Cowboy Park – Munnar

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The Cowboy Park Munnar, the joint venture of Fun factory Group and Kerala State Hydel Tourism by State Electricity Board. Located on the banks of Madupetty dam is another reason to be in Munnar. In the Midst of sun moon valley of the Madupetty Boat landing offers you breathtaking adventure and fun.

Cowboy Park awaits here with world class games and rides for children and youth of all ages. Inside the park, you have enough space for parking too. An excellent restaurant serving yummy delicacies is an added advantage. The Fresh air and some adventure games make Cowboy Park as a destination to refresh your soul.

Timing: Open 9 am – 7 pm Daily

www.cowboypark.in

Carmelagiri Elephant Park – Munnar

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At Carmelagiri, you can experience elephant rides through the lovely woods and get to know these majestic beings. The private park which is open all through the year offers you a different experience of riding an elephant. In addition to riding the elephants, you can also see the mighty ones taking a dip in the water and having a bath. You can also feed the elephants at an additional cost of INR 50 per basket of fruits. A maximum of three persons can travel at a time on an elephant and there are around eight elephants in total.

There is a separate entry ticket for entering the park. For short safaris of 15 minutes, the charge is INR 400 per person. You can also hire photographers who will take photographs of the ride at an additional cost of INR 250. If you happen to get stuck in a queue, you may wade off your time by sharpening your shooting skills at a small rifle range here. Kids may be entertained in the small toy train at the venue.

Kanyakumari Beach

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Kanyakumari Beach is one of the most pristine beaches in the waterfront town of Kanyakumari. It is located at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. Beauty oozes here in the form of soft golden sand that is overlapped by shimmering waters of the endless sea.

Strong waves frequently strike the rocky shoreline of the beach, due to which visitors are not allowed to step into the sea. There is a lighthouse at the beach from where they can enjoy stunning views of the never-ending blue waters. During sunrise and sunset, the beach appears distinctly beautiful and reddish in colour. Other than revelling in the beauty of the beach, visitors can indulge in shopping in the beachside marketplaces.

Kanyakumari Beach is the perfect place for a shutterbug who wants to have an unforgettable photography experience. Sunrise and sunset are preferable times during the day, when one can get amazing shots.

www.kanyakumaritourism.co.in

Saint Thiruvalluvar Statue – Kanyakumari

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The Tamilnadu Government has installed a statue of Saint Thiruvalluvar who gave us quintessential words of wisdom known as Thirukkural. The stone statue is 133 feet high including the pedestal. The 3 tier pedestal known as Atharapeedam is surrounded by an artistic Mandapa known as Alankara Mandapam with 38 feet height. Surrounding the Alankara Mandapa stand 10 elephant statues signifying 8 directions, with earth and space down. The father of Sri. Rama, the hero of Ramayana was called Dasaratha as he was able to charioteer in ten directions. To help the tourists to worship the holy feet of Thiruvalluvar 140 steps are constructed inside the Mandapa. The pedestal with a height of 38 feet represents the 38 chapters in the Book of Aram in Thirukural and the statue of 95 feet on the pedestal represents the total chapters in Porul (70 chapters) and Inbam (25 Chapters). Thus the statue symbolically, and artistically signifies that the theme of Porul and Inbam are based on Aram.

The foundation stone for the statue was laid in 1979. Five hundred sculptors were engaged for this work under the able guidance of Dr. Ganapathi Stapathi and the work was completed in 1999. The statue was inaugurated on 1st January 2000 by Dr. M. Karunanidhi, the then chief minister of Tamilnadu .

The stones for the sculpture came from Sirudhamoor, Pattumalaikuppam and Ambasamudram hills.

 

Vivekananda Rock Memorial – Kanyakumari

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Built in 1970, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is one of the finest pieces of human endeavor at architecture in Southern India. Situated on a rock island, Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a major tourist attraction in Kanyakumari and houses the statue of the great preacher Swami Vivekananda.

People believe that Swami Vivekananda swam to this small rocky island and meditated here in his quest for enlightenment. The Shripada Mandapam, having a study hall and a museum, and the Vivekananda Mandapam add to the spiritual significance and purity of the memorial.

Timing:  9 am to 5:30 pm (Daily)

Poovar Island – Trivandrum

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Enveloped in serene Kerala backwaters, flanked by the Arabian Sea on the East and the majestic towering Ghats to the West, opening out to the ocean and a dream golden beach, Poovar Island Resort is a tropical paradise. Swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands, the ultramarine of the ocean, emerald backwaters, crimson sunsets and lush green vegetation create a magical ambience around you. Our distinctive Kerala resort is the ideal remote getaway location for a quiet holiday in spectacular natural surroundings. You can choose between floating cottages and land cottages for accommodation at our charming Kerala ayurveda resort and enjoy a boat cruise along the palm-fringed shores of bewitching backwaters.

Kovalam

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The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.

Accommodation facilities for tourists at Kovalam range from five star hotels to budget hotels and the choice of food available at restaurants and cafeterias range from Continental varieties to South Indian delicacies.

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. The city of Thiruvananthapuram has many interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery and the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The SMSM Institute, a State owned handicrafts emporium, is the ideal place to pick up ethnic curios and other articles.

 

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

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Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in India. It is said to have been established in the year 1857 by Maharaja of Travancore. In a modernization project of 1995, this zoo got a makeover and its old enclosures were replaced with spacious naturalistic enclosures. The zoo is home to about 82 species of animals that include lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Indian rhinoceros, Asiatic lion, royal Bengal tiger, white tiger, leopard, Asian elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, and Cape buffalos. There is a snake farm and reptile house, which exhibits both poisonous and non-poisonous snakes along with 7 anacondas.

The zoo is situated 3 Kms from Thampanoor Bus Station and is approachable any K.S.R.T.C bus that is on the route of Museum, Vellayambalam, Peroorkada, Sasthamangalam, Vattiyoorkavu and Nedumangadu. Apart from the buses, cabs and autos are readily available.

Timing: 9 am to 5:15 pm Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday)

www.museumandzoo.kerala.gov.in

Napier Museum – Thiruvananthapuram

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In the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city lies the great Napier Museum and the Natural History Museum in the Museum compound, close to the Zoological park. Built in the 19th century, it has its own natural air-conditioning system. It contains a host of historical artifacts including bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. People are especially impressed by the Japanese shadow play leather that is used to depict the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Kerala’s rich cultural heritage is in full display here. The museum was named after the former Madras Governor General, John Napier. Also known as Government Art Museum, the architectural style of museum is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Kerala and Mughal schools of architecture.

Natural History Museum, a modern structure, houses some excellent exhibits like the skeletal, bird, animal and taxidermy galleries. Photography is not allowed in the museum.

Timing: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm. Closed on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons

 

Koyikkal Palace – Thiruvananthapuram

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The Koyikkal Palace was built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad Royal Family between 1677 and 1684. Today however, it is famous as a Folklore Museum and a Numismatics Museum. Its unique antique collection provides one with a valuable insight into the past of Kerala and it attracts people from across the State on a regular basis.

That palace itself is a double storied structure famous for its distinct gabled roofs. The Folklore Museum was setup in 1992 and boasts of musical instruments, household utensils and models of folk arts among others. People are reminded that this is the only place in the State where one can see a Chandravalayam. This small percussion instrument is played while reciting the ballad Ramakathappattu (the story of Lord Rama). It also contains old manuscripts along with ornaments and decor items used by the erstwhile Royal family.

The Numismatic Museum is another unique centre as one can view its rare coin collection and gain insight into Kerala’s trade relations of the past with many different countries. It has some of the oldest coins of Kerala – Ottaputhen, Erattaputhen and Kaliyugarayan Panam. A rare coin presented to Jesus Christ himself, Amaida, also finds itself placed here. 2500 year old Karsha coins, Rasi coins (the smallest in the world), coins belonging to the Roman Empire and those used by a wide variety of dynasties across India, can be seen here. It is a veritable treasure trove of history.

Visiting Hours: 09:00- 17:00 hrs on all days, except Mondays.