Arrival at Trivandrum International airport. Drive to Azhimala (24 km from Trivandrum). The golden beach is nestled by rock formations is the area where Arabian Sea meets Indian Ocean. On arrival, check in at AzhimalaAyurvedic Beach Resort.Visit to Chowara fishing village (08 km south of Kovalam). The Azhimalathara beach here is identified as the only place where the sea recedes from the coast and doesnot eat into the beach during the monsoon.
Drive to Balaramapuram (Along NH 47, 10 km north east of Chowara). This Kaithari Village is the core place for unique production of traditional varieties of handloom fabrics meant for contemporary cloth weaving style of Kerala. It is woven from un-dyed natural cotton, which compliments tropical climate of Kerala. His Highness Maharaja Balaramavarma which dates back from 1798 to 1810 that the handloom weaving was first introduced at Balaramapuram.
Evening visit to Vizhinjam, a fishing village 2 km south of Kovalam. The Vizhinjam harbor is a natural port and one of the busiest fishing harbours in the district. Vizhinjam Rock cut cave temple with rock cut sculptures of the 18th century.Back to AzhimalaAyurvedic Beach Resort for overnight stay.
Drive to Palod Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (near Pacha, 40 km from Trivandrum). This institute is conserving the largest number of live germplasm, collection of tropical plants among the botanic gardens in Asia.
Visit to Peppara Wild Life Sanctuary (50 km from Trivandrum). With its rich flora and fauna, Peppara, dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations, is a great attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
Visit to Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad (18 km from Trivandrum, on the way to Ponmudi). This ancient palace that dates back to 15th century, built by Umayamma Rani is a double storeyedNalukettu having a folklore museum and a numismatics museum. It has a good collection of different musical instruments, thaaliyolaas, chilambu, maravuri etc.
Drive to Chadayamangalam (via Attingal) to Jadayupara. It is a rock formation along the MC Road in Chadayamangalam Village (30 km from Kollam district). This rock which is ideal for trekking and hang-gliding is 1000 feet above sea level covering 60 acres. There is a temple at the top of rock dedicated to Lord Rama. This rock is believed to mark the spot where mortally wounded Jadaayu fell after failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana’s kidnapping of Sita. The Eco tourism wing of Department of Tourism, Keraala has adopted this site. And you can have some adventure activities there .
Drive to Kollam (via Kottarakkara) and check in at Hotel Ashtamudi Club Mahindra Resorts for overnight stay.
Visit to Munroe Island (27 km from Kollam) which is located at confluence of Ashtamudikayal and Kalladariver. This serene island is named in memory of British resident late Colonel John Munroe. He is credited with having integrated several backwater regions by digging canals. Island village is tourism friendly and can watch coir retting process, coir weaving, fishing, prawns feeding, migratory bird watch, narrow canals & waterways, beautiful tiny islands of Pathupara. DTPC canal cruise packages are available.
Drive to Thangasseri (5km from Kollam)- Thangasseri or Dutch Quilon, which is a sea side village shelters the ruins of an aold Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. It has a 3 km long beach & a century old light house built by British having 144 feet height.
Evening visit to Thirumullavaram beach (6km north of Kollam). About 1 ½ km into the sea is the NyarazhchaPaara, literally Sunday Rock that can be seen from the shore at low tide.Overnight stay at Hotel Ashtamudi Club Mahindra Resorts.
Drive to Pandalam (via Adoor) and visit Pandalam Palace, where Lord Ayyappa had his childhood. As a holy town, Pandalam is perhaps second only to Sabarimala. SreeAyyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala had his human sojourn here as the son of the Raja of Pandalam. The sacred ornaments of SreeAyyappan are kept in the Pandalam palace. The Thevarappura – the workship place for the members of Pandalam Palace and the ValiyaKoyikkal Temple near the palace is modeled on Sabarimala shrine are the main places of visit.
The Pulikkunnu – the huge stone hill in Pandalam is yet another place where in the stone markings such as the paws of a tiger, are seen which are said to be the markings caused by the tiger on which Lord Ayyappa came back to his Palace to give his mother ‘Tiger Milk’ to rescue her from her disease.
Drive to Aranmula (25 km from Pandalam) is the unique heritage village of Kerala. Visit the Vijnana Kala Vedi, Cultural Centre established under Indo – French cultural exchange in 1977. Set in a 100-year old building, imparts training in traditional arts like Kathakali, classical music, classical dances, Kalaripayattu etc. Mural art, floor art, wood carving, etc can be learnt from here. Foreign tourists stay here for long periods to get first hand knowledge of the culture of Kerala.
Visit VaastuVidyaGurukulam (near Parthasarathy temple). A centre started to conserve and preserve the ancient art of traditional building and construction methods. The Indian science of eco friendly construction and interior design is taught here at the institute’s gallery situated nearby; one can watch the artists at work, demonstrating age – old techniques used to create murals on walls of the temples.
Drive to Kalady for overnight stay at KTDC Tamarind Easy Hotel.
Drive to Chendamangalam (42 km from Ernakulam),the place is famous for ChendamangalamKaithari and has a rare geographical combination of three rivers, seven inlets, hillocks and vast expanses of green plains.
The Paliam Palace, abode of the PaliathAchans, prime ministers to the erstwhile Maharajas of Kochi, represents the architectural splendor of Kerala. The Palace houses a collection of historic documents and relics. Near to the Paliam Palace is the Manavaattipaara and the Manavaalanpaara which rests near to the Manjali river, offers a great sight.
Visit to Kottayilkovilakom which is the meeting place of Periyarriver and Chalakudy river. Boating facilities are available here. This place presents the unusual sight of a temple, a church, a mosque and the remains of a Jewish synagogue, all situated next to each other.
Drive to Muziris, the Spice City of Kerala, came to be known later by its modern name Kodungallur. On the way is the Heritage Tourism Project site of Department of Tourism, Kerala namely Muziris Heritage Tourism. Muziris is currently taken as a 300 sq. km. region encompassing 2 towns & 6 panchayaths in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts. The archeological excavations done at Pattanam, Pallippuram Fort and Kottappuram Fort have yielded evidence for the ancient glory of Muziris as a world mall. Muziris was the hub of history. And History doesnot end. Muziris was replete with mythology. And, myths have no beginning. Nearby is the CheramanJuma Masjid, world’s second, said to have been built in AD 629, the first being in Saudi Arabia.
The Kottappuram market has been given a new look, a new life, in an effort to make it again a vibrant economic forum in the life of the people of the region. More, this old – new market overlooking the river and the sea can be a delight to every visitor. Where vessels once carried cargo and its owners, waterways will now be open to travelers who wish to add value to leisure.
By evening, drive to Irinjalakuda (21 km from Thrissur). Visit IrinjalakudaKoodalManikyam temple, the only ancient temple in India dedicated to Lord Bharata, the brother of Sree Rama. It is a marvel in architectural beauty. The temple is one of the four in Kerala that form a set called Naalambalam with each temple dedicated to one of the four brothers in Ramayana.
Drive to Vilangankunnu, near Irinjalakuda, a beautiful hill which is a good picnic spot. Sunset can be seen from this hill.
Drive to Shornur (via Thrissur). Overnight stay at Hotel River Retreat.
Drive to Lakkidi (Shornur route – 30 km from Palakkad). Killikkurishimangalam is the birth place of KunjanNambiar. He created history with his brand new dance form – Chakyarkoothu. The poet’s house is renovated and preserved as a memorial.
Drive to Thiruvilwamala (13 km south east of Ottapalam) – The main attraction here is the River Nila or Bharatapuzha and the nearby Sree Rama temple and the legenderyPunarjani caves. The belief is that if you are able to go through the caves successfully you will be reborn as a human being – considered to be the highest degree of salvation in Hinduism.
Drive to Ottapalam (35 km from Palakkad) and on way is a small place called Mannisseri. VarikkasseriMana can be visited which is of archeological importance and also a shooting place for many Malayalam films.
Drive to Pathiripaala (20 km from Palakkad) and visit Gandhi SevaSadanam which is a Kathakali learning centre. One can see the Kathakali show which is being performed daily during evening.
After watching the Kathakali performance, drive to Palakkad. Overnight stay at Sree Chakra International.
Drive to Kozhinjampaara (Elappully route) and visit Ramassery (08 km from Palakkad). This nondescript village is famed for its special idlis that are quite different in shape and taste from the common South Indian variety. This idlis dates back about one century which is a trade secret. Round and flat, almost shaped like a dosa, the idlis are extremely soft and delicious. This conventional idlis are eaten with podi mixed with coconut oil. The recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and is a well – kept secret.
Drive to Coimbatore and drop at Coimbatore International Airport for departure.
Drive via Shornur Route to Palakkad, reach Mannarkad. Visit to Meenvallam Waterfalls. Visit Seruvani Drinking Water Project.Drive to Kalladikode forest area. Overnight stay at Kalladikode PWD Guest House.
Drive to Kunnamkulam (via Thrissur) to Mezhathur. Visit CNS Chikitsaalayam.
Drive to Thrithala (via Chalisseri – Koottanad) and to Pattambi. Visit Rayiranelloor Mountain.Rayiranelloor Mountain was the dwelling place of Naranath, the mad. Naranath, popular among the twelve issues of Parayi (ParayiPettaPanthirukulam) was a man with unusual talents. At the same time, he was a social revolutionary who taught against the social evils and blind beliefs prevailed during the period. Rayiranelloor Mountain was a serene and beauteous piece of nature located at Naduvattam near Pattambi, Palakkad district in Kerala. The mountain has 500 feet height and has a width of 300 acres.
Also Visit Branthachalam Temple, the chief dwelling place of Naranath, the mad is located two kilometers west to Rayiranelloor Mountain. It is a huge sized rock of more than 40 feet height in an area of three acres. On reaching this gigantic rock itself we can see sixty three steps carved on it. Standing on the rock we could clearly enjoy the charm and beauty of the nature arrant.
Visit Malamakkaavu temple. The presiding deity in this temple is Lord ayyappa. In this temple Lord Ayyappa resides in the meditative form,facing to the east side. Here Lord Ayyappa is not considered as a ‘Brahmachari’ .So there is no objection for doing marriages in this temple. It is in this temple pond that a blue coloured lotus named ‘Neelathaamara’ used to bloom.
Drive to Koodallur, then Kumbidi. Can see the ‘AnyonyamSlogaSadasu’ by eminent poets, writers of Malayalam and Namboothiri group in which they chant the Rigvedic portions. It is postulated that these methods of chanting and its exhibition in a large gathering of an audience of scholarly experts is primarily meant for the zealous preservation of the purity of the text, its correct intonation and correct breaking up of the words in their pristine original form, without an iota of error. This chanting is sweet to listen and has some entertainment value to the initiated.
Drive to Ottapalam (via Kolappully) and to Mannisseri. Visit VarikkasseriMana.
After the visit of Mana, drive to Palakkad. Overnight stay at Sree Chakra International.
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