods is located on a quaint hill, on the gateway of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Greenwoods makes your holiday in Thekkady truly memorable with outstanding facilities that help you ‘be one with nature’. The resort, situated in 6 acre spice plantation with cozy and well-appointed cottages, not only provides you with the best of amenities, but also makes you rejuvenated and revived, mentally and physically. For those who require that extra privacy and space, there are full-fledged individual cottages. All their rooms contain an individual balcony on sit out. Within your comfy rooms, while you are treated to the best of service, the entire resort is set in a natural environment and is totally eco-friendly. They believe in ‘living in harmony with nature’ and take pride in that they provide you the best of nature sites without ever compromising on the comfort part of it. While you stay amidst the spice plantation Greenwoods is also abundant in teakwood, rose wood, sandal wood, mahagony etc. You are also greeted by the exotic aromas of nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, clove, vanilla and other succulent spices. The resort provides you with a spice journey that takes you through the plantation and also through the cattle shed - where in Vechoor Cows (the smallest cow in the world which is an extincting species) are preserved, sewage treatment plants, Vermi-compost plant and their flourishing vegetable garden as well. Amrutham, the multi-cuisine restaurant at

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Greenwoods offers you a variety of tastes to tickle your taste buds. From the all natural fresh sip of tea or fresh juice to the most delectable cuisine of your choice, whether it is Chinese, Continental or Indian, the speciality restaurant offers you the best of gastronomic delights. Not to mention their typical naadan thattukada. You would also get to see the live cooking demo of these dishes and know their recipes from specialist chefs every day. More in the line are a host of traditional art forms being performed exclusively for you all the evenings. The expansive conference hall, the tree top cafe, the rejuvenating ayurvedic spa adds to the charm of this wonderful resort. Apart from these Greenwoods is equipped with a swimming pool clubbed with Jacuzzi and adjacent separate kids pool, a recreation centre with indoor games, mini gym, curio shop, library or outdoor play areas like badminton court and much more. Arthreya, the ayurvedic centre is a must visit for those wholesome wellness therapies. At Arthreya, they believe that ayurveda should be a way of life where the trained masseurs will ensure that you are treated to the best of authentic massages and spas, with a mix of pure ayurvedic concoctions, relieving aches and pains, alleviating stress and sleeplessness. While at Greenwoods, they take care of all your needs, it’s not just an idyllic resort tucked away in the mist and forest but Greenwoods is more of a rejuvenating space with. A warm traditional welcome, friendly staff, quality services on time and a plethora of in-house activities, Greenwoods is nothing but a destination of a lifetime. 94% guest recommendation in Trip Advisor – the most trusted online travel portal with all independent genuine guest reviews - itself elucidate more about them.

Hotel Misha, Misha Jn., Munnar - 685 612 Ph: +91 4865 230376, 232376 Email: mishholidays@gmail.com Web: www.mishaholiday.com

It is one of the oldest and finest hotels in Munnar, located 133 km from Cochin International Airport and 130 km from Alwaye Railway Station. Amidst the tea plantation, Hotel Misha provides bouquet of pleasure and comfort. The restaurant is specialized in Indian Cuisine serving pure veg. dishes including north Indian, Gujarati, Jain, South Indian and Chineese dishes. Non Veg. cuisines are also served in rooms. Travelers can go on a trek to explore the mountains or wildlife tour or go on a tent camping or even ask for a paragliding. All activities are assisted by experts under its tour division Kerala Travel Company (www.keralatravel company.com). We assist you in getting introduced to the spice plantations available in Munnar. Guests are offered various types of vehicles and the drivers. Experience the open Jeep Safari as an adventurous journey into the nature. One can opt for a safari for wildlife visit or mountain journey or just for a sightseeing tour. We also provide houseboats, ayurvedic massages, campire and Kerala Packages for the visitors.

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Hotel Revathy International, K K Road, Kumily Ph: +91 4869 222434, 222435, Fax: + 91 4869 222436 Email: info@revathyinternational.com Web: www.revathyinternational.com

The modest and tallest Hotel offers the finest in hospitality. Situated in the heart of Kumily, 4 km from the Periyar Lake and Sanctuary, Hotel Revathy International proffers you superlative luxury and supreme convenience. There are 16 well appointed rooms (2 deluxe, 12 regular and 2 single rooms) with all modern amenities like remote-controlled colour television with satellite channels, refrigerators in deluxe rooms, fax and direct dialing facility. Revathy has a 24 hours coffee shop. There is pure vegetarian restaurant Aiswarya and a multi-cuisine one Tandoor. The nearest airport is Cochin and from Cochin it will take 180 km by road to Revathy International. The nearest Railway Station Kottayam is 110 km away from the Hotel. Separate veg. & non veg. multi cuisine restaurant, well appointed rooms, ample car parking area, travel assistance, arrangements for sight seeing, ayurvedic treatments, massage, kathakali & other cultural programmes on request available in Revathy International. The tariffs without government tax are: Single Rs.300. 00, Double Rs.550.00, Double Deluxe Rs.850.00.

Mahalakshmi Tourist Home, Old Munnar Munnar - 685 612, Ph: +91 4865 230329, 231514 Email: mahalakshmi_mth@yahoo.co.in Web: www.mahalakshmitouristhome.com

Mahalakshmi Tourist Home: It is located in the heart of Munnar, within minutes from the business area and the bus station, having guest rooms which include deluxe and Semi-deluxe. Founded in 1965, the tourist home is one of the foremost in munnar regarding its establishment and hospitality. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms; some rooms have lush green view of tea plantations while others have city view with custom designed wood furnishings... The rooms are complemented by round-the-clock room service, CTV and telephones. All rooms have been tastefully appointed to blend comfort and luxury. All guests have 24 hour access to the Business Centre and Laundry Services. Besides being a tourist home, Mahalakshmi also harbours a multi-cuisine restaurant, a rich spices shop and a tour & travel firm. The vegetarian food lovers can find the best of South Indian and North Indian vegetarian dishes in the restaurant. It takes pride in its restaurant that whips up pure vegetarian North Indian and South Indian delicacies. The hotel provides an unforgettable experience of dining in a restaurant adorned with sightseeing experience beyond all expectations. We arrange tours throughout kerala for you. We

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believe to provide the best tour in the travel industry in terms of tour planning, cost valuations, hotels suggestions and bookings, transportations, travel assistance, tourism information, sightseeing, shopping, multilingual tour guide, special interest tours, air and rail tickets bookings. Say, right from the moment you step down in Kerala till your depart.

Mountain Club, Chinnakkanal, Munnar - 689 618 Ph: +91 4868 249978, 249979 Email: sales@mountainclub.co.in Web: www.mountainclub.co.in

Mountain Club, Munnar is tropical Kerala in a resort. Situated at Kerala’s only Hill Station, Mountain Club Munnar resides at 1600 meters above sea level, and is the perfect location to lose yourself amongst the heady fragrance of ancient spices and the mesmerizing beauty of God’s chosen country. The lay out and architecture of this resort is amazing. The resort has the one and only swimming pool in Kerala’s hill country. You could lounge around in the cosy chalet-styled cottages, trek through tea plantations that go back centuries, make your own jungle trail through the lush tropical forest around the resort or get busy in the inviting swimming pool, doing absolutely nothing. If in the mood for a picnic, there are delights to discover around the sparkling brooks in the lush green tropicana. It is also home to every single state-of-the-art modern amenity needed for the urban traveller, should you be in the mood for mingling work with pleasure. The Resort also has a multi-cuisine restaurant for fine dining and a coffee-shop to sit and watch your day in paradise glide by. Mountain Club lets you do all these and more to rejuvenate yourself through convenient and affordable holiday packages that takes care of your well-being. If you are in the mood to lose yourself, allow us.

Muthoot Cardamom County, Kumily - 685 536 Ph: +91 4869 224501 - 03, 222806, 222816 Email: reservations@muthoothotels.com Web: www.muthoothotels.com

The Muthoot Cardamom County is a 4 STAR classified luxury resort that promises the best of wildlife tourism within MLHS’ core philosophy of conservation oriented sustainable approach. The Muthoot Cardamom County is a beautiful resort nestled in the lush Periyar hills, Thekkady. The first ISO certified resort in Kerala, Muthoot Cardamom County is an idyllic contemporary resort with cozy cottages that have spacious bedrooms and a private verandah overlooking the grandeur of the Periyar Hills. Fully furnished with every feature for a comfortable stay, each room is a 388 hotels and resorts

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testimony to our philosophy of responsible tourism. With emphasis on energy and natural resources conservation the property is entirely plastic free and has self sufficient water harvesting and waste management systems. The resort is expansive and luxurious with a pool lounge, open wine and beer bar landscaped gardens and a wellness Spa in Ayura. It is especially well-known for its food. The All Spice restaurant boasts of an exclusive ethnic fusion menu which combines the exotic secrets of traditional cooking with the ingenuity of in-house chefs. The restaurant uses the organic farm produce of MCC’s own organic farm. MCC offers an array of Carbon-Zero activities such as tiger trails, jungle patrol, border hiking, bullock cart, elephant rides, nature walks and Carbon-Plus activities like boating, jeep safari. The nature trek with locals affords a rare opportunity to watch wildlife up close in its natural settings. The tribal heritage visits guided by tribals, is an eye-opening introduction to their art and culture. Wellness is an equally important offering of Muthoot Cardamom County. It’s Green Leaf certified spa Ayura, preserves and propagates the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda through standard and customised healing procedures with medicines made in-house. Muthoot Cardamom County meets the highest levels of certifications of the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala. Its certifications are - 4 STAR Classified Luxury Resort, ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management System, ISO 14001: 2004 Environment Management System, ISO 22000: 2005 Food Safety Management System. Central Reservation: Muthoot Leisure & Hospitality Services, 2nd Floor, Cochin Dental Clinic Building, Market Road towards Kombara, Cochin - 682 018, Ph: +91 484 6503044, 94474 14344, 94477 16015, 94471 56012, Fax: +91 484 4000579, Email: reservations@muthoothotels.com, Web: www.muthoothotels.com

Poopada Resorts, Munnar - 685 612 Ph: +91 4865 230223, 231781, 231782 Email: poopada@rediffmail.com Web: www.poopada.com

It nestles on a scenic hillock overlooking the most popular hill station of South India, Munnar. From the enclosed balcony attached separately to each room, we can enjoy the panorama of the verdant hills all around with manicured tea gardens, interspersed with wooded valleys and bordered in the distant horizons by Aneimudi, the highest Indian peak after the Himalayas. There are four types of well-furnished rooms and every room has an independent balcony, is bath attached with running hot and cold water and has telephone services with NSD and ISD facilities, 24-hour room service, cable TV, 24-hour laundry and room service, Kitchen & Diner Facility, Campfire, Open-air area for private parties, Internet Access, Ayurveda Massage, 24-hours Doctor on call, Spices/Plantation tours, Forest Trekking, Ample parking etc. A multi cuisine restaurant with Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes, together with the choicest delicacies from traditional Kerala cuisine is also provided. Conducting group tours, charting out tour programmes the key to God’s own country

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and all connected tourist services with information on other tourist centres and facilities are available at the travel desk within the resort, besides the routine services like booking vehicles, air tickets, etc. Boating in Old Munnar, Mattupetty and Kudalai lakes, forest trekking, spice plantation tours and adventure tours are arranged on request.

Westwood Riverside Garden Resort, Munnar Ph: +91 4865 230884, Fax: +91 4865 230886 Email: sales@westwoodmunnar.com Web: www.westwoodmunnar.com

Westwood Riverside Garden Resort is an ideal gateway in enthralling Munnar and its ambiance. Designed almost entirely in a rich wooden ambience, Westwood offers forty well appointed executive, deluxe and standard rooms. For the ultimate in luxury, there is also a glass-walled presidential suite. The rooms have great views, round the clock room service, satellite TV, 24 hours hot water and much more. Westwood has two multi cuisine restaurants - Pavilion and Asotria. Pavilion, the rooftop restaurant is glass-walled, giving its patrons a great view of the surrounding countryside. West Wood offers special facilities for barbecues, boating, fishing etc. The resort is promoted by EVM Leisure Holidays and Resorts Pvt. Ltd. Without government taxes the tariff (MAP Plan) is: Deluxe Rs.3000, Executive Riverview Rs.4000, Suite - 5000, Extra person - 1000 and all rates are subject to change without notice.

Whispering Meadows, Munnar - 685 565 Ph: +91 4864 278364, 278525 Email: reservation@mirresorts.in Web: www.thewhisperingmeadows.com

Still veiled in natural beauty where the romantic whispers of the green meadows echoes into a reverberating silence, the Whispering Meadows resort continues to win the hearts of millions who visit Munnar the whole year through. Poised at an altitude of 6000 feet, there is something about this resort that will enthrall the mind and liven up the senses. Featuring 21 deluxe cottages, multi-cuisine restaurant and most modern facilities, Whispering Meadows is a perfect hill-side, summer resort that boasts of the most picturesque tea gardens, Blue Mountains and fragrant fresh air. Playfully trekking around the resort premises and high mountain ranges, one can catch glimpses of exotic flora, fauna and innumerable endangered species. Rare insects, wild orchids and black birds can be sighted in plenty here. After a relaxing stay at the resort, daily sight seeing trips and trekking expeditions can be arranged for the adventure seekers. The romantic couples who are in dire 390 hotels and resorts

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need of their well-earned privacy are also free to explore the peaceful ambience that surrounds the resort. The Resort is a veritable architectural archive and a perfect blend of tradition and elegance. Without government taxes the tariff is: Standard - Rs.2250, Deluxe - Rs.2750, Super Deluxe - Rs.3500 and all rates are subjected to change without notice. The resort is managed by south India based MIR Group which is an INR 150 crore business house with expertise in diversified sectors including Tourism, Real Estate, Consultancy, International Trade, Biotechnology, Infrastructure and Education. After having achieved commendable success in the Travel and Tour market, MIR Group has successfully made their presence felt in the Indian Hospitality segment as well. Central Reservation: MIR Hotels and Resorts, 1st Floor, MM Building, Kalabhavan Road, Kochi - 18, Ph: +91 484 2364480, 2360970, Fax: +91 484 2352755, Email: sales@mirresorts.in, reservation@mirresorts.in, Web: www.mirresorts.in, www.thewhisperingmeadows.com

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Aquasserenne, South Paravoor, Kollam - 691 301 Ph: +91 474 2512410 to 17, Fax: +91 474 2512104 Email: aqserene@md3.vsnl.net.in Web: www.aquasereneindia.com

Aquasserenne is located at Paravur in Kollam District, 15 km from Kollam town and 60 km from Trivandrum and is easily accessed by road, rail or boat. The architecture is typical of Kerala style and the traditional hospitality overwhelming as you step into the gracious and well appointed reception lounge. There are 28 independent/heritage cottages and each of them is on an island of its own. 28 air conditioned traditionally made cottages, mini refrigerator, coffee/tea maker in every cottages, running hot and cold water, ISD-NSD telephone facilities, satellite television channel, air conditioned multi cuisine restaurant, doctor on call, currency exchange, safe deposit locker, swimming pool, ayurvedic centre, trips to beach, site seeing trips, cultural programmes on request are the facilities available. The charming swimming pool uniquely positioned in the middle of a natural pond on the lakefront offers a splendid view of the backwaters and palm fringed horizon.

Hotel Sea Bee, Kollam - 691 001 Ph: +91 474 2744696/7, Fax: +91 474 2744158 Email: hotelseabee@yahoo.com Web: www.hotelseabee.com

The finest luxury business hotel in Kollam, Hotel Sea Bee symbolises the coming together of traditional Indian hospitality and international modernism. Ensconced in a veritable oasis of lush, exotic green, Hotel Sea Bee is accessible, yet oblivious to the busy centre of Kollam city. In close proximity of the railway

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station and the bus station, Hotel Sea Bee offers the global business guest a range of world class leisure and business facilities, exquisite cuisine and the inimitable comforts of a home away from home. Hotel Sea Bee, Kollam represents a new age of Indian hospitality.

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Arcadia, TB Road, Kottayam Ph: +91 481 2569999, Fax: +91 481 2565605 Email: info@arcadiahotels.net Web: www.arcadiahotels.net

Arcadia, to be precise, the epitome of Kerala’s hospitality has been the pride of Kottayam town since its inception in 1974. Being a fully equipped three star business hotel, Arcadia provides you with a multitude of services that are sure to make your business and leisure trips an overwhelming experience. From gracefully appointed rooms to a baffling range of restaurants; from refined and experienced staff to thoughtfully set conference and banquet halls, Arcadia is all primed to treat you to the best of Kerala.

Eastend Lakesong, Ammankari Road, Kumarakom Ph: +91 481 2526300, Fax: +91 481 2526075 Email: lakesong@eastend.in Web: www.eastend.in

Lakesong Resort of Eastend Hospitality is an idyllic retreat that offers an unparallel opportunity to savor the magical sensation of the God’s own country. Nestled among the serene backwaters of Kumarakom, Lakesong comprises of 8 acres of facility packed leisure land. Lakesong proudly boasts of occupying the largest open lake-frontage of Vembanad Lake, the largest Lake in India. At Lakesong, an intricate lacework of lagoons intersect the waterfront property. Lakesong follows the theme and concept of traditional home and temple building methods in construction. The 20 quaint cottages and 48 luxurious rooms, all constructed on the banks of the lagoons are neatly laid out and blend into the lush green landscaped grounds harmoniously. All accommodations have air conditioning and well appointed with cable TV, direct-dial telephone and wi-fi technology. The facilities in the resort include Telephone, Wi-fi, Mail and Message handling, safe keeping of baggage, doctor on call, money exchange,

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pick-up from arrival point, car parking, room service, hot water laundry, teacoffee maker and mini bar. For those with an eye for entertainment, there are provisions for playing of indoor and outdoor games, fishing, water games, boat rides, a visit to the bird sanctuary, evening cultural and entertainment programmes and also canoe and house boat rides in the canals. The resort caters to the likes of all taste buds. Indian, Kerala specials, continental, and chinese cuisines are served. Master Chefs specialized in their fields are at your service to deliver tasty gourmet dishes. Ayurkhshetra the Ayurveda Parlor at Lakesong applies reliable ayurvedic healthcare and Yoga rejuvenation techniques to ease your tired body onto a path of health recovery. Lapped upon by inviting waters, cooled by fresh breeze and waving coconut fronds‌awaits the sought after blissful tranquility called Lakesong. The resort is a hospitality venture of Eastend Hospitality. Eastend Lakesong, Ammankari Road, Kumarakom, Ph: +91 481 2526300, Fax: +91 481 2526075, Email: lakesong@eastend.in. Central Reservation: Eastend Hospitality, HIG 50, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi - 682 036, Ph: + 91 484 2774999, Fax : +91 484 4043081, Email: crs@eastend.in, Web: www.eastend.in

Kalathil Lake Resort, Chemmanakary, Vaikom - 686 143 Ph: +91 4829 271034, 271035, Fax: +91 4829 271036 Email: reservations@kalathillakeresort.com Web: www.kalathillakeresort.com

A backwater resort designed for honeymoon holidays, leisure holidays, family holidays, conferences and meetings in Kerala. This lake resort is ideally located in the north of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, at Chemmanakary, Vaikom and is just 25 km away from Kochi, the Queen of Arabian Sea. Alappuzha, the Venice of the East is only one-hour drive away. Facing Lake on eastern, western, and northern sides and lagoon on the southern side, the resort gives a spectacular view to the visitors. The villas are erected on pillars in water. Interspersed with meandering canals and paved walkways, the resort is a soothing experience with its sheltered Aquatic Spa, Fresh Water Pond, manicured lawns, and swaying coconut palms. The tranquility provided by the resort to the visitor is un-matching and ever memorizing. Facilities include swimming pool, ayurveda centre, yoga centre, multi-cuisine restaurant, a/c banquet hall, a/c conference room, back water cruise. The tariff: Lagoon Front Deluxe Room - Rs. 5000 (CP), Rs.5500 (MAP), Rs.6000 (AP) and Lake Front Super Deluxe Room - Rs. 6000 (CP), Rs.6500 (MAP), Rs.7000 (AP). Peak period supplements: Rs 1,000/- per room (from Dec 20 to Jan 05). A team of qualified, trained and experienced professionals would ensure unmatched caring professional service to the guests.

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Beach Hotel, Beach Road, Calicut - 673 032 Ph: +91 495 2762055, 2762056, Fax: +91 495 2365363 E-mail: info@beachheritage.com Web: www.beachheritage.com

As the name says Beach Hotel is located in serene beaches of the Arabian Sea at Calicut. 30 kms from Calicut Airport, 2 kms from the Railway Station and 3 kms from the Bus Stand, Beach Hotel is centrally located. The hotel provides the ultimate in relaxation, romance and adventure, set in breathtaking tropical surroundings. Somerset Maugham, Chester Bowles, President Zakir Hussain and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru have had pleasurable sojourns here. Built in 1890 to house the Malabar English Club, It was taken over from its British owners in the early 40’s. Today, much of the Vicotorian architecture has been preserved. The few unobtrusive renovations have only added to the overall comfort and beauty of the hotel. High ceilings, spacious rooms, and full length doors and windows are features that echo through out the place. From concept to completion,beach hotel took several years. The Beach Hotel,Calicut set amidst of lush gardens ,are a total of 8 exclusive stylish rooms and suites. All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished with ceiling fans, equipped with 25" colour TV with satellite channels video cassette players, hi-fi compact disc players sound system and personal safes. In addition each guest room is built with either a full balcony or a private patio essential for a relaxing breakfast or a romantic candlelight dinner. All rooms have an exotic view of Arabian Sea.

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Hotel Indraprastha, English Church Road, Palakkad Ph: +91 491 2534641, Fax: +91 491 2539531 Email: info@hotelindraprastha.com Web: www.hotelindraprastha.com

Pleasant smiles will greet you at Hotel Indraprastha and that will be the beginning of a new relationship. Hotel Indraprastha, a home away from your home, is only 5 minutes from Palakkad Fort and 5 km from Palakkad Junction Railway Station. It is a charming mix of old fashioned hospitality and contemporary amenities that typically incarnates the culture of Kerala. Modern comforts artfully coalesce understated elegance and complement layout in each of the 30 rooms. The centrally airconditioned hotel along with state-of-the-art rooms offers facilities like multi cui-

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sine restaurant, vegetarian restaurant (24 hrs), lawn service, travel assistance, safe deposit locker, foreign exchange, cable television, book shop, internet, doctor on call etc. The auditorium (500 pax) and conference halls (25 pax to 120 pax) are the finest places for business meetings, workshops, marriage etc. So when you visit Palakkad make it a point to drop in at Hotel Indraprastha because you will not be able to find a better address than Hotel Indraprastha.

Hotel Srichackra International, P.O. Chandranagar Palakkad, Ph: +91 491 2570901-906 Fax: +91 491 2570906 Email: sri_chakra@hotmail.com Web: www.hotelsrichackra.com

Srichackra International is the ultimate address for business and leisure at Palakkad. It is a 3 star hotel with 5 star comforts situated in the Coimbatore - Palakkad National High way, just 2 km away from Palakkad city. The hotel redefines the concept of hospitality. There are 65 beautifully appointed rooms, richly decorated and distinctly styled with colour-keyed interiors. To experience Kerala’s traditional hospitality and the most modern comfort, check-in at Srichackra International and experience the most unforgettable moments in your life. This grand hotel epitomizes a philosophy by providing impeccable service and unparalleled facilities so that every stay is a memorable one. Rice Bowl - a multi cuisine restaurant, Palmghat - a well stacked bar, Chilambu and Chembai - acoustically perfect A/C banquet halls (150 – 600 pax), KK’s Chamber - the ideal place to conduct board meetings, Coffee shop, Lawn, Sylvan - the world class swimming pool, Sahyans - the health club, Shic - the beauty parlour are the main attractions in the hotel. 65 well appointed rooms (Suite, Deluxe A/c, Standard A/c, Standard) with direct dialing facility, satellite channels, running hot and cold water, laundry services, travel desk, foreign currency exchange, doctor on call, spacious car parking facilities, round the clock room services, safe deposit lockers, business center, express check-in and check-out etc. are available.

Hotel Soorya City, Sulthanpet, Palakkad, Ph: +91 491 2521831-34, Fax: +91 491 2526249 Email: sooryacity@gmail.com Web: www.sooryacity.com

Formerly known as Hotel Kandath International, which has undergone a complete make-over, Hotel Soorya City is located in the heart of Palakkad town. Tucked away in Sulthanpet, the hotel offers easy access to railway station and bus stand. Yet it is

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free from the hustles and bustles of the town. There’s plenty of open space around the hotel so that you get to breathe fresh air. You will find here everything you desire in a hotel such as well appointed A/C and Non A/C rooms with Cable TV, A/ C and Non A/C bars, 24 hour hot water, round-the-clock room service, travel counter, business centre, dormitory for your driver, spacious car parking facility, ATM, Internet Cafe, safe deposit lockers and so on. The hotel is managed by Soorya Group, a fast growing business group. Started in 1990 with business in woven sack trading, has diversified its business activities to various related and unrelated fields such as hotel, tourism, trading, transportation, pharmaceuticals etc. Recently it has entered in the manufacturing sector also. Business group activities are steered by a dynamic visionary Mr. V.M. Radhakrishnan as Chairman and he is assisted and supported by a very strong team of highly experienced professionals. Hospitality business is the group’s prime area. It has a chain of hotels in different parts of the State at the catch-points of the international tourists.

Hotel Fort Palace, West Fort Road, Palakkad - 01 Ph: +91 491 2534621, Fax: +91 491 2534625 Email: fortpalacehotel@gmail.com Web: www.fortpalace.com

Fort Palace offers the best in hospitality that Palakkad has ever witnessed. The hotel flourishes with amenities and services on a par with international standards. After a tiresome trip or a hectic business session, relax to your heart’s content at any well furnished a/c or non a/c accommodation at Fort Palace. Tastefully designed to ease your mind and body, the interior provides the much desired solace and pampering you deserve. If you wish to indulge in luxurious befitting a celebrity then check into their elite suite, Tippu. Appealing and outstanding in design and décor, the suite epitomizes the ultimate blending of style and convenience. Adding laurel to the elegance of Fort Palace is the contemporary twin halls, Memento. These spacious and artistically decorated halls are apt for board meetings, conferences, seminars, wedding receptions, birthday bashes and other social gatherings. The hotel is managed by Soorya Group which has a chain of hotels in different parts of the State at the catch-points of the international tourists.

Soorya Continental, Pudhiyapalam Olavakkode, Palakkad Ph: +91 491 2552636 - 39, Fax: +91 491 2552640 Email: soorya_gr@sancharnet.in

Hotel Soorya Continental is a comfortable homely hotel creating an ideal environment to coalesce your business and leisure. The hotel is located at Olavakkode, 4

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km from Palakkad town and only a 400 mts from the Railway station. The A/C and non A/C rooms with all modern facilities formulate your stay more relaxed. The Ayurvedic Centre of the hotel keeps your body rejuvenated. The hotel is managed by Soorya Group which has a chain of hotels in different parts of the State at the catch-points of the international tourists.

Soorya Residency, Robinson Road, Palakkad Ph: +91 491 2520892-96, Fax: +91 491 2525058 Email: mail@sooryaresidency.com Web: www.sooryaresidency.com

Another prestigious venture from the Soorya Group, Soorya Residency provides the perfect ambience and truly world class facilities for the discerning business traveler. Situated in the heart of Palakkad Town, Soorya Residency is just a stones throw away from the main bus station and railway terminal. A highly motivated and skilled workforce along with state-of-the art communication facilities ensures that your every need is catered to! Soorya Residency boats of one of the finest restaurants in Palakkad and it serves authentic Indian, Chinese and continental fare. The charming interiors and relaxed atmosphere provides the perfect ambience for the family to sit together and enjoy a sumptuous feast. Soorya Residency has a mini conference hall, which can seat 35 persons. It boasts of excellent acoustic facilities. Projection equipment will be made available on request. The comfortable plush interiors provide the perfect ambience to conduct your business meetings. Each room at Soorya Residency is designed to give you the utmost comfort and privacy. The well appointed A/C and Non A/C rooms with Hot n Cold running water, TV with cable connection, round the clock room service etc. make every room at Soorya Residency a haven of comfort.

Soorya Retreat, NH 47, Kanjikode, Palakkad Ph: +91 491 2569970-72 Fax: +91 491 2569973 Email: sooryaretreat@hotmail.com

This business hotel from Soory Group is located near N H 47 at Kanjikode, 10 km from Palakkad. The well equipped modern facilities create Soorya Retreat a perfect place for your business. A/C and non A/C rooms, Multi cuisine restaurant, internet facilities etc. support you to accelerate your business. the key to God’s own country

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Kadappuram Beach Resort, Nattika Beach - 680 566 Thrissur, Tel/Fax: +91 487 2394988, 2397588 E-mail: info@kadappurambeachresorts.com Web: www.kadappurambeachresorts.com

Set a luxuriant coconut grove spread over seven acres of golden sands; the resort derives its name from the Malayalam word for seashore - Kadappuram. This is an eco-friendly, rustic resort by the sea that has 12 cottages for 23 double rooms accommodation. If you want to experience the essence of village life, head to this resort on Nattika Beach, 25 km from Thrissur town. The exteriors and interiors of the cottages have been created with locally available materials like coconut -palm thatch, wood and bamboo. The interiors are equally minimal. Each room has sufficient furniture, a dark wooden four-poster bed with polished wooden steps on either side of the bed. In cense wafts through your room each evening. There is no air conditioner, television, fridge and phone in rooms; but Internet, phone, fax etc. are available with the reception. You will not feel the absence of an air-conditioner as the Vetiyar roots stuffed in to the thatched cottage walls and the aromatic herbs in the wall panels cool the room naturally, giving it a refreshing aroma. The resort also has its own biogas plant and solar heating system. The accent is on ayurveda and the resort offers treatment like Shamana Chikitsa (curative treatment) and Shodana (rejuvenation treatment). The reservation is preferred for ayurveda clients with minimum stay of 15 nights with 14 days ayurveda. All the facilities are arranged to meet the comfort of European clients. Apart from ayurveda, for those who like to keep busy, activities here include beachside yoga and meditation. Restaurant serves only vegetarian dishes, categorized for ayurveda, on buffet and the diet is advised by doctors at the time of consultation. Food is not served in rooms, but the coffee shop is opened for guest’s use till late evening without any extra cost. Usage of alcohol and smoking is not permitted. Away from the din and bustle of city life, this is a place to perfect the art doing nothing. You could just laze on the beach or relax in a hammock with your favourite book.

Krishna Inn, East Nada, Guruvayur - 680 101 Ph: +91 487 2550777, Fax: +91 487 2554169 E-mail: info@krishnainn.com Web: www.krishnainn.com

The moment you walk through the soothing ambience of Krishna Inn’s lobby, you’ll experience a fusion of peace and pleasure. The cool of the white marble com-

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bined with the radiant interiors keep you under a spell. Krishna Inn offers 50 centrally air-conditioned deluxe rooms. Generous in space and elegant in design, the impeccably furnished rooms make your stay comfortable. The hotel has two aesthetically and functionally designed Marriage Halls - Radhamadhavam (air conditioned) which has space to accommodate 1,000 guests and Gopikrishna (air conditioned) which is ideal if the guests are less than 400. Traditional Sadyas of your choice are served in the clean, well-manned, separate dining area attached to these halls. A mini conference hall, 24 hours coffee shop, multi cuisine restaurant (pure vegetarian), fitness centre, ayurvedic massage centre, round the clock room service, 24 hours hot and cold running water, satellite multi channel TV, direct dialing facility, Laundry service, Travel desk, safe deposit locker, Doctor-on-call, Money changing, credit card facilities, ample car parking are added attractions of Krishna Inn.

Lulu International Convention Center & Garden Hotels Puzhakkal, P.O. Ayyanthole, Thrissur- 680 003 Ph: +91 487 3011111, Fax: +91 487 2389409 Email: lulutcr@gmail.com, Web: www.luluicc.in

With the advent of LuLu International Convention Center and Garden Hotels, Thrissur is now recognized, not only as a tourist destination, but also as a MICE destination, which is a very first for the cultural capital of Kerala. The result can be seen in the number of medical conferences, seminars and exhibitions of national and international level that have been conducted in Thrissur over the last 4 years. The brainchild of Padmashri Yusuff Ali M.A., LuLu International Convention Center and Garden Hotels, Thrissur, the largest convention center in Kerala, was launched in 2006. The onlookers and the crowd of the day had not placed much hope in the success of a convention center in a place like Thrissur, and yet.... LuLu has made a great impact over the last 4 years with its stringent adherence to high quality service, impeccable customer-centric attitude, and contribution to the development of Thrissur as a landmark on the map of India and the globe! LuLu now enters into its 5th year, and the progress has been in leaps and bounds. The largest convention center in Kerala can take up to 5000 people at a go across 7 different venues which are centrally air-conditioned. This features the biggest hall in Kerala which can accommodate 2200 people at a stretch! The conference facilities are state-of-theart and the ambience truly international. Any visitor will be struck with awe at the massiveness of this convention center which spreads across a sprawling 1, 60,000 sq ft.! A perfect blend of the traditional and the modern, the structure itself is an alluring sight once you come to know that the entire built up is on ground level, spread across with lawns and gardens. This convention center features a car parking facility for 1800 cars, and even an exclusive helipad. The mini-conference hall Safina which is a flexi hall and can accommodate 50 to 500 pax, is fitted with the latest state-of-the-art AV and conference facilities. The 2 A/c banquet halls Ruby and Lotus can take 1000 pax theatre style each. There is also an open air courtyard called LuLu Greens which is apt for an evening function, cultural programmes, or

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other entertainment activities. This can accommodate a further 1000 pax theatre style. The LuLu Garden Hotel features 35 well-furnished spacious rooms and suites, well-suited to relax the business and the pleasure-seeking class. A multi-cuisine restaurant, health club, business center, and total wi-fi connectivity ensures a complete experience, whatever your requirement. There is also a kids play park for the family accompanying the traveller. Just 45 minutes from the Cochin International airport and 4 kms from the Thrissur Railway station, LuLu is aptly located very near to the city, and Thrissur itself as we know is in the heart of Kerala. Connectivity and accessibility to all major and important cities and tourist-destinations is the major highlight of LuLu’s location. The helmsman of this Convention Center and Hotel is the General Manager Mr. Jose Sebastian, under whose leadership; the project has grown from success to success in every step over the last 4 years. This though is a continuous process and each day is another achievement according to him.

Hotel Palace Tower, North Bus Stand Thrissur - 680 020, Ph: +91 487 2331666 Email: hotelpalacetower@yahoo.co.in Web: www.hotelpalacetower.com

The Hotel Palace Tower Thrissur is a venture of M/s.Koolas KPT Group of Hotels. This Two Star Category Hotel came into existence in the year 1978. This is located at a very important place at the heart of Thrissur City. The Cultural Capital of Kerala – close by the North Bus stand and Sakthan Thampuran Palace. All important Pilgrim Centres, Cultural Centers, important Govt. Institutions, Commercial establishments, Educational Institutions, Railway stations, Bus stands etc are very near to it. There are several Tourist sports within the District, which are easily accessible from this Hotel. The International Airport is only one hour drive away (about 60 km) from this Hotel.. This hotel provides world class amenities, comforts and security at an affordable rate. There are A/c and non A/c spacious rooms, lift, standby generator, conference halls, variety of food, 24 hours room services etc etc. This is a unique place for safe stay boarding and delicious dining. This is really a Home away from home.

Plantation Valley Farm Resort, Athirappilly - 680 721 Ph: +91 480 2769631, Fax: +91 480 2769634 Email: plantationvalley@gmail.com Web: www.plantationvalley.com

The resort is situated 32 kms to the east of Chalakudy, a bustling town in Thrissur District. With easy access to Nedumbassery airport (55 kms) and Chalakudy Rail-

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way Station (33 Kms) the valley is not only a film makers paradise; there is something in the valley, nature has to share with all who drop in for a stay. An ideal respite or weekend out for the stressed, far from the tensions of daily life, there is no place refreshing like Plantation Valley. Also a very convenient holiday treat if you plan your itinerary to tourist haunts like Vazhachal with its pristine Peringalkuthu and Sholayar Dams (20 kms) deep in the forests on the way to Valpara and the Athirappilly dam (1.5 km away). For those who aspire to cleanse their souls, it is good to halt for a day and with easy access to Guuruvayoor Temple (70 kms away), the famous Kodungalloor Temple (60 kms) and Malayattoor Church (15 kms). Conveniently located on the banks of the Chalakudy river, offer luxurious accommodation to suit your needs. Lavishly appointed 6 cottages (12 A/c Rooms) with sprawling patios for each room, give you privacy with a un-interrupted view of amazing waterfalls, flirting winds, whispering brooks, curious animals and birds, long and winding pathways etc. There is ample parking space and the spacious living rooms ensure that you relax in style with all privacy. A Multi Cuisine Restaurant crafted exquisitely with our own Rubwood furniture caters to formal business lunchess or intimate family dinners with the finest gourmet delicacies. There is always our sprawling garden too if it suits your style for a party session in the lawn or even a campfire gathering to ignite your imagination. For the Convenience of your extensive Business Clientele we have a well set conference hall ideal for Formal Workshops, Seminars and Imparting Training or even convening board Meetings.

Sreedhari Ayurvedic Resorts, Pattikad Thrissur - 680 652, Ph: +91 487 2282441 Email: sreedhari@hotmail.com Web: www.sreedhari.com

Sreedhari Ayurvedic Resorts symbolizes a continuing tradition of Ayurvedic healthcare service - one that began nearly 70 years ago with the inception of the Sreedhari Group. An established name in Ayurvedic treatment and production of Ayurvedic medicines, Sreedhari Group is the driving force behind this venture. The resort is ideally located on a verdant stretch of land, flanked by the serene waters of Peechi River. The cottages, treatment rooms, dispensary and office building are all so designed as to preserve the natural beauty of the locale. The greenery of the site has been left untouched and the buildings blend unobtrusively with the sylvan surroundings. The resort is a perfect hide-away for those who seek a respite from the strenuous pace of modern existence to rejuvenate the body and mind in idyllic, tranquil environs. The resort is spread over a sprawling riverside plot, under the canopy offered by the lush growth of coconut palms, nutmeg trees and a variety of medicinal herbs. The cottages, overlooking the river, provide comfortable single as well as shared accommodation. The catering wing at the resort serves delectable vegetarian fare in the traditional Kerala style. The riverside bathing place will be a swimming enthusiast’s delight.

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The River Retreat, Cheruthuruthy Thrissur, Ph: +91 4884 262244, 262245 Email: info@riverretreat.in Web: www.riverretreat.in

The erstwhile summer palace of the Maharajas of Cochin, now houses. The River Retreat - a 3 star heritage ayurvedic resort. Preserving the spirit of its illustrious past, the palace breaths history in every detail. Offering you authentic ayurvedic rejuvenation and therapies in the ambience of a palace. The River Retreat is located on the banks of Bharathapuzha at Cheruthuruthi and is very close to Kalamandalam, the famed institute for performing arts and the Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, the World’s renowned ayurvedic cetnre. The resort is 2 hours from Cochin, Calicut, Coimbatore airports and 3 minutes from Shornur junction railway station.

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Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort, Varkala - 695 141 Ph: +91 470 3204242, Fax: +91 470 2604863 Email: reservations@deshadan.com Web: www.deshadan.com

Varkala known as Benaras of South is situated 51 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 200 metres from the Papanasam Cliff at Varkala, Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort is a masterwork of craftsmanship and promises to take you to new varieties in holidaying. Discover the exotic pleasures of the Varkala Beach which lies very close to the resort. Take a refreshing dip in the Sea, build sandcastles or just bask in the glory of the sun .Once you have had your fill of the beach choose to laze around in the pool side A/C rooms. With just 14 rooms in the whole resort you can be assured of personalized service. The room interiors are designed to reflect the culture and tradition of different states of India and are named as Travancore, Malabar, Chettinadu, Karaikudi, Mughal, Badshah, Shillong, Brahmaputra, Jaipur, Jaissalmer, Tripura, Guwahati. All the rooms are ideally located around the pool. Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort has a professionally managed ayurveda centre. In house doctors with years of experience chart out individual treatment regimes, while trained masseurs infuse you with renewed energy. Deshadan Cliff & Beach Resort offers room service, 24hrs hot and cold water, library, a multi cuisine restaurant, banquet hall, mini health centre and more. Central Reservations: Deshadan Resorts and Hotels, Main Avenue, Near Passport Office, After KMA, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi - 682 036, Ph: +91 484 2321518, Fax: +91 484 2314839, Email: reservations@deshadan.com, Web: www.deshadan.com 402 hotels and resorts

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Hindustan Beach Retreat, Papanasam Beach Varkala - 695 141, Ph: +91 470 2604254, 2602650 Email: hindretreat@vsnl.net Web: www.hindustanbeachretreat.com

It is the new beach hotel in Kerala’s emerging beach tourism circuit, Varkala and is perhaps the only resort to enjoy so much proximity to the Sea. With 27 well appointed rooms, each one with a spectacular Sea view, it lets you experience the Sea at its best. An exotic seafood restaurant and a well stocked bar in the roof top, a multi cuisine restaurant overlooking the pool, a pool side barbecue, a roof top conference hall with sea view are an offer. Ayurvedic treatments, backwater cruises, heritage tours and Shraadh Pujas for departed souls on the legendary Papanasam Beach (believed to absolve one of sins) and vast pristine beaches make it an enjoyable holiday that lets you experience the art of showing down. Varkala is also renowned for its 2000 year old Janardhana temple, the Sivagiri Mutt - the final resting place of Sree Narayana Guru, the great social reformer of Kerala, the Nature cure centre, the mineral water springs on the beach and the legendary Papanasam Beach where lakhs of people conduct Shraadh Pujas for departed souls every year. City Office: Hindustan Hotels & Resorts, 56, 4th Floor, G. C. D. A. Commercial Complex, Marine Drive, Cochin - 682 031, Kerala, India, Email: hindretreat@vsnl.net, Web: www.hindustanbeachretreat.com

Hotel Rockholm, Kovalam, Trivandrum - 695 521 Ph: +91 471 2480306, Fax: +91 471 2480607 Email: rockholm@asianetindia.com Web: www.rockholm.com

Hotel Rockholm crowns a rock that reaches out to the sea over a lovely cove. The blend of tranquility, comfort and sheer good taste is a pleasant and welcome surprise even to a seasoned traveler. The personnel at the hotel have been around for a long time and show friendliness and caring found only in colonial family retainers. Hotel Rockholm is a 15 km drive from Trivandrum city. 22 sea facing rooms with round the clock hot/cold water, choice for air conditioned rooms, all rooms have plenty of natural light and fresh air, daily change of linen and room cleaning, prompt room service, both indoor and open air restaurants, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine, Ethnic food on prior request, ISD/STD directed dial phones in all rooms, Doctor on call, safe deposit lockers, library, beach umbrellas on request, Airport and Railway station pick up on request, Authentic Ayurvedic massage centre on premises, 24 hours taxi services, all major credit cards accepted, parties arranged on advance intimation, fax and e-mail services make hotel Rockholm different.

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Hotel Ruby Arena, Kumarapuram Road Trivandrum- 695 011, Ph: +91 471 2557474 Fax: +91 471 2557484, Email: rubyarena@gmail.com Web: www.rubyarena.com

Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala, the God’s own country, has always been a favorite place for the tourists. The major attractions here are the famous Kovalam beach with Ayurveda health resorts nearby, the centuries old padmanabha temple, the Napier museum, the Zoo, Sri Chithra Art Gallery etc. Ruby Arena, a three star hotel is located at the heart of Trivandrum city in Kerala state. It is situated just a few kms away from the major landmarks of the city with easy access to airport, railway station, taxi centers, hospitals, shopping hub and entertainment centers. Hotel Ruby Arena with ample parking facility provides luxurious accommodation. Elegantly appointed rooms which are set up in international standards provide a relaxing atmosphere. Unique advantages for a perfect stay that match your needs, with easy accessibility.

Sagara Beach Resort, Kovalam Trivandrum - 695 523, Ph: +91 471 2481995 Email: sagarabeachresort@usa.net Web: www.sagararesortkovalam.com

It is a friendly hotel in front of the light house beach of Kovalam. It is set in 3 Blocks with 92 air conditioned rooms (Honeymoon Suite, Suite Rooms, Deluxe and Standard Rooms) each with twin beds, en-suite toilet and shower, running hot and cold water etc. All the rooms have balcony with a view of the Arabian Sea, which is a perfect venue for your early evening G & T. The hotel has two Swimming Pool, Restaurant and Conference Hall of 125 pax and banquet hall. Our ayurvedic spa is handled by Dr.Franklin, a very eminent in this field. Winter House almost adjacent to the Sagara Beach Resort and set amongst the palm groves in tropical surroundings. Superior and spacious, these twin bedded rooms, have window seating, cable TV, small kitchen area with fridge,en-suite shower rooms and private balconies to the rear. Designed for your comfort and enjoyment for a truly relaxing holiday. Suitable for long stay. Sagara Palace is our newly constructed resort adjacent to the deluxe rooms of Sagara beach resort, designed by Padmasree Laury Baker and his team with traditional Kerala architectural style. It has 12 air conditioned rooms, complete with all modern amenities. Internet Cafe, Telephone, CTV, Mail & Message Handling, Safe Deposit Locker, Cloak Room, Doctor on Call, Money Laundry, Tour & Travel Assistant, Airport Transfer, Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Room Service, Laundry, Hot Water, Boating, Ayurvedic Treatment and massages, Yoga and Meditation, Cultural Performance etc. are the major facilities offered by the Sagara resort.

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Thomas Hotels and Resorts, G.H. Road Thiruvananthapuram - 01, Ph: + 91 471 2561010 Fax: + 91 471 256 1001, Email: sales@thrhotels.com Web: www.thrhotels.com

Thomas Hotels and Resorts is a group that is founded to provide great holiday experiences to travellers to Kerala, famously known to the world as God’s own country. Unlike other business houses in the industry, Thomas Hotels and Resorts is unique in itself as it provides unique experiences to almost all sections of the travellers as it owns a wide range of Hotels and Resorts. The group hotels range from leisure resorts to business city hotels and to even bed and breakfast facilities. It is probably the only one to have a resort facing an Estuary in Kerala. Among its hotels and resorts it gives an opportunity for you to enjoy almost all the facilities that you can ever think of. Recently, Thomas Hotels and Resorts introduced a new concept of holidaying in Kerala: Private Luxury Holidaying. It is all about blending exclusive privacy and luxury in the perfect manner. Vaidyasala is the Ayurveda brand of the Thomas Hotels and Resorts group. It means if Ayurveda is practiced in any of the group hotels it is executed under the Vaidyasala brand name. With prestigious properties which include Estuary Island at Poovar, Turtle on the beach at Kovalam, Magic Days in Trivandrum and Tom’s Inn at Kovalam along with the upcoming Sukhshanthi Ayurveda Resort at Poovar and resort at Mararikkulam and Kumarakom, Thomas Hotels and Resorts is all set to give you the best days ever.

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Edakkal Hermitage, Wayanad - 673 592 Ph: +91 4936 221860, 260123 Mob: +91 98470 01491, Email: info@edakkal.com Web: www.edakkal.com

One of the major draws in Wayanad is the famous Edakkal Caves. Located towards the summit of the Ambukuthi hill, not far from Sultanbathery, these caves are home to a series of remarkable prehistoric rock engravings. They are considered amongst the most important archives of the Neolithic period found in the subcontinent. The recent discovery of possible linkages with the Indus valley civilization has added new dimensions to the significance of Edakkal. But for all the studies about Edakkal, so much about it is still a mystery. The drawing on the caves can be interpreted in so many different ways. At each turn, the terrain seems to have its own stories to tell. For a visitor then, Edakkal is a destination like no other. It is in every sense adventure country. And perhaps the best way to immerse you in this

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unique experience is to book yourself at the Edakkal Hermitage. A compact resort, the Edakkal Hermitage offers excellent accommodation just a few hundred feet way from the caves giving you the opportunity to explore the surroundings much more extensively than otherwise possible. Placing the resort in context, each cottage here is themed after a world-famous cave art site; from Kapova in Russia to Altamira in Spain. All cottages are valley facing. The extremely friendly people who run the place will gladly fix you a campfire that adds charm to your Edakkal experience! You will also get refreshed by the healing power of Ayurveda. However, the most unique feature at the Edakkal Hermitage is a restaurant - possibly the only one of its kind in the country - located within a real cave! A rather large natural cavern within the premises has been turned into a remarkable dining space that serves authentic local cuisine. Do not miss the dramatic experience of dining here at night when the cave walls come alive with dozens of tiny oil lamps flickering against the craggy walls! It is likely to be as unforgettable as any other part of your experience of visiting Edakkal.

Green Gates Hotel, Kalpetta, Wayanad - 673 122 Ph: +91 4936 202001 - 04, Fax: +91 4936 203975 Email: mail@greengateshotel.com Web: www.greengateshotel.com

Green Gates Hotel, an exquisite hotel with all the comforts befitting a luxury hotel, is ideally located on a hillock in Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad. All cottages and rooms are elegantly appointed that leave no room for disappointment. The in-house facilities include among many other things, a games parlour with pool table, table-tennis, caroms, chess, darts, a state of the art fitness centre, an ayurvedic spa, children’s play area, a meticulously maintained garden and a swimming pool for both adults and children. The service at the hotel is exceptional and unobtrusive. Green Gates Hotel is the abode to the multicuisine restaurant, named Pazhassiraja. Choose from a delectable range of continental, tandoori or authentic Kerala delicacies like appams, vegetable or lamb stew, puttu - kadala etc. A pleasurable gastronomic experience awaits here. Wayanad offers excellent scope for outdoor and adventure activities and Green Gates Hotel excel in these departments. Trekking or raft building or rafting or camping out at nights or rock-climbing and rappelling, they do them all. Their professional guides cum trekkers will ensure with utmost care and attention that no mishap, however slight, happens to their esteemed adventure loving patrons during these daring activities. Green Gates can proudly claim that no Hotel or Resort here shows Wayanad better than them. For leisure or adventure holidays Green Gates Hotel is the ideal Hotel at Wayanad. Central Reservation: #1055, 1st Floor, 28th Main, 36th Cross, 4 T Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore - 560 041, Ph: +91 80 22456258, Fax: +91 80 22458539, Email: info@greengateshotel.com, Web: www.greengateshotel.com

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Haritagiri Hotel & Ayurvedic Village, Kalpetta Ph: +91 4936 203145-48, Fax: +91 4936 203149 Email: info@hotelharitagiri.com Web: www.hotelharitagiri.com

Haritagiri Hotel & Ayurvedic Village is a strategically located luxury resort in Kalpetta of Wayanad Disrict, nestled amidst the pristine natural beauty of the Western Ghats away from the noise and pollution of the city. Bamboo and other exotic spices plants surround the resort. This is the perfect place for you to enjoy your vacation, where you can wake up to the sweet sound of the birds, the cool breeze on your face. One can lounge in the resort, relishing the picturesque location. The hotel is easily accessible by road and is an ideal point for stay when visiting nearby tourist spots in and around Wayanad. Elegant, luxurious and cozy interiors and bedrooms take comfort to another level. Haritagiri proffers a slew of Ayurvedic packages comprising rejuvenation treatments, curative treatments, beauty and skin care, yoga and meditation. The Haritagiri Hotel & Ayurvedic Village is managed by Soorya Group, a fast growing business group. Started in 1990 with business in woven sack trading, has diversified its business activities to various related and unrelated fields such as hotel, tourism, trading, transportation, pharmaceuticals etc. Recently it has entered in the manufacturing sector also. Business group activities are steered by a dynamic visionary Mr. V. M. Radhakrishnan as Chairman and he is assisted and supported by a very strong team of highly experienced professionals. Hospitality business is the group’s prime area. It has a chain of hotels in different parts of the State at the catch-points of the international tourists.

Hotel Brahmagiri, Mananthavadi, Wayanad - 670 645 Ph: +91 4935 246981, Fax: +91 49535 246984 Email: hotel_brahmagiri@yahoo.in Web: www.hotelbrahmagiri.com

Hotel Brahmagiri, the one and only three star hotel at Mananthavady, Wayanad, is the latest venture from the Soorya Group in the hospitality segment. Blending nature with luxury, Hotel Brahmagiri offers a wide range of options both to the tourists and the business class. Along with a comfortable stay, Hotel Brahmagiri also offers sight seeing, trekking, camping and jungle safari. Hotel Brahmagiri is located at Mananthavady, 35 Kms from Kalpetta, the district head quarters of Wayanad. Mananthavady is easily accessible from major places like Calicut (the nearest railway station (100 Kms) and airport (128 Kms)), Banglore, Ooty and Mysore.

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The Meenmutty Heights, Chellangode, Vaduvanchal Wayanad,, Ph: +91 96560 56215, 95448 58892 Email: sales@meenmuttyheights.com Web: www.meenmutty.com

The Meenmutty Heights is located on the banks of the Meenmutty Waterfalls- one of the Majestic Waterfalls in Wayanad. Spread across a sprawling area of 200acres of tea estate and lofty mountains where the water runs in an eventual, friendly and pleasing manner. The environment here will surely inspire the hidden poet in you. The well disciplined and well-groomed crew is always at your service making your stay a really memorable one. Whether it is a honeymoon, leisure, corporate day-outs or an adventure expedition The Meenmutty Heights is the only place that one can ever think of. They have 10 studio suites, where 3 are individual cottages at the resort. These elegant and aristocratic suites are all located at the top of the hills. Each suite has spacious living area with modern facilities. The cottages are surrounded on all four sides with serene green of the tea gardens and the river running across provides a picturesque view from the suites. You can also view tribal huts on a hill surrounded by beautiful mountains - the famous Neelimala. Your privacy will only be hampered by the swishing of the cool breeze and ripples of the stream. Multi Cuisine Restaurant offers wide range of mouth watering cuisine right from traditional Malabar, South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Continental Cuisine amidst the heart of nature. Farm fresh Vegetables grown from their own vegetable garden, free from all pesticides and harmful treatments. Indoor games such as Table Tennis, Chess, Carroms, Playing cards or you can even try your hand in an energetic badminton. It is a perfect place to enjoy the evening with your beloved or your corporate group. Live Orchestra, Tribal Dance, Kalaripayattu (Ethnic Martial Arts) or any Kerala Art forms could be arranged on your request.

Orchid Resort, Noolpuzha, Wayanad - 673 595 Ph: +91 4936 262844, 264044 Email: orchidresort@gmail.com Web: www.orchidresorts.com

Orchid Resort is a heritage plantation resort ideally located amidst vanilla plantation on the banks of Noolpuzha River, only a shake hand distance from Muthanga and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuaries. It is the right base from which you can explore Wayanad and its environs. If luck permits you can see wild animals from the resort. The Facilities offered by the resort are multi cuisine restaurant, spacious lobby, conference hall, games room, river side lawn, swimming pool, ample parking space, telephone, hot water etc. Finally it is River side plantation resort to celebrate your holidays.

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Seagot Banasura Resorts and Villas, Seagot Junction Adhikarippadi, P.O. Bible Land, Wayanad - 673 573 Ph: +91 4936 317858, 97474 40404 Email: seagot@gmail.com, Web: www.seagot.com

Seagot Banasura Resorts and Villas is located in the scenic mountain range at Wayanad, just 16 km North West of Kalpetta and beside Banasura Sagar - India’s largest and Asia’s second largest earth Dam. Set amidst luxuriant and fragrant nature kissed by the cool breeze from the lake. Far from the frantic pace of today’s world; the resort has a mystic charm of its own. It is an idyllic paradise on earth. Seagot Banasura Resort and Villas has five star facilities spread over 50 acres of land. The Resort offers its guests a memorable stay amidst lake and mountain. The facilities and activities available at the resort are ecstatic boating, fishing, swimming, trekking, open air auditorium, conference halls, helipad, ayurvedic spa, theme restaurants, fitness center, bon-fire with music, barbeque, cultural activities, jogging track, luxurious cottages, tree houses and camping out at night facilities. The resort is set in an isolated location surrounded by water which is an ideal site for both adventure activities and camping out at nights in luxurious tents. This site is also an ideal spot for Outbound Training Workshops for Corporates and pleasure trips for both families and groups. Adventure activities like River Crossing, Commando Walking, Mountain Biking, Jumaring, Archery etc refresh your mind and body. The new project Banasura Resorts & Villas of Seagot developers is the brain child of Mr. Ashraf, MD of Green Gates hotel. Enjoy the luxury camping at Seagot Banasura Resorts and Villas.

Upavan Resort, Lakkidi, Wayanad - 673 676 Ph: +91 4936 255272, 255372, 99615 09090 Email: info@upavanresort.com Web: www.upavanresort.com

Upavan Resort, the promoters of sustainable tourism, is nothing short of gentle boon to the nature lovers and privileged tourists. Located at Lakkidi, the gate way of Wayanad and surrounded with green forests, tea, coffee, cardamom plantations and breathtaking valleys. This 3 star facility resort is a perfect hide out and avenue for perfect holidaying as well as family meets business and other get togethers. Far from the annoying city crowds and frenzied schedules, it unfolds the picturesque Wayanad. It couples gracious hospitality with top notch facilities to provide pleasent ambience without compromising on eminence or uniqueness. 30 well appointed rooms and cottages with stunning view of the inviting lush

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green woods and valleys will take to you to a world of difference. Uoottillam, the multi cuisine restaurant will really stimulate your taste buds. Ushas, a 150 pax AC banquet hall, will be an ideal venue for your conference requirements and family get together on any special occasions. Unarvu, the ayurveda spa is all set to rejuvenate your body and soul. Ullasam, the indoor games will be an ideal place for you to enjoy leisure time. Upaharam, the Gift Shop at Upavan will provide you with ample choice to select a souvenir to take back home. The well equipped fitness Centre will literally sweat you out. The Swimming Pool will really provide you & your kids with a refreshing & pleasent mood. Customer friendly and tailor made packages are available for accommodation as well as banquets. The resort follows the ‘3R’ principle of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ and green tourism is the main focus of the resort. Upavan is promoted by M/s Express Holiday Homes, an Express group concerns who is the premier builders in Malabar since 1980. So, next time when you think of a holiday or official conference, be Upavan your first choice. Yes, the real resort in the land of spices.

Vythiri Resort, Lakkidi, Wayanad - 673 576 Ph: +91 4936 255366, 255367, Fax: +91 4936 255368 Email: vythiri@lezeldor.com Web: www.vythiriresort.com

Vythiri Resort situated at the heart of a picturesque Waynad district, 2600 ft above sea level welcomes you to the ecological and geographical features of the Malabar. It is a magical, romantic getaway tucked away in a lush tropical rainforest. Vythiri Resort is parked bang amidst a 150-acre coffee and cardamom plantation. The exotic experience is the exclusive tree houses that bring to you all the magic of the outdoors. Situated 60 ft above ground level, these forest homes are modernized versions of the original tree huts known as erumadams used by the tribal communities as a place to track down the wild animals as also to keep a safe distance from them. Created entirely out of locally available, eco-friendly, bio-degradable materials by the tribal people, the tree houses at Vythiri Resorts come with all basic facilities inclusive of bath attached bedrooms. Two types of tree house-one accessed by wooden steps and the other by an indigenous crane lift that works by a unique counter weight of water - cater to the guests. The delightful interiors coupled with panoramic views of the mist shrouded Western Ghats makes for an exciting experience. Bird watching, rainforest treks, visits to nearby spice plantations and picnic spots are some of the activities that you can indulge in during your stay here. Vythiri Resort has its very own trekking routes complimented by a hanging bridge and a natural swimming pool, the foreground of which doubles as a stage for cultural shows. An old British Colonial retreat, Vythiri is a holiday waiting to be 410 hotels and resorts

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discovered and rediscovered, always fresh and completely unspoiled. Central Reservations: lezeldor, 34/2336a, dwaraka, Kannayath Road, Mamangalam, Palarivattom, Cochin - 682 025, Ph: +91 484 4055250, 93885 55250, 93875 55250, Fax: +91 484 4055253, Email: vythiri@lezeldor.com, marketing@lezeldor.com, Web: www.vythiriresort.com

Wynberg Resorts, Thrikkaipatta, Wayanad - 673 121 Ph: +91 4936 320630, +91 97445 41203 Email: info@wynberg.in Web: www.wynberg.in

It is a plantation theme hide-away in 90 acres of coffee, pepper, vanilla and rubber plantation. The accent is on living in harmony with nature, providing all material comforts like tiled flooring, running hot cold water. The cottages are built with local materials with little use of sand, cement etc. The lower area of the resort has eco cottages. The luxury cottages are built with interlock brick that needs no sand and cement and cement is used only for flooring concrete and tiling The bathing water of each cottage is sent to a dry pit exclusive to that cottage that is filled with broken bricks and sand, thus the water is filtered in this and recharged into the ground water system. Each of the cottages has its own dry septic tank. They also don’t cut trees, but they have tree houses for people to live in. The hot water is prepared from a boiler that uses firewood (that is obtained from pruned coffee plants and from shade lopped branches-which is essential in a coffee plantation during the rainy season).Thus they don’t use more electricity than needed. The kitchen uses Gobar gas that is obtained from the cow shed and the cows are fed grasses and weeds that grown in the plantation. Thus it results in effective utilization of the biomass waste generated from the plantation. Wynberg doesn’t supply mineral water; the well water at the resort is pure and pristine and hence is potable. The cottages have all luxury inside with TV, mini bar fridge etc. Yet the buildings are mostly green buildings with clay-roof tile that form the roofing, done in traditional style. Wynberg has in all 11 cottages including 2 tree tops and 1 tent. The dishes are a combination of ethnic/south &North Indian and continental dishes to keep the balance of taste and calories. The resort also has a wellness ayurvedic massage centre where qualified people are employed to do the required therapy. The resort in itself has got about 49 different species of birds to watch besides the winged visitors that arrive during migration at different seasons. The resort has a mini conference hall which has got wild life films and books for the guest to watch. It would also be pertinent to mention here that locals (tribes) are hired to act as guides when ever opportunity arises, thus the local populace are given an opportunity to share the spoils of tourism. Wynberg conducts - wild life /plantation tours, besides rural trips, by walk, cycles, open Jeeps to experience the rich country side. Birding and plantation tours are a speciality.

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Tour Options The following is a recommended list of tour options which will help you chart out an itinerary by which you can cover the key destinations in Kerala. South Kerala Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha 3 day tour Day 1 :

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Thiruvananthapuram sight seeing options: Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kuthiramalika. Science and Technology Museum, Veli Tourist Vlage, Aakulam boat club, Shankhumugham Beach Day at the Kovalam beach Ayurvedic massage at a beach resort Picnic at the Ponmudi hills Excursion of Kanyakumari Kollam backwater cruise Houseboat cruise Ayurvedic massage at a backwater resort Day at the Thirumullavaram beach Trip to the palaruvi waterfalls Day at the Alappuzha beach Alappuzha backwater cruise Houseboat cruise Ayurvedic massage at a backwater or beach resort Trip to the Pathiramanal island Visit to the Krishnapuram palace Day at the Kovalam beach (Other attractions: shopping, cuisine, ayurvedic massage) Picnic on the Ponmudi hills Kollam backwater cruise Houseboat cruise Ayurvedic massage at a backwater resort Day at the Thirumullavaram beach Trip to the Palaruvi waterfalls Alappuzha backwater cruise (cruise on board a houseboat through the scenic backwaters of Alappuzha or Thottapally, en route visit temples, churches. Watch rustic life, the art of coir making, basket weaving etc.) Day at the Alappuzha beach Trip to the Pathiramanal Visit to the Krishnapuram palace Ayurvedic massage at backwater or beach resort

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10 day tour Days 1 & 2: Day 3 : Day 4 : Day 5 :

Back to Thiruvananthapuram Thiruvananthapuram sight seeing (options) : Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy temple, Kuthiramalika, Science and Technology Museum, Veli tourist village, Arakulam boat club……. Excursion to Kanyakumari At Kovalam (Other attractions: shopping, cuisine, ayurvedic massage) Excursion to Kanyakumari Picnic on the Ponmudi hills Kollam backwater cruise Houseboat cruise Ayurvedic massage at a backwater resort Day at the Thirumullavaram beach Trip to the Palaruvi waterfalls

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Alappuzha backwater cruise (cruise on board a houseboat through the scenic backwaters of Alappuzha or Thottapally, en route visit temples, churches and watch village life up-close, the art of coir making, basket weaving etc.) Day at the Alappuzha beach Trip to the Pathiramanal Visit to the Krishnapuram palace

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Pathanamthitta (Visit Aranmula village, watch the metal mirror craftsmen at work. Witness a boat race, if you are here during Onam.)

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Thiruvananthapuram sight-seeing options: Museum complex, Kuthiramalika, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science and Technology Museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam.

Central Kerala Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad 3 day tour Day 1 :

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Visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary Kottayam backwater cruise Houseboat cruise Ayurvedic massage at a backwater resort Picnic to the Munnar hills Ayurvedic massage at a hill resort Visit to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary Ayurvedic massage at a jungle resort Ernakulam sightseeing options: St.Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue, Hill Palace Museum, Vega Land Sunset cruise

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5 day tour Day 1 :

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10 day tour Day 1 :

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Day 8 : Days 9 & 10:

Visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary Kottayam backwater cruise Houseboat cruise Ayurvedic massage at a backwater resort Picnic to the Munnar hills Ayurvedic massage at a hill resort Visit to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary Ayurvedic massage at a jungle resort Ernakulam sightseeing options: St.Francis Church, Santa Cruiz Basilica, Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue, Hill Palace Museum, Veega Land… Sunset cruise Trip to the Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls, Silver storm Visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary Kottayam backwater cruise Houseboat cruise Ayurvedic massage or a backwater resort Picnic to the Munnar hills Ayurvedic massage at a hill resort Visit to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary Ayurvedic massage at a jungle resort Ernakulam sightseeing options: St.Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue. Hill palace Museum, Veega Land… Sunset cruise Trip to the Athirapally and Vazhachal waterfalls, Silver storm... Visit to the Palakkd Fort Trip to the Malampuzha dam Visit to the Fantasy park Picnic to the Nelliampathy hills Visit to the Silent Valley National Park

North Kerala Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasaragod 3 day t our Day 1 : Day at the Kozhikode beach Ayurvedic massage at a beach resort Backwater cruise Day 2 : Trek to the Edakkal caves Picnic to the Wayanad hill resorts Visit to the Pazhassi tomb Picnic to Kuruvadeep Trip to Vythiri Visit to the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary

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Watch a Theyyam performance Day at the Muzhappilangad beach Visit to the Kannur fort At Kozhikode beach Ayurvedic massage at a beach resort Backwater cruise Trek to the Edakkal caves Picnic at the Wayanad hill resorts Visit to the spice plantations Visit to the Pazhassi tomb Picnic at Kuruvadeep Trip to Vythiri Visit o the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary Watch a Theyyam performance Day at the Muzhappilangad beach Visit to the Kannur fort Day at the Bekal fort and beach Visit to the Thirunavaya temple Tali temple Thirumandhamkunnu temple Juma-at-mosque Pazhayngadi mosque At the Kozhikode beach Ayurvedic massage at a beach resort Backwater cruise Trip to the Tusharagiri hill resort Visit to the Kirtads Trekk to the Edakkal caves Picnic at the Wayanad hill resorts Visit to the spice plantations Visit to the Pazhassi tomb Picnic at Kuruvadeep Trip to Vythiri Visit to the Wayand wildlife sanctuary Watch a Theyyam performance Day at the Muzhappilangad beach Visit to the Kannur fort Visit to the Bekal fort and beach Day at the Kappil beach Visit to Anandasram Visit to the Ananthapura lake temple Valiyaparamba backwater cruise Chandragiri boat cruise Trip to Ranipuram, Trekking

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Calicut International Airport, Karipur (0483 2719491)

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Signs and Symbols used in Kerala Tourism

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monument

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Index - Fascinating Destinations in Kerala A

Achancoil ....................................................KLM Acquarium ....................................................TSR Adayanpara ................................................MLP Adi Sankara Janmabhumi Temple ............EKM Adoor...........................................................KGD Adur ..............................................................TSR Agasthyakoodam .......................................TVM Akkulam Lake and Tourist Village .............TVM Alappuzha Beach ........................................ALP Alumkadavu boat building yard ...............KLM Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple ...........ALP Anakkayam ..................................................TSR Anandasram ................................................KGD Ananthapuram Lake Temple .....................KGD Anayirankal ..................................................IDK Anchal .........................................................KLM Anchuvilakku ..............................................KTM Arakkal Kettu ..............................................KNR Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary .........................KNR Aranmula .....................................................PTA Arattupuzha .................................................TSR Aravukad Devi Temple ................................ALP Arch Dam ......................................................IDK Archelogical Museum .................................TSR Ariankavu ....................................................KLM Ariyannoor temple ......................................TSR Art Museum .................................................TSR Aruvi Waterfalls/Vaiyantho .......................TVM Aruvikkara Dam .........................................TVM Aruvikuzhi Waterfalls ................................KTM Aruvithira Church .......................................KTM Ashtamudi ..................................................KLM Athirapally ....................................................TSR Attappady ....................................................PLK Attukal Sree Bhagavathy Temple ..............TVM Attukal ..........................................................IDK Ayiramthengu Mangroves .........................KLM Ayyappara ..................................................KTM

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Bagavathy Temple-Ambalakkadavu ..........KTM Banasura Sagar Dam .................................WYD Bastion Bungalow ......................................EKM Bekal Fort Beach .........................................KGD Bekal Hole Aqua Park .................................KGD Beypore .......................................................KKD Bhagavathy Temple-Manarcad .................KTM Bhoothathankettu .....................................EKM Bird Sanctuary ...........................................KTM Blossom International Park ........................IDK Bolgatty Island ..........................................EKM Buddha Vihar ..............................................KKD

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Chacha Nehru Children's Museum ...........TVM Chain Tree ..................................................WYD Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy Temple ......ALP Chalakkudy ..................................................TSR Champakkulam Church ..............................ALP Chandragiri ................................................KGD Changanacherry ........................................KTM Charalkkunnu...............................................PTA Chavakkad ...................................................TSR Chavara Bhavan ...........................................ALP Cheeyappara ................................................IDK Chellarkovil ..................................................IDK Chembra Peak ...........................................WYD Chendamangalam .....................................EKM Cherai Beach ..............................................EKM Cheraman Juma Masjid ..............................TSR Cherukolpuzha .............................................PTA Cherukunnu ................................................KNR Cheruthuruthy .............................................TSR Cheruvathur ................................................KGD Chethalayam Falls .....................................WYD Chettikulangara Bhagawati Temple ...........ALP Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary ......................TSR Chinese Fishing Net ...................................EKM Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary .........................IDK Chithirapuram .............................................IDK Chittur Gurumadam ...................................PLK Chottanikkara Bhagvati Temple ...............EKM Chowara .....................................................TVM Chulliyar Dam ..............................................PLK CSI Cathedral Church .................................KTM

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Devikulam ....................................................IDK Dharmadam Island ....................................KNR Dharmasastha Temple-Pakkil ...................KTM Dhoni Hemambika Temple .........................PLK Divine Retreat Centres ................................TSR

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Echo Point ....................................................IDK Edakkal caves ............................................WYD Edneer Mutt ...............................................KGD Eravikulam National Park ...........................IDK Ernakulathappan Temple ..........................EKM Erumeli .......................................................KTM Ettumannur Temple ..................................KTM Ezhimala ......................................................KNR

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Fork Immanuel ..........................................EKM Fort Kochi ..................................................EKM

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Grampi .........................................................IDK Gundert Bungalow .....................................KNR Guruvayoor ..................................................TSR

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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary ............................IDK Ilaveezhapoonchira ......................................IDK Ilaveezhapoonchira ....................................KTM Illikkal Kallu ................................................KTM Illikkal Mala ................................................KTM Iringal ..........................................................KKD

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Jain Temple .................................................KKD Jain Temple of Jainimedu ...........................PLK Jain Temples ...............................................KGD Jama Masjid-Thazhathangadi ...................KTM Jama-at Mosque ........................................MLP Jatayupura ..................................................KLM

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Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary ..........................KKD Kadamanitta ................................................PTA Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple .............MLP Kaduthuruthi Valiapalli .............................KTM Kakkayam ....................................................KKD Kakki Reservoir.............................................PTA Kalady .........................................................EKM Kalipoika .....................................................KKD Kallai ...........................................................KKD Kalliyanathandu ..........................................IDK Kalpathy Viswanatha Temple .....................PLK Kalvari Mount ..............................................IDK Kanakakkunnu Palace ................................TVM Kandanisserry ............................................TSR Kanhangad /Hosdurg Fort..........................KGD Kanjiramattom Mosque ............................EKM Kannadipara-Karimbukayam ....................KTM Kanthanpara Falls ......................................WYD Kanwatheertha Beach ................................KGD Kappad .........................................................KKD Kappil Beach................................................KGD Karalad Lake ...............................................WYD Karapuzha Dam..........................................WYD Karumadikuttan...........................................ALP Kavil Devi Temple-Chaganacherry.............KTM Kaviyoor........................................................PTA Kayyoor .......................................................KTM Keezharkuth .................................................IDK Kerala State Museum and Zoo ...................TSR Kerala State Science Museum ...................TVM Kesari falls ...................................................KTM Kirtads..........................................................KKD Kizhunna Ezhara Beach ..............................KNR Kodanad ......................................................EKM Koder House ...............................................EKM Kodikuthimala ............................................MLP Kodumon Chilanthiyambalam ...................PTA Kodungalloor ................................................TSR Kollengode ...................................................PLK Kondotti ......................................................MLP Konni ............................................................PTA Koodalmanikyam temple ............................TSR Korome Mosque ........................................WYD Kottakkal .....................................................MLP Kottakkunnu ...............................................MLP Kottancherry ...............................................KGD

Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum...............KLM Kottathavalam ............................................KTM Kottayi ..........................................................PLK Kottiyoor......................................................KNR Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple ................KLM Kovalam ......................................................TVM Kowdiyar Palace .........................................TVM Koyikkal Palace...........................................TVM Kozhikode Beach .........................................KKD Krishna Menon Museum............................KKD Krishnapuram Palace...................................ALP Kulathupuzha..............................................KLM Kumarakom ................................................KTM Kumbalangi Tourist Village........................EKM Kumily ...........................................................IDK Kundala .........................................................IDK Kunhimangalam..........................................KNR Kurisumala..................................................KTM Kuruva Island..............................................WYD Kuthiramalika Palace Museum .................TVM Kuttanad.......................................................ALP Kuttichira .....................................................KKD Kuttikanam ...................................................IDK Kuttiyadi ......................................................KKD

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Lakkidi ..........................................................PLK Lock Heart Gap.............................................IDK Lokanarkavu Temple ...................................KKD Loknayak Smrithivanam and Deer Park.....PLK

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Madayipara .................................................KNR Madhur Temple...........................................KGD Madiyankulam Durga Temple....................KGD Mahalingeswara Temple ............................KGD Malampuzha Garden...................................PLK Malankara Reservoir ....................................IDK Malappuram ...............................................MLP Malayala Kalagramam................................KNR Malayalapuzha.............................................PTA Malayattoor................................................EKM Malik Deenar Mosque................................KGD Mamburam.................................................MLP Mananchira Maidan ...................................KKD Mangaladevi Temple ....................................IDK Mangalam Dam ...........................................PLK Maniyamkunnu..........................................KTM Maniyar ........................................................PTA Manjanikkara Church ..................................PTA Manjeswaram .............................................KGD Mankallu Mudikal ......................................KTM Mannadi .......................................................PTA Mannarsala Sree Nagaraja Temple ............ALP Mannur Temple ..........................................KKD Maramon .....................................................PTA Marayoor ......................................................IDK Marmala Stream ........................................KTM Matha Amrithanathamayi Asram .............KLM Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) ........EKM Mattupetty ...................................................IDK Mayiladumpara............................................PLK Mayyanad ...................................................KLM Meanvallam..................................................PLK Meenkara .....................................................PLK Meenkunnu Beach......................................KNR Meenmutty Falls........................................WYD Meenmutty Waterfalls...............................TVM Meenuli.........................................................IDK Mishkal Masjid, Kuttichira..........................KKD Mother Dolorus Church .............................KGD Mother of God Church ...............................KKD Muchunthi Palli...........................................KKD Muloor Smarakam.......................................PTA Muniyara ....................................................WYD Munnar .........................................................IDK Munnodi Durga Temple ..............................ALP Munroe Island............................................KLM Murikkady.....................................................IDK Museum of Kerala History.........................EKM Musical walk-way.......................................EKM Muzhappilangad Beach..............................KNR

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Nadukani ......................................................IDK Nadukani.....................................................KTM Napier Museum..........................................TVM Nattakom and Panachikadu Reservoirs....KTM

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Nattika Beach ...............................................TSR Navamukanda Temple ...............................MLP Neelimala View Point ................................WYD Nelliyampathy..............................................PLK Neyyar Dam................................................TVM Nilakkal ........................................................PTA Nilambur.....................................................MLP Nilambur Teak Museum ............................MLP Nileswaram Palace .....................................KGD Niranam........................................................PTA Nyayamakad.................................................IDK

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Oachira Parabrahma Temple .....................KLM Observatory ................................................TVM Olavakkode...................................................PLK Old Harbour House ....................................EKM Omallur.........................................................PTA Ottappalam ..................................................PLK

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Padinharekara Beach .................................MLP Padmanabha Swamy Temple ....................TVM Padmanabhapuram Palace........................TVM Paingatteri Agraharam ..............................WYD Pakshipathalam .........................................WYD Palakkad Fort ...............................................PLK Palaruvi Water Falls....................................KLM Palayur ..........................................................TSR Palkulamedu ................................................IDK Pallikkunnu Church....................................WYD Pallivasal .......................................................IDK Paloor Subramaniya Temple......................MLP Pandalam .....................................................PTA Pandikuzhi ....................................................IDK Pandiyan Kallu ............................................KGD Papanasini ..................................................WYD Parade Ground ...........................................EKM Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary..............PLK Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple ........KNR Paravoor ......................................................KLM Parikshith Thampuran Museum ...............EKM Parsi Anju Amman Baug.............................KKD Parumala ......................................................PTA Pathiramanal................................................ALP Pathiramanal ..............................................KTM Pattumala .....................................................IDK Payyambalam Beach ..................................KNR Payyoli .........................................................KKD Pazhassi Dam ..............................................KNR Pazhassi Park..............................................WYD Pazhassi Raja’s Tomb .................................WYD Pazhassiraja Museum & Art Gallery ..........KKD Pazhayangadi Mosque ...............................MLP Pazhayapalli................................................KTM Peechi Dam...................................................TSR Peermede......................................................IDK Peeru Hills.....................................................IDK Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary .......................TVM Perinthalmanna..........................................MLP Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary...........................IDK Perumthenaruvi ...........................................PTA Perunna Subramanya Temple ...................KTM Peruvannamuzhi .........................................KKD Phantom Rock ...........................................WYD Picnic Village...............................................KLM Pierce Leslie Bungalow ..............................EKM Pishakarikavu ..............................................KKD Planetarium.................................................KKD Ponmeri .......................................................KKD Ponmudi......................................................TVM Ponnani .......................................................MLP Pookote Lake..............................................WYD Poonjar Palace............................................KTM Poonkudi Mana ..........................................MLP Poonthanam Illam......................................MLP Poornathrayeesha Temple.........................EKM Poovar .........................................................TVM Possadigumpe ............................................KGD Pothamedu ...................................................IDK Pothundy......................................................PLK Power House Waterfalls ..............................IDK Princess Street ...........................................EKM Priyadarsini Planetarium ...........................TVM Pullumedu ....................................................IDK Punarjanani Guha........................................PLK Punchavayal, Puthenangadi Jain Temples ...WYD Punnathur Kotta...........................................TSR Puthenpalli-Erattupetta .............................KTM Pythal Mala .................................................KNR

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Q S T and R Block Kayal...............................ALP

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Raja Rajeswara Temple ...............................KNR Rajamala .......................................................IDK Ramakalmedu ..............................................IDK Ramaswami Temple ...................................KNR Rameswaram Temple.................................KLM Ranipuram...................................................KGD Regional Agricultural Research Station ........WYD Regional Science Centre .............................KKD Rock Cut Cave .............................................TVM Rudra Dhanwanthari Temple.....................MLP

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Sabarimala ...................................................PTA Saint Thomas Memorial ..............................TSR Sanctuary visit ..............................................IDK Sankhumukham Beach..............................TVM Santa Cruze Basilica ...................................EKM Santhigiri Ashram.......................................TVM Saraswathi Temple-Panachikkad ..............KTM Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum.....KLM Sasthamkotta Temple ................................KLM Science and Technology Museum ............TVM Secretariat ..................................................TVM SeethaLavaKusha Temple ..........................WYD Sentinal Rock Falls .....................................WYD Shakthan Thampuran Palace ......................TSR Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary ..............KLM Silent Valley National Park..........................PLK Siruvani.........................................................PLK Siva Temple-Thalikkotta.............................KTM Sivagiri Mutt ...............................................TVM SM Street.....................................................KKD Sree Chithra Art Gallery.............................TVM Sree Chithra Enclave ..................................TVM Sree Krishna Swamy Temple .......................TSR St. Angelo Fort ............................................KNR St. Francis Church ......................................EKM St. George Church, Edathua........................ALP St. George Church-Puthupalli....................KTM St. John’s Cathedral .....................................PTA St. Joseph Monastery-Mannanam............KTM St. Mary’s Church-Athirampuzha..............KTM St. Mary’s Church-Kudamaloor .................KTM St. Mary’s Church-Kuravilangad ................KTM St. Mary’s Forane Church, Koratty..............TSR St. Mary's Church........................................KKD St. Sebastian Church, Arthunkal.................ALP St. Thomas Church-Cherpungal ................KTM St. Thomas Church-Pala.............................KTM St. Thomas Mount .....................................KTM St.Mary’s Church-Bharananganam ...........KTM St.Mary’s Church-Cheriapalli.....................KTM St.Mary’s Church-Manarcad......................KTM Sultan Bathery Jain Temple ......................WYD Sunrise Valley .............................................WYD Surya Temple-Adityapuram.......................KTM Synagogue ..................................................EKM

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Tali Temple...................................................KKD Tanur............................................................MLP Tejaswini/Valiyaparamba Backwaters .......KGD Thacholi Manikkoth....................................KKD Thalasseri Fort ............................................KNR Thali temple................................................MLP Thangalppara..............................................KTM Thangasserry...............................................KLM Thattekkad..................................................EKM Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary......................EKM Thazhathangadi-Valiapalli .........................KTM The Bekal Fort .............................................KGD The Bekal Tourism Project .........................KGD The Bishops’ House ....................................EKM The Dutch Cemetery ..................................EKM The Hill Palace ............................................EKM The Ongallur Taliyil Shiva Temple...............PLK The Rock-cut cave temple ...........................PTA Thekkady.......................................................IDK Thenari..........................................................PLK Thenmala ....................................................KLM Thevally Palace ...........................................KLM Thikkoti Light House...................................KKD Thirumandhamkunnu Temple...................MLP Thirumullavaram Beach .............................KLM Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple...............KTM Thirunavaya ................................................MLP

Thirunelli ....................................................WYD Thirunelli Temple .......................................WYD Thirurangadi................................................MLP Thiruvalathoor .............................................PLK Thiruvalla......................................................PTA Thiruvallam .................................................TVM Thiruvangad ................................................KNR Thiruvegappura Sankaranarayana Temple .....PLK Thiruvenkitachalapathy Temple..................TSR Thodeekulam Shiva Temple .......................KNR Thommankuthu ...........................................IDK Thrikkunnapuzha Dharmasastha Temple ..ALP Thriprayar Sree Rama Temple .....................TSR Thrisanku Hills ..............................................IDK Thrissilery Shiva Temple ............................WYD Thrithala .......................................................PLK Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam................IDK Thunchan Memorial...................................MLP Thusharagiri ................................................KKD Tirur.............................................................MLP Top Station....................................................IDK Tribal settlements.........................................IDK Trichambaram Temple................................KNR Trikandiyoor Shiva Temple.........................MLP Trikkaripur ...................................................KGD Tulur Vanam ................................................KGD

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Uravu...........................................................WYD

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Vadakara ......................................................KKD Vadakkumnathan Temple............................TSR Vagamon.......................................................IDK Vaikom Mahadeva Temple ........................KTM Valapattanam..............................................KNR Valara ............................................................IDK Vallikkunnu Beach......................................MLP Valliyoor Temple ........................................WYD Vandanmedu ................................................IDK Vandiperiyar .................................................IDK Varakkal Devi Temple..................................KKD Varanad Devi Temple...................................ALP Varkala ........................................................TVM Vasco House ...............................................EKM Vasco-Da-Gama Sqare ...............................EKM Vastu Vidya Gurukulam...............................PTA Vavarambalam-Erumeli .............................KTM Vazhachal......................................................TSR Vazhappalli Kalkulathukavu Temple.........KTM Vazhappalli Siva Temple.............................KTM Vazhikkadavu..............................................KTM Veli Tourist Village......................................TVM Vellari Mala .................................................KKD Vellinezhi ......................................................PLK Velliyamkallu ...............................................KKD Vettakkorumakan Temple..........................MLP Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre ............PTA Vilangankunnu .............................................TSR Vimalagiri Church.......................................KTM Vizhinjam ....................................................TVM Vyloppilly Sanskrithi Bhavan.....................TVM

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Wayanad Ghats ...........................................KKD Wayanad Heritage Museum .....................WYD Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga .....WYD Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty.......WYD Willington Island ........................................EKM

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Zoological Park...........................................TVM

District Abbreviation TVM KLM PTA ALP KTM IDK EKM TSR PLK MLP KKD WYD KNR KGD

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