[contentid=24]1. Thiruvananthapuram[/contentid]

A long shoreline with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage makes this district a much sought after tourist destination.

  • Padmanabha Swamy TemplePadmanabhaswamy Temple
  • Kovalam, Poovar, Varkala & Kappil beaches
  • Veli-Akkulam Backwaters
  • Neyyar and Peppara Wildlife Belts
  • Vizhinjam beach village
  • Ponmudi Hill Station

[contentid=27]2. Kollam[/contentid]

The gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala and center of the country's cashew trading and processing industry, Kollam offers investors lot of potential. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala.

  • Ashtamudi LakeMuroe Island
  • Thenmala Ecotourism Center
  • Palaruvi waterfalls
  • Alumkadavu Village
  • Thazhava, Munroe Island Rural Tourism
  • Thirumullavaram Beach
  • Peringalam backwaters
  • Muttara Maruthi Mala Hills

[contentid=28]3. Pathanamthitta[/contentid]

Sabarimala  Temple - Makaravilakku

A hilly terrain of pristine beauty, Pathanamthitta is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. Dotted with Temples, rivers, mountain ranges and coconut groves, more than 50% of the district is covered with forests. Its also home to the unique Aranmula Kannadi - metal mirrors that are painstakingly handcrafted. Vaasthu Vidhya Gurukulam, a heritage village which practices the ancient Indian school of architecture Vaasthu Vidhya in its purest form.

  • Aranmula Heritage Village
  • Pulikkezhu Backwaters
  • Maniyar Damsite
  • Sabarimala Pilgrim Center
  • Mathirampuzha Lake
  • Konni Elephant Camp
  • Perunthenaruvi Falls
  • Kakki Reservoir
  • Polachira lake area in Kulanada

[contentid=29]4. Alappuzha[/contentid]

Alappuzha Back  Waters

Referred to as the 'Venice of the East', by travelers across the world, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Caressed by Arabian sea in the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers crisscrossing it, this backwater country shelters some unique animal and bird life. Famous for its boat races, marine products and coir industry, the singularity of this land is the region called "Kuttanad" - called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

  • Kuttanad Village
  • Andhakaranazhi, Thumboli and Thrikkunnappuzha beaches
  • Chambakkulam, Pulinkunnu, Edathua, Thanneermukkom, Muhamma and Nedumudi Backwaters
  • Pathiramanal Island
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Karumadi Kuttan

[contentid=30]5. Kottayam[/contentid]

Acclaimed as the land of letters, latex and lakes, Kottayam has the distinction of being the first ever fully literate municipal town in India.The first Malayalam Printing press was established by Mr. Benjamin Bailey, a Christian Missionary in 1820 AD. Panoramic backwater streches,  lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations characterize this picturesque land. The majestic Vembanad lake and stunning backwaters of Kumarakom are its prime attractions

  • Hill Stations like Ilaveezhapoonchira, Kannadippara, Illickal Mala, Illickal Kallu, Ayyappara, Kolani Mudi, Kurishumala, Mamala Stream, Vazhikkadavu, Thangalppara, Kottathavalam, Vagamon, Kattankunnu, Vennimala
  • Kumarakom Backwaters
  • Thazhathangadi Town
  • Poonjar Palace
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Aruvikuzhy, Aruvickal and Marmala waterfalls

[contentid=31]6. Idukki[/contentid]

VagamonKerala's Largest district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of the state. High ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar and their tributaries. An astonishing 50% of the area is covered by forest. It offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantations, mountain treks and elephant rides.

  • Munnar, Peerumedu, Devikulam and Vagamon plantation hills
  • Idukki Dam
  • Iravikulam National Park, Chinnar
  • Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cheeyappara Waterfalls
  • Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Thommankuthu Waterfalls

[contentid=32]7. Ernakulam[/contentid]

The commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi is known as the queen of Arabian Sea is in this district. The British, Arabs, Chineese, Portugeese, Dutch etc have all come to this port in search of exotic spices and sandalwood.

  • Fort Kochi and Jew Street
  • Mattanchery Synagogue
  • Kumbalangi Village
  • Bolgatty and Willingdon Islands
  • Marine Drive
  • Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
  • Gundu Island
  • Cherai Beach
  • Kaladi Pilgrim Center

[contentid=33]8. Thrissur[/contentid]

Thrissur PooramThe cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is synonymous with the world famous "Pooram Festival".  From ancient times, this district with its cultural heritage and archaeological wealth has played a significant role in the political history of South India.

  • Guruvayur Pilgrim Center
  • Athirapally, and Vazhachal Waterfalls
  • Kerala Kala Mandalam, Cheruthuruthy Cultural Village
  • Cheraman Juma Masjid
  • Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Peechi Dam
  • Nila River
  • Athirapally Falls

[contentid=34]9. Palakkad[/contentid]

The land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams and irrigation projects, Palakkad is also known as the granary of Kerala. The gateway to Kerala from north, a 40 kilometer stretch of break in mountains known as the 'Palakkad Gap' acts as a corridor between Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

  • Nelliyampathy Hill Station
  • Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary
  • Silent Valley National Park
  • Malampuzha dam and amusement center
  • Kalpathy heritage zone
  • Tipu's Fort

[contentid=35]10. Malappuram[/contentid]

Enriched  by three great rivers flowing through it - Bharathapuzha, Chaliyar and Kadalundi, Malappuram has a rich and eventful History. Along with historic monuments and diverse natural attractions, a range of cultural and ritual art forms add to its value as a destination.

  • Nilambur ForestsTheyyam
  • Nilgiri Ghats
  • Padinjarekara Beach
  • Vallikunnu Beach
  • Kootai River
  • Nilambur Teak Museum
  • Kottakunnu Hills

[contentid=36]11. Kozhikode[/contentid]

A mighty sea port where Arab, Chinese and East African traders once converged, Kozhikode was previously the most important region in Malabar Coast. Vasco da Gama landed on its shores in 1498. Lush Green countryside, serene beaches, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers and hills make it a popular destination.

  • Kappad Beach
  • Beypore Port
  • Thusharagiri Waterfall
  • Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
  • Mananchira Square and SM street

[contentid=37]12. Wayanad[/contentid]

Edakkal CavesA bio-diverse region spread across 2132 square kilometers on the lofty Western Ghats, Wayanad is located at the Southern tip of the magnificent Deccan Plateau. Strikingly scenic its is knows for its sub-tropical savannas, picturesque hill stations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions.

  • Edakkal Caves
  • Vythiri Hill Station
  • Kuruvadweep
  • Chembra Peak
  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Soochippara Falls
  • Manichara
  • Karapuzha Dam
  • Spice Plantations

[contentid=38]13. Kannur[/contentid]

Acclaimed by the celebrated traveller Marco Polo as the great emporium of the spice trade, this nature rich land has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. It has the only drive in beach in Kerala

  • Payyambalam Beach
  • Valapattanam Backwaters
  • Muzhappilangad Beach
  • Meenkunnu Beach
  • Paithal Mala Hill Station
  • Kanjirakkolli Hill Station
  • Handloom Industry
  • Pazhassi Reservoir

[contentid=39]14. Kasargod[/contentid]

World renowned for its coir and handloom industries, Kasargod is the northern most district of Kerala and is home to Bekal - the largest and best preserved fort in the state. This tranquil place is famous as the land of Gods, majestic hills, rivers and delightful beaches.

  • Bekal Fort and Beach
  • Chandragiri Fort
  • Kappil Beach
  • Valiyaparamba Backwaters
  • Ranipuram Hill Station

    Bekal Fort &    Beach

Places to Visit

Bekal Fort:

(16 km south of Kasaragod on tbe national bigbway. Open 0900-1730 hrs) The 17th century Bekal Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in Kerala,  This imposing circular structure of laterite rises 130 ft above sea level and stands on a 35-acre headland that runs into the Arabian Sea.There is an observation tower with a  score of picturesque peepholes, an ancient Anjenaya Temple with stucco images of Gods on its walls, an ancient mosque said to have been built by Tipu Sulthan, a sea  bastion and underground passagesthat are great crowd pullers. An adjacent guesthouse built by the British in 1909 is now being renovated into an accommodation bungalow for tourists.

Bekal Fort Beach:

(1 kmfrom Bekal Fort) This shallow beach offers a spectacular view of the fall and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.

Chandragiri Fort and River:

(4 km from Bekal) South-east of Kasaragod Town, situated near the confluence of the Payaswini River and the Arabian Sea, the Chandragiri Village is known for its large  17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri Fall, one among a chain of forts built by the same ruler, perched atop a hill is in ruins now. But the location offers a breathtaking view of the convergence of the river and the Arabian Sea,the sandbanks separating the two, and is a vantage point to watch the sunset. There is a mosque nearby. The ancient Kizhur State Temple at Chandragiri celebrates the annual festival called Pauu Utsauam.

Chandragiri Cruises: Boat trips to nearby islands and palm groves. Boarding Point: Chandragiri Bridge.

Chandragiri Boat Club: The Boat Club has speed boat rides, houseboats, island camping and wildlife tours in the hinterlands. Fishermen near Chandragid Bridge will give you a ride on the backwaters and arrange trips to nearby islands.

Kappil Beach:

(6 km from Beeal Fort) Remote and secluded, this beach is fast becoming a major tourist attraction. The Kodi Cliff nearby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and two km away is the Pallikunnam Temple.


(15 km from Bekal) This internationally renowned spiritual centre founded by Swami Ramdas in 1939, offers a quiet, peaceful ambience suited for meditation and spiritual studies. Ph: 0467-2203036. Website

Ananthapura Lake Temple:

(30 km from Bekal on the Kumhala-Badiadha road. Open 0530 -1230 hrs, 1730 -1930 hrs) This 9th century temple is the only lake temple in Kerala and is the moolaslbanam (original abode) of Ananthapadmanabha, the deity of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananrhapuram. The sanctum sanctorum is reachable only by a bridge. A crocodile at the temple pond, said to be 150 years old is a major attraction.

Valiyaparamba Backwaters:

(30 km from Bekal) This is one of the most scenic backwater stretches in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands, this much favoured destination offers enchanting houseboat cruises. The Bekal Resorts Development Corporation  provides houseboat services on the Tejaswini River from Kottapurarn in Neeleshwaram to Kannur, along the Valiyaparamba Backwaters. Day cruises and night cruises are avaiJable as also canoeing, bonfire dinners on nearby islands, homestays, ayurvedic -theraples, visits to temples, forts and tribal villages.


(35 kmfrom Bekal) The highlight of this village is the Kareem Forest Park situated in a place that was once a wasteland. The singlehanded dedication of a man transformed an arid area into a nature-rich zone teeming with rare plants, trees and birds. 25 years  of hard work have earned him the praise of botany experts who certify that he has grown 300 species of flowering plants and increased the water table in the area. The 'Kareem Model Story' has found its way into textbooks as well.


(15 km north of Kasaragod) A number of temples and fifteen mosques make this cashew growing town a prominent pilgrim centre. The memorial of the late Govinda Pai,the grand patriarch ofKannada literature, is also located at Manjeswaram.

Temples: There is a Sreemad Anantheshwara Temple situated on the Karnataka border. There are two old Jain Bastis at Bengara Manjeswar on the southern bank of the Manjeswar River.

Churches: About 11 km from Kumbala on the Kumbala -Badiadka road is the Mother Dolorus Church ofBela. The hundred-year-old Roman Catholic church is built in the Gothic style. The Our lady of Sorrows Church constructed in 1890, is the oldest in the  district.

Kanwatheertha Beach:

(3 km from Manjeswaram) A large swimming pool-like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction.

Possadi Gumpe:

(East of Manjeswaram and 15 km south of Bekal) This is an ideal picnic spot, located on a hillock 1060 ft above sea level. Facilities are minimal at this beautiful destination, so it is best to go well-equipped with food, water and trekking gear.

Kanhangad, Hosdurg:

(15 km south of Bekal) Renowned for its chain of forts built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri Dynasty, another popular landmark here is the Nithyanandashram, an internationally famed spiritual centre.

Madiyankulam Durga Temple:

This Bhadrakali Temple at Kanhangad in Hosdurg is famous for the Bbutba Dance performed in connection with the annual festivals in May/June & December/lanuary.

Sree Mahalingeswara Temple, Adoor:

(45km from Kasaragod) Located in sylvan surroundings on me southern banks of the RiverPayaswini,this ancient SivaTemple contains aSanskrit inscription in Kannaclascript which has been ascrbed to theWestern ChalukyaKing Kirthivarman II (745 - 755 AD).


(40 km south of Kasaragod) Once the cultural centre of Kasaragod District, this place is home to the Nileswar Rajas, said to have come from Kozhikode nearly 600 years ago. Their palaces showcase the fine architecture and spectacular woodwork of the  times. The Nileswaram Palace today functions as the folklore centre of the Dept. of Archaeology. The town is also famous for its numerous kauus (shrines), temple festivals and the Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Cultural Centre.

Kavil Bhavan Yoga and Meditation Centre:

Situated next to Mannapurathe Kavu Bhagavathy Temple, this yoga centre combines procedures slldl as mud baths, acupuncture and meditation in treating ailments like asthma, obesity etc.


(5 km southwest of Nileswaram at Thadapuram) The backwaters of Kottapuram is a great place for leisure activities like boating. One of the oldest coir factories in Malabar is situated here.


Home of the illustrious poets and scholarsofKuttamath, this is also a fascinating picnic spot. 111eruins of aDutch Fort built in the 18th century can be sighted at the Veeramala Hills.

Kota Palli:

(45 em south of Kasaragod) Meaning mosque within a fort, there is actually no fort at the Cheruvathur Kota Palli, other than the large laterite outcropping on the top which gives it a fort-like appearance. Devotees flock to the grave of the sage buried here,  believed to have miraculous powers. It is said that all wishes will be granted.


(30 km northeast of Kanbangad) Lying close to Cauvery, this idyllic spot covered in lush vegetation and hilly terrain is a favourite with nature lovers and ecotourists, The nearby scenic village ofKonnakkad, replete with rainforests and verdant surroundings, is  ideal for trekking.


(85 kmfrom Kasaragod) Situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation - evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. This area was formerly known as Madathumala, The extensive forests of Madathurnala merge with the forests of Karnataka. With its rich greenery, abundant blooms, misty moors and the wild elephants occasionally Sighted wandering around, Ranipuram makes for a great getaway. Accommodation: DTPC cottages.


The old seat of the Thazhekattu Mana,Trikkaripur is the hometown of T S Thirumumbu, poet and freedom fighter, and Guru Chandu Panikkar, the famous Kathakali artist.

Madhur Temple:

(8 km northeast of Kasaragod, on the banks of the Madhuuabini River. Open 0500 -1230 hrs, 1730 - 2000 hrs) The Srimad Anantheswara Vinayaka Temple, with its unique three-tiered dome, copper-plated roofing and a cloistered court rises majestically against the beautiful landscape of the Madhuvahini River. Believed to contain the essence of spirituality, a cleansing dip here is considered to be purifying. Ph: 04994-240240

Edneer Mutt:

(10 km northeast of Kasaragod) The Mutt of Edneer renowned as a seat of art and learning belongs to the Sankaracharya tradition.

Tulur Vanam:

(4 km east of Panathur) Also known as Kekulom (the eastern place), the temple here is consecrated to Kshetrapalan and Bhagavathi. The eight-day annual festival commencing from Sivarathri, attracts large crowds from all over the district as well as from  neighbouring Coorg in Karnaraka.

Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI):

The Institute was established in 1970 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and has its headquarters in Kudlu, 5 km north of Kasaragod. The CPCRl serves as a national forum for improving the genetic potential of plantation crops, conducting basic  and applied research on various aspects of these crops to produce genetically superior planting materials for coconut, arecanut, spices and cashewnut.

Malik Ibn Deenar Mosque:

(Located at Tbaianhara. 1hmfrom Kasaragod on Station Road) This historic mosque built in the typical Kerala style is believed to have been founded by Malik Ibn Dinar who is credited with having bought Islam to the Malabar region.

Pandiyan Kallu:

A rock rising in the sea about 2 km from the Trikkannad Temple, Pandiyan Kallu is an ideal spot for adventurous swimmers. Legend has it that the ship of one of the Pandiya Kings who attacked the Trikkannad Temple was converted into a rock and hence the name Pandiyan Kallu.

Ummichipoyil and Varikulam:

(23 km from Nileshvaram) Rock cut caves called Muniyaras dating back to 2000 years are seen at Urnmlchipoyil. At Varikulam overlooking the Chandragiri River you will find more such architectural forms.


This quite suburb of Kasaragod rose to international fame because of the caps made here. The flat round caps with intricate designs woven out of gold threads on its side bands were once exported to Arab and African countries aswell as to the Muslim     traders in Lakshadweep.

Acclaimed by the celebrated traveller Marco Polo as the great emporium of the spice trade, this nature rich land has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. It has the only drive in beach in Kerala

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Places to Visit

Payyambalam Beach:

(2 km from Kannur) This beach is famous for its flat laterite cliffs that jut into the sea. The well-laid gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child make it extremely captivating. The nearby Baby Beach accessed through the Burnassery Cantonment is delightfully quiet.

Arakkal Kettu Museum:

(3 kmfrom Kannur, opp. Ayikaara Mapilla Bay. Closed on Mondays) This was the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas,the only Muslim Royal Family of Kerala. Protected by the Archaeological and Tourism Department, this palace complex today is a museum housing a splendid display of numerous artefacts and heirlooms belonging to the Rajas.Ph: 0497-2731039

St. Angelo Fort:

(3 km from Kannur. Open 0800 -1800 hrs) This seafront laterite fort was constructed in 1505 AD by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francisco De Almeda, with the consent of the ruling Kolathiri Raja.Ammunition dumps, stables, underground jails, secret tunnels to the sea and an old dilapidated chapel can all be still seen within its precincts. After changing hands from the Portuguese to the  Dutch and then to the English, the fort became one of the important military centres of the British in Malabar. St. Angelo  Fort offers a fascinating view of the Mappila Bay fishing harbour. Ph: 0497-2732578


(6 km from Kannur) There is a splendid folklore museum here. In an Y effort to preserve the rich heritage of the 130-year,oId abode of Chirakkal family, the Chirakkal Kovilakarn was converted into a museum. The Kolathiri Rajasonce lived here.


(7 hmfrom Kannur) The small town on the Valapattanam River is well known for its wood, based industries and timber trade. The port of Azhikkal and Azhikkal Beach are located nearby. Western India Plywoods Limited, the largest wood-based industry in the  country and also one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia, is a major industrial concern here. DTPC Kannur offers motor boat and houseboat cruises on the river. Fare: Rs. 800 for one hour. Tlmings: 0800 - 1630 hrs.Houseboat cruises are also available from Valapartanam Jetty in Payyarnbalam. Overnight stay options with special Ayurvcda treatment package on board can be had for Rs. 6000.

Kizhunna Beach:

(11 km from Kannur) This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.

Meenkunnu Beach:

(12 km from Kannur) Uncrowded, the beach is a tourists' paradise, with golden sand and surf.

Kanhirode Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd.:

(13 km east of Kannur. Open 0900 - 1530 frs. Closed on Sundays About 400 workers create high quality furnishing fabrics, shirts, sarees as well as Khadi fabric. Ph: 0497-2857259

Peralassery Subramania Temple:

(14 km from Kannur. Open 0400 - 1600 hrs. Prayer Timings: 1100 hrs and 1630 hrs) This temple is believed to be where Rama and Iakshmana halted on their way to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita.


(18 km from Kannur) The DTPC provides pleasure boating and houseboat cruises at the Parassini River, Accommodation is available nearby. The snake park here is the only one of its kind in the State. Snake demonstrations conducted every hour draw large  crowds (Open 0830 - 1730 brs everyday).

Parassinikadavu Temple:

(18 km northeast of Kannur. Open. 0500 - 0800hrs, 1600 - 2000 hrs) The Sri Muthappan Temple of Parassinikadavu stands on the banks of the valapattanam River and is one of the most important shrines here. This pilgrim centre is famous for the Mutbappan  Theyyam performed every morning and evening. Visitors can go around the temple and even enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple which gives an unusual offering of dried fish and toddy to the deity. A Kathakali Club at the temple arranges shows on  request after 11 in the night, which lasts for two and a half hours


A remarkable town by the sea, it is famous for many reasons. The British sport Cricket was first played here, the first cakes in India introduced by the British were baked here at the Mambally's Royal Biscuit Factory and Indian circus has its origins in this town  as well.

Thalassery Fort:

(22 km from. Kannur. Open 1000 - 1700 hrs) The fort constructed in 1708 by the British was their military centre. It is now a historical monument. The Holy Rosary Church where Edward Brunnen is buried can be seen from here, Overbury's Folly, a colonial  bungalow now turned into a restaurant is located on a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. The SAl Gymnastic Centre, an old Muslim mosque, the jagannatha Temple and Thiruvangad Sree llama Swarny Temple are other attractions nearby.

Gundert Bungalow:

(20 km from Kannur near Thalassery, on the Illikunnu NH) Dr. Hermann Gundert, the revered German missionary, scholar and lexicographer lived in this bungalow for 20 years from 1839. It was here that the first Malayalam dictionary and the first Malayalam newspaper- Paschimodayam - took shape. The bungalow is at present occupied by a technical training institute.

Muzhappilangad Beach:

(15 km from Kannur and 8km from Thalassery) Black rocks protect this long, clean beach from the currents of the deep, making its shallow waters a swimmer's paradise. Perhaps this is Kerala's only drive-in beach where you can drive down the entire length of 4 km. Adventure Club: Maintained by the youth development wing, the adventure office here offers a variety of water sport options as well as paragliding, parasailing, micro-lite nights ete.

Dharmadom Island:

(100 metres away from the mainland at Dharmadom and 3 km from Thalassery) The small 5-acre island covered with coconut palms and dense bushes is a beautiful sight from the beach, Permission is required to enter this privately owned island. You can wade to the island at low tide. An overnight stay (minimum 10 people) on the island, which includes food, can be arranged through the Tourism Department.

Raja Rajeswara Temple:

(25 km rom Karmur, in Thaliparamba)  Situated near Thaliparamba Town on the National Highway, this temple is dedicated ro Lord RajaRaieswara (Lord Siva worshipped as the presiding power). An unusual custom is that women are allowed inside only after 8 pm as it is said that Lord Siva is with His wife Parvathi then and will therefore, grant women their wishes. Ph: 0460-2203457

Trichambaram Temple:

(20 km from Kannur, near Thaliparamba town on the NH. Open 0500 - 1200 hrs, 1700 - 2000 hrs) A sacred place of the Vaishnava cult that predates the 10th century, the deity of the temple is Sree Krishna. The sculptures on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum are unique by themselves. The annual temple festival, usually held in March, is a colourful event.

Payyanur Subramania Temple:

(46 km north of Kannur and 21 km north of Thaliparamba. Open 0400 - 1200 hrs, 1700 - 2100 hrs) This lovely temple is famous for the pauiira modiram, a type of ring available here. Made only against order with gold and the holy darbha grass, it is worn after  being sanctified at the temple by Brahmins while performing rituals.

Suryanarayana Temple, Kadiroor:

(Open 0530 - 1130 hrs & 1730 - 2030 hrs) Dating back to the 13th century, the idol here is believed to have been consecrated by Lord Rarna while on his way to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita.

Odathil Palli Mosque:

(Near Old Bus Stand, Thalassery) This 500-year-old mosque in the heart ofThalassery was built by an Arab merchant in a typical Kerala Hindu temple style. The mosque which has neither domes nor minarets is not open to non-Muslims.

Sree Ramaswamy Temple, Thiruvangad:

(23 emfrom Kannur) Dedicated lllJ to Sree llama, this is one of the most important temples in Malabar. The exquisite carvings in the temple are said to have been done nearly 400 years ago.

Madayi Para:

(25 km from Karnnur) The Madayi Kavu Temple, the Vaclukunnu Temple and the 12th century mosque built by Malik Bin Dinar with white marble imported from Arabia, are the major attractions here. There is also a dilapidated fort at Madayi which is supposed to  have been built by Tipu Suithan of Mysore. The view from the fort is fascinating.


Formerly a part of Kerala, it is today a union territory, The picturesque little town with a French flavour, originally called Mayazhi, was renamed Mahe after the  Frenchman who captured it. The St. Teresa's Church is famed all over Malabar for the efficacy of prayers said here, People of all religlons converge here from all over Kerala and even from as far as Singapore, SriLanka and England during the fete (October 5-22), considered an especially auspicious time.

Malayala Kalagramam, New Mahe:

(29 km from Kannur) This renowned centre for arts and culture at New Mahe conduct courses in painting, sculpture, music, dance and pottery. The centre also hasan art gallery exhibition hall, library, a 300-seatauditorium, a sculpture garden, cottages for staff and students, separate guesthouses for visitors and a canteen, Visitors are allowed to watch the classeswith prior permission from the Director. Ph: 0490-2332961

Thodeekulam Siva Temple:

(34 km south east of Kannnr. Open 0500 - 1930 hrs) Located 2 krn from Kannavam on the Thalassery-Mananthavady Road, this temple is famous for its mural paintings, It is believed to have been constructed 2,000 year'sago and was closely connected with  the Pazhassi Raja Family of Kottayam (Thalassery Taluk). It was in this temple that Pazhassi Raja hid from the British.

Pazhassi Dam:

(37 km east of Kannur) An ideal retreat for tourists, the dam site is famous for its scenic beauty, The DTPC provides pleasure boating Facilitiesat the reservoir, Accommodation is available at the Project Inspection Bungalow.


(55 km from Kannur) A hillock, which is 286 m high, rises above the beautiful beach here, Carved stone pillars and an ancient burial chamber can be seen at the foot of the hills, The hills are well-known for rare medicinal herbs, A NavalAcademy, one of the largest of its kind in Asia is located here. Permission is required tor entry.

Cinnamon Valley, Anjarakandy:

Spread over nearly 200 acres, the cinnamon valley on the hanks of the Anjarakancly River, is considered the largest cinnamon plantation in Asia, The white pepper grown here is very popular in Britain ancl other Western countries.

Pythal Mala:

(65 km from Kannur) This enchanting hill station, situated 4500 ft above sea level near the Kerala - Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna, It is a 6 krn trek to the top of the hills.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary:

(35 km from Thalassery) Elephants, sloth bears, sambars,mouse deer etc. can be found in the 55 sq. km sanctuary, Other attractions: Nature trails, soft trekking, bamboo rafting, coracle boating, stay at tree houses in Pariputhodu and Bhoothamkallu, bathing in the stream at Meenmutty.


Famous for its Annapoorneswari Temple, the week-long annual festival falls in April. There is a Kathakali-Panchavadya school called Asthikalalaya near the temple.


(Open 0500 -1000 hrs, 1600 - 2000 hrs. Prayer Timings. 0800 brs, 1200 brs, 1930 brs) Described as the Varanasi of the South, the twin SivaTemples at Kottiyoor called Akkara Kottiyoor and Ikkara Kottiyoor lies on the banks of the Bavali River. Thousands of devotees attend the annual 27-day festival during May -June.


This place in Payyanur is famous for its unique bronze lamps and sculptures

Places to Visit


Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple:

(8 km east of Mananthavady) This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The two-week long festival in February/March is attended by hundreds of tribals.


(17 km east of Mananthavady, 145 km northt east of Sulthan Bathery) This 950 acre, uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabani River is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs. Permitting authority. Divisional Forest Officer, South Wayanad, Kalpetta Ph: 0091-4936-203428

Boys Town:

(15 km north of Mananthavady) Herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit, permaculture centre erc., established by the Wayanad Social Service Society and the Gene Park - an Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal gardening, are situated here.

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary:

(20 km east of Manarathavady, 13 km from Thirunelly on the Kodagu Road. Open 0600 - 0800 hrs, 1500 -1730 hrs) This sanctuary has a wide variety of animals, but visitors are restricted to the outer tourist zone. Permitting authority. Asst. Wildlife Warden,  Tholpetty, Ph: 04935-250853

Korome Mosque:

(23 km from Mananthavady) Constructed in the traditional Kerala style, this 300-year-oldmosque is noted for its extensive wood carvings. Originally built by the Nair community, the mosque is seen asan excellent example of communal harmony. In fact, the  annual Uroos Festival conducted here draws participants from all communities.

Thirunelly Temple:

(32 km northeast of Manantbavady Surrounded by the Kambamala, Karimala and the VaradigaPeaks, the Thirunelly Temple embodies classical, traditional Kerala architecture. A famous pilgrim centre, the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu - the god who  maintains life, attracts hordes of devotees especially for performing  ancestral rites. The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. Snuggled among mountains and forests, this riverside temple is close to the mountain spring Papanashini. A ritual dip in its crystal clear waters is believed to wash away one's worldly sins.


(8 kmfrom Tbirunelly) This natural rock cave at the northern end of the Brahmagiri Hills is home to a wide variety of rare birds, animals and  distinctive species of plants. However, the place can be accessed only by a 7 km trek from Thirunelly  through deep jungle that will take about three hours. Special permission has to be obtained from the Forest Department to visit or camp at Pakshipathalam which literally means birds in tbe netber region. DTPC arranges package tours, complete with guides and camping equipments.

Trissileri Temple:

(15 km from Tbirunelly) Open 0600 - 1300 hrs, 1700 - 2000 hrs) This architecturally pleasing Siva temple is so inextricably linked to the ThirunellyTemple that the performance of rites at the latter remain incomplete until it is followed by offerings at Trissilen, This shrine has recently been renovated and Mahasivarathri is celebrated here with much fanfare during March.

Pazhassi Tomb:

(32hm northeast of Kalpetta) The memorial of Veera PazhassiRaja,the Lion of Kerala, who organised guerilla warfare against the British EastIndia Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally Cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured  bl' the British. A small structure houses a collection of memorabilia belonging to I'azhassi.

Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary:

(40 km from Mananthavady. Open 0600 - 0800 hrs and 1500 :1730 hrs) This sanctuary in Karnataka State bordering WaY3nadextends over an area of 643.39 sq. krn. The park houses diverse species of plant and animal life.


Chembra Peak:

(18 km west of Kalpetta) At 2100 m above mean sea level, Chembra is the tallest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking. With prior permission from the Forest Department, one-day treks and two-day wildlife treks are possible. You will have group treks of up to ten people or hike on your own accompanied by a guide.

Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarethara:

(25km northeast of Kalpetta) Considered to be the largest earth dam in India, as well as the second largest in Asia, this is a mini hydel project. A sprawling sanctuary and park with ever flowering trees are major tourist attractions. Boating Facilities in the dam and trekking trails leading from here draw outdoor enthusiastx.

Meenmutty Waterfall:

(29 km  from Kalpetta, on the Ooty main road) An interesting 2 krn jungle trek will lead to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad.A unique feature of Meenmutty is that the water drops from nearly  1000 ft over three stages, presenting a triple-decker effect.

Sentinel Rock Waterfall:

(23 km from Kalpetta) Locally known as soochipara (needle rocks), the pool at the foot of the falls is ideal for a quick dip. The more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery. One of the most attractive falls in the district, the water hits the sharp spikes of granite at the base and hence the name.

Kanthanpara Waterfall:

(22.km from Kalpetta)  Smaller than Sentinel Rock, the nearby Kanthanpara falls and its surroundings make for an ideal picnic spot.

Thrikkaipetta Village:

(7 km east of Kalpetta) This village has become noted for the bamboo processing training and design centre called Uravu set up in 1996.Today, the centre is a beehive of activity, maintaining a bamboo nursery, designing and developing new uses of bamboo and giving training in bamboo craft involving a variety of products. This NGO wing of the State Bamboo Mission functions asa non-profit mist working to help tribals by utilising the abundant bamboo found in Wayanad.


Bathery Jain Temple:

One of the most important among the many jam temples here, the Bathery Temple is believed to have been built during the 13th century, Its design is strongly influenced by the architectural style of the then reigning Vijayanagar Dynasty. Another unique feature  is the rather checkered history of the temple which fil'st served asa shrine, next as a centre of commercial trade and finally, as the ammunition store or battery ofTipu Sulthan's army. The town derives its  name from that use.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum:

(10 km from SultbanBathery) One of the best heritage museums in Kerala, it houses artefacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land.

Edakkal Caves:

(12 km from Sulthan Bathery. Open 0900 - 1700 hrs) Accessible only by a kilometre's trek from Edakkal, the wall art Foundin these cavesthat have been inhabited at various stage in history has caught the attention of archaeologists worldwide. You can see three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest dating back to over 3000 years.You will also come across the only cave restaurant in the country here. Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves.

Chethalayam Falls:

(12 km east of Sulthan Bathery) This is one of Wayanad's lesser known falls. Though it tends to dry up during summer, it is a lovely place to visit and trekking enthusiasts will have an enjoyable time climbing up the rocks to  the waterfall.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary:

(17 km from Sulthan Bathery) Established in 1973, the sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka Oil the northeast and Mudumalal of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.The management lays emphasis on scicnrific conservation with due consideration for the general Iirestyle of the rribals and others who live in and around the forest region. Permitting autboritv. Wildlife Warden,  Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Sulthan Bathery, Ph: 04936-271010



(55 km east of Kozhikode, 5 km south of Vythiri) The gateway to Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated 700m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Tharnarasseri Ghat Pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the  winding mads to this hill station.

Pookot Lake:

(75 km away from Kalpetta) This perennial freshwater lake in Vythiri nestling among woodedhills is a popular picnic spot. Adjacent to the lake is a spice shop, a souvenir showroom and an aquarium. And for the kids, there is a children's park at the recreation  centre here.

Karalad Lake:

(In Thariode, 8 km from vythiri) An unusually quiet retreat, facilities for angling and boating as well as a recreational park are provided here. The trek to this lake can also be quite exciting.

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary:

(20 km east of Manantbhavady) This sanctuary has a wide variety of animals.

Beach Road:

Kozhikode Beach, a favourite haunt of sunset viewers is also a good place for trying out seafood delicacies like kallumekaya (mussels) available at the numerous stalls lining the promenade. At dawn, a walk along Dolphin's Point will reward you with a sight of playful dolphins. Adding to its natural beauty is the old world charm retained by the old lighthouse and the two crumbling piers that run into the sea, each more than a hundred years old. Entertainment facilities such as the Lions Park for children and the marine water aquarium are added attractions. The aquarium is open on all days from 0800 to 2000 hrs.

Mananchira Square:

(Open 1500 - 2000 hrs on all days) Located in the heart of the city, this square is wrapped around the Mananchira Tank which is fed by a natural spring. Built by Mana Vikrama, the last Zamorin King, it has been  preserved almost in its original form and continues to supply water. The sprawling estate adjoining the tank is now partly converted into a park. The musical fountain inside the maidan and the meticulously landscaped lawns surrounded by traditional buildings in the Kerala style are fascinatmg. The Public Library is situated here.

SM Street:

Sweet Meat Street or Mitba: Tberuuu is the busiest street in Kozhikode and derives its name from the times when the street was lined with sweet meat stalls. Today the street bustles with shops that sell anything and everything including the famed sweets and banana chips.

Parsi Anju Amman Baug:

This Fire Temple on SM Street dates back to the period when the Parsis,lured by trade opportunities, settled in Kozhikode about 200 years ago.

Tali Temple:

(1 km east of Manancbira. Open 0430 -1100 hrs, 1700 -2030 hrs) Built in the 14th century for the Zarnorin within his palace complex, this temple was the venue of Revat Pattatbanam, tl,e annual cultural and intellectual event. The Tali Temple is an example of the total integration that can exist between wood and laterite, which is a remarkable feature of the Kerala style of architecture. The intricate bass-relief on the walls of the sanctum sanctorum and elaborate bras.scarvings on the wooden roof are quite fascinating.


(Off Ihe Town Hall Road) The Commonwealth Handloom Weaving Factory pioneered by German missionaries who came to Malabar from Switzerland in 1844, produces worldclass products. It supplies upholstery to leading airlines and exports fabrics to the international market. A retail outlet on the premises seUsquality linen and upholstery at very reasonable rates.

Valiya Angadi:

Meaning Big Bazaar,this place situated between the beach and the town gives you a taste of the age-old fish trade of Kozhikode. Wholesale trading of fresh, salted and preserved fish is conducted here as it has been for centuries.


(2 km from Kozhikode) One can leisurely cruise the dappled waters of Kalipoika in both pedal and row boats. Boating time: 0800 - 1900 hrs.


(6km from the city) The banks of River Kallai with its numerous saw mills was once the second largest timber trading centre in Asia. A well-preserved old iron bridge built by the British offers a panoramic view of the river meeting the Arabian Sea. Sunsets  here are especially beautiful.


(Jaffar Khan Colony, Museum Road. Open 1030 - 1830 hrs) The 250-- seater Kozhikode Planetarium offers extensive insight into the mysteries of the universe, the planets and the galaxies. Entertaining as well as informative, a sophiscated Zeiss projector simulates the night sky. Daily shows at 1200, 1400, 1600 & 1800 hrs, Entrance fee: • Adults. Rs 5 • Children: Rs 30

Regional Science Centre:

Situated on the same compound as the planetarium, I!!J the Regional Science Centre has indoor and outdoor science displays. The entymology section called Giants of Nature and the aquarium are the other popular attractions here.

Pazhassi Raja Museum and Art Gallery:

(5 km from Kazhikade. Open 0900-1630 hrs, Break 1300 -1400 hrs. Closed an Mondays and other public holidays) On display here are copies of ancient murals, antique bronzes, old coins, excavated earthenware, models of temples, megalithic monuments like dol monoid cysts, umbrella stones etc. Adjacent to the museum is the art gallery which exhibits an excellent collection of paintings by RajaRavi Varma and RajaRajaVarma.

Krishna Menon Museum:

(Open 1000 -1700 hrs. Closed an Monday and Wednesday mornings) This museum has an exclusive wing dedicated to the late V K Krishna Menon, renowned statesman. His personal belongings and souvenirs are displayed herd.

Valayanadu Devi Kshetram:

(6km from Kozhikode. Open 0500 -1200 hrs, 1730- 2000  hrs) Dating back to the 14th century, this temple wasbuilt by the ruling Zamonn, who unable to conquer the kingdom ofValiuvakkonathire started worshipping the Coddess Devi intensely and on subsequently attaining victory consecrated a temple for the Deui in Valluvanadu.The biggest festival of this temple is held in the Malayaam month of Makaram and lastsfor eight days.

Varakkal Devi Temple:

(6 km from Kozhicode. Open 0500 - 1200 hrs, 1730 - 2000 hrs ) This is considered to be the 108th and the last Devi Temple built by Sree Parasurarna, the legendary founder of Kerala. It is believed that Parasurama ploughed this area in order to make the goddess appear before him. The main festival here is the vavu bali when thousands congregate to perform the ancestral rites. On this day, the sea is found to be surprisingly calm as if facilitating the religious observances.


(7 km from Kozhikode. Open 1000 - 1700 hrs) The Kerala Institute for Research, Training and Development Studies of scheduled castes and tribes was started in 1972. The ethnological museum here houses a large collection of artefacts, tools and devices used by the ancient tribal communities of Kerala. A good library with books on anthropology and sociology is an added attraction.

Mannur Temple:

(12 km from Kozhikode) Modelled like the Siva Temple at Tiruvannur, this exquisitely carved Gajaprathishta-styled laterite structure is more than two centuries old. It is believed that Sree Parashurarna starts his Siva Linga prathista at Tiruvannur and completes it here every noon. The afternoon pujas here are therefore considered very special. The annual Sivaratri festival is celebrated in a big way.


(10 km south of Kozhilcode. Closed an public holidays) Located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River, Beypore was one of the prominent ports and maritime trading centre of ancient Kerala. Old-time Beypore was much sought-after by merchants from Western Asia for its ship-building industry. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru (Arabian trading vessel), boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years. You can pick up toy boats and exquisite models of boats inside bottles from the many shops on the approach road, as well as from the Kairali Emporium.

Tasara Creative Centre:

(Off the Kozoihode-Beypore Road. Open 0900 - 1800 hrs) This unique weaving centre produces works of art in handloom mostly based on paintings. People can stay here for extended periods to get trained in the intricacies of painting, designing and weaving.


(16 km from Kozhikode) This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels.Locally known asKappakadavu, a monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rocky headland that protrudes into the seaon which rests an 500-year-old temple.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary:

(19 km from Kozbikode and 7 km from Beypore Port) The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River nows into the Arabian Sea.


(20 km from Kozbikode) Located where the Korapuzha River meets the Arabian Sea, this place lies to the north of Kappad. You can hire a country boat for a ride on the river and check out the shellfish or kallumeeaya found abundantly on the rocks jutting out  to the sea.


(28 km from Kozhikode. Open 0500 -1100 hrs, 1600 - 2000 hrs )This temple on the edge of Koilandi Town is famed for its murals which are among the oldest temple frescoes in Kerala The annual festival in the month of Medam (April - May) is a grand affair  that attracts hordes of visitors.


(36 km from Kozhikode, on Payyoli Beach). This massive rock, much dreaded by navigators, was once a vantage point Forthe Marakkars to attack the invading Portuguese. The entire crew of a Portuguese ship was killed here. When the Portuguese conquered the land, they resorted to throwing troublemakers off the rocks into the sea and hence it came to be known asSacrifice Rock. The beautiful natural engravings on the rock are worth exploring. A one-hour boat ride from the beach will take visitors to Velliyamkallu.

Thikkoti Lighthouse:

The lighthouse which overlooks Velliyamkallu off the L:IJ Moodadi Coast was built after a shipwreck, the remains of which can still be seen here. The region around the Velliyarnkallu Rock is the transit home of migratory birds.

Payyoli Beach:

(40 km north of Kozhikode) This is yet another beautiful stretch of golden sands with shallow waters that border Velliyamkallu. The sea here is ideal for swimming. During November-December, hordes of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles come in to lay eggs.There is a nature conservation centre, Theeram, started by fishermen to save these turtles.

Kunhali Marikar's Residence:

(45 km from Kozhikode. Open 1000 -1700 hrs) The fort of this heroic Zamorin who fought valiantly against the Portuguese stands on Erringal Rock at Kottakal en route to Vadakara.Unable to defeat him in battle, the Portuguese resorted to treachery and beheaded him in Goa. The sword and cannon ball used by the Zamorin is displayed in his house located 5 km off Payyoli.


(45 km from Kozbikocie) This picturesque dam site, teeming with exotic wildlife, offers excellent trekking and rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between November and April.


(48 km from Kozhikode) The birth place of Thacholi Othenan- the legendary hero of the Vadakkan Pauukal (ballads of North Malabar), Vadakara boasts a great martial tradition and was a flourishing trade and commerce centre in ancient times. Thacholi Manikoth, the kalari where Thacholi Othenan practised his martial feats and spent long days in deep meditation before everypoytbu (duel), is a place worth visiting.

CVN Kalari Sangam:

(Nadakkavu. Open 0600 - 0900 hrs, 1700 -1900 hrs) This centre in Nadakkavu having produced many remarkable Kalari fighters enjoys a legendary position in the field of Kerala's ancient martial art. CVN Kalari Sangam also arranges special demonstrations on

Thusharagiri Waterfall:

(50 km from Kozhikode) Famous for its trekking tracks, Thusharagiri is located near Vythiri  in Wayanad. Waterfalls and streams abound in this hilly region. Trekkers have to start early morning from the second waterfall and climb uphill through the pristine, dense evergreen forests populated with exotic birds and wildlife to reach Vythiri by evening. The place also abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spice plantations. Bird Sanctuary.


(60 km from Kozhikode) The Peruvannamuzhi dam site, set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot, The reservoir here provides facilities for speed and row boat cruises during which one can see the Smaraeatbottam . a garden built in memory of the freedom fighters of the region. Uninhabited islands, the bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm add to the charm of the place.

Vellari Mala:

Scintillating waterfalls and velvet green landscapesmake this an ideal spot for trekking.

Wayanad Ghats:

The route to Wayanad through the lush green ghats has nine ohairpin bends, each turn taking one to a higher altitude offering a better view of the picturesque plains below. This route discovered by a tribal was developed by the British.


(78 km from Kozhikode) This picturesque village is the site of a major power project - The Kuttiyadi Hydro Electric Power Project.


This is the birthplace of Kunjali Marakkar, who commanded the Zamorin's fleet and held the Portuguese vesselsat bay for a long period. The birthplace of this valiant admiral of the Zamorin, on the southern banks of the Moorad River, is toclay preserved by the Department of Archaeology.

Places to Visit


The only port in the district, this is an important fishing centre. During the months of February/April, thousands of migratory birds arrive here.

Biyyan Kayal:

Located close to Ponnani is Biyyan Kayal, a placid, green-Fringed waterway with plenty of watersport facility.

Padinjarekkara Beach:

At the end of the Tipu Sulthan Road near Pennant, the beach offers a breatluakmg view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian Sea.Tourists can enjoy a ride on water scooters or speed boats and also munch on tidbits at the floating coffee shop. The beach is  famous for bird watching, as migratory birds are often spotted here.

Jama-at Mosque:

This 600-year-old mosque is an important pilgrim centre of the Muslims of Kerala and has given Ponnani the name of Mecca of the East. Designed by a Hindu carpenter for a saint from Yemen, the carpenter  who died an untimely death on falling from the roof during construction, was buried inside the mosque with all due respects. The Four-day annual Festival at the mosque (nercha) is celebrated in April. Adjoining the mosque is the mausoleum of the Malappurarn Shaheeds (martyrs) whose brave exploits have been immortalised in the Mappila Ballads.


(8 km southTirur) )Situated on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, this place was once the venue for Mamangam, a grand assembly of the rulers of Kerala, held once in every 12 years. It is here that the Chaver soldiers prayed For 41 days before embarking on their suicide mission to kill the Zamorin. This extravagant festival was conducted for the last time in 1766.Today, Thirunavava is the venue for the annual Sariodaya Mela.

Navamukunda Temple, Thirunavaya:

(Open 0500-1100hrs, 1700-1900 hrs) The 6000-year-old Thirunavaya Navamukunda Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is a famous pilgrim centre. Known as the Kasi of  the South, during karkidakavauu, people flock to the banks of the Bharathapuzha here, to perform the pitbruhriya for the departed souls. The site of Melpatthur lllam, the home of the great poet Melppatthur Narayana Bhatrathiri and author of Narayaneeyam, is about 2 miles from here.

Thali Temple, Perinthalmanna:

The temple is located about 3 km west of Pennthalmanna on the way to Malappuram.

Poonthanam IIlam, Kizhattoor, Perinthalmanna:

This is the house of Poonthanam Namboothiri, an exponent of the Krishna cult of the Bhakthi movement, known for his  work,janappana (song of knowledge). The Sreekrishna Temple where he used to pray is situated nearby.

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple,  Angadipuram:

(3 km. from Perinthalmanna. Open 0400 - 1100 hrs, 1700 - 1900 brs) Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this is an important pilgrim centre in Malappurarn. The temple's mural paintings depict the legend about its origin  while the epic, Rarnayana,is portrayed through sculptures carved on the ceiling. The annual Pooram Festival celebrated in March/April attracts large numbers of devotees. A unique custom here is the arrival of vellaithiri in the Pooram ground to give audience to the Malayankutty, the headman of the Pana tribal community. Kalampattu is an important offering here.Mangalya Pooja, Rigveda, Laksharchana and Chandattam are other important poojas.

Pazhayangadi Mosque, Kondotti:

(18 km east of Manjeri, on the way to Malappuram) The three-day long valiya Nercha Feast at this 500-year-old Muslim pilgrim centre, celebrated in February /March, is a local cultural event. This mosque with its lovely white dome is unique as it embodies facets of the Mughal architecture.

Garuda Temple, Triprangode:

(Open 0500 -1000 hrs, 1700 - 1800 hrs, Sundays 0500 - 1030 hrs, 1630 -1800 hrs) Located on Chamravattom Road, this is the only temple in India dedicated to Vishnu's carrier, Garuda. Pilgrims en route to Sabarimala often stop at this temple. It also houses a rare shrine where Lord Vishnu is worshipped in his Koorma (tortoise) avatar.

Sree Kadampuzha Bhagavathy Temple:

(3 km north Vettichira on the highway connecting Kozbikode to Tbrissur) Dedicated to Kirathaparvathi, this temple has no idol. Poojas are performed at a hole (about 6 cm in diameter) into which the Goddess is said  to have disappeared after showing Her presence to Adi Sankaracharya. Poomoodal or offering of Flowers of the thecchi (lxora indica) is an important feature here. Mutturakkal is another offering made by breaking coconuts.


(70 km from Kozhikode) Situated on the banks of the Chaliyar River, this town is noted for tribal settlements, vast rain forests, waterfalls and extensive plantations of teakwood, rosewood, mahogany and bamboo. This is also the original home of the Cholainaickans, the oldest aboriginal tribe of Kerala. The widely forested land is well known for Canoli's Plot, the world's oldest teak plantation and bamboo woods.

Teak Museum, Nilambur:

(Open 1000-1700brs) Situated at Canoli Plot, this is the only teak museum in the world. It houses around 55 types of bamboos and arboretum and the biggest teak in the world. A butterfly park is also attached to the museum. Entrance fee: Rs.10 per bead. Ph: 04931-222846


Located near the District Collectorate in Malappuram, one can see traces of an old fort at the crest of the Cantonment Hill. The fort was the first to be built by the Zamorins of Kozhikode. Nearby are the  Vettakkorumakan Temple and the Siva Temple with the famous murals of Malabar.

Nilambur Kovilakam:

The erstwhile residences of local rulers, these structures are famous for their beautiful frescoes and artworks in wood. On the grounds of this now mostly dismantled
ancestral home of the Nilarnbur Royal Family is the Vettakkorumakan Temple.

Vettakkorumakan Temple, Nilambur:

Believed to be the shrine of the son that Lord Siva had in his kirata avatar (that of a tribal), this is a popular deity among the local community. The six-day music festival called the Nilambur Pattu Utsavam held here features singing of hymns by the members of the royal family along with the tribals of Nilambur.

Venkattathevar Temple, Kottakkal:

(Open 0500-1030 hrs, 1600 -1930 hrs) About 64 mural paintings adorn the walls of the sanctum sanctorum of this temple dedicated to Lord Siva. Dividing the murals arc paintings of birds, known as Pakshi mala(garland of birds) and Poovu mala (garland of Flowers).Sculptures on the wall recount the  Story of Arjuna praying for the Pashupati Astra. Main festival is the Venkattathevar Utsavam in April.

Kumbham Handicrafts Village:

(Located in Aruacode, near Nilambur) The Kumbharan community members in the village were u<lClition,dly artisans who made a living out of selling pottery items, but nearly lost their traditional skills due to the influx of cheap industrial substitutes. The villagers revived their traditional craft through the Kumbham Handicraft project.


(15 kmfrom Nilambur) Located in the Kurumbalangode Village of Nilarnbur Taluk, Adyanpara is famous for its waterfalls and the splendour of its lush jungles.

Nedumkayam Rainforest:

(15km from Nilambur) This is one of the most beautiful and dense forests in Kerala with a splendid variety of flora and fauna.An integral pan of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve,this area is ideal for trekking. Ph:  04931-220392, 220307


(12 km southwest of Malappuram) Foudned in 1902 by Vaidyaratnam P.S. Warrier, Kottakkal Arya Vaidyasala has branches all over the State as well as in Delhi and Chennai. One of the Best Ayurvedic Centers in the state, it runs an Ayurvedic Research Center, A Nursing Home and a Hospital. The Chief Physician can be consulted only by early appointment.

Vallikunnu Beach:

A beach resort set in the middle ofa coconut grove is the main attraction here. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is just a short distance away.

Vakkad Beach:

A pristine area, a boat cruise down the river starting from Aanamala and gliding through the backwaters to the estuary in Ponnani where the river flows into the sea through Vakkad Beach is an unique experience by itself.


The shrine and mausoleum of the Thangals (the religious leaders of the Malabar Muslims) in A RNagar Village is a major pilgrimage centre.


This is the place which witnessed the Malabar Mutiny of 1921.

Poonkudil Mana:

Situated 3 krn away from Anakkayam Town on the Manjeri - Perinthalmanna road is this ancient mental health care centre.


(11 km from Perinthalmanna on the NH to Palakkad) The perennial springs and the green mountains form an alluring landscape. A view tower and other facilities have been developed at this spot


The small coastal fishing town of Tanur was one of the earliest settlements of the Portuguese. It is believed that St. Francis Xavier visited the place in 1546.

Keraladeeshapuram Temple, Tanur:

(0500- 1030 hrs, 1700 -1900 hrs) About 3 km south from Tanur Town is the Keraladeeshapuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and believed to be one of the oldest temples in Kerala, dating back to over 3000 years.


(Close to Tirur Railway Suuion) Locally known as Kanoli Canal, the block panchayat offers boating facilities that include sbikaras which resemble a gondola, platform boats and speed boats that travel up to Azhimugham 19 km away. The trip down the canal is a rare experience.

Tirur Puzha:

Flowing through Malappuram District, this beautiful river reaches the sea through the Vakkad Beach. A boat cruise down the river starting from Ettrikadavu through the backwaters is a delightful experience, In addition to the stunning natural beauty, you will see flocks of migratory birds and also unfold the simple ways of life by the banks of the river.

Thunchan Memorial, Tirur:

This is the birthplace of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father of the Malayalam language. On vijayadasami Day, many come here for oidyarambbam; the ceremony in which children are initiated into learning. The iron stylus with which Ezhuthachan wrote his texts on palm leaves and the ancient hanfira tree under which he composed his poems are treasured exhibits here. (iiJ Trikandiyur Siva Temple, Tirur: The idol at this ancient  temple is said to have been installed by Parasurama, the legendary creator of Kerala. The temple is located near the town of Tirur and attracts devotees from far and wide.

Coconut Segregation Plant, Vettom:

The coconut segregation plant at venom unravels the fascinating world of coconuts. The whole process of deriving fibre from the coconut that goes into the making of many COif products can be witnesssed here.

Alathiyur Hanuman Temple:

(12 km from Tirur) One of the famous Hanuman Temples in Kerala,this one is also dedicated to Sree Rama and Bharath

Sastha Temple, Chamravattom:

(15 km west of Tirur. Open 0500 - 1100 hrs, 1700 - 1900 hrs)  The Bharathapuzha flows behind this beautiful temple that lies past vast stretches of paddy flelds, Believed to have been buill by the legendary sculptor Perunthachan, the idol stands on the same level as the river, much below the sanctum sancrorum. Pilgrims headlng for Sabarimala stop here en route.

Thootha River:

Flowing through Pcrinthalmanna in Malappurarn, a cruise through this river passing through Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram Dislricts is a fascinating experience. For river rafting, it is necessary to have close 10  to 15 people as the trips are carried out in groups.

Places to Visit

Tipu's Fort/Palakkad Fort:

(Open 0800 -1800 hrs) The old granite fort situated in the very heart of Palakkad Town is one of the best preserved in Kerala. It was built by Hyder of Mysore in 1766. The fort was taken over and modified by the British in 1790.Well preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India, there is an open-air auditorium and a small museum inside the Fort.The landscaped environs of the fort now host a children's park and a temple known as kota ambalam (fort temple).


(8 km from Palakkad) This nondescript village is famed for its special idlis that are quite different from the common South Indian variety. Round and flat, almost shaped like a dosa, the idlis are extremely soft and delicious. The recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and is a well-kept family secret.

Malampuzha Garden:

(10 km from Palakkad) This famous picnic spot 4 which comprises a dam and beautifully landscaped gardens, is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats.

The garden: (Open 1000 -1800 hrs) • Lush green lawns • Well laid-out flower beds. Cool pools, fountains and pathways- • Rock garden. • Rosegarden with over a hundred varieties • An aerial ropeway across the garden. Ph: 2815280 • The dams and gardens are illuminated on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays from 1900 - 2000 hrs. On Other days they are illuminated on request for a fee. Ph: 2815140

The reservoir: Boating and fishing facilities are available here. Pedal boats, row boats, water scooters and motor boats can be hired from 1000 - 1800 hrs • A well maintained swimming pool (Tuesday holiday) • A fresh water aquarium (Open 1100 - 2000 hrs, 1300-2100 hrs on holidays) • A snake park (Open 0800 -1800 hrs) • A children's park • The passenger ropeuay. (Open 1000 -1230 hrs,1400 -1830 hrs)  - This is the first of its kind in South India

Fantasy Park:

(Open 1000 -1830 brs on weekdays and 0930- 1900 brs on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays). Ph 2815122,2815124


(45 kmfrom Palakkad) Situated on the way to Nelliampathy, the Pothundy Reservoir Complex is a charming location for picnics and half-day trips.


(8 km from Palakkad on Chittur-Kodumbu Road) The ancient temple here has some fine woodwork and stone sculptures. Legend has it that the  outer wall of the temple was built by an army of gods who worked at it the whole night but left it unfinished by dawn as they didn't want to be seen by humans. Despite efforts later on, the work could not be completed and it is believed that humans cannot complete this work. The 4000 stone lamps fixed on the wall, lit up at night is a beautiful sight. Another attraction is the mizhavu - an instrument that is commonly used while performing the art forms of Chakyarkootbu and Koodiyauom, said to be the biggest among such existing ones.


(15 km from Palakkad) It takes a three-hour trek from the base of the Dhoni Hills to reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall.
Permitting Authoriiy: Forest Range Officer, Olavakkode, Ph: 0491-2552815


(15 km via Poodur from Palakkad) This tiny village is the native place of the late Chernbai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, the doyen of Carnatic music.  Renowned singers perform at ganamelas or music concerts at his memorial in Kottayi Village.

Thunchan Gurumadom:

(15 km from Palakkad) This is where the 16th century Malayalam poet Thunchath Rarnanujan Ezhuthachan lived for some time. It is here that  Ezhuthachan translated the two Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabbarata, into Malayalam.People call this place the Gurumadom and on Vijayadasami Day, hundreds of children are brought here for a ritualistic initiation to learning.


(19 km south of Palakkad) Kollengode or the abode of blacksmiths enshrines the pristine beauty of rural Palakkad. The Kollengode Palace,the Vishnu Temple and the Memorial of the great poet P.Kunhiraman Nair are worth visiting. Seethakundu and Govindamalai Hills nearby are ideal for trekking.


(30km from Palakkad) Killikkurissimangalam at Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunchan Narnbiar, the 18th century satirist and exponent of the Thullal (classical art form). The poet's house has been preserved asa monument by the State Government.

Kunjan Smarakam:

Regarded as the creator of Ottan Thullal, Kunjan Nambiar is said to have created this an form on being ridiculed for falling asleep during a Chakyarkoothu performance. He created history with his brand new dance form a solo dance and a classical satirical art form, which always has an absorbent storyline relevant to contemporary issues.The poet's house in Killi Kurissimangalam, has been renovated and preserved as a memorial.


(32 km from Palakkad) This picnic spot is the site of a dam across the River Gayathri which flows into the Bharathapuzha.


One of the most important junctions of the Southern Railway, this small and bustling town hasmany metal industries.

Elephant Care Centre, Shornur:

Setup in 2005, this initiative was launched by Nibha Namboodiri to take care of elephants that were either too old to earn their living or survive in the wild. In the absence of sponsors to fund her centre, she opened her home to visitors where one can get a taste of life in an ancestral home with the added advantage of being with an elephant. Living with Kennan as the project is called contributes towards providing care and love to neglected, domesticated elephants.


(35 km from Palakkad) This temple town is known for its numerous places of worship and their colorful festivals. It is also home to the famous Varikkasseri Mana, where Malayalarn films are shor almost round the year.

Chinakkathoor Vela: The colourful Chinakkathoor Pooram is held annually at the Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple in Palappurarn near Ottapalam. The highlights of the festival include a grand procession of 33 tuskers in the evening and Pancbauadyam recitals - the traditional temple orchestra in addition to various art forms. Tboippauaekootou, a ritualistic shadow puppet show, is presented at the temple premises every evening for 17 days preceding the festival. Another beautiful sightis the procession of sixteen elaborately decorated horse effigies brought ceremoniously to the temple by devotees.


(13 km southeast of Ottappalam) River Nila which flows through the region got its name Bharathapuzha from a sacred place here called Bharatha  Khandarn, The main attraction here is the Sree RamaTemple and the legendary Punarjani Caves.The belief is that if you are able to go through the caves successfully you will be reborn asa human being - considered to be the highest degree of salvation in Hinduism. The Iver Mutt believed to have been set up by the Pandavashere on the banks of the river is very popular for performing rituals for the dead.


(46 km north of Mannarkad and 48 km from Palakkad) The reservoir at Siruvani was built for Tamil Nadu by the Kerala Government. Siruvani is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and lrulars. Permitting athourity. Divisional Forest Officer, Mannarkkad, Ph:04924- 222574

Mangalam Dam:

(50 kmfrom Palahlzad) A popular picnic spot, the dam is built across the Cherukunnath River, a tributary of the Mangalam River.


Situated by the Nila, this small town was once the seat of Sanskrit learning. It hosts the Pattambi Nercba, a festival held in memory of a Muslim saint of Malabar featuring a grand procession of nearly 100 caparisoned elephants, colourful floats, music concerts like Pancbaoadyam and Thayambaha and  other folk art forms.


(75 km from Palakkad) This place is noted for its monuments and historic ruins. The SivaTemple and the ruins of a mud fort near Thrithala on the Chalissery Road are notable cultural monuments. The Kattilmadam Temple, a small granite Buddhist monument on the Pattambi-Guruvayoor Road, is of great archaeological importance. It is believed to date back to the 9th/10th century AD. The PaakkanaarMemorial, honouring the Pariah Saint, stands near Thrithala-Koottanad Road. This is also the native place of renowned writer and social reformer, V T Bhattathiripad.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary:

(110 km from Palakkad) Sprawled across 285 sq. km, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to rare wild animals. Boating & cruising facilities are available at the Pararnbikulam Reservoir. The Rest Houses of the State Forest Department at Thunakkadavu, lIikkal and Anappady offer accommodation. A tree house in the reserve forest area in Thunakkadavu has to be booked in advance.
Permitting authority: Divisional Forest Officer, Parambikulam, Thunakkadavu; Ph 04253-277233


This small hamlet is famous for having produced the maximum number of Kathakali artistes in the entire State. Almost every family in this village, which is the abode of about 50 Kathakali artistes, has at least one artist to its credit.

Olappamanna Mana:

(Located at Vellinezhi, Cberplassery) The ancestral home of feudal lords belonging to the priestly Namboodiri Brahmins of Cherplassery, who have made significant contributions in the fields of Kathakali, percussion, classical music, literature, vedic education and Sanskrit learning. This heritage house is patronised by Pattikkamthoti Ravunni Menon who developed the modern Kathakali - Kalluuazbi Chitta. Reputed patrons of the arts, the progenies
of the clan preserve their heritage including the 300-year-old mana.


(40 km south ojNenmara and 75 em southeast of Palakkad) This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10  hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the Ghat Road that passesthrough the breathtaking evergreen forests of the SahyaRanges.Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third of Palakkad. This hill country is the delight of trekkers. The District Tourism Promotion Council of Palakkad provides good accommodation facility.

Kachamkurichi Temple:

Famous for its murals, this temple is located near the Nelliyampathy Hills.

Chittur Gurumadom:

(Thekkegramam near Arikkode) Located on the banks of the River Sokanasini (tbe destroyer of sorrows), this is a memorial to Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the author of Adhyatma Ramayana, who spent his last days here. A sricbakra, some of the idols worshipped by him, a stylus, wooden slippers and a few old manuscripts are exhibited here.


It is believed that the waters of this natural spring, which flows by the old Sree Rama Temple here, is as sacred as the waters of the Ganges.

Varahamoorthi Kshetram:

(15 km south of Kuttipuram Town, in Kumbidi) This incomplete temple situated in the village of Panniyoor is said to have been begun by Perunthachan. Considered a masterly carpenter by all, he was asked to build a temple that would architecturally equal those in heaven. Lord Indra, worried that the temple would match heavenly standards, disrupted Perunthachan's efforts daily, ensuring that the temple never got completed.


(25 km south of Palakkad and 40 km east of Cheruthuruthy) This grove at Nedungathpara takes its name from the large number of peacocks (mayil) found here that can be sighted often at dawn and dusk.

Jainamedu Jain Temple:

(3 km from the centre of Palakkad, on tbe southern bank of the Kalpathy River. Open 0700 - 1030 hrs, 1700 - 1900 hrs) Situated on the western
suburbs of Palakkad Town, not far from the railway station, this historic 32 ft long, 20 ft wide granite temple displays images of the Jain Thirthankaras and Yakshinis. The region around the temple, known as Iamamedu, is one of the few places in Kerala where the vestiges of Jainism have survived.  Palakkad was once home to a communiry of 400 Jain families, but only a few families remain today. It is at a Jain house here that poet Kumaranasan  wrote his monumental poem Veenapoovu or the fallen flower.

Vadakkanthara Temple:

(Near Chunnambuthara, en route to Jainamedu. Open 0500 - 1130 hrs ,16.30- 1930 hrs) The Vadakkanthara Bhagavathy is a reincarnation of Kannagi, the heroine of the Tamil epic Silappadhikaram. Fireworks at 6 pm sharp in the temple compound is a tradition here and people have been known to set their clocks by the sound. The main festival Vaiiya Vela is held here once in three years along with 15 other temples.


(East Yakkara. Open 0600 - 1030 hrs, 1700 - 1900 hrs) One of the two major temples in Palakkad besides the Vadakkanthara Shrine, the idol here is swayambu (self-created). The main idol in the sanctum sanctorum is a later installation. Vela Pratishta Festival in May is the main celebration here.

Thiruvegappura Sankaranarayana Temple:

This temple dates back to the 14th century while its koothambalam (temple theatre) was probably added on in the 15th or 16th century.

The Ongallur Taliyil Siva Temple:

Situated near Pattambi, this temple has some of the most intricate laterite sculptures in Kerala.


(38 km northeast of Mannarkad) A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists as this is the habitat of many tribes like the hulas and Mudugars. The Malleeswaram Peak is worshipped as a gigantic Sivalinga by the tribals who also celebrate the Sivaralhri Festival with great gusto. A PWD RestHouse, and a few private hotels offer accommodation at Agali.

Kalpathy Agrahara and Vishwanatha Swamy Temple:

(By the southern banks of the Kalpathi River, on tbe road to Mannarkad and Kozhitzode. Open 0500-1100 brs, 1700 - 1930 brs) The Siva Temple built as a replica of the Kasi Temple at Benarus, dating back to 1425 AD, has an imposing kodimaram or flagpole. It is from this flagstaff that the temple banner flies during the Ka!pathy Ratholsaoam; a chariot festival held in November in which all the temples in the area participate, Apart from the temple, one reason to visit the place is to experience life in an old Palakkad agraharam or Brahmin settlement.

Kumarapuram Temple:

(Near Kalpathy Bridge. Open 0600 - 1030 hrs, 1700 -1900hrs) Accessed via the Kumarapuram agraharam on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, this temple used to be a major centre of vedic learning. 'l'bc presiding deity at the temple is Lord PrasannaVenkatachalapathy. The rituals performed here are similar to those at the Famous Tirupathy Temple and it is believed that the two deities, Lord Balaji in Andhra and the Lord venkatachalapathy here have equal powers.

Kalari Kovilakom:

Built by the senior most Lady of the Royal Family of Kollengode 124 year's ago, this three-tiered palace is today a reputed centre for Ayurveda. For those serious about understanding the holistic benefits or Ayurveda, Kalari Koviiakarn would be an excellent choice.

Silent Valley National Park:

(40 km northwest of Mannarkad) The 89.52 sq. km national park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forest in the Sahya Ranges. The peculiarity of the Silent Valley Forest is that it is devoid even of rhe chirping of cicadas. Vehicular transport is possible only up to Mukkali, nearly 24 km from the park. The rest of the way has to be covered by foot, up to the source of Kunthipuzha which flows through the valley before merging into the Bharathapuzha River,
Permitting authority, Asst. Wildlife Wal'elen, Silent Valley National Park, Mukkali;Ph: 04924-253225

Meenvallam Waterfalls:

Originating from Thuppanadu River, these falls drop step by step from a height of 5 to 45 metres. Ph: 04924-240705


Places to Visit

Vadakkumnathan Temple:

(Open 0400 -1030 hrs, 1700 -2030 hrs) Believed to have been buill by Lord Parasurama who reclaimed Kerala from the sea, the Vadakkumnathan Temple is one of the oldest in the State. A classic example of the Kerala style of architecture, the temple has many decorative murals and pieces of  art. Exquisite murals on the Mahabbarata adorn the walls of the shrine. This is the venue of the world famous Poorarn Festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram are a a spectacular sight. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the temple.

Thrissur Pooram

Archaeological Museum:

(Near the Zoo, on Town Hall Road Open 1000-1700 hrs on all days except Mondays and national bolidays) The one-time summer palace of the Raja of Kollengode now houses a melange of artefacts. The sati stones, hero and heroine stones, wooden models of the grand old temples of Kerala, huge burial pots, Harappan shards and menhirs are part of the exceptional collection seen here.

The State Museum and Zoo:

(2 kmfrom Tbrissur. Open on all days except Mondays) The Art Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Zoo were built in the same compound in 1885. Covering an area of 13 1/2 acres, the museums and the zoo are located at Chembukkavu.
Zoo: (Open 0900 -1715 hrs on all days except Mondays) The zoo is home to a variety of fauna such as the endangered lion-tailed macaque, tiger,  lion, sloth bear, several species of deer and many birds including the pink flamingos. The Snake Park has an impressive reptilian collection of king cobras, kraits, vipers and rat snakes.

The Natural History Museum: (Open 1000 -1700 hrs. No cameras allowed) Along with specimens of various animals, entomological objects and stone sculptures, it showcases the skeleton of the biggest elephant in India. It also has an interesting section displaying the costumes of Kerala. Ph: 2333056

Art Museum:

(Open.1000 - 1700 hrs on all days except Mondays) The art museum displays collections of wood carvings, metal sculptures, ancient Jewellery, stone figurines and some Chinese and Japanese artefacts. A sample of kodakkalu (umbrella Slone), or prehistoric dolmen spotted around many places in Thrissur, can also be seen in the zoo. The kodakallu was a secondary burial site.

Town Hall:

(On Museum Road) An excellent monument of erstwhile Thrissur's administrative, military and cultural history. It houses the Chitralayam Gallery where mural paintings from all parts of Kerala are on display as also an excellent library and an auditorium.

Kerala Sahitya Academy:

(On route to the Town Halll) Located in a sprawling bungalow, the academy was established in 1956 to promote Malayalam language and literature.  An autonomous body, the Sahitya Academy recognizes superior literary works every year through its prestigious literary awards. The building houses a splendid picture gatlery of Malayalam literateurs. Ph: 2331069

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy:

(Chembukkavu) The centre was established to train, preserve and patronise music and dance. The Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy sees regular expositions of theatre, dance, drama and folk arts. A huge library holds exhaustive tomes on all these subjects. Ph: 2332134/548

The Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy:

Also in Chembukkavu, the academy is housed in a beautiful building with a neat little art gallery. Artists in Kerala are supported through workshops, artist's camps and exhibitions.

Marthoma Mariyam Chaldean Church:

(Opposite the Police Club on High Road. Service Timings: Weekdays 0700 - 0800 hrs, 1615 - 1645 hrs;Sundays 0730 - 0930 hrs) Called the valiya Palli or big church, because of its age, not size, this is the headquarters of the Chaldean Syrian Church (Church of the East) in India, dating back to when Sakthan Tharnpuran settled 64 Syrian Christians in Thrissur around the end of the 18'h century, Parts of the Mass are still held in Syriac and the congregation follows old rites. It has no pictorial representations of Christ inside the chapel, only the cross. The church has a lovely gabled facade and an ornately carved tulipshaped pulpit.

Basilica of Our Lady of Dolores:

(Near jubilee Medical College. Service Timings: 0600, 0730 & 1730 hrs, Sundays 1000 hrs) Built in 1875, this Roman Catholic Church is called Puthen Palli. With its three-storeyed facade and even higher steeples that tower above the town's skyline, this is claimed to be the biggest and tallest church in Asia. An architectural marvel, the church has triple towers built in the Gothic style, an array of 15 altars and musical church bells imported from Germany. The ceiling is adorned with beautiful mural paintings of the Holy Trinity. Other highlights are the wall paintings, the crypts and the Perpetual Adoration Centre.

Lourdes Cathedral:

(St. Thomas College Road. Mass Timings: 0615, 0730 hrs and 1730 hrs) This unique church which has an underground prayer chamber is the third biggest church in Thrissur. Established in 1885, it was elevated to a Cathedral in 1891. Ph 0487-2333995

Thypooyam Sree Maheswara Temple:

(Open 0500 -1100 hrs, 1700 - 2000 hrs) This 100-year-old temple was established by Sri Narayana Guru, and has friezes depicting scenes of Siva's marriage and the Dasavatharam of Madurai Meenakshi. The main idol is a serpent deity.

Karthiyayini Temple:

(In Ayanthole, near the Collectoraie. Open 0500 - 1100 hrs, 1700 - 2000 hrs) Dedicated to the angel child, Jyothi Maya, believed to have appeared to announce the imminent birth of Lord Krishna to Kamsa. She was attacked by the enraged king and is supposed to have landed at this spot where a temple was built for her.


(7 km from Thrissur) This beautiful hill is a good picnic spot.

Aaratupuzha Temple:

(South of Thrissur on SH-22. Open 0500-1100 hrs, 1700 - 2000 hrs) The Aaratupuzha Village is known for the annual Pooram Festival held at its   temple in April/May. The uniqueness of this festival is the ceremonial processions where the images of the deities of 41 neighboring temples are carried to this village.

Urakam Amma Thiruvadi Temple:

(13 km, en route to Aratupuzha Temple) This Devi Temple was set up by a Narnboodiri to avert disasters that continually befell this place. The idol here is unique and is cleaned only with peacock feathers.

Peechi Dam:

(20 km east of Thrissur) This picnic spot offers plenty of boating facilities.

Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary:

(20 km east ofThrissur) Established in 1958, this is one of Kerala's oldest wildlife reserves. Formed around the twin reservoirs of Peechi and Vazhani,  the sanctuary is a rich repository oFbio-diversity with several endangered herbs, shrubs, rare medicinal plants and innumerable variety of orchids. The  sanctuary also teems with about 176 species of birds and harbours all the major mammals found in India. The Forest Department offers several adventure packages including overnight stay in tents, bamboo rafting, bird watching, butterfly safari and trekking.

St. Mary's Forane Church, Koratty:

(15 km from Kochi lnternalionaL Airport)Also known as the Church of Koratty Muthy, this church was established in 1381. As a pilgrimage centre, this shrine is second only to Velankanni. The Koratty Muthy is said to shower her blessings on all who visit her, regardless of caste and creed. The annual feast falls on the Saturday and Sunday following the 10th of October, during which the statue of Koratty Muthy is taken out in a procession from the church. An important offering here is the poovankula (bunch of plantain).

Irinjalakuda Koodal Manikyam Temple:

(21 km from Thrissur Open 0300 - 1130 brs, 1700 - 2015 hrs) Situated 10 km away from Irinjalakuda Railway Station, this ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Bharatha, the brother of Sri Rama. It is perhaps the only temple in India with Bharatha as the deity. The colourful eleven-day annual festival with a pageant of thirteen caparisoned elephants is held in April/May. The festival in this temple marks the end of the Hindu temple festival season in Kerala.


(29 km west ofThrissur. Open 0300 -1230 hrs, 1630 - 2115hrs) Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. Its  main attraction is the Sree Krishna Temple, considered the Dwaraka of the South. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the ChuttambaLam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Dwajasthambam (flagpost). There is also a 7 metre high Deepastbambam (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple there are also the images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edatheclathu Kavil Bhagavathy. Renowned for its healing powers, people make an astonishing range of offerings here to the Lord. One of the most popular offerings is the Thulabharam, where a devotee is weighed against bananas, sugar, Jaggery and coconuts equivalent to his weight. Only Hindus are allowed inside the  temple. Dress Code: • Men and boys: white dhotis • Women: Sarees or churidars • Young girls: Long skirts. www.guruvayurdevaswom.com



Air: The nearest international airport: Nedumbassery (87 km)
Rail: Railway enquiry Ph: 2554300, 2556820
Road: Guruvayoor is connected by road with several important cities of India. KSRTCenquiry Ph: 2556450

Punnathoor Kotta:

(2 km from Guruvayoor. Open 0900 - 1800 his) The palace grounds of the erstwhile HajasofPunnathoor is today home to 60 temple elephants. All the elephants here are offerings from devotees and the camp is the only one of its kind in the world.

Mammiyoor Temple:

(Open 0400 - 1230 & 1645 -2030 hrs) A visit to the Guruvayoor Temple is considered incomplete without a visit to this SivaTemple noted for its murals.

Kerala Kalamandalam, Cheruthuruthy:

(32 km north of Thrissur) Cheruthururhy is the seat of the Kerala Kalarnandalam, renowned the world over for its Kathakali Training centre. The music and dance academy was founded by the famous poet, Vallathol Narayana Menon. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other art forms of Kerala is imparted here. Cultural programmes are also arranged.


(35 km fromThrissur) Once a maritime port of international repute because of its strategic location at the conOuence of the Periyar River and the Arabian Sea,it was considered the gateway to ancient India or the Rome of the East because of its status as a centre for trade and Christianity. Kodungalloor was also the entry point to three major religions in India Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Palayur Church:

The oldest church in India, this was founded by St. Thomas who is believed to have come to Kerala in 52 AD. The main entrance of  the church is decorated with 14 life-sized, granite statues depicting various scenes from the life of St. Thomas. Other highlights include Thaliyakulam a pond where St. Thomas baptized the local people, a replica of Little Mount in Chennai where he died, and a historicall11useurn. The Thaliyakulam is  said to have miraculous powers of healing and a community baptism is held here once a month. Close by is the Chavakkad each and the 100 ft high Chetwa Lighthouse.

Marthoma Pontifical Shrine, Azhikode:

(Open 0900 - 1800 br: Prayer Timings: Every hour) Based on the model of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, this shrine was built to commemorate the landing of St.Thomas in India. A painting depicts the scene of his arrival and within the church is enshrined the relic of his right arm, brought down from Ortona, Italy.

Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungalloor:

(Open 0530 -1800 hI'S) Located 2km from Kodungalloor Town in Methala, this mosque resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. Built in 629 AD, this is the first mosque in India and the second in the world where Juma aprayers were started. Other places of interest nearby include the ancient  Thiruvanchikulam Temple, Cheramanparambu, the Bhagavathi Temple and the portuguese Fort, Ph: 2803170

Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple, Kodungalloor:

(Open 0400 - 0830 hrs, 1130-1200 hrs, 1600 -2000 hrs) Located in the centre of Kodungalloor town, the deity of the temple is a majestic 6 feet high wooden image of goddess Kali, The temple is famous its annual Bharani festival.

Ariyannoor Temple, Kandanisserry:

This temple has a carved entrance gable which has been compared to the wooden sculptures of American artist Louise Nevelson.

Siva Temple, Thiruvanchikulam:

The Mahadeva Temple dedicated to Lord Siva is located in the same vicinity as the Cheraman Juma Masjid. The porch is adorned with carvings dedicated to the heroes of the Ramayana.

Sree Rama Temple, Tripayar:

(Open 0430-1200 brs, 1630-2000hrs) The exquisite woodcarvmgs, sculptures and mural paintings are a feast for the eyes. Nangiar Kootbu, a local theatre for enacting scenes from the Ramayanais offered asa worship service in the temple premises.

Nalambalam Darshan:

The month of Medam (April-May) is considered to be auspicious for the Nalambalarn Darshan comprising the four temples of Rama at Tripayar, Bharata at lrinjalakuda, Lakshmana at Moozhikulam (in Ernakulam) and the Shatrughana Temple at Payemmel. The Nalarnbalam Circuit lies within the triangle formed by Guruvayoor, Ernakulam and Kodungalloor and visit to these temples must be completed in a single day.

Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary:

(Varandarapilly Village, 37 km from Thrissur) Located in the Mukundapuram Taluk of Thrissur District, Chimrnini is only a two-hour drive from Kochi. With its dense forests, a variety of birds and butterflies, and innumerable trekking trails, this is a sanctuary that provides a heady experience for nature enthusiasts. The Forest Department organises trekking and bamboo rafting programmes in and around the sanctuary. But the best of all experiences is the Moonlight Sonata, which involves rafting on full moon nights.


(63 km from Thrissur) At the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, this 80 ft high waterfall is a popular picnic spot. I


(68 kmfrom Thrissur) Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense green forests and is a pall of the Chalakudy River.  Athirapally and Vazhachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala which attract tourists in plenty.

Sakthan Thampuran Palace:

Also known asPalaceThoppu, the campus covers an area of 6 acres. Here you can see three sbavakudeerams (tombs) including that of Sakthan Thampuran, the greatest ruler of the Cochin Dynasty.

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