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Chimmini Dam and Sanctuary

The dense tropical forests of Chimmini, shelter diverse flora and fauna. The dam across the Chimmini river offers a breathtaking view. This picturesque picnic spot is a favourite haunt of the local people. Located in the Mukundapuram Taluk of Thrissur district, Chimmini is only a tow-hour drive from Kochi.

The Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary which was established in 1984, lies contiguous with the Peechi – Vazhani sanctuary. The sanctuary is endowed with scenic beauty beyond compare. Living here in joyful abandon are elephants, sambars, gaurs, Malabar squirrels, sloth bears etc.

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 lights.

Contact details:
Wildlife Forest Office
Peechi, Thrissur
Ph: +91 487 2699017 

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about 30 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur town

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Chembra peak in Wayanad

Hike up the rugged terrains of the Chembra Peak located 2,100 metres above sea level on the southern part of Wayanad. Chembra is the tallest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking. There is a heart shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak, which is believed to have never dried up, is a major tourist attraction here. With permission from the Forest Department, one-day treks and two-day wildlife treks are possible. You can have group treks of up to ten people or hike on your own, accompanied by a guide.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 79 km
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 92 km

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Charalkunnu – a hill station in Pathanamthitta

Charalkunnu is a picturesque hill station near Ranni in Pathanamthitta offers a panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on the hill provides comfortable lodging.

Contact details:
Ph: +91 469 2672249

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla, about 17 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about123 km

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Bolgatty Island

Near the historic town of Fort Kochi in Ernakulam district, the commercial capital of Kerala, is the Bolgatty Island. This lush, lovely island is famous for its palace of the same name. The Bolgatty Palace, built in 1744 by the Dutch and later taken over by the British. Today, it is a premium hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) Hotels & Resorts, with a small golf course and special honeymoon cottages.

India’s only international marina, Kochi International Marina, is situated in Bolgatty. The marina provides berthing facility for 34 yachts and also offers services like water, electricity and sewage pump-outs.

Overlooking the backwater, Cochin seaport, Vallarpadam container terminal and the Arabian Sea is the Bolgatty Event Centre, the venue is ideal for conducting International conferences, Conventions, Exhibitions, Meetings, Wedding receptions and Theme dinners.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 6 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 33 km

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Bhoothathankettu Dam in Ernakulam

Bhoothathankettu, a scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. A myth connected with the origin of this place says that this natural fortification of forests and hills was built by Bhoothams (spirit/ghosts) overnight. Hence the name Bhoothathankettu (fort of the spirits). Later, this natural topography helped in building a dam here. Lying close to Bhoothathankettu is the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad. Trekking through the forests here is an exhiliarating experience.

The two main irrigation projects of Ernakulam district – the Periyar Valley Irrigation Project and the Idamalayar, one of the biggest Hydro Electric projects are also located nearby.

A very popular picnic spot, the dam has a children’s park, a pedal boating centre and a restaurant.

Contact details: 
DTPC, Ernakulam, Ph: +91 484 2367334

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Aluva, about 44 km and Ernakulam Junction, about 58 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 37 km

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Beypore in Kozhikode

Beypore is located in Kozhikode at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. Historically, it has a special place as being one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours, and was also an important trade and maritime centre during the days of the early Arab and Chinese travellers and later the Europeans. Soon after gaining prominence as a port and trade centre, Beypore slowly began to flourish as a centre for shipbuilding, since ships were in great demand merchants from Western Asia. The shipbuilding yard at Beypore port is famous for its traditional construction of the Uru or the Arabian trading vessel. This tradition of shipbuilding is nearly 1,500 years old, and the craftsmanship of the workers here is exceptional.

Traditionally, Arabs constitute the major chunk of buyers. They place orders with their specifications and needs. Unlike modern day shipbuilding involving the development of blueprint and machinery to facilitate manufacturing of ships, here, at Beypore everything is conceived in the minds of the shipwrights, who as a team execute the highly intricate woodwork to perfection. It is an amazing aspect if one is to observe the manner in which theUru takes shape with minimum sophistication in production. The entire team observes certain work ethics, of which discipline is the foremost. A visit to this historic place is a must in order to have a close look at some of the deft fingers and alert minds, measuring and fixing different parts of the ship to perfection.

Nearby attractions in Beypore include the fishing harbour, hardly a kilometer from the shipbuilding yard and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, which is about 7 km from Beypore. The Kadalundi estuary is considered as a birdwatchers, paradise, due to the variety of local as well as migratory bird life. Migratory birds flock here in large numbers during February-March.

The sanctuary is spread over a group of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River flows into the Arabian Sea. The place is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram.

The Beypore Port here is closed on public holidays.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 10 km
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 21 km

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Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarethara

The picturesque Banasura Sagar Dam is the largest earthern dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary and park full of flowering trees, this spot of enchantment has no parallel elsewhere. With its placid crystal clear waters Banasura is a wonderful picnic spot. There is a mini hydel project here.

At Kalpetta, which once used to be the stronghold of the Jains in Kerala, you also have the attraction of historic monuments like the Ananthanathaswami Jain Temple near Puliyarmala.

Boating facilities in the dam and trekking trails leading from here draw many outdoor enthusiasts.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Kozhikode about 73 km away from Kalpetta
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 86 km from Kalpetta

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Aruvikkara Dam

Aruvikkara Dam, located on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram city, is a picturesque picnic spot located on the banks of the Karamana river. Near the Durga Temple here is a stream full of fish that fearlessly come close to the shore to be fed by the visitors. Boating facilities are available at the reservoir.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 16 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 23 km

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Anayirankal, Munnar

A lush green carpet of tea plants, Anayirankal is an ideal picnic spot for the travellers from around the world. The Anayirankal Dam is surrounded by the Tata Tea Plantation and evergreen forests. Anayirankal is located 22 km from Munnar, the  popular hill station of Kerala. A boat ride on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Aluva, about 127 km away from Munnar.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 127 km ; Madurai (Tamil Nadu), about 141 km

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Alapra

Alapra, surrounded by the forest of Ponthanpuzha is a picturesque village, located near Erumeli in the Kottayam district of Kerala.The Alapra Thacharikkal Bhagavathi Temple located amidst the forest is the only place in Kottayam district where Padayani, a ritual art is performed. Stunning views, spectacular waterfalls, mysterious caves and muniyaras added to the natural attractions of the landscape.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Thiruvalla, about 33 km; Changanassery, about 37 km and Kottayam, about 41 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 112 km