Aazhimala Siva statue
Siva Temple at Aazhimala dates back to the 16th Century but skyrocketed to fame after the statue came to be. Siva statue stands at a height of around 58 feet and is a grand sight. Detailing of the face and flowing locks of hair on the deity is captivating, especially with the backdrop of the ocean. Aazhimala attracts devotees and visitors alike, and also offers a lovely viewpoint overlooking the breezy Chowara Beach.
On the way to Ponmudi hill station, Meenmutty or Kallar waterfalls is a good place for views and clicks. A 15-minute-long off-roading or 30-minute-long walking trail leads to the magnificent waterfall deep in the jungle. Enroute to the waterfall, one can see many birds, butterflies, and diverse fauna. You need to step through ankle-deep water at one point to reach the waterfall. Meenmutty and Ponmudi are favourite weekend spots for the youth and families alike.
Ponmudi Hill Station
Ponmudi literally translates to Golden Peak. If you are searching for a place with clean and fresh air, with good weather, this is the place to visit. Offering a beautiful trail for trekking, the hill station is ideal for an early morning getaway. Temperatures at Ponmudi are equable throughout the year, making it a favourite for backpacking, trekking, or just a drive to unwind. Driving uphill, passing 22 hair-pin curves will be as memorable.
Swaying coconut palms, clear backwaters and lush green mangroves await you at Poovar. The estuary is formed by the convergence of the Neyyar River and the Arabian Sea. Poovar is blessed with a pristine beach, perfect for a picnic. Hire a houseboat, cruise which passes through palm-fringed waterways brimming with birdlife, and enjoy the scenery, spotting a variety of birds and marine life. On the way, there are restaurants that serve hot freshly fried fish and tea.
Perched atop the picturesque Varkala Beach, Varkala Cliff radiates a sophisticated charm and presents a breathtaking panorama of the Arabian Sea. Pristine beach and the shacks give the North Cliff a Goan vibe. While the North Cliff is always buzzing, the South Cliff is for those who prefer a quiet air. A walk along the Cliff after sunset is a unique experience. Restaurants and Cafes on the Cliff offer Indian, Continental, Italian as well as local seafood.
A picturesque beach, Kovalam is famous for its crescent-shaped coastline which gives magnificent views to visitors. With clear blue sea water and golden sand, Kovalam beach is perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Three adjacent crescent beaches offer a variety of activities such as swimming, surfing, and parasailing. It is one of the most popular beaches in India and attracts large crowds of tourists throughout the year. Surrounding tropical trees and colourful shacks add to its charm.
Trivandrum is world famous for its charming landscapes, as much as it is known for its rich culture and history. If you are planning a peaceful beach vacation, pilgrimage, or solo trip, Trivandrum would be an excellent choice. With beaches, hill stations, waterfalls, museums, heritage sites, temples, lakes, backwaters, wildlife, and adventure sports, you get to experience almost everything within a range of 60 kilometers. The city is also famous for its Ayurveda treatments, yoga, and meditation centers.