Best places to visit in Kerala – One of the most preferred tourist destinations of India, Kerala is visited by millions of domestic and international tourists every year. Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady (spice plantations), Alleppey and Kumarakom (backwaters), Cherai beach, Athirapally waterfalls, Trivandrum, Kanyakumari are some of the most popular places of Kerala. Cochin is the preferred entry point of Kerala and one may exit from Trivandrum, covering all the famous cities falling in between. While in Trivandrum, you should also make a day trip to Kanyakumari. Kerala is connected with all major cities of India as also it’s connected with many countries through its own international airport. Trains are also an option as the state is connected with almost all the major cities of India.
- The Most popular places to see in Cochin are Jewish Synagogue, St.Thomas Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Dutch Palace, Chinese Fish Nets and Bolgatty Palace.
- One full day would be enough for you to see the place. But if you are arriving late evening or at night, then a two-night stay would be good unless you are short of time. Read more about Cochin.
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- Munnar is one of the most famous hill stations of Kerala located in the Western Ghats at a height of 1600 meters above sea level. It is famous for tea plantations which you can see for miles together. Some of the most popular places to see here are the Spice plantations, Rubber plantations, Cheeyappara & Valara waterfalls, etc.
- Eravikulam National Park which is also called Rajamala, the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr is a must-visit. Echo Point, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake are not to be missed. Enjoy a boat ride in Mattupetty Dam and Lake Kundala. Do visit the flower garden if you have some time left.
- You can also do some adventure activities in Munnar like a motorboat or speedboat in Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Elephant Safari, and Trekking. Read more about Munnar.
- Thekkady is famous for its Spice plantations as also the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. It is famous for cinnamon, clove, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg plantations.
- With nature in abundance, a walk amidst the greenery would certainly be something to remember. Spread along an area of approx.925 sq.km, Periyar National Park is an Elephant and Tiger Reserve.
- It’s also home to endangered and rare flora and fauna. Apart from Elephants and Tigers, it’s inhabited by wild boar, langur, bison, sambar, Nilgiri Tahr, and many such rare animals. You can visit this beautiful place in a boat. Read more about Thekkady.
Best places to visit in Kerala – Kumarakom and Alleppey
- The world-famous backwaters of Kerala are not to be missed. You can enjoy these at Alleppey and Kumarakom. Houseboats ranging from deluxe to luxury with all the amenities are available as per your budget.
- Nothing can match the experience of freshly cooked food while you are enjoying the backwaters. Do remember that as per the State Government order, all houseboats go stationery from 5.30pm to 7 am.
- Air conditioner timings of houseboats also depend on the kind of boat you select. Snake Boat races held during Onam are a highlight of Alleppey. Read more about Kumarakom and Alleppey.
- Located close to Kochi, Cherai is one of the most visited beaches of Kerala. Approx. 10 km long, Cherai beach is among the few places where one can see the famous backwaters and the sea in a single frame.
- Located at a distance of approx. 73kms from Cochin, Athirapally Waterfalls are a must-visit in Kerala. Popular as Niagara Falls of India, Athirapally falls are situated on River Chalakudy.
- The picturesque views of the lush green surrounding areas leave you mesmerized. There are only a couple of places to stay at Athirapally so book your stay well in time. You may also choose to stay either at Kochi or Munnar.
- Kovalam is one of the most popular beaches of not only Kerala but India too. The coconut trees standing tall around the roads, golden soft sand of the beach and the cold breeze along with the green surroundings, leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.
- While you are here, do get the famous Ayurveda therapies and massages done. There are plenty of options to stay at Kovalam from budget to luxury hotels and resorts. Read more about Kovalam.
Best places to visit in Kerala – Kanyakumari
- Watching a sunset or sunrise in Kanyakumari is extremely beautiful. The most popular places to see in Kanyakumari are Kumari Amman Temple – The temple devoted to the Goddess Parvathi as Devi Kanya- the Virgin Goddess, Vivekananda Memorial – The Vivekananda Memorial built on the Vivekananda Rock and devoted to Swami Vivekananda, Gandhi Mandapam – This memorial stands on the place where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept for public viewing before being immersed in the sea and other places.
- The beaches are not to be missed. Spending a night here is recommended. But if you don’t have that much time in hand, a full-day trip from Trivandrum would be able to cover all the places in Kanyakumari. Read more about Kanyakumari.
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Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram
- A perfect mix of beaches and landscapes, a small trip or a one night stay in Trivandrum has to be in your Kerala itinerary. Due to a large number of visitors, Trivandrum has its own international airport.
- The most popular places to visit in Trivandrum are Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Monumental Hindu hallowed place to Vishnu, Napier Museum, Attukal Temple, Vellayani Lake, Kowdiar Palace, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Malankara Church and Palkulangara Devi Temple. Read more about Trivandrum.
A visit to Kerala at least once in a lifetime is a must, after all, there is some reason for the place being called God’s own country. Let us know if you want to visit this place or know more details about Kerala.