Places Of Interest

HIll Stations


Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Located at 1600 meter above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience.


Wayanad stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys, the terrain is rugged. Wayanad is a land of spices- almost every crops such as coffee, black pepper, ginger, turmeric, cocoa, areca nut, tea, rubber, vanilla etc are grown here.


The two picturesque and majestic waterfalls, Athirapally Waterfalls and Vazhachal Waterfalls are located just five kms apart, on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges. The Athirappally Falls join the Chalakkudy river after plummeting down 80 ft. The cool spray that covers a large area near the falls makes Athirapally a scenic location. The picturesque Vazhachal waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a part of the Chalakudy River


Kodaikkanal is one of India's most beautiful hill stations located at an altitude of 2133 mts ( 7,000 feet ) frequented by tourists in large numbers throughout the year. Kodaikkanal has a bracing climate where temperature does not vary much from summer to winter. Fruits like plums and plantains grow abundantly on the wooded slopes apart from a wide variety of flowers, among which is the famous Kurinji flower which blooms once in twelve years.

Ooty / Udhagamandalam

Udhagamandalam better known as Ooty is popularly referred as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', is the most popular hill station in the South located in the Western ghats at a height of 2240 metre, Ooty is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats meet. Nature has been generous with this region that is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Udhagamandalam and its environs.


252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer. Misty hills, lush forests, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantations, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what' make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.


Thekkady/ Periyar

Thekkady is one of India's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The sanctuary is centered on the artificial lake formed by a dam across the Periyar River. The main attraction is a boat trip over this man-made lake. The forest department arranges elephant rides and trekking inside the sanctuary.

Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary

One of India's best-known wildlife reserves - Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary lies amidst the picturesque landscape of the meeting point of the Deccan Plateau and the majestic Western Ghat mountains. It is located in Chamarajanagar district in Karnataka. Gifted with a comfortable climate and varied geographical features, the park has a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, making it an absolute heaven for wildlife.

Nagarhole National Park

Having derived its name from two Kannada words - "Nagar" (snake) and "Hole" (streams), the Nagarhole National park is made up green tropical forests, swamps and numerous water bodies. It animal population includes the four horned antelope, tiger, panther, elephant, spotted deer and sambhar. You can also spot around 250 varieties of birds at the Nagarhole National Park.

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is renowned for its unique rainforest. The Silent Valley National Park is the sole cause of rainfall in Kerala, during the summer season. The area of the National Park is 90 sq km, and is located at the North Eastern area of the Kerala district. In the Silent Valley you would notice a wide range of peninsular mammals, 100 different species of butterflies, and also multiple varieties of rare birds. Often during the winters, migratory birds come here.

Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park is set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The main inhabitant of the park is Nilgiri Tahr. Now the park has the largest known population of Tahr's existing in the world. The park also shelters Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhar's, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri, Langur, Tigers and Leopards. The Park is situated in the higher altitudes of the Western Ghats and it is very near to the scenic hill station of Munnar.



This historic port city called "the Queen of the Arabian Sea," is known for its natural harbor. Consisting of a cluster of islands Kochi as it is now known, is the starting point for many Kerala backwater cruises and has many historic buildings, making it one of the most popular Kerala backwater destination


Thiruvananthapuram, previously known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala, India. This beautiful city is located near beautiful beaches and serene backwaters and has several historic temples and museums.


With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.


An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes that will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. The resorts nearby offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, and meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming.


Kollam or Quilon is the most picturesque and absorbing of the backwaters town. It is an old sea port town on the Arabian coast, stands on the Ashtamudi lake. It is next to paradise for nature lovers. Being on the Kerala's one of the most historic ports, it was a stopover for Persians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. A date with this town without staying overnight is like getting married but missing the honeymoon.


Kozhikode, previously known as Calicut, is an important and scenic town in North Kerala. In 1498 the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed at Kappad Beach, near Kozhikode. After the British grew to become the dominant trading power, Kozhikode, renamed Calicut, became an important British trading outpost. A locally made variety of checked cloth called Calico (from Calicut) was a popular item of export. Kozhikode is known for its historic buildings, beautiful green countryside, beautiful beach, hospitality and cosmopolitan culture. Kozhikode has several institutions of higher learning including a National Institute of Technology and an Indian Institute of Management.



Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans. 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 programmes, Catamaran cruising etc.


Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a Hindu pilgrim center, it is famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset over the waters. The multicolored sand is a unique feature of the beach here.


Alappuzha beach is quite a popular tourist spot, known to provide relaxation in the district of Alappuzha (Alleppey). It has a long sandy beach. For the entertainment of visitors there is a Vijaya Beach Park and an old lighthouse nearby. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is around 140 years old. Blessed with nature's green beauties such as lagoons, vast lakes and numerous fresh water rivers, Alappuzha is a natural wonderland of Kerala state.

Bekal Beach

Bekal fort stands on a promontory between two long classically beautiful palm fringed beaches. The 300-year-old Bekal Fort, shaped like a giant key-hole, is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. Surrounded by a splendid beach, the historic Bekal Fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, where a few centuries ago huge cannons used to be placed.

Cherai Beach

25 kms from Ernakulam city, this lovely beach bordering Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction.

Fort Kochi Beach

12 kms from Ernakulam city, a leisurely walk through the lanes of the city is the best way to discover historic Fort Kochi. An obscure fishing village that became the first European township in India. Kochi has an eventful and colourful history. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. The result of these cultural interfaces are seen in the remains of the Indo European architecture here.

Kappad Beach

16 kms from Kozhikode (Calicut) , this is the historic beach where Vasco-da-Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic 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.

Marari Beach (Mararikulam)

Right in the heart of the "spice coast" just an hour from Cochin and even less to Alleppey(also Known as Alpuzzha) is the most fabulous stretch of soft sandy beach fringed with palm, an idyllic retreat for those who want to "get away from it all". Marari originates from "Mararikulam", one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience to local charm and traditional Kerala hospitality at its best.


Goa the most famous beach in India. Goa has always been an attraction for the tourists, who want to be close to the sea, sand and enjoy sun. In the 60's Goa was among the most frequented places in India. The hippies thronged the place. With them came a culture of careless, unbounded life style. Today all this has changed. Instead of the hippies, one spots serious tourists who come to enjoy the beaches and colourful culture of Goa. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world

Heritage/ Pilgrimage


The "holy hill" of Tirumala in the extreme south of Andhra Pradesh is one the most important pilgrimage centres in India, and is claimed to be the busiest in the world - eclipsing Jerusalem, Rome and Mecca in its sheer number of pilgrims. Tirumala is an engrossing place where you can spend the whole day just wandering around. It's one of the few temples in India which allows non-hindus into the sanctum.


Madurai One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD.


Trichy One of the important city amongst the many in Tamilnadu. This city is located on the Bank of River Cauvery. Trichy is an important place for Tourism as it contains fine temples and important historical monuments. Dominantly important -Rockfort has given the name to it as” Rock city”.


Thanjore was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. Thanjavur was at height of its glory during Rajaraja Cholan. The Big Temple and the other famous temples in the district are known all over the world. Thanjavur was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. Thanjavur gained prominence during the period of Chola Kings, who made it as their capital. It is known as the Granary of the South India lying in the deltaic region of the famous river Cauvery and criss-crossed by lengthy network of irrigation canals. Tanjore is the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" and famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple was constructed more than thousand years ago by the King Rajarajan, is an architect's marvel. It is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and painting.


Kancheepuram, the temple town is popular for its renowned crafted world famous silk sarees, a traditional home industry. Kancheepuram is also known for its culture and civilization. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kancheepuram is known as one of India's Seven Sacred cities. Kanchipuram was, one of India's seven sacred cities. Kanchipuram was the historical capital of the Pallavas. It was under the Pallavas from 6th to 8th century A.D and later became the citadel of Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslim and the British.


Chidambaram greets us with a beautiful temple, dedicated to Lord Nataraja - God Siva, in the form of a cosmic Dancer. This is one of the few temples where Siva and Vishnu are enshrined under one roof. Dedicated to Lord Nataraja, this ancient temple of the Cholas is unique not only it is devoted solely to the art of Bharatanatyam, but also it is one of the rare temples where Shiva is represented by an idol rather than the customary Lingam. Spread over an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on each side, the temple is distinguished by five sabhas or courts.


Mamallapuram 60 kms South of Chennai, nestling on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, was once a port of the Pallavas. The Pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with Sculptural Panels, Caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples here.


770 m above sea level and 140 kms from Bangalore, this imperial city was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. Also known as the City of Palaces, Mysore retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant.


Situated on the Coromandel coast in an enclave in Tamil Nadu's South Arcot district, Pondicherry is 162 kms south of Madras. It is the capital of the Union Territory of the same name. Pondicherry has a long history dating back 2000 years when it was an important Roman trading post. The region was at various periods ruled by the Pallavas and Cholas. In the early 16th century, when it was known as Pulichery or Poocheri and under the rule of the Nayaks of Gingee.


Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments -The Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri & Red Fort. It is more just a dacadent city of graveyards and stones, but it is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosphies that have enriched mankind and shaped humen thought over centuries. Agra is famous for handicrafts products such as Inley work on Marvel, Leather work,Footwear, Brasswear, Carpets, Jwellery, Zari and Embroidery work


Jaipur is 260 km from Delhi and 240 km from Agra and forms the most chosen tourism golden triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trapping of modern metropolis but yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller. The old Jaipur painted in Pink can grip any visitor with admiration. Stunning backdrop of ancient forts Nahargarh, Amer, Jagarh and Moti Dungri are dramatic testimonials of the bygone era and a reminder of their lingering romance.


Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its main attraction is the sree krishna temple. Punnathoorkotta, near the Sree Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor, houses probably the largest single group of captive elephants in the world. The number is currently 62.


Popularly regarded as the "Gateway to the South". Chennai has rich traditional and civilization and it is blend of the old, and the new, vibrating ceaselessly to keep pace with the rest of India, as buoyant metropolis of the third most industrialised state. Chennai is a city that has a clear skyline, long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks and tourist infrastructural facilities which make it a convenient entry point or base to start your tour of Tamil Nadu and South India. Where religion is concerned, history has certainly left its mark on this city which is believed to have been the place of St. Thomas, in the outskirts of the city. There are a number of churches in Chennai that are connected with the life and times of this apostle. There are also several ancient temples around Chennai, and, within the city itself are two magnificent temples - a temple in Triplicane and another in Mylapore.


Located 1000 m above sea level, this bustling capital city of Karnataka, has a perpetual holiday atmosphere, thanks mainly to its picnic weather. Founded in 1537 by a local chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has seen much and imbibed even more. Rapid industrial growth has not taken away Bangalore's old-world charm. And a trip here can be truly delightful. Known as the Garden City and Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore offers you more than a day or two of sightseeing. There's always something going on here - music and dance concerts (both western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions, carnivals... you could go disco hopping or pub-crawling, to the restaurants or to the movies or window-shopping. Or even for a round of golf.


Delhi is the city of cities and its history goes back to over 3000 years. It has seen the rise and fall of several empires and rulers. Its inhabitants have experienced grandeur, battles and bloodshed, from time to time. Delhi also tells the stories of its kings, their manners, ideas, creations and lives. It is believed, that at the present site of Delhi, seven previous cities had been built, while some believe that the number was fifteen, if you take the minor settlements and fortifications, into account. Each ruler came and built a part of the city, giving it his name, and adding something new to it.


Lakshadweep Islands are known as the ultimate exotic diving location that lies two hundred and fifty miles off the southwest coast of India in the Arabian Sea. This Island destination comprise of the 36 islands that are scattered like emerald green jewels in a sea. which is only about in area Popularly known as the Lakshadweep Island Group, these islands are also called "the Laccadives" and are located 400-kms away from the state of Kerala on the Indian mainland. Out of the 36 islands, people live in 10 only. The habituated islands are Androth, Amini, Agathi, Kavaratti, Kalpeni, Kilthel Chetlet, Kadamath, Bithra and Mincoy.

Going to Lakshwadeep is an experience by itself and being there one wonders if this is indeed the beautiful place that poets and literary thinkers have praised so much. Such is the breath taking beauty and calm of Lakshwadeep. The sun, sea and the beaches seem to be in perfect harmony making the place look like a picture.

One can go to Lakshwadeep from Kochi and Kozhikode. From Kozhikode the ships 'Sethu' and "Tipu Sultan" go to the island twice in a week. From Cochin Indian Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines operates flights to the Island. Ship will takes as much as 20-22 hours to get to the island. Sea journey is comfortable only in the months from November to May. Other times the sea is rough making the journey very uncomfortable. To enter the island one needs to take permission from authorities. It is similar to taking a visa to get to another country, but the procedure is simple.

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