NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Agasthyakoodam (14kms) :

Commonly known as the Asambhu Hills, this place is a visitor’s paradise.
Standing at an elevation of 1600 meters, this place offers spectacular view of the forest
and its surrounding area. It is the perfect place to get the bird’s eye view of the entire
area and also click a few marvellous photos.This second highest peak in Kerala has long been
known as a bird watcher’s paradise
and many gather here to catch sight of exotic avian species.

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Thirparappu Water Falls (28kms)

The Kodayar River makes its descent at Thiruparappu. The water fall at this place is about 28 kilometres from Neyyar Dam(Sivagiri Homestay). The river bed is rocky and about 300 feet (91 m) in length. The water falls from a height of nearly 50 feet (15 m) and the water flows for about seven months per year. The whole bed above the falls is one rocky mass which extends 250 metres (820 ft) upstream where the Thirparappu weir has been constructed for supplying water to the paddy fields.

On either side of the river, on the left bank of the river in between the waterfalls and the weir, there is a temple dedicated to Shiva enclosed by strong fortification. The District Administration has recently constructed a swimming pool which is very popular among the children.

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Elephant Rehabilitation Centre(7.4 kms)

From time immemorial elephants have been an integral part of the history, tradition, myth and culture of India
and Kerala in particular. One cannot imagine a festival in Kerala without the presence of an elephant.
Elephant Rehabilitation Centre at Kottur spreads over 56 hectares and is surrounded by
trenches to keep wild animals at bay. This provides enough space for all the elephants
accommodated here. One of the major highlights of the centre is the chain-free life these mammals enjoy.
Freedom to roam, that too in well protected vicinities is something unique to this centre.

Deer Park(2.7kms)

A relishing treat of nature, Neyyar Dam is a charming lake-cum-dam and is a wonderful location situated
amidst the allure of beautiful Kerala. Neyyar Dam is quite famous as a picnic spot
The deer park showcases an amazing variety of deer and it's a treat to see them in their natural habitat.

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Crocodile Park (1kms)

From the Lion Park, tourists are taken again through a boat ride to the place of deer and crocodiles. The Crocodile
Rehabilitation and Research Centre is important for conserving crocodiles, rearing and breeding them. The farm houses a variety of
crocodiles more commonly the mugger crocodiles. A crocodile farm, set up in 1977 at Neyyar, is home to around 20 mugger crocodiles.
The Steve Irwin Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre was inaugurated at Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in May 2007.

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Neyyar Watch Tower

The picturesque surroundings of the Neyyar dam reservoir are a sight to behold.
And those who intend to stay there and relish its beauty could get their wish fulfilled by watching it from Watch Tower.

Lion Safari Park (1.7 kms)

Neyyar Wildlife sanctuary has a substantial natural vegetation cover. The diversity of its flora makes the sanctuary an ideal gene pool preserve. There are 39 species of mammals, including tiger, leopard, sloth bear, elephant, sambar, barking deer, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri langur and Nilgiri tahr. 176 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles, 17 species of amphibians and 40 species of fishes are reported from the sanctuary.

Reached by a boat trip across the Neyyar lake, this safari park contains just a few lions in a fenced forest enclosure that you tour by bus. It's certainly no African safari but it's marginally better than a zoo.

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Padmanabhapuram Palace (49.4 km)

The palace was constructed around 1601 AD by Iravi Varma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Venad between 1592 and 1609. It is believed that the Thai Kottaram was built in 1550. The founder of modern Travancore, King Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma (1706–1758) who ruled Travancore from 1729 to 1758, rebuilt the palace in around 1750. King Marthaanda Varma dedicated the kingdom to his family deity Sree Padmanabha, a form of Lord Vishnu and ruled the kingdom as Padmanabha dasa or servant of Lord Padmanabha. Hence the name Padmanabhapuram or City of Lord Padmanabha. In the late 18th century, precisely in 1795 the capital of Travancore was shifted from here to Thiruvananthapuram, and the place lost its former glory. However, the palace complex continues to be one of the best examples of traditional Kerala architecture, and some portions of the sprawling complex are also the hallmark of traditional Kerala style architecture.

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Kovalam Beach (31.5 kms)

Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.
Lighthouse Beach
The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach is the one most frequented by tourists, Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a 35 meter high on top of the Kurumkal hillock.
Hawah Beach
With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
Samudra Beach
Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business. The local fishermen ply their trade on this part.

Ponmudi (46.4kms)

Ponmudi (the Golden Peak) is a hill station in the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala in India. It is located 55.2 km north-east of Trivandrum City at an altitude of 1100 m. Ponmudi peak is a part of the Western Ghats mountain range that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea.

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Kanyakumari (88kms)

KanyaKumari is a town in KanyaKumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The name comes from the Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region, in Tamil it is pronounced as 'Kan-niya-kumari'. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India, and is surrounded on three sides by the Laccadive Sea. Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range. Nearest city is Thiruvanathapuram (85km) and airport is Trivandrum International Airport, Trivandrum , Kerala. and the nearest town is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, 22 km (14 mi) away. Kanyakumari is a popular tourist destination.

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Suchindram Temple (71.1 km)

Suchindram is a temple town situated in the southernmost district of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu State, India. It is 11 km from Kanyakumari city and 7 km from Nagercoil town 105 km from adjacent Tirunelveli district and approximately 81 km from Trivandrum city. The town of Suchindrum is renowned for the Thanumalayan Temple and was an important citadel of Travancore.

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Padmanabhaswamy Temple (30kms)

Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Tamil style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram. While the Moolasthanam of the temple is the Ananthapuram Temple in Kumbala in Kasargod District, architecturally to some extent, the temple is a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple located in Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari District.

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Varkala Beach (72 Kms)

Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.[1] These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.The beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over.