On the southern most tip of India, lies the idyllic land of Kerala. Known to be just a slip of a land where the Arabian Sea nuzzles the Western Ghats, this socialist state of Southern India offers a lot more than what its girth displays.
Lauded all over the world for its fantastic landscapes, beautiful Kerala hill stations, splendid beaches and more Kerala tourist places. Kerala, probably is known mostly for its amazing backwaters. When you are in Kerala, life seems to slow down all of a sudden.
You tend to sink into the lazy lifestyle of the place and share the warmth offered by its people who love to welcome new faces into their lives, even if for a brief period. The warmth and hospitality offered by the people of Kerala is one of their main USP which keeps attracting more and more visitors from all over the world to cross its verdant portals.
Backed by its natural advantages, Kerala has fast emerged as a popular tourist destination.
Further aiding this, are the host of awards, accolades and appreciations that the state tourism has bagged from various National and International organizations. Some of the most popular ones include:
• ITB Berlin Golden City Gate Gold Award for Print Campaign on Backwaters, 2014
• Government of India’s Most innovative Tourism Project 2012 -13 – Kochi – Muziris Biennale
• PATA Grand Award for Environment – Zero Waste Kovalam, 2006
• UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award – Honorable Mention – Arakkal Kettu, Kannur, 2006
• PATA Gold Award for Ecotourism, 2004
• PATWA International Award for Leisure, Tourism, 2000-2001
Why do we recommend Kerala as your next tourism destination?
Kerala offers a host of attractive tourist spots to entice tourists.
The stunning cliffs of Varkala, the meandering misty roads of Munnar, the jungles of Periyar and Wayanad and the thrilling adventure of Chinar have all helped in donning the state with a unique characteristic.
The cloud kissed hills of Munnar and Wyanad help to remind you of how partial God has been while creating this beautiful state. Probably a lazy stroll in the houseboats floating on the Kerala backwaters is the best way to define bliss.
The colonial flavor that one gets in Fort Cochin is rarely found anywhere else. The cobbled streets of the Jewish settlements in Cochin (also known as the Kochi) are the last and the only remnant of the existence of the Indian Jews and is a splendid walk back in history. Every shop and building in the area refreshes the mind with tales of Cochin’s colonial era.
Despite its strong colonial influence, Kerala retains a strong bond with its own history. The Kathakali performances enthralling tourists, both local as well as international, is a strong reminder of Kerala’s refusal to break away from its culture and traditions.
The Chinese fishing nets seen drying in the balmy winds blowing over the Kochi beaches has become an intrinsic part of Kerala’s Culture. It is indeed a treat watching the fishermen operate them to get their day’s catch.
Serving one of the most unique delicacies on every plate, an authentic Kerala Cuisine is different from anything ever tasted in India. Slightly hard on the palate it will require some time till the uninitiated can adjust to its spicy flavors. However, once done, it will be something that one will remember for a long time to come.
Donned with a unique collection of sights and sounds, Kerala is indeed a treat to the senses. With some of the best destinations, flavored with awesome cuisines and served with amiable local culture, Kerala, no doubt offers, a heady concoction. It helps in refreshing the mind and rejuvenating the body, making it a must-see destination in India.
What is so special about Kerala?
Kerala is popularly known as “God’s own country.” The mist clad mountains, lush green valleys, tranquil backwaters, exotic beaches, and authentic Kerala cuisine that no one can resist is what makes Kerala one of the most preferred tourist destinations.
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We will acquaint you with some of those most beautiful Kerala tourist places that are awaiting your visit:
Whether you are on a honeymoon spree or whether you are planning to surprise your kids with a fantabulous holiday, Kerala has got everything to pamper you.
If you just want to delight yourself with some adventure kind of thing, then you should be nowhere but in Kerala.
Here, we handpicked those places to visit in Kerala to help you escape from the scorching heat of sun:
Lord Curzon referred to Alleppey as the “Venice of the East”, and you will soon find out what makes this rice bowl of Kerala one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Farming is the primary occupation of the people of Alleppey and rice is cultivated on a large scale here. Now, you know why Alleppey is referred to as the rice bowl of Kerala.
Also, one of the exciting facts is that farming is done above sea level here.
There is not just one thing that will excite you here in Alleppey, but there are a lot of things that you will love.
The Alleppey Houseboat Cruise is one of those wonderfully inexplicable experiences that a traveler is bound to feel at least once in a lifetime.
Your backwater cruise will take you across the tranquil network of waterways formed from canals, lagoons, lakes and rivers that interconnect together and finally join the Arabian Sea.
The lush green aquatic flora and the charm of the aquatic fauna that is widespread across the backwaters will leave you mesmerized.
Also, the Ambalapuzha temple and the pal payasam here is famous all over the world.
Alleppey is known for its churches that were built decades ago. The Fishing nets found here are original Chinese ones.
The coir factory is another attraction in Alleppey.
The authentic Alleppey cuisine is something that will arouse your taste buds, and we know you will ask for more.
The Arthunkal Church, Pathiramanal, Chetikulangara Bhagavathy Temple and Krishnapuram Palace are some of the attractions in Alleppey.
Also, don’t miss to visit the beaches of Alleppey.
The climate is almost moist and cool throughout the year.
Also, if you love road trips, you can gear off to Wayanad on your bullet. It is one of the best weekend getaways as recommended by some of the travel experts.
If you are a nature lover, then Wayanad hides in itself immense plush of scenic beauty like you have never seen before.
Wayanad boasts a history of tribal tradition and culture, wildlife and more.
You can delight yourself to some jungle safari, and treks if you are fond of these.
The Chembra Peak, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Thusharagiri, Banasura Sagar Dam, Pookot Lake, Edakkal caves, and Muthanga and others are waiting to welcome you with a feast of happiness this summer.
One of the Kerala tourist place famous all over the world.
What comes to your mind when you hear of Munnar?
The greenery of those snow-clad mountains and peaks and the carpet of greenery-laden tea estates that is what Munnar is famous for.
The tea museum, trekking across the Anamudi, and the Eravikulam National Park are the tourist attractions in here.
Now, who is not familiar to the awesomeness of Cochin?
If you ask what is so special about Cochin and why it is here in the list the answer is simple, everything about Cochin is special.
Starting from those Jewish Synagogues and Churches in Fort Kochi and Mattanchery, along with the Hill Palace in Tripunithura, each and every place in Cochin has a history to tell.
Take some time off in the evenings and go for a stroll across the Marine Drive, and while you stand here counting the tides, you can see the sun getting ready to bask deeper into the sea.
One of the reasons why Cochin is often called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea.
Also, Cochin is a natural harbor, and this is the reason you can find the footprints of the Arab, Chinese, Portuguese and British traders here.
Include Cochin in your list when you visit Kerala.
Again, the backwater tranquility of Kerala that extends from Alleppey to Quilon moves through Kumarakom.
This beautiful hamlet is somewhere you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the buzzing city life.
Embedded in the interconnected network of canals, lagoons, lakes, and rivers, Kumarakom is famous for its Vembanad Kayal Lake and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary is famous for the wide range of bird species including migratory birds that are found here.
You can enjoy the beauty of these backwaters on your Alleppey-Kumarakom Houseboat cruise that will be one of the most delighting experiences in your travel history.
Some of the most important government offices including the Secretariat are located here.
Also, Trivandrum is famous for its Shankumugham Beach, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Kovalam, Thenmala, Napier Museum and Sri Padmanabha Swami Kshetram, which is the pride of Trivandrum.
Calicut or Kozhikode holds in it a fresh breeze of air that carries with it the aroma of the sands of Kapad and Beypore beaches.
This aroma combines with it the sweetness of Kozhikodan Halwa and spices of the Kozhikodan Biryani and the fragrance of Ice Varati.
The splendidness of the Kozhikodan cuisines is popular all over the world.
Kakkayam, Balussery, Calicut Beach, Beypore, and Mananchira are some of the places which are crowded with tourists every season.
Known as the “Niagra of India”, the Athirappilly Falls is a 80 foot waterfall located on the Chalakudy River in Kerala’s Thrissur district. The Chalakudy River, which originates in the Anamudi Mountains cascades into this huge wall of water as it flows towards the Arabian Sea across the Vazhachal Forest region. The fall tumbles down in three separate streams and is at its most turbulent at this point. Gurgling and rippling it boisterously bounces over rocks and boulders in its path towards Kannamkuzhi before it reaches the Thumburmuzhi dam.
Athirappilly provides a scenic locale for visitors to unwind. They are treated to an exhilarating climb to the top of the falls amidst clusters of bamboo groves. The road leading from the Chalakudy River to the falls goes through a thick canopy of teak, bamboo and eucalyptus trees and is equally enchanting. As tourists traverse the verdant landscape, they are able to inhale and soak in the true flavor of Kerala.
Located at a distance of 5 km from the Athirappilly falls, the Vazachal falls from another popular tourist destination. Also located on the Chalakudy River, it nuzzles the Sholayar ranges. Along with its close neighbor, the Athirappilly falls, the Vazachal falls provides tourists with heavenly vistas.
The Vazachal forest area is also regarded as a popular picnic spot. It houses a healthy population of wildlife including the Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, bison, sambar, and lion-tailed macaque. The area is also famous for being the only place where the four exotic species of South India hornbills are found. These include the Great Hornbill, the Malabar Pied Hornbill, the Malabar Gray Hornbill, and the Indian Gray Hornbill. The Great Hornbill incidentally, is also the State Bird of Kerala.
The Thusharagiri Falls in Kozhikode district is actually the collected efforts of three independent streams which, while cascading down the mountains throws up a snowy mist, thus giving it its name. The falls are located on the Chalippuzha River, which is formed from two separate streams flowing down the Western Ghats.
The falls offer fantastic opportunity for trekking. Adventure loving tourists throng the area to clamber up the exotic trekking trails to discover nature in its most native state. The trails, leading you through rubber and Areca nut groves, provide a refreshing change from the daily humdrum.
National Geographic listed Vagamon among the top 50 must see tourist destinations in India. It is a small hill station located just 65 km away from Kottayam. This small hill station features with an abundance of nature and is nestled at high altitude of 1100 feet. It can be a perfect place for a honeymoon tours to Kerala or a holiday with the whole family. It is surrounded by three hills and is famous for its wide variety of orchids. The hill station offers stunning views to the tourists. There are plenty resorts here, which will offer you comfortable accommodation services.
It is one of the last non explored tropical forests in the country. It is situated in the Nilgiri Hills and has been considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Silent Valley is home to a huge number of rare species such as the Lion-tailed Macaque. It has a variety of habitats with clean rivers and plush greenery. It is a place worth visiting.
8842 feet in height, this is the highest peak in the mountains of Western Ghats and is about 13 kilometers away from Munnar. It was named Anamudi because it looks like an elephant head.