With 600 km of Arabian Sea shoreline, Kerala is also known as the God’s Own Country because of its natural beauty and scenic splendor and its among the top most tourist destination in India. It is well know for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals, Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations and National parks. The beautiful scenery all around Kerala makes it a must visit destination in India.
we are covering the top most cities and places for your visit in this beautiful state.
1. Alappuzha /Alleppey
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is best known for the houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters. Network of canals will give you a feel of Venice. The annual event here have a Punnamada Lake’s snake boat races which is well known through out the country.
Places to visit : Alleppey Beach, Karumadikkuttan, marari beach, Kerela Backwaters, vembanad lake, krishnapuram palace
Kumarakom bird sancuary (near allepy) 35 km
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (Kottayam district ) is situated at Kumarakom, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is a favorite haunt of migratory birds. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia.
Kochi (also known as Cochin) has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
Places to visit: Chottanikara Bhagavathy Temple, Cherai Beach,marine drive, Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, Athirapally Falls, chinese fishing nets, Fort Kochi, Paradesi Synagogue, Folklore Museum, Santa Cruz Basilica, St Francis Church
Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range, Surrounded by rolling hills with acres of tea plantations, Beautiful valleys, lots of greenery and wildlife. With mountain trekking, fresh breeze, amazing views, Munnar is one of the top hill stations in India.
The tourist season at Munnar, like all the other popular tourist destinations in Kerala starts from August and runs up to March.
Places to visit: Attukal waterfalls, Devikulam, Rajmala, Mattupetty, Pothamedu, Anamudi peak, Kolukkumalai tea estate, Blossom Park, Kundala lake
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (50 km from Munnar)
The Sanctuary is located in the Idukki district. It is one of twelve wildlife sanctuaries among the protected areas of Kerala. It is a well known repository of medicinal plants and supports a healthy population of grizzled giant squirrel, star tortoise, tufted grey langur, gaur, spotted deer, slender loris, wild elephant, crocodile, tiger, leopard and many a birds, insects and plants.
Anamudi (11km from Munnar) ( Eravikulam National Park)
It is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India,The Anamudi peak is famous for trekking expedition in Munnar. The peak is 2,695 metres elevated above the ground.
Vagamon (100km from Munnar)
Vagamon or Wagamon is a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki district of Kerala. Vagamon has an overtone of greenery with a never-ending line of lush green hills, breathtaking ravines and meandering rivulets. A perfect tourist place situated 1200 meters above the sea level.
Thekkady (90 km from Munnar) (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary)
Thekkady consisiting of the rich evergreen forest. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, deer and bison that come down to drink in the lake.
Among the prettiest areas of Kerala, Wayanad has a multitude of options for its visitors. It’s part of the 1600 km long Western Ghats, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.
Places to visit: Chembra Peak, Neelimala, Meenmutty waterfalls, Chethalayam, Pakshipathalam, Banasura Sagar Dam
Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is the capital f Kerela. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family. It is located at the South Western tip of India, is bounded by the Arabian sea on the West and Tamil Nadu on the East.
Places to visit: Kovalam Beach, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, The Napier Museum, Sree Chitbra Art Gallery
Varkala (30km from thiruvananthapuram) Nearby is the Varkala town, on the Arabian Sea and is well known for the ever charming Varkala Beach.
Thrissur is known for its historical and natural sights. In addition to religious experiences, Thrissur offers an array of colorful festivals. If you have interest in history and temples, Thrissur would not let you down. Lots of waterfalls are also there close to the city to explore.
Places to visit: Vadakummnathan temple, Athirapally Falls, vazhachal falls, charpa falls, chavakad beach, bible tower, Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple
Vasco da Gama landed here in 1498, Kozhikode is close to Kappad Beach and a significant spice trade center. The central Kozhikode Beach, overlooked by an old lighthouse, is a popular spot for watching the sunset. Inland, tree-lined Mananchira Square, with its musical fountain, surrounds the massive Mananchira Tank, an artificial pond.
Places to visit: Kappad beach, Kozhikode beach, Thusharagiri Falls,Sarovaram Biopark, Tali siva temple, Panniyankara Bhagavati Temple
Enjoy your time in this dream state called Kerala !