Kerala, the southernmost state of India has styled itself as God’s Own Country, and not without a reason. Anyone, who has been down south and visited its sandy beaches, lush backwaters or its rugged hills might have believed themselves to be in paradise indeed. There are places in Kerala that every tourist knows and goes to. And then, there are some places which no one should ever miss:
Kalvari Mount, Idukki
If you love nature and want to be close to it, this is the place for you. About 10 km from Idukki town, this picturesque hillock is under the forest department, who has constructed bamboo cottages for those wishing to stay overnight. From here, you can have a breathtaking view of rivers and mountains. Off the beaten track, this is one of the most scenic spots in Idukki.
Munnar Ghat Road, Idukki
For the adventurer in you, a drive up the Ghat Road to Munnar is a satisfying experience. From the hair-raising hairpin bends to the unfolding vistas of tea gardens and mountains, this drive is an unforgettable experience.
Aanakkulam, Mankulam, Idukki
Situated at around 40 km from Adimali town, Aanakkulam is translated as the Elephant Pond. As the name suggests, this is the place where wild elephants congregate to drink water. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation also offers a three-day trekking in these dense forests starting from the base camp at Mankulam. A rare opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitat!
Munroe Thuruthu (Munroe Island), Kollam
21 km from Kollam city, this small island, named after Col. John Munro, the former resident of Travancore, is situated in the backwaters of Kollam district. Surrounded by blue lagoons where the annual Kallada Boat Race occurs, the place offers a wide selection of Home Stays as well as authentic Kerala cuisine. The main occupation of the people here is coir manufacturing and fish rearing, both of which will whet your appetite for the charms of this place.
Malanada Duryodhana Temple, Kollam
Not your run of the mill tourist destination, this temple is worth visiting for the charms of the quaint customs prevailing there as well as for its uniqueness. The temple is dedicated to Kaurava prince Duryodhana, a character from the epic Mahabharata whom most people perceive as an evil. Set on top of a small hill with rolling paddy lands behind, stretching as far as the eye can see, this temple has scenic beauty to recommend it as well as a rich history. A must-visit place for all interested in our rich heritage.
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