This exquisite palace shines as an excellent example of the traditional domestic architecture of Kerala. According to the Vastusatra – the traditional architectural science–this building can be classified into “Nalukettu” a quadrangular building with an open courtyard in the middle, which is seldom to be scan today. This double-storied building with gabbled roof is considered to be one among the oldest palace of Venadu dynasty.This palace was in the ownership of Travancore Devaswam board after the state reorganization. In 1979 government of Kerala took over this palace and declared as a protected historic monuments. Today Kerala’s largest Folklore museum and numismatic museum are fused here.
Trekker's paradise, the idyllic hill resort Ponmudi is turning out to be the perfect retreat for city residents who want to get away from the sweltering heat. With the mercury level soaring, the resort is turning to be the favorite neighborhood locate for the young and the old alike. Located 915 meters above the mean sea level and 2 hrs drive from Nedumangad Town through a 16 Km ghat road, Ponmudi is perhaps second only to Munnar in scenic beauty. .
The Hindu pilgrim centre set on the banks of Karamana River is just 6 km from Nedumangad Town. The ancient Bhagavathi temple is built on the rock. The stream in front of temple contains large fishes, which are fed by the devotees.
Implemented as the first eco-tourism project of Kerala, the Thenmala eco-tourism project has grown to the stature of a classic of its kind. This fact has been proved beyond doubt by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) when it selected Thenmala eco-tourism project as one of the best 64 eco-friendly tourist destinations, spread over 47 countries. Thenmala on the Shencottah Road, was declared as the country’s first planned eco-tourism destination as part of the Thenmala eco-tourism project.
Palaruvi - literally, stream of milk - is one of Kerala's most picturesque waterfalls, cascading down a height of 300 feet. 35 km east of Punalur, on the Quilon-Shenkottah road is the Ariankavu mountain pass.It is a favourite picnic spot for visitors from all over south India. The journey to Palaruvi through the dense tropical forest is a spellbinding experience. The surrounding mist-clad blue hills and green valleys form a stunning backdrop to the milk white burst of foam that resounds through the otherwise tranquil virgin forest. Visitors love the cool shower. Ayurvedic physicians sometimes prescribe a bath in the waters of Palaruvi.
The Agasthya forest believed to have been the abode of age Agasthya,a character from mythology.Trekking trails Thick forests Agasthyarkoodam, the spectacular peak in the Western Ghats rises to a majestic 1890 m in the form of a sharp cone. A haven of rare herbs and medicinal plants, its slopes are a breathtaking sight when they transform into colourful glades of the 'Neelakurinji', a flower which blooms only once in twelve years.
The place is fascinating for its damsite, thick forest areas, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rocky terrains ideal for adventure expeditions.The sanctuary has a rich population of mammalian fauna and is emerging as a big attraction to wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists. Elephants, sambar, leopard, lion-tailed macaque and cormorant are commonly seen here.
A repository of some of the rarest medicinal herbs, the Neyyar Dam is a popular picnic spot with a lake and a picturesque dam site. The lake formed by the dam across the Neyyar river is the bluest of blue, making boating irresistible for tourists.The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary of which the dam is a part is the habitat of over a hundred rare species of fauna including elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, porcupines, tigers and a variety of snakes. A crocodile breeding centre and a lion safari park are also located in the dam site.
A cool, quiet and luxurious haven, far away from the tight rope walk like life of the Trivandrum city !