Southern Kerala attractions

Top Choice Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Museum of History & Heritage

Occupying a handsome 120-year-old heritage building within the Kerala Tourism complex, this intelligently presented museum traces Kerala's history and culture through superb static and multimedia displays. Exhibits …
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 Keralite vernacular shows his enthusiasm for local craft, this museum holds an eclectic display…
Ashram in Southern Kerala

Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission

The incongruously salmon-pink Matha Amrithanandamayi Mission, 30km northwest of Kollam, is the famous ashram of one of India’s few female gurus, Amrithanandamayi, also known as Amma (Mother) or ‘The Hugging Mother' …
Nature Reserve in Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

This reserve on the 5-hectare site of a former rubber plantation on Vembanad Lake is the haunt of a variety of domestic and migratory birds. October to February is the time for travelling birds like the garganey tea…
Wildlife Reserve in Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Rising to 1868m at Agasthya Peak and surrounding an idyllic lake created by the 1964 Neyyar Dam, 30km east of Trivandrum, this 128-sq-km sanctuary has a fertile shoreline forest home to gaurs, sambar deer, sloth, el…
Fort in Varkala

Anjengo Fort

Fringed by colourful fishers' houses, 12km southeast of Varkala, this laterite-and-concrete fort was built by the British East India Company in 1695. Anchuthengu village was one of the earliest British trading posts…
Museum in Kollam (Quilon)

Krishnapuram Palace Museum

Two kilometres south of Kayamkulam (35km north of Kollam), this restored mid-18th-century palace is one of the finest remaining examples of royal Keralan architecture. Beneath its gabled red-tiled roofs, you'll find…
Hindu Temple in Varkala

Janardhana Temple

Varkala is a temple town and the Janardhana Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, is the main event – with its roots dating back to the 13th century, this technicolour Hindu spectacle hovers above Beach Rd, reached by steep …
Church in Kottayam

St Mary’s Syrian Knanaya Church

Perched on a low-lying riverside hill 2km northwest of central Kottayam, this bright-white church was founded in 1550 by Syrian Knanaya Christians (the existing building is from 1588) and contains two granite-carved…
Museum in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

Puthe Maliga Palace Museum

Overlooking the Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple tank, the opulent 18th-century palace of the Travancore maharajas is a classically Keralan world of beautifully carved wooden ceilings, tiled roofs, marble sculptures and …