Tourist Places in Kerala

Here are the top 60 places to visit in kerala in 2024:.

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1 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 51 Tourist attractions

Famous for the tea estates, greenery, winding roads, blanket of mist, and viewpoints, Munnar is a hill station in Kerala, located in the Idukki district. Lying in the Western Ghats at 1600 metres, it is one of the most sought after and visited travel destinations globally, especially popular amongst...

Best Time: September to May

2. Alleppey

2 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 37 Tourist attractions

Officially called Alappuzha, Alleppey is known for its network of canals and lagoons with beautiful backwaters and the houseboats offering overnight stays. Located in the southern part of Kerala, the coastline of Alleppey offers some of the best beaches with water sports during the dry sea...

Best Time: June to March

3 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 57 Tourist attractions

Lying on the Malabar coast in the southwest of India, Kochi or Cochin is a port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Known popularly as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is also Kerala's financial, commercial, and industrial capital. Exuding an old-world charm with...

Best Time: July to April

4 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 38 Tourist attractions

Nestled in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Wayanad in Kerala is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Situated at an altitude ranging from 700 to 2100 meters above sea level, this picturesque region is blessed with verdant forests, mist-covered hills, and glistening waterfalls, making it ...

Best Time: Throughout the year

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5 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 26 Tourist attractions

Varkala is a coastal town in the southern part of Kerala known for the unique 15m high 'Northern Cliff' adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Located approximately 50 kilometers north of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala, Varkala offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, s...

Best Time: October to February

6. Kumarakom

6 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 18 Tourist attractions

With emerald green waters flanked by lush vegetation, Kumarakom is an enchanting backwater destination situated 16km away from Kottayam in Kerala. Lying on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kerala's largest lake, Kumarakom is a cluster of small human-made islands reclaimed from the lake. This picturesque ...

Best Time: October - February

7 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 17 Tourist attractions

Vagamon, also known as Wagamon, is a tranquil hill station nestled near the border of Kottayam and Idukki districts in Kerala. Offering a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, Vagamon boasts meandering rivulets, verdant hills, tea gardens, pine forests, and captivating waterfalls, ...

Best Time: October - March

8 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 33 Tourist attractions

Famous for its resorts and ayurvedic massage centres, Kovalam is a coastal town located around 13 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The largest beach in Kovalam is the lighthouse beach that features a 30-metre tall lighthouse. The other two adjacent beaches are Samudra beach and Hawa beach....

Best Time: September to March

9. Periyar National Park

9 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala

The Periyar National Park in Thekkady, Kerala, is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and the best-protected reserve area that one can lay eyes on in India. Famous for its gorgeousness, greenery and stillness, the park is the dwelling place of abundant significant species, including the...

10 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 9 Tourist attractions

Poovar, nestled in the southern tip of Kerala, India, is a charming coastal village renowned for its natural beauty and serene ambiance. Situated about 30 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city of Kerala, Poovar offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of urban ...

Best Time: August to March

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11 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 41 Tourist attractions

A treasure trove of natural wonders and historical edifices, Kollam is an enchanting town with backwaters and picturesque landscapes. Located 70kms away from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Kollam is a commercial centre and home to India’s cashew producing industry. Popularly known as Quilon, it is ofte...

Best Time: September to February

12 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 38 Tourist attractions

Nestled amidst the lush Western Ghats of Kerala, Idukki is a captivating destination renowned for its scenic beauty, diverse wildlife, and abundant natural resources. Situated approximately 140 kilometers from Kochi, Idukki offers a refreshing escape into the lap of nature, making it an ideal destin...

13. Sabarimala

13 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 6 Tourist attractions

More than 30 million pilgrims visit the temple in Sabarimala annually, making it the largest in India and second largest in the world, after Hajj Pilgrimage of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, Sabarimala is a temple town on th...

Best Time: September to Apr

14. Kozhikode

14 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 44 Tourist attractions

Formerly known as Calicut, Kozhikode is located in Kerala. It was the Capital of Malabar during the Zamorin rule 500 years ago and is famous for its centuries-old trade in cotton and spices with Jews, Arabs, Phoenicians and Chinese. Basking in the idyllic setting of the serene Arabian Sea on th...

Best Time: October to March

15 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 12 Tourist attractions

Located on the west of the Malabar coastline, Bekal is a small town in the Kasargod district of Kerala. It is famous for its beaches, backwaters, forts and some tourists spots. Bekal is home to the largest fortress in Kerala. It's one of the primary landmarks of Kasargod district.

16. Thrissur

16 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 40 Tourist attractions

Located in the heart of Kerala, Thrissur is a vibrant city known for its rich cultural heritage, colorful festivals, and historical significance. Situated about 80 kilometers north of Kochi, Thrissur is often referred to as the "Cultural Capital of Kerala" due to its prominent role in preserving and...

Best Time: October - February; April, May

17. Palakkad

17 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 28 Tourist attractions

The quaint town of Palakkad in central Kerala boasts of picturesque landscape, tranquil scenery and clear backwaters. Also known as Palghat, Pallakad is located near a wide low pass in the Western Ghats mountain ranges. Palakkad is the land of Palmyras and Paddy Fields and is famous as the chief gra...

Best Time: July to March

18. Thalassery

18 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 17 Tourist attractions

Fondly known as Tellichery, Thalassery is a coastal town of Kerala nestled at the shore of Arabian Sea and immersed in the vibrant culture. Steeped in rich history and heritage, this town was one of the earliest British settlements in the state.

19. Trivandrum

19 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 28 Tourist attractions

The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum, is an appealing blend of a strongly rooted heritage and a nostalgic colonial legacy. Built upon seven hills, this city has long since left the days when it was only used by seafaring explorers behind - today, Trivandrum is an expensive me...

20. Nelliyampathy

20 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 14 Tourist attractions

With plenty of unexplored treasures, Nelliyampathy is a hill station located near the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border offering bounty of nature and lush green surroundings of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. The town is also ornamented with a variety of flora, fauna and picturesque tourist attract...

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21. Vythiri

21 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

62 kms off Kozhikode is Vythiri, a popular resort town famous for its old world charm of cottages, log huts & tree house accommodations cosily nestled in the forests of Wayanad. Situated at an altitude of 700 metres, Vythiri in Wayanad comprises of 18 villages.

Best Time: October to Apr

22. Nilambur

22 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 12 Tourist attractions

Enriched with raw nature, a unique blend of culture, exquisite art forms and shadows of colonial rule, Nilambur is located in Malappuram District of Kerala. Nestled at the bank of Chaliyar River in proximity to Nilgiri Range, this small town is popularly known as 'Land of Teak Plantations'.

23. Ponmudi

23 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

Nestled in the lap of rolling hills of the Western Ghats, enveloped with tea plantations, lush green hills and valleys, waterfalls and streams; Ponmudi is a quaint little town in Trivandrum, Kerala. Trekking and mountain climbing on Agasthayarkoodam, the highest peak in the region is the most popula...

Best Time: November to May

24. Kalpetta

24 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 20 Tourist attractions

Kalpetta is a quaint town with a backdrop of majestic hills lurking in the shadows, lush green surroundings, fresh air and picturesque beauty. Housed in the Wayanad District of Kerala, at a height of 780 m above the sea level, Kalpetta is a perfect place for nature lovers as well as honeymooners.

25. Peerumedu

25 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 8 Tourist attractions

Blessed with lots of green cover, beautiful rolling hills, wandering streams and gurgling waterfalls; Peermede is a small bewitching hill station of Kerala, pure and pristine. Perched at an altitude of 915 m above the sea level, the town has many hidden treasure troves waiting to be uncovered.

Best Time: April to June, September to November

26. Guruvayur

26 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 12 Tourist attractions

Guruvayur, situated in the Thrissur district of Kerala, is a revered pilgrimage destination renowned for its historic Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. Located approximately 29 kilometers from Thrissur city, this sacred town holds immense significance for Hindu devotees, particularly those worshipping L...

27. Malampuzha

27 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 8 Tourist attractions

Malampuzha in Palakkad district a place with rich lush green vegetation popular for its scenic beauty as well as the dams and exotic wildlife that it offers as tourist attractions.

Best Time: August to April

28 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 29 Tourist attractions

Located on the Malabar Coast of Kerala, Kannur (fondly known as Cannanore), is a beautiful city bundled with a plethora of sightseeing options like beaches, monuments, ancient temples and picnic spots.

29. Kasaragod

29 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 29 Tourist attractions

Kasargod is a small coastal town in Northern Pary of Kerala displaying a delightful blend of various religions, culture and bounty of nature. Blessed with majestic forts, lofty hills, beautiful offbeat backwaters, temples and pristine beaches, the town oozes charm and tranquillity from every aspect....

Best Time: September to January

30. Thenmala

30 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 7 Tourist attractions

Snuggled between the dense woods of Western Ghats, Thenmala is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Kollam, Kerala. With winding roads, dotted with rubber and tea plantations, Thenmala boasts of being the first planned ecotourism spot in India. Spread over acres of dense timber trees, the name '...

Best Time: December to February

31. Kottayam

31 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 31 Tourist attractions

An ancient town located on a hilltop bordered by the western ghats on the east and the thrilling Vembanad Lake on the west, Kottayam is a culturally rich and naturally enchanting destination. Apart from nature's bounty, the town has many laurels to its name. It is a proud town to achieve 100% litera...

32. Silent Valley National Park

32 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala

The Silent Valley National Park, with its lush green forests and beautiful views of the rich flora and fauna, is a popular destination for nature as well as wildlife lovers all across the globe. Spread across an area of 89 square kilometres, the Silent Valley National Park is located in the Kundali ...

33 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

Separating Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this quaint little town is best known for its plantation walks, diverse wildlife, boating and trekking and its Ayurvedic massages.

34. Ponnani

34 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 10 Tourist attractions

A small beach town located in the Malappuram District of Kerala is mainly renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west, Ponnani is also referred to as small 'Mecca' of South India. It is dotted with several Muslim institutions, Jama Masjid, established in 925,&nbs...

35. Pathanamthitta

35 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 16 Tourist attractions

Pathanamthitta, in southern Kerala, is a town immersed in spirituality and mysticism. Blessed with several ancient temples, it is renowned as headquarters of pilgrimage in Kerala as Sabarimala is situated in the Pathanamthitta district. It is a land of untouched beauty with pristine rivers, lofty mo...

36. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

36 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 2 Tourist attractions

Located near Kothamangalam in Ernakulam on the northern bank of Periyar River, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is famous for its rich and varied birdlife. It is the first Bird Sanctuary in Kerala that was surveyed by Dr Salim Ali (the birdman of India), who also called it the richest habitat he has ever se...

37. Thekkady

37 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 24 Tourist attractions

Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is an important tourist destination in Kerala. Periyar National Park, a major attraction, is where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam. Travelers can also experience night treks in the wilderness of Pe...

38. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

38 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala

Known to be the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad, the area is home to a large variety of wild animals. This sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Bioreserve along with Nagarhole and Bandipur area of Karnataka. Promising an endearing view with plenty of experiences, the sanctuary has been de...

Best Time: October to May

39. Malappuram

39 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 21 Tourist attractions

Enclosed by the Nilgiris in the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, Malappuram is a prominent district in Kerala which is commonly known as "the land on the hilltop."

40. Devikulam

40 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 4 Tourist attractions

A lake with a legend of its own, greenest sceneries, waterfalls and tea plantations are what offer its charm to Devikulam, a hill station in Kerala.

41. Tholpetty

41 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala 5 Tourist attractions

Replete with natural forest and wildlife reserves, Tholpetty is a part of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Around 20 kilometres away from Mananthavady, this region is known for its abundant flora and fauna. It is the home to several species of wild animals and birds including leopards, bear, monkeys, ele...

42. Mananthavady

42 out of 60 Places to visit in Kerala

On the banks of the Mananthavady River or locally known as ‘Pusha’, a tributary of the Kabini River, lies the municipality of Mananthavady, in Wanayad, Kerala. It is one of the three major towns and the second largest in the district. Adorned with lush green hills of the Western Ghats, it has a...

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16 Top Places to Visit in Kerala

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Kerala , in south India, is often referred to as "God's Own Country" for its unspoiled tropical beauty. This coastal state has a destination for everyone— whether it's the beach, mountains, adventure, wildlife, heritage or culture you're interested in. The pace of life is slow, making it the perfect place for a leisurely vacation.

Known as the "Gateway to Kerala", Kochi is an enchanting city that's had an eclectic influence. Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese have all left their mark there. The architecture and historical sites in Fort Kochi attract most of the visitors to the area. If you have children, consider taking them to Wonderla Amusement Park in Kochi as well. There's also many hotels and homestays for all budgets.

If you're interested in history, extend your time in Kochi to visit Muziris, situated about an hour to the north of the city. This multicultural district used to be the most important trading port in Kerala, where business flourished for more than 1,000 years before it was severely damaged by a flood. It's being developed by the Kerala government as a heritage project. Muziris extends to Kodungallur (where the astonishing and rather gory Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple festival takes place in late March or early April each year) and Paravoor. It's full of old churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. India's first mosque, Cheraman Juma Masjid, was built there in 629 AD. Cochin Magic offers a full-day private Muziris Heritage Tour.

Kerala Backwaters

One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is to take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals, known as the backwaters . Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer (buy your own and bring it on the boat) make the experience even more enjoyable. You can even spend the night out in the middle of a lake. Stay a few nights at a homestay or resort along the backwaters too. Bliss! For the ultimate experience, don't miss seeing a sunset from Kakkathuruthu Island on Vembanad Lake. Most Backwaters trips start out from Alleppey.

Marari Beach

If you're after an easily accessible and peaceful beach break in Kerala, picturesque Marari is just 30 minutes north of Alleppey. This placid fishing village has a long stretch of undeveloped beach and a diverse range of accommodations, from plush resorts to simple homestays. Some front the beach.

Periyar National Park

Kerala's Periyar National Park, in the Thekkady district, is one of the most popular national parks in southern India. Unlike most other national parks in India, it stays open all year round, even during the monsoon season. Periyar is known for its wild elephants, and 30-minute elephant rides through the jungle are offered. Safaris are carried out by boat, with the lake being particularly captivating at sunset. Visitors can also take part in an excellent variety of eco-tourism activities there.

If you like tea, a visit to Munnar is a must! The surrounding region is renowned for its sprawling tea plantations. See tea being picked and processed, and try fresh tea straight from the gardens. There's even a tea museum. The area is blessed with the natural beauty of winding lanes, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants and wildlife. Adventure enthusiasts can trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in south India , explore Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing and paragliding. Munnar offers a diverse range of accommodations, surrounded by nature.

The setting of Varkala beach is striking enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guesthouses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top. It's not surprising that Varkala is one of India's best beaches .

Wayanad is a bright green mountainous region that stretches along the Western Ghats. It has a great deal of scenic appeal. Abundant coconut palms, thick forests, paddy fields, and lofty peaks form the landscape. Due to the nature of its terrain, the area also has much to offer adventure enthusiasts. Popular attractions include trekking to Chembra Peak and Meenmutty Falls, exploring old Jain temples, climbing to Edakkal Caves, and wildlife spotting at Muthanga and Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuaries. Another highlight of Wayanad is the many delightful homestays in the area. Glenora is one of them.

One of the best places to get off the beaten track in India, the Kannur district of northern Kerala offers an ideal blend of secluded beaches and culture in the form of mysterious masked spirit-possession theyyam rituals (October until May) and hand loom weaving. Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach is also located in Kannur. You can drive all the way along its vast stretch of sand! Kick back and relax at one of the inexpensive beach house accommodations, and enjoy the serenity.

Kerala's most happening beach, Kovalam, is conveniently located about 40 minutes southeast of capital city Trivandrum and presided over by a distinctive lighthouse. It was catapulted onto the tourist map in the early 1970s when masses of hippies converged on it, as they followed the Hippie Trail to Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka). Kovalam definitely won't appeal to everyone because its main beach is bordered by a densely packed row of hotels and does get busy, although there are quieter pockets in places.

Poovar Island

Did you know Kerala has over-water bungalows? You'll find them at Poovar Island Resort, about 30-minutes further down the coast from Kovalam. Granted, they're not as spectacular as some of those in the Maldives, but they're still recommended. Poovar Island is not far from the Tamil Nadu border and is quite an amazing natural wonder. It lies at the point where the Neyyar River meets the Arabian Sea. In between is an elongated sand bar. 

The main attraction for Hindus who visit Trivandrum is the 16th-century Padmanabhaswamy temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and built by rulers of the kingdom of Travancore. A great deal of wealth has been hidden in the temple, making it the richest temple in the world. Some of the treasures were recently unearthed but the largest vault remains unopened. Unfortunately, if you're not Hindu, you won't be allowed to go inside the temple unless you declare you believe in Hinduism. Trivandrum also has some interesting museums and galleries, housed in classical heritage buildings. These include the Napier Museum , Natural History Museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery in the museum complex, and Kuthiramalika Palace Museum outside the Padmanabhaswamy temple.

Jatayupara Earth's Center

Jatayupara Earth Center

Jatayupara Earth's Center is an ambitious new attraction in Kerala. It opened in late 2016, in Chadayamangalam village in Kerala's Kollam district, about an hour north of Trivandrum. The park is spread over an astonishing 65 acres and is themed on the Hindu epic The Ramayan. It's dominated by a 200-foot-long landmark sculpture of Jatayu, the mythical vulture that's believed to have been killed on the rocky hilltop while trying to rescue Sita from Ravan. Notably, the sculpture is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. The park has more than 20 adventure activities, a 6D theater that shows the battle between Jatayu and Ravan, a virtual reality museum, an Ayurvedic healing cave, and cable car (aerial tramway) to transport visitors up.

Sargaalaya Crafts Village

An initiative of the Kerala state government, Sargaalaya won a National Tourism Award for Best Rural Tourism Project in 2016. This tourist village was set up at the pretty village of Iringal, in Kerala's Kozhikode district, to provide a platform for talented artisans to display their craftsmanship. Visitors can see the artisans in action and buy their wares. The Sargaalaya Iringal International Crafts Festival takes place there every year from the third week of December to first week of January. It's south India's biggest handcraft fair, with about 400 artisans from all over the world attending.

The River Nila

If you're someone who likes to go completely off the tourist trail, you'll enjoy exploring the culture along the River Nila (also known as Bharathappuzha). This river is the longest in Kerala, and its riverbank home to many communities that are involved in traditional activities such as pottery, weaving, puppetry, folk art and dance, music, and martial arts. They all share a deep bond with the river. The Blue Yonder, an award-winning responsible travel company, conducts guided trips and is working diligently to keep these traditions alive. Stay in a cottage at the Riverside Retreat, centrally situated between Kochi and Calicut.

Rural Kerala

Visiting a village, where it feels like time has stood still, is an excellent way to learn more about the rural way of life in Kerala. You'll get to observe all kinds of local industry and skills. The focus on village tourism has grown in recent years, and a number of destinations have been developed across the state. Kumbalanghi Village is a convenient option on the outskirts of Kochi. Kerala Tourism also arranges trips to villages around Kovalam, Kumarakom, Wayanad, Thekkady, and Bekal.

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Kerala, a surreal destination where the morning brings in the mist and magic. Fondly called the “ God’s Own Country ”, this is the place where the  backwaters  hold everyone captive with their alluring silence. Yes, it’s the ‘ Spice Capital of India ’ where the evening wishes adieu with some of the enchanting melodiesplayed by Mother Nature. Yes, such is the beauty and appeal of Kerala!Let loose the wanderlust in you and plan a trip to this prismatic land; there are an array of  places to visit in Kerala . Make sure you make it to all these destinations and curate some of the most pleasing memories out of your trip. And in case, you are finding it tough to decide the destinations to cover, here is a sorted list of  tourist places  that will fill your travelogue with fun, frolic and excitement:

  • Alleppey Wayanad Cochin Munnar Kumarakom Kovalam Kollam Vagamon Kozhikode Kumarakom Thekkady Ashtamudi Bekal Guruvayur Idukki Kannur Kasargod Backwaters Kavvayi Backwaters Kizhunna Beach Kuttanad Malampuzha Malappuram Marari Munroe Island Nelliampathy Palakkad Ponmudi Poovar Thiruvananthapuram Thrissur Varkala

1 Alleppey (Alappuzha):

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There is the whole of Kerala in one side, and then there is this heavenly tourist destination called Alappuzha or Alleppey! Esteemed as the ‘Backwater Capital of India’ or the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is known for its silent backwaters and bountiful beauty!

Seated on the banks of the azure Vembanad Lake, it is in fact one of the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala and one of the highest sought-aftertourist places in Kerala. Visit this paradise; enjoy houseboat cruise and stay, village walks, Ayurvedic therapies and lot more!

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Year-round destination

Vembanad Lake , Alleppey Beach, Marari Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Kuttanad Backwaters, Arthunkal Church, Ambalapuzha Temple, Mannarshala Temple, Karumadikuttan Statue, St. Mary Rorane Church

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Cradled in the lap of the Western Ghats, Wayanad truly deserves a top rank in the list of  places to visit in Kerala . Situated at an astounding height of 700-2,100m, this stunning hill station is all about fantasy, untouched nature, unforgettable moments, and merriment!

Adding more to  Wayanad’s  enchanting beauty, visitors can also revisit and unfold history while visiting this hilly retreat. Yes, the lush and pristine forests in Wayanad are said to be inhabited more than 3,000 years ago.

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Year-round Destination

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary , Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Sentinel Rock Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakshipathalam, Edakkal Caves, SulthanBthery, Chain Tree

Calicut International Airport (98km)

Nilambur Railway Station (92km / 3 Hours)

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - September)

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Kochi  or Cochin is a unique placein  God’s Own Country  that is perfectly blended with cultural values and modern ideas! Fondly called the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, this imposing port-city has always been an attraction point since the beginning of history.

A melting point of numerous culture and traditions, Cochin has embraced all the modern outlook to become one of the most developed metropolis in India. Be it the essence of the Dutch establishments, British history, Chinese nets, or the traditional spice markets, Cochin will surely make you fall in love once again!

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July (Beginning of Monsoon) to April (Early Summer)

Fort Kochi, Vypeen Island, Vypeen Beach, Cherai Beach, Andhakaranzhi Beach, Marine Drive, Bolghatty Island, Guruvayoor, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. FrnacisChirch, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Thrikkara Temple, Kanjiramattam Masjid, Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Jewish Synagogue, Cochin Cultural Centre, Malayattoor, Mattancherry, Lulu Mall (Largest Mall in India), Kodannad Elephant Training Centre, Hill Palace Museum, Edappally Museum, Princess Street, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Vasco Da Gama Square

Kochi International Airport

Kochi Railway Junction

Summer (March - June), Winter (July - September), Monsoon (October - February)

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Yet another gorgeous hill station in the lap of the fascinating Western Ghats, Munnar needs no introduction. Rising 1,600m above the sea level, a vacation in the beguiling locales of this hilly retreat is all about the lofty clouds, picturesque mountains, rolling hills, and a soothing ambience.

Canopied mostly by never-ending tea plantations and lush forests, you simply cannot miss out Munnar while searching for the best  tourist destination in Kerala . Be it during the summer or the winter, monsoon or the spring, Munnar will always make you crave for more!

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Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Anamudi, Blossom Park, Devikulam, Pallivasal, TATA Tea Museum, Vattavada, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Nyayamakad, Meesapulimala, Kolukkumalai, Lock-Hart Gap, Chithirapuram, Rajamala, Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Diary Farm, Lite of Pi Church,

Cochin International Airport (125km)

Ernakulam Junction (128km / 4 Hours)

5 Kumarakom:

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Adorned by the magical charm of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is another beguiling  backwater destination in God’s Own Country. Located within the proximity to Kottayam city, this is the place where even being lazy is also one of the best things you can do during your Kerala holidays.

Adorned by the charm of the emerald Vembanad Lake, the evergreen coconut grooves, breezy rice fields, and lot more, Kumarakom is popular among all the types of visitors. However, backwater cruise and houseboat stays are the most popular thing to do in this beautiful tourist destination.

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September (Monsoon End) to March (Winter End)

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If you are a beach goer, and is still assuming none can beat the charm and allurement of Goa or other popular beach destinations, you must visit Kovalam today! Located along the coastlines of the charismatic Arabian Sea, this beach town is undoubtedly one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Kerala.

Located only 16km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala,  Kovalam  is the home to some of the most picturesque and playful beaches in the country. While in here, you can stroll around, indulge in beach activities or in other fun-filled activities around Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach, and Samudra Beach.

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September (Monsoon End) to March (Beginning of Summer)

Vellayani Lake, Lighthouse Beach, Chowara Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawah Beach, Samudra Beach, Shangumkham Beach, Neyyar Dam, Aruvikkara Dam, Edakallu, Karamana River, Halcyon Castle, Kovalam Art Gallery, Valiyathura Pier, Veli Tourist Village, Artificial Coral Reef, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Naiper Art Museum, Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple,

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (16km)

Trivandrum Central Railway Station (13km)

Summer (March - June), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (July - September)

7 Thekkady:

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Considering that you want more from your Kerala holidays, you should not miss a trip to Thekkady, the evergreen abode of God’s Own Country! Strategically located and well-connected with some of the major Kerala holiday destinations, this is the place that always wears the green colour of Mother Nature!

The ‘Spice Capital of Kerala’, Thekkady is much popular as the natural abode to numerous exotic wildlife species. And while talking about wildlife species, the  Periyar National Park  in Thekkady will surely behold all your senses with its fascinating range of dwellers!

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October to February (Winter)

Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Gavi, Kumily, Caramom Hills, Spring Valley Mountain, Pandikuzhi, Chellarkovil, Panchalimedu, Vandiperiyar, Grampi, Mangala Devi Temple

Madurai Airport (140km), Kochi International Airport (265km)

Kottayam Railway Station (107km / 3 Hours)

Summer (March - May), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (June - September)

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A quaint port-city in God’s Own Country, Kollam has its own charm and appeal. Enthralled by the turquoise Lakshadweep Sea and caressed by the emerald Ashtamudi Lake, it is a picture-perfect holiday destination in the list of the most appealing or enticing tourist places in India’s ‘Backwater Capital’.

While in Kollam, you can feel and experience the indigenous cultures and traditions of Kerala in the most vivid way. Be it fishing, agriculture, cashew processing, or tourism, this port-city holds a prominent place among the visitors. For the beach lovers, they can revel around the Kollam Beach, Tangasseri Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach.

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August (Mid Monsoon) to March (Beginning of Summer)

Dutch Quilon, Thirumullavaram Beach, Kollam Beach, Ashtamudi Lake, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Paravoor, Punalur, Thenmala, Mayyanad, Deer Park, Thevalli Palace, British Residency, Chavara, Jatayupara, Thangasseri, Rameshwara Temple, Sasthamkotta, Ochira,KottarakkaraKathakali Museum, Picnic Village, Munore Island, Neendakara Port

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (51km), Kochi International Airport (129km)

Kollam Railway Junction

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If you are looking for an offbeat, yet captivating holiday experience in Kerala, you must plan your vacation in Vagamon . One of the most scenic hill stations and least explored tourist places in Kerala, this retreat in the Idukki district is known for its salubrious beauty, pleasant climate, and much more.

In addition to leisure travellers, thrill and adventure seekers also make it to Vagamon in a considerable number. A year-round destination, it is considered as an ideal destination for adventure activities like paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking, and lot more.

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Murinjupuzha Water Falls, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary, ElaveezhaPoonchira, Idukki Arch Dam, Pine Hills, Parumthumpara Point, Kurisumala, Peermade, Mangala Devi Temple, Pattumalai Church, Kuttikanam Palace,

Cochin International Airport (75km)

Kottayam Railway Station (64km / 2 Hours)

Summer (March - June), Winter (October - March), Monsoon (July - September)

10 Kozhikode:

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You won’t be wrong if you call this metropolis as the ‘City of Spices’, ‘City of Truth’ or the ‘City of Sculptures’. Well, all these synonyms are hardly enough to describe the aura and essence of Kozhikode or Calicut! This kaleidoscopic city is much more than a tourist destination.

Located on the Malabar Coast, Kozhikode or Calicut is esteemed as one of the diverse and best places to visit in Kerala. Dotted with an array of historical landmarks, tourist spots and attractions, this wonderful city is also a lively reminiscent of the Dutch and British eras in India.

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July to April

Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach, Beypore Beach, Kozhippara Falls, Thusharagiri Falls, Thikkoti Lighthouse, Kadalundi, Tali Temple, Lion's Park, Kalipoyika, Mananchira Square, Krishna Menon Museum, Peruvannamuzhi Dam

Calicut International Airport (28km)

Kozhikode Railway Station

Summer (April - May), Winter (October - March), Monsoon (July - September)

11 Ashtamudi:

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A quaint city in the warm locales of Kollam, Ashtamudi lies on the outer edges of the alluring Ashtamudi Lake. While a bustling trade centre in the past, it now attracts an impressive number of visitors form different corners of the globe. Visitors usually throng Ashtamudi to enjoy its impeccable beauty and treat themselves with the bucolic ambience of God’s Own Country. While in this pictorial city, you can witness cashew processing, coir manufacturing plans, traditional fishing, and lot more.

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November to February (Winter)

Ashtamudi Lake, Thevally Palace, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Monroe Island,

Trivandrum International Airport (71km)

Kollam Junction (15km / 1 Hour)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (June - September)

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Located in the Kasaragod district of Kerala, Bekal is among the most scenic hamlets you can ever visit while on a Kerala tour. A combined beauty of the mighty Arabian Sea and lush landscapes, this tiny, yet pictorial village is of utmost historical importance. The glorious Bekal Fort testifies this fact vividly.

Serving as a perfect getaway from the concrete life, Bekal enjoys a pleasant climate while wearing a greener shade throughout the year. If you are yearning for silent, yet joyous holiday experience in Kerala, Bekal is the ideal hideout for you!

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October to March

Bekal Fort, Pallikere Beach, Bekal Fort Beach, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Kappil Beach, Hosdurg Beach, Nileswaram Cultural Centre, Nityanandarshan Caves, TulurVanam, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, Mallikarjuna Temple, Malik Dinar Mosque Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport (50km)

Kasaragod Railway Station (12km), Kanhangad Railway Station (14km)

Summer (March - June), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - September)

13 Guruvayur:

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Home to the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple – fourth largest Hindu temple in India, Guruvayur has many legends. One of them states that this temple town was chosen by Lord Krishna to ensconce His Dwarka temple. On the wish of the Lord, Vayu Deva along with Brhaspati reinstated Lord Krishna’s statue in the sacred Guruvayur Temple . Today, a large number of devotees visit this holy temple on a daily basis.

The venue ground for festivals like Guruvayur Ekadasi and ChembaiSangeetholsavam, Guruvayur is also known for its magnificent charm and appeal. A sought-after destination among the seclusion lovers, it is still resonates the untouched beauty of God’s Own Country.

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Guruvayur Temple, Guruvayur Elephant Camp, MammiyurMahadevan Temple, Palayur Church, Parthasarathy Temple, Chamundeshwary Temple, Devaswom Museum, Institute of Mural Paintings

Calicut International Airport (77km)

Guruvayur Junction

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A gem in the lap of the mighty Western Ghats, Idukki boasts of being one of the evergreen and pristine districts in Kerala. Canopied by lush vegetation, this part of ‘India’s Backwater Capital’ has a unique charm and attracts visitors from almost all the corners of the globe.

Home to numerous natural marvels, lofty peaks like Anamudi and others, captivating sanctuaries, and spice gardens, this surreal part of Kerala is a must for every nature lovers. To note here, many of the popular Kerala tourist destinations like Munnar, Vagamon, Ramakkalmedu, Marayur, and Thekkady are located within this district.

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Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Idukki Arch Dam, Munnar, Vagamon, Thekkady, Nandukani, Painavu, Gavi, Murikkady, Kulamavu Dam, Anakkara, Hill View Park, Thommankuthu Falls, Keezharkuthu Falls, Mangala Devi Temple

Cochin International Airport (98km)

Theni Junction (83km)

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Also known as ‘The Crown of Kerala’, Kannur is a true treat to the visitors’ eyes! Bordered by the fascinating beauty of the Western Ghats, adorned with the alluring strokes of the Arabian Sea, and decked with the bucolic charm of an evergreen outlook, this beach town in the Malabar Coast is among the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala.

Whether you are a nature lover, beach goer, history buff, culture fan, thrill seeker, or a casual backpacker, you would surely fall in love with the untouched beauty of Kannur. Also, not to forget here, this city is the home to Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach , the only drive-in beach in India.

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October (Early Winter) to March (Early Summer)

Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Payyambalam Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Thottada Beach, Baby Beach, Mopila Bay, Dharmadam Island, Parassinikkadavu, Arakkal Museum, Sundareswara Temple, Fort St. Angelo, Pallikunnu, Holy Trinity Cathedral

Calicut International Airport (84km)

Kannur Railway Station

Summer (March - May), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (June - August)

16 Kasargod:

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A quaint town that showcases a diverse of biodiversity, a prismatic destination is dotted with an array of tourist attractions , and a home away from home for the visitors, Kasaragod is a swaying beauty in Kerala’s tourism map. Steeped with glorious past, this balmy town also serves a home to a range of loft peaks, stunning beaches, historic marvels, natural treasure, and much more.

While on a trip God’s Own Country and searching for places to visit in Kerala, you must plan a trip to Kasaragod. Whether on a honeymoon trip, nature tour, backpacking quest, or any other, this scenic town will keep you amazed with its kaleidoscopic and admirable beauty!

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September to January

Chandragiri Fort, Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, Kammadam Sacred Grove Wildlife Sanctuary, Ananthapura Lake Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Ranipuram, Malik Deenar Mosque, Madhur, Cheruvathur, Rock Point, Kareem's Forest Park, Manjeshwar, Trikkanad and PandayanKallu, Nileshwar, Kottancheri Hills, Anandashram and Nityanandashram, Kumbala, Bela Church, Maipady Palace

Mangalore Airport (45km)

Kasaragod Junction

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - February), Monsoon (June - November)

17 Kavvayi Backwaters:

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While searching for places to visit in Kerala , you may find a number of backwater destination. However, if you are yearning the most surreal or enchanting backwater experience, Kavvayi Backwaters is the one for you! Flowing with all its beauty and grace Payyanur in the Kannur district of Kerala, this patch of backwater has a unique appeal that can infect the visitors within just a wink!

Fringed with lush greeneries, Kavvayi Backwaters serves as an ideal honeymoon and family vacation destination in the entire of Kerala. Visit this pictorial abode anytime of the year, and its heart-warming beauty and charm will surely hold you captive!

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Valiyaparamba Island, Payyannur Island, Kavvayi Island, Boating

Calicut International Airport (154km)

Payyannur Junction (3km)

18 Kizhunna Beach:

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One of the most promising, yet offbeat beaches in Kerala, the Kizhunna Beach is located in the coastal town Kannur in God’s Own Country. Often called the ‘KizhunnaEzhara Beach’ due to its proximity with the Ezhara Beach, this picturesque retreat can be make any beach goer crave for more!

Adding more to its untouched beauty, the Kizhunna Beach in Kerala enjoys a favourable climate almost throughout the year. Owing to this, it receives an ample of beach lovers from across the globe.

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December to February (Winter)

Kannur, Ezhara Beach, Swimming, Sun Basking, Village Tours

Calicut International Airport (108km)

Kannur Railway Station (10km)

19 Kuttanad:

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Fondly called as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’, Kuttanad is truly a poetry in motion! Gracious, tranquil, evergreen, and still untouched by the outer world, this magnificent tourist destination in God’s Own Country is fringed with captivating groves of coconut trees, and is interconnected with a bucolic network of canal. This makes Kuttanad a place to behold among the visitors.

While the intrinsic network of canals add more to the beauty and charm of Kuttanad, its evergreen swaying paddy fields make it truly irresistible for the visitors. Also, the rustic and traditional way of living that still persists in this piece of heaven will surely make you feel and live the true colours of Kerala.

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August to March

Champakulam, Chengannur, Pamba River, Meenachil River, Achankovil River, Manimala River, Punnamada Lake, Backwaters, Paddy Fields, Traditional Water Turbines,

Cochin International Airport (85km)

Alleppey Railway Station (22km) and Changanacherry Railway Station (28km)

Summer (April - June), Winter (October - Mid March), Monsoon (July - September)

20 Malampuzha:

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India’s ‘Spice Capital’ is all about lush greeneries and heart-warming ambience, hence the name “God’s Own Country’! And while in Malampuzha, located in the Palakkad district, you can feel the true essence of Kerala and its bountiful nature.

Mostly covered by evergreen vegetation, this part of the state is a picture-perfect display of how we should co-exist with Mother Nature. Malampuzha’s undulating beauty and tranquillity makes it a must to visit place in the entire region of Southern India.

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August (Monsoon End) to April (Early Summer)

Malampuzha Dam, Malampuzha Garden, Kava, Palakkad Fort, Dhoni Hills and Waterfalls, Thread Garden, Rock Garden, Snake Park, UdanKhatola, Fantasy Park,

Coimbatore International Airport (Tamil Nadu) (55km)

Palakkad Junction (8km)

Summer (April - May), Winter (September - March), Monsoon (June - August)

21 Malappuram:

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Once a military headquarter, Malappuram or the ‘City of Hills’ or ‘Soccer City of Kerala’ could be one of the best things happening to you! All you need to do is, just plan a visit to this gorgeous hilltop city, and you would surely get pleasantly lost within its beguiling ambience.

Situated in the southern corner of Kerala, this scenic city wears a misty outlook for most of the year, and draws a large number of tourists from across the country. Be it natural appeal, historic significance, tourist activities, places of attractions , or even to laze around, you will find ample of elements to keep yourself soaked with fun-frolic while in Malappuram.

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July (Early Monsoon) to March (Winter End)

Keralamkundu Waterfalls, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Koottayi Beach, Padinharekara Beach, BiyyamKayal, Up & Down Hill, Kottakkunnu, Panakkad, Shanthitheeram, Arimbra Hills, Teak Museum, Anakkayam, Melmuri, Malappuram Juma Masjid, Thiruppuranthaka Temple, Mannoor Shiva Temple,

Calicut International Airport (38km)

Angadipuram Railway Station (17km)

kerala tourism famous places

Believe it or not, but Goa alone cannot be called the paradise for beach lovers and other tourists alike! And if there is any other place in India that can be equally compared with Goa, it has to be Kerala. Well, if you want to know why, you must plan a visit to the Marari Beach in the Alleppey district of Kerala!

One of the most captivating beaches in the entire country, Marari Beach will surely make you forget any other beaches in India. Rated among the top five ‘Hammock Beaches’ by National Geographic, this virgin beach proves to be a wonderful place to laze around, enjoy sun basking, indulge in beach activities, and lot more!

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September (Monsoon End) to May (Summer End)

Beach Activities, Thumpolly Beach, Alappuzha Beach, Cherthala, The Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Andres Church, Mararikulam Shiva Temple, Aroor, Arthunkal, Poochakkal

Cochin International Airport (90km)

Mararikulam Railway Station (3km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November - February), Monsoon (June - October)

23 Munroe Island:

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A cluster of islands straight out of fairy tales, Munroe Island comprises of a collective group of 8 different islets. Interconnected with each other with a turquoise network of canals, this group of islands is around 27km form the heart of Kollam , and is a much-sought-after destination among the visitors.

Edged with evergreen coconut groves, these islands can be called the epitome of serenity and tranquillity. Whether on a family vacation, honeymoon trip, backpacking trails, or casually holidaying, you can bump on the Munroe Island anytime or during any part of the year.

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October to May

Island Hoping, Boating, Kallada River, Ashtamudi Lake, Wonderla Amusement Park, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Jew Town, Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica

Trivandrum International Airport (97km)

Kollam Railway Station (25km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (November- February), Monsoon (June - September)

24 Nelliampathy:

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If Kerala is called the ‘God’s Own Country’, Nelliampathy (or Nelliampathi) is fondly called the ‘God’s Own Village’! Located around 60km from Palakkad, this quaint hamlet is one of the least explored and equally stunning hill stations in Kerala .

With a captivating range of hills that soar up to an astounding height of 467-1,572m, Nelliampathy serves as an ideal getaway to enjoy and revel in the alluring charm of India’s Backwater Capital. With lofty peaks, rugged trails, and around 10-hair pin bends, this tiny, yet enthralling hill station also serves as a hotspot among the thrill and fun seekers.

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October (Pre-Winter) to March (Early Summer)

Trekking, Boating, Nelliyampathy Hills, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nenmara, Palagapandi Estate, Seetharkundu Viewpoint, Padagiri, Raja's Cliff, Pothundi Reservoir, Malampuzha Gardens, Nelliyampathy Gardens

Palakkad Railway Station

25 Palakkad:

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Palakkad or the ‘Gateway to Kerala’ is truly a paradise for the nature lovers and admirers. Situated at the foothills of the mighty Western Ghats, this scenic land is jotted with lush and evergreen vegetation all throughout, and is adored as the ‘Granary of Kerala’.

Steeped with a glorious past, decked with diverse range of traditions, cultures, art & music, and the indigenous Malabar style of living, Palakkad surely qualifies for a natural treasure in Kerala’s tourism map. Also, the tropical climate that prevails in this gorgeous city, makes it a not-to-be missed place to visit in Kerala.

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July (Mid-Monsoon) to March (Winter End)

Palakkad Fort, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wild Life Sanctuary, Mayiladumpara Peacock Sanctuary, Malampuzha Dam and Gardens, Attappadi, Kava View Point, Rock Garden, Siruvani Reservoir, Kanjirapuzha Reservoir, Dhoni Forest (Trekking), Kalpathy Heritage Village and Temple Complex, Nelliyampathy Hills, Pothundi Dam and Reservoir, Mangalam Dam, Tipu's Fort, ThiruvalathurRanduMoorthy Temple, Jain Temple, Vadakkanthara Temple, Manapullikaavu, KalpathyAgraharam and Vishwanathaswamy Temple, KumarapuramTemple, EmoorBhagavathyTemple, Thiruvalathoor Shiva Temple,

Peelamedu Airport (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu) (43km), Kochi International Airport (96km)

Palakkad Junction (Broad Gauge Line), Palakkad Town Railway Station (Narrow Gauge Line)

Summer (February - May), Winter (November - March), Monsoon (June - October)

26 Ponmudi:

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If you still think that Kerala is all about backwaters, mighty ocean, playful beaches, spice gardens, or evergreen coconut groves, you must visit the stunning hill station called Ponmudi ! Around 55km away from the state capital, this promising hill station will make you rethink and create a whole new perception God’s Own Country!

Enchanted by the spellbinding beauty of the Western Ghats, a drive or ride to Ponmudi has its own fun and excitement. While for the nature lovers, this part of the journey opens an unknown window to Kerala’s mesmerising beauty, adrenaline seekers love to have a tryst with the thrills associated.

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November (Post Monsoon) to May (Summer End)

Trivandrum International Airport (67km)

Trivandrum Central Railway Station (61km)

Summer (March - May), Winter (December - March), Monsoon (June - September)

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While in the Poovar Beach, you can witness one of the rarest phenomenon in the world. It is in this scenic beach, where the sea meets a river and a lake. Well, this is not it! Poovar estuary is also serves as the confluence ground of the beach and land!

A quintessential display of exotic flora and fauna, this beach portrays much of traditional ways of coastal living where fishing plays an important part of daily life. Situated around 12km from Kovalam , Poovar Beach has gained immense popularity as a popular picnic spots among the beach lovers and other types of visitors.

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August (Mid-Monsoon) to March (Early Summer)

Poovar Beach, Thiruparappu Falls, Fishing Village, Kalipoika, Kozhipara, Thikkoti Light House

Trivandrum International Airport (38km)

28 Thiruvananthapuram:

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The capital city of God’s Own Country, Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum , or the ‘Evergreen City of India’ is also the largest city in the state. Located at the south-western edge of Kerala, this city is the perfect example of how rural life gets mixed with the contemporary way of living.

Dotted with numerous tourist spots, places of historical importance, scenic beaches, and much more, Trivandrum is a true treasure trove among visitors from all the walks of life. Rated as one of the finest Indian cities to live in, Thiruvananthapuram can also be called the ‘Economic Capital’ of Kerala.

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Ponmudi, Kovalam, Shanghumugham Beach, Aruvi Waterfalls, Akkulam Tourist Village, Veli Tourist Village, Aruvikkara Dam, Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Poovar, Kowdiar Palace, Agasthyakoodam, Koyikkal Palace, Kanakakunnu Palace, Anchuthengu Fort, Napier Museum, Zoological Gardens, Vizhinjam, Thiruvallam, ParipallyGajamela, AnanthaPadmanabha Temple, AttukalBhagavathi Temple

Aaranmula Boat Race, Trekking, Meenmutty Falls, Golden Valley, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Mankkayam Falls, Kallar, Koyikkal Palace, Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve, Sri Krishna Swami Temple

Trivandrum International Airport

Trivandrum Central Railway Station

Summer (March - June), Winter (October - February), Monsoon (July - September)

29 Thrissur:

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If you are a cultural fan or enthusiastic about the rich traditions of Kerala, Thrissur should be ranked as #1 in your travelogue! Also called ‘Trichur’, this city was once the capital of Kingdom of Cochin, and is fondly called the ‘Cultural Capital of Kerala’.

Being edged with a number of scared temples and other religious spots, Thrissur serves as an important pilgrimage among the Hindu devotees. Yes, this city is the venue ground of the famous ‘Temple Festival’ or the ‘Thrissur Pooram’ that is known and participated by devotees from across the globe.

Visit the city during this festival, and you will find the entire Trichur uniting and celebrating the festival with high vigour and equal gusto!

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Year-round Destination / April to May (Thrissur Pooram is celebrated)

Chavakkad Beach, Nattika Beach, Vatanappally Beach, Athirapally Waterfalls, Guruvayoor, Peechi Dam, Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Thrisuur Zoo, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Dam, Thrissur Pooram, Archaeological Museum, PunnathurKotta, Sri Maheswara Temple, Lourdes Cathedral, Marth Mariam Church, Vaddakunathan Temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Dolours Basilica, ParamekkavuBhagavathy Temple, Arattupuzha Temple

Kochi International Airport (67km)

Thrissur Railway Station

30 Varkala:

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Flaunting its gracious beauty and charm while having a tryst with the Arabian Sea, Varkala is surely one of the most gorgeous and best places to visit in Kerala! A kaleidoscopic coastal town in Trivandrum, this is in fact the only place in God’s Own Country where cliffs are found alongside the sea-line.

While being a hotspot among the beach lovers, Varkala is also known for the ancient Janardana Swami Temple that dates back to 2,000 years. If you are planning for a Kerala trip, make sure you visit this quaint town; it will keep you amazed all through with its impeccable beauty, devout ambience, and playful beach!

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Paragliding, Varkala Beach, Thiruvambadi Beach, Edava Beach, Kappil Beach, Papanasam Beach, 590 Cliff, Anjengo Fort, Sivagiri Mutt, Janardhanaswamy Temple, Ponnumthuruthu Island, Varkala Tunnel, Vishnu Temple, Varkala Aquarium, KaduvayilJuma Masjid, Varkala Lighthouse,

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VarkalaSivagiri Railway Station

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20 best tourist places in kerala every traveler must experience.

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Kerala is the crowning glory of India’s grandeur. Ranked ninth as an eco-tourism destination on the “World’s Greatest Places 2022” list by TIME magazine, it holds its position as one of India’s top travel destinations. Nationally and internationally acclaimed, Kerala Tourism  was recently honored with the “Responsible Tourism Global Award” at the World Travel Mart forum in London, UK.

Kerala’s sublime beauty transports visitors back in time, from its magnificent heritage sites to the timeless ebb and flow of its backwaters. Often described as a ‘thing of beauty, a joy forever’, it welcomes travelers in all seasons – be it summer, winter, or monsoon. Picturesque and captivating, Kerala is an all-season tourist paradise, rich in cultural heritage, flora, and fauna. The grandeur of its temple architecture stands as an invitation for visitors to immerse themselves in its beauty.

Experience the divine allure of ‘God’s Own Country’, from its pristine beaches to dense forests and majestic mountains, each echoing tales of tranquillity and eternal joy. Kerala’s renowned cuisine invites travelers to savor its world-famous culinary delights. For those in pursuit of a distinctive travel experience, Kerala tourism introduces Caravan Tourism, promising a comfortable journey with minimal human interaction. For those eager to connect deeply with the region’s spirit, Kerala is ready to welcome you.

Here’s our updated list of the top 20 must-visit tourist places in Kerala for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Queen of Arabian Sea Kochi  

Kochi Kerala

Past splendours and contemporary style make Kochi Kerala’s one of the most engaging cities. Travellers vanished into the mist of time used to call Kochi ‘Cocym’.

Connect with Kochi’s heart through its backwater villages, small cafes, Dutch mansions, Raj-era bungalows, Elephant training camp, Bird sanctuary and waterfalls.

If you want to escape the city rush, then disappear to the most beautiful Beaches and peaceful rural Buddhist sites.

At Marine Drive, you will be lured by the spectacular view of lights reflected in water from the ships anchored in the harbour at night. One of the major attractions in Kochi is watching the Chinese fishing nets in action on the promenade. Not only that If you visit SNC Maritime museum, the star attraction is the 300 years old boat belonging to the Raja of Ambalapuzha.

Kochi also houses India’s first European church – St Francis Church. It is the original burial spot of the great Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama. And the best from the rest is the melodious rhythm of the Athirapally Waterfalls never ceases to give a blissful experience. Visiting Kerala would be incomplete without viewing the breathtaking cosmopolitan legacy of Kochi.

Popular Tourist Attractions in and around Kochi, Kerala

  • Bolgatty Island – It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kochi.  Bolgatty Island was built by an anonymous Dutch trader in 1744. You can reach here via Goshree Bridge.
  • Mattancherry- This place has an historical vibe. It is a home to the oldest synagogue in the country. Jewish community dates back to 2000 years lives here. Mattancherry is an epicentre of spice, local handicrafts, culture and lip smacking food. The main attraction of Mattancherry is Mattancherry Palace which is also known as Dutch palace which is a masterpiece of Colonial and Kerala style architecture. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Kochi.
  • Princess Street – Princess Street in Kochi is one of the most popular points of tourist interest in Kerala. It still retains its old world charm which never ceases to attract tourist. It is the oldest street of Kochi. The street gives the colonial vibes. Tourists are fascinated by the beauty of old European homes built in Dutch, French, Portuguese styles.
  • Hill Palace Archaeological Museum – It is one of the must visit places in Kerala. It was built in 1865; it is Kerala’s first heritage museum. It was the official residence of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi. The museum showcases wooden memorials from Indus Valley civilization, murals, sculptures, displaying royal throne, picture of former rulers and Tanjore paintings.
  • Thirumala Devaswom Temple- After the decline of the legendary Vijayanagar Empire, Gowda Saraswat Brahmins built the temple in 1599 to worship Sri VenkataChalapati Thirumala Devar Idol. – It is one of the must visit places in Kerala.
  • Vypin – This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. Vypin Island connects Kochi with Goshree bridges touching two other islands Mulavukadu and Vallarpadam. Boating in Vypin Island is one of the top things to do in Kochi. Paddy fields, Backwaters, Coconut groves and Dolphins in waters are the mesmerising sight to behold.

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Alappuzha – Delightful Venice of the East

Alappuzha Kerala

No doubt one can have ‘memories or fun longer than the road that stretches out ahead’ in Alappuzha.  Alappuzha is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala.

Close down the sounds of all the cities and you will hear melodious chirping of rare avian species, coming from places like Siberia in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.  It is a paradise of bird watchers as various species of birds like Little Cormorant, Indian Darter, White Ibis, Kingfishers and many more. Boating to watch the migratory birds is one of the top things to do in Alappuzha.

Don’t miss the wondrous and warm island of Pathiramanal which can only be accessible by Boat. It is one of the offbeat tourist destinations in Kerala.

Visit the mysterious yet delightful Krishnapuram Palace which was once the residence of the rulers of Kayamkulam Kingdom. It houses the 49sq km Gajendra Moksham which is the largest single band of Mural paintings discovered in Kerala. Exquisite display of Bronze sculptures, Paintings, beautiful gardens and the recently discovered Buddha Mandapam makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Alappuzha.

Apart from that Kuttanad Backwaters, Alappuzha Lighthouse, Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach are the most popular destinations in Alappuzha.

Top Things to Do in Alappuzha, Kerala

  • Houseboat Cruise – In a song filled morning, cruising in a houseboat on the backwaters is one of the top things to do in Alappuzha. Thrilling boat races, awesome backwater holidays, marine products, beautiful beaches are the main attractions in Alappuzha. Backwaters of Kuttanad are the best part of enjoying holidays in Kerala. As you navigate through the narrow canals, coconut palms, dense vegetation, paddy fields, churches and mosques will be an interesting sight to behold.
  • Mullackal Road- Mullackal Road is the one of the most popular tourist places of interest in Alappuzha. It is a paradise for shoppers. One can find variety of spices, gold jewellery, bell metal and fishing equipments.
  • Alappuzha Lakes- Tranquil waters of Punnamada and Vembanad will never cease to attract you. The easiest way to reach is the chartered diesel-powered motorboats. Holidaying is Kerala is incomplete without enjoying the bliss of Alappuzha Lakes.
  • Mararikulam – Don’t forget to miss the north side of Alappuzha – Mararikulam. It is a fishing village.  Holidays in Kerala would be blissful if you experience the simple lifestyle of traditional village of Mararikulam.  Away from the chaos of city there is nothing so good for a traveller to rest in the lap of nature. Lotus ponds and coconut grooves are a mesmerizing site to behold.

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Kollam – Kerala’s blissful heart

Kollam Kerala

Kollam is one of the most visited destinations in Kerala. The grandeur of Kollam lured Phoenicians and Romans in ancient times because of its spice trade but now it is popular for its industries like fisheries, Cashew and nut processing.

It houses relics of the past and temples which are built in traditional ornate architectural style. This town has many traditional bazaars, narrow backstreets, rice stores, wooden houses and coir warehouses. If the chaos of the city overwhelms you too much then escape to the peaceful Kollam beach for a blissful experience.

The backwater houseboat rides from Kollam to Alappuzha is one of the top things to do in Kerala. DTPC offers backwater cruises from Kollam to Alappuzha. Munroe Island in Kollam is a must visit in Kerala. It is a cluster of 8 islands. Narrow waterways, canal cruise, serene setting, tranquil waters brings its own enchantment and the cool winds across the brine roam with a purpose to never find a home in your heart. Visiting Kollam would be a wonderful experience.

Kollam also offers mesmerizing sites old colonial era buildings.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Kollam are-

  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum – It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kollam. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum chronicles the history and development of the police force. There are various exhibits, guns, machines and police arms of 18 th and 19 th Martyr’s gallery is the centre of attraction which displays the fascinating history of Police force.
  • Thangassery – It is also known as gold village. It houses the majestic Portuguese fort and churches of 18 th Lighthouse road is the centre of attraction in which Thangassery Lighthouse stands still in pride, it is 144 ft high. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of sea. It also offers the opportunity to view beautiful sunset and the blissful moonlight. Holidaying in Kerala becomes blissful because of these scenic beauties.
  • Thevally Palace – It is a marvellous piece of colonial architecture in the banks of beautiful Ashtamudi Lake. There is a temple of divine Lord Sastha inside the palace. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Kerala.
  • Thiruvalla- It is one of the most popular places in Kerala. It houses Shree Vallabha Temple which is the only temple in Kerala, where Kathakali Dance is performed as a ritual offering.
  • Jatayu’s Bird Center – You will be mesmerised by the beauty of the world’s largest Bird sculpture. This is Kerala’s First ever Build- operate –transfer (BOT) tourism. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. Jatayu is the legendary bird mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana.

Apart from the above mentioned places Kollam Cave temple, Malamel Temple, Kollam Harbour and Kollam beach are some of the most popular tourist attractions for blissful holidays in Kerala.

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Bekal – Offbeat Gem of Kerala

Bekal Kerala

Bekal is a place where your soul will open out her raven’s wings to fly. Your emotions will flow in tune with the calmness of pristine waterfalls. Crystal clear backwaters blow your heart away. 300 year old historical charm of Bekal fort is still intact.

Breathtaking views of sunset and thrilling opportunities for water sports and nature walks of Bekal makes holiday in Kerala awesome. Bekal is known for its unique granite idols, coconut products, and wood carvings.

Bekal is a heaven sent blessing for nature lovers. It is a gateway to enchanting locations like Kannur and Kozhikode. It is one of the offbeat tourist attractions in Kerala. Bekal is the perfect place to enjoy your holidays with family and friends.

One can escape the city chaos at serene backwaters of Valiyaparamba for a blissful boat ride at sunset and Beaches swaying with palm and coconut trees. Bekal is the perfect destination to indulge in yoga and meditation. Bekal also has some very good health retreats and spas to rejuvenate your soul and mind. If a peaceful and scenic setting is all what you want then Bekal is a must visit tourist destination in Kerala.

Some of the most popular destinations in Bekal, Kerala are-

  • Bekal Beach Park – Away from the chaos of the city life, Bekal Beach Park offers serene surroundings, scenic views and peaceful vibes. With the breathtaking views of Bekal fort, Bekal Beach Park offers entertainment facilities to enjoy with family and friends. Tourists can enjoy local delicacies of Kerala here. It is one of the offbeat tourist destinations in Kerala.
  • Kapil Beach – It is one of the offbeat destinations in Kerala. It is an isolated beach to enjoy peaceful and scenic setting with family and friends. Climb to the Kodi cliff if you want to watch the breathtaking sights of Arabian Sea. Rare sea shells, lush green coconut trees and nature walks will make your day.
  • Ullal – It is known for its religious places. Peaceful vibes and gorgeous south Indian architecture will melt your heart. The tomb of Sufi saint Sayyed Madani, Somnatheshwara Temple, St Sebastian church and Ullal Jama Masjid are some major tourist attractions in Ullal.
  • Hasdurg Fort- Holidays in Kerala would be more blissful if you visit Hosdurg Fort. It is popularly known as Kanhagarh fort. Karpooreshwar Temple is located right next to it.  Hosdurg fort was built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri dynasty.  It also houses the internationally renowned spiritual centre Nithyanandashram.

Apart from the above-mentioned places Thalassery, Vliyaparamba backwaters, Malik deenar mosque, Malikarjuna temple, Krishna Menon Museum, Pazhassiraja Museum East Hill are some major tourist attractions in and around Bekal which will make your holidays in Kerala memorable.

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Palakkad- Gateway of Kerala

Palakkad Kerala

Palakkad is a place where your thoughts find rest. Gentle plains, untouched waters and deep forests add to the charm of Palakkad. This place has a different vibe.  Come home to the untouched plains; sooth your ears with the sound of rustling leaves in the wind; feel the bliss in the forests where the magnificent trees lift her leafy arms to welcome you and trail through the untouched waters if your soul needs peace.

Here you will find the pool of happiness that Palakkad’s beauty has made. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. Picturesque Palakkad is cradled high in natural beauty and rich biodiversity. It is also known as the land of Palmyras and Paddy fields. It is set in the foot of Western Ghats on the borders of Kerala.

Some popular tourist attractions in Palakkad, Kerala are –

  • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary – It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. This scenic landscape is rich in flora and fauna. It is a home of leopards, Indian elephants, fresh water crocodiles, birds like Bay Owl, Nilgiri wood pigeon and many others. It also has the first scientifically managed task plantation in the wood.
  • Dhoni Falls- 12 km from Palakkad lies the peaceful retreat for nature lovers – Dhoni Village where the beauty of Dhoni falls has been luring tourist for ages. It’s a great picnic spot. Forest around the falls is a mesmerizing sight to behold. You can spot Elephant, tigers, deer and many other animals in the forest. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala.
  • Palakkad Fort – Haider Ali of Mysore in 1766 laid the foundation of Palakkad Fort. It is the most popular tourist destination in Palakkad. Temple of Lord Hanuman is located near the fort. There is a museum of archaeology inside the fort which displays some past relics.
  • Malampuzha Gardens and Dam- It is located at the foot of Malampuzha Dam. It is a beautiful masterpiece made of Brocken pieces of bangles, tiles plastic cans and tins. It was designed by renowned artist Nek Chand.It is a perfect place to relax with your friends and family. Boating in the gardens of Malampuzha is a blissful experience. It is one of the most visited places in Kerala.
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Idukki – Forest Paradise

Idukki, Kerala

Idukki is the crown of Kerala tourism. The charm of Idukki never ceases to attract the tourists. Half of Idukki is covered by forests. It is the perfect place to enjoy with family and friends away from the chaos of cities. Lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, lagoons, cliffs, serene rivers are the crowning glory of this spice garden of Kerala.

Scenic sights and lovely weather makes Idukki a beautiful haunting ground for photographers. Idukki is a heaven for adventure seekers. Bird watching, Trekking, wildlife tour, safaris, Canoeing, Paragliding, biking, camping, and bamboo rafting and hiking creates a vast natural playground for adventure seekers. Holidays in Kerala would be incomplete without visiting Idukki.

Top Tourist Attractions in Idukki, Kerala are-

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary – It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala.  Idukki wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by Idukki Arch Dam which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. One can enjoy boat rides here. Kuravan and Kurathi hill across which the dam was built is one of the most scenic sights to behold.  Wild dogs, Bison, Sambar Deer, Jungle cats, Cobra, Viper, Jungle Fowl and many others in the sanctuary is a visual treat to the wildlife enthusiasts.

Hill View Park- It is one of the must visit places in Kerala.  Idukki Arch Dam is located near it which provides wonderful opportunity of boating to enjoy picturesque views. Scenic views of Cheruthoni Dam, lush greenery and beautiful flowers will make your day.  There is a small pond in the corner of the park which is famous for Pedal Boating.

Gavi – It is the most popular scenic and sublime destinations in Idduki. The Hill station of Gavi offers many adventure opportunities like Trekking, Off- Roading, Jungle Safari, Bird Watching and Camping to the adventure seekers. It is one of the leading eco- tourism centres in India according to Alistair International. This place is also famous for boating and tree house stay. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala.

Mangala Devi Temple- In the dense forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Mangala Devi Temple stands still in pride for 1000 years. The temple is dedicated to Mangala Devi who is also known as Devi Kannaki. Local believe that this temple was built by the chera King Chenkuttuvan. It is one of the must visit places in Kerala.

Ramakkalnudu – Ramakkalnudu is the highest point in Idukki. It provides trekking opportunities to adventure seekers. Scenic landscapes along with picturesque views makes Ramakkalnudu the popular point of tourist interest in Kerala.

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Wayanad – Sooth your eyes in the serenity of Wayanad

Wayanad Kerala

Located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Wayanad is a part of a forest reserve rich in wildlife and spice plantations.

It is a paradise of a misty hills and enchanting rainforests. It is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. Call it a nature Paradise where the day starts with the chirping of birds.

The gushing of streams is a fascinating site to behold. Majestic hilltops gaze in bliss. Lush green tea factories blow your heart away. This place is a perfect haunt for photographers.

Wayanad is decked with delightful flora and fauna. On the skies and the tree tops you will be mesmerized by the sights and sounds of rare birds.

An adventure on jeep safari and Bamboo rafting on the clean waters of Anoothupuzha is one of the top things to do in Wayanad.  It is a perfect place to experience the bliss of adventure tourism in Kerala.

Top Tourist Attractions of Wayanad, Kerala are –

Eddakal Caves- Eddakal Caves is one of the most popular destinations of Kerala. It is located 1200m above the sea level. It is believed that the caves are formed by the arrows of Luva and Kusha – Son of Lord Rama. Trekking through Ambakuttu Mala will lead you to the ancient charm of Eddakal Caves. It is popular for the cave paintings which is older than 6000 BC.

Pakshipathalam- It is one of the top travel destinations to enjoy your holidays in Kerala.  It is a beautiful site of Wayanad which is 1700m above the sea level. Sights and sounds of emerald green forests, avian species and giant Malabar squirrels are visual treat for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. It is also a best place for overnight camping.

Neelimala- It is one of the best places to enjoy your holidays in Kerala with your family and friends. It is a picnic spot. Scenic views of Meenmutti waterfall, flowers and plants of all varieties are a fascinating sight to behold. It is also a popular spot for trekking. One can also capture picturesque views of Western Ghats.

Pookot Lake- Pookot is a must visit tourist destination in Kerala. It is 3 km from Vythiri town. This lake is surrounded by emerald green forests and misty hills. Tourists can enjoy the bliss of boating and shopping. It’s a great picnic spot to spend some quality time with family and friends. Sree Narayana Ashram is located near Pookot Lake to refresh your mind and soul.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary- It is ranked 8 th in the list of world’s biodiversity hotspots. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala. Decked with hilly terrains and dense valleys, it’s a heaven for nature lovers. It is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.  Asian Elephants, Stripped Necked Mongoose, Leopard Cats, Vulture and many more will be waiting to make your holidays in Kerala the best.

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Thiruvananthapuram – Culture Capital of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram

How can we miss Thiruvananthapuram from our travel list? Thiruvananthapuram epitomises real elegance in the form of historical monuments, museums, backwater stretches and rich cultural heritage.

Temples of Thiruvananthapuram area a must visit in Kerala to taste the serene drops of spirituality.  Thiruvananthapuram is the most popular destination in Kerala for its water sports, Backwater stretches, Beaches, Temple trails and Ayurvedic health resorts and shopping zones. Adventure activities like Kayaking and Canoeing are the best things to do in Kerala.

Thiruvananthapuram also houses the world’s first magic theme park which is the best place to enjoy with friends and family.Visiting Kerala without enjoying the charms of Thiruvananthapuram would be an incomplete experience of fun and thrill

Some popular tourist attractions in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala are:

Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple- It is one of the top tourist destinations of Kerala.   Dates back to 8 th century Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple is the world’s richest temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It’s Dravidian and Keralian architecture has been luring the tourist for ages.

Akkulam Tourist Village- Akkulam Tourist Village is one of the most popular picnic spots to enjoy your holidays in Kerala with family and friends. It is located near Akkulam Lake. It is also one of the backwater destinations in Kerala. The bliss of boating, children’s park and swimming pool will make your day.

Sree Mahadeva Temple – Sree Mahadeva Temple is one of the must visit places in Kerala. It is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva which dates back to 14 th century.

Kallar – Kallar is a best picnic spot to enjoy your holidays in Kerala. It is very popular for trekking and angling.  Scenic views of Golden Valley and Meenmutti Waterfall and Kallar River are a mesmerizing sight to behold in Kallar.

Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium- It is officially known as Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium. It is the best place to know the mysteries of marine life. Variety of species like clown fish, eels, wrasses, seahorses, box fish and cow fish will be waiting to welcome the tourists in bliss.

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Kottayam – Grandeur in Beauty

Kottayam Kerala

With enchanting Western Ghats on the east and the paddy fields of Kuttanad on the west, Kottayam located in central Kerala is an amalgamation of beauty with grandeur. Kottayam is also known as Akshara Nagari (City of letters) because it played a very important role in the development of print media and literature. The city is a hub of Rubber plantations. On your way to the sublime journey to Kerala, don’t forget to tune into the vibes of calmness in Kottayam.

Quaint rivulets, pristine paddy fields, brackish water lagoon is the heart of Kottayam tourism.

Some popular attractions in Kottayam, Kerala are –

Drift wood Museum – Drift wood Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. It is the best place for an art lover. The museum houses unique art works made of waste materials. Sculptures made of driftwood deposited by the sea are the main attraction of this museum.

Poonjar Palace – It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kottayam.  Sculptures in the walls of this palace depict warfare stories from Puranas. Extraordinary collection of antiques, palm leaf engravings, furniture, Natraj Statues, weapons is a fascinating sight to behold. Chuttuvillakku is a rock cut lamp carved out of the stone walls of the Sastha temple is the main attraction of this Palace.

Vembanard Lake – It is one of the top travel destinations in Kerala. Houseboat cruise is the one of the top things to do in Kerala. As you move through its narrow canals, small islands of Vembanard Lake, old bungalows, lush green landscapes will blow your heart away. It is also popular for boating and fishing.

Ilaveezha Poonchira – It is a beautiful hill station tucked between three hillocks Mankunnu, Kudayathoormala and Thanippara. You will be mesmerised by the beauty of gigantic hills. Trekking in these hillocks would be the most thrilling experience.

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Kumarakom –Magic in the Tranquil Backwaters

Kumarakom Kerala

Kumarakom is one of the top tourist destinations in Kerala. It is a blissful heaven for bird watchers. Sights and sounds of various types of Birds like Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoos and wild duck, Siberian stork will be a fascinating sight to behold.  Houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kumarakom is one of the top things to do in Kerala.

Dive deep into the mesmerizing beauty of the backwaters where Boating and fishing will give you immense pleasure. Kumarakom is popular for its houseboat cruise. Sightseeing from the houseboats in the backwaters of Kumarakom is the best way to enjoy your holidays in Kerala.

You will be teleported to a paradise of the mysterious mangrove forests, coconut palms, migratory birds and cluster of islands on the eastern banks of Vembanard Lake. Travelling to Kumarakom is one of the most top things to do in Kerala.

Some popular Destinations in Kumarakom, Kerala are –

Subrahmanya Temple and Sree Dharma Sastha Temple- The pavilion of this temple is made out of a single stone. It is considered to be the first temple in Kumarakom, built by the orders of Vaddkkumkore 1800 years ago. Sree Dharma Sastha temple is believed to be 1200 years old. It is one of the must visit places in Kerala.

Aymanam – Aymanam is one of the most popular destinations in Kumarakom. This village is decked with scenic landscapes and heritage home stays. It is an ideal place to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family in the lap of nature away from the chaos of city life.

Kudamaloor – It is located on the banks of the tranquil river of Meenachali.  Vasudevapuram Temple, Eeraveeswaram, Mahadeva temple and Muthiamma church are the major tourist spots in Kudamaloor. Calm vibes, rural ambiance and scenic beauty make Kudamaloor the best place to enjoy your holidays in Kerala.

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Munnar – Blissful Heaven of Kerala

Tea Plantation Munnar

Munnar is the crown of gorgeous Western Ghats. Emerald green landscapes, plantations, scenic sights and pristine waterfalls are the ‘thing of beauty joy forever’. It is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. Munnar also houses the beautiful Neelkurinji flowers which bloom in every 12 years. Picturesque and enchanted valley of Munnar never ceases to attract tourist. It is cradled with rich flora and fauna.

If the chaos of the city overwhelms you then Munnar is the perfect destination to refresh your mind.

Some popular destinations in and around Munnar, Kerala are –

Pothamedu – Pothamedu is a perfect destination to enjoy trekking and long nature walks.  It also offers beautiful views of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. It is one of the top places to visit in Munnar.

Devikulam – It is very popular for Sita Devi Lake. It is believed that Lord Rama’s wife Devi Sita took bath in the thermal water spring here. Tourists can enjoy the bliss of trout fishing. It is one of the most popular pilgrim places to visit in Munnar.

Attukal – located between Munnar and Pallivasal. It is one of the perfect destinations for trekking in Kerala. Scenic landscapes and mesmerizing waterfalls adds to the charm of Attukal which makes it a popular destination to enjoy your holidays in Kerala.

Rajamala – Visiting Kerala without enjoying the bliss of Rajamala would be an incomplete experience. It is a home to the endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr.  Enjoying the wildlife along with scenic beauty of Rajamala. It is a perfect haunt for the photographers.

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Kozhikode – Elegance is in Simplicity

Kozhikode Kerala

Kozhikode (Calicut) was once the most prosperous coastal city in the reign of Zamorin. In 1498 Kozhikode’s shores welcomed the great Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama. Kozhikode’s charm lies in its simplicity.

Tharavadukal mansions (only few of them survived), Kozhikode beach, Palayam Market and Mohiudeen Masjid are some popular attractions in Kozhikode.  Beauty of serene beaches, historical sites and rivers will elevate your experience to a different level.  Holidays in Kerala is incomplete without witnessing the charms of Kozhikode.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Kozhikode, Kerala

Kallayi – If you want to witness a breathtaking sunset Kallayi is the best place to be.  It is a small village located in the bank of river Kallayi in Kozhikode. It was famous for timber trade in late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Kozhikode Beach – It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. It is a perfect place to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family.  Kozhikode beach is popular for sea food, dolphins’ point, lion’s park and old lighthouse. Tune into the vibes of the serenity of Kozhikode beach.

Kokkayam Dam – Kokkayam Dam is very popular for boating and trekking. It is one of the offbeat destinations in Kerala.  Small waterfalls and dense forests add to the charm of Kokkayam Dam. It is the best picnic spot to enjoy with family and friends.

Kadaluni Bird Sanctuary – It is the best spot to rejuvenate your mind and soul. Rare avian species, scenic islands, picturesque hills add to the charm of Kadaluni Bird Sanctuary. It is a heaven sent blessing for nature lovers. Kadaluni River flows through Arabian Sea are a mesmerizing sight to behold. It is a bird watchers paradise. Seagull, Odd Otter, sand pipers and many more birds blow your heart away. It is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala.

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Vagamon – Ode to the Grassy Hills

Vagamon Lake Kerala

Let’s go to a place full of refreshing vibes, stunning grassy hills, cascading waterfalls, rose gardens, delightful tea estates, pine forests and awesome Spice plantations. Vagamon is a treasure trove of delightful vistas for nature lovers and honeymoon couples. Visiting here would overpower your senses completely. It is one of the best hill stations to visit in Kerala. Here nature will smile on you as the glimpse of breathtaking and soothing vistas of picturesque landscapes will be of unequalled loveliness. For adventure lovers it is a paradise. Adventure enthusiasts must indulge in thrilling activities like trekking, mountaineering, paragliding and rock climbing etc.

Top Things to Do in Vagamon, Kerala

  • Sightseeing – Explore the scenic wonders of this beautiful Hill Station called Vagamon where nature’s melodious rhythm will blow your heart away. Some of the best places to visit in Vagamon are – Marmala Waterfall, Kurisumala, Barren Hills, Thangal Para, Pine Hill and Murugan Mala etc.
  • Adventure Activities- Soothe your adventurous soul by tasting the pleasure of thrill. Indulge in adventurous sports like Trekking, mountaineering, Rock climbing and Paragliding.
  • Picnic Time – Picnic at Vagamon Lake and Vagamon Falls will be one of the most fun-filled activities to do here. The delightful vistas offered by this place are magical.

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Thekkady – Fine Tune Your Spirit

Thekkady Kerala

When it comes to Thekkady , the images of hills, emerald spice plantations, and Majestic Elephants pop into mind. It houses verdant forests which are known by the name of Periyar forest and it is one of the most popular wildlife reserves of India. Its breathtaking backdrop will definitely fine tune your toil weary spirit. Bamboo Rafting, Boat Safari, Elephant Safari are some of the greatest delights this place has to offer. The natural wilderness of Thekkady is a place not less than a paradise.

Top Things to Do in Thekkady, Kerala

  • Boating – Boating at Periyar Lake is a must not miss tourist activity in Thekkady. The lush greenery and animals playing in the water is a sight to behold.
  • Hiking and Bamboo Rafting – Taste the thrill of adventure by indulging in Hiking and Bamboo Rafting at Periyar wildlife Sanctuary. The deep dense forests are waiting for you.
  • Mangala Devi Temple- Amidst Periyar wildlife Sanctuary, the divine Mangala Devi Temple will shower its divine grace to you. You must visit this serene temple.
  • Trekking – Enchanting trekking trails to Gavi will make your day. Spend some time amidst the tranquil nature.
  • Elephant Rides – The most exciting activity is an Elephant Ride in Periyar Tiger Reserve. Try it once, it’s a different experience.
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Kovalam – Crescent-Shaped Shallow Water Beaches

Kovalam - Lighthouse Beach

Since 1930, Kovalam, which is about 18 kilometres from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, has been a popular beach vacation spot. It was noticed when Her Highness Halcyon Castle was created by Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai, Queen of Travancore.

In the local language, Kovalam means “coconut,” which is what this region is known for and how it got its name. Kovalam, an area with international recognition, is a well-known vacation spot in India for travellers from all over the world.

From relaxing on beaches and doing adventurous water activities in the Arabian sea to experiencing the authentic cuisine of Kerala in homestays and a rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa, Kovalam is an ideal destination for people who want to indulge in yoga, meditation and cultural pursuits with lots of adventure sports and foods.

Popular Tourist Attractions in and around Kovalam, Kerala

Lighthouse Beach – The largest and the most popular beach in Kovalam, Lighthouse Beach is named after a 30-metre-high lighthouse, which is located on the southern end of the beach. The lighthouse houses an observatory that you can reach by ascending 142 steps or availing the lift. The observatory provides breathtaking panoramic views of the beach along the Arabian coast. You can also see the famous Beemapally mosque and Poovar from the lighthouse.

Hawa Beach – Located just about 1.5 kilometres from Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach is an untouched beach in India and that’s why it is a perfect destination to spend time peacefully. The beach is a natural wonder; looks like a boundary between the land of Kovalam and the sea. The clear blue sky along with the water contrast with the glowing sandy beach that is dotted with green palm trees here.

Samudra Beach – Samudra Beach is the third beach among the three famous beaches in Kovalam, where the other two are Lighthouse and Hawa Beach. The beach remains a hidden gem as there is a ridge between the north and south coastline. And, because of the ridge, the privacy and natural beauty of the place have remained untouched. There are several homestays off the beach where you can get authentic Kerala vibes by staying and tasting the food.

Veli Tourist Village – The village is located around 12 kilometres from Kovalam City where Veli Lake connects with the Arabian Sea. A perfect place amidst nature for spending time with family and friends. People can also experience several boating activities here.

Karamana River – Kerala’s one of the finest backwaters where you can spend your leisure time by staying in a houseboat. The verdant environ beside the river, the fields full of rice, vegetables and pepper and several bridges over the river will make your stay memorable for life. You can also enjoy kayaking and canoeing on the Karamana River.

Vizhinjam Rock-Cut Cave Temple – Vizhinjam Rock-Cut Cave Temple is one of the earliest temples found in Kerala. Built in the 8th century, this temple is about 17 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram City. It is maintained under the Archaeological Survey of India and houses an idol of Tripurantaka (Lord Shiva) with a bow and arrow along with Goddess Parvati.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the richest sites of worship in the world, is an architectural wonder to see.  The temple’s grounds are enclosed by high walls and a gopura from the 16th century.  Lord Vishnu is the temple’s main deity (Padmanabhaswamy). You will discover Padmanabhaswamy’s yogic position of eternal sleep here. Padmanabhaswamy is the guardian god of the Travancore royal dynasty.

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Kannur – City of Looms and Lores

Kannur - Payyambalam Beach Kerala

Popularly known as ‘The Crown of Kerala,’ Kannur is a beach town along the Malabar coast, while the backdrop of the town is created by the hills of the Western Ghats. The rustic charm of the town looks evergreen and it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Kerala. The place is famous in the world for its flourishing handloom industry and a ritualistic folk artform, called Theyyam.

Kannur, the ancient trading hub in South India, is located south of Mangalore and north of Calicut and Cochin. You will be amused by spotting the colonial structures here that feature Kannur’s rich legacy in art and culture.

Apart from the beaches and hills, you will be mesmerised by the spectacular views of the sparkling waterfall here, such as Palchuram, Alakapuri, Meenmutty and Kudiyanmala.

Kannur is home to India’s one and only drive-in beach, Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach. The city is full of a laid-back beach vibe that never disappoints any traveller be it a beach lover, nature lover, thrill seeker or culture explorer.

Popular Tourist Attractions in and around Kannur, Kerala

Payyambalam Beach – The most appropriate weekend destination to unwind after a hectic working week. You have to cross a small bridge to reach the beach. Besides relaxing in peaceful nature, you can also try some water activities here like swimming, boating and others. It spreads along four kilometres and looks like a paradise on a sunny day.

Muzhappilangad Beach – Being the only drive-in beach in Kerala as well as India, it attracts lots of visitors all year long. In addition to being one of Kannur’s cleanest beaches and the longest drive-in beach in all of India, it is also one of the best drive-in beaches that the entire Asian continent has to offer. Go out and engage in some paragliding, parasailing, powerboating, or other water sports to satisfy your need for excitement.

St Angelo Fort – The compelling history and fascinating tales that St. Angelos Fort has to tell are largely responsible for its fame. This fort was a target for numerous dynasties, both domestic and foreign, and it has been the scene of many terrible conflicts in the struggle to take it. You can practically visualise the conflicts that this imposing stronghold has witnessed as you walk around its walls. You may tour the barracks, an old chapel, and the gravestones of the men who died defending the fort. Also visit Kannur’s first lighthouse, which stands next to the architecture.

Palakkayam Thattu – A hill station, located around 52 kilometres from the main city, perched in the verdant Western Ghats at a height of 3,500 feet, Palakkayam Thattu is one of the must-visit tourist destinations in Kannur. This hilltop is one of the most well-liked trekking locations in the south because of its breathtaking vista. The entire ascent to Palakayyam Thattu is peaceful and unaffected by the stresses of the outside world, wrapped in the lap of nature.

Ezhimala – A place famous for its religious values among Hindus and Buddhists, Ezhimala is a 286-metre-high hillock located along a pristine beach. As per legend, Ezhimala got its name from two words ‘ezhu’ and ‘mala’ which mean seven and peaks, respectively. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Hanuman was believed to have dropped the seven peaks here while carrying Sanjeevani for Lord Lakshman. It is also believed that Lord Buddha once graced the peaks with his holy presence. Apart from the religious values, one of the main tourist destinations in Ezhimala is NAVAC (The Naval Academy), which was inaugurated in January 2009. The academy is the largest of its kind in Asia.

Kasargod – Hidden Tranquility

Ananthapura Lake Temple Kasargod Kerala

Kasargod is a beautiful amalgamation of Different religions and cultures. Stunning Forts, lofty hills, verdant backwaters, temples and pristine beaches, it will never cease to surprise you with its immense beauty. It is decked with coir and handloom industries. Forts of Kasargod will give you the insights of its rich and glorious past. You will get multicultural experience here. People here speak 7 languages. It is one of the must visit destinations to visit in Kerala.

Top Things to Do in Kasargod, Kerala

  • Ananthapura Lake Temple – Visit this stunning temple surrounded by a beautiful Lake. It is said that there is a crocodile in a lake which protects the temple.
  • Parappa Wildlife Sanctuary- Experience the exotic wildlife along with the soothing wilderness.
  • Nileshwar -Visit Nileshwar for cultural experience in Kasargod.
  • Valiyaparamba – Enchanting Backwaters will call you and you will not resist its charm.
  • Manjeshwar – The pilgrimage Town of Kasargod will take you to serene temples and mosques.
  • Shopping – Explore coir products, shell products and other unique artifacts to satisfy your shopper soul.

Varkala- Where Cliffs Embrace the Coast

Varkala Beach Kerala

Situated on the coastline of Kerala, Varkala is a captivating blend of cliffs, beaches, and rich cultural sites, making it one of the must-visit places in the state.

Popular Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Varkala

Varkala Beach and Cliff:  Often referred to as the ‘Papanasham Beach’, Varkala Beach is renowned for its golden sands juxtaposed against the imposing red laterite cliffs. The cliffs are a geologist’s marvel and provide an exceptional backdrop for sunsets. Along the cliff edge, there’s a paved pathway lined with cafes, shops, and coconut groves, allowing tourists to take leisurely strolls and soak in the panoramic sea views.

Anjengo Fort:  A remnant of the colonial era, this fort showcases a blend of Kerala’s history and natural beauty. Surrounded by lakes and backwaters, it’s a serene spot that provides a glimpse into Kerala’s past.

Sivagiri Mutt:  Founded by the famous sage and social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru, Sivagiri Mutt is a pilgrimage center that attracts thousands annually. The serene atmosphere and architectural splendor of this site make it a must-visit when in Varkala.

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Mararikulam- Coastal Kerala’s Hidden Gem

Marari Beach Kerala

Mararikulam is a quaint village boasting one of Kerala’s most pristine beaches. It’s the perfect escape for those looking to experience Kerala’s coastal beauty in a tranquil setting.

Popular Attractions & Things to Do in Mararikulam

Marari Beach:  This is undoubtedly Mararikulam’s crown jewel. Unlike many other popular beaches, Marari Beach retains a rustic charm. Its vast stretches of golden sand, fringed by swaying palms and dotted with traditional fishing boats, create a postcard-perfect setting. It’s an ideal spot to unwind, either by taking a gentle walk or indulging in Ayurvedic massages.

St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal: Located a short drive from Mararikulam, this historic church is a testament to the region’s religious harmony and architectural grandeur. It’s particularly famous for the Arthunkal Perunnal, a grand feast held annually.

Local Village Tours: Mararikulam is not just about the beach; the nearby villages offer tourists a chance to witness the traditional lifestyles of Kerala’s coastal communities. Participate in coir-making workshops or watch skilled fishermen at work for a richer experience.

Gavi: Nature’s Best-Kept Secret

Gavi Forest Kerala

Gavi, nestled in the Western Ghats, is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and one of the must-visit destinations in Kerala for those in search of tranquility.

Popular Attractions & Things to Do in Gavi

Wildlife Watching: Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, and it’s teeming with diverse fauna. From the majestic Indian elephants to the elusive tigers, Gavi’s dense forests are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Opt for a guided safari to maximize your chances of spotting these creatures.

Camping:  Gavi offers numerous camping sites amidst its lush forests. Imagine setting up camp under a canopy of stars, surrounded by the harmonious sounds of nature – it’s an experience that is bound to stay with you for a lifetime.

Cardamom Plantations:  Kerala is famed for its spices, and Gavi is home to vast cardamom plantations. Wander through these aromatic fields and learn about the cultivation and processing of this coveted spice.

Sabarimala View Point: Gavi offers an exceptional view of the famous Sabarimala temple, especially from the vantage point. It’s a serene spot that allows one to witness both the cultural and natural beauty of Kerala.

Let us Find Out What to Expect in Different Seasons in Kerala

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Expectations from Summer in Kerala

The summer season is different to the people coming to Kerala because it is different from other Indian states. The summer in Kerala starts from February with temperature up to 35-degree Celsius but compared to other Indian states it is cooler. Here the high ranges have cool and pleasing climate throughout the year. This time the pristine beaches and scenic landscapes of the Western Ghats will fine tune your spirit with refreshing vibes and healing touch of nature. Summer in Kerala is very popular for temple festivals. Between the months of February and March Attukal Pongala is celebrated which is one of the most popular temple festivals of Kerala. Women from all the states attend this festival at Thiruvananthapuram to pay their respect to goddess Kannaki.

During this time, Kerala pleases people with its lush greenery and backwater tourism. The houseboats are ready to take you to the scenic narrow canals and lush vegetation through pristine backwaters. Also try Sambharam, it is one of the most popular summer drinks of Kerala made of curd, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and lemon leaves. The culture and cuisine of Kerala offers variety to the tourist.

In the month of April Thrissur Pooram is celebrated with great pomp and this vibrant temple festival showcases the musical heritage of the state. Also, the festival of Vishu this time marks the new year for the people in Kerala. People celebrate this festival with lights and fire crackers.

May and June bring the bliss of Wildlife tourism in Kerala. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers awesome Wildlife Safari, elephant ride, boat rides, jungle camping, trekking and nature walks. The rich flora and fauna of the country will take you to a different world where the silence of nature will sync with the calm rhythm of your heart.

Expectations from Monsoon in Kerala

Kerala, the god’s own country is different because you will see rain pitter patters throughout the year here. You will be amazed to know Kerala enjoys two monsoon seasons- Southwest Monsoon and Northeast monsoon. The main rainy season in Kerala starts from the month of June and ends in August. The month of June – August is a time for Southwest monsoon in Kerala which is known as Edavappathi.

During this time the natural vistas of Kerala resemble the garden of Eden.  In the months of July and September, thrilling boat races at the backwaters of Kerala will take your breath away. Some of the most popular boat races are the Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Champakulam Moolam Boat Race and the most fascinating part of the race is the snake boat known as Chundan Vallams. The festive vibes of Onam is a must not miss if you are coming here in the months of August, it lasts till September. But this festival is the soul of Kerala, it is the most popular harvest festival of Kerala celebrated everywhere in the state with great zeal.

Also, the weather of Kerala is so soothing in monsoon that Ayurvedic massage is the best thing to enjoy to refresh your mind, body and soul. Honeymoon couples consider it the best time to visit in Kerala. The magical waterfalls flowed with all their might during this time, the hill stations of Kerala dipped in lush greenery. This is also the best time for a wonderful stay experience in traditional tree houses surrounded by soothing hills, valleys, waterfalls and lakes to become one with nature.

One must try Parippu Vada and hot cup of Tea, it is a must if you are enjoying the monsoon in Kerala. Apart from that some of the most popular monsoon snacks to enjoy in Kerala are Pazhampori, Arikadukka and Appam etc.

Expectations from Winter in Kerala

Winter season in Kerala starts from the end of November and ends in the middle of February. This season is ideal to enjoy the best of Kerala tourism. From misty hill stations, serene beaches, thrilling adventure activities, vibrant festivals and exotic wildlife. You can enjoy something of everything in Kerala during this time.

During winters, there is less rainfall in Kerala which makes it pleasant for sightseeing. The most prominent festivals Christmas and New Year keep the joy and enthusiasm intact throughout the year.  These are the most popular festivals celebrated everywhere in Kerala in winter. The churches and markets of Kerala are decorated in a grand manner and people celebrate these festivals with great fervor.

Tourists from all across the globe enjoy houseboat cruise tours of Alleppey and Kumarakom during this time. The bliss of Yoga and Ayurvedic massage refreshes the toil- weary soul. This is also the best time to enjoy the beauty of emerald green Tea Estates of Munnar. Moreover, if you include the tour of the lush green paddy fields, coir manufacturing industries, coconut leaf weaving, fish and village markets, you will have one of the most memorable winter vacations in Kerala.

Exotic Wildlife Safaris in Kerala during winters is a must not miss. There are 16 wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala and 5 national parks which boast of exquisite flora and fauna. It’s time for a wonderful bird watching session as numerous winged visitors arrive in the state. You will behold greater flamingos, Pelicans, Black- tailed Godwit, Garganeys, Dendrocygna Javanica and Gulls etc. Also behold the beauty of Neelakurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years in Eravikulam. It is the best tourist place in Kerala to visit in Winters.

During winters try lip smacking winter delicious cuisines of Kerala like Malabar Biryani, Erachi Ularthiyathu, Thrissur Avial, Palada Payasam and Kozhi Porichathu etc.

Moreover, November to January in Kerala is filled with numerous exciting events and festivals which will make your Kerala Holiday tour one of the best tours ever. Some of the must not miss festivals and events to enjoy in Winters are Kanathur Nalvar Bhoothasthanam, Cochin Carnival, Perumthitta Tharavad Kottamkuzhy, Vasantholsavam Flower Festival, Adoor Gajamela. Kerala Utsavam Folklore Festival, Chittur Konganpada and Pariyanampetta Pooram etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. if thrill, excitement and adventure is my call then what should i do in god’s own country – kerala.

To experience the bliss of thrill, excitement and adventure apart from the scenic sights and lush green landscapes of God’s own country, you would like to indulge in some of the best adventure activities of Kerala-

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Q. I want to enjoy the blissful togetherness with my beloved along with the sublime landscapes of Kerala away from the chaos of the city for my Honeymoon. Where should I go?

If you would love to wander through Kerala’s hidden wilderness and scenic beauty with your beloved. You would definitely visit:

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Is Kerala a better place for a family trip? 🌴20 Best Tourist Places In Kerala, India: Unveiling the Charms of God’s Own Country

Is Kerala a better place for a family trip? Yes! Kerala’s family-friendly destinations like Kovalam and Varkala offer beautiful beaches and relaxed atmospheres, making it an ideal destination for families.

Kerala, often referred to as “God’s Own Country,” is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural richness.

Nestled on the southwestern coast of India, Kerala is renowned for its diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. Choosing the right tourist places is paramount to ensuring an unforgettable experience.

With so much to explore, selecting the best tourist destinations becomes crucial. Let’s dive into the natural wonders that make Kerala a standout destination.

This article serves as your guide to the best tourist places in Kerala , taking you on a virtual tour through the enchanting landscapes, diverse experiences, and hidden gems that make Kerala a must-visit destination .

Best Tourist Places In Kerala

List Of Tourist Places In Kerala 

Below is the list of best places to visit in Kerala give everything that any traveler expects from any destination.

1. Alleppey – The Backwater Hot Spot

Alleppey – The Backwater Hot Spot

Alleppey tops this rundown with photos of the best tourist places in Kerala. Moreover, the backwater trips, houseboat stays, and peaceful beauty are attracting a fair number of people to its region.

Also, it is the most celebrated spot to encounter the backwaters of Kerala. Alleppey’s replica of Lord Curzon as East Venice isn’t an overstatement.

A houseboat that stays in Alleppey is the thing that individuals search for when they visit there.

There are spans of paddy fields, pleasant houses of prayer, interesting angling towns as well as lakes. It is pressed with water lilies that make Alleppey also one of the best places to visit in Kerala for couples.

The love of Keralites with coconut as well as banana leaves in their eating routine. Relatively, the cleaner streets will lead you on an old-world walk.

  • Places To Stay:  Ramada By Wyndham  Alleppey , Tharavadu Heritage, Bamboo Lagoon, Treebo Tryst Palmyra Grand Suite.
  • Shopping: Buy Souvenirs For Your Loved One.
  • Nightwalk: Gear Up For A Crazy Campfire.
  • Temples: Indulge In Spiritualism.
  • Beaches :  Watch The Sun Go Down.
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Night/2 Days.
  • Celebrated Vacation Destinations:  Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The Snake Boat Race in Alleppey is yet a swarming puller.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  September to mid-May.
  • The closest Air Terminal: is Kochi Airport, 53 km away from the town.
  • Closest Train Station:  Alleppey Railway Station; it is simply inside as far as possible.

2. Munnar – Perfect For A Dreamy Honeymoon

Munnar toursit places in Kerala

An extremely well-known one among hill stations in Kerala. Munnar is also one of the best tourist places in Kerala for 2 day trip schedule. Once the late spring capital for the British, Munnar sightseeing attracts travelers from all over the world.

Moreover, With about 80,000 miles of tea manor, an equivalent measure of aromatic vegetation, misty valleys, and low-flying mists.

Munnar is a slope station that has also become one of the best and most unique places to visit in Kerala at night.

Adorable cabins, comfortable homestays, lavish hotels as well and resorts in Munnar make it the most sentimental place. 

Also, it’s among the top spots to visit in Kerala. The old-world pilgrim feel has its charms and it unquestionably makes for a decent selfie drive.

Revel in the phenomenal mix of extravagance and excellence, at the most stunning vacation resorts in Munnar.

  • Places To Stay:  Chandy’s Windy Woods, Pallivasal, The Panoramic Getaway, Forest Glade, Devonshire Greens.
  • Kolukkumalai: Tea Estate Tours.
  • Echo Point: Camping And Trekking.
  • Eravikulam National Park: Spot Rare Species.
  • Perfect Duration:  2 Nights/3 Days.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October to March.
  • Nearest Airport:  Kochi Airport, at a simple separation of 143 km from the slope station.
  • Closest Train Station:  Aluva Railway Station, which is 110 km away from Munnar.

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3. Kumarakom – One Of The Most Peaceful Places

Kumarakom – One Of The Most Peaceful Places

Established in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is a calm little village with charming views. However, it’s a wonderful climate as well as attractive nature making it one of the loveliest tourist places in Kerala .

Moreover, you get a blend of everything here backwaters, authentic Kerala nourishment, uber outside air, the glow of Keralites.

You will also get delightfully new coconuts. Also, there is a great deal to do; browse drifting, cruising, Kumarakom houseboat stay, and also angling.

Kumarakom holds a unique spot in the rundown of the best places to visit in Kerala . The enticing conduits, decorated lakes, aromatic coconut grooves, fresh paddy fields, thick mangrove woods, and delightful authentic nourishment.

Also, the unpolluted newness of the air adds to the rundown. Likewise, Kumarakom’s houseboat stay offers significantly more isolation and protection when compared to Alleppey. Indeed, even the resorts in Kumarakom are extraordinarily peaceful and entrancing.

  • Places To Stay:  Hotel Green Fields, Hotel The Club, Royal Riviera Hotel and Resort, Lakshmi Hotel.
  • Things To Do:  Houseboat Ride, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Maya Spa, Kathakali Performance.
  • Mainstream Vacation Spots:  Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters, Aruvikkuzhi cascade, Juma Masjid as well as Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple. Also, Vembanad Lake, Valiyapally, Cheriyapally, Kumarakom Beach, Bay Island Driftwood Museum as well as Pathiramal Island.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  September to May.
  • Closest Air Terminal:   Kochi Airport is 85 km away from Kumarakom.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kottayam Railway Station is 16 km away.

4. Wayanad – The Land Of Paradisiacal Trails

Wayanad – The Land Of Paradisiacal Trails

Wayanad implies the place where there are paddy fields in Malayalam. However, Wayanad is one of the greenest tourist places in Kerala . Enhanced with genuine excellence, quiet air as well as rich culture.

Moreover, Wayanad in the travel industry is an ideal blend of nature and man-made legacy. Little, anonymous cascades, that line the city erratically, add to the spot’s appeal. Wayanad is also one of the most refreshing forest places to visit in Kerala .

  • Places To Stay:  Arayal, Banasura Hill, Wayanad Wild – CGH Earth, Mount Xanadu.
  • Kuruva Island: Enjoy Bamboo Rafting.
  • Pookode Lake: Enjoy Boating.
  • Camping: When The Hills Summon You.
  • Cycling: Go Around Town.
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Night/2 Days. 
  • Places To Visit:  Besides the top 10 vacation places in Wayanad, there are Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Hill as well and Thusharagiri Waterfalls. Also, Kuruvadweep, Puliyarmala Jain Temple.  Lakkidi View Point, Kabini, Papanashini River as well as Padinjarathara Dam.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October to May. Experience fans should visit during the rainstorm-long stretches of July and August to appreciate the advantages of trekking.
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Karipur International Airport at Calicut is only 95 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kozhikode Railway Station, which is 72 km away from Wayanad.

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5. Thekkady – The Affection for Wildlife

Thekkady – The Affection for Wildlife

Thekkady is just paradise covered up in thick woods and wild vegetation. This is actually what makes it one of the best forest tourist places in Kerala .

Moreover, one gets the chance to see about wiped-out types of creatures including tigers, sambars, gaurs, and lions. Likewise, there are elephants, lions, deer, buffalo, hogs, and the Great Indian tigers.

Presumably, the most preferred places to visit in Kerala for the vacationer. Thekkady brags of inexhaustible magnificence as well as fascinating natural life.

However, its trekking path from Moozhiyar to Thekkady Gavi is one of the most well-known paths in South India. Sailing and untamed life perception are two of the most loved hobbies in Thekkady.

  • Places To Stay  The Elephant Court, Paradisa Plantation Retreat, The Mountain Courtyard, Forest Canopy, and Poetree Sarovar Portico. 
  • Things to Do:  Thekkady Boating Tours, Bamboo Rafting and Hiking in Thekkady, Border Hiking, and Jungle Night Patrol. 
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Day.
  • Must Visit:  Kadathanadan Kalari Center, Periyar Lake, Elephant Junction, Ayurvedic Garden, Kumily, Deepa World Spice as well as Ramakkalmedu. And also Mullaperiyar Dam, Periyar Tiger Trail, Vandiperiyar, Chellarkovil,  Mudra Cultural Center, Murikkady, and Vandanmedu.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  November to early May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Madurai Airport is only 136 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kottayam Railway Station is 114 km away.

6. Kovalam – Some Beach Enjoyment

Kovalam – Some Beach Enjoyment

Kovalam Seashore is one of the best seashores in Kerala. Also, it is well known for its New Year festivities, and profound solid back rubs. It is also popular for Ayurvedic medicines, sunbathing fests as well as water sports like parasailing.

Moreover, it has a bow-formed coastline that is continually humming with exercises. Individuals from various nations, societies as well and states meet up and add to the magnificence of the spot. Also, one of the most demanding tourist places in Kerala.

  • Places to Stay:  Hotel Jasmine Palace Kovalam, Hotel Samudra KTDC, Jumayira Residency, Kovalam Beach Hotel as well as Unwind Hotels. 
  • Take a touring visit: An outing to find the town.
  • Spend a night in the houseboat: Give experienced sports a shot. 
  • Must Visit:  Hawah Beach,  Lighthouse Beach, The Lighthouse, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple and also Samudra Beach, Also, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Akkulam Lake, Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor as well as Halcyon Castle. And also Kovalam Jama Masjid, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, Aruvikkara, Rock Cut Caves, and Valiathura Pier.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  September to May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Trivandrum International Airport is unimportant 15 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Trivandrum Railway Station is only 14 km away. [

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7. Vagamon – Mandatory Solitude

Vagamon – Mandatory Solitude

It is also famous for the Charming Slope station, embellished with supernatural knolls, mysterious nurseries, and lovely dales.

Also famous for, sweet-smelling tea estates, and cloudy valleys, Vagamon hills. All of these have without a doubt earned their place among the best tourist places in Kerala .

The outside air and perfectly manicured gardens of Vagamon are a much-needed refresher.

  • Places To Stay:  Honeycomb By Astral Inn, Chillax, Falcon Crest, Lavender, The Kissing Mountains. 
  • Murugan Mala: Trekking, Off-Roading.
  • Vagamon Lake: Boat Ride.
  • Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary-Visit. 
  • Perfect Duration:  1 Day. 
  • Must Visit:  Murugan Hill, Thangal Hill, Kurisumala, Barren Hills, The Pattumala Church as well as Vagamon Lake. Also, Vagamon Pine Forest, Vagamon Falls, Mundakayam Ghat, and Maramala Waterfalls.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  Early August to May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Kochi International Airport is 94 km away from Vagamon.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kottayam Railway Station is 15 km away.

8. Bekal – Nothing On Earth Less Than Paradise

Bekal – Nothing On Earth Less Than Paradise

Bekal is particularly known for its acclaimed Bekal Fort, which is appraised among the best places to visit in Kerala . However, numerous Indian motion pictures, like Rang De Basanti, are shot in the stronghold premises.

Moreover, the ocean breeze going through your hair. The wonderful climate, as well as the great organization, are key fixings to make some great memories in Bekal. Inferable from colorful excellence and also tranquillity, Bekal is among the best three special tourist places in Kerala at night.

  • Places To Stay:  Taj Bekal resort and spa, The Lalit Resort and Spa Bekal, Kanan Beach Resorts, Malabar Oceanfront Resort. 
  • Bekal Fort: Witness The Glory and Grandeur Of Bekal’s.
  • Bekal Beach: Explore the heavenly paradise delight.
  • Nityanand Ashram caves: experience tranquillity. 
  • Must Visit:  Ananthapura temple, Bekal Fort, Valiyaparamba Backwaters as well as Mallikarjuna Temple. Also, Bekal Beach, Chandragiri Fort, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park,  Kappil Beach, and also Pallikere Beach.
  • Best Time To Visit:  September to May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Bajpe airport is closest at 72 km.
  • Closest Train Station:  Kasaragod railway station is only 12 km from Bekal.

9. Varkala – Kerala’s Most Beautiful Seashores

Varkala – Kerala’s Most Beautiful Seashores

Varkala is extraordinary compared to other coastline tourist places in Kerala . Moreover, the alluring coastline with mountains on one side and also lavish greenery.

Also, on the other side draws in a large number of voyagers as well as water-experience enthusiasts to the seashore. It is well known for exercises like vessel riding, surfing, parasailing, and horse riding are the life of the seashore.

The unequaled excellence of the seashore is at its prime during sunsets. The shades of brilliant beams make for a strange environment. Include a scramble of extravagance by looking over the most exotic seashore resorts in Kerala, around Varkala.

Moreover, Varkala is an important religious place in Hindu culture. Embellished with numerous Hindu sanctuaries. It invites numerous strict voyagers as well as legacy lovers to its creases with great enthusiasm.

  • Places To Stay:  Zostel Varkala, Quality Inn, Varkala Cliff Villa, The Lost Hostel, Short Giraffe Hostels.
  • Water Sports: Be Thrilled.
  • Varkala Culture Center: For An Enriching Experience.
  • Yoga: Rejuvenate Yourself.
  • Local Cuisine: Treat Your Tastebuds. 
  • Must Visit:  Janardhan temple, Varkala Beach, Sivagiri Muth, Papanasam Beach, Kappil Lake as well as Janardan Swami Temple. Also, Anjengo Fort, Vishnu Temple, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel as well as Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah.
  • Best Time To Visit:  August to mid-May. 
  • Closest Air Terminal:  Trivandrum International Airport is 53 km away.
  • Closest Train Station:  Varkala Sivagiri railway rotation is well inside as far as possible.

10. Kannur – The Ideal City On The Coastal

Kannur – The Ideal City On The Coastal

Kannur, in the past, known as Cannanore, is also among the picturesque places to visit in Kerala , famous for weaving ventures. Moreover, feel the appeal of this lovely provincial town, situated at the northeastern shore of Kerala. 

Its sun-kissed seashores are flanked by rich cashew estates, antiquated sanctuaries, and impressive landmarks British as well as Dutch-style structures.

  • Places To Stay:  Hotel Blue Nile, Central Avenue, Broad Bean, Sea Breeze Beach Inn, Royal Omars. 
  • Things To Do:  Banana Boat Ride, Paithalmala Trekking, Bike Trip, Wave Runner, Boating.
  • Well-known Vacationer Attractions:  Ezhimala Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort, and Rajarajeshwara Temple. 
  • Best Time To Visit:  October to March to appreciate a cool atmosphere.
  • The closest Airport:  Calicut International Airport. 
  • The closest Train Station: is Kannur Main.

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11. Kasargod – Kerala’s Coastal Heaven

Kasargod – Kerala's Coastal Heaven

Found near Bekal, tucked between the Western Ghats on one side and sky-blue the Arabian Sea on the other. Kasargod is a hypnotizing stunner of ‘God’s own State.

It features moving slopes, extravagant coconut plantations, alleviating ocean breeze, and a host of legacy sanctuaries. However, it draws in harmony cherishes travelers, and is considered as one of the most photogenic tourist places in Kerala .

  • Famous Vacationer Attractions:  Bekal Fort, Madhur Temple, Thonikadavu and Ananthapura Lake Temple, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary, and Ranipuram. 
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  January to February and June to November. Maintain a strategic distance from summer for a very long time as they are warm and sticky.
  • The closest Airport:  Mangalore International Airport. 
  • Closest Train Station:  Kasargod has its railhead.

12. Kizhunna Beach – Fully Relax

Kizhunna Beach – Fully Relax

Recorded as one of the disconnected seashores in Kerala. Kizhunna Beach is excellent, less swarmed as well as immaculate. Enhanced by bright and dark mountains and also flanked by lavish green palm manors.

Kizhunna Beach is also the perfect spot to relax, loosen up and revive. However, people visit this grand seashore at the end of the week and also enjoy sunbathing, seashore walks, and swimming.

  • Well-known Traveller Attractions:  Ezhara is viewed as the twin seashore of Kizhunna, Arakkal Museum, Munambam. 
  • Best Time To Visit:  Round the year, aside from June to August.
  • The closest Train Station: is Kannur.

13. Idukki – The Real Pearl Of Kerala

Idukki – The Real Pearl Of Kerala

When unwinding and revival is your need, plan an excursion to Idukki. Settled amid verdant slopes and extravagant forests. However, Idukki attracts explorers, nature lovers as well and photography buffs with its shocking normal atmosphere and attractions.

Surrounded by fragrant tea and zest estates, Idukki is irrefutably also one of the famous tourist places in Kerala. Also, it is perfect for treks, nature strolls, and feathered creature viewing.

  • Places To Stay:  Best mist homestay, meadows pride homestay, Olivia homestay, John’s Villa homestay, Green Spot Homestay. 
  • Things To Do:  Trekking, Camping, Paragliding, Misty Mountain Resort. 
  • Well-known Traveller Attractions:  Kolukkumalai tea estate, Thommankuthu Falls, Thattekkad bird sanctuary or Salim Ali bird sanctuary, Namakkal, Kalvari Mount, Idukki Arch dam, Cheeyappara waterfalls, and Kalvari mount. 
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  November to January and  June to August.
  • The closest Airport:  Kochi. 
  • Closest Train Station:  Theni-60 km from Idukki.

14. Munroe Island – An Exciting Canal Cruise

Munroe Island – An Exciting Canal Cruise

Roosted at the combination of Ashtamudi Lake and river Kallada. It is 27 km from Kollam, Munroe Island is well known for its channel journey in Kerala. Named after Colonel Munroe. This place also shows a grand country scene in Kerala.

It has covered houses, coconut estates, restricted waterways, tidal ponds as well as mangrove backwoods. Also, considered probably the best place to visit in Kerala. Munroe Island is also well known for the Kallada Boat Race held in September consistently.

District Tourism Promotion Council controls the mail tour of Munroe Island. However, It’s scheduled twice a day, morning at 9:00 AM and evening at 2 PM. The charge per individual for the journey is INR 500.

  • Mainstream Traveller Attractions:  Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach as well as Thirumullavaram Beach. 
  • Best Time To Visit:  Throughout the year, aside from the storm.
  • The closest Airport:  Trivandrum International Airport. 
  • The closest Train Station:  Munroe Island Railway Station.

15. Thrissur – Sense Rich Cultural Heritage

Thrissur – Sense Rich Cultural Heritage

Thrissur celebrates its rich social event alongside beautiful, pleasant cascades as well as seashores. However, acclaimed for Thrissur Pooram and also Onam festivities.

This little interesting town of Kerala is also fittingly recognized as the ‘social capital of Kerala. Also, one of the best tourist places in Kerala .

  • Places To Stay:  Hotel Niya Regency, Kochi Marriott Hotel, KPM Tripenta Hotel, Hotel Abis Grand, The Mayberry.
  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October till  March is the best time to visit Thrissur. One can likewise visit during April and May to encounter the magnificence of the Thrissur Pooram celebration.
  • The closest Airport:  Cochin International Airport.
  • Closest Train Station:  Thrissur railroad station; all around associated with Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, and Delhi.

16. Cochin – Main Port City

Cochin – Main Port City

Cochin is a significant port city in God’s own State. Moreover, affectionately called the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Also, it is one of the best tourist places in Kerala that have perpetually been on every traveller’s container list.

It’s an ideal mix of nearby flavours as well as present-day knowledge, to offer the best to its guests. The backwaters, seashores as well as customary zest markets are a short drive from Cochin.

  • Places to Stay:  Sea Lagoon Health Resort, Sea Lagoon Health Resort, Holiday Inn Cochin, The Mercy and Travancore Court By Spree.
  • Best Time To Visit:  July to April.
  • The closest Train Station:  Kochi Railway Junction.

17. Thiruvananthapuram – Economic Capital Of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram – Economic Capital Of Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of God’s own nation and furthermore one of the popular Kerala travel industry places.

This biggest city in the state has numerous places of interest, fascinating seashores, and significantly more. It is also probably the best city to live in in India.

Also, it is additionally appropriately called the Economic Capital of Kerala. With such a significant number of spots to visit, it draws in vacationers from varying backgrounds. It also among the most famous tourist places in Kerala .

  • Perfect Time To Visit:  October to February.
  • The closest Airport:  Trivandrum International Airport.
  • Closest Train Station:  Trivandrum Central Railway Station

18. Kollam-Natural Marvels Treasure Chest

Kollam-Natural Marvels Treasure Chest

Often named as one of the best places to visit in Kerala.   However, Kollam has shown to be an ideal place for those wanting to enjoy the peace of nature.

Also, Kollam is also referred to as the backwaters gateway as well as exhibits. And also It has some of the most picturesque views that steal away the viewer’s breath.

Snuggled on the Ashtamudi Lakeshores, this destination is renowned for its rich as well as deeply rooted past. This town smells of the charm of the old world. Also, it is also home to numerous ports in the Arabian Sea that once played a significant role for traders.

  • Places to Stay:  Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa, All Seasons Hotel, The Raviz Resort and Spa, Ashtamudi Villas, D’Fort Ayurvedic Resort in All Seasons.
  • Things To Do:  Canoeing, sports in Paddlesport, ATV Rides, Bike Tour, and also a Houseboat Trip.
  • Ideal Duration:  1 Day/2 Night.
  • Best Visiting Time:  September to February.
  • Nearest Airport:  The nearest airport to Trivandrum is 66 km.
  • Nearest Railway Station:  Railway station Kollam Junction is situated within the town itself.

19. Mannarkkad-To Silent Valley Doorway

Mannarkkad-To Silent Valley Doorway

Lying in God’s Own Country. Mannarkkad is one of those tourist places in Kerala that attracts travellers looking to get closer to nature as well as wildlife. This destination, incredibly blessed with its mother nature, is also home to an extensive number of cultural villages.

Mannarkkad is also a town that looks straight out of a fairytale with captivating rivers flowing through the wooded valley. Also, make it a spectacular location.

Snuggling on the Western Ghats foothills, Mannarkkad is a town that is one of Kerala’s largest agricultural markets. Also, different plantation products include cinnamon,  pepper, rubber as well as plantain. It is also one of the most demanding places to visit in Kerala .

  • Nearby Popular Tourist Sights:  Ooty, Wayanad, Munnar, Palakkad, Nilambur, Coonoor, and also Malampuzha.
  • Best Visit Time:  May to September.
  • Nearest Airport:  The nearest airport is Calicut is 73 km away.
  • Nearest Railway Station:  The nearest railway station in Palakkad is 32 km away.

20. Ponnani-Land That Is Historically Harmonious

Ponnani-Land That Is Historically Harmonious

Also, one of the most stunning sightseeing places to visit in Kerala. Ponnani is a beach town that looks straight out of a book of stories.  Also, the vast sandy beaches with clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea gave this town its fame.

This destination is also known as the Mecca of South India with its floors covered by numerous Muslim Institutions.

Ponnani is also a place where one can see cultural peace at its finest. This destination has no dearth of eye-catching flora and fauna, making it also one of the most-visited tourist places in Kerala.

  • Ideal Time:  1 Day.
  • Popular Tourist Attractions:  Jama Masjid, Thrikkavu temple, Mosque of the Human Ath, Padinharekara beach, and also Temple of Navamukunda. 
  • Nearest Airport:  The nearest airport is Calicut is 55 km away.
  • Closest Railway Station:  The nearest railway station to Tirur is 19 km away.

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FAQ’s About Tourist Places In Kerala

Lot of questions comes to our mind while planning to visit kerala, some of the commonly asked questions are answered below.

Q. What is the best time to visit Kerala?

A. The best time to visit Kerala is during the winter months, from October to March, when the weather is pleasant, and festivals like Onam add cultural vibrancy.

Q. How can I explore the backwaters in Kerala?

A. To explore the backwaters, consider renting a houseboat in Alleppey or Kumarakom. It provides a unique and relaxing way to experience Kerala’s waterways.

Q. Are there any trekking opportunities in Kerala?

A. Yes, Kerala offers various trekking opportunities, with destinations like Munnar and Wayanad providing scenic trails suitable for all levels of trekkers.

Q. What is the traditional cuisine of Kerala?

A. Kerala is known for its delectable cuisine, featuring dishes like appam, puttu, and the famous Kerala Sadya – a traditional feast served on a banana leaf.

Q. Are there any wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala?

A. Yes, Kerala boasts several wildlife sanctuaries, including Periyar National Park and Silent Valley National Park, where you can spot diverse flora and fauna.

Q. Which is the No 1 tourist places in Kerala?

A. The top tourist spot in Kerala is undoubtedly Munnar, known for its stunning tea plantations and breathtaking landscapes.

Q. How can I plan for 3 days in Kerala?

A. Craft a memorable 3-day Kerala itinerary by exploring Kochi’s history, cruising Alleppey’s backwaters, and unwinding on Kovalam Beach.

Q. Which is the best trip place?

A. For an unforgettable experience, consider Wayanad as the best trip place in Kerala, offering nature’s playground with dense forests and hidden waterfalls.

Q. Where is best in Kerala?

A. The best destination in Kerala is subjective, but Wayanad, with its natural beauty and adventurous opportunities, stands out for many travelers.

Q. What makes Kerala a unique tourist destination?

A. Kerala’s uniqueness stems from its diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and a wide array of experiences, ranging from backwaters to hill stations and vibrant beaches.

Q. Are houseboat cruises a popular attraction in Kerala?

A. Absolutely! Houseboat cruises are a quintessential Kerala experience, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the backwaters.

Q. What is the best time to visit Kerala for wildlife enthusiasts?

A. The best time for wildlife enthusiasts is during the winter months when the weather is pleasant, and animals are more active.

Q. What are the must-try dishes in Kerala?

A. Kerala’s cuisine offers a variety of delicacies, including appam with stew, Kerala-style fish curry, and traditional seafood dishes.

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Situated at an altitude ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet on the Kannan Devan Hills, the fascinating hill station of Munnar is one of the best tourist places in Kerala and among the must include places in honeymoon tour packages . It is about 120 km from Kochi, and 284 km from Trivandrum. Often referred to as the Swiss of South India, Munnar is one of the famous weekend getaways from Kochi , Coimbatore & Madurai. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Devikulam, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls are among the must include places in Munnar packages . Munnar is a trekker's paradise too, which offers both soft and mountain trekking. Munnar is home to some of the world's best tea estates. The tea plants covering Munnar hills make the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in 12 years. It is also known for being the spice center of Kerala. Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove, and nutmeg are cultivated in Munnar and its neighboring villages.

2. Alleppey

kerala tourism famous places

Popularly known as the 'Venice of the East, Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the best places to visit near Kochi , and among the must-include places in Kerala tour packages . It is about 63 km from Kochi, and 152 km from Trivandrum. Along with Kumarakom, Alappuzha is among the most famous destination of Backwaters in Kerala . A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water, and long canals around Alappuzha make it a delightful destination. Alappuzha Beach, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple, Arthunkal Church, Mannarasala Temple, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Mullakkal Temple, Champakulam, Kuttanad, and Krishnapuram Palace are some of the famous tourist places in Alleppey . Alappuzha is also known for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race held on the Punnamada Lake on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most popular of the boat races in India, and among the must-experience things to do as part of Alleppey tour .

3. Thekkady

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the top wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala , especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated about 82 km from Munnar, 143 km from Kochi, and 211 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the must include places in Kerala tour packages . Established in the year 1950, the sanctuary is spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is a thick evergreen forest. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. Among the top tourist places in Kerala , Thekkady is famous for Asian Elephants, Tigers, Gaurs, Sambars, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Wild Boars, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, etc. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can watch wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat from the lake. The main attraction of the sanctuary is a group of wild elephants that come to play in the lake. Thekkady offers elephant rides, jeep safari, boating in the lake, tiger trails, and forest treks. Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Anakkara, Mangala Devi Temple, Suruli Falls, and Pullumedu are the popular places to visit as part of Thekkady packages .

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Kovalam is a coastal town on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala. About13 km from Trivandrum, and 212 km from Kochi, it is one of the most famous places to visit in Kerala . It can be visited along with Trivandrum tour packages . Kovalam means 'A grove of coconut trees' and the whole area beyond the shores around Kovalam is filled with the endless sight of coconut trees offering magnificent views while approaching the beach. Often called the 'Paradise of the South', Kovalam is one of the wonderful places to visit near Trivandrum . Light House Beach, Vizhinjam Mosque, Samudra Beach, Eve's Beach are the must include places in Kovalam packages . There are several activities for tourists like sunbathing, swimming, catamaran cruising, herbal body massage, and cultural programs. Kovalam is also famous for its Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts.

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Wayanad is one of the popular hill stations in Kerala , and among the best places to visit near Kozhikode . It is about 118 km from Ooty, 246 km from Kochi, and 442 km from Trivandrum. Wayanad is a picturesque plateau nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This hill district is home to several lakes, caves, sanctuaries, and waterfalls which are the main attractions of Wayanad Packages . Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the prominent tourist places in Wayanad . Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices, and other condiments. Wayanad can be visited along with Ooty tour packages .

6. Kumarakom

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Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Also known as the Queen of Vembanad, Kumarakom is the most famous places to visit near Trivandrum for Kerala backwaters, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is about 56 km from Kochi, 36 km from Alleppey, and 164 km from Trivandrum. Kumarakom is a special tourism zone in Kerala due to the special ecology of the place. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumaramangalam Temple, Vaikom, Pathiramanal Island, Aranmula, and Erumeli are the popular tourist places in Kumarakom . The major sightseeing option at Kumarakom is a boat cruise in the backwaters of Vembanad and is an amazing experience for every traveler to Kumarakom. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuar is a noted bird sanctuary where one can see many species of migratory birds as part of Kumarakom packages . It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves. It is also famous for Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, and swimming. Kumarakom is the venue for Sree Narayana Jayanthi Boat Race held in September during Onam festival.

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Often referred to as 'The Queen of the Arabian Sea', Kochi or Cochin is the financial capital of Kerala. It is situated about 190 km from Coimbatore, and 204 km from Trivandrum. Kochi is one of the prime places to visit as part of Kerala tour packages . Kochi packages are admired for its scenic beauty, traditional architecture, churches, and beaches. Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace, Marine Drive, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, St. George Ferona Church - Edappally, Matancherry Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, and Fort Kochi Beach are some of the prominent Kochi tourist places . Kochi is one of the finest natural harbors in the world. This city is home to Cochin Jewish Synagogue , the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, as well as numerous old churches and temples.

8. Athirapally Waterfalls

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Athirapally Waterfall is one of the best waterfalls in India and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . It is situated about 73 km from Kochi, 100 km from Munnar, and 269 km from Trivandrum. Formed over Chalakudy River, Athirapally is one of the scenic waterfalls in Kerala that drops down from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In the monsoon season, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. The Vazhachal Waterfalls, Charpa Falls, Anakkayam, Sholayar Dam, Valparai, and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary are the nearby places to visit during your Athirapally trip . It also offers adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, etc. It is one of the best waterfalls near Kochi . The forest that surrounds Athirapally Falls is also the natural habitat of different species like the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill, Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, and bison. The falls can be visited as part of Kochi tour packages .

9. Trivandrum

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Also known as Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala. About 85 km from Kanyakumari, and 204 km from Kochi, it is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala . The city derives its name from the deity of Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple, among the must include places in Trivandrum packages . Located on the west coast of India, Trivandrum is famous for its enchanting tourist spots including internationally renowned beaches like Kovalam , historic monuments with Gothic architecture, lakes/backwaters, unexplored mountain ranges, etc. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum, Kanakakkunnu Palace, Science, and Technology Museum, Kowdiar Palace, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Happyland Amusement Park, etc. are some of the prominent tourist places in Trivandrum . Trivandrum is a popular medical tourism destination as there are more than a hundred recognized Ayurveda centers in and around the city. It is also considered as one of the cleanest cities in India, and among the most popular tourist places to visit near Kochi .

10. Varkala

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Varkala is a calm and quiet coastal town situated on the Arabian Sea coast in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. About 25 km from Kollam, and 44 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the top places to visit in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Kollam tour packages . Varkala is the suburban city of Trivandrum. Varkala is a lesser-known yet absolutely paradisiacal destination that houses relatively untouched and clean beaches, historical forts, religious sites, natural springs, backwaters, and more. This quaint town in the southern part of Kerala is known for the unique sedimentary rocks belonging to the Cenozoic age, popularly known as the Warkalli formation adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Varkala Beach or Papanasam Beach, Sri Janardhana Swami Temple, Sivagiri Mutt, Varkala Aquarium, Kappil Beach, Kappil Lake, Chilakoor Beach, Odayam Beach, Varkala Cliff, Edava Beach, Anjengo Fort & Lighthouse, Ponnumthuruthu Island, etc are some of the must-include places in Varkala packages . This coastal town is sometimes referred to as the Southern Varanasi due to the presence of the 2,000year-old Janardana Swami Temple. Besides, Varkala is also popular for Ayurveda Spas, shacks, and Yoga centers. Varkala is one of the top places to visit near Trivandrum .

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Kollam (also known as Quilon) is an old seaport city that lies between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea in Kerala. About 69 km from Trivandrum, and 135 km from Kochi, it is the southern gateway to the backwaters of Kerala , and among the top places to visit in Kerala . Kollam attracts travelers all-round the year with its wide variety of sightseeing options. Kollam Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach, Thangasseri Beach, Munroe Island, Ashtamudi Lake, Sasthamkotta Lake, Neendakara Port, and Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard are the prominent Kollam tourist places . Rameshwara Temple, Achencoil and Mayyanad, Amritapuri Ashram, Aryankavu, Chavara, Kottarakkara, Oachira, and Karunagappally are the prominent cultural as well as religious centers of the region that one must-visit as part of Kollam packages . The eight-hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the best way to explore the Kerala backwaters. It is also very famous for cashew processing and coir manufacturing. Kallada Boat race is one of the famous events of Kollam. Kollam can be visited along with Alleppey tour packages .

12. Kottayam

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Kottayam is a city located in central Kerala and is also the administrative capital of Kottayam district. It is one of the well known Kerala tourist places . About 63 km from Kochi and 155 km from Trivandrum, it is among the most prominent places to visit near Kochi . Bounded by the Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, Kottayam is well known as a beautiful Kerala backwaters destination with stunning landscape and beauty. The city is an important trading center of spices and commercial crops, especially rubber. Kottayam holiday packages are a mix of scenic landscapes, backwaters, bird sanctuaries, temples, and churches. The Poonjar Palace, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Pallippurathu Kavu, Thiruverpu Temple, Mary Church (Cheriyapally), and Thazhathangady Juma Masjid are the popular tourist places in Kottayam . It is also a gateway to the famous Sabarimala Temple . Kumarakom, the most famous backwater destination of Kerala is situated very close to Kottayam (13 km).

13. Thrissur

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Thrissur, also known as Trichur, is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Kerala, and among the must include places in Kerala tour packages . Situated about 81 km from Kochi, and 279 km from Trivandrum, this is one of the ideal weekend getaways from Kochi & Coimbatore. Thrissur is also known as the Cultural Capital of Kerala because of its cultural, spiritual, and religious leanings throughout history. Vadakkumnathan temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple and Paramekkavu temple, and Guruvayur Temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, Thrissur Zoo, Shakthan Thampuran Palace, and Kerala Kalamandalam are the most popular tourist places in Thrissur . Thrissur hosts the world-famous Thrissur Pooram , the most colorful and spectacular temple festival of Kerala. UNESCO has awarded Thrissur Pooram as the most spectacular festival event on the planet. It is one of the best experience things to do in Kerala as part of Thrissur packages . Thrissur is also the hometown of the great Hindu Saint, Adi Shankara.

14. Vagamon

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Vagamon, also spelt as Wagamon is an enchanting hill station situated in the Idukki district of Kerala. Located on the Kottayam-Idukki border, it is one of the offbeat hill stations near Kochi , and among the most famous Kerala tourist places . It is situated about 92 km from Munnar, and 103 km from Kochi. Perched at an altitude of 1100 m, Vagamon is surrounded by 3 hills namely, Thangal hill, Muruganmala, and Kurisumala. Also known as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon was listed in the '50 most attractive places to visit in India' directory by the National Geographic Traveler. Pine Forests, Thangalpara, Kurisumala, Murugan Hill, Vagamon Meadows, Marmala Waterfalls, Suicide Point, Karikdu Viewpoint, and Illikkal Kallu are some of the top Vagamon tourist places . Trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, and rock climbing are the favorite activitiesthat one must try as part of Vagamon packages . The hill station has developed into a prime paragliding hub and is the venue of international paragliding contests that are conducted here every year.

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Earlier known as Cannanore, Kannur is one of the top beach destinations in Kerala as it is famed for its vibrant culture and pristine white beaches that are relatively undiscovered. It is about 113 km from Madikeri, 138 km from Mangalore, 270 km from Kochi, and 311 km from Bangalore. It is one of the famous places to visit in Kerala . Cradled in the lap of nature, the beautiful town of Kannur has a plethora of sightseeing options in the form of beaches, historical monuments, and ancient temples. St. Angelos Fort, Thalassery Fort, Muzhappilangad Beach, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Payyambalam Beach, & Valiyaparamba Island are the top tourist places in Kannur . Muzhappilangad Beach is the longest drive-in beach in Asia where tourists can get an opportunity to drive up to a length of 4 km on the beach during their Kannur tour . Also, Kannur is well known for its handlooms and is often described as the land of 'loom and lore'. Besides, Kannur enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many colorful folk arts and folk music of Kerala. Apart from being culturally rich, Kannur is a valuable asset to the country as it is having Indian Naval Academy, Asia's largest Naval Academy. Kannur can be visited along with Coorg tour packages .

16. Kozhikode

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At a distance of 179 km from Kochi, 124 km from Palakkad, 176 km from Coimbatore, 113 km from Thrissur, 158 km from Ooty, 241 km from Mangalore, 352 from Bangalore, 376 km from Trivandrum and 213 km from Mysore, Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) is a city in the state of Kerala. It is the 3rd largest city in Kerala and the headquarters of Kozhikode District. The name Kozhikode is said to be derived from Koyil (palace) Kotta (fort). This is known by various names, for the Arabs it was Kalikat, for the Chinese it was Kalifo. Tipu Sultan, during the conquest of Malabar, unsuccessfully attempted to change the name of the city to Firozabad. Malayalis have always preferred to call it Kozhikode. With the Arabian Sea on the west and Wayanad Hills on the east, Kozhikode is a popular places to visit in Kerala . According to history, Kozhikode was under the Chera rulers until 1122 AD. The city of Calicut came into existence in the 13th century when the Ernad King Udaiyavar conquered the area around Ponniankar and built a fort at a place called Velapuram, now known as Calicut. The Europeans called him Zamorin. Interestingly, the name Calicut is derived from 'calico,' the fine variety of hand-woven cotton cloth said to have originated from this place. Vasco Da Gama landed at the Kappad sea shore with three vessels and 170 men in 1498. A monument ...

17. Sabarimala

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Sabarimala is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Kerala . Situated about 70 km from Pathanamthitta, this temple is one of the oldest temples in India, with a history of more than 5000 years old. Regarded as one of the popular places to visit in Kerala , Sabarimala temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, and is believed that Lord Parasurama installed the idol of Ayyappa here. The pilgrimage season begins in the month of November and ends in January (the temple remains closed during the rest of the year except for the first five days of each Malayalam month). The devotees following Ayyappa Vratam (Ayyappa Maala - a 41 days Vratam with strict restrictions) carry Irumudi Kettu containing traditional offerings to the Lord. Mandalapooja (Nov17th) and Makaravilakku (Jan 14th) are the important events of the temple. Makara Jyothi (a celestial star) appeared on Jan 14th is the most crowded occasion of this temple that one must witness as part of Sabarimala packages . Sabarimala temple has no restrictions on caste and religion. The temple is open to males of all age groups, but women between 10-50 years of age are NOT allowed into the temple. Pamba, Erumeli, and Malikappurathu Amma Temple are some other Sabarimala places to visit .

18. Marayoor

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Marayoor or Marayur is one of the popular places of heritage in Kerala . It is situated about 41 km from Munnar, and 164 km from Kochi. It is among the best places to visit as part of Munnar tour packages . Nestled in the shadows of the Western Ghats, Marayoor is a pre-historic site and also the only tourist place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. This scenic town claims to be a part of a Stone Age civilization that is as old as 10,000 BC. The jungles and hillsides dotted with remnants of Megalithic age Dolmens called Muniyaras are the prime attractions of Marayoor tour packages . Marayoor is also famous for its ancient rock paintings located in Attala, Ezhuthu Guha (near Kovilkadavu), and Manala. Along with prehistoric dolmens, cave paintings, and sandalwood forests, Lakkam Falls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary & Thoovanam Waterfalls, and Amaravathi Dam are some important tourist places in Marayoor .

19. Kasaragod

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Kasargod is a coastal town in Kerala. About 48 km from Mangalore, 110 km from Coorg, and 369 km from Bangalore, it is one of the least explored tourist places in Kerala , and among the famous places to visit near Mangalore . Kasaragod packages are a mix of majestic forts, lofty hills, meandering rivers, and golden beaches. Bekal Fort, among the popular places of heritage in Kerala, Bekal Fort Beach, Pallikere Beach, Kappil Beach, and Kanwatheertha Beach are the popular tourist places in Kasaragod . Besides, Kasargod is also blessed with a dozen estuaries as 14 rivers crisscross the district that nourishing the verdant landscape. Kasaragod can also be visited along with Coorg tour packages .

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Idukki is is one of the stunning places to visit near Kochi , and among the most prominent Kerala tourist places . It is situated about 47 km from Munnar, 105 km from Kochi, 239 km from Trivandrum, and 171 km from Madurai. Idukki is the second-largest district in Kerala state (Painavu as headquarters). The name Idukki is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word Idukku which means a narrow gorge. Periyar which is one of the largest rivers of Kerala, flowing through the Idukki gorge formed between the two high massive rocks called Kuravan and Kurathi, which is the site of the gigantic Idukki Arch Dam, among the must-visit places as part of Idukki packages . Idukki can be visited along with Munnar tour packages . Idukki has a mix of diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation centers and mountain treks. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Dam, Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Ramakalamedu, Kalvari Mount / Calvary Mount, Malankara Dam, and Ilaveezha Poonchira are some of the prominent tourist places in Idukki .

21. Ponmudi

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Also called 'Kashmir of Kerala', Ponmudi is a secluded hill station situated in the Trivandrum district of Kerala. It is one of the pristine hill stations near Trivandrum . It is situated about 57 km from Trivandrum, and 233 km from Kochi. Ponmudi, meaning the Golden Crown, is nestled in the lap of rolling hills of the Western Ghats that run parallel to the Arabian Sea. Situated at an altitude of 1100m, Ponmudi is surrounded by scenic hills, spice plantations, tea estates, natural springs, and winding streams. Ponmudi Waterfalls, Deer Park, River Kallar, Kallar Meenmutty Falls, Golden Valley, and Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the must-visit tourist places as part of Ponmudi packages . Apart from sightseeing, Ponmudi is also famous for Ayurvedic medical treatments. Trekking to Agasthyakoodam, Ponmudi tourist places , is the most popular activity here for adventure buffs. Ponmudi can be vsited along with Trivandrum tour packages .

22. Palakkad

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Palakkad, also known as Palghat, is a town and headquarters of Palakkad district in Kerala. About 52 km from Coimbatore, 122 km from Kozhikode, 140 km from Kochi, and 336 km from Trivandrum, it is one of the prominent places to visit near Coimbatore , and among the top Kerala tourist places . Palakkad is a land of valleys, hillocks, rivers, forests, mountain streams, dams, and wildlife sanctuaries that one must experience as part of Palakkad tour packages . Palakkad is considered the gateway to Kerala from the north. It can also be visited along with Kochi tour packages . Palakkad Fort, Jainmedu, Kalpathy, Malampuzha Dam and Gardens, Pothundi Dam, Meenkulathi Bhagavathi Temple, Pallassena, and Dhoni Waterfalls are the famous tourist places in Palakkad . The district is gifted with the beauty of virgin and verdant Nelliampathy hills, Silent Valley National Park, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Attappady hills and Mangalam, Kanjirapuzha, Siruvani, and Parambikulam Dams.

23. Guruvayur

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Guruvayur is one of the revered places of pilgrimage in Kerala, and among the prominent places to visit near Kochi . It is about 27 km from Thrissur, 90 km from Kochi, and 309 km from Trivandrum. Guruvayur is one of the prominent Pilgrimage in India as it is home to the sacred Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. It is the fourth largest temple in India, and often referred to as the Dwaraka of the South. Mammiyoor Mahadeva Temple, Parthasarathy Temple, Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple, Chamundeswari Temple, Chowalloor Shiva Temple, and Ariyannur Harikanyaka Temple, Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary, Chettuva Backwaters, Chavakkad Beach, and St. Thomas Forane Church - Palayoor are other places to visit as part of Guruvayur packages . Beyond its spiritual allure, Guruvayur's lush greenery, coconut groves, and tranquil backwaters provide a picturesque setting for exploring Kerala's cultural treasures and indulging in authentic cuisine and Ayurvedic therapies. It can be visited along with Thrissur tour packages .

24. Bekal Fort

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At a distance of 27 km from Kasaragod, 72 km from Mangalore, 77 km from Kannur, Bekal Fort is an ancient fort situated at Bekal in Kerala. Along the shores of the Arabian Sea, it is one of the best-preserved places of heritage in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Kasaragod sightseeing packages . Spreads over an area of 40 acres, Bekal Fort happens to be the biggest fort of Kerala, and among the famous heritage sites near Mangalore . This fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built in the 1650s by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and was captured by Sivappa Naik. The fort was occupied by Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1763 AD and later by the British. Being the source of attraction for historians and tourists, the Bekal Fort was declared as a special tourism area by the Government of India in the year 1992. Among the best Kasaragod tourist places , the Bekal Fort is a keyhole-shaped lofty structure that stands still against the rocky shores of the Arabian Sea. The fort has a zigzag entrance, strategically designed openings on the outer walls, and various underground passageways. The fort has no palaces inside and ...

25. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Muthanga

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At a distance of 16 km from Kollam, Paravur is a beautiful place with a combination of Sea, Lakes, Rivers, Backwaters, and vast green fields. This is one of the fabulous places in Kerala and among the must-include places in Kollam tour packages . Paravur town has a small lake that merges with the backwaters of Kerala. The mangroves standing along both sides of the lake intensifies its beauty, making it more attractive. This lake is popular and significant as it connects as a part of the Trivandrum-Shornaur Canal System to the Edava and Ashtamudi Kayal. Another real fascination in the region of Paravur lake is the Priyadarshini watercraft club. This watercraft club uncovers immense boating choices in the realm where the Arabian Sea, river, and the Kappil backwater merge. With a thin stretch of narrow land dividing the sea and Pravur lake, the beach at Paravur is ideal to sit and gaze at the natural beauty.

27. Devikulam

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At a distance of 18 km from Munnar Bus Station & 45 km from Idukki, Devikulam is a cute hill station near Munnar. At an altitude of 1800 m, it is one of the lesser-known hill stations in Kerala , and among the must-include places in Munnar sightseeing packages . The name Devikulam is a combination of two words Devi from the goddess Devi and kulam meaning pond. According to legend, the goddess Sita Devi bathed in Devikulam Lake now named Sita Devi Lake. The lake draws tourists not only because of its sacredness but also for the curative powers of its mineral waters. The lake is also idle for trout fishing. The scenic beauty, adventure sports, beliefs, and religion come together to make Sita Devi Lake a major tourist attraction in Devikulam. The lush green open spaces and the high cliffs of Devikulam provide scope for hiking and mountaineering. There are several tea plantations in and around Devikulam that add to the charm of the hill resort. The gum trees in red and blue are the other major highlights of the natural vegetation at Devikulam, considered one of the must-visit tourist places in Munnar . For those of the tourists to Devikulam interested in visiting the tea estates, tea plantations or the factories conducted tours are available. ...

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At a distance of 18 km from Kovalam and 27 km from Trivandrum, Poovar is a small coastal town at the southern tip of Thiruvananthapuram district in Kerala. Encompassed by a beautiful beach on one side and the backwaters on the other, it is one of the major Kovalam places to visit . Situated close to the Neyyar River estuary, Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea, and Beach meet the land. Poovar is a lovely island with long stretches of glowing sand, serene surroundings, and a refreshing gentle breeze. Poovar has been a trading center and port in ancient times where timber, sandalwood, ivory, and spices were traded. According to legends the port Ophir where King Solomon's trading ships landed is said to be Poovar. Another legend describes this as the place where Maharaja Marthanda Varma was given protection from his enemies by the powerful merchant, Moosa Marikkar. Poovar is widely identified for its lovely beach which serves as a major attraction for tourists. Poovar Beach is situated at a short distance from Kovalam Beach separating the River Neyyar from the Arabian Sea and is quite breathtaking. It is an ideal destination for relaxing and cherishing the exotic beauty of the beach as part of Kovalam sightseeing packages . Swimming is allowed from October to May. The beach is not idle for any activities from June ...

29. Vythiri

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At a distance of 5 km from Lakkidi, 12 km from Kalpetta and 64 km from Kozhikode, Vythiri is a small hill station situated in Wayanad district of Kerala. Vythiri is one of the top tourist attractions in Wayanad and is among prime place to visit on a Wayanad tour . Situated at an altitude ranging between 3750 to 4500 feet, Vythiri is a beautiful summer resort in Kerala state and among the best hill stations near Bangalore . Vythiri has a classic blend of old world charm, peaceful environs & modern amenities. Vythiri is famous for its evergreen rain forests and plantations of coffee, tea, rubber, cardamom and pepper. The forests of Vythiri are home to a wide variety of wildlife. The bird watchers can enjoy exploring this place and get a chance to look at a wide variety of migratory birds from close quarters. This is an ideal place for tourists to soak in the dense green covers and explore the breathtaking surroundings. There are many places to visit in and around Vythiri, including Pookote Lake, which lies 3 km away. The Chembra Peak, Soochipara & Meenmutty Falls, Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar dam and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary are the other major attractions of Vythiri. Karalad Lake is situated 8 km from Vythiri. It offers facilities for angling and boating as well as a recreational park. The trek to this ...

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At a distance of 18 km from Kumarakom, and 35 km from Kottayam, Vaikom is famous as a temple town in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Situated on the eastern side of Vembanad Lake, popular getaway to experience beautiful backwaters in Kerala, and among the must-visit Kumarakom tourist places . Vaikom is well known for the ancient Mahadeva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be built by Parasurama, the founder of Kerala. The temple has a huge courtyard spanning over 8 acres of land and four towers on each side of the temple. Other major attractions of the Mahadeva Temple include the Garbagriha, a golden Stupa surmounting Garbagriha, 19.5m tall golden staff, etc. The exterior walls of the Garbagriha exhibit several pieces of artwork. This is the place that had made a significance in Indian history with the Vaikom Sathyagraham in 1924, i.e the movement against untouchability in Hindu society. Leader of the Indian Freedom Movement Mahatma Gandhi had participated in this struggle and with his interference, all Hindus irrespective of caste are allowed to enter the temples. Backwater trip in Vembanad Lake is a famous activity for tourists who visit Vaikom as part of Kumarakom tour packages . Many tourists are coming to Vaikom to enjoy a backwater tour on traditional non-mechanized kettuvallam. Vaikom village is very authentic ...

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It usually takes minimum 5 days to visit top destinations in different circuits of Kerala. It is difficult to cover all top places in Kerala in a single trip, as the state is quote big. One can start from Kochi and visit Munnar, Thekkady & Alleppey. Starting from Kochi or Bangalore and visit Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur and near by places. Another popular circuit includes Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey with Kovalam and Trivandrum

Kerala can be vistited through the year, however, winter from October to February is the best season to visit Kerala. It is also the busiest season and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. Hill stations like Munnar, Wayanad attract large crowds in summer season.

Budget of Kerala trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Kerala tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 11550 per person for a 5D/4N trip and from INR 19100 per person for 8D/7N vacation.

Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Kerala like Kochi, Munnar, Alleppey, Thekkady, Wayanad, Kovalam, Kumarakom, Trivandrum, Athirapally Falls etc. Munnar, Wayanad, Alleppey & Thekkady are most visited destinations in Kerala.

Kerala is one of the safest states in India and people are very liberal in nature. It is very safe for domestic & foreign tourists as well as single women to visit the state.

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📍Top 15 Places To Visit In Kerala In 2024 (With Map)

Kerala, which is known as God’s Own Country , is a popular tourist destination in India that attracts visitors from all across the world. Kerala is famous for its backwaters, beaches, hill stations, culture, heritage, dance forms, and spicy cuisine. Encompassing diverse landscapes, there are several places to visit in Kerala including beaches like Kovalam, hill stations like Munnar, forts like Bekal, backwaters like Alleppey and Kumarakom, and wildlife sanctuaries like Thekkady and Wayanad. From evergreen forests, mighty waterfalls, rolling tea pastures, dense mangroves, and colorful houseboats, to petite treehouses, Kerala is packed with the most unique experiences for all!

Situated in the south, the Spice Capital of India has the Arabian Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east and is crossed by 44 rivers. The state offers an extensive array of experiences across its many tourist places, allowing travelers to immerse in its boundless natural beauty and explore its rich traditions, heritage, and culture. In 2023, the prestigious New York Times magazine added Kerala to its list of 52 Places To Go In 2023 .

That’s not all! Kerala is the only Indian destination to have made it to National Geographic’s list of 50 Places of a Lifetime – World’s Greatest Destinations

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With a population exceeding 34 million, Kerala stands as a unique blend of tradition and modernity in India as is evident in its topography and lifestyle. The state boasts a literacy rate exceeding 90%, one of the highest in India, fostering a society with a strong emphasis on education and awareness. This intellectual backdrop lays the foundation for exploring the 15 best places to visit in Kerala that we have listed for you right here. Each of these famous tourist places in Kerala unveils a distinct facet of the region’s allure, providing an opportunity to delve into the state’s cultural richness and varied landscapes.

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Download the Kerala tourist map at the bottom of this article

Whether you are planning a solo trip, a romantic honeymoon, or a family vacation, you will find Kerala’s charm irresistible. Go on and explore this list of best places to visit in Kerala with pictures and add new pages to your travel diary.

List Of Top 15 Places To Visit In Kerala

  • Athirappally Waterfalls
  • Munroe Island

Munnar is among the most famous places to visit in Kerala . Surrounded by lush green hills, it’s a magical paradise tucked away in the hills of the Western Ghats at a towering altitude of 1,532 meters above sea level. The air is crisp and fragrant, carrying the aroma of freshly brewed tea leaves. It’s like a beautiful painting come to life!

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The air feels fresh and smells delicious with the scent of tea lingering in the air year-round! There are several intriguing landscapes and Munnar tourist attractions to explore like its tea estates, Mattupetty Dam, and Eravikulam National Park, among others. Often, there’s a mist that wraps around the hills, making everything look like a fairy tale! Waterfalls cascade down the slopes, their gentle murmurs harmonizing with the symphony of nature. Munnar casts a magical spell on people with its enchanting topography, making them feel happy and refreshed.

ALSO SEE – Top 20 Best Places to Visit in Munnar with Downloadable Map

How to reach Munnar

Munnar, located in the Western Ghats, can be reached by road from nearby cities like Kochi, Madurai, and Coimbatore. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, approximately 110 km away. The nearest railway station is in Aluva 108 km away and Ernakulam Junction is 125 km away.

ALSO SEE – Nearest Airport to Munnar

Where to stay in Munnar

Tea Estate Bungalows, homestays, cottages by the riverside, treehouses, farm stays, and eco-lodges in tribal villages near Munnar town, as well as places like Devikulam, Pallivasal, Chithirapuram, and Bison Valley Road, are the best places to stay in Munnar.

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Munnar travel information

2. alleppey.

Alleppey, also called the “Venice of the East,” is among the top places to visit in Kerala. It is mostly popular for its gorgeous houseboats and amber-hued backwaters which make Alleppey one of the most unique places to go in Kerala. Everywhere you look, there’s calmness, water, and greenery of the paddy fields and coconut mangroves!

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When you’re here, you can simply hop on a special traditional Kerala houseboat, called a “ kettuvallam ,” which is among the most famous symbols of Kerala Tourism, and take a tour of its backwaters and canals. Alleppey’s houseboats are like a house on water, but with all the facilities of a hotel! You can ride this boat through the emerald-green backwaters surrounded by lush paddy fields and swaying coconut palms while watching quaint villages glide past you. It is among the most important experiences for sightseeing in Kerala.

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As you sail, the sound of singing birds and small ripples in the water will make you feel peaceful and let you forget all your worries. You can choose from a variety of budget and luxury boats in Alleppey ranging from houseboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and more. Alleppey offers a one-of-a-kind experience, which is why it’s among the most popular tourist places in Kerala for a one day trip.

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How to reach Alleppey

Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is well connected by road and can easily be reached from cities like Kochi and Trivandrum. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport 78 km away.

Where to stay in Alleppey

Houseboats or homestays near Alappuzha Beach, Punnamada Lake, Alleppey Backwaters, and Marari Beach are the best options for a stay in Alleppey.

Alleppey travel information

Wayanad, which means the ‘land of paddy fields,’ is a place with lots of rice fields, nut trees, coffee farms, and bamboo forests. It’s located between 700 to 2,100 meters above sea level and is quite close to Karnataka. When you drive on the curvy roads leading to this tourist place in Kerala, you’ll be welcomed by thick forests bathed in sunlight.

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When in Wayanad, lose yourself in the heart of nature! Trek to high waterfalls cascading down green hills, luring you to jump in for a swim! Explore old caves that tell stories from the past and see exotic animals living in this paradisiacal wilderness. Hike through spice plantations, inhaling the fragrant aroma of cardamom and cloves, and savor the flavors of authentic Malabar cuisine.

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Don’t miss the tourist spots in Wayanad like Chembra Peak, Soochipara Falls, Edakkal Caves, Pookode Lake, and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary that top every list of the most popular picnic spots in Kerala.

How to reach Wayanad

Wayanad can be reached by road from nearby cities like Kozhikode and Mysore. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport, approximately 90 km away. The nearest railway station is Kozhikode Railway Station 110 km away.

Where to stay in Wayanad

Eco-resorts or homestays in Kalpetta, Vythiri, Sulthan Bathery, and Mananthavady are the best places to stay in Wayanad, Kerala.

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Wayanad travel information

Kochi is like a mix of the old and the new, a place where history and modernism blend together in a really cool way! Often called the “Queen of Arabian Sea”, it’s so interesting that it was ranked as the seventh best city on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10 cities to visit in the world . It has one of the oldest European churches in India, called Saint Francis Church, famed for sheltering the final remains of Vasco Da Gama. The city has also won a special award from the UN for having an airport that works with solar energy. No wonder it’s among the most fascinating tourist places in Kerala!

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Steeped in history and infused with a cosmopolitan vibe, Kochi is a city that effortlessly bridges the gap between the past and the present. A stroll through the quaint streets of Fort Kochi reveals colonial-era buildings standing as a strong pillar to the city’s rich heritage. Even in Fort Kochi, you can encounter the timeless beauty of the Chinese fishing nets as they gracefully adorn the waterfront.

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With one of the busiest airports in Kerala, Kochi is among the most important places to visit in Kerala owing to its access and central location. You must explore the hustle and bustle of spice markets, inhaling the heady aromas of cloves, pepper, and cinnamon when you visit Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. Also, get a sneak peek at its vibrant arts scene by attending traditional Kathakali performances or browsing contemporary art galleries.

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How to reach Kochi

Kochi is a major metropolitan in Kerala with its own airport – Cochin International Airport, and railway station – Ernakulam Junction Railway Station.

Where to stay in Kochi

Heritage guesthouses or boutique hotels in areas like Princess Street, Fort Kochi Beach, Mattancherry, and Vasco da Gama Square are the ideal places for a stay in Kochi.

Kochi travel information

5. kumarakom.

If you merely wish to relax on your Kerala trip amidst beautiful surroundings, head to Kumarakom. Nestled near the enchanting Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom offers a serene backwater experience amidst untouched natural beauty, making it a popular choice among the most offbeat places in Kerala.

Its tranquil ambiance and breathtaking landscapes have a compelling allure that beckons visitors to return time and again. A quintessential Kumarakom experience involves leisurely houseboat cruises, where travelers can bask in the golden hues of the sunset against a backdrop of swaying coconut trees and immerse their feet in the soothing waters of the lake.

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Kumarakom is also renowned for its exceptional bird-watching opportunities, primarily centered around the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. It holds the distinction as one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala, attracting migratory birds from diverse corners of the world and offering them temporary sanctuary before their journey home.

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How to reach Kumarakom

Kumarakom is easily accessible by road and is 78 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearest railway station is the Kottayam Railway Station 16 km away.

Where to stay in Kumarakom

Kumarakom has plenty of backwater-facing luxury resorts, heritage homestays, luxury and ultra-luxury hotels, and villas where you can stay comfortably.

Kumarakom travel information

Imagine a place where golden sand meets blue water, palm trees dance to the sea breeze, and the sun paints the sky in a kaleidoscope of colors…that’s Kovalam! You can wiggle your toes in the soft sand, feel the waves on your feet, and enjoy the warm sun on this quiet beach that was once a popular destination for hippies in the 70s. The town has three beautiful beaches: Lighthouse, Samudra, and Hawah Beach all with a distinct allure!

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As the day dawns on the beaches of Kovalam, you can witness the mesmerizing spectacle of fishermen hauling in their catch and colorful boats dotting the coastline, clearly one of the most memorable scenes for Kerala sightseeing! Don’t forget to get rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages and treatments, and relish delectable seafood delicacies while you’re here.

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How to reach Kovalam

It is accessible by road and is located just 16 km from the capital city of Trivandrum. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport and the nearest railhead is the Trivandrum Central Railway Station located 12 km away.

Where to stay in Kovalam

There are several beachfront resorts, hotels, and homestays near Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach, and Samudra Beach.

Kovalam travel information

Located on the Idukki-Kottayam border, Vagamon is an idyllic hill station dotted with meadows and pine forests. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Kerala, Vagamon is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. With its lush green landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and mist-covered valleys, Vagamon offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The cool and refreshing climate adds to the charm of this picturesque destination, making it one of the must-visit Kerala tourist places.

ALSO SEE- Vagamon Tour Packages

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Take leisurely walks through the tea plantations in Vagamon, embark on thrilling treks to the nearby hills, or bask in the serenity of the surroundings to fully explore the beauty of Vagamon. It invites you to submerge yourself in its natural beauty and create memories that will last a lifetime.

How to reach Vagamon

Vagamon is well-connected to major cities and towns in Kerala. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport located 170 km away. The nearest railway station is Kottayam Railway Station 44 km away.

Where to stay in Vagamon

Areas like Kurisumala, Thangalpara, Barren Hills, Pine Valley, and Moon Hill are the best places to stay in Vagamon.

Vagamon travel information

8. thekkady.

Thekkady is a refreshing tourist destination in Kerala where you can do everything from viewing Asian elephants in their natural habitat to witnessing Kathakali and Kalaripayattu performances in art centers. Thekkady is one of the best forest tourist places in Kerala and is home to diverse wildlife like Asian elephants, bison, deer, Nilgiri langurs, and Bengal tigers. Get a pair of binoculars and take a boat ride on the pristine Periyar Lake, where herds of elephants come to quench their thirst. You’ll be able to spot several animals, birds, and reptiles roaming freely, and if luck favors you, even the majestic Bengal tiger!

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If you want to visit tourist places in Kerala for three days, don’t forget to keep Thekkady on your agenda. Laid in the lap of the Western Ghats, Thekkady is a verdant sanctuary that tempts wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Home to the renowned Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, this jungle retreat offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the untamed beauty of the animal kingdom. As you venture into the dense forests, you’ll be greeted by a chorus of sounds: the rustle of leaves, the melodious tunes of birds, and the occasional trumpeting of elephants!

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Thekkady is a sanctuary not just for wildlife but also for the weary soul, offering an escape from the chaos of city life. The lush greenery of the forest and the calm waters can have a soothing effect on you. Check out the boating timings and cost before you go.

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How to reach Thekkady

The city and wildlife sanctuary is well connected to major cities in Kerala like Kochi, Kottayam, and Kumily. The nearest airport is Madurai International Airport in Tamil Nadu, around 136 km away, while Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest train station 114 km away.

Where to stay in Thekkady

Many budget and luxury resorts and hotels are located near Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumily, Murikkady, and Vandiperiyar.

Thekkady travel information

9. athirapally waterfalls.

Athirapally Waterfalls is situated in the Thrissur district of Kerala, approximately 70 km from the city of Kochi. It lies near the border of the Sholayar Forest Range and is part of the Chalakudy River, which originates in the Anamudi Mountains. The waterfall boasts a height of about 80 feet (24 meters) and a width spanning approximately 330 feet (100 meters), making it one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in India!

ALSO SEE – Athirappally Falls Visit Guide- Photos, Timings, Entry Fee, Images and Routes

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The captivating beauty of Athirapally Waterfalls has also caught the attention of the film industry. Being one of the most beautiful places in Kerala, Athirappilly Waterfalls has served as a filming location for various Indian films, like Ponnapuram Kotta (1973), Dil Se (1998), and Baahubali (2015), contributing to its fame and popularity.

The falls are enveloped by lush, verdant forests that are part of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cascading waters, amidst the vibrant foliage, create a truly enchanting and picturesque scene.

How to reach Athirapally Waterfalls

The falls are easily accessible by road from nearby cities and towns like Kochi. it has well-maintained pathways and viewpoints that allow visitors to enjoy different perspectives of the waterfall. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport 40 km away. Chalakudy has the nearest railway station to Athirapally about 28 km away.

Where to stay near Athirapally Waterfalls

There are many luxury resorts and homestays located near the waterfall, some facing the rivers and the fall itself. Rainland Resort Athirapally, Athirapally Greenland Resort, and Bethania Resorts Athirapally are some of the best ones.

Athirapally Waterfalls travel information

10. varkala.

Perched atop dramatic cliffs that overlook the azure waters of the Arabian Sea, Varkala is a coastal gem that mesmerizes visitors with its raw beauty and spiritual aura. As you stand atop the cliffs, stunning panoramic vistas open up before your eyes: endless stretches of golden sand, crashing waves, and the humming of seagulls soaring overhead.

ALSO SEE – Top 10 Best Resorts in Varkala for 2023 (With Photos)

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Descend the cliffside steps to reach the pristine beaches, where you can relax in the sun, swim in the refreshing waters, and partake in beachside yoga or Ayurvedic treatments. Visit the ancient Janardhana Swamy Temple, where the chants of devotees create an ethereal ambiance. Varkala is a sanctuary where the weary mind finds respite and the restless heart finds peace.

How to reach Varkala

Varkala is connected by road and is approximately 51 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport located 40 km away. The nearest railway station is its own Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station and the Trivandrum Railway Station is about 44 km away.

Where to stay in Varkala

You can stay at the hotels and resorts near Varkala Beach Cliff, Papanasam Beach, Odayam Beach, and the North Cliff area.

Varkala travel information

11. palakkad.

The ‘Gateway to Kerala’ and the home of the Silent Valley National Park , Palakkad is nothing short of heaven for nature fanatics and lovers of wildlife. Tucked at the foothills of the enchanting Western Ghats, the entire terrain of the tiny hamlet is brimming with lush evergreen vegetation and has a distinctly pleasant tropical climate, which has also given it the nickname of the ‘Granary of Kerala’!

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In addition to its abundant and untouched nature’s bounty, Palakkad is a hub of deep-rooted traditions, authentic Malayalam culture, unique art, and soulful music. This resplendent scenic region thrives on the indigenous Malabar style of living, making it the jewel of Kerala Tourism!

How to reach Palakkad

Palakkad is connected by road and approximately 55 km from Coimbatore. The nearest airport is Coimbatore Airport and the nearest railway station is the Palakkad Junction Railway Station 5 km away from the village.

Where to stay in Palakkad

Kalpathy, Kollengode, Nemmara, Vadakkencherry, Chandranagar, and Pattambi are said to be the best areas to stay in Palakkad.

Palakkad travel information

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Offering a unique mixture of history, architecture, and beach fun, Bekal is among the most fascinating places to visit in Kerala! Situated in Kerala’s Kasaragod district, Bekal is a beautiful seaside village facing the mighty Arabian Sea and surrounded by lush landscapes. It’s famed for the majestic Bekal Fort that sits right on the shore of this otherwise tiny hamlet, giving a rustic and unique touch to your beach snaps!

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It’s the perfect place for a peaceful getaway away from the hustle and bustle of city life, where you’re surrounded by the golden sands of Kerala’s coast, untouched nature, and ancient architecture! Bekal is blessed with a year-round pleasant climate and lush greenery, so you don’t need to worry about which time you should visit!

How to reach Bekal

Palakkad is connected by road and is easy to reach from Mangalore. The nearest airport is Mangalore Domestic Airport 67 km away, and the nearest railway station is Kasargod Railway Junction followed by Kanhangad, both 12 km away from Bekal.

Where to stay in Bekal

Bekal is a very small place with a few major resorts and hotels like The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal, Hotel Bekal Palace, Taj Bekal Resort and Spa, and the ShriGo Bekal Fort Resort & Spa where you can stay.

Bekal travel information

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13. Thrissur

Explore the rich traditions, colors, music, and art of Kerala at its Cultural Capital – Thrissur ! Also known as Trichur, this city is famed for its numerous sacred temples and religious sanctums, owing to which it serves as an important pilgrimage destination for tourists pouring in from all corners of India!

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It is also the venue of Kerala’s most famous temple festival, the Thrissur Pooram, which transforms the whole town into a riot of colors, traditional music, festivities, and laughter every year in April and May! If you plan to visit in the summer season, make sure you add Thrissur to your list of places to visit in Kerala!

How to reach Thrissur

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport 50 km away from where it’s easy to reach Thrissur by road. The city has its own railway station – the Thrissur Railway Station.

Where to stay in Thrissur

Veliyannur, Koorkenchery, Chembukkav, Minalur, Cheruthuruthi, Wadakkanchery, and Amalanagar are some of the best places to stay in Thrissur.

Thrissur travel information

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14. Munroe Island

Munroe Island is a cluster of 8 little islands that look like they’ve climbed straight out of a fairytale! Lying 27 km away from Kollam in the Arabian Sea, these islands (or islets) are connected by a network of canals and surrounded by sparkling turquoise water all around!

Munroe Island

Munroe, or Mundrothuruthu, boasts of resplendent coconut groves and utter serenity which are best explored via backwater cruises through its canals, all of which start at its confluence point of Ashtamudi Lake. It does not receive a large influx of tourists, which makes this rather secluded and offbeat backwater destination a great alternative for Alleppey!

How to reach Munroe Island

The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport 97 km away. The nearest railway station is the Kollam Railway Station 25 km away. You can reach Munroe from Kollam by taxi or bus.

Where to stay in Munroe Island

You can either stay in the resorts and homestays in Munroe Islands or at the hotels in its nearest city – Kollam. All Seasons Munroe, Munroe Heritage Inn Homestay, Prakruthi Residency, Munroe Drive Inn Island, Munroe Nest Homestay, Royal Mundro Palace Homestay, and Mundro Garden Homestay are some of the best places to stay in Munroe Island.

Munroe Island travel information

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Poovar Beach, or Poovar Estuary, is where you get to witness the distinct confluence of a river and a lake with the sea, a rare spectacle that makes it one of the most peculiar tourist places in Kerala! Whether you’re cruising on the quaint backwaters of Poovar, sipping a cup of tea in its riverside cottages and resorts, or sunbathing on its golden beach, you’ll be able to experience this rather exciting phenomenon that is truly something to write home about!

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That’s not all Poovar is famous for! The Poovar Estuary is also known for its verdant greenery, providing shelter to various exotic species of flora and fauna. There’s a lot to do for families, couples, and youngsters at Poovar Island. One can go backwater cruising in long canoes and kayaks, explore the fauna with guided nature walks, have a picnic on the beaches, go fishing, or simply explore Poovar’s traditional village life.

How to reach Poovar

Munnar can be reached by road from nearby cities like Trivandrum, Kovalam, and Kulathupuzha. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport 38 km away, and the nearest railway station is Trivandrum Railway Station 27 km away.

Where to stay in Poovar

Poovar Island Resort, Estuary Sarovar Portico, Isola Di Cocco, Leela Backwaters Resort, Prathiba Heritage Hotel, Hotel Sea View Palace, and Paraikal Beach Resort are some of the best places to stay in Poovar.

Poovar travel information

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How To Plan A Trip To The Top 15 Places To Visit In Kerala

Thinking of planning a trip to the above-mentioned places to see in Kerala? Up until the 1980s, the area was not a popular tourist destination. It was mainly the north of India that had the concentration of visitors from overseas. However, with a campaign fronted by the Kerala Tourist Development Corporation, all that changed over the last couple of decades. Kerala became a place that the more discerning travelers wanted to visit, and with that, numbers steadily grew.

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Planning a holiday to cover the best places to visit in Kerala requires careful consideration and a well-thought-out itinerary. Here’s a step-by-step process to help you plan your perfect Kerala getaway:

1. Pick your favorite places to visit in Kerala

Note down your choice of the best tourist spots and cities in Kerala that you wish to visit after thoroughly going through the information we have provided above. It’s important to set your priorities and select places you can cover for the duration of your trip with ease and without unnecessary hassle.

2. Research the destinations

Research the top places to visit in Kerala, considering factors like your interests, preferred activities, duration of the trip, budget, accommodation preferences (economical or luxury), and mode of transport (air, railway, road).

3. Decide the trip duration & travel dates

Decide how long you’ll be able to stay in Kerala. Consider factors like the travel time to and fro different places in Kerala, sightseeing options, and leisure days required. Choose your travel dates considering weather conditions, local festivals, and your availability.

4. Budgeting

Create a budget that will easily cover your transportation, accommodation, meals, activities, and any miscellaneous expenses you might incur during your trip. Ensure you allocate enough funds for shopping, collecting souvenirs, and unexpected costs.

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5. Create an itinerary

Map out a rough itinerary allocating specific days to each destination and sightseeing places in Kerala. Consider the travel time between places and prioritize what interests you the most. Ensure a balance between sightseeing, relaxation, and exploration.

6. Choose hotels & transportation

Compare and book accommodations well in advance. Stay options in Kerala range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses and boutique hotels. Pick your stay based on its proximity to tourist attractions and the experiences you wish to indulge in, such as houseboat cruises in Alleppey, tea plantation visits in Munnar, and cultural exploration in Kochi.

Pick the right mode of transportation considering distance from your city, budget, and convenience – whether you’ll be flying to Kerala, taking a train, or embarking on a road trip. Find out about bus timings and availability of taxis in the places you wish to visit.

7. Pack essentials & stay connected

Ensure you have a working phone with local SIM or international roaming for communication and navigation. Don’t forget to pack necessary items like light cotton and linen clothes, an umbrella, insect repellent, water-resistant shoes, rubber slippers for beaches, hats and sunglasses, and sunscreen. Do not overpack. Leave room for shopping items.

Remember that while planning is essential, sometimes the most memorable experiences come from spontaneity, especially when you’re traveling to this veritable treasure trove of enriching and diverse experiences called Kerala!

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Now that you are acquainted with the tourist places in Kerala, it’s time to plan your vacation to Kerala and immerse in the enchanting tapestry that is God’s Own Country! Renowned for its lush landscapes, pristine backwaters, captivating beaches, and vibrant cities, there is an impressive array of attractions and places to visit in Kerala that you must explore at least once in your lifetime! If you have any queries about the same, feel free to post them in the comments section below so that we can assist you. We, at Iris, are dedicated to ensuring you have an incredible experience exploring the best that Kerala has to offer!

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Places to visit in Kerala, Destinations in Kerala

Applauded for its tourism initiatives, Kerala offers big surprises despite its small size (as compared to most other Indian states). Tucked away in the southern portion of India, Kerala is most notably called ‘God’s Own Country’. There are several reasons for this moniker. However, what seems most evident is how beautifully the natural landscapes of this state have made this an earthly paradise.

The diversity of relief features that Kerala offers can be matched by few other states in the country. One can explore various islands or entire clusters thereof, hike up numerous hills, camp in tropical forests, sight elusive wild animals at national parks, go birdwatching at dawn or dusk, enjoy classical music, dance and martial arts performances, or relish the spicy cuisine.

Here is an exhaustive list of tourist places in Kerala. While it brings to life touristy options such as the backwaters, hill stations or forest reserves, it doesn’t leave behind the offbeat charms of quaint villages and little known islands.

Take your time to immerse yourself into the sights, sounds and flavours of Kerala as we introduce over 40 destinations for you to plan your next long trip to this southern gem.

1. Alleppey

Places to Visit in Kerala

It is virtually impossible to imagine Kerala without its backwaters. And at the very mention of the tranquil backwaters, Alleppey comes to mind. Also known as Alappuzha, the city enjoys unrivalled access to the Laccadive Sea and its backwaters. A slow houseboat-ride along the narrow waterways is unmissable, whether you opt for a few hours of sightseeing or a multi-day cruise. Many of these traditional houseboats are equipped with suites with multiple bedrooms, a fully functional kitchen and bathroom for the convenience of their guests.

Alleppey is sometimes called ‘The Venice of the East’ since topographically, the city is mostly covered by water, and the locals commute via boats. Both speedboats and traditional boats that require rowing can be seen in the backdrop as you travel through Alappuzha.

While the backwaters are deep at certain points, the level sometimes reduces to a shallow depth at narrow openings through mangroves. Steering the houseboat can sometimes be a challenge under such conditions. This is why the oarsmen of Alleppey use a long bamboo rod to push against the bottom of the backwater, which can be severely marshy at certain stretches.

The water-world of Alleppey provide ample opportunities to gaze upon distant islands, watch the fishermen and their wives wait for their catch, look at locals trading upon boats, and even see how the husk of coconut shells are used to produce ropes (which are then utilized to tie up the various parts of houseboats together).

Houseboat tours along the coastline of Alappuzha usually stop at a village for the live viewing of rope-making and also to look at the spice farms of the village, before breaking for a traditional meal served on banana leaf.

Alleppey also boasts of some pretty beaches such as Alappuzha Beach where one can indulge in some beachside fun activities or just relax with a view of the sunset. There is a lighthouse close to this beach which adds to the lure of the place.

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Often called Ernakulam, after the district in which Cochin lies, this city is a metropolis, and the most densely populated one in Kerala. Over the years, the influx of foreign traders have given Cochin its vibrant multicultural character. Alternatively known as Kochi, the city’s strategic location has played a part in making it a key port for trading. Kochi was a hub of spice trade since the 14th century, when the Arabs maintained good business relations with the local traders.

Fondly called ‘The Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Cochin became the first European colony after the Portuguese colonized it in the early 16th century. Soon after, the Dutch annexed this place, leaving its own cultural footprints in the sands of this part of Kerala. When finally the British Rule came into play, Cochin became a princely state of India.

Trade with China left Cochin with the famous Chinese fishing nets which have a unique mechanism wherein the bamboo rods (which hold the net) are lowered into the sea to catch a large number of fishes. These nets are not seen anywhere else in the country, and make great props for photographers who capture sunrises and sunsets.

The vibrant coastline of Cochin is strewn with rows of tall buildings. After nightfall, when these edifices are fully lit, they form a sparkling chain. This is the Marine Drive , a beachside boardwalk which is also open to vehicles. There are a number of shopping avenues for the fashion conscious.

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If any place can be called ‘The Kashmir of South India’, it is Munnar. This hill station is located at an altitude of 5,200 feet above the sea level. Not many are aware of the topographical fact that Munnar is the location where three rivers converge. These are Nallathanni, Mudhirapuzha and Kundaly. This is the reason behind the name, as “Moonar” means “three rivers” in Malayalam.

Famous for its tea plantations, Munnar used to have a lot of dense forests before the British urged the locals to convert most of these chocolate hills into tea gardens. Tea happens to be a cash crop, and the farmers aggressively began planting tea plants to be able to pay the high taxes in the British Raj era. There are a variety of teas cultivated upon the hills, most of which are export quality.

The highest point in Munnar, Top Station , is unsurprisingly very popular with tourists, who yearn for the views at an altitude of 1,700 metres. Top Station is located within the touristy part of Echo Point in Munnar. For those who are into flowers, don’t miss the sighting of the neelakurinji flowers which bloom only once in 12 years!

If you plan on staying longer, head to the Kundala Tea Plantations, maintained by Tata Tea. Apart from the lovely views of the tea crops, you can enjoy a round of golf on their sprawling golf course. You will also find the Kundala Lake nearby, and another one – the eponymous artificial dam.

4. Thekkady

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Boasting of gorgeous relief features, Thekkady is a town with diverse beauties that can be enjoyed. While it is mostly known for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary nearby, the conducive weather allows for spice plantations, flower parks and more.

Thekkady Rose Park is a lush botanical garden with an entry fee of INR 50 per head. If you have at least 3 hours in hand, you should book the Adventure package worth INR 400 which can be shared among friends or family who accompany you. You can indulge in games such as rope walking, spring bouncing, bungee jumping, boating, etc. All of the activities are kid-friendly, and can be safely enjoyed by all. The rose park has plenty of greenery and plants other than roses too. There are several installations here meant for photo-ops.

Elephant Junction Thekkady is a small area where tourists can get up close and personal with pet elephants who have been trained for entertainment. There are facilities for elephant trekking, which takes you on an elephant ride through the woods, commanded by mahouts. You can also try feeding the elephants or bathing them.

The most important site on your trip to Thekkady should undoubtedly be a visit to the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. This is an important tiger and elephant reserve, while also being a place for many endangered species of plants and other animals. Bordering the state of Tamil Nadu, the national park is spread over the Pandalam and Cardamom Hills. Take heart in the abundance of flora and fauna here: 1900+flowering plants, 170+ grass varieties, 140+ orchid species, 60+ mammal species, 260+ bird species, apart from reptiles, amphibians and fishes. One can trek through the forest trails, camp in the woods or even do boating in the beautiful Periyar Lake .

5. Thiruvananthapuram

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Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala, and also the most populated city in the state. The place enjoys an attractive coastline while also having a stretch of undulating low hills. The Malayalam translation of the name of this city means “The City of Lord Anantha” (from thiru anantha puram). The wealth of greenery and public parks have earned Trivandrum the nickname of ‘The Evergreen City of India’.

Known primarily for its multitude of beaches and museums, Thiruvananthapuram also preserves some of its historical palaces. Do not skip Kuthiramalika , a palace built by one of the erstwhile Maharajas of the former Kingdom of Travancore in British India. Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma commissioned the construction of this Kerala-style palace, officially known as Puthen Malika, which translates to New Palace. Built with marble, granite, rosewood and teak, Kuthiramalika means ‘Mansion of Horses’. The palace was so named because of the carving of 122 wooden horses on the wall brackets of the sloping roof on the southern part of the mansion.

Another palace of note is the Kowdiar Palace which exudes royalty through each of its 150 rooms. Even though this is the private residence of the descendants of the royal family, visits can be arranged on request. You can also enter when the palace hosts exhibitions pertaining to the local culture, art, music or textiles. Built in 1934, the grand palace was a wedding gift given by the last ruling Maharaja of Travancore (Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma) to his sister, Maharani Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi.

Former summer retreat of the Travancore royal family, the Kanakakunnu Palace is open to all. Since the royal family was vegetarian, the palace was, once upon a time, used to serve non-vegetarian delicacies to diplomatic guests. Today, one can enjoy the India Dance Festival in the premises. Organized by the Department of Tourism, the fest runs from October through March each year.

6. Kozhikode

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Renowned for its IIM (Indian Institute of Management), Kozhikode is also a versatile vacation destination. Formerly known as Calicut, the city was once an important spice trading location. Kozhikode was once ruled by the Samoothiri dynasty, and over the years, saw cultural and trade influx from the Arabs, the Portuguese, the British, the French and the Dutch.

Kozhikode offers plenty of beaches and museums to indulge both your body and mind. For the religious tourists, there are many temples and mosques strewn across the city. Check out Thali Maha Shiva Kshetram, Valayanad Devi Temple, Azhakodi Devi Temple, Thiruvachira Sree Krishna Temple, Varakkal Devi Temple, Thalikkunu Shiva Temple, Sreekanteshwara Temple and Niramkaitha Kotta Temple to see how Kerala architecture was used in shrines.

Mosques such as Kadalundi Nagaram Masjid and Idiyangara Mosque show typical Islamic architecture, the only exception being Mishkal Mosque which has the sloping thatched roofs, as seen on the Hindu temples here.

Beach fans should head to Kozhikode Beach (also known as Calicut Beach) which has stones jutting out of the sand, leading to an intriguing formation, great for photo-ops. The beach also has a park called the Lion Park, apart from an aquarium to entertain the kids. Kappad Beach is another option with a rocky shoreline and plentiful public amenities. To skip the crowds, try the Bhatt Road Beach or the Kamburam Beach which is a little bit offbeat and much quieter. For activities such as boating, Ancia Beach is a good option.

7. Fort Kochi

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The art capital of Kerala, Fort Kochi is just a small part of the larger area of Cochin. This place is known among thriving artists the world over for its Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The contemporary art festival which begins in December and runs until the end of March the following year, is the largest of its kind in all of Asia. During the biennale, Fort Kochi sees most of its art galleries, cafes, exhibition halls and public spaces swamped with art aficionados, struggling painters and even amateur artists who spend several months exploring the art scene of Kerala and beyond.

Apart from art, Fort Kochi has the perfect backdrop for photographing the Chinese Fishing Nets or Cheena Vala, as it is locally known, which are used by the local fisher folks. Catering to the young, backpacking crowd, Fort Kochi offers plenty of home stays, hostels and other types of shared accommodation for budget travellers. Nevertheless, some of the most refined luxury hotels are also present here for the well heeled and comfort-conscious.

Fort Kochi was previously known by various names such as Cochim de Baixo, West Kochi, Old Kochi and Lower Kochi. The northern stretch of the coast of Fort Kochi can easily be explored on foot if you have the entire day to spare. Begin at the Indian Naval Maritime Museum which has exhibits on the naval technology, history, communication systems, uniforms, ship models and more.

As you walk along the Fort Kochi Beach, venture inland to see the Indo Portuguese Museum and the adjoining Bishop’s House which is a church. This doesn’t take very long to visit since there are not too many exhibits inside. However, the garden complex can make for a nice walk. Further ahead, the Dutch Cemetery, which is in ruins, gives an insight into the design of gravestone styles of the Dutch.

Right on the Mahatma Gandhi beach, one can spot the ruins of Fort Emmanuel or Fort Manuel which was the first Portuguese fort in the entire continent. Named after the then King of Portugal, Manuel I, one can see the remnants of an old cannon. Somewhere along the inroads, you will find St. Francis CSI Church which is one of the oldest European churches in the country.

Head to Vasco da Gama Square and follow the promenade to the Indo-European style Bastion Bungalow. You might want to venture away from the coast to pay a visit to the imposing Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, one of only nine in Kerala. This heritage Portuguese church sports gothic architecture.

For street-style shopping, stroll through the bustling Princess Street or for a quieter experience, go to the Strings Museum of Musical Instruments. Greenix Village is another amazing place for enthusiasts of Kerala’s traditional dance forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Kalaripayattu (martial arts and dance) and indigenous puppetry. They even have an ornate Kathakali Museum where different characters, poses and instruments are kept on display.

8. Munroe Island

Spread over 13.4 square kilometres, Munroe Island is actually not just a single island but a cluster of eight. These islets are also called Mundrothuruthu. What makes Munroe Island so interesting is the fact that it is an inland group of islands set amidst the Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River which is also called Punalurar. Ashtamudi is a backwater lake and its name literally translates to ‘eight braids’ in Malayalam.

Munroe Island is named after General John Munro who was a Scottish soldier. He had also served as Resident and Diwan of the former princely states of Travancore and Cochin in the early 19th century. He was the administrator who oversaw the reclamation works which resulted in the formation of the eight islets. Playing on the famous tagline ‘God’s Own Country’ which is used for the state of Kerala, Munroe Island is sometimes referred to as ‘God’s Own Island’.

Most of the village locals make their livelihood by making coconut coir, and it is possible to watch the entire process of coir retting and coir weaving. Tourists can also enjoy demonstrations of fishing and prawn feeding. While natural features such as the mangroves, the avifauna, the backwaters, the lagoons, the shores and the coconut farms are appealing, one can also look forward to boat rides through the narrow canals.

An activity which travellers find entertaining is the famous Kallada Boat Race or Kallada Jalotsavam which is held 28 days after the celebration of the Keralite festival of Onam. Organized on the Kallada River at Munroe Island, the boat race is a great place to watch a rowing race among large traditional boats which house almost a hundred oarsmen each. Munroe Island is said to be gradually submerging into the waters, so you’d better not miss it before it disappears completely.

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Located in the North Eastern part of Kerala, Wayanad is literally ‘the land of paddy fields’. In fact, its name in Malayalam ‘Vayal Nadu’ translates to exactly that! The district is part of the Western Ghats and has varying altitudes in the range of 700 metres to 2100 metres. This makes Wayanad a great hill station vacation destination.

Blessed with abundant wildlife, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary , which is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, offers a good dose of adventure for animal enthusiasts and lovers of the wild. This animal sanctuary covers four mountain ranges, Tholpetty, Sulthan Bathery, Kurichiat and Muthanga. The dense teak forests are a haven for tigers, deer, elephants and the Indian bison. Birdwatchers should wait in anticipation for the calls of peafowl, woodpeckers, owls and babblers.

One of the towns in this district of the Southern Deccan Plateau which must be visited is Kalpetta. Hikers can look forward to the gorgeous views from the Chembra Peak . Like icing on the cake, the Neelimala Viewpoint is where most travellers flock for breathtaking panoramas of Wayanad’s forests, mountains, valleys and waterfalls. The religious tourist might find the hilltop Ananthanatha Swami Jain Temple worth a stroll, mainly for the coffee plantations which surround it.

A mesmerizing island complex that remains Wayanad’s open secret is Kuruvadweep. Also known as Kuruva Island , this is actually a river delta spanning 950 acres in area. Kuruvadweep is a group of three protected islands which are not inhabited but see a lot of tourist influx. Entry is restricted but fun once you discover you will be commuting on handmade flat rafts, if not fibre boats. Covered by dense evergreen forests, the island complex has a treasure trove of indigenous herbs, birds and beautiful orchids.

10. Jew Town

Once home to the state’s Jewish community, Jew Town, today, is a shopping favourite. On Jew Town Road, several small shops set up their stalls of food items, souvenirs, traditional fabric works, antiques, paintings and crafts. Even some ethnic Jewish items are up for sale at some curio stores. There are also a few cafes which offer traditional Israeli dishes such as shakshouka. Visit Antique Museum Kochi for a glimpse or traditional clocks, pottery, statues and other collectibles.

You will spot the 16th century Paradesi Synagogue in the centre of the mishmash of little shops. Built in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in all of the Commonwealth Nations which is still active. Paradesi Synagogue is also one of only eight synagogues constructed by the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people. The name ‘Paradesi’ means ‘foreign’, alluding to the foreign Jewish influence.

11. Kovalam

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Known over the world over for its eponymous beach, Kovalam is but a small coastal town in the southern part of Trivandrum City. The name means ‘coconut grove’ in Malayalam, accurately representing the abundance of coconut palm in the area. Once an idyllic fishing village, Kovalam is famous today for its Ayurvedic treatments, spiritual and health retreats and a number of beach resorts which facilitate vacationing close to the beaches.

The Kovalam Beach is a 17 km stretch of four beaches which are partitioned by outcrops. The crescent formation on the shoreline is visible from a high-rise building. The beaches which contribute to the coastline are Eve’s Beach (known as Hawah Beach in the local language), Lighthouse Beach, Ashoka Beach and Samudra Beach.

The Lighthouse Beach is so named after the Vizhinjam Lighthouse which stands on its sands. Built at an altitude of 35 metres above the sea level, atop the Kurumkal hillock, the lighthouse is an attractive landmark. Measuring 118 feet in height, Vizhinjam Lighthouse is painted in stripes of red and white. Most of the other beaches are places for the local fishermen to go about their fishing activities. One can watch them in action to kill time though.

If you are not so much of a beach bum, Kovalam has other attractions to keep you interested. Explore the Halcyon Castle, a beach resort built in 1932 for the royalties of the erstwhile princely state of Travancore. Temple fans can visit the Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple and the Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple.

If you are into art, head to the Kovalam Art Gallery to gaze at the inspiring compositions on display. The profusion of water bodies in and around Kovalam (such as the Vellayani Lake and Karamana River) have ensured the need for dams. Plan a trip to the Aruvikkara Dam and Neyyar Dam, and also enjoy the sunset from Valiyathura Pier.

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Characterized by hills and backwaters, Bekal invites tourists to explore its coastal attractions. No trip to this town is complete without a visit to the Bekal Fort. This mid-seventeenth century fort was built by Shivappa Nayaka, the ruler of the temple town of Keladi, in 1650 AD. With most of its fort wall touching the waters of the Arabian Sea, the fort commands an area of almost 40 acres.

Some interesting features of the Bekal Fort are a set of underground steps leading to the fort, a water tank, an observation tower and a magazine (storage area for arms and ammunition). This fort provides a nice vantage point to see the towns of Bekal, Kottikulam, Kanhagad, Uduma and Pallikkara.

Another fort worth a visit is the Chandragiri Fort which was built in the 17th century AD. Spread over 7 acres, the fort stands 150 feet above the sea level. Located by the Payaswini River, the ruins of the Chandragiri Fort provide insights into the ancient kingdoms of Thulunadu, Kolathunadu, Vijayanagara and Keladi Nayaka. Architecturally, the fort has a simple square layout.

Forts aside, Bekal has a couple of Hindu temples which sees a lot of devotees rushing to offer their prayers. Trikkannad Tryambakeshwara Temple and Sree Madiyan Koolom Temple see a lot of footfalls. The latter, said to be 500 years old, is home to some vintage wooden carvings. Flaunting the traditional Kerala style of architecture, Sree Madiyan Koolom Temple has ceilings and pillars which enthral visitors.

When in Bekal, you cannot miss its beaches, especially since it’s a coastal town. Do plan a visit to Bekal Beach and the surrounding park, Chembirika Beach, Kappil Beach, Pallikkara Beach Park, Kasaba Beach Park and Uduma Beach.

13. Mattancherry

Also known as Cochim de Cima or Upper Kochi, Mattancherry is one of the traditional neighbourhoods of Kochi. Mattancherry Palace happens to be the most famous attraction of this area. Also known as Dutch Palace, this is actually a Portuguese palace and museum with the traditional Kerala architecture on its exterior. The museum exhibits the life of the kings of Kochi through paintings and murals. The compound has plenty of greenery and also a pond, adding to the character and charm of the place.

Other sightseeing options are the Jeevamatha Catholic Latin Church, St. George Orthodox Koonan Kurish Old Syrian Church and International Tourism Police Station and Police Museum. At the latter, one can learn about the methods used by the Kerala Police, look at their arms, medals, photographs, uniforms and more.

Almost at the southern tip of Kerala, Poovar is a village in the Neyyattinkara taluk. Home to a huge concentration of 5-star properties, this hamlet is a popular tourist destination in south Kerala. The name Poovar means ‘flower-river’ in Malayalam (from ‘poo’ and ‘var’), given by the 18th century Travancore king Marthanda Varma after he witnessed the lovely flowering trees by the Neyyar River which flows through this tehsil.

There are diverse sightseeing options in Poovar which range from beaches and museums to temples and mosques. Check out the Pozhiyoor Golden Beach which is relatively less crowded and enjoys nice sea breeze and sunsets, which make the sands shine like gold. To try boating, head to the Pozhikkara Beach. For some variation in the terrain, explore the Azhimala Cliff and its adjoining beach which is strewn with boulders. A slightly less crowded choice is the Adimalathura Beach which is slightly far from all the popular beaches but worthy enough for a visit, thanks to the crabs which can be spotted here.

Activities not to be skipped in Poovar are boating in the pristine backwaters, a trip to Elephant Rock, a visit to the colourful Aazhimala Siva Temple by the Arabian Sea and another one to the Chenkal Maheswaram Temple which boasts of the iconic Kerala-style thatched sloping brick and an enormous statue of the Shivalinga. For a dash of greenery, go to the Kuzhipallam Botanical Garden which is spread over 40 acres, and home to hundreds of pretty flowers, some of which are also for sale.

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This beauty on the Malabar Coast offers a lot of beaches for those who desperately need some Vitamin-Sea. Formerly known as Quilon, the city of Kollam borders the Laccadive Sea and calls the Chinnakada Clock Tower its main landmark. This port city was once called ‘Coulao’ by the Portuguese traders who had settled here. The name ‘Kollam’ is thought to have come from Sanskrit in which it means ‘pepper’. Interestingly, apart from spices, this city is famous for its production of cashew and coconut coir.

At the very centre of Kollam is the Ashtamudi Lake where one can spot the Chinese fishing nets which are basically shore operated lift nets introduced to Kerala by the ancient Chinese traders. This palm shaped lake also lets tourists relax in luxury houseboats as they take a ride through the narrow canals.

There is no dearth of beaches in Kollam, the most renowned being the Kollam Beach which is formally called the Mahatma Gandhi Beach. This beach is equipped with a lifeguard outpost and is considered relatively safe. This has also contributed to it being a favoured destination wedding option. Other beaches of note in this city are Thirumullavaram Beach, Thangassery Beach (which also has the eponymous lighthouse painted in red and white spiral stripes), Eravipuram Beach, Thirumullavaram Beach and Mayyanad Beach.

Architecture and history enthusiasts can consider walking past the Thevally Palace or Thevalli Palace built in the early 19th century. Located on the Thangassery Beach, the Tangasseri Fort is a striking example of Portuguese architecture, albeit in ruins, with its exposed brick walls. The fort is called Fortaleza da São Tomé in Portuguese and alternatively referred to as St. Thomas Fort or Fort Thomas. Sporting traditional Kerala architecture, the British Residency Bungalow is a much-used landmark and also serves as the Government Guest House. Another heritage building not to be missed is the Cheena Kottaram or China Palace which flaunts Indo-Saracenic architecture which is a mixture of European, Indian, Moorish and Islamic styles.

16. Thrissur

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The landscape of Thrissur is dotted with ample temples and churches which are not just places of worship here, but also architectural examples to be studied and explored. Formerly called Trichur, this city is colloquially called ‘God’s Own Town’. Apart from shrines, there are also religious festivals that attract tourists to Thrissur. This cultural capital of Kerala was, once upon a time, the administrative capital of the medieval Kingdom of Cochin.

It is not surprising that Thrissur should have so many Hindu Shiva temples, given that its very name means ‘The city with three Shiva temples’ when its long-form Malayalam and Tamil name ‘Thri-Shiva-Perur’ is considered. Even in Ancient India, the city was known as ‘Vrishabhadripuram’ which means ‘Kailash of the South’, Kailash being the mythological abode of the Hindu deity Shiva.

The most popular Shiva temples which you can put on your list are Vadakkunnathan Temple which also tells the story of Mahabharata through murals, Punkunnam Shiva Temple where along with Shiva, Parvathy, Ganesha, Partha Sarathi and several other idols are worshipped, and Trikkur Mahadeva Temple, a rock cut cave which was used not only by Hindus but also Jains and Buddhists for meditation.

The spread of Catholicism has ensured the construction of a lot of ornate churches and cathedrals in Thrissur. You might want to visit Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours which is built in the splendid Indo-Gothic style of architecture, spread over 25,000 square feet, the Bible Tower which, at 42.5 metres, happens to be the tallest church tower in all of Asia, and St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church which commemorates Saint Thomas who was one of the apostles who preached Christ in India in 52 AD.

17. Palakkad

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Fondly called ‘The Rice Bowl of Kerala’, the city of Palakkad is also known as Palghat. The meaning of the name in Malayalam is an oxymoron, ‘barren forest’ from the words ‘Pala’ and ‘Kadu’. This city has a centuries old fort, a host of temples and a lot of parks to keep travellers occupied.

The first on your list of places to see in Palakkad should be the Palakkad Fort complex. Dating back to the 18th century, the fort has a moat dug around it as a measure of protection against attacks. There is a spacious multi-use ground bordering the fort, called Kota Maidanam or Fort Maidan, where you might be able to catch an exhibition or a cricket match.

For a breathtaking view of the entire city, head to Malampuzha Dam built to stem the flow of the Malampuzha River. Get copious views of the hills of the Western Ghats which can be seen behind the 355 feet high dam. The river that is barricaded by this dam is a tributary of Kerala’s second longest river, Bharathappuzha. Stop by at the Malampuzha Rock Garden for a green treat of plants and artistically carved rock murals and sculptures. Nearby, you can also take in the soothing sights at the Kava View Point.

Palakkad is full of Hindu temples with traditional architecture and ornate décor. Manapullikavu Vela, Vadakanthara Sree Thirupuraikkal Bhagavathi Temple (which is lavishly lit up after dark), Sree Chinmaya Guruvayurappan Temple, Chittur Kavu (with an idol measuring 6 feet in height) and Thiruvalathur sree Randumoorthi Temple should be on your radar.

18. Varkala

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Home to one of the most stunning cliff beaches in the world, Varkala offers more than just the Arabian Sea and the golden sands. The story behind the name of this Kerala town is mythologically entwined. Varkala is a degenerated form of the word ‘valkalam’ which means ‘loin cloth originating from the bark of a tree’. When the Hindu sage ‘Narada’ was found a sinner, he threw out his valkalam or loin cloth out of shame, and this covered the entire village.

If sunbathing is on your wishlist, you will love Varkala Beach, which is also known as Papanasam Beach. Relax at a beachside restaurant after swimming by this picturesque beach. Varkala sandstone cliff wears a striking red colour due to the inherent properties of the rock. Indulge in seaside and cliffside adventure sports such as paragliding or just take a leisurely stroll through the Varkala Promenade which is lined by pretty restaurants and cafes.

Further along, Kappil Beach and Lake provide a lovely enclosure for boating and watching the sunset. If you can also make your way to Paravur, make use of its inland waterways and the eponymous lake or just soak in the sun on its beaches.

If you would rather stay confined to Varkala, head out to watch the 150-plus year old Varkala Tunnel which is almost 924 feet long. Take a boat ride under the tunnel and experience your very own Venice in the hinterlands of Kerala! Not very far from this, a lighthouse calls all visitors to attention.

19. Kumarakom

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A network of backwater canals and clean beaches put Kumarakom on the tourist map of Kerala. Located within the Vembanad Lake, this little village is also home to a host of migratory birds. Recognized for its responsible tourism initiatives, Kumarakom makes a great choice for luxury backwater vacations.

A houseboat ride through the canals of this hamlet is one of the highly recommended ways to spend your time here. If you happen to be a birding enthusiast, spare a few hours for the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Alternatively known as the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, this avian paradise can be reached through a short boat ride, since it is located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake.

The sanctuary was initially a rubber plantation which was later repurposed by George Alfred Baker, after whom the place was previously known as Baker Estate. It is possible to see the Meenachil River from here before it pours out itself into the Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread across 14 acres of area, and it delights visitors with the calls of water birds such as geese, swans and ducks, owls, brahminy kites and darters. Larks and flycatchers can also be sighted during the migration season.

Those fond of sculptures should not miss the Bay Island Driftwood Museum where artefacts made of driftwood are put on display. Driftwood is essentially the pieces of wood that are washed ashore by the drift of a river or the waves of a lake. This museum, housed in a cylindrical building, also exhibits driftwood fossils, apart from modern art. The artefacts include replicas of animals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes and even elaborate show pieces and dainty figurines.

The Vembanad Lake itself is an attraction in Kumarakom. You might want to visit the Thanneermukkom Bund which is an artificial patch of green land in the middle of the lake, put there in order to prevent the mixing of salt water into the other side of the lake, and also to alleviate tides which can make boating harder.

20. Kasaragod

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Blessed with a prominent place on the Western Ghats, Kasaragod is not just a spot for hill stations but also home to beaches such as the Kasaragod Beach which houses the Nellikkunnu LightHouse. Hiking enthusiasts can gear up for a trek to the peak of Ranipuram which is more than a kilometre in altitude. The Kottancheri Hills are also recommended for their peaceful surroundings and the bordering lakes.

One of the oldest mosques in the country is in Kasaragod. Malik Dinar Mosque was instituted by Malik Deenar who was a Persian scholar on a tour of the Indian Subcontinent with the goal of spreading the influence of Islam in this part of the world. In these premises, one can see both the old and the new mosques, apart from a cemetery, an orphanage and a madrassa (Islamic school). The Theruvath Mosque is another spot for those who wish to observe Islamic architecture in this part of Kerala.

A beautiful lake temple which must not escape your itinerary is the Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple, also known as Anantha Lake Temple. This Hindu shrine holds the distinction of being the only lake temple in the entire state. According to ancient mythology, the Hindu deity Vishnu settled down in this location. The story of Vishnu is depicted as wood carvings on the ceiling of the main shrine.

Another Hindu temple with a distinct architecture is the Madhur Sree Madanantheshwara-Siddhivinayaka Temple, dedicated to the idols of Shiva and Ganesha. The temple is in a village setting, on the banks of the Mogral River. In fact, one of its streams, Madhuvahini, flows right alongside the temple premise.

21. Kumbalangi

This sleepy village in the Ernakulam district is a preferred rural tourism destination in Kerala due to its bucolic village life, mangroves and the fishing community. The fishermen of Kumbalangi are so friendly, they will also show you how to go about fishing with the attractive Chinese fishing nets.

You can even enjoy a nice meal of fresh seafood at one of the homely eateries along the coast. There are only a handful of sightseeing spots but you can still head to St. Peter’s Church to admire its interiors and whitewashed exterior. If you fancy a water tour of the area, hop onto a boat at Kallencherry where these rides begin.

22. Kottayam

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Nestled on the river basin of the Meenachil River, the city of Kottayam is only three metres above the sea level. The meaning of this name in Malayalam is ‘inside the fort’ as derived from the words ‘kotta’ (for fort) and ‘akam’ (for inside). Kottayam offers travellers an insight into traditional Kerala architecture, especially in its temples, churches and mosques. There are also a few parks and art galleries to hold one’s interest.

Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple (the Shiva temple where the writer Vyasa and the Pandavas from the fictitious epic of Mahabharata are said to have worshipped), Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Panachikkadu Temple (the Saraswati temple which is also called the Dakshana Mookambika Temple), Kumaranalloor Karthyayani Devi Temple (where a litre of coconut oil is considered as the main offering to the female deity), Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple (home to ancient paintings and murals), Pallipurathukavu Devi Temple, Neelamperoor Palli Bhagavathi Temple (a Buddhist temple with Vanadurga as the central deity), Vennimala Sri Rama Lakshmana Swamy Temple, Thiruvarppu Sree Krishna Temple (Krishna being the principal deity) and Shree Dharma Sastha Temple are some of the ornate temples with archetypical styles which can be explored.

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid, which is also called the ‘Taj Juma Masjid’, is over a thousand years old, making it one of the oldest mosques not only in Kerala but also in the country. The mosque boasts of intricate wood carvings. However, its beauty cannot be admired from inside by all. Entry is only for Muslims.

For a taste of the Christian religion, walk through some of Kottayam’s church buildings. St. Mary’s Orthodox Syrian Church (a 440 year old church dedicated to Mary worship, colloquially known as Kottayam Cheriapally), Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral (also called Angathattu Palli or Vimalagiri Cathedral), Good Shepherd Church, St. George Orthodox syrian Church (having walls painted with vegetable dyes), Holy Trinity CSI Cathedral and St. Mary's Forane Church are some viable options for church hopping.

Kottayam’s public parks are worth a stroll. Make time for Neendoor Park, Malarikkal Sunset View Point (especially for its lotus blooms and paddy fields), Municipal Jubilee Park and Kodimatha Water Park. Art lovers can drop by the quaint Mozart Art Gallery.

23. Willingdon Island

Willingdon Island holds the rare honour of being the largest artificial island in all of India. Reclaimed from the Lake of Kochi, Willingdon Island lets you catch a ferry to most of the other big islands in Kerala, such as Fort Kochi and some parts of Ernakulam. The public ferries cost pleasantly only INR 5 per person. These large ferries can carry entire buses and cars inside, letting the drivers resume their journey once they reach the destination island. It is also possible to sign up for boat tours on the backwaters of Kerala from this island.

A long green patch along the coastline of Willingdon Island is where most of the premium tourist hotels are located. Within the island, there is a popular museum which you can spare an hour to – Cochin Port Maritime Heritage Museum. One can learn about the building of Willingdon Island and observe several pictures of maritime equipment. There is also a souvenir shop to take back some memorabilia for your loved ones. The museum is open on all days of the week except Wednesdays. On weekdays, the timings are 11 AM to 6 PM, whereas it is 2 PM to 7 PM on Saturdays and 4 PM to 7 PM on Sundays and other public holidays.

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Nicknamed as the land of looms and lores, Kannur was once known by its English name Cannanore and Portuguese name Cananor. This coastal city provides a glimpse into the European past and Muslim royal history alongside balmy palm-lined beaches.

No visit to Kannur is complete without a tour of St. Angelo Fort. Also known as Fortaleza de Santo ngelo de Cananor, this historical gem is under the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). The laterite brick fort, most of which is moss layered now, has a gate and a couple of entrances, the old one being a tunnel. Once can spot old banyan trees while walking inside.

As the Arabian Sea splashes on the rocks that surround St. Angelo Fort, the sounds can be clearly heard since there is no source of noise pollution here. One can explore the army barracks, the cannons stationed at the main entrance and at the top of the fort, the lighthouse powered by an oil lamp, the chapel, the moat, the watchtower and gravestones of the Dutch officials’ family who were buried there.

Kannur’s Payyambalam Beach provides a great avenue for surfing, picnicking and even swimming in the shallow parts of the sea waters. Do visit the Kannur Lighthouse nearby which has a spiral stairway to the top. The lighthouse, also known as Cannanore Lighthouse, is still active and one can often enjoy light and sound shows in the evening.

For a look inside Kannur’s Islamic past, head to the Arakkal Museum which is a part of the larger Arakkal Royal Palace, also known as Arakkalkettu. Formerly belonging to the Arakkal family of the Malabar Coast, the palace and museum has the royal coat of arms, photo galleries, ancient furniture, incense stick holders, archaic telephones, telescopes and notebooks.

Spend your leisure time at the Mappila Bay and try your hand at boating or relax on Baby Beach or Adikadalayi Beach. Thottada Beach is another tempting option, with its rocky surroundings and smooth sands, especially if you wish to go swimming.

25. Vizhinjam

The small village of Vizhinjam may not find a place on most tourist maps, but this is what makes it so appealing. The fact that it is relatively unknown is a big reason to enjoy this locale without the huge crowds. With a beach, a lighthouse and a cave, there are a few things to keep one interesting in this tiny but significant hamlet.

Begin your tour at the Vizhinjam Cave Temple which goes all the way back to the 8th century. This granite cave is actually a Hindu temple which has a sculpture of the idol Vinadhara Dakshinamurti. This peculiar statue depicts the mythological deity of Shiva but with four hands. Even though the cave is quite small and only consisting of a single cell, it is important due to its age.

The outer wall of the Vizhinjam Cave Temple has a carving of Shiva as Tripurantakara, with a caricature of Apasmara being squashed under his left foot. One another side of this outer wall, Shiva is seen in his dancing pose as Nataraja, with his paramour Parvati beside him. One can also make out the unfinished forms of a couple of gatekeepers or dvarapalakas. The temple is thought to have been built during the reign of the Ay Dynasty which came before the famous Pallava Dynasty.

The Vizhinjam Lighthouse is a beautiful red and white striped lighthouse on the eponymous beach. Located on the edge of a small cliff, the lighthouse is fitted with a day mark beacon. The beach itself is a lovely place to hang out, with a clean stretch of sand and sea, a children’s park, eateries and even an aquarium.

26. Vypin Island

Vypin Island is actually one of the clusters of islands which belong to Kochi. Also known as Vypeen, the island is 12 miles in length and joined to the mainland through the Goshree series of bridges. Home to some of the longest stretches of beaches in Kerala, Vypin offers visitors Cherai Beach to the North, Kuzhuppilly Beach and Puthuvype Beach which also has a lighthouse to call its own. Entry to this lighthouse is only in the evening between 3 PM and 5 PM.

At certain parts of Vypin, especially at Manjanakad, one can see the rare sight of sea water meeting fresh water from the Vembanad Lake. A part of this lake is also called Veeranpuzha and one can easily spot the Chinese Fishing Nets which are widely used in this part of the country.

A historical site which should not be missed on Vypin Island is the Pallippuram Fort which was built in 1503 by the Portuguese. It has the honour of being the oldest fort built by the Europeans in all of India! The fort saw the Dutch capture it in 1661 and later being sold to the King of Travancore in 1789. Pallippuram Fort flaunts the ayikkotta or alikotta style of architecture which lends it the iconic hexagonal shape. The materials used in its construction are mainly lime plaster, laterite and wood.

27. Muzhappilangad

Muzhappilangad is a tiny coastal village in Kerala but famous for its longest drive-in beach in all of Asia. Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach is one of the few beaches in India to allow vehicles on the beach. Birdwatchers can rejoice in winters when migratory birds swamp the area with their presence. You will have a chance to spot more than 30 species of birds, some of which are terns, sea gulls and sandpipers. Wait for the beach festivals to liven up your vacation, or just try your hand at paragliding in the sea breeze. One can also see a rock formation at a certain point of the beach.

From Muzhappilangad, you can also watch the Dharmadam Island which used to be a Buddhist area sometime back in history. Also called Dharmapattanam, the island is a private one. However, it is possible to tour this with prior permission. Nearby, Dharmadam Beach is another rejuvenating option, especially if you wish to watch the sunset on a palm-fringed stretch.

28. Malappuram

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The name of this city literally means hilltop in Malayalam. Malappuram has a Buddhist and Jain past, which is reflected in the archaeological remains of its rock-cut caves, concentrated mostly in the neighbourhoods of Ponmala, Melmuri and Oorakam. In fact, on the Oorakam Hill, at an altitude of 2000 feet, there is a 1500 year old Jain temple.

Have your fill of nature in Malappuram at Chamakkayam Riverside Park which has lakes and hanging bridges. The sprawling Kottakunnu park, road and step way also make for an enchanting walk.

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Home to the highest mountain peak in all of southern India, Idukki takes pride in Anamudi on the Western Ghats. The forest cover of Idukki has also earned it the moniker ‘Spice Garden of Kerala’. The meaning of Idukki is ‘a narrow gorge’.

Do not miss a trip to the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary which is spread over a hundred square kilometres. The varying altitude ranges from 450 metres to 1272 metres, Vanjur Medu being the highest peak. Through the wildlife sanctuary itself, a couple of famous rivers flow – Periyar and Cheruthoniar, submerging even some trees.

Spot the unique Nilgiri tahr at Eravikulam National Park , most of which is over 5000 feet in altitude. Mostly grasslands, this park lets you sight muntjac, deer, gaur, porcupine, mongoose, and more. Even exotic birds such as the Kerala laughingthrush, white bellied shortwing and Nilgiri pipit can be spotted in these woods.

Idukki becomes quite a favourite in the monsoon since its waterfalls come alive. The Cheeyappara Waterfalls are not only a delight to watch but also fun to trek. Also famous for eco-tourism, the Thommankuthu Waterfalls form a series of 12 falls, spread over 5 kilometres.

30. Charalkunnu

Located in the Pathanamthitta district, Charalkunnu is a lovely hill station with the Pampa River gracing its low-lying areas. There are a few hiking trails that even solo trekkers can take up as a challenge on these hills. For families, there are camp houses (in case you are not too comfortable setting up your own tent) and areas for spreading out your blanket to enjoy a picnic.

A sleepy village in the Pathanamthitta district, Gavi is a forested land full of wild flowers, mushrooms, more than 250 species of birds and even some wild animals. Nestled amidst tea estates and woods, Gavi also has waterfalls. The Neer Veezhcha WaterFalls can be experienced up close when you take a paddle boat ride through the lake. The chirping birds and flailing leaves add to the thrill of watching the waterfall.

Gavi is Kerala’s eco-tourism hotspot which costs only INR 25 for adult entry. If you take your vehicle along, you pay INR 50. Cameras are charged an extra INR 25. The village also offers lake activities such as canoeing or even camping on the surrounding green plains. At one point you can see the Sabarimala mountaintop too.

32. Anchuthengu

Once known as Anjengo or Anjenga, Anchuthengu is a coastal town whose name means ‘five coconut palms’ in Malayalam. Home to the tombs of the Dutch and the British, this small town also has a lot of Portuguese churches. However, its claim to fame is the 17th century Anchuthengu Fort which is also called Anjengo Fort.

This fort was built in 1699 by the East India Company to work as a signalling station for all of the British ships that came all the way from England. This square fort has four bastions to support the mounting of sixteen guns in total. The garrison could support 400 to 480 Europeans at a time. The Anjengo Lighthouse is nearby, providing a pretty landmark, with its white and black horizontally striped body.

33. Kayamkulam

Once known as Odanadu, Kayamkulam used to be a feudal kingdom, a part of Onattukara. This town is notable for its Krishnapuram Palace which used to be the abode of the feudal lords. Built by the King of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, in the 18th century, the palace exhibits the classic Kerala style of architecture.

Nearby, the Krishnaswamy Temple attests to the Hindu affiliation of the kings of that time, and that of most of the people even today. Interestingly, even Buddha statues adorn the courtyard, marking the vast influence of Buddhism in this region. Inside the palace, one can glance through the paintings and murals which beautify its interiors. The palace also has a huge pond in its premise.

Nature lovers can rejoice at the shallow Kayamkulam Lake or Kayamkulam Estuary which is locally known as Kayamkulam Kayal. The water is brackish and the lagoon is also used for the traditional boat race.

34. Bolgatty Island

Locally known as Mulavukad, the village of Bolgatty Island is a small isle which forms the larger Ernakulam district. Home to a few beach resorts, the island also has a golf course – the Bolgatty Golf Club. The little island also has a Hindu temple – Mandekkat Bhagavathy Temple, close to the Goshree Bridge which connects to Ernakulam mainland.

St Sebastian's Church is one of only few Catholic churches on Bolgatty Island. The others are Kristhuraja Chapel, Stella Marys Monastry and Our Lady of Mercy Church. One will also find a few Hindu temples and a handful of mosques on the island.

35. Mananthavady

Perfectly placed on the banks of the Mananthavady River, the eponymous municipality houses the Pazhassi Raja Museum. The complex also has the tomb of Pazhassi Raja and well landscaped gardens. The 18th century ruler has been immortalized through the artefacts stored in this museum erected in his honour. Take a look at the collection of weapons, coins and even utensils and cutlery inside the museum.

Some miles away, you can also head into the wilderness and explore the Begur Reserve Forest which is a wildlife sanctuary. The Kabini River flows through this forest, the Mananthavady River being one of its tributaries. Other offbeat destinations around this municipality are the Palchuram Falls and Muneeswaran Kunnu Viewpoint which can easily be hiked and camped upon.

Most notable for the Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, the village of Aralam mainly sees tourists interested in animals and nature. The wildlife sanctuary is Kerala’s northernmost one, spread over 55 square kilometres. Its location on the Western Ghats also adds to the ambient conditions inside the wooded enclave. Opt for a jeep safari and wait with a bated breath to spot langurs, squirrels, deer and elephants inside.

One can also pursue trekking in Aralam. Ambalappara makes for a 3-day trek and requires you to camp. Ambalappara Lighthouse itself happens to be a camping site. Waterfall fans can do a day trip to Meenmutty and be driven through the forested land.

Confusingly known as ‘The Coorg Valley in God's Own Country’, Iritty does have a lot of the characteristics of its Karnataka counterpart. Visit the Pazhassi Dam which is also called Kulur Barrage. It dams the Valapattanam River and the waters are used for irrigation. The popular Mridangasyleshwari Temple is located close to Iritty, surrounded by the lush mountains and dense forests on all sides.

38. Chalakudy

Located by the Chalakudy River, the town of Chalakudy is a pit stop on the way to a couple of rewarding treks in the district of Thrissur. The rare opportunity to trek up a waterfall can be enjoyed on the fringes of the Sholayar range of mountains. Whether it is the Vazhachal Falls which cascade or the Athirappilly Falls, Chalakudy provides the ideal plains for a camping halt. There is a common entry charge for both the waterfalls – INR 20 for four-wheelers and INR 40 per adult.

39. Pathanamthitta

Sitting amidst the tranquil greens, Pathanamthitta is a town surrounded by a lot of Hindu temples. Some of these temples are Mahadeva Temple and Omalloor Chakkulathu Kavu Temple or Sree Rakthakanda Swamy Temple which dates back to the 8th century AD. St. Ignatius Monastery or Manjanikkara Dayara is an elaborate Syrian Orthodox Church in this town. If you would rather skip the religious places, hike up the Chuttippara Hill to get a bird’s eye view of all of Pathanamthitta.

Housing the Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, the unheard town of Peechi becomes conspicuous for how it gives us a peek into the lives of the indigenous animals. Spread over 125 square kilometres, the wildlife sanctuary is in the catchment portion of the Peechi Dam, with the Vazhani Dam contributing some area. Part of the much larger Palapilli-Nelliampathy forests, the sanctuary is surprisingly a picnic destination too!

Enjoy pleasant activities such as boating and soft hiking here. Go up the Ponmudi Hill at an altitude of 923 metres and bask in the joy of viewing the entire valley from up here. The forest has a treasure trove of medicinal plants, more than 50 varieties of orchids, besides various species of birds and animals.

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  • 57 Best Places To Visit In Kerala For A Vacation To Remember

God’s Own Country, Kerala has some extremely beautiful tourist destinations to hold the attention of global tourists. There are hill-stations, backwaters, commercial cities, hamlets, and much more to explore. Rich culture and heritage coupled with some of the best places to visit in Kerala attract crowds from all over the world.

Once you set foot in the beautiful paradise, all other things seem inconsequential. Most of the metro cities pale in comparison of Kerala in terms of beauty. Apt for family vacations, romantic getaways, and honeymoon, here are some of the top tourist places in Kerala, that must be a part of your travel plan.

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The appeal of tourist places in Kerala gets better once understand what the place is about. While you may be wondering about where to head in the charming land, getting to know about a few best ones is surely helpful before visiting. So, scroll down to learn about the best places to visit in Kerala and what all awaits you at this charming state. The clash of hill stations, temple towns, backwaters and lakes will simply amaze you:

1. Alleppey – The Backwater Hot Spot

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Alleppey tops this list of best places to visit in Kerala with pictures. Its backwater trips, houseboat stays, and serene beauty attract a fair number of people to its territory. In fact, it is the most popular place to experience some offbeat Kerala backwaters . Lord Curzon’s depiction of Alleppey as the Venice of the East is not hyperbole. Alleppey houseboat vacation is what people look for on their visit to Alleppey. There are expanses of paddy fields, quaint chapels, interesting fishing villages, and lakes filled with water lilies which make Alleppey one of the best tourist places in Kerala for 3 days trip itinerary. It is one of the safest places to visit in Kerala during Covid.

The fascination of Keralites with coconut and banana leaves in their food will prove to be a good experiment for you if you have never had it before. The cobbled pathways and cleaner roads comparatively will take you on an old-world tour.

Places To Stay: Ramada By Wyndham Alleppey, Tharavadu Heritage, Bamboo Lagoon, Treebo Tryst Palmyra Grand Suite Things To Do: Shopping: Buy Souvenirs For Your Loved One, Nightwalk: Gear Up For A Crazy Campfire, Temples: Indulge In Spiritualism, Beaches: Watch The Sun Go Down Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Alappuzha Beach, Krishnapuram Palace, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, Marari Beach, Punnamada Lake, Pathiramanal, and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha. The Snake Boat Race in Alleppey is another crowd-puller. Best Time To Visit : September to mid-May Nearest Airport : Kochi Airport, which is 53 km away from the city. Nearest Railway Station : Alleppey Railway Station; it is well within the city limits.

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2. Munnar – Perfect For A Romantic Honeymoon

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A very popular one among hill stations in Kerala , Munnar is one of the best tourist places in Kerala for 2 days trip itinerary. Once the summer capital for the British, Munnar sightseeing attracts tourists from all across the world. With about 80,000 miles of tea plantation, an equal measure of aromatic vegetation, misty valleys, and low-flying clouds, Munnar is a hill station that has become one of the best tourist places in Kerala for a honeymoon.

Cute bungalows, cozy homestays and lavish hotels and resorts in Munnar , make it the most romantic destination even among the top places to visit in Kerala. The old world colonial feel has its own charms and it certainly makes for a good selfie drive. Revel in the extraordinary blend of luxury and beauty, at the most amazing honeymoon resorts in Munnar.

Places To Stay: Chandy’s Windy Woods, Pallivasal, The Panoramic Getaway, Forest Glade, Devonshire Greens Things To Do: Plantation Resort, Kolukkumalai – Tea Estate Tours, Echo Point – Camping And Trekking, Eravikulam National Park – Spot Rare Species Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : TATA Tea Museum, Meesapulimala, Blossom Park, Pothamedu ViewPoint, Life of Pi Church, Attukal Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Top Station, Marayoor Dolmens, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Kundala Lake, Lockhart Gap, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi, and Eravikulam National Park Best Time To Visit : October to March Nearest Airport : Kochi Airport, at a mere distance of 143 km from the hill station. Nearest Railway Station : Aluva Railway Station, which is 110 km away from Munnar.

3. Kumarakom – One Of The Most Tranquil Places

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Situated near Vembanad Lake , Kumarakom is a quiet little hamlet with alluring sceneries, ever pleasant weather and exotic flora and fauna; making it one of the loveliest and the best tourist places in Kerala for family. You get a mix of everything here – backwaters, authentic Kerala cuisine , uber fresh air, the warmth of Keralites, and deliciously fresh coconuts. There is a lot to do; choose from boating, cruising, Kumarakom houseboat stay, and fishing.

Kumarakom holds a special spot in the list of best of Kerala’s sightseeing places. The tempting waterways, decorated lakes, aromatic coconut grooves, fresh paddy fields, thick mangrove forests, delightful authentic food, and unpolluted freshness of the air add to the list. Also, Kumarakom’s houseboat stay offers a lot more solitude and privacy as compared to Alleppey. Even the resorts in Kumarakom are exceptionally serene and mesmerizing.

Places To Stay: Hotel Green Fields, Hotel The Club, Royal Riviera Hotel And Resort, Lakshmi Hotel And Resort, Hotel Dubai Things To Do: Houseboat Ride, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary : Watch The Birds, Maya Spa: Invigorate With Aromas Of Ayurveda, Kathakali Performance Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Backwaters , Aruvikkuzhi waterfall, Juma Masjid, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Vembanad Lake, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Valiyapally, Cheriyapally, Kumarakom Beach, and Pathiramal Island. Best Time To Visit : September to May Nearest Airport : Kochi Airport is 85 km away from Kumarakom. Nearest Railway Station : Kottayam Railway Station is 16 km away.

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4. Wayanad – The Land Of Heavenly Trails

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Wayanad means the land of paddy fields in Malayalam. Wayanad is one of the greenest tourist places in Kerala. Enriched with godly beauty, serene atmosphere and rich culture, Wayanad tourism is a perfect mix of nature and man-made heritage. After all, the place is famous for its richness in cultures, traditions, and tribal heritage. Small, unnamed waterfalls, that line the city haphazardly, add to the place’s charm. Being home to some of the most lush green vegetation, Wayanad is one of the most refreshing forest and unique places to visit in Kerala.

Places To Stay: Arayal, Banasura Hill, Wayanad Wild – CGH Earth, Mount Xanadu Things To Do: Kuruva Island: Enjoy Bamboo Rafting, Pookode Lake: Enjoy Boating, Camping: When The Hills Summon You, Cycling: Go Around Town Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Besides top Wayanad tourist places , there are Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Hill, Lakkidi View Point, P Kuruvadweep, Puliyarmala Jain Temple, Kabini, Papanashini River, and Padinjarathara Dam. Best Time To Visit : October to May; adventure enthusiasts should visit during the monsoon months of July and August to enjoy the perks of trekking and other adventure activities. Nearest Airport : Karipur International Airport at Calicut is just 95 km away. Nearest Railway Station : Kozhikode Railway Station, which is 72 km away from Wayanad.

5. Thekkady – For The Love Of Wildlife

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Thekkady is simply heaven hidden in thick forests and wild vegetation and this is exactly what it makes one of the best forest tourist places in Kerala. You get to see the nearly extinct species of animals including tigers, sambars, gaurs, and lion-tailed macaques. Also, there are elephants, lions, deers, bison, boars, and the Great Indian tigers. Probably, the most favored among Kerala’s tourist places, Thekkady boasts of abundant beauty and exotic wildlife. Its trekking path from Moozhiyar to Thekkady Gavi is one of the most popular trails in South India. Boating and wildlife observation are two of the favorite pastimes in Thekkady.

Places To Stay: The Elephant Court , Paradisa Plantation Retreat, The Mountain Courtyard, Forest Canopy, Poetree Sarovar Portico Things To Do: Thekkady Boating Tours, Bamboo Rafting & Hiking in Thekkady, Border Hiking, Jungle Night Patrol Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Besides the top places to visit in Thekkady , there are Periyar Lake, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Elephant Junction, Deepa World Spice, and Ayurvedic Garden, Kumily, Ramakkalmedu, Mullaperiyar Dam, Periyar Tiger Trail, Mudra Cultural Centre, Vandiperiyar, Chellarkovil, Murikkady, and Vandanmedu. Best Time To Visit : November to early-May Nearest Airport : Madurai Airport is just 136 km away. Nearest Railway Station : Kottayam Railway Station is 114 km away.

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6. Kovalam – For Some Beach Fun

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Kovalam beach, one of top romantic Kerala beaches , is famous for its New Year celebrations, deep strong massages, Ayurvedic treatments, sunbathing fests, and water sports like parasailing. It has a crescent-shaped coastline which is always buzzing with activities. People from different countries, cultures, and states come together and add to the beauty of the place.

Places To Stay: Hotel Jasmine Palace Kovalam, Hotel Samudra KTDC, Jumayira Residency, Kovalam Beach Hotel, Unwind Hotels And Resorts Things To Do: Take a sightseeing tour – An excursion to discover the town, Spend a night in the houseboat, Give adventure sports a shot Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach , The Lighthouse, Samudra Beach, Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Halcyon Castle, Akkulam Lake, Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor, Kovalam Jama Masjid, Vellayani Lake, Karamana River, Aruvikkara, Rock Cut Caves, and Valiathura Pier. Best Time To Visit : September to May Nearest Airport : Trivandrum International Airport is mere 15 km away. Nearest Railway Station : Trivandrum Railway Station is just 14 km away.

7. Vagamon – Solitude Guaranteed

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There is an enchanting hill station called Vagamon which is hidden from all the hoopla and surprisingly is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Adorned with magical meadows, mystical gardens, beautiful dales, aromatic tea plantations, and misty valleys, Vagamon hills has surely earned its place among the best tourist places in Kerala. The fresh air and perfectly manicured gardens of Vagamon are a breath of fresh air.

Places To Stay: Honeycomb By Astral Inn, Chillax, Falcon Crest, Lavender, The Kissing Mountains Things To Do: Murugan Mala- Trekking, Off Roading, Vagamon Lake- Boat Ride, Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary- Visit Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill, Kurisumala, Vagamon Pine Forest, Barren Hills, The Pattumala Church, Vagamon Lake, Mundakayam Ghat, Vagamon Falls, and Maramala Waterfalls. Best Time To Visit : Early-August to May Nearest Airport : Kochi International Airport is 94 km away from Vagamon. Nearest Railway Station : Kottayam Railway Station is 15 km away.

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8. Bekal – Nothing Less Than Heaven On Earth!

Beach side view at one of the best places to visit in Kerala

Bekal is especially known for its famous Bekal Fort, which is rated amongst the best places to visit in Kerala. Many Indian movies, like Rang De Basanti, are filmed in the fort premises. The sea breeze passing through your hair, the pleasant weather and good company are key ingredients to have a good time in Bekal. Owing to exotic beauty and serenity, Bekal is among the top three honeymoon places in South India.

Places To Stay: Taj Bekal Resort and Spa, The Lalit Resort and Spa Bekal, Kanan Beach Resorts, Malabar Oceanfront Resort and Spa Things To Do: Bekal Fort-Witness The Glory and grandeur Of Bekal’s, Bekal Beach-Explore The Heavenly Paradise Delight, Nityanand Ashram experience tranquillity Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Bekal Fort, Ananthapura Temple, Valiyaparamba Backwaters, Bekal Beach, Mallikarjuna Temple, Chandragiri Fort, Kappil Beach, Nileswaram, Bekal Hole Aqua Park, and Pallikere Beach. Best Time To Visit : September to May Nearest Airport : Bajpe Airport is nearest at 72 km. Nearest Railway Station : Kasaragod Railway Station is just 12 km from Bekal.

9. Kozhikode – For Authentic Malabar Cuisine

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Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is one of the most active commercial cities and popular Kerala tourist places you can think of. The place is famous for its culture, historical sites, educational institutions, and culinary experiences. The architecture of the city has strong influences of the Dutch and the British. It is known for its authentic Malabar food and the exotic spices that make the food so delicious. When in Calicut, don’t miss out on delicacies like Dum Biryani, Kallummakkaya, Chatti Pathiri, and Dal Halwa.

Places To Stay: The Gateway Hotel Beach Road Kozhikode, Sunrise Homestay Things To Do: Try local food, shopping Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Mananchira, Conolly Canal, Hilite Mall, Kallayi, Tali Temple, Kappad Beach, Kozhikode Beach , Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Sargaalaya, Payyoli Beach, Kozhippara Falls, and Matri Dei Cathedral. Best Time To Visit : September to May Nearest Airport : Karipur International Airport in Calicut is just 28 km away. Nearest Railway Station : Kozhikode Railway Station is well within the city limits.

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10. Varkala – One Of Kerala’s Most Scenic Seasides

scenic view at Varkala, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

Varkala is one of the best places in Kerala seaside. The enticing coastline with cliffs on one side and lush greenery on the other attracts thousands of tourists and water-adventure enthusiasts to the beach. It is popular for activities like boat riding, surfing, parasailing, jetting, and horse-riding are the life of the beach. The unmatched beauty of the beach is at its prime during sunsets. The hues of colourful rays make for a surreal atmosphere. Add a dash of luxury by choosing from the most exotic beach resorts in Kerala , around Varkala and you are set.

Varkala is also an important religious place in Hindu culture. Adorned with many Hindu temples, it welcomes many religious travellers 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.

Places To Stay: Zostel Varkala, Quality Inn, Varkala Cliff Villa, The Lost Hostel, Short Giraffe Hostels Things To Do: Water Sports: Be Thrilled, Varkala Culture Center: For An Enriching Experience, Yoga: Rejuvenate Yourself, Local Cuisine: Treat Your Tastebuds Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Varkala Beach, Janardhan Temple, Sivagiri Muth, Kappil Lake, Papanasam Beach, Janardan Swami Temple, Vishnu Temple, Anjengo Fort, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Tunnel, and Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah. Best Time To Visit : August to mid-May Nearest Airport : Trivandrum International Airport is 53 km away. Nearest Railway Station : Varkala Sivagiri Railway Station is well within the city limits.

11. Kannur – The Picture Perfect Coastal Town

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Kannur, formerly known as Cannanore is one of the best tourist places in Kerala for 1 day, popular for weaving industries. Feel the charm of this beautiful colonial town, located at 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.

Places To Stay: Hotel Blue Nile, Central Avenue, Broad Bean, Sea Breeze Beach Inn, Royal Omars Things To Do: Banana Boat Ride, Paithalmala Trekking, Bike Trip, Wave Runner, Boating Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Ezhimala Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Tellicherry Fort and Rajarajeshwara Temple Best Time To Visit: October to March to enjoy a cool climate. Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Kannur Main

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12. Kasargod – A Coastal Paradise In Kerala

scenic surroundings of Kasargod which is a coastal paradise

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Among the best Kerala trip places Kasargod is quite famous among tourists. Located close to Bekal, tucked between the Western Ghats on one side and the Azure Arabian Sea on the other, Kasargod is an entrancing beauty of ‘God’s own country.’ Featuring rolling hills, plush coconut plantations, soothing sea breeze, and a host of heritage temples, it attracts peace-loving travellers and is considered one of the most photogenic places in Kerala.

Places To Stay: The Lalit Resort And Spa Bekal, Taj Bekal Resort And Spa, Bekal Little Hut Homestay Things To Do: Take a stroll, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Bekal Fort, Madhur Temple, Thonikadavu and Ananthapura Lake Temple, Malom Wildlife Sanctuary and Ranipuram Best Time To Visit: June to November and January to February. Avoid summer months as they are warm and humid. Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Kasargod has its own railhead

13. Kizhunna Beach – For Complete Solace

Kizhunna Beach is beautiful, less crowded and pristine

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Listed as one of the secluded beaches in Kerala, Kizhunna Beach is beautiful, less crowded and pristine. Adorned by reddish and black cliffs and bordered by lush green palm plantations, Kizhunna Beach is the ideal place to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. People visit this scenic beach during weekends and indulge in sunbathing beach strolls, and swimming. 

Places To Stay: Kanbay Beach Resort, Ocean Green Homestay, Mascot Beach Resort Things To Do: Take a stroll, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 2 hours Popular Tourist Attractions : Ezhara Beach – regarded as the twin beach of Kizhunna, Arakkal Museum, Munambam, Mappila Bay, Kannur town, Sea View Park and Dharmadam Island. Best Time To Visit: Round the year, except from June to August. Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Kannur

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14. Idukki – The True Gem Of Kerala

Idukki is the perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation

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Among the best holiday destinations in Kerala , Idukki is the perfect place if relaxation and rejuvenation is your priority. Nestled amidst verdant hills and luxurious forests, Idukki tourist places allure ardent travellers, nature enthusiasts, and photography buffs with their stunning natural aura and attractions. Surrounded by aromatic tea and spice plantations, Idukki is undeniably one of the famous tourist spots in Kerala perfect for treks, nature walks, and bird watching.

Places To Stay: Best Mist Home Stay, Meadows Pride Homestay, Olivia Homestay, John’s Villa Homestay, Green Spot Homestay Things To Do: Trekking, Camping, Paragliding, Misty Mountain Resort Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary or Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Thommankuthu Falls, Ramakkal, Kalvari Mount, Idukki Arch Dam, Cheeyappara Waterfalls and Kalvari Mount Best Time To Visit: June to August and November to January Nearest Airport: Kochi Nearest Railway Station: Theni- 60 km from Idukki.

15. Munroe Island – For An Exciting Canal Cruise

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One of the main tourist places in Kerala , Munroe Island is perched at the confluence of Ashtamudi Lake and River Kallada, 27 km from Kollam, Munroe Island is popular for canal cruises in Kerala. Named after Colonel Munroe, this place showcases the scenic rural landscape of Kerala with thatched houses, coconut plantations, narrow canals, lagoons and mangrove forests. Counted as one of the best places to visit in Kerala, Munroe Island is also famous for the Kallada Boat Race held in September every year.

The canal cruise of Munroe Island is run by the District Tourism Promotion Council. The voyage operates twice a day, morning at 9:00 AM and afternoon at 2 PM. Charges per person for the cruise are INR 500.

Places To Stay: Moneroe Meadows, Muneroe Island Lake Resort, The Monroe Vibe Inn Things To Do:  Take a stroll, savor the view, Click Pictures Ideal Duration:  5-6 hours Popular Tourist Attractions : Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach and Thirumullavaram Beach Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year, except monsoon. Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Munroe Island Railway Station

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16. Kavvayi Backwaters – The Stunning Backwater Landscape

Enjoy the real charm of Kerala backwater at Kavvayi Backwaters

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To enjoy the real charm of Kerala backwater, Kavvayi Backwaters Island should be on your list of famous tourist places in Kerala. Counted as the third largest backwater in the state and one of the most scenic places to see in Kerala, Kavvayi Backwaters Island is formed at the confluence of River Kavvayi and its tributaries Kuppithodu, Konkol and Kuniyan. One can cruise in houseboats in and around the islands on Kavvayi Backwaters, locally known as Kavvayi Kayal. 

Places To Stay: Kavvayi Rivera, Kavayi Beach House Things To Do: Savor the scenic view, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 2 hours Popular Tourist Attractions : Holy Snakes Forest located in Edayilakadu Island Best Time To Visit: October to March, for soothing weather. Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Payyanur

17. Kuttanad – Rice Bowl Of Kerala

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Located in the Alappuzha region, Kuttanad is one of the most beautiful places in Kerala to see and experience the rural landscape with charming villages, backwaters, rivers and agricultural lands. Moreover, Kuttanad is the perfect place to see the globally famous traditional Heritage Agricultural System of Kerala with farmland bordered by canals and inland waterways.

Places To Stay: Warmth Lake Haven, Triveni River Palace Things To Do: Savor the scenic view, Click Pictures Best Time To Visit: October to March months are extremely pleasant. Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Punnamada Lake and Pampa River Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha

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18. Thrissur – Experience Rich Cultural Heritage

Thrissur, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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One of the best among all the other Kerala trip places, Thrissur boasts of its rich cultural extravaganza along with scenic splendour like picturesque waterfalls and beaches. Famous for Thrissur Pooram and Onam celebrations, this small quaint town of Kerala is fittingly acknowledged as the ‘cultural capital of Kerala. 

Places To Stay: Hotel Niya Regency, Kochi Marriott Hotel, KPM Tripenta Hotel, Hotel Abis Grand, The Mayberry Things To Do: Athirappilly Waterfalls: Lose Yourself In The View, Vadakkunnathan Temple: Seek Blessings, Kerala Kalamandalam: Seek Peace In Art, Snehatheeram Beach: Beachy Activities Ideal Duration: 2 Nights/3 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Snehatheeram Beach, Vazhachal Waterfalls , Vadakkunnathan Temple, Paramekavu Bhagavathy Temple and Athirappilly Waterfalls Best Time To Visit: October to March is the Best Time To Visit Thrissur. One can also visit during April and May to experience the grandeur of the Thrissur Pooram festival. Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur railway station ; well connected with Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi.

19. Palakkad – A Nature’s Delight

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Just like a beautiful picture postcard, Palakkad features the most awesome weather, picturesque mountains, sparkling lakes, beautiful dams, lush green forests and majestic temples and forts. This lush greenery makes it another one of the most rejuvenating forest tourist places in Kerala. With vast sprawling paddy estates and tea plantations, Palakkad, one of Kerala’s famous places is aptly known as the ‘granary of Kerala’.

Places To Stay: Tree Top Resort, Vythiri Resort, Misty Valley Hill Resorts, Misty Valley Hill Resorts, Coffee Valley Resorts Things To Do: Fantasy Park: Embrace The Inner Child, Palakkad Fort: Revisit The History, Rock Garden: Witness The Artistic Side Of The District, Malampuzha Dam: Soak In The Beauty Of The Reservoir Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Silent Valley National Park , Palakkad Fort, Malampuzha Garden and Dam, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Jain Temple and Seethargundu viewpoint Best Time To Visit: November to March months are extremely pleasant here. Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad railway station and Palakkad Town Railway

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20. Malappuram – Vedic Learning And Islamic Philosophy Centre

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One of the most offbeat yet best places to see in Kerala is Malappuram. Locally translated as ‘land atop hills’ this place is famous for expansive teak plantations and houses many heritage temples, mosques and historic monuments.

Places To Stay:  Karibu Residency, Redbell Suites Malapuram Things To Do: Teak Museum, Nedumkayam Rainforest, Boating, Camping Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Nilambur Teak Museum, Kottakkunnu and Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy Temple Best Time To Visit: July to September to enjoy the beauty of rains. November to February to get away from the scorching heat of cities. Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Angadippuram- 16 km from Malappuram is the closest railway station.

21. Poovar – The Tropical Stay Paradise

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Located in Trivandrum District of Kerala, Poovar island 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 if you’re in search for a lovely tropical staycation.

Places To Stay:  Niramaya Retreats, Poovar Island Resort, Isola Di Cocco Things To Do: Savor the scenic view, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Aazhimala Siva Temple, Poovar Beach, Arjuna Backwaters Best Time To Visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport is located just 30 km away. Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is located 27 km away from Poovar

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22. Ponmudi – The Golden Peak

Sunset in Ponmudi, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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If you’re a mountain child and wish to lose yourself amidst lush mist-laden hills, then Ponmudi Hills is the place for you. This is one of Kerala’s famous places also for the hikers and trekkers since there is so much to explore! With many narrow winding roads, the landscape of Poovar looks surreal. The tea gardens spanning all around add charm to its beauty.

Places To Stay:  KTDC Golden Peak, Hotel Rohini International. Hill View Stay Inn Things To Do: Savor the scenic view, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Meenmutty Falls, Mankayam Waterfalls, and Ponmudi Rock Best Time To Visit: All around the year Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport is 67 km away from Ponmudi Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station is located about 55 km away

23. Guruvayur – A Spiritual Spot

Guruvayur, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

One of Kerala’s most spiritual places, Guruvayur is located in Thrissur District. Being a small town, this is one of the lesser-known tourist places to visit in Kerala, and thus a perfect spot to get to know the local culture of the state. Guruvyaur is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for those who are seeking to embrace the essence of spirituality.

Places To Stay: Srivar Hotels, Kunnathur Mana Ayurveda Heritage And Luxurious Resort, Sterling Guruvayur, Sopanam Heritage, Krishna Inn Things To Do: Seek blessings, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Guruvayur Sree Vishnu Temple, Mammiyoor Temple, and St. Thomas Church Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport is located 87 km away Nearest Railway Station: Guruvayur has its own railway station

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24. Ashtamudi – Impeccable Beauty

Houseboat in Ashtamudi, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

Ashtamudi is one of the quaint and best places to visit in Kerala in Kollam attracting visitors from far across the globe because of its impeccable beauty. Visitors usually come here to enjoy the scenic beauty and soak themselves in the soothing ambience of God’s Own Country. The pictorial city has many popular tourist attractions you can witness like cashew processing, traditional fishing, gorgeous Ashtamudi lake and a lot more.

Places To Stay: The Raviz Ashtamudi, Club Mahindra Ashtamudi, Ashtamudi Villas Things To Do:  Fishing, relax amidst nature Ideal Duration: 1  Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Thevally Palace, Alumkadavu Boat Building Yard, Ashtamudi Lake and Monroe Island Best Time To Visit: November to February (winter months) Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport (71 km) Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction (15 km)

25. Marari – Gorgeous Beach Location

beach side view at one of the best places to visit in Kerala

Marari Beach in the Alleppey district of Kerala is a paradise for beach lovers. It is one of the most gorgeous beaches in the country and is also rated among the top five ‘Hammock Beaches’ by National Geographic. One can enjoy various beach activities, sun basking or simply chill in peace for some time. The beautiful white sand beach is also famous for its gorgeous sunset view.

Places To Stay: Munroe Meadows, Munroe Heritage Inn, Munroe Nest Homestay, Kailasam Home Stay, Munroe Coconut Homestay Things To Do: Savor the scenic view, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Alappuzha Beach, Cherthala, The Dutch Palace, Thumpolly Beach, Chinese Fishing Nets, Mararikulam Shiva Temple, Poochakkal and St. Andres Church Best Time To Visit: September to May Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (90 km) Nearest Railway Station: Mararikulam Railway Station (3 km)

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26. Cochin – Major Port City

Ports of Kochi, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

Cochin is a major port city in God’s own country. Fondly called the Queen of the Arabian Sea, this is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for couples and has forever been on every traveller’s bucket list. It is a perfect blend of local flavours and modern ideas, to offer the best to its visitors. The backwaters, beaches, and traditional spice markets which are a short drive from Cochin have made their way to the list of things to see and experience in Cochin.

Places To Stay: Sea Lagoon Health Resort, Sea Lagoon Health Resort, Holiday Inn Cochin, The Mercy, Travancore Court By Spree, Grand Hotel Cochin Things To Do: Click Pictures, Sightseeing, Try Local food, Shopping Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Fort Kochi, Vypeen Beach, Cherai Beach, Andhakaranzhi Beach, Chinese Fishing Nets, Marine Drive, St. Francis Church, Basilica of Santa Cruz, Bolghatty Island, Thrikkara Temple Best Time To Visit: July to April Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Kochi Railway Junction

27. Malampuzha – India’s Spice Capital

River view in Malampuzha, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

A popular village in the Palakkad district of Kerala, Malampuzha is India’s spice capital. Famous Kerala tourist places with lush greenery all around and a soothing ambience, you can feel the true essence of Kerala here. The tranquillity and picture-perfect display of this part of the state makes it a must-visit place in Kerala.

Places To Stay: KTDC Garden House Malampuzha, Hotel Govardhan Samos, Hotel Tripenta Things To Do: Savor the scenic view, Click Pictures, take a walk Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Malampuzha Dam, Palakkad Fort, Dhoni Hills and Waterfalls, Malampuzha Garden, Kava, Fantasy Park, Thread Garden, Rock Garden, Snake Park, UdanKhatola Best Time To Visit: August to April Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (55 km) Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Junction (8 km)

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28. Nelliampathy – God’s Own Village

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Nelliampathy is one of the most popular Kerala tourist places . This stunning hill station in Kerala is one of the least explored places. Fondly called God’s own village, it is an ideal getaway to enjoy the charming India’s backwater capital. With lofty peaks, hills and gardens; it is a perfect place for fun seekers.

Places To Stay: Kailas Plantations, Greenland Farmhouses Resort, Coffee Valley Resort Things To Do: Savor the scenic view, Click Pictures, Take a relaxing walk Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Nelliyampathy Hills, Nenmara, Palagapandi Estate, Padagiri, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Raja’s Cliff, Seetharkundu Viewpoint, Pothundi Reservoir, Nelliyampathy Gardens Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport (113 km) Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Railway Station

29. Thiruvananthapuram – Economic Capital Of Kerala

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Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of God’s own country and also one of the popular Kerala tourism places. This largest city in the state has many tourist spots, exotic beaches and much more. It is also one of the finest cities to live in India and hence it is also rightly called the Economic Capital of Kerala. With so many places to visit, it attracts tourists from all walks of life.

Places To Stay:  The Raviz Kovalam, Hilton Garden Inn, Hycinth Hotels Things To Do: Sightseeing, shopping, Click Pictures Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Aruvikkara Dam, Neyyar Dam & Wildlife Sanctuary, Poovar, Koyikkal Palace, Kowdiar Palace, Agasthyakoodam, Kanakakunnu Palace, Anchuthengu Fort, Peppara Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary Best Time To Visit: October to February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Nearest Railway Station: Trivandrum Central Railway Station

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30. Sabarimala – The Mecca Of India

Temple in Sabrimala, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

The largest temple town in the entire country and the second largest in the entire world by virtue of the largest number of pilgrims visiting one of these Kerala tourist places, Sabarimala is a destination sitting in the heart of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Blanketing Ayyappa temple, this temple has the essence of spirituality spread all across.

Dedicated to the son of the feminine incarnation of Lord Vishnu- Mohini and Lord Shiva, this temple appeals to the devotees of Dharma Sashta. It is believed that the idol of the Lord was placed atop the peak of the hilly mountain by another incarnation of Vishnu – Parasurama. This temple is sitting in between the forest-clad hills and dense vegetation.

Places To Stay: Periyar Meadows Leisure Hotels, Aranya Niwas, Greenwood Resorts Thekkady Things To Do: Enjoy river rafting, visit the famous Sabarimala temple  Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Ayyappa Temple, Makaravilakku, Vavar Shrine, Erumeli, Malikappuram Devi Temple, Pampa Ganapathi Temple Best Time To Visit: September to April Nearest Airport: Kochi airport is the nearest at 110 km Nearest Railway Station: Chengannur railway station is the nearest at 90 km

31. Kollam – Treasure Trove Of Natural Marvels

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Often tagged as one of the best places to visit in Kerala with friends, Kollam has proven to be an ideal destination for those who are seeking to escape the city chaos and embrace the tranquillity oozing out of natural wonders. Kollam is often referred to as the gateway to the backwaters and it exhibits some of the most picturesque views that take away the breath of spectators.

Snuggled on the shores of the Ashtamudi Lake, this destination is known for its rich and deeply-rooted history. This town reeks of old-world charm and is home to numerous ports in the Arabian Sea that were once of significance to merchants, explorers, and missionaries.

Places To Stay: Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort and Ayurveda Spa, Hotel All Seasons, The Raviz Resort and Spa, Ashtamudi Villas, All Season’s D’Fort Ayurvedic Resort Things To Do: Canoeing, Paddlesport Activities, ATV Rides & Bike Tour, Houseboat Ride Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Thevally Palace, Amritapuri, Mahatma Gandhi Beach And Park, Jatay Earth’s Centre, Punalpur, Palaruvi Waterfalls Best Time To Visit: September to February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum airport is the nearest at 66 km Nearest Railway Station: Kollam Junction Railway Station is located within the town itself

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32. Thalassery – The Most Beautiful Coastal Town

Coastal town of Thalassery, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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Exhibiting deeply rooted history and rich culture that dates back to the time of the British era, Thalassery often named Tellicherry, is a coastal town that is one of its kind. Hiding impeccable experiences in its lap, Thalassery is a destination that offers a perfect amalgamation of the glorious past and the present-time natural marvels sitting in the arms of Kerala.

Giving travellers a chance to witness the charm of timeless ruins, Thalassery attracts history buffs and nature admirers from the entire country. Apart from being home to several thousand picturesque landscapes, this town is also famed for numerous bakeries that offer lip-smacking delicacies in every nook and cranny.

Places To Stay:  Parco Residency, Hotel BKM International, Navaratna Inn Things To Do: Relish bakery items, savour the picturesque view Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Mahe, Dharmadan, Thalassery Fort, Muzhappilangad Beach, Kannur, Overbury’s Folly, Gundert Bungalow, Tellicherry Pier, Jagannath Temple Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Calicut airport is the nearest at 94 km Nearest Railway Station: Thalassery Railway Station is located within the town itself

33. Nilambur – The Land Of Teak Plantations

Lush green forests of Nilambur, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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Showcasing unspoiled nature, Nilambur is one of the best places to visit in Kerala with family transfers travellers back to the time of colonial rule in the country. Blanketing an exquisite blend of culture and art, Nilambur is a quaint, little town snuggled on the shores of the Chaliyar River and is often tagged as the ‘Land of Teak Plantations’.

This destination offers awe-inspiring views of the well-groomed nature that houses exotic wilderness. Those who are seeking to get an insight into the royal history should surely consider travelling to Nilambur. There is an extensive number of woods that cover the floors of Nilambur including Venteak, mahogany, and rosewood. Massive Royal mansions, ancient tribal communities, extravagant rainforests, and enchanting waterfalls define this destination.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Park Residency, Rose International Hotel, Green View Tourist Home Things To Do: Witness the serene waterfalls, savour the view Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Teak Museum, Kannimara Teak, Nedumkayam, The Elembala Hill, Adyanpara Waterfalls, Valamthode Waterfalls, Aruvacode Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Calicut is the Nearest Airport at 45 km Nearest Railway Station: Nilambur Road Railway Station is located within the town itself

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34. Kalpetta – That Quaint, Little Town

Quaint town of Kalpetta, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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Another one of the Kerala tourist places that offers a perfect escape to the lap of mother nature is Kalpetta. This quaint town boasts about mighty forest-clad hills that are spread as far as the eye can see, the lush and dense vegetation, a refreshing aura, and charming scenic views. Sitting in Wayanad, Kalpetta reeks of the fragrance of coffee as soon as a traveller steps into this town. One can also witness some of the most impeccable ancient Jain temples covering the floors of this destination, which is nothing less than a cherry on top.

Places To Stay: Rippon Eco Woods, Western Ghats Holiday Homes, Hill Top Camping, Woodrose Resort, Pepper View Things To Do: Visit the spiritual sites Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Karapuzha Dam, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Meenmutty Falls, Vaduvanchal, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirunelli Temple, Chembra Peak, Soochippara Waterfalls, Neelimala View Point Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Calicut airport is the nearest at 85 km Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest at 72 km

35. Peerumedu – An Escape For Every Kind Of Traveler

Peerumedu, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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A popular hill station sitting in Idukki District, Peerumedu is the most beautiful place in Kerala that is blessed immensely by Mother Nature. The rolling velvety grasslands, mystical hills, alluring streams of river, and the gushing waterfalls of this destination make it a perfect destination for those who are seeking solitude in their lives.

The lands of this destination are all covered with extremely fragrant plantations of cardamom, rubber, tea, and coffee which adds to its beauty. Home to a couple of tribal settlements including Orali, Malapandaram, and Malayarayan, Peerumedu offers a magnificent blend of cultures with its one leg still hanging somewhere in the ancient days. Peerumedu hides unmatchable experiences such as gorgeous trekking trails, picturesque landscapes, and much more. Thus, attracting various kinds of travellers ranging from honeymooners to adventure seekers.

Places To Stay:  Wisteria Luxury Villas, Eagle Rock Holiday Villas, Thrisangu Haven Resort Things To Do: Trekking, Witness the beauty of the waterfalls Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Grampi, Thrissanku Hills, Payyumala, Wagamon, Peeru Hills, Sahyadri Ayurvedic Center Best Time To Visit: April to June, September to November Nearest Airport: Kochi airport is the nearest at 133 km Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest at 54 km

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36. Mannarkkad – Doorway To Silent Valley

River in Mannarkkad, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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Lying in God’s Own Country, Mannarkkad is one of those Kerala visiting place s that attract those travellers who are seeking to get closer to nature and wildlife. Blessed tremendously with mother nature, this destination is home to an extensive number of tribal settlements.

Sitting in the capital city of Kerala, Mannarkkad is one town that looks straight out of a fairytale with enchanting rivers flowing through the forest-clad valley, making it a picturesque spot. Snuggling on the foothills of the Western Ghats, Mannarkkad is a town that is one of the largest agricultural markets in Kerala, welling various plantation products including cinnamon, rubber, pepper, and plantain.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Hill View Tower, Ritzy Malabar The Retreat Hotel, KTDC Tamarind Things To Do: Shopping, relax amidst serenity Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Ooty, Wayanad, Munnar, Palakkad, Nilambur, Coonoor, Malampuzha Best Time To Visit: May to September Nearest Airport: Calicut airport is the nearest at 73 km Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad Railway Station is the nearest at 32 km

37. Vythiri – The Resort Town

A splendid view of Vythiri which is known as the resort town

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Boasting the old-world charm that reeks from every corner of this destination, Vythiri is one of the ideal Kerala visiting places. Vythiri is known for blanketing charming antique cottages, gorgeous tree houses, and magnificent log huts. Vythiri is an umbrella that covers around 18 villages in the district of Wayanad.

This is a perfect destination for those who wish to take a step into the ancient past and embrace the simpler lifestyles of those times. Vythiri is one destination that offers one of the finest amalgamations of country lifestyles with a touch of modernity to it.

Places To Stay: The Sanihara, Nexstay Indeevara Retreat, Mellow Shack, Tea Terrace Vythiri, Vythiri Stream View Things To Do:  Stay at tree houses, relish local foodThings To Do: Stay at tree houses, relish local food Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Pookot Lake, Soochipara Falls, Banasura Dam, Chembra Peak Best Time To Visit: October to April Nearest Airport: Calicut airport is the nearest at 74 km Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode is the Nearest Railway Station at 61 km

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38. Thenmala – The Planned Ecotourism Land

Thenmala is nestled amidst the lush green vegetation of the Western Ghats

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Nestled amidst the lush green vegetation of the Western Ghats, Thenmala is one of the places to see in Kerala that has earned itself a position on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Covering the floors of Kollam in God’s Own Country, Thenmala blankets an extensive number of fragrant tea and beautiful rubber plantations and stands on top of our list of best places for one day trip in Kerala.

Translating to ‘Honey Hill’ in English, Thenmala is one of the highest suppliers of medicinal honey throughout this region. Apart from being a favourite among nature lovers, this destination also has plenty to offer for adventure enthusiasts including trekking trails, rock climbing hills, mountain biking, and much more.

Places To Stay:  Thenmala Heritage, Orchard Valley Resort, Kumar Palace Leisure Hotel Things To Do: Trekking trails, Rock climbing hills, Mountain biking Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Butterfly Safari, Leisure Zone, Nakshatravanam, Children’s Park, Adventure Zone Best Time To Visit: December to February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum airport is the nearest at 75 km Nearest Railway Station: Thenmala Railway Station is located in the town itself.

39. Kottayam – The Cultural Hub

Kottayam, one of the top places to visit in Kerala

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Allowing travelers to travel back in time, Kottayam is one of the most serene places to see in Kerala. The ancient town of Kottayam boasts about being rich in culture. With its population achieving a hundred per cent literacy rate, this town was given the name ‘Akshara Nagari’, which also translates to the City of Letters. Along with being home to several publishing houses, this destination is also the commercial hub of spices and crops. The picturesque views and the ancient shrines simply add to the beauty of this destination.

Places To Stay: Akkara Homestay, Kuttickattil Gardens Homestay, Thomman’s farm stay, Nellimoottil Guest House, The Mana-Heritage stay Things To Do: Vaikom: Enjoy The Secluded Beauty, Elaveezhapoonchira: Experience The Beauty Of Nature, Nadukani: The Perfect Picnic Spot, Island of Pathiramanal: For A Tropical Vibe Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days Popular Tourist Attractions : Kottathavalam, Nadukani, Island of Pathiramanal, Illikkal Kallu, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple Best Time To Visit: September to February Nearest Airport: Kochi airport is the nearest at 86 km Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam railway station is located in the town itself

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40. Kumily – The Divider

The quaint town of Kumily

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The most beautiful place in Kerala, Kumily is a tiny quaint town that separates Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This one of the beautiful destinations in Kerala is famed for being home to numerous fragrant plantations, exotic wildlife, recreational activities, and adventurous experiences. The spice gardens sitting in the lap of this destination leave travellers in awe of Mother Nature. Also famed for its Ayurvedic massages, Kumily is one of the best destinations for those who are seeking to rejuvenate and revitalise on their escapade to the South.

Places To Stay: Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Panthalams Homestay, Kairali Palace Home Stay, Chrissie’s Hotel, Woodnote Thekkady Things To Do: Ayurvedic massages, visit spice gardens Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Thekkady Lake, Periyar National Park, Abraham’s Spice Garden, Kadathanadan Kalari Center Best Time To Visit: September to April Nearest Airport: Kochi airport is the nearest at 161 km Nearest Railway Station: Theni railway station is the nearest at 62 km

41. Ponnani – Culturally Harmonious Land

Ponnani, one of the top places to visit in Kerala

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One of the most beautiful places for Kerala sightseeing, Ponnani is a beach town that looks right out of a storybook. This town earned its fame by the expansive sandy beaches with clear blue waters of the Arabian Sea. With its floors being covered by numerous Muslim Institutions, this destination is also tagged as the Mecca of South India. 

Ponnani is a destination where one can witness the best of cultural harmony. There is no dearth of eye-catching flora and fauna in this destination, which makes it one of the must-visit places to see in Kerala.

Places To Stay:  Rouba Residency, Bhavanam Regency, Rajavalsam Things To Do: Witness the flora and fauna Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Jama Masjid, Thrikkavu Temple, Human Ath Mosque, Padinharekara Beach, Navamukunda Temple Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Calicut airport is the nearest at 55 km Nearest Railway Station: Tirur railway station is the nearest at 19 km

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42. Pathanamthitta – A Land For Pilgrims

Pathanamthitta in Kerala

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Another one of the famous temple towns for Kerala sightseeing, Pathanamthitta is a small town that reeks of the essence of spirituality from every nook and corner. With being home to an extensive number of temples that are adorned with ancient architecture, Pathanamthitta is a destination that is one of its kind.

The untouched nature of this destination including divine rivers, forest-clad mountain ranges, and the plethora of coconut groves makes it a refreshing destination. Apart from being a hub to nature, this destination is also known for it metal mirror art and other handicrafts.

Places To Stay:  Park Residency, Tharangam Residency, Hotel Hills Park Things To Do: Seek blessings, sightseeing, shopping Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Perunthenaruvi Waterfall, Thriveni Sangamam, Konni Forest Reserve, Kaviyoor Rock Temple, Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple, Manjinikkara Church Best Time To Visit: September to February Nearest Airport: Trivandrum airport is the nearest at 109 km Nearest Railway Station: Chengannur railway station is the nearest at 30 km

43. Devikulam – Home To Lake With A Legend

Quaint town of Devikulam

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Another one of the quaint little towns in Kerala, Devikulam is famed for its lake with a legend of its own, making it one of the best places to visit in Kerala. The town is also home to numerous other marvels of Mother Nature including painted sceneries, magical waterfalls, and a plethora of tea plantations, giving travellers a chance to embrace Mother Nature to the fullest.

It is believed that Goddess Sita herself has taken a bath in the lake, thus its name being ‘Sita Devi Lake’. This water body has an impeccable religious significance latched to it, and this is what attracts tourists all year long.

Places To Stay:  Tea Valley Resort, Pine Tree, Je’s Home Stay Things To Do: Walk around the tea plantations, witness the waterfalls Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Sita Devi Lake, Thoovanam Falls, Pallivasal Lake, Tea and Spice Plantations Best Time To Visit: November to May Nearest Airport: Kochi airport is the nearest at 114 km Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest at 132 km

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44. Tholpetty – Habitat Of Wildlife

Forests of Tholpetty

Home to the most exotic and diverse wildlife of God’s Own Country, Tholpetty is a destination that is a small part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Famed for offering a myriad of stunning flora and fauna to travellers, Tholpetty is home to various species of animal kingdoms including tigers, elephants, bears, monkeys, leopards, and more. There is also a watchtower located in this destination for those who wish to witness these species just living their lives in their natural habitat. A major chunk of this destination is completely covered with Silver Oak, Teak Trees, and Eucalyptus. It is one of the best places to visit in Kerala with friends.

Places To Stay:  Koomankoly Heritage Resort, Coffee Polo Service Resort Things To Do: Spot animals, click pictures Ideal Duration: 1 Day Popular Tourist Attractions : Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Papanashini, Kuruva Dweep, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, Panchatirtha Best Time To Visit: October to March Nearest Airport: Calicut airport is the nearest at 134 km Nearest Railway Station: Calicut railway station is the nearest at 100 km

45. Cherai – Known For Its Beachy Nature

Beach of Cherai, one of the best places to visit in Kerala

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Here is one of the places to visit in Kerala where you can visit the beautiful beaches on one end while amazing backwaters are awaiting you on the other one. Cherai is a very small town situated on the northern end of Vypin Island perfect for a private vacation. The beach area has plenty of dolphins which you can watch while sunbathing or building sand castles. Due to the seclusion, the place attracts a few couples on their honeymoon too!

Places To Stay:  Cherai Beach Resort, Renai Blue Waters, Club Mahindra Cherai Beach Things To Do: Sunbathing, Build sand castles Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Cherai Beach, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Kuzhupilly Beach, Vasco da Gama Square Best Time To Visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station : Ernakulam Railway Station

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46. Kodanad – Ideal Place For Families

Kodanad Hills Aerial View

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Kodanad is one of the unheard tourist places in Kerala which is basically an idyllic village located just 42 km away from Kochi. You know if you are looking for a time, a moment which you will remember for your life, then Kodanad is the perfect place. With the Periyar River flowing nearby, the opportunities for boating and fishing are immense. And visit the elephant training centre to get a grasp of Kerala’s culture. This is the perfect place to spend quality time with family members.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Dewland, Atlas Airport Hotel Things To Do: Boating, Fishing Ideal Duration : 1 day Popular Tourist Attractions : Abhayaranyam Mini Zoo, Kaprikkad, Edavanakavu Temple, Malayattoor Best Time To Visit : February to April Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station : Aluva Railway Station

47. Thodupuzha – Covered By Green Vegetation

Thodupuzha River and Hills

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Thodupuzha is a municipal town and one of the largest in the district of Idukki. The area is mostly characterized by green vegetation while the Thodupuzha river flows through the town. With a relatively cool climate throughout the year, Thodupuzha is one of the coolest tourist places in Kerala. The list of places to wander in Thodupuzha is extensive and this is an ideal place for friends or family to visit on weekends.

Places To Stay:  Hotel Moonlit Regency, Kalumkal Apartments, Hotel Ceasar Palace Things To Do: Sightseeing, shopping Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Malankara Dam, Uravappara Temple, Karikode Temple, Uravappara View Point, Pampanal Waterfalls, Muniyara Cave Best Time To Visit : August to November Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station : Nellikkavu Junction

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48. Kattappana – Perfect For A Road Trip

A mesmerizing view of Kattappana

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Another perfect municipal town in the Idukki district is Kattappana, which has been built on the Sahyadri range of Western Ghats. The place is rich in spice and commercial cultivation like tea and coffee. With a fairly moderate climate, Kattappana is one of the top places to see in Kerala throughout the year. The curly roads are amazing for a bike or car road trip while the mesmerizing views do the rest of the job.

Places To Stay:  Cloud bay Hotel, Kgees, Trinity Residency Things To Do:  Sightseeing, boating, trekking, camping Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Anchuruli Waterfalls, Erattayar Dam, Plantations Best Time To Visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station : Kottayam Railway Station

49. Paravur – A Pleasant Town

Paravur Costal Road

Paravur is a town located in the Kollam district which comprises some of the finest tourism combinations. The town has an abundance of natural splendour in the form of backwaters, sea, lakes and vast expanses of green farms. This might not top the list of places to see in Kerala but has all the very potential to be part of it. The houseboat trips are just pleasant and fine exclusively inviting an environment that attracts couples. With the largest natural backwater lakes in South Asia, engage yourself in boating, fishing, surfing and swimming.

Places To Stay:  Club Mahindra Cherai, Indriya Sand Things To Do: Boating, Fishing, Surfing, Swimming Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Paravur Lake, Puttingal Temple, Polachira, Puthenkulam Elephant Village, Paravur Beach, Edava Nadayara Kayal, Kappil Pozhi Best Time To Visit : October to March Nearest Airport : Coimbatore International Airport Nearest Railway Station : Kollam Railway Station

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50. Parunthumpara – The Eagle Rock

panoramic view from the Parunthumpara Eagle Rock

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Parunthumpara is a small and scenic village near Vagamon. Yes, Parunthumpara is one of the best places to visit in Kerala and a great spot to unclog from the hustle and bustle of cities. The village is surrounded by endless stretches of valleys, meadows and highlands. The mist covering the charming and picturesque landscape of Parunthumpara makes it one of the most scenic places to see in Kerala. Views from the mountaintop are just amazing – endless valleys, curly roads and the famous Sabarimala temple.

Places To Stay:  Granby Gold, Springdale Heritage Things To Do: Trekking, birdwatching Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Parunthumpara Hill View Point, Tiger Sathram View Point, Suicide Point, Tagore Head Best Time To Visit : All year round Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport Nearest Railway Station : Kottayam Railway Station

51. Marayoor – Encounter Rich Heritage

Marayoor Sandstone Forest

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Marayoor is an amazing town with sandalwood forests throughout the region otherwise shadowed by the Sahyadri mountain ranges. The beauty of these places to see in Kerala is that they are small, tiny dots on a map yet hold so many things in them. Nestled in the hills, the jungles and forests pave the way to a historical peak – the ancient dolmens and rock paintings from the Stone Age. As a history lover, you will love them! The aura of the place is such that you are awe-struck by the exotic and pristine beauty.

Places To Stay:  Marayoor Holidays, Nature Castle Vattavada, Pleasant Holiday Resort Things To Do: Hiking, Photography Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Sandalwood Forest, Kulachivayal Rocks, Muniyara – Anakottapara Park, Kanthalloor Waterfalls Best Time To Visit : December or February Nearest Airport : Peelamedu Airport Nearest Railway Station : Aluva Railway Station

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52. Anamudi

View of the Anamudi Peak

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Anamudi is another one on the list of popular places to visit in Kerala that is located in Eravikulum National Park. Anamudi Peak is amongst the highest mountain peaks in India and offers a vast collection of rich flora and fauna. The place is home to the largest surviving populations of Asian Elephants.

Places To Stay:  Deep Woods Resort Munnar, Pavithra River View Homestay, Munnar Castle Things To Do: Trekking, Photography, Camping Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Eravikulam National Park, Lakkam Waterfalls, Mattupetty Dam Best Time To Visit : December or February Nearest Airport : Cochin Airport Nearest Railway Station : Angamaly Railway Station

53. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala

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Another delightful place for wildlife enthusiasts is Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. This is among the most protected regions of Kerala and showcases scenic views of nature. The place is home to over 34 species of mammals which includes panthers, spotted deer, etc.

Places To Stay:  Marayoor Holidays, Nature Castle Vattavada, Pleasant Holiday Resort Things To Do: Hiking, Photography Ideal Duration : 2 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Sandalwood Forest, Kulachivayal Rocks, Muniyara – Anakottapara Park, Kanthalloor Waterfalls Best Time To Visit : December or February Nearest Airport : Peelamedu Airport Nearest Railway Station : Pondar Junction

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54. Valara Waterfalls

scenic Valara waterfall

One of the most refreshing places to visit in Kerala, Valara Waterfalls is a hub for backpackers. The waterfall is nestled amid Neriamangalam and Adimali and offers spectacular views of the surrounding ambience. The place is idesl for nature lovers or those interested in clicking on the panoramic beauty of Kerala.

Places To Stay:  Munnar Crown Residency, Marjan Residency, Al-Hind Things To Do: Hiking, Photography, Animal Spotting, Wildlife photography Ideal Duration : 2 days/ 3 nights Popular Tourist Attractions : Cheeyaparra Waterfalls, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Thommankuntu Waterfalls Best Time To Visit : November to February Nearest Airport : Cochin Airport Nearest Railway Station : Ettumanur

55. Top Station

scenic view at the top station

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Top Station is located in Kundala Valley and being one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala, the place welcomes visitors throughout the year. The place is famous for its landscaped views featuring lush green tea plantations and valleys, spellbinding waterfalls, and exclusive flowers of Neelakurinji that grow once in twelve years.

Places To Stay: Nature Castle Vattavada, Pleasant Holiday Resort, Shola Country Resort Things To Do: Nature walks, trekking, Hiking, Photography Ideal Duration : 1 days Popular Tourist Attractions : Pampadam National Park, Rhodo Valley Best Time To Visit : December  Nearest Airport : Cochin Airport Nearest Railway Station : Ambaturai

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56. Alleppey Beach

Alleppey beach, top places to visit in Kerala

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If you are looking for an ideal place to have a family picnic then you can surely plan a visit to Alleppey Beach. As Alleppey is called the Venice of the East, the beach is a hub of holidayers and peace seekers. One of the scenic places to visit in Kerala, Alleppey Beach is famous for romantic evening strolls.

Places To Stay:  Vrindavan Heritage Homes, Ramada by Wyndham, Alleppey Holiday Beach Resort  Things To Do: Relax by the beach, glance at sunset and sunrise, photography Ideal Duration : 1 day Popular Tourist Attractions : Marari Beach, Pathiramanal Island, Punnamada Lake Best Time To Visit : February Nearest Airport : Cochin Airport Nearest Railway Station : Alappuzha

57. Krishnapuram Palace

Krishnapuram Palace is one of the top Places to visit in kerala

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Another interesting place to explore in Alleppey is Krishnapuram Palace. The palace was established in the 18th century in Kayamkulam by the rulers of the place and its magnificent structure stands still, foresaying the sagas of the bygone days.

Places To Stay: Vrindavan Heritage Homes, Ramada by Wyndham, Alleppey Holiday Beach Resort Things To Do: Explore the palace, photograph, enjoy the surrounding nature   Ideal Duration : 2-3 hours Popular Tourist Attractions : Relaxed and serene ambiance of the site Best Time To Visit : December  Nearest Airport : Cochin Airport Nearest Railway Station : Alappuzha

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Best Places To Visit In Kerala

Which are some of the must-visit places in Kerala for couples?

It is a bit difficult to answer because you cannot choose one. The USP of Kerala is that you find different landscapes in one state. You have tea plantations in Munnar, the backwaters of Alleppey, and the beaches of Kovalam. It depends on you what kind of terrain you like the most that defines your most beautiful in Kerala. In short, there are plenty of must-visit places in Kerala for couples.

Which are the best hotels in Kerala?

Kerala is home to a plethora of amazing hotels like Old Harbour Hotel, The Leela, Brunton Boatyard, The Panoramic Gateway, Spice Tree Munnar, Chandy’s Windy Woods, and Fragrant Nature.

How many days should you spend in Kerala?

Well, it depends on you. If you want to explore all the landscapes in Kerala, then you need at least a week in Kerala. If you want to spend a few days at a single destination like Munnar or Kovalam, then 3-4 days are fine. The thing is that you need to travel by road for long hours from the airport be it Munnar, Alleppey or Kerala. So, you should take that time into account while planning your itinerary.

How much does it cost to visit Kerala?

Even if it is a 3-4 day trip, it will take more or less INR 25,000 per person that includes your flights, hotels, food, and everything. The cost of your budget will depend upon the type of accommodation you choose. Also, if you are covering all three destinations (Munnar, Kovalam, Alleppey), it will cost you more.

Which are the best shopping markets in Kerala?

If you are planning to head out for shopping in Kerala, then you must stop by the famous markets like Ernakulam Market, Connemara Market, Polakkandam Market and Pattalam Market.

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Kerala, often nicknamed “God’s Own Country,” is a beautiful state located in the southern part of India. It is known for its stunning scenery, rich cultural heritage, and tranquil backwaters. Kerala offers a wide range of experiences that attract visitors from all over the world, from pristine beaches to misty hill stations and lush green forests. In this article, we will explore the top 10 must-visit tourist destinations in Kerala that will leave you spellbound by their beauty and charm.

Munnar – The Enchanting Hill Station

Munnar, situated at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level, is a nature lover’s paradise. It is surrounded by rolling hills, vast tea plantations, and misty valleys, providing a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, is a major attraction here. The Top Station and the enchanting Mattupetty Dam offer breathtaking views.

Alleppey – Experience the Backwater Magic

Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is a well-known tourist destination in India. It is famous for its tranquil backwaters, swaying palm trees, and houseboat cruises. Exploring the backwaters on a traditional houseboat is an unforgettable experience. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held annually, is a must-see spectacle. Alleppey also has pristine beaches like Marari Beach, where you can relax and soak up the sun.

Kochi – Embracing the Cultural Melting Pot

Kochi, also known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea,” is a vibrant city that is a melting pot of cultures, including Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences. The Fort Kochi area is decorated with colonial-era buildings, Chinese fishing nets, and charming cafes. The Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, and St. Francis Church, each with its own unique historical significance, are worth exploring.

Wayanad – Nature’s Abode

Wayanad is a nature lover’s paradise, overflowing with lush forests, verdant landscapes, and cascading waterfalls. This hill district provides the perfect mix of adventure and serenity. Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, and Banasura Sagar Dam are among the must-see attractions. Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled to explore Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and encounter exotic species.

Kovalam – Sun, Sand, and Serenity

Kovalam is a popular beach destination in Kerala that attracts beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. The crescent-shaped Kovalam Beach is divided into three parts, each offering a relaxed atmosphere for visitors to unwind and enjoy the stunning sunsets. Lighthouse Beach and Hawah Beach are the main attractions here. Ayurvedic massages and yoga retreats are also popular in Kovalam.

Thekkady – A Wildlife Sanctuary Extraordinaire

Thekkady, located in the Western Ghats, is home to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, which offers a unique opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to see elephants, tigers, and other exotic animals in their natural habitat. The Periyar Lake boat cruise is a delightful experience that allows visitors to observe wildlife up close. The spice plantations in Thekkady are a feast for the senses.

Varkala – Where Spirituality Meets the Sea

Varkala is a coastal town in India that is known for its unique cliffs that overlook the Arabian Sea. The Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasam Beach, is believed to have the power to wash away sins. The Janardanaswamy Temple and Sivagiri Mutt are two prominent spiritual landmarks in the town. Varkala is a popular destination for relaxation, thanks to its laid-back atmosphere, beachside shacks, and refreshing Ayurvedic massages.

Athirapally Waterfalls – Nature’s Spectacle

The magnificent Athirapally Falls, frequently known as the “Niagara of India,” is a stunning sight to see. Surrounded by lush greenery and located on the Chalakudy River, this cascading waterfall is a haven for nature photographers and adventure seekers. It is a perfect location for picnics and trekking in the pristine forests.

Poovar – Where River, Lake, and Sea Converge

Poovar, a hidden gem in Kerala, is where the Neyyar River, backwaters, and Arabian Sea meet in harmony. The tranquil Poovar Beach, the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and the floating cottages in the backwaters are all unique attractions. Take a boat trip to see the region’s diverse biodiversity and migratory birds.

Bekal – A Fort with a View

Bekal is famous for its 17th-century Bekal Fort, which offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea. This coastal town is steeped in history and has the largest fort in Kerala. Explore the fort’s hidden passages and admire the ancient architecture. Bekal Beach and nearby Pallikere Beach are ideal for peaceful retreats. Kerala is a land of many wonders, offering a wide variety of experiences for all kinds of travelers. Whether you love peaceful boat rides on the backwaters, thrilling adventures, or exploring historical places, Kerala has something special for you. Explore the top 10 must-visit destinations in this enchanting state and be captivated by its natural beauty and rich culture. Plan your trip carefully, and you’ll create memories that you’ll cherish forever. Kerala is truly a magical place waiting to be discovered!

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What is kerala known for.

Kerala, often nicknamed “God’s Own Country,” is known for its stunning scenery, rich cultural heritage, and tranquil backwaters. It offers a wide range of experiences, from pristine beaches to misty hill stations and lush green forests.

What are the top 10 tourist destinations in Kerala?

The top 10 must-visit tourist destinations in Kerala are Munnar, Alleppey, Kochi, Wayanad, Kovalam, Thekkady, Varkala, Athirapally Waterfalls, Poovar, and Bekal. Each destination offers unique attractions and experiences for visitors to explore.

What makes Munnar a popular tourist destination?

Munnar is a nature lover’s paradise with rolling hills, vast tea plantations, and misty valleys. The Eravikulam National Park, Top Station, and Mattupetty Dam are some of the major attractions that offer breathtaking views and a refreshing break from city life.

What is the charm of Alleppey?

Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is famous for its tranquil backwaters, swaying palm trees, and houseboat cruises. Exploring the backwaters on a traditional houseboat is an unforgettable experience. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Marari Beach are some of the must-visit attractions here.

What cultural experiences await in Kochi?

Kochi, also known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea,” is a vibrant city with a blend of Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences. Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, and St. Francis Church are some of the historical landmarks worth exploring.

What makes Wayanad a nature lover’s paradise?

Wayanad is overflowing with lush forests, verdant landscapes, and cascading waterfalls. Chembra Peak, Edakkal Caves, Banasura Sagar Dam, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the must-see attractions that offer adventure and serenity in abundance.

What awaits visitors in Kovalam?

Kovalam is a popular beach destination that offers relaxation, stunning sunsets, and water sports opportunities. Kovalam Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Hawah Beach are the main attractions, and Ayurvedic massages and yoga retreats are also popular here.

What wildlife experiences can be found in Thekkady?

Thekkady, located in the Western Ghats, is home to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Visitors can experience wildlife up close through the Periyar Lake boat cruise and explore the region’s diverse biodiversity and spice plantations.

What spiritual experiences await in Varkala?

Varkala is known for its unique cliffs overlooking the Arabian Sea. The Varkala Beach, Janardanaswamy Temple, and Sivagiri Mutt are prominent spiritual landmarks. Visitors can enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, beachside shacks, and refreshing Ayurvedic massages in Varkala.

What makes Athirapally Waterfalls a nature spectacle?

Athirapally Waterfalls, often called the “Niagara of India,” is a magnificent sight surrounded by lush greenery. Located on the Chalakudy River, the cascading waterfall is a haven for nature photographers and adventure seekers.

What makes Poovar unique?

Poovar is a hidden gem in Kerala where the Neyyar River, backwaters, and Arabian Sea converge harmoniously. The tranquil Poovar Beach, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and floating cottages in the backwaters offer unique attractions for visitors to explore biodiversity and migratory birds.

What awaits visitors in Bekal?

Bekal is famous for its 17th-century Bekal Fort, which offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea. This coastal town has the largest fort in Kerala, with hidden passages and ancient architecture to explore. Bekal Beach and Pallikere Beach are ideal for peaceful retreats.

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Kerala is a coastal state located in the south of India and stretches to a length of nearly 580 km, offering some excellent beaches and hilly mountains perfect for tourists wanting to have a laidback holiday. The tropical weather of this state acts as a big booster for greater footfall of tourists visiting this place. Due to the picturesque landscape and soothing environment, the state is also tagged as ‘God’s own country’ and is among the most highly visited tourist regions in this part of the world. The state is squeezed in between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.

Kerala has a diverse landscape to its credit, which ranges from coconut wrapped beaches, stunning mountain ranges, wildlife reserves, spice plantations and the peaceful backwaters. Towards the southern part of the state are situated the Kovalam beaches, which are one of the best beaches preferred by tourists in Kerala. The mountain ranges of the Western Ghats which are located in this region are often converted into the tea and spice plantations, and offer another visual marvel to the onlookers. The places such as Alleppey, Varkala, Munnar and Kochi are some of the hot towns of the state, which offers the tourists more than just a holiday.

The state also harbours an exclusive wildlife sanctuary named the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, which is a lush green medley of the spice plantations as well as the paddy fields. This wildlife sanctuary is the abode of the different species of elephants. When one pays a visit here, one can find the herds of elephants roaming here and there in their own rhythm. The jeep safaris are also conducted to make the tourists aware with the natural habitat of the wildlife. Having won several awards across the globe for its ecotourism initiatives, the state of Kerala is truly a “gods own country”.

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2. Explore the History Of Tea at TATA Tea Museum:  You can also enjoy a tour of the TATA Tea Museum with your family, which is akin to tracing the legacy of Munnar’s celebrated tea estates. Here, you explore the transformation of tea leaves from their lush plantations to the final brew that wakes you up every morning. Watch live demonstrations of tea processing and discover the technology and work that goes behind your everyday cup of tea. The displays and artefacts, chronicling Munnar's long-standing tryst with tea cultivation, offer intriguing insights into the region's cultural and economic history.

3. Soak in the stunning views of Lakkam Waterfalls:  As part of your Munnar packages for family, enjoy the stunning views of surrounding landscapes from the Lakkam Waterfalls, which await you with their breathtaking beauty. Hidden away in Munnar's lush wilderness, the waterfall is a sight to behold. As the water cascades down rocky cliffs and splashes into a glistening pool below, you witness nature’s awe-inspiring spectacle. The surrounding forest, a rich tapestry of diverse flora, provides an exquisite backdrop. Whether you choose to dive into the cool waters or just sit back and enjoy the view, it's a memory that'll stay etched in your mind.

4. Discover natural beauty at the picturesque Photo Point:  Your visit to Munnar will not be complete without a stop at the picturesque Photo Point. Get a chance to blend against the backdrop of undulating green hills beneath a vast blue sky, the perfect scene for that stunning snapshot. You can immortalise the moment or simply soak up the tranquil atmosphere, breathing in the fresh mountain air. Photo Point isn't just a spot on your tour map, it is  a destination where nature paints a picture, and you become a part of it.

5. Visit the vast Kolukkumalai Tea Estate;  A visit to the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is one of the best things that you can do upon availing the Munnar family packages. It is not just a trip but an exploration of heights, both literal and metaphorical. At the world's highest tea plantation, the altitude brings a unique taste to the tea grown here. As the misty trails lead you through verdant estates, you partake in the rich tradition of tea-making, tasting the robust flavours of freshly brewed tea amidst the breathtaking scenery.

6. Spot wildlife at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:  Embark on a thrilling adventure at the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Munnar with your family. During this adventure, you can spot diverse wildlife like Indian elephants, gaurs and the endangered Grizzled Giant Squirrel. As you traverse through its varied habitats, you are introduced to an array of flora that adds to the region's biodiversity. The wildlife sanctuary is a living, breathing testament to nature's grandeur and diversity.

7. Visit CSI Christ Church:  Take some time out during your holiday, and experience the quiet charm of the colonial-era CSI Christ Church, which is among the best things to do in Munnar family tour packages. This architectural beauty boasts of antique wooden pews, intricate stained glass windows, and a quaint cemetery telling tales from the past. The tranquil ambience of the church, surrounded by well-manicured gardens and towering trees, offers a serene retreat, making you appreciate the simplicity and peace that this sacred space exudes.

8. Walk through Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary:  As you explore Munnar with your family during a holiday, make sure to venture into the verdant paradise of Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Located in the foothills of the Western Ghats, the sanctuary is named after the famous ornithologist and is a birdwatcher's dream. From common species to rare avian guests, it is an exciting place where each visit promises new discoveries. The mix of sweet bird calls and the rustling of leaves creates an aural treat, making your excursion here a harmonious blend of sights and sounds.

9. Explore Kollengode Palace Munnar:  One of the top activities and experiences to include in your Munnar packages for family is an exploration of the Kollengode Palace. This historic monument, filled with architectural beauty and royal grandeur, stands as a symbol of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. In each room, each artefact echoes tales of regal times. As you explore the palace, you're drawn into a time warp, immersed in the intricate craftsmanship and the stories that lie within its walls.

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Known for its soothing temperature all around the year, Wayanad is the ultimate destination to escape the scorching sun of North India. This place doesn’t only offer its cool temperature but along with that, it has untouched woods, misty mountains, and long spread plantations. Often called the spice garden of India, Wayanad is laid with many tourist places  and vast orchards of various spices like cardamom, Black pepper, Star Anise, Fenugreek, Black cumin and more. These green orchards of distinct spices give this place a different fragrance which is further enriched with the aroma of coffee plantation, nutrition of organic fruits and vegetables and waving paddy fields. Having said this much about the greenery in the city, it is understood that it will have numerous wildlife sanctuaries, reserves and national parks protecting the rural life of the forests. Adding to all the natural beauty you have India’s largest earth dam and Asia’s second-largest earth dam, Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. Having mighty mountains, dense woods, and gushing rivers, Wayanad is a hub for trekking , hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling, camping, and many more adventurous activities. You can trek to India’s largest Earth Dam, Banasura Dam or trek to witness the sun setting behind the mountains from Wayanad’s highest peak, Chembra Peak. The list doesn’t end here, you have the chance to explore potentially Neolithic age at Edakkal Caves. You will find some petroglyphs- prehistoric rock carvings used as a communication tool. Moreover, you will find some amazing examples of ancient architecture and religious beliefs through the monuments like Thirunelli Temple, Karinthandan Temple, Ancient Jain Temple and much more. All these threads weave into an amazing tapestry that will glorify your photo album as well as the album of your life.

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Kochi (also colonially known as Cochin) is a city located on the southwest coast of India in the state of Kerala. It has been a major port since the 19th century and was built by the British Raj in India for its strategic and industrial importance in foreign trade. Kochi is arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the diversity and beauty of Kerala. With the best places to visit in Cochin, it has been rated among the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Cochin and its surrounding hill station Munnar are a must visit for those touring Kerala. The backwaters of Kerala can especially be experienced through the waterways flowing across Cochin in streams and lagoons. Such places have now been converted into picnic and fishing spots, where visitors can boat through the water and stop midway on an isolated camp for some private time with nature. Fort Kochi, one of the most famous beaches has a colonial-era feel and cool winds from the Arabian sea that soothes the nerves of backpackers sailing or cycling across the city. Cochin is also particularly known for its religious houses especially British era churches, and forts that have been converted into temples. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the vast water body and the hills provide a moderate equatorial climate for visitors. With the best places to visit in Cochin, informally it is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala

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Alappuzha (Alleppey) is known as ‘the Venice of the East’. Offering the best tourist places in Alleppey, this charming place is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters and is home to a huge network of backwaters and more than thousand houseboats. The houseboats you find in the backwaters of Alappuzha are in fact a reworked version of the Kettuvallams of olden times. Kettuvallam is a Malayalam word, ‘Kettu’, means living structures and ‘Vallom’ means boat. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat with a thatched roof that covers over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and spices. The modern houseboats are equipped with all the comforts of a good hotel room like air conditioners, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. An uninterrupted view of life in the backwaters fringed with coconut trees can be enjoyed from a houseboat. A perfect place to unwind with its laidback canals and lush greenery. The Alappuzha beach with a 137-year-old pier extending into the sea and an old 17th-century lighthouse built by the Portuguese add to the magic of the place. It is famous for its boat races, marine products, and coir industry. So get ready to wander around this small but chaotic city center and bus-stand area, with its modest grid of canals. Head west to the beach or in practically any other direction towards the backwaters and Alleppey becomes elegant and greenery-fringed, waning into a watery world of hamlets, punted canoes, toddy shops and, of course, houseboats. Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks. Indeed, it is here that nature has spent upon the land her richest bounties. Come and explore the best tourist places in Alleppey.

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Kochi, also known as Cochin is the biggest city in the state of Kerala. This city is being used as a part and the gateway to India since the 14th century, and is one of the best places in South India. To explore and see the best tourist places in Kochi, steep in the rich glorious history, nurtured by the foreign powers like Arabs, Portuguese, Chinese, British, and Dutch for centuries, it’s a must visit city for those who want to learn about the rich history of the country as the Colonial India and its trading prowess during the earlier times.

A flood somewhere in the 1300s carved out the harbor of the Kochi, and since 1341 it’s being used as a port by the European, Chinese and Arab merchants. There is an array of historical sites which reflect the influence of these international traders on the city.

Kochi is one of the best places that are ideal for both, a family holiday and a romantic honeymoon. The houseboats and boating in the tranquil backwaters make visiting Kochi an experience of the lifetime. Also, if you love Ayurveda and Yoga, and want to dig deeper in it, there are many Ayurvedic centers and resorts in the city that can be visited.

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Kovalam – the beach town located by the beautiful Arabian sea can be found situated within the boundaries of Thiruvananthapuram city of Kerala . There is much incredible beauty that lies within this city. One of the main reasons why this place is considered to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in India is because of its beaches.

Not many know but there is great historical background pertaining to this beach town. Kovalam first received prominence when the Regent Maharani of Travancore, Sethu Lakshmi Bayi constructed the first beach resort known as the Halcyon Castle during the 1920. The place then started gaining increasing attention as tourists from all over the world started flocking to Kovalam. The major phase where Kovalam shot into limelight was during the 1970’s when hippies all teh way from Ceylon came to Kovalam.

Like mentioned previously, Kovalam is a popular holiday destination mostly due to the beautiful beaches that it houses. Where there are beaches, there are beach resorts that make up for a very enthralling stay experience in a certain place. The Vizhinjam sea port is located approximately 3km away and is quite popular for the delicious food items that it has to offer. For instance, the wide range of fish items that the tourists will surely love. Apart from that, the ancient hindu temples, the big grandeur churches and the beautiful mosques comprises the spiritual bit of an experience in Kovalam.

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Boasting of unspoiled forests and a rich flora and fauna, Thekkady is a nature lover’s paradise in India. Situated in Kerala, God’s own country, Thekkady is a beautiful little city which is home to the largest tiger reserve in India. Thekkady boasts of a pleasant and cool climate throughout the year, making it suitable for a visit whenever you want to. It offers tourists a laid-back vacation with the opportunity of enjoying nature at its absolute best, in the middle of scintillating backdrops and scenic landscapes. Having greenery all around, Thekkady has numerous cardamom, tea and coffee plantations, several magnificent mountains, waterfalls as well as pristine rivers. Thekkady is home to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, one of the best places you can go to observe wildlife and catch a glimpse of the magnificent tigers. Thekkady is also a great place for bird watching, with several jungle safaris offering an experience like no other. Some of the other famous tourist attractions in Thekkady include the Mangla Devi Temple, which is quite old and is considered a must-visit place for religious people. Other places you can visit here are the plantations near Odamade, Murukkady and Vellaramkunnu. You can also spend some much-needed time of relaxation in the small village of Chellarkovil. Tourists can enjoy many different adventure activities including trekking, rafting, jeep safaris, bamboo rafting and many more. One of the best activities you can enjoy here is exploring the dense forests on an elephant safari. Thekkady is also known for is spice markets, where you can get to experience the vibrant culture of Kerala. This is one place which will leave you wanting more every time you come here on a holiday, with its backwaters, pleasant climate and an all-over attraction.

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Kumarakom is a cluster of beautiful little islands on the Vembanad Lake, Kerala’s largest lake in South India. It offers a scenic view of emerald green backwaters of Kerala flanked by luxuriant vegetation and paddy fields. Being endowed with worldwide recognition on account of its backwater tourism, the tourist places in Kumarakom is most sought after tourist destination due to its pristine beauty and tranquility. With miles of solitude and peace being one of the most serene offerings of Kumarakom, this fascinating destination has got something for everybody whether you are seeking relaxation, rejuvenation or on a honeymoon trip.

An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Whether it is a cruise on some of the most beautiful houseboats or a rejuvenating experience of watching the most peculiar birds in the sky, Kumarakom hits the spot in many ways. Kumarakom is an enchanting destination to enjoy a tropical paradise along with refreshing Ayurvedic Spas and a spiritual escape with some famous pilgrimage centers. If one wishes to engage in some daring adventures, Vembanad is a veritable playground. The lake is the favorite hotspot for adventurers to indulge in activities like angling, yachting, and boating. For shopping lovers and foodies too, Kumarakom is a delight for travelers.

It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is known for its divine, pristine and serene ambience and nature. Along with blessed with a wide variety of flora and fauna, Kumarakom is gifted with great weather, beautiful landscapes, waterways and lush greenery. The tourist places in Kumarakom are a rich spectrum of cultural and historical diversity and offers one the much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. If one wishes to dive into the experience of taking a close sneak peek of nature, then Kumarakom turns out to be one of the most spectacular destinations in Kerala.

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Have you traveled to that land made on seven hills by the seashores, characterized by undulating terrain of low coastal rich green hills, which our father of nation once called, “The Evergreen city”? The tourist places in Trivandrum are amazingly beautiful and will leave you spellbound for sure. Trivandrum! Where the rainbow mist covers the mountains of flowers, butterflies color the sky and breathtaking sight to boast of charming beaches, alluring temples, historic monuments, spectacular palaces, wonderful backwaters, and tea, coffee and spice plantations with a vintage royal taste amalgamated with the harmonious blend of contemporary and modern styles.

Ruled by lovers of art and architecture, this splendid beach city breathes in its natural and historical significance with lots of facets of a metropolitan culture still clinging back to its cultural roots. Emerged from one story only to delve deep into another, this city glows green in dappled sunlight filtering through dark green trees, greeting the backwaters that open up into the Arabian Sea. The tourist places in Trivandrum in houses beautiful places. The old house on the hilltop still wears its steep, gabled roof of fresh memory and the temples have distinctively and remarkably found a golden space in its geography and into the books of history that have already been written or will be.

Trivandrum has held its beauty over these amorphous years where the memory has only just begun. The capital and the largest city of Kerala is full of beginnings and no ends, and everything is for forever.

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Calicut (Kozhikode) is a northern district in India's southwest coastal belt. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the west, this region was once a thriving commercial hub. Calicut City was known for its spices and silk, which helped it establish trade links with many countries in the Indian Ocean. Calicut is a paradise for travelers who love walking. The city appeals with its awe-inspiring lush greenery, tranquil beaches, stunning backwaters, and historic sites. Calicut tourism comprises rich heritage and diversity abound in its churches, temples, avenues and monuments. Beypore and Kappad Beaches entice visitors with coastal fun. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary piques the interest of birdwatchers. Whereas the Thikkoti Lighthouse, Pazhassiraja Museum, Mananchira Square, Lion's Park, Kalipoyika, and Tali Temple in Kakkayam are other attractions that leave visitors awe-struck.  From spending the evenings on Calicut beach, enjoying the breeze and the sunset, picnicking at the Thusharagiri Waterfalls or Peruvannamuzhi Dam to relishing local dishes at world-class restaurants, Calicut has something for everyone. Kozhikode has a tropical monsoon climate with mild winters and hot summers. Summer in Kozhikode begins in March and lasts until May. The weather remains hot, but it is a good time to go bird watching. The monsoon season in Calicut lasts from June to September. The winter season lasts from October to February and is the best time for exploration, indulgence as well as relaxation.

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Kannur also known by its English Name – Cannanore is a Municipal Corporation in the Kannur district. Situated 518 km from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur is the 6th largest state of Kerala and 27th largest in India.

The northern coast of Kerala is way less touristy than its southern coast. This is an attraction in its every right. The major draw card of this end of the coastal Kerala is the underdeveloped but very beautiful beaches found here. Besides this the enthralling theyyam possession rituals conducted here are also equally magnificent.

During the role of the Kolathiri rajas, Kannur was the key port that was brimming with the international trade. Kannur was then also christened as the ‘great emporium of spice trade’ by the explorer Marco Polo. Ever since then, the regular colonial suspects such as the British, Dutch and Portuguese have gone a step ahead to exert their influence on this region. Presently, Kannur is an unexciting yet consenting town of Kerala that is largely known for its cashew trade and the weaving industry. Given the fact that Kannur is predominantly, a Muslim area, the tourists must keep in mind their culture and traditions and further act accordingly.

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Periyar – popularly known as the Spice Village is situated in the outlying suburbs of Kerala. The picturesque destination is surrounded by small, captivating cottages amidst the spice gardens of Kerala. Tourist places in Periyar bestows you with an ethnic feel with its distinguishing feature of being a place which is not flanked with noise and pollution. This serene, tranquil destination is an ideal location for those who are looking to rest in the midst of nature. The lush and greenery with cool atmosphere make this place a calm location. The tiny cottages endow Periyar with a certain charm that you would find nowhere else giving you the feel of homeliness and harmony. There are various spots which you can explore in Periyar.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous wildlife sanctuary that covers about 777 sq km in Thekkady and is considered the most charming natural sanctuary. Surrounded by deep forests, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a Tiger Reserve. Aside from various animals, the most enthralling feature of the sanctuary are the gigantic elephants frisking in the water.

Periyar River also known as Vandiperiyar flows throughout the center of the village providing sustenance to various tea and coffee plantations across. Vandiperiyar is surrounded with loads of tea factories flanking the tourists to visit the spot to taste the wondrous types of tea and coffee. Pullumedu quarries along the course of Periyar River. Pullumedu offers a good destination sight at various plantations, lush green vegetation, shrubs, vast spread lawns and greenery. There is also a popular Shree Ayyappa Temple located on the course of Pullumedu. The rare surrounding and vibrant ambiance make it the most tranquil destinations in Periyar. The densely covered forest in Pullumedu endows the feeling of belonging. 

The village of Periyar is considered to be amongst the chief attractions of Kerala and counted among the best tourist places in Periyar. Periyar with its wildlife and remarkable natural setup adds beauty and charisma to the beautiful state of Kerala.

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Varkala is a lovely seaside town in the Trivandrum district. It is the only town in Kerala with 15 m high cliffs overlooking the Arabian Sea. Varkala’s growing popularity is because of its hippies and laid-back lifestyle. Varkala tourism features pristine lakes, lush green hills, ancient shrines, and Ayurveda resorts. It impresses with its dramatic landscape, golden sand, and captivating shoreline. Varkala is a true Indian coastal paradise. The city’s attractions range from natural wonders like Varkala Cliff and Varkala Beach to ancient Anchuthengu and Anjengo Fort ruins, serene Kappil Lake, and historical Sivagiri Mutt. Vishnu Temple, Janardana Swami Temple, Chilakoor Beach, Varkala Lighthouse are other must-sees in Varkala. Varkala City offers a variety of activities for a memorable vacation. While aquatic activities include scuba diving, banana boating, parasailing, and jet skiing. The traditional Kathakali dance performances at local festivals are absolutely exciting. Photography at the Varkala cliffs is something not to miss. Yoga classes and Ayurvedic treatments make your holiday rejuvenating. Summer in Varkala is the hottest season from March to June. It draws visitors for the 10-day Arattu Festival in March or April. The monsoon season begins in July and lasts until September, with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 29°C, which is quite pleasant. Varkala is best between November and February, the winter season. The mild weather and clear skies draw most tourists to the coast for recreation and adventure.

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Journey to the South of India and God’s Own Country to discover a gem that offers tourists plenty of holiday thrills. Kasaragod is located in the famed Western Ghats and much of its topography reflects this. Green hills and coconut gardens create beautiful oases that are a treat to explore while the Arabian Sea to the west invites you to visit unspoilt beaches. The tourist places in Kasargod boasts of historical structures, religious sites, ritual worship like theyyam, and art forms like yakshagana and gombeyaata. If you’re fortunate enough, you can witness festivals like Sarvajanika Ganeshotsava and Mallikarjuna temple festival taking place. Like much of Kerala, Kasaragod is very tourist-friendly. You’ll have no difficulty finding places to stay. Getting from one local attraction to another is easy too and transportation is readily available. However, despite being a popular tourist destination, it doesn’t feel overdeveloped. It still retains an old world charm and this gives it a special character. If you’re planning to travel to Kasaragod, there are certain important details you should know. The tourist places in Kasaragod are definitely going to give you an experience of a lifetime. The experience so great that it will remain etched in your heart forever and you will share you travel tales with your dear ones. Hence, we’ve put together a list of them including the best time to visit, best tourist places and the best places to stay at. Read on to find out more about this beautiful town and district, Kasaragod.

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Thrissur, commonly referred to as Trichur, is built around a 65-acre hill called Thekkinkadu Maidaanam. It is at a distance of 304 km from Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. For being associated with spirituality, culture and religion, Thrissur is also called the “Cultural Capital” of Kerala. Thrissur welcomes visitors to its beautiful beaches, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and a variety of other attractions, making it an ideal location for experiencing Kerala’s surreal beauty from up close and personal. Thrissur City, a majestic land rich in tradition and culture, is one of the best places to visit for a holiday. The Athirappilly Waterfalls, Vilangan Kunnu, Punnathur Kotta, and Shakthan Thampuran Palace are just a few of the many attractions in Thrissur. Kudakkal Prambhu and Chowannur Cave are just two examples of its wealth of archeological treasures. When you visit Thrissur, you’ll notice that there’s something new to see around every corner. Thrissur Tourism offers a wide range of entertaining and thrilling activities to keep you occupied during your vacation. There’s something for everyone in this area, from houseboat stays to water activities, cave explorations, and waterfall awe-inspiring natural wonders. Thrissur experiences the tropical monsoon climate. Summer lasts from March to May and is the hottest time of the year. Winter from December to February makes the ideal time for a blissful vacation.

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Vagamon hill station sits on the border of the Idukki and Kottayam districts of Kerala and is renowned for its beautiful scenery. Located 1,100 feet above sea level, it is a small plantation hamlet in Central Travancore, India. Lush valleys, green hills, and pine forests make Vagamon City one of the most beautiful places in Kerala. The hill station is surrounded by majestic tea plantations, stunning waterfalls, and mind-blowing meadows, offering a sight to capture and cherish. In Vagamon, there are a number of places where you can just relax and take in the beautiful scenery. The Vagamon pine forest is a popular filming location. Nature-lovers adore Marmala waterfall, Thangal Para is a great place to take a spiritual vacation. With so many places to explore and see, Vagamon tourism can surely satisfy all types of travelers. One of the most popular activities in Vagamon is a family picnic in the green meadows. It's enthralling to experience eternal bliss and peace of mind in the Vagamon hills. It is the ideal getaway for tourists who want to see sunsets and sunrises, go on thrilling adventures, eat local cuisine, and soak up the natural beauty. The weather in Vagamon is tropical cool, with plenty of rain throughout the year. It experiences a pleasant climate all year. Vagamon is a year-round destination, but the best months to visit are after the monsoons, from June to September, or before the summer, from March to May.

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To the humankind lost in the concrete jungle, Idukki tourist places acquaints them with the splendor of nature and God’s magnificent creation. Idukki, one of the quaintest districts of Kerala, is home to a number of prominent tourist places. The district, which lies in the Western Ghats of Kerala, is topographically known for its rocky terrain and varied verdant vegetation. Places in Idukki is full of cliffs, lush greenery, lagoons, tranquil rivers and cascading waterfalls that hypnotize the tourists and leave them with everlasting memories. Having names of Painavu, arch dam, poonchira, Idukki shows a variety in its attractions. The 3 rivers Thodupuzhayar, Periyar, and Thalaya along with their tributaries keep Idukki evergreen. They are not only a source for irrigation and power generation but also a place for the existence of diverse flora and fauna that add charm to the Idukki. The places to visit in Idukki range from popular hill stations, Wildlife Sanctuaries, to majestic waterfalls, dams, and not to forget, the historical places.

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Kollam is an ancient seaport city on the Malabar Coast of India, bordering the Laccadive Sea. It's 66 km north of Thiruvananthapuram. The city is on the Ashtamudi and Kallada rivers. Frequently referred to as Quilon, it is the gateway to Kerala's backwaters.  Kollam City is a nature lover's paradise. It boasts the state's most visited backwaters, laid-back beaches, refreshing waterfalls, islands, and impresses with its stunning spectacles and alluring charm. The view of the city from the Thangassery lighthouse towards the Kollam Port is probably the most beautiful. Kollam tourism offers a unique combination of ancient marvels and modern architecture. Home to numerous ruins and relics, the city impresses with its colonial influence. The 13-arch bridge boasts to be one of India's oldest mountain railways. Thangassery church, fort, lighthouse, and Thirumullavaram Beach are other names that dot the list of best attractions in Kollam. Whether you're a thrill-seeker or a peace-seeker, Kollam has something for everyone. Travelers of all kinds will find something to their liking here, from relaxing on the beach, admiring the natural beauty, and visiting plantations to taking a romantic cruise. It's magical to watch the sun go down, and even better is sampling the local cuisine while you're there. The climate in Kollam is a humid tropical monsoon, with little seasonal change. November and December (winter) are ideal months to visit Kollam because the weather is pleasant, humidity is low, and little rain. Summer in Kollam lasts from March to May, and it is extremely hot.

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With the Western Ghats to the east and the Vembanad Lake to the west, the Kottayam City is known for its extraordinary qualities. Kottayam is a cultural mecca and a scenic haven. It is an honor for the town to be the first in India to achieve 100% literacy. With its beautiful backwater stretches, highlands, verdant paddy fields, majestic hillocks, plantations and waterways, this place is sure to enchant you. In addition to its relaxing atmosphere, the lush greenery and clean air make this an ideal location for healing and relaxing activities Poonjar Palace, Juma Masjid, Malliyoor Sree Maha Ganapathi Temple, etc. are just some of the many ancient and fascinating shrines in Kottayam. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a well-known destination for birdwatchers from all over the country. Marmala waterfall is a refreshing treat for the eyes and senses. The villages of Nattakom and Panachikkad provide a break from the commotion of the city. From enjoying the scenery in the pristine Nadukani, taking part in the annual festival of Phalguna Utsavam, exploring the tranquility of Vaikom and Kottathavalam, taking a backwater cruise to indulging in thrilling water adventures; Kottayam tourism offers something for everyone. Summers in Kottayam are hot and humid due to the city's tropical climate. The monsoon season lasts from June to September. The best time to visit the town is between September and February when the weather is cooler and suitable for excursions and activities.

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Kolukkumalai tea estate.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

The emerald tea garden and the bright blue sky make the best backdrops for postcard-perfect pictures. Hidden in a mist of clouds are these emerald tea grounds, the rippling sound of serenity in the wind and vast land of greenery; Munnar is definitely more than just a tourist spot, it is more like an abode of Gods. It would be unfair if you visit Munnar and do not travel a little further to see Kolukkumalai, a lesser known tea estate which is close to the border of Tamilnadu and claims to be the highest tea plantation in Munnar at a height of 8,100ft above sea level. Location:  Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Munnar. Timings:  7 AM - 6 PM Entry fee: INR 75

Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach

Varkala Beach is a sublime landscape with natural spring water. It is a beautiful stretch of sand renowned for its solitude. At the backdrop of crystal blue waters is the unique cliffs with sedimentary formation peaks. Sunsets at the Varkala Beach are pristine and excellent for a peaceful walk or a game of football along the beach.  This beach is one of the adventures places to visit in Varkala with access to water sports like paragliding and surfing amongst others.The beach is also called as 'Papanasham' which means to wash away sins and the sacred water at Varkala is said to have medicinal and curative properties.  It is therefore believed that a dip in the beach cleanses the body of impurities and the soul of all sins. Apart from the cliff, the beach also hosts the Balimandapam. The landscape can be enjoyed by the resorts found all across the location. Location:  Varkala Beach Rd, Varkala, Kerala. Timings:  Sunrise to Sunset.

Top Experiences To Do in Varkala Beach

Varkala Sightseeing Tour

Jatayu Earth Center

Jatayu Earth Center

The Jatayu Earth's Center is a unique tourist destination located in Kerala, India. Named after Jatayu, a mythical bird from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the center combines nature, mythology, and adventure. The centerpiece of the attraction is a massive sculpture of Jatayu himself, measuring about 200 feet (61 meters) in length, making it one of the largest bird sculptures in the world.

The site offers a range of experiences for visitors, including trekking, rock climbing, and zip-lining. The sculpture is situated on a picturesque hill, providing breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It serves not only as a cultural and artistic marvel but also as a platform for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking an immersive experience in nature.

Jatayu Earth's Center aims to blend mythology with modern tourism, offering an intriguing and captivating destination for travelers interested in exploring India's rich cultural heritage while enjoying adventurous activities in a stunning natural setting.

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Fort Kochi, situated approximately 13 kilometres away from Ernakulam, displays a fascinating fusion of history, culture, and culinary delights. The area boasts well-preserved colonial buildings built by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British, highlighting its profound historical significance.

Top Experiences To Do in Fort Kochi

Kochi Sightseeing Package

Sevenmallay Tea Estate

Sevenmallay Tea Estate

During your trip to Munnar, do what Munnar is known for best - its tea plantations. Plan a visit to one of the largest tea plantations in Munnar, Sevenmallay Tea Estate. Owned by Tata Tea Company, the stunning tea estate is located very close to Kanan Devan hills. Started in 1900, the estate’s name is an ode to the Hindu god ‘Shiv’ and ‘Mallay’ representing a hill. Over the years, the anglicization of the name gave the estate its current name, Sevenmallay. Boasting a paradise-like scenery, lush green tea gardens and a colonial bungalow in the centre, the tea estate has become one of the top places to visit in Munnar.    Location: Sevenmallay Tea Estate, The Tea Sanctuary, KDHP House, Munnar 685612 .      Timings: All day. Entry fee: None.

Top Experiences To Do in Sevenmallay Tea Estate

Munnar Sightseeing Tour

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an esteemed natural habitat of many rare and endangered flora and fauna and a wonderful getaway for wildlife lovers. 

It is one of those rejuvenating retreats where people can appreciate sustainable tourism with a bit of adventure and recreation. The two most important areas in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthanga and Tholpetty.

Offering an excellent opportunity to see the elephant herds, deer, langurs and tigers roam freely in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolute delight. 

Tourists here can also indulge in bird watching or undertake trekking in the forest with advance booking. Being a vital part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot that one must add to their places to see in Wayanad.

Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 

Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for Indians and INR 100/ USD 1.54 for foreigners

Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Overburry's Folly

Overburry's Folly

Discover Overbury's Folly, a historic circular tower and seaside park perched on a hilltop with stunning views of the Arabian Sea. Built in the 18th century, this Gothic Revival summerhouse is a fusion of British and Indian architectural styles. It boasts of intricate carvings and a spiral staircase. Serving as a picnic spot, it is a must-visit for history and nature lovers alike.

Odathil Palli Mosque

Odathil Palli Mosque

Nestled in the heart of Thalassery is the 200-year-old Odathil Palli Mosque. Also known as Odathil Masjid, it showcases a unique Kerala temple-style architecture, distinct from typical Islamic minarets and domes. Its splendid teak wood carvings and striking golden dome capture the eyes of both devotees and tourists. It is an inviting haven for anyone looking to immerse in the tranquillity and historical allure of Kerala’s unique heritage.

Namami Health Retreat & A Wellness Sanctuary

Namami Health Retreat & A Wellness Sanctuary

Namami Health Retreat & A Wellness Sanctuary is a luxurious wellness destination nestled in the serene surroundings of Kerala, India. This retreat is dedicated to holistic well-being, offering a comprehensive range of therapies and programs that integrate traditional Ayurveda, Yoga, and modern wellness practices.

Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake

Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India and the largest in the state of Kerala, sprawls across the enchanting landscapes of the southwestern coast. Stretching over 96 kilometers, it is a lagoon ecosystem that intertwines with the Arabian Sea.

Top Experiences To Do in Vembanad Lake

Kumarakom Sightseeing Tour

Vamil Temple

Vamil Temple

Pay a visit to the Vamil Temple in Thalassery, which is a splendid example of the traditional architecture of Kerala. The temple is famous for its majestic gopuram or entrance gateway tower and intricate carvings, which reflect the region’s artistic heritage. This serene haven is dedicated to Dattatreya, an incarnation of the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Its lush surroundings offer a tranquil backdrop for prayer and meditation. The temple is renowned for vibrant festivals like Onam and Theyyam festival, that showcase elaborate rituals and cultural dances, attracting tourists year-round. A visit here promises a peaceful yet vibrant spiritual experience for all tourists.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets

Witness the captivating Chinese Fishing Nets in action in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. These iconic fishing contraptions, believed to be introduced by Chinese traders centuries ago, are a unique sight to behold. Experience the traditional fishing methods as skilled fishermen operate these massive nets with precision. Enjoy the bustling atmosphere around the nets, with vendors offering freshly caught seafood and other delights. A must-visit attraction for those seeking an authentic glimpse into Kerala's coastal heritage and fishing culture.

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Azhimala shiva temple.

Azhimala Shiva Temple

Nestled on the serene shores of the Arabian Sea, Azhimala Shiva Temple stands as a sacred haven in the coastal town of Vizhinjam, Kerala.

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Kovalam Temple Tour

St. John's Anglican Church

St. John's Anglican Church

Dating back to 1869, St. John's Anglican Church is located in Thalassery, near the historical Thalassery Fort. Also known as the English Church, it was built by Sir Edward Brennan, a notable British leader. The church is a fine example of the Gothic Revival style of architecture. During your visit, see the onsite cemetery, which houses the graves of colonial-era officials. You can also see the grave of Brennan, with his epitaph "The Sterling Upright Englishman." This church is a great place to witness architectural beauty and learn about history. 

Gundert Bungalow

Gundert Bungalow

Discover the historic Gundert Bungalow, a colonial architectural gem in Thalassery. It is named after Dr. Hermann Gundert, a German missionary. This is where he crafted the first Malayalam dictionary. This 19th-century colonial bungalow offers a peek into Kerala’s rich linguistic heritage. It also serves as a serene getaway with its scenic hilltop views overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church

Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church

Holy Rosary Church, known locally as St. Rosario Church, is located beneath the historic Thalassery Fort. It dates all the way back to the early 16th century. This architectural gem showcases intricate stained glass and a tranquil ambience. It is a serene spot for reflection and boasts of beautiful designs and a peaceful setting. This church is also a symbol of history and culture in Kerala’s Catholic community.

Wellesley's Bungalow

Wellesley's Bungalow

Wellesley’s Bungalow is the home of Lord Arthur Wellesley, who popularised cricket in the region. It is located near the Thalassery Fort and dates back to the 1700s. This colonial-era mansion captivates with its architectural elegance and historical significance. It was once a cricket ground for the nobility, and boasts of picturesque settings. It is a must-visit for anyone keen on exploring Kerala’s colonial past and cricket heritage.

Kappad Beach

Kappad Beach

Kappad Beach, nestled along the Malabar Coast of Kerala, India, is a serene stretch of golden sands caressed by the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. Steeped in history, this coastal gem holds a significant place in India's past, being the site where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first set foot in 1498, marking the beginning of European exploration of the sea route to India.

Ettumanoor Shri Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor Shri Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor Shri Mahadeva Temple, located in the Kottayam district of Kerala, India, is a renowned ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Believed to be over 1,500 years old, the temple is a significant pilgrimage site and a fine example of Kerala's unique architectural style.

Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park

Discover the untamed beauty of Periyar National Park! Located in Kerala, India, this biodiverse haven is home to exotic wildlife and lush forests. Embark on thrilling jungle safaris, witness majestic elephants, tigers, and rare species in their natural habitat. With boating opportunities on Periyar Lake, immerse yourself in nature's wonders. A perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts and eco-lovers.

Top Experiences To Do in Periyar National Park

Thekkady Sightseeing Tour

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Gear up to be astonished by history and ancient relics when you pay a visit to Wayanad Heritage Museum. It is known to be one of the most eminent museums in Kerala and is a storehouse of fascinating artefacts that go back as long as second century A.D. 

Some of the famous items which you can spot here are ancient terra cottas, tribal artefacts, 14-16th-century sculptures etc. 

There are also many relics that were unearthed from the neighbouring places and have great archaeological importance. Wayanad Heritage Museum is a great place to know more about Wayanad’s Adivasi population and explore the historical items that narrate their own stories. 

This museum is a great tourist attraction for those who are looking for an educational and recreational experience in Wayanad.

Location: Heritage Museum, Government Hospital Road, Ambalavayal, Kerala

Best Time to visit: September to March is the best to visit Wayanad Heritage Museum.

Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.31 per person

Timings: It opens from 9 am to 5:30 pm every day

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 42 kilometres.

Top Station

Top Station

Greeting visitors all around the year, Top Station Munnar lies amidst three mountain streams, at the confluence of Mudrapuzha, Kundala, and Nallathanni mountain ranges. Top Station is a part of reckoned Kannan Devan hill station encircled all around by magnificent views. Turn around your eyes and lose yourself in the sophistication of rich green valleys! Here, there are ample of Neelakurinji flowers blooming once after every 12 years.

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Camping at Top Station Munnar

Thrissur Beach

Thrissur Beach

Thrissur Beach is one of its kinds in the entire Kerala region which bears every charm to attract people from all walks of life. Situated on the coastline of Arabian sea, the beach offers alluring views during sunrise and sunsets.Earlier, the beach used to attract only the locals but as the time passed the beauty of the beach won hearts of the tourists even in the distant lands.

The Thrissur beach is situated in the city of Thrissur which is also the cultural capital of Kerala. Besides the beach, the place is famous for the ancient temple, churches, and mosques.With people flocking around on the sunkissed golden sand bordered by swaying palm trees and the sound of the waves, the place gets charismatic as the dawn happens.

People coming from all around the world to witness the natural beauty of the place indulge themselves into various activities that happen on and around the beach like swimming, surfing, fishing, sunbathing, boat rides and birdwatching on the dreamy stretch of vast blue water.Water resorts situated around provides a panoramic view of the sea along with an opulent stay option.

Location:  25 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings:  All day

Entry fees:  None

Paradesi Synagogue

Paradesi Synagogue

Plan your visit to a famous Paradesi Synagogue in Kochi which was built in 1568. This is a rectangular shaped building having a brick roof and iron gates. There is a Dutch-style clock tower with four clocks of different number styles. Those styles include Roman, Malayalam, Arabic, and Hebrew in the clocks. The space has a mix of different styles of structure like Dutch, Portuguese, and Kerala. In this holy place, you can see 1600-year-old copper plates and silver and gold-decorated scrolls. There are some classic objects like a rug, paintings, crystal chandeliers, and attractive lamps. All these objects in space are telling the rich past of Kerala. Also, you can see the colorful Chinese tiles on the floor and each tile is different from each other. For the Jewish group, this is not just a building but a hub that grows a sense of love among people. 

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Varkala lighthouse.

Varkala Lighthouse

One of the most notable structures in the district is the lighthouse which was built in the 18th century by the British rulers. Visiting the lighthouse is one of the most fun-filled activities in Varkala  –  the pinnacle of the structure offers a bird’s eye view of the spectacular vistas around, the azure waters of the Arabian Sea and the pristine shores of the nearby beaches.

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica

Experience the grandeur of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. Admire its stunning Gothic-style architecture, intricate carvings, and elegant spires. Immerse yourself in its serene ambiance, offering spiritual solace and a rich historical experience. A must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and seekers of tranquility.

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Marine drive kochi.

Marine Drive Kochi

Marine Drive Kochi, located in the heart of the city, is a captivating waterfront promenade overlooking the scenic Vembanad Lake. Lined with palm trees and bustling with activity, it offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and urban charm. The picturesque sunset views, pleasant sea breeze, and walking tracks make it an ideal spot for leisurely strolls or relaxation. The vibrant atmosphere, dotted with cafes and shops, attracts locals and tourists alike, making Marine Drive Kochi a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a rejuvenating experience in Kerala's coastal city.

Top Experiences To Do in Marine Drive Kochi

Half-Day City Tour of Kochi

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace

Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, is a historical gem located in Mattancherry, Kerala, India. Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later renovated by the Dutch, the palace showcases a unique blend of Kerala and European architecture. Adorned with exquisite murals depicting Hindu mythological tales and portraits of erstwhile kings, the palace offers a fascinating glimpse into the region's rich cultural heritage. It stands as a testament to the captivating history and artistic prowess of Kerala's past rulers.

Top Experiences To Do in Mattancherry Palace

Thrissur zoo and state museum.

Thrissur Zoo And State Museum

Smack in the middle of the city is one of the most alive and beautiful of all Thrissur Tourist Places. Also known as the State Museum & Zoo, the Thrissur Zoo is located at about 2 km from the city centre, the zoo is more than just a place for showcasing the beautiful flora and fauna of the region. 

There is also a natural history museum and an art museum that have exhibits capturing the social and cultural heritage of Thrissur. With it being one of the two Zoological Parks in Kerala, the zoo experiences a good number of visitors every year.

Location:  2.7 km from Thrissur bus stand.

Timings:  Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Entry fees:  INR 5 for adults, INR 3 for children, INR 5 for a camera, and INR 500 for the video camera.

Alleppey Lighthouse Museum

Alleppey Lighthouse Museum

The Alappuzha Lighthouse is situated in the coastal town of Alappuzha, Kerala. It was built in 1862 and is a major tourist attraction. Visitors are allowed between 1500 hours and 1630 hours on every weekday at an admission fee of 20 rupees for Indian citizens and 50 rupees for foreigners

Top Experiences To Do in Alleppey Lighthouse Museum

Alleppey Sightseeing Tour

Bekal Beach

Bekal Beach

Set on the broad expanse of the Malabar coastline, amidst a beautiful view of the glowing sun, shimmery sandy retreat, enchanting backwaters, alluring landscape, swaying palm trees and calm demeanor, Bekal beach is popular for its backwaters, forts and scenic beauty, and offers an unparalleled charm and an idyllic traditional Kerala hospitality to its visitors. It is one of the most fascinating places to visit during the vacation as you can take the pleasure of nature and completely unwind yourself. It’s that place where you get to witness the mighty Arabian Sea hold hands with a man made structure that together spell magic! One of India’s first manmade beach destinations, Bekal Beach, located in the Kasaragod region of Kerala in the South western tip of the country, continues to enchant and enthrall its visitors with open hands round the year. The heavenly paradise is one of the must visit beaches in the northern part of God’s Own Country, Kerala and has been endeavored to be developed as a cherishing and an eco-friendly destination in lines with the popular Goa beaches. This bewitching beach stretches over an area of 36 acres and draws tourists from across the world, making it one of the favored destinations for a wonderful holiday with friends and family. The Bekal beach and the attractions nearby fall under the purview of the Social Forestry Scheme and tourists from all over the world swarm here to admire its beauty and serenity and enjoy a nice relaxing holiday amidst the beach’s natural environs. A vast belt covering dazing dusky sands, Casuarina orchards and the charming cottages made out of thatched roofs are the fascinating highlights of the Bekal beach. Adventure lovers can even ascend the nearby Bekal fort to get a panoramic view of the beach and the ensuing Arabian Sea. It also serves as an ideal picnic location and enjoys peaceful climate round the year. Pay a visit to the famous Rock Garden on Bekal beach, which consists of murals, sculptures and laterite rubbles of different shapes and sizes arranged graciously to complement the theme of the beautiful garden. There is also a demarcated play area for children with slides, swings, jungle gym, seesaw and other rides. In totality, the alluring Bekal beach serves as a promising getaway from the concrete life and provides a shield in its quaint and naturalistic paradise amplified by a labyrinth of azure waterways, traditional houseboats, vibrant culture and splendid natural grandeur. An enchanting destination in ‘God's Own Country’ Kerala, Bekal beach is a true paradise for nature lovers, photo fanatics and wanderers. From sunset viewing, bird watching, stargazing, visiting villages and witnessing the everyday life of the farmers and fishermen to seeing the various regions that specialize in the manufacturing of certain products like toddy, coir and unique handicrafts, Bekal beach is one of the most pleasant experiences to have once in a lifetime.

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Kerala Tourism- Best Places to Visit in Kerala

Hey there! So, you’re planning a visit to Kerala for your holidays? Well, that’s a fantastic decision. Kerala’s wonders have been captivating tourists for a decade, and one can never resist the allure of lush tea fields, emerald backwaters, awe-inspiring hill stations, exotic wildlife, thrilling adventure activities, and delicious food, among other things. We could go on and on about this beautiful place; the list never seems to end. Kerala appeals to everyone, whether you’re here for a honeymoon, family vacation, adventure trip, or a relaxing spa getaway. The series of enchanting experiences will nourish your soul and mind, making it one of India’s most visited tourist destinations.

Kerala holds a special place on the international tourism map. Its rich arts and cultural history, breathtaking destinations, lush forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, beaches, and Ayurvedic science therapies attract not only national travelers but also a large number of international visitors keen on exploring Kerala’s tourism. With Kerala being one of Southern India’s most frequented destinations, it now boasts the largest number of five-star properties in India, offering world-class hospitality services to its guests. With numerous national and international tourism awards, Kerala is a must-explore haven for all types of travelers.

List of top 12 tourist places of Kerala which will make your holidays memorable for lifetime-

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Let’s dive deep into the beauty of pristine backwaters, mesmerizing nature, Golden beaches and serene mountain ranges – Top Tourist Places & Attractions of Kerala-

1. Munnar – Kashmir of South India

Munnar Kerala

Every mountain lover’s dream, honeymoon couple’s dream destination, Nature lover’s solace spot – Munnar is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations to visit in Kerala. The landscapes of Munnar are something else. Have you ever seen a real fairytale destination in India? You must have seen many beautiful destinations in your life but go, see Munnar. Munnar’s incredible charm, lush greenery will seduce your eyes. You will see the most beautiful rivers Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, enchanting carpets of Neelakurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years, and the beautiful peak of Anamudi. Combination of beautiful valleys and lush green mountains, enchanting national parks and wildlife Sanctuaries, Munnar will always stay in your heart even after you have left its shore.

Best Places to See and Things to Do in Munnar

  • Eravikulam National Park – Go wild and enjoy the exotic Wildlife of Munnar
  • Munnar Tea Museum is one of the best places to enrich your senses with delightful aromas. Munnar is very famous for different varieties of Tea.
  • Shop at the local markets of Munnar. Tea, strawberries and spices are the best products of Munnar.
  • Devikulam – A must visit hill station destination in Kerala. Enjoy Trout fishing and stunning natural vistas.
  • Camping is the best thing to do if you are in Munnar. Visit Top Station. Camping amidst the forests, plantations and valleys with your loved ones will make your Munnar Holidays memorable. It is one of the best things to do for couples in Munnar.
  • Get ready for the most thrilling trekking adventure at Blossom Park. The dark dense forests look so stunning yet scary sometimes.
  • Living in hotels and resorts is common but if you want a unique stay experience then stay at the tree houses in Munnar.
  • The best place for all the adventure and sightseeing fun in Munnar is Echo Point. For nature lovers the views are awesome. Tourists can enjoy boating, trekking and birdwatching. You will also behold beautiful Neelakurinji flowers which bloom every 12 years.
  • Enjoy Mountain biking, cycling and trekking in western Ghats. The gorgeous views of the countryside of Kerala, dense forests and plantations will blow your heart away.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Munnar

  • Tea Country
  • Abad Copper
  • Hotel Royal Retreat
  • Hotel Lonely Planet
  • Hotel Autumn Trees
  • Lakeview Resort

2. Vagamon- Nature’s Best Kept Secret

Vagamon Kerala

Vagamon, also known as Wagamon lies on the border between Kottayam and Idukki. It is one of the top five tourist destinations of Kerala, perfect for family vacation and honeymoon holidays. It also comes in the list of 50 attractive places of world according to National Geographic. The aura of Vagamon is awe-inspiring. Misty, dreamy, full of lush green tea plantations and rolling green hills, the ambiance of Vagamon will delight your eyes and mind. Away from all the worldly chaos, the serenity and solitude bliss of green forests, waterfalls, flower carpets and hills will never make your day dull here.

If you are in Vagamon then don’t miss Thangal Para. This visually captivating place is also a serene and spiritual hub dedicated to Lord Muruganmala – Lord Muruga. Tourists visit Vagamon in the summer season to beat the heat of plains and enjoy the greenery.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Vagamon, Kerala

  • Pine Forest walk of Vagamon will be the best nature walk tours for you. The beauty and solitude of nature will surely soothe your tired spirit and rejuvenate your senses.
  • Visit Vagamon Lake, it is one of the best places for couples and families. The rolling green hills and lush tea estates makes this place more photogenic. Try Boating and Rowing.
  • Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary- Feel the silence of nature and explore the wilderness. You will see wild elephants and majestic tigers here. The rugged mountains are surrounded by a scenic lake in which you can enjoy boating. It’s couples favorite spot to spend some romantic moments.
  • Marmala Waterfall- Enchantress of the Jungle. It’s a perfect place to seek solace and enjoy trekking.
  • Thangal Para- This place has a great spiritual significance for islamic devotees. It is said that Sheikh Farduddin, an Afghan saint took his last breath at this spot. Devotees come to see the tomb of the Sufi Saint and seek divine blessings.
  • Mundakayam – An enchanting Hill Station. Paragliding is one of the top things to do here.
  • Embrace the solace and absorb the refreshing vibes coming from the greenery in Vagamon Meadows.
  • Murugan Mala- Get the divine blessings of Lord Muruga.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Vagamon

  • Falcon Crest Resort
  • Holiday Vagamon
  • Vagamon Heights
  • Chillax Vagamon
  • Saj Vagamon Hideout
  • Angel’s Vagamon
  • Lavender Vagamon

3. Wayanad – Fascinating Greenland

Wayanad Kerala

Delight your eyes with the lush green coffee, cardamom, tea plantations as Wayanad is very popular for its stunning nature walk tours. It is one of the best honeymoon destinations of Kerala. Holding hands of your beloved amidst the lush greenery will make your romantic moments one of a kind. Every corner of Wayanad is photogenic. Your camera lens will be filled with great memories.

Located at the southernmost tip of deccan plateau, the soul seducing green forests of Wayanad also comes in the list of 20 reserves in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. To enjoy with family, you will find many stunning picnic spots. Adventure lovers will find Wayanad amazing as there are plenty of adventure activities to try such as trekking, mountain biking, camping, zorbing, speed boating, wildlife safaris and ziplining etc. Indeed, your holidays in Wayanad will be memorable for a lifetime.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Wayanad

  • Alluring Banasura Sagar Dam – Second Largest Dam in Asia. Delightful vistas of Banasura Hills will blow your heart away.
  • Chembra Peak – Highest Peak in Wayanad. You will be able to see entire landscapes of Wayanad. Trekking to the dense forests adds more thrill to your trip.
  • Explore the exotic flora and fauna of Kuruva Island. The rare species of birds and flora, scenic bamboo bridges and pristine nature – its a beautiful nature paradise of Wayanad.
  • Greenery all around, Pookode Lake is a perfect place to seek solace and click amazing pictures. It is surrounded by forests and western Ghats. Enjoy boating to explore and embrace the greenery of the forest.
  • Edakkal Caves – Time to explore stone age carvings of Neolithic and Mesolithic age.
  • If you are in Wayanad then exploring the green zones, waterfalls, forests and river streams is a must. Wayanad is rich in greenery. The lush tea estates, camping amidst the forests, bamboo rafting and boating in Kuruva Island will make your holidays in Wayanad memorable.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Wayanad Kerala

  • After the Rains, Meppadi
  • Wayanad Wild, Lakkidi
  • Wayanad Silver woods, Kalpetta
  • Vythiri Village, Vythiri
  • Lakerose Wayanad, Kalpetta
  • Wayanad Village Resort, Thondernad

4. Kovalam – Paradise of Golden Beaches

Kovalam Beach Kerala

What is best then spending your entire day in the golden beaches of Kovalam? Kovalam is very popular for its stunning beaches. It comes in the top 10 tourist destinations of Kerala. The beaches of Kovalam will fine-tune your spirit. Do you know? Kovalam Beach is an internationally renowned beach and is one of the best tourist spots for beach and adventure lovers. Sea Bathing is quite popular there. There are many shopping spots, Ayurvedic resorts, convention facilities where you can feel the bliss of peace and fun. Don’t miss the South Indian and continental delicacies, it’s worth a try when you are in Kovalam.

One of the best things about Kovalam is that you will be able to find the best budget cottages and hotels for a comfortable stay. Some are so beautiful in terms of views. You will wake to the sound of the breeze and the beauty of the seaside will blow your heart away.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kovalam

  • Catamaran Rides in Hawah Beach – Place for thrilling activities
  • Baked delicacies of German Bakery are a must not miss.
  • Kovalam offers amazing opportunities to enjoy adventurous water sports such as Sculling, swimming, surfing and paddling etc.
  • Relax your soul in Ayurvedic Massage centers.
  • Kovalam is very popular for oil scented sarees, coconut and coir products. The markets near lighthouse beach are awesome.
  • Backwater Cruise in Ashtamudi Lake- One of the top things to do in Kovalam
  • Sunset point at Edakallu and the beauty of serene beaches are awesome spots for romantic souls.
  • Explore spiritual hubs such as Shri Padmanabhswamy Temple and Parashurama Temple. Also explore Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple. It was built in the 18th century. The sculptures of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati in this temple remained unfinished. It is under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kovalam

  • The leela Kovalam
  • Green Cove Resort by Taj Vivanta
  • Turtle on the Beach
  • Hotel Samudra
  • Travancore Heritage Beach Resorts
  • Somatheeram Ayurveda Village

5. Periyar – Land of the Wild

Periyar National Park Kerala

Where can you see the most beautiful spice gardens of Kerala? It’s none other than Periyar. It’s a beautiful spice village of Kerala and a captivating eco-tourist destination. Decked with enchanting cottages, and nature’s beauty all around, the tranquil vibes give so much joy to the soul and mind. You will not feel tired anymore.

If you are a wildlife and nature lover then Periyar would be a great place for you. It is very popular for its amazing Tiger Reserve. It is spread across an area of 777 sq. km which is the largest protected area with a wealth of amazing floral and faunal species.

One interesting fact is that this place got its name from the serene Periyar river whose origin is deep inside the forest. The rustic and refreshing setting of this incredible spot will surely give you the memories you are looking for. Indeed, Periyar’s beauty proves that it is the best destination to visit in Kerala for every traveler.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Periyar

  • Romantic Boat Safari at Thekkady Lake will be the best thing to do if you are here for your honeymoon.
  • An off-road Jungle Jeep safari at Gavi will enrich your thrilling ventures.
  • Explore the exotic wildlife and flora of Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is one of the best places to explore in Periyar. Enjoy a thrilling Wildlife Safari.
  • Some of the most fun filled and thrilling adventure activities to do in Periyar are Bamboo Rafting, Tree House stay and Jungle Camping. Periyar Tiger trail and elephant rides will add some more thrill and excitement to remember for a lifetime.
  • The picturesque Hill station destination of Periyar can be best explored by Trekking.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Periyar

  • Cardamom Country
  • Shalimar Spice Garden, Periyar
  • Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady
  • Spice Grove Hotels and Resorts, Periyar
  • Greenwoods Resort, Periyar
  • Spice Village- Nature Habitat, Periyar

6. Varkala- Serenity Redefined

Varkala Kerala

Quiet, serene and delightful, Varkala in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram is a charm you would love to see again and again. Varkala is one of the must not miss tourist destinations of Kerala. It is very popular for spiritual pursuits. One of the must visit charm of Varkala is a 2000-year-old Janardhanaswamy Temple which stands on a beautiful cliff looking at the most stunning Varkala Beach.

You will find delicious sea food in the shacks, beautiful lakes, hills, lighthouses, Ayurvedic spas and springs which will definitely make your day here. One interesting fact about Varkala Beach which is the landmark destination of Varkala is that it is also known as Papanasam Beach and it’s very famous for a natural spring. It is said that bathing in it will remove your bad karmas.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Varkala

  • Serene, spiritual and bliss inducing a visit to Varkala beach is a must. Its waters have healing powers that’s what the locals believe.
  • Get the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu at Janardhana Swamy Temple. The temple is 2000 years old.
  • Fairytale setting, serene backwaters of Varkala- A Visit to St Sebastian’s Pilgrim Church is a visual treat.
  • Sivagiri Mutt is a popular religious place in Varkala. It is a pilgrimage center which has the samadhi of Shri Narayan Guru. Devotees from all over the world come here to seek blessings from the Guru.
  • Serenity of Edava Beach will captivate your senses.
  • Visit Anjengo Fort, it’s a popular historical place located in Varkala. The backwaters near this fort and enchanting coconut groves on the shoreline makes this place a visual spectacle.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Varkala

  • Zostel Varkala
  • Quality Inn
  • Varkala Cliff Villa
  • Short Giraffe Hostels
  • Kiaora Hometel

7. Kochi – Queen of Arabian Sea

Kochi - Chinese Fishing Nets

Kochi is another best tourist place you can’t miss in Kerala. In fact, consider it as the soul of Kerala. A hotbed of art, food and culture, heritage and colorful festivals – Kochi will give you a plethora of delightful experiences to cherish for a long time. From emerald backwaters, to stunning heritage and cultural sites, green fields, museums, churches, art galleries, folk theaters and lakes- Kochi is a best place to enjoy traditional Kerala culture and relaxing beach holidays and heritage tours. If you love metropolitan city tours then surely Kochi will never disappoint you as it shows you the cultural nerve of Kerala.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kochi

  • Explore the rich legacy of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi at Mattancherry Palace.
  • Chinese Fishing Nets- Most scenic spectacle of Kochi
  • Fun with Majestic Elephants- play with baby elephants at Ernakulam’s Elephant Training Center.
  • St Francis Church is one of the oldest churches of India established by the Portuguese in 1503. Its beauty will captivate your senses.
  • Enjoy shopping at Princess Street. It is also known as Loafer’s Corner. There are many cafes, book stores, and shops which will make your day delightful.
  • You must visit the most stunning beach of Kochi- Marine Drive.
  • Know about the rich history and cultural heritage of Kerala at fort Kochi

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kochi

  • Taj Malabar Resort and Spa
  • Kochi Marriott Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Trident Hotel
  • Holiday inn
  • Hotel Abad Chullickal

8. Kumarakom – The Gateway to the Backwaters

Kumarakom Kerala

Don’t miss the village on the soothing banks of the mighty Vembanad lake – Kumarakom. You will be mesmerized to see the setting of this place. Mangrove forests, coconut palms, cool weather makes Kumarakom scenic so rich that you will not be able to stop yourself from clicking pictures. It’s a treasure trove for nature and bird watchers. Kumarakom is very popular for its amazing Bird Sanctuary which is spread across 14 acres. You will see stunning migratory birds such as Siberian Stork, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoo, Flycatchers and owls etc. Roaming through the narrow canals and mangrove forests in a houseboat is another delight which you will never forget. It is an enchanting backwater destination which is also perfect for the best family holidays in Kerala.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kumarakom

  • Watch the delightful migratory birds and greenery at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
  • Boating would be the best thing to do in the serene lake of Kumarakom. It is also famous for its backwater tourism. Enjoy a houseboat cruise. It is the perfect thing to do if you are on honeymoon vacation in Kerala.
  • Beauty of Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall will mesmerize your soul.
  • Ayurvedic Spa- Relax your mind and body.
  • Local street walk in Kumarakom will be a visual spectacle.
  • Alluring sunset views and fishing in Vembanad Lake will be the most delightful tourist activity to do in Kumarakom.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kumarakom

  • Kumarakom Lake Resort
  • Zuri Resort Kumarakom
  • Aveda Resort and Spa Kumarakom
  • Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom
  • Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom
  • Lake Song Kumarakom

9. Thekkady – Poetry of Nature

Thekkady Kerala

Kerala’s green carpet and an enchanting tourist spot, Thekkady will seduce your senses with its wildlife and adventure activities. It is an amazing tourist destination of South India popular for Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one of India’s largest Tiger Reserves. It’s not less than a heaven for a nature lover. Tea, coffee, cardamom plantations, hill slopes, and tropical forests will greet you as you step in the blissful world of Thekkady. You will see a variety of animals such as wild elephants, wild boars, bison, tigers, deers and sloth bears etc. Apart from that it’s a great place to absorb spiritual bliss in serene temples and spend a fun filled day around picturesque waterfalls and cascades. If you are looking for a wonderful honeymoon destination in Kerala, Thekkady’s charm will enrich your honeymoon experience.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Thekkady

  • Enjoy Boating and explore the rich greenery of Periyar forests in Periyar lake.
  • Get the divine blessings at Mangala Devi Temple. Also enjoy the beautiful ambiance.
  • Gavi is a beautiful eco-tourism destination which you must visit if you are in Thekkady.
  • Bamboo Rafting and Hiking in the forests of Periyar are the best thrilling activities to do in Thekkady.
  • Enjoy the exotic wildlife of Periyar Tiger Reserve.
  • Explore the beautiful rural side of Kerala in Bullock Carts.
  • Visit the valley of Pandikuzhi and get lost in its fairytale-like setting. Streams, waterfalls, rich floral and faunal species and lush greenery will mesmerize you.
  • Thekkady is very popular for its spice plantations and tea factories. Make sure you explore some of them. It is the best place to enjoy the magic of the monsoon in Kerala. The greenery will seduce you forever.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Thekkady

  • Kofiland Resort
  • Aranya Nivas
  • Woods N Spice
  • Spice Village
  • Greenwoods Resort, Thekkady

10. Kozhikode – City of Enchanting Greenery

Kozhikode Beach Kerala

Serene Solitude of the lush green countryside, thrill of the adventure in pristine beaches, captivating wilderness of the exotic wildlife sanctuaries, breathtaking river and hillsides makes Kozhikode one of the top family tourist destinations of Kerala. Holidaying with family and loved ones here will never disappoint you as it has so much to offer for sightseeing.

It is said that the famous explorer Vasco De Gama set his foot in India in Kozhikode. This place has a rich historical legacy which you will see through its tourist attractions as they still carry the vibe of Dutch, French and British invaders. A day in Kozhikode means lots of fun and adventure. Ancient ports, crafts village, backwaters of Elathur, Canali canal and Kallai river and thrilling water sports makes Kozhikode one of the best tourist places in Kerala for family holidays.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Kozhikode

  • Beautiful sunset, soothing sea breeze, alluring vistas of golden beaches and thrilling water sports – Make your day awesome at Kozhikode Beach.
  • Interested in History? Explore the 15,000-year-old shipping Yard at Beypore. It’s quite interesting.
  • Learn some skills from the village people of Iringa Craft Village. They show their traditional art and craft to the tourists. It’s one of the best things to see in Kozhikode.
  • Enjoy a Houseboat cruise at the backwaters of Kozhikode.
  • Kakkayam Dam is a wonderful picnic spot to spend some quality time with your family and friends. Enjoy boat rides and hiking.
  • If you love birdwatching then visit Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary. This place is also very popular for deep water crocodiles. It’s quite fascinating to see them.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Kozhikode

  • Renai Kappad Beach Resort
  • Le Candles Resort Kozhikode
  • The Raviz Calicut
  • The Gateway Hotel
  • Westway Hotel
  • The Beach Hotel

11. Trivandrum – Kerala’s Soul

Trivandrum - Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Rest from the best here comes Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala is no doubt a landmark destination of Kerala. It will show you the real soul of Kerala. The rich culture and heritage of Kerala comes alive when you visit the temples and amazing museums of Trivandrum. Long shoreline, pristine beaches, breathtaking backwaters, south Indian delicacies, shopping spots, museums, historical monuments, dance and art performances, festivities and serene temples – Trivandrum has everything for a traveler. Whether you are on a family vacation, backpacker, solo traveler, honeymoon couples, Trivandrum will take the fun of your Kerala Tour to another level. You will learn a lot about Kerala’s culture in Trivandrum.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Trivandrum

  • Away from the chaos of the world, explore the calm world of Samudra Beach. Cool sea breeze and scenic vistas will rejuvenate your mind.
  • Learn about the rich cultural heritage and history of Kerala by exploring Museums. Some of the most popular museums are Napier Museum, SMSM Institute and the Natural History Museum.
  • If you are in Trivandrum then you must visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Rich in architecture, it’s truly a visual spectacle.
  • Skydiving and Paragliding are the most popular adventure activities to do in Trivandrum. You must try it once.
  • Rejuvenate your spirit in Ayushmanbhava Ayurvedic Center.
  • Explore the rich heritage of Travancore Dynasty at Kanakakunnu Palace.
  • Indian Coffee House in Trivandrum is one of the best spots to enjoy the best filter coffee of Kerala.

Some of the Best Places to Stay in Trivandrum

  • Agastya Ayurveda Garden
  • Chakra Ayurvedic Resort
  • Bio Veda Hill Resort
  • Poovar Estuary Island Resort
  • Lake Palace Hotel

12. Athirapally – Nature’s Best Canvas & Magical Waterfall

Athirapally Waterfall Kerala

Athirapally, one of the top tourist places in Kerala, is a breathtaking spectacle for nature enthusiasts. Known for its mesmerizing waterfalls and lush landscapes, it’s a must-visit on any Kerala sightseeing tour. The majestic Athirapally Falls, plummeting from a height amidst dense forests, offers a surreal experience. The surrounding Vazhachal Forest Gardens provide a picturesque backdrop for those seeking tranquility. The region’s rich biodiversity and eco-tourism initiatives add to its charm. Adventure seekers and photographers find their haven here. Athirapally encapsulates the essence of Kerala’s natural beauty, making it an unforgettable stop for every traveler.

Best Places to See and Top Things to Do in Athirapally, Kerala

  • Athirapally Waterfalls: Witness the majestic cascade of Athirapally Falls, one of India’s most impressive waterfalls.
  • Vazhachal Forest Gardens: Explore the lush Vazhachal Forest Gardens, a haven for nature lovers with diverse flora and fauna.
  • Charpa Falls: Discover Charpa Falls, a hidden gem known for its serene atmosphere and pristine surroundings.
  • Thumboormuzhi Dam: Visit Thumboormuzhi Dam to witness the Chalakudy River’s scenic beauty and enjoy boating.
  • Nature Walks: Take rejuvenating nature walks through the surrounding forests, embracing the tranquility and rich biodiversity.
  • Sholayar Dam: Enjoy panoramic views of the Sholayar Dam, surrounded by the Western Ghats, and relish the picturesque landscapes.
  • Photography: Capture breathtaking shots of the waterfalls, lush greenery, and wildlife, making Athirapally a paradise for photographers.
  • Kauthuka Park: Explore Kauthuka Park, a unique garden that showcases miniature versions of traditional Kerala homes and farms.
  • Wildlife Watching: Embark on wildlife watching expeditions in the nearby forests, with chances to spot various species of birds and animals.
  • Bamboo Rafting: Experience the thrill of bamboo rafting on the Chalakudy River, a memorable way to explore the region’s beauty.

How to Reach God’s Own Country – Kerala?

Kerala Backwater

By Air – Kerala by air is the most convenient way of travel. Kerala has three international airports – Kochi International Airport, Calicut International Airport, Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and they are well connected to all the major states of India and important national attractions of Kerala.

By Train – Train is also a very good option to travel to Kerala. There are more than 200 railway stations in Kerala and all are well connected to the major states in India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Amritsar, Dehradun and Bengaluru etc. Kasaragod, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Kollam etc. are some of the major railway lines in Kerala.

By Road- Traveling to Kerala by road is a very fascinating experience. It is for the wanderers who love to explore, adventure and click a lot of pictures. NH – 17, 49 and 47 connect to Kerala. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation is very well connected to all the small and big destinations of Kerala. There is no shortage of bus, auto and cab services in Kerala.

By Sea – For most of us traveling to Kerala by sea is a very unique travel mode but it’s worth it. You can travel to Kerala by sea through the islands of Lakshadweep via Arabian Sea.

Weather & Climate of Kerala

Kerala Weather

Every season in Kerala has its own unique quality So, Kerala is beautiful and a lovely option to travel throughout the year. However, there are different types of travelers who are looking for specific things to enjoy in a particular destination.

Let’s see what Kerala has to offer in each season.

Summer Season in Kerala – (March to May)

Summer offers a wonderful travel experience of Kerala if you are traveling to the hill Stations. In coastal areas and plains, the temperature remains humid all day. The temperature ranges up to 35 °C. To enjoy an amazing summer vacation in Kerala, it is best to visit the delightful Hill Stations. The cool climate, greenery, and adventure activities will make your trip awesome. Munnar, Ponmudi, Kottapara, Vagamon, Wayanad, Gavi, Idukki, Munnar are some of the best Hill Stations to visit in Kerala in Summer.

Summer is also a time to enjoy colorful festivals of Kerala such as Vishu, Ambalapuzha Arattu, Kerala Boat Festival and Thrissur pooram etc.

Monsoon Season in Kerala – (July- August, October and November)

Kerala, the God’s own country, looks most beautiful during the monsoon. The green looks greener and the refreshing vibes will take away all your tiredness. Kerala enjoys monsoon two times. One, Southwest Monsoon which is the main rainy season of Kerala. It starts at the end of June. Second, the Northeast Monsoon which starts in October. It is a great time to enjoy the rain and nature’s beauty. The best thing to do during the monsoon here is Ayurvedic therapies. It will definitely fine tune your spirit. Varkala, Wayanad, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar and Kozhikode are the best destinations in Kerala for magical monsoon experience.

Winter Season in Kerala (December to February)

Winter in Kerala starts from Mid-November and remains till February. The temperature ranges up to 18°C. It is the best time for sightseeing and enjoying adventure activities. You can visit Hill Stations, beaches, cities, wildlife safaris, Ayurvedic spas, and enjoy backwater tourism etc. for a perfect winter vacation in Kerala.

Best Time to Plan Your Trip to Kerala

Best Time to Visit Kerala

Kerala is blissful throughout the year. You can plan your trip anytime. But if we talk about sightseeing, adventures activities and overall festivities then You must consider the Winter season to plan your trip to Kerala. There will be no humidity, less rainfalls and the weather of Hill Stations is awesome. It is the best time to enjoy trekking, wildlife Safaris, hill Station holidays, backwater tourism, boat races, festivities like Garudan Thookkam Festival, Christmas, New Year celebrations, Kochi Carnival, Temple festivals such as Jagannath Festival, Kanathoor Nalvar Bhoothasthanam Festival, Kalpathi Ratholsavam, Kuttikkol Thampuratty Theyyam and Malabar Mahotsavam etc.

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10 Tourist Attractions in Kerala that You Must Visit

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Last updated: Apr 26, 2024

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Lush green tea plantations, serene winding backwaters and spice plantations are a few features that define Kerala as one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Popular as ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala is a haven for travellers who come here to unwind in the salubrious climes, away from the concrete jungle. In a state where the topography ranges from cool hills to balmy sea beaches,  Kerala  is a sight for sore eyes. Here is a list of places which are a ‘must-see’ for all those visiting this tropical paradise.

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Alleppey or Alappuzha is best known for the world renowned backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters are a network of brackish canals, rivers and lakes that weave through half of the state of Kerala. One can cruise down the backwaters while enjoying the unique feel of the “ Kettuvallams ” or house boats which provide amenities including a taste of typical Kerala cuisine. For other curious travellers, there are several unique temples and churches which add more value to the picturesque beauty of Alleppey.

How to get there : The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kilometres is the nearest airport to Alleppey. The airport is well connected to major cities in India as well as abroad.

Where to stay: For a luxurious experience, you could rent a houseboat such as The Tharangini House Boat, JCT House boat or Cosy Houseboats available for 6,500 INR/Per night* and above. If you’d rather stay grounded, The Ramada Alleppey , Citrus retreats and Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Hotel are great hotels available within the range of 3000-7000 INR/ Per night*.

Read more:  Alleppey: Of Houseboats, Lakes and Toddy

kochi fishing nets

Kochi is the cultural and economic capitals of Kerala. It’s a hub of tourist activity and attracts visitors from all over the world. From Chinese fishing nets to exotic spice cultivations, there’s a lot to feast your eyes upon in Kochi. This city is an amalgamation of various cultures which seek to endure even till date. There’s a surprise in every corner of Kochi, just waiting to be discovered.

How to get there : There are direct flights to Kochi from major cities all across India and the world. From the airport, the main city centre is about 29 kilometres away.

Where to stay : The Trident , Le Colonial Neemrana and Neemrana’s Tower house are available at 3000-10,000 INR/Per night*.

Thekkady is home to the popular Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary . You can observe the elephants that roam around the sanctuary, explore the verdant green forests, take a boat cruise over Periyar Lake or take an elephant safari into the depths of the wilderness. Periyar is the perfect getaway for wildlife enthusiasts and for people who want to rejuvenate in the misty mountains of the Nilgiris.

How to get there: Thekkady/Periyar is located at a distance of about 165 km from Kochi (Cochin). Periyar Tiger Reserve and is well-connected to Kochi by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Thekkady/Periyar from Kochi is by car, a journey of about 4 hours.

Where to stay : Aranya Nivas , Springdale heritage resort or Michael’s Inn which are available within the range of 1500-3500 INR/Per night* and guarantee a comfortable stay.

munnar hills

Munnar is considered one of the most beautiful tourist places in Kerala. Situated on the Western Ghats, Munnar is evidently one of the highest producers of tea on the Indian subcontinent. The view of undulating hills as the touch the clouds in Munnar rejuvenates your mind and soul. The town is flanked by a narrow patch of the Arabian Sea and The Western Ghats on the other side which makes Munnar a unique getaway from the city life. Palm-fringed backwaters, scenic waterfalls, sunny beaches, misty mountains and gushing streams, Munnar has it all!

How to get there : The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 110 kilometres away by road. From Cochin, you can hire a cab to get to Munnar.  There are state-run or private buses, plying from various towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu which are the best way to get to Munnar by road.

Where to stay : Misty mountain resorts , Munnar Terrace Greens and Fort Munnar provide rooms at 3000-5000 INR/Per night*.

Read more:  Tourist Places In Munnar You Must Visit

Thrissur was previously the capital of the Kingdom of Kochin, however, now it is considered the cultural capital of Kerala because of its spiritual, cultural and religious leanings throughout history. One can visit an array of beautiful temples and churches that become a hub of activity during the festive period in the city. When in Thrissur, you must try the delectable Vellayappam which is a type of a rice hopper, a speciality of the city.

How to get there : Thrissur does not have an airport. Thrissur does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Kochi Airport which is 95 km away from Thrissur. You can easily get regular trains to Thrissur from other major cities of the country. Also, there are tourist buses available to Thrissur from major cities of the country. Thrissur. You can easily get regular trains to Thrissur from other major cities of the country. Also, there are tourist buses available to Thrissur from major cities of the country.

Where to stay : As a major city in Kerala, Thrissur has many options to stay such as Thrissur has many options to stay such as Dass Continental , Lulu International Convention and Hotel Peninsula charging 1500-3000 INR/per night.

Sink your feet into the warm sandy beaches of Kovalam. There are numerous coconut trees here as far as the eye can see, add to that prime resorts surrounding lush green vegetation and you’ve got yourself a popular tourist destination. Kovalam has gained popularity as centre of Ayurvedic healing in the past few years. So if you want to take a break and feel re-energized, Kovalam is your kind of getaway.

How to get there : The closest airport and railhead is Trivandrum which is 20 km away from Kovalam. One can hire taxi cabs or auto-rickshaws which are a great medium for transport in Kerala.

Where to stay : Beach Hotel De Tour Neelakantha , Hotel Samudra KTDC and Vivanta by Taj Green Cove and hotels available at 1500-7000 INR/Per night*.

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One of the prime hill stations in the south, Wayanad boasts of production of tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper and other spices. The region is populated with many natural marvels such as waterfalls, caves, lakes and dams which you are bound to enjoy the cool weather of Wayanad . Do visit Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to wildlife species like the Spotted Deer, Bison, Cheetah and Bears.

How to get there : The closest airport is the Calicut International airport, which is 87 km away from Wayanad. The closest railhead to Wayanad is at Nilambur road which is 53kms away. You can easily get buses to Wayanad from all major cities in the country.

Where to stay : Vyithiri Village , Upavan Resort , The Woods Wayanad and Wayanad Silver Woods Resort are hotels which are available at 2500-6500 INR/Per night* and they ensure you have a comfortable stay.

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trivandrum sea view

Otherwise known as Trivandrum, this city is the capital and presumably the most culturally affluent part of the state. Trivandrum has played host to a variety of rulers who have all left behind a mark over the city. Rapid development has not hindered the unique heritage in the form of the architecture and the culture that is still embodied by the city. The Kowdiar Palace, which was previously the official residence of the Travancore royal family, is particularly a must-visit in the city.

How to get there: Trivandrum is easily accessible by air, trains and national highways.

Where to stay: Fortune Hotel The South Park , Classic Sarovar Portico , Hotel Galaxy Inn and Vivanta by Taj fall in the range of 500- 6000 INR/Per night*. These hotels provide access to all facilities along with great service.

kozhikode promenade

Much like Trivandrum, Kozhikode has been a habitat for multiple dynasties which have left their imprint on the city. Perhaps that is why Kozhikode is dubbed as the ‘City of Sculptures’. Kozhikode is also considered as the ‘City of Spices’ as it a major trading port of eastern spices. The district is famous for folk songs or ballads known as Vadakkan Pattukal . The sweet-meat street is a popular tourist hub and is a centre of marketing for many products that are locally produced in the region.

How to get there : Kozhikode is connected by all major airports in the world.  The railway station of Kozhikode is well connected to other cities of India.

Where to stay : Renai Kappad beach resort , The Taviz Resort and Spa and Park Residency at Ramanattukara are hotels available within 1400-4000 INR/per night*

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Kannur was previously a very important British trading centre in the south, hence much of the city still carries the aura of Colonial times which is mixed in with the local flavour of Kannur. You can explore St. Angelo Fort, walk along the Payyamabalam Beach, spot some wildlife at Aralam wildlife sanctuary or take a ferry ride over the Laccadive Sea. Kannur is a destination for everybody.

How to get there : Kannur international airport is still under construction; instead, you could take a train . There are trains plying to Kannur from all major cities in the country, and six daily trains connecting Kannur to the capital, Trivandrum.

Where to stay : Hotel Sky Pearl, Kaula Inn , Aroma Ayur Heritage Resort and Hotel The Sky Park Mattanur provide rooms at 1400-3000 INR/Per night*

*Prices may vary

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Alex Sylvester ... | on 07 August 2018

Dear Sir, I Mr. Alex Tuscano from Mumbai i want to visit Kerala with my Wife,daughter 22 years and son 13th years. my date is 10 September to 14th September. we are prefer Mumbai to Kerala flight and 1 AC room.for 4 days and 3 nights. want to see some side scenes. could you make the trip and send me complete tour quotation?. Regards, Alex Tuscano

raghav sharma | on 22 July 2018

Nice article, useful information to plan my next holidays. Good work!!!

sue jalporte | on 05 July 2018

as a European travelling to Kerala, what sort of clothing would you recommend to be respectful and not look too out of place. what do the local wear?

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Kerala is one of the most famous tourist Attractions in India and All Over the World. Kerala Also Known as “God’s Own Country”. Kerala has numerous things in It. Kerala is popular for its  Landscape, Rich Culture, beautiful backwaters, and stunning natural beauty. One unique thing about the backwaters of Kerala is that they are known for their unique geography. This is the best Environment-Friendly state of India. Because of the Land of Spices, also known as the “Spice Capital of India” One of the best Destinations for Honeymoons and Tourism.

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6. alleppey, 7. vagamon , 8. trivandrum, 9. athirapally, 10. nelliyampathy, 11. kumarakom, 13. varkala, 14. thrissur, 15. kozhikode, here is the list of best places to visit in kerala.

PlanYourTour has found 15 places to visit in Kerala . After Visiting all these places, You don’t need to visit any other place in Kerala because These places give you all the Kerala Attractions, natural beauty, and Rich Culture. So Read this Blog to know about Kerala tourist places .

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Visit Munnar “The Kashmir of South India “ for the Magical Beauty of Waterfalls, Pleasant Climate, Fascinating Wildlife, and Adventure Activities. Munnar Paradise of Romance is the best destination for Honeymoon. Here is a new experience for the beauty or charm of the evergreen tea plant or hill station visitors. Because of Its Natural beauty, Munnar comes into beautiful places in Kerala. The hills of Munnar are adorned with Tia plants and some attract more with waterfalls. Tourists Visit Munnar for its Climate that stays all year round. Explore the most famous tourist attraction of Munnar .

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If you want to find some hidden secret about nature and want to get lost in the forest then you must visit Thekkady. Those who go to Thekkady get a chance to explore the lush forests, enjoy a boat ride on the picturesque Periyar Lake, and even take part in a jungle safari to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. In Periyar Lake, you can take an adventure of bamboo rafting, Trekking Trails, and camping. The one main thing about Thekkady, this is the best place to go in Kerala for nature lovers.

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Are You a Beach Lover? So Must Visit Kovalam. This is also Famous for Palm Trees. Its beauty attracts foreign tourists along with India. There are three beaches at Kovalam, 1. Lighthouse Beach,  2. Hawa Beach,  3. Samudra Beach. You can also take Ayurvedic Massages in Kovalam. You Can Enjoy Kayaking, Surfing, Rafting Catamaran Sailing some water sports during Kovalam Trip. This Place has a variety of shopping options for our Tourists. Handicraft products and spices are some famous things to buy. Don’t Forget to Visit Kovalam Art Gallery which is the best place to visit in Kerala It is a Great Place for Art Lovers where you can see art all over the Artist.

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Visit Kochi, The biggest city in the State of Kerala. Known for Its rich Natural Beauty and high-spirited culture. This city is perfect for a Family Holiday and Romantic Honeymoon. This unique destination of Kerala attracts tourists from all over the World. During the Kochi Trip, you must Try a Houseboat. This Houseboat gives you an amazing experience as well as taking a Hang Out at Marine Drive, One of the best activities to do in Kochi. Apart from that, you can explore Kochi Fort, one of the best historical places in Kerala .

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Wayanad is famous for its Lush green landscapes, mist-covered mountains, wildlife, and rich cultural heritage, one of the best destinations for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and Nature Lovers. One of the interesting things about Wayanad is its Western Ghats which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that runs through the region and contributes to its breathtaking beauty. Wayanad has also wildlife sanctuaries and reserves which makes it have biodiversity. Cultural And Historical Attractions Add To The Peak Of Wayanad. Tourists learn about their traditions, art, and way of life. This is the Must Places to Visit in Kerala .

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Alleppey is also referred to as “The Venice of the East Known for its unique natural beauty and cultural heritage. It is prominent for its picturesque backwaters, tranquil canals, and serene landscapes. Alleppey offers Ayurvedic treatments and wellness retreats so Travelers can rejuvenate massages, herbal therapies, and yoga sessions to enhance their physical and mental wellness. Alleppey is considered as an important place in Kerala . One of the main interests of this City is the extensive network of backwaters which is interconnected to lakes, rivers, and canals. During Alleppey, you must try Houseboat which is known as “kettuvallams”. These houseboats pass on these waterways which offer a unique and relaxing way to explore the area. It is a wonderful place for a beautiful place in Kerala for one day trip .

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Are You a nature lover and adventure seeker? If Yes, then Vagamon comes into the best places to visit in Kerala. It’s Lush green hills, mist-covered valleys and a feeling of peace attract the tourists. One of the most amazing viewpoints in Vagamon is the “Suicide Point,” which amazing view of the surrounding hills, valleys, and mist-covered landscape. Its Peaceful environment is best for self-discovery. This Place has many meditation centers and yoga retreats where you can improve yourself both physically and mentally. This destination also offers trekking trails throughout the hills and forests, so you can explore the rich biodiversity of the region.

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One of the major and iconic landmarks of Trivandrum is Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, This is the Temple of Lord Vishnu. It’s Famous for its architecture and religious significance. Trivandrum comes into Unique Places to visit in Kerala. This City has a rich culture, religious heritage, natural beauty, academic and artistic, several museums, art galleries, and historical monuments, and much more. For Its lush greenery, tropical climate, and Near to the Arabian Sea, Known as the “Evergreen City of India”. Trivandrum also offers many shopping options like traditional handicrafts, local spices, handloom, coir, and other fabrics.

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Want to see the biggest waterfall in Kerala? You must Visit Athirapally. This Majestic  Athirapally Waterfall has a height of 80 ft and is 330 ft wide. This Waterfall is also known as “Niagara Falls of India ”. This Waterfall gives a mesmerizing and awe-inspiring experience for visitors, It also comes into the most popular tourist places in Kerala . Explore the cultural significance, breathtaking natural beauty, and stunning views of this city during the monsoon season months from June to September.

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Nelliampathy is a hill station and It’s Famous for trekking trails, Amazing Climate, picturesque landscapes, tea and coffee plantations, and unique nature Beauty. Some of the main attractions like Seethargundu Viewpoint, Pothundi Dam, Nelliampathy Hills, Padagiri, and Many More places to explore. The relaxed atmosphere of Nelliampathy makes this spot to spend quality time in a crowded City. The climate of this city and trekking tails give you an amazing experience. Nelliampathy is the Top place to visit in Kerala .

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Kumarakom is Located at Vembanad lake, the largest lake in Kerala. This Lake offers amazing Backwater experiences as well as exotic sightseeing and fishing. Popular all over the world for backwater experience and one of the most famous tourist destinations in Kerala for pristine beauty and tranquility.Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is very famous in Kumarakom. This Bird Sanctuary is over 14 acres. This place is like a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Kumarakom has traditional resorts and accommodations that offer ayurvedic treatments and wellness experiences which makes you more peaceful at this place. During the Kumarakom trip, you can also attract local villagers, So you can explore their lives as well as you can explore local markets.

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Bekal is famous for its nature, backwaters, calm beaches, temples, and forts that’s why it is a place to travel in Kerala. There are lots of things to cover in Bekal, but 300-year-old Bekal Fort is one of the primary attractions for tourists. The unique architecture of the Forts makes it more attractive to travelers. The Backwater of Bekal provides opportunities to boat ride which gives you more relaxation and Calm. Along with amazing natural beauty, Bekal has a rich cultural heritage and is Also Known for traditional dance forms, music, and art that showcase Kerala culture so You Can’t Miss this place to Visit in Kerala .

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This Varkala city gives you a Cozy and Relaxing environment which is best for those seeking peace from the hustle and bustle of everyday Life. Yoga and Ayurveda centers are important for Varkala which helps you both Mentally and physically. All these things Varkala is Now entering Kerala famous places. Varkala is also famous for the 2000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple. stunning cliffs, golden sandy beaches, and a Calm environment is the major attraction of Varkala .

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Want to Visit famous tourist spots in Kerala Thrissur is the perfect place. Thrissur is known as the “Cultural Capital of Kerala,” because of Its rich culture, heritage, festivals, historical landmarks, and artistic traditions. One of the most important things in Thrissur is Thrissur Pooram which is the Annual Festival of Hindu, this festival shows decorated elephants, traditional music, and religious and cultural fervor which attracts tourists from all Over the World. You can also find various art forms like Kathakali and Mohiniyattam in Thrissur.

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Earlier Kozhikode was known as Calicut. Want to Take a Break from Daily Life and visit the paradise of Earth, also count on the best places to visit in Kerala. Kozhikode is one of the best options, which provides you with iconic beauty, Rich Culture, and Legacy. Located on the western side of Kozhikode, Kozhikode Beach or Calicut Beach is popular for enchanting beauty, relaxing, enjoying local delicacies, and seeing the View of Sunset which attracts hundreds of tourists every day.

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Kerala Tourist Places: Top 10 Tourist Places In Kerala

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  • Post published: April 20, 2024
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Travel over the astonishing countryside of Kerala tourist places , from the cloudy hills of Munnar to the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey . Give exposure to rich cultural heritage cities like Thrissur , Kochi , and Varkala along with the delicious local cuisine. Be it traveling on tranquil backwaters or trekking amidst lush greenery, Kerala proposes an unforgettable and diverse travel experience for all.

Kerala Tourist Places: God’s Own Country

One of the most beautiful tourist destinations in India, Kerala is known as “ God’s Own Country ”. This scenic spot is famous for its amazingly serene beaches, lush green surroundings, and extensive backwaters. Located on the Malabar Coast of South India , Kerala is an ideal destination for newlywed couples, nature lovers, peace seekers, and many more. Tourists from all over the world come to Kerala to spend some peaceful moments in the lap of nature. Although there are many astonishing places to visit in Kerala that you can cover in the one day trip places in kerala, the backwaters of Kerala play an important role in promoting Kerala tourism . Due to the many wonderful tourist destinations in the state, tourists get the opportunity to spend relaxing holidays. Know about the top Kerala tourist places to visit with this article.

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These places offer a wide range of experiences, from serene backwaters to lush greenery and vibrant cultural scenes, making Kerala a must-visit destination for travelers to enjoy natural festival .

A large number of tourists come to Alleppey to enjoy backwater tourism. Being one of the best tourist destinations in Kerala, this picturesque city is blessed with many amazing places of human interest. It has an extraordinary network of lakes, rivers, water lagoons, and other attractions. Houseboats are the most excellent accommodation option at this picturesque location. A night cruise trip on a traditional houseboat through the romantic backwaters of Alleppey can be enjoyed. Lord Curzon also called it the Venice of the East. Houseboats in Kerala offer amenities like well-furnished rooms, attached washrooms, and on-board dining.

Major Alleppey tourist places list: Boat racing is a popular attraction of Alleppey. St. Andrew’s Church, Chettikulangara Bhagavathi Temple, and Punnamada Lake.

Cochin is one more popular destination to visit in Kerala. Being a famous heritage city of Kerala, it is known as the “ Queen of the Arabian Sea “. Considered the industrial capital of Kerala, the city has many ancient forts, palaces, churches and wonderful museums. It is also known as the gateway to South India, which is also famous for its spice gardens and remarkably delicious cuisine. The city has been ruled by many empires over the centuries. So, you can see a beautiful mix of cultures here. Being ruled by several domains, Cochin has retained its cultural identity and has carved a niche for itself.

Major tourist attractions in kochi tourism: Santa Cruz Basilica, Hill Palace, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Kochi and Marine Drive.

Munnar is one of the most stunning hill towns in South India, located on the tropical Western Ghats. Some of the major attractions of this place are lush green tea plantations, dense forest areas, rare wildlife, beautiful lakes, and lush green hill peaks. A large number of nature and adventure lovers visit this serene place regularly. Kerala tourist places are considered to be the best place to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Major sights in Munnar are Kuthumkal Waterfalls, Anaimudi Peak, Observatory Hills, Echo Point, and Power House Waterfalls.

Thekkady is one of the most come-to-see sightseeing destinations of Kerala tourist places and is known for its tea, coffee, and spice plantations. On your trip to Thekkady, enjoy nature in its purest form and witness a never-ending view of lush green trees, chirping birds, majestic hills, and amazingly attractive landscapes. The land is famous for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to elephants, sambar, lion-tailed macaques, tigers, gaur, and herds of Nilgiri langurs. Thekkady is also an important trade center exporting a range of rare Indian spices.

Major Tourist Attractions in Thekkady: Top thekkady tourist places to visit are Periyar Lake and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Wayanad , situated at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level in Kerala, is a popular tourist destination in Kerala. Lush vegetation, mist-covered hills, and pure air will make your trip to Wayanad an unforgettable experience. It is an absolute paradise for people traveling to Kerala and is a must-visit. This hill station is surrounded by tea and spice plantations.

Major Tourist Attractions in Wayanad: Major wayanad tourist places are Banasura Dam, Lakkidi, Thusharagiri Waterfalls and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

Thiruvananthapuram

The capital of God’s own country – Thiruvananthapuram is one of the best places of Kerala tourist places to spend holidays. It is the gateway to the most beautiful state of India, famous for its British colonial architecture and numerous art galleries. Trivandrum has rich traditions dating back to around 1000 BC. and presents a perfect blend of rich past and present. The city has a lot of tourist attractions that are worth visiting and its clean and serene environment makes your entire Kerala travel experience truly memorable.

Major Tourist Attractions in Thiruvananthapuram: Top tourist places to visit in Thiruvananthapuram are Koyikkal Palace, Varkala Beach, Napier Museum, Akkulam Lake, and Kuthiramalika Palace Museum.

Nestled amidst a naturally stunning setting. Varkala is a charming coastal town in the South Indian state of Kerala. It is growing into one of kerala trip places most popular backpacker hangouts. It is the only place in South Kerala where the rocks are located close to the Arabian Sea. This charming town is known for Varkala Beach, which is surrounded by palm-covered red rocks. Despite its backpacker atmosphere, Varkala is a temple town and an important religious place for Hindus. This astonishing holiday destination of Kerala tourist places also offers greenery and a lot of amazing activities. Therefore, this city is visited by adventure enthusiasts and religious people alike. In every sense, Varkala is one of the best places to visit in Kerala.

Major Tourist Attractions in Varkala: Top tourist places to visit in Varkala are Papanasam Beach, Varkala Beach, Kaduvayil Thangal Dargah, Janardana Swamy Temple, Vishnu Temple, Anjengo Fort & Lighthouse, Sarkara Devi Temple, Varkala Aquarium and Varkala Tunnel.

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Thrissur is one of the finest sites to visit in Kerala and known as the cultural capital of Kerala. It is famous for its rich historical culture and traditional heritage. This beautiful city of Kerala has played an important role in the historical politics of the state. Thrissur has a growing tourism sector due to its location in the center of Kerala.

Major Tourist Attractions in Thrissur: There are many interesting places worth visiting in Thrissur. Guruvayur Temple, Kodungallur Pilgrimage, Peechi Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary, Archaeological Museum, and Sakthin Thampuran Palace are some of the popular places to visit in Thrissur. 

Backwater destination of Kerala – Kumarakom is a delightful village situated mainly on the banks of Vembanad Lake in Kottayam district. The comfortable climate, coconut groves, mangrove trees, extensive paddy fields and lagoons, calm backwaters and rich fauna and flora make it a traveller’s paradise. On your visit to Kumarakom, you can enjoy activities like sightseeing, canoeing, and fishing.

Major tourist attractions are the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Pathiramanal, and Chavara Bhavan are the most visited places in Kumarakom.

A small coastal region of Kerala, Kovalam is a popular beach destination in the state. It is located 16 km south of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. Kovalam means ‘grove of coconut trees’. The place has beaches lined with palm trees and includes many resorts and spa therapy centers. Kovalam attracted tourist attention from the King of Travancore. It is a must-see tourist place in Kerala.

Major tourist attractions are Hawah Beach, Halcyon Castle, Samudra Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Vellayani Lake, and Kovalam Art Gallery.

Conclusion: There are many interesting Kerala tourist places to visit. If you are planning a trip to this outstanding state or any other places of India tour to explore sightseeing, then you can check out these amazing places to visit.  

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Want to experience India like a local? Try these traditional experiences in Kerala

K erala, nicknamed ‘God’s Own Country’ for its stunning natural beauty, is often suggested as the perfect starting point for tourists eager to explore India.

With its enchanting backwaters, nearly 600 kilometres of Arabian coastline andrich cultural traditions, the state has something to offer for all kinds of visitors. From nature lovers to those seeking a peaceful, restoring retreat.

But now Kerala, is encouraging tourists to dive deeper into their discovery of the state and the lives of local people.

Spend the night within the local community or test yourself with traditional activities like coconut climbing and arrow-fishing.

This kind of interaction is good for both tourists - who are getting a real experience instead of a packaged tour - and the local community - which is empowered by its involvement in tourism - according to Mr Biju K, Kerala’s Secretary of Tourism.

“We’re looking at responsible and sustainable tourism,” Biju K says. “Each destination that we’re looking at, we’re trying to empower the local communities, boost local jobs and get visitors involved in taking care of these places.”

“People would go and not only admire the backwaters, for example, but experience rural life first-hand,” he adds.

What traditional activities can you try?

A lot of countries offer tourists a peek into local traditions, arts and crafts by bussing them to remote locations and letting them observe the communities at work. Kerala, however, wants travellers to get their hands dirty and experience the local culture first-hand.

One way to do this is through bow-and-arrow fishing. This unique technique is unlikely to yield a big catch for the inexperienced fisherman - but it is a lot of fun. The fishing is done on canoes, so even without catching any fish, you’ll still enjoy the view.

If this practice sounds a bit too intense, you can try the most common form of local fishing, net fishing in Kerala’s backwaters.

Hopefully, you’ll have saved some energy for coconut climbing.

This experience was once “very difficult and very risky,” Biju K says, as it was done the traditional way, “climbing with a rope around your leg”. If you dare, you can still try climbing the tall, swaying coconut trees with this ancient and exhausting technique - or do so with the latest tools and the help of a local master.

The best part? Rewarding yourself with some toddy - Kerala’s signature, world-famous drink made by fermenting the sap of coconut or palm flowers. You’ll be able to make your own mildly alcoholic ‘Palm Wine’ or ‘Coconut Vodka’, But you’ll have to drink on the spot because it has a shelf-life of just 24 hours.

If you want to discover the traditional activities of local women, you can get involved in carpet-weaving, bamboo craft making and coir making. If you want to work with animals, you can get involved in rabbit farming - one of the main sources of livelihood for many villages, as well as goat and cow farming and beekeeping.

Sports lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to try kalaripayattu either, a traditional martial art form unique to Kerala.

What about accommodation?

For a full immersion into the Kerala local lifestyle, you can spend the night within the community and sleep in the so-called village stays or home stays.

“What we are trying to do is move away from the traditional sort of resort experience and get tourists closer to the local communities, making them discover the culture of the place, including the local food and cuisines,” Biju K says.

“We want people to experience God’s Own Country, the way different cultures live in Kerala peacefully because we share brotherhood and happiness, with no discrimination.”

You can pick one village and spend your entire holiday there, or move around and experience life in more than one community.

At the moment, you can find village stays in Kumarakom - a cluster of little islands in the Kottayam district, Thekkady - a must-see for wildlife lovers, Bekal - a picturesque village with stunning beaches and regal forts, Wayanad - surrounded by a wild and lush forest, and Kannur.

Check Kerala’s tourism website for more information about what each village has to offer.

In Kerala, God's Own Country, you'd be able to spend time within the local community, learning their traditional ways of living.

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Alappuzha: The husband-wife duo involved in the case of robbing a woman after knocking her down from her two-wheeler at Muttom, near Kayamkulam was arrested on Tuesday. The arrested were identified as Prajith (37) and his wife Raji.

The incident took place on May 25. The woman, working in a private company, travelling alone on her scooter, was knocked down at a deserted place in the dark at the Muttom NTPC road in Kayamkulam and had her ornaments stolen.

The couple, who was following the woman in another vehicle after noticing the ornaments on her neck and arms while she was doing some shopping in the town earlier, knocked her down while overtaking her.

Following this, Prajith and Raji, who was dressed as a man, came up to the woman on the pretext of helping her and tried to snatch the necklace. When the attempt failed as the woman was wearing a raincoat, the accused pushed the woman to the ground by tackling her legs and snatched her anklet.

When the woman got herself up and started running again, Prajith and Raji followed her, knocked her down again and took her bangles and ring by force. They also grabbed her mobile phone and threw it away to not let the woman call for help as they made their escape.

The police were informed after the woman reached home later at night. At first, the police had assumed that the assault was carried out by two youths. However, a detailed probe revealed that the second person was a woman dressed as a man, who had changed her clothes after travelling some distance before getting away with the stolen jewellery.

While the police had managed to find a few broken parts of the ornaments on the spot, gathering further details was made difficult due to continuous rains and the fact that there was no power in the locality during the time of the incident.

Prajith and Raji had laid low for a few days after the incident and followed the case on the media. When the initial noise died down, they sold the ornaments at a private place and went on a tour of different places in Tamil Nadu. They decided to return a few days fully assured they would no longer be caught.

However, the Kayamkulam Police were involved in the gathering of evidence and doing follow-ups in a time-bound manner for the last nine days. The sold ornaments have been retrieved from the place of sale. The vehicle used by the couple has also been recovered. The first-accused Prajith is also accused in several other cases including an NDPS case.

The probe was led by Kayamkulam Deputy Police Superintendent Ajaynath with Kariyilakulangara ISHO Suneesh, SI Bijith Lal, ASI Pradeep and CPOs Suhail, Shameer, Shafi, Divya, Iyaz, Deepak, Shajahan, Manikuttan and Akhil Murali as members.  

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