Agasthyakoodam Trekking is one of the toughest tourist endeavours and it is located about 70 kms from Thiruvananthapuram. This magnificent peak in the Western Ghats is at an altitude of 1890m above sea level, believed to have been the abode of sage Agasthya, a character from mythology. (more…)
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Ever since it was set up in 2000, Gorky Bhavanam or the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum has become a hub of multidimensional cultural activities. In fact, the Centre is the first Honorary Consulate of any country in the state. Promotion of mutually beneficial tourism links is an important item on the Centre’s agenda. It has also set up Rus Tourism in 2009 to further both inbound and outbound tourism. (more…)
Keralam – Museum of History and Heritage has been formulated on the lines of interactive museum, and set up in Park View Building at Thiruvananthapuram was once an official residence of the high-profile Travancore chief secretary. This history-cum-heritage museum with a rare collection of exhibits that throw light into Kerala’s history and culture over the centuries. (more…)
ORI & MSS – Oriental Research Institute and Manuscripts Library is an academic department of the University of Kerala. The century old library do substantial work in the field of Indological studies. Situated at the beautiful scenario of Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, the Department is one of the leading centres of Indological Studies in India and do research in the fields connected with Manuscriptology. The department is microfilming the manuscripts of certain technical subjects. (more…)
‘Gallery Inspire Kerala’, an educational and cultural organization for the promotion of art and design of Kerala, is presenting a platform for the betterment of the young talent the common man and the future generation, in association with top artists, critics, and teachers. Gallery Inspire Kerala is located at Sasthamangalam in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, which is a blend of cultural heritage, where art and architecture showcase a sublime beauty. (more…)
The State Horticulture Mission-Kerala and the Mango Growers’ Association are jointly hosting a 10 day long National Mango Festival on the Kanakakkunnu grounds, Thiruvananthapuram from June 16 to 26, 2011. Different mouth watering mango varieties are being exhibited in the festival. Kerala Agriculture Minister K.P. Mohanan inaugurated the mango festival. (more…)
Dr.Vijayan’s one day Mind Power workshop on June 12th at Thiruvananthapuram
Lifeline Foundation is organizing a workshop on Mindmastery on June7th, 2011 in Thiruvanathapuram. It will be held at SP Grand days, Panavila, Thiruvananthapuram. The programme will be conducted by Dr.P.P.Vijayan who holds the degrees of MA, MBA, LLM, PhD. (more…)
Neyyar Sanctuary is 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram. With 12,000 hectares of natural vegetation spread across an undulating terrain, the sanctuary is interspersed with rushing brooks, flat meadows and gentle slopes.The sanctuary offers a haven for exotic flora and fauna. The 1868 m Agasthyamala Peak as its highest point is an ideal trekking destination.
Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary nestled in the Western Ghats about 50 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations. This verdurous sanctuary offers a rich collection of flora and fauna.
The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a sanctuary in 1938. Thiruvananthapuram and the suburbs were facing water shortage and to counter that a dam was built on the Karamana river. The catchment area that was formed became home to many wild animals and birds. The State Government declared it as a sanctuary to protect the rich Ecology. The sanctuary is spread over 53 sq. km. on the Western Ghats.
It is a place for the strong hearted. The Forest area is dense with eucalyptus plantations and an abundance of a variety of plants and trees, medicinal herbs and plants abound here in plenty too. There are clear streams and rivulets running by. The rocky terrain and the dense foliage make it a perfect place for trekking and hiking and exploring the forest.
The Sanctuary is the proud home of a rich population of fauna and flora. Wild life enthusiasts can have the time of their life by getting to see wild animals like Elephants, Tigers, Sambars, Lion tailed Macaque, Wild buffaloes, King Cobras and Pythons etc. Bird watchers need not get disappointed as there are quite a number of migratory and non migratory birds here like the Herons, Egrets, Cormorants and Pied Kingfisher, to watch and study.
There are three major forest types visible here in Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
- Southern hilltop tropical evergreen – This type visible in forests is due to exposure to strong and harsh winds and unfavorable soil conditions. It is found a height of 1000m above sea level and has a stunted evergreen growth.
- West coast semi- evergreen- This type is visible on the hill slopes from a height of 150 to 1050 metres. It varies between evergreen and moist deciduous types. The riparian areas can also contain this type.
- Southern moist mixed deciduous – This is the common type of forest that covers a majority of 60 percent of the area on the plains and the lower slopes of hills.
The Sanctuary has a varying hilly elevation from 100metres to 1717metres thereby giving way to so many forest types. It is a part of Kottoor reserve which covers 29sq.kms and Palode reserve which is of 24sq.kms. The water area inside the Sanctuary is of 5.82sq.kms. It is between longitude 76°40′ and 77°17′ East and latitude 80°7′and 8°53′ north. There are 13 tribal settlements in the Sanctuary. Eleven are in Athirumala section and two are in Thodayar section. One can take permission from the forest range and visit these settlements too.
Kerala Fascinating Facts:-
- Kerala located on the southern most end of India, covering a distance of 550km along with the southwest cost of India.
- Kerala is the only state in India, which is famous for its tranquil backwaters, which are lifeline of the state.
- Kerala is famous for Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine for treatment, which is well known across the globe.
- Kerala is the home of the well-known art forms like Kathakali, Koodiyattam etc
- Kerala has the highest literacy rate among all the Indian states (more…)
Kovalam, which literally means the ‘grove of coconut tree’ is known as the ‘Paradise of the South India’ . It has become one of the renowned beaches on the International tourism map, and over the decades developed into the favourite beach haunt of tourist from all over the world, especially Europe. The golden sands and gentle waves along the pristine beach stretches fringing with swaying coconut groves are an irresistible combo. The best thing about Kovalam is that the sea calm and ideal for surfing and swimming. (more…)
An exceptional art gallery at Eenchackal, Thiruvananthapuram showcases a grand collection of rare and fascinating photographs of Pachyderms. Baby elephants, wild elephants and caparisoned elephants- all caught in various situations- some funny, some violent, caught on camera by an ace photographer, Mr.B Chandrakumar. Sot in an effort spanning 12 years, this photo exhibition can be considered the world’s first permanent and exclusive photo exhibition on elephants by an individual. It reveals the science and psychology of elephants. It is poetry on elephants written by the ‘lens’ and is extremely informative for researchers and students interested in pachyderm. (more…)
The sight of a caparisoned elephant is a riveting spectacle. In fact, the nettipattam which adorns the head and trunk of the elephant is becoming a valued show-piece in many establishments all over the state as it is believed that it will bring good luck But does one wonder about all the hard work that goes into making this traditional ‘ornament’ of the elephant? (more…)
Kerala Tourism recently initiated a new tourism-boosting campaign called ‘Keralam Kanaam’ in order to popularize Kerala’s destinations within Kerala. The campaign launched as part of the ‘Visit Kerala’ initiative, was kicked off by Mr.Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Minister for Tourism. The Minister released the campaign logo at the renovated Tourist Facilitation Centre at the Park View campus of Kerala Tourism at Thiruvananthapuram last month. (more…)
Unleashing a new chapter in the history of Kerala tourism promotion and to showcase the unique tourism products of Gods own Country, Kerala Tourism has tied up with Google, the popular Internet Search Engine, becoming the first state in India to enter into such a venture. The tie-up is also aimed at increasing the tourist inflows to the state through search and streamer advertisements on the global search engine. (more…)
The World Wild Life Fund has opened ‘Nature Gallery’ at its office in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Mr.V.S. Varghese, IFS, CCF (wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department inaugurated the Gallery. (more…)