9 famous entrepreneurs from Kerala

Kerala is one of the best tourist destinations in the world, not only in terms of its abundant natural beauty but also in terms of its hospitality and cultural background. Kerala has always produced individuals who stand apart in society for their contribution to society in terms of entrepreneurship and development skills.  These people have nurtured in their hearts the simple yet powerful principals that they have imbibed from their upbringing in this beautiful state. In the Indian Power List that has been published by a leading business magazine called Arabian Business, six Keralites among the top 20 were chosen. Of Which Yusuf Ali retains the topmost position for the 5th consecutive year.

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Yusuf Ali M.A is businessman from Thrissur and is the Managing Director of Lulu Group of companies. According to Forbes magazine, Yusuf Ali is the 24th richest Indian and the 270th richest in the world with an annual turnover of 5.5 billion dollars globally. Taking Kerala tour packages with family to the native place of this rich entrepreneur will show you his humble beginning and how this place has prospered due to Kerala tourism. The home town of Yusuf Ali is Nattika which is famous for the beach Nattika beach and its white sands and the national highway 17 runs along one side of this beach. A big celebration called Oruma is held by the government of Kerala to promote tourism in this place and a large number of artists come and cultural performances are held for a week. Other famous places in Nattika are the Sree Rama temple which is the biggest in south India. Amazing Kerala packages will take you to beautiful places like Nattika and you can customize your tour package so that you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

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The person ranked second for establishing a global business network is Ravi Pillai, Chairman of RP Group of Companies and he is ranked by the Forbes magazine in 2014 as 30th in India and 988th as the World’s Billionaires. Mr. Pillai hails from Chavara in Kollam. The famous Ashtamudi Lake flows through here. The lake is eight coned as the term indicates and also known as an octopus shaped water body. The name indicates the Lake and its topography and multiple branches. The lake is famous for houseboat tourist destination and Kerala tour packages can be booked in advance to avail a package in these houseboats. Along the banks of the lake, there are coconut palms and there are also boat services which connect Kollam with other places like Alappuzha etcetera and hence access to many towns and villages along the route.

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The next one on the list is PNC Menon who also hails from Thrissur and is the chairman of Sobha group of companies. He developed a profitable interior design company in Oman and later started the Sobha group of Companies in Bangalore. He has started the Shri Kurumba Educational and Charitable trust and has adopted two Panchayats consisting of two villages and the trust provides education and income to the people. Kerala tour packages from Bangalore will include the tourist spots in Kerala and you can book them in advance and plan your itinerary so that you can visit all the places of your choice.

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Sunny Varkey has a net worth of 11,200 crore who came to Dubai with his banker father and later on his parents started a formal school called Our Own English High School. His family lay a foundation to a big enterprise and Varkey took over the reins of the organization by expanding it and opening a global network of schools under the name of Gems Education.

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Similarly is Kalyanaraman who is a third generation businessman who upon helping his father in the family textile business ventured into gold jewelry retail and his business turned into billions making him sixth in the list with a  net worth of 6600 crore.

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Next comes M C George Muthoot, with a net worth of 5550 crore and the largest gold loan company in India. Muthoot is a third generation businessman from Kozhenchery in Kerala. The business is spread into education, IT, healthcare, plantations, and travel and tourism. The Munnar honeymoon packages are best suited for those honeymooners who would want to spend some leisure time in the lap of nature and with lots of privacy. You can not only visit the humble places where these business tycoons emerged but also enjoy the picturesque locations of other tourists places in Kerala too.

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Senapathy Kris Gopala Krishnan is the co-founder and one time CEO of Infosys and is the fifth richest Malayalee. Kerala travel packages will include visits to various museums and heritage centers which show the rich culture and tradition of Kerala. You can customize your travel package according to the number of days you plan to visit Kerala.

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Azad Moopen who is the chairman of Dubai-Headquartered Aster DM Healthcare LLC is in the eighth position.

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 In tenth position is Arun Kumar, CEO of Strides Arcolab, a pharma company. His present net worth is 4800 crores. He has estimated to have sold 2.2 billion dollars of his business in the past three years. Kerala Holiday packages will include packages ranging from a single day stay to up to seven day stay in your favorite holiday spots. The holiday packages will include travel within the state as well as pickup from the airport to your destination. The packages will include the taxi services that are being provided. You need only to pay for the travel tariff and no other expenses will be included in the journey. You can plan your itinerary in advance so that you can fix the budget of your vacation package. The tour package can also include ayurvedic massages, and spas if necessary. Kerala is the land of abundance and hence there is a lot to experience and explore when you visit this state. Kerala is the best place to visit in the month from October to February.

 

 

The beautiful waterfalls in Kerala by Gogeo Holidays

Kerala is the land of abundant natural beauty. Kerala is bound by the Arabian Sea on the west. With a long coastal line of nearly 580km in length and ranging from 35-120km in width, the state itself divides into roughly three distinct climatic regions. These will include the eastern Mountainous ranges with a very cold climate the hilly plains in the midland regions and the lowland coastal areas near the coasts. Kerala lies near the center of the Indian tectonic plate. Kerala’s climate is wet and tropical with the rains brought in during the monsoon. Forty one of Kerala’s forty four rivers originate from the Western Ghats. Forty one of these rivers flow westward and only three flow eastward. The rivers of Kerala are small in terms of length and breadth and water discharge. All these rivers are monsoon fed and nearly dry up during summer. The rivers flow with great speed owing to the hilly terrains of this region and form the basis of all the waterfalls of Kerala. Many small and large streams join to form these waterfalls. The falls are more prominent during the rainy season. These waterfalls in Kerala attract hundreds of tourists. Kerala tour packages for family can be booked keeping in mind the different places that you would want to visit.

Some of the most beautiful waterfalls of Kerala include the following:

Athirapilly waterfalls

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Located at about 78 kms away from the city of Cochin, at the entrance of Sholayar Forest ranges, these waterfalls are one of the best in India. Along with the Vazhachal waterfalls and the picturesque route towards the Western Ghats this waterfalls is a very popular tourist destination and the water falls at a height of 80ft before joining the Chalakudy River. Also known as the Niagara of India, this waterfall has been pictured in various movies. Tourists on Kerala tour packages can also enjoy a 5-km beautiful trek through the forest ranges to reach the Vazhachal waterfall upstream. Here they can enjoy a walk by the gurgling rivulets and also get drenched safely amidst the rocks and shallow stream. The Athirappilly waterfalls are very popular among the movie buffs as they have been featured in many popular movies in South Indian, Bollywood and even Hollywood movies. The very popular Raavan, Punakai Mannan and Life of Pi are some examples. The most stunning fact you notice as you reach here is that, except for a refreshment shop and some safety rails, there’s no other artificial or commercial element added to this natural beauty. This is something that will astonish you in most of the waterfalls in Kerala.

Thomankuttu waterfalls

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Thomankuttu waterfall is an ideal destination for nature lovers. The waterfall is a seven step waterfall with beautiful surroundings and many caves around the area which makes this place ideal for a picnic. It is located at a distance of 20 km from the town Thodupuzha of Idukki district. This is a popular spot for tourists on Munnar holidays from Kochi as it falls on the way. An early morning stop here will be the most refreshing memory that you will all cherish forever. Thodupuzha is a beautiful place where you can enjoy many clear streams and rivulets and a lot of greenery.

Mulamkuzhi waterfalls

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This is located in a small village called Mulamkuzhi in Malayatoor town of Ernakulam district. The river Mulamkuzhi cascades into a huge waterfall after flowing through the mountain ranges. There is also a confluence of the rivers Periyar and Perumthode in this place. It is close to the popular Malayattoor Church which is visited by many believers.

Thusharagiri waterfalls

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These waterfalls lay 50kms east of Kozhikode. Two streams originating from the Western Ghats meet to form the river Chalipuzha which later diverges into three waterfalls creating a snowy spray. Hence the name Thusharagiri which means snowy peak! The highest of the three waterfalls in Thenpara that has a 75m drop. You can view them all during your Kerala tour packages from Bangalore in Kozhikode. In fact, there are many gorgeous waterfalls in Kozhikode that are hardly known to the regular tourists. The best option is to engage a local tour operator or to ask the locals.

 

Dhoni waterfalls

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This is located 15kms from Palakkad. With a trek of nearly 3 hours from the base of the Dhoni Hills, this spot is popular among tourists and is a spectacular sight. The hilly terrains around the waterfall offer the trekkers a wonderful opportunity to explore the lush greenery. This place is also famous for the farmhouse that houses Swiss cattle. It is a beautiful escapade near the very hot and dry Palakkad city.

Soochipara waterfalls

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Wayanad enchants the tourists with its wilderness, cool climate, evergreen forests, picturesque plantations, mountain ranges and many ravishing waterfalls. Soochippara is a beautiful waterfall that is located in Wayanad. The waterfall is visible from afar and offers a beautiful view. It is also known as the Sentinel Waterfall. This is a three-tier waterfall surrounded by forests. One has to trek nearly 2kms through the dense forests to reach the waterfalls. Over 656 ft in height, this waterfall also offers a picturesque view of the tea estates in Wayanad.

Nyayamakad waterfalls

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These waterfalls are located 10 kms from Munnar. The fresh cool water descends from the hillock at a height of 1600m. This picturesque location is a popular tourist spot on Munnar honeymoon packages with the lush green tea gardens all around. Munnar as such is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. The mountain ranges of Munnar with lush plantations and forests allure a lot of tourists looking for a refreshing holiday away from the chaotic urban life. There’s a lot of adventure too to explore in these areas. On your way to Munnar by road and if you travel around Munnar, you will find many small and strong waterfalls on the mountains. If you are travelling during the monsoons or just after the rains, you will find many temporary streams on the way which attracts a lot of tourists.

Cheeyapara and Valara waterfalls

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These waterfalls are located between Neriamangalam and Adimali in Idukki district. This waterfalls cascades down seven steps giving it a spectacular appearance. This place is ideal for trekking as there are thick forests all around. Idukki is an amazing place to explore during the holidays. Forests and plantations offer ample adventure while the mountains offer some of Mother Nature’s best panoramic sceneries. Idukky is also blessed with nature’s best resources and there are many plantations located in Idukky. Tea, Coffee and spice plantations along with organic farms of vegetables and fruits flourish in this area.

You can visit all these waterfalls during your stunning Kerala travel packages when booked soon after the monsoons. You can customize the different places and the things that you would want to do when you come for a vacation to Kerala. Other than these waterfalls, Kerala has a lot to offer in terms of food, merchandise like gold, coir products, brass items etc. You can choose a travel package that will include all the fun filled activities on the trip. Kerala is also an ideal place for trekking and hence you can choose a destination which will give you the best offers and you can enjoy your trip on the whole. Along with trekking, Kerala is also the best location for enjoying the backwaters of this place. Either the highland areas or the low land areas, every single part of Kerala can be enjoyed thoroughly. The best time to visit Kerala would be during the month of October to March, being a humid climate the time after that would be very hot and the monsoon sets in the month of June. From then starts the wet climate making it difficult for trekking and other adventurous activities. Monsoon would be an ideal time to be spent in the coastal areas like in the backwaters, on house boats. Kerala house boats are unique all over the world and the tourism industry has really advanced in this field. You can enjoy Kerala holiday packages in every single aspect and create memories for a life time.

 

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Best attractions to watch during your Wayanad trip | Gogeo Holidays

Wayanad is a stunning destination for an awesome trip, its beauty attract much more travelers in to lap of western Ghat. Beauty of wayanad is beyond words and its stunning attractions are really fabulous. Plan your better Kerala tour packages for family and experience the freshness of wayanad. The district name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which gives the meaning ‘land of paddy fields’. Wayanad is a picturesque plateau situated at a height between 700 meters and 2100 meters of elevation above from the sea level and nested among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the Eastern portion of North Kerala and on the sides of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. The District was engraved out from the Kozhikode and Kannur Districts. The luscious greenery of wayanad is always fascinates every travelers and it’s a gift from god to us.

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Wayanad is blessed with various attractions include Banasura sagar dam and lake, Chembra peak, Lakkidi view point, Edakkal cave, Soochippara falls, Thirunelli temple, Pookode lake, Meenmutty falls, Kanthanpara waterfalls, Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, Kabani river, Neelimala view point, Jain temple, Pazhashi raja tomb, Wayanad heritage museum, Papanasini river, Neelimala view point, Pakshipathalam bird sanctuary, chain tree of Karinthandan and historical and heritage tours. Wayanad is also center for amazing nature and wildlife tours. Plan your best Kerala tour packages with wayanad and enjoy the beauty of wayanad at most.

Chembra Peak the stunning location

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Chembra peak is one of the attractive location situated in the wayanad district, its magical beauty attract much more travelers into it. The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot of opportunity for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavor. Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppadi town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes nearly a day. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in short-term camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, canvases, sleeping bags, huts and trekking implements on hire.

Lakkidi

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The hill station Lakkidi is located in the Wayanad district and it offers a pleasant atmosphere for the travelers. Lakkidi is the gateway of the Wayanad district and it situated at top of Thamarassery Ghats pass with an elevation of 700 m. The place is just awesome and perfectly fit for Kerala holiday packages. The large and green crags are common visuals of Lakkidi. A number of luxury resorts are placed this area. The place impart an outstanding rejuvenate feel. Lakkidi is the home for various set of species like lion tailed macaque, rare birds, Indian shag, little green heron, pond heron and little cormorant. The lofty mountain peaks, luxuriant vegetation the gurging stream and the bird’s eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking.

Edakkal caves

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Edakkal caves are mysterious and outstanding. Its popular historical monument located in the district of wayanad and special for most foreign and domestic travelers. Those who plan to visit wayanad then never forget Edakkal. The wayanad is a desired place for thrilling Kerala travel packages and the Edakkal caves are the single illustration for Stone Age from south India. Inside the caves there are pictorial writings of Neolithic man which represent the presence of prehistoric civilization, These carvings speak of a extremely civilized people of pre-historic age. All over India Edakkal has its own historical value and importance, so if you get a chance to visit this historical monument doesn’t neglect it. This one is also a better way to understand the history of man thoroughly.

Edakkal cave is a cleft about 96ft long and 22ft wide in the rock. It is a cleft made by a corner of rock splitting separate from the main body due to some natural reasons. The deepness of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. What makes it a cave to the ordinary spectator is the fact that in the other portion of the large cleft, an enormous rock, weighing several tones, has fallen appeared a roof over a large part of it.

Kuruva Island

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Kuruva Island is one of the famous destinations spotted as a picnic spot. Its 950 acres of ever green forest range flourished with luscious and extreme flora and fauna. The beauty of Kuruva Island is just awesome and always keeps the freshness. Kuruva Island is a tributaries of east running river Kabani, is an ideal picnic mark, far away from the turbulence of city life. Exceptional species of birds, orchids and herbs are the members of this supernal kingdom. The city Mananthavady is located around 17 km away and Sultan Bathery is about 40 km North West of Kuruva Island. So plan your interesting cheapest Kerala tour packages  to Kuruva right now.

Pakshipathalam

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Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli is an outstanding tourist spot for nature lovers. To reach Pakshipathalam visitors need to cover 17 km journey through the wild forest. The cavernous rock caves, formed among the deep blocks of rocks at the northern top part of the Brahmagiri, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. Particular permission has to be obtained from Forest Department to enter to Pakshipathalam. District Tourism Promotion Council conducted vehicle, camping equipments, guides, etc. to the tourists.

Other gorgeous attractions

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Pazhashi raja tomb the catching destinations for Kerala trips, it keeps the history of late and prominent king Pazhashi raja. Popular Pookode is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green peaks. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotizing and the nature, unspoiled. Pookot lake tourist resort in Vythiri is the most attarctive tourist spot of Wayanad.  And the Soochippara , Meenmutty are the thrilling waterfalls located in wayanad also it attract travelers lot plan your best Kerala tour packages to wayanad and experience the beauty of it.

Mind blowing tourist destinations in Kerala

Mind blowing tourist destinations in Kerala

One of the beautiful states in our country is Kerala. Kerala is also known as “God’s Own Country” and “Land of Coconut Trees” The state is bordered by a number of beaches; covered by hills of Western Ghats and filled with backwaters. Kerala is a tourist destination attracting people by its natural beauty. The charm of this unique destination attracts a large number of tourists from around the globe.  The other main centers of attraction in Kerala are the museum, boat houses and islands. Some of the famous kerala tour packages in Kerala are Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Kanyakumari, Kovalam and so on.

Kerala is a land of great natural beauty. From the majestic heights of the Western Ghats the country undulates westward presenting a scene of silent valleys clothed in the richest green. Among the many rivers that glide across the plains to merge their waters with the Arabian sea, the more important are the Periyar, the Pamba and the Bharatha puzha. The wildest lands are covered with dense forests, while other regions lie under tea and coffee plantations. Most of Kerala, whose native habitat consists of wet evergreen rainforests at lower elevations and highland deciduous and semi-evergreen forests in the east, is subject to a humid tropical climate.

The major festival in Kerala is Onam. Kerala has a number of religious festivals. Thrissur Pooram,Onam,Vishu and Chettikulangara Bharani are the major temple festivals in Kerala.

Kochi

Kochi

        Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. Known as the “Gateway to Kerala”, Kochi is an enchanting city that’s had an eclectic influence. Don’t miss out beauty of Queen of Arabian Sea with GoGEO Holidays!!

          The iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, undoubtedly Kochi’s most recognizable sight, have been there since the 14th century and are remarkably still in use today. Mattancherry is an atmospheric old neighborhood in Fort Kochi that’s full of colonial buildings. A stroll along the Fort Hochi beach, particularly at sunset with the chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience.

Munnar-Honeymoon Paradise

Munnar-Honeymoon Paradise

             Munnar – a breathtaking beautiful and pleasing hill station , a heaven of peace and serenity , is the ideal honeymoon destination in the God’s Own Country. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams  Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. The city offers true honeymoon ambiance for nature lovers and honeymooners. In fact, the city is a paradise for nature lovers and honeymooners. Munnar honeymoon packages provides  a pleasant travel experience  for couples. Enjoy paradise of Munnar with your life partner.

          One of the main attractions near Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak. This is the highest peak in south India. Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Pallivasal, located at about 3 km from Chithirapuram in Munnar is the venue of the first Hydro-electric project in Kerala. It is a place of immense scenic beauty and is often favoured by visitors as a picnic spot.

Alleppey-Backwaters of Kerala

Alleppey-Backwaters of Kerala

        Alleppey or Alappuzha is a popular backwater tourist centre in kerala.  The region is also fondly referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ because of the large network of canals that are connects to the famous backwaters of Kerala. Every year thousands of tourists from all over the country and also rest of the world flock to the region to enjoy a nice relaxing and lazy holiday far away from the fast paced life and stresses of regular life. A houseboat cruise in Kerala is a uniquely different experience that must not be missed. With a good deal to do and a great deal to explore, Alleppey is one of the best places in Kerala to enjoy a few days of bliss and serenity with GOGEO Holidays.

      Alleppey beach is a place blessed by the gods themselves. The golden sands, glorious waves and swaying palms give credence to Alleppey’s claim of having one of the best beaches in Kerala. Here, fun and games compete with relaxation and romance.

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           Seafood is very popular in Kerala and consumed with every meal. Kerala tour packages for family provides various fish including sardines, mackerel, tuna, rays and shark are eaten, as are crabs, mussels and oysters during the backwater relaxation. “Karimeen” or fried fish is a popular dish as is fish curry called “Fish Moilee.”

Kovalam-  grove of coconut trees

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       Kovalam, meaning a grove of coconut trees, is a small fishing beach village near the capital city of Trivandrum in the state of Kerala. It offers an endless sight of coconut trees and  3 beautiful crescent-shaped beaches separated by rocky cliffs. These are ideal for swimming, sun bathing and snorkeling. The most prominent of the three beaches here is the Lighthouse Beach with its candy-stripped lighthouse at one end. Hawa Beach to the north is popular with day-tourists and surfers while Samudra Beach, though steep, is where upmarket resorts and restaurants are housed.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom

       The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at the Kerala travel packages. GOGEO Holiday packages involving houseboats, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) offer great experiences.

      A more popular area in Kerala for sightseeing is the Kumarakom. Backwaters and village clusters where a visitor’s fascination for its picturesque setting will be magnified.  The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a nature lover’s haven and is home to a wide selection of flora, fauna and bird life. Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen.

Kanyakumari

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        Kanyakumari is the one of the mind blowing tourist destinations in India. This famous tourist destination has many fascinating attractions for its tourists that depict the glorious past and the cultural beauty of Kanyakumari. There are many mesmerizing tourist attractions in Kanyakumari . Kanyakumari is popular with pilgrims and tourist alike, with plenty of temples. The open streamer from the main land to the Vivekananda Rocks itself is a romantic experience.

       Kanyakumari Temple also known as Kumari Amman Temple is located on the shore and is devoted to a manifestation of Parvati. Vivekananda Rock Memorial is one of the most interesting places to see in the southern part of India. Vivekananda Rock Memorial stands on top of a two rocks that are situated approximately 500 meters off the island. Near the Vivekananda Memorial, there is an imposing 40 meter high statue of Tiruvalluvar, the 1st century BC Tamil poet, who wrote the epic Thirukkural, often considered as one of the greatest classics of Tamil literature.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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    Located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the State of Kerala in India is the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. Located inside the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the State of Kerala in India is the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is renowned for its sculptural beauty. Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple has some interesting features such as the Bali Peeda Mandapam and Mukha Mandapam. These halls are decorated with beautiful sculptures of various Hindu deities.Gogeo holidays provide a special kerala tour packages from Bangalore to kanyakumari.

     The Padmanabhaswamy Temple treasure is a collection of valuable objects including gold coins, statues and ornaments, diamonds and other precious stones. The Padmanabhaswamy Temple treasure is a collection of valuable objects including gold coins, statues and ornaments, diamonds and other precious stones. In the sanctum sanctorum, Sri Padmanabha reclines on the serpent Anantha or Adi Sesha.

 Thekkady

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           Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Bamboo Rafting is one of the exciting program in Thekkady, Periyar tiger reserve. It is a splendid eco-friendly, entertainment program for the nature-lovers who visit Thekkady.

     The forest Department, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle. The Forest Department conducts daily treks from the boat landing station at Thekkady to the Nellikkampetty area and Manakkavala.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach

       Cherai Beach is a virgin strip of pristine shoreline at the fishing village of cherai on the eastern shores of Vypeen Island. It is an ideal spot for swimming and to see the Chinese fishing nets or Cheena Vala. This lovely beach bordering the Vypeen Island is ideal for swimming. The sea on the Western side and the backwaters on the East give this upcoming tourist destination a uniqueness which can be found only in Kerala. Thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront are added attractions.

   Kerala Tour Packages include– Golden beaches, coconut palms corridors, backwaters, historical monuments. Cherai beach is different from many beaches in the sense that it is very clean and shallow and thus, ideal for the purpose of swimming and sunbathing.

 

Festivals in Kerala | Gogeo Holidays

Kerala is the land of temples and every year these temples celebrate the annual festival traditionally at certain specific days of the year. The temple festival will last for a few days and the most common characteristic feature of all these festivals is the hoisting of a holy flag on the first day of the festival and it is brought down on the last day only. Temples who can afford it will also include a minimum of one richly caparisoned elephant who will be privileged to carry the temple deity on his shoulders and carry out a procession around the countryside. Such an elephant is considered auspicious and when this elephant visits the local homes of people, they present various offerings to God. The procession is accompanied with the Panchavadyam. You can choose a Kerala tour packages for family in accordance with your favorite festival, so that you can participate in the festival and enjoy it. A few important Kerala temple festivals would include:

Makaravillakku at Sabarimala

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This is an annual festival held at Sabarimala on January 14 (Makar Sankranthi). The festivities include a procession of the sacred ornaments of Lord Ayappa and a congregation at the hill shrine of Sabarimala. The name refers to the lighting of a bright lamp at Poonambalamedu (the sanctum Santorum of Sabarimala) three times which marks the completion of Deeparadhana. Millions of devotes throng Sabarimala to get a view of Makara Vilakku.

Mahasivarathri

Mahashivarathri

Sivarathri is a very important Hindu festival that is celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva. There is a Sivarathri every month on the 13th night/ 14th day, but once in a year during late winter February/ March and before the arrival of spring marks Mahasivarathri. This day is spent solemnly and marks the remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life. The day is spent in Yoga, meditation and prayers towards Lord Shiva. The devotee stays awake the whole night and others visit Shiva temples or go on pilgrimages. Of which Sivarathri celebrated in Aluva is very popular. The place is on the banks of the river Periyar and is also called Aluva Manalpuram (manal means sand). Pilgrims offer Bali tharpanam (Sacrifice) to their ancestors on this bank in the morning succeeding the holy night. Commercially the place has developed considerably with many stalls to buy trinkets and other kinds of stuffs and games.

Attukal Pongala

Attugal Pongala

This Pongala festival held at Attukal temple in Thiruvananthapuram is a very popular and famous festival among women. It has also entered the Guinness book of world records as the single largest gathering of women for religious activities. This festival commences on Bharani Day of Kumbam month (Feb/March) and continues for nine days. On the ninth day thousands of women assemble and offer Pongala to the Goddess which includes cooking rice, jaggery, coconut and ghee in small pots on open flames.Kerala tour packages will include visits to these auspicious temples and you can avail the blessing of the Goddess by taking part in this festival. You can prebook these packages so that you can stay close to the temple premises and witness all the festivities in the temple.

Mannarshala Ayilyam

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Ayilyam is the most auspicious day at Mannarashala temple at Alappuzha. The temple is dedicated to Nagaraja (Serpent King). The unique feature of this temple is a Brahmin woman is the priestess in the temple. There are roughly 30,000 images of snakes along the path and during the Ayilyam asterism in the month of Thulam which falls in Oct/ Nov a procession of the images of snakes are taken to the Illam (the Brahmin ancestral home) and special prayers and offerings are made here. The priestess carries the idol of Nagaraja.

Vishu

Vishu

Vishu is the celebration of the first day of the Malayalee Year which falls on the first of Medam month (Mid April). This festival is celebrates at home with Kanni Kanal early morning and the feast that is made in the afternoon. The night before Vishu, auspicious article are collected and arranged in a big Uruli (a big traditional vessel). This is kept in the Puja room and lamps are lit around it. Every member of the family gets up at dawn and with closed eyes they come to the puja room and open their eyes to this visual treat. Later on enjoying the Sadya and bursting of firecrackers together with the family is a part of the festival. Another important part of this festival is elders will give little children a Kaineetam (a tradition of giving money).Kerala tourism honeymoon packages has incorporated festivals in their holiday packages so that tourists can enjoy the best of all the festivals that Kerala has to offer. You can also eat the traditional Sadya with delicious Payasam (puddings).

Onam

Onam

Onam is the harvest festival of Kerala. Celebrated in the month of Chingam (August/September), this festival lasts for 10days and beginning with the star Atham of the Malayalam calendar. This festival is celebrated to honor Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu and the homecoming of King Mahabali. From the first day onwards a flower decoration or Pookalam is made in the front courtyard of the house and on the 6th day which is the Triketta star the flower decoration will have a specific design, small circle close to a big circle. Usually small children get together and put this Pookalam’s. On the 10th day is Thiruvonam (main Onam) and a puja is done to Onnathapan by offering him delicacies and bananas. A long path way is made with the stem of banana plant cut into tiny pieces, from the gate up to the front door of the house, to welcome Mahabali. This is believed to bring peace and prosperity to the family. Women perform Thiruvathirakali which is a simple dance form performed at households and family gatherings. Pullikalli, where people dress up like tigers/leopards and dance along with a hunter a recreational art form and most commonly seen in Thrissur. The traditional Sadya is also a major part of this festival. The snake boat races are also performed during Onam Season and are very popular among people. Kerala travel packages will include visits to temples with your favorite deities so that you can take part in all the festivals and also to commemorate the Gods of the temple and see His blessings. Taking part in the major festivities of the state like Onam and Vishu will also make wonderful memories.

The most amusing Amusements and Parks in Kerala

Kerala, God’s Own Country, is the land of plentiful and abundant greenery. It is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Kerala is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east and the topography between these two regions offers the best of picturesque locations. Right from the highland areas in the Western Ghats to the midland regions between the two borders and then come the lowland areas which form the coastal regions. Kerala tour packages for family will include stay in these mesmerizing locations so that you can avail the best in your vacation and you and your family can create happy memories together. Amusement parks are the best part of a vacation especially when going with your family. Kids enjoy them the most and with the new development of rides, wave pools and all, these Water themed parks are a must visit. There are many amusements parks in Kerala of which few of them are Wonder La located at about 15km away from the city Kochi, this amusement park has 55 rides located over a sprawling campus of 30acres. Built to international standards this water park is a favorite spot for everyone. Next one is Dream World Athirapilly, which is located near to the picturesque Athirapilly waterfalls. There are totally 42 rides in which 24 are water rides. Kerala tour packages for couples will include stay in beautiful locations where you can enjoy the natural lush greenery around along with the amusement park that these places offer. Other amusement parks include Silver Storm, Fantasy Park, Sadhoo Merry Kingdom and more.

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Among the midland areas lies the hilly region of Munnar. Famous for its tea gardens, exotic flora and fauna, this hill station is a prime tourist location for all honeymooners. The all year pleasant and cool weather makes this place popular among tourist attractions. The Eravikulam National park and Salim Ali Bird sanctuary are some of the prime tourist destinations. Munnar honeymoon Packages will offer packages with the best price and will include picnic spots as well so that couples can have a memorable honeymoon. Munnar is a serene place with lush greenery and is an apt location for honeymooners to spend some idyllic time midst nature. A few places of interest in Munnar are the Mattupetty dam, Devikulam Hill station, Anaimudi peak, Echo point, Attukal waterfalls; Top station is the highest point in Munnar at 1700m above sea level and many others.

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Similar to Munnar, which is famous for being a honeymooner’s paradise, there are other places in Kerala too which will be a delight to couples. They are the Alleppey boathouses, laying in the coastal areas this tourist spot is world famous for its picturesque locations and appealing Kettuvalams. Alleppey offers some amazing Honeymoon Packages for Kerala, because the tourism industry has really expanded here and the facilities offered here are of high quality and international standard. The house boats are built to perfection in terms of luxury and the activities revolving around this place will keep you enthralled. Floating on these Kettuvalams along the serene backwaters is what you need to relax yourself and feel rejuvenated. The rich culture of Kerala can be seen in the lifestyle of the people living along the coast line and while relaxing in the house boats you can enjoy the mundane activities of the local people and have a peak into their quaint and yet beautiful lifestyle. Kerala tourism Honeymoon packages have a lot of offers, as Kerala is a place of natural beauty and hence tourism has really developed in these areas. These packages are customized to your choice and you can relish the beauty of nature along with your spouse. Enjoying in the lap of nature for you honeymoon will leave you love-struck. Another honeymoon favorite destination is Kovalam. Famous for its beaches, this is one place where you can bask in the sun lying on the silky smooth sand of the beach.

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Kerala also offers some very spicy and tasty cuisines which is a must try when you come to this place. Kerala has a vast coastline of 595 kms, and the culture and lifestyle of the people revolve around this coastline. Fishing is one of the main economic means of the people. And due to this a variety of fish dishes keep flooding the market. Of all the dishes, Karimeen curry or pearl spot is an all-time favorite. Prawn-roast and crab curry are also quite popular. Other than these there are many other breakfast varieties which are served on the Kettuvalams, as well as in other tour packages.  Kerala travel packages can be pre-booked and customized according to your own desire. You can easily plan your trip to include the hill stations, beaches, backwaters and waterfalls even within a short period. The packages will include travelling from one tourist spot to the other and the tourism office will provide you with experienced guides or will plan out your itinerary such that you will not miss out any beautiful destinations on the way, and you can make full use of your travel package. Kerala is also a land rich is fine art and culture. When travelling within Kerala you will be able to experience the rich culture and heritage of that region. When visiting the northern Malabar of Kerala which includes Kasargod and Kannur districts, there is a very famous ritual worship called Theyyam which is performed in front of the local deity or an ancestral home.  Choosing a travel package which will offer you experiences like this will be very mesmerizing. Similar to Theyyam there are many other art forms that must be seen like Kathakali, Chakyar koothu, Panchavadyam and many more.

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Kerala is also a land of Handicrafts and Handlooms. The most abundant fruit that is seen in Kerala is Coconut. And the peculiarity of this fruit is that every single part of the tree that produces coconuts is used in making a large variety of products. These products will be completely eco-friendly. Ranging from food to beauty products the uses of coconuts is very versatile. The hard outer shell of the coconut is used to produce charcoal and the husk is used to make coir. From coir a wide range of products are produced. The inner kernel of the coconut is used for various cooking methods as well as oil is extracted from it. Coconut forms a base of many of the cuisine made in Kerala and is a very healthy form of lifestyle. When travelling in Kerala, you should try few of these coconut varieties of dishes.

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Kerala also has some beautiful highland areas where you can live within the lush green forests on tree houses. The tropical forests of Kerala have a lot to offer, from wild life sanctuaries to national parks and even jungles safaris and staying in tree houses, Kerala has all the beauty surrounded with nature. The tree houses in Wayanad are quaint huts with thatched roofs, built by the indigenous tribe of people by locally sourced materials. These huts are built nearly 30-50ft above the ground. And the only way to move in and out is by a single stair. These huts are perfect for honeymooners as it will provide privacy as well as comfort and are detached from the remaining part of the hotel. Kerala honeymoon packages will include such tree houses packages, where one can choose the number of days that you want to stay there.

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Kerala also offers many packages that will fit into your budget like pilgrimage packages. Kerala is a land of religious diversity and also for centuries back there have been various settlements from abroad. The Portuguese, Jews, Arabs and all have settled in Kerala and have played a key role in establishing their religious monuments in Kerala. The relics of the Portuguese architecture are still seen in Fort Kochi, and Jew synagogues are still present in Kerala. A visit to these religious places along with famous temples that are located in Kerala will fit into your budget. Cheap Kerala tour packages will include packages that will suit your needs and choices. Travelling to the coastal areas, along the backwaters or the beaches in Trivandrum will also be budget friendly and cheap. You can enjoy the smooth breeze that blows over the backwaters in the back drop of the setting sun and stay in home stays which will be quite affordable. Shopping in Kerala can also be budget friendly if you wish you can invest in the local handlooms and avail simple yet pretty looking clothe material called the traditional Mundu which is very comfortable to wear and available in simple colors. This same Mundu can be availed with a golden border to it called Kasavu Mundu which is traditional attire for the women and men in Kerala. Buying a part of Kerala to take back with you will remind you of the fun filled vacation that you had when you visited this beautiful state.

 

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Idukki’s Glorious Galleries | Gogeo Holidays

Idukki is one of the abundantly resourceful districts in Kerala state. The place was announced as a district on 26th January 1972. It is located in the Western Ghats of Kerala. This is second largest district according to the area, but lowest in population density. Most of the area is covered with forest in Idukki. The Urban area is densely populated but villages are thinly populated. 97% of the area is rugged mountains and forest making it the right place for adventurous Kerala Tour Packages. This district shares the border with Tamil Nadu state also. So you can see some people speaking Tamil also.

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Idukki is a much preferred tourist spot in Kerala. Idukki has many beautiful places to explore. It has a very different feel when we compare with other places in Kerala. The best time to travel to Idukki is from August to May. Travellers should stay there for 2 to 3 days to enjoy more than 25 locations in Idukki Kerala Tourism Honeymoon Packages. The local sightseeing is possible within a half day. You should explore Idukki more to see the natural beauty of God’s Own Country.

 

Idukki Arch Dam

Idukki Arch dam

Idukki Arch Dam has a hydroelectric project in Periyar River. This project has an underground power generator. This Dam includes 20 small and big dams, five rivers and underground tunnels. This Dam is situated between 2 hills called Kuravan and Kurathi hills. This dam is considered as world’s second and Asia’s first Arch dam. Dam height is about 550 ft and width is 650 ft. It is actually very close to the Cheruthonny barrage. Tourists can go to the wildlife sanctuary and Kulamavu dam also. This Arch dam will be interesting for those who love to know more technicalities of electricity and how it is being distributed to other parts of the state and the country.

 

Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu

This is one of the famous places in Idukki which is perfect for Kerala Holiday Packages. It is a hill station. It is situated 15 km from Nedumkandam. The location stands very tall in the Western Ghats, at about 3500 ft from sea level. Even at late afternoons, you can feel the fog and cold wind in that place. You need to really careful with your gadgets and caps since the wind blows at more than 35 km per hour. The Kuravan and the Kurathi statues are the main attractions in this place. Near to this place itself you can enjoy trekking also. It is around 2 to 2.5 km hill which you can climb. Idukki is actually an unexplored place in Kerala. From the top of the hill at Ramakkelmedu, you can see some parts of Tamil Nadu also. The green grasslands here are quite refreshing and the bamboo forests offer a unique and enchanting experience to those visiting.

Thommankuthu falls

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This waterfall is named after one tribal leader called Thomman. He died while crossing the river. The waterfall has pools that cascade after each step. It is located around 17 km away from Thodupuzha which is a great place to explore during your Kerala tour packages for family that’s affordable. The authorities have put handrails to protect the travellers from falling in as the place is quite crowded, especially during the peak seasons. They have also kept the danger signs wherever it’s required. It is a bit risky but still the waterfalls are classic and you can trek through the forest which gives memorable experience. There are many caves and thick forest here which are considered as best for trekking, rock climbing, camping, boating and horse riding.

 

Kalvari Mount

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Kalvari mount is also called as Calvary mount. This mountain lies in the locality of Thekkady on your way to Mattapana. This mountain gives a very good view of the reservoir and the two tribal villages called Kamakshi and Mariyapuram. You can see lots of beautiful elephants. Those who are interested in farming and love pets can have a great time in the privately owned plantations where you can enjoy. This mountain is very calm and beautiful and a perfect destination for Kerala Tour. Idukki hydro electric project, Nadukani, and Malankara dams are very near to this place.

 

Malankara Reservoir

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The Malankara Reservoir is situated around 6 km from Thodupuzha. This is an artificially made a lake which is a beautiful place for Kerala Travel Packages. This lake is ideal for fishing and boating. This place is backed by Moolamattom powerhouse. This place is spread around 11 km and it includes some part of Muvattupuzha valley. Tourists who visit this place can go to Kudayathoor Hills, Elaveezhapoonjira Waterfalls, Nadukani, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary and Cheruthoni Dam also. This place is very loving for all those people who love nature and calmness. This place also known for its irrigation projects. These are places hardly crowded as they are far away from the typical tourist destinations. You may not find a 5 star property nearby to stay, but you will surely be bowled over by the friendliness and hospitality extended by the people who live in the nearby areas.

 

Thattekkad Bird sanctuary

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Thattekkad Bird sanctuary was made by the renowned Ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali in 1983. This is situated near to Kothamangalam. The sanctuary has more than 500 species of rare birds. This place is spread across 25 kms. The bird sanctuary is covered with thick tropical deciduous and evergreen forest. Periyar river supplies water for the greenery and the birds.  A variety of birds like bee-eater, jungle fowl, black-winged kite, falcon-grey, shrike, crimson-throated barbet, Ceylon frog mouth and sunbird all you can see there. This region is habitat to night heron, white-breasted water hen, blue-winged parakeet, rose-billed roller, and hornbill. This sanctuary is an abode for around 28 species of flora and fauna and many genuses of reptiles. That is the reason the nature lovers and birdwatchers love this place on their Kerala Tours. Leopard, bear, and porcupine are usually seen near the Periyar river banks. You can elephants also are seen in the forest sometimes. Cobra and Python are commonly seen on trees holes and trunks around this area. The sanctuary includes a range of plants like trees of teak, mahogany and rosewood.

 

Hill view park

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It is a natural garden located near to Idukki Arch dam and Cheruthoni dam. The whole garden is spread over 8 kms. You can have clear view of entire Idukki from that garden. This garden is very famous in Idukki among the tourists on Kerala Travel. This park is above 350 ft from the dam level. You can enjoy pedal boating in the garden. This park is constructed on a small hill and it is operated and managed by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC).  Elephant, deer and bison are common in the park. Herbal garden with children’s play area are newly added additions to it. You can enjoy pathway there in the garden.

 

Peermede

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Peermede is located in the southern part of the Idukki district. It is a hill station which is famous among tourists on Kerala tour packages . This name come from one Sufi saint called Peer Muhammad. This place has tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations. It is near to waterfalls, sculpture rocks and meadows. The summer residence of royal family located here is now converted into the government guest house. You can see many monuments here.  Kuttikkanam, Thrissanku hills, Peeru hills and Grampi are popular tourist spots of this place. Tourists frequent this place for rocky plains, lush green hillsides, thick and deep evergreen forests, and various trekking trails. Pattumala is one of the towering peaks in the area that has a variety of little streams and tea plantations. You can see Vellankani Matha church built in granite stone. You can see different types of flowers in the garden near to the church.  Vagamon hills are fully covered with grass and it forms a chain of three hills called the Thangal hills, Murugan hills and Kurisumala hills. The Kurisumala hills have an amazing dairy farm, which is operated by the Kurisumala monks.  Tourists can also visit the Plakkathadam popular tribal communities like Coral, Malappandaram and Malayarayan. This place is best for trekking with a superb climate and excellent eco system.

 

Most of the tourists only visit the most popular tourist destination in Idukki such as Munnar and Thekkady. But the true beauty of the place lies in the inner villages where very few tourists on Munnar tour packages from Bangalore and other states visit. These are places where you still find tribal settlements and traditional villages, where people still love each other and co-exist with nature. For them the nature around them decides on what they do. Whether its entertainment, exercise, food, education, livelihood or medicine, nature gives them all they need and in turn, they give back nature