State of Kerala Travel Guide

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     Wow! where do I start??? 

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Munnar

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135,337,76

Kochi

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442,1066,126

Thiruvananthapuram

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237,510,56

Kovalam

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153,335,41

Alappuzha

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67,302,47

Calicut

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15,37,6

Ernakulam

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15,14,0

Periyar Sanctuary

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50,119,0

Varkkala

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17,91,1

Cannanore

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12,35,0

Quilon

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20,149,0

Trichur

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7,1,0

Irinjalakuda

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1,0,0

Munnar

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  • below average food,low on hygiene snd no...

    Munnar Restaurants

    The food here is below average. There is no sense of urgency and hygiene among the restaurant staff. U can very easily find flies and mosquitoes in your drinking water. Hospitality is a distant dream as even for placing you order u have to wait for 45 mins atleast. The waiters here are extremely rude , arrogant and lazy. The food quality is below...

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  • Sienna Village Hotel

    Munnar Hotels

    Sienna Village is laid out as a series of cottages on landscaped gardens. Some have an upstairs and...

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  • Home made Chocolates

    Munnar Shopping

    Pristine Chocolates The Shop operated by a farmer who sells home made chocolates ( A bean to bar manufacturing company ) and Cardamom from own farm.The chocolate includes 70 % Cocoa, Milk Chocolates and Cashew chocolates . It offers normally a discount of 15 % to 20% Its located at Kallar waterfalls en route to Munnar , about 14 kms ahead of...

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Kochi

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  • Chinese Fishing Nets

    Kochi Things to Do

    This is the most awesome sight in Fort Kochi. Just a leisurely 5 minute walk from Saj Homestay and there they were! Its amazing to see something so fundamental and ancient still in use today. These fishing nets are made from bamboo and work using ropes weighted by rocks. The net is lowered by a fisherman walking on the bamboo pole and left in the...

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  • Sajhome

    Kochi Hotels

    I found Saj Homestay whilst googling accommodation in Fort Kochi. What better way as a introduction...

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  • Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala by...

    Kochi Off The Beaten Path

    If you like waterfalls and nice mountain scenery, then hire an air-con taxi for the day and visit Athirappilly Waterfalls. We went there on a round about trip on the way to the airport as our flight was late at night and we had a day to kill.Even a bit of rain did not hinder us from getting these nice pictures. Our driver found a nice restaurant...

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Thiruvananthapuram

  • strictly for nonvegetarians

    Thiruvananthapuram Restaurants

    Extremely congested,smoky ,crowded eatery in the heart of the city,Palayam.Always crowded. heavenly aroma for non veg lovers . veggies can be put off by the smell of burned and fried mutton and assorted nonveg.Their pathiri and non veg curries are a hit. Very popular hangout for youngesters with their parked bikes.Must be authentic malabar food...

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  • The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach

    Thiruvananthapuram Hotels

    If you can afford the five star tariffs,just come here.The rooms have a view of the sea.there are...

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  • Indian dinner

    Thiruvananthapuram Restaurants

    situated on a busy road next to The Taj vazhuthacaud , this place can be missed easily. It doesn't look like a busy place, inside is crampy and crowded but it serves delicious fried rice and non veg dishes.If you have time to spend go there because there is an inordinate delay in getting served.Three storied but I don't remember using a lift...

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Kovalam

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  • Excellent driver for trips near and far

    Kovalam Transportation

    I met Syrus online as I was looking for a driver.We met at the airport by TukTuk and then rented the car. I had a small car with AC for about 1000 rupies a day, I did pay for petrol but the car got good economy.Syrus took me all over kovalam where I was staying and drove me to other places near and far.He made a great companion and was always there...

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  • Taj Green Cove Resort And Spa

    Kovalam Hotels

    The hotel grounds are spread over an area of 10 acres on a hillside. The 59 cottages are dotted...

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  • Massages

    Kovalam Warnings and Dangers

    Kerala is famed for its ayuvedic and medically proven massage therapy, so you have massage centres dime a dozen lining the beach as the interiors near the hotels and restaurants. Some are real good, but most are fake and will try to fleece you with nothing more than a warm scrub. Go to guys which have a license from the tourism dept.

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Alappuzha

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Calicut

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Ernakulam

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  • Ernakulam to Canacona

    Ernakulam Transportation

    If you're wanting to head to Goa - we took the overnight option again, leaving Ernakulam at 2pm, and arriving at Canacona (the most convenient station for Palolem) at 5.30am. You can take a tuk-tuk from there (there was one there at that ungodly hour!), or you could walk - it's only about a mile, and we managed it with fairly heavy rucksacks... by...

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  • Breakfast idli!

    Ernakulam Restaurants

    Just around the corner from Press Club road is this little cafe, mostly serving locals for breakfast. It's a little dim and dingy, but they did do good idli - very popular in South India for breakfast, although they have spread to the north to a certain extent.Idli are often served like this, on a leaf plate!I remember this cafe being very cheap,...

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  • Ferries to Fort Kochi

    Ernakulam Transportation

    The ferry to Fort Kochi goes from near Marine Drive, and should only cost about 2.5 INR (250paise). At the main jetty there are two queues for tickets, one for men and one for women - make sure you're in the right one!

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Periyar Sanctuary

  • Don't forget your camera!

    Periyar Sanctuary What to Pack

    Small knapsack/camera case A lightweight jacket/ fleece it can be a bit chilly on the water early morning.Sunglasses. hat etc, as the sun breaks through it soon gets hot. sun protectioninsect repellent lots of film! batteries etc....IF you do spot a tiger, it would be a shame for your film/battery to run out! Spare SD cardWide angle/ long range...

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  • Getting to/ from Periyar

    Periyar Sanctuary Transportation

    Although I was on an organised tour, for the independant traveller, buses travel to Kumily from most of the major towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.Ernakulam ( near Cochin) 6 hour journey 10 buses daily ( 3 are express)Trivandrum 8 hour journey 2 dailyKovalam 9 hours 2 dailyMunnar 5 hours 5 dailyKottayam 4 hours 7 daily (express)From Kumily to Periyar...

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  • Spend the night with the wildlife!

    Periyar Sanctuary Nightlife

    Although I didn't try this, it is possible to stay overnight in the park itself. There are 3 hotels, which include meals and boat trips/treks. The Lake Palace is reached by boat, and was once the maharajas game lodge.Resthouses are available, staff cook the food you provide. enquire at the Wildlife info centre.For the best chance of seeing animals,...

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Varkkala

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  • varkala beach

    Varkkala Things to Do

    the papanasham beach at varkala is a nature lovers delight. above the beach are tall red laterite cliffs and just next to the sea are freshwater mineral springs !!!!!!i have been to kovalam beach and was absolutely devastated by what i saw. the beach shows how uncontrolled tourism can play havoc with the beach. also the shops and shanties of rowdy...

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  • Villa Jacaranda

    Varkkala Hotels

    Temple Rd W, South Cliff, Varkala, Kerala, 695141, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Internet & Money Exchange

    Varkkala Favorites

    You'll find plenty of internet cafes along the cliff top plus some money exchangers which all compete with each other and so rates are very good, in fact I think I got the best ever rate of exchange during my 4 month trip in India, here. I think there was also an ATM but I can't remember for sure.

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Cannanore

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  • Parassinikkadavu temple

    Cannanore Things to Do

    I had visited this temple in the 90's and was mesmerized by the theyyams and the ritualistic dancing to drum beats.That time i couldn't stay back and enjoy since we had a train to catch.This time i stayed overnight, Saw the colorful theyyams and their psychedelic dance performance in the afternoon went again and saw the next performance in the...

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  • Beach

    Cannanore Things to Do

    The Payyambalam beach is a beautiful beach, an ideal place to spend evenings, irrespepctive of seasons. There was a slight drizzle when we were at the beach, but still a great place to spend time.

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  • Food habits

    Cannanore Local Customs

    When we asked our host to suggest a good place to have authentic Malabar meal on a banana leaf, we had no malafide intention to have it at his place, but he being so gracious he arranged an amazing meal at home, with cooks imported from the neigborhood and food cooked according to Islamic specifications, which had us completely floored and I still...

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Quilon

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  • Mukkada Bazaar

    Quilon Things to Do

    Mukkada Bazaar is a series of parallel streets with spice warehouses, metal merchants, rope makers... all busy loading and unloading their goods on brilliantly decorated trucks. It's a hive of activity and well worth exploring.

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  • Fruit & Vegetable Market

    Quilon Things to Do

    This colourful market is just to the west of the Mukkada Bazaar and features shops with nicely organised and colourful fruit and veg displays plus trucks (and even auto-rickshaws) fully laden with bananas. Well worth a visit.

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  • St Peter & St Paul Cemetery

    Quilon Things to Do

    You'll probably pass by this small cemetery with a small chapel when you get off/on the tour boat to go along the Backwaters as it's along the small road that leads to the lake.

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Trichur

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  • Eating Kanji... gruel

    Trichur Local Customs

    Many restaurants like the Oushadi restaurant serve hot broken red rice kanji or gruel. It is served along with brown chick peas and pickle or tomato chutney. You get a very big bowl full of water broken par boiled red rice. If you are not a big eater, then two people can share one bowl. You can ask for extra kadala curry or chick peas curry. This...

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  • Go to a potters' village

    Trichur Off The Beaten Path

    Snehapuram in Pudhukkaadu is a potters' village. Hire a cab and spend a day there. You will not find any places to eat and so it is better to pack some lunch or snack and water bottles. It is simply amazing that in this small, remote village some spectacular designs in pottery are made. You will also be amazed at the prices. They are so low. There...

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  • Simple, authentic local food

    Trichur Restaurants

    This is a very small restaurant. Seats just about 14 people. They serve simple vegetarian local food. The nool puttu/string hoppers; idly; dosa; appam -- are all very tasty. The food is very inexpensive.

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Irinjalakuda

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    by yumiyun Written May 14, 2003

    About the only attraction of this sleepy little town is the annual temple festival which lasts for 11 days. Pagent of 13 elephants are lined up with band of temple musicians. The celebration is much like Thrissur pooram, except the fact here in Irinjalakuda is less touristy.

    At night, traditional performance of kathkali can be seen at the temple.

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    • Religious Travel

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