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Kollam Tourism : Zone 8

Visit to Shendureny Wildlife Sanctuary

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is unique in its scenic beauty and authentic ambience of nature. Nature loving tourists are given a rare opportunity to stay inside the forests in specially built camping houses as part of the camping packages run by Shendurney Ecotourism. Along with jungle camping, tourists are offered vegetarian food, trekking, jeep safari , bird watching etc. Shendurney hosts such of 5 camping sites at– Idimuzhanganpara, Pallivasal, Rockwood and Kurunthotti valavu and Lake view ‘n’ Kalamkunnu. Shendurney ecotourism is unique and special from others by virtue of its unmatchable trekking and camping packages.

  • Kattalappara: It is known for historical caves and a hundred year old bridge
  • Kallar: It is located 1200 Ft above sea level with forests, waterfalls, caves and plantations
  • Ambanadu: It is 800 Ft above sea level, with orange, clove and tea plantations
  • Rosemala: It is 15 km inside forest is part of Agastyavanam Biosphere and has cardamom plantations, lake, waterfalls and remains of ancient civilization
  • Rajakoopu: It is 550 m above sea level, is a spice village settlement with clove and pepper plantations and trekking to Kurishupara

 

Kollam Tourism : Zone 7

Jadayu Earth Centre

Jatayu Nature Park’ unveils the advent of new milestone in the history of Kerala tourism, the ‘flag off’ to an experience, which challenges and supersedes the existing! The curtain to the much awaited tourism destination is all set to rise. Finally, Kerala tourism has a brand new destination ‘Jatayu Nature Park’ which marks the beginning of a much-awaited innovative stride in Tourism sector. ‘Jatayu Nature Park’ unravels a journey that reveals to you the beautifully interweaved set of compositions by Shri Rajiv Anchal, which brings together an experience that touches the varied dimensions of art, epics, history, technology, siddha and adventure. Set in the picturesque backdrop, the Jatayu sculpture stands as the symbol of gratitude towards the heroic deed of Jatayu in protecting Sita in the epic Ramayana and has its greater relevance in the modern context, as it is one of the earliest attributes in regard to women safety and honor. Jatayu Nature Park’ thus is the modern interpretation of a place that evolves from history, derives into it the aspects of the heritage, essence of nature, the divinity of pilgrimage, the fun and frolic of adventure, the technological extravaganza and the eco-friendly elements to weave out a place that truly defines the artistic panache of Shri Rajiv anchal.

Kollam Tourism : Zone 6

Palaruvi Water Falls

cno5w9wuiaegfzb.jpgPalaruvi – literally, stream of milk – is one of Kerala’s most picturesque waterfalls, cascading down a height of 300 feet. 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. Palaruvi, which means stream of milk, makes its way down the rocks, from a height of 300 feet. It is a beautiful picnic spot. The surrounding mist-clad blue hills and green valleys form a stunning backdrop to the milk-white burst of foam whose muffled roar resounds through the otherwise tranquil virgin forest.

Thenmala Ecotourism Zone

It is India’s first planned eco-tourism destination, which is gaining popularity due to its unique vistas, bio-diversity and functioning. Situated about 72kms from Thiruvananthapuram, in the District of Kollam, the Thenmala Eco-Tourism shares its resources with the famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothills of the Western Ghats. The word Thenmala in the local language Malayalam has an interesting meaning. ‘Then’ means honey and ‘Mala’ means hill; and they combine to mean ‘Honey Hill’. It is believed that the honey collected from this region is of very good quality owing to its unique biological settings.

 

Kollam Tourism Zone 5

 Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum 

img_20151013_094135Kottarakkara Kathakali Museum is the major attraction that was built as the memorial of the father of Kathakali, Kottarakkara Thampuran. In this museum, an array of collection of antiques, ornaments, models of Kathakali, costumes, ornaments, musical equipments and sculptures of kathakali, costumes and models of dance forms. The place that we now call Mahaganapathy temple is actually Kizhakkekara Siva Temple. The main deity is none other than Lord Siva himself – Siva facing eastward. In fact Ganapathy is only a minor deity here. But the temple today is famous as a Ganapathy temple rather than a Siva temple.

 Malamel Rock & Temple 

Malamel is located at Arackal village in Edamulakkal Grama Panchayath. The place is noted for its beautiful locales, mainly high rising rocks that offer un- interruptive view for miles around. The main attraction is the ancient “Sankara Narayana” temple on the rock face. The temple has 5 doors and is considered to be divine and ancient because of the close proximity of Jadayupara (Chadayamangalam). It has also a cave at extreme left of the temple, into which a British Adventurer in the year 1946, tried in vain to venture, and which leads to the Kulathupuzha Forest. This cave is believed to be a haven for very venomous snakes. The rock spreads within 13 hectors of land. The “Nadukanippara” which has maximum height, offers a panoramic view.

Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple

img_20151013_120911The Temple is an idyllic example of rock cut temple architecture. This temple is situated in Ittiva Panchayath. It has two cells on either side with Sivalingams in each with a projection carrying the figure of Ganapathy at the centre. One of the niches of the sanctum sanctorum carries the figure of Hanuman near the monolithic Nandi, probably intended to remind the Nandi- Vanara episode in Ramayana.

 Kudukathu Para Eco-Tourism

Mesmerizing Kudukathupara is located 840 meters above sea level. You can walk up to as high as 780 metres. The sights that you see once you reach the top are breath-taking indeed. You can view four districts of Kerala and a bit of Tamil Nadu as well. For those of you heading at the drop of a hat to Munnar or Ponmudi to revel in the beauty of the Western Ghats, Kudukathupara will certainly be a revelation. With a treasure trove of majestic sights, this grandfather rock will amaze us. Almost 4 districts in Kerala can be seen from the top, and a small part of Tamil Nadu. When you look at Kudukathupara from various directions in other districts, this sole rock formation appears to take on different shapes and forms. This is a distinguishing factor in itself. The place is so silent, that the wind will carry the sound of even the slightest quiver of your lips. If hearty treks through dense forests are your thing, then Kudukathupara will not disappoint you.

Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple

kulathupuzha_in_kollam20140104112241_307_1Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple is a Hindu temple located on the banks of Kulathupuzha river, a tributary of Kallada River. It is located in Kulathupuzha in Pathanapuram tehsil of Kollam district in the Indian state of Kerala. The presiding deity there is Lord Ayyappa in the form of Balasastha.It is also one among the pancha sastha shrines and one of the 108 Sastha shrines in Kerala. The idol there is believed to be installed by Lord Parashurama, which is made up of eight pieces of stones.

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western Ghats, India. It is located in Kollam district, Kerala and comes under the control of Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve. It was established in 1984 and comprises 171 square kilometres.

The trees in this forest have more of still root and Knee roots for them to grow steadily in the swamp. Mostly they are will nutmegs. Most of the specious in Myristica swamp forests are endemic and red limited once. Thenmala dam reservoir has a variety of birds specious such as River Tern, Teal, Cormorant, and Egret, Kite etc. Forest department provides boating services in the dam reservoir. Shendurunny wild life sanctuary starts from Kaltalipara. Here we have a good variety of trees. In summer you can see elephants and deer in this region. The distance from Thenmala to Kattalipara in 9 Km.

Rock wood

If you travel 15 Km from kulathupuzha through the forest you will come across their estate area known as Rockwood .It is the British started tea, Coffee and cardamom here. Then the native bought the && and planted rubber and plantains. Here you can do tracking and enjoy the beauty of the nature and lake photographs of animals. You can go for bird watching, butterflies and reptiles in this region

  • shenduruny wildlife sanctuary is the only wildlife sanctuary in kollam. The Forest area around the Thenmala dam reservoir is named as shendureny .The name shrnduruny comes from an endemic species of tree which is common in this area called chenkurunji. (Tirunelveli Red Wood), scientifically known as Gluta Travancorica .The Forest covers an area of 171 sq.km and was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1984.
  • Four rivers mainly Umayar, shenduruny, kulathupuzha and Kazhuthurutty comes together to from the kalladayar Thenmala Dam reservoir is built in parappar, a place close to Thenmala and this dam reservoir provides water to the districts of kollam and pathanamthitta.
  • shendurunny located in the western Ghats is rich in biodiversity. This place is close to the Aaryonkavu tunnel and is a habitat of various plants and animals
  • Elephants the biggest mammal in land live among the tree and ponds in the forest. It is also like habitat of wild animals such as tigers, fox etc.
  • The specialty of the shenduruny wildlife sanctuary is the Myristica. Swamp Forest. Myristica trees are grown abundantly and also Syzygium are common in this region.

Rosemala

It is 12 km away from Aryankavu. The British started Tea, cardamom, doves, rubber, coconut & plantain here .Over 300 families live hue and have a population of around 2500 people. The hills here resembles rose petals hence the name Rosemala .You can see elephants, Indian Gaur, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Reindeer etc in this region.

Umayar

Umayar & shendurunny joins together to form the umayar. It is only 26Km away from Thenmala dam. You can see tigers in this region. Almost all wild animals are seen in this region.

The geographical nature, forest diversity and species diversity make shendurunny district. This biodiversity should be protected along with the grow of tourism.

 

Article by : Charan, Wildlife Specialist