Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wayanad, Kerala

The Wayanad forests have been inhabited for more than three thousand years. Wayanad was originally ruled by Vedar kings. However, after a Kshatriya Prince (Raja of Kumbala), was captured and held hostage in Tirunelli by the Vedars, it was invaded and annexed by a combined force led by the Raja of Kottayam and the Raja of Kurumbranad. The Vedar king (Arippan) was killed and most of his subjects were massacred. However, the Raja of Kumbala asked a Nair aristocrat, Nanthillath Nambiar to marry the daughter of the Vedar king, who had survived the massacre. Nambiar was appointed as the Moopil Nair of Veliyambam, where the surviving Vedars were resettled. It was decided that Wynad should be partitioned between Kottayam-Malabar and Kurumbranad. The Kottayam Raja was awarded North West Waynad and the Raja of Kurumbranad was awarded South East Wynad. As a result of disputes between them, the Kurumbranad Raja gave up his country to the Kottayam Raja, except for the palace and some landed properties. The Raja of Kottayam divided Wynad in to 10 Swaroopams (Naads) and appointed the governors (Usually Nairs with the tile of Vazhunnor) to rule each one of them.

Wayanad is situated at a height of 2100 meters above sea level in Kerala, Wayanad hill station is one of the most charming and calm hill stations of Kerala. The lush green vegetation, along with mist-clad hills and pure air will make your travel to Wayanad an unforgettable experience. It is a paradise and a must visit if you are traveling to Kerala. The hill station is covered with plantations of tea and spices, which gives a mystical touch to the place. Traveling to Wayanad will definitely be an experience of a lifetime.

Wayanad has many tourist attractions. There are many places around the place that are worth paying a visit. Not only excursions and tourist attractions, there are museums, sanctuaries, etc..


Places to See:

Banasura Dam


The largest earth dam in India, Banasura Dam is an ideal picnic spot to laze around and relax. Beautiful lush green hills surround a vast body of crystal clear water, thus enclosing it from most of the sides.

Lakkidi

Popularly called as the 'gateway to Wayanad', Lakkidi is located on top of Thamaraserri Ghat pass. Lofty mountains, gushing streams and lush forests add mysticism to the entire trip up the meandering roads.

Tusharagiri Waterfalls


The Tusharagiri waterfalls are located in the lofty regions of the Western Ghats. The word 'Tusharagiri' means snow capped mountains. Though there are no snow-capped mountains here, the pure white waterfalls look like snow that has engulfed the hilly areas of Western Ghats.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1973. It is in the protected network area of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Sanctuary is a popular tourist attraction and is visited by locals and tourists alike.

Vythiri


Vythiri is a beautiful place located in the dense thickets of the hilly ranges of Kerala. Popular for its refreshing and pollution free air, this place is a must visit as an excursion from Wayanad.

Edakkal Caves



Located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Wayanad, the Edakkal Caves are considered to be one of the earliest spots of human dwelling. The caves have beautiful carvings that depict primitive lifestyle. The caves have been formed out of three huge rocks, one resting on two of them thus, making a hollow space in between.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum


Ambalavayal Heritage Museum is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Wayanad. It is regarded as one of the best heritage museums of Kerala. The museum has artifacts that date back to the 2nd century. These include artifacts like primitive weapons, bows and arrows and old clay idols and sculptures.

Chembra Peak

Situated at a height of 2100 meters above sea level near the lofty ranges of the Western Ghats, Chembra peak is a beautiful spot near Wayanad. The peak is an ideal spot for trekking and taking a walk along the undulating paths of the peak. 

Kuruva Island


Kuruva Island is located 17 kilometers from Wayanad and is a vast expanse of 950 acres of lush green forests. Situated on the Themkabani River, this island houses many rare species of birds, plants and animals.

Pakshipathalam

This scenic bird watching spot is located 1740 meters above sea level. It is an ideal place for trekking and bird watching. The undulating hills look absolutely gorgeous with steep sides, streams and unexplored forests.

Thirunelli Temple


The Thirunelli temple is located 30 kilometers from the Wayanad district. It is located in the Brahmagiri Hills and is often referred to as the 'Kashi of South'. The Papanasini River surrounds it and forms a natural boundary around it.

Valliyoorkkavu Temple



Valliyoorkkavu temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is worshipped among the tribal communities. It is located at a distance of around 3 kilometers from Mananthavadi and is popular for the 10 day-long annual festival that is celebrated in the month of April............
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Thrissur/Trichur, Kerala

Thrissur is an important town of Kerala. Known as the "cultural capital" of Kerala, Trichur is known for its rich historical and traditional heritage. Your Trichur travel will be an experience that you shall not forget easily for the rest of your lives. Trichur was an important place even in the ancient politics of the state. Tourism in Trichur / Thrissur is catching up as it is very easy as the place is easily accessible by air, rail and roads. Located in the center of Kerala, this place is easily reachable from anywhere in Kerala.

Trichur has many interesting places to see. The most famous of them all is the Guruvayoor temple, which is a very famous pilgrimage center in India. Also visit the Kodungalloor pilgrimage, which is famous for its various worship centers in Kerala. Apart from these, one can visit the Archeological museum and the Shakthan Thampuran Palace built by the famous Raja Rama Varma. 


Places to See:

Aarattupuzha Pooram


The Ayyappa Temple at Thrissur is famous for its Aarattupuzha Pooram festival that takes place in the month of March. It is one of the most colorful carnivals of Kerala. 

Art Museum

The famous Art Museum is located in the Zoo compound and is a rich treat for all art lovers and connoisseurs of anything related to art. The museum has collections of ancient sculptures, metal statues, carvings and jewellery.

Peechi Dam


The Peechi Dam is built across the Manali River and is a popular tourist attraction spot. The catchment area of this Dam has been converted into a beautiful expanse of lovely gardens with fountains and flowering plants. Sprawling over an area of almost 3200 acres, this catchment area is what attracts tourists and locals alike to relax and enjoy themselves. 

St. Thomas Memorial

The St. Thomas memorial is located at Kodungalloor and is a famous church. A lot of devotees visit the church and pay tribute to St. Thomas, who is best known as a missionary to India. 

Thriprayar Temple


Located towards the south of Trichur, Thriprayar Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Rama. The ornate carvings on the temple walls and pillars are a living example of beautiful and traditional architecture that is so exclusive of Kerala. 

Thrissur Pooram

This Pooram is considered to be the mother of all Poorams in Kerala. A grand procession of richly ornamented elephants takes place and is worth a watch. The Trichur Pooram is celebrated in the months of April-May annually.

Guruvayoor Temple


Located at a distance of 32 kilometers from Trichur, Guruvayoor temple is a very famous pilgrimage that is well known all over the world. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, known as Guruvayoorappan, a mere glimpse of the grand idol adorned in flowers and precious stones, is enough for you to feel truly blessed by the Lord. 

Ariyannoor Temple

This temple is famous for its carved gable that is beautifully decorated. It has been compared with the works of superior artists like Louise Nevelson, an American artist. This temple is dedicated to Hari Kanyaka and is said to have been built around 14th century AD. Though mostly in ruins now, it is definitely worth a visit. It is now a protected monument under law. 

Athirapilly Waterfalls


A very popular picnic and recreation spot, this 80 feet high waterfall is a splendid sight and it attracts a large number of tourists and locals. It is located at a distance of 63 kilometers from Trichur and is situated at the onset of Sholayar Ranges. 

Koodalmanikyam Temple

This is the only temple is India that is dedicated to Bharata, brother of Lord Rama of the Hindu mythology. The temple is famous for its annual festival, which takes place in the months of April-May that marks the end of the festival season in Kerala. 

Viralimalai

Located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Trichur, this place is famous for the Lord Subramanya Temple. The place also has a sanctuary for the national bird of India, peacocks............
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Thekkady, Kerala

Situated in Kerala, close to the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border town - Kumily, Thekkady is located about 257 km (160 miles) from Trivandrum, 114 km from Madurai Airport, 185 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam railway station. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest. The Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaiperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

Places to See:

Chellarkovil


Chellarkovil is a small village that is famous for its splendid panoramic views like lush landscapes and gurgling waterfalls. The village is also well known for its vast coconut groves. 

Kumily

Located just outside the Periyar sanctuary, Kumily is a famous plantation town. This lovely town has extensive plantations of various Indian spices. 

Kurisumala


Located on a high altitude, this beautiful place offers lot of opportunities for trekking, mountain climbing and other kinds of adventure sports. It also offers a bird's eye view of the Periyar sanctuary and Kumily. 

Mangala Devi Temple

Located at a height of 1337 meters above sea level in the dense thickets, is the beautiful Mangala Devi Temple. This temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. This temple allows visitors only on the day of Chitra Pournami festival. 

Pullumedu


Located along the Periyar River, this beautiful hill town is a delightful place to spend your vacations. This lovely place offers a splendid view of diverse flora and fauna. The place is accessible only by a jeep. One can also see the famous Sri Ayyappa Temple and the Sabarimala hill from here. 

Ramakalmedu

The place is marked by lush green hills and enchanting mist. This place offers a great view of nearby villages and the fresh mountain air works wonders for your health. 

Vandanmedu


Vandanmedu is famous for its extensive cardamom plantations and is the world's largest auction center for cardamom. One should take a walk through these lovely plantations to get that heady feeling. 

Vandiperiyar

This town is famous for its pepper, coffee and tea plantations. The mighty Periyar River flows right through the center of this town thus providing natural irrigation. Vandiperiyar is a major trade center and also has many factories. The place also has widespread nurseries of roses, orchids and other exotic flowering plants.

Murikkady

This place has spice in the aroma of its atmosphere what with plantations of coffee, pepper and cardamom strewn all over. 

Pandikuzhi


This scenic place is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Thekkady, between Chellarkovil and the state of Tamil Nadu and is a popular recreation spot. Pandikuzhi has great locations for trekking and is a photographer's paradise............
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Palakkad, Kerala

Palakkad or Palghat is a municipality and a city in the state of Kerala in southern India.The city is situated about 350 kilometres north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Palakkad is also known as the Granary of Kerala. It is the most fertile and the most thickly forested land in Kerala. It is the second largest district in Kerala after Idukki. Traveling to Palghat is sure to leave a lasting impression on mind as the environment over there is virtually untouched by time.

There are many legends surrounding the fact as to how this place got its name. Some people say that it is derived from the word "palanilam", which means dry lands. Some people say that it is a fusion of two words "pala", which means a tree that was found in abundance here; and "kadu", which means forest. Thus "Palakkad" means a forest of pala trees. The place has many tourist attractions like forts, museums but the icing on the cake are the beautiful wildlife sanctuaries located over here. So, when you visit Palakkad, do not forget to spend in the lap of nature in these sanctuaries.

Places to See:

Chittur Gurumadam


This place is a memorial of the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, Thunchath Ezhuthachan. He is said to have spent his last days over here. Among the exhibits, one can find his wooden slippers, old manuscripts and the idols worshipped by him. 

Kalpathy Temple


This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is famous for the annual chariot festival. The festival at this Vishwanatha temple lasts around 7 days. 

Kunchan Smarakam

This place is not a usual monument, but a memorial of the famous poet Kunchan Nambiar. Every year on the 5th of May, the birthday of the great inventor of satirical art is celebrated with much joy and fervor. 

Malampuzha

Located on the lower hills of the Western Ghats, Malampuzha is a beautiful and popular picnic spot, which consists of a dam and manicured gardens. 

Palakkad Fort


Regarded as one of the best preserved forts in Kerala, this fort was built in 1790 by Haider Ali. The British took over the fort and renovated it. 

Pattambi Nercha

This famous mosque of Kerala is situated at a distance of 61 kilometers from Palakkad. The annual feast of Pattambi mosque falls in the month of February and one witnesses a grand spectacle of 80 beautifully decorated tuskers lined up for the occasion.

Thrithala


Located at a distance of 75 kilometers from Palakkad, Thrithala is known for its Shiva Temple. It also has a small granite structure indicating Buddhist influence and was possibly around the 9th or 10th century.

Attappady

Situated on the northeastern side of the district of Palakkad, Attapaddy has the largest tribal settlement in Kerala. The place is marked by rugged terrain and is watered by the tributaries of the Cauvery River. 

Dhoni Hills

A three-hour trek from Palakkad will take you to the base of the Dhoni hills where you can visit a small reserve area that has a beautiful waterfall. 

Kanjirapuzha

The catchment area of the dam, this place attracts a lot of tourists. The forest adjoining this place adds to the charm and is definitely worth a visit. 

Malayalappuzha

Malayalappuzha is famous for the Bhagawathy Temple, which is said to have magic powers. The temple is adorned with beautiful wall paintings and stone works. 

Manglam Dam

Constructed on the river Cherukunnapuzha, the Mangalam Dam is a very popular picnic spot and is located around 48 kilometers from the town of Palakkad. It is built on a tributary of the river Mangalam. 

Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy is a chain of mountain ranges that have steep valleys in between them. The ranges flourish in extensive vegetation and also have plantations of tea, coffee and cardamom............
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Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in southern India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam/Tamil words Munu (three) andaaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.

Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Kerala. Nature blossoms and thrives in full form in Munnar. Munnar is located at the converging point of three mountain tributaries namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Nestled between beautiful hills and lush green valleys is the scenic locale of Munnar. Your Munnar travel will be definitely worth the time and efforts you are devoting. Anyone visiting India must travel to Munnar, Kerala. This place was a favorite among the British when they ruled India. In fact, the bungalows they lived in so many years back are still maintained properly and people still live in them.

Munnar is famous for its tea gardens and plantations. So much that it has an entire tea museum dedicated just to the refreshing beverage, tea. This museum houses some fascinating antiques and artifacts related to the growth and evolution of the tea plantations in Munnar. The highest peak of south India lies in Munnar and is called Anaimudi. It goes upto a height of approximately 2700 meters. This lovely peak is a favorite place of those interested in trekking and rock climbing. Also, one can go for long walks on the undulating pathways of the hills.

A popular hill station in Munnar is the Devikulam hill station. The name literally means "pond of Goddess". The place has some breath taking locales and the scenery is enough to make you miss a heartbeat. Munnar is often referred to as "Switzerland of India" because of the beautiful locales and scenic landscape. Make it a point that you visit Munnar while your travel to Kerala, India. We assure you it will be worth every minute you spend there.


Places to See:

Anaimudi Peak


While in Munnar, visit the Anaimudi Peak, which is considered to be the highest peak in southern India. One can set up tents for camping and trekking at an altitude of about 2700 meters and enjoy the tranquil mountain atmosphere. It is a feast for nature lovers and enthusiasts. This peak provides the ultimate high and holiday experience. 

Echo Point


Echo point gets its name from the natural occurrence of echo here. It is a popular place in Munnar and many people come here to listen to their echoes. It is said that if you can hear your echo calling back at you three times, it is a sign of good luck. 

Kundala

The charming town of Kundala is located at a distance of about 20 kilometers from Munnar. This town is famous for the Golf Course, which is owned by the famous Tata Tea Ltd. Company. You can also visit and the Kundala artificial dam, which is a popular picnic spot. 

Kuthumkal Waterfalls

An important tourist attraction at Munnar is the Kuthumkal Waterfalls. The scenic waterfalls, falling from spectacular heights and creating a foggy atmosphere is something worth watching out for. 

Malankara Reservoir

A popular tourist attraction in Munnar is the Malankara Reservoir. It is situated on the Thodupuzha - Moolavattom road, this reservoir gives plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing. 

Observatory Hills

The Observatory Hill is located at Nedumkandam and gets its name from the fact that one can spot many planets, constellations and other celestial matter from this point. The place is blessed with a highly clear sky, which makes it a delight for night sky watchers. 

Power House Waterfalls


The Power House Waterfalls are located near Munnar at a distance of about 18 kilometers. The water falls from a height of 2000 meters and has many steep rocks that give it a spectacular look. It is an ideal to unwind and feel at one with nature. 

Rajamala

This place is the natural habitat of a rare animal known as the Nilgiri Tahr. The place is located around 2700 meters above sea level and makes an ideal spot to relax and rejuvenate oneself.

Devikulam


This beautiful hill station is located at a distance of 7 kilometers and is known for its beautiful lawns and rare flora and fauna. There is a lake known as Sita Devi Lake, which is a popular picnic spot. 

Attukal

Located at a distance of about 9 kilometers from Munnar, Attukal provides beautiful scenery of stunning waterfalls and lush green hills. Attukal is usually visited for trekking excursions. 

Chithirapuram

Chithirapuram is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Munnar and has a world of its own. Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm with its old styled bungalows, cottages and tennis courts. It is famous for its tea gardens and Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project. 

Nyayamakad

Nyayamakad is located at a distance of about 10 kilometers from Munnar. Nyayamakad is famous for its cascading waterfalls that fall from a height of around 1600 meters. The scenic environs make an ideal place for trekking and picnic. 

Pothamedu

Pothamedu is situated at a distance of 6 kilometers from Munnar. This lush green area is famous for its cardamom, tea and coffee plantations. The zigzag mountainous roads make an excellent place for long walks in the lap of nature............
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Kottayam, Kerala

Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala and is the administrative capital of the Kottayam district. Kottayam is located in south-central Kerala and is approximately 150 km from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.

The Rajas of the independent little kingdom of Thekkumkoor ruled Kottayam from Thazhathangady till the mid-18th century. Later, Marthanda Varma, who was king of Travancore annexed Thekkumcore and the surrounding areas of Kottayam to the Kingdom of Travancore. During the British rule of India, Kottayam continued to be ruled under the Princely State of Travancore.


Sea
Kottayam Port, India's first multi-modal ICD and a minor port using inland water way, is situated at Nattakom, on the banks of Kodoor river.

Places to See:

Bharananganam


Bharananganam is an important pilgrimage center for the Christians. It is located next to the St. Mary's Church. The church is a thousand years old and has a well-carved cavern of Virgin Mary. 

Cheryapalli


Built in the year 1579, this church is dedicated to St. Mary. The church has some beautiful paintings of the Biblical era. 

Mannanam

This place is a famous Christian center. The famous St. Joseph's monastery is located over here. A famous saintly figure of Kerala known as Father Kuriakose Elias of Chavara (1805 -1871) lived here. Mannanam is the place where one of the oldest printing presses of India was established. Some of Kerala's oldest newspapers were printed over here. 

Thirunakkara Mahadev Temple

Located in the heart of Kottayam, this temple is built in the typical Kerala style. The architecture and murals are stunningly beautiful. The temple is packed by a large number of devotees who come to attend the annual festival in the month of March. 

Valiyapalli Church

One of the largest churches in Kottayam, the Valiyapalli church was built in the year 1550. This church was built for the Knanaya Orthodox Syrians and is renowned for its ancient Persian cross dating back to the 8th century and also the Pahalavi inscription on the cross.

Ettumanoor Temple

A famous Hindu pilgrimage, Ettumanoor Temple is known for its unique and original architecture, wooden carvings and murals. The one that truly deserves a special mention is a statue of Shiva as Nataraja in a stunning pose. The temple is also famous for its 10 day long annual festival held during February-March. 

Grampi Hill

A great place to relax and unwind, the Grampi hill station is a beautiful place to visit and rest in nature's lap. 

Ilaveezhapoonchira

A beautiful picnic spot located at a distance of 55 kilometers from Kottayam, Ilaveezhapoonchira is situated among beautiful hills and is stunningly beautiful. 

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Kottayam town, this bird sanctuary is known to be home to local as well as migratory birds. 

Peerumedu

A small hill station located at a height of 914 meters above sea level, Peerumedu derives its name from the famous Sufi saint, Peer Mohammad............
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Kollam, Kerala

Kollam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala. The city lies on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake on the Arabian sea coast and is situated about 71 kilometres (44 mi) north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. It is the headquarters of the Kollam district. Kollam is the fourth largest city in Kerala and is known for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. It is considered to be the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala and is a prominent tourist destination.

Kollam was formerly called Nelcynda and Thondis or Tyndis. During the rule of the Chera monarchy in southern Kerala, Kollam emerged as the focal point of trade. Kollam continues to be a major business and commercial centre in the central Travancore region of Kerala.


Places to See:

Kollam Backwaters


Kollam is famous for its beautiful backwaters and a boat ride through the meandering lagoons and rivers is sure to be a mind-blowing experience. 

Adventure Park


This delightful amusement park is located near the Kollam bus stand and never fails to amuse kids and adults alike. 

Ariankavu Pilgrimage


This popular pilgrim center is located at some distance from Kollam, yet is worth the visit. The temple holds its annual festival in December and is a grand spectacle to watch out for. 

Mahatma Gandhi Beach


This beautiful beach is located just 2 kilometers from Kollam and is a fascinating place for taking long walks along the seashore. The sea is calm over here, which makes it ideal for bathing, and swimming. 

Palaruvi Waterfalls


The Palaruvi waterfalls are a series of beautiful rapids, cascading through steep heights and falling down below to make a shallow pool. The water over here is almost white in color giving an impression that it is milk instead of water. 

Thangassery Beach 


Located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Kollam, this scenic beach is an ideal spot to laze around and has the ruins of an old fort, which gives it a mystical look.

Karunagappally


Located at a distance of 27 kilometers from Kollam, this town has an ancient idol of Buddha that was recovered from a local tank. This idol is now preserved in the Krishnapuram Palace. The town also has an ancient temple, mosque and a church, thus setting a perfect example of communal harmony. 

Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple


A beautiful temple that has been carved out of rocks, this magnificent temple is a must see for all those who like unique architecture. 

Kulathupuzha


This place is located at a distance of 64 kilometers from Kollam, on the way to Trivandrum. The place is known for Sastha Temple and every year Vishu festival is celebrated in a grand manner here. 

Ochira Temple


This famous temple located in Kollam is a unique as there is no idol or deity that is worshipped over here. Instead this temple is dedicated to omnipresent divinity or universal consciousness, known as Parabrahma. 

Sasthamkotta Lake 


This beautiful fresh water lake is surrounded by hills on three sides and is considered to be the largest of its kind in Kerala. The scenic landscape makes it an ideal picnic spot and it is also an important pilgrim center. 

Shendurni Wildlife Sanctuary


Located at a distance of 70 kilometers from Kollam, this beautiful wildlife sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Shendurny River. It a splendid green valley and is home to diverse flora and fauna. 

Thirumullavaram Beach


A secluded and unexplored beach, it is located at a distance of 6 kilometers from Kollam. The beach is well connected by frequented bus services and is easily accessible from anywhere in Kerala. The beach also has good provisions for bathing............
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