Kerala- The Magic Land of Spices

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Every country is famous for the food they serve. While in some countries the main ingredients are sauces in other countries it is spices.  Some people go on journeys in search of new places and some people go in search of new cuisines. And if you are ever planning to set on a Kerala Trip in search of food, all the information here would be of great help as you would not miss any food that belongs to the Gods own Country.The most authentic food of Kerala is their Sadhya. While some people cook this traditionally for Onam and Vishu, others get sadhya ready for personal functions like birthdays and get together’s. It is served on a banana leaf as there are around 20- 60 dishes served for a sadhya. The specialty is that all the dishes are vegetarian. Rice is the major dish which includes side dishes like Sambar, Rasam, Inji Puli, Pulisheri, Ellisheri and others. Each of these dishes is mouth-watering recipes made of vegetables like potato, carrot, beetroot, cabbage and drumsticks. At the end of the meal, Payasam or Pradhaman is served which is a dessert. It is served in varieties especially with main ingredients like vermicelli, rice, wheat and even dal.

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Other than this traditional vegetarian cuisine, Kerala has umpteen non-vegetarian dishes. Sea food is the most preferred by the locals residing in Kerala. From Trivandrum to Kasargod you will get to eat special seafood dishes that belong to each district here. While in some places coconut is added to fish curry, in some places it is just chili and spices. Meen mulakittathu and Karimeen curry is the most favourite. In the former dish, any type of fish like Mackerel, Sardine or Pomfret can be added. The fish fry is also an inevitable part of the food for the Malayalis. They marinate the fish with ginger garlic paste and spices and keep it for over an hour after which it is fried. They also smoke the fish by keeping it in banana leaves which will be free of oil. Karimeen Pollichathu is the most favourite where the fish which is priorly marinated is kept in the banana leaf with a masala made from onions, tomato and chili. Prawns are also cooked in several ways which are a must taste recipes of Kerala. Other than the Prawns Biryani, prawns are also fried and roasted. A special dish from the countryside is the prawns fried with coconut which will definitely be a tour to anyone’s taste buds. Chemmeen Pollichathu and Chemmeen Moilee are other dishes made of prawns. Alleppey is the destination where most of the people reach up to have these dishes.

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Biriyani is also served everywhere in Kerala. Malabar biryani is the most famous out of the lot. Belonging to the Malabar region this biryani is more than just food to localities here. There are families who have been addicted to this delicacy that people travel kilometers on a affordable and cheap Kerala family tour package just to have this during their weekend. Thalassery biriyani is mainly served with chicken but these days even mutton, fish, beef and prawns are also served. The specialty of this biryani is that it uses Jeerakasala or Kaima rice instead of basmati rice. Breakfast dishes are also in plenty here. Malayalis cannot start their day without having proper breakfast. Various combinations like Puttu and Kadala, Appam and Stew, Idiyappam and Egg curry are the most famous other than dosa-chutney, Idli-sambar combinations. Mutta pathiri which is served with coconut is also a favourite breakfast here.If you move to the Malabar region, other than the biryani you can savour a number of other dishes. During the time of Ramadan, most of the major snacks are made from here. Erachi Pathal, Kozhi Pidi, Chatti Pathiri and Kunji Pathari are the most famous out of the lot. Other than this Malabar Duck roast is also famous dish. Mussel fry, Unakka and Elanchi and even Ice Orathi are available in the street shops here. Kozhikode is a must visit for all the food bloggers as it serves amazing food at reasonable prices. The halwa sold here is heaven to people. They often pack it when travelling long distance as it is like a ritual.

The people in Kerala are addicts to tea and snack. They either have milk tea or black tea along with snacks like banana fritters, vada or Dal Vada. Kaya Varuthathu (Banana sliced and fried) and Chakka Varuthathu (Jackfruit sliced and fried) are also favourites of the Kids residing here. Jackfruit is a must try from this land. Other than fried, it is also used to make Upperi and curry for lunch. Kheer is also made from it during the jackfruit season. When there is an excess of it even Idli is made out of it.

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Beef is also favourite to the people living here. During the beef ban period, a lot of people protested against it from Kerala. Parotta and beef are more like a personal local food for them. Other than beef cutlets, Beef Varattiyathu and Beef Kuru Mulakittathu are famous here. Tapioca and beef curry are loved by all those who taste it for once. Toddy is also exclusive to Kerala. It is a sweet- sour drink extracted from coconut. Coconut water is also the most sort drink during the summers here. Naruneendi and Kulukki Sarbath are also drinks that are available only in this land. While the former drink is made of milk, the latter one is shaken lemonade. Sugar syrup and lemon juice are the main ingredients in it.Other than the traditional Kerala food, all other cuisines like International, Mexican and even north Indian food are available here. While Pani Puri and momos are served on the streets on carts, students rush here to taste them, but at the end of the day, they always get back to their own cuisines as nothing is more satisfying than it. There are couples who take amazing Kerala honeymoon packages from Bangalore to make food travelogues of Kerala as nothing can be more exciting than food being a part of your first journey.Kerala is hence the hub of any food lover as it gives the taste buds, a chance to savour every flavour from the Gods own country.

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Gavi- The Wilderness Beacons

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Travelling could be the best experience when it is with your loved ones; the best destination would double your joy. We go tripping in search of different elements; some would travel for joy while others as a part of their profession, and some would travel to spend some quality time with their loved ones while some travel to run away from their busy schedules. Both the ways travelling is always fun. Most travellers are people who love nature; they mostly visit areas and destinations with natural beauty like forest, lake, river, waterfalls, mountains, and hill stations, or monumental destinations with forts, monuments and other natural wonders. Gods own country, Kerala would be a perfect destination for travellers in search of tradition, culture, nature, monuments, historical forts and adventures. Kerala is also a land with a beautiful climate which could be most enjoyable for couples and newly wedded life partners. Munnar would be a perfect destination for couples; your journey would be easier and adventurous with Romantic Munnar honeymoon packages arranged by organisers like Gogeo Holidays. Planning your tour with tour operators and organisers make your journey, stay and visits easier and more comfortable. You are free to choose the destinations you wish to visit and places you like to stay, tour operators help you to organise your travel without you being bothered about the schedules and stay.

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Kerala is said to be a perfect holiday destination because of its landscapes and natural beauty. Kerala is a land with numerous numbers of hill stations, pilgrimage, museum, beaches, backwaters, wildlife sanctuary, waterfalls, palace, ecotourism destinations, dams, art gallery, forts, amusement parks, shopping malls, and zoo. Kerala is a land with everything a tourist or a traveller would be looking for.  Different Kerala tour packages  for family are arranged to attract travellers to the land of culture and tradition. Kerala is a land with many unknown or infamous tourist destinations; it is a land yet to be explored as a tourist destination.

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 Gavi is one such unexplored destination in Kerala; the place was not much famous until the release of the famous Malayalam movie “Ordinary”. The movie showed up the natural beauty the place holds and the possibility of the place being a tourist destination. Gavi is a land to the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta district; it is scattered across the Periyar tiger reserves and forests. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent wildlife including tiger, elephant, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking and mouse deer, lion tailed macaque other varieties of monkey, Nilgiri marten and a lot more.  The excellence of this place is worth a closer look, nature is at its unadulterated best. The place labours as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, researchers and much more. For the nature travellers, the land offers complete experience with the flora including Podocarpus wallichinia a highly endemic species of gymnosperm family seen only around Gavi in the whole Western Ghats. The forest around Gavi is home to over 350 different species of birds like the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, bongos, cuckoos, and bulbul, the destination could be a dream for any birder. Daily transportation like bus and jeep is available to Vendee Periyar from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Now Kerala tour packages from Bangalore are arranged to the place keeping in mind the importance of tourism and keeping Gavi as an important tourist destination with a lot to offer to the travellers. Gavi has the best climate at night the temperature would drop till 10degree. Some of the activities arranged in Gavi by tour operators like Gogeo Holidays include trekking, wildlife watching, birding, stay at top tree huts, outdoor camping in forest, safaris through jungle roads, visit paradise cove at Ninnum Ulli, boating in the Gavi and kochu pampa lakes, leisurely walks through spice gardens, visit cardamom factory, climb to Sabarimala temple. The active association of the tribes in Gavi makes it a novel venture, the legendary knowledge of the forest and its way of life help Gavi to control its enclosing in its original state.  Some of the breathtaking aspects at Gavi like the valley view offer a great view of a deep canyon and the forest below; from Koch Pampa, one can track the foraging Nilgiri Tahr. Another bizarre feature of Gavi is camping in the forest. Travellers can pitch a tent in the camping site which is rare in many Indian forests. At night travellers can feel the presence of wildlife an experience that cannot be explained through words. There is also tree top stays where one can enjoy forest life to the fullest.

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 To experience the natural beauty and the life in the wild, then Gavi is the place. In Kerala, there are many such destination and island that are less popular but rich in natural beauty and natural resources like forest wildlife, flora and fauna. Kerala is also a place with different cultural tradition and much more. A visit to Kerala the land of hill stations will always give you a different experience of the world and nature around. Hill stations covered with tea plantations, freshwater lakes, rivers, and backwater, all give a pleasant stay and fresh experience for the tourists. A Kerala Holiday Packages for Family tour is always arranged and organised well with tour operators like Gogeo holidays are worth spending your money for. People who wish to experience a fresh and clear nature along with a diversion in culture, tradition, language, and religion should definitely visit Kerala with its best tour packages under affordable rate with all available facilities. There are different shopping centres organised by Kerala government especially focusing on tourism and tourist. All the products in these stores are mostly natural products like khadi. All the products in these stores are priced by the government of Kerala. 

Holiday, trips, and tours are mostly the best remembered days in a person’s life, tripping with friends and family is the best experience one can ever have. One always gets the best experience from these trips. It is very important that you plan for a trip that is worth remembering than just travelling. Now experience the best days of your life with friends and family in Kerala enjoying the best destinations in Kerala.

 

Kerala culture- the amalgamation of influences

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Kerala, the minuscule state in the Southern tip of Indian continent, has been capturing the attention of travelers from all over the world for many years. There are many simple yet alluring facts of Kerala that make everyone fall in love with it, in the first glance itself. The local culture is such one fact. When everyone goes after the glamorous backwaters and misty hill stations with the help of some amazing Kerala tour packages, that are covered by many travel operators like Gogeo Holidays, some of them may wish to experience the unique culture and traditions of this God’s own kingdom. Kerala holds a unique and distinct culture that is sure to boast of by every Keralite. This uniqueness is visible with everything that is home to, in the colorful vibrant festivals, art forms, performing arts, world-renowned literature, painting, music, the amazing cuisine and so on.

What we now describe as the culture and traditions of Kerala is actually a confluence of the amalgamation of different kinds of influences that this land has faced with. According to the archeological and historical evidence, the first and earliest inhabitants of Kerala were the Dravidians. And you can still see the influences of this Dravidian culture in different aspects of Kerala it’s day to day life.

The land of counts

As the name Kerala literally indicates, this state is indeed the land of coconuts- the tree of life. Many cultural habits of this state have been revolved around the cultivation of this crop. The tender coconut water is Kerala’s own soft drink that is now loved by many. And if the soft flesh is mixed with the water, it makes up for a wonderful snack.  The matured coconut is grated as used as an ingredient for almost every dish that Kerala own. And the coconut oil made from the dry county is also using to cook almost every dish. The toddy, which is got from the coconut tree is Kerala’s own unique alcoholic drink which is made from the sap of the flower before it blooms.

Not only the land is full of coconut fringed landscapes everywhere, this tree also has made a great impact on the lifestyle of many people here.  Toddy tapping is the source of income of many people here, and you can find Toddy shops in many parts of Kerala.  The course that is made from the coconut husk forms the basis of the coir industry here. The choir is also used in many interesting ways. The fiber of the coir is used to make mats, rugs, baskets, and many other fascinating handicrafts. Many tourists buy these as typical Kerala souvenirs. So do not forget to visit the major coir hub- Alleppey in Kerala with your cheap Kerala family tour packages at low price, during your trip to Kerala. The list is not needed here. The outer shell of the coconut is also used to make different handicraft products and attractive traditional pots and ornaments.  The coconut leaves are used for the purpose of thatching the traditional houses and the dried ones make up a form of fuel. So as you can see, the coconut indeed is the tree of life in Kerala and makes up a big part of the culture in here.

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Unique performing arts to preserve the tradition

If you want to watch the live performance of the portraying of Kerala’s culture- then the best way is to watch some vibrant performing arts, which still maintain the Kerala’s culture in its purest form. The major performing arts that belong to Kerala are the Theyyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Panchavadyam, Kalaripayattu and do on. All these musical extravaganzas and performing arts reveal the unique culture and the old era of this vibrant state.  IN the ancient times, these kind of art forms were only part of temples and places that are linked to religions. But now these are more become like public spaces. Try to include Kalamandalam, one of the renowned cultural center in Kerala with your itinerary of the affordable Kerala tour packages, the experience would be experienced for you.  Most of these unique arts of Kerala is now packaged as cultural products and is preserved for the future generations.

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The fascinating beauty of Kerala’s tuskers and elephants

Well, we call it tusker mania.  When you head out to explore the cultural roots of Kerala, you would be amazed by the fact that no even a single temple festival in Kerala passes without and the array of beautifully decorated tuskers on the display for the public.  Keralites are simply big fans of elegant elephants and the tuskers. And these form an important part of the culture of this land. Elephants are considered to be a symbol of royalty and prestige for the Keralites, and also a big source of good fortune.  In all the major temple festivals in Kerala, the idols are carried out by only by an elephant, who are considered as the Lord Ganesha himself.  One of the popular such tuskers- Guruvayur kesavan who used to carry the deity of Lord Krishna in the temple of Guruvayur has a statue erected in that area, These tusker heroes are more like legends who are kept in the memory of people even after their death. You can also find fascinating paintings that portray these tuskers in their all glory. You can include the places like Kodanad elephant training camp, and Punnathur kotta near Guruvayur with your affordable kerala holiday packages for family to watch the elephants in its natural habitats.

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The unpretentious food- the remarkable simplicity

No love is sincere than the love of food. The Kerala’s own dishes are known as one of the most healthy dishes in the entire world. Like many other popular cuisines, Kerala’s cuisine also takes advantage of the different mixture of flavors, spices, seafood, and especially coconut. Even just the simplicity of all these food items will make you want to try them. The cuisine of Kerala reflect the influences of many cultures and historical, geographical, social conditioning effects. Especially those from the colonial era, when the British, Dutch, used to rule here. Kerala is one such rare place in the entire world, where you can find as many varieties as for both the vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisine in equal amount.

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The vibrant celebrations and festivals

Kerala is also home some of the most vibrant and unique festivals in the entire world. And these reflect the musical, religious, historical aspects of the state. And one of the common thing you would find about these festivals is the traitor harmony and oneness among them. Which means, regardless of different religions and culture, everyone takes part in these and celebrates in harmony, The traditional practices of the land is cultivated in the same spirit by the people here, and many still hold on to the ethics and values of the culture. Each of these celebrations is not for a particular people, or community or religion, it is for the entire society.

So, as a sum up, it can be said that the culture of Kerala reflects the confidence of many communities, civilizations, and most importantly the ones of people with the mother nature. People here carve out their identity preserving this unique culture and still being open to the modern aspects and plethora of influences from the outside world.

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Spectacular Trip to the Spice Coast Of India-Gogeo holidays

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Kerala has Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east, Kerala has diverse geographical features. Kerala has three geographical regions: Highlands, Midlands, coastline with many backwaters, interconnected with canals and rivers. With a pleasant and moderate climate throughout the year Kerala has a relaxing ambiance, therefore Kerala tour packages are very popular. Kerala is a tropical region with the coast throughout the entire length and the Western Ghats protects Kerala from the dry winds from up north. The monsoons lasts June-September & October-November. Kerala is among the top of India’s most progressive states in conditions of social welfare and quality of life. And Kerala has one of India’s highest literacy rates, highest life expectancy and lowest child mortality rates. In the case of literacy rate for women Kerala is one of the highest in all of Asia. The culture of Kerala is a mixture of Aryan and Dravidian cultures, developed and mixed for centuries, under influences from other parts of India and abroad. It is defined by its antiquity and the organic continuity sustained by the Malayali people. Modern Kerala society took shape owing to migrations from different parts of India and abroad throughout Classical Antiquity.

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                Kerala is celebrated as the Spice Coast of India; ancient Kerala was visited by many travelers and traders from across the world as well as the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. All of them have left their imprint on Kerala in some way or the other like architecture, cuisine, literature. Many tourist select Kerala tour packages for family and explore these beautiful Gods own country with their loved ones. Major cities of the Gods own country is Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur and Kozhikode. Each region of Kerala has its own variance in the cuisines. A Kerala cuisine offers a whole host of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Kerala is popular for its traditional dishes and its tingling taste. Mostly Kerala non vegetarian dishes are prepared using fish, poultry, red meat along with rice. Kerala cuisine include chilies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind and asafetida used frequently. There is no other cuisine that can match traditional food of Kerala. And Kerala cuisine is really spicy compared to other cuisines

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                Ayurveda existed in the land of India some 5000 years ago, Ayurveda is the oldest healthcare system in the earth and it unites the thoughts of medicine and philosophy. Ayurveda stood for the good physical, mental and spiritual growth of humanity. It can be defined as ‘Ayur’ is life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. So Ayurveda means the ‘knowledge of the science of life’. It is a unique and vital branch of medicine. There are a number of resorts and spa’s dedicated especially for the Ayurvedic treatments. It is one of the major attractions of Kerala. And so there are many Kerala tour packages for family that include Ayurvedic Spa. Ayurveda is well-known medication around the world because it doesn’t have any kind of side-effects and it will help to rejuvenate the body and mind. Some Kerala Tour packages include Ayurvedic treatments and medicinal massages at their well-being center and certified Ayurveda hospital in Kerala. A team of doctors and therapists ensure the highest levels in the excellence of treatment and medicinal arrangements. These packages are specifically planned to treat modern day problems like stress, respiratory problems, eyes and skin diseases. Munnar tour packages are renowned for the Ayurvedic treatments and spa.

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                The Indian state, Kerala is well known for its miscellaneous forms of performing arts. The various communities in Kerala donate to its rich and colorful culture. Kerala is a land of arts and festivals. It has everything to entertain the people all over the world. In the dome of arts and festivals Kathakali is the best disclosure of visual treat is an art with mudras. The people who know the meaning of mudras can enjoy kathakali.Chakkiar Koothu is a spoof form of art and it has everything to entertain everyone. It creates lot of amusement and the story represents the contemporary events. The Chakkiar is a joker and he makes the stories to entertain the audience. It id special art form in Kerala.  The Kerala temples are a good venue for many art forms. The temple festival season of Kerala enlarges many opportunities for presenting art and cultural forms. . Theyyam is one of the very popular art form of north Kerala. Theyyam is very colorful and it attractive. Kerala, Thrissur pooram, Panchavadhyam etc. are fame all over the world. Without Panchavadhyam and Thrissur Pooram, there is no soul to Kerala. Panchavadhyam is a very classic and interesting orchestra of Kerala.There is lot of tour packages for Kerala. Also there is special Kerala honeymoon packages for the couple.

Have your trip to Meghamalai, stunning destination flourished with cool and misty mountains

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Cool and misty mountain ranges, Meghamalai is so stunning and popular tourist destination also called Highway Mountains. This is one of the gorgeous destinations to have various nature-friendly tour packages, you can enjoy your most memorable time with this stunning destination, and it will be one of the attractive one in your life. It is a mesmerizing place blessed with natural beauty cardamom plantation and tea estates. Meghamalai is situated as a part of western Ghat in Theni. The entire area of Meghamalai mostly cultivated greenish tea plantations, which include cloudland, highways and Manalaar estates the access to which is now probably rejected. Plan your memorable trip family tour packages to Meghamalai through Gogeo holidays, one of the leading tour operators in Kerala.

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The large Tamilnadu wildlife sanctuary expanded around 600km of the forest in the division, Priority tasks in the sanctuary should be the control of poaching and the use of pesticides, the removal of ganja and the cultivation and scientific management of watersheds. The Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary can be an outstanding buffer to the Periyar Tiger Reserve and Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary and can enormously strengthen conservation in the southern Western Ghats, the range of monuments south of the Palakkad Gap.

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The foothills include scrub forests, up to the stunning expanses of tea and coffee estates together with spices plantations of pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and finally to the dense evergreen forests at the peak.

Wildlife includes,

  • Oriental honey buzzard
  • Great pied hornbill
  • Indian brown mongoose
  • Jerdon’s palm civet
  • White-bellied short wing
  • Black-naped monarch
  • Pied thrush
  • Gaur
  • Tiger
  • Leopard
  • Asian elephant
  • Mouse deer
  • Ghatixalus asterops
  • Raorchestes beddomii
  • Raorchestes ponmud
  • Nyctibatrachus sp
  • Ramanella triangulari
  • Ramanella Montana
  • Calotes grandisquamis
  • Dravidogecko anamallensis
  • Salea anamallayana
  • Kaestlea travancorica
  • Kaestlea laterimaculata
  • Uropeltis madurensis
  • Uropeltis liura
  • Calliophis nigrescens
  • Large-scaled pit viper
  • Enigmatic Hutton’s pit viper.

Tea estates and dams

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Highways are a view factor with a purpose to have the funds for a high-quality view of the whole peak variety of Varusanadu Hills. There hardly many big private teas, spices and espresso plantations all around, initial rate encompass The Highways Estates owned by using The wood briar institution, Ananda Plantations, Pensive Plantations and Fielded property have the biggest holdings of plantations in Meghamalai, a synthetic lake and lots of scope for creation leisurely walks. Six dams on the hill and originating area of Suruli Theertham are famous attractions for travelers. From Manalaar dam, you’ll be able to view the deep Cumbum Valley and the villages of Theni district. The branch of Tourism has intentionally introduced boat or ferry carrier to permit travelers to revel in the pristine beauty of the hill.

Other tourist attractions near to the serene beauty Theni include,

  • Suruli waterfalls
  • Thekkady
  • Top station
  • Vaiga dam
  • Kurangani hills
  • Fun park
  • Mangala Devi, Kannaki temple
  • Mannamalai peak
  • China Suruli
  • kailasanathar

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Plan your stunning trip and experience the beauty of Theni largely. You can reach Meghamalai easily from Kochi and there are regular bus and other vehicle services are available. This will definitely an amazing experience in your Kerala tour packages. So do visit Theni.

Holiday Destinations in Pathanamthitta

Summer call is upon us, and when it comes to choosing the holiday spots, most of us look for spots in outside Kerala or India. On this vacation, while selecting the places to visit, first consider the sites in your neighboring districts before venturing outside, and Kerala tour packages for family will help you plan the perfect getaway for your family, which is offered by the renowned tour operators in Kerala, Gogeo Holidays.

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Have you thought about the Pathanamthitta district, a small hilly land with its pristine beauty which is world renowned for its pilgrim spot Sabarimala, This pilgrim center of Kerala is blessed with picturesque landscapes, heritage villages, famous pilgrim spots, cultural and training centers etc,  With the promotion of tourism projects like Gavi, this district has now got on the top of the tourism map of India.  You can encounter with may be the densest forest regions of South India here.  This place is home to the unique Aranmula Kannadi and the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, the school of architecture in its purest form.  If you think, there is nothing much to see and explore here in this small district, then you are wrong. Have a look at the following amazing destinations.

Chuttipara- A Must See Heritage Spot

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Chuttipara, a cluster of rocks that tells the tales of the legendary lord Rama, will be a fascinating spot for those who like visiting heritage spots that speak mystery and old tales. This 200 ft. rock cluster is a main landmark of Pathanamthitta.  And the locals here have a lot of tales to tell regarding the Ramayana, and it seems like the entire story has played around those rocks.

Myth Behind

This rock cluster holds many tales regarding the epic tale of Ramayana. According to the locals here, the lord Rama and his escorts were supposed to rest here during their wild venture.

Attractions

Harihara Mahadeva Temple– This temple holds the idol which is believed to been worshiped by lord Rama himself.

Chelavirichipara– The literal meaning is the rock which is used to hang the clothes of women. It is believed that Sita used to put her clothes here for drying on this rocks and hence the name.

Kattadipara- It Is the most popular attraction around here and the best view of Chelavirichipara can be viewed from here.  The story behind these rocks is that the lord Hanuman is used to rest here. And there is a well nearby and it is believed that lord Rama and Sita used the water of this well for their use.

Pulipara– The story tells that this was where Rama and Sita used to stay at night and the rock shelf here was their bed.

Konni- The Elephant Training Camp

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Located around 10 km from Pathanamthitta, this place is famous for the elephant training camp, and if you are an animal lover, then a trip to this place would be an amazing experience for you with some enticing Kerala tour packages.  This well-renowned elephant training center has become a major tourist spot, with a number of tourists visiting here each year.

The history

This center was established in 1942. And In old times, the elephants were used to be trapped using pits or by using captive ones among them. And once an elephant is caught it would be tamed and trained by the experts’ trainers here in Konni, later these animals would be used for dragging timber or used for religious possessions. And the trapping and catching stopped in 1977 and the center has become a home to elephants who want to wander apart from their herds.

Major Attraction

Aanakkodu– This Is one of the main attractions around here. This huge cage that is built of wood is used to house elephants.  It can accommodate maximum three elephants at a time.

Elephant Museum–  You can find many fascinating exhibits here, making Konni one among the Eco-friendly tourist spot.  IN the museum, you can find skeletons and magnificent pictures of the elephants.The audio visual room here makes you feel like you are in a forest.

Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls

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Located on the banks of the Pamba river, this waterfalls in known for its wide area.  The forest area nearby adds to the scenic beauty that attracts both domestic as well as the international tourists to visit here.  This stream that conjures up to Pamba river is both alluring and dangerous with its slippery rocks.  This place offers a perfect place for spending time with your family in a serene place.

Gavi- The Eco-Tourism Project

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If you are a nature-lover and an adventure enthusiast, then this place will surely catch your attention.  The Alistair International listed it as one of the major Eco-tourism centers in India. It has become a most sought after destinations in Pathanamthitta because of its misty climate and filmy famous locations.  Gavi is full of dense forests where you can see wild animals such as Elephants, bison, sambar and Malabar giant squirrels etc.

One of the main attraction of his Eco-friendly tourist spot is that it is the locals who serve as the tourist guides and actives around here. You will have plenty of options for activities like trekking, mountain camping etc. This place is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and both the day and night stays are available here.

Basket Boating Options :

It is a part of the A Gavi Eco-tourism project in Pathanamthitta. And basket boating options available here has become a major attraction for the tourists from nearby districts to flock here. The location is near Peruvali Mundakanmuzhi bridge and the place offers a perfect picnic spot.

So try out these amazing places on your next vacation with some exciting Kerala tour packages.  If you plan accordingly, your holiday trips can be a new learning experience for both children and the elderly ones. By exploring these culturally important and heritage place you will get to know how deep is the cultural roots of Gods own Kingdom lies and it is always good to feel close to the nature for getting away from all the stress and tensions of your city life.

 

 

Unexplored attractions in Kottayam

Beauty, the thing which everyone likes during the Kerala trip. There are lots and lots of attractions are located in Kerala and most of them are related to historic attractions. These attractions are really fabulous to watch, and experience too. The popular Gogeo holidays one of the leading tour operators in Kerala, they are highly efficient in the field of tourism and they promote attractions of Kerala largely.

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The well known Kottayam “Akshara Nagari or Land of letters” has much more attractions in which an enthusiastic traveler can explore perfectly, and the majority of them are not highly popular into the external world. For an awesome Kerala tour packages for family, Kottayam is perfect. The list of attractions include,

  • Dhakshina Mookambika or panachikkadu temple
  • Illikkal Kallu
  • Vennimala
  • India’s first plantation estates- Enthayar
  • 1000 years old mosque – Thzhathangady
  • Palaikari aqua tourism center

Dhakshina Mookambika

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Dhakshina Mookambika is also called Panachikkadu temple, one of the leading pilgrim centers located in the district of Kottayam. It’s a popular Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Saraswathi. It is located in the southern area of Indian Peninsula, the most prominent Saraswathi temple in Kerala. Vishnu is the major deity, who the devotees worship prior to Saraswathi. Ganapati, Shiva, Sasthavu, and Yakshi are sub-deities who are also worshiped in this temple.

Illikkal kavu

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The major tourist attraction Illikkal kavu is located in the district of Kottayam, and it situated about 3400 above from the sea level. This is also one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats. The Rock Illikkal kavu is situated in the high feet Illikkal mala, The craze that makes this rock unique is that half of the rock has fallen off, and only the other half leftovers. This enhancement beautiful mountains which surround the rock. Its nearest city is in the Teekoy.

The popular Illikkal mala located in the Kottayam district, and plentiful mountain streams in this peak, flow down to form the Meenachil River. The visitors must trek 3 km to reach the summit of the peak. Each of the hills has posse’s peculiar shapes, and one of them resembles a mushroom, which is why it is recognized as Kuda Kallu (umbrella shaped rock). It is said that the medicinal herb Neela Koduveli nurture here. This blue flower is also supposed to possess supernatural powers, which could increase wealth and guarantee a rich harvest.

The second hill has a little hunch on the sides and is therefore referred to as Koonu Kallu (hunch back rock). Crossways this rock is a 1/2 ft and a wide bridge called Narakapalam (bridge to hell). From the hilltops, the Arabian Sea can be seen in the above horizon as a thin blue stroke. The view of the sunset from above the peak on the sundown of a full moon day can be sensational: the moon can be seen mounting up like another sun, as the orange sun goes down.

India’s first plantation estates- Enthayar

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Yendayar is a community in Kottayam district, Kerala, India that is completely surrounded by hills. According to local custom, Mr. J.J. Murphy named the place, which was to be his home in anticipation of death in 1957, after his mother and the neighborhood river. Yendayar is a grouping of ‘yen’ (my) ‘thai’ (mother) and ‘ar’ (river). Murphy had come 103 years ago to the position which was a broad forest and had no name or people then. He had traveled an extended way to reach there. There he recognized India’s primary successful rubber plantation. He brought workers from close to and far – Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. One Famous Temple is located in Yendayar Town; The Goddess Chelliyammal is the main goddess in this temple. Temple is considered as ordinary to the Hindu devotees. Chelliyammal devaswom is in organized of covil’s administration.

1000 years old mosque – Thzhathangady

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Thzhathangady Juma Masjid is a mosque positioned in Thzhathangady, one of the Heritage regions of Kerala, India, near the town of Kottayam. It’s the oldest mosque in India and is more than 1000 years old. It is prominent for its richness of structural design, wood carvings, and the beauty. The Southern half of it is demolished and comprehensive with iron pillars, aluminum piece, and minars in 2012. This mosque is placed on the banks of the Meenachil River.

Thzhathangady Juma Masjid is also identifying as the “Taj Juma Masjid”. The intimates of this Masjid came and settled in Kottayam, from diverse parts of Kerala. The Muslims who lived here take part in an active role in Freedom move violently and other National Movements. This mosque is recognized for its intricate wooden carvings and architecture.

All these are an exotic destination to spend your holidays with Kerala and make to access any suitable packages, from the list of Kerala Tour Packages provided by the Gogeo holidays. Plan your trip and happy to enjoy the fun, young Kerala along with these mesmerizing destinations.