Kerala, north to south

#1 Jan 9th, 2005, 13:26
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We're heading to Kerala in the next week or so. We'll be in Mangalore and heading south from there. According to the LP there is a beach area called Bekal (think that's how it is spelt) in the very north, that is less touristy but still very nice. We wanted to see as many "off the beaten track" places as possible but will probably do the backwaters in Allaphuza area.
So, I'd love to have anyone's recommendations! Also are the backwater areas in Calicut much good?

Any hotel recommendations would also be great, we're on a bit of a budget so anywhere in the 100-1000 range, definitely can't afford the really nice but $100+ ones.
#2 Jan 9th, 2005, 14:01
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The whole of kerala is good. You have something nice every 70km or so.



It's easy to cover kerala since the geographical shape of it and the highway/rail run though noth to south.

Do a small homework by going through each of districts site at at the nic.in server.See what each has to offer....

The district lists of kerala (north to south)

http://www.kasargod.nic.in
http://www.wayanad.nic.in
http://www.kannur.nic.in
http://www.kozhikode.nic.in
http://www.malappuram.nic.in
http://www.palakkad.nic.in
http://www.thrissur.nic.in
http://www.ernakulam.nic.in
http://www.idukki.nic.in
http://www.kottayam.nic.in
http://www.alappuzha.nic.in
http://www.pathanamthitta.nic.in
http://www.kollam.nic.in
http://www.trivandrum.nic.in

Select the places, it's not expensive except some special things like ayurveda or the privately hired houseboats. read my post on backwaters somewhere in kerala thread too.

on an average you'll get decent accomodation for about 500rs
#3 Jan 9th, 2005, 16:10
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Originally Posted by nessie We're heading to Kerala in the next week or so. We'll be in Mangalore and heading south from there. According to the LP there is a beach area called Bekal (think that's how it is spelt) in the very north, that is less touristy but still very nice. We wanted to see as many "off the beaten track" places as possible but will probably do the backwaters in Allaphuza area.
So, I'd love to have anyone's recommendations! Also are the backwater areas in Calicut much good?

Any hotel recommendations would also be great, we're on a bit of a budget so anywhere in the 100-1000 range, definitely can't afford the really nice but $100+ ones.
WAYANAD-THE UNTAPPED BEAUTY

Wayand , a district in Kerala , which situates near to Sultan Betheri. Never miss the crowning glowry of the rich biological heritage of Wayanad. These are the forests which provided a hideout for Pazhassi Raja during his Guerilla combat against British. In the dense moist deciduous are foound a hetrogenous population of elephants, tiger, jungle cats, civet cats, bison, peacock, wood pecker and other animals and birds. A variety of tribal groups too live on the forest outskirts.
Near to Sulthan betheri, Kerala , India
Nearest railway station Kozhikode-98 Km
Nearest Airport Kozhikode - 98 Km

PAKSHI PATHALAM - Bird Sanctuary
Another place in the district of Wayanad. At a formidable height of 1740 m above sea level, this pictursque bird watching centre , with its steep hills, virgin forests and rivulets is the habitat of number of species of birds. Challenging avenue for those intrested in trekking. A cave beleived to have been used by ancient saints for meditation is a hub of tourist intrest.
7 Km east of Thirunelli. Wayanad, Kerala , India.
Nearest railway station - Kozhikode (Calicut)-98 Km
Nearest Airport- Kozhikode-98 Km

The gate way to Kovalam Beach-THIRUVALLAM

Thiruvallom: Just 4 Kilometers from the Trivandrum on the way to Kovalam. This unique water destination situated on the bank of Karamana river considered the gate way to the Kovalam Beach. Travelling back waters is one of the higlights of a visit to Kovalam.
There cruises too are available .
The Boat rides which are available given below.
1 Kettuvallam - 12 seater ( a traditional Country craft).
2.Cannoy - Single / double
3.Rowing Boat - 4 seater
4.Kayaka - 2 seater
5 .Peddle Boat - 4 seater
6. Motorised Boat - 8 seater

Daily 4 hour trip from Pozhikkara to Karmana including the visit to Edayar island and Traditional Coir making units.
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Is there an Elephant School?

I have jotted down a note saying "Elephant School Kodanadu" but can't find any information beyond that. Does anyone know of this place (Kodanadu is not on any maps I have) and if it can be visited? I would be very interested to see how they are trained, etc.

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