Places to see in Neyyattinkara

In Neyyattinkara there are two important places to see.One is Aruvippuram, the holy land of Sree Narayana Guru is an important pilgrim centre near Neyyattinkara and the other is Neyyar Dam is another popular picnic spot near Neyyattinkara.

Neyyattinkara Sree Krishna Swami Temple– Neyyattinkara Sree Krishna Swamy Temple situated at Neyyattinkara isdevoted to Lord Krishna. Neyyattinkara Shri Krishnaswamy Temple was built in 1755, by Marthanda Varma, the Maharajah of the Indian princely state of Travancore.

Aruvippuram – It is a village in the southern district of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is famous for the Siva temple established by Sri Narayana Guru. The Guru consecrated the Siva idol in the year 1888. Aruvippuram Sivarathri is a very popular event attended by a large numbers of devotees and followers of Guru. Sivarathri also marks the anniversary of the Aruvippuram Siva temple. Kodithooki Mala is a rocky hill nearby the Aruvippuram Siva temple. There is a cave on top of this hill, where Guru used to visit for rest, solitariness and tapas

Neyyar Dam – The Neyyar Dam is a concrete gravity-type with a height of 56 m (184 ft) and length of 294 m (965 ft). A charming dam site, the region is a treasure trove of some rare medicinal herbs. The adjacent Neyyar Lake is ideal for a boat ride and opens up glorious panoramic vistas of the dense wilderness and the dark silhouette of the Western Ghats in the backdrop. This dam was built in 1958 on the basins of the three main rivers namely Neyyar, Mullayar and Kallar. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses the Dam and is an abode of wild animals such as elephants, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, wild boar, porcupines, jungle cats, tigers and snakes among others.

Crcodile Farm – The crocodile farm is a great pleasure for reptile lovers. Outside of that, there is a lion safari park and deer park around which you can ride a jeep and spot wildlife. Nonetheless, the Neyyar Dam remains a major draw to the sanctuary, with the Neyyar Lake adding a sense of tranquility to the sumptuous wilderness. You can enjoy boating on the crystal-clear waters of the reservoir and capture the jungle from a different perspective. The Neyyar Dam supports a large population of crocodiles and otters. You will notice that the garden at the dam site is speckled with larger than life statues to add a bit of drama to the surroundings.

Neyyar Dam

By- Martin Maravattickal (Flickr)

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