About Kerala Highlights

Kerala offers beautiful beaches, the intrigue of the backwaters, the cool of the hill stations in the Western Ghats, the adventure of wildlife sanctuaries and a great variety of distinctive cultural traditions , art forms and festivals.. At the Ideal Ayurvedic Resort we assist you in making the most of your stay in Kerala by setting up, when so desired by our guests, tours in the adjacent area with professional operators.

THIRUVANTHAPURAM CITY TOUR
The capital of Kerala has a cultural heritage of more than 1000 years reflecting the history of cultural and trading interaction with the Romans, Chinese, Arabs, Jews and Portuguese. Places of interest include - the town fortifications, the Sree Padmanabhasamy Temple, the Puthenmalika Palace Museum, the Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple, Beemapally, Vettukadu Church, Shankhumugam Devi Temple, Chalai Bazaar, St Joseph Church, Palayam Juma Masjid and the Maha Ganapathy Temple.

CHOWARA FISHERMAN'S BEACH VILLAGE
With the village spread along the length of Chowara Beach the villagers go about their everyday business. The large numbers of kattamarams leaving the beach for the far distant horizon, and then returning later in the day, are a spectacular sight. The lights of the nighttime fishermen, strung out along the shoreline, also provide an interesting visual display.

KOVALAM BEACH
Internationally renowned since the 1930s Kovalam consists of three adjacent beaches with the Vizhinjam lighthouse and harbour near by. Kovalam Beach provides a wide variety of accommodation, dining and shopping. Restaurants provide western style food as well as Indian and the food is generally delicious. The seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centres and water sport facilities make Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.

COIR VILLAGE
Situated in a coconut plantation, the village offers the opportunity to see coconut products being processed on site.

Sightseeing Tours

Kerala offers beautiful beaches, the intrigue of the backwaters, the cool of the hill stations in the Western Ghats, the adventure of wildlife sanctuaries and a great variety of distinctive cultural customs, art forms and festivals. At Ideal Ayurvedic Resort we have the knowledge and contacts to help you make the most of your stay in Kerala.

KOLLAM VILLAGE TOUR
Kollam is a busy Keralan market town surrounded by coconut palms and cashew plantations. Situated on the edge of the Ashtamundi Lake it provides the southern gateway to the backwaters. Guided tours through Monroe Island offer the opportunity to see prawn and fish farming and coir making. Other points of interest in Kollam include the Shrine of Our Lady of Velamkanni. On route from Kollam to Alappuzha(Alleppey) the Krishnapuram Palace Museum near Kayamkulam is well worth a visit.

BACKWATERS TOUR
A three-day tour, through the famed backwaters of the Vembanadu Lake, on traditional houseboats. Cruising at a leisurely pace through the intricate canal and river network, this is a magical way to see the life and day-to-day culture of Kuttanad (the rice bowl of Kerala) unfold before you. Traditional cuisine is served along with local refreshments. Cruises are available from Alumkadavu to Alappuzha(Alleppey), or vice versa, from Haripad to Alappuzha(Alleppey) or vice versa and in and around Kumarakom / Alappuzha(Alleppey).

CAPE TOUR
The Cape tour covers several places of interest including the Padmanabapuram Palace, Suchindram Temple and Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin). The Padmanabapuram Palace, at 480 years old, is an architectural marvel and is one of the largest wooden structures of its kind in India. Government appointed guides are available throughout the tour to highlight the many features of the palace, including the Kings bed chamber, bathing pool, dancing hall, prayer hall, and pillar hall.

The Suchindram Temple enshrines a single lingam, known as Sthanumalaya, the triple aspects of God - Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. In the temple corridor there is an 18-foot tall statue of Hanuman. The temple is also known for its musical columns and architectural beauty. Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) is a famed holy place, and popular pilgrim centre, where three oceans meet - the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. Places of interest include the temple dedicated to the Virgin Goddess Kanyakumari, the Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial.

MOUNTAIN TOUR
Sip tea in the tingling mountain air of the Cardamom Hills after driving through the narrow lanes of the tea estates and before dropping into Golden Valley in the Western Ghats. Located at 3000 feet above sea level, Golden Valley offers a cool and refreshing change of scenery.

Cultural Shows

Kerala has a rich tradition in ancient performance arts and martial arts. Typical dance forms have evolved over time to express the outlook of the people and reflect the culture of the area. Kerala offers beautiful beaches, the intrigue of the backwaters, the cool of the hill stations in the Western Ghats, the adventure of wildlife sanctuaries and a great variety of distinctive cultural customs, art forms and festivals. At Ideal Ayurvedic Resort we have the knowledge and contacts to help you make the most of your stay in Kerala.

KATHAKAI
Kathakali is Kerala's most refined and sophisticated dance drama, dating back 1500 years. Stories selected from the epics and mythologies are acted out through mime and the use of hand gestures, eye movements and complicated dance routines. The characters of the stories are brought to life with elaborate costumes and masks.

MOHINIYATTOM
Mohiniyattom is another typical dance form with distinctive costumes and make-up. Literally the name means 'the dances of the enchantress' and the form has been developed to a level of artistic perfection in the Kalamandalam area in particular.

KALARIPAYATTU
Kalaripayattu is believed to be one of the oldest, and most comprehensive, scientific systems of martial art training existing in the world today. Kalaripayattu is an ancient martial art form of Kerala and it truly deserves the title of 'forerunner of all the martial arts'.

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