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Sunday, April 13, 2008

India : Kerala : Kollam : Attractions & Excursions - 5

Guys, here are some remaining attractions and excursion that you must visit.

Ariankavu (70 kms) :Image Source : Ariankavu

This beautiful place is situated on the Kollam Shenkottai road, Ariankavu is famous for the shrine dedicated to Sree Sanstha. Mandala Pooja and Trikalyanam celebrated in the month of December are the main festivals here.

Palaruvi Waterfalls (75 kms):

Image Source : Palaruvi Waterfalls

The Palaruvi which means stream of milk makes its way down the rocks, from the height of 300 feet. The Palaruvi woods is a beautiful picnic spot.

Rameshwara Temple:

This temple which shows Pandyan influence in its design has inscriptions in Tamil, dating from 12th to the 16th centuries. The Vyala monster sculptures in this temple give one the impression that the creatures are animate and actually climbing up the stairs with their outstretched paws.
(Image Source : Rameshwara Temple)

Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Vallikavu :

The residence and headquarters of Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi, is situated at Amrithapuri near Vallikavu. the ashram is accessible both by road and boat. (Image Source : Matha Amrithanandamayi Ashram, Vallikavu)

Picnic Village :

Image Source : Picnic Village

This village located at Ashramam, along the backwater front, is the main center for recreational activities in Kollam. A 200 year old Government Guest House, and Adventure Park, a Tourist Boat Club, a Children's Traffic Park and a Yatri Nivas are all housed in this vast tourist complex.

Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple (11 kms from Chandayamangalam) :

Image Source : Kottukal Rock Cut Cave Temple

This temple situated on the Thiruvananthapuram Kottayam MC Road is an idyllic example of rock cut temple architecture.

Jatayupara :

A huge rock at Chadayamangalam takes its name from the mythical bird Jatayu in epic Ramayana, who is belived to have collapsed on the rock after failing in his attempts to thwart Ravana's kidnapping of Sita.

Image Source : Jatayupara
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