Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museum of History & Heritage

In a lovely heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this beautifully presented museum traces Keralan history and culture through superb static displays and interactive audiovisual presentations. Exhibit…
Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Napier Museum

Housed in an 1880 wooden building designed by Robert Chisholm, a British architect whose Fair Isle–style version of the Keralan vernacular shows his enthusiasm for local craft, this museum has an eclectic display of…
Ashram in Around Alleppey

Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission

The incongruously pink Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission is the famous ashram of one of India’s few female gurus, Amrithanandamayi, also known as Amma (Mother) or ‘The Hugging Mother' because of the darshan (audience) …
Nature Reserve in Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

This reserve on the five-hectare site of a former rubber plantation on Lake Vembanad is the haunt of a variety of domestic and migratory birds. October to February is the time for travelling birds like the garganey …
Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Puthe Maliga Palace Museum

The 200-year-old palace of the Travancore maharajas has carved wooden ceilings, marble sculptures and imported Belgian glass. Inside you’ll find Kathakali images, an armoury, portraits of maharajas, ornate thrones a…
Museum in Kollam (Quilon)

Krishnapuram Palace Museum

Two kilometres south of Kayamkulam (between Kollam and Alleppey), this restored palace is a fine example of grand Keralan architecture. Inside are paintings, antique furniture, sculptures and a renowned 3m-high mura…
Nature Reserve in Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Surrounding an idyllic lake created by the 1964 Neyyar Dam 35km north of Trivandrum, this sanctuary features a Lion Safari Park, deer park and Crocodile Production Centre (named for Australian legend Steve Irwin). T…
Island in Varkala

Ponnumthuruthu (Golden) Island

About 10km south of Varkala, this island in the middle of a backwater lake is home to the Shiva-Parvati Hindu temple, also known as the Golden Temple. It's closed to non-Hindus but the main reason to venture down he…
Museum in Alappuzha (Alleppey)

RKK Memorial Museum

The Revi Karuna Karan (RKK) Memorial Museum, in a grand building fronted by Greco-Roman columns, contains a lavish collection of crystal, porcelain, Keralan antiques, furniture, artworks and (sadly) ivory from the p…
Hindu Temple in Varkala

Janardhana Temple

Varkala is a temple town and Janardhana Temple is the main event – its technicolour Hindu spectacle hovers above Beach Rd. It’s closed to non-Hindus, but you may be invited into the temple grounds where there is a h…