located in the southern peninsular India, is a state offering a variety of
experiences. From one corner of the state to the other, it is replete with
attractions that are significant both in terms of history and architecture.
Besides, there are some ready to capture a traveller's imagination at the
very first sight. Places of worship like Sabarimala and Gurunayur are
renowned pilgrimage centres in southern India. The caves of Edakkal provide
an interesting account of the earliest of human settlements. No matter,
wherever you go, Kerala is always ready to welcome and satiate all the needs
It's not easy to visit the Sabarimala Temple for several reasons, yet this
very fact attracts the devotees all the more for they believe these
difficulties are there only to test their devotion towards Lord Ayappa.
There is a specific period for which the temple is open to the public
from November 15 to January 19. It is located on the Sahyadri mountains at
the height of 950 meters and is surrounded by forests all around.
You have known Kerala for its backwaters. You've heard of the state also
for its beaches. Now is the turn of the largest and best preserved fort of
Kerala, the Bekal Fort. A renowned place of great archaeological and
historical interest, Bekal Fort is about 350 years old. There is a proposal
underway to develop this place into a tourist complex which, it is hoped,
will radically transform the place.
The travelling is always taxing on your body, though you forget everything
once you reach your destination. The picture changes drastically once you
reach the top as the sudden rushing sound of the cascading waterfall makes
you feel that the water has begun to fall only now. Though the fact is that
the waters have maintained this suddenness for a long time and they are
still persevering. The Athirapally waterfalls are 80 feet high which start
at the high ranges calmly and come crashing down through the gorges.
Just imagine how people used to live in the ancient times. This is the very
place which is considered to be one of the earliest habitations of the
humans. But that's not the only reason why you should visit the place. The
Edakkal caves are the richest pictographic gallery of its kind. The Edakkal
caves are only 12 km away from the Sultan Bathery and are located in the
Ambukuthi hills in the Wayanad district of Kerala. There are formations of
two natural rocks which were formed by splitting of an enormous rock.
The structure of the Napier Museum was built in the 19th century. It is a
unique example of the Indo Sarcenic structure which brings to the fore the
rich heritage of the state. Located in the centre of the city, the place is
named after the former Governor General of Madras, Sir John Napier. The
museum is also known by the name of Government Art Museum. The Napier Museum
is one of those rare places where the building is of as much significance as
the collections within it are.
If you take into account the sheer number of devotees visiting this temple,
the Guruvayoor temple ranks right there on the top with the most popular
Hindu temples of India. The place is known as the Dwarka of South India. It
is believed that maximum number of marriages and Annaprasham (the rice
feeding ceremony for the infants) take place in the Guruvayoor temple. The
presiding deity of the temple is said to be 5000 years old. There were many
attempts to destroy the temple which couldn't destroy the spirit of the
temple. The most important festival which takes place in the temple is the
Utsavam and it continues for 10 days. Many cultural programmes are also
conducted in the period. The eighth day is the day of grand feast. The flag
of the temple is lowered to mark the end of the festival.