Known For : Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Silent Valley National Park Palakkad Fort
The quaint town of Palakkad in Kerala boasts of picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Palakkad gets its name from pala trees which once dominated the area. Also known as Palghat, Pallakad is located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges. Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy Fields and is famous as the chief granary of Kerala.
Best Time: July to March
Located at a distance of 27 km from Kozhikode, Parapally Beach is a popular local beach destination. Lined with palm trees and golden sands, the beach offers mesmerising views of the orange sunset.
Inaugurated in 2013 by the then HRD Minister Pallam Raju; and sprawling over a vast 23000 square feet, Indian Business Museum is located in Kozhikode district of Kerala. With an objective to safeguard and perpetuate the rich business history of India, the museum showcases the business ordeals of our nation over the years. A whopping 1.5 crores were spent to construct the magnificent campus. Currently, many business houses Tata, Godrej, Reliance, Reserve Bank of India and Infosys, have set up their compartments inside the museum.
Kakkayam is a dam site located in Kozhikode of Kerala state surrounded by lush greenery.The distance is about 15 km from Kakkayam Bus stop. 'Orakkuzhi' is a waterfall located just after the Dam. Near the dam location, different animals including elephants can be seen. There is a forest office at top of the dam. You need to take permission from the Forest authorities before going ahead.
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Kakkadampoyil is a small village located in Kozhikode district of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 48 km from Calicut city. At an elevation of more than 2000 feet, Kakkadampoyil is one of the coolest tourist destinations in the Malabar region. Dense forests surround it, pristine waterfalls and deep valleys, that add to the village’s charm. Kakkadampoyil is fast emerging as a popular tourist destination, especially among nature enthusiasts.
Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty
The Blue Mountains have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty is no exception to that. For every mountain lover, the very idea of travelling to the city known as the Queen of the Hills holds an allure like no other. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company (and for a very good reason), Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Bharathapuzha River Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary Keraladeshpuram Temple
Enclosed by the Nilgiris in the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Malappuram is a prominent district in Kerala which is commonly known as "the land on the hilltop." With ancient monuments, natural spectacles, and the meandering rivers, Malappuram is a blend of history and heritage. Home to the Zamorins of Kozhikode and legendary poets, writers and artists; the culture and traditions of this region are unmatched. It is an important religious centre for Hindus and Muslims as well.
Best Time: July to March
Lying in the Western Ghats of Kozhikode district in Kerala, Thusharagiri Fall cascades down as three waterfalls. Located in a small tribal village, the name of the falls means ???snow covered mountains'. Trekkers and rock climbers will find trekking trails towards Lakkidi Ghat passing through thick foliage & lush, green surroundings offering its visitors a sheer delight.
Easily accessible by roads, Kozhippara Falls are situated on the borders of Kakkadampoyil on the Malappuram -Calicut District divide. Providing a stunning sight, these falls are best known for its friendliness to swimmers and trekkers.
Spread over a cluster of islands, surrounded by beautiful hillocks lies a bird watchers' planet, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. Located in Kozhikode, the sanctuary greets its visitors with freshwaters of Kadalundi River. This virgin land is home to 60 migratory and more than hundred native birds. Wildlife enthusiasts and bird lovers visit the place to capture even the minutest movements of the birds in their cameras. The sanctuary finds itself 200 m above the sea level.
Known For : Abbey Falls Talacauvery Namdroling Monastery
Generally covered as a part of trips to Coorg, Madikeri is a hill town in Karnataka with vast coffee plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view. Located in Kodagu District at around 6 hours from Bengaluru between Mysore and Mangalore, Madikeri is a perfect weekend getaway. There is no pollution, no noises to hurt your ears and the cool breeze that accompanies you throughout makes your trip memorable.
Best Time: February to September
Khadakwasla Dam is a famous tourist attraction and a significant work of engineering in Pune. It is built on River Mutha which flows through the city and aids water supply to Pune and its suburban regions. The dam forms a reservoir, called Khadakwasla Lake which offers a quick and pleasant getaway too. Its proximity to Pune City and the scenic surroundings make Khadakwasla Dam a preferred picnic spot. The roadways around Khadakwasla Dam is also a favourite cycling route amongst the city cyclists.
Known For : Vydehi Falls Kovai Kondattam Marudhamalai Hill Temple
One of the largest cities of Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore is a major hub for industry, textiles, and manufacturing, and is also the gateway to several other tourist destinations in South India. However, there is a lot more to Coimbatore than just that. From ancient temples to classy new buildings, from breathtaking mountains to jaw-dropping waterfalls, from a mouth-watering cuisine to pleasant weather all year round, Coimbatore has everything you could possibly need to make for a perfect holiday experience.
Best Time: September to March
Known For : Ranipuram Malom Wildlife Sanctuary Ananthapura Lake temple
Kasargod is a small coastal town in Northern Pary of Kerala displaying a delightful blend of various religions, culture and bounty of nature. Blessed with majestic forts, lofty hills, beautiful offbeat backwaters, temples and pristine beaches, the town oozes charm and tranquillity from every aspect. It is gaining popularity among people from nearby cities owing to the presence of luxury resorts.
Best Time: September to January
Located near the beautiful backwaters of Iringal near Vadakara in Kozhikode district of Kerala, Sargaalaya Kerala Arts and Crafts village is a wonderful initiative by the Department of Tourism, Kerala. An exquisite blend of brilliant hand crafted designs and age old traditions, the centre boasts of rich craftsmanship displays and some incredible handiworks of local artisans.
Pondicherry is not the only seashore with European history, the Kappad Beach in Kerala is infamous for being the destination of Vasco Da Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer. It is the shore that made the explorer the first to reach India by sea. Today, Kappad is one of the most scenic beaches India has to offer. It is lined with palm trees and sedimentary rocks that decorate the shore and give any visitor a serene feeling. The idyllic beach is apt for rejuvenation of body and soul.
Situated 60 km off Kozhikode, the Peruvannamuzhi Dam is a beautiful place surrounded by verdant greenery. The reservoir here offers speed boat and row boat ride across the 'Smaraka Thottam' - a garden built in the memory of freedom fighters in the region. There is also a crocodile farm & bird sanctuary located a close to the dam for the wildlife lovers. The Dam is easily accessible by bus from Kozhikode.
Known For : Payyambalam Beach Muzhappilangad Beach St Angelo Fort
Located on the Malabar Coast of Kerala, Kannur (fondly known as Cannanore), is a beautiful city bundled with a plethora of sightseeing options like beaches, monuments, ancient temples and picnic spots. Steeped in the distinctive local art forms like Theyyam, Kannur still has an aura of the bygone colonial era. The deep footprints of the Dutch, the Portuguese, the British and the Mysore Sultanate are still imbibed into the town and can be witnessed all around.
Best Time: October to March
Located at a distance of about 50 kms southwest of Pune in Maharashtra, Panshet Dam is one of the most popular and picturesque getaway from the city. Also known as Tanajisagar Dam, it is built on the Ambi River and provides irrigation and drinking water to the city folks. Enveloped in lush greenery and dotted by enchanting waterfalls, Panshet Dam is nestled in the lap of the Sahyadris and is one of the top places to visit in Pune.
Beypore Beach is a beautiful beach on the western coastline of India. It is located about 10 kilometres from Kozhikode in God's Own Country, Kerala. The beach is located at the mouth of River Chaliyar and is a famous beach destination all across the world. The beautiful skies over the pristine sea and the long stretch of golden sand and the tall coconut trees make for a fabulous vacation destination in Kerala. Sunsets are a special treat to the eyes here after a long stroll.
Located only 36 km north of Kozhikode and renowned as the hometown of the famous athlete P. T. Usha is the quaint village of Payyoli. This village was first recognised when Vasco Da Gama, the famous Portuguese traveller, discovered a sea route to India and arrived at Kappad Beach, 21 km from Payyoli. The entire village is cradled in the laps of nature and has been blessed with scenic beauty like nowhere else. The palm-fringed Payyoli Beach is a major attraction here and is the getaway relief for many travellers.
Meandering along the rocky terrain is a tributary of River Chaliyar called Kanjirapuzha. This water body forms many beautiful waterfalls and brooks at various points of its journey, which is a treat to your eyes.
Known For : Athirapally Falls Charpa Falls Vadakummnathan temple
Officially known as the cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is famous for fostering classical Keralan performing arts, religious sites and the renowned Thrissur Pooram festival, Onam festival and Vadakkumnathan Temple. Thrissur is the short form of Thiru-Shiva-Per-Ur which literally means “a city with three temples of Lord Shiva”. Thrissur later became anglicised to Trichur.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Said to be built on the remains of a shipwreck, the Thikkoti Lighthouse is one of the major attractions of Kozhikode. Located on a rocky shoreline, the place is best known for the scenic views it offers as well as several species of nomadic birds.
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