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#GoKerala with HolidayIQ - 10 days, 5 lucky couples, All Expenses Paid!

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This winter, Kerala tourism showcases a Kerala never seen before - exclusively for a few lucky members of the HolidayIQ travel community. A hand-crafted, all expenses paid holiday for select travellers. Are you ready for ten days of fun?

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1. Ananthapura Lake Temple

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HolidayIQ reviewer Gopinath Mr shares about Ananthapura Lake Temple, "This temple is a must visit. It's said that this temple is the moolasthana of the famous and richest Sri Padmnabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum which is the southernmost district and Capital of Kerala. The temple is situated in a serene quiet place which is filled with greenery during monsoon times. There is a cave in the side of the pond which the temple claims to be a passage to Sri Padmnabhaswamy temple The most interesting fact which the temple claim is the presence of crocodile inside the pond."

2. Chandragiri Fort

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HolidayIQ reviewer Shahid Rizwan shares, "One of the best-visited places in my life. The nature, landscape, the greenery, etc. makes me want to visit this place every time. To feel the real beauty of forts in India, I suggest you to visit this place and enjoy yourself by falling in love with this awesome place."

3. Bekal Fort

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HolidayIQ reviewer Manoj C.V says, "Bekal is one of the nice weekend getaways in Kerala. The fort is surrounded by the beach which makes it very picturesque. it is around 60kms from Mangalore. There is also backwaters and houseboats 25 kms from Bekal.

HolidayIQ reviewer Prithvi says, "The must-visit attractions around Kasaragod include Bekal fort, Anandashram, and Adoor. Bekal fort is around 3 centuries old and spans over an area of 40 acres."

4. Fort St. Angelo

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HolidayIQ reviewer Ambar Paul shares, "I really liked the fort and its location. Vast sea next to the fort and the excellent sunset view from the fort made it very attractive. Tips: Get a very good non-veg lunch at Hotel Athens and head for St Angelo Fort."

HolidayIQ reviewer Nikhil says, "St. Angelo Fort (also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kotta), is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 km from Kannur. This fort is made by the Portuguese. Recently almost 35000 cannon balls are found at the Kannur fort."

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5. Muzhappilangad Beach

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HolidayIQ reviewer GANESH CHANDRAN shares, "Awesome view of the sunset, a paradise to enjoy the eve with family. Park is available for children to hang out. No public transportation to the beach. Nearby restaurant and coffee shops are in plenty and traditional food vendors pass by every now and then in the evenings."

HolidayIQ reviewer Mohan Raj says, "Far away from the concrete jungles of Bangalore lies the Muzhappilangad beach. Superb roads from Bangalore till the seashore(beach). Lovely drive on the beach. The cool breeze and very green. A lot of good seafood. Water everywhere, the beach is extremely clean, and the water was crystal clear."

6. Kappad Beach

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HolidayIQ reviewer JOJI JOSEPH shares, "Kappad Beach, with a lot of history, is a beautiful beach and after the facelift, it is one of the sought-after tourist spots near Kozhikode. Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese explorer is believed to have landed here in AD 1498 which paved the way for establishing a sea route from to India. I love this beach because the sea is not very rough, rather tranquil, the local people are very friendly and above all the beach is not very crowded too. The corniche, small park and restroom which were completed last year is a blessing to the visitors."

7. Beypore Beach

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HolidayIQ reviewer JOJI JOSEPH shares, "Beypore Beach, vast and clean is worth visiting to spend evenings. Beypore which was once a port city where ships from foreign countries used to come for trading and also the shipbuilding yard of South India. The beach is situated at the end of Chaliyar River and a beautiful Marina, fishing harbor and Kadalundi estuary are art attractions nearby. Evenings are moderately crowded and kids can indulge in a lot of activities here."

8. Vadakkumnathan Temple

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HolidayIQ reviewer Akshayakumar VB shares, "The Vadakkumnathan Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is the main attraction of the Thrissivaperur (Thrissur) district. It holds a title in the Guinness records for the largest number of youth gatherings that happen during the famous "Thrissur pooram" which is celebrated annually. It has won in 2015, the prize in the Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation given by UNESCO. There is "moolasthanam" which is a concreted place surrounding a Banyan tree, and the significance of this place is that it is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva stopped while coming to this place under the request of Parasuraman."

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9. Athirapilly Falls

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HolidayIQ reviewer Ravi shares, "Morning walk along the water is a fantastic experience. The waterfall is around 5 km from the guest house. Once we reach the falls, one has to climb down a lot to see the falls. Walking up and down on the climb is an experience by itself. Once we reach the bottom of the falls, we forget everything and stay eyes wide opened at the fall of the water. Fantastic experience."

10. Punnathurkotta Elephant Sanctuary

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HolidayIQ reviewer JOJI JOSEPH shares, "With a legacy of about 400 years, the palace (Punnathur Kotta) built by the rulers (Punnathur Kings) became a temple property and the yard surrounding the palace was converted to an elephant shelter. We can see about 80 tamed Elephants here all belonging to the Guruvayoor Temple authorities which are donated by devotees. Majority of the devotees who come to Guruvayoor Temple make it a point to visit Anakotta too where you can see baby elephants, aged ones, few chained elephants which are dangerous due to the biological changes which happen naturally and apart from these we can see them being washed, fed with palm leaves, some playing in the mud etc. Anakkotta may be the one and only of this kind in India where Elephants are taken care perfectly. This place has been the location for several movies too."

11. Alleppey Backwaters

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HolidayIQ reviewer Traveler InMe shares, "Alappuzha or Alleppey, also known as the Venice of the East, is the main hub for houseboats. We reached the boarding point on time and were quickly escorted to our houseboat. Once onboard we got busy exploring our Kettuvallam (local name for it) and our journey had begun. So most of the trip I was glued on the upper deck soaking in the water jam (so many houseboats plying together), the beautiful nature around (landscape, birds), laid-back life along the backwater, waving back to the passers-by and breathing in the fresh air. On and off we came across snack sellers on their small boat. An interesting to-do is watching the simple village life as you pass them. Small boats parked outside houses, net enclosures, fishing nets, village folks ferrying on water on boats, people fishing and carrying out their day to day activities etc."

12. Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple

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HolidayIQ reviewer Vyga Rocks shares, "The Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Swamy temple is 14 km from Alleppey town. The temple is built in Kerala architectural style and Sree Krishna idol is worshiped in this large temple. The Pal Payasam (Rice porridge) is the main offering and the taste is awesome. Prior booking is needed for the Palpayasam. The temple has some sub deities in the premises. At the entrance, an instrument called 'Mizhavu' is displayed and it was used by the famous artist called 'Kunjan Nambiar'. The temple management has an elephant which is used for the poojas. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple at Haripad is another famous temple at a distance of 19 km and Snake God - Nagaraja is worshipped here by devotees."

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13. Alleppey Beach

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HolidayIQ reviewer Ashitosh shares, "Neat and clean Beach with free WiFi access. I like the beach so much, it's very neat and clean. You can enjoy the sunset and the scenery. Can swim if you like. People can play ball and fly-pan games. I like the most walking around the whole of 1.5 km barefoot in the sand and water. All snacks, tea, ice-cream etc available. Also little crowded, so you will not have to fear. Most important thing was free wifi available by Govt. of India."

14. Varkala Beach

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HolidayIQ reviewer Ajay Kohli shares, "My recommendation is Varkala Beach which is about 60 kms from the city. The beach is much cleaner and has more beach line than Kovalam. Staying for the night at Varkala is a good option. You can enjoy your beer and food in the shacks facing the sea."

HolidayIQ reviewer PRITVI KANCHI says, "The Varkala beach offers a breath-taking view of the Arabian Sea and located off the cliff and with a temple in its immediate vicinity, it is a traveler's paradise."

15. Ponmudi

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HolidayIQ reviewer Kartik Trivedi says, "If you are looking to get away from your daily monotonous work schedule and the hustle bustle of the city hop onto a bus from Trivandrum and get to Ponmudi in 2-3 hours which would rejuvenate you and awaken your senses with nothing between the clouds and you. There's a small canteen which serves hot tea and coffee with biscuits and chips in addition to some other edibles which serves as a nice place to sit and cherish the place. You don't need to do much to keep you busy at this spot, just sitting around with friends is enough to bide your time, a nature walk is also something to might enjoy if you are a nature lover."

16. Napier Museum

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HolidayIQ reviewer Vishnu S says, "The museum contains the rare belongings of the kings of Travancore and it also maintains foreign states gift and other things. The coinage of Travancore, pens of the king, their royal dress, swords everything is displayed and maintained properly."

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