Archive for September, 2010
Elaveezhapoonchira , a hill station near Melukavu Mattom, 60 kms. from Kottayam is gaining tourist importance. Elaveezhapoonchira means valley where leaves don’t fall and is names so because the place has no trees. This is also one of the best places in Kerala to witness both the sun rise and sunset.
Located among three beautiful hillocks Mankunnu,Kudayathoormala and Thonippara, Poonchira is a place of picturesque charm. Legends say that the pool here was a bathing place for Panchali the heroine of Mahabharata. The D.T.P.C. is developing this place into a trekking spot. The beautiful valleys of Poonchira spread across thousands of acres. The verdant land scape punctuated by the gigantic hills , each rising to around 3200 sft. is an ideal place to un wind. During the monsoons when the valley fillup to form a scenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of nature.
Fourty one kms. north of Thiruvananthapuram by rail and 51 kms. by road, Varkala is a pilgrim centre. The Samadhi of Sree Narayana Guru, the great social reformer and philosopher, attracts devotees in thousands. The cliffs and mineral water springs at the ‘Papanasam beach’ are worth a visit. The inland waterways system connecting Kollam in the north with Thiruvananthapuram in the south, passes through two tunnels in the hills. The Janardhana Swamy Temple here attracts many devotees.
The Chandanakkudam at Beema Palli near Thiruvananthapuram, is one of the most colourful Muslim festivals. This festival has a duration of ten days. This ‘Mahotsavam’ is said to be the death anniversary of Beema Beevi, a devote lady pilgrim who came to Kerala from Mecca and settled down at this place with her son Mahin Abubacker Ollyulla. The Chandanakkudam Mahotsavam at Vizhinjam also attracts large number of pilgrims.
Akkulam is one of the beautiful picnic spots, in the suburbs of Thiruvanan thapuram city. This place is only 10 kms. away and is easily accessible by road. The spot is developed on the banks of Akulam Lake, which is an extension of the Veli Lake. The calm and serene atmosphere and its unique natural beauty are a fascination for tourists. The Boat Club, which started functioning in 1989, now operates speed, safari, pedal and row boats from Akkulam to Veli Tourist Village. A traditional style Kettuvallom is also available for overnight stay. The swimming pool at Akkulam is equipped with glider and other playing facilities. The Children’s Park is a unique amusement spot. The newly commissioned musical fountain is an added attraction.