Kerala, God’s own country has many beautiful places to offer to the tourists | Cochin, Guruvayur, Tekkadi, Munnar… endless list of interesting places in Kerala
Kerala is called the God’s own country. Tourists from Andhra Pradesh can start their tour of Kerala from Ernakulam. Many packages are available that take care of the tourist’s accommodation and food needs. Coconut trees and beautiful nature welcome the guests with pleasant atmosphere.
The first place to visit is Kovalam. All through the journey coconut trees accompany the tourists. Small canals travel along with them. Red tiled houses look like toy houses in the midst of so much greenery. Tourists reach Kovalam by 01.00pm. Kovalam looks most beautiful with hills, sea, coconut trees, and restaurants on the hills. Hemakk or net cradles are the main attractions here.
Trivandrum in Kerala has the famous Padmanabha Swamy temple. The idol of Padmavabha swamy is in reclining position. Devotees have to have the darshan of the Idol through three doors. Idol in this temple is the largest idol. There is also another idol of Vishnu in the form of Mohini. Nagalakshmi, Naga chamundi, Vishnu Murthy temples can be visited while going to Aleppo from Kovalam.
Aleppo is called the ‘Venice of the East’ as it is full of canals. House boats are the special tourists attraction in Aleppo. House boats have 3 bed rooms, kitchen and a hall. Experience of staying in moving hotels is unforgettable. The boat moves slowly in the backwaters.
View from the boat house around looks like a perfect picture post card with water around, coconut and banana gardens and houses in the middle of them. Many massage centers are found here in Aleppo.
Tourists will be spell bounded by the beauty around and will not want to blink their eyelids. Boating is available in the Vembanad Lake also.
Tekkadi is the next destination for the tourists. Rubber plantations are seen in this journey. Iron containers are tied to the trees and covered with plastic sheets. Rubber milk gathers in the container. Waterfalls and Tea plantations create scenic beauty and serenity. Mother looks like wearing a green sari.
In Tekkadi many cottages are built in the forests. There is also a lake in the middle of the river. Main attraction of Tekkadi is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Visitors can get into the three storey boats in the lake and take a look around. Nilgiri deers, monkeys etc are found here. Tigers also can be seen sometimes.
Munnar is the place where three rivers Nallathanni, Kundala, Mudrapuzha meet. ‘Munu’ in Malayalam means three ‘Aru’ means River. Munnar in Kerala is the most famous tourist destination with Tata Tea estates and Mahindra resorts.
Visitors have to travels on a ghat road to reach Munnar. ‘Lock Heart Gap’ is written on a board leading to Munnar. The nature really locks the hearts of the visitors with high water falls, tea plantations and shiny white clouds.
Munnar is situated at a height of 1600 to 1800 mtrs above the sea level and is called the ‘Himalayas of South India’. The height of ‘Anamudi’ peak is 2695mtrs. ‘Mattupetty’ dam is also located here. The beauty of tea plantations from this dam cannot be described in words. There are hundred thousands of tea plantations on these mountains in Western Ghats. Eucalyptus trees also give a treat to the eyes. These trees seem like touching the skies.
Munnar has many beautiful lakes. Echo point is one of them. Tourists forget even to blink their eyes in the fear of missing the beauty around. Top station is a small village located in the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border. This village is famous for Neelakurinji flowers which bloom for every 12 years.
Eravikulam Park is situated at a distance of 17kms from Munnar. It houses Nilagiri deers, Sambars, and Langur monkeys. This park is also famous for rare flower species.
Kaladi, the birth place of Sankaracharya is in Cochin. The building has the idols of Lord Subrahmanya, Vighneswara and Parvathi.
Dutch palace in Cochin houses many paintings are rare articles of King Kerala Verma and Ram verma. Catching fishes by Chinese fishing nets is very interesting.
Tourists who visit Kerala compulsorily come to Guruvayur to have a darshan of Lord Krishna. Anybody will have to stand in the queue to have a darshan of God. Idol in this temple is very small but exhibits lifelike appearance.