THRIKKARIYOOR MAHADEVA TEMPLE
Thrikkariyoor Mahadeva Temple is situated 1 km from Ayurgruham .This is considered as the last pratistha of Parasurama. This temple deserves a special mention, as it is believed to have the spirits of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. The rites and rituals are based on those of the Arya Dravida traditions. It is also believed to be the capital of CheraDynasty.
MARTHOMA CHERIAPALLY KOTHAMANGALAM
The St. Thomas Church at Kothamangalam, popularly known as Mar Thoma Cheriapally, where the Saint Baselios Yeldho is buried is one of the most prominent parishes in India. According to the popular belief, the first church at Kothamangalam, Martha Mariam Valiyapally, was established in the 4th century AD by a few Syriac Christian families who migrated from Paravur and Angamali. Among the later Christian inhabitants of the place included a few Syrian Knanaites who eventually intermingled with the local Christian community.
Kanjiramattom is a suburban area of the city of Kochi in Ernakulam District, State of Kerala, India, lying approximately 49 km from Ayurgruham .Kanjiramattom is known for Sheikh Fareedudheen mosque and Maqubarah built as memorial to Sheikh Fareedudheen, who is also known as Baba Fareed, Baba Gunju Shakkar [RA] who was born at Kuthoodar – Chawli Mashaikh of then Afghanistan, presently Lahore, Pakistan. The famed ‘Kodikuthu’ festival is celebrated on 14th January of every year (Makaram 1 of Malayalam calendar) . It is one of the most important religious festivals of Kerala and is very colourful. Persons belonging to various religions and classes participate in the festival.
KALLIL CAVE TEMPLE
The ancient Kallil cave temple is sited in Methala – a small rural community in Asamannoor Village in Kunnathunadu Thaluk of Ernakulam District in Kerala, 10 kms from Ayurgruham to the temple. Bhagavathi’s(Goddess’) shrine or ‘prathishta’ is in a cave beneath the massive rock that stands sans a support on the ground. This very rock holding on to its position solely owing to Bhagavathi’s grace which may perhaps be called one of the wonders of the world is the unique feature of this temple. This giant of a monolith measuring a whooping 75 feet length, 45 feet width and 25 feet height stands tall as nothing less than enigma before the keepers of history and the very scientific community. Studies indicate that the inception of the temple might date back to third century BC. This natural structure situated right in the middle of a jungle as wide as 28 acres is considered one among prime ancient Jain temples in Kerala.
Iringole Kavu is a famous Hindu In forest temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, situated in Kunnathunad Taluk of Ernakulam district, 16km from Ayurgruham. This is one of the 108 Durga Temples in Kerala believed to have been consecrated by Lord Parasurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu
ST. THOMAS CHURCH, MALAYATTOOR
The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Malayattoor (or Malayatoor Church) is one of the most prominent Christian pilgrim centers in the Malayattoor Angamaly, Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. The Malayatoor Church attracts a large number of devotees from not just Kerala, but from all over India. St. Thomas the Apostle was the one who took initiative to begin Christian community in Kerala later found . He also set up the church here which has been designated by the Vatican as one among the eight International shrines in the world. It is believed that St. Thomas held prayer at this church when he landed in Kerala. The hilltop church is located 32 km away from Ayurgruham. Malayatoor and Kodanad villages are located on the opposite banks of the Periyar river with unspoiled and rustic views of the surroundings.
BHOOTHATHANKETTU is a popular tourist destination and scenic dam site with boating facilities situated in the vast virgin forests of Ernakulam district of Kerala. It is located 11 kms from Ayurgruham. This unexplored eco-destination unveils before you the spectacular views of nature like towering hills, rocks, valleys , forests, migratory birds and wild animals. Eye -pleasing sceneries, bird watching, adventure trekking, wild life photography, boating are the key attractions that draw tourists here.
On reaching BHOOTHATHANKETTU, the majestic beauty of Periyar flowing amidst thick forests and giant rocks will unfold before your eyes. The wild life sanctuary including BHOOTHATHANKETTU is also an abode for birds and animals including tiger, leopard, wild bison, deer and bear. Boating is also offered here and during the voyage one can witness THATTEKKAD bird sanctuary also this dream destination is adorned with a children’s park, watch tower, tree houses, pedal boating etc.
THATTEKKAD BIRD SANCTUARY
The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of barely 25 km2, and located about 12 km from Ayurgruham, was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologist described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. Thattekkad literally means flat forest, and the region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala.
THATTEKKAD BIRD SANCTUARY
Inchathotty is a village located 16km away from Ayurgruham. It is famous for it’s hanging bridge (suspension bridge) which is considered as the longest suspension bridge in Kerala, with a length of about 183 m and width of about 1.2 m
Paniyeli Poru is a lovely picnic spot located at Paniyeli, near Perumbavoor. It forms part of Periyar river. The spot is part of Malayatoor forest range and is surrounded by rich greenery. Paniyeli Poru is basically a river bank full of rocks and stones of different shapes formed by decades of swirling flow of Periyar river. Its about 40 kms from Ernakulam and is well maintained with plenty of seats on the banks of the river to rest and enjoy the serenity. There are plenty of forest rangers around to guide us and ensure that we are not deviating from the approved path. The rocks are slippery and we should be careful while walking. Food is not allowed. There is ample parking space at the entrance of the eco friendly park and has a nominal entry fees. Cameras are also charged. The best time to visit the spot is between November and May when the water flow is less. For those who love adventure, This place offer lot of opportunities to experience thrill and adventure. The panoramic view around offer beautiful frames to photographers.
Athirappilly Falls originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges.It is the largest waterfall in Kerala, which stands tall at 80 feet. Just a short drive from Athirapally to the Vazhachal falls, which is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. It is nicknamed “The Niagara of India”.It is the best destination with Waterfalls, wildlife, rainforest, water theme park and a hillstation nearby. All in one destination. Best for a one day stay.
Cherai Beach is a beach located in Cherai, a suburb of the city Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. One of the most visited beaches in the state, it is situated at around 25 km (15 mi) from downtown Kochi and 20 km (12 mi) from Cochin International Airport.
The beach is around 10 km long and is ideal for swimming as the tide is mostly low and the waves gentle. It is known for frequent dolphin sightings. It is one of the few places where the backwaters and the sea can be seen in a single frame. Cherai Beach offers the less busier and cleaner option accessible to Kochi and always attract the tourists from around and other states as well.
Also known as Alleppey, is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alappuzha is a city and a municipality in Kerala with an urban population of 174,164 and third among the districts having highest literacy rate in Kerala. In 2016, Centre for Science and Environment rated Alappuzha as the top cleanest town in India followed by Mysuru & Panaji Alappuzha is considered to be the oldest planned city in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the city is the first of its kind along the Laccadive Sea coast (reference encyclopaedia of Kerala in Malayalam language).
The city is situated at a distance 28 km from Changanacherry, 46 km from Kottayam and 53 from Kochi and 155 kilometres (96 mi) north of Trivandrum. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as the “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon. Hence, it is known as the “Venetian Capital” of Kerala. Malayalam is the most spoken language.
It is an important tourist destination in India.The Backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters can be booked. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Quilon to the South.
Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it’s surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is home to the Lakkam Waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.
Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is situated at around 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above mean sea level,in the Western Ghats mountain range. Munnar is also called the “Kashmir of South India” and is a favorite destination for honeymoon and tourism.
ABHAYARANYAM ZOO KODANAD
Abhayaranyam Zoo and Tourist Destination, Kaprikkad, Kodanad is a rural riverside village of Ernakulam district, Kerala, southern India. Kaprikad is situated on the south bank of Periyar river, about 42 kilometers east of Kochi. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is about 18 km (12 mi) by road. The village is a major tourist destination because it houses an elephant training center.
Thommankuthu waterfall is 7-step waterfall located in Thodupuzha Taluk of Idukki district. It is an eco-tourist destination and a great picnic spot where you can enjoy both beauty and adventure. Originating from nearby hills at a height of 1500 meters, it falls as small streams and cascades through seven steps of rocks, forming a pool at each step. The waterfall got its name from Thommachen Kuruvinakunnel, a great hunter who exposed the presence of this spectacular waterfall in the deep forest to the outer world, about hundred years ago. If you want to explore it totally, you have to trek 12 km through deep green forest having steep rocks and hilly terrain. Several caves and many other water falls can be seen in the area. Expert guards are available to guide you and ensure your safety. Other than trekking, you can also indulge in boating and fishing in nearby lake and also enjoy horse riding.