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God`s Own Country ......Trivandrum – Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum  ( 04 Days / 03 Nights )
Kovalam (2N),Kanyakumari (1N)

Day 1 : Day 01: Arrival at Trivandrum – Kovalam (15 km -1/2 Hour Drive)
Arrival at Trivandrum. Drive to Kovalam on arrival check into Hotel. Spend the evening enjoying the beaches in Kovalam. Overnight stay in Kovalam.
Day 2 : Day 02: Visit Trivandrum
Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Trivandrum after breakfast- Thiruvananthapuram, previously called Trivandrum, is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC. This capital city of Kerala is a beautiful seaside metropolis built on seven hills. It is located on the west coast of India spreading over a total of 2,192 sq.km. Sightseeing tour is comprehensive with the visits to Padmanabhaswami Temple, Srichitra Art Gallery, Napier Museum and Zoo.Overnight stay in Kovalam.
Day 3 : Day 03: Kovalam – Kanyakumari (100 km – 3 hours drive)
After early breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Kanyakumari on arrival check into the hotel. Proceed for local sightseeing tour in the afternoon. Kanyakumari is located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent and represents the site where the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda spent days in meditation upon a rock off of the coast. Padmanbhapuram Palace, Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Memorial, Gandhidham and Trivenisagam are some of the sightseeing attractions in Kanyakumari. Enjoy the sunset in the evening and overnight stay at the Kanyakumari.
Day 4 : Day 04: Kanyakumari – Trivandrum (100 km – 3 hours drive)
Start the day with watching the sunrise. Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Trivandrum for onward journey.

Kollam or Quilon, an old seaport town on the Arabian coast, stands on the Ashtamudi lake. Kollam, the erstwhile Desinganadu, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five ports, which he had seen in the course of his travels during a period of twenty-four years, in the 14th century.

Located 71 kms to the north of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam is the center of the country"s cashew trading and processing industry. One of the oldest ports on the Malabaar coast, Kollam was one the port of international spice trade. The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the longest and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of Kerala. The district also has some interesting historic remnants and a number of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural style.

Kollam District which is a veritable Kerala in miniature is gifted with unique representative features - sea, lakes, plains, mountains, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, vast green fields and tropical crop of every variety both food crop and cash crop, so called "The Gods Own Capital".

General Information
Area : 2579 sq. Kms
Population :2,398285 (1991 census)
Air : Nearest airport Thiruvananthapuram (71 km).
Rail : Kollam is an important railhead of the southern railways. Road : an excellent road network links Kollam to all major towns & cities.

Places of Interest

Kollam Town - Kollam town, the headquarters of Kollam district, has a hoary past. It was an international emporium of trade and even now it is a prosperous commercial centre. It is situated about 71 Kms. north of Thiruvananthapuram and is linked by rail, road and backwater transport. The town edges with the famous Ashtamudi Lake. Many a foreign traveler has visited Kollam in early medieval period. It was one of the early centres of Christian activity in Kerala. It is said that the present town of Kollam was built by the Syrian Merchant; Sapir Iso, in the 9th Century A.D. The popularity of Kollam has been established by the time honoured proverb once you see Kollam, you will not need home any more. Kollam is an important commercial, industrial and trading centre. It is also the headquarters of Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation.

The 144 ft. Thangassery Light House, built in 1902, is a centre of attraction.

The Ananda Valleswaram Temple here attracts people on almost all days.
There are several Churches and Mosques in and around Kollam. The Pullichira Church was established in 1700 A.D.

Mahatma Gandhi beach & park at Kochupilamoodu, Thirumullavaram beach and Ashramam picnic Village, are some of the important spots of local sight seeing, Mahatma Gandhi beach lies just 2 Kms. from the town. It is fascinating place for an evening.

Thirumullawaram Beach is 5 kms. from the town. The sea here is ideal for swimming and bathing. Asramam picnic village is located in the 48-acre Guest House Complex. This is the centre of various tourism development activities of the district.

The Government Guest House here is 200 years old. It stands along Ashtamudi Lake and is a major attraction for its elegance rates.

The adventure park, located in the shores of the Ashtamudi backwaters, is a novel experiment in the country. Different types of boats, including luxury cruise boats, powerboats and motor boats, are available on hire from the boat jetty near to the Adventure Park. A budget hotel for tourists, Yatri Nivas, run by Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, is also located in this village. The village is just 2 kms. away from the town.
Achencoil - Situated about 80 kms from Punalur is an important pilgrim center. The Sastha temple here, situated amidst dense forest. The idol of Sastha is supposed to have been installed several centuries before the Christian Era. The two important festivals of this temple are Mandala Pooja (December-January) and the festival held at "Revathi"(January-February). The two notable features of the festival are the Therotam (chariot festival) and Pushpabhishekam (offering of flowers).

Alumkadavu - Alumkadavu is located 26 Kms from Kollam City and on the banks of Kollam-Alappuzha National Water Way.

Amritapuri - Amritapuri located at 110 kms from capital of Kerala is the worldwide headquarters of The Mata Amritanadamayi Ashram. Amritapuri is the realisation of the ancient Indian ideal "the whole world is one family" (vasudhaiva kutumbakam). By bus or train: Kayamkulam (12 km north of Amritapuri) and Karunagappally (10 km south) are the major cities to reach. By air and taxi: The two closest airports are in Thiruvanantahapuram (110 km south of Amritapuri) and in Kochi (140 km north).

Anchal - Situated 13 kms south of Punalur, Anchal is known for its cattle market held twice a month. The Mudi festival of the Bhagavathy temple here, conducted once every 12 years, attract huge gatherings.

Aryankavu - Situated about 73 kms east of Kollam is one of the important pilgrim centers of the district. From very early days, it was an important trade route for merchants from either sides of Western Ghats. The chief attraction of Aryankavu is the shrine dedication of Lord Sastha. The temple has some fine sculptures and mural paintings. Thousands of pilgrim’s flocks of this temple during the Mandala Pooja in December. All trains towards Shencottah have a stop at Aryankavu. About 5 kms away from Aryankavu there is a big waterfall known as Palaravi.
Chavara - Chavara is situated 14 kms north of Kollam on the Kollam-Allappuzha road. Thousands of tonnes of mineral sand are exported from Chavara to various countries.

Jetayu Para - Jetayu Para, a huge rock, is another attraction in Kollam district. This huge rock is in the Chadayamangalam village on the M.C road. The name comes from the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Jatayu, the giant bird in the epic, fell after failing in its attempt to prevent the demon Ravana from taking Sita (wife of Lord Ram, hero of the epic) away. The rock is ideal for trekking by lovers of adventure.

Karunagappally - Karunagappally is situated 27 kms north of Kollam. It is linked with Kollam by rail and road. There is a mini civil station at Karunagappally. Padanayarkulangara, which forms part of the town, was once the military station at Kayamkulam Rajas. An idol of Buddha, recovered from a local tank here, is now preserved in the Krishnapuram palace the headquarters of Kayamkulam Rajas situated north of Oachira. The town has a temple dedicated to Lord Siva, two old mosques and a mar Thomas Church.

Kottarakkara - Kottarakkara is the headquarters of Kottarakkara Taluk. It is linked by rail and road,. It was once the capital of Elayadathu Swarupam, a principality ruled by a branch of the Travancore Royal Family. The internationally famous dance drama-Kathakali had its small beginning in this town and it flourished under the patronage of Raja of Kottarakkara.
Kulathupuzha - Kulathupuzha is situated on the Thiruvannathapuram - Sencottah road and is 10 kms south of Tenmala railway station. It is an important forest range, well known for its elephants. Reed, an essential raw material for paper manufacture at the nearby Punalur Paper mill, is partly supplied from Kulathupuzha valley.

Kundara - Kundara is linked with Kollam by rail and road, a distance of 18 kms. Large deposit of china clay discovered here, helped in the establishment of the Government Ceramics factory.

Kunnicode - The main attraction of Kunnicode, situated 10 kms west pf Punalur, is Pachilakunnu a small hillock where a Muslim saint is said to have breathed his last.

Mayyanad - Mayyanadu, 10 kms south of Kollam is noted for its shrines and temples. The most important temple is the one at Umayanallor, dedicated to Lord Subramanian. The shrine is said to have been consecrated by Shri.Adi Sankaracharya of Kaladi. Besides the temples, there are three churches and a Mosque. Cotton weaving and oil pressing are the main occupation in the village.

Neendakara - Situated about 8 kms north of Kollam , Neendakara is the Headquarters of the Indo-Norwegian Fisheries Community project, which was established in 1953. The important institutions under this project are the boat building yard at Sakthikulangara the Fisherman"s Training Institute, the ice factory and the refrigeration Plant. Neendakara Port, the hub of fishing activities is here.

Oachira - Situated, 32 kms north of Kollam on the Kollam Alappuzha National Highway and on the boundary of Kollam district, Oachira is a unique pilgrim center. The peculiarity of the temple here is that there is no temple building as such nor is there any idol. All classes of people worship the presiding deity the Parabrahmam (the eternal soul). Oachira draws thousands of Pilgrims for Oachirakkali, a festival held annually in June. It is also an important handicraft center where fancy articles of screw pine mats are manufactured.

Palaruvi Water Falls - The famous waterfall in Kollam District is situated at Palaruvi near Aryankavu, Kollam - Sencottah NH 208. Season to visit the places is from June to January.

Paravur - Paravur is an important fishing and coir production center. It is situated 13 kms south of Kollam and is connected with Kollam town by rail and road. It is the birth place of K.C.Kesavan Pillai(1865-1913) and Kesava Asan(1869-1917) ,two leading literary men of eminence.

Pathanapuram - An important trading center on the banks of the Kallada River, Pathanapuram is 13 kms away from Punalur. The Chandanakkudam mahotsavam of the mosque celebrated every year in February-March attracts thousands of devotees.

Pattazhi - Pattazi is the seat of an ancient temple, dedicated to Bhagavathy. The Mudi is the major festival of this temple.

Punalur - Punalur is one of the important industrial centers of Kerala. It is 45 kms from Kollam on the Kollam-Shencotta railway line and is also linked with Kollam by road. The Suspension bridge accross the Kallada river erected in 1877,is the only one of its kind in south India and it is 400 ft long. A concrete bridge has been constructed near by and now the suspension bridge is only of archaeological interest. Punalur is the head Quarters of Pathanapuram Taluk.

Sasthamcotta - Sastham cottah is an attractive village situated about 19 kms. from Kollam Town. It is a beauty spot, a health resort and a centre of pilgrimage. The extensive freshwater lake here, is said to be the biggest of its kind in Kerala. Water supply to the Kollam town is met by purifying the water from this lake. Buses are frequently operated to Sasthamcottah, which can truly be called as Queen of Lakes.

Thangassery - Thangassery is a place of historical importance situated 5 kms. away from Kollam town. The churches here are pretty old, having been established in the 18th century. The chief attraction of the place is the lighthouse, built in 1902. The 144 ft lighthouse stands as a sentinel, warning seamen of the treacherous reefs of Thangassery. The construction of a fishing harbour is in progress. Thangassery was an enclave of the Portuguese, Dutch and British in succession. The remnants of the Portuguese and Dutch forts still exits.

Thazhava - Thazhava in Oachira block is an important center of screw pine mat industry. An Image of Buddha, discovered from a tank known as Pallikkulam near Maruthoorkulangra is one of the interesting archaeological relics, associated with Kollam district

Thenmala - Thenmala is the meeting point of Kollam-Shencottah road and Trivandrum-Shencottah road, surrounded by dense forest, 66 kms east of Kollam. There are a large number of rubber and tea plantations in Thenmala. Timber of all varieties are exported from here to all parts of the country. Themala Dam site is open for tourists. Eco tourists center is situated at Thenmala. All buses passing through Kollam-Shencottah road stop at Tenmala. There is also a Railway Station here.

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Thiruvananthapuram the capital of Kerala, located at the South Western tip of India, is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the West and Tamil Nadu on the East. The wooded highlands on the Western Ghats in the Eastern and North Eastern borders give some of the most enchanting picnic spots, a long shoreline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination.

General Information
Area :2192 sq.km
Population :2,938,583 (1991 census)


Air: Thiruvananthapuram international airport (6 kms from the city).
Rail:There are direct trains to all the main towns in kerala as well as the major cities in India.
Road:Well connected to all towns & cities.

Places to Visit

Kovalam Beach : 16 kms away this Internationally renowned Beach Resort has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The Southernmost, known as the Lighthouse beach, is the most popular Kovalam offers accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Padmanabha Swamy Temple : The temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, & a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its Mural Paintings and Stone Carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu Temples in India, the presiding deity in here is Lord Vishnu reclining on Anantha the serpent.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum : The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family.

The Napier Museum: Built in the 19th century, the Indo - Saracenic structure boasts a "natural" Airconditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The use of plaxtic is banned in the museum premises.

Sree Chithra Art Gallery Located near the Napier Museum. This art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of Art In India. 
Other places of interest are The Zoological Park, Priyadarshini Planetarium , Observatory, Shankhumugham beach & Connemera Market.


Thiruvallam 10 kms away this serene backwater stretch enroute to Kovalam, is famous for its Canoe Rides.

Aruvikkara Dam 16 kms away this picturesque picnic spot is 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.

Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin)The land"s end of India or the point where the three seas meet, is the enchanting kanniyakumari. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. Part of the fascination is, of course, the fact that it is the very tip of the indian peninsula and the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian ocean. Places of interest at Kanyakumari : Tiruvalluvar statue, Gandhi memorial, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, & Padmanabhapuram Swami Temple which is en route to Kanniyakumari from Thiruvananthapuram.

Other excursions

Vizhinjam rock cut cave, Koyikkal palace Nejumangad, Neyyar Dam

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Fast Facts
  • Temperature :  Summer: 34.8 -22.4 C        Winter: 33.8 - 21.6 C
  • Season  :  Throughout the year
  • Clothing : Tropical
  • STD Code :  04652
Getting There
The nearest airport is Trivandrum (87 km)

Kanyakumari is connected to Trivandrum, Delhi and Mumbai by broad guage. Tirunelveli (85 km) is the other nearest railway junction which can be reached by road via Nagercoil (19 km)

Kanyakumari is connected by road to all places in South India. Some distances are:
87 km from Trivandrum
19 km from Nagercoil
85 km from Tirunelveli
133 km from Tuticorin
314 km from Rameswaram
235 km from Madurai

Sights to See
Kanyakumari Temple :
               The temple is dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanyakumari who eternally protects the country. Legend has it that goddess Parvati, in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanya, did penance at this spot to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. The place is a symbol of unity and sanctity. The deity’s diamond nose ring is famous for its sparkling splendour and is said to be visible even from the sea. Tel: 04652 246223

Gandhi Memorial :
                  The memory of the father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is enshrined in this mandapam erected at the place where his ashes were kept for public view before immersion into the sea. The architecture of the building allows the rays of the sun to fall on the spot where the ashes were kept. Every year on October 2, his birthday is celebrated here. Timings: 7 am to 7 pm.

Sunrise, Sunset, and Moonrise :
                   The glory of Kanyakumari are its sunrise, sunset and moonrise. To watch the sun set and to see the moon rising out of the ocean on a full moon day is to savour an experience that lives in one`s memory for life. It is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique spectacle of sunset and moonrise simultaneously on full moon days. 

Bay watch (The Sun City) :
                    This water theme amusement park is located at a distance of 2 km on the Kanyakumari- Kovalam Road. It is open from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm. Entrance Fee: Rs. 240 for adults, Rs. 180 for children and Rs.120 for Senior citizens. Tel: 04652 246563/565.
             Is said that on Chitra Pournami (full moon day in the Tamil month Chitrai) in April, one can see both the sun and the moon facing each other on the same horizon, a rare sight of unique grandeur. Another interesting landscape at Kanyakumari is the beach sands of myriad colours. 

Padmanabhapuram Palace (37 km) : 
               This ancient seat of the Travancore rulers contains relics of historic and artistic values. The palace has elaborate woodwork of great beauty and is enclosed within a fort which covers as area of 6 acres. In the Ramaswamy temple adjoining the palace, scenes from the Ramayana have been carved in 45 panels. Timings: 9 am to 4.30 pm. Closed on Mondays. Tel: 04651 250255 

Udayagiri (34 km) :
                    The fort at Udayagiri, built by king Marthanda Varma in 18th century, is of historical importance as it was used as an armoury. The cemetery of the Dutch captain De Lennoy is also located within this fort. 

Nagercoil (19 km) : 
                   The Nagaraja Temple situated here is unique in many respects. Though Nagaraja (serpent god) is the presiding deity, the images of Lord Shiva and Ananta-Krishna (Vishnu) are also enshrined in the same complex. The Nagaraja is installed on the ground where it was originally found and the sand around it is scooped out and given as prasadam to the devotees. The images of the Jain Theerthankaras, Mahavira and Parsvanatha, are found in the pillars of the temple. 

Suchindrum (13 km) : 
                        The Thanumalayan temple here is a repository of art treasures belonging to many kingdoms. Inscriptions said to be of the 9th century AD are found in this temple.

Vattakottai (6 km) : 
                       This 18th century circular fort overlooking the sea is worth visiting. There are watch towers, rest rooms and weapon rooms. Well laid stairs lead up to an arch in the front wall, set with a tiny square peephole. Centuries ago when the area around the fort was clear, observers could see right up to Padmanabhapuram Palace. It is said that there was a 4-feet wide tunnel from the fort to the palace, a distance of nearly 25 km. The fish motif, symbolising the Pandya kings is engraved on many of the walls. The Dutch General Delennoy and his navy attacked the fort when it was under Marthanda Varma and were defeated.Apart from the natural advantage that the fort enjoyed, the Dutch were intimidated by the seemingly massive `cannons` -- tall spiralling coconut trees that seemed threatening from the sea. They surrendered to Marthanda Varma (this scene is depicted in a painting that hangs at the Padmanabhapuram Palace) and DeLannoy became one of Varma`s most faithful generals. The raised parade ground overlooks the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. On the Arabian Sea side, the water is calm, and the sand is streaked with the red and brown of copper and uranium. The Bay of Bengal appears rougher, with tiny coral clusters visible just under the water`s surface. 

Tiruchendur (91 km) : 
                        The temple located here on the shores of the Bay of Bengal is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. At this place Lord Subramanya had annihilated the demon king Surapadman. The temples of Alwarthirunagar and Srivaikuntam are also worth visiting.

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Accommodation on Double Sharing Basis.
Exclusive Non A/C vehicle for transfers & sightseeing. As Per Itinerary (Point to Point)
Meal Plan (as mentioned above)
Toll tax parking and driver allowances.

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Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums
Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.
Difference in cost arising due to change in Fuel price.
Entrance Fees & Guide charges.
Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, etc.
Any tips to drivers, hotel staff, any meals apart from the ones mentioned above.
Government Service Tax (G.S.T.) as applicable 3.09%

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Note : All information is issued in good faith and is for guidance only. The management reserves the right to amend any of the above dates, rates, durations routes or hotel reservations at any time without notice. Terms & Conditions apply.

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