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Koyikkal Palace

This building can be classified into a double storeyed nalukettu, Koyikkal Palace was the official residence of the (ruler of Perakatharvazhi, a branch of the Royal family (Thrippappur Swarupam) of the rulers of the erstwhile, State of Travancore. The Portugese, the Dutch and the British called this Royal family as Peritally, Umayamma Rani, the queen of Attingal, who was the regent for Ravi Varma. (1674 1684) The ruler of Travancore, stayed in this Palace for some years. Martanda Varma the maker of modern Travancore annexed Perakathavazhi into Travancore and adopted four Princesses from Perakathavazhi to Travancore. After that the Palace became part of Travancore. This Palace was under the ownership of Travancore Devaswam Board after the State re organisation. In1979 the Govt. of Kerala took over this Palace and declared it as a protected monument. The extensive restoration work was completed in 1990 and the Palace was converted into a Folklore Museum and Numismatic Museum. Folklore Museum The first Folklore museum in Kerala was inaugurated in the Koyikkal Palace on March 27,1992. Some of the important exhibits in the museum are traditional household utensils, traditional occupational instruments like axe, plough, wooden water pusher, tribal musical instruments, tribal communication materials, life size models of Theyyam, Thullal, traditional mode of conveyance bullock cart, tribal arms like bows and arrows, spear, sword etc, etc. All these items were collected from the length and breadth of Kerala.       Book Now



Thirichittor Rock

Trekkers paradise, the idyllic hill resort Ponmudi is turning out to be the perfect retreat for city residents who want to get away from the sweltering heat. Situated at around a distance of 60 kms from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and at an altitude of 1000m above the sea level on the Western Ghats an 2 hrs drive from Nedumangad Town through a 16 Km ghat road, Ponmudi is perhaps second only to Munnar in scenic beauty. Ponmudi is a small peaceful hill station in Kerala, South India. True to its name meaning Golden Crown in Malayalam, Ponmudi promises a treat of a lifetime to all those looking for a break from the monotony of hectic life. Ponmudi, lying very close to the sea, offers a plethora of tourist destinations and activities that the people visiting this place can indulge themselves in. an ideal place for nature lovers, this hill station attracts people from all over the country to come and explore this untouched virgin nature beauty. Long walk while bird watching with crystal waterfalls in the background, one explores the rubber, tea, cardamom and spices plantations. While at Ponmudi, you can enjoy the Aaranmula Boat Race. It is organized each year in the village of Aaranmula in the month of August and September and is part of the Aaranmula Temple Festival. Orchids and Deer Park, which is only 3 kilometers away from the Ponmudi resort, are also the main attractions of the place. For those having a passion for trekking, Ponmudi is the place to be in then. While trekking, one comes across a small zoo, mainly of barasinghas, at the edge of the forest.      Book Now



Arruvikara Dam

It is located on the banks of the Karamana River 15 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala in South India. The reservoir and garden makes it a tourist spot. It is famous for the ancient Bhagavathi temple dedicated to Durga, the divine embodiment of female power, which is built on a rock. The stream in front of the temple contains large fishes, which are fed by the devotees visiting the shrine. The headquarters of the Wellington Water Distribution project is located here. The small Aruvikkara dam (mini dam) which provides water to the state capital Thiruvananthapuram is also located in Aruvikkara. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is the state-run bus company in Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest state run public bus transport services in India and is headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram. KSRTC bus is the only mode of Transportation available in Aruvikkara. Aruvikkara dam is located in the outskirts of Trivandrum City around 16 Km from the heart of the city. The dam is built in the Karamana River which is originated in the Chemmunji motta peak in the Agastyarkudam biosphere. The water source is mainly used for irrigation purpose in various places in Trivandrum district. The Dam was built in 1930.      Book Now



Melamcode Devi Temple

Muthumari Amman Temple is a religious spot located near Karakkamandapam at Melamcode in Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. Muthumari Amman, a form of Shakti is the presiding deity. The goddess is associated with prosperity and health and devotees extol her for her ability to cure small pox and chicken pox. Separate shrines are dedicated to Lord Ganesh and Nagaraja in the temple complex. The annual festival is organized in the month of November. Vellayani Devi Temple, Nemom Ganapathi Temple and Karakkamandapam Shri Shiva Temple are situated nearby. This temple is located about 14 km from the Trivandrum International Airport. Nemom Railway Station is on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumari line. Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (7 km) is the major railway station.      Book Now


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