Famous Places to Visit in Kerala
Synonymously known as God’s own country, Kerala is a beautiful escape destination that is filled with a lot of tourist destinations in it. Hill-stations, backwaters, industrial cities, hamlets, and much more attractions are present here that one can explore.
Enriched with rich culture and heritage, Kerala is the ideal place for the ones who are in love with nature. For experiencing best of tourism, travellers around the world come to visit this land. If you are also planning to visit Kerala, here is a list of the best places that you can plan to visit.
Alleppey, famous for the backwater trips on houseboats and always comes on top among the best destinations to visit in Kerala. Alleppey beach lets you witness landscapes attractions with rich paddy areas below the water levels, small chapels, fishing with nets, ducks in the water, water lilies, etc. The best time to visit Kerala is October to December to experience the beauty of Alleppey.
Munnar is a remarkable hill station in South India and counted in the best tourist places in Kerala. It has unique views of verdant mountain slopes covered with 80,000 miles of green tea farms like organic bedding over mountains along with a view of low-flying clouds and dark valleys. There are also a lot of waterfalls and hiking routes in Munnar for the people seeking adventure.
Kochi formerly known, Cochin is a port city of Kerala located on the west coast of India in the Arabian Sea. Kochi is the part of a district of Ernakulam, the eastern part of the Kochi’s mainland and they both are named as twin cities. The city of Kochi is home to Kochi port, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and other leading chemical industries. The city of Kochi is the best tourist destination in Kerala and sixth best in India.
Wayanad district is located in the northeast of Kerala on the high altitudes of majestic Western Ghats. It is one of the least explore area of Kerala and the significant portion of tribal habitat. Wayanad is full of tourist attractions with Mountains Peaks, Rivers, lakes and waterfall and a unique tree house location for the people.
Kumarakom is most famous tourist spot located near the Kottayam city and known for its houseboat in backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Vembanad is the largest freshwater lake of South and longest lake in India. Kumarakom is a massive Bird Sanctuary and home to a wide variety of local and migratory birds.
Varkala in Kerala is a fantastic beach with a little seaside and a high cliff part which is complete with action and is among the best seaside places in Kerala. With the seaside about one range long and divided into two. The northern part is for sun worshippers & the south-east end is for Hindu lovers, and the Varkala tourist sightseeing includes attractions like Varkala Beach, Janardhana Temple, Sivagiri Mutt and Kappil Lake.
Kovalam, one of best beaches in Kerala, known for its New Year celebrations, deep physio massages, Ayurvedic treatments, sunbathing fests, and water sports. It has a crescent-shaped coastline, which is always buzzing with activities.
Thekkady is famous because of Periyar National Park. It is simply a heaven hidden in thick forests and wild vegetation. You get to see the nearly extinct species of animals including tigers, sambars, gaurs and lion-tailed macaques. Also, there are elephants, lions, Bisons, Great Indian tigers, and a variety of other abundant and exotic wildlife.
The capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is situated west coast of India and bordered by Tirunelveli, Kollam and Kanyakumari. Thiruvananthapuram is an Evergreen city of India and also considered as one of the 10 greenest cities in India. The largest city in Kerala is an IT hub and home to several educational institutes, Napier Museum and Research Laboratory.
Just 52 miles away from Palakkad, Nelliampathy a fascinating place to visit and enjoy. Often known as ‘Poor man’s Ooty’ it is also popular for the hiking paths and adventure experiences it offers.
Across the Idukki-Kottayam border, there is a captivating hill station called Vagamon, studded with meadows, gardens, tea plantations and valleys. Vagamon is a promising hill station holiday retreat for Indian as well international tourists. The place is cuddled up within Thangal, Murugan and Kurishumala hills which represent the three prominent religions of Kerala.
Bekal is primarily known for its Bekal Fort, which is rated amongst the best tourist places in Kerala. This giant keyhole shape fort with the eminence of the sea surrounding, greenery view from the top and the cool breeze sets an exotic feel on the fort.
Marari Beach just 2 km away from Alleppey, so it’s easy to combine backwater cruise and stay to see best sides of Kerala. Marari is not much crowded like Kovalam and Varkala. Palm trees and sleepy fishing villages border a long, undeveloped stretch of white sand in this area.
Kozhikode is known as Calicut located on the south-west coast of Kerala and bordered by Kannur, Wayanad, and the Arabian Sea. Calicut is the same place where Vasco da Gama landed and among the territories ceded to the British East India Company by Tipu Sultan of Mysore.
The city is known as City of Spices and popular for its numerous temples, mosques accompanied with other attractions like Thusharagiri Falls, Kuttiyadi Dam and Seaport.
Thrissur is known as cultural capital of Kerala situated in the central of in Thrissur District. The city hosts many cultural, spiritual and religious festival of the state, Thrissur Pooram festival is the most colourful and spectacular among them. Puli Kali is also known as Tiger dance is one of the most popular folk art performed here during Onam festival.
Ashtamudi translates into eight channels and is the second longest lake in Kerala stretching a distance of 16 km, finally merging into the sea at the estuary in Neendakara in Kollam. The place is famous for Monroe Island and the longest backwaters cruise experience.
Kannur or Cannanore means the land of Lord Krishna, is a city located in in the North Malabar region of Kerala. The district is famous for its Theyyam art, pristine beaches and Adventure Tourism. Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach is the most famous beach over here and only one Drive-in Beach in Asia; other beaches are Payyamballam, Meenkunnu and Ezhara beaches.