Top 10 Places to Really See in Kerala
“Kerala- A Majestic Marvel to Explore, Experience and Enthrall!”
From the long stretches of beaches to mountains with a canopy of haze round the year and from the aromatic fragrances of spice fields to a world of enchanting art of living, Kerala is, no doubt, a rare marvel of India’s tourism treasure. Everything about this “God’s Own Country” is so captivating that it makes this southernmost state of India a world famous destination. Whether it is iconic backwater tour, lush green hill stations, exotic biodiversity, pleasant climate, cultural canvas, picturesque paddy fields or sensuous world of ayurveda, holidays in Kerala are dream of every vacationer.
If you are thinking about where to go in Kerala or what to see in Kerala, there are numerous options available that keep you quite occupied. This iconic southern state of India is dotted with several marvelous travel destinations, ranging from hill stations to backwaters. But it depends, entirely on your mood and desire to select the best ones.
Don’t miss the below mentioned places to visit in Kerala as without including them your travel itinerary to the state is incomplete and unworthy.
A lovely seaside destination to experience the golden carpet on the horizon of sea! Besides being serving as an important port, this place is also said to be the gateway for Kerala’s exploration. There are various excursion points from Cochin along with its own tourist attractions.
Attractions: Kochi beach, Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Santa Cruz Basilica, Maritime Museum and Paradesi Synagogue
How to Reach: Easily accessible destination as it features own international airport, two main railway stations (Ernakulam Town and Ernakulam Junction) and good network of roads and highways.
With mist covered mountains, verdant valleys, beautiful sights, refreshing breeze, and of course adventure activities for your complete leisure, Munnar is, undoubtedly, a perfect honeymoon stopover. Stroll around its awe-inspiring tea gardens or enjoy surrounding misty views while sipping hot tea, everything about this lovely hill station of Kerala is a memory to cherish forever.
Attractions: Tea Museum, Anamudi Peak, Atukkad Waterfalls, Forest Rose Garden, Eravikulam National Park, Pallivasal and Chinnakanal Waterfalls.
How to Reach: Visitors can access Munnar from Cochin International Airport, which is about 108 km away while the nearest railway station is Theni at a distance of 77 km.
Home of Periyar National Park, Thekkady is a place usually meant for those who are looking for a fusion of nature and adventure. Providing the required sting of adrenaline rush to your so-called rejuvenating nature’s trip, one can enjoy elephant rides, catch a glimpse of tigers or trek the quiet paths of countryside in search of something new.
Attractions: Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Kurisumala, Kumily, Murikkady, Mangala Devi Temple, elephant rides, bamboo rafting and trekking.
How to Reach: Nearest airport is of Madurai located about 136 km from Thekkady while international airport is of Kochi at a distance of 190 km away. For rail commuters, nearby railway station is of Kottayam around 114 km.
Also known as Alappuzha, Alleppey is one of the best places to see in Kerala. World-renowned backwater lanes, lush green views of paddy fields, boat races, sea products and beautiful lakes are what Alleppey is mainly famous for. But you can also try something different from them.
Attractions: Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha CSI Christ Church, Krishnapuram Palace, Chettikulangara Devi Temple, Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Pathiramanal.
How to Reach: Both Cochin and Trivandrum international airports serve Alappuzha region and as per train transportation, Alleppey railway station is within the city only.
When you just need the lap of nature to pamper your body and mind, Kumarakom is the place for you to journey. This serene emerald town is a renowned backwater destination and is bliss for honeymooners and family vacationers. You can experience the vastness of its paddy fields till your sight goes or let the ripples of its backwaters and lagoons give you a soothing effect to enthrall.
Attractions: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls and Kumarakom Boat Race
How to Reach: Nearest railway station is Kottayam, around 13 km away while Cochin International Airport, 94 km away, is the nearest airbase.
Let the waves touch your feet or enjoy the perfect blend of sea, sun and sand beauty at Kovalam, the magical beach paradise of Kerala. Its closeness with Thiruvananthapuram city’s center gives it an internationally renowned identity. Don’t forget to experience the rejuvenating spa therapies and massages.
Attractions: Karamana River, The Lighthouse, Vellayani Lake, Valiyathura Pier, Edakallu, Kovalam Art Gallery, Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple and Aruvikkara Dam.
How to Reach: Situated just 10 km away is the nearest airport of Thiruvananthapuram and about 16 km away lays the nearby railway station of Thiruvananthapuram central.
Standing proudly as a hub that witnesses the influx of ancient traders, Kollam, today, presents itself as a serene town that welcomes its visiting guests with great warmth. The town is the main hub of cashew trading in India. But what makes it so enthralling is its secret of being the best gateway to the wonderful backwater tour of Kerala. The ferry ride between Alappuzha and Kollam is considered as one of the most magnificent experiences among Kerala’s treasure troves.
Attractions: Ashtamudi lake, Thangassery Light House, Ananda Valleswaram Temple, Pullichira Church, Chinnakkada Palli, Mahatma Gandhi Beach, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Museum, and Puthenkulam Elephant Village.
How to Reach: Kollam has its own railway station, making it quite easily accessible from all parts of the state. While for air transport, commuters have to depend on Trivandrum International Airport.
What is more romantic then holding hand of your beloved and watching beautiful honey glaze over the sea till the sight goes! Poovar is something like that only. If you like to throng something different then head straight to Poovar. Panoramic lush vegetation views, dewy golden sand, water activities to die for and the rippling palms add magnetism to this tropical land. And that’s why it is one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in the state.
Attractions: Poovar Beach, Kovalam Beach, the Fishing Village and Vizhinjam.
How to Reach: Trivandrum Airport and railway station are the two most easily accessible commuting points to reach Poovar from other cities.
Give yourself a rejuvenating treat with a visit to Athirapally, the land of majestic cascades and lush green cover. There is much more to discover in this off-beaten track of Kerala apart from the renowned Athirapally Waterfall, the largest one in the state. Dotted with several rare species of fauna, the place is really a treat to mesmerize forever for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, especially in monsoon when most of the tourist places in Kerala are said to avoid.
Attractions: Waterfalls, however, the star attraction is Athirapally Waterfall only.
How to Reach: It is good to reach Athirapally by train as three stations serve the area, namely Chalakuddy (31 km), Kochi (66 km) and Thrissur (78 km) respectively. Kochi airport located around 55 km away is the closest airbase.
A name that means ‘flat forest’, Thattekad is another off-beaten destination that is hardly included under Kerala travel packages by most of the travel agencies. But this evergreen low-land forest area will sure fulfill your need to experience something unique about Kerala. Being home to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, it is bliss for photographers and birdwatchers. The place also satisfies the adventure hunger of trekkers and campers.
Attractions: Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, trekking and bird watching
How to Reach: Closest railhead is in Aluva around 48 km away and Cochin International Airport is the nearby one for those who prefer air mode of commuting.
Get a glimpse of Kerala’s cultural world with a tour to Guruvayur, a mythological chord that still rules the customs and traditions of Trichur district of the state. Guruvayur is one among the most sacred pilgrim centres in Kerala, especially for Vaishnav sect. The high point of the place is the historic Sree Krishna Temple. There are various other exciting yet hidden things to discover.
Attractions: Guruvayur Temple, Devaswom Museum, Institute of Mural Painting, Punathur Elephant Palace, Parthasarathy Temple and Guruvayur Festival
How to Reach: Nearest airport is of Kochi (80 km) and Calicut (100 km).
Nearest railway point is at Thrissur (27 km)
No trip to India’s southernmost state is complete without thronging, any or more, these places. But the majestic appeal of this ‘God’s Own Country’ does not end with them only, still there are gallons of charm and allure lie underneath the treasure box of this eternal beautiful state, known as “KERALA”
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