The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live in flocks, in Kumarakom, are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands. On the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake, 14 km from Kottayam, lies Kumarakom a small-town. The most interesting area in the backwaters is the "Kuttanad region" called the rice bowl of Kerala. Kumarakom is just one little village in this region on the banks of the beautiful Vembanad Lake.
Munnar Hill Station is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar in Malayalam language means three rivers. This hill station, located at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Munnar has been blessed with Hills ,Waterfalls ,lake ,wild life and tea plantation. Munnar, pioneer planters opened up the nature lover’s paradise out of virgin forests a century ago. Munnar has one of the largest tea plantations in India. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi - which towers over 2695 meters - is an ideal place for trekking. The tropical forests beyond have a sizable population of elephants, bisons, languor and macaques.
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. It is also known as Periyar because of the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge.