Tourists bitten by the travel bug will find numerous enchanting places like the ancient forts of Tipu Sultan, two of which are now in ruins (the forts feature secret tunnels, one of which is rumoured to run beneath the backwaters), then there’s the dune with an ancient Sri Krishna temple, flanked by a run-down Jewish Synagogue, a mosque and a church which is part of a fort built originally built by Tipu. Very close to Hotel Cee Cee Tower is the Mookambika temple; only two exist in India. There is also the ancient Arayankavu temple, which is more than 2000 years old. The famed Kodungallore temple too is close by, incidentally on the highway to Guruvayoor temple, or the church built at the place where Saint Thomas first landed. As important are the Manjumatha and Kottakavu Churches.
The country’s first Muslim mosque the Cheeraman Mosque which was built originally to resemble a temple. Parur was also host to the earliest Jewish traders. The country’s first printing press was established in Parur. The finest hand loom fabrics are made in a small village.
Parur offers immense possibilities for the adventure tourist. A trip by country boats through the canals flowing through small villages gives glimpses of typical rustic Kerala lifestyle. And a houseboat trip along the scenic backwaters is an unforgettable experience. There are ample possibilities for fishing trips too. And then its sun, sand and surf at Cherai Beach – one of the fastest growing tourist spot in South India. Unlike most, the beach at Cherai is clean and is devoid of nauseating smells of any kind. The water is clear and the beach is quite long too. To add a unique dimension to beach side fun.
Your trip to Parur is bound to be spectacular and possibly one of the best holiday. You’ve had all your lifetime. Easy accessibility to other tourist spots is an inherent advantage.