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The Hill Palace Museum, Thripunithura(Open 0900 -1230 hrs, 1400 – 1630 hrs, closed on Monday.)

This Palace was built in 1865; this palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style of Kerala and is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced land with a Deer park and facilities for horse riding. A full-fledged ethno – archeological museum and Karla’s first ever heritage museum are the main attractions. Displayed inside the thirteen galleries are oil paintings, 19th century paintings, murals, sculptures in stone and plaster of paris, manuscripts inscriptions and coins belonging to the royal family.

Durbar Hall Art Gallery
Open 1100 -1800 hrs.At one time known as the Parikshit Thampuran Museum, it has now been converted in to the Durbar Hall Art Gallery. The museum also houses a collection of coins, bronzes, copies of murals and megalithic relics of Kerala.
 
Eranakulam Siva Temple
Popularly known as Eranakulathappan, this temple is associated with the birth of the name of the city. The idols of Siva and Parvathi are claimed to be Swayambhoo or self-created.
 
Chottanikkara Temple
16 km northwest of Eranakulam.This temple enshrines the Godess Bhagavathy in three forms. As Saraswati, Bhadrakali, and Durga.Devotees form all over to this 10th century temple seeking liberation from mental illness as the Godess is believed to cure such ailments.
 
Chottanikkara Temple
This temple enshrines the Goddess Bhagavathy in three revered forms, as Saraswati, Bhadrakali and Durga.Devotees flock from all over to this 10th century temple seeking liberation from mental illness as the Goddess is believed to cure such ailments.
 
 Veegaland
This is an amusement park with excellent water sports facilities which is 24 km from Kochi towards Perumbavoor.It is a favorite weekend getaway for both local and tourists.
 
Kanjiramattom Mosque
This mosque honoring the Saint Sheikh Fairdudin, at the Chanadanakudam Festival, pilgrims carry pots covered with sandalwood paste in a procession to the mosque.
 
Museum of Kerala History (Edappally)
Open 1000-1700 hrs which is 8 km from Kochi at Edappally.This 'live' Museum is not just a retelling of the past but is a Light and Sound show of three-dimensional visuals. 87 figures that shaped the history and culture of Kerala in the last two thousand years have been represented here in Light and Sound Tableaus. The story, from the early peoples of Kerala to the modern age is interspersed with Social, Cultural and literary facets are a fascinating one.
 
Kumbalangi Tourist Village
Essentially a fishing hamlet, this tiny village facing the Kochi backwaters in the western part of the city is the first ecotourism village in India.Kalagramam,an artist’s village ,displays handicrafts and fishing equipment.
 
Kaladi
The birth place of Adi Sankaracharya the great philosopher of 8th century .This place is 35 km away from Kochi and 10 km from Aluva.Temple dedicated to sree Sankara, Sarada, Sree Krishna and Sree Ramakrishna add to the sanctity of the destination. Legends, a crocodile caught hold of him and refused to release him until Sankara’s mother Aryamba permitted him to accept Sanyas (renunciation).
 
Kodanad
Kodanad is a beautiful rural riverside village and a popular day picnic spot in the Ernakulam district of state of Kerala in southern India. Elephant rescue and care centre for central and southern forest region of Kerala is located in Kodanad. Kodanad is situated on the south bank of river Periyar. In 1950-60s, Kodanad used to be the largest of several elephant training centers for captured Elephants from the adjoining forest regions. They were trained using Mahouts, especially skilled people also known as Paappan in Malayalam language. In 1970s, there was a ban to elephant capture by Government of India and from then on, Kodanad is primarily used as a rescue training centre.
 
Chendamangalam
The Chendamangalam is located in a small town in Ernakulam district of Cochin. Chendamangalam Fort of Kochi Kerala is situated at about 42 kilometers from Ernakulam district of Kerala. The fort is surrounded by vast expanses of lush green landscape and small hillocks and has 3 rivers flowing nearby. The Chendamangalam fort is 450 years old and houses some rare artifacts, relics and historical documents. You will find not only a unique amalgamation of various natural resources, but you will be amazed to see the unique blend of cultures too. One can find a temple, a mosque and a church in close proximity in Chendamangalam fort.

This region used to be the lodging place of the Paliath Achans, the official Prime Minister of Maharaja of Kochi. Another place of interest is the Vypeenkotta Institution built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. Right next to the seminary is an old Catholic Church built in the 11th century. In India, the first printing press was set up over here.
 
Bhoothathankettu
Bhoothathankettu is a dam and tourist site in Kerala, India. It is situated in the village of Pindimana, about 10 km away from the town of Kothamangalam and 50 km away from the main city of Ernakulam.
It is connected to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, where visitors can see different varieties of birds and animals. The Idamalayar reservoir is about 12 km distance from the site. There is no railway access to the site; access to the site is through the greenish and thick forest. At the time of Malayatoor pilgrim season, travelers use the roads through the forest.
Large blocks of unshaped stones are placed on both sides of the Periyar River to form the dam, making it look like a natural dam built by super humans. The name Bhoothathan Kettu means "monster dam"; past generations believed it was built by a Bhootham (monster).
 
Thattekkadu Bird Sanctuary
This sanctuary was set up by the ornithologist of India Dr.Salim Aly and hence, is also known as Salim Aly bird Sanctuary. Established in the year 1983, this bird Sanctuary is well famous as one of the best most attractive bird sanctuaries in India. This Sanctuary is located in the Kothamangalam district of Idukki in Kerala.The sanctuary is noted for indigenous birds like the Malabar grey-hornbill, the woodpecker, rose –ringed and blue-winged parakeer etc.Rare birds like the Ceylon frog moth and the Rose-billed roller are also seen here.

 
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