There are several tourist places in Kerala that tourists have to include in their itinerary when on a holiday trip to India. The state has everything- amazing backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, rivers, hill stations, ethnic cuisines, rejuvenation facilities, spas and beaches that are a must to be visited and explored. Kerala, popularly called God’s own country, is a land of diversifying natural beauty on the coast of Arabian sea and rich in culture and traditions.
Kerala tourist places that you must include in your holiday:
Every tourist must include the following places while chalking out their holidays in Kerala. Consult your travel guide while planning your trip. Kerala has three seasons. The best season to visit Kerala is between the months of September to March. April and May are hot while it is rainy season between June and August.
Kerala although is not too big in size like some other states in the country has something to offer for every kind of traveler. It is not possible to cover all the places in a short trip. Study the Kerala travel guide that you can come across with all the leading tour operators or browse the internet about Kerala Tourism and plan a leisurely trip and have a memorable holiday. You will definitely want to come back again and again to this amazing state.
Famous for its backwater trips on houseboats, Alleppey is rated among the best Kerala tourism destinations. It has been described as “Venice of the East” by the British Viceroy Lord Curzon. Visitors can enjoy viewing lavish paddy areas under the water levels, small chapels, water lilies, ducks in water ponds, fishing with nets while on a houseboat vacation. Experience the fun of eating traditional food in banana leaves. While at Alleppey visit some of the popular places like Chettikulangara Bhagavathy temple, Krishnapuram Palace, Alappuzha Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Arthunkal Church, Sri Krishna Temple etc.
Munnar is considered to be among the most popular hill stations in India and the summer capital for the British. The hill station makes an ideal gateway for the honeymooners and reckoned among the best places to visit in Kerala. Munnar has many compact bungalows, lavish and luxurious hotels and resorts and plays host to lots of vegetation and organic tea plantations. Tourists will definitely enjoy the waterfalls and hiking routes in Munnar. Some of the popular attractions surrounding Munnar include Mathupetty Dam, Kundala lake, Blossom Park, Attukal waterfalls, Eravikulam national park, Lockhart cap, Pothamedu viewpoint, Tata Tea Museum, and Meesapulimala.
While on a Kerala tour, you must experience visiting and staying in a local village, sipping on tender coconut water and enjoying the backwaters and the warm fresh air. You will get all these and much more at Kumarakom. Although considered to be a sleepy hamlet, Kumarakom offers cruising, boating, fishing and exotic flora and fauna. Enjoy the local Kerala food and the warmth and hospitality of the local Keralite. Some of noteworthy places to visit are the Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Kumarakom backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls, Jama masjid, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Driftwood Museum, Valiapally, Cheryapally, Vambanad Lake and Pathiramal Island.
To have a feel of the greener parts of Kerala one must visit Wayanad which in Malayalam translates to paddy. Some of the Kerala famous places are in Wayanad. The district is a balance between nature and heaven and rich in tribal heritage and agriculture. You can have a wonderful time observing the lifestyle of over 50 odd tribes in the region. Wayanad is not as densely populated as the other districts. Some of the important tourist places in the region include Eddekkal caves, Sultan Bathery, Chembra Peak, Pookot Lake, Kalpetta, Sentinel rock falls, Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, Lakkidi, Banasura sagar dam and several more. Wayanad is also referred as a “trekkers paradise” and nature lovers must plan a stay at the Vythiri resort. There are many myths and folklores associated behind places like Chain tree, Papanasini river and Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple which you may find interesting to learn about.
Periyar Wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady is among the best wildlife sanctuaries in the country. It is a home to several species of animals like tigers, elephants, sambars, gaurs and the rare lion tailed macaques. Situated on the banks of river Periyar, in an area of 777 square kms, of which 360 square kms is the forest area, Thekkady has attracted every type of tourist. Take a boat trip on the Thekkady lake and enjoy viewing the wildlife. Thekkady in addition to the wildlife sanctuary has some of the best tourist places in Kerala which include Abraham’s spice garden, Murrikkady (spice capital of Thekkady), Mangla Devi temple, Kadathanadan Kalari center, Ayurvedic garden, Pandikuzhi, Chellarkovil etc.
If you are in Kerala in the months of December/January, spend your new year eve in Kovalam. The Kovalam beach is considered among the best beaches in the country and a favorite spot for the tourists to relax in the sun, take a massage or have an Ayurvedic treatment. The crescent shaped beach has a light house at its southern end that gives an excellent view of the beach and Vizhinjam mosque. The other beaches in Kovalam are the Samudra beach on the north and Hawaii beach in the middle. Tourist village, Vizhinjam, Varkala are a few more places in and around Kovalam that one can consider visiting.
A hill station in the middle of meadows, valleys, gardens, tea estates and dales. Vagamon has always been an attraction for the tourists. It is an ideal holiday retreat option while in Kerala. Some of the attractions there include Thangal hills, Kurisumala, Vagamon Pine forest, Barren hills, Pattumala church, Maramala waterfalls etc.
More popularly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is a vibrant commercial city in Kerala. The exotic spices and the delicious Malabar food are very popular here. The buildings have a tinge of the Dutch and British architecture and the city has several historical and cultural sites, educational institutions etc. Popular tourist attractions around the city include Manachira Square, Tali Temple, Conolly Canal, HiLite Mall, Thusharagiri waterfalls, Kozhippara falls and Matri des Cathedral.
Yet another of the amazing places in Kerala, Varkala is among the best seaside places located about 50 odd kms away from Thiruvanthapuram. It is an important pilgrim spot for Hindus well known for the Papanasham (wash away your sins) beach. It is one of the lesser crowded beaches close to Kovalam. Some of the popular activities here include sun bathing, surfing, Ayurvedic massages and boat riding. A few nearby sightseeing places are Kappil Lake, Janardhana Temple, Varkala Beach, Papanasham beach, Anjengo Fort and Kaduvayi Thangal Durgah.
The Bekal fort is one of the main tourist places of Kerala. Several Indian movies have been shot at the fort. The cool breeze and the greenery all around gives you an exotic feeling. The fort is in the shape of a giant keyhole. Other than the fort, Bekal is popular for the Bekal beach, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba backwaters, Mallikarjun temple, Pallikere beach etc.
Situated in central Kerala, Kochi or Cochin is one of the main gateways and a starting point for almost all the tour packages. Cochin is the commercial capital of the state and it is a part of Ernakulum, an enticing district on the coast of Arabian sea. The place is popularly famous as “Queen of Arabian Sea”. Today it is one of the booming cities in Kerala and hosts several industries and IT hubs.
The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is a mix of serenity and the modern day hectic pace of life. It is the most populous city in Kerala and has people from different religions and cultures staying here. India’s first IT park “Techno Park” and Asia’s third largest is in this city. There are many temples, museums and buildings that are constructed in a mix of Kerala and Dravidian style of architecture.