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PLACES/INSTITUTIONS AVAILABLE WITHIN 100 KMs FOR STUDY TOURS WITH BRIEF DESCRIPTION
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Place or InstitutionDistance from KV AkkulamBrief description
1Tropica Botanical Garden & Research Institute, Palode (TBGRI)25 KmsWide-variety of Medicinal plants  
2Central Tuber Crops Research Institue (CTCRI) Sreekaryam5 kmsFirst hand information regarding all tuber crops can be obtained. 
3Technopark, Kazhakoottam15 kmsInformation Technology  hub of Kerala. Nearly 17,000 people employed. 
4Zoo, Palayam06 KmsWild animals, birds, snakes etc can be seen at close qurters.Contact : 0471- 2318294
5Neyyar Dam32 KmsBoating facility through the reservoir,  Lion  Safari Park, Crocodile Park and deer park; breath taking sight from the watch towerContact 0471-2272182
6Ponmudi60 kmsHill resort; 915 metres above sea-level; a haven for rare Sps; Deer park, trekking facility availableContact- 0472-2890230
7Kanya kumari72 kmsConfluence of Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and Indianocean; Kumari temple, Vivekananda rock etc worth seeing
8Priyadarshini Planetarium & Science Museum, PMG Junction6 kmsOne can witness the wonders of the sky here. Contact 0471 - 2306024
9Kovalam Beaches15 kms3 beaches- light House Beach, Hawa Beach & Samudra Beach Internationally acclaimedContact – 0471-2480085
10CMFRI, Aquarium, Vizhinjam15 kmsRare marine sps of animals can be seen; Different sps of echinoderms;Contact – 0471 - 2480224
11Varkala Papanasam Beach40 kmsHills overlooking the beach; 2000 Yr old Janardhana Swami templeContact 0470- 260277
12Shanghumugam Beach8 kmsNear airport; Indore recreation club and traffic training park for children availableContact – 0471 - 2321132
13Museum, Palayam6 KmsNamed Napier Museum mainly a History Museum.  Houses ornaments, etc. of royal period; also ancient sculpturesContact No. 0471 - 2318294
14Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Palayam 6 KmsGallery houses paintings of Raja Ravi varma and others; Rajput, Mughal & Tanjore style paintings displayed.  Paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali are on displayContact – 0471 - 2318294
15Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam50 KmsMain Beach of Kollam
16Kerala Legislative Assembly Building, PMG Junction6 kmsAn architectural marvel
17Observatory, Palayam6 KmsSituated an observatory hill, 60 metres above sea level.  One can have a panoramic view of the city from here surrounded by a beautiful garden; It is one of the oldest observatories of IndiaContact : 0471 - 2322732
18Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, East Fort10 kmsOne of the main Vaishnava temples of India; Seven-storeyed Gopuram, Murals and sculptures of adi dravida style; entry restricted; Contact  - 0471 – 2450233
19Kuthiramalika Museum, East Fort.10 kmsBuilt by Swati Tirunal, Travancore-style sculpture;Contact – 0471-2473952
20Veli Tourist Village12 KmsMain picnic spot in the city.  Confluence of sea and lake; Boating facility; park and floating bridge.Contact 0471-2500785
21AkkulamTourist Village02 kmsBanks of Akkulam lake; Boating facility; Swimming pool, Musical Fountain, Childrens Park.
22Agastyarkoodam60 kmsSecond highest mountain-range in Kerala; part of sahyadri range, 1890 metres above sea-level; Picture postcard view; trekking facility; Medicinal plants and rare birds; permission of Forest Department needed for visit Contact – 0471 2360762.
23Aruvikkara Dam18 KmsSupplies drinking water to the city; picnic spot near the dam; ancient Durga temple nearby.Contact – 0471 - 2321132
24Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thakala54 KmsHeadquarters of Travancore kings noted for its murals;   Contact – 04651-250255
25Peppara Wild life Sanctuary50 kmsIn western Ghats 52 sq.kms; Lions, elephantsContact – 0472 - 2892344
26Asan Memorial, Thonakkal20  kmsPlace where the Malayalam poet Kumaran Asan lived.
27Santhigiri Astram, Pothencode20 KmsNataraj Guru’s Asharam
 

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