Enjoying the beauty of Veetikunnu Island with my dear friends

Who does not like to enjoy the charming beauty of nature by indulging in the breathtaking activities? Participating in enthralling games will help you to pump your courage and enhance your mental strength. According to experts, the audacious beauty of nature should be explored by involving in daring games. But it does not mean that I like to play threatening adventurous games. Let me clarify that I am not that brave enough to do paragliding or to do hot air balloon rides in the crystal clear sky. But still, when I am with my friends I love to do some extraordinary things. From school days onwards I love to explore the gorgeous beauty of the unvisited or unexplored places. My parents are least interested in sending me to such places because of having a clear idea about the consequences. When I grew up I love to dig out the beauty of the least popular tourist places in various parts of the nation with my best friends from college and office. Usually, I used to visit the places near to my hometown or within my state. But after learning the boundless possibilities of exploration I understood that with the help of tour agencies one could enjoy the unseen or virgin beauty of the emerald environment. I think almost all the stupendous places situated in the various parts of south India, I and my friends explored. It was Kerala that failed to enter into our list. Therefore we had already planned to discover the beauty of Kerala during our last exciting trip. When we surfed on the internet about the scintillating tourist destinations in Kerala; the state was actually encompassed with many alluring islands and mind-blowing hill stations. Munnar, Thekkady, and Kumily and so on were the popular tourist destinations of Kerala, we read on the internet. But as we are fond of the least popular places we surfed a lot but failed to get the destination. While surfing on the internet I suddenly came across an advertisement for Gogeo Holidays, a leading private tour company in Kerala. They are the ones who focus on unexplored tourist destinations. Therefore we contacted them and expressed our wish. Understanding our desires they curated an exciting itinerary emphasizing on Veetikunnu Island situated in the granary district of Kerala called Palakkad. When surfed about the island; we understood that it really meets our expectations. Hence we purchased their group tour packages and boarded the flight to Kozhikode International Airport situated in Malappuram district.

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Veetikunnu Island is known to be one of the fascinating and secluded islands in Kerala. Situated in the inner parts of Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary, Veetikunnu archipelago is known to be the twin of Peruvari Island. From the tour guide and also from the name board we came to know that Veetikunnu means ‘rosewood’ in local Malayalam language. Usually, travellers are supposed to seek permission from the forest department before stepping into the island. As we had already purchased the tour packages for our group from Gogeo Holidays we didn’t waste much time at the counter. Our tour guide had already recommended us to carry enough grocery items as the regions first of all uninhabited and lacks good food stalls. The journey from the entry office to the island is really thrilling. We strolled through the bushes. As we were ascending to the island we only saw thick bushes, tall bamboo trees and sandalwoods and felt that we may have to set the tent. But thank god over there we saw a cottage. We unwind ourselves before starting the exploration. We thought of taking a small nap but the herds of elephants and other wild creatures disturbed our sleep by their roars. I took out my binoculars and enjoyed the parade of elephants approaching the water body for quenching their thirst. We followed the path of our tour guide and explored the beauty of the forest. As I was deeply immersed in enchanting the charm of nature suddenly something bites my leg. At first, I thought it might some ants but when I raised my pants I understood that it was the leeches. Even though their intention was to purify my blood but the pain they give in return is really unbearable. As prevention or poison to the leech, I sprayed a little saline water on it. For a few minutes, the pain was not tolerable but gradually I was able to retain my old strength and continued my exploration. Followed to it we saw a watchtower in the midst of the island. The sun had already started to set and it was completely dark and hence we took out our cell phones and used its flashlight to climb the stairs. Even though it was dark we are able to enjoy the astounding beauty of nature in the reddish atmosphere. The cool breeze helped us to revitalize our soul and body. Spending a few minutes over there we descended and started to prepare dinner. We cooked our meals by burning the logs of wood and twigs. Even though the food was not tasty but when we prepared and ate together it induced our taste buds. Thereafter we entered into our cottage and enjoyed the tweets of nocturnal birds the whole night (as they did not allow us to sleep). After witnessing the alluring glow of the rising sun we moved to Peruvari Island. Over there we saw much rare and endangered fauna and flora belonging to different species. The archipelago is well-renowned for angling. By evening we boarded the flight to our hometown. A trip to Veetikunnu Island was one of the most memorable moment for us.

Witness the Alluring Beauty of Meenukunnu Beach and Chala Beach with your Dear and Near

Kannur is one of the captivating districts in Kerala. The eccentric beauty and dazzling natural bliss refreshes the tiring souls and stressed minds. More than the serenity the district is well-renowned for its unique culture and traditions. If someone wants to rewind the pages of the Kerala history the best place to help you will be none other than Kannur. Kannur is proud to announce that it was the first district in Kerala to showcase the various events of the circus. Along with it was the first-ever place where the local people learnt the various lessons of cricket even during the colonial days. How could one forget to mention the signature term of Kannur popularly known as Thalassery Biriyani? Can you imagine a place where travellers and food lovers flock only to savour the scrumptious Thaalssery Biriyani? The mouth-watering dish is not only popular in Kerala but in various corners of the world. To be part of the virgin nature and pleasant surroundings many travel enthusiast along with their family members arrive in Kannur and dedicate their precious time to enchant its alluring beauty. The stupendous beauty of the northern district could not be described in mere words; it should be felt from the bottom of the heart. When speaking of the natural beauty and solitude the first name that arrives in your mind will be that of Meenukunnu beach situated in the hearts of Kerala. The small water body situated at a short distance from the Kannur town is known to be an extension of the famous Payyambalam beach. There are many fascinating facts that are hidden in the Meenukunnu beach; to know more about them just narrow down the following paragraphs.

The astounding beauty of Meenkunu Beach

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 As mentioned Meenukunnu beach is a small extension of the Payyambalam beach, it is well-renowned for its stunning beauty encompassed with dazzling golden sands and shimmering crystal waters. Hundreds of beach lovers visit the beach by availing of the tour packages at the cheap rates from the trustworthy travel operators. As the beach is small in size many people who are in search of solitude and calm ambience flock to the Meenukunnu beach to enjoy its beguiling charm and untouched beauty. Situated in the Azhikode village the beach is also known as a beautiful fishing hamlet. The name of the beach itself describes the scope of the fishing. Meenkunnu in local vernacular is known as ‘hill of fish’. Over here one could witness the various techniques (both modern and traditional) to catch the fishes from the narrow parts of the sea. When interacting with the local fishermen you would come across various folklores of which you were unaware. Apart from the fishes, one could also capture the scintillating beauty of the shores bordered with tall palm-fringed coconut tress oscillating in the cool breeze. Do not forget to ask the natives to provide the fresh and tasty tender coconut water to quench your thirst. Along with it, you can lure your minds by enjoying the alluring beauty of various types of fishes, shells and tiny crabs crawling here and there in the sand bed. As part of souvenir collect as many pebbles and shells as you can, so that when you reach your early fifties you can bring a smile on your face by seeing them. If you think you have explored the magnificent beauty of the Meenukunnu beach, just move to the northern side and discover magical spell of Chala beach. Just like any other beach Chala beach is also visitor-oriented. Many travellers and locals visit the beach to revitalize and rejuvenate their soul and body. Even though the beach is devoid of outstanding beach activities, strolling through the soft sand bed will help you to build a good relationship with nature and its resources. If time permits explore the amusing charm of the Parassinikadavu temple and also backwaters. When someone hears backwaters, the image that comes into their mind will be that of houseboats. And there is no wonder in it. Backwaters and houseboats are known to be the two sides of a coin. Sailing in the luxurious houseboat and witnessing the unseen beauty of emerald nature by enjoying all the modern amenities is something that could be explained in simple sentences. When compared to any other factors houseboats have always played a vital role in enhancing the growth of tourism in Kerala. As Meenukunnu beach and Chala beach is not so popular tourist destination, you might find some difficulty in getting good accommodation. But if you are purchasing the tour packages from well-reputed travel organizers like Gogeo Holidays, you need not have to worry as they will do all the needful.

How to access to Meenukunnu Beach?

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Kannur is one of the most popular tourist places not only in Kerala but across the nation. Due to its mind-blowing characteristics every year it experiences a large number of visitors from various corners of the world. The district is well-connected with all means of transportation. If you want to arrive at Meenukunnu beach by capturing the glittering beauty of the countryside, purchase the train tickets to the Kannur railway station from hometown. Or else you can book flight tickets either to Kannur International Airport or Mangalore International Airport.

If you have decided to enjoy the beauty of the district, visit it during the Theyyam festival. Theyyam is one of the ancient art form practised in temples of Kannur on a particular day every year. To know about it communicate with the customer representative of Gogeo Holidays. They always give preference to the customer’s desires. As part of it, they frame special tour packages for travellers and their family members residing in different metropolitan cities such as Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. To make your journey hassle-free and memorable avail of the tour packages at least a month before the trip. When you pack your bags carry a high-resolution camera so that you can click good clarity images and could upload the same in various social media platforms.

Kerala or Delhi – Which is the Perfect Destination for Enjoying the Holidays?

When we all hear the name of India what comes first into our minds are the famous saying ‘Unity in Diversity’ and it is exactly reflected in our culture and traditions. The country shelters people from various communities and religion for years without any issues of discrimination. The nation has been an exquisite instance to the world of showing that irrespective of creed and religion, people can stay in unity under a single roof. The nation is blessed with stupendous 29 states and each state differs with each other in an eccentric way of living and beliefs. Some states are highly developed while some others are still under the poverty line. But still, they are worth to visit because each state hosts different faces of nature. When speaking about the northern states the first name which gushes into our mind is Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. The scintillating beauty of these places will definitely lure our minds. Even though there are many praiseworthy destinations over there still people love to explore the dazzling charm of south Indian states and there are many reasons for it. One among them is the metropolitan cities like Delhi are so crowded that people always find difficult to wander here and there. Not only the city is overpopulated but over polluted too. The city is abundantly enriched with historical monuments and forts like Humayun’s tomb, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Lotus temple, Jantar Mantra, Agrasen ki Baoli and many more. Visiting these ancient monuments one or two times will be fine for everyone but more than that will surely irritate us. Because even if we visit the place more than twice or thrice one cannot find any new changes instead he or she will become closer to history. That’s all about it. And that is the main reason why people organize only a few trips to these places. Another factor that pulls people from visiting it is the terrible climate. The scorching heat of summer and chilly winter will prevent people from keeping their feet there. As the city is capital of India one could enjoy various kinds of modern amenities and view new technologies.

If someone asks how about visiting the state of Kerala, the answer would be ‘yes, of course’ and there are several reasons for the positive response. The foremost cause is the marvelous scenic nature and emerald environment. The state is an abode of heavenly surroundings. There are places in the state such as breath-taking hill stations, mind-blowing tea and coffee gardens, densely populated trees, tranquil backwaters and many more that help one to rejuvenate and relax. Irrespective the number of times you visit these nature-oriented places you will never get bored of it and that is the main reason why travellers across the globe, especially from Delhi, purchase the tour packages to Kerala. Words are insufficient to express the audacious beauty of the state. When the non-keralites visit Kerala the first thing what they search is nothing but the traditional houseboats sailing in the tranquil backwaters of the state. Houseboat voyage is the best method of exploring the unexplored nature. The state protects amusing species of wild animals and trees.

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For availing of houseboat tours, travellers can purchase the cheapest tour packages from the travel partners like Dream Holidays. They curate packages at affordable rates for their customers. They inculcate houseboat tours in every itinerary. Houseboat tours are widely seen in the districts like Alappuzha and Kollam. The houseboats in Kerala provide all kinds of facilities so that travellers never miss their own house. Inside the houseboat apart from the captain, there will be chef and an administer. While sailing in the houseboat people are requested to carry a high-resolution camera. By sailing in the houseboat visitors not only come across nature but also will get an opportunity to interact with the local people. Travellers in the houseboat could capture the scintillating image of nature where they could enjoy the melodious rhythm of beautiful birds while flying high in the sky, the palm-fringed coconut tress oscillating back and forth in the beats of cool breeze, the thickly populated forest areas are the play station for wild animals. One could also steal the mesmerizing image of the sunrise and sunsets from the boat itself! Isn’t it amazing?

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To satiate your hunger travellers can savor the scrumptious delicacies prepared in the traditional style of Kerala by the chefs. If you are liking to taste of the lovely fishes just tell the chefs, they will prepare for you. To quench your thirst tender waters are available from them at any time.

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During the lunch break, the boat will be halted and it is the perfect moment for the travellers to understand the common life of local people who engage in traditional works like making of coir products. In the evenings the travellers would be entertained by the outstanding classical dance performances of expert performers and also with delicious dinner. Travellers if availing of houseboat packages inculcating places such as Alappuzha and Kumarakom can visit the famous Kumarakom bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to exotic species of birds and also to various kinds of migratory birds. Strolling through the lanes of the sanctuary one could enjoy the cool ambience of the environment. The sanctuary is a haven for various kinds of natural resources. If possible try to avail of a tree house for night stay and view the minute changes in nature closely through your naked eye.

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There are many more fascinating features hidden in the nook and corners of the state of Kerala. Along with the stupendous scenic nature, travellers can also make a visit to the famous historic monuments, forts, palaces and other places to recollect the important pages of history. To make the trip more interesting and thrilling accompany your best friends and family members. To make the tour– hassle free, avail the packages as early as possible from Dream Holidays. Don’t forget to carry a high-definition camera with you.

An Unplanned Marriage and a Planned Honeymoon to Alleppey

I never thought of marriage in my life. I was very passionate and dedicated to my goals. I used to tell my parents I won’t agree for any marriage proposal until I achieve my goals. I belong to a simple orthodox family. The place where I reside is completely a replica of TV soap operas. With a lot of dreams and thoughts, I decided to pursue my graduation in engineering. The 4 years in an engineering college gifted memories that to be cherished in my early 50s and 60s. Like every student, I prepared very hard for job interviews, especially for campus placement. Unfortunately, I was eliminated in the pre-final round of campus placement. For a moment I lost my hope and the firm belief from god. I lost my confidence because most of my friends got good jobs in good companies and only a few remained jobless in my class and unluckily I belong to the latter group. Gradually I regained my hope and started to appear for several campus interviews. Within a couple of months, I enrolled myself in a software training course and as soon as I finished my course I was absorbed into one of the best start-ups companies in my state.

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After a completing 6-months probationary period, my parents started to brainwash me and propelled me to get married as society is blaming them for keeping a young girl in the house. I burst out on them and clearly told only after two years I will get married. My decision was not digestible for them. For time being they remained silent. I again started to concentrate on my work. Day by day my work schedules became stressful and hectic. Sometimes I used to reach home late nights. This increased fear in my parents. They somehow wanted to finish their obligations and wanted to relax. This time through one of my relative our parents got a marriage proposal from a well-reputed family. I tried my hard to convince them. But this time they were very stubborn about their decision. As I had no other alternate I was forced to obey their commands. I really did not want to get married so soon. Therefore I did not dress well. I wore a simple dress and did not apply any kind of make-up on my face. By 10 am they reached our house. The guy was accompanied by his parents and aunt. After the official conversation, I was invited to the living room. For the initial few minutes, I did not look at them. Then I slowly raised my head and greeted them. To my surprise the guy was handsome and he and his family were well-mannered.  We all were impressed by their pleasing attitude. I was wondering how I could reject their proposal. I tried my level best but I did not find any genuine reason for the same. When they left my parents told me that they liked the family and they really wanted me to agree for the same. They also created an emotional drama so that I support their decision. I was really trapped. I cannot oppose my parents. And eventually, I agreed for the marriage. I wanted a time gap of at least 2 months prior to marriage so that I could talk to him and understand him. But the astrologer told us the perfect time for marriage is within a month or else we will have to wait till next year.

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Within a month we got married and I moved to his work station-Bangalore. I used to get bored when he leaves for his office. For a couple of weeks, I used to go shopping and spend time on social media. As my company did not have any branch in Bangalore I was forced to quit the job. Understanding my boredom and frustration my hubby insisted me to attend interviews. I was overwhelmed with joy. By the grace of God, I got selected into one of the best IT companies in Bangalore. A couple of months passed till now we did not plan any honeymoon trip. It was my hubby’s friend who suggested celebrating an exotic honeymoon tour to Kerala. He showed many photographs of the important destination in Kerala. Out of them, we liked the houseboat packages. It was available at the cheapest rates.  Within a couple of weeks, we boarded the flight from Kempegowda International Airport to Cochin International Airport. From there we travelled in a private cab arranged by our tour operator to Alleppey.

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Alleppey is the perfect destination to celebrate vacation with our dear ones. Major portions of the district are occupied with backwaters and paddy fields. The picturesque landscapes, emerald paddy field, tranquil backwaters bordered by palm-fringed coconut trees, gave the clear answer to why the district is called ‘Venice of East’. Within 2 hours we reached the spot. We entered the houseboat and the voyage of romance began. With us they another 2 couples who reached there by purchasing tour packages to Kerala at affordable price. We captured the beautiful pictures of birds, trees oscillating in the cool breeze and so on. We astonished to see small children rowing canoes to schools. It is the part and parcel of metro cities where vegetable vendors reach our doorstep and give us vegetables at cheap rates. Over there in Aleppey the vegetable vendors carried vegetables in canoes and knocked the doors of customers in the evenings. We were lucky enough to view the fascinating moment of sun setting into the sea. By the evening the houseboat authorities had arranged scrumptious delicacies prepared in traditional Kerala style on the roof of the houseboat. Followed to it we were entertained by the classical dance performances of experts. The next morning, after relishing breakfast we moved to the Kumarakom. The place is well-known for migratory birds. We stroll through the forest and slept in a treehouse. The next day we returned to Alleppey and from there to Cochin Airport. We departed Kerala by carrying lots of memories. We are really thankful to Dream Holidays for arranging such a wonderful trip.

Unearthing the Hidden Histories of Eyyal in Thrissur District of Kerala

We bet that you are not to find the rare name of ‘Eyal’ in the list of any popular tourist destinations of Kerala. If at all you have heard about them, you might have read it in any history books that you had referred long back. It might be due to the excavated Roman coins datable to the very first centuries of AD or of the Burial Caves discovered from the place. Anyhow, the hamlet could be explored more for its nascent nature and virgin beauty. However, here we are going to discuss some prehistoric sites in and near the small village of Eyal, which is situated in the outskirts of Thrissur district in Kerala.

Ariyannur Stone Umbrellas

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Belonging to the Megalithic period, when you come to this rare site of Eyyal, you could find the strangely placed huge stone structures known as Ariyannur Stone Umbrellas. In the regional language, they are better called Kudaikkallu. Moreover, in its visual appearance, you may note that they are going to look like large mushrooms bloomed out of nowhere. When counting the total numbers, they are actually six of them, but two among were severed damaged. No one exactly knows actually when and why were they constructed on such an irregular shape. However, it is believed that the monks who used to come at the site used to store their belongings under its shade, but there is no evidence to prove that. At present, they are under the protected list of historical monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Harikanyaka Temple

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A random visit to the ancient temple of Harikanyaka that is located to a few distances from one of the most visited temples of Kerala, Sree Krishna Temple in Guruvayur could say a lot about the intricate temple sculpting techniques followed here in the south of India. Moreover, it is believed that the ancient structures seen here were carved out by the all-time master craftsman of Kerala, Perunthachan. Even if they were built centuries ago, the very charm and the complexities of its unique architecture still remains. So a tour to the shrine will be worth enough to visit even if they are excluded from popular tour packages. The historical Hindu religious centre is dedicated to the deity Mohini, who is the virgin form of Lord Vishnu, as the goddess at the Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple in Coimbatore.

Burial Cave of Eyal

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Situated amid Wadakkancherry and Kunnamkulam, in Cheramangad, the Burial Cave that you get to sight here in Eyyal is double-chambered. Similar to the stone umbrellas of Ariyannur, the Burial caves to are believed to be originated in the Megalithic age that in a laterite boulder. Also, this pre-historic rock-cut cave does constitute a circular chamber, which can be accessed by a single entry. There exists an irregular bench in the chambers with no pillar at the centre. Furthermore, it from this historic site that the Roman coins up to 117 AD from 123 BD, which is of the Republican period were excavated. From the year of 2016, the burial cave is recognised and protected as a historical monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Kallaayi Kunnu

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A small hilly area is situated in the Akathiyoor Kunnu near Eyyal, is now the region’s favourite spot to spend the evenings along with your family as there are no external noises to disturb you from the tranquillity of this place. Much to the surprise, you could also take your vehicles to the hilltop, so you take little toddlers along with you as there is no point of trekking here at hills also known as Kalasha Mala. If you are lucky enough, you could even catch a glimpse of charming peacock flying and relaxing at the rocks.  Even without the presence of the national bird in front of you, the mesmerising view from its summit is going to calm you in the evenings after the historic tour in the momentous village of Eyal.

Kakkad Burial Cave

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The burial cave at Kakkad is one among the megalithic caves found in the nearby locations of Eyyal cave. However, they are a more sophisticated one than the latter, as they have got a flight of stairs to reach at its chambers through a narrow pathway.  With an opening in a circular shape at its ceilings, it looks different when looked from its exterior. From its outside structure, one could easily realise that they are indoors if dome-shaped.  At this cave of height about a typical man, on both sides of its entrance, you could find wide plaster-like projections. Also on the southern and northern sides, there is a rock-cut circular block and single sectoral bench respectively.

How to reach there: From Cochin International Airport, you could reach Eyyal within 2 hours via NH544 covering 74km. Moreover, the nearest railway is the Guruvayur Railway station is at a distance of 13.6 km. However, you need to travel up to 21.4 km to arrive at the major railway station of Thrissur.

Just like the prehistoric sites discovered from the village of Eyal, there are various unknown places in Kerala that are historically very crucial and significant. Like, say, the Kothukkal Cave temple in Kollam, the popular Edakkal Cave of Wayanad and many more. An ardent traveller needs to have that wanderlust to quest for such sites spread across the state. Now whether it is for visiting these lesser-known ancient mysterious places or sightseeing popular tourist destinations, you may get in touch with Lelagoon Holidays, who could fulfil your dreams of visiting these thought-provoking tourist places. Their most popular tour packages would cover the destinations like Wayanad, Athirapally, Munnar, Kochi, Thekkady and Varkala. Moreover, you could avail their travel deals at extremely cheap prices. For the comfort of the tourists wishing to travel to exotic locations in Kerala, their tour packages are made available from all the major cities of the country such as Bangalore, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Delhi Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.

Munroe Island as a Perfect Honeymoon Destination of Kerala

How about lying on the lap of your significant other on a peaceful morning and just talking about any random topics on the banks of tranquil backwaters? Sounds cool right? Well, such a calming experience can be gained when you are up to this picturesque Munroe Island, which is only at a 27 km of distance from Kollam main city. So the honeymooners visiting Kerala can think of a whole new location of Munroe Island situated at one of the southern districts rather than opting for the stereotypical spots of Allepey, Munnar or Kumarakom in Kerala.

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Being situated on the brink of Ashtamudi Lake, which is said to be the cleanest backwaters of Kerala, to every angle you turn to you are going to find picture-perfect frames that would resemble any scenic places. One of the most profound factors of such a charm of the islands would be the reflection of the long line of tall coconut palms slanting toward the serene water bodies. They make that perfect blend for creating that lush greenery and increasing that stunning beauty of the location, besides the dense mangrove plantations. Moreover, at some parts, the islands are sidelined by the tributary of the Kallada River. So on your honeymoon trip, when you are spending your precious time together in the backdrop of such an adorable place it will bring you a special kind of joy that you had never felt before.

The relaxing ambience of this quaint village could be experienced on a greater extent when you both are staying back at any of the adjacent resort or simple homestay. To avail the former option you will always be advised to pre-book under any good tour packages. They may provide you with both that precious opportunity to sail through numerous narrow and small canals flowing in between the islands. On its banks, you could find several mangrove plants growing in unusual shapes. Sailing across in these intricate pathways in kayaks can turn out to be a fun activity that can be indulged by couples together. At some places, the mangroves would be denser that would create a tunnel kind of structure, providing shelter to you.  On that voyage, you could closely observe at the simple rural livelihood led by the villagers there.

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The entire concept of tourism has only started emerging to this pristine island of Munroe. So you are going to rush into a very few other tourists on your trip. Moreover, there will not be any long lines to create any boredom in you and hamper your honeymoon. In this very little crowd, both you and your significant other can have your own special moments together. Also, the brightly coloured mangroves provide these areas with an added beauty, as you may catch a glimpse of large migratory birds flying across from them, on which they had made their temporary nests. The calming green-hued water bodies are going to soothe and save you from all the tensions you could have suffered from the everyday busy lives.

On your exploration of the place together, you may interact with the cordial and polite village dwellers. They may educate you about the primary fishing methods that they usually do for their living, by moving around in the lake waters on country boats. Apart from that, they also depend on the cultivation of cashew nuts, areca nut and obviously the coconuts. They could be the most common tree that you could get to spot here in Kerala, making them the state tree. But all these geographical features do create an awesome view once the sun sets in. The islands may be sighted far away from the beaches, but when clicked a picture during any late evening of the pristine water bodies, you are going to get a mesmerizing photo of you and your loved one.

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That sail inside a boathouse and cruising all across the backwaters could the next big things that cannot be missed on this very first tour with no other than your beloved. Although they are merely large boats plying in the clean lake waters, you could avail all sorts of world-class facilities, so that you are not facing any troubles by staying in the cruise all day and missing your home. As they are moving to different spots in the cruise, you could get to see the unique views of Munroe Island from the well-equipped houseboats. Above all that, the tickets for this is offered by the Kerala Tourism Department Council at cheapest prices so as to attract more tourists to the destination.

Those Intriguing facts about the Island

Although the name Munroe Island does sound singular, they are actually a group of around 8 small islands or islets. So is the place commonly known as ‘Manttrothuruth’ in the region, as ‘thuruth’ in Malayalam means ‘a group of Islands.’ Furthermore, in the coinage of the name of this place, there had been an influence of a foreigner. It was done after Colonel John Munroe, which was the British Resident of the former princely state of Travancore. In fact, it was under his suggestion that the area of these canals was further expanded. It was to honour him that the island in this part of Kollam district to be called so.

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How to reach there: The Munroe Island can be reached from the Trivandrum International after travelling for almost 2 hours 20 minutes covering 81 km to the next district situated in the northern side. Moreover, the nearest railway station of Manttrothuruth is only 4km away. However, you need to transmit for around 26 km to arrive at the more accessible Kollam Junction Railway station.

The island honeymoon destinations as charming as Munroe Island are quite many in the incredible state of Kerala. You need to explore those serene locations along with your partner at least once in a lifetime. So whenever you are heading to these destinations of Kerala, never forget to seek for the assistance of Dream Holidays, who could suggest you about the places and the exciting activities to be indulged in. Although based in Kochi, the reputed tour company had created numerous honeymoon packages targeting adventurous couples like yours.  Moreover, their travel deals would cover the popular tourist destinations like that of Wayanad, Athirapally, Munnar, Allepey, Ponmudi, Kochi, Thekkady and Varkala In addition to that the unexplored places like that of Poovar, Kakkathruth, Kuttikanam and many more would also be considered if the customer is demanding so.

The 5 most prominent dams in Kerala

               The world is growing day by day. People have now become very competitive. Nowadays people are not ready to invest their valuable time in any unnecessary matters, because they are in a rush to achieve their daily goals. Humans are so busy with office chores that they forget they have obligations towards their family, friends, and society and moreover towards nature. Can you imagine a world without trees and wild creatures? It is said that our planet was formed millions of years ago and it was our Mother Nature who protected our ancestors and also us from several devastating natural calamities. Like where son and daughter have an obligation towards their aged parents and siblings likewise we, humans are liable to the conserve the natural resources. What we are today is all because of the hard work of our parents. Therefore it is our responsibility to hand over nature in the same away as we were gifted. Before explaining the importance of conservation of nature and its resources let us all have a glimpse of the important resources of nature. We all are familiar without water no one on the planet could survive. Pure air and water are the two basic elements that are essential for living organisms to sustain life on earth. It is not possible to discuss each and every element in this document therefore let us concentrate on the conservation of water. Water has many uses and 99 % of us know what they are. I really don’t want you to get bored by reading the uses of water. There would be only a few places in the world that experiences continuous rainfall throughout the year. But the rest of the part of the world suffers from the scarcity of water in terrible hot summer days. To avoid such situations waters are conserved in reservoirs called Dams. More than 50 dams are situated in India. Out of which 10 are from Kerala. Kerala is the state where Mother Nature has showered her scintillating natural resources enormously to mankind. Water in the reservoir is generally used to generate electricity and quench the thirst of plants, animals, and humans. The dams in Kerala are beautifully decorated and maintained with all modern amenities. Hundreds of travelers flock to Kerala with family from Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad to enchant the beguiling charm of water dams situated in the state. Most of the travelers visit the state by purchasing tour packages at reasonable rates and thus make their travel hassle-free. When compared to the past now people are more interested to accompany their family and friends to nature-oriented places and marvel their hearts with fresh vibes. To freshen your hearts with good emotions let us traverse through the lanes of prominent dams in Kerala.

  1. Parambikulam Dam

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               Parambikulam Dam is one of the best dams in India. It is located in the Palakkad district in Kerala. The water from the dam feeds hectares of paddy cultivation and lakhs of the family in Chittur Taluk and also other places in the district. It is constructed on the banks of the Parambikulam River and Aliyar River. It was built during the period of Kamaraj. The maximum storage capacity of the dam is 1825 feet.  The dam is functioned and maintained by the government of Tamil Nadu but the ownership of the dam lies with the Kerala government.

  1. Neyyar Dam

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               Neyyar Dam is situated on the banks of the Neyyar River in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is positioned on the grounds of Western Ghats. It was constructed in the year 1958. The Neyyar Dam is also known as ‘Gravity Dam’. The dam is constructed close to Agasthayarkoodam. Trekkers who trek the famous Agasthyarkoodam hill will definitely visit the famous Neyyar Dam. Visitors availing family tour packages at cheap prices used to mesmerize the beauty of the serene nature by visiting the famous Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram.

  1. Mullaperiyar Dam

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               Mullaperiyar Dam is a masonry dam constructed on the banks of the Periyar River in the Idukki district in Kerala. John Pennycuick started the construction of Mullaperiyar Dam in 1187 and he took 8 years to complete it. The dam collects water from both Mullayar and Periyar Rivers. The famous Periyar National Park is constructed on the banks of the Periyar River.

  1. Idukki Dam

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               Idukki Dam is one of the highest arch dams in India situated in the Idukki District on the banks of Periyar River. The Idukki dam is sandwiched between Kuruvan and Kurathi hills. At a distance of 43 km from the dam, the Moollamattam powerhouse is located. The Idukki dam is mainly formed by the amalgamation of Cheruthonni, Idukki and Kulamavu dams in Kerala. Tourists from various corners of the world visit the dam to enjoy its fascinating beauty. Travelers are supposed to buy tickets to enter the dam. People can enjoy the spell-bound beauty of the dam by practicing boating inside the dam. After strolling the dam travelers can visit the famous Idukki Wildlife sanctuary and capture amazing images of animals and birds in the jungle.

  1. Pazhassi Dam

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               The famous Pazhassi Dam is situated in Thalassery Thaliparamba taluks in Kannur district. The dam is also known as Kulur Barrage. It is constructed on the banks of Valapattanam River. The dam is famous not only for its storage capacity but also for its serene nature. For travelers to enjoy the beauty of the park the authorities have constructed a park and named it as Pazhassi Park. King Pazhassi’s statute and the sculpture of Buddha are the eye-catching attractions of Pazhassi Park.

               From the above paragraphs, travelers might have got a clear idea about the famous 5 dams in Kerala and their unique specialties. To know more about it avails of a tour package to Kerala. To make your journey more comfortable purchase the packages from a prominent tour operator called Gogeo Holidays. They curate itineraries according to the customer’s request. Travelers can book packages either online or offline. So what are you waiting for? Avail of the packages as soon as possible, before it expires.

A Surprise Wedding Gift for My Brother and Sister-in-law

Usually, everybody wakes up either by hearing the alarm or by tweeting of birds. But for me, it was something strange I opened my eyes early morning by hearing a quarrel from my newly married brother’s room. As everybody knew it is very awkward to peep into some other’s personal life especially when it is our sibling. Therefore I did not interfere in his personal business. To be very frank I was hearing quarrel for the last night but it was not as serious as it is now. Slowly I got from my bed and got refreshed and moved to the kitchen to start my household duties. After an hour my sister-in-law joined in the kitchen and with her my mom. Usually early morning she used to be very talkative. She used to talk on several issues. But on that, she did not utter a single word. Her face was turned like a pumpkin. My mom wanted to inquire about the matter but she did not do it as she wants to protect her image. Even though she wanted to know the fact she controlled her emotions. In the next 30 minutes, my brother came to the kitchen and demanded a cup of tea. Usually, his wife used to give him, the moment he wakes from his bed. But today as they were not in good terms I had to take the initiative. He was very angry and he shouted at her and told her “you decide the place, I will not” and left the kitchen. She busted into tears. We both females consoled her and called him and inquired about the matter.

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It was nothing like a major problem. For the past few days, they were discussing their honeymoon trip and till now they were not able to finalize any place. “Are you all crazy to quarrel for such silly things?” I asked them. Like every life partner, they both had different choices for each and everything. As my brother is an adventure lover he liked adventure places such as hill stations, scary mountains and so on. His wife did not like adventures but love to spend precious time with plants and animals. I smiled and told them I have a perfect solution for your cumbersome problem. They looked at me. Their expression exactly reflected their curiosity to learn the solution. They were eagerly waiting for me to utter the answer. I did not test their patient anymore and revealed the name of the destination- Alleppey, and Kumarakom. The places were not new to them. Both these places have played a significant role in the formation of new Kerala. They were happy now and started to smile. But he told me, “even though the names of the places are familiar but he does not have any idea about the tourist destinations over there”. “I have a solution for that also”, I told them. “What is that?” my sister-in-law asked. They can purchase the honeymoon tour packages to Kerala from the famous travel operator called Dream Holidays. It is one of the prominent travel planners in Kerala and curates the packages by inculcating airfare too. “Wow! That sounds good”, my brother replied. Also, I added that I and my husband will arrange all the necessary arrangement for your trip, the only thing what you have to do is to pack good dresses for your most awaited honeymoon trip. They were surprised and had no idea how to express their joy and excitement. Within a couple of hours, we availed of the packages. They thanked us for the surprise gift.

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Within a week they boarded a flight to Cochin International Airport in Kerala. As they ascended towards the gate they met their tour representative. He greeted them and guided them to the cab. They told that cab was well–maintained. The interiors and exteriors were fascinating.  After travelling for 3 hours they reached the ‘Venice of East’- popularly known as Alleppey. The soothing climate and calm ambience lured their hearts. After completing the formalities they moved to rooms in the resort and unwind for a while. By the evening they started exploring the district. First, they visited the famous Krishnapuram Palace. The palace is famous for the mural painting of Gajendra Moksham. They clicked many lovely images of the antiques and artefacts seen in the palace. They were fascinated by seeing the spectacular architecture of the royal mansion. After spending a few hours they moved to the coir industry, for which the district is famous and understood how coir products are formed.

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By the evening they entered the most famous traditional cruises of Kerala known as houseboats. These houseboats were once used for business purposes, now being used to enhance the tourism sector. Hundreds of travellers flock to the district to spend memorable moments in the houseboat cruises by availing of tour packages at a reasonable price. The moment they entered the houseboat they felt like they stepped into a five-star hotel. The houseboat carried all the modern amenities. There were lured by seeing the infrastructures and that moment itself they called me and thanked me and my hubby for such a wonderful gift. In the evening three were entertained by the classical dances performances of the dancers and savoured scrumptious Non- vegetarian meals prepared in traditional Kerala style. The next morning they landed to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is famous for bird’s sanctuary with a scenic view. They stepped out from the boat and enjoyed the melodious chirp of lovely birds in the forest. They captured lovely pictures of birds in the sanctuary. That night they spend in the treehouse. After returning from the trip they once told me that spending a night in the treehouse was one of the memorable moments in their life. From Alleppey and Kumarakom they bought some homemade chocolates and also antique for me.

They once again thanked us for formulating such a wonderful itinerary. By reading my brother’s honeymoon story don’t you feel to accompany your life partner to ‘god’s own country’ then what are waiting for? Avail of the package as soon as possible.

What is Unique about the Ananthapura Lake Temple of Kasargod in Kerala? Explained with 9 Amazing Facts

Even from a small picture of the Ananthapura Lake Temple of Kasargod, will say so much about the uniqueness of this spiritual centre located at Kumbla village. The foremost thing that you note here would be of the surrounding green marshy waters on all its sides. Such a structure built in the 9th century is still the only of its kind in Kerala. Moreover, the idol worshipped in the ancient temple is a replica of the same sort like that of Anadhapadmanadha temple down the south in Thiruvanthapuram and so the name. The following characteristics of the Ananthapura Temple of Kasargod are what make it unique.

The only lake temple dedicated to Lord Anandhapadmanabha in Kerala

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As the name implies, this ancient shrine located in the northernmost district of  Kerala does worship deity Anadhapadmanabha who can be seen here in the sitting positing just above a serpent unlike the reclining pose as in the temple of Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. So when you are tour to these parts, you may try to give a visit to the spiritual centre if they are readily included in your packages.

Major sanctum of the temple is protected by a ‘Vegetarian crocodile’

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Although this may sound scary, you have to admit that you are taking some risk by deliberately moving to the temple either for praying or sightseeing, as a crocodile named ‘Babia’ lives in the lake waters surrounding the temple. However, you do not have to get panicked of the crocodile that was spotted in urban spaces of Hyderabad soon after the deluges of 2019. It can be said so, as the reptile is so used to the things from staying here for quite some time and most surprisingly, it consumes only vegetarian food offered by the priests.

Bridges across the rectangle lake to reach the deity

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As the unique shrine is surrounded by water on all its sides by a rectangular lake that never alters its water level, different spots of the temple have to be reached by small bridges inside the premises itself. Like, for example, say, you may have to cross them just above the deep green waters of the lake to reach the Sreekovil from Gopuram. By standing on the bridges, you may feed Babia with Jaggery and sweet rice.

The temple walls are beautifully adorned with mural paintings

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When you are visiting this unique Ananthapura Lake Temple, you may adore the beauty of the Mural painting done on the external walls of the Sreekovil. Each of these magnificent works is done based on various Hindu epics. It becomes quite mandatory that the lustres of these intricate paintings would be affected over years of passing time. Therefore, the temple authorities had built a wall to conserve them for the posterity.

Idols of the temple were initially made with leaves were changed to metallic

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It is believed that, in the ancient periods, it was set by some unique combination of herbal plants just before sculpting the idols of deities here. Even now, during the scheduled rituals, they are decorated with ornaments and sandalwood pastes. Apart from that, you may find the same Sri Krishna Temple that was once believed to have been revered by the popular Vilvamangalathu Swamy.

Numerous myths associated with the construction of the temple

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There are quite many myths popular based on each of the idols, spots and the rituals followed in the temple. One among them is that the deity Anathapadmanabha, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu was settled himself at this spot and was appeared in front of a devotee in the form of a boy. Later, the lad was believed to be run into the nearby cave, as he was shooed off by a meditating sage at this particular spot.

The rare material is chosen for making the present idol

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In the textures and colour, although it may resemble an ordinary metal, in reality, they are not so. They are actually made of a rare material called ‘Kadu Sarkara Yogam,’ which is a combination of around 108 materials. It would be really astonishing to realize that they are not stone and metal as seen in usual idols of deities.

A cave with the perennial flow of sacred water

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At one of the corners of this never drying up the lake, no matter what the climate is, you could find a cave. Moreover from this cave, you could sight a perennial flow of water that is consumed as a ’Theertham’ by the believers coming here. Besides, various myths are connected with the origin of such a source of pure water amid the lake waters of the temple.

Being situated in a scenic location

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Even the path leading to the temple is rich in its own biodiversity, as the temple can be sighted after witnessing rows of high verdant hills. So your visit to the temple can also be considered as a tour of all the nearby beautiful locations. They could be as beautiful as the regions surrounding Arulmigu Maruthamalai Murugan Temple in Coimbatore. Once you arrive at the premises of the temple, you are going to avail that beautiful ambience of serene tranquillity.

Just like the ancient temple elaborated here, there are several other unique pilgrimage centres spread all across the state of Kerala. So if you are planning to visit these spiritual centres most profoundly, you may get in contact with Lelagoon Holidays who are one of the most popular tour companies of Kerala. They had curated varied tour packages that would fulfil the demands of any sorts of travellers who are on a group tour or solo trip or even whether they are honeymooners or family. You could make use of their best travel deals when you are planning of any sort holidaying in the happening state of Kerala. Above all that, their packages are set in such a way that they can be availed by wanderlust who are on a budget or wishing for a luxurious vacationing.

Attappadi – An Exquisite Destination for a Splendid Romantic Vacation

As we were nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts we always wanted to celebrate our romantic days in any of the scenic places in India. It was three months ago I got hitched to a software engineer working in a multinational company in Bangalore. Within a month I also travelled to Bangalore. In a couple of weeks, I got a job in a multinational company. Things were going smoothly. We were enjoying our newly married life. Our wedding photographer called us and told that our wedding album is ready. We were eagerly waiting for our wedding album. He told us that he handed over the album in my hubby’s house. I was not able to control my anxieties. We thought of visiting our hometown on the coming weekend. But unfortunately due to some issues in our offices we were not able to make the trip. Hence again for one more week we desperately waited for the week. Finally, without any hazards, we safely reached my hometown. The moment I entered my hubby’s house without getting fresh I suddenly ran to my mother-in-law and inquired for my wedding album. She played many tricks on me such as she tried to convince me that the photographer failed to give the album and so on. But I was not ready to believe in her pranks and finally, she admitted her failure and gave me the album. Soon from where I don’t know my husband came and tried to grab the album, from my hands but I somehow defeated me and ran to my bedroom and closed the door. My husband was knocking at the door. I know that the wedding album must be seen together, therefore, I opened the door and started to view the album together. We really enjoyed our betrothal and wedding pictures. We were looking stunning. The outdoor shooting of us was speechless. After viewing the album suddenly my hubby asked me “when are we going for the honeymoon trip?” I replied, “when we both are free”. For lunch one of my hubby’s cousins joined us. Just like us he also got recently married. We really had friendly moments with him. While discussing several topics he inquired about our honeymoon trip. “We haven’t gone anywhere”  my hubby replied. “What about you?” asked my hubby to his cousin? Two weeks ago they had their most awaited honeymoon trip at Attappadi. ‘Attappadi’ where is this place I asked him. It is a place in Kerala. What is the peculiarity of the place I asked him? It is an amalgamation of hill slopes, plantations, rivers, and bio reserves. It is an abode of enjoyment and excitement he replied. We asked him to tell the specialities of Attappadi. Without any hesitation, he started to explain it.

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Attappadi is a small village in Palakkad district in Kerala. Located at a distance of 38 km from Mannarkkad Attappadi is famous for its eccentric charm and serene nature.  It is one of the most eye-catching destinations in Kerala. As Attappadi is situated on the slopes of Silent Valley it is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. It is a perfect instance of religious beliefs. Attappadi respects all the religions and celebrates their festivals. Hundreds of travellers avail of tour packages to enjoy their honeymoon days at the cheapest rates from prominent travel operators. The important destinations in Attappadi are as follows.

 Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

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Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve has accredited the title International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO. It is a combination of Silent valley, Aralam, Nagarhole, Mukurthi, Bandipur, Muthumalai, Wayaand, and Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuaries. Nilgiri Biosphere reserve shelters various varieties of fauna and flora. It is an exquisite palace to learn about plants, animals, and trees. Our tour guide helped us to stroll through the park. Inside the park, there is a museum that comprises models of various mammals, amphibians and birds with the description below. The park protects two rare creatures called Nilgiri Tahr and lion-tailed macaque. On purchasing the entry tickets of Rs. 250 we traversed through various streets of the park. Over there we met many travellers hailing from various corners of the country have come there by availing of cheapest Kerala tour packages. We had availed of safari rides in the park to explore its untouched beauty.

Hanging Bridge

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We hold our palms firmly and walked through the hanging bridge. The hanging bridge of Attappadi is 55 m long painted in yellow and red colours. We drove nearly 45 minutes from Attappadi to reach the Hanging Bridge.

Malleswaram Mudi

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Malleswaram Mudi or Malleswaram peak is one of the tallest peaks in the district. “So you might have climbed the peak”, I asked him. With humble, he said “no”. Trekking to the peak is exclusively allowed for tribal people and too on Shiva puja. The peak is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A ‘Shivalinga’ is situated on the top of the people and tribal communities worship it.

Kunthi River

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Kunthi River is considered a sacred river. It consists of medicinal properties. The intriguing factor of Kunthi River is it always remains crystal clear and never turns muddy or becomes brown in colour. After seeking permission from the authorities we practised jeep safaris on the banks of the river.

Perumal Mudi

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Perumal Mudi is well-renowned as ‘Ramar Kovil’. The people come here to offer their prayer to Lord Rama. It is believed that Lord Rama visited this place while his journey to Lanka to free goddess Sita, his wife from the demon Ravana.

There are many more outstanding places are present in Attappadi so do not be late avail of the packages as soon as possible. The perfect time to visit the iconic destination is from January to May and from October to December. Hearing to his conversation we pleased and decided to plan our romantic trip to Attappadi. He also suggested the travel operator from whom he purchased the package. It was the Dream Holidays trip planners. They are the leading tour operators in Kerala. People can purchase the packages either online or offline. For more information, travellers can contact their customer executives.