Kerala, the southernmost State of India, is otherwise known as God’s own country with its rivers, lakes, hills, valleys and evergreen fields. A State with a high literacy rate, Kerala accommodates people from varying cultures and traditions. The people of Kerala are well known for their hospitality and welcome guests with open arms.
The places to be visited in and around Kollam are many. Here are some of the places that should not be missed:
Ashtamudi Lake- Ashtamudi Lake is the second largest lake in Kerala, next only to Vembanad Lake. The unbelievable beauty of this lake can be enjoyed by making a trip through its waters in traditional houseboats. Known to be ‘the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala’, Ashtamudi Lake proves to be a must visit while in Kerala.
Thenmala- Thenmala, a small village located at about 66 kms from Kollam is the first eco tourism project in India. The main attractions include boating, trekking, biking etc. The Shenduruney Wildlife sanctuary, the main ecotourism resource of Thenmala, houses many rare species of flora and fauna.
Varkala- Varkala, a famous beach resort, is located at about 51 km north of Thiruvananthpuram, the capital of Kerala. Other places to see at Varkala include Janardanaswamy temple, Sivagiri Mutt etc.
Munnar- Munnar is a beautiful town situated in Idukki district, Kerala, at an altitude of about 1600m - 1800m above sea level. It is a favorite tourism spot with people coming from far and wide to see the numerous tea plantations, rivulets and streams and the blooming of Nilakurinji flowers. Eravikulam National Park, Rajamala, Mattupetty, Devikulam, Pallivasal are some of the major tourist spots located in and around Munnar. The climate is predominantly cold with temperature ranging from -5 C to 25 C.
Kumarakom- Kumarakom is a tourist village located at Kottayam, Kerala. The main attraction here is the Kumarakom Bird sanctuary, where several species of migratory birds can be seen. Trips in traditional houseboats through the Vembanad Lake can also be made here.