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Situated 14 km from Kottayam in Kerala, Kumarakom has become synonymous with backwater cruises across the world. A scenic bunch of islands clustered around the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is about 130 km from Thrissur. Kumarakom is part of the Kuttanad region, the rice bowl of Kerala. Kumarakom abounds with lush paddy fields crisscrossed by canals and the lake. The Vembanad lake has its maximum length and breadth near Kumarakom. Can be visited on route to Thekkady.

 

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Located in the Western Ghats in Idukki district of Kerala, Munnar has been attracting tourists in droves with its pristine natural beauty, salubrious climate and unspoiled charm. Situated at a height of 6000 ft, Munnar has an extensive stretch of tea and cardamom plantations. The name Munnar is derived from the words Moonu (three) and Aaru (river), referring to the town’s location at the confluence of Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Imprints of the colonial past stand tall in Munnar town. Munnar was developed as a plantation town by the then British resident to Travancore John Daniel Munro. Munnar is the destination for adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners, wild life and nature lovers. Virgin forests, rolling hills, scenic valleys, waterfalls and sprawling tea plantations are all part of the great holiday experience on offer for a traveler to Munnar. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji, which flowers once in 12 years. The ‘kurinji season’ in Munnar is a magnificent sight as the hills and valleys are blanketed by Neelakurinji blooms.

 

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Mist-laden mountains, lush forests, green paddy fields stretching upto the horizon make Wayanad nestled among the Western Ghats, a paradise for tourists. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu, Vayal meaning paddy fields and Nadu the land, meaning the land of paddy fields. Altitudes range from 700 to 2100 m in Wayanad. It enjoys salubrious climate throughout the year. It is the least populous district in Kerala. Agriculture is the main means of economy here. Coffee, tea, cocoa, pepper, plantain and vanilla are the main crops grown here. Besides these, the most important crop in the district is rice. The place is home to some endangered species of animals and has a wide variety of flora and fauna. Nature lovers and wildlife fans like to visit the numerous sanctuaries located in Wayanad. A large part of the district is covered by forest. However, indiscriminate deforestation poses a serious threat to nature in the district.

 

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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most scenic places in the Western Ghats. A biodiversity hotspot, it also has the distinction of being the first ever scientifically managed teak plantation in the world. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Anamala Hills sub-cluster in the Western Ghats, which is under consideration for selection as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located between Nelliampathy and Anamalai ranges near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, the sanctuary is spread across 277 sq km. Elevation of the wildlife sanctuary ranges from 984 ft to 4593 ft. Started in 1973, the sanctuary was classified as a tiger reserve in 2009. There are 7 major valleys and 3 major river systems. The sanctuary has three man-made reservoirs namely Parambikulam, Thunacadavu and Peruvaripallam. The dams are interconnected by canals and rivers. Karimala Gopuram, at an elevation of 4,718 ft, is the highest peak in the sanctuary. The Vengoli Peak is the most popular among tourists as it is easy to climb and also allows the opportunity to spot Nilgiri Tahrs. Variety of trees like teak, sandalwood and rosewood can be seen in the sanctuary. It is home to the oldest and tallest teak trees in the world. The Kannimara teak tree, believed to be over 350-years-old, is the prime attraction of the region. The sanctuary is home to 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 species of birds, 61 species of reptiles, 47 species of fishes, 1049 species of insects and 124 species of butterflies. The reservoir harbours several varieties of aquatic fauna including mugger crocodiles that are often seen sunning on its banks. Besides wildlife spotting and boating on the river, trek along the defunct Cochin State Forest Tramway is among the must do activities in Parambikulam. The tramway set up in 1905 by the Cochin Maharajas to transport teak from Parambikulam to Cochin Harbour was an engineering marvel. The tramway was stopped in 1953 and only rails, bridges, wagons, etc. remain of the narrow guage railway. The sanctuary can be visited from 7 am to 6 pm with the entry closing at 4 pm. There are nominal entry charges for vehicles and tourists.

 

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