Kallar is 40km from Thiruvananthapuram,Its on the way to Ponmudi,(Ponmudi means Golden Vally).
Ponmudi is tiny hill resort at Western Ghats.Its an upper Valley.
Kallar river is isnide forest,you have walk for 2km treck.The river&forest is great scenery and tranquility,water is crystal clear.
There is no hotel ,coffee shop ,its not typical tourist place.So we packed Lunch from Oasis food court,(Kasavadaspuram)&water.
Had lunch at river bank,then we start going up to water falls.The path is slippery&narrow,it took 1.20min for 2km :)Retrun time it was 1hr.fast we came down.
The treck was so good,can see small streams,listen birds singing.
For the those who enjoyes sea food ..Kerala is the place to taste diff verieties .
When u drive down from TVM on the national highway towards Kovalam , after Thiruvallom u will come across lot of small resturants both the side of the roads . Dare to enter in one of those and taste the typical kerala style sea food delicaciies..
Never miss Kerala style fish fry and fish curry in coconut milk and fish moley.
The taste u get here is diff than any Five star hotels...since here they cook in the traditional way and ofcourse fish is also not deepfreezed one..it is fresh..
Sadya, means lunch in kerala, the typical kerala lunch consist of some snacks, 10-12 side dishes, a papadam and rice. The dessert consist of Payasam. All the dishes are served on a banana leaf and eaten with hands. It is quite a nice experience and one should atleast taste it once. The whole experience in itself is a culinary delight.
This beautiful water fall,at Thirparappu,25km from Padmanabhapuram ,and 60km from Kanyakumari.River&falls so picturesque spot,can walk upto river.There old ancient Mahadevar Temple is there.
Can see local people taking bath here.Ah we dint pack extra dress :(,so coun't take bath .Near by shops towels&shorts available if anyone want take bath:).
From Padmanabhapuram bus service is there.Road to this falls is great.
This is beautiful water falls,name is Meen mutti water falls,("Meen" means "Fish",mutti means hitting,)Water is so chill ,on can take bath here.We took bath:).2km walking is worth :)).Seems after moonsoon ,water flows will be good.
From Trivendram to all Pommudi bus stops at Kallar.
Aruvikkara \ Aruvikkara Dam
This famous pilgrim centre surrounded by beautiful scenery and has an ancient Bhagavthi Temple built on rock. The spot houses the temple, with a rock cut shrine dedicated to goddess Durga Bhagavathy, the divine embodiment of female power.
It is situates on the bank of the river Karmana, which is filled with large number of fishes which are fed by the devotees.
The famous Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram is located here. This is both a pilgrim centre and a picnic spot which is located 30 kms away from the Thiruvananthapuram city.
When u stand infront of the Sree Padmanabha Temple (facing the temple) on the left side U can see some 'Malikas'. In one of the Malika this clock is kept.
You can see it from the road...It is a unique kind of clock .
In your hurry to enter the temple dont miss it.
this is a festival which has entered the guiness records for the sheer number of women taking part in a religious gathering. All party, all religion', all women festival where roads and bylanes within a ten km radius from the temple are invaded by women with makeshift kilns made of bricks and firewood from dried coconut leaves .
women after a month long penance take part in this festival by cooking rice and related sweets which are offered as prasadam to attukal devi.This takes place in the month of kumbham (february-march). this is the culmination of a ten day long festivities .This year pongala offering is on march 3rd.
On the occasion of Ekadasi the Chembai music festival is held annually in Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala every September in memory of Chembai Vaidyanath Bhagawathar, an ardent devotee of Lord Sree Guruvayurappan. The festival is an eleven day affair and is organised by Sri Chembai Memorial trust.
The highlight of the festival is group singing of saint Thyagaraja's 'Pancharatna Krithis' on Dasami day by several leading artists. A group concert marks the end of the festival on the night of Ekadasi. This includes five of Chembai's most favourite songs 'Vadapiganapatim' (Hamsadhwani), 'Rakshmamsaranagatam' (Natta)', Paavanaguru pavanapuradeeswara' (Hamsanandi)', Mamava sadaajanani' (Kanada) and Karuna Cheivan entu thamasam Krishna' (Yadukula kamboji).
This large dam surrounded by gardens and part and wildlife santuary is an ideal picnic spot. (..read more aboout it in my State of Kerala page).
Neyyar Dam is a sparking bluelake within 30 Kms distance from the capital city Trivandrum.
The dam is a part Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and also there was rearest medicinal herbs. A crocodile breeding centre and lion safari park are also located close to the dam.
A 40 Km drive from trivandrum along the MC Road (NH 47) will take you to Kilimanoor. Before reaching the junction turn to the right ...opposite the old police station. As you go along the road on your left you will see the Tamburati Para (Literally translated as The Queens Hill). Down below you will see the river and a temple. It is nice place to spend the day (Be sure to pack some eatables and to carry some towels). You can be in the water with only the nature around you ...it is an ideal spot for picnic...you may at times find some locals as your company...
Avoid night travels to this place....
This is 50 Km from Trivandrum and is on the way to Ponmudir. The place gets its name from the River Kallar. Kallu means 'stone' and Aru means 'river in Malayalam . This is an ideal place for people with an interest in trekking, angling and bird watching.
The main attractions are the nearby Golden Valley, and the Meenmutti waterfalls. One can bathe in the crystal clear waters.
Those who are intersted in trekking and bird watching can take narrow track, starting from the right from the side of the Kallar Bridge. Thisw will take to waterfall, known as Meenmutty. The waterfall is situated 3-4 kms from the main road. One can see bird life, and many species of butterflies enroute. During the rainy season leeches are found in plenty here.
Kallar Forest Protection Group at Kallar gives help inr trekking guidance and also for hiring guides. .
A restaurant, toilet, changing rooms, shops to sell forest produce, STD and ISD booths and a car parking area are there at the facilitation centre.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 67 kms.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 61 km
Peppara Dam is constructed across Karamana river. The forests of peppara Wildlife sanctuary is a hilly area with elevation varying from 100 mts to 1717mts. There are 13 tribal settlements in the sancturay. A number of major mammals including lion tailed.
Macaque, Nilgiri lagur, Malabar squirreletc.,water birds and many kinds of snakes, variety of moths butterflies are present in this sanctuary.
Thiruvallam Backwaters is situated 13kms away from Trivandrum. Killi and Karamana are the two rivers that come together at Thiruvallam. A temple named Parashurama Swami Kshetra is located on the bank of river. Exotic flowers, vegetation, water birds and others are all there to share scenic beauty of Thiruvallam Back waters.
Attukal Bhagavathy temple, situated 4 km from trivandrum city, is one of the ancient temple of kerala becomes alive with joyous celebrations on the Bharani day in Kumbhom (February- March).This festival is known as Attukal Ponkala. This festival begins with a Thottampattu (a song about Bhagavathy – the goddess), which goes on during all the nine days. On the ninth day, several thousands of women assemble in the temple compound with ponkala pots and it is an offfering ususally made in Bhagavathy temples, prepared in the form of pudding by cooking rice, jaggery, coconut kernel and plantain fruits in varying combinations. After the head priest has blessed the ponkalas, the Devi is taken in procession to Manacaud Sastha Temple accompanied by caparisoned elephants. The Attukal Temple is also known as the Sabarimala of women, as women form major of devotees.
The Pongala Mahotsavam is the most important festival of Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. The offering of Pongala is a special temple practice prevalent in the southern part of Kerala and some parts of Tamilnadu. It is a ten-day programme commencing on the Karthika star of the Malayalam month of Makaram-Kumbham (February-March) and closing with the sacrificial offering known as Kuruthitharpanam at night. On the ninth day of the festival the world famous Attukal Pongala Mahotsavam takes place. The entire area of about 5 kilometre radius around temple with premises of houses of people of all caste, creed and religion, open fields, roads, commercial institutions, premises of Government offices etc. emerges as a consecrated ground for observing Pongala rituals for lakhs of women devotees assembling from different parts of Kerala and outside. The ceremony is exclusively confined to women folk and the enormous crowd, which gathers in Thiruvananthapuram on this auspicious day is reminiscent of the Kumbhamela Festival of North India.
Devi ATTUKALAMMA is considered as the incarnation of 'Kannaki', the heroine of 'Silappathikaram' by Tamil Poet Illango in 2nd century A.D and Attukal is one of the places where Kannaki took rest on her journey northward from Madurai to Kodungallur.