About 4 km to the west of Udupi, Malpe is an important port of the Karnataka coast. It is situated at the mouth of the Malpe River. The river is navigable to small cargo boats for about 10 kms during high tide. The place has fascinating natural scenic view.
Mahé, known as Mayyazhi in the local Malayalam language, is officially a part of the Union Territory of Puducherry. Mayyazhi means “eyebrow of the sea”. It is a small 9 sq kms beautiful town surrounded on all sides by Kerala.
The Sri Ranganatha Temple, located in Vrindavan, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi. The temple also houses the idols of Sita-Rama and Lakshmana, Lord Narasimha, Ramanujacarya and Venugopala.
Alleppey is roughly midway between Kollam which is approx 83 kms to its south and Kochi which is 65 kms to its North. It was once known as the wealthiest ports along the Malabar Coast, shipping spices, cashews, tea, coffee, etc from the backwaters.
Thanks to the technology that developed the cable-car centuries ago, travelling between the mountains has become a lot easier today!
Cycling from Kanyakumari to Leh-Kollam or Quilon, as it was known to the Portuguese, has its mention in the Greek literature as well. It is an international center of trade even now and is a prosperous commercial center.
Cycling from Kanyakumari to Leh: Kanyakumari town is named after the goddess Kanyakumari Amman, a popular deity of the area. Legend has it that the goddess Parvathi in one of her incarnations as devi Kanniya did penance on one of the rocks of this “Land’s end” to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. If you visit a travel agency for the local tour, you have to shell out anywhere around Rs. 1,500 for the places which you can see on your own as they are quite nearby to one another.