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All of us are aware of the famous tourist destinations that are visited by people over and over again. In fact tourist destinations that were once serene and calm have lost its charm with the numerous population visiting it and not trying to keep it the way it was. It is a natural tendency of man to make the environment adjust for him and not adjust with the environment and hence he reaps the heavy loss of losing the many facets of nature which otherwise was about to shower its bounteous wealth on him. It is understandable that tourism for any country is a great way of national income and it is also a great forum for cultural exchanges, however, what we fail to understand in today’s economic conditions is that in a surge of making tourists spots famous and amazing tourists visits to these locations, we often forget the natural essence of the location and let it change drastically. We end up forgetting the very fact due to which the tourists are eager to visit such spots.

It is important for the Government to ensure that the tourist spots are not affected and commercialized to such an extent that the very existence of them is in danger. It is also important to identify possible tourist spots and do the necessary changes that can save them and at the same time bring them forth to the view of the entire world.  Have you ever wondered about visiting a spot that has not been visited by too many people yet? Some place, untouched by humans and  in the lap of nature? I have always longed to visit such places and I am proud to say that Gavi in Kerala is one such place. Gavi situated in the Pathanamthitta district offers various activities like trekking, camping, night safaris and watching wild life. It is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure tourists. The road leading to Gavi is full of tea plantations and mountains which paint a beautiful picture of the real queen who is to be visited. Gavi literally would mean greenery when you see it. It is filled with mountains with green carpets woven around them. The various shades of greenery, the tranquillity and the pleasant climate is sure to take you to a different realm all together. Gavi offers the unique feature of camping in forests. The idea of spending a night in a forest with the teaming wild life around you is amazing. There are also various provisions for tree houses that give you a beautiful view of the land and lives beneath. Shabarima the famous pilgrim destination is very close to Gavi and there are night life safaris available to places like Kullur, Kochu Pampa,Pachkanam etc. Gavi is untouched and belongs to the wild. A visit to Gavi is a splendid opportunity to forget the artificial world around us and be vulnerable to the force of nature which treats us well when we treat her well.

If waking up to music of birds, witnessing greenery all around and experiencing cold breeze is your thing then Munnar is surely the spot that you are looking for. It is a hill station in Kerala situated at about 130 km from the Cochin airport.  Munnar is famous for tea plantations, hills and nature’s green backdrop. It was once the summer resort of the British in South India. Munnar is a part of the Western Ghats and has the famous Anamudi hill which is the tallest in south India.

Munnar has a lot of attractive sightseeing locations and is also known as the honeymooner’s paradise. It is not uncommon to see couples everywhere enjoying the scenic beauty and the cool temperature of Munnar. Though the name suggests 3 rivers, they don’t exactly confluence in Munnar. The 3 famous rivers that contribute to the splendid name of the place are Mattupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru.  The tea plantations here were mostly started during the British rule in India and today the famous Kanan Devan tea plantation of TATA is found here.

Munnar is also home for several endemic species like Nilgiri Tar, the Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar etc. Ervikulam national park is a famous sanctuary here where you could find the famous Nilgiri Tar and several animals, birds and wide range of butterflies. The most important aspect of this sanctuary is that it has the Anamudi peak inside it.  It is an ideal trekking spot, however, prior permission from the forest officials is to be taken for the expedition.  Apart from the famous Anamudi peak, Munnar is also famous for the Kurinji flower that has the unique phenomenon of blooming only once in 12 years. I remember reading a novel by an Indian writer about the famous Kurinji flower and how important it was in the lives of the villagers. People in the past used to calculate and relate ones age with the blooming of the Kurinji. The fact that they considered nature as a part and parcel of their life and lived in complete harmony with Mother Nature made me overwhelm with happiness. The Kurinji is not a big flower, it blooms in groups and tends to cover most of the hill sides and slopes during its flowering season. Its blue cover makes the hills look like they have been covered by a blue carpet. Though it is one of the most extraordinary events that one can witness we unfortunately will have to wait until 2018 to see them bloom again.

Other famous areas around Munnar are Atukkad waterfalls, blossom park, Pothmedu view point, Mattupetti Dam, Eco point etc.  Munnar is famous for its serenity and for its plantations. No wonder it is also a home for numerous resorts and hotels.  ‘Mermaid Munnar’ is one of them. It is situated in a heritage home built by the British and also displays their architecture in their old wing. It is located at the heart of Munnar and is an ideal place for connecting with other tourist locations.

Thekkady is a part of the Idukki district of Kerala. It is where the Periyar Tiger Reserve is located. Tiger Reserve lies in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu border and is famous for the reserve and its spices such cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom and clove. The sanctuary is famous for the moist deciduous forest and savanna grass lands. It spreads across 777km and about 360 Km of it is forest. You would find elephants, Sambars, tigers, Nilgiri Langurs and lion-tailed Macaques in the sanctuary.

The best part about this sanctuary is the artificial lake created by Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar river.  It is not uncommon to see elephants, bisons and deers come down from the forest to drink water from the lake. There are also boat rides available for tourists who can enjoy the beauty of the tranquil lake and the surrounding hills that seem to engulf the place. I happened to visit this place during the monsoon season and while the boat went mid way tender showers of rain fell and the passing gale threw the drops into the boat. It was an amazing feeling to be amidst the lake with the cold breeze and rain drops on my face and when I opened my eyes the surrounding greenery made me over whelm with happiness. I was also fortunate to see otters playing with each other or may be trying to catch their meal in the lake during the boat ride.

The sanctuary also has the options of forest trekking for which permission needs to be taken from the forest department. But it is an exciting expedition because before you tread the forest you are equipped with leach socks that are ankle length which makes you feel adventurous and the real adventure begins when you cross the lake to reach the forest. There are rafts made of bamboo that lead you to the other end. The thought of crossing 50 to 100 meter deep lake standing on a bamboo raft did send cold shivers across my body but trekking the forest was an experience it was all worth for. Once you start walking in the forest with an armed forest guard you notice a variety of trees that are only found here and there are various kinds of mushrooms and lichens on most trees. I also got an opportunity to sight a flock of hornbills rush right above me. Their large wings flapping amidst the canopy of trees made it sound like that of a brewing storm.

The forest has over 1965 flowering plants including 171 grass species 143 species of orchids and 265 varieties of birds. The sanctuary is also a home for cobra, viper, krait and numerous non-venomous snakes. There are also a few watch towers in the Periyar forest reserve that are the best for viewing wild animals. So if you are a nature lover then this is an apt place for you to feel and be amidst Mother Nature. It is also one of the best places for clicking beautiful pictures and also sight wild animals.

Kerala is a place with nature’s gifts and beauty with no barriers. You can see anything you wish in a trip at here. Your journey to this small state of Kerala will be the best days in your life time. The sceneries that you see at here and the warm people of here will remain as the best memories in your travel diaries. There are number of lovely beaches, many romantic hill stations, lakes, forest areas etc. to fill your mind with surprise and fun. Most of the travelers in Kerala visit here to watch this natural beauty. But the cultural legacy of this land is the beat attraction of here. Some of the visitors to here come with a motive of feeling and learning this rich culture. The state follows many traditions and they celebrate many festivals as a part of their belief.

Kerala people speak Malayalam language and it is an official classical language in India. It is believed that Mahabali was the king of this land and at his time the life of people was most prosperous. The people of Kerala hold many religious beliefs. Hindu is the majority community and there are people of Christian, Islam, Jewish communities at here. There are thousands of Hindu temples across the state. Shabarimala, Guruvayoor, Kottiyoor, Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple, Attukal Temple etc. among them are famous all over the globe. Malayattoor Church is a famous Christian church. Paradesi synagogue at Mattancherry, Ernakulam is an existing Jewish Synagogue. Many buildings in Kerala exhibit colonial beauty and some of the other reflects Kerala traditional architectural symphony.

There are many fabulous art forms in Kerala. Kadhakali is a world famous art form. Many foreigners visit here to watch, shoot and learn this art. Ottam Thullal and Chakyar Koothu are other famous art forms. Bharathanatyam, Keralanadanam, Thiruvathira etc. are famous dance forms. Theyyam is a religious art form mainly focused in northern district of Kerala mainly Kannur. Most of the art forms like Kadhakali can be learned from Kalamandalam at Thrissur. Thrissur district is called the cultural capital of Kerala.

The major festivals in Kerala are Onam and Vishu. Onam comes in Chingam month in Malayalam calendar and is celebrated for 10 days. The final day is the Thiruvonam and people make floral carpets, wear new dress, make special feast, play special games etc. Vishu is another festival in which people celebrate with crackers. Malayattoor Perunnal, Bheemappalli Uroos, Attukal Ponkala, Thrissur Pooram etc. are other festivals in Kerala.

Kerala has produced many renowned writers including MT, ONV, Thakazhi, S.K.Pottakkad, Basheer, Kamala Surayya etc. Theatre Drama and film industry in Kerala is recognized in the international levels. After all the simple lifestyle of Kerala is the reflection of Kerala culture.

Kerala is rich in serene beaches with golden sands. Though there are all kinds of attractions including forest, hill stations, lakes etc. in Kerala most of the foreigners prefer to mark beaches because beaches in Kerala are so much seductive. The sunny beaches, sunset and the crystal water make their fun enhanced. Most of the beaches in Kerala offer beach sports and other leisure activities. The landscape of Kerala is such that the west side of Kerala is covered by coastal areas. Thu the number of beaches in Kerala is many but there is some where tourism developments are more focused on. Kannur is the district where the maximum coastal area is there and the same Kannur and Trivandrum host the maximum number of crowded beaches in Kerala. Let us discuss about some of them.

Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala and there are many stunning beaches in the district. Kovalam is the most visited beach in Kerala. This sunny beach is located about 16 km away from the city. There are three beautiful beaches in Kovalam. Eve’s beach is the most fabulous among them. Foreigners mark this as their favorite spot. There are many interesting water sports at here in seasons. There is a light house t here that opens for the public in the afternoon hours. The beach is apt for sunbathing as well as sea swimming, surfing etc.

Another beautiful and famous beach in Trivandrum is Varkkala. This is located near Trivandrum – Kollam border. The beach is famous as a Hindu religious center. This is the present tourist hotspot in Kerala. The beach is heavily sunny. Most recently paragliding is open near the beach. The cliff at here is the best attraction. Kappil Beach near Varkkala is a must visit spot and a latest attraction. Veli is a beautiful tourist village. The beach is wide and live during day time. The park in the tourist village is a favorite haunt for the countrymen. Boating is also available here. Shanghumugham is a beach that remains open in the night hours too.

Alleppy Beach is a cool, lovely beach. You can visit Alleppy, taste toddy and sea food and can enjoy the charm of beach at here. Cherai Beach at Ernakulam is another beautiful beach famous for its fabulous sunset view. Kappad Beach at Calicut is another stunning beach which is the place where Vasco Da Gama landed in Kerala.

Kannur is famous for superb beaches. Payyambalam is a calm beach. The sculptures in the park near the beach are excellent pieces of art. Water sports are there in season at here. Muzhuppilangad beach in Kannur is the only beach in India where driving is allowed. Tourist rush here to enjoy the experience of this drive-in beach.

What’s not in Kerala? It’s a difficult question to answer. Rich in culture and natural wealth,up to date in technological growth and efficient in literacy; the land stands top in each and every aspects. You can go satisfied in each needs and deeds from Kerala. The southern Indian state is a hot spot for travelers with lot of fabulous destinations and continuous developments in tourism.

Along with this natural symphony, the land is famous for many temples, churches,mosques and many other religious centers. Let’s make a glance through some of them. Madhur temple and Anthapura Lake temple are the major Hindu devotional centres in Kasargodu District. Parassini Muthappan Madhappura located in the banks of Valapattanam River in Kannur is a famous Hindu temple with deity Sree Muthappan. This is a unique temple and it does not follow the Satvic Brahminical form of worship, as in other Hindutemples of Kerala.

The other major Hindu pilgrim centres in Kannur are Rajarajeswari temple, Mamanikkunnu Temple etc. Kottiyoor is a prominent Shiva temple in Kannur. Thisspecial temple located inside forest area remains closed throughout the year except for the 27days of Vysakha festival. Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple with Shiva as deity locatedin Wayanad at an altitude of 900m with the added charm of beautiful forests and breathtaking mountains. Thirunavaya Temple in Malappuram is another famous Hindu pilgrimcentre with much cultural significance. Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple is the most visited Hindu religious center in Kerala.

The temple is a unique architectural wonder and it follows many customs. There is a dress code for entering the temple and only Hindu’s have the permission to enter. Cheraman Juma Masjid is a mosque in Methala, and is said to be the very first mosque in India.Vadakkumnathan temple located in the centre of Thrissur City is a calm and divine Hindu temple with a serene atmosphere. Chottanikkara Temple at Ernakulam is a famous Hindu pilgrim centre. Kallil Temple in Cochin located inside a deep forest is a real wonder to visit. Malayattoor Church in Cochin is the most visited Christian pilgrim centre in Kerala.

The Mattanchery Synagogue is one of the oldest Jewish Synagogues in the world. Shabarimala in Pathanamthitta is a famous Hindu religious centre open for pilgrims of any religion. The temple is located inside a forest and gets uncontrollably crowded in the pilgrimseasons. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple at Alleppy is a world famous Hindu temple. St.Alphonsa Bharananganam Church Kottayam is a sacred Christian Church. Amritanandamayi Ashram at Vallikavu in Kollam is a most visited divine centre in Kerala and an international charitable organization. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple in Trivandrum is now famous allover the globe for the gold treasure found here. Attukal Temple is famous for the ceremonycalled Attukal Pongala. Vettukad is the most visited Christian Church and Bheemapalli is the famous mosque in Trivandrum. The best stay in cochin and munnar.

Munnar is one of world’s best tourist destinations. A trip to Kerala won’t be complete without making a visit to this cool, misty hill station. The green valleys and tea plantation gives a classic look to the spot and newly married couples most often prefer here as their favourite honeymoon destination. This time let’s have a detailed visit in and around Munnar. Along with the heart touching beauty of Munnar, you will get surprised with the charm of nearby places for no doubt. There are many wonderful natural sceneries like waterfalls, forests etc. near Munnar that add thrill to your trip.

Eravikkulam National Park is a natural habitat for many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. There are vast tea plantations and a tea museum at Munnar. The Echo Point will be a place for interest especially for children. You can see fresh and wide visuals of nature from the Top Station at Munnar.Chinnakanal waterfall is a fabulous place where you can take lot of photographs for your albums. At Mattuppetty you can see a masonry dam, Kundale Lake and many other picturesque visuals.

Marayur is place where you can find forest with sandal woods protected. The dense forest here is a real treat for your eyes. Rajamala is another destination near Munnar that inviting you with natural charisma. Anamudi peak at Munnar is the highest peak in South India. Safe options for adventurous tourism like trekking, rock climbing etc. are available at these places. At Devikulam you can see Sita Devi Lake, Power house waterfalls, Aanayirangal Dam etc. Anakkara is a tourist destination famous for its spice gardens and many other scenic places. There are many more to see in Munnar and surroundings.

The Cheeyappara Waterfall is on the Kochi- Madurairoute betweenNeriamangalamandAdimali. The waterfall flows down in seven steps. The falls is a place that you must visit on your trip to Munnar. It is a place that will wonder you for sure. Facilities for trekking are also available here. Valara is located near to Cheeyappara Waterfalls and is at a distance of 14 km from Adimali. The Valara waterfall in the Deviyar River is a major attraction of this destination. This waterfall is surrounded by thick green forest that adds charm to the place. You get many everlasting memories and valuable experiences from these places.

Pallivasal is a beautiful village near Munnar where you can make a short visit. The first Hydro-electric project in Kerala was started here. There are many more fabulous places in and near Munnar that exhibits a visual roar for the travellers. You can plan a stay at any of the hotels, resorts or homestays at Munnar and cover these fascinations in a single trip. Mermaid Hotel Munnar invites you with luxurious facilities and best hospitality. You can have a comfortable accommodation and thus a beautiful trip at Munnar by coming to us.