Water falls Tusharagiri waterfalls (Wayanad) : The waterfalls and the little streams in this hillly region are a natural feast for the eyes. The water drops at two levels � the top one being the most beautiful of them. To reach the top one has to trek for about 30 mins from the base of the falls. Sentinel rock falls (Wayanad) : Locally known as Soochipara, this is a very popular leisure destination. While younger visitors love to romp in the pool formed at the fall, the more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery. Kanthanpara (Wayanad): Relatively smaller than Sentinel Rock and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and its surroundings are nevertheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it is perfect for picnics. Meenmutty falls (Wayanad): An interesting 2 km jungle trek off the main Ooty road, Meenmutty is the largest and the most spectacular waterfalls in Wayanad. A unique feature is that the water drops about 300 meters over three stages. Athirapally (Trichur): The Chalakudy River plunges down 80ft transforming it into an extraordinary billow of white forth. Vazhachal (Trichur): Though not as spectacular as Athirapally, Vazhachal has its own charm. Near the waterfall is a medicinal herb garden with plants that can cure arthritis, skin diseases and blood pressure. The waterfall is open only between 8am and 6pm and swimming is not allowed.Cheeyapara (Munnar) : The Cheeyapara Falls plunge from a height of over 500 ft right next to the highway � a popular bathing site for tourists eager to rid themselves of the grime and dust of the plains. Valara (Munnar): Just a kilometer away from the Cheeyapara Falls, this waterfall cascades tumultuously into a thickly forested ravine below the road. Athukkad (Munnar): Located deep in the valley, its one of Munnar's major lures. The Athukkad falls, which becomes a roaring, untamed cascade when the monsoon peeks in July � August is an enduring sight. Palaruvi falls (Kollam): These falls are a slender thread of water falling from a height of 300 feet. The name Palaruvi translates to �Stream of Milk". The water collects in a little pond below where bathing is allowed. To get to the falls, you'll have to take a narrow road through the woods, which is level at first and then goes uphill. Wildlife ckages take a break, chill out or go wild in this place where Gods themselves Holiday…… Saroma brings to you these immensely popular tourist destinations, Showered with eternal sunshine, Kerala- God's own country is a nature lovers' paradise. The lush tropical evergreen rain forests which support a rich array of land, marine and avian wildlife is still astoundingly unblemished …… Snuggled up in the fertile forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala are two national parks and twelve wildlife sanctuaries. Each one is a home to rare animals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants….. From the dying out Lion-tailed Macaque, to the Nilgiri Tahr, from the Travancore Evening Brown Atlas Moth - the largest in the world, to one of the rarest butterflies in the world to the Neelakurinji that blooms once every twelve years toPodocarpus Walichianu…... Periyar WLS (Thekkady) � One of the most popular Wild Life Sanctuary (WLS) of the country and southernmost tiger reserve of India. It is also one of the 18 hotspots in the world recognized for their bio- diversity. Key fauna � Tiger, Elephants, Bison, Sambar, rich variety of migratory birds etc. It is also known for its rich floral wealth, scenic beauty and bracing climate. Aralam WLS (Kannur) � Key fauna includes Elephant, sloth bear, mouse d birds and reptiles can also be seen here. Eravikulam WLS (Idukki) � Largest population of the Nilgiri Thar is sighte include Sambar, giant Malabar squirrel, Nilgiri langue etc. Best season is from Chinnar WLS (Idukki) � Located 60 kms from Munnar, this park houses E Deer, Sambar, Gaur, giant grizzled Squirrels and Peacocks. There is also a ch legendary �White Bison of Manjampatti". Tiger and Panther sightings have Parambikulam WLS (Palakkad) � This excellent sanctuary is home to spec Sambar, spotted Dear, Nilgiri Langur, lion tailed macaque, Sloth bear etc. Bes to April. Neyyar Dam & WLS (Pathanamthitta) � It contains Lion Safari Park, Croc variety of birds and mammals. Muthanga WLS (Wayanad) � It is an integral part of Nilgiri biosphere rese Mudumalai WLS in Tamil Nadu, Bandipore & Nagarhole in Karnataka distric December to April. More information on Wayanad Tholpetty WLS (Wayanad) � The northern part and extension of Muthanga wildlife sanctuary. Thattekkad bird sanctuary (Ernakulam) � This is the first bird sanctuary of Kerala. Water birds and other rare species of birds can be seen here. Best season is from September to March. Parassinikadavu Snake farm � A unique snake farm dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes. It is home to very rare species of reptiles from all over the world. Kumarakom � Bird sanctuary located here is home to many migratory birds. Silent Valley National Park (Palakkad) � It is located in perhaps the last substantial stretch of evergreen rain forests in India. Key fauna includes Elephant, Deer, etc. Best season is from September to March. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary � A beautiful location and home to many rare varieties of birds. Hill station Saroma offers an exclusive custom made package to experience the Blue Mountains where a cooling mist wraps itself around the spice-covered hills of the Kerala… a distinct tusker’s noise announces a call by the serene lake…. As the sun goes down on the hill crested horizon, and the gin-and – tonic in your hand spreads warmth harmonized by the serenity of these enchanting hill stations ofWayanad, Munnar, Idukki and Wagamon you cannot escape appreciating Saroma’s personalized attention…. Munnar: Munnar is Kerala's most famous hill station perched at an altitude of 5000 ft in the Western Ghats. It is also the center of Kerala's premier tea-growing district aptly known as the High Range. Tea is Munnar's claim to fame. More than 12000 hectares of lush, manicured tea fields form an irresistible canvas against which honeymooners pose. Stately Eucalyptus plantations sway gently in the wind with their fragrance wafting over Munnar and Shoal trees hug the mist-shrouded hillsides, sheltering many highly endangered species of wildlife. More information on Munnar Wayanad: Home to exotic legends, ancient ruins, mysterious mountain caves, aborigine tribes, hidden treasures, tree houses, jungle trails and exotic wildlife, this is a perfect setting for a hundred great adventures. Dominated by the Western Ghats, Wayanad's terrain is characterized by the extensive stretches of wilderness and has a distinctive characteristic of its own. More information on Wayanad Pakshipathalam (Wayanad): Located deep within the forest in the Brahmagiri hills at an altitude of more than 1700 mtrs, Pakshipathalam is a formation of large boulders, some as tall as two-storey building. The deep caves found here are home to a wide variety of birds, animals and distinctive species of plants. Vythiri (Wayanad): Vythiri is an unassuming little town and there are quite a few interesting places in which to stay here, many of which merge completely with the forest environs. All the places that a tourist might like to visit are within a 40km radius of the town. It makes a befitting playing for our imagination. Nelliyampathy (Palakkad): At 4600 ft above sea level, Nelliyampathy can be described as a tiny hill station for its foothills is lined richly with coffee, tea and orange plantations. The presence of the swamps of Nelli (gooseberry) trees, are said to have given Nelliyampathy its name. Spending time here is all about soaking in the hills, spotting wildlife or savouring the beautiful panorama from vantage points around the place. Thekkady (Lord of the Jungles): Thekkady derived its name from thekku (teak) trees, which is abundant here, and there is an irresistible charm in watching majestic elephants and bright-eyed tigers in an environment, which is truly theirs. The sprawling Periyar Tiger Reserve, which is located here at an altitude of 2900 � 6000 ft, is the largest sanctuary in the state of Kerala. Declared as a protected area way back in 1933 by the Maharaja of Travancore, the sanctuary covers an area of 777 sq kms. Coffee and spice plantations are also seen here. Vagamon: It is located in the Sahya range of the Western Ghats in Idukki's border with Kottayam. The cool air and easy placidity makes Vagamon one of the most beautiful hill station of Idukki. It is famous for a string of three hills, each dedicated to three different religions (Hindu, Muslim & Christian) and all of them co-existing peacefully. Beaches Saroma brings to you the untouched beaches of Kerala, to have a vacation you will cherish all through your life. Pamper yourself in beach activities, sip energizing and fresh coconut water, Unwind on the golden shoreline, and try the Ayurvedic massages when you are here…. The 600 km long seashore of Kerala is famous for its beaches all over the world. The beaches of Kerala are dotted by palms and coconut trees, stunning and unsoiled….. Kovalam, arguably Kerala's most famous tourist attraction and India's most famous beach, is a beach town on th km on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram. It is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent by rocky headlands. The sands on the beaches in Kovalam are partially black in colour. There are two main beac by a high cliff and there is small lighthouse in the Eve's beach. Looking around this sun-and-sand paradise, it is difficult to imagine that this was once just a fishing village with hippies discovered this hidden jewel. The seaport of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising and so on. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. Kovalam is finding a new significance in the light of several Ayurvedic salons, and recuperation and regeneration resorts that provide a slew of Ayurvedic treatments for the tourists. The virgin beaches on the southern side of Kovalam up to Poovar are enchanting. The sea view from the hillocks of Poomkulam on a sunny day is simply awe- inspiring. Shangumugham Beach is perhaps the best place in Thiruvananthapuram to catch the play of light. It has always been more hospitable than the farther located Kovalam beach. It is closer to the town and fantastically flat. For some reason it continues to be patronized with restraint by inland and foreign tourists and hence retains a virgin appeal. Cherai Beach is 30 km from Kochi, business capital of Kerala. The 10 km beach, bordering the Vypeen Island, is ideal for swimming and sunbathing western side and the backwaters (Vembanad lake) on the east give this be found only in Kerala. Thick coconut groves and Chinese fishing nets on th attractions. Dolphins are occasionally sighted here. One can get a glimpse of rural Kerala and Prawn farming (Cherai's main i villages. The scenic beauty of coconut groves and paddy fields surroundin see. Kappad Beach, situated 16 Km from Kozhikode town, this pleasant stret Kappakkadavu for locals. To the tourist it is one of the most charming of finds mention in history and geography texts as the gateway to the Malaba 170 men led by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sailed in and ste 18th 1498 to create a new chapter in history. A moss-covered monument on this beach marks this famous historical eve temple believed to be 800 years old. The best route to Kappad is along the non-crowded, the picturesque backwaters of Kozhikode offer a bewitchin Beypore Beach is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River in Kozhikode district. Beypore, one of the prominent ports and fishing harbours of ancient Kerala was an important trade and maritime centre. Beypore for centuries has been a famous shipbuilding center. Its Uru or country craft built by traditional Khalasis still has a huge market and continues to attract buyers from Middle East. One can see large boats (some 65 mt long and 700 tonne weight) being worked on often by expert Khalasis. All the work including rolling the huge beams into place is done manually. It takes almost a year to carve and shape an Uru out of teak and Jackfruit timber. The Beypore Beach has a bridge built nearly 2 kms into the sea. It is actually made up of huge stones piled together for nearly 2 kms making a pathway into the sea. Thangasseri Beach is a three-kilometer long beach on the picturesque seaside village of Thangasseri. On the beach stands a 144 feet tall lighthouse - a silent sentinel warning seamen of the treacherous reefs of the Thangasseri, since 1902. Thangasseri was once a favourite settlement of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English in succession.Today, it showcases a few ruined forts built by the Portuguese, and the Dutch and some 18th century churches. Varkala Beach blesses every visitor with the undiluted joy of being an explorer, even if for the short duration of a memorable journey. If you were a mariner sailing towards the coast of south Kerala, at Varkala a ragged line of red cliffs would greet you. The green coconut palms and the deep blue sky add a stunning contrast to this silhouette. The northern cliff from Varkala descends into the Thiruvambady Black Sand Beach � a short stretch for those seeking silence and serenity by the sea. It is also possible to climb down from the Northern cliff or drive down to reach here. This beach offers all amenities of the north cliff minus the bustle of the shops. Papanasham Beach is located near Varkala beach and a dip in the sea here is considered holy. The panorama of the crescent-shaped beach is heightened by the long stretch of red laterite cliffs, which is an irresistible feature of the beach. A natural spring said to have curative powers originates from the cliff. The 2000-year-old Sree Janardhana Swamy Temple, Nature Care Centre and the final resting place of the great social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru atop a hill called Sivagiri are the other main attractions here. According to a myth, sage Narada was approached by a group of mendicants who confessed to having sinned. Narada threw his valkkalam (cloth made of the bark of a tree) into the air, and the place where it landed was subsequently named Varkala. The mendicants were directed by Narada to offer their prayers in the newly created place by the seashore. The place where they prayed for redemption came to be known as the Papanasham Beach (Papanasham means redemption from sins). Padinjarekkara Beach is at the end of the Tipu Sultan road near Ponnani. The beach offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharatha puzha, the Tirur puzha, and the Arabian Sea. Bekal Beach is a shallow beach that offers unmatched experience of the sun, sea and the sand. The beach is located in Kasaragod, the northernmost district of Kerala. Kasaragod is renowned as the land of gods, forts, rivers, hills and beautiful beaches. The imposing circular fort at Bekal is one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. The historic Bekal fort offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, where a few centuries ago huge cannons used to be placed. Today, the Bekal fort and its surroundings are fast becoming an international tourist destination and a favorite shooting locale for filmmakers. Muzhappilangad is a stretch of coastline garlanded with lovely beaches in Thalassery. Muzhappilangad beach is among the longest in Kerala and perhaps the only drive-in beach in Asia. You can drive all the way up to Kannur on the tightly packed sand. A ring of black rock protects the shallow sea from the currents of the deeper ocean. Payyambalam is the biggest beach in Kannur, and hence attracts the maximum number of people. At the entrance is a garden with a huge sculpture of a mother and child by noted sculptor Kannayi Kunhiraman. Kozhikode Beach is a good spot within the city limits to while away the time. A walk along the beach with the sea breeze in your face is a soothing experience. Stand at the tip of the old bridge over the breaking waves and one may even spot a dolphin or two far out in the sea. This is also called Dolphin Point. Thikkodi Lighthouse remains a guiding beacon for many a seafarer in Kozhikode. The lighthouse can be seen from Kappad beach itself. Climb up the long winding stairs to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. Payyoli in Kozhikode is synonymous with P T Usha, India's sprint queen, who hails form this tiny village. The Payyoli beach has seen her perfect her sport on its sands. Chavakkad Beach in Trichur is an inviting stretch that lies bare, without any shacks, hotels or food stalls. There is the charming 100ft lighthouse and once you climb the 145 steps, you get a panoramic view of the sea in front and a vast canopy of tightly packed thickets of coconut plantations at the back. Fort Kochi Beach is a quite small but clean stretch. It has a pretty lighthouse at one end. People can recline on the white sands to watch ships proceeding to Lakshadweep. Alleppey Beach: Alappuzha was once the busiest coast of South India and its canals and backwaters helped in the passage of cargo. The lighthouse and the 1000-ft long pier, built by Captain Hugh Crawford, helped the boats ferry across. Today the pier is a mere skeleton of its past, bricks fallen off or been washed away by the sea and its too risky to walk on it. Yet it exudes an unmistakable colonial air. Backwaters Kerala's backwaters - the most popular tourist attraction of Kerala…. With its palm-fringed, tranquil backwaters which were once the states trade highways. Kerala is her backwaters and lakes. They have a bearing on her history, shaped her present and promise a future by virtue of offering incomparable beauty and unique experiences… Experience the tranquil environs in Saroma’s own magnificent houseboat. The Backwater of Kerala is one of the most popular and sought after tourist destination of Kerala. Backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Coastline (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala. The network includes five large lakes (including Ashtamudi Kayal and Vembanad Kayal) linked by 1500 km of canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and stretching virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats. Vembanad Lake is the largest of the lakes and the place was once known as the rice bowl of Kerala. It covers an area of 200 sq km bordered by Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, and Ernakulam districts. The port of Kochi (Cochin) is located at the lake's outlet to the Arabian Sea. Alleppey, �Venice of the East" has a large network of canals that meander through the town. During monsoon, these backwaters reverberate with the sound of the traditional snake boat races (Vallam Kali), a major tourist attraction, featuring the 130 feet long Chundan boats. The three main backwaters in Kerala are : Alappuzha Backwaters: Backwater cruise along the Punnamada Kayal takes you along canals past scenic islands. Its beauty is not merely in its backwaters, but in the man-made islands that you will find here. These islands are hedged by mud walls, which are a haven for migratory birds, and with paddy fields inundated with water all through the year. It is also perhaps the only place on earth where farming is done below sea level. Valiyaparamba Backwaters: The scenic Valiyaparamba backwater is an unexplored and rush-free area for cruising up north of Kerala. Numerous little islands, narrow strips of beaches and densely packed grooves of palm and areca-nut are fed by four swiftly flowing rivers. One can spend the whole day (or stay overnight) exploring the backwaters. Kochi Backwaters: Kochi, also known as �The Queen of Arabian Sea", is the perfect example of the symbiotic relationship between the land and the sea. The Vembanad Kayal is home to the fisher folk. You can see them gliding along in their graceful canoes, wide nets trailing. Kettuvallam is a kind of houseboat in Kerala. The kettuvallam or �boat with knots'- is so called because the entire boat is held together with coir knots only - not even a single nail is used during the construction. During the time when road and rail transportation was expensive or unavailable, this was the main mode of transportation in inland waterways for the traders. These Kettuvallams were used to carry rice and spices from Kuttanad to the Kochi port. The boats had enough facilities for cooking and sleeping for the boatmen. Sometimes boatmen's families also accompanied them. These boatmen were also famous for the folk songs they sang while rowing the boat and for their style of cooking which they developed for the conditions inside the boat. When the modern trucks replaced this system of transport, Kettuvallams were converted into houseboats for leisure travel. Only natural products are used in the construction of houseboat. Bamboo mats, sticks and wood of the areca-nut tree are used for roofing, coir mats and wooden planks for the flooring and wood of coconut trees and coir for beds. The outside of the boat is painted using cashew nut oil, which acts as a protective coating. Today, the houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. While most boats are poled by local oarsmen, an engine powers some. Boat trains - formed by joining two or more houseboats together - are also used by large groups of sightseers. What is truly magical about a houseboat ride is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers - while you float! Vallam Kali (or Vallamkali) literally means traditional boat game (race). It is mainly conducted during the season of the harvest festival Onam in monsoon. Vallam Kali includes races of many kinds of traditional boats of Kerala. The race of Chundan Vallam (snake boat) is the major item. Hence Vallam Kali is also known in English as Snake Boat Race and is a major tourist attraction. To watch the grand gala race, thousands of people assemble on the banks of the river. The sight becomes endearing when one looks at the beautifully decorated boats being rowed by oarsmen dressed in white dhotis and turbans. A traditional song Vanchipattu, sung on the rhythm produced by splashing of boats further adds to the overall excitement of the team event. Each boat comprises of 150 men of whom four are helmsmen, 25 men are singers and 125 are the actual oarsmen. The most remarkable feature of the Snake Boat Race is the depiction of the great team spirit. It also displays the importance of being united and to be in harmony with nature. A single mistake by one person can produce imbalance and could lead to the overturning of the boat. The popular Boat races in Kerala are : Chambakulam Boat race: The oldest among Alleppey's boat races, it celebrates the arrival of Lord Krishna's idol at the Ambalapuzha temple. Aranmula Boat race: Twenty-six boats recreate the journey of the idol of Aranmula's Sri Parthasarthy Temple, which was brought to the temple on a bamboo raft during Aranmula's boat race. This is held in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August-September) Payippad Boat race: It is held on the third day of Onam and celebrates the installation of the idol found in the Payippad lake at the Subramanya Swamy Temple in Haripad. Punnamada boat race: World famous and the best among all the boat races in Kerala. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was once invited for a boat ride from Kottayam to Alleppey. En route, he witnessed a boat race on Alleppey's Punnamada Lake, which excited him so much that he jumped into the boat that won the race. The Punnamada boat race, held every year on the second Saturday of August, is now known across the world as Nehru Trophy boat race. Indira Gandhi Boat Race: It is held during Onam (August � September), Kerala's harvest festival. Indira Gandhi Boat race is a befitting climax to a week of revelry. Sleek Serpent boats (Chundans) vie with one another, the furious paddling turning the waters fronting Marine Drive into one frothing melee. It is pure theatre.