Trek from Kodai to Munnar

  Several treks start from Kodaikanal, nestled in the lap of Palani Hills in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu. Some of them end in picturesque Munnar, a charming hill station on the confluence of Kundala, Nallathanni and Mudrapuzha streams in Kerala. About 35-kilometer-long, “Kodai (Kodaikanal) to Munnar” route, also called the…

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Trek Less Frequented Trails in Idukki

If you are looking for unexplored or less frequented trails, Chathurangapara and Pandipara in Idukki district, Kerala are ideal spots. Chathurangapara Mettu, situated near Udumbanchola, lends itself to charming views of villages and fields of Tamil Nadu. If sky is clear, you can see villages located as far as Thevaram and Kattabommanpatty.  You can enjoy picturesque landscape featuring chiseled rocks and expanses of grasslands from the Mettu, which is known for the highest wind power flux inIndia. Chathurangapara, located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, is accessible from theThekkady-Munnar State Highway.  About 2-kilometer-long trail starts from Chathurangapara junction.

Udumbanchola, a taluk in Iduuki, is dotted with pepper, coffee and cardamom plantations. Nedumkandam is the headquarter of the taluk. Ramakkalmedu or Pandipara, also located on the border of the two states, is about15 kilometersfrom Nedumkandam and about40 kilometersfrom Thekkady. ThepeakofRamakkalmeduoffers a bird’s eye view of the plains of Tamil Nadu and the Western Ghats.


Weekend in Alappuzha: Cheer Champakulam Boat Race Participants

Weekend in Alappuzha: Cheer Champakulam Boat Race Participants

A large part of verdure Alappuzha district in Kerala, India is covered with backwaters, canals and / or rivers, requiring an efficient water transportation system. A variety of boats such as dugouts, rice barges and long boats are used to negotiate these extensive water stretches. The water bodies of the district are not only known for rich fauna but also for various types of boat races.  About 100-foot long snake boats (locally called chundans) are specially manufactured for the races. Each snake boat is rowed by 90-100 people. 

Alappuzha, the Venice of the east, will host Champakulam Boat Race, the first of the season in the state, on June 26, 2010. The race that draws huge crowd form within and outside the state will be held on the River Pamba. Go early to find a suitable place along the riverbank to cheer the rowers. 


Updated on February 25, 2014

Kerala Tourism launched Great Backwaters campaign on twitter (#GreatBackwaters) in October 2013. The micro-site for the campaign was also set up. Highlight of this unique campaign is that the main image on the site unfolds bit by bit as and when the travelers tweet using the campaign hashtag. 

Champakulam Boat Race 2014

July 11, 2014