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The southern state of Kerala in India is truly ‘God’s own Country’. It is sandwiched between the azure blues of the Arabian Sea to its western side and the verdantly green Western Ghats on its eastern side. Being a coastal state, it has 580km of a sea-facing belt with numerous scenic beaches located in-between.
Richly endowed with enthralling natural beauty, Kerala is well known on the global tourism map and attracts numerous tourists from different parts of Indian too. A trip to Kerala should include the Beypore beach too. This serene beach will charm you with its peaceful and picture-perfect aura. The surrounding coconut groves only add to the tranquil ambiance as they whisper away silently in the breeze.
You could frolic in the waves, enjoy some water sporting activities or simply stroll on the beach and enjoy the surf and spray. The golden sands invite you to practice some rejuvenating meditation as you soak in the sun or simply relax and enjoy the glorious sunsets. It’s a great place to bring the family as there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
One of the stunning attractions of the Beypore beach is the Pulimuttu walkway. It is a pier made up of rocks and converted into a stunning one-kilometer long walkway extending into the sea. A stroll on this pier is a thrilling experience with foaming waves crashing in on both sides.
A trip to Beypore would be incomplete without visiting the ancient wooden shipbuilding yard. Skilled workers from as far back as 1500 years ago have been building large wooden ships called dhows or ‘Urus’ in this area next to the Beypore beach. They are meticulously hand-crafted and were in great demand by the Arabs, Chinese and West Asians. The dhows are still in demand now, but at a slower pace; Arabs who earlier used them for trading and fishing, now use them for tourism.
Beypore beach also has a fishing harbor as well as one of the oldest trading ports that have been in use for many millennia now. It was initially visited by the Romans, followed by the Chinese, Syrian, Arabs, and Europeans. The Arabs mainly used it for trading in spices, with many of them settling down here and marrying the indigenes.
Beypore beach is just 10km south of Kozhikode (Calicut) city, hardly half an hours’ drive away. You can get to Kozhikode through its excellent rail and road connectivity or via the international airport located in the city. You could also stay-over at the magnificent Raviz Calicut and enjoy a truly ethnic experience!

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There is something about nature that attracts everyone into its folds. The lush green and blue colors of outdoors are a balm for sore city-bred eyes. The ideal place to escape to for a break is the famous Ashtamudi Lake in ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala. You will need to go to the coastal city of Kollam, which is nestled on the banks of this magnificent lake.

Ashtamudi is a palm-shaped lake that is also compared to an 8-headed octopus as it’s fed by 8 creeks or channels. It covers a surface area of 61.4 sq km and forms the scenic gateway of the famous backwaters that lead you through sun-dappled water channels all the way to Alappuzha. The best way to enjoy the flourishing beauty of this lake is to go for a cruise on it in one of the locally-made traditional wooden houseboats. Though these boats are made entirely of wood, they come fully-equipped with classy air-conditioned bedrooms, bathrooms, and a sundeck as well as a dining and kitchen area where delicious fresh meals are served as per your palate.

You could go for a rejuvenating day cruise or a romantic overnight cruise all the way to far away Alappuzha. This is the best way to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of gliding over the lake’s silken blue-green waters with nothing to disturb the scenery except the startled flight of some water birds. The lake is dotted with numerous islands beckoning you to come to explore, with the largest one being Munroe Island. It consists of 8 smaller islands and your boat guide might even take you for a closer look if you ask nicely! Another important island here is Thekkumbhagom which has a 1000-year-old temple and a 200-year-old church.

If you are staying over at the classy Raviz Resort and Spa located on the banks of this lake, their friendly staff can also arrange a houseboat trip for you. This is the most visited lake and backwaters in Kerala and Kollam sees a high footfall of tourists every year. Its exotic biodiversity, lush splendor and numerous other activities keep people coming back for more.

Some of the other sightseeing activities around the lake include the peaceful Ashramam Picnic Village, the Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Thirumullavaram beach, Neendakara estuary, a lighthouse built in 1902, the ruins of a Portuguese Fort built in 1517, Palaruvi waterfalls, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.

Getting to Kollam is also easy as the nearest airport in Trivandrum is a breezy 75km drive over the new highway and good roads and railways also connect to Kollam.

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With Kerala having been voted among the list of ‘‘10 Paradises of the World” by the National Geographic Traveler, this southern state in India is the ideal location for destination weddings. It is a narrow strip of green land sandwiched between the azure waters of the Arabian Sea and the majestic Western Ghats. It has miles and miles of breathtaking beaches, serene backwaters and incredible hill stations to charm its visitors.

It presents the ideal location for those on the lookout for best destination wedding venues. With Kerala already being on the map as a favorite tourism destination, more and more people are turning towards Kerala’s natural beauty for their special day too. There are numerous fine resorts spread out all over the state to provide for the needs of the discerning tourists. With fine tropical weather, warm and friendly people, a great culture and abundant gems of nature, there is something here to charm every soul.

Kollam city holds a special place for couples as it offers miles of pristine beaches and the vast Ashtamudi Lake which also forms the entrance for the famous backwaters of Kerala. This heritage-rich city will leave you spell-bound with its natural beauty and makes a great destination wedding venue. You could stay over at The Raviz Resorts & Spa, Ashtamudi which celebrates the traditions, arts, and ethnicity of Kerala in a special way. All their luxuriously-appointed rooms are a beautiful mix of the traditional and modern and offer scenic vistas of the Ashtamudi Lake. They even have especially-appointed rooms for honeymooners to pamper their needs.

As per your wish, their highly-experienced staff can take care of all the details of a destination wedding – whether it’s on the nearby Kollam Beach, on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake, or on one of the tiny islands on the lake! You also have the option of exchanging your vows in the resort’s vast gardens or even on their amazingly-appointed houseboats! The resort also offers magnificent wedding halls and an unbelievably romantic floating restaurant to host your post-wedding party!

You could even go for a mesmerizing cruise along the Ashtamudi and enjoy scrumptious authentic Kerala cuisine – or continental cuisine tailored to your needs. Then enjoy yourself at the Spa and rejuvenate yourself the ayurvedic way… Come celebrate your destination wedding in the spell-binding beauty of Kerala’s lap and fall in love all over again!

Kerala has four international airports with the Trivandrum airport a mere 71km away from Kollam. An efficient network of highways and railways connects all the cities too.

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Kerala has been blessed with a bounty of natural beauty that includes fathomless stretches of pristine sunny beaches, vibrant forest covers, milky waterfalls and tranquil backwaters meandering through lush greenery. It’s no wonder then that Kerala is also known as ‘God’s Own Country’ and is a favourite international tourist destination.

There are a number of popular serene backwaters destinations in Kerala with the one originating in Kollam being famous for its unparalleled beauty. These backwaters meander off from the immense Ashtamudi Lake that has a surface area of over 61kms and is home to an amazingly unique ecosystem with numerous flora and fauna.

The best way to enjoy these scenic backwater channels and soak in nature’s bounty of tranquil lakes, lagoons, and meandering canals is with a one-of-a-kind backwaters cruise in a traditional houseboat. These houseboats are made entirely of wood and come fully-furnished with aesthetically-designed bedrooms and bathrooms just like any classy hotel. You can opt for a day trip or choose an overnight cruise and sleep under the stars and wake up to a glorious dawn and watch the sunbeams playing through the surrounding dense coconut grooves. You could even go exploring to some of the numerous islands dotting the Ashtamudi Lake and get a glimpse of rustic village life in its natural setting.

The tranquil backwaters of Kollam are a spellbinding network of lakes, rivers, inlets, and canals woven together by nature to offer you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A backwaters cruise here is one of the most romantic ways to create unforgettable memories and shouldn’t be missed.

Kollam is an ancient port city nestled on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake and offers you mesmerizing views and experiences. To accommodate the increasing tourist footfall in this area, numerous resorts and hotels have come up in the city. The Raviz Resorts & Spa located on the scenic banks of the Ashtamudi Lake is one of the best retreats here and offers you a welcome break from busy lifestyles that take you closer to nature at its best. It is strategically designed to offer magnificent views of the lake from every room. What’s more, this classy hotel also offers you its own fully-decked out houseboat stays where they can arrange hassle-free cruises of your choice through the backwaters.

Getting to Kollam is very easy too as there are good highways connecting to the city. Trivandrum airport is nearby and is a breezy 71km-drive away. The nearest railway connection is around 5km away, thus making Kollam very accessible.

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Marriage is like a whole new life altogether and newly-weds need a little time away from everyone else to get to know each other better in a special kind of way. This is probably how the tradition of honeymoon originated. A honeymoon destination should ideally be a place of common interest for the bride and groom, a place where they can create unforgettable memories to last them a lifetime.

Kerala is undeniably one of the best honeymoon destinations with its plethora of natural beauty, giving it the apt pseudonym of ‘God’s own County’. It is blessed with miles of silvery beaches, tranquil backwaters, serene lakes, cool hill stations and lush greenery, the perfect locations to enhance the blissful union of the minds. This southern state of India is caressed by the azure waters of the Arabian Sea on one side and ecotourism and lush forests of the Western Ghats on the other side.

Kerala is also the land of the ancient science of ayurveda and provides you the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and pamper yourself in a holistic manner at some of the finest spas offered by the resorts here.

The cities in Kerala are all well-connected by good highways, an excellent railway system as well as four international airports to enable easy accessibility. There are numerous classy hotels and resorts offering amazing honeymoon packages too so you don’t have to worry about your itinerary, but just concentrate on creating wonderful memories with your better half.

Kollam is one of the best cities to visit for a honeymoon as it offers some of the finest locales and isn’t too crowded either, thus making it the perfect lover’s paradise. The Raviz Resort & Spa located on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake offers some amazing honeymoon packages to delight the newly-weds. It all starts with their enchanting honeymoon suites and access to their heavenly ayurvedic spas as well as romantic houseboat cruises through the immense Ashtamudi Lake and its mystical backwaters, replete with candlelit dinners and absolute privacy.

There are a number of 5-star Raviz resorts to choose from as they all offer magical honeymoon packages to help you create magical memories. These also include idyllic days spent frolicking in the vast ocean or soaking in the sun on silvery beaches, sipping on the nectar of fresh coconuts and reveling in the entrancing scenery of looming coconut grooves and azure blue oceans.

The Raviz Resort & Spa is located in Kollam, which is just 71km away from Trivandrum airport and well-connected by rail and highways too.

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Weddings are increasingly moving out of the places of worship and into scenic destinations. The wedding proceedings remain the same of course, with a priest of choice presiding over the union of two loving hearts and accompanied with the blessings of close friends and family.

Also known as destination weddings, Kerala is fast becoming a favorite destination for beach weddings. Acclaimed as one of the ‘10 Paradises of the World’ by the National Geographic Traveler, Kerala is a land of verdant greenery sandwiched between the glistening Arabian Sea and the amazing Western Ghats in southern India. It has a long coastline extending over 500km with numerous unforgettable beaches along the way.

Beaches with their gently swaying palm trees have a calming and serene aura that is so timeless and beautiful, just like a wedding should be. A beach wedding under the open skies of a tropical paradise like Kerala coupled with the rhythmic rolling of the waves as two heartbeats becoming one will surely become the best memory of a lifetime.

A Kerala beach wedding is truly a magical experience and has the grandeur of an amazing holiday along with an unforgettable wedding. The best part is that you can have the wedding and honeymoon at the same destination! Aside from becoming easy on the pocket, your guests will also have an enjoyable holiday post-wedding as there are lots of things to see and experience here.

The scenic Kollam Beach, well-known for its charming beauty and rich heritage offers a great wedding destination. You can go for a western-style wedding or a full-blown Indian wedding here replete with the groom arriving astride a horse or elephant and the beautiful bride arriving in a traditional ‘palki’. There are a number of prestigious hotels and resorts in Kollam that can take care of all the wedding arrangements including decoration, flowers, music, and delectable Indian and continental food.

The Raviz Resort & Spa located on the banks of the scenic Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam has an amazingly dedicated and highly-experienced staff that can arrange every aspect of your wedding – leaving you with nothing more than to enjoy your special day! What’s more, this resort also offers you numerous lake-facing rooms to house your guests as well as honeymoon suites to pamper you during your stay. The resort also has a floating restaurant where you can have your post-wedding party – or you can have it arranged on one of the romantic Ashtamudi Lake islands instead!

Getting to Kollam is easy too as there is good road and rail connectivity and Trivandrum airport is just 71 km away.

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A visit to Kerala never ceases to enthrall the traveler with its abundance of natural beauty. Kollam is one such city that has so much to offer the visitor as it nestles on the banks of the immense Ashtamudi Lake. The city was earlier known as Quilon and was an ancient trading port with the old world. Today, it is famous as a tourism center by virtue of the scenic palm-shaped Ashtamudi Lake which also forms the beginning of the backwaters.

This lake and its associated backwaters offer panoramic views of an unforgettable array of sights and sounds. The lake is fed by eight channels and has a vast surface area of 61.42 km making it the second largest lake in Kerala. It is also the most-often visited lake in the state with tourist footfalls increasing every year. There is so much to see and do on the lake as it captivates the eyes of both the young and old.

The best way to enjoy the full serene beauty of this lake is by taking a houseboat trip. Houseboats are country boats crafted entirely of wood; however, don’t let that fact mislead you as they come fully-loaded with modern facilities like air-conditioned rooms, aesthetically-designed bathrooms and an open lounge area that offers uninterrupted views of the beautiful scenery.

As you cruise by on the smooth surface of the lake, enjoy endless panoramic views of the towering coconut grooves standing guard over the banks. In-between these, you can catch brief glimpses of local village life and small kids waving as you glide by. There are numerous islands dotting the surface of this lake, beckoning you to come explore. Out of these, Munroe Island is the largest and you can watch local activities here like prawn feeding, fishing, coir retting, and coir weaving. A cruise through the waterways also offers you glimpses of exotic water birds nesting in the mangrove grooves.

There are different types of cruise packages available to suit your needs; you can go for the day package or the overnight package where you get to sleep under the stars on the lake. You can also choose to go with privately-owned houseboats or those operated by DTPC. But if you are staying over at The Raviz Resorts & Spa in Kollam, then you are in luck as they will arrange their own classy houseboat cruise for you with onboard meals of your choice!

Getting to Kollam is easy as it’s well-connected by highways and is just a 71 km drive away from Trivandrum airport; the nearest railway station is 5 km away.

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The Sarovaram Biopark is an eco-friendly bio-park that was created with the intention of conserving the wetlands and mangrove forests in Calicut city. Located in Kottoli, by the side of the NH bypass, it covers an area between Eranjipalam and Baby Memorial Hospital Junction. This urban wetlands area in the Malabar region in Kerala is among one of the 27 wetlands identified by the central government of India for conservation under the National Wetlands Conservation Program. The presence of these wetlands within the city limits also helps in replenishing groundwater as well as aiding in flood control.

Interestingly, this bounty of nature is located in the heart of one of the biggest cities of Kerala and covers around 200 acres of land. The park is very thoughtfully designed as eco-friendly tourism in a sustainable manner which is also aimed at boosting tourism in the Malabar region of Calicut. It runs along an 11km-long canal that connects the Korappuzha and Kallayi rivers and also brings in an influx of saline water which makes the environment ideal for sustaining the growth of the mangroves and fisheries.

The park was inaugurated in 2008 and is rich in biodiversity and perfect for nature enthusiasts. It’s a birders paradise as you can catch glimpses of a myriad variety of water birds at the bird sanctuary here. There is also an interesting otter park here where you can watch these amazing creatures skitter about their routine activities. Other captivating places of interest here include the butterfly park and the aquarium. There is also a tree covered canal walkway for a peaceful stroll or boating facilities, coracles and rafting for those looking for greater excitement.

Aside from giving you a taste of surreal natural beauty, this bio-park also has a children’s park, an open-air theatre, and musical fountains. The serene environment also beckons out to many morning and evening walkers for a wholesome rejuvenation experience. This warm embrace of nature called the Sarovaram Bio-park appeals to both the young and old as there is something here to enthrall everyone. With about 200 acres of natural beauty just waiting to be explored, a visit to Calicut is incomplete without experiencing the full flavor of the Sarovaram Bio-park.

You could stay over at The Raviz Calicut hotel when visiting the city as it is ideally located close to all important places. It is about 29km from the airport and 3km from the railway station, making it the perfect oasis to relax, put your feet up and get pampered royally!

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Organizing a conference is more than just providing a platform for meaningful discussions. The organizer needs to delve deep into many issues when it comes to selecting the perfect conference venue. Since there is nothing like one-size-fits-all for conference venues, you will first need to have an idea of the number of people attending, their age group and food and accommodation needs. Here’s a look at some of the important parameters you need to look into:

Accessibility – An ideal conference venue should be easily accessible by train, plane or good roads. The venue should also have sufficient parking space for the attending guests.

Accommodation – You should look for a venue that also provides accommodation as many guests might be coming from far-flung areas. A number of hotels offer up-to-date conference halls too. Look for one that offers a Wi-Fi connection.

Technology – Ensure that the conference hall comes fully-equipped with the latest in audio-visual equipment and is backed with internet availability. Ensure there is enough space for whiteboards and projectors as well as sufficient electrical outlets within the conference hall too. It’s best to visit the facilities before finalizing the venue.

Catering – Your choice of conference venue should also offer decent catering arrangement for the attendees. To keep your guests comfortable means providing the best dining for them. Choice of multi-cuisine facilities makes it easier to take care of the differing gastronomic needs of all the guests. Ensure that there is vegetarian food available too.

Staff – In order to have the event go off smoothly, ensure an adequate number of staff to look into all the different aspects. There should be someone on the ground to welcome the conference attendees and complete their registration formalities. Ensure that they are shown to their respective accommodations as the case may be. There should also be someone professional to take care of their food and beverage needs. Another person with technical knowledge should be around to ensure the audio-visual equipment usage goes hitch-free.

The Raviz Calicut hotel in Kozhikode, Kerala, offers excellent conference facilities. It offers ‘The Senate’ hall which is ideal for seating around 60 guests theatre-style. Another facility, ‘The Empire’ can accommodate up to 175 people, with both halls offer well-appointed spaces with the best of audio-visual facilities. And with the easy availability of well-appointed rooms, a car park that accommodates more than a 1000 vehicles and three multi-cuisine restaurants to cater to every taste, the Raviz Calicut is your best venue choice!

What’s more, it’s just 29km from the airport and 3km from the railway station, making it easily accessible too.

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Calicut (also known as Kozhikode), a coastal city located in Kerala is famous for its history, culture and natural beauty. The city is well-known as having been the point where the Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama first landed in India in 1498 and made the city into a major spice trading center.

The city was also known for its trade in timber. The Kallayi River was used for transporting a majority of this timber from the nearby Nilambur forest region. It is one of the smallest rivers in Calicut, spanning a length of 40km. It originates in the Western Ghats and was connected to the Chaliyar River through two man-made canals for timber transportation. Though this river was the nerve-center for Calicut’s timber trade, today it is mainly used for recreational purposes.

The Chaliyar River is the fourth longest river in Calicut and empties out into the Arabian Sea. There are numerous places of natural beauty and cultural significance along the Kallayi River and its extension towards the Chaliyar River. You could visit the picturesque Kakkayam dam nestled within lush greenery and teeming with interesting wildlife. This area is also perfect for rock climbing and trekking. The stunning Urakkuzhi waterfall nearby and shouldn’t be missed either.

The Peruvannamuzhi dam is another scenic picnic spot nestled within the hills. You could go boating here and visit the islands or visit the beautiful garden, bird sanctuary or crocodile farm instead. Kalipoika, just 2km from the city, also offers boating and other fun recreational facilities. The coastal town of Beypore is where the Chaliyar River forms an estuary as it drains out into the Arabian Sea. The area is known for its biodiversity as well as having been a great trading center, fishing harbor, and a ship-building center.

And if you are interested in places of cultural significance, then head to the Mannur temple believed to be one of the 108 temples built by the great sage Parashurama. It’s believed to be around a 1000-years-old. Nadapurram is of significance as an important Islamic center, and shouldn’t be missed.

Numerous other attractions are available in and around this ancient city which is now an important center for business. The Raviz Calicut here is an oasis of luxury for people travelling to the city. This hotel offers the best facilities along with a number of multi-cuisine restaurants, swimming pool and large, spacious rooms offering panoramic views of the city.

It is ideally located just 29km from Calicut airport and 3km from the railway station, making it the ideal stop-over for travelers.

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