The Finest Tourist Destination of Thrissur and Idukki

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I have often heard people say that heaven exists on Earth, it is no distant place far away from the world. Well, I wouldn’t have agreed to it a few weeks back, until I went to Kerala. That place is a heaven on Earth, no wonder the state is called ‘God’s own Country’. This tiny little state is truly a wonder. You see Nature’s creations flourishing in this state. The region is literally a display of various shades of green, blue and brown. I can still feel the light breeze that tours the luscious green coconut groves and the chill that surrounds the hills of Munnar. I had the best time of my life in Kerala. I went as a tourist and came back as a traveller from Kerala. Moreover, our travel planner, SeasonzIndia Holidays provided us with a tour package to Kerala at the best possible price. This was indeed icing on the cake. The package was worth every penny, for we could tour almost all the popular tourist destinations of Kerala within a few days time. We covered almost 6  districts during our trip and each district was unique from the other and provided us with an experience to be preserved for an entire lifetime. Of all these places I found Thrissur and Idukki very much interesting. Idukki is the abode of greenery and majestic hills while Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala is home to beautiful palaces and ancient temples. I have listed out some of the very best tourist spots in both Idukki and Thrissur. Don’t forget to visit these amazing tourist spots while in Kerala.
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Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple: Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple is undoubtedly one of the best 3 popular temples of Kerala. There is not one day in the temple, that is not crowded with devotees, which is the absolute proof to the fact mentioned before. In fact, one could say that it is the most popular destination in Thrissur. The temple has an enchanting architecture. The engravings on the wall and the sculptures of the Hindu Gods are simply spectacular. The temple is worth a visit. Your visit to Thrissur becomes incomplete without visiting Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.
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Shakthan Thampuran Palace: Shakthan Thampuran Palace is undoubtedly one of the best tourist spots in Delhi. The palace was built by Raja Rama Varma in the year 1791. Both history and art lovers are going to fall in love with the place, its Dutch architecture is definitely a sight to behold. The palace is open on all days except Mondays from 9:30 am to 4:30 PM. The palace is home to some amazing relics and antique pieces that once belonged to the King. No visit to Thrissur is complete without visiting the Shakthan Thampuran Palace.
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Thrissur Zoo and State Museum: Thrissur Zoo and State Museum located in Chembukkavu which is the heart of Thrissur city. The Zoo houses a large variety of flora and fauna and is one of the best places to take your children. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then you should definitely visit the zoo when in Thrissur.  The museum displays a collection of wonderful artefacts and relics that are said to have a lot of historical significance. There is a story behind almost all the artefacts stored in the museum and the details about each artefact will be given next to it. Such a visit helps in updating your knowledge too. The Thrissur Zoo and State Museum will open on all days of the week except on Mondays. The timings for visiting are from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Include this spot into your tour itinerary while you are in Kerala.
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Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club: If you ever pay a visit to Thrissur, do not miss this extraordinary museum of cars. It is going to gift you with a whole new experience. Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club exhibits cars from the late 50s and 60s. This is the perfect place for car enthusiasts as you can happily do the thing that you do best over here, which is to study cars. Vintage car lovers should not miss this place at any cost. When you get there you can see an array of cars displayed in a very attractive manner. As said always, the vintage never goes out of style and people are loving this museum. If you ever feel like visiting the museum head to Pallikulam in Thrissur. Vintage Vauxhall Velox Car Club is open all weekdays except Sundays. The visiting hours are from  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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Painavu: If sightseeing is what you love, then you must head to Painavu. The vast expanse of captivating scenery where the lush green hills overlook the crystal clear lake that flows beside them is a sight that travellers look forward to when they include Painavu in their tour package to Kerala. Painavu is a wonderful hill resort situated in Idukki. Painavu is often called the headquarters of  Idukki district and is also a popular tourist destination. Painavu is located in the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 3900 ft. Adventure lovers are going to love Painavu as it is a great destination for trekking.
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Ilaveezha Poonchira: Ilaveezha Poonchira is a unique destination located in the Idukki district. Ilaveezha Poonchira is a valley that is situated at the foot of three hillocks namely, Mannakunnu, Kudayathoor Hill, and Thonippara near a place called Kanjar. Any idea how Ilaveezha Poonchira got its name? Ilaveezha Poonchira, in the native language, means’ the valley where leaves never fall’. There are no trees in the valley which is why it was named so. Ilaveezha Poonchira offers great views of both the sunrise and sunset. One can also try trekking in Ilaveezha Poonchira which is a wonderful experience as well. Ilaveezha Poonchira is gradually turning into one of the best tourist destinations in the state and is included in almost all the tourism packages to Kerala.
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Thommankuthu Waterfalls: The Thommankuthu Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in the entire state. Situated about 25km away from the main town of Idukki.the splendid waterfalls attracts loads of visitors every year. The magnificent waterfalls fall from a height of 300 feet and is a seven-step cascading waterfall which creates a pool at every step. The greenery surrounding the fall is a mesmerizing sight. You can indulge in some fun time near the waterfalls and swim in the pool. The spray of water as it juts out is an experience that is worth everything. The area is also an amazing trekking spot as well.  Thommankuthu Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in Idukki and it ought to be added to your travel itinerary for a fantastic experience.
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Hill View Park: Hill View Park is located at a very convenient spot where travellers can reach it easily. It is situated 500 meters away from the Idukki Dam. So, on your way back from Idukki Dam you can also visit the park. In fact, you must visit the place, it is simply beautiful. The park offers great views of the scenery that surrounds it. While here, you can even get an opportunity to spot a wild elephant as well. Do add the Hill View Park in your travel itinerary and rest assured you are not going to regret it.
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Vandanmedu: Vandanmedu is a very popular tourist spot of the Idukki district. Often called the spice centre of Idukki, Vandanmedu is one of the largest auction centres for cardamom in the world. Vandanmedu is located 34km away from Idukki city. Vandanmedu is situated at a height of 4000m on the Thekkady-Munnar route. Vandanmedu can make a proper getaway from the busy city life and tensions of daily lives. Honeymoon couples love the destination a lot. Every year a number of honeymooners come flocking into the destination every year. Vandanmedu is a place that should not be missed especially by those who loves serenity and quietness. A trip to Vandanmedu will help you forget all worries.

The Ravishing Paths of Kerala that are Less Trodden

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Kerala is not just about Munnar and Alappuzha alone. There are loads of tourist spots in Kerala other than what you usually see in websites and pictures. If you really research into the tourist destinations of Kerala you will be amazed to find out that the state is way more than you actually see. There is an endless list of destinations that have a great potential to be popular all over the world as a tourist destination. It is more fun exploring the unexplored and untrodden paths. Travelling becomes more meaningful when you take a different turn and find undiscovered paths to true bliss. But there are very few travel planners that offer packages to offbeat destinations in Kerala. Well, you don’t have to worry. You can always avail for customized travel packages to Kerala. Travel planners like SeasonzIndia Holidays offer customized tour packages to Kerala at prices that are quite affordable. Anyway, do make it a priority next time to visit ravishing offbeat destinations of this state which has been blessed abundantly by nature. Here is a list of the most loved offbeat destinations in Kerala where you will be able to spend cherishable moments with your loved ones.
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Illikal Kalu: Illikal Kalu is one of the most amazing tourist destinations, not just in Kottayam but the entire state of Kerala. If adventure is what you love, then you should definitely give this place a try. It is literally a gem of Kottayam and the dream of explorers. The peak is set at a height of 3400 ft above sea level and is considered the highest peak in the Western Ghats. A long winding road leads to Illikal Kalu and in order to reach the destination you will have to trek another 3 km. This place is the abode of tranquility. The distant skies suddenly seem closer adorned by a slight cover of mist displaying a tinge of blue and grey as though God himself rubbed the colors vaguely on his canvas, which is the sky. You simply can’t miss a beautiful place such as this. You can reach Illikal by the Pala-Erattupeta- Thekkoya- Adukkom route. Once you reach the stop you will have to hire a private vehicle to reach Illikal Kalu. Illikal Kalu basically consists of three peculiar shaped hills. The hill named Kuda Kalu ( it is named so due to its shape which resembles a huge mushroom) is very famous for the medicinal herb called Neela koduveli which grows on this hill. The Neela Koduveli which is a blue color flower is said to have high medicinal values. Many people have come in search of Neela Koduveli in the past to attain supernatural powers. There have been films made based on the supernatural powers of Neela Koduveli. But whether this saying is true or not is yet to be found out. The second hill also called Koonu Kallu due to the presence of little hunches on its sides also houses a bridge called ‘Narakapalam’ (meaning ‘bridge to hell’ in the native language), near it. In order to reach this particular hill, you will have to cross the Narakapalam. It is always advisable to be extra cautious when trodding through the bridge as it is very slippery and could lead to accidents. Though challenging the experience will be one of a kind that will gift your memories to be cherished dearly for an entire lifetime. Illikal Kalu not only gives you a travelling experience but also a rejuvenated state of mind!
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Chempara Peak: Chempara Peak is situated amidst the Western Ghats and is the highest peak in the district of Wayanad. The Chempara Peak is situated 8 km south of the town of Kalpetta in Wayanad. One can reach the hills only by foot and by no other means. You will have to walk almost 5 km from a tiny town called Meppady till you reach the peak. But in order to trek, you will have to get the permission of the forest authority. On the way to the peak, you will be greeted by some very stunning views. The most attractive feature is a naturally formed heart-shaped lake that is such a splendid sight that will blow your mind. You can also avail for necessary provisions for trekking from the forest office in Meppady. Do not miss visiting Chempara Peak, the experience is going to be a very beautiful one.
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Kumarakom: Did you know that India’s longest lake was in Kerala? Vembanadu Lake is situated in Kerala and spreads towards 3 districts in the state namely; Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam. Kumarakom is a village located in the Kottayam district and borders the Vembanadu Lake. The village of Kumarakom is blessed abundantly by Nature. This village is full of life and luscious greenery. It houses a variety of flora and fauna. The famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which spreads up to 14 hectares of land, is home to various migratory birds like the Siberian stork and wild duck. One can also get a chance to see birds like the waterfowls, darters, herons and cuckoos. The Vembanadu Lake also houses a rich thriving marine life that consists of fishes like pearl spots, tiger prawns and other varieties of prawns. Kumarakom should not be missed at all, if you do then you are sure to regret it. The happening village is adorned by luscious greenery from the swaying paddy fields, the golden sun reflected on the rippling waves of Vembanadu Lake and the sprawling coconut groves. Kumarakom is one of the favorite honeymoon spots in Kerala. There are many travel planners in Kerala who offer honeymoon packages to Kumarakom alone. So, one can imagine the popularity of Kumarakom among st honeymooners. If you have recently entered wedlock, then Kumarakom would definitely be one of the best places to visit. You will be completely mesmerized by the natural beauty of this little village. You should make sure that you add this wonderful village into your travel itinerary.