VAZHOOR, KERALA

Vazhoor

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Vazhoor, poised halfway between Cochin and Periyar, is a quiet and picturesque location on the lower slopes of the Cardamom Hills where rubber plantations thrive. This area is also known for its high yielding plantations of cocoa, aromatic black pepper corns, cardamom, pineapple, tapioca, papaya and banana. This place is ideal to use as a base for visits to the Aranmula Cultural Center on the Pamba River, where performances of classical and Kathakali dances can be observed, and courses on astrology and natural medicine are offered. Situated nearby is Kotttayam, Kerala’s main Christian center, which boasts the 16th century churches of Cherai Palli and Valia Palli.

Experiences in and around Vazhoor

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Village Experience
Art & Literature

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Vazhoor, poised halfway between Cochin and Periyar, is a quiet and picturesque location on the lower slopes of the Cardamom Hills where rubber plantations thrive. This area is also known for its high yielding plantations of cocoa, aromatic black peppercorns, cardamom, pineapple, tapioca, papaya, and banana. This place is ideal to use as a base for visits to the Aranmula Cultural Center on the Pamba River, where performances of classical and Kathakali dances can be observed, and courses on astrology and natural medicine are offered. Situated nearby is Kottayam, Kerala’s main Christian center, which boasts the 16th-century churches of Cherai Palli and Valia Palli.
An aerial view of Kochi (formerly Cochin) and its surrounds provides a lush, vibrant green panorama of coconut trees, paddy fields, undulating hills, with meandering rivers and waterways. The city, made in three parts is located at the juncture where backwaters join the Arabian Sea. The Fort area is where most people flock to, and understandably so, it is made up of a mélange of buildings, left by the different influences on the region, Dutch, British and Portuguese and of course the Chinese Fishing Nets.
The Periyar WildLife Sanctuary is one of the 16 Project Tiger Reserves in India and is amongst the most picturesque wildlife sanctuaries in the world. It is one of India’s best parks for spotting wild elephants, bison, wild boar, gaur, deer and a variety of birds, although they do have tigers they are very rarely seen. The heart of this sanctuary is the 120-year-old dam where there are regular boat trips, which are hugely popular, often proving to be far more exciting and interesting an experience in people-watching than for wildlife enthusiasts.