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Thevally Palace

A houseboat tour through the scintillating waters of Ashtamudi Lake will take you to the majestic Thevally Palace, which is located around 25 km from Kollam. This extremely popular heritage building was once the abode of the King of Travancore and was constructed during the period of 1811 to 1819. Considered to be one of the most wonderful piece of architecture, the Thevally Palace was constructed when Gauri Parvati Bai was ruling this region. The building was later served as a place for the kings to conduct meetings with the British officials. This majestic building is surrounded by the lush green coconut groove and palm trees and attract a large number of tourists from different parts of the country. The architecture of this palace is a blend of British, Dutch, and Portuguese styles, that reflects the erstwhile glory of the princely reign. The entire structure is made of lime plaster and laterite to give fine finishing to the building, which also consists a temple, dedicated to Lord Sastha. This beautiful palace is located on the banks of the Ashatamudi Lake and offers a clear view of the nearby villages, enveloped by dense coconut plantation. The Thevally Palace is currently used by the Indian Army and Public Works Department. There is a myth connected to Thevally Palace, according to which, a British resident, living across the Ashatamudi Lake and a beautiful lady, who lived in the Thevally Palace, fallen in love with each other. The main source of communication between them was a pet dog, who used to carry love letters from the British resident to the lady across the lake. One day, the dog was found dead, though the reason behind his death is still unknown. One can still find a monument, established at the Thevally Palace in Kollam in the memory of the faithful dog.      Book Now



Adventure Park

Adventure Park is the hottest place to cool off with friends, family, team mates or work colleagues. Situated in a natural wooded environment, Adventure Park is a true leisure area reserved for a very wide public. It makes for a fantastic venue, offering a brand new way to celebrate. Adventure Park has clearly a more recreational purpose."Recreational oriented" Adventure Parksare usually designed for a larger volume of visitors. They do not follow a specific educational concept, but see the individual, physical and mental challenge as a predominantly recreational activity. Neither climbing techniques nor specialspecific physical fitness experience is necessary. Water roller is a giant 9.8 foot long plastic cylinder, with which the tourists can rock and cross the river safely. The inset cups on the outer surface help grip and paddle the way through the water as tourist spin the cylinder. With an internal chamber, tourist can engage in Nuclear Face Off as a tourist or his friend compete to bump and bounce each other into submission. Walking Zorb is another exciting activity one can use for the fun or any type of recreation. Here the person move like trade mill and the ball will move. Size available 12 ft and 9 ft. (With inner suspended ball about 6 ft).The transparent PVC ball like the walking Zorb but the person here are harnessed inside the inner ball and the ball rolls when pushed on a plain surface or pushed from the slope. Size available 12 ft and 9 Ft (with inner suspended ball about 6 ft).Fun additions to the Adventure Park, swinging logs are constructed by taking a log and securing each end with strong Polysteel rope. This enables a person to test their balance and steadiness by walking across the secure but unsteady log. Material galvanized metal wire 10 mm, 02 single imp ulley, 07 imp Carabiner, 02 imp waist harness, 02 helmet imp, 02 pair mittens. 100 ft 8mm Indian rock climbing rope, wooden logs. The Burma rope bridge is the classic rope walking activity for the thrill seekers. It involves a thick rope on the base to walk upon, and then two ropes on the sides to hold on to as this bridge stretches across an area. We organize this group activity at the camp with the safety equipment and experienced guides. and experienced guides and experienced guides. The material will be the Nylon rope (used for the climbing purpose) with bamboo ladder base having the gap of approx 1ft each.      Book Now



Munroe-Island

Munroe Island Backwaters Homestay is located in Perumanseri, just 500 m from the Backwaters. Free WiFi access is available in the public areas of this homestay. The accommodation will provide you with a balcony and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. You can enjoy garden view from the room. At Munroe Island Backwaters Homestay you will find a garden, a terrace and a shared kitchen. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge and luggage storage. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including fishing. The town of Kollam is 25 km and the city of Trivandrum is 90 km. The Munroe Bus Station and the Munroe Railway Station are 2 km. This homestay is 90 km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. This property is also rated for the best value in Munroe Island Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.      Book Now



Palaruvi Waterfalls

Palaruvi waterfall is one of the most scenic and prominent falls in Kerala along with the likes of Athirappalli, Thusharagiri and Meenmutti. Situated about 75 kilometres from Kollam, in the Thenmala ranges, Palaruvi falls is encircled by forests, Kallada River and several minor waterfalls. Palaruvi, a 300 ft drop, is regarded as one of the tallest falls in Kerala. Heavy downpour forms a visual treat of milky white and hence named stream of milk. The pool formed beneath is perfectly suited for swimming and splashing. Though Palaruvi waterfall is two stepped, visitors usually limit themselves to the bottom fall and pool. The top fall forms a pretty pool amidst layers of rock, nevertheless it is considered unsafe. Palaruvi waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Protected by guards and served by lifeguards, it is regarded safe and family friendly. Alcohol prohibition is strictly in place especially because of the history of deaths in the unsafe upper pool. As per authorities, mishaps were somehow linked to intoxication. A government related body, Palaruvi River and forest conservation society Palaruvi Puzha Vanam Samrakshana Samithi is in charge of this plastic free zone. Nominal fees apply for entry, parking and treks.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 PWD Inspection Bungalow and the KTDC Motel here offer comfortable accommodation. 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.      Book Now



Paravur-Lake

Paravur Lake in Paravur, Kollam District, Kerala is supposed to be Keralas largest backwater lake. Situated picturesquely on the Malabar Coast, Paravur has become an increasingly popular tourist destination and is dotted with resorts and facilities for boating, swimming and surfing. This charming village is the end point of the Ithikkara River and is part of the intricate system of lakes and canals that characterize Keralas famed backwaters. The beauty of Paravur is further enhanced by the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Paravur Lake. A backwater cruise here is an unforgettable experience and a definite must try! Paravur is a fishing hamlet and also boasts of coir making factories and coconut palm weaving centers. It is also home to many churches, mosques and temples, attracting many pilgrims as well. Paravur is 20 kms from Kollam and 15 kms from Varkala Beach. Paravur Lake is also known as Paravur Kayal, Paravoor LakeKayal.      Book Now



Thangassery

Thangassery is located at the distance of 5km away from Kollam District in state of Kerala. Thangassery is a beach town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kollam city. This place is famous for giving historical importance, with old 18th century churches, light house and remnants of Portuguese and Dutch forts. Thangassery Lighthouse is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kollam city at the distance of 5km away from Kollam. A modern lighthouse in a historic Christian quarter of town that is possible to climb in the afternoons. Thangassery Fort is also located north end of the Harbor of the Arabian Sea in Kollam city at the distance of 5km away from Kollam. You can see two different sides of the building, the first from the harbor side where it is visible at some distance and the second from the opposite side. Some limited standing ruins of an old colonial fort. Thangassery Church Ruins are located 200m north of the Thangassery Fort intersection and on the right hand side of the road behind a Thangassery lighthouse. The ruins of a church belltower and some adjacent graves and headstones are still standing here behind some local houses. Thangasseri or Dutch Quilon as it was called, was once a British enclave. Meaning gold village in local parlance, this was the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency. This seaside village of historic importance shelters the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. It is situated 5 km away from Kollam town in the state of Kerala. The famed lighthouse of Thangasseri was built in 1902 and stands 144 ft high. The beacon can be seen up to 13 miles out at sea. Check out the lighthouse at Thangasseri which is open to visitors from 1530 1730 hrs. Get to see the sun setting and the moon rising simultaneously at Thangasseri on the drive down the Lighthouse Road, which gives you a breathtaking view of the sea as well.      Book Now



Thenmala

It is Indias 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. Managed by Thenmala Eco Tourism Promotional Society, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala, Thenmala Eco tourism is a unique destination from a visitorís point of view. It has equal opportunities for fun, adventure, leisure and for learning the significance and necessity of eco friendly measures for promoting tourism related activities. At Thenmala Eco Tourism, a visitor is taken care of by its well trained staff providing guidance and information about the various attractions and facilities, enabling one to move about, explore and experience every bit of this remarkable destination. There are well placed signboards, direction pointers, and information boards to facilitate ones movement inside the project area. Divided into different zones with a particular theme, the project area currently has three major zones viz. Culture Zone, Leisure Zone and Adventure Zone. At the Culture Zone one can indulge in a variety of activities like trying few traditional Kerala dishes at the restaurant there, a bit of shopping for memento sake, a peep on Keralas art and culture, an amphitheatre etc. But the highlight of the Culture Zone is the open air Musical Dancing Fountain, which is a big attraction among the visitors. There is also a Tourism Facilitation Center in the Culture Zone to provide information on a wide range of tourism products available at Thenmala. Step into the Leisure Zone here and try the boardwalk leading to the dam. The sway bridge here could be an exciting proposition, especially for children. Adding more variety and elegance to the landscape here is the Sculpture Garden, which has Man & Nature as its theme. For those with an overdose of adrenalin and those willing to test their adventure spirit would find the Adventure Zone here quite a thrilling experience. Take the elevated walkway for a journey that winds through the canopy of trees and going over rocky terrains bringing one close to life at different heights. And still those who donít mind to give their body muscles a real work out can go for mountain biking, rock climbing and river crossing. Besides the zone based activities for a visitor, Thenmala Eco Tourism also offer other attractions, like an invigorating boat ride in the Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary; a visit to the Deer Rehabilitation Centre, where one can have a look at a group of spotted deer, the sambar deer and the barking deer, which have been given protection after straying out from the forests. The project area also has tree top huts and childrens eco park, riverside treks, and battery powered vehicle rides through the forest, enabling one to sight wildlife from a close distance. For a visitor to Thenmala Eco Tourism, some of the nearby attractions are also worth exploring. One may visit the picturesque Palaruvi waterfalls, about 16 km away, on the way to Shenkottah. Thenmala Eco Tourism is open round the year and there are conducted tours organized by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation from the Capital City of Thiruvananthapuram and also by the District Tourism Promotion Council of Kollam District.      Book Now


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