TOURIST DESTINATIONS

Alappuzha engraved as the” Venice of the East”.

Thattekkad


Thattekkad is described as the richest bird habitation and on peninsular India, and first bird sanctuary in Kerala. It is widely known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and is situated at the bottom of Western Ghats. It expands over 25 km on the North side of Periyar River. Thattekkad consist of thick tropical evergreen and deciduous forest and grassland , accommodating of more than 500 species of unusual Birds. It is the mysterious little world of India's bird population has been brought by Dr. Salim Ali to this place and his efforts involved in shaping the sanctuary to a large extend . Thattekkad also has a widespread plantation of teak, rosewood, mahogany, etc. Soma Birds Lagoon the marvellous birds’ lagoon is located at Thattekkad, Soma Birds Lagoon is the first Bird-Watching Resort in Kerala owned by the Somatheeram Ayurveda Group, which is globally prominent for its mindful efforts towards the overall health of mankind and environmental preservation. As the bird variety at Thattekad is extraordinary, it is a tremendous true-life bird adventure at Thattekad! Soma Birds Lagoon is all set to provide the utmost comfort to enthusiastic birdwatchers from the planet.

Kovalam


Kovalam is a worldwide celebrated beach with three adjacent curved beaches and has been a favourite haunt of tourists, since the 1930s. Of the three small bays split by stony outcrops, the southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most admired. Edakallu, a rocky headland separates Eve’s or Howah Beach from the Lighthouse Beach. The hill that separates Howah Beach from the third of Kovalam’s celebrated beaches houses the Government Guest House and the Halcyon Castle, a palace. A enormous rocky headland on the beach has created a gorgeous bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. Kovalam is just 16 km away from the capital city of Kerala and getting there is no hassle. The vacation options at this beach are ample and varied. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. Somatheeram, the world’s first Ayurvedic resort, is one of the best tourism spots in Kerala, located at Chowara Beach on a hillock 9 km south of the famous Kovalam Beach, Trivandrum, Kerala with over 15 acres of greenery all around.

Alappuzha and its Back Waters


Alappuzha engraved as the” Venice of the East” is land marked between the vast blue Arabian sea and also has a network of rivers flowing into it. The district of Alappuzha is networked by rivers, lakes, canals and backwaters. Thick and lush green palm grooves on the shores of the lake, Picture perfect views of lake side's and lagoons, add to the panoramic sights of back water tourism of Alappuzha. It is here that most of the snake boat races are conducted. House boats are the main attraction of back water tourism in the district. Ride on Kettuvallams – Traditional house boats with ultra-modern facilities, is a tremendous way to discover the charming beauty of the Alappuzha backwaters. A backwater cruise on the Punnamada Kayal takes you along the canals offering inspiring views of coconut and paddy fields, Chinese fishing nets and toddy tappers at work. R Block in kuttanad is especially famous for the fresh toddy served to guests. Soma Houseboats is a successful venture of the Somatheeram offering many cruises connecting the main backwater destinations of Kerala. Alappuzha (Aleppey).

Mesmerizing Munnar


1600 meters above sea level, Munnar hills are situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Also known as the Kannan Devan hills Munnar is one of the most mesmerizing hill stations of South India. Lush green tea plantations cover the area which was once a summer resort for the British government in India. Munnar has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants by British although it was first discovered by Scottish planters. Munnar is a favorite holiday spot in the travel map of India for tourists. It is most well- known for its scenic tea valleys, richness of bio-diversity, abundance of wild life and pleasant climate all through the year. The temperature in Munnar ranges between 0 degrees and 25 degrees Celsius. Munnar enjoys a refreshing climate all through the year. Many areas in Munnar especially known for several threatened and rare species including Nilgiri Thar, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, the Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, Elephant, the Gaur, the Nilgiri langur, the Sambar, and the Neelakurinji (that blossoms only once in twelve years)

Vaikom


Situated on the western side of Kottayam district in the state of Kerala, Vaikom is a place of enormous religious significance and has lots of backwaters and vegetation having a high prospective for tourism. Famous Shiva Temple in the area is Vaikom Mahadeva Temple also known as Dakshina Kasi, is a major pilgrim destination. The temple is built in the Kerala style of architecture. Surrounded by a courtyard that stretches to almost 8 acres, the boundaries of the temple are marked by four Gopuras or towers. Vaikathashtami Festival at Vaikom is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva in the form of Shivalinga, that takes place during the month of November or December at Vaikom Mahadeva Temple.While the deity is taken out for procession the other deities from the nearby temple also join the procession. Soma Kerala Palace is a resort by the enchanting Vembanad Backwaters, Chempu, near to vaikom, carefully preserving the natural charm of Kerala, We have reconstructed ancient Tharavadus, Illoms and Naalukkettus, to give you a feel of typical life in Kerala. Somatheeram began its journey as the first professionally managed ayurvedic resort in Kerala from 1985, and has been marked by steady growth through various of its sister concerns establishing its presence in the global arena. Uniting a wide range of businesses with all their quality and characteristics under one umbrella is a immense challenge, but we here at Somatheeram has made our sister concerns the cornerstones' of our group.