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Hotel Marigold : Travel & Tourism

Kerala is one of the most beautiful state in India sandwiched between the western ghats on the east and the Arabian sea on the west. Many tourists visit this state from different parts of the world as well as from within the country. It has become one of the most favorite destination for many tourists around the world. Blessed with 4 seasons, Kerala has the most beautiful climate. The Kerala State has divided tourism resources into 6 categories.

Beaches, Backwaters, High ranges, Health & Echo and Agro-based tourism. Presently Vagomon is becoming the favorite destination for trucking and paragliding.

Changanessery is situated in the central part of Kerala making it an ideal destination to visit the multiple topography of Kerala the beaches, the backwaters as well as the hill station.

 

Distances from Marigold Hotel
 
Nedumbassery International airport - 2 hours drive
Trivandrum International airport - 3 hours drive
Alleppey - 24 km
Kumarakam - 28 km
Thekkady - 115 km
Munnar - 130 km
Vagamon - 70 km
Mattancherry fort cochin - 94 km

Wagamon Kerala
Thekkady Kerala
Peerumed Kerala
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munnar kerala
beachs kerala
kovalam beach kerala

Charalkunnu
This picturesque hill station offers a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the hill provides comfortable lodging..

 

Wagamon
This hill station (60 km from Kottayam), at an elevation of 1100 meters above sea level, is a trekker's delight. It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. The enchanting hill station dotted with tea gardens will soon be one of India's foremost eco-tourism projects.
The breeding centre of the Kerala live stock board is located here .

 

Munnar
One of the most popular hill stations in India, is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 Mts. above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Tourist attraction to this place increases every year. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi - which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

 

Peerumed
Situated amidst rubber, tea, coffee, and pepper plantations is this dainty little hill station of Peerumed, an ideal stopover on the way to Thekkady. Surrounded by rolling hills and valleys, Peerumed is well known for its waterfalls, open grasslands and delightful trekking trails. This pleasant hill station was once of the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore.

 

Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve):
Established in 1934 as Nellikkampatty wild life sanctuary; the area was declared a project Tiger reserve in 1978 and it was notified as a national park. India is the only country, which protects the five big wild cats of the world namely, the Lion, the Tiger, the Leopard, The Snow Leopard and lauded Leopard; Periyar Tiger reserve in Thekkady is the one, which is the favourite haunt of European tourists.

The winding roads that snake the mountain ranges, the mist-covered cliffs and the vast expanse of tea plantations on both sides leads to Thekkady, is the largest and also the best known wild life sanctuary in Kerala. Spread across 777 sq. Km. of which 360sq. Km. is the ever green forest, the sanctuary is noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wild life at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.

There are vivid other places to visit in this tourist land ..

Local Attractions of Changanacherry :

Boat jetty
The once famous boat jetty which was the hub of waterway transport during the Maharajas years.
Subrahmanya Temple [18th century] at Perunna.
The town has an 18th century temple and is the host to the Deepam festival, which is celebrated every winter. Subrahmanya Temple was built in 753 A.D. The well known "Temple Entrance Declaration" that introduced a new age in the social set up of the state was first applied in this temple.

Anchu Vilakku
It was in 980 AD, that the famed Diwan of Travancore Veluthampy Dalava made a market place at Changanacherry, realizing the possibilities of development of this place. Towards the memory of the centennial celebrations of the place in 1905, the people installed the " Anchu Vilakku" (Five Lamps) seen near the Boat Jetty. The lamp signifies the 'unity in diversity' of the local ethnic and religious sects - a truly fitting tribute to the ethos of Changanacherry.

Tomb of Ettuveetil Pillamar
In the history of Changanachery, there is high regard for the local chieftains called Ettuveetil Pillamar. It is said that the King Marthanda Varma had put the eight chieftains to death and that the curse of these people were on the king . Whatever the truth behind this legend, the Kings of Tranvancore were rather supertitious and are said to have avoided Changanachery. The tomb of these heroes can be seen here.

The Metropolitan Church
In 1885, under the leadership of Maliekkal Muthachan, the Metropolitan church was established. The major celebration of the church is the festival of St. Sebastian (January) and of St. Mary (September). This Metropolitan Catholic church is the oldest Christian church in the diocese.

Anandasheam Guru Mandiram
Another notable place in Changanachery is the "Anandashramam Guru Mandiram" founded by Mahatma Gandhi. The two visits of Sree Narayana Guru have added much to the significance of this Mandhiram. The things that were used by Sree Narayana Guru at that time have been kept as sacred relics to this day.

backwaters of Keala
tourist destination
 
 
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