Destinations

South India has been at the crossroads of the ancient world, linking the Mediterranean World and the far-east. The South India region is adequately surrounded by two mountain ranges, the Western and Eastern Ghats, and is also covered by the Bay of Bengal in the east, the Arabian Sea in the west, the Indian Ocean in the south and has the Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra, Kaveri, Vaigai and Periyar rivers. The South India is occupying 19.31% of India's area and encompassing states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala as well as the union territory of Lakshadweep. South region is full of cultural values and is imbibed by diverse languages, festivals and heritage richness. In true sense the land is incredible in this region our guest can explore Wildlife Sanctuaries and can take a glance of natural beauty like Hills, Beaches and Rivers. Moreover, the place is well admired for its rich and delicious foods. Few of the important Destinations are mentioned below.

Cochin

Cochin is a port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Cochin offers some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Also known as the spice coast of India. The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions, Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is theoldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth. The Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi.

Guruvayur

Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is one of the sacred pilgrim spots in South India, known as 'Bhooloka Vaikuntam' and 'Dwarka of the South'. As per legends, the presiding idol, Lord Krishna (Vishnu) of Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is about 5000 years old. This idol originally belonged to the Lord Krishna Temple of the holy city of Dwaraka, which submerged in to the sea. Guru Bruhaspathi and Lord Vayu were left with the task of finding a new abode for this idol, until they discovered a site on the banks of River 'Rudratheertha'. Since the idol was consecrated here by Guru Bruhaspathi and Lord Vayu, the temple as well as the region was named as 'Guruvayur' and the deity came to be known as 'Guruvayurappan'. The temple, which dates back to the 17th century, is built in traditional architectural style of Kerala. The walls of the temple are decorated with painting, sculptures and murals. Guruvayur Temple, is also famous for being the only religious site in Kerala where wedding ceremonies and ‘Annaprasanam’ (rice feeding ceremony for 6 month olds) are held.After Temple visit the Elephant Camp or sanctuary that is located in Punnathur Kotta, at a distance of 3 km from the Guruvayur Temple. This Elephant Camp is one of its kinds in the world and is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries. The 10-acre camp was once the property of the Kings of Punnathur and houses some 60 elephants. In 1975, the present property was purchased by the temple authorities and the elephants were moved to the location from Sreevalsam, in a much-publicized procession. The fascinating feature is that all the elephants are offerings that are made by the devotees, at the temple. The camp also acts as a training school for the elephants.Visit Puthen Palli Bible Tower is the bell tower of Puthen Palli or Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores of Thrissur, which is situated behind the church at a height of about 80 m. Bible Tower is the largest church tower in Asia and is decorated with wood and brass carvings, stained glasses, oil paintings, terra cotta paintings, canvas paintings and murals.

Athirapally

Athirapally Waterfalls located at the entrance of Sholayar ranges, is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Athirappally waterfalls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area. Combined with the natural greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul.A much needed escape from the troubles and stress of life.The charm of the Athirampally and Vazhachal Waterfalls nature cannot be described by words, Starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, these waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the 'Picturesque' - not just calm and sweet, but something wild and nature. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area.This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen. This part of Western Ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world.

Wayanad

The Edakkal Caves feature a crevice of around 96 feet in length, 30 feet in depth and 22 feet in width. There is a fissure at this site that was created due to splitting of a rock. This fissure and rock walls feature carvings of animal and human figures of the pre-historic period. Trekking is possible through Ambukuthi Hills to travel to these Edakkal Caves. The trekking route is covered with coffee plantations and takes around 45 minutes to climb up the hills. The Edakkal Caves were discovered in 1895 by the Superintendent of Police of Malabar District, Fred Fawcett, when he was going on a hunting trip. These caves also comprise three different sets of petroglyphs that are more than 7,000 years old. It is the sole place where tourists can see Stone Age carvings in South India, with few of them belonging to the Mesolithic and Neolithic Age. Recent findings state that these caves were once related to the Indus Valley Civilisation, where tourists can see around 400 signs, including ‘a man with a jar cup’. The Soochipara Waterfalls, famously called Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is located near the town of Meppadi. Surrounded by huge hills and dense forests, it falls from a height of 100 feet to 300 feet. There is a pool below this waterfall, which is suitable for bathing, river rafting and swimming.There are few tree top huts located near the Western Ghats Valley, adding to the beauty of this waterfall. Soochipara Waterfalls is situated at a distance of 22 km from Kalpetta and is known for rock climbing and nature walks. Nature walks are the best way to explore the destination and see deer and other wild animals near the waterfalls.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Wayanad Sanctuary, is located on the way from Mysore to Sulthan Bathery. The Sanctuary is spread over an area of around 344 square kilometres and one can find animals like sloth bears, sambhar, elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, panthers, etc. There are many species of rare birds in this sanctuary as well. The Sanctuary is most famous for its project elephant site, where herds of elephants are seen roaming freely, frolicking in the mud and the water near the water holes. The trees and plants in the sanctuary are typical of the South Indian moist deciduous forests and West Coast semi-evergreen forests. An ideal destination to watch herds of wild elephants, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous with the protected area network of the Nagarhole National Park and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in the neighbouring State of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. The sanctuary is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000 km square), including all of the sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. An ideal destination for those looking out for some adventure as well as nature enthusiasts!

Munnar

Munnar is a hill station located 1600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal get-away destination. Visit Cheeyappara waterfalls, Valara waterfalls,Blossom Park and Pothenmedu View point. Tea gardens, spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution,Tata Tea Museum, diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea.Eravikulam National Park, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neelgiri Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam, enjoy Boating in the Dam and Eco point.

Chinnar

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located towards the eastern part of South- Western Ghats, covering about 90 sq.km of area. It is regarded among the protected areas of Western Ghats due to its geomorphologic and ecological significance. The terrestrial biomes of Chinnar is varied ranging from dry thorn forests, deciduous forests, riparian zones, shola forests and rolling grasslands to plains, rocks, hillocks and cliffs. The terrestrial terrain of Chinnar has varying altitudes that range from 500 m to 2300 m.Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary lies in close vicinity to Eravikulam National Park and Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamilnadu.Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is an abode to more than 225 avian species and a wide range of reptilian species, butterflies and medicinal plants. It is also home to endangered species like Aibizia lathamii (a tree), Grizzled Giant Squirrel, ‘white bison of Manjampatti’, Nilgiri tahr, etc.Other major species spotted at Chinnar are elephant, tiger, leopard, guar, sambar, spotted deer, common langur, bonnet macaque etc. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary also promotes ecotourism which includes trekking through natural trails.

Periyar

Periyar is an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings.One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Go for a Spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. The Periyar Forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wild life reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for trekking and mountain walks. You could go for Boating in Lake Periyar for a golden opportunity to see wild Elephants and other animals. Witness Kathakali the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show. Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of our daily Kathakali performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with the artists in colorful costumes as a souvenir.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is one of the enchanting backwater regions of Kerala. The labyrinthine network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons which form the famed backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax . Kumarakom, a bird sanctuary located on the banks of the backwaters and renowned for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here. Day excursion to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and optional Country Boat Ride to the nearby village through lagoons.

Alleppey

Alleppey is called Venice of the East.Embark on your houseboat and cruise on theBackwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute.

Kovalam

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. Evening enjoy the beach.

Trivandrum

Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala. Sightseeing includes , Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the prime attraction of Thiruvananthapuram City. Situated in one of the seven Parasurama Kshetras, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is considered among 108 Divya Deshams or the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. The idol of the presiding deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is seen in a reclining posture (Anananthasayanam), which symbolizes the eternal sleep of Yoga Nidra. The temple is noted for its traditional Dravidian style of architecture and the ornamentation of the inner walls of the sanctum sanctorum using frescoes and murals. The temple is also famous for being the wealthiest shrine in the world.The Zoological Park,One of the first Zoo’s in India.It is located in a well planed Botanical Garden, with huge trees, sprawling lawns and wild fowl swimming in the lakes which feel like a small jungle in the heart of the City. A reptile house with different species of snakes is also located in this premise.The Napier Museum and Sree Chithira Art Gallery, this art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlana and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.Visit Veli Tourist Village,Sangumukam Beach.

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