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Arrival in Cochin International Airport and transfer to your pre booked hotel. Rest of day is free at leisure; you may explore the Kochi market area where you can shop for exclusive quality of nuts, spices and handicrafts, Overnight stay at Cochin.
After a Delicious breakfast going for sightseeing covering the places such as Bolgatty Palace, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Famous Church’s,Temples and Chinese fishing nets, Overnight stay at Cochin.
Thrissur is a city in the south Indian state of Kerala. It’s known for sacred sites and colorful festivals. In the center is Vadakkumnathan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and adorned with murals. The ornate, Indo-Gothic Our Lady of Dolours Basilica is nearby. Sakthan Thampuran Palace houses an archaeology museum with bronze statues and ancient coins.
Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Hindu shrine in Thrissur (Kerala). This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that this temple was founded by the sage Parashuram to expiate his sin of killing the Kshatriyas 21 times. Another version says that Lord Shiva was pleased with the prayers of Parashuram, Lord Shiva granted him a boon. Sage Parashuram was blessed with a Shivalinga that was installed in this shrine.
It Is Known For:-
1) The exemplary Kerala style of architecture
2) The labyrinthine carvings and paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata
3) The huge painting of Natraja, a form of Lord Shiva with 20 arms
4) The celebration of the festivals like Mahashivaratri, Aanayoottu, Thrissur Pooram
5) The stringent rules that devotees have to follow each time. Moreover, the Non-Hindus aren’t allowed to enter the temple premises
Best Time To Visit:-
No one has to wait for a specific season to pay a visit here. Vadakkunnathan Temple is a renowned shrine and can be visited throughout the year. However, if you want to witness it festooned beautifully, you should visit in during the annual festival celebration of Aanayoottu and Thrissur Pooram. These festivals are celebrated with a great enthusiasm at Vadakkunnathan Temple.Not only this, the temple is ornamented exquisitely on the occasion of Mahashivaratri that is another major festival here. Vadakkunnathan Temple is flooded with the followers of the Shaivaites. The zealous devotees perform the mahaabhishek on the Shivalinga.
Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple
Guruvayur is home to the historic Sree Krishna Temple, called the Dwaraka of the South. It is among the most revered and popular pilgrimage destinations in Kerala and the entire country. The central shrine is believed to have been rebuilt in 1638 C.E. The architectural style and individual elements inside the shrine are beautiful representations of the history of the place.
As per tradition, the shrine faces the East with two Gopurams (tower), one in the East (Kizhakkenada) and other in the West (Padinjarenada). In the front and the east side of the Nalambalam (a square shaped column) lie the pillars of light called Deepastambam. There are a number of such light pillars in the temple. The eastern side’s Deepastambam is 24 feet in height and has thirteen circular receptacles, making it an absolutely spectacular sight when lit.
Another famous sight here is the Dwajasthamba. It is a flag-staff, around 70 feet tall, fully covered with gold.
The square shaped Sree Kovil has two stairs and three rooms inside and has aninner room known as Garbhagriha. This is where the idol of Sree Krishna is placed. One can also find images of Ganapathy, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedathu Kavil Bhagavathy inside the temple. The healing powers of the shrine drive many to visit it in large numbers. Only Hindus are allowed inside the Temple.
Open 03:00 – 12:30 hrs & 16:30 – 21:15 hrs
Punnathur Kotta (Guruvayoor) Anakotta
Punnathur Kotta about 4 kms south of Kunnathur Mana Heritage. Punnathur Kotta is the ancient palace of the Punnathur Rajas, now in the possession of the Devaswom. There is also an ancient temple where Lord Siva and Bhagavathy are worshiped.
Devaswom maintains a unique elephant sanctuary, the only one of its kind in the World. It has 51 elephants now. These jumbos are the offerings of the devotees to the Lord. A large number of pilgrims and tourists visit this fascinating spot every day. In this vast compound, there are road facilities for pilgrims and tourists to go around. It is a 10 acre compound which Devaswom purchased in 1975, which was under receiver rule of Trichur sub court. Till that time elephants were kept in this Kovilakam compound (present Sreevalsam) to the south of the temple.
Sakthan Thampuran Palace
The Palace of Shakthan Thampuran located in the district of Thrissur is a landmark in the annals of the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the former ruling dynasty of Kochi. The palace located in the heart of Thrissur town is a major attraction, especially for those with a special interest on eminent rulers and dynasties. It is believed that the reign of King Rama Varma Shakthan Thampuran (CE 1790-1805) popularly known as Shakthan as the golden era of Kochi.
Situated close to the famous Vadakkumnathan Temple in Thrissur, the Shakthan Thampuran Palace formerly known as Vadakkechira Kovilakam was renovated by Shakthan Thampuran in its present form. The palace, built in the Dutch and Kerala style of architecture belongs to the few structures of this kind in Kerala. The main structure of the palace has a two-storeyed building and a traditional Kerala style Naalukettu. The interiors of the palace, because of its unique construction offer comfortable and pleasant staying conditions irrespective of the prevailing weather conditions.
The Shakthan Palace also houses an elaborate museum. The museum contains some interesting galleries like the Bronze Gallery, Sculpture Gallery and the Epigraphy Gallery showcasing the genesis and evolution of ancient writings.
The final resting place of Shakthan Thampuran is also located inside the palace, besides that of a Zamorin and a ruler of Kochi. The palace also has a very ancient Sarpakaavu or Serpent Grove, which is a place for worshipping the serpents according to Hindu belief, and was once widely practiced in Kerala.
Located on the Southern side of the Shakthan Palace is the Heritage Garden which exhibits and preserves some of the indigenous plants and trees of Kerala.
Our Lady Of Dolours Basilica, Thrissur
Our Lady of Dolours Basilica, known as Puthen Pally, has the distinction of being the biggest church in India with a tower, said to be third tallest in Asia. It has an area of 25,000 sq. ft., and is 261 ft. tall. It is adjacent to the Martha Marian church.
Construction of the church in the Gothic style, that began in1929, was completed after 11 years. As many as 30,000 people can be accommodated in the church at a time. Other than the main altar, the church has five small altars. The Bible Tower with murals that depict various phases of Christ’s life is a unique feature. The bell tower has eight bells imported from Germany. The Feast of St. Mary, which falls in September, is the main event of the year. This is the most famous Marian pilgrim centre in Thrissur.
Kerala Kalamandalam has, for decades, been regarded as the most prestigious Kathakali school in the entire world. This legendary school of art is located in Cheruthuruthy and was originally set up by the famous poet of Malayalam, Vallathol Narayana Menon. The story goes that he recognised a subtle decrease in the interest people had in Kathakali and other traditional art forms and thus started the venture. Today, the Kalamandalam is the foremost proponent of a variety of traditional performing art forms that include Mohiniyattam, Kutiyattam, Thullal and Nangiarkoothu. It is also an official deemed University for Art and Culture.
Founded in 1930 along the banks of the Nila (Bharathapuzha) River in Thrissur District, its ambience has assisted and nurtured Kerala’s traditional art forms for nearly a century. Performances and classes are regularly held in Kalamandalam, fostered by its quaint charm. Eminent artists from across the state and beyond perform regularly at its famous dance theatre, Koothambalam. Interestingly, it is the only one of its kind to be built outside a Temple complex. The Koothambalam’s granite pillars are famous for having one hundred and eight karanas (dance-poses) inscribed on them. Watching recitals in these hallowed halls is an ethereal experience. A number of scholarships and awards, sponsored by patrons from across the world, are regularly awarded to aid the student’s journey as artist.
The Bible Tower, situated in Thrissur, Kerala is the tallest church tower in Asia. It can be seen from anywhere in the Thrissur town. The tower, which is about 260 feet tall, was inaugurated on January 7, 2007. His Excellency Most Reverend Dr Pedro Lopez Quintana dedicated the Bible tower for World Peace.
The foundation stone of the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours was laid on 21 December 1929, by Mar Francis Vazhappilly, the Late Bishop of Thrissur. Another bell tower in the back of the church reaches 79.248 meters (260 feet). Renowned artists of the whole India have contributed their works in the Bible Tower. It is the first known Christian art gallery in Kerala.
A passenger lift is available up to 48.768 meters (160 feet), where a viewers’ platform has been made to accommodate up to 250 people. The viewers have to climb the steps from there to the top of the tower, has facilities for viewing the city over an area of 18 kilometers. The building has been certified as earthquake-proof by officials of the Geology Department of India.
Thrissur Zoo & Museum
Smack in the middle of the city is one of the most alive and beautiful of all Thrissur Tourist Places. Also known as the State Museum & Zoo, the Thrissur Zoo is located at about 2 km from the city centre, the zoo is more than just a place for showcasing the beautiful flora and fauna of the region. There is also a natural history museum and an art museum that have exhibits capturing the social and cultural heritage of Thrissur. With it being one of the two Zoological Parks in Kerala, the zoo experiences a good number of visitors every year.
Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple
Paramekkavu is one of the largest Bhagavathy temples in Kerala, situated close to the famous Vadakkunnathan temple in Thrissur district. The main deity here is Devi Vaishnavy, an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
It is one of the temples that participates in the Thrissur Pooram, an annual festival held in Vadakkunnathan temple. During the Pooram ceremony, a prominent attraction is the procession of fifteen caparisoned elephants from Paramekkavu to Vadakkunnathan temple.
As you walk down the stone slabs that lead to the base of the Athirappilly waterfalls, a mysterious serenity overcomes you. It is Kerala’s most famous and largest waterfall at over 80 ft high. The sight of the water crashing onto the ground leaves you with a sense of wonder at the sheer power and magnificence of nature. Located around 63 km from Thrissur district, it is a perennial picnic spot for people in the area and beyond. Its surrounding greenery is perfect for walks and picnics with loved ones. Lying at the entrance to the Sholayar forest ranges, it is a part of the Chalakudy River which calls the Western Ghats its home.
Barely 5 km away is another family favourite, Vazhachal Waterfalls. These waterfalls became famous for not just their view but the endemic species found in the surrounding dense forests. Researchers have found four endangered species of the Hornbill here, the only place they thrive in the entire Western Ghats. Ornithologists attach great significance to this location and bird watchers can come across many rare and vibrant species in these parts.
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Munnar, four hours journey to the incredible Kerala Hill station. Check in to the pre booked hotel, rest of day is free at leisure.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, after lunch going to visit Rajamala (Eravikulam) Nation Park and Eco Point, Overnight stay at Munnar Resort.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, after lunch going to visit Tea Garden, Tea Factory and Mattupetty Dam, Overnight stay at Munnar Resort.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, after breakfast going for the Jeep safari to Anakulam via Lakshmi mountain road about 45 kilometres to enjoying the unspoken feel of nature beauty
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, rest of day is free at leisure
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Thekkady, four hours journey to Thekkady, Check in to the pre booked hotel, rest of day is free at leisure, Overnight stay at Hotel
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, after lunch going for the Boating in Thekkady National Tiger Reserve Forest Periyar Lake and after boating you can enjoy the Kerala cultural dance program and Marshal Arts, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, After Lunch go to enjoy the Elephant Safari, Hill top visit and Spices Plantation Visit, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Alleppey, Four and Half Hour Journey to Alleppey and Check in to pre booked Hotel, Evening going for a beach walk at Alleppey Beach, overnight stay at Hotel.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, After breakfast going to see the most beautiful places, Kerala cultural architecture, Churches and Temples in Alleppey like Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple, St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthumkal, Alleppey Light House, Ravi Karunakaran Museum, International Coir Museum, Kidagambarambu Sree Bhuvaneshwari Temple and Beaches in Alleppey, overnight stay at Hotel.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy, after breakfast going to see the Kumarakom Sightseeing, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple, Kumarakom Birds Sanctuary, Kumarakom Craft Museum and Kumarakom Beach, overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Alleppey Houseboat, Check in to the pre booked Houseboat and enjoy the SAI Water Sports Training Center, Rani Chithira Marthanda Lake Thriveni Sangamam (Here three rivers meet that’s why it is called Trivenisangamam), Paddy fields, Coconut lagoon, Narrow canals, Small Villages & Pamba River, Overnight stay at Houseboat.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Varkala and check into the pre booked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy and rest of the day at leisure. Explore the local areas and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy. Later going to visit Varkala Beach, Varkala Cliff, Varkala Aquarium, Sivagiri Mutt, Jatayu Earth Center, Kappil Beach n Backwaters, Anjengo Fort, Golden Island. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Poovar/Kovalam and check into the pre booked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy and rest of the day at leisure. Explore the local areas and overnight stay at the hotel
Day start with Yoga and relaxation therapy. After breakfast going to see Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Napier Museum, The Kanakakunnu Palace, Priyadarshini Space Planetarium, Vizhinjam Rock-cut Cave, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Vizhinjam Lighthouse, Magic Planet, Padmanabhaswamy Temple and many more places.