It is no wonder that Kerala contributes a major portion of the entire nation’s tourism revenue. It has lots of attractions for tourists who visit here all through the year. Hill stations, waterfalls, backwaters, parks, zoos, temples, historical places etc are all found in Kerala blended with the scenic beauty of the place. The Nature God has really been abundant in his offerings to Kerala.
The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) is a public sector undertaking that conducts and regulates the tourism activities in the Indian state of Kerala. Headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram it has offices across all the districts of Kerala. The agency also operates hotels, resorts, and tourist rest houses in key locations in the state.
With the catch phrase of the corporation being “Official hosts to God’s own country.” Kerala Tourism Development Corporation has succeeded immensely in developing tourism as the primary industry of Kerala. The KTDC brand is now established and under this brand is operating a chain of hotels, rest houses and holiday resorts in tourist hotspots that can meet the needs of the domestic as well international travelers of all categories.
With sprawling properties, combining modern and traditional architecture in breathtaking exotic islands, luxuriant game reserves, mist-laden hills, palm-fringed beaches and tranquil backwaters; each property under the KTDC Hotels and Resorts is a destination by itself.
From premium to budget, the KTDC units are designed to function as icons of Kerala heritage. Besides, it extends the warmth and excitement of the traditional hospitality of Kerala.
Resorts run by KTDC reflect the unique ambience of their location. With a wide range of services to choose from, guests would not have a dull moment throughout their stay. The main attraction of KTDC services is sharing the essence of traditional lifestyle such as Ayurveda and Panchakarma. And for those who want to travel with KTDC, tour packages offer plenty of choices to make.
KTDC is providing services across all districts of kerala. The success and popularity can be related to the growth of tourism in Kerala. The major tourist destinations of Kerala where KTDC host the guest as god are mentioned below.
Alappuzha is known as the “Venice of The East”. Tourists have a heavenly experience staying at the houseboats here and visiting these backwaters in traditional boats. A single visit to this place can cure one, of all mental tension and stress. Nehru Trophy Boat race venue -Punnamada, Alappuzha beach, Alappuzha canals, Alappuzha backwaters and Houseboat cruises are the main attractions of Alappuzha.
KTDC Motel Araam, Alappuzha (Alappuzha – Ernakulam NH 47)
Conveniently located in the heart of Alappuzha town, this motel is easily accessible from the National Highway and is about 70 km from Ernakulam and on the way to Thiruvananthapuram in the south. With vast area for vehicle parking, visitors to this motel can avail of the accommodation options available at the nearby KTDC Tamarind Easy hotel. Located on the Punaloor – Thenmala road, this motel provides a refreshing journey break; especially to those visiting Thenmala Eco-tourism, Palaruvi and Courtalam waterfalls. Good parking places and clean environment are added attractions of this motel.
Thanneermukkom is the name of the barrier constructed to prevent tidal action and intrusion of salt water into the Kuttanad lowlands across Vembanad Lake, between Thanneermukkom and Vechur.
KTDC’s “Suvasam” is located at Thanneermukkom. The water in this part of the lake is the cleanest. KTDC Suvasam is easily accessible from Kochi and Alappuzha (1 hour) and is located very close to Kumarakom. KTDC Suvasam overlooking the Vembanad Lake has 37 rooms, each with a garden in front and a view of the lake. A perfect gateway from the stress and hustle of urban life and window to take glimpse of the calm rural life, KTDC Suvasam brings with freshness and greenery of Pathiramanal Island, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary Local village life & coir factory, Sprawling greenery at Vaikom temple, Arthungal Church & Marari beach are the main attractions of this place.
Kumarakom offers one of the most unforgettable experiences for travelers. Houseboats, picturesque villages, secluded coves, lagoons and the rich flora and fauna of the mangrove ecosystem in the famed Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary make it a truly distinct destination. Ayurveda therapies, swimming pool restaurant, beer parlour, boating, backwater tours, sightseeing trips, Car hire and much more are offered by KTDC in Kumarokom.
Kovalam – a destination for all times located in Thiruvananthapuram popularly known as Trivandrum, the capital City of Kerala. Kovalam comprises three stunningly beautiful palm-fringed coves. The breathtaking lighthouse, the swaying palms, the rocky cliffs and the unspoilt beaches are just some of the features that make Kovalam an integral part of the Kerala experience.
KTDC’S Samudra – the beach garden hotel
The name of this beach resort itself means “the ocean” and it is an ideal place to enjoy the fullness of the beauty of Kovalam, the enchanting beach destination. Set in inspiring environs, every room of the hotel overlooks the sea and the sprawling lawn stretches upto the beach. In its very design, location and ambience, it captures the essence of the sun, the sand and the sea. Visitors can surf on the waves, taste some of the best seafood delicacies or simply let the calm of the deep blue overwhelm you. Day trips each to Kanyakumari, Ponmudi, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thenmala Eco-Tourism, Varkala beach are also offered.
Website : http://www.samudrakovalam.com/index.php
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala, popularly known as Trivandrum. Heritage, culture and royalty go hand in hand in this city that is known for its temples, palaces, museums, galleries and art festivals. Close to Kovalam beach, Thiruvananthapuram is also the administrative centre of the State. Ponmudi, Padhmanabha Swami temple, Neyyar, Varkkala beach, Thenmala, Beemapally are the main attractions of Trivandrum.
An exclusive heritage business hotel, Mascot was originally built to house the officers of the Royal British Army during the World War I. Today it offers travelers the perfect blend of heritage, luxury and business in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city. It is the only heritage business hotel in Trivandrum. It is also a hub for those who seek to explore the city, the surrounding towns and tourist attractions.
Athirapally Waterfalls is located at the entrance of Sholayar ranges and the nearest major town is Chalakudy. This waterfall is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirapally water falls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area combined with the natural greenery.
KTDC’s Motel Araam, Athirapally (Near Athirapally waterfalls, Thrissur)
Close to the magnificent waterfalls of Kerala, this motel provides facilities to visit the nearby Athirapally waterfalls and Vazhachal cascades.
Munnar is the Kashmir of South India. Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in South India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district. We can witness the nature’s beauty at its best over Munnar. Gorgeous Clouds at Munnar refreshes our mind and rejuvenate our soul.
Eravikulam National Park and the Nilgiri Tahr is considered to be the icon of tourism in Munnar. The national park is also famous for its Neelakurinji population. The lovely Devikulam Lake; Kolukkumalai (the highest tea plantation in the country); the waterfalls like Lakkam, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Chinnakkal, Kuthumkal, Cheeyapara, Valara and Thoovanam; the ‘cattle village’ or Mattupetty etc makes Munnar the abode of nature.
Tea County – host numero uno in Munnar
Cosily nestled right in the middle of two hills is Tea County, the official host in Munnar. Here, every room offers mesmerizing views. Visitors can enjoy the mist rolling down in the warmth of luxuriously furnished rooms. And it is literally a honeymooner’s paradise. Those who want to venture out may bicycle down mountain trails, paraglide over the valleys, go trekking, climb rocks, try to catch a rainbow trout or spend a day in a tea plantation. This is also an important location for ecotourism activities especially centered around Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Shola forests like Pampadum Shola National Park and the newly created Neelakurinji Sanctuary. There are opportunities to sight wild animals especially Nilgiri tahr (mountain goat), elephant, bison etc.
Website : http://www.teacountymunnar.com/index.php
The eco-tourism paradise is the central point of the tourism zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of the best-managed tiger reserves in India. This is the only tiger reserve where one can watch animals at close quarters from a boat. The normal sightings are elephant, bison, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar and a variety of birds. The tourists might see tiger, leopard, bear, wild dog etc while on trekking. The rich flora and fauna here is a treat for your senses. This is an ideal location for wildlife tourism and eco-tourism. The inviting lush greenery and the tranquil waters of the Periyar Lake would be a relaxing affair.
KTDC’s Lake Palace
KTDC’s Lake Palace former summer palace of the King of Travancore, is situated on an island in the middle of the Periyar Lake – 20 minutes by boat from the mainland. Located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, this is where the British Viceroys and Governor-Generals used to take time off from the world to listen to the call of the wild. This lakeside jungle resort with 6 rooms and antique interiors within the Periyar Tiger Reserve is ideal for guests to watch elephant herds playing by the lakeside or take a trek across the jungle in the trail of the majestic tiger.
Kochi, the gateway, prominent travel destination of Kerala, India, has always been an exotic location in a traveler’s not-to-be-missed list. The sea, backwaters, monuments, heritage; Kochi has all that would keep a traveler engrossed. Just off the Kochi Marine Drive is the Bolgatty Island. It is an island of calm right in the midst of the bustling City of Kochi. Located in this fascinating island is the stunning property of KTDC – Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort. The other centre of attraction in this property is Kochi International Marina and Bolgatty Event Centre.
Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort
Amid this picturesque island of Bolgatty is the beautiful Bolgatty Palace, the exclusive mansion with four palatial rooms, provides the travelers with world class amenities and wonderful holidaying options. Originally built by Dutch traders in 1744 and it is the oldest of its kind that exists outside Holland.
The resort combines leisure with business and it is, popularly known as the honeymooners’ paradise. The resort is neatly tucked among giant umbrellas of refreshing green and is sure to give an exotic island experience in Bolgatty.
Website : http://www.bolgattypalacekochi.com/
Bolgatty Event Centre
Overlooking the backwater, Cochin seaport, Vallarpadam container terminal and the Arabian Sea is the Bolgatty Event Centre. The venue, with its greenery and romantic ambience, can be easily accessed from the heart of Kochi city.
Website : http://bolgattyeventcentre.com/
Kochi International Marina
Located on the eastern coast of Bolgatty Island is the “Kochi International Marina” – the first full-fledged marina of international standards in India. The marina provides berthing facility for 34 yachts and also offers services like water, electricity and sewage pump-outs etc. Marina House, built in the traditional Kerala architectural style, serves as a station for vessels to refuel and to replenish their stores.
All these by the Official hosts to God’s own country will definitely give an amusing experience to all the tourists.
More Details : http://www.ktdc.com/