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Kerala tourism related information including its beaches, hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, historic places, etc.

Amritapuri Ashram, Embracing the World, Hugging Saint

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Amritapuri Ashram, the main Ashram of the hugging saint, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, is situated at Amritapuri in Vallikavu village , near Karunagappally in Kollam district, Kerala. Its also the headquarters of of Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

Mata Amritanandamayi  of Amritapuri Ashram
Mata Amritanandamayi of Amritapuri Ashram

Matha Amritanandamayi was born as the third child of Mr. Sugunanandan and Mrs. Damayanti, in a fishermen family. She founded Mata Amṛtanandamayī Math in 1981. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is called ‘Amma’ by her disciples. Amma means mother in many of the Indian languages.

Mata Amritanandamayi always hugs her disciples or visitors, before talking to them. Hence she is known as Amma hugging saint nyc to her NYC disciples. She has visited a large number of foreign countries and is regular in visiting Amma’s NYC disciples and disciples across USA, every year.

Amritapuri Ashram is spread over more than 100 acres of land and is also the headquarters of Amrita University. Amrita university offers different courses; mainly in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu states. Amritapuri Campus and Kochi Campus are the main campuses in Kerala. Tamilnadu campus is at Coimbatore. Bengaluru and Mysuru Campuses are the ones in Karnataka. Amritapuri Ashram also runs many schools.

Amrita Institute of Medical Science (Amrita Hospital) is leading hosptial in India, founded by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi.

Amma Ashram has a charitable trust, “Embracing the World“, a leading charity foundation among global charities, which does a lot of humanitarian and social welfare works. They did a commendable work as a Charitable Organization, when the worst Tsunami hit Indian shores in 2004. They helped in providing food and shelter. They took up the restoration works and has built around 6000 houses for the worst affected Tsunami victims.

Sanitation projects were also done under the Ashram during the famous annual Sabarimala Temple pilgrimage season. Amma has donated a sum of $15 million US $ $15 million in 2015, to construct toilets for the poor, who lives along the Ganges River.

To know more about the Ashram, the activities, Amma’s teachings,etc, Please visit mata homepage.

How Do I Go to Amritapuri Ashram?

Amritapuri Ashram is situated at around 9 kilometers from Karunagappally railway station. Karunagappally is situated in between Kayamkulam Junction and Kollam Junction railway station on the PalakkadThiruvanathapuram railway line. Kayankulam railway station is at around 15 kilometers distance from the Amma Ashram.

Karunagappally Bus stand is the nearest main bus stand from where buses to Amritapuri Ashram are available. Cabs and auto rickshaws are also available from Karunagappally.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Bird Habitat, Cuckoo, Forest Birds

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, the first bird sanctuary of Kerala state, is situated near Kothamangalam.

Malabar Grey-Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus) at  Thattekad Bird SanctuaryMalabar Grey-Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus) at Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is situated in between two branches of River Periyar. It is a small bird sanctuary with an area of just 25 square kilometers. The bird sanctuary is covered mostly by evergreen low-land forests. (Thattekkad means flat forest.)

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is rich in terms of the species of birds found. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is considered as the “the richest bird habitat on peninsular India” by none other than Late Dr. Salim Ali, the great ornithologist. Different species of water birds and forest birds are found in large numbers. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is home to different species of Cuckoos.

How Do I Go to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary?

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is at around 12 kilometers from Kothamangalam town, in Ernakulam district, Kerala state. Kochi or Ernakulam (two nearby twin cites) is at around 55 kilometers from Kothamangalam. Ernakulam is the nearest city with 2 major railway stations; Ernakulam North alias Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam South alias Ernakulam junction railway stations; which are well connected to the rest of India. Angamaly and Aluva are two other nearby railway stations on the Ernakulam – Salem railway line. The nearest airport is at Nedumbrassery near Angamaly, on the outskirts of Kochi.

Parambikulam Tiger Seserve, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary,Bengali Tiger

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Parambikulam tiger reserve is tiger reserve in Nelliampathy – Anamalai region on the Western Ghats in Palakkad district, Kerala state, India.

View of Parambikulam Reservoir from tree-house inside the Parambikulam tiger reserve
View of Parambikulam Reservoir from the tree-top house inside the Parambikulam tiger reserve.

Parambikulam tiger reserve was earlier known as Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. Its a Tiger reserve under ‘Project Tiger‘, a project to save Bengali Tiger, the national animal of India. Apart from Tigers, the beats of this jungle includes Wild Boar, Sambar, Gaur, Panthers, etc,. There are a large number of Elephants in this reserved forests.

The tree houses inside the tiger reserve allows great view of the wildlife from vantage points. There are watch towers at Anappadi and Zungam, inside the Tiger reserve.

Parambikulam tiger reserve is spread over an area of 643.66 Square kilometers. This Wild life sanctuary is rich in peninsular flora and fauna, which are well conserved, due to minimal human interference.

Parambikulam tiger reserve is situated close to Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Parambikulam is one among the very few sanctuaries that allows trekking within the park. You need to take prior permission from the forest department office at Anappadi.

Parambikulam Dam, the number one embankment dam India in terms of its volume and one among the top 10 such dams in the world, is situated within the Tiger reserve. Thunakadavu Dam and Peruvaripallam Dam are two other dams within this Tiger reserve.

How Do I Go to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve?

Parambikulam tiger reserve is at around 95 kilometers distance from Coimbatore, The entry point to Sanctuary is situated at Anappadi. The headquarters of the Sanctuary is situated at Thunakadavu, around 8 kilometers distance from Anappadi.

There are railway stations at Palakkad and Coimbatore. Coimbatore is a major railway station which is well connected to the rest of India. The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International airport at Peelamedu, at around 13 kilometers from the city center.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple, Chola Temple, Lord Shiva Temple

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is a 1800 year old Lord Shiva Temple in Annamanada, Thrissur District, Kerala.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple in near Thrissur, Kerala
Annamanada Mahadeva Temple in near Thrissur, Kerala.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is believed to be built by the Cholas. Made of rocks, this temple is rectangular in shape. The temple is built in traditional Kerala Architectural style. Beautiful scenes from the Hindu Epics are carved in the temple. This temple is one among the 74 Lord Shiva temple constructed during the Chola regime.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is under the Cochin Devaswom Board administration.

The Lord Shiva idol is around four feet in height. The idol is depicted in the form of ‘Kiratamoorthy’ (God Shiva as a hunter) in a pleasing mood. Unlike other temples, ‘Darshan’ (the viewing of deity) is from the southern side.

Hymns and stories from epics are written in Tamil Language, at the back side of this ancient temple. “Dhara” is the main offertory here in this historic temple.

How Do I Go to Annamanada Mahadeva Temple?

Chalakudy town, 30 kilometers south of Thrissur town, on the National Highway 47, is at around 10 kilometers from the temple. Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is at around 8 kilometers distance from Mala, a small town in Thrissur district. Chalakudy railway station is the nearest railway station. Cochin International airport at Nedumbrassery is the nearest airport to this ancient temple at Annamanada.

Lakkidi, Thamarassery Pass, Wayanad, Tourist Places

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Lakkidi is a hill station town and Gateway to the scenic Wayanad district in Kerala. Lakkidi is at an altitude of 700 meters, atop “Thamarassery pass”.

Chain tree at Lakkidi, Wayanad
Chain tree at Lakkidi, Wayanad.

Pookot Lake is a nearby famous tourist spot, known for Boating. Near to Pookot lake, there is an aquarium. Chain Tree and ‘Changala Muneeswaran temple‘ are some of the other tourist places here. Lakkidi View Point, on the Thamarassery pass, offers scenic view of the area.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary or Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary as its known officially, is a nearby wildlife Sanctuary worth visiting.

How Do I Go to Lakkidi?

Vythiri is the nearest town at around 5 kilometers distance from Lakkidi.

If you are planning to come from Kozikode by road, you need to cross the scenic Thamarassery pass. (This pass is part of NH 766, connecting Kozhikode with Kollegal, via Mysore.) The pass starts from Thamarassery and ends at Lakkidi. The distance from Kozhikode town to Lakkidi is around 58 kilometers and takes around 2 hours. Sultan Battery town is a major town on the same NH 766, if you are coming from Mysore side.

Kozhikode is the nearest railway station. The nearest airport is at Kozhikode International airport, Karipur, at around 28 kilometers from Kozhikode city.

Nilambur Road Railway Station is another nearby railway station at around 73 kilometers away. There are no trains to other cities from Nilambur Road Railway Station. Shoranur–Nilambur Road passenger trains are the only trains on this 66 kilometer railway line. Nilambur Town on the Kozhikode–Ooty highway is at around 4 kilometers from Nilambur Road Railway Station.

Malappuram Town is at 40 kilometers away. Palakkad Town is at around 150 kilometers distance from Lakkidi.

Dhoni Falls

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Dhoni Falls is a beautiful waterfall in Dhoni Hills, at around 15 kilometers distance from Palakkad town in Kerala, India.

Dhoni hills is very popular among the trekking community. Dhoni Falls can be reached by trekking around 4 kilometers from the bottom of the Dhoni hills, which is part of the Western Ghats. As the hills are part of reserve forests, you need to get the entry pass from the Kerala Forest department by paying a fee of INR 100.

The road to the falls is not laid well. The area is rich for its wildlife. Nilgiri langur, Leopard, sloth bear, Hanuman langur, bonnet macaqu, etc, are some among those found in the hills. Malabar whistling thrush is a beautiful bird found here.

Dhoni Falls is a beautiful fall and you are allowed to take bath in the falls.

Shiva Temple is a nearby tourist place worth visiting on your trekking trip to Dhoni hills. A Colonial mansion, believed to be built in 1857 by the British, is seen on your way to the top of the hills.

How do I Go to Dhoni Falls?

Dhoni Road, the bottom of the hills from where you need to start your trekking to the falls, is at a distance of 12 kilometers from Palakkad. Palakkad railway station is the nearest major railway station. Coimbatore international airport is at around 80 kilometers distance from the Dhoni hills. Dhoni Falls is at a distance of 34 kilometers away from Kollengode village near Palakkad.

The ideal season to visit the falls is after the onset on Monsoon rains.