Places to visit

I)Sight Seeing

It is in the Kollam District of Kerala, India, is the second largest and deepest wetland ecosystem, a palm-shaped (also called octopus-shaped) large water body, next only to the Vembanad estuary ecosystem of the state. Ashtamudi means ‘eight coned'(Ashta = ‘eight’; mudi = ‘coned’) in the local language of Malayalam. The lake is also called the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Ashtamudi Wetland was included in the list of wetlands of international importance, as defined by the Ramsar Convention for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. Exploring all the eight formations in house boat is a major attraction. Our resort “Aadithyaa resort lakeside” is situated on the eighth confluence of lake Ashtamudi.

Location: Thenmala

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort :92 km

Thenmala is a tourist place near Punalur town, Kollam district in Kerala. The first eco tourism project in Indiais located at Thenmala. The Thenmala dam was built across KalladaRiver. Thenmala is famous for being the shooting location in Malayalam and Tamil movies. Thenmala is a small village at the foothills of Western Ghats and predominantly a forest area. The famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary is the most important ecotourism resource of Thenmala Ecotourism. This Wildlife Sanctuary is of about 100 sq. km. and harbors large varieties of flora and fauna. Thenmala: “Then + Mala”, i.e. in local parlance.“Then” means honey and “Mala” means hillock i.e. it mean honey hills.The honey collected from Thenmala forest region is of good quality and of high medicinal value because of the unique floristic composition of the forests.

Culture Zone

This zone accommodates various activities, which favours Eco friendly General Tourism. Restaurant, Shop court, Amphitheatre etc help the tourists understand the Kerala cusines, Kerala crafts and natural wealth and Kerala’s Art, Culture etc. An open air Musical Dancing Fountain which is considered, as “Natures Dance” is another major attraction here.

Nakshatravanam

A garden comprising of 27 trees associated with the 27 birth stars. You will be blessed to see all the 27 trees planted in the garden. Walk along and get more information on the trees. If interested to purchase a book providing the details of Nakshatravanam titled “Stars & Trees-Trees of theNakshatravanam” it is available at the facilitation Counter at a cost of Rs.250/-. The book published by Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society with research support from Tropical Botanical garden and Research Institute, Palode.

Butterfly Safari

An abode of the butterflies in an open ambience. A garden of host plants for the butterfly has been created enabling the large number of butterfly species of the region to thrive. A guided walk (Safari)
along the nature trail of the garden will provide the visitor an opportunity to sight the butterflies and to learn.

Musical Dancing Fountain

A synchronized rhythmic ballet of water, sound and light located in the natural surroundings. Such a natural ambience is very rare and hence provides a unique and authentic experience.

 

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort : 96 km

40th highest river falls when counted among Indian waterfalls and 3rd highest among the list of Kerala’s waterfalls. The waterfall is inside the forests near Aryankavu of Kollam district, Kerala.

Meenmutty and Soochipara waterfalls are in first and second place among the waterfalls in Kerala state considering the falling heights. Palaruvi the third highest water falls seen in the River Kallada. Palaruvi falls has a height of 299 feet, ie 91 meters whereas Meenmutty and Soochipara waterfalls of Wayanadu district/Kerala are having heights 300 meters and 200 meters respectively. Palaruvi waterfalls is classified under Horse Tail shaped single drop falls. Of couse the white stream of river falls resembles the shape of a white horse’s tail, narrow at the starting point and spreads out by the tail end.

 

Palaruvi [Stream of Milk] waterfalls is a seasonal waterfalls which shows its mightiness during the monsoons and mostly dries up in the midst of summer. The photographs of the river falls posted here are taken during the month of August; monsoon was going on moderately that time. In heavy monsoons the waterfalls grows wider.
The mountain fresh river stream is having its course through forests rich in medicinal plants and herbal flowers. Palaruvi waterfalls is thus considered to be much ideal for an Ayurvedic herbal bath from the
nature itself. Heard there are ayurvedic physicians who insists to take bath in this waterfalls. Watching closer, the water falling down seems like white threads through the rocks. Every single drop getting smashed through the rocks and spraying down like a white shower. Taking this snap standing just
infront of the pool formed inside the rocks below the waterfalls. Obviously a pool filled with water and tourists taking dips and enjoying the fresh shower.The pool is shallow and swimmable.

Note : Palaruvi waterfall is situated 100 km from Thenmala. Both packages (B & C) can be combined at R

 

Location : Kollam

Distance: 30 km

Regal touch –Cheena kottaram

Near the Kollam railway station is a sombre red-brick building that looks like a miniature palace. Local people call it the `Cheena Kottaram,’ because it has a fleeting resemblance to pictures of traditional Chinese buildings.The Cheena Kottaram is, in fact, a rest house that was built for Sri Mulam Tirunal Rama Varma, the then king of Travancore, when he wanted to travel to Madras by the Kollam/Punalur metre gauge line, which was constructedin1904.

Location: Chadayamangalam

Distance From Aadithyaa Resort: 40 km

A vast rocky area and a small temple on the top of the rock is Jadayu Para. This place is located at Chadayamangalam and attracts so many tourists. Jadayu para is believed to be the place where the Ravanan cut Jadayu’s wings (The great Bird King, who try to stop Ravanan on his way to lanka with Sita.) Chadayamangalam or Jadayu Mangalam is a beautiful village lying between Kilimanoor and Kottarakara. A huge sculpture of mythological bird from the Indian epic Ramayana is under construction at the top a Rock. This place is one of the most important tourists spots in Kerala.

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort : 10 km

It is found at the confluence of Ashtamudi Kayal and the Kallada River, in India, is one of the most picturesque villageof Kerala. The serene place is named in memory of Resident late Colonel John Munro of the erstwhile Princely state of Travancore. This island is surrounded by KalladaRiverand AshtamudiLake. It is also known as Munroothuruthu, Manrothuruthu and Munroethuruth. The place is surrounded by KalladaRiver& LakeAshtamudiand is accessible by road, rail and Inland water navigation. The Island village is a tourism friendly village where you can watch Coir retting process, Coir Weaving, Fishing, Prawns Feeding, Migratory Bird Watch, Narrow canals and Water ways, Coconut farms on the lake shore, Lagoons, Kandal plants and the beautiful Tiny Islands of PATHUPARA. In this group of islands PATHUPARA is a tiny island of 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land surrounded by Kallada river connected to Ashtamudi lake. On this Islandthere is a village house with all facilities for stay for family or groups, but prefer families. You can stay there for number of days you like and can Enjoy village life. This is a serene place for artists and writers, they can refresh their mind and make classics.The first community tourism programme in the State will start functioning from the MunroeThuruthu islands in Kollam district.

History

In 1795 the British established their supremacy in South India and Kerala came under their governance.From 1800 onwards, inorder to maintain British Supremacy in Kerala, a Resident was appointed by the British Administrative head. The First Resident was Colonel Collin Macaulay
followed by Colonel John Munro. During Munro’s time a senior priest of the Malankara Sabha, Pulikottil Joseph Kathanar expressed his desire to establish seminary for training priests and a place to settle the newly converted Christians. The piece of land thus provided by the Mercy of Colonel Munro was named after him by the locals and is still known as Munroethuruth.

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort : 5 km

a)This small town,located on the banks of Sasthamkotta FreshwaterLake, is mainly famous for the Dharmasastha temple here. The name Sasthankotta is linked to this temple. The Sastha of Dharmasastha is prefixed to Kotta (Fort) and thus the name Sasthamkotta was born. This temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is corrugated metal sheet roofed. The monkeys camping around the temple are considered the guest of the deity.Instead of tile roofs found generally in Kerala temples, here theroof is made of corrugated metal sheet so that the roof does not get damaged when the primates batter as most of the time they are on temple roof. The devotees have a belief that they should step on the droppings of the monkeys. The belief is stemmed from the fact the monkeys were very dear
to the Lord Ayyappa when he was a boy. The steps leading down from the temple is straight to the FreshwaterLake. This Lakeis the source of drinking water for the entire district.

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: 5 km

Sasathamkotta Lake, also categorized as a wetland, is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala, a state of Indiaon the south of the West Coast. The lake is named after the ancient Sastha temple (a pilgrimage
centre) located on its bank. It meets the drinking water needs of half million people of the Quilon district and also provides fishing resources. The purity of the lake water for drinking use is attributed to the presence of large population of larva called cavaborus that consumes bacteria in the lake water. The lake is a designated wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention since November 2002. A ferry service across the lake transports people between West Kalladaand Sasthamkotta.

Location: Punalur –Sengottai

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: 50 km

The meter guage Sengottai-Punalur ghat section rail route in South Indiahas come to a halt .This is the most picturesque rail route in the southern part of India. As a boy I have traveled many times in this route and it was exciting to peep out through the window to watch the engine negotiating a large curve. There would be at least 100 rail bridges (including small ones) in this scenic route. One can have breath taking views of the Western Ghatswhile traveling in this route. The entire route is full of steep slopes, curves,5 rock caves, arched bridges and dense forests. One of the caves is one kilometer long. As the train passes through the caves, all the lights would be switched on in the compartments even during daytime as it would be pitch dark.Sengottai is in Tamilnadu and Punalur is in Kerala.Many gushing water streams can also be seen in this ghat route. The Britishers started this scenic rail route construction in the year 1873 and was completed in 1901.The route was open to goods traffic from1902.

Note:

Passenger traffic was started from 1904.The distance between Sengottai and Punalur is only 51 Kms.Since it was a ghat section, in those days the train was hauled for this distance with double locomotive engines, one at the front and one at the rear. Peeping out through the window, one can watch both the engines pulling and pushing the train through very steep guages, as most of the time the train would be traveling through arcs.Aryankavu, one of the five famous abodes of Lord Ayyappa is in this ghat section. There is a rail station at Aryankavu.The guage conversion work in this ghat section has been started. It would be one of the difficult and challenging guage conversion works for the Railways. Once this conversion work is over the rail route from Sengottai to Kollam in Kerala would be open to traffic again. Railways expect to complete the guage conversion in three years. The news about the guage conversion work in this ghat section reminded me of those nostalgic train journeys.

Note: once the conversion work is completed this is going to be a major attraction for the guests in Aadithyaa resorts.

II)ANCIENT ARCHITECTURES AND PALACES

Location: Kayamkulam,
Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: 30km

Visiting hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days except Mondays
The KrishnapuramPalaceis a rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture – complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. Residence of the rulers of Kayamkulam kingdom, the age of the palace is unknown. Renovated some time in the 18th century, the palace is today a protected monument under the Archaeology department. Recently it has been again renovated according to the scientific techniques prescribed for the protection of heritage buildings. Today the palace is an archaeological museum, and the most fascinating exhibit here is the 49 sq.m – Gajendra Moksham – the largest single band of mural painting so far discovered in Kerala. Literally, the salvation (Moksha) of the elephant king (Gajendra), the theme of the mural is mythological and depicts an elephant saluting Lord Vishnu in devotion while the other gods, goddesses and saints look on. It is said that Lord Vishnu was the family deity of the Kayamkulam rajas. This mural was placed at the entrance to the palace from the pond to enable the rajas to worship the deity after their bath.

Location: Kilimanoor

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: 45 km

 

The Palace complex covers more than six hectares, and comprises the traditional residential structures of Kerala, like the Nalukettu, small and medium sized buildings, two ponds, wells and sacred groves
(kaavu). Raja RaviVarma is said to have built and maintained some of the buildings from the proceeds of his paintings. Families related to the Travancore royal house continue to live here.History The royal house at Kilimanoor has a history stretching back more than300 years, although the oldest buildings are from a much earlierperiod. However, it was in 1753 that the palace was built in its present form. Umayamba Thampuratti,RajaRaviVarma’smother. Kilimanoor palace and Travancore royal house In the year 1705 (ME 880) the son and two daughters of Ittammar Raja of Beypore Thattarikovilakam, a Kolathunadu royal house, were adoptedinto the Royal house of Venad. Ittammar Raja’s sister and her sons,Rama Varma and Raghava Varma settled in Kilimanoor and married the now adopted sisters. Marthanda Varma, the founder of the Kingdomof Travancorewas the son of Raghava Varma. The nephew of Raghava Varma, Ravivarma Koil Thampuran, married the sister of Marthanda Varma. Their son became known as Dharma Raja Karthika Thirunnal RamaVarma. In 1740 when an allied force, lead by Dutchman Captain Hockert supporting the Deshinganadu King, attacked Venad, an army from Kilimanoor resisted and then defeated them. Although a small victory, this was the first time an Indian army had defeated a European power.In 1753, in recognition of this feat, Marthanda Varma exempted the areas controlled by the Kilimanoor palace from taxes, and granted them autonomous status the present palace complex was built at this time, together with the Ayyappa temple. For the family deity, Sastha or Ayyapan. Velu Thampi Dalawa held meetings at Kilimanoor palace while planninguprisings against the British. He handed over his sword at the palacebefore going into his final battle against the British, and India’s first President, Dr Rajendra Prasad received this sword fro the palace and it is now kept in the NationalMuseumin Delhi.

 

This is the birth place of following famous personalities,
1. Raja RaviVarma, Famous Painter§
2. Kareendran thampuran, Poet, Composer, Childhood friend OfSwathi Thirunal§
3. Raja Raja Varma, Uncle of Raja RaviVarma.§
4. Raja Raja Varma Koil Thampuran, Painter, Brother of Raja Ravi Varma

 

Location: Kottarakara

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: 40 km
Once upon a time, Kottarakara was the capital of the famous Ilayidathuswaroopam.The historical evidences collected from here reveals that about seven – palaces – existed there. The land of kottaram’s later became Kottarakara. Besides Manikanteswaram temple, owned by the ilayidathu dynasty is the Kottarakara kovilakam of which, historical evidences are available from the sixth century of Malayalam era. Kottarakara kovilakam was the younger ‘thavazhy'(branch) of the Venad dynasty. So this was known as the Ilayidathu (younger) swaroopam, and also as Kunninmel. The land spreads from Kottarakara, Pathanapuram andNedumangad to Chenkottai (now in Tamil Nadu) in the east. Chera Udaya Marthandavarma, who ruled Venad during AD 1383-1444, is supposed to have built the palace. But, according to the famous historian Sooranad Kunjanpillai, the Kunninmel dynasty has been mentioned in the Mathilakam Books in the year 1345 itself. A museum devoted to Kathakali art is available to the guests to see for understand Kathakali.

 

III) CULTURES

Location : Kallada

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort : 7 km
It is one of the most famous boat races held in South Kerala, India. The boat race is an annual event which happens 28 days after Onam (28 aam Onam).Almost all the famous snake boats (Chundanvallam) take partin this event. This boat race is held on the Muthiraparambu-Karuvathrakadavu course of
the Kallada River.Normally comes in the month of september of every year.

Ramanattam
It is a temple art in Kerala, India. It is a dance drama and presents the story of Rama in a series of eight plays and was created under the patronage of Veera Kerala Varma (A.D. 1653-1694) alias Kottarakkara Thampuran. Ramanattom is based on the story of Ramayana from the incarnation of Rama to the Rama-Ravana War, Ravana’s defeat and Rama’s crowning at Ayodhya. The story was written by Kottarakkara Thampuran and is divided into eight poetic sections so that each section can be enacted in one day. These eight sections are puthrakameshti seethe swayamvaram,vicchinnabhishekam, kharavadham, balivadham, thoranayudham, sethubandhanam and yudham (war).Ramanattam is widely believed to be the immediate stem of the famous classical art form of Kerala, Kathakali. Origin After the staging and creation of Krishnattam by the then Zamorin Raja of Calicut in 1657 A.D , its fame spread all over Kerala. Its success induced the neighbouring chief of the Raja of Kottarakkara (Kottarakkara Thampuran) to request the Zamorin for the loan of a troupe of performers on the eve of some festive occasion. It is said
that due to internal feuds and political rivalry between the chieftains of the neighbouring States, the Zamorin, besides refusing to send the performers, insulted and humiliated the Raja of Kottarakkara with the remark,” It is useless to depute the troupe, because your (Raja of Kottarakkara’s) court would be neither able to appreciate nor understand anything of the highly artistic Krishnattam and the high standard of the performance ” Here the political rivalry between the two chieftains turned into art rivalry and lead to the Kottarakkara Thampuran, initiating a parallel mode of entertainment, which he called Ramanattam. While the Zamorin of Calicut, Manaveda’s Krishnattam was written in Sanskrit, the “language of the gods”; Ramanattam was in Malayalam, the language of the people. The Raja of Kottayam (Kottayathu Thampuran) of northern Kerala (Malabar) refined Ramanattam in to Kathakali. Now the Palaceof Kottarakara Thampuranis converted into a Kathakali museum.

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: Walkable
Thalayinakkavu Shiva Parvathi Kshethram the name of the temple itself is suggestive. It has a connotative relation with myth of Arjuna who receives“Pasupathasthra” from Lord Siva in the form of Kiratha… Lord Siva (Kiratha) after examines the courage and temper of Arjuna bestows him with
“Pasupathasthra”. Then Lord Siva took repose and he placed his head on the lap of Parvathy. Hence derived the name Thalayinakkavu. Lord Siva and Sakthi are worshipped with equal importance and the temple is adorned with the blessings of both Siva and Sakthi.The temple is situated in a nature blessed geographical location. The presence of KalladaRiver, Ashtamudi lake and punja (paddy field) near
the temple makes it a wonderful natural experience to the visitors.The temple is situated in Kunnathoor Taluk of Kollam district. One can reach the temple by traveling one km southward from Karallimukku in the Chavara- Sasthamcotta road. Bus facilities are available from Kollam, Karunagappally, Adoor, Kottakkara and Kayamkulam K.S.R.T.C Bus Station. (Only on Saturdays). The temple administration is governed by the trust (3842/94 West Kallada, Kothapuram Thalayinakkavu Sivaparvathy temple trust). It is believed that the present temple was once Mahakhshetra and its authority was bestowed on the Mangattu family. But in course of time it had its sad decline and lost its prestige due to foreign rule.
Later in 1992 with the help of temple trust and others the temple was revived and the Puna-prathishtta was made on 1994 Feb -23.

 

 

Location: Kallada

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: 7 km
During the reign of Mar thoma II (1670-1686) three prelates from Syria arrived in Kerala. They are Mar Andrews, Eldo Mar Baselios, and Mar Ivanios. Mar Andrews died in 1692 and was entombed in the Kallada Valiyapally. Eldo Mar Baselios is entombed in the Kothamangalam church, and Mar Ivanios at the Marthoman church Mulamthuruthy. Historian Ittoop writer says that Andrews Patriarch reached Malankara.Mar Andrews in 1678 came to Kerala along with three brothers one ofwhom was a Ramban. His simple life style, austerity and stringentcelibacy raised him to the position of a saint. He continued his missionary tour from Mulanthunitty to Vettiekal Dayara, Kuruppam pady,Piravam Manarcadu Puthencave and finally reached Kallada by Divine destiny where he accepted the Kallada Valiyapally as the center of this spiritual activity. He was suffering some sort of gastric illness. The illness together with old age made him disabled to perform his spiritual function. Yet his prayerful life and austerity attracted devotes to him. They found solace in his presence. In those days the formidable pestilene small pox that swept through the Kallada area was miraculously curbed by his prayer, it is said. He selected Thulaserry Manappurathu home as his abode. The parlor he used in the church is still retained. History says he belonged to Thurabdeen in Syria.In1692 (Malayalam Era 867 Kumbham 18) he died on return from the
riverside, due to deterioration of his chronic illness. His relics were are entombed in the Madbaha of the Church, where devotees irrespective of caste, creed, or religion throng in thousands to pay
homage, to seek intercession and to be blessed, every year Malayalam month Kumbham 18 and19. In memory of this great man of god there arose a retreat centre and a public school in the church ground. An endowment fund has been established for the welfare of the poor.

 

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort : Walkable
This church has got a very important role in the society and day to day life of people living around.The church is situated near to Aadithyaa Resorts . Mass time- everyday at 6 amand Sunday prayer takes place at 8 am.

Location: Kollam

Distance from Aadithyaa Resort: 14 km
As one enters Mata Amrithanandamayi Devi’s Amritapuri Ashram, one is treated to devotional songs and Amma’s, as Mata is fondly called, spiritual discourses. In her steadfast social service of two decades,
Amma has counseled and consoled millions of people from across the globe. She has wiped their tears, taking on herself the burden of their sorrows. With that personal touch, empathy, tenderness and deep
concern, she bares each one’s soul. Her spiritual appeal, guilelessness and charisma – which all come to her so naturally – work as an elixir for the unhappy and the content alike. No wonder an increasing number of devotees visit the ashram headquarters in Kollam District, Kerala, and its many branches and
service centres all over India. Of late, Amritapuri has become an international pilgrim centre. With foreigners, who come to Amma’s ashram seeking peace of mind; sit the poor for their meals. Also, every year hundreds of deserving students enroll at various educational institutions of the ashram with scholarships. However, the main attraction of the ashram is Amma’s simple yet lively talks replete with vivid illustrations of her own incomparable life.

IV) BEACHES

Location: Kollam

Distance from Aadithyaa resort: 34km
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. The famed lighthouse of Thangasseri which is 144 ft high, constructed in 1519 by the British
is open to visitors from 1530 – 1730 hrs.Thangasseri beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Kerala. The picturesque white sandy beaches dotted with palm tress draw a huge number of tourists to Thangasseri, every year.

 

History of Thankassery beach

 

Thangasseri beach is essentially a part of the small town Thangasseri. It was a Portuguese colony, and then a Dutch colony. Finally, Thangasseri came under the English dominion. Thangasserihassome 18th century churches which are worth a visit. Major tourism attractions in and around Thankassery beach
Thangasseri Lighthouse and Thangasseri Fort are two of the major tourist attraction close to Thangasseri beach. Thangasseri Lighthouse on the seashore is used for guiding lost fishermen and navigators in the sea. It was built in the year 1902. The light house is 144 feet tall. Thangasseri Lighthouse is open for public visits from 5.30-7.30 pmin the evening. Thangasseri Fort is another major tourist attraction. It has the ruins of a few Portuguese and Dutch Forts of the bygone ages.

 

Location: Kollam

Distance: 25 km

The ThirumullavaramBeachin Kerala is situated at a distance of around 6 kilometers to north of Kollam. Unexplored and untouched by time, the beach offers unadulterated tranquility and peace of mind. In
case you are looking for an ideal way to spend a peaceful and quiet day, far away from the bustling life, in Kollam, Thirumullavaram beach is the place for you. Just lie down on the soft sands while soaking up
the sun and relaxing quietly in the lap of nature.The quiet and isolated beach provides plenty of opportunities for not just relaxing, but also other activities like swimming and sun bathing. The waves over here are pretty calm so you can venture out in the sea without much of hindrance. The beach is a favorite haunt among tourists and locals and is easily accessible from anywhere in Kerala.The beach has golden sands and the turquoise blue sea makes it picture perfect.

V)OTHER ACTIVITIES

Location : Jerome Nagar (Kollam) and Chinnakada.
Conveyance by boat to kollam jetty and by car / auto to Shopping area.
Travelling time :5 hrs two way

from jetty to shopping centre by car and back -Total Rs 4500.00

Or.

By car to shopping and back.
Distance from Aadithyaa Resort : 30km

Jerome Nagar is the most popular place for shopping in Kollam and have all types of showrooms like textiles, jewels, antiques, curios, footwares, cosmetic items, books, flowers, food corner, ATMs etc.

Escorted morning and evening walk to near by market place, temple, church etc along river side and Village roads.