Munnar is a beautiful hill station, and was the summer resort of the British. Tourists come here to see the vast tea plantations of the area. The town itself is typically Indian with the usual shops, guest houses and is really beautiful and traditional. It is a good place to stay to see the surrounding countryside. It is also a popular place for Indian honeymooners.
The town is divided into two parts, Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located.
The region in and around Munnar varies in height from 1,500 m (4,921 ft) to 2,695
m (8,842 ft) above mean sea level. It is pronounced "Moon-
Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, many of them started by the British. The "Kannan Devan" brand of Tea from the Tata is cultivated and processed here.
The strobilanthus ("neelakurinji" in Malayalam, the local language), a blue flower which blooms only every 12 years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, at 2,695 m.
Eravikulam national park is one of the main tourist attraction, where you can find
the endagered species of Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat called "varayadu" in Malayalam).
A treck to Rajamala ("King of hills" in Malayalam), in the morning is sure to spot
a few friendly mountain goats. You can also fond Gaur, Langur, Lion-
Thekkady in Kerala State , India 's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India . The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.The diverse forest types, vayals, marshes, and a large aquatic habitat together support 62 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 45 species of reptiles, 27 species of amphibians, and 38 species of fishes.
The district of Alappuzha , also known as Alleppey, is in Kerala. This district headquarters is also known as Alappuzha and is located 70 kilometres south of Cochin. It is often called the Venice of the East due to the canals that connect it to Kerala's famous snaking backwaters.
Alleppey is an important tourist destination in Kerala. Backwaters of Alleppey are world famous and is the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It connects Kumarakom and Cochin towards north and Quilon to the South. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. The mullackal chirap is also one of the attractions of allapuzha which is the festive season held ten colorfull days every year in the month of December.
Apart from Backwaters some other attractions in Alleppey are Alappuzha Beach offering one of the most beautiful views of the Arabian Sea, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Edathua Church,Champakulam Valia Palli, Krishnapuram Palace also attracts lot of tourists.The tasty ambalappuzha payasam is very famous dessert which will attract everyone of us to the venice of the east.Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha. The Coir Board was established by the Central Government under the provisions of the Coir Industry Act, 1955. There is also a Coir Research Institute functioning at Kalavoor.
Pristinely beautiful Kumarakom is a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways.
Kumarakom backwater is the prominent attraction of this beautiful village that attracts tourists from all over the world. One of the beautiful ways to enjoy Kumarakom backwater tours is Kettuvallam also called houseboat. Kettuvallam are country made boats that are used for a backwater curise and are well furnished to provide comfort and luxury to tourists. Once the houseboat starts floating over the scenic backwater and meanders through the nature blessed pathways, you will come across several attractions simply fascinating and captivating. A houseboat stay is suggested as it will truly offer you unique experience of tours of Kumarakom backwater.
While on a backwater houseboat tours in Kumarakom you can also enjoy the beauty and attraction of exotic resorts, ayurveda resorts, paddy fields, fishing and bird watching. Kumarakom bird sanctuary spreaded across 14 acres is home to a varied species of birds, migratory birds and rich flora and fauna. Due to the unique avian population it is considered to be Ornithologist’s Paradise. The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, duck etc as well as the migratory Siberian crane. Parrot, teal, lark, flycatcher, and other birds are mostly seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas, and a few others from far away from Russia and Siberia. Dawn is the ideal time for bird watching when the birds prepare to leave their forest homes and fly over the lake. An early morning trek, well before sunrise, is suggested for avid bird watchers.
Kovalam is famous for its beaches, among the most pristine in India. Kovalam is extremely
popular among westerners due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. It is also one
of the oldest tourist enclave in India, which known among tourist circuit right in
1930s. Kovalam shot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses
of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala
into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India-
Just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram city, South Kerala.Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.
The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.