Places to Visit in Kerala
Places to visit in Kerala:
We all know that Kerala is famous for its spices. However, it is also famous for its houseboat cruises and backwaters. In this article, we will share some details about the best places to visit in Kerala. You can enjoy your holiday with Tourtravelogy for Kerala Trip. You can feel the natural beauty of Kerala and have peace.
Kerala’s backwaters for cruises over 85 km from Quilon to Alleppey and Kochi along the placid palm-fringed waterways. The town of Alleppey also known as Alappuzha has India’s longest Vembanad Lake is set amidst canals on backwater channels. Therefore, it has earned the title of the Venice of East. It is already of tourist importance being a commercial mart and the starting point of Kerala’s famous snake boat races.
Tourist can easily book Kerala backwaters houseboat or cruise to spend some quality time in the serene environment of Alleppey. Plenty of tour operators offers some good Kerala backwaters tour starting from Alleppey along with nice stay accommodation. Also, they offer various Kerala backwaters hotels and resorts located in different destinations aside from houseboats. Alleppey is just about 60 km from Kochi and approx 150 km from Trivandrum; hence this beautiful destination is easily accessible. Apart from the main attraction of backwaters in Alleppey travelers can also visit nearby places such as Alappuzha beach which offers a scenic view of Laccadive Sea, Lord Krishna Temple, Dharma Sastha Temple, and St. Andrew’s Basilica etc. Thus, Alleppey plays a vital role to boost backwater travel activity under Kerala Tourism. You can also enjoy some other backwater options in Kerala mentioned below:
- Thiruvananthapuram Backwaters
- Kumarakom Backwaters
- Kuttanad Backwaters
- Kozhikode Backwaters
Munna is a heaven for Tea Lovers! Munnar is one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala. However, the surrounding of Munnar is famous for its tea plantations. You can visit the Tea estates here and watch tea being picked and processed, and try fresh tea directly from the gardens. You can also enjoy visiting tea museum in Munnar. It serves as the commercial center for some of the world’s largest tea estates. It’s also one of the best places for honeymoon in south India.
The area is blessed with the natural beauty of hills, and forests (full of exotic pl
ants and wildlife). Anamudi is the highest peak in south India where you can trek. Some other locations to visit are Eravikulam National Park, or you may go for rock climbing and Paragliding. Also, Munnar has many protected areas which are home to highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji.
3. KOCHI (COCHIN)
Also known as Cochin, KOCHI is located on the south-west coast of India.
This city has a great history of trading. This city is also famous as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.
The city is marked by influences of Arabs, Dutch, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Chinese and the British city as well as that of the Indian rule of Chera Dynasty followed by the rule of the Feudal Lords. A gaggle of islands inter-connected by ferries, this cosmopolitan town has upmarket stores, art galleries and some of the finest heritage accommodations. In a true vintage-meets-future fashion, pubs, restaurants, shopping hubs and futuristic stores crowd Ernakulum, Jew Town, and Fort Kochi while palaces, beaches, temples and heritage sites marking their presence too.
Poovar is one of a lovely island in Kerala with long stretches of glowing sand and serene surroundings. It is a small town located 27 km from Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) with unspoiled, unexplored beaches and beautiful backwaters of Kerala.
Poovar is famed for its scenic beach. The beach is also dotted with classy resorts that make it one of the ideal places to visit in Kerala.
Poovar is mainly inhabited by the fishing community. It is an ideal geta
way to explore the intriguing culture and traditions of the locals. However, the pleasant weather, exotic flora, and fauna including spice farmlands, banana groves and swaying coconut trees adds charm to this already incredible town. However, you won’t find any sports activity here owing to the fishing population but a cruise to neighboring
village amid the clear blue water is an unforgettable experience.
Thekkady is a heaven hidden in thick forests and wild vegetation. You can see diffe
rent species of animals including tigers, sambars, gaurs, and lion-tailed macaques. Also, there are elephants, lions, deer, bisons, boars, and the Great Indian tigers. Thekkady is the most favorite tourist places in Kerala for its wildlife. Boating and wildlife observation are two of the favorite activities there.
Best time to visit: November to early-May
Nearest airport: Madurai Airport is just 136 km away.
Kovalam is one of the best beaches in Kerala. It is famous for Ayurvedic treatments, celebrations, sunbathing fests, and water sports like parasailing.
People from different countries, cultures, and states come together and add spark to the beauty of the beach. Kovalam’s coastline is always busy with activities.
Varkala is one of Kerala’s most scenic seaside places in Kerala. The seaside and greenery at other side attract thousands of tourists. You can enjoy watersports there. It is popular for activities like surfing, boat riding, parasailing, and jetting are the main attraction of the beach.
You can enjoy the lovely sunsets which have the unmatched beauty of nature. The hues of colorful rays make for a surreal atmosphere. Also, you can find several beach resorts in Kerala, around Varkala to add values to your holiday.
Varkala is also an important religious place in Hindu culture. Adorned with many Hindu temples, it welcomes many religious travelers and heritage lovers to its seams with open arms. With so much packed in a single city, Varkala is certainly fit to be among the best places to visit in Kerala.
Experience rich cultural heritage and pomp in Thrissur. It is famous for it’s rich cultural values along with scenic splendour like picturesque waterfalls and beaches. Also, Thrissur Pooram and Onam celebrations are most memorizing fests. You may also name it as ‘cultural capital of Kerala’. You may visit during April and May to experience the grandeur of Thrissur Pooram festival. However, the best time to visit is October to March.
Popular tourist attractions there are Snehatheeram Beach, Vazhachal Waterfalls, Vadakkunnathan Temple, Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple and Athirappilly Waterfalls
Wayanad is famous for it’s greenest places in Kerala. The word ‘Wayanad’ means the land of paddy fields. This popular town is famous for its wildlife and spice plantations. This place is filled with enchanting waterfalls and caves with comfortable home stays and several resorts.
Wayanad has a plenty of options for its visitors. The entire region is completely green with hilly ranges and wildlife including Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu, in the south, Mananthvadi in the north-west and Sultan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east.
Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, taking that trek into the pre-historic caves and experiencing a resort holiday is one of the many things you can do to get a taste of Wayanad. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India.
Kannur is the picture-perfect coastal town of Kerala. In past, it was famous as “Cannanore”. It is another scenic place to visit in Kerala, popular for weaving industries. Feel the charm of this beautiful colonial town, located on the northeastern coast of Kerala with its sun-kissed beaches bordered by luxuriant cashew plantations, ancient temples, splendid monuments and British and Dutch style buildings.