Travel guide to Trivandrum

Travel guide to Trivandrum

Travel Guide

Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum the land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy, is the capital city of Kerala. The city is surrounded by Tamil Nadu in the east whereas by Arabian Sea in the west. The scenic view of the city can be seen due to the presence of the wooded highlands of the western ghats on borders of east and north east side. The city attracts the most of the tourist due to the beaches, backwater stretches, historic monuments, mosaics, sculptures, temples and other holy shrines. Tiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum is among the most beautiful cities of India due to its cleanliness and lush greenery.

 

 

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The 8th century ancient temple is built in the East Fort of the city and exhibits a mix blend of dravadian and Kerala style. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The deity of Lord Vishnu is reclined on the hooded serpent. The place where the temple is located is believed to be one of the seven Parasurama kshatras and Skanda Purana and Padma Purana also mentions about the sacred temple. The hindu shrine possesses incredible idol that is situated on a single stone which is 18 ft long and said that it was made of 12008 salagramams, bought from river Gandhaki of Nepal. There are three doors in the temple and the idol can be seen from all doors.

First door displays the head and chest, second door displays hands and third door displays feet of the Lord. The temple is carved out of stone and bronze and the interiors are spruced up by paintings and vista. Copper sheet with gold platings covering the enormous sacred dhwaja stambh which is 80 ft high. Sculptural skeleton of the temple is carved with hindu deities. On the eastern side of the temple classical form of dance kathakali is performed on the ground floor in the malyalam month during the ten day annual festival.

Note: Only hindus are allowed in the temple and the dress code for men is only dhoti with no kind of shirt and for women dress code is sari, half sari or skirt & blouse.

Pazhavanagadi Ganpathy Temple

Ganpathi temple is also situated in the East Fort and is famous temple of Lord Ganesha. The temple is close in proximity if one is going to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple as it is just at a throw away stone distance. The main idol of Lord Ganesha is very small in size with a folded right leg in sitting posture. There are about 32 types of paintings of Lord Ganesha inside the temple. The chaturthi and jayanti related to the deity are main festivals of the temple other than vijaya dashmi, mahashivaratri etc. The main offerings to the deity is coconut and the dress code for men is dhoti only and for women any traditional attire.

Sri Chitra Art Gallery

Established back in the year 1935, the art gallery is visit most by the tourists visiting Kerala. For art lovers the gallery is equivalent to paradise as one can find here the awesome creativity of renowned painters from all over the country. The art gallery of Raja Ravi Varma paintings and preserved art works of Mughals, Rajasthani & Rajputs by Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and the ancient times Indian mural paintings are some main attraction of the gallery. The art gallery exhibits the perfect mixed blend of the ancient and modern schools of Indian Art. The gallery also holds the beautiful artwork collections of China, Japan and Tibet.

Note: The art gallery is closed on Monday, Wednesday and Forenoons.

Napier Museum

Situated in the heart of the city and built in the 19th century Napier Museum possesses a rare and unique collection of bronze idols, archaeological and historic artifacts, ivory carvings, a temple chariot and ancient ornaments. The exhibition of Mahabharata and Ramayana by leather figures of Japanese shadow play is very curious and exciting. The museum depicts the glimpse of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage. The museum was named after John Napier the former Governor General of Madras. The place is an exceptional piece of architecture that glorifies the natural air conditioning system and a beautiful combination of Kerala, Mughal, Italian and Chinese architectural style.

Note: The museum is closed on Monday, Wednesday and Forenoons.

Trivandrum Zoo

Spread over 55 acres of woodland, the place was established by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1857. With lakes and lawns the place was first planned for some leisure creation but due to excessive deforestation and danger&effect on wildlife, the goal of the place was changed to flora and fauna preservation. More than 130 years later the place got monetary and technical support from Central Zoo Authority and the place was refurbished by iron enclosures natural ambiance. There are about 82 species of fauna from all over the world.

The zoo also boasts native species like Indian Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Asiatic Lion, Asian Elephants, Nilgiri Langoor and Lion Tailed Macaque. Snake farm exhibits the both poisonous and non poisonous snakes. Zoo also contains some animals from Africa like Giraffes, Cape Buffaloes, Zebras and Hippos. The zoo is a good picnic spot and also a good source of knowledge for everyone.

Note: The zoo is closed on Mondays.

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam beach is one of the Internationally famous beach with an immense headland situated on the banks making inlet of the sea look elegant and attractive. There are plenty of things to do in your leisure time like body toning massages, cultural programs, sunbathing, swimming and catamaran cruising. Visit beach in the daytime can tan your skin as tropical sun is too painful to bear. The footfalls are seen maximum during the dusk and continues till the late night. There are many places to hang around in the beach complex that includes shopping zones, ayurvedic massage centers and health resorts, swimming pools, cottages, assembly rooms and yoga centers.

There is a huge attraction of European tourists since 1930 and the place offers cuisines of all variety in different restaurants and cafeteria. The staying facility is also available starting from budget hotels to five star ones.

Sanghumugham Beach

Sanghumugham beach is the beautiful beach with magical evenings located 8 km from Trivandrum city and can be accessed easily by own conveyance or through city transportation facility. The crowd visits here in the search comfort, relief and soothing of soul and mind as the sea breeze carries cool air that rejuvenates the minds. Wooden boats and canoes can be seen in action meanwhile in the sea during daytime and resting on the golden sand in the evenings. The attractions on the beach are Starfish Restaurants, Indoor Recreation Club, Nehru Park and huge Mermaid Statue. Another attraction at the beach is Veli Tourist Village which is a renowned picnic spot located nearby and connected to the beach by a floating bridge. You can hire paddle and speed boats and have a refreshing splash in the water. The area within holds several restaurants that can be used for refreshments.

Agastyamala

The peak is a approx 1900 mt high and offers a scenic view of Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and located in the western ghats. The peak is believed to be the pilgrimage center for Hindus. Statue of Agathiyar is situated at the peak and devotees offer prayer. Many rivers originates from the mountain which includes river Thamirabarani, Neyyar and Karamana. A Tiger reserve, Kalakkad Mundanthurai lies in the agasthyamala range. If you want to reach the top of the peak, the only way to reach there is trekking which has strict guidelines from the Kerala Forest Department. Bonacaud is the starting point for trekking and is 50 km from Trivandrum. Bonacaud to peak takes 2 days of trekking to reach and is 28 km in distance. Trekking is open from January to mid March. The peak is full of medicinal plant with over 2000 species and can be accessed only with the permission of Kerala Forest Department.

  • By air

Trivandrum International Airport is located 6 kms from city has more than 30 airlines with several countries. Jet Airways and Indian Airlines can be boarded for domestic travel from and to different parts of the country.

  • By road

Long distance buses can be boarded from Central Bus Station at Thampanoor whereas, short distance buses can be boarded from City Bus Station, East Fort.

  • By train

Trains can be boarded directly from all major stations of Kerala as well as of India

  • State: Kerala
  • District: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Famous for: Pilgrim, historical, leisure and adventure.
  • Population: 3234356(2011 census)
  • Languages: Malyalam, English, Tamil and French.
  • Best time: October to February
  • Std Code: 0471
  • Pincode: 695001

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Kottayam the land of letters

Kottayam the land of letters

Travel Guide

Kottayam is the first town in India to achieve 100% literacy rate. The presence of renowned newspapers and publishing houses along with famous colleges the city got its second name as the letter capital of Kerala. Situated between the backwaters and western Ghats the city is also well known for its spices and rubber trade. The Thirunakkara Shiva Utsavam festival is celebrated at Shiva temple every year in march.The city is blessed with nature and is accomplished with hill stations, ancient and modern churches, temples and beautiful waterfalls. Lush green environment and the nature’s beauty makes the place a must visit destination if you are travelling to Kerala.

 

St.Mary’s Orthodox Church

St.Mary’s orthodox church was built by Maharaja Thekkumkoo in 1579. The church is also known as Kottayam Cheriapelli. There is a blend of Kerala and Portuguese style in the architecture of the church. The walls of the church are embellished with biblical as well as non-biblical artwork that will make you speechless. The figures of angels and St.Mary sculptures are made of stones but carved in woods. Mother Mary statue is situated on the southern side of the church wall. The baptism basin is carved from a single stone. The church is a beautiful piece of architecture with huge doors, stone and granite work, adorable carvings and much more.

Juma Masjid

The mosque is about 1000 years old and is declared as a protected monument by kerala government. It is located on the banks of river Meenachil and decorated with stunning architecture and beautiful wooden carvings. The muslim shrine courtyard is shaped square and there is a pond inside where the devotees use to take a dip before going for prayers. As the mosque was devastated several years ago due to some reasons, it was refurbished in 2012 with strong aluminium sheets, iron columns and stone pillars. A mix blend of Islamic mythology and Indian architecture the place attracts all communities.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Spread over an area of 14 acres and surrounded by river Kanavar and Vembanad lake, the place has a panoramic sight. Filled up with lush green environment the place is full of natural vegetation and green paddy fields which provides the homely ambiance to both native as well as migratory birds. The species of birds that are the attraction of the place are cuckoo, heron, egret, cormorant, moorhen, darter, brahminy kite, waterfowl, Siberian crane, teal bird, flycatcher, etc. There are some parts that are not accessible easily so one can hire a motorboat to visit those places.

Panachikkad Saraswathi Temple

The beautiful temple of goddess Saraswathi was built 1000 years back by a native Brahman family. The temple is also renowned as the Mookambika of south. The temple look beautiful as it is surrounded by lush greenery and has its architecture in Kerala style with stone and woods used in it. The deity is situated in a pond that is present in the temple. There are many open places in the temple that are meant for conducting traditional songs and dance festival. During the festivals the place is decorated with colorful lights and sound that makes the temple look adorable and a must visit during festive season.

Vaikom Mahadeva Temple

The lord Shiva temple located in Kottayam at Vaikom and is among the oldest and ancient temple in the state. The Shiva Linga present in the temple is believed to be from the Treta Yug. The temple celebrates many local as well as Indian festivals. The temple is spread in a vast eight acres of land. The two chambers Mukhyamandapa and Garbhgraha are made with woods and stones respectively. The walls are decorated with stones and woods depicting the stories from Puranas. The enormous Nandi is carved out of a single stone and the Shiva Linga present is six feet high made of black stone. The temple is an interesting place to be experienced when on the trip to kerala.

Poonjar Palace

Poonjar palace exhibits royal richness of the ancient period. The palace was constructed 600 years ago by Poonjar Maharajas. Use of woods in the palace shows the traditional architecture of kerala. Wooden carved palace has a museum that exhibits the wooden furniture of ancient times, statues, sculpture of dancing Shiva, weapons, rock-cut lamps and many such antiques. The place is best for art and history lovers and shows how the royal family had lived their lifestyle.

  • By roadKottayam is connected to all major towns and cities in India. Due to excellent networks of roads there are regular buses from major cities to Kottayam and one can also travel by their own car or taxis.
  • By TrainThere are regular trains to Kottayam and from kottayam to different cities.
  • By PlaneKottayam does not has any airport. Nearest domestic airport is 51 km away from Kottayam at Kochi and nearest international airport is 127 km away from Kottayam at Thiruvananthpuram.
  • State: Kerala
  • District: Kottayam
  • Famous for: Pilgrim and leisure travelling
  • Population: 1953646 (2011 census)
  • Languages: Malyalam and English
  • Best time to visit: Aug-Feb
  • Pincode: 686005
  • Std code: +91481

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Kochi, Queen of the Arabian Sea – Kerala

Kochi, Queen of the Arabian Sea – Kerala

Travel Guide

Kochi is regarded as the gateway to Kerala as it is connected to all the major cities in India. Kochi has been of strategic importance to India as it is a major port city on the south west coast of India by the Laccadive sea. It is known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea” as it was an important trade center for spices on the western coast of India from the 14th century. Kochi also has the headquarters of Southern naval Command and that of the Indian Coast Guard with an attached air squadron.

Kochi is a vibrant city which proudly boasts of the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian sea on the west. Kochi is undoubtedly the most suitable point to start traversing into the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala. It is rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler’s ’50 greatest places of a lifetime’.

The city can be admired for its natural beauty but I wouldn’t suggest spending more than one day here.

Fort Kochi : Fort Kochi is situated about 13 km from Ernakulam and is famous for Chinese fishing nets, picturesque beaches and architectural style of the buildings. The special thing about Chinese fishing nets is their elegant construction mixed with their historic value. European style is clearly evident and that makes this small town stands apart from other towns in Kerala.

Jew Synagogue: Jew synagogue (Paradesi Synagogue) is built in 1568  and is one of the oldest active synagogues.  This synagogue  is located in the old part of Mattenchery Town in Kochi known as Jew Town. You can visit this for the breathtaking architecture.

Marine Drive: For a breathtaking sunset with a view of the fishing nets you should visit marine drive. A peaceful evening watching the sunset with an ice cream or two would set the mood.

Cherai Beach : Though this beach is 25 km away from the Kochi city, it is a peaceful beach along the Arabian sea coast. Away from the crowds you can relax here and dream with open eyes 😉

  • Air: The Cochin International Airport has connectivity to all the major cities in India.
  • Train: Kochi Railway Station is linked by rail to all the cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Road: Kochi being the gateway to Kerala is well connected by roads to all the cities in Kerala.

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Ernakulam
  • Famous for/as: Ports
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 40°C, Winter 10 to 20°C
  • Pincode: 682002
  • STD code: 0484
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://www.cochin.org/tourism.htm

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Munnar – The Tea capital of India

Munnar – The Tea capital of India

 

Travel Guide

Tea plantations covering the winding slopes of the hills, the aroma of fresh spices in the air and rare flora and fauna set in a cool climate is what makes Munnar a haven of peace and tranquility. Munnar is a hill station in South India in the state of Kerala having an altitude of 6000 ft.. “Moonu” means three and “Aru” means river and hence the name Munnar which signifies the confluence of three rivers – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.

Munnar was the favourite summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in India and hence has a history to talk about. The tea plantations date back to the British period. Munnar attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year for Neelakurinji or Strobilanthus, a flower that blooms once in twelve years.

Munnar is truly captivating. Try stopping at the roadside to see the hills adorned with tea plantations, a sight that will leave you speechless and longing for more. Munnar is a place you would never want to leave.

 

Eravikulam National Park : This is the most popular tourist spot in Munnar known for its endangered inhabitant – The Nilgiri Tahr. This park is also home to several species of butterflies, animals and birds. Trekking can be done here to witness the rolling hills adorned with blankets of mist and peeping through the mist is the magnificent view of the tea plantations and the western ghats.

Anamudi Peak : Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak. This is the highest peak in south India standing at a height of over 2700 m. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Rose Garden: Located just about 2 kms on Munnar – Mattupetty road, the Rose garden is a must visit location. An entry fee of Rs. 20 per adult & Rs. 10 per kid. Also Rs. 20 for Still / Mobile cameras. Apart from stunning Rose varieties  it has very rare collection of various other flowers and medicinal plants including the Insulin plant and Stevia. Plants and seeds can also be purchased from here. The view of the slopes & mountains from the Rose garden is a wonderful sight to watch.

Mattupetty Dam : If you want to do speed boating this dam is the place to be. With picturesque mountains and tea gardens all around and the view of water gushing from the dam is a beautiful sight to watch. If you do not want to do boating, standing on the bridge in front of the dam with water droplets kissing your face and soaking in the natural beauty is sure to give you the same pleasure. It makes up for an ideal picnic spot.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate : Definitely worth a visit. You have to take a bumpy ride to this tea estate in an off-road vehicle (typically a local jeep) which in itself is an experience. Once at the top you are greeted with beautiful views of the valley with sheer stone cliffs. The Tea estate is one of the oldest running tea estate and you can get a guided walkthrough on the process of tea-making. Dont forget to sample their hot-chai and also pickup some for back home.

Kannan Devan Tea Museum : If you are visiting Munnar for the first time, you must visit this Tea Museum. On your entry you are shown a 29 min. documentary on the history of Munnar and the history of tea in India. From where you proceed to the factory where tea is processed. Tea forms a major drink in India and yet we know so little about it. This visit will clear all the myths about tea and bring you face to face with the benefits of tea and the correct way to prepare tea. Also the museum has a shop from where you can purchase Kannan Devan tea, both green tea and black tea in its purest form.

Elephant Park : Right at the entrance you begin to see huge elephants moving slowly inside the park. This park offers you elephant rides costing Rs. 400 per person. The elephants are huge but the ride is relatively short and not worth the money. If you really want to ride an elephant I would suggest you to do it in Thekkady inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Top Station : Top Station, which is about 32 km from Munnar is at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travellers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurinji flowers blooming over a vast area.

Kathakali and Kalaripayattu Shows : Kathakali being the traditional dance form of Kerala characterized by heavy make up and costumes portraying the folk tales is an enchanting experience. Kalaripayattu is the traditional martial arts show. Both these shows are sure to leave you spell bound.

 

 

 

 

  • Air: Cochin International Airport, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 108 km
  • Train: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km
  • Road: Munnar is well connected by roads to all the cities in Kerala. However, it is advisable to cover Munnar from Kochi.

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Idukki
  • Famous for/as: Hill station famous for its tea plantations
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: October – November and January to May
  • Weather: Summers 15 to 25°C, Winter 5 to 25°C
  • Pincode: 685612
  • STD code: 04865
  • State Govt. tourism website: https://www.keralatourism.org/destination/

 

 

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary,Thekkady-Kerala

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary,Thekkady-Kerala

Travel Guide

Thekkady is a town located in the Idukki district of Kerala. By the very name of this place one is able to visualize roaring tigers amidst the savanna grasslands. Thekkady houses the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a home to 24 Bengal tigers, sambhars, elephants, deers, bisons, wild boars and a wide variety of other wild animals and birds. There are 35 species of mammals recorded in the park out of which many are threatened species.

Periyar forest of Thekkady is known to have one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Surrounding this small town are picturesque plantations and hill towns that make this place truly beautiful.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger reserve in 1978. It is a thick evergreen forest with savanna grasslands. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park.

 

Boating in the Periyar Tiger Reserve

Boating in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is as thrilling as it could get. There are boats at regular intervals that take the tourists into the dense forests of Periyar. You are made to sit on the deck of the boat with your life-jacket circled around your chest and then begins the most memorable boat ride of your life. As the boat moves slowly into the forest one can see herds of elephants, sambhars, bisons, and wild boars assembled at the banks of the river to quench their thirst.

A wide variety of birds including the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Kingfisher, Blue-winged Parakeet, Great Hornbill, Sri Lanka Frogmouth and others can be spotted flying around or sitting on the logs of wood in the middle of the Periyar river.

It is advisable to carry a pair of binoculars and a high quality camera so that you can get a clear view of the wild animals and birds. Also, if you are lucky you just might spot a Tiger ;).

Elephant Safari in Periyar : Elephant safari in the dense evergreen forests of Periyar can be an exciting experience. On your way say hello to deers, sambhars, bisons and various other animals that you spot. The ride is truly enjoyable given the sorroundings.

Kumily : Kumily is a plantation town situated on the outskirts of Thekkady. This town is known for its spice gardens and Ayurveda preparations. A visit to the spice gardens is a must since Kerala is known for its spices. High quality spices can be purchased from the Government shop in Kumily. There may not be a a lot of variation in prices but the quality shall surely make you spot the difference.

  • Air: Thekkady does not have an airport of its own but the Madurai airport located at a distance of 136 km. is the nearest airport.
  • Train: The nearest railway station to Thekkady is in Kottayam 114 km. away. Kottayam is well connected with the major cities in India. Though it is advisable to drive to Thekkady so that you do not miss out on the panoramic views.
  • Road: Thekkady is a 4 hrs. drive from Munnar. After seeing the flower gardens and tea plantations as you descend down to reach the Periyar forest you get drenched in the beauty of the breathtaking views along the road. However, Thekkady is well connected by road to all the other cities in Kerala.

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Idukki
  • Famous for/as: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: October to February
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 37°C, Winter 15 to 20°C
  • Pincode: 685509
  • STD code: 04869
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://idukki.nic.in/thekkady.htm

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Alleppey – Kerala (God’s Own Country)

Alleppey – Kerala (God’s Own Country)

 

Travel Guide

Alappuzha commonly known as Alleppey is the sixth largest city in Kerala. It was called the “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon. Alleppey is known for its canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons. It lies along the Laccadive sea coast. Your trip to Kerala is incomplete without the stay in a houseboat in the backwaters of Alleppey. The backwaters of Kerala form an important tourist destination in India.

Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India.

It is advisable to stay in a houseboat instead of a hotel in Alleppey.There are plenty of houseboats available in Alleppey. The houseboats have single or multiple rooms with a dining area and all the modern day amenities like television, music system etc. Lunch and dinner is served on the boat itself. Nothing can be better than watching the sunset from a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala. A perfect setting for a honeymooning couple.

Houseboat: Stay in a houseboat in Alleppey is the major attraction in Kerala. The Backwaters of Kerala attract tourists from all over the world for their enchanting beauty. Renting a houseboat and spending time with your loved ones while the boat steers you through the backwaters and canals is a memorable experience. Away from the maddening of the cities this ride is sure to give you peace and ample time to soak in the beauty of the coconut trees lined along the backwaters of Kerala.

Alappuzha beach: Visit the Alappuzha beach to watch the sunset and take a walk along the beach. The pier here which extends into the sea is 137 years old.

Kayaking and Canoeing: Water sports like Kayaking and Canoeing can be done here in Alleppey.

  • Air: The Cochin International Airport located at a distance of 75km. from Alleppey is the nearest Airport having connectivity to all the major cities in India.
  • Train: Alappuzha Railway Station is linked by rail to cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Road: Alleppey is well connected by roads to all the cities in Kerala. However, it is advisable to cover Alleppey after Munnar or Thekkady.

Travel guide to Trivandrum

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Alappuzha
  • Famous for/as: Backwaters
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: September to March
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 40°C, Winter 10 to 20°C
  • Pincode: 688001
  • STD code: 0477
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://alappuzha.nic.in/general/tourism.htm

 

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