‘Kerala’…. A land of rich culture, amazing traditions, vivid customs, and a state that holds abundant wildlife. There is so much that this coastal state offers to people in need of a perfect holiday. The everlastingly beautiful Kerala is a part of South India, popularly known as “God’s Own Country.’ People from distant nations visit this verdant land to catch a glimpse of the unique traditions and culture, mesmerizing temples, tranquil backwaters, and of course the unspoiled tropical beauty of Kerala.
If you are planning to explore the scenic landscape of Kerala, you will be happy to know that the state embraces some of the most exotic beaches, beautiful hill stations, enthralling wildlife, and delightful Ayurvedic therapies and Spa. It is blessed with stunning mountains, lush vegetation, and exotic wildlife, which together makes it a sought after tourist destinations in Asia.
Kerala faces the Arabian Sea in the West and the Western Ghats in the East and it connects 44 rivers that flow amidst the sprawling plantations of the state. All these factors together have ranked Kerala among the top tourist destinations of the world. A place like Kerala can never disappoint you… if you are planning to holiday in Kerala then get ready to behold the captivating sight of the state in the most amazing manner.
Whether you are travelling Kerala for the first time or you have visited it before, the thorough introduction of the state and quick look at some of its amazing destinations can help you plan your trip perfectly.
Before you pack your bags and break into the scenic landscapes of Kerala, steal a look at some significant features of the state. Kerala is one of India’s most progressive states in terms of social welfare, quality of life and education. It holds the highest literacy rates, highest life expectancy and lowest child mortality rates that make it a unique cosmopolitan land. Also called the Spice Coast of India, Kerala plays host to travelers and traders from across the world and imprint their traits in the form of architecture, cuisine, and literature.
The state has a rich cultural heritage, bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year. In addition, the geographical location of Kerala is such that it receives two monsoon seasons in a year, one during June and second in October. The coastal belt that reaches the Western Ghats while forming a shield, protects the state from dry winds from up north, protects this tropical land.
Other than this, the exotic beaches, bustling waterfalls, deep wildlife, tranquil backwaters, and the cultural extravaganza adds to the beauty of Kerala and invite a large number of tourists from across the world. Here is how you can plan a trip to ‘God’s Own Country.’
Already stretching a plan to break into a vacation to Kerala, but do you know what are the best places to visit in Kerala? There are several places in Kerala that can give you an enchanting experience of its natural beauty. From the dense forest to stunning waterfalls and amazing backwaters, Kerala has everything that can awe-struck you with its natural charm. Some of the best attractions in Kerala are listed below. Simply read through…
Surrounded with coconut palms, quaint shops, and beach shacks, the sun-soaked beaches of Kerala are striking enough to astound you. The beautiful sealines of Kerala extends over the Arabian Sea and runs along the length of the cliff, boredered with hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and lush-green vegetation. To experience the loveliness of these beaches, you must visit Kerala in peak season that starts from September. Some of the amazing seashores of Kerala are listed below.
Getting there: Nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport and nearest railway station is Varkala Railway station.
Getting there: Nearest airport is Thivandrum International Airport and nearest railway station is Thivandrum Central.
Getting there: Nearest airport is Bajpe Airport in Managlore and nearest railway station is Pallikere and Kasaragod railway station Bekal.
Getting there: Nearest airport is Cochin International airport and nearest railway station is Alleppey Railway Station.
Getting there: The closest Kannur airport is Karipur International Airport in Kozhikode and the nearest railway station to Kunnur is Ernakulam and Trivandrum Railway stations.
Kerala Backwaters: Truly Enchanting
Other than the beaches if there is anything that can captivate you all throughout your journey, it is Kerala backwaters. One of the most tranquil and relaxing things found in Kerala, the backwaters gives you a splendid houseboat experience along with the facilities like fishing, boat riding, sightseeing, etc. This emerald watery paradise is among the top tourist attractions in Kerala, so if you are all set to visit the majestic Kerala backwaters, here are a few suggestions that can be of help.
Kerala Ayurveda: Rejuvenate in the Lap of Mother Nature
Kerala is one of the most popular destinations for Ayurveda treatment in India. The plenty of Ayurvedic resorts available in Kerala cater for people who seek Ayurvedic treatment for serious health problems and for those who want to relax their senses with the help of Ayurvedic massage. The special Kerala Ayurvedic centers located in different parts of Kerala offer treatments like rejuvenation Therapy, body massage therapy, body immunization/longevity treatment, anti-stress program, psoriasis treatment program, body uzhichil, etc.
To engross yourself into the soulful treatment given at Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala, you must visit the place during the moist, humid climate, i.e. monsoon, as this is when you get an abundant supply of medicinal plants and herbs. Also, monsoon is the perfect time to rejuvenate your body and fight serious problems like stress. Here are top Kerala Ayurvedic resorts that offer the excellent range of refreshing Ayurvedic treatments.
Special massage therapies: Pizhichil massage is effective in curing diseases like paralysis and nervous disorders, Abhyangam treatment to fight diabetes and obesity, Nasyam, Snehapanam, and Kizhi for battling severe skin diseases, leukemia, and sports injuries.
Kerala Hill Station- Enjoy the Sprawling Tea Plantation at Munnar
After the beautiful backwaters, reviving Ayurvedic resorts, and sun-kissed beaches if you are left with something in Kerala, it is Munnar. A hillstation located on the eastern terrain of Kerala, Munnar is at 1600 m above sea level and is most popular for its extensive tea plantation, Eravikuman National Park, Anamudi peak, Mattupetty Dam and lake, chinnakanal waterfalls, Tea Museum, etc. For people who are interested in adventure acts, the place offers trekking opportunity to trek till Anamudi, the highest peak in South India, rock climbing, and para gliding.
Reaching there: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport- 125 km away and the closest railway station is Aluva Railway Station- 110 km away from Munnar.
Kerala Waterfalls: Visit the Spectacular Waterfalls in Kerala
Other waterfalls that you may like to visit during your stay in Kerala are Vazhachal Falls 5 km from Athirapally Thrissur, Palaruvi Falls in Kollam district, Thusharagiri Falls 50 km away from Kozhikode Station and 28 km from Calicut Airport, Thommankuthu 20 km from Thodupuzha, and Meenmutty waterfalls in Wayanad.
Nothing is more exciting than walking around the rich wildlife of the most amazing national parks known for absurd animals and plantation. Here is a chance for you to travel around the Jungles if you are in Kerala’s Periyar National Park or Thekkady, one of the most popular national parks in southern India. The verdant park stays open all year round attracting tourists from abroad even during the monsoon season. It is known for its elephants, elephant rides through the jungle, boat safari, and excellent variety of eco-tourism activities.
Other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala are Parambikulam Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and Aralam Sanctuary.
Best time to visit ‘God’s Own Country’
The people who are planning to visit Kerala should decide on what they want to see and do here because Kerala has something to offer to the visitors all year round. It is a tropical land hot most of the time but the arrival of two monsoons and incessant rainfall makes it flourishing throughout the year. The best time to visit ‘God’s Own Country’ is during the cool, dry season, which starts from December to February. It is the peak tourist season as the climate is moderately cool during this time.
If you want to keep away from sweating then avoid travelling down to Kerala between March and May as the climate is hot and humid here during summer. However, you can plan your vacation during monsoon, which starts from May and continues till November also because monsoon is considered to be the best time to receive Ayurvedic massage.
Kerala is actually a rainy state and it rains here for almost nine months, which adds to its lush greenery. There is a lot you can see and do during your excursions in Kerala at the time of the monsoon, for example- you can visit Periyar National Park during rainy season, witness rich tea plantation at Munnar, take Ayurveda massage and treatment, attend Snake boat races, observe Onam festival and Elephant festivals.
Be it your favorite beach destinations or enchanting backwaters, the capital city ‘Trivandrum’ is connected to all the major tourist attractions in Kerala. Here is how you can reach Kerala all the way from distant lands.
By Air: There are two International airports in Kerala-Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and Kochi International Airport to reach the state. It has a domestic airport too that link these airports to other airports in India.
By Train: Kerala is interconnected by 200 Railway Stations with the main stations in Trivandrum and Kochi and direct train for Kerala can be availed from metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta, and other cities.
By Road: Kerala can be reached through National Highways 17, 47, and 49 and a number of State Highways. It is directly connected to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
By Sea: The Kochi port is connected to Lakshadweep Islands. It is also inter-connected through the backwaters of Kerala which is a popular means of transportation in the state.
Kerala is one of the most amazing states of India! It’s a home to myriad art forms, exotic nature’s resources, tropical paradise and most sought after tourist destination in Asia today. It attracts travellers from all over the world and has most enterprising educated populace. One should definitely visit this land of rivers and backwaters and if you are planning to break free into the beautiful landscape of Kerala now, this is a perfect guide to check through.
Mark your favorite destinations from the options above and plan a perfect trip to ‘God’s Own Country.’ We wish your tour to Kerala be the best and may you remember it all through your life.