Fashion and splendor – The God’s own country
India Design Contest is only few days away and Kochi is all ready to play host to one of Asia’s most premiere fashion contests. The contest will show case teams of fashion students from all over India, Dubai and South-East Asia. Kerala has always been a box of surprises for tourists who are enchanted by her beaches and mountains at the same time. So in case you are wondering how to make your trip more interesting, we bring to you a list of wonderful places you could blow in on this August – apart from IDC of course!
House boating in Alappuzha
Alappuzha backwaters are one of the most breath-taking experiences in Kerala. A house boat for a bunch of 8-10 people is affordable and relaxing, with scrumptious Kerala cuisine that will challenge your taste buds. Alappuzha is also close to Kuttanad, the rice basket of Kerala like it’s called- one of the greenest locations in the state.
Back in Time – Fort Kochi and Mattancherry
For those of you who enjoy history and a bit of time travel, buildings and topography of these two places will be mood-lifting. Filled with aesthetic art cafes, museums, street shops, libraries and beaches, Fort Kochi-Matancherry is a clean blend of the old and the new. The Mattancherry Palace built in 1555 by Portugese people, Paradesi Synagogue- the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, Pepper House, Aspin Wall and Old Harbour hotel comprise few of the main attractions.
Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Varkala beach is the only beach in South Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The Beach offers an array of small shops, restaurants serving fresh sea food and a beautiful beach that can be played on or gazed at. An evening filled with music and art is an everyday thing at Varkala Beach.
Mountains and mist – Munnar
Munnar is a town and hill station located in Idukki district. Munnar is situated at around 1,600 metres above sea level. Filled with tea plantations and green hills, this small village is a breath of fresh air. Major attractions include Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Hills, Devikulam waterfalls and Attukal water falls
Bird watching in Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the state of Kerala. One of the other major attractions in the area is the Kumarakom bird sanctuary, known for local birds like waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron, cormorant, moorhen, darter, and brahminy kite, as well as the migratory Siberian crane. Parrot, teal, lark, flycatcher, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few from Siberia.
Caves of wonder – Edakkal
Edakkal Caves are are two natural caves situated in Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The caves expose pictorial writings that date back to 6000 BC, from the Neolithic age, indicating presence of prehistoric civilizations in the area. The climb through these caves is an adventure, the euphoria of being surrounded by nature and history – a truly visual and educational experience.
Bekal Fort, located in Kasargod, North Kerala is known for its scenic beauty and serenity. One of the most important features of the area is the water tank with its flight of steps. The Fort appears to be built from the sea, since almost all of its exteriors is always drenched and sea weaves constantly hit the citadel. The construction is said to have been built for defense requirements during early days of the state’s administrative growth.
Silent Valley National Park
Located in Nilgiri Hills, in Palakkad district of Kerala, Silent Valley is the largest national park in the state. The region was explored in 1857 by botanist Robert Wight and has been preserved ever since as one of the largest mountain and evergreen rain forests in India. The park is home to many endangered species like the lion-tailed macaques. Silent Valley is the purest form of nature and a walk through various undisturbed eco-systems that co –exist beautifully.
Text: Likhitha Nair Photos : Various source