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Enjoy the places in beautiful God's own country,Kerala.

Poovar

Poovar is a beautiful coastal village in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. This quaint village was once a trading centre of timber, sandalwood, and spices. The main attraction here, is the estuary that brings together the Neyyar river, the sea, the backwaters, and the beach. If you want to experience a quiet and meditative time by yourself, this tiny island is the ideal place for you. The silence of the abode is broken only by the fauna or the fishing boats bobbing away in the distance. It is well connected to the mainland via the waterway. Trivandrum International Airport and Trivandrum Central are the nearest airport and railway station from Poovar respectively. The island is only accessible by boat, which will take you to Poovar in 15 to 20 minutes.

Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town situated along the Arabian Sea in Trivandrum city, within the state of Kerala. This small fishing village was made popular by the hippies of the seventies, on their way to Ceylon. The 17 km coastline is especially popular among foreign tourists due to the shallow waters and low tides that make for ideal swimming and surfing conditions. The beaches are surrounded by a rocky cape abundant in coconut trees that bend down to kiss the golden sand. Kovalam is well connected by rail, road, and air. The nearest airport to Kovalam is Trivandrum International Airport, while Trivandrum Central is the closest railway station. If you’re in the mood to travel by sea, the port of Vizhinjam is only 3 kms from this town.

Gavi

Gavi is a picturesque village located in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. Situated inside Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is abundant in flora and fauna. The beauty of Gavi is captured in the sprawling grasslands, gushing waterfalls, exotic wildlife, and cardamom plantations that abound here. Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, nature trekkers, bird watchers, and research students. Gavi became especially popular after it was acclaimed to be one of the best eco tourism spots, and a must-see place in India by the world renowned tourism major, ‘Alistair International’. The closest airport and railway station to Gavi are located in Cochin and Kottayam respectively.

Alappuzha

Alappuzha, or Alleppey, as the world has come to call, is the land cradled amidst the glorious backwaters of southern India. Alleppey proudly wears the title of ‘‘Venice of the East”, which is more than justified by its web of rivers, interspersed with meandering canals. The bustling city is a mix of colonial buildings, surrounded by rice fields. Apart from being a merchant gateway, it is also historically prominent for its classical literature and cultural exchanges with the west. However, backwater tourism remains the main attraction here, with houseboats flocking the many waterways and channels. Alleppey is well connected by road, rail, and air. While Cochin International Airport is 78 km away, the district has its own railhead too. The waterways make for conveyance too, as an SWTD (State Water Transport Department) boat jetty rests just opposite the bus station.

Athirappally

Athirapally, in the state of Kerala, is nestled amidst the lush-green foothills of the Western Ghats, an important biodiversity hotspot. Located 70 km from Kochi and 50 km from Thrissur, Athirapally can be easily accessed via State Highway 21. Home to endangered species and pristine waterfalls, this village is a sight to behold. A coveted environmentalist’s paradise, the landscape of this village is a scenic combination of dense forests and serpentine streams. Four endangered species of the Hornbill can be found here, and the International Bird Association has declared Athirapally to be an important sanctuary for birds. Famous tourist landmarks in the village are undoubtedly Athirapally Falls, located 1000 ft above sea level, and Vazhachal Falls, located 5 km from Athirapally Falls.

Munnar

Munnar is a hill station nestled between three mountain rivulets, Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala, in the Idukki district of Kerala. The lush tea gardens and clear mountain air of Munnar, welcomes you to have an enriching holiday experience. Munnar is also surrounded by many attractive tourist spots such as, Attukal Waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Anamudi Peak, which can be easily accessed by bus or car. Munnar is ideal for sightseeing, trekking, bird watching, and wildlife adventures. The nearest airport to Munnar is Cochin International Airport, and the closest major railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva.

 

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