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Periyar wildlife Sanctuary Alleppey
Alappuzha beach also known as Alleppey beach is one of the most popular beaches of Kerala and is located in the district of Alappuzha. Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alappuzha has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.It is Located roughly 5 kms from the Alappuzha railway station and has Arabian Sea on the west and a large network of lakes and lagoons.

Cochin-Kochi means different things to different people. To some, it is a world-famous port, while to others it is a business center and a glamorous mirror to Kerala's vivid multifaceted personality. To many travelers, however, this natural harbor is synonymous with its famous geographical hallmark-the underwater mud banks of Malabar.

Surrounded by majestic hills valleys, dams forests, wildlife , orchids, sanctuaries, hill stations lies Idukki . This district's name, 'Idukki', is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word "idukku", which means a narrow gorge. That could very well be true, for narrow, steep-sided valleys are not a strange sight in this hilly district, flanked by the Western Ghats in the east. The river Pamba originates in the mountains of Idukki.

A pretty town in the foothills of the Western Ghats, Kottayam is a commercial centre noted for its trade in rubber, pepper, tea etc. Kottayam is also one of the main centres of the Syrian Christian faith and has some beautiful churches. They include the Valiapalli church noted for its Persian cross and the Cheriapalli church which has fine murals and paintings.

Kollam, an charismatic tourist spot, 72 km from Trivandrum, is the centre of the country's cashew trading and processing industry. Situated on the banks of Asthamundi lake, it is also an important hub for the state's marine products industry, with the port of Neendakara being the centre for trawlers and ice plants. For all it's natural gifts of wide rivers, dominant hills and forest, lakes and plains, there is the throb of a vibrant industrial activity.

Kozhikode (Calicut)
Overlooking the southwest coast of India lies Kozhikode or Calicut, the erstwhile capital of the illustrious Zamorins. Described as “the great province of Malabar” by the legendary traveller Marco Polo, Kozhikode is situated on the northern part of Kerala.

Far away from the din of the town, lies unique Munnar, with its incomparable charm. Munnar is a calm, serene, peaceful place of repose, where you can enjoy tranquility to the last drop. It is the quiet, undisturbed, placid abode where you feel dizzy raptures, aching joys and ecstatic delight with the vision of lofty hills, lovely dales, lonely maiden plains and the calmness of cold streams.

Thekkady falls in the picturesque hill of district Iduki in Kerala. It is better known for its natural wild life sanctuary. The journey to Thekkady takes you through the quaint little hill-towns and softly contoured hill slopes surrounded by the plantations of tea, coffee and spices like cardamom and pepper.

Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala, is a charming city of eminent structures built on seven hills with ancient and modern style of architecture. It has got many cultural institutions, palaces, temples, art galleries, beaches etc.

A trip to Kerala is not complete without getting to Thrissur, a pavan pilgrimage town. Set amidst paddy fields, coconut and pineapple plantations. Thrissur, the name derived from 'Tiru-Shiva-Perur' (the town with the name of Lord Shiva) is dubbed the cultural capital of Kerala. The town is built around a hillock.

Wayanad, the green paradise, is known for its lovely mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions. Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its virgin nature.