Where Gods shower their blessings forever!

God’s own country is what they call, Kerala. It is blessed with generous locales, showered with immense beauty and unique culture. Sometimes we may feel that our language really lack adjectives to describe the eternal beauty of Kerala. Kerala is the state which comprises of 44 tranquil rivers, flowing through all the 14 districts. The outstanding beauty and unique culture not only attracts local tourists but also international travellers across the globe. There are numerous features which captivate visitors to the state. Irrespective of the seasonal changes Kerala always surprises its travellers in amazing ways and creates a special place in their minds. Sun-toasted beaches, pristine backwaters, elegant houseboat cruises, green meadows of spices and tea, beautiful and rare species of animals and birds, lofty and stupendous mountains and so on. The list never ends. Some tourists visit the state with an aim to rejuvenate in revitalising herbal centres like Ayurveda. Some visit Kerala for business deals or simply to refresh with family and friends. Whatever may be the purpose, the ultimate aim of travellers is to explore the spectacular beauty of Kerala. The tropical climate, cultural art forms like Kathakali, Ottan Thulal, Mohiniyattom, Theyyam, Mudiyattom etc and adventurous activities such as trekking, rock climbing, rafting, diving, paragliding and etc are the other major components for travellers to choose Kerala for their memorable trips.

 

Trippers can plan a wonderful trip to Kerala either by themselves or can seek guidance from reputed travel operators. It’s up to the travellers to choose the best mode. But it always recommended consulting good travel agencies as they have years of experience in the relevant field. Dream holidays is one such tour operator which often organises tour packages to Kerala.We all are familiar that it is not as easy as falling off a log to establish own authority in the competitive era where travel agencies are blooming like mushrooms. It all happened with years of dedicated hard work and with a strong intention to gain customers’ satisfaction by providing outstanding hospitality services. In order to spice up the trip they always try to introduce new destinations in the packages. Dream holidays always amalgamate their packages with thrilling activities and exotic tourist spots. They are also willing to provide cab services to travellers for their personal needs. Every time they give a bed to trippers in well-reputed hotels with all modern facilities like 24*7 free Wi-Fi facility, lip-smacking dishes, hot water facility and laundry too. Positive feedback from the customers is the main reason behind their success. Kerala is adorned with many wonderful and amazing places. Each place is known for its eccentric beauty and features. Below is the list of few noteworthy destinations of south Indian state.

Ponmudi

Ponmudi, the magnificent hill station lies in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The hill region is also known as ‘Kashmir of India’ among national and international travellers. It is also popularly called as ‘Ootty of Kerala’ among locals. It is situated at an altitude of 1100 m from sea level. 18°C to 25 °C is the normal temperature of Ponmudi hill station. It is famous for backpacking and trekking activities. Journey to the hill is really thrilling as travellers will have to cover 22 hairpins. On the way to the misty hill, travellers can come across mesmerising Kallar River situated near to Golden valley and Mist-Laden valley and cascading waterfalls at Meenmutty. While standing at the treehouse, one will get a splendid bird’s eye view of the whole region. Trekking to ‘Varayadumotta’ will definitely give a remarkable experience. Deer Park, located at a 3 km from Ponmudi and cottages made from stone and wood will make you amazed. Golden Valley is the highlighting feature of Ponmudi. The valley carries crystal clear waters with golden sands in the middle. One of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats called Agasthyarkoodam is situated near to Ponmudi can be accessed only after receiving permission from the forest department. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is another major attraction of the hill station. It is sheltered to various species of Malabar grey hornbills, Asian Elephants, Leopards, and Lion-tailed Macaques etc.

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Best time to visit: November to May.

Gavi

Have you seen the Malayalam movie named ‘Ordinary’ starred by famous actors? People who watched the movie at least once will never forget the beautiful and fascinating picturesque landscapes of a small village called Gavi. It is basically situated in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. The village is famous for its wilderness. On the way to Gavi, one could come across dams and other water resources. Travellers could visit Moozhiyar hydroelectric power project of KSEB. It is one of the best places in Kerala to explore the immense beauty of nature and indulges in various activities such as trekking, nature walk in plantations, jeep safari, boat ride, bird watching in bird sanctuaries, spotting wild animals like giant leopard, Nilgiri Thar, Elephants and many more. Famous pilgrim centre known as ‘Sabarimala’ is situated near to Gavi village. It is one of the best places in Kerala to refresh from all stress of daily life. Mobile coverage is very poor in this area.

Nearest railway station: Chengannoor
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport
Best time to visit: September to February

Vagamon

Vagamon is a hill station which lies in two districts of Kerala namely, Idukki and Kottayam. Vagamon has found its own place in the list of "50 most attractive places to visit in India" by National Geographic Traveler. Vagamon is the least populated and polluted hill station in Kerala. It is positioned at a height of 1100 metres above sea level. The hill station is designed with beautiful green meadows, deep valleys, and tea and coffee gardens. It is the perfect spot to practices Paragliding in Kerala. The region is famous for tall green pine trees. Vagamon is popular for 3 tourist spots belonging to three different religions namely. They are Kurishu mala, Murugan mala, Thangal mala belonging to Christain, Hindu and Muslim religions respectively. Travellers could collect homemade items at low cost from here.

Nearest railway station: Kottayam
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport
Best time to visit: Anytime in a year.

Kollam

Kollam was once known as Quillon is famous for commercial trade purposes. The district is popular for cashew plantations and backwater tourism. The serene lake, picture-perfect landscapes, cardamom and cashew nut factories make Kollam a perfect destination for travellers etc. There are many important tourist places in Kollam.

Lighthouse: Lighthouse is situated in a place called Thangasseri. It was constructed in 1902 during the British administration. Lighthouse will give a bird’s eye view of the whole sea. It is second tallest and most visited lighthouse in Kerala.

Ashtamudi Lake: Ashtamudi Lake is the most popular place in Kollam. It is surrounded by tall green trees and swaying coconut palms. The 16 km long lake is the second largest lake in the state. It found its own way into the sea through the Neendakara estuary. Travellers come here to experience boat ride, to receive a glimpse of village life, natural habitat, and abundant flora and fauna etc. This lake is known for its splendid beauty and eight channels that connect to one lake. The lake got its name ‘Ashtamudi’ due to its eight channels. The famous cruises available in the district are Sayanthanam Sunset Cruise and Kayal Pradakshina Cruise.

Jatayupara: The world’s largest sculpture called Jatayu Para is situated in Kollam district. It is one of the main components of Kollam tourism. The sculpture was built to commemorate the incident from the Hindu Holy book ‘Ramayana’ where Jatayu bird failed his attempts to thwart Ravana from kidnapping Sita. A few years back, a rock theme park named Jatayu Earth centre was opened. It includes multi-dimensional theatre and museum. It also offers activities like rappelling, archery, rock and ladder climbing and many more.

Matha Amritanandamayi Ashramam: It is the ashrama of a world-famous female preacher, Matha Amritanandamay. It is home to nearly 3000 devotees, both national and international. They engage themselves in meditating and singing devotional songs. They follow the concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘the whole world is one family’.

Nearest railway station: Kollam
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Best time to visit: Anytime in a year

Palakkad

Famously known as the ‘city of majestic forts’, is the ‘granary of Kerala’. It is blessed with thick forest areas, plantations and many more. The district is popular for its unique cultural art forms and traditional lifestyle. As it is situated close to Tamilnadu state their lifestyle resemblance Tamilian culture. It is one of the least explored tourist destinations in Kerala. The district comprises of several noteworthy tourist spots.

Malampuzha dam: It is one of the largest reservoirs in Kerala. The dam is constructed on the top of Malampuzha River. The river is tributary of Bharathapuzha. Malampuzha gardens situated near to the dam are another major attraction of the place. Garden is designed with manicured lawns, hundreds of various species of beautiful flowers, water fountains etc. The main element of the garden is the ‘yakshi statue’ built by Kanayi Kunhiraman.

Tipu Sultan Fort: It is positioned in Palakkad town and was built in 1766 AD by Haider Ali. Inside the fort, one could find a Hanuman temple. Tipu Sultan fort also known as Palakkad fort served as a mode of communication between Palakkad and Coimbatore during the colonial period.

Kalapthy Village: Kalpathy Heritage Village or ‘Kalpathy Agraharam’ is the first heritage village in the state. A group of well-known Brahmins reside by concentrating on spiritual matters. Ancient Ratholsavam is conducted in this village every year. Females of the village wear traditional Kerala sarees and men wear a sacred thread around their chest. They decorated the front of their house by drawing ‘Kolam’ using rice batter.

Nelliampathy: One of the famous hill stations of Kerala is popular for orange cultivations. The eternal beauty of the hill station lures travellers to the place. The hill region is surrounded by green plantations and wildlife. It is the perfect place for trekking and mountaineering.

Silent Valley National Park: The park comprises of numerous kinds of fauna and flora. The park is situated 2000m above sea level. From the park, you will get a glimpse of Kunti River. It is the only river which remains clean and clear all the time.

Nearest railway station: Palakkad
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport
Best time to visit: Anytime in a year

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