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Periyar Sanctuary

253 km away from Trivandrum and accessible by bus, the Peniyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady skirting the Periyar Lake and the river Revir of the same name, is full of opportunities for close and exciting encounters with wild life. The lake has been made artificially by damming the river Periyar. Sprawling in 777 sq. km. area this sanctuary on the border of Tamil Nadu. is one of the finest sanctuaries men has created and nature has blessed. The artificial lake itself stretches into 26 sq. km. Nestled in the lush surroundings, high up in the Sahyadri Mountains of the Western Ghats. Periyar Sanctuary contains gaurs, sambhars, herds of wild elephants, otters, deer’s, Panthers, tigers, sloth bears besides a large variety of birds. There are cruises in the lake and you can watch the animals in their natural habitat at a breathtaking close range from your boat gliding on the placid waters. You can shoot the animals with your camera. For stay there are good hotels. Lake Palace is the hotel on an island in the lake itself and you can view wild life from your hotel room.

Cochin-Ernakculam
Cochin Fort & the church

Cochin Fort is the oldest European settlement in India established in 1503 by the Portuguese. Vasco De Gama was buried here in St. Francis Church, but his remains were taken back to Portugal later. The Dutch captured it in 1663 and finally it passed into the British hands in 1795. Also within this fort is Cathedral of Santa Cruz built much later which deserves your visit.

The Dutch Palace

In Mattancheri, a little-south east of the fort, lies this palace. an imposing structure built by the Portuguese in 1557 and then taken over by the Dutch and improved upon considerably. It was presented by its founders to the Raja of Cochin Veer Kerala Verma, who used it as his residence and palace. The greatest highlight of the palace are the excellent murals which depict scenes from the Ramayana and episodes from the life of Sri Krishna.

The Synogogues

The Jews of Cochin trace their history back to the 6th Century BC when their ancestors fled here to escape the religious persecution in Jerusalem. Their stay here was disturbed by the arrival of the Portuguese but the advent of Dutch made them again feel safe and secure and then they raised Synagogue in Cochin. Here you will find the clock tower and the floor paved with porcelain hand painted tiles brought from China in 1762. It is an interesting place open to the visitors daily except on Saturdays and Jewish holidays from 10 AM to 12 AM.
Cochin, called the “Venice of the East” is actually a cluster of off-shore islands. The railway and bus stations and most of the hotels are located on the maniland at Ernakulani but all historical monuments and sites are in Cochin. The airport is on Willingdon Island. For moving around there are city buses. Taxis, auto rickshaws and ferries the best means of transport between Ernakulam and Cochin. There arc daily flights to this place from Bombay and Madras. There al-c rail connections between Cochin-Ernakulam and the major cities of south India. Very many good hotels are available besides some governmental accommodation in this city-complex.

Trichur

Ninety-eight km. north-east of Cochin in inland lies Trichur, a prosperous town noted for its old palaces, fort, temples. the reptile collections and the celebrated Pooram festival. It is an annual celebration held in April-May. One of south India’s biggest festivals, it offers a spectacular show in the form of a procession of 30 richly caparisoned elephants and excellent fire works in the end. There is a Tourist Bungalow br accommodation. The Reptile House of the Zoo here is the finest in India. The temple complex at Trichur is a typical Keralite construction. It is accessible by road 32 kms. from here lies Guruvayur. a noted Hindu centre of pilgrimage where Sri Krishna’s is worshipped with great religious fervour, hut the non Hindus are not allowed inside the shrine. Tirchur is accessible by bus from Cochin and has good accommodation available for the visitors.

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